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Educational Toys, Games and Books for Kids ages 1 - 5

This year, I am trying to be a bit more intentional with the gifts for the boys. There were some toys we gave them last year that only ended up being played with for about a week and then just ended up adding to the clutter in our play room. This year I am really trying to focus on toys and games that will spark their creativity and imagination. I am trying to hone in on their specific interests and give them gifts that they will continue to be interested in for months to come. All of these gift ideas are perfect for toddlers and preschool aged kids. 



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STE(A)M BASED TOYS AND GAMES




FINE MOTOR & BUILDING SKILLS




LARGE MUSCLE TOYS




PRETEND PLAY





EDUCATIONAL BOOKS (USBORNE BOOKS)

There's nothing better than giving a book to a child and seeing their eyes light up about the subject, illustrations and story line. I have made it a point to give the boys books that they will be interested in this year. We are in desperate need of updating their library and donating a lot of our 'baby' books and getting them more preschool age appropriate books. Camden has even started reading, so we are getting him some beginner level reading books as well!

Usborne books are our favorite at the moment. You can shop books by age, reading level, interest or top sellers. Some of our favorites are the 'Shine-a-light' books which are books with hidden messages that only appear when you shine a flash light on them! This would be a fun gift to give along with a flash light. Camden also really loves all the 'Big book of..' books of his favorite interests at the moment which are dinosaurs, space, sea creatures, etc. He also loves the '1001 things to spot' books!

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These books would make a great gift for any child on your list! 


Black Friday Deals

If you are anything like me, you are most likely sitting on your couch (recovering from Thanksgiving) and shopping the sales from the comfort of home in your PJs. Am I right? I am here to provide some of the best deals that I've found on the world wide web just for you! I am rounding up some of the more popular 'big ticket' items that a lot of people shop for on Black Friday. Most of the items are from the same retailer because I found that they are all running just about the same promotions, so I picked one that I feel like has the best benefits, convenience, customer service and fast shipping. 

So sit back, enjoy your warm coffee and let's start shopping! 

Below are some of the 'big ticket' items that a lot of you mentioned you were shopping for during Black Friday/Cyber Monday (per my poll in IG stories). I have done my best to find the best deals, and most of these will be linked to the same retailer.

Most of the best Apple product deals I found from Walmart. A few had better pricing on Amazon so I linked them below. The best Nintendo Switch deal I have found so far is from Walmart as well. I will update if that changes!

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Dyson and Robot vacuums seem to be another popular item people are shopping for this weekend. I found a few good deals on some of the cordless stick vacuums from Dyson and a few different robot vacuums with wifi capabilities! 

Of course, the kitchen appliances always seem to be popular and they come out with newer models every year! I have an air fryer on my list and I know I want one that is at least 5 quarts in order to feed the family. When I saw the price of this one I was sold! Immediately added to cart! It has almost 5 star reviews too! I'd also love to upgrade our coffee maker to this dual Keurig... But, I may have to write a letter to Santa for that one...


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Nespresso machines on major sale:


Next, I wanted to share some really great sale items from Nordstrom because a lot of these items hardly ever go on sale! Nordstrom is known for the high quality designer apparel, shoes and accessories. So, I know if I purchase an item from Nordstrom it is going to stand the test of time. These are the classic pieces I add to my wardrobe that I know I will wear year after year. Below are my picks from their Black Friday sale!
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Also, these cozy blankets make great gifts! I bought 2 of these blankets during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and we use them all the time! My boys fight over them! 



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And of course, there are so many other retailers offering promotions this weekend! Below is a list of my favorite retailers and their promotions they are running for Black Friday...

ABERCROMBIE - 50% entire site plus free shipping!


AMAZON - Shop all Black Friday deals HERE


AMERICAN EAGLE/AERIE - 40% off + free shipping!


ANTHROPOLOGIE - 30% off everything! 50% off sale items!

BEAUTYCOUNTER - 15% off site wide + free shipping over $50


BLOOMINGDALES - Buy more, save more event! Save up to 25% off your purchase

DSW - Get 30% off!! Use code BCCYBER + Free duffle bag with purchase of $75 or more with code: BCMONDAYS

EXPRESS - 50% off everything + Doorbusters and free shipping!


GAP - 50% off everything with code: GAPCYBER

GOODNIGHT MACAROON - 30% off site-wide with code: CYBER30

H&M - 30% off everything + free shipping!

J.CREW FACTORY - 60% off everything online only!



KOHL'S - Earn $15 Kohl's cash for every $50 spent. Take an extra $10 off $50 code: JACKPOT + Take an extra 20% off with code: GOSHOP20

LOFT - 50% off your purchase with code: FRIYAY


MACY'S - Lots of pre black Friday deals happening! Check out all the deals HERE

NORDSTROM - Designer clearance! Up to 40% off! Shop the sale HERE


OLD NAVY - 50% off everything!


PINK LILY BOUTIQUE

POTTERY BARN - 25% off everything + free shipping with code: CYBER
QVC -


RED DRESS BOUTIQUE

TARGET - View all deals HERE

THE MINT JULIP BOUTIQUE -

ULTA
 - View Cyber Monday deals HERE + Get free shipping over $35!

VICTORIA EMERSON - Take 50% off all collections!

WALMART - Shop all Black Friday deals HERE


WAYFAIR - Up to 80% off Black Friday blowout!

WORLD MARKET - 40% off $300+ , 30% off $200+, 20% off $100+, 15% off $50+. Free shipping over $50 code: CYBER2019


Countdown to Christmas | Vol. 3

Welcome to Volume 3 of my Countdown to Christmas blog posts! Can you believe we only have 5 more Mondays after this one until Christmas?! 😱 This time of year always flies by! So, I have decided to start my Christmas shopping a little earlier than normal this year because I always feel like I'm scrambling in December. The hardest people on my list to buy for each year are the MEN! Anyone else feel this way? Bill is super picky about things and prefers quality over quantity so he hardly ever shops for himself. I usually like to get him something nice every year but I struggle with what to get him. I think I've narrowed iit down to a few things. He travels for work and is in need of some new travel essentials like a toiletry bag, luggage tag (love that this one has a USB charging cable in it!), and new carry on luggage (I'm hoping he's not reading this!!). 

I have rounded up my best finds for gift ideas for the guys on your list! Wether they love to grill, travel, or just relax at home, there is something for everyone! 


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I have also been searching around online for some holiday table top decor and I found some really pretty options from Walmart! I put together this little collage below with some of my favorites. We already have a buffalo check table runner, so I wanted to be able to incorporate that.


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Happy Shopping!!

Have you started your Christmas shopping or decorating yet?