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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?

 


#RealMomGiftGuide BEST Personalized Gift Idea

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#RealMomGiftGuide

BEST Personalized Gift Idea

TOTAL freaking awesomeness!  

Looking for a great gift that is filled to the brim with personalization?  Check out Collage.com!!!  

MOM & HUBBY DO NOT LOOK: lol

They have a ton of really cool products.  What I love about them is their STORY!  Check out Collage.com to make EVERYTHING personal!  Photobooks, calendars, phone cases, mugs, you freaking name it!  

They did not pay me to love them - but they did however offer me product to review.  Needless to say - ALL our family gifts are coming from there this year.  Wish I had an affiliate code to give you! haha

 

PICTURE THIS: Father's Day

Father's Day is RIGHT around the corner!!  (Um, hi.  Yeah, it's SUNDAY!!!)

I'm so behind on sharing my fun finds lately - so sorry.  I mean, I am kind of planning a CRAZY AWESOME CONFERENCE!!  Blogger Bash is taking hold of my brain - but I can't let work get in the way of real life - and real life is filled with things stealing our time and thoughts - so why not share with you some of the best things I've found on the web for dad!

(By the way - these awesome items were sent for review.  But I wouldn't share their greatness if I didn't think they were 'COOL DAD WORTHY!')

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TONKI

When I first tried to understand this brand - I had NO CLUE that they were cardboard!  The name made me chuckle & when I got it and realized how so very cool it was - I am NOW obsessed with the name, product, everything!  Just ordered some for my own dad.  They are about $15 each and come in really cool packaging.  Not to mention - TONKI is an awesome name!

PICTURE IT CANVAS

Anything on canvas is cool - but a picture of you and your family is worth a 1,000 words, right?  This is a great gift.  This company can really do a lot of different things for your pictures too!  Print on canvas, metal and More!!  Picture it on Canvas is a company that has creativity and memories on the mind!  ((I'd share the image of what I got made - but if my hubby is looking at this - I stink at gifting!!! lol))

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EYN PRODUCTS

Sometimes carrying a purse is a royal pain.  And of course GUYS don't carry purses.  (If they do, they're murses, right? ha!)  But just having something to put your id, cash, credit cards in would be such an easy thing, right? Everything You Need right there - in the palm of your hand.  EYN is a perfect case to use when you just don't want to carry a wallet or purse!  

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Casetify

This is such a cool imaging company!  We all love to have a little 'snapshot' to remind us of the blessings in life - so why not put them on our favorite devices?  This site is great because it was simple to upload, edit & see what your final product would look like.  The only problem I had was that I kept making the product for ME and forgot that it was suppose to be for my husband! lol 

 

 

 

So Dad's Day is a big day in our house. We're heading to Wildwood, NJ to enjoy what Morey's Pier has!  What are you up to and what did you get your special dad? 

 

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!

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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

Deck the Halls with Lumenplay™ App-Enabled Lights

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 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!
 

#RealMomGiftGuide Getting Fit with Gaiam

The holidays are here, and with that comes a multitude of events and activiites centered around food. It's hard not to say no to one Christmas cookie, let alone 5. And mashed potatoes taste extra good on Thanksgiving, so of course we go for a second helping.

As we head into the holiday season, it's a great time to be motivated to stay fit amidst the many unhealthy holiday habits!  First, make the commitment. Next, get the clothes. You can't work out in jeans and a button down. Part of the thing that holds us back from exercising is simply not having the right clothes to do the job.

That's where Gaiam comes in.

This holiday, deck yourself out in some of the latest athletic gear that Gaiam has to offer. This outfit would be perfect for yoga, a run or just hitting the gym:

FOLLOW MY LINE JACKET

This cute, structured jacket is lightweight but warm and is built with lots of little details you’ll be sure to love—including a snap collar cowl neck, hand-warmer pockets, two way adjustable zipper, a curve-enhancing pleated back, and extra long sleeves with petal cuffs.

PETAL TANK

Our super soft moisture-wicking tank has been designed with movement in mind. The ruched, wide, stay-put waistband stays in place with every bend and stretch. Thin straps and a keyhole back add eye-catching detail that makes this the perfect tank for any yoga class. 

BFF HEADBAND

When we’re in deep meditation or find ourselves in an inversion we can’t be bothered to wipe sweat from dripping in our eyes or fuss with stray strands. Keep it all in check with this super soft cotton headband. Easily create a cute and carefree up-do that you’ll love to wear to more than just class.

ECO FLOW STUDIO PANTS

Last year's favorite, redesigned. Now constructed out of our breathable ecoOM fabric in our new performance fit. Comfortable, straight-leg design in our breathable, soft organic cotton blend. With added spandex for recovery and stretch, plus flat seams and comfort gusset for improved fit. Wide comfort waistband with hidden pocket. Features our ecoOM technology, a unique blend of natural fibers and comfort stretch which allows for it to be soft to the touch and breathable with natural wicking. Black. Made in the USA.


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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.

Real Mom Tech Gadgets: iWerkz Universal Portable Bluetooth Keyboard

Meetings are a big part of my life. And at most of my I need to be prepared to have take notes, share documents and have access to the internet. And while my smartphone is top-notch, it just doesn't cut it for a business meeting. The only problem? I often need something compact and travel-friendly, so my laptop isn't ideal. I can be pretty fumbley with the iPad touchscreen, but its the best choice for those meetings on-the-go. And I've found the perfect item to bridge the usability gap!

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The iWerkz Universal Portable Bluetooth Keyboard has become a saving grace for this working momma! This keyboard lightweight and folds up for easy portability. Thanks to bluetooth technology, it is compatible with most tablets and smartphones.The battery on the iWerkz keyboard is up to 44 hours - that's 2 or 3 days of work! Wahoo! The protective case also doubles as a stand. Some more information on the  iWerkz Universal Portable Bluetooth Keyboard:

  • Includes 44652 Bluetooth keyboard, protective case/stand, and charging cable
  • Compatible with most Bluetooth-enabled tablets and smartphones; Android, iOS, and Windows devices
  • Docks device while in use
  • Up to?44-hour run/30-day standby time on full charge
  • Foldable design
  • Rechargeable lithium battery
  • Measures approximately 7" x 5-3/8" x 1-1/16"
  • 90-day Limited Manufacturer's Warranty


The iWerkz Universal Portable Bluetooth Keyboard retails for $39.96 on QVC - that's a great deal! You'll also find this item on the 2014Real Mom Holiday Gift Guide - so start thinking of your tech-loving friends who would totally to find this in their stockings this holiday season!  

Real Mom Tech Gadgets: Power Wallet

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I'm a mom on the go, and in this technological world we now live in, my devices go with me.  I can't tell you how many times I've been at an important meeting or an event, and my much-needed devices fail me. My phone is a necessary item for these meetings and events, and it leaves me powerless (literally) when their batteries die on me!

But not any more!

I'm totally crushing on the Power Wallet. This stylish item fits easily into your purse looks super cute. But the best part? It has a rechargeable built-in battery that powers up most smartphones. How amazing is that? That means no more being left stranded with a dead, useless phone. How many moms could benefit from this? Here are the specs: 

  • Includes Power Wallet with built-in 3000mAh battery, micro USB cable, 30-pin adapter, and USB charging cable
  • Compatible with most micro USB and 30-pin smartphones
  • Side battery indicator
  • Interior card/cash pockets
  • Holds most smartphones
  • Polyurethane/cotton construction
  • Approximate measurements: Closed 4-1/2"L x 7-5/8"L x 3"D; Open 8-1/2"W x 7-3/4"L x 1-1/2"D

Bonus feature: it can be worn as a wristlet!

This item retails for $66 on QVC (but currently on sale for $49.86. The Power Wallet will also be featured in the 2014 Real Mom Holiday Gift Guide (so grab it now while it's on sale for those tech-savvy women in your life!)

Easy Riding with the Joovy Qool

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Part of being a mom is research.

Really, moms should be earning another degree with how much studying is required of us! The moment we see those pink lines on a stick, we are researching: car seats, high chairs, bottles, pacifiers, cribs, feeding utensils, diaper bags, toys. We assess the safety, the quality, the overall rating, the durability, the flexibility, the usefulness. We scour books and the internet, trying to discern what is best for our babies.

From day one with Boston, one of the brands I have learned to trust is Joovy. Everything about their products appeals to me. They are highly-rated, made from quality material and they just look chic. Now that I am a mom to two cute (but crazy) little boys, I appreciate the qualities of Joovy products all the more deeply.

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Most recently, I have been impressed with one of Joovy's newest products: The Joovy Qool. This stroller has been a lifesaver for me since Hudson came around! Where do I begin? The design of the Qool is amazing, from the leather-wrapped handlebars to the aluminum frame. Using it on a daily basis, I can feel the durability.

Also? I love that it is compact. Raise of hands from the mommas and papas who have wrestled with some of the ginormous and clunky strollers on the market. Oh my goodness. Those strollers are hard to push and even harder to fold up and put in your car after a day at the park (did I mention they are also as heavy as an elephant?!). The Qool is small, light-weight (I'm saying it again: LIGHT. WEIGHT. Hallelujah!) and easily folded or broken down (the seat can be removed and stored separately!) after your walk in the park.

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With one click, the stroller can be forward-facing or back-facing, and so many of the parts are adjustable. It screams flexibility as well as maneuverability. It is the perfect stroller for the Parent-on-the-Go with energetic kids!

The Joovy Qool retails for $549.99.

Connect with Joovy online.

 

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Real Mom Media has worked with Joovy on many occasions.  Not only do they have amazing products - but the family connection within this company is an awesome American story.  The founder and family all work there in their Dallas offices.  AMAZING people to work with.  Joovy has only supplied products for review but all opinions are definitely my own.

Celebrate Mother's Day with Vera Bradley Baby

Mother's Day is coming up fast (this weekend in case you needed a reminder!). If you are still looking for the perfect gift for that special Mom in your life, Vera Bradley has you covered. 

Vera Bradley has recently launched their very firt Vera Bradley Baby Line to much excitement and buzz! The new collection is full of goodies for both mom and baby. You can count on Vera Bradley to make everyday baby needs fashionable and convenient.

Shopping for Mom? Choose from a number of diaper bags of all versatile shapes and sizes, in addition to stylish changing pad clutchs, receiving blankets, hooded towels, pacifier pouches, and baby bottle caddys.

Vera didn't leave baby out! Match baby to mom with fashion pieces including adorable onsies, dresses and bloomers, bib, Mary Jane Soft Shoes and Baby Socks. 

 

Other adorable items that are the perfect gift included stuffed bunnies and bears, the Bunny and Bear Book for baby and the Lil' Piggy Bank. 

 

All items are available at VeryBradley.com and range in prince from $8-$150. Perfect for any price point!

 

Disposable Bottles called Steri-Bottles

Wow!  Wish they had these when Boston was little.

Maybe they did-but I didn't know about them!!  I had my girlfriend try out these disposable bottles.  They are BPA free and totally make life for 'moms on the run' a lot easier!  They are called Steri-Bottles. 

These bottles were first sold in England and are most recently sold in the U.S. 

I've always LOVED the take and toss plastic cups for their convenience and these are great for bottles!  My girlfriend loved them.  She begged me to get more! ha.  She said they are easy to assemble and her baby took to them right away.

You can buy these at BabiesRUs.

 

eZoom by Securus

Keeping Track of Kids

I love Halloween.  It's always a fun time in our neighborhood.  We have a little pizza party on our cul de sac then hit the pavement to load up on sugary treats.

As my son gets older - I often wonder when I'm going to let him go 'trick or treating' with the neighborhood kids alone.  Eh... not sure yet.  Afterall he is only 4.  I mean, maybe if they have an escort but I feel like I need some piece of mind.

Recently I was sent a product for review that really got me thinking.  I never let me kid play in the neighborhood or even in our circle alone.  I have to be outside with him or my  husband at all times.  We just live by those rules.  

The product is called eZoom and its through Securus.  

What's great about this product is that I feel like 'Momgyver'!  (Remember McGyver show?  Yeah.)

It's a small tracking device that you can throw in your kids pocket or even their loot bag.  And you can clearly see exactly where they are and where they are going!  

Not that I think I need to be all sneaky on him... but there is a definite piece of mind about knowing where they are!  Kind of like the 'Find my iPhone app'.  I never use the app-but the piece of mind is golden! lol 

And it works!  GREAT!

You can track online and on your mobile.  It's useful for so many things.  Not just the kids. lol.  Cars, bikes... you name it!  And if you use it for something that requires insurance, there is a good chance that you can get a discount on your insurance for doing so!

There is an alert button on the device that can alert you immediately and notifies you of their location.  You can also create 'safe spots' like their school or park and if your child leaves that spot you get alerts for it!  Talk about TOTAL peace of mind!!

Details on eZoom Tracking and Safety Locator

*$99 for the actual device

*$14 for the protective case

*Approx. $250 a year activation fee (includes activation)

PERSONAL OPINION:  Now, i would definitely buy the device, but the service charges are about $100 past my budget per year.  

What do you do to keep track of your kids?

 

 

CAMiLEON HEELS

CAMiLEON HEELS

 

Have you ever worn shoes that as you stomped along though-UGH-if only I had worn flats cause I'm dying here?!?!?!

A-to-the-shoe-men!!

I know that feeling. FAR more often that I care to admit! haha

I remember the very first time I went to NYC.  And I wore HEALS FROM HELL!!

And now?  Lesson learned. lol I thought I was going to die.  I'd have loved to cute my feet off after that trip!  Ugh.

There is HOPE my HEEL LOVING FRIENDS!!

These are great shoes that can be used for so many occasions.  Prices for the CAMiLEON HEELS run from $99-$139. 

I was sent a pair for review but unfortunately they didn't fit.  I want to say the sizes run a bit on the small size. (I'm a 9 and my mega toes were too giant to fit.)

You can take the heel from 3 1/4" down to 1 1/2" heels.

I'll come back and share with you how the look and feel when I get to hit the streets with my own pair!

Do you own them?  What is your favorite design?

 

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

BLUUM

BLUUM

 

VERY cool idea!  You know how you buy things that you don't end up liking and wish that you could have bought it in a 'trial size'?

Well BLUUM does just that for you!

You can purchase a one time box or a subscription and they scour the Earth the find the best of the best in products and gets them to you in a 'trial' basis.  AWESOME, right?

The subscriptions start at about $11 a month.  Think about what an awesome baby gift that would be?!?!  A gift that they think of you everytime it arrives!

Here's what the BLUUM website says:

a bundle of joy in every box

  • discover 4-5 baby care and mom wellness samples to pamper you and your baby
  • bluum's curated monthly box themes make discovering new products fun
  • each month's selection stays a secret until your box arrives

Tiny Prints Address Labels

Tiny Prints Address Labels

This year has been the year of Tiny Prints in my house!  Really!  It started with our holiday cards.  And they were a huge hit.  Then, it was the Valentine's Day Cards with Boston in them.  They were even a BIGGER hit!  (I still get people randomly mentioning that they love our cards and I always tell them where they can get the cutest cards ever!)

My house tries really hard to send out thank-you cards for everything we get.  From presents, to visits, to just because.  And I don't know about you-but I can't STAND filling in the 'return address' portion!  ((Sigh))  It's just a pain.  Laziness I guess. 

But after searching the Address labels from Tiny Prints I can now not feel guilty anymore for being lazy! hahah.  They have some super cool address labels.  How many of you know someone graduating this spring?  They have some awesome graduation address labels that would make an awesome little addition to the card and money you usually give grads.  It makes their 'thank yous' easier and you'll feel great when they use YOUR gift to thank everyone, right?  =)

I've picked out about 15 different designs...now I just gotta pick one.  Well...maybe two.  One for my family and one for my business!  LOVE it!

Be sure to catch up with them on Facebook, Twitter & even Pinterest!

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TINY PRINTS PROVIDED SOME AWESOME ADDRESS LABELS TO REAL MOM MEDIA.

 

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!  =)