Teen Holiday Gift Ideas from Best Buy! #HintingSeason

December 20, 2014 By · 4 Comments

Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

How many of you have teenagers? Isn’t it hard to find things they really, really like that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg? Thankfully this year was a bit easy for me because I decided to go a gamer route and bought him themed gifts, he got everything Pokemon. (I can write that because I know he doesn’t read my blog, hehe) But I know many things on his real wish list are at Best Buy. How do I know? Simple, he told me this.

The X-Box One is on the top of his list. Now of course it is the new machine that every child or gamer wants in their household. I won’t lie I don’t get any of these machines but being a blogger I know all about wanting new technology/laptops, etc so I get that he wants the newest system. When it first came out I told him, nope, no way, not happening but of course that was after everyone said the government would be monitoring everything we did through the eyeball in the machine. I hear it has since been fixed, that or he is telling me tales so he can have one. Either way I’ll list a few he wants here and some I would like to get him because next year he goes off to college.

Xbox One is the top of his list. Xbox One was built by gamers, for gamers. With the best exclusive titles (Halo which my son loves, Sunset Overdrive), the biggest blockbusters (Assassin’s Creed, which is another favorite of his and Call of Duty) the hottest sports franchises (Madden 15, FIFA 15, NBA 2K15) and top family titles (Fantasia: Music Evolved, Just Dance 15, Skylanders, which of course would make my daughters and 7 yr old very happy) Xbox One takes gaming to a whole new level. For us it is a system they can all play.

-Xbox one connects consumers unlike any other device.
-Xbox One enables access to the latest TV shows and movies through your favorite apps.
-Xbox One all of your media is at your fingertips when you want it.

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5 Secret Santa Stories that are Paying it Forward

December 20, 2014 By · 3 Comments

santa In the past few months there have been so many awful stories hitting the news, which is one reason I love posting about all the pay-it-forward and secret santa stories I hear about in December. Before you ask a Pay-it-Forward type of story is one in which a good deed is done and the person says instead of paying them back just pay it forward. I’m sure you’ve heard by now of a time or two when a customer pays for someone behind them in line and then a whole movement is made. Secret Santas, especially in the KC/MO area is all about a man named Larry that hired the next Santa and he gives $100 bills to random strangers that he believes needs it. So without further ado here we go: First up this started in KC when Secret Santa decided to make an entire police force volunteer Elves and they got to go around pulling people over and giving them $100 bills instead of a ticket. You know that made some people’s day but the best part is knowing they (the police) weren’t hating by everyone in the public eye. Tip: If you are wondering if the true Secret Santa has reached you it will be stamped on your $100 bill with SECRET SANTA.

A police force in Michigan was pulling over people but instead of giving tickets they asked about presents and if they had kids and what was on their wishlists. Without knowing it the people were actually getting their wishes fulfilled within moments. [Read more…]

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10 Hallmark Christmas Movies She’ll Love to Find in Her Stocking

December 18, 2014 By · 17 Comments

Disclosure: I was sent a few movies to review, all opinions are my own. There may also be some affiliate links in this post. Happy Holidays!!

A Cookie Cutter Christmas

Trying to find the perfect Christmas gift or Stocking stuffer idea for your lady friend, wife, aunt, grandmother? Not to worry if she is the type that loves Christmas movies or romantic movies I’ve got quite a list for you and they are all from Hallmark so it’ll be really easy to find. Plus you can snuggle up with her and sip hot chocolate as the two of you watch them together. Don’t forget each one of these movies are also children friendly which means the entire family can enjoy them which is perfect for Christmas.

I was lucky enough to review each one of these wonderful movies and truth be told (if you’ve ever followed me on Facebook, Twitter or even the blog you know I LOVE to begin watching holiday movies as early as Halloween) I loved each one. I’ve watched them all so many times, I’m even including a few I watched in the past because I loved them so much.

A Cookie Cutter Christmas DVD 3D

Hallmark A Cookie Cutter Christmas DVD, starring Erin Krakow (“Army Wives”), David Haydn-Jones (The Last Kiss) and Alan Thicke (“Growing Pains”), follows a journalist sent to cover Christmas Town’s annual cookie bake-off who finds herself competing for the affection of a new love interest. The entertaining and uplifting story about doing whatever it takes for love premieres on Hallmark Channel November 9 and be available on DVD and Digital HD November 11.

As for me I couldn’t help but laugh most of the way through this movie. I mean there was total jealousy and betrayal, sneakiness and you just wanted to bake. Yes, this movie made me want to make my own peppermint cookie drops and see what type of creations I could come up with. In fact I did but with hot chocolate, I do plan on experimenting with cookies this upcoming week to see what the kids and I can create. Oh boy! I guess I liked it so much more because Christie (a school teacher) wants to not only impress a guy but also beat another teacher and jumps at the chance to upstage another teacher in a cookie bake off, only she doesn’t know how to bake. As many of you know, I am learning to cook/bake/etc so I totally saw myself there.

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Christmas Cookies To Make For Santa

December 15, 2014 By · 1 Comment

Disclosure: This is a paid post, however I think these cookies are great, especially during the holiday season. 

Christmas season is always fun for families, whether it means spending time with family that you don’t see every year or the countdown until the Jolly Old man shows up at your house and shimmies down the chimney. Chances are at one point you will be baking and I know for my family that always consists of baking up some Christmas Cookies. Am I right? Long ago I took a Home Economics class in junior high and during it I had to find a cookie I had never made, which would later become something I make during the holidays. This cookie was the Candy Cane Cookie, you now the red and white candy cane shaped sugar cookie that you sprinkle a bit of crushed up peppermints on it. Yummy. This year I plan on teaching my younger daughter how to make them. I know it’ll be fun. So far we haven’t done much baking and not because we are busy but we’ve all had the tummy bug for the past two weeks. Yuck.

Check out Christmas Cookies

by Eliza Ferree at Foodie.com

Talking about cookies. Do your children leave cookies and milk under the tree? What type of cookies do they leave? We normally leave chocolate chip or sugar cookies for Santa. This year I went to Foodie.com and found 12 interesting Christmas cookies. I won’t lie to you I’m a bit bias and favor peppermint types. My dad’s favorite type of cookie was always the oatmeal cookie and over at This Mama Cookies made some delicious looking chocolate chip/raisin oatmeal cookies. To me it always feels like Christmas on the East Coast but as you move further west it seems to be harder to get that magical feeling. I guess I’m a bit more partial to a “white Christmas” which is probably why I have a fascination when it comes to the Almond Snowball Christmas Cookie.

Don’t forget to make a few Peanutbutter and Hershey’s Kisses cookies.

If you are on Foodie please look me up and follow me on there. Can’t wait to hear what type of cookies you like.

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Mega Bloks First Builders Bus

December 8, 2014 By · 20 Comments

This post may contain affiliate links. The Life of a Home Mom receives free products for review purposes and may sometimes be compensated for posts but all opinions expressed are 100% my own.


Mega Bloks has been on my children’s Christmas wish list for as long as I can remember. Truth is it is a company I know and trust and I love the fact they aren’t just for babies/toddlers. He got these recently and couldn’t wait to open them, in fact as you can see in the picture he tried to start playing with the top of the box because it had the blocks on top too. How many of you have purchase Mega Bloks for your little ones? I love these because they are so big you can introduce building to your little one at a much younger age than before. I remember being afraid kids I use to babysit (as a teen) would choke on them, later I still worried about that with my oldest, but when I discovered these all my kids would get them for holidays and birthdays. I really like the Mega Bloks First Builders because it really is what they are, the child’s first set of building blocks/legos they will encounter.

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