Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Muppets Most Wanted Coming to Bluray Combo Pack!

Muppets Most Wanted
Coming to Bluray Combo Pack 
August 12th

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Daddy & Company Health and Skin Care - Review and Giveaway

Daddy’s Health & Skin Care by Daddy & Company is the first brand to offer health and skin care products specifically for dads (although moms love the products, too!).  Developed by pharmacist and daddy of seven, each product is carefully formulated to be eco-friendly, free of harmful chemicals, and most importantly, safe for you and your children.

Pharmacist Recommended Daddy Approved
Products available:  Baby Lotion, Baby Bubble Bath, Baby Shampoo & Body Wash, 
Organic Baby Powder, Bug Spray

My Thoughts:
I was recently given the wonderful opportunity to check out some of the fabulous new products in the Daddy's Health and Skin Care by Daddy & Company. My family received the Baby Shampoo and Body Wash, Baby Lotion, and Baby Bubble Bath all in the Calming Lavender scent (unscented is also available).

We have been lucky enough to try out several products from Daddy & Company, so we had some high expectations. They always have quality products at prices families can afford. And honestly, they make my husband smile. So often baby products are geared towards moms, and he happily uses them. But having an amazing hands-n daddy in the house makes me so proud to use Daddy & Company products because Daddy's are awesome! And, of course, I use them too :)

Daddy tackled bath time with the babes and put these new items to the test.  

He said they smelled good and then made me smell them because he admitted that 
fragrance evaluation wasn't his strong point. I thought it smelled subtle and relaxing.

He said that the Baby Shampoo & Body Wash lathered nicely and went on soft and smooth. 
The Bubble Bath was.... bubbly!
And the baby lotion was creamy, not greasy.

Daddy and babies all loved them! And so did Mom!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

* I received free products in order to write an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Squish: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse App Review

My kids love to play on the iPad. It has been a life saver on long car trips and waits at the doctor's office. So we are always on the lookout for great new apps to keep them entertained. Disney apps tend to be our go-to's because the characters are all familiar and both my son and daughter love them. They are also always well done and have lots to do in each app. Between the music, activities, and fun characters you really can't go wrong. Add to it that Disney is always encouraging creativity, imagination, and learning in their apps and it's a win-win!

We recently got to try out a new app, Squish: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse:

“Squish: Mickey Mouse Clayhouse” invites kids to stretch, push, and pull clay to make Mickey or Minnie, or start from scratch with dozens of fun clay shapes from the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse universe. Once finished, you can twist, inflate, and melt your creation using fun and unique Squishers.

Additional features include:

• 3D clay molds of Mickey and Minnie with easy-to-use sculpting tools
• Character molds and shapes that help little ones make their favorite characters from the show
• Unique Squishers: the “Twisterator,” the “Melter,” and the “Inflaterator”
• Kids can save their clay creations to the Gallery to show-off to their family and friends

The app is available now for iOS devices on Apple’s App Store.

My daughter has been having a blast creating all kinds of fun shapes. She's been twisting, pulling, squishing, melting, and even exploding her creative projects. I love how the app leaves so much room for creativity. She usually squishes and changes Mickey, but she is getting even more creative and starting with regular shapes and coming up with her very own ideas and designs. I think it's a super app for kids... and adults hehe, I have done a few sculptures myself!. Check it out in the app store.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

FuzzyHeads Review

FuzzyHeads are an exciting new stuffed toy that are cute, cuddly, and functional. Not to mention they star in their very own book! I was introduced to FuzzyHeads last week and am very excited to be able to share them with you. There are three different sizes available; the Lil' Fuzzys are 9", Fuzzys are 16", and the Big Fuzzys are 24".

Fuzzys are pretty awesome because they come in a variety of colors and sizes. Each one has a name and an individual personality. They are a tubular shape, which makes them perfect for using as a pillow when traveling. They are skinny enough to easily pack. And they are super soft and cuddly. We recently received two Fuzzys to check out for this review.

My daughter received Pink Penny, which is beyond perfect for my pink loving girl. 

Any my son got Camo Carl. He's totally awesome!

These FuzzyHeads have been in our lives for just a few days and they are already a part of the family. My daughter has been so creative with her Pink Penny. She loves the soft, shaggy hair and pretends that Pink Penny is her helper at the beauty salon. Pink Pennies hair makes for the perfect pretend make-up applicator. My son has become very attached to Camo Carl and runs to grab him every time we get in the car. They are big hits with my two kids! And I love them because they are machine washable... yay!

I would definitely recommend you check out FuzzyHeads! I think they are great little pals for kids and I just love how transportable they are. In the car they are pillows, toys, and cuddly buddies. At home they are part of the family during movie time, putting on little shows, and playing beauty parlor. So head on over to the FuzzyHeads website to learn more and order your own FuzzyHead friend!

* I received two products in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Multitasking Mom's Survival Guide

Chicken Soup for the Soul
The Multitasking Mom's Survival Guide

Moms are the busiest people in the world! They juggle kids, husbands, jobs, housework, and more. This collection will inspire and entertain masters of multitasking with its 101 stories from busy moms like them. Filled with words of wisdom, lessons learned, funny moments and juggling success, this book will brighten any mother's day.

My Thoughts:
Reading the short stories from this book was like reading about myself! We've all heard the saying "misery loves company," and parenting is truly the farthest thing from misery. In fact, being a mom is the biggest joy in my life. My kids are my everything and therefore I give them my all. But it can be HARD. Calling this book a survival guide is really quite appropriate, Just reading the stories from other moms reminds us that we're not in it alone. Moms all over the world are giving it there all and driving kids from activity to activity, shopping for their clothes and school supplies, paying for sports, and ending the day exhausted and sometimes feeling unappreciated.

Sitting down with this book can be a major pick-me-up. It reminds us why we are doing what we are doing. It's like sitting down with a friend and spilling about just how hard it is and helping each other come up with ideas to make it easier. Tricks, tips, and tales of understanding.

Being a multitasking mom isn't easy.. but it's worth it. Look for this book and other great titles from Chicken Soup for the Soul!

*Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Snappets - Review

As a mom and a teacher I am always looking for fun, creative, educational things to do with my kids. We have boxes full of toys that sing and dance and make noise, so finding something unique that requires my kids to create is such a fabulous thing! So I am really excited to share something brand new with you... Snappets.

Snappets are paper hand puppets that you build yourself. This little kit arrived on our doorstep yesterday, so tonight we got to work and created something awesome that my daughter is still playing with.

With easy to follow, step-by-step instructions my daughter was able to put together an awesome dinosaur puppet. My husband loves dinosaurs, so he was anxious to get in on the fun and helped with inserting the tabs (which was really the only step she needed hands-on help with and she's 5, so it's a pretty independent activity!).

My daughter had such a great time putting her Snappets together. Her favorite part is that when you snap the dinosaurs mouth shut it really does snap! And now she is using her imagination and putting on a puppet show for her little brother using her Snappits. Very cool!

You can learn more about Snappets on the website and Facebook page. I also highly recommend you check out the Kickstarter page created for Snappets. This is the perfect place to get a full perspective of this fantastic new idea, how they have been used with a group of 1st graders, and all the cool dinosaur designs.

* I received a free sample of Snappets in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Summer Fun Activities Part 1

Summer has officially started... yay! So we kicked off our summer with some strawberry picking. It was a great activity for both of our kids because my daughter (age 5) was super into picking and our son (age 18 months) was having a blast running up and down the rows. We headed out early in the morning to avoid the heat and we had a blast!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Gemina: The Crooked-Neck Giraffe

By Karen B. Winnick

Gemina stood out from the other giraffes at the Santa Barbara Zoo. She was the famous crooked-neck giraffe. Everyone who saw her wondered if she was all right? Did her neck hurt? As months passed, Gemina's neck leaned more and more to the side but it never seemed to bother her. Gemina didn't let her difference stop her from doing anything the other giraffes did. Told with affection and illustrated with oil paintings, this is Gemina's story, a celebration of the life of a very special giraffe. ALL proceeds from the sale of this book will go directly to supporting the animals at the Santa Barbara Zoo. (Grades K-3)

Check out the Gemina activity kit!

978-0984167807/HC, Published by the Santa Barbara Zoo, December 2013

My Thoughts:
As a special education teacher who has worked with children with many different types of disabilities, I have spent the last 4 years trying to model and instill compassion and understanding in my daughter for all people. I have a firm belief in abilities over disabilities. This is a difficult concept for children when they see something "different." This beautiful book has brought that all to life in this true story about a giraffe who looks a little different but is as strong and beautiful as any other giraffe. In fact, she's really extra special.

I loved reading this book with my daughter. It opens the door for so many different conversations. And be able to share with her the fact that Gemina was a real giraffe with a real crooked-neck. Every child will feel different at some point in their lives, and this book teaches that it's ok to look or feel different. You can still feel comfortable and confident because you are you... and you are so special.

This story has so many life lessons, from acceptance to perseverance to love. The author clearly has a love for this special and unique animal who has left an impression on so many. I am so glad that Gemina's story lives on in this beautiful children's book that can be shared for generations to come. I wish I could have met Gemina, but I feel like I know her through this book.

June is national zoo and aquarium month. This it the perfect time to learn about Gemina and so many other very special animals who touch so many lives at zoos and aquariums around the world. I highly recommend you share Gemina's story with a child in your life. And be sure to visit Karen B. Winnick's website HERE.

One lucky reader will win a copy of Gemina: The Crooked-Neck Giraffe along with an adorable plush giraffe! Open to US addresses only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Tumble Leaf - An Amazon Original Series

* I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Amazon Studios. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and promotional item to thank me for participating.

Amazon just keeps giving me more and more reasons to love them. I have been a happy Amazon shopper for years. Seriously, I buy everything from them from diapers and wipes to furniture and clothes. We do so much shopping on Amazon that we have been subscribers to Amazon Prime for two years now. And we love it. When my son was first born I managed to watch the entire series of 7th Heaven on Amazon Prime Instant Video. I love the wide selection of shows and movies for me and for my kids.

Now I have a new reason to love Amazon Prime Instant Video.... Tumble Leaf.


Created by Drew Hodges and Bix Pix Entertainment, Tumble Leaf follows “Fig” the fox who lives in a wrecked schooner ship by the sea with his best friend “Stick,” a caterpillar who lives in a tiny basket strapped to Fig’s forearm, as they discover adventure, friendship and love around every bend.

Fig is a storyteller and an adventurer – an inquisitive, intelligent, and gentle creature who loves nature and the great outdoors. At the start of each day, Fig and Stick are eager to play -- to discover new things about his world, with his eyes, ears, mind and heart open to inspiration. By playing with an object that he finds in his “finding place” in each episode, he learns about science, critical thinking and the world around him.

I am fortunate enough to be a stay-at-home mom to two fabulous little ones. But being home with them all day can be a bit exhausting and mommy needs some down time. So we popped in a screener of the first 6 episodes of Tumble Leaf to see what this new Amazon Original Series was all about.

Each episode is short and sweet and filled with fun and adventure. Fig and Stick are lovable little buddies who find themselves in all kinds of predicaments. They are curious and adventurous and manage to learn tons of new things as they explore the world around them... all while having fun and making my daughter laugh.

I love the way these characters think. They take the ordinary and make it extraordinary! This show is truly going to inspire little minds to think outside the box and create their own solutions. I love how science is such an important theme throughout. These two really make science fun! My daughter has been looking at things in a much more scientific way ever since she was introduced to Fig and Stick!

You can check out the first episode for free on the Amazon Studios website. In order to watch the rest of the series you will have to become an Amazon Prime member. But as I said before, it has tons of benefits! You can learn more about Amazon Studios by clicking HERE.  There is also a free Android App that you can check out HERE.