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Collage Memo Center

If you are looking for a gift or are just setting up your communications center for the year this collage memo center is a win! Even though we all have planners my kids absolutely having this hanging on the wall. In addition to any appointments, you can put chores and your meal plan on this board along with who is cooking it! Having it all laid out on the wall means you are equipping your children be more successful and maybe not ask you what you are having for dinner.

Ok, I have seen this in a variety of places and can’t remember the first one but… I love the idea of this custom made dry erase memo center!!! Why does this work? Glass is a perfect dry erase material!!! First, you get a cheap collage picture frame (mine was $6 from Walmart).  I also got out my paper cutter, tape runner and scrap book paper collection (which is way too big;).  This collage is 9 holes so I can do more than just the days of the week!

Then you actually need to pick out the papers that you are going to use in each frame. For me, this is the most time-consuming part. But look at the upside, Out of 1 set of papers you can make multiple boards so you just have to choose once;). I went with a fairly gender neutral set here.

Then cut your paper down to fit each frame. 8 of my frames were 4 x 6. So I cut my 12 x 12 in half then each half into thirds. Then label each frame so you know what goes there! I did the 7 days of the week, notes, and shopping list. You could use stamps, letter cutouts or just print the labels on paper. I just used this template for my Memo Board Labels then cut them out and used a tape runner to fix them to the paper!

Then take off the back and prepare to assemble. This is the time to clean your glass!!! Nothing is more annoying than to finish and realize that you have marks on the inside of the glass;). To assemble just put your paper into the frame like a picture. That is really it;).

You can also go the extra mile…. Put a piece of velcro on the side of the frame (where no one can really see) and the dry erase pen too!

Not only is this great to make for yourself but it is a fabulous gift! I mean, how much is a custom memo board worth?

Give a Good Morning Gift


(This is a sponsored post! But all thoughts and opinions are mine. Also, there are affiliate links in this post. These things help support the blog but do not sway me!)

When the weather starts to turn cold I start thinking gifts. Christmas gifts, hostess gifts, Hanukkah gifts, baby showers, and (all of a sudden) weddings gifts! Yes, I said weddings. I don’t know when November meant weddings but we have 2 to go to in 8 days. But back to my point;).

I want all my gifts to have a special touch. They don’t all have to be super unique or themed but something cute that has a sweet message is great. As someone who has been married forever (literally 20 years) I think about marriage advice. Advice I have gotten, given, and even the advice I thought was dumb comes to mind. A classic piece of life was “Good mornings make for good days”. So here is an idea that can be for any holiday or occasion!!!

Good Morning Gift

The basics of this gift centers around the need to caffeinate! This is an essential for my good morning. So here are some of the things I would put in this gift.

french-press-travel-mugBodum 15 oz Travel Press Coffee Maker: Eliminate an entire piece of machinery with this on the go coffee press you can drink from. If coffee isn’t your poison it isn’t a big deal because this is great for loose leaf tea also. Hopefully you have time in the morning for a luxurious cup (if so, I am jealous). But it not, have no fear just fill it and go.



electric-teapotElectric Kettle: If you use a coffee press or drink tea in the morning you are going to need near boiling water. You can set an electric kettle up on your bathroom counter or in your kitchen. But either way it takes minutes and tends to be much faster than using your stove to boil water. (I don’t just use this for my tea but also to boil water for pasta. I said it was faster than the stove)

Tea: Loose leaf tea is always the best choice in my opinion. While I like herbal and green during they day, I need a good black to get my day going.

godiva-coffeeCoffee: And I mean good coffee like Godiva. This is a gift, get the quality you would love to receive! Make sure to get it ground unless you are getting them a grinder too.

Scones or Scone Mix: You need a little something to nosh on too, right? Scones are great to get your day going. But don’t get them fresh scones unless you know they can consume the next day. If they are heading out to a honeymoon or this is sitting under a Christmas tree go with an easy and quality mix.

Then you just assemble your gift! A basket is always nice but tower can be kind of cool. Those big towers of goodies we see from Harry & David  or Costco are always interesting and special. So wrap your gifts separately and they stack with layers of tape in between the boxes. Then tie the whole tower together with a long ribbon. 

There you have a thoughtful gift that will make a splash!


(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links. All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone!)




The Mighty Splitter Beast!

Attention, heroes! The mighty Splitter Beast has broken out from underground! It has picked up a street lamp and preceding to come towards us! We have sent EVO and FURNO, equipped with a flame sword, micro blaster, and laser lasso to take down this monster. But it can split into two, causing a double trouble, two-ton titanic beatdown!

LEGO® 44021 Splitter Beast V. FURNO and EVO is second LEGO® HERO Factory Invasion from BELOW set. I bought it off Amazon for $27.90. I’m here to tell you why to buy it and why I really enjoy it. I think it is totally worth the price but you have to get it fast! Here’s why:

This set, and all other HERO Factory sets are Taken off Stores are getting rid of their limited stocks. On Amazon there is only 2 left in stock! That is why if you want it, get it soon.

Here are some cool things about this set:

  • The beast can split in two peices.
  • The small beast has poseable limbs when on the main beast’s head.
  • Not only is this the only set with two beasts, but the blue head is the only beast with an overbite.
  • EVO comes with a LEGO® Holo-pad.
  • The heros have all-new robot limbs.
  • The big beast has rare “beast feat”.

So now you have the facts. It’s your choice whether or not you get it. I just gave you my input.


Give The Gift of Minecraft This Christmas


Today I am going to tell you about neat Minecraft gifts to give to any Nerd from an adult to a child. There is something for everyone this year. also there is this cool way to wrap them. I found Minecraft diamond wrapping paper that is really cool. I am going to just jump into the the ultimate gift list of Christmas.

  1. Minecraft Legos. These are really popular and my brother (The Nerdster who loves Minecraft too) loves his sets there are the:Cave, Nether ,and the Farm. And there are lots more.
  2. Minecraft Plushies there are so many out there like this set of 7 that has Endermen and sheep and more.
  3. Kitchen stuff these are really cool we have the minecraft pick axe that opens bottles and my personal favorite the shaped like minecraft items like a pickaxe or steve. There is also this really cool creeper mug.
  4. Figurines there are tons out there like the bad guys set that comes with a sword and bow or the sword and pickaxe bundle instone or diamond.
  5. Room decor There are some really interesting things  like a 3d wall cling that is in a mine shaft or a window into Minecraft or a creeper breaking through the wall. One thing I was really interested in is a glowing minecraft clock. There are also a bunch of different lights like a glowing diamond ore or a light up torch. There is this really cool pillow case that is also minecraft and a really cool poster.

That is some of the really neat gifts in Minecraft this season. I will be sure to update you guys when there is new items on the market. Let me know if there is anything I missed.


Adorable and Free Baby Leggings

Ok, there is nothing much cuter than those little baby leggings! It is the perfect thing to protect little crawling knees and keep them clean. They are a great gift or need for your own babies! And they have never been more affordable! Right now you can go to Baby Leggings and get 5 pairs for free!

All you have to do is go to Baby Leggings and click ‘shop now’. After you add 5 pairs to your shopping bag just enter ENBABY and all you will pay is shipping & handling. That is it!

Even if you don’t have a baby get some! They are great gifts.

(Yes, there are affiliate links in this post. It helps to support this site!)

Teleflora Valentine’s Giveaway and Coupon

Teleflora's Radiant Reflections Bouquet
Teleflora’s Radiant Reflections Bouquet

It is almost Valentine’s Day!!! And for many people that means flowers. And Teleflora is a floral tradition that always has great flower bouquets and a people have used them for years to send flowers.

But sending flowers doesn’t always have to be expensive! Teleflora has a 20% off coupon that you can use now and all the way up to 6/15/2014! Use coupon code FLOWERSMC to get your 20% off on your Valentine’s Day flowers but also for your Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Graduation too!

But better than a coupon is a giveaway! Teleflora is going to give a $75 coupon code to 1 NerdFamily reader! And you will get it in time to have flowers delivered for Valentine’s Day!

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By the way: This is my favorite bouquet, in case you want to send it to me;).

(Disclosure: This is a compensated giveaway.)

Thinking Presents for Kids and Families


Kids, do they really need more junk? You know the stuff I am talking about. The doll that gets tossed aside after the initial hugs. The character figurine that is boring before the movie it is even on dvd. I personally like to try to buy presents for kids and families that teach a little something or just get your mind sharp! Here are a few of our families favorites!!!

Snap Circuits: These good old fashioned fun! These are a bunch of components that you can make over 300 projects with. They snap together and you don’t need to know any electronics. But you will be able to pick up some great electronic knowledge.

My First Science Kit: This is an 8 activity kit with science experiments all centered around color and color mixing. It is for ages 4 and up so it really is for most ages. I do recommend doing it in the kitchen;).

No Stress Chess: This is a great way for beginners to master chess with out having to suck all the fun out of the game. You basically draw cards to dictate the play in order avoid being overwhelmed by choices. And if you out grow the cards don’t worry because it is a standard chess game too!

Knights Treasure Chest: This is a collection of fun activities and booklets surrounding the knights! There is a catapult kit and a signet ring and wax for seals! This is a great gift to bring history to life.

 Ticket to Ride: This is a great game! You build trains and then pick up and deliver loads around the country. There are also versions of this for Europe, India and Africa too. It is a ton of fun for the whole family. NerdFamily Dad and I play without the kids and with friends all the time. Love this!!!


These are some great gifts! And don’t worry, you can get them in 2 days if you have Amazon Prime. If you don’t have it yet you can try it out for a month for free.


Huge Coupons for Photo Books, Holiday Cards and Calendars

We all have them… Computers and phones full of pictures. But we can justify all that image hording by using them in Christmas gifts! Use all those great pictures to build photo books and calendars to give to friends and family. The images can even decorate your custom cards.

But, that gets expensive. Picaboo right now is running some fabulous deals to make it all a little more affordable!!! Here are 3 coupons!

50% Off Holiday Cards and free shipping with code CARDS4YOU!

Buy One Calendar Get One Free with code 2014CALENDAR!

Buy One Photo Book Get One Free with code CUSTOMCLASSIC!

(And there are affiliate links in this post. It helps support this blog and this kind of posts!)

Babee Covee Giveaway


When I recently attended the Disney Social Media Moms on the Road event and there was a Huggies Momprenuer panel with Alma Moussa. She talked about a fabulous product she invented and brought to market the fabulous Babee Covee (and has provided one as a giveaway for you, my fabulous readers)!

If you have had a baby you have probably been faced this common problem… You are taking a young baby out in its infant seat and you throw a blanket over the top (for a variety of reasons) and you struggle with the blanket or it would fall to the ground. Well, Alma figured there had to be a better way! So she created this blanket that fit perfectly over the infant seat. But she didn’t have room in her diaper bag for something that could only do one thing. So it also works as a nursing cover, high chair cover. shopping cart cover and a few other things. And these Babee Covees are the softest thing I have ever felt!!!!

Right now these are in some boutiques and Amazon but not many other places! So how would you like to win one??? I am giving away this gorgeous blueberry one!

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Wahl Hot-Cold Therapy Massager Giveaway

hotcoldFirst off I have to get some business out of the way! This review was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own. I received a Wahl Hot/Cold Massager for the purpose of this review.

Mother’s Day is coming!!! And with that comes talk treating moms to something relaxing and pampering. What can be better than something to have at home to relieve her aches and pains?

Ok, I know that I am not the only mom who has a variety aches and pains. And as I get older it seems to get worse! So when I go to try the Wahl Hot-Cold Therapy Massager I was quite excited.

This has a plate in the middle of the massage head that can go hot or cold (ie the name;) but also there are 4 interchangeable pads with different textures on it too. There are also 2 different speeds.

I have to say, I loved it! The first thing I tried it on was my neck that is still hurting from when I took a dive playing broomball a couple of weeks ago. And yes, that is a literal dive;). My neck felt so much better. Then I tried it on my achy knee! I find it is perfect to manipulate around the knee cap to really relieve the tightness!

Wahl’s Hot-Cold Therapy Massager is available at most retailers about $60 and you can pop out and get one as a present for the mom in your life.

But how would you like to win it?

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This review was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own. I received a Wahl Hot/Cold Massager for the purpose of this review.