Totally In Love w/ My Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ with Mayday


From time to time I get products to review that just blow me away and the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ is one of them.  This is actually the 3rd Kindle we have had and each newer version gets so much nicer.  If you think Kindles are just for reading eBooks, boy are you wrong.   These HD tablets do so much more !!!

With the HDX, there are so many nice upgrades such as the pixel density is now 339 ppi making the picture SUPER CLEAR, it is 34% lighter (which is nice when you are holding it for a long time), has a faster processor, has a longer battery life (can last up to 18 hours when reading an eBook) and it has both front and rear cameras.  Plus it has the MAYDAY option where you can connect with an Amazon representative within 15 seconds and ask them for help 24/7, 365 days a year.  The best part is IT’S FREE !!!!


The Kindle Fire HDX gives you instant access to the most popular free and best-selling apps to help you stay productive or be entertained such as Facebook, Netflix, Candy Crush, Angry Birds, Hulu Plus and more.

You can also listen to all your favorite songs through the Dolby audio dual stereo speakers.  Download the Pandora app and pick your favorite style of music or favorite bands and jam out.  Or download your choice from thousands of audiobooks on Audible and the Kindle Fire tablet can now synchronize Kindle text with companion Audible audiobooks with real-time highlighting to create a more immersive reading experience, as well as deepen learning and comprehension.  One of the coolest features is Whispersync which creates a virtual bookmark, so your Kindle picks up right where you left off listening.

The Kindle Fire HDX is perfect for getting work done and it now supports printing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, photos and e-mails to your home or office’s wireless printer.


I absolutely LOVE the Kindle FreeTime feature on this.  It comes free on every new Kindle Fire and allows parents to create a profile for each of their children and choose what books, apps, games, and videos they want to give their kids access to.


You can also set daily time limits for tablet use or restrict certain categories—like games and video—while leaving unlimited time for reading.  This is going to be perfect for Kyle because he gets so into games that hours and hours go by and he doesn’t get school work completed.  Now he will not be able to play after the set time limit is up.


Also Kindle FreeTime Unlimited is the first-ever all-in-one subscription that brings together kid-friendly books, games, educational apps, movies and TV shows – all the types of content that kids and parents love. From just $2.99 per month, enjoy unlimited access to content from Disney, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, PBS, and more.


And one more thing I love about buying the Kindle Fire HD is that you get Amazon Prime for free which includes Prime Instant Video so my kids are able to stream lots of Free Movies.

The new Xray for Music allows you read lyrics to songs line by line.  There is also Xray for movies and TV as well.  Simply tap on any scene to instantly see which actors are currently on screen, jump to other movies in which they star, learn the names of songs as they play, see trivia questions and answers, and explore character backstories.

So if you are considering getting a tablet, the Kindle Fire HDX is definitely one that meets most every feature you would need in a tablet !!!

Disclosure: I was given the product featured in this post to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way.

OUYA – The New Kind of Game Console



OUYA is the new kind of game console that is the perfect gift for kids or anyone that likes playing games.  It is affordable, beautiful, fun, powerful and brings the best games to life on TVs.  I love that all games are free to try so families can test out new and favorite titles before purchasing.  There are over 500 games that are all free to try with every genre ranging from racing to shooter, action-adventure to RPG, and platformer to puzzle.

OUYA offers more than gameplay because it is based on Android so it can support any Android application designed for TV.  Additionally, OUYA is focused on enabling established and indie developers to bring new ideas to the living room television.

You can purchase the OUYA at Amazon, Target and for around $99.99 (only $89.99 right now on Amazon)

Disclosure: I was given the product featured in this post to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way.

Uncle Milton Tinkerbell Wild Walls and Firework Lightshow In My Room


With Uncle Milton Wild Walls, you can create an awesome light and sound show on your wall like you have never seen before.  You can choose between different themes such as safari, dinosaur, shark, dolphin, Spiderman, Iron Man, Little Mermaid, and Tinkerbell & Friends.

I chose the Uncle Milton Tinker Bell Wild Walls for Kaley’s room and she squealed when she saw it.  The pixie dust light effects gently fade in and out, illuminating  the wall, just like being in Pixie Hollow. With real nature and pixie dust sound effects, the synchronized light and sounds bring the scene to life!  The Tinker Bell decal is over 19 inches high and the light effect spreads over 20 sq ft! FX Activator mounts easily to the wall with included hardware.

Requires 3 AA batteries (included).  I love that it has an auto shut-off to save battery life.

You can find Uncle Milton Wild Walls at Toys R Us and on


For Kyle, I got the Uncle Milton Fireworks Light Show in My Room which brings the flash and bang of fireworks indoors. Crackles and booms are heard through the launcher’s speakers set in time to glowing, expanding firework images that display on your wall, flickering in time to the sounds.  Just use the firework selector dial to choose one of eight firework images for display. Pull back and release the lower grip to start the “launching” sound.

The Fireworks Light Show requires three AA batteries (not included). An on/off switch hidden inside the handle turns the launcher off when the show is over.

This is best for kids 6 to 9 years old and you can find it at Toys R Us and on

Disclosure: I was given the products featured in this post. All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way.

Gift Cards Make the Best Gifts + Giveaway


Did you know that most people prefer receiving gift cards to actual gifts? This holiday season, Gift Card Mall is reminding consumers to take the stress out of shopping and give gifts that people really want (while receiving some special benefits for yourself as well!)

While you may not have heard the name, you’ve certainly seen Gift Card Mall end-caps and kiosks in your local Safeway, Kroger and other grocery and convenience stores. They offer a huge array of gift cards to choose from, and when purchased from a grocery retailer, consumers can receive special deals, including money off a gift card and gas savings.

Some current deals being offered include:

  • OfficeMax.Com – Buy $50 in iTunes gift cards and save $10 – good until 12/18
  • Safeway – Just4U club members save $10 instantly when they buy $50 GAP gift card
  • Giant Eagle – Earn 20₵ off per gallon for every $50 in gift cards you buy. Good until 12/18
  • Albertsons – Buy $100 in participating gift cards and get $10 of your next shopping visit
  • Shop n Save – Earn 30₵ off per gallon for every $50 spent on gift cards good until 12/25
  • Safeway – Just4U club members save $10 instantly when they buy a $50 American Eagle gift card
  • Kroger Digital coupon deals- ( Save $10 when you buy 2 gift cards (GAP, Banana Republic, GAP Baby, Old Navy) good through 12/31

Additionally Gift Card Mall is promoting a great holiday campaign on Facebook where you can enter for a chance to gift a $500 gift card. Gift Card Mall will be giving away one, $500 gift card away each day until Christmas. Head on over to their Facebook page to enter !


Now onto the giveaway…


One reader is going to win a $50 Buca di Beppo gift card and one reader will win a $45 Boston Market gift card.

To enter, leave a comment stating what type of gift card you would give someone this holiday season.

I will give you additional entries for each of the following:

I will end this giveaway on 12/27 at 5 pm EST

Disclosure: I was given a gift card for myself as well as gift cards for the giveaway. All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way.

Tastykake Seasonal Treats


Tastykake is currently offering some delicious, seasonal sweet treats sure to get everyone on your shopping list into the holiday spirit. These are perfect stocking stuffer items and make  great additions to a gift basket of holiday goodies.  They are also the perfect item to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve !!!

  • Candy Cane Cakes – Tastykake’s Candy Cane Kakes provide sweet lovers with a fun and delicious combination of layered white cake with red peppermint creme’ and a white peppermint flavored coating with a decorative red drizzle. These festive cakes not only taste great, they are a perfect way to show-off traditional candy cane colors during the holidays.
  • Coconut Frosty Cakes – Featuring a dark chocolate covered coconut candy kake, Tastykake’s Coconut Frosty Kakes are the perfect treat for chocolate lovers.
  • Santa Snacks – Tastykake Santa Snacks include tasty creme-filled vanilla cake with holiday icing and festive sprinkles.

My kids absolutely LOVED all of these snacks and they didn’t last long in our house at all.  My favorite was the Candy Cane Cakes and plan to look for them in stores around me !!!

You can find a store that sells Tastykakes by checking their site HERE.

Disclosure: I was given the product featured in this post to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way.