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5 Family-Friendly Holiday Parties You Haven’t Done Yet


Step aside Cookie Swaps & Ugly Sweater Parties

5 Family-Friendly Holiday Parties You Haven’t Done Yet

The Little Old House of Make Believe, a local children’s party destination, gives tips on hosting an original holiday party all your own.

The winter holidays are a time for get together with friends and family to bask in laughter, fun and memories. Skip the regular ol’ cookie swap or Ugly Sweater party for a child-friendly celebration that will bring smiles to all faces, big and small.

A Cookies & Milk Party:

Invite grown ups to bring their favorite cookie or forgo homemade cookies and use store-bought sugar cookies and lots of icings, gels edible glitters and sprinkles. Kids will have a great time decorating cookies to munch on while watching a holiday classic. Create a milk bar with lots of syrups to add to white milk–there are so many different flavors to pick from. Take pictures with kids doing their best milk mustache. For a craft children can decorate their own cups for milk or a plate for Santa.

A Nutcracker Tea Party:

Tutus seem to be all the rage with little girls these days. So play off of the hype with a Nutcracker Tea Party. Read the story while making ballerina dolls of out clothespins and tulle. Craft necklaces out of sugary sweet gumdrops. Then plie, pirouette and pas de valse to dreamland.

A North Pole Brunch:

Who doesn’t like breakfast? Especially if it involved red and white pancakes! snow- sugared donuts and more treats. Invite little (& big!) guests to come in their favorite pajamas. A hot cocoa bar with lots of fixings (like different marshmallows, flavors of chocolate chips, flavors of syrups and more!) will be sure to be the highlight of the morning. Rent or DVR holiday cartoon favorites and let the kids decorate their own store-bought Santa hats.

Christmas Karaoke Party:

Belting out a tune can be darn near thrilling–especially if wee little voices are involved. Invite the gang over for a holiday party–Karaoke style. Ask guests their favorite winter songs to make sure everyone’s favorite are on hand. Play Christmas Song Charades. Have a fun non-alcoholic Christmas punch. Then get your vocal chords ready for some Rockin-Around-the-Christmas-Tree fun! Just be sure to have your finger close to the record button on your camera.

A Favorite Things Party:

While White Elephant and Pollyana parties are a time-honored tradition, this fresh take on a gift swap asks guests to bring a numerous amount of their “favorite thing” to swap with other party goers. Put a limit on spending (example: $5/gift) and get thinking of something clever. Do you have a favorite lip gloss from a local shop? A favorite book? A favorite snack? Stock up, wrap them up & get ready for some fun. You could also go a themed route with an idea like “Favorite Place,” “Favorite Food,” “Favorite Sports Team,” the ideas are endless.

If you like the idea of a holiday celebration, but would rather kick up your heels and allow someone else to organize it all, reach out to The Little Old House of Make Believe to ask about their holiday parties at their children’s celebration play space in Langhorne Borough.

For more details, visit www.believeinmakebelieve.com or visit them on Facebook.

And whether you have a big party or are looking for something magical to do on a winter evening, a restored and hand-crafted mid-century mail box outside of   The Little Old House of Make Believe (140 East Richardson Avenue, Langhorne, PA) will take letters for Santa straight to the North Pole. And letters that have an address and stamp will very likely hear back from Ol’ Saint Nick himself with a personalized letter…Signed, Sealed and Delivered to you & yours.

Mama’s Holiday Hot Toy Gift Guide 2013


Mama’s Holiday Hot Toy Gift Guide 2013

 


Hasbro FurReal Friends TrixieFURREAL FRIENDS TRIXIE, THE SKATEBOARDING PUP PetSkateboarding Remote Control Puppy

The coolest canine to hit the half-pipe, FURREAL FRIENDS TRIXIE, THE SKATEBOARDING PUP pet is an adorable show-off pet that puts kids in control and brings lots of silly, laugh-out-loud fun. Children can pose their TRIXIE, in more than 30 positions on her hot pink skateboard. An easy-to-use two button remote control rides Trixie’s skateboard forward, backward, and even in circles. Every skateboarding star needs a soundtrack for her performance, and cool music and puppy sounds will play from the remote. After a day of riding, Trixie can come off her board for cuddle time. {I love that Trixie comes off her board for cuddle time and just isn’t a toy that does one thing, children lose interest after the novelty wears off and then the toy is banished to some box in the basement, but with Trixie she has staying power. She has a lot going for her with how cute and soft she is, to the musical rides as she entertains and she has a community online to communicate with other FurReal Friends!} www.HasbroToyShop.com

 

 SHOWCAM 2 in 1 Digital Cameraa child's SLR camera

Playskool's projector camera for childrenKids can instantly show the fun with the new ShowCam camera from Playskool! This innovative new device is a 2 in 1 digital camera and projector designed especially for youngsters. It is as easy as click, switch, and SHOW for kids to create a silly show all on their own with instant projection! Push the Silly button to choose from a variety of silly stamps, instant stories and fun animations all with silly sound effects transforming photos into fun filled “SHOW-tos.” Then, with a simple flip of the brightly-colored front switch, kids can change from camera to projector mode and INSTANTLY share their cool “SHOW-tos” for friends and family to admire. Press the orange shutter button in projection mode and kids will get an instant photo slide show, and then hit the Silly button to enjoy surprise themed slide shows.  The kid-friendly ShowCam Playskool camera features easy to use, simple controls, big buttons for little fingers and kid-sized hand grips.  It holds up to 1000 images, has a large color LCD screen on the back, and a USB port making it easy to save, print and email images. Kids will love this cool device modeled after grown-ups’ cameras; this is a kid’s SLR camera! Comes in: grey, blue and green version or a white, pink and purple version. HasbroToyShop.com


Cyber Hoops Basketball NERF N-SPORTS CYBER HOOP SetNerf N Sports Cyber Hoop Set for Basketball lovers

Shoot. Score. Share! The N-SPORTS CYBER HOOP set lets players turn any room into a virtual stadium and challenge themselves or friends to a basketball showdown. To begin play, fans simply download the free CYBER HOOP app on to their iDevice. Once the app is downloaded, players can select from one of five basketball challenges to start shooting hoops! The CYBER HOOP set transmits players’ scores to the iDevice and the app provides exciting commentary, tracks game stats and captures games on video. Players can share their coolest shots from each game in an epic highlight reel or even play virtually with friends online via the app! The The CYBER HOOP app is available for free download exclusively at the App Store℠ and is compatible with the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad (2nd, 3rd, 4th generation), iPad mini, and the iPod Touch (4th and 5th Generation) and works with iOS 6.0 or later. Ages 8+ www.HasbroToyShop.com

 

BEYWARRIORS SHOGUN STEEL OCTAGON SHOWDOWN SetBeywarriors Shogun Steel Octagon Showdown Set

This is the ultimate SHOGUN STEEL BEYWARRIORS showdown! Everything needed for a BEYWARRIORS battle is in one place with the OCTAGON SHOWDOWN set. This intricately designed arena allows BEYWARRIORS battlers to spin, crash, and ricochet against one of the eight walls for optimal BEYWARRIORS battling! The OCTAGON SHOWDOWN set includes an exclusive stadium, two customizable BEYWARRIORS battlers, two ripcords for launching, and two collector cards that can be used to unlock features to battle Beybladers online at www.BeybladeBattles.com. {The arena’s size is perfect to keep the exciting interchangeable (tops) figures battling. It’s one of those games anyone can play and no batteries necessary. Easy Setup!!} HasbroToyShop.com

 

B Daman Battlefield B-DAMAN BREAK BOMBER BATTLEFIELD Arena

Players must master power, speed and precision to keep up with the frenetic marble shooting play in the B-DAMAN BREAK BOMBER BATTLEFIELD arena, inspired by the B-DAMAN TV series. Players start on opposite sides as they shoot at the rows of blocks in the center of the arena. Blasting away yellow blocks reveal red blocks. The player that blasts three out of five red blocks into the opponents’ territory wins. Set includes one deluxe target play set with 25 blocks, completely enclosed arena walls, two B-DAMAN figures, two B-DAMAN Wide Magazine Accessory pieces and 20 marbles. {For Ages 6+ because the marbles could shoot out of the arena. No batteries needed!}. HasbroToyShop.com

 


 MY LITTLE PONY FEATURE PRINCESS TWILIGHT SPARKLE PonyMy Little Pony Twilight Sparkle

Interactive My Little Pony ToyIn the land of EQUESTRIA, studious TWILIGHT SPARKLE represents the element of magic. Now, the magic is in your little one’s hands with the PRINCESS TWILIGHT SPARKLE figure, a moving, talking pony that comes to life! The PRINCESS TWILIGHT SPARKLE pony is the most interactive MY LITTLE PONY friend to date. This magical pony will respond to touch and motion; simply touch her cutie mark and she will move her head and blink her eyes as she awakens. Brush her mane and she will hum songs and speak whimsical phrases as she’s being pampered. Her iridescent turquoise wings and unicorn horn illuminate with a touch, creating enchanting patterns of light. Push her along and watch as PRINCESS TWILIGHT SPARKLE pony’s wings flutter as if she was getting ready to take flight! Ages 3 + {This pony is bigger than she appears in the photos, she’s about 12 inches high and is exactly as the description states, your My Little Pony lover will not be disappointed with this hot new toy!} HasbroToyShop.com

 

KRE-O CITYVILLE INVASION SKYSCRAPER MAYHEM Building Set

KRE-O CITYVILLE Building SetOut of the zoo and into trouble. A rampaging gorilla has escaped the KRE-O CITYVILLE zoo and is wreaking havoc downtown. Will the KREON CITYVILLE citizens be able to stop him? KRE-O CITYVILLE INVASION SKYSCRAPER MAYHEM building set includes 431 gorilla escapes KRE-O CITYVILLE zooKRE-O pieces needed to build a skyscraper with breakaway windows, helicopter with SONIC MOTION rotors and zookeeper capture vehicle. Comes complete with seven KREON figures and an additional mystery KREON: VANCE VALOR, DR. MAYHEM, BANANA BOY, TN TEETER, AMY APEKEEPER, COLONEL BULLET and ZAPE the evil gorilla. Includes an exclusive QR Code to unlock KREONs in the CITYVILLE INVASION app. {This is for an older child, most likely 8+ at the least unless you don’t mind putting together a lot of tiny pieces. I’ve done this before with other sets from Hasbro for my daughter and then she was able to enjoy it just fine. It’s really cool that this new toy is compatible with Lego, so your child or you (hey, parents like toys still too) can enjoy imagining and creating all sorts of fun, especially with the newly introduced sonic motion feature.} www.HasbroToyShop.com


 Furby Boom!

new generation Furby

A whole new generation of Furby critters is about to hatch! Furby has a mind of its own, and the way you treat your Furby will shape its personality — so the more fun you have with it, the better! The more you talk to your Furby and interact with it, the more English it speaks! Pet it, tickle its tummy and pull its tail Pull to make sleep, introduce Furby to other Furby’s and play games, get eggs and raise virtual Furblings with the free Furby Boom App (optional) works with iPad, iPod touch and iPhone with iOS 5.0 or later. App is not compatible with prior Furby generations.

{My daughter & I have played for hours with our Furby Boom and we’ve only owned it for a short time. We are so excited…and so is our Furby, to be the proud parents to many new eggs and hatchlings. We are filling up our Furby city pretty quickly on the app. Even without the app, we have a blast with Furby, especially every time we hear: Woot Woot…cracks us up! This is a definite for ages 6 and up. My little one is 5 ½ and is teaching me how to find my way to xray our….ahem, I mean her Furby! You’ll see how cool it is and then let me know if you aren’t feeding your Furby all kinds of things just to xray it and make sure it’s still in good health. It’s adorable!} www.hasbrotoyshop.com

THE ZELFS™ VENUS FLY TRAP SPIN SALON PLAYSETZelf goes to the Salon

The Zelfs™ will look their best after a visit to be primped, curled and crimped at the Venus Flytrap Spin Salon! With this hair-raising playset, girls can twist and twirl their Zelfs’ hair to give them a fun new look. The Spin Salon comes with an exclusive Zelf named Tressa, twirls and swirls each Zelf’s hair with just a push of a button and comes with two hair extensions, one hair clip, a tiara, hair brush and a collector’s guide, making it the ultimate place for the Zelfs to hang out. Girls can also store their Zelfs in the playset once the Venus Fly Trap Salon snaps shut! {I had to Google this one, because I had no idea what a Zelf was, besides thinking they were adorable. Here is what I found for those of you that are like me, and have no idea… ‘The Zelfs’ live in an enchanted garden full of surprises called Zardenia. They dwell in different fabitats tucked all over the garden…in the trees, mounds of rocks and even dark corners’ There’s lots more about them out there too. Many collect all types of Zelfs and each as a special power when loved. I will say the hair didn’t twist as easily or neatly as the photo shows, but still this is a winner with all the cool drawers and hair accessories. Who doesn’t want their Zelf to be able to go the hair salon. No batteries needed!!! Awesome toy!}

 
THE TRASH PACK™ TRASH WHEELS™ JUNK YARD PLAYSET

Trash Wheels Junk Yard Play SetThe Trash Wheels™ Junk Yard Play Set is the only place to fix and repair the Trash Wheels! Through imaginative play, kids can get creative with how they repair their Trash Wheels. Whether they need a new engine or are ready to go to the Scrap Heap, the Junk Yard is the place to go. With one Junk Yard Playset, two Trash Wheels vehicles and a collector’s guide, kids will have everything they need to complete their Trash Wheels collection. But they should watch out for the crushing yard to avoid getting squished! {I hesitated to put this one in, as a girl and only having a daughter I had to put myself in a young boy’s mind to really review this product for this gift guide. I found out that a lot of boys love trucks, all types of trucks, including trash trucks. They also like to crush and launch things. This toy does all that and more, so at first a skeptic now I’m sold your child will enjoy this toy if they are into the activities I just described.}

 

 

Two Chosen as a “Wal-Mart Top 20 Chosen by Kids” Toys From Spin Master


Zoomer

Robotic Dog ZoomerZoomer is playful, funny and he’ll steal your heart in an instant. Just like a real dog you’ll need to teach him everything a puppy needs to know. Call his name, teach him lots of tricks and watch how excited he gets when you reward him with a real good belly scratch. Kids Robotic Dog Zoomercan run play and laugh as Zoomer excitedly wags his tail and responds to their commands. Zoomer is smart as a whip and can understand English, Spanish and French. He even follows your movement with his cute puppy eyes. Download the free iOS or Android app to learn everything there is to know about training Zoomer. Before you know it he’ll be laying down, rolling over, playing dead and more! When you adopt Zoomer into your home he can’t help but feel like a real part of the family. {awl, I’ve been saying I want to get a dog, this may be the perfect answer to my question…should I get another dog? Zoomer is just as adorable as his picture here. This robot toy dog is definitely the answer to your child wanting a pet and you not wanting another live being to be responsible for! Tip: Use a clear speaking voice and no batteries needed! Zoomer was chosen as a “Wal-Mart Top 20 Chosen by Kids” Toy!}

 

Flutterbye Fairy magicallty takes flightFlutterbye FairyFlutterbye Fairy by Spin Master

 

Turn a young girl’s dreams into reality as they watch Flutterbye Fairies effortlessly dance through the air. Every enchanting flight puts the magic directly in their hands. Flutterbye’s gracefully glide across the sky guided only by the hands of young girls. There’s never been a more magical experience. Put the magic in their hands with the charming flight of Flutterbye Fairies. {Tip: I would fly her inside in an open space, there is a learning curve to using your hands to help her fly in the direction you want, keep the base nearby so you can hit the button to stop her quickly if necessary. This flying fairy is durable enough for us to learn how to control it and for it to stay looking great! Awesome toy! Flutterbye Fairy was chosen as a “Wal-Mart Top 20 Chosen by Kids” Toy!}

The Atmosphere levitating toyAir Hogs Atmosphere by Spin Master

Soar to new heights with the Air Hogs Atmosphere! This powerful levitating sphere requires no remote control and hovers above any surface! Its spherical shape allows the Atmosphere toy to smoothly bounce off walls and ceilings for non-stop flight. You are the controller with the high-tech Hovering n air is the Atmosphere from Spin Masterhovering power of the Air Hogs Atmosphere! {Tip: Keep base nearby in case you need to deactivate quickly as your child is learning, read flying into mom’s stuff…lol}

 

 

Kawaii Crush DollsKawaii Crush Dolls

In the Kawaii Crush world each girl shares her one true love by expressing her love through her fashions, lifestyle & accessories. Imagine a world alive with smiles. In the world of Kawaii Crush there is an assortment of happy and unique characters who express what they love, or what their crush is, through fashion and accessories. Each Kawaii Crush girl comes with mix and match outfits and more. Kawaii is Japanese for “cute,” “lovable,” or “adorable.” Shown here is the Kawaii Crush Happy Mall Set

 

 Disney Doc McStuffins Get Better Checkup Center

 

Disney's Doc McStuffins Get Better CenterCreate a space full of imaginative play for your child with the Disney Doc McStuffins Get Better Checkup Center. This play set allows your child to play pretend as they diagnose Lambie with the Big Book of BooBoos, or even as they check out her x-rays. It includes everything needed to give the included lamb doll a checkup with a scale, growing chart and play x-ray machine. You can even give her bandage stickers to take her ouchies away, too. The Disney Doc McStuffins Get Better Checkup Center Play Set includes checkup center, otoscope, reflex hammer, syringe, roll of stickers, two x-rays, scale, Lambie figurine, cell phone, and three peg board holders. Some assembly is required. It’s recommended for children three years of age and older.

 

Doc McStuffins Magic Talkin’ Doc & Friends

Doc McStuffins Magic Talking Doc

Kids help Doc McStuffins take care of some of her closest friends with this Doc McStuffins Magic Talkin’ Doc & Friends. A 12″ Doc McStuffins Doll comes complete in her medical fashions and magical stethoscope. When you press her stethoscope against her stomach, she will say different iconic phrases from the show as well as sing the “Time for Your Check-Up” song. Place Lambie or Stuffy on their respective images on the Magic Clinic Table to hear different phrases. You can even press the bandage button to hear additional phrases from them. When Lambie & Stuffy are both on the Magic Clinic Table together, they will talk to each other and sing the “I Feel Better” song. Set includes Doc Doll, Lambie and Stuffy figures, Magic Clinic Table, doctor’s bag, stethoscope, otoscope, and thermometer. Eight AG13 batteries are required and included.

 

Doc McStuffins Stuffy Play Set

doc mcstuffins make me better stuffy playset

Keeps Your Aspiring Little Doctor Busy for Hours as Disney Junior’s favorite dragon, Stuffy, is the star of the Disney Doc McStuffins Make Me Better Stuffy playset. Little doctors-to-be will love to nurture and heal Stuffy, just like Doc McStuffins does on her hit TV series. This Make Me Better Set includes an articulated figure of Stuffy, as well as Doc-inspired accessories just like a real doctor has, including an interactive tool with actual lights and sounds. The best fun with the Doc McStuffins play set is when her patient gets a big boo-boo and the ouches can only be taken away with a removable color-change cast that has special designs that are only revealed by using cold water. Parents and children will adore this high quality, interactive toy for years to come. This Doc McStuffins Make Me Better can also come with Doc McStufins’s Lambie instead of Stuffy.

 

Little Passports

fun educational geography of the world toy by Little Passports

Every month, follow our characters Sam and Sofia as they embark on a new country adventure. Your first month’s Explorer Kit arrives in a suitcase and contains everything your child needs to get started: a letter from Sam and Sofia, a map, a passport, stickers, access to online games and more. Country specific packages filled with fun souvenirs, letters, stickers, photos, activity sheets and more arrive every month thereafter. Recommended age 5 to 10 years old. The link above will get you the World Edition for $10.95 a month.

 fun educational geography of the United States toy by Little Passports

With your USA Edition subscription, Sam and Sofia travel to and experience the wonders of all 50 states. Kick-off your USA adventure with the first month’s Discovery Kit which includes a letter from Sam and Sofia, a USA Field Guide, a USA scratch book, a map, and a camera. Sam and Sofia then travel to two new states every month and send an activity-packed travel journal with stickers, postcards, pop-out models and access to online activities. Recommended age 7 to 12 years old.

{My daughter has been receiving the Little Passports World Edition  (link to another post I did on Little Passports) for almost a year and just started the United States Edition about 6 months ago. As a teacher, I myself was concerned if she was being confused her by doing them both at the same time or by starting the countries before the states. Now I think doing both programs at the same time actually allows for so many teachable moments of similarities and differences between states, states and countries and the world in general and for understanding the concept that “The United States” is just one of many countries that make up the entire “The World”. She & I talk about so many concepts, just this week we discussed the continents when “India” arrived and they mentioned it looks like a slice of pizza at the bottom of the Asian Continent. So of course, I brought up the 7 continents she learned about in preschool last year….we pointed them all out by name as we talked about why we use “continents” as a way of grouping countries on the world map and she quickly located “India”, the slice of pizza, and put the little push pin sticker on so proudly…I’m even smiling now as I remember the moment, I was so proud of her. This program is so much fun and a must get for any child you know no matter what the age, you can use as much or as little of the program as they are ready for. My daughter isn’t ready for the worksheets or the online activities just yet, but I save the boarding passes and the worksheets along with everything else her pen pals send for when she is ready for those parts of the program because I’ll go back and do them with her! As a parent and a teacher, this product should be used in classrooms everywhere, it brings fun to a lot of confusing concepts for children and fun always equals learning and remembering! Mom is even remembering!}

 

 

animal realistic replicas SafariLtdHand Painted Replica by SafariLtd

Safari takes pride in the realism of replicas. Every detail, from the texture of an animal’s fur to the glass-like appearance of its eyes, is designed for accuracy. Replicas are also individually hand-painted. It is our dedication to authenticity and education that sets our replicas apart in the industry. Each purchase of our products has accompanying educational information that can be found on our website. The selection of replicas is so huge the catalog (which is beautiful itself to look through) is almost an inch thick full of every animal you can think of, different human and magical replicas, famous buildings, landmarks and so much more.

 

TOOBS
Safari Ltd. TOOBS® packaging makes their sets a great choice for traveling. The tube container is an easy way to keep your child’s toys together without taking up too much space packing. Each tube is an assortment of whatever collection your child loves, whether it’s a specific animal, a category of animals (dinosaurs, birds of the world, farm animals, reptiles, sea animals, etc), humans such as warriors and knights, babies, musical instruments, landmarks, buildings of the world and so much more.

 

Peacock
This Peacock replica spreads its magnificent tail feathers, showing off its shimmering colors. The gift of flight comes to life in the Wings of the World collection. This group features some of the most vivid colors and intricate details of any models. Like all Safari Ltd® toys, our winged friends are professionally sculpted, individually hand painted, and value priced. Collectors, bird lovers, and children can all find inspiration from these lively replicas.


{I may keep this one replica for me, it’s beautiful & I love peacocks. I have been giving TOOBs to children as gifts since before my own child was born almost 6 years ago. These replicas have caught my eye in whatever store they were displayed. You know which ones I’m writing about, because you just can’t help to stop and take in the attention to detail and beauty of at least a few of the pieces when walking past}.

Awareness of Autism through Starabella Books & Music

Starabella

Starabella is a new series of award-winning, narrated musical picture books for kids ages 2-8 about a very courageous little girl with learning differences who expresses her thoughts and feelings through music. When she is happy, her eyes shine like stars. Though the Starabella books are based on a little girl with autism, the stories appeal to anyone who has felt different. Starabella demonstrates the special gifts children with extra challenges often bring to the world. Starabella shows children that we are all special and allows them to feel empathy, enabling them to make positive social choices rather than turning to bullying and discrimination. {It’s my opinion after reviewing these books that they not only send extremely urgent information into society as so many children relate to these stories and with amazing stories like Starabella’s being read to children/students, we can help change the way children interact with one another, but they are also a hit with readers…my daughter loved following along as a beginning reader in Kindergarten! These books are wonderful for new readers as children can follow along by listening to the CD, which has lots of sections to keep the children on the page they need to be. At the end of the book are all the lyrics for the songs sung throughout the book for you and your child to learn and sing together. More experienced readers will enjoy the book with or without the CD!}

 

PT-D200 Label Maker

Brother Label Maker

PT-D200 makes organization a breeze with quick access to fonts, symbols, frames or Deco Mode patterns or use the 2-line, name badge designs to create labels for meetings and events. The large, built-in memory stores up to 30 of your favorite labels – so reprinting them in the future is a snap. Uses durable, easy peel, laminated “TZe” series tapes up to 12mm wide – perfect for indoor or outdoor use. The graphical display lets you preview text and layout prior to printing, so you know exactly how your label will look before you print! Create professional, fun and decorative labels on your kid’s toys, books, school supplies, backpack and even on your little one’s lunch box and accessories. This label maker saves time for on the go parents! Link to all products related to the best label maker  {I find this label maker extremely valuable when I label clothing, shoes, costumes, dress-up, coats along with toys sport’s equipment, school supplies and books that leave the house…this way whoever finds them (or if there is a question as to which child owns what…lol) always knows who to return the item too…which I know saves money, because I don’t have to buy the lost item again. I even use labels when I’m loaning out things of my own, such as books, etc. I love the different label maker color tapes I can use for fun! This Brother PT-D200 adapter instead of using batteries.}

 

**Wherever you see italicized information inside these brackets, {it is added genuine information, opinion and/or tips from myself} related to the products in this gift guide that is in addition to the description of the item. All of these items I have either bought, received to review (after I requested to review the item because of my interest in the item) and/or I may own the product already and just think it’s that great of a product that I had to include it in the gift guide to help everyone, especially parents, find the best this holiday season for their little ones and loved ones.**

 

Book Review: Have You Ever Wondered About Angels, by Chris Alexandria


Book Review:

Have You Ever Wondered About Angels, by Chris Alexandria

Angels

Have You Ever Wondered About Angels, by Chris Alexandria and illustrated by Alex Levitos is a brand new book that explains the basic concepts of Angels in the sweetest of a story.

Lets let my daughter’s quote speak for itself (she’s only 5), she made me read it twice in a row to her as soon as we received it, she LOVED this new book.

“I love it, I want to read it all night. It’s the best book I ever heard. My mom chose this book for my bedtime story and I didn’t think I would love it so much, but I did”, Mama Chrissy’s Five Year Old Daughter!

 

Mama Chrissy too thought this book was beautifully written as well as illustrated. Kudos to both Chris & Alex for an amazing book!

 

Angel Poem

 

Angel Poem on page 26 that my daughter and I say super quick whenever we feel the need for angel support for anything.

angel poem

 

 

You can find this book online at Chris Alexanderia’s, Angel Chatter website, Amazon or many of the mind, body, spirit expos’s she attends. Chris does much more than write children’s books. She is guided by angels to help us in many, many ways. It was my pleasure to meet her in person last year and she was quite the presence and had a long last effect on me and I’m please to be honored to review this new children’s book and look forward to all her future work, because she has found her path and is helping people like me everyday and I love helping people like her help even more people…even if it’s just one more person….doesn’t matter to me, that just means it was only meant to help one. However, I know in my heart she and I are both here for much more than that! This is just the beginning!

Light & Love to all of you!!! Many, Many Blessings & Namaste!

Mama Chrissy

 

JerseyLove Social Media For Social Good Trip to Atlantic City and Belmar Beach


JerseyLove Social Media For Social Good Trip

The Social Media for Good #JerseyLove retreat is being sponsored by D6 Sports and Caesar’s Entertainment. This includes accommodations, meals and transportation. All opinions are my own.

And, we are off to a wonderful weekend of Social Media for Social Good #SoGo to shine our light and love to New Jersey’s Beaches after Hurricane Sandy left a lot of dark days for much of the Jersey Shore.

We spent our first full day in Belmar, one of the worst hit beach towns by Hurricane Sandy! D’JaisBelmar’s popular nightlife spot, hosted our group for the day. I didn’t know they got super crafty after suffering severe damage from Hurricane Sandy. They thought of the fabulous idea to sell pieces of the damaged dance floor to those that danced the night away many times in the past and would cherish owning this memorabilia from this happening night life dance spot. Many people bought up the pieces of the old dance floor (hey if I had super memories from D’jais like meeting my sweetie there or lots of summer fun night’s out, I would have been waiting to purchase a piece of my past too). D’Jais raised $20,000 to donate to Belmar’s Sandy Relief Fund. They hosted a delicious day for our day at Belmar Beach. I can’t wait to go back in the evening and check out that new dance floor in my dancing shoes!

 

While in Belmar, we were treated to surf lessons from Hangten and got a sneak peak at the surfskimmer which is a creative new product that just launched, designed by D6 Sports available just in time for our summer fun! I especially loved this summer beach product because it helps children of all ages shred the waves close to the shore, much like a skimboard but with a sturdy handle for our children to feel secure as they begin skimming, making us parents feel more comfortable letting the little ones try skimboarding safely. And, it’s not over once they feel confident in their new skills. Once the child or adult (ahem, I would like to learn too) is secure in their skimboarding skills, the surfskimmer has a removable handle (much like removing training wheels from bicycles) so  this entry level skimboard becomes a traditional skimboard .

I have a D6 Surfskimmer coupon code for you: jerseylove will get you 20% off a surfskimmer for your little one or for a summer birthday gift idea (this is what I intend on doing…shhh, don’t tell the little ones with Summer birthdays in my life). Honestly I believe in D6′s creative new product that is fun and builds confidence in children so much that if D6 would ask me to fly around to beach destinations throughout our country or other countries, I would show parents along the shorelines everywhere how they can feel at ease while their little ones learn to skimboard safely with the surfskimmer. Hey, D6 would probably get some amazing footage too! But, they would have to send me to each destination with hundreds of surfskimmers to sell, because you know once I give a few children this product to go shred some surf, the rest of the children on the beach are going to want to join in on the fun immediately! Plus, it will create such a stir, I’m sure the local shop owners are going to want a supply for their shelves before I leave town. Because they know parents are going to think this new cool summer fun beach product must have been purchased at the local surf shop. We couldn’t leave the surf shops empty handed like that, setting them up for disappointing so many children would just be sad!

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Even before participating in the first of its kind #SoGo event (Social Media for Social Good), I’ve always volunteered and have been heavily involved in my community through local volunteering and community service projects for humanity in general, so of course I jumped at the opportunity to participate in the #JerseyLove Retreat designed to bring awareness to the Jersey Shore in order to revitalize New Jersey’s economy, a state heavily supported by the summer economy of beach goers. The major mission of this service project was to help stimulate the economy by letting the online audiences of the bloggers in attendance from New Jersey Digital Moms & Social Media Moms know the New Jersey Beaches ARE open for business this summer, AND they are better than ever thanks to people like, Mayor Matt from Belmar NJ finding a silver lining in Sandy’s aftermath.

Social Good for New Jersey's Beaches

Belmar Beach has been on my radar for years, but its actually making me consider not having to leave New Jersey for a great family beach vacation destination. He has created better beaches that are more mom friendly with cleaner, bigger bathrooms and has plans which include showers in the near future at New Jersey’s Belmar Beach. I quote Major Matt in his speech to our group, “We want Belmar to be known as the Mom’s Beach”. So, this mayor has been making strides in upgrading his beach town by focusing on positive actions as one chapter ends and another begins.  Seriously, as a Mom, after a day at the beach with your child, being able to shower your child and dress them in clean clothes for evening festivities or even pajamas if you intend on hitting the road for home as the sun sets is a welcome amenity that goes a long way towards making a huge difference in my decision for which beach town to visit for a more enjoyable day trip to the beach.

I was impressed to learn Mayor Matt is placing donated funds directly in the hands of displaced families. Cash in hand goes a long way when disaster strikes in meeting some of the more immediate needs of the people that live in the town year round. D6, one of our generous sponsors for this #SoGo trip gave MayorMatt a $5,000 check for the residents of Belmar the day we visited Belmar Beach, one of the worst hit beaches along the Jersey Shore during Hurricane Sandy! I liked D6′s new product, the surfskimmer before that donation, but I can’t deny that the benevolence of D6 Sports towards the residents of Belmar didn’t make me like D6′s new, cool surfskimmer just a little bit more :-) .

Bloggers visit steel pier

 

 

Before this trip to AC, I didn’t know just how much Atlantic City had to offer. #DoAC had me wondering, what else can you do besides casinos and the beach while in AC? For example, I had no idea how well kept the family owned and operated, Steel Pier is and about their amazing renovations plans over the next few years, which include 60% of all rides to be under cover to be enjoyed rain or shine. That’s huge travel insurance for us moms while deciding on a vacation destination for the family! Steel Pier is not affiliated with a casino, which I had no idea. This makes me want to go even more and get even more excited to share a sneak peak at the new look of Steel Pier!

Steel Pier AC Renovation Plans

I’ve always loved the beach, so finding out Caesars, another one of this #SoGo trip big sponsors, had a beautiful beach front location with chairs, umbrellas and beachside food/beverage service right to where you were sitting on the beach…WOW…reminded me of being in a remote location at a fancy resort. I had to check that I was still in New Jersey. Very cool indeed! As if being able to enjoy refreshments without having to lug my own beach gear wasn’t enough, this casino was filled with upscale restaurants and café eateries alike….whatever mood you were in or amount of money you felt like spending would be easily accommodated here at Caesars Casino. Also, there’s just something to be said about a room with a beautiful view of the beach and ocean as well as being able to watch the TV embedded in the bathroom mirror while you are getting yourself ready for the day…very innovative; I was pleasantly amazed with my entire stay at Caesars!

Caesars Hotel RoomCaesars Hotel Room Emedded TV in Bathroom Mirror is a Yes!

 

 

Right outside the Caesars Casino they have the beautiful pier shops. I found the most amazing must #DoAC activity. It appeared that every hour on the hour there was a beautiful, colorful, set to music water light show that had my attention so much it made me just a little bit late for our next event. I mean it, I was peacefully mesmerized as was everyone that was lucky enough to find this little hidden gem of AC. Young and old sat in amazement as we watched approximately a 15 minute show with water dancing to music in colorful patterns. I have to say, and many of the other bloggers will tell you I said it a lot (okay a lot, a lot) it’s a must see. It’s free and just amazing!

The Pier Shops FREE Light Water Show
All-in-All…I will be adding many New Jersey Beach towns to my summer ideas list of things to do, day trips to take and yes NJ is now in my mind as being worthy of a complete family vacation destination. I’m impressed with all AC is right now as a family destination and has in the works to become in the near future. AC along with Belmar’s Mom Beach and all the other fabulous beach towns with amazing boardwalks is a complete affordable package for a fabulous family vacation destination worthy of your attention!!

Atlantic City Beaches

A little tip of a really neat event Atlantic City is hosting this September:  Sweat AC will be September 21 & 22, 2013 with lots of celebrity trainers & lifestyle experts, including two I would love to workout with: Jillian Michaels with BODYSHRED and Shaun T with INSANITY. Click here for more info on this two day Atlantic City Health and Fitness Event.

 

As always, please leave your comments below on anything you can add to this article on New Jersey Beaches, Atlantic City, Belmar, Social Media for Social Good or any other topic relevant to this post.

D6 Surfskimmer Twitter Party for #JerseyLove


The Jersey shore is back and so is the summer fun! And this summer there’s a NEW way for the kids to have fun in the ocean, so we’re throwing a party to introduce you to it: the D6 Surfskimmer!

 

Win Surf Skimmer

You can learn more about the D6 Surfskimmer and also have a chance to WIN IT and other goodies at the #Surfskimmer #JerseyLove Twitter Party!  Hang Ten D6 Sports and the #JerseyLove Social Media For Social Good Moms are headed to the Jersey shore next week to give #JerseyLove!  We will be surfing, our kids will be surfskimming and with the generous support of D6 Sports, we will be making a donation to Belmar, NJ Mayor Matt Doherty for families that were displaced after Super Storm Sandy.

 

Help us spread the word to give #JerseyLove and meet our friends at Hang Ten D6 Sports.

HOSTS: @D6SurfSkimmer @SMMoms @DawnSandomeno @hollywoodhotmom @njdigitalmoms

WHEN:  Monday June 3rd – 9 – 10 PM ET

WHERE: #Surfskimmer and #JerseyLove with Tweetgrid: http://bit.ly/1163gqw

PRIZES:  D6 Surfskimmers, Hang Ten Gift bags and Shaun White Supply Co. Helmets

HOW: Follow #jerseylove #hangten and #surfskimmer hashtags and tweet with us.  You MUST RSVP and Tweet to WIN .  Enter your information below.

 

Meet the Social Media For Social Good team and follow them on twitter below. 

You can join them again LIVE online on Friday, June 7th in Belmar, NJ

by following the #JerseyLove hashtag and #Surfskimmer.

 

 

First- Of- Its- Kind Product Takes Over California And New Jersey Beaches With  Bi-Coastal Launch

Introduction of Must-Have Summer Product at Zack’s Pier Plaza in Huntington, CA June 1st with Belmar, NJ Boardwalk Reopening Celebration June 7th

COSTA MESA, CA – May 31, 2013 – D6 Sports, distributor and manufacturer of sporting goods focusing on the action sports and wheeled categories, today announced the debut of its first product, the SurfSkimmer, an innovative skimboard with gripper technology designed to give kids a chance to skim and advance quickly within minutes on the water.

“We are proud to announce the arrival of our first product, the SurfSkimmer,” said Jeff Balaban, Senior Vice President, D6 Sports.  “We have licensed brands and produced incredible sporting goods for many years, but to unveil our very own product that also happens to fall in to a new category in action sports is very exciting to us.”

Debuting for public test runs at Zack’s Pier Plaza in Huntington Beach on June 1st, the SurfSkimmer offers kids a hands-on skimboard experience that is both fun and safe.  The SurfSkimmer is designed with gripper technology, a stable handle and sleek design allowing the board to glide effortlessly over the white wash giving kids the opportunity to experiment and excel in skimboarding.  The handle easily comes off so each board has the ability to act as a traditional skimboard.  The 2-in-1 functionality allows for easy learning and advanced maneuvers.

D6 Sports will also join over 40 women from Social Media Moms and New Jersey Digital Moms at the #JerseyLove Retreat in Belmar, NJ June 7th.  Coming from all over the country, the moms will convene for the first time ever to utilize their social reach to help raise awareness for and promote the reopening of the Jersey Shore for the 2013 summer season.  Now that the official ceremonies are over, the women want to document real families, moms and kids having fun to show the world that the Jersey Shore is still a great place to vacation and visit.  They will do this by experiencing it in real life and telling their stories virtually on a myriad of social media platforms.

“I am a New Jersey native who has, literally, hundreds of friends and family members who were affected by Sandy so when we learned of this event, we had to get involved,” said Ben Young, Vice President of Creative and Marketing for D6 Sports.  “We have partnered with Eastern Lines Surf Shop to treat the moms to surf and stand up paddleboard lessons, while we introduce kids to the new SurfSkimmer.  After the event, we will donate several boards to the local shops so people can continue to enjoy the beach all summer.”

D6 Sports and the #JerseyLove Retreat moms will also present Mayor Matt Doherty with a donation to the Belmar Relief and Recovery foundation that was created to assist displaced families and help rebuild the Belmar Boardwalk after Superstorm Sandy.

For more information and to stay up to date on SurfSkimmer news, developments, event images and fun videos.

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/D6SurfSkimmer

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/D6SurfSkimmer

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/D6Surfskimmer

Instagram: @d6surfskimmer

SurfSkimmer-At-A-Glance:

  • Designed to give kids a chance to skim and advance quickly within minutes on the water;
  • The D6 SurfSkimmer is available this June at select retailers for $69.99;
  • The SurfSkimmer is a skimboard with a detachable arm extension and handlebar that allows kids to run and glide without losing balance;
  • Once kids are ready to ride without the handle, they can remove it and skim just like the pros.

For more information, please visit: http://d6surfskimmer.com

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