Brittni Mehlhoff DIY Clutch How-to Video + Giveaway

*Prizing and samples provided by FedEx Office*

With Christmas just around the corner, there is still time to make a homemade gift that will last the whole year! The queen of DIY, Brittni Mehlhoff, has some great ideas that would make anyone smile. I was able to make the clutch (shown in the video below) with my daughters. It was fun working together with them on this project! We even saved some of the canvas so we can make another clutch for one of their friends. I loved the easy-to-follow instructions and how versatile the project itself is. Check out the video below for three fun projects!

Did you know that the National Retail Federation, expects sales in November and December to increase by 3.7% to $630.5 billion.  If you want to skip the retail chains and give something meaningful (without breaking the bank), give one of these ideas a try! They don’t take a lot of effort and will impress even the pickiest recipient!

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ABOUT BRITTNI MEHLHOFF

Brittni Mehlhoff is the founding editor of Paper & Stitch, a modern lifestyle blog established in 2008, focused on DIY projects, recipes, home decor, style, beauty, and more. Her blog has been named one of the top 10 DIY blogs to follow by Paste Magazine and her work has been featured in several books and many print publications including Uppercase, Woman’s Day, Country Living, Mollie Makes, and more. When Brittni isn’t wielding a pair of scissors and a glue gun, she is behind the scenes writing for sites such as Curbly, Project Wedding, and Momtastic.

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I was a little nervous choosing the DIY clutch, but after seeing the video I realized I had nothing to be worried about! (Except my sewing machine which was being extremely difficult! Thank goodness for neighbors that are willing to share!) I thought the idea of making something out of canvas was brilliant! I never in a million years would have thought of that! It is very sturdy and stunning! Plus, each one would be completely unique because of the pattern. Here are a few pictures from our project!

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Win Brittni Mehlhoff DIY Clutch Kit ($100 ARV)

(Includes canvas and accessories.) 

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DOLE “Soaring Over Paradise” Sweepstakes + Giveaway

How would you like to take a relaxing vacation to the beautiful island of Hawaii? Dole Packaged Foods is excited to kick-off celebrations around its 2016 Rose Parade entry, “Soaring over Paradise,” with a new sweepstakes. Now through December 31, 2015 you can enter to win an exciting grand prize trip to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii! Click HERE to enter! It’s super easy! No purchase required. Even if you don’t win the grand prize, you still have a chance to win a Dole 2016 Limited Edition Commemorative “Soaring over Paradise” Pin. Each week 100 will be given away.

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Dora and Friends: The Complete First Season + Giveaway

Looking for a great gift for any Dora and Friends fan? Here you go! The entire first season is now in one 4-disc set. My daughters loved catching up on the episodes they missed, and rewatching their favorites! It’s nice having it all in one place too instead of having to search for the episodes they want on our DVR and look through our DVD rack.

¡Todos juntos! It’s time to join Dora and her new friends on all of their original adventures with the DVD release of Dora and Friends: The Complete First Season. In this brand-new, bilingual release of the entire first season of Dora and Friends, fans see their beloved Latina heroine living in the city, attending school and at the center of a group of friends who work together to give back to the community. Armed with a magical charm bracelet, trusty Map App, and the strength that comes from working with smart, funny, and supportive friends, Dora is always ready to save the day, solve problems, speak (and teach!) Spanish, and go on real-life and magical adventures.

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Here are the 18 episodes included on the Dora and Friends: The Complete First Season DVD set:

Disc 1 (Dora and Friends) – 

  • We Save a Pirate Ship! - To save the Pirate Festival, Dora and her friends have to rescue an old ship from nasty pirates who want its treasure.
  • The Magic Ring - Dora, Pablo and Naiya travel to ancient times to break the spell of a magic ring that’s shrunk them.
  • The Royal Ball - Dora and Alana help take an eager, but nervous, talking box to the princess and find dresses for their Royal Ball.  
  • Dance Party - Dora, Alana and Pablo help Celia convince her daddy, the mayor, to allow dancing again in the land of Baila.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Trailer + Giveaway

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Only a few more days until the Chipmunks are up to their usual, and quite hilarious, antics! Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip drives into theaters December 18th. My kids can’t wait to check it out! With a storyline including plans for a proposal and wedding, you know their will be mishaps and misunderstandings galore! Leave it to Simon, Alvin, and Theodore to make things as difficult as possible, but it all results in laughter and smiles from my kids so I can’t complain! While you are waiting to see this movie, check out the trailer and a super fun game below!

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Starring: Jason Lee, Tony Hale, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Josh Green, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Kaley Cuoco, Anna Faris, Christina Applegate

12 Episodes Included In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Revenge! DVD + Giveaway

Season three of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is over, but you can catch up on this latest release from Nickelodeon! In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Revenge! you can see any episodes you may have missed then check out the awesome bonus features! My sons were super excited to watch the five episodes they missed this past season and are trying not to miss any of the current season. This would make a great Christmas gift for any TMNT fan, and will keep them occupied during the long winter break with over four hours of content!

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Here are the 12 episodes included on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Revenge! DVD:

Disc 1:

1 -The Noxious Avenger – A new mutant called Muckman starts to gain notoriety as NYC’s “Monster Hero.”

“Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” Info + Trailer

They’re back! Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip hits theaters this Christmas! After my kids watched the trailer, they haven’t stopping talking about it! We always watch Alvin and the Chipmunks around the holidays…now we have another chipmunk movie to look forward to. The mischievous trio never gets old in our house! ALLLLLVIIIIIIIN! (That would be Dave yelling.) Check out the trailer below then stay tuned for a giveaway next week!

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Synopsis – “Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami…and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother.”

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Starring: Jason Lee, Tony Hale, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Josh Green, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Kaley Cuoco, Anna Faris, Christina Applegate

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP (20th Century Fox) will be in theaters December 18!

Check out “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” on Facebook and Twitter! #AlvinMovie

Stay tuned for an awesome giveaway coming December 7th then check out the movie on December 18th!

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10 Fun Fact About Disney Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur”

The Good Dinosaur …YESSS!  I hoped this movie wouldn’t take me back to the time in school when we learned about textbook dinosaurs and cavemen, and it definitely didn’t!  The idea of modern day dinosaurs growing a farm and teaching their children morals and values, in a prehistoric setting, is pretty interesting.  I appreciated that Arlo was able to learn friendships, overcome fear, and gain his self-esteem along the way.  The idea that life is about growing, accomplishing and making your mark I found inspiring and the creators were able to do this in a fun way.  This is (after all) what I am teaching my own children.  The friendship that grows between Arlo and Spot (caveman boy) makes this movie that much more valuable.  I won’t spoil the movie, but I will tell you that you may shed a tear or two.  It’s always nice when a movie can inspire emotion because you know the creators put effort and time in creating a realistic storyline.  My children enjoyed the movie and my husband and I appreciated it just as much.  

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Here are 10 fun facts about Disney Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur”:

1 – The filmmakers listened to over 1400 boys before choosing Raymond Ocho for Arlo.

3 Fantastic “Wonder Forge” Games + Giveaway

*Prizing and samples provided by Wonder Forge*

It’s that time of year when Wonder Forge releases several new games featuring the latest movies from Disney, Peanuts and more! Our family was able to check out a few of the newest additions to their vast collection. Here they are in no particular order!

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**”The Good Dinosaur” Roarin’ River Game**

My favorite thing about the Roarin’ River game is that there isn’t just one winner! I always get nervous when my kids start playing ANY board game. It doesn’t take more than 2 minutes before someone is whining about losing or not being in first place! My three youngest read the rules and played The Good Dinosaur’s Roarin’ River  while I was cooking and I didn’t hear a peep! After about 15 minutes they came in and said “WE WON!” Yes, “we,” as in all three of them. They made it to the end of the board before the waterfall swallowed them up! They loved this game and I had a blast playing with them after I finished cooking. It was super easy to set up and even easier to play. 

Roarin’ River can be purchased on Amazon or at Target for $14.99 (ARV). It is great for 2-4 players ages 4+!

10 Facts About SUFFRAGETTE + Review

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect going into SUFFRAGETTE. The previews looked fantastic, but I didn’t know much about the movement itself. Mrs. Banks singing the song about women’s rights in Mary Poppins was about the extent of my familiarity!  After the movie was over, I almost felt guilty not knowing what these women went through just to be treated fairly! They were brave, resilient, and stood up for what they knew was right. Carey Mulligan did a brilliant job representing the struggles most British women went through at that time. Working long hours, not being paid fairly, being in a dangerous environment, being sexually harassed, and trying to raise a child were just a few of the issues women of that era had to deal with. Because they chose to risk everything for the greater good, most women in THIS generation have the rights and privileges we deserve. We have them to thank!
 
There is still a lot to be done in other countries, and even areas of the United States. To find out more click HERE! #InspiringWomen

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Here are 10 facts about “SUFFRAGETTE”:

1 – Helena Bonham Carter’s great-grandfather was actually the British Prime Minister from 1908-1916. (during the suffrage movement) He was adamantly against votes for women.

The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep Book Giveaway

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If you are anything like me, bedtime is pretty much the WORST part of my day! “Get your jammies on! Brush your teeth! Turn off the TV!” Etc. I love getting into a routine, but sometimes I need to switch it up a bit. I can’t wait to add “The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep” to our bedtime schedule! I know my kids will love it. The illustrations are gorgeous, the idea of the book is brilliant, and I can’t wait to read it to my kids! They are already super excited to check it out and loved the adorable rabbits on the cover! 

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**About the Book**

The groundbreaking #1 bestseller is sure to turn nightly bedtime battles into a loving and special end-of-day ritual. This child-tested, parent-approved story uses an innovative technique that brings a calm end to any child’s day.

Do you struggle with getting your child to fall asleep? Join parents all over the world who have embraced The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep as their new nightly routine.

When Roger can’t fall asleep, Mommy Rabbit takes him to see Uncle Yawn, who knows just want to do. Children will join Roger on his journey and be lulled to sleep alongside their new friend.

Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin’s simple story uses a unique and distinct language pattern that will help your child relax and fall asleep — at bedtime or naptime. It gives parents the opportunity to personalize the story by using the child’s name, and provides written cues to yawn or read a sentence in a slow and calm voice, for a greater effect.