Gifts That Last All Year

At my house Christmas gift giving has gotten a bit out of control. There is so much going on at once that it is hard for my kids to focus on enjoying the gifts and not making it a race of who can rip through the wrapping paper first. Can you relate? This year I’ve decided to focus my gift giving into practical gifts that will last all year long. Here are some ideas:


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10 Monthly Subscriptions Perfect for Kids

If you’re like me, I get excited when I’m waiting for a package and even more excited when a surprise package arrives. My kids receive a few magazine subscriptions as gifts from grandparents and we all look forward to reading them when they arrive. I’ve gathered a list of monthly subscription ideas perfect for kids. These make great gifts!

Monthly Subscriptions

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Instant Happy Journal- Review

Beloved and best selling author Karen Salmansohn is back at it again bringing us a dose of happiness with her newest book Instant HAPPY Journal.   Inside this compact size book you’ll find inspirational quotes, questions to get you thinking, information from scientific research studies and lots of lines for you to write your own reflections.


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Socktober Campaign

Have you heard of SOCKTOBER? Personally, I hadn’t until a few days ago. Upon hearing the Kid President’s message I quickly realized that I wanted to help bring awareness to more people.


What Can YOU Do To Help?

The concept is simple…. collect new socks to donate to a local shelter.

Start a Sock Drive!  Think about the amount of socks you could collect if you joined forces with your neighborhood, community, school, a group you are involved with or friends and family.

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Monster High Boo York, Boo York- Giveaway

Just in time for Halloween and the holidays you can win a copy of Monster High: Boo York, Boo York. Being an elementary teacher I know that Monster High is wildly popular with children.   Combining well loved characters with songs is bound to entertain kids of all ages.

Monster High Boo York, Boo York

Here’s a sneak peek at Monster High: Boo York, Boo York

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Barbie in Rock ‘N Royals- Giveaway

Throughout generations Barbie has had many careers. Now, she’s taking center stage as she entertains families in this rocking musical. Fans will surely enjoy watching Barbie in her leading role. Enter for a chance to win a FREE copy of Barbie in Rock ‘N Royals. Fifteen winners will be randomly selected to win so act fast because this giveaway ends at 11:59 pm on September 23rd.

Barbie Rock n Royals Cover Photo

Here’s a sneak peak at Barbie’s rocking musical:

Get ready to rock! In this upbeat musical, Barbie™ stars as Princess Courtney, a modern princess whose world is turned upside down when she switches places with Erika, a famous rock star. Two very different worlds collide when a mix-up sends Princess Courtney to Camp Pop and Erika to Camp Royalty. While the leaders of the rival camps try to correct the mix-up, both Courtney and Erika learn to adjust to the different worlds and have fun while making new, unexpected friends. When the girls learn both camps are at risk of shutting down, they must embrace their differences, find their true voices, and come together for an epic sing-off that shows anything is possible when you dare to dream big!

In true Barbie fashion, the positive message (and fun songs) found on this DVD will be loved by both kids and adults. Use the form below to enter for your chance to win a copy of Barbie in Rock ‘N Royals!!!!!


$800 Back to School Giveaway

We could all use a little extra spending money during this back to school season- right?!!.  I’m excited to  announce that I’ve paired with some amazing bloggers to be giving away $800 dollars of Paypal cash (2 $400 dollar winners).  Use the entry form below to enter for a free chance to win.  🙂

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Terms and Conditions: The Back to School $800 Giveaway starts on September 1st @12:00AM EST and ends on October 1st @11:59 PM EST. There will be two winners ($400 each). The winners must be 18 years or older to win. The giveaway is open world wide, void where prohibited. Full Lives Reviews will choose the winner no later than Oct 6th 2015 and the winner will be contacted no later than October 7th 2015. The winner has 48 hours to respond by email before forfeiting the prize. The co-hosts will be notified no later than October 10th 2015 with the winning names.

Fall Family Activities in Columbus

For those of you wanting to get a jump start on fall family activities in Columbus check out some of my favorites below. As excited as I am for apple picking, football season, the smell of burning leaves and Halloween décor I’m still in summer mode. I’ll be updating this list often as I hear about more fun opportunities around town and businesses publish their calendar of events.


Click on the Calendar of Events to see a wide variety of family fun happening in Columbus.

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