Saturday, October 8, 2016

Neoprene Robot Lunch Bag Review

About the Neoprene Robot Lunch Bag
TimoFimo's 4mm thick neoprene insulated lunch bag is designed to keep hot lunches and drinks hot and cold ones cold for hours - enough for your little one to eat or drink them while still fresh! Our tote bags are thoughtfully designed to be durable and stain, tear, fade and water resistant. They are the perfect size - not too large, not too small - and come with detachable shoulder straps and a heavy duty zipper. They can also be used as picnic, sundry or supermarket shopping bags, especially for frozen foods and perishables. Our bags are easily cleaned, machine washable and easy to dry. We only use materials of the highest quality and nothing else; vinyl-free, PVC-free, lead-free neoprene. That's why they're great for all kinds of snacks, fruit and beverages. Rest assured - your family's food will remain safe from toxic elements and harmful materials.

Our Experience
Mr. O and Mr. R both had lunch bags because they would occasionally need them for school. Mr. C has never needed one, but he was feeling left out. This bag is perfect for him. His favorite color is yellow so his eyes immediately lit up. I think the robot is very cute. The zipper closure is great at keeping the contents contained. I also like that it has a shoulder strap so it is easy for him to carry. It did smell a little funny when I took it out of the bag. But this dissipated after a few days. Overall, this is a cute bag that my son really enjoys carrying for his snacks and small toys. 

You can purchase the Neoprene Robot Lunch Bag here.

I received this item at a discount. The opinion expressed is 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Puppy Up Review

About Puppy Up
It’s the Tipsy, Topsy Numbers Game™ that includes three levels of play: number recognition, counting and addition! Pick a card and practice counting or adding the puppies and checking your answer by balancing numbers and puppies on the adorable scale! It’s an entertaining way to introduce children to math and get them excited about learning! 

Our Experience
I like that Puppy Up is fun and educational. I like that there are three levels of cards so multiple skill levels can play together. The puppies are cute. However, my son thought hey were kitties. I like that it also allows my kids to explore and experiment with other objects around the house. Occasionally the trays would fall off while they were playing. They are fairly easy to reattach, but it can get frustrating for a four year old. Also, I disliked having to rip the plastic covering the pieces off the front of the box. Overall, I think this is a great game to introduce a scientific process, measurement and math.

You can purchase Puppy Up here.

I received this toy from PlayMonster. The opinions are my own and I am not associated with the seller in any way.

Monday, October 3, 2016

We Survived Month One

Well, the first month of homeschooling is behind us, and we survived. Some days were better than others, but I think we all learned a lot! For Mr. R we learned that math needs to occur before lunch, otherwise he can't stay focused and will have a mini meltdown. Mr. O finished fourth grade math and is already done with 41% of fifth grade. Mr. C has been enjoying Starfall and PBS Kids. I read aloud Mr. Pudgins by Ruth Christoffer Carlsen. This was a book I remember my mother reading to me at bedtime when I was young. I'm not sure what book we will read next.

We kept doing Khan Academy for our math. We added spelling to our daily routine from here. We also squeezed in a couple field trips. One to the Oregon Zoo and another to the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum to see the Spruce Goose.

This month I'd like to work on more character education, but not a 100% sure where to start. Overall, I'm glad we made the decision to homeschool and look forward to seeing what interests emerge this month.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Rally Up! Review

About Rally Up!
What happens when 110 exotically illustrated cards are shuffled, distributed, and then rhythmically turned face-up on the table? Players will find themselves in a hullabaloo and will race to rally up 2 or more images belonging to the same family! Scan swiftly through the craziness to get these thingies back to where they belong!

Our Experience
All three of my boys ages 4-10 love playing this game. They enjoy the art on the cards, especially the monsters. I found the instructions to be a little unclear. I wasn't sure if we were supposed to place the upturned cards on top of each other or next to each other. We choose to play them next to each other, but I'm sure it can be done either way. We had to designate one person to be the counter (1, 2, 3, go) so that everyone turned over their cards at the same time. To start with we had to refer to the category card to know if we had a match. It is a little challenging to tell the pastries and the candies apart. My youngest son has had fun playing on his own by sorting the cards into each of the categories. I also like that this comes in a sturdy tin for storage. Also the more players you have, the more fast paced and fun it becomes! Overall, this is an excellent activity for family game night!

Connect with Blue Orange Games

You can purchase Rally Up! here.

I received this product from Blue Orange Games for my honest review and they are 100% my own opinions. I received no compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am also not associated with the seller in any way. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Top Bloom Kraft Bags Review

About Top Bloom Kraft Bags
Forget those flimsy sacks that easily fall apart. Top Bloom Bags feature durable 65-lb paper stock & rugged twist-twine handles. Each 8" x 4.75" x 10" bag holds up to 8-10 lbs. With their flat stay-up bottoms & neutral white color, these versatile bags offer countless practical options. Use them for shopping, gift giving, party favors, arts & crafts & more!

Our Experience
These bags are a great blank canvas for lots of different projects. With four kids we go to a lot of birthday parties. We have used them for gift giving. They aren't too big. The handles are sturdy. We will also be using them as party favor bags for my sons birthday. They don't have any slick coating on them so my son was able to draw on them with markers. They didn't bleed through or smear. We are also homeschooling this year so I'm sure we will come up with some craft ideas too. Overall, these are very versatile bags.

You can purchase Top Bloom Kraft Bags here.

This product was purchased at a promotional price for an honest review. The opinion expressed is 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

There is no shore in sight

We started homeschooling this week. Mr. O is in 5th and Mr. R is in 2nd. Mr. C is too young to be registered so we will do some Pre-K activities. He really wants to do what his brothers do so I’m going to try to modify some lessons to include him. No matter how much I could have prepared I don’t think I could ever be ready. I know I have lots of ideas of what I want us to do. But, I know we can’t to all of them at once, and I certainly don’t want to overwhelm them. So we will ramp it up over the next couple weeks. For now we will focus on math and reading. 

Making it fun by including some art time.

WatchMinder Review

About WatchMinder
The WatchMinder is a simple wristwatch that can easily be programmed to set up discreet vibrating reminders throughout one’s day.  Invented by a child psychologist, the WatchMinder was designed to aid children and adults with Attention Deficit Disorder AD/HD and others with special needs in staying focused, managing their time, and modifying their thoughts and behaviors. 

Our Experience
We are trying to use the WatchMinder with my oldest son. He has a tendency to get easily frustrated and have over the top reactions to seemingly minor events. I was hoping we could program reminders for him to stay calm. The difficulty is not knowing when he might need reminding. Setting the reminder too close together gets annoying and distracting. Setting it too far apart doesn't reinforce the message. It can be set at a specified time interval to repeatedly display one reminder, like 'be positive'. It can also used to schedule different reminders throughout the day. This can be rather time consuming to set. Also, I cannot figure out how to individually delete or change a reminder or scheduled item. So a couple times I had to reset the watch to it's original settings are start over. He says the watch band is comfortable. It is set on the smallest setting. So using it with an even younger child might be difficult. I found that it is something that distracts him more than helps him. We are going to keep using it and see if we can find the right setting to make it work for him. If not I think it might work for one of his younger bothers. It comes with a special charger that plugs into a wall outlet and is easy to use. I also like that it comes preloaded with multiple phrases, and it has the ability to add your own. Overall, the WatchMinder has a lot of great features that can be adapted to use with a lot of different behaviors.

You can purchase WatchMinder here.

This product was purchased at a promotional price for an honest review. The opinion expressed is 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.