In our house we are HUGE fans of National Geographic Kids and their books. So when we received the “National Geographic Kids 2014 Almanac” we couldn’t wait to read it and look at all the amazing photos.
The book contains different sections or chapters, such as Super Science, Awesome Adventures, and Fun and Games. We really loved the Adventures section and the animal section. My kids couldn’t put the book down. The the adventure section there is a story about the guy who did the worlds tallest jump from Space. Since reading about him my youngest can’t stop talking about becoming an astronaut some day. The animal section has a part that talks about unusual animal friends, such as a goat and a giraffe being best friends. We loved this section because of all the cute photos of animals and how bright the pages were. My oldest LOVES penguins and she loved the section “Meet The Penguins”. She was able to learn a lot about them. I really liked the Fun and Games section. There are silly jokes and fun activities we can do as a family together.
The book has over 337 pages of fun and learning. Each page is packed full of colorful photos and interesting facts. I would not only recommend this book for all families with kids but all classrooms to have it too. I can see the teachers taking it out during a lesson and showing the pictures to them or taking the book out on a rainy day and allowing the kids to have some fun time learning.
This is another A+ book for our family.
Besides the giveaway below be sure to check out the National Geographic Books Kindle Fire Giveaway.
My girls LOVE to have their nails painted. I usually use a safe nail polish on them but never have had one that can wash off without using harsh chemicals. So when I was introduced to SNAILS (safe nails), a French-made chemical-free kids nail polish that washed off with soap and water. We couldn’t wait to have a nail painting party and see how it works.
Our SNAILS, nail polish came in a cute mesh bag, the ribbon ties have the “SNAILS” logo on them. The bottles come with matching bows on them. There was also instructions on how to apply the polish for longer lasting results and how to wash it off. They even provided what looks like a baby wipe for traveling clean up. We received “Love is…” color which is red and “Twinkle dust” which was a peachy shimmery color.
My oldest wanted to have her nails painted in a pattern. This worked out perfect as I wanted to try both colors at once. The polish goes on nice and smoothly and dries quickly. There was no harsh chemical smell. The Twinkle dust did have a slight perfume smell, but it goes away after drying. After her nails dried, my daughter went outside and played for a few hours. To my surprise the polish didn’t even crack.
I love the results on my daughter’s nails that I did my nails with the Love is… color, after all if it’s safe for my kids, it has to be safe for a pregnant woman too. Then that night I used the wipe they provided on one hand to clean it off and on my other hand I used soap and water. Usually with a red polish there is a pink stain left behind, even after cleaning them. With SNAILS all the color came off with no problems, it didn’t even take me to long to wash it off.
Would I recommend SNAILS to my readers? That would be a huge YES! It’s safe for your whole family, it washes off with no harsh chemicals and it looks really nice. We hope to get more for future “pamper parties”. The colors they have are so cute and I already have a list of ones I want for myself.Read More
Banana Boat teamed up with Simply Stacie to provide 25 of her reader the chance to test out and give their opinion on their NEW, Natural Reflect Sunscreen Lotion. I was one of the lucky 25.
During the Spring and Summer months our family spends A LOT of time outdoors. This means we need a lot of sunscreen. We are also a family that would prefer an all natural product. I hate not knowing what is going on my children’s skin. This year is especially important to us to use all natural sunscreen as I am pregnant, I want to make sure I’m protecting my child that is inside me too.
We have always LOVED using Banana Boat and this all natural formula did not disappoint. Banana Boat Natural Reflect Sunscreen Lotion goes on nice and smoothly onto our skin. It left no greasy mess, not even on my hands after rubbing the lotion in. It has a gentle smell, it’s a very faint smell and smells like other Banana Boat products.
I was impressed with the quality of this sunscreen. My oldest goes to school all day, so we can only apply it before school. When she has come home you can tell the sunscreen was still working. The product should be re-applied every 2 hours (so please follow this on a regular basis), but it’s nice to know it will still help even longer. On weekends my kids play outside a lot and run around a lot. The sunscreen on their face does not run in and burn their eyes.
I would recommend this product to my family and friends. A tube will go a long ways, it’s safe for your family, gentle and works extremely well. Thank you Banana Boat and Simply Stacie.Read More
My girls are obsessed with mermaids. They lay on the floor and pretend they are swimming like them, they draw pictures of them and they love watching movies about them. As a parent I LOVE Aurora. So when Aurora came out with the Sea Sparkles line I was excited!!
Each doll has a sparkly swirly fin and a sparkle top that had a jewel on it. The mermaids’ hair is made of yarn and is two colors. Sea Sparkle dolls come in many sizes, ranging from 10″ all the way to 38″!
My daughter received a 10″ doll. I choose the “Merissa” doll for her. Merissa had brown hair like my daughter and is covered in purple, her favorite color. I surprised my daughter with the doll last week, by setting it in her seat in the van. Then after school she came to the van and was so excited!! She hasn’t put the doll down since, she sleeps with her, takes her in the car, plays mermaids with her. It really is so cute. Now my youngest is asking for one for her birthday.
I love that the dolls have yarn hair, this makes the hair stay nicer and yet still fun to style. The doll also has a weighted bottom, so she can sit. Ours sits on my daughter’s headboard while she is at school.
I would totally recommend Sea Sparkles dolls by Aurora. They always have great quality products and these dolls are so much fun.
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Ring Bling is a game by Super Duper Publications. The game is an interactive game where kids earn rings for their colored hand. There are three different types of cards. The Yellow cards contain basic directions like “Kiss a slimy frog”. They don’t really kiss a frog but they need to use their imagination and kiss like they are really kiss the frog, maybe make a gross face. The Blue cards are what I would call “If” cards. For example “If you like brownies, say ‘baa’ like a sheep.” For my daughter she doesn’t like brownies so she didn’t do anything at all. And finally the Pink cards, they are “before” and “after” cards. This helps them learn how to do things in order. The game is for ages 5 & up and can be played with 1-4 players.
My oldest daughter LOVED playing Ring Bling. She is 7, so the directions to her seemed simple but I challenged her to be extremely creative in her actions. When we were playing I saw a drama queen come to life. Watching her stretch her imagination was so much fun.
The game is played with a hand and several rings. The directions suggest starting with 12 rings. Once the player completes a task the spin the spinner and add the amount of rings to their play hand. OR there is a spot on the spinner that tells you to give a ring to another player. It’s a fun twist. We played the game as a one player game so we skipped the spinner, but I know when she has friends over to play she will love to use the spinner and see what rings will go where.The game is silly and fun and kept my daughter active for over an hour, I’m sure she would have played longer if I would have let her. Even though there is only 50 cards, she wanted to play them over and over again and try different things with them.
As a parent I really love this game. It’s great to encourage your child’s imagination and it helps them learn how to take directions. It’s a great educational tool, teaching them before & after, following simple commands and helps them think about the “if’s”. I would recommend this game to parents with young kids and to schools as a great “rainy day” activity. For classrooms you can purchase extra rings and hands, that way you can include more children.
I’m actually impressed with Super Duper Publications. I’ve looked over their website and have a list of games I want to get for the future. One game that I think will be perfect for our family is Yogarilla. It’s a deck of card that demonstrates basic yoga moves but with a gorilla. I think it’s a really cute idea to make yoga fun for kids and to get parents moving along with them.
You can get 15% OFF from now until March 31, 2013 by using the code- KSBLOG1317 at Super Duper Publications website. Plus get FREE shipping to the US and Canada with orders over $20.
I had the opportunity through MommyParties to host a Mega Bloks® Barbie® party. I was provided with the Mega Bloks products and I provided the food and entertainment. We had a great turn out and all the kids had tons of fun. Last night I spent 1 hour 45 minutes setting up the Mega Bloks Barbie Luxury Mansion so that the kids could enjoy it today. The house was a huge HIT!!
We had a draw for a Mega Bloks Barbie Pool for one lucky girl and every girl that attended received a Mega Bloks Barbie Build ‘n Style Kiosks. They couldn’t wait to start playing with their new toys. It was fun to see them get so excited.
The kind people at MommyParties also provided me with a packet with so great party ideas. For one of our snacks they suggested “Cup of Sand”. It contained Nilla wafers, vanilla pudding and a gummy fish, I added the umbrellas for an added touch of color. These tasted great and were so much fun.
As you can see we had a blast. Look at all these smiling faces.
My thoughts on the Mega Bloks Barbie line. The Mega Bloks Barbie Luxury Mansion came with a great set of step by step instructions that was easy to follow. The kit had over 300 pieces and took me an hour and forty-five minutes to put it all together (without my kids help. I feel it would have taken longer but would have been a lot of fun to build this with my kids). The set up included adding the stickers and building each section. The only complaint I have it the floors of the house slip out really easily and can get frustrating to my kids. I do understand this feature is to allow them to make the house to their liking, it just would be nice to not have it fall out so easy.
We also set up the Mega Bloks Barbie Build ‘n Style Fashion Stand and Ice cream Cart. Both came with great set of instructions and only took 5-10 minutes each to set up. Since the party my kids have been playing with their new Maga Bloks Barbie sets non-stop.
I’m impressed and I know my girls have other sets on their birthday wish lists. These toys are recommended for kids ages 4 and older. The younger kids might get a bit frustrated with the small pieces falling apart but I know the older girls at the party loved switching things up and making a new house.