My 2016 Holiday Gift Guide is Here

2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Here is my Holiday Gift Guide 2016 with top toys and other goodies! Just in time for those last minute gifts for the holiday season! However, don’t forget all those birthday gifts that you’ll have to think about in 2017! Stock up now at the great prices and be ready to go at a moments […]

My Favorite Advent Calendars for Kids

Advent Calendars are popular in my house. We use them every holiday season. It is a fun way to get excited for Christmas. It also gives the kids some incentives to be good everyday leading up to the big day! You can always take the pieces out of the product packaging and use your own advent […]

The Toy Insider Toy Wish List

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Some exciting news to share for you Toy shoppers! Just in time for the holiday season too! Brand new at The Toy Insider is an awesome Toy Wish List feature! If your kids are like my kids, when they see The Toy Insider’s Holiday Gift Guide, they start circling or pointing to their favorite toys for Christmas and […]

Popular Toys for 2016

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Wondering what are the hot toys for 2016? What will be the most popular toys for Christmas? What toys are best for toddlers or teens? Then you have come to the right place! The Toy Insider released its top toy picks for Holiday 2016, and I got an exclusive sneak peek as a four-year veteran […]

6 Reasons Santa is Better than the Easter Bunny

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Planning for Easter always makes me look back fondly on the Christmas holiday season. Here’s why is Santa better than the Easter Bunny as a result. 1. The Easter Bunny always seems to look disheveled. Santa has a nice bright, velvet suit, with shiny boots and snow white beard. The Easter Bunny looks like he has […]

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers – Toys

Just 36 hours and counting! Each of these last minute stocking stuffers are under $20 and have tremendous play value – so those presents under the tree won’t get all the glory! You can see them in action in my TV interview on The Rhode Show here. And here is the recap of everything I […]

Hot Toys 2014: HoliDAY of Play

It is a lot of fun to be the co-host of the HoliDAY of Play, but it is more fun to just play! Can you imagine being in a room with the coolest toys that hit the market this year? Whether it’s toys for little tots or toys for your teen, all of the products […]

Ten Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Not only do I need to finish my holiday shopping, but I need to start getting things for stocking stuffers. This is the first year we will be doing it as a family since my son is old enough now and it seems worth the effort. I just bought some stockings from PotteryBarn (on sale, […]

Personalized Santa Video: “Your Santa Story”

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I want to share with you something that will knock your Christmas stockings off. If you’ve done Elf on the Shelf, or those personalized letters from Santa, then this is totally for you. It is a personalized Santa video called, “Your Santa Story.” It is a customized DVD featuring Santa Claus (think real white beard, […]

Gift Ideas for Hard to Buy for People

So are you getting stressed out yet about your holiday shopping? Especially shopping for the people on your list that you just don’t know what to get for them? The best thing to think about for those hard-to-buy for people on your list is not to think about what object to get, but what service […]

Smilebox Review

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The slogan for company Smilebox is “Create a Little Happiness”. A few years ago, when I got a Smilebox email from my Dad with pictures of him in Afghanistan, it was the way I could see him (before Skype became mainstream) in an element that an ordinary email attachment couldn’t do. Music, pictures that told a […]

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