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Canvas On Demand Has Awesome Gifts for Everyone on your List

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Canvas On Demand

Throughout the years I have gifted many personalized photo and creation gifts to the kids, our parents and friends. When I need an idea besides boring gift cards, fruit baskets or socks and shirts I appreciate the ability to create a more personalized gift.

This Christmas I have 2 Canvas On Demand Gifts to wrap. My son loves the video game Overwatch. It is all he talks about. The licensing is so new it is hard to find Overwatch products so I was able to find the logo image online and upload it right into the portal and order it on canvas. He has no idea such an Overwatch product exists and it’s because I made it in a matter of minutes.

Canvas Gifts

They offer more than just canvas prints. From incredible photo-to-canvas art for parents, Coloring Canvas for kids, and customizable photo gifts, including ornaments & more, Canvas On Demand can help with your holiday haul. I also ordered a fun color canvas for a family member who loves to read. I actually think it looks cool uncolored, but they may choose to color.

coloring canvas
For a limited time, Canvas On Demand is offering my readers a whopping 60% off your entire order with code USFAM. Select from canvas prints and more! Valid until 12/12/17.

Gift Ideas, Holiday Gift Guide 2017, Travel

4 Best Gifts for the Traveler from Eagle Creek

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Chances are there is a traveler on your gift list and like, the frequent traveler loves to pack light. Here are 4 best gifts for the traveler. I get so excited every time I see a new travel product that allows me to pack lightly because I hate paying those check-on fees. I also want to know I will have enough room to bring home gifts and souvenirs and many packing products can do that for me.

Eagle Creek has packing solutions in the form of organizers that you use within your suitcase. These systems are designed to organize and save space in travel bags. Let’s take a look at them – the Pack-It Original, Pack-It Specter, Pack-It Sport and Converge Collection.

Pack-It Original Collection

The best option is the Pack-It Original Starter Set in this collection. With 6 color choices, this set comes with the Pack-It Folder in medium size, Pack-It Cube and Pack-It Half Cub. I loved this set after watching the video below. It really shows you how easy packing can be using the starter set.

Pack-It Specter Collection

The Specter collection refers to the very lightweight material. You get the same organization as the Original collection but a lighter material which is great for those who pack backpacks and duffel bags where weight matters while carying it around.

Pack-It Sport Collection

The Sport collection within the Specter line has pouches and totes perfect to store dirty shoes in sports bags and items in lockers.

The Converge Collection

This Converge collection features sleek designs of weekend sets, laptop sleeves, messenger bags and more. This is a great collection for those looking for a new bag or set.

Of course, eagle Creek has more travel and packing solutions so look around while there for great Holiday gift ideas.

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Best Buy Holiday Toy Choices

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Best Buy Holiday Toy Choices

It’s here! The 2017 Best Buy Holiday Toy Guide has all the hot toys that I know my son has on his wish list. Anthony is 9 and it is all about gaming and building for him. While looking through the Best Buy toy catalog that came in my mailings I saw a few of his wish list items that will be available through one of our favorite stores to shop at for the boys.

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Sphero R2D2

The best way to find out what he is looking for is to hand him the toy catalog and so I gave him a sharpie and told him he can mark the top choices he sees inside. His eyes lit up as he turned every page. I also saw a few toys we already own and love. I was excited to see the BOSEbuild Speaker Cube. Anthony was gifted this last year and we had a blast building his own bluetooth speaker. It still gets daily use and he loves showing his friends how he built it himself.

They also have the Sphero SPRK+ that he was given last spring for his birthday and loves to roll it around the house and program it. These 2 items I can speak for personally and should get a lot of use by the child you are gifting to.

Laser Tag

Anthony’s Best Buy Holiday Toy Choices

What are Anthony’s top picks? The Nintendo Switch! That is what he has been asking for the most along with some games for it. He also circled the Recoil Laser Tag Starter Set. Our neighbor has this set and they played with it several times over the end of summer and he has been wanting his own. He also circled the Sphero BB-8 and R2D2 app-enabled Droids. His game room is Star Wars theme so he likes to build and display anything Star Wars related in the room on his shelves.

Want to see the entire guide for yourself? You can find toys that educate, focus on STEM and entertain for hours. Visit the Best Buy toy catalog!


Education, Gift Ideas, Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Teacher Christmas Gifts from Teacher Peach

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Teacher Christmas Gifts from Teacher Peach

Don’t forget the Teacher! You didn’t, did you? With a Mother who is a second grade teacher and a sister who is an elementary school Counselor and I myself in PTA and working at my son’s elementary school part time I will always remind others to stop and appreciate your child’s teacher. After all, they spend about 180 days of a 365 day year with your child for 6-8 hours. So let me help you with some ideas on teacher Christmas gifts from Teacher Peach.

Teachers have a lot of meetings

Teacher Peach has those meetings covered. There are some gifts that will be used and toted to buildings and rooms for staff and meetings and trainings and 2 of my favorite are the I Teach Meeting Case and Remember Colorful Note Flags.

The I Teach Meeting Case has adjustable straps and is a durable micro-canvas materiel. The pockets have velcro closures and reads “Yes. I Teach. So, I inspire, manage, coach, engage, solve problems, listen, detect, explore, believe, care, worry, & always make time to laugh with my kids.”

teacher tote

At meetings there are so many papers and flyers handed out and to keep those from disappearing in endless piles of paper, flags help a lot. That is why the Remember Colorful Note Flags and sticky not organizer will come in handy. This can be carried in the tote or stored on the desk.

note flag

Teachers Need Breaks Too

Whether it is that precious recess time or a moment during silent reading, Teachers need breaks in the day too. That is why I love the “Teachers Rock the World” Stainless Steel Water Bottle with the wide mouth that holds 25 ounces. It is BPA free and gives them a quick moment of hydration after a long morning or afternoon of talking and lecturing.

teacher water

I also love the “Teach! It Changes Everything” Soup Mug. During those quiet moments or gatherings in the staff lunch room, they will forever remember who gifted them the inspiration at meal time.

Teacher Mug

For the Classroom and a Gift That Keeps Giving

Remember when you did a fantastic job n a paper that it warranted a fun sticker? The Mega Sticker pack allows your child’s teacher all the stickers she needs to keep rewarding her students. Because it’s the small things…

mega stickers

The Teacher Appreciation Once Upon a Gift Box is full of classroom rewards and office products and with it comes discounts when they need to reorder more. It’s a gift that keeps giving.

Teacher Box

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Personalized Pet Gifts from ISeeMe

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Personalized Pet Gifts from ISeeMe

Personalized Pet Gifts from ISeeMe

Have a pet to shop for or perhaps you will be gifting a dog to a loved one? Consider these personalized pet gifts from ISeeMe. Seriously! They are too adorable. The book is so much fun and it is completely customizable. The steps are very simple to get the book the way you’d like it.

Maya pet gift scarf

If My Dog Could Talk

The book, If My Dog Could Talk, is in a gift set that is perfect for handing off as a present. It comes with the personalized bandana. Maya is wearing hers in a size small.

pet gift book

In the story “Maya” (or your dog’s name) is exploring the world alongside humans. It is humorous and has plenty of mischief.

The last piece to the set is a personalized placemat. Maya is using hers under her food bowl.

How to Personalize your Book

You start by choosing from 12 dog styles and 4-5 color options. The dog’s name and family member’s names are written into the story and displayed in the illustrations. Celebrate your pet by adding a special message and photo on the dedication page. You can even make this book for a pet that has passed (with the story written in the past tense).

Know Before You Buy – Promo Code

In November, ISeeMe is partnering with the Humane Society of Missouri with the code HSMO. Use this code to receive 10% off your purchase (of anything, not limited to the Dog book), and they donate a percent of proceeds back to them at the end of the month.

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Bedding Gifts for Kids and Adults from Protect-A-Bed

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Bedding Gifts for Kids and Adults from Protect-A-Bed

Bedding Gifts for Kids and Adults from Protect-A-Bed

Here we are again. Another holiday season and lists of loved ones to shop for. Let me share some bedding gifts for kids and adults from Protect-A-Bed.

The 4 Box Gift Limit

This year we changed our holiday shopping up for our youngest-the last one left at home. I am following in my brother and SIL footsteps in the way they shop for their 3 boys. 4 boxes with a gift in each: something they want, something they need, something that teaches and something to read. Three of those boxes are self-explanatory but in the box of something they need is sometimes a few things. Underwear, jacket or room decor/new bedding.

I have not decided yet on what I will put in Anthony’s ‘need’ box this season but had I not updated his bedding for back to school I would have been doing it for the holidays.

Better Bedding = Better Sleep 

Anthony has always been a child that requires very little sleep so it is a priority of mine to make sure the sleep he does get is quality and comfortable. I cannot emphasize enough the difference in his sleep when last spring we bought him a new mattress and kids quality pillow. I did this after investing in quality bedding and a Sleep Number bed for my husband and I and instantly had better sleep. Bedding was the key and if it helped my husband and I we knew it would help our son with his own quality sleep.

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Since the start of this school year as he entered grade 4, he began sleeping in the Crisp Hypoallergenic Tencel® Lyocell Sheets. What a fancy name for a child! But because we also started using this sheet set on our own bed it made sense to offer him the same new comfort.

These sheets come with a fitted, flat sheets and 2 pillow cases and in ivory, white, grey and blue in different sizes to fit your bed. On the Protect-A-Bed website I learned that 100% Tencel lyocell fabric has natural origins with soft, smooth fibers for sensitive skin, and is hypoallergenic, moisture-wicking, and inhibits bacteria growth. What does this mean? My son does not overheat in summer and body heat stays under control for warmth in the winter. Plus I trust that the little boy body residue is not creating a bacteria pool within the sheets. These sheets are easy to clean and will last him a long time. Anything to inhibit bacteria in a growing boy is essential after raising 2 older stepsons, trust me!

My new pillow 

Oh and I have my own new fun besides these same quality sheets. I have a pillow that has proven a blessing in getting me through a sleep with less neck pain from my slipped discs and shoulder nerve pain I get. The Protect-A-Bed Snow Cooling Pillow with Shredded Memory Foam Fill.

Poor pillows and position is the number one cause of my neck and shoulder pain. I have had constant relief of pain with this pillow. I am so grateful for that it was sent to me and if you need a gift idea this season for someone you know cold use a quality pillow (which is just about everyone at any age), I can highly recommend this pillow. It truly performs. Visit Protect-A-Bed for more great gift ideas for the entire family.