Mini Christmas village for the kids

Guest post written by Ellen Douglas

Guest post written by Ellen Douglas

Every time I go over to my sister’s house during the holidays, my kids marvel over her little porcelain Christmas village that she sets up in her spare bedroom. She does have so many pieces and it is about the size of an actual village! I always like looking at it too, even the small details like little townspeople caroling or ice skating.

The kids are always begging for me to set something up like that, but that takes so much time and money and we don’t have a place to set up anything like that. But I wanted to do something like that for them, just on a smaller scale. So I went online with my clear 4g and found a few ideas that were similar.

The one that I finally settled on though was this mini Christmas village that I thought would be perfect for them. They’re kind of rough on all of their toys, so I didn’t want to fix something that would be hard to repair. So far they really love it and I think that it’s going to keep them occupied when they’re off school and I’m wrapping presents.

CLOSED Eat Smart Precision PRO Kitchen Scale Review & Giveaway

Today I get to share with you a great tool for those who are interested in watching what they eat. I am a huge fan of regulating what my children eat, and working on being as cautious with my own food intake. I can’t say I am super strict when it comes to counting calories, however, as a Mom of three children I know how important it is to constantly work on making sure you have healthy eating habits which will create a more healthy eating habit in your child.

The Precision PRO kitchen scale will be your tool in guiding you on your way to ensure you are watching what your body is taking in. This product is easy to use and small in size to allow for storage on counter-top or in a cupboard and at a price that is reasonable only $25.00 you can not go wrong!

Today I get to giveaway one Precision PRO Kitchen Scale to someone who enters below and you will get it in your choice of available colors; white, red, silver, black chrome or white chrome.


One lucky person will win this by entering below and the deadline is 11:59pm EST on December 16, 2010.

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Soma Intimates: Personality Pajamas

I took a personality quiz for Soma Intimates to find out what my personality pajama’s would be and voila as you can see in picture above they are a silky pair of green with what almost would look like off white snow flakes. Yes that is me all ready for bed, like the crazy hair?

My personality pajama’s really seem to fit who I am, a Mom who enjoys comfort with a slight sexy side. I had to get bottoms that were a little too big for me as with most pajama’s that have a matching top and bottom it means one size. I am a large/XL top and medium bottom, but I am very happy with my Soma Intimates Personality Pajama’s and excited to have a nice comfy pair of new pajama’s to wear.

What's with Baby Kitty?!

Why not take the personality quiz today and let me know what your peronsality pajama’s would be!

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Soma Intimates and received a pair of Personality PJs to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

Some Cute Christmas Gift Ideas For Home

Today I am thinking about some home gift ideas for that special someone on your gift giving list that could benefit from having such items as a blomus stainless steel teaset to enjoy a nice cup of tea with guests. I can picture this now, my Grena {great Grandmother} sitting down with guests enjoying a nice cup of tea, discussing whatever it is that generation of ladies discuss. A bunch of sweet woman sitting down to tea, what a lovely idea!

My next idea would come into play for myself, as we have a nice fireplace here, of course we are not using it, but it’s still a wonderful idea to get something like the blomus stainless steel fireplace set because it would at least be really cute set up near the fireplace. This would be something I would want when my sons get a bit older, for at their age they would think it a setup for a new toy!

I certainly know what would be on my wish list and something I could give my father and his wife for Christmas this year; a blomus stainless steel firepit that is small enough to give off a little bit of heat you may wish for during a cool Summer night outside. I love the idea of stainless steel products most anytime as they have long lasting qualities!

So what would you get out of the three items I referenced? Would it be for a certain someone?

You’re Grounded Forever … But First Let’s Go Shopping Book Review

I am currently working on finishing up YOU’RE GROUNDED FOREVER…BUT FIRST, LET’S GO SHOPPING written by Susan Shapiro Barash, which discusses the challenges mothers face with their daughters as well as working on ten timely solutions.

About You’re Grounded Forever … But First Let’s Go Shopping

A book that provides numerous timely solutions to improve the cherished bond between mothers and daughters. In her book she pinpoints common issues mothers and daughters share in their every day relationships, from stopping shopping splurges to food frenzies and everything in between. An invaluable resource during your daughters teen years!

The Jaw Dropping “That is Me” Experience I am Having

I am still working on finishing this book, but I will be extremely honest in that with each turn of the page I am finding more and more stories and circumstances I can relate to in You’re Grounded Forever … But First Let’s Go Shopping. Not only have I been able to say to myself “wow that is totally me” but I have been able to start to realize that my own mother exhibits a lot of these mothers in the book too. Funny how just when I think I have little in common with my mother, I start reading a book about mother/daughter relationships and think “wow … now I get it”.

I know this book would be great for parents, yes even fathers, of girls of all ages because it addresses common issues we face as parents with our daughters and Susan Shapiro Barash has certainly hit the bullseye on some major issues that come with raising our daughters.

I am still working on completely reading You’re Grounded Forever … But First Let’s Go Shopping and I can’t wait to share with you more of my jaw dropping experiences with this book. I think that this is a definite gift for that someone on your holiday gift giving list this year who has a daughter! Not only is this great for teen girl parents, but it helps you address common issues before they even reach the teen years.

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Disclosure: I received this book for free in order to fully experience it and relay my 100% personal opinion with you all.

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