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Lowe’s Build & Grow – Free Activity for Kids!

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I’m always on the hunt for free and fun activities for my family.  Lowe’s has a fantastic program called Build and Grow. On my daughter’s first visit she received a Lowe’s apron, a hammer & protective goggles to borrow and her project.  When she/we finished the project we returned the hammer and protective goggle and she was given a certificate and a patch for her apron!  She loves the iron on patches that she earned and loves to show them off on her apron.

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So, far we’ve built 2 monster trucks and a “Croods” the movie planter.  Our next build is a sweetheart frame on May 11th.

77f64811ddClick here or head over to Lowes.com and search for Build & Grow to sign up at your nearest Lowe’s for the next free activity for kids!

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RIDEMAKERZ ~ BUILD YOUR RIDE

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New from RIDEMARKERZ, it’s XTREME CUSTOMZ! Have a great time building and customizing XTREME Customz rides!

Watch them in ACTION!

Get ready to build and customize the toy car or “RIDE” of your dreams. Choose from a wide range of body styles (about the size of a cell phone) and interchangeable, snap-on parts to transform your RIDE from mild to wild. With so many choices, it’s easy to Mix. Match. Make it Your Own.

XTREME CUSTOMZ RIDEZ comes in two sizes:

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  1. 1:48 scale ~ about the size of a cell phone
  2. XL 1:18 scale ~ about the size of a football

All parts are interchangeable across 1:48 scale RIDE bodies. All XL 1:18 parts are interchangeable across 1:18 scale RIDE bodies, including RIDEMAKERZ Disney-Pixar Cars RIDEZ.

1:48 scale XTREME CUSTOMZ RIDEZ even have a 4-mode adjustable chassis so you can customize the way you cruise. Choose from Race, Lifted, Jacked, and Off-Road…all with the push of a button! 1:4

Our Party and Review:

We had a fabulous time at our XTREME CUSTOMZ RIDEZ party. All the boys had a blast! We received 10 BATMAN starter kits.

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The boys had an exciting time outing the cars together and playing with them. We had races and even a style show where the boys showed their tricked out cars and what they could do! What fun!

Here are some of the boys just receiving their XTREME CUSTOMZ RIDEZ!

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They could not wait to open them and enjoy building. Each child built the BATMAN car…some needed more help than others, but overall the build was not difficult. The instructions were very detailed and outlined exactly what to do.

Here is the PDF file of the instructions…Batman PDF… to see how easy and detailed the instructions were to follow.

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I had plans to show a Batman cartoon to compliment our RIDEZ but the boys were too wrapped up in playing with the cars to even think of a cartoon! This was great to see them interacting rather than watching television!

Each boy got to go home with his own custom ride and wish list! ~ Our group of boys are partiers and the moms loved the wish list provided by RIDEMAKERZ … this will make birthday party gift giving easier among our group!

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Overall, EVERYONE had a blast…boys and mom’s included! Thanks RIDEMAKERZ for making our party a HUGE hit!

You can learn more about XTREME CUSTOMZ by RISEMAKERS by visiting www.xtremecustomz.com

 

Faith and Family Reviews received the following product from Mommy Parties/ Mom Select in exchange for writing a review. While we consider it a privilege to receive free products to review, our reviews are our honest opinion and thoughts of the product.

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The Christmas Web – A Christmas Tradition

This is a compensated post.

We’ve all probably participated in “Christmas in July” events or sales, I know I have multiple times over. It’s fun! Christmas is one of our family’s favorite holidays. Each of us has our own Christmas family tradition passed down from one generation to the next, but have you ever started a new holiday tradition? We have started a couple and our children have really enjoyed them.

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If you are looking to start a new family tradition, consider www.ChristmasWeb.com The Chirstmas Web comes in a gift set – a hard covered, unique story book titled, “The Christmas Web” and three magic wands in nice packaging that can be used as a display as well. It’s a very cute idea to have children (or adults too!) find their special Christmas gift by following a literal web.

The Christmas Web retails for $39.99, however, right now there’s a “Spring Sale” going on and they are just $29.99. A 25% discount with the code SALE. Just enter the word SALE in the promotional code box to get the 25% discount at www.ChristmasWeb.com. One these are gone the price will go back to $39.99

Direct link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjAXh74jYZA

We received The Christmas Web and our younger children liked it and said it was a nice idea and a sweet story. A couple of them even asked when we could use the wands and I told them at Christmas. The next question was, “When is Christmas?” Then the children were trying to figure out how long they had to wait! We look forward to creating a new tradition this Christmas. Then again maybe we could try it for one of our children’s upcoming birthdays. Whether it’s Christmas or in celebration of some other event, I know our children will enjoy having fun following the Christmas web to discover a special treat or gift at the end of the line.

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Baby Magic Bath Caddy Baby Review

Faith and Family Reviews received the following product in exchange for writing a review. While we consider it a privilege to receive free products to review, our reviews are our honest opinion and thoughts of the product.

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Baby Magic Bath Caddy Baby Review
 

Move over Baby Magic shampoos!  Baby Magic now has baby dolls!  This  adorable little 8 inch doll smells REALLY good.  She has that new baby powder smell.  Mmmmm…  takes me back.  The Baby Magic dolls are perfect for little hands.

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She comes in a bath caddy basket with a duck, shirt, headband, small towel, and I can’t forget 3 pretend Baby Magic bottles.  Our Baby Magic is currently drying off in our bathroom.  My daughter really enjoyed giving her baby a bath, the baby doll was however a bit slippery once she was wet (but, really most babies are, right?  lol….).  The duck, bottles and towel were great for pretend play and she enjoys washing her baby each tub time.

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This is a great gift idea!

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is available at your local box store.

 

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Transformers Prime Beast Hunters

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Our boys seem to love anything to do with building. They love to build with random pieces of wood they find lying around and have even built camps with it. Hence, it’s not too surprising that they love Transformers. The option of taking apart and rebuilding a toy into a completely different figure also really appeals to them.

So they were thrilled when we got the Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Deluxe Assortment for review.

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From the minute they saw the box and toy, smiles never left their faces. My two oldest sons checked the toy out and declared it “cool” and wanted to play with it as well, but my younger two boys were instant fans.

My boys had no problem at all reshaping the toy from fearsome dragon, into the powerful hunter option. They have a blast playing with their new toy and love the cool colors. Not to mention, they really, really like the dragon wings and weapons that the hunter carries.

The toys seem well made and the quality is good. At least from a mom’s perspective. So far my boys haven’t done a number on it. Yet. Then again, they also really love their new toy so I’m hoping they’ll take good care of it.

The Transformers Prime Beast Hunters are just a small part of the wide range of Transformer toys. This new line features more colorful figurines and powerful weapons that little boys are sure to love. Plus who wouldn’t love having a toy that goes from beast to hunter? They also have the hunter vs automobile, motorcycle, and truck mode that boys are sure to love as well.

You can get connected with Transformers on Twitter and Facebook.

You can find the Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Deluxe Assortmant at Hasbro Toy Shop for $14.99.


Disclaimer: I am part of the Mom It Forward blogger network. Mom It Forward and Hasbro partnered in support of this campaign. Hasbro compensated me for participation in this campaign. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Speedeebee!

 

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Can you beat the best? Are you the speediest in the hive? Join the fun with the ultimate word game. Roll the dice to serve up your challenge and be the first to call out a word. May the brightest bee prevail!

Speedeebee is another awesome game from Blue Orange Games. Speedeebee has 150 fun challenges and four alphabet dice. Players race to find words containing or excluding the letters shown on the dice. Speedeebee keeps everyone buzzing with exciting simultaneous play. There are no waiting turns in this family word game! The variety of challenges and dice combinations makes Speedeebee different every time it’s played!

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Contents of the game:

  • 50 cards
  • 4 alphabet dice
  • Illustrated rules

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Skills of the game:

  • Cognitive speed
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Reaction time

This game is recommended for ages 8 to adult and accommodates 2 to 6 players.

Click here to see the game in action!

Our Review:

We LOVE this family game! This is certainly a new favorite for family game night at our house! Speedeebee gives the brain a workout! We loved that this was not only a fun game but also a great learning tool! This game is reminiscent of speed tests at school… it gets the children (and adults) into the practice of thinking quickly. We played this game as a family…and had a blast. Even my 4 year old had a great time identifying letters on the dice. Even though she could not spell we adapted her role to finding letters. The game is age appropriate from 8 and up…but we did not want to exclude our little one from family game night. My other two children who are 7 and 9 played the game with ease (my 7 year old is reading at a higher level so this game was appropriate even for him).

As a mom and “collector” of family games I love that this game is in a small convenient tin. No large box to store and it travels nicely. This game fits easily on our game shelf and can easily be put into a purse or bag for travel use! I also love the fact that the container is made of tin… so often the sides of our game boxes break and I need to tape them up…no worries here with strong tin construction!

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Overall, what a fun family game! This was truly enjoyable to play! This is definitely an addition to our family game night and impromptu game nights!

For more information about this and other Blue Orange games please visit:

http://www.blueorangegames.com/ 

 

Faith and Family Reviews received the following product in exchange for writing a review. While we consider it a privilege to receive free products to review, our reviews are our honest opinion and thoughts of the product.

 

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Zingo! Sight Words Review – TimeToPlayMag.com

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I was very excited when I won an opportunity to review “Zingo!”for Timetoplaymag.com

I couldn’t wait to tell you about it!

The Thinkfun Company is spot on with this early learning game!

Zingo! Sight Words is a Pre-K version of the classic game of bingo except with frequently used words.

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After choosing your Zingo! card, slide the “Zingo! Zinger”.  It drops 2 (Two) words, if one of the players has one of the corresponding words on their card, they first must say the word then they may place the word tile on their Zingo! card.  Play continues until all 9 spaces are covered then the winner yells “ZINGO!”

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Of course you can play the game in other ways.  You can have 3 in a row or patterns (X, four corners, picture frame or Z for Zingo!), try multiple cards for more advanced players.

Zingo! is recommended for Pre-K to 1 and I would agree with the age range.  My daughter is 4 and not reading yet, however we used matching words so our game slowed down.  I would say the word and she would repeat it, then she needed to find it on her or my card.

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The only thing I found bothersome is you need to scramble the 72 tiles before you play for the first time. My daughter loved scrambling the tiles, but we needed to put them back int the “Zinger” before we could start the game. The other thing I noticed was the tiles were easy for me to push back in the “Zinger” but a little hard for my daughter.

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Great Game! We will be purchasing Zingo! for upcoming birthday parties!

 

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STRIDER Bike Review

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Our boys love their bikes. And the Strider Bike is a perfect product for introducing toddlers and young children to the biking world.

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The Strider Bike is very easy to put together. My husband did so quickly and easily in a few minutes. Nookie had a ton of fun helping him as well.

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The overall quality of the Strider Bike is impressive. It’s sturdy and perfectly safe for even the youngest toddlers. The seat is soft and has a nice little cushion for those little tushies.

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My youngest two boys have been riding the Strider Bike indoors since it’s still too cold to use it outside, and they love it. It’s the perfect size for them and even my older kids thought it was cute. Although we did have to explain to them why it didn’t have any pedals.

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We wondered if the lack of pedals would make Nookie go through some adjustment, but he was easily able to ride the Strider Bike! And our youngest son has also been using the Strider Bike and because of that, he’ll be so much more ready to ride a bike with pedals this summer.

We highly recommend Strider products. Not only do our boy’s love their brand new Strider Bike, but they get two thumbs up from us as well!

You can find all Strider Bike products as well all the other styles of the Strider Bike at:

www.striderbikes.com

Strider also has the Strider Life forum, which is a community to share stories and photos of your children enjoying their Strider Bikes.

Faith and Family Reviews received the following product in exchange for writing a review. While we consider it a privilege to receive products to review, our reviews are our honest opinion and thoughts of the product.

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Sassy Non-sters

When I hear the brand name Sassy, I immediately think of bright vibrant colors and baby friendly, and that is exactly what their new line of toys called Non-sters are.  They are named after the way babies babble.  Each Non-ster personality possesses a baby trait.  Some of their names include Ci-Ci, La-Lee, and Buppy-Uppy.  Each toy has a specific age range, a list of what they promote, and ways to help your child interact with the toy.  They are of very high quality and sold exclusively at Target.

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I had the opportunity to review four different Sassy Non-sters.  First was Ci-Ci lullaby and lights.  This is a soothing toy for children.  Ci-Ci is absolutely adorable with her green pig-tails, orange ribbons, pink with green polka-dot tutu, and ballerina shoes.  The colors are so bright and cheery, and she has many different textures.  Gently squeeze Ci-Ci’s hand and the heart in the center of her tummy lights up and soothing lulllaby music plays while the lights change color.  You can also change the lullaby music to a heartbeat.  It comes with batteries, which is definitely a plus!  Ci-Ci promotes interaction, self-soothing, and discovery.  It is for 0+ months, and I can see babies playing with it through a year old.

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La-Lee discovery spots was the next Non-ster I received.  La-Lee was very silly looking with green spikey ribbon hair, different colored ears, and different colored and textured spots.  What a surprise I had when I touched any of the four different spots down La-Lee’s tummy and silly sound effects emerged!  This would definitely occupy babies for hours!  This Non-ster also comes with batteries and promotes interaction, cause-and-effect, and imagination.  La-Lee is recommended for 0+ month children, but even my three year old had a ball with it.

Besides Non-sters that light up and play music, they also have books and carrier attachments.  The books are absolutely adorable and have so many features.  Ci-Ci’s book has a velcro strap at the top so you can attach it easily to a carrier or stroller.  Each page has very bright colors and patterns that are very appealing to babies’ eyes.  Pages include crinkle textures, a mirror, and a place to insert a photo.  You can even personalize the back with the child’s name.  You can also buy Ci-Ci as a chime & chew carrier attachment.  A very durable velcro strap makes it easy to attach to a carrier.  It has a nice sounding chime inside, and a dangling pink heart that is great for chewing on when teething.  Again the colors are very bright and vibrant, and the quality is very high.

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Overall I was very impressed with all four Sassy Non-ster baby toys.  I plan on buying them as gifts for many of my friends who are expecting.  Their colors, textures, and features make them great baby toys.  You can see all of the different Non-sters at http://www.sassybaby.com/nonsters.

 

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Clevamama

Clevamama is a company that strives to create products that make the lives of parents easier.  They sell baby products for bath time, bed time, feeding, and safety.  I was sent four different products to review including an Infant Formula Travel Container, ClevaPortions freezer and storage pots, a Splash & Wrap Baby Bath Towel, and a Clevabath Extra Long Bath Mat.  All four Clevamama products were of great quality.

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The Infant Formula Travel Container looks similar to other formula containers on the market, but have a few unique characteristics that make it that much better.  It has three seperate compartments to hold three premeasured amounts.  The container is tall so it can hold at least two scoops of formula in each section.  It features an easy pour spout that is longer than others I have tried.  This is a huge plus for me, since sometimes water from the bottle would splash back into the formula container making a mess.  This is almost impossible to do with this formula container.  It also has a secure snap top lid and special finger grips on the side for easy pouring.  Best of all is it is BPA free and dishwasher safe for easy cleaning!

The ClevaPortions freezer and storage pots are a great product for parents who make their own baby food.  It features eight storage pots with individual lids.  Each pot can be removed seperately without using any of the other pots.  Basically, you can make eight different pots and freeze them, and only take one pot out at a time when it’s time to eat.  This makes it a breeze for travel in that you only need to bring as many pots as you’ll need, rather than bringing an entire tray of baby food.  You also have the option of using only a few pots a time, rather than the whole tray.  Many of the other baby food storage systems I’ve used you must unthaw the entire tray or try to pop out one of the “food ice cubes” yet more than one would always come out for me!  The whole Clevaportions tray is a little smaller than an ice cube tray.  Each pot holds up to 2oz of food and are safe to use from freezer to microwave.  You can either feed from the pot or push the food out into a bowl.  For me, I just feed right out of the pot.  Who wants to do more dishes? Not me!  The pots are dishwasher safe and see through so you can see what is inside of each pot.  I love this product and highly recommend it to moms!

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The Splash & Wrap Baby Bath Towel is another genius product designed by Clevamama.  I cannot tell you how many times I have gotten soaking wet from taking my son out of the bathtub.  With this towel, it is almost impossible for this to happen!  The towel features straps that snap around your neck so the towel fits like an apron.  Then you simply lift your baby or toddler out of the tub, place them inside the towel and you can hold them without your body getting wet.  The towel also features a hood, so their head doesn’t get cold and straps on each side that you can tie around your waist  (I didn’t feel the need to use these).  Wearing this towel like an apron makes it easy to dry your child off since both of your hands are free.  The towel is 100% cotton, is machine washable, and is VERY absorbent.  It fits a newborn all the way through a four year old.  It is ultra soft, even after washing it, and has a cute neutral teddybear on the hood.  This was definitely one of my favorite products!

Lastly, I was able to try out the Clevabath Extra Long Bath Mat.  I love that it covered pretty much the entire bathtub, and not just the middle.  It has many little suction cups all over the bottom to keep it secure to the bottom so it doesn’t move.  These did not work as well as I had hoped they would.  Only about half of them would stay suctioned down, but the mat still did not move.  The material is made of a soft non-slip material that is ultra cushiony and dries very fast.  The bath mat also came with a free kneeling cushion.  This was great!  My knees always hurt after bathtime, and this cushion is made with the same material as the bath mat, so it was very soft and very cushiony.  Overall a good product.

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Clevamama offers many unique baby items that definitely make it easier on parents.  I cannot wait to see what they will come out with next!  Check out their website to see where their products are sold.

http://www.clevamama.com/

Faith and Family Reviews received the following product in exchange for writing a review. While we consider it a privilege to receive products to review, our reviews are our honest opinion and thoughts of the product.

 

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