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Haunted Halloween Fun from Oriental Trading Company

 

My dining room table last Halloween.

I LOVE to decorate for the various holidays and seasons. Halloween and Christmas are my two most favorite times of the year to decorate. Some people might say that Halloween is my favorite, but honestly, I enjoy decorating for both Halloween and Christmas just about the same.

When my kids were little I kept the decorations “G” rated so as not to frighten them and give them bad dreams. As soon as they were old enough I swapped out cutsie decor for more sinister things. Gone are the colorful plastic pumpkins, fluffy plush animals and dolls that dance and sing. They’ve been replaced with life sized zombies, skeletons, mummies, bats and more.

We live in a condo complex. I’d have to say 95% of the residents DON’T decorate for the holidays. We do, and our neighbors notice. We receive a lot of comments from people who live in our complex about our decorations and how much they enjoy seeing what we put up year after year.

I love to rotate the items I have to decorate with. I have a few key pieces that I put out year after year. Other decorations I put out every other year so as not to look at the same thing all the time.

Notice the eerie glowing eyes in the background?

I am always on the look out for new goodies to add to our holiday decoration collection. Since I need to keep to a budget I like to visit shops like Oriental Trading Company where I know I can find great deals on holiday decor and more.

This year I picked up a few new pieces that have been a hit with visitors.

One of my favorite new pieces this year is the Haunted Gargoyle TV from Oriental Trading Company. It looks like a small television, but it holds an eerie surprise. When you turn the dial – watch out! You are in for a big surprise.

Check out my brief video (below).

 

How cool is that? I love it!

The television is made of hard plastic, but it’s very light weight. The “screen” is made with some kind of fabric-like material.

To use simply turn the dial, then step back and watch the magic happen. The face really does pop out of the screen.

On a scale of one to ten for awesomeness, this Halloween decoration is a TWELVE!

The ONLY negative I can think of is that it’s very loud. I remedied this by taping a thick piece of cardboard over the speaker.

Another fun Halloween decoration that is sure to send shivers down your spine is a creepy Halloween Animated Owl.

This is a large decoration, as you can see in the brief video I made (below).

 

The owl is motion and sound activated (you can hear me clap in the video). He makes owl sounds, movies his head and his eyes glow an eerie orange color.

As it is with the Haunted Gargoyle TV, the volume is rather loud for the owl too. I did the same thing to the owl as I did the TV (I taped a thick piece of cardboard over the speaker).

Currently our owl is inside. On Halloween night I plan on putting him outside so that every time a trick-or-treater comes by he’ll hoot and make scary sounds.

The owl is selling on Oriental Trading Company for only $19.98. For something of this quality its a great price.

Both items require batteries in order to operate. Even when they are not being used they are still fun Halloween decorations.

Notice the great details including the yellowed fingernails. Gross!

Another new piece that we added to our Halloween decor this year is a fun Zombie Hand Napkin Holder, although we use it to hold our cellphones when we are charging them.

This is cute on it’s own, or even better if you set out a spooktacular Halloween tablescape for your holiday guests.

Right now we only have one hand. Next Halloween (if they are still available) I want to pick up several more so I can decorate our dining room table with one at each place setting.

Oriental Trading Company has A LOT more than just Halloween decorations. They have Halloween candy, non-candy treats to give our to children, costumes and so much more. They are literally your one stop shop for all things Halloween related. They even have Halloween crafts which are great to do with a classroom, Sunday School craft or just something fun to do with your children or grandchildren.

If you would like to check out all that Oriental Trading Company has to offer, visit OrientalTrading.com. You can also find the brand on social media. All of the links are found on their website.

Do you shop at Oriental Trading Company? Are you in the market for Halloween decor, costumes or candy?

Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

*I received free products 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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Fake Candles Craft – Great for all seasons/holidays (and so easy to make!)

 

I will be the first person to say that I am not very crafty. I used to be, and I still want to be, but it’s not always easy for me to do the crafts I want to do. I simply don’t have the time between my family, work and my blog. I also don’t have the physical space needed to do a lot of different crafts. On those occasions I do a craft it’s usually something quick and easy.

I am addicted to Pinterest. I “pin” crafts all the time on that site – both for my own personal use and for work (I work with kindergartners).

I’m a HUGE fan of decorating for the holidays and seasons, so many of my craft pins are related to them.

One evening while browsing on Pinterest I saw a craft where you can make candles out of paper towel (or toilet paper) cardboard rolls. I wish I had the original site/photo that I saw the project on. I suppose if you look up “paper towel candles” or “floating candle craft” on Pinterest you might find similar ones.

Please disregard the strings. I made these to be hanging candles but you can make them without the string to display on a table top.

Floating Candles

I have a lot of paper towel and toilet paper tubes collected to use on crafts with the kids I work with. I already had the main piece I needed for the “candles.” Here are the rest of the supplies.

  • Paper towel/Toilet paper cardboard rolls
  • Hot glue gun (I used Westcott Mini Hot Glue Gun (High Temp Model) and Wescott Hot Glue Pen)
  • Hot glue gun sticks (I used Westcott because they work with my glue gun/pen)
  • Paint (I chose white and a glitter paint to add some sparkle)
  • Paintbrush
  • Finishing line or clear string (only if you plan on handing the candles)
  • Long needle (only if you plan on hanging the candles)
  • Scissors (Westcott has great non-stick scissors which are ideal for this project)
  • Small battery operated candles (I got mine from the Dollar Store – 2/$1)

Directions:

Make sure your cardboard roll is clean. Pull off any loose paper towel/toilet paper.

Using the scissors, cut one side of the roll with a bit of a “wavy” pattern to it. When candles melt they don’t always melt evenly, so you want to give your fake candle as realistic of an appearance as you can. I neglected to do this part at first. I decided to do it after I had painted them.

You can also cut the tubes to different sizes.

Using your selected paint, paint the entire tube. You might need to do 2-3 coats depending on the paint you used.

I found it easier to stand the tube upright. I put the tubes over prescription bottles so they would stand up right when I was painting them and when they are drying. Spice jars might work too.

Paint an inch or two on the INSIDE of the tube on both end too. You don’t want any of the original cardboard color to show.

Allow the tubes to dry completely.

Plug in your hot glue gun and make sure you have plenty of glue sticks on hand (this craft requires several glue sticks). I’m glad my Wescott Mini Hot Glue Gun heats up quickly. I was anxious to see how my candles would look.

I opted for my Westcott Mini Glue Gun High Temperature Model because I wanted the glue to be a “liquidy” as possible. It can reach up to 400 degrees! This model Wescott Glue Gun is great for;

  • Glass
  • Stone
  • Marble
  • Ceramic
  • Floral arrangements
  • Denim
  • Heavy fabrics

I realize that cardboard is not on this list. I was a bit worried the glue might be too hot, but it wasn’t. It worked out perfectly for my needs.

Westcott also has a low temperature model which is great for crafting;

  • Plastic
  • Felt
  • Styrofoam
  • Paper
  • Silk

Once the hot glue was ready I took one of my painted tubes and squeezed some hot glue on the INSIDE of the tube about an inch or so down. This glue will act as a “ledge” that your battery operated candle will sit on when in use. You cannot glue the battery operated candle to the tube or you won’t be able to turn it on/off. You need to be able to remove it from the tube. By making this “ledge” the candle has something to sit on so it won’t fall through the tube.

It doesn’t have to be perfect. Just squeeze some glue around the sides (even back and forth if you want). It’s just a way of keeping the battery operated candle from sliding through the tube.

Once that glue hardens (it did so quickly) you are ready to add glue to the outside. Using your hot glue gun, squeeze glue all the way around the end of the tube you made the inner ledge. You want the glue to look like it’s dripping – just like hot wax does on real candles. You can keep adding glue until you get your desired look. I ended up going back over a few of them with my Westcott Hot Glue Pen because it gives you precision accuracy, so I was able to add just the right amount of glue in the places I felt like I needed a bit more.

Photo Source: Westcott

This little Hot Glue Pen from Wescott is ideal for any crafting project you might have. It’s also great for quick repairs around your home. The Wescott Hot Glue Pen features;

  • Non-Stick tip for easy clean-up
  • Nozzle changes from blue to red, indicating when the pen is hot and ready for use
  • Top-mounted finger trigger allows for controlled glue dispensing

It can also be used on;

  • Plastic
  • Felt
  • Styrofoam
  • Paper
  • Silk

After you have achieved the look you are going for, let the glue dry completely. After it’s dried you can go back over it with some more paint (I used both white paint and a clear glitter paint).

Allow the tubes to dry completely.

The tube before I painted over the glue and tube with more white paint and glitter paint.

The glitter paint gave the tubes a nice texture.

If you want to hang your candles up to give them a “floating candle” appearance (great for Halloween), thread clear string or fishing line into a long needle (a quilting needle would work).

Using a long needle, pop a hole in one side of the candle (just below where you made that inner “ledge” out of hot glue) and pass the needle all the way through to the other side, keeping the needle as straight as possible (another words have the needle go straight across – not at an angle). If you don’t go straight across your candle will tip when you hang it up (unless you are not going to hang it up). Decide how much string you want and then cut and tie off the end.

If you prefer to make a centerpiece simply use your hot glue gun to adhere the candles to whatever platform you want to use.

Here are some photo and a brief video of my finished candles.

 

I intentionally took the video in the dark so that you can see the lighted candles.

This project was so much fun and oh-s0-easy to make. I plan on making this again but as a centerpiece for Christmas. I was going to make 3-4 candles of varying height and glue them together and surround them with some greenery and small ornaments. If/When I make that I’ll update this post with a photo or two.

People assume that hot glue guns are only to adhere a few things together. As you can see there are plenty of other fun things to do with hot glue. Just check out Pinterest. You’d be surprised at how many fun projects you can do. I have seen jewelry, wallets and bowls made out of hot glue.

Wescott non-stick scissors are great for this project. They cut through the cardboard tubes with ease.

Even hot glue dispensers have evolved over the years. The Westcott brand of hot glue guns and pen feature non-stick tips for easy clean up, a nozzle that changes from blue to red so you know when the pen/gun is ready for use, and a finger friendly trigger for dispensing the glue.

If you would like to learn more about Wescott products visit WestcottCreativators.com or WestcottBrand.com/products.html. You can also find some wonderful, creative ideas on the brand’s site or by visiting WestcottBrand.com/craft-projects.html.

The brand can also be found on social media. All of their links are found on their website (bottom right).

Do you use hot glue guns for crafting? Have you ever tried a hot glue pen?

What are some of your favorite projects you’ve made with hot glue? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

*I have partnered with Westcott to bring you this information. I received free products to do this project as well as compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Christmas in July… it’s never too early to start preparing for the holidays

 

Photo Source: Dreamstime.com

When it comes to the various holidays and seasons, I am one of the people who are first to complain about how retailers “jump the gun” and start putting out holiday and seasonal products long before they should. Just the other day I noticed our local grocery store already has back to school supplies on their shelves and my beloved Christmas Tree Shop had fall/autumn decor as soon as you walked in the door.

My husband and I have a bet going on. He thinks we’re going to start seeing Halloween candy by August 15th. I think we’ll start seeing the candy by September 1st. I have a feeling he might win.

I have a photo on my personal Facebook page dated August 7, 2016 of Thanksgiving tablecloths. August 7th! That’s insane! I also have a photo dated December 21, 2012 of Valentine’s Day candy. Sigh…

Right now on television there is Christmas in July programming.

There are some occasions where I feel it’s a good idea to get started early, if you can. Christmas is one of them.

When my kids were younger I would pick up gifts for them here and there throughout the year. My husband would wrap them late at night and we’d hide them in our storage room (the kid had no access to our storage room). That way when it was the holiday season we could enjoy the time with our kid and not worry about crowds, long lines and no parking. We also didn’t have to worry about being up until 3 AM Christmas morning wrapping presents.

As silly as it might sound, now is a great time to think about ordering your holiday cards. I now some people opt to use photos of their family in matching holiday pajamas or Santa hats. In the past I have received holiday cards with families on a beach, in the pool and on vacation.

I think that once you have the perfect photo you should get a jump start on your holiday planning and order your cards. That way they are done and out of the way.

I’ve been checking out the online holiday cards at Basic Invite. Not only do they have a really nice assortment to choose from, but they also offer a service that I find extremely helpful. They offer a FREE Address Collection Service. Their service requests your addresses with just three simple steps. You can even share a link, collect addresses, and get FREE envelope printing. I appreciate the envelop printing too. As someone who suffers from Carpal Tunnel, the less writing I have to do that better.

Basic Invite also has real foil in some of their holiday cards lines. The foil is available in gold, silver, and rose. I think foil adds a truly elegant touch to a holiday card. You can’t always find cards embellished with foil in boxed sets or at the card store, and if you do find them, they are expensive.

With over 250 Christmas card and holiday card designs you are sure to find one that appeals to you.

If holiday cards are something you simply do not want to think about right now – especially if you are sweating in the summer heat – Basic Invite has other cards to suit life’s other occasions such as weddings, discount birth announcements, graduation and party invitations, so name a few.

When it comes to sending out a lot of cards I prefer to use a service such as Basic Invite. The last thing I want to do is drive around town, wasting time and gas, to find the perfect card. With Basic Invite I can do it from the comfort of my own home.

One of the biggest things that stands out to me about Basic Invite is that they have almost an unlimited choice when it come to colors. This is especially great for brides-to-be who want to coordinate their cards to their wedding color scheme.

Once you select the design you want you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can customize the card to suit your “vision” right down to the tiniest detail.

With Basic Invite you can get instant previews online so you can see how the final product is going to look.

Basic Invite also has over 40 different colors for their envelopes. You can make the invitation stand out even more with a matching color envelope. Forget about plain white or cream. You can make your invitation stand out with vibrant color choices.

All of their envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed. No more licking gross tasting glue.

Unlike other websites, Basic Invite offers customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation/card so that they can see how it’s going to look and feel before making a final order. After all, when you are going through all the work to make customize baby shower invitations, you want to make sure they are going to look perfect in every way.

I WISH more companies offered something like this. I have ordered holiday cards and other cards online in the past and there have been a few times that I have been disappointed with the quality. Once the photo was blurry on a card I ordered. It didn’t look that way online but when I saw it in person I realized the quality was not good. Had I had a sample to look at before hand I would have never placed the order.

If you are interested in learning more about Basic Invite, or checking out all the cards, stationery and business supplies, visit BasicInvite.com. You can also check them out on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Basic Invite also has fun printables you can purchase and download instantly including recipes, words of wisdom, Mad Libs for kids and more.

Are you in the market for invitations? How soon do you order your holiday cards?

Kimberly

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

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A fun, personalized gift idea for Father’s Day (or any holiday/occasion)

 

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to buying a Father’s Day gift for my father and husband is easier said than done. I cringe every time I think of Father’s Day, their birthdays or Christmas because they are difficult to buy for. I never know what to get them. It actually stresses me out!

My father never, ever expresses any needs or wants. My husband is the same way, but I find it slightly easier to shop for my husband because he’s just a big kid at heart so when it doubt I can buy him a toy (he especially loves ones from his childhood), or something that has to do with his favorite team (the Dallas Cowboys).

Foods and treats are also a great option. After all, who doesn’t appreciate a sweet treat or yummy snack?

You can easily pick up any gift-like food/snack/sweet treat option. I think it makes it more special (and shows that you put more thought in the gift) if it’s personalized in some way.

If you have ever ordered something personalized you know that it can often increase the price of the item and/or it takes longer to have it delivered to you because it takes a while to personalize the item. Sometimes even the personalization can be limited (spaces, what it says…).

There is one gift option that would be great for Father’s Day or just about any holiday/special occasion that can be personalized in any way that you want. You can even add your own drawings and designs for no extra fee.

The item I am referring to is from the Popcorn Factory. It’s called the Decorate Your Own Popcorn Tin.

The Decorate Your Own Popcorn Tin comes in a white metal tin. It also comes with your choice of dry erase markers or permanent markers. You can use the markers to decorate the tin any way you’d like, add special message to the recipient and make it truly a customized/personalized product.

This two gallon tin comes with the trifecta of delicious popcorn flavors – butter, cheese and caramel. I personally love all three flavors.

The Decorate Your Own Popcorn Tin makes a wonderful keepsake long after the popcorn has been enjoyed. Opt for permanent markers if you want the designs or handwritten sentiments to last forever. Or you can use the dry erase markers to re-purpose the tin and use it again and again.

I think this would be a fun gift for a graduate. Friends and family members can adorn it with congratulations and well wishes for the next step in their lives. The recipient can use the tin to hold supplies, accessories, or even more popcorn. If the student is going away to college the tin could hold a lot of items they will need. I personally think this is an AWESOME graduation gift.

I received one of these tins to review. My kids and I decorated it to gift to my husband (their father). The kit we received had the dry erase markers to that we can wipe it off when we are done with it and re-purpose it. Sadly the dry erase markers didn’t come off entirely. I need to get some rubbing alcohol. That should help to remove the stains/marks left behind.

The possibilities are endless with this fun tin of popcorn. I can think of many great occasions that this would make a wonderful gift for;

  • Birthday
  • Anniversary
  • Graduation
  • Wedding
  • Engagement
  • Father’s Day
  • Mother’s Day
  • House Warming
  • Retirement
  • Job Promotion
  • Get Well Soon
  • Just Because

You can also gift this for any holiday and personalize it with your best holiday doodles. I LOVE to doodle so I’d have fun decorating this tin (pumpkins for Halloween, Christmas Trees for Christmas, hearts for Valentine’s Day…).

If you have never had popcorn from The Popcorn Factory, let me tell you, you are missing out on something delicious.

We’re had popcorn from The Popcorn Factory in the past. Their popcorn always tastes freshly popped and very flavorful. They also provide you with a very generous amount. It’s enough to last one person a long time. Even my family of four can enjoy some of the popcorn here and there and it will last for a week or more.

I recommend putting some in a bowl and eat from that instead of directly out of the tin. When you eat out of the tin its easy to eat more than you anticipated you would. It’s all so good that you can’t stop from eating it. Trust me, I know this from personal experience. Ha Ha.

If designing and personalizing your own popcorn tin is not your style, The Popcorn Factory has plenty of other gift ideas for every holiday and occasion. They also have products to suit any budget. In addition they carry non-popcorn items too.

Here are just a FEW examples.

This is PERFECT for my outdoorsy brother!

S’mores flavored popcorn!

This is a GREAT gift idea for a new college student or recent graduate.

I think the Patriotic Kettle Corn (pictured above) would be a welcome treat at your Fourth of July party. It’s a great change of pace from the typical chips & dips and nachos & salsa. Your party guests will appreciate this extra special, colorful holiday treat.

You can learn more about these and other yummy goodies from The Popcorn Factory by visiting them online at ThePopcornFactory.com. You can also check them out on social media. All of their links are found towards the bottom of their website.

Have you ever enjoyed any goodies from The Popcorn Factory? If so, what was your experience with the brand? What product did you enjoy?

Would you gift someone a gift from The Popcorn Factory? What would you use the Decorate Your Own Popcorn Tin for?

Kimberly

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

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Give Dad the Gift of Gourmet for Father’s Day

 

Father’s Day is nearly upon us (June 18, 2017). Do you know what you’ll be gifting that special man in your life?

I don’t know about you, but I find shopping for a gift for the men in my life to be challenging. I find shopping for woman to be so much easier. Maybe that is because I’m a woman and I know what I like so I figure other woman like the same things.

I’ve always had a hard time shopping for the men in my life. My dad (paternal grandfather who raised me) never showed much interest in anything except baseball. My father (biological) never had a need for anything. If there was something he wanted he’d jut go out and buy it. As for my husband, he’s super hard to shop for. He has a lot of likes, but there are only so many Dallas Cowboys merchandise you can buy, and we already have too many movies and books. Even my son is hard to shop for these days. He’s almost 18 so he’s more into clothing.

If there is one thing many dads do enjoy it’s food. After all, who doesn’t love to eat?

Are you familiar with Omaha Steaks? Omaha Steaks is an online retailer that specializes in gourmet foods and treats.

Omaha Steaks has been around for as long a I can remember. My mom (paternal grandmother who raised me) used to buy from them often. The steaks she bought were strictly for the adults. Us kids were not allowed to enjoy the fine delicacies. It wasn’t until my late teen years that I had my first bite of a steak from Omaha Steaks.

Omaha Steaks has available a delicious bundle that would make the perfect gift for the hard to shop for man in your life. It’s called the Father’s Day T-Bone Gift Package. The package includes:

  • 30 oz. T-Bone
  • Gourmet Jumbo Franks
  • Potatoes Au Gratin
  • New York Cheesecake
  • 1 oz. Steak Seasoning
  • Omaha Steaks Sliders

Omaha Steaks was kind enough to send me the package to review.

I’ve never had a t-bone steak before. I have seen photos on the Internet and in magazines, but I have never tried one personally. WOW!!! Is it HUGE! I have never seen a steak so big and thick before.

We have not made the t-bone steak… yet. My husband wants to barbecue it on the grill. Since we are not allowed to have barbecues where we live (we live in a condo complex), we need to “borrow” someone else’s barbecue. As it so happens we’re going to a family members home in a few weeks and they have a barbecue. They have already told us that they have no problem tossing the t-bone steak on the grill along with the hamburger and hot dogs they plan on making.

In the mean time, I had no problem digging into the other goodies that came with the Father’s Day package.

I love cheesecake. It’s one of my favorite treats. The cheesecake that came with this package was out-of-this-world delicious. It was so creamy, just the way I like it.

The cheesecake was a nice size too. It was enough for my whole family to enjoy a slice withe plenty left over for seconds.

We haven’t made the hot dogs yet. We are saving those for the barbecue we’ll be attending in a few weeks. We are going to put them along side the t-bone steak when we cook it.

I’ve had Omaha Steaks hot dogs before. They taste fresh, unlike the kind you buy at the grocery store. They taste more like something you’d find in an expensive, fancy restaurant. They don’t taste like your average hot dogs. I also find them to be more meaty (thick, hearty) than regular hot dogs.

I prepared the Potatoes Au Gratin one night for dinner. My apologies for not having a picture of them. I was too involved into eating that I neglected to snap some photos.

When I make Potatoes Au Gratin I used a boxed mix with dried potatoes and dry ingredients (you mostly add water). Needless to say the Omaha Steaks Potatoes Au Gratin are much better than the store bought kind. The Omaha Steaks Potatoes Au Gratin tasted like someone had made them from scratch. Yummy!!!!

This package easily feeds a family of four. The package it’s self costs $59.99 which breaks down to approximately $15 per person. If you eat out often you know that it’s about the average price of a meal. In fact, when we eat out it often costs us more when you factor in beverages, appetizers and/or desserts.

If T-bone Steak is not your father’s/husband’s favorite cut of meat, that is OK. Omaha Steaks has plenty of other yummy bundles to choose from including the Father’s Day Family Feast and the Ultimate Ribeye Father’s Day package.

Omaha Steaks also carries poultry, seafood, appetizers, wine and dessert. They have a lot to offer including other bundles and items you can purchase individually.

If you’d like to learn more visit OmahaSteaks.com. You can also find the brand on social media. All of those links are found on the bottom left of their website.

Have you ever purchased from Omaha Steaks before? If so, did you have a positive experience?

Do you think that special man in your life would appreciate any of these special Father’s Day packages? If so, which one?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

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

 

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Celebrate Mother’s Day with National Geographic & Enter to Win Great Prizes!

 

Can you believe that Mother’s Day is just a few days away? I wonder what my kids are going to do for me. I hope its pancakes or French toast for breakfast.

I don’t expect any gifts from my kids. Our son just got his first job and hasn’t started yet, so he doesn’t have a dime to his name. Our daughter is a college student and doesn’t make that much either.

Honestly, I don’t need “things” for Mother’s Day. I’m happy with breakfast or a handmade card.

Have you heard of Magic Jigsaw Puzzles? Magic Jigsaw Puzzles is an app available for both iOS and Android devices. It’s a full service game that includes a collection of more than 20,000 virtual jigsaw puzzles. The puzzles are perfectly organized in a user friend interface.

What does Magic Jigsaw Puzzles have to do with Mother’s Day? That is a great question.

Magic Jigsaw Puzzles has partnered with National Geographic in a special Mother’s Day giveaway. The prize includes a branded mug, t-shirt, a gorgeous coffee table book, branded journal and pen set, a digital subscription to Nat Geo Magazine and 50,000 coins than can be used with the Magic Puzzles app.

Entering the sweepstakes is very easy. Simple solve any of their Nat Geo WILD Mother’s Day puzzles and then share it on your Facebook page with your family and friends. Make sure you tag the Magic Jigsaw Puzzles’ community page (@Magic.Puzzles.Community on Facebook) as well.

I loved doing puzzles when I was a child. Back in the day the puzzles were made out of wood (I did have a few cardboard ones). In fact I still have several of my wooden puzzles from my youth. One day I plan on gluing the pieces in place and using them as artwork on the wall. I think that would be fun to do.

I still enjoy doing puzzles, I just don’t have the time like I used to. That is why I like the Magic Jigsaw Puzzle app. I can take puzzles with me to enjoy where ever I go – even during my lunch break at work. You can also enjoy your Magic Jigsaw Puzzles between devices.

Magic Jigsaw Puzzles is also available in 10 languages and can be enjoyed around the globe. If you travel a lot for work (or for fun) you can enjoy puzzles where ever you go. Magic Jigsaw Puzzles has 27 million members with 4 million users who use the app actively throughout the month. The app is also one of the top 100 bestselling apps.

You can even play on your computer.

Unlike other apps, Magic Jigsaw Puzzles is constantly updating their puzzle collection with high definition photos.

There are five difficulty levels which means this app is fun for young and old alike. The difficulty level refers to the number of pieces it takes to solve the puzzle. The fewer the pieces the easier it is to complete. I prefer easier puzzles when I am using the app on my lunch break since I don’t have a lot of time. I find a quick puzzle or two to be very relaxing.

Kids and parents can enjoy the same puzzle. All you need to do is change the difficulty level.

I would much rather have my young child enjoying putting together a puzzle then playing a violent or mindless game. Puzzles can be educational too. They help with cognitive skills, problem solving as well as global (big picture) and analytic (details) aspects of learning.

Puzzles are great for adults too. As you know, it’s important to give your brain a “mental workout” on a regular basis. It keeps your mind healthy. Keeping your brain active is important to keep it functioning well.

I enjoy the available images for the puzzles. I especially love the landscape ones and the puzzles featuring animals. And thanks to Nat Geo there are plenty of gorgeous puzzles.

You can even make puzzles out of your own photos! That is one of my most favorite features. Upload your photos and turn them into puzzles. What a wonderful idea. I could imagine uploading a photo of the grandchildren to create a puzzle for grandma and grandpa to enjoy putting together. With Mother’s Day coming up it would be fun to create a puzzle using mom’s favorite photo of her children or her family.

You can share your completed puzzles with family and friends as well as with the Magic Jigsaw Puzzles’ community. They even have tournaments that you can complete in.

If you are interested in learning more about Magic Jigsaw Puzzles you can check it out here. You can also visit them on social media – Facebook and Twitter.

Don’t forget to enter the sweepstakes for your chance to win fun prizes!

Are you a fan of doing puzzles? Do you think you’ll check out the Magic Jigsaw Puzzles app?

Kimberly

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

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