Valentine’s Day Gift Guide For Kids & Family 2017

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017

Personalogy Family Fun Card Game – The Laugh-out-loud Discovery Game for the Whole Family

There are so many great ways to occupy your kids and help them to use their minds. Personalogy is one of our new faves. A Laugh-out-loud discovery card game for the family (ideal for kids 7-11). Brings families together instantly – the playful, heart-warming and silly questions gets everyone talking, laughing and having fun! Questions have multiple choice answers to make it easy for kids. Play at family meals or game night.Discover something new about your family. perfect for birthday or holiday parties, family gatherings, A perfect antidote for traveling with kids, road trips, and plane rides. The speciality box is designed to be small enough to put in your purse, backpack or glove box. Cards are the same size as a regular deck of playing cards. Many of the questions were co-created by kids 7-11. Three ways to play, with or without points and can be played in teams. 122 fun, silly, laugh-out-loud and memorable questions and even more surprising answers. Made Amazon’s Best Sellers Top 100 Card Games for 2015! Enjoy! Learn more on PersonalogyGame.com Purchase on Amazon: Family Edition / Party Edition

Aquarium MembershipSnag a family membership to the Living Planet Aquarium for about the cost of three visits!

Gemmies Crystal CreationsGemmies are the next evolution of the popular 3D beading craft. Following a simple process, kids clip Gemmies crystals to elastic rings then join completed rings to create a 3D sparkling creation! Design templates are intuitive and use a repetitive pattern that lets kids develop their cognitive abilities and progress to designing their own creations.

Special Notes – This is probably my favorite way to celebrate the holiday each year. It’s so simple and easy. And my kids look forward to it every year! All you do is get hearts (or any shape, really) and write things you like about your kids. Then stick them to their doors or wherever they will see them easily and wait for the smiles.



AIRY: Take a Deep Breath!

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016

Questions. Questions. Questions. This is something my kids NEVER run out of. The other day they must have been learning a bit about the environment, because my son came home wanting to know everything I knew (and what I didn’t know) about carbon dioxide. She was rather upset that we did not have huge trees growing in our yard to help suck up the bad air and give back the good. We talked about how plants and trees help us and how we need to really have more in the house as well as outside.

Well. Fast forward a few weeks later and I was SO excited to tell her we now were helping the environment with our very one AIRY!

Plants purify the air. The NASA discovered: This is happening up to 90% via the roots of plants. AIRY is the first plant pot to ventilate the root system. As a result, plants that grow in an AIRY pot can absorb pollutants up to 8 times as much as in conventional plant pots.

The AIRY pot does exactly what my son was wanting from me and we get to have our own little tree INSIDE to love and feed with all our carbon dioxide. The idea of the AIRY is absolutely amazing. I love the idea of the root system absorbing even MORE of the bad air that we are breathing out. That means more pollutants are being absorbed, feeding the plant while they feed us the good air.  Just makes me want to take a big, deep breath every time I think about it! We love the way this looks in our home. We have had a lot of compliments on the “look” and when my son hears his “cue” he immediately is our own little infomercial telling everyone about how our AIRY is the best thing ever and if you want to breath good air like we do, you had better get one. If you want to breath better, if you want your kids to breath better, if you want to teach your children how to be good to the environment, then the AIRY is for you. If you just want a super cute pot for your plant? BINGO. Take a deep breath…and go get yours!



Brio & Ravensburger: Learning & Fun in One!

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016

We go to work, we come home. It’s a pattern we follow and our kids watch us do each day. If your littles are like mine, they love to pretend play with what they see. An excellent version of pretend play with home and work is in the BRIO Playsets. These BRIO playsets are TOUGH. They will handle the sometimes not so gentle hands of your littles, take a beating and keep on providing hours of entertainment and learning. Let your little go from their BRIO Family Home Playset to work at the BRIO Central Fire Station!

BRIO Family Home Playset

  • Welcome to the BRIO Family Home, a modular play house. Build it according to suggestions in the included brochure or customize – the modules in plastic and wood offer lots of options
  • It comes with interior details and characters, creating a unique social play focus around real life situations for your child to engage in
  • Fully compatible with all BRIO wooden railway sets
  • Product Size is 17.5″ x 5″ x 10.5″
  • For Ages 3+

BRIO Central Fire Station

  • Engage in role play with this elaborate fire station
  • One truck has light/sound functionality for extra action. Comes with 2 LR44 batteries
  • Fully compatible with all BRIO wooden railway sets
  • Product Size is 10.75″ x 7.5″ x 9.5″
  • For Ages 3+

 My kids are NOT easy on their toys. My delight in both the Brio Family Home Playset and Central Fire Station was the durability. I would much rather put in a bit more out of my pocket and have it last than hear the breakdowns of my littles when their beloved toy breaks after a few minutes of play. You will NOT have that problem with Brio. The pieces are wooden, the paint is vibrant and the attention to detail is amazing. So let them play! You never know who they will be!

And if your little decides they need a bit more excitement in their life, then introduce them to the Ravensburger Science X Smartscope Science Kit! With kids, what they want to be when they grow up can change by the minute! Let them explore the science and see if they will be the next great inventor! The best part is you use what you see in Nature!

Ravensburger Science X Smartscope Science Kit

  • Explore the amazing world of microscopic with Smart scope
  • Take pictures of magnified objects to share with your friends or stream them to your big screen TV
  • No app download or in app purchases
  • Features: 2 magnification levels, removable light source and travel pouch
  • Smartphone or tablet required (not included!)

The great thing about this Smartscope Science Kit, is the shareable factor. You don’t even need to buy or download an app to have it either. My son put it directly on the big screen of the TV to display what he had created with his “scientific mind”. It was fun to watch and things you see at a distance were brought “up close and personal and magnified”. Something just like a “real” scientist would do. This is a great learning tool as well. Send your kids on their own nature adventure as they bring something back to put in the kit. You just collect something from Nature or near you, activate the camera on your smartphone or tablet and the Smartscope will magnify your object. Talk about up close and personal! Get your kids into Nature and watch what they bring back! FYI- beware of bugs…they are a popular one with my boys.



Our Generation Dolls: Make a Bestie for Life

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016

Most girls have a doll…or five that they use for pretend play. It is the same at my house. They play tea party, they play school, they play mommy, the list goes on and on. And HAS been going on for years. It seems dolls and littles grow together and it is no exception at my house. My girls have one doll in particular that is the “go to” doll for them. Our Generation dolls. They are the BEST! These dolls are not only large (18 inches) but very “real like”.  The hair, the eyes, the soft body with plastic limbs, makes them perfect to contort and fit into the many play items you can find to go with your littles pretend play!

When my little was able to get her first Our Generation® Deluxe Doll – Lily Annait was like Christmas morning for ME to watch her face and she loved on that doll. Lily Anna comes with the cutest outfit and the detail is great! Then to see her reaction as she was able to have some fun accessories and toys to keep her doll company? Well. GAME ON. What is a horsegirl without her horse? Our Generation® Holiday Clydesdale Horse and Accessories fixed that for us. Our Holiday Clydesdale Hose even had its own house-the Horse Barn – Our Generation

Not only are these toys and accessories well made, but they are a DEAL. Your little will love pretend playing with her doll and horse. I love that the pieces are not too tiny- so you can let even your littlest of littles play with them. The hair is nice and can be styled (and the horse too!) and there are SO many other accessories, clothes, and even mini dolls you can pick up to add to you ever growing Our Generation doll collection. One of my favorite things about Our Generation, is the books that go along with the dolls. I love that my girls can learn about their own personal doll and hear “her story”. Fun for them, fun for Mom to watch them read! It’s a win-win! So go find “your” Our Generation doll. You will have a new bestie for life!



Fright Factory: Keeps the Scary Outside and the Fun Inside

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016

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Remember me saying how girly my girls were? Well. Don’t get me wrong. They LOVE some getting dirty, being scared and all the creepy crawlies that they find in our backyard…. their mother? Not so much.

I have come to a compromise with the creepy crawlies in allowing my children to create their own with FRIGHT FACTORY. It keeps the scary outside and the FUN inside.

Make scary 3D creations with Fright Factory™! Use the special light curing EwwGoo™ gel to fill creepy molds and then flash them with the eerie light from the Fright Factory Creature Creator. Kids can create insects, reptiles, rats, bats and more! Fright Factory™ uses ultra-safe LED light to develop your creations. Gels are quick curing, non-toxic and kid friendly.

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So when my girls are done with adding bling to our lives, they can easily switch to adding some fright! The gel was not messy and easy to work with. The last thing any mom needs is more mess! My favorite part about this? You only use light to make these creations some “alive”. You don’t have to use any heat, which makes the mom in me feel MUCH better and the gel is non-toxic and kid friendly. So I do not have to worry about my children all the sudden gaining super powers or extra abilities due to some exposure to toxic waste!

You just fill up your creepy mold, use sage LED light to create the rubbery stubstance, and presto- change. You are now the proud owner of your own creepy crawly creation!  Go get your fright on with FRIGHT FACTORY– it’s the most FUN way to be scared!



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.