Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Tinkering Labs for young minds

Please note I was sent product samples in exchange for this blog post.  All photos and opinions are my own. 
I have a child who loves to know how things work.  At the age of 3 he discovered that cars have a spare tire.  He was fascinated with where it was kept on different makes of cars and trucks.  He would innocently ask family and friends, "Wheres your spare tire?"  While I knew what he was getting at it, it was so embarrassing to see peoples reactions.  I would have to jump in and say, "On your truck?  He want's to know where is the spare tire on your truck?"  Oiy... the things little kids say. 
Tinkering Labs offers an Electric Motors Catalyst kits to keep your kids busy.  Tinkering Labs offers kids the chance to build with real motors, wood and hardware.  The kit contains 50 parts, so really all the supplies you need to build the featured project.   I love that is comes with safety googles and tools (like this time a screwdriver) and batteries. Yes, it even came with batteries.  Just in case you didn't already have those, now you do and can complete the project without running to the store.

Plus+Plus equal a win!

Please note I was sent product samples in exchange for this blog post.  All photos and opinions are my own.

Any rainy day my kids can be found building things.  Whether they are stacking blocks or stacking pillows they are busy constructing.  I was recently asked to review Plus+Plus Zoo Tubes.  Plus+Plus is shaped like 2 plus signs and they are an interlocking brick to build 3D creations.  The pieces come in a tube with simple instructions to follow and build.  The tubes make for easy storage, and are also compatible enough to take with you.  This STEM toy helps kids develop fine motor skills, focus, imagination and creativity for hours of fun.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

STEM blocks that light up... yes!!!!

Please note I was sent product samples to review in exchange for this blog post.  All photos and opinions are my own.

I think it's safe to say Blocks are a universal childs' play toy.  But blocks that light up and are magnetized..... now that just up'd any kids interest level 10 fold.  I was recently asked to review Tactbit.  Cubes that light up when they are pushed together.  The cubes are magnetized and great for stacking and building.   It is perfect for my 4 year old to play with, but my 7 year old is equally interested in them.
We have a lot of STEM toys at our house, because I love for my kids to learn while they play.  Tactbit is perfect for teaching kids how to hypothesize, invent and build. Preschoolers through elementary can learn the basics of circuitry, conductivity, magnetism, resistance and more.  With my 7 year old we placed a large paper clip diagonally across the cube to demonstrate a short circuit.  Often times when an electronic device stopped working I made the comment it must have a short somewhere.  She never understood what that meant until I demonstrated that the battery was connected to the light and once another connection was made (i.e. the paper clip) bypassed the battery and turned off the light.  (I just love science.) 

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Reviewing Marigold Star childrens book

Please note I was sent product samples in exchange for this blog post.  All photos and opinions are my own.
I have a bookworm in my house. She devours books in no time.  Mainly chapter books about fairytale like places, but she's been known to get into the non-fiction books as well.  Once she starts it's hard to get her to stop.  Book fairs and libraries beware as she has been known to frequent them.  And there is one book that recently fell victim to the bookavore... Marigold Star by Elise Primavera.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Magformers Fire Truck Set

Please note I was sent product samples in exchange for this blog post.  All photos and opinions are my own.  

My youngest loves to build.  He builds with blocks, legos, sticks and stones, he even stacks up grocery items as I'm organizing the pantry.  He could build all day long if I let him.  So when I was contacted to try Magformers Amazing Rescue Set, I eagerly agreed to review them on my blog because I know my little guy would like it.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Steeped Coffee Review

Please note I was sent product samples in exchange for this blog post.  All photos and opinions are my own.

I have found a way to make coffee without a coffee pot.  Without a french press, or a Chemex or an AeroPress.  Yes, dear readers I can make coffee with only my mug and hot water with Steeped Coffee.  Just boil your water, drop your steeped single serve coffee bag into your mug, pour water over to submerge and then allow it to steep for your desired amount of time.  You are about 3 minutes from a perfect cup of coffee.  It's like Coffee in a tea bag.  
Steeped single-serve coffee bags are filled with 100% specialty coffee and are crafted for quality, freshness, and convenience. Every bag is nitro-sealed inside compostable packaging, making every cup guilt-free and eco-friendly.  I particularly like these bags
when traveling as they are easy to store.  No machines mean no worry, and they are better for the environment than k-cups.  
Steeped Coffee comes in a light, medium and dark roast as well as a french roast and decaf.  They offer subscription services so you never have to worry about running out.  They also offer a trial pack so you can figure out which roast you like best.  Be sure to check out their website for more information.

Thanks again to Steeped Coffee for sending me samples to review.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Dairy Free Chocolate Cherry Brownies

Please note I was sent samples from the Northwest Cherry Growers in exchange for this blog post.  All photos and opinions are my own.
One of my favorite things about summer is getting a big box of cherries from the Northwest Cherry Growers delivered right to my front door.  Nothing beats the taste of sweet cherries in summertime. 

This year I'm baking up a recipe the whole family can enjoy.  We are a food allergy family so sometimes finding recipes everyone can eat is a bit of a challenge.  I recently stumbled across a dairy free brownie recipe.  I tweaked it a little to take out eggs.  And then I added in some fresh diced sweet cherries.  This recipe is perfect!!!  The brownies are nice and cakelike.  And the cherries give it great flavor, almost like eating a chocolate covered cherry but in a brownie like form. 

For more cherry recipes and ideas visit nwcherries.com 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

My kids first tablet

Please note I was sent product in exchange for this blog post.  All opinions and photos are my own.

I am that mom that always back a bag of activities to keep her kids busy whenever we go to any events, various functions, doctors appointments, church, meetings etc.  I pack a coloring book, crayons, small toys, etch-s-sketch, sticker book, snacks, reading book, fidget cube, you name it... if it's small and quiet.... into the bag it goes and hopefully keeps my kids busy for the amount of time I need them to sit still and behave.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Children's Books for Summer reading

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Summer is almost here.  My kids love summer reading programs.  And we encourage them to look at and read books on a daily basis.  Sometimes, where the weather is nice, they opt to take their books outside to read instead of playing.  So before these two childrens books get worn out I'm going to share a quick review.

First up... "What on Earth?  Birds" by Mike Unwin and Pau Morgan.  I feed quite a few Goldfinch at our house and my kids enjoy identifying them as well as robins, cardinals, blue birds and red winged blackbirds.  This book is broad in its information about birds.  Not only does it include bird identification, but it explains birds anatomy, behavior, habitat as well as lots of craft ideas and fun facts and trivia.  A well rounded book with a little bit of something for every interest level and age level.  One time after reading it I noticed my daughter running around the yard looking for items to build a nest with.  She came back with some grass, twigs and leaves and left them out in the open.  She monitored the spot all afternoon to see if any birds came by to use her supplies.  Overall a nice hardback book, with cute pictures and tons of ideas to keep kids buys.    This book can be purchased on Amazon.  
 Next, is "Love Big" by Kat Kronenberg.  A cute animal fable about how to treat others and be kind.  The book takes place in the Savannah and the characters are various African animals.  The pictures in this book are very colorful and the characters change throughout the story as they learn to be kind, share and smile.  Ideal for ages 3 - 10.  Love Big can be purchased on Amazon

Monday, April 15, 2019

Easter Basket Ideas... Streaming Sticks

Please note I was sent product samples in exchange for this blog post.  All opinions and photos are my own.

Looking for a unique idea to put in your kids Easter Baskets?  Check out the PBS kids Plug & Play HDMI Streaming Stick.  For ages 2 on up, your kids can watch hours of all their favorite PBS kids shows, play exclusive PBS kids games, songs and more.  I love how easy and kid friendly this is to use.  I feel completely safe letting them choose their own shows and run the remote all by themselves.  There are dozens of PBS kids streamed right to your TV or you can watch PBS kids live.  Imagine having instant access to WordGirl, Nature Cat, Peg + Cat, and Sid the Science Kid all at the same time with over 100 hours of content.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Cold Brew Liquid Pods

Please note I was sent product samples in exchange for this blog post.  All photos and opinions are my own.

You know those mornings when you're getting the kids around for school and you set your coffee mug down somewhere, forget where you left it, and then by the time you finally find it.... your coffee is cold.  (Ugh!  That's always frustrating.)  Well I have found a solution to this mom problem....  Authentic Cold Brew Coffee from Java House.  

Liquid Cold Brew Coffee in a coffee pod, that you can be enjoyed either hot or cold.  That's right, it's concentrated liquid in the k-cup not coffee grinds.  Simply place a pod in your K-cup brewer, push start and then allow your coffee to come out either in a warm mug or over ice cubes.  The great thing about Cold Brew Coffee is that it maintains it's flavor profile if you reheat it.  That's right!!!  Find that cold cup of coffee sitting around and stick it in the microwave once, twice, three times (depending on how rough your morning is) and the coffee will taste the same as it did when it was freshly brewed.  

Monday, February 25, 2019

BOOM! Science!

Please note I was given product samples in exchange for this blog post.  All opinions and photos are my own.

On Saturday's. we do Science.  Well, truth be told, we talk about science a lot more than just on Saturday's with our kids.  But, this winter we got all the bad weather on the weekends, so science projects were a fun way to pass the time indoors.  And this new BOOM! Combustion Science Lab Kit has tons of ideas and supplies to keep your kids busy, entertained and learning all at the same time.
BOOM! allows your kids to explore scientific principals through hands-on activities.  With supplies and a lab guide for 25 experiments there is a wide variety of topics and subject matter to stir interest in any little mind.