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I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all the terrific people I've had the privilege of knowing, working with, being friends with and generally sharing my life with via this blog - a very Happy New Year!
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Lift and Look: Things that Go - From SoftPlay for Kids

SoftPlay Books - Featured at A Bookworm Mom's DiaryFrom personal experience I've seen that it's never too early to start teaching a kid. With that philosophy, I bought my son his first SoftPlay book when he was around 6 months of age and he just loved it. Unfortunately we lost that beloved book while traveling. But since that time, I've become a firm fan of SoftPlay's ever-growing line of award-winning books and interactive products.

My son, who's currently in love with all things that move (especially cars and trains) totally loved one of their new Lift and Look soft foam books - Things that Go! He had great fun learning by lifting out the soft, lift-out pieces that are featured the book and which reveal other things that go (in the air, on water, on wheels, etc)!  The shiny, foil-enhanced pictures and fun, interactive approach to learning are not only delightful but also keeps my active little son busy - and quiet - for quite a while!

SoftPlay products can be found at a variety of mass market and specialty retailers or ordered direct via www.softplayforkids.com. New titles and formats are created each year, complementing an active backlist of evergreen titles.

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DVD - Veggie Tales: Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving

Image Source,Photobucket Uploader Firefox ExtensionVeggie Tales: Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving

Laura Carrot's Christmas stocking might be empty this year because her dad is in danger of losing his job. While Larry thinks a letter to the North Pole should fix the problem, Bob knows what will really help ... and tells the story of a little boy named Nicholas who made a discovery in Bethlehem that changed Christmas forever. But what did Nick learn and how can it possibly help Laura and her family?!

Featuring all-stars Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber, this new seasonal DVD tells the story of Saint Nicholas, the world’s greatest giver, and introduces Nicky the Pepper, the first new VeggieTales character in five years. Bonus features include an original new song by critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Matthew West, “Give This Christmas Away,” performed by West and Grammy Award-winning artist Amy Grant.
This is a great way to introduce children to the true meaning of the Holiday season and will long remain a family favorite here. As a bonus - customers who purchase the Saint Nicholas DVD will receive a FREE VeggieTales DVD to give to a friend in need!

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DVD - The Muppet Christmas Carol - Kermit's 50th Anniversary Edition

PhotobucketThe Muppet Christmas Carol - Kermit's 50th Anniversary Edition

'Tis the season for love, laughter, and one of the most cherished stories of all time! Join Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and all the hilarious Muppets in this merry, magical version of Charles Dickens' classic tale. Academy Award winner Michael Caine gives a performance that's anything but "bah, humbug!" as greedy, penny-pinching Ebenezer Scrooge.

One fateful Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Together with kind, humble Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog) and his family, the Spirits open Scrooge's eyes -- and his heart -- to the true meaning of Christmas.

Filled with original music and dazzling special effects, this restored and remastered 50th Anniversary Edition of The Muppet Christmas Carol is now a cherished family favorite here!

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Keep Kids Feet Warm and Safe with Stonz Wear

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One of the things I worry about taking my kids out in the cold winter weather is keeping their feet warm. I can cover their bodies with warm clothes, but thicker socks mean their feet don't always fit in their shoes. And when there's snow or rain outside, those little feet can get cold pretty quick! My son especially loves splashing in puddles, so this is a very real concern for me.

Solution - Foul weather Booties from Stonz Wear! These are essentially wide-mouthed water and wind resistant nylon booties than be slipped over regular kid's shoes to keep them warm and safe in all kinds of inclement weather. The inside is lined with fleece, so warmth is a given. There are adjustable toggles at the calf and ankle that can be tightened to further ensure snugness. The soles are skid-resistant, so come snow or rain, my little one won't slip and fall due to these booties. They're available in a wide variety of styles and colors. And come in sizes newborn to 2.5 years, and in select styles up to size 2-4 years.

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That's not all. They also have a great selection of Hats and mittens for babies, toddlers and children to ensure an overall comfort for the little ones.

For more information and to check out their stellar range of products, visit http://www.stonzwear.com. Currently they're offering Free Shipping on orders over $50!

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Lift and Look: Numbers - From SoftPlay

SoftPlay Books - Featured at A Bookworm Mom's DiarySoftPlay is the leading producer of early language development interactive cloth books and felt playsets for infants and toddlers. And I've been their fan ever since I bought my son his first book at age 6 months. He's now learning his letters and numbers and what better to do it with than one of SoftPlay's Lift and Look: Numbers books!

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For a curiosity-driven young child, nothing is more intriguing than discovering secrets lie behind a lift-out or a flap. My son just loves to find and count animals using the soft, chunky lift-out pieces that are featured in this special book. The shiny, foil-enhanced pictures and fun, interactive approach of Lift and Look Numbers is not just a delight to look at but it also keeps him busy learning. It has colorful foam pages that are thick yet light, making it easy to turn the pages.

SoftPlay products can be found at a variety of mass market and specialty retailers or ordered direct via www.softplayforkids.com. New titles and formats are created each year, complementing an active backlist of evergreen titles.

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Make a Splash with Outdoor Curtains

As I mentioned in a previous post, changing curtains is an easy and inexpensive means of Home decor. That goes for inside as well as the outside. Outdoor curtains bring shade, privacy and a bit of decorative flair to outdoor settings. So, whether you're interested for practical reasons or want to bring some atmosphere to your porch or patio, outdoor curtains are something to try.

We get a lot of sun, too much at times on our patio and I decided to research outdoor curtains. As always, I headed to Shop.com, a great shopping comparison site specifically designed for women! The search promptly me netted pages upon pages of options, gathered from all over the web. I really like this one :

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So, if you're looking for some curtains or even holiday gifts, at a price that fits your wallet, then make Shop.com your first stop. Did I mention, it's absolutely FREE to use?! Be sure to visit them and tell me your thoughts.


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Stylish Children's Shoes for every budget - Bugaloo

Bugaloo Shoes - Featured at A Bookworm Mom's DiaryShoes are a must and frequent buy when you have growing kids in the house. That doesn't mean I should go bankrupt trying to keep my kids feet warm, safe and comfortable. Unfortunately, cheaper shoes don't always make the cut, both looks and comfort-wise. That's where Bugaloo Shoes comes in! In fact that's their whole philosophy:
Bugaloo is a company with aspirations to greatness. It is the brainchild of a young graphic designer valiantly attempting to circumvent the 9am-5pm drudgery and her brother, who excels in marketing. The philosophy behind my creative endeavor is quite simple:
  1. Quality baby shoes should cost under $20.
  2. Baby shoes should not only be cute, but unique and trendy as well.
  3. Donate 5% of each sale to the International Justice Mission, an organization that fights sex and slave trafficking across the world.
My kid's feet are warm and comfortable this holiday season in the Bluebirds shoes and here are some reasons why I Love these great shoes : 
  • Beautiful Designs - they're designed with meticulous care and peerless aesthetic sensibilities. And the designs are just delightful and very novel!
  • Handcrafted Creativity - Bugaloo hires trained seamstresses to handcraft each shoe to only the highest standards. It’s more than a shoe, it’s a piece of dedicated art.
  • Well Priced - Bugaloo's low overhead, no middlemen, and non-existent marketing budget = wonderfully low cost shoes for us!
  • Good for growing Feet - Recommended by medical experts and the smart alternative to restrictive hard soles, Bugaloo soft soles allow for proper balance and foot development.
  • Machine Washable - I can just toss them in the wash and be done with it! For more details on washing and care, visit their website.
  • Charity - 5% of each Bugaloo purchase goes to International Justice Mission, an organization that fights sex trafficking.
Currently you can get free shipping when you buy three pairs. For more information and to check out their great shoes, including the holiday selections, visit http://www.bugalookids.com/.

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Great deals on Comforters via Shop.com

Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosHolidays mean guests. And when I have people over, I get over-busy making sure everything is neat and nice, the decorations all spic and span, the floors spotless and so on. Especially the guest bedroom which I love to spruce up so my guests are comfortable and at the same time, impressed :) Since the spare comforter was looking a bit shabby, this year I thought I'd get something new. And as is my habit now, I went to Shop.com to see who had the best deals around.

As you probably know, Shop.com is a shopping comparison site specifically designed for women! They have great tools to help us figure out what to buy, find recommendations, and pinpoint which stores have the best price.

While browsing I searched for Chris Madden Comforters which are always great buy for any occasion, providing elegance and being not too expensive at the same time. The results took me from ebay to JC Penny and more. Here are some of the choices I was able to find :

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I at once fell in love with the first one above, with its regal and pristine off-white color and the decorative scrollwork embroidery which adds texture, depth and even more visual interest to not just the bed, but the overall room. I know my guests will be impressed! What about yours?

Find something for any place or any body and for the best price around using Shop.com. Did I mention, it's absolutely FREE to use?! Be sure to visit them and tell me your thoughts.



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New Car Deals and Trends!

Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosThe year is fast winding down to a close. But there are still some good car deals to be had.

Here are some interesting highlights of vehicle trends, courtesy TrueTrends :
  • The most negotiable new cars include the 2009 Chrysler Aspen and the 2010 Mini Cooper
  • The 2009 Mazda6 has the best incentive offer this month – $5,250 in total.  In addition, it is averaging 290 days in inventory which could add up to more savings for consumers
  • The top 2010 brands with the biggest discounts are Ford, Lincoln, Chrysler, Mercury and Volvo – all selling 9% or more below MSRP
  • If there is a Saturn dealership in your area VUE’s and Auras are selling 20% or more off MSRP on the remaining stock
  • Two of the best remaining days to buy a car in 2009 are Christmas Eve (Dec. 24th) and New Years Eve (Dec. 31st)
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What Time Is It? From SoftPlay

SoftPlay Books - Featured at A Bookworm Mom's DiaryFrom personal experience I've seen that it's never too early to start teaching a kid. With that philosophy, I bought my son his first SoftPlay book when he was around 6 months of age and he just loved it. Unfortunately we lost it while traveling. But since that time, I've become a firm fan of SoftPlay's ever-growing line of award-winning books and interactive products.
SoftPlay is the leading producer of early language development interactive cloth books and felt playsets for infants and toddlers. Each product SoftPlay offers is designed to emphasize classic play patterns and early language development. By keeping these important focuses at the core of everything they do, SoftPlay helps children ages birth to age five learn, explore and discover as they play. SoftPlay works in partnership with noted child development expert, Dr. Carol Andrew whose research on child development provides a valuable foundation for her work with SoftPlay and she uses SoftPlay products with her patients.

At SoftPlay, we believe that learning can be fun.
SoftPlay Books - Featured at A Bookworm Mom's DiaryMy son is currently in his rebellious phase and tantrums and time-outs are becoming a regular feature. Not to surprisingly, this has sparked an interest in him trying to tell time on his own by looking at the clock (all so he can figure out when his time out period is up and he can get back to his mischief - I know, I can tell!). But spotting the sliver lining, and an opportunity to teach him something new, I introduced him to SoftPlay'sWhat Time Is It? book. 

SoftPlay Books - Featured at A Bookworm Mom's DiaryThe big book has a brightly colored play clock in the center (two moveable hands and all) and pages which below in which a child is taught everything from minutes, the movements of the hands, what it means as the clock moves from one number to another and more. There are also multiple time disks provided in which a clock is shown pointing to all the different times. To make it interactive, questions are posed to the young reader in subsequent pages and to answer them, a child to locate the correct disk and place it in the empty clock face.

My son is a little young to learn all this, so for now I'm just using this book to teach him the hours using the moveable hands which are quite fun! When he's a little older (this book is meant for ages 3+), I plan to use it to teach him hours, minutes, seconds and all the rest it.

To check out more of their great range of products, visit www.softplayforkids.com. SoftPlay products can be found at a variety of mass market and specialty retailers or ordered direct via their website. New titles and formats are created each year, complementing an active backlist of evergreen titles.

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Sprucing up with Kohl's Bedding

PhotobucketI've been in a decorating frenzy recently. Everything from bathroom curtains to bedding and more are in the throes of being changed. So I thought, why neglect the Kitchen? My beautiful towels have been quite worn out, thanks to my children who are walking, talking mess-creators. So I decided to spruce up this part of my home as well.

And....you guessed it... I went to Shop.com and found some really pretty selection of Holiday towels in Kohl's Bedding. As you know, Shop.com is a great shopping comparison site specifically designed for women! That's how you know that they bring you the best deals around.

So, if you're looking for some stocking stuffers or something to just enliven your home at a price that fits your wallet, then make Shop.com your first stop. Did I mention, it's absolutely FREE to use?! Be sure to visit them and tell me your thoughts.






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Holiday Pick - Palumba Toys

Holidays mean gifts and gifts for kids automatically mean Toys. If you're tired of giving or getting buzzing, beeping, honking, racing, flashing, battery-operated toys time and again, then it's time to check out Palumba Toys.

About Palumba :
Palumba sells natural, award-winning USA made wooden toys and Fair Trade Waldorf dolls, non-toxic art supplies from Stockmar, playsilks, and many other products designed to foster creative play and imaginative play in children. Our selection of safe and natural toys includes many items exclusive to Palumba. We believe in fair, competitive pricing and strive for 100% customer satisfaction.

We are PALUMBA: A Magical Children's World Dedicated to the "WHOLE" child.
Palumba Toys - Featured at A Bookworm Mom's DiaryThe Hardwood Stacker - Circles I got to check out is ideal for a growing baby whose curiosity always begins with the mouth. It's sanded satin smooth and a light beeswax and Original beeswax finish enhances the natural beauty of the wood. And, I don't need to panic when my baby puts it in her mouth, sucks it or chews it thoughtfully with her toothless-gums. Moreover, this Maple and Walnut Stacking Set promotes imagination while building fine motor skills for both infants and toddlers. The blocks can be arranged in any configuration on the column which allows children to develop creativity and pattern recognition. These stackers are also available in square and triangle shapes.

Palumba Toys - Featured at A Bookworm Mom's DiaryThe Slow Race: Book & Puzzle set is simple, yet extremely clever and loads of fun for all! The story was designed to introduce some of the ways in which three simple shapes can be organized to form a wide variety of people, animals and objects. This is not only fun, but also deeply educational, as it increases the capacity for both creativity and geometric thinking. While reading the story, children and adults alike arrange and fit the blocks in the shapes pictured. After reading the story a new story of ones own can be made by tracing new shapes on paper and creating ones own book. From flowers to animals to the moon, the creation of objects is limited only by the imagination. Not to mention, it's a great way for the family to spend time together, flexing their mental muscles without the aid of any electronics.

These are just some of the many thoughtful and thought-provoking toys and items available at Palumba  including, but not limited to, clothes, books, toys, music, arts & crafts etc. I also loved their video section where you can actually see how and where the toys are made, how to care for wooden toys and more. And great deals are to be found in their Sale section.

To sum up, here are the reasons why I love them (besides the main reason, the battery-less toys!)
  • Handmade children's items created from ALL-NATURAL materials.
  • Over 80% of their toys are made in the USA.
  • The others are crafted in Fair Trade Cooperatives. 
  • ALL of their toys are made without any toxins or unsafe parts. 
  • They are all of heirloom quality and crafted with "green" technology, care and integrity.
  • The items they offer enable children to use their imagination and take flight.
Check out more of their wonderful items at http://www.palumba.com/.

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Living Christmas Trees

I know of people who decorate live trees outside but to have a living one delivered to your home?! To in fact, RENT one?! Well, that was a new one for me!
Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosThe Living Christmas Company (www.livingchristmas.com) is a Los Angeles based business that provides eco-friendly options for the holiday season, including a tree-rental program where living Christmas trees are rented by a Los Angeles family for the holiday season (the trees are alive, fresh and potted – not cut – and are delivered to/from a home or office) and maintained throughout the year for use in the next holiday season – a very sustainable way of celebrating the holidays.

With the revamped website’s new interactive features, fun holiday humor and easy to use online ordering system (customers choose delivery and pick up dates), this is the first living Christmas tree rental company in the nation to handle orders through the web. Of course, customers can still expect Santa hat clad “elves” to show up for tree delivery and pick up. 
If you order one, let me know your thoughts!
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Kushies Sale


If you are still shopping for little ones, Kushies has announced a sale through December 17 on some of their award-winning Zolo toys including:

-Digs Magnetic Shape dog house, regularly $85 now $42
-Fuzzi Shag, regularly $14.99 now $7.49
-Libro Coco activity book, regularly $22.99 now $11.49
-Pupa, regularly $59, now $29
-Playgarden, regularly $73 now $36

Visit www.kushiesonline.com to see these great gift ideas.
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Buy.com Offers Amazon PayPhrase Users 10 Percent Cash Back

Buy.com’s “Holiday Superstore” (http://www.buy.com/holidaystore/16125.html)  offers significant price savings and often free shipping on thousands of gifts, including electronics, toys, gaming systems, watches, apparel and more.

Today Buy.com announced a promotion that offers 10 percent cash back to customers who check out with Amazon PayPhrase. Good for up to $50 cash back per order (and up to $250 cash back per customers), this deal applies to all items ordered for shipping on or before Dec. 31st using Amazon PayPhrase.

Don't know what Amazon PayPhrase is?

PayPhrase is an easy-to-remember shortcut to shipping and payment information in your Amazon.com account. Use it for Express Checkout at Amazon.com and across the web.

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Great deals on Shower Curtains

Image Source,Photobucket Uploader Firefox ExtensionMy toddler is growing up fast and now has an opinion on everything :

Daddy's favorite shirt - "ratty".
Mom's signature dish - "Grandma's was better".

I beg to differ! But the one thing we both agree on is that our guest bathroom desperately needs a makeover. What's dragging down the whole tone of that room is the outdated shower curtain, bought when we first moved into this house. I know, high time for a change! But not the bright yellow Spongebob curtain which was my son's choice.

Rather, I went looking for the best deal online for shower curtains. Rather than Google and sift through the millions of hits, I let Shop.com do all the work. This shopping comparison site is specifically designed for women! And they have great tools to help shoppers, male or female, figure out what to buy, find recommendations, and pinpoint which stores have the best price.

My search garnered these gems from places as varied as Amazon, Target, Overstock.com and many, many more besides :

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And now I have do the real hard work and choose from among hundreds of stellar choices, brand names and for the price that best fits my budget!

Find something for any place or any body and for the best price around using Shop.com. Did I mention, it's absolutely FREE to use?! Be sure to visit them and tell me your thoughts.



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Shipping made Easy with FedEx

Image Source,Photobucket Uploader Firefox ExtensionHolidays are the one time of the year I miss my being with my extended family which is scattered all over the world. And with the different time zones and the distances, we don't get to connect as frequently as we'd like. Parcels and care packages are one of the ways we still keep in touch. And the service we all love to use and which has proved truly reliable time and again is none other than FedEx!

This Holiday season, FedEx offers ways to save time and money with discounts that make FedEx one of the cheapest options this December. For example, when you sign-up on fedex.com, you can save up to 16% on FedEx Express services and 8% on FedEx Ground and Home Delivery. And, by visiting a FedEx Office location, shipping with FedEx Ground costs 10% less than with UPS.

For those awkward sizes, fragile items, or time-strapped packers, FedEx Office professionals can pack and ship my holiday packages for me or give me tips on how to minimize the size and weight of a package to reduce shipping costs at any of the locations nationwide. This is especially true when I want to send packages containing fragile items or gifts chosen with special care. FedEx Office also offers customized holiday cards, stationery and personalized 2010 calendars in just minutes either online or in-store. Also, with FedEx Office Print Online services, I can print holiday newsletters and cards to a nearby center of my choice or have them delivered to my friends and family hassle-free.

Bonus! Currently, anyone who signs up for a free account on fedex.com and records their name and confirmation number here: http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/?p=WEB229YSQDALUE, will be entered to win one of 5 Apple iPod Touches! This opportunity is open to everyone, so feel free to sign up and tell all your friends and family about it. I did!

Disclosure - I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of FedEx and received a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.
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This week's Deals at KMart!

Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosAs I'd blogged last week, Kmart has brought back Bluelight Specials. There are many great Bluelight Specials throughout the weekend in-store, and other great offers online at Kmart.com, too, only on Saturdays and Sundays.

Below are the teasers for this weekend December 12th and 13th:
  • · Essential Home Snug Sack 50% off (reg. $19.99)
  • · Jaclyn Smith Today Cashmere Blend Throw $12.99 (reg. $29.99)
  • · Kodak 7” digital frame $49.99 (reg. $79.99) 
All day offers: 

Saturday:
· Mens Boxed Gifts $5 (reg. 16.99-19.99)
· Die Hard Battery Bank BOGO Free (reg. $9.99)

Sunday:
· Fisher Price Fashion Separates $4.99 (Infant/Toddler) reg. $10.99-$18.99
· Hershey Snack size jumbo bags $3.50 (reg. $5.99)

Don’t forget to follow @KmartDealsnNews and use the #KmartBLS hashtag for a chance to win every day! For more info & rules: http://tr.im/KmartBLS. Good luck!

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DVD - Spongebob : Truth or Square


SpongeBob SquarePants: Truth or Square

SpongeBob SquarePants has gotten himself into quite a predicament. After being entrusted by Mr. Krabs to keep the Krabby Patty formula safe, SpongeBob is overcome with grief for losing the recipe. He then relies on the help of the most unlikely companion, Plankton, who wants the secret Krabby Patty recipe for himself.

With the help of his friends, SpongeBob must use Plankton’s memory machine to retrace the happiest moments of his life to find the Krabby Patty formula in time for the Krusty Krab’s Eleventy Seventh anniversary.

As with any Spongebob story, this is also full of entertainment and laughter for kids. Plankton is one of the best villains around, second only to Mini-me in those Austin Powers movies. If you're looking for a way to keep the kids engaged indoors during the winter, this one will surely provide ample distrastion.

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Dvd - Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian



History is larger than life—and twice as funny—in this monumental comedy sequel that’s “better than the original” (At the Movies)! Ben Stiller leads an all-star cast (including Amy Adams, Owen Wilson, Hank Azaria and Robin Williams) as Larry Daley, a former night watchman at the Museum of Natural History, where the exhibits come to life after dark. But now Larry’s nocturnal friends are being retired to the archives of the Smithsonian Institution, luring him back for a hilarious, all-out battle against museum misfits who plan to take over the Smithsonian...and the world!

I only recently saw the first movie of this series and had great fun. So it was a special treat to watch the sequel just days later. To be frank, this one was far more entertaining, adventurous and even had me laughing out loud time and again. I especially loved the bobble-headed Einsteins, Amelia Earhart and Khamunrah was an absolute hoot for a villain. Hank Azaria, who portrays Khamunrah, speaks in a plummy, upper-class British accent that, coming out of the mouth of someone who's supposedly a long-dead Egyptian prince re-animated, had me in splits. I almost wish he'd said "a spot of tea" or "pip pip" or some such to make it all the more funny.

The limited edition “Monkey Mischief” double DVD boasts a second disc including over 30 minutes of entertainment complimenting the bonus materials featured on the first disc, including cast and crew commentary, six deleted scenes with an alternate ending, a gag reel, and more.

If you're looking for some stocking stuffers, then make this dvd combo pack one of them. You and your entire family can sit and watch this together and have fun!

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Chic and Stylish - Inspired Bedding

Inspired Crib Bedding - Featured at A Bookworm Mom's Diary

Tired of the same old traditional jungle or teddy bear or princess prints that seem so prevalent among baby bedding? Get a fresh dose of inspiration at none other than Inspired Bedding. Stylish and coordinated, these will inject some much-needed quality in the nursery. After all, who says your little one can't be as mod and stylish as the next film star's kid?!



Reasons to like Inspired Bedding -
  • They provide custom designed, high quality baby bedding.
  • Their bedding sets and coordinating accessories are crafted with great care and attention to detail in USA.
  • They use only the highest quality of materials, ensuring babies receives the comforting they deserves.
  • The use of both 100% percent cotton fabrics and heavenly soft minky, means their nursery bedding provides both softness and comfort.
  • They also offer extra sheets, coordinating changing pad covers, matching nursery pillows and even wall prints.
I love the Geo Pink Pillow they sent over for my daughter. It's modern print and softness are both a big hit in my home and the quality of the material is very good indeed. Next on my list is to get the matching crib bedding as well!

Bonus! Use coupon code "CRIB10" to get 10% off your order.

For more information, as well as to check out their great selection of bedding and other accessories, visit www.icribbedding.com.

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A New TV show I'm looking forward to...

This has been one interesting Fall season of TV. One of my favorite shows, Monk, is ending. Many other promising new ones (The Good Wife, White Collar, Modern Family, etc) have started. With the looming Holiday season, you wouldn't think a new series is going to be started now. But there is and it's one I've been looking forward to - for it stars one of my favorite TV stars, Ray Romano!

That's right, I'm talking about "Men of a Certain Age", the new TNT show that will premiere Monday, December 7 at 10/9c.

Men Of A Certain AgeJohn Lennon once wrote, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” For three men entering the second act of their lives, those words are starting to hit home. The show follows three longtime friends - played by Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond) Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap, Star Trek: Enterprise) and Andre Braugher (Homicide: Life on the Street) – as they navigate the changes and challenges of mid-life.

Men Of A Certain AgeMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE explores the unique bonds of male friendship among three men experiencing the changes and challenges of mid-life. They have been best friends since college but now, in their 40s, are navigating through the second act of their lives. Joe (Romano) is a friendly, slightly neurotic, recently separated father of two who had dreams of being a professional golfer. Now he owns and runs a party store. Terry (Bakula) is a laid-back, handsome actor who seems to breeze through life (and women). Lately, he’s spending more time working as a temp than as an actor. And Owen (Braugher) is an overstressed husband and father of three who endures constant criticism from his father, for whom he works as a car salesman.

Men Of A Certain AgeThese friends face very different challenges. Joe, who currently lives in a hotel, tries to connect with his kids and is dipping his toe in the dating pool, while also struggling with the gambling problem that may have ended his marriage. The unmarried Terry scoffs at domestic issues but sometimes wonders if his own single life is all it’s cracked up to be. Owen does everything he can to climb the sales board at his father’s car dealership and keep his cool over the seemingly endless renovation project in the home he can barely afford. Through it all, these men are there for each other when it counts.



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Some tidbits from Around the Cyberworld

Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosFirst, good news from a  favorite sponsor - See Kai Run is offering Free Shipping for the Holidays! Offer ends Thursday, Dec 3rd. So hurry now!

Worldwide Jewelry and Gifts Sale is happening NOW at Novica.com.

go natural baby is offering winter special. Plus price matching, free shipping on most items and no sales tax!

Spreadshirt is running a 25% off your total order with a minimum purchase of $40.00. Additionally, Spreadshirt is offering free shipping promotion today, Cyber Monday!

Cyber Monday Deal - 20% Off Today Only! Just enter the code "cybermonday" at checkout at www.bellebabycarriers.com.

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Fitness and Health Tips

PhotobucketNo matter how big the goal, from losing over 100 pounds to losing the last stubborn 5, you don’t have to be on TV to find sold trainers and fitness advice to get the help needed to start losing weight for good.

John Rowley, fitness expert and best-selling author of the sensational hit Climb Your Ladder of Success Without Running Out of Gas, offers the below health and fitness tips to Americans across the country looking for fitness tips to lead a healthier life. Rowley, who is also the Director of Fitness and Wellness of The American Institute of Healthcare & Fitness, also offers health and diet insights to jump start weight loss.

FITNESS TIPS

  • MOVE MORE EVERY DAY – Make it a daily challenge to find more ways to move your body. Take the stairs over the elevator, walk your dog, take brief walks during lunch breaks, ride your bike to work – any small step goes a long way in improving your overall fitness.
  • MELT AWAY FAT WITH MUSCLE- Your metabolism is a direct reflection of your muscle mass to fat mass ratio.  A good resistance training routine will supercharge your metabolism in just 90 minutes a week. Simply do 3, 30 minute sessions a week.  Cardio is great for over all health and burns fat while you are doing it, but when you do resistance training you build muscle and muscle burns calories even at rest, hence supercharging your metabolism.
  • BE SMART, WORK YOUR HEART – There are many conflicting opinions on cardio vascular exercise and a study to back up each of them.  Some say do very short, very intense interval training and others endorse going slower but for a longer time period.   I know people that get great results doing both.  I think the best form of cardio is the form you will do on a consistent basis.  Getting your heart rate into the fat burning zone is important and the best way to judge this is that you are exercising hard enough that you can barely carry on a conversation, in other words you can speak but just barely but not so hard that you are gasping for air in order to finish a sentence.  
  • THE POWER OF FLEXIBILITY - Keeping your muscles flexible is very important especially as you age.  Today with yoga, Pilates, etc there are many fun ways to incorporate this into your fitness routine both at home and in the gym.
  • YOU ARE YOUR BEST INVESTMENT – Everyone today is worried about their investment portfolios, their income, their home, business's, jobs and tend to over look their greatest asset.... themselves.  You can have the most incredible God given talents, abilities and skills and the best education money can buy and still fall flat on your face, it happens every day.  Action not assets is the key to an extraordinary life and by not taking care of yourself you are minimizing your greatest asset and your ability to take action. It is difficult to take action when you are exhausted.  Also keep in mind that the same blood that flows through your body flows through your brain.  Do you think you will be more aware and alert if the blood flowing through your brain is fat laden or if it is rich in oxygen and nutrients?  Take care of your greatest asset by following some of these simple tips.

HEALTH AND DIET TIPS

  • CALORIC INTAKE IS IMPORTANT – This is simple math. Burn more than you consume. Your caloric intake must not exceed the amount you normally burn, since any excess would then be converted and stored energy into fats.
  • PUT SOMETHING WITH A FACE AND SOMETHING GREEN ON YOUR PLATE- If you don't like counting calories you will like this.  Eat something with a face...protein and green vegetables and avoid all the starchy carbohydrates like bread, cake, potatoes, rice,etc then your body will learn to burn fat for energy instead of carbohydrates and you will become a lean, mean fat burning machine, without counting calories. Then once a week have a victory meal or victory day when you eat what ever you want.
  • THE SKINNY ON FAT - Cut out the bad fats but get some good fat in your diet.  Avoid fried foods, food high in saturated fat and focus on lean proteins such as chicken and turkey breast, fish, egg whites, no fat cottage cheese. And make sure you get your good fats from fish and fish oil, olive oil, avocado and nuts like almonds.
  • WATCH YOUR ALCOHOL INTAKE - While recent studies show a glass of wine a day can help protect against heart disease, more than that can cause other health problems such as liver and kidney disease and cancer. And one drink can pack in 100 calories or more and make it harder for you to reach your fitness goals. 
  • DRINK WATER- Drinking water does several things, it keeps you hydrated, it helps flush your body of fat and toxins and it will also help curb your appetite.  You should be drinking at least half your body weight in ounces of water a day.
  • SET A REALISTIC GOAL – Weight loss and fitness goals should be three things: realistic, believable, and exciting. Despite what is seen on TV, losing more than 2 pounds a week can make permanent weight loss difficult, set a steady but realistic goal and reward yourself for reaching milestones along the way. Make goals believable but also exciting, challenge yourself and take everything one day at a time, towards an overall goal of a healthier life.  The key is to make this part of your lifestyle to enhance your life.
  • CONSISTENCY IS KEY- Success in an endeavor follows consistent action. Remember it requires discipline to do the things today that you don't necessarily want to do, so you can do the things you dream of doing tomorrow!

Consistency - that's the one I have the most problem with. What about you? How do you stick to your exercise plan?

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The Original Wee Squeak Shoes

Wee Squeak Shoes Featured at A Bookworm Mom's Diary

The Holidays are literally just around the corner. If you're planning to go shopping with the kids or even for a kid, then you just have to consider buying the Wee Squeak Shoes! Wondering why? Read on...

Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosAs the name suggests, these shoes actually make a funny squeaking sound as the child walks. A cushion in the heal squeezes air through a tiny nozzle making the squeak sound. That makes them immensely popular with kids, as evinced by the ecstatic kid you'll find in my home who insists on wearing his new Black Combo Wee Squeak shoes everywhere. He puts his hands inside them to make them squeak when I refuse to let him wear them 24/7!

The squeaking noise did get irritating after a while when my son just wore them in the house. But they proved to be a godsend when I took him out grocery shopping. Now my son loves exploring stores/malls/any-huge-place on his own - his own!! This time he ran away as usual. But I didn't run around like a headless chicken as I could hear exactly where he was thanks to the squeaking sound! That effectively takes care of a big headache!

If I haven't convinced you by now, then let me explain some more - apart from the squeaking sound, these shoes are stylish, comfortable and great for any season. They come in a variety of styles and colors for both boys and girls. They even help children walk properly! Here's how : In order for the shoe to squeak a child must walk heal to toe. This encourages crawlers to begin walking and toddlers and young children to walk properly and not up on their toes.

As an added bonus : For those occasions when the shoe needs to be silent, the squeaker can be removed by an adult!

With unique style, great quality and that great little squeaker, Wee Squeak Shoes are a great buy this holiday season! For more information, visit http://www.wesqueak.net/.

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The Happy Company

Want to feel good about yourself this Holiday season? Then you've got to visit The Happy Company (the name speaks for itself!). Check out their Mission statement :
Our mission is to create unique, high-quality, affordable, products that bring you a sense of wellbeing and provide stress-relieving solutions for the pressures of today’s fast paced world. We want our customers to feel good about themselves and project vitality in our communities, creating a happier world.
Soothing Cozy Slippers from The Happy Company - Featured at A Bookworm Mom's DiaryWell, their soothing Cozy Slippers certainly made me happy! Running around two active kids all day along with the never ending chores leaves me with very tired feet towards the end of the day. And in winter, I also have to endure ever-frozen toes on top of that. These slippers certainly took care of that problem with their reinforced plush soles and flax seed filled inserts that soothe tired feet with long lasting heat therapy. They even have removable scent sachets infused with lavender and ginger to deepen the relaxation experience with aromatherapy! I can warm them up in the microwave for chilly toes in winter and put them in the freezer to cool them down in summer!

Product Features:
  • Cotton ties at ankles
  • Soft Jersey Knit lining
  • Plush Chenille uppers
  • Grip dot fabric soles
  • Machine washable covers
  • Heat quickly in the microwave
  • Chill easily in the freezer
  • One size fits most (most comfortable for women sizes 6-10)
  • Slippers weigh approximately 4 ounces each
  • Available in Cranberry, Earth, and Sage colors.
Benji Warming Belly Blanket from Happy Company - Featured at A Bookworm Mom's DiaryAmong other great products like Lumbar WrapDream Mask, Moisturizing Slippers, Warming Scarf, Happy Massager, etc there's yet another one I want to tell you about. And that's the Benji Warming Belly Blanket.

As Moms, we know that placing babies on their bellies on a heating pad helps relieve gas pains and bloating. The Happy Company went a step further and developed a fun, soft way to turn the floor or Mom's lap into a belly soothing experience for baby. Just heat the grain filled warming mat in the microwave and soothe baby’s developing digestive system with natural heat therapy. They've even added natural lavender herbs to help baby relax with aromatherapy.

It's a great way to soothe a fussy baby and a wonderful natural alternative to a traditional electric heating pad which I never like to use as my kids always end up playing with the cord!

Product Features:
  • Cover is machine washable
  • Features aromatherapeutic lavender herbs
  • Heats quickly in the microwave
Like with anything heated in the microwave, careful and proper handling is a must.

To check out more of their wonderful products, visit http://www.thehappycompany.com. From personal experience I can tell you that their products certainly make for happy customers and I'd definitely encourage you to consider them this Holiday season!

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Crocodile Tears: An Alex Rider Adventure

PhotobucketAs long as I've been reading, I've been a fan of Penguin Books. They have a long standing reputation for quality books. Which is I accepted at once when an opportunity was given to review this book which is about a reluctant teenage spy, Alex Rider, who works for Britain’s MI6 and unlike James Bond, does not have a license to kill.  Instead, he uses his wits and cool gadgets to incapacitate the bad guys.

Crocodile Tears: An Alex Rider Adventure (Philomel Books, 9780399250569, $17.99, fiction, 388 pages, ages 10 and up) feels ripped from the headlines, with a charity broker con artist raising millions of dollars in donations, only to invest them in a form of  genetically modified wheat that has the power to release an airborne strain of virus so powerful, it can knock out an entire country in one windy day – a catastrophe so far-reaching that it would raise millions of dollars more in charitable donations, all of which would be embezzled by one man. The antidote? Alex Rider, of course, who survives gunfire, explosions, and hand-to-combat with mercenaries – just another day in the life of an average teen super-spy kid.

I loved the book - it's fast-paced with plenty of hi-jinks to keep a reader eagerly flipping the pages. The author does a great job of maintaining the suspense and the kick-ass action is so visual as to be easily imagined.

PhotobucketAbout the Author - Anthony Horowitz (www.anthonyhorowitz.com) is a world-renowned screenwriter for television and film, a playwright, and the author of the #1 New York Times best selling Alex Rider Adventures. Crocodile Tears is the eighth title in this blockbuster series, which has also spawned a major motion picture and a line of graphic novels. Anthony lives in London with his wife Jill, and their two sons, Nicholas and Cassian.

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