Home Safety Tips to Remember for Baby Safety Month

Home Safety Tips to Remember for Baby Safety Month

From the experts at Safety 1st

As a parent every month is Baby Safety Month, but with little ones growing up fast September is a great time to take a step back and make sure your home safety efforts are up to date. From the crawler to the pitter patter of little feet Safety 1st has tips to make sure your child has the freedom to explore your home safety at every age and skill level,

For The Crawler

Outlets, drawers and sharp corners. Many of the hazards in your home are below your knees and directly within a little crawlers reach. Getting down on your hands and knees to view your home from your child’s perspective is a great way to begin childproofing. Seeing the world from their view can give perspective to the potential hidden dangers in your home.

·        Whether it’s the kitchen or the play room, sharp corners are inevitable. Soften the edges with Foam Edge Protectors or an Expandable Table Edge Bumper[CE1]  from Safety 1st.
·        Outlets are another danger at eye level with your little crawler. Outlet plugs are an easy and effective way to avoid electrical dangers.
·        Pay close attention to the cupboards that are the easiest for your crawler to open and make sure the items in that cupboard are safe for your child to play with – if not make sure you put a lock on it.

For The Climber

New climbers bring home safety checks to a whole new level. While we pass quickly through hallways and stairwells, they are a climber’s favorite place to play.

·        A climber has to climb! It’s OK to teach your child how to climb the stairs but she should only do so when you’re right behind her, every step of the way.
·        At the top of the stairs, always use a gate that can be installed with hardware, rather than a pressure fit gate. For the bottom of the stairwell try Safety 1st’s Lift, Lock & Swing Gate[CE2] .
·        Also, make sure to move potentially dangerous items out of reach, especially in the kitchen and bathroom.
·        Keep toy bins away from a window. Children will find a way to climb on top of the toy bin or stack toys on top of one another to look outside.  According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) one of every three children required hospitalization after falling from a window.
·        Secure TVs and furniture to the wall using Safety 1st Furniture Wall Straps to prevent tip-overs. These kinds of accident happen more than you might think so take a few minutes, secure your TV and furniture, and then never worry about it again.

For The On-Foot Explorer

From kitchen appliances to bathroom cabinets, the on-foot explorer loves to find trouble anywhere it is available. Walking toddlers call for undivided attention at all times – or locks, latches and covers of all sorts.

·        Ovens and stoves are hot and can burn your child. It is a good idea to use the back burners of your stove whenever possible and remember to turn pot and pan handles in, and away from the edge of the stove. Reinforce with your toddler that the oven is hot and he or she should not touch it.
·        Cabinets and drawers contain many hazards, such as cleaning supplies, plastic bags, breakable and sharp objects, and food that can be a choking hazard. Be sure to lock all cabinets and drawers to keep your child away from the contents. Multi-Purpose Appliance Locks[CE3]  and Press ‘n Pivot Latches[CE4]  are great for keeping hazardous items out of reach.
·        Exploring is good but some adventures shouldn’t be taken without a parent. High Door Locks[CE5]  help keep on-foot explorers from wandering into unwanted areas.

 

To get started on childproofing your home this month try the 46 piece Essentials Baby Proofing Kit[CE6] .

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Baby J is movin’ on up!

Well the time has come, Baby J is graduating from his infant car seat. Tears. Baby J is the last of the Js, its hard to pack up all of the “baby” stuff and bring in the big boy stuff!  Next on the list was a new seat. He has maxed out his length on his infant seat.

We had been looking around various stores, getting ideas on the next best car seat, keeping in mind all the new laws, and comfort. We knew we wanted something that was going to last for a few years.

We received the Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 car seat to review. I’ve never seen a kid get so excited (or maybe it’s just been that long since we have introduced a new seat). I was excited when it arrived, it was all put together (I dislike putting things together and usually have to wait for my husband to get home). Adjusting the straps to fit Baby J was quick and simple. Installation to the car was simple (but if you need more help Safety 1st offers a series of videos to help you)!

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Baby J sits comfortably in the car seat, he likes being up where he can see everyone now. Even the big sisters felt they needed a turn in the seat. Since the car seat is a 3-in-1, rear/front facing and booster seat we went ahead and tested it out.  J5 was first because it was just a matter of turning the car seat around and barely adjusting the straps (she’s a tiny girl). She is three, she fit comfortable, to the point she wanted to trade Baby J seats forever she said. J4 patiently waited for her turn, the booster seat! She is 5 and never enjoyed a car seat. She too wanted to switch with her brother.

Transitioning the car seat to each stage was quick and easy and I know that Baby J will be comfortable until he outgrows this seat.

The features and specifics:
The Safety 1st® Grow and Go™ 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat, in the Boulevard style, is the car seat built to grow with your child. It features an adaptable design that transforms from a rear-facing car seat to a forward-facing car seat and finally to a belt-positioning booster seat. Grow with baby body pillows give a snug fit and remove easily as your child outgrows them. The Quick-Fit™ Harness System allows you to change both the headrest and harness height in one simple step for a proper fit. Integrated harness holders make getting your child in and out of the seat a breeze. No more fishing for the harness and clips from behind your child. For all ages, the car seat pad makes cleanup simple. Machine washable and dryer safe, it is also designed to come off the seat easily, with no need to remove the harness. This extended use car seat features a no re-thread harness, buckle holders, dual cup holders and a removable seat cover.

Rear-facing for babies 5 – 40 lbs., up to 40″ tall
Forward-facing for children 22 – 65 lbs., up to 52″ tall
Booster seat for children 40 – 100 lbs.

The Grow and Go is exclusively available for $169.99 at Babies ‘R’ Us.

With many families hitting the road this summer and the upcoming 4th of July holiday, Safety 1st wants to make sure parents and children have a safe summer while on the go.

Oh The Places You’ll Go – Travel Safety This Summer, By Safety 1st

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 75% of car seats on the road are installed incorrectly. Here are some easy tips to think about before hitting the road.

  • The safest place to install a car seat is typically in the center of the rear seat.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises parents to keep their toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age 2. It also advises that most children will need to ride in a belt-positioning booster seat until they have reached 4 feet 9 inches tall and are between 8 and 12 years of age.
  • Check in with a local Child Passenger Safety Technician to ensure your child’s seat is installed correctly. You can visit a local police station, fire station, AAA office or Safe Kids Chapter for guidance.

Where is Baby?

  • It may seem like common sense but never, leave a child alone in the car.  Hyperthermia is a severe form of heat stroke and last year 30 children died after being left or trapped in a hot vehicle.  You can learn more about this issue and easy tips to prevent it here.

Safeguard the Car

  • Just as important as safe guarding your home, don’t forget about the car. Especially on long road trips. It’s important to eliminate projectiles, anything in the car that is not secured is a possible projectile. That could be a child’s toy, wet nap container, or a water bottle. In a crash, objects take on greater weight due to crash forces.
  • Make sure unused shoulder belts are not in reach of children as they can pose strangulation risk.

Car Seats Expire

  • Car seats expire. Especially if you get a hand-me-down car seat you should always check the expiration date to confirm the seat is safe for your child. You can find the expiration date on the back or the side of the car seat.  Also, another very important tip – once a car seat has been in a crash you should not use it, plastic can warp and materials can fray.  To properly dispose of a car seat check with your local waste management facility to see if they recycle number 5 plastic.
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Disclosure of Material Connection:  I was provided a Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Car Seat to facilitate this post. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Our Maxi-Cosi Maxi-Taxi finally came!

It finally came! So we had to wait a little while before our Maxi-Taxi arrived, which made it more exciting when it was delivered to my door step! We have already been using the Maxi-Cosi infant seat and baby J seemed to enjoy the comfort of the seat. When our taxi arrived I immediately convinced my husband that we needed to put it together. Assembly was quick and easy, snapping on wheels and the braces that was it! We were ready to go! Our first trip, why of course to the baseball field because that is our second home in the spring and summer months!

We took out our big bulky double stroller added all of our necessities for going to games (everything but the kitchen sink) to keep a 10, 4, 3 and a 1 year old happy for 2 or more hours. It’s a lot! The Maxi-Taxi folds up and takes up no more space than a sack chair!  There was actually room to add the girls new wagon! This made them very happy!

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Baby J is one (still within weight and height requirements) and very mobile so I will have to admit that once we get from the car to the field he goes immediately into the portable play yard we have. However, when we are going shopping, the park, indoor amusement or anything that we won’t be standing still for a long period he is in his Maxi-Cosi Maxi-Taxi traveling system!

On Target’s website key features are: Light. Quick. Easy. Done.Maxi-Cosi lets you and your baby enjoy every moment out and about with the clever Maxi-Taxi infant car seat carrier. The Maxi-Taxi is the perfect lightweight solution that lets you keep your infant snuggly in their car seat as you transfer them to the stroller frame. Simple and quick to fold and unfold, the Maxi-Taxi stores easily in your car. Open it up and attach your favorite car seat. The wheels on the Maxi-Taxi let you maneuver through your day with ease. A storage basket gives you a place for larger items, while the three-compartment, zip-to-close Parent Tray attaches between the handle bars letting you keep smaller items close by. With the Maxi-Taxi on hand, you’ll be ready to go wherever the day’s journey takes you.  

I was afraid that I was loosing my storage basket from the double stroller that stored the diaper bags, jackets and whatever else the girls need to take but then no longer feel like carrying but the basket below on the Maxi-Taxi is large enough that it held the diaper bag, my kids coats, my friend’s kids coats and bag. The Parent Tray, can I just say it has a zipper! No worries of my phone, mimi (pacifier) or wallet falling out and it is quick access instead of digging down into my diaper bag.

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There is no downside in using this travel system once I get it clicked correctly into place. I have trouble with lining the sides up exactly each time. I get a bit flustered but it goes away once I hear the click and go! Getting used to pushing two buttons and pulling is tricky at times but I have been using the same style of carseat that involved pulling the back since my first baby 16 years ago. I am so amazed how far baby gear has come from the first to the last. And the Maxi-Taxi is on my list of things to have!

The Maxi-Cosi Maxi-Taxi is only available online at Target.com, you can read my review on my visit to Target.com here!

You can find the Maxi-Cosi Maxi-Taxi and other great Maxi-Cosi products by visiting their website.

 

 

Disclosure of Material Connection:  Maxi-Cosi provided me  with a Mico NXT infant car seat and Target gift card to purchase the Maxi-Cosi Maxi-Taxi travel system to facilitate this post. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

 

Get Your Game On With Best Buy and The AMD FX APU – HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Best Buy wants you to get your game on with the AMD FX APU – HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop!  I am not a big gamer but personally love to watch movies on my laptop.  I can take it anywhere in my house and even outside to enjoy a fun romantic comedy.  If you know a big gamer or someone who is passionate about gaming on their PC this is the right laptop for them!   The AMD FX APU – HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop is what they need.  I know lots of moms who love gaming, we all have our own set of interests.  Not all of us love to bake or clean.  I’m pretty sure I would much rather stare at a wall for an hour than clean my house, but alas we all have to do it.  What about those of us moms who have teenage boys (never going to be me) and you have no clue what gaming laptops are?  That’s why Best Buy is awesome!  They can guide you through it.

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  • This laptop provides extreme performance of AMD’s most powerful mobile processer to deliver exceptional Gaming and Entertainment experience– the AMD FX Special Edition APU*
  • The HP Envy TouchSmart 15.6” touch screen laptop  makes multitasking a breeze so you can spend more time with your family!  The Quick AMD FX series processor is great for daily tasks such as managing your personal life or streaming movies or videos and provides great video quality for gaming or catching up on your favorite youtube videos.
  • The AMD FX Special Edition APU introduces mobile systems with AMD’s highest performing APUs, exclusive at Best Buy. When you are looking for a notebook, the AMD FX Special Edition APU will provide you with unbelievable performance, gaming and productivity. Plus, with the new FX APU powered notebook, be unbeatable and experience the processing power of 10 compute cores (4 CPU + 6 GPU)**!
  • Unbelievable PC Performance
  • Exceptional Gaming and Entertainment Experience
  • Mega-Multitasking
  • Award Winning Graphics

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 Let’s not forget about the perks of shopping Best Buy:

Free Shipping on orders $35 and up

Free Store Pickup

Pick up your order in as little as 45 minutes

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Buying the Maxi-Cosi Maxi-Taxi online a success!


I was delighted when Confessions of a Messy Mama asked if Baby J and I would like to participate in a review of the Maxi-Cosi Maxi-Taxi by purchasing it online at Target.com. Buying items that Baby J and I could use without spending my own money (because baby items seem to be so expensive these days) sounded great!

I have used online ordering before – ok maybe alot – almost 99% of Christmas gifts get purchased and delivered without me putting on my “real” clothes! I love Target already so I knew what to expect. I do generally love to go in the store, always coming out with more than what my list originally had. I love the cartwheel app.

When I received my Target giftcard I immediately switched from what I was doing and went to Target.com. I did a quick search, I had the exact link but I thought if someone didn’t then I wanted to make sure that with a few keywords it would appear. I Typed in Maxi-Cosi, the items were displayed. I clicked on the Maxi-Cosi Maxi-Taxi Infant Car Seat Carrier. I have used a travel system before, well I used a double stroller that my infant seat fit on. Its huge. I was excited reading the details that Target provided. Storage Basket Beneath Seat, Folds Up for Easy Transport, Compact Fold, Folds for Storage, Click and Lock Base, Storage Basket, 1 Built-in Cup Holder for Parent, Cup and 22 pounds! You are able to click on the different images for more views of the Maxi-Taxi.

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I clicked on the BIG RED BOX – add to cart. Simple!!!!

Shipping was FREE! I met the minimum spending amount needed.

blog2Since I already had account with Target I signed in and completed my order. You can also complete your order as a guest and you are still able to track your order. The hassle of going through the store, checking out, and the weather (its freezing here) was all avoided!

Now the worse part…..waiting for the delivery! We do love when the brown truck comes down the street, the kids instantly run to the window to see if hes making a stop at our house.

Right now we are waiting for our Maxi-Taxi to arrive . The Maxi-Cosi Maxi-Taxi is for use with the Maxi-Cosi Mico® Nxt infant car seat which we are already using and love (review to come later).

Can’t wait to share the rest of the review with you!
Not So Messy Mama Toni

Disclosure of Material Connection:I received a Target Gift Card to purchase the Maxi-Cosi Maxi-Taxi travel system to facilitate this post. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Welcome Not So Messy Mama Toni

Hello followers of Confessions of a Messy Mama!  My name is Toni, and I am beyond thrilled to join Amy and contribute to Confessions of a Messy Mama. I am a stay at home/work from home mom that includes taking care of three younger kids while three older ones all attend school.  If you did the math correctly that is 6 kids! Ages 16, 14, 10, 4, 3, and 10 months (4 girls and 2 boys)!  I may not be as messy but that doesn’t mean I run an immaculate house either.

I am truly blessed to be given the opportunity to work from home with flexible hours, my work family is awesome. Its not the big bucks and we rely on husband (which is also my high school sweetheart) that works extremely hard for our family allowing me this opportunity of being a work at/stay at home mom.

I am sure to some we appear to have it all together but behind closed doors getting ready to head anywhere is a show of its own! My ability to plan ahead and keeping things on a schedule keeps us going :)

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Little Twig and Sparrow Pajama Review

I was asked to review Little Twig and Sparrow Pajamas.  I was hesitant because all three of my girls are very particular about their clothes.  If it doesn’t have their favorite characters on it or if it’s not super comfortable they don’t want to wear it.  I almost said no but then I realized that my oldest was outgrowing a lot of her clothing including pajamas.  So, I thought “why not?”  At best she ends up with a great pair of PJ’s that she loves and at worst I can let you all know that it’s not a good product.

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I was lucky to have the best outcome.  My girls are so picky that they go as far as wearing their clothes (mostly PJ’s and socks)  inside out.  It drives me crazy but I have to pick my battles, right? Drama not only thought the Little Twig and Sparrow Pajamas were super comfy but she loved the look of them!  They are her new favorite!

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“Little Twig and Sparrow Pajamas

Little Twig and Sparrow’s cool, comfy, and fun pajamas made from soothing Tanguise cotton from Peru will help your little sleepyheads drift off to dreamland in happiness each school night. These jammies feature modish designs and are durable enough for rough and tumble play before bed, yet snuggly enough to be the only pair of PJ’s your kids will want to wear. They also have a unique fitted cut with soft pillowy colors that kids love. The extremely fine and exceptionally durable fabric is ideal for girls and boys alike to run around the house on lazy pajama-rama days or snuggling at story time before bed.  They also have a unique patch motif in colors and designs that are appealing to both boys and girls. Each pair retails for $49.99.”

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I think Drama’s second favorite part of the Little Twig and Sparrow Pajamas is the matching pouch that the PJs come in.  You know how kids are, give them a gift and they play with the box it came in.  I love how sweet she is!

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Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or Services mentioned above for free or monetary compensation in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

 

Prince Lionheart Everywhere Playmat Review

I have a lot of babies due soon in my life so I didn’t want to pass on the chance to review the Prince Lionheart Everywhere Playmat when it was offered as a review product.  I realize that I don’t have a baby that needs tummy time, roller or a crawler but I will again soon.  No, don’t read too much into that, I just love babies and welcome all into my home.  My FB will rarely sit down on the ground for even a second.  She is up and running, swinging, climbing and doing anything else that makes my heart race a little too much.

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About:

“FAMILY IS A VERB™

Finally, a well-designed playMAT that lasts through the developmental stages of your child! Our play MATS have been designed to cushion and delight babies during tummy time, entertain toddlers for play time, and encourage young learners of all ages to engage and explore. Search for the hidden characters, count the creatures, sound out letters, or master the road rules: the only limit is their imagination!

TAKE ADVENTURE WITH YOU. EVERYWHERE.

• FOLDS and adjusts to narrow & big, or wide & small spaces
• 0+ m.
• 6.56FT x 4.9FT x 8mm”

I love that the Everywhere Playmat offers play on both sides!  The zoo side seems to be most appealing to the my two year old but her big sisters love to race cars on the city side.  My girls have just all about outgrown mats like this but if it interests children from 2 to 8 years old I’m sure it will keep your crawler entertained for a long time to come!  The Prince Lionheart Everywhere Playmat is on the top of my list for baby shower and first birthday party gifts.

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Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or Services mentioned above for free or monetary compensation in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Best Buy – Your Holiday Gift Headquarters

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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I can go to Best Buy and complete 95% of my shopping and get almost everyone on my list something they actually have on their list.  Most of the time people are so worried about crossing someone off their list that they forget to take into consideration what that person is actually wanting.  Even the youngest members of our families have electronics on their lists!  Chances are Gramdma has been asking what those tablet thingies are lately in your phone conversations.

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With Expert Service and Unbeatable Price these top gifts are on my list this Holiday and here’s why they should be on yours:

Xbox One is the place for games.

What is Xbox One?

Xbox One was built by gamers, for gamers. With the best exclusive titles (Halo, Sunset Overdrive), the biggest blockbusters (Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty) the hottest sports franchises (Madden 15, FIFA 15, NBA 2K15) and top family titles (Fantasia: Music Evolved, Just Dance 15, Skylanders) Xbox One takes gaming to a whole new level.

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In addition to being a great gaming console, Xbox one connects consumers unlike any other device.  Xbox One enables access to the latest TV shows and movies through your favorite apps.  With Xbox One all of your media is at your fingertips when you want it.

Link to XBOX One at Best Buy

JBL:

 

JBL Charge 2- Between the twin passive radiators for deep bass, the massive 6000mAh battery and the hands-free conference speakerphone the key benefit is the Bluetooth Social Mode which allows up to three different users to take their turns to play their own playlists on a single speaker.

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JBL Flip 2- Aside from the dual performance-tuned JBL drivers and a built-in bass port, the key benefit of the JBL Flip 2 is the SoundClear echo and noise cancellation combined with the state-of the art microphone system to pick up calls on the speaker.

JBL Reflect Earbud headphones-  Sweat proof ergonomic design.  With a 5 hour rechargeable battery and a reach of about 40 feet, the JBL Reflect BT’s key benefit is the design of the ergonomic eartips along with the built-in magnets which keep your buds on standby without loose cables.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/promo/jbl-holiday-130158

 

Garmin and TomTom

Feauting bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling, traffic and weather updates.  Lane assist, Lifetime traffic and map updates.   Voice Recognition Technology.

·         Garmin 52LM

o   5.0” display

o   Maps of 49 U.S. states, plus lifetime map updates1

o   Lane assist with junction view

o   Displays speed limit and accurate arrival time

o   Easily find addresses and millions of points of interest

o   Spoken turn-by-turn directions

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·         Garmin 2597LMT

o   5.0” display

o   Maps of 49 U.S. states, plus lifetime map updates1

o   Lane assist with junction view

o   Displays speed limit and accurate arrival time

o   Easily find addresses and millions of points of interest

o   Spoken turn-by-turn directions

·        TomTom Go 50s

  • Lifetime TomTom Traffic: Drive with TomTom Traffic for the lifetime of your device
  • Lifetime Maps (US, Canada, Mexico): Always drive with the latest map
  • 3D Maps. See buildings and landmarks in stunning 3D
  • 5″ touchscreen with advanced lane guidanceFusion TIFF File

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/promo/gps-holiday

My family would love to receive any of the gifts above!  Well, my girls could probably care less about the GPS but their parents would love those!   My girls would be extactic over and Xbox One or any JBL Speaker!  These girls love to dance and play games!   Best Buy is my Holiday Gift Headquarters.

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Christmas with HoneyBaked Ham + Win $25,000 Kitchen Makeover

I received product for free from HoneyBaked Ham for my honest opinion.

Let’s be honest, life an get a bit hectic and unpleasant around Christmas because there’s so much to do and not enough time.  To be honest, this year seems extra hard with only three weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  That can make Christmas seem more of a bitter time of year for some instead of sweet.  Thank goodness for HoneyBaked Ham!
 

 

When you have to fit time for gathering with family, shopping for or making gifts and probably
baking up lots of cookies and candies, who has time to cook a meal for 15 ormore people?  Plus, you have to make sure you stay up late enough for the kids to really fall asleep and don’t forget to sprinkle the reindeer food in the yard.  Oh, goodness, did you remember to get carrots for Dasher and Dancer?  What about that darn elf?  Did he forget to move?
It seems like we keep adding fun traditions, which I LOVE!  So, I don’t want to spend the few
hours I have to actually shower or brush my teeth before family comes over, in the kitchen slaving over a hot stove.  Then I have to shower all over again!
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I had a dinner planned for 20 people and needed to get dinner, right?  What to do?  My two
year old and I run to the HoneyBaked Ham Store in Colerain (Cincinnati, Ohio) after a fun play date with some friends and before our midday nap.  We spent less than 7 minutes inside the store.  We were waited on immediately, even though there were several people in the store, all of whom
were being helped already.  I let them know that we had a gathering with about 20 people, they helped me pick the size ham and turkey.  So, we walked out with:
 
Whole Sliced and
Glazed Turkey Breast;
8 lb. Half Ham;
Sweet Potato Souffle;
Green Bean Casserole;
Turkey Gravy; and
Pecan Pie.

 

The cost of the food was $122 but I used coupons and brought that down to $112.  That’s $112 to
feed 20 people (and an eight month old baby).
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Of course the Ham took center stage!  We had enough for the dinner with plenty for three families to take home some for the week!  I love the sweet crunchy coating of the HoneyBaked Ham.  Truth be told, my girls wouldn’t eat any ham or turkey until after they finally tried HoneyBaked Ham’s signature dish.  

 

 
“Each HoneyBaked Ham is smoked for over 20 hours for unparralledled tenderness.  Then it is
spiral-sliced to make to make serving a breeze.  Finally, each ham is coated in our signature sweet-crunchy glaze by a Master Glazer right there in your local store for an incredible taste that’s second to none.  Gluten Free.
Bone-In Half Half:  7-11 lbs., Serves 12-20 (Quarter
Ham: 4-5.99 lbs serves 7-10; Half Boneless Ham serves 6-10; Ham slices are
available by the pound).
Nothing is as delicious and full of flavor as our fully-cooked
Sliced & Glazed Turkey Breast.  Available Oven Roasted or Gently
Smoked, 100% breast meat, gluten free and hand finished in-store with our
sweet, crunch glaze (2.6 lbs. serves 6).
My favorite side was the Sweet Potato Souffle!   It is so sweet and savory with different textures, it really explodes with flavor in your mouth!  This little guy loved it also!
QuinnHonestly, my favorite part of the dinner was the Pecan Pie.  I have never had Pecan Pie before so I wanted to give it a shot instead of the familiar Pumpkin Pie.  I love Pumpkin pie but I’ve never had Pecan Pie and I wanted to try something new.  Talk about flavor exploding in my mouth!  Another mom that was there has never been a fan of Pecan Pie.  She described not liking the large pecans that are always on top.  However, the pecans were broken up and smaller on the top, so she got a slice.  She liked it also and so did Mr. Messy, who does not like nuts.  FB loved the pecan pie also.  

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