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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Deck the Halls with Handcrafted Coffee from @MelittaUSA!

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There aren’t many things that are as universally loved as coffee. This year, Melitta, started by the pioneering female inventor of pour-over coffee, has made gift giving easy with pour-overs for everyone on the nice list. Handcrafting coffee in the home is continuing to rise in popularity among enthusiasts and coffee shop baristas alike, with the ability to control every variable in the simple brewing process, creating a cup that's exactly suited to one's preferences and lifestyle!

This year, I am trying out the new Heritage Series Pour-Over Coffeemaker Set along with some delicious Melitta coffee! The vintage-inspired sets include a 20oz carafe and Pour-Over cone, making multiple cups at a time and available in a variety of pastel colors.

This Heritage Series celebrates their rich and flavorful history. For over 100 years, the Melitta brand has been synonymous with Pour-Over™ brewing. That’s because it was 1908 when Melitta Bentz, a German housewife, invented the Pour-Over™. She was tired of drinking bitter coffee, so she punched holes in a brass pot and used a piece of her son’s blotting paper to create a two-part filtration system. This innovation forever changed the way people brew their coffee worldwide. The Melitta brand has been built on the founder’s spirit of innovation, entrepreneurship, and inventiveness.

This set includes:

  • High-quality porcelain carafe and cone with pastel blue gloss finish
  • Logo-etched cone uses #4 Melitta coffee filters
  • Carafe features drip-resistant spout design
  • Medium-size drip opening provides a consistent brew and eliminates risk of bitterness
  • A ring underneath drip opening directs coffee flow into the carafe and prevents runoff
  • Top-rack dishwasher safe

PLUS, the Heritage Series Pour-Over™ brews handcrafted coffee in three simple steps:

1. Place Pour-Over cone on top of the carafe or a mug, insert Melitta cone coffee filter

2. Scoop in your favorite fresh ground coffee to taste

3. Pour hot water (just off the boil) into the cone, fully saturating all grounds

Nothing tastes better on Christmas morning than a delicious, hot cup of quality coffee made with love! You can make that happen this holiday season with Melitta!

Buy It:

You can purchase Melitta pour-over coffeemakers and coffee from their website.

Disclosure: A product was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.

Inspire Imaginations with Sharingland Pop-Up Playhouses!

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Looking for an unique gift that will get hours and hours of play and inspire imaginations for all ages?? Then plan on buying that big roll of holiday giftwrap as newcomer Sharingland, makers of enchanting cardboard playsets, has the perfect present for wide-eyed boys and girls. Once unwrapped and opened to its full potential, these magical playhouses measure 45 inches tall by 45 inches wide! More than just works of art inside and out, the five themed sturdy playhouses spark imaginations and sharing.
The five pop-up playhouses are sturdy and inviting for active preschoolers. Children intuitively know how to explore the inside of a very large box. However, these playhouse kits are not just cardboard boxes; they are a starter point for a memorable adventure. Each of the five playhouses boasts 90% recycled and 100% recyclable materials that comply with the all-important CPSC safety requirements. Parents appreciate the easy-to-assemble and easy-to-store kits that sit flat in a closet, on a shelf or under a child’s bed.
My preschoolers are really going to love the Space Odyssey Playhouse Kit when we do our Earth/Space unit in May! But for now, I had my son check it out and he LOVED It!

It’s been almost 50 years since man first landed on the moon. Reignite the passion for an out-of-this-world adventure with this space capsule, all ready for take-off.

Added pieces like jetpacks, tele-transporter armbands and a few Martians (!) makes this a memorable way to introduce STEM subjects.

It was pretty easy to assemble and I love the fun extra props like jetpacks, armbands and even Martians!

This would make a really fun gift idea for any lucky preschooler this Christmas!

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You can purchase all these playhouses online at

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Fun Gift Ideas for Children from Ravensburger

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This Christmas, trust Ravensburger for all your fun gift ideas! They promote playful development and celebrate classic fun at every stage and every age – including Ravensburger, BRIO, Wonder Forge and ThinkFun.

Check out some of the fun gift ideas they offer this holiday season:

YeahNOPE by Wonder Forge

It's the tell-all party game of what happened and how! Have you told off a boss? Put on your poker face and watch your friends try to uncover the details. The stories they imagine are just as outrageous as the truth!

We played this game at our annual family game night at Thanksgiving and it was a BIG HIT! The box itself provided entertainment for all with its flipping sequin box from Yeah to Nope!

I would say this game is more for Adult game night - drinking or not - it is fun!!!

Five Little Fish by Ravensburger

Flip a Lily Pad Card to see which fish to catch. Use a Fishing Rod to hook the fish you think will match. If it’s a match, you keep the catch! Pay close attention! The fish change positions. Can you remember which one’s which? Catch the most fish to win!

This is a fun game for the little ones in the family...that usually get left out of game nights!

BRIO Smart Engine Set With Action Tunnels

Choo-Choo! The locomotives are more alive than ever. Depending on the tunnels, the engine will stop, back up or blink its lights. The Engine with Action Tunnels starter kit is based on interactive smart technology that sets you off on your travels, and you are the decision maker!

BRIO Airport with Control Tower

Time to take to the skies! The Airport Play Set puts you in control of everything, on the ground and in the air. This new star among BRIO airplane toys has a terminal, a beautiful red airplane, a complete baggage handling system with two Airport staff figures – and your BRIO train stops just outside. With all this activity, the bird’s-eye view from the top of tower really comes in handy.

These fun BRIO toys are so great for transportation lovers - they will make playing so much fun and their imaginations will soar!

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Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1500 Personal Scanner

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Looking for a gift for that person that likes to be organized, efficient and productive? Then check out the ScanSnap iX1500 from Fujitsu! It brings intuitive scanning at your fingertips with the next generation model from the best-selling ScanSnap line of personal scanners.

The ScanSnap iX1500 is the flagship model of the ScanSnap Series, capable of digitizing large volumes of papers quickly. It simplifies the scanning process for a variety of documents, making it easy to digitalize your life. You can be more efficient and productive, focusing on the things that matter the most.

Data organization and utilization are just one touch away with these key features:
  • Optimized user experience including a 4.2 inch touch screen, customizable icons and easy sharing
  • Refined and advanced software for total document management
  • Refined usability, for every user, for stress-free operation

What it does is complex, how you use it is simple. Its wireless connectivity, an intuitive touch screen and advanced software, "ScanSnap Home", enable you to do anything from scanning papers, converting them into fully editable files, to utilizing data in your commonly used applications. With its various automation functions, it intelligently adapts to your preferences and continues to evolve around your needs, enabling you to work in a smarter way.

Whether you're a tech pro or novice, the ScanSnap iX500 is designed for ultimate ease of use to transform your most important physical documents into digital files.

Buy It:

You can purchase the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1500 for $429.56 from

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Great Gift Ideas from @GoContigo Water Bottles

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Looking for a great stocking stuffer for the kids or maybe a gift that the kids will actually use over and over??? Then check out these great ideas from Contigo Water Bottles!

Contigo makes amazing affordable water bottles that are leak and spill proof. Perfect for kids in the car, or around the house- anywhere!

Keep your kids healthy and hydrated when they're on the go with the Contigo 17 oz. Jackie Kids Water Bottle. With a leak proof lid and carry handle, this is a perfect bottle for wherever they need to go. The Contigo 17 oz. Jackie Kids Water Bottle is a stylish water bottle that your kids will want to bring with them

  • Easy, one-handed drinking with the press of a button
  • Wide mouth for chugging or adding ice cubes
  • Fits most car cup holders
  • Leak proof lid
  • BPA-free
  • Split body design for ease of cleaning
  • Top rack dishwasher safe

The Contigo THERMALOCK® Spill-Proof Kids Stainless Steel Tumbler with Straw lets children over 3 use a cup like the big kids. No need to worry about messes thanks to a leak-proof silicone seal around the straw opening and a spill-proof valve inside the straw.

Chill and forget about spills with this chic designed Contigo AUTOSPOUT Straw 10oz Striker Chill Water Bottle. It features an ergonomically designed thermalock double-wall vacuum-insulation that keeps your drinks cold for hours together! The stainless steel finish looks great in both your indoor and outdoor settings; it is the ideal travel spill free water bottle. This BPA-free water bottle is top-rack dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

Buy It:

You can purchase all Contigo bottles from their website.

Disclosure: A product was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.