Modarri Cars – Holiday Gift Guide

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Yesterday I told you about trains and my kids love for their train sets. While they did outgrow that, one thing that they have both (Zack more so than Bella) liked and still like are cars. Shoot, my husband is in his later 30’s and HE still likes cars! My kids are the oldest out of all their first cousins. so it’s nice to have toys like cars that they can still play with that their younger cousins enjoy to play with too.

*I received the following product to include in my 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. All opinions are 100% my own. This post may include affiliate links*

Now that Zack and Bella are getting older, I am trying to find toys I know they will enjoy, but are different from things they are used to. I don’t know about your kids, but my eight and ten year old don’t really play with things as much anymore. They are both into things that they can do or make. Which, I have to say, I like so much more! So often, kids get things and they are bored with it before they even get it out of the package.

That’s why I really like the Modarri cars.

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Why I Like Modarri Cars

They really are “the toy car reinvented”. First and foremost, when you are “driving” the car around the floor, it feels like a real car. It has suspension! That, in and of itself, is amazing and it takes the “playing cars” to the next level. The second thing I like about the Modarri Cars is that you can take them apart and customize them. If you have kids, you know that is HUGE! Kids love to take things apart! They usually lose a screw or two and then the pieces get put into a baggy and forgotten about, but not with the Modarri Cars! And this is the third reason why I like this toy. The screws do NOT come out of the piece you are unscrewing. So no little tiny screws to lose!

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The cars come in single packs that retail for $19.95 and a three pack that retails for $49.95. You can purchase these cars by going to this link.

Which car(s) will you be getting this holiday season?

Fisher-Price Sesame Street Natural Wood Train Set

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When my kids were little, one of their favorite toys was a train set. Those train tracks would be taken apart and put together a billion different times. And the wooden tracks always went together better than the plastic tracks. We weren’t a fan of the plastic tracks in our house. I remember when we bought the kids a Train Table, a few friends told us to glue the tracks to the table. We considered it and our feet would have loved it if we did (Leg0’s hurt to step on, but man…a train track…brutal), but my kids really enjoyed being able to change the tracks up and make their own thing.

*I received the following product to be included in this holiday gift guide. All opinions are 100% my own. This post may contain affiliate links*

If you have little ones that you are shopping for this holiday season, you will want to consider the Fisher-Price Sesame Street Natural Wood Train Set! This train set is geared for kids, three and up and perfect for little girls and boys! I think Bella loved our train set more than Zachary!

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Product Description

Hop on the Sesame Street Express! This all-natural wood train set is sure to provide busy little ones with hours of exploration and creative play. Each 29 piece set includes a figure 8 track and bridge, 4 wooden cars with magnetic connections at each end, Elmo, Abby and Oscar characters, Hooper’s Store and additional accessories.

The track measures 44 inches long by 18 inches wide. You can get this toy exclusively at Toys R Us. It retails for $54.99.

Planes Fire & Rescue on Blu-ray – Holiday Gift Guide

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*I received the following Blu-ray for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% my own. This post may contain affiliate links*

A couple summers ago, we took the kids to an alligator preserve. In the evening we decided to see Planes. The kids LOVED the movie. In fact, I had to buy it when it came out and it’s one that they have watched over and over with their cousins. As soon as we heard about Planes: Fire & Rescue, we knew we had to see it too!

About the Movie

Plances: Fire & Rescue is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world-famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire-and-rescue helicopter Blade Ranger (voice of Ed Harris) and his courageous team, including spirited air tanker Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter (voice of Wes Studi), ex-military transport Cabbie (voice of Captain Dale Dye) and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero.

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Voices Include…

  • Dane Cook, as Dusty
  • Julie Bowen, Dipper
  • Ed Harris, as Blade Ranger
  • Captain Dale Dye, as Cabbie
  • Cedric the Entertainer, as Leadbottom
  • Erik Estrada, as Nick “Loopin” Lopez
  • Brad Garrett, as Chug
  • Teri Hatcher, as Dottie
  • John Michael Higins, as Cad
  • Hal Holbrook, as Mayday
  • Stacy Keach, as Skipper
  • Regina King, as Dynamite
  • Anne Meara, as Winnie
  • Jerry Stiller, as Harvey
  • Wes Studi, as Windlifter

My kids like the bonus features the most. This film didn’t disappoint in that department! Not only are there deleted scenes (my favorite), but there are animated shorts, a music video and so much more! The Blu-ray and DVD was released on November 4, 2014. This makes a great gift this holiday season!!

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Luna Star Naturals™ Make-up for Tweens – Holiday Gift Guide

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Bella is eight years old and she loves when she gets the chance to wear make-up. She thinks it’s fun when I let her wear eye shadow or a little bit of lip gloss. I have no problem with it because she thinks it’s fun and I think it’s cute. She can’t wear it to school, but at home or to her grandparents house is fine!

*I received a Luna Star Naturals make-up kit for the purpose of this post. All opinions and pictures are 100% my own*

Bella and I had the pleasure of trying out the Luna Star Naturals™ Make-up that is geared towards teen girls…though, I may use a little of the shimmer on New Years Eve…and we really liked it. Here’s what our kit looked like:

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This natural mineral make-up kit, part of the Klee Girls Line (a line made for older girls) includes the following:

  • Yellowstone Trail and Lake Michigan Dip eye shadow
  • South Beach Dawn blush
  • Silver Sparkles face and body shimmer
  • Raspberry Strudel and Coral Coconut lip balm
  • Denver nail polish

About Luna Star Naturals™

Girls love to play with makeup – it’s part of growing up. But the market is flooded with cheap imports most of which are a chemical soup of synthetic dyes, petrochemical-based ingredients and other harmful chemicals. Some parents end up buying adult makeup for their children, but most adult products are also full of chemicals not suitable for young people’s delicate skins. Luna Star Naturals seeks to provide a safe, healthy alternative. Only natural minerals are used in their makeup. There’re never any harsh chemicals or synthetic dyes.

Since we are really trying hard to change our lifestyle and really watching what we put in our body, I absolutely LOVE that Luna Star Naturals™ doesn’t have any harsh chemicals or synthetic dyes in their makeup line. That’s the way it should be, especially when it is something geared towards kids. Imagine what our world would be like if EVERY company thought this way!

Bella and I had fun applying the makeup and taking pictures!

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If you are looking for a holiday gift for a little girl in your life, consider the Luna Star Naturals™ makeup line! You have so many options to choose from:

  • All Natural Mineral Blush with Puff, $9.99
    • Santa Barbara Kiss (light pink)
    • South Beach Dawn (pink)
    • Delray Reflection (coral pink)
    • Palm Springs Sun (mauve)
  • All Natural Mineral Tinted Lip Glass, $11.99
    • Tahoe Interlude (nude pink)
    • Sequoia Beat (pink)
    • Aspen Adagio (coral pink)
    • Brighton Ensemble (sparkle pink)
  • All Natural Mineral Eye Shadow, $8.99
    • Maui Surf (dark blue)
    • Mesa Verde (light blue)
    • Lake Michigan Dip (aquamarine)
    • Yellowstone (green)
    • Catskills Stroll (brown)
    • Rockies Dawn (violet)
    • Acadia Breeze (light purple)
    • Pacific Sparkles (sparkle grey)
    • Myrtle Sunrise (sparkle yellow)
    • Napa Mist (pink)
    • Canyon Ascend (light brown)
  • Natural Mineral Makeup 4 Piece Kit, $24.99
    • Shining Through: This kit features Maui Surf and Pacific Sparkles eye shadow with Palm Springs Sun blush and Strawberry Shortcake Lip Balm.
    • Glorious Afternoon: Unwrap this kit for Rockies Dawn and Canyon Ascend eye shadows, Santa Barbara Kiss blush and Raspberry Strudel lip balm.
  • Natural Mineral Makeup 7 piece Kit, $34.99
    • Up and Away: Expect plenty of ooohs and ahhhs with Mesa Verde and Acadia Breeze eye shadow, Delray Reflection blush, Silver Sparkles face and body shimmer, Strawberry Shortcake and Rich Pink Lemonade lip balms plus Hartford nail polish.
    • Far and Wide: For a completely different look, try on Yellowstone Trail and Lake Michigan Dip eye shadow, South Beach Dawn blush, Silver Sparkles face and body shimmer, Raspberry Strudel and Coral Coconut lip balm. Pamper your nails with Denver nail polish.

Which kit is your favorite?

Portable JBL Flip 2 Speaker Makes Great Holiday Gift!

**This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias**

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This is my favorite time of year. Not only do I love all the family time together and the super good food (Mmm turkey!), but I also love shopping for Christmas gifts! Which also means I like going out on Black Friday and saving as much money as I can. My kids are to that age now where they are wanting things that are more expensive…so if I can save money, I will! Now I’ve talked before about how my husband is one of the hardest people to shop for. He likes watches, which usually means I get him a watch for a gift. But seriously…how any watches does a person need?!? The JBL Flip 2 Speaker is perfect for him. He travels a lot for work and ends up working LONG hours at the office while he’s there (who wants to go sit at a hotel room alone, well besides me?), so this portable Bluetooth speaker is perfect for him!

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While I do like to go out on Black Friday for most deals, I actually prefer to shop from the comfort of my home…it’s warm, I don’t have to stand in long lines for hours AND I can watch Christmas movies (I can’t get enough of Elf…Will Ferrell cracks me up)! JBL.com will be selling the Flip 2 with FREE shipping and FREE returns this holiday season! Talk about total hassle free! And look at those colors…I really like all of the colors, but this blue one is so pretty!

The portable size of the JBL speaker (besides the amazing sound quality!!) is one of it’s best features. I mean, look at it…it’s really about the size of a banana…

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Because of the type of job my husband has, it’s not abnormal for him to have two laptops, an iPad, 2 cell phones and a slew of cables for each device on him at any moment. So…with that said, having something that can make those long hours more enjoyable AND be totally portable and not take up much room, is essential. The JBL Flip 2 Speaker meets ALL of those requirements and truly makes it one of the best audio gifts this holiday season! #GiftingAudio

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Right now I have two sick kids home from school (pray for me, please!) and we are testing out the Portable JBL Flip 2 Speaker. I can’t express enough how great the sound quality is. Especially when listening to the 90’s channel on Pandora. Nothing like belting out those oldies, but goodies with your kids. They are quite fond of One Week by the Barenaked Ladies and Only Wanna Be With You by Hootie and the Blowfish!

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No matter what you have on your playlist, the wireless Portable JBL Flip 2 Speaker is the perfect holiday gift this year. In fact, while I am giving this one to my husband to use while he’s traveling for work, I am actually putting that pretty blue one on my wish list for here at the house! Shoot, there are so many 90’s songs I need to teach my kids still!  And don’t worry, you can still use your Portable JBL Flip 2 Speaker while expecting an important phone call…if your phone rings, it will interrupt the song you are listening to and you can either answer the call using your cell phone OR you can press a button on your speaker and use it as a big speaker phone!! I’m telling you, this IS the gift this season!