I received sample toys to test and review. All opinions are my own.
I first saw these toys at Sweet Suite during Blogger Bash NYC 2015 and knew they would be on my holiday must-buy list. The Firetek Zeon Bow from Zing and the Unicorn Popper from Hog Wild are great toys for kids like mine (7 and 3 years old, respectively).
Firetek Zeon Bow
The Firetek Zeon Bow is a mini version of the Zeon Bow, but it’s not so mini. It launches light-up mini Zartz arrows up to 35 feet, and will stick to most flat surface targets with soft-foam suction cup tips.
An arrow is launched by hooking it up to two elastic cords on the bow. This mechanism ensures that the user can’t replace the safe soft-tipped arrows with something more dangerous.
The Zeon Bow is available in two colors, green and orange and the arrows light up for fun nighttime play. It’s meant for kids age 5+ and it will retail for $14.99.
The Unicorn Popper is an adorable little ball-launching toy for kids ages 4 and up. It comes with 6 cute rainbow balls that shoot up to 20 feet just by squeezing the unicorn’s belly.
It was difficult for my 3 1/2 year old daughter to squeeze the unicorn hard enough to shoot the ball, but she was able to to it a few times. With just a little more strength, I think it will be easy; and I like that she’s strengthening her hand grip just by trying.
I received a Vamousse Mousse and Shampoo for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.
It’s the louse’s favorite time of year! Kids are coming back from camp and they’re on their way back to school. Their adorable little heads are just asking for lice to make themselves at home. And now news reports claim that lice are resistant to traditional over-the-counter insecticides. All the more reason to choose a natural prevention and treatment product, like Vamousse. We’ve used Vamousse and here’s our review.
We experienced lice once, and it was one time too many. Even the idea of lice was something I refused to face, and I was completely blind-sided when it happened. I had received a free treatment mousse from Vamousse and kept it in the closet, thinking it was only taking up space. I was so very thankful to have that bottle in my closet when it hit because, instead of having to go drugstore shopping, I was able to treat the kids immediately.
There was nothing pleasant about treating lice; however, one 15 minute treatment and a few subsequent shampoos for good measure were effective for us. None of us experienced any unpleasant side effects either, perhaps due to the natural ingredients. Ever since then, I always keep at least a full Vamousse treatment bottle and prevention shampoo in the closet.
Vamousse Lice Treatment
Kills lice and eggs fast
Single 15-minute treatment, no need to reapply
Quick and precise application with easy-to-use mousse
Safe and non-toxic
Vamousse Lice Protection Shampoo
Gentle daily shampoo kills lice
Helps keep your entire family lice free
For use during outbreaks at school, prior to camp or sleepovers
Allows kids to return to school even after an outbreak has occurred
Vamousse Lice Treatment (MSRP $24.99) is available nationwide at Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Kmart, and in some regional chains, including Harris Teeter, and online at Amazon.com and Drugstore.com. Vamousse Lice Protection Shampoo (MSRP $12.99) is available nationwide at Walmart and online at Amazon.com, Drugstore.com and Walmart.com.
GIVEAWAY: Vamousse Lice Treatment and Protection Shampoo
I received a sample PARA’KITO wristband for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.
PARA’KITO is a new line of refillable mosquito repellent wristbands that use natural essential oils and are DEET, GMO and spray free. They can be worn on the wrist or ankle, fit adults and children, and are waterproof. The wristband comes with two repellent pellets. Once opened and inserted into the wristband’s mesh pocket, each pellet lasts for 15 days.
The wristband I received is comfortable and stylish – I love the fuchsia! It’s comfortable and it fits the children and adults in the family well.
I’m really loving the smell. The citronella is identifiable, but it also has a floral scent from the geranium oil and a freshness from the mint, rosemary and clove. We’ve been using it for about two weeks, which is the maximum time Para’Kito promises to be effective, and it still smells potent.
Does it work? I have to say…when I wore the wristband on my wrist, I noticed that I was free of bites on my arms, but had a bunch of bites on my legs. Perhaps my arms were protected because I was wearing it on my wrist. If this is evidence that it works, then I’d wear another one on my ankle! I’ll definitely check out the other products from Para’Kito like the Refillable Clip and the Role On Gel.
We celebrated my son’s birthday with an AMF bowling party and Minions-themed goodie bags. It was the perfect party for ten 7-year-old boys and a few little female family members.
I scheduled the party over the phone and maintained contact with the same AMF representative over email. Instead of having to come to the bowling alley to sign the contract and give my deposit, everything was done electronically. It was so easy. AMF helped me plan a great party for an affordable price. All we had to bring were the goodie bags and the cake.
AMF has a kitchen and bar, so in addition to the pizza served to the kids, the adults (mostly family) were able to order dinner. A server was assigned to our party, and he was always available and accommodating. He kept the party moving by suggesting the time to stop for pizza and cake, then guided all the kids to each activity.
My mother has a creative and crafty eye, so she offered to make and fill the goodie bags. They were so adorable and they were filled with some great bowling-themed goodies, like little plastic trophies and glow sticks from Party City.