2020 Holidays

The 2020 Holiday Gift Guide and Giveaway Hop December

The 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

Welcome to our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

If it fits the topic of GIFT trends, we will feature it.

Keep checking back throughout October, November and December and see what new topics and brands I have added!

Make sure to also visit our  2020 Fall Foodie series and stay tuned for the 2021 Healthy New Year Series coming soon!

New 2020 Holiday Shopping Trends

Keep in mind there are new shopping trends for the 2020 Holidays! Due to COVID and the effects of our country still fighting to eradicate this illness, we have some predictions that seem to be fairly accurate! (1) More people will be shopping online in 2020 than any previous Holiday season (2) Brands and Companies are aware of this so the discounts and advertising will be competitive and (3) this can mean shipping delays and so many consumers say they will shop earlier than ever. This means our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide starts earlier in October this year – for you!

Now for the 2020 topics and gifts….

Gifts for the Home/Kitchen

Global Grub DIY Food Kits.

Buy now. Free shipping over $65

San Diablo Artisan Churros – Take and Bake Kits available to order online!

Order now – Bakers dozen and filling of choice!

Meater Wireless Smart Meat Thermometer – now in a longer range!

Buy on Amazon!

Bee K’onscious Gift Pack of 3 Raw Honey Bottles.

Buy now! Free shipping!

Women’s Bean Project Gift Boxes – delicious specialty food products that are carefully arranged in a beautifully designed and eco-friendly box.

Buy now.

Pure-Sky Microfiber Mop Floor Cleaning – JUST ADD Water No Detergents Needed – Hardwood Wet or Dry 

Buy on Amazon!

Giani Granite Countertop and Cabinet DIY Paint Kits.

Visit the Amazon shop!


Buy now at Target.com!

Airfree Air Purifiers for healthier home air

Buy now! Also available on Amazon.

Framing a Mapiful brings joy into a home, they are a physical reminder of people’s biggest milestones

Buy now!

Gifts for outdoor cooking and entertaining from Barbeques Galore

Shop now!

Uzziah Campbell is an 11 year old who, during the outbreak of COVID-19, had a vision of helping those experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, grief and other illnesses caused by the pandemic. Small business, child entrepreneur!

Buy Calm & Cure Candles!

A mother/daughter bakery of Bundt pound cakes make delicious gifts! The flavors are delicious!

Buy Janie’s Cakes!

SANSI LED security lights, flood lights and bulbs for the home

Shop SANSI on Amazon!

Refill, reuse and recycle! Get your home clean and ready for the Holidays with less waste.

Shop Dazz Cleaners!

Match Made Coffee – coffee and cookies delivered to your door!

Shop now!

Clarkson Avenue Crumb Cakes – Using a family recipe inspired by 1950’s Brooklyn, and perfected on the east end of Long Island, we promise to deliver you the most delicious crumb cakes on the market. 

Shop Clarkson Avenue Crumb Cake Co.

Scott’s Liquid Gold has ONE – for all surfaces to get your wood shining for guests.

Shop Scott’s Liquid Gold on Amazon.

Kitchen Mama Can Openers for smoother cut edges

Shop on Amazon.

SOULMUCH – By rescuing excess staple ingredients that restaurants oversupply on such as brown rice and quinoa, the team repurposes them by dehydrating them, milling into a flour, and then baking into their first launched product — better for you cookies.  

Buy a cookie box now.

Yummy Combs Honeycomb Shape Flossing Treats for Dogs

Shop here!

Gifts for Men/Women

All Tee All Shade Store  is introducing a new ‘Hoodie’ Product Category, and some new designs. Visit the store!

Edifier X3 True Wireless Stereo Earbuds, Bluetooth 5.0 Music Earbuds 

Buy on Amazon

Glorious PC Gaming World’s first RGB, modular mechanical keyboard. Visit Glorious PC Gaming for PC gaming accessories!

Healing Crystals Co. crystal mindful breathing necklaces. Shop Here!

Cariloha Bamboo Bedding/Bath! Softer than cotton.

Visit their Amazon shop!

Honestly Goods – Artistry Goods. Buy Now.


Success Skills for High School, College, and Career Revised ed. Edition

Buy on Amazon!

DIY Floral Preservation Kit from Floral Preservation Co.

Buy on Amazon

SneakERASERS Instant Sole and Sneaker Cleaner

Buy on Amazon!

AutoERASERS Instant Detailing Sponge

Buy on Amazon!

Shinesty – Fun apparel for the entire family

Buy now!

NomadGoods Phone/Wireless Accessories.

Shop now!

The Meguiar’s® Classic Wash & Wax Kit

Buy now!

Dear Ava offers beautiful and thoughtful jewelry with heartwarming messages

Shop now!

Books for cooking and other crafting projects at Tuttle Publishing

Browse now!

Tervis Drinkware in the fun designs you’ll love!

Buy Tervis!

For the gamers! SSD cards for PC gamers, Storage for console gamers running out of media space. Flash drives for Travelers. Kingston has it all for the techies!

Shop Kingston!

Every chocolate product is handmade in their Austin-based Culinary Center using fine quality, sustainable chocolate and the freshest ingredients so you can enjoy chocolate near perfection.

Buy Delysia!

Baylis & Harding’s Holiday Beauty Gift Sets

Available at Walmart.com

The dooloop is a modern leash accessory for those who’d rather not walk around swinging bags of dog poop in hand.

Buy now!

LumiCharge – T2W– LED Lamp, Bluetooth Speaker & Wireless Phone Charger

Buy on Amazon.

Elegear Ultra Soft Flannel Fleece Blanket, Anti-Static Warm Cozy Fuzzy Blanket for All Season

Buy on Amazon – use code: WCO6UQ56 for 20% off

Funny socks designed by Artists – buy pairs of socks or send a subscription box

Buy BooSocki!

Gifts for the Kids

6 Plastic Bottles are used to make 1 Shore Buddies Plush! Save the ocean, gift a Shore Buddy!

Buy HERE! Free shipping over $37.99

You’re Pulling My Leg – Family Game Night fun! From Morning Star Games.

Buy now on Amazon!

Magformers STEM Building Sets

Buy on Amazon!

Crazy Aarons Putty World (Great Stocking Stuffers)

Buy on Amazon!

Ben 10 vs. The Universe: The Movie (DVD)

Buy on Amazon!

Bailey Bloom and the Battle of the Bug – Book

Buy on Amazon!

Smarty JoJo, Preschool Learning Toy.

Buy on Amazon!

Zoey Naturals skincare for babies

Buy now!

Green Toys™ Environmentally-Friendly Children’s Toys

Visit the Amazon store

A Kids Book About … so many great topics to read with your child.

Buy on Amazon.

Goodtimer – Positive Reinforcement Educational Toy, Visual Timer and Chore Chart

Buy on Amazon!

L.O.L. Surprise! Wireless Earbuds for Kids w/ 3D Stereo Sound & Built-in Mic

Buy on Amazon!

L.O.L. Surprise! Smartwatch, Camera & Game

Buy on Amazon!

L.O.L. Surprise! Advent Calendar with Limited Edition Doll and 25+ Surprises

Buy now!

Earth BABY’s line of cleansers and sanitizers are the perfect stocking stuffers

Buy now!

Firefly Sponge Bob and other popular characters Oral Care Gift Sets available at Walmart

Buy now!

Shred Dog stylish winter apparel for kids

Visit Shred Dog. Free shipping at $50

A great Marvel comic-based movie for the teens – The New Mutants!

Buy here!

Book gifts for children from Sourcebooks

Buy on Amazon.

ScreenGrabbers and Comfortkins from Wild Republic

Buy Now!

Dolce Primo Kangaroo – Featuring a peek-a-boo door on one of its feet and is also adorned with beads and a teether on its other foot. Dolce stands for Develop, Observe, Learn, Create, Educate.

Buy now!

STICK O Forest Friends 16 Piece Magnetic Building Set, Rainbow Colors, Educational STEM Construction Toy Ages 18M+

Buy on Amazon!

A Little Spark – Mom’s Choice Award® Gold Medal Recipient – When the survival of their hometown is threatened, two unlikely comrades join forces on a quest to defeat a dangerous enemy and bring back the only one who can save them all.

Buy on Amazon.

Comfortkins help children learn the importance of wearing a mask

Buy now!

Anam Cara – soul norishing art for children’s rooms

Buy now!

What is GIRLS CAN! CRATE? These are subscription boxes are for ages 5-10 and introduces them to diverse women who have made history.

Order by December 15th end of Day for Christmas Delivery!

Check out this stocking stuffer! PIKOWash! Hand and Body Soap. Pikotaro,” the YouTube sensation who brought the “PPAP” song (“Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen!”), produced a new hand soap!

Buy on Amazon.


This is a Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop! Once you are done entering my Amazon giveaway below, scroll further for a list of other giveaways to enter from my Blogger friends!

Enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card in this widget below. Open to US/Can ages 18+. Good luck!

2018 Holiday Gifts, Education, Holiday Shopping, Infant Toddler Products, Kids, Parenting, Reviews

At Home Learning 20 Minutes a Day with TeachMy

2018 Holiday Gift Guide Feature: Learning Kits from TeachMy

TeachMy is one of my favorite guide features for at-home learning. Anthony is 10 but I used the TeachMy Preschool with him years ago and he was suddenly very ready for Preschool academically. With so many ways to learn from cards, boards and books it is easy to keep your child engaged. TeachMy recommends 20 minutes a day at home with their learning kits to give them a learning advantage.

TeachMy has 4 kits, Baby, Toddler, Preschooler and Kindergartener. They also have some supplemental at-home learning tools as well on their site. It is more than a learning kit, it is play and reading all bundled together with easy-to-follow guides.


Here is an example of what is inside the Baby (above) and Preschooler (below) kit. It is everything you need to start at home learning. These are award-winning kits that follow up-to-date learning standards for each stage of learning through Kindergarten.

Shopping for TeachMy Learning Kits

Available at the TeachMy shop for $29.99 and also available through Amazon

Need more gift ideas? Visit the 2018 Holiday Gift Guide!

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2018 Holiday Gifts

Five tips to capturing the best photo for your Holiday memories

 Five tips to capturing the best photo for your Holiday memories

I have been so bad at Christmas cards the past few years. I honestly have just resorted to a fun FB post where I can hit ‘post’ and whomever reads it gets their Sluka Merry Christmas. That is so lame, I know. Honestly, I always had intentions of getting a photo but getting all of us including our older boys together when we are dressed for photos is hard!

I need to do a better job this year of being on top of it. As the creative director and cofounder of CardFool, Tim McCabe has put together his five tips to capturing the best photo.

1.       Magic Time. If you have grade-school kids, be prepared to get in and get out. Kids typically can sit and participate for about 20 minutes. But with a game plan, you can utilize those 20 minutes efficiently.


2.       Get Lit. Make sure the background is properly lit. With cameras these days, you can review a photo before you go ahead and print it to ensure everyone’s faces forward and clearly visible.


3.       Skip The Props – if you are having more than eight people in the frame, skip the props and instead focus on your location. You don’t need any extras like bales of hay or a gigantic Christmas tree taking up precious restate. Think simple and clean, regardless of how many people are in the photo. This applies to everything, clothing, background, poses, etc.

4.       Smartphone – if you don’t have a fancy camera, or know someone who does, don’t worry. Today’s smart phones are equipped with a great camera. The key to making the photo professional are three simple tips. First, have someone else snap the photo. You don’t want your holiday photo to be a selfie. Second, capture the photo both horizonal and vertical, making sure that the legs and head are not chopped off. That way when it comes time to choosing the card layout, you have some options. Third, have fun with the filters. Your phone comes with several color options and lighting, play around with it, but don’t choose more than two different filters to prevent the photo looking over-processed.


5.       Have fun – with today’s busy life, treasure the moment that your family is all together and you’re spending some quality time capturing a great moment. Reflect on the past year, your family’s accomplishment, and don’t forget to say “cheese.”

Once you have the photo selected, users can visit www.cardfool.com and choose from a variety of templates, craft your own personal message, and ship directly to anyone first-class mail in the U.S. for just $3.99.

Gift Guides, Kids

Easter Basket Ideas For The Kids – Gift Basket Round Up

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Easter Basket Ideas For The Kids - Gift Basket Round Up

Roaming the aisles trying to find something fun and unique for Easter baskets is our favorite sport, right? Not really! I would be a lot more organized and save a lot of time if I knew exactly what I was looking for as I walk into the stores (it saves more time for the shopping I really like such as the kitchen and grocery section)! Here are some ideas that may help you out a bit!

teeth whitening

OK! So I wanted to start with something you can find while shopping for the kids! This is My Magic Mud® Activated Charcoal Tooth Powder for Whitening. But we all hear there are some side effects using activated charcoal? By American Dental Association standards, this brand is within range of being safe. My Magic Mud® states that they don’t know of any other activated charcoal brands that have performed the tests they have.

My Magic Mud® has been evaluated in a lab to ensure its safety, however the charcoal you’ll find in supplements and in bulk may or may not be safe depending on the particle size and quality. Because it only takes about 6-14 days to show results, you will have whiter teeth by Easter gatherings. I found it on Amazon for $11.97 shipped!

Drink Box

Now for the toddlers! The Drink in the Box and Snack in a Box are both reusable drink and snack boxes that are better for the environment than juice boxes and individual snack packs and they are both BPA/BPS and Phthalate free. It reduces the risk of mold and they don’t leak or spill. Also available on Amazon.


HABA always has the sweetest games that promote strategy and age-related skill development. Splish Splash Catapult is a game where rabbits have a water fight (not with real water) with their catapult. The skill is to aim well and hit rabbits with the water balloons (again, not real ones). Options to earn extra points too! And you can also shop Amazon for HABA games.

Movin Monkey set

Gears!Gears!Gears!® Movin’ Monkeys Building Set will be a hit! All the kids can stay busy while you get easter dinner ready inventing, building with STEM play in this 136 piece set with moving gears and more. Also available at Amazon!

PLay Foam

Playfoam is a hit! Educational Insights has fun options and this 4 pack of no-mess molding fun will occupy them for sure! Playfoam never dries out so creativity is ongoing! Find all options of Playfoam from Educational Insights on Amazon.

Play Tape

InRoad Toy’s Play Tape will turn any space into a car lovers dream! With straight line, long and short track tapes as well as ones for the curves, the hot wheels will get used on Easter! Find it in rolls and sheets and find road signs and more at their website or on Amazon!

Zip It case

ZipIt Animals Mini Pouches are made with one long zipper and are so fun to open and stuff! Clip it to a bag and stuff with keys, chapstick, change and more. These will be a hit hanging off the backpacks. This is the Bunny! I found the 3 pack of all animals on Amazon.