Monday, August 25, 2014

A Great Rainy Day Activity! - Sands Alive! Product #Review

We've had a lot of rain here this last week, meaning my kids (and daycare kids) who love to be outside have had a lot more indoor time than they're used to!  Because we try and limit our TV time to an extent, this leaves me often scrambling to find age appropriate activities for all of them. 

I was pretty excited to try out Sands Alive!  We've heard great things about this product and I figured my kids would really enjoy it.  I was right. 


We were sent this amazing Sands Alive! - Large Set -- which comes with everything you need for a hands on sensory activity, including 4lbs of sand, shape molds, rollers, cutters, and even a large tub to play with it in! 

About Sands Alive!:
Bring all the fun of the sandbox indoors with Sands Alive! Easily make and mould shapes, patterns or creative sculptures with this unique indoor play sand. The texture of Sands Alive is similar to cookie dough, but completely dry to the touch. Mould it into hard durable shapes and with a soft touch, it will break apart and appear to move! This product a parent tested, parent approved award winner, and is water-soluble, 100% non-toxic and anti-bacterial. Sands Alive won't stain and easily removes from your hands. The Sands Alive Large Set includes 4 pounds of Sands Alive sand, the large sand tray, and 14 sand tools!


 This kit has kept my kids busy for hours upon hours.  They love shaping the sand, making "castles" and all kinds of different things. And I have to admit, it's a lot of fun - I like playing with it, too!  We do find it a little bit messy, but that's more about the kids not keeping the sand in the tub as they're supposed to.  It's great for outdoors, and indoors we just use it in the kitchen.  The sand is easy to vacuum up after play time is over.  I honestly can not recommend Sands Alive enough!  Seeing kids ranging in age from 2 (with direct supervision) to almost 6 playing quietly and cooperatively together is all the proof I need that this toy is a keeper.
 

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5 Tips For Bathing Baby & A Disney Baby Prize Pack #Giveaway #Canada

I remember giving both of my kids their first baths. With my daughter, it was something we did after arriving home from the hospital. I had a cute little fold out tub that fit perfectly in the kitchen sink! She wasn't too keen on the water in her face, but she always loved snuggling up in a warm towel or robe afterwards. In fact, almost 6 years later, she still does.

Here's one of my favourite pics of my baby girl at 11 weeks old, just after a bath!  



Need some tips on getting your little pumpkin squeaky clean?  Bath time can be  great way for both you and baby to relax, and can be a very helpful part of a regular bedtime routine.  Here are some tips to help make your baby's bath time a success:

5 Tips for Bathing Baby

Tip #1: Start small
Your baby is little, so his bathtub should be too! When you start bathing a baby, it’s easier to do it in the sink, or using a small plastic tub. That way, you won’t have to kneel or lean awkwardly over the side of a big bath while keeping your baby upright. Some baby tubs, like this adorable Winnie the Pooh one, feature built-in toys, ensuring that bath time is fun for everyone!

Tip #2: Get some tub toys
For older babies, the bath can be a great place to learn and explore. Once your little one has graduated to a big tub, introduce them to some squirt toys, fun floaties or sponges. Disney Baby has a great selection of these, featuring characters like Nemo and Friends. Toys can keep your baby distracted and happy, helping make bath time a breeze.

Tip #3: Ditch the daily dips

Babies don’t need to bathe everyday – in fact, daily baths can dry out or damage your little one’s skin. It only takes two or three baths a week to ensure that baby stays squeaky-clean, as long as you stay vigilant about keeping face, hands and diaper area clean between washes. These Finding Nemo washcloths are the perfect way to keep baby fresh between bath times.

Tip #4: Lock in that moisture
If your baby does have dry skin, rub on a little moisturizing lotion, cream or oil post bath. There are plenty of products out there that both you and your baby can use!

Tip #5: Keep baby warm
Wet babies can become easily chilled, so throughout bath time it’s important to keep your little on warm. Ensure that bath water is around 37 degrees and that the air in the bathroom is comfortably warm as well. After the bath, wrap baby up in a soft, clean towel and give him a little snuggle! A Winnie the Pooh Bathtime Wrap keeps baby feeling cozy and looking cute.



And if you're looking for something cute and warm to dress your little pookie in, you could be in luck!  I've got this gorgeous DISNEY BABY gift set - including a 4 piece Mickey Mouse layette set, a small toy and a toddler sport drink bottle - up for Giveaway.  Open to residents of Canada, ends on Sept. 01/2014.  Enter below!

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Good Luck! 

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Cloud B Twinkling Firefly Frog #Review


I remember when both of my kids started to show signs of "bad dreams" at night. With my son, it would involve a frantic cry in the middle of the night and usually talk of "spiders crawling in his bed." Poor kid!  I thought at his age - going on 3 next month - that was about as scary as it could get.  Then one night last month, as I put him to bed, he really began to sob and shake telling me he was too afraid to go to sleep.  When I asked him what he was afraid of, I was rather shocked at the answer!  Not monsters under the bed, or giant lions in the doorway like I dreamed about as a kid (...I know.  I was an odd one, lol.)  No.  He was afraid that Zombies were coming to get him.  Zombies?!  Where on EARTH would he have heard about Zombies?  My poor baby!  I had to laugh a little bit -- and of course I had to reassure him that Zombies are not real.  They're not coming to get him, and as usual, Nova our dog would keep him safe. 

Then I remembered an item I'd recently received for review: the Cloud B Twinkling Firefly Frog.  We pulled it out and set it up with some new batteries, set it to "lights only," then I tucked in my little guy and said goodnight.  In the morning, he marched out of his room and the first thing he said, word for word was "Thanks for the new frog, Mommy.  It kept me safe from Zombies."  lol!  I might have melted a little bit.  He's all boy, but he's still my baby.


Cloud B Twinkling Firefly Frog 
Fireflies twinkle in Frog’s belly to create a magical glow that helps ease fear of the dark. This cuddly friend is perfect for enchanted playtime and helps children transition into nighttime. Twinkling Firefly Frog also plays a choice of two soothing sounds: rain with crickets, or lullaby melody.
Features


Soothing cuddly companion
  • Twinkling Firefly Frog helps ease kids from playtime to sleep time
  • Soft glowing fireflies glow in Frog’s belly
Two soothing sounds
  • Rain with crickets
  • Lullaby Melody
Sound box timer and features
  • 45-minute sleep timer
  • Requires 3 AAA batteries; batteries are included


Until now, the Little Man hasn't had any sort of nightlights in his room.  I didn't want to get into the bad habit of him needing light to fall asleep, for all kinds of reasons.  So the fact that the Frog is on a 45 minute timer is perfect for us!  It allows him to fall asleep soundly, and then it stays off for the rest of the night.  It's also easy enough for him to turn on himself if he needs it, meaning I'm not getting woken up in the middle of the night for any requests to turn the lights on.  While we don't usually use the sound functions, they would be AMAZING for a new baby.  If  I'd had this from the newborn stage, I would have used it for sure - This would be a great new-baby gift!  We love our Cloud B toys in this house.   The Little Miss uses her Twilight Lady Bug every night as well, and it's her second one.  My nieces have the Sleep Sheep and the Twilight Turtle as well, given as gifts from us and they love them too.  I stand by the fact that the Twinkling Firefly Frog is fantastic for kids of ALL ages.  As proven by my little Zombie fearing almost-3-year old!  ;)

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