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Kinderfeets {Review}

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I have a five-year-old in my house!  We just celebrated his birthday last week, and I really can’t believe that he’s grown up so much into such an independent, fun-loving boy.  I’m really excited for this next year and all of the fun things he’ll be learning, and one of the things that popped into my head while we were outside the other day is that he should be losing the training wheels on his bike and learning how to ride a two-wheeler!

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I’m a little nervous to just take those training wheels off and send him on his way, so I was searching for something that could ease the transition and help him feel more confident before sending him into the world of skinned knees and banged-up elbows.  I was ecstatic to come across Kinderfeets, which is actually designed for children ages 2 to 5 years old!  This wooden bike helps children transition to any pedal-powered bicycle at their own comfort level, and they can quickly move their feet from the pedals to the ground as needed.

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” More than a toy, Kinderfeets is a father’s gift to his son. Disappointed with the push bikes available, Dutch designer Oscar Mulder decided to create his own balance bike for his son, Sebastiaan.  Oscar wanted Sebastiaan to be able to cruise once he became confident enough, so he broke the push bike mold and added footpegs. Knowing kids love to get dirty, he added a removable seat cover that can go in the wash with the rest of the laundry. Other push bikes have inflatable tires that go flat, interrupting the fun. But Kinderfeets’ tires don’t require air. Plus, Kinderfeets’ colorful chalkboard finish provides a reusable canvas for children to exercise their creativity. Older now, Sebastiaan rides a regular bike with ease and confidence – all thanks to the push bike his father designed with him in mind.

We received the red Kinderfeets bike to review, and this product actually arrived just days before my son’s birthday!  It’s always fun to have such a big present to open, and my son also loved assembling the Kinderfeets with Dad as much as he loved riding it!  From the very start, he immediately jumped on and was able to “walk” with the bike to get it started before lifting his feet onto the pedals and coasting down the driveway.  He was just fine when going straight, but it took some time and “getting used to” on turns and when he started to go a little faster than he planned.  It was easy for him to simply put his feet down and stop himself or to catch himself before falling.  His balance on the bike has become so much better over the week, and he’s able coast much further more confidently.

The other part that my son loved was the chalkboard finish — he spent a good part of the afternoon writing on his bike with chalk and decorating it with his name and other fun designs!  I thought this was a great way to personalize his bike without doing anything permanent, and this feature certainly set Kinderfeets apart from other bikes.

Since Kinderfeets is designed for both toddlers and preschoolers, I wondered how my two-year-old would do on the Kinderfeets bike.  I took him outside the other morning (while my five-year-old was at preschool, of course!), and I was surprised by how quickly he took to balancing and moving himself.  The seat was set a little high for him, but he was still able to catch on to the idea of maneuvering himself around using his own feet and then pulling his feet up once he got going.  Once my older son transitions to a two-wheeler bike, I imagine that this Kinderfeets will be quickly taken over by his little brother.  🙂

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**This post and review was sponsored by Kinderfeets, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Karma Wellness Water {Review}

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During the summer months, I’m always amazed by how much we drink during the day.  The boys are always constantly asking for lemonade and filling their cups with water (that they actually drink!), and I’m right behind them with my water bottle.  I made the grave mistake of bringing home a 12-pack of soda the other day, and that just made things worse — I was drinking all day long and craving more, but I never felt like my thirst was quenched.

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I know that water is the best for our family to drink, but there are times when I want something with a little more flavor for variety.  Karma Wellness Water is a delicious line of natural, nutrient-enhanced water formulated for your mind, body, spirit, balance, and vitality (which happens to be the names of the five varieties)!  We loved the different flavors and especially loved that we could mix the drink immediately with the push of a button on the top of the cap.

“The driving force behind Karma is the fact that water-soluble vitamins lose their potency while sitting in water or when they are exposed to moisture. Additionally, vitamins suffer degradation when they are subjected to UV rays, oxygen, or heat. The loss of strength is greater when the vitamin contents are spread across the full contents of bottled beverages, causing premixed vitamin drinks to lose their potency over time. This is the challenge we see with many current wellness drinks on the market.

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With Karma, we’re hoping to make a healthy decision easy. All five functional varieties contain 110 percent (or more) of the recommended daily allowances of vitamins A, B3
, B5, B6, B12, D, and E, and the vitamins and nutrients are protected in a KarmaCap until the consumer is ready to drink. At that point, they just push, peel, and shake to turn water into wellness, as seen in this video:”

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**This review was sponsored by Karma Wellness Water, but all opinions are strictly my own.

YBIKE {Review}

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Over the past couple of months, I’ve commented to my husband about how our boys are at just the perfect ages.  I thought that those days would be fleeting since my youngest just turned two years old last week, but they’ve continued for the most part.  It has amazed me over the past few weeks as they’ve sat in the shopping cart while we go grocery shopping (as long as it’s the rocket cart!), eaten out at restaurants with us (for just the right amount of time — not too long!), and have had a great time at the reading fair at the mall (though the Cat in the Hat character might have helped in holding their attentions!).

One of our favorite “new” activities is taking all of the bikes and car toys outside in the driveway to ride in the afternoons/early evenings.  We noticed that some of the older kids in the circle have scooters, though, and the boys were enamored.  They begged to get a scooter, but I was sure that they weren’t going to be old enough.  My four-year-old, maybe, but my two-year-old?  Not a chance.

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I shouldn’t have spoken so soon, though; after a little research online, I came across the YBIKE website.  “YBIKE prepares youngsters (and their parents) for the fun and challenges of walking independently, pedaling a bike, gliding on a scooter or powering a go-kart. Along the way, kids improve their balance, coordination, gross motor skills and confidence.  YBIKE’s complete line of safe, fun and durable wheels features products that appeal to different age and developmental stages. Our energetic audience includes crawlers and pre-walkers through preschoolers and grade school children.”

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Yes, you read that correctly — includes crawlers and pre-walkers!  These products are designed for children as young as one year old and are developmentally appropriate and safe for their growing bodies.  The YBIKE Pewi is a kid-powered hybrid “Walking/Buddy” ride-on.  YBIKE Pewi lets toddlers as young as nine months old who are crawling or early walkers have freedom of movement to explore their environment.

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The Original YBike balance bike prepares toddlers for the fun and challenges of riding a pedal bike by improving balance, coordination, gross motor skills and confidence.  This bike is recommended for ages 2-4.

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The YBIKE Kicker was designed with toddlers in mind.  Perfectly sized for preschoolers ages 2 – 5, YBIKE Kicker’s oversized 9 inch rubber wheels and wide footbed lend stability on all surfaces from smooth driveways to off road backyard riding

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The YBIKE Extreme is perfect for any pre-schooler who’s not quite ready for a pedal bike and is looking for a more advanced ride to improve their balance and coordination.  Forget the training wheels and give the Extreme a try!

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And for ages 5 and up, the YBIKE Explorer has back wheel steering and two easy to grip steering handles that make the ride secure and easy to maneuver.  Sturdy puncture proof tires make riding on and off pavement a breeze.  Kids engage their muscles while having fun, using “kid power” on this sleek three-wheeled Go-Kart.

gliderWe received the YBIKE Glider just in time for my son’s two-year-old birthday, and the boys were so excited to have a chance to try out their very own scooter that was just for them!  I was so happy to see how easy it was to assemble — literally two pieces that snapped right together.  Once everything was in place, I was a little anxious to think of my youngest (who measures in the 25-35th percentile for both height and weight) tearing off down the driveway on this scooter, but I shouldn’t have been concerned.  Once they got the hang of it, both boys were able to easily maneuver the YBIKE Glider and stop as needed.

 We love this YBIKE Glider, and I’m impressed with the durability of the product as well as the sturdiness of the materials.  It’s a well-made scooter that is perfectly suited for toddlers and preschoolers.  If you’re looking for a new outside toy for your young kids this spring, I would highly recommend taking a look at YBIKE.

**This post and review was sponsored by YBIKE, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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