Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Playfoam® Shape & Learn Alphabet Set - Review and Giveaway

I received product for review from Educational Insights.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

Whether it be friends or family, there's no shortage of kids at my house.  Although my kids are probably too old to be officially called kids, I still have an area in my guest bedroom that stores toys and learning activities.  Gotta keep the young'uns entertained when they're over!

Educational Insights, a manufacturer of educational toys and games, sent me the Playfoam Shape & Learn Alphabet Set for review.  Educational Insights products include subject-specific classroom products, teacher resources, educational toys, and games. Their products are designed by seasoned educators and parents who know that, first and foremost, learning must be fun.
The Playfoam Shape & Learn Alphabet Set has gotten its fair share of use.  Even the kids who already know their alphabet enjoy using the Playfoam to trace over letters on the cards.  This set comes with eight colored Playfoam bricks and 13 double-sides cards with letters.  There are arrows with the letters to show which direction the child should move to make the letter properly.

What makes Playfoam® so innovative is that it never dries out and it doesn't stick to carpet or clothes.  Shapes and objects can be made using the little colorful balls.  Playfoam's texture is soft and squishy.  I admit, I've played with it too!  It's actually kind of stress-relieving.  There's no big mess to clean up, and I don't have to freak out if some does get on the table or floor.    

With the addition of Playfoam to the alphabet cards, kids are more apt to want to learn their letters.  Although Playfoam doesn't dry out, I have purchased little containers to put the separate colors in after use just so it can all be kept in one place.  The Playfoam® Shape & Learn Alphabet Set is both fun and educational.

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Random Tuesday Thoughts - Birthdays and Breakfast Pizza

It's been a couple weeks since I've thrown out my randomness.  I'm linking up this week with Stacy Uncorked to talk all things random.
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I've been on a "thrift store" and "sale" kick lately.  If I see a sign that reads either of those words, it gets on like Donkey Kong.  I've been finding great deals.  Now I just need to find bigger closets.  I went to one thrift store and came out with nine shirts and one pair of pants for $34.  Score!

Jason could care less about shopping, but found camo on sale at Kmart.  His eyes lit up like a kid on Christmas day.  Now he's set to go hunting.
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This is what happens when you leave your sausage breakfast pizza on the island at work.  I come back to find it filled with M&Ms.  Sometimes, I can't even deal.
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I went to the movies with my son, Logan, to watch the movie, Logan.  I'm sure he only wanted to see it due to the title name.  I'm not much into Marvel or X-Men or whatever, but it wasn't a bad film.
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Speaking of Logan, that guy will pursue me relentlessly until I sit down to play a game of gin rummy.  He's a card-playing fool.  Guess he could have worse hobbies.  #PreparingForALifeOfGambling
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birthday hat or dunce cap?!
March has been the month of birthdays.  I've attended a fair number of parties.  My favorite was great-nephew, Harley's, party.  He turned one whole year old.  

Everybody's having babies, getting married, or getting older.  It's a busy year for festivities.
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Alaina and Chipmunk

My bestie was out of town for two weeks and I almost didn't survive.  I had time to actually clean my house and do all the adulting.  So glad she's back.
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workout wear

I've surprised myself - I'm still going strong with Nufit.  I'm not getting much skinnier but I'm getting stronger.  #StrongIsTheNewSkinny

I tried Pilates for the first time the other day.  I was rolling around on that medicine ball like a beached whale begging for water.  I think I'll stick to the other exercise classes.
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What's your randomness for the week?  
What's your favorite card game?
Find any good sales lately?

Tom's of Maine Toy Recycling Program - #LessWasteChallenge

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If your kids are anything like mine, they have more toys than they know what to do with.  And, some of them have lived past their life span.  There's dolls with one arm, trucks with no wheels, and teddy bears with no stuffing.

Tom's of Maine has a new toy recycling program that both parents and kids can get involved in. (Or just parents if your child is one that screams bloody murder if so much as a Lego is thrown away.)

During April, Tom's of Maine is working with TerraCycle on a new toy recycling program -- #LessWasteChallenge.  It’s an ideal solution to get rid of broken toys that don’t have to wind up in a landfill or take up needless space in your home.

It’s simple to get involved:
Visit www.tomsofmaine.com/lesswaste
Enter contact information to receive a free UPS shipping label via email
Fill an old box with up to ten pounds of broken toys
Attach the free shipping label to the box and drop it off at UPS

It couldn't be any easier - And it's free!  I've taken the #LessWasteChallenge pledge.  Have you?

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Colgate Total Advanced Health Mouthwash - Review

I received product for review from Colgate-Palmolive Company.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
Spring cleaning isn't just about cleaning your home; it is also a great time to give your medicine cabinet a cleanse, including swapping out your oral care products with new items from Colgate.

Just as with other parts of our body, we only have one set of teeth.  Once they're gone, they're gone.  That's why it's important to have proper dental hygiene and use oral care products that are effective in protecting teeth.

Incorporate the new Colgate Total Advanced Health Mouthwash into your routine and simply –Shake, Clean, See –for a healthier mouth!

Colgate Total Advanced Health Mouthwash is proud to be the first oral care product to contain two-layer technology- combining the freshening power germ killing ingredients. This innovative dual-phase formula mouthwash is proven to remove 24x more bacteria.  You can visibly see the two-layer technology, with the top being green and the bottom being blue.  Shake the bottle each time to mix the two.  I like the minty taste and that it gets rid of food smells on my breath.

I'm already a fan of Colgate oral care goods and I'd say the new Colgate Total Advanced Health Mouthwash is worth buying if you want to fight gingivitis, reduce plaque, and have fresh breath (as you should!)


Basher Science Collaborated with Mattel for New Toy Line - Review and Giveaway

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Science never has been my favorite subject.  I don't hate it, but I need time to comprehend it all.  Unbeknownst to me until recently, there's a line called Basher Science that has been helping kids with science for ten years.

Basher Science brought the Periodic Table to life through its amusing and informative characters, and now they're happy to announce that the Basher Universe has expanded from a popular book series to include a new line of science-themed character figurines, card games, and playsets


page from Simon Basher Rocks and Minerals book

Of the many books available, I received the Simon Basher Rocks and Minerals book.  It presents geology of fossils, minerals, crystals, and rocks in interesting form.  Each geological formation is made into a character and their story is told in autobiographical form.  For instance, Talc is illustrated to look like a white gingerbread man, and readers can learn about all its uses.  There's an index and a glossary at the back of the book.  This book puts geology into a more personable light, and I feel children will be more apt to want to read this than a dry words in a textbook.


The toy line includes Basher Science figurines, card games, collectable cards, play sets and experiment kits.  Children 6+ will now be able to collect and play with their favourite characters from Basher's Periodic Table, Physics, Biology and Rocks and Minerals books.  They are a nice addition to the books and children can learn about science in a way that's interesting and engaging.  For instance, the Biology Card Game teaches facts about aspects of science, while children are competing to win.  The card games include a mini-figure.

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One person will win a Basher Science Swag Pack that includes random assortment of books, card games, play sets, and figurines.

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Four More March Winners

A few of my giveaways have ended and the winners have been randomly drawn.

The winner of the Pretend & Play Teaching ATM Bank giveaway is #9, Mami2jcn.

The winner of the Really Woolly Easter Blessings book giveaway is #18, msrodeobrat.

The winner of the Miracle Mindset book giveaway is #14, polly.

The winner of the Playgro Bead Buddy Giraffe giveaway is #73, SexyBrat.

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who entered.  Be sure to enter the currently active giveaways, listed at the top left hand side of my blog.  There's no limit to how many you can enter or how many you can win.

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