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How To Shrink Your Energy Bills This Winter + Giveaway

A chill is in the air and the forecast is showing a steady trend of cooler temperatures for the next week, in our neck of the woods. Instead bristling about the rising energy costs this winter, we're gearing up for all of the fun that the season has to offer.

Are you bracing yourself for the hefty heating bills this winter? Don't! Instead, make some of these quick and simple updates to your home, and enjoy the season with your family.

How To Make Simple & Sweet Snowmen And Reindeer Holiday Cookie Bouquets

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.#NuttyForTheHolidays #CollectiveBias
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It's here! The holiday season is officially upon us, and it's time to start thinking about thoughtful gifts and tokens for all of those special people in your life. 

I really love the holidays. I go a little crazy with it, in all honesty. But it's so much fun!  I'm pretty all inclusive with my gifting too. I like to acknowledge the kids' teachers for all that they do, our mailman, my hairdresser, etc. The list pretty much goes on and on!

It can be hard to know just what to buy when you're looking for a gift for someone you're not especially close to though. This year, I'm making everyone simple and sweet reindeer and snowmen chocolate covered cookie bouquets. Aren't they cute? 

It was incredibly easy to assemble a large quantity of chocolate covered reindeer and snowman cookie pops using Nutter Butter Rounds, Nutter Butters, and other simple supplies. It took me about an hour  to cover the cookies in chocolate, cool them, decorate them, and wrap them individually. Once the cookies were all wrapped, I assembled them in bouquets (with 6-8 cookies in each) in seasonal mugs and tied small bags of hot chocolate to the handles. 

Check out the supply list and my step by step tutorial below.

Introducing Maryellen Larkin - American Girl's New BeForever Character From The 1950's + Giveaway

Have you heard the news? American Girl recently introduced a new BeForever character from the 1950's; Maryellen Larkin.

You all know how much we adore American Girl around here, and we are absolutely loving that American Girl now has a character and storyline from the 1950's!

Maryellen's line is fairly extensive and offers up a gorgeous 18" doll, corresponding period specific accessories & outfits (for dolls and girls), play sets (we LOVE Maryellen's Dinner Set - it's sure to be a HOT wish list item this Holiday season) , a 3 book series, and MORE!

Get an up-close look at the beautiful 18" Maryellen doll  + some of her outfits & accessories below. Also, enter our giveaway to WIN an American Girl 18" Maryellen doll + book set [RV $115!]

Fab Fall Fashion Finds From FabKids

Pictured: Sunset Tribal Outfit by FabKids with Blue Fab Soft Leggings (VIP Price $29.99) and FabKids Fringe Boots (VIP Price $29.99)

I'm absolutely LOVING all of the southwest inspired fashions this fall! We're seeing them everywhere too. My current favorites are cozy printed ponchos and comfy skinny jeans, paired with a cute pair of fringe booties. In my opinion, all are wardrobe staples this season!

My daughter is getting in on the southwest inspired fashion trends too this season!  She found this fun printed dress and legging set, along with a great pair of fringe boots at FabKids. Isn't this outfit adorable and perfect for fall? We love the playful patterns and bright pops of color, and the boots are just too cute (pretty amazing price point also)!

These are some of our favorite fashion finds from this seasons offerings at FabKids:

Oprah's Favorite Things - 2015 List Unveiled At O The Oprah Magazine's First Annual Blogger Breakfast + Giveaway

Oprah's Favorite Things - 2015 List Unveiled At O The Oprah Magazine's First Annual Blogger Breakfast + Giveaway One Savvy Mom onesavvymom blog NYC
Oprah's Favorite Things - 2015 List Unveiled At O The Oprah Magazine's First Annual Blogger Breakfast + Giveaway One Savvy Mom onesavvymom blog nyc
Pinch me! Yes, this really happened. On Wednesday I attended O The Oprah Magazine's First Annual Blogger Breakfast, where they unveiled the coveted and highly anticipated annual list of Oprah's Favorite Things.

At the event, O's Creative Director Adam Glassman walked through a selection of items from Oprah's 2015 Favorite Things List. This year's list, which boasts 87 gift picks, is Oprah's largest Favorite Things list to date. There's literally something for everyone!
“I’ve been picking my favorite things for more than 20 years," says Winfrey. "But this year's list just might be the most versatile and fun ever."
I always enjoy perusing the list each year, and Oprah never disappoints! If you're looking for thoughtful hand-picked holiday gift ideas, this is definitely the place to find them. She always manages to highlight and feature some real gems in this fabulous annual curation. Seriously, I most likely would be none-the-wiser about some of my now-favorite brands, and some of my top go-to gifts, if it weren't for this list.

Read on for MY favorites from this years list of Oprah's Favorite Things, and to enter the giveaway! We're giving away a fun gift bag packed with some of the item's from Oprah's 2015 Favorite Things!

DIY Edible Toddler Finger Paints Recipe - Dries Glossy + Doesn't Crack Off Paper Like Other Recipes! 2 Safe & Simple Ingredients From Your Kitchen

This little guy loves exploring outside! If he could stay outside and play all day, he would! With the weather starting to change here now,  I've been trying to round up some new activities for him to enjoy indoors during the winter months, when won't be able to spend as much time outside.  We've been experimenting with crayons and paint over the past few days, and I've learned (or re-learned) a thing or two about art and toddlers. Mainly, they love to taste test, and there's not a ton that's off limits! He's 20 months old now, and while he's getting a bit better about putting things in his mouth, he's still definitely in the stage of giving new things a quick taste.

A Season Of Change & Growth

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Gerber. The opinions and text are all mine.
The Summer was quite a season for my family.
We did just as we planned, and kept it simple. We took 4 short trips in all, and each only took us away from home for a night or two at a time. The remainder of the summer was spent at the pool, and at various parks in our area.
Parents, never underestimate the magic of a few undivided hours at the park, with a picnic lunch. My kids love it! We also took the kids out for miniature golfing a few times, went to the movies, and just spent loads of quality time together.

5 Tips To Get Your Car Ready For Winter

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cooper Tire. All opinions are 100% mine.
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Fall is such a beautiful time of year to take a road trip with the family! We hit the road last weekend for some fall fun with the kids, and we all enjoyed the gorgeous changing colors of the season along the way. 

While the changing of seasons can be beautiful, it can also present some challenges on the road. For example, fast falling leaves during a rain storm can quickly create slippery conditions that can be a challenge to navigate with your vehicle. And before you know it, the Fall season will soon give way to colder temperatures and snow here in the northeast part of the country. 

GAP + Peanuts® - Check Out The New Limited Edition Fashion Collection For Kids Inspired By The Classic Comic

GAP + Peanuts® - Check Out The New Limited Edition Fashion Collection For Kids Inspired By The Classic Comic One Savvy Mom onesavvymom blog nyc

GAP + Peanuts® - Check Out The New Limited Edition Fashion Collection For Kids Inspired By The Classic Comic One Savvy Mom onesavvymom blog nyc
Have you seen the fantastic new limited edition collection at babyGap and GapKids featuring the Peanuts characters? We just can't get enough of this line! The sheer cuteness of it all has me wanting to grab up every piece for my toddler this holiday season.

The exclusive collection that recently launched in select Gap stores in the Unites States, Canada, Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, China and online at, celebrates and playfully reflects the optimistic and adventurous essence of Charlie Brown and the gang, created by Charles M. Schulz.