Saturday, December 22, 2012

Last Minute Help from Scooby-Doo!




Do you need some last minute help for your child's wish list this year? 

If your children love Scooby-Doo, try going straight to the source and have your children visit the new Warner Bros. "Scooby Mystery Workshop" site where they can customize their own holiday gift list! 

The site offers Scooby-Doo games, toys, costumes, and fun bedding kids can check off into their wish list to help Mom and Dad solve the holiday shopping mystery. Once their favorite Scooby-Doo items are selected, kids can print or email the list to a parent. 

The site also provides additional fun for your child, such as helping The Gang pick out gifts for each other through an interactive poll, competing to win fun prizes, or playing games with Scooby-Doo and Shaggy. Check out the site here: http://bit.ly/WmFUk2 

I know my kids enjoy Scooby-Doo, as did I when I was a kid! Scooby is a timeless character that everyone can enjoy!



I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Scooby-Doo. I received a product sample to thank me for participating

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Get a smile with Transformers! #HasbroKREO #spon






Do you have a young boy who loves Transformers? We have several at our house... and they love building blocks, too! Kre-o takes two fantastic things and joins them together in their awesome Transformer building kits!


This kit is huge! It's definitely not for little kids, there are lots of chokeable pieces (keep them away from the baby!). But oh the possibilities! You can build 9 different things with this kit! You can build one giant robot, 4 smaller robots, or 4 vehicles! 

Now, keep in mind, these do not actually transform. In order to actually make another figure or vehicle, you have to deconstruct one and construct the other. This set is definitely challenging, and will give any experienced builder a great goal. I would recommend that parents assist their younger kids with this... it can be fragile and pieces do fall off when bumped which can be frustrating for some kids. The box recommends this set for 8-14 year olds. Your young one may need some help, so stick around just in case. 

It is a huge accomplishment once you have the mega-figure constructed, what a boost in self esteem and the feeling of overcoming the challenge is amazing. The smaller robots and vehicles are much more manageable, and just as enjoyable to build. 


You can also get smaller sets (perfect for stocking stuffers)! I really liked the small sets we received. These are great for the more beginning level builders (6+). The Decepticon Ambush set is great. It comes with 4 KREON Figures, 80 pieces, and can build an ATV or Robot Drone. It also includes one of the pieces needed to make the Ultimate Dark Energon Weapon!

Another great stocking stuffer option is the KREON Micro-­‐Changers Mystery Bags.
For just $2.99, each Mystery Bag contains a random KREON figure, which can also convert into an alternate mode like a jet or an insect.

These building sets will definitely keep our boys busy for quite some time with all of the different challenges that they have. I like that these aren't just a once and done toy, they will be built over and over again and I am sure the kids will get quite creative with the pieces as well! Overall, I definitely think this set is a great set for any child who really loves to build things and enjoys the challenge of bigger projects and the smaller sets are great for getting a new builder's interest going!

To learn more about KRE-O Transformers sets you can check out Hasbro’s website. You can keep updated with the newest news by liking Hasbro on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter, too


Disclaimer: I am part of the Mom It Forward blogger network. Mom It Forward and Hasbro partnered in support of this campaign. Hasbro compen-sated me for participation in this campaign. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Ahh, Holiday Memories are the Best! #Febreze



We all have some wonderful holiday memories...and maybe some pretty funny ones, too?
Well, Febreze wants you to share your memories with them!

On December 3rd, Febreze started sharing their Memory List on their Facebook page to highlight the most popular memories from their fans.

 Febreze wants to excite people for the holidays by hearing their fans most cherished traditions!

 The Memory list questions will be posted to Febreze's Facebook once a day between 12/3 and 12/17 so be sure to keep checking in! 

Today's Memory List question is: "Most Memorable Outfit" Febreze will be collecting the Top 10 best holiday memories from their fans - tell them yours and they may add it to the list! Visit the Facebook page here and share your response: http://www.facebook.com/febreze?ref=ts&fref=ts


I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Febreze. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Give a gift all year long with Sports Illustrated Kids!




Sports Illustrated Kids wanted to share with you a few things that are being planted under their holiday tree.

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Kids is THE magazine for boys and girls who love sports. The magazine presents sports the way kids want to read about them: with great action photos, easy-to-read stories about star athletes, helpful instructional tips from the pros, and humor, comics, and activities. SI Kids is a great way to encourage kids to read, and it has won highest honors from the Association of Educational Publishers and the Parents' Choice Award.

Not only has SI Kids won awards, they also give them out! This month, they crowned their first ever “SportsParent of the Year.”  With the help of parenting bloggers, the magazine received numerous nominations to honor dedicated sports parents from around the U.S.

Modeled after the famed Sportsman and SportsKid of the Year awards, the “SportsParent of the Year” 2012 title was given to Kristie Finnan, a mother of 3.  Finnan, a Pennsylvania native, coaches her daughter’s soccer team and regularly cheers on her children during soccer, basketball, gymnastics and Tae Kwon Do competitions.

To read more on both winners go to:
http://insidesportsillustrated.com/2012/11/29/si-kids-announces-first-ever-sportsparent-of-the-year/
http://insidesportsillustrated.com/2012/10/24/brothers-conner-green-and-cayden-long-are-sports-illustrated-kids-2012-sportskids-of-the-year/

 

To keep the holiday spirit going, SI Kids will feature both of the winners and a sports-filled Gotta Get it Gift Guide”  in their December 7th issue!

For great gift ideas you can also check out the SI Kids “Gotta Get it Gift Guide” online as well:
http://www.sikids.com/photos/49936/2012-gotta-get-it-guide-the-best-gifts-for-kids/1

Looking for another great gift idea? How about a one-year subscription to the young sports fan on your list?Special Offer:Receive an entire year of SI Kids in print and on tablet for only $19.95 – a 66% savings off the cover price!You get pull-out posters, sports cards and games & sports trivia FREE in every issue! To subscribe, go to: https://subscription.sikids.com/storefront/subscribe-to-si-kids/link/1013093.html

I received a complementary subscription for sharing this information.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Take the Party With You!





The Soundfreaq Sound Kick is a Bluetooth enabled speaker that allows you to play all of your favorite tunes from your Bluetooth enabled device. 

The Sound Kick also allows you to connect a device with a standard 3.5mm headphone jack as well.

   The Sound Kick is compatible with any Bluetooth device including the new iPhone 5, iPad mini, iPod nano etc.,as well as iOS like iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android and Blackberry devices, PCs and tablets. 

The best part about the Sound Kick is the rechargeable battery. This is a truly portable device, it's small enough to travel with, and the built-in battery can surround you in musical bliss for up to 7 hours! 

So, we received one of these to review. I was SO excited. I love listening to music, but don't currently have a radio in the home. #TrueStory.  I usually put some music on on my phone when I am cooking or cleaning in the kitchen, but it's not really the quality nor the volume that I'd like to have. The Soundfreaq Sound Kick changed that!
Soundfreaq Sound Kick in the "closed" off position, and the "open" on position.

When I first tried it I could NOT get the speaker to lock in the open position. The back of the speaker collapses, and in order to turn it on you have to open it. I was able to open it, but I couldn't get it to lock, so every time I put it down I had to be super careful or it would shut off.  I'm not sure if it was just hard to do the first time, or if my husband just has the magic touch, but I had my husband try it and he got it right away. 

Pairing the speaker with my Lumia 900 was very easy, quick to set up and I haven't had to reset it yet. I was able to play my playlist, as well as radio stations through my Windows Apps, through the Soundfreaq. One disappointment to me (which probably varies depending on phone) is my ringtone would go through the speaker when I got a message, it would play the sound of my typing when replying to messages, and my phone would read my texts through the speaker assuming I was on my hands-free system. But, I don't think this is a speaker issue-and I don't know if it is something that could be remedied by the phone developers.  If I could have changed one thing about this speaker it would be that it only played the music, not the other noises from my phone. 

Also, because of my phone, I wasn't able to listen to all my music seamlessly. Some of my music (specifically my playlist) would stop playing once my screen timed out. While this isn't something that is due to the speaker, I do think it is important to realize that your phone may limit this speaker... so you may want to check your phone's abilities. 

The sound from the speakers is great, especially from such a small sized speaker. It easily fills a room with music, and if you want it to, you can hear the music in another room. I liked that I was able to turn it up with the touch buttons on the actual speaker as well as my volume buttons on my phone (this may vary depending on phone). 

I really, really feel that I should put an emphasis on the portability. This would be the perfect speaker for a backyard barbecue, or a picnic in the park. You can finally be the DJ for your party, your life

Overall, while we had some issues, I still think the Soundfreaq Sound Kick is very much worth having, and I would love to even have another!


  Sound Kick is available nationwide at Target, Radio Shack, Walmart, and Sears stores.   Sound Kick is available online on Target.com, Soundfreaq.com, Bestbuy.com, Staples.com, Kohls.com.  Sound Kick w/case option is available on Amazon.comSound Kick Chromatics and Sound Kick Ghost available only at Target.com and Soundfreaq.com.



I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Soundfreaq and received a product sample to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received.
 
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