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Friday, April 20, 2018

Outdoor Fun with the t3 Scooter from Razor

With the weather warming up and the sun shinning, we find that we like to spend more and more of our free time outdoors. This is especially true when it comes to the kids, and like many with kids, I like to ensure that when we head outside or when the kids want to play outdoors, that they have toys and outdoor equipment that they can enjoy. So when we were sent the t3 Scooter from the line of scooters at Razor, I was excited to check it out and have my kids begin enjoying it while they are outside playing.



After taking the t3 Scooter out for a ride, we found that it was the perfect one for my preschooler to enjoy riding on. This is because there are 3 wheels in the front, which offer more stability and not only helps with balancing while riding, but also keeps the scooter from tipping over. The wheels also allow the steering and control to be easier for my little guy to handle, where he can practice and master his riding skills. Which in all, gives us a scooter that is like the ones made for older kids, for little kids to use and master riding as they find a love for the world of Razor!





Product received, thank you to Razor as well as the PR for supplying us with a product for this review, all opinions are our own.
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Paddington 2 on Blu-Ray and DVD



That Marmalade loving bear is back and ready to join you during your next family movie night! Like many who either grew up with that adorable bear from the books or have kids who love him, we have been anticipating the release of Paddington 2 to add to our family movie night line up. So when we were sent a copy to review, we were excited to watch the movie and add it to our list of family movie night favorites!



In the movie, Paddington 2, we get many familiar characters from the first movie, who are back and ready to take on the next adventure that Paddington finds himself embarking on. Where, while searching for that perfect gift for his Aunt Lucy, Paddington comes across a very neat pop up book. He finds this book to be exactly what he was looking for, and in order to buy it for his aunt's 100th birthday, he takes on various jobs. The work is just part of the journey, because the book he is saving for gets stolen and Paddington finds himself on a whole new adventure to find who took it and get it back. The Blu-Ray Combo Pack includes the movie, digital download along with the following:

“Paddington 2” Blu-ray Combo Pack contain the following special features:
·         Paddington: The Bear Truth
·         How to Make A Marmalade Sandwich
·         Music Video with Phoenix Buchanan
·         The Magical Mystery of Paddington’s Pop-Up Book
·         The Browns and Paddington: The Special Bond
·         Knuckles: A Fistful of Marmalade
·         The (Once) Famous Faces of Phoenix Buchanan
·         Audio Commentary by Director/Co-Writer Paul King

We found the movie along with the great bonus features to be a perfect addition to my own Paddington fan's collection and you can too when you head out on April 24th to bring home your copy or download your digital copy today!








Product received, thank you to WBHE as well as the PR for supplying us with a product for this review, all opinions are our own.

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Teaching Kids Emotional Intelligence and Mindfulness with Q Wunder

The spring season is upon us and the summer break will be here soon. With that said, I find that now is the perfect time to begin preparing for those upcoming summer vacations and adventures we will be taking. Along with the vacation planning and seeking out adventures to take on, I also like to have plenty of fun books, apps, and games on hand that offer an educational aspect to help with keeping that dreaded summer brain drain at bay. So when we were sent the collection of fun Q Wunder products from EQtainment to review, we were excited to check out what was included and add it to our summer line up!

With the selection of products, we can not only utilize the Q Wunder App where we can add the various training bundles available that are geared towards teaching kids emotional intelligence and mindfulness, but we can explore even more with the books and games we were sent as well. Where the whole family can engage in game play during our family game nights, allowing everyone to join in on the fun that comes with the game, Q's Race to the Top or the Q's On the Go Pack. And when we are heading out for that summer travel, the kids can enjoy playing with and learning from the various fun lessons that they can get from the app.



Then when it comes to the books and the other great aspects we can get from the selection of Q Wunder products from EQTainment, I like that the books offer both fun stories we can read at bedtime with our Q-Time Buddy, along with activities that we can get from the coloring book. Giving us a great line of educational products that are both entertaining as well as fun, and offer activities that the whole family can enjoy. Making Q Wunder from EQTainment, a great line of products to add to your summer and family game night fun!


Product received, thank you to EQTainment as well as the PR for supplying us with a product for this review, all opinions are our own.
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Planning A Road Trip With Miles Of Smiles

Thinking of hitting the open road with your family? It’s a popular choice. A 2017 survey by the AAA found that a family road trip was the top vacation idea, with 79% of families surveyed planning one. To make your journey as stress-free and fun as possible, get prepared ahead of time and involve the kids too, whatever their age. It’s a great way to give them a little responsibility and get them engaged in the trip. Family road trips can build great memories; the key is in the planning.

Plan the essentials before you go

Start by planning the route. You might like to do it the good old-fashioned way with a map, or you might like to use one of the many
online road trip planning tools. Younger kids might enjoy using colored pens to mark the journey on a map with you. For older kids and teens, put them in charge of looking up places you’ll be stopping at on the way. You should also ensure that your vehicle is up to the task; now’s a good time for those maintenance checks. If you’ve been meaning to look up deals and incentives on cars, now’s the time to do it. For a stress-free departure from home, it’s worth agreeing on upfront how much stuff you’re going to take and whether it can all fit in the car. Trying to jam it all in on the day is never a good plan.


Enjoy your time on the road

Long journeys are generally a lot easier these days with kids plugged into tablets (a recent study showed that 42% of kids have their own), music or games consoles. However, if you want to encourage a bit of fun together, the old-fashioned games still work; spotting cars of particular colors or models, i-Spy, or Road Trip Bingo are all good fun. Another way to enjoy each other’s company is to all contribute a few tracks to a road trip playlist. As this Penn State University article examines, music can evoke memories years later, so the tracks you listen to on this trip might bring a smile to you and your kids’ faces in thirty years time. Of course, the final crucial element to your trip will be the snacks! You might like to hand these out as you go along, or save them for your stops.

A family road trip can be a great opportunity to switch off from everyday life, reconnect with each other and explore somewhere new together. Planning your journey to accommodate places of interest and regular stops, while adding in music and games to have a little fun, should make the drive less stressful and actually enjoyable. Start dreaming about where you might go next, and get ready for miles of smiles.
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2 Easy Recipes To Use Up Leftover Easter Candy


Easter is one of those holidays that comes with lots and lots of sweet treats. Just like how seven out of 10 consumers planned to hand out Halloween candy last year, people often find themselves with tons of leftover candy after Easter as well. With Easter now behind us, you probably have more candy than you know what to do with. Fortunately, there are tons of recipes that help you use up that candy. So instead of eating the same type of candy over and over again until you're sick of it, consider using leftover candy to make one of these yummy desserts.


Candy Cookies

This recipe is absolutely awesome because first off, who doesn't like cookies? And secondly, you can add any type of candy to the cookie batter you want! So whether you have bags of M&M's, Kit Kats, or Reese's Cups, you can use them all. So not only can you personalize these cookies with your favorite candies, but you can mix and match to come up with some great combinations.

Ingredients:
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 sticks salted butter
After heating the oven to 350, whisk the butter, brown sugar, and sugar together in a large bowl. Beat in the eggs, salt, vanilla, baking soda, and flour. After all of the ingredients are mixed, stir in about one to two cup of your choice of candy. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

Peeps S'Mores

One of the most popular treats for Easter is Peeps. With fun colors and a tasty flavor, Peeps make a great springtime treat. These s'mores use Peeps instead of regular marshmallows for an extra fun twist!

Ingredients

  • Peeps
  • Chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Graham crackers
Microwave the chocolate chips and oil for about 90 seconds and stir until it's melted. Take the end of the graham crackers and dip them into the melted chocolate, let the chocolate harden. Place a peep on a non-chocolate graham cracker and microwave for 30 seconds. After the peep is big and mushy, top off with a chocolate-dipped graham cracker.

One of the great things about Easter treats is that they can be added to almost anything -- from brownies and cookies to trail mix snacks, you can find ways to use up all of the leftover Easter candy without having to eat it all or throw it out.
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Thursday, April 19, 2018

BevStow - The Amazing Refrigerator Bottle Holder

Refrigerators are getting bigger and smarter but if they only could tell us how to stack things in them in a way that utilizes the space better we would be much happier. Most of the time we are very much on our own there. Especially when it comes to bottles that tend to taller than the average bottled water, e.g. bottles of wine, sparkling water. So unless you have a roomy, cool wine cellar, many wine bottles end up laying flat in the fridge to be chilled. That all changes with a new, and dare we say exciting, product called BevStow, a bottle-holding space saving device for your refrigerator.


BevStow comes in nice, sturdy packaging and the first impression out of the box is of something sturdy and effective. The instructions on the package are very easy to follow and we had ours up in the fridge within a minute or two. Using strong suction cups, BevStow attaches to the underside of your glass refrigerator shelves and it wouldn’t budge as many times as tried to tug on it. It claims to be able to hold bottles weighing up to 10 lbs and while we didn’t have one of those heavy bottles handy we didn’t see any reason for it not work. It does seem to work well in using up the ‘dead’ space in the fridge just under the shelf very effectively.



As much we like having the BevStow for our fridge we are thinking these would make great, and relatively inexpensive, gifts for the wine lovers in our lives (we all have at least one). So go ahead and “make room one bottle at a time”.

Product received, thank you to BevStow as well as the PR for supplying us with a product for this review, all opinions are our own.
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