Elf-cation Adventure at Hocking Hills

Elf-cation Adventure

Up to this point, our family has not added an Elf on the Shelf to share our Holiday adventures. We decided to see if an Elf would be a good fit with our family by taking my friend Stephanie’s (from A Little Moore) Elf “Sparkles” on an adventure with our family to Hocking Hills.

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Testing Out the New Gymgo Line from Gymboree on Adventures

Testing out the new Gymgo line from Gymboree on adventures

As a mom of boys, I’ve learned that boys play hard, ALL the time! They are tough on clothes and comfort is always their top priority when in comes to what they wear.

I’m always on the hunt for quality clothes that will look great in multiple environments and adventures. I love when I can find items that I can mix and match to get more wardrobe options.

We were invited to check out Gymboree’s new activewear collection, Gymgo™ that is is all about made-to-move outfits for play-all-day comfort.

Gymboree has been celebrating childhood for 30 years, dressing kids newborn to 12 years old. Gymboree offers colorful, head-to-toe clothing and accessory collections—quality clothes that let kids be kids.

My youngest son selected the Gymgo™  Jump tee and Active shorts from the Gymboree website.

Gymboree Apparel

Gymboree shorts

My boys tend to wear shorts as long as they can all year round, which made the matching Gymgo Active Hoodie a great addition to the outfit for when the weather gets cooler.

Gymboree jacket

The “safari”sunglasses that he picked out also matched his selections perfectly.

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4 Reasons to Update Your Man’s Workout Gear

4 Reasons to Update Your Man's Workout Gear

This post is sponsored by Vocalpoint and Dick’s Sporting Goods. All opinions are my own.

My husband has lost a lot of weight over the past year. It had become increasingly noticeable that his workout clothes were in desperate need of an update for a few reasons.

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Sideline Essentials for Sports Parents

Sideline Essentials for Sports Parents

This post is sponsored by Vocalpoint and Dick’s Sporting Goods. All opinions are my own. #DSGFit4U

As a sports mom,  I spend A LOT of time on the bleachers watching my two boys play multiple sports. If your kids play sports, you might as well come prepared to make the experience more enjoyable. Here are a few sports parent essentials to bring to your next game.

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Star Wars Themed Family Game Night

Star Wars Themed Family Game Night

Are you a big Star Wars fan?

The new Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters this December and we decided to have a fun Star Wars themed family game night to prep for it. I’m a big fan of interactive types of games for family game night and all of these passed the test.

Star Wars Family Games at Kohl's

We started with the Star Wars Duels card game. It’s basically like War but with images of all of the Star Wars characters instead. My younger son really loved this game because he enjoys playing the card game War. He knew that the Ewoks were my favorite and he was quick to point them out while we playing the game.

Star Wars Duels

Star Wars Duels Game

Playing Star Wars Duels Game

Next, we battled it out in a Star Wars themed Nerf War. I haven’t participated in a lot of Nerf Wars but I honestly had a blast. First, I had to make sure that I knew how to operate my Stormtrooper Nerf Gun correctly. The tables turned pretty quickly after that.

Star Wars Nerf Gun

Nerf Gun

I took cover on the stair steps of my boys’ room and tried my best. I took several hits to the face but it was so much fun!

Nerf War

 

Star Wars themed Nerf war

You can never have too Nerf darts because you can and will lose them easily during battle. You will also want an extra stash by your side during a Nerf War.

Star Wars Nerf Gun in box Star Wars Nerf Bullets

We also tried our shooting skills on a target but I think shooting at each other was a little more fun.

Nerf Target

The last game that we played was Star Wars themed Catchphrase. We LOVE Catchphrase and the Star Wars themed one has awesome sounds affects as you play.

Catchphrase Star Wars

playing Catchphrase

Our family had a great time mixing up game night with a Star Wars theme. You can find a large selection of Star Wars themed toys from Kohl’s online here. 

 

Who is your favorite Star Wars Character?

 

 

This post was sponsored by Kohl’s. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Ways to Be a Better Gift Giver

4 Ways to Be a Better Gift Giver

Gift giving can be a tricky thing. When you get it right, it’s great, when you miss the mark, it’s not so great.

So how do you become a better gift giver?

Over the years, my husband and I have made many attempts to try to get it right. Some years we’ve done better than others. Here is what I’ve learned.

1. Know the recipent’s interest and take note when they mention something that they like or want to do. 

(Keep gift ideas notes in your phone if you hear something that might be useful later)

2. Think out of the box whenever you can.

Show that you put effort into your gift idea. If you are going to give a gift card, add something else to it that shows that you put some thought into it. For example, if they love coffee, you could give a giftcard to their favorite coffee shop along with coffee related gifts.

3. Presentation of the gift makes a big difference.

Presentation is the icing on the cake and what makes a gift go from good to great.

4. Think about how the recepient likes to receive gifts.

This is a big one. The receiver might feel loved most by gifts that incorporate their interests with quality time, acts of service, or physical gifts.

My husband loves recieving gifts. He also gets really excited when he has a gift to give. In years past, he would get so excited about my gift that he would hype up the surprise so much to the point that I would think that I was going on a cruise! So you can imagine how it feels when you think you are going on a cruise and then you discover that you got an original piece of art. I LOVE art! I LOVE original art but I also LOVE vacation!

So one year he got me an original piece of art of a scene that reminded me of something you would see in Europe from one of my favorite local stores. I loved the artwork but when I thought I was going on a vacation to one of my dream destinations, I wasn’t able to give him quite the response he was looking for.

Original art

I’ve also disappointed him with my reaction to another one of his gifts when we first got married. He bought me a watch for Christmas. I didn’t really care for the watch so I returned it and bought another….but I didn’t really care for that one either so I found another watch. It turns out that the watch I chose was the one that he originally purchased for me. I ended up not getting a watch that day.

Over the years, I’ve learned that I enjoy designating gifts from him.  I don’t even know what I want half the time, which makes me a really hard person to shop for. If I purchase an item and designiate it from him, I’m happy with the item every time that I see it. I’ve learned that he still likes to purchase gifts so I’ve learned to be really specific with the options that I would really like so that we both win.

My husband is a big watch person. He loves receiving watches as a gift. It’s a gift that he asks for often and it’s his form of wearable art. This made giving a Jord watch a no brainer.

I previously mentioned that I LOVE art and my husband loves watches. Jord makes high quality wood watches that look like a piece of art. I like their mission too.

The value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed, but in being aware of the need to make that time count. Moments are bigger than minutes and your watch should tell more than time.

I let him be a part of the decision making process. He picked out the Delmar Blue and we measured his wrist to ensure the perfect custom sizing.

Jord Watch 7

The watch arrived ready to wear with the accurate time inside impressive packaging that also paid attention to detail.

Jord box

Jord Wooden Box

Jord Watch

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Jord Watch 5

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My husband LOVES his watch and it’s a great reminder that I care about him every time he sees it.

Jord Watch

Is a watch on your gift list? Jord now offers free shipping worldwide which helps you spend more on what you love, not shipping.

You can find out more about Jord watches from their website

 

 

This post was sponsored by Jord. All opinions are my own. 

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How to Make a Glow in the Dark BOO Kit

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BOOitForward #CollectiveBias

How to Make a Glow in the Dark BOO Kit

Have you ever BOO’d your neighbor before?

Part of the fun of BOO’ing your neighbors is having them try to figure out who left them a gift. Sneaking up to your neighbor’s porch is a lot easier to do at night and since it’s already nighttime, you might as well make your gift stand out by making it glow in the dark.

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You don’t have to spend a lot of time to pull off this idea.

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Supplies

Glow Sticks

Tissue Paper

Scotch Tape

Thick Black Poster board

Stickers

Container for your candy

Candy

I purchased my candy and drinks from Walmart

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Mars Mixed Minis 52 oz.

Wrigley Monster Stash 315 ct

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Soda

7UP® 8oz 6pk (Halloween Can)

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You got BOO’d Printable Card

Glow in the Dark BOO Kit

Put tissue paper inside the container first. Next add a few of the 7UP® 8oz Halloween Cans. I put a layer of tangy candy followed by the chocolates. I added one additional can to the top to help hold the card.

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For the Glow in the Dark Sign I used Glow Sticks to form the letters and used clear tape to secure them to the board.

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Make sure that you crack the glow sticks for the color to start glowing before you tape them to the board. You can use the board vertically or horizontally.

 

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Next, I added a few stickers and along with additional glow sticks along the edges of the board.

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Print out the BOO kit. You can get your own free printable card here. 

BOO kit

    1. Cut out this “We’ve been BOO’d sign.
    2. Fold the “You’ve been BOO’d” greeting card (page 2) and tape openings together.
    3. Include the card and sign when gifting BOO bundles.

Once your kit is ready, do your best to go into stealth mode when you drop off the BOO kit on your neighbor’s porch.

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If they have younger kids, you will want to try to get it to their home early enough so that they can see it.

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Will you be BOO’ing your neighbors this year? I would love to hear what you put in your BOO kit.