Valentine’s Day >> Gift Guide and Instagram {Flash Giveaway}

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1. Plum Print– known for their keepsake art books, also sell folded notecards. Your kids artwork is printed on the front and an Artist credit is given on the back. These would be perfect for Valentine’s Day cards for you kids class, close family and friends, or lovely cards to send sweet love note all year round. (GIVEAWAY Pack of 24: $35)

2. Chasing Fireflies– After Christmas I have become obsessed with matching family pajamas, so why not add some fun Valentine’s Day ones into the mix for a fun night in. The pajamas from Chasing fireflies are comfortable and wear great after multiple washings.

3. Vosges Dark Chocolate Renegade Truffle Collection– Words can’t describe how amazing these chocolates taste, and one is never enough. These dark chocolate truffles are infused with flowers, roots, herbs and spices from around the world. The black heart box is pierced with rose gold spikes, inspired by the courage and bravery required to seek and accept true love.

4. Teleflora Sweet Thoughts Bouquet with Red Roses– For beautiful flowers that will last way beyond Valentine’s Day Teleflora is the place to shop for sweet smelling modern arrangements. This year Teleflora also has a Love Note Concierge hotline (1-844-IT-IS-LOVE). Anyone who calls into now through February 12th (7 AM – 11 PM EST) to the toll free line will be coached on writing a love note for their Valentine! Additionally, for anyone who calls into the Concierge and requests to purchase a Teleflora Valentine’s Day bouquet, will automatically receive a 20% discount. (GIVEAWAY $100 Gift Card)

5. Famous Footwear slippers– When spending a Valentine’s night in with your loved ones, you want your feet to be warm and cozy. Famous Footwear has a large affordable selection, you deserve it. (GIVEAWAY $20 Gift Card)

6. Minted Art Prints– I love Minted and they do more than just personalized photo cards. Minted has a huge selection of fine art framed prints, they provide a marketplace for independent artists who might not have gotten their art in front of such a large audience.

7. Sephora lip gloss– Kiss Kiss Universal Pink Gloss, this lightly scented lip gloss in a universal pink shade for a beautiful smile. Plus you can personalize the packaging for a great Valentine’s Day gift.

8. Chromecast TV– Spend a night in, with your current crush casting one of your favorite romantic dramas. From Google, this cast device can stream your favorite entertainment from your phone or tablet straight to the TV. (GIVEAWAY one Chromecast)

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Hope you will stop by Instagram {TODAY} to be part of our My Strange Family and Carseat Dancers sweet giveaway.

TO ENTER like this photo on INSTAGRAM & follow both @kristrange & @carseatdancers –> TAG a friend in the INSTAGRAM comments.

For additional entries follow the GIVEAWAY sponsors ON INSTAGRAM… 25 custom cards from @plumprint, $100 gift card to @teleflora, $20 gift card to @famousfootwear and a Google Chromecast!

WINNER will be announced , via Instagram, TODAY – SUNDAY Feb 7th. GOOD LUCK! 🍀

Christmas Wish List for Women >> Gift Guide

This collection of goods is perfect for the WOMEN in your life. I’m sure you’ll see that there’s something for every woman on your Christmas list! Is she a mom? Your best friend? Traveler – always on the go? We’ve got you covered!
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1. MAC HUGGABLE LIPCOLOUR – in Touché
I receive so many compliments every time I wear this lipstick.
MAC Cosmetics
$20

2. CD >> Adele – 25
Hello… This entire CD has me swooning. Her musical talent is phenomenal.
Target
$13.99

3. Robe >> Charter Club Robe
Normally, I wouldn’t recommend buying her “clothing” for Christmas… sizes often vary too much. However, a robe is a brilliant gift option. This one is super cozy, perfect for cuddling up on the couch with a glass of wine {or hot cocoa} in hand. Ahhh…
Macy’s
$28.99 {Today’s Sale}

4. Camera >> Fujifilm Instax Mini 8
Crazy cool pictures in hand at the touch of a button!
Urban Outfitters
$80 {The current sale price is a steal. Normally this is $100!}

5. Purse >> Coach Edie Shoulder Bag
I absolutely love the modest vibe that this handbag gives off. The fact that it doesn’t have logos all over it makes it even more usable. So on trend.
Coach
$325

6. Boots >> ‘Lambert’ Fringe Booties
OMG! These are UH-MAZE-ING!
Nordstrom
$90

7. Sunglasses >> SPY “Farrah” Happy Lens Collection Polarized Sunglasses
I sport these shades & LOVE them! Have you tried the polarized “Happy Lens” by SPY Optic? The color and clarity of these lenses are unreal.
SPY Optic
$42 {Current SALE price.}

8. Keurig 2.0 K500 Coffee Maker
Brewing System with Carafe
I don’t know what I’d do with out my Keurigs!?! Yes, Keurigs! I own 3. I’ve been asked by my CarseatDancers, “How many cups of coffee have you had today?” My reply: “Not enough!” Keurig has made my LOVE of coffee grow immensely.
Bed Bath & Beyond
$199.99 {Remember to use your 20% off coupon when purchasing.}

Merry Christmas & Happy Shopping!
xoox, Jen

Christmas Gift Guide >> for Boys

Snips and snails, and puppy dogs tails, That’s what little boys are made of.

Is there a little boy on your Christmas list who’s got it all? Well, we put together a Christmas Wish List sure to make every little guy swoon, even the one who has it all. We’ve picked items from Star Wars to Batman and everything in between.
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1. Lego City Space Port Utility Shuttle 6007
Target
$23.99

2. Discovery Kids T-Rex Moving Figure
Kohl’s
$31.49

3. BATMAN™ Ride On Vehicle
Pottery Barn Kids
$119

4. BABIATORS Sunglasses
BABIATORS
$20

5. Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars
Zappos
$35

6. Star Wars Yoda Character Hugger And Throw Set
Kohl’s
$20

7. Book: The Little Boy Who Lost his Name
LostMy.Name
$30

8. Tucker + Tate
Fitted Two-Piece Pajamas

(Little Boys & Big Boys)
Nordstrom
$32

9. Hammond’s Candy Cane
Hammond’s Candies
$2.95

From my carseat dancers to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas
Happy shopping!
❤️ Jen

Christmas Wishlist for Girls >> Gift Guide

Every little girl has sugar plum dreams about the goods on her list for Santa. Is the little girl in your life a girly-girl, crafter, sporty, bookworm or misfit… maybe? The “Christmas Wishlist for Girls” that my CarseatDancers and I have put together has something that every type of little girl would adore. Here’s our list of Christmas Must-Haves for girls from 5 to 12.
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1. Book: The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name
A personalized gift is something that will be cherished forever. The creativity in this collection of books is phenomenal. Each story is different, as the main character searches for the letters to spell the name of the child who receives it.

2. Globe – Elenco 5″ Political Globe:
Kids who dream about adventure and love to explore will be filled with excitement with the World at their fingertips.

3. American Girl Doll:
“American Girl’s mission is to celebrate girls. We embrace who they are today and look forward to who they will become tomorrow.”
Since 1986, American Girl has inspired girls of ALL walks of life. Online & in store you will find an amazing selection of dolls, books, clothes, toys, and accessories. My CarseatDancers LOVE American Girl. ❤️
Here’s my sweet AKA7 with Grace. Grace is 2015’s Doll of the Year.
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4. Penny Board
These cute little skateboards are the newest trend. We are absolutely loving that they have made these a little bit more girly but still PERFECT for the sporty girl in your life. Remember to pick up elbow & knee pads and a helmet if you decide to grab or customize one of these boards.

5. Seedling‘s – My Mini Masterpiece
“Our Kits + Your Imagination = Endless Play”
Painting is one of our favorite indoor craft activities. With this sweet little ARTIST kit your sweetie will create a masterpiece perfect for any wall.
KIT INCLUDES:
Wooden Easel
Canvas
Artist Quality Acrylic Paints
Paint Brush
Instructions

6. Hammond’s Candy Cane
Since 1920, Hammond’s has been creating the best Christmas treats. This JUMBO candy cane is a must-have stocking stuffer!

7. LEGO – Disney Princess – Rapunzel’s Tower
Your little one will build this cool Lego tower as Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, & Pascal the chameleon watch.

8. Justice- Fashions
The perfect Christmas outfit for my little firecracker came from Justice. They have a lovely selection of fashions for the girl in your life.
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Happy Shopping & Merry Christmas!
❤️🎄🎅🏻
Jen & my Carseat Dancers

Oh Baby! Christmas Picks >> Gift Guide

Oh Baby! – Christmas Picks
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My CarseatDancers and I put together this sweet collection of goods… Perfectly perfect for the baby in your life this Christmas.

Happy Shopping!
❤️ Jen

1. BARTS KAMIKAZE {Kid’s} Trapper Hat
@ surfdome
$34.93

2. Book: A Wish to be a Christmas Tree
@ Target
$8.09

3. Toy: Jellycat Cordy Roy Fox
@ dispersdotcom
$25

4. Freshly Picked >> Denim on Denim suede moccasins
@ FreshlyPicked
$60

5. Spanish A B C Blocks
@ kissui
$43

6. Organic Baby Blanket in Geometric Bear Print
@ lolaandstella
$50

7. Silicone Teething Necklace – Jade
@ glitter&spice
$19.50

8. Joovy BoobGlass Baby Bottle
@ Joovy
$14.99

9. Holiday WinnieOnesie
@ finfirst
$20

Tips & Tricks to Show Your DisneySide @ Home

Our family adores everything Disney and as a Disneyland Passport holder we are regularly displaying our Disney Side there. But why should you have to leave your Disney Side at the parks? Our celebration, as shown here, can easily be duplicated with just a few tips , tricks & Disney Magic.

When I heard that I could host a Disney Side @Home Celebration for family and friends my girls and I squealed with glee! Disney is more than just a place, it’s a magical feeling… one that you can share, at home. 20150222-100202-36122433.jpg
I received an exclusive Disney Side Princess Party Kit filled with all of the necessary party planning tools needed to spread our Disney magic, at home. And with just a pinch of Pixie Dust and imagination our Valentine’s Day Disney Side Princess Party was a ROYAL success.

Photo Tip: Squat down at your child’s level for a better shot.

My girls were eager to open the box, get started with the guest list and create handmade invitations for their fellow princess friends.

Tip: Allow your kids to help decorate the invitation. I made a prototype that my five-year-old could easily copy.
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Let’s Party!
Valentine’s Day 2015
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10 little Princess were invited to join in the festivities. We had sweet plans for our Princess Brunch. 20150309-192128-69688425.jpg Our dining table was covered with an array of princess decorations. We had Sophia the First snack bowls, napkins, placemats, cups and plates on the cutest Sophia the First tablecloth. The centerpieces were delightful… surrounding them, we placed our collection of princess toys.

Decorating Trick: It’s fun to incorporate the toys that you already have.

In the mix we displayed the prizes and party favors. Each girl went home with a little something special. Our Disney Side @Home Celebration Kit came chalk full of goods for the At-Home-Princess.
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The Palace Pets were a huge hit!
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Our takeaway favors included a plastic princess cup (I bought the cups for $1 at Target.) overflowing with goodies! Complete with a lipgloss, nail polish & nail file, stickers, tiny Disney Princess themed heart-shaped-candy box, tiara, pencil and wand.

Party Favor Tip: Place take away items in something that guests can look at and remember over and over when used. i.e. Cup
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On the Menu:
❤️ Pastries
❤️ Olaf Noses (Mini Carrots)
❤️ Fresh Fruit
❤️ Princess Punch
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💛 Twinings Tea for the moms. My fave was “Nightly Clam.” Shhh… I had a second helping when the party was over. One lucky mom went home with a box of teas.

Guest Tip: Moms of partygoers love a little attention too!
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Let the games begin!
With a slight amount of preparation, all of our guest princesses had a ball playing these games:
💛 PinThe Smile on Mickey
💛 Disney Parks BINGO
💛 Fortune Tellers
💛 FROZEN Bowling
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Our day came to a close after a stroll through the wildflowers.

Trick: Add an element of the outdoors to your party and create a carefree full-circle ending to their magical day. 20150309-191947-69587373.jpg 20150309-191946-69586979.jpg Lastly, an Ode to the fabulous Sleeping Beauty. Clearly, my preschooler had a dreamy day. 20150309-192407-69847678.jpg
Cheers to celebrating your Disney Side @Home!
❤️ Jen
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Disclosure: I received complimentary products to facilitate a Disney Side @Home Celebration, with the expectation that I would share this experience with my readers. All expressed opinions are strictly mine.

Earning Kudos // Children

Receiving kudos can be extremely powerful especially when you are a child. 20150118-104928.jpg
Our daughters are five and six, one is in kindergarten and the other in preschool, TK. I was thinking about the value of earning kudos and which quick ways to earn them, are important to teach children. This thought popped into my mind after my five-year-old ran into my bedroom, handed me her bowl of cereal and proceeded to skip to the bathroom. For a second I totally thought that I was getting breakfast in bed. Wishful thinking. 20150118-105116.jpg
Then, I started to think even more about this concept, the concept of giving kudos. Even at preschool age, this list will come in handy. {Not only for the child but for you, the parent, as well.}

Teach your children these five {easy} tasks:
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1. Allow mommy and daddy to sleep in on a weekend day.
We keep very few toys in our daughters’ bedrooms. {We have a playroom downstairs for toys.} At an early age we taught our girls to wake-up-&-play-quietly with the few specialty toys that are kept in their room. The adorable peg dolls shown here can be ordered from: Pegatopia … Be sure to browse the vast array of adorable peg dolls, hand made, for girls & boys — Of every age. {I ordered a Star Wars – Princess Leia one for my friend Liz. Swoon.} 20150119-094741.jpg
2. Bring mommy and daddy breakfast in bed.
This is the perfect opportunity to teach your child how to read a digital clock. After the clock reads 9:00, your little darling can bring up a bowl of dry cereal, banana or an apple. It’s the little things. {See cereal pic above. 😉}

3. Making your bed and tidying up your room without being asked to do so by mommy & daddy.
This task is simple and my girls find it fun. Teach your sweetie to straighten up the comforter and display their decorative pillows to their liking. 20150119-094621.jpg
4. Giving someone a compliment.
I have taught my daughters to use kind words and to complement others. When I hear them demonstrate what I’ve taught them I go out of my way to praise them and give kudos. Something as simple as, “You’re funny.” Or “That’s a beautiful necklace.” A complement can go along way.

5. Getting along with your sister {Or brother in some cases.}
It warms my heart to hear our girls getting along and playing nicely together. Being sisters can be tough sometimes. Being a year apart can be even tougher. When I hear them using kind words and playing gently with one another I am sure to give them kudos.
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Do you have any parenting tips regarding giving kudos?

Please share them in the comments below.
Cheers!
❤ Jen
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