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Have you seen, heard about, or played with Juggle Bubbles?! It’s this new bubble solution that lets you blow a bubble and then play with it if you’re wearing the special gloves. You can bounce it, pass it back and forth to another person, and even combine two bubbles into one large bubble.

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Munchkin and I tried it out today. After several attempts we finally got a chance to see what the fun was all about. I decided to take a video of it so you could see for yourself! (Baby Cakes was trying to tell us something :D)

It didn’t last very long but it was pretty entertaining while it did. The pack comes with one Mega Blower, one pair of Magic Bubble Gloves, one bottle of No-Pop Bubble solution, one bubble tray, and instructions.

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Overall I’m not a huge fan of the product. I think it’s definitely geared towards a bit older children. It says 5+ on their website and I feel like that is pretty accurate. Personally, I felt like getting the bubble off of the blower was tricky and kind of hard to get the hang of.  However, I do think that once you get it blown and start playing with the no-pop bubble it can be pretty fun. For Munchkin though it kept being a bit of disappointment if it popped. Also I think if you buy one set you could totally use some winter gloves (you know those extras that seem to linger around the house all spring, summer, and fall but then you can’t find them when the snow starts to fall) for other kids that want to play too.

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That being said, I am excited to work with Juggle Bubble on a giveaway. I think if you have any children over the age of 5 in your life this could be a really fun product for them to use!

The winner of this giveaway will win one set of Juggle Bubbles.

*This giveaway is open to entries in the US only.
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of August 25th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
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Gold Toe Socks {Review}

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Socks are the gift of choice in our household this year!  My sister-in-law, who has been living with us for the past several months, has picked out almost a dozen of the most wonderful socks to give her husband this year, and it has really got me thinking about how socks can really be a great gift!  They can be fun, sophisticated, sentimental, or even just weird, and how fun that you can wear a new pair every day!  A good pair of socks keeps your feet cozy and warm, and that always makes me feel loved 🙂

Since socks are the theme of the season, I’m excited to show off a brand that is world-renowned for their quality and characteristic “gold toe”: Gold Toe Socks.

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I chose to review the Varigated Stripe Knee High 2 Pair, in Brown Heather/Paprika.

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I love em!  These are some high quality socks.  They are made of 72% combed cotton, which I learned about in my Textiles course in college as being a superior kind of cotton that has been brushed numerous times to align the fibers and create a soft and tight blend.

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The stitching on all of the gold toe socks has been reinforced for durability, and these pairs are void of any loose threads or stitching as far as I can tell.  They have a way of being warm and strong without feeling thick and bulky.  They fit inside my smallest shoes comfortably, as well as in my largest boots, without having to wear an extra pair of socks to fill them in.

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Gotta love that classic gold toe!  I can’t wait to wear these around the house during Christmas break and show them off to relatives.  These socks fit like a dream.  They are made for shoe sizes 6-9, but even my size 6.5 feet feel comfortably snug inside with extra rolling, bulging, or stretching.

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This 2-pair set is sold for $8.40, which is an excellent price, considering they are knee-high and there are two pairs.

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Take a minute to browse all the socks at Goldtoe, and remember that they sell socks for women, men, and children!

These are sold practically everywhere, including Kohl’s, Dillard’s, Macy’s, JCPenney, Elder Beerman, etc.  You can also purchase online at http://www.goldtoe.com/

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See’s Candies Christmas Gifts {Review}

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I often marvel at how the fall and winter holidays can be so centered around food!  Some might argue that the point of Halloween is to obtain candy, there is practically nothing to Thanksgiving without a huge turkey feast, and what would Christmas be with all the beautiful and delicious treats and candies!  One year, we gave all our family members a box of chocolates, and since then, I think of Christmas and fine chocolates together!  If you’re also a chocolate-lover and a Christmas fanatic, you probably already know about See’s Candies and their delicious fine chocolates.  They carry a lovely array of Christmas gifts and chocolates that are so beautiful and tasty, they’d make fantastic gifts, stocking stuffers, or just wonderful treats to enjoy while cozied up around the fireplace.

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Having reviewed See’s before (see my previous review HERE), I knew what I really loved, so this time around, I went straight for a box of Holiday Fancy.  I have only raving reviews for this box.

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Charlie and I were trying to get out the door for a 5th Wedding Anniversary getaway weekend, and knowing these were on the way, we were pretty bummed that they hadn’t arrived yet.  Surprise, surprise, they had JUST been dropped on our doorstep on our way to the car!  We snatched them up with glee, and spent all weekend eating these lovelies.  So. Dang. Good.

 IMG_8652This box is filled with milk, dark and white chocolates, including Cashew Brittle, Caramel, Divinity Puff and Almond Square.  Every piece was remarkable.  Honestly, after ever piece, we would moan about how good it was.  Even the cream-filled, which are usually not my favorite, were just wonderful in my book.

See this thick round one that looks like an ottoman?  Scotchmallows.  My all-time favorite See’s chocolate.

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We also tried See’s Old-Fashioned Fudge Assortment!

IMG_8857This we saved for when we had company visiting.  We opened the box and passed around the fudge all night while we played Clue :).  This is perfect for holiday get-togethers.

fudgeThese fudges are packed with nuts.  Vanilla Walnut, Chocolate Walnut, and Bordeaux™ Pecan.  I’m a nut-lover, so I thought these were delicious, and boy, does this fudge last forever.  My less-of-a-nut-lover hubby still ate practically the entire chocolate bar (see above right picture) without complaint.

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Checkout the large array of mouth-watering sweets from See’s, particularly in their Christmas gifts section.

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Holiday Gift Guide (7th Edition)

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Gift Idea #1:

What?  A set of arm warmers and a scarf from The Painted Daisy.

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Why?  Because baby it’s cold outside!  🙂  There are so many beautiful and warm accessories to choose from that will bring a smile to the face of the recipient.

 

 

Gift Idea #2:

What?   Vinyl wall decor from Old Barn Rescue Co.

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 Why?  It’s a gift suitable for anyone and everyone on your holiday list!  Old Barn Rescue Co. has amazing designs that help people decorate and we all know that there’s at least one person on your list that needs help in that department.  🙂

 

 

Gift Idea #3:

What?  Language learning DVDs from Little Pim

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Why? They are the #1 Language Learning System for Children and your kid/grandkid/whoever will LOVE learning another language with their DVDs, digital videos, CDs, flash cards and books. See my review HERE.

MOTORWORKS from Manhattan Toy {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I have this burning desire to have Christmas gifts bought and all gift projects at least started by mid-October.  November just gets so busy and trying to get things done in December can be a joke!  If you’re looking for some holiday gift ideas and you’re anxious to cross some things off your list, please visit Manhattan Toy and check out all their awesome toys!  They have dozens of great ideas for all ages, many of them award-winning toys!

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My toddler really hit the jackpot when Manhattan Toy sent him the Motorworks Race Pace Power Pack 2.0 to enjoy.  I simply took these cars out of the box to get a few pictures, and “Rocket” swooped in with glee and delight at these new cars.  There is nothing better than cars for little boys, am I right?!  He went crazy with these things!

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This pack contains these two wooden-frame cars and four shiny add-ons that help them go from street cars to sports cars by pressing the decals into the front, back, and side holes.

IMG_8300I love the natural wood look.  It makes these toys look a little more environmentally friendly and oh so sturdy.  The slick design and smooth edges are great for kids.  “Rocket” played all morning with these, and even after I put them away (in hopes of re-giving them to him for Christmas), he kept asking for his race cars all afternoon.

car1The add-ons are easy to plug in, and when inserted, don’t easily fall out.  They are made of plastic, but they seem strong enough to not chunk off if stepped on.

car2Even though these are designed for ages 3+, the baby loved them just as much!  I loved watching the two of them race these around the couch all morning together!

IMG_8315I think these would be great Christmas gifts for your son, grandson, nephew, neighbor.  They can be found at Manhattan Toy (www.manhattantoy.com) or other online toy stores.

Thanks, Manhattan Toy!  We’re your new biggest fans!

t233_a49cd5c9b1b0a32d941a0057d7ab27edEnter to win the Motorworks Race Pace Power Pack 2.0 ($30) below!

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Bedhead Pajamas {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Welcome to the Ho Ho Ho giveaway hop!  At the bottom of this post, you will find over 60 more fabulous giveaways, each offering giveaway prizes that would make fabulous gifts!  Make sure you stop by The Review Wire to Enter the Grand Prize.  The Grand Prize Winner will receive a large Teach My Learning Kits of choice {RV $39.99} PLUS a Second Prize Winner will receive Teach My Kit of choice {RV $14.99}.

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Our giveaway here on Dandy is being sponsored by Bedhead Pajamas.  As a little girl, getting new pajamas every year on Christmas Eve was one of the most magical parts of Christmas!!  My mom still sews us pajamas to open on Christmas Eve, and I’ve been delighted to learn that this is a tradition in many other families as well.  I remember trying to guess what kind they would be, squealing in delight upon opening them, and exclaiming that these were the softest, most wonderful jammies I’d ever own!  When you find a pair that you love, what could be better 🙂

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Even as adult, I still squeal when get new pajamas, and there was a LOT of squealing going on in this house when I opened a box from Bedhead Pajamas!!  These are the Aqua New York Botanical Classic Cotton Pajamas, and they are dreamy!!

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Ladies, these are not your typical Target pajamas.  These are sold for $140 for a reason.  This is the softest cotton sateen you will ever wear and the pink piping details scream high-end.  This print is PERFECT for the cold winter!  The sweet pastel colors remind me of bleak white winters and the botanical flowers make it sweet and cheerful, and anticipatory of an early spring 🙂 I’m really on a floral print kick lately, and I basically want to wear nothing else but these extremely comfortable pajamas.

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Plus, they’re super popular with celebrities and are making nightly appearances on Glee, Grey’s Anatomy, New Girl, Ben & Kate, How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, etc.

tvBedhead PJs has a beautiful assortment of holiday and Christmas-themed pajamas, and each one would make a lovely gift for your mother, your wife, your fiance, or yourself!

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These design-driven pajamas are sold in their flagship stores in Los Angeles and New York City, as well as in specialty boutiques and fine departments stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.  Bedhead also carries accessories, robes, and slippers, as well as pajamas for men and children.
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AND these were voted #1 pajama on Wall Street Journal!

You guys, I am so excited about this giveaway.

One winner will receive a set of Aqua New York Botanical pajamas, just like the pair I reviewed!

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This prize is for a size MEDIUM, which is roughly a dress size 8-10. (I’m wearing a Small).

Because I was sent the winner’s prize pajamas along with my review item, the winner will be responsible for paying shipping from me to you, via paypal invoice.  This also means that this giveaway is open to WORLDWIDE entries!

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Wantable Accessories Box {Review}

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My husband and I reeeally have a hard time choosing gifts for eachother.  We kind of know exactly what we want, but we still want to be surprised, so the weeks preceding the holiday turn into a frustrating charade of trying to drop hints when we’d really just like to click “purchase with gift wrap”.  It is 10x easier to just buy our own gifts and still act surprised, but where’s the fun in that?
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All the excitement of dropping hints and clues as to what I want for Christmas was wrapped up in my shopping experience on Wantable.  Wantable is an online subscription box where you answer questions about what you like and love, then an in-house specialist handpicks the items for your box.  You answer questions like this:
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I spent maybe 10 min answering questions about my style and jewelry specifics, and when it was over, thought, “That was so much fun!!”
How true that everyone has very specific style preferences, we still want to be surprised.   I was able to indicate on more than a dozen pages just what I like and don’t.
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I ended up with preferences like “classic”, “glam”, “mix ‘n match”, “watches”, “rings”, “necklaces” etc. and here’s what I opened!
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Opening my box was like Christmas morning!  I was giddy as ever.
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The first thing I pulled out was this gorgeous Bora watch!  I love it I love I love it!  I decided that if I received nothing else but this watch, I’d be a happy girl.  It is gorgeous!
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Next up, this cute and classic bow ring.  I pulled this out and thought, “This one piece of jewelry might summarize my style entirely”.  Wantable couldn’t have been more spot on.
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Ok, the last item kind of threw me.  I pulled out this gorgeous (and very brave) glitzy glam necklace and thought, “Iiiiiii don’t know” :).  However.  I gave it a shot, wore it to church with a bright and black outfit, and you guys, I got so many compliments on it!  Things like, “OH that necklace!” and “You look so regal today!”  I didn’t know if it was really my style, but I’m so happy with it.
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That’s what Wantable is all about!  Favorites alongside pieces that you wouldn’t pick out yourself, but could potentially be the next favorite item in your jewelry box.  I am SOOO in love with Wantable and even more excited to show you next month’s box!!!
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Clue® Classic Edition from Winning Moves Games {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Have you ever gotten together with family or friends for a week-long vacation, and one game seems to take over?  There always seems to be a “game of the hour” that ends up being all anyone wants to play, night after night.  One Christmas, it was “Scum”.  Another year, it was “Qwirkle”.  When we’re with my husband’s family, its almost always “Mexican Train”.  In OUR household, the game that we’ve been pulling out again and again has been Clue Classic Edition from Winning Moves Games!

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We have played this probably two dozen times in the last month!

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I remember liking Clue as a kid, but playing this as an adult with my honey has been much more fun than I remember!  There is just enough strategy involved to make it enjoyably challenging while keeping you interested.  Somehow this game is still appealing a dozen rounds later in a single night.

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Every game piece and card is top-notch.  The weapons are slick, shiny, detailed, and they have a substantial weight to them.  The cards are thick and glossy with detailed illustrations and there seems to be well over enough detective note cards to keep us stocked for quite awhile.  They also don’t look like difficult papers to recreate or find refills if we need to down the road.

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IMG_8403Winning Moves Games carries SO many fun board games and puzzles!!  Get ready for a puzzle giveaway next week, and check out all the wonderful stocking stuffer ideas!  Get ready for the holiday season of sitting around a bag of candy and playing board games all night!  I know that’s what we’ll be doing!

Enter below to win your own Clue® Classic Edition!

 

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Winx Club Deluxe Fashion Doll {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I’ll never forget the first time my son came across a doll.  It was his first week attending the nursery at church, and he saw this doll on the floor.  He picked it up, looked at it with a confused look on his face, dropped it back onto the floor, and scampered off to the trucks and cars.  Maybe you beg to differ, but I believe girls are just programmed to love dolls, and boys are not!

I know I fell into the traditional little girl mold, and I had my collection of Barbie dolls.  Today’s little girl has something way cooler: Winx Club dolls!

I just learned that these dolls are on REDBOOK’s top 10 Kids Toys to Buy this year!  I also heard a rumor that they are SOLD OUT in some stores, so if you’re little girl has this on her list, you better get crackin!

Winx Club, the hot Nickelodeon show, is an animated modern fantasy adventure series that follows six best friends – Bloom, Stella, Flora, Musa, Tecna and Aisha – enrolled in Alfea College, the finest fairy school in all the realms. When trouble arises, the Winx Club transform into beautiful fairies who use their unique magical powers to fight villains and save the world from evil.


These dolls are pretty fantastic!  They are definitely not wimpy, easily-breakable things.  These girls are 11.5″ tall with eleven points of articulation, trend-setting outfits, and spectacular hinged wings.

I like that the product line contains positive messages of girl empowerment.  The Winx Club reflects principles of self-expression, friendship, adventure, magic and fashion.  In case you want to catch up on the latest Winx Club adventures, new episodes air each Sunday at 12:00 pm Eastern on Nickelodeon.

I was sent two dolls–Bloom and Flora.  I’m going to hold on to my Flora, and one lucky winner can win Bloom!

Because I was sent the giveaway doll as well as my own, this winner will be responsible for paying shipping.  Keep in mind it will be mailed from me in Boston, but shipped any way you prefer.  Therefore, this giveaway is open to entries WORLDWIDE!

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*The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Monday, December 17th and emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within a week, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by JAKKS Pacific Winx Club, but all opinions are strictly my own

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