Awesome Gift Idea – Personalized Name Necklaces from Nayme!

Still stumped on what to get that special lady in your life? Or maybe your significant other needs a not-so-subtle hint!

Nayme has a wonderful selection of necklaces personalized by the meaning of your name! (They even sent me one of my own in exchange for this review!)

Allie (short for Allison) means “noble”, so my necklace is the symbol of a lion.

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Pretty awesome, huh?

Nayme necklaces are made in Canada of high-quality, tarnish-resistant .925 sterling silver. Each one comes in a personalized, little black box – and Nayme is also offering free gift wrapping for the holidays!

I have received a lot of complements on my necklace, because it’s so unique! I don’t wear a lot of jewelry, but this has become my favorite piece. It really is a gift with meaning!

Don’t see the name you’re looking for? Contact Nayme to add yours!

You can find Nayme all over social media – including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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I Almost Forgot About Christmas Cards!

How are we less than 3 weeks away from Christmas already?! Wasn’t it just July?

If you’re in a mild panic because OMG CHRISTMAS CARDS NO TIME!!!!!!!!!!!, here are a few tips for great, quick, and inexpensive (all words I like to hear!) holiday cards to send to your loved ones!

1) Go check out Baby Rabies tutorial on taking the perfect photo HERE!

2) Pick out a card at Shutterfly. We ordered our cards from them last year, and they turned out wonderfully! (I’m also an affiliate blogger for them, so I get a little something if you click the links/image below…thanks for supporting PGM!) In addition to cards, they also sell other photo gifts – perfect for grandparents!

3) Enter your coupon codes for AWESOME SAVINGS! Check out their current special offers. Right now, Shutterfly has free shipping on orders over $49, and 50% off a LOT of stuff! (Offers change frequently – these offers were valid at the time of posting.)

If you’re really in a rush, Shutterfly will even send the cards to your family and friends for you! Now you’ve checked one more thing off your list! Happy Holidays!!

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Christmas Toy Wishlist for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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Like any mom, I’m always on the hunt for a good deal! That’s why I’m going to shop for toys, books and more at zulily this Holiday Season! That’s where I can find quality products from name brands at amazingly discounted prices!

My little guy is 2 years old now, and definitely knows what he likes (and what he doesn’t)! He’s really into planes, trains, and automobiles, so the Deluxe Train Set from PlanToys, and WOW Toys Johnny Jungle Plane would be great gifts for him. He loves WOW Toys, and so do I. They are great quality, and require NO BATTERIES!

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Keeping with the cars theme, he would love this SwingCar Ride-on toy from JOYBAY. I can see him racing through the house now. (We should probably make sure this stays an “outside only” toy…)

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This Personalized Chalkboard Place Mat from Doodlebugz Crayola is the perfect item to keep him distracted at a restaurant, and bring out his artistic side! I’d rather him color with chalk than fingerpaint his mashed potatoes all over the table…

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And what little kid doesn’t love a having a place to hide? Playhut’s Tunnel Crawl ‘N’ Play Tent is lightweight, and can be set up anywhere in seconds! (I’m sure the cat would think this is pretty fun, too!)

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There are so many great gifts ideas for your kids at zulily! Get a headstart on your holiday shopping today! (Only 63 days until Christmas!!)

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So, this is Christmas…

Another holiday season is upon us! Not that you would be able to tell, because the temperature is still in the 70s here! The other day, though, I cranked up the air conditioner, and wrestled the little one into his Christmas pj’s for a mini photo session for our Christmas cards. He wasn’t quite sure what the plan was at first…but he got into the spirit eventually.

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2012 Winter Wrap-up #6: Giving Green

We’re wrapping up the Winter Wrap-up Series with this post.

I guess I wouldn’t be The Practically Green Mom without giving you at least some tips on greener gifts this holiday.

1. Green Toys My First Stacker – This was one of my son’s first toys, and he still loves it. It’s made in the USA from recycled milk jugs!

2. Wooden Toys – Etsy has a great selection of handmade wooden toys available! Blocks, cars, trains…oh my! There’s even a personalized BOWLING SET!

3. Piggy Paint – This MistleToes Gift Pack includes three colors: Sometimes Sweet (red), Ice Cream Dream (teal), and Glass Slippers (white). Piggy Paint uses an odorless, Water-based formula, that is non-toxic and hypoallergenic!

4. Soy Candles – A quick search on Etsy for soy candles brings up 30,142 items. I bet this Hazelnut Vanilla Coffee Latte one smells AWESOME!

5. The sCharger-5 High Performance Solar Charger – Compatible for iPhone, iPod, Android Phones, Samsung Galaxy, eReaders, and Many Other USB Devices. Charges direct from the sun to your device – you can charge, talk and surf at the same time!

 

Be sure to check out all of the posts in my 2012 Winter Wrap-Up series.

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2012 Winter wrap-up #5: Toddler Toys for FREE!

I know I just did a post about gifts for the kids this holiday season, but you know the old saying about giving a kid a gift, but he’ll just play with the box? {Or something like that, I don’t know…you get the point!} This post is the for the budget-minded mommas who realize that this is, in fact, true for most toddlers {like my son!} Here are some gifts for your kids that don’t require you to necessarily buy anything…and as a bonus, you don’t have to wrap anything either!

A broom!


Anything in the kitchen

Laundry (clean or dirty!)

Toilet paper

 

Be sure to check out all of the posts in my 2012 Winter Wrap-Up series.

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2012 Winter wrap-up #4: Don’t Forget the Kiddos!

Alright, Cyber Monday is over. Back to our regularly scheduled programming!

This time we’re talking about gifts for the kids! Like they would let you forget Christmas…they’ve probably been talking about it non-stop since the 4th of July!

Here are some fun ideas for kids of all ages, including a few things on {Hunter}’s wish list! A lot of these gifts could overlap between age groups, but I placed them where I thought they would fit best at the younger end of the spectrum. (Indulge me for a moment while I pretend to sound knowledgeable about “what the kids are into these days”. You will notice after the “2-4 years” section, I basically start making stuff up, as that’s where my expertise ends.)

 

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Sophie the Giraffe Teether – This is a wonderful product for a young baby who’s just starting to teeth. It’s the perfect size for little hands to hold at different angles. It’s BPA Free, and made of 100% natural rubber and food paint.

 

Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube – My son loves music, and this toy is one of his favorites! The buttons are big, and easy for him to press. It plays classical music, so it’s less annoying (in my opinion) that most other baby toys!

 

Step2 Push Around Buggy – My son got this for his birthday from my SIL, and he loves it. He gets frustrated when he can’t move in it by himself, though. We take him out on walks in this now. It’s a great alternative to a stroller.

 

LeapFrog My Pal – This is one thing {Hunter} is getting for Christmas this year. The purple one pictured is Violet, but his is Scout, the green one. You can customize it to say your child’s name and favorite things. (Internet connection required.)

 

 

2 to 4 Years

Mega Bloks Play ‘n Go Table – {Hunter} got this set for his birthday, also. He doesn’t really understand the concept of these kind of toys yet, so they usually end up thrown all over the living room. The table is nice because it gives him a tabletop to build on, and provides storage for the blocks when they’re not in use. We have Legos also, but these are much bigger and easier for him to put together (and easier for me to see when I’m cleaning up! Have you ever stepped on a Lego?! OWWWWW!!)

 

LeapFrog My Own Leaptop – I’ve already purchased this as a gift for {Hunter}’s second birthday. It’s the same concept as the LeapFrog My Pal, you plug it into a computer with an internet connection to customize it. The Leaptop lets your child explore the alphabet, pretend play, music, animals and computer literacy with 6 learning activity stations.

 

LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer – If your child keeps stealing your iPad, this might be a wise investment. (Unless of course, you can afford to by them their OWN iPad.) Recommended for ages 3 and up, the LeapPad2 is the ultimate gift with – leveled reading experiences to help reading skills grow, creative play for unlimited exploration and discovery, 4GB of memory, and 325+ game cartridges & downloadable apps. (Five apps included. All additional games and apps sold separately.)

 

KidKraft Cook Together Kitchen – Prefer wooden toys to plastic? Looking for something to spark your child’s imagination? Every kid needs a play kitchen! (I know my sister and I played for HOURS in ours as kids!) This one comes fully equipped with a refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, microwave and washing machine! Don’t forget the pots and pans, and the play food!

 

5 to 7 Years

Legos are a pretty safe bet for the 5 and up crowd. With over 30 categories to choose from, you’re sure to find something that will keep your kids entertained!

 

8-13 years

I haven’t shopped for the tween/teen crowd lately, so I’m at a loss here. This Spy Net: Secret Message Invisible Ink looks pretty neat. Or maybe this American Girl Crafts Owls Sew and Stuff Kit for a girl? Of course, there’s always stuff like art supplies and board games.

 

14 Years & Up

For the teens, I wouldn’t attempt anything other than gift cards, unless you know them really REALLY well.

 

Be sure to check out all of the posts in my 2012 Winter Wrap-Up series.

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