Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Start Your Holiday Shopping Here! 2013 Holiday Gift Guide


It’s November! We're excited to kick off our highly anticipated Holiday Gift Guide!  What’s better than sitting at home in your jammies reading reviews and entering giveaways! You can even order gifts right online those that are available on Amazon! From November 1, 2013-December 23, 2013 our multi-blog holiday gift guide will be featured on three blogs, The Kids Did It, Mom of One and Having Fun and The Mommy Island. Yes. You read that right! THREE blogs equals TONS of holiday ideas for you and your loved ones. Let’s get started. The first 25 days of November we have named the 25 days of giveaways. Why? We have THREE giveaways starting EACH DAY from November 1! Ridiculously awesome, right? I know!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Are You Funny Enough? Hasbro Game {Review and Giveaway}

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With a name like 'Funny or Die' you might get the impression this adult game is serious business, but I assure you it's all fun and laughs. On Christmas as our tradition goes we love playing games together as a family and this year we had a new one from Hasbro. When I told my family I had a new game to try out they were excited when I mentioned the name of the game they seemed to be a bit nervous to play. Once I explained the rules everyone got their game faces on and it was time to get funny or die..mostly we just died laughing.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Fast Fun With Pig Rock Raceway! Angry Birds GO! {Review and Giveaway}

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Getting the races started on Christmas morning was Hasbro's Angry Birds GO! Pig Rock Raceway game. The Booper was so excited to see this fun Angry Birds game waiting for him under our tree. He's a new fan to Angry Birds, but a long time fan of cars and racing. The great thing about this game is he can play with a friend or on his own. He excitedly tore into the box to pull out all the pieces and he loved the two include karts. 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Monkeying Around With Flip Everything Happy- Holiday Gift Guide 2013

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The next stop on our guide is a fun and unique line of children's products that are centered around of heart of giving. Everything Happy was dreamed into reality by a seven year old boy who wanted to make other kids smile by offering soft blankets and plush animal toys with big smiles. Soft blankets and cuddly toys are nothing new, but the concept that makes these blankets unique is the "One to Love, One To Give". With a heart for giving I fell in love with Everything Happy's creator and his innocent desire to help others. 

Call Back Faster With Trellie - Holiday Gift Guide 2013

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Holidays can make moms feel like they are going in fifty different directions at any given moment, but really when are moms not busy? Working from home I have a lot of freedom to grab my phone any time I need to, but for moms working outside the home that might not be the case. Our next stop on our guide is a unique gadget designed to help on-the-go moms to never miss important phone calls. Let me introduce the Trellie a wireless cellphone accessory

Sounds Like A Good Time With Kidz Gear

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The Booper is always imitating what he sees my husband or I doing, he wants to be just like mommy and daddy. We sometimes let him watch his children's shows on the computer and when he does he loves to wear headphones. Giving the Booper his own pair of Kidz Gear headphones has been a lifesaver. We no longer have to listen to the whiny or annoying voices of his children's shows and he can play his games without disturbing anyone. He loves that he has his own gear to be like us.

Percy Jackson:Sea Of Monsters {Review and Giveaway}

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It's been the perfect winter for snuggling under a blanket with some popcorn watching a good movie, and there have been some really fun new movies released. Having the opportunity to watch Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters was exciting since I had watched the first movie Percy Jackson: The Lightening Thief in the theater. My mother used to work in the youth department at our local library and she had read the Percy Jackson series and told me they were good books so the movies would be worth watching. Having never read the books myself, I wondered if I might get lost watching the movie. The first Percy Jackson movie jumped right into the action, and Sea Of Monsters is no exception it's fast paced and no prior knowledge is required.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Children's Skincare From Tru Kid - Holiday Gift Guide 2013

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Have you wanted to find something at the retail store that was chemical and dye free for you children Jennifer, founder of Tru Kid, did and she never seemed to have success when it came to finding a natural product for her children to use on their skin. What’s a mom to do? Make it herself, of course! Tru Kid sent me a selection of products so my kids could try their product and hopefully grow up to form healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

Toasty Towels From Warmly Yours - Holiday Gift Guide 2013

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Amanda takes us to our next stop on our holiday gift guide, this is one to pamper your whole family. Warmly Yours was generous to send us their plug in Infinity towel warmer for those cold winter mornings. Who am I kidding? We'll use it during the summer too. Our tile gets so cold that it chills my whole body. BRRR!
Installation was no more difficult than mounting a standard towel rack for our plug-in model. Instructions were clear and all you need is a grounded, in our case a GFI since it was near the shower, plug nearby.
We decided we wanted to make this a project so we added a timer similar to the one on the hard-wired version for extra convenience.
What a treat it is to get out of the shower and wrap up in a warm towel! Our warm towels give us the extra heat needed to take the chill off on cold mornings. And the towel warmer looks great on the wall in the bath giving it a spa look! A great gift for anyone on your holiday shopping list or even to purchase for yourself.

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Christmas Parties Are More Fun With Music From Kidz Bop! {Review and Giveaway}

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A joyous time of year with lots of fun parties and gift exchanges it's no wonder children love Christmas. I'm a kid at heart and in spite of being very busy Christmas is still a magical time for me too. The Booper was invited to a fun children's Christmas party and he couldn't stop talking about it. Parents will understand I was so relieved when the day of the party arrived, because the countdown was over. Party Time! There is just something about a party with music, it really sets the mood. We were excited to bring along the Booper's new Kidz Bop Christmas CD. Kidz Bop are fun songs for kids sung by kids and this one happens to be Christmas music. 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Wooden Toys From The Ultimate Green Store - Holiday Gift Guide 2013

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As we continue to introduce fun and innovative gifts on our holiday guide our next stop is the Ultimate Green Store! As you may know I'm still a kid at heart and toys are my favorite thing to review. When I think of classic toys that stand the test of time I might think of wooden toys. There are few children who haven't had their hands on some wooden blocks at some point. 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Safer Way For Foods To Travel With Frego- Holiday Gift Guide 2013

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The next stop on our holiday gift guide will offer you a safe and healthy way to store food. My husband packs his lunches for work every day and most of the time it's left-overs which he actually prefers. I'm always hunting for a container to pack his meal because so many of our plastic containers have been melted or stained to the point I threw them out. Until now I only had one glass container and I loved using it because it wouldn't stain or melt and I knew using glass was healthier, but I still had to worry about broken glass, because I didn't know about Frego yet. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Potty Training With Piyo Piyo - Holiday Gift Guide 2013

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Annie and William started Piyo Piyo by developing products for children that are green and durable. I thought it was interesting that the name comes from the sounds a duckling makes. I was given the opportunity to review a nice step stool and potty for my daughter. I received the multi-functional deluxe potty trainer that serves as a big girl potty after she has trained on the little one. For the life of me I cannot get her to go. She will sit on it for a minute but I was not able to snap a picture. She’s a very stubborn girl and potty training is sure to be hard with her.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Make Them Go Ah Ah Ah! Sweetheart Dresses From Dress First

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It's December and with all the hustle and bustle of the holidays many schools have already held their winter dances. Now it's time to begin the hunt for the perfect dress to wear to the sweetheart dance in February. Every young woman wants to look her very best on special occasions especially for all the school dance pictures. You may be looking yourself or helping your daughter find a dress that fits her unique style, either way Dress First has the sweetheart dress to make them go ah ah ah!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Story Time With Night Buddies- Holiday Gift Guide 2013

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Do you have kids that love stuffed animals? Who love to read in their beds at night? Night Buddies are the perfect gift for them! Night Buddies are stuffed animals and night lights in one! My daughter loves to read herself to sleep at night after her two or three required reads from mom and dad. She has to always pick out the same books with a few changes. I’ll often find her asleep with the book on her chest or belly and it’s so cute. Night Buddies lets her read at night without straining her eyes with the typical night light.


Relaxing It All Away With Honeycat Cosmetics - Holiday Gift Guide 2013

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Days when the world is starting to feel a little too wild I can feel myself start to have a deep inner growl that resonates in my soul. I need to calm away my inner beast and Honeycat Cosmetics has just the thing! I received Honeycat's Fishnet Gift Set for my own reviewing pleasure. An exotic twist on your typical bath and body gift set this bowl of delights was just what I needed. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Every Boy's Dream Event...

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..It's Monster Jam! 
When you have boys you start to appreciate the finer things in life like anything with wheels. The Booper is still fascinated by trains, cars, buses but more importantly TRUCKS! Every since we bought our truck he is constantly comparing every other vehicles on the road to ours. We have a nice four door truck but even our truck is tiny compared to the trucks of Monster Jam! Almost larger than life these beastly trucks are roaring in to a city near us and we can't wait to go watch them as they thunder around the arena with their huge monster tires. The Booper is going to be so excited I can't wait to see his face when he sees these monster trucks up close. I think I'll be just as excited as he is since I've never been to anything like this. Excitement for the whole family be sure to use the promotional code:CRUSH to save $5 on your ticket purchase. (some restrictions and fees may apply) 

Knock Out Your To-Do List With YP!

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There's nothing quite like checking off that last thing on your to-do list. True story: sometimes I make a really short list just so I can have that feeling! Accomplishing your goals and completing tasks is a great feeling. We all love to get things done. At this time of year there are just so many things to do, so YP is the one site and one app for people who wear busy as a badge of honor. Within seconds you can find a hardware store, gardener, limousine service, dentist or bounce house for your child’s birthday party. Search 18 million business listings with the simple touch of the screen.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Uniquely You Lip Moisture Plus From Carmex

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Everyone has their own unique style and tastes and what girl doesn't keep something to moisturize her lips in her handbag? This holiday season Carmex wants to help moisturize your lips with their new trendy line of Uniquely You Limited Edition Lip Moisture Plus stick. I had the privilege of getting to test out all four new designs and choose the one that fit my personal style. It's funny because I loved all four of them but I was instantly drawn to the very colorful Whimsical stick. When it comes to style I'm all over the place. I like to dress things up at times but I'm also cool with just keeping things simple and low key depending on my mood. I love to wear shades of brown and beige but you never know when some lime greens or pink will pop up in my wardrobe. That's just me..what is your unique style?

Last Minute Shopping? $50 Amazon Could Help!

Can you believe Christmas is so close? Do you consider this last minute shopping or do you wait until Christmas eve to go out and do all your shopping? I love being prepared but there have been times when I'm scrambling last minute to go out and finish my shopping list. Amazon offers so many great gift ideas for everyone on your list and you can finish all your shopping right at home! Enter for the $50 Amazon gift card now because this event will close on December 12 at 11:59 pm EST. We hope you enter our larger event for some great gift packages, but enjoy this fun flash giveaway while you anxiously await to see who the lucky readers will be!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Mobile Tool Storage From Keter - Holiday Gift Guide 2013

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There's always a question that hangs in the air every Christmas, "What do I get for my husband?" now I have the answer for you! Next up on our guide is mobile tool storage from Keter. My husband is the type who likes to do all the odd jobs around our home himself. Jim has an ever-growing collection of tools and keeping them organized is the biggest chore. It helped when we recently built our garage he now has a space to store every tool big and small. Only when he had a job to do inside our home he would find himself running back and forth to the garage for tools. Offering the solution was Keter with this rolling tool box.  

Sunday, December 8, 2013

SpinMaster Has A Big Selection Of Toys And Games - Holiday Gift Guide 2013

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When you're looking for toys this holiday the name you need to keep in mind is SpinMaster. With a huge selection of toys and games for children of all ages, you're sure to find something to thrill that special someone on your list. I was excited to review some of their unique and fun Kawaii Crush toys for girls with the help of my niece. We had the pleasure of playing with the Hyper Happy Mall, and Amanda Panda Pop. Kawaii Crush is a fun line of dress up figurine toys for girls that offer them an outlet for self expression. I know from experience girls will have many 'crushes' or things they will love as they grow. These toys will feed that 'crush' so for a girl who loves animals the Amanda Panda Pop play set is the perfect gift! 

Hands-Free And Organized With Lug - Holiday Gift Guide 2013

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The next stop on our holiday gift guide is going to be your new go-to site for handbags! I don't know how I had never heard of Lug before now, since they offer unique colorful luggage and purses. Ami and Jason the creators of the Lug line are designers after my own heart. Coloring the world with beautiful handbags that offer some of the best organizational features I've found in a purse Lug is fashion forward.  

Saturday, December 7, 2013

$50 Target Flash Giveaway

Welcome to our fun flash giveaway! Today we're offering up a $50 Target Gift Card to one lucky reader! The Mommy Island along with some amazing bloggers are excited to share our big giveaway with you by offering this smaller flash giveaway for today only. Don't miss out this one is only open for entry on December 8, 2013! The Mommy Island is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Open to readers in the US, 18 years and older. Use the rafflecopter below to enter. Good Luck!


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Warm Feet In Cold Weather With White Mountain Shoes - Holiday Gift Guide 2013

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Having our unseasonably cold weather in southern Indiana I could not have made a better choice than selecting the Trip Brown Winter Boots from White Mountain Shoes. Just a few days ago we had over eight inches of snowfall and are expected to have more coming our way. I'm not worried though since I know I can go out and my feet will stay toasty warm thanks to my new faux fur lined boots.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Easy Cheesy Papa Rellenas Recipe

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One thing my family loves that I always try to keep in the house is potatoes. We all love to eat baked potatoes even the Booper will gobble them up. Trying out Pompeian's Grape Seed Oil all natural cooking spray I fell in love with the fact that I absolutely couldn't tell I was using it. My family can't taste this all natural cooking spray and neither could I. Our favorite foods still had the same great flavors and grape seed oil is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants. I've used this easy spray for baking, sauteing and stir fry. For my home made Easy Cheesy Papa Rellenas I used my Pompeian to prep my skillet for the chicken.

Raising The Cup To Working Moms!

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Being a work at home mom I don't have the chance to drive by the coffee house on my way to work, but since I do have a single cup brewing system I don't miss getting my morning cup of coffee. There's something so pleasant about just sitting and reading the news (or facebook updates) in the morning with my hands wrapped around my favorite mug full of delicious coffee.

 When I'm lucky I might even snag a second cup of Caza Trail's delightful single serve Donut Shop Blend before the Booper comes bouncing into the room to start his day. You'll find this delicious Donut Shop blend and discover 24 other Caza Trail varieties on their Amazon Page. Moms don't have to miss out on premium coffee when Caza Trail makes it so easy with their single serving sizes!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

MovieMagic Behind The Scenes And More! Blu-ray Giveaway

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This holiday season while you've got your family huddled inside for warmth why not enjoy one of your favorite movies together? Take time to rediscover the joy of snuggling on the couch while your favorite characters repeat all the lines you love to quote to each other. Don't you just love watching the behind the scenes of your shows? It's fun to see what was happening to the actors on set during the making of a film. Take a look below at the blog app and watch some special clips from behind the scenes of well-known favorites. While magic is in the air we want to spread a little MovieMagic and give our readers the chance to enter for one of these beloved films. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Adorable Children's Shoes From Yochi Yochi - Holiday Gift Guide 2013

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Simple. Adorable. Squeaky. Style. 
Are you looking for an original gift idea for the busy toddler on your shopping list? Look no further we have have discovered Yochi Yochi  squeaking toddler shoes! This innocent styling is the latest trend from Japan and is now available for our children in the US. If there's one thing I've noticed about toddlers it's they love to be noticed, and getting your attention has never been easier because with this unique footwear from Yochi Yochi children will squeak when they walk. 


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Disappearing Chocolates From Guylian - Holiday Gift Guide 2013

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And then there were none... 
It all started in a cooler filled with delightful boxes of Belgian chocolates and one by one these mysteriously delicious chocolates started to disappear. Of course there were many of us who had our part to play in this scrumptious performance starting with the chocolatiers at Guylian. Mixing their romance with their love for making chocolates Guy and Liliane were the geniuses to create these tricky masterpieces of chocolate. Shaped like whimsical seashells and seahorses the chocolates were like nothing my family had ever seen, but that was short lived. Luckily I took pictures or you might not believe this story at all. These magical chocolates were gone in a flash.  

Monday, December 2, 2013

Stirring Things Up In The Kitchen! - Holiday Gift Guide 2013

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All things bright and colorful and all are Core Kitchen useful cooking gear. I was needing some new tools to use in the kitchen since my husband has a habit of leaving a spoon in the pan while it's cooking and melting practically every slotted spoon I've bought. When I received this six piece utensil set I worried they wouldn't survive for long. I mean just look at the picture below they're so colorful it's like a bouquet of serving ware!  

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