Thank You For Sharing All the Firsts… #giveaway

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As a mom I have gotten to experience so many amazing firsts with each of my 5 girls and every time is special and magical and part of this amazing journey called motherhood. While I would love to tout my supermom powers and take credit for doing it all perfectly I know with out one particular person this journey would be so much harder and more complicated and that is my husband.

 

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My husband is a pretty incredible man and an even better dad, without him I really do not know how we would have made it this far all in one piece. He is such a major support system taking over when I am tired, exhausted or just overwhelmed. I still remember after having my first baby I literally did not get out of bed for 2 weeks. My husband brought me all my meals up stairs even made late night runs for strawberry sorbet (my favorite). He did nightly kangaroo care with our sweet girl and embraced babywearing even though it terrified him.

 

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He was a born natural at this parenting thing and now 5 girls later he doesn’t bat an eye at taking all 5 to an indoor waterpark by himself. Oh yes you read that right BY HIMSELF while I was off attending conference sessions. His support is endless and boundless and I am not sure it is possible to thank him for all he does. With every birth he takes 2 weeks off to be home and be my support as well as to give himself bonding time with the newest member of our family. He is just that fantastic.

Pampers asked me if I would want to celebrate someone in my life who has been a great support during all of babies firsts and I knew immediately who that person would be, my husband. My husband loves music and Starbucks coffee yet he never spends any money on himself, he puts all of his time and money right back into our family. Treating me and the girls, he does that a lot, but treating himself never. My husband loves listening to records and recently his vintage receiver that was his fathers stopped working and I knew repairing that would be a priceless gift to him, I found a local shop that can repair it and as we speak it is in the shop, he is so excited. And because I know I love a little treat now and again I bought him a Starbucks gift card so that he has no excuses to not treat himself now and again.

 

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I am so grateful to Pampers for forcing me to slow down and really think about those that are my greatest supporters and champions in this motherhood journey. Thank you Pampers for helping me say thank you in a grand way to my champion supporter, my husband!

 

 

 

Want to create a short video to commemorate your child’s first? Then go here and you can create a 15 second video to share on Facebook and Twitter.

WIN IT: I have a fun Pampers prize pack to help you document all of your babies first enter in the form below to win a scrapbook, digital camera and Shutterfly gift card!

 

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Spruce Up Your Home with Photos.com #Giveaway

The following is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.

Winter is suddenly feeling really long and spring feels very, very far away!

I know it is this streak of freezing cold temperatures that have kept everyone locked indoors but after staring at the interior of my house for a little too long I want to completely redecorate. I am sure I am not the only one, suddenly I am very aware of that one blank space on the wall and I want to fill it now but I have no idea what I need or want.

 

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Recently I discovered Photos.com a virtual candyland of photos that you can have printed and framed in a wide variety of ways.

Want a modern print? They have that.

How about a famous person, place or thing? Got that too.

Black and white or color, big or small, close up or far away they have any and every kind of photo you could ever want hanging in your home (except pictures of your kids)

 

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My husband is a huge Beatles fan and after noticing the plethora of Beatles images available on Photos.com that I had never before seen I knew he needed one for his at home office. As you can see he has a bit of a guitar/ Beatles theme going on so this was perfect. He decided on the Beatles in America #3276410. Once you choose your photo then you pick your material and then your framing options, he chose the paper with a black frame and it turned out great.

 

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Photos.com allows you to decorate your home with stunning photography and images you love all at a reasonable price. One of the cool things that sets Photos.com apart from other online art companies is the super zoom, click on the image and you will get a close up on the high res image letting you really inspect the image you are ordering before you click to buy.

WIN IT: One lucky That Chic Mom reader will win a Photos.com $150 gift code, enter in the form below.

 

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1 Piece Styled 3 Ways – The Slouchy Sweater plus #giveaway

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I am really excited to introduce you to a new fashion series for the month of February. I have teamed up with Kristin of BonBon Rose Girls and Andrea of Momma in Flip Flops to bring you 3 different takes on the same classic piece. That means you will be able to follow the sage old fashion advice that every item in your closet should be able to be worn 3 ways! This week we are tackling the fashion stylings of the slouchy sweater,or otherwise known as the oversized sweater. The oversized sweater is a staple in every woman’s wardrobe as it is so forgiving and very comfy and cozy. These sweaters are so easy to throw on with a pair of skinny jeans or leggings then add boots or flats and you have  basic outfit that you can walk out the door in.

 

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This particular slouchy sweater has gotten a ton of wear this season as I really love the fit and color of it. For today’s challenge I decided to try a variation of my oversized sweater, leggings and boots look. I decided to go with combat boots and leg warmers plus a faux fur scarf. I love how the look turned out and it is a very comfy outfit, perfect for chasing my kids in.

 

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So what do you think? Would you style your slouchy sweater like this? This particular sweater is from Conversation Pieces but is sold out, leggings are from Karen Kane, boots from Payless and scarf from ShopBop.

 

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WIN IT: One lucky That Chic Mom reader will win a sterling silver branch necklace, enter in the form below.

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Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion – It Will Change Your Life #giveaway

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You guys I have been sitting on this for awhile now since I got advanced product to test but I can finally share

Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion is a GAME CHANGER

 

Busy moms everywhere rejoice, seriously give a little woohoo! Nivea has created a lotion you slather on in the shower, rinse off and voila you are set with moisture for the day. No more applying lotion post shower then waiting while it dries since trying to get dressed before the lotion has absorbed is a joke.

When I first heard about this I thought it would be just an extra layer of lotion but would not replace my daily lotion especially during these dry Ohio winter months. WRONG! I haven’t used lotion on anything but my hands since starting to use Nivea in-shower lotion daily.

Last week I went to New York City for a few days and didn’t take any with me due to liquid restrictions with flying. I forgot how annoying it is to wait while your lotion dries!

I am excited to be featured on the Nivea Facebook page today but even more excited that I get to share his amazing new product with you via a giveaway.

 

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WIN IT: One lucky That Chic Mom reader will win 3 full sized bottles of Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion, enter in the form below.

 

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Thank you to Nivea for providing samples, all opinions are my own.

Escape to Castaway Bay Indoor Waterpark Plus a Giveaway

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Last week my family and I got the chance to escape winter for a few days and it was wonderful. Castaway Bay offered to host us for an exclusive blogger night at the waterpark and we had a great time. We headed north to Castaway Bay Indoor Waterpark right next door to the coaster capital Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. Castaway Bay is a favorite destination for our family because not only is it a super fun indoor waterpark it is one of the few places my family can comfortably stay. By that I mean they offer rooms that have plenty of room including multiple options that sleep 6 people, my favorite is the Tarpon Suite that has a king size bed and 2 sets of bunkbeds.

 

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Castaway Bay Waterpark is the perfect size for families like mine that have kids of various ages, no one is ever too far away and only one way in and one way out. They have a giant wave pool, indoor-outdoor hot tub, pool to play in, toddler tide pool, creature lagoon, slides of all sizes and of course a giant dumping bucket. Oh and an arcade too! The 5 story infrastructure offers tons of fun for everyone and the temperature is always perfect.

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Great news for all of you I have an exclusive deal that allows your family to escape to Castaway Bay for just $149! You can use promo code BLOG to get a special rate starting at $149 forthe Room, Waterpark and Breakfast Buffet Package that is for a family of 4. Reservations can be made online at castawaybay.com or by calling 419.627.2106.

 

While there I also learned that the historic Hotel Breakers at Cedar Point Amusement Park was completely renovated over the winter and it sounds like it is going to be amazing. I of course asked about options for larger families and yes they will have rooms to accommodate us too or we can rent a cabin ( I had no idea that option existed). I hope to get a sneak peak before the summer season starts to show you all the great work they did renovating, the few pictures I saw looked amazing.

WIN IT: One lucky winner will win 4 day passes to Castaway Bay Waterpark in Sandusky, Ohio. Enter in the form below.

 

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Making Your Pharmacy Experience Easier, There’s An App for That #TargetSponsored


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When you have to take a daily medication, like I do, one of the biggest fears is that you have is that you will forget to take your medicine. My medication in particular must be taken at the same time each day and on an empty stomach. Once I have taken the medicine I can not eat for one hour, so as you can see it is imperative I take my medicine at the right time. Right now I rely on the fact that I typically wake at the same time due to my little ones being pretty reliable with a 5 am wake up call, but that won’t always be the case and I need to find a better way to make sure I take my medicine on time.

Target has come out with a new app the Target HEALTHFUL App and among many other things this app allows you to set up notifications and reminders to take your medications. For me this would go a long way to giving me piece of mind that I won’t forget my medicine. The new app from Target also offers more features such as the ability to sign up and track your Target Pharmacy Rewards Program credits. You can also easily refill prescriptions as well as transfer your prescription with a one-click transfer by photo. If you are looking for a convenient way to keep track of prescription histories then this app can help with that too I know I have often gotten confused about which kid had what prescription in the past.

What feature do you like most about Target Pharmacy, share your answer for a chance to win a Target gift card.

WIN IT: One lucky That Chic Mom reader will win a $25 Target e-GiftCard, simply enter in the form below.

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Celebrating Babies Firsts with Pampers #Giveaway #PampersFirsts

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.
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Pampers Swaddlers were the very first diaper to touch each and every one of my precious baby girls. The ultra soft feel and superior protection make them my choice as a mom and I am so glad my hospital agrees.

Did you know that Pampers Swaddlers is the #1 choice of hospitals in North America and the first diaper worn by millions of babies?

 

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Two of my daughters spent some of their firsts in the NICU, my youngest had a particularly rough time as she was born with a hole in her lung. Each breath she took her chest filled with air making it harder and harder to take a good breath. I will never forget this moment captured in the picture, she had just been handed to me and she just curled up and was so still, I knew something wasn’t right. Mothers just know these things. For my sweet baby girl some of her first were delayed. The first time her dad got to hold her was not for a few days. The first time she met her sisters was delayed for 4 days.

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We also have had so many, many amazing first with her like the first time she was held by each of her sisters. Throughout all these first, both the good and the bad Pampers Swaddlers have been there keeping my little one dry and comfortable. With my older girls I dreaded the day they outgrew Pampers Swaddlers but that is no longer an issue since Pampers Swaddlers now come in sizes newborn through size 6! Pampers is celebrating firsts and this video is a tear jerker so be sure to watch it, but you have been warned, grab a tissue!

 

Be sure to join in the Pampers Twitter Party that will take place on Wednesday February 11th at 9pm EST. To participate, follow your hosts @DoubleDutyDivas, @BridgetteLA, @CeceliaMecca, @AngieKcom @WhatMommiesNeed @RamblingChick, and our sponsor @Pampers and RSVP HERE

   

WIN IT: One lucky That Chic Mom reader will win a Pampers First Prize Pack that includes:

  • Pampers Wipes
  • Pampers Swaddlers Size 6
  • “Love You to the Moon and Back” Necklace
  • “Guess How Much I Love You” Board Book
  • Baby’s First Year Keepsake Calendar
  • $50 AmEx Gift Card

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Detoxing Our Snacks for the Whole Family Plus CVS #Giveaway

The following is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.
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It’s a new month and I am happy to say I am not only still working out but I am taking my commitment to health to a new level. It’s time to detox our snacks. The kids have a pretty healthy  snack routine but my husband and I could use some work, me more than my husband. I am that mom with the secret stash, yes I admit it, and while there is nothing wrong with a treat now and again I really need to start being more conscious of what I eat.

I am getting older and my body no longer appreciates being fed junk food, but I am not about to suddenly proclaim how delicious a plate of raw veggies is! So when CVS told me they had a new line of healthy snacks I decided to see if anything they call healthy appeals to me. The new CVS Gold Emblem Abound line has a wide variety of snack foods that I won’t have to secretly eat in the dead of the night so no one else knows. I immediately spotted some delicious trail mixes that I knew my husband would love, they would be perfect to keep in his desk at work as well as some items the kids and I would like.

 

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We tried out the:

Omega-3 trail Mix

Fruit & Nutty Probiotic Trail Mix

Dark Chocolate Fruit & Nut Trail Mix

All Natural Almonds

Superfruit Baoba Bites

Strawberry & Banana Fruit Twists

Mango & Strawberry Fruit & Veggie Snack Bars

I am happy to report all of these snacks were a hit and while I am not eating raw all natural almonds  anytime soon (that’s my husband) I have replaced my sweet treats with healthier options like Superfruit Baoba Bites and Fruit & Veggie Snack Bars. The kids can even be tricked into thinking these new fruit twists are the same as sugar filled fun fruits so that’s a win!

If you are looking to take your health even further I suggest looking into your vitamin and supplement regiment and consider adding some new ones from the Radiance Platinum line now at CVS.

WIN IT: One lucky That Chic Mom reader will win a CVS $25 GC so you can try the new healthy snacks too! Enter in the form below.

 

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I Opened An Etsy Shop #ThatChicMomTees

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I always dreamed of having my own shop. When I was in college studying textiles and clothing with a focus on fashion merchandising I dreamed of curating my own collection of pieces I loved.  I dreamed of having my own boutique full of one of a kind treasures that you couldn’t find in any old box store and that reflected my personal sense of style and taste.  But for me having a family was a priority and running a brick and mortar store just didn’t make sense so I set that dream aside.

 

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Well time passed, my family grew and I fueled my creative outfit online in this blog. This year I took a look back at an old dream and decided to bring it to life. I am in love with graphic tees, but not  any old graphic tees, I love fitted, stylish graphic tees that look best dressed up with heels and flashy necklaces! I decided to create the perfect women’s fitted graphic tee, one that worked for motherhood and beyond. One that flattered every woman and appealed to women whether they loved to dress up or it was a daily struggle ( the struggle is real people).

 

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So the This is My Dressy Tee was born and it got a wonderful response. I thought I would only do one tee and that would satisfy my creative itch but instead it fueled a desire to design more and That Chic Mom Tees was born. All of my tees are selected for the flattering women’s cute and longer length and they way you all have been styling them is fantastic. You can follow hashtag #ThatChicMomTees to see them all.

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So today I launched my Etsy shop after finding a local printer who is helping me create my vision. I hope you love them as much as I do and be sure to share how you style your That Chic Mom Tees! Please follow my graphic tee shop on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter too.

 

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Disney on Ice Worlds of Fantasy Comes to Columbus, Ohio Ticket #Giveaway

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My kids are so excited they can hardly contain themselves, Disney on Ice Worlds of Fantasy is coming to Columbus, Ohio in February and we will be going!

 

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We have had the privilege of seeing Disney on Ice 2 times before and my kids still talk about how magical it was. Disney on Ice Worlds of Fantasy has fun characters that we have yet to see on ice so the girls are very excited these include characters from Cars like Lightning McQueen and Woody and the gang from Toy Story. We will also get to see classic characters such as Mickey and Minnie, Tinkerbell and friends, and Ariel and friends.

The special effects and spectacular ice skating make these shows a wonder for children and adults to behold, I highly recommend taking your family. The Disney on Ice Worlds of Fantasy show comes to Nationwide Arena Feb. 18-22 and they even have day time shows on Saturday and Sunday for the little ones.

WIN IT: Great news I have a family 4 pack of tickets to giveaway for either the Wednesday or Thursday evening show at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Enter in the form below.

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Quick & Easy Essential Oil Lotion

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Essential Oils are quickly becoming a staple in my house, they have so many great uses and they smell amazing. Recently I realized that I could combine my favorite lotion with my favorite oils to not only soothe my irritated skin but also get the added benefits of essential oils. Nivea is amazing for dry skin and you only need the tiniest amount and it goes a long way, much like essential oils.

I picked up this tiny tin of Nivea Creme for just $1 and was able to make 3 different essential oil lotions out of it because you don’t need a lot and it goes really far.

 

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Quick & Easy Essential Oil Lotion

 

Take 1 drop of your favorite essential oil and ad it to a teaspoon size amount of Nivea Creme, really work it together in your hands and then apply.

For a calming lotion I added 1 drop of lavender.

For energy, to soothe my headaches or when my little one has a fever 1 drop of peppermint oil is great.

For muscle relief after an intense workout I add 1 drop of PanAway essential oil

 

There are many other oils you could mix to give you the perfect scent including Joy Essential Oil or Peace & Calm Essential Oil all of these will give your skin relief as well as your senses with these great smelling oils.

I love that my favorite lotion now comes in my favorite essential oil scents and it just cost $1 for a small tin that goes a long way. Keep the tin and your favorite oil in your purse for instant essential oil lotion on the go.

If you are interested in learning more about Essential Oils and Young Living please email me thriftyandchic at gmail dot com I would love to help you as a distributor.

Momzilla Reared Her Ugly Head… Now What?

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Sooooooo we have all been there, the moment we realize we are behaving in a way we are not proud of towards our kids. Whether we are yelling, or criticizing or whatever our particular form of Momzilla is when she shows up it isn’t pretty. Since my Graves Disease diagnosis I have found that my trigger to becoming Momzilla is much lower than it used to be and for me that is not going to fly.

I have 5 kids and I adore them, I want to be the best possible mom to them but reality is when all 5 kids ban together against me it can be hard to be kind, loving and patient like I want. So I have taken steps to stop Momzilla in her tracks whether I heard her footsteps as she comes down the hall or she actually showed up I can turn it around and send Momzilla back to where she came from.

Here are the tricks I use to banish Momzilla and be the mom I want to be, even on the most trying of days.

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Whether you are an essential oil user or not scents can have powerful effects on people. For me Stress Away from Young Living is what works. When I feel the stress creeping in I take a moment to roll on some essential oil, take a few deep breaths and relax. The combination of removing myself from the situation and the soothing smell of the oils can be a huge help for me, I especially love this trick for stopping stress before it takes over.

 

Shake it Off -

Oh yes I did reference Taylor and this song has done wonders in improving my mood. When things are getting tense especially with my little ones we crank some upbeat tunes and dance and even sing along. You can’t help but smile when you are letting loose, have the kids join in and turn the day around for everyone. I LOVE my Jabra SOLEMATE Wireless Bluetooth Portable Speaker
for this as I can have instant room filling tunes wherever I need them!

 

Connect -

Sometimes we just need to connect to another adult, text your husband, text a friend, if you can even take time for a phone call. This is the perfect way to remove yourself from the stressful situation or get a second opinion on how to handle it.

 

Put on a Video and Retreat -

Desperate times call for desperate measures. If Momzilla is refusing to be banished then settle your kids safely with a distractor like a video and give yourself a break. Whether you lay on the couch with them and close your eyes or you sit in another room and escape into a book or grab a few moments of quiet prayer and reflection, it is important to acknowledge your limits as a mom.

We all have limits, it is not a flaw or weakness but a fact.

 

Momzilla tends to show up more often if I am overtired and not eating well. When I take care of myself by getting sleep, exercising and eating right then I am much less likely to fly off the handle. So I am doing my best just like every other mom out there to be present, loving, encouraging, kind and engaged with my kids. And when I fail I will do these things to get back on track.

To all the other mamas doing battle with Momzilla HANG IN THERE! You are doing better than you think!

7 Snow Day Boredom Busters for Kids

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It’s that time of year here is Ohio and we already had our first snow day! While our backyard is perfect for sledding, your kids can only sled or play in the snow so many times before they get bored and if your snow day is due to freezing temperatures then kids must sty indoors. Here are a few ways that I attempt to keep my kids from getting too bored and going stir crazy on snow days.

 

1. Dance party, we turn up the kids favorite music and dance and sing along. This is a great way to tire the kids out too. Join in yourself and burn a few calories, you can even add a hairbrush  microphone and costumes!

 

2. Have an indoor picnic. Doing ordinary things in different ways is always fun for kids so lay down a blanket for snack time, lunch time or every meal for a day and enjoy a fun indoor picnic.

 

3. Edible art, this takes creativity since you can’t go get supplies so far we have built marshmallow and icing towers, painted with frosting (yogurt is healthier but we are out), made pretzel and icing creations and made soft pretzels in all kinds of fun shapes, this soft pretzel recipe is easy and delicious.

 

4. Bring snow inside in a bucket and make snow creations before it melts. We lay down beach towels and use big bins (think the ones you store clothes in) and let the kids build with the snow before it melts. If you have a water table that is great for indoor snow play too.

 

5. Bake cookies, who doesn’t love fresh cookies and my kids love to help bake.

 

6. Arts and crafts ( thankfully I have a stocked arts and crafts bin) we are making valentine’s but you can also create Tear Art Books.

 

7. Build a fort with chairs, and blankets and pretend play

 

Those are 7 ways we beat cabin fever and enjoy our snow days, when all else fails mom puts on a video!

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ABC’s of Gift Giving: The Perfect Gifts that Start with Letter T

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Today as we continue working our way though the ABC’s of Gift Giving  the letter is T, here are some great gifts for those on your list that start with the letter T.

 

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Gifts for Her:

Teardrop earrings – Every woman needs  some great statement earrings, these teardrop earrings in sterling silver and marcasite are gorgeous and range inpriec from affordable to luxury! Click on the picture for details on each one.

Tea – For the tea drinker here are some fun tea inspired gifts

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Adagio Teas 16 oz. ingenuiTEA Bottom-Dispensing Teapot

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Tea Forte Tea Chest, Warming Joy

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Teavana Tea Sampler Gift Set

 

 

OSU and Steelers Team Pride gifts

 

Gifts for Him

Team Pride – You can get so many items to support his team pride, my husband loves OSU and my brother loves the Steelers here are a few unique gifts to support either team.

Gifts for the Kids

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – If you have a boy you know what I am talking about, here are some great gift ideas for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Lovers on your list.

Trampoline – We love our personal trampoline perfect for indoor use and burning energy in restless little ones during the cold winter months. Diggin JumpSmart Trampoline

ABC’s of Gift Giving: The Perfect Gifts that Start with Letter S

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Today as we continue working our way though the ABC’s of Gift Giving  the letter is S, here are some great gifts for those on your list that start with the letter S.

For Her:

Spa Day – Everyone needs a spa day that includes a facial for sure and a mani pedi is great too! So either schedule a day for her and buy a gift card, both work just fine!

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For Him:

Starbucks Refillable Mug - Starbucks sells a refillable mug that gets you free coffee every day during the month of January, I buy it for my husband every year! $30

 

For the Kids:

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Sewing Kit – My daughter loves learning to sew and this kit is her favorite ALEX Toys – Craft, My First Sewing Kit

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Squigz Starter 24 piece set – Squigz are fun little suction toys that you can use to build, bounce and stick to almost any surface – even windows. My kids have lots of fun with this creative toy.

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SippiGrip – Does your child constantly throw the sippy cup on the ground and then you are stuck with a dirty cup out somewhere? Booginhead SippiGrip to the rescue keep that sippy cup off the ground even when your child chucks it overboard!