6 last minute holiday gifts for kids and kidults + Giveaway

My three boys, who are now 5; 9 and; 13, and I are often given opportunities to test family products and toys and games. Below are some last minute gift ideas that we’ve recently enjoyed which I think will be a hit with the kids or kidult in your life.

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Funtastic DIY Robot Kits by The Young Scientists Club

I’ve been given a chance to document a fun new STREAM science kits where we assembled our own robots! (STREAM stands for science technology, robots, engineering, art and math.)

The Young Scientists Club has four new DIY robot kits called Funtastic Robots. Each of the four kits include a robot with light detection; a robot with infrared detection (like your TV clicker/remote); a robot that avoids obstacles and; a metal detecting robot kit. Read more and shop for their four DIY robot kits.

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I loved working together to assemble these robot kits and found the green robot, Hurdle, to be the funnest in action. I secretly love that these DIY Robot kits required that I spend time with my boys and was a great lesson in using communication, teamwork and helping each other. Find these on Amazon or on The Young Scientists Club website for $29.99.

Who’s The Dude by Identity Games USA

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Who’s the Dude is a new party game for teens and kidults ages 16+ where you play charades with a blow up dude who looks like your harry uncle but much cooler with sunglasses, The Dude is Great! Available on Amazon for $24.99 and find The Dude game at retail stores nationwide including Target, Walmart and ToysRus locations. Check out Identity Games videos about Who’s the Dude on their new YouTube channel too!

Tanzky Men’s Leather Dress Belt

I was provided a very nice men’s leather belt by the Tanzky brand in exchange for my opinion. The Tanzky dress belt is very unique and required some assembly too! I unpacked the contents of the belt box which shipped from Amazon and inside were instructions to cut the belt then I fixed the belt strap to the buckle using the supplied instruction steps.

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Once I completed the easy assembly of the belt, I found it to be my favorite belt in my closet. The Tanzky men’s leather belt uses a unique ratchet instead of typical belt holes, when you put it on. It looks very stylish and at around $15, the Tansky belt makes a perfect gift for the Kidult in your life. Plus, it’s available in 29 styles!


Top Trumps Card Games

Top Trumps makes educational playing cards which we play with our kids often. Intended for players ages 6+, the Top Trumps card game decks are for 2-6 players and playing a round of this fun game takes about 15 minutes to complete. Have a look at the Top Trumps decks at https://www.toptrumps.us/All-Packs-s/120.htm Make sure to enter our giveaway for 2 Top Trump card games (and a DIY Robot kit) below.

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For info on to play the game, look on the back of each Top Trumps deck set for instructions or if you look on the how to play section of the website it makes it pretty easy and I know you’ll see that this is the most simple card game which is one of the reasons we love playing it at home with the boys so much! Simple = FUN!


MAX TRAXXX Tracer Racers Remote Control Infinity Loop Set

The Tracer Racers RC Infinity Loop Set by Skullduggery is an addictive, glow-in-the-dark racing set featuring two high speed R/C cars with undercarriage lights which produce tracing light streaks as these speeders fly around the looped tracks. The R/C cars have multiple speeds and are rechargeable too. Price is $119 is for ages 6+.

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Tactical Backpacks

I’ve been shopping for quite some time now for the perfect travel backpack which is both functional with lots of storage while not being bulky; giving me ample compartments for tucking away and carrying my belongings. The Outlaw Sling backpack is my favorite as it also looks the most stylish too!


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WIN 2 Top Trumps Card Games+Metali DIY Robot Kit

I’m so happy to host this giveaway where I will ship to one winner 3 prizes in all: a “Creatures of the Deep” Top Trumps card game, a Fish Top Trumps card game and a Metali DIY Robot kit by The Young Scientists Club.

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How to get high-speed data in the USA or International broadband Internet while traveling? Skyroam!

Using the Internet while on the road can be a headache for travelers, especially those of us who need to work remote while traveling. Our last BIG family vacation was to New Mexico from our home State of Wisconsin and finding the best option for high-speed Internet was a daunting task which I needed a solution for working while traveling from State to State. As we planned our family vacation from Wisconsin to New Mexico (insert screams of excitement from atop the SKI APACHE ZIP LINE!) a GREAT solution I discovered for how to get broadband, high-speed data for work, while we were physically driving or in a remote location with no wifi connection was Skyroam?

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Before stumbling upon Skyroam, I first looked at my mobile provider/carrier, US Cellular prepaid service (similar to post-paid plan but no paper bill in the mail each month) which turns out, when I roam with my current plan, data is capped for my monthly billing cycle at 450 megs of 4G LTE data and then they throttle down speeds to 2G, ugh. This would not work as I needed a solution which had more daily bandwidth!!

I am so thankful for Skyroam and it provided my whole family with high-speed Internet in the truck while traveling or while at the hotel with slow Internet! This excellent service provides up to 500 megs of 4G LTE data daily for as low as $8 per day and you have the choice of renting the Skyroam hotspot device or you purchase the device outright. All you have to do is sign up is visit the Skyroam.com website and enter your travel details and they ship the device directly to you in time for your travel trip.

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Genius and strange holiday gifts for sale on Amazon

Click to view our wishlist of weird, strange and genius items on my Amazon holiday wish list
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With the holidays comes the task of filling your loved ones stockings with cute little gifts and finding that perfect special something for your loved one. Below I’ve taken time to sift through Amazon to find the most absurd, silly, useless, weird, strange and yet genius holiday gift ideas for you to use as gift ideas or to add to your holiday wish list. I’ve also take time to add all of these products to a wish list on Amazon for your shopping simplicity. On each (well most) weird or genius gift idea below, I’ve attempted to include the social media for each manufacturer to plug their hard work so please click through and like your favorites.

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Genius or Absurd Camping Gifts

The first group of absurd amazon gifts are for those who love to go camping.

Full Body Sleeping Bag

Who needs to get out bed when you have this! Don’t worry about the logistics of spending all day outdoors in your sleeping bag, especially when the weather goes sour! This KingCamp full body sleeping bag is made in China and is sold on Amazon for $69-$89.

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Solar Powered Sun Hat

This seems like it would be a good idea but so often when you wear a big hat to keep the sun off you, the hat is hot to wear anyway. The silliness or genius aspect of this hat is that it includes a little solar powered fan to cool you down. Find this Amazon Prime item for only $49.99! Visit the social networks for this Kool Breeze Solar Hat below.

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Propane Coffeemaker

Who needs a campfire or camp stove to brew up the morning Joe when you can have this genius contraption from Coleman! That’s right, plug in your portable mini-propane tank and start the morning right with this “QuickPot” Propane Coffeemaker! A must have for the coffee-lover on your holiday shopping list. Available from Amazon for only around $65 and with Prime shipping too boot!

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Bunk Bed Cot

This portable bunk bed is a genius camping item I have been waiting to find my whole life! Finally I can sleep with my partner on top or below of me just about anywhere! Plus this double bed cot folds into a couch! Just what I need inside my tent. Available from Amazon Prime for around $350, you too can grab one of these fully collapsible bunk bed cots!

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Genius or Strange Gifts for Home

Cookin’ with Coolio

Don’t judge, Coolio knows his way around the kitchen and now you can buy his recipes in this fun book, “Cookin’ with Coolio: 5 Star Meals at a 1 Star Price”. The prices of this book vary depending on which version you buy: $1.99 (Kindle); $9.86 (Paperback) and; $28.99 (Spiral bound). Buy this unique book on Amazon.

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Giant Bean Bag Chair

The Comfy Sacks 8 foot memory foam bean bag chair falls under the amazingly unique gift category. I really like the idea of having a GIANT bean bag chair but look out for the $620 price tag for this super comfy looking bean bag. Available for Prime members, grab this genius gift item on Amazon.

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Bacon Duct Tape

This bacon pattern duct tap by Duck Brand is a one of a kind must have item for the bacon lover in your family. Available for Amazon Prime members and selling for $6.79, this household gift item is perfect for decorating or fixing items that you want to embellish with a fantastic bacon print pattern. Check out other fun items from this seller on the Duck Brand social links below.

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Dream Big and head to Aspen Square Condominium Hotel

Our family has big dreams of family vacations like traveling to Montréal in Canada, Washington State in the PNW and heading back to Colorado for a stay in the Rocky Mountains!

This post contains sponsored links from Aspen Square Condominium Hotel, all opinions are my own.

One of the great locations I’ve been looking into is Aspen Square Condominium Hotel, located in downtown Aspen, Colorado. I’ve included a few photos of this cozy, beautiful local below for your viewing pleasure. As you can see, Aspen Square gets really great customer reviews on travel website like Orbitz.com, Expedia.com and TripAdvisor.com and reading many of these, I am sold. Fireplaces, fully-equipped kitchens, heated pools, hot tubs, 24 hr. check-in, free wifi and so much more to enjoy! What a great place to stay which includes everything you could ask for in a hotel/condo in the mountains in Colorado.

Here’s what Aspen Square has to offer about their “signature full-service condominium hotel”:

Aspen Square’s warmly welcoming personality, ideal location across from the base of Aspen Mountain, and full hotel-style services and amenities combine to make our property a great choice for a memorable vacation year round.

Booking a stay at Aspen Square during the off peak winter season has many advantages for a frugal traveler.
* Early and late season rates can be as much as 50% lower than high season, for the same room type
* More rooms are available in the lower seasons, so even hard to book rooms like our one-bedrooms or three-bedrooms are more likely to be open for booking.
* Guests receive the same outstanding services and amenities as the high season guest
* Smaller crowds translates to shorter lift lines, easier access to restaurant and event tickets
* Pre-holiday stays allow guests to enjoy the festive ambiance without the crowds and costs associated with holiday rates and costs in town
* End of season snow is sometimes the best of the entire winter season, with longer ski days in late March and early April

I highly recommend booking your family destination or ski vacation at Aspen Square Condo/Hotel in cozy Aspen, CO. Check out Aspen Square’s special deals for booking where to save big on seasonal and pre-holiday savings and learn more about Aspen Square’s lift ticket sales and gear rentals for your snowy fun too!

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Watch us ride the longest zipline-Ski Apache Windrider in NM

Keller and I had a chance to ride the longest zipline in the lower 48 USA States, called Windrider at Ski Apache in Alto, NM, near Ruidoso.

This is a sponsored post however all opinions are my own.

Windrider zipline at Ski Apache, Ruidoso nm
This adventure experience was wrapped up during our family vacation from Wisconsin to New Mexico and we’re happy to let you know that the Ski Apache zipline tour near is extremely fun and well worth your family time.

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Ski Apache, here we come!

Road Trip to New Mexico via Route 66 from Wisconsin

We’re on our way to New Mexico via Route 66 from Wisconsin and will be heading through the following beautiful States: leaving from Wisconsin to Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and finally New Mexico. Along the way, we’ll stop to share some photos from the road and once we arrive in Ruidoso, NM where we’ll be featuring Ski Apache’s zip line tour and family gondola rides. Below is our travel map and photos of Ruidoso, New Mexico. Follow along as we tour the historic Route 66 and thanks for reading!

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Summer fun in Calgary Alberta Canada

In this special guest post, we’re featuring author and beer educator Marty Nachel as he spans the globe from Chicagoland to Calgary, Alberta in Canada for a travel adventure of hiking and beer!

Among many titles, Marty Nachel wrote the bible of beer making books Homebrewing For Dummies which you can find on Amazon. Marty is also a Faculty member at the College of DuPage Business of Craft Beer certificate program where you can join him for a 5-week Beer Evaluation course at College of DuPage to become a certified beer judge. Program info is available on the Aleconner Facebook page, at the COD.edu website or call (630) 942-2208 for class registration info!

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We're giving away a COOP Sports Reactorz Basketball and Reactorz Disc

Summer fun with COOP Hydro Whistle Dart and Reactorz giveaway

All winter long, I’ve been itching to get outdoors and now that the snow is long gone here in Wisconsin, we can finally play outside which we often do multiple times daily. My two younger boys and I love to have campfires on weekend nights but when I get home from work each weeknight, we love to be active and have fun outdoors. So our family often makes time to throw a ball, ride bikes, take a walk or just have fun outside before or after dinner time.

This week, I was given a Coop Hydro Whistle Dart to use with the boys in our playtime and wow we’ve been having fun!


Congrats to our giveaway winner Birdie S who has 48 hrs to claim the win.


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Recommendations from NY Toy Fair + Whiffer Sniffers Giveaway (ends 4/30)

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Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the NY Toy Fair for my full time job in public relations. Back home from Toy Fair, I was asked by two toy store owners what hot new products (toys and games) would I recommend they stock their retail store shelves with—below are my recommendations. Bonus! Check out the giveaway at the bottom of this post.

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