December 14, 2014
by Nikki
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SipSnap Universal Sippy Cup Lid

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About (taken from website): We are two moms, two friends, two product designers. We live in different continents, but together, we are Double Double. We’re taking the experiences of our daily mom-lives and putting them together with our professional skills to create products that make being a mom or dad that bit easier.

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Review: Fresh out of the Kickstart program, SipSnaps has invented every parents dream toddler/kid-wear. I have such a hard time with sippy cups in my house. After a few washes, they are no longer leak proof and make a mess everywhere. Im also trying to get him to drink out of more big boy cups with a straw, but lets face it, I still end up with spills. With SipSnap Lids I don’t have an issue any more!

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SipSnap TOT: These are universal, latex-free and BPA free, silicone sippy cup lids. These universal lids are easily stretched and fitted over most cups you may have around the home to make your childs choice wider. I have tried this on almost all of our cups, from 4 ounce to 12 ounce cups. They are 100% spill proof, there is a stopper on either side of the cup to stop a rolling cup. I haven’t been brave enough to try them over night, but I will soon. The spouts are chew proof which you know toddlers like to chew on the spouts. Each box comes with 3 lids with choice of 3 sets of colors; Blue Quench, Sandbox Set, Rise ‘n’ shine. Also, the lids come with a convenient carrying case to keep them clean and sanitary at home and on the go.

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SipSnap KID: You have pre-school aged kids NOT on sippy cups? That’s ok!! SipSnap has straw cups for them too!! These cups are splash-proof (not leak-proof). They also are latex-free and BPA free, stretchable silicone. This set of lids will fit any size straw. I like to use these during the day to give my son the big boy feeling. They are great with reusable metal straws (comes with 1). And I also like to use them for myself because my mini doxie likes to sneak and drink out of my cups, so this saves me. They come in packs of 3, same color choices as the sippy lids. And also comes with a carrying case to keep them clean at home and on the go.

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December 14, 2014
by Nikki
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Elementary Box Review

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December 2014 PreK Elementary Box

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 Elementary Box is a monthly subscription box filled with teaching tools for the classroom, student incentives, handcrafted teacher gifts, as well as teacher tips & shared ideas targeted at those who teacher PreK up to Fifth grade. I am planning on homeschooling my 3 year old son so I had to check this out!

Subscription options are: 12 Months for $25/month, 6 Months for $27/month, or 3 Months for $29/month. All subscriptions include free shipping.

 

 

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 The box comes neatly packaged wrapped in tissue sealed with a logo sticker.

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 I like receiving personalized notes in subscription boxes. It’s so sweet.

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 The teacher’s gifts in the December box are a rosemary mint handmade shea butter body cream and cuticle balm. I definitely need these during the winter months! They smell really nice.

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The cuticle balm comes in a convenient little sliding metal case that will fit perfectly in my pocket to apply after washing my hands (which happens a lot throughout the day with a messy 3 year old.) My hands and nails get terribly dry starting around November.

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 I now have a lifetime supply of gingerbread man erasers ;) I am thinking of some Christmas crafts Raine and I can do with some of these. People love getting little presents from my sweet boy. We will keep at least a pack of these for their intended use. These would be great in holiday party goodie bags for kids too.

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 We popped the Five Little Penguins Slipping on the Ice CD right in and read along in the book. This is such a cute book! I am very glad to see this in my Elementary Box.

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Scholastic Alphabet Art Activity book for grades PreK-1 was the last item in my Elementary Box.photo 3 (20)

 This is such a great learning resource! It is full of activities/crafts to do with your children (students.)

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December 13, 2014
by Nikki
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PlaySkool Tumble ‘N Glow Froggio Toy Review

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About (taken from website): At PLAYSKOOL, we were the first to recognize that kids learn through play.  That was over 80 years ago when most people thought that learning and play were two totally different things.  Today everyone knows that play is learning, and that’s why we here at PLAYSKOOL focus on creating fun first toys so that children love to play and learn.  And, we recognize that you are your child’s best teacher and playmate.  From ABCs and 123s, to “please” and “I love you”; your kids are always learning with you (especially when they’re laughing).

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Review: Looking for a fun toy for a toddler? This little froggy has been such a hit toy in my house this week! His is geared toward ages 12 + and my son is 3 and LOVES it.

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The Tumble ‘N Glow Froggio will keep a bored toddler entertained for hours with all the lights, colors and music. There was a small amount of assembly adding his feet to help him stand the the back ends of his slides. But within a few minutes, he was ready to play. It comes with 3 2-toned balls that you “feed” him through his mouth. When the ball goes in he ribbits and the music and lights go as the ball travels around and down the slides. Push the purple button on his foot to release another ball and your ready to play again.

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The Tumble ‘N Glow Froggio isn’t a very large or bulky toy so its easy to store away when your little one is done playing with him. It also has an on/off switch if it starts to get too annoying for you. My favorite part about the frog is the noises he makes. When my son was little he loved anything that lit up and played music. I have a little girl due next month and I know that when the time is right for her to play with it, she will enjoy it as much as my son does.

To purchase: Playskool Tumble n Glow Froggio

December 10, 2014
by Nikki
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igottadrive.com Safety Class

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About (taken from website): igottadrive.com was founded by The Driver Training Group, an industry leader in traditional integrated driving school programs. Realizing the importance of bringing its years of experience to the online drivers education field, TDTG has committed itself to developing and distributing the finest online drivers Ed courses in all categories and regions. Our first program, California Drivers Ed, has been certified in the state of California. To build a community of customers and driving experts who care about driving safety and education through customer engagement and appreciation. Provide the highest quality online drivers Ed courses using the latest educational technologies and customer driven content.

 

 

 

 

 

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Since I’ve gotten my license, I have sadly forgotten some of the rules of the road.When I took this test, there were things I already knew but other things I was reminded of. Another thing that happened was I learned things I didn’t know! This test would be perfect if you had a child who is either just learning how to drive or if they have been driving for a while, it would remind them about the rules of the road that they may not be following.

In this test/lesson, you will not only read articles, but you will also watch videos about the lesson in the certain city you are “visiting.” The entire lesson is a road trip where you “visit” 11 cities to learn different lessons of the road. At the end of some of the lessons, there are practice tests that will show you all of the questions and will correct you if you get them wrong. Every two hours, you will need a break and you can only learn for 4 hours in a 24 hour period. igottadrive suggests you spend 12 hours on the first half of the lessons so you will do better on the final test. This lesson was a great review for me and will be great if your child is just getting to know the rules of the road.