Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wubble Bubble Ball Review

So I'm sure you're asking what's a Wubble Bubble Ball?  It's one of the Family Fun Toys of the year and the best way to explain it is to think of a ball that looks like a bubble and can grow up to 3ft!

You may have seen some commercials over the summer about the Inflatable Wubble Bubble, Eleanor sure did because the moment I took it out of the box she started jumping up and down and even though she's 4 and can't read she told me "It's got a lifetime guarantee"  Umm... okay we need to cut back on the TV, but she's totally right it does, with a handling fee of $6.99.

I decided because it was a beautiful day we would test it out.  I discovered quickly the pump needed 4 size D batteries so I needed to run out and grab those.  Once we were all set I followed the directions to a T to get this bubble inflated.  They say it should inflate within 3 minutes so I figured it would be quick and fun.  An hour later I still didn't have my bubble.

I like to think I'm a smart person so I went to Youtube. I found that I am not alone, and learned that the 1st time you blow your bubble up you have to "break the seal".  Once that's done this thing blows up quick and easy.  You even get a measuring tool so you know when to stop.

We decided to take it outside and have some fun.  The kids LOVE it and Mike and I had a lot of fun playing with them.  We threw it up in the air, tossed it back and forth, hit the kids in the face a few times, and we got nothing but giggles and belly laughs.  Especially when we tried to sit on it.
Since we got the Wubble Bubble we've played inside, outside, full bubble, half bubble, with adults, and kids.  The best part is the memories and laughs we're creating as a family.  It's one of Targets Top Toys for the holiday season and our family highly recommends picking one up and having some fun together. 

Disclaimer:  I was compensated for this post and provided a sample for review purposes.  As always all opinions are 100% my own. 


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Apple Cider Floats

Fall is here and I wanted to share a special treat that we like to enjoy, Apple Cider Floats.

When it comes to simple this recipe is the simplest.  It's only 2 ingredients and, I won't lie, it's kind of hard to screw this up. We like to serve this as a special treat on movie night and the kids think it's tasty!

Apple Cider
Vanilla Ice Cream

What to do: Take a few scoops of vanilla ice cream then add some apple cider and enjoy.

I like to get my apple cider from local farmers and it's so yummy, but Trader's Joe has 2 kinds that are a good substitute if you can't hit up the local market.
So go ahead and mix it up from the hot drinks of fall and enjoy a tasty Easy Apple Cider Float! 


Monday, October 20, 2014

DIY- Toothless Costume

It's costume time in my house and since I love a good DIY I thought I would share a preview of this years costume.  Here's Camden as Toothless from How to Train your Dragon.

When it comes to a DIY costume I'm all about using a sweatshirt for the base and just adding some key pieces.  For Toothless this was easy because I just needed a black hooded sweatshirt, some felt, and a few hours at my sewing machine.

Here's what you need:
Black hooded sweatshirt (I got mine at the toddler section of Walmart for $7)
Black felt with a scaly pattern (you can get this in sheets at Michaels) 
Plain black felt I would say 1/2 yard (this is for the tail and wings)
Green felt (the eyes)
White felt (viking sign)
Red felt (tail wing)

Step 1: Cut your fins. I did 2 per fin and used the scaly felt. The number of fins depends on the size of the child.  For Camden I had a total of 5 on the back and 4 on the tail so that's 18 fins I cut.
Step 2: Sew your fins together, this way it opens up
Step 3: Pin your fins on the back of the sweatshirt center so the bottom is on both sides and sew the fins on
Step 4: Cut your wings (I used black felt and laid the sweatshirt next to it so I knew how big they needed to be
Step 5: Sew the wing on the inside of the sweatshirt, then hand stitch the top of the wing to the arm.
Step 6: Cut the eyes with green in an oval shape
Step 7: Cut the eyes with black felt
Step 8: Sew the eyes to the top of the hoodie. Note: Make sure you put the hoodie on so you know where the eyes should be.  
Step 9: Make the ears.  I used the scaly felt and cut them in a long triangle shape then sewed them together and turned it inside out. You'll need 4 of these - 2 long and 2 shorter ones
Step 10: Hand sew the ears on. Note: Make sure you put the hoodie on so you know where the ears should be.
Step 11:  Cut a large piece of black felt in a big triangle for the tail (I just used a scrap so mine isn't even)
Step 12: Sew the fins together, same as in step 2 and repeat step 3.
Step 13: Sew the tail together and turn it inside out (make sure to measure length, you don't want it dragging on the ground)
Step 14: Cut 1 red tail and 1 black tail and hand sew them to the end of the tail.  Note: The red side is on the left the black is on the right.
Step 15: Use white felt to cut a little viking head and sew onto the red felt
Step 15: I snapped the tail to the sweatshirt, but you can sew it on if you don't have KAM snap tool

That's it.  I know it seems like a lot, but I was surprised with how simple this was.  It wasn't too time consuming.  I did it over the weekend, and if I really wanted to I could have done it in a day.

This also doesn't have to be Toothless you can use this for any dragon costume.  Just remember it's not important for it to be perfect, all that matters is when your child puts it on and looks at themselves in the mirror and you get a smile that reminds you of Toothless than you've done the job!
It's also fun to watch them run around trying to chase their tail!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Apple Picking 2014

We've created a tradition with some of our friends from Brooklyn by going apple picking every fall.  This year we were missing a few members but we had so much fun riding tractors, picking apples and spending time together.
We feel lucky to have these friends, and know that we can talk with them about life, parenting or just stand in silence, which as parents sometimes it's something we need to do.  What's better is our kids get along!
We ate tons of apples, and came home with lots, which means I'm open to suggestions for recipes! Creating traditions as a family is always fun, but making them with friends is even better.  Even though we no longer live in the city we still love to hang out and get together with our friends there and that's important. As our kids get older we'll find we're pulled into different directions but I know that we'll continue to support and be there for each other making this parenthood journey a little funner each year.

Do you take an annual apple picking trip?  What's your favorite recipe to make with apples?


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

V05 Salon Series Review and Giveaway

My hair has always been a defining feature for me and keeping it healthy, clean and tame is no easy feat.  When I attended Getting Gorgeous over the summer I got to meet with Alberto V05 and learn about their Salon Series products and instantly I was hooked.

I've been using the V05 Salon Series Smooth and Sleek Shampoo and Conditioner and immediately noticed a change in texture to my hair.  It is getting softer. I think part of this has to do with the different vitamins they have in the product, E, C, H, B5 & B3.

Since it's not easy for me to get to the salon to get my hair cut or styled I love feeling like I'm pampering myself with these products.  My hair smells like I've spent the morning at a salon when all I did was wash it. I've also noticed that with the humid weather it's not frizzing the way it used it.  Big bonus because I do not like the lion mane look for my hair. I do use the anti-frizz before I blow my hair dry so I feel that's helping as well.

For me I usually only wash my hair 2-3 times a week, because that's what works for me.  I find that my hair looks best on day 2 and by day 3 I'm usually wearing it up in some way, and I've been using the Perfect Hold hairspray to keep all my little flyaways in place.

I'm so glad I made the switch to the Salon Series.  It's nice to do something for me, and what's even better is you can get this at Wal-Mart, yes you read that right.  Which means it's affordable!

I find a have a little more pep in my step and I'm enjoying flipping my hair around for both the affect and the smell.  Trust me when I say I'm so glad I made the switch. It gets better though, V05 is working with me to do a giveaway of the products pictured above.  This giveaway ends October 24th 2014 so enter today!
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I was not compensated for this post, but did receive products complimentary for review purposes.  As always all opinions are my own. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Wall Pops! Review

I have a new decorating, organizing and educational love, and it's called Wall Pops!

I recently met Wall Pops! at an event and loved seeing how cool, fun and easy they are to use. As we're turning the basement into a play room for the kids I really want it to be a place for them to both play and learn. Camden has occupational therapy down there and Eleanor loves playing with her crazy fort and painting.  The thing that was really missing was something educational and colorful on the wall, but I don't want to commit to anything yet because I know we're going to be switching things around as we change up the space.  Which is why Wall Pops! are so perfect for me.

When I received the Wall Pops Kids USA Dry Erase Map I was so excited. This will help teach the kids about the US, the state capitals and something special in each state. It worked out great because we just returned from our road trip from New Jersey to Minnesota. I used the map to show the kids the route we traveled and talk about the different states we drove through.  Because it's a dry erase Eleanor is really able to interact with this map.  We now play "find the state" and she'll circle the state I'm talking about.  Not only is she learning her states, but where they are on the map (something I could use a little help with as well).

For me this Kraft Monthly Calendar helps keep us organized on all that's going on.  I've already moved this calendar into 3 different rooms, which means I need more calendars! Fun Fact about me: I love writing on calendars, I do it for work and have 3 in front of me at all times.  You could call me a calendar guru, which is why I have THIS on my wish list!

There are so many different options on things to buy, calendars, maps, quotes, dry erase signs, designs, frames, the list goes on and on.  I love the idea that I can decorate my home with different patterns, pictures or quotes.  I've got Wall Pops! on both birthday and holiday wish lists for the kids and myself.

Tell me what Wall Pops! is your favorite and where would you put it in your apartment/house? 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but did receive items complimentary for review purposes.  As always all opinions are my own.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Fall Boots & Shoes with Stride Rite - Review

 Since Fall is in full swing I now feel it's totally acceptable to bust out the fall boots.  Nothing beats a good pair of boots as an adult and the same goes for girls. I'm so glad we're able to help bring the fall in with some cute/functional shoes from Stride Rite.

Eleanor picked out these adorable Stride Rite Bianca boots and we both love how they look.  She says "They're really comfy" and likes that they cover her legs. I like how they work with tights, leggings or jeans.  Plus the colors are "super pretty" and easy to match!

She also loves her Rhetta shorter cowboy boots, and these can be worn year round.  They made the perfect 1st day of school outfit and it's totally her style. "These are great Mom, I'm like a real cowgirl in them."  The details of the stitched hearts just make me smile. 
When is comes to boys Camden is rocking the SRT Zeke in the orange, blue and brown and I love how durable and dressy they can look. When I ask Camden to get his shoes he runs over and says "New Shoes Mommy"  which is progress on many levels.

I've always been a Stride Rite fan,  their shoes are quality.  Plus, I know the kids are wearing comfortable shoes that are designed for their feet.  The research they do blows me away.  I also love that the kids can easily put on and take off their shoes; it's all part of learning and growing.  Now if they would only find their way into the shoe bin then I would be a very happy Mom.

What fall shoes are you excited for your little ones to wear?

Disclosure:  I was given samples for review.  As always all opinions truthful and my own.