Browsing Category:

Christmas Gift Guide 2016



Yes, variety. How many of us want to try something new, but we can’t make up our minds? That’s me in a With this awesome variety pack from Two Rivers Coffee, you can try out a ton of awesome coffee! There is so much variety in this box, that you are sure to find at least a favorite or two! I personally love the Cella’s chocolate cherry as well as the Andes mint. Those are two of my favorite candies, and now I can enjoy them in my coffee. There are plenty of flavored varieties, but there are also plenty of non flavored ones.


About the pack

  • Contains an assortment of dark roast, medium roast, light roast, extra bold and holiday flavored coffees
  • No gift wrapping necessary, single serve gift box trays are festively designed for the holidays and have a window to see the goodies inside 
  • Every holiday gift packs contains 21 different single serve cups
  • All coffees are made with 100 percent fresh roasted Arabica coffee beans to brew perfect individual servings
  • Compatible with Keurig k-cup brewers.

What flavors are there? Well, let me list them!

Brooklyn Bean Roastery
Black & White Cookie
Red Velvet
Gingerbread Man
Corner Donut Shop
Hamilton Mills
Golden Maple
Cape Cod Roast
Java Factory
Jingle Java
Sinful Cinnamon
Dark and Handsome
Wakey Wakey
Smooth Caffeinator
Cella’s Chocolate Covered Cherry
Andes Mint Chocolate
Vienna Mocha Chunk
Chocolate Marshmallow Swirl
Bosco Coconut Cream Pie
Felix & Norton Chocolate Macadmia Nut
Realtree Buckshot Blend, Xtra, & Timber


This variety pack would make an excellent gift! If you have a coffee lover, or a hard to buy for person, this is the gift to get. You are sure to please anyone with this sampler pack! The best part is that it comes in a gift box, so no wrapping!


Two Rivers Coffee has graciously offered a giveaway of this variety pack! Yay! You must not have won anything from Two Rivers Coffee in the past twelve months. You must follow the directions in the widget, and be honest. I do check the entries 😉

Two Rivers Coffee Variety Pack Giveaway


Gingerbread Coffee

The sweet taste of Gingerbread. Brown sugar and ginger make this Gingerbread Man coffee amazing! The flavor is different than anything I’ve had before, and I love it. I’m usually a pretty cut and dry coffee drinker, and I get my flavors from coffee creamers. Not anymore!


About the product

  • Brown Suger Ginger Flavored Coffee
  • Small batch roasted craft coffee
  • Extra fresh and filter brewed, using only the highest quality 100% Arabica Coffee beans
  • Keurig Compatible including 2.0 K Cup Brewers
  • Limited Edition Holiday Seasonal Flavor

If the only time you run and run as fast as you can is when you’re late for a Brooklyn bound F-train, we have the coffee for you. Spicy, sweet, bold, and decadent, our Gingerbread Man is easy to catch…if only during the holidays. This medium bodied coffee is rich and smooth, and loaded with the seasonal flavors of brown sugar and ginger. It’ll tantalize your taste buds, but unlike a certain edible storybook character, it’ll never taunt you.

My thoughts

This morning’s cup of coffee just solidified my thoughts. This coffee is rich and awesome. My house now smells lovely, like I just baked a gingerbread house! I don’t use sugar in my coffee at all, just some liquid creamer, and let me tell you, I don’t feel that this coffee is lacking without sugar! The brown sugar and ginger go together beautifully, and whatever way you drink this, you will get that rich taste.


Guess what? It’s giveaway time! I am working with Two Rivers Coffee to bring you a giveaway of this amazing blend of coffee! The winner will get a 40 count box of K Cup compatible coffee. Now, there are rules, as with any giveaway.  The main rule is that you cannot have won anything from Two Rivers Coffee in the past 12 months. You also need to be honest in your tasks that you complete for entries. I check these, and invalidate anything that is not correct or honest. This giveaway will run from NOW until Friday, January 6, 2017 at 11:59 P.M.

Gingerbread Man Coffee Giveaway



Zomlings and Kitty Club are both very popular this year. In this post, I will go over each of them and let you know where you can buy these toys.

About What-Not Toys

WhatNot Toys is the greatest new toy company to hit planet Earth!
Founded by Bob Grey and other toy industry luminaries, WhatNot’s mission is to search the globe to find the best new toys and collectibles and share them with kids of all ages in North America and beyond.


toys There are more than 100 different Zomlings as well as 7 Zomling neighborhoods to collect. They come in various different packages of different sizes:

  • Single Zomling Pack
  • Zomlings Tower Pack
  • Zomlings House Pack
  • Zomling Blister Pack (4 or 7 Zomlings)
  • Zomlings Magic Trick Hotel
  • Zomlings Adventure Tin

    Zomlings are fun to collect, and my boys had a lot of fun opening the packs. The Magic Trick Hotel was especially fun, and my youngest was walking around playing with it forever! A really cool thing about these is that you can go online to their website and keep track of what Zomlings and buildings you have collected.

Kitty Club

Kitty Club is a kitty lovers’ dream come true! There are 20 or so Kitties to collect with this set, as well as different accessories. Each Kitty comes with a cute hat that she wears. These toys are great for playing with or arranging on a display. They are very sturdy, and a lot of fun to play with. They come in:

  • Kitty Club foil bag that comes with 1 Kitty and hat
  • Single figurine blister pack
  • Kitty Club accessory kit
  • Kitty Club Convertible
  • Kitty Club Heart Lane Cafe Bistro
  • Kitty Clubhouse

As with the Zomlings, you have the ability to keep track of your Kitty Club online, so that you always know what you have.

These toys make the perfect stocking stuffers, or gift for any holiday, really! They provide lots of fun for kiddos of all ages, and even some adults (um..that would be me :P).



I hate to vacuum, and will literally put it off for days. I will procrastinate with the best of them just to get out of running the vacuum. However, that is not the case with The Shark® Rocket® Complete with DuoClean™ Technology. This vacuum has a lot of features and makes me hate vacuuming less.


What does it do?

The dual rollers ensure that the hair from my 5 cats is swept up every time. With 5 cats running around, you know there’s a ton of cat hair as well! This vacuum is lightweight, and easy to handle. Now, I will mention that it is a bit top heavy. Because of the removable, hand held vacuum, it’s heavy on top and won’t sit by itself. This, of course, is why they included a wall mount. It has washable filters, an ergonomic handle, and on board tool clip.  There is an extra vacuum roller just for pet hair, even! There is the option to purchase addition accessories.

Why I like this vacuum

One feature I love is the removable, hand held vacuum. My youngest son is the equivalent of Pig Pen from then Peanuts gang. Where he goes, disaster comes The handheld part lets me clean up those messes easily.

The canister is easy to clean out, and because it’s bagless, it’s less waste in the environment. I personally like that it’s bagless because it keeps me in control of being able to clean it. It contains the dust and debris nicely.

Another thing I noticed about The Shark® Rocket® Complete with DuoClean™ Technology, is that it is quieter than most vacuums. I am able to talk while running the vacuum, without having to scream at the top of my lungs.

Overall, I am very impressed with it. It handles great, and really gets into my carpet to get the pet hair out of it. The Shark brand has proven themselves superior once again!


In the past, I always thought that photo gifts were kind of cheesy. I mean, who wants a picture on a mug? Well, has definitely made me change my mind.

About the company co-founders and middle school friends Kevin Borders and Joe Golden were students at University of Michigan when Kevin ran into a problem: he wanted to create a one-of-a-kind anniversary collage for his girlfriend, Jen, and there wasn’t any software up to the task. Undaunted, he teamed up with Joe, and together they developed the software that would become

What began as a literal labor of love (Kevin and Jen are now married) grew into something bigger, and Kevin and Joe decided to turn their project into a business. Today, they lead a fast-growing team of more than 30 employees dedicated to making custom products easy for everyone.

Why I changed my mind

So, the reason that I changed my mind is simple: quality. In the past, all of the products I had ordered weren’t quality products. Rather, they were made as quickly as possible just to get them out the door. They would come to me and would look very sloppy and just plain horrible. takes care of their customers. They show the customers that they are important by giving them quality products.

I was fortunate enough to get this beautiful photo blanket from to review on my blog. I was pretty skeptical when ordering it, because of past experience. Let me tell you, when I opened the package, it took my breath away! It was beautiful. It’s definitely a gift anyone would be proud to give. I got the sherpa blanket, and it is so soft and warm. The pictures are crisp and clear on it, and none of the colors had ran or feathered. Overall, I was extremely happy with this product.

photo gifts has a ton of different gift ideas from coffee mugs to cutting boards and even more! Definitely go check them out!


Can I let you in on a secret? I had never had crumb cake before this holiday season. I know, I know, it’s a travesty. Hahn’s Old Fashioned Cake Company sent me a cake and some crumbs to try out. My family was definitely impressed with this cake!

crumb cake

About Hahn’s

Hahn’s Old-Fashioned Cake Company, Inc. is a family-owned and operated company that has been in business since 1983. All of our crumbs cakes are baked fresh daily and are made with extra large handmade crumbs. Each cake crumb is a rich and delicious treat. Our moist cake base is made with fresh whole eggs. Refrigeration is not required, as they have a long shelf life of at least 14 days. You can order a cake online and be confident that you’ll get a one-of-a-kind treat.

We offer several varieties of crumb cake for online cake delivery, including:

  • Plain Crumb Cake. Made from an old family recipe.
  • Bucket of Crumbs. For many people, the best part of crumb cake is the crumbs. The Bucket of Crumbs makes a great gift: it’s unique; it ships well; it has a six-month shelf life (if anyone can make it last that long); the bucket has its own handle, so it’s easy to carry; and it doesn’t need to be gift-wrapped — the bucket has a shiny finish, so it looks like a present even without gift wrapping.
  • A Can of Crumbs Three Pack. Sometimes you just can’t carry around a whole bucket of crumbs (though you’d like to!).
  • Raspberry-Walnut Crumb Cake. Our rich buttery crumbs on top of a layer of delicious raspberry preserves, a layer of our signature cake base with walnuts added.

My thoughts

Now, the one they sent to me had a variety in it: chocolate, original and raspberry. All three flavors were delicious. When you go to their website, you will find that they have an amazing selection of crumb cakes to choose from. You can also purchase the crumbs by themselves. The crumbs are the perfect gift for anyone. The crumbs are yummy as well!

I really enjoyed this cake. It was moist, and delicious. The flavor was spot on, and paired perfectly with a cup of coffee. The can of crumbs was perfect for snacking. The website is correct when they say that the crumbs are the best part! Overall, I was very happy with this product and I see myself ordering again in the future 🙂



Did someone say Batman? Who doesn’t love Batman? My youngest son absolutely loves him, and is especially enamored with the old school episodes starring Adam West! 3D Light FX has brought Batman to my son in the form of a Batman light, and it is awesome 🙂

About 3D Light FX

As parents ourselves, we understand the importance of providing a safe, functional and inspiring environment for our little ones. It was with this exact sentiment that our 3D Deco Lights were created.

The 3D Deco Lights are comforting, cordless, decorative night light that are loved by our tiny customers and big ones alike. The first of our popular designs is a regulation sized soccer ball that gives the playful appearance that it has been kicked into the wall. With a simple switch of the light, a soothing glow provides the necessary light for midnight changes, feedings, reassuring check-ins and, of course, to keep the ‘boogie monster’ at bay.

The Light

batman light

These lights retail for around $39.99, with some being lower cost depending on the design. They come with a realistic looking sticker to place on your wall before installing the light. The sticker makes it seem as though the light is breaking through the wall. Kids absolutely love that! It literally took my husband less than 5 minutes to install this light.

My son wanted it placed by his bed, for those times he needed to get up in the middle of the night.  It gave him a sense of security to be able to see where he was walking, without having to turn on the big overhead light.

It is easy for him to use, with taking minimal effort to turn on. He barely has to touch it for it to turn on. This will help with those middle of the night ventures. While the light may be plastic, it isn’t a cheap plastic. It’s pretty sturdy, and I really like how it attaches to the wall with screws rather than sticky stuff.

Overall, I’m very happy with this product, and it makes a wonderful gift for any child.



Lava lamps. You know what I’m talking about! Those super cool glass lamps with liquid inside, and lava that bubbles and moves around. They come in all different colors and designs. Keep reading for more info!

About The Lava® Lamp Company….

This iconic brand has been beloved by people of all ages for over 50 years. It is one of the most recognized consumer shapes of all time. We are continually innovating the Lava® lamps to keep up with new trends and technology while always making sure our quality is second to none. So whether you are 10 or 60, there is a Lava® lamp to help you set the mood for your life.

The first motion lamp was designed in 1963 by an English engineer, Edward Craven Walker, who marketed it under the name Astro Lamp. In 1965, two American entrepreneurs saw the Astro lamp displayed at a trade show in Brussels, bought the rights to market the lamp worldwide and formed the Lava Corporation in Chicago. The Astro Lamp was renamed the Lava® lamp and an American icon was born. We are constantly innovating and look forward to introducing new categories and brands into our growing company. The new exciting products in our line are enticing the younger generation and intriguing the older fans. We are no longer just motion lamps, we have expanded into novelty and fun products!

Our Lava Lamp..

lavalava                                                                                                                                                                                      This is the lamp that I was sent. This particular style is great for teens of any gender. It has a music theme to it, and lots of color!

When it came, we did have to put it together, but that was easy peasy, and took all of 2 minutes. They packaged it perfectly, so that nothing got broken.  Once it’s put together it measures approximately 14.5″ from bottom to top.


My son displays his on his dresser, and it stays put without fear of it sliding around or falling. Now, when we first set it up, it did take a couple of hours for the lava to start moving really well. This is absolutely normal! Once it started flowing, though, the colors were awesome. Lava® Lamp offers a wide selection of styles to suit everyone. They even have lamps with lampshades!  The prices vary from an affordable $20.99 up to around $54, depending on what you choose. These make fantastic gifts for any occasion, and in our case, for Christmas. Head on over there now and check them out!



We all like products for our hair that actually work, right? I had the opportunity to try out a couple of products for my hair: Hot Tools Rainbow Gold Curling Iron 1″ and the Bead Head 1/2″ Mini Crimper.

crimper Hot Tools Rainbow Gold Curling Iron

Forget your everyday curling iron. Hot Tools Rainbow Gold curling irons with sleek multicolored gold styling barrels keep the heat steady,
the curls and waves long lasting, the hair smooth and frizz free. Every iron’s rainbow finish is unique just like your style.
These irons are equipped with Pulse Technology for Gets Hot…Stays Hot performance with fast heat up and instant heat recovery –up to 430F.
They maintain maximum heat, curl after curl. Other features include a rheostat control dial with variable heat settings, and one-year warranty.



How well does it work?

I really like this curling iron. It has great heat, which means it will makes good curls. I like that the handle stays cool, so I don’t burn myself. I have to admit, I do love the rainbow colors, too 😉 Hot Tools is one of the most revered, professional brands out there, and is trusted by hair salons everywhere. For this reason, I, too, put my trust into them. This curling iron has not steered me wrong, either. It has not damaged my hair in any way, and it still looks great, even though I use product in my hair. An extra long cord allows me to move around and not be stuck in one spot. This is important to me because I am a multi-tasker.


crimper                       Bed Head Mini Crimper

The Bed Head 1/2″ Purple Haze Mini Ceramic Crimper is a Style Intervention to Power Your Hair. Ceramic Technology for frizz-free styles with massive shine. It offers high heat up to 400°, rapid heat recovery, 30 second fast heat-up, on/off switch, “On” indicator light, dual voltage as well as a BONUS heat-resistant drawstring storage pouch.


My thoughts….

My initial thought was “Woohooo!” Growing up, I had a crimper, and I used it religiously. That’s what we did back in the 80’s and 90’s. I am not ashamed to admit that I miss it so very much! So, when I had the opportunity to test this bad boy out, I jumped on it! The first thing I noticed is the small size. This is great because it won’t take up the entire counter space. I don’t have a lot of counter space to spare, so that was a definite plus! It was quick to heat up, meaning I didn’t have sit and wait and wait and wait…. The fact that it’s purple was a bonus, as I love purple 🙂 Now for the nitty gritty.. did it really crimp my hair? Holy cow, yes it did! Now, it was different than the crimp that I grew up with. This one was small, tight crimps. It worked like a dream, and I never had to go over one spot twice. This is going to stay in my arsenal of hair tools forever!



Ice Maker

Everyone needs an ice maker! We were buying bags of ice each week from the local convenience store. That got old really fast, as we would need ice in the evening and nobody felt like going out to get it. Every drink warm soda? It’s not that appealing. Hammacher has this really amazing counter top ice maker, and I have fallen in love with it.

ice maker

This ice maker is the best thing since sliced bread. It’s like my holy grail. And it makes the cutest bullet shaped ice cubes!

ice maker

About The Machine

his is the portable ice maker that produces ice more efficiently than lesser models. Yielding 1″-long conical-shaped ice cubes in batches of 12, the ice maker creates 1.8 lbs. of ice per hour. Analyst’s from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute praise this unit for its ability to produce, “a batch of clear, well-formed cubes in just under 10 minutes.” Its easy-to-use, drain-free operation simply requires filling its 1.32-gallon reservoir with water, selecting from small to large ice cube sizes, and setting the timer for 1/2-hour to 18-hour continuous operation. It shuts off automatically when the easily removable 23/4-lb. capacity bin is full, and any meltwater is filtered and re-used for the next batch. An audible alert notifies you when the water tank is empty. Two side handles provide easy portability. Stainless steel construction provides easy cleaning. Plugs into AC. 15″ L x 17 1/4′ W x 17″ H. (38 lbs.).

Hammacher also offers a LIFETIME GUARANTEE for their products! Not very many companies do that anymore. I’ve had this ice maker for a few months now, and we run it at least once a week, and we’ve never had a single issue with it. It makes the ice pretty quickly, so you aren’t waiting around for hours.

The one thing I would change about this machine is the fact that it doesn’t keep the ice cold. You have to dump the ice as soon as it is made, or it will melt. But, given that I like this machine so much, that isn’t an issue with me really. Overall, I love it and I do recommend it.