Holiday Gift Picks for Kids – Introducing “Show and Tell With Deb & Lisa” Video Series

I’m so excited to share today’s post with you!

Over the past year I’ve had some wonderful opportunities to check out great toys, books, electronics, gifts, clothes, events and activities at various blogging events which I’ve shared with you here at The Harried Mom. At these events I would always run into my friend Lisa Pisano from Mom A La Mode.

I love hanging out with Lisa. Why?  Because we’re two like-minded blogging moms who love to talk about products and our experiences. We figured if we liked talking about these things together, you might too and we’ve created a new series that we hope you’ll find both informative and entertaining.

So I’m proud to introduce you to “Show and Tell With Deb & Lisa” our new monthly vlog series that gives you the scoop on the latest in toys, trends and fun from two bloggers with an all access-pass to what’s hot and happening!

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For our inaugural episode we’re getting into the holiday spirit with a holiday gift guide for kids. Our picks are focused on items for both boys and girls and ranging in age from pre-K thru elementary school.

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – #NorthpoleFun {#shop}

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‘Twas the month before Christmas and all through my house, both my kidlets were stirring wondering “when the heck will Santa be here?!”

I think the kidlets were ready for the holiday season to start the moment they took off their costumes and ate their last piece of candy! I’ll admit, I couldn’t wait for it either! Christmastime my favorite time of year and I am totally into the celebration!

I mail out my holiday cards early enough that it’s the first card most of my friends get for the season. I put up our tree and decorations the day after Thanksgiving and keep them out all the way thru New Year’s.  I buy crazy amounts of holiday wrapping paper and spend hours debating what bows, ribbons and tags I’ll use for each gift.   I even take the kidlets on weekly trips around our neighborhood to check out all the pretty lights and Christmas displays.

THM-Northpole-Hallmark-Communicator-Book-SnowflakeSo of course I wanted to get a jump-start on this holiday season, so I picked up some Northpole items for the kidlets. Northpole is a new line of keepsake toys, gifts and party items from Hallmark that are inspired by Santa’s magical home and are available now at Walmart.Continue reading ⇒

Have a Family #MovieNight4Less With Orville Redenbacher’s Popcorn, M&M’s® & Warner Brothers

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I love watching movies. However, going out to the movie theater these days can be a pretty expensive proposition. Movie tickets range from $8-14 each depending upon where you live (where I live it’s about $12). Add in a soda and a snack you could be talking around than $30 for just one person! Bring the kids and you could be spending close to $100 to see the latest blockbuster.

There are ways though to indulge your love of film without emptying your wallet, such as hosting a family movie night at home.

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What Marriage Is….

THM-WeddingOSBlog6-10-13Today The Hubs and I are celebrating a milestone. It’s our 10th wedding anniversary.

YAY for us!!

Before I got married I used to romanticized about it.

My marriage was going to be just like a fairy tale. Our love would be effortless and our lives would always be filled with romance, chirping birds and never any unhappy endings.

But here’s the reality….

Marriage is not a fairy tale. Marriage is hard word. Having a good marriage is even harder work.

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Snacking On The Go with Jif To Go® Dippers & Giveaway #MC

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Is your family lTHM-Jif-To-Go-Dippers-Review-Peanut-Butter-Chocolate-Stackike mine? It seems like we’re always on the go.

Weekdays are focused on work, school, meetings and getting the kidlets to and from all their extra-circular activities on time! Weekends are all about getting our errands done quickly so we can have some fun family time together, such as going pumpkin picking, seeing a movie or visiting the zoo.

Whenever we’re out and about I like to make sure that I have snacks on hand for the kidlets for when they get a case of the munchies. I like to give them something that will actually satisfy their hunger and not just give them a temporary sugar high.

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My Dad…..

Two weeks ago my dad passed away.

He had been ill for quite some time and had been in and out of hospitals and nursing homes.  The last few months of his life Dad wasn’t really living, he was just existing.   He wasn’t ready to go just yet.  When it was time he did it the way he wanted, at home, the place he loved most.  I have solace knowing that he is no longer in pain and is in peace.

I had been saying my goodbyes to Dad over the past several months.  I thought it was important for him to know how much I loved him and how his grandkids adored him.  Sometimes I would sit and talk with him while other times I would show him pictures or video of the kidlets.   However, some of our most profound moments were when we just sat quietly with each other.

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Getting Into “The Habit” in NJ – The Habit Burger Review

Habit-burger-logoTo me burger joints are the new fro-yo or cupcake places. They’re a dime a dozen, focusing more on hype then how their food actually tastes. So to say I was a little skeptical to try The Habit Burger Grill would be a fair assessment. What could this burger place possibly offer that I haven’t eaten or seen a million times over?

In two words – great taste. In one more word – freshness.

The Habit (as its regulars call it) has been serving up its char-grilled burgers on the West Coast since 1969. It has close to 100 locations in California, Arizona and Utah and now they are hoping to spread their burger love across America. They recently opened their first East Coast location and it just so happens to be in my neck of the woods, Northern NJ.

The Habit’s philosophy for their food is pretty simple – fresh, quality ingredients offered at reasonable prices.

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#GetGoing with Jif To Go Dippers & Fun Photo Contest – #MC

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Three o’clock in our house means two things. First, it means school’s out for the day. Secondly, it means it’s snack time for my two kidlets!

My kidlets favorite snack? Anything that involves peanut butter. They love it on bread, crackers, apples and my son will even put it on carrots (yes, I know that’s weird!). I like giving them peanut butter because it is a simple and delicious snack that holds my kidlet’s appetites over until dinner time.

THM-JIF-To-Go-dippersSo we’re big fans of Jif To Go Dippers, a new all-in-one snack pack. Jif To Go Dippers come in two flavors, Creamy Peanut Butter or Chocolate Silk, both with pretzels to dip.

Jif To Go Dippers are the perfect single serving-sized snack. It comes in a cute little cone-shaped container with one cup housing the pretzel crisps and the other for the peanut butter or chocolate dip, which make it great for on-the-go snacking. I don’t have to worry about having pretzels crushed into dust or finding peanut butter or chocolate smeared at the bottom of my purse or my kidlet’s lunch boxes or their activity go-bags!

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Fall Fun At The Jersey Shore – #JenksAmbassador

Spending a day at the Jersey Shore is the ultimate summer experience. It’s home to hundreds of miles of wonderful beaches and boardwalks filled with amusement park rides, arcades, games, and, of course, yummy food!

I’m always a little sad when Labor Day rolls around and the summer at the shore ends. Honestly, I could live at the beach and I would still never feel as though I’ve spent enough time with my toes on the sand and walking the boards!

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But fall doesn’t mean that fun at the beach and boardwalk has to end. Jenkinson’s Boarwalk in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ still has lots of fun family weekend events going on throughout both September and October, so it’s not too late to enjoy some fun in the sun at the Jersey Shore!

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Kid Lit: Animal Adventures

It doesn’t matter what type – dog, cat, fish, hermit crab (a recent addition to our home) , giraffe, elephant or dinosaur – my kidlets love to read stories about animals.  This month’s Kit Lit review features two stories about animals that take place in very different settings — one living in the urban jungle of the city and the other out in the country on a farm.

THM-KidLit-LittleElliot-BigCity-BookJacketLittle Elliot, Big City By Mike Curato (Macmillan)

Little Elliot is an adorable little polka-dotted elephant living in the wilds of New York City circa 1940.  Amid the hustle and bustle of life in the big city with big crowds and even bigger buildings, Little Elliot leads a happy and quiet, but solitary life.

In spite of the daily challenges he faces for being little, Elliot finds many wonderful things to enjoy—like cupcakes! And when his problems seem insurmountable, Elliot discovers something even sweeter, a new friend.

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