You, Delivered: Give the Gift of You with Flowers from Teleflora

When it comes to the holidays, there are plenty of ways to show how much you care. We take time picking out just the right gifts, we bake yummy treats, and we send heartfelt cards. Those are all wonderful gestures, but in my family, the best gifts we can give are ourselves.

There’s nothing like family, and nothing like being together for the holidays. It doesn’t matter if we have a lot of gifts under the tree; all that really matters to us is that we get to spend time together and share our love for one another.

But what happens when you can’t be there? Life doesn’t always cooperate, and sometimes it’s just impossible to be there in person, but that doesn’t mean you can’t spread some Christmas cheer! Consider sending a gorgeous holiday bouquet from Teleflora, and I guarantee you’ll be the talk of the evening.

As always, Teleflora has an awesome lineup of seasonal floral arrangements, and these beauties will truly deck the halls. Before I tell you about some of the selections, I want to show you the ones I got:

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Teleflora kindly sent along their Send a Hug® Christmas Cardinal Bouquet, which is every bit as pretty as I’d hoped. All the women in my family love cardinals, so this was the perfect choice.

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This bouquet is seated in an oversized, hand-painted mug featuring cardinals and berry branches, and it’s loaded with red roses, red carnations, holiday greens, red berry accents, and cinnamon sticks (my favorite).

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The Christmas Cardinal Bouquet is so festive, and the bright reds and greens really pop. I also love that once the flowers are gone, we’ll have a pretty winter mug for all the hot chocolate I’ve been stockpiling for the holidays.

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There are several other bouquets available in Teleflora’s holiday collection:

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  1. Sparkling Star Centerpiece: A dazzling centerpiece featuring a mercury glass bowl, fresh red roses, white cushion spray chrysanthemums, festive greens, silver ornaments, white snow-tipped pinecones, and red tapered candles
  2. Snow Day Bouquet: A bouquet tucked into a hand-glazed holiday cookie jar, featuring roses, miniature carnations, holiday greens, candy canes, and shiny ornaments
  3. Gift Wrapped Bouquet: A sparkling bouquet of red roses, white carnations, chrysanthemums, holiday greens, red berry clusters, and silver ornaments presented in a ceramic gift box jar
  4. Send a Hug Christmas Cardinal Bouquet: A hand-painted mug overflowing with roses, carnations, holiday greens, red berries, and cinnamon sticks
  5. Silver Christmas Bouquet: A sparkling snowflake vase featuring a bright bouquet of red and white flowers, eucalyptus, and white pine.
  6. Thomas Kinkade’s Jolly Santa Bouquet: This bouquet is a tribute to the “painter of light,” Thomas Kinkade. This hand-crafted, hand-painted holiday scene features a gazebo at the North Pole and families awaiting a visit with Santa. This scene actually lights up, and is surrounded by red flowers and holiday greens.

Nothing brightens up the home quite like flowers, especially during the holidays. If you can’t make it home this year, sending a bouquet or centerpiece from Teleflora is a sure way to make your family smile! To check out all of their holiday arrangements, visit Teleflora.com. I just know you’ll find something perfect!


The iPlay America NYE Party is the Family Event of the Year & We’re Giving Away 4 Party Passes!

Wondering how your family should spend New Year’s Eve this year?  If you’re in the NJ area, I’ve got a suggestion.

Make this the BEST New Year’s Eve EVER when you purchase an iPlay America NYE PARTY PASS! It’s the perfect way to celebrate with friends and family. iPlay America’s New Year’s Eve Party Pass includes unlimited rides, a $10 game card, party favors, spectacular prizes and giveaways throughout the evening, a confetti cannon, light show, and great music pumping through the entire park with a live D.J.–all for just $39.99!

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Guests may purchase tasty à la carte treats at Sonny’s Boardwalk Grill, Boardwalk Bites, and Mixx Frozen Yogurt throughout the celebration or make reservations to enjoy the à la carte menu at Game Time Bar & Grill.  (They have a surprisingly decent beer selection, if that’s your thing.)  Hi-tops in the Bar are available for dining with a prix fixe menu on a first come, first served basis and purchase of a party pass! For revelers looking to do something extra-special to celebrate this New Years, iPlay America is offering a limited number of VIP Suite packages!

Make plans NOW to be a part of ALL the pizzazz, pop, and pageantry of iPlay America’s huge NYE festivities, and be here to watch the ball drop on one of our five large screens and monitors!  All members of the family will have a blast at this event.  Take a look at how much fun they had last year:

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We attended iPlays Halloween event, and I can’t tell you how much fun we had.  The kids even one a prize in their costume contest!  If you’re still figuring out plans for NYE this year, definitely consider iPlay.  There aren’t a lot of places where both kids and parents can have this much fun together!

Doors for iPlay America’s 2017 New Year’s Eve Party 2017 open at  on 12/31 at 7:30 PM.  (iPlay America is located at 110 Schanck Rd in Freehold, NJ.)  Visit iPlayAmerica.com/NYE to learn more and get your tickets.

iPlay is generously offering our readers a chance to win four New Year’s Eve Party Passes valued at $39.99 each.  Enter via the Giveaway Tools form below.  Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 12/28/16 at 11:59 PM ET.  Good luck!

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PEANUTS Holiday Prize Pack Giveaway!

How many renditions of “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”, and Vince Guaraldi’s famous “Linus & Lucy” have you heard so far this month?  Never enough in my opinion!  Yes, we’re officially into the holiday season—and that means it’s time for a giveaway full of fun Peanuts stocking stuffers. (Well, you might need a king-size stocking for a couple of these!)

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• Sure to be popular with your kids: Munch your way through the holidays, then savor the memories all year long with a collectible Peanuts Popcorn Tin filled with three different flavors (buttered, caramel, and white cheddar) of popcorn, of course!Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz

• Celebrate the legacy of Charles Schulz through the eyes of some of the world’s world’s best-known names in comics, children’s books, comic strips, cartoons, and webcomics, including Matt Groening of The Simpsons and Raina Telgemeier (Smile). The book is called Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz from Boom! Studios.

• Celebrate the beloved holiday classic with a Charlie Brown Christmas Coloring Kit—the perfect companion to the Great Pumpkin coloring kit we gave away earlier this year. This portable coloring kit includes 10 colored pencils and 40 illustrated cards connected by an accordion fold, featuring text on alternating cards so the story can be read as you bring this timeless favorite to vibrant life. Once complete, you can display or share your art the whole season through.

• Finally, the most adorable Snoopy you’ve ever seen: A Snoopy Itty Bitty from Hallmark. This incredibly soft and tiny Snoopy plush truly is the stocking stuffer every Peanuts fan hopes to find this season.

Enter to win via the Giveaway Tools form below.  Open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 12/20/16 at 10:00 AM ET.  Good luck!

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Kohl’s Cares Holiday Collection Has Some of Your Favorite Classic Characters and New Items for the Whole Family

Kohl’s never fails to impress me with their Kohl’s Cares offerings, and their new holiday collection is probably my favorite so far.  (Well, except for Charlie Brown.  That will always be number one.)

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Why are we interested in Kohl’s Cares?  It’s not just for the stuffed animals.  The items in the collection are just $5 or $8, and 100 percent of the net profit goes to children’s education and health initiatives.  Each year, they raise almost $20 million dollars for a total of almost $300 million since 2000.  All of that money is supporting several hospitals and nonprofit organizations so they can run valuable programs like car seat safety checks, bike helmet giveaways, and nutrition education.

Their latest collection features beloved books and characters like Curious George, Madeline, Corduroy, and Paddington (my personal favorite of the bunch.)  At just $5 each, it’s the perfect time to fill your library with classic children’s books and then grab the plush versions of their title characters.  With such amazing prices, you can afford to make the present pile a little higher this year!

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It’s a quality selection as always, but in addition to the fabulous books and dolls featured above, Kohl’s is offering some other interesting goodies.  There’s something for everyone in this collection with new items like: [Read more…]


Hostess Gifts and Other Holiday Goodies at BJ’s

There are so many things I enjoy about the holidays. Despite all the stress that can come with shopping, decorating, cooking, and prepping, it’s all so worth it in the end. Watching the kids enjoy Christmas morning, sharing fun times at our friends’ holiday parties…it’s just the most wonderful time of the year.

But that stress! It can definitely get out of hand if you let it.  At the holidays more than ever, I’m thrilled to find ways to streamline and make my day easier. After all, the more time I save while planning and shopping, the more time I have to spend enjoying life with my family.

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A favorite year-round, BJ’s Wholesale Club is an absolute joy for my holiday shopping. Whether I’m hosting a party and stocking up on fun foods and drinks, buying a hostess gift for a friend, or looking for interesting gift ideas for the family, BJ’s is usually the first place that comes to mind. They’re convenient, and they also offer incredible deals; saving time and money is a no-brainer!

For those of you attending holiday parties this season, you might be wondering what on earth to get your host or hostess (I was certainly wondering). Might I suggest this knight in shining armor?

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I think a gift basket from BJ’s is the perfect gift for the occasion. This particular basket is absolutely loaded with goodies, and it’s a total steal at only $19.99. I love any gift that offers a selection of treats, because it practically guarantees you’ll include something they love. This one has both sweet and salty goodies, and it really does cover all the snack bases.

Hostess Gifts from BJ's

BJ’s has more than large gift baskets, and you’re sure to find plenty of ideas if you visit a store and browse the shelves. On my last visit I saw a lot of fun gifts like coffee sets (coffee and mugs), countless chocolate gifts (hot chocolate and assorted chocolate treats tucked inside pretty mugs), and baskets that feature [Read more…]