Tech Stocking Stuffers

Tech Stocking Stuffers

Technology is a huge part of our lives and it’s just not possible to make any kind of gift guide without including some tech items on the list.  I’ve received some great tech products throughout the year and I’m sharing some that are perfect for stocking stuffers.

 

Disclosure: I received some of the items below for inclusion in my holiday gift guide.  This post may contain affiliate links, clicking them and making a purchase helps support this site.

NomadPlus 2-in-1

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The NomadPlus is the perfect addition to any stocking this holiday season and beyond.  This 2-in-1 serves as a wall charger and portable battery at the same time.  I just love mines.  I have been using it along with my iPhone wall charger since it arrived.  I’ve been able to get a 50% charger on mines several times when I was in bed and wanted to use my phone being going to sleep. NomadPlus is an innovative 2-in-1 charging solution. Ideal for travel, it adds a 1800mAh battery to any Apple USB wall plug – and it can charge any smartphone or other USB powered devices. NomadPlus packs enough power to charge your phone 100% after you unplug it from the wall.

Learn More – Nomad (currently Nomad is having a holiday sale and the NomadPlus is 50% off)

Purchase – MSRP $39.99 on Amazon.

U|R Powered Touchscreen Gloves for Him

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Don’t let winter interfere with mobile activity. Blake is a surge knit touchscreen tech glove for men. UR Powered’s Blake surge knit touchscreen gloves to access your favorite apps, email, camera and more on your favorite smartphone, tablet or mobile device! These knit gloves feature UR’s Mobile Media grip, allowing you to enjoy touchscreen features with 5 finger touch control! Blake Touchscreen Gloves by UR Powered come in multiple colors, making it easy to mix and match with your winter gear.

Learn More: UR Powered MSRP $30

UR Powered Tucker Sweater Knit Mens Audio Hat

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With the Tucker Knit Sweater Audio Hat you can keep your ears warm during the cold months.  In Baltimore it can get very cold so this is a perfect gift idea especially for teens who are out waiting for the bus to get to school and back home.  Tucker is a sweater knit audio hat featuring built-in U|R Powered audio speakers with removable cords. Detailed with a contrasting stitch design. Fleece lined ear band for added warmth and comfort.

Learn More: UR Powered MSRP $38

1ByOne iPhone Battery Case

I travel for my blog from time to time and when I do I always need extra battery life.  This is the perfect gift for anyone who’s using their phones all the time.  My sister is the perfect example of that.  She’s attached to her phone and now with double the battery life she has longer to go without needing a charge.  Key features of the 1byOne iPhone Battery Case include:

  • The powerful 3100mAh Li-polymer rechargeable battery can effectively provide 100%+ extra battery life to your iPhone 6/6s, which is equivalent to add 14 + hours talk time or 10+ hours web browsing time.
  • 360 degrees comprehensive bumper design and hard-shell backplate, protects your iPhone from scratches and other daily tear and wear, yet small and convenient enough to fit easily in your hand or in your pocket.
  • Featuring sync-through technology that you can sync your iPhone to a computer without having to take the battery case off. Simultaneously charge your iPhone and battery case together with the included micoUSB cable.
  • Protective IC circuit efficiently avoids short-circuit, over-charged and malfunction even under extreme conditions.
  • Changeable frames of different colors, dress up your iPhone on every single day.

You can read my review on Amazon and also purchase the case as well.  It’s really a great product to have and to gift.

D-Link Smart Plug

I’ve noticed that the market for connected home products are starting to expand.  So when D-Link reached out about their new Wi-Fi Smart Plug I had to jump at the opportunity to give this one a try.  Imagine being able to turn on the lights to a room in your house before entering.  Or sometimes we get busy forget to turn off electronics, with the Smart Plug you can simply connect to the D-Link app and check to make sure it’s turned off, if not you can turn it off from your tablet or smartphone.  One of the key features I loved about this little plug is that it could actually help you.  The built in thermal sensor will automatically turn off overheating appliances.  The peace of mind with that feature alone is worth the $69.99 price tag to me, but if you’re still on the fence about the smart plug, perhaps saving on your energy bills will make this a smart buy for you.  I’ll be adding more of these to our home in the future for sure.

Learn more: D-Link

Purchase: MSRP $69.99 on Amazon

Kinivo BTH260 Sport Headphones

I just love how compact these headphones are, they fit perfectly in my husband’s stocking too.  The little box comes ready to be wrapped and gifted to someone on your shopping list.  These bluetooth headphones are a great option for music lovers.  My husband listens to music when he works out, so he needs headphones without a cord.  This is the perfect option for athletes because they can listen to whatever they want, without having to worry about the cord at all.  Key features of these headphones include

  • Sweatproof : Built to perform for sports or active lifestyles with reliable water resistant technology, a sleek design and secure fit
  • Enjoy latest Bluetooth 4.0 wireless music and hands-free calling capabilities with noise-cancelling microphone
  • Incredibly long-lasting (25 hours) rechargeable battery which can be quickly charged up in 2-3 hrs
  • Unleash powerful and rich CD-quality sound with amazing clarity and deep bass- supports AptX high bit rate codec
  • Includes protective carrying case, charging cable and comes with 1 year limited warranty and lifetime US based customer support

Learn more about Kinvio and their products on Amazon.

Roxy Grace Natural Handmade Beauty Products

Roxy Grace Natural Handmade Beauty Products

My daughter loves checking out how to make beauty products on Youtube.  One thing she’s always looking at creating is making lip-gloss.  She would ask me over and over and purchasing the items she needs to try to make her own.  I wasn’t a fan of this idea and knew there had to be another way to get something my daughter would love without having to stress about finding the ingredients.  That’s where Roxy Grace came to the rescue.

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Roxy Grace and Company manufactures all natural Do It Yourself Lip Balm, Bath Fizzies and Body Scrub Kits for girls.  Their mission is to educate young women on the importance of using natural bath and beauty products, promote creativity and encourage generosity and kindness.

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Photo Credit: Roxy Grace and Company

Disclosure: Roxy Grace provided me with one of their Lip Balm Kits for inclusion in our Holiday Gift Guide.

I received the Roxy Grace DIY Lip Balm Kit for gift guide inclusion.  I love these kinds of gifts because they are fun for both my daughter and I.  We get to participate in a fun activity with each other and she gets to create her own beauty products.  With these kits we know exactly whats inside the products she’s using so we can rest assured it’s safe for her to use and enjoy.

About Roxy Grace DIY Lip Balm Kit

LB3Each kit comes with all the ingredients needed to make 6 lip balms. Each kit also comes with a Kindness Club Membership Card, 6 hang tags with ribbon and 6 cellophane bags to create gift sets for friends.These kits are designed to be an easy and fun DIY activity. The Roxy Lip Balms are made with all-natural nourishing ingredients. They are not only fun to make with a group of friends but they can also be given as gifts. Select from an awesome list of flavors. Adult supervision is required.

The Roxy Grace DIY Lip Balm Kit costs $28 per kit, you can also substitute coconut oil for almond oil if you are worried about allergies for an additional $2 pet kit.  Check out the Roxy Grace and Company website for other DIY kits and pre-made beauty products.  If you’re interested in shopping at Roxy Grace this holiday season use discount code Mommyblog25 to receive 25% off your purchase until December 31st, 2015.

 

Stocking Stuffers for the Entire Family

Stocking Stuffers for the Entire Family

Stocking Stuffers are a great way to include even more goodies into your holiday gift giving.  I love filling my family’s stockings with a variety of gift options.  I like to include a little food goodies so they can snack on while I’m making breakfast, small gadgets, jewelry, games and so much more.  There are lots of great options for the stocking and I’m sharing some of the items I’ll be putting in my family’s stocking this year. I hope you these suggestions helpful.

Nature’s Bakery sent us a whole box of goodies to enjoy for the holidays, including their limited edition Pumpkin Spice Fig Bars.  I’m not a fan of pumpkin so I gave these to my sister but my family loved the other goodies in our box.  I was actually quite surprised how much my kids loved their Brownie Bars.  They even enjoyed the Gluten Free options as well.  My four-year old choose these for snack time at school instead of his usual chips or fruit snacks.  They are perfect for snacking on, for popping in lunch boxes or gifting during the holidays.  You can purchase Nature’s Bakery products online from Amazon.

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Who knew that Madeleines were so scrumptious. Donsuemor sent me a few samples of their madeleines to try out and the were so good.  I swear I ate them all in one setting (with some help of course).  There wasn’t an item in this box that I didn’t enjoy.  They all would make wonderful gifts for the holidays and beyond.  I can guarantee you that the receiver would love you for sending them these goodies. Pick these up for holiday parties, stocking stuffer or just to keep in your house.  The sell individually wrapped madeleines making them perfect for gifting.  You can purchase a sampler package on Amazon.

IMG_0172Sugar Bowl Bakery Organic Bakery Bites are the ultimate stocking stuffer for the holidays.  I wish we had some to put in our stockings.  We had the opportunity to review these during the summer and they were great.  The whole family enjoyed these snack and the fact that they’re individually wrapped makes them perfect for gifting.  These are perfect for holiday parties and for your snack pantry.  These snacks are free of preservatives, trans-fat, cholesterol, and have no artificial flavors or colors.

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I just love snacking on Jelly Beans.  They are the just the right amount of sugar when I’m looking for a pick me up.  I like keeping a few of these in a zip lock baggie for when we are traveling with the kids because they are easy to eat in the car and they don’t make a lot of mess (as long as the kids don’t spill).  Jelly beans are great for making small treat bags for possible class parties and teacher gifts.  They are also great for stockings.  Gimballs offer a lovely selection to choose from, and I’m sure everyone would love finding a special package of these in their stockings.

Endangered Species Chocolates is the a gift that gives back.  This company is passionate about the environment and their chocolate.  This company is commited to providing chocolate lovers with premium chocolates.  Endangered Species offers 10 percent of net profits to fund habitat and species conservation efforts.  That’s a cause I can certainly get behind.  I was sent the bars and they are perfect for baking.  Check out the Endangered Species website for recipe ideas and stock up on your natural premium chocolates on Amazon.

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If you have someone with food allergies in your house then you’ll want to add YummySnack to their stockings this year.  YummySnack Bars™ are the “better-than-candy” bars. They’re made of wholesome, real-food ingredients like flaxseed, almond butter, coconut, natural peanut butter and cocoa—yet still taste like favorite candy bars!  All YummySnack Bars are gluten-free and contain only 8 grams of sugar (and no starch), are high in fiber, and contain 100 mg of Omega 3s.  They do not contain hydrogenated oils, trans fats, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, artificial flavors or preservatives of any kind.   YummySnack Bars are available in six delicious flavors:  Peppermint, Brownie, Coconut, Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter and Chocolate.  You can purchase YummySnack Bars online on Amazon.

Aquaball

AquaBall is the only kids beverage on the market that has zero calories and zero sugar.  With all the class parties coming up it’s a great option for beverages instead of sugary juices.  They come in fun character wrapping and include characters from Disney and Mavel.  These make great classmate gifts for younger kids.  Just print up a quick label and attach round the bottle neck with some paper ribbon on you’re ready for gifting.  This naturally flavored water, enhanced with Vitamins B3, B5, B6, B12 and C and has 0 grams of sugar, 0 calories, no artificial flavors or colors and no high fructose corn syrup. It comes in four flavors: Grape, Fruit Punch, Orange and Berry Blast.

Cocojoy Kids

Growing up in the Caribbean I used to have coconut water all the time when I wanted something refreshing to drink.  As a matter of fact my parent’s only let us have soda during the holiday season.  I don’t drink it that often but once I found out about Coco Joy Kids Flavored Coconut Water I knew it would be something my kids would love.  I like that it’s not loaded with sugar and they like that it tastes delicious.  Coco Joy Kids is a healthier alternative to sugary soft drinks with no added sugar, no preservatives, and no concentrates. Flavors include: Strawberry, Banana, Watermelon and Pineapple, and feature popular characters from Disney’s “Frozen,” Marvel’s “Avengers” and Disney∙Pixar’s “Inside Out.” (Cans: $1.19, Bottles: $1.39)

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My kids had the opportunity to try out Natural Twig Colored Pencils a few months ago.  I have to admit these are probably the best colored pencils we’ve ever used.  They are strong and very durable.  I was worried how long they would last and this set has outlasted two regular sets we purchased for the kids and it’s still going strong.  These work just like your regular colored pencils the only difference is, it needs to be sharpened with a knife so it does require adults to sharpen once the point starts to get lower.  These are great for gift giving, and can also be used for decor.  It wouldn’t surprise me if these make it to next summer.  You can purchase these online.

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Skin care is very important and as I get older it seems like the problems I skipped as a teenager is catching up to me now.  I’ve been looking for a skin care routine to help me keep my skin looking healthy and beautiful.  Healthy skin is important for men and women of all ages, and this holiday season RENU 28’s all-natural skin gel makes the perfect gift for anyone. Not only will this unique gift help your loved ones look younger and feel better, it also ensures they are properly maintaining their skin.  I am always careful about what products I use on my skin because it’s very sensitive, however since I’ve been using the RENU 28 I haven’t notice any skin irritation at all. With winter upon us I am looking forward to softer skin.

Casswell-Massey has been in business since 1752, creating high quality personal care products that have been used by some of the most famous people in the US.  I received samples from their vintage collection for review.  My favorite of all is the hand cream.  Mines is Gardenia scented and whenever I use it people always give me compliments.  I love that it instantly gives me soft, touchable hands, that aren’t greasy or oily.  The 2.5oz tube costs $15.  Mines has lasted me at least two months and it still has almost half left. These are perfect for stocking stuffers or white elephant parties this holiday season.  You can purchase them online from Casswell-Massey.

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Our youngest child is two, and his stocking is always the toughest to stuff for me.  I like giving him small items like bath toys and small plushies.  We’ve been looking for something to keep his mild soap away from his other siblings and this Fefe the Dragon Soapets is the perfect thing.  These plush bath toys for kids are the perfect way to make bath time fun!  Soft and gentle to the skin, Soapets hold the soap and help kids get clean while having creative play in the tub.  Soapets are available in seven different characters, each with their own unique and fun story and include the Soapet character, booklet and embroidered sponge.  Purchase them online at Amazon.

My Zest Fruitboost Experience

My Zest Fruitboost Experience

Jingles of popular brands have a way to sticking with you.  You can replay them in your head at the oddest times and recall all sorts of memories.  Every time I hear ‘Zest’ I think of their jingle and tag line – “You’re not fully clean until you’re Zestfully clean!”  I’ve been using their products for years so when I was invited to participate in their Booster Program I was excited to join.

Zest recently introduced their new line of shower gels called Zest Fruitboost. The new innovative, revitalizing shower gel helps reveal beautiful, glowing skin with rich moisturizers and the antioxidant power of Vitamin C to help nourish your skin. Available in three luscious fruit filled scents (Citrus Splash, Very Berry, and Peach & Mango), Zest Fruitboost stimulates your senses at a whole new level. It’s also twice as concentrated as the average shower gel providing double the lather and double the scent, and can be used to up to 40 showers making it a great value.

I was sent a Walmart Gift Card to head out to purchase my own Zest FruitBoost shower gels along with items to boost my shower experience.  I headed to my closest store and they didn’t have any in stock.  Luckily I was able to use to Fruitboost store locator on the Zest website and found that they were at several Super Walmart’s in my area.  I headed out during the Black Friday shopping weekend looking for these and found all three scents.

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The store I shopped at had only one bottle left of the Very Berry Scent, a few of the Peach Mango and lots of Citrus Splash.  Of course I brought the Very Berry Scent and the Peach Mango since it seemed like they were the most popular scents based on what was left.  I am not a huge fan of citrus so I decided not to purchase that scent.

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Of course when I think of taking a nice shower I love have a large fluffy towel to wrap myself in after showering and I love colorful loofas when using shower gels.  They make even more suds and I can honestly say that using the loofa is the best way to really enjoy the scents of Zest Fruitboost.  It makes double the suds and spreads the wonderful scent all over the bathroom.

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A relaxing shower for me also includes some music played on a wireless speaker and a candle burning.  I really like Airwick candles so they are usually my candles of choice.  Candles don’t last long in my house at all.  Mines was gone within two days of me purchasing them.

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Of the two scents that I tried I have go say is the Very Berry.  It has a light berry scent but it’s not over powering.  The scent really helped me relax and enjoy my hot shower.  I thought the Peach Mango would be my favorite but it did come in a close second.  If you’re looking to purchase your own Zest Fruitboost head to Walmart or check the store locator to find the nearest location.  These tubes cost only $2.98, making them perfect for gift giving this holiday season.  The would make great stocking stuffers or fillers for gift baskets.  Plus save more by grabbing this $0.75 off coupon.

Thanks to Zest one lucky reader will win their own trio of Zest Fruitboost to boost their shower experience.  The giveaway ends December 18th at 11:59 PM.  Open to US residents 18 and older.  To enter comment below letting me know which scent you would want to try the most (Citrus Splash, Very Berry or Peach Mango).  Good Luck.

 

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers featuring MIKE AND IKE

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers featuring MIKE AND IKE

Are you still looking for some last-minute stocking stuffers for your family?  I like to include a number of different things in my family stockings each year.  One thing that I always include is candy.  My husband gets his favorite candy bars, and the kids usually gets whatever I choose to include that year.  I shared my Stocking Stuffers Guide earlier this month but I wanted to share a last-minute suggestion that’s sure to make anyone jolly on Christmas morning.  Check out these last minute stocking stuffers featuring MIKE AND IKE and HOT TAMALES.

MIKE AND IKE® Merry Mix comes in a 14 oz bag, perfect for all your home and office holiday parties.  This holiday favorite includes original flavors Lime and Cherry, plus a seasonal flavor, Holiday Punch.  The red and green colors of Merry Mix add even more festiveness to the season.  SRP for Merry Mix is $2.50 – $3.00 for the 14 oz bag.   MIKE AND IKE® Original Fruits theater box stocking stuffer comes in a 5 oz box making it an ideal stocking stuffer for all candy lovers on your holiday shopping list.

MIKE AND IKE® Minion Mix is available in a 5 oz box and comes with 3 different designs on pack – making it a collectible item for every Minion lover. Made with real fruit juice, fans will enjoy the sweet and tasty goodness of Blueberry and Banana flavors.  SRP for the 5 oz box is $1.00 – $1.39.

HOT TAMALES® Fierce Cinnamon also offers a 5 oz theater box stocking stuffer of cinnamon candy with holiday themed messaging and graphics on the packaging.  The SRP for the 5 oz boxes of MIKE AND IKE® Original Fruits and HOT TAMALES® Fierce Cinnamon is $1.00 – $1.39. Both package designs include extra space to add a name for the recipient and sender to truly personalize your delicious candy gift.

In the spirit of the holidays, create and sample some tasty recipes featuring MIKE AND IKE® and HOT TAMALES® candies for your next holiday party.  Try these recipes created by Chef Jamie Geller as part of her recent alliance with the leading candy brands. 

HOT TAMALES® Snickerdoodles

Servings: 2 dozen

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup (4 oz) HOT TAMALES®Fierce Cinnamon candies, coarsely chopped*
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) salted margarine, softened
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) shortening (I use Spectrum Organic)
  • 3/4 cups (5.6 oz) granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups (6.75 oz) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt (increase to 1/4 tsp if using unsalted margarine)
  • 4 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

*The best way to chop it is with a lightly oiled knife.  

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Using an electric mixer, cream together the margarine, shortening and ¾ cups sugar. Add the egg and beat until thoroughly combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients (except the candy) into the creamed mixture and mix until just combined. Add the chopped candy and mix until the candy is evenly distributed, a few minutes more.
  4. Refrigerate the dough for at least 15 minutes (this makes it easier to handle).
  5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  6. Combine the remaining sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Form dough into balls the size of small walnuts (I use a tablespoon cookie scoop). Roll the balls of cookie dough in the cinnamon sugar.
  7. Place the cookies two inches apart on the cookie sheets. Bake for 8 minutes, rotating the cookie sheets in the oven at the halfway point. They are done when they look puffed in the middle and slightly brown at the edges (the tops of the cookies will form cracks). Be careful not to overcook.
  8. Remove cookie sheet from the oven and let cookies sit on it for another minute or so before removing to cooling rack; cookies will flatten out as they cool.
  9. These cookies are best served warm, straight out of the oven, but they can be stored in an airtight container for up to two days. 

 

MIKE AND IKE® Crispy Rice Cereal Treats

Servings: 8

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 1 ½ cups (13 oz) MIKE AND IKE® Original Fruits candies, coarsely chopped*
  • 3 tablespoons (1.5 oz, 42g) margarine
  • 10 oz (280 g) marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup (1.7 oz, 48 g) marshmallow fluff
  • 6 cups (5.7 oz, 160g) crisp rice cereal

*The best way to chop it is with a lightly oiled knife. 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1.  Grease a 9 X 13 pan and set aside.
  2. Combine the marshmallows and margarine in a large microwave safe bowl.
  3. Place the cereal and candy in another bowl and toss well to combine. Set aside.
  4. Microwave the marshmallows and margarine for one minute.
  5. Remove from the microwave and stir to combine. If the marshmallows are not fully melted return to the microwave and cook for 30 seconds at a time until they are fully melted.
  6. Stir in the fluff and mix well. Add the candy and cereal mixture and stir until combined.
  7. Turn the mixture out into the prepared pan. Let cool, then cut into squares. 

 

About Just Born Quality Confections 

JustBorn Quality Confections is a privately owned company founded in 1923 and headquartered in Bethlehem, PA, where it manufactures PEEPS®, HOT TAMALES®and MIKE AND IKE® Brand Candies. GOLDENBERG’S® PEANUT CHEWS® Brand Candies are produced in Philadelphia, PA.  All Just Born candies are made in the U.S.A. 

For more information on The Return of Mike and Ike™, new flavors and upcoming programs, visit www.mikeandike.com and make sure to “like” us on Facebook by logging onto www.facebook.com/mikeandike.

Give the Gift of a Shave with ShaveTech

Give the Gift of a Shave with ShaveTech

If you’re still looking for gift ideas for the men in your life, then this post is just for you.  Have you thought about giving the gift of a shave this holiday season?  ShaveTech is an innovative electric razor that will revolutionize your shaving experience, whether you are at home or traveling the world!  I was provided a sample from ShaveTech for inclusion in my Holiday Gift Guide.

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My husband doesn’t travel as much as he did before we had kids.  When he worked in Student Activities he was on the road at least once a month and sometimes even more depending on the time of year.  To get ready for his trips he would always shave before leaving because he didn’t want to pack his clippers he uses for shaving with him.  He doesn’t use disposable razors so if it was a long trip when he returned he looked scruffy and in need of a good shave.  When I was contacted by ShaveTech I knew I wanted to include them in my gift guide.

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The ShaveTech Electronic Razor is perfect for travel.  It’s portable and convenient.  It fits perfectly in any travel shaving kit and all you need to charge it is a a USB port.  This is the perfect stocking stuffer for my husband.  Now when he does have to travel he can shave whenever he likes and not worry about a scruffy looking beard when he’s been traveling for long period of times.

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The razor comes in a box that easy to wrap or you can remove for even easier gifting or dropping in a stocking.  Since this uses a USB port for charging, you can use it anywhere in the world without having to worry about international plugs.

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It’s very compact and about the size of an average smart phone.  To charge just rotate out the USB plug in and insert into a port.  The razor is available in two colors; black and white.  When you first receive your ShaveTech Razor charge it over night.  After that it requires a four hour charge for 30 minutes of use.  You can purchase the ShaveTech Razor for $29.99 on their website.  You can even purchase replacement foil and razors for $6.50.

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Cleaning Your Razor:

First, make sure that your ShaveTech is unplugged and that the On/Off switch is turned off. Then, remove the cover and detach the outer foil hood. Carefully clean the outer foil, inner blades and shaver body using the cleaning brush. Once completed, place the outer foil hood and the cover back on. Please note that the ShaveTech should not be cleaned with water because it can damage the product.

Give Lindt Chocolate This Holiday Season

Give Lindt Chocolate This Holiday Season

Every year I give my mom and sisters chocolates for Christmas.  The look forward to the treats each year, it’s become our tradition.  I’ve even included my sister in laws when both my brothers got married.  They all look forward to their bag of LINDOR Truffles.  Each person gets a different kind but it’s always the same and has been for the past eight years.  This year I received samples form Lindt for inclusion in my Holiday Gift Guide.

LINDOR Truffles are the perfect gift for the holiday season.  With options for dark, milk and white chocolate, there’s something for everyone on your shopping list.  Lindt has gifts in different price points so you can give the gift of chocolates to just about anyone you’re shopping for this year.  The Classic Holiday Gift Box is a beautiful gift box that opens up to serve as a candy dish! Holds 30 irresistible LINDOR truffles in milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate, extra dark chocolate and peanut butter milk chocolate.  SRP: $18.00

If you’re looking for gifts for teachers, baby sitters, the mail man, or even your co-workers, the Lindt Gourmet Truffles Gift Box includes six indulgent flavors to choose from, including Hazelnut, Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Extra Dark Chocolate, Vanilla and White Chocolate, this gift box will be happily received and instantly enjoyed. These truffles arrive ready for gift giving, just attach a gift tag and it’s ready to be delivered.  SRP $9.99

I love the Lindt Petits Desserts gift box because it’s like getting two desserts in one. You get the chocolate but you also get great flavor profiles from desserts like  fondant chocolate, caramel eclair, meringue, creme brulee, chocolate brownie, millefeuille and tiramisu.  This would make a great stocking stuffer for any chocolate lover.  The Lindt Petit Desserts Gift Box features an exquisite combination of classic dessert recipes that were carefully selected and tastefully arranged, making it a gift of chocolate that’s almost too good to give away. SRP $9.99

From December 1 through December 24, 2014, visitors to the Lindt website will have the opportunity to create the ultimate “virtual” Lindt Chocolate gift box as they pin with inspiration from the “Give the Gift of Lindt” board on the Lindt Chocolate Pinterest page. Lucky winners will receive Lindt Chocolate to enjoy themselves or gift to friends and family.  I hope you include Lindt in your family traditions this year and every year.

Play-Doh Seek & Squish PlayDate Digital App Review

Play-Doh Seek & Squish PlayDate Digital App Review

My kids love Play-Doh, even the older ones haven’t fully out grown it yet.  I especially love that it’s so easy to mold and use, the kids can create all kinds of amazing things.  Play-Doh is also a great gift idea for school parties and goodie bags.  They offer them in small containers that are perfect for gifting.  They’ll be in our stockings this year as well.  I was provided samples of Play-Doh and the new Play-Doh Seek & Squish PlayDate Digital App for review.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

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I love interactive apps for kids, I’ve reviewed one before from PlayDate Digital for My Little Pony.  This new app is a fun learning adventure for kids, you use the app to find the hidden animals within the story.  This isn’t just an app though it’s also a digital story book.  The entire book is created out of digital Play-Doh.

About the Play-Doh Seek and Squish App:

Play-Doh: Seek and Squish is an original storybook made entirely of digital Play-Doh! In this ‘Seek and Squish’ adventure, friendly animals have gathered to welcome you, but suddenly, they are hiding all over a vibrant Play-Doh world. To find the animals, you need to squish your way through a variety of gorgeous Play-Doh landscapes with swipes and taps of the screen. Can you find all the animals in every habitat?

This interactive storybook adventure has eight colorful habitats where animals are ready to play hide-and-go-seek with you. Animals pop up everywhere in Play-Doh land, including the Ocean, the Desert, and the Arctic, but some are hiding in places you’d least expect them! Squish a shrub to uncover a whale, but does a whale belong in the forest? If not, it’s up to you to help the whale get home!

As readers discover each animal, they receive a reward, a new page in their personal Field Guide! Each entry is filled with fascinating facts about each animal, including what it eats and how it sounds. Readers also learn how to make Play-Doh animals at home with the real modeling compound. Readers can snap pictures of their creations to add to their Field Guide!

Key Features:

  • 8 colorful, squishable Play-Doh habitats readers can explore: Desert, Garden, Ocean, Savannah, Farm, Forest, Arctic, Jungle.
  • A different ‘squish and seek’ adventure every time– animals change hiding places every time you revisit a habitat!
  • An animal Field Guide filled with facts about how animals look, act, and sound, along with instructions to create your own Play-Doh animals
  • Camera feature within Field Guide for displaying Play-Doh animal creations
  • Practice early and emergent reading skills while learning about animals
  • Curriculum developed and reviewed by preschool education experts

The app is geared towards pre-school children.  For me our three year old is Autistic and non-verbal and I use lots of different apps and software programs to continue to provide him with educational play.  He really enjoyed using the app and the Play-Doh together.  While he doesn’t get much of what they are saying about the animals he loved finding them hidden in the stories.  For him we use the “read to me” mode, this works perfectly for him because he get to hear the story being read to him.  He prefers it that way and enjoys listening along.  After he finds an animal he can also follow along with creating his own with his Play-Doh.  The app is very hands on and perfect for our son.

You can purchase the app on the iTunes app store: $2.99, the game is compatible for use with the iPod, iPhone and iPad.  Please make sure you are using an updated version of the iOS system at least 7.0 or later.

One Direction Make Up Kits Great Stocking Stuffers

One Direction Make Up Kits Great Stocking Stuffers

My niece is a huge One Direction fan, the first One Direction make up kit I reviewed I gave to her.  She loved it so much.  Makeup from One Direction is fun, bold, often irreverent, with a touch of cheeky mischievousness, celebrating life with bold shades, unique formulae and infused with limited edition collectable packaging.  Offered at prices that every girl and woman can afford.  I received samples of the new One Direction Prestige Make Up Kits for review.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

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I love the packaging on these make up kits. Each one is designed with an edgy looking box that features a brick wall design and “autographs” of all the members of the band.  They’re just the right  size for stockings and perfect gifts for your daughter to give her girlfriends this holiday season.  Each kit comes with three items.  All of them fun, flirty and fashionable.  Anyone getting these kits will love adding them to their collection.  You can find out more about all three kits below.

 

ELECTRO GLAM MASCARA

Give your look a jolt of electric colour, with this limited-edition trio of ultra-bold coloured mascaras for hair and lashes, in three heavily pigmented, buildable colours.
FOR LASHES- Make a subtle statement by adding a pop of colour to the tips of your lashes, or add coats to your entire lashes for a shockingly chic look. The more the better!
AS A HAIR MASCARA- Apply to small sections of hair and swipe through for instant ELECTRIC highlights.

  • Why don’t we go there- Shock of blue
  • Does he know?- Pinkest hot pink
  • Story of my life- Amped canary yellow

LIQUILIGHTS GLOW GLOSS

Liquilights Glow Gloss sparkles brilliantly during the day and illuminates under UV black light after dark. Enriched with natural oils and vitamin E to keep your lips soft and hydrated all day and all night.  Gloss can be worn alone for a pop of sparkle and color, or paired with One Direction crème lipstick for a bolder look.

  • Through the Dark- Electric glitter poppy lip gloss that glows to neon red-orange under UV light
  • Kiss You- Orange glitter rush lip gloss that glows to neon yellow under UV light
  • Taken – Powerhouse glitter pink lip gloss that glows to neon orange under UV light

ROCK ME NAIL KIT

ROCK ME NAIL KIT, featuring NEON UV-REACTIVE Nail Varnish and UV-REACTIVE GLITTER nail toppings that add even more sizzle to your mani, for nails that light up day and night.  Sprinkle the glitter over wet polish for a subtle accent, or go for the glitz and dip your entire wet mani in mega-watt sparkle!

  • Nail Varnish:
    • Happily– UV iced blue glitter
      Moments- UV neon pink
      Diana- UV 3D holographic
  • Glitter Toppings:
    • Kicks- UV snow cone blue
      Not afraid- UV electrified pink glitter
      Star– UV holo glitter

Makeup by One Direction was released in the following stores this month: Macy’s, Dillards, Boscov’s, Stage Stores, Beauty Brands, and Lord & Taylor.  Follow all the campaign hashtags so you know what other people think about the make up – #makeupby1D, #thelookscollection, #markwins

Connect with the brand on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MakeupbyOneDirection

Cut the Spills with Wow Cup

Cut the Spills with Wow Cup

I’d seen all the infomercials before for Wow Cup and honestly I didn’t think much about it.  Actually I had my doubts that it would actually work and since the kids never really asked about it, I didn’t get it much thought.  I received a Wow Cup for review purposes, any opinions expressed are my own.

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Our Wow Cup arrived and I figured it would be great to use with our autistic son, since I don’t have to worry about spills.  We’ve had change the way we do things with him because of his developmental delays.  Wow Cup was supposed to help with getting him on to a regular cup and away from sippy cups.  We tried the cup with him that afternoon and he wasn’t getting it at first.  Trying to explain it to him was tough so I sat it down and waited for dinner that night.  At dinner he was still frustrated and just left the cup alone.  My daughter who’s seven tried the cup and she loved it.  She hogged it for two days, constantly using it and not letting her brothers get to use it.  She even dropped the cup on my husband’s lap one day when he can in from work and not a drop spilled from the cup.  He was stunned.  He looked over at me with relief on his face and said, “Thanks goodness for this cup or I would be very upset right now”.  I was very surprised how much the older kids loved the cup.  We’ll have to invest in cups for them all.  It’s really been a huge hit in our house and we’ve cut down on spills drastically.  It’s a great product, and my kids all give it five stars.

About the Wow Cup:

Wow Kids® drinkware is enjoyed by toddlers starting at 12 months and to kids of all ages. The Wow Kids® cups are designed to span across a wider age range than Wow Baby® cups. The clean and durable design provides for years of use as a child grows from the toddler years into pre-school and beyond to their early adolescent years. The Wow Kids® cup is a multi-function spill free cup that provides for an effective & healthy alternative to a sippy and straw cup, or a simple solution for those wanting a smoother transition to an open cup or just as an everyday fun cup. The Wow Kids® cup uses the same patented lid technology as the Wow Baby® cups but is meant to act and feel more like a regular household open cup. It’s small enough to be handled by those children exhibiting advanced coordination in the early toddler years and big enough to be used by older children without it feeling and looking like a baby cup. It also comes finished with a matte surface which helps the child grip the cup more firmly and a locking lid.

Wow Cup for Kids are available online at www.WowCup.com for $10 a cup, there is also a special sale going on right now where you can add a second Wow Cup to your online order for just $6.99.  You can also purchase the cup at select retail chain stores and specialty stores in North America – Walmart, CVS, Michael’s, Target, Kmart, and Walgreens, just to name a few.

Stocking Stuffers for the Entire Family

Stocking Stuffers for the Entire Family

You can’t have a holiday gift guide and not feature a section for Stocking Stuffers.  Even without a fireplace I hang (or I should say tape) stockings for our family each year.  I usually fill it with smaller gifts that I don’t want to wrap and some candy.  Here’s some great stocking stuffers for the entire family.  The companies mentioned below provided me samples for review and inclusion in my Holiday Gift Guide.

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When I decided to make a guide for stocking stuffers I wasn’t sure where to start on some of the items and others I knew immediately would be a great fit.  Since in our house it’s my husband, the kids and myself I’ll break it down in three categories.  Check them out and I hope you find some ideas for you and your family on the list.

Stocking Stuffers for Kids

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These cute earbuds are great for stocking stuffers.  If you’re looking for great add on gifts this is a great option.  Many kids are adding tablets to their wish lists including mines so adding these earbuds helps me make a total gift package for my daughter.  These also feature volume control technology so your child can listen to music without having to worry about damaging their ear drums.  I love how Pinkie Pie is decorated on the earbuds so when in use you can see her.  These have a MSRP of $9.99.  You can purchase these at Toys R Us.

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This Littlest Pet Shop Wild Card Game this is going be a great stocking stuffer or in a Christmas Eve box available from Winning Moves Games.  Perfect for kids to play during any game night especially if they’re fans of Littlest Pet Shop.  Winning Moves Games also has a Transformers Wild Card Game which could be perfect for any Transformers fans.  Plus you don’t have to let the fun stop at just those games.  Winning Moves Games has lots of great options for games for the entire family, so if you’re looking to update your game collection check out Winning Moves.

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The new Ready Go Brushes are perfect for helping kids fight off cavities and help them maintain healthy dental habits.  The brushes are specially created with a light up system to encourage kids to brush for the recommended two minutes.  Set on a one minute timer, kids will learn that after the first cycle is complete on one row of teeth, they can continue to the next cycle on the other row of teeth.  They come in lots of different characters so there’s something for all kids.   The Ready Go Brush comes in favorite characters like Barbie, Spider Man, Angry Birds, Hello Kitty or original FireFly.  SRP $3.99 (available at Target.)

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I couldn’t make this guide without including Rolli Stamps.  They are the perfect stocking stuffer for kids and adults.  It’s a stamper that isn’t messy at all. They offer different designs so you can also gift them for other occasions as well.  You can read my review of Rolli and see how we liked them.  These are the ultimate stationery must-have, incorporating a one-of-a-kind design into every scrapbook project, holiday letters, notes, wrapping paper and more – they can even be used to decorate clothing items! Custom stationery aficionados are also starting to take note of how versatile the Rolli™ stamps can be in creating unique stationery – and this segment is proving to be one of the strongest purchasers of the product.  The self-inking stamps come in 18 different styles, and are available in many retail outlets, including Paper Source, as well as on www.funnyboneproducts.com. They retail for $9.99.

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My daughter loves My Little Pony Equestria Girls so I had to add this to the list.  The brand new feature film in the popular My Little Pony series. Following a theatrical run in the fall of 2014, where the film opened with enthusiastic reviews to packed crowds in over 400 theaters, My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks is available for purchase in the U.S. and Canada from Shout! Factory Kids, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, as a single-disc DVD, and in a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo. Bonus features include an Audio Commentary, 8 Prequel Shorts and Sing-Alongs.  My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks – SRP $24.97 BD/16.97 DVD.

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On a recent dinner at Medieval Times my son spotted some Knights & Dragons Toobs for sale in the court yard.  We didn’t get any that night but I promised I would get some for the holidays.  Safari Ltd has lots of figurines for fans of all ages.  They have dinosaurs, fantasy characters, safari animals and so much more.  Not only is it fun it’s educational and these Toobs are great stocking stuffers.  We received the Knights & Dragons Toob and a Dinosaurs Toob for inclusion in our guide.

Safari Ltd® TOOBS® are collections of individually hand painted miniature replicas featuring vibrant colors, fine, professional sculpting, and accurate detail.

The Knights and Dragons TOOB® contains ten medieval figures, including: four knights of the red kingdom, and four of the blue kingdom along with a catapult and a fierce green dragon.

The Carnivorous Dinos TOOB® contains twelve figures, including :the Allosaurus, Spinosaurus, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Elasmosaurus, Carnotaurus, Dilophosaurus, Pteradon, Dimetrodon, Acrocanthosaurus, Kronosaurus, Baryonyx, and the Utahraptor.

Toobs can be purchased on the Safari Ltd website and in certain retail stores.  The SRP is $11.49 per toob.

 

PEEPS aren’t just for Easter they are available year round.  We received some awesome Christmas themed PEEPS and I had to include them in the guide because they are prefect stocking stuffers.  The PEEPS Holiday Rainbow POP has four assorted green, red and while festive marshmallow chicks on a stick.  They are just right for stockings.  Be sure to check out my post with all the holiday offers from the PEEPS company.  SRP is $1.99 – $2.29 a pack.

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Pom-shoe and Pom Headband from Poomchies are a cute accessory for all girls no matter what your age.  Great for kids involved in cheer-leading.  The cute poms are available in different team colors so you can really show your team spirit.  These add extra style and fun to your wardrobe.  They even have options for bulk buying if you on a team and you want to get something for all the team members.  Poomchies offers lots of ‘pom’ products, all of them are perfect for stocking stuffers.

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The Kidz Bop Christmas Wish List CD features 14 classic holiday songs to get your little on in the Christmas Spirit.  Includes songs like All I Want for Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Jingle Bell Rock and more.  The CD sells for $11.98 on the Kidz Bop website.  We’ve been listening to our early but as soon as Thanksgiving passes it will be playing regularly to get the kids into the holidays.

Maracus

Kids Preferred sent us a set of the Eric Carle “Little Musician” Maracas for inclusion in our holiday gift guide.  I already have these on our Gift Ideas for Babies, Infants and Toddlers.  Of course they are also great for stocking stuffers as well.  I can’t wait for our little guy to get his, he’ll be making music all day long.  Perfect for the holiday season.

Kids Preferred Holiday Minnie

Another great item from Kids Preferred and also on the guide for babies, infants and toddlers is the Mickey Mouse & Friends Holiday Minnie Mouse.  In our house you can’t have Christmas without Disney and Minnie would be the prefect topper for any stocking.  Just pop her in at the top, and she can keep an eye on things while she waits for your child to play with her on Christmas.  This is one stocking stuffer that’s sure to make any child happy.

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Moffett Watch would be a great addition to older kids stockings.  They are fun and fruity with a scented dial, you can choose your child’s favorite fruit scent.  They offer different options so you can mix and match you watch band with different color dials, each dial represents a different scent.  Read my review of Moffett Watch and see why it’s a fun addition to holiday stockings.

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From the World of Zhu it’s the Amazing Zhus, this stunt pet is just a part of the whole magic show.  While they don’t perform magic they are good at disappearing.  My kids had the opportunity to try out The Happy’s from Cepia, LLC, so when the commercials for The Amazing Zhus came out they wanted them.  This is a great stocking stuffer and must have addition to the set.  I’ll be sharing more about these pets soon.

Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens

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Make Up by One Direction – ROCK ME NAIL KIT, featuring NEON UV-REACTIVE Nail Varnish and UV-REACTIVE GLITTER nail toppings that add even more sizzle to your mani, for nails that light up day and night. Sprinkle the glitter over wet polish for a subtle accent, or go for the glitz and dip your entire wet mani in mega-watt sparkle!

Liquilights-Lip-Gloss

Make Up by One Direction – Liquilights Glow Gloss sparkles brilliantly during the day and illuminates under UV black light after dark. Enriched with natural oils and vitamin E to keep your lips soft and hydrated all day and all night.  Gloss can be worn alone for a pop of sparkle and color, or paired with One Direction crème lipstick for a bolder look.

Electro-Glam-Mascara

Give your look a jolt of electric color, with this limited-edition trio of ultra-bold coloured mascaras for hair and lashes, in three heavily pigmented, buildable colors. FOR LASHES- Make a subtle statement by adding a pop of colour to the tips of your lashes, or add coats to your entire lashes for a shockingly chic look. The more the better!  AS A HAIR MASCARA- Apply to small sections of hair and swipe through for instant ELECTRIC highlights.

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Teens are always on their phones.  It’s like those things are connected to their hands, at least that’s how my younger sister is.  She’s always running out of power on her phone.  With PowerSkin Pop’n 2 Power Pak, they won’t run out of power again.  I had the opportunity to test one of these with my iPhone 5c and I can honestly say it’s one of the best portable chargers I have ever used.  You just attach it to the back of your phone and use the grey attachment to connect the charger to the phone.  Forget about it until it’s time to give your phone some charge.  When you’re ready to charge just turn it on.  Mines charged my phone fully three times before needing to recharge.  Perfect for teens.

Limited Edition Chap Stick

ChapStick Candy Cane is abailable beginning October 1st throught the holiday season exclusively at Walmar, Walgreens, Target and CVS.  These have a fresh and minty Candy Cane flavor.  Perfect for keeping lips from getting chapped.  You can purchase them as one count loose sticks at Walmart and Walgreens or in three count packs at Target, CVS and Walmart.

Ocarina

I received this Ocarina Necklace for inclusion in my gift guide and I thought it would be a cool gift for a tween.  It’s a great item to share with them about the music it plays and introduce them to something new and different.

 

 

TracPhone

 

If you’re looking for an affordable phone then be sure to check out Tracfone.  They have lots of options for phones, even smart phones like this LG Optimus and with 90 day plans for as low as $19.99, it’s very affordable and suitable for just about any budget.  Plus you get 3X the talk, text and data for a limited time when you buy airtime cards.  This is sure to make any one getting it happy

The Kinvio Wireless Headphones are perfect for teens.  Now they can listen to music and make calls hands free.  These headphones are affordable and super easy to set up and use.  You can use it on Android and iOS systems.  You can purchase these headphones on Amazon.

Decopedia Road Trip

If you’re planning on traveling this holiday season, especially by car, bus or train then you’ll want to check out Decopedia’s 50 Road Trip Games.  50 Road Trip Games is a challenging, lively deck that creates a memorable journey for the whole family. They say getting there is half the fun, and in this deck you’ll find classic games, challenging brainteasers, pop culture quizzes, and random games for just pure fun. The deck can be conveniently stored in the car for road trips, brought out on planes, or even used at home to jumpstart conversation at dinner parties. Adding to the fun, bonus materials like scavenger hunt lists can be downloaded for free to complement some of the games featured in 50 Road Trip Games. This deck of cards will make everyone stop asking “Are we there yet?” and instead have them saying, “What game should we try next?” Retail price: $16.95

Stocking Stuffers for Him

Toe Juice

My husband has stinky feet, we had the opportunity to review Toe Juice in the past and it worked wonders for him.  He loved it so much that’s he’s been recommending it to people at his job all the time.  Toe Juice recently introduced a toner for the body and I wanted to give it a try.  Be sure to look for that review next week.

Happy Chef TShirt

The Happy Chef is a uniform company for those in the food service industry.  They have very affordable options for all kinds of chef clothing and other uniforms as well.  For the foodie or home chef in your life, check out Happy Chef for not only their uniforms but for their t-shirts as well.  I got this For the Love of Cow shirt for my hubby, because he just love a good steak and he loves grilling.  Next time he hits the grill he’ll be wearing this shirt.

Trident Case has the prefect case to keep your phones safe and secure at all time.  The Kraken A.M.S case is built to be strong and tough, so you don’t have to worry about your phone if it takes a tumble.  This is a great gift for the men in your life.  My husband never think about protecting his phones and he usually drop them a few times.  With this case you get three layers of protection at all time.  These tough cases are available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry.

ibattz Mojo Battlestation

The Mojo Battstation Tough Pro from ibattz is perfect for the men in your life. It’s built rugged and tough with lots of power to keep them connect on the go.  I love this portable  charger because it has a rubber case on the outside to protect the charger.  It also has a belt clip so the person using it can keep it securely with them at all times.  The charger also has a flashlight if you need to use it.  I’ll be sharing my thoughts on this charger in a feature review on my blog soon.

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My husband has been saying all year that he’s ready to get in shape.  He’s been looking for something to track his steps, keep track of his sleep patterns, monitor his heart rate and more.  With the Pulsense PS-100 Band by Epson he can start his journey to fitness before the new year starts.

 

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Another great gift for the man on the go is the Jabra STEP Wireless ear buds.  With these ear buds you can cut the cord and work out without getting tied up in the cords.  You can read my feature review of the Jabra STEP and see why it would make a great gift.

When thinking of gift for men I couldn’t do a guide without adding a razor of some kind.  It’s something that is always needed at one point or another so it’s a great gift idea for any man you’re shopping for.  Braun is a leader in the shaving industry so their products are perfect for gift giving.  The Braun line of products can fit all budgets because they have multiple price ranges for their products.  I received the Braun Cruzer Trimmer for inclusion in my gift guide.  It’s perfect for my husband because he trims and shape up his own hair line between visits to the barber shop.  This trimmer helps him keep his facial hair in check and also saves us some money when he finally goes to the barber shop.  This styling tool is small and great for traveling, it comes with a small base to store it on the bathroom sink or a cabinet.  It’s a great stock stuffer and it retails for $24.95.  So this holiday season gift the gift off styling to a man in your life.

If your husband loves action and plot movies he’ll enjoy Kite.  Personally I had to cover my eyes a few times for some of the death scenes but it was a great movie.  Based on the renowned cult classic anime of the same name, KITE tells the story of Sawa (India Eisley, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” Underworld: Awakening), a young woman living in a corrupt society where crime and gangs terrorize the streets.

In FRANK MILLER’S SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, scandal, murder, betrayal and mystery surround the lives of those swept up in a crime-filled underworld.  FRANK MILLER’S SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR is rated R for strong brutal stylized violence throughout, sexual content, nudity, and brief drug use.  Weaving together two of Miller’s classic stories with new tales, the town’s most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants. Save this movie for a special date night, it’s not for kids at all.

Stocking Stuffers for Her

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Lance Snacks recently releases seasonal favorites that are perfect stocking stuffers.  They’ve taken some of their classic and added a special touch to make it more like the holidays.  Seasonal Favorites include Nekot Pumpkin Cheesecake, Sprinkled Sugar Sweet Creme and Chocolate Nekot Mint.  All three of these cookies would be great to give out for the holidays to everyone.  These limited edition cookies are only available until the end of the year so be sure and stock up on your favorites when you find them in stores.  We’ll be stocking up on the Sprinkled Sugar Sweet Creme cookies for the kids and Chocolate Nekot Mint for myself.

Kim Parker Series

The Kim Parker series from Trident Cases makes the perfect stocking stuffer for women.  I just love all the beautiful floral designs on her cases.  Trident has their cases for phones and the iPad as well.

English Rose by English Laundry is a great gift for any woman looking for a new fragrance.  English Laundry is a brand available all over the world in high end stores like Dillard’s and Nordstrom, and it’s a fan favorite among Birch Box subscribers.  I received my sample and I couldn’t wait to try it.  I wore it for the first time on the red carpet for the premiere of Big Hero 6. I received tons of compliments all night about the fragrance.  It’s a great gift idea.

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Now you can have your chocolate without the guilt, thanks to Lily’s Chocolates.  Lily’s Sweets offers a full selection of no-sugar added, all-natural stevia-sweetened chocolate bars that are every bit as good as traditional chocolate bars. They even offer a festive holiday collection ­ new for 2014 ­ featuring Lily’s Dark Chocolate & Cinnamon bars and Lily’s 40% Chocolate with Hazelnuts & Milk bars.

No one likes to feel disconnected when they are out and about.  As a mom I always want to remain connected and as a blogger I feel like I need it especially when I am traveling on a trip.  Between my kids watching videos on the phone, games, social media, emails and more it’s required that I always have extra power with me when we are out for extended periods of time.  The Mojo Vogue Battstation from ibattz will keep you connected at all times.

The Cenoire Eluo is an electronic toothbrush that makes it easy for those on the go to maintain their oral hygiene in a style all their own, while at work, traveling or play.  As the latest addition to Cenoire’s popular stylish portable electronic health and beauty accessories, the new Eluo features an ultra brush head with a tongue massager and cleaner.  In addition, the Eluo is capable of 23,000 brush strokes per minute, ensuring the user’s mouth stays fresh and fully clean.  The compact size allows users to discretely carry the toothbrush in their purse, pocket, case or bag while at work, traveling or at play.  The best part is the price.  This toothbrush sells for $14.99.

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The Fitbug Orb is a button-sized activity tracker that tracks every step and aerobic step, together with distance and calories burned, whilst also monitoring your sleeping patterns. The discreet activity tracker can be worn in different ways to suit your style including on your wrist, attached to your belt, beneath your clothing, or even in your pocket or handbag.  Fitbug Orb is very affordable at just $49.99.

Don’t Call Me Ma’am skin care was created for women who are like us—women who exercise their modern-day right to live every day to fullest, no fear required.  These products help you achieve healthy and beautiful skin.  They have three packages to choose from on their website.

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In WWE Fit Series: Stephanie McMahon, the WWE mogul and mother of three helps viewers achieve the sculpted, sexy physique of the extraordinary WWE Divas. Complete with a four-week workout calendar the system transforms and strengthens your entire body while shedding fat.  The all-new DVD include custom workout capabilities and music only options and will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98.

Must See Places

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like to travel.  We all have bucket list of places we would like to visit.  Mines include London and Paris.  Decopedia’s 50 Must-See Destinations is a great stocking stuffer for anyone who likes to travel.  It can also be used as a creative way to hint to a gift of a trip to one of the destinations.  Imagine finding these in your stocking and then getting an envelope with a trip to one of the locations.  There’s so many creative ways to to use these cards and not just for the holidays.  50 Must-See Destinations helps you turn your bucket list into reality. Trying to decide on a vacation can be overwhelming, so skip looking through hundreds of travel websites, blogs and books, and just peruse this user-friendly guide’s offering of the top 50 must-see cities, sites and regions in the world. Filled with stunning images, this deck will instantly give you a deeper understanding of whether the trip you’re considering is a match for you, based on budget, travel season, don’t-miss attractions and activities. Now comes the hard part: will you be packing hiking boots, stylish city walking shoes or flip-flops? Retail price: $19.95

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Shave Mob

I worked with ShaveMOB last year and created a personal care kit for my dad for when he was healing from surgery.  This year ShaveMOB is offering the prefect stocking stuffer.  I received one of the women’s shave kits for inclusion in my Holiday Gift Guide.  The kit comes with a handle and blades in a box that’s ready for wrapping and gifting.  ShaveMOB offers different supply levels for consumers.  You can choose the type of blade you want and your supply amount.  What I love about them the most is that they are much more affordable that purchasing your razors from the store and you always have razors on hand when you need them.  With ShaveMOB there is no memberships or monthly fees, you just order when you need them.  ShaveMOB also offer kits for men as well.

 

 

Add PEEPS To Your Holiday Celebrations

PEEPS Brand Holiday Collection

Add PEEPS To Your Holiday Celebrations

PEEPS Brand Marshmallow is making the holiday season more festive with new flavors and shapes just in time for the season of giving.  The Minions from “Despicable Me” has taken over nearly the entire PEEPS Holiday collection for 2014.  PEEPS holiday treats are impeccable for stocking stuffers, colorful additions to baked goods and adorable accents to art projects.  I was provided samples for inclusion in my Holiday Gift Guide.

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We received a huge box of holiday goodies from PEEPS.  When the kids came home and opened it up they were beyond ecstatic.  They couldn’t wait to dig in and find all the goodies and they loved all the Minions that were all over the packages.  It didn’t take long for them to start tearing into the goodies.  We even had to do rock, paper, scissors for treats because we all wanted some of the same items.  All of these would make the perfect stocking stuffer item, great for classroom treat bags and Christmas Eve boxes.  Check out some of the awesome items from this holiday collection.

PEEPS Marshmallow Trees
PEEPS Marshmallow Trees

PEEPS Marshmallow Trees are a holiday favorite! The festive holiday shape is the perfect treat for holiday parties, recipes and crafts.  Green tree-shaped holiday marshmallow decorated with red, yellow and blue garland and topped with a star.  Available in 3 and 9 count packages.  SRP: $0.79 – $0.99 for three count package, $1.39 – $1.69 for nine count package.

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Peeps Hot Chocolate Cream Chicks

NEW Hot Cocoa & Cream Flavored Marshmallow Chicks dipped in flavorful white fudge are guaranteed to warm up any holiday gathering.  Pair one with a cup of delicious Hot Chocolate for a real tasty treat. YUM!  Available in 3 count packages.  SRP: $1.99 – $2.49

PEEPS Holiday Rainbow POP
PEEPS Holiday Rainbow POP

PEEPS Christmas Rainbow Pops are deliciously festive, holiday colored ‘PEEPS on a stick’. They make the perfect stocking stuffer for PEEPS fans of all ages.  Available in 1 count packages.  SRP: $1.99 – $2.29

PEEPS Large Marshmallow Snowmen
PEEPS Large Marshmallow Snowman
PEEPS Large Marshmallow Snowmen
PEEPS Large Marshmallow Snowmen

NEW PEEPS Large Marshmallow Snowmen are sure to be a BIG hit this holiday season!  These delicious marshmallow treats are full of character and perfect for PEEPS-inspired crafts and recipes. The Minions decorated them with red scarves and black buttons.  Available in 1 and 3 count packages.  SRP: $1.69 – $2.29 for a one count package and $1.09 – $1.69 for a three count package.

PEEPS Gingerbread Flavored Marshmallow Gingerbread Men
PEEPS Gingerbread Flavored Marshmallow Gingerbread Men
PEEPS Gingerbread Flavored Marshmallow Gingerbread Men
PEEPS Gingerbread Flavored Marshmallow Gingerbread Men

PEEPS Gingerbread Flavored Marshmallow Gingerbread Men creatively combine our signature PEEPS marshmallow with the great taste of freshly baked gingerbread. Ideal for eating and decorating!  Available in 3 and 6 count packages.  SRP: $0.79 – $0.99 for three count package and $1.49 – $1.69 for six count package.

PEEPS Candy Cane Flavored Marshmallow Chicks
PEEPS Candy Cane Flavored Marshmallow Chicks

Candy Cane Flavored Marshmallow Chicks put a new twist on an old holiday favorite. Fluffy marshmallow and classic peppermint taste all wrapped up into one delicious and fun shaped seasonal treat.  Available in 5 and 10 count packages.  SRP: $1.69 -$2.29 for a ten count package. 5 count packages are AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY AT WALGREENS®!

PEEPS Marshmallow Minions
PEEPS Marshmallow Minions

The MINIONS are here! NEW PEEPS Marshmallow MINIONS featuring Dave, Kevin & Stuart. Available for a limited time only so hurry and grab some today. They won’t last long!  Plus enjoy the limited edition comics on the back of the package made exclusively for PEEPS by Universal Studios filmmakers.  Available in 6 count packages.  SRP: $1.29 – $1.69

PEEPS Marshmallow Snowmen
PEEPS Marshmallow Snowmen

PEEPS Marshmallow Snowmen help make the holidays fun! The fluffy marshmallow and adorable shape make these snowmen perfect for fun-filled crafts and recipes, not to mention great tasting Christmas treats!  Available in 3 and 9 count packages.  SRP: $0.79 – $0.99 for three count package and $1.39 – $1.69 for nine count package.

Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookie Flavored Chicks
Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookie Flavored Chicks

Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookie Flavored Marshmallow Chicks combine all  the sweet goodness of fresh baked sugar cookies with the delicious taste of creamy milk chocolate to make even Santa come back for more. Available in 3 count packages.  SRP: $1.99 – $2.49 for a three count package.

Chocolate Dipped Candy Cane Flavored Chicks
Chocolate Dipped Candy Cane Flavored Chicks

PEEPS Chocolate Dipped Candy Cane Flavored Marshmallow Chicks are destined to become a favorite Christmas tradition. Candy cane flavored marshmallow is delicately dipped in delicious chocolate to create an unforgettable taste. And, they make perfect stocking stuffers too!  Available in 3 count packages.  SRP: $1.99 – $2.49

PEEPS Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Reindeer
PEEPS Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Reindeer

PEEPS Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Reindeer are loved by children and adults alike! The fun and festive shape is ideal for creative holiday recipes, crafts and snacks!  Available in 6 count packages. SRP: $1.49 – $1.69.

IF you’re looking for more festive ways to add to your holidays then be sure to check out PEEPS Brand and all their amazing products and be sure to pick up some items for your stockings.  My favorite was the Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookie Flavored Chicks.  They were so good.

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Disclosure: “The PEEPS® product, information and gift have been provided by Just Born Quality Confections.”

 

Kidz Bop Christmas Wish List CD Review

Kidz Bop Christmas Wish List CD Review

My husband and I are very particular about the music we let our kids listen to on the radio and in the car.  We make sure their music is always censored and suited to their age range.  Kidz Bop makes it easy for our kids to listen to chart toppers without any hassle.  We received the Kidz Bop Christmas Wish List CD for inclusion in our Holiday Gift Guide.

 

You’ve probably head of the popular Kidz Bop franchise.  I knew about it even before I had my own kids and now that my older kids are getting out of the age for just music from their favorite cartoons I knew that I would turn to Kidz Bop for our traveling music needs.  I love that all their music is clean and made just for kids.  I don’t have to worry about my kids hearing anything I don’t want them to.  Kidz Bop usually covers the popular chart topping songs so not only the kids can enjoy but parents can as well.  The Kidz Bop Christmas Wish List CD features 14 songs that’s sure to get the whole family in the holiday spirit.  Songs on the album include:

KIDZ BOP Christmas Wish List TRACKLIST

  1. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  2. All I Want For Christmas Is You
  3. Jingle Bell Rock
  4. Last Christmas
  5. Mistletoe And Holly
  6. It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
  7. Must Be Santa
  8. Blue Christmas
  9. Up On The Housetop
  10. Christmas Wrapping
  11. Winter Wonderland
  12. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
  13. I Saw Three Ships

This album include some classic songs that I’ve grown up listening to yearly and songs the kids already know.  Some are songs we are just learning and hearing for the first time.  The kids love having their own music to listen to when we are in the car.  They ask to play their music and sing along when a song comes on that they know.  We having been playing this all Thanksgiving weekend as we decorated the tree and got into the holiday spirit, this is such a fun and whimsical CD.  I’m sure we’ll be playing it into the new year and every year from now on.  You can purchase the Kidz Bop Christmas Wish List CD online for $11.98.  If you’re looking for some holiday music for your kids then look no further than Kidz Bop, plus check out some of their other gift ideas.

Arm Hammer Tooth Tunes Musical Toothbrushes – SRP: $8.97
Kidz Bop Party Karaoke – SRP: $69.00
Karaoke Microphone and Stand – SRP: $29.99

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Dept of Sweet Diversions Apple Butter Review

Dept of Sweet Diversions Apple Butter Review

The first time I tried apple butter, my husband and I had just moved to North Carolina with our daughter.  He took a job at Winston-Salem State University because he wanted to be closer to his family in the south.  We found at Cracker Barrel restaurant close to our house and they gave us some with our biscuits.  I’d never had it before but he’d grown up eating it all the time.  It was delicious.  I had the opportunity to try a jar of apple butter from the Dept. of Sweet Diversions for inclusion in my holiday gift guide.

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Dept of Sweet Diversions was commissioned to create a custom holiday gift for Suite 705, this commission also lead to the inspiration to use 100% Agave to sweeten this apple butter.  The end result is The Suite Surprise Apple Butter.  I’ve never had apple butter sweetened with agave before so I didn’t know what to expect, when my jar finally arrived the only thing missing were some warm buttermilk biscuits.  Personally I only use apple butter on biscuits but I know you can use them for quite a few uses in the kitchen and since it’s fall it’s perfect to use it in your fall dishes.  I saved my jar for Thanksgiving morning.  Although I wanted to bake with it I figured it would be great for a quick breakfast on Thanksgiving.  Our family eat about half the jar that morning on warm biscuits.  It was perfect.  My husband said it reminded him of the apple butter his grandmother use to make, it tastes home-made and not like it’s been a jar for months.  We all loved it.  Dept of Sweet Diversions has also made it easy for you to gift their products as well.

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A 6oz jar can be purchased online at www.departmentofsweetdiversions.com for $12. It costs $14 for a gift-wrapped jar and $18 for the gift set containing four different 1.5oz jams.  You can also purchase sample jars in ornament boxes for $7.50, perfect for gift giving.  You can also connect with the brand on Facebook

If you’re interested in cooking with apple butter, I’ve round-up some recipes from bloggers around the web.  I hope you give these recipes a try, there’s something for each meal and these would all make great delicious dishes year round.

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This delicious Apple Butter Crescent Rolls recipe from Crystal at Crystal & Co would be great for breakfast.  It’s super easy to make and you don’t have to spend house cooking to create this easy breakfast idea.

Apple Butter Pork Chops in the Crock Pot: Photo Credit: Crystal at Crystal & Co.

Another great apple butter recipe from Crystal & Co, this time for dinner is the Apple Butter Pork Chops in the Crock Pot.  Crystal has lots of other great recipes, crafts and so much more so when you visit be sure to click around for even more inspiration.

Busy At Home offers up a delicious Apple Butter Quick Bread that would be perfect for a Sunday Brunch or an afternoon snack.  Check out the recipe and give it a try.

Vicki at Five Spot Green Living offers up Apple Butter Sweet Potatoes, this holiday replace your regular mashed potatoes with these and no one will complain about missing the other potatoes.  These potatoes are a healthier option and perfect for the holidays.

Dorothy at Crazy for Crust has some delicious options for apple butter.  She has few deserts that will make you run out and buy some apple butter just to bake starting with her Apple Butter Snickerdoodles to her Peanut Apple Butter Bites.

Kendra at Simply {Darr}ling wanted to make Apple Butter Popcorn and when she couldn’t find a recipe she created her own.  It looks delicious.  I’ll be trying this for sure for the holidays.

Holiday DVDs for the Kids from NCircle Entertainment

Holiday DVDs for the Kids from NCircle Entertainment

If you’re looking for holiday DVDs for the kids then you have to check out these selections from NCircle Entertainment.  They have some new options for the kids and some other favorites as well.  As a NCircle Entertainment Blogger I received the DVDs below for review and a set to giveaway.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

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My kids Christmas Stockings and Christmas Eve box always contains a DVD.  It’s usually something from one of their favorite shows and something Christmas related.  It’s a given that there would be something under our tree or in their stocking from NCircle Entertainment.  Since I’ve started blogging it’s helped me saved some of the money I spent on children’s DVDs so I was super excited to be reviewing these four titles from NCircle.

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Yo Gabba Gabba has been my oldest sons favorite show since he was about 18 months and my toddler now loves it thanks to his brother and our infant is a fan as well.  Caillou and the Octonauts are house favorites as well and I’m excited about introducing them to The Snowman.

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About The Snowman:

One crisp, winter morning, a young boy wakes up to find a thick blanket of snow has covered the ground as far as the eye can see. Filled with excitement, the boy decides to build a snowman using a tangerine for his nose, coal for his buttons and eyes, and tops him off with a hat and scarf. Later that night, at the stroke of midnight, the snowman comes to life! The young boy and the snowman embark on a magical adventure of discovery where the snowman explores the young boy s world and in return he takes him flying to his home in the North Pole. Upon arriving at the North Pole, the two join a party as the guests of honor to a very special person. Based on Raymond Briggs book, THE SNOWMAN is a family classic for generations to enjoy.

You can purchase The Snowman on the NCircle website – $8.99

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About The Octonauts: The Very Vegimal Christmas

Dive into adventure with your favorite underwater explorers, the OCTONAUTS! Join brave Captain Barnacles, daredevil ex-pirate Kwazii, and medic Peso Penguin, along with the other Octonauts as they explore the world s oceans, rescue the creatures who live there, and protect their habitats above and below the waves! On this very merry DVD, join the Octonauts as they celebrate the holidays! The Vegimals plans for a Christmas feast aboard the Octopod are interrupted when the Octonauts become entangled in a gigantic blob of sea snot! The holiday excitement continues when the Octonauts travel to Professor Inkling s childhood home, an undersea mountain, but soon discover that a rockslide has endangered the local creatures, including Inkling s nephew, Squirt! Can the Octonauts rescue the creatures and save Christmas in time?

You can purchase the Octonauts: The Very Vegimal Christmas from the NCircle website for $8.99

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About Caillou’s Holiday Movie:

CAILLOU is an award-winning television series about an inquisitive four year old whose world is filled with learning, fun and imagination and inspires generations of pre-school children to grow emotionally as they explore the world around them. When winter comes to Caillou’s house, this curious 4-year-old tackles all kinds of big boy activities like helping Daddy shovel snow, making holiday presents for his family and even discovering how other little boys and girls around the world celebrate the season! Filled with magical moments seen through a small child’s eyes, this delightful story will enchant your entire family.

You can purchase Caillou’s Holiday Movie from NCircle online – $8.99

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About Yo Gabba Gabba: Live Holiday Show:

Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! will present their holiday show, which features everyone’s favorite cast of colorful characters, dance numbers that will make you “razzle dazzle” and special effects  that will transform the stage into a glistening holiday wonderland.  Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! holiday show will create lasting memories for a new generation of fans and for families that have made going to see Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! a cherished tradition.

Join DJ Lance Rock, Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex and Toodee as they dance, sing and decorate the tree to prepare for the arrival of Santa Claus! Filmed live at New York City’s The Beacon Theatre, celebrate the season with the colorful cast of characters singing their hits, including “It’s Wintertime,” “Every Snowflake’s Different, Just Like You” and a holiday version of everyone’s favorite “Party in my Tummy!” The DVD includes special appearances by superstar Leslie Hall and the one and only Santa Claus!

You can purchase the Yo Gabba Gabba: Live Holiday Show dvd on the NCircle website – $11.99.

My kids can’t wait to check out their movies.  The boys are most excited about the Yo Gabba Gabby Live Holiday Show.  These movies are perfect for a family movie night and great for Christmas Eve boxes.  Be sure to grab one or all four of theses movies and add them to your collection.  Thanks to the generousity of NCircle Entertainment one lucky reader will win all four titles.  The giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada, 18 and older.  Ends December 8th at 11:59 PM.  Enter via the tool below.

NCircle Christmas DVD Prize Pack