12 Days of Christmas Activities – Day 4 Indoor Snowball Fight #12JollyDays

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Here in HOTlanta, we don’t get a lot of snow. MAYBE one time per year. If we’re lucky. But there’s no reason that we shouldn’t be able to join in on all of the fun snowball fights to be had, right? That’s why we like to have our own INDOOR snowball fights. We surprised the kids with these indoor snowball buckets and declared a snowball fight war.

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Let’s just say it was fun.

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A lot of fun.

Honestly, my friends up north could also benefit from an indoor snowball fight. You get all the fun without the bitter cold and mess. It’s a win, win!

Get the Holiday Products Pictured Above

Warm and Cozy Adult Pajamas by Personal Creations. Add holiday style to your sleepwear with these comfortable 2-piece pajama set.

Warm and Cozy Kids Pajamas by Personal Creations. Darling for both boys and girls, these cozy 2-piece pajama set will warm up frosty cold winter nights.

Warm and Cozy Nightgown  by Personal Creations. Classically styled holiday plaid nightgown has a dainty bow at the chest and feminine ruffles at the sleeves and bottom hem. 

Snowball Fight in a Bucket by Personal Creations. Bring the battle inside while keeping hands warm and dry. This super-cool set features 6 soft and smiley “snowballs” inside a bright red metal bucket.

Make sure to visit PersonalCreations.com for lots of great Christmas and holiday decor and gift ideas! Save 20% off your entire order when you enter PCSM20 at checkout!

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12 Days of Christmas Activities – Day 3 New PJs for the Family #12JollyDays

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Can I just open one present, mommy? These are words heard around the world in the days leading up to Christmas. I know that I begged my parents. My brothers (all four of them) begged our parents. My husband begged his parents. My kiddos plead with us now. The solution? Give them one gift to unwrap before Christmas morning.

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The gift? New Christmas pajamas for the whole family. I know that a lot of families do this one, but there’s a good reason why. It’s a fun and simple tradition that everyone looks forward to every year.

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We like them to match or coordinate, of course! That way we are ready for pictures on Christmas morning.

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Personalization is always such a special touch. Everyone loves to have their name on their pjs!

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Christmas Pajamas Tradition Ideas

1. As the kids get older, draw names to determine who each person will buy pajamas for. The goal? Buy the silliest pajamas you can find!

2. Open your new pajamas and hop in the car and drive around town to look at Christmas light displays.

3. Open your new pajamas and read a book. We usually cuddle up in bed and read the classic ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

4. Give pajamas and a family board game. Spend Christmas Eve in your new jammies playing a board game.

5. Give pajamas and a family movie. Spend Christmas Eve in your new jammies watching a family movie.

Get the Christmas Pajamas Pictured Above

Warm and Cozy Adult Pajamas by Personal Creations. Add holiday style to your sleepwear with these comfortable 2-piece pajama set.

Warm and Cozy Kids Pajamas by Personal Creations. Darling for both boys and girls, these cozy 2-piece pajama set will warm up frosty cold winter nights.

Warm and Cozy Nightgown  by Personal Creations. Classically styled holiday plaid nightgown has a dainty bow at the chest and feminine ruffles at the sleeves and bottom hem. 

Make sure to visit PersonalCreations.com for lots of great Christmas and holiday decor and gift ideas! Save 20% off your entire order when you enter PCSM20 at checkout!

$500 Holiday Giveaway!

Enter via the giveaway widget below for a chance to win a $500 PersonalCreations.com Gift Card! Must live in the US and be 18 + up to enter.

 

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Radio Control Heli Beast Giveaway

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Lucas loves all things RC and was super excited when we received the Heli Beast from Silverlit to test out. It’s basically a remote control helicopter that walks and really flies. The boys (Lucas and Mike) had a lot of fun testing it out as you can see from the video below!

The one area that they had trouble with was the landing. As you can see in the video that part did not go as smoothly. This could be an issue with the Heli Beast or it could be a user issue LOL. We haven’t quite figured that out yet, but they are having lots of fun practicing! Plus, even though it’s gone through some rough landings – our Heli Beast is still going strong so it’s definitely a durable toy. One thing that I love is that it comes with a charger so you don’t go through a ton of batteries.

About the Heli Beast from Silverlit:

Includes beast gear for realistic walking action. Launch your Heli with the touch of a button on the remote. Special Propeller system with auto stabilization technology. Precision speed control for a smooth flying experience. Easy to recharge through transmitter. $39.99. Available at Hammacher now and Kohls.com in the fall.

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The Beatrix Girls Dolls Giveaway

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Meet Lark, Ainsley, Brayden and Chantal.

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They are the rockin’ musicians also known as…The Beatrix Girls.

The Beatrix Girls are an accomplished pop band with real music that girls are sure to adore. Each member of the band sings, plays a different instrument and even writes the songs.

 

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They’ve achieved the pop-star success that young girls dream of – and they’ve done it through talent, tenacity and old-fashioned hard work. Best of all, none of that success has gone to their heads. They’re young, they’re real and they’re spunky.

I was recently sent Brayden and Chantal to check out and my first thought was that the dolls are gorgeous. They have beautiful eyes and facial features and their hair is AMAZING – so flowing and soft. Little girls will love to style them and change out their outfits! I think it’s really cool that there is real music with a positive message that young girls can enjoy. These are a lot of fun! I gave the dolls to two of my nieces and they were very happy girls!

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Back for year two, girls can choose Brayden, Ainsley, Lark or Chantal and each doll comes with a matching doll stand, Peavey-Electronics toy instrument and VIP pass unlocking the latest song and webisodes!  6 years old/$24.99. Available at ToysRUs in-store and www.toysrus.com.

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(VIDEO) Little Scholar Tablet for Kids Review & #Giveaway

I swear babies come out of the womb knowing how to use smartphones and tablets these days. Amelia has already shown interest in our iPhones and is perfectly adept at “swiping” and going through apps. She is 18 months old. Totally blows me away. The thing is that if she is going to use a smartphone or a tablet of any kind, it needs to be educational and it needs to be appropriate content. This is true for both her and Lucas (7 years old). I don’t want to worry about her viewing inappropriate videos or content.

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That’s why I love the new Little Scholar Tablet for kids – it literally comes LOADED with 150+ apps, videos, music, books, and more…all appropriate and ready for your little ones right out of the box. You don’t have to spend hours setting it up and you don’t have to constantly worry that your kids will stumble onto something they shouldn’t be watching and you don’t even need an internet connection to use. However, this is a fully functional tablet so you can add apps if you want to and of course – connect to the internet too.

Watch the video below to hear about the features we love!

About the Little Scholar Tablet:

Little Scholar tablet from SchoolZone (leading educational kids publisher) is jam packed with 150 educational apps(including videos, songs and e-books), valued at nearly $400 worth of FREE content. Little Scholar provides its users with lessons based on all of the “core curriculum” subjects for preschoolers, kindergartners, and first graders, including math, reading, spelling, logic, creativity, and geography. Parents can even use an App management tool to choose the apps, music, and e-books that are active on Little Scholar, so they can tailor the content to fit the learning needs of their children. Little Scholar was made for kids 3-7 and features an 8-inch screen and runs a Google Android™ 4.2.2 operating system.

For additional information, visit littlescholartab.com.

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Back-to-School Fall Fashion for Girls – Matilda Jane Clothing

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You guys. Having a little girl is so much fun. Already Amelia is trying to put on my makeup and loves playing dress up. She used to hate wearing anything on her head, but now she reaches for the headbands and hair wraps and hats herself. It’s so cute! And…the clothes. The clothing options are so much fun! I recently discovered Matilda Jane Clothing and am in love.

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There is one word to describe Matilda Jane Clothing. Breathtaking.

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From the packaging to the quality of the fabrics to the whimsical details that go into each piece, Matilda Jane’s clothing is breathtaking. We received the Bon Vivant Peasant Dress and Eggshell Ruffle Leggings to try out on little Amelia.

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The dress has the cutest pink Paris print accented with gathered cap sleeves and mauve buttons plus a blue piping trim and a contrasting velveteen ribbon. The Eggshell Ruffle Leggings are just adorable and an instant staple in Amelia’s wardrobe! The Leggings are a really nice weight, which will be perfect for the cooler temps ahead. 

We also received the Best Friends Collar Tee  and Sunburst Ruffle Leggings.

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The Best Friends Collar Tee is a classic with a cream-colored peter pan collar, navy pleats and cap sleeves. However, when paired with the Sunburst Ruffle Leggings, the whole outfit becomes bright and cheerful and modern. It’s such a fun combination and a whole new spin on a classic!

Oh and I have to show you how everything came packaged. In these adorable mesh bags – such a nice touch and would make a lovely presentation as a gift!

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This quote really encapsulates Matilda Jane Clothing…

“It’s all about keeping a little girl…a little girl. Keeping her youthful. Keeping her spinning and twirling and carefree. And most importantly, bringing her happiness.” – Denise DeMarchis, designer and founder.

Don’t you just love that?

About Matilda Jane Clothing:

Based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Matilda Jane Clothing uses a direct sales format that helps women find the balance between entrepreneurial success and their everyday life by allowing them to build their own home-based businesses. The playful clothing line for girls, tweens and women is available exclusively through in-home trunk shows led by a nationwide network of women called Trunk Keepers. These Trunk Keepers provide a high level of personal service in a relaxed environment. Shoppers are encouraged to touch, feel and socialize while they shop which provides the best shopping experience.

Since its inception, the company continues to grow and is now operating through over 500 Trunk Keepers across the United States. All Trunk Keepers go through an extensive application and interview process as Matilda Jane looks for the right combination of friendly, warm, professional and fun. They are provided with complete sales training making them experts in knowing the latest collection, new styles and are encouraged to add their own personal flair.

Find your local trunk keeper by typing in your zip code on www.matildajane.com and view the LOOKBOOKS HERE.

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Enter now to win a FREE MJC 2014 Halloween Bag! Post your favorite Halloween picture of you or your little one to the Matild Jane Facebook page or on Instagram between 12:01 A.M. ET on 9/16/14 and 11:59 P.M. ET on 9/17/14. Include the hashtag “#MJCHalloween”.

They’ll choose five winners at random to receive this super cute bag! The bag will be available for free with a $150 purchase starting Thursday, 9/18/14. For full Contest Rules and Terms & Conditions, visitwww.matildajaneclothing.com/contests.

Kid’s Party Planning Made Easy & Cute – Just Pretend Kids

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As you all know, I am a party planner by nature. I love any chance to entertain. My favorite part is thinking through all of the little details. Thinking of the theme, the color scheme, all of the cute plates and napkins, etc. I love to make parties special. I really believe in those little details. However, it is definitely time consuming. It used to be easier when we only had one child. Now we have two, I work a lot more, Lucas is in school, and so on. Time is not always on my side! That’s why I love the new Kids Party Pack from Just Pretend Kids.

The Party Pack includes everything parents need to create a magical and enchanted celebration, complete with an amazing present inside, a costume for the guest of honor! We got the chance to check out the Ladybug Luck Party Pack

 

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Amelia got all gussied up in the Ladybug costume that was included in the Party Pack.

 

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The costume is made with every attention to detail and is very high quality. It comes with tights, leotard, tutu, wings, wand, and headband. It is just gorgeous!

 

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We invited a couple of Amelia’s cousins over to celebrate…

 

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Available in twenty themes, the Just Pretend Kids Party Pack comes with:
  • Invitations
  • 9″ plates
  • 7″ plates
  • 9oz cups
  • Napkins
  • Table cover
  • Cutlery
  • Costume for the child of honor!

Everything coordinates beautifully. It’s all thought out for you. All you have to provide is the food and the guests! Super cute, super easy! For additional information or to order, please visit Just Pretend Kids.

Personalized Summer Beach & Pool Gear for the Whole Family

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Lucas has been out of school for about a month now and we have been living it up at the pool! We also have a beach vacation coming up that we are very excited about! So today, I wanted to share with you a few of our new favorite pool and beach gear from Personal Creations. They are all personalized, which makes them so unique and fun!

Amelia is looking super cute in her personalized Fun in the Sun Sunhat! This is an adorable hat and it also protects her delicate skin from the harmful rays of the sun. It’s also super soft and flexible which makes it very comfy for her to wear.

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Kids Beach Tote with Toys is just perfect for Amelia. It is a small enough bag for a child to carry, but big enough to fit more toys or beach necessities like a sun hat or sunblock. You can choose from shark, butterfly, fish or crab.

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Amelia got the butterfly and it is so pretty!

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Lucas got the Kids Beach Bucket & Sunglasses which actually fits into the beach tote above. Lucas loves that it’s personalized!

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We can’t wait to take both to the beach this summer!

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We have already put our new Pool Fun Microfiber Beach Towels to good use this summer! They come with us to the pool all the time. The towel itself is so soft and ultra absorbent – LOVE.

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And, last but not least – you have to have a tote bag for the beach and pool, right? I love the Polka Dot Tote Bag to haul around all of our stuff. It fits a ton of stuff too. I can fit four towels, sunblock, a couple of books, and magazines into mine.

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A Personalized Easter Celebration

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One of our favorite holidays is Easter. We have been hosting our annual Jolly Family Easter Egg Hunt and dinner for family and friends for several years now and it is so much fun! I was very excited when I discovered all of the cute and personalized Easter products that Personal Creations offers.

My favorite find is the personalized Egg Hunt Banner – it is perfection! It is large and it is scratch, tear, wrinkle and water/weather resistant. It is suitable for indoor or outdoor use. At only, $16.99 it is also a steal! We can’t wait to set it up for our Egg Hunt this year!

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The personalized Happy Easter Flag is the perfect way to greet guests!

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Another thing that I love about Easter is putting together a fun basket for Lucas. You can’t go wrong with the personalized Easter baskets at Personal Creations! They have so many cute styles! We went with the All-In-One Boy’s Easter Basket, which come in three different sizes and several basket liner options (we got the sports).

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It also comes filled with lots of Easter goodies such as a chocolate bunny, bunny plush, Peeps and more. You can customize these in many

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I was kind of stumped about Amelia’s basket though. She will be 1 year old by the time Easter rolls around so she is too young for candy and the typical basket fillers. We got her a couple of books, but didn’t know what else to do until we found the Baby’s 1st Easter Basket. It comes with a super cute bear that’s dressed as a bunny and personalized bib that all fits nicely into a personalized wooden caddy that can be reused later. LOVE!

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I also fell in love with the personalized Hoppy Easter Bunny – (also available as a boy) this is also going in Amelia’s basket. It has a very vintage shabby chic look to it that I love. Isn’t it adorable?!

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Personal Creations has a wide variety of Easter products – baskets, gifts, decor, and more! Visit PersonalCreations.com to see for yourself and make sure to use coupon code JollyMom at checkout to get 20% off your entire order.

New by Hasbro! MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS #MiMashUp

Anyone that knows Lucas…knows that he is super hero-obsessed. His entire room is devoted to MARVEL Super Heroes – Spiderman, The Avengers, Hulk, Thor, Iron Man…he loves them all! Of course, it goes without saying that he loves the toys too! He has MARVEL books, toys, clothes, and so on! So when I heard that MARVEL was launching a new toy – MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS – I knew that he would be so excited to check them out! Boy was I right. Hasbro sent us two MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS to review. Do you know how many MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS we have now? SIX. We have SIX. This is how much he loves them LOL. The kiddo begged to get more so we relented and bought him four more!

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Basically, these are MARVEL SUPER HEROES whose parts can be interchanged. The perfect toy to foster creativity and imagination in kids!

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“My favorite thing about MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS is that they can change up and that they can do whatever you imagine.” — Lucas Jolly, 6 years old

Learn more about MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS

Hasbro’s MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS feature your favorite MARVEL Super Heroes and Villains with completely interchangeable parts and accessories, so kids can create their ultimate (or ultimately silly!) hero. What if SPIDER-MAN had the smashing strength of the HULK, or CAPTAIN AMERICA could shoot off repulsor blasts like IRON MAN? With more than 20 unique MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS characters planned for 2014, there’s tons of ways to mash them all!

“MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS – they are cool toys!” — Lucas Jolly, 6 years old

 

Meet "Hawk Spider"! Lucas' latest MARVEL MASHUP!

Meet “Hawk Spider”! Lucas’ latest MARVEL MASHUP!

And, now let me let Lucas show you how MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS work and his thoughts on these cool new toys!

Create a Virtual MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS

Virtually create your own MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS – click HERE to get started!

Join us for a Twitter Party!

Join us for the Hasbro Marvel Super Hero Mashers #MiMashup Twitter Party on 2/12 from 9-10 pm EST. Click HERE to RSVP.

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This is part of a product review campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Hasbro; complimentary products were provided. However, all opinions expressed are my own