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If you’re considering giving delicious treats as holiday gifts this season, why not give Dancing Deer Baking Company a try? They offer a variety of kosher, scratch-baked treats in a wonderful array of gifting options. I received their Signature Two-Tier Holiday Cookie Tower as compensation for this post, however all opinions are 100% my own.
Dancing Deer Baking Company – Hand Crafted Goodness
Since 1994, Dancing Deer Baking Company has been hand crafting delicious gourmet baked goods including their famous delicious, scratch-baked brownies, cookies, and gourmet gift arrangements. All of their delicious baked nom noms are certified Kosher, scratch-baked in small batches, and hand packed. The company is made up of people who are passionate about food, nature, and community, so a Dancing Deer Baking Company gift basket is filled with delicious treats made with just as much love and attention as any other homemade treat.
There’s something else about them that I really love. They are focused on giving back to the community. Through their Sweet Home Project, they help homeless and at-risk families. And it’s no paltry amount, either. 35% of every purchase of their Sweet Home line is donated to One Family, Inc., an organization devoted to the advancement and betterment of homeless and at-risk families.
Gourmet Gifts Guaranteed to Wow
The Dancing Deer Baking Company 2014 holiday catalogue is out and it’s full of amazing culinary baked delights. Their catalogue features exciting new gift baskets, towers, tins, and boxed arrangements. Their featured gifts include a delicious mix of nom noms like Molasses Clove Cookie and “Americas Best” Chocolate Chunk Brownie. They also offer corporate gifts with beautiful touches like custom-printed ribbons, branded hang tags, and branded marketing materials. They also offer customized logo cookies and attractive tins.
A Few of the Great Gifts from Dancing Deer Baking Company
Classic Two-Tier Holiday Cookie Tower – $39.99
Another wonderful offering from Dancing Deer Baking Company, the premium gift tower is made of keepsake wooden boxes with grosgrain ribbon and includes over 50 cookies! Untie the ribbon and dig into Gingerbread Folk, Peppermint Trees, Espresso Chocolate Chip, Apple Pie Rounds, and Chocolate Sea Salt Stars.
This cookie tower is just as amazing as it sounds. We couldn’t believe our eyes when we opened it up. It was a nom nom explosion! The smell was amazing, and the cookies themselves were divine. We’ve been snacking on them for days, and it’s going to be a shame when they’re gone. The kids are already fighting over the Peppermint Trees now that the supply is running low! The Cookie Tower is my personal favorite for holiday gifting.
Deer Classics Gift Basket – $49.99
This elegant presentation of scrumptious treats will impress anyone. Its seagrass basket features 24 cookies: 8 Molasses Clove cookies, 8 Chocolate Chip, and 8 Orange cookies. It also comes with 4 Famous Chocolate Chunk brownies and 4 Peanut Butter brownies.
Holiday Favorites Gift Basket – $29.99
This gorgeous basket features a rich burgundy natural seagrass basket packed with 16 scratch-baked cookies and brownies. My favorites are the “America’s Best” Chocolate Chunk Brownies and the Snickerdoodle cookies.
Classic Christmas Bakery Gift Assortment – $38.99
This is a delicious option for a gourmet food gift this season. It features 8 signature Molasses Clove cookies as well as 12 Chocolate Sea Salt Stars and 3 hand-decorated Christmas Tree sugar cookies.
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Nintendo has long been a leader in family friendly games, and now they have two more wonderful offerings that are great for anyone in the family. Tomodachi Life and Animal Crossing: New Leaf are here for the Nintendo 3DS XL! We tested these games out with some of Hayley’s friends and they were a huge hit!
3DS XL – Family Friendly Fun
Before I get to what my daughter and her friends thoughts of these games, I thought I’d give you an overview of each of these great 3DS XL games. Both of these games are family friendly with no blood, gore, adult themes, or anything else that might lead to uncomfortable conversations before their time.
Platform: Nintendo 3DS, 3DS XL, and 2DS
Genre: Life Simulation
Players: One player. Online Sharing with StreetPass and SpotPass
Rating: E (Everyone) for Comic Mischief and Mild Fantasy Violince
Tomodachi Life is a wonderful life simulator using Mii characters and focusing on fun! In this game, friends, family, and even celebrities are transformed into Mii characters with their own unique personalities and are set to live on an island where anything can happen. Players can customize their characters’ lives and watch unpredictable events unfold as they rock out, eat doughnuts, navigate relationships, and more.
- Watch and take part in a rich world where unexpected things happen every day. Different areas on the island include shops, a concert hall, and an amusement park. Something new and unique can be found at each location on the island, so expect something new and excited every time you power up the game.
- Create Mii characters and customize the appearances, personalities, and voices
- There’s no end to the activities your Mii characters can participate in. Find out what they like by observing their reactions to the gifts, foods, and items you give them. There are also a variety of mini-games and life problems to solve for your Mii characters. Help them out and unlock new gift items for them.
- Create QR codes to save the appearance, personality, and voice settings of your characters.
- Share photos of the fun via your 3DS XL using the Nintendo 3DS Image Share Tool. Just tap either the X or Y button to take a screenshot of the top or bottom screen. Sharing your shots is easy with an in-game menu icon which lets you access your Nintendo Image Share quickly and easily.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Format: Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL
Genre: Community Simulation
Players: One to four players
Rating: E (Everyone) for Comic Mischief
Animal Crossing: New Leaf is the latest installment in the classic farming/community simulation series. This beloved game has finally made its much anticipated 3DS and 3DS XL debut and expands on the customized game play that it’s known so well for.
- Be the mayor of your very own town – a first for the series. Set town ordinances, public works projects, and build new buildings to make your townsfolk happier.
- One you are accustomed to your new duties, the previous mayor, Tortimer, will visit and tell you about the tropical island he lives on. It’s perfect for finding unique items and playing mini-games. Up to four people can play these games together. You can even dive in the ocean to catch underwater creatures!
- Customize your brains out! More customization options are available than ever. You can personalize your character’s clothes, house, change the look of furniture, and even create patterns to use on clothes, wallpaper, or carpets.
- Visit returning and new Animal Crossing characters as well as stores such as Shoe Shop Kicks, Club LOL, and the Shampoodle hair salon. At the Able Sisters’ Tailor you can turn custom designs into QR Codes to be shared with other players.
- Find a variety of collectibles that can be used to enhance your town museum or traded for other items.
- Play in real time. Even when your 3DS or 3DS XL is powered off, the town constantly evolves and changes. Certain items are only found at certain times of the day, and certain events only happen during special in-game holidays on the calendar. Every day is a surprise with Animal Crossing: New Leaf
A Child’s Take on These Great Titles
From the very beginning, my daughter and her friends loved both Tomodachi Life and Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Both of these games drew them in immediately. They spent hours on the customization screens of both games just tailoring her Miii in Tomodachi Life and her character in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. When they finally finished customizing her characters they dove in. The first game they tried was Tomodachi Life.
They loved the silly factor of Tomodachi Life. This game is the perfect life simulation for kids. It’s not as difficult as some other games in this genre, and it focuses more on fun rather than management. That’s great for a child my daughter’s age. She and her friends were free to participate in activities and find new foods and gifts to give to her character rather than focus so much on micro managing. That led to a wonderful game experience for her. I’ve never heard them laugh so much! I frequently heard things like, “Mommy, look what this one is doing!” accompanied by lots of giggles.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf was received just a well. They thoroughly enjoyed finding collectibles and seeing what happened while they was away. They played this one the most over the course of the next few days just because they couldn’t wait to see if anything had changed from the day before. They also loved the deep customization. The collectibles were fun, and building things were a nice diversion, but they was most interested in creating patterns for clothes and furniture. Whenever they acquired a new piece, it was back to at least a half hour of changing its look and patterns. They hardly ever looked up from the screen!
Overall, my daughter and her friends experience with these games was overwhelmingly positive. These are the kinds of games that prove that gaming isn’t just for boys. These games sucked Haley in as much as the boys. Maybe more. She was so excited to get her game on, I smiled just watching her. Nintendo really hit the mark with these great games available on the 2DS, 3DS, and 3DS XL. They’re perfect for boys and girls, and they’re full of fun without being full of violence. Check them out today!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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Can you believe the holidays are already here? It feels like just last year that I found out I was pregnant during the holidays and now we are embarking on our first holiday season as a family of five! We are already rocking Chanukah and next week, we will be celebrating Christmas. I love the holiday season, with all the great holiday recipes. Every year, we celebrate Chanukah at home but Christmas we go outside the home to celebrate. This is the first year I am entertaining for Christmas and boy am I excited!
I have everything basically lined up for our first Christmas meal in our household except for the dessert. I thought long and hard what to do for the dessert portion and then it dawned on me- We need Ice Cream! My kids and their cousins enjoy ice cream 24/7, 365 days a year. One of their favorites are NESTLÉ DRUMSTICKS®. It is absolutely ironic that growing up, around Hayley’s age, all I wanted from the Ice Cream Truck was DRUMSTICKS. Now my kids are begging for the same ice cream that I longed for as a little girl.
I decided I was going to scout out the Ice Cream aisle at Walmart and low and behold, I found NESTLÉ DRUMSTICK® Peppermint Cones. How awesome would these be after our Christmas dinner and throughout the winter season?! It allows you to enjoy the carefree summer taste of NÉSTLE® DRUMSTICK® sundae cones with a wintry bite of peppermint. What could be better?! I picked up the 8 pack of Peppermint Cones and headed home.
Of course, within one minute of bringing them home, I found a little 6 year old sneaking her ice cream in front of the house. I am fully accepting of them eating this delicious ice cream but it was 8 AM! She is a smart girl though! She picked the right ice cream. Who could blame her for wanting the totally delicious and new NESTLÉ DRUMSTICK® Peppermint Cones!
When I was giving these out for desserts to my family during the week, it dawned on me that it might be fun to “dress” my Peppermint cones up. Since we are having a celebration with kids on Christmas, I decided it would be fun to make Santa’s Helpers out of the NESTLÉ DRUMSTICK® Peppermint Cones. This would be a creative take on dessert and allow everyone who comes over for the celebration, to have some yummy fun.
Santa’s Helpers Ingredients:
-4 NESTLÉ DRUMSTICK® Peppermint Cones
-Candy eyeballs (Wilton makes these)
-White and Black frosting
-1 TBLS olive oil
1. Unwrap the NESTLÉ DRUMSTICK® Peppermint Cones and put on plate.
2. Take 9 TBLS of Red Sugar and mix with 1 TBLS of olive oil. This will make a thicker mix of sugar.
3. Coat the top of the cones with the red mixture of #2.
4. For the face, use candy eyeballs for the eyes (have them stick by using a dot size amount of white frosting underneath) and then paint with frosting, the mouth and nose.
5. Take a knife and make a very small slice across the top of the Ice Cream Cone. Place your Santa Hat in the slit and serve!
This is a really fun take on the traditional Ice Cream Cone. You can make these before and then place in the freezer until you are ready to use. Once the holiday dinner is done, take these Santa’s Helpers Ice Cream Cones out and Enjoy!
The NESTLÉ DRUMSTICK® Peppermint Cones offers a perfect dessert solution for the holidays. Not only are these cones delicious, but they are so easy to take out and serve. They will be sure to get you in the festive mood for the holidays!
What are some of your go to desserts for the holidays??
If you are like me, and you are still looking for gift ideas, don’t worry because I have a great one for you! As a dentist I would feel remiss not to mention the Oral-B Professional Care 3000 electric toothbrush before the holidays. Think about it, it’s the perfect gift for someone who has everything. As a general rule you are supposed to change your toothbrush every three to four months for the best hygiene. Believe me when I tell you that most people don’t even know this! That is why it is important to gift the Oral-B Professional Care 3000 electric. Chances are your gift recipient needs a new toothbrush anyways, and this is no ordinary toothbrush.
The Oral-B Professional Care 3000 electric toothbrush Cross Action bristles are designed to get deep in-between your teeth for a much better clean. Because the angle of the bristles gives teeth a precise cleaning, the result is a whiter, brighter smile. This toothbrush actually lets you know when it’s time to change the head because the color in bristle head indicator fades. I have seen a lot of patients through the years who have came in complaining of bleeding gums when they are just brushing too hard. I have heard this complaint since my Dental School Days. It is not good for your gums to brush too hard, and can cause early receding, so I love that with this toothbrush if you are brushing too hard the toothbrush will actually stop the pulsations to get proper pressure. Don’t forget that Gum health is as important as keeping your teeth clean when it comes to brushing. It is no more of a hassle than a regular toothbrush because the Oral-B Professional Care 3000 electric toothbrush has a re-chargeable battery that lasts for a couple of weeks before needing to be recharged by the smart plug charger that comes with it. You can forget about it and focus on your beautiful smile.
People don’t realize how important beautiful clean teeth are to enhance a smile and the way you look as a whole. Take celebrity photographs for example, the first thing you notice are the big, pearly white perfect smiles. A beautiful smile really makes a face! Electric toothbrushes are more effective for most people than manual ones simply because we don’t tend to use the proper motions and get into the tough spaces when we brush manually.
So why don’t you give someone a gift that they will enjoy all year round, a beautiful smile! You can get this gift for everyone on your list! The Oral-B Pro-Health 3000 at Target is the perfect gift to power holiday smiles! Target is a great destination to pick up the essentials for a beautiful smile this holiday season!
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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
** 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.**
A few more days and Christmas is here! If you are looking for that ultimate holiday gift, look no further than Best Buy. Right now, they have so many wonderful products including the Canon EOS Rebel T5i. This DSLR camera is totally awesome! Seriously, if you have family or friends that are into photography, you definitely want to check out this camera.
Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras to capture your holiday memories. With the Cannon EOS Rebel T5i, you know you are a getting a great camera at a fantastic price. The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best-selling DSLR that is available to purchase at Best Buy. This camera makes advanced photography easy and fun, and gives you exceptional image quality, along with a host of features to enhance your creative expression such as:
• Capture Hollywood caliber full HD video
• Continuous autofocus while taking HD video
• Features an 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor to ensure vivid, crystal-clear images.
• The 3″ vari-angle touch screen simplifies navigation.
I don’t know about you, but I would be so unbelievably happy to receive this amazing camera. I think anybody would?! You still have time to head to Best Buy and purchase this camera today. From now through 12/20, you can save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy. Visit Best Buy to learn more.