Meaning, you get to try them out too!
By now you should know that when I find a product I like, I just love to be able to share it with you! If something helps me, maybe it can be useful to you as well, right? So when I discovered how helpful these chalkboard labels can be for organizing (it helped control some of our incessant toy clutter, which is a win to me!) I was even more excited when Magic Mil agreed to a giveaway.
Meaning, you get to try them out too!
Little kids want to feel grown up. It's one of the great ironies of the world, because grown ups always wish to be younger. Kay loves to use real tools, ride a "big girl" bike and cut with a real knife.
Using a glass is something most parents would be hesitant to let their preschooler try. In fact, some would blanch in fear at the very thought. Slippery fingers, shattered glass - ugh, not pretty. But we got a chance to review these Kupps, designed so that kids as young as 3 can use a glass...safely!
Disclosure: I received a free product from eShatuki.com in exchange for our honest opinion. I only recommend products I support and think my readers will like. All opinions are my own. Thank you.
Okay, so this post drifts away from my usual kid-related posts, but, hey, moms need some pampering, too, right?
eShakti.com is an online apparel company for women. Oh, not another one, you're thinking? No, not just any other one. This company offers sizes 0-36W, but, best of all, you can customize the clothes to your exact measurements. No more guessing what will fit and hoping for the best when the package arrives at your house!
Now I'm no fashion guru, so I ordered this with my sister (who fancies herself as such) and we picked out a simple but lovely dress. You can order by standardize size (just click on, say, size 12 and be done with it) or you can spend an extra $7.50 to get the item customized to your own measurements. I'm not usually an advocate of spending extra, but less than $10 for assurance that it will fit? Count me in!
Disclosure: I was compensated for sharing this opportunity with you. I only share things that I support and believe my readers will enjoy.
I have been a fan of I See Me books since we were lucky enough to receive one and it is still a favorite at story time. So I'm happy to give you the opportunity to discover these products as well (or maybe add to your collection?). I See Me is having a mega Summer Reading Sweepstakes - and all you need is a name and an email address. (Check!)
Here's the deal, sign up any time before August 31, 2014, to win the grand prize of a $250 VISA gift card and 5 personalized storybooks. Twenty-five runners-up will win a coloring book personalized for your little one.
Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own and I only recommend products I support and believe my readers will enjoy.
We got to play pirates! (And yes, I mean "we"!)
Best part - I didn't have to do any preparation for it. We got the chance to try out My First Pirate Treasure Kit from Alex Toys. This kit comes with all you need to go on a pirate treasure hunt (including the treasure) and even throws in some facts about pirates.
Disclosure: I received the following product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I'm not a game-playing kind of girl. ("Candy Land, again? Oh, sure...") But I do like puzzles. Square By Square is a little of both. Perfect for 1 player, you take a card with an image on it and try to recreate the image with the given blocks. The tricky part is fitting all the cubes on the game board. It reminds me of tangrams - but with a twist.
Disclosure: I received this service in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and may be different from yours.
Presto Photo aims to make scrapbooking easy by digitalizing the process. Upload your photos, add them to prearranged layouts and you'll soon have a scrapbook (or just the pages) sent to you on high-quality paper that is perfect for adding to a scrapbook or framing.
Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for an honest post of my opinions. I only recommend items I think my readers will enjoy. Thank you!
Have you seen the Snackeez commercial? It's for a new cup that can hold a drink and a snack, all in one.
Unbeknownst to me, my daughter had seen the commercial. I was thinking I was going to surprise her with this new invention and it didn't go exactly as I planned. (Does it ever?) It actually went even better. (That is a new one!)
She saw it sitting on the counter and asked, "Is that a Snackeez?" Suddenly, total excitement. "I've wanted one of these my whole life!" she exclaimed. (Really? All 5 years?)
To put it to the test, we took it to the park. I put fruit in the snack compartment (which lifts out so you can put a drink in the cup and to wash it) and juice in the bottom. The straw allows easy access to the drink. And we were off.
I was surprised that it was spill-resistant (meaning, when it was accidently knocked over, no juicy mess, thankfully!). The snack holder snaps closed, keeping bugs out and the food in. When we got home, it was easy to wash - just twist the snack cup off and your set. (Dishwasher safe for those lucky enough to have dishwashers!)
The great thing is, this isn't just for kids (no teddy bear design or anything!). You can use it, too, for snacks on the go or watching TV.
I was really impressed with Snackeez. For once, a product you see on TV that actually does what they say it will!
Visit Snackeez online for information about ordering. (You can also upgrade to a light-up version. Don't tell my daughter!)
Who in your life would love one of these?
Disclosure: We were given the opportunity to try out the FarFaria app for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.
Welcome to FarFaria an app that opens up a world of books with colorful illustrations and fanciful stories for children ages 2-9.
The stories are rated by reading level, from basic to more advanced as the child progresses. You can chose from 3 modes of reading the story - Auto-Play, which does all the work for you, from reading the words to turning the pages; Read To Me, which highlights the words as they are read aloud; and Read Myself. With more than 700 stories, this one app is like carrying a miniature library in your pocket.
Why FarFaria rocks:
But who cares what I think...what did my daughter think? She's the target audience, after all. And, oh, she's a fan! She loved that she could "read" stories on her own, without having to wait for me. And she instantly found some favorite stories that she listened to over and over again. With places to visit like Mt. Make Believe, Looney Lagoon, Fairy Tale Falls and Sing Along City, it was "game-like" enough to hold her attention but enough like a real book to make me happy. Double-win!
But don't take our word for it. You can download FarFaria for free and read one story a day without having to pay anything. If you've tried it, let us know what you thought!
I am a brand ambassador for Swap.com Kids' Consignment and I was compensated for writing this post with my own opinions.
Buying clothes and toys for young children can be frustrating. You pay for new clothes and they outgrow them soon after. You buy new toys and they loose interest quickly. The solution?
Buying second-hand things has been our way, mostly for affordability. I recently found out about Swap.com, an online consignment site for second-hand baby and children's items.
I've tried out other places online to buy used items. Most areas have a Facebook group that serves as an online yard sale, with people posting what they wish to get rid of. The downside: many times I've arranged to meet someone - either to buy or sell - and they never showed. I'm left waiting around for someone who perhaps had no intention of coming. And I still haven't gotten rid of what I wanted to sell or acquired what I wanted to buy. Frustrating!
Selling on Swap.com is simple, with little work on my part. (I like that!) You gather what you want to sell, put it in a box and ship it off to them with a prepaid shipping label you can print or they can mail to you. They take photos of the items, add it to their site and then ship it off when it gets sold. You get to pick the selling price. If your items don't sell, you can store them via Swap.com, sell them to the site, have them shipped back to you, or donate them. Items do have to be clean and it good condition and they currently accept only items and books for babies, kids, and teens.
Purchasing from Swap.com is possibly more fun (though you don't get paid for it!). The company says that its prices are about 50-95% off retail prices, and he items that caught my eye were, indeed, decently priced (Steppers for $4? Yes, please!) Plus, you get free shipping on your first order and shipping is always free on orders over $50.
Best part - no fraud. Since all items are inspected, stored, and shipped from the Swap.com warehouse, you don't have to worry about some unscrupulous person taking advantage of your time or money. Plus, shipping costs can be combined even if your items are purchased from different sellers, because they're all coming from the same place.
eBay has a great variety, but you can't be sure that the descriptions and photos are accurate, even with their seller-rating system. Craigslist poses the same problem, plus you're meeting up with strangers. I've already mentioned the problems with buying from Facebook groups.
Now, I'm off to do some shopping. Hope you'll join me!
I wanted to have a separate portion of the blog just for reviews, giveaways and all other cool stuff and you've found it! I only support products that I would want for myself or my own daughter. All opinions are my own.