My Towel Buddy Review #ChristmasGiftGuide

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I have to say that I was curious about the My Buddy Towel frog. I was looking at them thinking that they are just so adorable but would they really work when you come out of the bath or shower? Are they soft or are they a little course to the touch? Are they really that cute in person? I had so many questions whirling around in my head at one time. So I could not wait for it to arrive to answer all the questions that I had.

When it arrived I took it out of the package and I felt the “My Buddy Towel Frog.” The material for it was so soft and just perfect for a little one to get wrapped up in to dry off and be warm and cozy. You can just unzip it when your little one is done with their bath or shower and have it all ready for them. When I used it with my grandson, he looked at me like “What are you doing Nana?” he didn’t ask but you could tell by his expression that’s what he was thinking. He looked at me and said “Nana, I’m went, no jammies yet!” I laughed and said “They aren’t Jammies buddy, it’s your towel that gets you all dry and warm at the same time. So I put the hood up and picked him up to show him in the mirror. He gasped and said “I’m a frog!” I have to say I laughed and told him it is very fitting for him since he is always jumping around!” He asked me to put him down and went running and hopping to see his mom to show her that he was a frog. LOL!

I let him wear the towel for a while because he was not going to get out of it. I tried to tell him it was time for me to wash it for his next bath and put his Jammies on but he was not having it! He would run and then hop around. I finally got him and he cried when I told him that he could use it for his next bath and that I would wash it so it was all ready. I told him he could still be a frog without his My Buddy Towel and that did the trick. However, the next day he came to me and asked where his frog was. I asked him “why?” He looked at me and said “Nana, I’m stinky, I need a bath and to be a frog!” so I laughed at him and told him that I had to make dinner and he had to eat before he could take his bath and be a frog. He ate his whole plate and looks at me and said “Nana! It’s bathtime!” I said “Can Nana finish eating first?” He looks right at me and said “No, it’s bath time NOW!” I laughed at him and said “Okay, your going to wait till Nana is done eating then bath time.” He looked at me like I just took his favorite toy away from him. lol So he sat down and waited for me to finish eating and then it was bath time. I can say that I will not have to fight with him for bath time! Which is a great win!

I love that they have other “My Buddy Towels” as well for you to choose from! The Shark and flamingo are adorable as well. These adorable My Buddy Towels would make a great Christmas gift. However, once they have them be ready for them to want to take a bath all the time so they can wear their frog, shark, or Flamingo My Buddy Towel. Makes bath time so much easier and no fighting with them to get them in!

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5 Fascinating Big Attractions to Explore in Australia with the Whole Family

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Humans have a fascination with big and grand things. It always amazes us how little we are in this huge world and also reminds us how much we can do if we just work hard for it.

This is what tourists that visit Australia think whenever they visit a unique side of the country, not many visitors know. Aside from pristine beaches, extreme activities, and comforting nature parks, Australia also boasts huge sculptures and landmarks that are also visited by tourists. These might not be as popular as other Australian destinations but seeing them up close makes you wonder how much effort and skills were used to put up such huge pieces.

Are you curious too? Then why don’t you see them on your family’s next travel holiday to Australia? You will surely be fascinated by how these landmarks were made.

The Big Lobster
Check out the gigantic lobster sculpture once in Kingston SE, South Australia! The Big Lobster, locally known as Larry the Lobster, was built and designed by Rob Moyse and Paul Kelly. It is a fiberglass and steel structure that stands 17 meters and 4 feet tall. Opened in 1979, this attraction is said to catch more attention to the visitor center as well as the restaurant where it is located.

The Big Scotsman
Head over Adelaide and see The Big Scotsman, or popularly called as Scotty, with your whole family. Built in 1963, this 5-meter high statue stands just right next to Scotty’s Motel and was also designed by Paul Kelly. It is regarded as the oldest “Big Thing” in the country, so never pass up the chance to visit and take a photo of it.

The Big Pineapple
Catch one of the most famous “Big Things” once you are in Woombye, Queensland. The Big Pineapple was created in 1971 with an impressive height of 16 meters. It has been a heritage-listed attraction that gained popularity to many travelers over the years. More so, this structure is a tribute to the booming pineapple farming industry in the region.

The Giant Koala
Completed in 1989 by sculptor Ben Van Zetton, The Giant Koala in Victoria is yet another attraction you should not miss. It stands at 14 meters high and weighs 8 tons as well as made of bronze set above a steel frame. This adorable statue is a memorial to the world-famous Sam the koala, a brave little critter who recovered from lung damage and third-degree burns in a devastating bushfire at Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter.

The Big Banana
Of course, The Big Banana won’t be out of this list. Situated at Coffs Harbour in New South Wales, this vivid yellow attraction is a must-see spot with the whole family. It was built in 1964 and since then it continues to attract tons of visitors. Don’t forget to take a photo op with it when here!

Indeed, the “Big Things” are sure to make your family trip enjoyable and worthwhile. These biggest tourist attractions in Australia lead you to a different side of the country, so better plan your journey well. You can simply hire a reliable DriveNow car to get you to these spots and make the most of your time with the entire family.

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Little Book Of You Baby Book Review #ChristmasGiftGuide

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As many of you know, my daughter just blessed me with a new granddaughter this summer. I was so excited about making her a book all about her, when she was born and a lot of interesting facts about the day she was born. I thought it would make the perfect gift for my little princess as well as something that she could look back on when she is older and know more about the day she was born.

Little Book Of You Baby Book is a beautifully illustrated book. They have the most adorable characters throughout the whole book that your child as well as you will just fall in love with. It has so many great facts included in the book like how much gas, milk, bread and other things cost on the day they were born. Interesting facts about the state they lived when they were born, who was at the hospital when they were born, who their family members are from Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and more. They get so much information about the day they were born that it will answer all their questions about that special day and they will just love learning all about them.

I showed it to my daughter and she just cried she loved it so much. She now wants one for her other daughter as well. I’m actually planning on getting one for each of my kids and grandkids because they are so cute and make a great keepsake for them. I make many keepsakes for them and have them in a box for each of them. They will receive them at a certain point for them to go through. Till then I keep adding to the boxes for them to have more keepsakes. It will be a wonderful surprise for them to read about the day they were born and what was going on in the world, who was there at their births, and so much information about the day they were born. They will have The Little Book to show their children and compare their books to see all the differences from when each of them were born.

I also love that we can keep passing them down in the family and they can be viewed by all the future generations as well. It can help them to know more about their family and who their family members were and who they are related to. This is the perfect book for any baby that is going to be a new little bundle of joy or for your children you have now. Give them the perfect keepsake for them to have and show their children and their children’s children. A Book that you can keep passing down through the family so that they know where they have come from and who they are. The beautiful illustrations, all the information throughout the book can show them how times keep changing but family always has a part in their lives.

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Skinnies Seamless Skinwear Shirt Review #Christmas Gift Guide

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I can not tell you how excited I was to receive the Skinnies Seamless Skinwear Shirt to try with my son. Now, I must explain why I was so excited. My son has EDS which makes his skin split and bleed and it also makes materials on his skin feel like it’s on fire, he has sensory issues as well so he will only wear certain materials which makes shopping for him a whole new experience for us both. We normally, if we are lucky walk out with 1 item for him out of hours of shopping.

So when the Skinnies Seamless Skinwear Shirt arrived I was hopeful that he would be able to wear different clothing with it and protect his skin at the same time. I had high hopes for the shirt improving his daily life and his health needs as well. When I took it out of the box, my son looked at the shirt and looked at me and made a face. Until I told him to feel it, he grabbed it and started to rub it on his face, he loved the feel of it. It was so soft, he was so excited to put it on. When he did he was instantly in love with it. It soothed his skin, it was soft and he was didn’t want to take it off. You have no idea as a mom of a son who normally fights with me about EVERYTHING that touches his body to find something that he would wear and use under other clothes to be able to have more clothing options available for him.

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This is seriously HUGE for my son to say that he will try to wear other clothes over it now. We of course are still watching what we purchase but I had him try a shirt on that normally bugged him over the top of his Skinnies long sleeve shirt protected his skin and he was thrilled because he loved the shirt he wore over the top of it but because of his skin he couldn’t wear it. I have not seen that big of a smile on my son in a while! We will be buying several more of the Skinnies shirts in long and short sleeves, I will also be purchasing the Skinnies pants for him as well because he has a jeans issue as well. This has been a game changer for my son. He will be able to wear the styles he likes and not have to worry about his skin feeling like it’s on fire, that he has to wear just certain clothing and that is it. He said that wearing Skinnies makes him feel like he can be “normal” like other people and wear what he wants, when he wants. He has never had that so he is so excited! They have a great selection of Skinnies clothing that will be great for the whole family!

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Five Unique Items to Put on Your Baby Shower Registry

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Congrats! You’ve got a beautiful bundle of joy on the way. You may have already taken a look at our ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide, which is a great place to start when looking for ideas on what to add to your registry. Perhaps you’ve even already gotten to work on your baby nursery, and hired a professional painter from Teaberry or another local painting service to help create a beautiful mural or color scheme.

As you know, having a baby on the way requires plenty of planning and preparation. Your baby shower registry can help you streamline many of your current and future tasks. The following is a list of unique items that you may not have thought of, and aren’t on many roundups when it comes to baby shower registry lists. Of course, you want to have all your baby must-haves, which include everything from bibs to a car seat. But it’s always fun to throw in a few key items that are less traditional for your list. Here are five unique items to add:

Fashionable Foam Tiles
You may have already heard of foam tiles, and they’re pretty popular in the world of parenting. These foam play mats are the perfect place for your little one to have fun and grow without hurting themselves. And in a world where wooden floors are the trendy norm, foam tiles are the perfect cushiony alternative. They can be placed and removed easily, and thanks to their versatility, can be taken anywhere in the home, and even to other locations.

Fortunately, you don’t have to invest in the classic multi-colored puzzle piece foam mats that are most popular. There are plenty of modern foam mats that come in fashionable forms. Little Nomad is one of the most popular companies in this field. The company appeared on Shark Tank, and has a tagline, “The most beautiful play foam mats ever—plus play space decor for style-minded mamas.” Choose from a wide variety of play mats that look more like chic carpets than play space for your children.

BabyLit Board Books
It’s never too soon to jump start your infant’s love for literature, so why not start by reading them some childproofed versions of your favorite English classics? The company BabyLit provides beautifully illustrated books that are familiar to parents. These include titles like “Don Quixote”, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” and “Pride and Prejudice.” You can find many of the BabyLit books on Amazon.

Toy & Clothes Subscription Service
A subscription service gift is essentially the gift that keeps on giving. Why not put a year’s subscription box on your registry? Fortunately, there are plenty of cool subscription boxes for kids and babies. For instance, Milestones ABC sends out quarterly boxes that are filled with educational toys, clothes, and books for newborns to kids age 10. Then there’s Mac & Mia, a subscription box that sends out fashionable baby clothes for busy moms who don’t always have the time to shop for trendy new baby clothes.

Bath Thermometer
A bath thermometer may not be the first product that comes to mind when creating your baby shower registry, but it’s incredibly useful. Without it, you’ll continuously have to test the water with your hands, going back and forth between the cold and hot water settings, seeking the perfect water that’s “just right” for your little one.

A bath thermometer eliminates the guesswork. The perfect baby bath water temperature is the same as body temperature, and a thermometer ensures you get it right time after time. Check out this list of best baby bath thermometers.

Baby Food Maker
If you’re a health conscious mom who wants the best natural food for their kiddos, a baby food maker is a great option for your registry. Though there are many to choose from (you should do your own research to see which you’ll enjoy the most, and read plenty of reviews), they all perform the same basic functions, which allow parents to turn fruits and vegetables into natural drinks and foods for their infants and toddlers.

Not only is making your own baby food healthy, but economical and easy as well. You’ll save money by skipping out on store-bought jars and pouches, and feel much more confident about the food that goes into your child’s mouth. Some products, like Beaba Babycook, is designed to be easy to use with just one hand, allowing you to multitask seamlessly with your baby still in your arms. Other products, like the Baby Bullet, also come equipped with plenty of complementary accessories, like storage cups and tray.

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Acorn Squash Stuffed With Apples Recipe #SquashRecipe #FallRecipe #Recipes

Acorn Squash stuffed with apples

I just love the fall and all the comfort foods that come along with it. The comfort foods even make the snow a little more tolerable, I did say a little. lol This is one of my favorite squash recipes and I make it frequently for the family because it’s so good and it’s one of the only ways I can get them to eat Acorn squash. It has a wonderful fresh fall flavor that they just can not resist!

The Acorn squash will make a great side dish to any meat or dish that your serving. They may give you a funny look at first like what is that! However, once they taste it the squash will win them over. It has a unique fall flavor that they are not going to want to pass up.

2 Large Acorn Squash
3 Gala Apples
1-2 tsp of Cinnamon
1 tsp Apple Pie Spice
3 tsp Honey
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar

You will want to cut the Acorn squash in half and remove the seeds. Then place the apples inside and then add the rest of the ingredients. Place 1 cup of water into the pan and then cover the pan with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes till a fork can be inserted into the squash and it’s soft.

Serves 4-6 people

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Special Needs Mom’s Meet Mom’s Just Like You In Your Neighborhood

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Having children who are special needs is such a blessing but it can also be a lot on the kiddos as well as the parents to find others who are in the same area as they are. It’s so beyond helpful to have those people who understand those not so good days and that can celebrate those great days with you as well. However, parents hold on for a minute because I am so excited to tell you about Wolf + Friends app where you can connect with other parents and kiddos that have the same special needs as your child.

We normally do not cover apps but when I saw this app, I had to share it with you all. I know the struggle of having people around you that understand where your going through, that can understand what your going through, what your child goes through, and having a support system of other parents. That can mean so much. I mentor other parents at the hospital that my son’s go to when their Dr’s request me to give them a hand. That support means so much to them, and so I really think this app could be a great way for kiddos to make more friends, parents to have a friend who understands everything about them as well. This could be a great way to meet so many new people right in your backyard.

In a judgement-free space, members will create a peer to peer support system via direct messages and group chats, making connections with new friends and mentors. The community will also have access to a curated content feed where they can read relevant news, shop stylish and developmentally appropriate products, and get lifestyle tips from occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, child psychologists, behaviorists, financial advisors and other experts.

The Wolf + Friends app is designed for moms to connect with like-minded women in their neighborhoods who are also raising children with special needs such as autism, anxiety, ADHD, sensory processing issues, developmental delays, mental health issues, down syndrome, and other learning differences. This app could be a game changer for many parents. It is available on the app store only at this time. Head over and check it out and see what you think of the Wolf & Friends app.

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Family Photo Canvas By Canvas On The Cheap Review #ChristmasGiftGuide

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I received a photo canvas from Canvas On The Cheap to review for our blog. I chose to do a photo collage of pictures instead of doing just one photo. So I used Canva for photo collages to create the photo collage that I used for my canvas from Canvas On The Cheap. I used about 8 photos to create my photo collage of my daughter, her boyfriend and my two beautiful princesses. I couldn’t wait to see the completed canvas.

I have to say that I had so much fun creating the canvas. I was a little worried that I would have a hard time using the Canvas on The Cheap website. However, it walked me right through the site and it was really easy to use. I loved how easily I could upload my photo and I could create my beautiful photo canvas. It literally took me just a few minutes to create my photo canvas and preview my canvas. I just couldn’t believe how easy it was to make and I fell in love with my photo canvas that I made. I couldn’t have been more happy to receive it and it was so beautiful!

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Now , I have to tell you that I also love the prices on Canvas On The Cheap! They would make a great gift and you can stay within your budget as well! You can purchase the perfect photo canvas for everyone on your Christmas shopping list. It will even be great for the hard to buy for people on your list. It’s also a great time to get a photo canvas done of your family photos that you have done or a favorite fall family photos. The options are just endless! I can tell you that everyone on your Christmas shopping list will be thrilled to receive a photo canvas!

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I have to say that I’m going to be getting the family all together to get some fall photos because I want to have another fun fall photo for my living room. I am also going to be having some made with my son’s when they met some Disney Channel movie stars. I want them to have them in their bedroom and also as a keepsake so they can show their children when they have them. I know everyone else has some great memories, family photos or other photos that will make some great photo canvas’s and great photo canvas gifts.

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EdenPURE OxiLeaf Review Create a Cleaner Home Environment #ChristmasGiftGuide

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The EdenPURE OxiLeaf arrived and it couldn’t have been better timing since we were sick. I opened the box and saw this adorable little leaf. I read the easy instructions and plugged it in. I turned the dial and you could smell it smell it starting to work. I wanted to try to keep the germs to a minimum so that we could get over this cold.

My son’s could smell the EdenPURE Oxileaf working as well. It has a wonderful clean scent and you can adjust it to what your family likes. I love that you can adjust it because some scents can be over powering and you can’t adjust them. You can get the perfect amount for you and your family. While purifying your home, killing germs, freshens the air, and helps with your allergies and other respiratory conditions as well. It’s so easy to use that even my son’s can adjust the dial if I have to run to the store. My older son is very aware of scents and most bother him but he doesn’t have an issue with the Oxileaf.

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I have two son’s who have very low immune systems, my youngest son has Asthma and the boys have allergies as do I. So when the EdenPURE Oxileaf is perfect for all their needs! It has really cut down on my son’s watery itchy eyes, his sneezing, and keeping germs at bay so that we have less worries of people coming over and getting my son’s sick. It’s really been so helpful to my son’s health. I can see this being a better cold and flu year for our family! I also love that if we go to visit somewhere I can bring it with us, plug it in and let it start to work. If we have a time were we are visiting friends and family where we will be spending the night we can put it in our rooms and it will be very easy for us to bring to a hotel if we are on vacation as well.

I honestly can not find one thing that I do not love about the design, the way that the EdenPURE OxiLeaf purifies the house and kills germs and makes the house smell so clean. It is really a great product to have and use with any family and keep any home smelling fresh and keeping it 99.9% free of air pollutants as well. You and your family will thank yourself or if you get it as a gift the person who got it for you! I was wondering how this little leaf could do all the things that they claimed but it has exceeded my expectations! We have a good size living room, dining room and kitchen and I can tell a huge difference in the whole house. It really does what they say! I used it for about 2 weeks before I wrote anything because I really wanted to ensure that this review is accurate and it has just blown me away at how wonderful it really is!

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