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August 9, 2018
by Nikki
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CaptureCam from Vivitar

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I have been looking for a really good, high quality camera to use around my house. Not so much a baby monitor or nanny cam, but a security camera. I like to know that when I am out of the house that it’s still safe or even when the kids are home without me, they are still taken care of and safe. I found exactly what I needed in the Vivitar Smart Security 360 degree Wi-Fi Cam.

This security camera is peace of mind in a box. You can connect to any smart phone and monitor inside and outside your home wherever you are. It was super easy to set up, I only had to plug it, download the app and I was ready to go. Comes with wall attachments for a flush view. At home you can control light bulbs, doorbell, indoor/outdoor IP cameras, electrical outlets, and more. Away you can get alerts based on motions and sounds around a specific room. It will notify you and ask if you want to notify the police (or emergency services).

Features:

Full 360 degree view

Records video in full HD 1080p

Rotating swivel head allows for precise  positioning

Motioning detection and event notification

Two-way audio “intercom”, hear and talk with anyone in that room

View your home, dorm room, office and more

Night view using the infrared video mode

Connect easily to your phone and/or tablet

I love having the CaptureCam in my house. I put it in my middle daughters room because she is only 3. But when we move it will go in the baby’s room so that I can keep an eye on her at nap time and night time. But I really like having this in here because the xbox is in her room and I can watch them play, and also listen in to make sure that her older brother is being nice to her. We went out one night with friends and the kids were actually able to “call on me” by stepping in her room and waiting for me to see it and I could chat with them even though they couldn’t see me. I’m impressed with all of the features and capabilities and look forward to trying everything out.

July 13, 2018
by Nikki
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Family Games from Goliath Games

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Gooey Louie– What kids wouldn’t like to pick out some gooey green boogies?! My 6 and 3 year olds love playing this game (even though I have to help them set it up). Roll the die and let it decide how many boogies you pick, if you pull the wrong one Louie will pop his top and out shoots his brain! It’s quite a jumper but it makes us giggle for sure!!! This game helps develop hand and eye coordination and fine motor skills. Comes with: Complete instructions, Gooey Louie, a base, 1 jumping brain, 1 die, 12 boogers. And I suggest keeping your boogers stored in a plastic bag because they will get dirty.

Googly Eyes– This is a really silly game that we had a super fun time playing. We all are really good at drawing but when we put on the glasses that had 3 levels a making your vision funky- our drawing got lame to say the least. This game gives everyone you play with an even playing field. Each card has a option to choose between easy, medium or hard lenses depending on where you land on the board. If your lucky you won’t have to wear the glasses at all. Play as teams from 4-16 players ages 7+. Comes with Game board, drawing tablet, pencil, timer, 162 playing cards, 1 pair of glasses, and 3 interchangeable lenses (easy, medium, and hard).

Build or Boom– Are you like my family and like to build and challenge each other? Then this game is for you! Be the first one to build what’s on the blueprint card. You each get the same card to build off of. Who ever is the first to build gets to hit the boomer and watch your opponents creation come crashing down!! 2 players ages 4+. I helped my 3 year old build hers but she did pretty good on her own. We really had a blast competing against each other! Comes with: 4 boards, 4 blocks, 4 triangles, 4 arches, 4 cones,4 i-beams, 4 barrels, 2 builders, 30 blue print cards, 2 platforms, 2 boomers, 2 air hoses, 1 card holder, a complete instructions. A great game for STEM, and I love the fact that it doesn’t need batteries!

Wordsearch– I absolutely love puzzle and word games… which are usually only by myself. So imagine my excitement when this game arrived and I knew that I could play with my family! What makes this game more unique than typical others is that the game is played on a round turnable board. Each of the puzzles go into the board so that only one word shows at a time. Every player plays at once and use the colored marker tiles to mark your words. The player with the most words found wins. Comes with: Illustrated instructions, Wordsearch game board, 464 words to search for in 16 puzzles, 8 double-sided game cards, 280 marking tiles (70 reds, 70 green, 70 blue, 70 yellow). This has to be my new favorite game!

July 3, 2018
by Nikki
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New Children’s Books From Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

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One of our favorite books are the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! books, I have gotten them for review for the last 4 or 5 years. The new books usually come out toward the fall so when I received a package from them recently I was a little shocked. When I opened it I found 2 brightly colored, eye catching children books.

These books are based on the aquarium mascots; Sharkee and Bremmner. With 40 pages each, they have such child appropriate illustrations, that even I loved to look at! Both books were illustrated by Ripley’s cartoonists, focusing on ages 3+.

Sharkee and the Teddy Bear- A lonely teddy bear gets dropped into the ocean and Sharkee and his fish friend go on an adventure around the ocean in search of this teddy bear. Follow along with this adorable story to find out if Sharkee ever finds his teddy bear. Who really has it in the end? Will it be a happy ending? * This particular book is perfect for little ones who like pictures, and even for new readers. There isn’t a whole lot of words.

Bremner and the Party- We all experience a little anxiety from time to time. Bremner is a puffer fish who is nervous about going to a party. He is so afraid that he will puff up and everyone will laugh at him. He runs every scary scenario in his head before he gets there. Will everything be ok, or will he ruin the party? *There are a lot more words in this book but its still an adorable book!

 

June 24, 2018
by Nikki
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Townleygirl and The Incredible 3

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I’m back with more goodies from Townleygirl. They sent me 3 new products from the Incredibles 2 line:

Lip Gloss Set with Bonus Tin

This lip gloss set features 3 of your favorite Incredibles 2 characters. Pack comes with 3 shimmery lip glosses, 1 sticker (Dash) and a bonus tin. The flavors and colors of the glosses (from left to right) include: blue- cotton candy, light purple- grape, and pink- bubble gum. Dash, Elastigirl, and Mr. Incredible are 3 character heads on top the lip gloss tubes.

Lip Balm with Mirror

This cute cosmetic set is perfect for any little superhero. This set comes with 2 shimmery lip balms, 1 sheet of nail stickers, and a hand mirror. The mirror features your favorite Incredibles 2 family and a cosmetic mirror on the other side. Color and flavors of the lip balms; pink- bubble gum and purple- grape.

2 Lip Balm Set with Bonus Bag

Give your little one the gift of these Incredible 2 lip balms! They have ball toppers on them, each with a special character inside. This set includes 3 lip balms with ball tops and a bonus bag. The characters inside the balls include Dash, Mr. Incredible, and Elastigirl. The lip balm flavors and colors are purple- grape, pink- strawberry, and red- cherry.

My little girl was so excited to get these in the mail, that she didn’t even want me to take pictures or review them before she was trying to tear into them and run off to the bathroom mirror with them. I just took my son to see the movie and because he enjoyed it he asked if he could have one of the lip balms that had Mr. Incredibles or Dash on it. I figured that was ok as long as his sister was ok with sharing.

About (taken from website): Founded in 1952, TownleyGirl is the leader in children’s cosmetics and hair accessories. Partnering with top-notch brands like Disney, Universal and DreamWorks, we not only create great products, but also some of the safest ones on the market. With products like sheer lip gloss and peelable nail polish, kids will have a fantastic time dressing up as their favorite characters, and parents will have an easy clean up when they are all done.

June 24, 2018
by Nikki
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Sparkling Ice + a Special Recipe

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My family loves Sparkling Ice so much and we all have our favorite favors. My husband doesn’t drink soda so we keep his favorite in the house the most and I tend to buy it in bulk. His favorite is the Cherry Limeade, he said it tastes really close to Sonics drink. They reached out for me to review a few flavors and a recipe. Below are 3 flavors:

Coconut Pineapple: The flavors of coconut and pineapple makes you feel like your drinking a fruity drink on the beach.

Grape Raspberry: This drink is grape mixed with a taste of raspberry. This is my favorite flavor- I LOVE grape!

Orange Mango: A delicious combination of orange and mango. I’m not really a fan of mango but this was really tastes good! Mango doesn’t overpower the orange flavor at all.

I made this recipe (and photo) provided by Sparkling Ice, but for my kids I made it virgine, just omitting the vodka.

Citrus Punch

INGREDIENTS

2 cups vodka

½ cup lime juice

3 cups pineapple juice

2 bottles Sparkling Ice Orange Mango

1 tablespoon ground nutmeg

1 orange, sliced

1 blood orange, sliced

1 lemon, sliced

Pineapple slices

DIRECTIONS

Pour the vodka, lime juice, pineapple juice, Sparkling Ice Orange Mango, and nutmeg in a large punch bowl. Toss in orange, blood orange, lemon slices and stir. Fill glasses with a ladle, garnish with fresh pineapple.

About (taken from Facebook page): Sparkling Ice® is a fizzy, flavorful, and Not Bland beverage—without all the calories. We’ve been bottling sparkling water goodness since the 1990s, and today, we’re one of the biggest brands in the category. If you’re looking to put a little sparkle in your step, look no further than our delicious lineup of waters. With over 20 fruit flavors, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find the one for you. Or two. Or six. Seriously, they’re that good. Go ahead, try one today. You can thank us later.