It’s not too late to give the gift everyone loves: their favorite faces or places on a gift. I love giving photo gifts because they fit everyone and everyone is sure NOT to have it! But my laziness gets in the way and I end up dropping the ball. Which is why these photo gifts are so awesome: they are a SNAP to make!
Got a hard to shop for woman in your life? This is the gift guide for you? These gifts should tickle her fancy.
We were sent the LeapTV for a review through Mommy Parties. Honestly, I was a teeny bit skeptical since the girls are on the upper range of the suggested ages. But we have tried both a Wii and a Kinect with them but because of their fine motor skill delays, they seemed more trouble than they were worth. And the games really had no value besides the activity.
LeapTV from LeapFrog gets kids into the action too. But it also teaching core skills across a variety of subjects including reading, mathematics, science and problem solving. And since it is designed for kids ages 3-8, the system controller fits small hands and the motion camera . Audio instruction makes it simple for even the youngest kids to play solo or with a friend. We had kids from 2 to 8 playing with it and all of them were able to get into the action fairly easily.
When thinking holiday gifts, don’t discount food and drinks! Edible gifts are great because they are meant to be enjoyed immediately, often inexpensive, and take up no room (once consumed.) Plus if the recipient doesn’t love it, these gifts are easy to pass along. Here are ten of my favorites to give and get.
Here it is: my Holiday Gift Guide for 2014! Gifts are definitely my love language and I love sharing the best finds for your gift giving needs. I will be sharing ideas throughout the month as well as oodles of giveaways. So bookmark this page and check back often!
And don’t forget to use Ebates while shopping online to earn cash back!
Click through for a link to all of the gift ideas and giveaways. It will be updated throughout the month of November!
We received a selection of The Amazing Zhus for review on the blog.
Hot Toys 2014 reviews are running a bit behind on the whole bloggity blog. I feel like unconsciously I was perhaps delaying this one because I wanted ALL THE ZHUS for myself. I mean the girls, yes for the girls. That’s the ticket. We have just had WAY too much fun with these. And they are already selling out everywhere.
Basically Zhus are those little crazy hamsters that everyone loved a few years back but got stuck in kids’ hair (seriously, don’t hold them next to your head.) But this version is magical. Not even joking around here. They do all sorts of magic tricks. The girls loved them and we have spent hours playing with them. Read on for what we played with and what were our favorites.
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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.
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!
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.
Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. Opinions are my own and not those of any one else.
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.
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.