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If You Love The Outdoors, The Best Shopping Deals Are At @GanderMtn #TheHuntIsOn + $50 Gift Card Giveaway

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gander Mountain. All opinions are 100% mine. I’ve been saving up all season because Black Friday and Cyber Monday are almost here, and I know the best shopping deals of the year are around Thanksgiving. Gander Mountain might just be the best outdoor specialty […]

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  • Birdiebee

    I would purchase the Guide Series Women’s Sheila Rubber Boot.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I’d love to buy Guide Series Women’s Essential Crew-Neck Sweatshirt.ReplyCancel

  • Terra Heck

    I’d like to get the Rapala Pliers & Super Line Scissor Combo for my husband. Thanks.

  • Dana Rodriguez

    I would love to have the Under Armour Women’s Camo Big Logo Pullover Hoodie in RealTree Pink!ReplyCancel

  • Michele Cupp

    I would love to buy the Sorel Women’s Tivoli II 100g Boot. I’ve heard how fantastic Sorel boots are, so they are on my list this year.ReplyCancel

  • Katie Scalmato

    I would love a North Face fleece jacket from Gander MountainReplyCancel


    A gun safe. Before I had children I didn’t think it was important to have my guns under lock and key – Now however – It is very important. They have a nice Liberty Gun Safe on sale on Black Friday and I am in need of one.ReplyCancel

  • Megan Zuchowski

    I’d love to buy an under armour hoodie in any colorReplyCancel

  • Debra S

    I need a new Parka or boots, nice pull on boots to go in and out with. All winter long, it’s no use to wear shoes! Even to go to the store. Snow and wet and slush. I probably would go with some new boots. LOOK at that north face boot! yes!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Kaminski

    I would like to buy a hunting shirt for my husband at gander mountain.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Marcho

    I would get the Carhartt Women’s Sandstone Duck Active Quilted Flannel Lined Jacket.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Olivia Wood

    I’d buy the Under Armour Women’s Storm Caliber Pullover Hoodie!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Abdelnour

    I like the Mr. Heater Little Buddy Propane Heater . My son camps so he would probably get something different.ReplyCancel

  • Tina m

    I’d get Under Armour Men’s Rival Pullover Hoodie for my hubby.ReplyCancel

  • duane

    Happy HolidaysReplyCancel


    I would love to have the Gander Mountain Camo Mesh Back Premium Hard Arm Chair. Love it !!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I would love to buy The North Face Women’s Chilkat III Pull-On Boot. I’ve heard The North Face’s clothing are really well made, so I would love to try their boots.ReplyCancel

  • Andrew Sellen

    I would like to get some winter gloves.ReplyCancel

  • Heather B

    I would definitely get myself a new North Face Hoodie!ReplyCancel

  • Nannypanpan

    I like the mountain trailhead 6 person family tent by ganderReplyCancel

Reconnecting Over A Cup Of Nog

The holiday season is a time of reflection for many of us, and this year I’ve been considering how I’ve been spending my time. My sons are already both in school, and it won’t be long before they’re off on their own one day. While I’m enjoying my days, it seems it all passes so […]

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Don’t Let The Dark Side Win Because You Forgot To Buy Batteries + $100 Toys “R” Us Gift Card Giveaway

Star Wars: Episode VII is fast approaching, and my sons have been battling all over our home with their Star Wars electronic light sabers to prevent the Dark Side from taking over. Hasbro is offering the most realistic looking Lightsabers I have yet to see, a blue Ultimate FX Light Saber for Obi-Wan Kenobi and […]

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  • cynthia dawson

    We bought one of those hot wheels tracks that “pushes” the cars. ran by D batteries
    …that we forgot to get. BUMMERReplyCancel

  • Kimmy Ripley

    I bought my daughter a LeapPad and forgot batteries. UGH!ReplyCancel

  • james doyle

    I’d probably say for my gameboy advance back in the day! Luckily my parents had some around their house somewhere!ReplyCancel

  • patricia delgado

    We goofed big time last year because we got lots of the perfect gifts for our 3 kids but totally forgot to buy the extra batteries for Christmas morning. This year we bought them early!ReplyCancel

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  • Megan Zuchowski

    When I was a kid I got this perfect puppy that required batteries. It was one of those toy dogs that moved around and you could “walk” it lol. of course my parents didn’t buy the batteries with it! I was heartbroken hahaReplyCancel

  • Dana Rodriguez

    I have had this happen and it is not good! Now I try to stay stocked up because finding a store that is open and has batteries on Christmas is pretty much impossible. I learned my lesson!ReplyCancel

  • Jenna Eisenhauer

    Every Christmas we forget the batteries!ReplyCancel

  • Mami2jcn

    I never forget the batteries! We keep a big supply at our house.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    I once forgot to purchase batteries to power a remote controlled car I gave my nephew one Christmas.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Cloud

    I think that happens to me just about every year. I’m always having to tell my kids when they open gifts – Wait until we can go get some batteries.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Nicholson

    had walkie talkies once nad the batteries died really fastReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Years ago, I received one of the early handheld video games as a Christmas present, but I didn’t have the batteries to make it work. I couldn’t wait to get the batteries so I could use it.ReplyCancel

  • Cari S

    When I was a kid, I got my first CD player but it didn’t have any batteries. Talk about a major malfunction! It took a couple of hours back then to get ahold of some, and as a kid, the wait seemed like it took days!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi T

    I always forgot batteries when I’d purchase toys for my kids for Christmas. It’s just something you don’t think of in the heat of the moment of Christmas shopping! And I never lived it down, either! Haha.ReplyCancel

  • Robin M

    Because of my own childhood experiences, I’ve never forgotten the batteries.ReplyCancel

  • latanya

    I remember my parents forgot the batteries to some vtech game that I had as a child.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Weel

    One time I bought my son the cutest electric piano toy and he was so excited to play it, until I realized I forgot to buy batteries! He had to wait until the next day for me to go to the store and buy some. It was such a bummer.ReplyCancel

  • nannypanpan

    the year my son got a dancing elmo a I thought it included atteries but it didn;tReplyCancel

  • Ty

    One year my daughter received an electronic toy and the gifter forgot to include batteries. I had to run out at the last minute and purchase them overpriced at my nearest convenience store.ReplyCancel

  • Ty

    We never have forgotten batteries, everything in our house runs on them so we have a huge supply of them.ReplyCancel

  • Linda G

    So far I haven’t forgotten my batteries, I’ve gotten great Christmas pictures!ReplyCancel

  • kath g

    I always keep a big stash of batteries around, so that has never been a problem.ReplyCancel

  • Holly

    Totally blanked on the batteries for my nephews remote control plane last year!ReplyCancel

  • Debra S

    Oh yes I have been there, never read the package on whether or not the batteries were included or not. The last time was some awesome remote control truck. Well, he just had to wait a day or two…..ReplyCancel

  • amy stonger

    On christmas morning, a few years back I forgot the batteries. My son was not happy that he couldnt try out his new remote control car.ReplyCancel

  • Veronica Balli

    I got my mother a portable radio and she mainly wanted it to take it outside with her. Well wouldn’t you know it, I forgot to get batteries.ReplyCancel

  • Frank Patton

    We usually tape down a pack of batteries onto the present before we wrap it.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Beard

    Last Christmas we got my youngest son a remote control tractor. He loves tractors! I forgot to get batteries for Christmas morning, so he wasn’t able to play with it until the next day.ReplyCancel

  • Travis Tucker

    I once gave a friend a Game Boy and a selection of awesome games… But I forgot to include any batteries so it just kind of sat there :(ReplyCancel

  • carol clark

    was at my son’s birthday and like i bought everything the toys the cake the ballons the helium the punch the napkins the litle bitty toys to pass around and then most of the toys i got i needed batterys and it was such a heart breaking moment the joy just ended for a moment until someone said ill be back and all was better when he got back with like 50 worth of batterysReplyCancel

  • Daniel M

    got them a new camera but forgot the batteriesReplyCancel

  • chrissy

    fingers crossed i really hope i win but who wins i wish them the best of luck everybody has a good enough chance as everybody elseReplyCancel

  • carol clark

    i had been shopping for presents and cake and take away gifts and i complety forgot to get batterys so when he opened his presents its was like o no i cant believe thisReplyCancel

  • Emily Smith

    One year one of my sons got an RC motorcycle. He was sooo excited to try it out, but when we tried, we discovered that it didn’t come with batteries like most toys. He was so bummed. We didn’t even have the size of battery it needed, so he had to wait until the next day.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley turicik

    I bought my daughter the walking puppy one year and forgot the batteriesReplyCancel

  • Sharon Kaminski

    I remember the time I bought a fancy flashlight for my husband for Christmas but no batter, ha ha.ReplyCancel

  • Beth Minyard

    I got my nephew the cutest toy car for Christmas and he wanted to play with it so bad but I forgot the batteries! He was only 3 so he didn’t understand, poor guy!ReplyCancel

  • steelecupp@gmail.com

    My son begged one year for a very specific remote control car. We had batteries for the car, but forgot the other batteries for the remote and couldn’t find any to steal from another batter powered item in the house. I think we may have scarred him for life :)ReplyCancel

  • Michele Cupp

    Steelecupp@gmail.com above is Michele Cupp. Sorry I filled in the wrong info before and couldn’t figure out how to edit after.ReplyCancel

  • Trisha Burgess

    I remember when I got my absolute must have gift of mall madness when I was a little girl and my parents didn’t have batteries for it so I had to wait until we went to the store. It was like torture!! I still remember it vividly! It’s amazing what kids find life ending! LolReplyCancel

  • Linda

    I gave my granddaughter a barking/talking puppy dog toy and it needed batteries, of course. I forgot to include them in the wrapping and when she opened it and wanted to play with it, no batteries and we weren’t at my house when she got it.ReplyCancel

  • Gina M

    Once, I bought my son this really cool light show toy for his room. I thought I was prepared with 4 C batteries, but NO….I needed 6!! Was a frustrating time for everyone to say the least. Live and learn!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 AT gmail DOT comReplyCancel

  • Terra Heck

    I once purchased a remote controlled truck for my son but forgot batteries for the remote. Had to run right out and get them once he opened the present!

  • Dawn Monroe

    I was so excited to give my daughter a baby doll that crawled and talked years ago . I forgot the batteries and this was when all the stores were closed.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn G

    We bought a TV for my MIL and had no batteries for the remote. We couldn’t turn it onReplyCancel

  • Mary Anderson

    I bought my son a digital camera for his birthday– but didn’t realize it needed batteries until after he opened it.ReplyCancel

  • greentopiaries

    The worst has got to be the basketball net thing that I gave as a gift. My nephew was so disappointed – no sounds or light, lol. Thanks for the chance!ReplyCancel

  • Laura J

    Oh years ago I got my nephews radio controlled snowmobiles for Christmas…as we live where there is lots of snow. Yep…I did! Forgot those batteries! I felt so bad….we ended up going to the gas station and paying a fortune for them! But…now…I always buy the batteries when I buy the gift and tape them to the gift! :)ReplyCancel

  • Teresa Simpson

    Once with my oldest, we bought a super fun, noisy, light-up toddler toy. And forgot to get the right batteries for it. My husband had to run out to Walgreens on Christmas morning!ReplyCancel

  • Jason Strickland

    I bought an electric keyboard for one of my children , but didn’t realize until after the present was open, that it didn’t have a plug – it was batteries only. Oops!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Miller

    Forgot to get batteries for a handheld game, we were at my in-laws and they didn’t have the right size batteries either.ReplyCancel

  • Heather B

    When my oldest son was little we had gotten him a ride on firetruck… He was SO excited, jumps on and yep it needs batteries. I think it was D’s which is not something I had on hand, he was SO bummed!ReplyCancel

  • greg

    I can’t remember a time we didn’t have batteries. If it ever happened we probably stole them from another device so we could use the new one!ReplyCancel

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    • Kellie Hayes

      Christmas 2010. I forgot batteries for my daughter’s Barbie Dream house. So nothing worked.ReplyCancel

  • paul carter

    One year my friend had no power at Christmas, so I bought him a battery operated heater.Drove late at night to bring it over, only to have forgotten the batteries at the store at closing time! Spent some minutes just staring at it in the moonlit corner, laughing.ReplyCancel

Date Night At Home

This post is brought to you by Bertolli Date nights are more important the longer you are married, and more challenging as well, so many happily married people enjoy the fabulousness of Date Night At Home– it’s easy, convenient, and you don’t needs reservations. If you have good food, time alone, and each other, it’s […]

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Vegetable Pot Pie Recipe #Meatless Monday

Plant-based diets are better for people and the planet, so we recently designated Mondays in our homes as Meatless Mondays. It went over so well that it’s now evolved to Meatless Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and it was a surprisingly easy change. Now that the New Year is around the corner, focusing even more on […]

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