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The Christmas Pickle Tradition!

We have started a new Christmas tradition.  The Christmas Pickle Tradition!  I am so excited about this, I am always looking for fun ways to make more memories during the holidays with kids and The Pickle Tradition does just that.
I had heard my family joke with my father about hiding a pickle at Christmas over the years , because he is German and I guess they had heard about a German version of this tradition.  However we never took part in it and I never understood how anyone would hide a pickle.  For some reason I was imagining an actual pickle and couldn’t comprehend making my house smell like dill pickles for Christmas day.  
Well the jokes on me, The Christmas Pickle Tradition set showed up on my doorstep and I am in love with this adorable tradition and so excited to be starting it with my children.  They are excited about the potential to win an extra gift.
Here is how The Christmas Pickle Tradition works:
Enclosed in the kit is;
Pickle Ornament
A Note from Santa Claus
Annual Pickle Finder Tracker
The Pickle Tradition Book
A Note From Santa,
Leave me the Pickle.  To hang on your tree. By the milk and cookies. Is where it should be. When the morning time comes. No sneaking, be smart! You must wait for your family. For the search to start. On the count of three. Little feet start to run.  The search for the pickle.  Has finally begun! The lucky child. Who spots it on the tree.  Will receive the first present. A gift just from me.
The book tells the story of one of Santa’s mischievous elves, Pickle, and how he learns about the magic of giving over the Christmas season.
The Christmas Pickle Tradition retails for $29.99 and is available at ChristmasPickleTradition.com 
This is such a fun set and the kids cant get enough of the book and hearing Pickle the elf’s story.  This will be our first year hiding the pickle and we cant wait to start this great tradition that will surely last for generations!

Awesome New Games to Put Under The Tree This Year!

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I love buying games for the kids.  Whether I’m getting games for family game night, games they can play alone, or games that will keep them entertained together so that I can get some things done.  With electronics and the kids always wanting more screen time, buying them a game that makes them want to put down the device and work their brain while bonding with each other and me seems like a perfect gift.
This holiday season I have come across some fun new games that I am excited to be playing with my munchkins.  Take a look, these will be great additions under your tree too!
This is a very exciting game that is perfect for keeping the everyone laughing.  Just add some whipped cream onto the hand of the game unit and start turning the handles. It can go off at any time so each player turns the handle in suspense hoping their not the one to get hit in the face!
The Riddle Edition Treasure Hunt game is a seek and find literacy game that combines thinking skills and physical activity.  Children read the clues and solve the riddles to find the next location for the next clue.  This is a fun and educational game that keeps the kids thinking and moving.
A fun science kit that lets you conduct multiple colorful experiments by just adding milk.
A trivia game that helps you learn the flags of all the countries of the world plus different facts about each country.  Anthony loves this game and it really has helped teach him so much about the geography of the world.
A perfect travel game that can be played alone or against an opponent.  There are several different games that can be played using different rules and pressing the bubbles on the grid game board. 

Players roll the Beanie Boo’s die to move along the game board. Be the first player to collect all your cute character’s shapes to win the game.  A fun game that helps memorization skills while learning colors, numbers, and shapes.
Another easy travel game, players take turns pressing down mouses in a single row.  The player who presses down the last mouse loses. 

Linknotize is a card game that asks you to use a device to click your way between two unrelated topics until you connect them.  Roll the dice, select two topics, set the timer for three minutes, click through Wikipedia and get Linknotized!

War Room DVD Review and Giveaway!

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I am so excited to share this War Room review and giveaway with you.  From the first time I saw the preview, I couldn’t wait to see this movie and was counting down the days till it was released on DVD.
If you havent seen the preview take a look:
About War Room:
From the award-winning creators of Fireproof and Courageous comes WAR ROOMa compelling drama with humor and heart that explores the power that prayer can have on marriages, parenting, careers, friendships, and every other area of our lives.  
Tony and Elizabeth Jordan seemingly have it all – great jobs, a beautiful daughter, and their dream house.  But appearances can be deceiving.  Tony and Elizabeth Jordan’s world is actually crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage.  While Tony basks in his professional success and flirts with temptation, Elizabeth’s bitterness only increases. 
But their lives take an unexpected turn when Elizabeth’s newest client, Miss Clara, challenges Elizabeth to a prayer “war room” and a battle plan of prayer for her family.  As Elizabeth begins to fight for her family, Tony must decide if he will make amends.
As Miss Clara wisely says, “Victories don’t come by accident!” A #1 movie in theaters, WAR ROOM is filled with more of the authentic characters loved by millions in previous Kendrick Brothers’ films and a vivid reminder that prayer is a powerful weapon.  

What I Thought:
I watched War Room over the weekend with my husband and we both loved it.  It is such an empowering and moving movie that spoke to us in so many ways.
The power of prayer is incredible and this movie brings that to life and puts it in front of us in an entertaining way.  As the movie ended, I thought to myself “man my prayer like is luke warm too” and this movie gave me a boost to get my passion for the Lord back on fire.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to see this movie yet, I definitely recommend seeing it!
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American Girl Bitty Baby Doll: The Best Christmas Gift for Your Little Girl

Product sample was submitted for review, all opinions are my own.
As I have mentioned before, Lilly is a huge American Girl fan!  She loves everything about this brand and visiting the American Girl Doll store is one of her favorite activities.  The first doll she ever received from American Girl was a Bitty Baby, on her 1st birthday my cousin introduced us to this wonderful world of dolls and we have been loyal customers ever since.

Do you have a little girl that’s 1-5 years old?  Then the American Girl Bitty Baby doll is a perfect gift for this holiday season. 

American Girl Bitty Baby Dolls are known for their high quality and are the perfect size for 3 and 4 years old girls. The body is made of cuddly cloth with smooth vinyl head and limbs.

The Bitty Baby dolls are also available in several different skin tones, eye colors and hair colors.  This way every little girl can find a doll that looks like them. 
The Bitty Baby Doll collection has everything for little mommies, including furniture, strollers, diaper bags, and carriers.  The accessory Lilly loved the most was the coordinating outfits for the dolls and girls.  She used to love dressing up to match her baby and now she still can’t get enough of dressing up like her other American Girl Dolls.
These dolls retail at $60 and are quality dolls that are made to last.  Even if your doll has an accident, there is the Doll Hospital that can bring her back to life.
Lilly once left her beloved doll in the living room, later that night my husband unknowingly let our puppy downstairs for the evening.  We woke up to a crying toddler and a half stuffed doll with a chew mark in her body.  With an everyday doll from a local department story, the doll would have been trashed.  However with American Girl, Lilly was able to pack up her precious baby and send it in to the Doll Hospital.  She was all fixed up and sent back in a hospital gown with a doctors note.
Lilly still loves her Bitty Baby and it has been her go to doll when playing mommy for over 5 years now.  If your looking for an extra special present this year, make sure you head to the American Girl Doll Store.
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