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November 26, 2014

Penwizard Personalized Books {Giveaway-8 Winners!}

Sponsor: Penwizard

Personalized books are great for getting kids involved in reading. You Can choose from our range of personalized childrens books and see your child in the pictures and story of their own personalized book!


Penwizard is an amazing company. They offer a wide variety of books for both little boys and girls. The nice thing about their books is that you can literally customize the books to fit whatever your child looks like AND put in their name! These books are so easy to create and order. They are also pretty reasonably priced. They range in the 14.99 to 19.99 UK (so about 30-40$ Canadian). Considering your child is going to be able to have that book for the rest of their lives thats a pretty good deal!

Check Penwizard out HERE!

Penwizard has offered 8 fans a chance to win a personalized Peppa book for themselves (a 30.00 Canadian Value each!) Rules:
    • Open to USA/CAN
    • 18+
    • ends Dec 3/14
    • one person per household can enter
    • Facebook, pinterest, twitter etc are NOT responsible or liable in anyway for this giveaway

Disclaimer: Participating Blogs were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Penwizard will be responsible for product shipment to winners of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contactnatasha@mompoweredmedia.com if you have any additional questions or comments.

HABA Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales!

We are HABA lovers in our home and are super excited about HABA's black Friday and cyber Monday sales this year! Their products are heavily marked down and if you get on their email list, they will be emailing out a special promo code for 25% off all HABA.

This is a crazy sale and a great time for you to stock up and try out some HABA that you have been eyeing.

You can check out the mark-downs here: http://www.habausa.com/products/sale.html and the code will take an additional 25% off all these sale prices.

The Black Friday promo code for 25% off will be blackfri2014 valid now-11:59pm 11/28
(Discount codes are not valid on Lassig, Moover, Gotz, Lilliputiens or Spielstabil)

The Cyber Monday sale happens 11:59pm Sunday night to 11:59 Monday night EST
The code for 25% off cyber Monday is cyber2014 valid 11:59pm 11/30-11:59pm 12/1
(Discount codes are not valid on Lassig, Moover, Gotz, Lilliputiens or Spielstabil)

Have a fun Black Friday and let us know what deals you find!

November 25, 2014

How To: Apply Clip-in Hair Extensions in 5 Minutes with CC Hair Extensions

If you are like me you probably wish your hair was a little longer but don't have the patience to wait the YEARS it might take for it to grow to your desired length. OR you may just like to go back and forth between a shorter and longer hair style on a day-to-day basis. If either of these things describe you then CC Hair Extensions are for you!

With CC Hair Extensions you can have longer hair in 5 minutes or less! These babies are easily applied and stay in all day long without slipping. They are made of real human hair so they are high quality and can be straightened, curled, colored and cut just like regular hair. Although with each treatment the condition may deteriorate slightly the quality will easily give you years of use.

Lots of people are worried about ordering hair extensions online because it may seem hard to find the exact right color. This however should not be a concern. CC Hair Extensions will exchange extensions that are the wrong color and due to natural hair color variations you are very unlikely to receive a set that does not blend perfectly with your hair.

Are you wondering how to apply your hair extensions? Watch my video tutorial below to learn how to easily apply your extensions in 5 minutes or less!

You can browse CC Hair Extensions and find the perfect set for your hair on this site!

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, I received a complimentary product so I could test it out and form an opinion, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Your experience may vary.

Make Sure to Sign Up for the Rock 'N Learn E-Mails & SAVE BIG!!

HURRY and sign up for the Rock 'N Learn EBlast E-Mail notifications!!
They will be sending out a coupon good for 35% off on Wednesday, 11/26 to their email list that you can use on purchases at http://www.rocknlearn.com/.
This allows you to score some amazing deals on their educational DVDs right in time for the holidays!
They also have a deal coming up on Zulily 11/27-11/30 for more opportunities to save BIG on all Rock ‘N Learn DVDs and Zulily Rock ‘N Learn DVD collections.
Plus they have just announced that on Cyber Monday there will be a new on Groupon their Math & Science 10 DVD Collection which will debut for $39.99 with regular retailing at $129.95!!!
SO MANY GREAT Rock 'N Learn Deals going on!!  Make sure you check them out!

November 24, 2014

Give Back this Holiday Season with CaringBridge!

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for CaringBridge. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

'Tis the season of giving, and if you are wondering what organization to donate to, CaringBridge is amazing.

CaringBridge was launched in 1997 so people--for any reason or length of time--could start a free website, remain connected to their family and friends and receive support when they need it most.

That’s what the Steinback family did when their daughter Julia was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. During her nearly three years of treatment, Julia and her family could count on one constant: the emotional and physical support they received from friends and relatives who followed Julia’s story on her CaringBridge website.

Now in remission, Joy continues to stay connected with loved ones through CaringBridge as Julia undergoes monthly checkups. For the Steinbacks, seeing their daughter happy and healthy is the greatest gift they could ask for this holiday season.

November 20, 2014

Gift Guide: Just Dance 2015 {Review}

What better way to ring in the holidays with one of the hottest new games?!  Just Dance 2015 will get you and your family movin and groovin to some of the most popular tracks!
Admit it, we all secretly wish we were pop stars, belt out songs in the shower, or get caught jamming out to our favorite songs once in a while.  Dancing and singing is so enjoyable for people of all ages that it's hard not to get in on the action.  I happen to LOVE music and dancing.  Our family breaks out in random dance session all of the time so naturally, we were drawn to this game.  We own a bunch of the other Just Dance games and have always really liked them.  Just Dance 2015 continues to amaze us with the cool features, fun tracklist, and cool graphics.  It really makes for an all-around great game play experience!
I love that Just Dance 2015 can be played by everyone!  My husband and I can play it with our little kids, my oldest daughter can play it with her friends (we are already planning on using it for her slumber party tomorrow), I can play it with my girl friends for one of our fun nights together, or we can invite our hubbys to get in on the fun and get some real competition going. Haha.  The fact is, this game really has something for everyone!  It's not some dumb or boring game that your guests or friends won't be impressed with--it's entertaining, it's interactive, and so so so much fun to play!!  Plus, you can do karaoke with the game too by simply plugging in a microphone and singing along to the words on the screen (I like that perk!).  Of course the girls in our family shined playing this game, but I was really surprised and happy to see this little guy getting in on the action...
Just Dance 2015 allows you to dance along to 40 of the hottest hits and throwback tunes--songs like “Problem” by Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea and “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, or classic favorites like “Walk This Way” by Run DMC & Aerosmith.  Oh and did I mention playing this game is a great way to get in some exercise??  That's right all the dancing you do actually burns calories so you can have fun while getting fit!  So why not grab some of your friends and get to playing!
In fact, to bring awareness to National Bullying Prevention Month, Just Dance 2015 and Stomp Out Bullying have partnered to show people everywhere that “it’s okay to dance to your own beat!” New songs and wacky choreography in Just Dance 2015 encourage kids and teens to let loose and be themselves.  What a great idea!  You can actually check out the Stomp Out Bullying website HERE to find out more about this awesome cause!
Obviously, our family has THOROUGHLY enjoyed having the new Just Dance 2015 game and we are confident YOU WILL TOO!  So what are you waiting for...
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Holiday Gift Guide: "The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection" {Review & Giveaway}

If there is one name that is super well known in the children's music genre it's LAURIE BERKNER!  The Laurie Berkner Band is so successful and beloved by so many that it is hard not to have seen or heard about them!  Whether you are watching a children's television station, listening to a children's radio station, or maybe even at a play date--their songs are everywhere!  And now you can get your hands on an AMAZING holiday gift with The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection CD!!
The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection is a compilation of some of the band's greatest hits and a follow-up to The Best Of The Laurie Berkner Band CD.  The album is FULL of top-charting songs such as Walk Along The River, Family, and more!
Says Laurie, "As soon as I released The Best Of The Laurie Berkner Band, I couldn't wait for my next compilation to come out -- because there were so many songs that I felt should have also been included on that album! Now that The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection is finally here, I am thrilled that it will not only include those hits, but also songs I've written since then that have become classics. With a total of 22 favorite songs, this really is the 'Ultimate' collection!"
A former preschool music teacher by day and indie rocker by night, Laurie Berkner started selling her music over fifteen years ago out of her living room on her own label, Two Tomatoes Records. She is now widely recognized as a pioneer in the "kindie" music genre and was dubbed "The undisputed queen of kindie rock" by USA Today. The Wall Street Journal noted, "Her music is distinctive because it speaks to kids without talking down to them, charming youngsters without boring grown-ups." Laurie was the first artist to ever appear in music videos on Nick Jr. and was featured in nearly all of the episodes of the channel's Jack's Big Music Show. She currently stars in the animated musical short-form series Sing It, Laurie! on the Sprout preschool channel and makes regular appearances on Sprout's Sunny Side Up Show. The Laurie Berkner Band features Laurie Berkner, vocals/guitar; Susie Lampert, keyboards; Brady Rymer, bass; and Bobby Golden, drums/percussion.
My kids ABSOLUTELY loved The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection CD, but I wasn't really expecting much different.  With so many wonderful songs and various CDs of Laurie's being represented on the album, it was a sure hit!  The moment we put on the CD, we are up dancing and singing and enjoying ourselves.  Laurie Berkner has the perfect voice that really "speaks" to children.  Her songs are not cheesy, over complicated, or annoying.  Instead they offer a real connection to her young audience and deliver powerful messages in fun and creative ways.

The Laurie Berkner Band 2014 - 2015 Concert Dates:
December 6 -- Riviera Theatre -- Solo! -- North Tonawanda, NY Laurie Berkner in a Holiday Show 
December 14 -- Tarrytown Music Hall -- Tarrytown, NY
January 10 -- Capitol Center for the Arts -- Concord, NH
January 24 -- McCarter Theatre Center -- Princeton, NJ
February 1 — Park West — Chicago, IL Duo, with Special Guest Susie Lampert
February 22 — Mayo Performing Arts Center – Morristown, NJ
February 28 — Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts — Raleigh, NC
March 29 -- Paramount Theatre of Charlottesville -- Charlottesville, VA
April 18 -- Palace of Fine Arts -- San Francisco, CA

The Laurie Berkner Band is offering one of our lucky readers A COPY OF THE ULTIMATE LAURIE BERKNER BAND COLLECTION CD!!
A big THANK YOU to The Laurie Berkner Band for providing me with a free CD to review.  I was not compensated for this review. I receive product(s) for free so that I can provide my insight and experience. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.

November 18, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: VTech InnoTab Learning Cartridges {Review}

If there is one toy that you should get your kids this year, it's the VTech InnoTab. My kids have used their InnoTab Learning Tablets at home, in the car, at the doctor's office, waiting to pick up daddy from school and many other places. What is so awesome about the VTech InnoTab is the wide range of educational learning cartridges available to purchase, allowing the InnoTab to grow with your child. There is everything from interactive e-books, age-appropriate games, music and even their very own camera, and the best part is that your child is learning key subjects such as math, science and reading while having a blast!

My kids love the fact that they can keep adding to their collection of cartridges, making their learning experience that much more fun!

InnoTab My First Nursery Rhymes Learning Cartridge by VTech (Ages 12-36 months)

My kids have grown up listening to Nursery Rhymes in the car and reading bedtime nursery rhymes cuddled up in bed, so they were thrilled to have their nursery rhymes come to life with the Innotab Learning Cartridge! 

We received a sample product from VTech and my 2 year-old son loves it. There are so many great features that come with this learning cartridge. There are 25 nursery rhyme songs and my son enjoys singing along to each one and answering the simple questions. Along with nursery rhymes your child can learn 5 baby sign language signs. There are cute little characters that show each one with the word below. Also, with this cartridge comes 5 mini learning games. Lastly, when your child is tired, you can play lullaby songs to help them go to bed. The screen turns off so the light doesn't bother them. Purchase this new cartridge HERE!

InnoTab Disney Winnie the Pooh Learning Cartridge by VTech (Ages 12-36 months)

Winnie the Pooh, Winnie the Pooh, tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff. He's Winnie the Pooh, Winnie the Pooh, willy nilly silly old bear.

I remember singing along to the Winnie the Pooh theme song when I was young and always feeling happy when it came on t.v. Now that I am older, it's fun watching my kids play this old time favorite on their InnoTabs. My son has been practicing his colors and shapes and has been ecstatic that he can now put his knowledge to the test while he helps Pooh find fun things for his party. My son's precious little face lights up every single time, it's great! There is also a section all about opposites that is absolutely adorable, there is also reading, sing along, baby signs and a photo time where your kids can take their photos and create collages with Pooh and his friends--so fun! Purchase this new cartridge HERE!

InnoTab Classic Stories Learning Cartridge by VTech (Ages 3-6)

The first two cartridges have been great for my younger son, but this one has been a hit with the older kids. Everyone knows the classic stories, especially my girls, so they think it is neat that they can practice their handwriting skills with Pinocchio, and practice rhyming with the Three Little Pigs. My favorite feature to this cartridge is that there is a progressive reading option, so both my girls can work on different levels, and can challenge themselves when they need to. There is also a phonics section with Princess and the Frog and a recording feature that lets your kids record themselves reading out loud which has been a blast. Purchase this new cartridge HERE!

Disclosure: I received sample product from VTech for this review. These opinions are 100%.


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