Jul 162013
 

Filling stockings at Christmastime is one of my favorite parts of the whole holiday.  There were many stocking traditions in my family.  Some evolved over time and some are still a tradition to this day.

As kids, we each had a stocking hanging in our bedrooms; they usually only had one or two items in them but they were great for kicking off the excitement as soon as our feet hit the floor.  Then we moved downstairs to the tree, where our stockings – beautiful, hand-knitted stockings that my aunt made each of us – had been left hanging from the fireplace the previous night.  Now they would be lying on the floor, filled to bursting.

We also had stockings waiting for us at my grandparents’ house a few hours later (some day I will fill you in on our entire tradition, which once included a phone call to my Grandmother at 3:30 in the morning).  Everyone in the family had one – my Gram had made them all.  For awhile my grandparents were responsible for filling them, but as the grandchildren multiplied and got older, we would all buy a couple of items for everyone else’s stocking.  It was fun to guess who had purchased what. Continue reading »

Dec 052012
 

Win a Melissa & Doug Trunki – A “Terrific Twenty” item!

Views From the 'Ville 2012 Holiday Gift Guide - Melissa & Doug Trunki

A bit ago I shared with you Melissa & Doug’s “Terrific Twenty” list of the top toys for the holidays.  I hinted at the time that you should keep checking back for a giveaway – and here it is!  We are kicking off our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide and one lucky winner is going to receive a Melissa & Doug Trunki Suitcase of their choice!

Melissa & Doug Trunki Giveaway - 2012 Holiday Gift GuideMelissa & Doug Trunki Giveaway - 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

Giveaway closed.

I received a promotional item thanking me for sharing the Terrific Twenty list and this giveaway. No additional compensation was received and all opinions, as always, are 100% that of myself and my family. The giveaway is solely sponsored by Melissa & Doug.

Nov 062012
 

Looking For Hot Toys For Christmas?

Melissa & Doug is a well-recognized name when it comes to toys for kids.  To help you with suggestions on what to buy all the littles in your life they have just announced their “Terrific Twenty” list of toys.  Check out the list: you’ll definitely find some hot toys for Christmas that your kids (and you!) would love to have.  Best part?  They’re also giving some away!

Top 20 Melissa & Doug hot toys for Christmas

Some of the top twenty are pictured above; visit their website for the entire list, which includes their popular Trunki, a train set with tunnel, and much more (I personally love the stamp set – am I too old to shop Melissa & Doug for myself?).  I think Bubbles would love that tea set pictured, or maybe the grocery basket set to use in her play kitchen.

You should also pop over to their Facebook page.  Their 20 Days of Terrific Twenty Giveaway starts today, and each day, they’ll be giving away one of their Terrific Twenty toys!  (Hint: keep checking back here – we’re going to be giving away one of the items, too!).

Which one of the Terrific Twenty items would you most like to win?

Jun 152012
 

Over 30 years ago Ocean Music produced The Classic Nursery Rhymes Collection on VHS and it sold over a million copies!  For an old-school VHS, those are pretty significant numbers.  With newer technology, though, VCR players are nearly as rare in the home as a rotary telephone.

Classic Nursery Rhymes Collection

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