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 Picture Art Review

Big thanks to for the print to help with this review 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 that we have become. 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 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!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

How Accurate is IntelliGender?

Thank you IntelliGender for all past review tests. 

IntelliGender’s Gender Prediction Test is an affordable, simple-to-use urine test that provides immediate gender results in the privacy and comfort of the home. In minutes, the IntelliGender Gender Prediction Test indicates your gender result based upon an easy to read color match.  Green indicates boy and orange indicates girl! As early as 10 weeks into your pregnancy (8 weeks post- conception)! Most women find out the sex of their baby at their 20-week sonogram as long as Baby chooses to cooperate. IntelliGender bridges the curiosity gap between conception and sonogram.

The first time I heard about IntelliGender was while I was pregnant with our 2nd child. I already knew the gender so there was no need for a test, but when I became pregnant with baby #3 I knew it was a must! While I don't have access to the IntelliGender review with Macyn, my test was wrong and said she'd be a boy. Even though the test was wrong, I knew there's only a 50/50 chance, and when a close friend got pregnant with her first child, she reviewed an IntelliGender for the blog in August 2012. Fast forward to December 2012 and Lakeon posted her review from using IntelliGender with her second child. August 2013 was my turn to post my review for baby #4, and then this year I found out two friends were due to have their babies one week apart this coming December so they each reviewed IntelliGender as well. I did a little short accuracy post for one friend's result last month, and today I'm posting my second friend's result as well as over all accuracy of these tests as they've been through this blog. 

How many times was the test wrong? 
How many times was it right?

Step2 Thomas the Tank Engine Toddler Bed Giveaway! 9/10

Welcome to the Step2 Thomas the Tank Engine™ Toddler Bed™ Giveaway, hosted by Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro and sponsored by Step2!
Is your little one ready to transition to a toddler bed? Have another baby coming and need to free up your crib? Let Thomas the Tank help your child drift off into dreamland! Details of the Step2 Thomas the Tank Engine™ Toddler Bed™ (obtained from the Step2 website):
All aboard to dreamland in the Thomas the Tank Engine™ Toddler Bed™ by Step2. Little train conductors will love that this bed resembles their favorite tank engine. This train bed promotes imaginative play as kids pretend to go on an adventure with Thomas along the island of Sodor. The Thomas the Tank Engine™ Toddler Bed is the cutest train bed you’ve ever seen! Made in USA with imported parts.
  • Three dimensional friendly face
  • Realistic train decals
  • Storage compartment behind the smoke stack
  • Fits standard toddler/crib mattress making the transition from crib to bed easy and fun!
  • Adult assembly required
  • Recommended for ages 2 and up
  • Available exclusively at Toys "R" Us for $199.99

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Talkin' Tattoos Tuesday: Week 70

Welcome to week 70 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.

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Seriously..... BEAUTIFUL!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Yummi Pouch Reusable Pouches and Bags Review

Thank you Yummi Pouch for the items to help with this review

Our vision is to help moms and dads prepare healthy snacks for their active kids. Yummi Pouches are perfect to be filled with nutritious smoothies and purees prepared in batches, frozen or refrigerated, and easily consumed by on-the-go kids. And after use, simply wash in the dishwasher or scrub with hot water and soap, air dry, and reuse over and over again.

I'm a little bit crazy about collecting boxes, bags, and anything storage related. It makes every more organized, and that's why I was excited about reviewing Yummi Pouch's Cloth Snack bags, Pouches, & Sandwich bags. I was sent to review 2 Brights Pouches, 2 Sport Pouches, 2 Mini Pouches, 1 Multi-use Storage Bag, 1 Snack bag, and 1 Sandwich bag.

Yummi Pouch Brights combine style and convenience in an eco-friendly container you can fill with homemade smoothies and blended snacks! Easy to fill and clean through the top zipper opening and enjoyed by drinking from the side spout, Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches are great for kids taking healthy snacks on the go. I know how much my little boy loves his yogurt and since I let him feed himself, we usually end up just taking a bath when he's finished. I loved being able to put his favorite yogurts into the Bright Pouch and have NO mess when he was finished. You can get a set of four HERE for $11.99.
  • New! Featuring reinforced zipper seals and thinner material for easy squeezing.
  • Reusable - Yummi Pouches can be filled over and over with healthy blended snacks.
  • Freezer safe - Make a big batch of your child's favorite blended snacks or smoothies.
  • Dishwasher safe - Simply rinse with warm water, expand the pouch and stand upside down in the dishwasher.
  • Easy to fill - Pour or spoon in food though the wide top zipper opening.
  • Holds up to 6 ounces
  • Backed by a 30-day product guarantee
  • BPA free, PVC free and phthalate free
  • Fully CPSC compliant
  • No expiration date. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Getting Nailed! Week 11

Welcome to Week 11 of Getting Nailed! I did an intro post where I explained my goal in posting these every other week and how you can submit your photo to be featured. Check out the post if you need to refresh your memory. I'll be sharing photos of my own nails as I get them done every two weeks, photos of neat ideas I've found online, and the occasional viewer submission when they come in.

Baby Jogger Summit X3 Giveaway! 9/7

Welcome to the Baby Jogger Summit X3 Giveaway! hosted by Viva Veltoro & Thrifty Nifty Mommy, and generously sponsored by PishPoshBaby!

PishPoshBaby is the #1 online baby shop for all of your needs as a parent or caregiver. They offer top of the line baby brands with top notch customer service to go along with it. Their goal is to give you clarity, confidence, and comfort when making important and significant purchases for your precious little one. Speaking of important purchasing decisions, strollers can be a big investment. With so many to choose from, it's wonderful that PishPoshBaby has their team of "Mom Reps" available to guide you through the choices and give you feedback on which strollers might suit your needs best. Ruth from Viva Veltoro recently had the opportunity to review the Baby Jogger Summit X3 2014 from PishPoshBaby and she couldn't be more pleased with this fabulous jogging stroller. Make sure you check out the full review to see all of the great features of this high-quality stroller!

Here is a little bit of info about the Baby Jogger Summit X3 2014 from the PishPoshBaby website:
Go anywhere with this highly maneuverable hybrid jogger/stroller. With its all-wheel suspension, the Summit X3 provides exceptional performance on any terrain. A remote wheel lock on the handlebar allows you to easily shift between jogging and strolling.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Little Tikes Fold 'n Store Picnic Table with Market Umbrella Review

Thanks to Little Tikes for the Picnic Table to help with this review

The Little Tikes Company was founded in 1970. It is a multi-national manufacturer and marketer of high-quality, innovative childrens products. In November of 2006, Little Tikes became a part of MGA Entertainment. Our headquarters and largest manufacturing facility are located in Hudson, Ohio. We also have a number of manufacturing and distribution centers in Europe and Asia.Our goal is to create and supply innovative products to customers and consumers around the world.

We've lived in our home for over three years now, and our family has grown by two more children. We love spending time outside while the kids play and rides bikes, but they're always asking to eat outside as well. Never having a true place to eat, we often told them no and then heard the whines and groans as we'd head inside, but when I came across the Little Tikes Fold 'n Store Picnic Table I knew it would be the perfect solution for us! Having four children, I liked how there's four sides to the table and plenty of room to grow for friend's children or my nephew's little boys during family gatherings. Once the girls saw this box arrive in the mail, they were over come with joy at the thought of a picnic table to call their own! 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Smart Mom Jewelry: Teething Bangles Review

Thanks to Smart Mom Jewelry for my Bracelets to help with this review

Smart Mom LLC is a truly unique company. Staffed entirely by Moms, everything is handled in our Maryland offices. That means if you have a question or concern, you’ll reach one of us. And because we’re all Moms, we understand what it’s like to have little ones underfoot. That’s why we make it so easy for you to contact us – email, Facebook, tweet, blog or call, we’ll answer right away. And we don’t mind crying babies in the background!

Even though I have four little girls, we never looked much in to special teethers and toys. After our third daughter I'd learned about Smart Mom Jewelry and thought the idea of wearable teething jewelry was a genius thing I'd never heard of! 

Fast forward to our fourth daughter and surprisingly at the age of three months old she showed all the signs of teething. I was sure she would cut teeth at an early age, and I tried a variety of options to give her relief with this tough thing her body was putting her through. I reached out to Smart Mom Jewelry at the end of June for some more bangles because the one we had was a huge hit with Mya and her favorite teether to use. I loved the thought of having a variety to use with her, and also having extras in case she drops one in public or like with our only one, dropping it and me not realizing right away. I was excited when they said yes to a review of three beautifully colored bangles and then the wait was on for them to arrive!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Talkin' Tattoos Tuesday: Week 69

Welcome to week 69 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