Tuesday, December 22, 2009
This Holiday season, FedEx offers ways to save time and money with discounts that make FedEx one of the cheapest options this December. For example, when you sign-up on fedex.com, you can save up to 16% on FedEx Express services and 8% on FedEx Ground and Home Delivery. And, by visiting a FedEx Office location, shipping with FedEx Ground costs 10% less than with UPS.
I think that FedEx really does a great job with their delivery and that their prices are fair. You are sending off special gifts to your family and friends, and you want guarantees on your service....FedEx delivers!
For those awkward sizes, fragile items, or time-strapped packers, FedEx Office professionals can pack and ship your holiday packages for you or give you tips on how to minimize the size and weight of a package to reduce shipping costs at any of the locations nationwide. FedEx Office also offers customized holiday cards, stationery and personalized 2010 calendars in just minutes either online or in-store.
With FedEx Office Print Online services, you can print holiday newsletters and cards to a nearby center of your choice or have them delivered to your friends and family hassle-free.
Check out FedEx for all your packaging and shipping needs for these busy Holiday times!
Plus, you still have time to enter to win an ipod touch:
If you sign up for a free account on fedex.com and record your name and confirmation number here: Survey will be entered to win one of 5 Apple iPod Touches!
I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of FedEx and received a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Munchkin Math has other DVD titles, too: Telling Time & Shapes. SRP$19.99.
I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Munchkin Math and received a sample DVD to facilitate my candid review. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.”
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Crayola Beginnings Color Me A Song:
Color me a song is a drawing/coloring table that kids can color to music on. Kids can hear a drum, piano, guitar and/or a trumpet, and the music switches between different musical styles such as salsa, rock, swing and country. When kids slide a piece of paper into the slots on the board, music starts up. When kids start coloring the tune plays to their speed: slower, a slower tempo, and when they color faster the tempo picks up. The portable drawing and music creation station features a pressure-sensitive board that matches a melody to the artist´s pace. There is a great slide out storage for crayons when not in use. That is helpful!
Color Me a Song was named a "Toy of the Year" by Family Fun magazine and one of American Baby magazine´s picks for "Best Toys of the Year." For children 24 months and up; suggested retail price is $24.99.
Crayola Glow Station:
The drawings last a little while, even when you don't touch the light wand directly onto the Glow Station. After a few minutes the designs will disappear. One thing we found fun with the Glow Station: If you lay your arm on the glow station with the lights on, then turn off the lights and removing your arm...there is an impression on the Glow Station! Very fun product!
For children ages six and up; suggested retail price is $29.99.
The Glow Dome comes with 2 sheets of stencils, but more can be downloaded online.
The outside of the Dome can be colored on, too. It was fun to see my children's creativity come to life. My oldest drew a man/alien on the outside and when he turned the dome on, the man was running around the outside of the Dome! How creative! The Dome has several settings for rotating the outside of the Dome to give dimension and life to your creation. On the inside, lights are displayed, and there a a few settings to change how the lights are displayed.
The kids were so excited when we turned out the lights and the Glow Dome lit up the room. I hope that my pictures can show you what fun these products can bring! I know my kids love them! For ages six and up; suggested retail price is $29.99.
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Hallmark for Christmas (plus 2- $25 gift card giveaways)
Crayola makes great products for Christmas gifts! (review & giveaway)
I think Hallmark does a fantastic job with having such great products, sentimental products, gifts to give everyone on your list. I know that Hallmark products will be ones that give out this Christmas! (even if it is a little late)
I love the new Digital Scrapbooks that Hallmark came out with! The Digital Scrapbooks come in different themes, and you can choose which one you would like. You can personalize your digital scrapbook with music, photos, and text messaging all in one to be displayed on a digital photo frame (one of my wish list items), computer screen, television screen or anyplace that you can use a USB drive. You can make more than 50 personalized slides with the digital scrapbook from Hallmark! That is a lot of photos! It is simple to use, too! Just plug in the USB, access the drive, click on the icon, download and enter the codes. You can save your work as you go. This makes a great gift to give someone, or buy it and personalize a gift for someone!
Another great Hallmark product is their new DVD Greetings. This is a great way to bring the traditional holiday letter to life. You can pick photos to insert into your online letter, and animation brings it to life. Each DVD Greeting hosts a template that can be edited and customized with personal photos. You simply burn the photos onto the DVD in your Hallmark card. Everything is included in the Hallmark card: Card & DVD. It is easy to make, and fun to send!
A Hallmark product that is so fun to give is the Recordable Cards. These cards are so fun, because you can include your own personal 10- second message inside. Some of Hallmarks recordable cards have music, and some don't. There are more than 30 holiday Recordable Cards to choose from. The Recordable Cards with Music also feature a 30-second song clip which plays after the message. These are fun cards to personalize, and fun to watch the recipient to open up.
The new products were designed to help families celebrate and capture the memories and joys of the holiday season.
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Contest ends December 29th, 2009.
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This review was provided from Hallmark. They have provided me with a free product to review and information to share with my readers. I am sponsored to offer gift cards to giveaway to my readers through this review. I was given the product for my personal opinion and option to share with my readers. I was not compensated for my time or written review.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
The tack pieces slide easily into the other track pieces with a plastic connector. The directions were easy to follow, and the kit came with everything included.
We started the evening off with a meet & greet...first stop: Meeting Cinderella!
Later on in the show, all the Princesses and their Princes came out in their beautiful dresses just before the intermission. I was starting to feel sad, thinking this was the end of the show. I did not want it to end yet. I was entirely enjoying the show! To my luck, it was just an intermission.
Madelyn was just tickled pink to meet Cinderella. She was such a beautiful princess! What a great way to start off our fun evening. I think Madelyn was completely in awe over the whole event. She was so impressed with Cinderella.
After getting a photo with Cinderella, we went in to a room with the other FFA members and had a great selection of treats (fit for a princess~or a prince), received big coloring books (Terry enjoyed the coloring), and got some great Princess glasses. The kids had a great time, and the food was very good.
Then, we went to our amazing seats! We were in Row 2 at the Xcel Center. I couldn't believe how close we were! I was ecstatic! I am just so thankful for this special opportunity~ especially for Christmas! It was fun to share this with my family.
Minnie and Minnie Mouse started the show off. Minnie and Mickey were so cute~ Disney's most beloved characters!
The setting for the show was spectacular. There was one main palace, but with each Princess/Prince scene it transformed to fit the character. The first ones to take the floor was Princess Jasmine and Prince Ali~ Aladdin! I was so impressed with the elephant: Abu (monkey) transformed to an elephant. There was two skaters inside this massive animal, and Aladdin came out riding on his back. Very exciting! The Genie was very animated, and even went out into the audience and sat with a little girl.
Next in the show was Princess Aurora~ Sleeping Beauty. I love how Disney on Ice gave glimpses into each character's story. I loved watching the ice skating moves. So much talent on the ice!
Heigh-Ho...next was Snow White. The Dwarfs were a lot of fun to watch. They brought out a table where they ate, and next it was transformed into the bed that Snow White was laid down on. I think such brilliance was put into the production of Disney On Ice: Princess Classics!
I love this shot of Snow White twirling. Maddie said that she wants to do that....go around 'n around on the ice.
Cinderella had just had her dress torn off of her from her step sisters, of which the mice had worked so hard on. She had her hopes to attend the ball, but without a dress...or a dream, what is she to do.
Thanks to her fairy godmother, Cinderella will be able to attend the ball. I thought it was great how the fairy godmother came in above our heads.
Happily, Cinderella skates with her true love. However, the spell only lasts until midnight...
At the end of the show, all the Princesses were in stunning evening gowns of cream and gold colors. The Princes' matched their gowns and they both looked amazing! Mullan's gown was my favorite.
Mickey and Minnie were at the ball, too...even dressed in their evening gowns and suits.
I loved the dance/skate. It was so fun to see them all coupled up. I think that the Disney on Ice performers resembled the real Disney Princesses and Princes. I couldn't even tell you who was my favorite. I do know that even after a week, I still smile over the experience that I had.
Some of the other special guests in this show were Beauty (Belle), Mullan, and Ariel (the Little Mermaid). I loved Ariel's hair, and I am still trying to guess if it was the performer's real hair. :) OH, and the Little Mermaid performance with Sebastian and the underwater world was great! The use of black lights, neon colors, and fish-like creatures~ you have to experience it!
The ending was amazing, and I loved how all the couples were on the stairs. With this show was fire, blasts, flying carpet rides, back flips, poisonous apples, and more. It is a show to bring the entire family to. I was beyond impressed, and it is a show I will never forget!
Thank you Disney on Ice for all the hard work, dedication, creativity, hours of intense practice, and all you do to bring joy and excitement to all! Our family had a wonderful time, and we are thrilled to have spent the evening with you! We look forward to future shows...some even coming next year: Disney Live! Mickey's Magic Show & Disney on Ice: Mickey and Minnie's Magical Journey.
This review was provided from Feld Entertainment and Mom Central. I am a Feld Family Activator, and they have offered an opportunity for me to attend a show to review and information to share with my readers. I was not compensated for my time or written review.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
The Automoblox Mini line is a smaller version of the traditional Automoblox car. These cars are made with quality and detail. I love the wooden cars, and so do my kids! The parts to these cars are made with quality materials, and you can tell that much thought went into the design of these cars. Once put together, the Automoblox cars glide smoothly across the floor. The wheels are made so well! I love the look of these cars, so styling! One really fun feature of the Automoblox minis is you can mix and match the pieces to design many more cars. If you want to get the cars back to how they came, you just match up the colors to color coordinate. The Automoblox minis can fit in the palm of your hand, too! These cars are perfect for families with more than one child to share with each other. I love that about the minis...makes sharing a little easier.
Ages 3 and up, $30.00 Made by Manhattan Toy found at Maukilo.com.
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This review was provided from Maukilo.com. They have provided me with a free product to review and information to share with my readers. I am sponsored to offer a Gift Card to giveaway to my readers through this review. I was given the product for my personal opinion and option to share with my readers. I was not compensated for my time or written review.
Fisher Price 3-in-1 Smart Sports pack Video gaming just keeps getting better and more educational. Fisher Price came out with a sports set that kids can actively play their favorite sports like golf, baseball, and tennis while they learn counting, addition, subtraction, upper & lowercase letters, spelling, shapes and more!
This set includes a golf club, tennis racquet and baseball bat that kids can play with while it is hooked up to the moniter/TV. Children control the on screen action with their wireless controllers. Includes a storage dock that keeps everything together. Requires 6 AA batteries (not included). Ages 3-7, $60.00 Fisher Price
Mythbusters Weird Water World from Elmer’s Products, Inc. SRP $19.99
SCRABBLE SLAM Card Game from Hasbro Games SRP $6.99
Three Musketeer Corinne Barbie
Barbie has a new movie out: Barbie and the Three Musketeers. It is a story about 17 yr. old Corrine, who travels to Paris in hopes to become a Musketeer. Meeting three friends along the way, they seek out to save the prince and make their dreams come true. Barbie has wonderful dolls available in celebration of her new movie. I love the Corinne doll that I got to review from Barbie and Mattel.com. Corinne Barbie transforms from a Princess to a Musketeer, just like in the movie. Corinne's beautiful gown and tiara turn into a Musketeer outfit, so she can protect her identity while saving the Prince! Her dress becomes a golden cape and her tiara turns into a mask!
Includes a glitter sword accessory, too. Ages 3 and up. $22.99 Mattel
UNO Moo! from Mattel SRP $19.99
Trio Building Set from Fisher Price $30.00
Roller Coaster Resort Playset
Polly Pockets are a great toy for little girls, and Polly Pockets just launched a fun Roller Coaster Resort for all the Polly Pockets to play and hang out. The roller coaster car climbs the escalator to the vista point with a waterfall slide and mountaintop pool. Girls will love bringing their Polly Pockets to the tropical paradise where Polly can swim in the pool, dine in the hotel dining room, and dance in the disco lounge. This set includes one doll and a pet.
Ages 4 and up, $49.99 Mattel
This review was provided from Mattel, Fisher Price, Hasbro, and Elmer's Products. These companies have provided me with the free products to review and information to share with my readers. I am sponsored to offer a Gift Card to giveaway to my readers through this review. I was given the product for my personal opinion and option to share with my readers. I was not compensated for my time or written review.
For a limited time this holiday season, for each Party Planner Gift Box sold, Hickory Farms will donate $5 to Share Our Strength, a leading national non-profit organization working to end childhood hunger in America. Additionally, for 40 of these gift items, Hickory Farms provides free military shipping, allowing our troops across the globe to share in holiday traditions. Visit hickoryfarms.com to learn more about these two opportunities as well as the variety of gift boxes available! I think that Hickory Farms really does a great job to rise above the bar in their efforts to accommodate needs and give from their heart. (my opinion)
Check out Hickory Farms for your Christmas shopping! Their products are great tasting, and many people really enjoy receiving a gift that will make the tummy happy. :)
I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Hickory Farms and received a Hickory Farms gift basket to facilitate my review. I was given the product for my personal opinion and option to share with my readers. I was not compensated for my time or written review.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Caleb is enthralled with his new friend, Dimples. He is really excited that Dimples is all decked out in uniform...DARTH VADER! Caleb has been getting excited about the Star Wars characters (mostly because his older brother digs them) and he was happy to get Dimples in the Darth attire. Build-A-Bear offers purchase options of bears/furry friends by theme, too.
The Darth Vader outfit comes complete with the suit (and there is a special opening in the back of the suit for Dimples ~ or other bears, tails), mask (completely covers his face), black shoes, and the light saber. Caleb really likes to pretend to use the light saber, too.
Dimples looks fierce and ready to challenge anyone, doesn't he?
Oh, but look at his face! He is absolutely adorable! All the Build-A-Bear animals are super cute!
My baby loves the Dimples Bear from Build-A-Bear, too. He loves to kiss Dimples, especially when Dimples has his mask on!
There are over 400 Build-A-Bear Workshop stores around the world, and BABW also has conveinient online shopping selections at buildabear.com. This is a great option for your holiday shopping. One thing that I want to do with my kids is go into BABW and have them each make a new "friend" for their sibling. They could pick out one they think that their sibling would like, hand "stuff it," comb it out, and pick out clothing/accessories for their new animal. Build-A-Bear Workshop is a great place for kids to have fun, design, and be creative. Build-A-Bear has some great new selections for this holiday round up:
Frosty the Snowman, Holly and Hal Moose, Lil’ Robot Hal, Alvin, Simon and Theodore, Brittany, Winter Hugs Bear, Polar Bear, Lil’ Chocolate Cub Dressed as a Boy Elf and Brown Sugar Bear Dressed as a Girl Elf, and more. You can always personalize any bear as you want just pick and choose. Build-A-Bear Workshop offers great selections of bears/friends for girls and boys, along with fun and stylish accessories. We LOVE Build-A-Bear and highly recommend them to you! Hey, if you are a "last minute shopper," Build-A-Bear has a great online checkout ready to roll!
Want the chance to win a DARTH VADER Dimples Build-A-Bear?
This contest is open to bloggers and non-bloggers of the United States. Contest is open until December 23rd, 2009.
To enter, leave a comment about what Build-A-Bear you would like to make(mandatory for entry)**For extra chances you can: blog this contest, add my button to your site, subscribe to my blog, twitter and/or become a fan on facebook, and/or visit everyday and comment about something you learned from visiting the Build-A-Bear Workshop. Lots of chances to win! Don't forget to put the extra comments for the "extra" work. Good luck!**
This review was provided from Build-A-Bear Workshop, which provided me with the free product to review and information to share with my readers. I am sponsored to offer a BAB to giveaway to my readers through this review. I was given the product for my personal opinion and option to share with my readers. I was not compensated for my time or written review.