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Personal Creations Gifts for Him Review + 25% COUPON Code Alert


Fall came around so soon this year after the summer and with the aftermath of hurricane Sandy Thanksgiving became a whirlwind and now we're rapidly approaching Christmas.  If you are looking for some personal, thoughtful gifts for your loved ones this Christmas then head straight to Personalized Creations without delay.

My husband is always so generous in his gifts for the kids and I.  He also puts a lot of thought into his gift buying!  Every year he never fails to put a tear in my eye or make my children scream with glee.  I always have a hard time buying Christmas gifts for Him.  He has everything he needs.  Usually I buy him gadgets but how many does a man need?  Apart from the usual sweater, socks and tees, I'm at a loss for that something special.  Personalized Creations comes to the rescue with their great website search option, such as gifts for her and him; even wedding and anniversary gifts.


Personalized Creations sent me this awesome Galvanized beverage tub with stand for our review.  It is the perfect size for storing juice boxes and drinks for our parties.  The stand base is collapsible and folds flat for easy storage.  What I love the most is that it can be personalized to transform this gift from great to fabulous.  We've had a lot of compliments at our recent Christmas party. 

COUPON CODE ALERT
There are plenty of personalized gifts to choose from so why not grab a few Christmas gifts with this awesome 25% coupon code: BLOGGER25There's still time to shop and ship so don't delay in finding that fabulous find for your loved ones.


Disclosure: I was provided a review item in exchange for my honest opinions.  All other opinions may vary.


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World Vision 100% Thai Silk Scarf #Giveaway


Having two young children has given me a better appreciation for all the good things in our life.  Before, the children we had a great time traveling and decorating our house without a second thought about cost.  When our children were born we cut back as our spending went up and that's when I took couponing and freebie searching to a whole new level.  After a few years going crazy with couponing, material things such as freebies started to take a back seat and not be a priority anymore.  I realized it was more important to spend time with my family because that time can never be replaced.  We are thankful for our health, our children's happiness and ability to provide.  So, I'm starting to move onto giving back because it is the right thing to do. 

Recently, we asked our children to consider donating their old toys to those who lost their belongings during hurricane Sandy. The donation sparked up some great conversation between the kids and I and it just melts my heart to hear how concerned the kids were for those who lost their house, belongings and even loved ones during the event.  After all said and done, we packed up 5 large boxes of toys and another 5 large boxes of clothes.  It felt good to donate and the kids continue to find toys that they think another child might like.  As I shudder at the thought of having to wrap the endless number of toys that I have set aside in our closet for their Christmas presents I think again to those less fortunate.

This holiday season, bring donations to your family conversation.  Let the scarf around your neck, the ornaments on your tree or the wooden spoon spark up lively, meaningful conversation.  You can do this by checking out the World Vision Gift Catalog.  What I like about World Vision's gift catalog is that you can make a donation and get a gift for yourself or your loved one.  

This beautiful 100% Thai silk scarf would be great for the cold winter days and a nice addition to your party outfit.  Make a donation of $125 or more to the World Vision's Maximum Impact Fund and you'll receive the scarf.  The scarf are hand-woven and sure to be a conversation starter.  Your donation is tax-deductible less the fair market value of $40.  It is great to know that most of the Maximum Impact Fund items in the holiday catalog are made by micro-enterprising artisans around the world and the sale proceeds directly benefit their communities.

Here are some other items in the World Vision gift catalog that caught my eye.
Learn how you can give a meaningful gift that can change a family's life for good in this You Tube video

ABOUT
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.  Inspired by their Christian values, they are dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people. We serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

 
 Thanks to World Vision ONE (1) lucky Freebie Junkie reader will win their own 100% Thai Silk Scarf.  Simply enter to win through the rafflecopter form below.  Contest ends Friday December 28th.  Open to US readers only - Good Luck!

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Disclosure: I was provided a Thai Silk Scarf for review and a giveaway in exchange for my review of the World Vision Holiday Gift Catalog.  All others opinions may vary.  

 
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Finding Nemo 3D released December 4th


DVD's are always on my list of things to buy for the kids Christmas stocking.  We love movie nights and any new Disney and Pixar releases make for a fun night at home as we don't always get to go to the movies to see it on the big screen.  When we have play dates, I always put a movie on after their play time to allow for some downtime.  There is nothing better than a movie and a big bowl of popcorn to ensure a quiet household.  DVD's also make a great birthday gift too so I always grab an extra as a gift for a child's birthday.

Finding Nemo on 3D just released for the very first time on December 4th on Blu-ray hi-def, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and Digital platforms which makes a perfect Christmas stocking stuffer!  We watched Nemo at the movies back in 2003 before the kids and just loved it and am so glad I can now share this fun movie with the kids.  We have access to a 3D player and watching Nemo on 3D was just awesome.   The 3D result is a lush, inviting undersea world that makes this wonderful tale of loss, parental love, and thrilling adventure even more engaging.  Our favorite is the jet stream scene in 3D, it was amazing. 

ABOUT Finding Nemo
In the depths of the Great Barrier Reef, Marlin (Albert Brooks), an overly protective clownfish, embarks on a daring rescue mission when his beloved son, Nemo, gets scooped up by a diver. With his unforgettable friend Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) by his side, Marlin encounters an ocean full of memorable comedic characters on his momentous journey to find Nemo.  The humor and heartfelt emotion of the epic adventure captured the Academy Award for "Best Animated Feature Film" (2003).

Here are some fun Nemo puzzlers to keep your little ones busy!  Plus send out some fun Finding Nemo Holiday cards!

Download Puzzler Games!Download Holiday Cards!

BUY IT
Go all out and purchase the five-disc Ultimate Collector's Edition on Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy for only $32.96 on Amazon.  I love having a digital copy for my ipad so its worth paying the extra!
  

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TOY DEAL ALERT: Fisher Price Servin’ Surprises Kitchen & Table ONLY $39.97 Shipped



Where was this table when my kids were younger?  Its half price at Amazon and ONLY $39.97 (reg. $79.99)!  AND FREE SHIPPING!  Check it out here.  My kids would have loved this multifunctional table!

Product Features

  • The Fisher-Price Servin' Surprises Kitchen & Table is an interactive play center that brings kitchen and food role-play to life
  • Recognizes every Servin' Surprises food item and responds with appropriate phrases, sound effects and songs
  • Oven slides off and stovetop flips to convert into an activity table
  • Center of table also provides storage for easy clean up
  • Comes with magical serving tray, pizza, cookies and service for 2



 
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Shabby Apple $50 Gift Card #Giveaway



I am a busy working Mother and shopping for clothes for me is usually last on the list.  I need a lot of office clothes for work but there is no time after work to stop at a store because I need to pick the kids up.  Taking the kids to go clothes shopping at the weekend with me is a big no no - it ranks up their with taking the kids to the grocery store.  So I end up doing a lot of shopping online.  I like to buy unique clothing pieces and mix and match them with store brought items.  This is great for my clothing allowance as it allows me to look fashionable without breaking the wallet.  Plus, there's nothing worse than going to work and finding out someone has the same exact store brought top as you. 

Shabby Apple is an online boutique with vintage-inspired, modest and adorable clothes to fit any budget.  Dresses are my weakness and their collection is vast and so cute.


I didn't even realize but they have a maternity and kids and preteen section too and lots of accessories. 


 Their collections are so feminine with a vintage edge but so practical too.  I love that they offer fast and free returns too.  Their 2012 holiday gift guide offers some great outfit ideas.  Just browsing the images makes me want to upgrade my whole wardrobe. Make a statement at your holiday or New Years party this year.
 
COUPON CODE ALERT
Use this 10% online coupon code: thefreebiejunkie10off at checkout (valid until 1/8/2013) and grab a cute and edgy Holiday or New Year outfit.  Go ahead, You deserve it.


 One lucky Freebie Junkie reader will win a $50 gift Card to spend on anything that you would like at Shabby Apple.  Simply enter to win though the rafflecopter form below.  Open to US residents only - giveaway Ends 12/23 at 11:59pm EST.

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Disclosure: I was provided a giveaway through Shabby Apple in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are of my own, others may vary.

 
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Vera bradley STEALS at Rue La La - hurry over


There are a lot of Vera Bradley items on SALE at Rue La La (daily deal site)!  Go check them out here now!  Still time to get them for Christmas!






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Holidays made Easier with a Dramamine For Kids Prize #Giveaway (2 WINNERS)


The holidays mean a lot of travel for many families.  We used to have to travel by plane to see family for Christmas but have since moved closer to family as we knew this would get expensive and also be hard to travel with kids in tow.  At Christmas we spend a lot of time traveling by car from house to house.  Luckily our drive is usually less than one hour.  Any more and we'd have to take a pit stop as our son gets car sick. 

Motion sickness is a problem for both and adults and kids alike.  According to an Omnibus study in June 2011, 34% of households with children ages between 2-14 have a child with motion sickness.  This is 3 times the rate for adult motion sickness (10% is typical).  Motion sickness is most prevalent in cars, followed by airplanes and boats.  Typical symptoms include nausea, dizziness and vomiting.  I get seasick and if I'm a passenger in a car I often get car sick too. I take Dramamine to relieve my symptoms and love the less drowsy formula because there's nothing worse than going on a boat ride and missing out on the fun because I'm tired.

Its great to know Dramamine offers a product especially designed for kids.  Dramamine® for Kids treats symptoms on the spot, relieving nausea, dizziness and vomiting and prevents motion sickness before it happens.  The Dramamine for kids product follows the same ease of use as other children medicine i.e. chewable tablet form and less drowsy formula.  It comes in a safety travel case with 8 chewable tablets that have a grape flavor.  If you are traveling for the holidays with kids consider packing the Dramamine for kids.  

 For more information on Dramamine® for Kids, Dramamine® Less Drowsy and other Dramamine® products, visit www.dramamine.com.  



Dramamine has kindly offered TWO lucky Freebie Junkie reader the following prize pack with approximate retail value of $30 containing:

Canvas Travel Tote with:
Dramamine® Original (1)
  Dramamine® Less Drowsy (1)
Dramamine® Children’s (1)

Simply enter to win through the rafflecopter form below.  Contest open to US residents only and ends 12/21 at 11:59pm EST.

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Disclosure: We received the opportunity to receive and provide a prize pack giveaway courtesy of Dramamine in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are of our own, others may vary.




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WOW - Rue La La - invite friends and Earn up to $50


If you already have a Rue La La account invite your friends to join, if they sign up you get a $1 (up to $50)! Friends must sign up by 12/20/12.

PLUS if they buy you get $10 too!  

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Novica Gift Finder Review and $40 Gift Code #Giveaway




We live a blessed life.  We have two healthy happy children and are able to pay our bills and save.  In this economy we are a rarity.  While we still tighten our belts throughout the year I do like to splurge a little at Christmas.  Especially for my husband, because he works so hard but he is a tough-to-shop-for husband.  It gets harder and harder each Birthday, Fathers Day and Christmas.

While the logical answer would be to go for gadgets, my splurge budget doesn't always allow.  I like to look for unique gifts for him because it shows I have put a lot of thought into my gift buying.  Novica is a site that I often turn to.  Novica's Mission page states "Novica is Different".  This is certainly true.  While looking elsewhere online there are so many stores that offer the same thing.  Novica is unique that it offers artists and artisans around the world a global platform to express their true artistic talents and to spur their creativity, so the gifts that you choose from Novica for you and your loved ones will truly set your gift apart from others.

Novica now offers a Gift Finder which allows you to narrow your search from their vast inventory.  Of course I went straight to "Gifts for Him" option.  Then I narrowed it down to the "Gifts by price" option because price can often be a deal breaker for me.  My husband loves opening gifts so I opted for the "Gifts under $50" which allows me to buy a few items.

 The chess set for $47.95 caught my eye instantly.  Since our kids are now getting into board games this chess set would be a great family game that we can teach the kids and also play against each other after the kids have gone to bed. I noted an artisan story card will be included with the purchase.  Its great to know that this item is not another "Made in China" product that infuriates me to no end but made by an artisan from Rajasthan.  I even learnt something new just from checking this product out.  I googled Rajasthan and found out that it is the largest state of the Republic of India by area. It is located in the northwest of India. 

Buy something unique for your loved ones and check out Novica's Gift Finder at http://unique-gifts.novica.com/


Thanks to Novica simply enter through the rafflecopter form below for a chance to win a $40 Gift Certificate to Novica.    
Contest is open to US residents and ends December 21 at 11:59pm EST. 

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Disclosure: We received the opportunity to receive and provide a giftcard for giveaway courtesy of Novica in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are of our own, others may vary.
 
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New Holiday design Dial Foaming Hand Wash Review


This year I'm ahead of schedule:
Indoor Christmas decorations up - CHECK
Christmas Tree up - CHECK
Christmas cards ordered - CHECK
1/4 of Christmas gifts wrapped - CHECK

 Still to do:
Write Christmas cards and mail out
Outdoor Christmas lights
Wrap gifts
Plan Christmas day menu

  I just love Christmas, there's a lot to do but the run up is so exciting for the kids and I enjoy making it magical for them.  Decorating the house in Christmas cheer is a must - even down to my soap.  Dial has launched their limited edition Holiday foaming hand wash which are so darn cute.  These sit proudly on my bathroom sink as Dial kindly sent to bottles for review.  These seasonal bottles contain Dial Complete's # 1 Doctor recommended antibacterial foaming hand wash.  The formula kills 99% of germs encountered in the household while still being gentle on the skin.  I'm going to try to keep germs away so we can enjoy Christmas week healthy and happy! 

There are four designs to choose from!  head out to the store and cheer up your bathroom. 


CONNECT
For more information about Dial soap and these fun holiday products, you can visit their website and also like them on Facebook.
 

Disclosure: I received the products above from Dial  for my consideration and to share my honest opinion and experience. I am under no obligation to post a positive review on them. As always,all opinion are my own!

 
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#ThunderstruckBluRay DVD Giveaway + Blog App



The holidays are a time for us to spend time together.  One thing we like to do as a family is veg out and catch up on movies!  One family orientated movie we would like to see is the new release of Thunderstruck which will come out on DVD and Blu-ray December 4th 2012.

NBA superstar Kevin Durant plays himself in this action-packed family film about a basketball star who switches talent with a klutzy 16-year-old fan. When Brian (Taylor Gray) magically switches basketball skills with his hero, Kevin Durant, he becomes the star of his high school team... while Kevin Durant suddenly can’t make a shot to save his life! But with the playoffs approaching, Brian learns that being a true winner means working hard at your own game, and he tries to make things right in time to prevent a catastrophic end to his hero’s season.  We've watched the original and newer freaky Friday and all the other "switch" spinoffs so Thunderstruck would definitely be up our alley.

Check Out the Thunderstruck Blog App below
You'll find a Free-Throw Challenge Game!  Show us your skills! Make as many baskets as you can and unlock special clips along the way! There are also 7 Thunder-ific Tips for Kids! Use these awesome tips to help them sharpen up their skills! 

“Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”- Kevin Durant. 

 
BUY IT
Pre-order the DVD and UV digital copy at Amazon and only pay $11.99 + free ship when you spend over $25.  The DVD is released December 4th in time for Christmas.

 Enter to win a Thunderstruck Combo Pack (Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital Download) through the rafflecopter form below.  Contest ends 12/14 @11:59pm EST



Disclosure: I was provided a giveaway, all opinions are of my own, all others may vary.



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K'Nex Mario and Bowser Ice Race Playset Review

Christmas is just around the corner and my son has already circled items he wants from the store toy books that came in the mail.  The K'Nex playsets have been heavily featured this year and of course these are items on my son's wish list.  The K'Nex playsets are so imaginative and actually fun for adults and kids alike because they often feature fun character's or games that we already know and love.  For example, the Mario and Bowser Ice Racing Building Set is based on the Mario Kart Wii game.  We actually have the Wii game and so seeing the game come alive with K'Nex is really cool.


We received the K'Nex Mario and Bowser Ice race playset for review and as soon as the box arrived my 7 year old son got to work putting it together.  The quiet while he put together the set was bliss but soon enough the battery powered Mario and Bowser motor Karts replaces the quiet with fun filled laughter.  You do have to provide your own batteries which was not a problem for me as I always have a stash ready.  Its crazy how fast the Karts go on these regular batteries.  The 14 pieces of buildable, interconnectable track creates a closed loop for the Karts to race around.  The track provides 2 moving obstacles: Penguins & Shy-Guy Snowboarders which add some fun when the super-fast motor Karts blasts around the track. There are also 2 collectible items from the game: a star and a blooper!   I love how you can combine this set with other sets from the Mario Kart Wii Series to build even bigger tracks!

BUY IT
We give this game a big thumbs up.  This Christmas engage your children's minds with imaginative toys.  Purchase your K'Nex Nascar building sets and Mario figures online at the K'Nex online store or checkout at Amazon.

Disclosure: I received K'NEX products for the purpose of soliciting our honest review. All opinions are of my own, others may vary.






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DVD STEAL ALERT: You won't want to MISS



Amazon.com has some awesome DVD deals that means you can knock off a few gifts without even leaving your house tonight or tommorow : )

For the adults
Bridesmaids $6.00

For the kids
The Lorax $3.99

Let us know if you find anymore - I love a good DVD deal!


 
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New Pampers Gift to grow 10 point code

Here's another new Pampers Gifts to Grow code 

FBC1122THXDAF12 (10 points) 
Good till 11/28


If you are new to Pampers Reward program, collect codes found inside Pampers diapers and wipes products. 

No kids or kids in diapers - no problem, periodically Pamper release new free codes.  Patiently collect them and redeem them for cool prizes and even gift cards. 

Sign up here to grab 100 free points. 
How many points do you have?