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Holiday Gift Guide 2014 ~ Gift Ideas for Kids

 
Holiday Gift Guide ~ 2014
Kids Gift Ideas

 1. *Strato-Slam Rocket Battle Blast
Review / Buy It
 
2. Zoomer Dino
 
3. *Smartphone Science
Review / Buy It
 
4. Spy Gear – Ultra Range Walkie Talkie
 
5. Nerf Zombie Strike Crossfire Bow Blaster
 
6. *Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Video Game
 
7. *CitiBlocs 300 piece Natural Building Blocks
Review / Buy It
 
8. Animal Planet Infared Smoke Breathing Dragon
 
9. *Sno-Man Kit
 
10. Disney INFINITY 2.0 Edition
 
11. LEGO Minecraft Sets
 
12. Educational Insights Nancy B’S Science Club Moonscope


1. Disney Frozen Castle & Ice Palace Playset
 
2. Zoomer Zuppies Interactive Puppy
 
3. *Beados Quick Dry Design Station
Review / Buy It
 
4. *DohVinci Style & Store Vanity Design Kit
 
5. Kinetic Sand – Sandbox & Molds Activity Set
 
6. Deluxe Light Up Flutterbye Fairy
 
7. LEGO Friends Sets
 
8. *Lalaloopsy Baking Oven
 
9. Chatsters – Gabby Interactive Doll
 
10. *Little Live Pets Bird Cage
Review / Buy It
 
11. My First Disney Princess Frozen Elsa Singing Doll
 
12. *Hello KittyBluetooth Speaker

1. Spin ‘N Saucer – Get ready for some out of this world fun with the Spin ‘N Saucer from Radio Flyer. Equipped with EZ-glide wheels for 360 degree movement, children are free to create their own motion and can move in any direction and there is no getting stuck.
 
2. Schwinn Balance Bike – The 12″ Schwinn balance bike offers a unique foot to floor design which inspires confidence while teaching the fundamentals of balance. Air tires and tube for a easy roll, adjustable seat height for the growing child and adjustable handlebars.
 
3. Fisher-Price Power Wheels – If your child loves exploring and playing “grown-up”, the Fisher-Price Kawasaki KFX is the perfect ride-on-ATV for go-anywhere action! Ruts, wet grass, gravel, even mud? Bring it on! Learning to operate the Kawasaki KFX is a breeze. The vehicle’s low profile, foot rests and comfortable seat makes for effortless on and off.
 
4. Fisher-Price Dune Racer – Made to take your little adventurers across all manner of surfaces, so let’s hope they limit themselves to grass, dirt and driveway, and don’t try to drive over their sister’s dollhouse.
 
5. * PlasmaCar –  The streamlined and colorful PlasmaCar requires no batteries, gears, or pedals–simply hop on and go. Turning the steering wheel propels the vehicle forward and steers it as well. The easy operation will have your child driving, turning, and cruising all over the house in no time.
 
1. * Yoga Spinner – Spin the spinner and start the fun as you perform the poses that appear on the cards.
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2. * Classic Trouble – The classic game of Trouble as you remember it! Be the first player to move all four of your pegs around the game board into Finish and you win!
 
3. Connect 4 – Challenge a friend to rule the grid in Connect 4 Classic Grid, the game where strategy drives the competition! Line ‘em up and go for the win! Choose the gold discs or the red discs and drop them into the grid. When you get 4 discs in a row, you win.
 
4. * Jenga Throw ‘N Go – Gameplay is classic Jenga block stacking fun with a colorful twist. Players roll the die to determine which block they need to remove or they can reverse the action and force an opponent to remove one or two blocks!
 
 
5. * Spot it! Alphabet Disney Frozen – Journey with Elsa and Anna, along with an enchanting cast, as they match images and letters.
 
6. Monopoly Junior – Pass Go, take a Chance card, and you might just build the property of your dreams…or you might end up in Jail! Whatever happens, it’s fun all the way to the top! And now kids can join in the excitement with the fast and fun Monopoly Junior game.
 
7. * Tile Lock Scrabble – Clever board design “locks’ tiles in place. Convenient size board, tiles and racks make it great for travel!
 
8. * Aggravation – Two to six players compete in this classic race around the board from Base to Home. Take shortcuts to zip ahead. Or, try the super shortcut to shoot across the board.
 
9. * Pass The Pigs Pig Party – Now up to 4 players can play ALL at once – WITH HOT NEW COLORED PIGS! Four pairs of Pigs are included. It’s Pass The Pigs and MORE! More pigs, more points and more fun!
 
1. * FabKids – A beautiful outfit delivered to your door every month!
 
2. * Animal Trackers – Monthly animal activities and learning!
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3. Little Passports – Monthly adventures around the globe!
 
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(Items with * had samples submitted for consideration all opinions and inclusion are based 100% on my opinion)
 
 


Frecklebox Personalized Gifts for Kids ~ Review and Giveaway #HolidayGiftGuide

 *Complementary items were received to help facilitate this review, all opinions are 100% my own*
 There’s something about having your name on stuff that kids love and Anthony loves his Frecklebox personalized Lunchbox and Sketchbook!
Frecklebox is the perfect place to get all your personalized gifts for kids this year.  Their lunchboxes are high quality with a wide selection of adorable designs.  Plus best of all, they have a chalkboard on the inner cover!  With Frecklebox there’s no need to write your notes on paper to get lost in your child’s lunch, these lunchboxes let you write right on them. 

Anthony is into skateboarding so he chose this cool red design, however Frecklebox offers countless designs for both boys and girls of all ages.

The coordinating personalized sketchbook is a fun place for kids to keep all their art, writing, and doodles.
Anthony loves to draw and practice his writing so this sketchbook has become a permanent fixture in his backpack.

I am now officially a fan of Frecklebox for all my kids, I cant wait to get Lilly a complete set of personalized fun in the rainbow chevron print!  It’s so cute and girly, just like her.

Enter to Win a $30 E-Gift Card to Frecklebox
Giveaway ends November 16th 2014

 *Complementary items were received to help facilitate this review, all opinions are 100% my own*
 
 
 
 
 

 
 


Kidz Gear Headset – Colored Headphones with Microphone for Kids – Review and Giveaway #GiftGuide2014

*Product was provided to aid in product review and giveaway, All opinions are always 100% my own*
 Kidz Gear has come out with a great new headset for kids!  These headsets are wired headphones with a boom microphone and are perfect for little ears.  KidzControl volume control headphones wont let your child turn the volume up to loud, so their hearing wont be effected and they wont experience ear pain.
 

The headsets fold perfectly and fit into the KidzGear carrying cases that are only $5.99, and a perfect way to pack the set away for travel or just to keep it clean and safe at home.  KidzGear also offers headphone splitter cables for $5.99, however you receive a splitter cable free with the purchase of two headsets.  This is perfect for when both twins are on the computer or watching movies on the iPad.  These will be saving me from several headaches on our next road trip.

Lilly absolutely loves her new headphones.  She has been using them every time she uses the computer or iPad.  Which I like because I don’t have to listen to ABC mouse while I’m trying to concentrate on something.  The Boom Microphone is also perfect, we facetime with my brother who lives in South Carolina a lot and Skype with family in Brazil frequently.  Lilly loves the independence of turning on her headphones and having her own conversation with Uncle or her Tia’s.
 There is a volume button on the wire that allows easy access to volume control.  The headset is also very soft and comfortable, Lilly has sensory issues and I worried about whether she would have a problem with keeping these on her ears or not.  However they are so soft and adjustable that she says they are completely comfortable.
So what’s better for a kid than their own headset with a microphone?  A cool colored headset with a microphone!  KidzGear Headsets come in a bunch of fun colors and the new headsets with Boom microphones come in Grey, Blue, and Pink.
Retail Price is $19.99 for standard headsets and $29.99 for the new headsets with microphone attached.  They are available on the KidzGear website.
 
Enter to win a KidzGear Headset, Carrying Case, and Splitter Cable of your own!
Giveaway ends: October 27, 2014
 
 
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 *Product was provided to aid in product review and giveaway, All opinions are always 100% my own*
 

 


ChewiGem for the Need to Chew! Fashionable Sensory Chewable Jewelry ~ Review and Giveaway

*Thank you to ChewiGem for Sponsoring this post and giveaway*
 As a mom of children with sensory processing issues who are also on the autism spectrum I’ve been dealing with my kids mouthing objects for a long time.  The collar of the shirt gets chewed on, the toy they were playing with ends up with teeth marks, or the top of a pencil, everything ends up in their mouth!  I remember the day I talked to Aidan’s therapist about the chewing and her handing me a white rubber toothbrush looking chew toy.  My mind immediately went to, “this is a dog toy”  and I honestly never gave it to Aidan or Lilly. 
The thing with mouthing and chewing items is that you don’t really realize how much of it is sensory until a child is outgrowing their toddler years.  When a child is two or even three and he puts a toy in his mouth, you assume its part of being a toddler.  However when a four or five year old, is still putting toys in their mouth you know there’s an issue.  Unfortunately this is also an age that kids are venturing out, kids are starting preschool or kindergarten, kids are making friends and realizing what is the social norm and what isn’t. 
As an autism mom I want to raise my children as main stream as possible, and to me sending my five year old off to school with a piece of rubber that I could totally mistake for a toy I’d throw at my puppy just didn’t seem right. 
I recently learned about ChewiGem through this review and I am very excited.  I know as my children progress through school the needs of their sensory processing disorder will become an issue that they will need to self regulate and instead of chewing on clothes, hair, or pencils, having ChewiGem as an option will be a great relief.  The jewelry is fun and funky in design so that no one would guess that it is a therapy item and my kids are excited to wear them, however they are durable and safe enough that these items are very usable.

 Details:
products are made of FDA approved silicone and are lead, latex, BPA, PVC and phthalate free
 
When a child or adult with additional needs is better able to focus and self soothe, their confidence level increases while their anxiety level decreases
 
Prices Range from $14.95-$19.95 depending on Design Choice
 Enter to win a ChewiGem Necklace or Bracelet
Giveaway Ends: October 14th, 2014 
 
 
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Father’s Day 2014 Gift Guide

Mother’s Day 2014 Gift Idea Guide

Are you still searching for the perfect Mother’s Day gift to show your mom how special she is?  Here are some idea’s sure to make her smile!
 
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1.  A timeless piece of Jewelry like this Twist Pendant Necklace.
2. A nice camera upgrade to take pictures of her loved ones, The Canon T3i is very popular right now.
3. A tablet for her to read her favorite books on or surf the web, I love my iPad Mini.
4. A fun and functional watch,  this Kate Spade watch is bright and fun, perfect for spring.
5.  Her favorite perfume, or a new one to try.  Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker is perfect for any “Sex in the City” Fan.
6.  A cute handbag from her favorite designer, this Kate Spade Cross Body Bag is a great wardrobe addition for spring. 
 
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Make Mom’s Day With Restaurant.com!

I received a Restaurant.com gift card for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.
 MAKE MOM’S DAY with one of the great gift ideas from Restaurant.com!

This Mother’s Day, Restaurant.com, the nation’s largest dining deals site and trusted source connecting restaurants and diners nationwide, has handpicked delicious dining experiences and gift ideas for every budget and compiled them into an exclusive Mother’s Day Gift Guide. There’s even an added “What Mom Means To You” sweepstakes bonus!

  
You can easily pair any Restaurant.com Gift Card with one of these gift ideas for the ultimate dining experience and Mother’s Day treat: 

1. The Blooming Role Model: “Mom always taught us that beauty is all around us, and she is our favorite example.”  Vibrant blooms are the perfect way to say “Happy Mother’s Day” to your very special mom. Surprise mom with a whimsical bouquet of flowers and a Restaurant.com Gift Card.
 
2. The Spa Lover: “For the one who always pampers others, now is the time for mom to pamper herself!”   Help mom discover the serenity and relaxation she needs with a spa treatment, followed by lunch at a tasty new restaurant using her Restaurant.com Gift Card.
 
 3. The Wine Enthusiast: “For the mom who deserves her own time out!” Pair her favorite bottle of wine with a Restaurant.com Gift Card! Treat mom to the ultimate Mom’s Night Out. 
 
Make sure to check out Specials by Restaurant.com for more Mother’s Day gift ideas or to create your own memorable gift for mom!  

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Held Monday, April 28 – Sunday, May 11. 
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I received a Restaurant.com gift card for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own. 

Holiday Gift Guide 2013 ~ Top 10 Gift Ideas for Children with Autism and Sensory Disorders

It can be difficult shopping for a child with different Sensory needs than the average child.  Here are my top ten gift ideas that Aidan and Lilly both love, despite their sensory issues.

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1.  Living Sands, this is a product I recently came across while out shopping and the kids loved it!  Its like being at the beach and feeling the sand without any mess.  This is a great hands on sensory activity.
 2.  Water Table,  We love our water table!  We use it outside in the summer and inside in the winter.  We fill it with water, sand, pasta, and much more.  There is just so many sensory activities that can be done with a water table!
3.  Ikea Ekorre Indoor Swing,  we have this swing in our basement and Aidan uses it constantly.  When he first got diagnosed with Autism we looked into getting an autism swing, but the prices of them were insane.  After some research I found out that this was the alternative that many autism families use, and I have to say it is perfect.  It cuddles Aidan all around which he loves, Lilly doesn’t have to worry about holding on, and it gives them both so much input!
4.  LEGO sets are a great option.  Aidan always loved the pushing them together and pulling them apart sensation.  Now that he is older he’s able to do much more with them.
5. Wooden Peg Puzzles are another great option.  They can be educational and fun.  Plus children are able to do them with an adult or on their own.
6.  iPad, I have to say the item that has impacted my children the most is the iPad.  There are so many Apps available for Autism and Education, its amazing!
 7.  Fun Shape® Electric Massagers, These vibrating bugs are great for sensory input!  We have a handful of them and they are so much fun.
 8.  Weighted Blanket,  I made Aidan’s weighted blanket (tutorial) and I think its a must have!  It helps calm him down at night, we put it on his lap or on his back when he’s playing.  The extra weight seems to basically help him know where his body is and that gives him the ability to relax.
 9.  Play Tunnel,  These are great to help kids burn off energy crawling through them, but there also great for kids to hide in and roll around in.  We also put it on the kids while their standing up and they jump around.  There’s lots of fun to be had with these!
 10.  Indoor Personal Trampoline, This is the trampoline we have for the kids.  Its perfect, it plays music, counts, and plays the ABC’s.  Aidan has so much energy that this helps a lot in the winter to let him burn off some energy, and with Lilly’s low muscle tone the handle bars are perfect for her and she gets to work on building her muscle strength.
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Holiday Gift Guide 2013 ~ Top 10 Gift Ideas for Mom!

Trying to decide what to get Mom for Christmas this year?

Here is my top ten list of the perfect gifts for Mom!

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1.  Does mom love to cook?  Why not give her a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer!  This amazing appliance makes baking so much easier, plus its very pretty!
2.  You might also want to check out Mama and Madison’s Custom Aprons to go along with the stand mixer!  These aprons are beautiful and very well made.  I was shocked by the quality when I first received Lilly and I’s matching set for this review.  Mom will love looking fabulous while working in the kitchen.
3.  Is your mom attached to her phone or laptop?  Why not give her an Ipad mini!  She’ll be able to read, play games, surf the web, and more on this fun gadget!  I love the Ipad Mini because its bigger than my phone, but not as large as the Ipad Air, so it fits perfectly in most of my bags and is easy to read on and play games on everywhere.
4.  Perfume!  Most moms will love to receive a bottle of their favorite perfume for Christmas.  A favorite in my family is Dolce and Gabbana’s Light Blue Fragrance.
5.  Start a charm bracelet, This is a great way to say “I Love You”  Pandora has hundreds of great charms to choose from.  You can personalize the bracelet to fit your moms style!
6.  Most moms spend alot of time taking pictures.  Give mom an upgrade from her point and shoot camera with this easy to use Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR Camera.
7.  Does mom already have a nice camera?  Give her a fashionable way to carry that camera and all the lenses!  This a perfect example of a Camera Bag that is fashionable enough to easily be confused for a pocket book.  Say goodbye to the old bulky black camera bags.
8. A mother’s ring is always a perfect choice.  This ring lets mom show off all her children’s birthstone’s on her finger.  Plus there are so many different styles of mother’s rings now a days that you’ll surely find one to fit mom’s style.
9.  Does mom like to workout?  Wireless Headphones are a great gift!  No more wires getting in the way when lifting weights or cords coming out during cardio!
10. A nice watch is also a great option.  Most moms are always on the go taking care of everyone’s needs and checking the time frequently.  A fashionable watch is something mom can wear everyday and will be a constant reminder of you!
Mom’s Spend the entire season preparing to make it perfect for everyone, why not spoil her with something she would never buy herself this Christmas!
Merry Christmas!
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Restaurant.com Holiday Gift Guide and Sweepstakes

Disclaimer: I received a Restaurant.com gift card for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own

This holiday season, Restaurant.com has come up with some delicious dining experiences and gift ideas for every budget and compiled them into an exclusive Restaurant.com Holiday Gift Guide. This awesome, it will save everyone time and the aggravation of crowded stores this time of year!  I love simple budget friendly ways to gather all my gifts, so I can get more quality time in with the kids and this Gift Guide is perfect for a busy mom with a long Christmas to-do list. Simply pair any Restaurant.com Gift Card with one of these gift bundle ideas below for the ultimate dining experience and holiday treat:

1) The Movie Buff: For the movie-quoting, obsessed friend, surprise them with two tickets to a movie on their must-see “Oscar” list and a $25 Restaurant.com Gift Card. Enjoy a night of appetizers and plot-dissecting debates! Ready to splurge? Stop at the concession stand for some candy, drinks, and a jumbo popcorn to share! Create your own >>
2) The Workaholic: To help someone on your list find much needed tranquility, pair a $50 Restaurant.com Gift Card with soothing bath salts, lavender mist, and a face mask to create an affordable, at-home spa treatment. Ready to splurge? Add a spa gift card and make Dinner reservations for a nice, relaxing evening post-massage. Create your own >>
3) The Wine Fanatic: Bring Napa Valley to every wine lover on your list! Pair their favorite wine with decadent cheeses, crackers, and of course chocolate. Then, cleanse their palate with some late night dessert and a $25 Restaurant.com Gift Card. Ready to splurge? Instead of dessert, make it dinner and BYOB at thousands of Restaurants nearby! Create your own >>
4) The Romantic: Add some romance into your holiday with a $50 Restaurant.com Gift Card, bouquet of roses, some irresistible chocolate covered strawberries, and a candlelit dinner for two. Ready to splurge? Pick up some bubbly on the way home for a classy touch. Create your own >>
5) The Theatre Lover: Add some dramatic flair to the holidays with two tickets to their must-see show and end the evening with our $100 Restaurant.com Gift Card – perfect for dinner and dessert. Ready to splurge? Buy them a memento from the show and two drinks during intermission! Create your own >>
Be sure to check out Specials by Restaurant.com for more shopping ideas!
Five (5) lucky Restaurant.com Facebook fans will have a chance to win one of the gifts featured in this gift guide every Wednesday until December 18, 2013
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Disclaimer: I received a Restaurant.com gift card for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own