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SackPals Starter Kit Blanket Review

How early do you start shopping for the holidays? It may sound funny but we don't stop. We kick it up a notch in the later months but all through the year, we try to put back a little bit here and there to take the sting out of the big holiday season.

We have four of our own kids, so many nieces and nephews, and one beautiful great nephew that we like to get stuff for. Not to mention birthdays!! Yes, they all grow throughout the year at some point.

We are always looking out for great products that make awesome gifts for kids. That being said, have you heard of Sack Pals? This is a cute blanket that is also a treasure chest of plush wonder!!

Do you have a toddler? Do you remember when your little guys were still little and the meltdowns were completely surprising? Did you ever have a blanket moment? One of those moments where said toddler is snuggled up in their favorite blanket and playing with their toys and out of nowhere- it falls. Oh My Goodness, the whole world has to stop rotating until this toy is happily back in the kid's hand and the blanket is just right.

Wait, I have another great memory. What about the trips in the car where your sweet little bundle is playing in their car seat and the toy hits the floor. And- OH NO, You are driving and you can't reach it. The shrill screams for the toy that is out of reach are bound to make a 50 car pile up if it's not fixed NOW. HAHAHA It's amazing how a 20-40 lb body can rule the world!!

Well, we can't be the only ones that have experienced this because there is a blanket that fixes this whole situation.

From opening the package, it's a fun gift. The plastic zippered package comes in a cute tissue wrap with a SackPals logo sticker.



The blanket is super soft and allows for covering up and snuggling but the bonus is, the toys stick to is so there is no dropping, reaching, uncovering. Then, the treasure chest magic- turn it inside out and it's a storage for all of the toys.


Sack Pals have the cutest little animals and other sack bling that stick right to the dark purple that is flat and easy to move around. That's what makes it so fun. The stick to it so they don't fall but they don't stick so hard that they pull the blanket off when they pluck the animals off.

If you are looking for a great gift idea for your little ones, this is it.



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4 Great Gift Ideas (some free) For Moms




Feeling appreciated is an awesome feeling. I'm a mom, wife, and blogger it seems like all of my time is invested in the care of everyone else needs. I get rewarded in overflowing love and affection. One of the things that my husband and kids ask me is- What do you want?

I have been really thinking lately, what do I want? My usual answer "I have everything I want". But, do I?? I'm pretty sure that I can come up with an idea (or 10) that would make great gifts and gift recommendations for the moms and wives in your life. Really, Christmas is right around the corner, I need to get these ideas out there before it's too late to place orders, you know- to be helpful :) (Aron- you better be reading this one).


Jewelry


Jewelry is something that I have had on my list for quite some time. I like elegant, delicate, and shiny pieces. A pair of earrings that were on my list for quite some now, Japanese Akoya Pearl Stardust Earrings, I just got them! Yes, I did, I LOVE them!

These are Japanese Akoya pearl earrings on a sterling silver chain. These are so unique and I fell in love with them as soon as I saw them. They feature a hook style post that has enough of a curve that they don't need a back on them.

They have a really nice weight to them. I know I am wearing them but they don't pull or tug on my lobes. It's so nice to have the feeling of being so glamorous. I'm a mom and I do messy stuff but, I do look good doing it!

The Pearl Source has a beautiful selection to pick from. White, black, rose, and ivory overtones for the perfect pair. I think all of them are absolutely beautiful.


Sentimental


I am one of those ladies that like a simple sweet gesture and a little bit of a surprise. I do love having flowers on my desk. I think it's so thoughtful when someone takes the time to order flowers and candy. Roses are my favorite for sure. Aron gets them for me on occasion but the non-occasion or just because "I love you" is the best.

These are the kinds of things that don't have to come in pairs either. Sending Roses Only is a great idea too.


Pampering


I love to take the time out to relax. This can even be arranged as a free gift idea, all it takes is a little time. The kids can get in on it too. You can get all of the stuff to put together a super mom soak basket. Most moms have that little stash of stuff that they plan to use one day when they get 30 minutes of downtime but it doesn't happen. So, you can raid the dusty side of the bathroom cabinet or run out and grab new stuff. 

What to do with it...


Run a bath
Arrange all of the pampering stuff on the counter
Throw a bath bomb, bubbles, or soak crystals in the tub as soon as you get her in their bathroom
Run out and shut the door
This is the fun part- build a barricade about 2 feet away from the door so little hands can't knock and interrupt.
After all of that- break out the paper bouquet. on the stems write things like foot rub, no dishes night, take out the trash, and 2 tv shows in a row. Get creative about it, make it personal. Make it all about the things that she loves and would love to happen.


Memories


As a mom, my one thing that I cherish the most is my memories. I had a photo album when Abby was little that kept all of my memories in. Over the years it has turned into a huge tote that's overflowing of all of my snapshots and event reminders. This is my prized possession. Now that everything is so digital, it's been awhile since I have added anything to it. 

An awesome gift idea would be a flash drive or DVD full of memories. It's something that will be watched until it's worn out. There are so many awesome companies that you can send out to or that you can bring your stuff to them and they will do it for you. You can easily make an amateur one with free apps online. 

There are so many things that moms want but we don't say it out loud because we don't want to pressure our family. We are human, we want stuff :) I love gifts, there is just a special feeling of knowing that someone took some of their precious time and used it thinking of me. 

What are some of your favorite gift ideas? I am going to be making a few more themed gift lists and would love to add in your ideas. This is for readers and brand/companies. We love getting suggestions from all of you!

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Best Thailand Travel Destinations


Thailand has long been known as a must-see, exotic, warm and economical destination for everyone ranging from the young backpacker to the retired traveler. Whether looking for new culinary delights, jaw-dropping historical sites or a sunny beach holiday, Thailand will provide them all - and more. Figuring out what matters to you the most will go a long way in helping decide where to visit in Thailand.

For The Foodie

Bangkok has long been known for cheap and adventurous street food. More recently, however, many high caliber chefs from around the world have relocated to the Thai capital.  The modern city provides any food lover a vast array of culinary choices.  

If you’re looking to eat with the locals, the best place to start out is in Chinatown, locally known as Yaowarat.  Considered the birthplace of Thai street food, you’ll be able to chow down on Thai staples such as chicken satay (chicken skewers with peanut sauce), khao gang (curried rice) or khao soy (curried noodles.)  If you want to get adventurous, feel free to try tadpoles (mok huak) or duck beaks (baak bpet) and let us know how it went!

Bangkok doesn’t disappoint when it comes to upscale dining.  Vogue Lounge is helmed by the two Michelin star chef, Vincent Thierry, and features an international menu with a price range from 40 to 50 NZD for mains.  

Topping the Michelin published guide “Asia’s 50 Best List” is Gaggan which features “progressive Indian cuisine” and sampler menus from 200 NZD per person.  These two restaurants are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Bangkok’s burgeoning fine dining scene.

For The Culture Vulture

Chang Rai, in Thailand’s northeast, boasts the Wat Rhong Kun also known as the White Temple  The stunning, but unconventional Buddhist temple began to be rebuilt starting in the late 90’s.  Although it won’t be finished until 2070 it remains a spectacular sight for locals and travelers alike.

Between Bangkok and Chang Rai is Sukhothai Historical Park.  The ancient walled city is full of striking temples, crumbling palaces, Buddha statues, and moats.  Explore the area by foot, rent a bicycle or get driven around in various motorized vehicles. A major contrast to the bustle of Bangkok, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is peaceful and serene.     

For The Beach Bum

When it comes to beaches, Thailand covers all the bases.  From all night, full moon parties to quiet, secluded and picturesque, Thailand will provide a beach for every kind of kind of traveler.

If you’re looking for a beautiful beach with all the modern conveniences, Patong Beach on Phuket is the most famous.  Complete with hotels for all budgets, literally hundreds of restaurants and a nightlife that rivals most big cities, Patong is nothing if not a bustling beach town.

If you need something more relaxed and quiet, the uncrowded beaches of Ko Lanta Yai might be more your pace. Located in the southern Krabi province, Ko Lanta Yai has long, white sand beaches, excellent dive spots, and hotels that cater to all budgets.

The full moon party has become a tradition amongst beach going partiers.  If dancing the night away on the beach with copious quantities of alcohol and fellow travelers is your idea of a good time, Kho Pangan is where you want to be. That said, make sure to book accommodation well in advance. Showing up on the day of the party will mean you spend most of your time (and money) looking to secure a place to sleep.

Thailand offers a wide array of experiences that will satisfy any traveler’s tastes.  From Thailand holiday packages, the country caters to anyone with a willingness to see something different.  However you like to spend your holiday time, Thailand has something to offer.

Playtime With Elmo's World Hide & Seek Game Review



When you think of your childhood, what comes to mind? I think of all kinds of random stuff. I'm an 80's kid. One of my favorite things was Sesame Street. Do you remember all of the characters on there? One guy that made it HUGE is Elmo. I think our generation is happy to have that piece of common ground with our little ones.

W just had the opportunity to work with Elmo on a review of the Elmo's World Hide & Seek. This is a game/toy that grows with your little one from 1-4 years old. We love things like this because the kids don't outgrow it so fast. It's  2+ player game with 3 levels of play. It's a great way to teach our kids as well as a fun way for them to learn.

What's in the box?

1 Elmo
24 Location Cards:
Ways To Play (User manual/game instructions for all stages and games)
The tin box is great for easy storage and safekeeping when he's not in use.


The battery operated Elmo takes 2 AAA batteries (not included) to make him function. He talks and says little phrases to participate in the game and make sounds to be found. It's so cute!!

Level 1

Peekaboo

All babies love Peek A Boo. This is an age-old game that all parents play with their babies. It really is pretty fun.

So the way to play is to cover the Elmo with a tissue and pull it off saying  Peek A Boo! What that does is gets the baby familiar with the toy. Elmo makes his Elmo noises this shows the little one that out of sight doesn't mean it has disappeared.

As a mom, I think this idea is a good one. Especially for the littles that think they have been abandoned just by mommy or daddy setting them down :) I had one of those once. My hip turned into a baby seat. Even if there was no baby on it, I still stood with the one leg out, hip tilted up, I could hold my daughter "hands-free".  For only being a size 12, I felt accomplished.

Level 2 

Hide and Seek

This one is fun. Take the Elmo and set him behind items like a shoe or pillow. Turn on the "on" switch so Elmo makes noise and the toddler can find him.

Level 3 

These cute little cards are the clues to find the hiding Elmo. The little guys hold their hands over their eyes and the grown-up hides Elmo by one of the 3 cards you show them. THat is the hints they need to find Elmo. It's cute!!

I love this Elmo's World Hide & Seek game. This is the perfect way to introduce fun play and reasoning to babies, toddlers, and preschool-aged kids. Not to mention how cute it is. Who doesn't love Elmo?

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Amazing Kids In Need Foundation with ArtSkills Fill 400 Backpacks



We love hearing about amazing programs that help people who really need it. The one I recently heard of, I'm blown away that I haven't heard of it before now. This is the Kids in Need Foundation and ArtSkills. What they have done is a truly heartwarming. It's not just a one-time thing either, they are on a mission and they are doing it!!

I was reading their press release and I am so impressed by what Kids In Need Foundation and ArtSkills have accomplished. They have partnered up for the second year in a row providing school supplies. This year, they did an awesome job filling about 400 kids backpacks and 30 teachers totes at Freemansburg Elementary School in Freemansburg, Pa.



I'm not sure if you know what a sting it can be coming up with school supplies especially with bigger families. There was a time when our little guys were small and we couldn't afford what the kids needed. We were embarrassed but we needed help. With the help of a few local organizations, we were able to pull it together.

Kids in Need Foundation has done an awesome job over the last 20+ years. I swiped a few pieces from the release to show you guys. I know you will want to send a high 5 along the way.

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The Kids In Need Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1995, has distributed more than $900 million in school supplies since its inception, and directly benefited 5.4 million students and more than 150,000 teachers last year alone. For more information, visit KINF.org, and join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @KidsInNeed.

It is a wonderful thing that these guys doing together. What they are doing isn't just giving kids school and art supplies, it's so much bigger than that. The core supplies that the kids need for school are the key components for their learning. This helps teachers, parents, and kids alike.

When kids can come to school with what they need and they are ready to learn, it helps them succeed. Kids don't have to feel like they are inferior to their peers by not having what they need. They don't have to be intimidated by learning or by left out.

This is a truly amazing program.

I want to share a little bit about ArtSkills with you too.
ArtSkills, Inc., is a family-owned company that manufactures hundreds of products in a variety of categories including Poster Accessories, Art and Craft supplies, Teacher products, and innovative Art sets. ArtSkills, Inc., has become the premier source for everything you need to create an amazing project, with product offerings at over 60,000 stores throughout the United States and Canada. For more information, visit www.artskills.com, and join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @ArtSkills.

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Red Copper Pans Giveaway~ 3 Winners~ Ends 9/29

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OutdoorsmanLab Automatic Pop Up Beach Tent w/ Carrying Bag Giveaway

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