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Wonderbly Book Review

Whether you have children with unique names or common names it’s always fun for them to read a book with their name in it. At Wonderbly they combine storytelling and personalizing to bring the child into the story. They allow you to customize so much more than a lot of other personalized book publishing companies.

Miss C recently received an opportunity to create her own story from Wonderbly. She thought it was so cool that she could personalize her very own book. It was so simple for us to customize online at www.wonderbly.com

She chose the Kingdom of You book, perfect for ages 3-10 (and maybe even a little beyond). We typed in her name, selected her gender and were able to choose from three “adventurers”.

They currently have two light skinned characters, (one with blonde hair and one with light brown hair) and one darker skinned character (with dark brown hair). {I’m sure it’s hard to have several different characters since the book is pretty personalized but would love to see Lost My Name expand in this area.}

After those initial steps you have even more selections to personalize the book and really make it yours. I personally like that it’s not only the name or character that they are changing in the book. C chose from several options and ended up with a fun, and unique story. We love that it’s personalized and something that she was able to create.

The story and illustrations in the Kingdom of You are super cute, and very well done. Wonderbly books are as much entertaining for the child as they are for the parent.

 

Books from Wonderbly are on average around $24.99, but with the customization and the incredible quality of the book I would say it’s a fair price.

I would highly recommend these books as a gift, not only will they be fun and exciting for the child to read, but it will be something that no one else will gift them. So if you’re looking for something unique check out several different Wonderbly products.

 

This is not a sponsored post, we received complimentary product to try out and are giving our honest opinion and thoughts.

Exploring Love Languages – Gifts

Welcome to the Exploring Love Languages series on MommyB Knows Best! If you didn’t get a chance to read the first post or take your 5 Love Languages test (or test your family/friends) head back to the Exploring Love Languages and How to Show Them post to do that now.

If you know your love language that’s great, that will tell you how you most like to be loved and probably be a good indicator of how you typically love others. While I think loving others is great no matter how you do it, you may find that sometimes when you show love it’s not received in a way you might think, of course this could be the product of many factors, but one thing I’ve found is that my way of loving others may not be their preferred way. While we don’t need to “change” everything we do for others isn’t it nice to meet them where they are, especially our family members/children?

I thought it would be great to explore some love languages and gain some insight so we can all love a little better. As my love languages don’t fit every love language, I’ll need your help, if you fit in the current category or know some great ways to show love in this category won’t you please leave a comment with some tips and ideas too? We’re all in this together.

 

Let’s get started with The 5 Love Languages – Receiving Gifts.

 

 

Occasionally I’ll hear that the receiving gifts love language is a greedy one, when in reality I think each love language is valid and important. I’ve been told by several “gifts” friends and family that it doesn’t matter the size or price point of the gift, rather that someone took the time to think of them enough to give a gift.

Here are some gift ideas from across the board, some are free and others are thoughtful and I would love to hear your ideas in the comment section below!!

 

Personalized gifts – Nothing says “this gift is specifically for you” like a personalized gift. Think about something that the recipient will love like a tote bag or a journal and get their name or initials on it. Every time they see or use that item they’ll think of you, it’s a win-win.

We bought this great Summer tote from Simply Personalized for Miss A, and she loves that it has her name written in one of her favorite colors. There are a lot of great websites that will personalize almost any kind of gift.

 

Handmade gifts – This is where you will definitely want to know your recipient, some LOVE receiving handmade gifts and feel they’re from the heart, others will be disappointed thinking you don’t really know them all that well. Hayley M. mentioned to make sure if it’s handmade it’s also something that person will use. This one can be tricky but hopefully the intentions aren’t lost in translation. PS if you don’t feel super handy you can also check out Etsy.com or local vendors for some pretty amazing handcrafted items. I treasure this necklace my sister got me in memory of our mom.

 

Meaningful gifts – When it’s clear you’ve taken the time to really think through gift giving this person’s “love tank” will be overflowing. One tip I’ve found is by peeking at Pinterest boards and other social media sites the gift getter is on to see what that person has been eying. In the past, I’ve also loved making gift giving a game, making a scavenger hunt or completing a puzzle to find the gift. Some people like Jennifer M. Don’t care what the gift is as long as it means something.

 

Themed gifts – Find a theme, whether it’s red for Valentine’s Day or smiley faces to brighten someone’s day, a theme can help you buy gifts when you’re not completely sure of what to get and be a fun gift to give.

 

Things to avoid:

  • giving gift cards unless you know the recipient REALLY wants gift cards
  • missing gift giving special event, especially birthdays and Christmas
  • generic gifts, Megan H says “like coffee mugs because I’ve been gifted so many”, also things like body wash sets, slippers, again unless you know that’s what they REALLY want
  • thinking they don’t like your gift when they receive lots, Hayley M says, “I often choose one gift (unintentionally) that is my favorite and over use it. I will make my way to the others at some point.

 

I’ll admit as an over thinker I often don’t even up giving gifts because I always second guess what I am getting. Will they like it? Is it what they want/need? Will they even care? I’ve come to the conclusion though that we can’t make everyone happy, however we can at least try and our intentions do matter. So please don’t second guess yourself when it comes to gift giving, the effort counts!

 

Is gifts one of your love languages or do you know someone who is? Leave us some tips in the comment area below!!

 

**I received product from Simply Personalized which I chose to write about, this is not a paid or sponsored post.

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Gifts from C. Wonder

This is a sponsored post with MomTrends and C. Wonder.

C.Wonder Mother's Day Gift Guide MommyB

Mother’s Day is only a few days away, but there are still plenty of opportunities to shop for and celebrate the mom in your life. I recently heard about C. Wonder products and stores. C.Wonder has a great selection of gifts that are perfect for moms, and they’re giving MommyB Knows Best readers a discount too.

To receive your discount:

Print out a copy of this blog post and present it to a store associate at your local C. Wonder store (The Streets at Southpoint – Raleigh, NC) between now and May 10th to receive a scratch off card for up to 30% off your purchase!

Here are a few of my favorite C. Wonder beautiful gifts:

 C. Wonder Passion Fruit Scented Candle $28.00

C. Wonder Scented Candle Mother's Day Gift

C. Wonder Porcelain Word Plate “Love” $18.00

C. Wonder Pave Edged Delicate Initial Cuff  $38.00

C. Wonder Pave Cube Initial Necklace $38.00

C. Wonder Word Plate Mother's Day Gift

C. Wonder Printed Stripe Signature Tote $78.00

C. Wonder Signature Tote Mother's Day Gift

Wouldn’t these pieces make a great gift for a special mom??? Check out C. Wonder’s other great gifts for Mother’s Day or any special gift purchase.

C. Wonder currently operates 22 permanent stores across the country in addition to a full-service e-commerce boutique. They have an open-door return policy and can monogram any gifts that you purchase! Head to their new store at 6910 Fayetteville Rd.Space #178 Durham, NC 27713 or shop online at cwonder.com.

Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by C. Wonder via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of C. Wonder or Momtrends.

Care Package & Gift Basket Ideas for Moving {Giveaway}

Thank you CVS/pharmacy for donating the gift basket items for the Yon family.

 

Whether you know a family who is moving to a different house, neighborhood, city, state (or maybe even country) or there’s a new family in your neighborhood, it’s always thoughtful to create a care package or gift basket with useful items. Personally, I love shopping at CVS/pharmacy for all kinds of things besides just refilling prescriptions for my family. When I heard a family from my daughter’s school was moving to Africa to become missionaries, I thought to myself, “How can I help in my own personal way.” I decided to approach CVS/pharmacy with a list of items that this family had on their needs list for their trip. CVS/pharmacy quickly gathered items (more than I could fit in the gift basket), for my family to donate on their behalf.

Care Package and Gift Basket Ideas for Moving MommyB

This gave me great ideas for gifting to people who are moving anywhere in the world. Here are some care package and gift basket ideas for different ages and moves using products that can all be purchased at CVS/pharmacy.

College or Back-to-School Care Package

  • CVS/pharmacy carries a long list of Back-to-School supplies from Crayola crayons, to composition notebooks, and more that would be great to add to this care package.
  • Consider adding CVS brand over the counter medicine, {did you know most CVS brand medicines has the same active ingredients as the name brand??}
  • Gold Emblem snacks for late night studying, affordable and yummy too
  • Laundry supplies {unless of course they’re bringing all their “dirties” back home to you}

Moving Gift Basket Care Package MommyB

Overseas Move Care Package (of course this package may vary depending on restrictions of airlines or country law/limits)

  • Sunscreen – we love any of the CVS clear mist versions, it’s easy to apply.
  • Pack some snacks for the recipient to munch on during their flight, Unreal Candy is a healthier alternative, but is still a nice, sweet treat.
  • In some countries multi-vitamins are very hard to find, these are easy to stock up on and send in your care package
  • Send some entertainment, purchase some card games or small board games, featured in CVS/pharmacy’s toy aisle

Hallmark Blooming FlowerFriend Moving Away Care Package

  • Personalize notes for a set timeframe and include inspirational quotes, memories, favorite sayings, or Bible verses
  • Choose a theme for the gift basket like all items one color, that person’s favorite scent, or items that will remind them of your friendship
  • CVS/pharmacy carries a full line of greeting cards and also sells great Hallmark products including the popular blooming flower greetings, perfect for friendship or someone you love
  • Purchase a gift card or two to somewhere you both can visit when you see each other next. This gives you a date to look forward to and not having to worry about where to go or who will pay.

Welcome to the Neighborhood Gift Basket

  • Create a list (with permission) of the names and phone numbers of neighbors in your area to give to your new neighbor so they may reach out or have someone to call in a time of need.
  • Since you may not know food preferences or if there are food allergies, you may want to stay away from food based gifts and stick to household products instead.
  • A CVS/pharmacy gift card is a great addition to this gift basket so the recipient can buy some items they may have left behind or need for their new home.
  •  Grab some standard cleaning products like baking powder, sponges, disinfecting wipes so they have cleaning items handy.

CVS/pharmacy is great for all kinds of needs whether you create a gift card tree or buy a bunch of great items to fill a care package or gift basket to the brim.

 

CVS/pharmacy provided me with one $25 gift certificate for one lucky reader. Enter here to win:

a Rafflecopter giveaway
 

 

I received products from CVS/pharmacy who I often partner with in order to provide some needs of the Yon Family. My family and I have used CVS products and shopped there well before I began working with the brand because we trust and appreciate their amazing service. All opinions and thoughts in the above post are my own, however yours may vary.

 

Celebrate Father’s Day with Cardstore

Thanks Cardstore for the chance to tell my readers about your products and for providing me with a gift card to check them out myself too.

My girls are daddy’s girls. They love their mommy, but they’re “stuck with me” all day, so whenever they get daddy-daughter time it is a big deal. DaddyB tries to take them on dates and have special moments with them often.

If we had to pick one special activity or outing that they do, we just wouldn’t be able to choose only one. DaddyB is a great daddy and not only has a lot of fun playing blocks, and building forts with the girls, but he also teaches them responsibility, encourages learning, shares about health and taking care of themselves inside and out and shows them how someday, their husband should treat them.

Father's Day Collage MommyB

Because we think DaddyB is a super daddy, literally, we want to show him how much we love him this Father’s Day. One way we are showing our love is by using Cardstore’s easy photo card website and services. Cardstore allows users to create custom cards by adding personal photos, personalized messaging and your signature for a personal touch. Cardstore can also print, stamp and send your card via US postal service for you. And you can make and send your card in most cases, for the same price or less than you can purchase in stores, but this way they’re even more personal and a keepsake, rather than heading to the recycling bin.

We had fun looking through pictures of the girls and DaddyB and we chose this card as our favorite:

Father's Day Card MommyB

With 323 Father’s Day cards to choose from you are bound to find one that’s just right no matter if you’re looking for your children’s father, your father, or a special man in your life who has played the role of father. Head over to Cardstore’s website: www.cardstore.com and take a look for yourself. Also make sure you check them out on Facebook and Twitter too!

What special moments with your father do you remember? What do your children love to do with their daddy? Which card is your favorite???

I received product gift cards as a thank you for this post, however all thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own personal opinions. I really like Cardstore products, but if I did not I would tell you so. Your opinions may vary.

Unique Father’s Day Gift Guide {Giveaway}

This is a sponsored post, however all of the products in this post are products that I feel are great, unique, gift ideas for Father’s Day.

Unique Father's Day Gifts MommyB

 

Looking for gifts that aren’t your run-of-the-mill Father’s Day gifts? You’ve come to the right place. Here are a few, not-so-common Father’s Day gifts that you may consider getting the special dad in your life. Check it out…

Do you have a camouflage loving dad? How about a dad who loves to golf? No matter what dad’s interests are, Cafe Press has unique Father’s Day Gifts for any papa. You can also choose from a variety of mediums like beer mugs, t-shirts, golf balls, water bottles and more!

Here are some of my favorites:

Father's Day Gift Guide Cafe Press MommyB

 

I always love the wide variety of gifts you can purchase on CafePress, my problem is narrowing down the selection, but seriously you’re bound to find something you love on CafePress, check out their Father’s Day gift selection here: www.cafepress.com and pick out something extra just in case you win this giveaway for $25 gift card from CafePress!

Enter by commenting in a separate comment, which item(s) you would buy with the gift card.

*Must be 18 years or older and be a resident of the United States. Giveaway ends 6/10/2013

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As we get older, the things we eat and drink tend to stain our teeth, slowly changing from pearly white to…not so white {to say the least}. It’s important to take care of our smiles and focus on oral hygiene. Give dad the chance to make his smile brilliantly white with smile Brilliant!

This at-home teeth whitening system, not only has proven results, but is super easy to use. Using the LED Teeth Whitening System takes 20 minutes a day {or less depending on the desired results} and is more affordable than in-office whitening at $39.95 plus shipping and handling.

Purchase your smile Brilliant kit to give dad that gleaming smile here: www.smilebrilliant.com and win one for yourself or someone else you love. Comment on one thing that makes you smile for a chance to win a smile Brilliant! LED Teeth Whitening System of your own.

*Must be 18 years or older and be a resident of the United States. Giveaway ends 6/10/2013

flattenme logoLove making crafts or handmade gifts for Dad, but not so crafty?? I fell in love with these flattenme personalized gifts. You can choose to add your child’s face to any of their products, t-shirts, books, wall art, and dad will have a fun keepsake that’s extra special.

Two of my favorite products that make great Father’s Day gifts are the My SuperSomeone books, {of course every daddy wants to be their child’s favorite role model}, and the Owl Always Love You name book, {great for bedtime bonding}.

super Dad book

Pssst, there are only 4 more days to order your flattenme gifts for Father’s Day!!! So head over now and place your order: www.flattenme.com

And for those of you who want to get a t-shirt for your kiddo, flattenme is giving one lucky MommyBKnowsBest reader a chance to win one of their personalized photo t-shirts!! Enter to win by commenting letting me know which shirt you would choose if you won.

*Winner pays the flat rate fee of $3.99 shipping – Must be 18 years or older and be a resident of the United States. Giveaway ends 6/10/2013

Do you know that I love Uncommon Goods? They have some really cool gifts, some are a little on the pricey side, and others are perfect for smaller gifts. Here are three that I found and really loved:

Uncommon Goods Father's Day Gift Ideas MommyB

First is a beer chiller, you can drink and chill your beer at the same time, never drink a drop of warm beer again! To the right is a cool molecular gastronomy set, if he’s into Top Chef or Iron Chef this is the perfect gift for him! And lastly, bottom left, a cool map for the traveling man. He can scratch off places in the world that he’s travelled to, better than push-pins by far!!

Don’t forget if he’s a Sci-Fi fan, take him to see the new Star Trek movie or buy him a couple of movie tickets, DaddyB loved the movie in the theater and highly recommends seeing it!

 

Winners!!! Cafepress: Alaine, Smile Brilliant!: Krys Davis, FlattenMe: Michelle P.

 

Thank you to the companies who participated in this Father’s Day Gift Guide and contributed product for placement.