Tuesday, February 21, 2017

How to STEAL the Show from the Easter Bunny This Year! (Review and giveaway)

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received these products, free of charge,from Little Adventures, for review and gvieaway purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about them,  all opinions are my own.

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And now for a company that is just made for Easter fun and dress up!

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Little Adventures was started 15 years ago by two moms who were tired of itchy, scratchy dress ups that fell apart and were not washable. Not to mention finding them in the right size for their kids! Now they are selling their great designs (which recreate all the Disney princesses!) all over the US and the world.

LITTLE ADVENTURES DRESSES

All the Little Adventures dress ups are comfortable,  with no itchy underskirts or fabrics, completely finished seams and hems, and no buttons or ties to frustrate little fingers! The stretch bodices accommodate a variety of sizes making each size more versatile (aka, longer lasting for YOUR budget! All of their items are made with quality fabrics and trims,  that are comfortable, washable and guaranteed! Which means that their little customers take naps, play outside, and go to the store wearing their dress ups, then come home and play and play some more in them!  

These are THE dress clothes you would make if you a) had the time and b) could sew this well! LOL Seriously, these are the type of costumes that you remember from your childhood. The ones that WOULD last from one Halloween to the next, and get passed down through the family.

LITTLE ADVENTURES ADULT DRESS

One of the things I absolutely ADORE is that the dresses don't stop at age 8. Nope, they have dresses that will fit kids through age 13, AND for those kids who need adult sizing, they go to a women's L (10-12). I know! I just heard your squeal of delight! Now YOUR tall 3rd grader CAN get a princess costume that WILL fit them, and you can not have to worry about inappropriate 'hoochy mama' costumes for a couple more years! See- SQUEAL in delight, cause you know you're gonna wont one too!

Plus they have all the accessories to match the dresses that a princess could want!

But Little Adventures doesn't stop there! They have adorable knights, dragons and more for the boys (or girls who want to be heroes instead of princesses!)

LITTLE ADVENTURES BOYS OUTFITS

And then because we who have girls understand how EVERYTHING has to match when one is a princess, they have matching DOLL DRESSES for your child's 18 inch doll, like these:

LITTLE ADVENTURES DOLL DRESSES

I know, I know- Moana, Beauty AND Elena? 

Yup, you KNOW your daughter wants these dresses! And YOU can feel great buying them for her, for her Easter present, and upstaging the bunny, cause you know they will last and last and last, and you only spent $29.99 (for smaller sizes, $39 for fancier styles)! Add in a $15 doll dress, and for UNDER $60 you have a matching outfit that will provide eons of playtime! That's a steal!

I can attest to their quality, thanks to having the opportunity to check out 4 dresses from their doll line.

Let's start with the one I KNOW all the little girls are going to be wanting- their Yellow Beauty (aka Belle)!

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Miss Grace didn't think she wanted this one, but I encouraged her, as I knew how much she had loved the movie as a tot and I was right, she oohed and awed over it the most, claiming "it's SO pretty!"!

The stretchy yellow velvet bodice is gracefully designed with sparkling gold trim and an elegant collar adorned with red rose accents. The printed gold rose overskirt adds a dash of dazzle, that easily transforms your doll into the Belle of the Ball 

The dress features the wonderful tiered bottom skirt, with more of the red roses to truly make this dress STUNNING! 

All of the Little Adventures doll dresses feature clothing quality stretch fabrics that are not only machine washable, but easy for little hands to open and close, thanks to the double velcro closure design on the back. 

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And the one Miss Grace HAD to have- Scottish Princess

The bodice is made from lavish dark teal crushed velvet, with intricate gold edging and complimentary gold shiny silk puff sleeves. 

The full velvet skirt is edged with gold satin and adorned with gold edged hip drapes. 

This is the formal look, but one that Miss Grace was most excited about- she declared it perfect for all sorts of medieval play, and she's right, it fits the bill perfectly. Unfortunately she had misplaced her Irish Dancer red haired curly wig, but it would have looked right at home on top of this lovely dress!

       

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And the one that I actually liked best,Tinkerbell

Neverland was never this fancy.

This perfect match to the Tinkerbell dress, this doll dress has a bright green stretchy crushed velvet bodice and two layers of bright green organza, cut in a petal form, over a china silk skirt.

It's accented with soft silver petals and a bright lavender flower at the waist, and three silver flowers at the neck. All making for a sweet doll, that's perfect for Easter egg hunting!

Even Miss Grace was surprised at how PRETTY the dress was, declaring it better than her 'old one' (you the expensive one! LOL).


cinderella dress collageAnd there wouldn't be the dream of princesses without the original,  Cinderella

This perfect match to the Satin Cinderella dress up in it's royal medium blue color, this newly re-designed Cinderella doll dress has a blue velvet stretch bodice elegantly detailed with silver embossing, and accented by a jeweled neckline with a single jewel drop. The blue satin skirt is also features and embossed  chiffon layer over a blue satin dress, 

This one can really do double duty, as it can fill in for a certain Scandinavian princess, with ease!
And the color is so beautiful, you might not be surprised that your daughter never takes her doll OUT of the dress! 


All in all, Miss Grace and I were very impressed with how stretchy the doll dresses were, how easy they were to get on and close thanks to the durable velcro closures, and how well they fit the dolls. they fit, but are not over tight, like some outfits, so there is no tugging and frustration! And that means happy kids, happy mom! We would definitely buy more of these dresses for Miss Grace, or for gift giving!

Need another reason to buy from Little Adventures?

How about, ALL US orders ship FREE? !!!

OR

How about a DISCOUNT CODE?

Yup, all BTHM readers can use the code LAPROMO-BTHM, and get 15% off of your order!

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And of course, you know we have to really make ol EB jealous by offering....

30 GIVEAWAY LITTLE ADVENTURES

A giveaway of $30 credit to Little Adventures!



Good luck!

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Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received these products, free of charge,from Daily Goodie Box for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about them.all opinions are my own.



We haven't had a Mailbox Tuesday post in YEARS!

Why?

Because the 'samples' tended to be full size and on a review schedule, aka I knew what I was getting.

But part of the FUN in getting samples, is not knowing what IS coming!

Which is why the e Daily Goodie Box is so much FIN!

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And even if I do know what might be included, I like to ignore that email and wait to see what is actually in the box! It's like getting a surprise present every month, and we can all use that type of fun, right?

This month's box had something for everyone!

Let's start with the favorites:

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JustChill - Stress Relief Drinks -Just Chill Beverages are powered by a unique amino acid called SunTheanine, a “nootropic” or functional supplement that enhances cognitive function. BUT SunTheanine is also the only clinically studied and patented form of L-theanine you can get your hands on. L-Theanine is an unique amino acid found in green tea, has been shown to help improve performance by reducing stress and increasing focus without causing drowsiness. One can of Just Chill has 15X the amount of L-Theanine found in a single cup of green tea!

We were sent the Jamaican Citrus blend to try (there are 4 flavors, Tropical, Ginger and Rio Berry, being the other 3). I wish I had an IV of this stuff for the kid! With puberty starting, mood swings are killing the entire household, LOL. I had her try half the drink before her weekly extensive dance class, and not only was she more focused, she was SO calm, she was in the Zen zone. She finished it up at break and the rest of the class just FLEW. Even though she had had a LONG day, she had no attention gaps, and was ready to lead every dance! Now I just have to find it locally (and stock by the pickup truck full...)! Hands down, BEST sample of the box!





Nellie's All-Natural - Laundry Soda PacksNellie’s laundry soda is unscented and designed to penetrate fabric, as well as to remove odors, not mask them, like typical commercial detergeants do. Nellie’s rinses clear and leaves no residue, thanks to its coconut based (LAURYL) Ethoxylated fatty alcohol primer. Coconut oil on its own will wash nothing. It is therefore chemically modified so that it becomes surface active and thus performs like a detergent. It is readily biodegradable, non toxic and mild and efficient. It is also NOT Petroleum based. Additional natural ingredients include Sodium Carbonate (also known as washing soda). In domestic use, it’s used as a water softener during laundry, Sodium Metasilicate (which enhances the cleaning efficiency by inactivating water hardness, and Sodium Chloride (aka common salt!). In fact, all of Nellie's products in fact are biodegradable. non-toxic, hypoallergenic, gluten free, nor contain no SLS or SLES or GMO’s. They are chlorine, phosphate, dye, paraben, ammonia, formaldehyde and septic free, and are free of any animal testing (Leaping Bunny Certified)! And this detergeant WORKS! The small sample pack included enough for 15 )!!) loads of laundry,, using it's included itty bitty scoop. But let me tell you, that scoop? It worked 10 times better than the commercial soap! Everything came out smelling NEW and CLEAN!

Nellie's Wow Stain Remover Stick- talk about a wolf in sheep's clothing! This little stick looks like it can't do anything, but man can it take out stains like a pro!  Derived from natural ingredients that do not contain dyes or synthetic fragrances, the WOW Stick contains lemongrass and sweet orange oils that also work in combination with the cleansing ingredients to combat odors caused by the offending stain. To remove a stain you just wet the WOW Stick and rub gently onto the stain, agitate the stain under water and launder as directed. It worked no matter what I threw at it the first time! I am uber impressed, and have a new stain treater in the house!


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Vermont Smoke & Cure  - Cracked Pepper Beef & Pork SticksCrafted with lean beef and pork, cracked pepper and a classic mix of spices for nourishing real meat protein that satisfies any snack craving you're having, while giving you some great tasting energy! Available in 8 and 24 individually wrapped box sizes, these are the snacks for everybody in the family! Available in 8 different flavors, they also have summer sausage and pepperoni too! This is another must buy for the next shopping trip!

XyliChew - Spearmint (not pictured)- available in 6 flavors, it is made with no chemicals or artificial sweeteners, Xylichew promotes a healthier mouth, and is safe for those with diabetes and many food allergies. Made with birch xylitol it is sugar free and may help reduce tooth decay by killing bacteria in your mouth. Making it a great substitute if you can't brush your teeth after a meal. We don't actually chew gum in our house, due to the past teeth issues Miss Grace had, it was easier to keep it away, so she wouldn't be tempted (and kill her dental work). So to me the flavor seemed rather strong, but my mouth did feel cleaner, so i would say it works great!


Gorilly Goods - Organic Snacks- available in 7 all natural combinations, we were sent the Forrest pack to check out. It contains Organic Fair Trade Bananas, Organic Fair Trade Raw 70% Dark Chocolate, Organic Raisins, Organic Cashews, Organic Walnuts, Organic Pecans, Organic Coconut, Organic Coconut Nectar and Sea Salt. All great proteins to curb any snack attack. If not for the banana, this would have been the favorite out of the box. But we just don't like banana dried, so the taste put us off. But it was chewy and the dark chocolate is amazing!






Jack N' Jill -  Natural Toothpaste- we actually reviewed the Jack N Jill oral care sets a few months back. Once again, we received Black Currant (it's apparently a odds on fav, but it is available in 4 other flavors), and Miss Grace was happy to retest it for me! Fluoride Free, Sugar Free, Colour Free, SLS Free, No Artificial Preservatives, Gluten Free, This kids toothpaste contains xylitol and calendula for natural cleaning and killing of tooth decay causing bacteria naturally! Once again she gave it a thumbs up for cleaning and taste, and she's REALLY picky about her toothpaste!


Dream Water - Sleep Powder- another product I need a huge tank of is this powder! This natural s;eep powder contains GABA (claming amino protein), 5-HTP (natural serotonin)  and Melatonin to help you fall asleep fast and STAY asleep. I'm happy to say it worked like a charm on the kid! I just gave her half a pack in 2 oz of water, and within 15 minutes she was out cold! YEAH! She has such a hard time falling asleep, that melantonin has been a nightly routine. But with this powder I can add the GABA and she can fall asleep faster! You can take it straight, or with hot or cold water, 30 minutes before bed Then when you crawl into bed, you're out! We're sold and will be picking up the 5 pack, to have for when we travel!


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Nature's Bakery - Raspberry Fig Barsrs - I actually had just bought some Nature;s bakery brownie bites when the box came in, so I was already familiar with this brand.This fig bar is made with stone ground wheat, cane syrup, raspberries, apple powder and oats, for a natural, good for you snack bar that packs a protein punch! Flavor wise, we both found it a bit on the bland side (like the brownies), but it's excellent for on the go goodness, thanks to being soy, dairy and cholesterol free, containing no artificial colors or flavors and no High Fructose Corn Syrup. There are 9 different flavors of the stone ground fig bars.

Coffee Blocks - Butter CoffeeTo make a Coffee Block, knead packet, squeeze the packet into a mug, add 12 - 16 oz of water (our favorite is 2-4 oz of room temp, and 10-12 oz of hot water), and mix. It's the fastest way to make butter coffee. Each  packet contains 1 serving worth of grass fed clarified butter, organic virgin coconut oil, organic vanilla extract, organic egg yolk and and mycotoxin free COFFEE! Now that might not sound yummy, but let me tell you, YES it is! I would have rated it higher up on the fav list, for being able to have a SUPER great cup of coffee on the go, but it is pretty pricey. BUMMED.

Aloha - Daily Good Greens- Get organic superfoods, naturally-occurring vitamin D, and a full serving of fruits and vegetables — all in one convenient on-the-go pouch! On the go and want to make the basic smoothie, oatmeal, or cup of yogurt a lot healthier! Made with clean, whole food ingredients, like moringa, spirulina and wild blueberries. Our patented infrared drying process maintains the essential nutrients. And thanks to its blend of coconuts and berries, actually pretty tasty. But also on the pricier side.

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So there you have it. So why are you not running over and signing up for FREE at Daily Goodie Box to get your own box of samples?

I haven't figured that out why yet either!

 It only takes about 3 minutes to sign up! Shipping is Free. No credit card is EVER required! The boxes are always 100% Free to members.

So head on over and get sampling today!

Children's Book Review: Found by Sally Lloyd-Jone, Ill by Jago

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge,from Zonderkidz publishing, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.


EASTER GIFT IDEAS

And now for a book that is perfect for Easter giving!

found cover


Synopsis:

From the bestselling The Jesus Storybook Bible, with over two million products sold, comes Found based on Psalm 23. Written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jago, little ones will fall in love with this padded cover board book that reminds them of God’s Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love.

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Review:

This hardback book is aimed at kids ages 2-5, and it is a very simple retelling of the 'Lord is my Sheherd' psalm, featuring God as our shepherd, and us as his sheep. Kids will relate to being the young lamb and straying where they shouldn't out of curiosity, but being saved by their father.

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This is a LOVELY telling of the 23rd Psalm, and one that is perfect for gift giving for not only Easter, but for baptisms and christenings too! It is a simple way to introduce children to such an important part of the bible, and adults and kids alike will be entranced with the pictures. We highly recommend it! 

About the Author:

Sally Lloyd-Jones is a leading writer of inspirational books for children. She is the author of three bestselling children’s Bibles, including the Moonbeam Award winner and ALA notable The Jesus Storybook Bible, as well as Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing, winner of the ECPA Inspirational Book award. She has written many picture books for children, such as the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller How to Be a Baby: By Me, the Big Sister and Song of the Stars. Sally was born and raised in Africa, was schooled in England, and now lives in New York City. She can be found at http://www.sallylloyd-jones.com.


About the Illustrator:

Jago is an accomplished illustrator with several prestigious awards to his credit, including a Macmillian "Highly Commended" Award for Children’s Illustration in 2003, an AOI Silver Award in 2004, and the National Literacy Association Wow! Award. Jago lives in Cornwall, England, with his wife and daughter.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

The New Acrylic Paint Set from Eunectes is the Perfect Spring Gift!





Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge,from Eunectes via Tomoson,as one of their ambassadors, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


EASTER GIFT IDEAS

Earlier today we were talking about painting the town', Mardi Gras style, and now I have a way for YOU to paint your world:

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This new Acrylic Paint Set from Eunectes contains not 10 or 12 paints, but 24 of the highest-quality, intense, professional acrylic paints! The paints allow you to create beautiful artwork, that showcases YOUR sense of color! The 24 paints give you an ideal range of colors that are equally useful for artists, serious amateurs and schools. The complete color range is shown below:

Acrylic Paint Set colors

You get one tube each of: 
Titanium White, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Mid, Orange Yellow, Scarlet Lake, Vermilion, Orange, Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Blue, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue, Green Light, Emerald Green, Viridian, Sap Green, Raw Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Red Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Vandyke Brown, Black

And then 2 tubes of Zinc White, so you have plenty to mix with your colors!

Acrylic Paint Set tube

A key point to these tubes is their unique opening feature- they are sealed and you use the inset of the top of their caps to open them. I recommend having a q-tip handy to take the paint off of the opener, otherwise, if you wipe it with anything else, it might get messy. This is also helpful for keeping your unused paints fresh, thanks to the sealed tops!

A great benefit of these paints is that the colors can be mixed with a wide variety of mediums, including blank canvas, wood, clay, fabric, nail art and ceramic pieces! Which means this is a multi-use set, that gives you more bang for your buck!

The colors are VERY bright right out of the tubes, as you can see:

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The paint features a really smooth formulation, that gives even the beginner painter even and consistent coverage! And the paints dry with the same bright, satin color, that gives you a non-soluable finish!

Letting the 9 year old loose with the paints was a level of faith, as I wasn't sure if she would not handle the tubes with ease and we'd have paint everywhere! But thanks to the ease of use she was able to get the tubes opened, into the try and even made multiple mixes with ease! As you can see, she got strong vibrant color from the paints. She's still undecided whether to give the background a watercolor look, or use the paints as they are, so sorry no finished picture yet!

An added bonus from Eunectes is a QR code on the box, that allows you to access their ebook that features a series of tips that will help you get started painting quickly and help to improve your technique! You can also access the ebook by signing up for their newsletter, on their webpage,

My ONLY complaint with the set is that the plastic holder is pretty flimsy, so you WILL need another holder for your paints. But otherwise this is a fun gift set for kids, that is also perfect for adults, to express their creativity in new, vibrant ways! And it will make your Spring a lot more colorful!


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