Terra by Battat: Let Your Imagination Run Wild!

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016

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My kids love to tell me that they are “city kids”.  The fact that they live in suburbia and not some ginormous metropolis does not seem to matter to them one bit. Our city in which we live is most definitely “the big city” they tell me. Of course the only comparison they use is the “country” when we visit grandparents and they visit where mom grew up. Now THAT they tell me…is the country. And you know what? I loved it!

I may not have lived on a farm myself, but there were many cattle ranchers and farms surrounding the beautiful countryside where I grew up. Barns were filled with horses, sheep, and cows. Now I have to actually TAKE my kids to a farm to see farm animals up close. Thank goodness for Terra by Battat!

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Terra by Battat collectibles feature exquisite detail and captivating design. Hand painted original characters are available in all your favorite categories: horses, sea life, farm animals, wild animals, goblins, dragons, and warriors with legends to share. We also feature detailed dinosaur models from the Dan LoRusso Collection™

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These toys are collectibles! They are nicely made and you can tell that each are hand painted and original. I love that they come in so many different varieties. If your little is more interested in the sea? Dinosaurs? Warriors? Terra by Battat has em! I was quite impressed with the Terra Wooden Horse Barn, as it reminded me exactly of the barns that surround my childhood home. I was even MORE impressed when my little fell in love and told me she no longer wanted to be princess when she grows up…but a farm girl. That is, until next week.

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The quality of these collectibles is very sturdy. They are not cheap looking or cheaply made. Terra by Battat are meant to last. And last they will! Even my boys, you know, the “city kids” got into living the country life and playing with their sister as she farmed and fed the animals. It’s a great way to start with your littles as they learn animals, animal sounds and even spelling! Take a trip to the country by picking up some Terra by Battat for your little. It won’t be a baaaad decision I guarantee it!

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Miles From Tomorrowland Blasts Off!

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016

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One of the favorite pastimes of my kids is to mimic their favorite character on TV and play as that person. I have seen my girls play so many people, especially their favorite Disney Characters. Whether it be Sofia the First, Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates, The “fifth member” of Little Einstein’s or Babar, they always have fun. Needless to say, when Miles from Tomorrowland came out, they immediately wanted to be space explorers. And now that the new Season 2 has started? Well. We are now all living in Space!

Disney Junior’s “Miles from Tomorrowland” blasted off with Season 2 on June 16th with a new and exciting theme…GALACTECH!  Galactech gives the Callisto family the ability to instantly upgrade spacesuits, gadgets, and vehicles to take on new and exciting adventures.

TOMY brings storytelling and space adventure to life with its innovative toy line that captures the sense of wonder and exploration from the Disney Junior TV series “Miles from Tomorrowland.”  The product line encourages STEAM learning, and features evergreen play patterns that kids can use to recreate adventures from the TV episodes or to discover new stories for Miles and his family and friends.

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When we had the opportunity to see the new figures in honor of the premiere of Season 2 Miles from Tomorrowland, well. My kids thought it was yep, ready for it? Out of this world! Cool vehicles that are new for spring look extra space like, Gadfly’s Scourge and the Photon Flyer, my kids were starry eyed as they played with the figures and toys. I literally could have watched a rather unique episode of the show as it came to life in my living room!

If you ever had a make your own adventure book as a kid, well playing with these out of this world toys gives my kids a new adventure every time they play! I of course take the opportunity to teach, er play with them and invite them to find existing planets and star constellations….I would not be surprised if my kid’s next stuffed animal is names Saturn…MOM WIN!

Toys can be fun and a great way to learn while doing so. Check out Disney Junior’s Miles from Tomorrowland and see if you have a space traveler in your midst too!



Edge Brand Batman and Superman Boys 2 Piece 3D Muscle Flotation Vests

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016

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I was sent this super cute Edge Brand Superman Flotation Vest to test and try out. My little girl REFUSED to put it on, so we sent it over to her adorable friend Jaxyn, who was thrilled to give it a try!

JLA 2 Pieces Flotation Suit Of Superman Style. The float comes in superman style, quality durable material, elastic strap for custom secure fit. Superior buoyancy for added safety.

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  • Swim Phase 1 supports babies as they are introduced to the water helping them stay comfortable and happy. Shop Phase 1 products right here!
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Here is Hillary’s (Jaxyn’s mom) breakdown. Pros and cons:

Pros: it’s cute The padding on the under strap

Cons: not adjustable around the chest so it didn’t fit him very well and kept lifting up in the water over his head

While he could use it to help him gain confidence to swim it didn’t provide ME any peace of mind that he would be safe with out me ready to grab him. So while it’s insanely cute, it’s not insanely practical unless it fits your little one exactly right.

I was given products to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.



Introduce Your Kids to Plants and Science With Uncle Milton

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016

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It’s fun to see what my kids are interested in. One day pretend play may be a teacher, the next a nurse, and the day after Taylor Swift…yeah…I know. But whatever my kids decide to do, I want to broaden their horizons within subjects they show interest in. So I was VERY excited to introduce them to plants and science! I was able to do both with Grow and Glow Groot and The Force Trainer II: Hologram Experience. Both from Uncle Milton, these are just a few things to introduce your child to and watch them grow themselves!

 

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GROW AND GLOW ROOT

Create and grow your very own Groot plant using real sprout and vine seeds! Learn how to grow two different kinds of plants. Then, turn off the lights and watch as Groot glows in the dark. Includes packet with real seeds and beans for sprouting.

Ok. Let’s be honest. This little guy is ADORBABLE. At least I thought so. You get your very own Groot to grow using seeds that are provided. It was a fun way to teach patience with my kids as they looked the next morning thinking GROOT would be there in all his glory…Nope.

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We have not quite reached full GROOT status at our house, but what a fun time we had getting our pot ready. We talked about the two different kinds of seeds and how they both served a purpose. My kids were learning Science and didn’t even know it! I would recommend having a parent there with the kids, the instructions are included, but it will take some coaching from Mom or Dad to get it going. We cannot wait for GROOT to appear so we can watch him glow in the dark! Keep growing GROOT- were excited to see you!

 

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The Force Trainer II: Hologram Experience

So while GROOT is growing, we went right for STAR WARS SCIENCE!

Now you can move holograms with just the power of your mind! Re-enact famous Jedi challenges as you advance through 10 different levels of Force Training. Develop your powers of concentration and see if you can reach the rank of Jedi Master.     

FEATURES:

  • Bluetooth headset that reads and interprets your brainwaves
  • Holograms featuring different Jedi Challenges from the Star Wars galaxy
  • 10 levels of Jedi Training
  • Music, sound effects, and personal instruction from Master Yoda
  • The Force™ Trainer II App with Episode 7 Update 
  • Science learning poster included
  • Ages 8 and up 

Okay. So THIS thing is STELLAR!! Seriously. I may have spent more time playing with it than my kids! I loved to show them that within science there is NEUROSCIENCE. We talked about our brains and how they “talk” to our bodies and with the The Force Trainer II: Hologram Experience, they are talking to the toy!

You will need a tablet device with this toy. However, it does work with most popular tablet devices including iPad (must be 2011 and newer) and Android devices (Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1 recommended). If you have a question about whether your device will work- and “The Force” is simply not working, then call up their customer service guys. They will hook you up! We watched the video so my kids knew what to expect and how it worked before we called upon Master Yoda to give his instructions. Then it was only a matter of how long the kids would let each other last before it was “My…er their turn” to have a go. If you have a child that is showing some interest in Science, I would highly recommend this! As Yoda would say, A Jedi Master you will appear to be- simply for buying it! Have fun…and may the force be with you!

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NewAir Pure Spring Water Dispenser

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016

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About the NewAir Pure Spring Water Dispenser:

NewAir Pure Spring WAT40B BPA Free Hot & Cold Bottom Loading Water Dispenser The NewAir Pure Spring WAT40B BPA Free Hot & Cold Bottom Loading Water Dispenser is the most convenient way to keep icy-cold and piping-hot water close at hand in your home or office. Built by a brand you can trust, the dispenser provides cool, refreshing water on hot days and warm water for coffee and tea on cold days. The dispenser is equipped with a powerful, energy-efficient compressor. It cools water to as low as 39 Degree and heats it up to 185 Degree, so you always have plenty of thirst-quenching water to drink.

 

Review:

Recently my sister got a new fridge. Her fridge has a water and ice dispenser built in. And as my family visited her house I noticed how much more my children were choosing to drink water instead of juice or milk. That’s all it took for me to realized this was something I wanted at my house too. But, alas, I live in an older house. And my house does not have room for a fridge that is big enough to have a water and ice dispenser built in. But did that stop me? No way! I just knew I had to get a little more creative? So when I saw this NewAir Pure Spring Water Dispenser? I was sold!

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I can’t believe how much this thing rocks! It comes in both black and white so you can choose the color that matches your kitchen. Before my kitchen remodel white would have been best, but since we have redone our cabinets and counter tops and are now replacing all of our appliances to black that’s what I went with. At first I was worried about how this little baby would look in my kitchen. But it couldn’t look any better. The water jug does not go on top like typical water dispensers. Instead, it is loaded underneath so you no one ever even realizes it’s there!

The hot water is perfect for making hot chocolate, it definitely gets as hot as it says it does, which is 185 F. There is also a safety lock so you don’t have to worry about your children getting burned by the hot water side. This was a big concern for me since I have littles at home so I’m extremely happy about this feature. Plus, the cold water is super cold. I will admit I’m a bit of a water snob and only like super cold water. With the NewAir it gets my water as cold as 39 F.

I have been so impressed with this overall. It’s super easy to get it set up and working. And my whole family is drinking more water because it’s so easy to use. I couldn’t be happier!

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



My Feelings Box – Help Your Kids Express What They Are Feeling

Posted by on Feb 6, 2016


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Imagine going through life and not being overwhelmed and taken over by emotions.

Imagine fully understanding what you feel and knowing how to navigate through each emotion for a smoother ride through life.

That’s what you can give your child by helping them learn about their emotions with the My Feelings Box. We might not have learned this as children but it’s not too late and we can make sure that our children get this skill set as early in their lives as possible

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A tool to guide kids to get smarter with their feelings

Sometimes, as parents, we can use a little support when it comes to preparing our children for life. We want them to learn essential life skills, we want them to be the best they can be and most of all, we want them to be happy. Our My Feelings Box is a playful approach to integrate into everyday life so kids can learn to:

  • Build their emotional vocabulary
  • Become more emotionally aware
  • Ultimately, unlock their emotional super power (Adult speak: they learn how to understand and manage their feelings)

We so wish we would have learned all of this as children, make sure your kids don’t miss out.

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As a parent it’s hard to teach our children how to express their feelings. There are so many different words and variations on each emotion. But with the My Feelings Box you can make the whole thing just a little easier. Your child can use the Feelings Box alone so they can sort out their feelings or with you to give you a better idea of what’s going on.

I have loved using it with my six and nine year old’s. We can both use the magnets to express what we are feeling and that helps to open it up to an actual conversation. With boys this is sometimes a challenge so I’m loving the My Feelings Box more and more as we get more use out of it and my children learn to express themselves better. I highly recommend you check it out and start having real conversations with your kids!

 
 

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own.



NuMe Megastar Flat Iron: The New BFF For Your Hair + Coupon Codes!

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016

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I was a curly haired baby. A curly haired toddler. A curly haired adult. We’re talking ringlets on my head curls. My mom and dad adored it. I guess I didn’t mind as a kid, but man. When I go to those pre-teen years. WOW. Let me tell you. Until I discovered mousse, it was somewhat of a POUFFY situation. Then as a high schooler I discovered something even MORE awesome…The flat iron. I could completely change my look with a little heat and effort? Say wha? Mind blown! So I present to you the NuMe Megastar hairstraightener, flatiron.

A leader in cutting-edge styling tools, NuMe has designed a flat iron with an infrared heat strip built into its tourmaline-infused ceramic coated plates. The strip comes into direct contact with hair, emitting 1000% more negative ions for best-in-class shine and sleekness without damage or dryness. Megastar delivers ionic pin-straight tresses or tousled waves with an incomparable shine and lasting hold.

megastarThere are SO many things to LOVE about this flatiron. First off, can we talk about the color? PINK! Love. But if pink is not your color, it also comes in Purple, teal blue and black! It was also rated best in beauty tools, so there’s that! And there is definitely MY opinion to back it up. I don’t feel like my hair is getting FRIED when I use it. It heats up quickly, it goes right through my hair without catching or pulling on strands. So in no time at all my hair comes out soft, manageable and B E A-Utiful if I do say so myself.

This a MUST to have in your hair kit. If you want to NOT damage your hair, but get the silky smooth and straight look, this is the flat iron for you. It is definitely the flat iron for this naturally curled hair gal. Give NuMe a try. She will definitely be a new BFF for your hair.

Plus, right now you can score the NuMe Megastar Flat Iron for only $68 when you use coupon code STRAIGHT68 at checkout. Or you can opt for the NuMe Silhouette Flat Iron for just $38 with coupon code GIFTS38.

Don’t want a flat iron? You can also get any NuMe curling wand for $49 with free shipping with coupon code WANDS49.



Clean Your Floor With Almost No Effort With the Shark Steam Mop

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015

Shark mopAbout the Shark® Blast & Scrub 2-in-1:

Forget about the mop and bucket or getting on your hands and knees to scrub floors. Use the Shark 2-in-1 Blast & Scrub Steam Pocket Mop to deep clean and sanitize* your sealed wood and hard floors. It also converts to a handheld steamer to tackle all your above-floor messes. The Shark 2-in-1 Blast & Scrub Steam Pocket Mop is convenient, fast, and powerful. Its 3-setting Electronic Intelligent Steam Control provides full control for the right amount of steam needed, providing sanitization* on hard floors with no chemical residue. Push the Engage Scrubber/Head Release Button when you encounter a tough, stuck-on mess to release the mop head and feel the Blast & Scrub Technology delivering high-pressure concentrated steam combined with the onboard scrubber to clean stubborn stains. The cleaning pad features the patented Shark Steam Pocket design, which includes 2 distinct sides for twice the cleaning in just one pad.

  • Transforms into a powerful scrubber with concentrated Blast & Scrub Technology
  • 3-setting Electronic Intelligent Steam Control® provides the right amount of steam for dusting, mopping, or scrubbing while sanitizing* your floors
  • Converts into a handheld steamer for above-floor cleaning
  • Dual-sided Steam Pocket® cleaning pads clean twice the amount of surface with just one pad
  • Easy-fill extra-large water tank for long run time
  • Lightweight and durable construction with swivel steering for enhanced maneuverability

 

Review:

I have been looking around at Steam Mops for quite some time now. So the Shark steam mop was already on my radar. I practically jumped for joy when the box arrived at my house. I pulled it out and had it put together in less than 5 minutes. I really don’t think it could be any easier.

I was very impressed with how the steam mop cleaned my floor. It’s not a magic wand, but probably as close as I’m going to find. I HATE mopping. It is easily the chore I dislike most. Which means I probably don’t do it nearly as often as I should. And THAT means I had some seriously yucky stuff on my floor that had been there for longer than I care to admit. But with the Shark steam mop it only took a couple of swipes and it was gone. With no sticky residue. And no waiting 30 minutes for my floor to be dry. My kids could follow me around while I mopped and I wasn’t worried that my floor wouldn’t stay clean.

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Plus, it converts to a handheld steam cleaner! I was hoping for something that would make cleaning the tub & shower easier (my second least favorite household chore). This thing removes the soap residue from the tub and shower walls and also removes hairspray residue from the floor, even glitter hairspray residue! The Shark steam mop is super easy to maneuver and makes corners and edges easy to clean as well. Overall, I am beyond happy. I would recommend this steam mop to anyone who is looking for one. It seriously rocks!

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Buy It:

Get your own Shark Blast & Scrub 2-in-1 steam mop for $149.99 from Amazon. You won’t regret it.

I was given products in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% my own.



iCoffee Mozart Single Serve Dial-A-Brew Coffeemaker

Posted by on Nov 15, 2015

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About the iCoffee:

iCoffee Mozart K-Cup Compatible SpinBrew Dial-a-Brew Technology Single Serve Coffee Brewer with Reusable iCup and Removable Drip Tray. The iCoffee K-Cup compatible Mozart single serve coffee brewer features patent pending SpinBrewTM Technology, which delivers Impossibly SmoothTM coffee taste. The SpinBrewtrade; jets spin, steam and stir right inside the K-Cup, creating a mini French press-like effect that produces a noticeably smoother tasting coffee with a more pleasant aftertaste and aroma. The exclusive SafetyLock locks the single-serve brew head during the brewing process, protecting consumers. Includes Bonus iCup Reusable. iCup Reusable is the only reusable cup that works in the iCoffee brewer. It is the economical and environmentally friendly way to enjoy your own favorite brand of ground coffee. Features: Works with all K-style cups Dial-a-Brew, from 4 – 12 ounces in 0.5 ounce increments Large 75 ounce water reservoir Removable drip tray allows for larger mugs, including most travel mugs Brews 10 ounces in less than a minute Energy Saver mode and automatic shut off.

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Review:

The iCoffee is a pretty stinkin’ cool coffee maker. It has all the bells and whistles and makes a delicious cup of coffee! Blue lights come on in the reservoir and into the cup when brewing; I don’t really know what purpose this serves, but it’s pretty dang cool! It is, overall, very well made and does exactly what it’s supposed to. Plus, if you grind your own coffee beans it gets even better. The iCoffee is very easy to use and clean. And when it comes to any appliance those are big musts.

Pros:

  • You can use any type of K-Cup with this machine! Brand doesn’t matter. Woo hoo!
  • It is very quiet when running. Quieter than most coffee brewers out there.
  • You can choose your cup size from 4 to 12 oz. This can accommodate everyone’s preferences.
  • Power Saver System rocks! It turns itself off after 2 hours of not being used.
  • Super simple to use.
  • It has a big reservoir – 75 oz!
  • No bitter aftertaste. Seriously this makes some of the best coffee I’ve ever tasted.

Cons:

  • The cord seems a bit short, but that really isn’t a big deal in the scheme of things.

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Buy It:

You can get your own iCoffee Mozart coffeemaker from Amazon for $139.95 or find a retailer near you.

 

I received an iCoffee coffeemaker in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% my own.



Easel Does It – Imagine, Create and Erase to Your Heart’s Content!

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015

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Michaelangelo, Picasso, Leonardo DaVinci; all names you know and love. It’s fun to imagine all they have produced; each design unique and a timeless treasure. How lucky am I to have my own in house creators? Names I also know and love – Holden. Beckett. Victoria. These three are my artists creating wonderful renderings of their imagination and putting it onto paper.

I love the idea of my kids being able to explore their creative side and develop talents they may possess. The Easel Does It does just that! By their own unique hands, it allows me a small glimpse into my kid’s imagination as they draw, paint and create their own works of art.

Just like the painters of old, you have an easel so you can sit or stand, whichever is most comfortable for you. The easel is constructed with natural wood, so it will stand the test of time with your child for years to come. Double sided, you can use the whiteboard to create, erase, and create again or  you can use the sturdy clips to hold your paper in place and choose your tool of pens or paint. I love that it does not take up a lot of room and that they can switch up what they would like to do, if your kids are anything like mine, they will change their minds half way through a picture and decide they need to start from scratch! No problem! You can help the environment by saving paper by using the whiteboard! Imagine, create and erase to your heart’s content!

Bonus? It has bins to store all those tools your kids use to make the masterpieces. It will put the pens, paints and markers at their fingertips… And off your playroom floor! Then they will be free to create the magic that will adorn your fridge, wall and counter.

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Every child has an imagination- with The Easel Does it you get to visit their imagination as they put it on paper. Who knows… you may even have the next Leonardo DaVinci on your hands!

  • Classic construction, natural wood, beautiful B. designs.
  • There are no mistakes, just rough drafts. Whiteboard erases easily, just wipe with a damp cloth.
  • Double sided easel is just the right height for growing artists.
  • Two handy trays to hold all your crayons, markers and more.
  • Sturdy clips to hold your masterpiece in place (if someone says ‘what is it?”, tell them it’s abstract impressionism).
  • Two roomy storage bins will hold everything except your imagination.

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