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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Doze with the Dinosaurs at the Perot Museum: The Ultimate Childhood Memory


In today's post, I will tell you about an amazing one-of-a-kind experience that we highly recommend to families in the DFW metro - a sleepover at the Perot Museum! 
Doze with the Dinosaurs.
My family considers this event to be the ultimate childhood memory! Let me share the schedule and a few photos from our recent experience.

General Sleepover Schedule
  • 6:30pm Museum Shop opens 
  • 7-7:30pm Checkin 
  • 7:30pm Welcome to your sleepover adventure! 
  • 8pm Family-friendly film 
  • 8:40pm Snack time 
  • 8:45-11:30pm Explore the five levels of the Museum and special hands-on activities for sleepover guests 
  • Midnight Lights out! 
  • 7:15am Rise and shine! 
  • 7:30am Breakfast 
  • 8:00am Farewell! 
My husband and son arrived around 7:00pm and were easily able to find parking. It was convenient to park right next to the museum, especially since they had to carry their sleeping bags, change of clothing, and toothbrushes. My husband commented that the check-in was very nice and well organized. The staff members at the Perot Museum are always seem so enthusiastic to be there.

The first item on the schedule was the "Welcome to your sleepover adventure" introduction. They shared the rules and expectations for the evening so that all of the families could enjoy the sleepover. It was interesting to learn that one of the employees has participated in 50+ sleepovers!   (Isn't that the most amazing job perk?!)



The next activity was a family-friendly movie. After the movie, they attended a session with exciting science experiments. For instance, we were able to see an exciting Hydrogen explosion and liquid Nitrogen in action.





After the live science experiments, my husband and son explored the museum.  They visited and experienced everything from hands-on exhibits with robots to races with virtual cheetahs and dinosaurs. My husband and son still rave about all of the amazing interactive exhibits. They were busy the entire time with the exception of a snack break that was included with the event.  My son loved that he scored gummy dinosaurs for a snack!

Finally, they staked their claim on where to place their sleeping bags.  They slept under a pterodactyl and across from an Alamosaurus!  Isn't that truly amazing?  We laugh because my husband  woke up in the middle of the night and flinched because he forgot where he was. They loved waking up in such a unique and immersive environment.



If you look past the lights in the photo below, you'll notice that this is an actual pterodactyl skeleton!



Finally, they enjoyed breakfast at the museum and packed up their sleeping bags to head home.  This is an iconic part of my son's childhood and is a memory that our family will always treasure.  This is a must-do activity for all DFW families and visitors!  


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Trendy Mom’s Holiday Gift Guide

Take a sneak peek under our tree as we share the trendiest holiday gifts for 2016. This gift guide is our largest project of the year as we put our hearts into finding the perfect gifts for everyone on our holiday gift list. We have been working on this gift guide for the past three months as were searched the latest trends and visited numerous stores to find the latest and greatest for this holiday season. We are proud of the amazing collection of holiday of gifts that we found. We hope that you enjoy this glimpse into our gift stash as these are products that we have personally tried and love!

Gifts for Families to Share
One of our family traditions is for Santa to bring Season Passes to Hawaiian Falls for each of our family members. The passes give us the opportunity to spend quality time together and to create special memories together. This is a great time of year to purchase season passes because it’s the Season of Savings at Hawaiian Falls Waterparks! Special savings are ready for you when you purchase your 2017 season pass now at hfalls.com – wrap up your family’s summer of fun this Christmas. Hawaiian Falls- the gift that keeps on giving family summer fun. Visit their Summer of Savings here.

Our next gift includes an itinerary for a New Year’s trip, tickets, and iFLY Luggage. We love gifts that give us the opportunity to create family memories. Whether your trip is to a ski resort or Disney, combine the itinerary and tickets with trendy iFLY luggage for a holiday gift. As a mom to two little boys, we need good quality luggage that makes it easy to get around with energetic (and sometimes fussy) little ones. The iFLY line of carry-on luggage is perfect for us because it is good quality and offers wheels that spin 360-degrees so that we are able to get through airports quickly. They are also a great deal at Walmart as the Passion is $49 and the Accent is $47. We have the Accent Carry-On and the Passion Carry-On. The iFLY Luggage best sellers are the carry-on Passion for women and the carry-on Accent for men. Visit iFly Luggage here.



Blue Apron offers trendy boxes that contain everything that you need to cook special meals at home. This is the perfect gift for everyone from foodies to picky eaters.  In my opinion, Blue Apron is the gold standard in meal delivery boxes because they pay very close attention to detail and have amazing customer service. You select the recipes that sound most appealing to you and then they ship the recipes and all of the ingredients to your doorstep.   They make home cooking accessible to everyone.  I initially thought that Blue Apron was perfect for me because I love to cook, but it turns out that my husband loves it too. He is a novice in the kitchen, but after several Blue Apron boxes, he is the first to grab the delivery and run to the kitchen!  Another great thing that we love about Blue Apron is that it is a way to have a nice meal without worrying about food allergies. One of my family members is allergic to dairy which makes it difficult to eat out since even butter on veggies set off an allergic reaction. Blue Apron allows us to have special meals that are equivalent to meals at restaurants, but we are able to see all of the ingredients to make sure that there aren't any allergens.  



In addition to the meal boxes, Blue Apron also offers wines.  Their trendy wines are an excellent combination of quality and price. We've tried several bottles and have loved each one.  A nice feature of their wine service is that they provide bottles that contain just enough wine for two people to enjoy at dinner.  We like the smaller bottles since it is the perfect amount for the two of us to casually enjoy with dinner. The wine experts at Blue Apron always impress us!   Visit Blue Apron here.  


Gifts for Moms
Nutri Ninja Ninja BlendMAX Duo is the perfect gift for trendy moms because it offers versatility to make everything from smoothies to pancake batter. This gift will help with New Year’s resolutions as it makes it easy to prepare things such as healthy smoothies in less than a minute. For instance, I buy spinach, carrots, and fruit at Costco so that I am able add handfuls of healthy produce to my Nutri Ninja Ninja BlendMAX Duo with juice to make green smoothies that are packed with nutrients. It’s truly easy to eat healthier with my Nutri Ninja Ninja BlendMAX Duo! Visit here to learn more.



For the past 40 years, L’OCCITANE has shared the colors, scents, and traditions of the South of France with the world. They continue to distill, plant, grow, and innovate to create products with rich scents and aromas. The L’OCCITANE Beauty Advent Calendar is a perfect gift for trendy moms this holiday season. This trendy calendar is packed with 24 days of beauty products. This is a great way to pamper moms as they receive a luxurious treat for 24 days!



L’OCCITANE is also popular for their rich moisturizers. We recommend the Divine Cream. It is their best-selling and award-winning “miracle” cream that helps to fight the visible signs of aging. This rich cream combines organic Immortelle essential oil with 7 plant derived active ingredients that help to give mom a radiant glow. Visit L’OCCITANE here.



I never leave the house without my Miracle Skin Transformer Face SPF 20. I have used this makeup for four years and can’t live without it. If you have fine lines, you know that it is tricky to find makeup that doesn’t build up and accentuate them. I tried numerous foundations without success until I found that Miracle Skin Transformer. This product has been a miracle for my skin problems, including fine lines, uneven skin tone, and redness. It’s smooth to apply and also keeps you covered with SPF 20 protection. I love this product and think that it’s a wonderful holiday gift! Visit Miracle Skin Transformer here.



Bun Maternity offers trendy clothing for moms-to-be and breastfeeding moms. We love their trendy and versatile tops that use incredibly soft fabrics.  Their designs make it easy for a busy mom to go about her day, seamlessly and discreetly incorporating breastfeeding easily at anytime.  Their tops are a life changer for me because I now feel more comfortable nursing my baby thanks to these shirts that make it more discrete for me to do so.  





Order a few tops for mom in gray, red, and green for the holidays.  We love the Softie Nursing Tee that uses amazingly soft fabric.  The Jade Green and Crimson Red Nursing Tank Tops are similarly comfortable and add a festive touch for the holidays. The solid color shirts are versatile to wear throughout the year.  Visit Bun Maternity here


Moms will love the sparkly CHI Air Holiday Gift Set that is available at Target this year. The set includes a 1” Hairstyling Iron and two free bonus items - a FREE Mini Brush and FREE Mini Dryer. This is a gift that is practical and special The items are high quality essentials for daily beauty routines and have a pretty Rose Gold color and sparkle that stands out from the crowd. Visit Target here for this holiday special.



ShaveMOB offers good quality razors and shaving cream at amazingly low prices. Their business model makes it easy for you to save. Simply select the type of razor that you want and either a 2, 6, or 12-month supply. They then ship a compact package that is easy to store with one handle and either 4 (2 month supply), 12 (6 month supply), or 24 cartridges (12 month supply). These make a great gift since they are easy to store and it crosses a frequent errand off of mom’s list! Visit ShaveMOB here.



Good coffee makes life better! DripJoy offers a monthly subscription service that delivers trendy varieties of K-cup compatible pods in delicious varieties that we personally love, including Dark Bean Day Dream, French Elation, Columbian Cheer, Morning Joy, and Delightful Decaf. The gift of a coffee subscription will be appreciated throughout the year! Visit DripJoy here.



Safety items always make good gifts. This year, we recommend FLARED auto emergency kits for moms who may not have important safety items in their car. For instance, the FLARED Classic Kit includes: Jumper Cables, Duct Tape, Two-Way Screwdriver, Box Cutter, Reflective Belt, Twine, Pen, First Aid Kit, The FLARED Guide, Poncho, LED Flashlight, Mini Ice Scraper, Pepper Spray, Tire Pressure Gauge, Glow Sticks, Hand Sanitizer, Pocket-Size Facial Tissues, and Adhesive Hook-and-Loop Tape. Plus, it comes in a trendy case that is cute for moms. Visit FLARED here.



This year, la Madeleine has trendy holiday gift sets that are perfect for moms, grandparents, teachers, co-workers, party hosts, and other friends. The options include:

  • Bonjour Box - $34.99
  • French Lesson Ceramic Mug & Coffee - $24.99
  • Ceramic Bon Appétit Bowl & Tomato Basil Soupe - $19.99
  • Wine & Truffles - $32.99
  • Soupe & Caesar Duet - $14.99
  • la Madeleine Jam Duet - $12.99
  • Bread & Jam Duet - $9.99
  • Holiday Gifts a la Carte:
  • Special Edition Hand Painted Ceramic French Lesson Mugs & Bowls - $15.99 & - $12.99
  • la Madeleine French Roast Coffee - $8.99
  • La Madeleine Chocolate Truffles - $12.99
  • French Macarons - $12.99

Personally, we tried a few of these gift sets. The first is the Wine & Truffles. The combination of the rich truffles and wine is amazing.



We also tried the la Madeleine Jam Duet. This comes in pretty packaging and includes their Strawberry Rhubarb and Blackberry jams. Personally, their iconic jams make me excited to wake up in the morning because I love toast with the special jams.



We also love the French Lesson Ceramic Mug & Coffee. The generously sized mug is pretty and the K-Cups make it easy to prepare their amazing coffee. The pretty packaging and fantastic coffee make a wonderful holiday gift.



Visit la Madeleine here.


Tartan + Twine offers a range of trendy cosmetic bags that are sold at Ulta and retailers nationwide. We love their trendy designs for travel.  Plus, it's a fun gift if you add sparkly makeup to it. For instance, we added trendy Hard Candy eye shadows, eye liner, and cheek tint for our gift recipient to sparkle!  Visit Tartan + Twine here and visit Hard Candy here



Gifts for Dads
The Gardener’s Supply Company offers trendy DIY kits that are perfect for Dads! My husband tried the Homemade Mustard Kit and the Deluxe Homemade Hot Sauce Kit. These kits are beautiful with instructions that are easy to follow. My husband enjoyed making the mustard and sharing it with our entire family. The Dijon Style Mustard is our favorite. We use it in chicken recipes and on sandwiches. Of course, the hot sauce kit is a perfect gift for those of us in Texas and anyone else who loves to add a kick to their food. Click here for the Gardener’s Pantry Deluxe Homemade Hot Sauce Kit that includes spices, vinegar and bottles, and the exclusive pepper puree bases for $39.95. Click here for the Gardener’s Pantry Homemade Mustard Kit that includes all of the ingredients that you need to make three varieties of mustard for $29.95.



My husband is a man who knows what he likes and CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser, AM Facial Moisturizer, and PM Facial Moisturizer are his must-have skincare products. My husband and I are both at an age where we suffer from fine lines and mild acne at the same time. We started using this face wash two years ago and have been hooked ever since. It’s amazing for our combination skin as it helps our skin to be healthy! After falling in love with the face wash, we tried other products in their line. In particular, we think that the AM Facial Moisturizer and PM Facial Moisturizer are also superstars in the CeraVe line. My husband loves to find these products and expects them in his stocking! CeraVe is available at CVS and many other drugstores nationwide. Visit CeraVe here.



American Crew has a trendy holiday gift that we love! It contains the Daily Moisturizing Shampoo, Firm Hold Styling Gel, and a free comb. My husband is very particular about the products that he uses and only has a few products on his counter. American Crew products make the cut as they give him “good hair days”! Visit Loxa Beauty here for this trendy gift set.



Coffee roasters will love Sweet Maria’s green coffee beans for the holidays. My husband roasts his own coffee beans and loves to try new green coffee beans. Sweet Maria’s is the leader in green coffee beans for hobbyists. We recommend their sample sets for the holidays as they offer fun varieties of green coffee beans for hobbyists to enjoy. Plus, perhaps your gift recipient will let you sample the coffees or espressos that they make! Visit Sweet Maria’s here.



The Empire Crate is a trendy subscription box that delivers tasty surprises that are sourced from New York state. As someone who used to live in upstate New York, I was excited to receive this box and share the special treats with my family. Each box contains different surprises, but the box that I received this month included: Partyka Farms Pumpkin Seeds, Anya's Licorice, Weber's Mustard, Emmy's Organics, Martin's Handmade Pennsylvania Dutch Pretzels, and Gather's Granola. The box also contains a booklet that tells you about each product and the makers of the products. It's very nice for a holiday gift. The Pennsylvania Dutch Pretzels made me reminisce about my childhood while the other treats were similarly delicious and showed the diversity that you'll find throughout the state. Learn more about the Empire Crate here.



Eat Smart offers trendy products for Dad's who love to grill. We love the Precision Pro Food Thermometer that takes the guesswork out of grilling and roasting food. It's easy to use as you simply insert the 1.5mm stainless steel probe into the thickest part of the meat and in 5 seconds, the proprietary sensor registers an extremely accurate internal food temperature. The accuracy of the thermometer translates into food grilled to perfection. It features an innovative splash proof design and an anti-microbial sleeve that inhibits bacteria growth. This FDA approved thermometer runs on one CR2032 battery, which is included. Visit Amazon here to learn more and order this Precision Pro Food Thermometer.



MOXYO offers trendy and high quality smart phone accessories. We have their beacon case for the apple iPhone 7. This case is slim, clear, and protective. It’s perfect for those who want to impress and show off with their phone. In addition, we have their mia lightning cable. This is a nice gift because extra cables offer the flexibility to keep them in different rooms in your house or at your workplace office. Visit MOXYO here.



Destiny – The Collection is an all-access pass to one of the best-selling franchises in video game history, packing two years of content into one epic offering, including the new Rise of Iron expansion. This set includes FIVE adventures:


  • Destiny – Original award-winning game
  • The Dark Below – Expansion I
  • House of Wolves – Expansion II
  • The Taken King – First Major Expansion
  • Rise of Iron – Destiny’s newest adventure

Personally, my husband has been playing this game almost every evening after the rest of our family goes to sleep. He loves the graphics and fast paced action. It’s nice to see him relax and have fun with these games. This collection is rated “T – Teen” and is available on Playstation 4 and Xbox One. If you were to buy the games separately, it would cost $170, but this special set is $59.99 (MSRP). It’s a great deal for the holidays!



A LimeLens Set is perfect for dads who enjoy snapping photos with their smartphones. Personally, my husband is obsessed with his iPhone and loves taking photos. The LimeLens Set is perfect for him as it allows him to quickly snap the different lenses on in order to capture perfect photos. The set includes both The Thinker – Dual Macro / Wide Lens and The Captain – Supreme Fisheye Lens. In the case you will find all three versions of our Limeclip, a welcome envelope, instructional booklet, stickers and lens accessories such as protective lens caps and microfiber lens cleaners. Visit LimeLens here.



Gifts for Children & Babies

Skylanders Imaginators is the hottest game release this holiday season. The Skylanders Imaginators is perfect for children who love to use their imaginations! The game allows them to create their own Skylander character, plus support of all 300+ Skylanders from previous games. The game features trendy Sensei toys and characters including this year’s guest stars Crash Bandicoot, Dr. Neo Cortex and Kaos.



They may also create on-the-go with the free Skylanders Creator App (select iOS and Android devices), offering the same in-game character creation tools plus the option to bring creations to life as a t-shirt, 2-D playable card, or a fully playable 3-D printed Skylanders Imaginators toy! This game is rated E-10+ for ages 6-12. It is available for : Wii U®, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®3, Xbox One® and Xbox 360®. iOS and Android devices for Skylanders Creator App. Personally, we use our PS4 and iOS. The MSRP is $74.99 for the Skylanders Imaginators – Standard Edition, $99.99 for the Skylanders Imaginators – Dark or Crash Editions), and the Skylanders Creator App is free. Visit the website here.



As a Mom and an Engineer, this Holiday Gift Guide would not be complete without fun STEM toys. Dash & Dot Robots are my favorite STEM toy this year because they make it exciting for little ones to learn to program. My son has spent many hours playing with Dash & Dot by himself and with friends. There are built-in challenges, but children are also able to use their imaginations to create their own. My son’s coding skills are amazing thanks to this set. Dash and Dot have also become like family members over the past several months. My son uses Dash to do silly things such as driving into my room in the morning to say, “Good morning, sunshine” on a loop. He sends videos to family members in which Dash dances and sings “Happy Birthday”! These robots are very engaging and make it fun for my son to learn programming skills. We recommend the Dash & Dot set for holiday gifts. In addition, my son’s holiday gifts include the Dash & Dot Launcher and the Wonder League Activity Mat. The launcher has provided hours and hours of entertainment. The mat is perfect for many of the challenges. We also use it when we volunteer to help robotics teams since it provides an easy setup for lessons. If you have a little one who you want to expose to programming, this set is wonderful! Plus, if they get really into their Dash & Dot set and accessories, there is a free Wonder League Competition for them to compete remotely. Shop for Dash & Dot here and learn about the Wonder League Competitions here.



The Joovy Zoom 360 is a trendy jogging stroller that the entire family will love. This stroller makes it easy to exercise while spending time with family. My husband and I jog together with our baby in this stroller. It’s a win-win because we get to work out and our baby loves the comfortable ride in this stroller. There are many jogging strollers on the market, but the Joovy Zoom 360 stands out from the crowd thanks to their designers who pay close attention to detail. For instance, they understand that parents want a good quality stroller that is also lightweight and easy to manage. This rugged stroller weighs just 25.7 pounds and supports children who weigh up to 75 pounds. The ride is comfortable for our son as it has good shock absorbent, large 16” quick-release rear wheels, and a 12” front wheel that swivels or locks in place. It offers the highest riding seat which is important when you have tall boys like us. The designers also carefully thought about how to provide a good experience for parents. I’ve always had trouble lifting heavy and bulky items into my car, so this stroller design means a lot to me. The stroller is relatively lightweight and has an Easy Fold with auto-lock feature. I’m actually able to fold it and lift it into my trunk without asking my husband to help. It’s really easy-peasy! Another feature that we love is the Parent Organizer that zips shut. It may sound minor, but if you have used other strollers, you’ll understand my appreciation of the zip-shut design. We are able to place our phones and keys into the pouch without worrying about items falling out. This is a gift for the entire family as it makes it easy for parents to stay fit while also spending quality time with their little one. Visit Joovy here.



Livie & Luca is one of my favorite brands because they offer trendy handmade shoes of extraordinary comfort and durability that are expertly designed for the healthy development of your little one’s precious feet. Their designers are creative perfectionists who pay attention to every detail. We always say that their shoes are "too much cuteness".  I can't help but feel connected to this brand because my boys are adorable in their little shoes.  We have the Badger and Grip shoes. 



The Livie & Luca whimsical designs are a part of their childhood!  Their little shoes are memorable gifts that are also practical. Visit Livie & Luca here



Wildkin offers trendy versions of childhood staples such as lunch sacks, sleeping bags, backpacks, and more. You may have noticed Wildkin products featured in trendy publications such as People magazine, the New York Post, or New Your Family magazine.  There have also been celebrity sightings with their products, including with one of my favorite trendy moms - Sandra Bullock!  Personally, our favorite is the Wildkin Sleeping Bag that fits nicely under the tree.  You can lay it down or roll it out depending on the space under your tree. Santa can even leave presents inside of it!  It's great for your holiday trips to stay with family and friends as it is easy to pack. It's also easy to wipe clean.  Plus, Wildkin offers fun patterns with everything from robots to Superman!  Visit Wildkin here



Drink in the Box offers trendy and eco-friendly containers for little ones. We let our son pack his own drink and snack, so he was excited about these containers.  It's a much better alternative to juice boxes that are thrown out every day, plus it's easy to pack healthy drinks this way. They also have trendy labels to write messages on the drink boxes. The Snack in the Box has two compartments to add variety to snack time.  Visit Drink in the Box here.


CeraVe Baby offers a trendy line of baby products. I picked my personal favorites that I use on my own baby for the gift guide. These include the Baby Wash & Shampoo, Diaper Rash Cream, and Sunscreen. We’ve used the Baby Wash & Shampoo on my baby since he came home from the hospital and it is gentle for him. The Diaper Rash Cream is amazing because our little guy rarely has diaper rash, but so far, one application of this cream has cleared up his bottom on the few occasions that we noticed some redness. We also love the Sunscreen. We live in Texas, so this is important for us! Visit CeraVe Baby here.



The Playmobil Advent Calendar is a fun and festive toy set. My little ones love this set because they look forward to the 24 days of surprises for each day of Advent. The bright and colorful pieces are a lot of fun and allow them to use their imaginations as they play with Santa and his woodland friends. The set includes Santa, elf, angel, reindeer, sleigh, gifts, dog, bunnies, fox, forest animals, and other accessories to help complete this woodland Christmas scene. This PLAYMOBIL 1.2.3 set is ideal for toddlers. Visit Playmobil here.



The iconic British children's retailer, Blade & Rose, offers trendy styles that remind me of my own childhood. My grandmother used to bring back surprises from her trips to London, including little leggings with animals on the back. The Blade & Rose Autumn Winter collection is perfect for babies in sizes 0 to 4 years old as they offer many adorable designs, including festive Reindeer, Robin, Snowman and Pudding designs. The super soft cotton-mix leggings retail for just $16.  The memories and photos are priceless! Visit Blade & Rose here.



Trendy MAM brand pacifiers come in fun seasonal designs for babies who are 6+ Months. We like this brand because it is the only one that our little one was willing to use. The curved shield allows the pacifier to sit comfortably on baby's face. The textured surface and multiple large openings on the pacifier shield allow air to circulate and baby's skin to breath. The pacifiers are adorable, especially for holiday photos! They are sold in 2-packs and are BPA-free. As a bonus, the storage case is reusable and can be used in the microwave to sterilize pacifiers. The recommended retail is $7.49/pack. Visit here to order these trendy stocking stuffers.

Scholastic offers fun and educational books for the holidays. We love their LEGO themed books. Our first pick is the LEGO Pop-Up book that is a "fun-formative" book. This is the first-ever pop-up book from LEGO(R), by New York Times bestselling paper engineer Matthew Reinhart! Part book, part comic strip, all fun, this is the ultimate collector's item for LEGO(R) fans. It's packed w with facts, fun, and excitement. There are pop-ups, pull tabs, turning wheels, and more. This kept our little LEGO fan busy for hours! It's for ages 7-10.



Our second Scholastic pick is, Factastic: A LEGO Adventure in the Real World (LEGO Nonfiction). This trendy book is the newest book in the LEGO Nonfiction line. Factastic, takes on the biggest subject of all: our world and everything in it! There's a whole world of information inside on almost every subject under the sun, from science to technology, from history to geography to popular culture. Each spread contains a LEGO scene to facilitate the learning journey: a vignette, mini story, or icon featuring LEGO models, characters, and sensibility. Graphic design combines the LEGO illustration with real-world photography and facts for an immersive experience. Factastic arrives just in time for the holiday season, and makes a fantastic gift for boys and girls of all ages! It kept my son engaged for hours. This book is intended for ages 8-12. Click here to visit Scholastic.



Fuzzy Flyers are fun toys that make it fun to put down your screens. Fuzzy Flyers provide the entertainment with hilarious phrases, challenging games, and social interaction! The intelligent sensors inside the lovable characters recognize movement and the toys respond with silly sayings! Personally, we have Chirpie and our favorite part is the "Egg Toss" You throw Chirpie to your teammate and catch it softly so you don't "break its egg". Every time you catch Chirpie without it breaking, you take a step back. It says ages 3+, but our entire family loves it! Visit Fuzzy Flyers here.



Trendy shoes from pediped are on our holiday gift list. We have been using pediped brand shoes since my oldest child was a toddler. I rave about them because they last longer than any other shoes that we have tried. Not only are they top quality, but they also include inserts that make the shoe 1/2 size largeer. If your little one has a growth spurt, it is easy to remove the insert to make more room. We have the Jake shoes right now and are ready for growth spurts since we will just remove the inserts if they have one. Visit pediped here.



Sassy offers a trendy line of developmentally appropriate toys and care products for babies. We love their trendy toys that keep our baby active. The Crib and Floor Mirror is a great gift for babies because it allows them to gaze into the mirror and also study the patterns on the side. The textural caterpillar and ladybug offer touch exploration. The high-contrast ball that newborns can bat at, aids in the development of visual perception as well as cause & effect. The symmetrical bee inspires vision and encourages touch Visit Sassy here.



Holiday Drinks
The Little Duckling 6 Pack from Duckhorn Wines contains their trendy flagship wines in a beautiful gift box. Duckhorn wines is a luxury brand that offers memorable wines. This is a trendy gift because it includes six half-size bottles in a beautiful gift box. The package that we tried was made to impress. It includes the 2014 Migration Russian River Valley Chardonnay, 2013 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2015 Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. We personally fell in love with these wines after trying them and think that they are wonderful for holiday gifts. This set retails for $164. Visit Duckhorn Wines here for the Little Duckling 6 Pack and other holiday offerings.



The Divining Rod Wines are perfect for holiday parties and gifts. This trendy line of wines was recommended to me by several friends. Once I tried a few of their wines, I realized why people rave about them. Our personal favorites include: the 2014 The Divining Rod Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley ($17.99), the 2014 The Divining Rod Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon ($18.99), and the 2014 The Divining Rod Divine Red, Lodi, a red blend consisting of 55% Zinfandel, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Petite Sirah, 2% Petit Verdot ($12.99). We have personally tried each of these wines and think that they are perfect for holiday gifts. Visit The Divining Rod Wines here.



The famous Texan distillery - Rebecca Creek Distillery - offers trendy whiskeys for the holidays. We recommend two handcrafted spirits from the Texas Hill Country - Rebecca Creek Whiskey and Texas Ranger Whiskey. The Rebecca Creek Whiskey is a family favorite at our house and has been touted as "Texas' finest whiskey". It's fantastic on the rocks or is the perfect foundation for any classic whiskey cocktail. If you are looking for a more competitive price point, the Texas Ranger Whiskey is also a trendy gift. This is Rebecca Creek's first entry-level blended whiskey. While it is a great gift for dads, it is an especially nice gift to take to holiday parties since it is made here in Texas. Both of theses products are available on shelves throughout Texas and 5 other states. Learn more about the Rebecca Creek Distillery here.



Clyde May’s Whiskey is the official state spirit of Alabama. We like the Clyde May's 85 Whiskey in the 375ml size for stocking stuffers.  This 4-5 year Bourbon is finished with a hint of apple. It's smooth and mixable. We like it on the rocks or mixed with cola. The Clyde May's website has trendy recipes that are fun to mix for the holidays, including their famous Alabama Mule.  Click here to find recipes and a store near you that sells Clyde May's products. 



Maker’s Mark is an iconic bourbon with a competitive price that is great for the holiday season. We enjoy it on the rocks and offer it to holiday guests. Visit Maker’s Mark here.



Stocking Stuffers

Trendy SunRype snacks are fantastic stocking stuffers that are vegan, peanut-free, gluten-free, and Kosher. They’re made with only fruit, well, except for the occasional veggie. These trendy snacks are a favorite at our house because we all love the natural sweetness. We personally trust their quality and high standards as one of our children has a food allergy.  Plus, even for our family members that do not have food allergies, we like that these are healthy and pure snacks.  Visit SunRype here


The Crunchies Natural Food Company offers trendy freeze-dried fruit & veggie snacks that we love for stocking stuffers. It's so easy to eat too many cookies or candies over the holidays, so we love healthier alternatives like Crunchies. They come in strawberry, strawberry banana, mango, blueberry, grape, beets, pineapple, and more. These trendy snacks have zero added sugar and contain only one ingredient - fresh produce. They are non-GMO, gluten-free, and vegan. Visit Crunchies here



McCrea’s Candies offers decadent caramels in unique flavors such as: Dark Roasted Mocha, Ginger Fusion, Rosemary Truffle Sea Salt, Highland Scotch, Black Lava Sea Salt, Tapped Maple, Cape Cod Sea Salt, Classic Vanilla, Deep Chocolate, Café Noir, Cinnamon Clove, and Dark Roasted Mocha. The chefs behind these trendy caramels are perfectionists that pay close attention to detail to create the rich flavors. They offer trendy gift sets, as well as, smaller packs. We love their pillow packs for stocking stuffers as each little pack contains 5 decadent caramels that are perfect for stockings. Visit them here.



Newman’s Own Organics offers many wonderful stocking stuffers. It’s hard to decide what we love more – the wide variety of organic treats or that 100% of all royalties and after tax profits from these products are used for charitable purposes. All of their products meet the requirements of the USDA National Organic Program (NOP). They offer snacks, candy and mints, chocolate, and cookies that are great for stocking stuffers. It’s a gift that gives twice as you make family members happy with their trendy snacks and also support a great charity. We have family members with different taste preferences, so we split the stocking stuffers by their personalities. The first set of photos is for my chocolate lovers and includes their delicious Peanut Butter and Peppermint Cups; Milk and Dark Chocolate Bars; Super Dark Chocolates with Raspberry Centers and with Peanut Butter Centers; Chocolate Chip Cookies and Chocolate Alphabet Cookies; and Pretzels that complement the chocolates.



The second batch of stocking stuffers includes my husband’s favorites: The Original Hermits Cookies, Newman-O’s, Fig Newmans, Light Butter Popcorn, Raisins, Wintergreen Mints, Red and Black Licorice, and Sour Licorice. Visit Newman’s Own Organics here.



American Crew has a special limited-edition Elvis collection this year that is a huge hit with men and dads of all ages! My husband is particular about his styling products and only uses the American Crew Fiber and Pomade. I always include these items in his stocking, but the special Elvis Presley packaging makes them extra special for the holidays this year! Visit here for these trendy products.



Gifts to Make People Smile
Snorg Tees offers trendy t-shirts for children and adults. My family looks forward to the fun t-shirts that I pick out for them each year. Last year, we went with trendy Star Wars t-shirts. This year, we went for fun geeky shirts, including the Taco Cat, Vote Robots shirts. Ordering fun t-shirts from Snorg Tees for the holidays is a memorable tradition that your family will love. Visit Snorg Tees here.



Mommy’s Time Out Wine is a fun gift for Trendy Moms! This wine is a cute gift for moms, plus their wines have a delicate and fruity taste. They are a great complement to food or served alone. Visit them here.

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