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For The Procrastinator Mommy: Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide for Toddlers/Preschoolers

Disclaimer: Some* of the items included in this holiday gift guide were gifted to my family for their inclusion. Still, all recommendations come solely from me.

Christmas is less than two weeks away and I have to admit even though I always am mentally ready for it, I’m never ACTUALLY ready. Procrastination has always been my worst habit when it comes to pretty much everything and Christmas is no exception every year. I’m one of the people in the store the weekend before Christmas wondering why everyone else didn’t shop earlier so that my procrastinating behind can have more space in the aisles, and trying to figure out which one of my 108302 email addresses I haven’t used for a free trial of Amazon Prime yet (c’mon, you’re gonna act like you don’t do that?).

To top all of that off my kids are NOSY. I can’t open a closet door around here without their little nosy behinds running to see what I’m doing or getting so I tend to try to get their gifts at the last possible minute so that they don’t find them. So if you’re like me, I’m about to give you all the details on what’s hot this year for the littlest of littles in case you’re like me and you’ve waited until the last possible minute to try to figure out what you want to get these babies. Continue Reading →

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4 Reasons We Chose Reindeer in Here for Our Christmas Tradition

When I had RJ I COULD NOT WAIT for him to be old enough for Christmas traditions. Y’all know how I feel about Christmas, so I was excited to have a little person to share in the Christmas excitement with. I just knew it was going to be epic. Fast forward to when he was about two and I NEEDED an Elf on the Shelf. Daddy however, was not having it. The whole look and idea of the elf was deemed “creepy” and my little holiday dreams were shut down. Sadness. Until I had a chance to go to TTPM’s Holiday Showcase this year and meet Adam Reed, creator of Reindeer in Here.

If you aren’t familiar with Reindeer in Here, it was written by a father who (just like me) wanted to create a positive Christmas tradition with his family. The whole concept of reindeer in here promotes uniqueness and individuality, embracing the concept that everyone is different. On top of that, it is a much less creepy and stress free tradition you can start with your little ones. I’m about to give you all the reasons we chose to embrace Reindeer in Here over our little elf friend.

Honestly, ain’t nobody got time for that.

And by that I mean the elf shenanigans. I am team #givemelesswork and the Elf on a Shelf idea is exhausting to me. I’m almost positive I would give up halfway through the nightly moves and then my kids would be left to wonder what happened to the elf, if it went back to the North Pole and if Christmas is ruined.

It gives my children something to look forward to

Reindeer in here makes connecting with Santa Claus essentially, your children’s job. There is no creepy “spying for Santa”, and your children do all the work of telling their Reindeer there biggest Christmas wishes so that he/she can deliver them to Santa every night. So much more positive and way more cuddly.

There is no ‘No Touch’ rule

With Elf on a Shelf the children aren’t allowed to touch the elf or it loses it’s Christmas magic. SOOOOOOO I don’t know about your kids but these, the magic would be lost day 1. RJ would think it was hilarious, I would be angry and the tradition would be down the drain. Reindeer in here encourages children to show their reindeer something new every morning and the reindeer takes all the notes back to Santa at night.

There is a positive story behind the reindeer

Like our elfy friend, reindeer in here comes with a book so you can share with your kids the magical story behind Santa’s favorite helper. I won’t tell you guys the whole story but it is super cute, embraces the idea that being different is beautiful and at the end you get to give name your reindeer. My boys loved that part.

All in all, reindeer in here was clearly made by a parent FOR parents. It makes Christmas magical without the stress of an extra thing to remember at night and for me that is a HUGE plus. We’re loving ‘Nick’ and RJ has shared so many wishes with him I stopped counting. I’m glad we have a new tradition that everyone loves and creeps no one out haha.

 So what say you? Do you participate in Elf on a Shelf? Have you heard of Reindeer in Here? What are some of your holiday traditions? 

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Bandai Wreck it Ralph 2 Power Pac Figures and Display | Holiday Guide 2018

Special thank you to Bandai America for sending us some new products from their Wreck it Ralph 2 Line. All opinions and adorable reactions belong to us! =)

With Wreck it Ralph 2 premiering in theaters everywhere today, Ralph toys are definitely going to be popular this holiday season. Stocking stuffers for kids are sort of a no-brainer these days because the toy unboxing craze is HUGE. We had the opportunity to screen Wreck it Ralph in advance earlier this week, so when RJ had the chance to open these power pacs he was HYPE. The movie is amazing, there are so many lessons and if you’ve never seen a Wreck it Ralph you will fall in LOVE with the characters. Check out RJs unboxing video and reactions below, this was his first time and he was super excited!

As you can see, he also loves the Oh My Disney Power Pac Display, despite it being a “princess castle.” I love the innocence of childhood, and honestly who could resist Oh my Disney?! These collectible figures and others from Bandai’s Wreck it Ralph 2 line of toys can be purchased on Amazon, Target and Gamestop. Will you be checking them out this holiday season?

Ralph Breaks the Internet premieres in theaters everywhere TODAY!

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The EVERYTHING Guide to NYC During the Holidays

The holiday magic is endless in the city that never sleeps! Most days I want to escape the busyness of NYC for somewhere quiet and rural but that is NEVER the case during the holidays. I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else this time of year because the magic in the city is ENDLESS. NYC is an extremely popular place for tourists visits and its such a big city it can seem overwhelming. Im here to organize your life and hopefully make it seem a little less chaotic so you have everything you need when it comes to visiting the Big Apple during Christmastime.

The Trees

  Image via Rockefeller Center

Image via Rockefeller Center

The tree at Rockefeller Center is probably one of the most popular trees in NYC during Christmas. I honestly look forward to them bringing the tree into the city every year and the tree lighting which usually happens after Thanksgiving, along with a huge show. It’s truly the holiday tree of NYC. But it isn’t the only tree great for photo ops! You may want to check out some of these other trees as well. The tree at South Street Seaport is beautiful and you can usually get closer (bundle up! it’s always colder near the water!).

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree – Between W 48th and W 51st Streets

The Tree at South Street Seaport – @ South and Fulton Street

Holiday Tree at Bryant Park – Sixth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Street

Lincoln Square Christmas Tree – Broadway and 63rd Street

The Shows

  Image via Blue Man Group

Image via Blue Man Group

I remember seeing the commercials for all kinds of Christmas shows on Broadway from being a little girl. I’ve always wanted to see one and I have YET to experience it even though I’ve lived in the city for the whole 28 years of my life. One of my main goals as a parent is to give my children the memories I don’t have, and that includes at Christmas. Though you can probably google and find loads of different versions of The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol, these holiday shows are usually at the top of the to do list when it comes to what to see.

Christmas Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes – Radio City Music Hall November 12th – January 1st

The Hip Hop Nutcracker – New Jersey Performing Arts Center / December 14th

Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas – The Hulu Theater @ MSG / December 13th – 30th

Ice Skating

  Photo via Bryant Park Corp.

Photo via Bryant Park Corp.

Skating is fun year round, but skating during the holidays is something different. I try to go ice skating every year because 1. I love to skate, and 2. skating with the holiday decorations up is amazing. There are plenty of indoor rinks to check out but if you want to go skating with a holiday view, these three rinks are amazing for that purpose.

The Rink at Rockefeller Center – 5th Ave between 49th and 50th Streets

The Rink at Winter Village at Bryant Park – between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues

Lakeside in Prospect Park – Lincoln Road and Parkside/Ocean Avenue

The Displays

  Bloomingdales image via BFA.com

Bloomingdales image via BFA.com

If but for nothing else, a trip into Manhattan is worth it just to see the store displays. Fifth avenue is illuminated this time of year with holiday displays in all of your favorite stores. Many people know about the huge window display at Macy’s Herald Square, but there are so many other stores that have huge displays worth visiting.

Bloomingdales – 59th Street and Lexington Avenue

Macy’s – 34th Street between 6th and 7th Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue – 5th Avenue and 49th Street

Tiffany & Co. – 5th Avenue and 57th Street

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My Favorite Items from #TTPM Holiday Showcase

I attended TTPM Holiday Showcase as press. All opinions expressed are solely my own and do not reflect any of the brands represented.

I am ALL about Christmas!! I LOVE seeing how excited my kids get about Santa, Christmas movies, I love matching Christmas pajamas and I work HARD all year because I love to see how excited they are when they open gifts. When I had the opportunity to check out TTPM’s Holiday Showcase I literally sprinted to take RJ to school and hop on the train so I could get there EARLY. I mean, with no Toys R Us this year, I jumped on the opportunity to check out some of the latest and greatest in the toy industry so I can make all my toy orders online EARLY. There were SO MANY brands in attendance at this event but you know me, being a boy mom I’m going to share all the things with you that I know our little ones will love this holiday season.

For the Minis That Love YouTube

Kid’s nowadays have a WHOLE app dedicated to programming JUST for them on YouTube so it’s no surprise that toys based off of some of their favorite YouTube channels are popular right now. Ryan’s World & Feisty Pets can both be found in online retailers like Amazon but also locally at Walmart. Right next to the exhibit for Feisty Pets there was also a HUGE selection of toys for Roblox lovers, which is RJs favorite right now and I honestly can’t believe I dont have a picture of it. I may have to look through my archives again.

For the Builders, Young and Old

From Go! Go! Smart Wheels, to LEGO Brickheadz, if you or your little love building then there’s something for you. I fell in love with all of the Harry Potter LEGO items and if I had a room where I could display them away from these two wild children, I’d definitely get them for myself. Something different that I know RJ would definitely love is Magformers. The cool thing about Magformers is that the pieces are magnetic, so that you there are no complicated puzzle pieces to connect, you can build it up as high as you want and the sky track set comes with an airplane that goes around the track. I definitely spent time at the table moving pieces around to test out the ease.

For the Dinosaur Lovers

When I found out that I was going to be attending TTPM I went with one thing in mind. DINOS! If you know RJ then you know he is obsessed with Dinosaurs and he has soooooo many different variations, however he didn’t have any of these! Playmobil, Mega Construx and Wowwee (the makers of fingerlings) had tons of dinosaurs on display and I got some great ideas for stocking stuffers and gifts for my future paleontologist.

Of course, there were glitter and slime and dolls galore at TTPM but being the mom of two little boys, that just isn’t my ministry. If you want to see more then a good place to search is using #TTPM or #TTPMHolidayShowcase onInstagram, you will see tons of posts from the day of the event. For more holiday gift ideas and to see the latest in greatest for toys, tots, pets and more feel free to follow TTPM on social media | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter |.

What’s on your little one’s holiday wish list? Have you even begun to think about Christmas shopping? Lets chat. xoxo