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#RealMomGiftGuide BEST Personalized Gift Idea

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BEST Personalized Gift Idea

TOTAL freaking awesomeness!  

Looking for a great gift that is filled to the brim with personalization?  Check out Collage.com!!!  

MOM & HUBBY DO NOT LOOK: lol

They have a ton of really cool products.  What I love about them is their STORY!  Check out Collage.com to make EVERYTHING personal!  Photobooks, calendars, phone cases, mugs, you freaking name it!  

They did not pay me to love them - but they did however offer me product to review.  Needless to say - ALL our family gifts are coming from there this year.  Wish I had an affiliate code to give you! haha

 

5 Great Subscription Services to Spend Your Holiday Cash On

5 Great Subscription Services to Spend Your Holiday Cash On

Did you survive the holiday?

I can assure you I'm quite thankful that they are over.  I'm ready to rock the new year for sure!  As someone who loves to give gifts that give way more than just the holidays.....I went on a mission to find some great gifts that you can give all year long.  Plus, mama has GOT to gift herself from the hard work being home with kids the entire winter break, right? #RealMomProblems

Subscription gift boxes are all the rage right now.  In fact - I've found my new fave website to fuel that addiction!  (And seriously-the site is called 'MY SUBSCRIPTION ADDICTION'!  TRUTH.)  

Each month, a box is shipped to your front door filled with new products.  They can be anything from sample sizes of clothing & shoes to renting runway fashions & even RENTING TOYS!  Everyone loves to get packages in the mail. There is always something great about getting something new & fun at your doorstep!

 


ECOCENTRIC MOM BOX

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Ecocentric is one of my faves too!  I am not 'granola' if you will. lol I love to support the Earth when I can though and with this box of 5-9 hand selected products you'll discover great new finds!

I love that they send you larger than the usual sample sizes.  They even include full sizes!  Each box has a $24-$50 retail value to them.  You will discover new types of natural, sustainable, organic, and ethical products with each box.


BRICK LOOT

For the LEGO fans, you can’t go wrong with Brick Loot . Brick fanatics!  Subscribers get receive a monthly box filled with unique, custom and never-before-seen items that work with LEGO bricks and custom building. Each month your Brick Loot box is filled with 4-8 items that were hand picked by Brick specialists who scour the world for the newest and coolest products for you to collect.

What I LOVE about Brick Loot is the UNIQUENESS that comes along with their products.  There isn't a giant LOGO (or should I say LEGO logo) screaming at you.  It's unique, cute, convenient and a HUGE gift for any building fans in your house!

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BIRCH BOX

BirchBox.  I actually have seen quite a few different bloggers & vloggers doing unboxing videos of BirchBox.  It's a fun diddy of unique products.  They sent me one for review and I immediately signed up my husband for the dude deliveries!!  He is very into smelling and looking good.  (That is of course a GOOD THING that he's like that.  He is a pretty boy and I love that about him!)  He really liked the idea and that he was getting three more boxes.  The one thing that I'll say is that the boxers in the box they sent for review were a size M.  What guy is a medium??? lol I'm not sure if they personalize that better.  I hope so cause he loved the boxers - but ahem.  Said his 'bits won't fit'.  Ok & alrighty then. lol TMI, right?


FOR THE MAKERS

Many moons ago when my 6 year old was a baby I use to get a monthly subscription of scrapbooking stuff.  I loved it until I stopped scrapbooking and my house filled with STUFF.  lol.  The great thing about these kinds of crafting boxes is that they can be gifted too.  And they teach you a serious step by step learning of simple and cute crafts.  

So, I came across a very cool crafting subscription service called For The Makers.   This isn't just your average "here's a bunch of beads now go build something service"!  They have some serious art projects!  At For the Makers they give you all the materials to make 4 DIY projects for $29 a box. What's really fun about this service is that you can shop the collection pending your personality!  The boxes range from products like making lip balm to shoe clips.  What's interesting to me with this service was that they actually sell the finished products on the website and for a LOT more than the $29 investment you made to handmake them.  And if you are someone who loves to do handmade gifts - you'll LOVE this!


BLUUM

This is a box that I tried out a couple years ago.  It is the PERFECT box for any new mom, mom to babies, baby shower, etc.  VERY motherly with BLUUM.  =)  They have gotten a lot better over the years.  I did enjoy this particular box when I was pregnant with Hudson - because there was a lot of great natural products in there. 

Now they send from pregnancy to preschool including some very fun games!  Bluum also is a great service that lets you try before you buy.  You know as a new mom - the products you buy trying to find the right one is soooo expensive! lol

Games are the New Stocking Stuffer with Funnybone Toys

Have you ever had a dinner party or just a casual group of friends over, and midway through the evening you find yourself wondering, "Now what?" The conversation is in a lull, and people begin to look at their watches. Spice up time with friends with a Game Night!

Funny bone Products has a ton of great games for kids and adults alike. Here are a few that might revolutionize your next cocktail party!

DISRUPTUS

Disruptus asks players to look at objects and ideas and use different approaches — as determined by the roll of a die — to innovate. Disruptus™ draws inspiration from the very important practice of ‘disruptive thinking’. Disruptive thinking is one of the most powerful ways to innovate. It has been used to create ideas and objects like digital music, camera phones, and car sharing programs. Disruptive thinking is looking at an object or idea and coming up with an entirely different way to achieve the same end.

So, in the case of car sharing, the innovators looked at the car rental industry and came up with a new approach that ‘disrupted’ the old conventional method.

ARRAZZLES

Arrazzles lets you explore abstract geometrical configurations. Each card has one of five different patterns of slots allowing for countless abstract building and design opportunities. Arrazzles cards are covered in five beautiful, reflective metallic colors, with a different color on each side of the card. As you build and connect the cards, the metallic colors reflect off each other. The hole in the middle of each card allows for further form exploration – it’s sized to perfectly hold a standard plastic straw, so you can connect the cards that way, or string them together with yarn or pipe cleaner, allowing you to build a completely unique abstraction every time you play!

IMAGINE Peek at the sky at night and see the different arrays of stars. Can you recreate one of them?
Look at the patterns of leaves on trees. Can you build the same?
Appreciate the flower arrangements in your garden and how the colors play off of each other. Try that with the Arrazzles cards!
Start with just one card and attach more cards without a plan in mind!

CONNECT Make interesting arrangements where colors branch off from one another by placing cards side by side on a flat surface.
Connect all of the cards with 4 slots and then do the same for 6 and 8 slotted cards and see how the position of the slots changes the three-dimensional geometry.
Connect the cards in specific color sequences.

BUILD Variations in slot position allow you multiple ways to shape your creation.
Flip a card from one side to another for a completely different color perspective and overall look.
Thread colorful objects through the holes like straws, strings, yarn or pipe cleaners.Use all of the cards or a select few – it’s up to you!



Funnybone Toys can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

#RealMomGiftGuide Family Play with Smart Games

A great New Year's Resolution? Committing one day a week to quality family time. Maybe it's a special family dinner. Maybe it's a family hike. Or maybe it's a fun and raucous night of games!  Family Game night is one of the best ways to hang out as a family.  

Add to your Family Game Night collection for the holidays! SmartGames has a great selection to add to your growing library of games!

Quadrillion

Start a new challenge in a snap, with no direction required! Just place the four magnetic grids together and start playing. Can you fit the 12 puzzle pieces on the game board you just created?

Quadrillion is the ultimate solitaire game for all ages, with big, sturdy puzzle pieces that are easy and fun to handle.

Can you be your own GPS? Can you navigate the city and guide two travelers to their destination? Place the double-sided puzzle pieces on the game board to create routes from start to finish. This game includes 2 booklets, each with 60 challenges from easy to expert. Booklet A (“On the Double”) has challenges with two different colored routes, booklet B (“Delivery Express) challenges with either red or blue routes.

Find SmartGames on Facebook and Twitter.

Stay Dry with New Unilever Dry Spray Antiperspirant

There is nothing that brings on sweaty moments than the month of December. Oh sure, the weather starts to get chilly. But the holidays certainly turn up the heat! From shopping in crowded malls and feverishly wrapping gifts (covertly after the kiddos are asleep!) to cooking over a hot stove and making small talk at parties, it’s important to stay dry under holiday stress

Unilever is one of my favorite brands for deodorant. And they are revolutionizing the deodorant category with the launch of a New Dry Spray Antiperspirant innovation and technology across five brands: Degree®, Degree Women®, Dove®, Dove Men+Care® and AXE®.

 

What’s great about dry spray antiperspirant? It goes on fast and dry, so no sticky or wet feelings under your arms as you wait for it to dry. Also? NO RESIDUE. I can’t tell you how difficult it can be to get dried deodorant off sweaters!

 

Here are the New Dry Spray Antiperspirants for you to consider (HELLO!  These will make awesome stocking stuffers):

 

                           

  

Degree Men

Degree Men Dry Spray Antiperspirant includes MOTIONSENSE® Technology, and is designed to respond directly to your body movement for superior protection. The collection provides 48-hour odor and wetness protection and is available in a wide variety of signature Degree Men fragrances [SRP: $4.99 (3.8oz)].

            

Degree Women

Degree Women Dry Spray Antiperspirant includes MOTIONSENSE ® Technology, and is designed to respond directly to your body movement for superior protection. The collection provides 48-hour odor and wetness protection and is available in a wide variety of signature Degree Women fragrances [SRP: $4.99 (3.8oz)].                    

Dove

Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant provides all the care of Dove for softer, smoother underarms. The collection offers 48-hour odor and wetness protection, along with Dove’s signature 1⁄4 moisturizing technology, and is available in a wide variety of Dove fragrances [SRP: $5.49 (3.8oz)].                 

Dove Men+Care

Dove Men+Care Dry Spray Antiperspirant is tough on sweat, not on skin. The collection offers 48-hour odor and wetness protection, along with Dove Men+Care’s signature 1⁄4 moisturizing technology and is available in a wide variety of Dove Men+Care fragrances [SRP: $5.49 (3.8oz)].                 

AXE

AXE White Label Dry Spray Antiperspirant is designed to help guys feel confidently fresh and is part of the newest premium line of grooming products. The collection provides 48-hour odor and wetness protection and is available in a wide variety of signature AXE fragrances [SRP: $5.49 (3.8oz)].         

The Dry Spray products will be available at retailers nationwide today, Cyber Monday, 12/1/14 and can be found at online retailers such as amazon.com and drugstore.com.




 

Which Dry Spray products are YOU excited to try?


 

Disclosure:  NOPE.  I did not get paid for this.  I did get some dry goods to test and love them.  All opinions are my own. 

 

Real Mom Tech Gadgets: iWerkz Universal Portable Bluetooth Keyboard

Meetings are a big part of my life. And at most of my I need to be prepared to have take notes, share documents and have access to the internet. And while my smartphone is top-notch, it just doesn't cut it for a business meeting. The only problem? I often need something compact and travel-friendly, so my laptop isn't ideal. I can be pretty fumbley with the iPad touchscreen, but its the best choice for those meetings on-the-go. And I've found the perfect item to bridge the usability gap!

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The iWerkz Universal Portable Bluetooth Keyboard has become a saving grace for this working momma! This keyboard lightweight and folds up for easy portability. Thanks to bluetooth technology, it is compatible with most tablets and smartphones.The battery on the iWerkz keyboard is up to 44 hours - that's 2 or 3 days of work! Wahoo! The protective case also doubles as a stand. Some more information on the  iWerkz Universal Portable Bluetooth Keyboard:

  • Includes 44652 Bluetooth keyboard, protective case/stand, and charging cable
  • Compatible with most Bluetooth-enabled tablets and smartphones; Android, iOS, and Windows devices
  • Docks device while in use
  • Up to?44-hour run/30-day standby time on full charge
  • Foldable design
  • Rechargeable lithium battery
  • Measures approximately 7" x 5-3/8" x 1-1/16"
  • 90-day Limited Manufacturer's Warranty


The iWerkz Universal Portable Bluetooth Keyboard retails for $39.96 on QVC - that's a great deal! You'll also find this item on the 2014Real Mom Holiday Gift Guide - so start thinking of your tech-loving friends who would totally to find this in their stockings this holiday season!  

Easy Riding with the Joovy Qool

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Part of being a mom is research.

Really, moms should be earning another degree with how much studying is required of us! The moment we see those pink lines on a stick, we are researching: car seats, high chairs, bottles, pacifiers, cribs, feeding utensils, diaper bags, toys. We assess the safety, the quality, the overall rating, the durability, the flexibility, the usefulness. We scour books and the internet, trying to discern what is best for our babies.

From day one with Boston, one of the brands I have learned to trust is Joovy. Everything about their products appeals to me. They are highly-rated, made from quality material and they just look chic. Now that I am a mom to two cute (but crazy) little boys, I appreciate the qualities of Joovy products all the more deeply.

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Most recently, I have been impressed with one of Joovy's newest products: The Joovy Qool. This stroller has been a lifesaver for me since Hudson came around! Where do I begin? The design of the Qool is amazing, from the leather-wrapped handlebars to the aluminum frame. Using it on a daily basis, I can feel the durability.

Also? I love that it is compact. Raise of hands from the mommas and papas who have wrestled with some of the ginormous and clunky strollers on the market. Oh my goodness. Those strollers are hard to push and even harder to fold up and put in your car after a day at the park (did I mention they are also as heavy as an elephant?!). The Qool is small, light-weight (I'm saying it again: LIGHT. WEIGHT. Hallelujah!) and easily folded or broken down (the seat can be removed and stored separately!) after your walk in the park.

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With one click, the stroller can be forward-facing or back-facing, and so many of the parts are adjustable. It screams flexibility as well as maneuverability. It is the perfect stroller for the Parent-on-the-Go with energetic kids!

The Joovy Qool retails for $549.99.

Connect with Joovy online.

 

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Real Mom Media has worked with Joovy on many occasions.  Not only do they have amazing products - but the family connection within this company is an awesome American story.  The founder and family all work there in their Dallas offices.  AMAZING people to work with.  Joovy has only supplied products for review but all opinions are definitely my own.

Stay Dry with Trunki PaddlePak

Stay Dry with Trunki PaddlePak

Real Mom Media is always on the go, especially during the summer. That means a lot of sand and a lot of water. We are always on the look out for great products that will help make our summer travel easier! And we found one!

Blooming Bath Review

I happen to come across this product a while ago and thought it was the coolest thing ever!

Blooming Bath is the cute, cuddly and convenient way to bathe your baby. Unlike traditional baby bath tubs, Blooming Bath is made from incredibly soft, plush materials — providing a safe, soft, and unbelievably adorable bathing experience for the most important person in your world.

The Blooming Bath is so soft and unique! It's such a simple concept but totally makes sense! Bathe your baby on soft and comfy plush material! 

By the time I got this product to review - Hudson was already too big.  I tried him in the sink with it once and it was just too awkward for him! haha.  BUT-I have been able to put it to GREAT use in my house.  I sit it on the carpet and he loves it.  For the longest time he wouldn't move off of it.  It's so soft and adorable and makes a fabulous play mat.  

Check out Blooming Bath for yourself at www.BloomingBath.com

BubbleBum

Many parents are faced with scenarios where their child has to be picked up by another adult who may not have a booster seat. And uninstalling those seats can be a pain in the bum! 

Enter the BubbleBum!

BubbleBum is the cost effective, portable, lightweight, brightly colored, inflatable car booster seat for children aged between 4-11. It easily deflates and folds flat so that kids or moms can carry it in a backpack or purse, making it perfect for vacations, rental cars, taxis, school pick up or car pooling.

BubbleBum was a winner at the Mother & Baby Travel Item Awards in the UK, the Practical Parenting Magazine Awards and the Ulster Bank Business Achiever Awards in 2010-2011.


Doodle Your Day Book Review

Doodle Your Day Book Review

 

Came across this book and just LOVE IT!  

It's really a great gift idea for kids of all ages!  There are some fun doodle prompts in there to give your kids the opportunity to think outside the book. (Pun intended. lol)

I love books like this.  365 ways for kids' to doodle and document their day away!

eZoom by Securus

Keeping Track of Kids

I love Halloween.  It's always a fun time in our neighborhood.  We have a little pizza party on our cul de sac then hit the pavement to load up on sugary treats.

As my son gets older - I often wonder when I'm going to let him go 'trick or treating' with the neighborhood kids alone.  Eh... not sure yet.  Afterall he is only 4.  I mean, maybe if they have an escort but I feel like I need some piece of mind.

Recently I was sent a product for review that really got me thinking.  I never let me kid play in the neighborhood or even in our circle alone.  I have to be outside with him or my  husband at all times.  We just live by those rules.  

The product is called eZoom and its through Securus.  

What's great about this product is that I feel like 'Momgyver'!  (Remember McGyver show?  Yeah.)

It's a small tracking device that you can throw in your kids pocket or even their loot bag.  And you can clearly see exactly where they are and where they are going!  

Not that I think I need to be all sneaky on him... but there is a definite piece of mind about knowing where they are!  Kind of like the 'Find my iPhone app'.  I never use the app-but the piece of mind is golden! lol 

And it works!  GREAT!

You can track online and on your mobile.  It's useful for so many things.  Not just the kids. lol.  Cars, bikes... you name it!  And if you use it for something that requires insurance, there is a good chance that you can get a discount on your insurance for doing so!

There is an alert button on the device that can alert you immediately and notifies you of their location.  You can also create 'safe spots' like their school or park and if your child leaves that spot you get alerts for it!  Talk about TOTAL peace of mind!!

Details on eZoom Tracking and Safety Locator

*$99 for the actual device

*$14 for the protective case

*Approx. $250 a year activation fee (includes activation)

PERSONAL OPINION:  Now, i would definitely buy the device, but the service charges are about $100 past my budget per year.  

What do you do to keep track of your kids?

 

 

iPad Case & Blue Bird Clutch

If you've never been to the website Uncommon Goods, then PREPARE YOURSELF! =)

 

This site has some of the coolest of all things ever.  Things you just don't find really anywhere else.  

 

The sent me this awesome iPad case (see all here) to review that was made out of an old Mailbag.  And I LOVE IT!  My son has his iPad all safe and secure but mine just flys around the house.  (Yes he's spoiled and yes mine has been cracked before.  Sigh)  So now it's nice to have it in a SAFER place.  Cute and trendy doesn't hurt either!  The iPad case costs $55. 

 

The little clutch is felt and so much fun.  It's great with summer colors but warm and cozy for winter, spring and fall too! It costs $32

 

Uncommon Goods has some great (like these!) a
and (like these!)  You MUST check them out!  

 

Happy Shopping!

 

 

Pocket Purifier

Pocket Purifier

How many times have you found yourself grossed out when your kids bring home their lunch boxes and you think "GERMS!!!"

Since I've become a mom I've found myself to be 1,000 times more anal aware of germs with my kid.

I also get freaked out when we travel or when I stay in hotels. And that is OFTEN in my world.  

This very cool product actually kills germs from the same UV-C light used to sterilize surgical instruments to elimnate 99.9% of germs that cause colds, flu, e-coli, salmonella, mold, fungus and MRSA staph!!!

EWWW.  Are you TOTALLY grossed out now?  I know I am.

Heck.  I just slather on disenfectant this is the HARD CORE killer of those nasty germs.

The Purely Products Pocket Purifier retails for $19.99 and is available in black and pink. For more information or to purchase the Pocket Purifier, please visit www.purelyproducts.com

AllerMates

Does your kid have allergies?

You totally have to check out these very cool products!

I'm totally blessed with a very healthy kid.  But I can't even imagine the scare that comes about if they didn't have something like these!

I have to give them huge kudos on their creativity!  They use their characters soo well!  LOVE the Peanut Guy. =)

 

AllerMates

Allermates are an award winning line of colorful allergy awareness dog tags and adjustbable wristbands featuring original cartoon characters.  Perfect for school, daycare, babysitters, sleepovers and playdates.. the AllerMates are armed and ready to help identify and protect kids with allergies. Waterproof and hypo-allergenic.

Butch and Harold Stickr Pockets

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Stickr Pockets

This company has some of the funnest finds around!  There are often times that long for something simple to just change up my walls in my house a bit. 

You know, give it some life!  And this company, named after two childhood dogs that these 2 sisters grew up with, is all about simple.  Fun.

They sale all kinds of stickr stuff from trains to frames.  

I personally like the frames ones best but they sent me the pockets to review.  

For about $15 you've got a simple place to stuff some of your stuff!  A good way to organize fun things or momentos.   

Tiny Prints Address Labels

Tiny Prints Address Labels

This year has been the year of Tiny Prints in my house!  Really!  It started with our holiday cards.  And they were a huge hit.  Then, it was the Valentine's Day Cards with Boston in them.  They were even a BIGGER hit!  (I still get people randomly mentioning that they love our cards and I always tell them where they can get the cutest cards ever!)

My house tries really hard to send out thank-you cards for everything we get.  From presents, to visits, to just because.  And I don't know about you-but I can't STAND filling in the 'return address' portion!  ((Sigh))  It's just a pain.  Laziness I guess. 

But after searching the Address labels from Tiny Prints I can now not feel guilty anymore for being lazy! hahah.  They have some super cool address labels.  How many of you know someone graduating this spring?  They have some awesome graduation address labels that would make an awesome little addition to the card and money you usually give grads.  It makes their 'thank yous' easier and you'll feel great when they use YOUR gift to thank everyone, right?  =)

I've picked out about 15 different designs...now I just gotta pick one.  Well...maybe two.  One for my family and one for my business!  LOVE it!

Be sure to catch up with them on Facebook, Twitter & even Pinterest!

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TINY PRINTS PROVIDED SOME AWESOME ADDRESS LABELS TO REAL MOM MEDIA.

 

Teddy Needs a Bath Review

Teddy Needs a Bath Review

This is a super BRILLIANT idea.  A mom (of course....we always think of the cool things. lol) created a great product in which you can give your kids stuffed animals a bath!

Just put it in this bag-zip it up-wash-dry-rock-n-roll!

Boston loved snuggling with his bears afterwards.

 Check them out at www.TeddyNeedsABath.com

2 BINKIES up in our house!  =)

Pedestal Pets

Pedestal Pets

Pedestal Pets® is a new educational toy that combines learning with fun! Each series includes 4 animal pencil toppers, 4 coordinating pencils and 4 fun fact trading cards! You can also name your pets and print out coloring pages on this website!

 

They currently offer 3 collections: Neighborhood, Barnyard and Safari Friends. Scroll down to see them all!

*Created by a Pennsylvania mom after her daughter fell in love with the pencil toppers found in vending machines.  She thought-why not create them on pencils and make it a fun trading event!

The Birthday Express Thomas & Friends

Birthday Express - Thomas & Friends

This is super exciting.

Boston is a DIE HARD Thomas fan...that's so for sure.

And with his birthday party in 2 weeks-what else can a little boy ask for?

Well... he didn't really ask for it.  Cause it's not even out yet.

BUT... he's gonna love it.

This super awesome movie comes out May 17, 2011... You can pre-order it though. 

It comes with a handy dandy wooden whistle.  PERFECT to annoy enjoy!  The packaged box also comes with 'The Birthday Express' game and a special Roary the Racking Car Bonus Episode!

Cost is about $10.