Christmas Traditions Includes Hickory Farms – You?

November and December and my favorite months. I absolutely love the holiday season and wish that these months could be spread out for a longer time period. The hustle and bustle of the season just warms my heart.

Some of my favorite Christmas traditions are the Christmas movies paired with hot chocolate with the girls. Cuddling up with the girls and watching movies such as Polar Express are priceless times. I hope the girls will remember this tradition when they grow up and are adults. Our red cups from Starbucks as a family is another sweet tradition. We treat Starbucks as a very special date. We do not go often but when we do, there is something magical and especially at Christmas time.


Packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child is another special tradition. The girls absolutely love doing this since they know it will go to a special child that would otherwise receive nothing at all. It is also an opportunity to help spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ!


All of these are traditions that I have created with my girls since becoming a mom. One tradition that I am passing down to my girls is delicious treats from Hickory Farms.

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For more than 60 years Hickory Farms gifts have been a classic holiday tradition that brings family and friends together. I remember as a young child my Grandma would have Hickory Farms on her  Christmas table, then my mom would have the same on her table and now I am passing the tradition on down to my girls as well. When the above party platter was delivered, my girls’ eyes both lit up and we were very happy to partake in the tradition early.

As with my recollection, many Americans have a distinct memory of Hickory Farms at their holiday gatherings; Hickory Farms is very proud to be a part of those nostalgic moments and continues to focus on and celebrate its long heritage of tradition and authentic holiday memories.

Hickory Farms not only embraces passing down traditions through generations of families, but also creating new traditions and sharing them with loved ones.

You are able to purchase Hickory Farms both online and in stores. You are able to grab your favorite Hickory Farm treats this year in 700+ Holiday Market stores and kiosks across North America, as well as in select retailers.


One lucky reader is going to win the above party platter so you can create memories with your family.

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Disclaimer: Compensation and products for review were provided by Hickory Farms via MomTrends. I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of this review and to facilitate a giveaway. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hickory Farms.

The Love Connection (Pampers Giveaway)

As we all know, we have a special love connection with our children. This time last year, our family was leaping into new territory. My stepdaughter welcomed Baby J into the family. Would I be able to love him as much as I do my own girls? There was an immediate love connection when we met Baby J in the hospital.


My husband and our girls had this immediate undying love for our sweet Baby J. God’s sweet miracle was introduced into our lives and we definitely were swept off our feet. This grandparent gig is one of the sweetest gig’s that I have been blessed to take part of. As soon as his eyes catches our eyes, he immediately starts smiling and kicking his feet. He may not be able to carry on conversations with us, but the smiles and kicks are all the communication that we need to know. There is a deep love between us all.


A baby’s love is so sweet and I know I want to cherish every minute and create as many memories as we can create. Time truly goes by too fast as M and L are 9 and 10.

Even though my stepdaughter has the most fashionable cloth diapers on the market, there are times that we need to let Baby J wear non-cloth diapers. BabyCenter welcomed me to partner with them on their latest campaign with Pampers Swaddlers. I was thrilled to join in the campaign.


First off, Pampers have changed so much since the girls were babies. See the yellow strip going down the back of the diaper? That is the neatest little strip. The strip is called a color-changing wetness indicator. Smart move Pampers.

The Swaddlers are very soft and contour to fit the baby well since babies are always on the go with either crawling, scooting or even walking. Again, another smart move with the softness factor.

Did you know Pampers are #1 worldwide diaper brand serving 25 million babies in more than 100 countries around the world? Pampers is committed to make your baby happy and loves to hear from families all over to hear their feedback. Due to the feedback, Pampers made their Swaddlers diapers available up to size 5.

Each diaper includes an absorb away liner. Check out this short clip to see the new and improved Swaddlers diaper.


3 WINNERS will receive one month’s supply of diapers and wipes (in the form of coupons).

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Disclaimer: This post is part of a sponsorship on BabyCenter. I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of this review.

VTech® InnoTab 3 Learning App Tablet Review and WIN!

Let’s face it, technology is only going to get stronger as the days go by. We can either embrace it or turn away from it. My view is to embrace it but set limits. This is what I love with the VTech InnoTab 3. You are able to set limits for your child. We were so excited to receive this tablet to review.


I asked my girls what they loved best about this tablet. M responded with:

She likes having separate accounts. Her sister can have her favorite games, pictures and music while M has her favorite files. M really liked the option of making your own greetings. She was able to personalize it to her own style.

L responded with:

She loves you can take pictures with the 180 degree rotating camera. Also, she is able to read e-books.

•The InnoTab® 3 combines educational games, creative activities and reading skills in a child-friendly, multi-function, touch screen tablet to make learning fun.

•Compact and lightweight design with 4.3” color touch screen, new directional pad and tilt sensor

•2.0 megapixel, 180° rotating camera with more than 55 photo features and special effects

•Your child can even embark on fun, educational adventures with their favorite characters such as Doc McStuffins®, Sofia the First® and Jake & the Never Land Pirates.

The size is another great feature it is great for our grandson (almost 1) to hold in his hands. Also, the outer shell is great for the unexpected drop accidents.

The tablet comes with 16 different apps and then you are able to more downloads from the Learning Lodge. Also, since we are huge music lovers, we were able to import our music onto the tablet and L plays the music at night as she is going to sleep. The tablet helps with all subjects which is a plus for parents. Kids are playing but learning as well.

Two stylus’ are included with the tablet. This allows you full function with the apps.

You don’t have to worry about running through lots of batteries as you have a choice of AC adapter or rechargeable battery pack.

Even though lots of learning is involved with the tablet, the apps allow for your child to be creative. The WonderCam includes over 55 photo effects. The girls spent an hour over the weekend being creative with pictures. You are able to download the pictures via a USB cable, so you don’t have to worry about losing their beautiful artwork.

Overall, I was impressed with all this tablet can do and for the price. It’s available for $69.99 on the VTech website. A price point that will not break the bank and comes packed with so many features. This would be a great birthday or Christmas gift!

You could WIN one now!

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Disclosure: VTech gave us an Innotab 3 in order to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are of my own.

Babies R Us Family Discount and WIN!!

I am very excited to announce that Babies “R”Us is now carrying Pampers Swaddlers in Sizes 4 and 5. Did you know Pampers Swaddlers is the #1 choice of hospitals? Now, moms can keep their babies in the diaper they’ve come to know and love for all those important milestones – from the first tooth to the first step to running laps around the house while mom and dad try to catch up!

In addition to expanding Pampers Swaddlers to Sizes 4 and 5, Pampers has been making other improvements to their trusted diapers to help keep moms happy and their babies dry. Besides being their softest diaper yet, Pampers Swaddlers now feature an absorb-away lining, wetness indicator and new packaging and graphics. Pampers did not stop there with the improvements. The other improvements include new cuff material and absorbency speed. To learn more about all the new Pampers diapers innovations and see video demonstrations visit\newpampers.

Moms are frequently challenged with the early morning wake-up call to change a leaky diaper. Pampers recently sponsored a survey of over 1,000 moms with little ones ages 3 and under. The survey found that nearly 1 in 3 mothers of babies age 1 or younger (30%) responded that they expect a wet, leaky diaper to be the #1 reason their babies may wake up at 3 a.m. Furthermore, the leading technique mothers of babies age 3 or younger (32%) use to help their babies have an uninterrupted night of sleep is to put a dry diaper on them before bed.

To help kick-off this exciting announcement, Babies “R” Us is doing a big promotion. From September 19-21 customers will receive a free $20 Babies“R”Us Gift Card with an in-store purchase of any two Pampers value boxes of diapers (78 ct. or higher.) Also, there is a nice offer on the Babies “R” Us Facebook page. Save 20% off your ENTIRE online or in-store purchase. Click here to claim the offer.


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One lucky reader is going to win the above prize pack (Pampers Wipes (64 count) and a $50 Babies”R”Us Gift Card)!


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WIN Chick-fil-A’s Newest Mocha Cookies & Cream Milkshake!

Summer is definitely not over yet. The heat has been on the last few days. I think the temperatures feel more hot to us because of all the rain over the summer. We are enjoying the last month of summer though with lots of cold treats like Chick-fil-A’s newest milkshake. It is oh so delicious!


The handspun Mocha Cookies & Cream milkshake features Chick-fil-A’s home-style Icedream®, OREO® cookie crumbles, coffee, Hershey’s® chocolate syrup and is topped with light whipped cream and a maraschino cherry. The shake is perfect for customers on-the-go and offers chocolate and coffee enthusiasts a delicious summer treat.

It is a treat that you cannot put down and will drink to the last drop. It is refreshing and the pairing of coffee and cookie crumbles is perfect. Believe me, you will not be disappointed. My husband drank his first one in record time for sure.

Would you like to win a family pack of four coupons? Of course! Treat your family to four free milkshakes.


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Disclosure: I have a working relationship with Chick-fil-A. All thoughts and opinions are of my own.
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