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Holiday Gift Guide (4th Edition)

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

It’s time for Val’s Holiday Gift Guide! I haven’t been “in business” as long as Tara and Camille, so this is my only Gift Guide this year. But that doesn’t make it any less amazing! Check out the following companies/products below and you should be able to find something for just about everyone on your list this year!

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FOR THE TECHIE/iLOVER:

#1 Whooz?

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Whooz? Vinyl Labels for iDevices was designed to solve the problem of lost, stolen or “borrowed” cords and cables for iDevices. These vinyl labels cover your charger cables so they are easily identifiable and stay organized in your drawer/purse/wherever you keep all your cords and cables. They come with clear instructions and are really easy to put on. The vinyl is good quality and shouldn’t rub or peel off easily. Each pack of labels comes with four designs and they just released three new sets of designs for the holidays. Look for another giveaway of these awesome labels coming soon!
Read my full review HERE.

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FOR ANYONE WHO LOVES CUSTOM CANVAS ART:

#2 Fabness Canvas

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Fabness Canvas is an easy-to-use online canvas printing site.  The process is simple: in just five easy steps you can have a beautiful, professional-looking canvas print of any picture you choose. It ships quickly and arrives perfectly packaged to avoid any damage. The quality is superb. Believe me when I say you will LOVE your Fabness Canvas! And lucky for us Dandy readers, Fabness is extending a special deal to us for up to 82% off! Order now to get your canvas in time for Christmas!  The sale ends at midnight on November 26, so hurry! This is truly a great gift for anyone.
Read my full review HERE.

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FOR YOUR ADVENTUROUS or TRAVEL SAVVY CHILD/GRANDCHILD:

#3 Little Passports

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Little Passports is a monthly subscription service that helps your child learn more about the world around him. Monthly packages transport your child to either another country (the World edition) or a state (USA edition) and teach them all about the local customs, historical landmarks, foliage, animals and much more. The activities, stickers, and field guide can keep kids busy and learning for hours, and they look forward to receiving their package in the mail every month. Little Passports is better for older children (ages 5-12) but even the little ones can appreciate learning about the world around them.
Read my full review HERE.

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FOR YOUR PRETTY PRINCESS:

#4 Douglas Cuddle Toys

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Douglas Cuddle Toys has been a family owned and operated company for more than 60 years! They specialize in plush animals, but they also carry several types of baby dolls and have a new line, Dreamy Dress Ups, that features dress-up wings, masks and dresses! Some gifts your little ones may like this Christmas are
the Petunia Ballerina Mouse (available in two sizes!), the Infant Claire Stripes & Dots Doll, and the Dreamy Dress-Ups rainbow fairy mask and Rainbow Fairy Wings with Glitter. Be sure to check out their extensive line of plush animals to find the perfect stuffed animal for any animal lover!
Read my full review HERE.

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FOR THE DOCTOR/NURSE/PHYSICIAN’S ASSISTANT IN YOUR LIFE:

#5 Kelly’s Funky Kreations

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Kelly’s Funky Kreations is an Etsy shop with a variety of homemade items and a ton of personality! Kelly makes everything from beautiful door wreaths to baby hair bows to awesome safety pin watches, but one of her most creative creations are her custom Stethoscope Covers. She currently sells them in a variety of fun, colorful fabrics, but if you have a custom order she will work with you to create the perfect gift. Think how happy your nurse/doctor/PA friend will be when she has a cute, bright stethoscope around her neck!
Read my full review HERE.

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Happy Shopping, Dandy-ites! Keep posting in every few days for the next round of awesome Holiday Gift Guides!

Little Passports {Giveaway}–CLOSED

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

Do your kids ever surprise you with things they know that you didn’t realize they knew? I recently started a co-op preschool with some friends, and when it came time to say the Pledge of Allegiance on my day to teach, my 3-year-old son was able to recite the whole thing! I’m sure a few words were wrong and he has absolutely NO idea what it means, but I was just shocked that he could say it all! He also answered correctly that we live in the United States when I asked where we lived (though I was trying to get the kids to say California), but that one didn’t surprise me. I know that knowledge was due to our subscription to Little Passports.

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You may remember a bit about Little Passports when Heather Ann reviewed them back in January. But in case you are a newcomer to Dandy Giveaway, here’s a recap: Little Passports is a monthly subscription box geared towards ages 5-12 that follows the adventures of characters Sam and Sofia as they travel across the United States and throughout the world.  To join, you begin by selecting either the World Edition (ages 5-10) or the USA edition (ages 7-12). I was sent the USA edition, which is actually geared towards ages 7-12, and I couldn’t agree more. My 3-year-old son was thrilled to receive a package and learn more about the United States, but he definitely didn’t get as much out of it as he would have if he were even a few years older.

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When his welcome package came, we hung the map of the United States in his room and filled out a few pages in his Field Guide. He loved taking pictures with the “old camera” (it includes a disposable!) and the Scratch Book. A few weeks later we received an envelope with the first two states. It came with a book filled with fun facts, history and culture about Pennsylvania and Arkansas. There was also a postcard, stickers and a pop-out model from both states. My son loved putting the stickers in the field guide, but everything else was way above his learning level.

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For a 7-14-year-old, however, it is perfect! The book about the states is filled with mazes, games, word searches, pictures, and activities to teach loads of interesting facts about each state. An envelope filled with these goodies will come to your doorstep once a month–for up to 26 months if you do the whole United States!–and you can imagine your child’s excitement to open his package and learn! This would be perfect as a supplemental learning kit for public school or homeschooled kids, especially 5th- or 8th-graders learning about U.S. History.

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Subscription plans range from monthly plans ($11.95 a month) to 3-, 6-, and 12-month plans with discounted prices. Sign up for their newsletter online, and connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to be in the know about the latest deals. Head on over to Little Passports to take a look at their options, then come back and enter below to win:

Win a 3-month subscription to either the World edition or USA edition!

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.
** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of October 15th, 2013, and will be emailed within 24 hours. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Little Passports, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Little Passports {Giveaway} – CLOSED

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

My husband recently was screened and pre-approved to do Marine Security Guard duty at an embassy, and we’re now waiting for orders to the schoolhouse and then on to our adventure around the world!  We’re all excited at the prospect of living abroad again, but my four year old son is over the moon at the idea of traveling to places he’s seen only on his world map and on the computer.  You might remember from this post and this post that he loves to learn about geography, so when I saw Little Passports, I knew that this would be perfect for him — especially now that we’re getting ready to travel ourselves!

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Little Passports is a monthly subscription box geared towards ages 5-12 that follows the adventures of characters Sam and Sofia as they travel across the United States and throughout the world.  To join, you begin by selecting either the World Edition (ages 5-10) or the USA edition (ages 7-12).  **I recognize that my son is a little younger than the ages listed here, but he learned all the states and their capitals and most of the countries and their capitals on his own through online games, books, and movies from the library — I figured that this would be able to capture his attention just fine.  🙂

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“Every month, follow our characters Sam and Sofia as they embark on a new country adventure. Your first month’s Explorer Kit arrives in a suitcase and contains everything your child needs to get started: a letter from Sam and Sofia, a map, a passport, stickers, access to online games and more. Country specific packages filled with fun souvenirs, letters, stickers, photos, activity sheets and more arrive every month thereafter.”

hiw-usa-edition“With your USA Edition subscription, Sam and Sofia travel to and experience the wonders of all 50 states.  Kick-off your USA adventure with the first month’s Discovery Kit which includes a letter from Sam and Sofia, a USA Field Guide, a USA scratch book, a map, and a camera.  Sam and Sofia then travel to two new states every month and send an activity-packed travel journal with stickers, postcards, pop-out models and access to online activities.”

We chose the World edition, and I loved that Sara from Little Passports asked for my son’s name to put on the package.  He was so excited to receive a box just for him, and he couldn’t wait to open it up and see what was inside!  He LOVES the suitcase and immediately put the stickers on the outside to decorate it.  We read through the letter together and put the world map up on his wall.

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We also went online with his special code and registered him on the Little Passports Boarding Zone with his own Member Name and password.  From there, he was able to access World Trivia, World Continents, and a World Map Puzzle — he sat for an hour playing the games on there!

You can only imagine his excitement when I told him that this wasn’t just a one-time deal; he could expect another package from Sam and Sofia next month also, only this time with special souvenirs and pictures from a specific country!  We’re both excited to see what will come in the next few weeks!

Subscription plans range from monthly plans ($11.95 a month) to 3-, 6-, and 12-month plans with discounted prices.  Little Passports would be a fun surprise for your own kids, the perfect gift for those near and far away, and an excellent supplement to homeschool curriculum.

Little Passports is offering a 3-month subscription to either their World edition or USA edition for one Dandy reader!  Head on over to Little Passports to take a look at their options, then come back and enter below to win:

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.
** The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Saturday, February 2nd, and emailed within 24 hours. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Little Passports, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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