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LEGO: New YouTube Channel + $1,000 Giveaway! #LEGOChannel

I’ve always loved LEGOs.  Hmm, can I honestly say that?  I’ve never actually owned one single LEGO as a child but I’ve always wanted to!  The building possibilities are endless!  You can build life size creations out of LEGOs or small castles for Barbies or forts for GI Joes.  Does GI Joe have a fort?  I don’t know but I think he should and I hope to build him one…some day.

 

I’ve already bought a few LEGO sets for my little girl even though she’s too young to play with them right now.  Just to make sure all the pieces were there, her Daddy and I assembled them and reassembled them a few times.  LEGOs are so much fun, I can’t wait until she’s old enough to play with them.  Her cousins have a room dedicated to nothing but LEGOs.  The Hobbit LEGOS, Star Wars LEGOs, and about a bazillion tiny LEGO bricks.  It’s pretty cool!

 

Hobbit LEGOS

 

LEGO is without a doubt a household name and a brand that children {and adults} have loved for years.  Recently, they’ve opened up a great new YouTube Channel with OVER 500 videos spanning a wide range of topics!  This is fabulous on so many levels.  It’s designed as a space that is trustworthy for kids but I can attest that adults will find it entertaining as well.  Plus, my daughter has starting to watch YouTube videos more and more.  She loves them!  If you have kids you know that they love repetition.  That means that I end up watching the same video over and over.  With LEGO’s channel I don’t have to!  I have the option to create my personalized playlists.  This is handy if I want to leave her with the iPad while I vacuum or empty the dishwasher real quick.  She’s happily entertained and I know that she won’t be exposed to anything I don’t want her to be.

 

The variety of content on the channel includes:

  • Videos featuring themed LOGO sets like the Hobbit, Chima, Ninjago, Star Wars, & more.
  • LEGO Club TV covering a variety of topics.
  • Brand info. straight from LEGO.
  • LEGO video game videos.
  • LEGO board game videos.
  • Videos about LEGO designers.
  • LEGO fan videos.
  • LEGO TV commercials.
  • Adorable LEGO Duplo cartoons {my favorite!}
There is a lot of content on the web; creating a playlist on the Official LEGO® Channel is a great way to ensure your kids are entertained and watching videos you can feel good about.  Give it a try and see what you think for yourself!

Visit the Official LEGO® Channel to build your own playlist to watch with your kids and then reply below for a chance to win one (1) $1,000 gift card to buy your family’s favorite LEGO® products!

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of LEGO. The opinions and text are all mine. Official Sweepstakes Rules.

Counting Blessings!

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of to-do lists, lights, and tinsel and miss out on the real blessing of Christmas.  Parents focus on buying gifts, wrapping presents, and attending parties.  Kids can focus on the exciting gifts they’re going to get.  I know I can get caught up in making a Pinterest perfect Christmas.  You know?  A gorgeous Christmas card I wouldn’t mind sending the President, a tree that belongs in a storefront window, Christmas cookies that are so perfect they’ll earn thousands of repins on Pinterest, and beautifully wrapped, perfectly chosen Christmas gifts that will make their recipients squeal with joy.  I’m not standing on a pedestal by any means.  I can get caught up in the whirlwind just as much as the next person.  It’s very possible for Christmas to come and go without everyone realizing just how much we already have.  The enormous amount of blessings we’ve already received and the real reason for celebrating in the first place.  This time of year, as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, it’s the perfect opportunity for kids to experience the joy and blessings that comes from sharing the unconditional love of Christ, through giving to and selflessly serving other.

 

Here are a few simple ideas I’ve came up with to bless others:

  • Donate can goods to a local food pantry
  • Donate new toys in your gift drawer or closet to Toys for Tots
  • Make and deliver a meal to a grieving family or a family with a sick loved one
  • Donate a couple of hours of free babysitting for new parents
  • Rake up the leaves in an elderly friend’s house
  • Clean out your closets to donate to GoodWill or the Salvation Army
  • Give few more dollars in the plate at church
  • Prepare a gift for those new to the neighborhood
  • Send a letter and a box of non-perishable goodies to a soldier
  • Have the kids make and mail cards to missionaries
  • Put together a shoebox (or more) for Operation Christmas Child

Mercy recognizes the stress that we allow ourselves to be put under during this season that is meant to be full of joy.  They want to remind us that ‘Our greatest blessing is to see others blessed.’ Let’s take a moment to count our blessings together here and later visit www.ourblessingscount.com to share how you’ve been blessed with others!

I would love to hear the ways that you consciously choose to bless your family by allowing them to give and serve others.  If you have any suggestions for raising grateful, giving children I would love to hear them!    

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mercy. The opinions and text are all mine.