LEGO Advent Calendar: A fun countdown to Christmas

LEGO-Advent-CalendarLooking for a fun way to count down to Christmas, but really don’t want to have more candy in the house? Try a LEGO Advent Calendar. The one pictured above is the one my husband got last year.

When I was a kid, I loved the chocolate advent calendars. They had really crappy, waxy chocolate, but I just loved the idea of getting a prize to count down to Christmas. Whoever came up with the LEGO Advent Calendar is a genius. You don’t have to worry that you’ll get a crappy treat. You’ll get a LEGO each day, so you know it’s going to be good.

My husband usually gets two of these each year as a Christmas gift. He’d rather open all of them up at once. It’s the privilege of being an adult. You get to do all those things you wanted to do as a kid, but couldn’t.

There are three different advent calendars available.

LEGO City Advent Calendar

LEGO City Advent Calendar

LEGO City Advent Calendar #60063 (Amazon Affiliate Link)

This set is focused on the City theme. It’s a fun basic Christmas set which will add some holiday cheer to your ongoing collection. Personally, this is my favorite. I’m a basic Christmas person. It’s one of the few traditional things about me. Scroll down if you don’t want to know what it includes.

What is has: It includes 7 minifigures with assorted accessories: a boy, woman, girl, crook, 2 policemen and Santa. Features a mailbox, frog, snowman, cake stand with 2 cups and a pie, food stand with fruit and vegetables, window with decorations, wagon with a baguette, catapult with 3 snowballs, LEGO® duck, dog with bone, police scooter with sled, dinner table with roast turkey, 2 glasses, bottle, 2 Christmas gifts and a tricycle.

NOTE: I’ve heard that this is difficult to find this holiday season. It’s even sold out on the LEGO website as I write this blog post. I’ve attached a link to find it on Amazon, but I also recommend you look in your local Target or Toys ‘R Us stores to see if you can find it closer to the suggested retail price of $29.99.

LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar

LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar 75056

LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar 75056 (Amazon Affiliate Link)

This set is a Star Wars themed advent calendar. We all know LEGO and Star Wars go so well together, but add in Christmas and you have a whole new level of fun. It’s not super Christmas-y. It’s mostly Star Wars stuff with a
tiny bit of Christmas thrown in. Star Wars fans won’t care. They’ll love it. I mean, it is Star Wars. Scroll down if you don’t want to know what this set includes.

What it has: This set includes 7 minifigures and 3 droids, including an exclusive holiday-themed minifigure. Vehicles include an AAT, AV-7 Anti Vehicle Cannon, Vulture Droid, Jedi Starfighter, TIE Fighter, Luke’s Landspeeder, Snowspeeder, Christmas Speeder Bike and an Imperial Shuttle.

NOTE: I’ve heard that this one is also difficult to find. It’s sold out on the LEGO website as of the writing of this post. I’ve attached a link to one for sale on Amazon, but I encourage you to check your local Target or Toys ‘R Us stores to see if you can find one for closer to the suggested retail price of $39.99.

LEGO Friends Advent Calendar

LEGO Friends Advent Calendar 41040

LEGO Friends Advent Calendar 41040 (Amazon Affiliate Link)

This is the line of LEGO products aimed at girls. It’s covered in purples and pinks and has girl related things in
it. This set includes Mia and Ewa mini-doll figures with 24 buildable surprises. Personally, I think it’s funny that the LEGO website doesn’t list out the items included in this advent calendar. Mostly, it’s furniture and household items. In the scheme of things, this set of girl themed toys isn’t that bad. In my opinion, it’s not that Christmasy, (then again neither is the Star Wars one) but if you have a little one who likes this line, it’s a good purchase.

NOTE: This too has recently sold out online at the LEGO website. As stated above, I have a link to one available on Amazon, but I encourage you to look at your local Target or Toys ‘R Us stores to find one closer to the suggested retail price of $29.99.

Why buy a Keurig coffee maker?

Why-Buy-KeurigIt always surprises me when I see that someone who is a coffee lover doesn’t have a Keurig coffee brewer yet. What are you waiting for?

I’ll admit, I was hesitant to make the jump into the Keurig world. My parents had one and I loved it, but I just couldn’t bring myself to get one for myself. My husband doesn’t drink coffee or any hot beverages for that matter. It just didn’t seem economically feasible, until I crunched the numbers. Continue reading

Winter Beverages: Irish Coffee

Irish-Coffee-Recipe-NonChronNow that the cold temps are upon most of us, it’s nice to have some warm adult beverages to sip. One of my favorite hot drinks is Irish Coffee. While this hot alcoholic beverage was actually invented in Ireland, the beverage’s popularity in the United States can be traced to a bar/restaurant in San Francisco, The Buena Vista. I’ve been there and had an Irish Coffee. It’s a very San Francisco place. Continue reading

Beauty Review: Instawave Automatic Curler

Instawave Automatic Curler ReviewThe folks at KISS Products sent me one of their Instawave Automatic Curler to try out. Now, I’m not really much of a hair stylist and my hair is fairly low maintenance. I pretty much just blow dry it and go. I put one product in it to keep the fuzzies down (see image below) and as a detangler. It’s not for styling per se.

This is what I use on my hair (affiliate link)

Also, my hair is very fine, but I have a TON of it. It doesn’t stay in any kind of hair accessory without the help of hairspray. Those cute chopsticks you see gals using to keep their hair up in a bun…I can’t use them. My hair will fall right out.

So, sometimes I like to put strategic waves in my hair. My hair has a natural wave to it, but it looks like a wet dog, so I usually just blow it straight. Enter the Instawave Automatic Curler.

I’ve used it a few times before writing this review and I have to say I love it.

Instawave Automatic Curler: Easy to use

At first, I was a little afraid of it. I have this problem with left and right. I don’t know which way is which. So, when trying to use this thing, I had a few misfires. Finally, I did get the hang of it and realized just how easy it is. I also freaked out a bit about how to hold it because other curling irons you hold horizontally. This one goes vertically. Again, it was just something I had to get used to and I did by the time I was done doing my hair once.

Instawave Automatic Curler: Fast

It literally takes 10 seconds to get a curl in your hair with this thing. Of course, I put it on high because I’m impatient. It really doesn’t take long to get your hair done even if you put it on low. I felt like I curled all of my hair much faster than with other curling irons. Maybe it was because I didn’t spend all that time twisting!

Instawave Automatic Curler: Lasting curls

Usually, the day after I’ve curled my hair you can’t see much if any waves in my hair. This was not the case with this curler. While the curl wasn’t as tight as the day before, it still held up fairly well. I had a nice wave the next day. You can see in the image above what it looked like.

Still not convinced? Check out this video to see the curler in action.

Please note: While I did receive a free curler, I was not compensated in any other way. The opinions are my own.