Disclosure: These items were received free of charge but all opinions are always my own.

Looking for some unique Valentine’s Gift Ideas for 2017?  Check out a few of my recommendations below……

Queen of Katwe.

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Disney presents Queen of Katwe, a movie based on a vibrant true story starring Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo. A Ugandan girl’s life changes forever when she discovers she has an amazing talent for chess in this celebration of the human spirit.

Home audiences will cheer for Disney’s Queen of Katwe, which has earned widespread critical acclaim. Based on the vibrant true story of a young girl (Madina Nalwanga) from the streets of Uganda whose world changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. It is a remarkable story of perseverance against all odds that will leave viewers feeling humbled and inspired.  According to director Mira Nair, “The triumph of the human spirit is not to weep for what we don’t have but to focus on what we do have and allow that to take us to a place we never imagined possible.”

Definitely a movie for the whole family.  It’s well-done, stars one of my favorites (David Oyelowo) and is so inspirational!

Available on Amazon on Blu-Ray, DVD or as a rental/digital download.

Pinocchio.

The Walt Disney Signature Collection presents a timeless story for a new generation. With his friend Jiminy Cricket by his side, Pinocchio embarks on fantastic adventures that test his bravery, loyalty and honesty in his quest to become a real boy.

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Disney’s timeless tale Pinocchio, considered one of the greatest animated films ever made with two Academy Awards, joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection. Now it will delight a whole new generation of dreamers with its masterful animation, unforgettable characters and award-winning music. The movie which inspired the world to wish upon a star, arrives for the first time on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on Jan. 10, and on Blu-ray™ and DVD on Jan. 31 with hours of new and classic bonus features.

I grew up with this movie and even directed a kids production of Pinocchio.  I am thrilled that we now own this for our kids!

Available on Amazon Blu-Ray, DVD or as a rental/digital download.

Annie’s

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If you are getting your kids snacks for Valentine’s Day, why not make it snacks you can believe in and they will enjoy?  We LOVE Annie’s products!  Their cereal is awesome, their soups amazing and we love everything in this photo!  The pancake mix makes some great pancakes (or waffles).  The soups are really good and so nice and easy.  Since they come in boxes, our kids are able to easily make this soup on their own.  And who doesn’t love their Cheddar Bunnies?

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You can shop the full line of Annie’s products on their website.

Groggle’s Monster Valentine

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Groggle has been up all night making a Valentine’s Day card. This isn’t just any Valentine, though, and it has to be perfect—it’s for Snarlina, his beast friend in the whole wide world.

Searching in the dark forest, he finds just the right heart-shaped leaves. He collects some bog slime and squirts everything he wants to say in bold, gooey letters. Groggle’s creation looks horribly good. But there’s just one problem—gobble, crunch, crunch, slurp! He has a monster appetite!

Groggle tries again, this time writing poem after poem to make sure he has some extras just in case. He picks skunk flowers, carefully ties on snake bows, and sprinkles shiny beetle glitter. He decorates each card with care. But . . . gobble, crunch, crunch, slurp! Groggle’s monster impulses foil his efforts and he’s run out of time.

Will Groggle ever be able to give his toothsome, stomping, monstrous friend Snarlina a Valentine? Find out in this monster of a tale.

Fans of Rachel Bright’s The Love Monster series will fall in love with Groggle and his Snarlina!

Jack thinks this book is hilarious!

Available for under $8 on Amazon!

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These cute books by Angie Hewitt are Jack’s new favorites.  To be honest, I was a bit surprised.  They are very simple.  But he LOVES tracing the numbers and counting.  In the shapes book, he can trace the shapes and work on his colors.  We read these 4-5 times a day right now!

Colors and Shapes:

Presenting a fun and engaging way to introduce early learning concepts to young children! Kids can use their finger to follow the grooves on each page to learn about basic shapes and colors. Practice tracing squares, circles, triangles, and more, all while learning to identify the color of each shape.

The Little Groovers series is an excellent way for children to:

Develop hand-eye coordination
Encourage motor skills development
Boost learning through interactive play
Colors and Shapes is an engaging and fun-filled way to introduce early concepts to toddlers. Practice again and again with this new board book series to get children ready for preschool and prewriting.

Available on Amazon.

First Numbers:

Presenting a fun and engaging way to introduce early learning concepts to young children! Kids can use their finger to follow the grooves on each page to learn numbers 1–10. They can practice their numbers by tracing the grooves with their fingers from one snail all the way up to ten leaping frogs.

The Little Groovers series is an excellent way for children to:

Develop hand-eye coordination
Encourage motor skills development
Boost learning through interactive play
First Numbers is an engaging and colorful way to introduce early concepts to toddlers. Practice again and again with this new board book series to get children ready for preschool and prewriting.

Available on Amazon.

 

 

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample from Pet Treater for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product. This post contains affiliate links.

Pet Treater is a monthly subscription service just for dogs, that allows people to pamper their dogs with some cool goodies! Each box is customized for your dog and is filled with wholesome treats, toys, and accessories.
The theme of the January Pet Treater box was “Cheers to another “Dog” gone year!” and as always, it included a note for our Zoe.

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We received two bags of treats.

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The To Doggy with Love Chicken Meatball treats are all natural and grain free.   They contain human grade foods and are made in the USA.

The Smart n’ Tasty Little Duckies  treats are made with duck and sweet potato and are grain, soy and dairy free.

Zoe loved both of them!

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Little Miss was excited about the toys we received.

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The Grriggles Darling Dragon Dog Squeaker Toy was a huge hit!

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Zoe loves squeaky toys so I wasn’t surprised.  Unfortunately, Zoe is a HUGE chewer so the poor dragon only lasted a few days 🙁  They Unstuffies Mouse Toy is still going strong though!  It has a squeaker at both ends, which Zoe loves!

We received two grooming products.  The first was the Shedmonster Undercoat Rake.

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Zoe goes through phases of heavy shedding so this will really come in handy.

I was excited about the Pet Carpet Wipes.

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Zoe has gotten much better with house training but still has the occasional accident.  She is also a nervous pee’er.  I like that these pre-moistened wipes will quickly and easily clean up little messes.  They use enzyme action to maximize stain and odor elimination.

Last but not least, we received a pack of PEZ soft candy chews as our “human treat”.

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My kids loved them!

Here’s the breakdown (all prices from Amazon):

  • To Doggie With Love Treats- $12.99
  •  Smart n’ Tasty Little Duckies with Sweet Potato Grain Free Dog Treats- $6.99
  • Grriggles Darling Dragon Dog Toy- $17.95
  • Zanies Barnyard Unstuffies Mouse Pet Toy- $7.53
  • Oster Animal Care ShedMonster Undercoat Rake, Large Dogs- $5.99
  • Fresh Solutions Wipes Pet Formula- $6.49
  • PEZ Hedz Bearz Candy Chew- $1.49

Total: $59.43

A month to month auto shipment is only $24.99 so that’s a huge savings! If you go with a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription, it’s even cheaper ($19.99 for the 12 month!). To get more info or sign up for a subscription, head over to PetTreater.com. There are a couple of available coupon codes right now.

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Or you can use FREE-PTBED to get a free pet bed with either the 3, 6 or 12 month subscription.

 

 

 

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda

This post is sponsored by Aflac. I was compensated for writing it, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Imagine that one day you are going about your normal routine as a large animal vet. Your wife is at home with your four kids. One minute you are doing a procedure on a camel and the next minute you are in the hospital. In the blink of an eye, everything has changed. This is exactly what happened to one local family. Pat, a former large animal vet, experienced a stroke, which led to other health problems and the end result was that he was no longer able to work and support his family. Now, he and his wife Heather are on a fixed income and currently he has experienced new symptoms that are sending them back to the hospital for more tests. So what does this story have to do with my blog? A lot, thanks to Aflac.

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Aflac offers various solutions for businesses and families. You can learn more about Aflac and the company’s supplemental insurance products by visiting them online. This holiday season, Aflac launched a program called #AflacHolidayHelpers and asked me to be part of it. In my 5+ years as a blogger, this is my favorite moment ever. Aflac Holiday Helpers #ad #AflacHolidayHelpers

Aflac provided me with a grant to help a local family in need that was going through a health crisis. Since my husband and I are foster parents, I reached out to our foster care caseworker. She and a team worked to identify a family. Pat and Heather are foster parents and in addition to their four biological children, they also have a foster daughter with them whom they intend to adopt!

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When looking into what their needs might be, one need was abundantly clear. This family of 7 had no dishwasher! Immediately we knew this needed to be one of the items on our shopping list.
We arrived at their home and surprised them with the following:

 A gift card to purchase a new dishwasher! We even provided dishwasher tabs.

 Paint rollers and supplies so they can paint their son’s room (it’s currently pink and as a teen, he is horrified at this color).

 We were able to provide a month’s worth of groceries.

 And then for fun, we are sending their family to a huge indoor waterpark! We were able to include an overnight bag, snacks for the road trip, a gift card for gas and a funds for them to treat their family to a dinner out.

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Pat and Heather were speechless. Heather’s hands were trembling as she accepted these gifts. She cannot wait to have a dishwasher installed and their son is anxious to say goodbye to his pink walls.
Thank you Aflac for helping Pat and Heather and giving me my #1 blogging moment of ALL time!

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Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Disclosure: I received the following item in exchange for a review.  All opinions are always my own.

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Valentine’s Day is coming right up! While my husband and I don’t do a lot for each other on Valentine’s Day, we do celebrate it with the kids.  They each wake up to a chocolate chip muffin and one gift.  If you celebrate with your kids and are looking for a unique Valentine’s Gift then you simply must check out Six Sisters Beadworks.

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They offer custom made jewelry for children and also for women! I see many things on their site that I would love.  We were sent one of their customized bracelets for our daughter.

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We went with a simple, but elegant, Cuff Bracelet.

We had Six Sisters Beadworks engrave Kayla’s initials on the outside.

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But we chose a special message for her on the inside of her bracelet.

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Kayla loves her bracelet and we have been pleased with the quality of it so far.  Six Sisters Beadworks does carry items for kids and women, but I wanted to point out that they also have a nice selection of items for men and boys.  They are definitely a one-stop shop when you are looking for a unique Valentine’s Gift.

They even offer a page dedicated to helping you find that perfect Valentine’s Gift! I love the birthstone earrings and might consider those for a birthday gift for the girls. So pretty!

A little more about the company…

Classic heirloom pieces, personalized with names, initials, dates and birthstones crafted with only the finest materials of .925 Sterling Silver, 14k gold filled, genuine Swarovski Crystals, freshwater pearls and natural gemstones round out Michelle Bisesto’s jewelry designs, owner and jewelry designer of Six Sisters Beadworks.

Not only are you getting a lovely, unique gift..you are also supporting an amazing small business started by a mom of 10!  It doesn’t get much better than this…oh wait…it does actually because Six Sisters Beadworks is offering a $50 gift card to one lucky reader!

Enter below for your chance to win.

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Disclosure: I received these Valentine’s cards for kids at no cost.  All opinions are my own.

Our girls are now old enough that they no longer are handing out Valentine’s day cards.  I am not sure how that happened exactly.  (sob)

Our boys however, are still loving the cards and want to take them to their parties at school.  There is only one place I go when I want the best Valentine’s Day cards for kids.

Peaceable Kingdom.

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Hands down my favorite part about their cards is that they are romance free.  I’m sorry, but our kids are not going to hand out cards saying “You’re the one” etc…  I know, I know…it’s all in fun, but I would MUCH rather have cards that ARE fun.  Like these from Peaceable Kingdom.  They have the best cards for kids.

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These cards have a simple message like “let’s play” and the card itself is a portable game of Tic-Tac-Toe! How cute is that? As a bonus, I don’t have to come up with something edible or crafty to go with the card.

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These frog cards are cute too.  With fun messages like “You’re TOAD-Ally awesome” and “Hoppy Valentine’s Day” it’s easy to see why these are the best cards for kids.  And these frog cards, double as a bookmark!

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These cards come in packs of 28, which is perfect for most classrooms.  They have all sorts of cards to choose from…tattoo cards, animal cards, game cards, girl cards, boy cards…Peaceable Kingdom has you covered for the best cards for kids.

 

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen