Gifts for Her – Holiday Gift List

Thinking about holiday gifts stresses me out. I would love to say I always know what to get everyone on my holiday gift list, but sometimes I have a little trouble. My husband says I am difficult to shop for. Mainly that’s because the things I want, you can’t buy. For instance, when he asks me what I want, I say something like, “for the kids to stop fighting with each other”. Obviously he can’t buy that! So…for all of you out there struggling on what to get that special female in your life, this “gifts for her” holiday gift list is for you!

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Great Gifts for Her

When I start thinking about those things that I have to have, they are usually appliance related. I know some women get upset if they were to get a vacuum or some other appliance as a gift, but for me, I would love it. On my appliance wish list, a few things I would be thrilled to get are:

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I don’t know about you, but there are some nights that I really struggle with what to get on the table for dinner. It will be 5:30 pm and I will realize that I didn’t take meat out or even start anything. With the Instant Pot, you can have meals on the table, ready to go, so quickly. I’ve been told by people that have one, that you should go for the 8 qt right away.


Another little appliance that I would be dying to see under my tree this Christmas, is the Air Fryer. If you don’t have one, or don’t know what it is…keep reading! You will want one after this! My friend Lynsey has an Air Fryer and she has said many times over how amazing Brussels sprouts are in it. She even made a steak in it. I swear, between the Air Fryer below and the Instant Pot above…I’d be killing it in the New Year when it comes to meal time!

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Gifts for the Book Lovers

While I would love one of the two appliance above, I also would love anything book related. My Kindle Paperwhite goes everywhere with me. Since I am forever driving my kids to sports practices and waiting for them to get done, I spend that time reading. I like the portability of the Kindle Paperwhite. With it being backlit, it doesn’t matter if it is light out or not. I can always read!

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For some other really great book related ideas, check out the gift ideas at my book blog, A Real Page Turner! Not only do I have gift ideas for her, but also kids and toddler books ideas too!

Unique Gift Ideas

Sometimes you just need to find something utterly unique or different. I can tell you right now, if my husband got me a T-Rex costume for Christmas, I would be so excited! I love that T-Rex costume and all the fun videos I see people post while wearing that costume.

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While you are checking out the T-Rex costume, be sure to read the reviews. They are the best!! These next gifts are fun and unique. I can tell you right now, I would love to sit and watch TV with a mermaid tale. I’m just saying!

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For the Cat Lovers

You’re either a cat person or you’re not. You cat people out there, these next set of gifts are perfect! Every time I see the sweatshirt with the pouch for the cat…I just have to have it. I have visions of walking around my house with Roxie in the pouch!

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Gifts for Board Game Lovers!

My husband and I love to play board games. In fact, our old tradition used to be that we played Trivial Pursuit EVERY SINGLE New Years Eve. We were so highly competitive with each other and that game. Some years he would win and then others years I would force him to pay the 90’s version and I’d wipe the floor with him! So as you can imagine, board games are definitely high on my “gifts for her” list. These are some of my favorite board games:

Trivial Pursuit Game: Classic EditionTrivial Pursuit Game: Classic EditionExploding Kittens: A Card Game About Kittens and Explosions and Sometimes GoatsExploding Kittens: A Card Game About Kittens and Explosions and Sometimes GoatsClue GameClue GameSequence GameSequence GamePhase 10 Card Game Styles May VaryPhase 10 Card Game Styles May Vary

Gift giving is supposed to be fun! Think about all the different people on your gift list. Are there any gifts for her here that you think someone on your list would like? What gifts for her would you add to this list?

Play K-6 Math Games with Zapzapmath

Math is not my strong suit. It never has been. Thankfully, both of my kids do well with math and they enjoy it (no joke…they really do). With great apps out there that allow kids to practice their math skills while playing math games, getting kids to do their math skills each night becomes less of a chore. And trust me, as a parent, I am all about finding the easiest way possible to get my kids to study. Zapzapmath is our go to app for math practice. Not only is it fun, but it challenges my daughter too. If Bella isn’t challenged, she will get bored quickly.

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About Zapzapmath

Zapzapmath initially launched in 2015. Since then, the app has grown tremendously! With over 180 math games and 900 difficulty levels, there is a math game for everyone! Not only are there math games for everyone, but Zapzapmath is ranked in the top 10 of the education category in 58 countries…the U.S. and China are two of those 58 countries!

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New Features

Like I mentioned above, Zapzapmath has significantly improved since the launch in 2015. Those changes include:

  • Login system – new and improved to help young players
  • Web browser version – you can play on your desktop or Chromebook by going to http://play.zapzapmath.com/
  • Multiplayer mode – play math games with a friend
  • Adaptive learning with percentile scoring – games increase and decrease according to the child’s mastery of the level
  • Improved web dashboard – you can sign in as a parent or teacher to get a detailed report on your child’s progress
  • Enhanced user interface – enhance for more user friendly experience
  • Pretest and posttest – this feature is for teachers and students. You can measure how you’ve improved and compare your starting point with the end point
  • Download and play for free – 20 games for free for grades K-6. For more games, there is a yearly subscription (scroll to the end fo the post for a giveaway!)
  • Multilingual – Play in English or Spanish

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Where to find Zapzapmath

You can find Zapzapmath online at the following locations:

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Good luck! I hope you enjoy the Zapzapmath math games!

Keto Thanksgiving: Eat This, Not That

As you know, I have been following the Keto lifestyle for almost two years now. I’ve been through Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthdays, summer BBQ’s and other get togethers where food is the center of everything, and I’ve survived and never felt deprived at all. I know when you start looking at this lifestyle, it can be overwhelming. There is a lot of information and the idea of not eating sugar, is a scary one. I get it. However, I am here to tell you, it doesn’t have to be scary and you can have a very yummy Keto Thanksgiving!

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First things first, the turkey. One of our favorite ways to make the Thanksgiving turkey is beer-can style. While I don’t think the carbs from the beer really get on the turkey, I don’t know that for sure, so I don’t want to steer you the wrong way. The way I make my turkey for my Keto Thanksgiving is to use my favorite seasonings (garlic for sure) and butter. I take the butter and put little pats of it under the skin of the turkey. Putting stuffing in the turkey is not something I am a fan of. Instead I take onions, other vegetables I have on hand, and sometimes a lemon and put it in the cavity of the turkey, making sure to tie the legs together to keep them inside.

 

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 When you think of Thanksgiving, you think of stuffing. While traditional stuffing is not Keto friendly, my delicious, grain-free alternative to stuffing is perfect. In fact, I served it a couple years ago when I hosted Thanksgiving and it was a favorite among everyone there. I had zero leftovers of my Keto friendly alternative and half a bowl of the traditional stuffing I made. Just look at it…doesn’t it look delicious?

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Since the Detroit Lions are playing on Thanksgiving day, my family will be coming over early to watch the game before we eat dinner. So having Keto friendly appetizers are a must. Besides a veggie platter, a couple other ideas that are totally quick and easy to make are:

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

#Ad Bacon Wrapped Smokies Recipe

Keto Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Not everyone that attends your Thanksgiving dinner will be following the Keto lifestyle. Since you are the one hosting, you can make everything Keto friendly and ask others to bring the non-Keto staples (like stuffing and mashed potatoes)…or just have the Keto friendly dishes and call it a day. Some Keto Thanksgiving side dishes you could make are:

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower Recipe

Roasted Pecan Green Beans

Creamed Spinach

Au Gratin Brussels Sprouts

Lemon Roasted Spicy Broccoli

When it comes to dessert, typically someone offers to bring a pie. I’m not a huge pie person so Thanksgiving dessert is not something I care too much about. However, here are a few Keto friendly desserts that will surely make your mouth water on Thanksgiving day!

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Fat Bombs

Keto Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

No Bake Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

Caramel Pots de Crème

Did I miss anything? If you have any questions about what to eat on Thanksgiving, please don’t hesitate to contact me or leave a comment below. I am happy to help! Happy Thanksgiving!


5 Tips for Finding the Perfect Family Car

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Finding the perfect family car can seem like a daunting task sometimes. Not only is it an extremely large purchase, but it’s also something you will be using day in and day out for years to come. Especially if you have kids in sports or activities. If you are like me, you spend several hours a day shuttling kids back and forth. Since I spend so much time in a car, here are my top five tips for finding the perfect family car, hopefully they help you as much as they have helped me!

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How to Find the Perfect Family Car

I still remember when I was pregnant for the first time. I had a new VW Bug that I loved! It was super cute, but totally not practical at all for a mom with a new baby. It would have been very difficult to get an infant seat in an out of the car. Not to mention, the trunk was not big enough for all the baby stuff we carted around daily. So off we went looking for a new car for our growing family. Little did I know, having kids would change my ideas on what I needed in a car!

Tip One: Infant Seats and Car Seats

What I didn’t know with my first child was how important it was to take the car seat with you when shopping for your perfect family car. With our first child, we leased an Aztec. We felt rushed with time to pick a car and the price was right. However, no matter how much I enjoyed driving that car (it really was a good car), it was NOT a good car for a rear facing car seat. Even having the car seat in the middle seat, it pushed both the driver seat and the passenger seat too far forward. It was NOT comfortable for us at all. So, not only do you need to take the car seat with you, but you also need to read up on the car seat safety checks done on may popular brands of cars.

Tip Two: Test Drive All the Cars

Make a list of the cars you like. Using sites like cars.com, you can easily make a list of cars you like. Once you have your list, go to the dealership, used car lot, etc and test drive the car. Sometimes you don’t even need to leave the lot. There was a car that I thought I loved, but the second I sat down, I realized I did not like the car at al. I didn’t even turn the car on. The shape of the driver seat was so uncomfortable. I couldn’t wait to get out of it.

Tip Three: Features

This may seem silly to some, but the features in a car are very important to me. I drive a lot. We are gone many weekends for lacrosse or soccer tournaments. If I am going to spend a lot of time in the car, I want to make sure it has the things I want. For instance, the three things I have to have in a car are heated seats, a heated steering wheel and remote start. I live in Michigan. The winters are brutal. Those three things insure that each and every time I drive my car, I am comfortable.  So think of the features you want and don’t settle. Make a list with a column of must have features and a column of features that would be nice, but not mandatory.

Tip Four: Backseat Space

After you turn the car seat front facing, the kids really don’t need much space in the backseat. However, once they outgrow the car seat, leg room for the kids need to be taken into account. My husband is tall. When he sits in the front seat, he has to have the seat all the way back. In some cars, it was very difficult for someone to sit behind him. So take your kids car shopping with you so you can see if the car is right for everyone!

Tip Five: Trunk Space

Finally, when I am looking for a car, one of the first things I do is open the trunk. Like sitting in the seat, opening the trunk can determine right away if the car will work for you or not. Lacrosse bags are huge. If they won’t fit in the trunk, the car won’t work for our family. Think about the things you cart around all the time. If you have a baby, make sure your stroller fits in the trunk.

Whether you are checking out local dealerships, used car lots or online searches for your next car, these five tips will help you narrow down your list and help you find the perfect family car.

What tips could you add to my list?

Creative Costumes for Halloween

Before having kids, Halloween was just another day. I didn’t really care too much about it. Dressing up was not something I really did. Well, minus that one year I dressed up in my husbands old high school football uniform for a party we went to. That was kind of fun. However, since having kids, we start thinking about Halloween costumes for the next Halloween on November 1st. My daughter is forever trying to come up with creative costumes for Halloween. I have to say, I think this years takes the cake! I’m pretty impressed with this years costume!

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Creative Costumes

Bella and I were walking down the Halloween aisle at Target when all of a sudden she squealed. They had a Taco costume. This child LOVES tacos. She would eat at Taco Bell for all of her meals if I let her. Not even joking. So of course, she had to get the Taco costume.

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Being Bella, she has to take the costume a bit further. She doesn’t want to be just a taco. Instead she wants to add some cat ears, a little makeup on her face, black gloves and goes as a Taco Cat. Her two favorite things…cats and tacos! Have you seen that shirt that says, “Tacocat spelled backwards is still Tacocat”? Yea…it’s a favorite of hers!

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Are you looking for something else? Here are some other creative costumes for Halloween. I am sure you will find one you love! This next one is something that you could totally make! It’s super creative and could definitely win a costume contest! Don’t have time to make it, don’t fret! Amazon has a Rubiks Cube costume you can purchase!

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Some families love dressing up together. I love when pictures of Neil Patrick Harris come out after Halloween. He and his family really get into Halloween. This 101 Dalmatians costume is perfect for the whole family! The beauty of it…it doesn’t matter how many people are in your family because there is a role for everyone!

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Finally, if scary costumes are more your forte, then this La Llorona the weeping woman costume will be perfect for you! With a few supplies from Amazon, you can put this costume together pretty easily!

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Still unsure on what you or your kids want to be for Halloween? Check out these other Halloween costume posts for some inspiration!

Homemade Halloween Costumes!

Toddler Halloween Costume Ideas