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.