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How will you make this holiday season the best one yet?

Posted by on Nov. 20, 2012 at 11:51 PM
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As part of the CafeMom Influencer Program for Hallmark, we distributed a variety of products to moms and asked them to share their experiences. Here is a glimpse on the products I received. 

Be a Part of Story books

Recordable Storybooks

North Pole Countdown Keepsake Ornament

Jingle & Bell Interactive Story Buddies 

Recordable Wish List and Digital Countdown cards

Until We Hug Again Recordable Stuffed Animals

Check out what our moms are saying. And then tell us how you plan to make this holiday season the best one yet!

by on Nov. 20, 2012 at 11:51 PM
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Here is a snapshot of what of our influencer moms are saying:

charlene_kyle says:
These recordable books are awesome. It is such a cute story and I am so excited to keep this book for years to come.

frankiesma530 says:
I got Hallmarks recordable storybook: All I Want For Christmas.  It features Disney characters and was super cute.  The book sends a loving and positive message about the holiday, which is great.

lalasmama2007 says:
Even though my DD is familiar with the Story Buddies (Jingle and Bell), her face lights up every time one of them responds. She has asked to read the stories several times since we received them. They are definitely a hit with my DD!

Meltopia529 says:
We were sent the countdown to Christmas ornament. It is so cute! We had to "tune in" and check it out already. My 2 year old son LOVES it! It sounds just like the real thing. I love how the dial lights up too! This is a fantastic way to countdown the days till Christmas.

kthruz143 says:
We received the Jingle recordable book. Every night since we have got it my kids (4 and 2) beg to listen to the story about jingle. They really like the fact that they can turn the page and don't need mommy and daddy to read it. I can see this being the book they choose to read at night for a while.

alliesmom112 says:
DD loves the book.  She reads it every night and she thinks it is the coolest thing ever than Daddy and Momma are "inside" her book. I think it is her new FAVORITE book.  It is something Allie will have for many years to come. 

Read on for more great stories and join in on the conversation.

by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 12:51 AM

I cannot wait to receive this influencer and read about others experiences with these wonderful products!  Our children love Jingle which they received last year and Hallmark ha wonderful products to help share the holiday with each other.

by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 12:52 AM
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We received three Christmas cards. One was an elf card that repeated what you say as an elf. My daughter loves it and plays with it all the time. The second was a pretty snowy card. The third was a Santa card where his beard is an advent calendar. I gave them to the kids on St. Nicholas day from Santa Claus. They loved them. Thanks!

by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 1:10 AM

Hi everybody!  My name is Kathleen and I am a SAHM to three boys ages 7, 5 and 20 months and the wife to my wonderful DH for the past 8.5 years.  We are an active family who loves to have fun and loves to create wonderful family memories together.  I am so excited to be choosen for this influencer and I can't wait to see what we will receive and to come back and tell you all about it!  Thank you Cafe Mom and Hallmark for this opportunity!  I will be back to update when I receive my package.

We received our package in the mail and I was so excited to open it!  We received an interactive storybook called "A Visit to the North Pole".  It is so cute and full of bright colors and cute pictures.  I knew I couldn't pick just one child to give it to so I gave it to all of them!  My oldest two who are 7 and 5 years old were the most excited about it until it started talking.  Then my 20 month old came running up and wanted to listen too.  This is a really cool book because you turn it on and then start reading.  When you read a sentence printed in red, then Santa comes on and starts talking.  Sometimes he just says someting fun for the kids to listen to, sometimes there is music, and many times he asks them a question.  They are able to respond to the question and then he answers them back based on their response.  It is so cool and they loved it!  I let them take turns answering questions and even my 20 month old got excited and tried to answer.  There was one point where Santa says to tell and elf to stop and my 5 year old says, "We have to help him!  Stop!"  Then my youngest starts saying, "Stop, stop!"  It was so cute.  We love this book and will be reading it a lot this holiday season.  DH is at work tonight but I can't wait for him to get home and see us read it, he will think it is so cool!  I took a few pictures.

Here is the book and my two oldest. 

There is my youngest because after we finished the story he wanted to look through it again!

Here is a picture of a page in the book.  You can see how some words are red and when you read those that is when Santa talks to you!

Thank you again Cafe Mom and Hallmark!  We love it!  I will definitely be telling my sisters about this for their kids. 

by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 6:36 AM

I wish I was chosen!

by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 7:26 AM

Quoting mrswillie:

I wish I was chosen!

Me too! 

by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Ds will be getting a countdown chain from his k teacher w bible verses. I'm looking forward to that since I was going to make one until I found out he'd be getting one.

I'm constantly looking for ways to remind my boys of the reason for the season. They've got the gift part down! LoL

i am also trying to get as much done ahead of time as I can so the last week isn't stressful.

by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 8:40 AM

We received the Hallmark Interactive storybook.  The book is called "A Visit to the North Pole".  My 5 and 2 year old LOVE it!!!  My son was so excited to see a package in the mail for him.  We read it three times the evening that we got it.  Then later that night when my husband got home, he read it to the kids too!  

What I love about this book is that the pictures are bright and colorful.  It's very sturdy and durable!  The book works very well as long as you are in a quiet room. It was neat to hear the different phrases when my son answered different ways each time we read it.  I thought it was so neat that the book actually heard what my son said.  It asks on one page if he wanted the star topper or the angel, and Santa responds according to his answer.  SO NEAT!  My son is so excited when a friend comes over, he runs upstairs and gets the book, and we read it AGAIN!  I know he will continue to enjoy this book for quite a while!  Very nice gift for young kids.

by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Hi there ladies :)

We received our "Countdown to Christmas Ornament" from Hallmark and it is too stinkin' cute!  It is shaped like a little radio and each day you set the channel (the date) and it gives you a countdown and a cute Christmas update.  My kiddo's are getting this one, in fact I gave it to them already :)  We have 4 kids, the girls are 9,7,6 and our little guy is 2.  This is going to be a great addition to our Holiday traditions and I love it because they all came running "together" to hear the messages.  The countdown starts on Dec. 1st so I didn't let them listen to all of the messages yet ;)

My kids looooved the countdown and all wanted to take a turn "playing the countdown" on the radio.  I am very happy w/ this product, it is really cute :)

I would definitely recommend this product to other Moms.  Also, for the Moms that are trying to keep the holiday more on the religious side, Hallmark also has a similar product that is a "Countdown to Jesus' Birthday".   Very cute!

I love Hallmark pruducts!

by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 9:37 AM
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We got our package from the UPS man last night and i was so excited to see what it was. I opened it up and we recieved the interactive story book. I stopped what i was doing and read it to my kids right away. It was a huge hit with my kids. My dd who is 2 loved it. Everytime santa would talk back to her she would smile as big as she could. I couldn't get to the next page quick enough for her. My ds who is 4 enjoyed it alot. He would respone to the questions and begged to read it again first thing when he got up this morning. I love this product and so do my kids! It worked like a charm with no gliches and it will now become part of our betime routine. Thanks so much cafemom and Hallmark

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