Playtime : Moxie Girlz

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The girls don’t always love it when I have to work but they do love it when a package arrives in the mail and it’s something new for them. Reviewing toys is definitely a perk of being a blogger’s kid. Though it’s not a regular feature on this blog, leading up to the holidays I will be sharing many more because when it comes to spending holiday money, you want to make sure you are spending on something your kids are going to love.

I think Moxie Girlz Insiders fit the bill. Just look at these happy faces!
Moxie Girlz Review
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Juice on the Go With Mott’s

A huge thank you to Mott’s for sending us their new fruit juice drinks to try and for sponsoring this post. Those mini bottle saves me from many a twin argument. It gets HOT when you are in a car for ten hours!

Juice on the Go With Motts Everyday

Though I loved our time in Texas last week with my family, it’s good to be back home in good old Columbia, MO. It’s funny how quickly I have adjusted to small city life. Everything here is so accessible and now that the girls are older, I am ready to access it all. I am really looking forward to getting them out on the Katy Trail on their bike. We’re so close to a trail access now that I am thinking we can even start heading downtown on it to some of the free concerts and festivals.

Of course that brings in a whole other level of prep: snacks and drinks that are easy to carry. As well as healthy enough to fuel the ride there and back, but tasty enough that my kids won’t be begging for concessions.
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Bringing Memories to Life with YesVideo

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. Opinions are my own and not those of any one else.

Swoon

Sometimes, it’s hard to remember the day pictured above. Even at the best of times your wedding is a blur. Add in the craziest possible pre-wedding week ever (highlights included getting roofied at my bacehlorette party, a car wreck, and a suspected appendicitis scare the day before I was to fly home), and I am kind of amazed I was even upright for mine. That’s where the wedding video comes in. Except ours were languishing on actual video. We just missed the cut off for everything being on DVD.

That’s where YesVideo comes in…
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Gift Guide : Everpurse

EverPurse : The Purse that charges your phone!

Have a tech diva on your list? This year’s must have crossover tech and fashion accessory–also known as wearable tech–is the Everpurse. It is a clutch purse that charges your smartphone. Yep, you read that correctly. A chic and stylish handbag that keeps your phone charged on the go with an integrated smart phone charging pocket. A perfect holiday gift for the lovely lady in your life (hint, hint.) Or yourself!

In case you’re interested, here’s a great review by Cristi of Motherhood Unadorned. And if you’d like to purchase your own, go to Everpurse.com and enter this special code THEGUAVALICIOUSLIFE13 for 5% off your purchase. (Please enter this code at checkout where it asks for a gift card code.)

Available in fabric and leather in many beautiful colors, Everpurse is small enough to be used inside a larger purse or used by itself as a clutch. There is also an optional wrist strap or shoulder strap available.

Retail price: $189 to $329.
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Gift Guide : Mighty Leaf Tea Gift Sets

As a tea drinker, I sometimes feel left out of the red cup craze of the holidays. Gift sets for coffee drinkers abound while us poor tea drinkers are left clutching our tea bags and seeking the aisles for holiday blends. If you have a tea drinker in your life, indulge them with one of the Mighty Leaf tea gift sets. I was lucky enough to receive the Chai Tea Collection set to review.

Chai Tea Collection Gift Set description:
“Take a journey to a colorful and aromatic street market in Bombay with the Mighty Leaf Chai Tea Collection set. Become your own chai wallah (a chai tea maker in India). Steep Mighty Leaf Tea Bombay Chai in our insulated stainless steel mug with lid. Add steamed milk and sugar and and inhale the aromas of cinnamon, ginger, pepper, cardamom, clove and star anise.

The 12 oz mug is 18/8 stainless steel and double-wall insulated to keep tea hot or cold longer. Includes 15 pouches of Mighty Leaf Tea Bombay Chai, a lively whole leaf Indian black tea flavored with spices. Retails on mightyleaf.com for $24.95.”

I have spent many wonderful Fall mornings drinking chai on the go from my mug.
Especially since I have been using their brewing tips!

• Prepare your tea with filtered or bottled water. Avoid tap, distilled, or mineral water.
• Be sure not to over-boil the water as it makes flat tasting tea.
• For black tea and herbals, hot water is key! Please do not let the water sit and cool before adding the
tea pouch.
• Immerse the tea pouch completely in the hot water and move it back and forth several times to maximize
water flow through the bag.
• Steep 4 to 5 minutes for black tea
• Store tea in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

Click through for a great twist on eggnog and a chance to win a Bombay Chai gift set!
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Gift Guide : The Why Book

The WHY Book Great Gift for Kids

The average six year old asks why 122 times a day.

(Is that all? My kids are positively advanced then!)

The Why book gives you at least one day off, addressing more than 200 questions. With colorful photos and vibrant illustrations, X-Why-Z delivers age-appropriate answers to questions ranging from “Why do I sneeze?” to “Why is grass green?” Crafted by the editors of the award-winning TIME For Kids classroom magazine, is age appropriate, informative and entertaining. It’s a great reference book for children and a fun conversation starter for parents and kids.

From animals to plants, from the human body to history, the new book X-Why-Z helps children ages four to six better understand the world they live in. Presented by Time Home Entertainment Inc. and the editors of TIME For Kids, X-Why-Z (Time Home Entertainment Inc.; $14.95) is on sale now and available at www.timeforkids.com/xwhyz and at retailers nationwide.

Here’s some questions from the book for you; amaze your kids at dinner tonight!

Q. Why do I get goosebumps?

A. Goosebumps help your skin keep warm. Your hair stands up to protect your skin from cold air. Each tiny hair makes one bump.

Q. Why do cats lick you?

A. Cats lick people to show they care. It’s like a mother cat cleaning her kitten.

Q. Why do tree leaves change color?

A. During the spring and summer, leaves are filled with green chlorophyll. The chlorophyll helps the trees make food, and it makes the leaves look green. In the colder fall weather, leaves lose their chlorophyll and show their bright colors.

Q. Why does the moon seem to change shape?

A. One side of the moon always faces the sun, and one side is always dark. Here on Earth, we can only see the part of the moon that is lit by the sun. For a few days every month, we see the whole lit side, and we call it a full moon. The rest of the month, we only see part of the lit side, so the moon looks smaller. When we can’t see any of the lit part, we call that a new moon.

Gift Guide : Mabel’s Labels

Win Write Away Labels

Sometimes you need something small for a gift. Perhaps for a night of Hanukuh or maybe to give out to friends at a party. Or, like our family, you put your shoes out on December 5th to see what St. Nicolas might leave you to celebrate his special day. Really almost any reason will do for snagging some of Mabel’s Labels Write Away labels. They are perfect for kids, teachers, teen girls, and anyone else who likes to LABEL EVERYTHING.

Here’s what The Guavalicious Life contributor Mama Staci had to say about them:
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Gift Guide : Disney Classics

Thank you to Disney and the One 2 One Network for sponsoring this gift guide gift and giveaway!
Win This Disney Classics Box Set

Who likes to whistle while they work?
Who doesn’t?!

Since a great part of my day is spent either in my car or sitting in my home office, I control the airwaves. Sure I could listen to my favorite music. But that’s rock and to paraphrase Nick Hornby, 99% of rock music is depressing. So it’s good to change it up and listen to some songs guaranteed to lift your mood. Even cynical me is transported back to childhood when I hear songs like “You Can Fly, You Can Fly, You Can Fly” and “A Spoonful of Sugar.”

Give your friends and family the gift of joy this season with the new Disney Classics box set. It’s available for pre-order now. The big release is November 12! This makes a fabulous gift because it is something that the whole family can enjoy together. Plus it makes the trip home from holiday travel a lot more fun.

Find out more details and how to win below!

The box set was compiled by Disney Music Group’s resident music historian and Grammy®-winning producer, Randy Thornton. It features 94 original recordings from Disney and Disney-Pixar movies, television shows and theme parks celebrating over 85 years of Disney musical magic.

The four volumes of the collection are:
Disney Modern Classics
Disney Timeless Classics
Disney Theme Park Classics
Disney Television Classics

These four CDs contain 94 original Disney recordings sure to bring magical mousical memories to all generations of Disney lovers.

And a special bonus for box set purchasers: a new medley of Disney hits by YouTube a capella sensations Peter Hollens and Alex G. Peter and Alex create fully orchestrated songs using only the sounds of their voices. With well over 100 million views on YouTube alone, their sensational approach has excited audiences all over the world.

Want to know more about Disney music?

• Disney Music Website – http://www.disneymusic.com

• Twitter – https://twitter.com/DisneyMusic

• Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/disneymusic

Win your own copy to enjoy or give as a gift!
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Big Mother Living With Jawbone Up

So as part of their blogging program, Best Buy sent me a Jawbone Up to review. Thanks Best Buy! I only wish you had done this ten months ago so I could have skipped my $2000 sleep study!
Jawbone Up

So what is this Jawbone UP you may be wondering. Since I am sort of clueless when it comes to the latest and newest (I will know how to use it but I will still call it a doohicky,) I would have assumed the Jawbone was some cousin of the bluetooth. But not at all, instead it’s a very cool looking wristband that made me feel all techie and cutting edge. Oh and it tracks your sleep and activity levels too.

This new wave of health tech devices have been nicknamed “Big Mother.” Get it? Except unlike the somewhat psycho TV show who treats people like lab rats, the Big Mother apps are benevolent. They want you to live your life better. And give you a hug. Well not really on that last part. Though that would be cool.

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Taking Control With The Stork

This is a sponsored post through The Motherhood. I am very happy to be spreading the words about The Stork. Opinions and words are my own and do not reflect the views of The Stork or The Motherhood.

Oh hello, it’s been awhile friends. Life has been racing by this August. After I got home from BlogHer, I set off again for a trip with my husband to DC and then onto Cancun to celebrate his fortieth birthday. It was lovely.

However, since then it feels as if we have been living under our own personal rainstorm. I swear that if I glance up quickly I can just catch site of the little storm cloud hovering above my head. Real physical things have been going wrong: broken toilet, broken car, broken body but I think it’s my spirit that is really broken lately. My sister got some bad fertility news while we were in Mexico and I can’t stop thinking about her.
Broken Heart

Seeing her sad face on my layover in Dallas brought all those memories of my own infertility back. The disappointment in the one line each month. The hopelessness of not knowing when things would happen. The helplessness of having no control. And we were relatively lucky in our journey. We hit it out of the park on our first try at IUI, conceiving the terror twins. I can’t imagine going through more time and expense than we did.

That’s why I was thrilled that I was asked to join a group that was given access to The Stork’s founder.
What is The Stork?
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