Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wowwee - Elekotrokidz Review

  If you are a child of the 90's then I am sure you remember the beloved Troll Dolls. I don't know about you , but I loved them. Their adorably fun & the hair was always a blast to play with. Well, now they are making a reappearance in a big way! 

  Elektrokidz are trolls who will dance to the beat of the music you are listening to. There are 6 unique Elektrokidz that come in a variety of finishes. Each comes with their own shades, and no two move the same. We received the matte white elektrokidz and my kiddos couldn't wait to check out his moves.


   The Elektrokidz sell for just $14.99 and are a lot of fun. My kids loved turning up the music or talking to yelling at our kidz to watch him move.  He doesn't move a lot, but his hair goes with the beat of your music. For the price, he definitely provides a lot of entertainment for my kids. 

 Elektrokidz are geared towards kids 6 and up & would make a great gift this Christmas season. You can purchase them directly online in your choice of color.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide - Add it Up Archery Review

    All kids want TOYS this Christmas! Finding a toy that makes kids and parents happy can be a little hard to do. SO , I am thankful for companies like Lakeshore Learning. This company was founded in 1954 and creates award-winning educational products for schools & families to help provide a high quality education for every child. 

   We have had the great opportunity of trying out a few products from Lakeshore Learning, and we just received what is by far our favorite! If you have kids ages 6 and up you will not want to miss this gift idea!

   Add It Up Archery Set ($49.99) is sized just right for children and let's kids shoot for a bull's eye as they practice math. Children can use a flexible plastic bow to shoot safe, suction cup arrow's at the target- adding up numbers as they play. 

   I knew this would be a huge hit with my guys. Buddy who is 6 loves math, Lil Stinker is 3 and ALL boy; he loves anything "rough and tough" so shooting a bow & arrow is right up his alley. I knew that Hubs would like this toy too because he actually use to teach archery at a summer camp. Add it Up Archery was definitely the right choice for my boys.

  The Add it Up Archery Set comes with 4 arrows, plus a bow , quiver, target and stand. The stand was super easy to assemble and Hubs & I were both really impressed with how sturdy it is. After a little bit of training from Hubs the boys were able to get the bow & arrow down, and they have so much fun, shooting and adding up points. 

    You can purchase the Add It Up Archery set for $49.99 directly from Lakeshore Learning, and they have so many other great options for your family. 

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide - Ozobot Review & Giveaway

  We are living in a time that is incredibly tech-driven. Hubs and I often talk about how much things have changed just in the past 10 years, mostly due to technology. Some of the change is good & obviously beneficial, but there are parts that we aren't too fond of. Technology has taken away a lot of the socialization that should be taking place on a day to day basis.

  Our kids are definitely big fans of technology, they love video games & such, so we always try to get involved with them. Recently we received Ozobot to try out with our iPad & I was really excited for it. I knew my boys would love it & I was happy that Hubs and I would be able to join in on the fun with them.

  Ozobot is an award winning smart robot, designed to teach kids & techies alike about robotics, programming & coding. Like I said, my kids love games & they are especially excited when they are able to use the iPad. Hubs loves anything "Techy" as well, so I knew this would be a hit with all of them.

  When the Ozobot arrived, I tried to set it up and share in the fun with the boys. However, I just couldn't get it to work right. Thankfully Hubs figured out that we needed to use the included paper to calibrate when using the included paper maze, but if we were using the iPad then we needed to calibrate through that. ;-)

  After getting everything set up we were ready to play. The kids love all the different ways that you can use the Ozobot. You can create a maze, or use one of the already included one's to have some fun. With the mazes , your Ozobot will never make it to the end without your help. You're given some codes to choose from and then you must place them at the right place to finish the "puzzle"

   With all of the different options of fun included in the Ozobot app, you can stay entertained for awhile. We had the most fun with the OzoLuck, you choose a maze and then how many "players". We chose 5 since that is how many people are in our family, then we all chose an end point and waited to see how the Ozobot would make it out. Would he land on Buddy's person or Hubs'? It was a surprise each time and the kids loved the anticipation.

   Ozobot has proven to be a lot of fun for the whole family. It is also so compact that it will make the perfect gift or stocking stuffer this Christmas season. You can purchase your own directly on their website , the single pack is $49.99 & the double is $99.99. One of you will also win your own Ozobot! Please fill out the entry form below for your chance to win. This giveaway will end on Tuesday 12/2, Good Luck.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide - Pearls By Laurel Review

      When it comes to gift giving, it's no secret that most women will be thrilled over the perfect piece of jewelry. This is definitely true for myself, I love jewelry and the perfect fashionable piece can do a lot for my mood. Especially if it has a sentimental reason behind it.

   I was recently introduced to Pearls By Laurel and I was so excited when I learned what they are all about. First I will be honest and say I am not much for bracelets OR pearls, but the design your own Mother Bracelet's put a smile on my face.

    My kiddos are definitely my pride and joy, so over the past few years I have become a huge fan of jewelry that "displays" them. Now that we are expecting baby #4 I am in need of new jewelry that features all of my kiddos. The problem is , for most pieces I need to wait until the baby arrives. Since we don't know the gender of this baby I can't go adding a name just yet..... the one thing I do know is this baby will be making his/her arrival in December. SO a piece of jewelry that features birthstones of my children is perfect.

   The Design your own bracelets are perfect for families of any size. For just $29.95 you can add 1 to 6 birthstones to your bracelet, if you need more than six the price slowly goes up. Once you select your # of birthstones, then you can start choosing the months/colors you want. You even get to arrange them in the order you want. For me, I chose not to put them in order of birth simply because our first two are March birthdays and I didn't want two of the same color side by side. I love that I had this flexibility & in minutes had a bracelet I loved. 

   You can head on over to Pearls By Laurel to create the perfect bracelet for yourself or someone special in your life. 

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide - Brylane Home Review & Giveaway

 I love family get together's and time with friends. I really enjoy hosting , which I guess I get from my mom. She has always enjoyed having people in her home & at this stage in life she holds a lot of family dinners. We always have such a great time & are pretty blessed that we have the ability to get together with my grandmother, aunts & uncles and my cousins and their families.

  The food & good conversations are always overflowing, but we always tend to run into one problem. Ice...there is never enough of it. Hubs often will make a quick run to the local gas station to pick up a bag of ice, and even though it's cheap it does post a slight inconvenience. 

   Thankfully Brylane Home has come to our rescue with another fabulous product. If you have been following us for long, you know that this is a company we have simply fallen in love with over the past couple of years & they have amazed us again!!

   We received the Brylane Home Ice Maker and couldn't wait to try it out when it arrived! First thing, this baby is 8 months pregnant there is no way I can lift this on my own, it weighs at least 30lbs. When not in the expecting stage it will be fine, but for now when it needs moved Hubs is in charge. Which is fine, I actually think he was more excited to try this out than I was. 

   The Ice Maker is super easy to put to use. You put the water in the designated area, plug it in & select the size of ice cube you want. There are three different sizes and after using it a few times we've decided the middle size is perfect! The best part about this is it is quick, within minutes we had some ice made. 

  If you plan ahead of time you could easily make up some bags of ice to freeze for your upcoming get together. If you're a spur of the moment person (like me) then no worries, the ice maker will provide plenty of ice as your get together is taking place. They've even included a handy scoop , to keep hands dry and germs out of your ice.

  The ice maker will make up to 33lbs of ice in a day and you can store 1 1/2 lbs in the maker. Also to make things easier you can use tap water or bottled water, whichever is your preference.  Since my mom does so much hosting we are actually passing this great item on to them & I can't wait to see how much it helps out at our upcoming Thanksgiving dinner.

   You can purchase this great item on the Brylane Home for $199.99 & one of you will win one of your own. Please fill out the entry form below for your chance to win. This giveaway will end on Sunday 11/30, Good Luck.

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