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Pottery Barn Kids 2011 Holiday Collection Unveiled Review

There’s something to be said about the holidays. It’s a time to reflect on the year as well as rekindle memories from years beyond this one; it’s also a time to gather around and carry on traditions and create memories that will spark the same warm feelings in the next generation.

When I was 18, I left Utah and went to Miami, Florida to be a nanny. Here I cared for an infant born into a Jewish home. That year I celebrated my first Hanukkah and was able to share my belief system of Christmas. It was a wonderful learning experience.

Pottery Barn Kids 2011 Holiday Collection will make this year magical as your family gathers to decorate your home, give gifts, and/or travel to be with loved ones. While this great collection is available online it’s also decking the shelves at a Pottery Barn Kids near you.

My kiddos keep adding pillow pets to their wish lists. This year they got something that I think is far more quality, adorable, and uber soft. Meet Pottery Barn Kids Polar Bear & Moose Pillows.

Pottery Barn Kids Polar Bear and Moose Pillow

They are perfect for over the hills and through the woods to Grandmother’s house or any travel destination. They are incredibly soft both to “pet” and to squeeze. I love the traditional twist and think they are the most adorable kids travel pillows ever!

Forget about traveling; it’s a great companion and pillow. The pillow easily transforms from pillow to friend with the ease of velcro. To prove their cuddly, each of these pillows can be stuffed into a backpack for a friend far away or a nap-time pillow.

I can’t decide which is more adorable the polar bear or the moose. They are both cuddly and the gingham addition to each really makes them festive.

When you’re looking for a plush gift item, please give them the gift of one of these pillows from Pottery Barn Kids. They’ll be giving you hugs and dreaming of sugarplums on them!

Other items that make the list for this holiday are:

For the Home:

o   Mantel Plush Décor: Fresh from the North Pole, Santa and his reindeer seek a happy spot by your hearth or tree. And our Snowman is there to greet them! The Mantel Plush Décor is fashioned of soft felt with jingle-bell collars and antlers that can be posed.
o   Hanging Metal Ornaments: Our metal ornaments are extra-big and bright for decorating an outdoor tree, hedge or fence. They are hand-painted in jubilant colors with a protective outdoor finish.
o   Candy Cane Stake Set: Our paper mâché candy canes are perfect for decorating the front porch or an outdoor tree.
o   Hanukkah Tablecloth, Tumbler, and Place Mat: Celebrate the Festival of Lights with our exclusive Hanukkah tabletop items. Our reusable settings make the kids’ table a festive spot. Re-created from hand-painted artwork, all pieces in the collection coordinate for easy mix-and-match layering.

Give a Gift:

o   Götz Doll Collection: These collectible-quality dolls have been made exclusively for us by Götz, a doll manufacturer that traces its roots to the small village of Rödental in Bavaria, Germany. Since 1950, they’ve created dolls of superior quality and design and have been a favorite of lovers of all ages and collectors.
o   Karaoke Machine: Let kids sing their hearts out at parties, play dates, and sleepovers. Our karaoke machine has an extra-easy interface, works with any standard CDG disc, and displays easy-to-follow scrolling graphics on the color screen.
o   Oatmeal™ Bear Benefiting St. Jude: There’s nothing quite like a plush stuffed animal for comfort and cuddling. We’ve collaborated with the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® Thanks and Giving® campaign to create Oatmeal™ the Bear, which has a scarf that can be personalized with your child’s name. For each bear that’s sold, we’ll donate 50% of the purchase price directly to St. Jude to help support the research and treatment for pediatric cancer and other life-threatening childhood diseases.

Holiday Travel:

o   Quilted Gear Collection: Packed with features, our quilted backpacks, duffle bags, and totes have a high-loft quilted look that reminds kids of their favorite, coziest jackets. Built to navigate any kind of trip, these bags are the perfect companion for everything from sleepovers to camping.
o   The Mackenzie Spinner Collection: To make travel easier for everyone, we’ve built this luggage with sturdy wheels that spin in all directions to follow your child effortlessly. These quality bags have a pretty, all-over flower pattern and are made to withstand rugged use, trip after trip. Also available in the Navy Dino pattern!
o   DVD Player & Case: Keep kids entertained on holiday trips to visit family. Our exclusive portable DVD player is lightweight and easy to carry. All the interfaces and buttons are designed for kids to easily manage on their own. Available in Navy Dino or Chocolate Floral. Personalization is available on the player and the case for an additional fee.
o   Polar Bear & Moose Pillows: Extra soft, fluffy and lovable, these portable pillows make bedtime easier at home and on overnights. Both squish down to fit in your child’s backpack for easy transport.

And then there is the item that tops my holiday wish list. I really, really want this:

Plush Snowman Advent Calendar. When it comes to Christmas, anticipation is half the fun. Twenty-four small numbered pockets give you a place to tuck a surprise for each day. I just LOVE advents and the surprises!

There’s something at Pottery Barn Kids to make anyone, young or old, giddy. Take a moment to visit their selection and discover for yourself how easy it is to beat Santa at gift giving!

*I received the polar bear and moose travel pillows in order to facilitate an honest review. The opinions where expressed are my own and were in no way influenced by the sponsor. Others experiences may vary.
About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011),, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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