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About the author  ⁄ Katie Kavulla

Having just made the move from big city life to settle down in the town where she and her husband both grew up, Katie Kavulla is a mom of three who strives to slow life down a bit… as impossible as that is with three kids under the age of 10. A blogger turned writer, Katie has spent the past few years combining the things that she loves into a career, with a focus on helping other moms tell their story, because Katie truly believes that every mom has one to tell.

Tomato Soup with Parmesan Dumplings

With all of the busyness of the holiday season, healthy meals seem to take a back burner. Quick and easy always wins out when there is shopping to do and gifts to wrap and parties to attend. Thankfully, this tomato soup and parmesan dumplings recipe from Bite Me More is the perfect solution. Not only is it going to fill up your family for whatever holiday adventures you’re off to this evening, but it it’s also full of veggies and can be made in under 30 minutes.

See the recipe and more in our 2016 Holiday Guide.

 

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We’ve been swooning over all of the gift ideas and travel must-haves in our 2016 Holiday Guide and we’re excited to share a few of our favorites in our 2016 Holiday Giveaway! 

Baby's First Christmas Giveaway (Over $1000 value)

For Baby’s first Christmas

Is there anything more special than celebrating your little one’s first Christmas? Whether they are nearly a year old or just coming into the world this winter, these sweet prizes will make her first Christmas rememberable. 

b.box Diaper Caddy ($60 value)
Skip Hop Gift Bundle ($40 value)
Lulujo Blanket and Card Set ($23 value)
Pediped Shoes ($40 value)

See our entire list of gift ideas for Baby’s first Christmas in our 2016 Holiday Guide.

Win Holiday Travel Favorites ($1000 value)

For holiday travel

Hats off to families who are traveling this holiday season! These must-haves for family travel will get you there in one piece… or, at least as close to one piece as possible.

Splash About FloatSuit ($40 value)
Bumkins Nixi Bags by Coveted Things ($60 value)
The Brushies Gift Set ($30 value)
Babymoov Traveller Diaper Bag ($83 value)

Traveling this holiday season? Don’t miss our entire list of travel gear for kids in our 2016 Holiday Guide.

Win Toddler + Kid Gift Guide Favorites ($1000 value)

For toddlers and kids

In our opinion, the most fun group to shop for, we have an entire list dedicated to great toddler gifts in our 2016 Holiday Guide and if you win, your toddler is going to have a super awesome winter!

Name Bubbles Labels ($26 value)
theMINIclassy Dino Leggings ($50 value)
Little Partners Easel ($120 value)
Svan Ice Cream Shop ($32 value)
jujube Itty Bitty Be ($40 value) 
fluf Designs Lunch Tote ($21 value)

There are gift ideas galore in our 2016 Holiday Guide. Don’t miss these and so many more for toddlers and kids of all ages!

Win Everything Mom Wants for the Holidays

 

For moms

Last, but certainly not least, some prizes for moms to reward you for making it to the other side of the holiday season. 

The New Primal Sampler Pack ($42 value)
Bravado Body Silk Nursing Cami and Body Silk Bra ($105 value)
Belabumbum Eva Tunic and Pant Set ($79 value)
Erin Condren Clutch and Notebooks ($50 value)
Petunia Pickle Bottom Powder Room Case ($28 value)

See our entire list of stocking stuffer ideas and travel must-haves for moms in our 2016 Holiday Guide.

Enter to win the 2016 Holiday Giveaway

Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter to win. Must be a US resident and 18-years-old or older to enter and win. Winning entry will be verified. One winner will receive all listed prizes. Some prize selections are subject to availability. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 24 hours to respond. Please allow 6-8 weeks for prize delivery. 

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Ski Utah

For families who love to ski, this time of year is golden. In fact, getting to the mountain to hit the slopes — either on skis or snowboards — is probably all they can think about once the weather turns cool and the flakes start falling.

Let Ski Utah help you plan your vacation

If your family is looking for a fun ski destination this winter, Utah should definitely be a top contender and Ski Utah is here to help make it the best experience possible for families. A non-profit agency that was established in 1975, Ski Utah currently represents 14 resorts across the state, which means that you’ll be able to choose from the perfect visit with your kids. New to skiing in Utah? Their 10 Things You Didn’t Know about Utah Snow is a great place for insider tips. (Over six-feet of snow every April?!? What!?!)

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Check out the Ski Utah Passport Program

If you have a fifth or six grade child, you’ll want to make sure you take full advantage of the Ski Utah Passport Program. Fifth graders can ski three times at each of the Ski Utah resorts (there are 14 total!) and sixth graders can ski once at each of the Ski Utah resorts throughout the season. And, that’s not to mention all of the other fun offers and deals included in the Passport. 

You can read all of the details about the Ski Utah Passport Program and register your kids on the Ski Utah website. There is a $35 processing fee, a small price to pay for all that time on the mountain, right? The website also has details about upcoming blackout dates and other tips for making your visit as fun as possible that you won’t want to miss.

Want to grab a Passport for yourself, too? They have an adult version, the Ski Utah Yeti Pass, which allows you to ski once at each of the participating resorts, right alongside your kiddo.

See you on the slopes!

Compensation was provided by Ski Utah via Momtrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Ski Utah or Momtrends.

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The Best Toddler Gifts of 2016

The BEST toddler gifts of 2016

Toddlers. They’re not so easy to deal with sometimes, but they are so easy to shop for… especially during the holidays. It doesn’t take much to make their eyes light up with excitement and with these toddler gifts, you’re guaranteed to have the best time celebrating the holidays with them.

Name Bubbles Labels: During those years where mine is very important to your child, these cute name labels will be an instant hit. (We won’t tell them that these are actually a gift for you, Mom!)

Svan Ice Cream Shop: Made of wood and full of ways to let their imagination run wild, this sweet little ice cream shop is toddler-sized and made with non-toxic materials. Warning: May cause your child to want actual ice cream.

Little Partners Art Easel: Now available in fun new colors, there’s nothing better than a gift that inspires your toddler to create. We love that you can take the legs off to make this a tabletop easel for extended play.

jujube Itty Bitty Be: For the toddler who insists on getting her purse before she leaves for the day, this mini-sized bag from one of our favorite diaper bag brands is going to become her instant favorite.

fluf Designs Lunch Bag: Toddlers come with a lot of accessories, so giving them a cool way to tote it all around is the best. And, a big thumbs up from moms for the lining that can be rinsed out.

Nook Pebble Lounger: The beanbag chair gets a major upgrade with these cool loungers! Toddlers will love these for their downtime. And yes, the cover is removable and machine washable. 

theMINIclassy Dino Leggings: What’s that? Your toddler has an opinion about what she likes to wear? Shocking. These cool dino leggings — and everything at theMINIclassy, for that matter — are going to be a holiday hit for your stylish tot.

Holiday 2016 Guide

To see all of the ideas and where to buy, visit our 2016 Holiday Guide. You can click through, just like a magazine, and shop straight from the images inside. You can find Toddler Gift Ideas on page 5!

Portions of our 2016 Holiday Guide are sponsored and contain affiliate links. Thank you for shopping with the brands who support Savvy Sassy Moms.

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8 Mom Stocking Stuffers You Actually Want

8 Mom stocking stuffers you actually want this year

Raise your hand if you’ve received a stocking full of, um, interesting gifts in your years as a mom. Don’t worry, friends. We’ve all be there. This year, we have you covered with these mom stocking stuffers that you’ll actually want. Discreetly share this post on Facebook as a little hint, hint moment to your loved ones and make sure you peek through it yourself for some fun gift ideas for the moms in your life!

Julep Oxygen Nail Treatment: Perfect for when your nails need a break after that pretty holiday polish.

HP Sprocket Photo Printer: Definitely a top contender for the most popular mom-gift of the holiday season, we’re all wanting one of these mini-printers in our stockings!

The New Primal Samplers: We love these high-protein snacks for when we realize coffee is the only thing we’ve had to eat all day. (Psst! Enjoy 30% off through the holidays using the code SAVVYSASSYSNACKS.)

Tieks Foldable Flats: Okay, maybe calling shoes a stocking stuffer is a stretch, but thankfully Tieks fold up nice and small.

Kari Gran Lip Whip Kit: Pucker up! We love that there’s a red for days when you want to be glam and a clear for days when you’re sporting your favorite yoga pants.

Mark and Graham iPhone Charging Bracelet: We’re obsessed with this bracelet that gives your iPhone a little burst of power when it’s running low!

Petunia Pickle Bottom Powder Room Case: A tried and true favorite from our team, this little case in an exclusive holiday print is perfect for throwing in your diaper bag or purse.

Erin Condren Notebook: Because moms have a million and one things on their minds and sometimes getting it all out on paper — even if it’s just our grocery list — feels good.

 

Holiday 2016 Guide

To see all of the ideas and where to buy, visit our 2016 Holiday Guide. You can click through, just like a magazine, and shop straight from the images inside. You can find Mom Stocking Stuffers on page 10!

Portions of our 2016 Holiday Guide are sponsored and contain affiliate links. Thank you for shopping with the brands who support Savvy Sassy Moms.

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Let’s be honest, moms are the ultimate gift heroes. There isn’t a month all year long that goes by that we aren’t buying gifts for someone — birthday gifts for our kids’ friends, teacher gifts, gifts for grandparents — the gift searching and buying and wrapping is truly never-ending when you’re a mom. 

Thankfully, when you have somewhere to shop like P.C. Richard and Son, being a gift hero is pretty easy… especially during the holiday season! With online shopping for guaranteed Christmas arrival available until noon EST on December 16th (and in-store shopping available right up until the holiday itself!) there are so many ways to keep your gift hero status in-tact this year. 

P.C. Richard and Son has gifts for everyone on your list, even those who are hard to shop for. Take a peek at some of our favorite picks!

Gift Ideas for Teens

For the tween who listens to the same song over and over again

If you have one, you know exactly what we’re talking about. And, these Sony ZX Series Stereo Headset Headphones ($40) are more of a gift to you than they are to her anyway. But, we promise we won’t tell.

Gift Ideas for Dads Who Love Music

For the dad who loves to turn up the tunes

If Dad loves to get those epic family dance parties started, he’s going to love the SONOS Play 1 Wireless Speaker ($199). He can crank up the tunes as loud as he wants, in any room of the house he wants, to get the dance party started.

Gift Ideas for Moms with New Babies

For your sister who just had a new baby

She needs coffee and so much of it. The gift of coffee is perfect for any new mom in your life and the Ninja Coffee Bar is the ultimate Christmas gift. Expect a thank you text… when she’s up feeding the baby at 2 a.m.

Gift Ideas for Your Instagram-Obsessed Kid

For your budding Instagram sensation

He’s stealing your iPhone every chance he gets to record a new video or post something to his Instagram account, making the Polaroid Instant Print Digital Camera ($100) an idea gift choice to make you his Gift Hero this holiday season.  

Gift Ideas for New Drivers

For your about to turn 16-year-old

You definitely don’t feel old enough to have a kiddo who is almost driving, but it’s the reality of it! If you have an up and coming new driver, keep her safe with the Garmin 5.0″ Hi-Resolution LCD Display GPS Navigation System ($150). It will help get her to where she needs to be without needing to have her phone in her hands while she drives, giving you peace of mind.

For these gifts and so many more that will make you the Gift Hero, head to P.C. Richard and Son.

Be the Gift Hero this holiday season

This post is sponsored. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands who support Savvy Sassy Moms through paid content.

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Win the Panasonic Giveaway with enloop Batteries

Show us how you eneloop to win the Panasonic giveaway

With a name that we all love, eneloop is known for their great rechargeable batteries. In fact, they’re so fantastic and beloved that they were named the Best Rechargeable AA Battery and Charger of 2016 by MetaEfficient. Launched in 2005, eneloop was designed with a simple idea in mind — to provide people with a battery that can be recharged over and over again to make work and play as easy as possible.

Today, eneloop Rechargeable Batteries can maintain a 70-perfect charge for up to 10-years, can be recharged over 2100 times each and can preform at temperatures as low as -4 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, they are environmentally conscience by being charged initially using solar power at the factories and reducing the amount of batteries that are thrown away after one-time use. You can read more about eneloop on the Panasonic website.

A brand that loves showing its personality through its products, eneloop is giving you the chance to win through the entire month of December by showing “how you eneloop” sharing pictures of how you use your rechargeable batteries at home.

To enter, start by visiting the eneloop Facebook page and use the Sweepstakes tab. There are two separate entry periods remaining — December 6th-12th and December 13th-19th —where you can add your “how you eneloop” photo to be entered to win.

eneloop Rechargeable Batteries

Weekly prize packs include products such as Panasonic WINGS Premium Wireless Bluetooth Sports Clips, Panasonic Wireless Home Audio Micro Systems, Panasonic LUMIX Active Lifestyle Tough Cameras, Panasonic LUMIX FZ300 4K 24X F2.8 Long Zoom Digital Cameras, eneloop Power Pack Batteries and more.

Your entry between November 1st and December 26th also enters you for the grand prize, a trip to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Please see the eneloop Facebook page for all of the prize and entry rules and details.

Check out this video to see why you shop eneloop…

This is a sponsored blog. While the views expressed here were genuinely mine, consideration was paid to me by Panasonic to review this product.

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The New Primal- 30% off using SAVVYSASSYSNACKS

Stock up on holiday snacks from The New Primal

Keeping my kids on-track with healthy eating during the holidays is seemingly impossible. Having just come off of Thanksgiving weekend where a healthy meal seemed to consist of a few bites of pumpkin pie, a whole lot of whipped cream and, if I was lucky, a bite of turkey, I know how important it is to make sure they’re eating well this time of year. If your kids are like mine, keeping nourished with at least something healthy along the way makes all the difference in their behavior. The holiday days are long, the activities are busy and the excitement is at a max — the last thing anyone needs is a sugar-rush breakdown.

We’re thrilled to work with The New Primal this holiday season to share their line of snacks that make both parents and kids happy over the holidays. All of their products are made with the best of ingredients for a huge punch of protein — sustainably sourced ingredients and proteins, which have been raised without antibiotics or added hormones, minimally processed, grass fed and grass finished and, most importantly, delicious.

I have snacks from The New Primal stocked in our cars, in my purse and in our travel bags for all our holiday adventures. They make the perfect snack for when you’re rushing from one holiday activity to the next or for when your kids (or you!) need a boost of protein mid-Christmas tree hunt.

For Savvy Sassy Moms readers and followers, use the code SAVVYSASSYSNACK on The New Primal for 30% off your order, through Tuesday, November 29th. 

 

 

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Join us for the Lands’ End 12 Hours of Twitter holiday event

We’re so excited to join Lands’ End for 12 hours of tweeting to celebrate the arrival of the holidays! They are hosting their 7th annual 12 Hours of Twitter event, featuring some of your favorite bloggers as co-hosts throughout the day. Participate with one hour or all 12 for the chance to win one of more than 60 Lands’ End gift cards! 

Lands’ End 12 Hours of Twitter

Monday, November 28th
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST
Follow @LandsEnd and @LandsEndPR on Twitter
#LandsEndHoliday

Don’t miss the last hour of the event, where we’ll be tweeting live from @SavvySassyMoms on Twitter. They’re giving away three $500 Lands’ end gift cards!

And, make sure you’ve checked out the details on their #SantaforaDay contest. They choose a daily winner for a $100 Lands’ End giveaway, through December 20th.

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Santa’s shoes are undeniably tough to fill, however, there are some adorable kids that are up for the task! Lands’ End interviewed potential Santa candidates from Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Dane County and they shared just how they would approach the job of being Santa for a day, should he be unable to fulfill his jolly duties this holiday season. Watch and share their #SantaForADay story.

Tweet with Lands’s End to win

This holiday season, Lands’ End is playing Santa by giving away a $100 gift card daily via their Twitter account, @landsend. From November 17th (that’s today!) through December 20th, visit Lands’ End on Twitter to see the daily prompt. All you need to do to be eligible to win is to respond to the Santa for a Day prompt, using #santaforaday and #mylandsend on your tweet. Winners will be chosen at random and announced daily on Twitter. Santa would give this contest a big, white-gloved thumbs up, don’t you think?

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Join us on Cyber Monday

Make sure to join us on Twitter on Cyber Monday, November 28th, for some tweeting fun, as well! Keep an eye on @LandsEnd on Twitter, as well as on our own Twitter account, @SavvySassyMoms, for details!

This post and accompanying social media posts are sponsored by Lands’ End. All opinions are our own. Thank you for supporting the brands who support Savvy Sassy Moms.

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