Monday, October 20, 2014

Surprise Ride Review



About Surprise Ride
Surprise Ride is a subscription service that sends kids ages 6-11 fun and educational hands-on activities that foster creativity and imagination!  The company was started by two sisters Donna and Rosy, and they have been working hard to create a lasting impact on the lives of children, beyond the latest toys or technologies.

Our Experience
I love finding new creative and hands-on activities to do with my boys. Surprise Ride packs a bunch of fun into one box! We received the "Green Thumb' box, it included a design your own wind chimes, a plant buddy, seed packet, spray bottle, solar dancing ladybug, book and snack.
Here is how we make our plant buddy. Mr. R lead the activity with Mr. C acting as his assistant. 
Adding the water and watching the dirt 'grow'!
The boys found it amazing how much the soil pellet expanded when they added the water. The direction card was easy to follow. I believe and older child could do this activity entirely on their own.
Pouring the grass seed into the stocking.
After Mr. R added the seeds, we scooped the dirt into the stocking then I helped by tying the rubber band around the bottom. I also helped make the nose and ears, their little hands weren't quite able to do that part. Then they took turns gluing on the eyes, eyebrows and mouth. Everything was included except the water, and a pair of scissors to open the glue bottle.
Hello. My name is Robert.
I like that there are enough activities in the box to keep several kids occupied for the weekend, or possibly one child for the entire month. Overall, we had a great time and would love to experience all their other boxes!

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Ice Pop Mold Maker Review



About Bee Sili Ice Pop Molds

  • They are 100% BPA free and non-toxic.
  • They are FDA approved, made with food grade silicone that meets the highest standards to ensure they are completely safe for you and your family.
  • Each mold is  8” long, 1” wide at the top & hold 3.4 oz or 1/3 cup.
  • They are reusable which saves money and environmental resources.
  • They are easy to clean and dishwasher safe.
  • They are cold and heat resistant so no cold fingers.
  • The slim cone shape fits into small spaces in your freezer, lunch box, purse or gym bag.





Our Experience
I made some quick juice pops for all the boys in the Bee Sili molds. By making them myself I know the ingredients opposed to the store bought treats. In order to fill them I stood them up in a pitcher and then set them all upright in them freezer. After they were frozen I was able to take them out and lay them flat. Each of the boys had one for dessert. I had to help Mr. C squeeze it from the bottom, but he still managed to make a mess by trying to pour it into his mouth. They were easy to clean. We hand washed ours, but they are dishwasher safe as well. The colors are fun and vibrant! I like that they can be reused, helping to reduce our eco footprint. I've also used them to pack on-the-go snacks like almonds and dried berries. Overall the boys loved using them and I'm sure they will get even more use next summer.



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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Eco at Heart Stainless Steel Drinking Straws Review



About Eco at Heart
The main focus at Eco at Heart is to provide high quality stainless steel reusable products, so you can reduce your ‘plastic footprint’ on the environment…because we only have one planet! All it takes is one step at a time and it can starts with something as small as a straw. If you’re concerned about the damage that you may be causing to the environment then make the first step to reducing it by choosing Eco at Heart. We love the beauty of nature, and want to keep it that way.


Our Experience
We are trying to be conscious of our eco footprint. We actively recycle and reuse as much as we can. I love the idea of using stainless steel straws. They are very attractive. I like that they can be kept in the freezer as an added way to keep drinks cool. The extra wide diameter makes them perfect for thicker drinks like smoothies or milkshakes. The thin brush makes them easy to clean, as well as being dishwasher safe. I was cautious using these with my young children. Because my children are a little clumsy and stainless steel isn't as forgiving as plastic straws. One thing my husband wished was that it would fit in our reusable plastic tumblers with lids. The hole in the lid is too small. Overall the Eco at Heart stainless steel straws are a great step in the right direction for our families "plastic footprint".

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

TheO SmartBall Review & Giveaway




About TheO SmartBall
TheO SmartBall is a soft foam ball that uses revolutionary technology and your smart device to entertain and educate your kids. Our Apps offer a variety of games that get kids engaged mentally and have fun physically. Active kids learn more and retain more of what they learn. With TheO SmartBall, kids learn while they play.

Our Experience
All three boys really enjoyed using TheO SmartBall. I think my youngest, Mr. C, was always the most excited. He liked to use the Active ABC app the most. The selection of kids learning apps is wonderful. There are apps for kids ages 2-11.
In order to properly secure our iPod I needed to remove the silicone case we normally use to protect it. Fortunately this was easy. The directions for inserting the device were clear and easy to follow. As well as simple to remove.
I also like the carrying bag that come with it. Making it easy to take with us wherever we go.
My one other concern is the ability to clean TheO SmartBall. We took it outside to play a few time and now it looks dingy. However, I guess it's a sure sign that it is being enjoyed. If you want to keep it looking new, I'd suggest making it an indoor only toy.
Overall TheO SmartBall is an outstanding way for kids and adults to be active, laugh and play together!



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Enter to win TheO SmartBall. Open to US residents 18+. Winner must respond within 24 hours. Good luck!


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Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Ultimate Potty Training Reward Chart Review



About The Ultimate Potty Training Reward Chart
The Victoria Chart Company is a leading innovator in practical, simple solutions for busy parents who want positive results for their children’s development. Their reward charts engage and motivate children in a fun, interactive way so they can reach their full potential. Founded in 2004 by Victoria Ballard, their mission remains the same: provide parents with the information, tools and support they need to nurture confident, healthy and happy children.

Our Experience
Our youngest, Mr. C, is two years and nine months old. He's shown signs of being ready for potty training for a while, but we start and then something happens and we're back at step one. We read the 10 steps to successful potty training and feel we are ready to try again. The Ultimate Potty Training Reward Chart is great for getting him excited about going potty. He still has the tendency to wait until he is completely tucked into bed before he says he needs to go potty, even if he just went ten minutes earlier. We still give him a reward sticker, but try to explain that he needs to go before bed. Mr. C is often in a rush to get his stickers on the chart, so we slow him down and give them to him as we review the steps. The smily stickers are fun colors and the star stickers are a great 'extra' reward for doing a good job. You can also see that no matter what he feels he must flush! He also liked that he was able to 'write' his own name. The chart is easy to attach with the foam sticker pads. We attached ours to our shower door. I also like that their website has a free printable certificate - ”I am now Potty Trained”. I'm sure Mr. C will be excited to get this soon.

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Count and Learn Cookie Jar Review



About the Count and Learn Cookie Jar
The Count and Learn Cookie Jar is made by The Learning Journey International. Their mission is to provide an opportunity to offer every parent affordable, high quality educational materials to ensure a successful start in school for their children. Putting cookies in and out of this talking cookie jar is a fun way to learn about numbers and counting from one to ten. Two play modes encourage children to count from one to ten as well as recognize the numbers on the cookies. Requires two AA batteries (included). Recommended for ages 2+ years.




Our Experience
This is a great educational toy. My son, Mr. C, is 2 and a half years old. He is just the right age for using the Count and Learn Cookie Jar. I like the two different settings. One counts from one to ten and the other helps with number recognition. Mr. C is at the stage right now that he can count to ten, but doesn't recognize the numbers visually. So he will quickly count while putting them in in any order. When I sit with him I try to get him to go slower and look at each number. His brothers will also try to help him. It is durable which is so important in a child's toy. I also like that the cookies have the number printed on the back the corresponds to the amount of chocolate chips on each cookie. 
The one improvement I would make is to have an easier way to attach and remove the back cover. Mr. C was getting frustrated that he couldn't get it back on. So when he wasn't looking I just hid it and after about a day he seemed to forget about it. Now he can drop cookies into the slot and easily dump them out or reach in to remove them.



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Saturday, October 4, 2014

My Credit Reward Chart Review



About My Credit Reward Chart
The Victoria Chart Company is a leading innovator in practical, simple solutions for busy parents who want positive results for their children’s development. Their reward charts engage and motivate children in a fun, interactive way so they can reach their full potential. Founded in 2004 by Victoria Ballard, their mission remains the same: provide parents with the information, tools and support they need to nurture confident, healthy and happy children.

Our Experience
We used this chart with my oldest son. Mr. O was eager to put it up and get as many checkmarks as he could. We started using this chart on the first day of school.  I like that there are eleven tasks already on the chart. It's kind of like someone else give the directions and not Mom. So he 'listens' a little better. The one he had a little trouble with was the 'I've done my homework' task. He felt that because his teacher hadn't given him an assignment he didn't need to do anything. I made the rule that he could get the checkmark if he read for 20 minutes. I also like that there is space to add our own tasks. It allowed us to have a discussion on what his responsabilitis should be. Together we chose Feed Fish and Laundry. I think the best part for me is he is now doing ALL his own laundry. Wash, dry, fold and put away! I can also say, "Look at your chart," when he comes to me saying he's bored. The rewards have also worked well. We've changed some of them week to week. Which helps keep him motivated. Overall I like how adaptable this chart is to each child. I think that we'll give his younger brother, Mr. R, a chance to use it too.

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