Category Archives: Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Surprizamals: Collect Them All!

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I love surprises and I know kids do too. I was recently sent a few Surprizamals from Beverly Hills Teddy Bear. Surprizamals are cute and tiny stuffed characters in a plastic ball.

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There are over 100 different characters to collect! The packaging does not reveal what is inside so it is always a surprise.  Each character has a different rarity ranging from common to rare. There are 3 different series in Surprizamals so far and each series has 12 different characters.

We opened two of the balls and they both turned out to be purple stuffed animals, my favorite color!

suprizamals review

surprizamals review

Attached to each stuffed animal is a tag that includes its name, birthday and favorite color.
Surprizamals Jinx The Cat.

Maddie and Jinx are adorable and very soft. The ones we received are from the Cutie Series 1 set. I like the fact that you don’t know what you are getting. It adds a little mystery. These will be fun to collect, especially if you get a rare one.

The Suprizamals only cost $4.99 and would perfect for stocking stuffers.

 

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Unique Gift Giving Is Easy With NOVICA Plus a Giveaway!

Gift giving came be stressful when you are searching for the perfect gift. Especially if the person you are shopping for has everything. This is when you need to get creative and look for gifts that are more unique. NOVICA is the perfect place to shop.

novica logoNOVICA works with artisans from around the world to sell their handmade pieces. When you purchase from NOVICA, the money goes back to the person who created the piece. I like that you will not find mass produced products. All the products are all hand crafted from artisans from regions like the Andes, Bali & Java, Brazil, Central America, India, Mexico, Thailand and West Africa.

I have bought products from NOVICA before and have always been very happy with my purchases. I like that they offer such a huge variety of products. They sell home décor, jewelry, paintings, clothes and more.  You will definitely find that perfect gift and it will be unique.

I wanted to share a few of my favorites from their site.

gifts for womenThis Midnight Maya Tote bag is very pretty. It is a nice size too so it can hold a lot. It is made in Central America.

unique natural fiber journalsThis set of 3 Natural Fiber Journals are made in Bali. Inside is rice paper and the cover is an eggshell mosaic. It even includes a stick of cinnamon.

unique gift ideasThis Mango Wood Vase is beautiful. The design is simple and I love the dark wood. I like that it looks great with or without flowers.

This time I chose a piece of jewelry from NOVICA for my daughter Kayla. She actually picked it out.

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Kayla is very happy with the Sterling Silver Garnet Floral Ring she picked out. She can be picky at times but this style is just right for her. She likes the design and shape of the ring. If she’s happy I’m happy so this is a win in my book.

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Go On An Adventure With The Wild Life Movie!

From the producers that brought audiences Shaun the Sheep Movie, Paddington and A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures, The Wild Life arrived on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital), and On Demand November 29 from nWave Pictures, Studiocanal and Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company.

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From the over-exuberant parrot Mak to the snack-obsessed tapir Rosie, from the persnickety echidna Epi to the acrobatic pangolin Pango, from the ditzy goat Scrubby to the commonsensical kingfisher Kiki and the always-cool chameleon Carmello, things are larger-than-life on a tropical isle that is pure wild animal paradise.  the wild life reviewThen Robinson Crusoe, a marooned human, arrives in the midst of a furious storm, and their lives are forever changed by this bewildering new “creature.

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I like that this movie kind of introduces a newer generations to Robinson Crusoe with a slight twist. The animals are a fun and quirky bunch. Tuesday is my favorite. The story is pretty family friendly. We enjoyed watching Robinson and the animals work together to defend themselves against the savage cats invading their home.

The Wild Life home entertainment special features include a behind-the-scenes featurette looking at the making of the film, an introduction to the characters, a Wild Life music video, and a short “Tips for Your Trip” featurette for viewers to successfully prepare for their next trip to the islands.

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Homido GRAB Makes Virtual Reality Easy For Kids

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Virtual reality is fun. It used to be something you could only experience after spending some big bucks. And letting kids use it was out of the question. There is an affordable option out there that the entire family use, Homido GRAB.

homido grab review

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Homido GRAB is an affordable virtual reality headset to use with smartphones. It is available in Red, Yellow, Blue or Black.

homido grab review

This headset is perfect to introduce kids into the immersive world of VR for the first time. Just clip any phone into the front to play over 1,000+ VR games and apps for iOS or Android, or even watch movies.

Many of these apps are just for fun: Lamper VR, for example, turns you into a firefly that has to dodge tree stalks and gather lights, while Cedar Point VR puts you on its legendary roller coaster Valravn, riding an exact replica of the real coaster in Ohio.

But many are also educational, like Chemistry VR, where players have to mix chemicals into new solutions to escape a room. Meanwhile, Discovery VR, made by the Discovery Channel, brings you all over the world to walk with elephants, swim with manta rays, float alongside the International Space Station and watch myths busted in-person on the virtual set of MythBusters.

We have checked out Youtube’s Virtual Reality Channel and You Visit to use with the Homido GRAB. There are so many apps that your possibilities are endless when it comes to exploring. I am glad there are so many options out there.

Homido even helps you pick out the best apps with the Homido Center app, free for both iPhone and Android. Choose from categories like Flying, Simulation, Horror or Relaxation and it’ll take you straight to the App Store or Google Play to download them.

Besides the expansive educational and recreational apps to play with, Homido GRAB also lets you watch 360° movies—videos that let you turn your head and see in every direction, just like real life. It makes you feel truly inside the scene, whether you’re skiing down the Alps, tiptoeing through a haunted house or even celebrating your nephew’s birthday party recorded with the upcoming Homido 360° Camera.

And because it earned the prestigious Works with Google Cardboard certification from Google, there’s no question about its quality.

My family had a great time using Homido GRAB. The House of Terror VR app had my son jumping out of his skin! He said it felt like he was really there.  It is easy to use and durable.

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The case of the Homido GRAB has these little bumps on it to making gripping and holding it easy.

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The phone is held by an adjustable, spring-based holder mechanism that makes it compatible with any phone, from a tiny Android to the massive iPhone 6plus.  We tried it with a Samsung Galaxy S5 and a Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

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There’s even a button that lets you interact with the virtual worlds that await you.

homido grab review

The Homido GRAB Virtual Reality Headset does not have a strap to hold it in place but this a good thing. You are able to remove the headset from in front of your eyes quickly which is great for safety reasons.

Like all other Homido products, the Homido GRAB is made with quality, custom-made lenses. It’s also made with durable plastic, so even the most accident-prone children or adults can toss it in their backpack or knock of off a table, and the headset will survive the wear and tear while protecting the phone inside it.

Homido GRAB is the fourth headset available from Homido, for $39.99 at Homido.com and Target.com

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Family Movie Night With The Secret Life Of Pets and a Giveaway!

This post is in partnership with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

I know I am not the only person who has wondered what your pets do when you’re not home. Our dog Scottie finds a way to get into everything when are gone. I just imagine him running in and out of rooms, jumping on the couch or bed and messing with stuff he know he is not allowed to touch.

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From the humans behind Despicable Me, The Secret Life of Pets is a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. The DVD and Blu-ray are available in stores everywhere now.

The Secret Life of Pets has an all-star voice cast including Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Steve Coogan and Albert Brooks.

We received the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Target Exclusive featuring 4 pages of decals.

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The combo pack comes with the Blu-ray, DVD, and a Digital copy. Plus, you can decorate your room, car, office, laptop, or wall with 4 pages of decals featuring main characters and their funny personalities.

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Since we love Family Movie Night, I got the family together to watch The Secret Life of Pets.

home theater signMovie night is not complete unless you have snacks. So we had some popcorn and treats. We found some The Secret Life of Pets fruit snacks along with the cutest stuffed animals at Target.

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This new release features nearly an hour of bonus content, including three hilarious mini-movies: the all-new Norman Television and Weenie plus Mower Minions which debuted in theaters. I love the Minions and I am happy that they had a mini movie. My family enjoys watching all the extra bonus content and there are some great bonuses included with The Secret Life of Pets.  The Hotdog Singalong with Max and Duke is cute and catchy. I can’t get it out of my head. I also liked the musical mash up of Snowball’s one-liners.

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I can definitely see this movie becoming a family favorite. It is fun to see life from the perspective of your pet. We laughed all throughout the movie.  It was so cute how Max looked at his relationship with Katie as them being soul mates, truly best friends. I always tell the kids to never forget about our dog Scottie. We see so much more of the world then he does but we are his world. All of the pets are funny but I think Snowball was the funniest. He was all about the struggle and liberating animals. Kevin Hart did a great job as the voice of Snowball.

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The Secret Life of Pets is not only a perfect gift for Family Movie Night but will make a great gift this holiday season. Make sure to grab your copy today!

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Honeycomb Portable Bluetooth Speaker Review and Giveaway

Everyone in my family listens to a lot of music. We listen to music so much we have a subscription to a music streaming service. I love it because it means lot of music at a reasonable price. Most of the time we listen using our headphones but there are times we like to share music. This is where a good speaker comes in handy.

Honeycomb Sound LLC recently announced the launch of their new wireless Bluetooth® portable speaker, the model HC-1. I was sent one to try out.

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honeycomb bluetooth speaker review

When I pulled it out the box I was loving the shape and design. It is unique and stands out. This cell shaped structure provides a material with low density and high compression.  In terms of audio speaker design, this produces sound that is tight and clean. Measuring 14″(l) x 6.5″(h) x 4.5″(d) the bluetooth speaker does not take up a lot of space and is portable.

The Honeycomb speaker enclosure includes a 40 watt Class D high efficiency stereo amplifier with DSP; Bluetooth® 4.0 wireless technology; four 2″ full-range speakers; dual dynamic ports; 2200 mAh lithium-ion battery; and tactile control panel.

honeycomb bluetooth speaker review

honeycomb bluetooth speaker review

honeycomb speaker review

The Honeycomb Bluetooth Speaker has the ability to play music from a micro SD card, USB flash drive or 35 mm. I love all the options!  The speaker also has a power bank function allowing for charging of mobile phones. It even comes with all the cords you need.

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The Honeycomb Bluetooth Speaker is easy to operate and powerful. I took a quick video to show you how nice the sound is.

The sound is clear and crisp. It was very easy to pair it with my phone too. I am really loving this speaker. It is so stylish. I like that I can charge it and move it around with no problem. It holds a charge for hours. The speaker can be charged through a wall out or with the USB cord. It takes longer to charge it through USB though. I also love that you can charge your phone with this speaker too.

The Honeycomb Portable Bluetooth Speaker is available for $129 with shipping and handling of only $7.50 There are two colors available: Silver and White or Red and Black.

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Aroma Sense Vitamin C Luxury Shower Head Giveaway

Everyone knows that life can get pretty stressful at times. I am a huge fan of products that help me relax. Besides curling up with a good book or watching a movie I love to unwind in the shower. I use the uninterrupted time to clear my mind and to do a little singing. I sound amazing in there!

I was recently sent a Aroma Sense Vitamin C Luxury Shower Head to try out. This came at the perfect time because we did our main bathroom over a few months ago. I am talking paint, new flooring, new toilet and vanity. I have not had the chance to pick out a new shower head yet.

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What stood out to me about Aroma Sense is that it uses essential oils. I have been using aromatherapy a lot lately and it works great for me. I have found it makes a difference and I use my diffuser on a daily basis.

The Opus Wall Mounted Aroma Sense Shower Head comes with a filter and a Vitamin C cartridge.

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It is very easy to assemble and install.  You just need to make sure you plier wrench and you are good to go! It will not take long at all.

The Aroma Sense Vitamin C Luxury Shower Head is so refreshing while helping me to de-stress. It smells so good when I take a shower and the scent lingers which is an added bonus! The water pressure with this shower head is pretty nice too. I was a little worried about this but the water comes out well and feels like a nice massage.

The Aroma Vitamin C Cartridge helps to promote healthy skin and hair while reducing the amount of chlorine in your shower water. The cartridge last about 60-90 days, it depends on how much it is used. It will turn clear when it needs to replaced. There are quite a few scents to choose from:

  • Citrus Mango
  • Lemon
  • Lavender
  • Eucalyptus
  • Jasmine

There is even a neutral option if you don’t want the aromatherapy enhancement but still want the Vitamin C benefits.

AS-Opus Demo from Aroma Sense USA on Vimeo.

You can purchase the  Opus Wall Mounted Aroma Sense Shower Head for $89.99

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