Friday, December 9, 2016

Donate to Goodwill this Holiday Season

#donatestuffcreatejobs
Are you ready for Christmas? Just kidding. Or maybe not? Some people are wonderful at organizing, list creating, and shopping throughout the year. Others still haven’t started – and may not start for another few weeks! We love you either way. I promise. So, if you haven’t started shopping, or still have some left to do – I have the perfect place for you to start – or finish. Goodwill. Yes, you heard me right. Goodwill has a huge selection of gently used items that would be perfectly suited to your new repurposing project, white elephant Christmas gift, books, movies – you name it! All while keeping yourself on a thrifty budget. From furniture, picture frames, fabrics, accessories and even collectibles, they are sure to have something you are looking for! A stroll around your local store might even give you a little bit of that inspiration you need to clean out your own closets and find new fun things for yourself. No matter where you are in your Christmas shopping, or life in general, one major reality is that there are people with disabilities and disadvantages directly in your community who need assistance. Many of them need career counseling, on-the-job training, résumé preparation, financial planning classes, and other services. And YOU can help them easier than you may realize.
So how do you help? Goodwill sells donated goods through more than 3,200 stores across the United States and Canada, and channels more than 85 percent of sales revenue to provide those services to people who are unemployed or underemployed. They also provide on the job training and help those who need it find jobs to better their lives. How many of you do your shopping online? Probably at least 80% of us, right? When you shop online this holiday season, many major retailers will send your purchase in a Give Back Box, which will enable you to donate items to your local Goodwill at no cost to you! How easy is that, seriously? It is much easier than you think to make a difference! Give Back Box® provides vendor services to retailers and charities, allowing each and every cardboard box a second life to help people in need. So it is also a 'green' solution! Reuse your online shipping boxes in which you received your purchases, or any other cardboard box you may have, to donate your unwanted household items: such as gently used clothing, shoes etc., to make a major difference in the life of another person. This program gives every cardboard box a second life to help people in need. Some of the international partners in support of the Give Back Box are Ann Inc, Asics, Ann Taylor Loft, Overstock, Dockers, Levis, Bon Ton and StyleUpGirl.com. These retailers are leading the way towards finding innovative solutions to widespread social and economic issues. You can see all of the participating retailers at givebackbox.com.  goodwill-insta002 So, get up and get started now! People are counting on your shopping and your donations.

Holiday Gift Guide - Polaroid's Snap Touch Camera #Giveaway #PrintItForward


The Polaroid Snap Touch Instant Print Digital Camera With LCD Display makes it fun, quick, and easy to snap, record, edit, print, and share all of your holiday moments via bluetooth connectivity to the Polaroid app or the built-in instant printer! Its 3.5” LCD screen allows you to zoom, enable HD video, set the auto timer, or add filters, borders and stickers to your photo or video, before it’s even taken. 

● Choose to print or share each photo via the Polaroid app and social media right away or save to the camera’s SD card for later 
● Quickly print vibrant, full-of-life, high-quality instant prints with ZINK zero ink print technology, on a 2x3” smudge proof, peel-back adhesive paper, making each instant print a sticker 
● Available in 6 colors (white, black, red, pink, blue, purple) to appeal to everyone on your list! 
● The Snap Touch Instant Print Digital Camera is available for $179.99 on Amazon.com and at major retailers like Macy’s, Target, Best Buy, and Walmart. 





The #PrintItForward  Holiday Giveaway


#PRINTitFORWARD Holiday Giveaways! Through December 31st, Polaroid is making one lucky winner's holiday wish come true! When you post your favorite holiday photo on social media with the hashtag #PrintItForward, you are automatically entered to win your own Snap Touch camera. A new winner is selected every day, so keep posting those holiday photos!

My Thoughts

As a blogger, having a good camera is a necessity. Seeing that adorable outfit on my kids or capturing them playing with a new toy might be just the thing that grabs my audience's attention. I also love posting pictures of my kids on Instagram, but I sort of miss the days when I had physical photos to show off when people stopped by to visit. Polaroid's Snap Touch  was perfect for all my needs, and it comes in fun and trendy colors
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First off the Snap Touch is a compact model that I can easily slip into my handbag so I have it whenever I want to capture a special moment. It's also extremely easy to use. There aren't tons of pieces. You can charge it by plugging one end of the cable into the camera and the other into the outlet. The same wire can be used to download your images. 



When it comes to features, there are almost too many to mention. Battery life is outstanding. It takes less than an hour to get a full charge, and it lasts for days at a time. Digital images come out beautiful in all types of lighting and settings. Plus, it has all kinds of bonus features that allow you to add effects and graphics to enhance your images.




Of course, the best part about this camera, and what makes it stand apart from the rest, is that you have the ability to print your pictures instantly. To anyone as old as I am, this shouldn't be a surprise. My Polaroid was an important part of my high school years in the early 90s. I remember waving them around to try to get the pictures to materialize faster. You don't need to worry about that anymore. These adorable wallet size pictures come out perfect in just seconds and give me tangible memories that I won't lose if my computer crashes.



Bottom line: this camera is the perfect choice for anyone who likes to keep things simple, yet still achieve beautiful imagery that can create lasting memories both online and off.  

The Giveaway

One lucky winner is going to receive a  Polaroid Snap Touch Camera of their own.To enter, simply fill out the giveaway tools  form below. Open to the US only. Giveaway will end  12/28/16 at  11:59 est. The winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to reply. Thanks again to ythe sponsor for offering this fantastic prize.



Lego Star Wars Freemaker Season One


Join the Freemakers in their spectacular first season of LEGO Star Wars Adventures.

Taking place between the events of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, these new adventures follow a family of scavengers who build and sell starships from battle debris strewn throughout the galaxy. When their youngest discovers a natural connection with the Force through an ancient artifact – the Kyber Saber –he and his family are thrown into an epic struggle against the Empire to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy. The Freemakers explore new worlds, meet new and familiar characters and discover the strength of family. Relive all 13 action-packed episodes in LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Season One.


Bonus Features: The Freemaker Adventures: Meet the Freemaker Family – Get to know the members of your favorite family of celestial scavengers – and meet the actors who bring them to life – in this fun collection of clips, behind-the-scenes footage and cast interviews!


My Thoughts

This series merges my son's two favorite things--Star Wars and Legos. All this favorite characters come to life in an exciting new way when he watches the Lego figures acting out a whole new Star Wars legend including villains like Darth Vader and Jaba the Hut.  The series follows a family of scavengers. After they discover a magical artifact,  they are somewhat unwillingly thrown into the battle of the rebellion. The season includes 13 episodes:



A Hero Discovered
The Mines of Graballa
Zander's Joyride
The Lost Treasure of Cloud City
Peril on Kashyyyk
Crossing Paths
Race on Tatooine
The Test
The Kyber Saber Crystal Chase
The Maker of Zoh
Showdown on Hoth
Duel of Destiny
Return of the Kyber Saber

Bonus Features


Freemaker Salvage and Repair
The Freemaker Adventures: Meet the Freemaker Family

This was a fun series and a great addition to Star Wars Legend.  In addition to all the exciting episodes. the DVD set also came with a a set of collectible magnets!  This series is definitely tons of fun for the whole family.



Holiday Gift Guide - Yoobi



This holiday season, let Yoobi help you stuff your stocking with craft supplies kids will enjoy all year long. They have everything you need to spread the holiday cheer. Here are just a few of our favorite products which include highlighters, stamps, colored pencils, erasers and more.












My kids had a great time making cards for all her family and friends using Yoobi's art supplies. 
These awesome colorful products are sold exclusively at Target and are also available at Yoobi.com


In addition to providing all these fabulous art supplies, Yoobi also gives back to the community. Many kids in the U.S. don’t have access to basic school supplies, unless teachers pay for them out of their own pocket. Through Yoobi’s partnership with the Kids In Need Foundation they distribute Yoobi Classroom Packs all across the U.S. to the kids that need them the most.  If you'd like to learn more about Yoobi and all the products they offer, be sure to visit their website or follow them on social media. 

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Elena of Avalor: Ready to Rule DVD



Disney’s newest princess comes to DVD with the release of Elena of Avalor: Ready to Rule just in time for the Holidays!  Join Elena as she learns about being a princess who will one day become a queen and rule her kingdom. She’s saved her kingdom from an evil sorceress who was trying to destroy Avalor, but that was the easy part!  Elena's journey leads her to understand that her new role requires thoughtfulness, resilience and compassion, the traits of all truly great leaders.

This DVD is packed with laughs, new characters to cherish, and heart, Elena of Avalor: Ready to Rule is a must-own for the entire family! Includes Four Full Episodes and a FREE Exclusive Projecting Scepter – A Great Holiday Gift! Bring home this charming series on Disney DVD December 6th!

Set in the enchanted fairytale land of Avalor, "Elena of Avalor" tells the story of Elena, a brave and adventurous teenager who has saved her kingdom from an evil sorceress and must now learn to rule as crown princess until she is old enough to be queen. Elena's journey leads her to understand that her new role requires thoughtfulness, resilience and compassion, the traits of all truly great leaders.


My Thoughts

Elena of Avalor has become one of my daughter's favorite shows. It's a spin off of Sophia the First, because Elena actually came out of Sophia's locket. She had been trapped inside the locket for over forty years after an evil sorceress killed her parents and took over her kingdom.  Luckily, Sophia is able to figure out how to free her. Together, they defeat the sorceress, and soon, Elena is ruling the kingdom with the help of her grandparents and sister who had been trapped inside a painting all these years.  These DVD set includes 3 episodes:

First Day Of Rule and Model Sister (Full length adventure)
All  Heated Up
Island of Youth

This is such a great show. I love seeing a strong female character ruling the land, without any prince having to come to her rescue. Every episode is filled with fun songs and you even get to learn some Mexican traditions. We hope this show is around for many years to come. This DVD also includes a free projection scepter just like Elena's, This would make a great gift for any Elena fans.


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Mom Faves Holiday Giveaway #giftguide #mommyscene


Mom Faves multi-brand holiday giveaway and gift ideas - Mommy Scene
We know moms work hard to make Christmas special for their families. This Mom Faves Holiday Giveaway coordinated by Mommy Scene features great gift ideas to keep moms healthy, happy, pampered, and moisturized! One lucky winner will win them all! Giveaway ends December 18th, 2016.

Mom Faves Prize List

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Aurorae Printed Yoga Mat
How to Raise Great Kids - 101 Fun & Easy Ideas
Moon Valley Organics Herbal Heal Gift Set: Herbal Heal, Moon Melt Lotion Bar, Herbal Lip Balm
Signs.com Custom Canvas 12" x 12" print
Duo Diary Health Journal
Revelae Kids Yummi Pouch Cloth Snack Bags
CiPU Diaper Bag in Heather Grey
Paperless Post 1,000 coins (Retail Value $90)
The Picket Fence $50 gift certificate
This giveaway is coordinated by Mommy Scene, sponsored by the participating brands, and is open to US entries ages 18 and older. No purchase required to enter. 1 winner will be randomly chosen and contacted through e-mail, and their name displayed on the giveaway page after the giveaway ends on December 18, 2016. Mommy Scene and participating blogs are not responsible for fulfilling brand-sponsored prizes. Prizes will be shipped directly from each brand. Have fun and good luck!
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Spread the Happy with Nutella #SpreadtheHappy


Nutella knows that the spirit of the holiday season isn't about getting fancy gifts. It's about spreading joy. With that thought in mind, they have created a series of videos to show you some amazing people who "Spread the Happy" in the most touching ways. It's the little things that mean the most, and these videos prove just that. I dare you to watch one without breaking into a smile or getting a little teary eyed.


 In the first video, a little girl in Brooklyn spreads a little happiness by handing out cupcakes to her local garage collector.


The next video brings us a pop band made up of four siblings who are spreading the love with their music. This is my personal favorite because my own brother is a pop singer.




 In the third video we meet  Marty and Seon Burbank.. This delightful duo invested their own money to help a kindergarten class.  That is really paying it forward!  



Last but not least, get to know Mr. Nelson and Mr. Joyner. These inspiring men run a local youth group that teaches kids how rewarding it can be to do some good and spread the happy.

If any of these videos made you smile, don't keep those good feelings to yourself! Hit the share button, and "Spread the Happy" with the the people you care about. The last few months there has been way too much negativity on social media. It's time to change that.  Let's make happiness go viral this holiday season.