Great Holiday Gifts for Kids

Looking for the perfect gift for the little ones in your life?  Check out some of these hot new toys, and grab them before they are snapped up.


Have you ever heard of Wubble?  The nifty ball/bubble/balloons that are part bubble, part ball, part wiggly fun.  Wubble is now not only in the form of the regular Wubble which can inflate up to 3 feet, but now includes the WubbleX and Glo Wubble.

he Wubble X is very similar to the original Wubble but inflates to a portion of its size with the included helium can.  The addition of helium instead of air or CO2 makes a big difference.  Now your Wubble floats around the room, sticking to ceilings and overturned hands as if by magic.  The Glo Wubble brings the familiar Wubble to night time play – the big, bouncy bubble now glows as it floats around.  These are great fun at night or in a play room with the lights out.  Wubble balls retail for $19.99 each and the original and Glo Wubble include a pump while the Wubble X retails for $7.99 and the helium can retails for $7.99.


If you are looking to help your youngster get ahead in school, take a look at the Kurio Smart™ tablet, the first Windows kids’ tablet available.  Is is a child-appropriate 2-in-1 tablet/computer that comes with a “detachable keyboard, one-year of Microsoft Office and anti-virus protection, plus $200 worth of additional content” (as per packaging), has parental tools to keep kids safe, and retails for $199.99.  The attractive price as well as the functionality of the Kurio Smart makes it a great first computer. It can be used as a tablet if removed from the keyboard, so it’s still good for entertainment purposes as well. Grab yours at , there are a few other options available as well- see what’s right for your child.


Peanuts Happy Dance Snoopy is not only adorable, but timely.  With the new movie out about a month ago, kids are falling in love with this happy hound all over again (and so are adults of all ages).  Just Play has just released an adorable plush Happy Dance Snoopy, who dances to the “Peanuts” theme song (aka “Linus and Lucy”) when you squeeze his paw.  He kisses, too- just smooch him, and he will give one back (or a laugh, howl- even a burp).  He’s a dog, after all.  Snoopy is a lot of fun- I like him as much as my son does, if we are being honest. He retails for $29.99 at stores like Target and Amazon.


Moose Toys has created Qixels, a fun craft aimed at boys who were left out of the bead and water trend until recently.  The Qixels Turbo Dryer is a fun new activity set where kids can use their imagination or follow directions to make predetermined patterns with cubes that fuse together water. When they “set”, they make an 8-bit looking creation that games like Minecraft have made popular once again. Make monsters, ninjas, zombies- whatever your heart desires.  Qixels alone can air dry, but with the The Turbo Dryer, they dry in half the time (because we all know kids don’t love waiting). You can pick yours up for $19.99 in stores like Toys R Us.  I’d give this to elementary age or up, and with supervision for younger kids due to small pieces.


Kids are loving the tech pets craze right now, and one of the cutest is Little Live Pets CleverKeet. This sweetie pie just flew into the Little Live Pets™ pet shop and would love to be adopted by your family this holiday season.  Name your pretty bird, and he or she will remember it.   You will receive an included adoption certificate to make your new pet officially yours.  He likes to dance in front of the mirror, just like a real bird.  He knows all sorts of words and will answer your questions (in often silly ways), and he sings as well, of course.  CleverKeet comes with one CleverKeet bird, one playground (he loves to swing!), one cart, one instruction booklet and adoption certificate, for $59.99.

Must Have Kids Clothes from Rockin’ Baby

Disclosure- I received the below in order to facilitate this post.  All opinions are my own and honest.  Please see “I disclose” for more information.

You know that my girls love clothes, and most days they love to match. I was so excited to see these adorable clothing items from Rockin’ Baby as well as learn the great story behind the company.

About Rockin’ Baby:

This company has a great heart for charity behind them. They like to give and to help and if you are purchasing some of their slings, pouches, or clothing items, they know you do too.

Every sling, pouch, or clothing item you buy they will donate an item to mothers in desperate need in Haiti or Kenya. They will do this through well managed, non profit organizations who are committed to helping these mothers living in terrible conditions. They call this their “Mother to Mother” mission.

When they started “Mother to Mother” in 2011 they wanted to make a real difference in the world and with your help, they really have.

Rockin’ Baby used to just be a company known as the the sling and pouch company that donates a new sling to every mother in need for every sling purchased, and they just launched their first children’s apparel collection that is also a one-for-one concept: You buy. We give. One-for-one.

For every item of clothing sold across all designs from the new Rockin’ Baby collection, an item from the Hero range will be gifted to an Ebola orphan, providing vital clothing for a child in need. The project is known as Child to Child and it will be carried out in partnership with Child Fund International.


Judy Sweat and Print Dress:

For cooler days, dress your little one in this fantastic and rather funky sweater dress.

With a soft georgette fabric smarter skirt bottom and cotton sweatshirt style top, this dress is so versatile, and can be worn during the day time, and into the night.

It’s practically 2 items for the price of one and an easy go-to on rushed mornings.

This dress is available 18-24 months all the way up to 10 years.

My Thoughts:

I absolutely loved this dress. I thought that it was adorable. The girls have warn it on warm days, just as well as on cool days and have loved it every time that they wore it. The dress is very soft and comfortable for the girls and not to mention absolutely adorable. The dress is too cute! Great fit and style for any little girl on your list this holiday season.


MARGO Stripe Bubble Dress:

This lovely striped jersey bubble dress is a great classic piece that follows season to season.

This gorgeous bubble dress has embroidery to match back to the tee and chambray items in the collection.

This dress can be worn alone, but also great with some leggings and their smart wool coat or faux fur vest.

This adorable dress is available in sizes 18-24 Months to 10 yrs.

My Thoughts:

Wow, absolutely adorable. I’m sure that you agree with me. This dress is so cute. Right now it has been much to cold for my girls to be able to wear this dress without leggings, but it is so cute. They have gotten several compliments everytime that they put this adorable dress on.


My Thoughts:

I got these adorable baby outfits as well, that will come in handy when my next little one arrives, and they are absolutely adorable and made very well.


If you are interested in purchasing some adorable clothes, or even a sling, head on over to the Rockin’ Baby website and find the perfect item for the kids in your life.

Logo Loops Holiday Headbands

Disclosure- I received the below in order to facilitate this post.  All opinions are my own and honest.  Please see “I disclose” for more information.

You all know by now how girly my girls truly can be. They absolutely love to dress up and do anything they can to accessorize themselves. They were so excited to receive these adorable headbands from Logo Loops for the holidays.

About Logo Loops:

Logo Loops, LLC produces a custom embroidered cotton/lycra stretch headband as well as “ready made” styles. Each of their headbands is a quality product manufactured and embroidered in their own workshops. The “loops” can be worn as a fashion statement, sports accessory, or team/school/camp spirit-building product.

Each headband is made of 90% cotton/10%Lycra stretch. The headbands are all machine washable and can be tumbled dry. Logo Loops ensures that each band maintains it’s “memory” and is non slip for girls who are always on the go. These stretchy accessories wont’ cause a headache unlike stiff wire or plastic headbands. They run 2 1/4″ wide, the perfect one-size-fits-all.


My Thoughts:

As you can see my girls absolutely loved the looks and sayings of these adorable headbands that they received. With the weather getting warmer they are happy to wear these adorable, comfy headbands to fit in with the season.

Just in time for the holiday season, they came out with several new adorable headbands.

  • Ho Ho Ho
  • I Love Snow Days
  • Snowman Face
  • I Believe
  • Santa Whale
  • I Love Cocoa
  • Peace Love Santa
  • I Love Santa
  • Santa’s Helper
  • Fa La La La

After I found out about this great company Logo Loops I was so happy to see that they have adorable headbands other than just holiday. They have great headbands that can be worn year round for all those days when you need something extra for yourself, and even for those days when you need to just throw your hair in a ponytail.



If you are interested in purchasing these adorable headbands, head on over to the Logo Loops Website and find something perfect for the girl in your life.

Gift giving with CARE

The holiday season is upon us and as such it is time to get gifts for those near and dear to your heart.  Some people are easy to shop for.  The Star Wars fan, gets Star Wars fun the reader gets a new e reader.  But one of the most difficult people to shop for are often those who put all their effort into helping others.  The donators, the volunteers, we all have at least on in your families. hopefully.


I do have a few tips on what to get these special people in our lives.  One option is the Gifts of Lasting Change from CARE.  With the ability to find a gift ranging from a goat for a family in need that provides milk to a tap of clean water to a school.  The donations vary in price and type.  Each Gift of Lasting Change represents a small piece of CARE’s enormous body of work, which last year helped 72 million in 90 countries with poverty-fighting programs focused on empowering girls and women.  With each purchase you have the option to either send the recipient a personalized e-card to or to download and print a paper card to mail. And because CARE is a non-profit, all gift purchases are 100% tax-deductible.  In his recent column on holiday gift-giving in the New York Times, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker Nicholas Kristof recommended supporting CARE’s work promoting girls’ education.

CARE celebrated the 70th anniversary of its founding on November 27. CARE was founded in the aftermath of World War II to send relief to Europeans left starving and homeless by the deadliest-ever human conflict. Actor Matt Dillon recently narrated an inspiring short video about CARE’s history that explains how CARE was founded with the creation of the CARE Package, and how the concept of the CARE Package has evolved through the decades. Today the box symbolizes lasting change.

CARE has endured not simply because there are people in need still, but because there will always be people willing to give of themselves to make a difference in people’s lives. To Give a Gift of Lasting Change to a loved one is to tell someone that they inspire you to do good for others.

Be sure to check it out and finish up those last minute gifts.



Armitron Watches- Be on Time for All Your Holiday Happenings

With everyone carrying cell phones now, not everyone wears watches the way they used to.  When you ask what time it is, people grab for their pockets instead of looking at their wrists. Not only are watches functional and useful, they are a fashion statement as well.  Nice to look at, classic and classy- and ready to make a comeback.


Armitron Watches are a great gift ‘for him’ or ‘for her’, the Armitron watches are polished, practical and functional timepieces. Made with genuine diamonds, different styles and colors, options of bands, materials, and more- there is an Armitron Watch for everyone.  There are so many selections to chose from, your biggest problem will be narrowing it down.


These are really beautiful.  Some of them look more like bracelets then like watches- which, for me, is very neat.  They look very sleek, sophisticated- accessories that would really compliment an outfit.


If you are looking for the perfect gift this year, something special, you will want to check out the Armitron site and see what they have. You can also use the coupon code HolidayTime to get %25 off any watch on the site.


More About Armitron

For nearly sixty years, Armitron has embodied and nurtured the spirit of individuality.  Since pioneering many of the first affordable digital wrist watches, it has been Armitron’s mission to make stylish, functional timepieces accessible to every person.

Today, Armitron looks to advance this mission by sharing the stories of real people.  We want to celebrate the broad, hard-working, diverse group of individuals that are our brand.  Each of them with their own style, thoughts, and ambitions.  That is why we showcase real people in our imagery, not professional models.  These are the people who truly represent our brand, which is what you want in reputable watch brands.

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Great Games for Kids from Wonder Forge

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We are all big game players in my family. As we have had children it has been tricky for us to find games that can include our young children, but are still fun for the adults. I must say that I have not ever found a game that I was not 100% satisfied with from the Wonder Forge game family. They have such great games for all the kids in your family, that adults enjoy playing as well.

About Wonder Forge:

In 2007, Jacobe Chrisman (Founder & CEO) and a small group of creative types with a passion for children’s entertainment came together to develop extraordinarily fun, original play experiences for kids and families.

Since it was originally launched, Wonder Forge has always offered top-quality experiences, raising the bar for preschool and family games everywhere. The preschool games help to celebrate the “can do”  attitude in all kids – engaging them physically, socially, and creatively. The family games bridge generation gaps and create wholesome family moments and lasting memories.

Wonder Forge additionally always works to create strong, long-lasting partnerships with licensors. This is wonderful when your children love certain characters.

Today, Wonder Forge makes over 85 games that have won more than 160 top awards for product excellence. They are sold nationwide and in over 11 countries.

About Eye Found It Journey Through Time:


In this wonderful game, you work together as a team of historians, scientists, and adventurers solving the world’s greatest mysteries with the Eye Found It Journey Through Time Hidden Picture Game from Wonder Forge. You can venture and find hidden objects throughout time from the Prehistoric Era to the Present Day. You want to Race to the end of the giant 6-foot game board before your Timecraft runs out of fuel. This game is recommended for ages 4 and up.

My Thoughts: This game was a great deal of fun. I had a lot of fun playing this game with my daughters. I also have to admit that this is one of my husband’s favorite games that we have played with the girls as well. My daughters are ages 3 and 5 and so they definitely were both able to understand and play the game really well.

About Peanuts Snoopy Flying Ace Game:


I’ll get you Red Baron! The world’s most beloved beagle is back!  A legend in his own mind, Snoopy takes off as the Flying Ace in constant pursuit of his nemesis, the Red Baron. Flip cards and race to make matches before Snoopy spins to a stop. It’s high-flying family fun! This is a great game for children age 3-10 years old.


My Thoughts:

I think that this game is absolutely adorable. As you can see, my daughters loved playing this game. It was a very cute game, and loads of fun. It was easy for my 3 and 5 year olds to both play together. I even started supper and they were able to continue playing while I was out of the room. Great Game for kids.

About The Good Dinosaur Roarin’ River Game:


You can now race the rapids to get home! You work together as a team to help Arlo and his friends outrun the flooding river! Travel through the dangerous canyons, mountain forests, and sweeping plains! This game is great for kids ages 4 and up.

My Thoughts: This game too is absolutely adorable. My kids were so interested in this game and truly enjoyed playing it. I absolutely loved playing the game with them, and don’t mind when they ask to play it because it is a game that is not like others that I have played before.

About Disney Imagicademy Items:


Disney Imagicademy Storymation Studio: You make the movies the Imagacademy from Disney. You can now get creative with the characters, backgrounds, clay, and costume molds. Download the free and easy-to-use Storymation Studio animation app and make your own animated masterpiece inspired by your favorite Disney films. This is recommended for children ages 3 and up.

Disney Imagicademy Mickey Mouse Animals Activity Book:You can now roam through the wild and wondrous realm of the animal kingdom with Mickey Mouse and your favorite Disney pals! Explore the fascinating lives of insects, how animals adapt to their surroundings, the reason behind animal conservation, and more –all through a collection of creative activities. This is great for children ages 4 and up.

Disney Imagicademy Frozen Science Activity Book:Join Elsa, Olaf, and all your favorite characters from Disney’s Frozen as they lead you through creative activities, fun puzzles, and surprising experiments! Discover why we have four seasons, the natural beauty of snowflakes, how we see rainbows and so much more. Great for children ages 4 and up.

My Thoughts: My daughters have really enjoyed playing with each of these items. They are a great way for your children to do more than just play games or stare at a device all the time. I was incredibly impressed by how much fun each of these were. The Storymation Studio was awesome. Stay tuned and I will have more pictures of what my girls come up with in the future.

About Apple Pop Game:


Move the apples around the tree, or try to pop the apples out on the first try! Land it in a basket and get extra points! It’s a game of strategy and fun–pop the apples out of the tree win by collecting the correct three!

My Thoughts:My daughters are incredibly excited when you get this game out. They had a ton of fun popping the apples out of the tree and racing to see who could get them all out the fastest.


My Thoughts:

I was absolutely in love with each and everyone of these games that we received. I know that we will get many great game nights out of the games and they will be fun for the whole family. I have a few that I have added to my Christmas list for the other little kids in my life, because I know that they are going to be a great game.



Got a Peanuts Fan? You Will Love the Vermont Country Store

Have you seen the new Peanuts movie yet?  It’s hard to believe there is a new one out- but even if you haven’t, surely you and your family love watching the Christmas Special every year.  It’s definitely one of our favorites, and is for our parents as well.


The Vermont Country Store (with physical locations as well as online store) has an exclusive Peanuts Collection of apparel, holiday cheer, and home décor – just in time for the holidays. Here are some of my favorites:

Peanuts Portable Record Player: Vintage-looking, lightweight, great sound, compatible with digital devices and made by Crosley – plus to go with it, a holiday record from the Peanuts gang too!

Super Soft Pajamas:  Available for men, boys, women, and girls and decorated with exclusive prints

Peanuts Christmas Clock: Sings holiday carols on the hour – but also has a light sensor so that the Peanuts gang keeps quiet when the lights are out!

Winter Flannel Sheets Set: Check out the gang skiing and having fun on soft Portuguese flannel sheets

Campfire Night Light: Snoopy and Linus, an adorable night light – the campfire flickers and adds a glow to the room


There are so many more options to choose from.  We got my son a pair of the super-soft pajamas, and he just loves them.  Let me tell you, the name doesn’t lie- they are as soft as they claim to be. He is so snugly in them, he gets extra cuddles from mommy-  and he doesn’t mind yet, I think I still have a year or two before he whines at me for that, LOL.


They also came beautifully packaged- you can send them as a gift easily, and the recipient will be thrilled.  Even if you buy them for yourself or your children, it really does feel like opening a gift- it felt “special” when you opened it.  These would be such a fun “family” holiday greeting card photo or Christmas eve matching set, and it feels so nice against your skin.

Vermont Country Store

He was so excited, I couldn’t get him to stay still for photos, LOL

We loved these PJ’s- so much so, that we are likely going to be placing another order shortly.  We are thinking sheets and one of those super fluffy blankets for the bed- ours are in need of a winter upgrade, methinks.  The store is really fun to browse in, and even more fun to shop at.  This is the perfect time of year to place an order- anyone from Vermont knows a think or two about making winter a little warmer.

More About Vermont Country Store

Vermont Country Store is  a new England staple when it comes to quality home, outdoor, and food products. Their brand is kind of a throwback to a simpler time, and has a unique New England practicality. It’s also important to note that most of their products are exclusives or are hard to find elsewhere.

Visit Santa AND Shrek at the Cherry Crest Mall

Have your kids visited Santa this year?  How about a recent Shrek and Donkey visit?  No?  If you are in the general area, why not shake things up a bit and take not only a Santa photo, but a journey as well?  Complete with your favorite Dreamworks characters Shrek, Donkey, and friends.

santa and shrek

You get a whole experience, not just a quickie Santa’s lap visit and photo. Wait, no, the best part is that you don’t’ have to wait on a zillion hour line. You RSVP online for a time slot, show up, and go in. The line can be very short up to about a half hour.  Maybe the best part is that the kids were REALLY excited about all the stuff they got to do while on the journey, or that the price for the tour and photos are not any higher then they were for a typical Santa photo (The cost for a single photo with Santa at Radio City Music Hall is $25. At our local mall, it’s $20. Here, you get a a package of photos of your choice, in a variety of sizes, for $35.) There are a lot of “Best Parts”….It’s hard to choose the best-best part.
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