My family and I love the B. Toys brand. In the past few years we’ve purchased (or gotten as gifts) a bunch of their toys for our kids at various stages of their lives. B. Toys are ubiquitous at Target (our favorite store for pretty much everything) and when it comes to buying holiday gifts, we make sure to have at least one visit to see what’s there. B. Toys carries some hot new items for 2013 that are just too creative to pass up. Here are some that we love: Read the rest of this entry
I love receiving packages in the mail. Especially if it’s something I bought for less than the original price. KidBoxes is a monthly subscription services that sends you a variety full-size products for half the price if you bought them at a store. Sounds too good to be true? Find out how this unique service works. Read the rest of this entry
One of the best times I have with my kids is when I read to them. I love it when they’re in my lap, their eyes wide open and they’re taking in every word, every picture, and envisioning an entire world, all of their own. Unfortunately, between daycare and school, chores and everything else going on in our lives, the time to read together gets shorter and shorter. That is why I encourage my kids to pick out books that are going to give them the most out of our time together.
Barefoot Books is an independent children’s publishing company with which I am familiar with: I own Baby’s First Book by Claire Beaton – an adorable picture book that introduces a baby to basic words and concepts via rhymes and words and using pictures that are sewn with colorful fabrics, threads and buttons. My 3-year-old son received it as a gift and is still in love with it!
Needless to say, when I received books to review from Barefoot Books I was thrilled! Secret Seahorse, written by Stella Blackstone and illustrated by Claire Beaton, is appropriate for ages 1-7, so I read it to both my son and 5-year-old daughter. The gorgeous fabric collages add a lot to the relatively short, rhyming verse and expose children to a world of mermaids, shipwrecks and a cute little seahorse that hides on every page (my kids love looking for it every single time I read this book to them). The back section of the book contains a lot of information about sea horses, coral reefs and many other sea creatures and my daughter was fascinated to learn all about them. Our little story hour turned into a discussion about sea horses and other types of animals that live in the ocean.
The Faerie’s Gift, written by Tanya Robin Batt and illustrated by Nicoletta Ceccoli, is another stunningly visual book and is appropriate for ages 4-9. Both my children enjoyed it as well – the story was very easy to understand and the message was very clear. I was also happy to find a CD in the back of the book, with the beautiful narration of Niamh Cusack – perfect for when Mommy needs a little break. The story is about a poor woodcutter who saves a fairy and is thus granted one wish – but only one. He must therefore make a decision that will ultimately change his life, as well as his loved ones’.
My children and I found the books simply enchanting and they have quickly become favorites in our household. Story time with my kids has gotten just a little bit sweeter…
I was not compensated for this post. I received the two aforementioned books for review.
Although I love diaper bags that look like stylish pocketbooks I know I will never use one. What can I say, I’m a practical person. For me, a diaper bag should be two things: 1. Roomy enough to store everything you want to take and 2. Comfortable enough so that both your shoulders can carry the heavy load equally. This is why a backpack diaper bag is the only way to go, in my opinion. The Dadgear backpack diaper bag is both comfortable to carry and has tons of room for over-packers like myself.
First things first: I love that there are so many compartments – 13 total! There’s even a small compartment on top that’s perfect for diapers, called a diaper hammock – I actually use it for dirty diapers (wrapped in plastic bags, of course).
We took the diaper bag for a day out when we knew we’d be out from 8am until 10pm. Due to the mesh pockets being so wide and all the other compartments and pockets so generous in depth, we were able to store tons of diapers, water bottles, snacks, clothes, stuffed animals and other miscellaneous items without feeling like the diaper bag was exceeding its limits.
The diaper bag has two insulated side pockets for bottles and comes with a changing pad and a wipes case. Another feature is a specially designed window for the wipes case that allows you to dispense wipes. We haven’t used it yet – we’ve been using the wipes directly from the case.
In terms of comfort, the diaper bag has straps that are very comfortable so if you want to take it for a long hike you certainly can. We also love that it comes in so many different colors, such as black, blue, red, pink, orange, green and more!
The Backpack diaper bag is sturdy, practical, comfortable and roomy – exactly what every parent needs to make their life on-the-go a little easier.
You can purchase the backpack diaper bag here. Price is $89.
I was not compensated for this post. I received a diaper bag for review purposes.
Moms in today’s society face a tremendous pressure to “keep up” with this fast-changing world. Toddlers are growing up so quickly that they are expected to be able to handle PG-rated movies that usually deal with concepts that are way over their heads, such as war and death. Oftentimes there are movies that – if they were not animated – would be pretty difficult to watch, even for adults. G-rated movies that just have innocent fun are hard to come by. But perhaps these types of movies are actually better for young kids?! And what if these types of movies include dances and sing-a-longs, so that kids can actually get a little workout and even interact with the characters on the screen?!
The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure is an interactive movie aimed at kids ages 2-8 that encourages kids to sing and dance along with the characters. The film is about 3 friends who are searching for golden balloons and end up meeting some interesting friends along the way. It stars Toni Braxton, Jaime Pressly, Cary Elwes, Christopher Lloyd and more.
Visit the Oogieloves website for songs and videos from the film, online games, printable puzzles and coloring pages and even a special PDF file for parents with information on how to prepare kids for the movie so that they’d get the most out of it, in terms of getting them to participate during the film and even helping them learn some of the vocabulary used in the film.
The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure is coming to theaters on August 29th. Be sure to check it out with your little ones!
I was not compensated for this post. I did receive a gift card to cover travel expenses.