Showing posts from November 29, 2009

Toy Industry Association Launches 2 Helpful Websites

Just in time for the holiday season, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) has launched two helpful websites for consumers.

If you aren't sure what to buy, or you want to look a bit more into a certain toy.  These sites are sure to help you out. is the first website.  This site provides you with the tips you need to choose the right toys for your family.  They include toy safety facts to free downloadable play guides.  They even include recall information and discussion boards.  The website has a great look to it, and is very easy to navigate.  You can browse through their tabs or search what you are looking for.

The other site is  They showcase the top toys nominated for the 2010 Toy of the Year Awards (TOTY).  These are recognized as the Oscars of the toy industry.  For the first time this year, you can register to win your choice of one or more of the 11 prize packages.  You and your kids can indicate on the website your favorite toy picks.  How great is …

Starbucks Gift Card on Sale in Swagbucks Today Only!

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I know a lot of my readers search using Swagbucks, so I wanted to post about todays gift card sale.  Swagbucks has been putting a different gift card on sale all week, and today they have Starbucks on sale for 110.

Now normally I pretty much stick to the $5 Amazon gift card for 45 swagbucks.  Overall it is the best deal they offer.  However, the Starbucks is the only gift card that they carry that is an actual physical card.  It is not an e-card like all the others.

If you don't like Starbucks, you can redeem for these, save a few and then sell them on ebay.  Starbucks always sells on ebay, it is totally free money! Check out the current listings.

Of course with Amazon being an online only store, you can also redeem for those and sell them :) Check out the current listings here, many are already at the full gift certificate price.

If you aren't already a member, what are you waiting for?  Sign up today and start earning your prizes.  You even get an extra …

Visions of Sugar Plums: A Collection of Christmas Cookery

When you think of Christmas, one of your thoughts almost always will be about baking.  Think about your own Christmas memories.  I guarantee at least one if not more will centered around cooking/baking.  Do you remember the amazing baked goods your Grandma or Aunt used to make.  Do you have fond memories of making cookies with your mom?  Now think about it ~ Will your kids have those same memories?  Let's hope so!  Remember that scent is a very powerful memory trigger.

I was given the opportunity to check out an amazing Christmas cookbook {e-book} written by Lizzie over at A Dusty Frame.

Presented by: Lizzie at A Dusty Frame
Price: $7
Available at: A Dusty Frame

Visions of Sugarplums: A Collection of Christmas Cookery is a delightful ebook published by Lizzie of A Dusty Frame, filled with those exceptional recipes of holidays past. An example of some of the recipes ~ 

Gingerbread Waffles
Warm Cranberry Punch
Sweet Potato Casserole
Moravian Cookies
Toffee Squares
Epiphany C…

The Glade Candles Holiday Collection Review & Giveaway

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When I first opened my bubble mailer from Glade, my first thought was ~ Wow this smells good.  I was sent the Bayberry Spice Glade Scented Oil Candle.  To be honest, I'm not a big Christmas person, and I tend to prefer scents like Cucumber Melon, Honeydew, etc.  I was surprised to like the Bayberry spice so much.  That was without evening opening yet, just pulling it from the package!

The Glade Candles Holiday Collection captures the warmth of the holiday season, adding that extra little touch to transform your home into a haven for family and friends. The collection is offered in Apple Cinnamon and limited-edition Bayberry Spice. Seasonal designs of falling stars or festive gift packages adorn the red or green candle holders. The collection features new, refillable Glade Scented Oil Candles decorative glass holder; refillable Glade Scented Oil Candles tins; and Glade candles 4 oz. jars.
GladeScented Oil Candles:
Glade Scented Oil Candles use a unique w…

Crayola "Lights, Camera, Color" Review & Giveaway ~ CLOSED

I'm lucky that my 8 year old daughter loves art.  She loves creating.  The only issue we have is she is a bit of perfectionist which doesn't always work with an artist.  She tends to come home a lot with unfinished art projects because she wants it just right.

Coloring though, she has that mastered.  It is easy to do, can be quick or complex and what kid doesn't like to color (other then my 12 year old)? has started something new that I think even my oldest would get a kick out of ~ "Lights, Camera, Color" -- an application at where kids can turn their digital photos into custom coloring pages. 

Crayola´s "Lights, Camera, Color," the only application of its kind for kids, was created to bring online and offline creativity together to inspire kids to color and create in a whole new way!The kid-friendly, easy-to-use online application at allows children to upload their digital photos and transform them into unique coloring…

The Attitude Girl by Mila Bernadkin

Do you have a tween or teen in your life?  I do and boy does she have an attitude!  That is why I was excited to read this new coming of age book called the The Attitude Girl

The Attitude Girl by Mila Bernadkin follows outspoken, materialistic 17-year-old Vicky on her road to becoming an adult as she struggles with bullying, financial setbacks, idealism, loss and forgiveness along the way.
Lately, everyone thinks Vicky has an attitude problem…but in her eyes, she's simply being honest about what she thinks and feels – something she wishes everyone else would do a little more of – and realistic about what it takes to forge a successful future in today's economically unsteady world. She was NOT going to fail financially like her dad did before he left Vicky and her mom for good, and she wasn't going to fall for a sweet-talking guy who would happily steer her away from her goals just to get into her pants. She was being level headed! So why didn't her friends and family …

Wow Imports Personalized Jewelry Review & Giveaway

I cannot believe that we are already past Thanksgiving and onto the true Christmas season.  I worked the entire holiday vacation for my non-profit group, so it just flew by for me.

I have a really great review and giveaway for you today.  I love jewelry, actually my favorite gifts in the tween & teen years was jewelry.  Another thing I love is personalized items.  I guess that is why Wow Imports is now a favorite shop for me, they combine 2 of my loves!

I ordered the Angela personalized necklace in my youngest daughters name.  I received my necklace extremely quickly and packaged nicely.  I also was able to add a ruby rhinestone to the i in her name to symbolize her birthstone. At

This personalised silver name pendant is .7mm thick and approximately 5/8" tall.
The .925 sterling silver box chain is included with this sterling silver name necklace.

At $27.95 this is a great value for a fun, personalized necklace.  Wow Imports also sells a wide variety of other personalized jewelry…