Monday, November 28, 2016

Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments Review & Giveaway!

Disclosure: I received these ornaments for my family from Hallmark to review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are 100% my own and honest. 

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is my favorite holiday and I love everything about the season, especially the music and the decorations. I am one of those people that would put up the Christmas tree right after Halloween, but my husband is a Thanksgiving purist so I grudgingly wait until the day after Thanksgiving to put up all of our decorations. Grace and Connor love decorating just as much as I do and they are always excited to add an ornament to our collection every year. Taking them to Hallmark to pick out their favorite ornament has turned into one of our favorite traditions. They always have a tough time picking just one because there are so many amazing choices but this year they were thrilled when Hallmark sent us a selection of Keepsake ornaments that includes some of our favorite characters!

Connor is pretty much obsessed with all things Star Wars and he was excited to find the Hans Solo The Force Awakens ornament.  This ornament is a must have for Star Wars fans! Unlike many character ornaments, this Keepsake Ornament is sturdy, Connor has used it many times as a toy. It's still looking great after many "fights" with his Darth Vader and Stormtrooper Itty Bittys.

Both kids were excited to see Dory swim onto our tree. From one of our favorite movies this year, Finding Dory, this Dory Keepsake Ornament is bright and cheery! With the push of a button, you can hear some of the famous lines from the film. The kids love pushing the button over and over to hear some of their favorite Finding Dory quotes. I love that Hallmark includes the batteries for this ornament in the box, just make sure to keep these batteries away from small children.

Grace squealed when I pulled this ornament out of the box and I honestly can't blame her. This Disney Frozen Anna and Elsa Build a Snowman Musical Ornament is precious. With beautifully crafted figures and gorgeous sparkles, this ornament is sure to be a hit with every girl (like Grace) who has been singing "Let It Go" non stop. Again, the batteries are included for this ornament and as soon as I pushed the button, Grace started singing and dancing along with the song "Do You Want To Build a Snowman?" The sound quality is great and I can't count the number of times the kids have pushed the button to dance along. Fair warning to parents, if you get this ornament, you will hear this song over and over. Grace adores it and it is a cute addition to our tree.

Hallmark offers so many beautiful and fun Keepsake Ornaments that everyone in your family is sure to find one that they love. Connor wants to get more to add to his Star Wars collection, Grace thinks she needs all of the Disney Princesses, and I obviously have to have the Harry Potter collection! There are over 400 new Keepsakes available this year at your local Hallmark Gold Crown store or Hallmark.com.

Giveaway
Hallmark has generously offered to give one lucky Moments That Take My Breath Away Reader a set of these Keepsake Ornaments (Hans Solo, Finding Dory, and Frozen). 

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Connor's 4 Year Interview

Connor turned 4 last week and I can't believe it! He's transformed from rowdy toddler to hilarious, rambunctious little boy. He is always moving and keeping us on our toes. He loves to joke and make people laugh. He is about the pickiest eater ever but loves anything that includes bacon. Mike got him to eat a hamburger for the first time last month by having him help put tons of bacon pieces into it. He devoured the entire thing. He loves superheroes, Star Wars, LEGOs and sports. Soccer is a huge hit and he really wants to take "Ninja Lessons" as he calls them so we will be starting martial arts soon. He adores preschool and easily makes friends. He and Grace and amazing friends and love to play with each other. But he is speaking his mind more now so there are more fights than ever.  He went from barely talking at all this year to speaking in full sentences easily. His parents as teachers educator was amazed by his transformation, he has changed so much this year!
I love reading the answers to previous years birthday interviews and I'm excited to report that he answered every one of these questions with no assistance. I added a few notes in the parenthesis but otherwise this is all him. He's obviously obsessed with LEGOs, his cousin Kaden, and bacon. 
How old are you? Four


What makes you happy? I don't know, my cousins, toys


What is your favorite toy? LEGOs


What is your favorite stuffed animal? Max from Secret Life of Pets


What is your favorite real animal? Dogs


What is your favorite thing to sleep with? Max


What is your favorite color? Lots of them. Blue


What is your favorite fruit? Babycakes (word for pancakes, he doesn't like fruit) I don't like carrots or apples, I only like different food


What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Babycakes and bacon


What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Bacon


What do you want to eat for your birthday dinner? Chick-fil-a and Teds and Ginger Sues


What is your favorite drink? Milk and Apple Juice


What is your favorite dessert? Chocolate Cake


What is a food that makes you want to puke? Vegetables yuck


What is your favorite thing to do? Build LEGOs and play soccer


What is your favorite TV show? Ninjago and Superheroes and LEGO Star Wars 


What is your favorite movie? Mulan and Toy Story


What are you really good at? Soccer


What is your favorite song? Ninja Turtles Song


Who is the Coolest Person on Earth? Jesus (love that answer)


What do you and your mom do together? Snuggle and build LEGOs 


What do you and your dad do together? Build LEGOs and fight and joust (they got new foam swords at the Renaissance festival)

When you were little, what did you do? Cry


If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? Kaden's house


What do you think your parents are too strict about? Going to Kaden's house by myself (can you tell he loves Kaden?)


Who is your best friend? Kaden


What are some of your favorite words to say? Pwnd and Boom Shakalaka (I don't know, I blame Mike)


What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play ball


What is your favorite book? LEGOs and Superheroes

What do you want to be when you grow up? Falcon (most of the time he tells me a fireman)


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