Sort It Out Jr. Board Game {Giveaway}

Calling All Young Inventors! University Games has an amazing contest going on right now where children ages 5-12 have the chance to invent a game and see it manufactured by University Games!!! How cool would that be?

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I know I would have loved to know about this contest when I was little. Somehow, when I was about 10, I had it my head that I was going to create an amazing board game. I actually spend a good part of one summer creating “Dogopoly”, which was a combination of my some of my favorite things… Dogs, Littlest Pet Shop Pieces, and Monopoly (this was also before Monopoly had any variations besides Monopoly Jr.) . I drew the board, came up with all these ideas about how each square you landed on would give you the chance to buy a dog, and rent was equal to buying a puppy etc. I thought I was brilliant. But I never submitted my game anywhere, and some time in my late teen years I was walking through Target and saw “Dog-Opoly”, the same name for the same game idea and everything. I think I still might be a little bit bitter about it. Ha.

Anyway, if you know any children who might have a sparkle of inventiveness in them you’ve got to pass on this contest to them so in ten years they don’t see their idea produced by someone else and wonder what could have been. Hopefully that wasn’t too sappy.

CONTEST DETAILS:

Enter for the chance to win exciting prizes including the opportunity to have your game manufactured by University Games! Click here for more information: www.NYGIC.org.

Leading board game manufacturer, University Games invites young game inventors with an original board game idea to participate in its 22nd annual National Young Game Inventors Contest #NYGIC for the chance to win exciting prizes including:

  • The opportunity to have their game manufactured and included in the University Games 2015 lineup!
  • A family vacation to San Francisco, CA;
  • A savings bond for college;
  • A complete library of some of today’s hottest board games from University Games and MORE!

The contest is now open to children between the ages of 5-12 years old. Complete rules and entry forms can be downloaded at www.NYGIC.org.

You have to have a prototype done and submitted by October 15th, 2014 so share this with those awesome kids as soon as possible.

In addition to this fantastic chance to spread the word to inventive young minds comes the chance to win a Sort it Out Jr. (a University Game)

About Sort It Out Jr.

Can you sort a list of animals by the number of eyes they have? What about by the number of bones or teeth? Or even how long they each can hold their breath! Can you pick which sports us a ball and which don’t? Or can you sort your favorite cartoon characters by height? Well, in Sort is Out™ Junior, everyone gets to find out! There are hundreds of topics specifically for kids…inviting families and friends to laugh, learn and sort each other out!

FYI – Sort it Out! (the Adult Version) won the “Game of the Year” award at the TOTY Awards.

Sort It Out Jr. is a trivia type game but the categories are so different that it didn’t seem like any particular age group was favored, meaning you can have fun playing as a whole family. One of my favorite things about the game is how quickly you can get started with it. There were literally 4 easy steps to understand the game play and it took less than five minutes to get started.

The gist of the steps were everyone plays every round. You flip over a card and then using your scorecard you arrange the colored dots in the order that you think is correct, sometimes you’re arranging from tallest to shortest, highest to lowest, biggest to smallest, etc.

The different cards made me laugh and there were a few of them that I had absolutely no clue and just had to do a random guess… like which order did the caterpillar from Eric Carle’s “A Very Hungry Caterpillar” eat the fruit… Ah… I guess he started with an apple? Anyway, I had no idea, but I also would be willing to bet a younger child would know. Then there were questions that were a good middle ground for everyone, cards that you choose two of the options that were true, and cards that required some of the gamers participation, such as sort the people playing the game from tallest to shortest.

I think trivia games can be kind of hard (as an adult) and especially difficult as a child to play and this game did a good job of making the trivia fun and keeping everyone involved during the whole game. I think it would be great game to play for a family night and a fun introduction to trivia games and there are enough pieces for up to six players to play.

If you can’t wait to play, then it check it out Amazon: Sort it Out Jr..

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Enter for your chance to win Sort it Out Jr.!

*This giveaway is open to US entries only

*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Aug 8th and will be emailed. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.

Anatomie Travel Clothes {Review}

When I’m getting ready for a trip, I start packing a full week ahead of time!  I just get so excited about the vacation, and I want to be prepared!  Often, I’m so worried about bringing the right earrings for this outfit and the right shoes for that outfit, that I don’t even think about which clothes are going to wrinkle too easily, and I have to hunt down an iron, which can be hard to do, depending on where you’ve gone, believe me!  There is nothing worse than trying to feel your best at an event with important people while wearing something horribly wrinkled!

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If I could even further tailor my list of important qualities of travel clothes, it would include being extremely lightweight, fashionable, and easy to care for.  Good thing Anatomie carries travel clothing that embodies all of these!

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I’m thrilled to show you two favorites from Anatomie’s collection: the Monte Carlo Top and Serena Top, sold for $175 and $195 and respectively.  Both are exquisite in design, fabric, and functionality.  Below is the Monte Carlo Top.  It is made with different layers of silky opaque and sheer layers along the front torso and long sleeves.  It is airy, breathable, high fashion, and it looks fantastic!  I wore this out on a chilly summer night and it was the perfect item: enough to keep my arms warm, without feeling too thick in the humidity.  The key is in its high-performance European textiles.  This would be an excellent travel piece to almost anywhere you want to go.  It could even be a gorgeous cover up over a swimsuit that you could take to a fancy resort or cruise.  Its easy to see why this is a best seller.  It comes in six different combinations of navy, white, black, and red.  And then, to address the obvious belly and ultrasound pictures, guess what Dandies, I’m pregnant!  Family of five, here we come!

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The Serena Top is so elegant!  Does it look like I’m wearing $195?  Because it definitely feels like it.  They’ve taken the common front-lace look, and tailored it a bit at the sides, creating a slimmer silhouette, even with this baby bump.  Again, it must be the  high-performance European textiles that make this feel so smooth and breathable, yet sturdy and durable.  I love how the front is lined with a skin-tone tan, which makes it easy to pair with any color.  It is so easy to dress this up, but it could even be part of a more casual look with jeans and sunglasses.  I envision this is something that celebrities go shopping in.

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I love these tops!  I’m so impressed with the fabric, style, and wearability and will be quick to give all my compliments to Anatomie.  Be sure to check out Anatomies full collection of tops, dresses, pants, and jackets, especially if you’re planning any upcoming vacations!  Be prepared with a suitcase full of things you know won’t wrinkle and will always look terrific on you!

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Sprint Sound Session with Jermaine Paul and the new HTC One Device! #sponsored #MC #SprintMusic #SprintMom

“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Sprint Sound Session. I received a sample of the HTC One to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

You guys!  I just had a blast in NYC last weekend!  I was totally jazzed to hear about the latest new devices when it comes to music and audio with Sprint.  A few of us bloggers were wined and dined at the ritzy Lamb’s Club right off Times Square.  We had a private room where we were completely enveloped with crystal clear music and some hands-on demos with the latest and greatest from Sprint!

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A few weeks ago, my toddler jammed some coins into our car’s cd player and totally fried the system.  Since then, we’ve been driving around in silence and it was absolutely killing me!!  I tried to pump up the volume on my phone to get some Pandora flowing through the car, but it just wasn’t cutting it.  I never realized how music plays a HUGE role in my life, and not only that, but excellent quality music.

With these frustrations on my mind, I was even more enthralled, sold, smitten and wooed by the new Harman Kardon speaker!  What you see below is the Harman/Kardon Onyx Studio, which is a companion to all Bluetooth devices.  It is portable, lightweight, powerful, and offers the most crystal clear music I’ve ever heard from a speaker this size.  The same technology that went into this speaker has been incorporated into the HTC One Hardman Kardon edition, which I’ve had a chance to play with over the last week!  I received this phone at no cost to facilitate this review, along with the opportunity to try out Spotify, which is just a part of the portfolio of music services that Sprint offers, including Sprint Sound Sessions, Sprint Music Plus, and NextRadio.  Visit the Sprint Music Page to learn more!

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Since I’ve had this hot little phone in my hands, I’ve been taking it anywhere I can to enjoy music on the go.  Its been playing in our car replacing the lame radio stations we used to listen to, and since we live just a block from the beach, you can bet we’ve taking it to the sandy beaches a couple times already.  The sound!!  10x better than any phone I’ve used or seen.  The key is in the duo speakers (on both sides) and on the front of the phone.  The audio sound is unreal!  It can fill. the. room.  You’d never believe this kind of sound was coming from a phone.  I play this in the car and it sounds like its coming from the car speakers.  Spotify is new favorite way to get my music.  I can listen to it on any device, I can download music and still listen when I’m offline, there are no ads like Pandora, and the sound quality is supreme.  You’ve got 20 MILLION songs at your disposal.  You can visit Sprint.com/Spotify to learn more about that and how you can a few months for free!

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More about the phone: This phone is valued at $679.99.  My husband can’t keep his hands off it.  He keeps saying “this is such a sexy phone”.  The gold plating and the dual speakers really get me too.  We love the premium headphones (which are priced at around $80 on their own), but have found that you really have to jam them into your ears to enjoy the sound at its fullest potential with the rich base and crisp high frequencies.  The screen is clear, bright, and rich in color with full-HD resolution.

This is my kind of phone and I will be 100% recommending this phone to my friends, specifically those who take their music seriously.

Now surely you’ve seen those odd and memorable Sprint commercials about the Framily Plan.  The hamster?  The animated birds?  Gordon?  Of course you’ve seen them.  I think the Framily Plan is a genius idea.  We’ve already played that “family plan shuffle” where we hunt for family members or friends with that 5th wheel slot open.  Currently, my husband and I are on two different family plans with other in-laws.  The Framily Plan doesn’t limit your family size to 5 for the best deal, and lets you customize your plan.  Bills are separate; everyone’s happy.  I’D be happy to be on that plan.

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Ok, the cherry on top of the already fantastic day was getting to hear Jermaine Paul live!  Jermaine was Season 2 winner of The Voice, and oh does he have a voice.  Like butter.  He was literally less than 5 feet away from me, serenading us all with his original songs and charm!  What a voice!  I came home and downloaded one of his songs he sang, “Next to You”.  Current ringtone?  Maybe so.

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I appreciated getting to spend time chatting with HTC and Sprint representatives at the Sound Session Event.  I loved how family-friendly the team was, how excited they were about the products, and that they all had extensive experience with them in their homes.  Sprint, you have wooed me, and I can’t get enough of this HTC One!  Thanks Sprint and Mom Central for such a great event!

 

Soybu {Review}

We’ve chatted a little bit about exercising and being healthy. Now, let’s chat about what you wear when you put that Richard Simmons tape in and sweat it out to the Oldies. What are your go to items in your closet when you’re planning to do some yoga for that day? I’ll be straight with you, because let’s face it I like sharing totally embarrassing things with you in hopes of finding someone out there who does what I do, I grab my over sized t-shirt and those oh-so-saggy-lost-their-shape-during-my-last-pregnancy pants. Maybe you feel the same, but I don’t usually feel happy, cute, or pumped when I’m dressed like that. It’s not my style, and heaven forbid I have to go to the grocery store right after a run. No one wants to see me in those work out clothes buying cookies! I was really looking for some work out clothes that made me feel like 1) working out and 2) like I didn’t have to duck and cover if I had to stop anywhere on the way home. Enter Soybu and their amazing active fashion clothing. I’m so excited to tell you about them and share with you some of their products so you can jazz up your work out too!

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I really love doing yoga! I can’t do those amazing tripod headstands by any means, but I like the stretching and time to reflect it gives me. I decided to put the pieces to the test during a mini yoga session I did. I completely love the leggings! These are the Allergro Legging in Raffia. They have reinforced stitching and the waist band is wide and supportive. I always struggle with active pants because it seems most  have that super skinny elastic in the waistband and it just cuts into my waist, that is not the case here. Also, I love how I could put these under a  jean skirt any day and not a single person would know they fall into the “active wear” category.

soybucollegeI’m just in love with this top! It is the Lanai Tunic Tank in Raffia. Aside from the comfort, color, and all over cuteness (look at those straps!) I love how long the tank is and how high up the side of the tank comes under my arms. I can do these amazing stretches with out my back showing or feeling the need to pull it down. The tank stays where I put it. I feel like because the sides come up so high I have great support and coverage!

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I love the straps of this tank top! Just that added bit of detail does so much. The fabric on both the top and leggings is a bit thicker than I imagined. It’s not silky like most active clothing. It is extremely stretchy; I never felt restricted during my work out. The fabric also gives me a good hold. I think it will give me enough warmth for any fall activity especially a nice bike ride too!

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This jacket is the cutest! It is the Maura Pullover in Zinnia. It’s has more of the silky athletic wear feel but not quite.  Once again the detail got me! There are flowers and other cute details sewn into the top. It’s warm so I could wear it on a chilly day with any outfit and it makes for a fantastic layering piece too! There are holes on the cuff for your thumbs, which once again helps me not struggle with my clothing while I’m trying to concentrate on my peaceful time.

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The founders of Soybu set out to create clothing for the “Everywoman.” They wanted to create clothing that “would transition with her throughout her day… Soybu’s versatile active wear and lifestyle pieces help women exude beauty, strength, and balance in all they do- whether they’re enjoying a solitary moment of reflection, chasing a toddler, fitting in a hardcore workout, running to catch a flight, or meeting friends for happy hour… The company creates functional, stylish clothing so the Everywoman can get ready and stay ready all day.” I whole heartedly feel this company lived up to their mission!

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As soon as I tried these pieces on I immediately felt covered, comfortable, and cute! I told My Man J that I felt like I should go on a run! I never want to work out if I feel frumpy. I think it is a super important thing to feel happy and beautiful even before you walk into that ‘spinning class’ or bust a move during Zumba. These pieces help me feel that way instantly. We should get to feel beautiful all the time, right? Why not while we work out too! Not to mention that all of the pieces are additions to your wardrobe. Soybu’s new line is filled with amazing pieces like this. I know I’d feel just as amazing in all of them as I do in these. What are your thoughts on feeling good about yourself even before you exercise? I’d love to know what you think!

You should pop over and see what other fantastic pieces they have in their store!

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*The products in the review were provided to me free of cost for the purpose of writing this review. All opinions expressed in thie review are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.*

 

Reflo – The Alternative to the Sippy Cup {Giveaway} – Closed

My sweet baby Dmitri, is growing up way too fast and he’s getting restless with his sippy cups.  He’ll drink his milk from them just before bed and naps but other than that he want’s nothing to do with them, at least not when he can see mom drinking from something much more interesting, like a cup.

It’s adorable that he wants to just like me, but teaching my young toddler to drink from a cup without drowning himself is stressful.  A cup just has so much liquid suddenly rushing at him that it often ends in a confused, soggy, splutter.

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I know eventually he’ll learn to drink from a cup and he’ll be a pro at it, the problem is that he wants that eventually to be right now.  So I did some searching online and came across Reflo – The Alternative to the Sippy Cup.

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It’s perfect!  It looks like the cup mom is drinking from, but it has a little insert in the cup that keeps the water from rushing out when the cup is tipped.  Instead, regardless of what angle the cups is at, only a little trickle comes out. It’s perfect for my little guy who’s still trying to figure out how to transition to the big kid drinking utensils.

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It’s also super easy to put together and super easy to take apart to clean, but firm enough that it’s not going to come loose while your tot is playing with the cup.  Dmitri even tried to pull the insert out a few times, but gave up when it didn’t budge.

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Since my cups at home are similar shape I wondered if the insert would work in them, so I tried it out a few times.  If I was using a narrow enough cup the insert worked alright, but it definitely did not stick in my other cups as securely as it did in the original one, and Dmitri was able to pull it out easily, which ended up in a soggy mess.  You could play with it and maybe get it to work with others, but for now I’m just going to stick the the original one.

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Dmitri loved playing with the cup, and he was thrilled that I would finally let him hold it and manage it by himself.  He eagerly drank the water and didn’t sputter a single time. I think this is a perfect intermediate step in the transition to big kid cups.

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Total success!  And look how proud he is of himself.  If you’ve got a toddler working on the transition to a big kid cup then you’ve got to check these out!

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One lucky winner will get the green Reflo cup pictured above!

 

 

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of June 26th and will be emailed. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.

Leanlix {Giveaway} Closed

This is our furry family member Reese. He’s a Catahoula and LOVES to lick! Seriously this dog is a licking machine. It’s just his way of saying “hi!” and “what are you doing?” and “oh, hey I see you moved to the couch!” and and and! Ha! When I found Leanlix I knew it was going to be a surefire hit with him!

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Have you ever heard of Leanlix? Leanlix is “a low calorie dog reward system that will leave them drooling for more… The actual treat has been inspired by true life events but has been formulated by a leading professional in the pet industry.  leanlix, a treat for yourself AND your dog!”

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The whole idea behind this is that basically you can carry a treat around with you, your hands don’t smell like dog biscuits, and your dog gets to have a reward that won’t go straight to his/ her hips!  Reese’s particular flavor was Grass Fed Beef. He couldn’t get enough.

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Did I mention that he is afraid of the camera? Oh gosh, that was a trick getting pictures of him. We’re not forcing him to lick the stick, he was just super afraid of the flash! His particular stick is from their new natural’s line. It’s made with brown rice syrup and all natural flavors.

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They also sent us the Littlelix Spring Training 6 pack which has the flavors: Grace-D-Luxe with Cheese, ½ Eaten PB&J, Day at the Beach, Run-a-Way Frank, Barq-BQ, and my personal favorite (because it rings so true) is Cupcake on the Counter. Aren’t the names so clever!

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All in all Leanlix have been a great addition to Reese’s training. If he could he would just eat the entire stick whole. Maybe that will be their next flavor, “Stolen Leanlix from the Cupboard!” I’m so excited to work with the fun people over at Leanlix on a giveaway for you!

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The winner of this giveaway will win one Leanlix for the special pooch in their life!

 

*This giveaway is open to entries in the US only.
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of July 21st and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway are sponsored by Leanlix, but all opinions are my own.

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Picnic Time Beach Tent {Review}

I don’t know about you but a struggle I have these days is to find ways to beat the heat! The season for going to the beach has arrived! Well, okay it’s been here for a little while now thankfully.   Before my days as a mom I would go to the beach without a care in the world. Just show up and hang out, swim, and bask in the rays. Now, however, I can’t do that as easily. With two kiddos in tow I have to take into account their needs, and having a break from the sun is definitely one of them. This is one of the reasons I haven’t made it to the beach as often as I’d like this summer. When my kiddos face’s start turning red and need a break I need to get them out of the heat. The only trouble is that not all of the beaches around our home have pavilions to give them that break. So what’s a mom to do? Well I think Picnic Time came up with a pretty good solution, The Cove Sun Shelter!

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This is what Picnic Time has to say about the Cove Sun Shelter. “The Cove Sun Shelter is portable and compact. Designed to set up in minutes, this open-front tent can be used wherever you might need protection against the sun or wind and has a UPF 50+ rating. It also has a heavy-duty floor to act as barrier to the sand, hot cement, or wet grass. A zippered mesh window allows cross-ventilation. Bring the Cove to the beach, the park, or the lake. You’ll be glad you did!” I don’t think I could’ve said it any better! The case it comes in is compact. The whole thing breaks down into a 2ft by 4 inch bag. Its light and can easily be added to your beach gear without adding bulk or weight.

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I struggled with the set up a little bit. The directions consist of a couple pictures. You don’t need anymore than that, but it was just a bit awkward to set up. It’s basically a half tent. The frame is made up of two poles consisting of 7 and 8 segments. They piece together easily. My Man J was watching the boys while I gave it a go but we ended up switching jobs and he didn’t seem to have a problem with it. Once I saw how it all went together I think I’ll be able to set it up with no problem.

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Once it’s all set up the dimensions of the Cove are 7 ft 10in long and 3 ft 11in deep. I’m not sure exactly how tall it was but I would guess about 4+ft. It definitely provides the coverage and the cross breeze vent is awesome! The floor is thick and sturdy. It did really well on the hot sand. I couldn’t feel the heat at all. Baby cakes came in and sat with me for a while. I’m not sure if he was trying to get out of the sun or eat the watermelon. Ha! Either way it gave us both plenty of protection.

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I was really pleased with how easy it was to take down. Sometimes I feel like when you take down a tent it seems impossible to get it back into the tiny bag it came in. That was not the case at all with this. It folded up easily and went back into the case with no problem.

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So let’s do a fast recap!

Pros:

It gave us lots of protection from the sun.

It’s big enough for 4 of us.

The cross breeze vent let’s the breeze in (if you’re lucky enough to have a breeze).

The case is compact and light.

Take down was fast and simple.

I love the yellow color!

Cons:

Set up was a bit tricky the first time, but once you get the hang of it I think it’s just fine.

All in all I really like this shelter a lot! I feel like it gives me more options on ways to beat the heat. Let’s face it I’d rather be out with these cuties taking fun pictures than inside because it’s just too hot.

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Do you love going to the beach? Are there any beaches near your home? Or do you have to make day trips to get to your nearest one?

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Joovy theBabaSling {Review}

Remember how I told you there would be an upcoming review from Joovy?  Well, well, well.  Now is the time.  First I have to take you back to the beginning of May…  If you follow us at all on Facebook then you will remember that we were vacationing in WDW at that time.  (Yes, we busted Banjo out of school to hit Disney before the crowds got crazy.)  Joovy sent us theBabaSling before we left on our trip.

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I’ve always liked to do the whole baby wearing thing, so was ecstatic to take it with us on our pre summer vacation.  Plus, theBabaSling is uber chic looking, so I’d be styling.  But then I got to thinking that I wouldn’t use it all that much, because we were after all taking our Joovy Caboose stroller.  Cache would just sleep in the main seat of the stroller, Ruby would sit/stand on the platform, and Banjo would walk.  That was the plan.  And all went according to plan…

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For about half of our first day in the magical world of mouse.

At first all was right in the world.  Baby Cache just road along sleeping, Ruby was more entertained by jumping off of her seat on the “train” and running around before getting back “all aboard”, and Banjo was quite content to walk along with his cousins.  Then EVERYTHING deviated from the plan!

Ruby became a hot mess and didn’t want to ride on the platform any longer.

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She wanted to SLEEP.

Need I remind you that this was our very first day in the most magical kingdom on earth?  And Banjo?  Well, he grew tired of walking.  He grew tired very fast.

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What happened?  Where did we go wrong?  Well, for starters we should have purchased a Joovy Big Caboose Triple stroller before heading Orlando.  That would have been the solution.  However already being in Florida when we made this discovery… We didn’t have that option.  We will definitely know for next time.  But since I had the handy, dandy BabaSling all was right again in the world!

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The hammock style of the sling was perfect for carrying tiny Cache and the  comfort padding… perfect for my bum shoulder.  The shoulder I’ve had surgery on twice and I’m now a candidate for a total shoulder replacement.  What?  I’ve never told you about that before?  Yeah.  Remind me to tell you sometime all about my shoulder problem.  ;)

This sling carried Cache all over the parks.

He was able to meet all the characters just like the big kids.

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Can you believe that Stitch actually sports a Dandy Giveaway logo???  ;)

TheBabaSling comes in sooooo many beautiful and vibrant colors.

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As you can see from our vacation photos we have it in Scarlet Red.  I can’t tell you how many compliments I received on it while at WDW.  Too many to count.  One stranger just came up to me to say, “That’s a nice looking sling!”  Why, yes.  Yes it is.  :)

Since Disney I’ve been using the BabaSling all over the place.  Particularly on the 4th of July at the lake.

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It was a long day.  The BabaSling put Cache right to sleep.

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It’s my hero.

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Joosh’s Juice Bar Children’s Book {Giveaway} – Closed

Synopsis:

When Joosh’s Juice Bar runs out of strawberries, the youngsters are asked to go on a “strawberry run”. Mo and Coco, along with rainforest friends Randy (a mischievous monkey) and Kwamee (a wise green lizard), travel through the Tropland Rainforest and stumble upon a unique glowing berry in Don Ribbit’s forbidden Swampland. Mo and Randy pick the berries, eat them and bring them back to Joosh’s Juice Bar. What seemed like a great idea at first turns sour as Joosh and his wife Holly return home to the juice bar and find the boys making a new juice with the berries! To their surprise, Randy and Mo, along with the animals that also drank their new blue juice, are glowing blue from head to toe! The Joosh Man takes Coco and the boys to seek aid from Doctor Boo Boo (a toucan bird).Will they find a way to wash the blue glow away? Will they get back home safely before the impending rain storm? Entertaining characters with wonderful adventures. Each page filled with colorful art and a story that highlights important eating habits for children of all ages. The Blue Banana Berry Adventure is the first book in the series and written entirely in rhyme, for you and your kids to enjoy a hundred times!

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I thought the idea behind Joosh’s Juice Bar was a great; a story about a family living in the jungle, hanging out their animal friends, supporting each other, and eating healthy. It’s even got a recipe for an easy fruit smoothie built right into the story. (How’s that for a nice way to motivate your little ones to crave something good for them?)

The illustrations are fun, colorful and vibrant. The bright colors made me think Dora the Explorer meets Lisa Frank, and there are more than 65 illustrations in this book. Each page has less than 50 words making the book fairly long, but easy to read. The book is also written with a series of rhymes that roll off your tongue and make the story is fun and silly to read, however a few of the rhymes felt forced to me.

A downside for us is that Dmitri, at about 18 months, is just a little bit too young to play nicely with this paperback book, though he loved looking at the bright colors as I read it too him, I think he’ll like it more after he’s grown up just a smidgen.

I would suggest this book for kids age three and up, especially for those who have a difficult time eating their fruits and veggies. This book teaches the importance of eating the good stuff in a fun and engaging way. Not to mention the other good parts about listening to your parents, and doing what’s right.

It was colorful, silly, engaging, a good message with an entertaining story, and the cadence of the rhymes made it extra fun to read.

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One Lucky Winner will receive their own copy of Joosh’s Juice Bar, Enter using the Giveaway Tool’s Widget below.

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of July 12th and will be emailed. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.

Shoetopia {Giveaway} – Closed

I love shoes. I love them so much. Boots, flats, pumps, sneakers; I’d happily have a set in every color and every style. But even more than just shoes, I love affordable shoes. Why would I want to pay $50 for a pair of flats when I could get equally fashionable ones for $10?

Okay, so back when I lived in Utah, there was this great little store that had shelves and shelves of fashionable shoes, and when the season for that footwear ended they would load them in the back and sell each pair for cheap. This was my dream spot. I’d go to the mall and skip happily to that back section with the super cheap shoes, and often walk out with multiple pairs.

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I have not had the same luck with footwear around Boston, but since I do a lot of shopping online I found a gem that brings my back to my glory days of buying boxes of affordable shoes. Shoetopia!

This store is amazing! They have tons of great shoes, and just browsing through their site and looking at the fashion paired with their price tag makes my heart beat a little faster. Flats are about $10, pumps $20, and boots around $30. $30 for boots! Did I mention I love boots?

I contacted Shoetopia and they have been amazing to work with! Clearly they love their customers nearly as much as I love their shoes.

Okay, now to the pretty part. I asked to review the Fold Over Combat Boots (I realize it’s not exactly boot season, but I couldn’t resist).

I love how you can change up the style of this boot. Lace it up or fold it over; it looks great either way. It looks great paired with skinny jeans and the low profile of the boot makes it an acceptable choice for summer (if you’re like me you have a hard time locking your boots away) and the lining and ability to lace it up makes is great for colder weather too.
Top Laced Up
Top Folded Down
I think Shoetopia is all around pretty fantastic. Check out their website for more of their amazing deals, and just to whet your appetite here are a few of their other styles in case the combat boot didn’t speak to you like they spoke to me:

 

Check out Shoetopia, they are fantastic!

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Now for some more fantastic news,

Shoetopia has offered one lucky winner a pair of shoes of their choice!

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of June 26th and will be emailed. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.

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