Jurassic World Dinosaur Play For the BEST Holiday Season!

This post is sponsored by Universal Brand Development and all opinions are my own.

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As you can imagine, everything for us is dinosaurs right now.

We don’t think the dinosaur obsession is going anywhere, anytime soon. I still have mine! I was telling Des that I remember taking an after school dinosaurs class and I got to take home a big box of dinosaur toys after the class. That was a highlight of my life and his eyes lit up just thinking about it. It’s sort of awesome that it all repeats, and now I have a kid obsessed with all things dinosaur. It reminds me how obsessed I still very much am. Someone give me a giant box of dinosaur toys!

In the meantime, I’ll be buying Jurassic World EXCLUSIVE toys at Walmart right now. That’s right.

Not only will I be buying them, I’ll be playing with them too – if the kids will let me. You see, pretty soon we have a long holiday break from school. And it’s during the cold time of year. Oh what am I even saying? New England school vacations are ALWAYS cold – whether during the holidays, or in February or April. That’s why we plan our vacation time accordingly – with indoors activities. For my kids, overall imaginative play is the game, and Jurassic World Play Dates is the game!

So not only should you have holiday gifting in mind, but think about the time of year it is! You’re about to have between 10-14 (or even more if you’re in college or private school) days off with your kids. Make them count! Get them THE gifts of the holiday season, and know that it will give you HOURS of imagination and creativity during those snow days and vacation days. Your kids will want them all. I know this because my kids do. And Walmart has EXCLUSIVE Jurassic World toys that make PERFECT gifts. They’re awesome for surprises, parties, holiday gifts, and every day imaginative play! For hours!

Here are three of our Jurassic World favorites:

1 – Imaginext Dinosaur Hauler Gift Set. This is such a winner in our house! Des and Scarlet instantly learned how to set up the net to “catch” those dinosaurs! And the hauler comes with and holds a bunch of fun dinosaurs ready for play.

Jurassic World toys make the BEST gifts & the best use of time during holiday break. Get them ALL at Walmart #JWUnleashed #BattleDamage #AmericasBestToyShop

2 – We also have LEGO Pteranodon Chase and LEGO Jurassic Park Velociraptor Chase. It’s amazing how many details are involved, and how fun it is when the raptor can come right through the swinging door and into the lab!

Jurassic World toys make the BEST gifts & the best use of time during holiday break. Get them ALL at Walmart #JWUnleashed #BattleDamage #AmericasBestToyShop

Jurassic World toys make the BEST gifts & the best use of time during holiday break. Get them ALL at Walmart #JWUnleashed #BattleDamage #AmericasBestToyShop

It also must be said that they make the PERFECT bundle gift options for Christmas giving! These exclusive “Battle Damage” products from Walmart are perfect for our household. And Walmart has 2-day shipping which is perfect for you last-minute shoppers! You can also purchase them in-store and have fun perusing the Jurassic World items. I know that’s a lot of fun for us.

In our household, we couldn’t wait until Christmas!

Jurassic World toys make the BEST gifts & the best use of time during holiday break. Get them ALL at Walmart #JWUnleashed #BattleDamage #AmericasBestToyShop

Jurassic World toys make the BEST gifts & the best use of time during holiday break. Get them ALL at Walmart #JWUnleashed #BattleDamage #AmericasBestToyShop

Jurassic World toys make the BEST gifts & the best use of time during holiday break. Get them ALL at Walmart #JWUnleashed #BattleDamage #AmericasBestToyShop

So, get ready to RUN to Walmart! We have a few fun suggestions for how these exclusive Jurassic World toys. For us, it was #1 on Des’ Christmas list, and don’t worry, he’ll still get a few surprises come Christmas morning, of course:

1 – Buy the toys as bundle gift options. That way you’ll be giving your kids a few options for all of the fun you’ll have together during the holiday break, and beyond. I spent a lot of care choosing items that would be fun together.

2 – Have a fun unboxing for your kids this holiday season. You could even wait until the excitement of the holidays is over. Buy a few toys and wrap them up together and have fun watching your kids pull out the Jurassic World fun!

3 – Host a dinosaur-themed play date or party. We did this over the weekend! We invited a bunch of like-minded friends over to build and play. Bonus – it makes for a QUIET play date or party. And the kids get super immersed in play.

4 – The Jurassic World EXCLUSIVE Walmart toys are good for boys and girls. Having one of each kid, I always like to buy toys that will appeal to both. Scarlet is fond of building, she’s fond of science, and she loves that the dinosaurs are all girls, and are strong characters with their own names and personalities. It’s pretty awesome is what it is!

5 – These toys invite hours upon hours of happiness into your home. You absolutely can’t beat that.

What Jurassic World items would your kids want?

Jurassic World toys make the BEST gifts & the best use of time during holiday break. Get them ALL at Walmart #JWUnleashed #BattleDamage #AmericasBestToyShop

Jurassic World toys make the BEST gifts & the best use of time during holiday break. Get them ALL at Walmart #JWUnleashed #BattleDamage #AmericasBestToyShop

Jurassic World toys make the BEST gifts & the best use of time during holiday break. Get them ALL at Walmart #JWUnleashed #BattleDamage #AmericasBestToyShop

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Christmas Brunch: Bacon, Egg & Cranberry Breakfast Sandwich

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Christmas brunch is an important event in my family. With nine grandkids running around, we don’t get to eat right away. When we finally sit down after hours of present opening, we want to do everything right. That’s why it’s important to me to choose the right brands for our brunch time. And that’s why I’m proud to be partnering with Smithfield for this recipe post.

AD In our house, Christmas Brunch is one of those best experiences we have as a family. Enjoy this festive Bacon, Egg & Cranberry Breakfast Sandwich #recipe

If there is one thing I’m super excited about for the holidays, it’s Christmas brunch with my family!

I can already smell it. The gourmet coffee brewing, the bacon sizzling in the oven, the eggs frying gently in the pan, and the sound of the blender churning out orange cream smoothies. YUM. At my parent’s farm, ever since the nine grandkids came along, it takes us so long to open presents – because we do it one by one – that we’ve started having to take a much-needed brunch break in between. That’s why it’s funny. We’ll open presents for hours, and then eat. Then we’ll open presents for hours more, and then maybe eat again? It’s day to feast, but there’s nothing like that first important meal.

In fact, it is THE Christmas meal in our house. And that’s why we love something unique, delicious, and that doesn’t take long to cook. This is the season to eat, drink, and be merry, and most importantly – to gather around the table with loved ones. There are so many reasons to feast this time of year, whether it’s neighborhood brunches, family dinners, and office parties. There is seemingly no end to celebrations with food! That’s why I love Smithfield. They’re always here to allow us to soak in the BEST parts of the season, and to have everything we need to make hosting for all occasions look effortless.

What I also love about Smithfield is that ability to do one-stop shopping for all holiday entertaining needs. It’s not just about the main holiday feast, it’s also about fun and easy ideas to keep the season exciting for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, snacks, and even dessert! Whether it’s their slow-smoked bacon (YUM), breakfast sausage, or classic holiday hams, we love their easy recipes to make during winter break. In fact, all season long visit Smithfield.com/HolidayHub for inspiration.

These are the moments that matter. Flavor comes from the kitchen, and also comes from passing down these holiday recipes from generation to generation – celebrating these messy wonderful moments with family. And you have to admit that nothing gets your guests excited like bacon does. Whether you’re making an inventive new breakfast dish – like Bacon, Egg & Cranberry Breakfast Sandwiches, or eating it as a side dish, Smithfield Bacon is the ultimate savory crowd pleaser!

You can even bake it into muffins! It’s so versatile that you can use it any which way!

AD In our house, Christmas Brunch is one of those best experiences we have as a family. Enjoy this festive Bacon, Egg & Cranberry Breakfast Sandwich #recipe

Smithfield Bacon is known for being smoked and cured to perfection. And it’s available in a wide variety of flavors and cuts, like Cherrywood Thick Cut or the classic Hometown Original. There’s nothing like bacon for the holidays. Don’t you agree?

AD In our house, Christmas Brunch is one of those best experiences we have as a family. Enjoy this festive Bacon, Egg & Cranberry Breakfast Sandwich #recipe

Christmas Brunch: Bacon, Egg & Cranberry Breakfast Sandwich (serves 4):

What You Need:

8 strips, Smithfield Hometown Original Bacon, cooked
4 European croissants
8 Tbsp spreadable brie cheese
4 Tbsp cranberry sauce
4 eggs, cooked over-easy

AD In our house, Christmas Brunch is one of those best experiences we have as a family. Enjoy this festive Bacon, Egg & Cranberry Breakfast Sandwich #recipe

What You Do:

Bake bacon according to package instructions, but personally I like to “pinch” my bacon for a few reasons. I think it cooks better, and I think it fits better on the baking sheet. Bake at 375 for 12-17 minutes. Then remove the bacon quickly after baking, and place onto paper towels to absorb moisture. Don’t let it sit in the pan too long or it will stick.

Slice croissants in half lengthwise and spread cheese onto the bottom pieces. Top each one with cranberry sauce. Then, add freshly cooked eggs, two strips of bacon each, and top with remaining top pieces of croissants. Serve immediately.

AD In our house, Christmas Brunch is one of those best experiences we have as a family. Enjoy this festive Bacon, Egg & Cranberry Breakfast Sandwich #recipe

Ready to make the holiday special? Smithfield’s Hometown Original Bacon is available at your local grocery retailer.

What’s your favorite meal on Christmas day?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield.