2018 Holiday Gift Guide

 

It’s that time of year! Full steam ahead to the holidays! I’ve put together a collection of some of my favorite gifts for the holiday season. Check out all of these awesome gift ideas that your friends and family will surely love!

 

 

Gifts For You Now 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are looking for a unique personalized gift, you must check out all of the holiday gifts from Giftsforyounow.com. They offer a variety of gifts including personalized ornaments, picture frames, T-shirts, pillows, flags, stockings and much more! I have many of their items and the quality is great, and the shipping is fast. Prices vary.

 

 

RoosterFin Games

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board games are always a hit at the holidays. RoosterFin Games offers many educational and fun family games that you cannot find in stores. My family and I enjoy these games for our weekly game night! Plus the site always offers free shipping. Prices vary. Use Code: MOMHASTOWORK for 25% off any purchase! First come first serve, expiration is 12/22/18. Link to auto add code to cart: https://roosterfin.com/discount/MOMHASTOWORK

 

 

Lauren Conrad Jewelry 

 

 

If you are in need of a jewelry gift that won’t break the bank, I suggest Lauren Conrad’s Jewelry Collection from Kohl’s. I love her jewelry, so classy at affordable prices. Plus, you get Kohl’s cash with each purchase! Prices vary. 

 

 

Oxyfresh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are looking for naturally safe and environmentally friendly dental hygiene products, look no further! Oxyfresh offers a Mouthwash and Toothpaste that are safe and free of harmful chemicals, dyes and harsh alcohol. Plus, the products taste great and don’t irritate my gums like most toothpastes and mouth wash does. They also offer wellness products for the whole family, and also pet products! $14.95 for the mouthwash and $14.95 for the toothpaste. 

 

 

Bullsitoys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bullsitoy offers many fun children’s items to stuff those stockings with! My favorites are the Squee-Zoo-Balls which are super soft and plush and come in a variety of cute animals, Squish Ums! Yummy Series 2 which are fun blind bags containing scented snack squishy type toys, and Goo Lab which is putty that glows in the dark and does not leave behind a sticky mess! These toys can be found at Target locations. 

 

 

Radz

Kids always want candy in their stockings for the holidays! Check out the cool candy collection from Radz! Radz Twistz are a perfect holiday treat that come in cute holiday packaging and features exclusive holiday flavors. Radz Foamz come in a variety of characters (Unicorns, Emojis, DC Superheros) and they are not only blind bags, but each one is squishy and include candy! So fun! Prices range from $2.49-$4.99 and can be found at various retailers such as Target and Walmart. 

 

 

Cry Babies Doll

Have a little one that loves baby dolls? Cry Babies are so fun! It cries when you take out the pacifier, BUT it also cries tears!! Perfect for any one that loves to play with dolls. 5 different style dolls to choose from! You can find this doll at Amazon for $29.99.

 

 

 

Whether you are shopping for a child or adult, they are sure to love any of these gifts!

Happy Holidays!!

 

*I received some of the above items to review for the Holiday Gift Guide. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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Play, Return, Repeat! with Toy Library (Review)

As a parent to two children, I am very familiar with toys. Toys EVERYWHERE in my home. So many that my children play with, and never touch again. Especially Lego’s. They will build Lego sets, have fun with their creations for a total of 5 minutes, and then the set is destroyed never to been seen again. Come on, who is with me on this? So much money spent on these sets only to be played with for a short time. There has to be something better. Well, there is! Let me introduce you to Toy Library.

How it works:

  • You pick two toys each shipment
  • We mail cleaned & sanitized toys
  • Play & return or keep toys you like
  • No charge for normal wear
  • Plans start at $2499

You can view the toys they have before signing up. Toys are based on age. There are so many cool toys to choose from. They have name brands such as Disney, Lego, American Girl, Hot Wheels and so much more!! Toys are based on a credit system/value system. The more the toy is worth the more credits it will be. Take a look at the plans below for more info.

 

Plans:

Toys are 1 to 3 credits (based on value) Shipment includes two toys. Always Free Shipping.

I was sent the Novice Monthly subscription. All toys come in a mesh bah with tag on it showing what is included and how many pieces are included. This included two toys up to a $80 value. I told them my children’s ages (7 and 10) and was sent the following for review:

Nerf: Nerf N-Strike Reflex IX-1 2-Pack

Value is approx $20-$30

My son loves Nerf Guns (he has way too many!) so he was thrilled to received these. He played with his sister for a while. The great thing is he can play as much as he wants with these, and then we send them back!

LEGO City Heavy Cargo Transport 60183 Building Kit

Value is approx $29.99
Ahhhh a Lego set I do not have to keep! This set my 10 yr old put together in about 35 minutes. It is a lot of fun and my kiddos have enjoyed playing with it. It was brand new as you can tell from the pictures, so when I returned I made sure to include all packaging back in the mesh bag.
I also received the following for my kids to keep:
This Lego bracelet is the coolest! It comes with some Lego pieces to build on the bracelet and wear around. My son loves it!!
As you can see, I did receive over $60 worth of toys. Instead of paying that, you can pay just $24.99 per month and keep the toys as long as you’d like! Put all toys/pieces back in their assigned mesh bag, and mail back with the enclosed return label. No shipping charges! Bye Bye Lego set!! 🙂
In conclusion, I think this is such a great monthly service to join. No more clutter around the house, no more playing with a $50 toy for 5 seconds and not knowing where it ends up after that. This would also make an awesome holiday gift, whether it be monthly or signing up for the full year. The parent will love you for that!
For more information and to order, please click this link:ToyLibrary
*I am working with Toy Library and their Influencer program. I will be reviewing toys they send me and letting you know what I think of them. This post also includes an affiliate link.

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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Family Game Nights are Better with Blue Orange Games! (Review and Giveaway)

About Blue Orange Games:

At Blue Orange Games, we have been publishing and promoting award-winning games for over 18 years.

We prioritize quality and durability, and pledge to make games that will stand the test of time.

We make sure each and every game is easy to learn, fun to play, and engaging for all- it’s our not-so-secret formula to success!

Many of our games help children build important skills such as dexterity, memory, math, logic, and cooperation.

We pride ourselves in helping people unplug and bond for hours of good old fashion fun.

As a company dedicated to growing with families, we are confident there is a little something for everyone in our catalog.

We are strong advocates of the value of play and would like to thank all the retailers and players around the world who support our games and help to make play an everyday reality.

In addition to the 200+ awards our products have received, Blue Orange Games has won three prestigious industry awards:

• 2012 ASTRA Excellence Award

– Vendor of the Year

• 2011 Toy Collection Award

– Vendor of the Year

• 2011 Learning Express Award

– Best Store Support Vendor Award

The first thing I noticed about Blue Orange Games is that they have really cool and fun looking games. Totally different than the usually department store game selection. I couldn’t wait to get the games and play them with my two children.

The first game I played with my children was Pool Party.  What a perfect game for the hot summer weather we are having here in Florida! The box is colorful and fun, my kids couldn’t wait to open and play!

Pool Party ($21.99)

Ages 6 and UP
2-4 Players
 Summer is here, and so is pool party season! It’s time to beat the heat and cool off in the topsy-turvy pool. Better yet, join in on the cannon ball contest and form a team with your fellow party-goers. But watch out! Too many swimmers and this wacky pool can easily spill over, tossing you and everyone else out. Make big splashes by propelling your teammates into the unsteady pool, and be the first to successfully land 3 divers in to win! Unique components and high energy gameplay will make Pool Party your family’s new favorite.

This game is so much fun! My kids and I had a blast trying to get out swimmers in the pool! My kids said they could play this forever. It was the perfect game for my 7 year old who usually gets upset when he doesn’t win or doesn’t understand how to play.

The second game we played is called Maki StackMy daughter loves sushi, so when she saw the box she automatically wanted to play it right away.

Maki Stack ($27.99)

Ages 7 and UP
2-6 Players

Order’s up- it’s time for a sushi showdown! Put on your mask and grab your teammate, or prepare to use your fingers as chopsticks. Balance and arrange the sushi, plates, and soy sauce bottles, and make sure to execute the order exactly as shown on the card. But be careful, one wrong move and everything might tumble over! Race a friend or challenge as a team in this sushi stacking extravaganza. High-quality wooden pieces and crazy stacking combinations make Maki Stack perfect for a game night full of fun and laughs.

This game is so much fun! My daughter loved where you have to use a blindfold to stack the pieces. We both had so much fun playing this game.

 

The third game is called Who did it? If you have a child that loves emojis, especially the “poop” emoji, they will love this game.

Who did it? 

Ages 6 and UP
3-6 Players

In this hilarious card game, players race to get rid of their cards so they can avoid the blame of owning the animal that pooped. Each game is as funny as it is fast; quickly find your card, be the first to throw it down, and then blame someone else! Was it YOUR cat that pooped in the living room? Because it wasn’t my fish!

Break it out at the next family game night, social gathering, or cocktail party. Who Did It? is sure to bring laughs and just the right amount of potty humor. Plus the cute, plushy zippered pouch keeps all the cards and tokens safe, and is the perfect size for on-the-go fun.

This game had all of us lagging the whole time! A simple yet fun card game that was all about Poop!! So fun!

Last but not least….my absolute favorite out of all of them, Shaky Manor!!

Shaky Manor ($25.99)

Ages 7 and UP
2-4 Players

Local legend says the house on the corner contains hidden treasures… you find yourself taking a chance and entering to strike it rich, but it isn’t that easy to keep the treasures safe from the creatures that haunt the dusty rooms!

In this game, race to position your Meeple Player and 2 Treasure Chests into the room indicated on the Challenge Card by shaking and tilting your box. Each time you succeed in keeping the treasure safe, you win the card as a point and the player to your right adds a new spooky creature into your box to make the next round harder!

I love how you can start playing this game before opening the box! Start tilting!  Two of the rooms are together with the play pieces, so you can see through the box and start playing. This game was so much fun, I love games of skill and logic. My 9-year-old had a blast playing this as well did I!

 

I was super impressed with these awesome games from Blue Orange! These games would be a great addition to your family game nights. They would also make fabulous gifts!

To learn more and to purchase, please go to Blue Orange Games.

Connect with Blue Orange Games on social media: Facebook,  YouTube, Instagram,  Twitter

*I received these games in exchange for my honest opinion. 

 

***Giveaway***

Blue Orange is letting me give away my favorite game, Shaky Manor,  to one lucky winner! U.S Residents only, giveaway ends on 8/3/18.  Please enter using the giveaway rafflecopter below. Good Luck!

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Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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“Snapables” Fun Clothing for Kids (review and giveaway)

 

Do you have little ones at home who love to play dress up? Do you have little ones who love to bring toys with them everywhere they go but they end up loosing them? I was able to review new clothing from a company called Warmables. Warmables makes clothing that are called “Snapables” that are so much fun for kids!

What are Snapables?

SNAPABLES Raglan T’s are finally here! We take 100% cotton fabric and sew a T’shirt. Then we glue emoji’s to snaps and press 4 receiving snaps into the shirt. And there you have a SNAPABLE, adorable T’shirt with exchangeable mini toys. 4 emojis, 1 large and 3 small bugs come with each shirt. 4 toys total can be snapped on to each shirt. Once completed we pack everything happily into a clear Chinese takeout container to make giving this gift ever so easy and fun. We make each shirt individually and all toys will vary, especially the bugs. Placement of the snaps on the shirts will also vary, we really make one by one and take our time giving each shirt it’s individual look. Boys and girls love them equally to play with, count and trade them or exchange and share on the playground. Available in sizes 3-6; please see size chart and measure your kids before ordering. Our chart is given in inches to make it real easy on everybody. More available SNAPABLES toys are listed separately to your children’s delight. Made with much love and a smile on our faces by Yvonne and your Warmables team in Jersey City.

 

 

 

Snapables offers kids clothing in Raglan style and T-shirt styles for boys and girls. A really adorable ballet skirt will be available soon (my favorite). I was able to review a t-shirt for my son and a ballet skirt for my daughter. My son is all about creepy crawly bugs and my daughter loves emojis so they are thrilled with their new Snapables clothing! Each order comes in really cute see through chinese take-out containers. They are perfect to hold all of your fun toy snaps!

The clothes are offered in sizes 3T-6T. Each article of clothing comes with 4 permanent snaps on them. They also come with a variety of fun themed toy snaps to snap on to the permanent snaps. You can snap as many as 4 on at a time. I love how my kids can run around and these never fall off. The shirts are 100% cotton and machine washable. Very stretchy and comfy for my kids. My daughter loves to twirl in the skirt and my son loves showing off his cool shirt to his friends. Your kiddos are sure to love these stylish and fun shirts/skirts as well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These would make great unique gifts! Check out all of the styles they offer at https://www.warmables.com/snapables

*GIVEAWAY*

Warmables is graciously giving away TEN shirts!! There will be 5 size 3T winners and 5 size 4T winners in choice of boy or girl styles. All you have to do is go on their site and let me know what size you would want if you win, and also for a boy or girl.  Follow their Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/warmables2001/?hl= and make sure to comment below with your Instagram name to confirm. Good luck! Giveaway open to U.S. residents only. Giveaway ends on 6/12/2018.

 

 

 

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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DR. JACOBS NATURALS SOAP REVIEW @usfg

 

I am a big fan of natural products, especially ones used on our bodies. I was able to review some natural soap products from Dr. Jacobs Naturals. I am excited to share my thoughts with you on these great natural products.

 

 

About Dr. Jacobs Naturals:

Dr. Jacobs was a Swiss chemist that perfected the long-standing Castilian tradition of making Jabon de Castilla or Castile soap before the turn of the 19th century. Today, we still use the same recipes and work to uphold the long-standing tradition of making natural Castile Soap products.

The company Dr. Jacobs was created by Joey and Ezra Aini in the spring 2011. Familiar with cosmetics and skincare from other brands they have launched, they are answering the call of demand from customers for a multi-purpose natural soap product.

Dr. Jacobs Naturals offers a line of natural bar soaps and also liquid soaps. I love how these products are free from all the nasties: NON-GMO, Paraben Free, Sulfate Free, Gluten Free, Free of artificial dyes & coloring. PETA Cruelty Free & Vegan.

 

 

 

 

I was able to review 3 products that are offered. Two of them are liquid soap/body wash and one is a body soap bar.

Dr. Jacobs Naturals Castile Bar Soap – Coco Loco Limeade

$5.95 for 5 oz

DESCRIPTION

Say hello to your tropical paradise. Your shower is transformed into a mini cabana in Hawaii while your body is treated to the indulgence of a pina colada bath. Hydrate and enrich your skin with coconut oil and allow the freshly peeled lime bits to exfoliate, brighten, and renew. The rich pairing will tease your senses and awaken you for the day ahead. Our Triple Milled Castile Soap with Organic Shea Butter is made with all-natural ingredients void of any chemical derivatives to give you an experience like you’d find in nature. Dr. Jacobs soaps are the most superior as our process allows them to retain their natural glycerin content producing a much more moisturizing experience than traditional bars can offer. No parabens, petrochemicals, sulfates, phthalates. Gluten free. 100% Vegan. 100% recycled paper. Made in USA. Directions: Pour on a washcloth, sponge, or hand. Lather and rinse. Ingredients: Sodium Palmate, Sodium Cocoate, Water, Glycerin, Blends of Essential Oils and Fragrance, Organic Shea Butter, Mint Leaves, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Gluconate, Rosemary Extract, Chlorophyllin.

Sodium Palmate, Sodium Cocoate, Water, Glycerin, Blends of Essential Oils and Fragrance, Organic Shea Butter, Mint Leaves, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Gluconate, Rosemary Extract, Chlorophyllin.

This bar smells so good! I love the coconut smell with a hint of lime. It is smooth and does not leave a film on your body when you wash it off.

 

Dr. Jacobs Naturals Castile Liquid Soap – Almond Honey

$10.95 for 16 oz or $17.95 for 32 oz.

DESCRIPTION

This gentle blend of almond and honey is nourishing for the skin and rich in antioxidants. Enriched with sweet Almond Oil, the Almond and Honey blend provides a natural source of Omega 9 to add moisture. Real honey lends its antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, as well as offering the protective ability to retain moisture, keeping the skin hydrated all day, soft and smooth to the touch. Almond oil is a popular essential oil commonly used in aromatherapy and is suitable for most skin types. It is rich in vitamin A, B and E, which are great for skin health. Directions: Pour on a washcloth, sponge, or hand. Lather and rinse. Ingredients: Organic olive oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, sodium hydroxide, almond oil, aqua, fragrance, honeycomb, jojoba oil, vitamin E.

INGREDIENTS

Water, Saponified Coconut Oil, Saponified Olive Oil, Potassium Oleate, Vegetable Glycerin, Coco-Glucoside, Natural Almond Fragrance, Sea Salt, Aloe Vera, Vitamin E

My favorite scent in the world is the smell of Almonds. I just love it. Mix that with honey….oh my gosh I am in heaven. This soap is just amazing, smell wise and lather wise. It goes on thick and the smell is light when you wash it off. Makes my skin so smooth! The 16 oz comes with a soap pump while the 32 oz does not.

 

Dr. Jacobs Naturals Castile Liquid Soap – Peppermint

$10.95 for 16 oz or $17.95 for 32 oz.

DESCRIPTION

Peppermint will cleanse and deliver a soothing and cooling effect for your skin while providing a pleasantly refreshing and tingling sensation. Modern Science has been catching up with Mint and some of the most recent findings show that it is neuro-protective, offering benefits for reducing the risk of reactive oxygen species-related diseases. It soothes the skin and helps to cure infections and itchiness, as well as being a good way to reduce pimples. Its anti-pruritic properties can be used for treating insect bites like those of mosquitoes, honeybees, hornets, wasps, and gnats. The cooling sensation will relieve you of the irritating sensation to scratch. Directions: Pour on a washcloth, sponge, or hand. Lather and rinse. Ingredients: Aqua, organic coconut oil, olive oil, sunflower seed oil, potassium hydroxide, glycerin, clove oil, tea tree oil, citric acid, caramel.

INGREDIENTS

Water, Saponified Coconut Oil, Saponified Olive Oil, Potassium Oleate, Vegetable Glycerin, Coco-Glucoside, Peppermint Oil, Sea Salt, Aloe Vera, Vitamin E

Who doesn’t like the smell of peppermint? I was a little skeptical of this scent because I have never thought of washing my body with a peppermint scent. It is wonderful! Very light but pleasant. The liquid is just like the Almond Honey, where it is thick and makes my skin very smooth. The 16 oz comes with a soap pump while the 32 oz does not.

 

I am very happy with these natural body soap products. As you can see, there is nothing artificial about the ingredients at all. It feels good knowing what I put on my skin. This soap is made in the USA and is safe for the whole family.  Check out their whole line here at: https://drjacobsnaturals.com

 

Free Shipping Now! – Free Shipping on all Dr. Jacobs Naturals products totaling over $20! Use code freeship20 
 

I received the mentioned products in exchange for this blog post. All opinions are my own. 

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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