Find Me If You Can Keepsake Book for Kids Giveaway!

 

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Are you looking for that WOW gift this holiday season that will have your little one running around with excitement, you have to check out the Find Me if You Can book made special just for you!  The Find me If You Can book, made by Bammco LLC,  is a 30 page, hard cover custom book that features your child’s face hidden on each of the pages for them to find!

I just had this book made for my little niece’s third birthday and I wish I had a video camera going when she opened it!  She was so excited to see her picture on each page.  When you open the book, the first thing you see is a magnifying glass with your child’s face in it!  My niece saw her face and pointed to it and just smiled!  I don’t know if she quite got why her face was there, but it didn’t take long for her to realize what she was supposed to do!

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If you’d like to order this book for a loved one this holiday season (or for any other occasion!), simply head to this page and fill out the order form!  One lucky reader will have the opportunity to win a free copy of this book right here on Diaries of a Domestic Goddess!  Read below for more details on how you can win!

GIVEAWAY!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  You must complete the mandatory entry first before any additional entries will be accepted.  Please leave each entry in a new comment.  Good luck and Happy Holidays!

Mandatory Entry:  Tell me who you would make this book for.

Yep…that’s it!  And because I love my readers so much, I am giving you a special gift…

**You can enter AS MANY TIMES AS YOU WANT!  Just leave each entry in a new comment and make sure each entry is a complete sentence.  Tell me what you want for Christmas, whether you have a real or fake tree, or tell me something random about yourself.  Just tell me something!

This giveaway will run from today (11/25/12) until December 6, 2012 at 9pm EST.  One winner will be chosen at random using the And the Winner Is Plugin.  That winner will be sent an email and they will have 48 hours to respond to that email or a new winner will be determined.

 

Prep & Landing Total Tinsel Collection!

It’s that time of year again!!  The time when we can bribe our children to be good because the Jolly Man in Red is watching.  Please tell me you take advantage of this opportunity!  Just a few moments ago my kids were fighting and I looked over and said “Zack and Bella, stop fighting.  Santa’s watching, you know“.  I know my time is limited as to how much longer I can use Santa to my advantage.  I’m sure when they are 13 and 15, me saying “Zack and Bella, stop fighting.  Your mother, the one who buys you stuff, is watching” won’t really work as well.  There’s just something about a large man with a huge white beard and a red suit that has the kids behaving!

Naughty vs NiceBesides using bribery to get my kids to behave, I also love all the holiday movies and music.  I walked into Kohl’s last night and I was instantly happier as I hummed along to “Jingle Bells“.  Two Christmas movies my kids are really enjoying this year are Prep & Landing and Prep & Landing:  Naughty vs Nice.  These two movies come as a “Total Tinsel Collection” in the following ways:

Blu-ray Combo Pack ($20.00 U.S./$24.99 Canada)

DVD ($19.99 U.S./$24.99 Canada)

 

 

 

 

If you haven’t seen either of these movies yet, you have to introduce them to your kids.  They will love them!  See for yourself…

Prep & Landing synopsis:

On Christmas Eve, a high-tech team of elves from an elite unit known as “Prep & Landing” ensures homes around the world are prepared for Santa’s visit.  But when two hilarious little elves face unexpected challenges and are pushed to their limits, it’ll take a great big effort to save the season.  Enjoy a heartwarming holiday classic sure to make everyone’s Christmas list!

Prep & Landing:  Naughty vs Nice synopsis:

The outrageous yuletide adventures of Christmas elves Lanny and Wayne continue in this totally tinsel adventure that reminds us there’s room for everyone on the “nice” list.  Santa’s stealthiest little elves must race to recover classified North Pole technology, which has fallen into the hands of a computer-hacking naughty kid, in an effort to stop Christmas from descending into chaos.  Bring family together for a comical adventure that puts the Ho, Ho, Ho in your holidays!

The talented voices of Dave Foley (from A Bug’s Life), Derek Richardson (from TVs Men in Trees), Sarah Chalke (from TVs Scrubs) and Rob Riggle (from The Hangover) are used for the voices of Wayne, Lanny, Magee and Noel.

Bonus Features:

  • Operation Secret Santa, animated short
  • Tiny’s Big Adventure, animated short
  • North Pole commercials
  • Kringle Academy
  • North Pole News
  • Behind the Scenes with Grace Potter

My kids love all Christmas movies, but they especially like the Prep & Landing movies.  What are your favorite Christmas movies that you like to watch as a family?

*I received a copy of this movie for the purposes of this review.  All opinions and stories are solely mine.

Give Sports Illustrated for Kids this Holiday Season

I am ALWAYS looking for different things for my kids to read, specifically my son.  It seems that most books written for children are geared towards girls.  Unless they are non-fiction, but Zachary doesn’t always want to read about bugs and things like that.  He likes to read the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, but they are a tad bit above his level so I don’t really know how much he is actually reading.  But really, I am just happy that he enjoys  to read. So many kids would rather be playing video games than reading.  Now don’t get me wrong, Zachary likes to play video games, but he spends a good amount of each day reading.

Sports Illustrated for Kids has won high honors from the Association of Educational Publishers and the Parents’ Choice Award.  Since both my kids are so into sports right now, SI Kids is a great way to keep them reading and gives them something they are truly interested in.  Each SI Kids magazine is full of:

  • Action photos
  • Easy-to-read stories
  • About star athletes
  • Helpful instructional tips from the pros
  • Packed with Humor, comics and activities

For more information about SI Kids, you can visit them at their website.  If you’re on Facebook, be sure to “Like” them!

We’re approaching the holiday season and for a limited time you can receive an ENTIRE YEAR of SI Kids in both print AND digital for only $19.95!  You can subscribe by going to this link.

Still not sure if you should get a subscription?  Well let me give you FIVE more reasons why getting a subscription to SI Kids would be great:

  1. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer.
  2. It promotes reading for children who are reluctant readers.
  3. Each issue is full of exciting stories, photos and games that are a perfect distraction while traveling.
  4. No gift wrapping — it’s delivered straight to your door.
  5. It’s the gift that keeps on giving the whole year through.
So there you have it…not only is the price right, but there are six more reasons why subscribing to SI Kids for your children would be a great gift this holiday season.

 *I received a one year subscription to SI Kids and a stocking of goodies from Sports Illustrated for Kids for writing this post.  

Cinderella II and III on Blu-ray!

I must be living under a rock.  I had no idea that there was a Cinderella II and III.  I love the first Cinderella, so when I found out there were two more, I was very excited!

Synopsis:

The fairytale story of Disney’s beloved Princess Cinderella continues in a 2-Movie Collection Special Edition of Cinderella II:  Dreams Come True and Cinderella III:  A Twist in Time.  Your favorite characters return with double the magic and more memorable music.

Cinderella II:  Dreams Come True Special Edition

As a newly crowned princess, Cinderella quickly learns that life at the Palace–and her royal responsibilities are more challenging than she had imagined.  In three heartwarming tales, Cinderella calls on her animal friends and her Fairy Godmother to help as she brings her own grace and charm to her regal role and discovers that being true to yourself is the best way to make your dreams come true.

Cinderella III:  A Twist in Time Special Edition

Princess Cinderella is living a charmingly perfect life until her stepmother gets her hands on Fairy Godmother’s magic wand.  With a wicked spell that turns back the clock, she erases the Prince’s memories of the girl he met at the ball and shatters Cinderella’s happily ever after!  Jaq and Gus scurry to save the say before time runs out.  But was it all really just a dream in Cinderella’s heart, or will true love triumph over all?

Like all movies, Cinderella II and III feature a set of bonus features that your kids are sure to love!

Bonus Features for Cinderella II:  Dreams Come True Special Edition

  • Becoming a Princess – 1st edition
  • Musical Magic
  • “Put It Together” music video

Bonus Feature for Cinderella III:  A Twist in Time Special Edition

  • Becoming a Princess – 2nd edition

This special 2-movie collection will make its debut on blu-ray on November 20, 2012…just in time for the holidays!  Be sure to pick up your copy for the princess in your life!

When Do You Put Up Your Christmas Tree?

When I had kids, one of the most important things for me to do was start family traditions.  I wanted my kids to not really remember what they got at Christmas, but what they DID at Christmas time.  One of my most favorite family traditions is putting up our Christmas tree.  For years we had a fake tree…until it took a fall down the basement stairs and really didn’t go back together the way it should (READ:  it was so lopsided that we used it for another year, but had to secure it to the wall just so one side would stay up).  So obviously we couldn’t use that tree again!

For the last few years we’ve gotten a live tree.  The kids always had a good time running through the lot looking for the perfect tree.  Only to them, it was either the tree that cost a ridiculous amount because it was a  blueish color or it looked like something Charlie Brown took home.  In fact, one year our tree was so weird looking that every time anyone looked at it, they laughed.  Last year my husband insisted the size of the tree wasn’t too big…it was like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation in our house when those branches opened up!  Thank goodness it wasn’t too close to the window!!

This year I decided to try something different.  Rather than purchase a new fake tree or pick out a live one, we decided to try put up a 6 foot cardboard tree.  Now don’t laugh.  There are many benefits to a cardboard tree.

  • It doesn’t take up a lot of space.
  • You can store it easily after Christmas…it can fit under a bed, in a closet, behind a couch…the possibilities are endless!
  • The kids can add the cardboard ornaments without yelling that the tree is too “pokey”.
  • You don’t have to water it on a daily basis or sweep up the needles that fall off because you forgot to water it.
  • If you have small children, you don’t have to worry about ornaments breaking.

Boutique Cascades

You may be wondering why there are TWO stars on top of the tree.  Well…Bella decided that since we had two, we had to put both on the tree.  And she thinks it looks “FABULOUS”!  The Massimo Cardboard Christmas Tree from Boutique Cascades was very easy to put together and it came with cardboard ornaments and LED lights to decorate it with.  We had the tree put together and decorated in less than an hour.  Some of the ornaments were a little difficult to put on the tree and they would fall off.  But all in all it was pretty easy to do.  One piece of advice…put the lights on first.  The directions tell you to do it second, but I would totally do it first.

Here’s a little about Boutique Cascades:

Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, markets and converts packaging products and tissue paper, composed mainly of recycled fibres.  Cascades employs close to 11,000 women and men who work in approximately 100 modern and flexible operating units located in North America and in Europe.

Cascades’ management philosophy, its more than 45 years of experience in recycling and its continuous efforts in research and development are strengths which enable the company to create new and innovative products for its customers. The Cascades shares trade on the Toronto Stock Market under the ticker symbol CAS.

For more detailed information, please visit our Web site at www.cascades.com.

My experience with Boutique Cascades has been really great.  When the Christmas tree arrived on my doorstep, the box was open and the Christmas tree spray had spilled in the box.  I immediately contacted my rep with the company and she sent another one back out to me.  That is really great customer service!  This shipped during the time Hurricane Sandy was happening and while we don’t get hurricane’s where I live, the weather was still pretty bad.  Regardless, I was taken care of and now have a Christmas tree in perfect condition.  So you can definitely order and have peace of mind.

So…do I have my Christmas tree up too early?  When do you put yours up?

Please leave me a comment and tell me about your holiday traditions.  Also, when and what kind of Christmas tree do you put up!!

*I received the Massimo Cardboard Christmas tree to review.  All stories and opinions are solely my own.