Monday, June 27, 2016

Maze Circuit Game review


This item was provided for the review.  All opinions are our own.

Review done by an 8 year old, "Sissy." 

I like this game a lot.  It's great for people who want to learn.  I got some of the challenges correct,  but with a different solution. My Dad helped me with some of the cards.  The little pieces didn't always stay on the game.



Review by Mom and Dad.

This game is a great educational logic game.  It's a one player game, although I could see working together as a team to complete the challenges.  The player is given a card or "challenge" (60 challenges beginners to experts) that shows what tokens can be used.  Some tokens have a set place and you use the other tokens listed to create your circuit.  If it works, beacons are lit up to show the electric current.  My husband helped our 8 year old with it.  She loved it.  She got excited each time she lit up the beacon lights.  She did have to think about some of them for a bit.  My husband tried an expert level by himself and even he took a bit to find the solution.  He LOVES logic puzzles so this is the perfect game for him.  I'm a teacher and will be sharing this game with other teachers to possibly use as a center in class.  


We did have some issues with the tokens not staying in the grid correctly.  They'd pop out.  It was difficult to get out of the packaging, but all the tokens have a place to be put back in.  It does require 3AAA batteries.  There are also lots of warnings about not overloading a circuit.  Basically, you should monitor children playing it so that they aren't overloading the battery causing it to overheat.  

The game is available on Amazon for $29.99.  Check it out here.


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Mamaway Baby Sling Review

Product was provided for review.  All opinions are my own.


I recently received a mamaway baby sling to try out. With twins many times both want to be held by Mama which can be quite difficult. I've been looking into baby wearing more and more.  With four kids and two being infants, it is a necessity.   One of my favorite go-to baby wearing items is a ring sling because it's fast and easy to put on. No buckles. No straps.

We tried out the mamaway sling right away and love it.  Both my boys enjoyed being in it. They took turns and we're so happy once in.

The fabric feels great. It's 100% Prima cotton. It's strong and not stretchy.  If it stretched they wouldn't feel so secure. 
 
There's a pouch sewn into it so that you can fold it up and store it. This is one of my favorite features. I can fold It up neatly and compact and put it in my diaper bag for whenever I need it. I find myself needing it quite often.  Now I need to get a second one so I can wear one baby on each hip.



I was a little worried that the rings are plastic but they seem strong and the fabric slid right through easily but held strong.

They have great instructional videos. I had worn my boys in a ring sling before but when I saw the videos I realize it was so much easier using tips from the videos.  There are so many options with a ring sling from infants all the way up to 100+lbs. My 8 year old is not even close to a 100 lbs so no worries about your baby not fitting.  There's plenty of length on the tail to fit even larger women. I'm not tiny and it fit me fine with plenty of room to go.  Plus the extra tail can be used for a breast feeding cover.

I love the color options too!  Check them out!

Go here for the instructional videos. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Keeping kids healthy - Pfizer Pediatric Giveaway

This post may be sponsored. 


No one likes it when their children are sick. We recently had twin boys in January. It was just in time for flu season. All moms and newborns are paranoid about their babies getting sick and we had two to worry about.  Having twins is difficult. The last thing I would want is sick twin infants. With two older kids in school we were extra careful to try and keep all the kids healthy. We managed to avoid the flu but not several different colds that ran to the house. Poor Bubby had a cough for weeks.  He seems to go through this every year. He will get a typical cold with a cough and the cough just does not go away. He ends up miserable and has to use an inhaler.  This year he had the worst runny nose he's ever had.  It was during Spring Break too.

Here are some tips to help keep your family healthy.

Wash your hands frequently. Wash hands for at least 20 seconds. I know I'm guilty of not washing my hands long enough. 20 seconds seems like nothing until you're washing your hands and then it seems like forever when kids are waiting for you. Singing Happy Birthday will help you wash your hands long enough.
Use hand sanitizer. All teaching, I don't always have time to stop and wash my hands throughout each class. I always keep hand sanitizer on hand for me and for students. Since having the twins, I have hand sanitizer in the car when I pick up my older kids from school.

Clean your work area and/or home frequently. Write down your work area with antibacterial wipes or sprays. In the middle of flu season, I try to remember to disinfect my classroom and home as much as I can.

Change your clothes when you get home. When my two older kids were babies the first thing I did when I got home was change my clothes. After teaching 100 + kid today, I worried about what was lingering on my clothes. I have my older kids take a shower shortly after getting home. It saved us from the shower fight at night and get it done early.

Keep a supply of cold medication in case you do get sick.  Running out to pick up medicine while sick or with a sick kid is never fun at all.  Go to Target early and stock up on medicines that you know you will need.  Always be sure to check dosing information carefully.  Check with your pediatrician especially for infants.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

25% off Label Daddy labels!

This post is sponsored.  All opinions are my own.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

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- Robot Camps and Dynamic Art Camps offered during June, July and August

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Cozi Tot baby sling review

I've been MIA for a bit. I needed a break from social media etc.

I'm back and have doubled our number of children. We now have twin boys. They are two months old. I've been looking into baby wearing because well there's two and it seems necessary. One little guy hates his car seat and the car.

I recently received the cozi tot baby sling to review. It isn't a sling,  but is a mei tai style carrier. I'm not very good at baby wearing yet and getting straps and things right somehow look so easy yet seem complicated to get just right.

This carrier had an odd smell out of the bag,  but smells better after washing. The pictures on Amazon show babies facing outward but as far as I know it's meant to face inward on front or back. The instructions have pictures. I still got confused and looked at YouTube videos to show how to do different mei tai wraps.   These make more sense. It's just easier to see it live.  I tried an infant carry with his legs in.   My first try with cozi tot instructions we did legs out.

My little guy seemed content once he was in. I'm sure I have some adjusting to do. I wore it around the house. It helped calm him down during his fussiest time of day.

The straps felt comfortable.  There was no digging. In doing some research,  many say the stitching should be a certain stitch to make these carriers safe which I don't see on this one. I don't know that I'd trust this as a back carrier,  but I'm scared to back carry right now anyway.

This is a cheap and easy carrier to start baby wearing with.

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