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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Northpole Movie Review

December 9, 2014 By · 1 Comment

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.

Northpole was really funny especially since little Kevin is constantly telling his mom (played by Tiffani Thiessen, who I was so excited to see in a movie) all about his elf-friend, Clementine (played by Bailee Madison) and she just thinks he has a very active imagination. Clementine is an Elf that is trying to find a way to keep her hometown from being destroyed, the only way it can stay powered up is with the magic of Christmas. We all now the magic of Christmas is good cheer, laughter and the belief in Santa and each other. But what happens when everyone is too busy for that? As the town snowflake begins to fade she is the only one left to save the town and she steals Santa’s reindeer to do it.


This is definitely a great family movie to watch during the holidays to share with about the magic of the Northpole and Santa. We got a lot of laughs out of it especially during the snowball scene and the attempted snowball fight. BabyGirl’s favorite part was the family scenes like baking cookies because it makes you feel good. SoccerBoy loved when the mom had to explain it was HER child getting in trouble. Eeek! I remember all too well when he did something similar to me. Can Clementine convince a single mom and her son that she needs their help to save her own town? It’s a race against time and the snowflakes are quickly fading."Northpole" Hallmark Channel

Currently Northpole is being played on the Hallmark channel but if you aren’t lucky enough to have that channel or catch it this cute movie was just released on DVD. We loved this movie so much that it inspired us to have a Northpole themed Party, which I will be including on this blog during the week. The best part of this movie is you see it everywhere you go, especially at Walmart. Each time when we’ve went shopping the kids would ask me to pick something up, the first time it was the Northpole themed plastic cups. I grabbed one for each and used a permanent marker to put their names on it. This last time we got Rooftop drop so we can play it at our party. I can’t wait to share all that with you. Stay tuned and please if you have seen the movie let me know what you think of it.

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Fall Activities For Indiana

November 9, 2014 By · 1 Comment

I love Fall, especially Fall in Indiana because everything is changing colors. The reds, oranges, yellows and even the browns of nature is lovely this time of year. This is the time you can get out of your home and do some apple picking, take your family to on a hay ride or explore a hay maze. No, hay mazes aren’t just for Halloween they are perfect just to explore with the family.

If you are the type of person that likes to can or freeze food now is the time to get your canning supplies out. Whether you have your own fruits/veggies or visit a farm this is the best time to make applesauce, apple pie filling, and more. There are fresh fruit and vegetable markets and festivals going on right now, the prices will be perfect to buy your items in bundles. Here’s a website to make it a bit easier on you to find what the times are for you and/or your family to pick fresh fruits and vegetables at the farms.
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CoSchedule Ramped Up My Interaction

October 30, 2014 By · 16 Comments

Disclosure:  This post does have affiliate links in it, however I love the program and thought you might like it too.


In the last few months I would log in here and check out my dashboard only to scowl. Why could I no longer write? How could I let my blog go from what was once a PR6 to nothing. I loved blogging, I loved telling my readers about myself, the kids and all our experiences. What had changed? Scrolling for comments in the spam section of wordpress in hopes that there was one or two that slid through into spam because it would mean at least one person was reading.  Basically I was ready to give up. I saw in the MomDot forums that everyone was using a new program so I decided to give blogging one last chance. For the past few weeks I have been using CoSchedule to share my links with my social media sites. I intended only for it to be used for social media sharing but the funny thing is it also got me to blog more. I believe (almost) every single day of October I actually put up a blog post.


The beauty is you get to use the program for two weeks to really test it out. Make sure to fully test all the features while you can to see how much use you can get out of it. You are able to hook up just about every social media function you are in to it so it will automatically send them out for you even if you aren’t home, once you have programmed it. The first day I sat down and decided to check out the schedule just to see what it was. The editorial calendar was great, in fact I planned out every day and saved them all in draft mode. When I logged into wordpress later I would discuss everything I had done on the application (Coschedule) was now there, all I had to do was go in and write everything up and save. When I logged back into the application I was now able to pick a time I wanted them all to publish. Each day that I had something scheduled I posted most for 7 am, I did try a few 5 am ones too.

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NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Genio Review & Giveaway

October 28, 2014 By · 32 Comments

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto. I received products to review, and will receive a promotional item to thank me for my participation. All opinions are my own.

I was recently asked if I’d like to review The NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Genio Machine with a few cups to use with it. Now I won’t lie I had seen a machine similar to this which I had wanted to review for a while, I may not be a heavy coffee drinker, but I love a cup of coffee at least once a day and I love other hot drinks. So, as you can see, I said yes. I mean this is the perfect little machine for those that don’t plan on making an entire pot. I hate wasting money and dumping coffee down the drain because I made too much. Are you kidding me I have two daughters that would’ve been very upset if I had said no. I want to add that I am prone to loving all things cute, which includes the movie Wall-E which for some reason this tiny little machine reminds me a lot of.


For the review, I want to state that at first I had a little trouble with it. Sometimes there are twerks that need fixed and some reason I had a bubble in my line so it wouldn’t pump out the water at first. I’m guessing it was from when you put the water cartridge back on the machine, if you don’t see bubbles come up you need to redo it until you do. Once I got that part figured out (by the way make sure ALL the tape is off, they make sure that baby is in the box securely so nothing gets broken) everything else is a piece of cake. I love their customer service.

Pick out the capsule (cups) you want to drink, read how it is suppose to be prepared. If you want to make something like hot cocoa you will need to use 2 different capsules…they explain everything which makes it easy. You’ll feel like there is never a need to go to a coffee shop again because hey, you can do it all right at home now. Place the capsule in it’s little home and slide it shut. Pull the silver level back down until it clicks into place (you’ll know the sound as it punctures the capsule). Pick your hot or cold and wait for it to pour. It really is that simple.10419401_10152467155398404_3015922777195658695_n

Some fun things I liked about this: You can set the little stand for a small cup, medium or large. You are able to desire how much you want in your cup with the little knob up above the machine. It heats up milk capsules too, which is great if you like hot cocoa (I have 4 kids that love it). There are 15 different coffeehouse flavors to choose from, which includes things like iced tea, cappuccino, hot cocoa, coffee. It is really quick. My daughters make this every morning and love that it is faster than the coffee pot I did have.

The sleek and stylish NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto machine brings the “coffee house” into your own home by delivering up to 15 bars of professional pressure to make the perfect cup of coffee and frothy milk every time. With the compact, no-mess capsules, you just pop them into the machine, and with the press of a button, out comes a great cup of specialty (or coffee house quality) coffee in under a minute! What is great about theDolce Gusto is that it can also brew a variety of specialty coffee beverages including creamy layered lattes, sweet caramel macchiatos, bold espressos, even a frosty iced cappuccino. For the non-coffee drinkers in your house Dolce Gusto also brews a deliciously indulgent Chococino.

I will be adding a video here later today to show you just how easy it is. But in the meantime I wanted to get my giveaway kicked off. Comment below for a chance to win one of your own. The Nescafe Dolce Gusto Machine would make a great Christmas item. Oh and if you forget to shut it off as you were running out the door, don’t worry it shuts itself off after 5 minutes.

How do I take my coffee? I love to use my own recipe (thanks to pinterest) I take a Mason jar, fill it up with 3/4 sweetened condensed milk, pour in same amount of milk (I use the can to measure), a few tablespoons of vanilla and put the lid back on and shake it well. This lasts me one week. I tend to use this creamer whenever I have my morning coffee, which is the morning blend. Now the kids like to use the Chococino and add their own milk. They said otherwise to them it isn’t sweet enough.

To learn more about this great machine or stay up-to-date with all their stuff follow them at Facebook, Twitter or visit their site. If you want to watch some videos by them they are also on Youtube. Psst, there’s even a cookie recipe there.  Want one of your own but don’t want to purchase it? That’s okay enter my giveaway. You have until Friday, October 30 at 11:59pm. I’ll draw the winner that morning.

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