Archives for December 12, 2014

Melitta for the Holidays! Merry Mug Gift Pack Makes the perfect Holiday Gift for Coffee Lovers!


Looking for the perfect gift for the Coffee Lover on your Holiday shopping list? Melitta has you covered this holiday season! My favorite is the Merry Mug Gift Pack!  It’s a great price too! Right now it is on sale for $20.00. The value is much more than that! It includes:

Ready Set Joe individual pour-over coffee maker with travel mug

One box #2 bamboo filters (80 count)

One 11oz can of Melitta Classic coffee

Handheld milk frother

Coffee Scoop

I love how easy this is to use in the morning to make coffee-to-go! It’s also very affordable so you can also buy some extra Melitta coffee. My favorite is the  Melitta French Vanilla Coffee. It’s simply delicious!

This really is a Must-Buy this Holiday season!

Don’t forget to check out all their other great products too! Check out their website here.


Self Disclosure: I received free product samples to review for our Holiday gift suggestions.

PBS KIDS survey: less $$ more family this holiday

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The millennial generation has grown up and many have families of their own who will be celebrating the holidays. PBS KIDS tapped into the millennial parent mindset with the Millennial Parent Holiday Wishes Survey and found that these young parents don’t want a high-paced, tech-overloaded holiday this year, but instead a simpler season with less shopping and more family fun.

The survey found that 82% crave more family time and 80% want to spend more time playing with their kids this holiday season. Conversely, many of these younger parents want to dial back gift prep and shopping, with 37% saying they would like to spend less time shopping. When they do go shopping, more than half (54%) say that “hot toy” or “hot gift” lists aren’t as important as other factors, including a toy’s educational and long-lasting play value.

Tips to Simplify the Holidays 
The spirit of the holidays can sometimes get lost in the hectic holiday season. But there are easy ways for parents to help their family simplify and embrace the season, including these tips from PBS Parents:

  • Downscale holiday plans and expectations.  Keep the focus on family, on meaningful traditions and simple activities that replenish rather than exhaust.
  • Ask your children what they most love about your family’s holiday.  You may be surprised by their answers.
  • Whether you’re decorating, baking cookies, or making gifts for grandma, remember that the process is more important for your child than the outcome.  Keep it simple, and you and your child will enjoy it more.
  • Create small special moments in every day. Go for a sledding adventure or a winter nature walk outside. Turn off every light in the house at dinner time, light candles, and invite everyone to be perfectly still and perfectly silent for a minute.
  • Celebrate the holidays as a season of giving and doing for others.  Grab the kids and head next door to shovel an elderly neighbor’s walkway; make Christmas cards together for the mail carrier; deliver soup to a friend with the flu and focus on gifts that give back. Watch as your children begin to discover the secret pleasure of small kindnesses, offered with love. PBS KIDS provides a unique solution for parents looking for presents with a purpose, offering a new line of sustainable toys in partnership with Whole Foods.

Credit: PBS KIDS.

Bilingual STEM kids’ site now available


Peep and the Big Wide World is making it even easier for kids to explore STEM concepts anytime, anywhere.

The beloved children’s series, produced by Boston’s WGBH, announced today the launch of an all-new bilingual website and curriculum for Peep and the Big Wide World, the Emmy Award-winning preschool science and math series for 3-5 year olds.

With the newly expanded PEEP website, families can log on to play games or watch videos, and also find related PEEP content like books, live-action videos, and activities. And Spanish- and English-speaking families will find a dual-language website that is unique in children’s media. Resources will be available in both English and Spanish, and designed so that visitors to the site can switch between languages whenever they desire.


Credit: Peep and the Big Wide World.

Holiday Gift Suggestion: Chia Chia Hello Kitty, Chia Ninja Turtles, Disney Chia Flower Garden and Chia Grass Cat Planter!

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Looking for a fun gift for kids on your shopping list this Holiday Season? The following Licensed Chia Pet products are a Must-Buy! These are just great for all ages! I happen to love the Disney Chia Flower Garden and I’m sure that our cat will love the Chia Grass Cat Planter! (Shhh! Don’t tell him but it’s wrapped under our Christmas tree for him!)  Our guest Blogger Raya tried out the Hello Kitty product for us and this is what she said: I really liked the chia pet. I was amazed how quickly it grew. It was fun to check on it everyday to see how much more grew.

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So, check out Chia as a Holiday Gift suggestion this holiday season!  To find them at a store near you, check out the Store locator.

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Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this holiday feature. Photo Credit: Hello Kitty: Julie W. Guest Blogger comments: Raya.