Category - TV & Film

Miffy Product Line – Walmart Exclusive

As a brand ambassador for Miffy I am excited to bring you news and exciting updates on all things related to the brand. I am not paid for my opinions.

 

Friends, today is a great day, not only because it’s another day to celebrate life, but also because Miffy’s exclusive product line with Walmart has launched.

 

If you’ve been watching Miffy on Nick Jr. or have checked out her books you’ll know just how adorable and delightful she and her friends and family are.

If you’re not familiar with Miffy, she was “born” on June 21, 1955. Why are you just now hearing about her? Well she grew up in the Netherlands and recently came to the United States via Nick Jr. “Miffy’s Adventures Big and Small,” debuted on Nick Jr. in 2016 and you can watch the show Monday through Friday {check your local listings}.

Miffy stories are now translated into more than 50 languages and the TV show currently airs in several countries across the world, so not only is she sweet and wholesome for our kiddos, but she’s universally age-appropriate.

My girls, though a little bit older, thought the Miffy toys were super cute.

 

 

Miffy’s Adventures Big and Small plush Miffy includes a super soft miffy. Press her hand for several phrases and a special Miffy song. Ages 18 months and up.

 

Miffy’s Adventures Big and Small figurines include Daddy, Snuffy, Miffy, and Mummy, and is appropriate for ages 2 years and up.

These and more items can be found both in stores and online. Head here: walmart.com to find out more information and make your purchase.

 

For even more Miffy fun check out Miffy at miffy.com and on social channels:

Facebook – @MiffyandFriendsUS 

Instagram – @Miffy_Official_USA 

Twitter – @MiffyOfficialUS

Tinkerbell and The Legend of the Neverbeast Movie {Giveaway}

Spring is on it’s way and just in time, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will release TINKERBELL AND THE LEGEND OF THE NEVERBEAST on Blu-ray™ + Digital HD tomorrow, March 3rd, 2015.

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Return to Pixie Hollow for the heartwarming adventure of Disney’s Tinker Bell and the Legend Of The NeverBeast. An ancient myth of a fabled creature sparks the curiosity of Tinker Bell and her friend Fawn, an animal fairy who’s not afraid to break the rules to help an animal in need. But this creature, massive and wondrous with glowing green eyes, is not welcome in Pixie Hollow – and the scout fairies are determined to capture the mysterious beast. Fawn, who sees a tender heart beneath his gruff exterior, must convince Tink and her fairy friends to risk everything to rescue the NeverBeast.

I know my girls are big fans of the Disney Fairies and I like them because they usually don’t have a typical villain. I know they can’t wait to see this movie, and hopefully your kiddos feel the same way.

If you think they’ll love it to, be sure to enter this giveaway. I have 2 Blu-ray™ + Digital HD Combo Packs (Available on Blu-ray™ + Digital HD Combo Pack March 3rd) for 2 lucky readers!!!

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Good luck and be sure to get your copy of TINKERBELL AND THE LEGEND OF THE NEVERBEAST Available on Blu-ray™ + Digital HD Combo Pack March 3rd!!!

10 Things I Heart in Winter

I know it’s not “officially” Winter yet, however the things I love all have to do with Winter or the Winter season, so I’m posting my 10 Things I Heart in Winter.

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Here we go!

1. Warm coffee, yummo!!! Here are my favorite varieties:

    • On-the-go –  Starbucks, (My favorite is Hazelnut Macchiato with soy milk)
    • At home – Real Cup Coffee, they have awesome coffees and teas that work great with my Keurig and both hubby and I love. I personally love flavored coffee (see above) and for the Winter season they have a great Winterfest flavor.

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    • For stocking stuffers – Craft Coffee’s Coffee DNA Project™, if you know a coffee lover this great coffee subscription features coffees you probably won’t find anywhere else in a great sampler size (not too small not too big). Answer some questions, customize or get their recommendations.

2. The Spirit of Giving.

I reviewed and posted about this awesome book last year – The Sparkle Box Book Review and we fell in love. Without giving any of the storyline away the book encourages families to do for others. It not only gives a great incentive to have a giving spirit, but it reminds us what Christmas is all about. I love seeing our sparkling box this time of year and love that my girls desire to fill it up with good deeds for others. Hope you check it out!

3. Smiling Faces, Fun Experiences, and Cute Pets.

Where do all those things appear?? Instagram. Yep, I heart Instagram. Probably my most loved version of social media. It’s less controversial than Facebook can be at times and rather than all the words on Twitter I can see fun, sweet, beautiful pictures that embody the lives of family, friends, and coworkers (aka other bloggers and pr companies).

Recently I received an opportunity to check out #Cube™. Basically it’s a large 8” square LCD touch screen display, that taps into Instagram. #Cube™ delivers real-time and instant continuous delivery of a stream of photos and video clips, has built-in Wi-Fi, free wireless software updates, and is rechargeable. You can put #Cube™ anywhere in your house and move it around easily because it’s wireless (and really cool too.)

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If you know someone who would love this as a gift, or want to buy it for yourself (that’s okay too), head to hashtagcube.com/#cube and for a $15#cube discount use coupon code: CUBE71 at checkout (affiliate link).

4. Christmas Cards

I love making our Christmas Cards each year, but even more so I love receiving them. We’re thankful for any cards we receive this time of year, but I’m especially partial to those with pictures of beautiful families, awesome couples, fun kids, awesome babies, and sweet pets. This month we’ve already received a bunch and I can’t wait to see new ones that come each day and hang them up.

5. Elderberry

Each time we get sick (which I feel like for a family of four isn’t too often, but often enough), I have a couple of dear friends who remind me the power of Elderberry. Well just last month I decided to get on the Elderberry train and I’m so glad I did! I didn’t realize all of the great benefits of Elderberry especially when you’re fighting an illness.

Norm’s Farms (locally in NC but ships worldwide), has an AMAZING selection of Elderberry products, that we used and loved (okay the girls didn’t like the taste but I thought it was similar to cranberry and loved it). My favorite product is their Elderberry Extract which is great for boosting your immune system, and has 2 times the amount of antioxidants than blueberries. They also have some great jellies and jams you’ll want to check out as well.

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I also found some Elderberry products in health stores like lozenges that included zinc which I’ve heard is also another great, homeopathic way to treat a cough/cold. So don’t put it off like me, try Elderberry and then come back and thank me when you fall in love too!

6. Gettin’ Crafty.

Now that my girls are older, they want more hands-on activities and learning opportunities that a coloring book just won’t achieve. We often keep recycled materials in a bin in their “kids’ office” but we also buy science experiment kits, and craft sets.

We were able to try CreatorBox, a built-it-yourself subscription box that includes a new toy each month. The box comes complete with instructions and quality materials and feature some really cool things you wouldn’t normally think to create like a trebuchet/catapult, paper airplane launcher, and smart house.

For us, this was a great project for the girls to do with DaddyB because I often work on arts, crafts and projects with them, but due to DaddyB’s work schedule the quality time he does have is on the weekends. We saved our catapult for the girls to put together with him and they had a blast with it! I highly recommend this for great family bonding, and learning too!

7. Holiday Shopping

We don’t go big for Christmas presents but we do buy each of our girls 3 gifts (want, need, read) and this year we also bought most of our family 3 gifts as well (one thoughtful gift, one gift card, and one handmade gift). While at a recent BJ’s Holiday event, my assistant Lil’ C and I were introduced to quite a few great gift sets and learned a little more about BJ’s Wholesale as well.

Though we were members for several years, mostly buying diapers and paper products, I never realized how much larger BJ’s Wholesale is than their competitors, carrying more than double typically. They also have a great charitable foundation that gives back to the community and each store also participates in several outreach opportunities throughout the season including an angel tree. Did you know that???

Here are some of the great gifts for two-legged family and friends (and some four legged ones too):

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8. Fun Movies

I love fun winter and Christmas movies, don’t you? The problem with fun movies though is that there are so many to choose from, so I’m gonna try to keep my list simple. Try is the operative word people. In no particular order:

  • Elf, for obvious reasons.
  • Iesodo’s new JOY themed video
  • The Grinch (good lessons in here)
  • Home Alone (and Home Alone 2 but if I have to pick, I’d go with the first one)
  • Any Veggie Tales Christmas, Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas, Saint Nicholas is a great one to teach your kiddos about who St. Nicholas really was, and the Ultimate Christmas Collection has a bunch of great holiday DVDs in one great set.

9. Goodies

Yep, it’s the season of candy and sweets, cookie exchanges, and delicious stocking stuffers. One of my favorite places to pick up sweet treats for my family is CVS/pharmacy. They have the usual treats like candy canes, gold coins (which I always put in the girls’ stockings), and other great candy bars, nuts, and trail mixes to name a few, plus the sales and prices are….awesome.

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10. You! 

The biggest thing I love this Winter is you!! I always try to remind you, my readers, that I’m so thankful and blessed to have you stopping by my site, reading, and sharing my posts. I hope that you have a great winter, a Merry Christmas and of course an awesome New Year. Thank you for being so amazing for yet another year end. I heart you!!!

 

 

 

This is not a sponsored post, however I have worked with some of the above brands in various ways and received some product to showcase on my blog. Any and all opinions expressed in the above post are my own honest thoughts. Yours may vary. 

Back to School – 10 Reasons to Use Kindle Fire HD Tablet for Independent Reading

Are you in Back to School mode? Miss A has already started 2nd grade and Lil’ C is getting ready to start Pre-K for the first time this week. Though we encourage our girls to read with us and read independently throughout the Summer we often find that schools recommend or require a form of reading throughout the school year, which, being a book-worm, I love. We recently received a Kindle Fire HD from Staples to work on Summer reading lists to challenge our kiddos and keep their brains going through the Summer. We also realized it’s coming in handy for the school year for Independent Reading.

Here are 10 Reasons to Use Kindle Fire for Independent Reading:

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1. Set a time limit for reading/use. While I don’t ever want to stop Miss A from reading, sometimes it’s necessary to move on to our next task or work on another piece of school work. The Kindle Fire allows us to create profiles for each child and set time limits with Kindle FreeTime.

2. Technology encourages reading. While we have our own library and occasionally check physical books out from our local library, often times our girls want “screen-time” aka to play on technology. We have noticed that even though books are often the same on the Kindle Fire, the novelty of having the book in electronic version makes it more appealing, and however we can get our girls excited about reading we’ll take.

3. Easy access to books. Another great thing about the Kindle Fire are no last minute trips to the library and books are never out of stock like bookstores or libraries. We love heading to storytime and the bookstore, but we also enjoy the Kindle Fire’s easy access to a variety of books.

4. Features to personalize their reading experience. Kindle Fire HD offers your child adjustable fonts, line spacing, text-to-speech, built-in reference and dictionary. Students can also add their own notes, highlights, and bookmarks that they can access from their Kindle or any device with the free Kindle app, personalizing their reading experience and making an even more enjoyable experience.

5. Reading incentives made easy. Recently, we decided that we would offer Miss A even more incentives to read {aside from her school work} and give her the opportunity to earn screen-time through reading. The Kindle Fire is an easy way for her to transition from her reading time to her screen-time and has a number of free and paid apps including educational games and fun apps alike.

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6. No returns necessary. Have you ever forgotten to return a book by the due date? Kindle Fire allows you to skip the process of returning a book even when you’re just e-borrowing a book.

7. Teach new vocabulary. With some books Kindle Fire can read content with their Text-to-Speech feature. This feature isn’t meant to replace reading for your children, however in some cases it can help your child learn how to pronounce words and read along with books that are above their reading skill.

8. Find a good fit. Sometimes it’s hard to find a book that fits both Miss A’s reading level AND maturity. If you’ve ever been in the same situation you’ll understand that having the option of choosing a new book immediately is a huge relief. I love that Kindle Fire allows us to make that change without having to research, go to the library or store and get a new book, it’s an easy swap.

9. Read on-the-go. Of course you can take a book with you wherever you go, but Kindle Fire HD allows you to take up to 6,000 books* with you, that’s a lot of choices and a lighter load than a bag of books.

10. Shared classroom content. Kindle now allows classrooms/schools to share content using Whispercast. Whispercast allows schools to centrally manage Kindles, provide internet access, control settings, and meet the unique needs of students.

Do your children use Kindle Fire HD for Independent Reading? What are your favorite benefits?

Check out the Kindle Fire HD at Staples.com for more specs and details, protection plans, financing, free ship-to-store, and if you’re not a member already, check out their Rewards Member program for possible discounts. Also

College students – Save up to 80% when you rent and up to 50% when you buy Kindle eTextbooks.

*Kindle Fire HD can hold up to 6,000 books alone or less when you add apps, music, or movies. Wi-fi is needed to upload new books to your Kindle Fire HD.

 

I received a Kindle Fire HD from Staples in order to test out and review the product. I did not receive compensation and any and all opinions expressed in this post are my own honest thoughts. Yours may vary.

PBS Kids Martha Speaketh Weeketh

Summer is here and what better time to keep your kids learning in fun and creative ways?!? I’m a HUGE proponent of taking your children outside to learn, visiting museums, making fun crafts, but there also is something to be said about educational television programming too.

My favorite educational channel for kids is PBS KIDS. I know the shows will be wholesome and focused on learning from age appropriate characters and themes.

Beginning June 16 (check local listings), everyone’s favorite talking dog will kick off Martha Speaketh Weeketh with three all-new episodes of MARTHA SPEAKS and a new meaty online game, Martha’s Steaks. During the week, fans can watch their favorite canine linguist speaking in questions, in Polish, and even Elizabethan English!

What a great way to improve your child’s vocabulary and open up the doors to questions they may have about where certain words come from or what words mean. I love when experiences spur my girls on to learn new things.

 

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Some episodes that will be featured are:

Monday, June 16th
Thou Callest Me a Dog & Martha’s Paper Chase

Tuesday, June 17th
Alice Tells a Story & Pirates and Princesses

Wednesday, June 18th
Tomato, You Say & Martha Questions

and some great repeats the rest of the week that you won’t want to miss!

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Have you ever asked your child what their favorite word is? I challenge you to ask them, share yours and discover their meaning or where they came from. Happy learning and happy {almost} Summer!

 

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This is not a sponsored post, however we did receive Martha Speaks products to help with this review. All opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are honest and my own words. Your opinions may vary.

3 Awesome Science DVDs for Kids

My girls both love Science and learning about the world and nature, {even if they’re not fond of bugs.} In fact, we just had a great trip to Discovery Place Charlotte for Miss A’s birthday where we were learning about jellyfish, gases, and creating some cool recycled works of art.

While we will be visiting lots of museums and parks this Summer, I know there will be some moments {especially with packing for the new house and the move itself} where we’ll need some downtime. I found 3 great DVDs from NCircle that are both fun, and educational. {My favorite combination.}

 

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The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!: Space is the Place

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Join the Cat in the Hat on a trip into space, and learn why the cosmos is such a cool place! In this new DVD, the Cat and his friends visit each of the planets, the sun and the stars. Young viewers can learn why day turns to night thanks to our friend, the sun.

Sid the Science Kid: What is a Rainbow?

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After a rainstorm, the sun comes out and Sid spots a big rainbow in the sky. He races inside to tell his parents, but by the time he brings them outside to see it, the rainbow is gone. Sid and his friends investigate rainbows at school where they discover that rainbows can only form when light passes through water droplets.

Your kiddos will learn the answers to the questions: Where does light come from? How are shadows made? How are rainbows created? What causes darkness?

Octonauts: To the Gup-X!

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This DVD includes the following exciting adventures: Captain Barnacles leads a mission to rescue Dashi, who is trapped inside a giant whale shark; Kwazii takes to the skies to retrieve a precious book from a school of flying fish; Peso tries to bandage a Great White Shark without becoming his lunch – and much more! Plus, in a special extra feature, Tweak & Tunip tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the Gup-X!

Both my girls {ages 4 and 7} really enjoy these DVDs and have learned so much about space, rainbows/light, and sea life. These are movies that we can watch over and over again and not have to worry about questionable content or mindless viewing.

 

I received review products associated with this review. This is not a sponsored post and I was not obligated to write my opinions. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own honest words.

5 Tips for Marketing your Blog with Signazon

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As a blogger, I’m not only a writer and promoter {of my site and brands}, but I’m also a business owner.

If you’re a blogger or a business owner, you know there are a lot of different things you can do to enhance your business and also promote it.

Signazon has several products that I know will come in handy as I blog and grow my brand. Here are a few of their products I recommend to fellow bloggers and some I use myself as well.

step-and-repeat-splash1. Step and Repeat – Of course there’s the obvious, these are great for promoting sponsors for events, but did you know they make a great backdrop for professional vlogs and photos as well? While Signazon doesn’t have an official “green screen” you are able to customize by adding your logo, or selecting a plain backdrop. {I chose white and will superimpose logos and images depending on the subject of my vlogs.}

2. Car Magnets – If you have a local website or business, car magnets are a great way to promote your business without the expense of “wrapping” your vehicle and they’re easy to use on different vehicles as well.

3. Stationary – If you’re sending out giveaway items or, “thank you” letters to PR and Advertising companies, having your own letterhead stationary looks very professional and if you include your blog logo also helps with brand recognition.

4. Classic Banners and Stands – Whether you are attending a conference or Expo for a brand that you are representing or even attending a blogger showcase, having a banner and a stand that you can bring with you each time will attract attendees to visit your booth.

5. Cards – While I definitely recommend having business cards, those are something you probably already have for your blog {if not Signazon.com has those too and you need to get some}, but I love the idea of sending Thank You cards or even holiday cards to brands that you really enjoy working with. This gives your brand personality and can help you build or maintain those great relationships.

I loved how easy it was to order from Signazon and that my product shipped right away. Their live chat is also super handy if you have questions about products. Signazon.com offers great prices on their products and often times you can even catch a great sale on products and/or shipping.

I would highly recommend Signazon to bloggers and business owners because it’s a one stop shop and the quality of their products is superior, and I’ve seen a lot of marketing materials!!!

Check them out by heading to their website: Signazon.com and visit them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter too.

 

I received review product from Signazon.com in order to give an honest review. The opinions in this post are my own, honest thoughts, yours may vary.

 

Sprout Announces New Hosts During Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Were you watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? If so you may have seen some pretty cool floats and entertaining acts. You may have also noticed two new hosts for Sprout’s The Sunny Side Up Show.

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Meet Tim and Kaitlin. Along with current hosts Dennisha and Carly, Tim and Kaitlin will join the show. It is unclear if hosts Kelly Vrooman and Sean Roach will completely leave Sprout or continue their spin-off Sprout shows, Vrooman with The Chica Show and Roach with Noodle and Doodle.

Even Sprout Online makes no mention of the cast change as of today. If you find any information feel free to add a comment and I’ll be updating as new details are revealed.

Win a Trip to the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl with Public Storage®

 Thank you Public Storage® for sponsoring this post.

 

Public Storage® announces their participation in this year’s 125th Rose Parade by hosting a grand giveaway!

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This is Public Storage’s first year entering a float in the famous Rose Parade and they are excited to share this experience with you and your family!

Public Storage Rose Bowl 2014 PinWith the Public Storage® Score Sweet Seats Sweepstakes, each week, 100 Public Storage® fans have the chance to win a 2014 limited edition, commemorative Public Storage® Rose Parade Pin {remember this is the 125th Rose Parade and Public Storage’s first year, so this will definitely be a collectors item!} But there’s more!!! One lucky fan could win the Grand Prize of an all-expenses paid trip for 2 to Pasadena, California to see the Rose Parade, attend the Rose Bowl pre-game VIP Tailgating Party and the Rose Bowl Game.

For more details and enter the sweepstakes. Head over to the Score Sweet Seats page on  the Public Storage Facebook page, give their page a “like” and fill out the short sweepstakes entry form for a chance to win awesome Rose Parade and Rose Bowl prizes. {Sweepstakes ends December 4, 2013.}

If you’ve ever watched a Rose Parade you know it’s a great way to ring in the New Year and is fun and appropriate for all ages. Whether you watch from home, or attend the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl be sure to look for Public Storage’s “Adventures in Space” themed float and stay tuned to find out how it fits into the Rose Parade’s, “Dreams  Come True” theme this year!

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Since 1972 Public Storage® has been treating your stuff like it’s their stuff. Whether you’re packing up for a family move, or just want to store your extra baby gear, Public Storage® has affordable prices and services that your family can appreciate.

Make sure you check out Public Storage online: PublicStorage.com and on their Facebook page: facebook.com/publicstorage

 

This is a sponsored post, however any opinions expressed in this post are my own, honest thoughts. Your opinions may vary.

Pack a Box for Operation Christmas Child with a Veggie Tales Party

Operation Christmas Child LogoHave you heard?? This week is National Collection Week for shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child!!! Now through November 25th, stop by a Drop-Off Location with your shoeboxes.

Each gift provides much more than fleeting moments of joy. With each gift, Operation Christmas Child shares the good news that Jesus loves every child.

Haven’t packed a shoebox yet?? Why not host a packing play date for your children and their friends and family?

We had the amazing opportunity of hosting an Operation Christmas Child packing party in our home. We invited some great friends who brought their shoeboxes and gifts with them. We snacked on some Veggie Tales themed treats {some vegetables were harmed in the making of this play date} while we watched the newest Veggie Tales movie, Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas, featuring the voice of Duck Commander’s own Si Robertson.

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The children loved watching the movie, and got to hear all about the true meaning of Christmas. After the movie we were able to teach the true meaning of Christmas by packing our boxes, remembering all of the children who would be opening the gifts we were sending.

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Unfortunately a few of our guests had to leave {one got sick}, before they could pack their boxes, but here are the ones we were able to complete.

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Of course no Christmas celebration is complete without singing {an early} Happy Birthday to Jesus and enjoying Christmas Tree cakes.

Are you packing a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child this year? Will you make it a big play date and invite your friends or have a quieter packing session with your immediate family?

 

There’s still plenty of time to pack your boxes and it’s only 5 easy steps!

1. Find a shoebox. {Make sure it’s not filled with vegetables or stinky shoes!} Feel free to decorate your box or leave it as is.

2. Make a choice. If you want you can design your box and it’s contents for a boy or a girl and also choose from a range of ages. {We always pack the boxes for 2 girls the same ages as our girls.}

3. Fill ‘er up! Fill your box with gifts and goodies {no veggies please}. Check out Samaritan’s Purse’s gift suggestions HERE. {This is our favorite part, I let the girls fill their own boxes up and remind them as they pack how thankful the child who is getting the box will be when they open it. I also remind them that God calls us to help others, and we’re doing what He’s asking us to do.}

4. Get ready to ship. Unfortunately the post office will not deliver these awesome gifts without money, I asked {just kidding!}. But it’s only $7 to make sure each shoebox gets to the little boy or girl it’s meant to be with. You can include $7 when you turn your box in to a Drop-Off Location, or…the method I like better is to pay the shipping fee online, print off your special label with barcode and track your boxes all the way to their final destination!!

5. Drop off. Using the great online resources that Operation Christmas Child has provided, find your local Drop-Off Location. Unfortunately, there are some areas that do not have Drop-Off locations {I know, I know}, however if you are interested in participating you can also build a shoebox online.

 

Thanks to Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child for sending us the movie and goodies for our guests and giving us the opportunity to give to those in need.