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I love cinnamon.  Really love it.  Just recently I started putting cinnamon on my peanut butter sandwiches (ok, quirky, but it’s really good)!  Amanda at A Few Shortcuts created her new recipe to have on Christmas morning, and I’m going to be right there with her.  Cinnamon Roll Cake is moist, yummy and chock full of cinnamon-there’s nothing like a nice thick swirl of cinnamon to wake up to in the morning.  This cake will be great for the holidays and beyond.  Also a great item for potlucks, for company and for when you have the house to yourself!

Cinamon-Roll-Cake-400x600Each week I will highlight one of Amanda’s fabulous recipes. If you don’t have the ingredients, you could easily print and save the recipes for later use!

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Easy Festive Holiday Bites!

by Pennie on December 20, 2014

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Here are some holiday fun food ideas from Pillsbury!  You can impress your guests with festive food that takes just minutes to prepare with Crescents, Sweet Rolls and Cookie Dough for the easiest-ever holiday celebration!

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These cookie recipes are great for cookie exchanges, gifts for the neighbors, or fun activities for the kids to do. You can count down the days until Christmas with Pillsbury and sign up to get one delicious cookie recipe delivered straight to your inbox each day until December 25! Click here to sign up!

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Cookies that are fun to make with kids:

Celebrate all of the special moments throughout the holiday season with fun treats from Pillsbury that your family will enjoy making and eating together!  These easy homemade brunch recipes will help to celebrate the first day of holiday vacation for the kids, and the first morning after family arrives to celebrate the holidays. Don’t wait to dig in – these ooey-gooey treats won’t last long!

These easy to eat appetizers are fun to nibble on while decorating the house, wrapping gifts and lighting candles. From crostini to cups, let crescents shape your small bites arsenal.

You can pop these easy to prepare dinner recipes in the oven and enjoy in minutes after cutting down the tree, going caroling or coming back from a long day of shopping.

Nicole’s take:  Pillsbury has some great products and recipes that are perfect for the holidays! I love their refrigerator cookies, pie crusts, and crescent rolls alone or as part of a recipe! How delicious and yummy do these look!

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The FabKids December Look!

by Pennie on December 20, 2014

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FabKids was founded by ShopStyle founder Andy Moss and actress Christina Applegate, and we offer our members a personalized selection of kids’ outfits each month. Check out some of the adorable outfits that FabKids has to offer!

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The Dream On Outfit includes the Unicorn Dream Tee and the Ruffle Denim Skirt!

 

FabKids empowers kids to express their individuality through personalized fashion – while revolutionizing the shopping experience for mom by delivering high-quality, reasonably priced, fresh style in just ‘one-click.’

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For more information visit:

@LoveFabKids on Twitter
FabKids.com on Facebook
Product Information: FabKids.com 

Nicole’s take:  This is such a cute outfit! It’s different than the other outfits I have chosen from Fab Kids.  The skirt is a ruffle denim skirt that will go with everything.  It’s paired with a unicorn dream tee that is a relaxed fit that is longer in the back.  So fun! Maddy loved to twirl in the skirt!

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Top 10 Giveaways, 12/20/14

by Pennie on December 20, 2014

Don’t forget to enter my current giveaways:

  1. Find The Christmas Spirit-Charlie Brown With Tree Figurine  (Ends 12/22)
  2. Pound Puppies 12 inch plush  (Ends 12/22)

Here are this week’s top 10 giveaways.  Please be sure to read each blogger’s giveaway post carefully as they all have different rules. Good luck!

  1. Budget Earth – LG 40″ 4k Smart LED TV Giveaway (Ends 12/22)
  2. My Fab Fit Forties – Target $25 G.C. Giveaway (Ends 12/22)
  3. Koupon Karen – Visa $50 G.C. Giveaway (Ends 12/22)
  4. Ditta’s Gifts – Walmart $50 G.C. Giveaway (Ends 12/23)
  5. The Consumer Adviser – Safety 1st Alpha Elite 65 Car Seat Giveaway (Ends 12/24)
  6. Kindle Book Promos – Kindle Fire Giveaway (Ends 12/25)
  7. Freebie Depot - Chili’s $100 G.C. Giveaway (Ends 12/26)
  8. My Fab Fit Forties – Sallie Hansen Nail Polish Giveaway (Ends 12/26)
  9. Reviews, Chews & How-Tos – Sadie Snacks Holiday Gift Box Collection Giveaway (Ends 12/27)
  10. Giveaway Bandit – NikonD3200 DSLR Giveaway (Ends 12/24)

 

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Quinny Buzz Xtra Stroller on Sale!

by Pennie on December 20, 2014

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While supplies last customers can purchase the high-end Quinny Buzz Xtra Stroller, equipped with all-terrain tires and an automatic unfold, for the unbeatable price of $399.99 (originally $595). This amazing steal on a luxury stroller is perfect to surprise the new mom or mom-to-be on your holiday list and is available now at retailers like Amazon.com and Diapers.com.

Features include:

  • Air filled, all-terrain tires
  • An extra-large canopy to protect little ones from the sun and rain
  • Extra padding to provide comfort during those all-day adventures
  • Large shopping basket provides more storage for on the go essentials
  • Automatic unfold, forward and rear-facing seat, and adjustable parent handle
  • Compatible with the Quinny Tukk Foldable Carrier and Maxi-Cosi infant car seats

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Safety 1st and Holiday Travel and Giveaway

by Pennie on December 19, 2014

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The holiday travel season is fast approaching! As you are mapping out your travel plans make your life easier with this helpful content from Safety 1st consumer safety experts on “How to Survive the Holiday with Kids” .

According to AAA last year 94.5 million people were on the roads, train tracks or in the skies during the holiday season.  That’s a lot of people! Then add your own kids into the mix of congestion and for some it can mean holiday headaches.  However, Safety1st has some tips to help fight some of those headaches this season.

1.      Avoid peak travel days –Try not to fly or drive the days immediately before and after the actual holiday.  Those are the busiest travel days. However, if you fly or take a train you might save money by traveling on the actual holiday, the roads are less congested too.

2.      Prepare your child for the trip – Holiday parties can be overwhelming with sensory overload.  Especially for young children it’s good to talk about the upcoming trip days even weeks in advance.  This will help him or her get excited about the journey.  Show photos of family members or friends your child has not met yet, this way the new face might be a little familiar on arrival.

3.       “Are we there yet?” – To help avoid that dreaded phrase an hour into your six hour trip reserve a bag just for the kids, include books, toys, diapers a change of clothes and snacks.  Pre-load a tablet or smartphone with kid friendly apps or games. If you are driving keep all necessary items such as wipes, hand sanitizer or tissues easy to reach in a second – there are times you may not want to be digging through the bottom of a bag for such items. The Safety 1st Car Door Sanitation Station is a great solution.

4.      Car Seats – If you are flying check to make sure your car seat is FAA certified. If it’s not clearly labeled contact the manufacture. For parents with older children the Safety 1st BoostAPack can double as a kid survival kit, it’s FAA certified, and will fit in the plane overhead bin.

If you are driving make sure your car seat is installed correctly. If it’s been awhile since you visited a car seat check, it’s recommended to check your seat with a Certified Child Safety Technician in advance of your trip. Safercar.gov is a great resource.

5.      Prepare the guest room – If your child will be sleeping in a Play Yard during the trip, use that for bed or nap time the entire week before. This will help him or her get used to a new sleep environment.  Also if your infant or child sleeps better in a dark room or tends to wake up early with the morning light, bring garbage bags or dark fabric to tape over windows.

For More Information: Safety 1st

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Here are this week’s FREEBIES and great deals:

FREE  Subscription to Shape

FREE  2015 Delallo Calendar

FREE  Subscription to Travel 50 & Beyond

FREE  Meta Health Bar Sample

FREE  Pop Tarts at Xtra Mart expires 12/24 – locations

FREE  MyCharge Portable Charger

FREE  Full Size Body Wash at CVS – expires 12/31

FREE  Subscription to Glamour

FREE  Redbox DVD Rental – text ABOWEN to 727272 -the code you get expires 12/22 -locator

FREE  Subscription to Men’s Health

FREE  Linkin Park: The Hunting Party MP3 Album Download

FREE  Twining Tea Samples

FREE  Urban Decay Eye Pencil at JCPenney – Sign up to be a Beauty Insider member 1st.  Only valid at Sephora Inside JCPenney.

FREE  Subscription to Fast Company & Inc. Magazines

FREE  Small Coffee at RaceTrac Stores – (exp. 12/31) – locator

Remember that freebies from old posts may still be available.  They can be found in the Freebie category under Deals in the navigation bar at the top of the page.

Don’t forget to enter my current giveaways:

  1. Find The Christmas Spirit-Charlie Brown With Tree Figurine  (Ends 12/22)
  2. Pound Puppies 12 inch plush  (Ends 12/22)

 

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Pajamagram – Send the Gift of Relaxation!

by Pennie on December 18, 2014

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When the weather outside is frightful, the entire family (including the pets!) will be comfy, cozy, and warm in these super-soft fleece PJs!

“A fun way to send a comfy gift”

We all know how crazy, fast-paced, and hectic the world can be, and The PajamaGram Company is all about giving gifts that remind the ones you love to take a little time for themselves…to help them kick back, relax, and unwind.

Sending a PajamaGramSM gift is like sending a mini-vacation. They’ll receive the softest, most luxurious pajamas from our great assortment of over 200 styles for women (sizes XS-3X), men (sizes M-XXL), infants and toddlers (sizes 0-3 months-5T), and boys and girls (sizes 6-14). And every PajamaGram gift comes in its own keepsake packaging, so it’s a fun and creative gift and you don’t have to wrap a thing.

PajamaGram is a sister company to The Vermont Teddy Bear Company and has been recognized by Yahoo! and BizRate for outstanding service and overall customer satisfaction.

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Snowflake Fleece PJs

Full-length pants with all-over snowflake print paired with solid V-neck tops. Elastic waists; adults with drawstrings. Infant sleeper has a zip-up front and inseam and non-skid feet. Pet PJs have a Velcro placket for easy on and off.

Using the Family Pajama Planner helps you make sure you have something for everyone in the family, including the pets!  You can also add extras like Santa Beards & Hats!

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For more information: Visit PajamaGram.com!

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Nicole’s take: OMG – I love PajamaGram.com! Such a fun site and how cute are we with our matching snowflake fleece pajamas! I love that there are so many options – Christmas, holidays, game night, Hanukkah, etc – something for everyone! You can get individual pajamas or pajamas for your whole family – including the dogs! The fleece is so super soft and it washed so well.  The fit is great and I love that we can all  match!  These are perfect gifts for a family that has everything or for a photo shoot for a holiday card!!!

Pennie’s plus: Isn’t this the cutest picture of Nicole and the girls and the dogs?  The pjs are the icing on the cake!!  I want to get matching pjs for every family I know!

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Find the Deepest Discounts on My Amazon Deals Page!

December 18, 2014

Check out my Amazon Deals page to find the deepest discounts on your favorite merchandise! You can search by minimum discount percentage, top sellers or even hot new releases. When you’re on the Amazon page you can refine your search further with the choices in the left sidebar.   Ok folks, Christmas is ONE week away.  Tomorrow, Friday, 12/19/14 is the last day […]

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Pound Puppies are Back and Giveaway!

December 17, 2014

This holiday season is going to feel a lot like the 80’s with the big return of Pound Puppies!  Pound Puppies, a popular toy line in the 1980s, are back and cuter than ever just in time for the holidays! You can rescue these lovable puppies and give them a new home this holiday season! Each puppy comes complete […]

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Holiday De-Stress Solutions with Naturally Indulgent Bath & Body Collection

December 16, 2014

Holiday De-Stress Solutions: how to take some me-time for pampering, no matter where you are – even in Mom’s bathroom, it’s easy with Essence of Beauty’s Naturally Indulgent Bath & Body Collection, available only at CVS! Lemon Verbena With Olive Oil Body Oil With plant extracts & essential oils Artificial dye free Paraben free Our naturally indulgent bath and […]

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Cross Country Cafe – Wacky Wednesday Sale!

December 15, 2014

You remember Cross Country Cafe and the great Wacky Wednesday Sale?  This week they have some exciting new Keurig K-cup flavors on sale. Wacky Wednesday Weekly Coffee Sale! Every Wednesday we will post a totally wacky sale price on a variety of coffees including Keurig Kcups and Nespresso compatible capsules. Dont forget shipping is free when you spend $59 or […]

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The Nutri Ninja® | Ninja® Blender DUO™ With Auto-iQ™

December 15, 2014

Ninja® is developed by Euro-Pro Operating LLC, a pioneer in small household appliances with the goal of giving today’s busy consumer better and more efficient products that fit their lifestyle. By providing appliances that are not only highly functional but also innovative, Euro-Pro has rapidly carved out a significant market share in the housewares industry, becoming […]

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Litehouse Salad Dressings, Cheese Crumbles & Instantly Fresh Herbs!

December 15, 2014

Delivering the freshest products to you for more than 50 years Our Litehouse refrigerated produce dressings offer the best quality, value and freshness you can buy. No preservatives, no MSG, nothing artificial, and made with 100% Canola oil…just a great fresh taste for your fresh salad. The Hawkins family started selling their homemade dressings out of the […]

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Foscam FI9821P Pan/Tilt IP Camera Baby Monitor

December 14, 2014

Keep a eye on your baby, even when you are away from home, with the Foscam FI9821P Pan/Tilt IP Camera Baby Monitor! The Foscam FI9821P is Foscam’s first “Plug & Play” camera featuring the ability to connect via smartphone by simply scanning the QR code on the underside of the camera. Bypassing the need to access your router […]

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A Few Shortcuts Weekly Recipe: Simple Sand Dollar Sugar Cookies!

December 14, 2014

If you started life as a beach baby like I did (and continue to be!), then the new recipe from Amanda at A Few Shortcuts is sure to make you happy!  These Simple Sand Dollar Sugar Cookies evoke your love of fun in the sun, even during winter.  And if, like me, you have Sand Dollars hanging on your Christmas […]

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Lee Mendelson, Executive Producer of A Charlie Brown Christmas and Giveaway

December 13, 2014

Lee Mendelson AND A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS Peanuts Worldwide is having a year-long celebration of 50 years of A Charlie Brown Christmas!  See it on ABC on December 16th, 8:30 pm EST, 2014, which marks the 50th time the beloved special will air on television.  And December 2015 will be the 50th year since it was created, produced and debuted. […]

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Try the New Cinnabon Baking Kit!

December 13, 2014

In case you want to try baking your own Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls at home, the company introduces the new Cinnabon Baking Kit, available exclusively at 2,500 Walmart stores across the nation. The Cinnabon Baking Kit comes with ingredients and easy instructions to make eight cinnamon rolls. Cinnabon lovers rejoice–you can now create Cinnabon’s world famous cinnamon […]

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Top 10 Giveaways, 12/13/14

December 13, 2014

Here are this week’s top 10 giveaways.  Please be sure to read each blogger’s giveaway post carefully as they all have different rules. Good luck! My Dairy Free Gluten Free Life – KitchenAid Artisan 5 Qt. Mixer Giveaway (Ends 12/15) Save More Spend Less with Heidi – Coach Purse Giveaway (Ends 12/17) The Consumer Adviser – Amazon $100 G.C. & The Pocket […]

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Pillsbury Cookies Make the Holidays Pop!

December 12, 2014

Nothing says the ‘holidays are here’ quite like warm baked cookies! This year, throw a special minty treat into your cookie jar with seasonal PillsburyReady to Bake™ Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies. With a perfect mix of peppermint and chocolate these Pillsbury Ready to Bake™ Cookies are sure to be a holiday hit! In store for a limited time […]

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