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Everything is Awesome in the SKIT! Animated Video App

Note: SKIT is providing the giveaway prize, which I will also receive. I was not compensated monetarily for this post. All opinions are honest and my own.

I adore toys and games that encourage creativity, so when I heard about SKIT! I knew we had to give it a try.

SKIT! is an app created by Storytime Studios. Their mission? “With SKIT! anyone can be creative…together!”

SKIT! is a mobile app for creating and sharing animated video messages with the community. You can create fun animated videos for free using your vibrant photos and decorating it with stickers, crazy outfits, filters and more. You get to animate your stories and memes, and you can share them with the online community.

I was already impressed by the concept of SKIT! and then I found out that they have just released Emmet, Batman, Wildstyle, Unikitty, and dozens of The LEGO Movie characters  as part of the app. You can also use CloudCookoo Land, Wild West, Bob’s Kabob Truck  and 20 plus other backgrounds: SKIT! is partnering with Warner Brothers to put LEGO Movie assets into the hands of fans to allow for story-telling, play and creative expression.

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Check out one of the videos I found in the online SKIT! community – it totally cracked me up.

SKIT! allows you to remix stories and create something completely new and amusing with just few clicks. You can get this free animated story telling app from App Store on iTunes, or fromGoogle Play Store. It is also available at Amazon app store.

Here’s how to use the app:

  • Download SKIT! on your tablet or Smartphone device through the iTunes App StoreGoogle Play, or Amazon
  • Get creative and select backgrounds, characters and props for story telling
  • Import your own photos (or ones from the internet) by tapping the + on the screen and then select from your photo library
  • Personalize and change photos using icons from the left toolbar to crop, add text, draw & incorporate props
  • Continue to add as many characters, photos, props, etc. as you wish
  • Make it rain or snow, create a dream sequence with our camera filters, or even play (safely) with fire!
  • Now it’s time to use your voice. Tap the record button. When you hear the word Go, use your fingers to move the characters around on the screen as you narrate the story to bring your characters to life
  • Press play to preview your SKIT!
  • Press share and send your skit privately to friends or share it with the entire SKIT! Community.

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To celebrate their fun LEGO elements, SKIT! is letting me host a giveaway for the LEGO movie on Blu-Ray/DVD! One of you will ! This giveaway is open to all US residents age 18+ and will end at 11:59pm Central on July 17.

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$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway {Facebook Blast}

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Makobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon Facebook blast where one lucky reader will win a $100 Amazon gift card. The giveaway is open to everyone and provided by Makobi Scribe along with myself and some other great bloggers. I’ll be sharing a new $100 gift card giveaway each week through June & July, so be sure and check back to participate in each one!

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Have fun & good luck!

If you are a blogger, you can participate in future Amazon Blasts – sign up here.

High Style is Accessible with DHP Furniture {Giveaway}

Note: We received a gorgeous Leighton futon from DHP Furniture to facilitate our review. I was not compensated monetarily for this post and all opinions are honest and my own.

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Brian and I have been looking for furniture to go along the wall pictured above for a while now. It’s in our kids’ play area, which opens up to the living room and to the kitchen, so we needed a piece that was both functional and stylish. We decided a couch would be perfect, so we could sit and watch the kids play, or read with them, or they could relax on the couch and chat with us while we made dinner.

We were so thrilled to find this Leighton futon. Yes, you read that right – this is a futon. It’s not the futon you know and hate love from the nineties. No, friends, this is sleek and sturdy and looks like it came from a high-end furniture store.

love this piece of furniture. It seats a ton of people, it’s comfortable, the grey linen fabric is gorgeous, it folds out for sleeping, and… it has storage. It’s really the perfect piece for our family.

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You can find the Leighton at Target.com – it retails for $374.99. I looked online for comparison and found several other similar gray sofas that retail for anywhere from $749 – $1349 and upward, and those aren’t multifunctional like our futon is.

DHP Furniture has a huge variety of pieces – there are several other futons I love, like the Zoe:

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or the Metro:

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They have kids’ furniture too – there are several beds I’m eyeing for E when she gets old enough! And they’ve got great pieces like benches and ottomans that have storage while providing pops of color or pattern to really make your room something special.

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Speaking of something special, one of you will win something special for yourself – a Sola Storage futon, storage bench with trellis pattern, or a blue & white patterned storage ottoman from DHP Furniture! This giveaway is open to all US residents age 18+ and will end at 11:59pm Central on June 24.

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$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway {Twitter Blast}

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Makobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon Twitter blast where one lucky reader will win a $100 Amazon gift card. The giveaway is open to everyone and provided by Makobi Scribe along with myself and some other great bloggers. I’ll be sharing a new $100 gift card giveaway each week through June & July, so be sure and check back to participate in each one!

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Have fun & good luck!

If you are a blogger, you can participate in future Amazon Blasts – sign up here.

$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway {Instagram Blast}

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Makobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon Instagram blast where one lucky reader will win a $100 Amazon gift card. The giveaway is open to everyone and provided by Makobi Scribe along with myself and some other great bloggers. I’ll be sharing a new $100 gift card giveaway each week through June & July, so be sure and check back to participate in each one!

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Have fun & good luck!

If you are a blogger, you can participate in future Amazon Blasts – sign up here.

KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway!!

KitchenAidMixerOne of the very best parts of blogging has been meeting amazing women in the blogging community. I’m thrilled to be partnering with nine other bloggers to host an awesome giveaway for one of my very favorite kitchen items – a KitchenAid mixer.

I can’t tell you how much use mine has gotten over the years! Here’s one of my favorite recipes to make with my KitchenAid – a crispy almond meringue layer cake. SOO good, and so easy with the help of the KitchenAid Mixer. We want to hear what you’d make if you win the mixer, so comment on this post and enter via the Rafflecopter below. And be sure and check out the blogs for the other hosts, too!

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One winner will receive a Classic KitchenAid mixer, ARV $269.99! This giveaway is open to all U.S. residents age 18+.

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Share the Joy of Beneful with Your Four-Legged Friends! {Giveaway}

Note: Beneful provided me with product samples, and with the opportunity to host this giveaway. I was not compensated monetarily for this post. All opinions are honest and are my own.

Our Lab/Golden Retriever mix, Sally, is huge – especially compared to our three kids, each of whom she greatly outweighs – but she is incredibly sweet and patient, loyal and loving.

When one of the kids goes to time out, Sally is always right there to keep them company and give them plenty of kisses. Lately she and baby E have been teaming up to provide time out company!

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Sally was tiny when we got her. Totally soft and snuggly, and content to lay around in our laps.

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The boys wanted to name her Lightning McQueen, but we were (thankfully!) able to shift their preference over to Sally, and now we often call her Sal, or Sally O’Malley – or Woof Woof, if baby E is the one doing the talking.

She’s full of energy and is all over the place, but you’ll very rarely find her alone. She wants to be with us, and it makes sense, because she is part of our family.

With Sally being such an important part of our lives, it only makes sense that we want to give her the very best.

Beneful provides delicious and healthy food for dogs. In a recent survey by Beneful, they found that nearly half of the dog owners surveyed (46 percent) say their dogs get bored eating the same food every day and 89% agree that their dogs’ nutrition is as important to them as their own. It only makes sense, then, to choose food and treats for your dog that she can enjoy.

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Beneful has a wide variety of flavors and options, with high-quality ingredients your four-legged family member will love.

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Sally was really excited about the Beneful treats I gave her last night – she could hardly even wait for me to open the package:

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The Stars treats are packed full of bacon and cheese, so I can imagine why she was extra eager! Being the good girl that she is, she (semi-) patiently waited.

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Update: I’ve compiled an album on the Frugal Novice Facebook page of all the adorable dog photos that have been submitted! Click here to check them out, and don’t forget to send me a pic of your pup that would love to win Beneful food & treats! 

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I’m thrilled to be able to offer a pretty amazing giveaway thanks to Beneful – one lucky winner will receive ONE WHOLE YEAR’s supply of Beneful brand wet & dry dog food and treats! This giveaway is open to all US residents aged 18+. Entries will be accepted until the end of the day (midnight Central) Wednesday, May 14. By entering this giveaway you agree to the Official Rules. Just enter via the Rafflecopter below!

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Magic Castle Bounce House by Blast Zone: Review and Giveaway!

Note: We received a bounce house to facilitate our review. We were not compensated monetarily for this post. All opinions are honest and are our own.

Whenever our kids go to a birthday party, they’re always thrilled if there’s a bounce house. Our oldest is 6 and our youngest is 18 months old, but they all three equally have a blast jumping in them – it’s really the perfect entertainment option for parties, and both of our older kids have asked to have bounce houses at their parties before.

You can imagine their utter delight, then, when we surprised them with our very own Magic Castle bounce house! They ran right to it and got to jumping. It’s a perfect size for our kids – all three were easily jumping at the same time and it was plenty of space. You’ll notice in the photos below that we set it up inside – we’re in a new-construction house that doesn’t have a yard installed yet, so our outdoor space isn’t ideal for playing. That’s okay, though, because the Magic Castle fit great inside our play area.

Here are some shots of the bounce house before we inflated it, as it was inflating, and once it was complete – and it only took ONE MINUTE to set it up, which we were completely impressed with. We just plugged in the blower (the yellow unit you’ll see in the left of the first photo), secured the bounce house tube to the blower, tied off the additional tube (the yellow piece you see on the left of the photo about 2/3 of the way from the top), and flipped the switch.

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Here you can see the boys – a blur – jumping in the house. Our oldest son is about 4 feet tall, if you’d like some perspective on how tall the sides are compared to the kids.

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The quality of the material is what you’d expect in a commercial-grade inflatable. It’s sturdy vinyl and the house held up really well to all our kids’ antics. They thought wrestling in the Magic Castle was a lot of fun, and we love it because it’s a nice soft surface for them to roughhouse on. You can see in the photo above that there’s a good amount of space around them.

We let their little sister get in with them, and she loved it just as much as they did! We  love the velcro enclosure on the entrance to the Magic Castle, because we knew none of the kids (especially our youngest) could just slip out of the entrance.

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The kids’ aunt and uncle even took turns getting in the bounce house with them, and although it’s not big enough for adults to jump in, it held up perfectly well to them sitting in side along with the kids jumping.

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This is one of Blast Zone’s most popular inflatables, and we can definitely see why. Here’s their description of the Magic Castle:

The Magic Castle is our most popular bounce house! This bigger, improved version of the classic Blast Zone castle blows up in seconds, and easily holds 3 kids or 300 pounds of little party-hoppers! The “Safe Slope” Slide provides safe, easy access, and the surrounding netting and Hook-and-loop fastener entrance will keep kids safe while they bounce and have a blast! The extra-durable commercial vinyl floor, and reinforced seams add extra bouncing life. The Magic Castle is an ideal bounce house for backyards, indoors, sleepovers and more. The UL-Approved blower supplies air continuously to the unit, while kids play safely on a pillow of air. The Magic Castle is designed with extra high walls and netting, reaching a full 60″ from the bounce platform! Kids are safely enclosed at all times, yet the spires are low enough to clear standard ceilings. Every little prince or princess loves bouncing around in his or her own bouncy castle. The Magic Castle by Blast Zone is so easy to set up that mom, dad, grandma, or grandpa can set it up in seconds, whenever they want to play. And the Magic Castle bounce house can fit in areas small and large alike. The Magic Castle is tall enough to keep kids playing safely, but low enough to be used in most indoor areas.

If you rent a bounce house, you’re looking at spending $60-$100 per rental – that can add up FAST. The Magic Castle is less than $300 on Amazon, so you get MUCH more value for your money. In the two weeks we’ve owned the bounce house, we’ve used it on 6 different days, and multiple times on some of those days! We know we’ll get a lot of use out of it year-round (just think about snow days, parents! No more wondering how to keep your kids from going stir-crazy… you can just blow up the Magic Castle and let them get all of their energy 0ut!).

Because I am such a big fan of the Magic Castle (and, let’s be honest, still geeking out a little that we own our own bounce house!!!) I am especially thrilled that I get to host a giveaway so one of you can have one of your own, too! Just enter via the Rafflecopter below. Good luck, everyone!!

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The NewAir Beverage Cooler is a Party Day – and Every Day – Must-Have! {Giveaway}

Note: We received a beverage cooler to facilitate our review. I was not compensated monetarily for this post. All opinions are honest and are my own.

With five people in our house, our refrigerator ends up very full each week in preparation for all the meals to come. With three kids who are running around all over the place, it is a very common occurrence to have them asking for drinks pretty constantly. We’ve never been able to really have enough cold drinks on hand in the past. We stick a few in the fridge and the rest in the pantry until we have room for more. I’ve told Brian for a long time that I wish we had another refrigerator just for drinks – and now we do!

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The NewAir AB-1200 beverage cooler is the perfect solution for our drink storage problems – it houses 126 cans, which is a lot of drinks even for our thirsty kiddos! It’s also seriously a gorgeous appliance with a sleek stainless frame around the glass door. The LED light (which you can turn on and off) provides a cool, blue-hued light that is really sleek looking. We decided to put ours in Brian’s man cave, since that’s a place we all hang out quite a bit, but this would look amazing housed underneath a counter in a kitchen, too.

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When we first got the beverage cooler we stocked it with bottled water, but we’re planning on having a large assortment of drink options for the various company we have over. It will be so great for our next party to have plenty of cold drinks on hand!

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I’m very impressed with the beverage cooler and know we will get a ton of use out of it. You could also easily use this to hold veggie or fruit trays or other items to keep cold for a party – it’s versatile and has a great amount of interior space for its size. I think it’s the total package – it looks high-end and would fit in well in virtually any space, whether it’s at home or in a commercial setting. But beyond that, it functions really efficiently, too. Some features of the cooler include:

  • Holds up to 126 cans of beer or soda
  • 5 removable chrome racks plus a spacious storage bin
  • Cools down to 34 degrees for perfectly frosty drinks
  • Manual controls with 7 temperature settings
  • Black and stainless steel exterior complements home décor

If you’re like us, I’m sure you can think of many ways the NewAir beverage cooler would be awesome to use… and you’d really better get to thinking about where you’d want to put it, because one of you will win your very own cooler!

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One lucky winner will receive the NewAir AB-1200 Beverage Cooler (ARV $300.00)! This giveaway is open to all US residents aged 18+. Entries will be accepted until the end of the day (midnight Central) Wednesday, March 19. By entering this giveaway you agree to the Official Rules.

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Mandatory Entry: Comment on this post telling me what your favorite aspect about the beverage cooler is.

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Outback’s $9.99 Steak Plates Mean Any Night can be Steak Night! {Giveaway}

Note: We received an Outback gift card to facilitate our review. All opinions in this post are honest and are entirely our own.

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I love eating at Outback Steakhouse for their Bloomin’ Onion alone, but of course their steaks – and other offerings – are always delicious, too. Our whole family loves the bread, even baby E:

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We’ve always thought of Outback as kind of a “special occasion” type restaurant, but now they’re offering $9.99 steak dinners, which meant that we made Monday night a steak night. And really, if any night of the week deserves a steak, isn’t it Monday? We just had a hard time choosing which kind of steak we wanted to get.

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Here’s a little more about each of the choices listed in the photo above:

 

  •  Bloomin’ Sirloin – topped with crispy Bloomin’ Onion petals, a down under favorite
  •  Parmesan Crusted Sirloin – rich and juicy, coated with a Parmesan and herb crust
  •  Sirloin with Wild Mushroom Sauces – a mushroom lover’s dream, with a rich, creamy mushroom sauce drizzled atop
  • Sirloin Diablo – let your taste buds go bold with our spicy Diablo Sauce atop a piping hot sirloin
  • Blue Cheese Sirloin – topped with a mouth-watering, creamy blue cheese crust

Brian ended up going with the Sirloin Diablo, because he always gravitates toward spicy food. It was really good (you know I had to sample it too, right?) – doesn’t it look delicious?

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I went with the Blue Cheese Sirloin, because I loooove blue cheese, especially with beef. I was able to substitute mashed potatoes for the fries at no extra cost:

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These were great, filling meals that really felt like a treat, but were totally affordable (perfect for Valentine’s Day coming up, right?). And if you subscribe to receive Outback’s emails, you’ll often get coupons for free Bloomin’ Onions, which we happened to get this weekend, so we really indulged!

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So, if you want a meal that feels like a total splurge but doesn’t wreck your wallet, check out Outback’s $9.99 steak plates. I’m so excited about this, I’m even going to basically GIVE one of you a free steak dinner (thanks to Outback!):

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One lucky winner will receive a $10 gift card to Outback Steakhouse. Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I’m making this a short giveaway so the winner can use this card toward a nice date night out! This giveaway is open to all US residents aged 18+. Entries will be accepted until the end of the day (midnight Central) Tuesday, February 11. By entering this giveaway you agree to the Official Rules.

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Mandatory Entry: Comment on this post letting me know which steak you’ll try next time you go to Outback Steakhouse!

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Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces {Giveaway}

Note: We received samples of the Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces and a Crock Pot to facilitate our review. I was not compensated monetarily for this post. All opinions are honest and are my own.

I, like many moms, am a HUGE fan of using the slow cooker to prepare meals. I work full-time, and am often pretty tired when we get home in the afternoon. It’s always amazing to walk in the door and smell a delicious dinner just waiting for you.

Campbell’s new Slow Cooker Sauces make it even easier; you can have a warm, delicious dinner on the table with as little as 5 minutes of prep time! It’s as easy as placing 2-3 lbs. of meat in your slow cooker and pouring over the sauce packet!

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We tried the Sweet Korean BBQ sauce for dinner the other night. All I needed was a roast, the sauce, and my trusty Crock Pot slow cooker.

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It really was as simple as putting the roast in the Crock Pot, pouring the sauce over it, and setting the timer.

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That night when we got home, all we had to do was make rice to go with our meat. I used two forks to shred the meat, which was really easy since it was so tender.

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I’m really excited to try the other sauce flavors – it’s an easy way to impart some variety into our meal rotation! The full line of flavors are:

  •  Tavern Style Pot Roast with Mushrooms and Roasted Garlic
  •  Sweet Korean BBQ with Roasted Ginger and Sesame
  •  Apple Bourbon BBQ with Bell Peppers and Brown Sugar
  • Hawaiian Luau with Pineapple, Mango and Bell Peppers
  • Mexican Red Chile Taco with Garlic and Sweet Peppers
  • Moroccan Spiced Stew with Green Olives and Lemon

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Are you as excited about trying these sauces as I was? Well, prepare to get even more excited… one of YOU will win your own set of sauces and a programmable 6-quart Crock Pot slow cooker! This giveaway is open to all US residents aged 18+. Entries will be accepted until the end of the day (midnight Central) Tuesday, February 18. By entering this giveaway you agree to the Official Rules.

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Mandatory Entry: Comment on this post letting me know which sauce flavor you’re most excited to try.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2013: I See Me Personalized Books & Gifts {Giveaway}

Note: We received two I See Me Books. We were not compensated monetarily for this post. All opinions are honest and are our own.
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It can be difficult coming up with unique gift ideas for the kids in your life, but personalized items are a fun and definitely a special option. I See Me is a wonderful site that’s filled with all sorts of items for personalization, like puzzles, books, placemats and lunch boxes. Since our boys both really like books a lot, we chose to try out personalized books.

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I’ve actually gotten a personalized book for J before in the past from another site, and I wasn’t impressed with the illustrations at all. The I See Me books are amazing. The illustrations are bright, cheerful and professional, and they integrate your child’s name in really fun ways to the various pages. You even get to include a special dedication message at the front of the book, so the recipient will have another personalized touch.

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And of course, don’t forget to enter the giveaway below – one winner will receive their choice of personalized puzzle, My Very Merry Christmas Board Book, personalized lunch box or 1-2-3 Blast Off With Me personalized book!

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