Beamz is a wonderful gift for any music lover in your life! FOUR special offers inside!

beamz light up someones holiday with musicA few years ago we were fortunate enough to be introduced to the interactive musical experience that is called the Beamz laser music player. There are literally hundreds of instruments, sound effects and songs that you can play around with for a different musical experience every single time you use the machine. We’ve all heard and seen what experts say about music enriching lives- and the Beamz player is designed so that anyone of any age can use it and create musical masterpieces. This may be the perfect family gift! You can use it alone or at a party- or at a more intimate party for two. There are so many different options and ways to create with the Beamz player that you might even say it’s limitless- and when those options “run out” for you, there are more to be found on the Beamz site.This is truly a one size fits all gift– it works for all ages, genders and abilities, and can work great for just one person and just as well for one hundred people.

The Beamz player can be enjoyed at home and with friends, but it can also be used in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, rehabilitation centers, and more. Having a father who lives in an Alzheimer’s unit, I can tell you firsthand that he and his fellow residents could benefit immensely from having a Beamz player around- you don’t have to remember much to use it- and even if you aren’t the one orchestrating, you can simply enjoy the sounds and lights someone else is creating. I think there are many, many other groups of people who can benefit from a device like this.

With the Beamz, there is music grouped by category and genre, so you can be sure to have something you like to play with. The music library appears to be growing on a regular basis, so you don’t have to worry about running out of options.

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Right now you can save 10% on the Beamz player using code HB10 until 12/17/12. There are also 4 special deals on the Beamz player right nowto maximize your savings-for instance, you can get a Beamz Player Laser Controller & Virtual DJ Home for just $99.99 (down from $149.99) less the 10% coupon…your total would be $99.90. (Shipping is $9.95, so you are basically getting free shipping with this unit). That’s not a bad price for a gift that will entertain the whole family for a very long time to come!

Don’t just listen to music…Experience it by playing light!

Beamz is an innovative gift that enables anyone to experience the fun of making music by touching laser beams and playing light. Interactive songs from all music styles and genres are setup and ready to play, regardless of experience with traditional instruments.

Beamz lets you join the band, be the band, be a conductor, and even have DJ-like experiences by interacting with hundreds of different instruments, sound effects and songs.


Jingle Bell Jam $100 Cash, Walmart, Target or Amazon Gift Card #Giveaway

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Welcome to the Jingle Bell Jam hosted by This Flourishing Life and Generations Of Savings. I have teamed up with a great group of bloggers to give one lucky reader a $100 Gift Card of winner’s choice to either Walmart, Target, or Amazon OR $100 PayPal Cash!!!

The Jingle Bell Jam will run from December 3rd at 12:01am EST to December 14th at 11:59pm EST and is open Worldwide! You can enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck and Happy Holidays!


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Disclaimer: Please note that Walmart, Target, Amazon, and PayPal are in no way associated with this giveaway. If the winner chooses a gift card, the card will be sent via e-mail, and the winner is responsible for paying any associated shipping charges with their eventual online purchase. If the winner chooses PayPal cash, they must have a PayPal account set up to receive it.

Kobo Vox eReader Giveaway!

eBook Tablets are a HOT thing right now and Kobo was nice enough to offer one reader the chance to with their own Kobo Vox eBook.

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The Kobo Vox eReader is the perfect gift or eReader to have for any book lover. The Kobo store has more then 2.5 million books, including more then a million free books. Slip this lightweight compact tablet into your pocket or handbag and read when you are traveling, waiting for an appointment, anytime anywhere. The seven-inch color touchscreen of this tablet features a wide viewing angle that ensures comfortable reading. Connect to the internet using the Wi-Fi and browse the web or play your favorite games.

Kobo VOX 7 eBook Tablet with Android OS 3.2 and built-in Wi-Fi:

  • 7.0″ color touchscreen, 1024 x 600
  • 8GB of built-in memory stores up to 8,000 books
  • microSD card slot expands storage up to 32GB
  • Android 2.3 OS and access to 15,000 apps
  • Kobo eBook store with 2.5 million books
  • Adjustable font styles, sizes, brightness settings and day/night reading mode
  • Reading Life
  • Kobo Pulse

The Denver Housewife has teamed up with some fabulous bloggers to bring you a Kobo Vox eBook Tablet giveaway. One US resident will win this lovely device and it will be at your door just in time for Christmas! To enter fill out the rafflecopter form below!

Giveaway ends on 12/12/12 at 11:59 EST. Open to US residents aged 18 and older.

WiiU Giveaway!


With the Wii U you can play games while experiencing up to full 1080p HD for the first-time ever on a Nintendo gaming console. And of course, you can interact and share with your friends, family, and the world! The Wii U Game Pad, which connects wirelessly, can also be used as the remote control for your TV.


The Wii U Nintendo Gaming System- New For 2012!

Hosted by Mommy Bear Media- Proud to have Stay A Stay At Home Mom, Simply Sherryl, Lots2Save, 4 Hats and Frugal, This Mama Loves Her Bargains, My Mommy’s Neighborhood, and Fabulous Fun Finds as Co-Hosts.

I have teamed up with several bloggers to bring you this fabulous prize. 2012 has been a year that we grew to love and respect bloggers, new customers, and social media. Through social media we have met many of you and we do know that many of you have purchased family friendly movies through us, and we thank you!

Mommy Bear Media is branching out- we will be bringing you family friendly video games in the very, very near future! You will want to stay tuned for this.

Mommy Bear Media offers family themed entertainment to everyone in your family. Mommy Bear Media continues to educate and keep parents informed in regards to good, clean, family entertainment.

This is sure to be one of the hottest items this holiday season! We want you to win…..Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. We want to make your holiday season a little more joyous!

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This Giveaway Ends December 20th at 11:59 P.M., and is open to Continental US Residents, ages 18+. Mommy Bear Media is responsible for shipment of the prize.

Tech Lovers Gifts

We all have Tech Lovers on our lists this year, right? Even if it’s ourselves…

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Here are some ideas for tech lovers gifts!

Touch Gloves – Winter is here and who wants to take their nice warm gloves off to use their smartphone? Yes, of course we could just not use the phone, but instead, we can use

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Verbatim Ultra-Slim Bluetooth KeyboardAnyone with a tablet would probably love to have one of these. Slim, portable, user friendly…and a quick to charge battery make for a much easier way to type something when using your tablet. It comes in its own carrying case (which is a bonus for people like me, because it helps me keep track of it!) The keys are super quiet so if you are trying to do something with the keyboard in a quiet area- you aren’t disturbing everyone around you with your typing. Know a blogger? Get them one! I’d have loved to use one of these to take notes during classes in college- of course, when I was in college, we still used word processors!! This does also come in white but for me, the white would be white for exactly 4 seconds, until I started using it, so I’ll stick with the black! This retails for about $40.00.

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Supertooth: Crystal For those of us who don’t have a newer vehicle with bluetooth capabilities, the Supertooth offers us the best of both worlds. I LOVE this device. I’ve only charged it twice in several months and it’s going strong!

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CarBots These little cars are BIG on fun. Tiny in size, so easy to bring anywhere, they’ll amuse any tech person…your kids…and most likely, your cat, as well. We’ve all thought these were great fun until the kitten took notice of them, and now we love them that much more. Tiny remote control vehicles you control from your smartphone or tablet- these are quick to recharge and have a pretty decent battery life. If only they had one that was pink and sparkly…. These are fun for males and females (and felines too) and at $29.99 retail, a pretty nicely priced gift for that tech person in your life. Just be warned, these work a lot better on a hard surface than any rug.

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iPieces Games These are just fun, but a mini Air Hockey game for the iPad? Yes, please! Pool, anyone? There are kid games too for that tech loving family in your life…

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For the ladies: Tech Accessories from Vera Bradley out– iPhone covers, iPad sleeves, folios, cases…bags, backpacks…carry-all wristlets- in a huge array of their famous prints! We ladies can love our gadgets too, and I LOVE that Vera Bradley has been expanding their line. The Campus Backpack holds my laptop, my iPad, my bluetooth keyboard, wallet, chargers, mouse, and whatever other “stuff” I’m toting around (normally snacks, extra clothes, keys, a few books… all with plenty of room to spare. I know that it’s going to hold up regardless of what I put into the bag, because it’s a Vera Bradley and they make excellent quality products. I’ve long lost count of how many Vera items I’ve had!

If your tech person doesn’t already have one, a tablet would probably be a HUGE hit for the holidays! There are so many options- Kindle Fire HD, iPad, iPad Mini, Nook, Samsung Galaxy Tab…it’s hard to choose! There are many tablets coming out for the younger crowd- the Meep, the Nabi, and more. So many options. Just be sure to get a protective cover so you can make sure to get the most out of your investment!

What are the Tech Gifts that are on YOUR shopping list this year?


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Gifts for Photography Lovers

Lens Baby is always a safe bet for someone who loves to take photos and has a SLR camera. It’s a really affordable option to get some very cool and different shots with your camera….and once you have the lens body, adding other optics isn’t much of an investment at all. The fisheye is just plain fun to use- it’s very helpful to remember that you have to focus manually, because I constantly forget that minor detail.

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The double optic lens is gorgeous- there’s a bit of a “sweet spot” with it, I have found- as have a few friends who do some photography- I took it with me when I was second shooting a wedding recently and this is one of my favorite shots using that double optic. It’s mounted on the Scout lens.

Lens Baby works with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax and Olympus cameras. They have some really nice kits that include some very versatile lenses and optics and if you have a shutterbug in your life, this is a great site to shop for them!

DIY photography backdrops

Backdrops– Many portrait photographers love to use a backdrop. Some make their own, some borrow- don’t forget about our post for inexpensive backdrops

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Camera Straps- Now that I’ve accepted that I kind of need to have a strap on my camera, it’s become an accessory. I love being able to swap my straps out for the season or my mood- especially since I have some quick release straps from Mod

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Camera Bag– a nice, protective camera bag is a must when you have a camera. A nice looking bag is a bonus. Even if you don’t have an SLR and lenses to carry, you will still want to protect your camera- there are options in every shape, size, color and material out there. I love love love my JoTotes bag but am always happy to add another bag to my collection- camera bag or otherwise.

portable photo studio

A portable photo studio- lightbox- is something that I’ve been considering- if you know someone who sells a lot of items on eBay or who is a food blogger, this is definitely a great idea for them. You can find sets from $30 and up!


Any other recommendations for the shutterbugs in our lives?


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Our favorite Christmas books for children (and adults)

One of my favorite things to do is read. I read a lot with my children- to them, with them, with them reading to me. I’m not sure if you know by now but I’m a HUGE lover of all things Christmas and we’ve been adding to our Christmas book collection each year. We’ve got classics and funny books, activity books and more…and a lot in between.

Here are some of OUR favorites- but I want to know what yours are! I want to add to our collection!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas– Dr. Seuss is simply classic.

Llama Llama Holiday Drama (the llama llama books never get old. I love them all).

Christopher Pop-in-Kins is our elf friend who likes to hide in a new spot each night. Kind of like Elf on a Shelf, but we find Christopher to be much cuter (no offense to the Elf himself).

Christmas in the Barn is written by Margaret Wise Brown, of Goodnight Moon fame, and one of MY favorites. So simple and sweet. This is one of the more spiritual books.

Who is Coming to Our House is a really sweet board book that tells the story of Jesus coming.

Merry Christmas, Curious George– another “old school” story.

Olive, the Other Reindeer– this is a fun one too!

Santa’s Beard is Soft and Warm is from when my now 27 year old nephew was a baby. I remember when my mom brought it home for him. The suspenders don’t snap as well as they used to but it’s a sweet little touch and feel book just like Pat the Bunny and full of tons of Christmas fun (the tree doesn’t really “smell” anymore either but we don’t mind) The “newer” version is available used in a few places including here

The Joy of Giving is a Berenstain Bears book and a great one to reinforce that giving is greater than receiving.

Twas the Night Before Christmas is a book that we read every year on Christmas Eve- my grampa used to read it to my siblings and cousins, my dad read it to the older grandkids in my family, and now we read it to our children. My copy pictured above is from my college roommate Jill and is very special to me!

What are some of your holiday favorites?

Gift Baskets Plus Review and Discount!

Who doesn’t love a gift basket? It’s the perfect gift for birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. Gift Baskets Plus offers an enourmous selection of gourmet gift baskets for everyone on your list. They have been making gift baskets for over 10 years. All of their products are professionally packaged and delivered. Their prices are fabulous and they offer a very large selection of Christmas themed baskets.

I have my eye on the Fantastic Godiva Tower. Who wouldn’t love a tower of Godiva chocolate???? Currently on sale for $64.80 I am SOOO tempted to get this for myself! There are baskets for the wine lover, the gourmet, snack baskets, kosher baskets and cookie baskets just to name a few.

Tuscan Countryside is a beautiful arrangement that comes with a reusable basket. It is overflowing with delicious italian items, including: dry salami, marinated olives, tea cookies, fruit and nut mix and wild smoked salmon just to name a few.

If you are looking for the perfect gift for a friend, hard to buy for relative or someone special in your life check out Gift Baskets Plus!! Their arrangements are sure to delight your loved one!


Gift Baskets Plus is Exclusively offering our readers a coupon for 15% off. Use Coupon Code 15OFF to redeem this offer!!!!


“A sample of this product will be provided in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.”

Personal Creations – Fabulous Holiday Gift Ideas!!!

The holiday season is officially in full swing and for those of us who still need to cross people off their Christmas gift list I have the perfect site for you! Personal Creations offers a ton of personalized items. They offer everything from personalized children’s books, to robes, furniture and christmas stockings. There is certain to be something for everyone on your list. You have to be sure to check them out. They offer over 200 items priced under $20!!! I had a such a hard time deciding which items from their site were my favorite. I ended up deciding on the personalized baby long johns in red. They have the most adorable flap in the back! This item retails for $24.99 including the embroidery. Upon receiving my item, I was really impressed with the overall quality of the sleeper. It was made out of a really nice thick, soft cotton and the embroidery was really professional. My little guy looks so adorable toddling around in his new jammies!   I found some other great items that I just HAD to get my nephew! My very own name book and Elmo personalized CD. What great gift items for little ones (and mom and dad will be happy not to have another toy to store!). Easy as that, I’m done holiday shopping! Check out Personal Creations today. For a limited time enter the code: SCH10B to receive

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10% off site wide. I guarantee that you will be really pleased with the selection and quality of all their items!   “A sample of products was provided to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.”

Excailbur Dehydrator Review, Recipes and Giveaway

Excalibur Dehydrators are considered to be the best dehydrator on the market. After receiving mine and using it I can see why they are so greatly loved. The Excalibur 5 tray is perfect for my small family and our dehydrating needs. In the short time I have had mine, I have made fruit rolls, “sun-dried” tomatoes, coconut bacon,tofu jerky, kale chips, and dehydrated fruits. In addition it can be used to make, granola, meat jerky, crackers, raw foods, bread crumbs, dried herbs, and more. A quick search for dehydrator recipes will give you a good idea of how valuable a dehydrator can be.

Kale Chips are a favorite snack in this mama’s house. Everyone, including the dog and cat, love them. They can be purchased in the store at the cost of $7.99 for 2.5oz. WOW, they are good but at that price we can not buy them often. Instead,I can pick kale from the garden, buy some at the farmers market or grocery store and make my own for a fraction of the cost. I like knowing what ingredients go in to my family’s food and I like saving money. Here is the recipe I followed to make these delicious and healthy chips.

Spicy and Cheesy Kale Chips

Adapted from The Best Cheesy Kale Chips


  • 1 1/2 or 2 bunches of kale, washed, dried, stems removed and cut in to bite size pieces.
  • 1 cup cashews, soaked in water for 2 or more hours and then drained.
  • 2-3 T lemon juice
  • 2 T nutritional yeast ( I used a bit more, I love nutritional yeast)
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 t ground chipotle chili pepper
  • a dash of sea salt
  • cayenne pepper (to taste)
  1. Add all ingredients expect the kale to a blender or food processor. Process until smooth.
  2. Massage mixture in to kale with hands.
  3. Dehydrate at 115° until crispy. (8-12 hours)

Here they are in all of their cheesy, crispy goodness!!

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Fruit Rolls Many of the fruit roll brand on the market actually include very little fruit in them. They are loaded with corn syrup, artificial coloring/flavoring and preservatives. They are really candy disguised as a fruit snack. So, I decided to make fresh, natural and delicious fruit rolls in the Excalibur Dehydrator. They turned out so good and were really easy to make. All you need is some fruit of your choosing, apple sauce ( I used 365 Unsweetened organic apple sauce), parchment paper, a blender and the dehydrator. This is a great recipe to have the kids help with. They can choose their own fruit combinations.

Excalibur Dehydrator giveaway


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One reader will win a Excalibur Dehydrator!

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Sample was received to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own. This giveaway will end on December 10 , 2012 at 11:59PM EST. Winner has 48 hours to respond. US only. One entry per household.