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Classic Children’s Books Make Great Gifts #Giveaway #TheVelveteenRabbit

I love sharing classic stories with my children. The Velveteen Rabbit is probably one of the most beloved children’s books of all time.

When the Velveteen Rabbit first arrives in the nursery, he is snubbed by the other toys. But the Rabbit soon makes friends with the Skin Horse, who explains how toys can become “real” if they are loved enough.

The Velveteen Rabbit longs for this to happen, and one day he finds that he has become the Boy’s very favorite toy. They play together through a long, golden summer, Rabbit becoming shabbier and shabbier as he becomes real to the boy who loves him. The rabbits in the garden think otherwise — how can Rabbit be real when he can’t leap and hop?

When Boy takes ill with scarlet fever and Rabbit must be discarded, a magical fairy appears to transform him into a real, wild rabbit, though her parting words remind him that he was always real to the Boy.

A perfect gift for delivering an old favorite to a new generation, this beautifully illustrated version of Margery Williams’s time-honored tale is the first in a series of Nosy Crow classics. We love this book so much, you will find it on Mommy Ramblings’ 2017 Holiday Gift Guide.

Giveaway:

Candlewick Press is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings. One lucky blog reader will win their own hardcover copy of The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real! Thank you to Candlewick Press for the review book and for sponsoring this amazing giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!! Open to US residents.

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Inspire Future Engineers with the Gadgets & Gizmos Invention Kit #Giveaway

We really like to choose toys for our kids that are fun and educational. That is why when we saw the Gadgets & Gizmos Invention Kit, we knew it was one that our kids would love and let’s face it, I knew my husband would love it too!

This is the ultimate kit for every aspiring inventor! The open-ended kit is packed with parts that kids can mix and match to make tons of gadgets and gizmos.

The step-by-step guide is easy to follow to create 8 projects, like a catapult, helicopter, hydraulic lift car and so much more including their own unique creations.

When they build and invent with this kit, they are exploring exciting science and engineering concepts. My son Ethan is interested in becoming an engineer so this is very exciting to him. The first thing they built with this 180 piece kit is an air powered rocket launcher. After building it, the testing it was super fun for all the boys!

We love this kit so much we are adding it to Mommy Ramblings’ 2017 Holiday Gift Guide.

Giveaway

Lakeshore Learning  is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings! One lucky blog reader will win their own Gadgets & Gizmos Invention Kit! Thank you to Lakeshore Learning for the review kit and for sponsoring this fantastic giveaway on Mommy Ramblings! Open to US residents.

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Save 30% on Personalized Gifts for your Child, Pet, Family & More! #Giveaway


Unique gifts like personalized books, board games, placemats and more celebrate the recipient and can even include their family and pet in the fun. I See Me! makes it easy to give gifts that will make every child a star.

I love giving I See Me! products to my kids. The look on their faces, when they discover they are the main character of a special book, is truly priceless. This season, I created some really special gifts for my kids on the I See Me! website. It is so easy to add personalization and photos to create unique and treasured gifts.

I know my son Ethan is going to love the  personalized USA Road Trip Storybook I created for him. It is such a fun book, that will really spark his curiosity and imagination with a fun and factual geographic exploration of the United States. In the story, he receives a personalized driver’s license, hops into a magical car, and learns state names and key monuments during the journey across America. He will take a rest stop in our own state of New York to learn a few extra fun facts!

I was able to easily personalize this road trip adventure with my son’s name and the state we live in. I selected his skin tone and hair color, and uploaded a photo of  his face to be incorporated throughout the illustrations!

He is going to love it, and at the end of the book, he will see a personalized map of the United States. The book even includes a list of all 50 states with their capitals, so he can check off the names of the states that he has visited! We ordered the gift set which included a scratch off state map that he is going to just love! I cannot wait to see his face when he opens it.

For our son Luke, our dog lover, we choose the If My Dog Could Talk Storybook. I customized it for him and our American Bulldog, Delilah. I was able to choose from twelve illustrated dog styles and five colors to create a dog that really resembled our dog.

The book includes Delilah’s name and the names of four of our family members, this really makes it fun to read! This book is also a nice way to celebrate a new puppy or dog adoption or remember a lost pet. Your dog’s name and the names of up to four family member’s names (children or adults) are also included throughout the story and illustrations! Plus you can add a personal message and up to two photos on the dedication page.

For a really special gift, the book can be ordered with a personalized bandana, ornament or placemat for you pet. We ordered the book with the bandana and a personalized Christmas ornament that we already have on our Christmas Tree.

Another great gift idea on their site that is fun for the whole family is I See Me!’s new, Our Family’s Race Across the U.S.A. board game. This game makes family game night so much fun! It is a brand new addition to their extensive product line.

Take an adventure across America as you move your piece along the game board. Personalize up to six game pieces with photos of your family member’s faces so they can “travel” from space to space. Your family’s names will also be incorporated into the game board artwork! Create lasting family memories with this uniquely personalized keepsake.

Order Now and Save 30%!

If you order by December 17th and use code CELEBRATE when you checkout, you can save 30%! This is the perfect chance to get a special gift at an amazing price! Click HERE to get started.

We love I See Me! products so much, we have added them to Mommy Ramblings’ 2017 Holiday Gift Guide. 

Giveaway

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Broken or Damaged LuvaBella or LuvaBeau Dolls? Read This Now!

If you have a LuvaBella or LuvaBeau Interactive Doll from Spin Master tucked away, just waiting for Christmas morning, I have a warning, that you are probably not going to want to hear. As a blogger who reviews the newest products, I was anxious to get my hands on a LuvaBella doll.

I had no trouble finding one, but the trouble began soon after taking her out of the box. Her silicone or vinyl doll “skin” had a greasy appearance and had all kinds of hairs and dirt stuck to her face.

It was not that she was ever taken out of the box, it was how she was packaged from the factory. She had what looked like a crease between her eyes, which most like came from a defect in the mold. On the side of her face she had this huge unsightly seam that was very obviously a flaw from the mold. Her molded hair was painted so sloppy, as if a child had done it. The paint went right down onto her face and was all over her ear. 

After inserting the batteries she had a terrible clicking in her neck, and her chin and would seem to get stuck, she would vibrate in place before turning her head. I took a video of this and let the company know. After viewing my photos and video, they said that, the doll was indeed very damaged and needed to be returned. They explained that in an effort to get the dolls out quickly, there were some issues with defective dolls being released that should not have happened.

I returned that doll and picked up a new one. Now, when I removed the new doll from the box, she had a much better paint job on her hair, she did not have that unsightly crease defect between her eyes, nor did she have the big seam on the side of her head.

I thought everything would be okay. I took a video of her and she began to keep yawning and saying things at different times that did not make sense. She also could not stop burping when eating.

I thought she needed new batteries, so I put in a fresh set of 4 C batteries. However, with the new batteries, she still said things at the wrong time, she did not burp when her back was patted,  but kept doing so when eating. She also started to have limited movement of her mouth. Her mouth barely opened now.

See the video below to see how her mouth is failing

I did some reasearch and found several adult collectors on their 4th doll, and still not having any luck with replacements. Some had the eyes start to fail, they stayed shut unless their was a string tied around their head not allowing the eyes to close. Others had the mouths just stop moving totally.

Many people would comment how gingerly these dolls must be handled. Now they are marketed to ages 4 and up. Do you think if adult doll collectors are having issues like this, that when you give the doll to a 4 year old child. that they are not going to move the limbs, turn the head, bang the doll? Given all the parents that have not opened or tried the doll, we are bound  to see reports of many broken and damaged LovaBella and LovaBeau dolls after Christmas Day.

In my opinion, given what I have experienced, and from what I have seen happen to dolls that were not in the hands of children, I have to say, these dolls are not suitable for toddlers or young children. There is a review for the doll you can see on Amazon that shows the aftermath of the doll being in the hands of a three-year old. It is not pretty.

LuvaBella and LuvaBeau  are very delicate dolls, not one that can be toted around and carried everywhere. It is quite disheartening that they are so delicate yet  marketed to such young children.

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So, let me know if you do decide to check your LuvaBella or LuvaBeau out. The new doll that I had in the video to replace the other damaged doll was only on for the fourth time when she started showing issues with her mouth.

I hope the company does something to make up for all the damaged dolls.

Update: See our new videos HERE and find out how our 3rd replacement is doing.


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Meet The Largest Corolle Doll and the 14″ Boy Doll That Uses The Potty #Giveaway

If you have been following Mommy Ramblings for a while, you will probably be aware that we are fans of Corolle Dolls, and just like the last several years, you will find them on our 2017 Holiday Gift GuideThis year we are featuring our first boy Corolle Doll and the biggest Corolle baby girl doll.

Mon Bébé Chéri to Dress is perfect for girls who want a large baby doll that they can dress in real baby clothes. This 20 inch doll can wear real 3 month size baby clothes. She has eyes that close when you lay her down and a cuddly soft body.

Check out our video review of this doll below:

Now, I want you to meet Paul, the drink and wet bath baby doll. This 14″ Corolle boy baby doll is anatomically correct. He can really drink his bottle and he is a very good boy who knows how to use the potty.

He does not leak, but will pee when his belly is pressed. This is the perfect doll to use when toilet training little boys too! To add more fun and realistic play, Paul can also take a real bath and the Corolle Baby Tub is a fun accessory to bathe him in.

You can see our video review and demonstration of Paul below:

The Bathtub for large (14 & 17 inch) My Classique Corolle dolls is an essential accessory for girls and boys to give their dolls a bath. Perfect for all Corolle dolls which can be played with in water.

 

He comes dressed in underpants and tank top along with his bottle and potty. Children can dress him in any of the Mon Classique Corolle Clothes for 14″ Dolls, like the Smock and Denim Overall Set.

 

He needed white sneakers and a pacifier too! They are both available as accessories for this Corolle doll.

 

Another realistic accessory for Corolle Dolls is the Cherry Umbrella Stroller. Just like a real stroller! The Cherry Umbrella Stroller for large My Classique Corolle dolls is fantastic! Lightweight and foldable, The Cherry Umbrella Stroller is easy to take along. The icing on the cake is that the grey wheels don’t show the dirt!

 

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Celebrate The Traditional Rituals of Decorating The Christmas Tree with “Pick A Pine Tree” #Giveaway

Pick A Pine Tree by Patricia Toht and illustrated by Jarvis, is a book all about picking and decorating the perfect Christmas tree. This book is a festive, read-aloud children’s picture book that will have you all brimming with the joy and excitement of Christmastime.

Part of the magic of the Christmas season comes from the holiday traditions we look forward to and take part in each year: hanging stockings, putting candles in the windows, stringing lights outside, and one of the most important of all, picking out and bringing home the Christmas tree.

With palpable warmth and style, debut author Patricial Toht reminds us of all the rituals we go through to decorate our tree. Follow along as one family digs out the boxes brimming with ornaments and trimmings.

To make it more fun, they call their family and friends and invite them to an impromptu, tree trimming party. With family and friends, they deck the tree out, and then, turn on the twinkling lights.

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Give A Watch That Does More Than Tell Time-Save 25% Now! #JordWatch #Giveaway

If you are looking for a special gift, one that is unique, hand-crafted and stylish, you should check out Jord Wood Watches. These beautiful timepieces are made by a company that is run by artists, designers, marketers and minders. They spend their days working together to create watches modeled after a modern lifestyle.

Jord values sustainability, efficiency and experiential living. Their watches are made for individuals who don’t just have somewhere to be, they have somewhere to GO!

These beautiful, wood watches make you aware not of how much time has passed, but more the need to make your time count. Life’s moments are bigger than minutes and your watch should tell you more than time.

Recently, I had the opportunity to order my very own Jord Timepiece. I chose the unisex Frankie series which means, I often find my husband has taken my watch. I guess that means, I will have to put another under the tree for him.

This watch is packaged in a gorgeous wood box that opens to reveal the individual characteristics of the wood it is made with. It is nice and large, comfortable and fits great.

The blue watch face really makes it stand out and we both get many compliments on it when we wear it out.

Mommy Ramblings’  Readers Save 25% Off JORD Watches – Hand-crafted wood timepieces when they use the promo code “mommyramblings” when you checkout on woodwatches.com.

Giveaway:

Click HERE to enter for your chance to win a $100 Store Credit to Jord Wood Timepieces.  Good Luck!!!

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We love these Wood Timepieces so much we have added them to Mommy Ramblings’ 2017 Holiday Gift Guide.

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Create Some Christmas Magic For Your Child With Package From Santa

As a parent, I love seeing the excitement in my little one’s eyes at Christmas. Recently, I found PackageFromSanta.com and learned that I could have a package sent to my child from the North Pole! The package would be addressed to my child and be full of authentic, Santa Claus goodies that are sure to delight.

What makes PackageFromSanta.com so special and set apart from any other company is THEY DO IT ALL (packages, letters, calls and videos from Santa and so much more…) With EVERY Package From Santa sold comes one free call and one free video.

You can see an example of a video we customized on their site below:

You can learn more about how it works by viewing this video. Right now you can take 25% off your order when you use the promo code RED1816 at check out on PackageFromSanta.com. Hurry offer ends December 15th!

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After Luke opened his package, we made the Coca and he looked everything over again. For the rest of the day he showed the stuff to everyone and he is especially proud that he has a piece of Santa’s Magic Suit. He has asked everyone to feel how soft and warm it is. He is really treasuring everything and cannot wait to spread the Reindeer food out on the lawn Christmas Eve!

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You can follow Package From Santa on Facebook and Twitter. Let me know what you think of this, just leave me a comment.

This is a sponsored post and I received a product and or was compensated to facilitate my article. As always, I only promote products or services that I have tried and truly like or use.

 


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Remind Girls They are Adored by God #AdoredByGod #FlyBy

The world can be a tough place.  The tween and teen years are especially hard. While it was no picnic when we were growing up, this generation has challenges and issues we could not even imagine, thanks to technology. Don’t get me wrong, I love technology, but it has brought about some darker things along with all the good.

Girls today have to deal with bullying, social media friendships as well as the awful social media “unfriending”, dating, changing bodies, awkward growth phases, mean girls and much more. Proper guidance and support is paramount to a healthy attitude and self-image as they navigate this stage of life.

Adored is a 365-day devotional that features an easy-to-read, relevant devotion paired with a scripture verse and journaling space to help readers reflect on that day’s special message. This book tackles those tough topics mentioned above, and shows readers how infinitely precious they are in God’s sight. This hardcover devotional is published by Zondervan, written for girls ages 13 and up and has a retail price of $14.99. You can purchase it HERE. Right now, you can get it on sale for just $8.49.

Having a book like this reminds girls they are not the only ones facing challenges, it helps them on the tough days and lifts them up every day. The journaling space is a wonderful way for girls to track their own growth and mindset through the year. This devotional makes a very meaningful gift this Christmas season. We have added it to Mommy Ramblings’ 2017 Holiday Gift Guide.  You can visit the publisher’s site to access a Free 7-Day Download.

 


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Making Magical Videos and More With Portable North Pole!

Every year my kids look forward to watching videos from Santa created especially for them. Since my son Luke has a birthday on Christmas Eve as well, he loves the special birthday video Santa sends him each year. I look forward to seeing their faces as they watch the personalized videos and hear their names, see their house, their photo and photos of what they want for Christmas. The videos are well made and believable. It is a magical thing and I look forward to creating them each year with Portable North Pole.

Last year we tried the phone calls too and were very impressed at how well they worked to remind our kids about some behaviors they needed to work on. A call from Santa is a very powerful wake up call!

Have you heard of Portable North Pole (PNP)? It’s the top free mobile Santa app with more than 160 million videos viewed, PNP is a cherished, modern holiday tradition for families worldwide. In just moments, create an adorable video from Santa that you and your child will remember forever. Simply visit the PNP website or download the mobile app on iOS or Android.


PNP offers a free video for every child with a new option to purchase a single premium video ($4.99) or upgrade to a premium package, including the Video Pass ($9.99) or Magic Pass ($13.99). Both packages provide six enchanting video storylines to choose from, with each offering five or more minutes of footage to watch, from exploring Santa’s workshop to the amazing gift-wrapping machine, as well as the Reaction Recorder (available on mobile app only).

In addition, you can create an unlimited number of videos, and receive a special “Santa’s Coming” video to watch on Christmas Eve. Plus, the Magic Pass includes HD video downloads and five weekly bedtime videos read by Santa leading up to the big day.

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Save 20%  and make Christmas magic With Portable North Pole!  To get the 20% discount just use Promo Code: PNP7Family. You can also access the discount by clicking on the Magic Pass Discount and Video Pass Discount


In just a few simple steps, you can help Santa gather all the information he needs about your loved one and create a tailor-made video message or phone call that is positively magical. But that isn’t all Santa and his magical elves have in store! To create truly unforgettable memories, you can even download a HD version of your video to keep for years to come.

Portable North Pole comes available in 3 main package types: the Free(Christmas and Birthday videos), the Video Pass (Unlimited Premium Santa videos + Reaction Recorder, as well as access to previous seasons’ videos), and the Magic Pass (Unlimited Premium Santa Videos, Reaction Recorder, HD Video downloads, access to previous seasons’ videos)! Available for a limited time only: The Pre-Season Magic Pass, which also comes with a Santa-Approved Nice-List certificate that lets your loved one know if they are one Santa’s Naughty or Nice list!


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