Star Kids, Snack & Play Travel Tray Is Perfect For Holiday Traveling!!!

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The day before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year!  If you are traveling over the river and through the woods by car, boat, plane or train with kids, bring lots of activities.  Little ones have a harder time gauging the time it takes and lucky us if they are great sleepers in the car, but we are sure to hear at least 10 “Are we there yet?” questions. Having fun things they can do in the car can eliminate at least 5, maybe even 6 of those.

The Snack & Play Travel Tray is ideal for traveling and it is perfect to use with your car seat, on airplanes and even strollers.

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The Snack & Play Travel Tray is made of a soft, durable, 100% nylon that is easy to clean.  The tray easily buckles around the child or stroller, has large mesh storage pockets for all their toys and books and a 2 inch wall to stop things from rolling off the top and falling.

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Star Kids Products is an innovative children’s product manufacturer that specializes in making fun and safe products for busy, traveling families. Travel tray makes a great gift. Snack & Play Travel Tray can be purchased through their retail network.  You can follow Star Kids on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to stay in the know.  Mommy Ramblings is adding the Snack & Play Travel Tray to our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.

 

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Show Me The Kwan Word Game-Get Free Ship & 10% Off!!!

Our family loves word games, especially me and my daughter.  There is always excitement over the old favorites but when there is something new, that is really exciting.  Griddly Games has a fast paced, dice rolling, word game called Show Me the Kwan.  It is simple to play and quick for any number of players.  Kids 10 and up can play and even younger kids if they can spell simple words.

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Given the chosen category the players must call out fitting words where either the first, second or last letter correspond to the lettered dice that were rolled. Each die has an assigned point value. At the end of the 1 minute round, all players must count their points on the dice they collected. Shop at Griddly Games and use the codes FREESHIP for free shipping on Kwan ONLY, or code 10FORME for 10% off their entire order.

 

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Mommy Ramblings has added Griddly Games’ Show Me The Kwan to our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.  

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Touch Screen Friendly Glider Gloves Review & Giveaway!!! #HolidayGiftGuide

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Most of the country has been hit with record-breaking low temperatures in an Arctic blast that is hitting far too soon, since it is still officially autumn.  If you are in one of those areas your hands are going to need protection when you go out.  If you have a smart phone, you do not want to have to remove your gloves to use your phone, but sometimes you have to because your phone is not responsive.  Well, no need for frosty fingers, you can have your gloves and your smart phone too.

Glider Gloves are touch screen friendly and are made with  special conductive micro-fibers woven into the liner, they are able to bridge the conductive gap your gloves create between you and your device. The result? Amazing touch response along your entire hand and fingers and allows for precise control and unparalleled touch response of your touchscreen device – no matter which part of the glove you use.

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Available in Urban or the thicker, warmer Winter the gloves make a great gift this holiday season.  You will find Glider Gloves on our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.

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I tried out a pair of the Winter and they are toasty warm and I am still able to expertly navigate my iPhone 6.  The gloves are comfortable and stretch nicely giving you a great range of motion with your hands.

Glider Gloves is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!  One lucky blog reader will win a pair of Touch Screen Friendly Glider Gloves!  Thank you to Glider Gloves for the review gloves and for sponsoring this awesome giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US residents.

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The Three Dogateers DVD Giveaway!!! #TheThreeDogateers

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Three pampered pooches left to guard the house on Christmas Eve become fearless DOGATEERS when thieves break in and steal every present, every ornament—even the yuletide tree! Vowing to save Christmas, the three canines set out in search of Santa, the only one who can help them on their quest.

The Three Dogateers is Dove “Family-Approved”!

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Enter To Win $100 in Hyundai’s Bonus Giveaway!!!

Remember our Hyundai post about Smarter Living Videos?  I have great news, Hyundai is sponsoring a giveaway for $100!!!  Could you use some extra holiday money? You could, great!  Well, Hyundai wants to know what you thought of their Smarter Campaign by commenting on their Smarter Living Videos.  Good luck on the giveaway!!!  Just enter to win $100 below using the Rafflecopter widget.

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Eco Vessel, Insulated Steel Bottles Review & Giveaway!!! #HolidayGiftGuide

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We use water bottles all the time.  I want my kids to use high quality bottles that are free of any toxins and are easy to care for.  The Eco Vessel Twist is a triple insulated kids stainless steel water bottle with fun designs and colors.  It is a large enough bottle that it is good for younger kids, older kids and even adults would look fine using.  It holds a full 12 ounces of water.

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Features I love are that it has a leak-proof twist cap, and it fits car cup holders, the bottles are great to pack because the triple max insulation keeps drinks cold for up to 36 hours and hot for 8 hours.  This is essential when we go on trips because I can pack drinks and not have to keep pulling off to go to a convenience store because they want a cold or hot drink. They make getting where we are going a more pleasant experience and of course we make better time.

The full bottle designs are fun and add a lot of style to the bottle.  This is a great water bottle that is perfect anywhere they go.  There is even a removable tea strainer

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The Boulder Triple Insulated Water Bottle is a Vacuum Insulated 25 ounce Stainless Steel vessel.  This bottle is great for long trips, hikes, biking, sports events and really anywhere you go.  It has the same great leak prof drinking spout as the kid’s bottle and is perfect for water, coffee, hot chocolate, soup and more.  TriMax® triple insulation keeps liquids cold for up to 36 hours and hot for up to 8 hours.  The wide mouth on the bottle is great for adding ice cubes and for filling. There is a removable tea strainer.

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The bottles are free of BPA, phthalates and liners and made of premium #304 stainless steel.

You can find Eco Vessel on our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide because their products make great gifts for everyone on your holiday gift list this season.

Eco Vessel is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings.  One lucky blog reader will have their choice of the Kid’s 12 oz Eco Vessel Twist or 25 oz Boulder Triple Insulated Water Bottle in the color/design of their choice (subject to availability).  Thank you Eco Vessel for the review products and for sponsoring this refreshing giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!! Open to US residents.

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Lundby Smaland Swedish Doll House & Accessories Review & Giveaway!!! #HolidayGiftGuide

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I was introduced to the world of Lundby doll houses a little over a year ago.  A doll lover and collector all my life, dolls and doll houses are something I never outgrew.  I am not alone, Lundby has a wide collector base of women and men who collect the houses, furnishings, restore older houses and love to talk about and share their collections on online forums.

There are several Facebook pages where Lundby lovers and collectors do just that.  Lundby is timeless, loved by children, tweens, teens and right up to adults, the charm of Lundby just grows over the years.  Enjoyed by generations, Lundby love is passed down and these quality Swedish doll houses become family heirlooms.  Today, you will find older Lundby doll houses in great demand and many collectors are enthusiastically restoring the older homes to their modern glory.  Much more than a hobby, Lundy collectors have a passion!

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Last year you may remember our review of the Lundby Smaland Doll House and accessories.

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Well, this year our Lundby Smaland doll house expanded with the addition of two rooms, garden area, several new furniture sets and great Christmas sets.  In fact our Lundby home is decked out or should I say the halls have been decked with Christmas magic.  The floor addition was easy to assemble, my young son even got in on the action and helped to secure the walls.  The house has real working lights which add a warmth and the new Christmas sets are a festive touch with a glowing fire in the fireplace and candles that light up on the tree.  Under the tree, wrapped in shiny paper and gold cord are gifts and you don’t need to peek to see there is a smaland doll house just ready to be unwrapped come Christmas morning.

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The details on the furnishings are amazing, the kitchen cabinets have real working drawers that you can put things in, the refrigerator opens, the pots, pans, dishes and utensils are realistic and even the bathroom has toothbrushes and rubber ducks. Lundby 2014 5

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Lundby 2014 1 The house is sure to draw oohs and ahhs from young and old and is the perfect gift this holiday season that will bring joy for years to come. Mommy Ramblings has added the Smaland doll house and accessories to our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. Some of the new additions to our Lundby Smaland Doll House were: Smaland Garden smaland Garden   Lundby Smaland Floor Extension Lundby Home Extension Lundby Smaland Kitchen Furniture Set Lundby Smaland Kitchen Furniture Set Lundby Smaland Childrens Bedroom Set Lundby Childrens Room Set Stock Lundby Smaland Fireplace Set Lundby Smaland Christmas Fireplace Set Boxed Lundby Christmas Fireplace Set Unboxed Lundby Smaland Christmas Tree Set Lundby Chrismas Tree Set Boxed Lundby Christmas Tree Set Unboxed   Smaland TV and Accessories Lundby Smaland TV and Furniture set Lundby Smaland Garden Furniture Set Smaland Garden FurnitureOf course with the new addition we had to expand the family so we welcomed two bouncing babies! Lundby Smaland Babies The older kids needed some attention too!  Sibling rivalry gets bad when a new baby is brought home, imagine two!  They were so happy to have a trampoline and pedal car to focus on. Lundby Smaland Trampoline Pedal Car Lundby 2014 3     Can’t get enough Lundby?  You can download the Lundby Living Magazine HERE! Are you ready for some exciting news?  Lundy is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings.  One lucky blog reader will win their own Smaland doll house, Smaland 2 room floor extension, both of the Christmas sets and 2 sets of furniture of their choice (subject to availability)!  Isn’t that awesome?  I thought you would think so!  Thank you so much to Lundby for the review products and for sponsoring this incredible giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US residents.    Lundby Smaland Swedish Doll House, Extension, Christmas Sets & Furniture Giveaway on Mommy Ramblings Rules: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.  Good Luck!!! Continue reading

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SentoSphere, Optical Mysteries Review & Giveaway!!! #HolidayGiftGuide

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My husband is a scientist and a mathematical whiz, so I knew he would be ecstatic to delve into Optical Mysteries from SentoSphere with our boys.  I was not wrong, am I ever? :P He poured over all the experiments and said they were very educational and interesting.

He was able to show the kids how energy from the sun can be harnessed for solar power.  There were lots of fun experiments showing the effect light has on colors. Creating your own rainbow and building a kaleidoscope were other fun activities included in  this kit.  They are still having fun and learning every day with these great experiments.  

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Includes:

• 1 solar panel

• 1 spinning board

• 1 LED light box

• 1 DIY kaleidoscope

• 1 optical fibre

• 1 trick (illusion) box

• 3D glasses

• 3D pictures assortment

• 4 bottles of ink

• 1 pipette

• 1 mirror

• 1 paintbrush

• 10 optic tests

• 1 illustrated instruction leaflet

For ages 8 years and older

If you have a little scientist on your holiday gift list, you should check out Optical Mysteries.  Mommy Ramblings is adding it to our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.  

 

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Show Cars.com Your #newcarface & They Could Pay Off Your Car Loan!!!

This post is sponsored by Cars.com but all of my words and opinions are 100% my own.

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Buying a new car is quite an experience and investment.   Looking back on my childhood, there are some very funny new car buying stories that we love to share. My older brother started a side business selling firewood when he was just out of his teens.  Since he needed a truck to haul the cords of wood, my parents went out with him to look at a long-term rental and they came home with a brand new yellow Chevy cargo van.  Or there’s the time my parents bought 3 new Triumph Spitfires, one for each of my older brothers, because the deal was just too good to pass up.  I remember going to dealership after dealership with my dad when he was looking at Corvettes.  We took so many test drives before he surprised us one day driving in with a new white Chevy Stingray Corvette.  How he loved that car! There are so many great memories but one of the fondest is how my parents bought my sister and I matching red Pontiac Firebirds when I was 16.

As an adult I have had my own experiences with my husband buying cars for ourselves and our older kids.  I am sure my kids have some great memories of our experiences, but probably nothing as colorful as my parents’ purchases.  Maybe you are in the market for a new car, it’s getting closer to winter and if you live in a cold climate, maybe an SUV or 4 Wheel Drive is on your agenda.

Cars.com is a great website that takes the drama out of car shopping. They are also taking the drama out of car loans with a Cars.com contest giving away up to $25,000 to pay off someone’s car loan.  Guess what?  That someone could be you because if you show Cars.com your #NewCarFace they just might pay off your car loan.  Wow, what would your New Car Face look like?  Maybe like the ones below:

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  1.     On Twitter: Upload a photo of your new car + happy new car face. Use #newcarface and mention/tag @carsdotcom in your post.
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Chicken Soup for the Soul: “The Cat Did What?” Review & Giveaway!!! 3 Winners!!! #HolidayGiftGuide

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Cats some people love them and some people are not cat people or at least they don’t think they are until they become an accidental cat lover.  That’s just one of the 101 amazing stories  of magical moments, miracles and mischief in The Cat Did What?  from Chicken Soup for the  Soul.  The book is filled with stories of all kinds.  Stories that will make you laugh, bring a tear to your eye and have you shaking your head.  I loved the story of  how a new kitten rescued  to comfort a 12-year-old cat who was incredibly lonely after losing her long time feline companion.  The new kitten and then adult cat wanted nothing to do with the ailing cat but at the end of her life, this cat called Murray became a different cat and laid with the older cat, comforted her and stayed with her the whole day.  After she died he never showed that side of him again.  That was a very emotional story but there are stories to make you laugh and nod in agreement as well.

If you have a cat or animal lover on your holiday wish list you may wish to check out this book for them.  Mommy Ramblings is adding it to our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.  

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Our feline friends constantly surprise and charm us with their silly antics, their loving connections with our family members, and their surprising intelligence. You will enjoy reading all the 101 amazing and humorous stories in this collection about the mischief, miracles, and magic our cats bring to our lives. This collection will make you laugh and touch your heart and after reading these stories we know you’ll say, “The cat did what?”  You can purchase this book on Amazon.com.

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