December 20, 2013

Porkfolio - A cool gift for the kid with everything!

I grabbed Porkfolio, a piggy bank for techies and one of many cool gifts from Best Buy as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias. #OneBuyForAll

Do you have someone on your list that's just impossible to buy for?  I do.  And it's all my fault.  Because Kayla is a child who doesn't lack much.  Call it my job, call it the joy of being an only child, call it spoiled. This issue is one that keeps me up at night because I don't ever want her to be one of those kids.  Which is precisely why when I heard about Porkfolio I ran to Best Buy to snag a gift that goes beyond a gift.  Perfect for a child who has everything and needs to learn the value of a dollar.

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December 19, 2013

10 Great Last Minute Holiday Gifts for Preschoolers

Need a last minute holiday gift for a preschooler?  I've got 10 awesome gifts that you can STILL order, sit back, relax and have show up at your door in time for Christmas.  Santa owes you one!
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If you have Amazon Prime, this is when it's a lifesaver.  I've used mine more recently than I'd like to admit. So here goes!

December 16, 2013

Last Minute Christmas Gifts for Dogs

I bought some last minute Christmas gifts for my dogs and found some really cute things in the Walgreens PetShoppe as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias #HappyAllTheWay

Normally, I'm SUPER on top of my holiday gifting game.  By the time that Thanksgiving rolls around I'm ready to wrap and feel all self satisfied while watching news reports from the insanity that is the mall parking lot.  This year however, I suddenly found myself in the midst of the Christmas scramble.  Which is why I had a facepalm moment when I nearly forgot about gifts for for our furry dynamic duo.

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December 15, 2013

Healthy Reindeer Holiday Treats with Halos

I made these healthy holiday reindeer treats for kids as a fun way to get kids to eat fruit instead of junk at a holiday party as part of a sponsored post for Halos. #HalosFun

I'm not sure about you, but growing up one of my favorite things about this time of year was that my mom would buy crates of mandarins or oranges and let my sisters and I decorate them by making patterns with cloves.  It was all very Martha.  The bummer was that while they smelled good they just became decorations that fell into the "hands off" category.  Which is precisely why when I saw the stacks and stacks of crates of Halos (wait - what's a Halo?) in my local grocery store recently I immediately had a plan.

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Holiday Party Kids Table Activity Tray

If you're hosting a holiday party this year where kids will be present, then I think you'll love this holiday party kids table activity tray.  It's filled with lots of creative entertainment for children preschool age and up.  All of the components are inexpensive or DIY and easy to make.

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December 13, 2013

Travel In Style with Very Portable Technology

I searched for a cute very portable Bluetooth speaker like the Carbon Pocket Speaker as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias and their advertiser. #PocketBoom

At one point, travel was my life.  So much so that I could tell you where within several airports to get a manicure, the best cup of coffee (without the Starbucks airport line) and plug in all of your gadgets without a crowd of looming plug-hunters giving you the stink eye.  For obvious reasons I've cut back in the last few years but this last month, wow.  I've made 4 trips in 3 weeks.  And when your life pretty much consists of packing and unpacking you need to know what to pack to travel smart and say see you later to the suckers stuck at baggage claim while you're already hopping in a cab.

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December 11, 2013

Hidden Veggie Lasagna Recipe For Picky Eaters

Need a lasagna recipe for picky eaters?  Try my hidden veggie lasagna!  This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Barilla, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #JoytotheTable

Did I tell you about the time that I married a meat-a-saurus and gave birth to a picky eater?  No?  Well I'll spare you the details on all of that but the result is that I'm constantly on the hunt for how to get more lean protein and vegetables into our meals.  Meals that don't result in a battle of wills and leave me feeling like I've aged exponentially over dinner.  Therefore I present Hidden Veggie Lasagna.

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December 10, 2013

Tiggly - The Best iPad App Toy for Preschoolers & Toddlers

Tiggly sent us a set of their Tiggly Shapes to try out and I think they are the best iPad toy for preschoolers and toddlers.

At this point I think it's silly to try to deny the way things are moving and say you refuse to let your child engage with electronics.  Stick them in front of the stupid box while cartoons play endlessly?  Obviously not.  But once you get over the playground mom stigma of preschool iPad possession (which I'm still working on) you realize there are lots of truly educational apps out there.  Where things are lacking are those add on toys for kids.  I'm sorry, but the reality is that most of them stink.  Which is why I was surprised and delighted when we got our hands on Tiggly.

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December 5, 2013

DIY Lego Wreath - Kid Friendly Christmas Wreath

This week I realized we needed a wreath.  Slacker!  I like modern wreathes and I like all things kid-friendly.  What could be more modern and kid-friendly than a mossy DIY Lego Wreath done up in holiday colors?  The best part?  It's so simple to make that a small child can help.  No pins, no hot glue.  I'll show you how!

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December 4, 2013

How To Shop For A Tablet Without Feeling Grinchy!

Want to know the best way to shop for a tablet during the holidays?  Here are some tips!  I checked out the Dell Venue Pro 8 this week as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias® #IntelTablets #cbias

The holiday season is upon us.  Which means it's incredibly easy to get your Grinch on.  No, I don't mean going around town taking the last can of Hoo Hash.  I mean that point where your blood boils and you start to hate gift giving while you're waiting for the really un-helpful "salesperson" to help you pick out your techie gifts. You know, the one who keeps answering the phone instead of helping you?  Can you tell I've experienced this lately?  Yes, I've gone Grinch, but I've got a few tips to help you avoid turning green this holiday season.

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December 3, 2013

DIY Hot Chocolate Ornaments with M&M's

I created these Hot Chocolate M&M Ornaments which are an easy Christmas gift or easy stocking stuffer on as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias® #FueledbyMM

With all of the hype about Xbox One and the craze to pre-order it, my neighbor and I wound up on a mission to track one down for her son in time for Christmas.  I could go on and on for hours about just how lucky Craig and I are to have such incredible neighbors, but I'll spare you.  Instead I'll let you in on a sweet Xbox One deal and a really cute idea you can use as a stocking stuffer or a little add on to a gift card.  Call me crazy ( I know my husband would!) but I think there is something boring and awkward about just handing someone who isn't your mail carrier an envelope and nothing else as a gift.

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December 1, 2013

Family Trip to the Fullerton Arboretum

Over the weekend we had a lot of time on our hands in Orange County, so a trip to the pretty darn close Fullerton Arboretum seemed like a great idea.  We've been there a few times before and I kick myself for taking so long to introduce Kayla to it in the first place.  If you find yourself in this area on a nice day (which is sort of normal) I highly recommend a visit.  It's CRAZY kid-friendly and packed with nooks, trees and bridges to explore plus lots of animals and butterflies to spot.

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