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Help Celebrate Shelter Pets Day on December 2nd 

Help Celebrate Shelter Pets Day on December 2nd 

    As we enter the throes of the holiday season, gifts are on our minds. Pets are #1 on many children’s holiday wish lists, so imagine if you could give them the gift of a pet, while saving a pet’s life? December 2nd is the fifth annual Celebrate Shelter Pets Day, a special day to bring awareness to all of the shelter animals who are so patiently waiting for their furever family to come along and adopt … Read entire article »

Filed under: Celebrate Shelter Pets Day, Chanukah, Christmas, Gift Guides, Gift Ideas, Pets, Seasonal, Socially Conscious

The 5th Annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day is Coming to a Neighborhood Near You!

The 5th Annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day is Coming to a Neighborhood Near You!

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, and I received samples of many of the toys featured. I was a part of the team that helped ASTRA create Neighborhood Toy Store Day in 2010, and I have worked with them as a consultant since 2009. However, my opinions are not influenced by my work with ASTRA. I’ve donated numerous hours to shop local campaigns after seeing the importance of local business while serving on the School … Read entire article »

Filed under: Boutiques and Stores, Chanukah, Charity, Christmas, Educational, Events, Featured, Gift Guides, Gift Ideas, Kids Gifts, Kindergartners, Neighborhood Toy Store Day, Play, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Seasonal, Socially Conscious, Toddlers, Toy Stores, Toys (00-06 M), Toys (06-12 M), Toys (12-24 M), Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

PlanToys Brings a Little Taste of Christmas Early!

PlanToys Brings a Little Taste of Christmas Early!

*This is a sponsored post. I received these items from PlanToys in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* My boys got a little bit of an early Christmas present from one of our favorite toy brands, PlanToys! We received the Activity Clock and the Frog Life Puzzle which were both a hit! The Activity Clock was really an ideal toy for my oldest in kindergarten. He is learning his numbers, addition, subtraction … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-5 (By Age Group), Boutiques and Stores, Building Toys, Chanukah, Christmas, Counting, Developmental Toys, Eco-Friendly, Educational, Featured Store, Gift Ideas, Imagination/Creativity, Kids Gifts, Kindergartners, Play, Pre-schoolers, Puzzles, School Aged Children, Science, Toddlers, Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

Joseph Nogucci Iris Bracelets are What I Want for Christmas!

Joseph Nogucci Iris Bracelets are What I Want for Christmas!

    As everyone is getting into the groove of the holiday hustle and bustle, I have been dreaming of something special under the tree from Santa! I am a bit of a jewelry nut, so when I first saw Joseph Nogucci’s Iris bracelets, I started salivating naturally.  They are completely customizable and really let you show your personality.  Right up my alley! First you choose your starter bands which come in sterling silver and leather. Next, you select … Read entire article »

Filed under: Accessories (Adult), Boutiques and Stores, Chanukah, Christmas, Fashion, Featured Store, Gift Guides, Gift Ideas, Jewelry, Mommy Gifts, Seasonal

Filling Their Stockings with Christmas Joy

Filling Their Stockings with Christmas Joy

I hope your holidays were filled with joy! Imagine, for a minute, a child waking up on Christmas day and wondering if there will be any breakfast… already knowing there are no toys to unwrap. That is a reality for too many in our communities this season. Here’s a way that we were able to share joy with some other children this Christmas. Every year, my family fills stockings for children in need.  These are members of our community, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Featured

The Reason for the Season with Champions for Kids (and a Little Disney Magic)

The Reason for the Season with Champions for Kids (and a Little Disney Magic)

“Mommy, if Santa Claus brings presents to all the good boys and girls, why do we donate toys to the kids in the shelters?” Whew. That’s a tough one. We donate toys for these children because sometimes people do not let Santa know how little they have. We bring the toys because some children use their letters to Santa to ask for warm clothing and food. We give these gifts because even Santa does not work alone … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Featured

Holiday DVD Roundup: Win Classic Christmas Favorites!

Holiday DVD Roundup: Win Classic Christmas Favorites!

 I love so much about the holiday season: decorating the tree, baking cookies, singing carols, spending time with family…dressing my baby up in cheesy outfits. (That’s him in the Santa suit and me in the reindeer antlers!) But most of all…I love the way the holiday season inspires kindness from strangers and brings out the best in people. In the days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I get into the holiday spirit by watching classic Christmas movies. While some might find them a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Christmas, Contests, DVD, Seasonal, Uncategorized

Holiday Countdown Fun

Holiday Countdown Fun

We all have holiday traditions. For the second year in a row, Candace and I have been getting into the spirit of the season on Mamanista with our 12 Days of Giveaways. At home, we’ve both been counting down the days until Santa’s arrival with our The Story of Christmas Advent Calendars. This book and advent calendar combo features 24 miniature board books nestled in a three-paneled, stand-alone backer. The books, which tell the story of the first Christmas, are meant to be opened … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books (Activities), Christmas