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One Week until Christmas … Do You Know if It Will Arrive Before December 25?

The two days prior to Christmas are weekend mail days.  It’s important to note major shipping dates for delivery by Christmas to ensure your gifts arrive in time.



  • FedEx – 
    • Dec. 19: Express Saver
    • Dec. 20: Two-day
    •  Dec. 21: Overnight shipping
  • USPS – 
    • Dec. 19: First Class
    •  Dec. 20: Priority Mail 
    • Dec. 22: Priority Mail Express
  • UPS – 
    • Dec. 18: 3 Day Select
    • Dec. 20: 2nd Day Air 
    • Dec. 21: Next Day Air

Happy Holiday Shipping!

The Hottest Toys in 2017 A Holiday Toy Guide for the Clueless

For the “I don’t have an idea of what to get them, but you want it to be good.  Here’s the best of the “wow, you didn’t”  toy gifts of 2017.

LOL Surprise ages 6-9 and Hatchimals age 5+ are 2 of this year’s hottest toys, according to kids.   Hatchimals by Spin Master reigned supreme last year, and they are still one of the most sought out toys. In case you’re out of the loop (I was… my partner wasn’t), Hatchimals are interactive furry robot toys that literally hatch from a large egg. Kids can then teach them how to walk, talk, dance, and play. Originally targeted primarily to girls aged 6 to 8, Hatchimals ultimately became popular among boys and older youth audiences as well.

But the reigning “most sought out” toy this year is LOL Big Surprise by MGA Entertainment, Inc.   L.O.L. Big Surprise, which costs as much as $100 on Amazon, is essentially a big ball (it’s actually flat on one side) wrapped in plastic and filled with 50 smaller toys, including small dolls (some of the dolls “cry, spit, or tinkle,”), doll clothes and accessories, and bath bombs — some of which also contain toys that are revealed only after the bombs have been dissolved in water.

What makes the L.O.L. Big Surprise unique is that each of the 50 toys inside the ball is individually wrapped. This makes unwrapping them quite an exercise in patience as the ball’s contents are slowly revealed over the course of an hour or two — perfect for those Instagram and YouTube unboxing videos that are so popular today.

So what exactly is in a LOL Surprise?  We’ll let the video show whats in side a LOL Surprise.



Fingerlings by WowWee , as near as we can tell are selling out everywhere. A cute electronic pet (monkey or unicorn), that clings to your finger.  They also make sounds, chatter away, open and close their eyes, hang by their tails, fart and more.

Forts and Tents

Making forts is a classic childhood activity, but thanks to Ladybug Tent by Etna, you can forget the sheets-over-the-furniture thing. This big, colorful tent is the perfect hideout for kids. They’ll love crawling in, out, and through the tunnel! And, there’s a secret side flap so you can pop in to share the fun. Features a mesh window on top and waterproof ground sheet, so it’s can be used at the beach, park and for play dates. Comes in compact carry case and suitable for ages 3-6.

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8 Great Gifts Ideas for the Procrastinator

9 Great Gifts Ideas for the Procrastinator

There are seven shopping days until Christmas. If you’ve procrastinated until the last minute, don’t panic.  This year, there is four Saturdays in December ahead of Christmas, so you  have an extra weekend day for last-minute shopping.

This last Saturday before Christmas Eve (Dec. 23) is called –  Super Saturday or since about two-thirds of Americans will be out shopping,  its alternate name could be  “Panic Saturday.”

Super Saturday 2017, is forecast to be the second-busiest shopping day of the year after Black Friday,  and retailers will be offering some of the best discounts of the season. And, although some of the most sought-after holiday items have been sold out,  but you can still find great gifts on Amazon.

Here’s our list of some of the best picks for men and women.

Is there a grillmaster in your life? Grillaholics Grill Mat – Set of 2 Non Stick BBQ Grilling Mats keeps your food from falling between the grates and allows for evenly grilled food every time. You can even see the grill marks on your food. Perfect for chicken, wings, ribs, burgers, steaks, fish, shrimp, fruits, vegetables, breakfast, and even pizza. Mats can be placed on top of any grilling space (charcoal, gas, or electric) and recommended with temperatures up to 500 F. 100% non-stick and dishwasher safe. What we like … you can use it OVER and OVER AGAIN.

Wireless Bluetooth Beanie with Detachable Stereo Speakers & Microphone (Green) bluetooth V4.2 technology that makes pairing to smartphone or tablet device quick & easy. Boasting a wireless range of up to 33 feet, the bluetooth beanie will accompany you on all your cold excursions from skiing, snowboarding, running, working out or holiday travel and giving you the ability to play music and hands-free calling during these moments. What we like, it comes lots of colors (Black, Cream, Charcoal, Pink, Grey and Green) for every style!

Tactical Flashlight Torch is portable, water-resistant and energy-efficient despite being a high-powered flashlight. Bulbs last more than 100,000 hours. Adjustable focus range for different usage, stretching to adjust 5 Modes, high brightness; Medium brightness; low brightness; Strobe (intermittent flashing); SOS (emergency signal). This light  is small enough to fit in your pocket, handbag, or car compartment and is powered by a 18650 Lithium-ion Battery with built-in protection (included) or 3pcs AAA Battery (not included). We liked the strobe and emergency signal modes.

Foster & Rye Bottle Opening Pint Cup Set
It’s a bottle opener base to pop caps of brews and a 16-ounce cup top to pour them directly into. Solid stainless steel construction and classic enamel finish, and it’s pretty darn handy everywhere from your kitchen to your campsite.

TrackR pixel – Bluetooth Tracking Device – Multicolor (16 Pack) Item Tracker. Phone Finder. Always losing things? TrackR is small and lightweight, and can be attached to anything. TrackR uses Bluetooth technology to find items at close range—up to 100 feet away. iOS/Android Compatible. Use the TrackR app to ring your device or see where you last had your keys, wallet, laptop – on a map. Free TrackR app download, is compatible with iOS & Android and the app will notify you when the battery is running low. What we liked — the multicolored 8 and 16 pack.


Top 6 Essential Oil Blends Gift Set for Diffuser   Voted #1 Christmas Gifts for Women, Girls, Mom, Wife, Her for Aromatherapy by Aviano Botanicals




ArtNaturals Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Use Essential Oil Diffuser’s aromatherapy to fight the effects of eczema, nausea, nosebleeds, dandruff, joint pain anxiety, nasal and chest congestion. The 150 ml Tank Ultrasonic Aroma Humidifier has Adjustable Mist Modes, Auto Shut-Off and 7 Color LED Lights. Perfect for Home, Office, Bedroom and Nurserys. The patented ultrasonic technology delivers a safe, heat and smoke-free mist. Sonic vibrations silently create an ultra-fine mist, delivering maximum humidifying.


Any Uniquely Covered Journal like  She Believed She Could So She Did.  Whether it’s used as a planner or a notebook, writing to feel better or make plans is probably the reason people crack open a journal.  And, each time we open them, we get a message of wisdom, humor, or fun.



<a target=”_blank” href=”″>Elecstars Bedside Lamp, Touch Control Table Lamp with Wireless Bluetooth Speaker </a><img src=”//” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” /> Dimmable Warm Night Light,  Color Changing Smart Touch Lamp perfect for any room especially the bedroom.





Check out Amazon to browse more Top Gift Ideas – there’s a gift for everyone you know.

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The Best Holiday Movies and TV Shows

Here’s our list of favorite holiday movies or tv shows:

Comedies: Christmas Vacation  1989| Elf  2003| Home Alone 1990 | Love Actually 2003 | The Family Stone 2005| The Ref 1994

Classics: A Christmas Story 1983 | Christmas in Connecticut  1945| Holiday Inn  1942| It’s a Wonderful Life  1946| Miracle on 34th Street 1947 | The Shop Around The Corner 1940 | White Christmas 1954 | A Christmas Carol 1938/1951

Romance: Love Actually 2003 |  Sleepless in Seattle  1993| While You Were Sleeping 1995 | The Bishop’s/Preacher’s Wife 1948/1996 | The Best Man Holiday 2013

Kids/Family: A Charlie Brown Christmas 1965| Arthur Christmas  2011| Frosty The Snowman 1969 | How the Grinch Stole Christmas  1966| The Little Drummer Boy 1968 | Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer 1964 | Mickey’s Christmas Carol 1983| The Polar Express  2004| Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town  1970 |  The Year Without a Santa Claus  1974   | The Nativity Story  2006 |Rise of the Guardians  2012

Others:  The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993| Gremlins 1984 | Die Hard/Die Hard 2  1988/1990  |  Joyeux Noel  2005 | Lethal Weapon 1987

 Did your favorite holiday movie make the list? If not, let me know if we missed a great one, so we can it this Holiday season!

Twas the Night Before Christmas …

Thus begins one of the first books I read as a child.  At the age of 6 or 7, I didn’t know that, composed in the early 19th century by Clement Clarke Moore, it is one of the oldest and most popular Christmas poems ever written.

From “The Night Before Christmas”, we discover the magic and anticipation of a Visit by St. Nicholas.  “The Little Drummer Boy” by Ezra Jack Keats,  introduces us to the power of faith and believe,  and through Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” and Seuss “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” we learn that no one is immune to the Spirit of the Season.

But it was from The Little Match Girl, a short story by Hans Christian Andersen, that we wrestle with tougher topics in life like death and loss as well as social issues like poverty and the need for charity. I remember thinking that if one charitable soul had purchased her matches, or offered warmth or food, the ending may have been different.

That’s why we choose Bears and a Christmas Tale as a charitable donation to make a difference in our community.

You too can make a difference by nominating a deserving organization, shelter or community group servicing families with children ages 3-8. Three winning organizations will receive up to $125 in Holiday Bears & A Christmas Tale/Mittens.

Nominations must be in 12/15/2017, for delivery the week of 12/18/2017.

Nominate A Deserving Organization