Elf on the Shelf: Funny Messages on Bathroom Mirror

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Our little Buddy the Elf left our girls some great messages last night! “Elf’s Rule” and “Santa is Watching” was the talk of this mornings car ride to school for the girls! They were so excited to tell their friends that the Elf is here!

Looking for ways to have fun with your Elf on the Shelf? Check out our calendar here to see what our Elf will be doing for the next few weeks!

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Elf on the Shelf Hits Our House- 2015!

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Elf on the Shelf 2015 ImagePrint your copy here of my Elf on the Shelf schedule to see what our crazy Elf will be doing this year while checking on my kiddos and reporting back to Santa!Don’t have your own Elf on the Shelf yet? Grab one here and get started with a new fun tradition with your family!

The Elf on the Shelf has quickly become a family tradition each holiday season! Allowing parents to get a little extra help keeping the kiddos on their toes; behaving, doing chores and having fun finding their Elf! Santa sends each Elf out into your home to be the eyes and ears for Santa to help keep names on the naughty and nice list in check!

Check out more Elf on the Shelf ideas here on my Pinterest Board!

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Protect Your Camera With a Camera Coat

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camera coats logoLooking for extra protection for your camera when your shooting those outdoor family pictures, catching winning home run hit or at the zoo checking out all the monkeys, well monkeying around?!?! Look no further than the Camera Coats. This is a great way to protect your camera without using a over-sized, bulky camera bag!

camera coatsCamera Coat is made from 100% cotton inside with padding and laminated cotton on the outside for easy clean up! They are handmade in the USA, with 3 pockets on the back for additional storage for batteries, your phone or SD cards! Easy to use Velcro on the front to keep your camera protected for the elements or accidents! A buckle is attached on the side as well to your Camera Coat for you to attach to your camera strap.

The Camera Coat is easy to use! Simply slide any camera you own with a lens such as a DSLR into the top, close shut with the easy to use but sturdy Velcro strip on the front for protection from rain or in my case, my kiddos! You can check their sizing chart to be on the safe side when ordering to receive the correct size!

Camera Coats are great for moms, dads, professional photographers, grandparents, and so on! These are great as gifts as well! As a mom, I was always looking for places to put my camera without ruining it, now it has it’s own cover and allows me to protect it while looking stylish!


I absolutely love how easy this product fits right into my daily life! I take pictures every day with my larger camera that has a larger lens and sometimes it rains, snows or my kiddos drop drinks and food on me and anything attached to me- meaning my camera sometimes gets to be a mess as well! The Camera Coat is still small enough to fit in other bags such as diaper bags or my large tote, unlike traditional camera bags!

This Camera Coat may not be for you if you carry a point and shoot camera, it may be too big for what you are using. camera coatAlso on the other end, if you want to bring along a lot of extra lens, batteries, etc this bag will not allow you to carry all the additional accessories!

With being handmade and crafted in the USA this product is defiantly worth the $40 or so you will pay for it! I have bought larger, bulky camera bags that after just a few months of use, broke, gained holes and just plain sucked! And they were not only $40!

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Cincinnati: 3CDC Set To Light Up Downtown

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LiteUpCinti2011 – Photograph by Bruce Crippen

3CDC SET TO LIGHT UP DOWNTOWN CINCINNATI

CINCINNATI (November 20, 2015) – The holiday season is just around the corner! Bring your family and friends down to Fountain Square on Friday, November 27, for our annual Macy’s Light Up the Square celebration. Beginning at 6:00pm, this year’s tree lighting ceremony features live music from 2nd Wind, a chance to explore the Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt, a very special appearance from Santa Claus and more! The tree lighting will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display from atop the downtown Macy’s store. Channel 5’s Sheree Paolello and Mike Dardis, along with Q102’s JonJon will host the evening’s festivities, which are free and open to the public. See below for a complete activity schedule.

2015 Light Up the Square Event Schedule

9:00AM: Rink opens

11:00AM: Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt opens

5:00PM: Fountain Square Concessions open

6:00PM: 2nd Wind performs

6:45PM: City Council Member Introduction

7:00PM: Live Broadcast with WLWT

7:25PM: Official Tree Lighting Ceremony

7:30PM: Fireworks show

7:40PM: 2nd Wind performs

9:00PM: Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt closes

11:00PM: Rink & Concessions close

Fountain Square concessions offer full bar service, coke products, and hot cocoa. Food options include tasty fare from Eli’s BBQ and other local food trucks. Additional restroom facilities will also be available. Visit www.MyFountainSquare.com for a full event schedule or to add this event to your smartphone calendar. Special thanks to our sponsors, Macy’s, Toyota, Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati Bell, IKEA, Channel 5-WLWT, Lykins Energy Solutions, Belterra Park Gaming & Entertainment, and Q102.

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Thanksgiving arrives early this year with the return of the 2015 Turkey Bowl! Join us out on the U.S. Bank Ice Rink next Tuesday, November 24, as the rink transforms into a bowling alley—complete with bowling pins and frozen-turkeys-turned-bowling balls. The game is simple: bowlers have three chances to knock down the most pins. The winning player receives a gift card, a commemorative trophy, and serious bragging rights. Fountain Square’s Turkey Bowl also features a special, kid-friendly bowling lane. On-site registration opens at 11:00am and the competition begins at 11:30am. In order to play, participants must bring two non-perishable food items or a $5 cash donation to Fountain Square the day of the event. All proceeds benefit The Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Visit www.MyFountainSquare.com for more information about the U.S. Bank Ice Rink on Fountain Square, or to add the Axis Alley Turkey Bowl event to your smartphone calendar. Special thanks to our sponsor, the Mix 94.9.

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Moneymaker at Target with Minions Blue Ray DVD

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target logoGet the fireplace crackling, popcorn popping and settle the family down for a fun night in that will be anything but despicable! These little yellow guys are known for being more naughty than nice, but that won’t stop Target from presenting their next hot freebie giveaway: a FREE Minions Blu-ray DVD currently priced, on pre-order, at $18.99 – though valued at $34.99 – with complimentary shipping and a Target gift card.

Target is selling a Minions Blu-ray DVD for $18.99 (though elsewhere it could cost as much as $34.99). It comes with free shipping PLUS a $5 Target gift card. TopCashback’s offering $18.99 cashback on the purchase of one Blu-ray DVD, effectively making a copy of the madcap animated adventure FREE. Act fast as this deal will not last long!

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13% off at StickerYou.com

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sticker youFrom decking the halls, to wrapping presents the holiday season is the perfect time to get creative and festive. Havesticker you annas famous hot chocolate you considered customizing your own gift labels or decorating the walls of your home with festive wall decals? StickerYou is your one-stop shop for creating custom stickers, labels, decals, temporary tattoos and more.

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Gifts for Teen Boys- Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Holiday GIft Guide Gifts teen boys 2015Looking for some great gift ideas for that special teen boy in your life? Here are some ideas that they are sure to love! Click the image below to check out the item!

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Who’s Ready to Play Mario Maker #NintendoPartner

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I’ve been playing Super Mario since I was about 10 years old! It is something I shared with my parents and brothers as well as now with my girls! It is a true classic and I have logged many hours playing, learning and dominating the Super Mario World! Now with Mario Maker I can take all the time I spent mastering each level to create new, crazy and completely out of this world ideas that can not only be fun, interesting or challenging- BUT YOU GET TO DECIDE!! You dream it, you can create it!

mario maker start menuThe Mario experience of your dreams has arrived and is bursting with creativity…including yours! Play a near-limitless number of intensely creative Super Mario Bros. levels from players around the world. It’s so easy to create your own levels using the Wii U GamePad controller that it feels like you’re simply sketching out your ideas on paper. You can now bring enemies and objects into a playable course in ways you could only dream of before. What was impossible in traditional Mario games is now impossibly fun, so let your imagination run wild!

Mario Maker is the ultimate design your own game maker. This is a game for one during the design but allows you to have multiple players once you create your new boards. Choose to either play others already created boards or make your own to personalize your play time! This something I can see can become completely addicting as I spent almost 3 hours the first time I used it!

mario maker add itemsDraw It Sketch out your level on the Wii U GamePad controller just like you were using a pen and paper. Want to try out your course without stopping the fun? Switch seamlessly between Edit and Play on the fly without missing a beat (or a ground-pound).

Shake an item to make it something different! Objects and enemies can appear as other objects or enemies when you shake them as you are adding them to your game! Or for even more fun double up the enemies to make them bigger, badder and more interesting!

Drop It Drag and drop items from the palette—like enemies, obstacles, blocks, and more—to populate your course. Spend about 5 minutes creating a course, and more parts become available to use the next day. You can also transform parts using different actions.

The more you play the more objects and enemies open up to add to your courses. Each day create for just five minutes and the next day you will open new objects and enemies to add to your creations! Eventually you will get the opportunity to open a sound editor to add crazy and unique sounds to make your course one of a kind! Special effects is another option that can open up as well to allow for even more creativity!

mario maker added items and tubeSwitch it- Ready to really mix things up? Try switching between classic environments like ground, underground, ghost house, underwater, airship, or castle. These themes are great to mix up where you play and how your boards look! Go old school or make it look new, you get to make it your very own! At first it may seem a little daunting to create every aspect of the game, but it was quite fun and goes pretty quickly! Add to other courses or start from scratch, the options are endless! This is very simply to use and goes quite quickly the more you play!

Change the Game- Change entire game eras with the click of a tab by choosing one of these Super Mario favorites. Each style drastically changes gameplay with unique gameplay elements from the original games, like ground-pounds and wall jumps.

Share It– Once you have completed all your courses you can share world wide with other Mario lovers to try out your ideas and interesting way to make Mario jump, fly and collect!

Mario Maker allows you to play others creations as well with 100 Mario Challenge where you get 100 lives to play others creations by playing game after game with the chance to use all 100 lives to make it through. This is a great way to try out a lot of other creations without having to search or follow fellow creators. They simply randomly share games and you get to try amiibo mario maker wii uand beat them! This was probably one of my favorite plays! I got to check out other creators from all over the world with some games being extremely difficult and others being fun and silly with crazy special effects and amazing designs of blocks, enemies, bonus’ or coins! It is so fun to see what others come up with! And if this all sounds like a long day of play, choose the Mario 10 Challenge with only 10 lives to get through!

Don’t forget to bring your amiibo! While playing you can touch your amiibo to your WiiU console and it will allow your Mario player the ability to drop your into the game and turn into your amiibo character! And by using the 30th Anniversary Mario amiibo you can get special options only available with Mario amiibo during play.

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Disclosure: I have received free product from Nintendo. All thoughts and opinions are my own. My experience may differ from your own.”

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