Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Halloween themed Dinosaur Train on DVD Today "BUDDY'S HALLOWEEN ADVENTURE"

Thanks to PBS Kids for the DVD to help post this review

DINOSAUR TRAIN embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains, while encouraging basic scientific thinking skills. Buddy and his adoptive family of Pteranodons go on whimsical adventures through prehistoric jungles, swamps, volcanoes, and oceans as they unearth basic concepts in natural science, natural history, and paleontology. The Dinosaur Train is a colorful locomotive, customized to accommodate all kinds of dinosaurs and has the ability to visit the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous worlds. The Train’s Conductor, a knowledgeable Troodon, provides passengers with fascinating facts along the way. DINOSAUR TRAIN airs weekdays on PBS KIDS.

Our second daughter is five years old and has loved this shower for a couple years now. We've had a Dinosaur Train birthday party, toys, DVD's, and she was even Buddy for Halloween last year!! When I was emailed about this new DVD coming out, I immediately wanted to add it our collection of the others we have, as well as getting them in to the Halloween spirit! 
BUDDY’S HALLOWEEN ADVENTURE” will be available on September 2, 2014. The DVD has a run time of approximately 50 minutes and an SRP of $7.99. In addition to featuring the four learning adventures below, this DVD also includes special features – an interactive game, coloring pages, activities, and information for parents.
Haunted Roundhouse
Dad takes the kids on a special Night Train to Troodon Town, where the Troodons have decorated their Roundhouse into a “haunted house” for a spooky party. The kids end up meeting a strange new nocturnal creature – a mammal named Vlad Volaticotherium, who was hiding in the roundhouse trying to get some sleep.
Big Pond Pumpkin Patch
The Pteranodon family learns more about the customs of their neighbors, the Lambeosaurus family, when they are invited for the first time to accompany them to the Big Pond to celebrate “Gourd Day” – a kind of Mesozoic Halloween. The kids see their first pumpkins, and Larry Lambeosaurus even shows our family how to hollow them out and carve faces into them.

Talkin' Tattoos Tuesday: Week 71

Welcome to week 71 of Talkin' Tattoos Tuesday! I did an intro post where I explained my goal in posting these every week and how you can submit your photo to be featured. Check out the post if you need to refresh your memory. Since I've went through all my tattoos, now I'll be sharing photos I've found online, and the occasional viewer submission when they come in.

Pinterest Find

Monday, September 1, 2014

Introducing 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

The past couple weeks we've had a flow of mail coming in for great items that would be perfect for the fast approaching Holiday Season. Every time you see the button above, that means it's got our stamped approval for a Holiday gift. We'll try to showcase companies for each member of the family, as well as giveaways from time to time. 

If you'd like to become a part of the Holiday Gift Guide and think your item would showcase well, please feel free to reach out via email and we will get back to you in a timely manner. 

As we post reviews, we'll update our handy little Gift Guide page via a tab above so you can stay up to date with items and have a handy feature to come back and look from time to time while shopping ideas! I've even opened up last year's Gift Guide for fun. 

We hope you enjoy!

[2nd Annual] Ready to POP Giveaway Hop! Ends 9/15

Welcome to the Ready to POP! [a Labor Day inspired Giveaway Hop] hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network!
This year we're celebrating Labor Day in a totally fun way – by offering fabulous giveaways for Mamas and Babies who have done some of the hardest labor out there! Each blogger in this Hop has a fabulous Mama or Baby prize for you to enter to win – so be sure to hop around to them all after you’ve entered to win the fabulous Grand Prize, featuring Buttons Diapers and Beautiful Earth!

Whether you're preparing for baby's arrival or have a new baby, this is the perfect event for you! I love blog hops like this because I get to showcase some favorite baby products, and this hop will introduce you Tiny Love and Hugaboo. 

Tiny Love is a great baby company that offers a variety of baby products. From bouncers to playmats and toys, they offer a wide selection of items you'd want for your baby through their first year of life. I've worked with them several times over the past couple years, and this hop showcases their Take-Along Bouncer. Great for portable use since it folds in half, this is the bouncer you'll want for a family that's on the go! You can see my full review to learn more about the company, how the item works, and review photos of it in use. Connect with Tiny Love via their website and  Facebook.

Next up is Hugaboo. Hugaboo is a MOM invented infant support seat that cushions your baby 360 degrees to ensure proper support while sitting up. It's recommended use is 3-11 months of age and comes in a variety of colors and designs. With handy rings to hold toys, your baby will be able to enjoy themselves sitting up, playing with toys, and building up their muscles to successfully hit those key milestones during their first year. You can see my full review to learn more about the company, how the item works, and review photos of it in use. Connect with Hugaboo on their websiteEtsy storeFacebookTwitter, & Pinterest.

Enter below for your chance to win this two piece prize valued at $110. 
Open to U.S. residents only, 18+ years old. 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings App Review

Thanks to PBS for the code to review this new app

PBS KIDS has announced a brand new app from the popular show DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, called Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings. Macyn is our third daughter and 2 1/2 years old. She has recently fallen in love with Daniel Tiger and his show. When I was emailed about this new app, I jumped at the chance to review it for Macyn. While she has two older sisters, they're at school all day, so I've been trying to find ad free games that are age appropriate and a good learning experience for her. 

I downloaded the game during nap time so I could look through it, test it out, and get a feel for the idea behind the game. When I turned the game on, I was blown away with the graphics. It seems almost 3D and it's brightly colored with good sound volume. I played all the different levels and took some screen shots to show you a glimpse in to this app!
Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings is geared towards kids ages 2-5 and is available on iPad. The app is designed to empower kids to identify and express their wide and complex range of emotions. The four socio-emotional activities in the app offer kids a variety of interactive ways to accomplish this.

Ding! Ding! Play Daniel's Trolley Game!
In Daniel's Trolley Game, children will have fun driving the trolley and playing more than a dozen mini-games about feelings featuring Daniel and friends.
  • Practice calming down just as Daniel does, with a squeeze and a deep breath.
  • Feel proud as you help Daniel clean up his toys and put away the silverware.
  • Count to four with Daniel when he feels so mad that he wants to roar.
  • Laugh along with Daniel's happy dance!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Hugaboo: Infant Seat Review

Big thanks to Hugaboo for the seat to help with this review

The Hugaboo was designed by a mother to give Baby 360 degree support. It provides a cushy, portable design that can be taken around the house where cuties are be able to observe their surroundings in complete comfort.

Having four little girls, we've seen a variety of milestones at different ages. While our first daughter did well and hit everything in the normal time frame, our second daughter had a lot of issues that caused her to receive several forms of therapy for about 3 years. One of the problems she had was weak muscles and the inability to sit up. I remember her never really crawling, or sitting up much, and one thing I would've loved to see is a product like Hugaboo! 

When I first learned about Hugaboo, our youngest daughter Mya was just about two months old. When I read about the company, the product they offer, and why it was created, I knew I wanted to have one for my baby. After about 5 months of trying to get in contact with them, we finally chatted, and I was sent the red and black Hugaboo you see below. 

  • Suggested for ages 3-11 months
  • Upright seating position – helps stabilize back, sides and legs while they learn to sit up
  • 360º of support – safely wraps your baby in plush comfort as they observe their surroundings
  • Attached seat bottom – prevents your infant from sliding onto the floor
  • Lightweight and portable – easily provides your baby a safe place to sit in any room of the house
  • The upright position also helps prevent against after-meal reflux.
  • Two toy attachments – perfect for floor time activities that develop sensory and motor skills
  • Washable fabric - cover can be spot treated for quick, easy cleaning
  • Safety Tested - CPSIA, ASTM F963-11 and European Regulation 1907/2006 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Tiny Love: Take-Along Bouncer Review

Thank you Tiny Love for the Take-Along Bouncer to help with this review

Tiny Love® is a multiple award-winning global toy and baby product manufacturer which was founded in 1991 by Shoshi and Isaac Oren, entrepreneurs who had built the largest chain of baby supplies and toy stores in Israel. They began branching out into the field of developmental toys by focusing on creating toys and accessories to promote and maximize baby’s development from birth through 12 months. Today, our products are distributed in more than 50 countries worldwide.

If you're a long time follower of this blog than you'll know I love Tiny Love! We first started working together about two years when our third daughter was a small baby. Over this time I've seen their company grow and expand with some amazing products, and one of their newer items is the lovely Take-Along Bouncer you see above. I was drawn to this product for review because I love the idea of having a bouncer you can truly fold and take with you in the car. Most baby items don't do this, and the thought of being able to easily take something with you for your baby's comfort is a great idea that should have been thought of sooner! Luckily Tiny Love came out with this item when I still had a baby to use it with and I can't wait to tell you all about it!

Cook Around Kitchen & Cart Giveaway from Little Tikes! 9/19

Our girls love playing Kitchen and cooking. I thought this would be a cute giveaway to share with you all, and also something to get you started for Christmas shopping! Good luck!

Welcome to the Little Tikes Cook Around Kitchen & Cart Giveaway hosted by Being MVP

Retail: $169.99

Features:• Pull out island/kitchen cart with wheels
• Cart has storage areas, dual sided work area that has a grill/cooktop area and prep area
• Smart phone docking station
• Oven, stove, sink, microwave and refrigerator
• Plenty of storage space
• Real working fridge, oven and microwave doors
• Fridge door has a water dispenser
• Burner on kitchen top makes cooking sounds
• 30+ accessories included
• Requires 2 AA alkaline batteries (not included)
• Assembly Required!

Check out the video review and enter to win this awesome play kitchen!

Giveaway runs from August 29-September 19, 2014.  Open to US residents.  

Thursday, August 28, 2014

FulcrumGallery.com Picture Art Review

Big thanks to FulcrumGallery.com for the print to help with this review

FulcrumGallery.com is the inevitable outcome of a seemingly coincidental series of events which started in its founders, years before we ever met and started a business. Over time, a friendship, an interest in art and decorating, and a strong software development background led to the FulcrumGallery.com that we have become. FulcrumGallery.com exists today because of the continued investment of its founders and employees. It is very much a work of blood, sweat, and tears...and of course, a love of great art.

I've been a fan of Marilyn Monroe for years now. Ever since I first read about her in a magazine and learned about her life, movie career, and death I have tried to learn as much as I can about this woman. I've been collecting items with her picture on it for about seven years now, and when FulcrumGallery.com contacted me for a review, I was excited to see they carry Marilyn! Isn't she just beautiful in the image above?! Black and white photos can really draw you in depending on the image, and I have several pictures of her in black and white. I think it draws more attention to the focus of the image and it really pops when in the right setting. There's a lot more black and white photography on their website you can check out, but I'll continue with this special piece I received. 

Winix FresHome Air Purifier Giveaway! 9/11

With all our animals and small children running around, I would love to have an Air Purifier like this! Check out the giveaway below and enter to win for yourself!

Welcome to the Winix FresHome P150 Air Purifier giveaway, sponsored by Winix America and hosted by Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro.

The Winix FresHome P150 utilizes the best air cleaning technologies to capture all of the unseen particles suspended in the air, including dust, pollen, smoke, mold spores, organic chemicals, and household odors.
Featuring a 3-Stage Air Cleaning System, the P150 uses an Activated Carbon Pre-Filter to remove household odors, hair, lint, and other large particles, which helps to extend the overall life of your HEPA filter and reduces the amount of housekeeping, by reducing the amount of dust in the room it is kept. The True-HEPA Filter is the second stage in the FresHome P150's Air Cleaning System. Winix's True-HEPA Filter is designed to capture a variety of particles that are unable to be seen by the human eye; these particles include: pet dander, smoke, pollen, mold spores, and many other irritating allergens. Finally, the third stage in Winix's 3-Stage Air Cleaning Process is Winix's own PlasmaWave Technology, which is responsible for safely breaking apart odors, chemical vapors, and other pollutants, at the molecular level. Winix's PlasmaWave Technology offers you superior all-around cleaning, without generating harmful ozone.

To find out more, read Thrifty Nifty Mommy's full review of the larger Winix FresHome P300 Air Purifier.

Winix wants to give three lucky families a FresHome P150 of their own!