August 28, 2014

Let's Imagine Elmo Toy Review

Let's Imagine Elmo toy #review #toddlerfun #gotitfree

Thanks to Bzzagent.com, I was selected to receive a Let's Imagine Elmo Toy in exchange for posting my honest opinions.   I was not compensated in any other way.  The Let's Imagine Elmo Toy is a Playskool Sesame Street toy geared for children ages 2 -4 years.  The manufacturer's information includes these features:
• Elmo has 4 interactive play modes• Interact with Elmo by tickling him, bouncing him, or squeezing his nose• Elmo plays "Prince Elmo Says"• Elmo counts up to 20 with your little one• Elmo plays a sounds-of-the-sea identification game
Let's Imagine Elmo toy #review interactive play modes

August 25, 2014

10 Tips to Get Your Toddler to Eat

Does your kid enjoy chicken tenders, french fries, macaroni and cheese, and all the other "typical" kid foods?  Yeah, mine too (except, strangely enough, not so much interested in mac and cheese).  I found that employing strategies like making a separate meal for the kid to be time consuming and wasteful.  You're here because you would like to get your little one to eat a wider variety of foods, add more nutrition to his or her diet, or not dirty a separate pan just for your child.  Try out these 10 tips to get your toddler to eat dinner (a rewrite of my original Picky Eater post):
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August 22, 2014

Upcoming Birthday and Free Mini Classes from Craftsy

It's almost my daughter's birthday and birthday planning is under way.  Birthday cakes are so expensive and I've really always wondered how difficult it would be to make our own.  Thankfully, my daughter doesn't currently eat cake, so we're planning an ice cream party.  However, I'm pretty confident in the years ahead she's going to start eating cakes... what kid doesn't?  And, I'm pretty sure I'm never going to feel like the price of a bakery cake is worth it (I don't like spending money).

Anyway, I think I'm going to be checking out Craftsy's free Cake Decorating mini-classes in case there's ever that future need.  I'm currently seeing 4 mini-classes in cake decorating available for free in addition to many other free mini-class offerings.

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What Crafsty FREE Mini-Class are you interested in?

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August 20, 2014

Review: Body Merry Age Defense Eye Cream


Body Merry Age Defense Eye Cream #review #ivysvariety

I'm in my 30s, and while I don't like to admit it, I can see signs of aging.  I swear it's all happened within the 3 years since having my daughter.  I'm not one to spend much time primping at the mirror or worrying about how I look, but to be honest, I still find my appearance surprising.  When did this happen?  I have crows feet.  Not terrible, but ... they're there.  They snuck up on me.  So, I was happy when I was given the opportunity to test and review Body Merry Age Defense Eye Cream.  I received no further compensation for this post.

August 18, 2014

Working with Felt - A Beginner's Beginner Guide to Felt Board Activity Making

I say "Beginner's Beginner Guide" because I still consider myself a beginner at simply working with felt.  

It dawned on me that the first time I worked with felt (taking on the large task of a toddler Felt Christmas Tree), I had absolutely no idea what I was doing.  I've professed my complete lack of crafting skills in previous posts here, and this project proved no different.  I naively grabbed a used pair of scissors and began to "cut" the felt, or rather sawed at it relentlessly and got nowhere.  That was a horrid experience!  But, once I figured a few things out, I began to love felt.

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Last project with good scissor - felt pumpkin for Halloween

August 13, 2014

Toddler Game Review: Move & Groove by ThinkFun (#ThinkFun)


toddler game review move & groove #ThinkFun

Finally, a game for toddlers!  I started Shelby on 3 year old board games at 2 because I didn't feel there were many pre-packaged games to play with toddlers.  That said, I was excited when I was given the opportunity to review ThinkFun's game, Move & Groove.
toddler game review move & groove #ThinkFun

The Move & Groove dance game is designed for 18 months and up and for 2 or more players.  The maker includes this in their description of game play:
There’s no right or wrong way to boogie—it’s all up to interpretation—so players can use their imagination while improving balance, coordination and flexibility. The perfect game to build confidence and celebrate all the things your little one does so well!

August 12, 2014

Stop Comparing Your Child's Behavior to Others': It's Just A Moment

As a parent, I find that we're quick to judge ourselves or our children based on the moments we see with our own eyes.  During a recent trip, I spent an hour on a boat with my daughter waiting to see dolphins that never appeared.  So, the novelty of the boat ride itself wore off quickly.  Like many moms on that boat, I found myself pulled about the boat searching for ... well, who really knows what a 3 year old is searching for.  On this boat ride, I experienced the first mini-meltdown of the day and suffered through briefly until we went inside the boat to wait for the end of the ride.

Nearing the end, I saw a mother struggling with one daughter about the same age as mine and her older daughter (I'm guessing about 6) quietly goofing off in the seat next to her.  The woman approached me as we were about to disembark and remarked about how well behaved my daughter was being.  I couldn't simply say thank you though.  Instead I reply "this was after she cried and screamed outside."  And then, the woman and her family walked away and missed my daughter's second meltdown.

moments before toddler meltdown #toddlerproblems
My daughter moments before her meltdown

August 11, 2014

Save on Purex at Target with this Special Cartwheel Coupon

Purex detergent #Cartwheel #coupon

Are you ready to save money on Purex at Target?  Get started on your Back-to-School shopping, with the help of some awesome coupons.

Now through the end of August, get 10% off any Purex detergent at Target stores with a #Cartwheel coupon!  With the link provided, download a coupon and be one step closer to awesome savings.

August 07, 2014

Adriatic Fig Prize Candle Review

Huge thanks to Tastemaker Mom for selecting me to receive a Prize Candle to review.  I was not compensated for this post, other than the candle in exchange for my honest opinions of it.

I'm sure you've seen all the candle brands out there that are so popular offering jewelry somewhere in the candle.  Why would you choose Prize Candle over all the other options out there? Here's what I learned about them when I received my candle.

Prize Candle #review #flblogger #prizecandle

August 05, 2014

Giveway: Enter to Win $150 Amazon Gift Card

$150 Amazon Gift Card #Giveaway Pure Crafted Beds

Welcome to the $150 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway Event
Sponsored by Pure Crafted Beds

Pure Crafted Beds is a company who knows Beds. Their factory was started in 1946 and is still owned by the original family and into their third generation! They began by renovating porch furniture and mattresses in the 1940's, to a modern manufacturing facility located in Lansing, Michigan. They've been in business close to 70 years and have brought forth an amazing selection of products that will give you a great night's sleep. Your comfort is their business! Each bed is "hand-crafted" and they always strive to provide the best value for each customer, whether at $299 or $2,999. They carry two basic mattresses the TruEssence and TruSlumber. The only difference between the two beds is the core foam layer, and the TruSlumber bed does not have a base layer of foam. This helps reduce the overall height of the bed, which makes it perfect for children, bunk beds, and other situations where a thinner mattress is required! However the unsurpassed quality remains the same in both!
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