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Kwickeye Review

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What is Kwickeye?

Kwickeye is a social platform that lets you follow products/services that friends want for their kids and also makes it easy and fun to surprise moms and kids with the things they love!

Kwickeye has a “quick add”, or “Kwickadd” as they like to call it, button that is very easy to install, much like Hootsuite’s or Wishlist’s, simply drag it to your bookmark toolbar and voila! it’s installed. This makes it convenient to add products you like from any online store to your Kwicklist. Your Kwicklist enables friends and family to see the products on your list and allows them to comment, provide recommendations or opinions or maybe even purchase the product for an upcoming gift! You can also receive surprise notifications of an anonymous gift!

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Kwickeye was founded by a mom – Gayathri Santhanam, an entrepreneur with technology background. She has two adorable kids, Aadit(6) and Anishka(3). She lives in the San Francisco BayArea. The site was featured on CNBC as one of the most promising startups globally.

You can find Kwickeye on Facebook here.

My Kwickeye Review

Kwickeye has a wide variety of products displayed on their site. From clothes, books, toys to organizational tools for mom – I found a fabulous daily organizer from Pottery Barn on that I would love to put in my office. I also found eco-friendly clay, Pure (organic snack bars) and sweet clothing for children.

I like the idea of Kwickeye and can see how helpful it would be to busy moms, moms with family close by and far away and be a general help to moms who attend a lot of birthday parties. Moms and kids could just look up their friend’s lists and pick a cool gift based on their Kwicklist. Eliminating unnecessary gifts and returns. Bonus!

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The Backyard Safari Outfitters Review

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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Our children love to play outside. I love that they have the freedom to play outside when they want and they have the space to roam freely over our property. They make up their own games and create their own “toys” and “weapons” for whatever animal or battle they are fighting.

The Backyard Safari Outfitters offers some wonderfully fun products for kids who love to explore, be outside and examine nature up close.


The Backyard Safari Outfitters Review

We received a Magnifying Glass, a The Critter Shack, The Essential Cargo Vest, Mini Lantern and Scoop Net from The Backyard Safari Outfitters. Our children loves the products and have been having a blast with them catching lightening bugs, butterflies and even baby chicks with the scoop net! They look so cute dressed up in The Essential Cargo Vest.

All of the products are holding up surprisingly well considering we have five children making use of them. Even the scoop net has withstood chick catching. It has come apart but not broke. The mini lantern even came with batteries in it. I was impressed, as most battery operated toys do not come with batteries.

The Essential Cargo Vest has so many hooks and pockets, I am sure all of The Backyard Safari Outfitters products could be clipped or carried in it! It was great to see the children make use of the hooks so they could hang the lantern, pocket the magnifying glass and have their hands free to carry their scoop net and critter shack. Very inventive.

We are very pleased with The Backyard Safari Outfitters products and would like to try more of their products in the future. Two thumbs up from us!

Visit www.backyardsafari.com for more information or to shop their products.

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Home Depot – Free Kids Workshops

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Looking for a fun and free activity for your kids!?  Check out Home Depot’s FREE kids Workshops!  The next workshop is focused on the upcoming movie “EPIC” and your child will be building an herb planter!  It’s on May 4th!  Home Depot also has 2 more upcoming workshop’s in June & July!

So far, my daughter built a bird feeder, here she is painting it.

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She received her very own Home Depot apron, pin for her build, and a certificate!  She is very proud of her accomplishments!

Head here or go to Home Depot’s site for more information!

 

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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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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!

 

ZINGO!!

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