Thursday, December 14, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Fun Family Game Night with Utter Nonsense!

**Complimentary products received in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**

One of our favorite family card games would make a great gift this holiday season.  Check out Utter Nonsense!


You don’t have to be good at accents and the combinations don’t need to make sense. In fact, players are encouraged to improvise and make the phrases their own. With each successive round, watch as even your most mild-mannered friends and family become improv masters.



Utter Nonsense contains 50 Accent Cards and 450 Phrase Cards which players combine and act out.  Your family will have a blast trying out an array of accents on some seriously funny phrases.  Utter Nonsense even has a holiday pack add-on to get you in the holiday spirit.


This game would be a great gift and so much fun to play at your holiday gatherings this winter!





Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Parragon's Top Gifts for Readers of all Ages!

**Complimentary products received in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**

We love gifting books and Parragon makes it easy to give great books at affordable price points for all ages!


 Parragon is one of the largest illustrated publishers in the world. From great selections of Disney, Barbie, Monster High, Ever After High, Discovery Kids, Dora, TMNT, Sponge Bob to in-house favorites including Little Learners, Pinkabella, Dino Supersaurus, Glitterbelle, Life Canvas, Love Food and more, they make books affordable and accessible to readers all around the globe.  They also feature several fun book kits for all ages.

Check out some of our holiday favorites:


Little Learners
 Snuggle up with polar bear and friends to get ready for Christmas together with Hello Christmas! Explore your way through the peek-a-boo holes with your baby or toddler in this seasonal addition to the bestselling Little Learners range. Bright artwork and an interactive format are perfect for encouraging your little one to interact with the book. At Parragon we know that babies and toddlers learn best when they are playing, especially when big people share in the fun, too! Developed by experts, tested by children and trusted by parents, we designed the Little Learners collection to help grow your little one's curiosity about life and language. Play together, learn together with the Little Learners range of books for babies and toddlers!


So much fun for the little ones on your list!  Here is another one of our favorites for tiny tots with their eyes all aglow:


Read and play together with the Friendly Little Snowman! Wiggle the cute plush snowman finger puppet, as you join in the festive fun in the snow. Bright artwork and sweet rhyming text make this finger puppet book the perfect gift for your little one this Christmas.


This interactive book is sure to be a hit with your little one.

If you have older readers check out these two options:


Up by the cold North Pole, far, far away from you, Santa Claus is doing things you won't believe are true! Find out where Santa's rosy cheeks and big belly REALLY come from in this funny, festive and silly look at Santa's biggest secrets. With a traditional heartwarming ending, this picture book is perfect to share at Christmas. Things You Never Knew About Santa Claus is written by Giles Paley-Phillips and illustrated by Rowan Martin.


A funny tale your picture book readers are sure to enjoy.  If they are the crafty sort, they might enjoy this one:


This Christmas-themed tin is packed with tons of Holly Jolly goodness! Get into the holiday spirit by reading 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. Then use the four markers inside to color pages and pages of Santa, Rudolph, and the North Pole gang and to complete the super-cute activity pad. Plus there are two sticker sheets and a "Santa, Stop Here" poster with a cool "Countdown to Christmas" calendar on the back, making this a wonderful ho-ho-holiday gift for any kid to enjoy.


This collectible tin is full of awesome goodies!


It would be great for road trippin' to grandma's or when the kiddos are forced inside due to inclement weather during holiday break.


This tin is overflowing with coloring activities, stickers, posters, a book 


Even an advent calendar to help count down till Christmas!


Loads of fun in this awesome collectible tin!


Finally, we have a few options for the adults on your gift giving list:


Do you like to fill your spare time with a puzzle or two? Then stop here for Marvelous Mixed Puzzles with a jumbo collection of both word and number puzzles. This book is packed full of puzzles in a handy format that you can take with you anywhere. Including over 300 puzzles to keep you entertained and challenged, this collection is a real treat for anyone who loves logic puzzles. Are you ready to rise to a brilliant mixed puzzle challenge?


Keep your brain in tip-top shape with these mindbenders!


Hundreds of puzzle to keep them busy all year!

Got a wine lover on your list?


The Wine Gift & Book Set is the perfect companion for wine lovers. Inside the comprehensive book you'll discover a detailed introduction to the regional styles and varieties of vineyards and grapes from around the globe. This set also includes a handy wine pourer for expertly poured wine and 4 beautifully designed coasters. So pour yourself a glass of red or white from your new favorite region and savor the taste.


A book about wine AND wine gifts!  All you have to do is throw in a bottle of their favorite vino and you are good to go with this awesome set!


Parragon has all of these and so many more amazing gift ideas for everyone on you list this holiday season.

Find out more at Parragon!




Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Keep Your Pup Cozy with a Bed from PetLinks!

**Complimentary products received in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**

Our pups love to snuggle now that the weather has gotten a little cooler and the Soothing Escape Gel Memory Foam dog bed from Petlinks is their cozy go-to spot these days:


Let your pal lounge, nap or snooze in cool comfort with the Petlinks Soothing Escape Gel Memory Foam Dog & Cat Bed. This premium nest-style bed is built with advanced, eco-sourced memory foam that conforms to your pet's body contours to support joints and relieve pressure points, and has gel beads that keep your pal cool throughout the night. Since it gently supports and distributes your furry one’s weight evenly, it helps soothe aches, sore muscles and joint discomfort. The corduroy-lined bolster sides makes the bed look as cozy as it feels. Plus, keeping it clean is super easy thanks to the removable zippered cover that’s machine-washable.


I love that the memory foam is sourced from shredded leftovers from foam manufacturing so it’s eco-friendly and reduces waste.  The zippered cover is removable and machine-washable so cleaning it is easy and mess-free...another huge bonus!


This bed is deep enough for our 60 pound pups to sink into and the wall goes all the way around to provide snuggly comfort in all positions.


Both pups really love this bed, but since Jessie is older, she always gets dibs :)

The Soothing Escape Gel Memory Foam bed would make a lovely gift for you pup this holiday season! 




Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Holiday Gift Guide: Crafty Gifts that Give Back from Yoobi!

**Complimentary products received in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**

We get two of our favorite things in one with gifts from Yoobi...Crafts and gifts that give back all year round!


 Yoobi creates colorful vibrant supplies for school, home or office that give back. For every Yoobi item you buy, a Yoobi item is donated to a U.S. classroom in need. Since it's launch, Yoobi has impacted the lives of 3 million kids across the U.S… and they’re just getting started!


Check out a few of our favorite crafty gifts from Yoobi:


This all-in-one set includes everything imaginable for a successful stencil party. With 16 paint brush pens that keep all the paint in each bottle, including classic and neon colors, 8 stencil sheets with themes from outer space, to the ocean and all creatures in between, it has never been easier to create a one of a kind masterpiece. All you need is this set and paper, so throw those messy bottles, jars and old brushes away and step into a world free of mess and full of creation.


Pick a bead, any bead, and watch your design turn into a brand-new necklace, keychain or pin! This kit comes with everything you need to turn little beads into colorful food and creative masterpieces - all you need is an iron (and a grown-up helper!) to complete your melty bead magic.


We all need a place to store our hard-earned money, so why not create it on your own? This DIY Piggy Bank comes with everything you need to design a beautiful sanctuary for your silver dollars. 


Add some 3D shine to your school or DIY project with six shades of glitter glue madness! Create some epic sparkle art or just use it like regular glue, with a bit of POP. In case of an uh-oh, don't panic, it's washable and non-toxic!



The best of both worlds is now here for you to color and create. With only 6 pencils, you get 12 awesome colors using half the space! Not only do you have more space for all your Yoobi goodies, but you can color away with color opposites when you feel like LOLing in dark green or BooHooing in light green.


For everything you need for ANY arts and crafts activity you could ever dream of, look no further than the Yoobi Craft Chest! This awesome toolbox is chock full of foam, felt, and fun! With over 140 items included in this kit, you'll be in crafting overload mode! 

Our kiddos LOVE art supplies and they really enjoyed crafting with Yoobi goodies.  Yoobi as something at every price point, from stocking stuffers to all inclusive kits.  If you have crafty kiddos, be sure to check out Yoobi this holiday gifting season!

These super fun items are available on Yoobi.com and at Target stores nationwide.





Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: goDog® RhinoPlay™ Tough Toys for Playful Pups!

**Complimentary products received in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**

Is your pup tough on toys?  Harley Mae sure is!  We recently got to check out a great variety of chew toys from goDog® RhinoPlay™ that our tough chewer really loved.  Check them out:


goDog® RhinoPlay™ is a line of unique and durable foam dog toys that was developed by Worldwise® in conjunction with the One World Play Project™.   The line is made from an environmentally safe and non-toxic foam and is available in several fun shapes.  The unique material is called PopFoam® NT™. This makes for a dog toy that is incredibly strong but still very lightweight. Dogs will love the feel of this material and pet parents will love the durability. 


The Vexo™ is a fun, stick-shaped toy. A concave shape makes it easy for dogs to carry. 



The Flip™ is a fun, chip-shaped toy that always lands with one side up so it is easy for dogs to carry! 



The Cirq™ is a fun round toy shape with a square center. A channel around the underside of the toys makes it easier for dogs to carry and is a great place to hide treats!


The Beast™ ball is a puncture-proof ball that never goes flat! The Beast features a unique self-inflating valve so it will reinflate, even through tough play! 

All of these toys are water safe, they even float!  They are great for indoor and outdoor play.  They stand up pretty well to heavy chewing and though they do eventually break down, we were able to get weeks of play out of them making them a great value.  Harley really loves them and it's a safe bet your playful pup will too:)

As an added bonus, all sales of these fun toys include a charitable give-back to organizations that promote play and enhance the human-animal bond.




Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: National Geographic Books for Kids of All Ages! + Giveaway

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I love giving books to my kiddos for Christmas, but in order to make sure they are well-received I have to make sure they are super interesting and engaging.  Thankfully, National Geographic Kids Books is featuring FIVE new titles that are perfect gifts for kiddos this holiday season!


These books are all fun, visually stunning, totally engrossing AND educational (but don't tell kids that last part!).  


* Weird But True! Christmas: 300 Festive Facts to Light Up the Holidays — (ages 8-12, 208 pages) The PERFECT stocking stuffer! Ready for some totally festive facts? Even Christmas can be weird -- it's true! Did you know that Santa's reindeer are probably all female? Or that artificial snow can be made from seaweed? Or that "Jingle Bells" was the first Christmas carol sung in space?


Every kid will ho ho ho when they unwrap this book that is chocked full of the most random and fascinating facts about their most favorite holiday.


* Ultimate Dinopedia - (ages 7-10, 296 pages) Attention dinosaur fanatics! This is a big, gift-worthy hardcover that is also the most complete and comprehensive dinosaur reference ever. Although these amazing creatures roamed the Earth ages ago, new dinosaur discoveries are still being made today.  The new edition includes favorites, like the fierce T-rex and the gentle Brontosaurus, plus audacious new finds, like the Anzu, Kosmoceratops, and Yi.


Every dino profile is colorfully illustrated and features descriptions of when they roamed the Earth, how they lived, what they ate, and more. There are more than 600 dinos featured in all, including 10 profiles of recently discovered dinosaurs and new entries in the Dino Dictionary. Reports from paleontologists present the latest news and insights from the field.


* Bet You Didn’t Know: Fascinating, Far-Out, Fun-tastic Facts - (ages 8-12, 192 pages) “...the whole outing is really tailor-made for dipping and flipping at random....A bodacious wellspring of random knowledge."— Starred review, Kirkus Reviews. BIG, packed with gorgeous photos and illustrations and guaranteed to keep kids occupied for hours and hours, Bet You Didn’t Know is the perfect holiday gift for the fact-lover or for your kid’s favorite teacher’s classroom. Did you know that the first stop signs were black and white? Or that a litter of kittens is called a kindle? Or that butterflies can see more colors than humans can? 


Based on a favorite department in Nat Geo Kids magazine, this book is overflowing with fascinating facts, silly stats, and catchy little knowledge nuggets in all kinds of cool categories, from astronomy and sea creatures to revolutions and breakfast. Special features include Extreme Weirdness, Strange Places, Wacky World, and more. 


* Just Joking Jumbo — (ages 7-10, 288 pages)  What do you get when you have 1,000 giant jokes and 1,000 funny photos?  A stocking stuffer that adds up to some seriously big laughs!



If you have a budding stand up comedian on your list this year - this is the perfect book for them.  Knock-knocks, puns, riddles, tongue-twisters, photos of silly situations and even the craziest info about the history of funny business - it’s all here!


* Hey, Baby! A Collection of Pictures, Poems and Stories from Nature’s Nursery - (all ages, 192 pages) Sweet dreams are made of this! Join National Geographic Kids on a trip around the globe to celebrate nature's nursery.This collection of stunning photography of wee ones of the wild world will inspire, awe and awww.


With dynamic profiles, clever poems, time-tested folktales, amazing rescue stories, and unlikely animal friendships, this book will be a favorite with sleepy little ones, new parents and moms-to-be. Featuring everything from wobbly baby bison to teeny turtles, mini-monkeys to fluffy foxes, this is the perfect keepsake book for the baby animal lover in us all.

Any of these would make the perfect holiday gift for any kiddos on your list!

Keep up with National Geographic Kids:
* National Geographic Kids Books twitter - @NGKidsBks
* National Geographic Kids Facebook - @nationalgeographickids
* National Geographic Kids website: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/