Monday, November 24, 2014

Holiday Traditions That Keep Families Close ~ #ChosenByKids

*sponsored post. see disclosure.

As the holidays draw nearer with every passing day, my thoughts go back to when I was young. Some of my most treasured memories are celebrating with family. One tradition my family has continued since I was little is getting together with my Dad's side of the family at my Grandparents home on Christmas Eve to trade gifts and visit.
One of my favorite pictures of our two oldest kids on Christmas Eve from a few years ago.
Back more years than I care to admit, this was just my Grandparents, my parents, my Dad's four siblings and spouses, then of course us cousins. Well, as you can imagine, this has grown into quite a huge get together with now two more generations included. There are eleven of us grandchildren, over twenty great-grandchildren, and now one precious great- great granddaughter. It's a packed house to say the least, and we would not have it any other way! We love that we are all close, and are staying that way by making sure we see each other every year for a fun night.

Since we are keeping this holiday tradition alive for our children in such a large family, we have to be creative with gift giving. Buying presents for everyone is not something we can do on a budget. That means we have all agreed to trade names for the younger generations, and everyone buys for as many kiddos as they are bringing. There are still plenty of gifts and toys under the tree, and we all get to enjoy those eyes light up when a little one unwraps their toys. I just love how keeping this tradition alive has kept our family close during the holidays and throughout the year. This year I am looking forward to our little guy's first Christmas with the entire family!

With toys to buy for both our traditional Christmas Eve holiday celebration, and for my own kiddos, I will be stopping by the Toyland Event held at my local Walmart on December 6th. I can't wait to share with you all the details after the event, and one of the cool toys I picked up for the present exchange at my family's Christmas Eve party. Make sure to check the list of participating stores and event dates to stop by and join in the fun at the Walmart Toyland Event in your area.

What is a Holiday Tradition your family observes to keep everyone close? I would just love to hear about it! ~ Amanda 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Looking For an Absorbent Pocket Cloth Diaper? ~ Thirsties Modern Cloth Diapers Review

*I received the products below for reviewing purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own. see disclosure. 

One Size Pockets? Hemp Inserts? If you would have asked me what these terms referred to a year ago, I seriously crack up when I think about what my sarcastic response would have been! {Which I will leave to your imagination} Now fast forward to present day, I understand that one size pockets are a versatile cloth diaper that you can "stuff" with absorbent cloth inserts, and adjust to fit babies of varying sizes. Hemp Inserts are a all natural fiber cloth diaper insert, not what I envisioned the first time I heard that term, and Thirsties Modern Cloth Diapers has offered me both to share with you my opinions in this review.
Thirsties is located right here in the USA, and their products are manufactured in Colorado. Some of their products are even made by Moms who work from home. They are also dedicated to being a socially responsible business by using more than 90% USA sourced fabrics and materials, and recycling 100% of their scrap fabric. Good for you Thirsties!!! 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NCircle Entertainment Holiday DVD Prize Pack Giveaway~ Holiday HOHOHO Hop

*I received the products below in order to facilitate this event and overviews. All opinions are my own. see disclosure.

Welcome to the Holiday HOHOHO Hop
featuring a Holiday DVD Prize Pack Giveaway!

Are you making a List and Checking it Twice?!!! Now is your chance to seek out some awesome prizes for those on your Christmas list, but you better hurry, the hop ends on December 5! Make sure to stop by The Review Wire for the Grand Prize, an Erin Condren Life Planner. You can use this planner as a nutrition/exercise log, newborn sleep & peep record, work meetings & appointments, academic & social planner, keepsake journal or as a scrapbook...the possibilities are endless!

Here on Coupons and Lesson Plans, you can enter for your chance to WIN a set of 4 Brand New Holiday DVDs in a Prize Pack sponsored by NCircle Entertainment just in time to enjoy this year. 

A Fashionable Gift Idea With A Little Zip - Zipz Shoes #HolidayGiftGuide

*I received the products below in order to facilitate this review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own. see disclosure.

I have always loved receiving shoes as a gift, and know I am not the only shoe lover out there!!! This holiday season I just have to share with you a brand of shoes that that would make a great gift idea- Zipz Shoes!

First a little about Zipz Shoes' beginnings. One of my favorite things about Zipz is it was created by Jerry Stefani and his family. The idea actually originated at a family BBQ in California! The family collaborated and eventually, after some creative thinking and a few prototypes, agreed on zippers as a way to make the shoe that could change covers. Now we have this awesome truly interchangeable shoe system Zipz!!!

How do Zipz work? First you choose a Zipz Soul or the base of the shoe from the styles available. Then select your favorite Shoe Cover, and that's it! Now you have a trendy piece of footwear to show off, and compliment your personal style. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Duracell Batteries & $100 Toys R Us Gift Card ~ Giveaway

Welcome to the 
TRU Holiday Gift Pack Giveaway! 
From Housewife on a Mission and sponsored by P&G!

One thing we all need to be sure we have for all those little smiling faces on the Holidays is the batteries their new gifts require! We made the mistake one year when our daughter was young of forgetting them, and boy did we learn our lesson! Who would like a chance to WIN some Duracell batteries and a Toys R Us Gift Card to Finish up that holiday shopping?! 

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