Mirari From Patch Toys - Holiday Gift Guide 2013

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Today I'm going to highlight two toys from Patch that I think are perfect gifts for the little ones on your holiday shopping list. Patch Toys is a family owned business started in 1985 and they have a name well known for great games such as Farkle and Wooly Willy. Let's get started and meet the myPad from the Mirari line. When it comes to electronics no one is more attracted to them than toddlers! If they see mom and dad playing with a tablet or a phone they want one too. When I was first introduced to the myPad from Mirari at Blogher13 in Chicago I smiled at the genius of making a tablet just for little hands. For this review we had to enlist the help of the adorable Miss A my best friend's darling little girl. We pulled the myPad from the bag to show Miss A and she immediately started pressing the buttons and wanted it out of the package to play.

Colorful Fun - Jenga TETRIS Review

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Have you ever played the nerve-wracking edge-of-your-seat fun Hasbro game called Jenga? You loved it right? Of course you did, and so did I which was why I was anxious to try the new Jenga TETRIS. This new game from Hasbro has traded the simple wooden blocks from the original for new plastic TETRIS shaped blocks of all different colors. This more colorful family game has all the fun of the original and is a bit trickier to play.

Mario Brother's- Luigi Wins Again!

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I know I'm his mom, so I'm supposed to think my son is the cutest and smartest boy ever, and he really is you know. I love the Booper because he is always surprising me. I had to laugh when I asked Mr. Boop what he wanted to be for Halloween he didn't even hesitate to say he wanted to be Luigi. We like to play video games and he loves the games with Mario. He's fascinated lately about being a super hero and saving people so I figured he would want to be super man or spider man, or I even thought he might want to have a cat costume since he loves kitty cats. But no, he had to be Luigi from the Mario Brothers. My hunt for a Luigi Halloween costume lead me to Halloween Adventure.com where I found just what I was looking for.

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And They All Lived Happily Ever After! 

Disney LIVE came to a city near my home and the Booper and I were given free tickets to attend in exchange for this post. An easy trade for me, I was so excited to get to go see some of my favorite princess stories played out on stage at The Center. We walked in with anticipation for a time of fun and magic and we walked out with our eyes wide with wonder and big smiles all around. This show seemed to draw in a large audience of little girls all decked out in their princess costumes and who could blame them? It's the perfect time of year for dressing up and when you're going to watch other princesses you might as well be one too, right? The Booper was my little prince he didn't dress for the occasion, but when we arrived my mother bought him and my nephew plastic swords from the souvenir stand. (A fact that made the intermission break very interesting for us.)

Gobble Gobble Up Those Pretzels!

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Calling all Hens and Toms, it's getting closer to the big day! Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it's time to plan when you're going to watch FREE BIRDS. Coming to theaters Novemeber 1, this action comedy aims at big belly laughs for everyone in the family. These birds aren't just angry they're on a mission to take turkey off the Thanksgiving menu, and with some help from Auntie Anne's we hope to add pretzels to one reader's menu. Read on below for details on how to enter for a fun prize pack.

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Are you ready for Halloween? Costumes, decorations, spooky music and more, but are you forgetting something? Oh yeah, the CANDY! We've got a fun flash event for you today only offering up $10 PayPal cash perfect for grabbing some last minute treats for your fall parties. Plus by entering this flash event you're entering for other amazing prizes too! One lucky winner will enjoy this quick cash prize so don't miss out-join our flash event below!

Family Spooky Movie Giveaway

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Does your family have quirks? I think every family has a fun story to tell, and perhaps even a spooky story to share! Take the fun quiz below to find out which spooky family you are. What spooky movie is your favorite? I'm a huge Scooby-Doo fan so Scoob and the whole gang of meddling kids will always be at the top of my list. Now you can enter for a chance to win one of these spooky family favorites just in time for family movie night.

Creating Change - There's No Place Like Home

Several years ago I had the pleasure of helping out on a build for Habitat for Humanity. The house we were building happened to be a home for one of my co-workers and I was so happy for her to finally have a place to raise her children. The whole experience of volunteering to help with the build was eye-opening for me. To join up on a build with Habitat for Humanity was a step out of my comfort zone, but so worth the temporary anxiety I felt when walking up to the build site. I wasn't the only one who had never volunteered so all of us newbies got to enjoy some firsts together. Throughout the day different volunteers showed up and each were given tasks to help get the job done. It wasn't the first time I held and used a hammer, but it is now the first house I can drive past and say, "I helped build that!" what a thrill. Everyone needs a place to call home, because as you know " There's No Place Like Home." Read on about this week's sponsor and don't be afraid to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.

Play On - #MissionGiveaway

Have you ever been right in the middle of a cliff-hanger scene and then got a phone call? I have had this happen so many times, and our sponsor this week Play On has the solution! This looks like it would be great for families on the go like mine, no longer would we be missing out on a premier or a favorite episode. Read on about our sponsor and enter for this useful subscription! Good Luck!

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Keep Calm and Game On! {iTunes Giveaway}

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I know life can get so busy. Our family just returned home from a vacation and I feel like I need another vacation. Every feel that way? Even our weekends can get so hectic on Monday going back to work can feel like a break at times. I love to play games! I call it my zone out time. There are days this Momma just needs a time out, and playing some fun games helps relieves my stress.

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Is it True Love? Quiz and Movie Ticket Giveaway

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Is it just a crush or true love? That's a huge question I'm sure everyone has asked themselves at some point in time. It's funny with my husband I never really asked myself that question we went from best friends to true love, but I knew I loved him from the moment we met. I was his 'church girl' and after we just had our anniversary on October 9, we've been married for 9 years and we can laugh about our insecurities of when we first met. Watch the trailer for I'm In Love With A Church Girl and plan to go watch in theaters on October 18. Want a chance to win free tickets? Take the fun quiz and enter below. Perhaps you'll take your true love with you to watch? Good Luck!

$25 Target Giveaway

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Boo! Halloween is right around the corner! Scary, I know. But Your Strong Tower, along with a great group of bloggers and eFavorMart.com are here to help. We're all so excited to share some spooktacular fun during this season of pumpkins and candy corn we're offering up prizes! One super-lucky fan will win a $25 Target gift card to use for Halloween candy or costumes, PLUS a set of four Fairy Nest LED Vase Lights, which are remote-controlled. Because you can change the colors of the Fairy Nest Lights (13 choices!), you can use these at your events and parties all year round. Two more fans will also win the Fairy Nest light set! 

Snuggle vs. Tide : Which side will you choose?

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Grilling with Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil {Smiley360 Review}

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While temperatures are starting to cool down outside, I still enjoy getting out there and grilling up some delicious dishes for our family. I know there are a lot of people who can whip out intricate flavors that will make mouth's water, but for me I'm better at sticking with what's simple. When I find something that makes my cooking taste good I just stick with what works. Being a Smiley360 blogger I was given the chance to review Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil. While trying to come up with a creative recipe to try out my new bottle of olive oil all I kept thinking of was grilling out. We love using olive oil to coat our grill rack to keep foods from sticking. Coating the rack with olive oil has always worked well for us, and is a huge life saver when it comes to keeping the grill rack rust-free and it helps make clean up easy.

The Reading Lesson Curriculum Giveaway

Giving your child the gift of reading is a gift no one will ever be able to take away. Many children struggle when first learning to read and the stress on the child and their parent can build to a breaking point. Learning to read doesn't have to be a stressful and our sponsor this week wants to help with their own recipe for successful readers - The Reading Lesson. If you have a child getting ready to start learning to read or have a friend with children that could benefit from this great program be sure to enter this week's Mission Giveaway.

Bethlehem Books $50 #MissionGiveaway

I don't know why but there's a passion that was passed down in my family for great literature. My mother always had a love for books, and even when I was young and didn't really like reading yet she inspired a love of books in me. My mother kept encouraging me to read all different kinds of books to try to find which genre would be my favorite, finally I read a mystery and I was hooked! Having the right kind of books at your child's disposal is priceless. Whether you're a homeschooling family or a parent looking to broaden your child's personal library this week's sponsor has some great books to open the doors of their minds. Read on about Bethlehem Books and enter for a $50 to spend.

We Share What's Good Dinosaur Style

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Just two days ago our family returned from a highly anticipated vacation to Destin, Florida. While we were there we had lots of family time. We were fortunate to stay in a beautiful condo and have all the amenities of home a full kitchen, a washer and dryer, and a few things we don't have at home like a gorgeous white sandy beach! We took the Booper to several fun places for entertainment. We shot some hoops at a local arcade and I scored the highest score of the day winning one hundred tickets and long time bragging rights (of course). Discovering a local playground off the beaten path the Booper enjoyed playing with the other children, and even cried when boy he'd just met had to go home. Isn't that sweet?

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Meet Lark from The Beatrix Girls

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It's not every day we get to host a rock star in our home, but recently we had the chance to open our guest room to Lark from The Beatrix Girls! Lark is an extreme sports loving rocker who brightened our home with her spunk and obviously her bright red locks of hair. Lark plays bass guitar but could appreciate the lead guitar licks my husband played while she was visiting. With her beautiful green eyes Lark watched some baseball with our family and we all cheered on our favorite Red Sox! We were happy to learn coming from Boston Lark enjoys many of the same things we do like Boston baked beans. When she isn't rocking some killer jams Lark spent her time looking for adventure anywhere her black boots would take her.

Pacific Rim Blu-ray Trivia and Giveaway

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Looking for action and adventure for your next movie night? Pacific Rim is coming to Blu-ray on October 15, 2013! This movie looks to be very exciting to watch! Our family just returned home from a much needed beach vacation, and while we were gone I was able to catch a few movies I had been wanting to watch. This movie is now on my new list of must-see films. Watch the trailer for Pacific Rim below and enter for a chance to win it on Blu-ray! Good luck!

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Florsheim Style Meets Quality {Review and Giveaway}

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Maybe it was the pumpkin orange mock shoelaces or the plaid that caught my eye, but I immediately fell in love with this pair of shoes from Florsheim. The Booper was excited when we received his new shoes, and I couldn't get over the stylish detailing on the Valco Moc Toe Jr. With a fashionable flair I didn't realize was possible with toddler boy's shoes the Booper found them easy to put on. He still asks for my help when putting on his shoes, but I've watched him do it by himself before. The really genius thing about these boots in my opinion are the shoelaces or rather the stretchy bands that look like laces. The mock laces on these shoes from Florsheim give boys with a high instep like my little guy added comfort while putting them on and taking them off. This pair the Valco Moc Toe Jr is available in 3 color choices and is made with a combination of genuine leather and fabric. I chose the Brown Multi and the other choices for this pair were Brown or Olive Camouflage. With a good sized sole made of rubber the tread works well for active boys like our Booper.

Grace Unplugged App and Giveaway

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I'm so excited to introduce an upcoming film perfect for a family movie night. If you're looking for a movie you can feel good about sharing with your tweens this might be a perfect fit. What girl wouldn't want to chase after her dreams and make it as a rock star? 

Having just turned 18, Grace Trey aspires to more than just singing at her church where her father, a former pop star, is the worship leader. So, with the help of Mossy, her dad's former manager, Grace records a cover version of her dad's old Top-10 hit, runs off to Los Angeles, and begins to taste the kind of stardom she's always dreamed about.Yet with each rung of the ladder she climbs, Grace feels more and more pressure to compromise her values, further straining her relationship with her parents. Will everything she experiences lead her to reject her faith… or rediscover it?
Grace Unplugged opens in theaters October 4 and is “Family Approved” by the Dove Foundation. Play the fun blog app below, and see if you're ready for the Rock Star life! 
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Smart Choice for School Lunches

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Organic milk right off shelf? You bet! Before I was contacted for this review I didn't know about these milk boxes from Horizon. The Booper like most kids loves chocolate milk. He doesn't get it often so it's a special treat when we let him add chocolate to his milk. We received 20 individual serving milk boxes for this review, and so we wanted to share them with friends. On a Friday when we were going to be helping at the school, the Booper and I met with the children at the park for snack time. These milk boxes are served best chilled, and I kept them on ice packs at the park, but they are safe to store in a cool dry space like your pantry. To my surprise the Booper liked the Vanilla just as much as he loved the Chocolate flavored. The students all enjoyed drinking the Horizon milk boxes with their cookies at the park. Thankfully we had enough to give everyone seconds after their play time! A couple of the boys had the chocolate flavor the first time and were a bit nervous to try the vanilla, then one of them exclaimed, "this is really good!". I smiled knowing that not only was the milk delicious, it was also good for them too.

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