Monday, October 20

Crashlings! Perfect for Trick-or-Treating or Halloween Party Goody Bags #Giveaway

Every year for Halloween, we try to find an option other than candy.  Not that candy isn't delightful, and not that I'm one of those no-candy moms, but it's fun to hand out a piece of candy and a little something more exciting.  Last year, our idea was Trash Packs and Glitzi Globes, this year our idea was Crashlings.  Though a bit expensive for some of us to buy for every trick-or-treater, we do costume parties every year (I think this year we're going to be part of 3 costume parties! YAY!)  These would be perfect for goody bags!  My little guy loves them.  Little boy and "meteor mutants from outer space" just go together, don't they?!   You can find Crashlings at Toys R Us and on Amazon.   They'd also be a super cool stocking stuffer or White Elephant gift!

Trick-or-treat, Mom!
One of my readers will win a 4-pack of Crashlings!  Enter below Oct 28th at 11 pm anyone's time.  We'll choose a winner the next morning via

Special thanks to the wonderful people at Wicked Cool Toys and Genn Comm PR for providing us with this opportunity!

Thursday, October 16

Felt Noir's Gorgeous Jewelry and Birthstone Giveaways #HolidayGiftGuide

I am so in love with my new heart pendant from Felt Noir.  The heart is black agate with white topaz.  The chain is sterling silver and, I wish you could see it in real life, the chain has more glitter and shimmer to it than any of my other sterling silver necklaces.  It's gorgeous!  The heart is flattened in the back so it lays gently on your chest, and it's the perfect size.  Very classy. 

Felt Noir is a digital boutique with so much beautiful jewelry!  That's why they have the honor of being #1 on our Gift Guide for Moms.  They've got a money back guarantee, free shipping on orders $75 and up, and buying from them is safe & secure. 


Monthly Birthstone Giveaway
Every month, you can enter to win one of 5 pieces of birthstone jewelry.  Felt Noir posts it socially in the first week of the month.  You can enter by emailing with the respective month giveaway in the subject line - ie. SEPTEMBER GIVEAWAY, OCTOBER GIVEAWAY and your birthday.  My birthday is coming up so I'll definitely be entering!  Let me know if you win!

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Special thanks to the wonderful people at Felt Noir for this review opportunity!

Wednesday, October 15

Rainbow Bands: So Much Trendy Fun from Rainbow Braids! #Giveaway

It amazes me that my daughters will spend hours using their rainbow bands to make not only jewelry, but these adorable little animals!  A couple of months ago, we received the Rainbow Braid 7200 count Mega Refill Kit and it seems to be an endless supply.  If you've got daughters in elementary school, you must know what these are... and if you don't, ask her!  The kit would make a wonderful Christmas gift which is why it's one of the top items on our Gift Guide. 
The Rainbow Braid Mega Kit comes in 24 different colors (300 bands of each), the bands are both solids and glitters, colorful beads to add to necklaces or bracelets, and 500 plastic s-clips for hooking the jewelry.  It's a great deal at $22.90 with free shipping and, like I said, it's already proven to be hours of entertainment for my 3 daughters.  They've learned so much about patience, following directions, and fine motor skills by using these.  We also purchased a loom, but the loom isn't necessary.  There are tons of Youtube vids that show you how to use them, but my daughters learned from a friend.  They get together with their besties and have fun making creations together.  It's so fun! 

The Rainbow Braids Mega Kit from Amazon!

About 1/3 of the Rainbow Braids from our kit.  We keep them in a craft tote.  Perfect!

One of my readers will receive 1,800 Rainbow Braid Bands in 6 different colors!  Enter below by October 23rd at 11 pm anyone's time.  I'll choose a winner the next morning.

Special thanks to the wonderful people at Home Lifestyle Products for providing us with this product to review!

GIANTmicrobe Plush Toys #HolidayGiftGuide #Giveaway

On one of our mini-vacays, our hotel had bed bugs!  Well, one very cute, GIANTmicrobe Bed Bug to be precise!  I jumped at the chance to review this little big guy because every night before bed, my youngest daughter tells me, "Goodnight, sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite!"  A couple of weeks ago, she asked me if bed bugs were real.  Her new stuffed toy bed bug came with an information card and now she knows all about them.  I'm not sure how normal it is for kids to "love" things like bed bugs and rhino-viruses, but my kids do.  As long as the real ones aren't making them sick or itchy.  ;)

Last year when my kiddos had colds, I took the opportunity to teach them about the viruses that cause them--specifically, the "rhino-virus", the virus that most often causes cold symptoms.  The  rhino-virus GIANTmicrobe came with a tag that included a real picture of an actual rhino-virus as well as kid-friendly information even the youngest could understand.  All of the microbes come with this info making them one of the coolest science toys we've come across.

I was amazed at how many GIANTmicrobes there actually are, and some of them are quite adorable!  I have to admit, even our daughter kept saying things like "I love my cute rhino-virus! The cutest virus I've ever ever seen!"  My hubby tried to pretend his hand was a white blood cell and ate the rhino-virus but she rescued it.   

Super Cute Holiday Gift or White Elephant Gift! Every year, we do a White Elephant Gift exchange.  One of these GIANTmicrobes would be so cool as a gag gift!  You can also find them in stores.  Our local mall sells them at Game Daze.  They've got some cute Christmas gifts this year.  We also had the chance to review the Christmas Tree Box which comes with the Common Cold, Brain Cell, Kissing Disease, E. coli and the limited edition Red Amoeba, festively adorned with a Santa hat, candy cane, mistletoe, reindeer antlers, and winter scarf.  So cute!  My kiddos love them.

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I'm so excited that I get to giveaway a GIANTmicrobe to one of my blog readers who will be able to choose any microbe they'd like! Enter by Oct. 23rd at 11pm anyone's time.  I'll choose the winner in the morning.  

Which GIANTmicrobe would you like best?  

Special thanks to the wonderful people at GIANTmicrobe for providing me with this product to review! 

Tuesday, October 14

Fall Fashion Giveaway! Win a Pretty Sweater of Your Choice has so many pretty sweaters!  And they want to "cover you up for warmth" this season.  There are 3 you can pick from OASAP for this giveaway in order of appearance: the Geo Knit Cardigan, the Open-Front Knit Cardigan, or the twisted Pattern Batwing Sleeve Cardigan (in pink or cream). 

Just comment below with one of the 3 sweaters pictured here which you like best along with your e-mail.  Giveaway will end on Oct. 22nd at 3 pm--exactly 8 days from today.  I'll choose a winner that evening who will receive her fave.  In the meantime, have a very blessed week!

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Special thanks to the wonderful people at OASAP for making this giveaway possible!

Monday, October 13

A KidOFit Super Cool Shoes Review and #Giveaway

While browsing for new shoes for my active little guy, I came across KidOFit.  These shoes are so comfortable with a barefoot feel.  They're flexible, promote natural motion, give your kiddo's feet and toes so much room to breathe, yet they're very durable.  Plus, they look really cool!  They hold up well for every day play at the park and all over the place.  They range from infant sizes to a little kids' size 12.  Here, my little guy is wearing the Blue Maui in a size 11.  I was especially impressed with the customized fit.  The shoes come with 2 different in-soles to give your kiddo the absolute perfect fit.  Pretty awesome! 

One of my readers will win a pair of KidOFit shoes in your choice of style!  Choose 2 styles just in case  one isn't available.  Enter below by 10/22 at 11 pm anyone's time.  I'll choose a winner the next morning using  Best of luck!

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Which 2 KidOFit styles do you like best?
Special thanks to the wonderful people at KidOFit for providing us with these shoes to review and giveaway.

Sunday, October 12

Cute Cupcake Spiders, A Fun Halloween Recipe

I have to admit, I have fun around Halloween and what's not to love about cupcakes?!  And Donsuemor's are the cutest! Well, they were the cutest until we made them into the cutest little spiders ever!  They're also incredibly delicious... we played with them for a little while and then we ate them up. Check out our super fun recipe, get some Cute Cakes (the most delicious packaged mini-cupcakes) to try it for yourself, or simply turn store bought cupcake mix into adorableness. 

Cute Cake Spiders

Donsuemor Cute Cakes 
(or homemade cupcakes)
Powdered Sugar
Pretzel Sticks
Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
*Small tube of black icing (optional)

Making the Spider's Legs

1. Heat a bowl of 1 cup of chocolate chips in the microwave for 45 seconds.
2. Stir the chocolate until it's well mixed and melted.
3. Bite tips off the pretzels so they'll poke into cupcakes easily. Coat the pretzels in the chocolate.
4. Lay the chocolate covered pretzels on a baking sheet covered in wax paper.
5. Stick them in the freezer for about 5 minutes to quickly dry them.

In the meantime...

1. Mix 1 cup of powdered sugar with 2 tbsp. water. This is going to be "glue."
2. Dab 2 spots of "glue" onto each cupcake where the spiders' faces will be.
3. Stick one chocolate chip onto each spot of glue to make the eyes.


1. Stick the pretzel legs into the cupcakes. Everyone knows spiders have 8 legs but 6 legs fit much better around a cupcake. Don't worry. They'll be just as cute & just as delicious!
Note: Don't stick the pretzels in too far or the cupcakes will split in the center.
2. Draw little mouths on the spiders with the black icing if it suits your fancy.
3. Eat them up... if you don't think they're too adorable for eating!

The Cute Cakes were provided by the wonderful people at Donsuemor as part of their Recipe a Day promo back in 2011 in exchange for a fun and thoughtful recipe post. 


Saturday, October 11

Meet Julia, the Most Beautiful Petalina Doll! #HolidayGiftGuide

My daughters are absolutely in love with their new doll, Julia!  She's a beauty begun in China, completed in Germany by a doll artist, sent off to England, and now she is our American sweetheart.  She goes with us everywhere--the park, the grocery store, and anywhere else my daughters and I find ourselves.  My girls all love her and it is amazing how well they share her.  They take turns with her and act as if she were a real baby sister.  We received Julia from an on-line store called Petalina, owned by the super-nice Cate who was inspired by her own daughters to seek the world for the most beautiful, high-quality dolls.  Petalina is based in England but they have  inexpensive shipping rates to the US and Canada, too.  They have a super wide selection of European children's dolls for all ages so that little girls can grow up with dolls that are perfectly designed for their age. 

Julia is part of a doll line called Kidz 'n' Katz.  Each doll comes with a kitten.  I knew my daughters would especially love that--they are so fond of cats!  Julia, the cat lover, fits right in to our family. Julia, and all the other Kidz 'n' Cats dolls, are aimed at children from age 6 years and up because posing their joints needs a certain amount of manual dexterity and also the clothes are fitted and use proper zips, hooks and buttons which are fiddly too.  So a younger child may find them frustrating to play with.  

Julia is the first girl's toy of our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide!

Julia was sculpted by Sonja Hartmann. She has brown fixed acrylic eyes with long top lashes, a carefully painted mouth with slightly parted lips, hair in light blonde with a side parting tied with a pink bow. Julia has 11 joints in total with them also in her knees, wrists and elbows. The joints mean that she can be posed and looks quite realistic. Julia is wearing a turquoise tank top with a matching cardigan which has coordinating trim and ruffles. Her black chambray skirt also has ruffles around the hem and bows on the pockets. She wears light pink leggings and matching undies, and on her feet she wears a pair of slip on turquoise shoes. She is the most beautiful doll we've ever seen in real life!  My daughters love her little grey plush cat, too, complete with a pink ballet tutu. 

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You can find so many more gorgeous dolls at Petalina
Which one is your favorite?
My blog readers will receive a 5% discount through mid-November by using the promo code TravSis14 at checkout.  This is the time you'll need to order by to have your doll in time for Christmas.
Special thanks to the wonderful Cate at Petalina for providing us with this beautiful doll to review!