Thursday, December 8, 2011

Hallmark Recorable Book and Ornament Review and Giveaway Holiday Gift Guide

I have loved the Hallmark company since I was a little girl. My mom loves to buy cards from there and we can spend hours looking at all the cards. During the Holidays Hallmark ornaments are a special item to give and get. There is a bit of magic in a Hallmark ornament with the details and care that go into the making of them. The first Christmas my son had I knew I HAD to have a Hallmark First Christmas ornament for him. I looked all over my local area for the one I wanted but they were sold out! (I should have been looking sooner for one!) I wanted to cry my eyes out that my baby boy would not have a First Christmas ornament on Christmas day .My Mom, Nana, found the sweetest Classic Winnie the Pooh first Christmas ornament and shipped it to me for my son. Nana saved the day for me with that precious little ornament. I did end up finding the other First Christmas ornament online that I wanted for me son so now he has two super special Hallmark First Christmas ornaments on the tree just for him. 

My sons first Christmas ornaments

Every year Hallmark comes out with great new ones too. We are wanting to get a new yearly Hallmark ornament each year to put a picture of our son in. I was thrilled when I learned that they made Recordable Keepsake Ornaments. The one I reviewed is an awesome combination of a yearly one, a photo one and a recordable one. How awesome is that! I am waiting to put a picture of him on Christmas day this year in it so next year I can remember the day but we are working on the message we will record. My son loves animals so he and I make the noises of what animals says what. I say "Cows say?" He response back with "Mooo Mooo" then I say "Sheep say?" he says "Baaaa Baaaa" when I ask him what a Pig says he grabs his nose and makes a piggy snorting noise, it cracks me up every time. We say dog, cat, and more animals and that is what I want to record on the Hallmark 2011 A Year to Remember ornament. It melts my heart when he and I have our animal noises conversation and this way no matter how big he gets I will have his sweet animal sounds recorded.

Another awesome item I was able to review is the Hallmark Recordable Story Books. I have seen these in stores and the commercial with the Solider getting the one in the mail from his little girl Sam makes me teary eyed every time I see it. The book I selected to review is one of my favorite baby books by Nancy Tillman, the book On the Night You Were Born. This book is so precious and of course has my sons favorite thing, animals in it. I recorded me reading it to him when he was sitting there with me. He pointed to the bears and said bear and when he saw there were Giraffes in the book he happily shrieked "Giafe!" Giraffes are his super duper favorite animal and I love to see how much joy he gets when he sees one. I almost started to cry as I was making the recording but did not want to mess it up. Hallmark sure knows how to make perfect gifts for families.

I encourage everyone to get a recordable Hallmark item this holiday season. I know we have cell phone messages, videos and all that sort of stuff but a book or ornament with your sweet little one talking on it no matter how old they are or will get it will always be something special.

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