10 Reasons To Buy The Canon EOS Rebel T5i From Best Buy

If you still haven’t picked out the perfect gift for that special someone, there is still time! Best Buy has the latest addition to the Canon family, the Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR camera. Make sure it’s the first present you open Christmas morning so you can take some great pictures and video! You don’t need to take a photography class to use this fancy camera. It takes amazing pictures using the “auto” setting! When you are ready to take things to the next level, the manual that comes with has some great advice. I bought a Canon DSLR a few years ago and I absolutely love it! It is easy to use, sturdy, and (most important) takes crystal clear images.  I do my best to make the pictures I use on my blog professional and clear but it’s a snap when you have a nice camera! I should probably take the time to learn about all the different settings and options, but I have been so happy with the pictures I’ve taken on the “auto” setting, I haven’t gotten around to it. When you aren’t taking photos, the Canon T5i takes crystal-clear HD video. We love slipping our memory card into the TV and watching home movies! We also love not having to carry around a separate video camera. The Canon does it all. Don’t take my word for it…check out the ratings here!


1 – This Canon camera will shoot spectacular movies in full 1080p HD. You can choose from a number of recording sizes and frame rates, with continuous autofocus tracking of moving subjects.

2 – The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is extremely user friendly but also good enough for professionals. The best of both worlds!

Paddington Trailer & Coloring Pages + Chuck E. Cheese Giveaway!

Paddington is teaming up with Chuck E. Cheese to celebrate the release of Paddington, the movie, on January 16th, 2015! With every food or token purchase, you will get a free Paddington travel tag. I can’t wait for my kids to be able to fall in love with the adorable Paddington like I did when I was their age! While you are waiting for the movie to come out, check out the trailer, coloring pages, and giveaway below! This little bear will definitely be making a “big splash” in January! 


*Holiday Gift Guide* 7 Fabulous Kid-Friendly Albums + Giveaway

2014 has been a year full of great music in all genres! Since we have a 30-40 minute drive to school in the morning, we are always looking for fun music to play on the way! What do we consider fun? Upbeat, clean, singable, and worthy of blasting with the windows down! (Not really “blasting,” but loud without breaking any eardrums!) 


*Holiday Gift Guide* 7 Wonder Forge Games For Toddlers! + Giveaway

Wonder Forge has several games perfect for toddlers and pre-readers! Their Dr. Seuss line of games are great for ages 3 and up! I have just as much fun playing these games as my kids do. Who doesn’t love charades? With a Dr. Seuss twist! My four youngest and I were able to check out the Dr. Seuss Charades game. The instructions were so easy to read and understand (like all Wonder Forge games) and it took me about 1 minute to explain it to my kids! Once we started, my kids didn’t want to stop! They had so much fun acting out the different characters and items. They also liked that they had three choices in case one was too hard for them. I would recommend any of these fabulous Wonder Forge games for your toddlers! You will love them!  


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*Holiday Gift Guide* 7 Wonder Forge Games For Boys + Giveaway

If you are looking for a gift for your son, nephew, little brother, or maybe a school friend,  Wonder Forge has several games perfect for the boys in your life! (My girls actually like most of these games too.) There are Star Wars, Marvel, DC Comics, and TMNT themed games that are fun, built to last, and affordable! We played the Star Wars Force Grab game the other night and had a blast. We al enjoyed trying to match the objects with the pictures on the cards. We especially liked it because we were all able to play at once, which is fun when my kids don’t feel like taking turns! I also thought both Face Off Dice games were super fun. I love bluffing and strategy games. My 16 year old liked the dice themed games too. Here are 7 of our favorite games for boys!


*Holiday Gift Guide* 7 Disney Themed Wonder Forge Games! + Giveaway

In case you haven’t read my past several reviews of Wonder Forge games, I will start at the beginning. They are the best! Every single Wonder Forge game I’ve ever had the pleasure of reviewing has exceeded my expectations. Not only are they fun for my kids, but I actually enjoy playing every single one of these games with them! Especially Pictopia: Disney Edition. I am a Disney fanatic and every single one of their Disney games are awesome! Anyone who has ever played board games at my house knows of my love for this amazing brand. When you are shopping for games this Christmas season, look for the blue oval in the corner. You will definitely be getting your money’s worth! Here are 7 of my favorite Disney themed Wonder Forge games! 


*Holiday Gift Guide* 7 PureGear Gift Ideas + Giveaway

The more I use my iPhone, the more I realize how much I love PureGear! Almost every accessory I have is made by this great brand. Their cases are super stylish, protect my phone, and are multi-functional. Their earbuds are awesome and I use them while running almost every day.  And the Universal Tablet Folio was perfect for the Kindle my daughter bought with her birthday money! Every PureGear product I’ve reviewed has stood the test of time. I have been reviewing PureGear products for over three years and in that time I have never broken, scratched, or dented any of my iPhones. I have PureGear to thank for that! Here are 7 of my favorite products!


Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb Games + Giveaway

Get ready for the final chapter in the epic Night at the Museum trilogy! From the trailers, and everything that I’ve read, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb looks to be the funniest and most entertaining in the series. Rebel Wilson is one of my favorite actresses and I can’t wait to see what she brings to this movie. My kids still watch the first two Night at the Museum movies frequently. They will never get old and I’m guessing Secret of the Tomb won’t either! Take a break from Christmas shopping and check out this movie when it’s released on December 19, 2014!


*Holiday Gift Guide* 5 Art Inspired Gifts For Kids By Oopsy Daisy!

If you are looking for any art inspired gifts for your little ones this holiday season, Oopsy Daisy has you covered! They carry thousands of high-quality pieces of art designed by talented artists and printed right here in the United States. They also have a large selection of art related gifts like growth charts, nightlights, ornaments. and more! Each piece is beautifully packaged and made to last.  Most gift items can be personalized and will be delivered right to your door. Order by December 12th to get your Oopsy Daisy gift in time for Christmas! Here are five of my favorite products by Oopsy Daisy. Take advantage of FREE PERSONALIZATION by ordering now through Dec 31st. A $10 savings!

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10 Quotes From Chicken Soup For The Soul Dog & Cat Books + Giveaway

Chicken Soup for the Soul recently released a pair of books for all the dog and cat lovers out there! When they arrived, my daughters immediately snatched them up and decided whose was whose. My oldest got the cat book (which is totally appropriate since she acts like a cat and meows pretty much every day) and my youngest got the dog book (she loves dogs more than anyone in our family!) They each put their copy by their bed in the room they share. For homework each day, like most kids in the US, the have to read for at least 20 minutes each day. Each story in the Chicken Soup for the Soul books takes them almost exactly 20 minutes so it was kind of perfect! Sometimes I read with them and I end up loving each and every story about our furry friends! Both of these books would make a great Christmas gift for any dog or cat lover on your list! 


Here are 10 quotes from Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cat Did What? and Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What?:

1 – A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won’t be too bad. – Robert Wagner