Monday, November 30, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Giving and Giveway Guide: will delight them with the unlimted toy rental...

The Jackson Five Family received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this reader feature. However, all opinion are honest and our own!
Today I'm excited to share a fun gift subscription with you called Pley. Pley is a toy rental service for those that love building things like LEGO and K'NEX. With over 400 LEGO sets to choose from and a variety of K'NEX and hugely popular robotic educational toys, kids will love picking out which set they want to build and having them arrive on their doorstep each month.
A Pley subscription lets you rent building sets and toys, one at a time and when you're done with one you get to send it back and get another. Pley is great for kids who love to try new sets, are maybe just getting into the building scene and are not sure what kind of building blocks they like or if your kids are like mine and you are like me then it's perfect -- This is what happens at our house: We buy expensive building sets and the kids build them once, get the pieces all over (every moms nightmare) and then they are bored with the toy. A Pley subscription allows them to choose what set they want to try, it arrives on our doorstep, they have fun building it and when they are done we simply send it back and get a new one.
We just received our first Pley set in the mail and the boys' have been having so much fun 'trying' to put it together. They picked the LEGO Technic Hot Rod which has 416 peices and is geared towards ages 9-16.
It has tons of pieces. Daddy has been helping them build, but with so many tiny parts it's been a tad challenging for them. More time consuming than anything. I think they've realized it might be a little too time consuming for their taste. I love that with Pley they were able to find that out without us having to buy a set they may never finish. While searching for our next Pley order I think we will filter by age or by pieces, something better suited for them especially our 7 year old.
Pley makes a great gift for anyone who loves to build. I love that the pieces are sanitized, you don't get charged if you lose a piece, they are delivered right to the doorstep and there are so many sets to choose from!
You can still snag the Black Friday Deal if you hurry! Right now when you purchase a 6 month Pley subscription you'll only pay for 5. You'll get one month free!
Learn more about Pley by visiting:

Saturday, November 28, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Giving Guide and Giveaways -- Photo Pendants from Pictures on Gold will be a gift to cherish forever!

The Jackson Five Family received a complimentary product sample while work with USFG to facilitate this reader feature. However, all opinions are honest and our own!
A few weeks ago I shared the photo pendants with you as a fun gift this holiday season and today I'm so excited to show you the one I ordered!
I had a picture of my boys' put on the heart pendant necklace and I'm in love with the finished product. I really didn't know what to expect when I sent a photo over of the boys, but oh my goodness it turned out so great. The photo quality is so clear and the over all quality of the pendant and chain is perfect.
If you're looking for the perfect gift for your mom, grandma, something special for your sister or friend, this is it. Add a photo of their kids, grandkids, even their favorite pet would work. It's such a thoughtful gift and something they will cherish forever. I know I will cherish mine!
Save on Photo Pendants from Pictures On Gold this holiday season. Use code famguide10 at checkout to save 10% !
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Friday, November 27, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Giving & Giveaway Guide --Mixbook Merry Christmas Photo Book and discounts...

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

I've been giving people photo books as gifts for several years and everyone just loves them. My grandma, who has everything would rather have a photo book gifted to her of the grand kids over anything else. They are a heartfelt gift that will provide memories long after the holidays are over!

Why not celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with the festive and sentimental Merry Christmas photo book from Mixbook --snowflakes, candy canes and colorful ornaments are featured on joyful holiday backgrounds to showcase your photographs. Layouts allow you to build collages, feature a portrait across the gutter or frame snapshots inside holiday artwork. Your personal quotes and tags are highlighted in eye-catching typography.

Merry Christmas is part of the Mixbook 'Seasonal Photo Books Collection' and is backed by their 100% satisfaction guarantee, just like all of their photo books, cards, and calendars. Mixbook uses only the highest-quality, heavy-weight papers that are ethically sourced from sustainable forests and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and the Rainforest Alliance.

With Mixbook, everything is customizable. Add your own photos and text, change the layout, add stickers and backgrounds - you are free to design a Book that is personal to you! 


Printing only takes 1-2 business days, order one today! I've teamed up with Mixbook to offer you 50% off cards, 10x10 books + 40% off site wide just in time for the holidays!

Visit the link below to take advantage of these offers and more!


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Giving Guide and Giveaways -- Grown-Up Coloring Book -- Art Therapy Magazine Subscription & Keep Calm and Color On by Put Me In The Story

The new craze and a very popular item this holiday season are adult coloring books. I've always loved to color, but as an adult I really don't enjoy coloring my kids favorite character themed pages, so the new grown-up ones are perfect! The designs are so pretty and intricate and they really are a big stress reliever this time of year and fun to give anyone on your list this holiday. 

I'm excited to share two really awesome adult coloring book gift ideas with you. 
The first one is the Keep Calm and Color On personalized coloring book by Put Me In The Story. Crafted especially for stress relief and creative expression, this coloring book features intricately designed patterns and sweet quotes throughout. 

I had the chance to personalize a book for myself and I'm in love with it! The front is so pretty and says 'Jenna, Keep Calm and Color On'. On the first page you open you have the option to personalize the page with a dedication message or since ordering for myself I had them print a few of my fave quotes...

Then, throughout the book you'll find lots of other inspirational quotes with the personalized name you choose above some of them as if they are speaking right to the recipient. There are two different Keep Calm and Color On personalized coloring books to choose: Keep Calm and Color on for Stress Relief and Keep Calm and Color on for Your Inner Creative. Either one would make the perfect gift or stocking stuffer this year!

Now thru December 13th you can purchase the books individually for $19.99 or purchase 2 for $30 when you use the code: RELAX

Check them out and all of the Put Me In The Story personalized products by visiting:


 Art Therapy Mag
The second one is the Art Therapy Magazine subscription. Monthly box subscriptions have become very popular as well as grown-up coloring books and that's why this is another great gift idea this year!

Inside the magazine Art Therapy combines gorgeous coloring patterns, to inspire you daily, as well as useful insights into mindfulness and relaxation. Each issue features 6 stunning designs carefully drafted to enhance your creativity, plus inspiring hints and tips to boost your well being!

The Art Therapy Magazine makes the perfect gift this holiday. For only $4.95 you can send someone their first and second issues of the adult coloring book Art Therapy Magazines which also includes a free gift.  You can gift magazine issues 2 and 3 for $9.90 + $1 shipping which also includes a free gift with each one and then if you want to continue giving the Art Therapy Magazine subscription or your recipient wants to continue the subscription each magazine thereafter is only $4.95 + $1 shipping which also includes a free gift with each issue you receive. It could be a pencil case, gel pens, a tidybox to place your magazines in etc... 

It's a very affordable gift for one who loves creativity and relaxation. The subscription magazine offers artful designs that allow you to express your creativity and your imagination. With each issue you'll receive new artist quality supplies that if continued will build up into a complete coloring set. 

You can learn more and order the Art Therapy Magazine subscription by visiting:

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Giving Guide and Giveaways --AcuRite the #1 weather station brand in North America for time, temperature and weather technology

(The Jackson Five Family received a complimentary product to help facilitate this reader review and giveaway. All opinions are honest and our own! Sponsor is full responsible for prize fulfillment!)

If you're looking for the perfect gift for the gadget loving person this holiday season then you must check out AcuRite. From the latest weather stations and rain gauges to food thermometers and scales, you'll find a huge selection of gift ideas at AcuRite.

Two products that I love as gift ideas are the Flashlight with NOAA Weather Radio and the Color Weather Station. Both practical and useful, but something not everyone on your list has.
Living in Ohio you never know what the weather is going to be like from one day to the next. One day it's 60 and sunny and the next we are having a snowstorm or a tornado. The AcuRight Emergency Weather Alert NOAA Radio with LED Flashlight is the perfect gadget to keep you informed 24/7. It alerts you with up-to-date information on emergency alerts, storm alerts, tornados, floods, disasters, amber alerts, and public announcements in your local area. The LED light is super bright and won't leave you in the dark when the power is out --you'll love the hand crank feature that recharges the battery when you have no power. It's the perfect gift for those weather worriers like my husband and is one of the brightest flashlights I've seen. 

Another great gift idea and one that I love is the Color Weather Station. I've had this hooked up and setting on my desk for a little over a week now and I'm constantly looking at it for info. I love that it displays the time, date, indoor/outdoor temperature and humidity, barometric pressure, the moon phase and has symbols like clouds, sun, and rain to let me know what the forecast is going to be like for the day.


This week AcuRite has some great 'Holiday Deals of the Week' and I love that when you click on shop 'gift ideas' they have item's separated into categories like Weather Enthusiast, Stocking Stuffers, Outdoor Recreation etc... to help you narrow down and select the perfect gift for that special person you are shopping for! 



We LOVE giving and have teamed up with AcuRite today for two product giveaways! You have the chance to win the Color Weather Station valued at $74.99 or the Flashlight with NOAA Weather Radio valued at $49.99! 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Happy Holidays! Win a One-Night Stay gift package to Great Wolf Lodge!

It's the most wonderful time of the year at Great Wolf Lodge and we want YOU to be able to visit! 

That's why we're giving you the chance to win a One-Night Stay gift package!

 Anytime is a great time to visit GWL, but right now it's extra magical as the lodge is decorated for the holidays and their Snowland celebration. From snow showers to twinkling lights in the Grand Lobby to gingerbread houses and enormous snowflakes, you'll feel like you're in a winter wonderland while visiting during this special event that continues through the first of the year. 

For the first time ever families visiting their favorite Great Wolf Lodge can make their stay extra special and memorable by reserving a winter wonderland all of their own. Each lodge will offer a limited number of unique 'Snowland' Suites adorned with twinkling garland, a decorated tree, oversized snowflakes and much more.

A stay in a Snowland Suite truly completes the immersive GWL experience. Families will love waking up in their own cozy holiday cabin, and after a full day of indoor waterpark fun, can return for a long winter's nap. During the stay, cookies and milk are personally delivered right before bedtime by a Great Wolf Kids character and families will love snuggling up with their suite's limited edition Snowland throw blanket and reading the "Unique as a Snowflake" Great Wolf Kids storybook all of which are theirs to take home upon checkout!

Snowland also offers Santa's letter writing depot where guests can write a special note to Santa and mail it at his official mailbox in the Grand Lobby, North Pole University activities, a life-sized gingerbread house that you can dine in and special guest appearances from Santa himself! 

Book your stay now by visiting: 



We're so excited to team up with Great Wolf Lodge this holiday season for an awesome giveaway. One lucky reader will win a complimentary One-Night Stay at Great Wolf Lodge, Limited Edition Snowland throw blanket, PEEPS Candy Cane Plush Chick Gift Set, PEEPS Santa Plush Gift Set and Mike and Ike's Merry Mix! 

 *The fine print: Valid at any U.S.-based Great Wolf Lodge (excludes GWL Niagara Falls). Must mention the gift certificate upon making the reservation. Reservation stay is based upon discount availability and not available on holidays. Some additional blackout dates may apply. Certificate expires June 30, 2016 and does not carry cash value. Recipient must be at least 21 years old.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

#OhioTalksTurkey Twitter Party

Thanksgiving is next week already, are you prepared to make the perfect Thanksgiving feast?

 I want to invite you to join me this Thursday November, 19th from 9-10pm EST to the #OhioTalksTurkey Twitter party hosted by the Ohio Poultry Association. We'll be chatting about answers to common questions, from buying a turkey to thawing, prepping, cooking and serving. We'll also be sharing some good Thanksgiving recipes and some helpful cooking tips to help you prepare the perfect Thanksgiving feast this year . When you attend you'll also have the chance to win some great prizes like a turkey fryer, oven roaster, digital thermometer and much more.


Living in Ohio I'm surrounded by a huge farming community as Ohio ranks 9th in turkey farming with more than 219 million pounds of turkey produced each year. Last year was pretty exciting for the kids and our state --Each Thanksgiving, the President of the United States grants the "presidential pardon" to a turkey presented by the National Turkey Federation and Ohio received an invitation to participate in this holiday tradition. Cooper Farms right here in northwest Ohio raised turkeys that traveled to Washington D.C. to meet the President. Ohio students submitted name ideas for the turkeys, and The White House chose the names Mac and Cheese! My son actually got to take a field trip to Cooper Farms during school last year to celebrate this and to learn more about turkey farming etc...

Did you know that about 95% of Americans eat turkey  at Thanksgiving? The average weight of a Thanksgiving turkey purchased is 15 pounds --that means about 675 million pounds of turkey is consumed in America on Thanksgiving, talk about a lot of turkey!

Here are 5 tips from the Ohio Turkey Farmers to help you prepare the Perfect Thanksgiving turkey this holiday---
1. When selecting your turkey, allow 1 pound of turkey per person for a fresh or frozen bird

2. Allow approximately 24 hours for every 4-5 pounds of bird weight for thawing in the refridgerator

3. Plan for 20 minutes per pound in a 350 degree oven for a defrosted turkey and 10-15 minutes per pound for a fresh turkey

4. Don't take the turkey out of the oven until a meat thermometer reads 165 degree F at the breast and 175 degree F for the thigh

5. Let a turkey stand for 20 minutes after removing from the oven before carving to allow the juices to set for the best turkey

If you have left over turkey this year why not turn it into a yummy Turkey-Vegetable Hash Brown Quiche with this easy recipe:

Prep 15 Min
Cook 50 Min
Yields 6 Serving


For Crust --Heat oven to 375. Beat egg and salt in a medium bowl until blended. Add potatoes; mix well. Press evenly against bottom and sides of greased deep 9-inch pie plate. Bake in 375 F oven for 5 min.

Place vegetables in crust; top with turkey. Beat 5 eggs, milk and 1/2 tsp. salt in medium bowl until blended. Pour slowly over turkey. Sprinkle with almonds.

Bake in center of 375 degree oven until center is puffed and knife inserted near center comes out clean, about 45 min. Let stand 5 min and cut into wedges.


I hope you''ll join me this Thursday at the #OhioTalksTurkey Twitter party to learn even more! Check out all of the great prizes, rsvp and see the full event details by visiting:

Monday, November 16, 2015

LEGO KidsFest Creativity Tour RECAP....

Last weekend we attended the 2015 LEGO KidsFest Creativity Tour held in Columbus, Ohio. The Official LEGO event is an interactive LEGO extravaganza that travels through North America and brings all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO and building experiences together in an activity and entertainment-packed family event for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interest levels. 

Since 2009, LEGO KidsFest has made over 30 tour stops, visiting more than two dozen cities around North America. Click HERE to see a list of the upcoming tour schedules!

My boys' love LEGO so this was such a fun event to attend. We attended a session from 5:30-8:30 on a Friday night and were busy the whole event. From building LEGO cars to race down tracks to playing in the huge brick piles which were sorted in size, to checking out all of the life-sized LEGO characters there was something to do for all of ages.

There were timed sessions where we could work together as teams to build a specified item or the bridge that could hold the most weight. We signed up for the LEGO kids club at the event, shopped the LEGO store set up, bounced in the fun house and climbed the rock wall. It was definitely a night of fun!

If you love LEGO then it's definitely worth attended! Learn more about the LEGO KidsFest Creativity Tour by visiting:

Sunday, November 15, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Giving Guide and Giveaways --Hampton Creek, Just Mayo

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

Happy Football Sunday, whether you're watching your fave game or thinking of your next Christmas gift idea I have a product to share with you. It's Hampton Creek's, Just Mayo. Everyone loves mayonnaise, but Hampton Creek offers a different spin on the not usually so healthy condiment used as a sandwich spread and in many delicious recipes. 

   Hampton Creek's Just Mayo is egg-free, non-GMO, gluten free, soy free, dairy free, lactose free and is naturally cholesterol free making it a healthier choice when choosing mayo. We recently had the chance to try all 4 flavors (original, chipotle, garlic, sriracha) and really enjoyed them. 

Our fave is the chipotle. Craig and I have been dipping pretzel sticks in it and we just went through our first bottle. It adds a little kick to our ordinary deli sandwiches too. They are creamy and taste so good.


 Try this Just Mayo Spinach Dip recipe for your next football or holiday get together --

Just  Mayo  Garlic  Spinach  Dip  

1  ¼  cups  frozen  chopped  spinach  
1  packet  Knorr®  Vegetable  recipe  mix  
1  cup  Just  Mayo  Garlic*  
16  oz.  sour  cream  
⅓  cup  slivered  almonds  

1) Thaw  and  cook  spinach  in  a  medium  saucepan  with  a  little  water  until  warmed  through,  about  8-­‐10  minutes.  
2) Press  spinach  in  a  colander  or  cheesecloth  to  remove  as  much  liquid  as  possible.  Place  into  a  large  mixing  bowl.  
3) Add  the  Knorr®  Vegetable  recipe  mix,  Just  Mayo  Garlic,  and  sour  cream  to  the  bowl  and  mix  well.  
4) Chill  the  mixture  for  2  hours.  
5) In  a  dry  skillet  on  medium-­‐low  heat,  toast  the  almond  slivers  until  golden.  Remove  from  skillet  and  let  them  cool.  
6) Fold  the  almonds  into  the  dip,  reserving  a  few  for  garnish.  
7) Serve  the  dip  with  crudités  and  slices  of  bread.  

*For  a  spicy  version  of  the  dip,  use  Just  Mayo  Sriracha  
Prep  time:  20  minutes / Chill  time:  2  hour / Servings:  6  

Nutrition  facts  (5oz  portion):    Calories  501,  Protein  6.88g,  Carbohydrate  9.16g,  
Total  Fat  46.13g,  Cholesterol  50mg,  Sodium  436mg,  Dietary  Fiber  1.96g,  Saturates  11.92g.  


I'm a big fan of their simple, modern packaging and was excited to find these at my local Walmart. I'm making a few fun, manly gift baskets this Christmas and they will look great thrown in a basket paired with beer, pretzels, playing cards and a few Hampton Creek recipes --go ahead and try them! I'd love to know what you think, yum...

Learn more about Hampton Creek and Just Mayo by visiting:

Monday, November 9, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Giving Guide and Giveaways -- Photo Pendants from Pictures on Gold will be a gift to cherish forever!

The Jackson Five Family received a complimentary product sample while working with USFamilyGuide to help facilitate this feature. However, all opinions are honest and our own!

Have a special photo you'd love to cherish forever? Now you can with -- Pictures On Gold allows you to turn your favorite photo into a special piece of jewelry that you can have forever. They take your image and engrave it permanently onto 14K gold, Sterling Silver or Rose Gold with their exclusive photo pendants.

Perfect worn as a pendant on your favorite chain as a necklace or worn on your charm bracelet. These are perfect for Christmas gifts this year! You can even request a special clasp to easily attach to your charm bracelet Free of Charge! Not only can you choose your favorite photo, but you can add special engraved messages to them. pendants are waterproof, scratchproof and come with a lifetime guarantee so that you or your loved one can cherish it forever.

Learn more about the photo pendants and many other great gift ideas by visiting:


I'm so excited to be able to offer you a 10% discount on customized jewelry from Pictures On Gold just in time for the holidays!

Simply use code famguide10 at checkout!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

#GivingIsMyStyle: How Do You Give? @paulmitchellus

How do you give? 

I give by loving these two boys unconditionally. In a world of violence, heartache and the many struggles that life throws at us these days the least I can do is give my boys unconditional love at home so they know that I'll always be here for them and they'll always have a safe place to come home to etc.... 

Paul Mitchell is celebrating their commitment to live beautifully by giving. Whether that means taking steps toward sustainability, helping families in need or supporting undeserved kids, Paul Mitchell believes in doing good for people, animals and our planet.

Join Paul Mitchell's global family and share how you give this month and you can help the 6 charities below. Simply share how you give on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #GivingIsMyStyle and Paul Mitchell will donate $1 to these organizations. Whether it's buying a co-worker a cup of coffee or planting a tree at a local park we want to see how YOU give this month! Share 1 post and they'll donate $1, share 1,000 posts and they'll donate $1,000... you get the point now go share how you're giving this month!

Bright Pink: Bright Pink is the only national non-profit organization that focuses on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. We are proud to support their mission to educate, equip and empower women of all ages to be proactive with their health. @BeBrightPink

Waterkeeper Foundation: For more than 10 years, Paul Mitchell has supported Waterkeeper Alliance in their mission to protect rivers, streams, coastlines and other major waterways around the world.@Waterkeeper

Morris Animal Foundation: Morris Animal Foundation is a global leader in supporting scientific research that advances veterinary medicine. We're proud to support the organization's commitment to improving the health and quality of life for dogs, cats, horses and wildlife around the world.@Morris_Animal

Grow Appalachia: In 2010, Paul Mitchell co-founder John Paul DeJoria teamed up with Berea College to establish Grow Appalachia, a non-profit initiative that helps Appalachian families plant a healthy future. Over the last few years, the organization has produced more than 1.1 million pounds of healthy, organic food for thousands of people in five states.@GrowAppalachia

Boys and Girls Club: Paul Mitchell co-founder John Paul DeJoria grew up in an underserved Los Angeles community. During his youth, the local Boys and Girls Club provided a safe place for him to socialize, learn and grow. Today, our company is proud to give back to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and their efforts to create great futures for young people.@BGCA_Clubs

Reforest'Action: Paul Mitchell Tea Tree proudly supports Reforest'Action, an environmental organization that plants trees worldwide, in the areas where they're needed most. Join The Green Takeover and help us plant 500,000 trees by 2016.


To learn more about #GivingIsMyStyle please visit:

Friday, November 6, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Giving Guide and Giveaway --AdoramaPix Metal Print

I told you guys about AdoramaPix last week on the blog in our holiday gift idea lineup and since then I received my 11 X 17 Metal Print from them. I've never had a metal print and didn't know what to expect, but when I opened the package I fell in love with the photo I ordered of Craig and I shown on the entry table below.

Metal prints are a fun and different gift idea this year. We all have canvases, but these are so different. AdoramaPix takes your photo and turns it into a contemporary piece of artwork by infusing the image right into the metal, making it very durable and giving it a smooth glossy appearance. The color on the metal print is so rich and makes every detail vibrant and clear. The print is scratch resistant, water and weather proof and you can even clean it with glass cleaner! You can't believe how light the print is. I thought with it being metal that it would be bulky and heavy, but that's not the case at all.

Below you can see how shiny and glossy the surface is from the side. It's very thin making it perfect to hang on the wall or stand up on a table against the wall like I've done with mine. 

If  you're looking for a different gift idea this year, one that will last a lifetime then I highly recommend the metal prints. 

I'm excited to offer you guys a 35% discount code to use on your metal print purchases through December, 15th!  

Simply use code pxusfam35m at checkout: