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Just Dance 2016 Review

Every year we look to find something for the holidays to entertain my kids!  This year is no different!  We have all the other Just Dance games-why not make this one the holiday break exercise routine!  Burn baby burn. If ONLY you knew what I've been eating since.. ohhh.. THANKSGIVING.  

What's very cool about this game NEW is the app that you can download to make your phone a controller!  Awesome, right? Just Dance 2016 has some of the most fun songs EVER on it this time around!  Meghan Trainor, Jason Derulo, Uptown Funk, Bruno Mars.. Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson and many more of your favorite artists attack the lineup of Just Dance 2016.  What is your favorite song on the game?

 


5 Great Subscription Services to Spend Your Holiday Cash On

5 Great Subscription Services to Spend Your Holiday Cash On

Did you survive the holiday?

I can assure you I'm quite thankful that they are over.  I'm ready to rock the new year for sure!  As someone who loves to give gifts that give way more than just the holidays.....I went on a mission to find some great gifts that you can give all year long.  Plus, mama has GOT to gift herself from the hard work being home with kids the entire winter break, right? #RealMomProblems

Subscription gift boxes are all the rage right now.  In fact - I've found my new fave website to fuel that addiction!  (And seriously-the site is called 'MY SUBSCRIPTION ADDICTION'!  TRUTH.)  

Each month, a box is shipped to your front door filled with new products.  They can be anything from sample sizes of clothing & shoes to renting runway fashions & even RENTING TOYS!  Everyone loves to get packages in the mail. There is always something great about getting something new & fun at your doorstep!

 


ECOCENTRIC MOM BOX

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Ecocentric is one of my faves too!  I am not 'granola' if you will. lol I love to support the Earth when I can though and with this box of 5-9 hand selected products you'll discover great new finds!

I love that they send you larger than the usual sample sizes.  They even include full sizes!  Each box has a $24-$50 retail value to them.  You will discover new types of natural, sustainable, organic, and ethical products with each box.


BRICK LOOT

For the LEGO fans, you can’t go wrong with Brick Loot . Brick fanatics!  Subscribers get receive a monthly box filled with unique, custom and never-before-seen items that work with LEGO bricks and custom building. Each month your Brick Loot box is filled with 4-8 items that were hand picked by Brick specialists who scour the world for the newest and coolest products for you to collect.

What I LOVE about Brick Loot is the UNIQUENESS that comes along with their products.  There isn't a giant LOGO (or should I say LEGO logo) screaming at you.  It's unique, cute, convenient and a HUGE gift for any building fans in your house!

Brickloot_Review

BIRCH BOX

BirchBox.  I actually have seen quite a few different bloggers & vloggers doing unboxing videos of BirchBox.  It's a fun diddy of unique products.  They sent me one for review and I immediately signed up my husband for the dude deliveries!!  He is very into smelling and looking good.  (That is of course a GOOD THING that he's like that.  He is a pretty boy and I love that about him!)  He really liked the idea and that he was getting three more boxes.  The one thing that I'll say is that the boxers in the box they sent for review were a size M.  What guy is a medium??? lol I'm not sure if they personalize that better.  I hope so cause he loved the boxers - but ahem.  Said his 'bits won't fit'.  Ok & alrighty then. lol TMI, right?


FOR THE MAKERS

Many moons ago when my 6 year old was a baby I use to get a monthly subscription of scrapbooking stuff.  I loved it until I stopped scrapbooking and my house filled with STUFF.  lol.  The great thing about these kinds of crafting boxes is that they can be gifted too.  And they teach you a serious step by step learning of simple and cute crafts.  

So, I came across a very cool crafting subscription service called For The Makers.   This isn't just your average "here's a bunch of beads now go build something service"!  They have some serious art projects!  At For the Makers they give you all the materials to make 4 DIY projects for $29 a box. What's really fun about this service is that you can shop the collection pending your personality!  The boxes range from products like making lip balm to shoe clips.  What's interesting to me with this service was that they actually sell the finished products on the website and for a LOT more than the $29 investment you made to handmake them.  And if you are someone who loves to do handmade gifts - you'll LOVE this!


BLUUM

This is a box that I tried out a couple years ago.  It is the PERFECT box for any new mom, mom to babies, baby shower, etc.  VERY motherly with BLUUM.  =)  They have gotten a lot better over the years.  I did enjoy this particular box when I was pregnant with Hudson - because there was a lot of great natural products in there. 

Now they send from pregnancy to preschool including some very fun games!  Bluum also is a great service that lets you try before you buy.  You know as a new mom - the products you buy trying to find the right one is soooo expensive! lol

Games are the New Stocking Stuffer with Funnybone Toys

Have you ever had a dinner party or just a casual group of friends over, and midway through the evening you find yourself wondering, "Now what?" The conversation is in a lull, and people begin to look at their watches. Spice up time with friends with a Game Night!

Funny bone Products has a ton of great games for kids and adults alike. Here are a few that might revolutionize your next cocktail party!

DISRUPTUS

Disruptus asks players to look at objects and ideas and use different approaches — as determined by the roll of a die — to innovate. Disruptus™ draws inspiration from the very important practice of ‘disruptive thinking’. Disruptive thinking is one of the most powerful ways to innovate. It has been used to create ideas and objects like digital music, camera phones, and car sharing programs. Disruptive thinking is looking at an object or idea and coming up with an entirely different way to achieve the same end.

So, in the case of car sharing, the innovators looked at the car rental industry and came up with a new approach that ‘disrupted’ the old conventional method.

ARRAZZLES

Arrazzles lets you explore abstract geometrical configurations. Each card has one of five different patterns of slots allowing for countless abstract building and design opportunities. Arrazzles cards are covered in five beautiful, reflective metallic colors, with a different color on each side of the card. As you build and connect the cards, the metallic colors reflect off each other. The hole in the middle of each card allows for further form exploration – it’s sized to perfectly hold a standard plastic straw, so you can connect the cards that way, or string them together with yarn or pipe cleaner, allowing you to build a completely unique abstraction every time you play!

IMAGINE Peek at the sky at night and see the different arrays of stars. Can you recreate one of them?
Look at the patterns of leaves on trees. Can you build the same?
Appreciate the flower arrangements in your garden and how the colors play off of each other. Try that with the Arrazzles cards!
Start with just one card and attach more cards without a plan in mind!

CONNECT Make interesting arrangements where colors branch off from one another by placing cards side by side on a flat surface.
Connect all of the cards with 4 slots and then do the same for 6 and 8 slotted cards and see how the position of the slots changes the three-dimensional geometry.
Connect the cards in specific color sequences.

BUILD Variations in slot position allow you multiple ways to shape your creation.
Flip a card from one side to another for a completely different color perspective and overall look.
Thread colorful objects through the holes like straws, strings, yarn or pipe cleaners.Use all of the cards or a select few – it’s up to you!



Funnybone Toys can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Deck the Halls with Lumenplay™ App-Enabled Lights

 Lumenplay™ App-Enabled Lights

 Lumenplay™ App-Enabled Lights

There is something fun and special about decorating for the holidays. We have our traditional holiday “home garb” that we deck our halls with: various knick-knacks collected over the years interspersed with new contemporary finds that we add. I love the cozy feeling of holiday-themed candle scents wafting through my house, and watching my boys, in wonder, as they decorate our Christmas tree.


S4 is taking holiday decorating to a new level. This year, they are launching Lumenplay™ App-Enabled Lights, a line of Bluetooth-enabled light strings that are controlled via Android and iOS smart devices. The app is free, and, along with Bluetooth connection, you can let your holiday creative go to town!


With the Lumenplay™  app, you can customize light string colors, effects and visualize music. There is no “set-up” required. With one touch, the app instantly recognizes the lights and you can immediately start playing and customizing. Imagine having a holiday light show in the comfort of your home!  

You can find Lumenplay™ App-Enabled LIghts at the folllowing retailers: s4lights.com, 58 Apple stores and apple.com, amazon.com, 250 Brookstone stores and brookstone.com, balsamhill.com, gertens.com and bestbuy.com.

For more information on the these awesome lights, visit the Lumenplay™ website!
 

Lotty Dotty: Fun Fashion for Girls

Lotty Dotty: Fun Fashion for Girls

If my girls could wear pink, tulle, tutus and skirts every day, they would. They have both hit the stage, at ages 3 and 6, where they suddenly care about what they are wearing. Now, there are plenty of days that their hand-picked outfits don't match or are "uniquely paired." But 95% of the time, there is lots of pink, fluffy things, glitter and more.

Zooligans Review

Zooligans Review

The company is fronted by a husband wife team!  Anyone who knows my site - knows my life of small companies.

Stay Dry with Trunki PaddlePak

Stay Dry with Trunki PaddlePak

Real Mom Media is always on the go, especially during the summer. That means a lot of sand and a lot of water. We are always on the look out for great products that will help make our summer travel easier! And we found one!

Blooming Bath Review

I happen to come across this product a while ago and thought it was the coolest thing ever!

Blooming Bath is the cute, cuddly and convenient way to bathe your baby. Unlike traditional baby bath tubs, Blooming Bath is made from incredibly soft, plush materials — providing a safe, soft, and unbelievably adorable bathing experience for the most important person in your world.

The Blooming Bath is so soft and unique! It's such a simple concept but totally makes sense! Bathe your baby on soft and comfy plush material! 

By the time I got this product to review - Hudson was already too big.  I tried him in the sink with it once and it was just too awkward for him! haha.  BUT-I have been able to put it to GREAT use in my house.  I sit it on the carpet and he loves it.  For the longest time he wouldn't move off of it.  It's so soft and adorable and makes a fabulous play mat.  

Check out Blooming Bath for yourself at www.BloomingBath.com

Tubby Table

Tub time is one of my kids' favorite times of the night! They would literally spend hours in the tub playing! We have tried a ton of bath products that are on the market but we have never come across something like the Tubby Table.

The Tubby Table is the perfect solution for entertaining kids in the bathtub and keeping the water off the floor. The Tubby Table provides a play surface in the middle of the bathtub for children to play with their own toys, or to play with the removable shaped cups on the table’s surface.

The Tubby Table is recommended for children 18 months (should be able to sit on their own) and older. This is perfect for siblings and helps them get along in the tub! I don't have to worry about a wrestling match breaking out in the tub anymore. They are too preoccupied with the toys on the Tubby Table.

One of the best things that we love about the Tubby Table is that it helps keep the toys in the tub! By having a place to play with their toys on, they aren't just throwing them out of the bathtub as a game. Which means less clean up for me!

The Tubby Table retails for $39.99 and can be found at www.tubbytabletoys.com.

Be sure to support this mom invented product we love!

BubbleBum

Many parents are faced with scenarios where their child has to be picked up by another adult who may not have a booster seat. And uninstalling those seats can be a pain in the bum! 

Enter the BubbleBum!

BubbleBum is the cost effective, portable, lightweight, brightly colored, inflatable car booster seat for children aged between 4-11. It easily deflates and folds flat so that kids or moms can carry it in a backpack or purse, making it perfect for vacations, rental cars, taxis, school pick up or car pooling.

BubbleBum was a winner at the Mother & Baby Travel Item Awards in the UK, the Practical Parenting Magazine Awards and the Ulster Bank Business Achiever Awards in 2010-2011.


Woozworld: Your Virtual World & Social Network

A new social network has hit the virtual world. Woozworld is an unique virtual world and social network for tweens and teens. It’s completely free to join and super easy to play!

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Once you create an avatar, you can start building your limitless world and create your own look. Hang-out and meet new friends! Design your place, be a trendsetter, throw parties! You can even run your own business. 

Saftey is really important to the creators of Woozworld. It has the highest standards in terms of online safety. Their top priority? Keeping your child safe and respecting their privacy. Woozworld is fully COPPA compliant and participates in the PRIVO® Privacy Assurance Program. Woozworld is also a browser-based virtual world so no downloads are required.

Woozworld also has a chat tool that is safe and supervised. It only allows pre-approved words and is powered by the cutting edge CRISP Thinking™ technology. Woozworld is patrolled by an experienced team of moderators that ensure you child’s safety. All players have to accept and follow the strict Code of Conduct.

Woozworld is on top of their game safety-wise!

Try it our for yourself. Join Woozworld, make your own avatar, play around by making your own world, and see for yourself!

Doodle Your Day Book Review

Doodle Your Day Book Review

 

Came across this book and just LOVE IT!  

It's really a great gift idea for kids of all ages!  There are some fun doodle prompts in there to give your kids the opportunity to think outside the book. (Pun intended. lol)

I love books like this.  365 ways for kids' to doodle and document their day away!

iPad Case & Blue Bird Clutch

If you've never been to the website Uncommon Goods, then PREPARE YOURSELF! =)

 

This site has some of the coolest of all things ever.  Things you just don't find really anywhere else.  

 

The sent me this awesome iPad case (see all here) to review that was made out of an old Mailbag.  And I LOVE IT!  My son has his iPad all safe and secure but mine just flys around the house.  (Yes he's spoiled and yes mine has been cracked before.  Sigh)  So now it's nice to have it in a SAFER place.  Cute and trendy doesn't hurt either!  The iPad case costs $55. 

 

The little clutch is felt and so much fun.  It's great with summer colors but warm and cozy for winter, spring and fall too! It costs $32

 

Uncommon Goods has some great (like these!) a
and (like these!)  You MUST check them out!  

 

Happy Shopping!

 

 

Pocket Purifier

Pocket Purifier

How many times have you found yourself grossed out when your kids bring home their lunch boxes and you think "GERMS!!!"

Since I've become a mom I've found myself to be 1,000 times more anal aware of germs with my kid.

I also get freaked out when we travel or when I stay in hotels. And that is OFTEN in my world.  

This very cool product actually kills germs from the same UV-C light used to sterilize surgical instruments to elimnate 99.9% of germs that cause colds, flu, e-coli, salmonella, mold, fungus and MRSA staph!!!

EWWW.  Are you TOTALLY grossed out now?  I know I am.

Heck.  I just slather on disenfectant this is the HARD CORE killer of those nasty germs.

The Purely Products Pocket Purifier retails for $19.99 and is available in black and pink. For more information or to purchase the Pocket Purifier, please visit www.purelyproducts.com

Teamson Sunny Safari Bookshelf

 


Teamson Sunny Safari Bookshelf

I was sent this super adorable bookshelf from Teamson to review.  

It's very cute and fun for any boy or girls' bedrooms!  I picked the Sunny Safari because I have an obsession with safari stuff! ha  

Teamson makes gorgeous kids furniture from bookshelves to toy boxes to even prince and princess castles!

Check out my video review of the bookshelf:

Teddy Needs a Bath Review

Teddy Needs a Bath Review

This is a super BRILLIANT idea.  A mom (of course....we always think of the cool things. lol) created a great product in which you can give your kids stuffed animals a bath!

Just put it in this bag-zip it up-wash-dry-rock-n-roll!

Boston loved snuggling with his bears afterwards.

 Check them out at www.TeddyNeedsABath.com

2 BINKIES up in our house!  =)

NiNi Toy Bungee, Crayon Bungee & NiNi Paci Bungee

NiNi Toy Bungee

Toy Bungee is a multi use strap, designed to keep baby/toddler toys, cups, and bottles from falling to the floor.

Toy Bungee`s child resistant button design means peace of mind for parents while baby or toddler drinks or plays comfortably.

Great for use in strollers, car seats, high chairs, airplanes and more!

Product Features:

  • Child resistant button design means small fingers can`t unbutton the strap
  • Clip in the middle allows you to leave the strap anchored to your favorite objects, such as a stroller or car seat, while easily removing the part of the strap attached to the cup, bottle or toy
  • Award winning design
  • Universal fit to toys, bottle and cups
  • Easily hand washable in warm soapy water
  • Non‐toxic, including BPA, PVC, Lead and Phthalate free
  • Available in a variety of chic & modern designs matching the Paci Bungee

NiNi Crayon Bungee

Crayon Bungee is a colorful, functional, portable, durable, non-toxic tether strap that is designed to keep crayons from rolling or dropping to the floor.

Crayon Bungee brings a new fun factor to coloring, while keeping the crayons nearby. Just twist in the included crayons, and anchor the strap. Functional, educational, chic, safe and fun - all in one!

Great for use in restaurants, airplanes, highchairs, and more!

Product Features

  • Two ways to anchor tether using either suction cup for table tops, or looping strap for other surfaces. Crayons fit snugly, limiting removal by toddlers. Holds 3 standard crayons (included)
  • Clasp feature allows altering between suction cup and strap anchors while keeping crayons attached to tether. Anchors also attach to Toy Bungee toy and cup tether
  • Vinyl package can be used as a carrying pouch
  • Easily hand washable in warm soapy water
  • Non‐toxic, including BPA, PVC, Lead and Phthalate free

NiNi Paci Bungee

Paci Bungee is a durable and ultra modern strap designed to keep baby/toddler pacifiers from falling to the floor.

Great for use in strollers, car seats, high chairs, airplanes and more!

Product Features

  • Universal fit to all pacifiers
  • Velcro-free
  • Highly durable clasp for a firm grip without damaging baby’s clothes
  • Non-porous design allows for easy hand washing in warm soapy water
  • Non‐toxic, including BPA, PVC, Lead and Phthalate free
  • Available in a variety of chic & modern designs matching the Toy Bungee
  • Pacifier is not included

 

These NiNi Bungee's are absolutely the neatest invention. I finally don't have to bend over 15 times at a restaurant because Boston drops his crayons! And I know every mom gets frustrated when a toy magically disappears at the mall, and if you have a little one, you won't have to constantly wash off your baby's pacifier. Woohoo! Purchase your NiNi products for you or as a gift for a friend here: Nini-baby.com.

Jake and the Neverland Pirates-Disney Junior

Jake and the Neverland Pirates 

Ok-new show in our house!!  Jake and the Neverland Pirates!

 

My 3 year old never watches Disney Junior.  Can't tell a lie!  But we're now big fans.  

 

Another 'can't tell a lie' but there are so many kiddie shows out there that you just want to snore over.  Or you wonder 'how can that be entertaining to kids?!?!?  But after watching Jake and his little friends-I can tell you that this isn't one of 'those shows'.  There are characters from classic 'Peter Pan' so for some the show might be nastalgic!!  It has actually become the #1 series for boys 2-5 on Disney Junior!  THAT awesome of a show I tell ya! ha

 

We got to review the DVD and he loved it!  You can catch the actual show on Fridays at 8:30 ET.  Get caught up on your fave episodes at www.DisneyJunior.com

 

The show is a modern day pirate play!  Since we're in the holiday season-I gotta share their holiday show!  It's called "It's A Winter Never Land - Hook On Ice" and it airs on December 2nd.  

 

*And if you are begging for more Disney Junior programming-good news...they are going to 24 hr programming in early 2012!

There's no party like a Disney party that's for sure!

We've never been to Disney.  But this show is creating meaningful characters that my 3 year old is sure to love when we do get to Disney!

 DISCLOSURE: We got a fun prize pack with Mickey Ears, a couple Disney T-Shirts, Jake & the Neverland Pirates DVD and more.  But that did NOT buy my opinion of the show.  =)  Still loved it.

Pedestal Pets

Pedestal Pets

Pedestal Pets® is a new educational toy that combines learning with fun! Each series includes 4 animal pencil toppers, 4 coordinating pencils and 4 fun fact trading cards! You can also name your pets and print out coloring pages on this website!

 

They currently offer 3 collections: Neighborhood, Barnyard and Safari Friends. Scroll down to see them all!

*Created by a Pennsylvania mom after her daughter fell in love with the pencil toppers found in vending machines.  She thought-why not create them on pencils and make it a fun trading event!