Christmas Movies for Kids, the Classics!

Growing up, there is one thing that truly meant Christmas was coming, besides putting up the Christmas tree and watching your mom put presents under the tree that you are supposed to stare at for the next 20 days and not touch…the Christmas movies that are on every single year! You know the ones I’m talking about, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and Santa Clause is Coming to Town. Every single year, even when I was in high school, we watched those movies. My personal favorite was always Frosty the Snowman!

*I received the following product for the purpose of this post. All opinions are solely my own*

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Remember these movies?!? The Original Christmas Classics Collectors Edition comes with:

  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
  • The Little Drummer Boy
  • Cricket on the Hearth
  • Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol
  • Frosty Returns

This awesome Anniversary edition also comes with some great special features that your kids are sure to love:

  • Be an Artist & Create – Learn to draw Rudolph, Santa, Frosty and more!
  • Santa Special Delivery – Enjoy 45 notes about Santa and what makes the holiday’s so special
  • Rudolph Unwrapped – Gift boxes are unwrapped to reveal 50 magical facts about Rudolph and all his friends.
  • Magical Melody and Kringle Jingle – Sing along to the memorable holiday tunes.
  • Frosty Snowflake Surprises – Magical snowflakes reveal 45 fun facts about everyone’s favorite snowman.
  • Sam the Snowman’s Sing-Alongs – Join the fun and sing along to Holly Jolly and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

These Christmas movies are great for the whole family! My advice…pick up a copy, add it to a basket with new Christmas pajamas, some popcorn and a board game (this is a favorite game in our family) for a fun family night! Your kids will have a blast and you could form a new Christmas tradition!

What’s your favorite Christmas tradition?

Guitars for Your Little One

There have been so many studies that kids who play instruments do better in school. Especially when it comes to math. When I was a kid, I really wanted to learn how to play the piano. I even asked my mom to get me a keyboard for Christmas one year. My daughter actually has that keyboard now and she is trying to teach herself how to play. If there’s anyone that can teach themselves to play an instrument, it’s Bella! She is one determined child! She now wants to play guitars!

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*I received the following product for the purpose of this review. All opinions and stories are 100% my own*

If I could go back in time and change a couple things, I would go back to when my kids were about 3 years old and introduce them to an instrument. I kind of regret not starting the kids in some sort of music lessons. But it was one of those things where they didn’t ask and since I didn’t grow up playing an instrument, I just didn’t think about it.

MagicForest has a line of adorable musical instruments for kids 2 years and up. They were very kind to send me a guitar for this years holiday gift guide! I opted for the Punk Rock Princess Pink acoustic guitar. You can purchase this great toy HERE!

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MagicForest has eight all wood painted guitars for kids to choose from. The guitars are smaller in size and designed for small hands. Not only will your little one have fun making music, but they will also strengthen their fine motor skills! Each of the guitars measures 20 1/2-inches talk by 7-inches wide.

If guitars are not your child’s interest, MagicForest also has these two great sets to choose from:

  • Instrument Set – comes with a tambourine, a pair of maracas, castanets, a triangle and a hand rattle.
  • Rhythm & Sound Set – comes with a rain stick, xylophone, a handheld castanet, and a guiro.

As I was searching a flash drive for something, I ran across this video of my kids when my daughter was two and my son was four…

See how cute they were?!? But most importantly, do you see how much fun they are having with instruments? Pick up a set of instruments for your kids this Christmas…they’ll have a blast!

Gift Idea for the Ultimate Star Wars Fan

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Star Wars fans all over the world are counting down to December 18, 2015. For you non-Star Wars fans, that’s when the new movie comes out! It’s also that time of year when we set out to find that perfect gift for the people in our life. I love to give gifts. I especially love when the person receiving the gift loves it. I wasn’t able to attend my nieces and nephews birthday this past weekend, but my sister in-law sent me a picture of my niece holding her new doll and told me that she loved the gift! That made my day! For me, I like to take something that I know someone likes or is interested in and pick out something related to that. For you Star Wars fans out there, this is the year to get some great Star Wars related items!

*I was sent a Darth Vader CROSS pen for the purpose of this post. All opinions are 100% my own*

When I’m picking out a gift for my husband, I want it to be something that he wants or likes, but also something useful. You know, the whole, “think about me every time you use it” kind of thing!! Kidding…well, sort of! However, at his age and place in life now, he has pretty much what he wants, when he wants it. When I received an email about how CROSS has partnered with Disney to launch a Star Wars collection of pens, I knew I found that gift that screamed “think of me always”, was unlike anything he has, and it was something both useful and something he likes!

About the CROSS Star Wars Collection

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This Click Star Wars Gel Ink Pen Collection comes in the following characters:

  • Darth Vader
  • Stormtrooper
  • CP3O

These pens retail for $45.

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If you are looking for a more luxurious gift, CROSS has the Star Wars limited edition collection from the Townsend line. This line is limited to 1977 units per character (see what they did there?!?) and they feature impeccable character details that are etched into the finish! These pens retail for $450-$575.

Totally designed to compliment whichever CROSS pen you choose, you can also pick up a Star Wars journal from the Jot Zone line. You have the opportunity to purchase the journal separate from the pen or with one of the Click Gel Ink pens pictured above.

Now those Star Wars pens are pretty amazing, but CROSS has teamed up this holiday season with Fonderie 47 to stop gun violence in Africa. They created the Peerless Fonderie 47 Limited-Edition Fountain Pen. There is a disk of blackened steel that is from a melted down AK47 embedded in the cap and it is marked with the Fonderie 47 logo. The unique serial number of the gun taken out of circulation in Africa is on the center band that encircles the 18 KT gold filled barrel. Each pen is engraved with a CROSS limited edition number to represent each pen’s unique number in the series of 47 pens.

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About CROSS

The story of the CROSS brand begins in 1846 when artisan Richard Cross, in partnership with his son Alonzo Townsend Cross revolutionized fine writing instruments. Their early mark of entrepreneurial excellence included tools refined through more than 100 patents and accented by the spoils of the California gold rush. Still positioned to set the bar for what it means to symbolize achievement, human potential and usable luxury, CROSS seeks to provide those possessing extraordinary vision and a strong entrepreneurial spirit with the tools needed to make their mark.

Visit www.cross.com to see the entire line of pens to choose from!

Gingerbread Sugar Scrub – DIY Holiday Gift!

I really love giving gifts during the holidays. I like picking them out, I like seeing the recipient open them up, and I like to see the joy on their face as they check their new gift out. Typically I buy all of my Christmas gifts because I am not the craftiest person around. However, this Gingerbread Sugar Scrub is not only easy to assemble (notice I didn’t say anything about crafting!!), smells great and it makes your skin smell and feel great too!

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Gingerbread Sugar Scrub

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp All Spice
  • Mason Jar with lid <–I would buy those. They are pretty and you can make several gifts.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, add both sugars and coconut oil and mix well.
  2. Add in the vanilla and spices. Mix well for 2 minutes.
  3. Scoop into your Mason Jar and seal with a lid.

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This would make a great, inexpensive gift idea for your child’s teachers. Especially the gym, music, art and library teachers that sometimes get left out by students at the holidays. I know it’s not intentional. For us, we’ve not always done something for those teachers, not because we don’t want to, but because it’s just too expensive. However, something like this is very inexpensive and your child will be so proud to give their teacher something they made! And this is definitely something your kids can help you make! Just use a slightly deeper bowl. I don’t know about your kids, but mine tend to spill when they are mixing by hand…more so when they were younger, but…

Who would you give this Gingerbread Sugar Scrub too?

Merry Christmas!

The Brian Setzer Orchestra – Rockin’ Rudolph

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I’m going to admit something right now…I love Christmas music. I don’t mind when radio stations start playing it right on November 1st. I even don’t mind that Little Drummer Boy song that seems to be playing in departments stores on repeat. In fact, when I hear that Feliz Navidad song, it makes me want to dance on the escalator. Not even joking. I like it all. So when I was asked to review The Brian Setzer Orchestra Rockin’ Rudolph CD, I said “heck ya…sign me up”!

*I received the following CD for the purpose of this post. All opinions are 100% my own*

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First of all, I know I said I love Christmas music, but let me tell you, if you don’t own The Brian Setzer Orchestra Rockin’ Rudolph CD, you need to. It is probably the best Christmas CD I’ve heard. It’s upbeat, gets you singing along and just puts you in a great mood! The songs you can find on this CD are:

  • Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
  • Yabba-Dabba Yuletide <–personal favorite!
  • Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  • Rockabilly Rudolph
  • Here Comes Santa Clause
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  • Swingin’ Joy
  • Carol of the Bells
  • Little Jack Frost
  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Yabba-Dabba Yuletide (extended)

Doesn’t that look like a great line up of songs? In my 34 years of life, I have never ever heard the Yabba-Dabba Yuletide. I love it! If your kids love the Flintstones (is that still on TV?), then they will for sure love this song too! I’m tell you, get this CD!

About The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and 3-time Grammy-award-winner, Brian Setzer, is a “Musician’s Musician” credited with continually taking chances with innovative and daring musical styles, while single-handedly resurrecting two forgotten genres of music (rockabilly in the 80’s and swing in the 90’s). Along the way, he has scored chart-topping hits, sold 13 million records and received the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award throughout his decorated career as founder/leader of the Stray Cats, his 18-piece Brain Setzer Orchestra, and as a solo artist. He is consistently cited as one of the world’s greatest living guitarists, and has a best-selling extensive line of Gretsch signature model guitars, and has a best-selling extensive line of elite Gretsch signature model guitars bearing his name. Brian appeared in the 1987 film, La Bamba, portraying rockabilly pioneer Eddie Cochran. In 2002, Brian earned the privilege of being of the few musicians to be animated in an episode of “The Simpsons,” alongside Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Tom Petty. That same year, Setzer personally requested to induct Chet Atkins into the 17th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2014, Setzer received the distinct honor of being asked to donate a replica of his original 1959 Gretsch 6120 “Stray Cat” guitar, joining an elite collection of musical instruments at the museum including Dizzy Gillespie’s trumpet and John Coltrane’s saxophone.

Purchase CD for The Brian Setzer Orchestra Rockin’ Rudolph HERE!

Merry Christmas Everyone!