Thursday, July 21, 2016

Squishy Summer Fun With Collectible My Little Pony and Batman!

**Complimentary products received in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**

With summer still in full swing, Tech4Kids shared with us a few of their cool collectible goodies featuring your favorite My Little Pony and Batman characters!  We got to review  My Little Pony Squishy Pops, Fash’Ems and Micro Lites, as well as Batman Micro Lites:


 Mash'ems and Fash'ems are a highly collectible toy that all kids will love. Hidden inside capsules, they hold the thrill of a concealed mystery item. The colorful capsule doubles as carry case. 


Micro Lites are squishy characters that feature a cool light when you squeeze them:




Squishy Pops are cool too!  These little guys stick to so many surfaces with their suction cup bottom and the kiddos adore their little heart-shaped cases:


My kiddos loved this round of cool collectibles from Tech 4 Kids!  Any time they can get their hands on a blind bag or mystery case, they are all in and they love growing their collections:)

These fun toys are an affordable way to start and grow a neat collection of popular character goodies:)

Twist, squeeze, squish and stick collectible fun with Fash'ems, Squishy Pops and Micro Lites!


Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

KIDZ BOP 32 Now Available!

**Complimentary products received in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**

It's time to sing the summer away with the latest addition to the KIDZ BOP family, KIDZ BOP 32!


Check out the song list from KIDZ BOP 32, aka: our summer soundtrack:

Cake By The Ocean
No
My House
Love Yourself
Don't Let Me Down
Work
Never Forget You
Out Of The Woods
Hide Away
One Call Away
Just Like Fire
Stressed Out
7 Years
One Dance
Life Of The Party (Bonus Track)

Our thoughts:
My kids LOVE music.  They love listening to the newest music, however not all of these songs are as kid-friendly as I'd like them to be.  That's why I love KIDZ BOP!  All of your favorite hit songs, safe for the entire family!   Even B and I can rock out to these fun CDs without getting annoyed which makes them great for the car:)  You never have to worry about explaining "grown-up" lyrics with Kidz Bop.  

KIDZ BOP 32 is available now for your family's listening pleasure all summer long!


Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Parragon Books July Picks: Under the Sea Adventures!

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Parragon is one of the largest illustrated non-fiction publishers in the world. From great selections of Disney, Barbie, Monster High, Ever After High, Discovery Kids, Dora, TMNT, Sponge Bob to in-house favorites including Little Learners, Pinkabella, Dino Supersaurus, Glitterbelle, Life Canvas, Love Food and more, they make books affordable and accessible to readers all around the globe.  They also feature several fun book kits for all ages.

This month, our favorite books from Parragon are all about the ocean:


First up, a fun activity book to tie in with one of this summer's biggest movies:


Join your favourite characters from Disney Pixar Finding Dory with this Unforgettable Activities book. Have fun with Dory and her friends, color the coral, count the starfish, crack Dory’s code and so much more! This activity book comes with over 40 things to do and even a fin-tastic chalkboard necklace. This book also comes with a bonus code for a free Disney digital storybook!


Everyone loves a good sticker book!  Hours of fun await with Parragon's 4000 Stickers Under the Sea:


Discover a whole world of adventure under the sea, including playful dolphins, a mysterious shipwreck and a colorful coral reef. This fun activity book will spark children's imaginations as they complete the scenes and solve the puzzles. Includes activities like join the dots, coloring in, and spot the difference... plus 4000 awesome stickers to choose from!



Finally, a new Discovery Kids Factivity kit just in time for the trips to the beach:)


Journey inside the amazing underwater world of sharks in this Discovery Kids kit! Learn hundreds of facts and complete tons of activities, puzzles, mazes, and more while you explore this Shark Factivity kit. Check out 6 awesome shark teeth included in this cool Factivity set. Read the book. Discover the facts. Complete the Activities.

My kiddos love the ocean and learning everything they can about what lives in it, so they really enjoyed this month's Parragon Picks!



Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Keep Your Pups Happy All Summer with Evanger's!

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We have always loved giving our pup, Jessie, Evanger's dog food and treats.  They have an amazing variety of foods to choose from that could keep any pup from getting bored with their diet


Jessie's favorites are the canned foods and with names like these, it's no wonder!


Just the sound of some of these makes me want to serve up their people food counterparts:)  You always get huge chunks of meat and veggies you can identify in every can and that's a huge plus!

Jessie is also a fan of the Semi-Dried Hi-Bio food that is 85% meat:


and the Grain Free jerky treats from the Nothing but Nature line:


These jerky treats are also full of fruits and veggies with a healthy amount of pheasant and venison thrown in.  Real winners!

Evanger's also has dry food which is a great option for dogs on a dry or mixed diet like Jessie.  


We have always been impressed with the quality of Evanger's products and if they get Jessie's stamp of approval, we recommend them to every pet owner we know.  Needless to say, Evanger's is a winner in our book!

Make your pups happy and get them some Evanger's!


Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Monday, July 18, 2016

#ShopWithYourHeart Initiative from the ASPCA!

Today I'd like to share with y'all an exciting new initiative that ASPCA launched to improve the lives of farm animals called Shop With Your Heart.




As you may already know, most of the nearly 9 billion animals raised for meat, milk and eggs in the US are suffering in inhumane factory farms. And animals are not the only affected, as factory farms impact human health—they can be breeding grounds for dangerous pathogens and the antibiotics used to prevent disease create the potential for dangerous, drug-resistant bacteria to develop. 


To fully harness the power of our collective purchases and demand better lives for farm animals, the Shop With Your Heart initiative gives consumers the resources to recognize, locate and demand meaningfully welfare-certified meat, eggs and dairy products as well as plant-based alternatives.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Book Review: Barefoot Beach by Toby Devens

**Complimentary products received in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**

I recently had the chance to review Barefoot Beach by Toby Devens:


Spend a summer at the beach with this enchanting and emotional story about love, loss, and the powerful bonds of female friendship…

The beach house carried some kind of spell, concocted of—I don’t know—salt air, sea grass and Old Bay seasoning that over the years had permeated its walls and floorboards. Whatever it was, the place cast fabulous magic.

For Nora Farrell, Tuckahoe, Maryland, isn’t just a summer refuge, it’s home—where she married the love of her life, decided to have a child, and has remained connected with her two closest friends. Even now, long after her husband’s passing, Nora reunites with Margo and Emine every June….

But this year, challenges invade the friends’ retreat. Even as Nora delights in teaching at her dance studio, she is shaken by the possible loss of her beach house…and by a tentative new romance. While Margo directs a musical at the Driftwood Playhouse, she finds her marriage on rocky ground. And Em, who relishes running her family’s cafĂ©, struggles to handle her rebellious daughter.

With their personal dramas reaching a fever pitch, the women will discover that it isn’t only the beach that brightens their lives. Their bond with one another provides the ultimate magic.

My thoughts:
A great beach read this summer, Barefoot Beach is a winner for sure!  The characters are so likeable and their struggles are very relatable, making this book a real treasure.  Barefoot Beach proves that the bond of true friendship can weather any storm and I loved it!



Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Collectible Secret Life of Pets Gift Cards from Fandango + Giveaway!

**Disclosure: I have accepted free Fandango promotional codes and other compensation from Fandango in exchange for my review.  Any opinions expressed in this post are mine and mine alone.

The Secret Life of Pets Fandango collectible gift cards are now available! In celebration of the movie's release, fans can now buy these fun gift cards for their favorite movie lovers in both digital or physical form at fandango.com/giftcards.  


In addition to the gift cards, Fandango has some great Secret Life of Pets content, including an exclusive interview with the film's stars, a time-lapse video, a quiz and much more. Check out all the fun and games:
I don't know about you, but our family cannot wait to see The Secret Life of Pets!

Thanks to Fandango, one lucky reader will win a $50 Fandango gift card!  Enter below: