Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Wild Nature Adult Coloring Book Review

About Wild Nature Adult Coloring Book
This durable coloring books for adults, has high-quality thick and heavy paper so you can enjoy the best quality when coloring. You can use Gel pen, Markers, Color Pencils, Water Color Pencils and more and ensures that the pages do not bleed through when using those. Comfortable Size for Coloring 8.3x5.11 inches. The Wild Nature Pocket Coloring Book will allow you to connect to your inner wildness as you color-on-the-go. Focusing on wild nature and wild animal patterns allows you to connect to that luminescent spark which emanates from within you and is the source of your uniqueness and creativity.

My Experience
The size is just right for coloring while away from home. I like that it comes with a bag to carry and protect it. With it being spiral bound the pages easily lay flat while working on them. The one drawback is that some of the patterns are almost too complex to be able to color each space individually. Overall, the images are beautiful and the quality is excellent.

You can purchase the Wild Nature Adult Coloring Book here.

I received this item at a discount or for free. The opinions expressed are 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Essential Oil Box Review

About the Essential Oil Box
This essential oil carrying case (wooden box for essential oils, vial holder case) is the perfect solution to safe storage, presentation and transportation of your essential oil collection. This essential oil case is compatible with doTERRA, Young Living and Plant Therapy oils. This oil case holder is made of high quality pine wood. This wooden case comes unstained or painted in the hopes that it will be customized by the owner to the owners taste. There are no big obnoxious brands stamped painted or etched into our box. Included with your oil cases for essential oils is an eBook to get your started with essential oils. 

My Experience
After I started using essential oils about nine months ago, I discovered I needed a good way to organize them. This box holds many bottles and rollers. It will hold a variety of 5ml, 10ml, and 15ml bottles as well as 10ml rollers. I have room to add even more. The hinges and dividers are sturdy. I like that I can move it to different rooms easily because the lid locks in place. The included stickers, pipettes and ebook are additional benefits. The only drawback is that it takes up quite a bit of room when it is fully opened. Overall, this is an attractive box with ample storage.

You can purchase the Essential Oil Box here.
Use code: 25offbox to receive 25% off your purchase. 

I received this item at a discount or for free. The opinions expressed are 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Unlock the Weird! Review

About Ripley's Believe It or Not! Unlock the Weird!
Unlock the Weird is the latest addition to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! bestselling annual series. This book will amaze and astound readers from the first to the last page. Hair-raising photographs, incredible stories, and the mind-blowing facts Ripley’s is famous for promise hours of entertainment for every Ripley fan! With thousands of stories—including submissions from readers around the world—you’ll discover something new each time you read it!

Our Experience
My boys enjoy the wacky and weird, fun and frightful information that this book has. This book really grabbed their attention when they saw it. The eyes practically pop off the cover! The quick articles are excellent for my reluctant reader, because he doesn't have to commit to reading the entire book or chapter. My oldest loves to read and then tell me about his new found information. Some of our favorite sections are about animals, food and transportation. This would be an excellent choice for the 'something to read' portion of a holiday gift tradition. Overall, this is fun for all ages that enjoy learning about the amazing world we live in!

You can purchase Ripley's Believe It or Not! Unlock the Weird! here.

I received this item at a discount or for free. The opinions expressed are 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Shape Logic Review

About Shape Logic
Shape Logic is a fun game that helps develop spatial, abstract and quantitative reasoning skills. To solve the puzzle challenges, stack green pieces on top of blue pieces, or vice versa, to create identical shapes. Through hands-on play, players build key skills, strategies and mathematical understandings, such as part-to-whole relationships. Shape Logic, as part of ThinkFun special collection of STEM games, encourages children to develop reasoning skills through fun, multi-level challenges. To be a successful STEM learner, students need to develop a mental mindset for growth.

Our Experience
My oldest son loves mental puzzles like this! He breezed through the beginner puzzles. He found the intermediate puzzles a little more challenging. He also found that some of the puzzles have more than one correct answer. It is a single player game, but if your kids can cooperate they can take turns. My younger boys were able to play together. The pieces are made of hard plastic and quite sturdy. I also like that it has a bag to store the pieces. The puzzle cards are on a ring so they all stay organized. Overall, this is a great game to develop reasoning skills needed for math and science.

Connect with Think Fun
You can purchase Shape Logic here.

I received this item at a discount or for free. The opinions expressed are 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Silicone Pocket Bib Review

About the Silicone Pocket Bib from ASC Baby
No more messy meals because the deep wide pocket catches all food chunks, crumbs and liquid spillages during mealtime. The pocket stays open all the time and no food is spilled. No more ruined clothes and non-stop use of washing machine. They are easy to clean and dry. Just rinse the bib made from 100% food grade stain and odor resisting silicone or drop it in the dishwasher for a quick cleaning. Get rid of old stained and smelly fabric bibs and save money! The bib is as soft and flexible as a shirt, this bib will conform to your child's neck and create a superior seal. On the move just roll the bib up, toss it in the travel bag and use it to store baby cutlery in it. Enjoy peace of mind with our BPA Free, Phtalate free, lead free bibs.

Our Experience
Miss N is 14 months old and having a lot of fun feeding herself, which means she gets super messy sometimes. These are better than other silicone bibs I've tried before. Because the upper portion is fabric these lay flat and don't make a huge gap at her neck. The velcro is strong enough that she can't pull it off. I also really like that they can be rolled up and secured with a button closure. This is especially helpful in keeping the rest of my bag clean after meals out of the house. They are easy to clean too. Usually I'll just wipe it down if she didn't make it too dirty, otherwise I toss it into the dishwasher and it comes out looking new. It would be nice if they also made these in girly colors, but I'm sure Miss N doesn't really care. Overall, these bibs keep my little self-feeder clean.

You can purchase the Silicone Pocket Bib here.

I received this item at a discount or for free. The opinions expressed are 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Funcake Cake Decorating Kit Review

About Funcake Cake Decorating Kit
This kit come with 2 high-quality silicone pastry bags. The bags are 12-inch in length and easy to clean and grip. Each bag also includes a hook so you can easily hang it up for drying. It also includes a variety of 24 different tips made from a strong stainless steel that don't get bent or misshapen. Each kit comes with 2 reusable plastic couplers that makes life so much easier when it's time for changing tips.

Our Experience
I have never used a pasty bag with tips to decorate before. I was pleasantly suprised by how easy it was. I watched a couple video tutorials and read the PDF before I started. I experimented with several of the tips. Some gave a better result then others. With practice I think I could get a majority of them to be presentable. Of course I can eat my mistakes which makes it all better. It was also easy to change the tips because the plastic couplers screw on and off. Having two bags also allows for using two different frostings without needing to clean the bag in between. I like that the PDF gives examples of the design that each tip will produce. It would be nice if the tips were labeled so I could identify which tip I was using. The silicone bags and tips were easy to clean and the hook is very handy for hanging to bag up to dry. Overall, I'll be using these for all our future birthday cupcakes!

You can purchase the Funcake Cake Decorating Kit here

I received this item at a discount or for free. The opinions expressed are 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

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.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Gigamons Review

About Gigamons
Enter a realm where magic reigns and the world's elements are creatures with mythical abilities! On your turn, you will look at 2 of the face-down Elemons on the table, revealing them to all players. When you find a pair of Elemons, you will earn them and also invoke their unique special power, giving you an advantage for the rest of the game. Every three of the same Elemon you find, will summon the corresponding Gigamon to your side. And when you have 3 Gigamons, you win the game! Gigamons is a game artistically designed to engage the player's imagination and carry them away to a new world.

Our Experience
This is a fun memory game with an added twist. My three kids have been playing it nonstop for the past week. You can have up to four players, so even I can enjoy playing it with them. The rules are, when an Elemon match is made you get to do something special, like take another turn or peek at four of the cards. Each Elemon allows you to do something different. When you have collected 3 Elemons you get to take the larger Gigamon. Because my kids also really like Pokémon they say that the Elemons are evolving into Gigamons. Once you have three Gigamons on your side you win. The age recommendation is 6, but after explaining the rules to my four year old he was able to play too. He just doesn't quite have as much strategy as his brothers. The game pieces are sturdy and will hold up to lots of repeated play. Lastly, the art is absolutely beautiful! I enjoy looking at all the detail in each of the pieces. Overall, this is a great game that the whole family can enjoy.

Connect with Blue Orange Games

You can purchase Gigamons here.

This product was received in exchange for an honest review. The opinion expressed is 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

X-bet Ceramic Magnets Review

About X-bet Ceramic Magnets
Ceramic Magnets are perfect for glass gems, mirrors, for making refrigerator magnets, bottle cap magnets, small signs, magnetic buttons, and more others. Ceramic magnets have high resistance to demagnetization, corrosion & oxidation. These are receptive to most adhesives including hot glue, E6000, Goop, Bond 527, Liquid Nails, 2 part epoxies and more.

My Experience
These are nice strong magnets. These have lots of uses. I plan on using them to make refrigerator magnet crafts with my kids. I like that they can be used with many different adhesives, so I can use what I have on hand and don't need to buy something special. This year we are going to be doing some homeschooling and I can see us using these in science experiments too. They did leave a few black marks on my fridge, but they washed off fairly easily. I'd recommend cleaning each one before it's used. Overall, I like all the different uses these have for our family.

You can purchase X-bet Ceramic Magnets 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.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Baby Bundle Giveaway

Bundle of Joy Giveaway

Welcome To The Baby Bundle Giveaway!

Sponsored By: / Tiny Love / Skyhorse Publishing / Diaper One N Done

Hosted By:

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1 LUCKY WINNER will receive the following: (ARV$195) canvas

A 16×20 Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Your Photos Will Look Their Best On These Premium Gallery Wrap Canvases! These premium gallery wrap canvases look great on any wall. It’s easy to add photos from your phone, computer, Facebook, Instagram, or our historical photo archive. Their easy-to-use tools and Just Right 100% Satisfaction Guarantee take all the worry out of creating a custom photo canvas.
Gymini Under the Sea Bouncer

Tiny Love Gymini Under The Sea Bouncer

TinyLove’s new colorful and fun baby bouncer facilitates a variety of activities including baby-activated lights, music and a crab toy that will provide baby with endless fun. Check out my review here.
Gymini Under the Sea Play Mat

Tiny Love Gymini Under The Sea Play Mat

Tiny Love’s fun, aquatic play mat encourages independent and joint playtime through its underwater theme and standalone crab toy. Check out my review here.
Tiny Traveler Japan

Tiny Traveler: Japan Book

From the tiniest bonsai to the peak of Mount. Fuji, your toddler will follow a beautiful nature trail through Japan. This new book from Misti Kenison in the Tiny Traveler series explains natural elements in the simplest terms for the youngest of travelers. Check out my review here.
The Tiny Traveler Italy

Tiny Traveler: Italy Book

How many gondolas float down the canal? Can you count the number of masks at Carnival? Travel from Rome to Venice as you and your little one count your way through Italy’s most famous landmarks. Check out my review here.
Diaper One N Done

Diaper One N Done

The Diaper One N Done is an easy to use diaper disposal system. Simply place dirty diapers in the Diaper One N done; tie a knot in the used bag and detach it from the new bags; dispose of dirty diaper in your normal house trash. No more canisters full of soiled diapers to empty. Each unit comes with the unit and 100 bags!!!! All parts are made and assembled in the USA.

Now For The Giveaway!

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