Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Petco is so saving my hair

I was given products in this post to test and give my honest feedback.  All opinions are my own.
Welcome to the 2015 Simply Me Holiday Gift guide!  The holidays should be fun.  At times finding the perfect gift, great deals, decorating and recipes can be overwhelming.  The Simply Me Blog wants to put the fun back into the Holidays so over the next several weeks I will be posting great gifts for everyone, decorating tips, recipes and everything in-between!
To see the entire Gift Guide please click the photo above!

"HISS, MEOW, GRR HISS HISS" Bite, scratch, evil eye and run away.  
At least twice a week every week this is how I am woken up.  You see my cat thinks my hair is some sort of wonderland that has been put on this earth just for her pleasure.
As I sleep she just crawls into it and makes herself right at home.  I try to swat her away and she rolls, you know to get in there real good.  At this point in time I try to jerk my head forward and she latches on to my scalp and really starts to burrow into my hair.
And now she is stuck... AGAIN.  And you know it is me and my hair's fault so she hiss and freaks out on my poor head until each she or I get her unstuck.

It had to end so I locked her out of my room.  This then provoked her to cry at my door and destroy the house.  Hell hath no fury like a kitty scorned. 
My hubby suggested I get her some new stuff to make her forget I ditched her.  Again Insert the hissing, growling, biting and scratching/evil eye just this time it was me doing it to my hubby (Just joking!!  I only though about doing it), but for once the man was right.
So I searched online and found some pretty cool stuff.

This food tree awakes all my cats senses.  Her curiosity being the top one.  And her hunting senses being the 2nd.  Cats by nature are hunters, this tree makes her work for her food.  Not hard core to the point that she starves trying to get a scrape of food, but she has to bat around to get it down to the bottom.
Speaking of the bottom it is a really wide base, so I never have to worry about her tipping it over.


The Catit Senses 2.0 Scratcher helps cats to satisfy their natural scratching instincts, steering clear of the home furniture. Scratching is a very enjoyable exercise to cats. It helps them relax and stretch their muscles, spread their scent and even lose redundant nail husks. The Scratcher consists of a durable top, body and base with 8 individual corrugated cardboard discs.

We already had a scratcher, my vet told me it helps with nail health.  I never realized though that cats need constant change or they will get bored.  This scratcher lets me change it up a bit since I can flip, rotate and even take some away!  Plus they are replaceable so even if my kitty ruins a few I can buy more!

Jekyll may never forgive me for kicking her out of my room, but at least now she has something to entertain herself!  My hair and furniture may just survive after all!!!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Pork Rind Appreciation Day

I was compensated with products to promote this giveaway

So I don't want to brag or anything, but I am so in the running for 1st place in my Fantasy Football league!  This is 4 of us still in playoffs and I am winning this week. (So Far)  If I win I go to the championship round next week.

Everyone cheer for me, this would be my first ever 1st place win and I have been in this league for almost 8 years!

Okay enough bragging, lets talk more about football.  As we all know Super Bowl Sunday is huge!  With all the football fans in my house you would think it is a holiday.  We all get together, cheer on our favorite teams and even bet.  Before anyone thinks DID SHE JUT ADMIT SHE BETS ON GAMES!!  By betting I mean if I win my brother has to buy me dinner or my mom has to make me a cheese omelet for the next 4 Saturdays :)!  Harmlessness betting!!
It is a blast and what makes it even better is we all bring some type of food!  Wings are always a must as is some sort of dip and my brother famous cheese platter that he always forgets to cut up and rushes to do it during pregame.
Another thing you can normally find at our party is Pork Rinds.  This year super bowl Sunday and Pork Rind Appreciation Day fall on the same day!  Better yet there is giveaway you can enter to really get into the fun


Pork Rind Appreciation Day is on Super Bowl 2/7/2016
 Matched each year with charitable support, Rudolph Foods will again support the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides medical and financial assistance to former National Football League (NFL) players in dire need. In response, Rudolph Foods is teaming up with Hall of Famer Bobby Bell to raise money and awareness to support the Gridiron Greats through the annual Pork Rind Appreciation Day campaign.

Between now and the big game, a portion of each purchase of all Rudolph Foods branded products, including Rudolph’s, Southern Recipe, Pepe’s Snacks and Lee’s Pig Skins, will support the organization’s assistance fund. You will also have a chance to play Sack the Quarterback, with NFL Hall of Famer Bobby Bell for a chance to win $3,500 and a year’s supply of pork rinds.

Fans can play Sack the Quarterback at RudolphFoods.com/PorkRindsDay where they will be invited to “sack the quarterback” by hitting the ‘Sack Now’ button, properly timing it for a successful tackle by Bobby Bell. You can try to sack the player as many times per day as they’d like, although they will only be entered to win the prize once per day. Fans can increase their chance of winning by playing every day and sharing the game with friends.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Bring home the holiday spirit with SC Johnson

I was given products in this post to test and give my honest feedback.  All opinions are my own.
Welcome to the 2015 Simply Me Holiday Gift guide!  The holidays should be fun.  At times finding the perfect gift, great deals, decorating and recipes can be overwhelming.  The Simply Me Blog wants to put the fun back into the Holidays so over the next several weeks I will be posting great gifts for everyone, decorating tips, recipes and everything in-between!
To see the entire Gift Guide please click the photo above!

I spend 10 out of the 12 months being poor.  My hubbies Christmas bonus and our tax return is the only time I have extra money....  Hmm that is a lie I guess I have some extra cash around my b-day too!
Okay I promise I will stay on topic here, just ignore me if I get to hyper I had quite a few Christmas cookies today and I think I may be on a sugar rush.
When my hubbies Christmas bonus comes in we go to the store and get a HUGE shopping order!  We fill our freezer long enough to lat us until Feb. plus we get snacks, hygiene products and of course everyday essentials.
The last time we went shopping I really paid attention, besides my food and hygiene products almost everything else in my cart was from SC Johnson!  You see with it being Christmas time I kind of go nuts and go all out of the Christmas theme items.
And SC Johnson offers a huge collection of limited edition Christmas items.  Instead of talking about all of them today I want to focus on the Glade Limited Edition Winter Collection of jar candles and the Ziploc Brand Limited Edition Winter Collection

Ziploc Brand Limited Edition Winter Collection

If you want to be an 8 year old's hero pack his lunch with holiday bags.  I did this for my son yesterday and when he got off the bus he gave me a huge hug!  I smiled and asked what that was for and he told me that everyone thought his Christmas bags were awesome!  Not only that, but he told me a certain little girl smiled at him (His first crush!!) and said he bags were cool.
I thought it was cute and he made sure to pack the next day too just so he could show off his holiday bags again.
Please note the bag I used was really big and I had to fold it once or twice with his pretzels inside (this mama so forgot to get smaller bags!!)  My son may also be the only little guy to pack 10 pretzels in a gallon bag lol

They all have easy open tabs.  Making them perfect for little fingers and also busy moms :)
Not only does Ziploc offer kid approved holiday bags, but they also offer awesome take home containers.  

Yes I know they aren't really called that, but I am so that holiday guest that shows up with containers to take home leftovers.  I hate cooking when my boys are home for break so we survive off leftovers for a few days!  Not only are Ziplocs containers durable and a great size, but they are also in holiday themed colors!  Now my aunt can't steal mine and claim they were hers!  My unique containers will so have her busted lol

I love the one press seal feature and also the stack-able feature!

Don't go yet I know you all want to rush off the store and pick some of these up for yourself, but wait I have another great item you are going to want to grab when you are out.  That is the Glade Limited Edition Winter Collection of jar candles

We all know Glade candles smell awesome, last for hours and make a pretty big area smell good.  Now you can get them in your favorite holiday scents and make your entire house smell merry!
They offer them in:

SHARE THE SPIRIT
BE AT PEACE
SEND A LITTLE LOVE
CHERISH THE PRESENT
BE AT PEACE.CHERISH THE PRESENT
CREAMY CUSTARD AND CHERISH THE PRESENT
SPREAD CHEER

SING OUT LOUD
WELCOME THE JOY

Each of them smells amazing and brings forth a different holiday emotions!  Whether it is holiday baking, decorating, putting out cookies for Santa, a cozy fireplace and so much more.
Between the smell and their festive look they are sure to put you int the holiday mood!

Ravensburger games and puzzles

I was given products in this post to test and give my honest feedback.  All opinions are my own.
Welcome to the 2015 Simply Me Holiday Gift guide!  The holidays should be fun.  At times finding the perfect gift, great deals, decorating and recipes can be overwhelming.  The Simply Me Blog wants to put the fun back into the Holidays so over the next several weeks I will be posting great gifts for everyone, decorating tips, recipes and everything in-between!
To see the entire Gift Guide please click the photo above!

If you know me, you know that Ravensburger is always a welcome company in my home.  Besides reviewing with them on my blog I have purchased several of their products on my own.  Each time I am blown away by the quality.  This is just one of those companies that go above and beyond in all they do.
They offer great products at a great price.  Better yet those product are high quality and always leave the buyer feeling satisfied.  I buy them for my kiddos and also the kids in my family when I need to buy gifts.  I know each and every time It is going to be worth it :)
With all that being said this latest review product lived up to the high standards I have set for Ravensburger.
Not to mention it is totally an Inside Out puzzle!!  Be jealous people, be very jealous.
My boys and I adored this movie and it is so hard to find any kind of toy with Inside out.  When I seen this puzzle I just knew we had to have it.
Inside Out 

 Movie fans can now let their imaginations run wild with a range of puzzles that capture all of the emotions in the Disney • PIXAR hit movie Inside Out. The new puzzling offerings feature Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness in full color so that young puzzlers can assemble scenes from the movie. 

Inside Out: Emotions – an extra-large 200 pc panoramic puzzle with an up-close look at all of the characters. 
Ages 8+
The puzzle was bright and the pieces big enough that my little guy could easily assemble.   Not to mention it was so much fun, Brandon couldnt wait to see the finished puzzle so he could see all his favorite characters up close!

If you are doing any last minute shopping you so need to check out Ravensburger they are offering a huge selection of items that would be great for any age group!  They have both adult and kid items, so check them out :)

Crayola Make the Holidays colorful

I was given products in this post to test and give my honest feedback.  All opinions are my own.
Welcome to the 2015 Simply Me Holiday Gift guide!  The holidays should be fun.  At times finding the perfect gift, great deals, decorating and recipes can be overwhelming.  The Simply Me Blog wants to put the fun back into the Holidays so over the next several weeks I will be posting great gifts for everyone, decorating tips, recipes and everything in-between!
To see the entire Gift Guide please click the photo above!

One thing you can always count on being under my tree is Crayola products.  If you are thinking I mean since 2007 when my oldest was born you are wrong.  I have had Crayola products under my tree since I was a kiddo!
My sister and I were totally those cool kids who got that candle maker....  Yeah for those of you doing the math we so weren't kids when they came out lol.  So what is wrong with a couple of teenagers getting Crayola products for Christmas :)

I love Crayola, I always had.  When I was a kid I thought the boxes with the sharper on the back was the greatest invention ever.  And each year they seem to come out with something even better.  They are always out doing themsevles :)
They keep their product line fun.  My Quinn is a future artist and can always be found doing crafts. 
This year was no different and they are offering their all new



 Allows young children to get creative anytime and anywhere with magical mess free stamping and coloring. The set features 10 ocean-themed stamps and a stamper which magically lights up in purple, orange and green so kids can create a variety of undersea outcomes!  As an added bonus, the Color Wonder stamps will only appear on special Color Wonder Paper and won’t color on skin, furniture or fabric, so moms don’t need to worry about a mess.

Umm yeah sign me up for this one!  I have scrubed my fair share of paint and marker off the wall.  Heck I even had to get paint off my ceiling once... DON'T ASK!!
The stamps are fun and perfect sized for kids.  I love how organized it all is and the fact that the colors are bright and bold ont he special paper.
There is lost of little stamps to choose from so kids can keep changing up their art work.
Also they stampers are easy enough that my 5 year old can change them all by himself.

The little artist in your family is going to adore this set.

PAN released just in time for the holidays

I was given products in this post to test and give my honest feedback.  All opinions are my own.
Welcome to the 2015 Simply Me Holiday Gift guide!  The holidays should be fun.  At times finding the perfect gift, great deals, decorating and recipes can be overwhelming.  The Simply Me Blog wants to put the fun back into the Holidays so over the next several weeks I will be posting great gifts for everyone, decorating tips, recipes and everything in-between!
To see the entire Gift Guide please click the photo above!

A few months ago my sister and I were sitting at the movie theater, watching previews for upcoming releases.  We  both added several to our future viewing list.  We like the same kinds of movies so most of them were the same.  When we seen the preview from PAN I think we both leaned forward a bit in our seats :).

We so wanted to see this and even though we didn't get a chance to see it in theaters we did still get to see it together!

And I am happy we did!  It was just as magical and as awesome as we knew it would be.  Forget everything you know about Peter Pan, well no that isn't true, technically this movie goes back to before the Pan we knew.
It shows us how Pan became who/what he is.
Own PAN on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack or DVD on December 22 or Own It Early on Digital HD on December 15! 
Peter (Levi Miller) is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with an irrepressible rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage where he has lived his whole life those qualities do not exactly fly. Then one incredible night, Peter is whisked away from the orphanage and spirited off to a fantastical world of pirates, warriors and fairies called Neverland. There, he finds amazing adventures and fights life-or-death battles while trying to uncover the secret of his mother, who left him at the orphanage so long ago, and his rightful place in this magical land. Teamed with the warrior Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and a new friend named James Hook (Garrett Hedlund), Peter must defeat the ruthless pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) to save Neverland and discover his true destiny—to become the hero who will forever be known as Peter Pan.

The visual effects are awesome, the acting is spectacular and this is a must see for all ages!!

Gentlemen’s Tonic

I was given products in this post to test and give my honest feedback.  All opinions are my own.
Welcome to the 2015 Simply Me Holiday Gift guide!  The holidays should be fun.  At times finding the perfect gift, great deals, decorating and recipes can be overwhelming.  The Simply Me Blog wants to put the fun back into the Holidays so over the next several weeks I will be posting great gifts for everyone, decorating tips, recipes and everything in-between!
To see the entire Gift Guide please click the photo above!

Looking for some last minute gifts for that special man in your life?  Then check out the Gentlemen's Tonic collection!
Gentlemen's Tonic is known for its masculine and luxurious worldwide grooming establishments.  

Gentlemen’s Tonic is taking grooming needs for men to the next level with a masculine, simple, yet sophisticated and classically packaged collection. Consisting of a striking blend of naturally based plant- derived materials from sustained and renewable resources.

Bringing both style and quality to men's grooming routine!
I (well my hubby) was personally able to try POMADE

The perfect must have item to style hair.  I love that it is made with natural waxes and doesn't have an overpowering smell.  My hubby says a little bit goes a long way.  And afterwards his hair isn't left feeling brittle, he washes it out and his hair goes back to normal :)

3DLight FX

I was given products in this post to test and give my honest feedback.  All opinions are my own.
Welcome to the 2015 Simply Me Holiday Gift guide!  The holidays should be fun.  At times finding the perfect gift, great deals, decorating and recipes can be overwhelming.  The Simply Me Blog wants to put the fun back into the Holidays so over the next several weeks I will be posting great gifts for everyone, decorating tips, recipes and everything in-between!
To see the entire Gift Guide please click the photo above!

Brandon was born a little over 8 years ago!  On November 1st we celebrated his 8th birthday.  Lots of things have changed in those 8 years as I am sure any parent would understand.
Instead of focusing on all the changes though I want to talk about his room.  Well their room Quinn and Brandon now share a room.

We started off with Winnie the Pooh all over the place.   Bedding, curtains, wall decals and even a pretty awesome rug.  When I found out I was having a boy though I decided right from the start I was going to push my dorky nature on him.
You see growing up none of the girls at school liked Star Wars and Super Heroes as much as I did!  They were all pumped to see the Notebook (which I do like), but I couldn't wait for Lord of the Rings!  I'm going to be honest with all of you I was considered weird.  I know a few of you just rolled your eyes, I'm pretty sure you all figured out I was weird a long time ago.
When I found out I was having a boy I was excited.  Why you may ask?  It seems it is more acceptable for a boy to yell out May the Force be With you.  And when he gets angry and yells Hulk smash everyone laughs.
What was dorky for me will most likely make him cool :)
So back to their room.  Before he was born I so had Star Wars and Super Heroes all over his walls.
Over they years decor has come and gone.  Winnie the Pooh is a thing of the past.  We went through our Barney stage and even a weird teddy bear stage.
No matter what stage we went through the Super Heroes and Star Wars have always stayed!
He still has the Jar Jar Binks I drew him on the wall (in case anyone is wondering his nick name Binky so came from Jar Jar Binks.  He use to call him Binky)

With that being said when I discovered 3DLights FX I just knew we had to have it.
Basically it is a 3D light that looks like it is bursting from your wall.
Plus it is cordless so you don't need to worry about little ones pulling it down.  It is battery operated.  And even though it doesn't plug in it still gives off a decent amount of light.  No it doesn't light up his entire room, but it gives enough of a glow to make him feel safe when he gets scared 

We of course got the Hulk Fist!  I mean come on who wouldn't take the chance to have it look like the Hulk is about to burst through their wall lol

There is an easy off/on switch.  I liked that it was easy enough to for my little guys to use.  That way when the scared at night they can do it themselves.
They don't turn off by themselves though so I would get rechargeable batteries for this.

My 5 and 8 year old thinks it is the coolest thing ever.  And whenever someone walks into their room it is of course they first thing they notice!  I am thinking about getting them the Hulk Face light and putting it a bit higher, that way it will really look like the Hulk smashing through :)

Spin Master

I was given products in this post to test and give my honest feedback.  All opinions are my own.
Welcome to the 2015 Simply Me Holiday Gift guide!  The holidays should be fun.  At times finding the perfect gift, great deals, decorating and recipes can be overwhelming.  The Simply Me Blog wants to put the fun back into the Holidays so over the next several weeks I will be posting great gifts for everyone, decorating tips, recipes and everything in-between!
To see the entire Gift Guide please click the photo above!

There is just a few more days to get in that last bit of Holiday shopping.  Don't fret readers there is still time :)  If you are by chance still looking for some cute ideas for your kiddos then you need to check out the these two items for Spin Master:
Chubby Puppies and Quick Cups game


Chubby Puppies
We just got a new puppy, his name is Loki

I can't fib I take every chance I can to show him off!!  My family adores him and my older pups are showing him the way of life :).  Sadly my boys don't quite understand that puppies need to sleep!  They think he can play all day long without rest.  
Well most puppies need rest, but now all!!!  The all new puppies from Spin Master never need to rest and they can play with my boys all day long!
Chubby Puppies want to be played with! These adorable pups will become your new best friend. There is several breeds to choose from and each pup comes with their own little accessory.  
Plus you can buy other play-sets for them.

Every little puppy wobbles and hops about to get your attention.  They are so cute!  Their tongues and ear even play about like real puppies and they chase their little toys.
The puppies are only about 4 inches.  So they don't take up much more.  And they are quite unlike a real pup your kiddos can play in the same room as you without giving you a headache!!  (Whoot lol)
And these little guys move pretty fast!  I couldn't believe  how quickly their legs moved!!!
My boys had a blast pretend to teach their puppy tricks.

They seem really durable and really do make for hours of play.


This next product from Spin Master is perfect for the whole family! Quick Cups game

So if you been a fan of my blog long enough you will know that my family has a weekly game night!  Some nights we play board games together, video games and once in awhile we even build a puzzle together.
I look forward to this night each week, I get to spend time with my family and it is always a blast.

Sometimes it is hard to find a game that both adults and kids have a fair chance at.  Quick Cups though is the great equalizer!  It doesn't matter what age you are speed is what wins this game.  Strangely enough my boys have beaten my hubby and I several times!
Each player gets a set of five cups in five different colors. When a picture card is turned over, everyone races to line up or stack up their cups in the same color order as the picture. When the picture is horizontal, you line your cups up. When the picture is vertical, you stack them up. Finish first and ring the bell -- you just won the card! Win the most cards after all have been played, and you win the game! 
I thought for sure this game would be to easy for the hubby and I.  I was so wrong once that card is flipped we all race to line up or stack up our cups.  I kept knocking mine over because I was rushing to much.
You never know the color combination or if it will be vertical or horizontal.
This game is blast and we played over and over again.
There is 24 cards you play until they are all gone and then see whom has the most.  The game doesn't take long to play and we played a few times in one night.

We even found a new way to play where we line up 5 cards and do speed play.  Basically we flip the first card and rush to build that one.  Whom ever wins the card rings the buzzard and then quickly flips the next card without ever stopping.  
It is fun to play both ways!  The one card at a time way or the rapid 5 card way :)

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Dollar General has the perfect last minute gifts and stocking stuffers

I was given products in this post to test and give my honest feedback.  All opinions are my own.
Welcome to the 2015 Simply Me Holiday Gift guide!  The holidays should be fun.  At times finding the perfect gift, great deals, decorating and recipes can be overwhelming.  The Simply Me Blog wants to put the fun back into the Holidays so over the next several weeks I will be posting great gifts for everyone, decorating tips, recipes and everything in-between!
To see the entire Gift Guide please click the photo above!

We are only a few more days away from Christmas!!  Things are in full holiday blast here at the Miller house.  My dad's house though?  Yeah not so much, he so pushes things off until last minute.  We have our fingers crossed about several things showing up in time for the holiday.
Christmas Eve should be a time to relax and watch Christmas movies, for my dad it is a time to finish up his shopping!
The man drives me nuts lol
This year though I have him covered thanks to Dollar General!

They have something for everyone, even last minute shoppers :)
Toy Discount
The big gifts don’t have to cost a small fortune. Make sure to check out Dollar General's exciting holiday and toy deal with an immediate 25% discount off any $75 or more in qualifying toy purchases. Enjoy even more savings on the things your little elves really want this year. Dollar General has a variety of popular movie brands and character merchandise your kids will love.  Save on popular and major brand-name toys for children including popular Star Wars™, Frozen™, Monster High™, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™ and My Little Pony® Equestria™ merchandise.  Dollar General carries a large selection of licensed products from top name brands including Mattel®, Fisher Price®, Hasbro®, Disney®, Nickelodeon®, Marvel® and more. 

Stocking Stuffers
Don’t forget the stocking stuffers! With nearly limitless possibilities, consider fun items like lip gloss, hand cream and travel-sized toiletries for those on the go. Think about small toys, mini coloring sets and yummy holiday treats including candy canes and chocolates or add in little everyday items like gloves or a pair of patterned fuzzy socks.  In fact, many items are priced at $1 or less. The stocking is a fun part of the holiday tradition that doesn’t have to drain your budget.

Last Minute Gifts
For the kids’ teachers, the neighborhood mail carrier, your favorite hairdresser and office co-workers, the little gifts can add up to some big expenses. Gift cards are a special and easy way to show your year-round appreciation and you don’t have to spend much to make an impact. Consider giving gift cards for a popular restaurant, retail store or coffee spot.  Adorn the gift card with a unique ornament or decoration to add some extra holiday flair.

Embargoed Online Discounts
Dollar General is excited to announce special online savings codes on December 14, 18 and 25.  

·        Free Shipping Day: 12/18/15
Online Exclusive; Get free shipping on all orders, no minimum order value, Up to a $15 shipping credit with promo code FREESLEIGH15

·        Christmas Day: 12/25/15
Online Exclusive: Get 15% off your online order with promo code CHRISTMAS15

Baking Needs
Look to your local Dollar General for all your baking needs including milk, eggs, flour, chocolate chips, cake mixes and SO much more! With America’s favorite and most-trusted brands and Dollar General’s 100% satisfaction-guaranteed private brands, this holiday is poised to be the sweetest one yet.


This holiday enjoy the magic of the season with a little help from your friends at Dollar General!
 TO learn more and use these great deals please check out my link below:

Draw Jammies

I was given products in this post to test and give my honest feedback.  All opinions are my own.
Welcome to the 2015 Simply Me Holiday Gift guide!  The holidays should be fun.  At times finding the perfect gift, great deals, decorating and recipes can be overwhelming.  The Simply Me Blog wants to put the fun back into the Holidays so over the next several weeks I will be posting great gifts for everyone, decorating tips, recipes and everything in-between!
To see the entire Gift Guide please click the photo above!

We all been there, that infamous marker mishap.  I have had my boys draw on my wall, fridge, clothing and even once on my dog!!  After telling them over and over again they can't draw on anything other than paper they finally get it.  Sadly though I can see that longing in their eyes and I so know they want to go wild and draw on things they aren't suppose too!  It is fun to break the rules once in awhile.  I am a firm believer of organized chaos.
Meaning I let my boys think we are doing something we should be, but we have to do it right.
That is just what we did when their Draw Jammies came! 

 Jammies they can draw on.  I will never forget their faces as I handed them each a marker and told them to go crazy.  Decorate their own Pj's.
They looked at their Jammies, their marker, each other and then finally me again.  They were just in such shock this was happening!!
After some reassurance they cheered and really went to town on those sweet little jammies.
I loved hearing them laugh and I made sure they understood that they could only draw on these special jammies.
I think they may have become their most prized possessions!
So here is how they work you get super soft jammies.  They come in 2 colors.  Pink or blue the choice is yours.
You then get markers and stencils to create your own work of art.
Wear them to bed and then wash them
The best part is the marker comes off in the washer!  SO you get to start all over again!!

You can recreate new PJ's every single night!  My kids LOVE them :)
To learn more or order you own check out my link below:



ORIGINAL CHRISTMAS CLASSICS ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION

I was given products in this post to test and give my honest feedback.  All opinions are my own.
Welcome to the 2015 Simply Me Holiday Gift guide!  The holidays should be fun.  At times finding the perfect gift, great deals, decorating and recipes can be overwhelming.  The Simply Me Blog wants to put the fun back into the Holidays so over the next several weeks I will be posting great gifts for everyone, decorating tips, recipes and everything in-between!
To see the entire Gift Guide please click the photo above!




Do you recall when you were small…and reindeer flew, snowmen spoke, and Santa came to town?  On November 3rd, kall of our favorite were re-released in the  Original Christmas Classics Anniversary Collection 

SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN! 45TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR’S EDITIONFROSTY THE SNOWMAN 45TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR’S EDITION and THE ORIGINALCHRISTMAS CLASSICS ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR’S EDITION GIFT SET featuring all-new bonus material, including singing, fun facts, crafts and more!

These beloved Christmas classics have warmed the hearts and hearths of families for 45 years. Whether you are celebrating lasting family traditions or making new memories, no holiday is complete without gathering your family around the living room for the most popular holiday specials in television history!

Also available is an all new The Original Christmas Classics Anniversary Collector’s Edition Gift Set.  This must-own collection features the 45th Anniversary editions of Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town and Frosty the Snowman, plus Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 50th Anniversary Collector’s EditionFrosty Returns, Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol, The Little Drummer Boy, and Cricket on the Hearth!


About the Titles and Bonus Features

Santa Claus is Comin' To Town! 45th Anniversary Collector's Edition

Create joyful memories with this delightful tale of the original Santa Claus--Kris Kringle.  Discover the true meaning ofChristmas with this classic story that the whole family will enjoy.

ALL-NEW Bonus Features:
  • Be an Artist and Create – Learn to draw Santa and Topper the Penguin from DreamWorks Animation's Director of Character Animation Joe Vance. Plus, craft activities for the whole family.
  • Kringle Jingle - It's a holiday tradition to sing carols with friends and loved ones. With this musical feature, some adorable young children lead the singing of the classic holiday song, "Santa Claus is Comin' To Town." A delightful way to get into the holiday spirit.
  • Santa Special Delivery - In honor of the 45th anniversary, enjoy a peek inside Santa's mailbag to learn 45 fun and interesting facts about the Rankin/Bass holiday special and the Christmas holiday.


Frosty The Snowman 45th Anniversary Collector's Edition

Celebrate the season with Frosty the Snowman, and share this beloved, original classic story of how the world's most famous snowman came to life one day.  This anniversary edition has new special features that will make Frosty the Snowman a hit for the whole family.  Sing, laugh and create wonderful holiday memories for years to come.

ALL-NEW Bonus Features:
  • Be an Artistand CreateDreamWorks Animation's Director of Character Animation Joe Vance teaches viewers how to draw Frosty and Santa from this holiday classic. Later, his wife, Joanie Vance, a Kindergarten teacher, joins in and provides instructions for some fun and festive art projects to create using the newly made character drawings. This is a great way for the whole family to spend time together around the holidays.
  • Magical Melody – Sing along to the thumpety, thump, thump sounds of the popular tune, Frosty the Snowman
  • Frosty Snowflake Surprises - In honor of the 45th Anniversary of the Rankin/Bass holiday special, enter a magical winter wonderland to learn 45 fun and interesting facts about everyone’s favorite snowman and this wonderful time of year. There are also some surprises along the way from an adorable bunch of helpful kids.
  • Also includes the 23-minute holiday special Frosty Returns

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition 

Celebrate 50 years of "The Most Famous Reindeer of All" with this Original Christmas Classic® told and sung by Burl Ives!  Relive the magic when Rudolph visits the Island of Misfit Toys and Santa asks Rudolph to guide his sleigh on Christmas Eve.

Classic Bonus Features:
  • Rudolph Unwrapped - Learn 50 Fun facts about the creation of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
  • Sam the Snowman's Sing-Alongs - Sing along with two of the most beloved songs from the TV Special: Holly Jolly Sing Along and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Sing Along.
  • Pop Up Book – Watch the pages come to life as Sam the Snowman tell you the story of Rudolph.
  • Learn to Draw - Sketch classic characters Rudolph, Hermey and Bumble.
 The Original Christmas Classics Anniversary Collector’s Edition Gift Set

Share the wonder and the joy of these seven timeless stories with your children and grandchildren…creating new memories and holiday traditions that you will cherish through the years.

Gift Set Includes:
  • Santa Claus is Comin' To Town!® 45th Anniversary Collector's Edition
  • Frosty The Snowman 45th Anniversary Collector's Edition
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition
  • Plus Frosty Returns, Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol, Little Drummer Boy, and Cricket on the Hearth!

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Cariloha

I was given products in this post to test and give my honest feedback.  All opinions are my own.
Welcome to the 2015 Simply Me Holiday Gift guide!  The holidays should be fun.  At times finding the perfect gift, great deals, decorating and recipes can be overwhelming.  The Simply Me Blog wants to put the fun back into the Holidays so over the next several weeks I will be posting great gifts for everyone, decorating tips, recipes and everything in-between!
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Please tell me I am not the only one up before the sun on Christmas?  My boys start in the middle of the night and get me up every hour to see if it is gift time yet.
A few years ago this would have been fine, I would most likely would have raced them to the living room.  Now that I am 28 and suffer from chronic sleep insomnia it isn't very fun.
At this point my insomnia is manageable with medicine and a routine.
The number one rule though is keeping my room comfortable.  This means dust, pet hair and other debris free.
Keeping it at a cool temperature.  Running a fan and humidifier when I sleep.
No lights or noise when I am sleeping.
And finally making sure my bed is a mini oasis!
Now I have to wash my sheets so I make sure to always have at least 2-3 sets.  That way when one is in the washer/dryer I still have another set I can use.
And thanks to the lovely people at Cariloha I now have a super sweet pair of Cariloha Bamboo sheets!
So maybe you are wondering why Bamboo?
First off they are super soft!  Softer then cotton and Cariloha even has a sateen finish.  Bamboo is naturally cooler and helps to prevent you from getting over heated at night.  Speaking of natural, it is also naturally hypoallergenic.  Anyone like me who has allergies and/or sinus issues will know just how great of a benefit this is!

Personally I couldn't get over how soft they are.  I love how they feel against my skin, this time of the year I already have dry skin.  I hate sheets that rub weird and let me feeling more itchy.  Cariloha don't do this if anything their softness makes my dry skin feel less itchy!
I ordred them in king size and they fit my mattress perfectly.  The pockets are deep enough to go over the corners and stay in place.
The sheets come in many colors so you can pick whatever is perfect for you.

Also bedding is only one of the amazing things offered at Cariloha!  They also have shirts, bottoms, accessories and so much more.  
To see all they have to offer please check out my link below: