Card Gnome – Personalized Cards Mailed For You {Review & Giveaway}

I have a few really awesome relatives that always seem to be on top of things when it comes to birthdays. When a birthday rolls around in our family, you can expect a card to arrive in the mail from them with a personal message. It is something that my children REALLY look forward to. Someday I dream about being organized enough to be just like these relatives and get cards out in time for my nieces and nephews birthdays. With Card Gnome I think I may have found a site that will launch me into “Cool Aunt” status.


Card Gnome is a site that allows you to find a perfect card, write a personal message and will then mail it for you all from the comfort of your own home. You can schedule your cards up to a year in advance, which will ensure that you do not forget any important dates or events. Card Gnome has a large variety of cards designed by boutique designers from around the world to make certain that you can always find the perfect card for any occasion. Do you like to write your own messages? No problem! If you would like, Card Gnome will mail your selected card(s) to your home and add an extra envelope for you to mail it out when you are ready.

My daughter and I had a fun time looking around at the site and picking out cards. They made it easy for us to view a large amount of cards and choose one that would work for us. Just by scrolling over each card we could view a larger version of the front or the inside in a pop up window vs clicking on the card, waiting for it to load and then having to go back to main screen where all the cards were. That saved us a lot of time. If I attempted to look at cards like this in a store, my children would destroy the card section before I had a chance to look at 2 cards!

My daughter decided this (below) would be the perfect card for us to get her brother. We are having it sent to us, so we can add something else to the card before we give it to him on his birthday coming up soon.

Other cool things to know about Card Gnome is that all their cards are printed on recycled paper and they donate a portion of their proceeds to national and local non-profits.

 

Want to WIN a Valentine’s Day 10 Card Plan? ENTER ABOVE! Don’t want to wait? You can purchase it for a discounted price (also in the widget above) and if you win, you will get a refund. Win, win for everyone! Good Luck!

Do you love to win things but hate entering giveaways online with a million entries and a slim chance of winning? Then HappyFreebie is for you! It’s different from other giveaway sites and I love how easy it is to enter. There are only a handful of easy entries available for each giveaway. Simple and to the point. Who does not love that?!?! As a bonus, you can also purchase featured products for a discount and if you subscribe, can earn extra “Honey Bee” points for some additional fun. Subscribing is free! Check out the current giveaway below and if you do not want to wait to win it, a limited quantity are available for a 40% discount…if you win, your money will be refunded. :-) Enjoy!

 

*Product was provided to assist in the review via my relationship with HappyFreebie. All opinions are 100% my own!

Aquatopa Bath Toy Organizer {Giveaway}

 

I reviewed the Aquatopia Bath Toy Organizer a few weeks ago and now it is time for one of the Fun On a Dime Readers to win one for their own bath tub!

Check out the Aquatopia Bath Toy Organizer Review to see how practical and fun this organizer is

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Enter to win one below!

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* Giveaway is provided by Aquatopia.

Redbox Giveaway

 

Every year I commit to spending more time with my family. We have recently made Friday nights a night the kids look forward to all week by starting a weekly Family Movie Night! Seriously, they start asking Sunday if the next day is Movie Night. We have pizza and watch a movie together every Friday night. Sometimes we rent the movie and sometimes it is something from our home collection. This year I am going to try to add to the fun by creating a movie theme night once a month. We have done it once or twice before and had a lot of fun with it.

In honor of the new year and our Family Movie Nights I have some FREE Redbox Movie Rentals to giveaway…

I asked last week on Facebook how I should give these away: All to one or one to many? The majority of responses were to share One with Many. So there you have it! I’ll make this giveaway easy.

AND if you want to enter another fun giveaway hop on over and

enter to win a Family Fun Box!

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*This giveaway was provided by Redbox and no compensation was given…although, I did try out 2 codes to make sure they actually worked! ;-)

January Family Challenge and Giveaway

 

We’ve got a fun giveaway this month to go with our challenge to help you enjoy your family even more. Thanks Jaelle from LDS Parenting for putting this Challenge together….

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Happy New Year from The Family Network!!!!!

 

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We are so excited here at The Family Network to have the opportunity to share a fresh new year with you! Encouraging and inspiring others on how to have fun with their family! For the first Family Network Challenge of the year we have something special planned! First of all, we have some fun ideas on how to connect with your family this year. Then we have a giveaway!! We wanted to do something fun for our readers and we have been blessed to put together a fun little package of things to do with your family! To be entered into the drawing, you just need to link up and tell us how you connect with your family… what are some special things you do together?

First…. a preview of the giveaway Family Fun Box!

 

Two fun games and a great book, written by one of the bloggers here at The Family Network!

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Now to get on to the serious stuff….

 

How do you connect with your family?

 

It seems as though these days the world is so busy, we have a hard time finding a moment when we can really sit down and connect with our families. There is after school clubs, soccer games, church activities, and late night meetings for parents who work.

One of the best ways to connect with your family is to have a meal together. If you can’t sit down every night for dinner as a family, try to pick at least one night a week, or do breakfast instead! It gives us time to slow down, enjoy each other’s company, enjoy food, and talk about what is going on in our lives!

 

There are so many fun ideas on how to connect with your family. Take your kids out on dates! One on one time with a child is a precious gift. Have them choose where to go.. maybe out for hot chocolate or to the park. Take time to listen to every little thing they want to talk about! Give them lots of hugs!

 

Make a family mailbox. You can use a simple box and then decorate it together as a family. Write each other letters and notes, put them in envelopes then designate someone to be the mailman for that week. This is a really fun way to not only connect with your family, but it fosters great communication skills and helps children with writing!

What about having a family slumber party? You can play games, watch movies, sleep in sleeping bags in the living room ( or camp out in the backyard!) and eat popcorn! Tell stories, share your silliest dream you’ve ever had, or just talk about life.

 

Choose a book to read aloud as a family every evening. There are some super fun classic books out there… or you can share one that you loved as a child, and it would be an opportunity to connect with them by sharing something you loved as a child.

 

In closing, I would like to share a quote from one of my favorite books ever, it is called ” 250 Ways to Connect With Your Family” by Melodie Webb.

“Place the highest priority on home and family. * Let the merits of your family outweigh the merits of the world. Don’t be distracted by things that entice but never really satisfy.* Choose to spend quality time with your family rather than with trivial pursuits.* Make choices that allow you more quantity time with your family.* Live so that you won’t say at the end of your life, ” I wish I had spent more time with my family”* Through your actions, show that they matter most to you.* Live so that people can say of you that you are a “family man” or a “family woman”.* Recognize how much your family contributes to your personal success in life. Give them credit for that success.* Verbalize daily in individual and family prayer how grateful you are for your family, and how much you desire to serve them. “

 

This Month’s Challenge:

How do you connect with your family?

Link up in the linky below and share a fun way that your family connects. This is going to be a great year! It’s the year for us to connect with our families, and be the best families possible!!!

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Ubooly – More than Just a Toy {Review and Giveaway}

 

We have a new fuzzy friend in our house who likes to share random fun facts, play pretend, tell stories and jokes and can create quite the giggle episode, especially when my 5 year old starts bouncing up and down. Let me introduce you to our new friend Ubooly! (Click “Video” below to see him in action)

 

 

Ubooly is a smart fuzzy toy that currently uses the iPod touch 4G/5 or the iPhone 3GS/4/ 4S, and 5 for it’s brain and face. You simply insert your device into the top of the toy, zip it up and you are good to go! Ubooly can play a variety of activities like pretend, trivia games, story telling, jokes, fun facts and music. New activities are added every month. This plush toy is geared toward children ages 4-9, but I have caught a couple adults sneaking some Ubooly time in as well.

My children normally do not get to play with my phone because I am afraid they will drop it or break it. Since Ubooly is filled with memory foam to protect devices from drops, I am a little more comfortable allowing my kiddos to use my phone. And thus, they think this is the best thing E.V.E.R…. “Mom is actually letting us play with her phone!” Shhh! I won’t tell them that they may actually be learning something from Ubooly, too, if you don’t!

We have been having a lot of fun learning, playing and listening  to all Ubooly has to say. He will pause to let my children answer his questions and will even ask them what they want to do next. He does understand simple commands like “Yes”, “No”, “Play a game”, etc., but we discovered  there is a bit of a learning curve when trying to get the pitch or timing right. With my daughter’s high pitched voice, she has learned she needs to wait a second before answering and needs to speak a little lower and slower.

As a bonus, when Ubooly is not in face/toy mode there are free games available with the app needed to use it. You can earn coins and more games from playing with your Ubooly and/or from playing the games on the free app. And when you get your hands on an Ubooly be sure to try bouncing up and down. I am sure the result will bring a smile to your face!

 

Want to WIN one for your family? ENTER ABOVE! Don’t want to wait? You can purchase it for a discounted price (also in the widget above) and if you win, you will get a refund. Win, win for everyone! Good Luck!

Do you love to win things but hate entering giveaways online with a million entries and a slim chance of winning? Then HappyFreebie is for you! It’s different from other giveaway sites and I love how easy it is to enter. There are only a handful of easy entries available for each giveaway. Simple and to the point. Who doesn’t love that?!?! As a bonus, you can also purchase featured products for a discount and if you subscribe, can earn extra “Honey Bee” points for some additional fun. Subscribing is free! Check out the current giveaway below and if you do not want to wait to win it, a limited quantity are available for a 40% discount…if you win, your money will be refunded. :-) Enjoy!

 

 

*Product was provided to assist in the review via my relationship with HappyFreebie. All opinions are 100% my own!

Bebe au Lait Nursing Cover {Giveaway}

 

Welcome to the Celebrating Baby Gift Giveaway Hop! This Giveaway Hop is hosted by Fun On a Dime and we have fun collection of blogs participating, all with a gift  to celebrate the sweet addition to your family, whether for mom, dad, brother, sister or the new baby. All gifts have a value of at least $20!

celebrating baby gift giveaway hop

After you have entered here for the prize below, be sure to scroll down to the linky below and visit all the awesome blogs to enter their giveaways.

All giveaways will begin on Monday, November 12th and will end Monday, November 26th at 11:59pm PST. The lucky winners will be announced shortly after, so go enter and have some fun!

 

Enter to win 1 Bebe au Lait Nursing Cover!


 

** Giveaway provided by Bebe au Lait


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