Disney Planes #HolidayGiftGuide

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Over Labor Day weekend, we took our kids on a little mini-vacation before school started to Kalamazoo, Michigan to take them to an alligator sanctuary and to the Air Museum.  After spending the day at the Air Museum (totally cool place…you have to visit it someday!), we decided to take the kids to see the new movie out at that time, Planes.

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We loved it!!  As we walked out of the theater, both kids told us that they wanted us to get them this movie when it came out…they liked it that much!

About the Movie

The world of Cars takes flight in Planes, Disney’s high-flying animated comedy revved up with action and adventure.  Join Dusty, a crop duster with sky-high dreams and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take on the world’s fastest flyers in the greatest air race ever.  Dusty has a huge heart, but two big problems…he’s not exactly built for speed, plus he’s afraid of heights.  His courage is put to the ultimate test as this unlikely hero aims higher than he ever imagined.  With a little help from his friends, Dusty finds the courage to be more than he was built for–and the inspiration to soar.  

Bonus Features

  • Exclusive Franz’s Song
  • Klay’s Flight Plan
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Meet the Racers
  • Top 10 Flyers

This rated PG film will be available on November 19, 2013, in the following formats:

  • Blu-Ray 3D Combo Pack
  • Blu-Ray Combo Pack
  • DVD

For more information and all the latest news about Planes, you can check them out on the following social media networks:

Did you see this movie?  What did you think?  If you haven’t seen it, then definitely check out the clip below.  I guarantee you’ll want to see it after!  Pick up a copy on November 19th…it’ll make a nice little stocking stuffer!!!

Neighborhood Toy Store Day is November 9, 2013!!!

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It’s that time of year again…time to start figuring out what we are going to get our loved ones for Christmas.  On Saturday, November 9, 2013, is Neighborhood Toy Store Day!  This day is coordinated by ASTRA (American Specialty Toy Retailing Association) and it is a great way to get to know more about your local stores!

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Benefits of Shopping Local

  • Local businesses create more jobs and preserve neighborhoods.
  • Independent local businesses put a significantly larger share of revenue back into the local economy in the form of taxes, salaries and more.
  • These independent toy stores tend to carry more high-quality, boutique and specialty products that you can’t typically find at big box stores.

We had the opportunity to try out a couple toys that made it to ASTRA’s “Best Toys for Kids 2013” list!

Laser Maze

laser mazeLaser Maze by ThinkFun, Inc is a challenging game for children 8 and up.  This game is a beam-bending logic game that encourages children to use science and a brain power to direct the laser beam through a series of mazes.

Laser Maze comes with:

  • Game Grid
  • 60 Challenge cards (Beginner to expert)
  • 11 Game Tokens (one laser, two beam-splitters, one cell blocker, one mirror, five target/mirrors and one checkpoint)

The suggested retail value is $29.99

X-treme Sticker Maker Set

xtreme sticker makerNow this is super cool!!  The X-treme Sticker Maker set comes with 40 feet of sticker tape, eight colorful markers, more than 80 color-in designs with features like velvet and glitter and a sticker book.  Basically you color the sticker any way you want, put it in the sticker maker (the purple X) and as the sticker you colored slides down, you pull it out and rub the plastic on it a few times.  When you pull that plastic coating off, the backside of the sticker you color can now stick to anything!  How cool is that?!?

The X-treme Sticker Maker by Faber-Castell USA inc is recommended for kids 6 and up.  It retails for $24.99.

This years Neighborhood Toy Store day is set for November 9, 2013.  Visit www.yourneighborhoodtoystore.org to find the nearest local Neighborhood Toy Store Day even near you!

But that’s not all!  From now until November 8, 2013, log on to www.yourneigborhoodtoystore.org and enter to win the following:

  • A grand prize vacation package to select all inclusive Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico and the Dominican Republic courtesy of Thomas and Friends.
  • Featured prizes including gift baskets or gift certificates from Kidoozie, earlyyears, Calico Critters and Playmobil (retail value:  $250 per prize).
  • A gift basket of assorted Best Toys for Kids winning products from ASTRA (retail value:  $250).

For more information, check out Facebook.com/TheWooHooFactor and on twitter at Twitter.com/TheWooHooFactor.

 

 

Personalized Night Before Christmas Book #HolidayGiftGuide

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Christmas is right around the corner (53 days to be exact) and I get very excited this time of year.  I love giving gifts and watching people open them.  I especially like personalized gifts.  I still remember a book my mom had made for me, The Fox and the Hound, and it was personalized so my name appeared in the story!

When I came across the personalized Night Before Christmas book by MyChronicleBooks, I knew I had to make one!  What kid doesn’t grow up having this story read to them at some point during their childhood?  I remember reading it and then being disappointed that I didn’t dream about sugar plums dancing in my head!  I would lay there in bed, listening for Santa’s sleigh bell, willing myself to dream about sugar plums.  <–True Story!

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I decided to make this book for my nephew.  I know he would get a kick out of seeing his picture in the book and having his name as part of the story! Personalizing the book was easy.  I simply filled out a form with my nephews name, birthday, gender, hometown, etc and clicked submit.  You have the ability to preview the book before ordering so you can make double sure there are zero mistakes.  Lastly, you choose a picture that will be used as soon as you open the book.  This part was a little tricky because the image had to fit in a star shape.  But after re-sizing the picture I wanted to use, it was perfect!

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This book retails for $34.99 and it is worth every penny!!  It is a very well made book.  The colors are beautiful and the hard cover is one that feels like it will hold up nicely to years and years of reading!

Because Diaries of a Domestic Goddess readers are so awesome, MyChronicleBooks would like to give you 25% off the purchase of a personalized Night Before Christmas book (cannot be combined with any other offer…expires 12/31/13).  Please use the following coupon code:

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Enjoy!!

2013 Holiday Gift Guide!

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It’s that time of year…that time where everyone is thinking of those perfect gifts to give their loved ones.  This year, for the first time EVER here on Diaries of a Domestic Goddess, I will be doing a Holiday Gift Guide!  I will provide you with gift ideas and maybe even some giveaways!!

If you would like to see your products featured in my Holiday Gift Guide, please feel free to contact me.  I would love to work with you!!  Some gift ideas I am working on are:

  • Toys
  • Gifts for Boys
  • Gifts for Girls
  • Perfect gifts for Spouses
  • Clothes
  • Shoes
  • Candles
  • Games
  • Movies
  • Jewelry

How To Submit Your Product

It’s easy!  Simply click on my CONTACT ME button and fill out the form!  I look forward to working with you and making this a happy holidays for everyone!  Please be sure to mark the subject line with HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE!

What kinds of gifts would you like to see in the 2013 Holiday Gift Guide?