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When it comes to stocking stuffers, give your kids something that counts. Candy will be eaten and forgotten (or will end up under my child's bed or stuck to the wall.) Useless, cheaply made gadgets will fall apart and end up getting thrown away after maybe getting played with once.
This year, make sure you fill your child's stocking with something cool, high quality, as well as entertaining from Fat Brain Toys~ gifts that are certain to delight! Give the kind of gifts that keep on giving!
Below is a list of the top five stocking stuffers that you will find at Fat Brain Toys:
Ever wonder what sand would feel like on another planet? Grab two big handfuls of the Neon Kinetic Sand and you'll feel like you've traveled way off into outer space! Pack it tight and it sticks strong in whatever shape you make. Crumble it up and it seems to ooze oddly out of your hand. It's amazing! And the best part? It hardly leaves any residue in your hands and it never dries out. The clean and creative sand-building fun never stops!
Simply combine water with Super Snow, stir and instantly make snow! The more you stir, the more it shines and sparkles! Super Snow expands to over 100 times its size and lasts for weeks without rewetting. It has been used on movie sets and in snowboarding parks. In addition, the snow can be reused. Awesome, huh? Even if we do not get a white Christmas, my son can make his own!
Covered in soft, textured rubber, this tactile orb of fascination delights kids with its color dynamics. A spectacle of sensory excitement, it's a hit at any party. It's totally safe and fun for all. Just squeeze it to make it change colors!
Be the first to find the penny or a marble, or a balloon, but don't stop there... 48 hidden items are listed on the game top. Clear your eyes and start searching and shaking. Shake-shake-shake... in the car, on the couch, in the air or sitting on the ground, Find It is transportable fun for everyone. Play solo or set a timer and race your friends to find specific items.
Feel the awesome power of an earthquake in the palm of your hand! Hold the can in your hand, tilt it to the left, and immediately it begins to rumble, sending seismic vibrations straight up your arm. Then, set it on a table and watch it go ballistic! - Can you imagine feeling this vibration coming from the ground beneath your feet? I can't wait to see the look on my son's face when he experiences this phenomenon in a can. (I pray he never has to feel the real thing, however.)
To learn more about Fat Brain Toys or to place your order go to: https://www.fatbraintoys.com
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I don't know about you, but I am so excited for the upcoming holidays! I think that is because I have found some of the most amazing toys for my son, Braxton at Fat Brain Toys for Christmas. Even Santa himself cannot out-do the awesome gifts that you will find at Fat Brain Toys!
I would like to share with you a list of the fun toys that are under the tree for my lucky little one this year:
Cupcakes, ice cream, cake, swirled yogurt - They all come to life in all their tasty galore when you start molding with Sands Alive.
Press, pack, and feel - This strange substance is similar to sand only much, much better. It sticks together firmly, yet flows freely. It feels soft like flour, yet never sticks to your hands. A perfect hands-on toy for your child! (I cannot wait to get my hands on this soft fluffy sand!)
The classic from 1978 brings every bit as much fun and challenge today! Increase your memory, test your skill and challenge your friends. Simon is good to play anywhere - the car, doctors office, plane or right at home. Personally, I love Simon! My sister had one when we were little. I was so excited to see that Fat Brain Toys carried it and I ordered one for Braxton, although I will probably be stealing from him quite a bit. It is definitely an addicting game!
With a spinning sphere core on the inside and 4 spinning terrain disks on the outside, this puzzle will spark a cosmic revolution in your brain! Twist and turn the moonscape, both the outer terrain surface and the inner core, to match the 8 crater openings with the corresponding-size black dots. I think Braxton will love this hands-on brain teaser. It will really get him to exercise his thinking skills, which he will need during winter break.
Squigz Benders join Squigz imaginative construction. These Fun Little Suckers bend, twist and loop their way into creative play! Connecting to each other and to any solid, non-porous surface - Squigz are a species all their own. They flex. They stick. They suck people into creativity. I know Braxton will love Squigz Benders. He got to play with a set of them at a toy store and he could not keep his hands off of them. He stuck one to his forehead. It was so funny!
Geometric beauty and magnetizing play come together in Arx 2.0. With a nudge, handsome translucent crescents weeble, wobble and spin. Magnetic, they also attract and stack! A strong magnet rolls through each Arx piece, giving any builder the option of building in ways that defy common thought. Since Braxton loves magnets and also loves to build things, I think I have found a real winner with Arx 2.0. I can't wait to see my child playing with this item!
These are just a few of the exciting toys that I have ordered from Fat Brain toys this year. I am confident that my child will love them!
To find the perfect gift for the lucky child on your holiday list be sure to check out Fat Brain Toys! Go to: https://www.fatbraintoys.com
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Let’s face it, now that the motivation of tiny bikinis and warm summer afternoons has passed, our normal beauty routine tends fall behind. However, regardless if you’re hitting the slopes or in hibernation mode this winter, it’s crucial you keep up with a few beauty rituals regularly.
Below are three beauty rituals our industry pros say you should be continuing ALL year, no matter what the season may be:
- Don’t Skimp on Sunscreen. Don’t be fooled by lower temperatures, overcast skies or rainy days. UV rays are just as strong when hitting the slopes as they are on the beach. “The easiest way to prevent sun damage and protect your skin is to apply an SPF of at least 30 every day - not to mention, look younger. Reapplying every 2 hours if in the sun is critical as well” says Dr. Nussbaum, Dermatologist and Brand Spokesperson for Sebamed.
- Use Hair Masks Regularly. Do you color your hair, straighten it a few times a week or use a lot of hair spray? Adding chemicals, applying heat or using products are habits that we all find hard to kick, and can come with some unwanted side effects. Anna Urban, CEO of AVIVA™ notes that “you should be applying a hair mask like Aviva’s Hair Rescue Renewal Masque 1-2 times per week to repair damage and restore elastic, while replenishing the moisture which often depletes from dry summer heat and the cold winter air.” ($29.95, AvivaHair.com)
- Wax Even Through Winter. Let’s face it, as the temperature drop we are inevitably becoming a little bit lazier with our normal waxing routine and the motivation for tiny bikinis and warm summer afternoons pass. Noemi Grupenmager, founder and CEO of Uni K Wax Centers notes that “maintaining regular waxes year-round will benefit you in the long run because waxing weakens the hair follicle, causing hair to grow back slower, lighter and thinner over time. Dry, winter hair is more likely to break when waxing, causing it to grow back faster and thicker, so you want to keep skin hydrated and healthy (ie. drink lots of water and exfoliate regularly.)”
My Thoughts: I can relate to all of the above! I especially love to give my hair (the hair on my head, not on my legs) a little extra TLC during these colder months. My hair gets unbelievably dry and brittle in the winter.
My favorite products for taming my frizz and keeping my hair soft, shiny and manageable are the Aviva’s Hair Rescue Renewal Masque which I use once a week. It leaves my hair very silky and revitalized.
Right after washing my hair, I always apply Aviva's Anti-Frizz Keratin Renewal Serum. I distribute it throughout my damp hair and just let it air dry. My hair is left with amazing shine and beautiful bounce. It looks very healthy and feels soft and smooth. I am in love with this product!
To learn more about Aviva products go to: https://avivahair.com
Disclaimer: I was sent samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Do's and Don'ts of Crop Tops
They are back, ladies! I am sure you all have seen them on the red carpet over and again. Think back to Madonna in the 1980’s or in the 1990’s when celebrities such as Brittney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, and Christina Aguilera rocked the crop top look on the red carpet or in their music videos. For those of you that do not know, a crop top is simply a belly shirt. Crop tops also go by the names half shirt or midriff-bearing shirt. We all know that history tends to repeat itself, and it is no different when it comes to fashion. If you have been following the red carpets lately or if you have watched any recent award shows, then you have most likely seen this look in all variations. Kim Kardashian West, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jessica Alba are just a few of the stars who have perfected the crop top look. Crop tops are back in fashion, and you can find them in almost every store in the mall that sells women’s clothing. Wearing this look can be sexy, sophisticated, and fun, but can also be hard to pull off if you are not aware of how they are supposed to be worn. Here are the simple dos and don’ts of crop tops.
- Do keep it simple
- Do pair your crop top with high waisted pants or a high waisted skirt
- Do pair your crop top with a maxi skirt
- Do wear your crop top with a pencil skirt
- Do layer your look
- Do take the time to find the style that fits you
- Do pair your crop top with a pendant necklace
- Do wear your crop top with overalls
- Do be confident
- Do wear an oversized coat
- Do keep it modest
- Do be confident
- Don’t show too much skin
- Don’t wear prints that are too busy
- Don’t pick a skirt or pair of pants with a wild hemline
- Don’t wear your crop top with low cut jeans
- Don’t be afraid to try different crop top cuts
- Don’t be skimpy. It is still a shirt that you are wearing, not a bra
- Don’t go too short
Using this list of dos and don’ts will help direct you towards being able to rock this look flawlessly. When shopping for a crop top it is important to take your time and find a length that is right for you. Everything depends on the fit and the cut, so making sure the proportions are right for your body type is crucial. Your completed outfit has to be balanced if you want to wear a crop top correctly. It can be scary to show more skin if that is not something you normally do, but there are plenty of ways to wear this look in a modest way. If you are wearing a crop top with high waisted pants, try pairing it with a regular length cardigan or blazer. You could also layer it by wearing a shirt underneath your crop top such as a tank top or long sleeve button down shirt. Wearing the crop top in these ways is not only a way to make you feel more comfortable by covering up a little more, but it is also an excellent way to take your look from spring to fall. Now that you know all of the dos and don’ts of crop tops it is time to get out there and rock this trend, ladies!
The writer, Anna Donato, is an avid fashion blogger who strives to keep herself and her friends up to date on the latest trends. Of course, she remembers the importance of accessories when putting together the perfect outfit, and to find the best accessories she pays a visit to https://moranaonline.com. You can learn more about Anna on Google+.
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Christmas is almost here! Have you finished your holiday shopping list? I certainly have not! It is often hard to find the perfect gift for everybody on your list.
LOVE WORDS is a line of personalized necklaces from FizzCandy Jewelry, designed for the girl who’s not afraid to show her SASSY STYLE with a few choice words. LOVE WORDS were included in The Artisan Group®’s gift bag, distributed at the Consumer Products All-Press Valentine’s Day gifting in NYC on October 28.
These resin cube and orb stacking necklaces feature clear orbs and spheres with gold or silver leaf. The pendant includes one of the following words: LOVE, KISS, WISH, TRUE, SEXY, LUST, XOXO or MINE. The wearer can also personalize the pendant with their choice of word. Says Payton Bartos, the teenager who designs FizzCandy Jewelry, “My friends love wearing these sparkly pendants alone or in multiples. They’re fun and a great way to add interest to a layered look.”
FizzCandy Jewelry is the culmination of a partnership between mother/daughter team Mila and Payton Bartos, who handcraft FizzCandy Jewelry out of their studio in Washington, D.C.
FizzCandy Jewelry has been gifted at GBK’s Luxury Celebrity Gift Lounges for the MTV Movie Awards and the Golden Globes. It is in the hands of Hollywood A-listers including Jessica Alba, Emma Watson, Edward Norton, Adrian Grenier, Leonardo DiCaprio, Drew Barrymore, Woody Harrelson, Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway, among others. FizzCandy Jewelry has also been seen on several episodes of Season 5 of "The Vampire Diaries" on the CW Network.
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I was sent a beautiful Love Words Necklace with the word, WISH on it. It is a stunning piece. The packaging was so cute, the necklace came with a pack of fizzy candy. My daughter has worn it to school several times and has received many compliments on it. (See her below wearing the necklace.)
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Disclaimer: I received a necklace to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Have you ever wondered why cold sores have the word “cold” in the name? While the derivation isn’t clear, one thing is certain—people who get cold sores (caused by the HSV-1 virus), are often prone to getting them during cold and flu season. But, nothing about a cold sore is cold! In fact, they tend to be accompanied by a warm, burning, or tingling sensation.
This winter, reach for NEW Carmex® Cold Sore Treatment, the ONLY over-the-counter cold sore treatment that works on contact to block pain and itch with 10% Benzocaine, while also minimizing the appearance of a sore.This breakthrough product features TriPLEX™ Formula advanced technology, which combines three different optical brightener and filler technologies that each provide unique appearance minimizing benefits.
Carmex® Cold Sore Treatment provides immediate results – so you can go from sore to smile with just a dab!
I have been lucky so far this year that I have not yet had any cold sores on my lips, but guess what? I have a crack right inside of the corner of my left nostril that has been red and highly inflamed. I always seem to get a sore there when the weather gets colder. It is very painful. I have discovered that a small dab of Carmex® Cold Sore Treatment applied from a q-tip is the perfect solution for immediate relief and faster healing. Nothing else works as well.
You can find NEW Carmex® Cold Sore Treatment ($14.99) at drugstores nationwide
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
It's Not Always Easy Getting Pregnant
There is nothing more precious than a newborn baby. Your own baby. Getting pregnant is not always as easy as you plan for it to be. Did you know that as many as one in five, or ten percent, of all couples, have some degree of infertility problems? More and more women are opting to steer away from traditional fertility treatment, whether it is due to the prohibitive cost or the potentially harmful side effects.
That is where all-natural fertility supplements like Conceive Easy can come in that helps to support and nourish the entire reproductive system. The best part is, they can be purchased online and do not require a doctor’s prescription. You can order online, enjoy a free trial, and have your supplements delivered to your door every two months so you do not have to worry about running out.
Drawing upon a legacy of luxury, each meticulously created Krigler fragrance is inspired by founder Albert Krigler’s many travels. These carefully crafted scents transport the wearer to a beautiful place in time, evoking the same magic that moved him many years ago.
Give the gift of an elite fragrance from Krigler this holiday season with these lush bar soaps:
- Chateau Krigler 12 Soap: This long-lasting, hard-milled soap leaves the skin lightly scented with the sensual Chateau Krigler 12. The formula contains Vitamin E to leave the skin feeling soft, comfortable and refreshed.
- Sparkling Diamond 22 Soap: Formulated for everyday use, this scented soap leaves the skin delicately perfumed with the fresh scent of Sparkling Diamond 22. This silky soap contains relaxing shea butter for a soothing experience.
- Manhattan Rose 44 Soap: The beautiful, sweet scent of Manhattan Rose 44 Soap cleanses gently, rinses easily and fragrances softly.
I was able to try the beautiful Manhattan Rose 44 Soap. First of all, I love the intoxicating fragrance of the rose. It smells so exquisite. This soap just makes me feel like a million dollars when I use it in the shower. The delicate scent, plus the luxurious lather is definitely a spa like experience for me. I plan to give a bar of this soap to my son's second grade teacher for Christmas!
Price: $25 each
Where to Purchase: The Plaza Hotel in New York City, www.krigler.com
Disclaimer: I received samples of this soap to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
I'd like to Introduce a brand new hair care line that I am excited about! It is called Topganic hair care.
Derived from ancient apothecary blends for the elite and royal, Topganic is the first hair care line to effectively combine natural oils, extracts and minerals from the Dead Sea. Providing a truly natural approach to protect and nourish hair, the brand's luxurious range of shampoos, conditioners, masks and more work to prevent further damage from chemicals, heat styling and pollution.
Disclaimer: I will be receiving product in exchange for this post.
Jingle All The Way 2 DVD/Blu-Ray Giveaway
Git-R-Done This Holiday Season as Jingle All The Way 2 Arrives on
Blu-ray™ Combo, DVD and Digital HD™ December 2
Fill your stocking with a new holiday classic that will have the whole family laughing when Jingle All The Way 2 arrives on Blu-ray Combo, DVD and Digital HD December 2 from WWE Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Comedy superstar Larry the Cable Guy and WWE Superstar Santino Marella bring laughs and holiday spirit to this second installment of the successful film franchise.
Two desperate dads compete in a no-holds-barred battle to be the best father and make this the best Christmas ever! Fun-loving, laid-back dad Larry (Larry the Cable Guy; Cars, Tooth Fairy 2) is having a bear of a time finding the perfect Christmas gift for his eight-year-old daughter, Noel. The season’s hottest toy, The Harrison Bear, is all sold out, and Noel’s new stepfather wants to keep it that way — so he can be the one to make her holiday wish come true. When Larry learns all Noel wants for Christmas is the bear, he’ll stop at nothing to make his little girl happy and get her the toy of her dreams…Co-starring WWE Superstar Santino Marella, Jingle All The Way 2 is heartwarming and hilarious fun for the whole family!
Jingle All The Way 2 is directed by Alex Zamm (Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts, The Tooth Fairy 2) and produced by Michael Luisi (Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery, Christmas Bounty, The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age Smackdown) and Vicki Sotheran (The Sandlot 2, The Sandlot: Heading Home).
The holiday cheer continues in the Blu-ray Combo and DVD bonus features including deleted scenes, making-of featurettes, a mock Public Service Announcement from Larry and Santino advising how you can stay safe while shopping this holiday plus a special Harrison the Bear TV commercial and an exclusive interview with the hottest toy of the season.
Jingle All the Way 2 Blu-ray Combo and DVD Special Features
- Deleted Scenes
- Christmas Catastrophes
- Harrison the Bear TV Commercial
- Santa Santino
- Christmas Wishes
- Harrison the Bear: An Exclusive Interview
- Reindeer Riding at Roosters Tavern
- Black Friday PSA
- Sneak Peak
Be sure to print off this adorable Christmas list for your kiddos!
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