2012 Holiday Review Guide! – by Cara Potapshyn Meyers

 The Holiday Season is in full swing! Here are some goodies for just about everyone on your gifting list! Enjoy!


I couldn’t help but begin with these little gems! 

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Holiday Candle Tins

I love candles! Especially during the Holiday Season. Mrs. Meyer’s has released their new Holiday scents: Iowa Pine and Orange Clove! I truly love both scents! Once I lit the Iowa Pine candle, my living room smelled as if I had a freshly cut tree adorning my  room! Ahh! The smell of holiday memories! Because my son made me an orange clove pomander last year (and thus, the scent has since disappeared), I placed the Orange Clove candle next to my bed to bring back sweet memories of my son and his precious gift! So lovely!

These affordable, adorable mini candles are available exclusively at Target stores nationwide. Also, in keeping with the brand’s mantra of providing eco-friendly products, the candle tins can be reused after the wax has fully burned to store ornament hooks, tags, gift labels and more! 

Please visit Target.com for store locations.

Suggested retail price: $2.50 


 Making Paper Airplanes

Make Your Own Aircraft and Watch Them Fly!

by David Woodroffe

I took one look at this book and immediately wrapped it for my son as a holiday gift! It’s that good! My son adores making paper airplanes. This book has it all: easy to follow diagrams and instructions, 250 full-color graphics, customized graphics, and high quality paper to ensure that not only will the aircraft look incredible, it will fly far better than any standard paper aircraft ever could!

Some aircraft examples are the Stealth Bomber, Dragon Desk Kite, Firefly Space Shuttle, Swallow Glider, along with so many others! 

My husband and son will both be buried in this terrific book! Guaranteed!

Suggested Retail Price: $12.95 / Also available as an e-book




Wikki Stix



Prove you don’t need batteries, bells and whistles for your kids to be entertained for hours with Wikki Stix!  Wikkies are so simple; made of wax and yarn, they stick to any surface and each other.  They are non-toxic and reusable.  All your kids will need is a little imagination!

Wikki Stix come in Rainbow Pak – 24 Stix in all the colors of the rainbow, along with a fun insert providing ideas and illustrations. Suggested Retail Price: $3.50

Super Wikki Stix come in a long tube, full of colorful, three-foot long Stix in six fun colors. That’s 144 feet of Wikkies! Suggested Retail Price: $19.95

Wikki Stix Holiday Fun Favors – a pack of 50 fun holiday Wikkies! Suggested Retail Price: $21.95

My son and I played with them and had tremendous fun making snakes, flowers, dragonflies…they are so simple to use because they just…stick! They are also ideal for children who have allergies. Wikki Stix do not contain latex, gluten, peanut or other nut oils nor added byproducts. Excellent to know since my son is allergic to all nuts!

For more information, check them out at: www.wikkistix.com



Ambition’s Not An Awful Word
By Zack Zage
Illustrated by Adam Watkins

Get ready for a fantastical trip around the world of imagination with an ambitious boy named Zack! Award winning, Ambition’s Not An Awful Word is an inspiring tale that contains humorous rhymes that compare and contrast astoundingly vivid visions of achievement with the challenges and difficulties that children encounter in real life.

Ambition’s Not An Awful Word focuses on young Zack Zage, who is “busting his buttons” with excitement to speak. The subject for the day in Mrs. Grundy’s fourth grade class, “What I want to be.” Unfortunately, he’s stuck at the end of the alphabet. When he finally takes center stage, he goes all out. But you will have to read this enchanting book to find out!

I read Ambition’s Not An Awful Word to my 4th Grade son and he loved it! Since my son is a struggling reader and is not too keen on reading any book, the fact that he loved it enough to discuss it with me afterwards meant that this book was that inspiring! I actually brought it to my son’s teacher for Parent/Teacher conference and discussed how wonderful this book was. My son’s teacher asked to not only borrow it to read to my son’s class, she wanted to read it to her own children as well! That says quite a lot when it comes to a children’s book!

Themes touched on include: ambition, motivation, inspiration, career exploration, negativism, bullying, understanding, and compassion.

Suggested Retail Price: $16.95 (also available for $0.99 at all ebook stores)
Ages 6 years and up 




On DVD December 4, 2012


Practicing physician and co-host of the Emmy® Award-winning talk show The Doctors releases her first workout with Dr. Lisa: Yoga Blast arriving to DVD from Acacia on December 4, 2012, featuring three 20-minute low-impact yoga workouts. Dr. Lisa Masterson knows a thing or two about staying healthy and fitting exercise into a busy schedule; that’s why she designed these efficient workouts alongside nationally certified health and wellness instructor Elise Joan, with lively dance moves, empowering strength exercises, and invigorating stretches to suit any lifestyle. With Yoga Blast, you’ll be feeling stronger, more flexible, and more energetic in no time!

Yoga Blast can help you burn calories and lose inches as you gain strength and confidence. Dr. Lisa demonstrates her favorite moves in these three 20-minute workouts of low-impact exercises. Following a doctor’s orders has never been so much fun! 

This is the perfect gift for the yoga or fitness enthusiast on your list! And a terrific way to help burn calories from those tempting holiday treats! Don’t pass this one up!

Suggested Retail Price: $16.99               Approx. 63 min.

Equipment needed: mat and chair


Note: Thanks to the featured companies for providing sample products.  Cara Potapshyn Meyers and MotherhoodLater.com assume no liability relative to products reviewed in this blog.

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