2012 holiday gift guide Archive


15+ Video Game Gift Ideas for the Gamer on Your List!

I could easily go on and on about gaming gift ideas but I’ll spare you!  Instead I’ll just highlight some gifts to consider.  Be sure you know what gaming system your recipient owns (if any) and take ratings into consideration.  I purposely left out games intended for adults only.  These are more


10 Gifts for Dads

Dads can be tough to shop for especially if they don’t need another tie.  The top gifts that come to mind when I think “dad” are tools, grills and techy stuff.  For some others it’s sports and hunting equipment.  Hopefully these holiday gift ideas spark your creativity and help you find the


12 Gift Ideas for Mom!

Still looking for gift ideas for mom or maybe something to get for yourself after Christmas with all those gift cards you’ll receive?  Here are a few holiday gift ideas for moms! Does the mom you are shopping for like to take a lot of pictures? Is she still using the camera


20+ Gift Ideas for Toddlers!

Still looking for some holiday gift ideas for toddlers or maybe what to shop for during after Christmas sales? Or even for upcoming birthdays? Rissa and I present you with 10 hot holiday gift ideas that are sure to please. All the items in our video are perfect for boys OR girls


Pay Less for Stylish Holiday Gifts

When I go shoe shopping, the first place I like to go is Payless Shoe Source. They tend to have great deals whenever I need a new pair of shoes. I hate ordering shoes online because I have wide feet. It’s very important for me to actually try shoes on before buying.


Redecorating the Nursery With Winnie the Pooh

Once I knew we were adding a boy to our family, I pondered about redecorating the nursery. Both kids will be sharing its space at least for a little while. It didn’t feel right to just leave it as is – decorated for Rissa. I wanted to find something both kids would


ALEX Jr Sort and Count Wooden Toy Set

  Sometimes I think we go overboard on toys at our house.  Actually, I know this is the case.  We have quite a mixture from educational to cheap crappy toys; wooden and plastic… Rissa enjoys them all.  I have noticed that she does really enjoy playing with simple wooden toys.  She often


SimpliSafe – Affordable Home Security System

We’ve never had a home alarm system but I know many people prefer to have them.  Unfortunately, they are costly and usually require a telephone line.  We don’t even have a phone line at our house.  I think more and more people are moving towards mobile phones only and ditching the landlines.


No Gift is More Unique Than a Giant Microbe!

Generally if someone started talking about gifting the flu, MRSA or plasma to a friend or family member I would look at them funny.  I mean, how gross is it to want to gift cells and diseases?  Well, for those with a quirky sense of humor and an appreciation for unique gifts,


Encouraging My Daughter to Play Music With the iTikes Piano

I’m all about encouraging my daughter to enjoy music.  Not only do I want her to listen to it and appreciate it, I’d love for her to play an instrument.  By exposing her to a variety of music and instruments I hope to do just that.  I don’t want to push her


Cinderella’s Story Continues in Cinderella II & III

Being such a fan of Cinderella, I really hate to admit that I did not know there were sequels made!  I know oftentimes subsequent movies are not as widely known or popular, but I’ve always wondered about life after the wedding.  I mean, we know Cinderella became a princess, but that’s where


Preparing for a Sibling With a Realistic Looking Baby Doll

Over the course of my pregnancy we’ve tried to keep our toddler informed of what is going on.  No matter what, I know there will still be an adjustment period for all of us.  Perhaps even bouts of jealousy and regression.  Hopefully the groundwork we’ve been laying will help make it as


Give the Gift of Blue Nile Jewelry + The Extraordinary Days of Christmas Sweepstakes!

Before I tell you about Blue Nile’s awesome sweepstakes, I just have to share that I love their jewelry!  When Brian was planning to propose to me, he needed a semi-sneaky way to get my engagement ring without me knowing.  The first step was getting my ring size.  He lucked out because


Get Your Rock On Anywhere With This Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Are you usually the one with the coolest playlist where ever you go?  Do people like to ask you about what tunes to play when everyone gets together for a backyard BBQ?  It’s kind of nice being the go-to person for music but it sucks to give up your phone – even


It’s Hard to Eat Only One Cookie by Kukees

Oh the holidays, the perfect excuse to indulge in tasty treats.  Or at least, I use it as an excuse.  I’m a big cookie lover so I was pretty excited about receiving a dozen gourmet goodies from Kukees to taste test.  Despite having gestational diabetes, I can’t stay completely away from desserts.


Key Ingredient Recipe Reader for the Cook on Your Holiday List!

As we go more digital and tech savvy, it is only a matter of time before we prefer an electronic cookbook, right? I love looking at the pictures in my cookbooks, but they take up so much space (especially in a small kitchen) and the pages can get yucky from being right


Develop Motor Skills With the Little Tikes Basketball Hoop

Earlier this summer we went to a friend’s backyard BBQ and their son had a Little Tikes basketball hoop.  We were a little surprised at how much Rissa wanted to play with it.  Not that there’s anything wrong with her playing basketball, it’s just that there were a lot of other toys


Just Dance 4 the Holidays #CleverJD4 #spon

Thank you to Ubisoft for sponsoring this post. Please click here to learn more about Ubisoft. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. #UbiChamps One of my biggest weaknesses during the holidays is the sweets.  There are SO MANY yummy desserts and candies that get made


A Toddler Friendly Christmas Tree

When I was little, I loved helping to decorate the Christmas tree.  We’d put it up anytime after Thanksgiving and before Christmas Eve, making a night of it.  We typically put up an artificial tree (that my dad marked in some sort of code so we’d know what branches went where).  I


Why I Love Personalized Mother’s Bracelets

When I was little I thought it was awesome to give my mom gifts that “Mom” on them, like she needed reminding. (Though I felt the same about gifts for Dad!) As I moved through my teenage years, I started looking at all the mom jewelry as being completely corny. Just how