Gifts for kids 2017

Gifts for kids

We have some cute and exciting gift for kids this year.  I also got a little help from an expert, to bring you some of the hot toys out there.  My nephew and I have searched high and low to bring you great gifts at all different price points.

 

Flip Zee Girls

Flip Zee Girls

These beautiful dolls go from little swaddled cute babies to full size cute girls.  They have a style of their own.  If you are looking for a great gift for little her than look no farther.  You can get Flip Zee Girls Here for $9.99 + S&H and you can even get a bonus prize when you order. to see the full review head here

 

Playbrites

Playbrites

We love our Playbrite friend and are excited to add more to our collection.  They are fun to play with and really do help my little guy get a good night’s sleep. They light up and you can even change faces with other ones This little guy will be $19.99 + S&H.  Head here to see the full review

 

Great Holiday Movies For Your Kids

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It’s a great way to keep them excited about the holidays without breaking the bank. You can buy any of these great titles here  .  To see the full review head here

 A cute puppy play house.  play time with this beautiful Puppy Dog Pals doll playset from Puppy Dog Pals. For ages 3 and up cost at time of this post is $39.99 head here to check it out

call or text up to 10 people that are preprogramed. Interactive and secure, GizmoGadget by LG keeps you connected with a bright 1.3–inch touchscreen. This wearable allows you to call up to 10 contacts and receive calls from them. Send short messages to GizmoGadget and locate it on a map from your phone. It’s even waterproof*. Only from Verizon. Available in Red or Navy.

 

 

 

 

A few of the top toys you can find on amazon These are all nephew approved

 

 

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Great Holiday Movies For Your Kids from NCircle

I love Holiday movies.  I will be watching them from November 1st all the way till New Years.  I love that now they have some great ones for my little one with charters that he already loves.  These three movies will not only help teach your kids great lessons, but they will also help get them into the holiday spirit.  I love wrapping them up and giving them for special presents before the holidays.  It’s a great way to keep them excited about the holidays without breaking the bank. You can buy any of these great titles here 

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A Very Awesome Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Holiday Show!
There’s only one thing more fun than Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! And the holidays – putting them together! Join DJ Lance Rock, Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex and Toodee as they dance, sing and decorate the tree to prepare for the arrival of Santa Claus! Filmed live at New York City’s the Beacon Theater, celebrate the season with the colorful cast of characters singing their hits, including ‘It’s Wintertime,’ ‘Every Snowflake’s Different, Just Like You’ and a holiday version of everyone’s favorite ‘Party in my Tummy!’ Including special appearances by superstar Leslie Hall and the one and only Santa Claus! Snowflakes are falling and we can hardly wait!

 

Sonic Christmas Blast

Santa Claus announces his retirement on television and the public is shocked! But it’s Santa’s replacement Robotropolis who has everyone worried. It seems Robotropolis has his own ideas and instead of giving boys and girls gifts Robotropolis would rather receive them. Join Sonic the Hedgehog in an adventure to rescue the spirit of Christmas and bring joy back to the world!

 

Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab: Twas the Night Before Liftoff
Unknown to the world, Thomas Edison built a secret lab where he invented a virtual version of himself and a steampunk robot named Von Bolt. Years later, Angie, a twelve-year-old science prodigy, discovers the lab. When an old friend of Edison’s visits the lab and asks the Secret Lab Kids to help him with an urgent, top-secret project, they have to follow him through a wormhole to get to his own secret lab. Who could this mysterious friend be and what is this top secret project during the holiday season?

I got these free in exchange for an honest review.

 

Girls on your list will love Flip Zee Girls

Flip Zee Girls

Do you have a girl on your list?  Shopping for girls has always been hard for me.  We have a family full of boys, so when I have to buy for a girl I am always thrown off.    Flip Zee Girls is a perfect gift for girls over four years of age.

These toys are not only cute but they are fun to play with.  I love that you can buy a few sets and they can create their own world with them.  Each charter is a little bit different so they will want to collect them all.

Flip Zee Girls

These beautiful dolls go from little swaddled cute babies to full size cute girls.  They have a style of their own.  If you are looking for a great gift for little her than look no farther.  You can get Flip Zee Girls Here for $9.99 + S&H and you can even get a bonus prize when you order.  You cannot beat that price.

Flip Zee Girls       Flip Zee Girls

I got this free in exchange for an honest review.

How Have a Thrifty Family Christmas

It the most wonderful time of the year – except for anyone struggling to make ends meet. There’s no doubt about it: Christmas is an expensive time for all families, whatever their financial situation. Expectations are high, gift prices are extortionate, and grocery lists are never-ending.

 

Over the years, December has evolved into a blowout celebration that many of us just can’t afford. The pressure of making Christmas magical for our kids makes it feel like financial strain is unavoidable, but there is another way.

 

To avoid spending too much or getting into debt this year, here are five ways to get creative and enjoy a thrifty family Christmas.

 

Homemade Gifts

 

One of the easiest ways to save yourself money this Christmas is by making your gifts, cards and decorations yourself. Rather than forking out for pricey gifts, why not search online for some thrifty “jar gift” ideas and recycle your old jam and coffee containers in the process? When it comes to Christmas cards, don’t worry if you’re not a dab hand at crafts: you can use an online card creator and send your seasons greetings electronically. You should also check Pinterest for creative homemade decorations.

 

Christmas Trees

 

Schools, colleges and office buildings tend to shift their trees before breaking up for the holidays, so why not ask around to see if you could find a recycled one? It might mean waiting a little longer than your neighbors, but as long as you have it up in time for Christmas, you’ll get to display a beautiful tree without paying through the nose.   

 

Secret Santa

 

Organizing a secret Santa with your family will mean you only have to buy one thoughtful gift instead of ten. Rather than everybody going home with piles of presents they don’t want or need, you can all save yourselves time and money by only buying for one recipient and setting a price limit. Obviously, young children might receive more than one gift, but for the adults, you can cut costs and negate the need for stressful Christmas shopping. Use an online secret Santa generator to keep things top secret.

 

Recycled Gift Wrap

 

Stockpile your gift wrap each year, and you will save yourself the hassle and expense of buying it new. Just make sure you unwrap your gifts carefully and remove tape and bows before storing. Alternatively, brown parcel paper is incredibly cheap to buy in bulk, and with a festive bow or some crafty decoration, it can look just as good as pricey wrapping paper. You can also keep ribbons, gift tags, and even Christmas cards and look for creative ways to upcycle them.

 

Food Contributions

 

Just because you’re hosting Christmas, that doesn’t mean you have to tackle the enormous expense on your own. Ask each of your guests to bring a food contribution, and you’ll have a delicious, makeshift Christmas dinner. It goes without saying that you’ll save money by making puddings yourself rather than buying pre-made cakes, but don’t go overboard as all those ingredients can quickly tot up.

 

Christmas can be an expensive time, but by following these five thrifty tips, you can save your family money this year. Not only will you alleviate some of the stress of the holidays, but you’ll be in a much better position to start saving for a vacation when January comes around!

How to Care For Yourself When You’re Caring For Others

It seems ironic, doesn’t it? Nurses are educated and trained to care for the health of other people, attend to their needs, and use their expertise in health to improve other’s – and it’s easy to assume that taking care of their own health should be easy enough.

 

Those who don’t know anything about the long shifts and hectic days of a nurse may think it’s simple to squeeze in a bit of me-time in between all the caring, but it’s really not, and many new nurses are finding it difficult to stay on top of their own health goals.


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It’s kind of like mental health care workers experiencing compassion fatigue and neglecting their own psychological needs, just with the difference being that graduate nurses have very little time to attend to their health even if they wanted to. Here’s a quick guide to how you can prioritize yourself as well as a few motivation boosters to get you started.

 

Sleep, first of all

 

We tend to talk about exercise and a balanced diet when preaching health measures, and it’s true that they go hand-in-hand when you’d like to be healthy. Sleep should always be mentioned together with these two, though, and sufficient amount of hours in dreamland is equally important as any exercise routine – especially for nurses. You work long hours, often night-shifts, and the stress of the job can even make it difficult to fall asleep when you actually have the chance.

 

Learn coping mechanisms for when you need to work night shifts and prepare your brain for the new sleep patterns. It means that you have to sleep during the daytime, shut the sun out, and even understand the power of a quick nap during your shifts. Without enough sleep, you won’t be the super-nurse you intended to be, and your patients will have to do without the superior care you could have given if you had eight hours of sleep.

 

Talk with the leadership

 

If you feel fatigued from the long hours, itchy from the overwashing, and emotionally drained from working with people in need, it’s time to have a chat with the management. In many cases, they’ll try to help you out and to find solutions to your daily problems – and they certainly should, seeing that an unhealthy nurse will be less focused and at a risk of making major mistakes when treating patients.

 

It’s a good idea to talk to them if you’re considering to boost your career with an online RN to BSN as well as they might be able to tailor your shifts so that a degree is possible. Many nurses want to progress by taking another degree later on, and it’s important that you don’t burn out by trying to juggle everything at once.

 

While you’re still a busy nurse, it’s vital that the leadership accommodates for recess and activity throughout the day. Take time to stretch, laugh, and talk to your coworkers; all of this will boost your immune system and put you in a better position for providing excellent care for your patients.

 

Tons of fun for your kids Playbrites

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Playbrites        Playbrites

I knew when I first saw Playbrites that little guy would go nuts for it.  He likes to have a ton of stuff in the room at night that lights up.  He has had night terrors for as long as we can remember.  When he has friends in the bed and on the table, that light up, it really does make it easier for him.

Playbrites     Playbrites

This cute little guy comes in six different charters.  The bunny, kitty, puppy, dragon, shark and a unicorn.  You all know I am going to have to buy the unicorn for me.  I love that the faces are interchangeable.  So, if you buy s few different ones your kids can make their own charter.

Playbrites

The pieces store right inside your Playbrite friend and there is a carrying handle.  Also for those parents that are worries that they will stay on all night these have an automatic shut off.

Playbrites

We love our Playbrite friend and are excited to add more to our collection.  They are fun to play with and really do help my little guy get a good night’s sleep.  He makes sure his friend is with him every night.  If you are looking for a great present for a little one in your life that will not break the bank this is one of our top picks this year. This little guy will be $19.99 + S&H

Playbrites

I got this free in exchange for an honest review.

The One Tool You Must Have In The Kitchen

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I have said for years that weather you are just learning or becoming a master cook you need to start with one key item.  Your knife set is going to be your number one tool in the kitchen.  You can spend years collecting the top of the line for everything else in the kitchen, but you have to have good knives.  You are going to use these from the prep all the way till the presentation of your food.

         

The last thing you want to do is struggle to cut the simplest thing.  When you struggle to cut the simplest things how on earth are you going to cut the difficult things.  For us I use bacon in a lot of my cooking.  For a while I did not have the best knife set and to cut up even one pound of bacon would take forever.  When I am going to be cooking for hours I don’t want to waste time on just the prep.

This knife set cut right through the bacon like it was butter.  I had the bacon ready in no time.  When cutting tomatoes, it sliced right threw.  The skins were no problem.  When cutting onions my tears were a whole lot less.  If you have a sharp knife when cutting onions, you will truly see a difference.  I loved that these knifes also came with their own cover.  I could now set these right into my drawer and no worries about reaching in and cutting my hand.  It is also great to protect the ceramic knives.

As I always say to clean a good knife set make sure you clean them by hand.  Don’t throw them in the dish washer.  It really only takes a few extra seconds to clean them and dry them so why take the chance of them getting tossed around in the washer.

If you know someone that loves to cook, or you just need a little help for your holiday meal make sure to check out Chef’s Foundry P600 Knife set.   They are really going to make a difference in your game.

The Importance of a Brand and How to Build One

Building a brand that stands out from the crowd is no easy task. Whether you have years of business acumen and a large team behind you, or are just starting out from the comfort of your own home, a brand is more than just a name and logo. Your brand reflects your entire business.

A successful brand encompasses all areas of your business, from the font or colors that you use across your company website, to how your store is laid out and presented to your consumers. However, you won’t be able to build your brand without being consistent. First and foremost, you will need to establish what feelings or sentiments you want your brand to evoke. Just like large companies such as Coca-Cola, M&Ms or Apple, you need to make sure that you know exactly which elements drive your branding. Then you can start building.

Establish your place in the market

In order to grow your brand, you need to start thinking of your business as one. While this might seem quite unusual at first, living and breathing your brand will help you better identify any faults or weaknesses in your branding strategy. To establish your brand as the number one authority in your area, you need to make sure that your branding is watertight. Now is the time to review if you have enough funding to give your logo a makeover or perhaps your tone of voice is letting you down too. In order to establish your place in the market, you need to make sure that your brand is meeting your company objectives. A weak brand causes more harm than good to company reputation.

Review your branding

Now you can begin to review your company’s branding. Make sure that you perform an online audit to check that all of your social media channels and company website use consistent branding and colors. Next, if you have a store or point of sale, make sure that your branding and logo are consistently used throughout your store. If you consider Apple’s stores, for example, they are consistent with regards to their décor and layout; to them, they use simplicity. Your company, therefore, needs to adopt the same attitude. Ensure all your stores are similar with their décor; you want your customers to recognize your brand and be drawn in. For ways to showcase your stock, websites such as aaadisplays.com provide a range of fixtures and displays to give your retail store a much needed makeover.

Once you have ensured that your branding is consistent both online, and at any points of sale or customer interaction, you can begin to grow your brand. Now’s the time to make sure that your workforce are supporting your branding efforts through uniformity.

Watch your brand grow

Building and developing your brand doesn’t stop with creating a logo or giving your firm an online audit. You need to ensure that your employees continue to protect and preserve your brand in the long term. From customer service representatives, to packaging and email responses, your branding needs to remain at the forefront of your colleagues’ minds. However, it’s important to remember that you will never gain 100 percent control over how your brand is received. This all depends on your employees and the efforts that you make to promote brand awareness and engagement internally.

The hard work is now up to you, so make sure that you use the above tools and tricks to ensure that your brand remains successful and recognized for many years to come.

Get Healthy with Ninja Intelli-Sense

Are you always trying to eat healthier? If you are like me you are always trying, but it really is very time consuming and very expensive.  All the different machines you need then all the counter space.  It really does get to be way too much some times.  Then Ninja came along and said let us take care of that for you.  They came out with a fantastic combo machine that will do almost everything in one base.

Let me tell you a little bit about this awesome system.  It comes with 1 base and 4 different tops to work with.  The blender cup, The blender pitcher, the spiralizer and the processor.  Whenever you put a top on the base, the base will sense which one it is and change the setting accordingly.  This is amazing.

I love that if I am making a smoothie for myself I can use the single cup and just click on the lid.  Its ready to go.  When I want to make enough for the whole family I can use the picture.   The processor was just like having a whole different food processor.  It worked fantastic, but took up a whole lot less room.  I was truly impressed with how easy this was to use.  I really could not make a mistake the system was right on with everything.  Just click the button and I was done.

The only difficult thing about this Ninja Intelli-Sense System was deciding where it should go in the Holiday Gift Guide.  This is truly one of those gifts that would make a perfect gift for almost anyone on your list.  Even my 7-year-old on loves it.

I got this free in exchange for an honest review

Deep House Cleaning: the Forgotten Places That You’ve Neglected to Wash

When’s the last time you gave your home a seriously good clean? When was the last time you brought out the dust mask to prevent all the mites you’re disturbing from affecting your lungs? If you haven’t taken out all of the serious tools and safety gear for a long time, then there’s a good chance that your house isn’t as clean as it seems. For germaphobes, this is a frightening idea, but for others, it’s simply just disturbing.

 

If you really want to give your home the deep cleaning that it deserves, then here are a couple of tips that will help you clean even the dirtiest and most forgotten areas that are in desperate need of a wash.

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Bathroom

 

Many people think that bathrooms don’t need much cleaning because of all the hot steam and soap that splashes everywhere. Unfortunately, that couldn’t be further from the truth. In addition to grime being a persistent problem for most people’s bathrooms, there are also other smaller parts of your bathroom that you’re probably overlooking.

 

 

  • Bathroom mat. The bathroom mat is a surprisingly overlook area of the home that could harbour lots of bacteria. When you get in and out of the shower or bath, your feet are sweaty and could cause the bath mat to develop mildew if you’re not careful. Throw out your bathroom mat if it’s beyond recognisable and in future, make sure you wash your bathroom mats at least once a week.
  • Shower curtains. Shower curtains can also start to small if they’re left unattended. Simply throw them in the washing machine and use a temporary replacement.
  • Faucets. Faucets can build up a nasty deposit of minerals if left unchecked, so consider giving them a good clean on both the inside and outside.
  • Shower head. Your shower head follows the same concept as the faucet. If it’s being barraged with hard water on a regular basis, then it will start to generate mineral deposits that could reduce the efficiency of the shower head.
  • Toothbrush holder. Although all it does is hold your toothbrushes, the germs and bacteria that could be laying on the teeth of the brush could spread to other toothbrushes.
  • Soap dish. Damp soap eventually turns nasty. It could leave behind some residue and it can start to stick to the dishes, making it annoying to clean on a regular basis.

 

 

Kitchen

 

The kitchen is a prime example of a location in the house that you absolutely do not want to be infested with germs. It’s important to practice kitchen safety tips that will keep your worktops clean, free of bacteria and safe to use for cooking.

 

 

  • Kitchen cabinets. Your hands probably touch the cabinet handles on a daily basis. It’s never a bad idea to give these cabinets a clean because we touch them virtually every day. Clear out the kitchen cabinets of anything that is out of date or unusable while you’re wiping down the cabinets.
  • Pantry. It’s a good idea to clear out anything that you find in the pantry so it’s easier to clean, and you might find some hidden gems as well like long-forgotten candy bars and chocolate.
  • Sink drain. Just stop and think of all the garbage and trash that you stick down the sink drain. It will eventually get clogged, so why not clear it out? Simply pour some cleaning solution down the sink and it will loosen up all the debris so that the water can wash it out.
  • Fridge and freezer. Fridges and freezers can start to look nasty if you’ve spilt one too many things. It’s important to use the right tools in order to clean your fridge and freezer, and it’s recommended to defrost the ice in your freezer every few months to prevent it from building up too much excess ice.
  • Dishwasher. Your dishwasher needs to be cleaned as well. Despite it being filled with water and cleaning solution during its use, you’ll still need to use separate cleaning solutions that can make it easier to clean up.

 

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Bedroom

 

Bedrooms might not seem like the place to worry about deep cleaning, but there are many locations in your bedroom that could be infested with bacteria, and pests like bed bugs and spiders might be lurking in the shadows, ready to pounce when you’re fast asleep.

 

 

  • Carpets. Bedrooms are prime candidates for carpet use. Sadly, it takes a lot of time to clean carpets, so you might want to consider a professional service instead of doing it yourself.
  • Blinds. If you use blinds, there’s a good chance that they’re absolutely filthy and caked with dust. Use something like a duster or a sock to loosen the dust, then use a vacuum cleaner to suck the dust away.
  • Bedding and mattress. Your bedding and mattress will need regular cleaning to ensure that the sweat (and subsequently bacteria) doesn’t have a chance to seep in and do damage. In addition, lazy habits could result in pests such as bed bugs, and you’ll need to contact professionals like SmoothQuotes in order to get rid of bedroom pests.
  • Lampshades. Lampshades are absolute dust magnets. Get rid of the dust by using a lint roller or by taking a handheld vacuum to it.
  • Closet. If you haven’t given your closet a good clean in several years, then you may want to double check the inside to see if there aren’t any dead insects, pests or anything that was thrown in and forgotten.

 

 

Living Room

 

If you or anyone else in your family spends a lot of time in the living room, then there’s no doubt that it has become a potential breeding ground for bacteria and other germs. To give your living room the deep clean that it needs, here are some of the spots that you may have missed on your last clean.

 

 

  • Carpets. The living room typically sees a lot of use and this means lots of foot traffic. If you’re only using carpets or rubs for certain parts of your home then this isn’t as bad as it sounds.
  • Remote controls. Remote controls are picked up by every family member and friend, and if they’ve been eating, scratching their nose or picking their skin, then there’s a good chance that your remote controls have become Petri dishes of bac
  • Television. The television itself attracts a lot of dust, so it’s crucial to wipe down the back in addition to blowing out all of the dust from the exhausts so keep it clean.
  • Sofas. If you’ve ever spilled something on your sofa and you didn’t get up straight away to clean it, then it’s probably already too late. The stains might be removable with some elbow grease, but it’s probably better to speak with a professional that handles stain removal, or you could attempt a DIY stain removal solution.
  • Houseplants. Don’t forget about your houseplants either. They can easily start to pick up dirt and grime, and if they aren’t cleaned or at least wiped on a regular basis, the dust could interrupt their growth.

 

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Study or Home Office

 

Your study can serve a number of different purposes. For most people, it’s all about storing things like books and keeping a computer in the room for both recreation and study. However, the way you use your study could be turning it into a germ-infested room.

 

 

  • Computer keyboard. Our fingers can get dirty, and if we’re going to be typing away on a keyboard then it’s a good idea to clean your fingers so the dirt, sweat and grime don’t spread across the keys.
  • Computer monitor. Much like a television screen, your computer monitor is going to need a lot of dusting and cleaning if you’ve neglected it recently. It will help improve the lifespan of the monitor and also make consuming content much more enjoyable because the screen is clearer.
  • Computer tower. Your computer tower is going to constantly spit out dust and hot air, so try and keep your computer tower on the floor if possible. This will give you lots of extra space on your desk and makes it look more presentable.
  • Bookshelves. If you have a large collection of books or magazines, then it’s never a bad idea to cover it and install new shelves to store them in.
  • Desks. Lastly, we can’t forget about your desk. If you eat on your desk, work on it and even occasionally spill drinks on it, then you’ll want to give your desk a good clean because it could be caked with different bacteria, dirt and grime.

 

 

Hopefully, these deep house cleaning tips have given you some insight into the lengths we have to go to really give your home a complete clean. While a clean surface is good for appearances, the real problem lies beneath the surface in the form of mildew, mold and bacteria that is usually invisible to the human eye. Give your house a proper full inspection before you decide to invest in cleaning it even more deeply.