Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts

Monday, September 26, 2016

#ProductReview: Christmas Santa Toilet Seat Cover #seatcover

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It may seem a little early to be considering purchasing things for Christmas, but for me, I shop all year round. I look at the Christmas decorations when I go to yard sales. I am currently cross-stitching a Christmas stocking for my youngest because I want it finished in time to use for this Christmas. I love Christmas and that's why I wanted to do this review. I have a half bathroom on the first floor of my house which is the bathroom pretty much every visitor uses. I have always wanted to completely overhaul it for my Christmas Eve Party, but I really didn't know what I wanted to do with it. Well I have been supplied with one Christmas Santa Toilet Seat Cover set that will now be my solution to this dilemma.

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This is a four piece set. It includes the actual toilet seat cover, a rug for around the bottom of the toilet, a cover for the top of the toilet and a Kleenex box cover. It is made out of 100% polyester according to the tags. It feels a lot like felt though for most of it. The beard for Santa is a different material, but I couldn't tell you exactly what that is. Important to note is that it says dry clean only. You cannot wash any of the pieces in you home washing machine. I think that is because some of the embellishments re hot glued on instead of sewn. For me, that restricts me to using the decoration for only my Christmas Eve party until my little kids get bigger. I'm potty training my middle child, so I'm afraid accidents will ruin it if I leave it out for the entire holiday season. It's a really cute design.

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I love Santa's face and the top part of the set, when you actually have a kleenex box in use will look like Santa's hat. You need the kleenex to show the white tuft on the hat. I don't keep kleenex in my bathroom because it is game for my kids to pull all the pieces out of it.

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My biggest complaint, other than my kids not letting me use it for the entire month of December, is that the piece that goes on top of the toilet is really big. It has elastic to hold it on the toilet top, but it just appears stretched out when it is hanging over it. I realize that this design it to make sure it will fit on nearly every style of toilet, but Santa's face is a bit tight to get on and I know that there are different sized toilet lids. It seems like the toilet top part should be a tight fit too. It's really a minor complaint. It still looks good all together in the bathroom.

A note about the rug, it does have some kind of padding inside of it. Just a little bit of foam to cushion your feet. The underneath is a piece of cloth that feels a little thin to me. It has those little rubber non-slip dots on it to help hold it in place. It's super cute. Just try not to get anything on it since you have to dry clean it.

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I really love the design. I wish it were machine washable so I could use it more.

You can purchase this Christmas Santa Toilet Seat cover from Amazon at

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Gift Baskets Plus Discount Code for Christmas!

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I don't send a lot of gift baskets, but when I do i go through a great deal of trouble picking them out. Gift Baskets Plus has a wonderful assortment of all different types of baskets for you to choose from. Their baskets are divided up by what is in them, who them are for, and the occasion you might be sending it. Right now they have a wide variety of Christmas and Hanukkah baskets for this holiday season. There are even "all organic." Be sure to check out all the baskets available to you at

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Step2 Corvette Christmas Giveaway

Welcome to the Corvette Christmas Giveaway!

Hosted by Mom to Bed by 8

Special thanks to our lovely co-hosts Mommy and Me Giveaways, JadeLouise Designs, Confessions of a Messy Mama and Barbara's Beat!

Prize Package Includes: Corvette Toddler to Twin Bed with Lights, Corvette Dresser, Corvette Storage Chest and Corvette Room Organizer

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My son absolutely loves cars right now. When I saw this giveaway I thought to myself, "Wouldn't that be the best thing in the world for a little boy obsessed with cars?" Whoever wins this (if it isn't me) I am going to be sooooo jealous!

One lucky reader will receive the Step2 corvette bedroom set!

Giveaway ends December 5th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Tek Nek Legacy Horse Review

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My son got a Tek Nek Rockin Rider Legacy Grow With Me Plush Animated Pony for Christmas from his Nana. This thing is really neat. I have seen other blogs write reviews on the Tek Nek rocking horses and thought that there might be an interest in hearing about this one too.

This horse came with very few parts in my opinion for such a large toy. I was able to assemble it in about 30 minutes and that was with my son climbing all over it and stealing the pieces from me.

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Everything you need is included, even the batteries, with one exception, a screw driver. LOL. I had to get an electric screwdriver just because the screws that hold the rubber straps on the to horse are really hard to screw in. Of course that is really a good thing since you don't want your child on the horse only to have the horse come disassembled. I would show you pictures of me assembling the horse, but it went together so easily that I didn't feel like I had enough to take a picture of. The diagram in the instructions seems complicated at first, but once you get all the pieces out, it is easy.

The hardest part of assembling the horse was putting the plastic stand together. You have to have the horse all done before connecting it to the plastic stand. The stand is a lock in place stand with no screws. There's no chance of it getting squeaky over time because of that, but it is pretty hard to snap together. I thought I had it all in place at one point in time only to have the stand come apart when I tried to attach a third piece. If you have one, make sure you hear it snap/slide in place. The other hard part is that I needed to have my husband hold onto the front of the stand in order for me to stretch the rubber bands (for lack of a better word) enough to snap the back of the stand into place. The rubber bands that hold the horse onto the stand and allow it to bounce are VERY tough to stretch. I kept pulling on the back of the stand to stretch the bands into place only to have the whole thing slide into me. So hubby held onto it in order to get it assembled. The other problem we had was that Drake wanted to play with it before it was completely assembled. It was really cute.

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Once assembled, he immediately wanted to try it out. For under 2 years old, they recommend having the seat/harness attached to help keep the child on the horse. This was the number one reason why we got this particular model. Drake LOVES to bounce, but he has trouble staying sitting on things still. He's only 15.5 months old. The seat helps him to stay on the horse and to get his feet into the stirrups. However, his feet don't touch the ground so he doesn't quite understand how to make it bounce. I don't know if that is something that kids just learn over time or if they are supposed to be able to make it move right away. We have decided to bounce it ourselves and make him attempt to do it on his own occasionally. Hopefully he will figure it out soon because my arms get tired fast. After he figures out how to balance on the horse, we can remove the harness. Hopefully his feet will touch the ground then too.

Another feature of the horse that Drake seems to love is that it sings and talks. You squeeze one ear to hear a song and the other ear for random phrases/noises. He has actually been able to get the horse to talk twice on his own and loves to watch the mouth move. He will walk over to it when we aren't playing with it, grab the, and then basically yell at me to make it talk. He will have it talking all the time before I know it. The song it sings is pretty catchy since it follows a Christmas jingle. That might drive you crazy or not. The only part that bugs me is I can't seem to spit out all the right words without singing Christmas carols.

Overall, it's a pretty neat horse. It takes up quite a bit of space, but it is light and easy to move. It was easy to assemble and my son seems to really like it.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Hope You Had a Merry Christmas

Most blogs that I follow do this thing called Wordless Wednesday. I don't know if I really want to follow that, but this week I am doing Picture Wednesday. We had a wonderful Christmas and I want to share some photos from it. I got a new laptop from my hubby, a new digital camera from my mom, and a wonderful elliptical machine from my mother-in-law. I am a happy girl. I can document my son even better now and do it faster with the laptop. Hopefully I will also be able to feel better about myself with my new elliptical. Of course we have to call the manufacturer about that one because I either put it together wrong or something is wrong with it. When you step forward on the machine, the bars connected to the foot pedals hit the floor. A few times of doing that and I will destroy my floor. I am making my hubby call tomorrow to see where I went wrong.

I hope you had a Merry Christmas as well.

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

iCaughtSanta Winners Part 2

Well I am thoroughly pleased! I really didn't expect to get a big turn out on the second giveaway since there are a lot of iCaughtSanta giveaways going on right now. However, I ended up with 85 valid entries for 9 unique entrants. I am very happy with that! Thank you to everyone that participated and for all the follows. Without further ado, here are the winners!

  • Kayla Syslk for adding me to her Google+ Circles
  • Ten Coupons for following me on twitter
  • Belinda for liking the blog post
  • Suzanne Ds for following on GFC
  • Brittany Boardley Renaldi for following @catchacharacter on twitter

The winners have been emailed their codes! I hope you enjoy your photos as much as I do! Everyone have a
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Friday, December 23, 2011

Thanks to My Bookworm Santa

The Magic Attic You read that right. Bookworm Santa. I signed up for an event a long time ago to be a "Secret Santa" to someone by buying and sending them a new book. It was called Bookworm Santa instead of Secret Santa though. To be honest I completely forgot about this until I got my wonderful presents yesterday. My Bookworm Santa was kind enough to send me TWO books. That was VERY generous of her. For this event we had to send in a wish list of books we wanted. I tried to vary what was on my list by prices and so that whoever got my name could spend very little if necessary since not everyone knows how much money they are going to have at this time of year. I am SOOOOO grateful for my wonderful gifts. She got me Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent and Howling at the Moon by Karen MacInerney.

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What a really neat and cool event huh? Since I forgot about the event, my person is getting her book late. It will get there though! I had it shipped directly to her to reduce the time it would take. I hope that Jade Hankes likes it. I emailed her to say sorry because I felt so bad. Part of this event was also to share our blogs and get to know one another. In the spirit of that, I want to share Jade's blog with you. You can find some interesting book reviews on her site at Chasing Empty Pavements. While you are there, why don't you follow her on Twitter, Google+, and GoodReads! Boost her numbers for her!

I would also like to that Bree from The Magic Attic and Michelle from Book Briefs for setting up this wonderful event. If it is done next year I do plan to attend and try to be better about getting my gift out sooner! Thank you!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Crazy Time of Year!

Christmas this year is absolutely crazy. I have been amazed when I go to ANY store how busy they are. I hope that is a good sign for the economy. Even the grocery store was slammed when I went shopping in the early afternoon on Monday. It seems like I am pushing people out of my way in every store I go to. I went to Walmart yesterday to pick up some hand towels and a picture frame. You'd think I was trying to get the last laptop or something with how people just wouldn't move out of my way. I even had my 15 month old son with me and they still wouldn't move. Insane.

On top of me just feeling like I am behind on EVERYTHING. I haven't been able to scrapbook for three weeks due to being sick and then trying to get my Christmas presents taken care of. This is the problem with being crafty. You come up with all these awesome ideas for presents for people and forget how long it takes to make them! I spent 4 days on one present. I won't mention what it is because that someone might actually read this post and the surprise will be ruined. The other downside is when the stuff you make doesn't turn out exactly the way you pictured it. I feel that way about everything so far. It's almost there, just not perfect. I hope that my family all like what I have done. They will appreciate the gesture, but I don't know my in-laws well enough to know for certain. My hubby says it's fine, but I know it could have been better. Sometimes I really wish that I would just shell out the money to have things professionally done. Instead I feel all emotional worrying that my presents aren't going to be liked or wanted. It actually made me cry yesterday thinking of my wasted time and effort if they don't like their gifts (not just the in-laws on that one). I gave up my coveted nap time to work on everything! I'm still not done either. =/

I hope everyone else out there is feeling better about their holiday than I am. I feel like Charlie Brown from Charlie Brown's Christmas. I hope next year is better. Drake will understand Christmas better and hopefully get excited about it. That will help I'm sure. Does it get easier parents out there?

Monday, December 19, 2011

iCaughtSanta Custom Photos Giveaway

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You saw that right! I get to do a second giveaway for five more photos. I was very pleased with the results of doing my first giveaway, so I'm doing it again! If you would like to check out my review of, please check out the first giveaway post.

Also, check out Catch A Character's YouTube channel for fun videos of Santa!

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

My First Winners!!!

My first giveaway turned out better than I expected! I ended up with 75 valid entries for 19 unique entrants. I am very happy with that! Thank you to everyone that participated and for all the follows. I actually have been given 5 more codes to give out and will set up another rafflecopter giveaway for that shortly. Without further ado, my FIRST winners!

  • Jill L for following on YouTube
  • Kelly Moran for following on GFC
  • Kim Davis for leaving a blog post comment
  • Kelly Moran (yes she was drawn twice) for following @catchacharacter on twitter
  • MomofTwo for following on GFC

The winners have been emailed their codes! I hope you enjoy your photos as much as I do! If you are interested in trying to win one of five more codes, stay tuned for the next giveaway!

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

What do I want for Christmas?

I have been asked a lot this year about what I want for Christmas. My family does a gift exchange where we draw names so that we aren't spending hundreds of dollars trying to get everyone a gift and risk leaving someone out. I love it. It makes it so you get a special present from someone and everyone gets something. My uncle asked me tonight what I wanted since he had my name. It got me thinking of what it is I REALLY want. Here's my list and if you can help me out in any way, please do, but I doubt you can. =P

  1. My house to sell
  2. My grandpa to get well. - He went in the hospital with a stomach bug a few weeks ago and they discovered he has pneumonia and was about to have a heart attack. They were able to prevent the heart attack, but he is now on medication for his heart. He has been on meds for emphysema for years, but now he gets more. Unfortunately he went back into the hospital today because he was coughing up blood. They are running tests and putting him on antibiotics. I just want him to get well enough to get through Christmas.
  3. My house to sell
  4. My voice! I lost it yesterday and still can't talk.
  5. My house to sell
  6. To be able to have another baby and never have another ectopic pregnancy again.
  7. Did I mention for my house to sell? =P

Well it's time I should be going to bed. My son's been asleep since 7 PM so it might be an early morning. I hope not, but I better get some shut eye in case.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

iCaughtSanta Review and Giveaway

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Yay! My first opportunity to do a giveaway. Now I know I don't have a lot of followers right now (only 13), but hopefully this will be the start of getting new followers! I got an email yesterday about an opportunity to try out This is really an awesome idea. This is a place where you upload your Christmas photos and put Santa in the photo. This is an opportunity for you to give your children photographic proof that Santa is real. One of the things that I really like about this is that everyone who uses the site will have the SAME Santa in their pictures. Why is that so cool? Well imagine that you are having a big extended family Christmas. Kids are told that Santa goes to every house on Christmas Eve night to deliver presents. If you capture Santa on camera at your house and say your parents' house as well, you can show your kids that the SAME Santa went to both places. If you are photo software savvy, you can even put a time stamp on the photos to show that Santa went to each house at a slightly different time. Wouldn't that be neat? I so want to have a picture of my home, my in-law's home, my parents' home, and my grandparent's home. I want to put different timestamps on each one like 12-25-2011 12:00:01 AM, 12-25-2011 12:00:03 AM, 12-25-2011 12:00:05 AM, and 12-25-2011 12:00:07 AM. This will give the illusion to my son later when he understands that Santa was at each house merely seconds apart. Isn't that a neat idea?

I first tried out the site using their photos to learn more about it. What I did was select the "Try it Free" option. The initial page that shows up looks like the image below.

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In the image you can see Santa, but that is not the only way Santa can look. You actually have 20 different poses you can pick so you get the one that looks the best for your photos. Another way to make all those different family photos look different. You put Santa in each household's photo looking different so your kids don't pick up on it being a manufactured photo. You can even change the size of Santa to better fit the photo and to position him in such a way that it makes sense. I changed Santa to be one bending over the presents and made him a little bigger since it looked like the tree was 20 feet tall compared to him.

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Some other options you have are:
  1. Rotate Santa
  2. Flip Santa vertical/horizontal
  3. Add a Photo border (21 to choose from)
  4. Zoom in on your photo (allows you to cut out anything you don't want seen)
  5. Rotate your photo
  6. Change the color of Santa in shades varying from black/white to bright red
  7. Change the brightness of Santa - Why would you need this? Maybe you took your picture with the flash on and everything is really "bright" looking. You can try to match Santa's brightness so he blends in better.

Simple enough really. My next step was to generate my own Proof using a code that supplied to me for this review. I took a picture of my little Christmas tree just this afternoon for this purpose. It's not completely decorated yet, but my son is only 15 months old. Next year he might question why the date isn't on Christmas Eve or why the tree isn't decorated, but my plan is to tell him that Santa decided to visit early to make sure he was being a good little boy. We'll try to encourage that whole naughty and nice list thing. ;)

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Well I guess I don't have to worry about the date on the photo...I am making my picture as I write this post, obviously. The date in my photo is being covered up by Santa which is actually pretty perfect. I decided not to add a border to the photo. It's going to go in my scrapbook so I will probably give it a special border later. I also changed the color of Santa's suit to be close to our tapestry on the left side of the picture. This is going to be so cool to have for next year. I will show it to Drake and we can start the season of believing. Share the magic with everyone!

After you create your picture you are also supplied with 5 links to watch Santa interacting IN THE PHOTO. This is so cool. You can then show your child the video of Santa in their own house. What more proof does a child need? It's pretty obvious to an adult that Santa is moving around independently of the photo, but your son or daughter will be a believer for sure for a few years. I know my youngest brother would have FLIPPED to see something like this when we were little. Check out one of the videos from my experience.

Buy Your own Santa Proof
Want to try this out yourself? is giving my followers 25% off your order when you use the code SAVE25 at purchase.

Try for your chance to WIN free codes to get your proof of Santa's existence. I have 5 codes to giveaway to 5 lucky people. Now this is my first giveaway, so bear with me on doing this. I signed up with Rafflecopter, but I have to figure out how to use it.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Scrapbook Christmas Giveaways

Time to enter some more giveaways. I have been following a couple of scrapbook blogs and while most giveaway things for the Cricut cutter machine, these sites actually are giving away things I can use. I want a cricut machine really badly, but I have no place to put it right now, nor can I afford it. If I win a machine, GREAT. The chances are pretty slim that I will. So I am sticking with rubber stamps and stickers that come in packs.

"I just entered a #giveaway to #win a prize @ 12 Days of Christmas Craft Blog Hop and learned a great new project! You can too @


This first site is one that I won a Halloween punch set from and there are some really neat projects on it. The Halloween giveaway had been focused on a mini wallet book that I am probably going to try to make some time soon when I have a chance. This is their 12 Days of Christmas giveaway that is focused on Christmas items. This particular giveaway is for Day 2 (I need to go look at Day 1). Here's what's being given away:

$50 worth of prizes in ONE PRIZE PACK!!
1 - set of 3 designer scissors
1 - Fiskars Harlequin charm Acrylic Stamp Set
1 - Studio G - 2-1/2" clear stamp block
1 - Studio G - Butterfly Acrylic Stamp
1 - Fiskars Embossing Border Punch
1 - Westcott "Windmill" Ornamental Paper Punch

"I just entered a #giveaway to #win a prize @ 12 Days of Christmas Craft Blog Hop and learned a great new project! You can too @ Wanda's Whimsical Wonders

This is for a cricut product, but not the machine. I am entering this just in case I win the cricut machine at

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Winning for Christmas?

Giveaway #1 Quest for Zhu with Heck of a Bunch. ZhuZhu pets the movie! Wouldn't my niece love this? I had no idea they were going to make a movie, and I think this would make a wonderfully cute Christmas present...Especially if I manage to win some other ZhuZhu giveaways. Ends 10/6
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Giveaway #2 Shari's Berries Review & $50 GC Giveaway from A Mom's Balancing Act. These gift baskets are really cool. They look absolutely fantastic. I want one for myself, but I can't pass up the chance for the "A Tweet for Mommy and Baby" basket for my aunt and her future baby girl. She doesn't want anything pink, so this yellow basket would be good. Ends 10/4
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Giveaway #3 Bright Starts Having a Ball Pop & Roll with Thanks, Mail Carrier! This is a cool little roadster. It will either be for Drake or for Mary. It's a rather big present to give to Mary if I get it, but it would be really cool to get it. Ends 10/11
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