Disney’s Big Hero 6 Gift Ideas

Disney’s Big Hero 6 Gift Ideas

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Big Hero 6 is sure to be at the top of kids’ wish lists as we head into the Holidays.Below are  some great Big Hero 6-themed items, perfect for any occasion, budget and fan.

Coco Joy Kids Big Hero 6

The perfect healthy beverage for any lunchbox, sports practice or snack, Coco Joy Kids is an all-natural fruit-flavored, pure coconut water for kids, containing no added sugar, preservatives, or concentrates. Coco Joy Kids is a great, healthy stocking stuffer this Holiday season! MSRP $1.50 for can and $8 for 6-pack. The 8.4 fl. Oz. slim-line cans will be packaged as 6-packs and, in partnership with retailers, Coco Joy Kids will offer a “Buy 6 for $6 and receive $6 off children’s movie tickets” promotion.”

Big Hero 6 Hoodie

All of his favorite Big Hero 6 characters on a cool, comfy hoodie! Made of 60% cotton/40% polyester fleece, this hoodie will be a huge hit with Big Hero 6 fans this winter. Available online at The Children’s Place for $34.95.

Big Hero 6 Backpack

Send your kids off to school in style with this Disney-themed backpack. 2 large zip compartments, a padded back and two adjustable shoulder straps will help Big Hero 6 fans dominate school this year. Available online at JCPenny.com for $25.00.

Bandai® Big Hero 6 Armor Up Baymax

Transform your favorite character from Disney's Big Hero 6, Baymax, from his white, Nursebot form to his crime fighting, super hero form. Use the over 20 body armor pieces to Armor Up the 6 Nursebot Baymax figure and construct a powered-up version 8 super hero figure ready for action. Available online at Target.com for $19.99.

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Listerine Smart Rinse: Disney Frozen

Listerine Smart Rinse: Disney Frozen

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When it comes to getting kids motivated to brush, floss and swish it really comes down to making it fun. My boys drag and complain out the entire process unless they have fun characters on all their products. When that happens, they actually ask to do all those things which makes this mamma happy!

LISTERINE SMART RINSE is a post-brush mouthwash specifically designed for children, ages 6-12 which provides 12-hour cavity protection due to the added benefit of fluoride.  This is a product that our dentist even recommended to us at our last dentist appointment a few weeks back.


  • Provides 12-hour cavity protection
  • Strengthens teeth 99% better than brushing alone
  • Provides 2.4 times more fluoride than ACT Kids mouthwash
  • Helps tint food particles and bacteria leaving proof in the sink of a cleaner mouth
  • Makes rinsing more fun with frozen rinses but also available in Avengers and Barbie

Now for us adults and older kids, LISTERINE introduces a new floss.  With five unique offerings to meet everyone's needs. 

  • Cool Mint Floss helps remove up to 61% more plaque than other similar brands
  • Listerine UltraClean Floss micro-grooves technology removes 2x more floss than other brands
  • Listerine Gentle Gum Care Floss is soft and offers gentle cleaning along the gum line. 
  • Listerine Healthy White Floss includes added baking soda ingredient to remove stains like coffee, tea and wine
  • Listerine Ultraclean Access Flosser offers long, ergonomic handle and non-slip grip to reach back teeth.

My kids can always count on getting new toothbrushes, mouthwashes and floss in their stockings every year.  As we know this is the time of year when the sugary foods always seem available, so why not treat them with fun new products to help protect their teeth.

The above products range from $2.49-$4.89

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Holiday Gift Guide:  Lierac Paris

Holiday Gift Guide: Lierac Paris

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If your looking for a last minute gift for your beauty-loving person - then I'd love to share Lierac Paris with you.  I was recently sent Lierac's Magnificence Holiday Set.  This includes three products for the face.


Lierac Magnificence Holiday Gift Set ($85; Walgreens & lierac-usa.com)
This is the first skincare line to control aging at the source with its’ patented D-GLOX complex. The powerful combination of pomegranate flower, silk tree oil and liposome-peptide helps reduce the appearance of visible signs of skin aging at the source.

Each set includes:
·         Magnificence Day & Night Velvety Cream – 1.7 oz (full size) & 0.5 oz
Day & night anti-aging cream for dry skin
·         Magnificence Red Serum – 0.3 oz
High performance anti-aging serum

My Thoughts:

This is a very nicely valued set.  You get a giant (1.7 oz) sized Day & Night cream.  This jar will last you a long time.  It is thick and creamy, leaving your skin hydrated all while fighting the visible signs of aging.  It is perfect for dry skin.  There is also a smaller .5 oz size that is perfect for travel or perhaps your thinking of this as a gift for yourself - you could gift the smaller size.  Lastly there is Lierac's Magnificence Red Serum.  This tube contains a red serum - truly it is red- and rather pretty!  I've been using this as a spot treatment on the few deep lines I have on my face.  So far I'm pleased with the results.

You can find this set at your local Walgreens as well as online.  If your like me - having that local drugstore option - is good because Christmas is very close!  

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Holiday Gift Guide: Julius Jr.  DVD

Holiday Gift Guide: Julius Jr. DVD

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Who doesn't love little Julius Jr.? One December 2nd, Lionsgate released the first DVD set available for purchase titled Julius Jr Snow Monkey Adventures. For those that may not be familiar with Julius Jr. , he is a new animated series inspired by the world-renowned Paul Frank brand that features the quirky ad lovable characters: Julius Jr., Worry Bear, Clancy, Sheree, Ping and Chachi.

Julius Jr Snow Monkey Adventures includes 6 episodes filled with music, creativity and out of the box thinking for children. It also includes a full-size Fisher-Price Julius Jr. Figure which is pretty cool!

The episodes included on this DVD are:
  • Worry Bear's Collection
  • Rocket Roller Skates
  • Gravity Games
  • No Snow Mo
  • The Sneaky Snackers
  • Make a Flake

Whether trying something new or helping a cloud make snow, fun is always just a door away. The Julius Jr Snow Monkey Adventures DVD and figure are currently available for $9.99 and would make a fantastic stocking stuffer!!
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Bombay Lunchbox

Bombay Lunchbox

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The smalls and flavors of an Indian kitchen have become more and more common to many of us over the past two decades. With Indian restaurants popping up in urban centers around the country so many of us have the opportunity to taste the exotic flavors of that distant land. Cooking them at home, however, is another story altogether.

The new book, Bombay Lunchbox, by Carolyn Caldicott will bring those exotic flavors and smells into the home kitchen. Renowned for her imaginative yet accessible recipes, Carolyn combines anecdotes and recipes from Anglo-Indian with the culture of the "Tiffin" lunchbox-cooked at home and delivered to the workplace in characteristic stainless steel tiered tins which I absolutely adore. I have used a set of these tins for several years and to be able to now pack a few of these delicious recipes in them are so much fun!

A few recipes you will find in this book are:

  • Goan Chili Fried Prawns
  • Chana Masala (Chickpea and Sweet Potato Curry)
  • Saag Paneer (Creamy Spinach and Paneer Cheese)
  • Pepper Chicken with Mango Raita
  • Kashmiri Saffron tea
  • Chili Cheese Toasties
  • French Fruit Chaat
  • Masala Chai
This book is illustrated with a mixture of vintage imagery and new photographs by Chis Caldicott.  The photography and the recipes together capture the spirit of the Raj with a brightly colored buzz of modern India's culture, religion and society.

Bombay Lunchbox is available for $14.99

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Cream Cheese Roll-Ups Recipe

Cream Cheese Roll-Ups Recipe

On Christmas Eve we have a  main meal but also have finger foods laying out for everyone to enjoy.  About 10 years ago I started making this recipe and have had it requested since.  It's such an easy and delicious dish and if you grab up the green wraps, it helps add a festive touch!

Mexican Cream Cheese Rollups

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup mayonnaise
2/3 cup pitted green olives, chopped
1 (2.25 ounce) can black olives, chopped
6 green onions, chopped
8 (10 inch) flour tortillas
1/2 cup salsa


1. In a medium bowl, mix together cream cheese, mayonnaise, green olives, black olives and green onions.
2. Spread cream cheese mixture in a thin layer onto each tortilla. Roll up tortillas. Chill about 1 hour, or until the filling is firm.
3. Slice chilled rollups into 1 inch pieces. Serve with salsa for dipping.

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Paella Pan From Imusa #WIN

Paella Pan From Imusa #WIN

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The Paella Pan is an essential tool for creating the staple dish of Spanish cuisine,paella. The IMUSA Paella Pan with Natural Finish from the GlobalKitchen Mediterranean product line is perfect for creating not only paella but exquisite rice, seafood, egg and gratin dishes. Its traditional Spanish design and the natural finish allows the rice to develop a slight ‘crust’ which is very desirable and you can’t get that with a natural finish!

Paella is a saffron rice dish originating from Valencia, Spain, and today is widely popular in the U.S. as well as internationally. There are many versions of paella, but it is common to include with chicken, seafood, chorizo, peas and peppers.

Made of Aluminum
Even Heat Distribution
Natural Polish Finish on Both Interior and Exterior
Large Red Painted Side Handles to provide a Firm Grip & a Pop of Color
Perforated Bottom
Authentic Spanish Design
Large open space; will not crowd food

IMISA is the #1 Hispanic and International cookware company.  It's offers a fantastic line of products that help bring recipes to live  while also capturing the adventurist spirits of today's culinary world.  If you have a foodie in your life, I have a feeling that they would be ecstatic to receive this as a gift this holiday season as a stand alone gift or as part of a foodie gift basket.

I had the opportunity to try out this pan and was very impressed.  It offers an all over even heat and was extremely easy to clean up.  I immediately washed it as soon as I finished cooking which is what I generally do with pans. 

Vegetarian Paella

6 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 cup finely chopped red onion
1/2 cup seeded, finally chopped red bell pepper
1 1/2 Tablespoons minced garlic
4 plum tomatoes, chopped fine
Generous pinch saffron threads
1/4 cup cilantro with stems, chopped
1/2 cup dry sherry
4 cups vegetable broth
1 Tablespoon salt
1 fennel  bulb, cut into 6 wedges
6 ounces cremini mushrooms, stemmed and quartered
2 cups eggplant, cut into 1" chunks
6 ounces French beans, trimmed and cut in half
2 cups kale, sliced very thin
1 cup roasted red peppers, cut into 1" pieces
1 cup cooked peas
1/4 cup chopped parsley

Preheat your oven to 400

Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a small saucepan, cook the onion, pepper, and garlic over medium low heat, continue cooking until very soft, about 15 minutes.  Add the tomatoes and saffron and continue cooking, stirring, for 4-5 minutes.  Add the cilantro and sherry, reduce about 1/4 of the way down.  Pour in the broth and bring just to a boil.  Add the salt and puree in a blender until smooth.

In a paella pan, heat the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat.  Add the fennel, cook until golden brown.  Add the eggplant, cook stirring for 5 minutes.  Add the mushrooms and rice and toast, stirring for 2 minutes.  Add the sofrito broth and taste for seasoning.  Stire once and raise the heat to medium high.  Stir in the kale.  Top the rice with the French beans and place in the oven for 20-25 minutes.  Check the rice after 20 minutes for doneness and color.  Remove from the oven and allow the paella to stand for 10  minutes.  Top with the peppers, peas and parsley.  Serve.

The Paella Pan from Imusa is available at Target with a  SRP $18.99.

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Holiday Gift Guide: 3DLightFX

Holiday Gift Guide: 3DLightFX

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Looking to brighten up the holiday season with some turtle power? Look no further than the innovative 3D deco lights by 3DLightFX. Known for their realistic 3D designs that give the illusion the model is busting through the wall, the company introduces four new lights to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle range right in time for the holiday season.

The 3D Deco Lights are a great gift for die-hard Teenage Mutant Ninja turtle fans. The cordless power allows the light to be installed virtually anywhere in the room. LED bulbs ensure that the lights are energy efficient and are cool to the touch. Best yet, the designs bring a cool factor to having a nightlight at any age. The newest lights to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Collection include:

  • Donatello's Hand with bio-staff
  • Leonardo's Hand with katana
  • Michelangelo's Hand with nunchuks
  • Raphael's hand with sai
We had the opportunity to check out Raphael's head and it's pretty cool.  It really looks like it's breaking through the wall and my  boys love it.  I put batteries in it when it arrived and my four year old makes sure it's on every night while he goes to sleep.  It's been over a month and sometimes runs 3-4 hours a night and I haven't had to replace the batteries yet which makes for a happy mom!  I am not a fan of products that suck battery life. Would I purchase another one? I am going to say yes since my boys are already requesting Iron Man.

In addition to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle lights, 3DlightFX also offers an variety of Superheroes, Transformers, sport, nature and automotive themed 3D Deco Lights.  You can purchase them online at Target.com
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Cookies & Cream Fudge Recipe

Cookies & Cream Fudge Recipe

Every year my family always puts in a request for me to make their favorite candies at Christmas and every year for the past 10 years or so this particular recipe has made it on the wish list.  It's super easy to make and you can do so many different things with it.  I have substituted chocolate chip cookies, mint oreos and other types of cookies in place of the regular oreos and they always turn out fantastic!  It's just one of those recipes that you can let your imagination run wild with.


Makes about 2 1/2 pounds

Ingredients:3 (6-ounce) packages white chocolate baking squares 
1 (14-oz) can Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk) 
1/8 teaspoon salt 
3 cups (about 20 cookies) coarsely crushed chocolate creme-filled sandwich cookies 

Directions:In heavy saucepan, over low heat, melt white chocolate squares, and salt. Remove from heat; stir in crushed cookies. Spread evenly into an aluminum foil lined 8-inch square pan. Chill 2 hours or until firm. 

Turn fudge onto cutting board; peel off paper and cut into squares. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator. 

Variation: Use 3 cups of any of your other favorite cookies. Proceed as above. 
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Free Kindle Books: Today's Find

Free Kindle Books: Today's Find

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I admit that I'm in the Christmas Spirit..I mean it just around the corner.  Here are a few FREE Christmas Themed Kindle Books I ran across today.  Always be sure to double check the price before clicking to purchase, since Amazon does change the prices often.

Wyoming Wildflowers: The Beginning (A Western Romance) (Save $6.99) 

A Family for Christmas Save ($3.99)

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Paddington in Theaters January 16th! #PaddingtonMovie

Paddington in Theaters January 16th! #PaddingtonMovie

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Chuck E. Cheese is teaming up with everyone's favorite bear, Paddington, in preparation for the January 16 release of Paddington, the movie, starring Hugh Bonneville and Nicole Kidman. Beginning November 24, Chuck E. Cheese's locations will offer a Paddington travel tag with purchase of any meal or token package. Plus, guests will receive three more tokens for every additional visit with the travel tag in tow. Offer expires on 12/31/14. Only at participating locations. Food purchase is required. To find your nearest Chuck E. Cheese’s location, visit chuckecheese.com.

From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (HARRY POTTER), PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says "Please look after this bear. Thank you." and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.

Starring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, and Nicole Kidman.

If you kids are like mine, they love activities that go along with movies.  Here are some fun printables for Paddington.

Paddington Coloring Pages here and here. 

Chuck E. Cheese Guest Pass (Valued at $35. Includes 1 Large Pizza, 4 Soft Drinks & 30 Game Tokens

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