Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: Toys


The kids tested these toys, and they are definitely kid approved.

We've made your Holiday shopping easier, any of these toys are sure to make some happy little ones!

LeapFrog Leap TV: Kids will have a blast with this educational and interactive game.

See my review HERE.




The Amazing Zhus: Kids can have magical fun with the Amazing Zhus.

See my review HERE.







  Vtech InnoTab Learning Cartridges: Kids can discover   new games and learning fun with cartridges for their InnoTab.

  See my review HERE.






 Build A Bear: Kids can build their own Super Hero bear at Build A Bear.  There is a bear for every little one's taste.

See my review HERE.







Animal Trackers Club: Kids can enjoy their present all year long.  Let them discover a new animal with a craft and learning box every month.

See my review HERE.




Happy Shopping!

Make sure to check out my Children Books Holiday Gift Guide.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Old Factory Candle Gift Set & Giveaway #OldFactory



Need more gift ideas? Aren't these candles adorable?  If think they are perfect for that one member of the family who loves vintage stuff. 

The Old Factory candle gift sets each contain 3 different scented candles. Each candle burns clean and even for 20 hours. Hand-poured in the USA with natural soy wax, self-trimming wicks, and premium fragrance oils.

 
Each gift set is themed around a group of related fragrances. So everyone is sure to find something perfect for every occasion, every room in the house, and all the special someones in your life.

I chose the Fresh and Clean set which includes Lemongrass, Olive Blossom, and Fresh linen scents.  They smell so nice just from the jar, and once lit, they give out a smell scent to the entire room.

They have so many different scent sets, some of my favorites are:
  • Spa Day: Cucumber, Lemongrass, Green Tea
  • Coffee Shop: Coffee Bean, Hazelnut, Chai Tea
  • Man Cave: Straight Razor, Leather, Mahogany
How about this one?  I think most people can think of that one person who is so hard to shop for, yet this set would fit perfectly for them.
  • High as a Kite: Cannabis, Incense, Bag O' Cookies

BUY IT: Find them on Amazon HERE.

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***You MUST have an Amazon account as you will be given a coupon code to get the product for free if you win.

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Animal Trackers Club Monthly Box Review #AnimalTrackersClub



Nothing makes my kids happier than to receive a package by the front door.  It doesn't matter what it is, they just love getting mail.

It's even better when it's something that will keep them occupied for a while, and they get to learn a lot of fun facts along the way.

So imagine their excitement when they received the Animal Trackers Box in the mail this month!

Animal Trackers Club is a monthly subscription program specifically designed for your Pre-reader/Beginning Reader. Each month your child will "track" a new animal through age-appropriate instructional materials designed to encourage hands-on learning through creative play and activities.


Take a Walk on the Wild Side! Join BODE BEAR as he guides your child to discover a variety of amazing animals as he tracks them in the habitats in which they live. Beginning in the African Savanna, BODE BEAR will lead your child to explore and appreciate the animal world, while preparing them to become self-confident learners and readers.  
 


 Each monthly packet will include an Animal Trackers Club Information card with easy to follow and understand information about the animal being tracked that month. The packet will also include a play magnet to add to the lunchbox, a foam animal dress-up mask, and a realistic, hand-painted animal play figure. In addition, the packet will have a “Safari Animal Tracks” card for your ringed set, containing a real photo of the monthly animal as well as the track it leaves in the wild.
 
Each monthly packet will also contain a learning activity and an art project created to develop the skills needed to become a proficient student and reader.
 
 
The package included enough activities for my four kids to stay busy.  The youngest ones worked on the art project which consisted of putting animal stickers on a Savanna landscape, while the oldest ones worked on the info card and the memory game. 
 
We divided out the learning activity sheets, then everyone worked on the larger art project.
 
I thought the box included a lot of fun information and activities.  I always love it when they get to learn things without noticing it.
 
Compared to other monthly services, the prices for the Animal Trackers Club is more affordable.  If this is something that you have room in your budget for, I would definitely recommend it.

 
Your child's adventure begins with:
  • Introduction to the Animal Trackers Club
  • Animal Trackers Club Safari Lunchbox
  • African Savanna Information Card
  • Cover and Ring for the Safari Animal Photo Collection
  • Savanna Art Project
  • Savanna Animal Cards Activity

Each month your child will receive:
  • Animal Information Card
  • Animal Play Figure
  • Animal Foam Mask
  • Animal Magnet
  • Safari Animal Photo Card
  • Learning Activity
  • Art Project
BUY IT:  Visit HERE to subscribe.

There are 4 plans available for purchase.
Monthly Plan $11.95 +$3.00 shipping
3 Month Plan $36.00 +$3.00/month Shipping
6 Month Plan $70.00 +$3.00/month Shipping
12 Month Plan $135.00 +$3.00/month Shipping

For Children Ages 3+


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

An Elf on the Shelf Grand Entrance


 
Are you ready for your Elf on the Shelf to make his grand entrance?

My kids are anxiously waiting for the day after Thanksgiving when their Elf on the Shelf, Noel, arrives in our home.  (That is, if I remember where I hid him the year before). 

 
Usually, they just find him in the morning sitting on furniture which they are satisfied with, but this year I thought I would make his arrival a little different. 

Santa is shipping our Elf on the Shelf!

I used google images to find a North Pole stamp, and return address label.  You'll find tons of choices.


Then I wrapped a small box in red wrapping paper and covered the inside with tissue paper.

After that, place your Elf on the Shelf in the box, and sprinkle him with glitter for a little added magic!

 
I can't wait to see their faces when they find the box by the front door.
 
How does your Elf arrive in your home?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Educents Free $10 Credit for New Members

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Get a $10 credit in Edubucks when you become a new member!
 
It can be put toward the purchase of ANYTHING on their site with no minimums or catches.


Disclosure: Some links in this post may be affiliate links.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Holiday Gift Guide: Children Books



Sometimes kids gets too many toys for the Holidays, and books are a great alternative option.

Here is a list of great books for little ones:

http://kidsanddeals.blogspot.com/2014/11/freddy-frogcaster-and-big-blizzard-book.htmlFreddy the Frogcaster and the Big Blizzard by Janice Dean.
See my review HERE.

Age Range: 4 - 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool - 3
Series: Freddy the Frogcaster
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Regnery Kids (September 15, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1621572544
ISBN-13: 978-1621572541


The Best Part of the Day by Sarah Ban Breathnach
See my review HERE.

Age Range: 4-5 Years  
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Regnery Kids (August 25, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1621572528
ISBN-13: 978-1621572527

 




Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading
See my review HERE.
 Age Range: Pre-teen.
Series: Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency
Paperback: 324 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 3, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1492718157
ISBN-13: 978-1492718154



Disney Frozen Hairstyles inspired by Anna and Elsa

See my review HERE.
  
  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Edda USA (November 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940787092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940787091


  • Maddi's Fridge by Lois Brandt

    See my review HERE.

    Age Range: 4-8 years
    Grade Level: Kindergarten-3rd
    Hardcover: 32 pages
    Publisher: Flashlight Press (September 1, 2014)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 1936261294
    ISBN-13: 978-1936261291


    Maddi's Fridge ~ Book Review ~



    About the Book:


    Sofia and Maddi live in the same neighborhood, play in the same park, and go to the same school. But while Sofia’s fridge at home is full, Maddi’s fridge is empty – white empty – with just a small container of milk.


    “Why doesn’t your mom go to the store?” Sofia asks.

    “We don’t have enough money.”
    “But what if you get hungry?”
    “We have some bread,” Maddi says.
    “Please don’t tell anyone.”
    Sofia promises Maddi she won’t tell, but is determined to help her best friend. She sneaks food for Maddi in her bag and discovers that, while fish and eggs are good for kids, they aren’t very good for backpacks. Despite Sofia’s very best efforts, Maddi’s fridge is still empty.
     
    Sofia promised not to tell. Now what can she do?
    My Thoughts: 

    Maddi's Fridge is a great story that appeals to kids, while at the same time bringing awareness to child hunger.  Kids can easily relate to the story of two friends meeting after school and playing in the park.  Once they get to know the characters, they understand that one child doesn't always get to eat.  My kids felt sympathetic for that character, and wanted to find a solution.  They did feel conflicted about keeping a promise or not, but the book shows them when it's important to keep a secret and when it's not.  I felt great reading this story to my kids, and I loved the message.

    About the Author:

    Lois Brandt is a children’s fiction writer whose new book Maddi’s Fridge, is the first picture book to address child hunger in the United States. It was inspired by Brandt’s childhood memory of opening her friend’s refrigerator and finding only condiments and a lunch milk carton her friend had saved from school for her little brother. Brandt, who holds an MFA from Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa.

    Age Range: 4-8 years
    Grade Level: Kindergarten-3rd
    Hardcover: 32 pages
    Publisher: Flashlight Press (September 1, 2014)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 1936261294
    ISBN-13: 978-1936261291


    BUY IT: Find it on Amazon HERE. 10% of profits are donated to help fight childhood hunger.

     
     
    http://kidsanddeals.blogspot.com/2014/11/holiday-gift-guide-kids-books.html* This Book is part of our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide See the full list HERE.
     

    Disclosure: I received the above book for free. All opinions are 100% my own.

     

    Disney Frozen Hairstyles How to Book & Disney Princess Hairstyles ~Review~

    Ever since my daughter has seen the movie Frozen, everything is about Elsa.  The only way I can get her to sit down to do her hair is if I tell her I will make an Elsa braid.  Normal braids don't exist in our home anymore.
     
    You can imaging my excitement when I saw there was an actual book on how to do the hairstyles from the movie Frozen. 
     
    My daughter's hair is still very thin and short, so I have to keep her braids fairly simple, but I had fun trying out some of the hairstyles with my niece.
     
    Disney Frozen Hairstyles
     
     
    This is the first book to reveal the secrets behind Anna and Elsa's different looks.  Each of the twenty-eight hairdos is created on a real child and meticulously photographed in full color to make even the most complicated coiffure easy to achieve. 
     
     
    We tried the Braids within a Braid
     
     
    The instructions and pictures are great, I look forward to doing more hairstyles.  Some of them are a little intimidating, but you can find difficulty levels from easy to hard, so there's styles for every skill.
    BUY IT: Find it on Amazon HERE.
     
     
    Disney Princess Hairstyles
     
     
    If your little one isn't an Elsa fan but loves another princess, this book is probably for her.
     
    DISNEY PRINCESS HAIRSTYLES features instructions for forty different hairdos  from Cinderella’s beautiful bun to Jasmine’s ponytail, and from Rapunzel’s endless curls to Pocahontas’ hidden braid.  Again, the styles are photographed on real girls.
     
    BUY IT: Find it on Amazon HERE.

     
    http://kidsanddeals.blogspot.com/2014/11/holiday-gift-guide-kids-books.html* This Book is part of our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide See the full list HERE.
     
    Disclosure: I received the above products for free in order to write my review, however, all opinions are 100% my own.

    Sunday, November 16, 2014

    Holiday Toffee Brownies & More Easy Holiday Treats #BettyCrockerBakeCenter


    The Holidays are fast approaching and this means we will soon have to start baking for parties or gifts.

    I'm all for baking from scratch, but sometimes, it's just not feasible.  A little help here and there never hurt anyone. 

    That's when Betty Crocker comes in...

    I made a couple of Holiday recipes using Betty Crocker products for those times we don't have hours to spend in the kitchen. 

    They are yummy, quick and easy recipes. 

     
     
    Using just a few ingredients, these brownies were very easy to make.
     
    I made them with my three year old daughter, and she loved being involved in the kitchen.


    Don't these look delicious!
     
    They transport really well in a Ziploc container, so you can take them anywhere.
     
     


    The cookies were so easy to make too.  I didn't have nonpareils, so I used different Christmas sprinkles I had, and they worked well.
     
     

    They almost look like mini wreaths.
     
     
    Save on all your favorite baking products at Publix, including:

    In-Store Savings
    • FREE Ziploc® brand container with the purchase of any three (3) Betty Crocker™ Baking Mixes, Hershey’s® Kisses/Baking Chips, or Betty Crocker™ Decorating Items. Look for coupon in the Betty Crocker in-store display at your local Publix. Coupon available while supplies last.
    • Betty Crocker Supermoist Cake any flavor on BOGO, available 11/13 – 11/19*
    • Betty Crocker Frosting any flavor 2/$3, available 11/13 – 11/19*
    • *Dates might vary in certain markets.
    Printable Coupons
    • Visit www.ReadyPlanSave.com to clip and print your coupons. Available while supplies last.
    • Save 75¢ when you buy TWO Betty Crocker® Ready to Spread Frosting, Supreme Brownie Mix, Dessert Bar Mix, SuperMoist® Cake Mix. 
    Let the holiday baking fun begin!
     
    Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.”

    Saturday, November 15, 2014

    LeapTV “Leap Into Gaming” Party from LeapFrog #LeapTV #MommyParties

    Disclaimer:  I received free products in order to host this Mommy Party via MomSelect.  The opinions expressed here are my own.
     
    I think I have the luckiest kids right now! 
     
    They got to invite friends and try out one of the hottest toy of the year!
     
    The LeapFrog LeapTV
     
     
    The LeapTV is designed for kids ages 3-8. The system uses a motion-sensing camera and controller that fits small hands. Audio instruction makes it simple for even the youngest kids to play solo or with a friend!
     
    Here are some details about the LeapTV:

    Learn through motion

    Get kids jumping, dancing and more as they learn core skills across reading, mathematics, science and problem solving.

    Grows with your child

    Games adapt the learning to your child starting with age, then auto-adjust the level for just the right challenge.

    100+ games & videos

    With a library of educator-approved cartridge games, game downloads and videos, kids will never run out of fun!

    Made for young kids

    With audio instructions for kids who don't yet read and a controller made for small hands, even the youngest can play
     
     
    My favorite part is that before they can play a game, the kids have to answer some reading, mathematics, science or problem solving questions. 
     
    You create profiles for your kids, so all educational questions are geared towards their level.

     
    The Sports game was definitely the boys' favorite, and the girls loved the Dance & Learn game best.

     
     It was a very easy hook up, and the games are fun, bright and colorful.

     
    Of Course, you can't have a party without yummy snacks

    Check out the boys playing soccer:



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