FlipStir Puzzle Review

FlipStir Puzzle Review


FlipStir Puzzle ReviewIf your children are anything like mine they always need something to do in the car. If they enjoy doing puzzles then they’ll love the FlipStir puzzle! It’s perfect for the car or just for quiet time in general.If they enjoy doing puzzles then they'll love the FlipStir puzzle! It's perfect for the car or… Click To Tweet

The FlipStir Puzzle is essentially a plastic tube with half moon shape pieces inside that have pictures on them creating the puzzle pieces. Then, there is a stir stick through the top that is used to manipulate the pieces into place. You just move the tube and use the stick to get the puzzle pieces where they need to be. I personally don’t have the patience for it, but my husband had it figured out in less than 5 minutes!

FlipStir CollageThis puzzle is perfect for long trips because there won’t be any loose pieces in the car that will get lost which will inevitably end up in tears while driving down the road. It will also keep them busy for quite awhile, which, lets be honest… isn’t that what every parent wants! 🙂 It’s also great just for some quiet time at home. It won’t make a mess and the stir stick fits completely back inside the jar so it’s very easy to find a home for. There’s nothing better than something that will keep the kiddos occupied for awhile and doesn’t make a mess.. at all!

This puzzle is for ages 7 and up and I completely agree with this. Our 9 year old was playing with it and it was a little challenging for him. He wasn’t in the mood at the time to sit down and try to figure it out, but he does play with it in the car. It keeps him busy for a good 5-10 minutes when he’s in the mood to do puzzles. If your child isn’t a puzzle fan than this probably isn’t the best toy for them as they’ll probably just get frustrated and never touch it again.

MADE IN THE USA

Available in 4 designs:
Level 1 “Rainbow Pencils”
Level 1 “Tyrannosaurus Rex”
Level 2 “Solar System”
Level 2 “Statue of Liberty”

FlipStir Puzzle is the winner of:

2015 Creative Child Magazine “Puzzle of the Year”
2015 Seal of Approval from The National Parenting Center
2015 Family Choice Awards Winner
2014 Tillywig “Brain Child” award
2014 Creative Child Magazine “Game of the Year – Puzzle Games Category”
Toy Man News & Reviews – The Toy Man “Seal of Approval,” The Toy Man “Award of Excellence,” The Toy Man “Editor’s Choice,” The Toy Man “Award of Recognition,” The Toy Man “S.T.E.M. Award,” and The Toy Man “Mom Approved” Award

Cost: $24.95

The FlipStir Puzzle can be ordered online at www.flipstirpuzzle.com

You can also go here to see if there is a store in your state that carries them!

Kids Imaginative Dinosaur Toy Figure Review

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DinosaurHaving 3  young boys in our house, we have a ton of toys! Lately they have been really interested in dinosaurs, so when I was given the opportunity to review a 12 pack of BPA & lead free toy dinosaurs I was so excited! The boys absolutely love them, they have played with them almost ever day since we have received them about 2 weeks ago.

These dinosaurs really are nothing super special, they don’t require batteries, or make cool noises, they require imagination which I love! I enjoy listening to the boys making dinosaurs noises with each other while they play with these. I’m comfortable allowing the baby (8 months old) to play with these because they’re large enough and tough enough that he’s ok putting them in his mouth. They’re also BPA and lead free so that’s another reason that I’m ok with him playing with these with his big brothers.

The colors of these are pretty bright and look nice. They’re not all the most realistic I would say, but it doesn’t bother the boys at all. Our 8-year-old hasn’t said a word about it and I can’t imagine that most children would notice. For the price of these and the fact that you get 12, I think they’re perfect.

They’re very tough little toys! Our boys are quite rough with them and so far we haven’t had any injuries or fatalities from any of them. The dog on the other hand… he chewed the back-end from one of the dinosaurs, so they’re not completely indestructible. I had a pretty bummed out little 2-year-old for a couple of days, he has named all of them and “poppa” got eaten :(.

Our boys favorite thing to do with them is play in the bathtub. They’re perfect for the bath because there’s nothing that can be ruined from the water and so far we haven’t had any issues with discoloration. They play with these in the bath tub daily… all 3 of them. I just love how versatile they can be.

All and all I would say that these are great dinosaurs and I wouldn’t hesitate purchasing them! They can be purchased here.

*I was given this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion

No more missing pacifiers in this house!

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Paci Clips 500x500I’ve always been against pacifier clips because of the metal clip that could tear our boys clothes or possibly cut their fingers if they grab one that’s open. We have had countless missing pacifiers and have had late night trips to the store so that one of the boys could go to sleep. I’ve been introduced to Stuff4Tots cotton pacifier clips which solves both of those problems!

I really like these pacifier clips because they have a plastic clip so they won’t tear clothes if tugged on, and we tested this, I asked S2 to pull as hard as he could with it attached to his shirt. Not only could he not tear it off of his shirt, but there was no mark left at all! Since they’re plastic they also won’t rust, which means they’ll last so much longer.I really like these pacifier clips because they have a plastic clip so they won't tear clothes… Click To TweetClips

They come with 4 in a pack and have both a boy and girl set. I loved the boy set, except that there was one that was striped and had multiple pink stripes on it. It doesn’t bother me to the point that I wouldn’t use it, but in the picture online it looks more orange than pink, so it’s a little deceiving. They would make wonderful baby shower gifts, or stocking stuffers for new babies!

I was easily able to get the pacifier through the loop, however, if you had a pacifier that doesn’t have the little dangle on it I’m not sure how it would work. It would definitely work best with the pacifiers that have the loop on the front. You may be able to twist the loop around the round part of a pacifier that doesn’t have the loop, but I’m not sure if that would work, since I’ve never tried, we don’t  have any of that type here.

I was easily able to open and close these one handed. Let’s be real… if we’re in need of one of these, we’re doing most things one handed!

If you’d like to purchase these pacifier clips you can find them here

*I was given this product at no cost in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion

Pocket bibs are my best friend!

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Once your child starts feeding themselves you’ll find that there is a whole other meal on the floor around them… unless you have a dog… then they get another meal! I’ve found that pocket bibs are my best friend once this starts to happen. Most of the food ends up in the pouch of the bib and not the floor.

Pocket bibs PinterestI’ve found a great pocket bib that I absolutely love! It’s a silicone pocket bib by Baby Go-Green that is so soft. I’ve had many silicone bibs for all 3 boys because they’re typically the only ones that have the pocket and these are by far the softest that I’ve found.

They have 2 fasteners which is the first time that I’ve seen a bib like that. I love the double fasteners for our 2-year-old. He always tries pulling his bib off and is typically successful, but with the 2 duel fasteners what usually happens is 1 will come undone and I’m able to get over to him before he gets it completely off. I’ve used these bibs for about 2 weeks now and he’s yet to get it off!

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My absolute favorite thing about these bibs is that they’re waterproof and dishwasher safe! I just toss them into the top rack of the dishwasher and haven’t had any issues. I’m part Sicilian so I make a lot of pasta dishes, which means that we have lots of little clothes with red stains on them and the bibs are no exception. Some of the other Silicone bibs that I have are stained from spaghetti dinner, and I’ve tossed them into the dishwasher also. The Baby Go-Green bibs have yet to stain!

The pockets on these are a nice size so they catch quite a bit. They sit a little high on our 2-year-old but they still seem to catch his mess nicely. I even catch him eating out of it when his plate is cleaned!

If you’re interested in purchasing these bibs, you can find them here

*I have been given this product at no cost in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion

*There are affiliate links contained in this post

Nubee Meat Thermometer Review

Nubee Meat thermometer review


If you cook a lot of meat at home it’s essential to have a meat thermometer around. They’re easy to use and make sure that whatever meat you’re cooking with doesn’t become over cooked and dry or undercooked and unsafe to eat.

Nubee Digital Meat Thermometer ReviewI tend to cook a lot of chicken at home, so I’m always using a meat thermometer to make sure that it’s safe to feed our boys before I cut into it and the juices come out causing it to become dry if I need to pop it back into the oven for a little while longer. I have used both digital non-digital meat thermometers and I prefer digital because I feel that they’re more accurate and easier to read. The Nubee Ultra-High Performance Professional Digital Food/BBQ/Meat Instant-Read Thermometer also has a backlit display which is so nice in my kitchen because the lighting is awful and the light bulb above the oven is burnt out so it’s awful trying to read anything digital if it’s not backlit.

You can also store data which is great if you’re cooking more than thing at a time. You can use it on any type of food that you’d life. I tend to only use them on meat though. I made a chicken, green beans, and potatoes bake when I was testing it out! You can also very easily switch from Fahrenheit to Celsius if needed depending on your preference. It also folds up very nicely for easy storage.

Something really special about this thermometer is that you’re able to set alerts for high and low temperatures. This would be really nice if you’re busy with lots of dishes and want to place the thermometer into whatever is being measured and walk away. It can let you know quickly whether it needs to cook a little longer or needs some more lovin because you cooked it too long! 😉

My absolute favorite thing about this meat thermometer and all other Nubee products is that it’s backed by a Lifetime warranty! I have awful luck with meat thermometers so luckily I’ve found the last one that I will ever need!

You can purchase yours here.

My Experience With The One Fast Charger

My Experience With the One Fast Charger


My Experience With the One Fast ChargerI was given the opportunity to review the One Fast Charger dual port USB phone charger. I was really excited to try this charger out because my husband and I are always fighting over who gets to use the charger next on long road trips.

The first time that I tried this charger out my phone charged right up, it was really fast and I was really impressed! The next time that I got into the car I plugged my iPhone 5 in and it wouldn’t charge. A message eventually came up that said something to the effect of “This cable or accessory is not certified and may not work reliably,” so I plugged in the charger that I was using before and it still wouldn’t charge, the same message kept coming up. I had used the same cable with the previous charger for over a month with absolutely no problem! The only thing that had changed was the 1 time that I used the One Fast Charger.

I contacted the company and they apologized and sent me the same charging cord that I was using. I still have not received it, but the estimated delivery date is November 17, so I’m hoping that I get it next week. They didn’t offer me a different charger in the email or give any type of explanation about what could have went wrong or let me know that they’re looking into it. However, they did comment on the Amazon review that I created and said that they’re not sure what went wrong but that they’re looking into it.

It is very possible that this was just a fluke thing, it could have been the cord that I was using, but it was working perfectly prior to the use of this charger. I could have just gotten a faulty charger, but I’m not willing to put another one of my cords at risk of breaking because those suckers are not cheap!!

Product Specifications

If you are interested in this charger, I will say that it is very soft and the ability to have 2 USB ports is awesome if there are 2 of you who need to charge a device at the same time. It is a universal charger so you can charge either an Apple Device or an Android. You can buy here.

*I was given this product free of charge in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion

Wink Eye Rejuvenation Cream by Vivant Skin Care Review

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My experience with Wink Eye Rejuvenation Cream by Vivant Skin Care

I don’t know about you, but I always have dark circles under my eyes. I’ve always had them, but they’ve gotten worse since having children (shocker). I’ve been given the opportunity to try Wink Eye Rejuvenation Cream by Vivant Skin Care which soften fines lines, brighten dark circles, and reduces puffiness.

Wink Eye Rejuvenation Cream by Vivant Skin Care Review

I don’t typically use a special cream for my eyes but I hate my dark circles so I thought that since I was given this opportunity I would take advantage of it! When I received the bottle it didn’t come with any directions or anything, so I checked the bottle. It just says “Apply daily to eye area,” so that’s what I did. Well, apparently I used way too much because it was all in my bottom eye lashes and took forever to dry. I began to use less and less each day and now I’m only using a very very small amount, a little goes a very long way with this stuff! I was using it daily as the bottle states with no skin irritation.

A couple of days ago I received a large packet in the mail from Vivant Skin Care, I opened the envelope and there was a lot of fliers for their other products but there was also directions for the Wink cream. The directions stated that you should start out using the cream every other day for a week and work your up to using it twice daily as tolerated. I’m still only using it once a week. I have no problem with that but I think that this information should have been sent with the product, if I did have any irritation before I received the packet I would have stopped using it and not tried it again.

I will say though, after using this cream I have noticed a difference with the dark circles. I was a good review blogger and took a before and after picture, but guess what… my phone got all messed up the other day and I had to delete like 300 photos and apparently I was on a roll and deleted the before picture. I’ve found a couple of picture from before and after, unfortunately they’re not great and they’re not just of my eyes, but you get the idea!Wink Eye Rejuvenation Cream

I like that it can be used during the day underneath concealer with SPF. I always use concealer because of the dark circles under my eyes. If I could only choose 2 makeup items to use, it would be eye liner and concealer… I’d make it work LOL.

Product Specs:

Vitamin A which diminishes the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and crow’s feet and protects against further photoaging and free radical damage.
Oligopeptides which stimulate the production of naturally-occurring collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin, which are lost with advancing age.
Kojicacid which is derived from Japanese mushrooms. It lightens the skin and prevents pigmentation.
Caffeine which brightens dark circles and eliminates puffiness around the eyes.
Aloe which is an anti-inflammatory agent that leaves the delicate eye area soothed.
Oatextracts soothe the skin, locking in moisture and further protecting the skin.
Grape seed oil helps tighten the skin and is a potent antioxidant and hydrator with anti-inflammatory properties.

If you’re interested in purchasing Wink Eye Rejuvenation Cream you can find it here

*I was given this product at no cost in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion

*This post contains affiliate links

Check out this versatile stroller organizer by Dot & Dot

Dot & Dot Stroller Organizer

Dot & Dot Stroller Organizer

I’ve been introduced to stroller organizers recently and they’ve completely changed the way that I travel with the kiddos. I no longer need to lug along a diaper bag with us everywhere we go! I love this new stroller organizer that I’ve found by Dot & Dot, it’s so versatile! It can be used as a stroller organizer, car organizer that hangs on the back of a seat, bike organizer or a small travel diaper bag!

This organizer comes with 2 drink holders that easily fits a sippy cup or a bottle. It also has a covered middle pocket that’s nice for baby food, formula containers or even a change of clothes! The flap that covers the middle section has a magnet so it stays closed really well.

Dot & Dot Stroller Organizer

There is also a nice zippered front pocket that is perfect for diapers and wipes or a change of clothes. I was easily able to fit 3 diapers and a travel package of baby wipes. I really like the cell phone pocket in front also. My iPhone 5 fit perfectly! It’s so nice having everything that you need right at your fingertips… literally! I don’t need to deal with having to bend down and trying to dig something that I need out of the diaper bag anymore!

Dot & Dot Stroller Organizer

This organizer comes with 2 swivel hooks that you can use to hang it from the handle bars. When they’re hanging you can move it around so that it’s easier to get bottles out when needed. It also comes with a long strap that clips into both sides so that you can use it as a little diaper bag if needed. There is also a medium strap that you can use to hang it from the back of your car seat, that way if your child is forward facing they can reach their sippy cups!

I love how many uses this stroller organizer has! It would make a perfect baby shower gift!

Dot & Dot Stroller Organizer $24.97 + Free 2 Day Shipping if you’re an Amazon Prime member: Found here

*I have been given this product either for free or deeply discounted in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion

*There are affiliate links in this post but they do not affect my opinion of this product

 

Simply Amazed by Baltic Amber Teething Necklace

Baltic Amber Teething Necklace Review


I don’t know about you, but our son becomes a drool monster when he’s teething! He chews on everything in sight and I always have to change his shirts because they become so soaked with drool. I’ve been thinking about investing in a Baltic Amber Teething Necklace for quite a while and recently I was given the opportunity to review a mother/ son set by Baltic Essentials at no cost in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.Baltic Amber Teething Necklace Review

If you don’t know much about Baltic Amber, that’s ok! I’ll give you a quick run through as to the benefits of using it for your little ones. Baltic Amber contains a substance called Succinic Acid (which sounds scary I know, but it’s not). When the amber is worn it is heated by the body causing the release of an oil containing Succinic Acid. It is said to help block pain and inflammation, which is why it works so well for teething. It works best when worn near the area causing pain which is why using it as a necklace works great for teething babies.

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Simply Amazed by Baltic Amber Teething NecklaceI have also received a necklace for myself! These necklaces are most commonly known for their aid in the teething process, but they also have benefits for adults. They have been known to help with regulation of thyroid levels and anxiety amongst many other things. I have something called Hashimoto’s Disease, which basically means that my body is attacking my thyroid and I need to take medication daily for it’s regulation. I’m hoping that this necklace will also help with my T4 levels. As I said before, it helps with pain and inflammation, so if you have arthritis it can help with that also when wearing a bracelet. If I get more interest in the use of adult or older children, I can write another post about that!

Baltic Amber Teething Necklace Review

I am simply amazed at how quickly it started working for our little guy! Within the first 12 hours of putting it around his neck I noticed that the amount of drool that he had been producing was significantly less… almost none at all. Typically his shirt is soaking wet half way through the day and I have to change it… once the necklace was on I never had to change it! It’s not only helping his comfort level, but it’s helping me out with the amount of laundry that I have to do each day!!!

He started cutting his two front teeth about 2 weeks ago and they’re just starting to come through his gums. Since he started cutting them he has been non stop chewing on everything in sight! Within 24 hours of putting this necklace on him I have only caught him chewing on something a couple of times. He is so much more comfortable, which makes me feel better.

If you’re wondering whether or not I keep the necklace around his neck while he sleeps, the answer is no. I try to follow safe sleep as much as possible, so when I can tell that he’s getting tired I will put it around his ankle. It’s very easy, I just have to wrap it around his ankle twice and then twist the clasp… the hardest part is trying to keep his little leg still while I do it. It is loose enough that I can just slide it off so I will either put a sock over it, or his footed pajamas so that it doesn’t come off while he chews on his feet.Simply Amazed by Baltic Amber Teething Necklace

These necklaces are made with a twist-in screw clasp so the chances of them falling off are very slim. Each bead is safety knotted just in case the necklace does happen to break. They’re made of 100% Genuine Baltic Amber and are Therapeutic Quality. They are also Amber International Certified as well as sample tested locally.

 

If you’ve ever considered purchasing a Baltic Amber necklace for yourself, or teething infant I would highly recommend looking into Baltic Essentials.

You can follow them on Facebook here, Twitter here, Pinterest here, and Instagram here.

If you have any questions please feel free to either email me or leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Review of Changing Pad Cover by Ziggy Baby

My Review of the Grey and White Chevron and Polka Dot Changing Pad Covers by Ziggy Baby


I was given the opportunity to review these very nice grey and white changing pad covers by Ziggy Baby. Overall I was pretty impressed with these.

I actually put them on our cradle mattress pad and they fit perfectly! They’re a little thin, but it didn’t bother me at all for changing diapers. I would be very comfortable using it as a sheet as well, as long as it had a little pad underneath so that it wasn’t cold. They’re very soft, made from 100% Jersey Cotton.

I love the 2 patterns of grey and white chevron and polka dot, they’re a perfect unisex gift! They would be great for a baby shower gift.

They are also backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee!

If these sound like something that you’d be interested in, you can buy them here.

My Review of the Grey and White Chevron and Polka Dot Changing Pad Covers by Ziggy Baby