Gift Idea – The Secret Life of Pets

Coming up with a gift idea that both of my kids will like can be challenging at times. One of my favorite things to give the kids at Christmas, their birthday’s or any other holiday that we get them a gift, is a movie or movies they really liked. This year, for Christmas, is no different. We already have a few movies to give them. A great movie option, and one you should pre-order right now, from Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures, is The Secret Life of Pets! Both kids saw this movie in the theater and really enjoyed it a lot. I didn’t get a chance to see it, so I am looking forward to seeing it with them over Christmas break when my husband is also on vacation and we have more time for movies and family stuff!

I received a copy of this awesome gift idea as a thank you for this post. All opinions are 100% my own, as always!

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About the Movie

The Secret Life of Pets is a comedy about the lives our pets lead when we leave for work or school. Max, voiced by Louis C.K., is a loyal terrier living a perfectly happy existence until his owner, Katie (Ellie Kemper) brings home Duke (Erik Stonestreet) a big, boisterous mutt she finds at the shelter. When Max and his unruly new “roommate” slip away from their dog-walker, they find themselves lost in the urban jungle of New York City. In an attempt to stay ahead of animal control and a rebel band of abandoned pets led by an unhinged bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart), they put aside their differences to survive the epic journey back home.


  • Louis C.K.
  • Eric Stonestreet
  • Kevin Hart
  • Jenny Slate
  • Ellie Kemper
  • Lake Bell
  • Dana Carvey
  • Hannibal Buress
  • Bobby Moynihan
  • Steve Coogan
  • Albert Brooks

The Secret Life of Pets was released on digital HD on November 22, 2016. You can pick up your copy on DVD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray 3D and Blu-Ray on December 6, 2016! If you would like, you can pre-order your copy heregift idea! This makes a great gift idea for this holiday gift giving season!

Since we are all still planning our gift giving lists, what is your best gift idea for someone on your list?

Best Gift Ever – Kindle Unlimited

If there is one thing I look forward to each and every single day (besides a hot shower) it’s the time I set aside to read. I still remember the day my mom took me to the public library and I got my very own library card. Going to the library and checking out books was my absolute favorite thing to do. Even now, as an adult, I love just sitting in a library. I often wish I would have gone to school to be a librarian. Working at the library and helping people find what they are looking for sounds like the perfect job for me. It really does! While I still love going to the library, I do prefer to read on my Kindle Paperwhitebest gift. My husband bought me one for my birthday last year and I have used it every single day since! The best thing I ever did was get a membership to Kindle Unlimited! It really is the best gift ever!

About Amazon Kindle Unlimited

The program offers:

  • Unlimited reading from over 1 million ebooks
  • Unlimited listening to thousands of audiobooks
  • Read on any device

For me, deciding to get a membership to Kindle Unlimited has really allowed me to branch out and read different genres and different authors. Right now I am starting my 68th book for the year. 68! I don’t know that I would have read that many if it weren’t for Kindle Unlimited or my Kindle Paperwhite.

You get all of this for just $9.99 per month!! Just fill up your Kindle Paperwhitebest gift and pop it in your purse. So while you are waiting in the pick up line at school, at your child’s sports practice…basically anywhere, you can be reading without having to worry about needing light or carrying a heavy book around. My favorite is to sit in my car during my daughters basketball practice and enjoy whatever I’m currently reading while also enjoying the heated seats!

Amazon Kindle for Kids Bundle

It wouldn’t be Amazon if they didn’t have an amazing Kindle bundle for kids! My son is in middle school and they have to carry a book with them every single day for silent reading during homeroom. Kids have to carry enough heavy stuff around as it is, so lighten the load a bit and Shop Amazon Devices – All-New Kindle for Kids Bundlebest gift. The kids bundle includes:

  • The latest Kindle without sponsored screensavers
  • Free cover (you choose the color)
  • 2 year worry free guarantee (if they break it, Amazon replaces it for free…no questions asked!)

Unlike tablets, the Kindle for kids offers ZERO distractions. They just read! You can set reading goals and track their progress with Kindle FreeTime. Also, and this part is important, this Kindle does not come with a backlight. So bedtime is still bedtime. Note: Kindle Paperwhite has a backlight.

So while you are thinking about trying to find the best gift ever for those on your holiday gift giving list, consider giving a gift that keeps on giving day after day! Here is the one I got. He even bought me a beautiful Coach purse too. I was so spoiled last year!

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See…now you really want a Kindle Paperwhite and the awesome Kindle Unlimited membership, don’t you? Be sure to sign up for the FREE 30 day trial below to see if you like it as much as I do!

Join Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial

What is the best gift you’ve ever received?

Custom Bottle Opener – Snake Bite Co.

The holidays are quickly approaching, and if you are like me, you are scratching your head to come up with a unique item to get that special someone on your holiday gift list. For me, that special someone is my husband. He has to be one of the hardest people to shop for. Sure he collects watches, but really…how many watches can a guy have (he has 12…not joking)? As I wander through store after store, and looking at all of the watches the store has, I end up feeling defeated pretty quickly because I don’t want to get him a watch, but what else do I get a guy that has whatever he wants? I mean, he doesn’t really want much and the things he does want, he usually needs so he buys it. Which leaves me with zero ideas on what to get him! It’s as if the Snake Bite Co. heard my cries! With their custom bottle opener, which is also a key chain (super convenient and smart!), I can get my husband that unique gift item I am looking for and he gets something that is both useful and really cool!

*This is a partnered post. I was sent the following product for the purpose of this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

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One of the first things I noticed about this custom bottle opener is the care and attention to detail the Snake Bite Co. put into the packaging. Each bottle opener comes in it’s own little drawstring bag (my daughter has already claimed the bag for herself once my husband is done with it) and since I had the bottle opener personalized with my husband’s initials, the bag was personalized as well! When I am purchasing a gift, I really appreciate when a company takes things a step further and really pays attention to the detail. I can’t tell you if my husband noticed that little detail, but I did and let’s face it, that’s all that matters, right?!?

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About the Snake Bite Co.

The Snake Bite Co. is an American manufacturer of quality products that are ready to be used everyday, for years to come. We pair the best materials with the most talented craftspeople to create the highest quality products. We’re drawing a line in the sand for other brands that claim to be something they’re not and making our mark with everything we build; 100% sourced & handcrafted in the U.S.A. 

We build products & apparel for the after hours, the happy hours, and the weekend — all the times when you’re ready to enjoy life.

custom bottle opener

So…what do you think? Does this make a great holiday gift idea or what? But guess what…I’m not done! Thanks to the generosity of the Snake Bite Co., one lucky reader will win an e-voucher worth two Snake Bites of their choice. This includes free shipping too! For everyone else that enters and does not win the e-voucher, you will receive a 15% off code good for anything on the site (minus custom items). Sounds great, right?!?

If the widget above does not load, you can enter my simply visiting this link. Good luck!!

Who would you make a custom bottle opener for on your gift list?

For more information about the Snake Bite Co. you can visit them on the web at:

Facebook – @SnakeBiteCo

Twitter – @SnakeBiteCoUSA

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Holiday Gift Guide 2016

The holiday gift giving season is right around the corner. I know I said it the other day, but I really can’t believe it’s already almost November! When I say it seems like my kids just finished the previous school year, I’m not joking! Our summer flew by with lots of weddings, wedding showers and birthdays galore! But…soon enough, Thanksgiving will be here and before we know it, Christmas. So it’s time to buckle down and start making those holiday gift giving and gift wish lists (great printable for kids…and it’s FREE)! Each year I do a holiday gift guide and this year is no different!

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About the Holiday Gift Guide

You’ve probably seen other sites doing a holiday gift guide. Mine is slightly different. Rather than put each product in one post, I give each product it’s own post and each holiday gift guide is linked in my menu bar. I have found, over the years, that by doing my holiday gift guide this way, it allows each product to get it’s own focus and best of all, these products are looked at more than just during the holidays! You can check out my past holiday gift guides here (this link takes you to my 2015 holiday gift guide)!

How to get your product featured

You want to get your product featured, don’t you?!? Simply email me at the email above or click on the Contact Me link at the top of my site. I am more than happy to go over my requirements and what your submission includes!

I am still looking for submissions in the following categories:

  • Gifts for men, women, children
  • Stocking stuffers
  • Gifts for pets
  • Books
  • Toys
  • Clothing

Don’t see a category for your product, contact me! I would love to talk to you about including your product in my gift guide!

What item would you like to see in this years Holiday Gift Guide?

Bookaboo – An Amazon Original Series

When my kids were younger, I remember really struggling to find TV shows that I felt were appropriate for them and that didn’t make me want to shove pointy objects in my ears. My daughter, at two years old, became obsessed with Caillou. I’m telling you, I’ve never disliked a fictional character as much as I disliked Caillou. However, she was absolutely taken by him, so much so that my sister in-law found a stuffed Caillou in a store in Canada and brought it home for her. I thought maybe just getting to sleep with that stuffed toy would be enough, but no…she had to watch the show AND hold Caillou at the same time. The lovely people at Amazon has heard our cries for appropriate children shows and has announced a brand new Amazon Original Kids Series, Bookaboo that is set to premier this Friday, October 28, 2016, on Prime Video in the US and UK!

*This is a partnered post. 


About Bookaboo

Inspiring parents to read to and with their children in order to develop a lifelong love of reading is the main purpose of Bookaboo. Bookaboo, along with his bandmates Paws and Growler, travel the globe playing drums to their adoring fans with one little catch…Bookaboo can’t play without a story a day! A famous face helps empower Bookaboo to return to stage each episode with a favorite story. This favorite story the celebrity guest brings is brought to life through animation and interactive and energetic reading. This successfully restores Bookaboo’s “bojo” and allows him to return to stage to perform! Some famous face you will see are:

  • Paula Abdul
  • Rachelle Lefevre
  • Molly Parker
  • Hannah Simone
  • Emily Van Camp
  • Selma Blair
  • Michael Sheen
  • Guillermo Diaz
  • Adam Copeland
  • Chris Hadfield
  • Antonio Brown

Today I made a special visit to my little 2 year old friends house to share Bookaboo with her. While watching Bookaboo, she had a blast playing with some fun musical toys I brought over for her. I’m not sure dad will be all that pleased with the all that musical wonderfulness he will be walking into after a long day at work, but this little girl had a blast!



The entire first season will be available, at no additional cost, to Prime Members this Friday, October 28, 2016. Members will be able to stream and enjoy Bookaboo on the Amazon Video app for TVs, on connected devices like Amazon Fire TV and mobile devices, or online at If you don’t have Amazon Prime, then you can Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trialbookaboo. As a Prime member, you will also have the option to download the series to a mobile device for offline viewing. Pick up a pair of these volume limiting headphonesbookaboo and let your kids watch Bookaboo on your next road trip! Think about how amazingly quiet your car ride will be! You’re welcome!

Which favorite story would you like to see read on Bookaboo?