Chicken Soup for the Soul: Just Us Girls Review

Last month I told you about a Chicken Soup for the Soul book that I said was my absolute favorite. And it was a good one; one I enjoyed reading with my kids.  However…I have to say, the Chicken Soup for the Soul book I am reading this month is, by far, my favorite.  Hands down!

*I received the following product in exchange for this post.  All opinions are my own.


Chicken Soup for the Soul: Just Us Girls has 101 stories feel good stories.  They are a quick read…perfect for those of you that like to read a bit before bed.  You can definitely make it through a story or two (or three or four)!

“Nothing beats the friendship between women – the understanding and support during tough times, the laughter and fun during good times”

About the Book

Whether they’ve just met or they’re childhood pals, women support each other; understand each other; share advice, and have great fun together.  These stories will make you laugh out loud, tear up a little, and call a friend to share what you’ve read. You’ll read chapters called:

  • My Group – about book groups, play groups, clubs, coworkers and more
  • The New Friend Project – about women who have successfully found new friends
  • It Works – about the magical way that even improbable friendships work
  • She Knows – about the special connections women have with their friends
  • Down the Block – about the friends we find in our own neighborhoods
  • Taking the Plunge – about finding the courage to reach out to a potential new friend
  • Adventures with the Girls – about hilarious trips and escapades with friends

Looking for a holiday gift idea for your mom, sister, etc?  Pick up a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul:  Just Us Girls…I’m sure they will like it!!

Fairy Tale High Dolls #HolidayGiftGuide

Bella is a funny kid.  She has a wide range of likes from Ninja Turtles to Gator Boys to Princesses.  And I really like that about her.  I have a feeling Bella is going to grow up and be a lot like her daddy…know a whole lot about a wide range of things!

*I received the below pictured items.  All opinions stated in this post are 100% my own. This post may contain affiliated links.

When we saw the new Fairy Tale High dolls at Target, she immediately told me that she wanted them.  Now Bella is not a child that typically plays with Barbie’s or dolls like that.  I think it’s because she doesn’t know “their story”.  With the Fairy Tale High dolls, Bella already knows the story of the Little Mermaid or of Snow White so when she plays with them, she can act it out.



About the Fairy Tale High Dolls

Each doll has it’s own little story about what they were like when they were teenagers…a time before they fell in love and lived happily ever after.

The dolls are:

  • Teen Little Mermaid
  • Teen Alice
  • Teen Snow White
  • Teen Rapunzel
  • Teen Cinderella
  • Teen Belle
  • Teen Sleeping Beauty
  • Teen Tinker Bell

Each doll looks like what a younger version…well except for Rapunzel.  She looks pretty much the same as she did in the Tangled movie!

What I Like

The website is great!  Hover your mouse over each doll and you can find out a little more about them.  My favorite part…each doll has their own ebook that you can read on the computer!  Bella enjoyed this part.  You could even print the ebook out so you could read it off the computer…this came in handy for when her brother needed the computer!!

Bella is a tad confused why teenage Ariel as legs and not a mermaid tail.  She actually wants me to write the company and ask them why!  I think the words “can you tweet them?” were in there somewhere!

These will make a great present this holiday season!!

Tell me…which doll is your favorite?

Pokemon Energy Battle Arena #HolidayGiftGuide

I think from the second my son could say the word “Pokemon” he liked them.  I can remember when he was a lot younger, my mom would ask him something about his Pokemon cards, but not say the name correctly and it would send Zachary into a major tizzy and he couldn’t help himself, but to correct her.  I think she still says it wrong.  Shoot, I think I say it wrong, come to think of it.

*I was provided with the item pictured below for the purpose of this post.  There may be an affiliate link or two in this post.  All opinions are my own.

The holiday season is in full force (can you believe it?!?) and Christmas will be hear before you know it.  We all want to find that perfect toy, but sometimes we don’t know where to look.  Well I found it for you!!  For all those Pokemon lovers out there, you have to take a look at the Pokemon Battle Arena!!



About Pokemon Battle Arena

The ultimate platform for catching, training and battling your Pokemon.  This action-packed playset features two modes of play:  1-player training mode versus the computer and 1-on-1 battle mode against a fellow Pokemon trainer.  Select your Pokemon figure, pick their appropriate type, and watch as the energy battle attacks illuminate the full color LED display and the dynamic sounds bring the epic battle to life.  Your knowledge of the Pokemon combined with your attacks and defenses will determine who wins the battle.

This Pokemon Battle Arena is recommended for ages 4 & up.  It has a suggested retail price of $49.99…but totally shop around!  With all the extended Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals out there, I’m sure you could find this cheaper somewhere!!

Are your children interested in Pokemon?


Ask and you shall receive!!  TOMY (toy brand where Pokemon is sold) is having a cyber sale this week and the Pokemon Battle Arena is only $24.99 (ends Friday)!!!  How awesome is that?

Check out their site:  for this awesome deal and so many others!!!


The Little Mermaid 2 Movie Collection!

disclosure-imageWe are HUGE HUGE fans of the Little Mermaid in this house!  It’s my daughters favorite princess and truth be told, it’s mine too!  When I found out tat on November 19th, Walt Disney was releasing The Little Mermaid:  Ariel’s Beginning and The Little Mermaid II:  Return to the Sea, I just knew I had to have them!



About the Movies

The Little Mermaid:  Ariel’s Beginning

One of Disney’s most beloved characters reveals the extraordinary events that led up to her transformation into a princess!  Long before Ariel walked on land and into Prince Eric’s heart, she was one of seven beloved daughters of the powerful King Triton.  But times were troubled in the underwater kingdom – and music was banned!  In this magical adventure, Ariel, her fun loving sisters, and her loyal friends Sebastian and Flounder strive to bring music and friendship back to Atlantica.  Featuring breathtaking animation – and some thrilling surprises – The Little Mermaid:  Ariel’s Beginning is an enchanting tale you’ll share with your family again and again!

The Little Mermaid II:  Return to the Sea

All of your favorite characters from The Little Mermaid continue their adventures in this enchanting sequel to one of the most celebrated animated films of all time.  Even though her parents tell her merpeople and Atlantica are just “old fish tales”, Ariel’s daughter, Melody, dreams of being part of that magical world.  In an unforgettable story that will take your breath away, all the good creatures on the land and under the sea must join forces to show Melody that both her worlds can live in perfect harmony.


Bonus Features

  • Storybook – Read to you by Jodi Benson, the voice of Ariel
  • Deleted Song – “Gonna Get my Wish”
  • Classic Animated Short – “Merbabies”
  • Splashdance:  A Dancer’s Adventures Under the Sea
  • 2 Deleted Scenes
  • 4 Sing Along Songs
  • Mermaid Discovery Vanity Game

Christmas is almost here…this would make a perfect stocking stuffer or give for the Little Mermaid lover in your family!  Pick up your copy today!!!

Chet the Cat and Friends Having Fun in the Kitchen!



Do your kids like to play house or with a play kitchen?  Do they repeatedly ask to eat their lunch on their play dishes?  Mine always did!  With the Chet the Cat and Friends play sets, they can do just that!!

Meet Chet the Cat and Friends!  Chet inspires children to join his friends in the kitchen and at the table–no reservations required!  Each melamine set is food-grade, dishwasher-safe, and long-lasting.  Chet invites boys and girls to step into the world of make believe as they cook and eat with Parfait Poodle, Ready Rabbit, and Marv the Parrot.  The storybook-style illustrations of this engaging baking set are sure to bring delight & fun to any bakery, kitchen or restaurant party pretend play! 

Aren’t they cute?!?  They come in a Cooking Set, Baking Set and Dish Set.

About Each Set

The Dish set

  • Comes with 4 each of plates, bowls, cups, forks, spoons and knives
  • 100% Food-grade melamine and dishwasher-safe
  • Retails for $29.99

The Baking Set

  • Comes with 1 rolling pin, 1 mixing bowl, 1 pie pan, 3 measuring cups, mixing spoon, spatula and cooking sheet
  • 100% Food-grade melamine and dishwasher-safe
  • Retails for $21.99

Cooking Set

  • Comes with 1 stock pot with lid, 1 large frying pan, 1 small frying pan, 1 solid spoon, 1 slotted spoon and 1 spatula
  • 100% Food-grade melamine and dishwasher-safe
  • Retails for $21.99

These adorable play sets are recommended for ages 3 and up!  My favorite part is that they are dishwasher safe…the set my kids had when they were younger was NOT dishwasher safe and I’m sorry, but I have enough to wash without having to hand wash play dishes!

If you would like to purchase these for a holiday gift, you can do so online at:

 Which set do you think your kids would like most?