Saturday, November 18, 2017

My Favorite Advent Calendars For 2017 #AdventCalendar

There are SO many great options for Advent Calendars this year!! I am going to share with you a few of my favorites and where you can purchase them. 

If you have children who love Disney Tsum Tsum then this is the perfect Advent Calendar for them! 
Available only at Target, both in store and online at target
photo credit: Target.com

This Disney Tsum Tsum Advent Calendar costs $39 but it is ON SALE for $33 right now! I feel like this is a great value and you receive a lot of Tsum Tsums. The set includes: 18 Tsum Tsum figures in total: 6 large with 6 holiday themed accessories, 6 medium, and 6 small.

photo credit: Target.com
If you have a little artist who loves to color and get creative then this Crayola Christmas Countdown is the perfect one for you! This is available in store (very low quantities) and online at target. Perfect for ages 4+ This Crayola Christmas Countdown costs just $19.99 and I feel like it is a great value. The kit includes: 
  • clay, glitter glue, sharpener, craft glue, Paper, Stickers, Ribbons, Markers, Crayons, Paint, Paint Brush
  • If you are a fan of chocolate Advent Calendars then you will LOVE this Godiva Advent Calendar! Perfect gift for your neighbor, teacher, grandparents, etc.



                                                Photo credit Macys.com

    This Godiva Advent Calendar includes 24 pieces of chocolates including milk, dark and white chocolate. 

Next up, the most popular Advent Calendar, super hard to find in stores......drum roll......
Lego City Advent Calendar!! I purchased this for my son in October because I knew it was a hard to find item. There are a few available online at Amazon The Lego City Advent Calendar is sold at Target, ToysRUs and Lego's Website. They are sold out online at Target and the Lego website currently. The set includes a Santa, Christmas tree, 6 mini figures, 24 different items (buildings, vehicles, seasonal items). This is a GREAT Advent Calendar and I can see why it is selling out fast! 

photo credit: Amazon

There is also a Lego Friends Advent Calendar and it is still available for sale on both Amazon.com and the Lego Website for $29.99. My 10 year old daughter loves Lego Friends and she is going to LOVE this! Recommended for ages 5-12 years old. The Lego Friends Advent Calendar includes: a Stephanie mini figure doll in a festive outfit, 24 buildable surprises (furry friends and homes) and Christmas tree. Hurry before they sell out too!

photo credit: Lego

This is a super cute Play Doh Advent Calendar! Perfect for ages 3+. The Play Doh Advent Calendar is available online at Amazon ($19.97) and in select stores. The Play Doh Advent Calendar includes 5 tubs of Play Doh, 2 sparkling tubs and tons of accessories. 
Photo Credit: Amazon

Next up, the Hot Wheels Advent Calendar! This is available in some stores and also online at Amazon for $24.99. The Hot Wheels Advent Calendar includes 8 Hot Wheels vehicles and 16 accessories. Such a fun Advent Calendar for the Hot Wheels lover! 

photo credit: Amazon

Next up, the Barbie Advent Calendar!! This is such a hit with girls of all ages. My 10 year old daughter and my 6 year old daughter LOVE Barbie. This is one of the best valued Advent Calendars in my opinion because it is less than $25 and includes SO much! I have seen it at Toys R Us but they may be running low at some stores now. It is on sale this week at ToysRUs stores for $22.49. It is also available online at Amazon for $19.30
photo credit: Amazon

The Barbie Advent Calendar includes a Barbie doll, accessories for the Barbie to be a baker, ballerina, pet doctor and skier. 

Last but not least is the super cute Fisher Price Little People Advent Calendar! This is a hot toy item this year and it is selling out fast!! They are available in select stores and online at Amazon for $34.99. This is recommended for ages 12 months-5 years old. This adorable Little People Advent Calendar includes: a Santa, Mrs. Clause, a cute puppy, snowman, Elf and reindeer Little People plus tons of accessories. 
photo credit: Amazon

Happy shopping! Leave me a comment with which Advent Calendar you plan to purchase!

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Watch Ya Mouth Hilarious Family Game Perfect For The Holidays

Watch Ya' Mouth Throwdown Edition is the evolution of the original, wildly popular, hilarious Watch Ya' Mouth game. Rather than just speak phrases, players now go head-to-head with hilarious and challenging tasks - while wearing mouthpieces. Throwdown Edition takes competition - and laughter - to the next level and builds on the multigenerational gaming phenomena. 



Throwdown Edition has already been Awarded Top Holiday Toy of 2017 by Toy Insider & selected for the 2017 Amazon Holiday Toy List.

Want a hilarious family game to play during the Holidays? Your search is over. 15% off Coupon Code: 15THROWDOWN http://amzn.to/2i6NKwG



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Friday, November 3, 2017

Sun Tails Mermaid Tails Are A Holiday Must Have #MermaidTails



My girls absolutely love mermaids and these beautiful mermaid tails are on their holiday wish list!! The Sun Tail mermaid tails are available in a variety of beautiful colors and best of all---they are waterproof! Perfect for the pool and beach! You can purchase these online at their website: https://www.suntailmermaid.com/ You may recall last holiday season my girls received the super soft and adorable Sun Tail mermaid blankets, they are still cuddling with them every night on the couch before bedtime! They have held up wonderfully and I have washed them many times. Read all about them here

Make your little girls dream come true! Sun Tail Mermaid has created the world's best swimmable mermaid tails and mermaid flippers. Their mermaid tails are soft, comfortable, and come in a wide variety of designs and colors. They are made of high quality swimsuit fabric with 4-way stretch.

Sun Tail Mermaid's monofins are extremely comfortable and virtually unbreakable. Their patented monofin is several steps ahead of everyone else in engineering, durability, comfort, and functionality. The propulsion and control is exceptional. The monofins come in a wide range of beautiful colors, so you can match your mermaid tails or look amazing wearing it alone.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide #Giveaway From @MommyScene

Mommy Scene Holiday Giveaway Gift Giveaway!

We are excited to share Mommy Scene's Holiday Giveaway packed full of gifts for babies, kids and moms! Get inspired for gift giving this year with interactive gift ideas for creative kids, practical gift ideas for baby's first Christmas, and luxurious gifts for yourself or the new mom in your life. One lucky winner will receive this entire gift collection!
2017 Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway gift collection for babies, kids and moms - Mommy Scene

Gifts for Babies

Crane Drop Humidifier - Grey
Pacific Baby Hot-Tot 9oz Insulated Toddler Bottle
aLoo Bottle Valve
Revelae Kids Cozy Baby Sleepers
Bonjour Baby Baskets $50 Gift Card!
lulujo Baby's First Year blanket & cards set
Button Diapers One-Size Diaper Cover and three pack of Daytime Diaper Inserts of winner's choice
Toofeze baby teether
Featured in Mommy Scene's Gift Ideas for Babies.

Gifts for Kids

Piggy Paint natural nail polish for kids
Sleep Zzz Pillow for kids ages 3 and up
Wild Things Animal Blankets
Interactive Map of the World by Lil'ollo
Soft'n Slo Squishies Sweet Shop squeezable collectibles
The Shrunks Indoor Tuckaire Toddler Travel Bed
Morph by Orb Toys
Window Jammers low-tech collectible characters
Ocean Exploration Discovery Box by Revelae Kids
Wizard Roll board game of magical spells!
Featured in Mommy Scene's Gift Ideas for Kids.

Gifts for Her

Back Buddy Support Pillow
PeachSkinSheets
Aurorae Aqua Microfiber Beach and Swim Towel
Aurorae Hawaiian Island Afternoon Coconut Pineapple Aromatherapy Spritz
Mama Strut Postpartum Care System
Fresh Wave Kitchen Kit
Rachel's Remedy Breastfeeding Relief Packs
Covered Goods Original 4-in-1 Cover
Kindred Bravely Davy Nursing & Maternity Pajamas (Pant Set)
Moody Sisters Mommy Deserves It Gift Set (Eye Cream & Nourishing Serum)
Featured in Mommy Scene's Gift Ideas for Her.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Babies, Kids, and Moms ★ Giveaway!

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

A Mom's Guide To The Smithsonian's National Zoo #DCZoo

My children really loved the National Zoo in Washington D.C I am going to share with you some of the must see attractions and give you some tips to help you plan your visit. The #1 biggest concern that I had when planning our day at the zoo was the parking! I know that parking in DC can be crazy so I was really happy to discover that you can prepay online and purchase a parking spot at the National Zoo! Here are directions and a guide to parking. We drove and parked by the Panda entrance at the zoo. We selected the "VIP" parking which costs $31. I used Parking Panda to find a parking spot. It was very easy and we just followed the directions on the website. TIP: Purchase parking in advance, I would recommend purchasing at least a week or two prior if you are going to be visiting in the summer or during spring break.

My children's favorite animal at the zoo was the adorable panda!


There is a wonderful elephant sanctuary both indoors and outdoors that is beautiful

My son posing with the meerkats


Inside the Rain Forest exhibit building with a gorgeous exotic bird



The National Zoo is free to visit so I did not mind paying to park. We packed the kids a lunch in the cooler and brought them plenty of juice boxes, bottled water and snacks too. The zoo is open from 8 am until 5 pm (in the summer it is open until 7 pm). The exhibit buildings are open from 9 am until 4 pm.

There are so many great dining options at the National Zoo. Be sure to check out the food and dining options on the website. We dined at the Mane Grill located near the lion's. They offer kid's meals and my kids loved the chicken nuggets kids meal. This came with a souvenir lunch box. Here is a photo of the kids meal options ($10.25 for a kids meal is the average price at the zoo regardless of the restaurant you choose).


                                                         Tips for visiting the National Zoo

  • Pack a cooler with drinks and snacks
  • Bring an umbrella just in case
  • Wear good walking shoes, the zoo is huge and there are a lot of hills
  • Bring some pennies for the pressed penny machines
  • Bring a stroller if your child is not used to walking 2+ miles
  • Don't forget a camera!
  • Show your children the Zoo's webcam to get them excited about the upcoming visit


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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Harlem Globetrotters 25% Off Coupon Code





My kids are SO excited to see the Harlem Globetrotters this year! I have heard it is such a fun, interactive and entertaining time for children of all ages!

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Super Easy & Delicious Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe


These pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are SO soft and yummy and the best part is they are SO easy to make!! Here are the ingredients you will need:

1 1/2 Cups granulated sugar
1/2 Cup brown sugar
1 Cup vegetable oil
2 Eggs
4 Cups Flour
2 Cups Pumpkin (canned)
2 Cups Chocolate Chips (I prefer mini morsels)
1 1/2 Tablespoons Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 teaspoons baking powder 

Instructions: Mix sugars, oil, eggs, pumpkin, vanilla & pumpkin pie spice with a mixer. Mix remaining ingredients in separate bowl (except chocolate chips, save these for last). Add flour mix to the pumpkin mix. Mix until your batter is a creamy thick orange color. (See photo below). Fold in chocolate chips and gently mix with a spatula. Line muffin pan with cupcake wrappers. Bake at 350* for 10-11 minutes. Let cool for 10-15 minutes. 

Bake 350* for 10-11 minutes
This recipe will make 36 muffins 

Ingedients

Gently fold chocolate chips into the batter using a spatula

Fill wrappers 3/4 full and bake

I like to bake 2 dozen muffins and then use the remaining batter to bake cookies! The cookies bake at the same temperature for the same amount of time. 

Results! The softest pumpkin chocolate chip muffins ever! 

The cookies are just as delicious!! 


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Monday, October 2, 2017

Our Day In Washington, D.C + #WhiteHouseTour

Did you know that you can contact your local congressman and request complimentary tickets for the White House tour?! It takes about 2-3 months to get the tickets so book way in advance. We had tickets for this past Saturday at 7:30 am. We arrived in Washington, D.C Friday night and stayed just two blocks from the White House at the Hyatt Place Hotel. Highly recommend this hotel as it is so convenient to the White House. They offer complimentary breakfast also which is a nice perk. And best of all their hotel rooms sleep families of 6 with 2 queen beds and a sleeper sofa. The Hyatt Place Hotel also offers valet parking for an additional fee.

The White House tour is a self guided tour that allows guests to freely roam the downstairs level of the White House in addition to the second floor. Guests are not allowed to go inside of the actual rooms as they are all roped off. However, you can see the infamous Green Room, Red Room, East Room and China Room. My children really enjoyed being able to go inside of the White House.

Beautiful china from past Presidents is on display for visitors to view

the Red Room

the beautiful Dining Room


China Room

Presidential Library

The Blue Room

Gorgeous chandeliers in the main lobby





                                                 I highly recommend the #WhiteHouseTour

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

All About Royal Caribbean's Adventure Ocean Kids Club #Familytravel #Cruise

We sailed on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas this past May. We sailed with our 3 children ranging in age from 10 to 6 years old. The kids had SO much fun at Adventure Ocean kids club. They actually begged to go there to each session everyday!! Click here to view the Adventure Ocean Compasses. The activities changed each day and the theme was different each day also. This was nice so that children do not get bored.

Adventure Ocean Kids Club on Oasis of the Sea's

Be sure to check the movie schedule


Adventure Ocean has a really nice science lab

My kids had a lot of fun at the 'family science experiment' in the science lab. We created volcano's that erupted! 

On the last day at sea there was a family bingo game offered in the Adventure Ocean kids club. It was free and there were prizes for bingo winners (kids only). My son won bingo and he was excited. He won a octopus key chain that is really cute. 

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Overall I highly recommend checking out Adventure Ocean kids club! It was really one of the many highlights of my kids vacation!

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Find Out Why LipSense Is My New Favorite gloss! #LipSense

I am a big fan of lip gloss and when I learned about LipSense I was so excited to try it out. I wanted to see for myself what makes LipSense so different from the other glosses on the market. Once you try LipSense you won't want to go back to the 'other' glosses. LipSense is unique because it is able to last for up to 18 hours! It is waterproof, kiss-proof and smear-proof! No more having to reapply your gloss every hour or after your morning coffee. 

How does LipSense work? 
1st step: Clean and dry your lips. 
2nd step: Swipe one direction-thin layer-wait 10 seconds between (mouth open)
3rd step: Add the Gloss (magic sealer)

What is LipSense?
LipSense is lead-free, wax free, gluten free, vegan, kosher and not tested on animals

How many colors are there?
There are 40 colors to choose from. I love Beige Champagne

How do I remove LipSense color?
You can purchase Oooops remove (from LipSense) or use an oil based makeup remover

Where can I purchase LipSense?
Follow LipSense on Instagram
Follow LipSense on Facebook


Before photo (no makeup ya'll)

Beige Champagne

After photo

It is amazing the transformation that a great lip gloss can do!! 😍😍😍😍😍

*I received complimentary products in exchange for my honest opinions*

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Adorable Thirty One Halloween Items

I really love fall and all things "pumpkin"🎃!! And I really love these super cute Thirty One Halloween totes. These are absolutely adorable. I'm going to surprise my children with these cinch sac's October 1st. This way they will be able to use them all month long. My 10 year old doesn't really like to carry a bucket for trick or treating so I am planning to buy her this primarily for trick or treating. She can also use it for our trip to the pumpkin patch, sleepover's, etc. I am going to have her name monogrammed in glow in the dark stitching! 
This pumpkin cinch sac is adorable! Perfect for trick or treating. Available for just $20 on Kristen's website: www.mythirtyone.com/kristengill then click 'novelty'. Cinch sacs feature a drawstring closure, exterior zipper pocket and adjustable cords for a comfortable fit. Key features:
  • Polyester
  • Drawstring Closure
  • Exterior Zipper Pocket
  • Screen Printed designs
  • Lil’ Bones screen print glows in the dark
  • Glow-in-the-dark thread available as personalization option
  • Monogramming and personalization options available, one line maximum
  • Approx. 18.5”H x 14.5”L

Also available in a cinch sac is "lil bones". How cute is this?! My son is going to love this!! 



These super cute Carry All Caddie's are just $14 and would make the perfect gift for a teacher, co worker, neighbor, grandparent, etc. Fill them with candy, a flower, a mug, etc. Be sure to purchase a few at Kristen's website: www.mythirtyone.com/kristengill


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