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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Minecraft Gaming on the Go!

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Do you have kids that are crazy for Minecraft like I do? My boys eat, sleep and breathe Minecraft.  We have had a Minecraft Birthday Party, we've made life-size Minecraft characters, and our boys have so many Minecraft shirts, hats, paper crafting items, etc.  So when I saw the new Gameband for Minecraft by Now Computing at Target recently, I just knew that this new, hot item had to be under the Christmas tree this year!  


Gameband for Minecraft is awesome because my kids have spent a ton of time creating different Minecraft worlds on our computer.  Now with the Gameband for Minecraft, they can just plug the game band into any computer and have all of their saved Minecraft worlds available to them on other computers.


Gameband for Minecraft is portable because it's the first ever Minecraft wearable and it's truly a game-changer... pun intended.  


We just moved it from my computer to my husband's computer.


Look how excited our 10 year old is about seeing all of his Minecraft worlds available to him on the other computer!  


He's a really responsible kid, but if he does ever lose it, we can just contact Now Computing for a replacement with all of his previous work intact since it saves all of the information on a secure, cloud-based server.   It also comes in two different sizes so that you can find a comfortable fit for your child.  Our son's is a size large. It's much more than just a USB- he loves that it's something that he can actually wear, and something that he can play with.  

This Minecraft fan gives the Gameband a thumbs up as the hot item to have under your Christmas tree this year!  


Looking for Gameband for Minecraft?  I found ours at Target in the portable gaming section in Electronics.  It's made by Now Computing, and is affiliated with Minecraft. 


They are flying off of the shelves so hurry to Target and pick up your Gameband for Minecraft soon and surprise the Minecraft fan in your family with the hottest gift of the season and well beyond the holiday season as well! 













Monday, November 24, 2014

Respect Your Feet: A Pedicure Pampering Gift Idea

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As a busy mom, I feel like I rarely sit down until well after 11 PM almost every single night.  Seriously, I am on my feet ALL DAY LONG, so regular foot care/at home pedicure products just don't cut it for my tired, achy feet and I really don't have time to go get a pedicure.  Finally after some major searching, I finally found something that works wonders for my feet.  It's a brand new product called Amopé Pedi Perfect- an electric foot file and Amopé foot cream.  




Used together, my feet are smoother, softer, and feeling healthier than they have in YEARS!!  I live in San Diego where it's flip flop weather almost all year long, so having my feet ready for flip flops every day of the year could be stressful for my feet, but now I don't have to worry anymore because of Amopé Pedi Perfect!  


Know someone who is always on their feet too?  A busy mom friend, sister, teacher... this is the perfect gift for them!  I put together a fun little "Put Up Your Feet and Relax" Christmas gift basket to show you just how easy and fun an Amopé Pedi Perfect would be to give as a Christmas gift to a special person in your life.



I made a cute little free printable tag to go with my Amopé Pedi Perfect gift basket.  



If you'd like to print it, just right click on it.




I picked up my Amopé Pedi Perfect file and foot cream at Target.  It's in the Foot Care aisle though, not in the Beauty Care section so in case you're having a hard time finding it, look for Foot Care products and there you'll find it.  


And the other day at Target it was even on its own end cap near the Foot Care aisle, so it was even easier to find.  It really is the perfect gift for someone who is on their feet all the time!


I hope you're having a great Thanksgiving week, and that you're able to put up your feet and relax sometime soon! xoxo 



Friday, November 21, 2014

28 Day Challenge with Charley the Beagle!

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Our first born son turned ten yesterday, and it was such a fun day of celebrating him.  But before he was born, I got my first baby as a Christmas gift... a Beagle puppy named Charley.  


She turned 11 last month and is still running around like a puppy most days!  She is truly a special part of our family because she has been here for all four of our boys, who are so used to having Charley around.  She's the sweetest dog ever, has never been the tiniest bit aggressive, and she LOVES our boys!  And we want to make sure that we're taking care of Charley so she can be around with us for many more years.  So to keep Charley healthy and active, we put her on the Purina ONE 28 Day Challenge.  


I ordered her Purina ONE Smartblend, a Chicken & Rice Blend for Adult Dogs from Amazon Prime.  With free shipping, it was on our doorstep in just two days.  I LOVE my Amazon Prime!  And look how excited Charley was to open her special delivery!  She just kept sniffing her way around the box and wagging her cute tail. 


I have to admit that before Charley tasted Purina ONE I was skeptical whether she would like it or not. In her later years, she has definitely gotten more "people food" than she had in her younger years so I thought maybe she would turn up her nose at dry dog food.  But she absolutely loves her Purina ONE dog food.  Maybe that's because Purina ONE is made with real poultry, meat or fish as the #1 ingredient.  It also contains Omega 6, which helps give Charley her radiant coat and healthy skin.

Isn't she a cutie?  It must be lunch time ;)


So, what is the 28 Day Challenge?  
Purina ONE,  believes in proof, not promises. They’re asking dog lovers all over the country to switch to Purina ONE dry dog food, and step up to the 28 Day Challenge.  They believe people will see:
    • Day 1+: Taste: When your dog loves the taste of his food, it can make all the difference
    • Day 7+: Energy: An optimal blend of ingredients provides the energy your dog needs
    • Day 14+: Digestibility: Highly digestible food helps more nutrients go to work inside your dog
    • Day 21+: Skin & Coat: Balanced nutrition supports a beautiful coat and healthy skin
    • Day 21+: Bright Eyes: Your dog’s eyes are a window to his health
    • Day 28+: Dental Healthy: Great nutrition and crunchy kibble support strong teeth and healthy gums

Charley has actually been eating Purina ONE for a few months now.  During Charley's initial 28 Day Challenge, I noticed an increase in her energy level.  And I was impressed by how much she loves the taste of her food.  Months later, she is still gobbling up her Purina ONE dry dog food as quick as she can and she still shows increased energy with no signs of slowing down! 


What difference will you see in your dog with the Purina ONE 28 Day Challenge?  Jump onto amazon.com and with Amazon Prime, two-day free shipping your sweet dog will be thanking you! xoxo 



Thursday, November 20, 2014

After School Snack Station

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Ohhhh my goodness, it has arrived... the most perfectly delicious snack EVER!!  Reese's Spreads!  


Excuse me in advance for the excessive use of exclamations in this post, but seriously this new Reese's Spreads is nothing short of AMAZING in a jar! I thought it would be fun to surprise my boys with a fun After School Snack Station filled with fun items spread with my new favorite thing in the world, Reese's Spreads.




I used mini vanilla wafers... 


graham cracker squares... 


pretzels... 


and sliced bananas.  


I topped some of the things with sprinkles and left some without sprinkles (which were my personal favorite).  


The entire After School Snack Station was devoured within about 1 minute by my hungry boys who also agreed that Reese's Spreads was the most delicious thing they have ever tasted.  They thought I was the coolest mom ever with this After School Snack Station- what they didn't know is that Reese's Spreads is so easy and all I did is spread it straight from the jar!  It's so great tasting and a perfect anytime snack.


If you're a fan of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, you will go crazy over the unlimited snacking ideas you can come up with this new, unique Reese's spreads based on the original  Peanut Butter Cups.  But it's not just Reese's Peanut Butter Cups smashed up, it's an amazing spreadable peanut butter chocolate combination in spreadable form.  It's available at Walmart and it is amazing.  It's on display at the end of the Peanut Butter aisle and it's flying off the shelfs for good reason.  



I'm totally asking Santa to fill my stocking with Reese's Spreads this year! Plus here's a Giveaway opportunity for you to win! xoxo 

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p.s.  We had a birthday boy in our house yesterday and when I asked him what he wanted for a special birthday breakfast, he said he wanted "that amazing Reese's chocolate peanut butter stuff" on a spoon! That birthday wish may or may not have just come true...  ;) 


Crafting with Kids: Gingerbread Cookie Christmas Ornament {Blog Hop!!}

I'm thrilled to be a part of this Trim the Tree Blog Hop, where I've teamed up with a bunch of talented bloggers and we're all sharing DIY Christmas ideas with you.  I had a ton of fun decorating Gingerbread Cookie Christmas Ornaments with my boys recently and I'm here to share how easy it was!  Crafting with Kids is super fun, but sometimes it gets messy and out of hand... this is truly the easiest Christmas Crafting Ornament I've ever done with my boys.  


I bought a pack of 8 gingerbread cookies with the hole already in them for only $1.29 at Ikea!  I seriously envision making all kinds of cute Christmas crafts with these- garlands, more ornaments, classroom cookie decorating party, name tags on wrapped gifts.


These Gingerbread Cookies from IKEA are just so cute and ridiculously low-priced!  


We used clear Elmer's glue to add sprinkles to our ornaments because I knew we wouldn't be eating them, but if you're decorating these as edible cookies, you will want to use frosting instead of glue of course... obviously :) 

All I did was add a ribbon for hanging...


Then I just let the little guys go to town with Christmas sprinkles!


We let them dry overnight and today we have adorable, kid-made Gingerbread Cookie Christmas Ornaments hanging on our Christmas tree! 


Be sure to stop by and check out the other handmade Christmas ornaments and decorations at the bottom of this post!

And if you're looking for a fun Thanksgiving idea, check out my Thankful Tree - a great way to help teach kids to be grateful.


Here's a delicious and easy dessert recipe for you too.


And be sure to check out my favorite way to make a healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte! 


xoxo,
Laurie 


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