Juicy Holiday Gift Guide -FOR LITTLE BOYS

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Disclosure: We are a part of the Amazon Affiliate program and all links in this post are affiliate links. No difference in price or shopping experience to you, but if you purchase a small percentage goes to support our blog. Thank you! Amazon Gift Ideas for Boys

Onward with our holiday gift guide – and we are talking today about Amazon holiday gift ideas for little boys! This year we are trying to help you by providing gift ideas for everyone on your list which can all be found on Amazon to make it easy.

Click here for our Amazon holiday gift ideas for her and here for gift ideas for little girls. Our FOR HIM post is coming soon – stay tuned.

Products linked below correspond with items in graphic, top to bottom, left to right. Happy shopping!

Amazon Holiday Gift Ideas for Little Boys 2014

1. Franklin Sports Competition Goal (4-Ft. x 6-Ft.)

2. EzyRoller Ultimate Riding Machine – Red – My friend swears by this toy and says it has been one of the best toys as far as use and longevity of entertainment. Plus, it just looks super fun anytime I see her kids on it!

3. Mini Micro Scooter – Aqua

4. Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue Piston Peak Trackset

5. Exclusive Minecraft Foam Diamond Sword

6. Zoomer Dino

7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Box of Books 1-8 + The Do-It-Yourself Book – Big fan of book sets for kids. I think there is something really fun about having a series that you own.

8. VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch, Blue

9. Lifetime Portable Tetherball System

10. LEGO Kids’ Star Wars Darth Vader Mini-Figure Alarm Clock

11. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ninja Control Shellraiser RC Vehicle

12. Fisher-Price Octonauts Octopod Playset

13 .Apple iPad Mini

14. VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels – Train Station Playset

15. Playhut Jake and the Neverland Pirates – Bucky Play Structure

16. PlasmaCar Ride On, Lime Green

17. Kinetic Sand – Sandbox & Molds Activity Set

18. Thomas the Train: TrackMaster Castle Quest Set

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Juicy Holiday Gift Guide – FOR LITTLE GIRLS

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Disclosure: We are a part of the Amazon Affiliate program and all links in this post are affiliate links. No difference in price or shopping experience to you, but if you purchase a small percentage goes to support our blog. Thank you!  Amazon Holiday Gift Ideas for Little Girls

Welcome to our second holiday gift idea post on Amazon holiday gift ideas for little girls. This was an easy one for our team to come up with because we have five girls between us. I kept all the product ideas to gifts you can find on Amazon to keep it easy for you.  Hopefully you can take advantage of some of the Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals coming up and bang out a lot of your holiday shopping before December even hits us!

Click here to visit our Amazon holiday gift ideas FOR HER.

Amazon Holiday Gift Ideas for Little Girls 2014


Products below correspond to products in graphic above, top to bottom, left to right. Happy shopping!

1. Disney Princess Palace Pets Magic Dance Pumpkin, Cinderella’s Puppy

2. Mommy & Me 4 in 1 Doll Play Set Fits 18 Dolls

3.  My Art Spinner

4. Barbie Dream House – Yes, this is big, but it is probably one of the toys my girls have consistently played with for YEARS. Hours of entertainment.

5. Color a Bag! & Accessories Color A Tote Bag – My girls absolutely love these, plus, as a bonus, after the decorating is done, they have a great size tote bag to use.

6. Kinetic Sand – Sandbox & Molds Activity Set – Have you felt this? SUPER cool.

7. Franklin Sports Competition Goal (4-Ft. x 6-Ft.)

8. LEGO Friends Dolphin Cruiser

9. Matching Little Girl & Doll 2 Piece Pajama 100% Cotton (2T-8Y)

10. Minnetonka Double Fringe Boot (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid) – These adorable boots come in other fun colors too.

11. Lifetime Portable Tetherball System

12. Disney Sofia The First Royal Prep Academy

13. Simon Game – I had to add this one for nostalgia. Remember SIMON?! Love it. Getting one for my girls for Christmas.

14. Mermaid Fins Pink – Because in SoCal we actually can swim year round!

15. My First Disney Princess Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Singing Doll – Can’t do a 2014 holiday gift ideas for little girls post without having ONE Frozen gift, am I right?

16. Sorry – My oldest’s favorite board game. We love playing this on family game night.

17. Apple iPad Mini – I know this is a big splurge, and one I wouldn’t have considered before, but my girls play a ton of educational games on my iPad, including school computer games, so I think maybe it might be time for them to have their own?

18. Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 1-28 – Huge fan of boxed set of books for kids because I think it is super fun to own a series of books.  Magic Treehouse seems to be a universal hit amongst 2nd to 3rd graders.

19. Doc McStuffins Mobile Cart

20. Li’l Tea Tote Set – 17 Pieces

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Elf on the Shelf Does Birthdays!

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I just found out about this cute Elf on the Shelf birthday tradition and I had to share with you. Elf on the Shelf does birthdays!

My mother-in-law called me all excited a couple of days ago…because she had just seen Kathie Lee Gifford interview the authors of, “Elf on a Shelf,” and she asked me if I knew that our family elf is able to visit on our child’s birthday?

How long has this been going on, and how am I just finding out about this?!

As the authors explained during the interview, Santa loves birthdays. And he loves that each child has their own holiday so he wants to help them celebrate!

But you must write to Santa in advance to ask if your family’s elf can join you on your birthday. You can send a message to Santa on their website.

Then hopefully Santa will give your elf the “day off” to visit and observe all the festivities of the day.

There are few things in life that my children love more than our beloved family elf, Jingles.  They take her presence very seriously. (Yes, it’s a girl elf.  My daughter was absolutely insistent that Jingles is a GIRL, mom.  So I wrote Santa last December and asked him to deliver a skirt so that Jingles would be more comfortable.)

Even my littlest one…who was introduced to Jingles at only two, still asks throughout the year, “Mama, when our Jingles come back?” with big, hopeful puppy dog eyes.

So for this sweet little elf to appear on their birthdays?

There is a full Elf on the Shelf birthday kit you can order which includes the Elf on the Shelf: A Birthday Tradition book and birthday outfit for your elf to wear to the birthday party.

My little girl turns six in November, so it’s a must.  I am super excited, and can’t wait to see her surprised little face on her birthday morning. I wonder what that silly elf will be up to!

This would also be a GREAT Christmas gift to give your kids on Christmas morning. 

During the interview, the authors also said that a dollar from every book is going to charity water because Santa wants to make sure birthdays are celebrated all over the world. Love this.

If you’re new to the Elf on the Shelf phenomena, click here.  I highly recommend this adorable little tradition during the holiday season.  It has become very much a part of our every December.

Stay tuned for more Elf on the Shelf blogs as the holidays approach!

Has anyone else’s family elf visited them for their child’s birthday?  Any fun stories to share?  If so, comment below!

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Put a Lid on It

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LEGO Organization Tips

My sister wrote this guest post today on LEGO organization tips. Thanks Suz!

LEGO Sanity

I’m sure I’m not alone when saying I have a 4 year old that is LEGO OBSESSED. Maybe it was our fault for starting it all too early at age 2 1/2 (and maybe Daddy secretly likes building them too!).

We’ve been collecting the little LEGO sets for about 1 1/2 years now and every few months I find myself swimming in the little pieces. I think my son also feels a bit overwhelmed when he sees his messy bin of all types of Legos mixed together. And with a baby brother who recently became mobile (Lord help me), my fear of finding him choking on a mini figure became enough for me to find some order in the brick chaos.

I hope these LEGO organization tips might help other moms swimming in the pieces too.

My Favorite LEGO Organization Containers

There are a ton of different options for LEGO organization,but I find these bins from The Container Store are the easiest and least expensive option.

We use these Accessory Boxes for the colored bricks and the Shoe Boxes for the completed models. By the way, did you know you can place an order over the phone or online at The Container Store and many locations offer curbside pick up where you can drive up and they will bring it out to your car so you don’t have to unload the kids?!

They are a great size, stack nicely on a shelf and are clear so you can always see what’s in them. They are actually sold as shoe bins for fancy people that keep their shoes in closed boxes. At $1.89, go ahead and buy the case of 20 of them for $33.80. You will find tons of uses for them in your house if you have extras.  And maybe your shoes might get lucky too!

Once you have your containers, it’s time to sort.

Sort. Sort. And sort.

We found it’s easiest to do this by color, wheels and axles, mini figures and mini fig accessories. Set aside any models that are already built and store them in the boxes ALONG with the instruction book. Then on those rainy days or times when you are looking to entertain your little one for awhile, you can get out a box with the instructions and let them deconstruct and build it all again.

The best part is, the lids are great for spreading out the pieces and when it is time to take a break it is all contained!!

I’m sure this OCD organization method will not last us forever, but at least I feel more comfortable that all those little pieces have a good home away from our crawling baby!  Happy sorting!

Do you have any other LEGO organization tips???

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It Really Does Have Everything

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new barbie dreamhouse review

New Barbie Dreamhouse Review 

Barbie has new digs, did you know? Yes, it’s true, after a summer of travels, Barbie realized her heart will always belong in Malibu where she returned to move into her newly renovated, ultra-glam Dreamhouse. Which, like Barbie, really does have everything.

My girls, ages four and seven, love Barbie. It is one of their favorite things to play, so when I was contacted about receiving this new Barbie Dreamhouse for review, I jumped at the chance.

I grew up playing with Barbies with my sister. I always longed for the Dreamhouse back then, but we never got one. Sometimes I wonder if my girls realize just how lucky they are!

My Girls’ Favorite Features: 

Accessories: The set comes with many little fun accessories including plates, cups, food, utensils, laptop, hair dryer, soap, hair brushes, puppy, pet bed and bone, etc. It wasn’t until I was playing Barbies with my girls one day that I noticed that all the kitchen pieces were designed to be “plugged in” to all the surfaces so they stay in place in the cupboards and on the table. Brilliant!

Sounds: All throughout the house, there are buttons you can press for very clear, loud sounds, like a ringing doorbell, blender, hair dryer, flushing toilet, and our favorite, Barbie singing a very catchy tune in the shower, la la la la la la la la la. It will stay in your head, believe me.

Elevators: Perhaps the most intriguing and magical part of the new Barbie Dreamhouse are the two, yes, two working elevators. The Dreamhome can be expanded so the elevator can goes up the middle to the three different levels. There is also a wardrobe elevator that goes from Barbie’s walk-in closet to the bathroom below.

Six Rooms for Playing Fun: The home includes six rooms for different Barbie play scenarios. There is a kitchen with pink stainless steel kitchen appliances, walk-in closet with desk/vanity, bathroom, dining room with light up chandelier, bedroom with extra bed for sleepovers, and a living room with a flatscreen TV that changes channels and a balcony for indoor/outdoor living.


Things to Note:

Assembly: Luckily I have a handy hubby who can assemble  because that is not one of my strengths. I can barely put a battery into something. He said some of the instructions were a tad confusing, but he was able to figure it out. Assembly was time consuming but not terribly difficult.

Lots of small parts: This toy is definitely not for little ones as there are a lot of small parts. For my girls ages, it is perfect.

It’s plastic: It’s plastic construction, so some things will come apart with play. Periodically I will have to reattach the front door, or the balcony, or some other piece. It doesn’t break – but things can come undone. And sometimes the elevator sticks. No biggie, but want you to know.

It’s big: The new Barbie Dreamhouse is big. Bigger than life big, and actually taller than my 4-year-old. It’s about 4′ wide, when expanded, is about 1 1/2′ deep and 43″ tall. Just something to keep in mind when you thinking of where you will keep it.

Case of random flushing: My husband and I think this is quite hilarious. There have been a couple times when the toilet has flushed when no one is playing with it. It is Halloween time. Maybe a Barbie ghost has come for a visit?


What Mom Loves the Most 

For little girls, I think playing Barbie is so wonderful for imaginary play. I will overhear my girls coming up with all sorts of funny scenarios when they are playing with Barbie, and this new Dreamhouse is so wonderful for igniting the imagination.

The other day, I caught my little one above going through all of our Barbie shoes to organize them in Barbie’s walk in closet. She then decided that the drawer below should be for all the purses. Disregard bed placement in the closet, for some reason she likes it in there, and with Barbie, there are no rules.

Where to Buy 

The new Barbie Dreamhouse is available at Walmart and retail stores nationwide; MSRP = $184.99. However, when writing this post, I noticed several retailers have the Barbie Dreamhouse on sale now, so it might be a good time to buy if you are thinking of it for a holiday gift!

I highly recommend this product; it has provided hours and hours of entertainment for my girls (and mom too!) I hope you have found this new Barbie Dreamhouse review to be helpful.

Disclosure: I participated in this sponsored campaign for One2One Network. I received monetary compensation and product to facilitate my post, but all opinions stated are my own, of course. 

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