I was super excited to use my brand new Air-Fryer oven that they show on As Seen on TV.
I bought some easy to bake pizza by Chef Boyardee and well… here’s what happened;
What other recipe should I try that’s actually GOOD in the air fryer oven? Let me know!
The Holidays are upon us. Whether it’s sneaking up on you, or you’re like me and were ready months ago for to to begin, the fact is, it’s here!
Wait, before you shop make sure you use eBates to save hundreds of dollars this holiday season!
Crazy store lines, special holiday pricing, Black Friday rushes, and Cyber Monday craze is all a part of the fun (OK, maybe not so much fun) but lucky for you, I’ve done some of the legwork for you.
I have been keeping my eye out on my top picks for some time now, so I am happy to finally share my Holiday Gift Guide for 2018, AND make it even more special by combining my guide with the “This and That” Holiday giveaway hop, because what is better than WINNING your gifts???
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Here are my TOP PICKS for this holiday season!
Just Dance 2019 – Available Now on Nintendo Switch, Wii U, Wii, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 for $39.99… Rated E for Everyone
Dance to the rhythm of your own beat with Just Dance 2019! The #1 Music Video Game Franchise of All Time, with over 65 million units sold, is available now with 40 new and fun songs. Whether there’s something to celebrate or for no reason at all, Just Dance is there for every occasion! Join a community of more than 120 million players around the world and bust out your best moves!
Create a memorable holiday season with your friends and family by getting your groove on with the fun visuals and hot track list of Just Dance 2019, which includes hit songs like:
Keep the party going with a huge catalog of 400+ songs through Just Dance Unlimited, the dance-on-demand subscription streaming service. A one-month subscription is included with every copy of Just Dance 2019.
Hungry Shark World (Click for my review of this game in full!)
The award winning Hungry Shark® series dives onto console with more than 20 sharks, four unique locations and tons of epic missions for you to sink your teeth into. Experience life as a shark in full HD with fully optimized gamepad controls from the comfort of your own home!
Gear Club Unlimited 2 – The most successful racing game on the Nintendo Switch is back coming out this year on Dec 4!
With the pedal to the metal, race along more than 1800 miles of races!
On the mountainside, through a nature park, in the middle of the desert or along the coast, defend your position over the course of more than 250 races, including championships, missions and challenges. Check out the teaser below!
Mario Party for Nintendo Switch – This is a FAVORITE of mine and will for sure be a gift this year in my house! It’s a hefty tag at $59.99 MSRP, but well worth it in my opinion. Not only is it fun for all of the kids, it’s a blast to play for Family Night or sleepovers!
Released on October 5th 2018, It’s a complete refresh of the Mario Party™ series. The original 4-player Mario Party series board game mode that fans love is back, and your friends and family are invited to the party! Freely walk the board: choose where to move, which Dice Block to roll, and how to win the most Stars in skill-based minigames. Wait till you see the 2 vs 2 mode with grid-based maps, the creative uses of the console, and the series’ first online minigame mode!
Thomas the Train New 2018 Toys – Thomas the Train is back and better than ever! Now on Nick Jr., Thomas is focused on the whole World with it’s new series and accompanying toys.
Polly Pocket – Get ready to go tiny! The Polly Pocket Tiny is Mighty tour is coming to Smith Haven Mall on 11/17 & 11/18. If you were a fan of this compact phenomenon back in the 90s, then now is your chance to share the fun with your kids and get a look at Polly Pocket’s world in real-life human scale.
Mattel relaunched Polly Pocket this year with a new product line accompanied by an animated series to introduce a new generation to the world of Polly. The series follows Polly and her friends as they embrace big adventures in a shrunken size, thanks to Polly’s magic locket. Polly Pocket continues to inspire girls to be capable, courageous and tenacious in their own lives, just like her.
Fingerling Hugs – Playing off of last year’s crazy of the fingerling, these plush monkeys feature long arms so little ones can give them big hugs. Kids can swing, toss, tickle, or turn them upside down for different reactions, or record their voice and have the monkey repeat it back as a silly remix. These are sure to be a hit this year!
Ryan’s Giant Mystery Egg – You’ll see this is EVERY toy book out this year, this mystery egg is filled with toys inspired by the popular YouTube channel Ryan ToysReview. Kids can unbox an exclusive vehicle, ultra-rare figures, special slime and putty, a limited-edition squishy, plush, and more.
Untamed Fingerlings – Speaking above of the last year craze of Fingerlings, This year the Untamed line currently includes three different types of dinos: T. rex, velociraptor, and “bonehead” (skeletal dinos). Each can move its mouth, eyes, and head and makes more than 40 different sound effects. The Untamed will also react to touch; tap its head to get a response, or risk sticking your finger in its mouth. Will you get chomped?
Playmobil T-Rex Hidden Temple – Another one on our list inspired by the release of the newest Jurassic Park that came out earlier this year, join the Playmobil Explorers as they embark on a new adventure on Dino Island. The Hidden Temple with T-Rex play set is like Jurassic Park meets the Temple of Doom. Whether kids watch the 10-minute video short to get a sense of the story line, or set off traversing the temple terrain right away, this set packs a play punch.
GO! GO! Smart Wheels Mickey’s Magical Wonderland – Hop in the car with Mickey Mouse, ride on the Ferris wheel, slide down the ramp, spin the gears, and more. Activate five SmartPoint locations to hear Mickey Mouse say fun phrases and encouraging words.
Scrabble Board Game – Making a come-back from the popular game “Words with Friends” bringing more interested in these wooden blocks, originally invented in 1933 by Alfred Butts, there are many different sets out there ranging from travel sets to deluxe collector editions. Many other old board games are popular again this yea.
The Little Book of You – A Personalized book great for any age to cherish forever! Click to check out my full review and see why you’ll want to add this book to your shopping list!
Dr. Karp’s Sleepea – Give the gift of sleep this holiday season to new parents, new babies and families!
Created by Dr. Harvey Karp, America’s premier pediatrician, author of best-selling Happiest Baby on the Block and inventor of the Snoo, the safest and smartest baby bed! The 100% organic cotton 5-second swaddler.
Holiday Themed Clothing – Not one person will complain if you get their baby or young child an adorable outfit (the right size of course!) and especially not if you get one as adorable as these in the Zulily Christmas Shop. Shop early if using Zulily as they take a bit to ship. Try and find their “Free Shipping” weekends to get the best deal!
These Bass Pro Giant Animal Pillows, which are approximately four feet long, drop from $24.99 to $14.99 each at Cabelas.com. Shipping is free on orders of $50, otherwise it adds $5. This is the best price we could find based on similar animal pillows by more than $11. Choose between turtle, dolphin, clownfish, rainbow trout, shark, bass, or crocodile. They’re packed with a polyester filling, and they’re suitable for people of all ages. Sales tax is charged in most states.
Please note that it may take up to 16 days for your item to ship. With free shipping, this is the lowest price we found by $9. Choose from over 100 prints at this price. Each 100% acrylic scarf measures 12.5″ x 66″ with fringes that measure 3.5″. Sales tax is charged in most states.
Women’s puffer jackets drop to $17.79 at Zulily, plus they ship for free when you enter exclusive promo code ZUBRAD1940 at checkout. That’s the lowest price we found, and most sites are charging $30-$40 for similar jackets. Choose from 29 styles in sizes S-XL. Note that these jackets typically ship in 9-12 days, and our exclusive promo code expires tonight. It is recommended at the site to order up a size up if you are wanting a looser fit. Sales tax is charged in most states.
Inflatable Chairs – Whether it’s this blue one form Zulily, or one from Amazon, these are great for all ages. These can be used, and then
deflated and stored away. Great for sleepovers as well where space is limited and everyone wants a seat!
Featuring a bright look and a plush inflatable design, this comfy chair offers a cozy spot to read or play and can be set up quickly and conveniently.
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Also, make sure to keep your eye out for Geoffrey’s Toybox this holiday season!
The Little Book of you is a unique gift suitable for any age, but best for a baby arrival gift, a first birthday, or a Baby shower gift (as a giftcard!)
I had given this book as a gift to my cousin for her daughter who is 2. She was amazed at the quality of the book and the questions that were asked. The detail about the year she was born was amazing and something to cherish forever.
Can we take a moment to just take in how adorable even the cover is?
The book requires you to enter the following information about the child:
They take all of this information and create a story filled with details including a family tree!
The majority of the fields in the order form are required. Given the way the story is structured, the book was designed it this way to ensure you get the best possible product! You will not be able to complete your order without filling in all the required fields, so be sure that you have everything available. Unfortunately you are not able to save your entry and come back to it at this time. That said, everything you have filled out will stay filled out as long as you keep your browser window open.
“Little Book of You” is a magical and one of a kind illustrated memory book created by you for any of the special little people in your life. Parents and kids alike will love the book. It’s a great alternative for parents to the traditional baby book but is also a storybook older kids will love to read about themselves. We currently have versions available for children 0-11.
The first option is you can fill out the online form yourself and give the gift of the finished book product. This will provide a great wow factor but can be tricky if you don’t know detailed information about the child since most of the fields on our order form are required. Click here to see all the questions you will need to fill out and see if this option is right for you.
The second option is you can give a gift card to the parents of the child and they can fill it out themselves for their own child. We offer the option to have a gift card emailed to you right away or a nicely wrapped gift experience delivered to you by mail for a more special gift giving moment. A gift card is the right option if you a) don’t have all of the information you need to fill out the online form b) are giving this as a gift before the child is born or c) think the parents would enjoy filling it out themselves or would prefer to put their own touches into the book.
Filling out a book for a friend or relative is a great option as people love receiving the finished product! Before starting with this option though you’ll want to click here to see the list of questions we ask on our our order form. Don’t know the answers and not sure how to get them? Give a gift card!
With a price tag of $49.95, it seems like an expensive book. But with that being said, it is not just a book you are giving. It is a personalized keepsake to be cherished by the family, as well as the child for years, even decades to come.
The only downfall would be the material of the book itself. It seems like it could easily get dirty if not stores away. You can get a gift box with it to prevent that and make for better storage for an additional fee, but hey, it might just be worth it.
Marina and James Cummins live in New York City with their daughter Lila and golden retriever Stella. They founded “Little Book of You” in 2017. James is a co-owner of his family business, James Cummins Bookseller, a rare bookshop on the Upper East Side, which has been in operation for nearly 40 years. Marina has worked in digital marketing and product development for more than 10 years. This project combines their love of books, technology and most of all their family.
Hungry Shark World is an Action title from Ubisoft and Future Games of London. It is the sixth installment of the Hungry Shark game series, released on May 5th, 2016. A remarkably deep, single-player platformer, in which your objective is to keep your “Hungry Shark” fed. A player feeds their shark through traversing the treacherous waters of Hungry Shark World’s many unique levels.
Objective-based incentives allow you to level-up your sharks and unlock rewards to customize your approach to each play-through. There are plentiful combinations of upgrades that can fine-tune your shark’s pedigree such as increasing health or consumption speed. There are even objectives that can only be completed wearing certain gear so your incentive to complete each task keeps bringing you back for more. Easy controls mean the game can be enjoyed by all ages. Children gravitate to its fun character design and being able to “eat” the beach-tourists via hilarious in-game animations. (You can turn the ‘blood’ off as a parental control). Advanced players can enjoy the increasingly difficult level-specific challenges. There seems also to be an addictive quality to pursuing larger and larger sharks to magnify the fun, as Hungry Shark World boasts a uniquely balanced experience.
Where there are accessories there are in-game currencies, and your motivations include a bounty of Gems and Gold along with treasures and coins placed throughout each map. My experience with Hungry Shark World was encouraged by the degree of depth and ease of access to enjoying the games content. Setup your Shark in easy to navigate customization menus, choose your level, and watch your finned fiend dive for mealtime. The beat-the-clock mechanism adds a fun pressure level and requires that you maintain your movement. There’s not a moment to spare nor a second to lose. Your eyes are glued and focus is a must.
Among the many challenges to find in Hungry Shark World are the games boss encounters. An element of the aforementioned objective based completion method, bosses in Hungry Shark World are extravagantly designed experiences and quite challenging. Whether its an oversized Goliath to chip away at, or a herd of malicious Great Whites. There’s no telling what awaits you at every turn. One wrong move and your health-bar will be rapidly depleted. This is where Hungry Shark World shines. Its brilliant catering to both casual players, and anyone hungry for, (pun-intended), a more challenging experience. You can spend hours enjoying the visual splendor of its well executed maps or engage in high-octane, high-speed predator hunts.
For the collector, Hungry Shark World is a great pickup with its incredible selection of gear and characters. Not only do you have your primary Shark character in each run, but you are accompanied by Pets that aid you on your quests. These pets can help with consumption, among a versatile array of equitable assets that come with each one you unlock. As you progress in the game these unlocks become more essential to completion, so not only is it rewarding to unlock them, they can help you to eventually unlock Sharks or other gear.
With its engaging gameplay and attention to replay-value, Hungry Shark World is a win for all ages, and will keep you immersed in the fun for hours. I’d recommend it for both casual and advanced niche players. Its available now for iOS, Android, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
Enjoy the health and mindfulness benefits of aromatherapy with Utama Spice products!
I received the above pictured products to review from Utama Spice all natural aromatherapy and share my experience with you all. I am also giving away a diffuser, so stay tuned until the end to enter! Giveaway includes ONE Sonoma Yi Luxury Diffuser LED Lamp;
Sonoma Yi Luxury Diffuser
Luxury ultrasonic diffuser, air humidifier and LED lamp
Elegant, clean design a perfect complement for the home, studio, spa, or salon
Natural wood base, pure-white ceramic lid
Retail value $39.99
I have dabbled with different essential oils and am a huge fan of tea tree oil to heal almost anything. So when I was asked to check these out, of course I agreed although I had never heard of Utama Spice company before.
They have so many products, it’s amazing! From organic bug sprays, to lotions, oils, shampoos, and chapsticks. Do yourself a favor and check out their store. They also do giveaways each month, and they’re pretty awesome packages you can win directly from their website.
The essential oils they sent I actually have never used. They are;
Cajeput (Melaleuca Cajuputi) – Use for cuts and scrapes, therapeutic massage, decongestant.
A slightly medicinal smelling oil that carries a fruity camphor aroma with hyacinth and herbaceous undertones. Properties include antimicrobial, astringent, analgesic, stimulant, and anti-inflammatory, and as a natural bug repellent.
Cajeput has great value in skin care and wound cleansing, stimulates the mind and assists with getting back into balance. Its antiseptic and expectorant properties make it excellent for respiratory tract infections such as colds, laryngitis, bronchitis and it may be helpful for asthma, as well as nasal and sinus congestion.
Pain relieving properties make it useful in massage for neuralgia, headaches, muscle stiffness and general aches and pains. The oil is also reputed to have insect repellent qualities and can be applied to sooth insect bites.
Orange (Citrus Cinensis) – Use as room deodorizer, decongestant, stress relief and stimulation.
A refreshing sweet citrus aroma that delivers a multitude of uses.
A widely used room deodorizer with uplifting effects. Can also help relieve the symptoms of colds and other respiratory ailments.
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) – known to be a potent and powerful aid for digestive health.
Its strong licorice flavor and aroma is gained from the steam distillation from the crushed seeds of the plant
Clove (Eugenia Caryophyllus) – Use as massage oil for stress relief and aphrodisiac, pain relief, skin care.
A sweet warm scent and very intense flavor. Clove oil is known to provide potent antiseptic and anti-inflammatory benefits and is a preservative when used in all-natural products.
Clove can be applied topically to irritated skin, combined with Coconut or Argan oil to create an aromatherapy massage oil, or mixed in other products to enhance their benefits. Clove oil can be used with a diffuser to sooth respiratory illnesses, relieve stress and treat headaches.
All of their essential oil’s are 10ml. You can buy them in sets of 5 for $34.99 or single bottles at $14.99 AND they’re currently running a special, if you buy 5, you get a FREE Diffuser! How is that for getting a bargain?
Next up is the Yoga Mat Spray ($9.99 MSRP) comes in a 100ml bottle. There are 3 varieties to choose from but I was sent to Lavender which I love. It is such a relaxing fragrance. Although I am not a “yogi” I like to spray it around the house creating a calming environment.
“The missing link to achieve the perfect end to your practice. With just a few simple sprays you can sterilize your mat and bring on inner peace”
I also tested out the “Supa Dupa” Moon Flower incense and whoa are they nice and big! I hate getting incense and they burn so quick and done. These are huge! They burn very slow and are very aromatic. I was impressed by how long they were as well. They come in a really nice box too!
I got the 12 long sticks, which is $12.99 but they have a smaller option where you can get 6 for $6.99 as well.
Utama Spice’s natural incense sticks are all created using locally sourced spices and herbs. Lovingly hand rolled in Bali the incense is dipped in pure essential oil making these incense one of the most lovely smelling natural dupa sticks
“This long burning incense is a blend of flowers, barks, herbs, oils, nuts and spices using no synthetic or endangered plants. Wrapped in recycled paper. Handmade with Fair Trade and Tri Hita Karana principles.”
Lastly and most important, the Sonoma Yi Diffuser. This is the one I am GIVING AWAY to one of you lucky readers! You can pick up some oils for it in the Utama store or use any you currently have (although I have to say, that you SHOULD definitely check out some from Utima as they are high quality and so many to choose from).
Not only is it a Luxury ultrasonic diffuser, it is also an air humidifier and attractive LED lamp.
Elegant, clean design a perfect complement for the home, studio, spa, or salon.
Enter to WIN now through October 31st 2018.
Natural wood base, pure-white ceramic lid.
Mist timer: Continuous, 1 hour, 3 hours, 8 hours.
Mist options: Continuous, intermittent.
Light options: Bright, dim, breathing.
Runtime: 8 hours continuous, 16 hours intermittent
Maximum Water Capacity: 180ml
Power Supply: 100/240V 50/60Hz 0.5A
Power Output: 24V 500mA
The holidays alre coming and custom gifts are always a favorite from the creator and the receiver. There are many different custom companies out there to choose a custom gift from like canvas companies and Etsy.
So how do you choose one that is right for you?
If you’re like me, you want the best service to be sure your product comes out exactly like you envision it. That’s one of the hard parts about ordering online is you’re dealing with a computer program in most cases instead of a human being who actually cares about how your order turns out.
That is one of the biggest upsides of The Canvas Factory and it separates them from all of the others.
I know from personal experience that they will make sure your custom item comes out no less than perfect.
Most of us take our most important photos with outlr cell phones and do not own an expensive professional camera, or even those who do, sometimes you do not have that camera on you when a special time happens and you find yourself using your cell phone anyway to capture that special moment.
I wanted to see if they could make a larger canvas out of my cell phone photo come out just as if I had taken it with a professional camera or if they’d be like the others and just let me upload a sub-par photo that would come out blurry, yell at me that it isn’t great quality and ask if I still want to continue placing my crappy photo order just so they can get the money for my order.
Well to my surprise, I uploaded a photo from Facebook, a photo of me and my siblings that I love, but the quality was not very good due to the size even though I had changed it into the recommended size in the paint program to try and force it through… it went through.
However! I was contacted within 24 hours by a real person via email stating that they are working on my order and they found it to be more blurry than I’d probably like.
They actually attached 2 photos to the email as well to specify why they didn’t think the quality would be good and even though I still told them to put it through, they asked one last time because it was that important to them that they provide a quality product.
They explained to me that using a photo from new cell phones was perfectly fine in most cases as the cameras on the phones were actually almost equal to the correct size they needed, however that when uploading that same photo from the cell phone to a picture saving website or to Facebook drastically reduces the size of the photo by the program which reduces the pixels and quality for printing which I did not realize since to me the photo looks the same quality when I view it in Facebook.
Wow. What amazing service, seriously!
I was able to provide a different photo for them to use via the email they sent, directly from my cell phone, in which they showed me what the quality of the end result would be and I was happy with it.
Within 4 days (standard shipping) I received the package. Here is how it shipped to me;
I couldn’t wait to see how this turned out as I wanted to give this canvas as a gift to my mother and it was an important picture to me.
Here is the final result! What do you think?
I LOVE how this came out.
Even the back is different then others. Much more study and closed in.
And you are in luck! The Canvas Factory stands by their mission statement “We want to make online photo printing easy and affordable for everyone.” and want you to see for yourself so they asked me to do a GIVEAWAY for my readers!
The winner will be able to create their own custom canvas in the standard size of their choosing – 50x40cm (20×16 inch) amounting of $32.25 value OR 18x12inch (45x30cm) amounting of $24.50 value both will include FREE SHIPPING as well.
These make an EXCELLENT gift for friends, family members, and even teachers!
Let me know if you have ordered anything from them before and what your experience was!