Lugz Boots: Come. To. Mama

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016

If you were to ask any of my friends what my vice in this life is…they would immediately say shoes. Boots in particular. I KNOW boots. I LOVE boots. I MUST HAVE boots. I would like to say it is simply due to the ever changing weather we have where I live. Eluding to the fact that I must not only have boots that are functional but stylish for work at the same time. I would like to say that if I don’t fill that space in my shoe rack with another pair of cute, I mean fully functional and economic boots, that I will be denying a pair a home…but nothing seems to convince me not to buy them. I simply love boots! And LUGZ boots? Come to Mama!

The Women’s Flirt Hi Zip is your everyday go-to boot and a fashionable take on the classic workstyle boot. This mid height boot with outside zip features a chunky leather wrapped wooden logger heel, and a padded tongue and collar with a flexastride memory foam insole for added comfort.

  • Permahide upper
  • Padded tongue & collar
  • Flexastride molded memory foam insole
  • Side zipper & speed hooks

LUGZ brand boots have always been a fave of mine. I may or may not have a few adorning my shoe rack at home. It was Christmas on a Tuesday when I had the opportunity to try on yet another pair. And these beauties were IT!

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You won’t hear a complaint from me regarding these boots. I know people have that breaking in period with boots, you know, when the boot is getting to know your foot. Sometimes this “process” can lead to some painful blisters, or rubs. NOT in these babies! I was SO happy that our introduction to one another was smooth and it was all I could do to keep my head UP instead of looking DOWN at my pretties. Is it weird that I LOVE that sole. I love the rugged look of them, when wearing with jeans and a flannel, yet, I wore with a cute short dress and jean jacket and lived the 90’s all over again. 90210 forever people!!

They have memory foam so they will literally be “YOUR” boots after only a short time wearing them. You will LOVE the look and LOVE the compliments you get- yes. Even when wearing a look from the 90’s. Not a 90’s kid? These boots are so versatile it doesn’t matter what you wear, you will look fabulous. Do your feet a favor. They do a lot for you. Give them the gift of LUGZ boots. And put your best (boot) foot forward!



Education AND Fun Toys For Your Littles!

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016

Christmas is coming and that means parents everywhere are looking for the toys that will not only educate but entertain our littles. If you are anything like me, you look for those educational toys that your kids will love! Of course we want our kids to LIKE items they receive for holidays and such, but their minds are still growing at such an exponential rate that we want to encourage them to grow even more. This is why I love Learning Resources and the educational toys they offer. An example of two AWESOME learning tools (ok your kids will just think they are toys) are the Design and Drill Flower Power Studio and Primary Science™ Shining Stars Projector and Code & Go™ Robot Mouse Activity.

Design & Drill® Flower Power Studio

The snow may be falling outside, but that doesn’t mean your little cannot “build” Spring inside! This is the sweetest toy for your little who loves to build pretty things! They can use the kid friendly power drill and make a garden of their very own. My daughter LOVES that she can build right alongside her brothers with their toys and yet, hers? Is FLOWERS! What could be more girly than flowers? And girly is her middle name!

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Brilliance blossoms with this cute and colorful design studio! Girls love the action and sound of the kid-friendly power drill as they arrange and drill the designer plates and bolts into gorgeous, garden-worthy patterns and designs. When it’s time to pack up the fun, everything fits neatly into the fold-up board for no-mess creativity – and learning – on the go!

 

Primary Science™ Shining Stars Projector

For your kids who love things “out of this world” The Primary Science Shining Stars Projector is definitely one to look for in your galaxy.  This learning tool will help cultivate science in your littles mind- but be warned. You may be bombarded with questions regarding astronomy, astrology and everything to do with space. I had to have google ready and waiting. You have been warned. Now go and have some fun!

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It’s a galaxy of stars in the palm of your hand! Young astronomers can explore early space science by beaming images of space onto any surface for a close-up view of stars, planets, and more! Just place the discs into the slot for quick and easy viewing. Features an easy-carry handle, automatic shut-off to conserve battery life, and a stand for projector mode. Includes 3 discs, with 8 images on each (24 images total). Requires 3 AAA batteries, not included. Projector in stand measures 7″H.

 

Code & Go™ Robot Mouse Activity Set

If you have a little that loves to do activities like mazes, and creating mind benders, then you will love this game. It will entice so many senses with the lights, noise and is great to introduce a child to matching as you program your own robot mouse. My oldest son is the one this learning toy was built for. The moment he finished one maze, he was off making and coding another path with more coding, more turns, more everything always making the next one better than the rest. That is what is so great about this learning toy. It will provide HOURS of learning for you child and you get to sit back and watch the magic happen!

The race is on to build hands-on coding skills! Build your maze, and then use the coding cards to create a step-by-step path for Colby, the Programmable Robot Mouse. Program the sequence of steps, and then watch Colby race to find the cheese! This deluxe set includes 30 double-sided coding cards, 10 double-sided activity cards, cheese wedge, and Activity Guide to provide the perfect hands-on introduction to coding concepts. Create your path with 16 maze grids to create a 20″ x 20″ maze board, 22 maze walls, and 3 tunnels for endless possibilities. Colby lights-up, makes sounds, and features 2 speeds along with colorful buttons to match coding cards for easy programming and sequencing. Add multiple players with Jack, the Programmable Robot Mouse (LER 2841), sold separately. Colby measures 4″L and requires 3 AAA batteries (not included). Winner, ASTRA Best Toys for Kids 2016 – Learning Play Category.



Holiday Gift Guide: Emojiez Emoji Erasers and Teeny Toys

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016

As a mom I have learned to read the faces my kids make at me. They can vary at times from pure joy in getting the treat they wanted at the store, to pure disgust as I make them at least TRY broccoli for the first time. Regardless of the situation, they have an emotion on their face and are not shy to show it. And now? My kids can literally have a conversation with EMOJIS via their cell phone or other electronic device. EMOJIS are everywhere!

So it should be no surprise to any mom why EMOJIEZ ERASERS and TEENY TOYS were such a big hit with my kids. It took their love of EMOJIS to another level with great erasers and toys to love and play with.

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The erasers are brought out at homework time and are not only functional but fun for the kids. They have 12 different ones, so not only will your kids NOT be bored, but you can have a few at a time and let them “earn” more fun characters. They work great, and my kids may/may not make mistakes on purpose just to use their cute EMOJIEZ ERASERS! I love how functional they are and are seriously one of the only things that do NOT seem to get lost in their trek to and from school. These are coveted items!

The EMOJIEZ TEENY TOYS go along with other small toys they have. It is fun to see the different toys come into play and the EMOJIEZ TEENY TOYS are always on point with their emotions! They have SIX different characters, my daughters fave being the cute little monkey!

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Sometimes kids have a rough time expressing their emotions, if my “keen mom sense” is not on point, my kids will literally arm extended put an EMOJIEZ ERASER OR TEENY TOY in my face with the appropriate emotion they are feeling. ALRIGHTY then…got it. Thank you!

We’re all looking for those toys that not only serve a purpose in the education of our kids, but ones they will actually LIKE. The EMOJIEZ ERASERS and TEENY TOYS did not disappoint. Fun for the kids, fun for the mom when my kids open up, I would give them my biggest EMOJI SMILEY FACE ever!



R.E.V’s Robotic Enhanced Vehicles

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016

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My boys’ race. They race to the bathroom to brush their teeth. They race to the car when I pick them up from school. They race to bed…oh wait. Ok. Maybe not that. But they are always on the move and moving FAST! When they are not on the move racing from one place to another, they are on some sort of electronic device. Well. Did I have a surprise for them! Because of the genius of which, simply put, is who I am…ok. No. I am not the genius inventor, but I sure am the user of these amazing toys! The name says it all. REV.

R.E.V’s are Robotic Enhanced Vehicles that are designed for combat. Leave the track behind, and the let the world be your battlefield. Equipped with cutting edge Artificial Intelligence, in conjunction with BeaconSense technology, Each vehicle is outfitted with BeaconSense technology, a proprietary indoor GPS system that enables them to sense their surroundings and navigate accordingly. REV does not require a special surface or mat to play on, and up to 16 different vehicles can enter the game at any time. Introducing REV by WowWee. REV are Robotic Enhanced Vehicles that are app-enabled and built for battle. REVs can think, drive and fight for themselves- no player two required. REVs are hardwired to outwit, outplay and outlast YOU, their human opponents.

  • REV set includes two cars; pick the car you want to control with your smart device
  • In single player mode, battle a series of A.I. Characters that can drive, think and fight all by themselves.
  • In multiplayer mode, play against multiple human- or A.I.-controlled cars at once. Up to 16 different players can enter the game! Choose from different modes such as team battles or free-for-alls.
  • REV vehicles track the status and location of other REV vehicles and adjust their tactics in real time.
  • Handle most surfaces, including carpet, hardwood and tile

 

My boys had a REVving good time with these cars! I loved that I did not (well unless I wanted to) keep them cooped up in one small area of the house. They were able to make a racetrack going through our Living room (carpet) and into the kitchen (tile) and these little suckers took it like the champs they are!! Gone are the OLD SCHOOL remote controls that you really had no control over…and welcome to the age our kids live in. My kids picked a car, grabbed the smart device and were cruising! And if one of the boys didn’t want to play (or…maybe was put in a time out for being mean…just sayin) the other boy could still play solo- against a computer. WHA?! Yes. The movie Terminator may have flashed across my mind…but so far, no machines have come to the door looking for their version of Sarah Conner….

What has entered my house is HOURS of fun had by my boys with these REV cars. If you’re feeling really over achiever like, you could always have your own car safety course….or not. Just let boys be boys. And they can with these REV cars. So ready. Set. GO!



See Kai Run: Adorable Shoes for Adorable Feet

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016

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I really do need two closets. Well scratch that. I need one really BIG closet that I can fit all my clothes on one side of it and…all my SHOES on the other. SIGH. I love shoes. I love the way they fit, make me feel and look. Heels, flats, but especially being a mom on the go- athletic ones. When I am on the go, my kids are trailing right behind me. So of course it’s important they have stylish shoes of their own…but are being fashion forward while doing so. See Kai Run gave me all that and more…and the mom is from Seattle!! Good things come from Seattle!!

See Kai Run has bright colors and sharp details make this high top stand out. This sneaker features a padded collar and tongue for comfort and support, and a removable insole to keep active feet fresh.

  • Flexible rubber sole is sturdy enough for outdoor play
  • Rubber toe cap increase durability and protection
  • Wide opening and back pull loop make on/off easy
  • Adjustable hook-and-loop closure and faux laces ensure fit
  • Our footwear has been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Associations prestigious Seal of Acceptance.

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I was given a pair of See Kai Run for each of my kids feet. So I was able to see both the boys and girls styles. CUTE. CUTE. CUTE!! I absolutely love that I am doing the best for my littles growing feet while all they have to do is look stylin. They are easy for all my “feets” to run around in, jump in, play in and they are really durable. They will definitely hold up to the shenanigans that my kids will put them through. Another plus? I REALLY like See Kai Run and the bright colors they use. I often put my kids in bright colors while were out- just so I can spot them easily if they decide to wander an inch or two away from me. The shoes are a great way to spot them in a crowd! Just look down at the feet!

Yep. I need a BIG closet. I need the room for THEIR shoes as well. And don’t think that See Kai Run only has athletic shoes, go to www.seekairun.com and see for yourself all they have to offer. You will start to fill not only your “wagon”, but that BIG closet? It will be filled in NO time.



New Sprouts Clean It! Set From Learning Resources

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016

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Have you seen the Meme going around Facebook or anywhere else really, that basically says “my daughter wanted a Cinderella themed party…so I invited 9 of her friends over and had them clean my house.” HAHAHA. Love it. Getting my Cinderella to clean up after she plays has always been a struggle. As a busy mom, I have to get creative on ways to trick…er teach her that having her toys put away and chores done, means more play time! However…what if I could teach her that cleaning could actually be FUN?!

Well. Give your creative side a rest, because Learning Resources – New Sprouts Clean it! set has already done the work for you! They have this ADORABLE Clean it set that will do just that. Give your little something FUN to clean with!

Learning Resources, Sprouts Clean It- Sparkle and shine, it’s cleanup time! Encourage role play and participation in keeping things spick-and-span with this helpful set. Perfectly sized cleaning tools inspire imaginative play while building early vocabulary and social skills. Little ones can have fun while lending a hand with cleaning essentials including a duster, dustpan, spray bottle, sponge, bottle of cleaner, and hand vac that rattles and rolls. Largest piece (hand vac) measures 7¼”L x 3½”H.

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My Cinderella could NOT put these things down. She went about the house and “cleaned” and hummed while she did so. I half expected Disney animated birds to come and start helping…no really. I would not have refused the help. It’s an awesome teaching tool and in things just her size. Giving her my broom and dustpan…less effective. These cutie patootie things? Perfect. And they come in WAY more fun colors too. They make noise, are fun to use and really? Just a UBER cool way to teach my little the importance to cleaning up and yes. That it CAN be fun.

So get to www.learningresources.com and go buy a few of the Sprouts clean it, throw a Cinderella party, and get your house sparkling with not only cute personalities…but you might also get a room or two picked up too.

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I received products in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.



Fash ‘Ems – The Perfect East Basket Stuffer

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016

As a kid, I watched some of the best cartoons. Cause when I was a kid? They didn’t have the plethora of cartoons like they do now! I mean come on! Seriously. And I often played with toys while watching. One of my faves (which was NOT a cartoon until recently) was My Little Pony- I mean TELL ME you did not just start singing the theme song as you read it…and if you didn’t, you sure are now!

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My girls go the chance to look at My Little Pony Fash’Ems and tell me what they thought. Fash’Ems are soft, squisy fashion fun. That little sentence has some of my girls favorite words in the WORLD. SOFT. FASHION. FUN. It did not take much for them to love them. Merely ripping the package open brought on squeals of girly delight that I think we may have set off a few car alarms in our neighborhood. They immediately started to look trade and name…yes. Name. Each one of them and asked where they could get some more. Sigh. Fash’Ems you have now given my girls the next obsession. They have one goal in mind. To find and collect EACH AND EVERY ONE.

One thing I would have liked to see was more variety in one of the packages. We had a few duplicates, which I know happens, but it did make the whining go up a notch because they didn’t have different ones. UGH.

All in all, Fash’Ems are a fun little toy to bribe….I mean give my darling daughters. We were happy with them- and now? It’s not just ME who sings the theme song when they get them out to play. HAHA!

Charity

I received products to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% my own.



Flybar: Get Your Head in the Clouds!

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016

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Our little Ella is one “fly by the seat of her pants” kind of girl. And I really DO mean that in the most literal term possible. For example, one afternoon, she and her sister decided it would be a FANTASTIC idea to take a ride in the laundry basket…down a flight of stairs. Well. What they didn’t take into account was the very small door opening at the bottom. And the result was a clean break of her collarbone. Sigh. We also have her (yes HER) ENT on speed dial. Yep. Ella is definitely our daredevil.

So why wouldn’t I have completely jumped at the chance to get this little girl of mine something to REALLY put her head in the clouds? Yeah…of course I did. So here we are checking out Flybar!

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To date, Flybar, Inc. has consistently innovated and improved their extreme pogo securing their position as the worlds leader in pogo sticks Besides dramatic improvements that have allowed the Flybar, Inc. pogos to become the “best in class”, new research and development continues. Hopefully, we will take the pogo stick into the 21st century high tech / social media world we now live in. Shortly we hope to introduce the worlds “first interactive” pogo stick – our “smart pogo”.

We are still passionate about pogos after 96 years, and are proud that the Flybar, Inc. pogo has become “the standard by which all pogos are measured”.

I must say that my girl may be a daredevil, but I as her Mom am certainly NOT. I wanted to be sure she had the proper gear, so if you’re like me…get a helmet and some pads on that kid. That being said, she was in LOVE with this thing. It took a few tries to get used to it, but once she did, she was loving it.

Now not only is she going to be FLYING all over the place, but she is going to get a whole new view of the world while doing it. Enjoy the view she most definitely will. Thanks Flybar!

This is a sponsored post. I was given products in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Charity



PhotoFast: Take a Stroll Through Memory Lane

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015

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I recall a conversation that I had recently with my bestie about pictures. Pictures that have been sitting on my phone from my milestone 40th bday….My birthday was in June…I know. I know. I am THAT person! I have memory cards, DVD’s and then the dreaded prints scattered around my office just waiting to be organized and yet…they still sit. I seriously was in need of PhotoFast. HELP WAS ON THE WAY!

PhotoFast, known for creating visionary products and cutting-edge technology, has been recognized globally since its establishment in 2003. Based in Taiwan and available around the world, PhotoFast’s storage solutions and mobile accessories have been praised by key industry influencers for their innovation, design and convenience.

PhotoFast products undergo extreme research and development prior to manufacturing, ensuring only the absolute highest quality tech accessories reach consumers worldwide. Pioneers of the consumer electronics market, PhotoFast continues to produce exceptional quality gadgets and break new ground in the technology industry.

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I really do shudder (get it? Pictures? Shutter? Hahaha!..yeah..so anyway) to think of the potential outcomes of my many coveted pics if I had not backed them up with my PhotoFast flash drive. It’s a CHRISTMAS MIRACLE! Now I just grab my flash drive and have a stroll through memory lane. My favorite strolls by the way…they rock. And the best part? No wondering which flash drive is mine!

I love the feature where it has the cover at the top. JUST in case you are somewhat accident prone like yours truly. It gives me the peace of mind that I won’t accidentally break off the most important part of the flash drive. That kind of peace of mind is truly needed in my hectic world! Small, but not so small that I mistake it for a tootsie roll wrapper and throw it away (accident prone remember?), it’s perfect to put in my purse. Cause you never know when a memory will need to be shared, printed, or heck, remembered!

Go check out PhotoFast and find something that suits you best.  And be sure to do it Photofast…memories come and go- you want to be sure to store em!



Osmo – Joining Forces With Mom’s to Help Kids Learn and Play All in One!

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015

Osmo Starter Kit and Kids Activity Accessory for iPad

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OK. OK. I’ll admit it. My kids have an iPad. And they may or may not have time limits on said device because if they didn’t, I would never hear them utter a word other than, “Ahh man!” GET HIM!” SHOOT HIM!” Yeah…you get the idea. I love the iPad, really. It is such a great learning tool for both parents and kids alike. But sometimes I would just rather them have more LEARNING time than simply PLAYING.

Here is a way for your child to have both! They will learn and not even know they are simply having fun! Osmo Starter Kit and Kids Activity Accessory for iPad. I simply found something that goes along with the saying – if you can’t beat em…join em! So Osmo and myself are joining forces to help my kids learn and play all in one.

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Bridge the physical and digital

In this digital age, the iPad offers young minds a great platform for learning and playing. But, when kids are interacting only with a touchscreen, they’re spending less time engaging with their physical world. Osmo is a technology system that bridges the physical and digital worlds by taking gameplay beyond the screen.

Anyone, anytime, anywhere

Osmo isn’t just for kids. Designed for anyone aged 6 and up, this educational toy can be enjoyed by nearly everyone in the family. Siblings can challenge each other in Words, best friends can work together in Newton, or dad and daughter can sweat it out in Tangram. Kids, parents, grandparents, and friends alike can play with Osmo anywhere, anytime. Even at Grandma’s house, where there’s no WiFi connection.

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I LOVE that you can use with any iPad. You don’t have to go buy the most recent generation of iPad to enjoy these fun and interactive games. This is a must in our house, as I didn’t want a toy that I had to go buy yet another device to make it work. Also, it comes with all the accessories you would need to have hours of fun. You simply download the apps, get your accessories ready and start learning!

You can do what my family did. Have a game night and with each iPad have contests with the different apps. We had some winners…and some NON winners… But FUN was had by all of us and I even did some learning myself. After all. Parents like to have FUN too!

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This is a sponsored post. I was given products in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% my own.