Dec 102013
 

In some instances below I received product samples. Others I just love! All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Christmas is only a little over 2 weeks away.  While I’m usually done most of my shopping by now, I’m often just starting the hunt for stocking stuffers.  For some reason even though stocking stuffers are some of my favorite gifts to give and receive, they always end up last on the end of purchases.  Here are some last minute stocking stuffers to help you finish up your lists.

Band-Aid & Neosporin Products

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers: Band-Aid & Neosporin Brands

I always remember getting boxes of Band-Aids with fun characters on them in my stockings.  This year will be no different for my own family members.  Between the fun fashion designs and the characters like Jake & the Neverland Pirates and TMNT, there’s a choice for everyone.  Band-Aid Friction Block will be going in both Ashley and my SIL’s stockings; my SIL is a teacher and Ashley will be starting her teaching job in the fall so both of them will be on their feet a lot! Continue reading »

Dec 072013
 

Thank you to the Gaylord Opryland for providing accommodations and tickets to ICE!.  All thoughts and words are my own.

Our family has always talked about going to see the lights at the Gaylord Opryland just outside of Nashville, Tennessee.  We enjoy driving around and seeing our local light displays; we even once visited a display set to music.  And the Gaylord Opryland also has other fun holiday events, like a Shrek Holiday Feast, ICE! Featuring Frosty the Snowman, shops, a nativity, and more.

So when the lovely folks at the hotel offered for us to come down and check out the ICE! Featuring Frosty the Snowman display, we of course accepted.  I thought Bubbles would get a kick out of the brightly-colored ice figurines and spending a night on such a beautiful property sounded great, too.  And as the Gaylord Opryland is within convenient driving distance from us, it was a good fit to go.

Gaylord Opryland

Waterfall in the Cascades Atrium of the Gaylord Opryland

Cascades American Cafe at the Gaylord Opryland

After checking in, we wound our way up through a beautiful indoor atrium in what is called the Cascades area.  It’s aptly named as there’s actually a cascading waterfall on one side of the atrium.  On the other is one the hotel’s main restaurants, the Cascades American Cafe.  The dress is casual – the seating is open to the atrium – and upon check in it was the eatery recommended to us as one of the most family-friendly spots in the hotel. Continue reading »

Dec 032013
 

I received Elf Magic Christmas Elf to help start a family Christmas tradition.  All thoughts and words are my own.

I think establishing family traditions is really important.  It’s something that bonds your family together and gives you situations you can look back on over time and recall together.  Growing up my parents provided us with lots of special family traditions, especially around the holidays.

Many of those traditions I’ll be continuing with my own family in years to come, but Bubbles is on the young side to understand or appreciate most of them.  I did think it would be fun to invite a Christmas Elf to visit us as a way to help her understand the Santa-side of Christmas.  When I saw the Elf Magic Elves I thought their soft, huggable bodies made them the best choice for introducing a Christmas Elf tradition to a toddler.

Start a Christmas Tradition with a Christmas Elf - Elf Magic Elves #ElfMagic

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Nov 142013
 

I received copies of these two Disney holiday classics in order to facilitate my review.  All thoughts and words are my own.

Christmas and Disney are two of my very favorite things.  And any time the two are married together, I’m even happier.  So when I saw that two of my favorite Disney Christmas movies were now available on Blu-ray Combo Packs, I knew I needed to add them to our holiday classics collection.

Winnie the Pooh A Very Merry Pooh Year

Watching Holiday Classics with Disney Buddies

When our DVDs arrived I gave Bubbles the choice of which one she would like to watch first.  She chose Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year which I have seen but she had not.  We, of course, had to snuggle with her Christmas-themed Pooh and Eeyore while we watched. Continue reading »

Oct 262013
 

Thank you to Cuddle Barn for providing a Grandma Cookie Bear to add some Christmas cheer to our table.  All words and opinions are 100% my own.

Decorating for Christmas has been kind of a big deal my whole life.  For as long as I can remember, my parents went out of their way to make the season special for us.  The excitement would start when my father headed upstairs to drag the huge boxes of Christmas decorations and ornaments down from the attic.  We’d then usually bundle up and head out to the woods on our property to cut our trees, including a mini one for each of the kids’ bedrooms.

I’m thankful that I married someone that not only indulges me but also enjoys decorating for the season, as well.  We usually put the tree and other decorations up the week of Thanksgiving.  Putting things up just a bit early allows Ashley to participate.  After the short Thanksgiving break they have, she doesn’t usually get home again until the semester ends just before Christmas.

The Talking Grandma Cookie Bear from Cuddle Barn is a Sweet #Christmas Decoration

This year we have an adorable new addition to our Christmas decorations.  The Grandma Cookie Bear from Cuddle Barn recently came to live with us and will likely be claiming a spot in our dining room.  It seems like an appropriate place for a bear that likes to bake! Continue reading »