Disclosure: I received these sweet Christmas books for kids in order to do this review but all opinions are my own.  This post may contain affiliate links.

We actually have an entire collection of sweet Christmas books for kids.  Each year as we pack up our Christmas decorations, we place our Christmas books in the boxes with them.  Then the following year when we decorate the tree and home the kids look forward to pulling the books out to read them again.  Now we have two more sweet Christmas books for kids to add to the collection.

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Jesus is Born by Sophie Piper.

No story is more beloved—or more often told—than the story of the first Christmas, when Jesus was born. In text that echoes the language of the Gospels of Luke and Matthew, Jesus Is Born tells the entire story of the nativity, from the angel Gabriel’s awe-inspiring message to the Virgin Mary to the miraculous birth of Christ in a lowly manger in Bethlehem; from the luminous star that led shepherds and three wise men to the newborn king to King Herod’s terrible threat and God’s promise to keep Jesus, Mary, and Joseph safe. A timeless and complete retelling of the tale, Jesus Is Born is the perfect introduction to the story at the heart of Christmas.

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Babushka by Dawn Casey.

n the eve of the very first Christmas, an old grandmother is busy tidying her home when a bright star illuminates the sky. Soon three wise men arrive and invite Babushka to join them in their travels—following the star in search of a newborn babe, the Prince of Peace. But there are dishes to be washed, and floors to be swept, and Babushka is too absorbed in her work to leave her home with presents for the baby Jesus.

The next day, when Babushka tries to follow the men, she cannot find their tracks. Instead, she finds a little girl shivering in the cold, and a little boy, his tummy rumbling with hunger. Babushka walks and walks, and everywhere she goes she finds children in need of toys to play with or a shawl to keep them warm. And to each one, she offers a gift from her basket and a smile of light and love.

With beautiful illustrations evoking folk art traditions and sensitive storytelling, Babushka tenderly reminds us that nothing is more important during the holiday season than taking the time to show love for one another. This timeless Russian tale will warm your heart and fill you up with the joyful, generous spirit of Christmas.

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If you think you would enjoy these sweet Christmas books for kids, then enter for your chance to win.  One lucky reader will win both of these titles!

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 this Finding Dory DVD in order to post this review.  All opinions are my own.  This post may contain affiliate links.

A few months ago, we went to see the movie Finding Dory in theaters.  Man was it cute! You can read my review of Finding Dory here. Now Finding Dory is out on Blu-Ray and DVD and you should put Finding Dory under the Christmas tree this year!

From the Academy Award®–winning creators of Disney•Pixar’s Finding Nemo (Best Animated Feature, 2003) comes an epic undersea adventure filled with imagination, humor and heart. When Dory, the forgetful blue tang (Ellen DeGeneres), suddenly remembers she has a family who may be looking for her, she, Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) take off on a life-changing quest to find them…with help from Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Bailey, a beluga whale who’s convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny, a nearsighted whale shark! Dive into the movie overflowing with unforgettable characters, dazzling animation and gallons of fun!

Your family will fall in love with all the character’s in this movie.  So may sure you put Finding Dory under the Christmas tree this year.

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Finding Dory is for all ages.  Our crew are ages 3-13 and are all thrilled to watch this again.  It is very family friendly and fun.  If you have seen Finding Dory, who is your favorite character?

 

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 compensated for this review but all opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.

Looking for a fun gift idea for game lovers? Check out the Mouthguard Challenge!

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This is crazy, zany, silly and is sure to leave your friends and family members with belly aches…from laughing.  This is a super fun gift idea for game lovers.  It is a family and party game.  It comes with 5 mouthguards and 50 challenge cards.  It is certified as family friendly and trust me…kids will LOVE watching their family members partaking in the challenges issued with the challenge cards.

To start the participants insert their mouthguards.

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It definitely took us a few tries to figure out the best way to get these in place.

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The youngest player goes first and draws and performs a challenge card.  They have a variety of them..including one to eat peanut butter with the mouthguard on!

Here is a video of the Mouthguard Challenge in action.

 

 

  • Mouthguard Challenge Family and Party Game – Includes everything you need to play this hilarious and fun game
  • Contains not only speak out phrases, but also more “extreme” challenges
  • Features 51 challenges, revenge cards, 5 cheek retractors / mouthguards / mouthpiece
  • Created by Alex Mandel , Family Friendly Content – 2 – 5 Players / Ages: 16 and up
  • The authentic “Mouthguard Challenge” game as seen on Youtube

This is a fun gift idea for game lovers and is designed for people ages 16 and older.  You can order it on Amazon.

It is also available at select retailers nationwide such as Walmart.

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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 this item free of charge in order to review it, but all opinions are my own.  This post may contain affiliate links.

Holiday Gift Guide

Our kids, like many, ride a bus to and from school each day.  Well, at least our girls do.  We drive Benjamin because we open enrolled him into a Chinese immersion school.  Kayla and Grace often lament the bus ride home.  On the way to school, it’s a 5 minute drive.  But the ride home is about 45 minutes.  Sometimes they do homework, but other times they get bored.  Now we have learned that you can keep kids entertained when traveling by using a new product called Magic Sketch!

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The Magic Sketch can keep kids entertained while traveling for hours! Seriously! It has a see through screen so your kids can insert a card behind the screen and trace photos.

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It also allows you to play fun games like hangman.  It is water resistant and claims to have a 7 year battery life.  I cannot attest to the life of the battery as we have only had it a few weeks. The screens have multiple colors, which is a nice touch.  If you need a way to keep kids entertained while traveling, then the Magic Sketch is your BFF.  With 60 cards, the fun is endless!

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Magic Sketch is offering one Magic Sketch to a lucky reader! Enter below for your chance to win, or head over to Amazon and buy your own Magic Sketch today!

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 receive these Neat-Oh! toys in order to review them, but all opinions are my own.  This post may contain affiliate links.

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Being a blogger is a lot of fun!  Even though I have been blogging for several years, I still get surprised sometimes! Just recently a contact reached out and asked me to review Neat-Oh! Toys.  To be honest, I had not heard of Neat-Oh! before but they are an awesome addition to the kids wish list!

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We got the Neat-Oh! Dinosaur T-Rex Projector and Room Guard.  Jack LOVES this.  And I mean LOVES this.

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It sits a bit over 15″ tall and can project 24 different dino images in your kids room!

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The boys LOVE switching the images around.  They love playing with their T-Rex at night time and doing different dino images on their wall.  It’s cute to hear them making all of those dinosaur sounds.  Speaking of sounds, this cute dino can ROAR too!

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When you flip the switch, this dino becomes a room guard and will belt out one of five different dino roars!  This is just the neatest toy!!! Kids will definitely love it, but also I think teachers and pre-schools would love this too! So much fun and the boys haven’t tired of this after a few weeks so that’s definitely a winner! So far we are on the original set of batteries, so it seems to be good on battery life too!

Our boys also got this cute 5-piece Neat-Oh! Dinosaur play set.

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The 5 dinosaurs are a Velociraptor, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Brachiosaurus, and Stegosaurus. 

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They are just the right size for our 3 and 6 year old’s hands.  They would make great Christmas gifts, stocking stuffers or a gift to take to a birthday party.  I loved the selection of dinosaurs.  They are all the boy’s favorites.

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You can buy the Neat-Oh! Dinosaur Projector and Room Guard on Amazon or online at Neat-Oh!.com.  You can buy the Neat-Oh! Dinosaur Play Set on Amazon as well or online at Neat-Oh!.com.  Additionally  you may find the Neat-Oh! Toys in neighborhood toy stores nationwide!

 

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