Disclosure: Many of the items in the post were sent to me free of charge.  All opinions are my own.  This post on stocking stuffer ideas may contain affiliate links.

If I am being totally honest, I have to admit that opening my stocking is one of my favorite parts about Christmas!  I don’t know why.  I’ve never opened my stocking and found diamonds or anything.  But I love seeing what I will find in my stocking.  Chapstick? Candy?  The possibilities are endless and fun.  I hope you enjoy my stocking stuffer ideas for 2016.

Kids Stocking Stuffer Ideas

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’Tis the season to be woolly with Shaun the Sheep™ and his farmyard friends. Frolic with the flock as they decorate the farmhouse for the Farmer, watch Bitzer and Pidsley battle for a spot by the fire, join a massive snowball fight and much more in these seven hilarious episodes.

Retail Price $9.98 but is currently $7.99 on Amazon!

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There’s exciting news in the land of Care-a-Lot! The Care Bear Cousins – Brave Heart Lion, Bright Heart Raccoon, Lotsa Heart Elephant, and Cozy Heart Penguin – have returned home. The Cousins make sure that the Share Cloud is always full of the Care Hearts that Care-a-Lot needs. When the Cousins’ ship is stolen, the Care Bears and the Cousins use their caring skills to retrieve the ship, save the Share Cloud, collect the lost Care Hearts, and much more in these heartwarming adventures!

Retail price $14.98 but currently $9.96 on Amazon!

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Join the Power Rangers on a quest for a new hero! Get set for dino-charged adventure and nonstop thrills as the Power Rangers discover their newest ally, the Purple Ranger! But when the Purple Ranger decides to leave the team, it will take all of the Power Rangers’ skills combined to battle the villainous Sledge – and find a new hero fit for the Purple Energem – in this action-packed collection that features the bonus episode, “Race to Rescue Christmas.”

Retail price $14.98 but currently $9.19 on Amazon!

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Blinky Bill: The Movie offers an immersive cinematic adventure that brims with fun, frolic, humor and action. Featuring an all-star voice cast of Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Rufus Sewell (The Man in High Castle), Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine), David Wenham (Lord Of The Rings), Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge, Maya the Bee-Movie), Robin McLeavy (Hell on Wheels), Barry Otto (The Great Gatsby) and Barry Humphries (Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, Finding Nemo), Blinky Bill: The Movie  further explores universal themes including the importance of community, survival in harsh climate, the love between children and their parents, and ‘mateship’ – an Australian cultural idiom that embodies equality, loyalty and friendship.

Currently $11.24 on Amazon!

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Kids getting too much sugar? Welch’s Fruit Snacks are a great idea to slip into their stocking!

  • Made with REAL Fruit
  • Fruit is the First Ingredient
  • 100% DV Vitamin C
  • 25% DV Vitamins A & E
  • Fat-Free
  • Gluten-Free
  • No Preservatives
  • 4ct box with 0.9oz. pouches / $1.00

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Zoonicorn for the kids!  We got this adorable green Zoonicorn and book to play with our kids. His name in Ene.  Zoonicorns are adorable and just the right size for cuddling.  Plus you can download an app and play with Ene and his friends online!

 

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Adults

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My hubby has been loving this Cleansing Face Wash from Shultz and Malley. Schulz and Malley offers 100% manmade products that men use and appreciate every day. Superior options that don’t short change men in their daily routines. With The Regiment, the Cleansing Face Wash, Pre-Shave Oil, Brushless Shave Cream, and After Shave Balm become the perfect quartet. MSRP $59 and available on QVC.com 

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While this may not fit into a stocking, Zero Water still makes a great idea for a stocking stuffer!  They offer 5-stafe filtration that is certified to remove more lead and other heavy metals.  You can get the full-sized pitcher, or opt for portable water bottles with built in (replaceable) filters.

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Limelens lenses capture intricate detail that a smartphone camera could not achieve on its own. Lenses boast incredible framing capabilities, removing the limitations of the smartphone camera to produce stunning photographs with a greater choice of photo angles, framing and composition. The Limelens introductory set includes, The Thinker (a dual macro/wide lens), The Captain (a 190 degree fisheye lens), and the Limeclip attachment that fits over 40 devices including leading smartphones and tablet brands. I have been LOVING this and think adults and tweens/teens would like this too.

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Colgate Enamel Health products:

  • Helps strengthen enamel 4x better vs. ordinary fluoride toothpaste
  • Helps absorb essential minerals, such as natural calcium, for stronger, healthy enamel
  • Provides protection against sensitivity and cavities, in addition to providing whitening and fresh breath benefits
  • Available in: Mint Burst
  • Available now at mass retailers, grocery and drug stores nationwide
  • MSRP: 4.0 oz tube for $3.99

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For the DIY’er consider Dixie Belle Paints!

Dixie Belle Paint is a chalk mineral paint which has superb adhesive qualities allowing you to paint over practically anything without any sanding, priming or prep work, and it will stay put!  Simply clean and paint! Dixie Belle Paint enjoys a gorgeous matte finish and distresses beautifully.

Dixie Belle Paint is available in 42 stunning colors from neutral whites and grays to saturated blues and purples. We also offer a full line of glazes, waxes, stains and metallic paint along with brushes, stencils and many other accessories.

These are available online and also through Amazon.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for the Pets

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Dutch gives two paws WAY up for Pup-Peroni treats in his stocking!  He LOVES these treats and the toy they sent him too.

  • Delicious, dog snacks that are 90% fat-free
  • A mouthwatering aroma that dogs just can’t resist
  • Tender, tasty treats wihout the guilt
  • Tender jerky is easy to break into smaller pieces
  • Contains 1 – 25oz Pouch
  • Delicious, dog snacks that are 90% fat-free; Tender tasty treats without the guilt
  • A mouthwatering aroma that dogs just can’t resist
  • Tender jerky is easy to break into smaller pieces
  • Made in the USA

What is your favorite stocking stuffer item?

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 a Fotor premium membership to help facilitate this review. All ideas and opinions are my own.

 

I am a photo junkie!  I am constantly snapping pics of the kids always have my camera ready.  Now with the holidays approaching, I’m excited to share these pictures with family and friends.  Fotor.com makes this fun and easy!  With their large array of cards, covers, posts, collage templates, stickers, I’m sure to find just what I need to jazz up my photos or create custom projects.

I really like the idea of designing and printing out our Christmas cards myself.  With Fotor, I just pick a template, upload a photo and add some personalization.

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Not only can I print these out to mail, I can also email them or share on Facebook.  And speaking of Facebook, Fotor even lets you design a custom Facebook cover photo.

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It was so much fun!  I now plan on making one for every holiday.

If you enjoy making photo collages, you’ll definitely want to check out all the templates Fotor has to offer.  I was able to design this Halloween collage that I plan to print out and send to my in-laws.

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My kids love all the stickers and embellishments we discovered.  They have some for every occasion, season, holiday , or celebration.  My 6-year-old has already started helping me design his next birthday party invitation.

In addition to these fun features, Fotor also offers all your basic editing tools.  I’m able to touch up, crop, and adjust the color of my pictures as well as apply neat effects. Here are some examples.

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With fun heart effects added:

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The color Splash effect allows you to choose which areas of the photo to stay colored and which ones to turn black and white.

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There are so many options!  It’s seriously addicting!  With everything Fotor has to offer, you’ll be able to design the perfect holiday card or project!  A basic account is free or you can upgrade to Fotor Pro for only $39.99 for an entire year.

So tell me, do you like to make your own Christmas cards?  What fun holiday projects could you design with Fotor?

 

 

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

Give The Gift Of Learning With Bethlehem Books

Our kids LOVE to read.  They love being read to.  We try to read out loud to all the kids…even our teen.  It is always good to read to your kids no matter their ages.  It’s good for adults to be read to!  But finding good literature can be challenging and books are not always cheap.  Bethlehem Books strives to have wholesome books for the whole family.  I will definitely be checking them out!

Bethlehem Books is a great place to find books for the whole family to enjoy. They have regular books and audio books. Books are my favorite things to give as gifts and I am so excited to be part of this giveaways. One lucky person is going to win Five Free Bethlehem Books of your choice plus 5 free audio downloads of Bethlehem Books from Audible.com!

Bethlehem Books is a publishing company that offers many of those “right books.” They specialize in historical fiction, adventure tales, biographies, and family stories that help children and young adults expand their imagination and understand the past. With many titles available, they are a great option if you are looking for exceptional books that captivate their audiences. The books are available in print or eBooks.

About Bethlehem Books:

Bethlehem Books is a small, home grown publishing company dedicated to restoring to children and families a treasury of wholesome, character-building literature. They are more than just a business. Their work springs from the heart of the Bethlehem Community of Benedictine Oblates, a lay group of families and single people which began in 1971.

Here are a few books that would be a perfect gift!

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A Day on Skates: Twins Afke and Evert have a particularly understanding teacher who decides to take his class on a winter skating trip in a nearby town. Evert and his buddies, shy Simon and loyal Afke all have their share of adventures. Everyone (Teacher most of all) breathes a happy sigh of relief upon arriving home safely after a very full day.

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The Miracle of St. Nicholas is another great children’s book about a Russian boy and his babushka who talk about the past and faith and hope for miracles.

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Bethlehem Books has also published a book titled Kitchen Madonna. It is a story about Marta who is unhappy. For quietly aloof Gregory and his sister Janet, Marta, with her thick Ukrainian accent, her good cooking, and her stories, is the anchor of the house. Mother and Father, both busy architects, are gone all day and sometimes at night.

If you are looking for good children’s books or books for the whole family, be sure to look at the selection at Bethlehem Books. You should also follow their Facebook page because they offer discounts on your purchases. You can also subscribe to their email newsletter for updates.

Now for the giveaway. It is open to US residents until November 7. Please enter below and Good Luck!

 

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

I have received information from the makers of TYLENOL®. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post.

Family is always important, but even more so during the Christmas season.  For example, tonight we attended the dance recital of a friend and then came home and completed an annual tradition….the making of chocolate covered pretzels!

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Then the kids take the pretzels and give them to teachers, friends, coaches etc…  Doing these traditions and spending so much time together makes me even more sentimental and emotional than normal.  So when I watched this touching video from TYLENOL®, it was no real surprise to me that I teared up.

The video shows snapshots of families…dads cuddling babies, soldiers returning home from deployments and more.  TYLENOL® created this #HowWeFamily program because they believe that family is all about how you love!

How are you showing love to your family this year?  Baking cookies? Trips to the zoo?  I’d love to hear how YOU family!

 

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

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Does your family have special holiday traditions during the Christmas season?  Ours does!  Jack has a December birthday, and on the evening of his birthday we all load up in the van and drive around to find amazing Christmas lights.  We also have Advent calendars for each of the kids.  On Christmas Eve, all the kids get Christmas jammies.  And the list goes on and on.  But one of our most favorite traditions is the night we make our annual gingerbread houses!

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I am not much of a baker, so I buy the ready to go kits.  But as part of our tradition I make a very special dinner to eat before we decorate the gingerbread houses.  This year the kids requested my homemade Alfredo. Score! This recipe is already easy, and is made even easier because I always pick up some BUITONI® Refrigerated Pasta at Walmart!

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We all agree that the BUITONI® Refrigerated tortellini is the best, but we mix it up and buy a few different flavors.  This year we went with BUITONI® Refrigerated Three Cheese tortellini and BUITONI® Refrigerated Spinach Filled tortellini.

 

Like the title of my blog post says, this is an easy homemade Alfredo recipe….promise!  And once you make this, you will never want any other Alfredo.

Easy Homemade Alfredo Recipe

6 Cloves of Garlic

2 Cups of Shredded Parmesan Cheese

6 Tablespoons Olive Oil

3 Tablespoons Butter

3/4 Cup of Sour Cream

3 Cups of Half-N-Half

Salt

Pepper

Parsley (optional)

3 packages (your choice) of BUITONI® Refrigerated  Tortellini

Peel the garlic cloves and place them in a blender with 1 cup of half-n-half and the olive oil.  Puree.  Next add in the parmesan cheese, sour cream, remaining half-n-half and salt and pepper.  The salt and pepper are really to your taste.  I add just a dash of each.  Puree this mixture and set to the side.  Please note, your sauce will be lumpy and clumpy and that is perfectly ok!

Cook the BUITONI®  Tortellini according to the package directions.  Drain the pasta and add back to the skillet along with the butter.  Mix well over medium heat.  Next, pour the sauce over the pasta and continue cooking over medium heat until the sauce reaches the desired consistency.  Make sure you keep stirring it and let the sauce be a little runny, because it will thicken as it sits.

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Transfer the pasta to your serving dish and sprinkle with parsley.  YUM!

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This dish is such a hit!  After finishing our special dinner it was time to get busy decorating the gingerbread houses.  I like to have a small treat for the kids to enjoy…partly to make it special and partly to make sure they don’t eat all the gingerbread decor. LOL!  While at Walmart, I had found a special surprise from NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE®.

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I was not familiar with the NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Holiday Chocolate Chip Cookies, but decided to give them a whirl.  While the kids set up for the gingerbread house making, I popped these cookies in the oven.  My husband pulled out the kids handmade Christmas mugs, I whipped up some hot chocolate and we cranked up the Christmas tunes.

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The kids loved it!

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Homemade Alfredo, gingerbread houses, Christmas music and cookies.  Definitely a favorite tradition here.  What is your family’s favorite Christmas tradition?

 

 

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