Top Gifts for Boys 2015 (Ages 5-8)

Top Gifts for Boys 2015
Top Gifts for Boys 2015

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Are you ready for the holidays?  The boys have asked for so many different things for Christmas, but I have made a collection of gifts that I think will be the biggest, top gifts for boys ages 5-8 this year.  Some of them are NOT brand new toys, but are still loved favorites.  And, it should be noted that these toys are NOT just for boys.  Since I am a boy mom, I cannot speak for the girls, but my guess, though, is that boys and girls alike, and even grown up boys and girls will love these gifts!

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Cooking With Kids Recipes Cookbook Is A Great Gift for Grandparents or Grandchildren!

Cooking With Kids Recipes Cookbook

Finding gifts that parents, grandparents, and kids alike can be tricky.  We want to encourage quality time with the kids, both for us and the grandparents, so I know this sweet book would be loved by all.  The Berenstain Bears' Country Cookbook: Cub-Friendly Cooking With An Adult is wonderful and the perfect gift to encourage togetherness.

Even at 7 years-old, the Captain was so excited to get this book.  He thumbed through the pages and picked out a few favorites that we could make together.  He loved the idea of enchiladas and we made them that very night.  There are some truly delicious ideas in this fun book!

There are many cooking with kids recipes in this cookbook!  From "Bear-y Delicious Scones" for breakfast, to mini pizzas, chicken quesadillas, and even some delicious desserts and snacks like a mug brownie or blue-beary pie, there is so much to choose from.  The Captain wants to make these crustless tuna sandwiches together soon:

Cooking With Kids Recipes Cookbook

At the end of the book, there is a precious prayer to pray before meals.  Also, a "Sweet Facts About Honey" page and a Kitchen Measurements help sheet make the cookbook extra special.

If you have a child that loves the Berestain Bears, loves cooking with parents or grandparents, or just need a gift for a child that you love, definitely head over to Family Christian and a copy of this book.  It's utterly sweet and will provide for many delicious meals, all made with a little one.  And, enter to win one of two copies in the Rafflecopter below!

Garlic, Garlic, Garlic! A Collection of Delicious Garlic Recipes {Plus An Awesome Gift for Cooks This Year!}

Garlic is the pungent, flavorful clove that has been a staple in many cuisines for years.  It has also been used for medicinal purposes, and is known as having antibacterial properties.  Sure, you may need a breath freshener after you eat it, but man, is it delicious!  My boys LOVE garlic.  We use garlic powder and dried garlic often, but really, there is nothing like the taste of freshly pressed garlic.

Garlic bulbs are easy to grow year round and also store for a long time.  If you love to grow garlic, Farm Fresh Feasts has tips on roasting and freezing garlic.  

I have collected some wonderful garlic recipes in this post, and I hope you will find some new ones that you love!  And make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for a great gift idea for cooks and garlic lovers this year. 

Garlic Kale Hummus – Strength and Sunshine

Fire Roasted Game Day Salsa – DFW dad

Tomatillo Salsa – Life With Captain Fussybuckets

Garlicky Dill Dip – Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats

Homemade Hot Sauce – Ann's Entitled Life

Quick Garlic Seafood Appetizer – A Lady in France

Tomatoes Farcie – A Lady in France

Chicken Tajine – A Lady in France

Coriander Garlic Grilled Chicken and Green Goddess Sauce – Strength and Sunshine

Roasted Garlic Artichoke Pasta with Chicken – Ann's Entitled Life

Asian Lettuce Wraps – Life With Captain Fussybuckets

Garlic Chicken with Fettuccine and Kefir Sauce – Life With Captain Fussybuckets

Salami and Ham Stromboli – Life With 4 Boys

Paleo Paprika Cauliflower Rice – Life With 4 Boys

New Orleans Style Shrimp and Grits – Life With 4 Boys

Chicken, Shrimp, and Sausage Paella – Life With 4 Boys

Savory Cinnamon Slow Cooker Chicken – Life With 4 Boys

Asaparagus with Butter Garlic Sauce – Recipes To Make

Homemade Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks – Recipes To Make

Bimbimbap – Recipes To Make

Southwest Chicken Soup – Recipes To Make

I recently found, what I believe, is the best garlic press!  I't s a great price on Amazon right now, too, less than $15 when it is regularly $25.  I love using this garlic press, which can also be used as a ginger press.  It's a mincer, chopper, grater,  and you can use garlic with or without peel, which I love because I hate peeling garlic!  It's just sturdy and constructed well.  It feels like an expensive kitchen tool, but it is inexpensive while being very high quality.  Best thing, it's dishwasher safe and won't rust.  It would make a great gift for anyone who loves to cook or just loves garlic.  It's one of the best gifts for cooks this year!best price for garlic press best price for garlic press

Top Gifts for Preschoolers

Gifts for Preschoolers

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Top Gifts for Preschoolers

Preschoolers are so much fun to shop for!  They are becoming more independent, are generally more excited about Christmas than the previous years, and with my kids, this is the age where they are happy with just about whatever they get!  The possibilities are truly endless when shopping for preschool-aged kids, but I've collected some of our very favorites for this holiday season.  Check back often because I'll be adding more of the best gifts for preschoolers throughout the season!

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HUGE Best Buy Holiday Shopping Event: This Saturday, November 7!

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Top Gifts for Toddlers

Baby Brother is almost two, and being the third boy, it has been a struggle to know what he might like that the older brothers already have.  I have made a collection of some of the top gifts for toddlers to help others in our situation!  These toys have all been tested and approved by Baby Brother, so enjoy!  I will be adding to this throughout the season, so check back to see some more great gifts of 2015!

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Salted Caramel Coffee Body Scrub – The Perfect DIY Gift

The thing that I love about Fall the absolute most is the scents!  The smell of fall can be pumpkin spice, apples, or sweet, salted caramel.  Sipping coffee in the fall is one of my favorite things, so I love this salted caramel coffee body scrub.  It's perfect for fall or any time of the year.  You can make it as a special way to pamper yourself, or fix a big batch and give as Christmas gifts.  It smells amazing and makes you feel luxurious, too!  Coffee body scrub is great for exfoliating and moisturizing.  The coffee can stimulate cells and help with cellulite, too.

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Find the PERFECT Birthday Gift at Best Buy…or Create Your Own Wish List!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.  

Best Buy #GiftIdeasIf there is one thing I'm not a huge fan of, it's shopping for gifts.  I mean, I enjoy it, but finding *the* perfect gift that the recipient will LOVE is hard.  I often times wish that I just had access to everyone's wish list!  The Best Buy Online Gift Ideas Experience is the next best thing.  Quickly and easily find the perfect gift for the person who is having a birthday with a little help and guidance.  

Best Buy Gift Ideas Page

Best Buy has made it easy with different categories – "him," "her," "teens," and "kids."  There are other helpful categories for anniversary gifts, housewarming gifts, and gifts for new parents.  Check out the "Top Tech Gifts" category for the latest and greatest in technology.

When shopping online, sometimes I find the perfect gift, but then see that it is out of my price range.  Best Buy removes this disappointment by allowing customers to search for a gift in a particular price range.  Gifts under $25, gifts from $25-$49.99, gifts from $50-$99.99, $100-$249.99, and gifts over $250.  This narrows your search down to help find just what you're looking for and spend just what your budget allows.  My favorite part of the search options is the "sale" and "free shipping eligible" selections.  It helps greatly when you can get a better than average deal on a birthday gift.

If you simply cannot find what you think your recepient would love, Best Buy makes buying gift cards super easy.  Buy a gift card that Best Buy will ship directly to the birthday girl or boy, or an e-gift card that can be delivered instantly via email.

Best Buy Wist List

To make things beyond simple and easy, tell your friends and family members to create a birthday wish list and share it with you so you can give the gifts that they really and truly want.  It completely takes the guesswork out of gift shopping.  You can also use the Best Buy Wish List to keep track of all the great birthday gift ideas!  

It is very simple to search for a wish list, create one, or manage your already created wish list.  Not only is it easy, it's really, really fun!  I created a wish list just for the fun of it and found a lot of great new products while I was at it.  It took me less than five minutes to set it all up and add these items!  Hey, a girl can dream, right?

Best Buy Wish List #GiftIdeas #WishList @BestBuy ad

Who will you be shopping for soon?  What items would be on YOUR Best Buy wish list?


Inspirational Gifts to Strengthen Your Faith

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Inspirational Gifts

Being a Christian is never easy, and in all truth, it's becoming increasingly difficult.  Not as difficult as Bible times for sure, but with modern technology and worldly skepticism, it sometimes is hard to have faith.  I am sure a large percentage of Christians do face a battle with their lack of faith sometimes.  With so many people trying to disprove the Bible and spreading the "do what you want because you only live once" message, it is hard.  Lots of modern day Christians and people from the Bible have struggled with their faith.  Even close friends of Jesus had trouble believing!  My personal advice is to not shove those feelings of doubt down, but to surround yourself with knowledgeable people to talk to, read the Bible, and explore positive works from faithful Christians.  It does me a world of good to change the radio to a Christian station and pray.  The Bible tells us to pray all of the time.  With so many distractions, I think inspirational gifts and artwork in the home also help keep your mind focused on what's really important.

Home Decor/DIY

I love little reminders and Bible verse art, like this one below from Mission to Save.  It's a free printable, too, so it's easy to print and frame.

Inspirational Gifts

Whether you have a wall of crosses or a few displayed throughout the house, they are great reminders of Jesus' sacrifice for us.  This Cross Framed on Burlap from Dukes & Duchesses is classy and would make a beautiful gift:

Inspirational GiftsJoshua 24:15 is a very popular Bible verse for families.  This DIY personalized house picture from Mission to Save is great, because it is made on vellum which is then laid over a picture of a house.  So sentimental and teaches children from a very young age how important faith and Christianity is to their parents.

Inspirational Gifts

I am a sucker for Christmas themed decorations, year-round.  This could be an ornament, wall hanging, or it could sit on a shelf as a daily reminder of the birth of Jesus.  Find out how to make it at Equipping Godly Women.

Inspirational Gifts

DIY Jewelry

These wire and bead cross pendants are beautiful and unique.  See the instructions at Dukes & Duchesses!

Inspirational Gifts



Inspirational Gifts

I think it's also important to get your hands on books, CDs, and DVDs from people who have done their research, devoted their lives to God, and have a strong Christian faith.  A new DVD that has just come out is Patterns of Evidence: Exodus.  Many of the world's most prominent archeologists and historians have said that there is no hard evidence to support the Exodus story found in the Bible.  This skepticism can be contagious and easy to follow and many people, including Christians, have labeled the whole book as "fiction."  Fimmaker Timothy Mahoney begins with the question "Is the Bible just a myth, or did the archeologists get it wrong?"  He has documented his journey across the globe, looking for answers.  This DVD contains in-depth archeological investigation into the Exodus from Egypt.  The goal of this documentary is to communicate TRUTH of the Bible and help believers to strengthen their faith.

Kevin Sorbo narrates the documentary, which also includes interviews with leading archeologists including Israel Finkelstein, Kent Weeks, and David Rohl, and guest appearances by Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres. This DVD researches the stories of Moses, Joshua, Jericho, Joseph, the Israelites, Egyptian kings, and more.  Timothy Mahoney has really examined his own faith and religion in this film, and we can all benefit from his journeys!

Purchase Patterns of Evidence: Exodus at the POE website or Amazon.  Check out a preview here:



Inspirational Gifts

There is nothing more refreshing to me than new music.  TobyMac has been around the Christian music scene for years, and his music continues to appeal to all ages and have an uplifting message.  "This Is Not A Test" comes out on August 7th and does not disappoint.  The Captain's favorite song is "Beyond Me" and is a great song about having faith!

You gave me the stars put them out of my reach

Called me to waters a little too deep

Oh, I've never been so aware of my need

You keep on making me see

It's way beyond me

Anything that I got the strength to do

In over my head keeps me countin' on You

I'm leaving the sweet spot, sure shot

Tradin' it all for the plans You got

Is it so crazy to believe

TobyMac's songs get you thinking, dancing, and praising God and that's just what we need!  This CD is a great start to your day or a pick-me-up anytime.  There are so many different thoughts and sounds enveloped in TobyMac's latest release, and it would be a fantastic inspirational gift!


I love how no two songs sound alike.  "Fall," "Like A Match," Undeniable," and more songs are all well written, well thought out, and performed by TobyMac and the musicians so, so well.  The boys and I really enjoyed listening to this album on our road trip yesterday.  We are all big TobyMac fans and I think you will be, too.  Learn more about TobyMac and preview his newest release on his website.

Pre-order this album on iTunes and receive four songs instantly and also, make sure enter to win the #FEELIT Sweepstakes!

Propeller/FlyByPromotions is giving you the chance to win!  One winner will win the new "Patterns of Evidence: Exodus" DVD and another will win the new CD from TobyMac: "This Is Not A Test."  Just enter in the corresponding Rafflecopter below!

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GoPro for Dad at Best Buy!

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The GoPro has been on my husband's wish list since it first came out.  This is such a versatile camera that can truly go anywhere that you go.  All of the summer's activities can be captured with this fun camera.  Swimming, surfing, vacations, hiking, biking, running, flying….everything…all on one camera.

The latest amazing GoPro device- the GoPro HERO+ LCD, is available at Best Buy, just in time for Father's Day.  What dad wouldn't love to wear a high definition camera and capture all of the exciting activites with his kids?  Dad can relive incredible moments on the spot with with LCD display.

#GoProBestBuyThe awesome features of the new GoPro HERO + LCD include:

  • 1080p60 video

  • 8MP photos

  • Built-in Wi-Fi

  • Touch display

  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® connect to the GoPro App for shot preview, total camera control and easy content sharing to Instagram, Facebook, and more

Imagine how cool it would be for Dad to capture his child swimming for the first time, jumping off of the diving board for the first time, learning to ride a bike, or even learning to walk while hands free to be able to help out?  And then being able to instantly upload for family to see on Facebook!  How amazing is that?

From now until June 20th, get a free $50 Best Buy gift card with the purchase of the GoPro HERO4 Silver (Sku 8374096) or GoPro HERO Black (Sku 8374078).  OR get the HERO+LCD (Sku 6954009) with free 32GB Extreme Plus memory card (Sku 9387066).


Give Dad the gift of GoPro memories this Father's Day!