say hello to Furby Connect!

This post was sponsored by Furby Connect as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

We’ve got a furry new friend in our house. He’s pink, cuddly, and he speaks a strange language known as Furbish.

Say hello to Furby Connect!

Miss L got to open her surprise this weekend, and she hasn’t let Furby Connect out of her sight since! He was ready to play straight out of the box (once his batteries were added of course) and they’ve been playing together non-stop.

We grabbed the small instruction sheet from the box and took its advice on how to interact with Furby Connect. The first thing we did was give Furby Connect a good tickle to get him to laugh, because who doesn’t love a toy that giggles when it’s tickled! Miss L kept petting him (“He’s soooooo soft!”) and we went to grab her Kindle Fire to open up the Furby Connect World app.

Once he was connected to the app, it took a few minutes to update him with all of the latest content. At the time, I thought it was just like a software update to fix issues, but it’s actually so much more. Furby Connect gets downloads to allow him to sing along to the hottest new songs and know new facts as the world changes around him. When his little antennae glows, you know that there’s a new update for him to download via Bluetooth!

The app itself is also full of games that let Miss L interact with Furby Connect. The app lets you feed and groom Furby Connect, and earn points that hatch eggs that release little baby Furblings. You can even go to the theater and watch silly new videos with your friend. Miss L had the app and the toy to herself for just one day and figured out how to do everything on her own and was teaching me how to use all of the features by that evening.

So what was Miss L’s favorite part of the app? It’s when Furby Connect requests to relieve himself… on the giant toilet app.  You literally hold Furby Connect above the device, squeeze him a little, and… well… you know. I’ve never heard my child have a giggle fit quite like that… and she’s told every single friend/relative/person at the market that she’s run into in the past week about this exact feature and how awesome it is.

Check out our Facebook LIVE the other day where we shared all the fun of our Furby Connect with my Facebook page followers.

[Be sure to follow Furby Connect’s Facebook page as well!]

Now, if you’ve owned other Furby toys in the past, you may know that they were a little hard to go to sleep. And that they’d wake up on their own, or just start talking to themselves when no one else was around. This comes to my favorite feature of the new Furby Connect….

… the sleep mask! Just click on the sleep mask and your Furby Connect will instantly lull itself to sleep. Then remove the mask and wake him up to play. It’s just that simple.

I think Furby Connect would make a great toy for your child this holiday season, as it does a great job of marrying tech toys with app-based fun. It’s perfect for Miss L to play with all on her own at 6.5 years old, and I love the fact that updates will carry on the fun beyond what Furby Connect can do today.  I’d grab one on Black Friday to make sure you can throw it under the tree!


2016 Holiday Family Matching Pajamas


‘Tis the season to stock up on this year’s matching holiday pajamas for your family!  This year there are TONS of options for you from the bargains at Target to the luxe designs at Hanna Andersson!

As always… it’s best to shop early for the best selection in all the sizes you need! I’ll be sure to share any sales that pop up so that you can outfit the whole family for the best price on Christmas morning!


Hanukkah Family Matching Pajamas ($12.99 – $24.99): Baby, Toddler, Kid, Mom, Dad


#HollaDays Family Matching Pajamas ($12.99 – $24.99): Baby, Toddler, Kid, Mom, Dad


Nutcracker Family Matching Pajamas ($12.99-$24.99): Baby, Toddler, Kid, Mom, Dad


Striped Family Union Suit Matching Pajamas ($12.99-$24.99): Baby, Toddler, Kid, Mom, Dad


Bear Family Matching Pajamas ($12.99-$24.99): Baby, Toddler, Kid, Mom, Dad


Elf Family Matching Pajamas  ($12.99-$24.99): Baby, Toddler, Kid, Mom, Dad


Santa Family Matching Pajamas  ($12.99-$24.99): Baby, Toddler, Kid, Mom, Dad


Rudolph Family Matching Pajamas  ($14.99-$24.99): Baby, Toddler, Kid, Mom, Dad


Organic Cotton Plaid Matching Family Pajamas ($16.95-$34.99): Baby, Toddler, Kid, Mom, Dad


Organic Cotton Striped Family Matching Pajamas ($16.95-$34.99): Baby, Toddler, Kid, Mom, Dad


Organic Cotton Fair Isle Matching Family Pajamas ($16.95-$34.99): Baby, Toddler, Kid, Mom, Dad


Dear Deer Matching Family Pajamas ($38-44)


Red Striped Pajamas with Green ($36-48)


Star Wars Fair Isle Matching Family Pajamas ($40-46)


Mickey Mouse Matching Family Pajamas ($40-46)


giveaway for some extra holiday funds!


Hi everyone!  It’s been one heck of a… well, it’s been.

And I thought I’d add a little bit of holiday cheer to the mix right about now! We’d all love to have a few extra dollars to spend this holiday season, which is why I joined up with these other lovely bloggers to give away $130 to Amazon or Paypal! It’s as simple as entering via the giveaway button below. That’s it.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway starts November 11 at midnight EST and ends November 26 at midnight EST. USA, 18+. One winner will be randomly selected from all qualifying entries and contacted via the email they provide. The winner has 48 hours to respond or new winner will be chosen. The winner will be announced on the Rafflecopter after they have responded.

I hope YOU are the big winner and maybe you can treat yourself to a little extra something… because by then it will have been quite a month.


a book report: doodle adventures by mike lowery

Last week, Miss L received the second book in an amazing new series: Doodle Adventures by Mike Lowery. When she opened up the package, a little bit of guilt sunk into her eyes.

“Mom… I haven’t doodled in the first book yet.”

She had received the first book back in June, and she had read it right away. But she couldn’t find the strength to doodle in the book. In fact, one night, the request even brought her to tears. “YOU CAN’T WRITE IN BOOKS! YOU CAN’T DRAW IN BOOKS EITHER.”

And try as I might, she wouldn’t believe me (or the book jacket) that it was PRECISELY what you were supposed to do. But the existence of a second book… with the same instructions, suddenly removed the fear and she found herself jumping to draw in both!

In less than two days, we had a giggling 6-year-old who laughed along with the books and had drawn the best doodles throughout the two books. And she was begging to know when the next one was coming out!

Her first “Book Report” video is linked above, and you can click on the books below to order them!



starting off the crazy back to school days the right way

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

I may still be in denial about the whole thing, but we are officially “back to school” and dealing with everything that comes with it. In our case that means Monday through Friday involves an intricate dance between routine and randomness for every single family member.

On Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday, I’m up at 5:40am to workout. When I return home at 7:00am, the rest of the house is awake and moving.

Mr. M is getting ready for work, and Miss L sets her timer for 10 minutes to get ready and head downstairs dressed for school, and I run to take a shower.  

Breakfast for everyone is a bowl of cereal, either eaten in hurry if we’re late or with a book if we’ve got a spare minute to relax. Miss L, however, gets a bonus to her breakfast: Nature Made® KIDS FIRST® Multivitamin GummiesOnce breakfast is done, it’s time to pack up lunch for the day and head out the door to school dropoff at 8am and we head off to work.

So why add Nature Made® KIDS FIRST® Multivitamin Gummies to her morning routine? Well, Miss L stays at school until 2:30, then heads to her active afterschool program until 5:30pm. That means she’s got little time to relax and rest until we make it home. And on certain days, that might not be until after 8pm. On Tuesdays, I scoop her up, make a mad dash home to change and shove dinner in our mouths, then head back downtown for 2 hours of dance. She’s also got midweek tennis lessons at 6pm on other days. And… with the NBA season approaching, we’ll be out of the house for those games as well!

While her day may just be beginning, it’s about to be 1000x more active than either of her parents. And we’re happy to do anything that we can do to support her and keep her happy and healthy back at school.

They’re crazy convenient for us to pick up at our local Target store, and Miss L really enjoys the flavors. In fact, she’s the one that’s now reminding us to keep them stocked in the cabinet and to eat with breakfast!

If your schedule is as crazy as ours, I’d encourage you to pick up some Nature Made® KIDS FIRST® Multivitamin Gummies on your next visit to Target too and see how well they work for your family!

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