Friday, December 22, 2017

Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties

I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review.
As you all may know my family loves to read, well my kiddos and I do.  Not so much my hubby.  My boys get upset when I am sick because that means no bed time story!  I use to read them short books and we would finish them within 10 minutes.  Now that they are older they like when I read them longer chapter books.  Every night I sit on the chair in their room and read.  We are always excited to see what is happening next to our favorite characters.

Some of our favorites are of course the classics.  But my boys also love the newer books too, like Captain Underpants, The I survived series, Goosebumps and they also love Dog Man.    

Our newest book is Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties. 


 Now even though we are only a few pages in my boys already love it.  It happens to be book 3 in the series.  So they were already pretty much in love with Dog Man and his adventures.
He was the best of dogs... He was the worst of dogs... It was the age of invention... It was the season of surprise... It was the eve of supa sadness... It was the dawn of hope... Dog Man, the newest hero from the creator of Captain Underpants, hasn't always been a paws-itive addition to the police force. While he can muzzle miscreants, he tends to leave a slick of slobber in his wake! This time, Petey the cat's dragged in a tiny bit of trouble -- a double in the form of a super-cute kitten. Dog Man will have to work twice as hard to bust these furballs and remain top dog! 

As always my kids giggle non stop when I read.  Of course as mom I have to give each character their own voice.  For my kids this just adds so much more fun!!  I know it is a good book when my boys beg me "Please mom one more page PLEASEEEEE"  and of course I give in and read another page.  The book arrived just a few days ago and I have a winter cold!  I was able to read the first night, but by night two my throat was sore.  My oldest son (Brandon) came to me and asked if he could please read to me and Quinn (my youngest).  I smiled and said of course.  My son read the book just like I do, he even tried to make the same voices I make.  I couldn't stop smiling!  One because he voice was cute and two because I realized just how much they love the little things I do when we read.  He even made faces, I never knew this, but my kiddos informed me that when I read to them I make a lot of facial expressions.  And after I read a page I always turn to show them the photos.  In Dog Man we LOVE the comics and A Tale of Two Kitties is FILLED with them!!

And like I said we are only a pages in, but this book has us giggling and hanging on the edge of our seat to see what happens next.  I cannot wait to see how Dog Man handles this new super cute threat!

If you have a little one that just seems not to be into reading, you def. want to check out graphic novels.  Not only do you get them reading, but they seem to like it more.  I think because of the comic book type feeling.

The Lego Ninjago movie

Disclaimer I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review.
Stop what you are doing right now!!  You may think you are done Christmas shopping, but The Simple Me Blog has 2 more gifts to share with you.  The first one is the all new LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE!

In this big-screen NINJAGO adventure, the battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd's dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu. 
 
My kids LOVED it!!  Not only did they giggle the entire movie, but after words the acted out some of the scenes and were pretending to be the Ninjas from the movie. 
So from the description you can see it is a group of young Ninjas who have to take on the big bad WarLord Garmadon.  He is Lloyd's dad, and most of the people who know Lloyd are just waiting for him to turn bad like this dad.  IN an attempt to win everyone favor Lloyd tries to be a hero, but it all goes horrible wrong.  To try and undo what he did he must travel with his friends to the hidden temple.


There is a lot of cool action scenes, the jokes are funny and even the music is catchy!

 
 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Despicable Me 3

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review

Despicable Me 3 arrives on DVD AND BLURAY just in time for the holidays!!
The Special Edition release of Despicable Me 3 comes with an all-new mini movie and over an hour of bonus content including a never-before-released deleted scene, and so much more! It arrives on Digital and Digital 3D on November 21, 2017 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on December 5, 2017 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. 



The characters beloved by everyone – Gru, his wife Lucy, their three adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions provide hours of family fun in this heartwarmingly subversive comedy from Academy Award®-nominated producer Chris Meledandri (Despicable Me Franchise) and directors Pierre Coffin (Despicable Me Franchise) and Kyle Balda (Minions 1 & 2, The Lorax). Hailed as “the best Despicable Me movie yet,” by Ali Plumb of BBC Radio 1, with over $949 million in global ticket sales, Despicable Me 3 is the ultimate holiday gift, with almost an entire hour of exclusive bonus features including an all-new mini-movie, a never-before-released deleted scene, and much more! 

 Despicable Me 3 will be available on 4K Ultra HD in a combo pack which includes 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and Digital. The 4K Ultra HD will include all bonus features on the Blu-ray disc.
  • 4K Ultra HD is the ultimate movie watching experience. 4K Ultra HD features the combination of 4K resolution for four times sharper picture than HD, the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR) with immersive audio delivering a multidimensional sound experience.
  • Blu-ray unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • DIGITAL lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.
BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAYTM, DVD & DIGITAL:
  • All-New Mini Movie The Secret Life of Kyle
  • Minion Moments — Watch the Minions cause more hilarious mayhem with Gru
  • Deleted Scene — With intro by Dana Gaier, the voice of Edith
  • Character Profiles — The inside scoop on the most popular characters, from the actors who play them
  • The Making of Despicable Me 3 — A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie
  • Developing Dru — Behind the scenes character development of Dru
  • The AVL Files — Through the lens of the Anti-Villain League’s hi-tech database, this ultra secret, interactive surveillance briefing showcases all of the agency’s amazing creations and top agents
  • Freedonia Visitors Guide — Welcome to Freedonia! See all that the town has to offer with this interactive map. From its world class cheese, to its beautiful coastline, Freedonia has it all!
  • Despicable Me TV — Tune in for some fabulous fun with these Despicable Me 3 infomercials. Includes “Balthazar Bratt Action Figure,” “Bad Boy Bod by Balthazar Bratt” and “Agnes’ Super Cute, Incredibly Amazing Toy Sale.”
  • “Doowit” Sing-Along — Sing along with Pharrell Williams as the Minions plot their escape from prison
  • “Yellow Light” Music Video — Official music video by Pharrell Williams
  • Minion Mugshots — The Minions add to the long list of celebrity mugshots in their very own “rogues gallery.”
  • Wanted Posters — Have you seen these Minions wanted for various crimes?




My boys and I actually got to see this movie in theaters.  We loved it so much though that they kept begging me buy it when it released.  
Here is what we loved:
The story line as always is cute and easy to follow.  You of course have your villain, Balthazar Bratt.  Just like the other Despicable Me movies the villain is more funny than bad.  With his cheesy one liners and even dorkier "weapon" my kids were loosing it nonstop.  He tries to destory Gru and gang with a giant bubble lol

Gru gets to meet his long lost brother Dru, who just happens to have a glorious full head of hair.  To provided much torment for Gru, but added much laughter for everyone else. 

The girls of course are as sweet as ever.  Agnes is determined to find a unicorn in this movie...  AND SHE DOES... well kind of.  I wont spoil it, but I can promise you will giggle.

And finally the Minions, it wouldn't be a Despicable Me movie without them.  Well in this movie they go to jail, build a plane, escape jail and even have one heck of a singing/dance number.

I like that we get to see all the characters grow.  Even the minions do some personal growth in this movie.  For anyone that followed the movies so far, you do not want to miss this one.  The ending suggest we may see more for this beloved series.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Jesben Slow Cooker Sauce Review

I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review.


Wouldn't it be nice to have dinner only take 5 minutes and not come out of a box that contains who knows what ingredients!?
And wouldn't it be nice if that dinner was full of veggies, was all-natural, gluten-free and had no preservatives/artificial ingredients?!  Plus on top of all that be something that your kids will love...
And no I'm not crazy a product like this does exist!
Today I want to tell you about Jesben Slow Cooker sauce.  This sauce has almost everything.  The only thing you need to add is your meat.
It was invented and crafted by a stay at home mom who wanted only the best for her kids.  When I received my product she wrote me a super sweet letter and the one part I loved was when she said this 'I am one of those picky moms who want to serve my kids healthy meals that they enjoy.  At the same time, I don't want to spend too much time in the kitchen I figure if you are a stay at home mom, you are there because you want to to spend quality time with your kids not be in the kitchen all day.'  I smiled because she gets it!  I want to be a stay at home mom so I can be there with my kids not slaving away at house work all day.  I knew right away someone who spoke with this kinda passion about her kids was going to have amazing products.  She made them with love, these are things she feeds her own little ones.  I couldn't get into my kitchen and start cooking fast enough.

 
All the ingredients to make it taste great are already in the sauce.  All I had to do was add meat.  It took me 5 minutes to put my meat and sauce into the crockpot.  5 minutes and I had a wholesome meal for my family.  I left it cook for 8 hours the hard work was done.  All that was left to do was serve it later that night.

I leave for work at 6am and I don't get home until 5.  In a small time frame I need to feed my kids, do homework, get them to practice, make sure the get showers and get them to bed.  I like to spend quality time with my boys in between all this running around.  I don't want to spend an hour of that time making dinner.  That is why this mama swears by Jesben Sauces.  My kids get a great tasting dinner, that is good for them.  And I get time with my boys.  And lets admit it after doing all I need to do in a day it is nice to have a dinner that cooks itself.

Our favorite has always been the Jesben Slow Cooker BBQ sauce.  I use to order it from Abes Market, but more recently started to order it from amazon.  Thanks to the lovely people at Jesben though I was able to try several new sauces and my family feel in love with each of them!!

They offer
Original BBQ SAUCE

CLASSIC POT ROAST

HAWAIIAN SWEET AND SOUR

ITALIAN TOMATO, PEPPERS AND HERBS


If you want to learn more about all the great sauces they offer and the recipes you can make with them please see my link below:

Nocciolata from Rigoni di Asiago

i was given products in this post for the purpose of review I was not paid to write this review
My little sister is going to be coming to my house on Saturday and we will spend the entire day baking!  We bake cookies, pie, cheesecakes and everything else to make Christmas a dessert Heaven.  We have the cookies we make every year, but we also have our "newbies"  this is cookies (or desserts) that we are trying for the first time.  If everyone likes them we add them to our Christmas list for the following year.

This year thanks to Nocciolata From Rigoni Di Asiago we now have all new ingredients to work with!
Never heard of them!?  Well you are missing out!
A Family Business That Turned Into a Success Story Rigoni di Asiago® has always prioritized innovation to achieve the healthiest and tastiest products that are both good for you and respect nature. The Rigoni di Asiago range comprises Fiordifutta, a unique light fruit preserve, Nocciolata hazelnut and chocolate spread, DolceDì natural sweetener and several delicious types of honey from every region of Italy. All the Flavour of Tradition Fruit of the Land The Rigoni family lives in the Altopiano di Asiago, a mountain plateau in North Italy famous for its sunny climate, meadows and woodlands. In this tiny corner of paradise where man still lives in direct contact with nature, honey and jam making are long-standing traditions and, as a natural consequence, the Rigoni family has mastered these crafts.

I have been eating their NOCCIOLATA nonstop since it arrived!!  It taste good on toast, crackers and even pretzels.  And I just found a whole new way to eat it!  In the middle of thumb print cookies!!

Never had a thumb print cookie, well it is super easy to make.  You go to your local grocery store and get premade sugar cookies (I say premade because the texture is always a bit easier to work with)  Then you but them on your baking sheet.  Before the go into your over though you want to use your though to make a well in the middle.  Bake as directed.  When the come out I put a spoonful or Nocciolata in the middle.  Put them in the fridge to cool and tada!  Amazing, super taste, super easy to make holiday cookies!

To learn more about all the amazing products offered by Rigoni Di Asiago please see my link below:
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Friday, December 8, 2017

Delta Children MySize Double-Sided Storage Easel @DeltaChildren

I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review.  All opinions are my own.

A little over a year ago I took my kiddos with me to an art class.  We painted, laughed and just had a great time.  I love to paint, I do it when I'm happy, sad or even just mad.  It is kind of my thing.  I really though my kiddos would just go to this class and be over it.  Boy was I wrong, now every time I get a canvas I have to grab them one too!!  We all set up in my kitchen and just paint.  Most of the free space on their bedroom walls are taken up by their paintings.  I love that I was able to share my love or art with my boys.

The only bad thing is, I don't really have the right equipment for my boys.  I prop up their canvases with water bottles!!  It would be nice to have some real equipment, and thanks to Delta Children now I do :)
MySize Double-Sided Storage Easel 
 This two-sided easel features a chalkboard side and a magnetic, dry-erase whiteboard side Easel, bins and pull down paper roll with 33’ feet of paper Two convenient fabric storage bins keep crayons, markers, extra paper, paint or toys within reach Made from strong wood, this easel is durable and built for years of use

Spark artistic play with the MySize Double-Sided Storage Easel from Delta Children. This two-sided easel for kids features three different drawing surfaces—a chalkboard on one side, a magnetic dry-erase whiteboard on the other, and a pull down paper roll on top (33 feet of paper included). 
So with kids I'm sure you know they get bored easily.  It is nice to have several different functions.  One minute they are painting, the next they are doing chalk art and also Quinn is spelling out words with his magnetic letters.  It is like having 3 in 1. 
I also like the fact it has little ledges, my boys put their paint brushes here when they want to switch to a different size brush.  It makes clean up easier on me.


Just the right height for growing artists, this kids easel encourages creativity and allows little ones to develop their fine motor skills through painting, drawing, coloring and writing.
 It really is the perfect height.  My boys can stand to do art or even sit in one of their chairs.  The easel is just at the right height that they don't need to bend over or stretch up to do their art work.


 Two storage bins underneath the easel keep art supplies neat and nearby. 
This mama can never get enough storage space!  I find crayons all over the place, now my kids have a large space to put all this extra art supplies. 


Available in a number of beautiful finishes: Grey , Bianca White and Dark Chocolate.  You can match the easel to fit any room.
  

I did build this by myself, the only tool I needed was a screw driver.  It took me about an hour.  I'm not the greatest at building though, so it might take a normal person less time.  The instructions were super easy to follow.  I also love the fact this easel is very light weight.  I can easily move it from room to room, when we don't use it I have it pushed up against a wall.  My youngest is 7 and he can easily pull it out himself.  So thumbs up to Delta for my a kiddo friendly easel!!

To learn more and see all the great items they offer please check out my link below:
MySize Double Sided Storage Easel 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Q Wunder

Disclaimer: I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review.


Parents, did you know that social and emotional skills, not academics, have been found to be a better indicator of a child’s future success in their career, relationships, health, and happiness? If not, it’s time to join a movement! Thanks to Sofia Dickens, a Harvard alumna, mother of 3, and Founder of Q Wunder , helping your child learn self control, problem solving, manners, empathy, resilience, leadership and social skills has never been more simple and fun. 

Through a specially developed app, kids show, games, story books, and more, you can help them on their way to school readiness and the development of these crucial like skills. 

And they learn all this by having fun!  Not by being lectured or by reading it from a book.  They learn it by playing and interacting with others.
here are a few of the products offered to help little ones develop these skills

Q's Race to the Top Boardgame 
In the game “Q’s Race to the Top,” children can help Q race to the top of his tree house by answering questions and performing fun actions. The questions are designed to promote feeling identification and verbalization, manners, social skills, creative thinking, balance, and coordination.







Q-time Buddy
This lovable plush Q becomes a furry friend that helps develop focus and attention span with a simple breathing exercise. The perfect cuddle buddy for the daily quiet time your little one needs to slow down breath and control emotions. Perfect for the classroom, car rides, and at home. 




And these are just 2 of the many items offered!!  There is also a fun app 
EQtainment has also developed one of the first measurement tools designed to help parents identify and improve their children’s social and emotional skills with customized content delivered via our Q Wunder app.

To check out the app, you can see a preview here: PREVIEW

Also I am super excited to announce  excited to announce that Q Wunder prizes will be featured in Chick-fil-A® Kid’s Meals starting this week, while supplies last!

For more information, please visit: CHICK-FIL-A KIDS MEALS

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Kernel Season's review

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid in anyway to write this review.  All opinions are my own.


Kernel Season's review 



The Miller's are a popcorn eating family.  We like buttery popcorn, sweet popcorn, savory popcorn and even cheesy popcorn.  We just love it, whenever I ask the kids if they want to watch a movie, it goes without saying that popcorn will be there!  
And guess what
Kernel Season's took our beloved snack and make it better!  You simply choose your favorite flavor fill the cap and dump it on!  Not only do they have yummy Seasonings, but they also have popcorn oil and actual popping corn.  Oh wait they aren't done yet, they also offer Drizzle Brittle!  And yes dear readers it is as good as it sounds!  I could spend an entire post telling about all the great flavors and flavor combinations you could do, but instead I want to tell you about the products I was able to review.
I went sweet, so I was able to review

Drizzle Brittle Chocolate 

When the rich taste of chocolate hits the brittle crunch of popcorn, it transforms it into a candied treat. But the fun really comes from pouring on just the right amount of Drizzle Brittle to satisfy your sweet tooth.

The fun starts when Caramel Drizzle Brittle’s real caramel hits the brittle crunch of popcorn. Keep pouring it on to create a deliciously unique candy-coated treat. After all, you can’t have too much of a good thing.

No melting. No glazing. Just shake on our Caramel Corn seasoning for the sweet, buttery caramel taste you crave.

A Chicago tradition

Kernel Season’s wanted to share our hometown's legendary mix of sweet, buttery caramel and savory cheddar cheese.

Chocolate lovers, rejoice!

A quick sprinkle of Milk Chocolate Caramel seasoning turns popcorn into a chocolaty indulgence thanks to a combination of real cocoa, cane sugar and butter.

Nothing beats the sweet and salty taste of county fair kettle corn

Made with real cane sugar, our Kettle Corn seasoning lets you capture that flavor at home.

Ever single one of these taste amazing!!  The cheesy caramel may not be a hit with everyone, but my hubby LOVES IT!  Each seasoning is rich in flavor and lets everyone coming back for more.  I went from making one bowl of popcorn to having to make 2!  And with all our new choices I have to make 2 center bowl and everyone wants their own little bowl so they can make their own flavor.  My kids like to mix and match.  I have to admit their chocolate Carmel creation is pretty freaking amazing!
If you want to check out all the flavors for yourself please see my link below.  I promise you wont regret it!
Kernel Season's

PlayTape

I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review, all opinions are my own.

When I was little I remember cutting out construction paper with my brother and trying to make it into the shape of a road.  It was never pretty, didn't look like a road and would crumble up super fast.  Needless to say it was not idea for imaginative play.  My boys live in a time though were anything is possible and thanks to INROADTOYS PlayTape, they can now lay their own real looking tracks to play with their cars on!!

InRoad Toys Hot Wheels PlayTape is the perfect gift because it opens a universe of open-ended vehicle play that's as simple and unbounded as “Unroll, Stick, and Race!™” Sticks to any flat surface, easy-tear, made of paper, no scissors required, repositionable – mistake proof! Easy removal, leaves no residue. Perfect for the little car enthusiast in your life. https://www.inroadtoys.com/store



Jackbox Party Pack 4

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review.  All opinions are my own.
If you don't know that my family loves playing games you must be new to The Simply Me Blog.  Game night is kind of a big deal in my house.  It is something we look forward to and even invite friends and family over to enjoy.  We play board games, video games and there was that one time we played captured the flag outside.  My parents were not a fan of that one, so we since stopped playing that.
The only thing that stinks about playing video games is I only have 2 controllers.  So we do play on teams, but if we have a houseful of 10 people, not everyone gets equal time on the game.  That is why I love the Jackbox Party games!  Your device is your controller!  Meaning as long as you have a phone you can play, and for people (Like my kids) who don't have a phone, they can use my kindle or even laptop to get in on the fun :)

The Jackbox Party Pack 4 is Jackbox’s newest collection of five and a half hilarious party games. Games in The Jackbox Party Pack series support phones, tablets and computers as controllers; simply enter the room code at Jackbox.tv using your device to play. What’s more, up to 10,000 additional audience members can join the fun to affect the outcome of specific games. Other optional features like extended timers and manual censoring make it a family-friendly option for more wholesome gatherings. Included in the collection are:
  • Fibbage 3 – The outrageous bluffing game is back with all new question types! (2-8 players), including a new extra game mode - Fibbage: Enough About You –where players guess weird facts about each other! (3-8 players)
  • Survive the Internet – Twist your friends’ “online” comments in ridiculous ways in this web-based frame game. (3-8 players)
  • Monster Seeking Monster – Message and date your fellow monsters with special powers in a spooky date-a-thon! (3-7 players)
  • Bracketeering – Place smart bets on dumb arguments in this deranged debate match. (3-16 players)
  • Civic Doodle – Spruce up the town’s murals to one-up your friends in this irreverent art game. (3-8 players)
To learn more or get this fun game for your family please check out my link below:

Thursday, November 23, 2017

SNIFF & BARKENS

I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.
My pups get just as excited about the holidays as my kids.  No they don't do count down like my kiddos, but come Christmas morning when everyone runs out to the tree for gifts they are right there with us.  And as we begin to unwrap their tails go a mile a minute waiting for me to get to one of the gifts with their name's on it.  Loki is my brat, he thinks all the gifts are for him.  Emma is my snob, she doesn't want toys she waits for the treats and Rufus is my goof.  He is more excited over the wrapping paper then he is his gifts.  Their joy is contagious though and normally has us off laughing.  
This year I am excited not only for my pups, but also for your pups and the reason is Sniff & Barkens
Imagine a holiday gift that will delight dogs ... and their two legged parents! 

Envision a 5-gallon easy-to-open, yet dog-proof reusable Bucket covered with delightful dogs created by TADO and celebrated designer, Paul Budnitz, sure to become a collectors' item. 

Visualize this Bucket is filled with six favorite dog toys from Hartz!  The toys include the Hartz Tuff Stuff Nose Divers, Quackers, SqueakerZ, Dura Play Ball, Dura Play Bone and Chew 'N Clean.

What you've imagined is Barkens Bucket, a Bucket full of goodies named for one of the signature dogs in possibly the fastest growing dog-focused social media platform in the last two years: Sniff & Barkens.
 
"Our passion for pets is at the forefront of everything we do and we are excited to partner with Sniff & Barkens on this Holiday Bucket, which will benefit the Pilots 'n Paws Rescue that helps animals in need," said Stacy R. Kisla, Senior Director of Marketing for The HARTZ Mountain Corporation.

10% of the proceeds from each Bucket helps save innocent displaced animals!

Sniff & Barkens, along with presenting sponsor Hartz, created this Bucket full of toys as a unique holiday gift that also helps save dogs' lives.  This $50+ value is being offered to Sniff & Barkens' millions of followers for $34.99, with a portion of the proceeds going to Pilots N Paws, a nonprofit organization that provides life-saving transports and rescue missions for dogs.

 "Our goal is to bring joy to furry family members while supporting an organization that helps save the lives of other dogs," said Joe Pappalardo, founder of Sniff & Barkens.  "We're delighted Hartz came on board as our presenting sponsor, helping us raise funds for Pilots N Paws, which provides invaluable services, especially in times of crisis like the recent hurricanes that devastated communities and displaced not only thousands people, but also thousands of dogs."

The Barkens Bucket will be available for order at https://shop.SniffandBarkens.com/ until Nov 28th.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Lego's making memories

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review, all opinions are my own.
I have so many amazing Christmas memories growing up as a kid, but only a few bad.  I remember my brother and I would sneak up each Christmas morning and peak at our gifts before our mom and dad got up.  We use to try and get my younger sister up, but she was always afraid to get in trouble for being out of bed.  After we peaked, we would try to get my parents up.  They would never get up, so we would go out into the living room and watch the 101 Dalmatians Christmas special (MY mom lost that VHS TAPE!!  I was so mad lol)  I also remember the year I got a horse for Christmas, I spent the rest of Christmas outside with him.  But there were also the bad memories, my parents fought all the time.  And even though we always got "gifts" for Christmas there was no family time.  One of the worst Christmas was when my mom flipped out and left the house for a few hours.  In a temper fit my dad left too!  It was a very scared 12 year old me, a 7 year old Luke and an even younger Brittany.  I didn't know what to do, my brother had gotten a huge Lego set that year.  I decided to build the set with them.  Whenever I needed a piece I would tell them what color and to look for.  Sometimes I would mess up on purpose and let them help me figure out what I did "wrong."  That Lego set would have normally only took me 40 minutes to put together, but I dragged it out for 2 hour.  
Every year after that my brother would get a Lego set and we would put it together.  It became a tradition.
I never knew if they remembered why we started it, they were kind of young.  It wasn't until my youngest son turned 6 and my brother got him his first "big kid" Lego set.  As my son sat their in awe, my brother winked at me and told my son we use to have a family tradition of putting together Lego sets on Christmas.  He then looked at me and said hopefully this one doesn't take 2 hours like that first set did.  I could tell by my brother's face what he was talking about.  He hugged me then and we restarted the family tradition of Lego building Christmas night!!  Now they still take 2 hours to build. Not because I am trying to keep 2 little kids calm, but because we are eating, watching Christmas movies and so much other stuff as we build!

My son is 10 this Christmas so it has been going on for a couple of years now.  This year I still didn't get our big set, but I did grab a few cool littler ones



This Batman™ BrickHeadz construction character is fun to build using colorful LEGO System bricks that recreate all of his iconic details, including his Batsuit with icon and utility belt decoration, plus a Batarang. He also stands on a buildable baseplate with series number and BrickHeadz icon for easy display, so you can bring the Caped Crusader to any room or office.
Buildable Batman™ LEGO BrickHeadz construction character features colorful and authentic detailing, glow-in-the-dark BrickHeadz eyes, plus a display baseplate. Each LEGO BrickHeadz construction character comes with its own buildable collector’s baseplate featuring series number and BrickHeadz icon.
Mighty Micros: Spider-Man vs. Scorpion
Role-play a daring duel between Spider-Man and his venomous enemy Scorpion. Scorpion’s Mighty Micros car features movable pincers and tail with sting, while Spider-Man’s blue and red buggy features exhaust pipes. The super villain also has a mini-scorpion to match Spider-Man’s mini-spider. Includes two minifigures with mini legs.

Includes Spider-Man and Scorpion minifigures with mini legs.
Move the tail and pincers of Scorpion’s Mighty Micros car and attack Spider-Man!
Scorpion’s Mighty Micros car features dual pincers and a tail with sting.
Accessory elements include a mini-scorpion and a mini-spider.
This set offers an age-appropriate build and play experience for ages 5-12.
Spider-Man's Mighty Micros car measures over 1” (3cm) high, 1” (5cm) long and 1” (4cm) wide.
Scorpion's Mighty Micros car withclaws retracted measures over 2” (6cm) high, 1” (5cm) long and 1” (5cm) wide.

Pit Superman™ against Bizarro™ in this fun Mighty Micros set. Each vehicle is the perfect size for these short-legged minifigures and features a seat on top and big fists that are perfect for fast-paced battling fun. Each character also comes with its own Kryptonite accessory element.
Includes two minifigures with mini legs: Superman™ and Bizarro™.
Superman’s Mighty Micros car features a minifigure cockpit, Superman™ logo and giant fists.
Bizarro’s reverse-built Mighty Micros car also features giant fists.
Drive Bizarro™ backwards in his reverse-built vehicle and throw his Kryptonite in the wrong direction!
Accessory elements include Superman’s blue translucent Kryptonite and Bizarro’s green translucent Kryptonite.
This set offers an age-appropriate build and play experience for ages 5-12.
Superman’s Mighty Micros car measures over 1” (4cm) high, 2” (6cm) long and 1” (5cm) wide.
Bizarro’s Mighty Micros car measures over 1” (4cm) high, 2” (6cm) long and 1” (5cm) wide.


As I am sure everyone knows this is only a few of many!  Lego offers a set for everyone!

Lugz for me, Lugz for you Lugz for EVERYONE!!

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review

Several weeks ago I got my hubby a pair of Lugz sneakers and my boys were heart broken!  They looked at me as if I done the unthinkable by getting my hubby something and not them!  It was even worse when my oldest went onto the website and found a new pair of boots that he loved.  He already loved the brand and he just could not believe I would get 'dad something instead of him.'  So I decided you know what I'll just get him the boots!!  He out grew last year's....  Yes but so did Quinn.  Dear readers this mama is a push over.  My boys are now sporting new boots!!

Honestly though I love this brand, so it was no hardship for me to go onto their site and pick out 2 boots for my kids.  And by pickout I mean my boys took me to the site and demanded I get them the pair of their choosing.
I wanted to share both of the boots with you, and honestly if you are looking for boots for your little ones Lugz is the way to go!  Their boots are durable and can stand up to little kids play, they are comfortable as well.  My boys never complain about "them pinching" their feet.  

Also they are water proof!  I hate when we are outside playing in the snow and we have to come in because someone feet got wet from snow leaking through their boots.

Okay here is a little about the 2 pairs we were able to review
Empire hi preschool
The Empire Hi WR is a water resistant and slip resistant plain toe boot that features our patented Flexastride memory foam technology. This boot has the perfect blend of style and comfort to protect your feet year round. DETAILS: Water resistant durabrush upper Padded tongue & collar Flexastride molded memory foam insole ASTM-F1677, Mark II tested slip resistant rubber sole

Empire HI gradeschool 


DESCRIPTION: The Empire Hi WR is a water resistant and slip resistant plain toe boot that features our patented Flexastride memory foam technology. This boot has the perfect blend of style and comfort to protect your feet year round. DETAILS: Water resistant durabrush upper Padded tongue & collar Flexastride molded memory foam insole ASTM-F1677, Mark II tested slip resistant rubber sole

This is a brand I swear by, if you are looking for a brand that is perfect for every member of you family you def. want to check out Lugz.  They have something for everyone