Amazon: Kids DVDs for under $5!

Posted by on Jan 3, 2013

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Amazon currently has some children’s DVDs for under $5:

Catch Proof of Santa!

Posted by on Dec 22, 2012

Imagine the look of wonder and surprise when a child receives a photo of Santa and Rudolph caught in the act in his or her very own home. 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 or Rudolph and print it as proof… or share it via Facebook and Twitter. Last-minute shoppers can purchase Gift Cards and eGift Certificates for loved ones with children, making a great gift idea even if you don’t have kids yourself.

And for even more holiday magic, is giving away 2 iPads! No purchase necessary. Enter here:

Our readers get 25% off your entire order at Use the following Promo Code at checkout SANTA2012 to instantly save: #icaughtsanta

My personal experience:

For the last few years I’ve been providing my children with proof that Santa really visited our house. They love it! It’s become such a fun tradition. They always scour the tree Christmas morning (because that’s where Santa leaves it at our house) to find it. It would also be lots of fun to “set up” your camera before bed to see if you can catch him during the night. makes it incredibly easy. You just need to upload a picture from your house and choose your Santa. Then you can size him and move him to fit perfectly in the picture. Then all you have to do is either print out the picture or what I do is do it a day or two early (like today!) and send it online to Walgreens’ or Walmart’s one-hour photo (for less than $1) and pick up my print. Love it!

Free Personalized Phone Call from Santa, a Tracker, and much more

Posted by on Dec 20, 2012

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Make sure to check out Google’s Santa Tracker. Right now it’s a countdown until Santa leaves. And you can scroll through the little village and find personalized phone calls from Santa, games, peeks into how things run at the North Pole, and more. And then in a few days when Santa takes off for his annual flight it will track him on his journey using Google Maps. Way cute!

(Thanks Michelle from Enjoy Utah!)

Mega Bloks Smurfs Advent Calendar just $9.99

Posted by on Dec 7, 2012

Amazon has a cute Mega Bloks Smurfs Advent Calendar for only $9.99.
Remember that Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

Plus, get FREE shipping with Amazon Student, or Amazon Prime, or Super Saver Shipping (when you spend $25).

Heber Valley Railroad’s North Pole Express Coupon Code!

Posted by on Dec 7, 2012

I recently had the opportunity to take my family on Heber Valley Railroad’s North Pole Express. I must say it was the perfect way to kick off the holiday season!

We arrived about 45 minutes prior to our departure time (they recommend you arrive at least 30 minutes early). It took just a couple minutes to get our tickets from will call. My kids were filled with anticipation once they saw the trains. (TIP: Make sure to use the restrooms at the depot. There are none on the train and the ride is about 1½ hours round trip.)

We boarded the train and quickly found seats. (TIP: Most of the seat backs are reversible. We started out all facing one way, but on the advice from a fellow passenger we were able to move the back of the seat so that we were all facing each other. So much better! It was much easier to share the experience as a family this way.) The train departed and quickly after our train car “host” was reading Christmas stories, asking passengers where they were from, and everyone had the chance to read & hear some Christmas jokes (my 5-year old daughter has not stopped repeating a couple of them). Elves very cheerily passed out hot chocolate and chocolate chip cookies that were simply divine! And soon after Mrs. Claus came through the train car handing out her cookie recipe and talking to the kids & letting them get their picture taken with her.

About 45 minutes into the trip the kids got really excited to see none other than Santa through the window! He was all lit up surrounded by Christmas trees. It was very magical. A few minutes later the excitement in the car reached a peak as Santa boarded. And he was perfect! He stopped and talked to each child and doled out plenty of hugs! There was ample opportunity for pictures and each child (and adult) received their own Christmas bell.

On the way back the entire car sang Christmas carols. The elves were great at being interactive and getting all the kids involved. My 3 year old daughter was chosen to hold a large card with the #3 and picture of hen on it during the singing of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Now every time she hears that part of the song playing anywhere else she excitedly tells me that was her part! My 5-year old is completely convinced that we went to the “real North Pole even though there wasn’t any snow”.

This was such a wonderful experience for us. Everyone at the Heber Valley Railroad was incredibly nice and they really made this a memorable trip. I would love to make it one of our new annual Christmas traditions. I can’t wait to go again next year!

You can check out the Heber Valley Railroad website for more information and to purchase tickets (which start at $20). Or even better we have a North Pole Express Coupon Code to get $5.00 off per ticket! To get the savings you need to call their ticket office at 435-654-5601 and mention the code: UTB12.

Boys Aviator Hat $6.75 Shipped

Posted by on Nov 16, 2012

Check out the super cute aviator hat that you can get for just $6.75 shipped from Dollar Daisies! This is a great deal and perfect for Christmas.

Over half off the Fisher Price iXL

Posted by on Sep 13, 2012

Right now Amazon is offering the blue Fisher Price iXL for just $34.92 plus free shipping. That’s a great deal! My girls have the pink one (which you can get for $39.99) and they love it! Great idea for Christmas!

Free SmartyPants Gummy Vitamins Sample

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012

Get a FREE sample of SmartyPants Gummy Vitamins. While supplies last.

Oogieloves Movie Starts Today #Oogieloves

Posted by on Aug 29, 2012

OogieLoves In The Big Balloon Adventure starts nationwide in in a theaters today (Oogust 29)!

The story is of a loving friendship, a surprise birthday party and a BIG adventure…It’s a beautiful day in Lovelyloveville. It’s Schluufy’s birthday and the Oogieloves (Goobie, Zoozie, and Toofie) along with their friends J. Edgar, Windy Window and Ruffy, are organizing a party.  Everything is going along just perfectly until J.Edgar trips and loses the last five magical balloons in all of Lovelyloveville  The Oogieloves immediately take action and set out to find the magical balloons in time to save their friend’s party.  Along the way they meet some very interesting characters indeed, including Dotty Rounder (Cloris Leachman); Bobby Wobbly (Carey Elwes); Milky Marvin (Chazz Palminteri), Rosalie Rosebud (Toni Braxton) and Lola and Lero Sombero (Christopher Lloyd and Jaime Pressly). Can these new friends help them recover the magical balloons and get back to the cottage in time to celebrate Schluufy’s surprise birthday?

Becky and I were invited to a preview of the movie with our kids, the creator, and the writer. And we all had a ton of fun! Not only did Becky and I get the chance to find out more about this new movie, our kids were able to learn the cheers and get in on the action. I can honestly say this is the first movie I have taken my kids to that I didn’t worry about them jumping up from their seats, dancing in the aisles, or yelling at the screen (all of which they did). Not only is this film G-rated (I know, right!?) it’s fun! It gets the kids involved and out of their seats. So they aren’t just sitting in front of the screen watching another show.

This movie has no sex, no violence, no bad guy, and no dead mom. Which means it’s completely appropriate for your toddler! And while I wouldn’t say it was the most entertaining movie for me ever, it could easily be one of the most entertaining movies for my kids. It’s so nice to not have to worry about nightmares or having to explain a situation or word that is too old for them. And not having to shh my kids 50 times during the movie meant much less stress for me. I give it two thumbs up.

More about “The Oogieloves In The Big Balloon Adventure“:

Check out a short trailer below to see more about the show and to get your kids excited before you take them.

Utah Readers: Pancake Breakfast + 2 hour Train Ride on the Heber Valley Railroad for only $10!

Posted by on Aug 23, 2012

Wow! What a great deal!

Monday, Sept 3rd, get a pancake breakfast and a 2 hour train ride on the Heber Valley Railroad for just $10 per person! See flyer above for more info.

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