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Last Minute Stocking Stuffers

23 Dec

Every year I struggle to find the perfect stocking stuffers for my girls and I usually get them last-minute.  Here are a few of my favorites for this year, that can be purchased last-minute:
1.Nail Polish: You can find this Candy Shoppe Fruit scented nail polish at Rite Aid!

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2. DVD’s: Tinkerbell Secret Wings and Brave are our favorites this holiday season!  Head to Barnes and Noble for this last-minute stocking stuffer!

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3. Shake Shack Gift Card:

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4.  Mini Rodini Hipster underwear can be purchased at Babesta in TriBeca!


6. Girls glitter belt from JCrew CrewCuts:

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7. Head to J&R for a DigiTools Effects Pack by Crayola!

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Happy Last-Minute Shopping!

GUM: Naughty or Nice Dental Habits?

26 Nov

With Thanksgiving over and Holiday parties starting, it’s hard to avoid a sugar overload. It is important to keep up with positive dental habits, especially when it comes to young children. Will your child’s dental habits put them on Santa’s Naughty or Nice Dental Habits List this Holiday Season?


  • Eating sticky and sugary snacks like candy
  • Not brushing teeth before bed
  • Only brushing for a few seconds
  • Brushing without adult supervision
  • Using the same toothbrush all year-long
  • Using an adult-sized toothbrush
  • Ignoring any white spots on teeth
  • Waiting until a child is in school to visit the dentist


  • Eating healthy snacks like cheese and fruit
  • Brushing at least twice per day, most importantly at night
  • Brushing for two minutes: one minute for the top teeth, and one minute for the bottom teeth
  • Parents helping kids brush their teeth by showing proper techniques and ensuring they are brushing long enough
  • Replacing toothbrush every three months
  • Using a child-sized toothbrush designed to effectively clean small teeth
  • Going to the dentist as soon as a white spot appears, since it is the first sign of a dental cavity
  • Making a child’s first dental appointment when s/he turns one or gets his/her first tooth

Last year the girls received GUM Crayola timer light toothbrushes in their stockings. They love brushing their teeth but they are never good about brushing for the suggested amount of time. The toothbrush made brushing their teeth fun and knew they were done when the light went off. This year Santa will be bringing the girls GUM toothbrushes again. GUM Brand has many fun types of toothbrushes for kids whether it is motorized, has a cool design, or lights up. Some of our favorites for this holiday season (click each image to find out the features of the brush):

Suggested Retail Price: $2.99

Suggested Retail Price: $3.49

Suggested Retail Price: $5.99

Have a happy holiday season with lots of bright smiles!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. I received samples for the purpose of this post. All opinions expressed are my own. All information about dental hygiene and the selected toothbrushes came from GUM.

FunBites For Every Meal

19 Dec

Meal time is a constant struggle in our house.  First I have to prepare the meal, which is difficult when the kids are battling for attention or screaming.  Then having to cut it in pieces because they love to use forks and are unable to cut themselves.  And getting them to eat the meal is another battle in itself, primarily for my older daughter, Maddie.  Pela, my youngest, will eat almost anything in front of her but Maddie is the complete opposite.  I am always looking for new ways to encourage the kids to eat, whether, they help pick the menu, help prepare and cook the meal, or getting creative and making shapes or faces with their meals.

I recently was introduced to FunBites.  I received a sample, for review, a few days ago and have used it for almost every meal since opening the package.  The first time I used  FunBites, Maddie was a little reluctant to eat it because she did not want to mess up the shapes.  She also only wanted squares, which surprised me because she is always drawing hearts.  But after a few minutes of talking to her and watching Pela eat the fun, bite-sized shapes, she ate hers.  Now she asks for “funsize”, what she calls it, when I make breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Some information about FunBites:

Created by Bobbie Rhodes, mother of 2, who found herself spending a lot of time cutting food into tiny, bite- sized shapes to make meal- time fun and less stressful.

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FunBites  creates bite-sized magic featuring a cutter that quickly cuts food into small bites, curved blades that make cutting simple and a matching popper that instantly pops! out fun-shaped bite-sized pieces – so hands are clean, food is untouched.

Available in two fun shapes Luv it! (creates one big heart created from 10 geometric shapes) and Cube it! (creates 12 bite-sized squares).

FunBites is BPA free, works on any surface and is top shelf dishwasher safe.

FunBites has been a great addition to our meal time.  With a simple rocking motion you can turn food into bite-sized shapes for any meal.  We have used it on omelets, bread, pancakes, pizza, quesadillas and even pork chops.  The only meal I had difficulty using it on was the pork chops but managed to break through but needed to pull a few pieces a part. It was still easier than cutting it into small pieces.  FunBites is small enough to fit in your purse or diaper bag to bring along when you go out to eat.  They are also great for a last-minute stocking stuffer. Visit www.funbites.com to purchase and to find out more.

Thank you  FunBites!

FunBites for Breakfast:

Ham and Cheese Omelette Squares with Heart Bread and Butter

Yummy FunBites!

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Our Pancake Person

FunBites for Lunch:

MomMadeMeals Pizza Pocket with a FunBites touch.

FunBites for Dinner

FunBites Soy, Ginger Pork Chops (a little tough to cut but managed to do it)

Loving FunBites!

Disclaimer: I did not receive compensation for this post.  I did receive a LuvIt! and CubeIt! FunBites for review.  All opinions expressed are my own.