Monday, November 11, 2019

#GiftsForKids - Xyloba Orchestra Musical Marble Track #HolidayGiftGuide


*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Xyloba for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 


Do you have a kiddo who loves making music?  Or maybe loves to build and experiment with the physics of marble tracks?  Or maybe both?  We absolutely love today's gift idea for pretty much any kiddo.  Check out Xyloba:


Xyloba, is the marble run that makes music.  Consisting of various components and sound modules, Xyloba allows the player to construct countless tracks and melodies. 


Various rhythms are defined by the length of the ramps and tunes are generated by the tone of the sound modules. Xyloba allows children to have loads of fun discovering and recognizing different note values, for instance ½ notes, ¼ notes, ⅛ notes as well as their dotted forms. The 20 different chimes, which range chromatically from G2 to D4, help distinguish between pitches and intervals.  



Xyloba comes in several different kits and the kit we are featuring today is the Xyloba Orchestra.  Xyloba orchestra is ideally suited for kindergartens and nursery schools, but my 11 year old has been having a ball experimenting with it! The large number of building components means you can create a great variety of marble runs, using the 16 interchangeable sound modules to produce very fun and creative melodies.


Xyloba develops motor function and spatial imagination, and facilitates a creative approach to music. The simple interlocking Xyloba system allows an almost unlimited number of variations. 



Xyloba musical marble runs are manufactured in the sheltered workshops of the Weizenkorn Foundation in Basel. Using raw wood, the individual Xyloba parts are drilled out, cut and sanded. Several manufacturing steps are performed manually and give people with disabilities the opportunity to be involved in a meaningful activity.  Xyloba is truly a wonder from Switzerland that can last for generations because of the high quality craftsmanship.

The booklet that comes with the kit is incredibly easy to follow along with using picture cues to help kiddos build marble runs that make well-known existing melodies: 




Of course, creating your very own melody masterpieces can be just as fun!  D made several different runs, but he had one that was his very favorite (so far:)  Check it out:




We are having so much fun playing with our Xyloba Orchestra!  It has already provided us with hours of creative fun and is teaching some great lessons of physics and the foundations of melody and musicality.

Xyloba's kits are just as beautiful as they are educational and they are a great way to get kiddos excited about learning.  Check them out is you want thoughtful gift that is sure to get used for years to come!
  





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.

Fun in the Kitchen with Kids and November's Gramma In a Box!

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Gramma In a Box for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own.

My kiddos love helping out in the kitchen, especially if the projects involve creativity and the end result is a sweet treat.  Gramma In a Box is their favorite subscription box these days, because it is full of hands-on food projects that do just that!


Gramma in a Box is a monthly subscription box which delivers everything you need to make 15-20 sweet treats inspired by Gramma.

The November box featured Turkey Day and Autumn themed goodies and enough supplies for 3 different edible projects.


Step-by-step instructions with illustrations are included, along with everything you need for a fun treat crafting experience recommended for ages 4 and up. 

Project # 1: 
Turkey Buddies




Project #2:
Harvest Bark




Project #3:
Autumn Cookie Decorating




The kiddos had a blast creating these tasty Autumn treats!  The instructions were easy peasy, the projects were fun and the creations were delicious. 
  

Gramma in a Box is $20 per month when you sign up for a recurring debit or credit card payment.  You can also purchase 3 months, 6 months or 12 months prepaid at slightly discounted rates and you can cancel any time.  The is an awesome Black Friday deal for a yearly Gramma In a Box subscription valid from November 28-30:


If you are a grandma that lives too far from your grandkids to bake together, Gramma in a Box is a great idea for a fun, hands-on activity to share across the miles that is sure to create lasting memories. 

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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.

#GiftsForHim - Nomad iPhone Accessories and More! #HolidayGiftGuide


*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Nomad for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 


iPhone owners will love receiving accessories from Nomad this holiday season!  Check out our favorites from the Rugged Leather line:


 Air Pods Case



We love the minimalist construction of this holder!  Designed to tightly fit your AirPods original case with Nomad's two-piece construction, the Rugged Case also provides additional drop and scratch protection. Built with genuine Horween leather, this case retains the compact nature of your AirPods in style.


iPhone Case

Nomad has cases designed from the start for all iPhones. Perfect fit, easy installation, and wireless charging compatible. They have cases available for iPhone XR, iPhone X / XS, and iPhone XS Max,


Thin construction gives the case less bulk and a slimmer profile, allowing for great portability. These cases are Qi compatible with Nomad wireless chargers and other devices.


Protecting your phone from damage is a case's primary job. This new Rugged Case is equipped to protect against drops up to 6ft, keeping your iPhone safe from unexpected tumbles.  It is covered with Horween Leather like the AirPods case.

Nomad sources this delicious leather from the renowned Horween Leather Co. of Chicago, one of America’s oldest tanneries. Over time, the raw, vegetable tanned leather will patina, developing a look that is uniquely yours.  It is so supple and absolutely gorgeous.  These cases are rugged, yet extremely classy.

iPhone accessories make great stocking stuffer ideas!  Check out Nomad for an extensive line if cases and other must-have cell phone accessories.






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.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

#GiftsForPets - Jones Natural Chews Stuffed Bones #HolidayGiftGuide


*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Jones Natural Chews for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 


Got a sweet pup on your gift giving list?  We have a tasty treat for them to tell you about today from Jones Natural Chews:


Originally the folks at Jones Natural Chews were butchers and what better thing to do with your bones scraps than to create tasty treats for your four legged friends?!  They have created a variety of different healthy treat options for dogs and one of Harley Mae's favorites is the stuffed Jawzer Bone: 


The Jawzer Bone is a 4” natural USA white bare bone filled with tasty meat and cheese combos. These treats keep Harley Mae busy for hours, digging for the awesome treat buried inside.  




She is a pretty hearty chewer and we love treats that keep her engaged for more than a few minutes.  As an added bonus, all Jones’ products are 100% grown and made in the USA.  It doesn't get much better than that!

If you have a pup, don't forget to treat them this holiday season.  Jones Natural Chews has got you covered!





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.

#GiftsForBaby - Baby Jack Learning Lovey #HolidayGiftGuide


*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Baby Jack and Company for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 


We have a sweet new baby on our gift giving list this holiday season and we can hardly wait to spoil him with a couple of adorable Learning Lovies from Baby Jack and Company!


I remember when my kiddos were babies many moons ago and how much they loved those little soft books that had tabs and crinkles and different textures for them to explore.  Baby Jack Learning Lovies would have been a huge hit with them and I know they will go over really well with most other babies as well!  Babies love exploring different textures and they love bright colors, so Baby Jack Learning Lovies are sure to be a favorite toy.  


Your child will love all of the adorable sheep, cows, duck, and horses on the Farm Lovey and have fun counting the rectangles and squares in the red barn!  The flip side is a super soft minky fabric.



Feeling a little patriotic?  Share your love of America with the American Flag Learning Lovey!


We love the bright bold colors of this lovey and all of the extra ribbons in different patterns and textures.

Baby Jack designs their own fabric prints to be EDUCATIONAL, teaching shapes in the animals, trees and vehicles. The Learning Lovey is accented with coordinating ribbons that are sewn shut, so little fingers do not get intertwined in the ribbon loops.  Baby Jack is the only company that sells sensory tag blankets and toys ensuring ribbons CLOSED to ensure that little fingers stay safe.

These are the perfect security blankets that will last you forever.  Each Learning Lovey comes with a toy link to clip onto strollers, car seats, or baby carriers. They make the toy links non-toxic and BPA-free. 

If you have a little one on your gift giving list this year, check out Baby Jack for an adorable variety of Learning Lovies that are sure to become favorites!




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.

#GiftsForKids - Thames and Kosmos Games and Kits #HolidayGiftGuide


*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Thames and Kosmos for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 


If you've been following along our gift guide, you probably know that we love giving games as gifts during the holiday season.  Thames and Kosmos is known for their great selection of games that are both fun and educational and today we are going to share some of our newest favorites that would make excellent gifts for middle grade kiddos and teens this year!



EXIT: The Game is a new series of party games for up to four players that offers a unique, unforgettable gaming experience. These games allow you to bring the excitement, intensity, and team spirit of an escape room to your living room. In each EXIT game, your team starts out locked in an imaginary room, or trapped somewhere. You must solve a series of riddles and puzzles in order to unlock doors and reveal new riddles. Each correct solution brings you to another riddle and eventually to freedom. The clock is ticking: You must solve all of the puzzles as fast as you can because the faster your team escapes the room and the fewer hints you use along the way, the more points you earn. Get ready to test your creative problem solving and logical thinking skills, because the rulebook in an EXIT game doesn’t reveal all the rules like in other games. After the rulebook gets you started, it’s up to your team to discover for itself how the rooms look, what the clues are, how to decipher them, and how to escape.

If you love escape rooms and want to bring the fun home, this is a great option.  You can only use each game once, but at a price of $14.95, this is a way cheaper option than taking the whole family to an actual escape room.  Plus, they have some really fun themes to choose from.


In Brainwaves: The Wise Whale, players lay nine cards showing different colorful sea creatures face down after trying to memorize which creatures are on which cards. During a player’s turn, they reveal a new card from the deck. Then, they must reveal a card that matches either the creature or the color on this new card. If they do, they claim this card, and then lay out a new card face down in its place. Whoever collects the most cards wins. 


Another great game for the whole family, Brain Waves is like memory, but elevated.  A great way to train your brain and another steal of a deal at just $14.95.


Jumpstart your study of mechanical physics by learning all about simple machines and how they’re used to make complex tasks easier to do. The seesaw at the playground, the wheelbarrow in your backyard, the flagpole in front of your school — all of these are examples of simple machines in the real world! So start building, investigating, and experimenting to discover how physics is all around us.  


Through 26 model-building exercises, you’ll investigate all six classic simple machines — wheels and axles, levers, pulleys, inclined planes, screws, and wedges — as well as gears. Start off with simple models to gain a firm understanding of the basic principles at play, and then move onto larger, more complex models to push the machines harder and see how they can work together. 


This kit also includes is a specially designed spring scale so that you can measure how the machines change the direction and magnitude of forces, making work easier to do.


Mechanically minded D really enjoyed this kit!  He is 11 and really interested in how things work, so this was a great kit to get those simple machine principals physically in his hands to experiment with.


If you have inquisitive kiddos on your gift giving list this holiday season, we would highly recommend checking out Thames and Kosmos for a wonderful selection of games and hands on kits that will inspire creativity and spark curiosity for years to come!






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.