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Summer Fun for the Kids

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Are you ready for some fun?  We are.  Summer is here and we are prepared for some fun activities.


We received this All-Pro Passer Robotic Quarterback and have been enjoying some backyard football! This is fun to play for all ages.  We are huge football fans in my household, so this was perfect family fun.  Just add four C batteries and you are ready to play.  Just pump, press and pass.  It throws the ball about 25 yards and in 9 different passing zones.  It throws a perfect spiral every time! We love this Robotic Quarterback.



This Smithsonian Rock and Gem dig are perfect for those rainy days. I am always on the lookout for STEM materials for my homeschool.



Here is another STEM day activity from Smithsonian. Prehistoric Sea Monsters is great learning fun for all ages.







The Groovy Glow Wubble 2 pack is always fun. It glows in the dark in colors! How cool is that?


What is your fave toy listed here? Give me more suggestions on STEM kits! We love them

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Siamese Cats

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As a child, my aunt had a Siamese cat and I was pretty fascinated with it.  I was mesmerized by the beauty of the cat.  She was the only person I knew with such an exotic cat breed.  The blue eyes of the Siamese cat were so pretty.


I would beg to go to my aunt's house so I could play with her Siamese cat.  That cat brought me so much joy.  I thought I was in some exotic world and I was a princess with a Siamese cat. 


Their fur was so soft and fluffy and she was always willing to play with me.  It was my best friend and I certainly enjoyed all the time I spent with her.



Siamese cats are still very popular today and are one of the most intelligent cat breeds.  There are nine types of Siamese cat breeds:

  1. Classic
  2. Old Style
  3. Applehead
  4. Modern Wedge
  5. Chocolate Point
  6. Lilac Point
  7. Red Point
  8. Blue Point
  9. Seal Point
I am not sure what type of Siamese cat my aunt had, but I have always had a fascination with them. Did you know that Siamese cats are one of only a few breeds you can train to use the toilet?  You can even train them to walk with a leash.  The intelligence, beauty and overall personality of a Siamese cat is what have kept me fascinated all these years!


Do you have any experience with Siamese cats?  Drop me a comment below.


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Vont Camping Lanterns Light Up Your Night

 Thanks to Vont for providing us with this four-pack of camping lanterns.  This post contains affiliate links.



We just took outdoor lighting to a different level with these Vont Camping Lanterns.  The batteries are included for each of the four lanterns and are easy to install.  How you turn them on is very unique!  It is COLLAPSIBLE, so you just pull up to illuminate and push down to collapse for easy storage.



And, let me tell you, these lanterns give off a bright light.   I am using them in my patio are outside and we are well lit.  I was having trouble finding a suitable lighting solution.  String lights were okay, but these camping lanterns from Vont are so much easier.



They are weather-resistant and waterproof.  Made from the same material as an aircraft, they are definitely durable.  Each lantern illuminates 360 degrees, so your entire area is lit up very brightly!  



They easily fold up and can be put in your backpack or your emergency kit. Living near the Georgia coast, we are susceptible to hurricanes and tropical storms. That means we experience a lot of power outages.  These lanterns are going to come in handy should we ever lose power!  I am so thankful for that.

I urge anyone who lives near any coast to go ahead and buy these lanterns now and put them in your emergency kit. This will be a great source of light should you lose power.

No matter whether you are camping in Yosemite or your backyard, these Vont Camping lanterns will illuminate your area.   


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Macy's Back To School Buying Guide

This post is sponsored by Sivan Social. All comments and opinions are my own.



School starts in my area in less than two weeks and I have been looking for some great deals to share with my readers.  Look no further, I have a great deal for you at Macy's! 

Get Up to 50% Off Back to School Gear, Plus Up to an Extra 20% Off Select Sale and Clearance Items

  • Coupon Code: BTS
  • Sale Dates: 7/22 - 7/25
  • Restrictions may apply.

My top five picks for back to school are as follows:


Tommy Hilfiger V-neck Tshirt in Sunshine:  This versatile t-shirt is a must-have for your back-to-school wardrobe.

A new pair of jeans is ALWAYS on my back-to-school list.  These cuffed skinny jeans can be paired with so many tops to give you a multitude of looks throughout the school year.



This super cute dress can be paired with a pair of sneakers of your favorite flats for a classic look.

The Karissaa backpack is the trendy piece for your back-to-school wardrobe.  Functional and fashionable, this backpack comes in Rose Dust, Black, Berry Red, and INC Camel(shown above).
 These Iman Stappy Espadrille sandals come in black, white, and natural.  Perfect with a pair of jeans or your favorite dress.

 Macy’s will be having a one-day college essentials flash sale on Saturday, July 24th, during which you can save up to 60% on college essentials.


What are you buying at Macy's during these sales?



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Choosing the Right Outfit for a Plus-Sized Body




Being plus-sized may come with its challenges, such as finding the right women plus size clothing to complement one’s body. However, here is a rule of thumb. You want to appear sexy with a fitting Cloth. At the same time, you don’t want those overlapping pieces of skin showing through your outfit’s silhouette. In that case, avoid clingy clothes. Don’t be tempted to opt for baggy clothes as well. They will not accentuate your feminine features. For your tops, stick to V-neck collar designs and light fabrics. Your upper and lower sections may spot outfits with similar colour shades but different fabrics. This styling creates an impressive appearance. Accentuate your bust with a brightly coloured outfit and then your hips with a dark hue skirt or pants. Pantyhose and shoes can spot the same colour. Flatter your physique with a large matching handbag, which can be strapless.


Harness Colour Options to Get the Best Look


Colours influence our moods. What mood do you want to reflect in the office today? Do you want something bright and vibrant to depict your happiness? Or do you want something cool? You can express your feelings by implementing the right colour scheme in your outfits. Create unlimited styling options with contrasting, complementary colours as well. When you are not rocking clothes with the same complementary hues, you can always fall back to complementary opposites.


Shaping Plus Size Clothing for Women to Match Your Physique


Online shopping can be fun. But if you don’t know what size to pick, then this experience becomes unpleasant. For this reason, you should have your measurements handy. Online clothing stores also have unique sizing charts and measurement guides. You can compare them to yours to get the best fit. Do you want to define your upper section? Then go for vertically striped dresses to give this part an elongated look. Pair your top with an unbuttoned blazer or cardigan. Horizontal dresses make your upper section appear wider than the lower part. Create a visual balance on the lower section using a knee-length skirt. Avoid wide belts as they distort the mid-section, affecting the other parts as well. Complement your overall outfit with matching shoes. Avoid ankle-strapped shoes; they make your legs appear shorter than they are. Stick to wedges, booties, and stilettos to augment your legs.


Other Factors Worth Noting


Understand that there is no one-size-fits-all personalized styling rule. The key lies in experimenting until you find what works best for you. Trends are great as they keep you in vogue. But also understand that they do not last. As such, you may end up spending more than you should. On the other hand, classics remain relevant anytime and any day. It is not enough to focus solely on your women’s plus size clothing and shoes; your hairstyle also counts. Getting your hair done improves your looks, giving you more confidence to rock your dress in style. It also elevates your mood. So, when next you have an upcoming event, do not forget to have your clothes, shoes, hairstyle, and accessories ready to rock and roll.
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Summer Car Care Tips

 It's summertime and the kids are out of school!  It's time to do some traveling.  If you are traveling by car, I am going to give you some summer car care tips to get you ready for the road.



Oil Change

I absolutely change the oil in my car every 3000 miles.  When you are getting your car ready for those road trips, I highly suggest getting the oil changed.  You can do this yourself, but be sure to check the owner's manual to ensure you are using the correct oil for your car.  When you change the oil, you change the filter, too.  Or, you can get it done at the dealership or any car maintenance shop.


Check all your fluids

The night before you leave, check all your fluids.  Make sure to check brake fluid, transmission fluid, windshield wiper fluid, check your oil( even if you just had it changed).


Tires

Make sure your tires are properly inflated.  You can check your owner's manual or look in the door jamb.  Do not overinflate.  Having your tires properly inflated assures that you have a smooth ride.


Emergency road kit

I keep an emergency road kit in the trunk of my car.  It includes jumper cables, a few tools, a flashlight, first aid supplies, and flares.  If your car breaks down, this may very well be a saving grace until you can get it fixed properly.  I also keep a case of bottled water in my car.  You never know when you right need it when traveling.  


Clean your car

I always get my car detailed inside and out before any road trip.  This just makes for a happier ride for all passengers, knowing everything is clean inside and out!  It's also much safer for your windows and mirrors to be clean.

if you get your car ready for your road trip, you can have more fun and not have to worry about car maintenance.   If you have any other tips you would like to share, drop them in the comments below.  Have fun and enjoy your road trip!


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Summer Fun Guide

 Summer weather is already upon us here in Georgia.  What are you doing to have fun?  We love the outdoors and spend a lot of time right in our own backyard.  We were gifted products in this list for promotional purposes.

We have curated this list so you too, can have fun this summer.



This super versatile and ultra-lightweight Double Parachute Camping Hammock (a.k.a. the Double Hammie) is the perfect item for relaxing.  You can take it camping, to the beach or lake, or use it right in your own backyard!

With fully booked campsites across the country and longer vacation days becoming the norm, hammocks are the perfect companions for stress-free chill zones, home or away. And that's something moms, dads, teens, kids & pets all need. Our hammock is known for its high-quality material - which makes it rugged and yet luxuriously soft -, cool colors and super easy setup.


 Since I knew I had nothing at home to hang the hammock, BearButt also sent us these Kodiak Straps to assist us with getting our hammock hung.  We had our hammock hung quickly using these straps.  They are easy to use and super durable. (Note: the double hammock comes with its own ropes and carabiners so you can set up even without Kodiak straps, though the straps do make set up easier and have an increased weight limit of 1000 pounds).



  We are having so much fun with these Stomp Rockets!  All the neighborhood kids are in on the fun.



Stomp Rocket® Stunt Planes:
Designed by Aeronautical Engineers, Stomp Rocket® Stunt Planes come with three planes; Looper - that does giant loops, Glider - that can glide over 100 feet, and Wild Cat - you never know where it will go! For ages 5 and up.

Stomp Rocket® Ultra:
Run, jump and STOMP to launch these foam-tipped rockets up to 20 stories high -- that’s 200 feet in the air! Play with one or take turns with friends. For ages 6 and up.


Stomp Rocket® Dueling Rockets
Battle for the title of strongest stomper with Stomp Rocket® Dueling Rockets! This set comes with two launch pads so friends can face off simultaneously, sending their rockets up to 200 feet. For ages 5 and up.



Stomp Rocket® X-Treme
Kick it up a notch for the older kids with Stomp Rocket® X-Treme. These super high-performance rockets soar up to 400 feet! For ages 9 and up.


SkimBe and Skim To The Pin (www.waterlinetoys.com), a delightful new way for families to play in the swimming pool, ocean, lake, or river. SkimBe slides, skips, and jumps on any water surface. Slide the disc firmly across the water and watch the patented rocker bottom take over as SkimBe glides across the water effortlessly.




Nothing says summer fun quite like this Casiotone CT-S200!  Make music with your friends or cover your fave song.  This keyboard is portable so you can take it to all your summer events.  Make music anywhere!  Connect to the free Chordana Play iOS/Android app and take your music further, learning how to play your favorite songs from downloaded MIDI files. The class-compliant USB port connects to any Mac/PC/iOS/Android device with no drivers needed.




This PRO TREK watch has Smartphone Link connectivity via Bluetooth® to access functionality specially designed for the great outdoors. The PRT-B70 series boasts quad sensor technology that detects compass bearing, barometric pressure/altitude and temperature, as well as steps as users explore the outdoors. With functionality geared toward fisherman, FISH IN TIME displays fish icons and catch probability throughout the day.  This watch is great for the outdoors and we all know summer is the time to be outdoors.  Having this watch allows you to make the most of your time outdoors with all of its functions.



Mikesell’s: (https://mikesells.com/)

Sure, we've been around longer than almost every other potato chip company in the United States... a milestone we wouldn't have reached without all our loyal, passionate fans. But no matter how many years we've been in business, we always keep innovation at the forefront. In fact, our production facilities in Dayton and Indianapolis are some of the most state-of-the-art food processing facilities you'll find anywhere.



Most importantly, we also stay modern and fresh by constantly inventing new snack flavors and textures. We love satisfying the thrill-seeker in all of us with exciting chip varieties like Sweet Chili and Sour Cream and Good 'N Hot — as well as our ever-popular, one-of-a-kind Puffcorn Delites.




Southern Recipe: (https://southernrecipe.com/)

Southern Recipe snacks offer the Tastiest Crunch in the South including pork rinds, cheesy curls and cracklins. Southern Recipe is solely dedicated to providing its customers with the best quality pork rinds, pork skins and Southern snacks along with the highest levels of customer service at the best price. Southern Recipe pork rinds have 0 carbs and more protein per serving than peanuts.






As kids around the nation start their summer break, parents are scrambling to find activities that can keep them engaged and learning to prevent what experts call the “summer slide.” This year, students are projected to lose around 9-10 months of learning as opposed to the usual 2-3 months because of distance learning restrictions this past school year. But helping kids continue to learn over the summer doesn’t have to involve workbooks and packets.

Yellow Scope’s science kits are perfect for keeping kids occupied and entertained while they learn about the worlds of biology and chemistry. The kits are designed to teach kids ages 8-12 about different areas of science. From foundational chemistry skills to the biology of DNA and traits. Based on a middle school science curriculum, the kits come with safety goggles, a lab notebook, beakers, measuring cups and everything else they need for hours of experimenting.

 

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Tribute To Moms

 This is a sponsored post on behalf of Superior Source Vitamins

We are celebrating Mother's Day all month long with Superior Source Vitamins.  We are paying tribute to all the Moms out there all month long with our partners at Superior Source Vitamins.  Make sure to scroll all the way down to enter the giveaway!



What Makes Superior Source Vitamins UNIQUE:                                                            

Superior Source Vitamins are MicroLingual® – “Under the Tongue Technology”. These TINY tablets work fast and are quickly absorbed into the body, dissolving in seconds – NO pills to swallow! Supplements that are swallowed lose as much as 50% of the potency in the high acid environment of the stomach.


Look how tiny they are!  I am in awe!

 



·         No pills to swallow – large or small

·         Non-GMO, Gluten-FREE, Sugar FREE

·         90% smaller than regular vitamins                

·         No chemical binders, No excessive fillers

·         Preservative FREE, Dye FREE

·         No water necessary

·         No coatings, No additives

·         No magnesium stearate or silica

·         Dissolves under the tongue for better absorption

·         Clean and pure – the way nature intended!   


We received the following and one of our readers will win this $75  Vitamin package!

• Zinc Plus, Just Women’s Iron, Coenzyme B Complex, Melatonin, K2 MK7, Biotin



Check out the graphic to see where you can purchase.



IHerb

Vitacost -Superior Source - Vitacost

Amazon

Lucky Vitamins



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Father's Day Gift Guide


 Want to be Dad's favorite kid?  I have you covered!  Shop this list for the best gifs for Dad this year!  You are sure to score the favorite kid crown! 



America’s 1st hot dog company, Feltman’s of Coney Island (inventors of the original hot dog in 1867) — and this Father’s Day, whether your dad is a meat-loving foodie, a self-proclaimed grill-master, a history buff, or just seriously missing baseball season - you can’t go wrong with a gift box of Feltman’s critically-acclaimed 100% natural all-beef hot dogs. Amazing on the grill and in a wide range of at-home BBQ recipes, Feltman’s original hot dogs are available for quick online shipping via FeltmansofConeyIsland.com — which also offers an additional discount for service members via ID.me.





Ekrin Athletics' best-selling massage gun, the Ekrin B37, is the perfect tool for those looking to improve their health and overall fitness. Whether it's recovering from a workout, reducing stress, improving circulation, or getting a better night's sleep, massage guns offer many benefits. With its premium design, versatility and balance, nothing tells Dad "I love you" like giving him the latest in massage technology by Ekrin Athletics!




Quote from Jason Wolfe
CEO of GiftCardGranny.com

“Father's Day is that once-a-year, rare opportunity to spotlight the dad, granddad, or beloved father figure in your life, whom you cherish, and demonstrate your deeply felt appreciation and respect for him. It is 2021, level up your expression with a personalized, multi-use e-gift card, usable in countless stores and restaurants. He will have the flexibility to indulge in his hearts desire, rare for him, and he will be moved to keep this treasured card, because with our gift cards you can easily upload an image. Consider a shared moment shared, that is priceless to both of you. Add a message with thoughts from your heart, and this day, for him, will become everlasting, and priceless.”



 Dad always needs new sunglasses. From driving to work to his outdoor activities, a new pair of sunglasses are at the top of the Father's Day wish list!  Thanks to Peepers for these awesome sunglasses.




Dads love coffee, too! Get your kcups from Victor Allen.  Victor Allen's Coffee has joined hands with the national military nonprofit, Hope For The Warriors to support military families. For each box of Hope For The Warriors coffee purchased, Victor Allen’s Coffee contributes a portion of the sales to support military families. Available K-Cup blends include donut shop, morning and dark roast.



What's better than a heart-shaped gift to express your love on this special day? J Enjoy a night with your foodie dad by eating the great Talia pizzas while watching his favorite games!


Dad will love this Combat Cooler.  Perfect for outings or to have by his side for his fave games!  It can be personalized.  It definitely holds a six-pack of his favorite beverage.

Our friends at Lugz provided us with this pair of boots. These men's Elmridge 6 Inch Boot is just what Dad needs.  Whether he is an outdoorsman or just wants to look cool on a Friday night, these boots are perfect.  Look for a GIVEAWAY soon!

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Mother's Day Gift Guide


 What are you getting your Mom for Mother's Day?   I am going to give you some of the best ideas for gifts right here in this Mother's Day Gift Guide.  Make sure to bookmark this page, I will be updating it right up until Mother's Day!


I can't think of a nicer gift for Mom than a pair of Lugz.  YES, these are Lugz!  These blue tie-dye canvas mule oxfords are so comfy.  Mom will want a pair in every color.  You can also get them in pink, white, and black!

I love being able to slide on a shoe and go.  No fuss.  These are perfect for the backyard cookout or a run to the grocery store. Slide them on and go!  That is my kind of shoe, especially now that it is warmer.  Get yours now at Lugz.

Make sure to look for the giveaway coming soon!



For all the moms who can’t get enough of pasta night but desire (or require) gluten-free options, one tasty online gift for under $50 you  can consider is a subscription of new ZENB Pasta made from 100% yellow peas.Grab Mom the ZenB starter pack or get her a subscription to ZenB Pasta. Offered in Rotini, Penne and Elbow shapes, ZENB Pasta stands the flavor test for any pasta lover by offering the same taste and texture as traditional pasta, but with more protein and 30% fewer net carbs in each three-ounce serving. Boxes of six ($28.49) and boxes of 10 ($47.49) are available for delivery with a variety of cadence options so moms everywhere can enjoy convenient, delicious and nutritious pasta any time.





It’s never easy to get Mom a gift that she really wants or needs, but I think that once she gets a Finders Key Purse® she will be thrilled that she never has to dig for her keys, fobs, or safety items ever again. Going to the store and don’t bring a purse? Slip your Finders Key Purse® onto your waistband since your jeggings or leggings probably don’t have a pocket.




They are cute, fashionable, and functional and only $7.95, so they are affordable for everyone. Want to add something else to the gift? How about a panic alarm, pepper spray, or one of their “no-touch tools”. Now she has a safety product that she can actually use if needed.



Find all their designs on www.finderskeypurse.com along with all our products.






Marla Goldberg is the creator of My Sacred Journal, a self-help journal to inspire and help people overcome their obstacles. This is a great journal for moms to share their hopes, dreams, and desires as well as rid themselves of negativity from their lives.





Marla's The Original Scream Pillow also makes a great gift! This de-stressing item will bring much-needed humor to moms.  Moms will greatly benefit from this product in these challenging times! As a mom, I can attest to "screaming into a pillow." It has been a true lifesaver!


Maybe Mom needs a margarita! These Cutwater Tequila Margaritas come in a 4 pack can and retail for $12.99. The tequila gives a floral aroma with a smooth finish that complements the house-made mix of tart lime, pure cane sugar, and a subtle hint of orange.  If my kids happen to read this, HINT HINT!
  


100% Blue Weber Agave Tequila, infused with fresh jalapeƱos.

• Distilled (2x) by real people, and bottled by hand in Jalisco, Mexico

• Perfect for balanced and consistent JalapeƱo Margaritas

Tanteo harvests fresh peppers and infuses them with their overproof blanco tequila tocreate something truly unique. Carefully blended by CEO and Master Blender Neil G Rosscup, in partnership with the cooperative of agave farmers at Distiladora Juanacatlan, Tanteo’s production process honors every detail, crafting a stand-out tequila that goes beyond the ordinary. Tanteo’s agave is grown and harvested in Mexico’s fertile La Cienega region, between the heavily farmed Altos (highlands) and Valles (lowlands) regions of tequila country. Picked at the peak of maturity, Tanteo’s agaves are cooked in brick ovens and distilled using traditional, small-batch methods.  Mom ALWAYS needs a bottle of Tanteo Jalapeno Tequila.


 I promise that your Mom will love this Watermelon Seagrams Vodka. Distillers of quality and tradition since 1857, Seagram’s Vodka is proudly made in America since 2005 as a valuable addition to the Seagram’s name. The liquid is five-times distilled with high-quality American grain to ensure a clean, extra smooth taste allowing Seagram’s to be served straight up or served on the rocks or as the perfect ingredient to any refreshing cocktail year-round. Expressions include Extra Smooth, Platinum Select, Lime, Pineapple, Juicy Watermelon, Golden Apricot, Red Berry, Apple, Grapefruit, Peach and Sweet Tea.



Tru Earth Eco Strips are environmentally friendly and lightly packaged. It is very convenient to carry even if you travel or on staycation, and Moms love them.


Each laundry strip packs ultra-concentrated, hypoallergenic, eco-friendly cleaning power into a tiny, pre-measured strip of liquid-less laundry detergent that you just toss in the wash. Its low-sudsing formula works in all types of washing machines, including high-efficiency (HE) and hand washing!

The smart formulation effectively seeks out and dislodges dirt molecules and stains, keeping them in suspension until they are rinsed away. It makes your laundry washing chore easier, healthier, more economical, and much kinder to our planet.

Clean, green, and simple!


Buy Mom her own pasta maker! Nothing tastes better than homemade. And, we all know when Mom makes pasta, we all reap the benefits!  This pasta maker comes with a ravioli mold.  Make your own fettuccine, spaghetti, and lasagna noodles.  This is THE perfect gift for Mom!




The perfect experiential gift that Mommy must have for Mother's Day is a DNA test kit from CRI Genetics. (website: www.crigenetics.com) This is a great product for moms who want to know where their ancestors came from going back up to 50 generations- and who are interested in receiving personalized health reports tailored to their DNA.

Unlike the other DNA testing companies, CRI Genetics keeps all their customers' data completely private and never shares or sells it.


From salt sensitivity to heart health and allergy reports, as well as personalized diet reports that tell you what ratio of fats, proteins and carbs you should eat tailored to your DNA for optimum health and weight loss, CRI Genetics has over 80 personalized health reports to share with mom. The ancestry test is $99 and the ancestry and health reports are $199.


The perfect gift for Mom, a weekend tote. You know for those weekend trips that Moms rarely get to take. Well, she can go stylishly with this black striped tote made of durable canvas and has an outside pocket. It comes in green and the black striped that is pictured. It is very roomy, so packing for a weekend can be done with ease.
 

Looking for some inspo? I love these tanks for Mother's Day from Ferris Built! The top tank is from the Mental Health Collection, Neurodiversity and the white tank is from the Self Care Collection, Be Kind to your mind! Super cute and super affordable gifts for Mom.










 Little Bridges creates super fun “do-together” activity kits for kids and grandmas and is passionate about filling all kinds of family fun time with meaningful moments. The Grandma & me activity kits have been rated as top gifts by New York Magazine, Us Weekly, Readers Digest and many mommy bloggers across the country.

Mom will enjoy the Dogs in the Park 1000 piece puzzle from Rover.  Whether she wants some "me" time or wants to enjoy with the whole family, this makes a great gift the dog loving Mom. 
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