Welcome to our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! Can it possibly be the year is nearing an end and the holidays are right around the corner? It must be so, as we have an amazing holiday season so far. Again this year, Naturally Frugalicious has teamed up with Milk Wasted, previously known as the Slow Road to Insanity, to provide you with a rather wonderful roundup of gift ideas in our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. The great brands and talented artisans we have partnered with this year have helped us to create a fabulous holiday gift guide.
Throughout the upcoming weeks, we will be sharing our featured brands, artisans, shops and favorite gift guide items, in addition to a few really awesome giveaways, right in time for the holidays. So be sure to stay tuned.
Gifts for Him • Gifts for Her • Gifts for Teens • Gifts for Kids
Gifts for the Home • Gifts for the Kitchen
Geeky Gift Ideas • Gifts for Wine & Spirits Lovers
Mindful Gift Ideas• Gifts for Pets • Gifts of the Season
I mentioned last year, I am not much into April Fools’ Day, simply because I evidently don’t have much of a sense of humor. Actually, I do. But I appreciate intelligent humor. No potty humor for me. I don’t get it, nor do I get why so many other find bathroom humor *ahem* so hysterical. Maybe I was never a child? Who knows. But last year, when I saw this video on Facebook, I thought it was rather clever. And I have been waiting to share it ever since. This just may the best April Fools’ Day prank ever!
An Aquinas College professor has a policy that dictates, if a student’s phone rings during class they must answer it on speakerphone. So the students decided to take this policy and turn it into a prank. Against the professor.
As part of a prior arrangement, a friend was to call a female student’s cellphone during her class period on April Fools’ Day. As planned, the phone rings and the professor, good-naturedly, has her answer it… on speakerphone.
The teacher, visibly stunned and embarrassed for intruding on a call so private in nature, tells the student she might want to “shut that down.”
After the awkward call, the professor begins to publicly apologize. At which point the female student responds…
“Um, that’s OK. I’ve been expecting this and I already know what I’m going to name the baby,” she said. “The first name will be April and the middle name will be Fools.”
The classroom erupted in laughter as the embarrassed professor confessed how relieved he is and that this would be something he would forever treasure. Perfect guy to pull this prank on. It was well executed and very funny!
At the end of a long day, I really enjoy a glass of wine. As a gift, I enjoy receiving a nice bottle of wine or something wine related; great wine glasses, a decanter or fabulous gourmet cheeses for pairings. So with wine on my mind, I got to thinking about my lovely readers and how many of you might enjoy a wine centered giveaway. How does that sound? A Wine with Me Giveaway. Sounds about perfect to me.
Wine with Me Giveaway
Calling All Bloggers
If you blog about wine or enjoy wine, this fabulous blogger opp – with a unique, never seen before prize pack – just may be perfect for you and your blog! The Wine with Me Giveaway Prize Pack includes: a Black Menu Baggy Winecoat, 3 Disposable Beverage Bags for the Baggy Winecoat and a $100 gift card to Wine.com. If the total amount of sponsored host/co-host spots and giveaway links exceed $100, we will add another winner of a Wine.com gift card winner in an amount to be determined by the final sponsored amount.
With a prize pack this unique (and awesome), this giveaway promises to be very popular and we invite you to participate with us. With the commitment of each participating blogger to actively promote the Wine with Me Giveaway regularly for the duration of the event, you can expect both increased traffic to your blog as well as increased followers on your social media sites. Win/Win, right? Check out what we have to offer…
Please refer to the disclosure above for more information.
We live in a world ruled by technology. A world in which leaving home without our cellphones leaves us feeling naked and vulnerable, a world in which our children seem to be birthed with a tablet in their hands. I have had conversations with my younger sister about buying my early elementary age daughter a tablet for the holidays. Her argument was she is too young, mine was that they use these technologies in the classroom and to expect she shouldn’t use one would put her at a deficit. My role as mom is to ensure whatever decisions related to technology and my children not only entertains, but educates as well.
Let me introduce you to Bluebee Pals – a “new revolutionary interactive bluetooth enabled plush companion and learning tool” from Kayle Concepts. Designed around their E.E.C concept, to Entertain, Educate and Communicate with your child, Bluebee Pals are a huggable plush toy that sings, reads and answers phone calls. The advanced technology includes lip synchronization allowing the animal’s “mouth” to move while singing and reading your child’s favorite storybooks or learning apps/special needs learning apps. You can even surprise and entertain your friends and loved ones when your child uses their Bluebee Pal as a wireless speaker phone! Available 5 super soft and plush animal characters (Leo the Lion, Lily the Lamb, Winston the Puppy, Riley the Zebra and Sammy the Bear) there is sure to a Bluebee Pal your child will love.
Interactive Bluetooth Enabled Plush
Our Bluebee Pal, Riley the Zebra, just may be on the very top of my coolest toys ever list. My children, ages 4, 7,
11 and 42 and 11, are absolutely captivated by Riley. The first thing we did with him/her (Yes, there is an argument as to whether Riley is a boy or girl. Son says boy, daughters say girl.) was to connect Riley with Pandora and my children’s playlist. They absolutely loved hearing their favorite songs sung through Riley and heard through their Bluebee Pal’s speaker. I was impressed with the clarity, I must say. From there, we moved onto some of the children’s favorite educational apps, making them even more interactive and fun. In our home we set a limit on technology time, but I have to admit the first day we far exceeded that and I didn’t feel guilty about it one bit.
The bluetooth pairing process was fast and easy. Pairing allows you to connect the toy to a smart phone, tablet, laptop, or any other Bluetooth® enabled device. Once your Bluebee Pal is charged, simply have your Bluebee Pal and your device within 3 feet of one another, press the right ear of your pal and it will take it from there, letting you know with a beep when the pairing is successful.
- Comes embedded with Bluetooth®-enabled speaker
- Connects to any Apple® or Android® device with Bluetooth® capabilities (smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktops)
- Reads along with your child’s favorite storybooks, games and educational apps (iStoryTime, ABCMouse Apps, Cubicfrogapps and Tiggly Apps)
- Sings along with your child’s favorite music apps (iTunes, Pandora, Spotify and iHeartradio)
- Made from super soft plush fabric (are spot clean only)
- Can be used as a wireless hands free speakerphone
- Has a rechargeable battery
- Includes USB micro-charge cable included (adapter not included) and instructional manual