Lego Friends Advent Calendar Giveaway #HGG

The Lego Friends Advent Calendar is going to be my oldest’s advent calendar this year.  It’s hard to find but oh so fun and a refreshing change from chocolates for her!  This advent calendar is very hard to find unless you happen to live near a LEGO Store. I appears that LEGO online doesn’t even sell this product! You can purchase this advent calendar on Amazon for $42.75 + $15.99 shipping. Or you can enter to win through this giveaway!

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You can also enter to win a Lego Kingdoms Advent Calendar!

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One lucky reader will win one Lego Friends Advent Calendar (3316). Open to U.S. residents only. Must be 18+ to enter. Only 1 person per household may enter. This prize is not guaranteed to be delivered by December 1st, but we will do our best. One winner will be randomly selected and will have 24 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway ends at 11:59 pm on November 25, 2012.

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The Bowtique Custom Hair Accessories Discount Code #HGG

I’ve known Jill of The Bowtique for many years now.  In fact, we’ve grown hair right along with her business growing.  That’s right- my girls were both baldies and we used Jill’s clippies since the moment there was a visible strand of hair on my oldest’s head.  As they grew more hair, we got to check out more of Jill’s gorgeous creations, and enjoy more and more of her creativity and all around awesome hair pieces.  Pretties for your princess, indeed.  (I maybe have worn some of these clips myself over the years).

easter bow from the bowtique

My oldest daughter at 9 months wearing a bow from Bowtique.

There’s clips for baldies and ribbon ponytail holders.  There’s big and small and every size in between for clips, ponys…Jill can make you a custom design or find that perfect ribbon to make a bow that matches a special outfit “just right” and she’ll do it with a smile, all while packaging your purchase in sweet colored tissue paper sealed with a sticker.  Every purchase from The Bowtique comes wrapped up like a present.

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There’s more than hair accessories for girls at The Bowtique- felt and wool holiday ornaments are a wonderful, personal gift and these are cute and affordable.  Great for a gift themselves, or an adorable tie on on top of the package! Reminds me, I need to order some for my house!  There’s also some cute new headbands for everyone’s favorite dolls – the headbands fit 15 and 18 inch dolls (I’ve tested on both).

I will be totally honest with you and tell you that we have given gifts from The Bowtique to many friends and family over the years.  These make a GREAT gift when you are invited to a party and the parent says “my child doesn’t need any more toys!” and you are left trying to figure something out.  A bow holder and a simple clip are a reasonable price and are sure to be used and enjoyed for a very long time.

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 snowflake bloom felt clip the bowtique

For the little girl (or lady) who wants a little sparkle but not so much fancy in their hair, the elastic hair ties are fantabulous- and are available in glitter as well.  My daughter is so excited to wear the dark blue ones with her holiday outfit for Christmas Eve!

glitter elastic hair ties

These hair ties, I will warn you, are addictive.  I won’t ever go back to “regular” hair elastics again.  The girls and I fight over them.  I will let them have the glittery ones.  The rest are for me!

Want to order right now?  Save 15% using code NOV15 at checkout!  

One lucky reader from US or Canada will win a $50 Gift Certificate to The Bowtique! 

To enter, simply visit The Bowtique and tell me what your TWO favorite items are.

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Huge Leapfrog Prize Pack Giveaway!! #HGG

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Holiday Giveaway: Ultimate LeapFrog Prize Pack

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Get your children ready for a lifetime of learning with educational games from Leapfrog. The Ultimate LeapFrog prize pack for your child ages 3-9! Open up a world of learning with game cartridges and downloadable Apps for the LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer and Leapster Gs.

The LeapPad2 was rated #1 Kids Learning Tablet and in the top #20

Ultimate LeapFrog Holiday Prize Pack Includes:

  • LeapFrog LeapPad2
  • Leapster Gs
  • Leapfrog Brave Game
  • Leapfrog Leapschool Math Game
  • Tag with Human Body Discovery Pack.

LeapPad2 and Leapster Gs offers a world of learning at your finger tips:

  • Ultra Ebooks
  • Game Apps
  • Learning Video Apps
  • Creativity Apps
  • Digital Ebooks
  • Flash Card Apps
  • Foreign Language Apps
  • Just for Fun Apps
  • Expansion Apps

Along with the LeapPad2 Explorer learning tablet and Leapster Gs you’ll also get Tag with Human Body Discovery pack. Your Child will enjoy learning all about the human body and nutrition facts while playing with a 2-sided chart and game board with this LeapFrog TAG Interactive Human Body Discovery Pack! Use the #1 selling TAG Reading System to bring this human body chart to life.

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American Girl Holiday Gift Ideas (Giveaway)

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In the 1970s, girls experienced all kinds of changes, and Julie’s story highlights many of them. She’s facing several challenges all at once—she’s moving away from her best friend, Ivy, starting over in a new home, and dealing with new issues at school. But with creativity and optimism, Julie learns to make a few changes of her own.

My girls love Julie for her oh so very long hair.  They both have straight blonde hair and both want their hair all the way down their back.  I think my oldest just loves Julie because they are both very creative.

caroline abbot doll

Caroline Abbott ($105) opens up a whole world of imaginative play, and comes with authentic styles from 1812:

  • A soft pink empire-waist dress with a woven floral sash and ruffle trim, details common in her era
  • Lacy pantalettes and ribbed-knit stockings to keep her proper
  • Pink shoes to match

Bring Caroline’s exciting stories to life! The Caroline doll is 18″ tall, with light aquamarine eyes that open and close. She has waist-length, golden-blond hair that can be braided and styled, and she arrives in an empire-waist dress authentic to her era. Caroline is soft and huggable, and she’s poseable for hundreds of playtime moments to come.

The Caroline doll has a huggable cloth body, and her movable head and limbs are made of smooth vinyl. Her golden-blond hair tumbles in curls, all the way down to her waist! Includes the Meet Caroline paperback book, the first story of this brave, adventurous girl.

Bitty Twin Outfits 

Autumn Plaid Outfit for Dolls ($24)- When it’s time for fall fun, your girl can dress her Bitty Twins doll in this cozy outfit:

  • A collared flannel shirt with a plaid pattern and buttoned front
  • Cuffed khaki pants to match
  • Slip-on canvas loafers with textured soles
  • Includes The Bitty Twins’ Movie Night book for girls

Fall Flower Dress for Dolls($24)- Your little mommy can get her Bitty Twins doll ready for autumn adventures in this outfit, featuring:

  • A red corduroy dress with puffed sleeves and a trio of embroidered flowers at the hem
  • A ribbed knit beret to keep her warm in cooler weather
  • Knee-high boots to match
  • Includes The Bitty Twins’ Movie Night book for girls.

If you know a little girl who’s lost some hair for a medical reason, or has a loved one who has, I highly recommend checking out one of the wigless dolls that American Girl sells.  They are the exact same as all of the other dolls, just without hair…and if you want to see how the doll will be received, read about Abby and her new doll.  There are also a wheelchair and crutches for dolls, and even a service dog set ($34).  The service pup is darling- chocolate brown, removable vest and harness, and even a box of training treats!  One of my favorite things about American Girl is how they “get” what girls are about, and I love how they “get” that not all girls are the same size, color, or ability.  

The Mini Dolls are also a great option for gifts- at $24 they are on the lower range of items from American Girl, but are also a bit more portable and easy to travel with.  We have a few of them and this is a favorite gift for birthday parties! Each of the mini dolls is a 6 inch version of one of the historical characters which come dresses just like the 18inch dolls, and even a tiny version of the book.  Be warned, I cannot read the books that come with the minis.  They are just too tiny for my 38 year old eyes.  My 7 year old loves to read these books, and they do fit into your pocket.

Books– American Girl has some really wonderful titles in their catalog- from the series that go along with each of the historical characters to the Girl of the Year books, to activity books, books “about me” that talk about what tween girls are experiencing in life and with their bodies.  There are Inner Star U books that let you choose your own ending- much like the “choose your own adventure books” I loved as a kid.  Books are such a wonderful gift and can be read over and over!

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American Girl magazine– This magazine comes out 6 times per year.  It’s chock full of great content, all about tween girls.  Fun recipes, crafts, projects, stories, and more.  It’s a great gift idea because it lasts all year and encourages reading, creativity, and it’s got safe content for your little girl.

holiday gift guide One reader will win a 1 year subscription to American Girl Magazine! To enter, simply leave a comment and tell me who your subscription will be for!


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Your Santa Story Review and Giveaway

I LOVE Christmas. The holiday decorations, the shopping, the snow and the traditions. Now that I have kids, the traditions are even more special. Talking about Santa and setting up cookies on the fireplace Christmas Eve are memories that I cherish and I know that my children do as well. There is just nothing like the squeal of delight when the kids run down the stairs on Christmas morning and realize that Santa visited them! I couldn’t wait to share Your Santa Story with them!

So, you can imagine my dismay when my 6 year old starting asking questions.  “Do YOU believe in Santa Claus, Mom?”  Of course, I do.  If you ask me, 6 is just too young.  Let's keep the magic alive for a few more years please.  I wanted to do something really special for my little guy this year.  Just to ease that niggle of a doubt at the edges of his inquistive nature.  Something that would make him REALLY believe.

This is where Your Santa Story saved the day.  With a little bit of information from me, they will develop a personalized disc that is sent to your house, with a message from santa.   I simply went to their website www.mysantastory.com and filled out my information.  My name, children's name and ages, and what personalized message I wanted santa to send to them.  I was even able to add a secret message at the end.  Santa will reveal the secret hiding place of one last gift for your kids to discover!  How fun!

My disc arrived shortly and I was so excited to see it!  Upon opening the package, there was a fun surprise.  The included Santa's License.  It looks just like a real license, but it has Santa's picture and all of his info.  Whoops, look like it must have fallen out of his pocket while he was delivering presents.  I will place this near the fireplace so the kids will be sure to see it.

I popped the disc into my player (in secret, of  course).  A cute intro, showing scenes from the North Pole and the Reindeer begins the story.  Then the big guy appears. He is seated in front of a fireplace in full garb.  He is really realistic looking and reads the message to my kids as I had written it, and with great expression.  He does a great job, and mentions each child and their accomplishments this year.  The folks at Your Santa Story do a GREAT job personalizing your story.  I am so excited to share this with my kids on Christmas morning!

I realize that every child realizes at some age that Santa isn't necessarily the storybook figure that we grow up believing in.  But, let's just enjoy this time with our kids for a little while, and make this Christmas MAGIC!

“A sample of this product was provided to facilitate my review.  All opinions expressed are my own.”

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HP Pavilion Laptop

Snomee Gift Card Holder

Hoover Vaccuum

$50 Amex Gift Card

iPieces iPad games (winner chooses)

Hello Kitty Karaoke Machine

Playmobil Advent Calendar

Closetmaid 6 cube storage with 3 fabric drawers (winner chooses colors)

Anza Flush Mount Photo Album $300 ARV

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$399 Mohawk Rug


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HP Pavilion Laptop Giveaway!

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Dixieland Mom Product reviews, along with Rewardit Sweepstakes and our co-hosts, My Vegan Gluten Free Life, Zoes Printable Coupons, Hot Beauty Health, Giveaway Bandit, and Freebie Spot are excited to bring you the HP Pavilion Giveaway Event!

One very lucky reader will win a HP Pavilion Dv6t-7000 Quad Edition Notebook PC with a MSRP of $1149.00!!

For extra entries, sign up for Rewardit! You could even win a $1000! Rewardit rewards you for doing things you already do online anyway! You can earn money while shopping, playing games, watching videos, and using coupons!
They also have the Rewardit Cash Sweepstakes, so you have a chance to win even more money!
Sign up today and you will earn 25 extra entries in the HP Giveaway!


Here are the specs for this computer:

Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Processor 3rd generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3610QM Processor (2.3 GHz, 6MB L3 Cache)
Graphics card NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GT 650M Graphics with 2GB GDDR5 memory [HDMI, VGA]
Memory 16GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
Office software Microsoft(R) Office Starter: reduced-functionality Word/Excel(R) only, No PowerPoint(R)/Outlook(R)
Hard drive 750GB 7200 rpm Hybrid Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
Hard Drive Acceleration Cache NO mSSD Hard Drive Acceleration Cache
Security software No additional security software
Primary battery 50% off 6 cell + 9 cell Lithium Ion Battery
Display 15.6-inch diagonal Full HD Anti-glare LED-backlit Display (1920 x 1080)
Primary optical drive SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
Personalization HP TrueVision HD Webcam
Networking 802.11b/g/n WLAN
Keyboard Standard Keyboard with numeric keypad

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Hello Kitty Karaoke Machine (Giveaway) #HGG

Sparklebee sent us their Hello Kitty Karaoke machine recently and we have been having so much fun with it!

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This karaoke machine is probably the cutest karaoke machine I’ve ever seen.  It’s also the only one I’ve had at home.  Both my girls have inherited their mama’s love for Hello Kitty so we’ve loved having “her” here.  She’ll be living in the girls room, because this machine can double as a CD player so the girls can have their dance parties in their rooms. It also makes their room more “Hello Kitty” which is what they keep asking for!

hello kitty karaoke camera

This little unit has a very clever design- Hello Kitty’s face hides the CD’s.  The top of the bow is where you open the CD The back of her head is where the camera self stores – so when you aren’t using it for karaoke, the camera is tucked away and protected.

hello kitty karaoke rock star

The karaoke features are really fun for this machine, but to be honest, my kids prefer to spend their time singing their own songs and dancing along with the microphone in hand.  Apparently I have three children who are just wanting to be stars on the stage (with or without pants! The kids really want to have a big dance party and I think the karaoke machine is going to be just perfect for entertainment. (If anyone has any recommendations for me for kids’ karaoke cd’s please let me know!)


Connect the Hello Kitty CDG Karaoke System to a Video Monitor / HD TV for Three Different On-screen Sing-Along Viewing Choices!
Not only beautiful, it’s designed to plug into your TV so you can see yourself sing in HD, see the words, or see the words as well as yourself. The speakers on your TV, of course, are far superior to anything we can put in a small unit, so you also enjoy the upgraded sound of your voice as you prepare for your American Idol debut.

  • CDG Graphics
  • Images, Including Yourself in Action, Captured by the Built-In HD Video Camera
  • Both the CDG Graphics and the Images
  • Vertical Loading CDG/CD Player with Skip Forward / Back, Program and Repeat Controls
  • Two 6.3mm Microphone Jacks with Holders (One Microphone Included)
  • Master Volume, Mic Volume, Echo, Balance, and Auto Voice On/Off Controls
  • Twin, 2.5″ Audio Speakers (output power 1.5W RMS x 2)
  • One 3.5mm Line In Jack to Connect iPod®, MP3, or Digital Audio Devices
  • One 4′ RCA Cable
  • AC Adapter Included
  • 9.3″(W) x 8.6″(D) x 13″(H)

Sparklebee’s Hello Kitty Karaoke is available at ToysRUs for a retail of $99.95.  Be sure to visit Sparklebee.com and check out their whole selection of Hello Kitty (and Paul Frank) products- with over 80 items, you are sure to find something for your Hello Kitty fan in your budget!

holiday gift guide One reader will win Sparklebee’s Hello Kitty Karaoke of your choice! To enter, simply leave a comment and tell me which product from Sparklebee is your favorite!
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