Showing posts with label kids. Show all posts
Showing posts with label kids. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

#ProductReview: Kidecals Personalized Labels @kidecals

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If you have kids, you will find that there are times when you just want to write your kid's name across the front of their stuff so they know it is there's and so other people don't take it. Heck, you may feel this way about your own things whether you have kids or not. Most of the time using a permanent marker really isn't the best choice even though I know I do it. Permanent marker on some items will eventually rub or wash off, so it isn't even that permanent of an option. I remember using one of those label guns back in the '80's that made small strip labels that weren't very flexible and nearly impossible to remove later on. I love it. I labeled all my things. I haven't seen one of those guns in ages though, so I have looked for other labeling options. You can print your own in your own printer, but they will eventually be no good. So the labels need to be made of something that doesn't easily rip or fade.

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Kidecals has a solution to this dilemma. Their labels are flexible/malleable without tearing easily or disintegrating in the wash. They are dishwasher safe, washer safe, dryer safe, and microwave safe. With all those options, it is pretty safe to say that they are fridge and freezer safe, but don't hold me to that. You might be thinking, "How can they be washer and dryer safe?" They recommend that you put them on the tags of clothing because they will hold better there, but you can actually put them say on the inside of a jacket and wash the jacket. Your label should stay put. I can't tell you what they are made out of, but they are BPA free. They feel like vinyl, but I don't think that is what they are.

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I have been sticking my labels on all kinds of things. We have a lot of gadgets in our house, so I immediately thought to put them on those. I put them on our sippy cups so we don't lose them when we go out. They are inside of my kids jackets since we are in that awkward season where you need a jacket in the morning, but not always in the afternoon. I labeled various school items for my kindergartner. If your kids go to daycare, you can put these labels on literally everything you are required to take to daycare.

On the website, you can completely customize labels to fit any need. Simply pick out the type of label you want and select customize. They have labels specifically for keyboards, canning jars, walls, school, by gender, by activity, etc. There are tons of options. You can write anything on them, change the size of the font, and even change the color scheme. Use them to advertise food allergies, personal issues like autism, home addresses, and anything else you can think. Those are some of the options that I think would be extremely helpful. You can put an allergy sticker on you child's shirt every time they go somewhere if it is something severe enough that everyone should know. It could be something that saves your child's life.

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Overall I love these labels. I didn't know what all to demonstrate in my video for you, so I showed you what happened when it went through the dishwasher. I wanted to demonstrate how waterproof they are and how well they stay in place.

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

#ProductReview: Portable Big Bubbles Kit by BUBBLES #promotion

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I'm sure you've seen those giant bubbles on infomercials that look so easy to make that even your kids can do it. We have tried to make giant bubbles before and failed every time. I didn't purchase them, so I don't know if the people who had just didn't mix things properly or if there's some other error that can be made. All that mattered was that until I received my Portable Big Bubbles Kit by BUBBLES, I had never seen a giant bubble in person. I have received no compensation for this review.

This kit includes the bubble wands which are connected together with two pieces of rope similar to the "strings" you have inside of the hood of a hoodie. It also has the bubble powder which I cannot tell you what it is because they don't share that information. To use this kit you will have to also have on hand water, a big bowl, and Dawn dish soap. The box specifically says Dawn, so this may be where other giant bubbles kits have failed in the past. This is the dish soap I always use, so we had everything needed to try out this kit immediately.

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To make the big bubbles, you mix 1.5 liters of water with one teaspoon of bubble powder until the powder is completely dissolved. Then you add 100mL of dawn dish soap. They also call this "1/2 disposable cup" so I just used a half cup measuring cup. It may have been more dish soap than it called for, but the bubbles worked any way. I mixed all of this with my hands in a big bowl. I wanted something big enough to dip the bubble wands into without it being too difficult for my five year old to do. You completely soak the ropes in the bubble solution, remove and pull the wands apart to start creating bubbles. We walked quickly to force air into it or spun around. It worked great. You cannot blow a bubble this big, so don't waste your breath. My kids loved making "bubble dragons" and "bubble snakes" as they called them. The bubble solution is supposed to last up to two weeks, so if you don't think you will use it all up right away, use a bowl that has a lid. Ours lasted two days because the kids couldn't get enough of making giant bubbles. They were a ton of fun and would make for a great addition to ANY party.

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You can purchase Portable Big Bubbles Kit by BUBBLES from Amazon at

Saturday, August 6, 2016

#ProductReview: Jewelry Music Box #LoveParkProducts

Now that my daughter is getting bigger, I am so looking forward to buying her jewelry. She has had a couple toy necklaces, one of which she wore daily until it broke. However, some of the toy jewelry she has had has disappeared because I didn't have a good place to put it for her. With the possibility of getting real jewelry now, I really needed some place for her to keep her things. TolsToys has given me one Jewelry Music Box in exchange for my honest opinion. I have received no other compensation for this review.

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The music box is like the one fashioned ones that I had as a child. It has a lid that opens and a little ballerina stands up. There's a key in the back that you twist to wind up the music box that makes the ballerina spin like she's doing a pirouette. Inside of the top is a very good sized compartment that would fit approximately 5-6 earring boxes. It is long enough that you could maybe put three bracelet boxes stacked on top of one another.

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Other than the one big compartment, there are two little drawers as well. They are the same size and can both be removed completely if needed. these little drawers are pretty small, but they could hold necklaces, bracelets, or tiny trinkets.

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The only issue I have with the jewelry box is that it is made from cardboard. The moment I took it out of the shipping box, I noticed that the front was a little bowed. It latches shut, but it will come open fairly easily because of the front bending in ever so slightly. Cardboard warps with time and if my kids get anything liquid on it, it is likely to come apart. I had to put it in my daughter's room fairly quickly after giving it to her because it isn't as sturdy as I would like it to be. It is very pretty and nostalgic for me. We really like the amount of space it offers, but I'm not sure how long it will last.

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You can purchase this Jewelry Music box from Amazon at

Saturday, July 30, 2016

#ProductReview: Complete Pet Care Set #amazon

It's been a while, but I reviewed a wooden car set from MMP Living and have found those little cars to be excellent toys for my kids. They were for three and up, but they are made so well that my nine month old is able to play with them (i.e. slobber on them) without me worrying too much. Well recently my kids have become obsessed with wanting to help take care of their baby brother and any animal/critter they can find. I decided that reviewing MMP Living's Complete Pet Care Set would help my kids to learn a little bit more about pet care, grooming, and playing doctor/vet. They have provided me with one set in exchange for my honest opinion. I have received no other compensation for this review.

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The Complete Pare Care Set comes with a dog carrier made from plastic just like the ones you would use for a real dog. Everything fits inside of the carrier, but you may want to look into getting something to hold all the toys. My kids didn't like having the toys in the carrier, because the poor puppy stuffed animal that came with it didn't have any room. They wanted him to have room to "move around" inside of the carrier. We have been keeping the toys in a bin on their toy shelves, or rather that's where I put them when I clean up after they are in bed. My daughter absolutely loves all of the toys and keep most of them either in her room, in her child-sized backpack, or on the kitchen table. The other toys included in the set are a set of veterinarian tools and grooming tools. The doctor tools include a stethoscope, thermometer, blood pressure cup, scissors, tweezers, reflex hammer, otoscope, syringe, and magnifying glass. The grooming tools include a hair dryer, two pairs of scissors, "electric" razor, shampoo, conditioner, comb, and mirror. Many of these items really aren't items that I have seen a vet use, but rather we have a full doctor kit and a full hairdresser kit. All of them are great to pretend with for the stuffed puppy or if your kids want to pretend they are a doctor or working in a salon. Three different way that they can play giving them more for their imagination and fun.

Every piece is made of plastic except for the puppy stuffed animal. They do say that it is for 3 years old and up. My two and half year old daughter is really good with not breaking things, though not so good at remembering to keep them away from her baby brother. I got this for her and her older brother, but inevitably my youngest have gotten a hold of the items as well. If you have kids younger than three that could end up playing with it, watch them carefully. My youngest is teething and he put the little reflex hammer in his mouth, bit down on it, and popped one of the little yellow half sphere ends off of it. That piece got stuck in his mouth. He wasn't able to swallow it, but we have a little trouble getting it out of his mouth because of the round shape. If pieces break, they are choking hazards. I have to watch them carefully when they are playing with this and their baby brother is awake. Also, the little hair dryer made noise when you pulled the "trigger" on it, but after 24 hours it stopped making noise. The kids had it broke that fast.

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This kit isn't something that can take a lot of really hard play, but with kids that aren't fighting over it or that don't play rough with their toys, it would be a great thing to have. My kids absolutely love it. They have played with some piece of it every day since we got it. It just isn't as durable as I would like it to be.

You can purchase the Complete Pet Care Set by MMP Living from Amazon at

Friday, July 1, 2016

#ProductReview: Wooden Eggs #WoodeEgg

Every time I am baking, my oldest son freaks out about playing with the eggs. He loves eggs. Ever since his third Easter, this kid has thought that Easter eggs were the greatest thing in the world. He will play with them all year round if we don't make them disappear. The fascination has moved to real eggs lately. He is always asking if he can have one to play with and I have to yell at him for trying to run away with raw eggs. I have been trying to get him to just want to crack the eggs for me and then let me cook them, but for some reason this has not been good enough for him. When I discovered StillCool's Wooden Egg set, I just had to get the for him. They have provided me with one half dozen carton of wooden eggs in exchange for my honest opinion. I have received no other compensation for this review.

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You get six wooden eggs in an actual cardboard egg carton. The carton is very much an important part of the toy because three of the six eggs come apart. You need the carton to keep all the pieces together at the end of the day. You get one solid white egg and two solid brownish orange eggs. Then you get two white eggs and one brownish orange egg that come apart. Inside each of them is a solid yolk white my daughter thinks are little baby eggs. You get to have whole eggs that you "crack open to get the inside of them. My son and daughter LOVE them. Now they are meant for three and up because the yolks can be a choking hazard. My youngest is not allowed to have them because of that.

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These eggs have been fought over in my house. My daughter wants to keep them in her little shopping cart. She "goes shopping" and brings home eggs all the time now. My son uses them to "make potions" by pretending to crack them into things and mixing. They both absolutely love them. Since we received them, they have been played with in one way or another every single day. They have been a great addition to all of our toy kitchen accessories. I really like that they are made out of wood instead of plastic. They are not likely to break and leave pieces for us to step on. My dogs might eventually chew on them, but I cannot ever predict when they will decide to chew on a toy. They are really thick though, so if that happens, they are likely just to scrape off the paint instead of actually destroying them. Other than the yolks being a choking hazard with your infants and toddlers, they are great toys and have abated my son's desire to steal my real eggs. The only thing that I would change about them is if there was a way to make the eggs that come apart stay together. I don't know how they could do that, but the one good thing about plastic eggs is that they snap together and stay together. I do wish these did that.

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You can purchase these Wooden Eggs from Amazon at