Author: Erin

Eco Friendly Summer Fun with Green Toys at the Beach! {review}

I’m a huge fan of Green Toys, as I also have a tea set and a dishware play set from this company. What  parent could not love that all of their toys are made from 100% recycled plastic right here in the USA? I love the fact that this company is doing every thing they can to save energy by focusing on transportation cost even when it comes down to packaging!

This Summer my daughter was given the Sand Play Set from Green Toys and we’ve been nothing but happy with how it’s been holding up! This set includes 4 pieces:

  • Bucket
  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Sand Castle Mold

First I have to say, it’s cute! And it looks like it would be right at home at the beach! Doesn’t? I love the rope handle because it’s strong and you don’t have to worry about a flimsy plastic one that I’m sure most people think will snap under the weight of wet sand. How about that subtle color? It makes this set great for either boys or girls. I have no dislikes about this set and would recommend it highly!

Green Toys offers many other wonderful products as well that are all durable, educational, engaging, interactive, and lots of fun! I encourage everyone to check them out as I known I’ve been pretty excited about all the new additions to their toy line!

If you are thinking of owning this set, it will cost you anywhere from $15 to $20 depending on where you purchase it.

Disclaimer: I was sent this set  from Green Toys to review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

THE WHEELS ON THE BUS SING ALONG TRAVEL KIT {review}



SCHOLASTIC STORYBOOK TREASURES™:

THE WHEELS ON THE BUS SING ALONG TRAVEL KIT

2 DVDs + CD, booklet & crayons
Ages: 3 to 9 *  SRP: $24.95

This summer, SCHOLASTIC STORYBOOK TREASURES™ puts an end to the million-mile stare with a creative, interactive and handy take-along product: SCHOLASTIC STORYBOOK TREASURES™ THE WHEELS ON THE BUS SING-ALONG TRAVEL KIT ($24.95 SRP). Designed to provide kids ages 3-9 with hours of immersive fun – whether on a plane, train or automobile – the kit features two musical DVDs featuring 15 animated literary classics, a CD with 13 sing-along songs, a 34-page activity booklet loaded with games and activities to support early math and reading skills, crayons, and helpful travel tips for parents.  Everything is packaged in a colorful and portable travel case, turning the set into a fun-filled, go-anywhere mini-suitcase for kids!  This summer travel season, THE WHEELS ON THE BUS SING-ALONG TRAVEL KIT will be the only trip insurance families need.About the featured DVDs and CD:·        The Wheels on the Bus...and more sing-along favorites – A Parents’ Choice GOLD Award winner! (adapted from the picture book by Paul O. Zelinsky) The classic children's ditty comes to glorious life with Paul O. Zelinsky's eye-popping art and a lively musical score by The Bacon Brothers. The DVD includes sixmore stories too!

·        There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly...and more sing along favorites (adapted from the picture book by Simms Taback)  There was an old lady who swallowed a fly, and no one knows why. What else can she eat? This favorite childhood song is performed by Cyndi Lauper. The DVD includes seven more stories for more than an hour of sing-along musical fun.

The audio CD features these sing-along story songs: The Wheels on the Bus, The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night, Dinosaur Bones, Chicka Chicka 123, Donut Make You feel So Good, Dem Bones, He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands, Everything’s Better (When You Come Together), Over in the Meadow, The Erie Canal, Frog Went A-Courtin’, Tooth School Anthem, and Gonna Read to My Bunny.

The SCHOLASTIC STORYBOOK TREASURES series hails from the vaults of Weston Woods Studios, world-renowned for their careful film and video adaptations of best-selling children’s storybooks. Librarians and teachers around the country have long been using these very same productions, created by Weston Woods Studios with authors and illustrators, to enhance their students’ pre-reading experiences. Founded more than 50 years ago, and now a division of Scholastic, Weston Woods continues to produce top-notch video storytelling. SCHOLASTIC  STORYBOOK TREASURES collects and presents these productions for the home marketplace and has, since its launch in 2003, become a top award-winning home video franchise for children.

About Weston Woods StudiosWeston Woods® Studios, a division of Scholastic Media, is the leading creator of audiovisual adaptations of classic children’s picture books.  Serving the school and library market as a supplemental educational resource, Weston Woods has brought such cherished films as Where the Wild Things Are and Make Way for Ducklings to generations of children. These best-loved stories are offered through retailers on DVD, as SCHOLASTIC STORYBOOK TREASURES, distributed by New Video.

For more information visit us at http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/westonwoods

If you would like more information about Scholastic, please visit our media room at:  http://mediaroom.scholastic.com.

I’d like to thank Janet from Loving Heart Designs for guest reviewing this DVD set on my blog.

Her are her thoughts…

My family and  I have always been fans of Scholastic. We have been homeschooling ever since 1989 and we have included many products from Scholastic in our curriculum and homeschool library. Now, we can enjoy the read-along series by Scholatic Storybook Treasures.

My four-year-old enjoys watching and listening to "The Wheels on the Bus" DVD's and CD. Included in this kit is a 34 page activity book with mazes, matching, dot-to-dots and more. This is a wonderful product to include over the summer vacation. Travel can be boring for the little ones and the Sing-Along Travel Kit will make long or short trips more fun. The whole family can get in on the fun with the fun songs like "The Wheels on the Bus", "Dem Bones", "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" and many other fantastic songs.

This past month we went to the mountains and rented a home on the lake. I would have loved to have the travel kit for the more quieter moments on our vacation, especially when it rained.

GAhome2momhttp://www.lovingheartdesigns.com
Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs was excited to receive a free Sing-Along Travel Kit: The Wheels on the Bus by Scholastic Storybook Treasures to review from Weston Woods, Studio (Scholastic: www.newkideo.com) and Foundry Communications(Beth Blenz-Clucas).

Bella and Gracies Etsy Boutique {review and giveaway}


Bella and Gracies Etsy Boutique offers many wonderfully unique products for both children to adults! I really enjoyed browsing through the selection of adorable handmade dresses, tank tops, tutus, pettiskirts, and more! While taking in Bella and Gracies gallery, I myself was even inspired as an artist seeing the unique color combination and chic styles of apparel offered. I loved the professional photos and seeing the smiling faces of each of the children wearing the apparel was an added bonus!

Graciously, Karen Stinchfield the woman behind Bella and Gracies Etsy Boutique gave me the opportunity to review an adorable tank top dress for my two year old daughter. The dress I was sent is basically a black tank top with red and white polka-dot twirly skirt, and heart applique. Bottom of the dress is lined with white eyelet. It’s so simple yet absolutely adorable! The dress totally reminds me of Minnie mouse and though a little big at the moment it looks great on my daughter who is pretty small for her age!

I enjoyed getting to Karen through my Etsy meet and greet questions and hope you do too!

1.Why did you decide to start doing this on Etsy and how long have you been?

I have been on Etsy for a year now, but have really concentrated on my store for the past few months. I really enjoy sewing and creating new products and Etsy was a great venue for me to sell them as well.

2. What do you enjoy the most when creating your products?

I really enjoy seeing someone wearing my finished product. Sometimes I am not sure how it will look on, and when I see it I am so excited and inspired to do more.

3. Apart from creating things, what do you do?

I am actually a math teacher, sewing was something I discovered a few years ago, and now I am addicted!

4. What inspires you?

Other designers inspire me. I can spend hours on Etsy looking at all the creative products. I am so amazed at the gathered talent Etsy has.

5.In five years you’d like to be…? In five years I will probably be doing the same thing but hope my store has grown. I really enjoy teaching and that is where my retirement fund will come from. In the same token I can’t imagine not creating and learning more and more about sewing.

Win It:Bella and Gracies Etsy Boutique is generously offering one of my  readers a $20.00 e-gift certificate to their shop! (USA only)

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Disclaimer: I was sent set a dress from Bella and Gracies Etsy Boutique to review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

Untangled Living {review}


I was thrilled when I came across the dish sets for kids over at Untangled Living! I had been looking for a set for awhile that would last and this is totally it! It’s perfect for every day use and even better for taking when going on a camping trip or something like that!

My daughter received the butterfly style set and she’s been loving having her own special dishware! I can see from the months of use that this set is going to last for a good long time which also makes it the perfect heirloom to pass to future generations. Companies that offer that sort of thing are number one on my list hands down!

These sets are durable, dishwasher safe, stackable and made of high quality, food grade 304, 18/8 stainless steel. Five piece sets include: plate, bowl, cup, fork and spoon. Available in gecko or butterfly engraved designs. The dimensions of the set are as follows Plate: 6.3″ x 6.3″ Bowl: 3.75″ x 1.6″, 6.75 fl ounces Cup: 2.5″ x 3.2″, 6.75 fl ounces Fork:5.7″ Spoon: 5.3″

Buy It: You can purchase Untangled Living products on their website. These sets would make wonderful gifts!

I received this product free of charge for review on my blog. No other compensation was received. The views and opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.