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Celebrate the season with Hasbro toys

I received samples of the toys listed below to facilitate this blog post. No other compensation was given. Thoughts are 1005 my own. My youngest woke up with morning quite upset that Santa had not left him any toys. I had to quickly remind my 3-year old that Christmas isn't for a few more days, and that Santa would be brining toys for him and his sister, but not yet. I could see the relief … [Read More...]


Strange Magic trailer and poster

How insanely amazing does this first-look poster for Strange Magic look? Since everyone deserves to be loved, every one needs to go see this movie when it comes out in January. I'll be one of the first in line to see it. Go ahead and travel to the magical and mysterious worlds of Strange Magic. Watch the new trailer now and see the film in theatres January 23! (trailer is below) “Strange … [Read More...]

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ELF: Buddy’s Musical Christmas airs tonight on NBC

"Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas" (Tuesday, 12/16 on NBC) - Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and based on the holiday favorite film "Elf" and the hit Broadway musical, Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas is a stop-motion hour-long animated musical special featuring the voices of Jim Parsons as Buddy, Ed Asner reprising his role as the voice of Santa, Mark Hamill as Walter and Kate Micucci as Jovie. … [Read More...]

Dog Toys

Please not another squeak toy

With Christmas upon us for another year, let’s look at some gifts for the furrier part of your family – the faithful family dog. The default seems to be another squeaky ball toy, but that can be a real headache once they get their furry paws on it – literally. Let’s look at some other options that can be a bit nicer to your ears. Fetch toys Your garden variety fetch toys are balls, … [Read More...]


Schlepping out the Christmas decorations, and for what?

This week it's all about making it through Christmas with the Hecks, and deciding whether or not all the hoopla surrounding the holidays, decorating, baking, gifting are all really worth the aggravation. Leads me to this question: Is schlepping out the decorations for Christmas really worth it, and for what? Is it totally necessary to use Christmas themed wrapping paper for gifts? Is having a pink … [Read More...]

photo credit: Andrea Castelli via Flickr

3 household miracle machines all the family will thank you for

The holiday season is almost upon us and for parents everywhere it's time to get busy. Running around making plans, taking care of every detail, making sure everybody is kept happy; that's certainly all hard work. But without some of the modern world's most essential household items, how else would you fair? In this day and age every mom can do with all the help they can get. Thanks to … [Read More...]


What brings you the most #Joy this holiday season? (SOYJOY Gift Basket Giveaway)

I received compensation for my work on this post. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own. What brings you the most #JOY during the holidays? For me, that question is easy, my family brings me joy, lots of it. Seeing my children's faces light up when they are making holiday cookies, traveling to see loved ones, or receiving gifts, or even giving gifts, their smiles … [Read More...]


The new trailer for Disneynature’s MONKEY KINGDOM is here!

The new trailer for Disneynature's MONKEY KINGDOM is here, plus new images. The movie trailer for MONKEY KINGDOM is vivacious, fun, and full of love. Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in “Monkey Kingdom,”  Disneynature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya’s world is forever changed when she welcomes … [Read More...]

Trooper Hat

My new favorite hat for fall and winter is a Puff Trooper Hat

A sampling was sent to facilitate this post. No other compensation was given. I have a new favorite hat for fall and winter this year, it's a Puff Trooper Hat, and it's comfy, yet stylish and warm. I have this hat in black, but it's also available in chocolate, red, and silver. I'd love to get a hat in each of the colors offered. Once again, the hat designs by leading milliner John Callanan … [Read More...]