My Favorite Kids’ Products of 2014

I am a member of the Tommee Mommee blogger program. I have been compensated for this post but all opinions and experiences are my own. 

Where has the time gone? I can’t believe that Christmas is just nine days away. Now with 2014 coming to a close I am looking back at the products that have made our lives easier and more fun this past year. I have rounded up the kids’ products that I recommend for every family with kids; from gear to toys to cloth diapers. 

What have been your favorite products this year? Read on to find out which ones made my list. 

My favorite kids' products of 2014 - babies, toddlers, preschoolers

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Win a Set of 3 Old Factory Candles in the Home for the Holidays Hop

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Welcome to the Home for the Holidays Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network!

We are right in the middle of the Holiday Season, stockings are hung by the Fireplace, the smell of an Evergreen fills your Home… I’ve teamed up with a great group of bloggers that want to fill your home with even more! The Home for the Holidays Giveaways are all centered around the perfect products for your home – whether it’s decorative gifts or appliances, each blogger has something for your home! Don’t miss the amazing Grand Prize for this Event – a $150 Gift Card to The Ultimate Green Storeenter here.

For my giveaway you will win a set of Old Factory soy wax candles.

Old Factory candles review

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8 Books to Put Under the Tree for Your Preschooler This Year

Four-year-old Dub and I have enjoyed these books and recommend them for their original stories and wonderful illustrations. Not to be mistaken for Christmas books, these are books that your child is sure to enjoy all year and for years to come. I try to shy away from buying holiday themed books for my kids and check them out of the library instead. For gifts to put under the tree I choose books that will be read during and after the holidays and that may be saved for their future children.

These are the books that have stood out this year. 

8 book to put under the tree for your preschooler

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Enter to Win SEVEN bumGenius 4.0 Cloth Diapers!

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Welcome to the bumGenius 4.0 Giveaway, sponsored by Cotton Babies
and hosted by Thrifty Nifty Mommy & Viva Veltoro!

Cloth diapers have come a LOOOOOONG way over the last few decades. Pins and prefolds are a thing of the past. If you don’t believe it, check out bumGenius 4.0 One-Size Cloth Diapers!

bumGenius 4.0 is a reusable diaper that is just as easy to use as disposables (except it’s way better for the environment — and your wallet). From its “stretchy, butterfly tabs” that provide a comfortable, personalized fit to the trim pocket design, bumGenius 4.0 is a practical option for anyone — especially those who may be resistant to cloth.

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Holiday Gift Idea: Photo Phone Case for your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy

Here’s an idea for an awesome Christmas gift for someone else or even yourself. How much would tech-savvy grandparents love a customized phone case like this one to show off the grandkids?

Simply Snapped iPhone Cases

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There are literally hundreds of designs you can choose from for your iPhone or Samsung phone at Tiny Prints. You can also design one from scratch.

Today only until 3pm EST, Tiny Prints is offering these cases for 50% off! Find out more on how to get this great offer.

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Even More Gift Ideas for Teenage Boys

The teen years are so hard for gift buying. I find it a little easier to shop for girls but not only are boys a little more difficult, this age is is hard in general. No longer a child that plays with toys but also not quite an adult that would appreciate kitchen gadgets.

My oldest son just turned fifteen yesterday and finding gifts for him for his birthday and Christmas hasn’t been an easy task. When I ask him what he wants he just shrugs his shoulders and tells me books. He is into sci-fi and fantasy books so thankfully I have a little to go on there but as his mother I would like to give him something a little more creative. These are some ideas that I’ve come up with for my son and hopefully it will help you come up with some ideas as well.

Even more gift ideas for teenage boys. Teens are hard to buy for, especially boys. This list of ideas will hopefully give you some ideas when your mind is blank.

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Get 20% off Pretend Play Gifts from The Land of Nod Plus Free Shipping!

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The Land of Nod HoliDAILY Toy Sale

The Land of Nod is celebrating the holidays with holiDAILY deals from now until December 17th. If you have a child who loves to pretend and use their imagination then you will want to jump on today’s deal. Get 20% off plus free shipping on their fabulous and fun pretend play toys. Check back daily for more holiDAILY deals. 

Here are just some of the fun pretend play toys that you could snag today.

Off-Broadway Puppet Theater

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6 Tips for Writing a Blog Post

When writing a blog post of course content is always king. No amount of blogging advice can give you an idea or a voice but as a blog reader I want to be either informed or entertained, preferably both at the same time. Whether the post you’re writing is informative or personal the most important thing is to be yourself. Let your own personality and your words shine through without trying to copy a more successful blogger’s style. That blogger became successful by using their own unique voice and so can you as long as you trust yourself. 

Beyond content there are some other important things to keep in mind.

6 Tips for Writing a Blog Post - blogging, blog tips

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Free Coffee and Donuts? Yes, Please! Sign Up for the Dunkin’ Donuts DD Perks Rewards Program Today

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dunkin’ Brands. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Donut shops are not all created equal. I was never as aware of that fact as when we moved to Colorado from New England. Where I’m from Dunkin’ Donuts is the gold standard. Other donut chains have tried to set up shop there only to close down within a few years. When we moved to Colorado we were shocked to find that they didn’t have Dunkin’ Donuts out here. Thankfully about a year ago a few locations opened up around me and now I can stop for a coffee or donut any time I want and with the DD Perks® Rewards program I have even more incentive to stop in. 

Now is the perfect time for you to sign up, too. If you sign up by December 5, 2014 they will add $5 to your account and a coupon for a free beverage when you sign up using the promo code BLOG. What’s better than Dunkin’ Donuts coffee? FREE Dunkin’ Donuts coffee! 

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Is There a Perfect Diaper Bag for Cloth Diapers? Check out the Carryall from My Chickadee

I received a complimentary item in exchange for my honest review.

I started cloth diapering 3½ years ago and during that time I have used a rather small diaper bag. While I liked the size, it wasn’t always easy to carry enough diapers for a full day out. Plus I had to also pack my big wet bag and it just wasn’t always the perfect choice. 

I was recently asked to review the Carryall from My Chickadee. I loved what I saw on their website so I couldn’t wait to try it out for myself! It looked like the perfect solution for us cloth diapering parents. (of course you could use this bag with disposable diapers as well)

My Chickadee Carryall - the perfect diaper bag for cloth diapers

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