Category: Gear

The Little Miss Matched Scooter Is Cute, Foldable and Affordable

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 by 1 Comment

My daughter outgrew her Disney Princess scooter a long time ago, so we finally bought her a new one.

We looked at all the options at Toys R Us and found that most of the ones that were the right style and size for my almost-seven year old were much more expensive. This one was regularly priced at $39.99, but marked down to $34.99 while many of the others were around $50.00 or even $60.00.

I couldn’t find a good reason why.

We went with this brightly colored, foldable scooter with the character we’d never heard of on it, and took it to the park about an hour later. If there was any assembly required at all, it was minimal and ready to go within minutes (my husband unpacked it).

It’s fast, with a thinner base than the old scooter had (the old one had three wheels for stability, so that’s where the wider base came in). It’s lightweight, plus it’s foldable, so even though it’s already small, you can fold it in half and fit it in the car with no problems. It’s foldable, but it seems just as sturdy as other models.

The colors are so fun, and if your child loves bright toys, this is the one to pick up. All the neon colors on a white background make this eye-catching, and probably a little more fun to ride. Even the handles are two different colors.

There’s a matching 20-inch bike, too, so if you’re in the market for both, it might be a winning combination.

Photo credit: Toys R Us

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.

Photo credit: TeeFury

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.

Photo credit: 80sTees.com

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.

Photo credit: Redbubble

Betabrand Makes Biking After Dark Safe and Stylish

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 by No Comments

If you or your teens are frequently biking after dark, Betabrand has come up with an innovative way to help make night time cycling safer.

The company has woven reflective elements into a new collection of shirts, jackets, pants, and scarves. Unlike traditional cycling gear, these items are fashion forward and perfectly appropriate to wear to school or work.

The shirts in the Betabrand Bike to Work collection are made of soft poly cotton with reflective 3M threads woven within. The trousers feature reflective cuffs and clever V-flaps that deploy from the rider’s rear. Jackets feature shiny epaulettes and flaps that riders can reveal at night.

Items are available for both men and women, although there does not appear to be much in the way of women’s plus sizes or men’s big and tall sizes.

I’m not much of a bike rider myself, but I think all of the items in this Betabrand collection are quite attractive. If I was going to be biking on a daily basis, the women’s bike to work jacket featured in the photo accompanying this post would be on my wish list.

For those with more modest budgets, I think their reflective infinity scarves are also really cute.

Betabrand is an online clothing company based in San Francisco that crowdsources design ideas and photography from its customers. Since launching in 2010, Betabrand has released a host of Internet fashion hits, including executive hoodies, sock insurance, space jackets, and cordarounds. Visit the Betabrand website for details.

Photo credit: Betabrand

Scotch Duct Tape Lets Kids Customize Their School Supplies

Posted on Sep 4, 2014 by No Comments

Duct tape is quickly becoming a must-have craft supply for creative people of all ages. If you’re looking for decorative duct tape in designs that will appeal to your children, Scotch duct tape comes in several colors as well as a wide range of patterns.

For girls, they have pastel cheetah print, cupcake print, rainbow scales, paisley, Monster High, and Barbie duct tapes. For boys, there are Superman, Batman, snakeskin, camo, grey elephants, neon stripes, and preppy blue chevron stripe tape patterns.

Scotch duct tape is 1.88 inches wide. There are 10 or 20 linear yards on each roll, depending upon the color or design you choose.

It says online that the duct tape is supposed to tear by hand, but I was not able to neatly tear the tape. I ended up having to use scissors to cut off strips for my projects. This was only a minor inconvenience, however. It still unwinds neatly and is easy to apply smoothly.

duct tape origamiDecorative duct tape can be used in many different ways. Kids can add a strip of duct tape to plain folders and notebooks to reinforce the binding. Duct tape can be used to cover old shoe boxes or empty cans to make cute storage containers for their room.

You can cover paper with duct tape to make duct tape origami creations, as described in my article on About Origami. There are also several cute duct tape craft projects described in Duct Tape Mania, a new craft book from Amanda Formaro.

Scotch duct tape is inexpensive enough that I feel totally comfortable letting my son experiment with whatever he wants to make. But, I should caution you that duct tape will pull the paint off walls, damage the surface of particle board furniture, and leave a sticky residue.

Make sure your kids know the limits of acceptable crafting before you let them work unsupervised!

Scotch duct tape can be found in most craft, office supply, and home improvement stores.

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

Photo credit: Scotch Duct Tape, Dana Hinders

Link Round-up: Delicious Food, School Supply Makeovers, Free Kindle Books, and More

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has delicious food, a school supply makeover, how to find free Kindle books, and more.

Aunt Peaches showed us how to give school supplies a makeover with tape.

Belle of the Kitchen shared a recipe for mini Nutella swirl Oreo cheesecakes.

A Mom’s Take shared an instant oatmeal in a jar recipe.

link ru almond chai

A Beautiful Mess shared a recipe for a frozen almond spiced chai.

Southern Girl Ramblings talked about battling morning sickness with Sea-Band Mama.

Mindfully Frugal Mom taught us how to find free Kindle books.

A Simple Pantry shared a snack idea: mini taco pizzas.

Photo credit: Aunt Peaches and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Cleaning Carpet, Apple Bubble Bake, an Inexpensive Backsplash, and More

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a carpet de-greaser, an apple bubble bake, tips for making an inexpensive plank backsplash, and more.

Muslin and Merlot taught us how to make a huge plastic spiderweb.

One Good Thing by Jillee shared a tip for getting stains out of the carpet.

Life with the Crust Off shared a recipe for a caramel apple bake.

link ru salted caramel fudge

Annie’s Noms shared a recipe for salted caramel fudge.

A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make an inexpensive plank backsplash.

Create Craft Love showed us how to set up a game of hillbilly golf.

You Brew My Tea shared 25 DIY outdoor fun crafts and activities for kids.

Photo credit: Muslin and Merlot and Annie’s Noms

The Crosswords for Kids App Is a Great Way to Pass the Time

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 by No Comments

My daughter really doesn’t enjoy reading all that much, but give her a crossword puzzle and she will sit still and look at words for hours. The Crossword for Kids app, which is free, is one of my favorite apps for her.

Instead of written clues, there are pictures at the top or to the side of each set of boxes, and there’s a jumble of letters to drag into their appropriate spots.

There are five levels of difficulty. The first level has only two words to figure out, and the fifth has six. The smaller number allows more room for the jumbled letters, so they’re separated from one another and each answer has its own small group of letters to arrange in the correct order.

In the higher levels, there’s less room to separate the groups of letters, so the mix of letters from several different word may be in the same pile. That adds a little extra challenge to it, too.

I think this app could be good for kids between the ages of four (older four) and seven years old. I wish there were more levels with harder puzzles and maybe even some written clues to read, but this has kept my daughter entertained pretty well for the last several months.

It’s no substitute for reading a book, obviously, but I love that it’s keeping her mind engaged and encouraging her to spell out words she probably wouldn’t be spelling otherwise.

It’s free, so there’s really nothing to lose. I highly recommend it.

Photo credit: iTunes