Baby’s First Christmas Events at Babies “R” Us


Our daughter's first Christmas

Our daughter’s first Christmas

Can you believe that Christmas is just a couple of months away? Wasn’t is just summer yesterday? It sure seems like it.

My kids are teenagers now and oddly enough they are not really asking for much for Christmas. I’m rather surprised by that.

I would love to take the family to New York City prior to Christmas to see the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, have dinner and check out the tree at Rockefeller Center one night in lieu of spending a small fortune on gifts. Too bad the Christmas Spectacular is more than we can afford. It would have been a fun idea to spend the holiday together as a family doing fun things. Our daughter will be in college this time next year and our son not too far after that. Our time with the kids is dwindling away.

It makes me laugh when I think about their “wish lists” from a couple of years ago. They were a mile long! Back then I wished they were still babies when they didn’t have wish lists and we could get them whatever fun toys we wanted to get them.

A baby’s first Christmas is a special time. It’s just one of many “firsts” you’ll get to experience with your baby or grandchild.

It’s not always easy to figure out what gifts to get for a baby’s first Christmas. You want to get the baby something fun and entertaining but at the same time you don’t want to get too many toys because at that age they don’t need a lot.

Our son's first Christmas along with our daughter.

Our son’s first Christmas along with our daughter.

If you are going to be shopping for a baby’s first Christmas this year please join Babies “R” Us at one of their Baby’s First Christmas events happening at stores nationwide throughout November.

On select Saturdays in November from 10-11am, new parents are encouraged to visit their local Babies“R”Us to celebrate their baby’s first Christmas, where they can meet and greet with other moms and dads whose little ones are the same age as well as take part of memorable activities, including storytime, adorable photo opps and a make-and-take craft to name a few. During the one-hour events, Parents can also enter in a raffle to win exciting prizes and receive exclusive holiday deals. The celebrations are geared toward babies of all stages in their first year, and below is a birthday outline to help parents plan:

(11/8 – 10am): Dec 2013/Jan/Feb/Mar 2014 Babies

(11/15- 10am ): Apr/May/Jun/Jul 2014 Babies

(11/22- 10am): Aug/Sep/Oct/Nov 2014 Babies

I wish they had events like this when our daughter was a baby. It would have been fun to meet other parents with a baby her same age. Plus who doesn’t want to win prizes?

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In addition to the in-store events Babies “R” Us is also hosting two Twitter chats where they will be sharing great tips about buying presents for Baby’s First Christmas as well as ways to celebrate this important milestone. The hashtag is #BRUChristmas and Babies “R” Us on Twitter is @BabiesRUs. I’ll find out the Twitter times and share the info. on my blog’s Facebook (Facebook.com/SheScribes) and Twitter (@She_Scribes) pages.

For more information about the in store events please visit www.Babiesrus.com/FirstChristmas.

Tell me about your baby or grand baby’s first Christmas? Is there a special memory you have from that day? What was your favorite gift the baby received? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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*I have partnered with Babies R Us to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 


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New Softsoap’s new Limited edition holiday body washes


Limited Edition Soapsoap

It’s not even Halloween yet but already people are thinking ahead to the holiday season. In fact it’s hard to walk into most stores these days without seeing something for the Christmas season on stores shelves. Honestly I think stores should wait until at least mid-November before putting out the holiday items. Pairing Christmas decor along side Halloween candy still seems “wrong”.

I’m all for holiday items. I love to make my home look and smell warm and inviting for the holiday season. I even go so far as to use hand soap that is scented to represent the season or holiday.

I think scent is a powerful thing. Just a simple whiff of something can bring back special memories or transport my mind to another time. That is why I love holiday scents. They remind me of special times with my family, as well as all the fond memories I have growing up.

Christmas is my favorite holiday, so anything that can evoke memories of Christmases past I want in my home.

Softsoap has three new limited edition holiday body washes that are sure to get you and your family into the holiday spirit.

Softsoap® brand  Alpine Mint Frost

Lose yourself in the beauty of winter with Softsoap® brand limited edition Alpine Mint Frost body wash. Its revitalizing scent of Cool Winter Mint will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth all winter long. 

Softsoap® brand Parisian Berry Bliss

Celebrate the spirit of the season with Softsoap® brand limited edition Parisian Berry Bliss body wash. This moisturizing formula leaves skin feeling soft and smooth, while the festive scent of red winter berries leaves you ready to enjoy winter. 

Softsoap® brand Venetian Vanilla Spice

Embrace the magic of the winter season with Softsoap® brand limited edition Venetian Vanilla Spice body wash. Let the invigorating scent of Sweet Vanilla & Spices infuse your shower to leave you with soft and smoother skin all winter long.

I was sent all three scents to review.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Alpine Mint Frost scented body wash. It smells like a candy cane. Or better yet a creamy candy cane (if that makes any sense). This moisturizing body wash is scented with “cool Winter mint” (as per the packaging). When I breath it in I can’t help but think of stockings, Christmas trees and candy canes. I truly love this scent. I’m sorry that it’s a limited edition because I would love to enjoy this year round, but then again I wouldn’t want to think about Christmas in the middle of July. So I can see why it’s a limited edition scent.

Parisian Berry Bliss has a very strong berry scent. It kind of reminds me of a rich, red wine scent. It’s scented with red Winter berries, but it doesn’t necessarily remind me of Winter or Christmas. The scent could work just as well during the summer time, especially because berries are very much in season. None the less it’s a lovely, invigorating scent.

Venetian Vanilla Spice is for the vanilla lover. It really smells like vanilla – a rich, creamy vanilla. Vanilla is often an ingredient in holiday baking, so I can see the connection with the holiday season. It’s a rather intoxicating scent.

candy canes

I love how these scents fill the air when you shower or bathe. It’s so much nicer then just plain soap.

Not only do these body washes smell amazing they also clean your skin, give it a touch of moisturizer, and rinses off cleanly without leaving any kind of residue.

All three of these body washes would make great stocking stuffers for the holiday season. You could also include them in a homemade gift basket (such as a “spa” gift basket), or a care package for a college student or shut in.

If you enjoy the scents be sure to pick up a few bottles because these are limited edition. Once the holiday season is gone so are these lovely scented body washes.

If you would like to learn more about Softsoap products visit the official Softsoap website. You can also find coupons on the site. You can also check out Softsoap on Facebook.

What do you think about the new scents? Do you think you’ll try them out?



*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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“Wicked” wine for your Halloween celebration


halloween night

Are you hosting a Halloween party this year, or have you been invited to a Halloween party?

I would LOVE to host a Halloween party. If our home was big enough I would have a huge bash and invite all my family, friends and neighbors. I would go all out and make it a fun night for everyone – kids and adults alike.

I’ve been to Halloween parties that done up in Halloween decor and served creepy food and drink concoctions. I’ve also been to Halloween parties that are just regular parties. As for me, if I was to hold a Halloween bash I would go all out and serve my guests ghoulish treats and dastardly drinks.

When I think about beverages to serve at a Halloween party I think about the usual (soda, tea, coffee, water…) and maybe a creepy punch mixture (non-alcoholic). When it comes to wine, I would never associate it with Halloween. For me, wine is a bit of a “classy” beverage and is better suited or a nice dinner or an afternoon with a best friend while enjoying finger sandwiches. Halloween and wine seem like an odd combination… until now.

New from HobNob wines is a unique wine called HobNob Wicked Red.

Look at the bottle! The bottle features a “sugar skull” making it a perfect addition to any Halloween gathering.

HobNob Wicked Red

I love the bottle! I’m saving it to keep in my collection (I have a collection of limited edition and unique bottles).

Already dressed for the occasion and outfitted with a decorative sugar skull on its’ label, Wicked Red is a fruit-forward blend of Grenache, bold Cabernet Sauvignon, spicy Shiraz and delicate Pinot Noir. Devilishly good, Wicked Red reveals aromas of roasted coffee, mocha, toasted hazelnut, and spicy notes embellished with hints of orange zest and flower.

I was reluctant to open the bottle because I love it “as is” but I was curious about how this wine tasted.

I am not a wine connoisseur. I cannot accurately each and every taste in detail. I can only describe it in “layman’s terms”.

The first thing I noticed when I opened this bottle is that it has a strong, fruity aroma. I smell cherries and some other fruit (raspberries perhaps?). The scent makes me think of dark red cherries.

Normally I’m not a big fan of red wines (I prefer white wines) however there are a few red wines that I do enjoy.

HobNob Wicked Red has a full, robust flavor. It’s very fruity when you first drink it. When you swallow there is a lingering taste in your mouth that has a bit of a “kick” to it. Not a spicy kick like hot peppers but there is a little something at the end that is unlike anything I have ever tasted in a wine before. I enjoy it. It’s different. You get the strong, bold fruity flavor followed by an interesting after taste.

I can see why they gave this wine the name “wicked”. It’s red wine with a bit of a naughty, subtle spiciness to it.

HobNob Wicked Red would be fun to serve to Halloween guests. It would also make a wonderful hostess gift. I’m sure your holiday host would never expect something like this.

HobNob Wicked Red retails for around $10.99. Look for it at a wine/liquor store near you.

For more information about HobNob wines please visit HobNobWines.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

Have you tried HobNob wines before? What do you think about this bottle?

HobNob Wicked


*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Scaring up some fun with my Acer Tab 8 Tablet with Intel Inside


Looking up Halloween make up ideas on my Acer Tab 8 Tablet.

Looking up Halloween make up ideas on my Acer Tab 8 Tablet.

I love the holidays. I love everything about them. I love decorating, entertaining, trying out holiday related recipes and other fun and creative ideas.

I’m always looking online for inspiration. Pinterest is my “go to” place for great holiday and seasonal related ideas. I can literally spend hours on Pinterest.

I also like to Google things. If I have an idea I Google it to see if anything comes up.

Thank goodness for my Acer Tab 8 Tablet with Intel Inside. I can access the internet just about anywhere I am whether I’m at work or at home.

We have a lot of “down time” at work. That is when I appreciate my Acer Tab 8 Tablet with Intel Inside the most. Not only does it allow me to watch Netflix (we’re allowed to when there is nothing going on at work) I can also surf the Internet, reply to emails and play fun games.

Lately we’ve been watching Halloween related things off Netflix. :-)

Thanks to the Intel processor in my Acer I can watch videos with crystal clear quality and vibrant colors. After all, if I am going to watch Halloween movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas and DreamWorks Spooky Stories (I like to keep it G/PG at work) I want excellent image quality.

I love creating holiday related recipes for my family. When there is nothing on television to watch I like to grab my Acer Tab Tablet and look up some yummy treats I can surprise my family with.

I've got to try and make these adorable pumpkin Rice Krispies treats!

I’ve got to try and make these adorable pumpkin Rice Krispies treats!

Sometimes I can sleep at night (maybe it’s all the ghouls and gobblins keeping me up at night). Rather than turn on the television and “scare” (pun intended) my husband, or log on to my lap top, I just have to reach over and grab my tablet. I can see what is happening on Facebook and Twitter, check out my friends photos on Instagram, or get some ideas for around my home.

I LOVE to decorate! I wish I had a house with a yard. I would go absolutely crazy decorating both inside and out – especially Halloween and Christmas!

Speaking of decorating… we have yet to cut our pumpkins! Yikes! I just remembered we have them. The are on our balcony.

I know my daughter wanted to try and use a stencil this year and cut out the pumpkin to look like something else (not a regular pumpkin). I best start looking up some ideas for her. I’m sure I can print out some stencils online.

Cute pumpkin ideas!

Cute pumpkin ideas!

Are you as excited about the holidays as I am? Do you love to surf the internet to look for ideas and inspiration? Is there a website you go to all the time for ideas? I would love to hear about it.

To you have a tablet? If you are in the market for Intel Tablets I love my Acer Tab 8. I haven’t had any issues with it.

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No tricks, just sweet treats from PEEPS



Halloween is almost here. Have you picked up your supply of sweet treats for the trick-or-treaters yet?

I LOVE chocolate. That is one of my favorite types of Halloween candies. But sadly most candy given out for Halloween is chocolate. I can eat chocolate at any time. For that reason I am looking for something a little more for the holiday.

PEEPS has long been associated with the holidays. First there was Easter, and not PEEPS can be found on store shelves for every holiday. Since I’m a long PEEP fan I am always thrilled to see holiday PEEPS appear on store shelves.

This Halloween PEEPS is offering consumers some fun holiday goodies.

PEEPS Halloween offerings include:

  • PEEPS® Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Cats (New 4 ct and 8 ct)
  • PEEPS® Snack Size, individually wrapped, Marshmallow chicks (34 ct)
  • PEEPS® Milk Chocolate Dipped Orange Chicks (3 ct)
  • PEEPS® Milk Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Pumpkins (individually wrapped)
  • PEEPS® Pumpkins (8 and 24 ct)
  • PEEPS® Ghosts (3 and 9 ct)
  • PEEPS® Sugar-Free Pumpkins (3 ct)

PEEPS was kind enough to send me some products to try out, enjoy and share with others.

Orange Chocolate Dipped PEEP

I couldn’t wait to try the PEEPS Milk Chocolate Dipped Orange Chicks. Chocolate and marshmallows are a match made in heaven. I couldn’t wait to enjoy one. There is just enough chocolate on them without going overboard. PEEPS are great on their own, they don’t need to be totally covered in chocolate. Of course if you enjoy PEEPS dipped in chocolate you’ll want to pick up some of the individually wrapped PEEPS Milk Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Pumpkins. I had one. I totally forgot to include it in my photos.

The Halloween shaped PEEPS are great to enjoy “as is” or you can use them in other recipes. Personally I enjoy tossing a marshmallow PEEP into a mug of hot chocolate. Not only does it taste great it’s a fun way to add a bit of spooky fun to something as simple as a mug of hot chocolate.

PEEP Hot Cocoa

It’s fun to watch it melt. :-)

I was pleasantly surprised about the sugar free PEEPS. Sometimes sugar free products taste weird or have a nasty after taste. I didn’t experience that with the sugar free PEEPS. They tasted a little different than regular PEEPS, but it was not that bad at all. They were pretty good.

It’s nice that PEEPS are available sugar free for those who need to watch their sugar intake.

Did you know that PEEPS makes individually wrapped min PEEPS that are perfect to hand out to little trick-or-treaters? They are made in Halloween colors too!


Snack Size PEEPS


PEEPS can be found nationwide at grocery stores, drug stores and more.

There is also a PEEPS website which I recommend you check out if you have a chance. The site is www.PEEPSandCompany.com and there you can not only purchase adorable and fun PEEPS themed apparel, accessories and gifts, but you can also purchase PEEPS candies including hard to find PEEPS and special edition PEEPS like these super adorable Minion PEEPS.



If you are looking for some awesome recipes to make with PEEPS check out the website www.MarshmallowPEEPS.com. I LOVE the Haunted House cake and the Chocolate Mousse in a Jar recipe.

Peeps Haunted House

Peeps Mousse Dessert

PEEPS are great anytime of the year, not just around the holidays. That is why I am grateful that they offer packages of snack sized PEEPS which are available year round (the sour watermelon are so good!).

If you would like to stay connect with the PEEPS brand and keep up to date on new products, ideas and more, check out PEEPS on social media.

Do you have a favorite PEEPS product?

What is your favorite way to enjoy PEEPS? Do you enjoy them straight out of the package or do you like to get creative with them and use them in recipes? Feel free to share your thoughts.



*The PEEPS® product, information and gift have been provided by Just Born Quality Confections. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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SMIRNOFF Sours – A “frightfully” delicious drink



Halloween parties are in full swing now that Halloween is right around the corner. Who says the holiday is only for little ghosts and goblins. Adults enjoy Halloween just as much as kids do. The only exception is that adults want grown up goodies (although most grown ups do like candy :-)).

If you are planning a Halloween party for your friends, or you are planning on attending a Halloween party, you should know about SMIRNOFF Sours. SMIRNOFF Sours are flavored vodkas which are available in Green Apple, Watermelon and Fruit Punch flavors.

What makes these vodkas even more fun for Halloween parties is that the bottles glow in the dark. They glow under black light (not from sunlight). How cool is that?

Normally I don’t drink “hard liquor”. Maybe once in a blue moon, especially something as super strong as vodka. However the sour flavors really caught my attention. I couldn’t imagine a sour tasting vodka.

I was sent to review the Watermelon flavored SMIRNOFF Sour vodka. I LOVE the bright pink bottle. It’s really cool!

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I tried some. I know vodka can pack a punch to begin with but nothing prepared me for what I experienced.


WOW!!! This really is sour! But sour in a good way – like the way Lemonheads and Sweetarts. I don’t mean it tastes like them – I mean that it’s an enjoyable sour taste. It also tasted like watermelon!

My husband said it smells like a Jolly Rancher watermelon candy. I would have to agree with him on that.

The SMIRNOFF Watermelon sour vodka has a sweet taste to it, but still packs a punch as only vodka could do.

This is NOT a cocktail drink – this is vodka. It’s meant to be enjoyed in small doses (like shots), or mixed with other ingredients. You couldn’t drink a glass full of this.

Here are some recipes you might want to try at your next get together featuring the SMIRNOFF Sour vodka.

Sour Captain Drop

  • 1 oz. SMIRNOFF Sours Green Apple
  • 5 oz. Spiced rum
  • 8 oz. Energy drink

Mix SMIRNOFF Sours Green Apple and rum, pour into a shot glass, drop shot into energy drink

Sour Drop

  • 2 SMIRNOFF Sours Watermelon
  • 8 oz. beer

Drop shot into beer

Sour Berry Drop

  • 5 oz. SMIRNOFF Sours Fruit Punch
  • 5 oz. Cranberry juice
  • 8 oz. Energy drink

Mix SMIRNOFF Sours Fruit Punch and cranberry juice, pour into shot glass, drop shot into energy drink

SMIRNOFF Sours Green Apple

2 oz. SMIRNOFF Sours Green Apple

Taste best served as a chilled shot.

SMIRNOFF Sour Watermelon

2 oz. SMIRNOFF Sour Watermelon

Taste best served as a chilled shot.

SMIRNOFF Sour Fruit Punch

2 oz. SMIRNOFF Sour Fruit Punch

Taste best served as a chilled shot.

I haven’t tried any of the mixed recipes yet (just the chilled Sour Watermelon) although I am planning on trying the Sour Berry Drop (I love Cranberry).

Sours Watermelon

You can find more recipes on the SMIRNOFF Facebook page.

I am enjoying the new sour vodka. I wouldn’t be surprised if these don’t become very popular drinks at both parties and clubs. It takes a classic, like vodka, to a whole new level.

SMIRNOFF is asking consumers who enjoy their sour vodkas to snap a photo of their face when they drink SMIRNOFF Sours (the sour face) and upload the photos to social media using the hashtag #MyFaceWhen.

Whether you plan on hosting your own “Fright Night” or a night out with friends, try SMIRNOFF Sours delicious tart line to get in the Halloween spirit!

Have you tried any of the SMIRNOFF Sours yet? If so, what flavor did you try and what did you think about it?

Do you think you’ll try one of these flavors? Which one is your favorite?

For more information about SMIRNOFF visit SMIRNOFF.com.

REMEMBER – Always drink responsibly and NEVER drink and drive!




*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.  

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