Sunday, December 23, 2012


This gift idea is for anyone who loves Air Hogs or well, just anyone!

The all-new Air Hogs Battle Tracker delivers head-to-head interactive combat. Take command of the Disc-Launching Helicopter as the A.R.T (Automated Robotic Turret) tracks your every move. Enter the heat of battle with both single and multiplayer modes: Single Player: Auto Mode. Take control of the heli and launch disks at the A.R.T antenna. But, beware. A.R.T tracks your every move while releasing a devastating payload of missiles. Don't underestimate the advanced intelligence tracking system as you go head-to-head in battle. 2-Player: Manual Mode. Easily switch to manual mode using the A.R.T remote control. Face-off against friends and see who will be victorious. Switch roles as you control 2 different advanced weapon systems and discover each of their advantages. Other Modes: Both the A.R.T and Disk Shooting Helicopter can be controlled independently. Battle them against other Air Hogs vehicles and become the ultimate battle-ready sharpshooter. Disk Launching Helicopter: Launch your way to victory with the high-powered disk launching heli. The resilient hard-plastic body is armored to withstand all combat scenarios. Steady-Fly Technology software detects flight instability and auto adjusts rotor systems delivering superior, stable flight. The advanced disk release system lets you launch your payload in rapid or single bursts. Automated Robotic Turret: The A.R.T is a state-of-the-art robot built with auto tracking technology and lock-on sequencing. It intelligently tracks and monitors flight patterns of the Disk Launching Helicopter and locks-on for fatal shots. The advanced missile load and release system launches missiles with precision and speed to challenge even the greatest of Air Hogs Pilots. Its built in sensor intelligence responds to disk impacts and recognizes when its been defeated. But don't expect and easy battle as the robotic voice analyzes and speaks during battle to distract its opponents


I have to say I was extremely excited when I heard about the Battle Tracker.  So imagine my excitement when I was able to review it.  I just know it is going to be one of the toys that my family plays with all Christmas break long!  And here is the funny part, I am not sure who will be more excited about it - the Kids or My Fiancee and Me.

I can see my whole family waging war on each other all day long Christmas and I am so excited to take first round on the A.R.T. especially when my fiancee is controlling the helicopter.  I am sure this will become a family favorite and we are going to need a lot of batteries!

The Battle Tracker is available at store nationwide and at online retailers like for $ 89.95.  Now I have seen the Battle Tracker on sale at my local Wal-Mart for under $70!  So you can not beat that when normally it is over $100.  So grab one today and get ready for a shooting good time !

* I received the above mentioned product solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinions are completely honest and completely my own.

Saturday, December 22, 2012


This gift is perfect for any Talking Tom app fan!

From the popular smart phone app! Just press his paw and the fun begins! When the red light comes on, start talking, and for the next 30 seconds, Tom will repeat your words back to you in his official app voice. Touching the sensors on his forehead, tummy and left foot make him react with app sound effects. Ages 3 and up. On/off switch on base. Includes 3 replaceable AAA batteries. Tom Cat is approx. 10". WARNING: Choking Hazard - small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.


My 3 kids love the Talking Tom app so when I heard about the new line of Talking Tom toy line, I knew it would be a big hit with them.  My son really loves the app so he was excited to see the toy for sure.  My daughters were not as excited at first ( they had not played the app as much as their brother ), but once they started playing with TOM they loved him. 

He has become a huge hit in our house and the kids love taking turns playing with him and making him repeat what they say in Tom's silly voice.  They love making him say silly things!  Now I will say that sometimes Tom does not repeat what they say but I think it is because they do not talk clear or loudly enough for him to follow.  So we have been working on them speaking up and clearer which appears to fix the problem for the most part.

Talking Tom comes in a variety of sizes from keychain to the animated one shown above.  SO there is definitely a size and price range for every Talking Tom fan.  The Animated Talking Tom ( shown above ) is available online at for $ 42.99.  So grab your Talking Tom fan one today and don't forget there are different sizes available at different prices!

* I received the above mentioned product solely for review purposes.  The above metioned opinions are completely honest and completely my own.


A gift idea that can be personalized for anyone on your list that needs some high quality earbuds.

Be Sweet, Happy or Cranky . . . the Jammerz Moods are colorful earphones that resonate rich bass and crisp treble highs for all your music needs. Each color represents the different facets and personalities within ourselves and allows you to express your "Moods" and celebrate your individuality. Choose from 6 different Moods: Sweet(Pink), Cranky(Purple), Sassy(Orange), Dreamy(Silver), and Happy(Green) and allow the Jammerz Moods to reflect the way you feel! The CVE56 Moods earphones come with matching color cord and a user-friendly straight 3.5mm plug


With all the handheld devices my kids have nowadays, they are always in need of earbuds. The only problem with getting them all the same kids is trying to identify whose is whose. Luckily for me Coby has came out with Moods Earbuds .

We were sent the Orange Sassy Moods Earbuds which are perfect for my youngest daughter. She is definitely a Sassy little thing! This is perfect for a family with more than one kid since you can identify their lead characteristic trait or their fav color! Also of course the ear buds have great sound quality!

The ear buds can be purchased nationwide and also at online retailers like for $ 6.20. So if you have a kid on your list that have a lot of gadgets, be sure to grab a pair of them.

* I received the above mentioned product solely for review purposes. The above mentioned opinoins are completely honest and completely my own.


Here is a gift idea for tween and teen girls who love creating their own accessories.

Style Me Up! Romantic Scarf. Knit an adorable colorful scarf using a high-quality wooden loom. This package contains (1) 12x2-1/4" wooden loom, a wooden crochet hook, 115yd/105m of Original fashionable wool, three 91in/700cm colors of cotton floss, three 0.6oz/15g reusable, interlocking storage containers of seed beads, 240 rhinestone stickers, and complete full color instructions books. Contents conform to ASTM D4236, F963, & EN-71. Recommended for children ages 8 and up. WARNING: Choking Hazard-small parts. Not for children under 3 years.


I am a sucker for homemade scarves and love crocheting and knitting.  I have always planned on teaching my two daughters to do both so I was excited to receive the Style Me Up Romantic Scarf kit.  The kit makes making a homemade scarf easier for younger crafters by using a loom. 

Now the kit comes with enough wool to make 2 scarves so each of my daughter can make their own.  Plus the really cool thing about this is that after you use the wool included, you can purchase more and make more scarves for anyone.  This is a great gift idea that can actually help make future gifts ( that is my kind of gift ). 

Now I will tell you that depending the age of your girl, they may need help with the instructions like my girls did.    I had to help them get started and at other parts but that turned it into a mommy and me craft with my girls which I loved.  So this is a great gift to get for a crafty mom and her little girl as well. 

You can purchase this Style Me Up kit and others at select retailers nationwide and also at online retailers like  You can purchase the Romantic Scarf kit on for $ 23.82.  This gift idea is perfect for crafty tween and teen girls so be sure to grab one today.

* I received the above mentioned product solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinions are completely honest and completely my own.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

PITCH PERFECT dvd review

Arriving at her new college, Beca (Anna Kendrick) finds herself not right for any clique but somehow is muscled into one that she never would have picked on her own: alongside mean girls, sweet girls and weird girls whose only thing in common is how good they sound when they sing together. When Beca leads this a cappella singing group out of their traditional arrangements and perfect harmonies into all-new mash-ups, they fight to climb their way to the top of college music competitions.


I am huge fan of dance and musicals for the most part so when I heard about Pitch Perfect I was immediately excited.   I mean I was really thrilled that the singing group was acapella since I have always loved those kind of groups since I was a young girl.  I have to say the singing was amazing and I absolutely loved it. 

Now the storyline is pretty simple.  The girl acapella group's top rival is a boys group and yep you guessed it the leads fall in love.  SO what does that mean for the groups and who will win the competition? Well, I am not one to spoil things so you will just have to watch the movie for those answers.  But I will tell you that you must keep an eye on Fat Amy!  She definitely steals the show.

I will say though that I was worried I would not like the movie that much, but I was wrong.  I loved it and am planning to watch it again!  I am also planning on convincing my fiancee he wants to see this too.  I personally think that the movie is great for men and women.  So grab a copy today and get ready to hear some great music! 

The dvd is available where dvds are sold and at online retailers like for $ 16.99.  You can still get it in time for Christmas if you choose the 2 day shipping from Amazon.

* I received the above mentioned product solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinions are completely my own and completely honest.


Disney brings enchantment home with The Odd Life Of Timothy Green, an inspiring, magical story for the whole family starring Jennifer Garner. Cindy (Garner) and Jim Green are a happily married couple who can't wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, Cindy and Jim - and their small town of Stanleyville - learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life's greatest gifts. From Academy Awardr-nominated director/writer Peter Hedges (About A Boy, Best Adapted Screenplay, 2002; Dan In Real Life; What's Eating Gilbert Grape?), it's a heartwarming celebration of family as only Disney can deliver.


Since I first heard about this movie, I was immediately interested in seeing it.  I mean the storyline is very intriguing - a couple struggling to have their own child plant a box with all the things they want in a child in it and then suddenly a child appears from their garden!  I mean how could you not be intrigued!

I have to say the movie was really heartwarming and is perfect for the Holiday season.  Of course be sure to bring some tissues cause if you are like me then you will be crying or at least tearing up.  The movie also has a really great message in it - Enjoy the simple things which are after the important things like love and family!  And at this time of the year, we could all use some reminding of this so take time and grab a copy of the movie and ENJOY!

The dvd and/or blu-ray is available now where dvds are sold and at online retailers like for $ 13.99 for the dvd.  So grab this dvd and some popcorn and curl up and ENJOY!

* I received the above mentioned product solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinions are completely honest and completely my own.

SANTA PAWS 2 dvd review

An all-new Disney holiday classic is born - Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups. Starring a brand-new litter of the cutest talking pups ever - Hope, Jingle, Charity, and Noble - it's perfect for the whole family. When Mrs. Claus travels to Pineville, the playful Santa Pups stow away on her sled. Taking mischief to a whole new level, they begin granting joyful wishes to Pineville's boys and girls, but something goes terribly wrong - the Christmas spirit begins to disappear. Now the Santa Pups and Mrs. Claus must race to save Christmas around the world. From the creators of Disney Buddies, this magical, heartwarming tale is brimming with hope, cheer, and Christmas spirit.


My kids are huge fans of the Buddies series so I knew they would love the Santa Paws 2 dvd when we received it.  I was definitely right.  My two daughters thought the puppies were simply adorable and I have to agree with them on that.

Now I will say that there are some sad parts , but I still think the movie provides an uplifting message and shows hope ( which is something we can all use these days ).  I also liked how the puppies started out acting up, but then had to straighten up and help save the day.  This is a good Christmas movie and would be great to share with the whole family.

The dvd is available now where dvds are sold and at online retailers like for $ 14.99.  You can even still receive it in time for Christmas from Amazon if you use 2 day shipping so hurry and order yours today.

* I received the above mentioned product solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinions are completely honest and completely my own.

FINDING NEMO SWIMS onto Blu-Ray and 3D just in time for the HOLIDAYS review

Sea it like never before! For the first time ever, through the magic of Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D, fully immerse yourself in the stunning underwater world of Disney/Pixar's FINDING NEMO! From the creators of TOY STORY and MONSTERS, INC., this critically acclaimed and heartwarming tale splashes off the screen with brilliant digital picture, high definition sound and breathtaking interactive 3D bonus features that transport you beyond your imagination. In the depths of the Great Barrier Reef, Marlin (Albert Brooks), an overly protective clownfish, embarks on a daring rescue mission when his beloved son, Nemo, gets scooped up by a diver. With his unforgettable friend Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) by his side, Marlin encounters an ocean full of memorable comedic characters on his momentous journey to find Nemo. Bring home the humor and heartfelt emotion of the epic adventure that captured the Academy Award for "Best Animated Feature Film" (2003) -- now more awesome than ever on Disney Blu-ray 3D! It's Magic In A New Dimension!


One of my son's favorite films growing up was Finding Nemo.  He loved it so much that we both knew all the words.  Of course since I really liked the movie, I did not care that we watched it so many times.  Now imagine our excitement when we heard it was being re-released on blu-ray and 3D.  Now we do not have a 3D tv yet although it is on the family Christmas list (fingers crossed!).  But we do have a blu-ray player so we can enjoy one of our all-time favs in blu-ray quality. 

Another great thing about the re-release is that my two daughters can now enjoy the movie even better than we did.  After watching it all together, they were quickly excited to add this movie to their all-time fav list too.  I love sharing great family movies with my kids and having a Family Movie Night!

The blu-ray and dvd set is available now just in time for the Holidays.  It is perfect for any kiddos who were not around when the movie first came out or for any that just don't have it yet.  So grab a copy today for your family or another loved one.  The dvd set can be purchsed at local stores near and online retailers like for $32.96 and you can get it before Christmas if you order it 2-day shipping!

* I received the above mentioned product solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinions are completely honest and completely my own.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Wet Ones Help With TONS!
Since Wet Ones kill 99.99% of bacteria and are just as effective as gel hand sanitizers, yet without the alcohol, you know they are safe for yourself and the rest of your family!  The fact that Wet Ones is safe is perfect for those moments when my youngest daughter gets ahold of the markers or she eats spaghetti.  I mean when my youngest girl eats spaghetti she gets it everywhere from her nose to hair and even on her elbows before.  Sometimes I am not able to throw her in the tub or shower so Wet Ones can help me quickly get the mess under control and make her look all SPARKLY CLEAN again! 

Sticky Situations Contest
Apparently the people behind Wet Ones understand the many scenarios ( like the one above)  in which their products come in handy and they want to hear about yours! The Wet Ones Sticky Situation Contest is now live on the Wet Ones Facebook page and from now through December 28th!
 Simply log on and share your story and tips, and you can be entered to win a brand new iPad mini or 1 of 3 sets of prize packs with tickets for 4 people to go to Six Flags! I just entered, it doesn’t take long at all.

For product information, tips, and special offers, please visit the Wet Ones website!
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Wet Ones. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


In Fibber, it’s not what you play; it’s what you say. Simply play cards in order and say what you’re playing. If you don’t have the next card, fib – but don’t get caught, or you’ll earn a nosepiece and your nose will grow. When there are no more noses left, the player with the shortest nose wins.


In my household, board games are a huge part of our family time.  We love to have Family Game Night!  I am always looking to find games that will work for all 3 of my children since there is a slight gap in their ages ( my oldest is 11 and my youngest is 5).  Luckily for me, Fibber is a great game for all ages. 

It is easy enough for all ages to play and it provides a unique game each time which I love!  I am really excited to whip this game out during the Holidays to play with the family.  I am also really excited to see if my kids can keep a straight face while they try to trick me.  I mean they all have tell-tell signs of fibbing.

And yes, I know a big part of this game is fibbing but I honestly think this let's kids know they have a choice.  Besides the game can also set up a great lesson about fibbing.  I think it is a fun game for the whole family and am so excited  to play it with the kiddos.

The game is sold at stores nationwide that sell board games and at online retailers like for $ 15.58 right now.  So grab this fun game and have a Family Game Night this Holiday season.

* I received the above mentioned product solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinions are completely honest and completely my own.


Still haven’t finished your holiday shopping…Sports Illustrated Kids has you covered!

If you are still checking off your list and realized you missed a young sports fan in your life, Sports Illustrated Kids makes the perfect gift!  (My nephew loves sports and this is definitely a great gift for him every year!)

It’s the perfect stocking stuffer with no lines to wait on and easy to purchase right online!

Did we mention there is no gift wrapping? It’s delivered straight to their door. It is the gift that keeps on giving the whole year through!

To order CLICK HERE  for a special offer!

Also don’t forget to “Like” SI Kids on Facebook and follow them for updates and offers!  So hurry to today and make that sports fanatic kid in your life happy with a SI Kids subscription!

* I will receive a free issue of SI Kids and gift basket in exchange for this post.  As always though, all my opinions are completely honest and completely my own.



This is a gift idea for the gamer on your list.

Let your imagination soar in Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game as you play as one of the classic childhood legends, including: North (aka Santa Claus), Tooth (aka the Tooth Fairy), Bunnymund (aka the Easter Bunny), Sandman, and Jack Frost. In this action-packed adventure game, each Guardian has their own set of upgradable and extraordinary abilities that will help you take on the evil spirit "Pitch" and his infectious nightmares.

Along the way, you'll unlock new powers and spellbinding special moves that will increase your character's strength and skills throughout the game, plus you can unleash cool team attacks with your fellow heroes. With drop-in-and-out multiplayer action supporting up to four players on consoles, you and your team of Guardians will work together to protect the hopes, beliefs and imaginations of children all over the world!

Game Features

  • Join Forces with Your Favorite Characters from the Film - Play as one of the classic childhood legends from DreamWorks Animation's upcoming feature film, Rise of the Guardians, including: North, Tooth, Bunnymund, Sandman, and Jack Frost.
  • Battle Pitch in an Epic Adventure - Take on Pitch and his evil nightmares in a deep and intuitive adventure combat game that includes new original enemies designed specifically for each Guardian's realm.
  • Unique Abilities and Upgrades - Unlock power-ups such as weapon upgrades for your character. Plus, earn unique new abilities including special combat moves like a snowball attack, summoning a swarm of miniature tooth fairies, and more!
  • Explore Legendary Guardian Realms - Experience the imaginative worlds from Rise of the Guardians, including: Tooth's Palace, North's Workshop, Bunnymund's Warren, and many more.
  • Team up in Multiplayer - Swap between any of the characters in drop-in-and-out four-player squad based multiplayer action on consoles.
Rise of the Guardians is a movie that my kids have been anxiously awaiting to come to dvd.  I have to admit so have I.  Of course once they saw the video game featuring the lead characters they immediately wanted to play it while they waited for the movie to come to dvd.
Now I am always looking for games that all 3 of my kiddos can play together.  The great thing about this game is that up to 4 players can play together.  Another feature is that the players can drop in and out of the game as they choose which is great for my kids when at times they get tired of playing a game.  Also you get to choose which character you get to play from Jack Frost to the "Easter Bunny" ( my fav character). 
Now there is fighting in this game so be hesistant if you do not like those kind of games for the kiddos.  Of course with that said, it is not a blood and gore kind of fighting game.  Also it can be a little challenging at times for younger kids, but luckily for my daughters they have an older brother who will gladly help them LOL! 
All in all I think the game will be great for those who are anxiously awaiting the movie to arrive on dvd since the game is similar to the movie but not completely like it.  So be sure to grab a copy of the game in your favorite format in time for the Holidays since it is sure to be a hot seller.  The Wii version of the game is available online at for $ 32.19 right now.  Unfortunately according to Amazon the game will not get here before Christmas but you can definitely find the game at local stores near you.  So be sure to grab a copy today for the gamer on your list!
* I received the above mentioned product solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinions are completely my own and completely honest.



Here is a gift idea for any Math and game lovers on your list!

Mathable is a game of mathematical equations combining logic, strategy and math skill. Challenges players to use basic math equations including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to achieve the highest score. A great time to spend with family and friends. Mathable Board Game includes 1 board game, 4 wood racks, 108 tile bags, color instruction booklet


I am a huge Math geek.  It was my best subject in school and my son has quickly started following in my footsteps.  So I was excited to get the opportunity to review the Mathable game with him. 

My first impression is that the game looks like scrabble but with numbers instead of letters and instead of words, you make equations.  Now I would be lying if I said I was not excited when I got the game in the mail cause I was.  I am a huge NERD and so could not wait to play this game. 

I figured my son would love this game as well since he likes math too.  The game is straight forward and simple enough to play but can be challenging too.  I am sure it will quickly become a favorite for my son and me to play and bond over!

The game would make a great gift for the Math lover opn your Christmas list and is available online at for $ 19.99 right now.  So grab a copy for yourself and the rest of the Math lovers on your list today!

* I received the above mentioned product solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinions are completely honest and completely my own.


This past weekend, my oldest babygirl turned 7!  Sometimes I get amazed at how quickly time passes by.  I can still remember bringing her home.  She was so little especially when you compare her to her older brother who was a whoppin 9 lbs. 1 oz. !  She was not even 8 lbs. 

She still is to this day my favorite Christmas gift!  She changed my life and myself so much more than her or anyone will ever know!  My daughter has taught me strength without really ever doing anything except coming into my life. 

SO this explains my short hiatus but I am back and have several last minute gift ideas and will even have some giveaways too.  Also I will be wrapping up my 12 Days of Christmas.

So I just want to say that it has been a great blessing again to be fortunate to have received such an amazing Christmas gift as my daughter seven years ago! 

Friday, December 14, 2012


"Make the magic of the holiday season last forever with these new product offerings from Portable North Pole; all are available on As part of Portable North Pole’s Christmas Program, each time a Portable North Pole product is purchased, 5% of the sale price will go directly to affiliated children’s hospitals in the U.S., Canada, UK, Ireland and France."

They have several different package options to choose from ( see below)...

Portable North Pole’s standard Santa’s Video (Suggested Retail: Free)

A FREE personalized video message from Santa Claus, filled with magic and exciting discoveries for your loved ones. Includes a brand new story and a sneak peek at never-before-seen North Pole locations!

Portable North Pole’s Downloadable Santa’s Premium Video (Suggested Retail: $6.99)

Santa has your children on his good list and he has taken the time to send a message of holiday greetings! Little ones will delight in their direct, personalized premium video messages from Santa Claus, featuring their own photos and personal details. Premium downloadable videos include more than five minutes of Christmas magic, a clip of Santa's riding on his sleigh and even a personalized Christmas carol!

Portable North Pole’s Santa’s Phone Call: (Suggested Retail: $3.99 for one call or $6.99 for three calls)

Santa has a very important message for your loved one! He will pick up the phone and call directly to deliver his personalized message. Santa’s call will last approximately two minutes and you can choose between 14 message options.

Portable North Pole’s Santa’s Interactive Letter (Suggested Retail: $19.99)

Santa will write a one-of-a-kind personalized interactive letter sprinkled with a pinch of Christmas magic! Available in Red or Green, each letter is printed in color on soft double-sided, first grade quality paper and includes up to 10 personalized items about your child or loved one.

Exclusive web access (webcam required) will allow the child to experience:

· An virtual reality feature confirming that the letter was sent from Santa’s village post office

· A facial recognition feature that scans Santa’s records to confirm the child made is on the nice list

· A personalized premium video viewable online

Portable North Pole’s Santa’s Nice List Certificate (Suggested Retail: $8.99)

Santa will go over all the personal information provided to make an official PNP customized certificate for your loved one to hang on their wall. The one-page certificate features Santa's official foil stamp and is personalized with the name, age, hometown and photo of the child.

Portable North Pole’s Personalized Christmas Stickers (Suggested Retail: $5.99)
Santa's will create a colorful set of Christmas stickers for your loved one to keep as a fun souvenir, customized with the child’s name. The set includes 12 different stickers, each customized with one name.
Portable North Pole’s Personalized Door Hangers (Suggested Retail: $6.99)
Santa’s elves will craft a festive door hanger for your loved one to hang on their bedroom door. Two messages available are available: (“Santa’s #1 Fan” and “On the Nice List”) and are printed double-sided.

Portable North Pole’s Official Christmas Book (Suggested Retail: $24.99)

Santa's elves will create a one-of-a-kind Christmas book based on the personal information provided about your loved one. The book features 25 color pages and a soft cover. The story will be personalized with the child’s photos and up to 50 personalized items integrated into the story.

Portable North Pole’s Official Christmas Puzzle (Suggested Retail: $12.99)

Santa's elves will prepare a fun and festive puzzle using a photo and the name of your loved one! Available in two themes: “Merry Christmas” and “Keepsake.” The puzzle, which features 20 rigid cardboard pieces, is recommended for ages 3 and older.

Portable North Pole’s Personalized Letter (Suggested Retail: $14.99)

Santa will write a one-of-a-kind letter for your loved one based on the personal information provided. Available in red or green, and printed in color on soft, double-sided, first-grade quality paper, each letter is personalized with name, age, gender, hometown and photo; up to 10 personalized items can be included in the letter.

Portable North Pole’s Christmas Coloring Book (Suggested Retail: $7.99)
Santa and his elves will craft a fun and festive coloring book especially for your loved one, customized with the personal information provided. The coloring book is approximately 20 pages, features a soft cover and is personalized with the name and photo of the child.

Portable North Pole’s Placemats (Suggested Retail $10.99)
Santa’s helpers will create a personalized Christmas placemat, ensuring your loved one will think of you every time he or she sits down to the table! The soft plastic placemat is printed single-sided with the child’s name and photo and features rounded edges. Four messages available: “I Love Santa,” “On Santa’s Nice list,” “Santa’s #1 Fan!” and “Santa Believes In Me!”

Portable North Pole’s Personalized Christmas Carols (Suggested Retail $2.99) COMING SOON!
Santa and his elves have a great ear for music! They're in the studio now recording a personalized Christmas Carol just for your loved one. Downloadable Christmas Carol is available as a MP3, 160 kbps, stereo and runs approximately two minutes.

Portable North Pole’s Personalized Christmas Ringtone (Suggested Retail $2.99) COMING SOON!
Santa and his elves are so tech-savvy! They're busy recording a one-of-a-kind ringtone especially for your loved one. Downloadable Christmas Carol is available as a MP3, 64 kbps, Mono and runs approximately 20 seconds. The ringtone is compatible with all major mobile devices.

Portable North Pole’s Mobile Applications (Suggested Retail $2.99 to $3.99) COMING SOON!
For iPhone, iPad and Android systems, the newly updated app includes access to premium personalized videos, an interactive Advent calendar, a call from Santa and other surprises that will delight all season long.

Follow them on  Facebook for updates and offers! 


I have to say I always love to give my kids Christmas magic and Portable North Pole helps me do that.  I have recently had to deal with some other kids telling my oldest daughter that Santa is not real which upset me and her.  She is still too young in my opinion to lose that magic of Santa right now!  So I was excited when I started to create a personalized video for her cause I knew she would be so excited by it.

Creating the video is very simple.  It asks basic questions like name and birthdate and even their best characteristic!  Also you can make it even more personalized with pictures of them and even their beloved pet to be featured alongside the reindeer ( I know my daughter will love seeing her pet cat beside the reindeer!)

Now the only problem with the name process is that not all names will be available if they are really unique like my son's.  I checked to see if his would be possible and it is not.  So that was a little bum moment but if their name is not there, you can select the title "My Friend."  So no one gets left out!

The video is great and my daughter was so excited that he was talking to her.  She also loved the picture of her pet cat with the reindeers.  She was so excited and I loved seeing her so happy and I know this helped her to not feel like the Santa was not real.  I have to send out a heart felt thank you to Portable North Pole for helping me keep the magic alive! 

SO if you have a little one who has been told Santa is not real, be sure to order a personalized package !  This is a great little gift for the special one in your life - Christmas Magic!  Of course the video is great for kids of all ages so share the Christmas Magic today!



Click here to make a video like the one I did to share with your little one(s) --

* I received a promotional code solely for review purposes only.  The above mentioned opinions are completely my own and completely honest.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Here is a gift idea for the boys and girls on your list who love to color...

 Block Crayons Colour & Stow Farm set

Mini farm to colour, stack and store block crayons. Including a 25 foot illustrated paper roll and 18 block crayons.


I have to say I fell in love with this set the moment I saw it.  It is stinking adorable and I had the perfect person in mind for it - my youngest daughter!  She loves to color and also loves farm animals.  I know she will have fun coloring with the animal and block shaped crayons included in the set!

This set is great for road trips because it fits all together in the "barn".  Also it is great to keep kids entertained when busy cleaning or such.  Which is always a plus in my household.  This set would be great for younger kids who are just learning to color but is also fun for bigger kids. 

Right now the Colour & Stow Farm Set is available online at Amazon for just $12.99 plus shipping.  That is a great price to me since you can reuse the crayons and barn even after the coloring roll is used up.  So be sure to grab one today for budding artist!

* I received the above mentioned product solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinions are completely honest and completely my own.

ICE AGE : CONTINENTAL DRIFT out on dvd just in time for the HOLIDAYS

History's greatest heroes return for the most outrageously funny and entertaining Ice Age adventure in two million years. When Scrat's acorn antics cause a cataclysmic crack-up, Manny (Ray Romano), Sid (John Leguizamo) and Diego (Denis Leary) go where no herd has gone before - on a high-seas quest aboard a floating iceberg. But a menagerie of misfit pirates are determined to shiver their timbers and capsize their journey home. Join a boat-load of lovable new characters (voiced by Jennifer Lopez, Aziz Ansari and Peter Dinklage) for original songs, spectacular animation and heartwarming family fun.


My whole family loves Ice Age and immediately was excited when the latest Ice Age showed up at our door.  I honestly knew the latest Ice Age would be funny and I was right.  My whole family loved this movie especially Sid's Granny.  She was so funny and my daughters could not stop talking about her even after the movie was over.  They also liked the pirates especially the girl sabre-tooth.

The latest Ice Age movie follows in line with the previous ones.  It is just as funny as the others and is a must have for every family's movie collection.  The dvd would also be great for stocking stuffing or gift idea for any Ice Age fan.  The dvd is available at local stores where dvds are sold and at online retailers like for $ 16.99.  So grab a copy today or more if you have more than one Ice Age fan!

* I received the above mentioned product solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinions are completely honest and completely my own.

ELF-MAN brings HOLIDAY MAGIC to DVD review

It's Christmas Eve at the Harper house, and young Ryan and Casey are excited that their scientist father (Mackenzie Astin of ''The Facts Of Life'') has finally perfected his new invention! But when dad is kidnapped by a bumbling gang of thieves (led by Jeffrey Combs of Re-Animator), Casey's wish on a magic doll causes Santa to leave behind a mischievous elf ('Wee Man') to save the day. Will Santa's little helper lose all faith in his elf self, or can he discover his true powers to become a real superhero? Mirelly Taylor (''Lost'') co-stars in this big-hearted family comedy about holiday wishes, scary fruitcakes and Christmas miracles that come in every size!


When I first saw the dvd, Elf-Man, I wondered if  my family would like the movie or if it would be too silly for my liking.  I worried Wee Man's acting would be bad, but he did a really good job to my surprise.  I have to say though after we watched it, we really liked it especially Gramma.  She was really funny and I think I laughed the hardest with her. 

Now my son really liked the movie and watched the whole thing while my dauhgters watched most of it but did get bored at some parts.  The fruitcake parts were their favorite!  They also loved the idea that Santa would leave an elf behind if there was a wish.  All in all my family liked the movie and shared several laughs together. 

This would make a great holiday movie to watch with the family .  The dvd is available now at local stores nationwide that sell dvds and also at online retailers like for $ 14.99.

* I received the above mentioned product solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinions are completely honest and completely my own.


Get behind the wheel of the ultimate driving simulator. Using patented touch pad technology, the AppDrive puts you right in the race. Your iOS device’s gyroscope delivers 100% authentic steering control as you tilt, twist and turn your way through every race. 4 console buttons deliver shifting, breaking, drifting and more. Customize each one while your race through popular licensed and non-licensed games. Whether it’s stock cars, planes or motocross, AppDrive puts you behind the wheel.


My fiancee is a huge fan of racing apps on his phone so when I received the APPDRIVE I knew it would be perfect for him.  Now I have checked to see if the Google Play Store on his Android phone had the app for the APPDRIVE and it did.  I also checked that his phone would fit into the sterring wheel when he was not looking and it did.  The steering wheel seems very sturdy and fits comfortably in your hands.

I am really excited to see him play the apps and I am sure he will have a blast with it.  The steering wheel is also sure to take it one step further and increase the fun!  The AppFinity APPDRIVE is available at local stores nationwide and online retailers like for $ 27.49.  So if you have any racing app fans then the APPDRIVE can make their app fun even better!

* I received the above mentioned product solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinions are completely honest and completely my own.

Monday, December 10, 2012


A gift idea for every car lover especially little ones!

The ultimate NanoSpeed racetrack delivers insane speed, twisted loops and adrenaline filled stunts. Defy gravity as you launch multiple cars into the triple loop, watching them wind their way through an inverted corkscrew and 5 high-intensity intersecting crash points. Every vehicle is automatically boosted to hit maximum speed for intense stunts and crashes. Inside you’ll discover two exclusive NanoSpeeds to start your collection of the fastest and most highly collectible pullback vehicles available. Experience massive speed on a micro scale with NanoSpeed.


My son has outgrown cars and tracks, but my nephew loves them. I knew immediately that the new Nano Speed series would be perfect for him.  The Super Vert Crash Set is a really great track for him since it features several loops which results in crashes.  I mean what could be better than little cars on a track crashing into each other!  NOTHING to a little boy! 

Now these are very small so of course really little kids should not be left alone with them or even allowed to play with them especially if they still like to put things in their mouth.

Setup of the track can be a little tricky but aren't most tracks.  The great thing bout this track is that there are numbers on the back to show what goes where (a life saver).  Once the track is assembled, the fun can begin.  The cars that come with can be powered off the track by pulling them back as well as on the track.  So this can double the fun and of course there are more cars available in the series so you can add to the fun!

Another great thing is that old and young can enjoy the track.  Trust me , my fiancee was so excited when he saw the box and I had to tell him it was not for him!  So this would be great for fathers and sons.  The set can be purchased in the toy sections of local stores everywhere and also at online retailers like .  Right now the price  on Amazon is $ 49.99.  Of course a lot of stores have had these sets on sale so be sure to shop around to get the best price!

* I received the above mentioned product solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinions are completely honest ancd completely my own.


Sunday, December 9, 2012


It's that time again.  Time for my Annual Spin on the 12 Days of Christmas from our true love - SpinMaster.  On the first day of Christmas, SpinMaster brought to me ...


Shoot, play and collect with Crazy Cubes. Just load, aim and fire your way into tons of Crazy Cube games. Each 5 Pack comes with one collectible Mystery Cube that is potentially crazy-rare. Every cube comes in a unique character with a custom brain ball for you to launch. Inside you’ll find 7 Bio Cards revealing Crazy information on each of your Cubes. With so many different cubes to collect, there’s always something new to discover. Some are rare, some are crazy rare. Shoot, play and collect with the latest craze, Crazy Cubes.


If your kids are like mine, they have collections of their favorite toys and love collecting them.  Crazy Cubes are great for collecting and trading like the popular cards out there.  Of course the cubes also come with bio cards so you can learn about them. 

The really great thing about them is not just the collecting but the fact that Crazy Cubes can be used to play a game with by launching the brain ball.  I mean what kids does not want to launch a brain ball!  You could play a game almost like marbles with them.  Aiming them to see who could hit the bullseye or get it closest to a line or such.  There are tons of varieties of games to play.

Crazy Cubes would make great stocking stuffers for the Holiday season.  Also there are playsets available for them as well as multipacks.  The cubes can be found in your local toy aisle and at online retailers like for varied prices.  So grab some Crazy Cubes today and stuff their stockings full! 

* I received the above mentioned product solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinions are completely honest and completely my own.

Friday, December 7, 2012

2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE - BEN 10 OMNIVERSE Wii game review

Here is a gift idea for the Ben 10 fan on your list and also for any little boy who likes action packed games!

Ben 10 Omniverse is based on the brand new series from the world renowned Ben 10 franchise! Players will experience the exciting Omniverse world in a new action game, where Ben discovers that untold events from the past are affecting the present. Armed with a new Omnitrix, players have the power to dial up 13 playable alien heroes, including new never before seen aliens like Bloxx and Gravattack and some old favorites like XLR8 and Heatblast. Fight in 11 action-packed levels throughout the subterranean alien city of Undertown, the streets of Bellwood, and the new Plumber base in Max's shop.

When a modification for Ben's Omnitrix goes haywire, his new partner, Rook, gets sent back in time, meeting Ben from when he was 10. Rook and Young Ben get into a scuffle with the villain Malware who absorbs Rook's Proto-Tool for new powers, leading to a terrifying alternate future. Play as both Teen Ben and Young Ben and work with your new partner Rook to solve crime, fix both the past and present, and defeat the evil plans of Malware, intent on destroying the world!

Game Features
  • Fast-paced action featuring characters and a new storyline from the brand new Ben 10 Omniverse TV series.
  • Play as both Teen Ben and Young Ben for the first time in a video game!
  • An awesome single player campaign is also playable in two player co-op mode: one person controls Ben and the other person controls Rook, Ben's new partner.
  • 16 playable characters including exciting new aliens like Feedback, Gravattack, Bloxx, and Shocksquatch.
  • Upgrade new attacks and combos for Ben's 13 alien forms and Rook's Proto-Tool, a high tech multi-functional weapon that turns into a Blaster, Power Sword, Quantum Staff, or Grappler.
  • 11 action-packed levels set in show-inspired settings like the subterranean alien city of Undertown, and the new Plumber base in Max's shop.
  • Pound enemies to the ground with punishing melee combos or pick off them using lethal ranged attacks.
  • Solve puzzles in two time periods by performing actions in the past to fix puzzles in the present…and vice-versa!
  • Dynamic environments let you destroy or pick up objects and use them in battle.


My son is a huge fan of Ben 10 and has been since the first day of the show.  SO of course when he saw and heard about the latest Ben 10 game for the Wii, he immediately started telling me how much he wanted it for Christmas.  Of course after recieving it and reading about it, I understand why he wanted it. 

I mean you get to play as 16 different characters from the show.  I know my son will enjoy this feature possibly the most since he loves the variety of aliens from the show.  Also there is the new weapon - Proto-Tool which is sure to make the game more exciting and entertaining. 

I personally am also excited about the game.  I know I know!  How silly does that sound but I have to say I have always enjoyed the cartoon too!  I can not wait to play the game with my son after Christmas and am sure it will played and enjoyed for hours and hours by our whole family.

The game is available now and is available for the Wii, WiiU, PS3, Xbox360, Nintendo DS and 3DS.  SO there is definitely a copy available for whatever console you have at home.  The game can be purchased at local stores where games are sold and at online retailers like for $ 29.96 for the Wii version.  Other versions' prices may vary.  SO be sure to grab the hot Ben 10 game as a Christmas gift or stocking stuffer!

* I received the above mentioned product solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinions are completely honest and completely my own.


Another great gift idea for the little girl on your list!

The favorite fashion divas are back in the all-new Bratz: Fashion Boutique video game. Join the Bratz gals that have a passion for fashion, Yasmin™, Cloe™, Jade™, and Sasha™, on a mission to save Stylesville’s local mall before it closes! Help run the hottest fashion boutiques to earn money and stop this fashion faux-pas. Start fabulous trends, customize outfits, and sell your personal clothing line to new customers to earn money and help save the mall!


  • Accessory Essentials: With hundreds of clothes and accessories, players can craft endless collections in workshop mini-games. Cut and sew different fabrics, buttons, and colorful decorations to create unique, couture outfits.
  • Cool Catwalk: Hit the run-way and organize fashion shows to start the hottest trends and show off your best collections.
  • Beautiful Boutiques: Customize and decorate fashion boutiques, each offering a hip-new style unique to each Bratz doll. With gorgeous designs and creative layouts, attract new customers to your store and help save the Bratz Fashion Mall!
  • Fabulous Makeovers: Makeover your customers into stylish divas! If they love their style, your fame will rise and you will bring in more customers.


My two daughters love Bratz and video games so when you combine the 2 it makes for a hot game for the Holiday season.  My oldest daughter is bigger and into fashion in such than my youngest.  I knew my oldest daughter would love this game since you get to design outfits and create fashion and have the Bratz girls to model them.  Of course even though my youngest is not as big on fashion as my oldest, I know she will enjoy playing this game as well though.  I have to say I enjoyed the game and found the game to be easy and simple to play. 

I know this game would be perfect for my girls to play and I am sure this will be a hot video game for girls this season.  Bratz Fashion Boutique is available now where games are sold and also at online retailers like for $ 24.99 for the DS.  The game is also available for the Nintendo 3DS too.  SO be sure to grab a copy today for the little girls on your list who love Bratz or fashion design and styling or both!

* I received the above mentioned product solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinions are completely my own and completely honest.


I just wanted to share an update about the SpinMaster 12 Days of Christmas.  Originally it was to begin on the first day of December, but shipping of the products was delayed and I actually received them after the 1st.  I will begin it this Sunday, December 9th so get ready to see some of SpinMaster's hottest products for this Holiday Season!  Below is a list of the products ...

  • Crazy Cubes
  • LaDeeDa Dolls
  • Umagine Cool Baker  Cake Pop Maker
  • Alien Autopsy
  • Zip-Its Bracelets
  • Appfinity AppFishing
  • Fibber
  • AppFinity AppDrive
  • Nano Speed Nano Super Vert Crash Set
  • Air Hogs Battle Tracker
  • Air Hogs Heli Replay
  • Temple Run Game
I am really excited to share these hot SpinMaster products so be sure to check back in starting Sunday for " My SPIN on the 12 Days of Christmas!"


Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Here is a great stocking stuffer idea for every female tween and teen and even older ladies too!

The Tbox tampon holder is a simple holder that attaches easily, opens easily, and remains where I need it, when I need it most. Plus, I love all of the cute designs. When I travel, I stock my Tbox and throw it in my bag. The hard case keeps my products protected, and is both convenient and discreet.


I can remember how embarrassed I used to get as a teen when my tampons would fall out of my purse or backpack in front of everyone.  Also I hated going to the bathroom and my personal item being out of reach. Oh how I wish there had been a product to carry them in to keep them discreet or a product to keep them in arms reach.  Fortunately for my teen niece and my growing 2 daughters there is a product to help them from being embarrassed and also to help them keep their personal items close when in need -  Tbox.

The Tbox  is such a handy product to have around and I really wish I had had one sooner!  I can not tell you how many times I would need a tampon and not have one in reach.  The Tbox changes all that and keeps them right by the toilet while being discreet.  Now it comes in 4 color options ( Flower Power - shown above, Wild Side, Pretty in Pink, and Simply White) to personalize it for everyone.  I received the Flower Power one and I simply love the look of it.  This would be perfect for women of all ages.

Another great feature is that you can also use it to carry tampons in in your purse or car.  This helps keep them from falling out or even worse getting damaged at the bottom of your bag.  Of course if you think the Tbox is to big to carry around and prefer it by your toilet, you can also get the Tbox To-Go now.  It is available in a small stainless steel tube which it super compact and stylish.

I highly recommend both products and think they would make a great gift for every "young lady" on your list.  They would make a great stocking stuffer item and I know when my daughters get older I will definitely be grabbing one for them both.  Tbox is sold online in their website store for $ 13.99.  You can also purchase the Tbox To-Go there too for just $ 14.99.   So go grab a few today!

* I recieved the above mentioned product solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinions are completely honest and completely my own.



Looking for a great video game for the whole family or for those dancing kiddos in your life! 

Just Dance®: Disney Party – The ultimate dance game for the whole family!

Just Dance and Disney are working in collaboration to create the greatest dance game for the whole family – Just Dance: Disney Party on Wii.
Dance like a star to 25 songs from Disney favorites. Play with up to four players to experience the ultimate in family fun. With an amazing selection of family favorite songs, fun dances, and kid-friendly gameplay, children of all ages can dance along with family and friends!

Disney Favorites

  • The Aristocats - "Ev'rybody Wants to Be a Cat"
  • Beauty and the Beast - "Be Our Guest"
  • Bolt - "I Thought I Lost You"
  • Cinderella – "Bibbidi-Bobbidi–Boo"
  • Enchanted - "That's How You Know"
  • The Jungle Book - "The Bare Necessities"
  • Lilo & Stitch - "Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride"
  • The Little Mermaid - "Under the Sea"
  • Mary Poppins - "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"
  • The Muppets – "The Muppet Show Theme"
  • Peter Pan - "Following the Leader"
  • Tangled - "Something That I Want"
  • Tangled - "I've Got a Dream"
  • Tinker Bell - "Fly To Your Heart"

Disney Channel Original Series and Movies

  • A.N.T. Farm - "Calling All the Monsters"
  • Camp Rock - "This Is Me"
  • Good Luck Charlie - "Hang In There Baby"
  • Hannah Montana - "Hoedown Throwdown"
  • High School Musical - "We're All In This Together"
  • Jessie - "Jessie Theme Song"
  • Phineas and Ferb - "S.I.M.P. (Squirrels In My Pants)"
  • Shake It Up - "Shake It Up"
  • Shake It Up - "Twist My Hips"
  • Wizards of Waverly Place - "Everything Is Not As It Seems"

Disney Parks

  • The iconic Disney Parks song "It's A Small World"

Key Game Features

Brand New Dances and Choreographies
  • Songs from Disney Favorites for the whole family: The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Tangled, Lilo & Stitch, Tinker Bell, Enchanted, The Muppets, Bolt, Mary Poppins, and The Aristocats.
  • Dances from the hottest Disney Channel shows: Shake It Up, Phineas and Ferb, Jessie, Hannah Montana, A.N.T. Farm, Wizards of Waverly Place, Camp Rock, High School Musical, and Good Luck Charlie.
Featuring Some of Your Favorite Disney Characters
  • Experience immersive visual effects and backgrounds inspired by the TV shows and movies. Dance on the Shake It Up stage or at the park with Phineas and Ferb.
Family Fun and Party Fun
  • Play cooperatively for the highest team score or play Freeze & Shake for extra points.
Special Features for Wii
  • Classic four-player co-op on Wii and a unique Balloon mode where kids compete against each other to get more items and earn more points by shaking their Wii Remote.
New and Improved Features Offer Strong Benefits for Parents
  • Playlists allow mom to select all her kids’ favorite songs for nonstop dancing.
  • On-screen lyrics help kids learn the words and sing along as they dance.
  • Simple menu icons allow kids to navigate on their own!


I have 2 daughters who are huge dance lovers just like me!  They also  love Disney music .  SO of course Just Dance : Disney Party is perfect for them and I knew they would have a blast playing it.  I have kept the game under wraps for now and plan to unveil it at my oldest daughter's sleepover/ birthday party coming up in a little over a week.  I know all the girls at the party will have a blast playing it and I can not wait to watch them.

A great thing about this game is that it features songs from past and present Disney fav movies and also some songs from the Disney favorite shows.  There is definitely a song for everyone on the game.  Another great thing is that the steps are easy yet challenging enough for my daughters and my older son.  It makes a great game for all ages and is entertaining for everyone as well.

The game is available on the Wii and Xbox360 where games are sold and also at online retailers at for $  29.96.  SO be sure to grab a copy today for a Christmas gift or stocking stuffer!  This is sure to be a great game for the whole family and your friends.

* I received the above mentioned product solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinions are completely honest and completely my own.