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    Come Out and Play with Us. We’re Going To The Chicago Toy Fair!

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    My family has been going to the Chicago Toy Fair since 2010. It has become sort of a tradition that my entire family looks forward to. We head out pretty early but no one seems to mind. We leave around 5 a.m since we live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and it is a little bit of a drive. The kids and I pretty much sleep most of the way so we definitely appreciate that my husband does the driving.

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    Painting With No Mess Is Possible With The Thin Stix Creativity Pack

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    I have been a fan of Kwik Stix since I was first introduced to them 2 years ago. My kids have always enjoyed arts and crafts. But it was something about painting that they really loved. I think maybe it was the mess it made. It used to stress me out but I let them do. There was paint and water spilling everywhere. I used to just lay down lots and lots of newspaper! And I still would end up find little paint splatters on the wall, table and their clothes.

    You don’t have to worry about the mess anymore if you use Kwik Stix. They are sticks of tempera paints that you hold in your hand.  It all started with the classic Kwik Stix. They are perfect for little hands and there is no need for water or brushes. Pencil Grip Inc has added more colors and now have a slimmer version called Thin Stix.

    THINSTIX 12 GRP

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    Holiday Gift Guide 2017

    Give Creative Gifts With Help From LittleMissMatched!

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    Fun and colorful gifts are some of the best kinds to give.  LittleMissMatched is a girls’ lifestyle brand that I support. They encourage girls to be confident in everything they do and to have fun. I always want my daughters and granddaughter to always be themselves and voice their opinions.  This company thinks outside of the box and I just love it.  I always liked that they sell socks in sets of three.

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    LittleMissMatched is more than just colorful socks. They carry patches, dolls, dresses, notebooks and more.  Each product is unique and creative.

    This 3 in 1 Reversible Pillow is one of their newest products. It so cute and soft! One side is a cookie and the other is a donut.

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    Get The Conversation Started With Personalogy Games

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    We are a game playing family. It doesn’t matter what type it is. Board, card or video. We like them all. A few nights a week, we can be found playing something. It is one of my favorite ways to spend time with my kids and husband.  Recently we were sent two new games to add into the rotation from Personalogy.

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    Holiday Gift Guide 2017

    Unplug and Get Creative With Magnaflex

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    Technology has really advanced since when my kids were younger. Kids spend more time on devices these days than ever before. I love it when kids are able to put down the devices, unplug and really play. Recently I was able to review a hot new toy from WoWwee, Magnaflex.

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    Magnaflex is a magnetic construction toy. What makes Magnaflex different from other magnetic toys is the pieces are bendable and flexible.

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    Complete Month Of Meals Collection Cookbook Giveaway

    November is National Diabetes Month. Nearly half of all American adults have diabetes or prediabetes, yet most don’t understand the life-long burden of this chronic illness or the 24/7 work it takes to effectively manage diabetes. There are a few members of my family who have diabetes. I have seen it handled with medication, exercising and changing eating habits.

    Diabetes is a complex health condition that affects millions of people and without proper management, can lead to serious complications. Unaddressed, diabetes takes a heavy toll medically, financially and individually. People with diabetes are at an increased risk for other serious health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, kidney failure, amputation and blindness. 

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    Holiday Recipes Packed with Flavor and Crunch

    The holiday season can be full of special occasions that bring friends and family together around the dining room table. While certain classic dishes may be expected, adding new recipes to your holiday menu can keep even the traditionalists reaching for seconds. I know my family likes when I change it up a bit. It is ok as long as I don’t change it up too much.

    A staple of any holiday dinner is the tried-and-true green bean casserole. Tender green beans immersed in a creamy mushroom sauce that are then topped with a crunchy layer of classic French’s Fried Onions to complete the dish. These flavorful and crunchy onions can be the star ingredient of many of your holiday recipes.

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