Lightseekers Starter Pack Review #Lightseeker #ChristmasGiftGuide

Lightseeker Mari

I received the Lightseekers Starter Pack Mari and the Lightseekers Starter Pack Tyrax to review with my son’s. Mine son’s were pretty excited since they had not heard of the Lightseekers Starter Packs and they wanted to try them out.

My son’s opened the boxes, and they were just so excited to see what came in the starter box. They loved the looks of the characters Mari and Tyrax. They both charged up their characters so that they were ready to play. It really didn’t take long to charge them at all. Then we downloaded the app for the game so they could play it. I loved that you do not need a game console to play the games. You can download the app for Apple iOS7 or higher, Android 4.3+, and Amazon FireOS 4+. It was very easy to set up and the boys were able to actually set it up themselves on their tablets.

Once that the game was set up they put all the pieces and cards by them so that they were close and handy for the game. They started to play and were thrilled with how they put the fusion core into the characters and they showed up on the screen of the game. I have to say that I was really impressed with it as well since it was the first time I had seen a game do that. They started to play and I watched them both playing we were laughing and having a great time with the starter packs. They scanned in their cards and opened new adventures in the game as well and you can share with friends as well.

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The boys started to play while I made dinner and when dinner was finished I called them to come and eat. I have to say they put up a fuss at first because they thought they would lose the places in their games. Then when I told them that it would save their place in the game they were ready for dinner. lol However, right after dinner they were back to playing Lightseekers again. I even tried it and I’m not much for video games of any kind but I really liked playing the Lightseekers and think that the characters are really fun and the game had me wanting to play more. So once the boys went to bed, I have to admit that I grabbed their tablets and their Starter kits and started to play myself. It was purely to see how the game worked, Yep, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. It was just a coincidence that I did that for several nights in a row. lol

I can tell you that Lightseekers will be a huge hit with kids this holiday season! They will love to play and you will love that you can play anywhere they have internet. The Lightseeker would also make a great birthday gift as well.

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Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree and Freeze for your Homemade Pumpkin Pies #PumpkinPuree

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Get those pumpkins while they are clearing them out from Halloween and make your Homemade Pumpkin Puree. If you have not done this before it is an easy process and doesn’t take much time at all. Be sure to save the seeds and bake them so the family has a healthy treat as well. :) This will make great pumpkin pies, pumpkin cheesecake, cookies, pumpkin logs and more all winter long!

I use 3 pumpkins for the winter to keep them on hand for when I want to make something with a sweet treat and have some fall flavor. We can never get enough of the pumpkin logs in the winter! YUMMY!

First, I cut off the top like when your carving them for Halloween so I can get out the seeds and the pulp that needs to be removed. I then start the seeds soaking with the salt and water to get them ready for baking. Then I slice the pumpkin into 4-6 wedges and place in a shallow baking pan with about an inch of water in the bottom. I set the oven to 350 and bake for an hour. At that time I take them out make sure the meat is soft and ready for me to make puree. If it’s soft I let it cool. Then when I can touch it with my fingers I take it off the rind and start to place it in my blender, you can also use a food processor or food mill. Then when I have it all puree I put it in a collander that I set inside of a large bowl so that the added juices drain. Then it is ready to use in recipes or freeze after draining.

To Freeze:

Place Puree into 1 quart size freezer bags, I usually put about 2 cups into each bag. Then remove the excess air from the bag and seal. Label the bag with Pumpkin Puree and the date and keep doing this till all your pumpkin puree is in bags unless your going to be using it right away then leave out what your going to use and freeze the rest.

How to use:
If your pumpkin puree is frozen remove it from the freezer the night before and let it defrost in the fridge so it will be ready to use. Then just follow the recipe for your homemade pumpkin pie, pumpkin log or cookie recipe. This gives your pies, cookies and other items a whole new taste and you may NEVER go back to canned pumpkin again!!!!

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Free Pumpkin Stencils #Pumpkin #Halloween

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There are so many great free stencils that you can use to make some great pumpkins with your family. I have included some of my favorite sites that offer free stencils for you to print out and use to make your pumpkins. I know it’s going to be difficult to chose which ones to use as there are so many great ones. I suggest picking up a few more pumpkins to keep the fun going for the Halloween season!

We are doing several pumpkins this year and we are using glow in the dark paint. This way they will show in color during the day and then come evening they will glow the images in the dark. We are using the stencils as a way to know where to paint. So this is a great option as well for the Halloween season. Once your finished you can put them on your porch or in your windows for everyone to enjoy.

* Sugar Skull Stencil, Deer Stencil, Zombie Stencil and many more

* Elmo Stencil, Haunted Pirate Ship Stencil, Thomas The Tank Stencil and more

* 100’s of Pumpkin Stencils

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Start Your Holiday Shopping And Save! #Ad #HolidaySeason #Christmas

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If your a procrastinator or you start your shopping early we will show you how to get the most for your money! It’s always important to save while getting all the things you would like to for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Sometimes, it can be difficult with high price tags for some of the items that the people on your shopping list would like. However, Groupon Coupons can help you save on all your holiday shopping.

There are coupons available for all your favorite stores! Isn’t it perfect timing to start your Holiday Shopping so that you won’t be running around crazy during the whole holiday season. I have already started my shopping a couple of months ago, this way I can slowly do it and find some great deals. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a great deal! You can find coupons for all of your favorite stores like:

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* Aeropostale
* Babies R US
* Bed Bath & Beyond
* Bloomingdales
* Macy’s
* Target
* Things Remembered
* Zale’s

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Gifts You can Ship
* Edible Arrangements
* Omaha Steaks
* Omaha Steaks

Travel
* Seaworld Parks
* Travelocity
* Orbitz

You will be able to find everything from tickets to concerts, gifts that you can ship, travel arrangements and entertainment, to everything on your holiday shopping list. There are coupons available for so many stores that I couldn’t list them all as there are 100’s of stores that you can save at. Your sure to find all the gifts that you would like for everyone on your list and then some for you for all your hard work saving. 😉

I have already started finding all the coupons that I would like to use for the gifts that I want to purchase still. Don’t forget your also able to get some great deals on SeaWorld if your traveling, Travelocity for hotels and traveling tickets, as well as many other great deals. Why not save money on your traveling, there is no need to pay full price ever.

I also need to send some gifts to my sisters who live out of state so Groupon is making it easy to save and get them great gifts as well. It’s so easy to save as well that anyone can do it! So make sending holiday gifts to friends and family easy and they will love when it arrives to them. I mean edible arrangements has some of the best fruit available! (Don’t forget the chocolate dipped! Pure heaven!) The Omaha Steaks would be the perfect gift for anyone on your Holiday Shopping list! It really doesn’t get any easier or better then these.

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Compound Kings Powder Squishy Like Slime Compound #StockingStuffer #ChristmasGiftGuide

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We received the Compound Kings Powder Squishy Like Slime Compound to review. My son’s and grandchildren love slime, so they were very excited to make the slime and have fun with it. They were so ready to get it out and let the fun begin.

I loved that we only needed to add water to make the slime instead of purchasing several items to make the slime. They also could add glitter or sparkles. The kids took turns adding in some of the water and mixing the compound that was needed to make the slime. Then we waited for the slime to appear, the kids sat and watched it and were so excited when it became slime. They kept saying “It’s SLIME! It’s SLIME! They were ready to play with it.

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The kids each took some of the slime out and put it on their hands. They had a great time squishing it between their fingers and making it into different things like balls, they were having so much fun! I loved that the kids could play with it without it making their hands all nasty. They could play with it and it all goes back together and you can place it inside the container again for later use.

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I also really like that you can take the slime and mix the colors as well. So if your children have different colors they can mix them to add more fun colors to their slime. My son’s now want every color available so I see more colors in their future. If you would like to do multiple colors they do have the Compound Kings Make Your Own Squishy Like Slime Large DIY Kit that offers a number of colors for your child to make and have fun with. They could have a lot of fun making different colored slime to play with.

Your child would love it to have hours of fun with and you will like it because it doesn’t make a mess. It sticks to itself, and you can have a lot of fun playing with it. It also has glitter that the kids can add to their slime. The kit also includes a mixing tray and spoon to measure the water. You will have everything that you need to make the slime and have a lot of fun! They would both make great gifts for a birthday party or holiday season!

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Peppa Pig 25 Piece Magnetic Wood Dress Up Puzzle Review #ChristmasGiftGuide

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I received the Peppa Pig 25 Piece Magnetic Wood Dress Up Puzzle and thePeppa Pig 12 Piece Jumbo Mix & Match Dress Up Wooden Puzzle to review with my granddaughter’s who are huge Peppa Pig fans. It was a rough day the kids were not feeling well, they were crabby, stuffy, and bored but not wanting to do much because they were sick. You know how that goes, they want to do something but they just do not have the energy. I had them coloring so they could lay and rest still but they were bored with coloring so I thought “Okay, I need another activity that they can lay and do.

It then dawned on me that I had both of the puzzles that they could put together and still lay and do them. So I cleaned up the crayons and coloring books and told them I would be right back I was going to go get them a surprise. It was the first time I saw a little gleam in their eyes, so I ran to get the puzzles. I opened them up and gave them to the girls. They squealed with delight that they could each play with one.

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The girls had so much fun with the Peppa Pig 25 Piece Magnetic Wood Dress Up Puzzle and the Peppa Pig 12 Piece Jumbo Mix & Match Dress Up Wooden Puzzle. When they started to get restless again I changed the puzzles that they had and they were back to playing and resting. They had so much fun putting the clothing on Peppa the pig, they tried on every outfit and then they decided that they would create new looks that made us all laugh. They did the same with the Jumbo Mix and Match Dress up puzzle. They had so much fun and it was such a great distraction. I also loved that I could wipe them down with Lysol wipes and it wouldn’t ruin the pieces! You can not do that with the cardboard pieces!

The puzzle pieces are very sturdy and they just loved being able to hold them and put them together. They are larger puzzle pieces so you do not have to worry about little ones swallowing them so they can play with them as well. The girls could easily play with them and had such a fun time putting them together and taking them back apart. I also loved that the pieces come in a nice box that will keep all the pieces together. When my other granddaughter came over to visit she loved playing with the girls as well. They all took turns putting the puzzles together and laughing. They had so much fun together and I was surprised but there was no fighting or arguing because there were enough pieces for them all to play with and have fun with.

The Peppa Pig 25 Piece Magnetic Wood Dress Up Puzzle and the Peppa Pig 12 Piece Jumbo Mix & Match Dress Up Wooden Puzzle would make a great birthday or holiday gift. Your Peppa Pig fan will just love them both! They can have hours of fun dressing Peppa Pig.

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John Deere Deluxe Lightning Wheels Tractor Review #ChristmasGiftGuide

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I received the John Deere Deluxe Lightning Wheels Tractor to review, all opinions are my own or my families. I opened the box for the John Deere Deluxe Lightning Wheels Tractor and my grandson’s eyes just lit up. He loves to play cars, so when he saw the large tractor he was ready to tear it out of the box.

I opened the box and put in the three AAA batteries for him. Then I turned him loose with the John Deere Deluxe Lightning Wheels Tractor to see what he thought of it. He was just about to start playing with it when he pushed it forward and the wheels lit up and it started to make noises of the engine. He just stared at the tires, then back at me, it was just priceless! He loved the way the wheels turned different colors and his sisters were equally amazed by them. He started to play with the tractor after being amazed by the wheels and engine noises. He was just having a great time, he was running it down our long hallway. His sisters were joining in the fun, they wanted to play as well. So they were taking turns and playing with all their cars, it was just so adorable to watch.

My oldest granddaughter told my grandson that they use tractors on farms. That they can help the farmers do their work. So she went and got some paper and drew a farm and some corn fields for my grandson so that he could pretend that he was driving the tractor on the farm. I have to say that my grandson only cared about running the John Deere Deluxe Lightning Wheels Tractor up and down the hallway so she waited till he was done playing so she could use the farm background for playing with. It was so cute the way she had figured out a whole background story to go with her drawing she made. They were having so much fun with the tractor.

Later, I took the kids outside to play. They brought out some toys and my grandson had to have his tractor, trucks and cars to play with in the driveway. The girls wanted to go on our slide so he was able to have all his cars, trucks, and tractor to himself. My son came out and wanted to play with my grandson as well. So they were having lots of fun together. We were outside for over an hour and the whole time the boys were playing with the tractor mostly. It was just amazing for them that the tires would change colors and made some amazing engine noises. My 11 year old now wants to have his own John Deere Deluxe Lightning Wheels Tractor as well so they can play together. I thought it was great that my son now wants one to play with my grandson with. They just had so much fun, I also didn’t have to worry about where my grandson was because he didn’t leave the area they were in. Usually, I’m chasing him all over the yard and the neighbors yards but he was to busy having fun. It was an epic win with my grandson, he still plays with it daily, it has become his favorite toy.

You can find the John Deere Deluxe Lightning Wheels Tractor at your local Walmart, Amazon, Toys R Us, Toys and Babies R Us, Target, and other stores as well. Your child will have hours of fun with their John Deere Deluxe Lightning Wheels Tractor. It would also make a great gift for a birthday or the holiday season.

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Do You Know Enough About Car Safety?

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This is a “Sponsored post” all opinions in this post are my own. Cars.com helps you to find the safety features that you need and want to know about. The seatbelts being a major safety feature that you would want to check on any car that your thinking of purchasing. They explain the latch systems for safety for car seats and for a number of different car seats as well. It’s great information for those who are driving around with precious cargo. We always want our little angels to be safe in our vehicles.

Now, where can you find the perfect safety featured cars for your family? You can buy, sell and trade your car at Cars.com. They will do the safety check on your seatbelts for you to ensure that your precious cargo will be safe and sound while your traveling in your perfect family car. They ensure that your little angels will have working seatbelts and latch systems while they get scrapped knuckles from them being inside the seats so that you do not have to. Your sure to find the vehicle that your family will be able to travel to school, work, soccer games, grandparents homes and anywhere else that the open road takes you.

Cars.com also shows you how you can also do some of your own repairs on your car. They also offer videos on the “How to set your side mirrors”, “How to know your headlights are aligned properly”, “What is included in a tune up” and several others. They are a great way to learn safety features for your car. I also think they would be great for teens to watch as well. They can learn more about different things that they will need to know about their car and it could be very helpful when they need car repairs, tune ups so they are not over charged, where their headlights should be so they are not shining trees and having a difficult time seeing. There are a lot of great tips for everyone in there.

Keep your family safe with all the great tips that you can find on cars.com. You never know when these tips can come in handy. First time drivers really need to be taught safety and lets be honest they sometimes think they know more then their parents so having them watch the videos can only help to reinforce what your saying to them. Let’s keep the whole family safe and sound with the great information on cars.com.

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

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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