Operation Christmas Child: Collection Week Coming Up!

Operation Christmas Child

With National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child coming up in less than a couple week I wanted to share a video about how much these boxes touch the kids who receive them.

To learn more about Operation Christmas Child you can check out the Samaritan’s Purse website.

Walmart Gift Card Giveaway {And Christmas Sale Info}

Walmart Offers its Lowest Prices of the Season during the “BIG Christmas Event”

TOMORROW, DECEMBER 17TH

Christmas is almost here! Are you ready? According to the National Retail Federation, as of the second week in December, the average person has completed only 46.5 percent of their shopping. I would say I am only half done with mine. I still need stocking stuffers, Sinisa’s gifts and a few things for the boys. Then there’s still a couple family members to buy for. I better get to shopping!

Thankfully Walmart is holding the “BIG Christmas Event” geared specifically for the millions of last-minute shoppers. Starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, Walmart’s “BIG Christmas Event” will offer its lowest prices of the season on toys, games, electronics, bikes and more. In addition, Walmart.com is giving customers an extra day to shop online by extending its shipping deadlines. Walmart’s holiday shipping options not only ensure gifts arrive in time for Christmas, but they save people money!

Take a look at some of the great sales:

  • Vizio® 3D Blu-rayTM Player with Built-in WiFi – $98
  • Select Games for Xbox 360®, Nintendo® WiiTM, and PS3® Games – $39.96 each
  • Girls’ or boys’ 24” Power Climber Bike, Mongoose® 20” FSG or Outer Limit Bike $88 each
  • FurReal® Friends Cookie My Playful PupTM – $29
  • Barbie® Swim & DanceTM Doll or Strollin’ PupsTM Doll – $10 each
  • Axe® Excite Gift Set – $10
  • Nerf® Dart TagTM Swarmfire Blaster or Hot Wheels® Sky Jump TrackTM Set – $20 each
  • Happy Nappers TM The Perfect Play Pillow TM – $14.88

“No matter how late in the game you start your holiday shopping, we guarantee the best price,” said MacNaughton. “In addition to offering our lowest prices, if customers find a lower price in a local competitor’s ad for the same product – even after the purchase – Walmart will refund the difference with a Walmart gift card – that is our Christmas Price Guarantee.”

Extended Standard Shipping Deadline plus Free Shipping on Hundreds of Thousands of Items

Customers can now order products online until 11:30 p.m. PT on Dec. 20 and receive standard shipping to home with delivery in time for Christmas. Rush shipping to home is also available until 11:30 p.m. PT on Dec. 21.

Customers have even more ways to save on free shipping to home and stores through the following programs:

  • Home Free (now through 12/20 11:30 p.m. PT) – order online and receive free shipping to home on all purchases of $45 or more on Microsoft Xbox consoles, games and accessories, electronics, apparel, consumables and other seasonal items.
  • Site to Store (now through 12/20 11:30 p.m. PT) – order online and receive free shipping to a Walmart store
  • FedEx Site to Store (now through 12/20 11:30 p.m. PT) – order online and receive free shipping to participating FedEx Office locations.  This service in now available in more than 650 FedEx Office locations in NYC, Los Angeles, Washington DC, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Denver, Miami, Cincinnati and Columbus.
  • Pick Up Today (now through Dec. 23 11:30 p.m. PT) – order store items online for same day pick up at a Walmart store.

GIVEAWAY:

Walmart is offering a $25 gift card to one lucky reader.

{Use it to get that gift Santa Claus doesn’t bring you!}

MANDATORY ENTRY:

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Giveaway ends on January 10, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time.

(Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. Information came from press release but personal opinions are mine.)

Throw A Birthday Party For Jesus {10 Ideas}

This year for Christmas we will be staying home. The children will be getting Christmas gifts but we will also be celebrating Jesus’ birthday. I wanted to share 10 ideas for throwing a birthday party for Jesus:

1) Along with “Happy Birthday Jesus” you can sing Christmas Carols like “Joy To The World” and “Away In A Manger”

2) Bake Him a birthday cake (find a cake recipe with symbolism here)

3) Have your children make a birthday card for Jesus

4) No birthday party is complete without gifts. Look through a gift catalog, like World Vision’s, that gives gifts to those in need and choose a gift to give.

5) Have everyone wear birthday “cone” hats (find a printable here)

6) Make birthday party decorations by creating paper chains with all the names of Jesus on them

{click to be taken to Spell Outloud blog for directions on making this paper chain}

7) Make a CHRISTmas craft (I have ideas here)

8) Bake cookies together and package them to give to friends.

9) Read about Jesus’ birth to focus on the reason you are celebrating.

10) Invite friends. If you do it on a day other than Christmas you can make it a true birthday party by inviting your friends to celebrate with you.

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This post is linked up at Oh Amanda

Truth In The Tinsel- 20% Off Today Only {And A Special 12 Days Plan}

If you have been following my blog you know that we have been doing an Advent ornament a day using the Truth In The Tinsel: An Advent Experience For Little Hands book as a guide. If you were bummed that you missed your chance to join in I have good news… it’s not too late!!!

Amanda is offering 20% off Truth In The Tinsel TODAY ONLY! You will also get a modified Advent plan so that you can go through the whole thing in 12 days. This book is amazing and it’s been really helpful in providing an outline of what to talk about and do to teach my three year old about the Christmas story.

I really recommend getting this book if you haven’t already. You can read my review here or purchase it on sale here. Use code 12DAYS to get 20% off (which is $1) the ebook. The sale ends midnight ET.

iCaughtSanta Quick Giveaway {5 Winners!}

Imagine the look of wonder and surprise when a child receives a photo of Santa caught in the act in his or her very own home. iCaughtSanta.com is a unique website that helps visitors create those memorable keepsake photos. In three simple steps anyone can upload a holiday photo, add Santa Claus and print it as proof… or share it via email, Facebook and Twitter.

GIVEAWAY:

5 readers will win a gift code to create their own iCaughtSanta photo

HOW TO ENTER:

Leave a comment telling me who you would give this photo to if you win.

EARN AN EXTRA ENTRY:

Optional: Share this giveaway on a social network

Giveaway ends December 19, 2011 at 11:59pm Central time. Winners will receive codes in time for Christmas.

(Disclosure: I received a code to use the product myself but all thoughts are my own.)

10 Stocking Stuffer Ideas For Preschoolers

Stumped on what to put in your preschoolers stocking? Here are 10 ideas:

1) Candy (the obvious one)

2) Crafty Items (collage materials, crayons, stickers)

3) Toiletries (bath bubbles, toothbrush with their favorite character)

4) Undergarments (character underwear, socks)

5) Dress up jewelry

6) Cars and trains

7) Snacks (fruit snacks, chocolate chip granola bars)

8) Books

9) DVD collection of their favorite TV show

10) Small games (card games, handheld games)

What are you putting in your children’s stockings? I’d love to hear your ideas!