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Royal Kingdom Adventure Castle (by Lakeshore Learning)

Epic Christmas Gift Idea - Lakeshore Learning Royal Kingdom Adventure Castle

 

Before becoming a mom of two, I never imagined all the toys that I would be excited for, but this castle is definitely one!  Lakeshore Learning’s Royal Kingdom Adventure Castle is a site for epic battles and tons of imagination.  It even is a winner of the 2018 National Parenting Product Award!  

This toy is great for boys and girls alike, and recommended for ages 3-6 but both my 2 and 9 year old nephews had a lot of fun checking it out.  

The Royal Kingdom Adventure castle is quite impressive with all its features and standing at 10.25″ tall.  It is big enough for lots of entertainment but small enough for even apartment living.  And great news for the parents – it is pre-assembled and ready-to-go out of box! 

 

Included in the castle are:

  • explorable chambers
  • stairs to scale
  • watch Towers
  • dragon’s lair
  • working drawbridge 
  • dungeon door

 

The set also contains the following:

  • king and queen figures
  • wizard
  • 2 guards
  • 4 knights
  • dragon
  • 2 flags

 

My 6 and 7 year old boys are going to have hours upon hours of fun with this toy.  As a homeschool family, I think we are even going to put together a unit focused on castle and royal life.  

I highly recommend adding the Royal Kingdom Adventure Castle to your holiday shopping list.  It will be such a fun present for your child to open under the tree on Christmas morning! 

 

Top Gift ideas for busy moms (2018 Holiday Gift Guide)

Gift guide for busy moms (we all have one in our life!)

 

Welcome to my list of gift ideas for busy moms!  We all have a busy mom in our life…whether it’s our own mother, a friend, sister, or even daughter.  And often it’s tough to figure out what to get that mom because they are always on-the-go or seem to have it all already.  But there’s always something out there that they could use!  

The items on this list are personally recommended by myself – many I have even personally tried.  Others, I have simply heard raving reviews from friends, family, or even other bloggers I chat with.  Regardless – these are some pretty awesome products and I hope you find just what you are looking for!  

 

Erin Condren Undated Planner – Impress her with this trendy 12 month planner, flexible for any schedule.  Includes stickers to helping her mark important dates, detailed pages for projects, and even inspirational quotes.  Erin Condren planners are known for their quality and ability to be everything you need in a planner.  There are several branded and unbranded planner accessories to help make this planner become even more useful! 

 

JJ Cole Caprice Diaper/HandBag – This bag is a diaper bag in disguise.  With pockets galore and all the typical diaper bag features, this bag can also function as a nice handbag as the babies grow out of diapers.  The mom in your life will love having such a versatile bag!  

 

 

 

Nomad 0.3m Rugged Universal Cable – as a mom myself, I can tell you it is becoming more of a need to keep a charging cable in my purse.  Whether your own phone needs a quick boost to take that call from the pediatrician, or your kids’ tablet needs a charge to keep you sane while grocery shopping, it is very useful to keep one on hand.  This short cable has it all.  Rugged (sturdy), short and convenient yet long enough for basic use, and usable by nearly any device…not to mention it supports fast charging.  This is definitely the cable the mom in your life needs! 

 

 

Apple Watch – You know this was going to make the list didn’t you?  What busy mom’s life wouldn’t be made easier with a smart watch?  There are 4 series available, each increasing with price, but also increasing with features and processor speed.  Not only will this device let the mom in your life read and respond to texts without digging out her phone, but it will also help her stay accountable for any fitness goals she has.  

 

 

Amazon Prime Subscription as a Gift – gift the gift of quick and free 2-day (and sometimes 1-day) shipping.  If she has an Alexa smart speaker device, she can save even more time shopping by simply making a voice request for any Prime-eligible item.  

 

 

Aura Cacia Essential Solutions Mist –  this spray-able mist contains essential oils intended to relax and calm the mind.  A little spritz on my pillow before I go to bed can make all the difference. Other scents are available as well, such as Relaxing Lavender and Invigorating Ginger and Mint.   

 

 

Keurig Coffee Brewer – does mom love to have a hot cup of coffee (or tea) in the morning?  If she doesn’t already have a k-cup brewer, that is just what she needs!  A Keurig can have her beverage of choice ready in less than the time it takes to check her Facebook newsfeed in the morning.  There are several varieties to choose from depending on size and brewing options – even different colors! 

 

 

CHI Original 1″ Flat Iron – every mom needs ease in her morning routine and this CHI hair straightener brings just that.  I have had mine since my husband gifted it to me before our wedding, 10 years ago.  I still receive great results after nearly daily use.  

 

Heated Coaster for Mugs – mom should get to enjoy that hot beverage before it cools off but more often than not, she probably doesn’t.  This mug warmer is the perfect solution.  If you are looking to splurge a little more on the same idea, check out the Ember temperature controlled mug!  

 

 

myCharge Wireless Power Bank – this item is all about convenience!  When mom’s phone is running low, she can simply pull this little device out and set her phone on top…voila, instant quick charging anywhere for Qi compatible devices like the newer iPhones and Android phones.  This power bank is small enough to fit in a purse without taking up much space and packs enough power to charge the typical phone up to 5 times before having to recharge the power bank itself.  Mom can recharge her phone anywhere without having to worry about cables.

 

 

Isotoner Women’s Smart Touch Cable Knit Gloves – I love a good pair of gloves and this pair is absolutely perfect.  Maybe my own kids will get them for me (hint hint!) because not only do they look cute and warm to keep mom warm on-the-go, but they are also touch screen compatible!  I also recommend making it a set and adding in these matching Isotoner cable knit slippers

 

Jaybird RUN True Wireless Earbuds – whether mom loves listening to music while working out, talking on the phone while driving, or just wants a moment of peace and quiet from everything else, these earbuds would make a great gift.  They are water resistant and the case holds another 8 hours of charge for recharging on-the-go.  

 

 

SipCaddy Portable Drink Holder – every busy mom needs a chance to unwind.  This cup holder is a fun gift to let mom know it’s ok to take a break and relax.  This “Mommy’s Sippy Cup” Wine Glass goes perfect with this holder! 

 

 

Oversized C.C. Beanie – for the mom on-the-go, this beanie is just what she needs to keep her head warm!  Comfy, spacious, and a popular brand, mom is sure to be excited when she unwraps her gift to discover it.

 

Sound+Sleep Sound Machine – mom deserves a good night of sleep for whatever she has to come the next day…work, school, appointments, you name it.  I have had this same sound machine for 3 years and it has helped my sleep immensely.  

 

Fossil Fiona Small Crossbody Bag – a crossbody bag can make life so much easier for the busy mom.  Sometimes she only needs space for the essentials.  At an affordable price for a designer brand, this bag is available in several colors.  You’re sure to find a perfect match for mom!  

 

Ja-Vie Flats – that special mom in your life will love Ja-Vie flats.  They are comfortable, flexible, water resistant, and lightweight.  There is no need to wear socks with them as they have their own built-in sock liner.  Plus they come in some pretty cute patterns!  

 

Stay tuned.. if I think of anything else, I’ll be sure to add it to this list!!! 

 

Holiday Gift Guide: Coming Soon!

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Coming Soon!

 

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I love putting together holiday gift guides and product reviews for my readers! 

A few products have rolled my way to test out and introduce you to (such as Honolulu Cookie Company, Lakeshore Learning, and Turtle Beach), and I will also be scouring the stores and internet for other ideas to share with you.  My gift guides often include products from small businesses as well as larger brands you may have heard of, to give you the best of both worlds. 

We are looking for products for the whole family – that includes mom, dad, the kids, the pets, and grandma and grandpa even!  If you are a small business owner, a PR representative for a large brand, or even have a recommendation of a product to include, send me an email at familycentsability@gmail.com and I would be glad to hear from you.  There is no fee to be included in the holiday gift guide! 

Honolulu Cookie Company: The perfect gift for your ‘Ohana! (2018 Holiday Gift Guide)

Honolulu Cookie Company - what a cute container!

 

When living in Hawaii, I experienced not only the amazing scenery and culture, but also some amazing new foods and treats.  Now back on the mainland, sometimes a taste is all it takes to bring me back to Hawaii.  It may have been nearly 8 years ago that I left the beautiful islands, but sometimes it feels like it was just yesterday.  Honolulu Cookie Company is a great way to bring back those memories.  With their signature pineapple shape and natural Hawaiian fruit flavors, these shortbread cookies are a wonderful gift idea for your ‘Ohana! 

Honolulu Cookie Company began in 1998, in…you guessed it…Honolulu, Hawaii!  Eventually they expanded to Las Vegas, Guam, and the island of Maui.  Gift baskets, care packages, and individual products can also be purchased on their website.  Cookies are baked fresh each day, treated with individual attention as they are created, and wrapped by hand in their signature packaging. 

At Honolulu Cookie, you will find classic Hawaiian flavors such as Kona Coffee, Macadamia, Lilikoi (Passion Fruit), Guava, Coconut, Mango, and of course Pineapple.  These flavors come by themselves with hand placed cookie centers, some combined flavors, or even chocolate dipped (Guittard white, milk, or decadent dark chocolate).  You will also find seasonal flavors such as pumpkin and white chocolate dipped pumpkin, as well as holiday flavors that are released in early November each year. 

 

Honolulu Cookie Company has plenty of flavors to offer!

 

My package from Honolulu Cookie Company included quite the variety of flavors!  I received the Ultimate Collection Pineapple Shape Box.  Inside the cute pineapple container, I found 21 individually wrapped cookies and a list of the 16 flavors included.  If you aren’t sure what flavor to get, this box is absolutely perfect, giving you a little taste of each.  Here is a list of the flavors I got to try:

Flavors:16 Flavors

  • Butter Macadamia (2 pieces)
  • Chocolate Chip Macadamia (2 pieces)
  • Chocolate Dipped Macadamia (2 pieces)
  • Coconut (1 piece)
  • Dark Chocolate Coconut (1 piece)
  • Dark Chocolate Kona Coffee (1 piece)
  • Dark Triple Chocolate Macadamia (1 piece)
  • Guava (1 piece)
  • Kona Coffee (2 pieces)
  • Lilikoi (passion fruit) (1 piece)
  • Mango Macadamia (1 piece)
  • Pineapple Macadamia (2 pieces)
  • White Chocolate Coconut (1 piece)
  • White Chocolate Dipped Macadamia (1 piece)
  • White Chocolate Kona Coffee (1 piece)
  • White Triple Chocolate Macadamia (1 piece)

I honestly couldn’t tell you which was my favorite…they were all so good!  The chocolate was a great touch to some of the flavors, and the fruit and coffee bean pieces were also a fun addition.  My picky children even kept stealing bites of the cookies as I tried them. 

Whether you are searching for gift for a birthday, graduation, wedding, or other occasion, you will find something from Honolulu Cookie Co. that is sure to be perfect.  From gift trays with thank you ribbons, to favor boxes and mini tins, Honolulu Cookie Company has a fantastic variety to choose from.  I also recommend keeping an eye on their special offers to see what specials they may have. 

 

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