Kidlandia Personalized Pillowcases Review

I love Kindlandia. They offer fun personalized products that are made with great quality product and fine attention to detail. The turnaround time is quick once you place your order and The items I’ve received to date are top notch. We have a canvas in my son’s room from Radiator Springs that he just loves, and thinks having HIS Name and his sister’s names all over the canvas just make his special “Map” extra cool. Kidlandia offers licensed products and non-licensed products, but all are personalized and so much fun to enjoy.

We recently made two very special friends some very special Adventureland pillowcases designed just for them-not only can you choose to put your child’s name, but decide if they are the “king” or “queen”, and other important titles, their birthday (or other special day) is on the case as well as up to 25 special names, favorite foods, places, etc.

 

Join the inhabitants of Adventureland for an exciting and unique experience! Adventureland promises your little thrill seekers hours of fun! Kidlandia’s amazing personalization experience allows you to add family names, fun characters, plants, buildings and much more!. If you’d like to control the wizarding world or create an army of lovable Kreechurs, Adventureland is the right place for you!

  • Free personalization including Primary name, birthday, title, additional names (up to 25), additional characters, plants, animals, and poses.

These pillowcases are $24.95 each.  Not inexpensive, but for kids who have “everything” or for those of us who like to find different and unique gifts, this is a really cool present for any kid to get.

 

I received a gift code to Kidlandia in exchange for my post.  Opinions are my own.

Playskool’s Let’s Rock! Cookie Monster and Let’s Rock! Strummin’ Ernie Toys

Is your little one a fan of Sesame Street?  My daughter, Savannah, just loves this show, especially when Elmo, Zoey and Cookie Monster appear on the screen.  Since welcoming Savannah in 2010, I have been exposed to shows and toys that were a big part of my childhood and which I have fond memories off.  So, when she began watching Sesame Street and enjoying it as much as I did when I was little, I couldn’t help but smile.  And, when it comes to Sesame Street merchandise, I can’t get over what is available nowadays, compared to 20+ years ago.  All the new toys on the market are so technologically advanced, in their ability to interact with other toys, as well as all the features they offer.  I remember having a doll that you could crank her hand to make her hair grow and get shorter.  And, as a little girl, I thought this was amazing.


A few weeks ago, I was sent Playskool’s Let Rock! Singin’ Cookie Monster and Let’s Rock! Strummin’ Ernie dolls to review with Savannah.  As soon as I took them out of the box, she ran over and began asking for “Cookie” and “Ernie.”  I still can’t get over how she knows the characters by name and can point them out when she sees them in books, on television and when she sees them in stores.  Being the first grandchild, my parents spoiled her this past Christmas with everything Elmo.  They bought everything they could find Elmo, except for the Let’s Rock! Elmo toy, which was a hot holiday item and was sold out at the time.  Fast forward a few months later, and Let’s Rock Elmo toy is now part of her collection, as are the Let’s Rock Ernie and Cookie Monster dolls.  Did you know that if you put each of the characters next to the Let’s Rock! Elmo doll, they will rock out together (Note: You can only pair Elmo and Ernie or Elmo and Cookie Monster together to interact together —  It doesn’t work if you try to have all three rock out together).
The LET’S ROCK! Strummin’ Ernie doll stands 12 inches tall, comes with a guitar, and sings and rocks out to “Old McDonald.”  As for PLAYSKOOL’s LET’S ROCK! Singin’ Cookie Monster, he is also 12 inches in height, but comes with a microphone, in which he sings into.  When you push Cookie Monster’s hand, holding the microphone towards his mouth, he begins to sing.  The closer you put the microphone to his mouth, the louder he sings.
When paired with Elmo (check out our review of Let’s Rock! Elmo), the Let’s Rock! Cookie Monster doll sings, “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” and Elmo chimes in with “Clap your hands!”  The first time Savannah saw the two characters interacting together, she didn’t know what to think?  She gave me a puzzled look, like how can this be.  But, that didn’t stop her from jumping around and clapping her hands in excitement.  She loved having an instant rock band in the house, and even joined in with her musical instruments.  By adding these two Let’s Rock! dolls with her Let’s Rock! Elmo doll, it has brought a new level of fun and excitement to playtime.  When Elmo tells her to clap her hands, she does with a smile and laugh.  And, when Ernie sings about the animals on Old McDonald’s farm, she can’t help but laugh at their sounds.  I am loving watching her play with these toys from Playskool, and seeing her get into the song and dance.  I can’t think of any other toys that she has that get her moving and grooving like these dolls do.


The only negative thing that I can think about regarding these two Playskool Let’s Rock! dolls is that unlike the Let’s Rock! Elmo doll, they are smaller in size.  And, you have to continually push the microphone towards Cookie Monster’s mouth, and the strum the guitar of Ernie with his hand, in order for the music to continually play.  Savannah has a hard time getting the Ernie doll to sing and play the guitar as you really need to pull down on his hand, making sure he rubs against the plastic guitar. It took me a few demonstrations in order to show her how to make these two characters come to life.  But, once she got the hang of it, it got easier over time.  I am surprised at how well she has taken to these new Let’s Rock! dolls from Playskool, as she brings them wherever she goes.  I am guessing this is because she likes the smaller size, making them easier to carry around.  There were a few instances when she had the microphone right up to Cookie Monster’s mouth and he sang really loud, startling her.  But, I told her to keep the microphone at a distance to lower the volume of the singing, which made a big difference.

Did you get your little one a Let’s Rock Elmo doll this past holiday?  If you did and don’t have the Let’s Rock! Cookie Monster and the LET’S ROCK! Strummin’ Ernie dolls, why not surprise them this Easter with these two toys.  At only $19.99 each, if purchased from either Playskool’s online store, or Amazon.com, they would make for an affordable holiday gift.  Here are just a few photos of Savannah interacting with her two Sesame Street pals.

So, what are you waiting for?  Head on over to the Playskool website today and order these cute toys, to get in time for Easter.  In addition to ordering online, you can also buy them at Toys R Us and other major retailers.

 

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Click here to order the Let’s Rock! Cookie Monster  or LET’S ROCK! Strummin’ Ernie toys directly from Playskool’s online store, for only $19.99 each.

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

Moxie Girlz™ Magic Swim Mermaid™ Doll Review and #Giveaway

Moxie Girlz™ Magic Swim Mermaid™ is an adorable doll who can swim when she’s in the water.  No on and off switch, she just swims, as if by magic.  She’s a ton of fun in the bathtub but the kids and I are quite anxious to see how she swims in our pool in a month or so!!  One of our favorite things about the Moxie Girlz is their positive message- something that I love to see in a toy line.

We also love the hair that each Moxie Girlz doll has.  They each have hair that’s brushable and easy to style- something that is done over, and over and then over again in my house.  Now we have a Kellan to play with on land and one to play with in the pool!  I have a feeling that someone will be asking for Avery’s Mermaid doll for her birthday coming up…

A mermaid doll that swims on her own! Little girls will love the magic and whimsy of this swimming doll. Just place her in water and her arms and tail begin to move! The ribbons, sparkles and beautiful hair add to the charm.

The Moxie Girlz™ are imagining themselves as sparkling, magical mermaids!  Product Features: First Moxie Girlz mermaid doll; Only doll that magically swims like a mermaid when placed in water. No on/off switch needed – she automatically swims on her own when she’s in water; Since she swims with her tail, she gracefully swims on her stomach, her back and even sitting down; Sparkling tail; Beautiful hair and fashion; Two characters: Avery and Kellan; Age Grade: 3+ Price: $24.99


The Moxie Girlz Magic Swim Mermaid is a hit- in my house, and my guess is, it will be in your house too.  A mermaid doll with colors and sparkles and it swims as if by magic.  Plus, you can style her hair!

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Earth Divas Handbag Review and Giveaway

earth diva handbag giveaway fair trade     I have been looking at the extensive line of Earth Divas Handbags that are sold at Whole Foods Markets for quite a while.  So, when I was asked to review one of their bags I got really excited.  Earth Divas was wonderful and let me choose from any of the bags listed on their site.  I chose the Cotton Modern Eco bag in grey and black.  They are also going to do the same for one lucky reader.

All of Earth Divas bags are fair trade made.  What does that mean?  I asked Earth Divas, what do you want the readers to know about your company and this was the response.

“What’s most important is that we return 100% of company profits back to our artisans at the end of the year, in the form of a bonus  check. We also work with many women’s groups in Nepal and India to train women how to use sewing machines; women who do “hand stitching” (which we so prize here in the States!) are actually paid far less than “tailors”, mainly men, who sew on machines. We train these women to use sewing machines so not only can they sew for us, but they can earn more for the rest of their life. Of course, we also have a ton of bags that are hand stitched, and we pay everyone a fair trade rate.”

So, when you get a bag from Earth Divas you are getting a high quality product and you can be assured that the makers are being fairly paid. The owner of Earth Divas, Ed, travels to Nepal and works directly with the workers to come up with new designs. You can look at hundreds of their fun designs on their website, Earth Divas.  There you can also check out their blog posts to see what is going on.

I had so much fun looking at all the handbags and I finally choose the one pictured in this post.  I have used it everyday since it arrived.  It is roomy and has a great zippered interior pocket and closes with a magnetic clasp.  The bag is soft but very durable and sits comfortably on my shoulder.

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The 7 Habits of Happy Kids Game Review and Giveaway

 

We are so excited to feature another great product from Educational Insights this month! The 7 Habits of Happy Kids is a great board game that is not only fun, but teaches your children important virtues. This game is inspired by a series of books by the same name. jHere are some details from the manufacturer:

“A playful way to introduce, practice, and promote 7 kid-friendly principles of personal happiness. Share, thoughtful, personal responses, and really listen to each other in this family-friendly game that includes game board, 7 character pieces, 7 token holders, 7 sets of tokens, 12 Wild Ernie tokens, and 1 pair of “Ear-Resistable” Jumper Rabbit ears. For 3–7 players. Grades 1+
How to Play:
1. Players choose their playing pieces – characters are from the best-selling 7 Habits of Happy Kids books!
2. Take turns reading cards, responding, and moving around the board to collect tokens for each of the 7 Habits.
3. The first player to fill his or her token holder with 7 tokens becomes the card reader.
4. Play continues until all players have filled their token holders – a true win-win!

Game board, 7 character pieces, 7 token holders, 7 sets of tokens, 12 Wild Ernie tokens, and 1 pair of “Ear-Resistable” Jumper Rabbit ears”

I’ll admit that when we first received this game I was a little skeptical. Maybe I was thrown by the unusual title, I’m not sure, but I gave it a try. What a cute little game it turned out to be! As I mentioned before, the focus of the game is to learn the 7 healthy habits and collect the corresponding tokens. The concept is simple and in the end everyone wins! I found that this game was a great way to open up conversations with my children about good behavior in a fun way. The game has a “woodland animals” theme, which I adore. All the characters are so charming. As you travel through the game you hop from stone to stone, discovering all the animals’ burrows and crossing lakes and streams. The game is recommended for children grade 1+. This seems to be right on. My 6 year old is completing kindergarten and he was able to play the game with a little guidance. My 3 hear old wasn’t able to play by himself, but did enjoy wearing the bunny ears! The 7 Habits of Happy Kids is a great new game to add to your collection!

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“A sample of this product was provided to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed are my own.”

GUND Plush Toys…Just in Time for Easter! (Review)

Easter is coming up soon and it’s time to fill your little ones’ baskets with treats and toys from the Big Bunny himself!

One thing that every Easter Basket needs…someone soft and cuddly and GUND has just the thing…well, lots of things! For more than a century, GUND, a division of Enesco, LLC, has been known worldwide for its top quality, soft and huggable plush designs and gift products. Award-winning GUND products appeal to all ages, from infants up, and are perfect for both play and collecting.

This Easter, why not include a Fuzzy in your little one’s basket? Perhaps the most huggable plush ever, Fuzzys are extra soft and extra floppy making them the ideal companions everywhere you go!

 

Does your little one like Curious George?  Everyone’s favorite inquisitive little monkey, in soft huggable 8” plush, wearing your choice of a red or yellow shirt.

Maybe your kids are a little older? Try a Nuzzle! Nuzzles are designed to lay gently and comfortably against your neck and cheek. A great decorative addition to any child’s bedroom or playroom, Nuzzles also offer a soft place to lay your head on longer car or plane rides, or while you’re watching TV!

 

My Thoughts:

The folks at GUND sent me their 8″ Curious George plush, wearing his famous yellow shirt.  This toy was supposed to be an Easter basket gift for Savannah, but she saw me taking it out of the package, before I could hide it on her.  But, the look on her face, when she saw Curious George peak out of the box was priceless.  If only my camera was ready for the photo op.  Her big, brown eyes lit up, and she grinned from ear to ear, before pointing and running towards the GUND plush bear.  Savannah is only 20 months old,  so her vocabulary is still limited. But, she can say some of her favorite cartoon characters, including Curious George (well, she refers to him as George), and couldn’t stop yelling ‘George,’ as I handed her the plush toy.  She quickly brought it over to her little sister, who was having tummy time on the floor, to show it off.

This plush toy made Savannah’s day.  And, by night’s end, she was snuggling up next to Curious George, after a busy day of playing with him.  If your children are fans of Curious George, why not surprise them this Easter with an 8″ plush from GUND.  Or, if they are older, not to worry, as GUND offers an assortment of plush toys for children of all ages.  Click here to see more great ideas from the GUND Easter Gift Guide.  These plush toys make for great keepsakes, because when the chocolate and sweets are gone, these cuddly pals will keep your little ones entertained at the days through.

Disclosure:  I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

 

Hank Player Review and Giveaway

It’s T-shirt time again! I love to stock up on tshirts this time of year.  I buy a slightly larger size so that I can layer in the cool weather, then transition into the summer.  It’s a great bang for your buck!

The problem is finding cute and unique tshirt choices. Hank Player, offers a great selection of t shirts for babies, boys, girls and men.

“Shop the Hank Player Campus Store for the perfect gifts and novelty t-shirts for infants, toddlers, boys & men. Due to popular demand, Hank Player is proud to present our new collections for girls, Hank Player GRL! Proudly made in the USA, Hank Player’s hip graphic tees for kids of all ages are vintage washed for a super soft feel. Free shipping on all orders over $50.”

Hank Player offers a ton of cute and unique graphic t shirts and tshirt hoodies.  All of their items are quirky and sure to catch some attention.  Your little one will look so cute going to school in these little t’s.

 

I tried out the “We Come In Peace” hooded T.  My 6 year old loves this t shirt (even if he doesn’t know what space invaders is).  I ordered his typical size and found that the hoody ran a little large, but did shrink a little with washing, so it worked out perfectly.  My 3 year old tried the short sleeved Lacrosse t shirt.  This shirt ran true to size and worked great for layering.  I love the vibrant blue color of this tshirt.  I found the tshirts to be nice and soft, and they seem high quality.  They wash well and make a great addition to our spring wardrobe.

 

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“A sample of this product was provided to facilitate my review.  All opinions expressed are my own.”

Old Navy BEST-TEES

Old Navy Best-TeesHave you ever found that you love a shirt because its really worn in, really comfortable, and has just the right amount of “fade” to it?  I have.  I know when I first started dating Mr. Bargains, years ago, he had this blue tshirt- nothing special, nothing exciting, but it was oh-so-very worn in and I knew that I was going to “borrow” it from him….which I did.  He’ s never worn it since.  He surrendered it to me- willingly…but oh, that shirt.  It was so soft and faded and I wore it until it literally fell apart.  I think he’d already had it a few years before I got my hands on it- and sadly, a few years ago, it literally fell apart.

I’ve missed that blue shirt, although I have to say that the Old Navy BEST-TEES are very, VERY similar in look and feel to that soft, just-enough-faded shirt.  So similar that after my review shirt came, I went and bought three more.  Plus 3 tanks in case I want layers, to go underneath.  They are marvelous.  They even have the “stamped” tag so no one has to worry about itching!!   I received the Women’s Tri-Blend V-Neck Tees in dark blue.

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I love these shirts.  Love the colors, love the different style options available, and I love that the whole family can enjoy the goodness that is a Best-Tee.  I’d never tried one before it arrived, but it was love at first try-on.  The softness, the fit- not baggy, not super-fitted.  Just right.    And a nice length, too- meant to fall at the hip.  They kind of feel soft “like buttah” when you put them on.  An old friend, from the moment you meet.

The Best-Tees come in fitted, perfect fit and vintage style for women.  They are available for toddlers, kids (slim and husky too), men and women- including plus and tall sizes.  They truly do come in a size, color and fit for everyone in the family…tanks, crewnecks, vnecks, ruched, bright colors, classic colors- you name it, this tee makeover by Old Navy is HUGE.  They have me back.  I’ve been wanting marvelous tshirts again that I actually seek out in my drawers to find and I finally have found them.

I’ll be sporting a variety of the newly redone Old Navy tees this summer- will you?

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“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Old Navy and received a product sample to facilitate my review, and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

 

Udi’s Gluten Free Foods review

udi's gluten free foods A couple of weeks ago I received two generous Udi’s Gluten Free Foods VIP kits.  The only thing stopping me from opening the packages and sampling was, that I first had to take photos of all of their amazing items.  My son was also very eager to dig in.  After the photos were taken we decided to try the Snickerdoodle Cookies.  OMG!  The are so soft, fresh and tasty.  They just might be the best snickerdoodle cookies I have ever had.  My son tried one Dark Chocolate Brownie Bite and then he asked for another.  Udi’s products are so delicious that you will wonder if they are truly gluten-free.

Udi’s Gluten Free Foods, the #1 gluten free baked goods brand, revolutionized the category when it introduced the first gluten-free bread that tastes and looks like “real” bread and can now be found in over 150 Walmart stores.  They carry 5 of Udi’s best-selling products (soft white bread, soft whole grain bread, plain bagels, chocolate chip cookies and pizza crust and can be found in the bakery department.

Udi's gluten fee foods bagels pizza crust cookies granolaEven if you are not living gluten-free, chances are you know some one who is.  Udi’s provides a great variety of gluten free products that make gluten-free life easier and tastier. You can purchase Udi’s online in their shop or search by your zip code for a local retailer.

Everything we tried was very good and products that I would buy at the store.  My son gets excited when we pass the freezer section and sees the Udi’s products.  The pizza crust is a great size for making pizza for one and the bagels are just the right size also.   Udi’s muffin tops are great for breakfast or an afternoon snack.  Many of Udi’s products are also soy free and dairy free.  So, whether you live gluten free or not, get out and try some of Udi’s Gluten Free Foods.  You will not be disappointed.

I was provided with products to facilitate this review.  Opinions are my own.

 

Choccreate Review

I’ll admit it.  I’m a chocaholic.  Especially this time of year with all that delicious Easter candy around.  So, what’s better than a chocolate bar?  How about a chocolate bar that is custom designed by you!   At Choccreate, you can create your own chocolate masterpiece.  They have milk, dark and white chocolate and a selection of over 100 ingredients to add in.  I was absolutely thrilled to try out some of my own custom creations.

The process was really simple and quick.  First I chose my chocolate (milk chocolate of course), and then I chose my add ins.  With so many choices it was hard to decide (you can even add gold flakes)!  The add in’s are grouped into the following categories:  Fruit, Nuts & Cereals, Gourment, Extras, Decorations and Herbs& Spices.  The website also offer suggestions and favorite combinations.

I designed 3 bars:

1.  Milk Chocolate with Himalayan Sea Salt, Caramel Bits and Pecans – For Me

2.  Dark Chocolate with Hazelnuts, Dried Shredded Coconugt and Chipolte Pepper Powder – For the Hubby

 

3.  Milk Chocolate with Sunflower Seed Sunbeams, Dessert Sprinkles and Roasted Peanuts – For the Kids

 

My chocolate arrived in a matter of days.  It came packaged in a cute brown and pink striped box (perfect for an Easter Basket), with my custom ingredients labeled on the back.  Each bar is is a generous 3.5 oz. size.   My intention was to use these chocolate bars in Easter baskets.  Of course I wasn’t able to wait that long.  As soon as my husband and children saw these custom created bars, they wanted to dig in right away.

First, let me say that the chocolate was really delicious and creamy.  Choccreate uses gourmet German Chocolate in all of their bars.  All three of the bars were so unique and delicious in different ways.  I added sea salt to my chocolate bar because I love the combination of sweet and salty.  The addition of the caramel bits and pecans was perfect.  Delish!!!  My husband tried the Dark Chocolate, which was also great.  He added the Chipolte Pepper Powder which added a little kick to the chocolate.  The combination really worked well together.  They really did a great job of adding just the right amount of ingredient.  Each of the additions was obviously present in each bite of chocolate, but no one ingredient was overpowering.  My children had a fun (and pretty) bar with sunbeams and sprinkles.  It looked so fun and tasted great!  I found that the addition of 3 ingredients was just perfect:  not too much and not too little.

Choccreate also sent us a chocolate bar decorated for Easter.  The unique Easter add ins were so cute and whimsical!  These, I am saving for the Easter baskets.  I promise.

These bars were really delicious and so gorgeous.  They make such a statement in a gift basket and allow you to customize your chocolate bar to fit the unique tastes of the recipient.  Choccreate does a great job of creating these bars.  Try them out in your Easter baskets this year.  Your family will love them!

The bars start at $5.85 and each add in ranges in price from $.50 to about $2.30.  For a really reasonable price, you can create your own chocolate bar!  Hurry, Choccreate can make and ship your bar within 5 days!  Just in time for Easter.

 

“A sample of this product was provided to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed are my own.”