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Upcycled Soda Bottle Dinosaur Terrarium Garden Inspired by Gigantosaurus [NEW on Disney Junior!] #Gigantosaurus

This post is sponsored by Cyber Group Studios / Disney Junior. All opinions expressed are my own.
Gigantosaurus makes it's BIG debut on Disney Channel tomorrow [at 9 a.m during the Disney Junior program block!]  We're celebrating today, with this Upcycled Soda Bottle Dinosaur Terrarium Garden kids craft - inspired by this fun new animated series for preschoolers!

We had the chance to check out a full episode of Gigantosaurus last week, and we were all absolutely delighted. This new animated series brings the pages of Jonny Duddle's book [of the same name] to life with beautifully vibrant and captivating animation, and story-lines that are written to inspire.  As a mom, I always look for programming that encourages my kids to explore new topics, navigate real-life lessons, and ask questions. Gigantosaurus checks all of those boxes, friends! The gorgeous animation grabbed them, then the questions started rolling in from my 2 year old. The never-ending list of "why'?" I love that! Little kids have such a thirst for knowledge. They always want to know the who, what, where, when, and why?! After we were finished watching Gigantosaurus,  there were lots of questions, lots of searching and reading, and tons of learning fun new facts about their new favorite topic; DINOSAURS! Seriously, folks, they are now officially obsessed with all things dinosaur related. Then, the crafting started!

First, we made DIY No-Sew Dinosaur Gloves, inspired by Gigantosaurus [click here for the full tutorial.] Then we made these fun Upcycled Soda Bottle Dinosaur Terrarium Gardens. The plant-life was crucial to the survival of many plant-eating dinosaurs during the cretaceous time period and it's so beautifully depicted in Gigantosaurus, so we thought these Dinosaur Terrariums were the perfect way to celebrate our favorite new show! These Dino Terrariums would also make a great make-and-take craft for a Gigantosaurus Dinosaur themed party.

Read on for the full supply list and my easy tutorial, to make your own upcycled soda bottle dinosaur terrarium garden with your little one.

Snowman Yarn Wrapping Craft - Fun & Easy Winter Activity For Toddlers

Hi friends, I hope you're all staying warm this week! This snowman yarn wrapping craft was the perfect [ super simple! ] way to entertain my toddlers indoors for a bit yesterday. With the cold snap that we've been having here these past few days [and a big snow storm in the forecast for this weekend!] I've been raiding my craft supply bins daily,  to keep my younger two children entertained. 

Yarn wrapping crafts for kids / toddlers are a great way to keep little hands busy and occupied on these long winter days. They are also a great way to help develop / enforce fine motor skills. Depending on how old your child is, this can also be a great craft to help practice scissor / cutting skills (with safety scissors and close adult supervision.)  However, if your child is a bit younger, you can easily make this craft all about the yarn wrapping simply by prepping all of the pieces to the craft ahead of time (the prep is super quick and easy for this craft!)

Read on for the full supply list and easy tutorial, to make this snowman yarn wrapping craft with your little one!

No-Sew Dinosaur Gloves Inspired by Gigantosaurus ~ NEW on Disney Junior! #Gigantosaurus

This post is sponsored by Cyber Group Studios / Disney Junior. All opinions expressed are my own.

Gigantosaurus stomps onto Disney Channel [during the Disney Junior program block at 9 a.m.] on January 18th, and  I think it's safe to say that we're all giddy with anticipation around here! Today, I'm excited to share this fun No-Sew Dinosaur Gloves craft inspired by the new animated Gigantosaurus series, for preschoolers. These DIY Dino mittens were a total hit with my toddlers - they absolutely LOVE them!  My favorite part? They were super simple to assemble, and all-in, each pair only costs about $2 to make. This DIY No-Sew Dinosaur Gloves craft is the perfect way to gear-up for the Gigantosaurus premiere this Friday, with your preschooler! They would also make a great DIY party favor for a Gigantosaurus themed dinosaur party!

Based on Jonny Duddle's bestselling children's book of the same name, the Gigantosaurus series (developed and produced by France-based Cyber Group Studios) stars four fiercely-fun dinosaur friends who will take preschoolers on exciting comedy-filled adventures as they dare to be themselves and explore the world beyond their nests. Every vibrant imagination-inspiring episode follows the group on a quest, as they face their individual fears and work together to solve a problem. As the inquisitive Mazu, playful Tiny, timid, Bill, and courageous rocky aim to learn more about Gigantosaurus, they discover they each have something to learn from him too.

Read on for more about Gigantosaurus, the full supply list and my easy tutorial to make your own No-Sew Dinosaur Gloves.

Why Amazon Locker Is A Mom's Best Friend! + A Giveaway #AmazonLocker #DeliveringSmiles

This post is in partnership with Amazon. All opinions expressed are my own.

Ready for some real talk? Amazon Locker at Whole Foods, is seriously a mom's best friend! Thanks to Amazon Locker, I'm officially DONE with my holiday shopping { which is pretty miraculous, for me!} My favorite part? All of the holiday treats and surprises, have remained a surprise. Friends, with teens and toddlers in the house, that's no easy feat! 

Honest moment? Every year I plan to complete my shopping weeks in advance, yet somehow there's always those last few items that I either procrastinate about or forget entirely. Until the eleventh hour, that is. Then I rush here, there,  and everywhere like a mad women! Is it just me or are other moms with me on this? Gosh, I hope I'm not alone.  Not this year though! I picked up my final gift from an Amazon Locker at Whole Foods in Tribeca over the weekend, while grabbing some essentials for our upcoming holiday meal. It was a literal sigh of relief to be done {and with a whole week + to spare!} also added a few {super cute} pre-assembled gingerbread houses + gingerbread cookies to my cart to decorate with the kids this week; perfect picks for some no-fuss holiday fun.  I think that's my holiday moto this year. No-fuss. Because again, let's be real, no-fuss always equals more holiday fun!

Read on for more about Amazon Locker + enter to WIN an Gift Card + Whole Foods Market Gift Card!

4 Calling Birds Yarn Craft For Kids

This post is sponsored by PNC. All opinions expressed are my own.

"On the 4th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 4 calling birds....It's officially Day 4 of the 12 Days of Christmas Song, friends! Celebrate by making this super easy (super cute!) 4 calling birds yarn craft with the kids this season!

If you really want to raise the roof with holiday cheer, add the 12 Days of Christmas song to your holiday playlist, sing it with your kids (unabashedly, like no one's listening!) while making this adorable calling birds yarn craft! My younger kids are currently exploring textures, and this craft was a total win! It was easy enough for my 2.5 year old to do, yet still fun enough to hold the attention of my 4.5 year old. It requires the simplest of supplies and the total cost rings in at just under $5.

Have you ever stopped to imagine / guesstimate how much all of the gifts presented in the 12 Days of Christmas Song, would actually cost? Did you know that PNC has been calculating the price tag on the gifts presented in the 12 Days of Christmas Song, for 35 years? They do! It’s called the The PNC Christmas Price Index ®. 

Such a fun tradition, and a great way to help kids (and adults alike) grasp where the economy stands. So many great lessons for young kids, can be derived from the Christmas Price Index ®. You can start by doing this “4 Calling Birds” yarn craft with the kids.

Read on for the full supply list and our easy tutorial, to make this 4 Calling Birds yarn craft with your kids this Holiday season!

#AmazonLocker Is #DeliveringSmiles This Week In NYC With A Free Gift For Every Customer That Selects Delivery To A Manhattan Amazon Locker In A Whole Foods Market!

This post is in partnership with Amazon. All opinions expressed are my own.
Photo: courtesy of Amazon.
Amazon Locker is delivering smiles this week in NYC by giving a free gift to EVERY customer that selects delivery to a Manhattan Amazon Locker, located inside a Whole Foods Market! Super nice free gifts too! Check out the list of surprise gifts, below! This is just happening this week though folks, so HURRY!

Friends, does the shopping and laundry list of holiday related to-do's have you stressed yet? Can I be honest for a moment? The holidays are a bit overwhelming with four kids. The shopping, the holiday events, the big holiday meal can be migraine inducing if I'm not careful. Whether you're a busy mom like me, or a busy grandparent, or just busy in general (aren't we all?!) this year, Amazon and Whole Foods Market are teaming up to help us all to step out of the rat race, and actually celebrate and enjoy the holiday season with the ones we love! How? Amazon Locker. It's that simple. Did you know that Amazon Locker is now conveniently located in nearly every Whole Foods Market store location? Whether you reside in an apartment building that doesn't allow for secure delivery of packages or you're a parent trying to keep the gifts a secret and the kids surprised, Amazon Locker is definitely the way to go this holiday season. I just started delivering to an Amazon Locker and I'm kinda' loving it! Amazon Locker allows for secure zero-hassle pick-ups and returns, and with four kids lets be real, we are always in need of something from Whole Foods! I can shop for groceries, pick up the gifts from an Amazon Locker, and be on my merry way. 

Whether you're already hip to the convenience of using Amazon Locker or you have yet to give an Amazon Locker a try, this week is definitely the week to deliver to an Amazon Locker in Whole Foods Store locations in Manhattan! Why, you ask?! Amazon is giving away free high-end surprise gifts!  Starting today (December 11th, 2018) through December 17th, 2018  EVERY Amazon customer who orders to and picks up from an Amazon Locker at a Whole Foods Market Manhattan store location will receive a FREE SURPRISE GIFT!  The free surprise gifts include some of this year's most popular items like, Bose SoundLink speakers, Sony wireless noise cancelling headphones, Amazon devices (including Kindle, Echo Dot, and Echo Smart Speaker,) and household items like the latest Oral-B electric toothbrush, gift cards and Whole Foods Market gift cards (*promotion limit of 1 free gift per customer.)

Now, what are you waiting for? Wrap up your shopping on Amazon, select an Amazon Locker location located inside a Manhattan Whole Foods Market, and pick up your order + free surprise gift + groceries for your holiday meal, all in one convenient stop!

Keep an eye out for more on my experience with Amazon Locker (and a really fun holiday surprise that I have planned for all of YOU, this weekend!)

Happy Shopping and Happy Holidays, friends!

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2 Turtle Doves Mini Embroidery Hoop Ornaments + Free Printable Template #ChristmasPriceIndex

This post is sponsored by PNC. All opinions expressed are my own.

"On the 2nd Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 2 Turtle Doves..." It's officially Day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas Song, friends! Celebrate by making these simple and beautiful 2 Turtle Doves Mini Embroidery Hoop Ornaments with the kids, using our new free printable template. 

If you love the Holiday season as much as I do, this 2 Turtle Doves Mini Embroidery Hoop Ornament Craft needs no further explanation! It's inspired by the iconic 12 Days of Christmas Song, of course! So many fond memories of belting out that song each year as a child, in carefree giddy anticipation of "the big day”! Oh, what I wouldn't give to have a bit of that childhood naivete back. Those 12 gifts? Super-duper expensive, folks! Really, have you ever stopped to guesstimate what 2 turtle doves cost? As an adult, I certainly have, and so have the folks at PNC. For 35 years, actually; officially dubbed The PNC Christmas Price Index ®.  Each year, PNC calculates the increase/decrease/sameness in the total current cost of each of the gifts presented in the 12 days of Christmas Song. 

Read on for the full supply list (ringing in at about $5) and for our easy step-by-step tutorial, to make your own 2 Turtle Doves Mini Embroidery Hoop Ornaments with the kids this holiday season!

"Giving Is Electric" - A Simple Act of Kindness Can Be Life-Changing!

Have you ever stopped to think about how something that may seem simple to one person, could be potentially life-changing to another? Honestly, I've thought allot about just that over recent months. When I watched "Giving is Electric" this afternoon, I cried. This is a simple act of kindness, from a brand that chose to care and a charitable organization that has made it their mission to invest in our youth. Yet this simple act of kindness can potentially change this very motivated and deserving young man's life, forever. The chain reaction of possibility that one simple act of goodness can set in motion, is just incredible to think about, isn't it?

Watch "Giving is Electric" : Cubs Charities® and SWAGTRON® team up to provide Cubs Scholar Sean Waight with a very special gift: reliable transportation to his internship, college and beyond. 

This story is absolute goodness. So glad that the Cubs Charities® Scholars Program and companies with heart, like SWAGTRON®, exist!


Let's all help to send some goodness out into our communities this holiday season and throughout the upcoming year.

Happy Holidays, friends!

One Savvy Mom!™ Top 2018 Holiday Gift Picks -Top Toys & Gifts For Kids + A Giveaway

This season truly is the most magical time of the year for children! There's nothing quiet like watching your little one light up in awe of the twinkling Christmas lights and the surprises around the Christmas Tree, is there? Oh, to be a kid! There are so many fun new toys that hit the stores this year. Have you heard of the Razor E Prime Electric Scooter? You guys, we've been having a blast zipping around on our Razor E Prime scooters! They are absolutely whisper quiet. You wouldn't even know that they are powered by a battery, that is, if you didn't catch a glimpse at just how fast they go! The Razor E Prime hits speeds of up to 15 miles per hour (on a fully charged battery) and it's super easy to start and brake with the convenient hand controls. So fun! Have a young artist in the house? The MagicPad allows you to draw /write on a clear surface and bring your art to life with beautiful glowing lights (8 different light effects/settings.)  I love, love, LOVE that the MagicPad allows kids to practice handwriting,practice spelling, and get creative on a reusable fun lighted surface that's both portable and screen-free. Because you all know how I feel about young kids and screens. Does the little girl in your life absolutely love American Girl? The 2018 American Girl of the year, Luciana Vega, inspires little girls to reach for the stars (literally!) as this year's  girl of the year is an aspiring astronaut! We absolutely adore the fun story-line for Luciana Vega, the 18" Doll (and book set,) and her extensive line of accessories and play sets that help young girls bring her story-line to life, through hands-on imaginative play.

Have you ever thought of giving a gift that literally keeps the fun going all year-round? How about annual / season passes to a local museum, zoo, or theme park? This year we've added a few fun ideas for "family experience" gifts to our list for kids. Such a fun way to keep the fun going, long after the holiday season has ended.

Read on for the full list of my Top 2018 Holiday Toys & Gifts For Kids picks, and enter to win a prize pack that includes 3 of my top picks!

One Savvy Mom!™ Top 2018 Holiday Gift Picks -Top Gifts For Her + A Giveaway

It's that time of year again! I'm so excited to share my top holiday gift picks "for her," today! Looking for some great gift ideas for the women in your life? Whether you're looking for a great gift for a friend, a wife, a sister, a mom, a grand mom (or perhaps gifts for all!) you're likely to find the perfect present on this year's list of top holiday gift picks "for her."

Read on for my Top 2018 Holiday Gift Picks "for her," and enter for your chance to win a prize pack that includes 2 of my top picks!

How To Donate To Toys For Tots Using Amazon's Alexa #DeliveringSmiles

This post is in partnership with Amazon. All opinions expressed are my own.

As a busy mom of 4, I know all too well how busy and hectic the holiday season can get! Before we head into the whirlwind that is the month of December, can we all pause to remember children in need of a little holiday cheer this season? Amazon is making it easier than ever for you to donate to Toys For Tots this year, with the help of Alexa. My favorite part about this charitable effort? Amazon is MATCHING customer donations throughout the end of the year - toy for toy - literally doubling customer contributions! What better way to maximize your efforts to give back this holiday season?!
To donate a toy (or many!) to Toys for Tots via Alexa, simply start by saying, "Alexa, donate to Toys for Tots."  Now, if you can, go have a little chat with Alexa! 

Happy Holidays, friends!