Planet Sock Monkey – GIVEAWAY! Holiday Gift Guide #SJHolidayGiftGuide

Here’s a unique, adorable gift anyone would love! Ok it’s probably meant for kids but I’m having one wrapped under the tree just for me…she may have pink hair and a sassy attitude, how could I resist this cute Planet Sock Monkey?

Planet Sock Monkey isn’t a planet—c’mon, we’re not that literal—but it is a cool new soft doll collection that’s out of this world! We slapped life into sock monkeys with our humor and style, making each one different and provocative. And we believe in a life uncaged, and we make no apologies: These characters are who they are, all of them hot, and their attitudes on fire. There’s no wishy-washy here, no half-ways or almosts. We go all the way and give sock monkeys full-blown personality, taking them where no sock monkey has gone before. But we promise that you’ll always end up in undeniable monkey love.

 

Planet Sock Monkey Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

 

Sock monkeys with attitude, humor, style…oh my! Planet Sock Monkey is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. These sock monkeys have names, bios, clothes and accessories. They’re not your momma’s sock monkey, that’s for sure. #MonkeyUp

 

Sockologists and Monkeyologists believe Planet Sock Monkey was created during a spontaneous and cataclysmic event occurring in an undiscovered location in space. It is theorized that highly intelligent monkey astronauts were on a mission in their shuttle and unexpectedly collided with a ginormous jumble of lost, floating socks. The results were life-altering. The results were AWESOME.

Sock Monkeys 2013 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

Planet Sock Monkey dolls are great gifts for tweens, teens and just about anyone (ages 8 & up). Give them as birthday surprises, Christmas gifts, stocking stuffers, Easter basket stuffers and more! Collect them all!

To connect with Planet Sock Monkey® check out their Website, Facebook Page or Twitter profile.

If you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas for more people on your list, make sure to check our the rest of our Holiday Gift Guide features.

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Enter to #win a complete lineup of Sock Monkey Dolls, a $130 value! Open to Canada & US. Tell me what character best suits you from HERE and enter in Giveaway Tools below. Bonus entries to increase your chances!

Disclosure: We were provided with product in exchange this advertorial. All opinions are my own.

 

WIN Mother Hen Baby Food for a Week!

When my kids were babies I was frequently overwhelmed trying to prepare healthy, nutritious meals for them which they’d actually eat. Between getting used to functioning on little sleep and the babies tastes, it felt like I’d never find an easy solution. These days there are choices for Mum’s everywhere, one of which is Mother Hen.

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Mother Hen was founded in Montreal and developed with three purposes: healthy, high quality and food cooked just like at home. Mother Hen focuses on baby/junior foods as well as fruit sorbets for the whole family.

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In our products we only use certified organic fruits and vegetables.

Our products are certified organic by Ecocert Canada. This certification ensures the integrity of organic products throughout the production chain from the field to the finished product.

An organic food can only be called “organic” when it is produced under “natural” conditions without pesticides, herbicides, artificial fertilizers or growth hormones and in accordance with the lifecycle of animals and plants.

These rules ensure that production conditions are non-polluting and respectful of the animal’s welfare and of the surrounding ecosystem.

Where to Find Mother Hen

You can buy Mother Hen baby food & other products at Shoppers Drug Mart, Metro, Walmart, Fortinos, Longos and many other retailers. To preserve the high quality of their products they are frozen so be sure to check out the freezer section or the fridge in the baby sections.

WIN A Week of Mother Hen

One very lucky Canadian reader will be winning a coupons for a full week of Mother Hen’s products!! Giveaway is open to Canadians, enter by filling in the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway ends November 26th and the winner will have 48 hours to respond.

Good Luck!
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World Vision Heart 4 Heart Girls – Holiday Gift Guide #SJHolidayGiftGuide

If you have a little girl in your life, you’ll be looking for the perfect gift to have under the tree. World Vision has many choices in their Holiday Gift Items list but for that little girl in your life a Hearts 4 Hearts Dolls may just be the perfect choice!

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 What if you could change the world just by buying a doll?

You can, with Hearts For Hearts Girls™ dolls! Each doll is a girl that wants to make a difference in her life, community, and culture. When you buy a Hearts For Hearts Girls doll, a portion of the purchases price is donated to children’s causes in countries around the world. Available at WalMart, Target, Sears, Canadian Tire and London Drugs.

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Every Hearts Girls doll represents a real girl from a real place around the world. Each has her own story to tell and ideas about how to make life better for her family, community, country, and the world around her.

To connect with World Vision Heart 4 Heart Girls check out their Website, Facebook Page or Twitter profile.

If you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas for more people on your list, make sure to check our the rest of our Holiday Gift Guide features.

Disclosure: We were provided with product in exchange this advertorial. All opinions are my own.

Family Game Night – Giveaway from @MattelGameOn #GameOnParty

We are a family who loves to spend time together playing games. Usually this finds us at the dining room table, split into teams throwing jibes back and forth. Yup we like to refer to this as bonding time. Mattel wants to bring back family game night and I’m all for it. The time spent together, winning and losing has allowed us to bond and help our kids to become gracious losers….and remind myself of this all too often.

The fine folks at Mattel recently asked me to hold a Family Game Night and of course I said YES! They did present me with a challenge, I had to head over to the Mattel Gameology Facebook App which asked me a bunch of questions in order to determine my game sign. I’m a Socialies. Mattel sent me an amazing box of games and party accessories which were based upon my gameology profile.

Game On Family Game Night Kit

Mattel sent me a gorgeous box which included some games, coasters, bottle openers, napkins and colourful fortune cookies. For our game night we decided that we’d invite my Mum and our friend from next door to join the kids, my husband and I.

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After putting out some chips and blending up some Pina Colada Mocktails we were all set for our night of fun.

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We chose to play UNO first, this is a card game we play often. It’s perfect if you have a variety of ages, believe me when I say it can get competitive. Our girls actually ganged up on me and well….I may have come in last…My Mum had never played UNO and it was hilarious teaching her. She caught on quickly and much to my dismay she joined in on the “Get Julie” mantra.

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Because it was a weekday evening we gave the kids the choice of our final game. While we’d love to have gotten to play all of them, it was getting late. It was no surprise that they jumped on Angry Birds, they’d been bugging me to open the box since it crossed the threshold of the front door.

This game is AWESOME, we love the digital version and this one didn’t disappoint. First thing you do is line up the cards and choose form 4 levels of difficulty. You choose a card and build your obstacle as per instructions.

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Now you line up the birds specified on the card and send them flying towards the obstacle. The idea is to knock off all of the birds to WIN.

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We really enjoyed our Game Night and encourage you all to get one on the calendar yourselves.

Enter to WIN a Game Night Package

In fact…the kind folks at Mattel have provided me with one Game On package to giveaway to one of my Canadian readers! The winner will be drawn on November 29th and have 48 hours to respond. Good luck!

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Heading to St Pete Beach to stay at a Tradewinds Resort in Florida

As a family, each of us has a different wish list when we’re planning a holiday. While I’d enjoy spending all of my time shopping and relaxing in the sun, my family has different interests. As you can imagine it can be quite a challenge to find a vacation which hits everyone’s wants and needs (sleep is a priority!).

In the past few years we have fallen in love with Florida, its warm climate, friendly people and fantastic customer service has never let us down. We are actually here in Orlando now, after spending a few days having our minds blown at Disney we are staying steps from the outlets which pleases me immensely! Tomorrow we are heading down to Island Grand, a Tradewinds Resort on St Pete Beach.

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We specifically chose Island Grand because it has something for everyone in our family at a resort that is not an all-inclusive located right on the beach.

TradeWinds Island Grand has completed all phases of a $20 million renovation project! Renovations include guest rooms, suites and specialty units; meetings space, lobby, Grand Palm Colonnade, and more!

A 20-acre beachfront playground, TradeWinds Island Grand was created with fun in mind. Bask beside one of five heated pools. Let the kids play at the KONK while you indulge in a massage or a romantic dinner. Explore our impeccably landscaped grounds by paddleboat along the meandering waterway. Give our concierge a call to arrange a fishing, golf or snorkeling excursion. At the Island Grand, your choices are limited only by your imagination. You pack your things, we’ll pack your stay.

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The choices here seem endless but each of us has made a wish list of activities which we can enjoy. Many are provided free of cost, and a few will be special treats.

On my list is the Body Works Spa, I’d love to see about getting a pedicure after doing so much walking. I also plan on making good use of the cabanas on the beach, I’m picturing myself utterly relaxed watching the kids play in the water.

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Sydney cannot wait to check out Fish Tales with Captain Tim and the Splash Island Water Park. How amazing that there is fishing themed activities for our little angler, honestly this is rare to find located directly within the resort.

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Chelsea is looking forward to having her hair braided on the beach and swooping down the High Tide Water Slide which is right on the beach.

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My husband is easy to please. He wanted our own kitchen to prepare meals using local foods, shopping close by and a gorgeous beach. Guy Harvey Outpost has all of his requests and MORE, I cannot wait to see which activities he’ll choose to try.

You can find out more about Tradewinds Resorts on Twitter @TWResorts or FB on their Tradewinds Island Resorts page.

Keep an eye out for my updates over the next few days as we experience all they have to offer. You can find me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Disclosure: I was provided a stay at this resort for purposes of review; I was not compensated. All opinions are my own. 

We Are Heading to Walt Disney World! #DisneyHaunt

There’s something BIG on the horizon for our little family! Last week I received an email invitation which made me SQUEAL like a little girl…and believe me it’s been a while since that’s happened! Disney Canada has invited our little family down to Walt Disney World to stay at The Cabins at Fort Wilderness Lodge and experience Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party and the 18th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!!! We’re tagging it #DisneyHaunt and hope you’ll all follow along on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag.

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You know how we adore Walt Disney World, earlier this year I told you all about surprising our daughters with a trip to Walt Disney World for Christmas and shared our trip with you over 4 posts which detailed our favourite attractions at each theme park.

There’s not much time to prepare, we’re busy here with home renovations and normal daily activities but together we’re getting our things in order to be able to jet out of here soon to sunnier weather! We have never experienced the hotel or the festivities which we’re getting to go to but oh man they look awesome online! Here are some things we’re looking forward to!

The Cabins at Wilderness Lodge at Walt Disney World

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“Escape to the rustic majesty of America’s Great Northwest. Inspired by turn-of-the-century National Park lodges, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge celebrates American craftsmanship and honors the beauty of the untamed wilderness. Soak in the splendor of the great outdoors, from nature trails through pine forests to rocking chairs that overlook a murmuring creek. Inside, discover towering totem poles, headdresses and more, and sink into a plush leather armchair in front of the roaring fireplace.”~ https://disneyworld.disney.go.com

We are staying in a cabin which is super exciting, they’re rustic, quaint and private. They have so much to do at this resort; from campfires, archery, pools, movies to visiting Circle D Ranch I know the girls will be having a blast!

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween

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“Don your favorite costume and get ready to trick-or-treat at this Halloween-themed event held in Magic Kingdom theme park.”

This is going to be AWESOME, ok I have to get some costumes together which is a challenge but we’re really looking forward to experiencing Mickey’s Halloween. There is trick or treating and eerie entertainment throughout the park. This event is one that you purchase passes to, it’s on from Sept 10- Nov 1st on select nights from 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM.

18th Annual Epcot Food & Wine Festival

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“The 46-day festival, celebrated for its inspired food-and-beverage marketplaces, high-energy concerts and premium dining events, debuts a Scotland Marketplace and adds fresh flavor to the Brazil Marketplace, returning by popular demand.  Griddled lobster tail with garlic butter sizzles at the Hops & Barley Marketplace by American Adventure, and the aromas of more than 25 ethnic and specialized marketplaces — Africa, France, South Korea and Florida Local included — waft across the World Showcase Promenade. Guests can have their own complimentary “passport” stamped at each location for a fun festival souvenir.”

Oh I’m sure you can guess how much I’m looking forward to this! We will be surrounded by delicious foods from around the world and I’ll have the opportunity to see and learn things I wouldn’t otherwise. With our park admission we’ll get authentic Taste seminars, Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog, special book signings, Eat to the Beat concerts, cultural adventures, Marketplace Discovery Passport and all attractions and park entertainment are included with regular Epcot admission.

Other festival highlights include:

  • More than 270 chefs including Disney chefs and culinary stars from across the country
  • Party for the Senses grand tasting events Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, and Nov. 2 featuring tempting bites from eminent chefs, more than 50 wines and beers and live entertainment.
  • Premium events including “Scotland: Land of Food & Drink” the new “Parisian Breakfast” on Sundays, ”3D” Disney’s Dessert Discovery on select Fridays, and Cheese Seminars on Saturdays.The

The 18th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is presented by Chase Sept. 27-Nov. 11, 2013.

We are scrambling to prepare and cannot wait to head out but in the meantime if you’d like to offer your costume ideas I’d love the help! Keep up with the chatter on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #DisneyHaunt

 

LuLuLemon Lovers will Dig Ivivva Athletica for Kids! $50 Prize Pack Giveaway

As the parent of 2 girls who are very active I can tell you I’ve learned that the quality of their athletic clothing matters! I don’t know how many pairs of capris, shorts and tanks I’ve had to throw away because they lose their shape, get holes or are just “too hot”. In the past I’ve push-poshed higher price tags but after doing the math on the money I’ve thrown away on cheap products, these days I seek out quality rather than a low price tag. Cue music and lights because Ivivva Athletica has come in to provide me with the perfect products for my busy girls.

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Ivivva has Lululemon roots

For many of, the name LuLuLemon is associated with quality, fashionable activewear we adore. Ivivva is the sister store of LuLuLemon, specifically geared to the needs of active 4-14 year old girls. As members of the lululemon athletica family, Ivivva shares the same DNA. That means they use the same high-quality, technical fabrics in all of their clothing and that everything Ivivva make is designed for active girls who love to move and aren’t afraid to sweat.

This to me is an awesome find, not only will I have to purchase less over time but Chelsea immediately fell in love with the clothing and accessories. Ivivva kindly offered us some of their hottest products to review and as usual it took far too much time for Miss Chelsea to make her choices…picture me sitting with her on the laptop, repeatedly going from item to item until finally I had to give her a 1 minute countdown to make her choices. Oh how I love my fashionista!

Ivivva Stores are Unique

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Ivivva stores aren’t your average shopping experience, Ivivva really caters to their customers. Within each change room there is a whiteboard where the staff will write the child’s name and their favourite activities, this really personalizes the shopping experience for the kids. The kids love strutting their stuff on the “run-way” which is located near the change rooms and how about a free dance class? You can sign up for free classes in many different forms from jazz to hip-hop!

Ivivva Quality

The difference between the quality of Ivivva in relation to the too-cheap items I’ve purchased in the past was apparent the moment I touched the first garment. The fabrics are thicker, the seams are flat, they are pre-shrunk, zipper garages protect little chins, fabrics are reversible which gives 2 different “looks”, the tags are placed within pockets so as not to irritate..honestly I was impressed. They have even pre-planned for growing kids by designing products with hems which can be let down and seams which can be let out in store as your child grows.

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Chelsea’s Ivivva Choices

After much deliberation Miss Chelsea decided on 3 items; the Back 2 Basics headband, the Perfect Practice Jacket and the Rhythmic Short II.

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Chelsea putting her Ivivva gear to the test

Each are of amazing quality and as Chelsea says “super comfy & fashionable”. I was really pleased to find that the Perfect Practice Jacket has an extra hair elastic on the zipper for those moments when we’ve forgotten to bring one with us!

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WIN a $50 Prize Pack from Ivivva

Ivivva Giveaway

The kind folks at Ivivva Athletica have provided me with 3 items which value over $50 to giveaway to one lucky Canadian reader! Within the pack is the Back 2 Basics Headband,  the Village Chill Scarf and the Drink Me Up H2O Bottle. Entry is simple, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below, contest ends October 16th and the winner will have 48 hours to respond. Good luck!

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 Disclosure: We were sent the items within the review but opinions are our own.

Beyond Bedding Giveaway – Open to US/CAN

I have had the pleasure to review bedding sets from Beyond Bedding more than once now on Sober Julie. Each time we’ve been highly pleased with the quality, style and performance of these sets.

Our first review was for Chelsea’s bedroom, the Pink and Black Sophia Childrens Bedding 4pc Twin Set was perfect for her girlie bedroom and is still in perfect shape after many washes.

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Next we were looking for a bedding set for Sydney’s bedroom but we knew pink wouldn’t cut it as she isn’t exactly a girlie girl. Sydney chose the Deco Dot Modern Teen Bedding set which fit her taste and bedroom very well. Again, it’s been over a year and the set is in great shape!

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Beyond Bedding offers kids bedding in various styles which I’m sure would suit anyone’s tastes. Check out the camo crib bedding from Beyond Bedding, even my friends at Duck Dynasty would be impressed!

WIN a Set From Beyond Bedding

I am pleased to announce that I am a part of a giveaway with 10 other bloggers. There are 10 bedding sets from Beyond Bedding’s children’s, teens beddings sets line up for grabs!

That means 10 blogs, 10 prizes and 10 winners!

This contest is open to US and Canada residents, Canadian winners are subject to duty fees. Entry is simple just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. Winners will be chosen September 23rd, GOOD LUCK!
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Back To School Shopping for under $100 at Walmart #WalmartFrugalHeroes

Disclosure: I received a $100 Walmart gift card to complete this challenge but as always opinions are my own.

On August 22nd I joined many people across Canada for the 2nd Walmart Frugal Heroes Shopping Challenge. The challenge was to stock up on school supplies for both of my girls for under $100. This past Spring I participated in the 1st Walmart Frugal Heroes Shopping Challenge, the challenge was Decorating My Outdoor Space and although I knew I could find great pricing at Walmart I was concerned I couldn’t do it all for $100 because the list for school supplies was long.

Shopping with my two girls is always a challenge, between their sibling rivalry and the budget I needed a plan! I told each girl they had exactly $50 to spend and was VERY clear that we wouldn’t be going to the clothing or toy sections until we’d gotten all of the school supplies we needed…this was met with groans but eventually they agreed and off we went to our local Walmart.

photo-10The store was very busy and I was glad that we had a plan. We began striking items off our list quickly, there were many items that were only $1.00 (like pencils, glue) so I was feeling quite positive about it all. As we came to the pencil crayons I was ready to negotiate with my daughter. In the past Sydney has always wanted the larger, very pricey art sets but this time she actually chose a less expensive box and explained that she wanted more money to spend elsewhere.

WOW talk about shocker, my girl was actually understanding a budget!

photo-14Taking the girls with me to Walmart really made it a challenge but in the end they were amazing. They actually worked together, Sydney helped Chelsea understand the prices and Chelsea helped Syd pick which colour matched her eyes…sigh.

Once we had finished with the school supplies each of them still had some money to spend so we headed off to the Girls clothing department. They were able to get 2 shirts each and a pair of pants! I was quite surprised at how much we were able to buy with just $100. Our end total was $99.96 and I’d call this a success.

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WWE Launches Protein Fight Club #WWEMoms #MilkWINS

My daughters are different in oh-so many ways but the one thing they have in common is a love for anything WWE related. Right now as a Mom I’m so grateful that the WWE has launched a new social good campaign. The Protein Fight club carries a message that so many of us with children who don’t get enough protein can support.

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WWE and MilkPEP – the same organization that presented the highly influential “got milk?” series – have announced a new partnership centered on a brand-new campaign called Protein Fight Club.

WWE partnering with milk is an incredible opportunity to spread the message about good nutrition and healthy living for kids,” Stephanie told WWE.com in an exclusive interview at the event. “It’s an important message for working parents. It’s incredibly important to have milk as an easy way to ensure that our kids get all of the protein and nutrients they need to get them through the day.

Experts recommend including 20 to 30 grams of protein with each meal, most adults only consume 10 to 12 grams at breakfast. But milk, with its eight grams of protein in every eight-ounce serving, can easily solve that problem.

“My three girls get milk throughout the day. Our 5-year-old has to have milk the first thing in the morning before she even speaks,” Stephanie told WWE.com. “I can take comfort as a mom knowing that even if they don’t eat all of their vegetables or other parts of their meals, they’re getting that complete protein source when they drink their milk.”

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As a Mom with kids who love milk this is a no-brainer! This campaign is going to bring about awareness to those who aren’t aware of the protein that milk provides. I love the videos they’ve made….the kids think they’re hilarious

Find out more and check out the new #MilkWins vignettes on the WWE website!

Disclosure: As a WWEMoms ambassador I’ve been compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.