Travel with The Zebra !

Thanksgiving week means lots of traveling! Whether you are traveling great distances to see family or locally running errands you will probably be spending more time in the car with your children this week. The Zebra has these awesome and free printable games on their website perfect for traveling with kids of all ages. We printed out a bunch of these games and kept them handy in the glove compartment for this week. Some of our road trip printables are I-spy, Bingo, and Cows! We live in rural New England so you can imagine just how many cows we can count just leaving our house ! These games have become an exciting part of just getting in the car these days! I cannot say enough how much I love them! I think any family hitting the road this week should head over to their website and print off some of these fun free family games! You will not be disappointed! Enjoy you holiday traveling!!!!! Link below!

https://www.thezebra.com/30-printable-road-trip-games-checklists/

Making my lists.. and checking them twice!

Thanksgiving prep is in full swing tonight! I spent this weekend shopping for my decorations and tableware. I was so excited to score on a huge sale at The Christmas Tree shop when everything fall was on a huge discount! Today was the big grocery shop. I had my two lists in hand and I was on a mission. One list was my menu and my other list had everything I needed to buy. I am obsessed with making lists. It’s just who I am. I love to be organized and prepared for what I have coming up. I came home and put everything away. My next set of lists consists of cleaning, cooking, and to dos for the next few days. I think my favorite list I have for this week is my shopping list for Black Friday! Yes I am one of those crazy shoppers… are you?!?! There is something insanely addicting about going on no sleep, a full belly, and adrenaline after a long day of family and feast and heading out to shop. My mom and I have always kicked off our Christmas season with Black Friday shopping. It’s our little tradition. We go to the little gas station to get a newspaper and clip our coupons while we sip coffee before we head out into the night with the other crazy shoppers ready for the biggest deal of the year. You see my lists may seem crazy to most… well definitely to my husband, but to me they are part of my tradition of Thanksgiving and the Holiday season! Stay tuned for some of my favorite Black Friday sneak peaks and special tips!!!!

CountdownCaddy

If you’re searching for an advent calendar, or maybe a vacation calendar like Sophia’s, CountdownCaddy has you covered. They have the most adorable countdown calendars for any occasion. Birthday, vacation, Christmas, you can get a calendar countdown with either an edible treat or tiny toy inside. We are getting ready for our trip to Disney and Sophia is so excited to count the days with her calendar! Each day is opened with a tiny door and inside there is a piece of yummy chocolate waiting to be enjoyed! If you are looking to get one of these awesome calendars check out the link below!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/countdowncaddy

Formulate!

Have you ever looked at your hair and thought…. gosh I wish I had a product that worked for me?!?! Like one that knew you … knew exactly what you needed! Well what if I told you I knew of a product that was formulated just for you! Formulate is an amazing custom Shampoo and Conditioner that is created for each and every individual person. You begin the process by answering a questionnaire to determine what type of product you will need. The questions include what hair type you have, how you style your hair, and even where you live in the country. All things that matter for your hair and how to best care for it. Then the team over at Formulate will create the perfect blend just for you and your hair type. After using my perfect custom blend for a few weeks I noticed a huge change in my hair. I have very straight hair and I desperately wanted to have more volume. This product has been wonderful on my hair and smells incredible! I picked the ocean scents and loved it! I think every woman should have a custom blended hair product !

https://www.formulate.co

Stroller Trotter… the perfect companion!

As my girls get older and my errands become more time restricted I need to find products that will make a busy moms life easier. I love my diaper bag back pack, but there are times that carrying that with both girls is just not the easiest option. I love my Stroller Trotter. This awesome compartment bag fits perfectly on my stroller bar when I am shopping with the girls, but can easily come off and be worn as a shoulder bag too! I love the multiple compartments it has! I have a space for my keys, wallet, diaper and wipes, and there is even room for two sippy cups! This is the perfect companion for a busy mom to take shopping this holiday season! Check our the awesome website below for more information and to get your very own Stroller Trotter!

https://www.strollertrotter.com

Oliver the Ornament

Every ornament tells a story. This storybook and ornament collection is a wonderful tradition we have added to our home this year. The book takes us through Oliver’s journey and teaches love, kindness, joy, caring, compassion, and overcoming bullying. I love the message about traditions and how every ornament has a special story and reason for being on our Christmas tree. I brought Oliver out today to talk about World Kindness Day so right now he is the only ornament on our tree. We cannot wait to introduce him to the rest of our collection and tell our girls about our family Christmas ornaments. This is a wonderful storybook and absolutely one you should add to your family home.

https://olivertheornament.com

Edible Cookie Dough Fun!

When you have a rainy day… you whip something up in the kitchen!!!!

Today we decided to make edible cookie dough… and let me just say it was AMAZING!!!!!

Check out the recipe below!

1 cup flour

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 stick butter softened

1 table spoon vanilla

1/2 to 1 cup of chocolate chips ( you choose ) 🙂

Little bit of salt 🙂

Lick the spoon … yes doooo it!!! You can chill for a few min and roll into yummy balls too!!! Delish treat!!!

Deal Dash!!!!!

If you’re anything like me… you like to get a jump start on you Christmas shopping!!!! Ellie Avenue is having an amazing Deal Dash week of shopping, deals, and great finds for everyone on your holiday list! I’ll be posting some of my favorites all this week on my Instagram @normalmommyig so stay tuned! Be sure to check out my link below and use coupon code : NORMAL for 15% off and free shipping this entire week!!!! Eeeek I love the holidays!

http://www.ellieavenue.com?afmc=NORMAL

Magformers Sky Track

When you find a toy that is amazing.. you just need to share it with everyone you meet! This toy is pretty awesome!!!! Magformers Sky Track is a magnetic race track that is easy to assemble and allows you to use your imagination and create different raceway configurations! We had so much fun playing for hours today creating new and exciting ways for the space shuttle to blast through the track. The best part is my four year old daughter is able to assemble the track on her own because it is magnetic and kid friendly. This is an awesome toy and perfect for the holiday season! I truly think any child would be thrilled to get it! I am calling it a Christmas List “must have”- this holiday season!

https://www.magformers.com/sky-track-play-set.html

Bookroo!

A book unlocks your imagination!!! We love to read in our house. The girls have so much fun picking out books to read as a family and I even find them sitting together looking at picture books on their own. I came across and awesome book subscription company called Bookroo and I had to give them a try! You can choose from 1,3,6, and 12 month subscriptions! They have board, picture, and chapter books. These books are perfect for all ages! Each month they arrive at your door perfectly wrapped like a present and my girls are so excited to open them and begin reading! Each book opens their imagination and takes them on a new journey! We love Bookroo and I encourage you to take a look at their awesome website too! If you decide to give them a try this month please use our coupon code for 15% off : NORMALMOMMY

https://bookroo.com/