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Avoid Summer Brain Drain with Peaceable Kingdom

Did you know that long summer breaks can cause your children major setbacks in school? This learning loss is known as “Summer Brain Drain”, and can cause children to lose up to three months of math and reading skills! As parents it is our jobs to keep our children entertained for summer breaks, while also helping them retain the information they learned in class. Peaceable Kingdom has a large number of learning games that can help parents keep old information fresh while keeping their children entertained!IMG_7391.JPG

Alphabet Bingo:  A fun twist on the old the classic bingo game, this alphabet bingo is created for children 4 and up. Alphabet Bingo comes with 6 game boards, 26 alphabet tokens, 72 chips, 1 game bag, and instructions for multiple ways to play. It can be played with 2-6 players, and usually takes about 30 minutes to complete a game. Just like regular bingo, Alphabet Bingo is very simple. Someone must reach into the bag, pull out a letter token, and then anyone with a match gets to mark their board! There is no reading involved, so this game is perfect for children to play by themselves, or with an adult. My three year old daughter had a blast playing this! We are currently working on learning letter recognition, so this was a super fun way for her to put her skills to the test! It is also easy for her to win since everyone playing has equal odds!  Not only does this game helps with letter recognition, but it also helps with uppercase letters and letter/object associations.

Blue Plate Scramble– One of our favorite games, Blue Plate Scramble, is an excellent learning game! In Blue Plate Scramble, players have 30 seconds to remember which foods go to which plates without looking! This game does a wonderful job of increasing visual matching and memory skills. This game comes with 36 plate tiles, 36 food tiles, and 1 score board. Although this game is made for children 5 and up, my three year old had no issues whatsoever playing on her own. We played this game in a group of four, and it was such a fast-paced little game! The kids were giggling the entire time! There are no winners or losers in this game, which makes it even more fun for everyone to play!

Mole Rats In Space: Although this doesn’t look like a learning game, Mole Rats In Space can really help with team building! In this game, players must work together to help the mole rats gather their equipment and get to their escape pod before time runs out! The mole rats must climb the ladders and slip down air-shafts while avoiding any of the snakes. This game comes with 1 game board, 51 cards, 20 tokens, 4 mole rats, and instructions. This game is made for children 7+, so I didn’t allow my daughter to mess with the tiny pieces. However, my 6 year old nephew has dubbed this as his new favorite! This game is best played with 2-4 players, so my nephew and I worked as a team to save the mole rats! A full game took us about 20 minutes, however it could’ve gone longer depending on the cards we drew.

These are only a few of the learning games that Peaceable Kingdom offers! Depending on your child’s age and school level, Peaceable Kingdom is sure to have a game that will fit your child’s personality and help them prevent Summer Brain Drain!

*I RECEIVED THE PRODUCTS MENTIONED ABOVE FOR FREE IN RETURN FOR AN UNBIASED REVIEW. I ONLY REVIEW AND RECOMMEND PRODUCTS OR SERVICES THAT I HAVE USED PERSONALLY. I AM DISCLOSING THIS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION’S 16 CFR, PART 255: “GUIDES CONCERNING THE USE OF ENDORSEMENTS AND TESTIMONIALS IN ADVERTISING”. THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS POST ARE ENTIRELY MY OWN*

 

 

 

Build & Imagine: Malia’s Beach House

I must admit that before last week, I had never heard of Build & Imagine products. After having the chance to test out the Malia’s Beach House set with my daughter, I can honestly say we have been missing out! Build & Imagine offers award-winning magnetic building sets and accessories that not only encourage creativity, but reinforces STEM learning. These sets are perfect for both genders, and all ages! My daughter received the Malia’s Beach House set and the slumber party accessory pack, and we are more than impressed! IMG_7374.JPG

Malia’s Beach House is recommended for girls and boys ages 4-8. This set includes Malia and Skyler wooden dress-up dolls, 16 dual-sided StoryWall building panels (10 squares, 2 rectangles, 2 right-angle triangles, and 2 roof triangles), and 40 magnetic accessories. StoryWall panels and accessories in this set include a pool, a functional door, a living room, a kitchen, 2 bedrooms, several outfits, a few pets and more. The slumber party expansion pack came with 42 pieces which included pajamas, sleeping bags, snacks, a campfire, games, a telescope, and more! This expansion pack is also GLOW IN THE DARK! Cool right?  What I love most about Build & Imagine products , is that my daughter isn’t limited to one design. With Malia’s Beach House my daughter is able to custom create a beach house, decorate it with her own accessories, and then play dolls! From start to finish, everything is 100% customized! Once I showed my daughter how to stick the StoryWall pieces together, there was no stopping her! Since the StoryWalls are magnetic, my daughter was able to customize each room in the beach house to go along with whatever story she was telling. As a mother, it was so wonderful to watch her use her imagination to create her designs and backstory.  Once my daughter was done playing (or should I say, when it was bedtime and she was forced to pick it up), the StoryWall panels stacked flat and fit perfectly back in the box! I couldn’t believe how easy it was to store! This has quickly become one of my daughter’s favorite toys, and I can’t wait to give her some additional Build & Imagine sets in the future! We are such huge fans!

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*Malia’s House is the winner of Dr. Toy’s Best Classic Award, Parents’ Choice Gold Award, The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, and PAL’s Top Ten Toys of 2014*download.jpg

*I RECEIVED THE PRODUCTS MENTIONED ABOVE FOR FREE IN RETURN FOR AN UNBIASED REVIEW. I ONLY REVIEW AND RECOMMEND PRODUCTS OR SERVICES THAT I HAVE USED PERSONALLY. I AM DISCLOSING THIS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION’S 16 CFR, PART 255: “GUIDES CONCERNING THE USE OF ENDORSEMENTS AND TESTIMONIALS IN ADVERTISING”. THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS POST ARE ENTIRELY MY OWN*

Giant Gold Pegasus Party Pool Float from Best Choice Products

This summer my family and friends will be spending a lot of time in the pool, so I knew I had to get my hands on of these super popular pool floats. Oversized pool floats are really “in” right now, so I knew my daughter would go nuts over this giant gold pegasus float. From tip to tip, this pegasus measures 109″(L) x 93.5″(W) x 46.5″(H) which is GINORMOUS! It took a while to blow this bad boy up by mouth, however it was completely worth it! Seeing everyone’s faces light up as they ran to the pool was amazing! The kids couldn’t wait to hop on it, and thankfully it was large enough for them to all hop on at once. This party float easily held all of our kids, and we even managed to put three adults on it at once. It is made of durable PVC material, so it withheld all of the bumping and scraping against the pool, as well as the kids jumping around on top of it. This pegasus has definitely been the life of our pool parties this summer, and I can’t wait to take it out again for all of our future gatherings as well!

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*I RECEIVED THE PRODUCTS MENTIONED ABOVE FOR FREE IN RETURN FOR AN UNBIASED REVIEW. I ONLY REVIEW AND RECOMMEND PRODUCTS OR SERVICES THAT I HAVE USED PERSONALLY. I AM DISCLOSING THIS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION’S 16 CFR, PART 255: “GUIDES CONCERNING THE USE OF ENDORSEMENTS AND TESTIMONIALS IN ADVERTISING”. THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS POST ARE ENTIRELY MY OWN*

 

Little Tikes Beats Play Center

We always have company over, which means there are always children running and crawling around my home. Since my daughter is older now, I don’t have a ton of baby toys lying around my house. I needed something to keep all of the small children occupied during visits. The Little Tikes Beats Play Center was impossible for me to pass up. This center was colorful and eye catching, which I knew would be perfect for the babies! When I got my Little Tikes Beats Play Center in, I couldn’t wait to rip it open. There was very little setup required. All I had to do was blow up each of the four sides, insert some batteries, toss in the included 15 3D blocks, and it was ready to go. I noticed right away that the blow up pieces were fairly thick and covered by a cloth material. I was really excited about that because it will be extremely hard, if not impossible, for the kids to pop it! Since the Little Tikes Beats Play Center is very lightweight, I can pick it up and carry it to wherever I want the kids to play.

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Much to my surprise, the Little Tikes Beats Play Center is large enough for multiple children to sit inside. I easily fit a three year old and a one year old with plenty of room left over. When Kinsley and Rease spotted the Little Tikes Beats Play, they immediately jumped inside. Once inside, the kids started playing with the attached piano. The piano has three modes which include Do Re Me, Music, and Classic Piano. The piano easily responded to touch and the baby didn’t need to touch it “exactly right” for it to make a sound. No matter how he hit it, a sound was made. While Rease played on the piano, Kinsley started to build with the geometric blocks. Each block is shaped differently, so Kinsley was able to create a ton of different things. I loved how the blocks were soft so the kids wouldn’t get hurt if they fell on one or threw it at another child. I also loved how the raised sides kept all of the toys inside of the center, versus them sliding out away from reach. This Little Tikes Beats Play Center is by far one of the best Little Tikes toddler toys we have ever tried. It has been such a hit with the kids, both young and old, and it seems like it will last us quite some time!

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*I RECEIVED THE PRODUCTS MENTIONED ABOVE FOR FREE IN RETURN FOR AN UNBIASED REVIEW. I ONLY REVIEW AND RECOMMEND PRODUCTS OR SERVICES THAT I HAVE USED PERSONALLY. I AM DISCLOSING THIS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION’S 16 CFR, PART 255: “GUIDES CONCERNING THE USE OF ENDORSEMENTS AND TESTIMONIALS IN ADVERTISING”. THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS POST ARE ENTIRELY MY OWN*

Little Tikes Slam Dunk Big Ball Pit

This Little Tikes Slam Dunk Big Ball Pit came with a blow up pit, 20 air filled balls, and one inflatable basketball. It took me about an hour total to blow up by mouth, however it would have been much faster with an air pump (mine is currently broken). There are also four pockets at the bottom that need to be filled with water so that it doesn’t fly away easily. I know the box to this toy says it is made for children aged 3-6, however I was a bit skeptical. Much to my surprise this  53″ x 53″ blow up pit is quite large! My three year old had no issues getting in or out. She also had no issues jumping around and throwing the balls. My seven year old nephew was just a tad too large to squeeze in, so I definitely would recommend this for children closer to 3-5 year range.IMG_7306My daughter played in this ball pit for over two hours before I made her come inside. She even begged me to let her bring it inside with us! She had such a fun time hopping around and dunking her basketball. After hours of jumping, I was quite impressed with the durability of this ball pit. Not once did I need to re-inflate or patch a hole due to the kids jumping too much! I am always worrisome when it comes to purchasing and playing with inflatable toys, however I know this toy was made to last! I did place the ball pit in my shed (without deflating) after we were done playing with it, simply because I don’t want any of the neighborhood animals using it as a bed. However I think it would be fine left out overnight. Such a cute way to let my daughter blow off a bit of energy!

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*I RECEIVED THE PRODUCTS MENTIONED ABOVE FOR FREE IN RETURN FOR AN UNBIASED REVIEW. I ONLY REVIEW AND RECOMMEND PRODUCTS OR SERVICES THAT I HAVE USED PERSONALLY. I AM DISCLOSING THIS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION’S 16 CFR, PART 255: “GUIDES CONCERNING THE USE OF ENDORSEMENTS AND TESTIMONIALS IN ADVERTISING”. THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS POST ARE ENTIRELY MY OWN*

Leila Dancer Doll with Purse from Girlz N’ Dollz

My daughter Kinsley has been waiting all week for her Leila doll to come in the mail, and it has finally arrived! Girlz n’ Dollz has to be one of the most unique plush doll companies my daughter and I have ever seen! Not only are each of their dolls fun and colorful, but they each have their own story! Leila Dancer is described as a “soft baby doll excited to go to her recital so she can wear her new dance outfit. She loves to dance and is dressed in a magenta sparkle dress with gold stripes, pink sparkle tulle skirt with gold trims and matching sandals. She also comes with a matching sparkle pink tulle bag that can be used as a doll carrier and a little girl’s handbag“. I knew by the description that my Leila would be the perfect addition to my daughter’s growing doll collection. As soon as Leila arrived, Kinsley ripped her out of the packaging and immediately began to play! Not only was the doll extremely soft, but I was amazed at how well made it was. Everything was so detailed, down to the smallest little features such as eyelashes! I even noticed that Leila’s hair was much softer than ANY doll I have ever seen. I am unsure what it is made of, but it honestly feels like a little cloud. The doll is about 14″ tall, and the bag is about 11″. Kinsley uses the bag as a doll carrier, however she has also been using it as a tiny little handbag. I must say that this has been one of Kinsley’s favorite doll additions in quite some time! I can’t wait to order her a few more dolls to expand her Girlz N’ Dollz collection!

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*I RECEIVED THE PRODUCTS MENTIONED ABOVE FOR FREE IN RETURN FOR AN UNBIASED REVIEW. I ONLY REVIEW AND RECOMMEND PRODUCTS OR SERVICES THAT I HAVE USED PERSONALLY. I AM DISCLOSING THIS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION’S 16 CFR, PART 255: “GUIDES CONCERNING THE USE OF ENDORSEMENTS AND TESTIMONIALS IN ADVERTISING”. THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS POST ARE ENTIRELY MY OWN*

My Little Veterinarian Kit from Little Medical School

One of Kinsley’s favorite things to do is play dress up. Over the years we have gotten hundreds of offers to review dress-up clothing, however we have only accepted a select few.  When we got the chance to review the My Little Veterinarian Kit from Little Medical School, I knew we couldn’t pass it up! Little Medical School is a program dedicated to teaching children about health care professions such as doctors, nurses, veterinarians, and many more.  Using fun and educational tools, Little Medical School teaches children about medicine, science, and the importance of health. The My Little Veterinarian Kit from Little Medical School is a kit is filled with props and activities which allows children to experience veterinarian medicine up close and personal! Kinsley’s My Little Veterinarian Kit included a plush puppy, a puppy scarf, adoption paperwork, a workbook, a Veterinarian exam, a Veterinarian certificate, markers, a name badge, measuring tape, tick stickers, gloves, a medical coat, tweezers, and molding clay. 20170609_180833.jpgAfter opening our kit, Kinsley couldn’t wait to start doing some of the fun activities. The first thing we did was fill out the adoption paperwork for our new dog “Cinderella”.  Once the adoption paperwork was filled out, Kinsley and I started reading over the Veterinarian Workbook which taught us a bunch of great animal facts! We learned about healthy dog snacks, how to measure the chest size perimeter and front leg length of a dog, how to perform a ‘Nose to Tail’ exam, as well as tick checking and tick removal. Once we went over the workbook a few times, Kinsley took her veterinarian exam. Of course Kinsley is only three, however I was surprised at how much information she retained from the workbook! She could accurately measure the chest size of our plush dog, as well as complete a ‘Nose to Tail’ exam! She was even able to tell me four things that a real dog should never eat! I loved how this My Little Veterinarian Kit from Little Medical School was not only a fun dress-up activity, but it actually taught my daughter basic knowledge about animals and veterinary science! I can’t wait for Kinsley to try out their other kits such as their Sports Medicine Kit! I know she will love it, and I can’t wait to see what other information she can learn!

For more information, visit the Little Medical School website today!

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*I RECEIVED THE PRODUCTS MENTIONED ABOVE FOR FREE IN RETURN FOR AN UNBIASED REVIEW. I ONLY REVIEW AND RECOMMEND PRODUCTS OR SERVICES THAT I HAVE USED PERSONALLY. I AM DISCLOSING THIS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION’S 16 CFR, PART 255: “GUIDES CONCERNING THE USE OF ENDORSEMENTS AND TESTIMONIALS IN ADVERTISING”. THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS POST ARE ENTIRELY MY OWN*

Top STEM Learning Activities

STEM learning (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is extremely important to introduce to our children as early as possible. These skills are part of our everyday lives and STEM research is constantly evolving. It is extremely important for our children to continuously expand their knowledge of these skills, which is why STEM learning toys are a hot topic in the toy market!

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Engineering & Design Set– This engineering & design set is designed for children three and up to design their very own “playground”. This set includes a swing set, a seesaw, a twisty slide, and many more playground essentials. Using STEM and critical thinking skills, children can come up with thousands of different playground combinations. Kids can use the included activity cards to play, or simply explore their own unique building possibilities. My daughter is three, so I decided not to use the activity cards. She built her own playground from her imagination, and spent hours making sure it was exactly how she wanted it to be.

 GeoSafari® Solar Rover – The GeoSafari Solar Rover is designed for children aged eight to twelve years old to get out and get learning! his toy teaches the basics of solar energy, STEM learning, and hand-eye coordination. The solar powered rover comes with 3 cones to complete obstacle course style challenges and a 20 page activity guide. Using the power of the sun, children can cast shadows to turn, drive, and completely stop the rover. My nephew had a blast with this toy. It did have a bit of a learning curve, but it didn’t take him long to master. He was eventually setting up his own custom obstacle courses and competing with his friends to see who could go the fastest!

The Crazy Scientist LAB set– These Crazy Scientist Lab sets are designed for children six and up to become little scientists and learn fundamental survival skills. Each kit contains the necessary supplies (excluding common household items) and a user guide with photos and facts. These kits teach a wide variety of skills such as distilling water, lighting a fire without matches, Morse code, and making a compass. These STEM skills are actually skills that someone may need in a real-life survival situation. Not only did my family have a fun time experimenting with these sets, but we all feel much more secure that we could survive in a situation where these skills may be needed.

*I RECEIVED THE PRODUCTS MENTIONED ABOVE FOR FREE IN RETURN FOR AN UNBIASED REVIEW. I ONLY REVIEW AND RECOMMEND PRODUCTS OR SERVICES THAT I HAVE USED PERSONALLY. I AM DISCLOSING THIS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION’S 16 CFR, PART 255: “GUIDES CONCERNING THE USE OF ENDORSEMENTS AND TESTIMONIALS IN ADVERTISING”. THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS POST ARE ENTIRELY MY OWN*

Lottie Dolls

My daughter Kinsley was beyond excited to get her Lottie doll in the mail today! Lottie Dolls are dolls that empower children to be themselves. Inspire by real kids, Lottie and Finn are age-appropriate and super cute! We received a Spring Celebration Ballet Lottie Doll and a Biscuit The Beagle Dog accessory kit. The doll was 7.5in tall, and is the perfect size for my three year old. Spring Celebration Ballet Lottie came with a special ballet costume, a sequin leotard, a pair of ballet slippers, and a drawstring shoe bag.  Biscuit The Beagle was obviously much smaller than Lottie, but was still a decent size for a tiny toddler. Biscuit came with a dog bag, a leash, an outfit, a dog bed, a bone, and a drinking bowl. Kinsley couldn’t wait to rip these toys open and start playing. When she opened the doll, I immediately noticed that Lottie’s hair was of much higher quality than of similar dolls. It was thick, tamed, and easy to brush though. The doll also had realistic body proportions which made her look more lifelike! Lottie could even bend down, bend her knees, AND stand on her own two feet! Kinsley played with her Lottie and Biscuit dolls for hours before I made her pick them up at bedtime. It is no wonder Lottie Dolls won a Positive Role Model Award! These dolls are so relatable and fun which makes them perfect for all kids!

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**I RECEIVED THE PRODUCTS MENTIONED ABOVE FOR FREE IN RETURN FOR AN UNBIASED REVIEW. I ONLY REVIEW AND RECOMMEND PRODUCTS OR SERVICES THAT I HAVE USED PERSONALLY. I AM DISCLOSING THIS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION’S 16 CFR, PART 255: “GUIDES CONCERNING THE USE OF ENDORSEMENTS AND TESTIMONIALS IN ADVERTISING”. THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS POST ARE ENTIRELY MY OWN*

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