Wednesday, November 19, 2014

B Toys - Alpha B Tical - Puzzle Board Review

I received a free sample, all opinions are a 100% my own.  No other compensation was provided.
My daughter loves to sing the alphabet song, and is showing so much interest in learning the alphabet lately.  I love items to help motivate her interest in learning, and the B. Alphabet puzzle plank is definitely one of them.  I have always loved the colorful B. line of products for my kids, and happy to have learned more about them.  She copies her brother while he reads, and scribbles so I had been wanting to get her some fun items to start teaching her the alphabet, this is one of them.
My daughter asks for her puzzle board right after nap time, and her brother helps her.
If you look on the B toys website, you will get a great glimpse of how inviting the items are, and why we are huge fans.  I recently learned that they had so many more items than I knew of, so my little ones get more added on the list of toys I want to get them.  The alphabet puzzle features 26 colorful chunky letters that has kept both my children interested while playing with them.     

I was scrolling though the B. Toys website, when I read the B. story and wanted to share this bit from it:
"We want to be a voice to children that says it’s okay to be curious, to be pensive, to be loud, to be happy and sad all at the same time, to be generous, to be afraid, to be quiet, to be wild, to be fun, to be open, to be scientific, to be poetic, to be giddy, to be serious, to be smart, to be free, to be you.
Just B. Just you. B. you."

I think that says allot about the brand.  Check out the alphabet board and the rest of the great items this holiday for the unique awesome little ones in your life. 



Monday, November 17, 2014

Your Kids will Love the Wubble Bubble Ball!

*I received the item for the purpose of review.  All opinions are a 100% my own.  No other compensation was provided.
I first saw a good glimpse of the Wubble Ball at Blogger Bash this past summer, and then was later reminded by my kids interest when they saw a commercial.  I planned on surprising them with it under the tree, but then I got the chance to review it.  It is as fun as everyone thought.  My kids cannot get enough.  It has been a good week since we first opened it up, and they still play with it everyday. 
When you can find a toy that your kids continue to play with, you know you've got a winner.  It comes with it's own battery operated pump, which will transform the flabby soft stuff to a ball that's 3 feet tall in about 2 minutes.  I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was, if you want to see a video on how to, check out their video on YouTube here.  You can kick it, squeeze it, play catch, and so much more.  I am always skeptical at "As Seen on TV" products to see how amazing they really are, but this one like many have been a hit with us.  You don't have to blow it up to 3 feet tall, you can have a smaller wubble ball - like I did with my kids when we were indoors. 
You do have to keep your Wubble Ball away from sharp and pointy objects as it can get ruined, but what's nice is that the package comes with a mail in slip to get a replacement, and you only have to pay 6.99 to get a new one under the lifetime replacement gaurantee

All in all, we loved the Wubble Ball, which we all call Wubble Bubble Ball around here.  My 6 year old and almost 2 year old can't get enough of it.  Add it as a possible fun item for the little ones in your lives this holiday season.  It isn't just a favorite in our home, Target has chosen the Wubble Ball as a 2014 Top Toy for the Holiday Season.  Wubble Ball is available at Target, Toys R US and online at www.wubbleball.com, and you can also follow them on twitter @WubbleBall and on Facebook.

More fun facts about the Wubble Bubble Ball:
"~Wubble Bubble Ball is a Family Fun Toy Of The Year Award Winner. The 25 winners are featured in the November 2014 issue of Family Fun Magazine. 
~Inspired by his children's wish for a real bubble to play with, NSI President Frank Landi developed the Wubble™ Bubble Ball to keep children's love for fun, active play alive.
~Wubble has won numerous toy awards, including an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Toy Award, a National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, a Mr. Dad Approved Award, a Parent's Choice Award and the  Dr. Toy Best 100 Picks Award and more! "







     

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Gift the Perfect Case with SPECK Protective Cases this Holiday Season

*I received items for the purpose of this post, all opinions are a 100% my own.  No other compensation was provided.  Photos are from http://speckproducts.com

I don't always have the latest devices as it is hard to keep up these days, but for the ones I do have I like to have the best protection for them - which is why I'm glad I go to try Speck cases.  I personally tried the Venture Folio, Shift Folio, and my absolute favorite the Show Folio for my iPad mini.  I have tried and gone through other cases before, not satisfied and feeling hopeless when it comes to a proper case for my iPad mini until I tried the Speck cases.
 
Speck is the leading designer of award winning, protective cases and covers for smartphones, tablets, and laptops.  If you check out SpeckProducts online you will find just how much they offer, and I am pretty sure you will find the perfect case for you or someone on your holiday gift list this year. 
 
Quick information on the three cases:
ShowFolio is the first in-car case from Speck made for on-the-road entertainment.  I've gotten the opportunity to try this out on the go with my children in the backseat, it hooks right onto the headrest of the front seat, and hooks right off for on the go.  It is fully functional slim and protective of the iPad mini.  By far my favorite case for the iPad mini. 
 
VentureFolio is a carefully styled case for the frequent traveler. It’s a fully functioning folio case that features magnetic storage pockets perfectly sized for credit cards, cash, and travel documents.  I like this case for when I'm on my own and not with the kids, so I can fully utilize the added convenient storage pockets. 
 
ShiftFolio is a slim, classically styled folio case that delivers the dual-layer protection that only comes with a Speck case. A magnetic cover secures the case shut and automatically triggers the sleep/wake function on your iPad (which all these cases do btw.) Multiple viewing and typing positions make it comfortable to use your iPad while leaning back and relaxing or upright and working.
 
"ShowFolio and ShiftFolio are each $59.95 for the complete system including the Shift Frame and Shift Cover. VentureFolio is $69.95 for the frame and storage pocket cover. Separately, the Shift Covers for each can be purchased for $44.95. The Shift Frame is also available individually for $29.95 - but needs to be combined with any Shift Cover for proper functionality."
 
Get to know more about SPECK at speckproducts.com or follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.  They have so much more to offer, all quality cases they stand behind with a 1 year warranty, and 30 day unconditional guarantee.  You will be sure to find a case for you, and the perfect case for that special someone in your life this holiday season.  This technology driven world we live in, we all care about the devices we use, and nothing beats finding the perfect case - be the one to gift an item that will be valued  by the recipient on your holiday list for a long time.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DECK Speakers by SOL REPUBLIC x MOTOROLA {giveaway}

Received the item/s for the purpose of this post.  All opinions are a 100% my own.  No other compensation was provided. Giveaway is sponsored. 
DECK Speakers by SOL REPUBLIC x Motorola.  This is the first speaker system that I have used that lets you sync up to five friends, which makes for added fun when you have company or when you take it outside for a gathering.  I personally have used it carrying it around from room to room playing nursery rhymes for my little one, to using it to read out sight words for my son to listen to and spell out, and of course my husband and I have had our share of music playing on it already.
With the feature that lets you sync up to five friends, you can battle, or simply take turns playing DJ.  I got to test it out, and it really is fun to all be synced.  Everyone gets a choice in music during any family gatherings.  You can choose Heist mode on the device itself.  You have volume controls on top of the DECK, and the device lights up to indicate connection.  Multifunction buttons on the device makes for easier usage.  You can also use the device as a speaker phone, the results for me worked great - clear sound on both ends. 
It has a nice nonslip bottom that I found useful when carrying it around and of course keeps it from moving around while playing music.  It has up to 10 hours of battery life, and like other SOL REPUBLIC devices I've used charges really fast and lasts a long time.  Every time you turn on the device it tells you how many hours of battery life you have left, as well as letting you know when charge is complete. 
The carrying pouch and size makes it convenient to toss in my bag to take anywhere.
"Powered by 360° full sound, DECK sounds great from anywhere in the room. And the super-power wireless feature gives you up to 300 feet of freedom to stay connected and play DJ while roaming the party."
One of it's greatest features has to be it's ability to stay connected wirelessly up to 300 feet, which is one of the reasons why I love taking it outside with me and it makes it easier to control it from the other room when I'm at home as well. 
Here are some other features that make the DECK speakers so great.
Labor day weekend is coming up, if you are going camping or having a get together this will be a great accessory to add to the fun.  We will be taking it camping with us this weekend and I'm sure we'll use it throughout our time.  It is also back to school season and this would be a great for any students or teachers in your life, you'd like to treat with something they'll be sure to use.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

How to Train a Dragon 2 BEWILDERBEAST - Final Battle Set Toy #Review

*Item was received for the purpose of this post, no other compensation was provided.  All opinions are a 100% my own.
From DreamWorks How to Train a Dragon 2 BEWILDERBEAST Final Battle Set is so much fun.  I have a 6 year old and a toddler, they both love it.  My daughter goes around saying "rooarr" and is able to play with the toy just as much as her older brother.  My son is a fan of DreamWorks How to Train a Dragon, so he is aware of what the toy represents.  Details, sound, size and action are all that make this toy a hit with the kids.  The simplicity in making it work, makes me happy.      
It has sound which kids love, and it has "action," which obviously adds to the fun.  You press on the back of Bewilderbeast and it "fires out icy missiles." 
It is quite large in size, which my kids seem to really like.  The arms, head and even tail move which also activates the "roar" sound.  I don't mind that it is bigger in size, my kids love taking toys out to play and this one can't get lost.  They enjoyed playing with the whole set at the park. 

Our favorite dragon Toothless is much smaller in comparison to Bewilderbeast, but makes for great role playing as kids create their own final battle from How to Train a Dragon 2. 







Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Kidz Vuz Back to School Bash #BBNYC #KidzVuzBTS

All photos used in this post are thanks to Josh Strauss Studios.
The Kidz Vuz event was the last event of the two day Blogger Bash conference.  They really made so much happen in two days, it is amazing!  The Kidz Vuz event was a huge space full of fun.  Excited kids running around with their parents by their side, and amazing sponsors.  Sponsors were Microsoft, Land's End, Speck, Unikey, WWE, Hasbro, School Specialty, Lifelock, Netgear, Disney Films, Make My Cake, Sweet Loren's, Becky's Bites and more!  My son and I joined in all that we can that wasn't a risk to us in terms of food allergies.  We made our way around fast, but made sure to get the most of all that we could.
Lands End Back to School Apparel
 Speck
Right away we met Natalya and Darren from WWE, my son was super shy and they were so nice as they took a picture and gave him an autograph.  Land's End had all their good looking, great quality back to school items that I had to check out, it was one of our personal favorites!  Speck which I was introduced to had amazing cases for your iPhone and iPad at their stations, which you can look for a review here real soon.  School Specialty had an awesome, popular corner for the kids getting a turn in the ticket catcher booth.  Kid playing video games, many of our family favorites, Guardians of the Galaxy photo opportunity, and so much more. 
I was a bit overwhelmed, and dealing with food allergies so didn't think I was as all over as I should have been.  But all in all an amazing time with amazing sponsors.  Unfortunately as I stated and even posted about, food allergies kept us from enjoying everything to the fullest but super fun.  Can't wait for future connections with the brands, and Kidz Vuz.  My son can't wait to put his first official video up.  Thanks for such a fun event, we're hoping to join in again in the future!