Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

 

Last week, I shared a great new accessory for your camera.  The Lightscoop attaches to your camera and helps you take professional looking photos by redirecting the light from the flash.  I was thrilled with the results!  Here’s my before and afters:

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Pretty nice, huh??  You can read the full review on my Stocking Stuffer post and enter to win one for yourself as well.  This would make a great gift for anyone on your list who loves to takes pics!  And thanks to the great people at Lightscoop, our readers can take %15 off their cart total (minus shipping) now through the end of December!  Just enter the code MUDPIES at checkout.  So head over, get a great gift and save some money :)

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

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Sometimes it can difficult to decide on a Christmas gift.  Do you get something practical or something fun?  Something luxurious or something more useful?  My supervisor at work is wanting to get his wife a camera for Christmas.  She is very into scrapbooking and he has noticed that she seems to be developing a talent for taking good photos too but he said her camera desperately needs an upgrade.  He was asking me my advice for a camera.  Looking for the perfect DSLR can be very intimidating.  After listening to the specifics he wanted it was a natural solution to suggest he check out the Canon EOS Rebel T5i. The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best-selling DSLRs and can be found at your local Best Buy.

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This camera offers everything you’d except with a DSLR and loads of great extras too! The Rebel boasts 18 megapixels! It can capture movie quality HD videos and also will continually auto-focus for you while you are videoing!

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That blows my mind!  So many times when we capture a cute home movie, the screen blurs in and out.  The Rebel would take care of that for us, ensuring we capture every special moment in perfect HD clarity!  This makes a mom’s heart very happy!

All the features of the Canon Rebel are designed to please.  But I’ll be honest.  It is a bit pricy.  This is not a camera you just purchase on a whim.  However, it is a worthy investment and a solid camera.  AND you can save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy*. Visit Best Buy to learn more. *offer valid 12/7-12/20.

If you want to learn more about the Canon Rebel, join Best Buy for a Canon Twitter Party on Thursday December 18th at 7pm CST. They will be giving away gift cards and other awesome prizes!

Let me know if the Canon Rebel is on your Christmas list this year!

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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 was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

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If you’re looking for a super fun, unique race car, I’ve got just the thing!  The Hot Wheels Lights and Sounds Hyper Racer from Toy State is unlike any other car I’ve seen.

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It’s a really cool looking car right out of the box but it’s the extra features that set it apart.  It features a motorized drive, music and sound effects and it changes color!  It requires 3 AA batteries which are included.  You simply press the buttons on the top of the car to see it go.  I like this because it’s easy enough for even my youngest kids to use.

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My husband was actually the first to try it out and his reaction was “Wow, now that’s cool!”.  Of course this drew the attention of the kids.  We set it down and let them try it out.  The color changing feature was a HUGE hit!

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The two side buttons cause the car to light up and play music or sound.  When you press the larger middle button, the car revs up and then takes off with the glowing light starting at the hood and spreading and intensifying as it goes.

To say my kids liked this car is an understatement!  They played with it for an hour.  Even Little Miss got in on the action.  The boys would race it down the hall and she would chase after it laughing.

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The Hot Wheels Hyper Racer is a definite hit at our house and the kids have played with it every day since we got it.

This car would make a unique, super fun gift for any kids on your list!  It’s available on Amazon for $18.47.  It can also be found at WalMart, Toys R Us, Kmart and Target.

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

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

As a parent, I know I can always count on Veggie Tales to be entertaining while teaching great lessons as well.  This definitely held true in Beauty and the Beet.  This fun movie puts a new spin on a classic story and emphasizes the importance of unconditional love.

Synopsis:

In Beauty and the Beet, Mirabelle and her traveling family band, the Veggie Tones, are determined to make their next gig at Vegetable Square Garden. On their journey, a fierce winter snowstorm hits, and the family gets stuck at a run-down resort!

Mr. Beet, the grumpy manager makes them sing – and clean – for their supper. Why is Mr Beet such a beast? And can Mirabelle’s kindness change him? Find out in this hilarious and heartwarming VeggieTales story of unconditional love.

My Thoughts:

We thoroughly enjoyed Beauty and the Beet!  We all snuggled up to watch it as a family and my hubby and I liked it just as much as the kids.  The story line was great and it did a wonderful job of reminding us that we should always show kindness to everyone.  One thing I love about Veggie Tales is that the stories express lessons in a way kids can understand.  They can relate to the situations the characters find themselves in.  In the movie, Mirabelle makes the decision to be kind to Mr. Beet even when he’s not so nice just as God loves us unconditionally.  I also liked that the movie emphasized being helpful as well.  As usual, the songs were awesome and my kids were singing parts of them after the movie was over.  Silly Songs with Larry  is always a fave with my boys and his Mac n Cheese song had them all laughing.  Beauty and the Beet is a funny, wholesome family movie that everyone will enjoy and learn from!

Veggie Tales: Beauty and the Beet is available at Family Christian Stores and through December 14th, it’s on sale for only $7.49!  December 15-24, it will be sale priced at $9.99.  Pick up your copy today and enjoy it with your family!

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

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

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My mom says that someone recommended giving me a infant plastic or cloth book from day one and she did.   It must have worked because I’ve always loved reading.  I always had a book in my hands. One of my favorite series was The Berenstain Bears.  I would check out all their books at the school library and was thrilled when a new one was offered in the latest book order form!  It was neat to see what adventures Brother and Sister Bear would have.  Now, as an adult, I enjoy reading the books to my kids.  They’re still fun but I also appreciate the life lessons and morals they help teach.  The Berenstain Bears, God Shows the Way is a collection of 3 books in one.

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This hard cover book is a level 1 I can Read book so it’s perfect for young readers.  It contains the stories, “Faith Gets Us Through”, “Do Not Fear, God is Near”, and “Piggy Bank Blessings”.  The first deals with faith when Bother and Sister Bear’s Bear Scout Troop get lost in a cave with Papa Bear.  They get nervous when they can’t find their way but they pray and have faith God will see them through.

The second story deals with fear.  In it, Sister Bear is reminded that God is always with us, even when we’re scared.  Papa uses shadow puppets to help Sister overcome her fears and also teaches a lesson about forgiveness along the way.

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The last story address the issue of being responsible with money.  Brother and Sister learn about saving and about being generous and giving as well.

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On thing I really liked about this book is that there is a Bible verse at the beginning of each story that correlates with the message.  It’s a great way to tie in scripture with reading time.  I think that the stories really help explain the meaning of the scriptures in a way that children can understand and grasp.  They can empathize with Brother being nervous about being lost in a cave, Sister being afraid of the dark, and wanting to buy a fun new toy.

K had A sit with him while he “read” the book.

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I enjoyed reading it to my kids as well.  After each one, we discussed the moral and talked about how God takes care of us.  The kids loved the stories themselves and I liked that the book reinforced important principles.

You can find a large selection of Berenstain Bears books at FamilyChristian.com.  If you have a little book lover on your list, make sure to check them out!

One lucky reader will win a $25 Appreciation Certificate to Family Christian so they can purchase this book, or another item of their choice!

 

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