Dino Fun Buddy

Does your budding paleontologist have a love of reciting dinosaur facts?  Do they quiz you constantly about dino this and dino that?  Dinosaur Train fans (and their grownups) will love the Dino Fun Buddy toy from Learning Curve- he’s the beloved Buddy we know from Dinosaur Train (PBS Kids) but he’s got a little extra fun- he’s got some pretty neat dinosaur themed train tickets in his removable backpack which will tell your little dino lover 120+ amazing dinosaur facts and phrases.  Buddy’s holding a clock that you can slide each train ticket into and hear some pretty cool dino facts when you press on the clock face!!

This is such a fun toy, and we’re learning (yes, even This Mama Loves to learn…) lots of fun facts about dinosaurs.  (This mama is thankful because I’m also learning how to correctly pronounce many of the dinosaurs’ names properly now- oh, have I slaughtered them previously!!)  Buddy is no small toy, just a head’s up- he’s kind of a big toy but he’s so cute, who wouldn’t mind seeing him atop their little one’s dresser or bookshelf? [click to continue…]

Mean, “green”, Miles Axlerod? (aka Eddie Izzard) #DisneyDreamWorksEvent

Miles Axlerod is for sure one of the characters I am excited to meet in Cars 2. I love the “green” factor of his character!!   He’s so sleek, hip and green.  I can’t wait to hear Eddie Izzard doing his voice, either!!

What kinds of things would you like to know about Miles Axlerod? 

I wonder what it’s like for all of these starts to “get into character” before recording sessions- knowing they are about to be a vehicle- albeit vehicles with amazing and engaging personalities and traits- but nonetheless, that has to be a bit strange to wake up in the morning and think “Hey, I’m going to be a car all day today!”

What would YOU like me to ask Eddie Izzard/Miles Axlerod when I interview them on Saturday afternoon?[ad#glam between posts]

Holley Shiftwell & Emily Mortimer: Inquiring Minds Want to Know! #DisneyDreamWorksEvent

Meet Holley Shiftwell, recent grad of spy school and the car that has caught Mater’s eye!!  Played by Emily Mortimer, Holley is all kinds of fancy and even has a pop up holographic display. 

I can’t wait to meet Holley- both on and OFF screen- I’ll also be interviewing Emily Mortimer this Saturday before the premiere!

What questions have you got for Ms. Mortimer and Holley?[ad#glam between posts]

Educational Insights Tuff Scope Review and Giveaway

I am always on the lookout for interesting/science related activities and games for my 5 year old. He just loves everything nature and science, but many of the products out there are for older children. I think it is particularly important to engage children in math/science during the summer months. Not only is it the perfect time to get out in nature and explore, but it keeps those little minds actively working during the long school break. Educational Insights is our FAVORITE educational toys website and they always have a great selection of unique toys and activities. I was thrilled at the opportunity to review their GeoSafari Tuff Scope. This is a microscope designed for the younger crowd (ages 5 and up). It is the perfect summertime science activity for little ones. Not only does it engage thinking skills but facilitates imagination and exploration. The Tuff Scope magnifys objects up to 400x their original size. Not only can it be used as a standard microscope, but it can also be removed from the base for on the go fun! What a great idea. Simply send your kids outdoors to explore on their own and see what they discover. This item has the capability to be used with the GeoSafari® Tuff Cam digital video camera, allowing the GeoSafari® Tuff Scope to be used as a digital microscope. When used this way, magnified images can be projected onto a computer screen or projector. [click to continue…]

Warmly Yours Under Desk Heater

Father’s Day is quickly approaching.  Are you stumped for gift ideas?  Well, I have a great idea for you.  WarmlyYours Under Desk Heater.  Don’t giggle I’m serious.  This is a unique gift idea for the dad that has everything.  This under desk heater is a plug in pad that is placed underneath your desk and provides a gentle warmth.  It’s great to use in the winter when it is cold, but works equally as well in the hot summer months when that air conditioning is blasting.

  • Perfect for year round use in your office or home
  • Uses less than 120 watts
  • 2 different size options

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Petunia Pickle Bottom Ergo Baby Carrier

All of you baby wearing Mammas are probably very familiar with the name Ergo.  If you have even dabbled into the world of babies carriers then you have heard of Ergo.  They set the standard for a structured carrier, with the flexibility to wear your baby from infancy through toddlerhood.  It also allows you the ability to choose how you would like to carrier your baby, be it front carry, hip carry or back carry.  I  have tried many, many carriers and slings in my days and have always wanted an Ergo.  When I saw that they recently came out with Petunia Pickle Bottom patterns, that was it.  I HAD  to have one!

petunia pickle bottom ergo

For those of you who have never used a baby carrier or would like to learn more, I HIGHLY recommend them.  I personally don’t even own a stroller anymore.  They are so great and especially handy during the first year of life.  I never felt so bonded to my babies as when I was carrying them around all day on my chest.  There is such a closeness that you can never reproduce.  If I had been toting my baby around in a stroller all day I would have missed out.  Carriers are also really convenient.  I would just put my carrier on at home, hop in the car with the kids, and when we arrived at our destination all I had to do was pop the baby in the carrier and we were off.  Never once did I have to lug a stroller out of the back of my car, or maneuver through doorways.  I ALWAYS ALWAYS use a carrier at the grocery store.  Not only can I avoid the dreaded car seat/grocery cart maneuver, but I find that strangers are far less likely to touch your baby if you are wearing  them.  OK, enough of my rambling.  Just try it, you’ll never go back.

I was fortunate enough to be able to test out the Peaceful Portifino patterned Ergo for this review along with the organic infant insert.  Can I just say that upon first impression, the fabric is absolutely gorgeous!  The pattern is a lovely sky blue and gray with a white flower pattern.  I will be able to wear this carrier with almost any outfit that I own.  Also, the colors are not so light that it will show every stain.  The Petunia Pickle Bottom Ergo also comes  in the Evening in Innsbruck  pattern, which is nice if you wear a lot of black, or perhaps, if you want your significant other to wear it occassionally (if you can give it up).  Also in Heavenly Holland, which has a beautiful pink tulip pattern with bright green leaves on a gray background.

My Impressions:

I found that all of the straps were very comfortably padded, without being bulky.  Also, they were extremely easy to adjust.  If you are switching this carrier between people, it does not take but a moment to personalize the fit.  My husband even tried this one out (even though he wasn’t thrilled with my pattern choice), and found it very comfortable and easy to use.

My toddler LOVED the back carry position and would stay in it all day if I let him.  With just one or two practice sessions I was able to easily position him into the back position by myself without any difficulty.  In addition, it was very easy to transition to the front carry and hip carry positions.  My 2 year old definitely preferred the hip and back carry positions, but the front carry is perfect for younger babies.  I love how easily interchangeable the positions are.  The carrier came with a nice booklet, complete with instructions for each carry type.  All instructions were easy to follow and concise.  In addition, the Ergo website has an entire section of written and video tutorials on how to use the Ergo carrier.

I also tried out the organic Infant Insert.  This is used for young babies, newborn to 4-6 months.  The infant insert is used to provide more support to the head, neck and spine of very young babies while there are in the carrier.  My new little baby isn’t quite here yet, but I was able to try this out on a friends baby.   It was extremely easy to use and just slipped right into the carrier without difficulty.  I can say that the baby seemed very supported and comfortable in the carrier with the insert.  The instruction manual does a  great job of describing how to use the insert and gives tips/tricks to make your first experience easier.

The ERGObaby carrier is easy to use and babies love it, but is it comfortable for mom and dad?  YES!  Don’t be deterred by your impressions of other carriers (you know the one I’m talking about).  This carrier is NOTHING like the Baby B- – – .  The supportive shoulder and hip straps take all of the pressure off your upper back and shoulders.  The bulk of the babies weight is transferred to your core, allowing you to wear your baby for hours without any pain or discomfort.  I am not a large or muscular person, but can easily carry my 30 lb. toddler in this thing for well over an hour.

Here is some more detailed information on the ERGObaby Carrier

ERGObaby Carrier

  • “With separate Infant Insert, the all-in-one carrier that can be used for all your babywearing years
  • Allows parents to maintain closeness with baby while attending to daily activities
  • May be worn in front, back and hip positions
  • Comfortable for parent; balances baby’s weight to parents’ hips and shoulders
  • Supports correct sitting position for baby’s hip, pelvis, and spine growth
  • Soft, smooth feel for baby
  • Ensured safety and security for baby
  • Maximum durability and fit
  • Ergonomic design
  • Fits most adult body types, from 5′ to 6’5″
  • Carries babies from infancy (with Infant Insert) to 45lbs.
  • 100% Organic cotton
  • Coordinates with ERGObaby accessories as part of the ERGObaby HandsFree System
  • Also coordinates with Petunia Pickle Bottom accessories for a wide range of matching options”

Ergo offers several different versions of their carrier to cater to different uses:

Performance, Sport, Organic, Ergobaby Options and Original

One very lucky reader will win their choice of ERGObaby Carrier!!!!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Ergo and tell me your favorite style.

Extra Entries:

1. Follow ERGObaby on Facebook
2. Follow me on GFC, Facebook, Twitter or RSS/Email Subscription (+1 each)
3. Share this giveaway on any social networking site (leave URL of your post please!! hint: right click the time stamp!!) 2x/day at least 1 hour apart
4. Leave a comment on any non giveaway post +1/post up to 5 comments

5. Tweet this giveaway: #win a#baby #carrier of your choice @ERGObaby from @mamatomjr @jendpt http://wp.me/p1qA6G-1TU @FollowPetunia (can be done 2x day at least 1hour apart)

This giveaway will end on June 25, 2011 at midnight, EST. US only. Winner to be chosen randomly. Winner has 48 hours to respond to my email or a new winner will be chosen.

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The Royal Wedding – William & Catherine DVD (Giveaway)

I think I’m one of 5 houses in the world that didn’t either get up to watch William & Catherine get married or record the wedding to watch later.  To be honest, I’m a little bit sorry I didn’t think to make a fun thing of it with the kids.  My day was spent looking at pretty much all of my Facebook friends’ posts and pictures about dressing up and having so much fun watching the nuptials!  [click to continue…]

Rokenbok ROK Building Toys (Special 50% off Reader Code!)

We love building toys around here.  I’m including myself in that, because I truly do.  Doesn’t matter what the blocks are made of, we can make building blocks out of a tissue box if need be.  But we do prefer the ones you can buy, that are uniform in size and click together and stay together.  Rokenbok sent us some of their ROK Blocks to check out, and my kids have had a great time building creations and following the suggested construction ideas that come with the sets.  All are fun.  [click to continue…]

SaleLocator- a savings search engine and iPhone app

There’s a new kid in town.  Or rather, a new search engine.  SaleLocator is a search engine for sales and shopping (um, hello, did they make it just for me?)  I think this has some great potential because it shows what’s on sale near to you – local sales, local businesses- I’m all for shopping online too but I also like to stick close to home, and be in a store, browsing, etc.  and since I always want the best value I can find…SaleLocator sounds perfect for me!  [click to continue…]

Cube Dog #CleverCubeDog

Thank you to Cube Dog for sponsoring this review. For more information about Cube Dog please visit the Facebook page or download it on iTunes.

Got an iPhone?  iTouch?  Want to have a little i-pet?  Cube Dog offers a free app that let’s you customize your very own little cyber pet, with over 1.3 million combinations for nose, ears, mouth, body…and more.  That’s a lot of options.  That’s a lot of time to keep my kids busy when we’re stuck in a waiting room without good toys, books or snacks to keep them busy.  That’s a whole lot of cyber-cute.  PLUS, once you customize your little pal, you can bring it to the “playroom” and interact with it- typical dog tricks, even ninja-style ones.   This is what my 3.5 year old has spent a lot of time doing- and to be fully honest, I have too.  Its fun, its silly, and very cute! 

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