Calico Critters Expands Their Village Collection


This season, Calico Critters is expanding their Village collection with new homes to collect and connect. The Sweet Raspberry Home is the newest addition to the Village which perfectly matches the detail and design of the Red Roof Country Home Gift Set and the Red Roof Cozy Cottage. Together they make an amazing gift for any child this holiday season !

calico-critters-gift-setRed Roof Country Home Gift Set – With four rooms, a terrace, staircase and lights, Critter families can enjoy the beauty of the village in the comfort of their home.  Children can create various layouts in a 90˚angle, 180˚angle or closed setting. It includes detailed furniture, accessories and lights, as well as Heidi & Bell Hopscotch Rabbits.  Connect the Country Home to the Sweet Raspberry Home and Cozy Cottage for an even grander household.

calico-critter-cozyRed Roof Cozy Cottage – The perfect starter home for children to build their world of imagination.  Bell Hopscotch is ready to play house in her quaint home, furnished with a bed, kitchen sink, stove/oven, food, tables, chairs and more!

calico-critter-raspberrySweet Raspberry Home – Kids will enjoy the outdoors with the Hopscotch Rabbit family in the comfort of their home porch. The home comes furnished with baby furniture and Nursery Series Grace Hopscotch Rabbit who’s ready to play.

The Baby Blind Bags Series are the perfect stocking stuffers for the holidays allowing that extra element of surprise.  Hidden in each bag is a new Baby Critter that children can add to their nursery collection. They won’t know which critter is inside until they open the bag.  Choose from Baby Party Series, Baby Shopping Series and Baby Band Series.

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Great Kids Books for the Holidays from Simon & Schuster


Simon and Schuster has some great kids books to pick up for the holidays.  Some are perfect to read heading into the holidays and some are great to give as gifts.


  • Christmas Puppy – A joyous puppy with a very twitchy tail is looking for the perfect holiday present in this rebarkable Christmas novelty book from award-winning creator Salina Yoon.
  • Itsy Bitsy Angel – A joyous Christmas nativity twist on the popular nursery rhyme “The Itsy Bitsy Spider!”
  • Snowman’s Magic Hat – Little ones will love lifting the flaps after saying each magic word to see if the spell worked. From a handful of carrots to three pieces of coal, the magic trick goes on until…Blizzard, lizard, wizard, whoa, we meet a person made of snow!
  • Very Merry Day in the Neighborhood – Join Daniel Tiger for a winter celebration in the neighborhood as he and his family, friends, and neighbors come together for a festive potluck, gift-giving, and more! This sweet board book is filled with tons of holiday spirit and is a perfect stocking stuffer!
  • Snoopy’s Snow Day – Join Snoopy and the Peanuts gang for a day of playing in the snow in this adorable shaped board book with foil on the cover!
  • Silly Lullaby – What’s the best way to say good night? With a silly lullaby from the beloved and bestselling Sandra Boynton.
  • Oscar the Octopus – From #1 New York Times bestselling novelty creator Matthew Van Fleet comes an exciting book that teaches little ones the months of the year!


  • Santa Mouse – In this charming holiday story, meet a tiny mouse with no name who is blessed with a large imagination and a generous spirit. He lives a very lonely life in a very big house. Yet he dearly loves Christmas and one Christmas Eve he surprises Santa Claus with a most unusual present. How does this small mouse with a big heart become Santa’s special helper?
  • Marion and the Girls Getaway – Marion plans a perfect girls weekend for her friends—with a surprise appearance from a snow bunny!—in the twentieth book of the Critter Club series.
  • Angelina Ballerina – In an encore performance, Angelina Ballerina returns in this refreshed picture book from acclaimed author Katharine Holabird and celebrated artist Helen Craig!
  • Kitten Lady Big Book of Kittens – From kitten rescuer and humane educator Hannah Shaw, also known as Kitten Lady on YouTube and Instagram, comes an inspiring picture book that takes readers on the adorable journey of foster kittens from their first days after birth all the way to adoption!
  • Spencer’s New Pet – When Spencer gets a new pet, he’s excited to do all the things that pets do—taking walks in the park, going to the vet, and attending parties together. There’s just one hitch: Spencer’s new pet is a balloon.
  • Roly Poly – Roly Poly the polar bear gets a little brother he did not ask for, in this charming story about sibling rivalry and the bonds of family

You can pick up these books and more at your local bookstore, or directly from

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Get Your Ugly Christmas Sweaters at TV Store Online

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Ugly Christmas Sweater holiday parties are so popular these days and its about time to start planning for what you will wear when you get invited to one this year.  TVStoreOnline has a great selection of sweaters, cardigans, sweater vests, jackets and leggins to make shopping easier.


I absolutely LOVE the movie Nightmare Before Christmas so I picked out the Jack Skellington sweater.  It may be under the heading “Ugly Christmas Sweaters” but I don’t think its ugly at all !  I asked my daughter Kaley to do a picture and then somehow she ended up claiming the sweater for herself… why does that always happen to me ? LOL

UCS-festivusFor the Seinfeld fans, they have this awesome “Festivus for the Rest of Us” sweater.


Another one I really liked was the “Fragile” leg lamp from The Christmas Story.  It is sure to get you lots of compliments !


If you want to get lots of attention and be the talk of the party, you can always get this Sequin Gingerbread Blazer/Jacket.  It is sure to win the ugly Christmas attire contest.

No matter what your style is, you are sure to find an outfit that matches your uniqueness at TVStoreOnline !

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Bluefin 4D Vibration Plate Review

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The Bluefin Fitness 4D Vibration Plate will give you a full body workout in just 10 minutes.  The triple motors provide four dimensional vibration, oscillation & micro oscillation for the ultimate workout.

Along with the vibration plate, it comes with a wearable remote control, 2 resistance cords that attach to the unit, 4 resistance bands in different tensions, an exercise poster, a workout + nutrition guide and the instruction manual.


I really liked the wearable remote control.  It made it easy to start and stop it and switch settings while you are working out.


I do yoga several times a week so I decided to do some of the moves on the Bluefin Fitness 4D Vibration Plate to make my core and legs work harder.  Chair and Tree are great poses to do on it.  Some of the other workout moves that I like doing on the unit are bicep curls, tricep dips and shoulder presses using the bands and then calf raises, squats and lunges off the back.

If you are strong enough, you can do push ups off it or just hold plank like my daughter likes to do.  This adds a whole new level to what muscles are working to hold you up.


One thing I absolutely love (and kind of found by accident) is that you can connect your phone’s bluetooth to the unit and play music through the vibration plate’s speaker. You can then create a fun workout mix and play it while working out.

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Zuke’s Mini Naturals Holiday Dog Treats

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Just in time for your holiday training adventures, Zuke’s is launching holiday-inspired varieties of its popular Mini Naturals training treats. The small, pumpkin and tree-shaped treats are the perfect size to fit every trainable moment that pops up this season. These tasty, tender morsels are specially crafted in the USA using the Earth’s best ingredients and are always free of corn, wheat and soy.

  • Zuke’s Mini Naturals – Pumpkins: Zuke’s pumpkin-shaped treats are made with high-quality, seasonal ingredients like turkey and pumpkin. At less than 3 calories per pumpkin treat, Zuke’s Mini Naturals Pumpkins are perfect for trick-or-training around Halloween or celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday with your pup. This limited-edition recipe will be available nationwide at PetSmart, independent pet specialty stores and online while supplies last this season. The suggested retail price is $6.29 for a 5 oz bag.
  • Zuke’s Mini Naturals – Trees: Zuke’s tree-shaped holiday treats are specially crafted with festive ingredients like turkey and cranberries. At less than 3 calories per tree, Zuke’s Mini Naturals Trees are a great holiday training treat. They are crafted in the USA and make the perfect stocking stuffer for your four-legged family member. This limited-edition recipe will be available nationwide at PetSmart, Petco, independent pet specialty stores and online while supplies last this season. The suggested retail price is $6.29 for a 5 oz bag.


Milo really liked both of the treats.  Doesn’t he look so cute sitting like a good boy waiting on his treats? He does not like having to sit still but he knew he would get his treats if he sat long enough to get his picture taken.  Such a smart doggie !

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