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November 2018

  • 50 Christmas Gifts Under $10 (and 75+ Stocking Stuffer Ideas)

    Christmas is just around the bend and if you weren’t able to take advantage of any of the Black Friday sales I posted last week, you probably still have some shopping to do…and you’re in luck!

    I have put together a list of 50 Christmas gifts under $10 AND 75+ stocking stuffer ideas for the whole family!

    50 Christmas Gifts Under $10 (and 75+ Stocking Stuffer Ideas) | Rock It Mama

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    Every year the holiday seems to sneak up on me and I am left scrambling to come up with ideas to put under the Christmas tree. But this time, I have compiled a list of ideas to reference and I want to share them here in hopes that it makes gifting a little easier for you as well.

    Below you will find a list of 50 Christmas gifts under $10 that I have been loving in 2018. I have listed this in sections for him, her, teens, kids and babies. Some of the items may be a tad over $10, but totally worth the purchase. Also – be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to see my Christmas “cheat sheet” with over 75 stocking stuffer ideas for the entire family!

    Happy Shopping!

    Below is our list of 50 favorite Christmas gifts under $10!

    50 Christmas Gifts Under $10 (and 75+ Stocking Stuffer Ideas) | Rock It Mama | For Him

    1. Mr. Coffee Office Mug Warmer
    2. Every Man Jack Beard Oil
    3. Tuncily Credit Card Survival Tool
    4. Pair of Thieves Boxer Briefs
    5. Harry’s Mens Razor with 2 Razor Blades 
    6. Bodum 3 Cup French Press 
    7. Thermos Stainless Steel Beverage Can Insulator 12 oz.
    8. Buxton Top Zip Travel Kit
    9. Survival Paracord Bracelet 5-in-One Hiking Tool
    10. Handyman Flex Grip Work Gloves

    50 Christmas Gifts Under $10 (and 75+ Stocking Stuffer Ideas) | Rock It Mama | For Her

    11. Burts Bees Essential Everyday Beauty Gift Set
    12. Phone Camera Lens
    13. Bella by Illume – Sweet Sangria
    14. seOSTO Women Small Crossbody Purse
    15. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
    16. Bin 8 Multi Kitchen Tool
    17. Aztec Indian Healing Clay Mask
    18. Leather Tassel Lightning ChargeSync Cable for iPhone, iPad and iPod
    19. Gold Plated Adjustable Infinity Forever Bracelet
    20. Small Glass Jewelry Storage Box Gold

    50 Christmas Gifts Under $10 (and 75+ Stocking Stuffer Ideas) | Rock It Mama | For Teens

    21. Just My Style Ultimate Scrapbook
    22. GETIHU Powerbank Portable Charger
    23. 97 Things to Do Before You Finish High School
    24. Money Maze Puzzle Box
    25. ALEX Spa Hair Chalk Salon
    26. Spotify Subscription – The gift that keeps on giving
    27. Google Cardboard 3D Virtual Reality Headset
    28. iLive Audio Water Resistant Speaker with Carabiner
    29. Joopin Unisex Polarized Sunglasses 
    30. Bluetooth Beanie Hat w/ 2 Speakers

    50 Christmas Gifts Under $10 (and 75+ Stocking Stuffer Ideas) | Rock It Mama | For Kids

    31. CoolSand Indoor Kinetic Play Sand
    32. Zuru Smashers – 8 Pack
    33. L.O.L. Surprise Dolls – 7 Surprises
    34. Gamewright Rory’s Story Cubes
    35. Play-Doh Rainbow Starter Pack
    36. Yeti in My Spaghetti Board Game
    37. National Geographic Break Your Own Geode Kit
    38. HITOP Glow Party LED Gloves
    39. Sequin Mermaid Pillow Case
    40. Elmers Glue Deluxe Slime Starter Kit

    50 Christmas Gifts Under $10 (and 75+ Stocking Stuffer Ideas) | Rock It Mama | For Babies

    41. Where is Baby Board Book
    42. Baby Einstein Press & Play Pals
    43. Munchkin Squirtin’ Sea Buddies – 8 Pack
    44. Nuby Soothing Teething Mittens
    45. Fisher-Price Baby’s First Block Playset
    46. Infantino Stay & Play Sunflower
    47. A Baby’s Gift Box Set – Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny
    48. Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy
    49. Infantino Topsy Turvy Hug and Tug Musical Bug
    50. Battat Sort & Stack

    50 Christmas Gifts Under $10 (and 75+ Stocking Stuffer Ideas) | Rock It Mama

     

     

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  • Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

    My brother’s fiancee introduced us to Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower over the Thanksgiving holiday and I felt compelled to share. This delicious and exceptionally easy recipe is a perfect side dish or appetizer. As I mentioned before, my husband and I have been playing around with the Air Fryer and I’d like to report that we haven’t been disappointed! It is now a staple of our kitchen and probably my most used appliance. It’s easy to clean, easy to figure out (you choose your temperature, enter the time and press go) and super fast for a last minute cooker such as myself. Christmas is right around the corner, and I can’t think of a better gift idea. I have to admit, I’m not the biggest cauliflower fan, but when it’s prepared in a tangy buffalo sauce and comes out perfectly crispy I’ll snack on it all day.

    Ingredients:

    • 3/4 cup baking flour (gluten free, if need be)
    • 1 cup water
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 large head cauliflower cut into 1 1/2 inch florets (approximately 6 cups)
    • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
    • 1/2 cup pepper sauce (I used Franks RedHot)
    • 2 teaspoons honey
    • Add salt and pepper to taste

    Directions:

    1. Mix all the ingredients, except for the cauliflower, together in a bowl. Whisk if necessary. Batter should be smooth and somewhat runny.
    2. Cover the cauliflower in sauce
    3. Coat air fryer with avocado or olive oil
    4. Add cauliflower to air fryer. Set temperature to 370 degrees and cook for 14-16 minutes
    5. Remove and let cool. Cauliflower should be crispy
    6. For reheating – add cauliflower back to air fryer for 1-2 minutes

    And there you have it! Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower is so tasty and healthier than those buffalo wings you’ve been craving. I paired mine with a blue cheese dip for more flavor. Enjoy!

    If you liked this article and want more fun ideas for the air fryer be sure to check out: Homemade Air Fryer Donuts

    Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    15 mins
    Total Time
    25 mins
     


    Ingredients
    • 3/4 cup baking flour (gluten free if need be)
    • 1 cup water
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 large head cauliflower cut into 1 1/2 inch florets (approximately 6 cups)
    • 2 tablespoons butter melted
    • 1/2 cup pepper sauce (I used Frank's RedHot)
    • 2 teaspoons honey
    • Add salt and pepper to taste
    Instructions
    1. Mix all of the ingredients, except for the cauliflower, together in a bowl. Whisk if necessary. Batter should be smooth and somewhat runny

    2. Cover the cauliflower in sauce

    3. Coat air fryer with avocado or olive oil

    4. Add cauliflower to air fryer. Set temperature to 370 degrees and cook for 14-16 minutes

    5. Remove and let cool. Cauliflower should be crispy 

    6. For reheating, add cauliflower back to air fryer for 1-2 minutes

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  • 5 Family-friendly Ideas for Thanksgiving Day

    I seriously feel bad for Thanksgiving.

    I mean, every year we’re driven to leap into Christmas (or whatever your celebration!) and bypass Turkey day. It’s almost as if we will eventually dismiss the Holiday all together. In recent years, I’ve tried to give Thanksgiving its due recognition, but I’m ashamed to admit I’m guilty of pulling out the Christmas gear in the second week of November. Alfie the Elf on the Shelf has already graced us with his presence. The tree is up, Santa’s face is plastered everywhere, the stockings are hung tenderly with care… you get it. Because it’s so easy to get wrapped up in the magic of the holiday season, I’ve provided 5 Family-friendly ideas for Thanksgiving Day that’ll  allow you to fully acknowledge Turkey day, and perhaps begin a new tradition with the ones you love.

    1.   Volunteer

    What could be more appropriate on a day designated for giving than to volunteer and give back to the community. I like this idea because you can put in a few hours of the day volunteering for an organization you’re compelled to get involved with and still have time to feast and drink as you desire. If you’re looking for local charities and non-profits this is a great resource. A couple of tips:

    • Choose a cause you’re passionate about
    • Find an opportunity that matches your skills, interest and schedule

    Volunteering can also be as simple as visiting a nearby senior center or donating goods to a local food bank. Usually in need of assistance, hospitals offer a variety of volunteer opportunities suitable for all ages. I hope to incorporate this idea into our future Thanksgiving plans when my boys get older. It always feels good to pay your good fortune forward.

    2.   Turkey Trot

    Want to go for seconds and thirds guilt free this Thanksgiving? The average American will consume 3,000 calories on Turkey day (and honestly you should because, duh, it’s Thanksgiving!). An awesome way to kick off the day and burn some pre-meal calories is to run a turkey trot! My husband and I did this a few years ago and I have to say, indulging was that much sweeter after a solid 10k. You can find fun races in your area using this convenient tool. Turkey trots range in size from a just a few runners to thousands. The organizations hosting the event usually use the entrance fee to fund local charities and in some races the 1st place prize is a frozen turkey! Dust off those running shoes and get trotting!

    3.   Celebrate Native American Culture

    If you’ve never been, I highly recommend a day trip to the National Museum of the American Indian! I find it immensely important to educate myself and my family on Indigenous People and their many contributions to  modern day society. You can find Native influence in our arts, agriculture, and even modern medicine. Make it a quest to discover local tribes or plan a trip to a reservation. Try a Native recipe. Watch a movie starring Native actors. Here is a great list of children’s books to help explain a history that is often depicted inaccurately in school teachings and otherwise.

    4. Get Away

    And I don’t mean to your Great Aunt Linda’s house to have an uncomfortable political discussion at Thanksgiving dinner that ends in hurt feelings and family in-fighting! It is 100% okay to ditch the gatherings and do your own thing. Maybe you need a getaway. You’ve likely been rewarded extended time off for the holiday, so why not use that time to explore? Head to NYC for the annual parade or pick a city you’ve never visited. Not into the crowds? Numerous secluded resorts countrywide offer Thanksgiving deals to travelers who, like you, need an alternative. Plenty of awesome destinations and fresh ideas offered up right here. I’d also advise bringing a friend or two to make it a Friendsgiving trip!

     5.   Game Time

    Some of my favorite memories from childhood Thanksgivings is playing football with my cousins and family after our feast. It became such a tradition that a trophy was made for the winning team each year. So fun! Whatever game you play, because it certainly doesn’t matter, make it light and fun and try and get everyone involved! Play a board game, create a scavenger hunt, or enjoy a round of cards. Pro tip: Put the electronics down and get back to the basics!

    I hope you’ve been inspired by an idea or two and decide to include it in your Turkey day festivities. We wish you a Happy (and safe if you’ll be on the road) Thanksgiving.

    If you enjoyed this article be sure to check out The Grateful Tree.

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  • Black Friday Shopping Tips & 2018 Deals – Ads Included

    Guys – can you believe it is nearing the end of November already? It seems like the year just flew by and now, with Thanksgiving right around the corner, it also means Black Friday (or week) is coming up too!

    If you are looking for the best deals and savings of the year, this week is the prime time to lock down the items you’ve been wanting to buy. I’ll be honest, I’ve switched to skipping the line and online shopping when Thanksgiving and Black Friday roll around. Maybe I like my holiday dinner too much, or I don’t have the energy to get up at 4 a.m. and stand in line (turkey will do that to you). Yet…there are always those willing to face the massive crowds in order to get those rock-bottom prices and to those I say, “May the force be with you!”

    For those braving the long lines, here are some helpful tips to help you get the deepest discounts and navigate Black Friday like a pro!

    Black Friday Shopping Tips & 2018 Deals - Ads Included | Check here to find the best tips and tricks for shopping on Black Friday like a pro

    If you are looking for the best deals and savings of the year, this week is the
    prime time to lock down the items you’ve been wanting to buy.

    1. Prepare

    Be sure to sign up for newsletters via email so you get the latest news regarding Black Friday deals. Prioritize your shopping by creating a detailed list by store and then your wish-list items by order of importance. Have a back up plan for must-have items in the unfortunate event that they should sell out.

    2. Dress Comfortably

    Wear comfortable shoes and ditch the heavy jacket and purses if you can. Do consider appropriate wear for standing in long lines outdoors. It might be necessary to bring a hat, gloves, jacket or even a blanket. A cell phone bank/charger is also a helpful tool to ensure a full battery while shopping and referencing your phone.

    Prioritize your shopping by creating a detailed list by store and then your wish-list items by order of importance.

    3. Bring a Friend

    Shopping with a partner is way more fun anyways! Head to the store with a friend (or two) and divide and conquer. Knock out individual sections of the store and use multiple lines if possible. You can also go to separate stores to up your chances of getting what you want.

    4. Keep the Kids at Home

    This is a no-brainer. You will be standing in long lines, running to get items off the shelves, and you don’t want to do that with a kid. Leave them with a family member or friend and enjoy your shopping experience.

    5. Use Gift Cards!

    What’s better than a deal? A discounted-deal. Use a website like Raise to purchase gifts cards at a lower price that you can, in turn, use while shopping.

    6. Reference Your Phone for the Latest News

    Be sure to download apps such as Ibotta, Checkout 51, and Shopkick for any available coupons. You can also check the DealNews app so you never miss a deal. You may also have luck following stores on Facebook and Twitter, as they like to surprise followers with extra savings.

    7. Avoid Price Matching

    Most stores have lowered their pricing so much for Black Friday, that they rarely budge on price matching. Stores who do not price match include Target, Walmart and Best Buy.

    8. Use Your Free Amazon App

    Scan or enter any products to see if you can get them at a lower price through Amazon.com. You can easily purchase it with one click and if you have Prime, well…you know you have guaranteed free shipping on participating items. Win!

    9. Avoid Overbuying

    Just because it looks like a great deal, does not mean that you need to buy it. Go in with a budget, prepare in advance and get the items important to you. Sure, getting caught up in the excitement of Black Friday is easy to do, but impulse purchases are not worth going into debt over – be smart and intentional!

    10. You Can Skip In-store Altogether

    Black Friday sales are not just for in-store sales; a lot of online retailers participate in Black Friday. And unless the item you want is an in-store only deal or door buster, you can probably find it online.

    Additionally, this years Small Business Saturday is November 24th and you may find many businesses in your area participating. Consider shopping small and supporting your local businesses while putting money back into your community!

    Check Out the 2018 Black Friday Deals
    (*Latest update: 11/20/2018*)

    Amazon Deals

    Best Buy Deals

    JCPenney Deals

    Kohl’s Deals

    Lowe’s Deals

    Macy’s Deals

    Target Deals

    Walmart Deals

    Happy shopping,

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  • Where Do I Live? Kid Activity – Introducing Geography and Teaching Kids Their Address

    One thing I am trying to teach Rylan, especially since starting school, is where he lives. Turns out – teaching geographical concepts and answering “Where Do I Live?” to a 5-year-old is a lot harder than it seems. After all, we live in a city, in a state, in a country and a continent – that’s a lot of places. And after explaining them all to the best of my ability, Rylan is still left thinking there are 7 continents in Virginia and we live in the state of South America. Now you see my dilemma…

    I understand that in time he will grasp the vastness of the Earth and then be able to put it all into perspective, but I definitely feel there are better ways to visually make this easier for him. So today when his school had a “snow” day, I wanted to break out the craft supplies and do something fun and educational that might just answer “Where do I live?”

    I came across this project by 123 Home School 4 Me and decided it was perfect. Not only would it help with address memorization, but it scales from the bigger picture (Earth) to the smaller picture (home) and gives children a better understanding of ALL the locations they live, right down to the street and house number. And as Rylan is learning about maps in school, I figured it would be a great reinforcement to his classroom education as well. Follow along to see how we made ours!

    This “Where Do I Live?” project gives children a better understanding of ALL the locations they live, right down to the street and house number.

    1. Gather your supplies!

    • Construction Paper (I cut these into squares, starting with 3″x3″ and then marking the others 1″  larger than the previous one)
    • Coloring Supplies
    • Hole Puncher
    • Glue Stick
    • Self-Adhesive Laminating Sheets (optional)
    • Printer Paper for the images (I cut these into squares, starting with 2″x2″ and then marking the others 1″ larger than the previous one)
    • Binder Ring or String to put it all together

    2. Print out pictures of your country, state, city, etc.

    The following images were specific to us, but I am glad to share them with you. You can easily google “_____ clip art” and find the images that apply to you.

    Print your images on plain paper and cut out.

    3. Cut your construction paper backgrounds

    Cut your construction paper into different sizes. As the sizes get smaller, the more concentrated the geographical areas are. Then label them, starting with the largest paper:

    • Planet
    • Continent
    • Country
    • State
    • City
    • Street
    • House Number

    4. Get creative!

    It’s key to give your child a lot of freedom with this project – to encourage learning, creativity and fine motor skills. I asked Rylan to look at the pictures and color land vs. bodies of water, the different countries and even the state of Virginia in a different color. When they are done, have them use the glue stick and place the images to the corresponding construction papers (this is a good way to test if they understand geography locations as well).

    It’s key to give your child a lot of freedom with this project, while encouraging learning too. See if your child can put the squares in order from biggest to smallest.

    5. Tie it all together!

    Optional: Use self-adhesive laminate on your sheets to make them last longer.

    Punch holes in the top left corner and encourage your child to string and tie together the sheets (we used a spare binder ring). Your “Where Do I Live?” project is done!

    The project was super easy and although it required a little digging for images, I feel confident it is going to help teach him more about where we live in the world – a vital life skill to prepare your child with. It’s also a good source of reference as he continues to memorize our address!

    Have you tried this project? Has another one worked for your child? Please feel free to share your thoughts!

     

     

     

     

    If you enjoy this blog post, you might want to teach your child their phone number too! Check out this blog post to see our 3 fun and engaging activities to help your child memorize important phone numbers!

    PPS. Luckily the snow didn’t last, so Auntie Annes’s date it is!

     

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  • Homemade Air Fryer Donuts: A Fun and Delicious Activity

    Calling all donut lovers! I have a treat for you, and its appropriately entitled the Homemade Air Fryer Donut.

    My husband and I have been experimenting with the air fryer lately and I came across an idea for homemade donuts. At first I was skeptical, as the process is surprisingly easy. However, spoiler alert: they are DELICIOUS and definitely worth getting out of bed for. My oldest son and I had the best time decorating and getting creative with the icing and toppings. In this post I will provide the icing recipe, the step by step directions and a few ways we took liberties with leftover Halloween candy which I’m sure most of you are dying to get rid of, ha! This is the Air Fryer we use and I highly recommend it.

    All you will need for the donut itself is:

    • A can of pre-made flaky biscuit dough

    And for the glaze:

    • 1 1/4 cups of confectioners sugar
    • 1 tablespoon of light corn syrup
    • 1 tablespoon of melted butter
    • 1 tablespoon of milk
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Directions:

    1. Separate and place biscuits on a cutting board or clean surface. Use a biscuit cutter or a small shot glass (thats what I had and it worked perfectly) to cut holes in the middle of the biscuits
    2. Spray your Air Fryer with a little cooking oil (I used coconut oil)
    3. Place a few donuts in the Air Fryer at a time, making sure they aren’t touching
    4. Close the Fryer and set to 350 degrees for 4-5 minutes
    5. Pull the donuts out of the Fryer and cover with icing (we used a paintbrush) and toppings

    After Air Fryer

    When my son asked for more toppings to add on his donuts I pulled out the Halloween stash and used a cooking hammer to smash the candy until they were crumbles. My son thoroughly enjoyed creating his own unique donuts and taste testing along the way. The icing does dry fast so I had to keep adding more in order for the toppings to stick. The extra layer of glaze yielded an even tastier donut.

    In addition to flexing those creativity muscles, I’d like to think that because these Homemade Air Fryer Donuts are not deep fried in oil they’re a bit heathier and definitely less greasy.

    So there you have it! The Homemade Air Fryer Donut. A delectable treat and engaging activity for you and your little. Or just for yourself! And here’s a friendly reminder to:

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