Reviews, giveaways and memes - Jumpin Beans

18.8.12

We're Tiny, We're Tooney, We're ALL a Little Looney

I was able to take a trip down memory lane today and it was quite nice!  
When my brother was younger,  he was in daycare... 
At the end of the day, they would get the kids cleaned and ready to be picked up and during that time, they would watch cartoons.  As soon as I see the "Tiny Toon" characters, I automatically hear their song... 
"We're Tiny, We're Tooney, We're ALL a Little Looney,
 and in this Cartooney, We're Invading Your TV!"

Broxton had the chance to watch it today with Buster, Babs and the gang and he was quick to ask " Bugs Bunny was a Baby?!"  I personally think that the Tiny Toones are just adorable, as they are trouble makers, just like several toddlers I know!  
In the latest DVD, it is "Tiny Toon Adventures, How I Spent My Summer Vacation" and it is an original movie.   I think that I liked the story line with Babs and Buster the best, as they were having a water-gun fight that quickly turned into a trip to imagine!  The cool thing was that while on their journey, they would pass a billboard that would showcase another Tiny Toon character, and then they would do a spin-off of that, before coming back to Babs and Buster.  I was not really enjoying the road trip from you know where with Plucky and Hampton, as the stinky uncle made me sick!  ha ha... 
In this movie, you got to see all of the loved Tiny Toon characters... 
I admit, I eventually got sidetracked on the phone and did not return to watch it, but Broxton was hysterically laughing at it throughout the entire show ! 

SYNOPSIS: 
No more pencils, no more books! It’s the last day of class at Acme Looniversity and theTiny Toons gang is ready for some summer hi-jinks and fun. Babs and Buster Bunny’s water pistol fight gets a little out of control and turns into a wild and exciting white-water rafting trip. Plucky Duck and Hampton Pig share the most impossibly awful road trip imaginable on their way to HappyWorldLand. Elmyra Duff becomes irritable after losing her cat and wanders off on her own in a wild animal park in search of “cute little kitties to hug and squeeze.” In the meantime, Fifi Le Fume meets film actor Johnny Pew who turns out to be a “skunknophobic” nightmare. It’s a loony summer vacation our Tiny Toons pals won’t soon forget!

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Goodbye Back Pain - @chickensoupsoul #Giveaway

If you or someone you know has back pain, there just may be help yet!  
Chicken Soup for the Soul has a new book, Say Goodbye to Stress.
It is full of Inspirational Stories and Medical Advice.

This book is like all the other Chicken Soup books we know and love, as it is filled with stories written by every day people like us, but it differs as well.
No more quotes to start the chapter off... No silly cartoons...
But, it is full of great information!

Chapters:
Oh, My Aching Back
This Really Hurts
I'm Afraid This is Serious
I Can't Live Like This
Life Is Stressful
Finally, Help Is On The Way
Ahhh... Sweet Relief
Brush and Floss Your Back

I really liked how it even gave you directions (and drawings) on how to relieve neck pain...
It was actually the same thing as the nurse told Marc, so I know it is true!
They even give you a "guide" of sorts on when to call the doctor with your pain!
Not only does this give you advice on a level you can understand, it also explains some of the testing that might be done on you to diagnose your problem!

From the Chicken Soup Site:
How to Handle Flare-ups, Injuries, and Everyday Back Health
Inspiring Chicken Soup for the Soul stories and accessible leading-edge medical information from Dr. Julie Silver of Harvard Medical School. Many people suffer from back pain. The lucky ones have occasional flare-ups and the unlucky ones have chronic issues. This book is filled with great advice on how to care for your back, recover from injuries, improve your mobility, handle pain, manage chronic problems, and maintain a positive attitude.
Keep Chicken Soup in Mind if you or a loved one might need words of encouragement.  

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17.8.12

OH Happy Me - Glee Season THREE #giveaway

Calling ALL Gleeks... 
Season Three is out!   WHoooo Hoooooo!!!!!!!!!
It was actually released on my birthday, I guess they knew I was a fan!  :)
(Season Three is out, meaning I can watch them graduate all over again... 
and that also means Season Four is just that much closer!)



Glee: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray

Season Three of the electrifying, award-winning series finds the Gleeks headed for the Nationals – and graduation! As younger members join New Directions, others are about to begin exciting, if uncertain, lives outside it. Featuring some of television’s most enthralling song and dance numbers, including memorable hits from the legendary Michael Jackson, Glee continues to earn its place in the hearts of viewers around the world.

Bonus Features:

Disc 1:
**Glee Under the Stars
**Glee Music Jukebox

Disc 2:
**Santana's "Santa Baby" Music Video
**Glee Music Jukebox

Disc 3:
**Glee Give a Note
**Glee Music Jukebox

Disc 4:
**Welcome to the Class
**Making the Finale
**Sue Addresses Her Fans
**More Sue's Quips
**Glee Music Jukebox



Now, who would like to win a copy of Glee Season Three?

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What Do You Know About Ethiopia?


Honestly, do you know very much about Ethiopia?
We were sent the latest DVD from the World Together collection and I was eager to watch it...
I admit, I do not know much about other area's.
Truthfully, I had no clue WHERE Ethiopia was before I watched this...
(It borders Sudan, Somalia and Kenya .)
While watching this area, I was able to learn about the different area's...
Each section of the DVD represents a different area of the country.
I busted out laughing when they said something about being full of surprises, or not knowing what you were going to see... Something along those lines... because they then showed traffic with cars riding down the road and then someone running behind chasing like 4 big cows!  
I know I will not be heading to Ethiopia for vacation anytime soon, but I tell you this...
This DVD showed us BEAUTIFUL churches (800 years old) carved into rock!
Not to mention the beautiful historical area...
Wow... If I could go take pictures of that area, it would be AWESOME!
I really enjoyed learning this and it will be great to show it to Broxton when he gets older and can understand more about other area's of geography!
SYNOPSIS:
Then, in Ethiopia, travel to this country – twice the size of Texas – that is believed to have the longest archaeological record on Earth and to have been present at the dawn of creation.  It’s also been linked to the mysterious Queen of Sheba.  With many areas lush and green, the region has also suffered many droughts, but the economy is still dominated by agriculture.  Featured cities include Harar, Addis Ababa, Gonder and Lalibela, the last featuring 800-year-old Christian churches, some carved into volcanic rock.


They currently have West Africa, East Africa and Ethiopia available.
Future DVD's will include: CubaTibet,Ecuador and Colombia.
Best part?  Each DVD comes with a teachers guide you can download!  



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Grandparent's Day is September 9th, Grab a Great Gift Today!

Did you know Grandparents day is September 9th this year?  

Last year it almost slipped up on me, so I hope to be more prepared this time around!


If you are looking for something cute and creative to give a grandparent in your life... 
Look no more:   If I Had As Many Grandchildren As You is the perfect gift idea!
This book is full of adventure and color and sure to be a treat for the grandparent reading it and the kid listening!
The story is told from the point of view of "Grand Paws" (an old Lion) and an imagination is something he has very strong!  I loved how each page features a wonderful adventure, feeding into the next journey, with the opposite page showing bright and fun photographs!  I can not lie, as I read it... I was itching to go on a journey as well...  No matter if it was a real one or a pretend one made up at home! 

The best part of the story is that Grand Paws is telling of a magical adventure with the grandchildren, but then he hits home as well...  "I'd teach them to work and to play and to pray ~ A little of each, and a little each day" This book was full of adventure, from building sandcastles to seeing rainbows... We all need to remember that each day is a memory waiting to be made!  Why not make some today?!

I really enjoyed reading this book... and I know that my mom will not only enjoy reading it, she will enjoy the excitement that Broxton will get when listening to it!  
Side note, I had no clue that you could "see an upside down rainbow" until I read this book and then looked it up online... WOW!


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16.8.12

My School Days #Giveaway - Great Record Keeper for the Future


How do you plan on keeping memories of your child(ren) School Years?
I know that I want to keep a journal or something so that as the years go by, I can add to it... 
I think it would be nice to give to Broxton, or his wife, or his kids..
Or maybe for me to keep, who knows...
But, I did not know what I would need/want to remember...
Then, I saw a website, myschooldays and I knew that was something
I should head over to look at.  
I was really impressed, as it was just what I was looking for.
Lucky for both of us, I get to host a review on one... and a lucky reader gets to win one as well! 
The My School Days book is printed on heavy duty paper with bright colors.
It has a ring binder (I personally like that, as it makes it easier to turn the page to make it a single paper for writing on... I hate when I have to write on a double page, or I have to bend the book and mess up the binding, this way, all is well in my world! )

The front of the book and showing the binding.  
 The first page of the book has information on the student, as well as a bit of family history.   
 Each grade has a page to add friends photos and I love that it has Favorite Sayings and a Remember When 
 There is also a page for Class Schedule, activities and I love the signature line! 
You can not forget the school photo, as well as favorite subject, teacher and other favorites of the year! 

I think that everyone with a school aged child will love this, as it is a great way to highlight each year of the child.
They also have a page for adding awards, report cards  and what not.  I like that, but I am a bit of a "collector" so I would like for it to have an envelope or something... You know, to hold MORE!  Although I am sure Marc thinks the envelope would add unnecessary items that I do not need to "collect."
I do like that it is one area to hold all information for Kindergarten through their senior year.
For "collectors' like me, this is a way to minimize gathering items, while also having everything I need to take a trip down memory lane!  Best part is with shipping and everything, it is STILL less than $25.  That is a price hard to beat these days!  

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What Could Be Better than Spider Man and Mega Bloks?

Broxton has now decided to join the "Super Hero" Craze!  Not really sure when it started, or how for that matter, but he started talking about super heroes and then how he needed some... Truth be told, he only had 2 little ones that came in a kids meal at some point in life... 
I was so stoked to hear that I would be getting to check out some of the Amazing Spiderman Sets from Mega Bloks!




I loved how fun it was to play putting them together!  Granted, I am not as fast as I used to be, so I did follow the directions when making them. 
I tell you this, I was pretty proud of my accomplishments when I was done, but it was not too long before Broxton was busy taking them apart and making other things ! 
I have always heard that building blocks like this are great toys, as it builds on their senses and works with hand/eye coordination...
We have played with them for hours...
As parents with kids know.. 


These toys are not fun when you step on them, so once we were done, we placed the blocks in a ziplock bag!  
(With the instructions for how to build it correctly again!)

We have TONS of their bigger blocks, so I was eager to see how he would do with the smaller ones.. 
Yes, I know he is younger, but it still gives us a great activity to do together.  
For some reason, Broxton has just in the past couple months gotten into really building things with the blocks. 
We build cities, animals, camera's and more with the big blocks, so it was so neat to watch his little creative mind work with dedication to build with the smaller ones!
I would not recommend this for younger kids, unless you are with them, as there are small blocks, but then again, it says 5+, so most parents would not be buying them yet... 
I know that Broxton will have a blast playing with these with us, but really will get into it when his big brothers get here, as he loves to do activities with them!  

Head on over to the Mega Bloks site to see what all items they have that would be awesome for your house!



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When It Gets Dark, Keep Them Safe


Do you and your family go for walks at dusk?  Do  your kids walk home from a friends house once it starts to get dark out?
I hate to admit it, but for the most part, we don't go outside when it is getting dark or once it is dark.
Some of our neighbors drive like idiot's, so I am not about to put Broxton in any danger for them not to see him when they drive through like maniacs!

I was excited when I heard of Safees.
They are reflectors in fun designs that you can just clip to add a reflection and hopefully let those around see someone ahead!
The best part is that they are super light weight...
They can clip to the person's clothing, or you can even clip them to a dogs leash or collar!

The Safees come in designs such as cars, dinos, owls, hearts, even cell phones and other designs that are sure to make your kid smile to put it on!  

From Safees: Safees are hard prism reflectors that are attached by a simple pin to your clothes at knee or thigh height. By letting the Safees swing freely, facing traffic, it will reflect oncoming cars’ headlights and increase your visibility, alerting drivers to your presence on the road and giving drivers more time to stop or steer clear and thus avoiding accidents.



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15.8.12

Makeover Your Rooms With An Affordable Budget with Easy Decorating

I have so many plans once I have a little time at home without Broxton here.. 

Please do not get me wrong, I have loved having him here with me and having the opportunity to be a stay at home mom... but, it will be nice to have a couple hours at the house to be more productive!
I had the chance to review a bookazine called Easy Decorating.

(You can purchase it from Barnes and Noble for your Nook for only $9.99)


It was full of so many ideas that are sure to make your house look awesome..
The best part?  They are easy and affordable ideas!
Photo Credit: Hearst Magazine
This concept was to take wallpaper and decorate.  You can cover shoe boxes with the wallpaper.. 
If you look closely at the picture... You notice that the boxes, picture frames and trash can are all the same!  Yes, wallpaper covered! How cute and inexpensive is that?!
This book teaches you about color, patterns, prints and more...
I really enjoyed flipping through it getting idea's on how to spruce up our place... 
Knowing that I am a stay at home mom, that means the money to splurge is not there... but with Easy Decorating, I have learned that we can look as though we do, while doing it ourselves!

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Cat Iron Diesel from @ToyState - Must Have for Your Little Conductor!

Broxton is wants to be just like his daddy to the point that it is not even funny.
He is ALL boy..

He loves anything transportation, trains, planes, cars, trucks, tractors... 
Of course, he also loves anything ARMY and most anything sports..

We were so lucky to have the chance to review CAT Iron Diesel Train from Toy State, I knew Broxton was going to absolutely LOVE it..   We have been running errands like crazy lately and Broxton has been so good, so I thought it would be a nice reward for him to get this as a special treat one day last week.
I told him he had an extra special surprise and he was so excited!

We opened up the train box and were soon ready to go.. 




Mom complaint here:  They had the train put into that thick Styrofoam.  I personally did not like the way it was packaged,  I wish they would have used the hated twist ties before they used the Styrofoam, but that is just me... Soon enough we were ready to play.  The train track comes in 8 different pieces (6 of the curved and 2 of the straight.)  While I was snapping the track together, Broxton was already checking out the train.  

The engine has a little red button on it and Broxton was all excited for it to make the choo choo sound... 
We had to hurry and put the batteries in there and to my LOVE... NO SOUND... the red button simply powers it to follow the track!  I was SO VERY VERY happy with that... Broxton looked a bit confused, but then decided that was fine by him, he would just make the noise himself!!!!



There are several things I do like, but there are a couple things I am still unsure about... 
What I Love: 


I LOVE that it doesn't have the horn.. .We all know how some kids toys can be rather "testing" at best... 
So, this was a plus.  it just takes two double A batteries and you are good to go... As with real trains, the engine does the work, so it is the only one that takes the batteries, the others are just pulled along... 
The train comes with: (DO NOT GO QUOTING ME on my language of this, please!) 
An engine, the magnetic train car that lifts the boxes (One box is included), A flat bed train car that has two CAT tractors on it and then the open "coal car". You can place the back three in any order you like... 
We already have the CAT tractors, so of course we had to see if they would work on the flatbed.. They didn't but we just ended up putting them in the coal car and all was okay!  

What I am still wondering about...  
The train tracks are this plastic that you have to get just right to connect... It really isn't a big deal, but when you are a kid that is all excited, it can test you and at one point, it did pinch my fingers as I was trying to connect it all.  I am not sure how long the connectors will actually last, as I can already see where the black plastic is turning white from not being connected properly and bending a bit...  It does say for ages 5 and older, so I am sure they would be better at connecting them, so not really that big of a concern.  Now, if it falls apart soon, I will be back to tell you, but I do not see that as the case, you can just tell they are loved already!   The only other problem we saw was that it took a few times to get the train going on the track.  It was as though it was too powerful and you had to find a way to hit the button just right to keep it on the track.  That is really NOT a problem, as my three year old has mastered how to get it going... but just something to point out when first starting.. 

Bottom line.. 


Would I recommend this? IN A HEART BEAT!  
I am already thinking that the other "construction set" might be a great Christmas Idea for us to add to this!  


The Iron Diesel has already provided hours of entertainment.. DAILY... So I am so loving this!!!!!
I mean, trains and tractors?  Most boys dream about things like this! 


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Have a Teen At Home? Check Out: Surviving Your Adolescents

I know that I want to be the best parent I can be to Broxton... Yes, I want him to like me.. but I am not going to compromise parenting to do so... I will try my best to not be a "helicopter parent" but I will be trying to help guide him into making the right decisions... There will be failure along the way, we all know life is not perfect, but I will praise him for things that deserve so!
I was excited to get the book, Surviving Your Adolescents How to Manage and Let Go Of Your 13-18 Year Olds, as I want to be the best I can be...
I know I will be that mom crying when he goes to preschool soon.. and for sure I will be that parent that will be crying when he leaves for college!
Yes, we have the boys, 12 ,14 and 16... but I am not with them 24/7, so I don't think that I need to learn to "let go of them"

This book is broken down into 6 parts...
A total of 18 chapters..
Let's start and look at a cartoon image from the book:
Does this look familiar to you?

Image from the book

One of the best parts of this book was the two conversations..
 It had a graph that was the whole "Parent says / Kid Hears"  and when you put it all together, as the book said... It was not pretty... best of all, It reiterated the fact: "Its just a simple question to a teen, it isn't a question.. but seems more of you prying..."
From setting rules (major and minor consequences) to different dilemma's that might come up through the teen years, I really enjoyed flipping through it..
I do think that I will see if my aunt wants to check it out, as she has 2 tween / teens right now!



Product Description: 
I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THIS KID ANYMORE!
Have you ever felt like this? If your answer is yes, that's what Surviving Your Adolescents is all about. Exactly what should you do—and equally important, what should you not do—with your adolescents. This book gives parents a step-by-step approach that will help end the hassles and offer concrete solutions.

In Surviving Your Adolescents, you will learn:

  • How to transform your attitude toward your teen
  • How your relationship affects your teen's safety
  • The definition of a normal adolescent
  • How to manage teen risk-taking
  • How to have dinner with a teenager!
  • Fashion to passion: guidelines for specific problems
Mental health professionals frequently recommend this book to their clients who are struggling with their teenagers. Over 130,000 copies of the first two editions have been sold. 


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14.8.12

Painter With A Punch by Robert Burleigh



I have got to tell you about the coolest book I just read.  
I saw the book, George Bellows: Painter With A Punch, and I thought that it would be a perfect book for Broxton and Marc... I had no idea that I would be the one that would love it so much... Well, Marc hasn't seen it yet, so I really don't know, he might like it more than me, but probably not! 

Have you ever heard of George Bellows?  I hate to admit that with all the art classes, I was not familiar with him, although Marc was!  The book is basically like an art history book, but it is one that is exciting, not boring, as some can be!  

George Bellows was an artist that was born in the late 1800's.   He was an athlete, that decided to try living in the big city, so at the age of 22, he moved to New York!  I sure am glad he did, as through his works, we can see so many things!  This book shows us his life, but not with photos or a long boring story, but rather through his art work!  George Bellows shows us New York. Not all the bright busy things that we picture today, but the hustle and bustle of daily life back in the early 1900's.  
Besides that, George Bellows shows us an underground scene that is pretty remarkable! (The reason I thought Marc would like this... Boxing!)  I guess back in the day, boxing was underground and the "saloons" became "clubs" so that they could hold events for their "members!"    George would watch a match and then race home to put the art on canvas!  

As I said, I really enjoyed this way of introducing artists to Broxton and to be honest, I can not wait to show him other notable artists this way!  I have actually googled the author, Robert Burleigh and I can not wait to see about getting more of his books!  


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What a Silly Monster - Marlow and The Monster

Broxton mentions monsters from time to time, but we always talk about them being fake, so he has never really been scared about them before...   There have been times when the boys are here that they try and scare him, but I remind them that I do not want to be up with him having nightmares, so I would appreciate them NOT doing that... At that point they normally stop and go back to playing other fun things...
When I was approached about reviewing the book, Marlow and the Monsters, I was excited... 
As I love having back up books to help me get my point across when dealing with Broxton. (Not to mention that gives me a perfect excuse to cuddle and read with him!)

I really enjoyed the book and I think Broxton liked it too.... 
He would run off acting all silly when I got to the parts with the monster talking... but then he would quickly run back to me once I was done with his part... 
I loved this story, as it was not a "typical" monster story...
The Parents did say that monsters are not real... but the book was not centered on a scary monster or anything... It was quite a moment... 
The monster wasn't scary at all to Marlow, he was ANNOYING!  
The monster would appear and annoy Marlow... Then, Marlow would call his parents in... they would tell him the monster was fake.. night after night... 
Finally, Marlow had enough and took the monster to his little sister... Of course, Marlow got in trouble for scaring his little sister, but that isn't all that happened... 
HIS SISTER pointed out that the monster was quite funny!  

Not only was the story cute and not what you expect, I fell in LOVE with the design of the whole book... 
The pages are in black in white, like a drawing, but the monster?  Well, he is always fun and in bright colors... I personally think that adds to the fact that the monster is NOT scary at all!  

Through the 17th of this month, you can head over to get Marlow and The Monster on Ebook for FREE.

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13.8.12

Label Everything With @oliverslabels #giveaway

With school starting back up for everyone, it is time to make sure everything is labeled and ready to go... 
I was just talking to a friend today about what all needs to be labeled for our little ones when they do start school... You know, Broxton is my first, so I really have no clue about any of this...

That being said, I was so excited to have the chance to work with Oliver's Labels for a review (and LUCKY FOR YOU... A GIVEAWAY Too!)


I was rather impressed when I went to visit their site...
Oliver's Labels seems to have thought of it all.
As for their designs, they have cute graphics fro, cupcakes to ninja's...
They also offer more basic designs, such as just a letter or a simple color.  
I was REALLY happy to see that they also have labels that help to remind caregivers of food allergies.
We are lucky so far that Broxton does not have any known allergies, but I can imagine the sense of peace when a parent sees that a company has items such as these when their kid is one that suffers... 
Oliver's Labels isn't just a label company for your back to school needs, they also offer a wide variety of other items... I noticed that in addition to school / camp packs, they also offer pantry labels, labels where you can add a photo, and they even have wristbands!  ( I love the wrist bands as far as for vacations to theme parks and other open area's like that!)
But back to the School Pack that one of you will win. 


This Package Includes:
  • 20 x Original Labels
  • 30 x Mini Labels
  • 6 x Shoe Labels
  • 35 x Stick-eez™ Clothing Labels
  • 1 x Large Bag Tag
  • 3 x Mini Bag Tags



Now.. are you ready for something that I thought was pretty cool?!
They have this option that is called "found it."
Basically, you can check as to if you want a found it code put on your items...
Then,  if your item gets lost... The person that found it just logs into the Oliver's Labels site..
They then upload the name on the tag and the code... 
At that point, Oliver's Labels contacts you...
They act as the "go between" so that none of your personal information is ever shared!!!!
(The best part is you pick and choose what you want the Found It code to be on... It doesn't have to be on all the stickers in your package!)
Tell me that is not the coolest thing?!

We went with the sports theme for Broxton and he was SO EXCITED to see his name on all the tags!
They are easy to apply and I feel better knowing that his items are properly marked.

Last Key Note before you enter :
Waterproof!  Scuff Proof!  Can be place on items that go in: Dishwasher, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washer, Dryer and More!!!

Winners may only win once during this campaign...  
(That means you may not win a school package giveaway that is being held on any other blog.) 
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Rubbermaid Lunchblox Perfect for Lunch On the Go

Just a little bit longer and Broxton will be in preschool.
I have been highlighting back to school items while I prepare for this "milestone" for us.. 
Not to long ago, I was on the rubbermaid site and I came across the Rubbermaid Lunchblox.
I was curious as to if this would be a great product for him to take him lunch in, so I am glad when the chance arose for me to review them on here for us all to learn more!
I thought that they looked like a great way to take a lunch, be it a toddler or an adult... 

I was curious as to if they were glass or plastic and have since learned that they are indeed plastic.. BPA free to be exact! You know how your eyes are always bigger than your stomach?  (At least for my family that is sometimes true.. ) Well, when the lunchblox arrived, I was a bit concerned that it would not hold a sandwich without having to squeeze the bread in there... Yeah, I was a fool on that one... I do not know if I have always just pictured bread ENORMOUSLY HUGE or what I was thinking, but this fits all sorts of breads (including specialty bread) with plenty of room to spare!  
With the lunchblox, you have the entree/sandwich compartment... then a block of "blue ice" (you just pop that sucker in the freezer and freeze it so that it keeps your food cold when you are out and about.) Then you have 3 smaller boxes on top... You can use it for whatever you feel the need to carry for lunch that day!  There is one larger compartment and then 2 smaller ones...  The boxes are big enough to allow a decent sized lunch, yet small enough to help with portion control!  


After checking it out, I believe this will be great for Broxton's lunch.. 
It is plastic, so no need to worry about it breaking...   It is also a light enough that he would not be weighed down...I love that the snap tops come with the little lip on it to help with the ease of opening it... 
Did I mention how "SAFE" it is?  Microwave, Dishwasher AND Freezer safe!  YES!!!!!


I think that these are great, so if you are one that takes lunch to work, or sends lunch with your kids/spouse...   This is a great idea!  (Not to mention by packing it in here, it stays FRESH and you cut down on trash with not having them in disposable storage bags!)


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12.8.12

Missing A Sock? Snappy Socks to the Rescue


I do not know about your dryer, but our house has a dryer that is VERY HUNGRY... At least it seems that way... every time you turn around, someone is missing a sock...   My mom pins hers together when she takes them off, but lets be honest... I am too lazy to do that... 
I recently received a surprise in the mail... 




They are from the creators of the USA DAWGS footwear, so that means they have a good foundation!  
I will tell you these Snappy Socks have a bright future... Not only are they adorable...

I for sure would not mind a pair of the USA Flag ones.. Or the low cut colorful ones that are for women.. 
But, they have the cutest ones for infants and toddlers too...

I love the ones with the Dawg paws... but in keeping with my mind being in back to school mode, aren't these loose leaf socks adorable?!


I do wonder about the price....
Infant socks start at $3.99 and they go all the way to the Men at $6.99
I know with having to buy socks for the boys , we don't buy many socks at $6.99 a pair, (as we try to buy in bulk) but I know they are higher price because of the snaps and the designs...

So, if you are looking at a one of a kind gift idea, or if you are like my mom and pin them all...
Take that hassle away and just snap them together when you are done (the snaps are built right in!)

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Bob and The Can Do Crew Are Here!!!!! Can We Do It? YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!

It's Bob the Builder and his friends in a brand new DVD!
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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
For preschool fan favorite Bob the Builder®, no job – or DVD collection – is too big!!  Bob the Builder: The Ultimate Can-Do Crew Collection, has 10 awesome episodes full of building, teamwork and friends, coming to DVD, Digital Download and On Demand August 28, 2012 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.  Bob and his Can-Do Crew never back down from a challenge and are ready to lay down new foundations to teach young building enthusiasts that the Fun is in Getting It Done!  


DVD SYNOPSIS
Hold on to your hardhats as the machine team shows what hard work and teamwork are all about in this Ultimate Can-Do Crew Collection featuring 10 amazing episodes! See how it all began with Bob and the team working together on a big job, overcoming troubles at every turn! Then it’s Lofty to the rescue when Dizzy gets into a sticky situation. Roley must smooth things over when mishaps cause bumps in the road and Muck surprises everyone with some creative problem solving. Join the crew for fun and adventure in Bob’s biggest building collection ever!

Episodes include:
·        “Pilchard in a Pickle”
·        “Wendy’s Busy Day”
·        “Bob’s Barn Raising”
·        “Wendy’s Tennis Court
·        “One Shot Wendy”
·        “Dizzy the Sheepdog”
·        “Mr. Bentley – Dogsitter”
·        “Travis’s Busy Day”
·        “Muck’s Surprise”
·        “Trix and the Bug”

DVD BONUS FEATURES
·        If You Were On Bob's Team Game
·        Lofty the Painter Game.

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