Sunday, November 30, 2014

Check out for all of your Photo Christmas Card and gift needs...

Black Friday is over and that only means one thing, it's almost time for Cyber Monday --my favorite day of the year to shop! I can always find great deals online and have a list of things I will be looking for this year including a great deal on Photo Christmas Cards.
I found some of the cutest ones at with my favorite being this 'Wreck the Halls' photo card. With 2 boys that are both cute and wild this one seems appropriate to send out this year!
Wreck the Halls Holiday Photo Cards
I love anything sparkly and adore this 'Bold Sparkle Holiday' photo card too. The gold glitter is so much fun!
Bold Sparkle Holiday Photo Cards
The holidays really are the happiest time of the year making this 'Holiday Revelry Holiday' photo card perfect. I love the simplicity of it and the font is super cute!
Holiday Revelry Holiday Photo Cards
While looking for holiday photo cards at I also came across a great gift idea for my in-laws, Personalized Photo Calendars. I love this idea. They have so many appointments to keep track of and I really think they would love a calendar with pictures of their grandkids on each page of the month. I love that Minted has so many different designs to choose from!
Café Grand Calendars
Café Grand Calendars
I will definitely be checking out's Cyber Monday sale tomorrow. You can too by visiting:
Also make sure you 'like' their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter @minted for the most updated promotions they have going on.
Happy Cyber Monday Shopping!!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Check out the Tarte Cosmetics Black Friday Sale for all of your girly gift giving needs!

(The Jackson Five Family received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this product feature. However, all opinions are honest and our own!)
I'm so excited about Tarte Cosmetics 'Black Friday' sale. Tarte is one of my favorite makeup brands and they are offering 25% off sitewide when you use code 'Friday' at checkout now through Sunday 11/30.
While most people may be thinking about Thanksgiving dinner, tartelettes are likely thinking about what products they’ll purchase at our Black Friday sale! Well tartelettes, we’re giving you early access to our sale this year so you can spend the rest of the day giving thanks and spending time with loved ones. Receive 25% off all orders when you apply the code FRIDAY, valid now through 11/30! Happy shopping…we mean, Thanksgiving!
With Thanksgiving over and the holidays right around the corner it's the perfect time to stock up on those fun girly gifts for your mom, sister, girlfriends and of course a few item's for yourself! Hey you have to be holiday party ready, right?!
I was so excited to recently have the opportunity to try out the Tarte 'Away Oui Go' Portable Palette and Collector's Set. Found exclusively at Ulta this limited edition set is inspired by dreamy French Adventures and would make the perfect gift this year. The set is part of Tarte's new Sweet Dreams Holiday Collection 2014 which offers many other pretties as well.
This set is perfect for the busy holiday season. It comes with 16 full-sized Amazonian Clay Eye Shadows, 4 full sized Amazonian Clay 12-hour blushes, 3 lip glosses, and the Lights Camera and Lashes mascara as well as the portable compact.  
This has been my go-to-makeup for weeks now. It seriously has everything that I need besides foundation to get ready for the day. I love that I can pop one of the palette's into the compact, grab my fave lip gloss and take them with me wherever I go --LOVE!
If you're looking for the perfect gift idea or just need some makeup to give you holiday glam then you should definitely check out Tarte's Black Friday sale and all of the products in their holiday collection!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Holiday Gift Idea --Check out the new VTech Switch & Go Dinos Turbo Bronco the RC Triceratops #Giveaway

 (The Jackson Five Family received a complimentary product sample from VTech to help facilitate this reader feature and giveaway. However, all opinions are honest and our own. The sponsor is fully responsible for prize fulfillment and shipping!)
If you have a boy to buy for this Christmas then you'll want to check out the new VTech Switch and Go Dinos Turbo Bronco the Triceratops.

Geared for ages 3-8 this new toy will definitely be at the top of holiday wish list's this season. Bronco the RC Triceratops is a fierce remote controlled dinosaur that easily transforms into a sleek race car with the push of a button!
My boy's love this toy! They love using the remote control to drive Bronco around. Their favorite part is the turbo charge lever, when used it charges the turbo boosters and gives him a burst of speed making it super fast. They also think it's cool being able use the remote to turn the headlights on, listen to the realistic sounds and pressing the talk button to learn cool dino facts (over 70 wild sounds and phrases!!).
Brono features an LCD screen that displays customizable dinosaur eyes and driver animations which is really neat too!
 VTech offers 15 durable, unique and collectable Switch and Go Dinos to choose from ranging in price from just $12.99 to $69.99. No matter your budget this holiday season VTech Switch and Go Dinos will make the perfect gift!

Learn more about Switch and Go Dinos by visiting:
We love giving this holiday season and are excited to team up with VTech to give you the chance to win your very own VTech Switch and Go Dinos Turbo Bronco the RC Triceratops valued at $44.99!

Friday, November 21, 2014

LG OLED TV is a great family gift idea from Best Buy!

  The Jackson Five Family has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
Living in a house full of boys you can almost always bet that electronics are on the top of their Christmas lists. That's why we choose Best Buy as our Holiday Shopping Destination. From the latest video games for the boys to the best TV's for my husband, their competitive prices and huge selection makes holiday shopping a breeze!
Speaking of TV's you have to check out the new LG OLED TV that features a stunning design making it the 'ultimate picture display'. It's only 0.21" thick at it's thinnest point making it super thin , the picture quality is spectacular with Infinite Contrast that ranges from the most blazing whites to the deepest blacks and it offers LG's exclusive 4 Color Pixel technology that delivers bright, vibrant colors.
You will love the deeper and richer colors, stunning contrast and the ingeniously curved screens that help deliver a more natural, lifelike viewing experience with a greater sense of realism and depth --it's unlike any technology you've ever seen delivering a picture that will exceed your wildest imaginations!
Another great feature of the LG OLED TV is that it features intuitive webOS Smart TV interface allowing you to find contest faster and easier than ever. You will love having Netflix, YouTube and Hulu Plus at your fingertips letting you stream movies, videos and music through it.
The LG OLED TV would make the ultimate family gift this holiday, I know my family would love one! -- Best Buy offers it at the every day low price of $3499.99 (save $500)!
Learn more and check it out by visiting:

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

#RoamingReindeerBlogTour and Giveaway --a new holiday tradition and gift idea!

(The Jackson Five Family received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this reader feature and giveaway. However all opinions are honest and our own. The sponsor is fully responsible or prize fulfillment and shipping!)
Today is the 2nd day of no school for us --that can mean only one thing, we have snow and the boys will be fighting like crazy!  

Our boys' can be wild and it's getting hard for just one elf to keep an eye on the two of them. A few years back Santa sent "The Elf on the Shelf" to watch over them and to report on their behavior. Since we were in need of extra helpers this year Santa sent the Roaming Reindeer to us too!

 Meet Gus and Sam...

Full Kit Image 2

Gus and Sam are two of Santa's most important reindeer. They may look cute and cuddly, but their jobs go far beyond their looks. They've come into our home this holiday season to help the elf watch over the boys and to report on any naughty or nice behavior that they see.

Sam --Reindeer #1 is the spotter of naughty behavior. He will be busy flying to and from our home back to the North Pole to report what he sees. He gets sad when he see's someone being naughty and will disappear to tell Santa what they've been up to.

Gus --Reindeer #2 will never leave. He will be here at all times through the holiday's to keep an eye on the boys. He will be a fun reminder of nice behavior and good manners. If Sam's away reporting something naughty he will stick around to hopefully see an improvement and will tell him as soon as he returns.

This Christmas keepsake, Roaming Reindeer by Angela Meju is quickly becoming a new, family fun tradition. It's a great gift idea too! The touching tale is a great story to read with your children and the plush reindeer will be a constant reminder for them to be on their best behavior, practicing good manners! 

 Unlike the crazy elf that moves from place to place each night (talk about a lot of work and pressure on a parent to remember to move him!!), the Roaming Reindeer can simply stay stationary. The purpose is to remind kids that if there are 2 reindeer then their behavior must be good, but the minute one goes missing means that their behavior must have been naughty and one of them is reporting it to Santa.

Our elf "Taxi" and Gus and Sam will all be making their debut very soon. Arriving on Thanksgiving night I can't wait to continue one tradition and to add to the fun with these little guys! The boys' love their elf and I know that they will love Gus and Sam just as much. It's a fun way to keep them in line and to remind them that Santa is always watching so they better be good for goodness sakes!


You can learn more about the Roaming Reindeer by visiting:

We are excited to be able to give you a code for $5 off the purchase of Roaming Reindeer which is a great gift idea this season --Simply use code ROAM2014 at checkout through 11/27 to receive the special price!

We are also so excited for a fun giveaway! One lucky reader will win their very own Roaming Reindeer book and plush set valued at $34.95!!


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

ChapStick products make the perfect stocking stuffers this year!

(The Jackson Five Family received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this reader feature. However, all opinions are honest and our own!)
I have always been a fan of ChapStick so today I'm excited to tell you about one of my new fave products from them --the ChapStick Total Hydration Lip Balm which will make the perfect stocking stuffer this year!
ChapStick® Total Hydration
Sold exclusively at Target the Total Hydration Lip Balm comes in 3 great flavors --Luscious Lemon Delight, Sweet Peach (my favorite!!), and Soothing Oasis. I love the flavors and the sleek, silver ez-twist tubes.
The 3-in-1 formula has advanced ingredients that help moisturize, renew and transform the skin on your lips making them appear healthier and more youthful.
These make my lips feel great and I'm loving the fun flavors. Ohio weather can be brutal on my lips in the winter and these will definitely come in handy over the next couple of months!
If you're looking for something a little more festive for the stocking make sure you also check out ChapStick's new mixstix and the ChapStick originals. You will love flavors like Vanilla Candy Cane Milkshake, Pumpkin Pie and Candy Cane --yummy!
Check out all of the great products that ChapStick has available by visiting:

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Holiday Gift Giving & Giveaway Guide -- SOL Republic PUNK Speaker Giveaway...

(The Jackson Five Family received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this reader feature and giveaway. All opinions are honest and our own. Sponsor is fully responsible for prize fulfillment and prize redemption/shipping)


I am so excited to once again be hosting our Holiday Gift Giving and Giveaway Guide. Today we are kicking it off with one of our favorite brands -- SOL Republic.
We absolutely love our DECK speaker and are even more excited to share one of SOL Republic's newest products with you, the PUNK speaker.
The PUNK is similar to the DECK speaker, but smaller in size giving it a sleeker look and making it even more portable so that you can jam to your fave tunes no matter where you are! You will love that it also comes with a more affordable price tag, making it the perfect gift or extra special stocking stuffer this holiday season!

 PUNK is loud, tough and fits in the palm of your hand (see mine above!). It's water, shock and dust resistant, plays up to 8 hours of music at a time and plays music wirelessly up to 60 feet away! PUNK is super social allowing you to pair it easily with any Bluetooth enabled audio device. It also comes with a 3.5mm jack so that you can connect it to your home or car stereo, quickly becoming your stereo hub!
PUNK comes in 7 fabulous colors --match it to your outfit, your bike, your hair, your shoes whatever your style is there's a color for you!
We take our DECK speaker everywhere so when we heard about the new, smaller sized PUNK we were so excited to see how it worked, to see if it was really as loud as they claimed it to be and to see if it worked from 60 feet away.

We've tried it out, taken it with us so many places and it really is a punk --Loud tough and so much fun. The boys' love the name of it and think this smaller one is theirs! I really don't mind them using it because of it's durability and smaller price tag. If you're looking for a really great, ultra portable, loud speaker then you definitely need to check the PUNK out! We love it and think you will too!
You can learn more about the PUNK speaker and all of the great products that SOL Republic has to offer this holiday by visiting:
We think the PUNK speaker would make a great gift this year and are so excited to be giving one away!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Levana Stella 2 Baby Monitor...

(The Jackson Five Family received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this reader feature. However, all opinions are honest and our own!)

Levana Stella 2 Camera Baby Monitor

 Our kids are 6 and 8, but we still use a baby monitor... every single night! Why? For peace of mind. Do you remember when you were a kid and you had to sleep in a dark room alone at night? I do and guess what I got scared. I heard noises, saw shadows etc... It's something all kids do and the boy's have the same fears. 

 So when Levana recently sent us their Stella 2 Camera Baby Monitor to try out we got exited!

This baby monitor has so many great features. We loved that we were sent not one, but two cameras for the system. Having two cameras allowed us to view two separate rooms in our home from one single monitor. You can also add an additional two cameras, allowing you to view up to 4 individual rooms in your home all on one monitor!

 The Levana Stella offers a big 4.3" screen for convenient viewing. You can see a clear picture on the screen during the day or night with the Invisible LED Night Vision which ensures a clear image of your child or baby (or dog, haha she's a great model) from up to 12 ft away!

From the screen unit you can also control the camera --moving it a full 270 degrees horizontally and 110 degrees vertically with the smooth and silent Pan/Tilt/Zoom feature allowing you to see everything in the room from the touch of a button. I love, love, love this feature. Old baby monitors allowed you to set the camera and see only one view in a room, this one lets you move the camera viewing area around the whole room. Hear a noise by the window, simply move the camera that way and check things out, again giving you better piece of mind without ever having to go in the baby's room and take the chance of waking them up etc.

When choosing a baby monitor there are two very important things you should consider, but maybe you don't always think about - A monitors reach and privacy. The last thing you want is to purchase a baby monitor that only works within small distances. The Levana Stella offers Private ClearVu technology which provides you with outstanding precision and clarity of digital signal from up to 750 ft away and you can use 4 cameras with this system. We've also heard about those crazy stories where someone outside of the home can access your monitor etc... Stella offers a private, secure interference-free digital signal that no one can access but you which is very important when making sure a baby monitor is the perfect fit for you and your family's home!

Our favorite feature on this monitor is the Talk to Baby two-way communication intercom. Whether you're trying to calm a crying baby or you simply want to reassure your kids that you are closeby this is one of the best features a baby monitor can have these days. I can hear everything my kids say, but I also have the option of pressing a button and responding to their questions, being able to tell them to settle down or just telling them goodnight one more time from wherever I'm at.
Other great features include 3 built-in lullabies that you can activate and change from the parent unit at anytime.

36 hour battery life in PEEP mode meaning that the camera goes into power-on/off energy efficient picture mode. When there is absolutely no sound in the room the camera goes into 'sleep' mode and turns back on the second it hears a peep of any kind.

The Smart LED Indicator ring is a color system that shows up on the screen when you have the volume turned down. It alerts you to how much the baby is crying out. For instance blue would mean it picks up only low volume and whispers and red would alert you to high volume and yelling. There are many colors in between as well.
We've had the Levana Stella set up with 2 cameras in our home for a few weeks now and it really is an exceptional baby monitor. The pictures and sound are both very clear. I love the huge screen on the parent unit and it's awesome being able to control the camera and move it to view anywhere in the boys' room. That is such a great feature that many monitors don't offer. The boys love knowing that I am always with them, without actually being in their room. They will tell me goodnight mom, I love you over and over and it's great being able to communicate back and forth from wherever I am at without having to stop what I'm doing, like laundry etc.

 In the middle of the night I know when they get up to go to the bathroom and love being able to tell them goodnight again without ever leaving my bed. Of course we don't use the added lullaby option, but if you have a little one it's definitely an added bonus. My boys' loved music when they were babies and I think we would have used it a ton. You don't know how many times I used to try and sneak into their room to turn their mobile on without them seeing or hearing me.  
If you're looking for a great baby monitor I highly recommend the Levana Stella. I had never heard of the brand before, but after using it for awhile I can honestly it's one of the best baby monitors I've ever used! Love it!
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