Gifts For the Girl Who Has Everything

Got a hard to shop for woman in your life? This is the gift guide for you? These gifts should tickle her fancy.

Gifts Guide Holiday
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The Ultimate Football Feast

As you get ready for Thanksgiving this week, don’t forget the other must have for family fun: football! I have many memories of poking around my grandparents farm, a different game on in every room. My dad and his siblings has every type of football pot possible going on and there were repeated consultations over squares on the betting sheet. It was a thrill to watch the score climb and the time countdown ever close to my winning square.

Living in a college town has allowed me to capture some of the excitement of that post Thanksgiving football frenzy. The only problem is that so much of the fun revolves around tailgating. And while I love tailgating it never seems to work out. Mainly because we don’t get up early enough. Or the kids are in a bad mood. Or the thought of finding a parking space makes me all nervous like.

So when Sonic offered to send me a gift card for tailgating snacks, I brought the tailgate to us. Oh yeah, ALL THE SNACKS and ALL THE GAMES. And while Sonic is awesome for actual tailgating, if you walk through a parking lot with a flat of mini slushes you are so getting invited to hang out, it really makes football watching a home super awesome.

Football Snacks With Sonic
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Move Your Mountain, Or Help Move Someone Else’s

As we move into the holiday season full swing, I wanted to let you know about the site Move Your Mountain. They asked me to check out their site and write a post about it and I was so moved by the stories I found on this unique social funding community fundraising site.
Move Your Mountain Fundraising Site
There are a lot of social support sites out there but I loved the personal touch of the stories I saw on Move Your Mountain, especially The True Love Bucket List couple.
True Love Bucket List
They couldn’t be more different from me but I was touched by their story and the love they have for each other. It’s fascinating to read through the stories on the site and read about causes that inspire people and what dreams people have. Check it out; I think you will find it just as addicting.

And if you have a goal you need help with or a cause you want to raise money for, the site makes it easy to get started. I love that they guide you through setting everything up and writing a compelling story. And then walk you through spreading the word on social media, which can be daunting for many people. Plus the pricing is upfront and clear.

Life 360 Takes the Mis out of Family Communication

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It’s that time of year again when over the roads and through the woods, to grandmother’s house we go. Sure staying home would be easier but how will memories be made if I am not crammed into a vacation rental with extended family? The worry, the arguments, the guilt… this is what memories are made of amirite?

I kid. But I am questioning what made me think it would be a good idea to meet up with my entire family and their families in a place where none of us live on one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. All of us tend to revert back to the roles of yore which leads to worry, miscommunication, and a general lack of holiday cheer.

This year I am hoping to avoid some of those with the help of this post’s sponsor, Life360. If you don’t already have this awesome family communication tool, now is the time to download it. It’s the zen tool in your phone’s jackknife.
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Use Your Cell to Shop Like a Pro This Season

One of my favorite parts of being an ambassador for US Cellular is using their 4G LTE network to rock out when I shop. It keeps me connected, gets me the best deals, and rewards me for shopping. What could be better than that?

Even if you’re not like me and don’t plan to visit all of the stores during busy holiday season and instead like to shop from your couch, smartphones can assist in ensuring you are efficient in your purchases. Below great apps to assist in your shopping, no matter if you do it from home or the couch.
Apps for Holiday Shopping
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LeapTV : Get Your Kids Gaming This Winter

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.
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Eat, Drink, and Be Merry Gifts

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.

Food Gifts for the Holiday
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It’s Feeling Christmassy Up in Here

So today while I was google hanging with my big time blogger friend Michelle of So Wonderful So Marvelous, I looked out my window and saw SNOW! Normally I would cry big fat tears at snow in early November. But this year it warmed my crusty little heart. 2014 really put us through the wringer. But it’s on an upswing and I think Christmas may cap it off.

Tonight I am furiously typing up my gift guide posts while watching A Belle For Christmas. No need for the Hallmark Channel around these parts. I’ve got Kristy Swanson as an evil girlfriend trying to keep kids from their dog. Who they rescue on Christmas Eve, natch.
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In case you are as not enthusiastic about winter as I am, I have a little giveaway to help you face the winter chill. Eucerin sent me a few of the products to try and I have become devoted to their skin calming dry skin body wash. I can’t give up my hot showers and baths and the omega oils of this wash keep my skin in soft shape.
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I’d love for you to try it! So click through and enter to win some, along with some other great products to keep your skin happy this winter.
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10 Tips For a Sane Holiday

Heads up: I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for The Motherhood on behalf of the makers of Children’s MOTRIN® and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Tips for a Sane and Happy Holiday
This is the moment when I pull out phrases like “Oh lordy” because husband gone on a business trip plus child sick plus other child freaking out plus a random Tuesday off (WTF school district!) plus too much work equals one exhausted me. Then my friend mentioned there are only seven Saturdays until Christmas.

OH LORDY.

But never fear because I have kind of cracked the code for a sane holiday. When I follow these ten tips I get all zen like and feel no need to bring out the lordyness. So read on my friends, read on.
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Watch : McFarland USA

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Crazy week around here… this is the first day both of the girls have been at school. Plus the husband is gone off to Lotus Land. Today is all about catching up and I just came across this trailer for McFarland USA. Can’t help it, I love me some inspirational sports films. MCFARLAND, USA opens in theaters everywhere on February 20, 2015!

For more info, follow MCFARLAND, USA on Facebookand follow Disney Pictures on Twitter.