Book Review: Spending The Holidays With People I Want To Punch In The Throat

Spending-The-Holidays-With-People-I-Want-To-Punch-In-The-ThroatThe first thing I did when I got my hands on Jen Mann’s book of holiday essays, Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Yuletide Yahoos, Ho-Ho-Humblebraggers, and Other Seasonal Scourges, was look at the chapter titles. Right away I could tell I was going to thoroughly enjoy it, I mean, how could anyone not like a book filled with chapters like “Why You Wont’ Be Invited To Our Chinese New Year Party This Year, Or Ever” and “Like A Neon Virgin In Guess Jeans And Swatch Watches”? Well, maybe you…you probably don’t have the refined sense of humor that I possess. Even if you aren’t as funny as I am, you still might get something out of this clever book.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas and Giveaways!

Mineral Fusion Nail Polish

mineral-fusion-nail-polishA jar of Mineral Fusion Nail Polish is the perfect size to fit in a stocking.  Their formulas are 100% Vegan, Toluene Free,  Camphor Free, DBP Free, Formaldehyde Free, and Cruelty Free.  Plus, they have some really sparkly colors that are perfect for New Year’s Eve!

For extra variety, choose a Mineral Fusion Mini Polish Set and get three coordinating colors in one!


Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups

justins-peanut-butter-cupsAlthough we try and stay away from stuffing our stockings with sugary treats, it’s cruel to exclude them all together!  That’s why we love Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups.  Not only are they 100% Organic, Gluten Free, Non-GMO and have Zero Trans Fat, they are made with “Rainforest Alliance Certified Cocoa”.

Holiday Gifts for Kids and Giveaway!

Strider Bike

strider-bikeWhat’s more classic than finding a bicycle under the tree Christmas morning?  If your kid is old enough to walk but not ready for a bike with pedals, there’s no better introduction to bicycling than a Strider Balance Bike.

Since both feet are on the ground, the rider gets to move at the pace that makes them feel comfortable, whether that be at walking pace or faster.  The best part of the balance bike is that the rider masters the fundamentals of balancing, leaning, and steering without the distractions and complications of pedals or training wheels.bell-helmet

If you’re going to give a bike, don’t forget to include a helmet!  We like the Bell Toddler Helmet because you can adjust it for the perfect fit and it has extended rear coverage for extra protection.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Teachers With Giveaway!


Dsenyo Greeting Cards

I come from a family full of teachers and have seen the best and the worst gifts possible.  Generally speaking, they really do feel like it is the thought that counts, which speaks to the altruistic nature of teachers. Unlike your postal carrier, hair dresser or garbage man, society doesn’t expect you to gift teachers and the holidays.

It’s certainly most common for elementary teachers to receive holiday gifts, so keep in mind that your thoughtfulness will even more appreciated by secondary education teachers, teacher aids, and any of the support staff.

If you’re compelled to show your appreciation for their dedication and hard work, there are a few do’s and don’ts.  Just remember that nothing is expected, and sometimes the best gift is just a heart-felt handshake and verbal thank you. Oh, and don’t be offended if they decide to re-gift it to their hair dresser.

And The Silicone Teething Jewelry Winners Are…

Teething Bling Set from Smart Mom Jewelry

Teething Bling Set from Smart Mom Jewelry

Nyme Organics Necklace

Nyme Organics Necklace

Congratulations to J-me Nico and Sharon! You’ve won Silicone Teething Jewelry from Smart Mom Jewelry and Nyme Organics!

Not only are these Medical Grade Silicone Accessories stylish, but a must-have for any teething baby.  Read our full review for more information on these great products.

Thank you to everyone who participated, and to our sponsors Smart Mom Jewelry and Nyme Organics!

Nyme Organics Silicone Bracelets

Nyme Organics Silicone Bracelets

If you didn’t win, be sure to take advantage of the Nyme Organics discount for our readers!  Use GREENBABY15 to get 15% off all teething jewelry. The code is valid from through December 31, 2015.

And The Travel Must Haves Winners Are…

Congratulations to our winners Caroline, Michele F, Dolores and Laura!

Thank you to everyone who entered our giveaway!  We appreciate your support and readership.  Another big thanks to our sponsors, Kidz Gear Headphones, Boogie Wipes, Wildkin, and refresH2Go!  We have so much fun giving away great products.

To read more about these great travel products (and holiday gifts!) please see our review.  We recommend other must-haves, just in time for more Holiday trips!  If you didn’t win this time, today is the perfect day to check out deals on these items!  For example,  refresH2go is offering 30% for Cyber Monday!


26oz Grey Curve

26oz Grey Curve


Must Haves For Holiday Travel with Giveaways!

If you’re heading out of town for the holidays, here are some great products to make your trip a little easier! Check out our recommendations, then enter to win!

Wildkin Kids Luggage

wildkin-duffel-bagWildkin has just the bag for your kids, no matter how many days you’ll be gone.  The Rolling Duffle is perfect for longer trips, especially if you’ll be wheeling your luggage through an airport.  There’s also a Traveller Duffle that is a similar size but with straps that allow it to be carried on your back (as well as handle straps and a shoulder straps).

For shorter trips, the Weekender is a good choice.  It has a padded shoulder strap for comfortable carrying, and a little exterior zippered pocket. If your kid is really into pockets, the Weekender Duffel has an even bigger front pocket, and a zippered pocket on each end.

Silicone Teething Jewelry Giveaways!

Must Have for New Moms: Teething Jewelry

As soon as baby is old enough to reach out and grab something, it’s inevitable that glasses and jewelry are among the first line of assault. Instead of forgoing accessories all together, we like to wear necklaces and bracelets that are dual purpose and baby-safe!

The best part about these products, aside from being stylish, is that they are great for those moments when you didn’t bring your arsenal of baby toys. Maybe you are at the store, or grabbing a quick bite to eat or a cup of coffee. In the short-term, they provide a great distraction.

And The Bath Time Fun Winners Are…

Tubby Table, Aqueduck, Kandoo and Cantu Giveaways

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Bath Time Giveaway! To read all about these great products, check out our review!

tubby-table-newThe winner of the Tubby Table is Nicole!  We hope your kids have as much fun as ours with their new and improved model.



The Aqueduck Bath Spout Extender winner is Mandy! Now you can rinse hair easily and protect fragile heads from the hard spouts.


The winner of the Kandoo bottle of Kandoo Hair Detangler and a package of Kandoo Flushable Wipes is Darice! We haven’t tried the wipes, but the detangler certain does the trick!

Evenflo Bottles and Sippy Cups Reviews and Giveaways!

Evenflo has been coming out with a lot of new drinking products for kids, and we’ve liked the ones we’ve tried. We’ve used glass bottles exclusively, and can’t help but like the tinted glass ones (they’re so pretty!).  The Triple-Flo cups are easier to keep clean than other sippy cups we have, and we like the adjustable flow valves.

Glass Bottles

evenflo-tinted-glass-bottlesLike their other glass bottles, the Evenflo Tinted Glass Baby Bottles come with Proflow Integrated Venting Nipples. Basically, they are silicone nipples that rapidly vents so air bubbles are sent into the bottle, not the baby stomach.  We all know how fussy a baby (and parent) gets when she has gas bubbles in her system.  We like that the bubble vent is built into the nipple, so there aren’t extra parts like with our other glass bottles.  This means less to clean and keep track of.  And we love the two colors: Teal and Lavender.  They’re available in 3 packs in both 4 and 8 ounce sizes, but are new enough that it’s hard to track them down (that is, you can’t buy them on Amazon yet)