Browsing Tag

Holiday shopping

0 In Holiday Guide 2018

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 →

0 In Holiday Guide 2018

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? 

0 In Holiday Guide 2018

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!

Bandai America: | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook |

Wreck it Ralph: | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | #RalphBreakstheInternet |

0 In explore - nyc

NYC Toy Shoppers Rejoice! Your Two Favorite Toy Stores Returned to NYC for the Holidays

Holidays in NYC are iconic. I can remember watching Christmas movies from when I was much younger and seeing kids/families toy shopping and 9/10 it was in one of the BIG toy stores in NYC. I’m pretty sure New Yorkers everywhere were slightly heartbroken when FAO Schwarz, the most famous toys store in the world closed its doors in July of 2015 due to the cost of rental in the city. Shortly following, Toys R Us closed the doors of their Times Square location, another huge store that drew tourists in with its huge Ferris Wheel and 4000 square foot Barbie dollhouse. 

Alas, the silver lining….

Both iconic toy stores announced they would be having pop up shops for the holiday season. Shoppers have the opportunity to get the same Christmas magic feel of F.A.O. Schwarz in Bergdorf Goodman from now until December 31st. The pop up shop for Toys R Us is located at the corner of 42nd and Broadway in the famous Knickerbocker building! 

Get your holiday shopping on y’all! Holidays in NYC are like none other!  

Thoughts, comments, concerns? Leave them down below! xoxo