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Juice in the Box Offers a Convenient, Eco-Friendly Alternative to Disposable Juice Boxes

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 by No Comments

Do your kids love juice boxes? Do you hate how expensive and wasteful juice boxes are? If so, you need Juice in the Box!

Juice in the Box containers are recommended for children ages 3 and up. Each contain is made from BPA and phthalate free Tritan plastic that is nearly indestructible and easy to clean.

Juice in the Box containers are easy to open, but close securely so they won’t leak in your child’s lunch box. In addition to being better for the environment than disposable juice boxes, they are also less messy since your child can’t squeeze them in the middle and send juice flying across the room.

I also like that the Juice in the Box container is bigger than a traditional purchased juice box. Most juice boxes I’ve purchased for my son in the past are about 4 ½ ounces, which means he drinks them two at a time. The Juice in the Box container is 8 ounces, which is the perfect size for his school lunch.

If health is a concern, you can make your child’s drink more nutritious by watering down 100% juice for a drink that is sweet but not overly sugary. Most nutritionists suggest a 50/50 juice and water mixture, but you can make your juice with 1/3 water if your child balks at the taste of a more diluted drink.

Juice in the Box containers come in several different colors and are each sold separately. If your juice box valve gets lost or your child gnaws apart the straw, you can purchase a kit of replacement parts. Visit the Juice in the Box website for details.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

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A Stylish Way to Organize Your Child’s Library

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 by No Comments

If you’re planning to redecorate your child’s room and are in search of a sturdy, well-designed bookcase, I absolutely adore this Little Sloane leaning bookcase from Land of Nod.

I think ladder style bookcases look best in smaller rooms and I love how this design features bins to hold books and toys instead of flat shelves. Children’s books are so awkwardly sized that I feel like my son’s bookcase is always a mess. The bins would also make it easier to contain stuffed animals, action figures, Legos, and other miscellaneous items.

bookcase02The Land of Nod Little Sloane leaning bookcases can be purchased individually as stand-alone pieces or you can buy multiples for a wall-to-wall room storage solution.

There is also a matching desk that you can purchase if you’re trying to create a study area for your child. Mending hardware is included to attach multiple units and there is a tip restraint kit to use to secure the bookshelf to the wall to prevent your child from tipping it over.

Customer reviews for the bookcase seem to be quite positive, with most reviewers stating that the product was easy to assemble and durable enough to withstand regular use by active children.

The Little Sloane bookcase is part of the Land of Nod Boy’s Adventure Fall Trends collection, which features menswear inspired patterns and bold colors to help you stylishly redecorate your little man’s room.

This collection is bright, cheerful, and something your child won’t tire of right away. With a few accessory swaps, it could easily work as a room for a teenager.

What cute children’s room ideas have you seen lately?

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Be Prepared to Evacuate Your Home

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 by No Comments

In the event of an emergency, how prepared are you to evacuate your home? If your answer is “not very”, Mary Rowbury can help. Rowbury, an insurance professional for 25 years, created Grab ‘N Go to help others be prepared for emergency evacuations after she was forced to quickly leave her home in 2011 due to a fire.

Her family document organizer is designed to help you be prepared for fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, and other types of emergencies where you need to have important medical and financial information at your fingertips.

Grab ‘N Go helps you create your own emergency binder filled with essential family information, important contacts, financial documents, passports, and medical records. There’s even space for information about your wills, trusts, and funeral planning.

Although some of the information and items you’re asked to gather in Grab ‘N Go seem fairly obvious, others are ones you might not think of on your own.

For example, Rowbury recommends keeping a hair sample from each person in your family in a plastic bag in case you’re ever in a situation where DNA identification would be needed. There’s also space for home fingerprinting, which is something I can see the value of but have never bothered to do on my own.

It’s going to take some time to gather all of the information, but filling out your Grab ‘N Go organizer is a smart investment in your family’s future. Pick up your copy on Amazon today.

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Travel Origami Shows Kids How to Create Their Own Vacation Souvenirs

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 by No Comments

If you’re planning a family vacation soon, toss a copy of Travel Origami in your suitcase to give your child something to do while you’re traveling to your destination and to curb requests for overpriced souvenirs.

Author Cindy Ng is an experienced paper folder and the creator of the bestselling Girligami origami book and kit. In Travel Origami, she shows how to use origami techniques to create special keepsakes from travel-related memorabilia.

Travel Origami’s projects are designed to be folded with candy wrappers, maps, brochures, shopping bags, postcards, and other types of paper memorabilia picked up on vacation.

So, this is a low cost way for your child to explore paper folding as a hobby and a creative way to put some of the vacation-related odds and ends you’re bound to collect to good use. (If needed, however, you could also fold these designs from old magazine pages, junk mail, or colored construction paper.)

Despite the name, Travel Origami contains many projects that can be enjoyed long after your vacation has passed. There are envelopes, picture frames, gift bags, and business card holders, as well as designs for origami jewelry and pretty little flowers.

If you have a daughter, the comic strip bracelet and modern money ring are likely to be a hit. My nine-year-old son likes the postcard star design in Travel Origami because he says it looks like a ninja weapon!

The instructions for the individual projects are easy to follow and the full color photos of the finished design give your child a clear idea of what the model is supposed to look like when it is complete. I would guess that most children ages 10 and up could fold the designs in Travel Origami with minimal adult assistance.

Disclaimer: A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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A Fun Way to Introduce Little Ones to Classic Greek Myths

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 by No Comments

Greek mythology is no longer just for college students. With the new Mini Myths series by Joan Holub and Leslie Patricelli, children ages 1 to 3 can learn about classic Greek myths in an age appropriate way.

Each 24-page board book features a noted character from Greek mythology humorously portrayed as a small child. The first two books in the series are Play Nice, Hercules! and Be Patient, Pandora!.

Play Nice, Hercules! follows young Hercules as he knocks over his sister’s block tower and works to repair the damage after feeling guilty when his sister cries. A brief explanation of the classic myth The Twelve Labors of Hercules is provided on the last page of the book.

Be Patient, Pandora! follows young Pandora as her mother gives her a wrapped box and tells her that she must not open it. As any curious girl is prone to do, Pandora touches the box, leans on the box, sits on the box, and finally opens the box.

The box was filled with cupcakes and all except one is ruined thanks to Pandora’s actions. Pandora tearfully apologizes to her mom before they enjoy the last cupcake. A brief explanation of the original Pandora’s Box story is included on the last page of the book.

The Mini Myths board book series is a refreshing change of pace from the typical books for this age bracket. If you’re tired of reading about the alphabet and all the colors of the rainbow, this series is just what you need for your little one’s library to make story time fun for the both of you.

Play Nice, Hercules!  and Be Patient, Pandora! can be purchased on Amazon.

Disclaimer: Review copies were provided by the publisher.

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Clif Mojo Trail Mix Bars Are a Tasty Afternoon Treat

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 by No Comments

I’m a pretty big fan of Clif bars in general, but I’m totally in love with the new Clif Mojo dark chocolate almond sea salt trail mix bar.

This bar is a blend of almonds, pecans, cashews, roasted soybeans, and dark chocolate. It’s amazingly rich and decadent. I have to keep them far away from my desk to prevent myself from eating more than one at a time!

One Clif Mojo dark chocolate almond sea salt trail mix bar has 200 calories, 13 grams of fat, 3 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein. The bars are gluten free, low glycemic, and made with 70 percent organic ingredients.

My son loves these bars too, although I’ve noticed that we sometimes have trouble with the chocolate chunks falling off and ending up on the carpet. This is something to keep in mind if you plan on sharing with your kids and don’t feel like scrubbing melted chocolate off your carpets.

They do hold up well in backpacks and lunch boxes, however.

I’ve been picking my Clif Mojo bars up at Target. There are five bars in a box and one box is regularly priced at $5.89. If chocolate isn’t your thing, they also make cranberry almond and wild blueberry almond versions.

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TeeFury Offers Unique and Affordable Tees for the Whole Family

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 by No Comments

Who doesn’t love new t-shirts? Every day, TeeFury offers selected pop culture inspired designs for just $11. The selected designs can be purchased as a men’s, women’s, or kid’s sized t-shirt.

In most cases, several different background colors are available. (If you miss a daily deal, you can often find the shirt in their gallery section for a higher price.)

The featured designs on TeeFury are the work of  independent artists who submit ideas to the website. The selected artist keeps $1 from each featured shirt that is sold and retains full rights to their design.

Since TeeFury was founded in 2008, featured artists have earned more than $548,000. So, in addition to snagging a fun new tee, you’re helping an independent artist realize his or her creative dreams!

In the past, I’ve ordered shirts for myself and shirts for my son from Tee Fury. The sizing was as expected and we were very pleased with the quality of the shirts. My son has three TeeFury tees that he wears constantly and they look just as good now as they did a year ago when I purchased them.

The only thing I don’t like about TeeFury is that they seem to be fairly slow when it comes to shipping orders. I had to wait a little over two weeks to get my last order. It wasn’t a rush purchase for me, but I would definitely plan ahead if you’re hoping to buy shirts as a gift for someone.

If you’re on Facebook a lot, follow TeeFury to get daily updates showcasing their featured designs.

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80sTees.com Lets You Relive Your Favorite Pop Culture Memories

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 by No Comments

If you’re looking for fun graphic tees for yourself or your teen, 80sTees.com is a fabulous resource. The site itself can be difficult to search through at times, but they have an impressive collection of graphic tees featuring everything from Star Wars to Jem and the Holograms.

Despite what the site’s name implies, they also have quite a few tees inspired by newer pop culture fads — including shirts from HBO’s Game of Thrones and CBS’s The Big Bang Theory.

Aside from the selection, one of the things I like the most about 80Tees.com is that they carry a wide range of sizes. Some of the men’s shirts go all the way up to 5XL. If you have a big and tall husband, you know that finding larger sized tee shirts can seem like an impossible task.

Most of the shirts on 80sTees.com are in adult sizes, but I did find a page of adorable Frozen themed tees for all the little girls in your life who are obsessed with Anna and Elsa. The “Big Sister” tee accompanying this post is my personal favorite.

If you’re thinking ahead to Halloween, check out the selection of costume hoodies too!

When we’ve ordered from 80sTees.com in the past, I’ve been impressed by their quick shipping speed. The last time we ordered, we had the package in three days! The shirts were all very high quality and fit exactly as expected.

If you don’t have a credit card or are just trying to save your credit card for actual emergencies, 80sTees.com let you use PayPal for your purchases. Sign up for their online newsletter to get access to new project alerts and special promotions, as well as a coupon for 10% off your first order.

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Redbubble Lets You Makeover Your Child’s Room in Style

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 by No Comments

Does your child’s room need a makeover? If so, you’ll definitely want to check out Redbubble’s new line of duvet covers featuring original artwork from a host of independent designers.

The duvet covers are made of a polyester-printed topside with a soft cotton/polyester off-white underside. The covers are machine washable on a cold water gentle cycle. You can use a mild detergent and tumble dry, but bleaching is not recommended.

Redbubble duvet covers are available in three different sizes: twin (68″ x 88″), queen (88″ x 88″), and king (104″ x 88″). Prices start at $93.44. The duvet insert is not included, however, so please keep in mind that you need to buy that separately.

What I like about Redbubble is that the site offers designs that are perfect for kids with somewhat unique interests.

My son is interested in science, horror movies, sci-fi, and anime – all of which are hard to find themes when you’re looking in the typical places for kid’s room stuff. But, we found several duvet cover designs that he loved. No matter what your kid likes, there’s probably a duvet cover that will work!

I can see Redbubble being especially useful for a decorating a teen’s room, since this tends to be the age where kids really want to express their individuality. There are several movie, TV, and music-inspired designs to pick from.

To complete the room makeover, RedBubble also offers a wide range of home accessories. Add a cozy throw pillow, a colorful poster, or eye catching new wall art to create a space that your child will love.

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