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

    Christmas is just around the bend and we’ve got some helpful gift giving ideas for you today.

    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 2019. 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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  • Baby’s First Christmas – Gift Guide!

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    Check out our list of must-have gifts for Baby’s First Christmas!

    Fat Brain Toys Dimpl Baby Toys & Gifts (here)

    Give the gift of sensory stimulation for baby’s first Christmas with this brightly colored and super durable toy! Babies will love poking and grabbing the colorful silicon bubbles while developing fine motor skills. Easy to take on the go and a fascinating attention keeper, this Dimpl is a wonderful gift for baby’s first Christmas!

    Radio Flyer 3-in-1 Wagon (here)

    You can’t go wrong with a classic! This multi-purpose radio flyer is a gift for babies and parents alike, as it is fun to ride in and easy to pull. It’s compact design folds for simple storage and it includes the UV protective canopy (for rainy days too). Plenty of room for 2, the radio flyer 3-in-1 can also be used as bench for seating. Buy it now!

    My First Library Board Books Boxset (here)

    It is never too early to instill a love for reading in a child, which makes this board book boxset the perfect gift for baby’s first Christmas. These brightly colored reads cover all the basics, including numbers, the alphabet and animals. Great for language development and an awesome introduction to the wonderful world of literature. Baby needs this set like yesterday!

    Spike the Fine-Motor Hedgehog (here)

    Just look at this adorable spike the Hedgehog in all of it’s colorful, fine motor glory! Watch as baby’s skills grow with this super cute peg-in-the-hole toy. The quills are easy to grasp and simple to store when play time is over. Spike is highly educational with it’s sorting, counting and color recognition building features. Exceptional!

    V-Tech Sit to Stand Learning Walker (here)

    What’s not to love about this interactive learning baby walker that features a removable toddler play panel and pretend telephone handset? Help babies learn to walk with this light up, musical push toy that sings songs and spouts fun phrases. Durable wheels work on carpet and hard floors. Intended for babies and toddlers from 9 months to 3 years old, it is also available in pink!  

    Growsland Baby Bath Toys (here)

    Bath time just got more fun with these awesome waterproof books and squeeze toys! This gift is not only educational but unique and guaranteed to keep baby entertained. The first page even squeaks when you press it! Tough but bendable, the books’ smooth edges are safety checked and mold resistant. Great value for everything included. Blub Blub gift these bath toys for baby’s first Christmas and enjoy some fun in the tub!

    Leapfrog My Pal Scout (here)

    Personalized learning, 40+ melodies and lullabies, and night time soothing are just a few of the incredible features to this multi-faceted, educational cuddle toy. Sync with a smartphone or tablet, and Scout will say your child’s name and favorite things. Bedtime just got a lot easier!

    Battat – Wooden Activity Cube (here)

    A beautifully crafted childhood classic, the Battat wooden activity cube is a must have for babies and toddlers. With 5 sides of fun and rounded corners, this child favorite will keep baby safely entertained. Playtime with this toy encourages hand-eye coordination, imaginative play and cause-and-effect. Winning gift right here!

    Melissa & Doug Nesting and Stacking Blocks (here)

    What can’t we say about Melissa & Doug? Their products are amazing. Get back to the basics with these stackable blocks with eye catching alphabet letters and animals.  And when baby is finished they store away seamlessly.  This toy is an incredible value under $10 and is guaranteed by Melissa & Doug. Talk about a no brainer!

    Ball Pit Play Tent (here)

    Kids have a mental, emotional and physical need to learn how to explore by investigating their physical environments. What better place to do it than in this stimulating and safe ball pit? They can learn depth perception and to differentiate colors. It folds up quick and easy and comes with a handy storage bag so you can take just about anywhere!

    If you liked this gift guide for Baby’s First Christmas and would like more gift ideas – be sure to read our post on 50 Christmas Gifts Under $10 (and 75+ Stocking Stuffer Ideas.)

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  • Teaching Children about Gratitude – 4 Simple Activities

    In a world where everything is at our fingertips, and a feeling of privilege and entitlement can come natural – it can be difficult to instill an “attitude of gratitude” in our children. And while exercising manners and being courteous are quite satisfactory, teaching gratitude to young minds can have lifelong positive effects. But learning this outlook takes time and practice; after all it is a mindset and a lifestyle. Thankfully, there are techniques you can establish with your child today to begin cultivating feelings and expressions of gratitude – and what better time to develop an “attitude of gratitude” then the start of this holiday season?

    Studies show strong associations between showing gratefulness and improved happiness.

    In many respects, instilling a sense of gratitude is one of the most important lessons to pass along to our children. “Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives.” Harvard Health. Studies show strong associations between showing gratefulness and improved happiness; and so by teaching our children to find appreciation in the little things around them, they tend to be less materialistic, more empathetic towards others, more satisfied with life and often lead healthier lives physically and psychologically. When you see the positive,  you feel more positive – it only makes sense!
    This week we have put together a collection of activities you and your child can both do together. We encourage using these techniques daily as a way to make gratitude a meaningful part of the day.

    1. Write in a Gratitude Journal

    Gratitude journals are great for both children and adults. Taking time to reflect and report your positive daily experiences can increase your overall happiness. In a 2003 study by Dr. Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough, participants who kept gratitude journals for 9 weeks resulted in exercising more regularly, reporting fewer physical complaints, expressing optimism concerning the upcoming week and had higher ratings of joy and happiness.

    We have created a simple and fun gratitude journal print-out with both morning and evening prompts your child can use to build a healthy habit of gratitude starting today. Download the FREE printable below.

    2. Go on a Hunt!

    Make learning fun with a Gratitude Scavenger Hunt! We’ve created the perfect list to find the little things to be thankful for – and it’s perfect for adults to play along too.

    3. Serve Others

    An easy way to teach gratitude is by exposing our children to different perspectives. By serving those around us, we are reminded to be grateful for what we have, while also learning to be more empathetic. There are plenty of ways to actively serve others. See some ideas below!

    Image showing different ways to show gratitude by serving others

    4. Turn it into a Conversation

    One of the best ways to express gratitude, is by simply talking about it! By carving out a few minutes of your day or week and playing a conversation game, you and your child will exercise feelings of gratitude and also open up dialogue for deeper and more meaningful conversations.

    And since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, why not start a Grateful Tree? See our post on how to make your own here.

    We hope these activities will help your child to understand and foster feelings of gratefulness into their lives, but its best to remember that leading by example is what makes it stick! If you have a favorite activity or tips on instilling an “attitude of gratitude,” feel free to share in the comments below.



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  • 13 Days of Creepy Halloween Crafts

    Like most, the second the fall crisp air begins to roll through, I go gung-ho and break out all the Halloween decor. And since having kids, it has only gotten more extreme as we add more Halloween projects and crafts into the festive tradition.

    Not only is crafting for Halloween a great way to deck the house with meaningful displays and get you into the spooky spirit, it’s also an easy and fun way to spend some time together  and make memories with your littles.

    With Halloween right around the corner, we’ve put together 13 days of creepy Halloween crafts that will make your day a bit more SPOOKTACULAR!

    Pinterest Graphic of 13 Creepy Halloween Crafts

    Click on the projects below to take you to the 13 creepy Halloween craft projects!

    1. Kids will love creating their own haunted house with this Popsicle Stick Haunted House craft

    2. This Oozing Blood Slime is the creepiest and grossest slime you’ll ever make!

    3. Kids can practice their eye/hand coordination with this Spider Paper Plate weaving craft

    4. A free Joke Cootie Catcher activity your child and their friends can enjoy!

    5. Your kid will love these adorable Googly-Eyed Handprint Bats

    6. Try out these fun Yarn Mummies your kids can wrap and make!

    7. You can make these Flying Paper Tube Bats with supplies already at home

    8. Decorate the house with these handmade Yarn Pumpkins

    9. Try this simple and fun Spider Quilling craft

    10. Your kids will love playing with this Paper Bag Frankenstein!

    11. Make a countdown to Halloween with this cute Paper Chain Halloween Decoration

    12. Creepy Halloween inspired Zombie Slime, your kids will love!

    13. Create all kinds of faces with this popsicle stick Mix and Match Pumpkin craft!

    You can also find some Halloween and Fall themed crafts and activities on our Pinterest page here.

    Happy crafting!

    P.S. If you enjoyed this post, you might like our Fall Sensory Bin post or 40 Fall Activities to Bring Your Family Closer Together.

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  • First Day of School Book Favorites (+ activities too)

    As the summer comes to an end, so comes change for your child as the new school year begins. We all know that the starting the first day of school can be an anticipating and emotional time, as expected.

    One of the best ways my husband and I have found to ease our son’s impending emotions is through literature. By introducing characters with feelings and situations resembling his everydayness, he gains better insight and expands his perspective. And by forming character connections through literature with your child, you will be able to affirm their feelings and create open dialogue on topics of concern or excitement.

    Below we have listed some of our favorite first day of school books you can read to prepare your child for the new year. With comprehensive subjects such as first-day jitters, meeting new friends, learning the school rules – we’ve listed a book for them all. You will also find some post-reading activities to stimulate follow-up conversations and engage your child even more with some of the characters and topics.

    See Our List of Favorite First Day of School Books and Activities Below!

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    1. Have You Filled Your Bucket Today? 

    Through sweet, simple prose and vivid illustrations, this book encourages positive behavior as children see how very easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation, and love on a daily basis.

    Activity:

    How Full Is Your Bucket childrens activity picture Have you child create a bucket of their own by thinking and writing down the things that make them happy and placing them in their bucket.

    Clickable link to download How Full is Your Bucket book activity

    2. First Day Jitters

    Sarah Jane Hartwell is scared and doesn’t want to start over at a new school. She doesn’t know anybody, and nobody knows her. It will be awful. She just knows it. With much prodding from Mr. Hartwell, Sarah Jane reluctantly pulls herself together and goes to school. She is quickly befriended by Mrs. Burton, who helps smooth her jittery transition. First Day Jitters is sure to be treasured by anyone who has ever anticipated a first day of school.

    Activity: 

    Picture of boy holding First Day Jitters book activityHave your child make a “Jitter Juice”. Cut out all the emojis that your child feels about starting school and put them in the jitter juice. You can also make a “Jitter Juice” of your own with Hawaiian Punch and Sprite!

    Clickable image to First Day Jitters book activity

    3. Llama Llama Misses Mama

    It’s Llama Llama’s first day of school, and he’s not too happy about it. Still, he trudges along and makes his bed, brushes his teeth, and eats his breakfast.

    But once he arrives at his classroom — with so many new faces, new names, and new games — little Llama doesn’t know what to do. And when Mama Llama leaves, the little guy feels even more shy and alone. What will this lonely llama do? Will Mama ever return?

    Activity:

    Boy holding up Llama Llama paper plate craft

    With two paper plates, make an outline of Llama Llama’s head, ears and scruffy hair. Cut out the eyes, color and glue together to create a Llama Llama mask!

    4. Brand New Pencils, Brand New Books

    It’s the first day of first grade! Gilbert is looking forward to learning how to read and making new friends, but . . .

    Will the teacher be nice? Will first grade be too hard? Will he like his classmates? Will they like him? Gilbert is excited and nervous at the same time and maybe your littles will relate.

    Activity:

    What's in My Backpack book activity exampleDownload the below activity to help your little one prepare their backpack. They’ll need more than just books and pencils!

    Clickable image to Brand New Pencils, Brand New Books book activity

    5. David Goes to School

    In this sequel, young David heads off to school for the first time and David’s teacher certainly has her hands full! From running, yelling, and pushing with abandon to chewing gum in class, David’s high-energy antics fill each day with trouble. David’s unruly romp through school is sure to bring a smile to the face of even the best-behaved reader. Read along as David learns the school rules.

    Activity:

    Picture of David Goes to School book activitySchool rules are very important. See if your child knows the difference between good school behavior and what is not allowed with this “Yes, David – No, David” activity.

    Clickable link to David Goes to School book activity download

    More First Day of School Favorites!

    Interested in more back-to-school posts? Check out this post to download a free first day of school printable!

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  • 20 Patriotic Food Ideas for the Fourth of July

    Hosting for the Fourth of July? Check out some of our favorite red, white and blue themed recipes that are guaranteed crowd pleasers – and let us know your favorites in the comments below!

    1. Red White and Blue Parfaits

    “These Red, White, and Blue Parfaits make the perfect patriotic treat.  Simply layer fresh strawberries, fat free yogurt and fresh blueberries with a little granola in the center for an easy  and healthy dessert without the guilt.” Go to Post

    2. Fun and Fabulous Fireworks Cupcakes

    “…they’re great for events, parties, and celebrations of all types, and these fireworks cupcakes for 4th of July are perfect to eat as you watch the rockets burst in the sky with sparkly color!” Go to Post

    3. Fourth of July Popcorn

    “4th of July Popcorn recipe is a fun and festive sweet & savory snack to enjoy on any patriotic holiday. Celebrate Fourth of July. Kids enjoy making this easy chocolate covered popcorn and everyone will relish eating this patriotic snack.” Go to Post

    Recipe by Mom Foodie

    4. Fourth of July Fudge

    “A patriotic red white and blue fudge recipe perfect for Flag Day or the 4th of July. This easy marshmallow creme fudge recipe is made using evaporated milk, white chocolate chips, sugar, butter, and food coloring.” Go to Post

    5. Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

    “With summer approaching, I thought that it would be the perfect time to make these red, white, and blue ice cream cone cupcakes.

    These patriotic cupcakes would be great for 4th of July parties or Memorial Day barbecues.  Or even for Flag Day!” Go to Post

    6. Patriotic Thumbprint Cookies

    “It’s no secret that we love making cookies. Double butterscotch cookies that are easy to freeze are usually my go to, but these patriotic cookies also make for a great summer treat.” Go to Post

    Recipe by Money Wise Moms

    7. Patriotic Fruit Pizza

    “This is a great dessert to make with kids too, let them help decorate!” Go to Post

    Recipe by Splendry.com

    8. Flag Rice Krispie Treats

        

    Recipe by Making of a Mom

    9. Marshmallow Pin Wheels

    “They are easy to make, only take a few ingredients, and kids LOVE them! I just adore how fun they look — and aren’t sweet treats on a stick the best?” Go to Post

    10. Fourth of July Cheesecake Bites

    “Now these red, white, and blue Strawberry Cheesecake Bites may not be quite  as easy as simply stepping out on the deck to watch the fireworks. But they’re pretty darn close.” Go to Post

    11. Red White & Blue Chocolate Dipped Wafers

    “Got a celebration pool party to go to?  Or having a few friends over to celebrate the big day?  Well, if you’re looking for a fun and easy little 4th of July treat to make for your festivities, I’ve got just the thing for you – Red White & Blue Chocolate-Dipped Sugar Wafers.” Go to Post

    12. Vegan Star Spangled Skewers

    “Let’s start with these super simple 5-minute Star-Spangled Skewers! Aren’t they so cute? You’ll love the flavors of the sweet watermelon (red), salty vegan feta cheese (white), and tart blueberries (blue). Like my mom would say, “It’s the yin and the yang, the tart and the sweet!” It’s the perfect festive finger food to make for your 4th of July BBQ, cookout, or party!” Go to Post

    13. 4th of July Icebox Cake

    “This icebox cake is cool and refreshing with its layers of softened graham crackers, luscious cream filling, and fresh berries. It’s easy to make, there is no baking, and it can be made in advance. It’s a perfect summer treat and a great way to celebrate the 4th of July!” Go to Post

    14. 4th of July Cake Pops

    “These cake pops are easy to make and would look great on any party table.” Go to Post

    Recipe by Mommy Made That

    15. Frozen Yogurt Bark

    “Frozen yogurt bark topped with mixed berries and crushed pistachios – super easy, delicious and a refreshing no-cook recipe that is perfect for breakfast, snack or dessert!” Go to Post

    16. Fourth of July Pretzel Bites

    “Are you looking for a fun and easy recipe to serve on Independence Day? Here’s a festive red, white, and blue snack recipe that will be perfect for your Fourth of July picnic, party, or potluck.” Go to Post

    Recipe by Moms Who Save

    17. Fourth of July Chocolate Covered Oreos

    “With the the new fireworks oreos I thought it would be fun to make festive chocolate covered Oreo cookies for the Summer. The 4th of July oreos have red, white and blue and it’s so patriotic and perfect for a celebration. If you are hosting a cookout, party or just hanging out with family, try making Red white and blue chocolate covered oreos. The milk chocolate coating is so yummy!” Go to Post

    18. Red, White & Blue Jello Shots

    “This batch makes a bunch, depending on the size of jello shot containers you use so be sure to share these with friends! You could also use this recipe with other jello flavors throughout the year to create new color combos.” Go to Post

    19. Fourth of July Doughnuts

    “Be prepared to be shocked and awed by some doughnut deliciousness AND a quick video tutorial on icing these babies.” Go to Post

    20. Patriotic Pretzel Rods

    “Although these Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Pretzel Rods really are the ultimate Independence Day snack, they are actually perfect for any time that you want to express your patriotism. Whip up a batch for Presidents’ Day, Veterans Day, Flag Day, July 4th, Election Day, or to commemorate the birthday of your favorite President. These festive snacks make every Patriotic event extra special!” Go to Post

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