Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ring In The New Year Round Robin

Happy New Year from The Mommy Island! 
Are you ready to party with us? We're having another fun event just to show our readers a good time, and to introduce you to some amazing blogs around the web. There's nothing that sounds better in the month of January and lots of holiday bills than some cold hard cash, so that's what I'll be giving one lucky reader. Be sure to follow the instructions since there isn't an entry form, then hop along to the next blog listed for another event until you've went full circle! Good Luck and have a great time!

Monday, December 29, 2014

HeroMe Made For Saving The Play {Review and Giveaway}

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When boredom strikes, there's no fun in sight and your house is filled with despair...who will save the play? It's HeroMe to the rescue! The Booper is all about the play about the play-no trouble! There are times when his playtime is stifled by toys that don't allow for his imagination by having a fixed story line. HeroMe labs offers a way for kids to create their own hero inventing their own story for play! This exciting new online lab offers custom action figure toys designed by the user. Offering a unique play experience the HeroMe Lab is a fun gift idea for the adventurous child.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 
While I'll be off for a few days spending time with my family I wanted to share this fun image of Baymax from Big Hero 6. We took the Booper to see this movie in theaters and it was really great, my husband enjoyed it the most. If you haven't already, you can watch the trailer below and check out all the fun happening on social media. 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Ready For The Holidays With #CamerasatBestBuy

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The holiday season is upon us! This year don't leave recording your precious holiday memories to chance. I'll never forget the year I forgot to bring my camera along with me to our large family Christmas. Several family members offered to share pictures with me, but let's face it no one will get exactly the shots you're looking for. I was so disappointed later when looking back at the pictures from that year. We didn't get a picture with our whole family. You don't want to make the same mistake that I did, be prepared and bring your own camera. Don't have a digital camera? Best Buy has you covered! There's still time to explore all the best cameras and find one that's right for you. 

Stop Making Your Child's Bed! Zipit Bedding Review

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Have you ever heard the phrases, "sleep tight" or "sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite"? When I was a kid I thought bed bugs were a myth parents told their kids to keep them in bed. I would wrap up in my blankets like a burrito not wanting my toe to pop out from under the covers (at least in the winter time) for fear a bed bug might bite. Isn't it funny how we view things when we're young? Like how making your bed seemed like a waste of time. I never understood the point of making my bed back then. Now that I'm a mom and having to keep house, I realize the torture I put my own mom through every day. I can't remember a time when I thought making my bed was fun. I'm excited for the Booper being only four he loves making his own bed with Zipit Bedding! 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Your Best Holiday Shot With A Canon From Best Buy #HintingSeason

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As an avid scrapbooker and paper crafter I think having great pictures to capture those special memories is where it all starts. At family gatherings we like to joke that we're all paparazzi when it comes to taking pictures of the kids. The great thing about digital photography is you don't have to spend a fortune on film, you can take as many pictures as you like! We're all looking for that perfect shot, and now it's easier than ever with digital imaging and Canon. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Behind The Scenes at the Dr Pepper Snapple Group #DPSBalance

I was delighted to take part in a virtual conversation with Dr Pepper Snapple Group and The Motherhood. 
While I was compensated for my time, all views and opinions expressed here are my own. 
It was an honor to be invited along with a handful of bloggers to join Dr Pepper Snapple Group and The Motherhood in a virtual conversation. We had the privilege of listening to a presentation given by members of the Dr Pepper Snapple team, and to participate in an open forum where we could ask our questions. I learned it was actually possible to love Dr. Pepper even more than I already did after hearing the heart behind the brand.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Enter For Night at the Museum Gift Package

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Just in time for the holidays the crew is back on the big screen! Are you ready for another adventure with Larry and your favorite magical museum exhibits? We're celebrating Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb by offering a fun chance to win! Check out all the fun and even play some games then be sure to enter for a chance to win the Night at the Museum gift package including a $25 Visa gift card to go see the film in theaters. Coming to theaters December 19th!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Fetching Fun With The Happy's

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What could be more fun than playing fetch with a furry friend? Pets are fun to play with whether they're real or simply a great toy. The Booper loves pets of all kinds and his newest friend is one of The Happy's from Cepia, the makers of ZhuZhu Pets. His lovable new pet's name is Thunder, and his bright blue fur makes him easy to spot zooming across our kitchen floor. Thunder came with his own special treat that will make him wiggle for joy. Each of The Happy's comes with a treat that unlocks a different trick, such as pounce, chase, wiggle or beg! All treats work with any pet, so the more treats you have, the more tricks your pet can do!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Stovetop to Tabletop In Minutes: Idahoan Review and Giveaway

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In the season of being very busy our family still tries to make time for gathering around the table for a sit-down meal. With my husband working lots of overtime and the Booper having after-school programs, I've got to keep my meal planning simple. For being a very picky eater the Booper loves potatoes! Potatoes are delicious and filling, but such a pain to wash and peel. Thankfully, Idahoan offers easy solutions to add potatoes to the menu. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb [Coming Soon]

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Have you been missing all  your favorite displays? They're back!- along with new friends to join the action! Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is coming to theaters December 19th, watch Lary (Ben Stiller)and friends as they embark on an adventure to save the magic! Read more about the film and get your first glimpse of the trailer below.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

[Giveaway] Free Baby Merlin's Magic Sleepsuit

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Have A Party With Jingle All The Way 2

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If you are looking for something fun to watch this holiday season, then "Jingle All The Way 2" is the movie for you! On Saturday night, thanks to Fox Insiders I hosted a fun and festive party featuring none other than the "Jingle All The Way 2" movie!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Treasured Holiday Memories {Holiday Sweepstakes}

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With Christmas 2014 approaching this is the time of year when I start to reflect on past holidays and how quickly time flies. It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating baby's first Christmas and now he's four and has a list a mile long for Santa, a man the Booper can't stop talking about. I know I'm like every other doting parent, but I really do have the sweetest kid. The other day while engaging in one of our many MANY talks about Kris Kringle the Booper asked me what we should buy for Santa. I was a bit stunned by the question. I had never thought about giving Santa something. so this will be our first year to set out milk and cookies for Jolly St. Nick.

Gifts For The Grill Master From Dad Gifts {Giveaway}

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Welcome to the 'Tis the Season Giveaways Hop!
This event is brought to you by The Hopping Bloggers & Up All Night Blogging! We are a group of bloggers that specialize in giveaway hops - so stay with us and you will have many chances to win some amazing prizes! Each blogger participating in this hop has a giveaway with a prize value of at least $15 - and some are much more than that! Be sure to visit them all - there is no limit to how many prizes you can win! Good Luck and Have Fun!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Great Christmas $25 Lowe's Gift Card Giveaway

Are you ready for the holidays? Have lots of shopping left before Christmas? I've teamed up with a fab group of bloggers to bring you a fun event where you can hop from blog to blog and enter for over $600 in Prizes! Welcome to the Great Christmas Giveaway!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Frozen Toddler Bed and Chair Giveaway


Welcome to the Disney Frozen Canopy Toddler Bed and Chair Event! 
Everything Mommyhood has teamed up with a handful of bloggers to bring you this fabulous giveaway just in time for the Holidays! Special thanks to our co-hosts Our Piece of Earth, Bayou City Mamas, Metro Detroit Mommy, The Stuff of Success, and Found Frolicking.
Sponsored by Delta Children!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Family Devotions Delivered With The Family Box {Review and Giveaway}

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If there's one thing most families say they want more of- it's time spent together. Life can get so busy and we sometimes push the most important things to the back burner while we get through the week. I know it's so easy to do, since we've been there the last few weeks while my husband was switched to a night shift schedule. We've just been going through the motions of school, work and chores. We rarely have time to sit down as a family and do a devotion. I was delighted to have the opportunity to receive the Family Box to change all that. Family Box is a simple subscription box designed to make family devotions easy and fun for younger children. Exactly what we've been needing! 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Crunchy Snacks, Simple Ingredients {Simply 7 Giveaway}

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Welcome to the Naturally Healthy Giveaway Hop, organized by Happy Mothering, Easy Green Mom and Brittleby’s Corner through the Green Moms Network! To help you keep healthy naturally this winter, our members are offering giveaways to help you prevent and treat potential ailments. After entering my Simply 7 giveaway, be sure to hop around and enter all of the other giveaways listed on the linky at the bottom of this post for your chance to win more naturally healthy giveaways!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Jingle All The Way 2 Is Back For More Laughs

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Get ready for big belly laughs that will make you say, "Ho Ho Ho" this holiday season. Watch as Larry the Cable Guy pulls out all the stops to try and have the perfect Christmas. This fun movie is back and just in time to bring joy to your family movie night. Read more about this comedy and enter for a chance to win a copy below. 

My Top 5 Cyber Monday Wishes

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Tomorrow is the big day for online shoppers. I'm all about avoiding the crowds and having my purchases delivered right to my front door, Cyber Monday is one of my favorite shopping days for my family, but sometimes I'm able to pick up a few of my own wishes too. Visiting one of my most visited online stores, I've found some great deals and created a list of five of my Cyber Monday wishes. I love stacking my savings and an easy place to find ways to stack savings is Kohl's! I shop Kohl's in store and online, so tomorrow I'll be using my mouse to click around their site for the best deals. Take a peek at what I'm wanting this year with five of my favorite deals from Kohl's. (Prices may vary from those pictured below)

Friday, November 28, 2014

Make Beds Easier With Zipit Bedding {Giveaway Hop}

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Have you ever wished there was a way for your kids to make their own beds easily? I've often walked into the Booper's room and wished his room didn't look sloppy with covers piled up in a ball. He's too little to make his bed with regular covers, but with Zipit Bedding it's as easy as using a zipper! Zipit Bedding is a fun new line of bedding made for kids, college students and anyone needing an easy solution for keeping their bed neat and tidy with the tug of a zipper. Read more about our sponsor and enter for Zipit Bedding below!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving From Big Hero 6

Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that you take a moment to count your blessings on this day of giving thanks. I'll be spending time with my two favorite guys and some of my extended family enjoying a delicious meal, some quality time together and perhaps even some football! I'm super excited that next weekend I'm getting to go with the Booper and hubs to see Big Hero 6! This movie looks exciting, and I'm sure we'll love it. Watch the trailer below and have a great day!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Easy and Delicious Italian Dishes #MomsLoveColavita

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I never dreamed that I would see the Booper eat eggplant and enjoy it with a smile on his face. As a mom that's a huge win in my book. Anytime I cook one meal for our whole family and don't have to make adjustments for the little guy I'm pleased with myselfThe best part of making this delicious dish with eggplant and peppers was using the Colavita products. The recipe was so easy to prepare! 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Holiday Gifts For Her: Thirty-One Gifts

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There are times when I jump in on every new trend with both feet and don't look back, then for some reason there are times when I drag my feet even when my friends are raving. Thirty-One Gifts didn't catch on for me when I received my first party invitation. At first I just didn't know what it was, someone falsely described it to me as organizing gear for your home. I pictured borish plastic tubs and more products to make me feel sad about my lack of organizing skills. Thirty-One gifts are anything but boring and for me they actually have a happy effect. Their designs are so cheery and fun though they have lots of great products for organizing I would never describe them as just a home organizing company! Even if I was slow to join the voices shouting their love for Thirty-One, I'm going to make up for it now by sharing them as one of my holiday favorite gift ideas for the ladies in your life.

Enter The #FreeBirdsThanksgiving Giveaway

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Can you believe Thanksgiving is almost here? It's seems like just yesterday we were sitting around our screen laughing at the adventures of Reggie, Jake and Jenny. Free Birds if you haven't watched already is an action adventure animation where a group of determined Turkeys go back in time to try and take Turkey off the Thanksgiving menu. Will they succeed? Read more about this family movie and enter for a chance to win the DVD plus a bonus plush toy!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Adding Color To The Kid's Table: Edible Arrangements

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With Thanksgiving only days away you're probably actively planning your menu and table settings. Setting a beautiful table for the holiday is simple and fun to do. I seem to care more about holiday decor now that the Booper is old enough to notice and get excited to celebrate. Giving thanks on this special day has always been a tradition in my family. We love gathering around a big table at my parent's house decorated with the vibrant colors of Fall. This year as our kids grow and need more room we'll be setting a children's table just for them!

Rudolph Celebrates 50 Years {Pop-Up Book Giveaway}

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Happy Anniversary, Rudolph! Celebrating 50 years and counting the beloved red-nosed reindeer is teaching a new generation of children it's okay to be unique. Keep the shiny nose story alive by sharing this Special Edition Rudolph Pop-Up book with your family. Learn more about this children's classic and enter for a chance to win a copy below. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Find The Best Gifts For The Whole Family At Best Buy

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Happy Holidays! Can you believe it's already that season again? It's upon us and everyone is already busy hunting for the gifts to make this the Best holiday ever. Is your family still crowding around a small screen to watch your favorite holiday shows? Does your wish list include a clearer picture with more vibrant colors? If you're looking for something special that will be a gift to your whole family then you're going to be excited to learn about the new LG OLED TV available at Best Buy. In our house movies are a special occasion where we can curl up and settle in for a fun comedy or my personal favorite a suspense thriller. Whatever we've gathered to watch it's more fun when you've got the right technology to help you enjoy every detail. The new LG OLED TV boasts the ultimate display, with the colors that really pop on your screen. I know what I'll be adding to my holiday wish list this year! Holiday shopping for something the whole family will enjoy is as easy as taking a trip to your favorite Best Buy.

Simple Bedtime Routines With Kid'Sleep Moon

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If you're a regular here at The Mommy Island you might already know my husband works shift work on occasion. When my husband switches shifts it take our whole family time to adjust and even though I try to keep the Booper on a schedule, I want him to have daddy time. As we've adjusted to my husband's most recent work hour changes it's been easier to handle having the Kid'Sleep Moon sleep trainer.

Disney Presents The All New Cinderella

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If you are a fan of Disney's animated version of Cinderella, then you are sure to love this new live action version from Disney! A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, "Cinderella" brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually-dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Happy Holidays With NCircle Entertainment

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NCircle Entertainment is spreading holiday cheer with their newly released holiday movie collection. The Booper is a huge fan of Caillou and Octonauts so these two holiday movies are getting him ready for Christmas. He's all about making his wish list, and if he didn't already have these movies I'm sure they would be on the list! The Snowman movie is making him wish for snow, though I'm not sure I agree with him that we need enough snow to build the biggest snowman ever. Read more about these exciting kid's movies below and enter for a chance to win them. Don't miss the holiday hop below for more chances to win fun prizes. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Blogger Sign Ups -Celebrate Your Fandom Giveaway Hop

Join us for a huge Sport themed giveaway hop!
The Mommy Island and The Kids Did It are hosting the “Celebrate Your Fandom”Giveaway Hop from January 19-February 2, 2015. All bloggers are invited to join us as this is a FREE event with a $15.00 prize minimum. We never enforce pre-event requirements, such as sidebar buttons or making participants post or promote our events, but it sure is sweet of you to tweet or share our event on your social profiles!

Youngsters Leap Into Gaming With LeapTV

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Gaming fun just won't wait until they're older! The Booper was very excited to help me set up a fun day for him and his cousins to play with the new game system from LeapFrog. The LeapTV gaming system is designed for younger children and that's just perfect for my little guy. We had a great time setting up the LeapTV at my parent's house. They have a large flat screen tv that's perfect for our whole crew to watch the fun. The boys were excited to get their hands on the special LeapTV controller and go go go!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Saving Christmas! The Three Dogateers Movie Giveaway

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Sometimes life can be Ruff and you need to take a break and kick back and watch a movie. Your family is going to love this fun movie where every dog has his day! Read more about dog-gone cute  Christmas movie and enter for a chance to win it below. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Penguins Of Madagascar Gift Package Giveaway

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Welcome to the Winning For Thanksgiving giveaway hop! 
Organized by MamaNYC and joined by several sites who have put together events featuring prizes valued at $25 or more! Our event will run from November 18th through November 28th so make sure to visit each site for more chances to win! Here at The Mommy Island I'm giving away a fun Penguins of Madagascar gift package including a $25 Visa Gift Card so you can go watch the movie! Take a look at this fun movie coming to theaters on Thanksgiving day and enter below.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Coming Soon From Dreamworks: The Penguins Of Madagascar

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Your favorite crew all decked out as their adorable black and white selves are back for more fun! Super spy teams aren’t born…they’re hatched. Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then…you know), voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, voiced by John Malkovich, from destroying the world as we know it. Get ready for laughs and watch the trailer below.

Marvel Studios Announces Phase 3!

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With Guardians of the Galaxy just behind us with an impressive review and cast of characters, and Avengers Age of Ultron on the horizon, there are many a Marvel fan in a frenzy! Now you have the release of nine additional movies, which make up Phase 3 to look forward to! Do you know what's coming next? Get the scoop below and get ready for more action coming soon from Marvel! 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

2014 Ultimate Reader's Holiday Gift Guide

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 Welcome to our first annual Reader's Gift Guide! 
I'm thrilled to be hosting this gift guide that's all about connecting readers with books and gifts they will love. This year we're highlighting some of my favorite books that I think you'll enjoy as well. From a fan T-shirt to the perfect beverage you'll find some great gift ideas for the bookworm in your life! Be sure to enter for the Ultimate Reader's Gift Package including books and more!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

My Best Black Friday Bargain

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I didn't really get into Black Friday bargain hunting until about six or seven years ago. I went with my sister to help her hunt for the best deals for my niece and nephew. We had such a great time joining the masses of people that were crowded into each store. I'll never forget how we took turns with the shopping cart so one of us could squeeze down an isle to get a toy or product on our list. We had so much fun and got most of the things we were going for. I don't remember specifically what toys we found that day, but it was fun experience we enjoy talking about as if retelling an old war story!

Give The Gift Of Knowledge With Silver Dolphin Books

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As the temperature cools down and the kids are stuck inside the house more you might be searching for activities to keep them usefully occupied. The world is full of possibility when you give your child a new book to explore. With these Smithsonian books from Silver Dolphin press your child will feel like they're actually diving into an Ocean adventure or floating through space as they read and learn. Explore these educational books below and enter for a chance to win them! 

Quench Your Thirst With Ayala's Herbal Water

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It doesn't matter if you are reading at home, or on the go, make sure you have a bottle of Ayala's Herbal Water by your side. I promise your thirst will be quenched in a refreshing and healthy way! If you are anything like me (And I Read A Lot) you will always have something good to drink by your side. I have a habit, as most people do, of mouthing the words as I read, and even find myself reading out loud! Even reading in the quietness of my own mind, I find that I get parched quickly. Are you one of those people who must have something to drink by your side at all times? Let me introduce you to one of my new favorites Ayala's Herbal Water. 

Gifts For Him: Cup Of Joe On-The-Go With Contigo

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Welcome to the Round Em Up Hop Event!

Organized by LeahSay's Views and Planet Weidknecht and joined by several bloggers wanting to round up the hottest gift ideas! The event will run November 12th - 22nd, please take the time to visit each of the blogs listed in the linky below. I'm delighted to have Contigo sponsoring their West Loop Travel Coffee Cups! This is the perfect timing to find original and classic gift ideas to wow the ones you love this holiday! Each blogger will be hosting a giveaway valued at a minimum of $25. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

A Fan's Favorite Five Finger Tees

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If you are at home, or on the go, and style yet comfort is what you want to show, then slip on a tee from Five Finger Tees and then you will have both, which is the best way to be. Five Finger Tees have a variety of shirts to choose from. From the trendy and fun, to the humorous and funny. It doesn't matter if you are hanging at home, reading a good book, or on the run, these fantastic tees are just the thing you need.

Thirty-One Gifts Helping Women In Need #GivingTuesday

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Have you ever noticed how there seems to be a special day for everything? From Black Friday and Cyber Monday we even have a day to look at pictures from the past called Throwback Thursday. Some great minds got together and decided there should be a special day to celebrating giving, and they titled it #GivingTuesday! I'm not really sure who came up with the idea, but it's amazing! We all have charities that are near and dear to our hearts like me I typically give to a local children's hospital since I had to stay there several times as a child due to my kidney disease. Now when I see cans sitting out collecting money for that hospital my loose change goes in. No, you don't need a special day just to give to others, but if it inspires a movement of giving let's join Thirty-One Gifts and celebrate #GivingTuesday together!

His and Hers 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Welcome to our 2014 His & Hers Holiday Gift Guide! 
The Mommy Island and The Kids Did It are excited to shine a spotlight on some of the hottest gifts of the season for men and women. If you're looking for a unique gift idea for someone in your life then you'll want to check out some of the fabulous products mentioned here, and read our thoughts! While you're here don't forget to enter for the chance to win some gifts to give or keep! Be sure to take a look at our Children's Gift Guide for the gifts kids really want.

2014 Children's Gift Guide

Welcome to our 2014 Children's Holiday Gift Guide! 
The Mommy Island and The Kids Did It are excited to shine a spotlight on some of the hottest gifts of the season for kids. If you're looking for a fun gift idea for a little someone in your life then you'll want to check out some of the fabulous products mentioned here, and read our thoughts! While you're here don't forget to enter for the chance to win some gifts to give or keep! Be sure to take a look at our His & Hers Gift Guide for some great adult gift ideas!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Now Available For Pre-Order: Mockingjay Part 1 Soundtrack

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With the highly anticipated sequel to "The Hunger Games", "The Mockingjay Part 1", it is only natural that we be excited for the movie soundtrack! Even more so now that we know that Lorde has had a hand in the whole process!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Lift Your Mood With Capitol Kids Music {Review and Giveaway}

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Chances are if you ride in my truck you're going to be listening to music with us. The Booper and I love jamming to some tunes and trying to sing along. I love how he's always a word or two behind but he sings with all his heart. It's great having songs we can both listen to and I don't have to worry about bad lyrics instead the lyrics are something I want him to learn and know. Music and lyrics have a way of changing your whole mood and when you listen to positive Christian lyrics you'll find your spirit will feel renewed. I was excited to review Capitol Kids! Hits music and discovered some new favorites. 

Paige's Book Shelf "Meritropolis" By Joel Ohman

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Meritropolis by Joel Ohman is a YA dystopian, post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller that will keep you on the edge. If you are a fan of "The Hunger Games" series, the "Divergent" series, or "The Maze Runner" books, then you will love "Meritropolis!"

Joel Ohman is a spectacular writer, and I don't just say that because I am fond of this genre, which I am, but because he knows how to tell a great story as well as write in such a way that you are left in awe and definitely wanting much, much more!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Send Your Smiles With Paper Culture

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When it comes to the perfect card to send your friends and family during the holidays you can't go wrong if you make it personal! My favorite cards to receive are ones that include pictures or a photo card. This year you might be considering having family photos taken just for your Christmas cards and perhaps you're thinking of doing a theme? I've got some fun holiday card photo ideas to share and I think these will help spark your own creative genius!

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