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Sunday
Jul032011

It's July and I've already started my Christmas shopping!

When do you start your holiday shopping?

Some of my friends think they are getting ahead by starting their shopping in September or October. But me? I start in the summer. I don't buy tons of stuff but I pick up things here and there that I just know my mother would love, or a teacher might appreciate. For the girls it's harder because they still like to make a list. I both love and hate the LIST. I love that they are still enjoying the holidays of their childhood. But I hate that making a list seems, well, spoiled. Even if they KNOW there's no way they are getting everything on that list.

What am I possibly shopping for in July?

Christmas cards! You see giving and receiving holiday cards are big for my family. Truth be told I took about 3 years off from sending cards and the number of received cards was noticably smaller (I'm going with the theory that most people rely on getting MY card to have my address). Why do we love getting Christmas cards?

Because every year we sort through the previous year's cards and use them to cut out gift tags! My mom did this with me and now my girls are enjoying it too. It can be a fun and creative way to reuse uniqe Christmas cards and it means I don't have to go out and buy tags for presents!

Here is a perfect example of a card that would be great to use for a gift tag:

You could cut out around the oval for one tag. You could cut out the MERRY CHRISTMAS and Happy New Year to make a rectangular gift tag. You could even cut out around the snowflake! What I love about this holiday tradition is that you DON'T have to be Martha Stewart to do it! You can be creative and feel crafty and not have your fingers hot-glued together. #winning

Where am I finding Christmas cards in July?

Glad you asked. Through my good friends at Global Influence I learned about Storkie.com and saw they have Christmas cards available right now! Can you imagine crossing THAT off your list already? I know - feels good, doesn't it? Take THAT frienzied December! I've got my cards ordered already!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and I received compensation for helping to promote the sponsor. All opinions are my own and I really do cut out gift tags from old Christmas cards and of course the more interesting the card the better the tags!

Wednesday
Jun022010

Bendaroos might be exception to the "as seen on TV" rule

UPDATE: winner is...Allison, aka: PeppermintAllie

Congrats!!

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I have a rule in my house...

It always looks better on TV. That goes for toys, kitchen gagets, even celebrities.

And just like Ralphie in A Christmas Story, The Twofer have had to learn this lesson the hard way.

So many times they see commercials for gagets and toys that 'look so cool Mom!' Finally, after a number of infomercial failures they are starting to listen to the rule.

That is, until now.

Bendaroos are sticky fun without the mess

Bendaroos, those sticky, waxy sticks that you can wind and mush together are actually fun and spark creativity in kids...at least my kids.

So much fun, infact that the girls have spent several nights playing with them and....get this....a Saturday morning! Can you say 'sleep in'?

This is what I woke up to this weekend....

Twins quietly playing with Bendaroos on Saturday morning

Results: fire, flower, pineapple, watermelon

Bendaroos theme packs make great gifts

Want to give it a try but not invest in a whole Bendaroos collection? There are cool new theme packs with 100 or 200 Bendaroos so the investment is small but the creative reward is big.  I received a Tropical Island pack to review and The Twofer started with the templates, but quickly started using their imagination to create figures, furniture, and then the got the wood blocks out to make a house for the Bendaroos family!

Tropical pack of Bendaroos = surprising fun

Even after a few days of playing, we still have lots of Bendaroos left but I'll consider buying more to take with us to the beach for a rainy day. Check out Bendaroos on Facebook for craft ideas, photos, and more.

Enter to Win Your Own Set of Bendaroos!

TwoferMom is giving away a Bendaroos Fun Food Pack! To enter: 

1) leave a comment telling me what your initial thought on Bendaroos is 

2) Post a link to this giveaway on Twitter, then leave another comment with the URL to that Twitter post

Contest open to US and Canadian residents 18 and over and ends Friday, June 11, 2010 at 11:00 pm ET. Winner will be drawn using Random.org and announced on this post and via email or Twitter. If winner does not respond within 48 hours I reserve the right to choose another winner. Winning prize is distributed by Bendaroos or their PR firm, not by TwoferMom.

Janine

Disclosure: I received a pack of Bendaroos to test and review at no cost. All opinions expressed here are mine and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to being published.