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DIY Christmas Ornaments Ideas + Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop

It's the most wonderful time of the year...


The stockings were hung by the chimney with care...

So many childhood holiday memories and traditions we have carried on for so many generations.  

This year is going to be a little different for our family.  This year we are breaking tradition.

This year our Christmas tree is going up before Thanksgiving.

We have ALWAYS decorated the Christmas tree after Thanksgiving but this year since we will be traveling during the Christmas holiday I figured we should have the tree up and have a table set up for the family to make some homemade ornaments for the tree.

I love this Hot Cocoa Mix Ornament idea from Sprinkle Some Fun.  This would be an ideal ornament idea for a large group.  So many tasty fun possibilities with this one.
We usually donate paper towel rolls to the school for projects and they usually end up as napkin rings but check out this Toilet Roll Reindeer idea from Happy Hooligans.  Absolute adorable isn't it? I have so many of these …
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NIV Adventure Bible Polar Exploration Edition Review & Giveaway

With over 9 million copies sold, the Adventure Bible brand is beloved by Christian schools, churches, and families alike. Now, the #1 Bible for kids, including all of the trusted essentials loved by parents, is available in an exciting polar exploration theme!

We are so excited to have the opportunity to review this awesome Bible.  The kids loved it and gave it 2 thumbs up.

Catchy graphics.  Easy to read. Plus the Live It! tidbits help keep readers engaged in the Word and daily application.
Ready for a frosty Adventure? Embark on a fun, exciting trek through God’s Word with the NIV Adventure Bible, now in an all-new polar exploration theme! While on this arctic adventure, readers meet all types of people, see all sorts of places, and learn all kinds of facts about the Bible. And most importantly you’ll grow closer in your relationship with God.

Features of the NIV Adventure Bible, Polar Exploration Edition include:
• The same trusted Adventure Bible content in a frosty new them…

Get Kids Excited About STEM

When you think about building blocks, video games, books, board games, cartoons, I'm pretty sure STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) doesn't exactly come to mind but these are just some of the ways kids actually develop STEM skills but it's a fact.

Building blocks are excellent for helping toddlers and preschoolers develop engineering skills as kids learn to manipulate the blocks to build towers and as kids get older games like Jenga help reinforce these skills. 

Video games and board games are also helpful in actively engaging kids in STEM activities.  Think about it.  While playing video games kids are using problem solving skills to navigate throughout the game and multi-tasking with the controllers.  

Several preschool cartoons help little ones develop STEM skills.  Nick Jr. has a full schedule of programs such as Blaze and the Monster Machines, Wallykazam and Doc McStuffins.  Super Why airs on PBS and it actively engages kids and helps develop reading skills…

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National Geographic Kids Weird But True! Mega Prize Pack Giveaway

Did you know the tallest known snowman was higher than a 12-story building?
Weird But True! 10 (ages 8-12, $8.99) is the latest release in the main Weird But True! series and books 1-9 has been refreshed and expanded to include 50 MORE facts than the original releases (that’s 350 facts per book if you are counting!)! Did you know that ears are self-cleaning, or that itching is contagious? It's all totally weird ... but true! Each of the ten books of this main series contains 350 surprising and amazing facts about topics like science, space, weather, geography, food, pop culture, and just about everything else under the sun, presented with fascinating photos and illustrations. 


Weird But True! Know-It-All Greek Mythology (ages 8-12, $12.99) - The newest in the WBT book family, WBT Know-It-All focuses on a specific topics structured into profiles. Weird But True! Know-It-All Greek Mythology includes everything kids need to know about all their favorite Greek gods, heroes, monsters,…

Starbucks Holiday Cups Are Here and We've Got a Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway

Starbucks Holiday Cups are back!  Lines were long but I got my hands on a pair and can't wait to save on future purchases of all my fave Starbucks beverages. If you were lucky enough to score one of these coveted cups kudos to you!  I've seen a few social media posts from folks whose local Starbucks sold out of the cups within moments of opening.
To celebrate the launch of the 2019 cups and the full line up of holiday drinks I decided today would be a GREAT day for a giveaway!   Here's your chance to win a $10 Starbucks gift card! * * * G I V E A W A Y * * *Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway

Welcome to our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Him

Have you started your holiday shopping yet? I have.  I just have a few things left to get.  I've picked up a few gifts for my gal pals. Be sure to check out our Gifts for Her.


Ring Video Doorbell
I remember seeing this product on tv and thinking it would be perfect for our family given we travel so much and we get a lot of packages delivered to the house. It'd be great to see who's at the door from anywhere!


Whiskey Stones
Ice waters down a good whiskey but whiskey stones chill to the perfect temp. These stones are high tech and stylish and priced just right. I know my husband would use his to keep his soda ice cold and for some of those beverages we brought back from our recent cruise.


Shaving Kit
It's Movember so dad probably isn't shaving but when December rolls around and he's ready to shave his beard, this shaving kit will come in handy.  This old fashioned shave kit reminds me of the one my grandfather had. Complete with stand, brush, blades and stop, this …