Reviews, giveaways and memes - Jumpin Beans

4.11.16

The Amazing Toys of Marvin Glass

Are you a fan of "coffee table books" or is that not your thing?  In my younger days, I had a few of them, but of course, once children were in the picture, that went away.  I have found a great book that I think would make for a great addition on the coffee table of someone a bit older than me.  Maybe parents or grandparents?  The Amazing Toys of Marvin Glass is the book I am talking about.  
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Throwback enthusiasts will enjoy this walk on the colorful side of a 1960s and 1970s childhood. During this period the toy industry exploded with an infusion of bright, zany toys and games for kids, and Marvin Glass’s revolutionary toy designs helped shape a generation, or at least gave them a memorable childhood. The company’s products had a special look and personality: toys that chased you, mechanical toys you could take apart and be trusted to put back together again, a game where you could knock off your opponent’s block, and an exploding bomb you could throw to your playmate. Toys and games such as Mr. Machine, Odd Ogg, Rockem’ Sockem’ Robots, and Mystery Date have achieved iconic status, thanks to their amazing inventor. This book is the first exclusive guide to Marvin Glass toys and games from the late 1950s to 1974 and includes a price guide.

Just to be clear, The Amazing Toys of Marvin Glass book is before my time. It is toys from the 1950's to 1974.  I wasn't even born then, but my mom was a child at that time.. My dad was a child... and yes, I married older, even my HUSBAND was a child then.  I thought this would be a fun book to have and I loved looking at it!  
I don't know why I saw this doll and thought of my mom, but I did.  She said she wasn't familiar with it when I called her about it, but it is just too cute! I did enjoy flipping through and seeing how toys have changed over the years.  (Like the original operation game cover has a doctor smoking in the picture!)
I really enjoyed this and can't wait until I am older and see one made with the toys of the 80's and 90's!  That will be fun to see and share with my children!!!

Chapter One: History of Marvin Glass & Associates and Early Novelty Toys
Chapter Two: 1960's Toys
Chapter Three: 1970's Toys 
Chapter Four: 1960's Games
Chapter Five: 1970's Games

I think it would be neat if they had some toys that had the updater version and then do a side by side photo to show how they changed.  You know, like Rock'em Sock'em Robots (1964) and Lite Brite (1965) I know those are out now, or at least they were not too terribly long ago. I wonder how much they have changed just in the looks / packaging.

I think this would be a great gift idea for a table top book.  Okay, you could even have it as a bathroom read if you need / want to!   Perfect also for waiting rooms as a great book to flip through and not get all caught up in an article and not be able to finish!

What was your favorite toy as a child?

3.11.16

AntiHero theme for #lootcrate, awesome products again!

I tell you what, LootCrate really sets the bar high for other Subscription boxes to compete with on amount and quality.  Each month, I think they can't be outdone and then BOOM - DROP THE MIC, they outdo themselves with the next box.  The theme I am sharing this time around?  Anti-Hero.
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You know how much I love that Lootcrate  has a shirt in each box. This one had a shirt from Archer.  Now, I have never seen Archer, but I hear several of my friends talking about it.  That is on my "must watch an episode" list.  Have you ever seen it?  I guess this shirt is something you would understand if you watched the show.  

I also love when they have figures in there and although I know nothing ABOUT Harley Quinn, I love the character, so I was excited to get this!!!  Hellboy has a funky hand and that makes for an awesome bank. Although Broxton knows NOTHING about Hellboy, he thought the bank was the coolest thing and thinks that he will be getting it for Christmas.  Mama isn't so sure about that one!

Each LootCrate comes with a LootCrate magazine that not only has a description of each of the products, it also has a couple articles that makes for fun reads.  I am all about "funky socks" so when I saw the Kill Bill socks, I immediately thought "classic" as I remember when this movie was all the rage!  
Don't forget that every LootCrate comes with a super cool collectible Loot pin. Broxton loves to look at all of them and I love that we found a way to collect and display them all at once.  I love the colors on this one!   

Finally, as with each LootCrate... Remember you can turn it inside out to make it show the design. This one had directions in it to make it stand out from the rest... As my dad would say, it is the "mack daddy" LootCrate!  

If you are trying to figure out a birthday gift - - - or an amazing Christmas gift, make sure you give them a month or two, or twelve of LootCrate!  They will love you for it! 

DNA Miracles is the Solution!

As long as I'm living, my baby you'll be.  Yes, that is so true. While Savannah is 1, she thinks she is going on 18 at times.  Slow down, baby girl.  You only get this once!  We have been using a new to us product, from the DNA Miracles line. So far, we all love it!  It is a line of "natural baby and toddler" products.  Perfect for her delicate skin!!!
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DNA Miracles Natural Diaper Cream is a natural, nontoxic cream, specially formulated to moisturize, soothe and protect your baby's most sensitive areas. This cream helps seal out wetness and insulate against irritation to keep your baby’s skin soft and smooth-looking, while supporting normal skin barrier functions to help keep the skin hydrated.


DNA Miracles Natural Hydrating Baby Lotion is a natural, non-toxic body lotion, specially formulated to moisturize your baby's face and body, and help soothe minor skin irritations. Moisturizes with a combination of emollients and herbal extracts for skin that looks and feels smoother and softer, while supporting normal skin barrier functions to help keep the skin hydrated. Gentle on baby's sensitive skin and suitable for newborn use, this lotion helps moisturize and soothe your baby's skin.


DNA Miracles Natural Foaming Wash & Shampoo is a natural, gentle, non-toxic body cleanser and shampoo specially formulated for your baby’s delicate skin and hair. Gently cleanses, moisturizes and conditions the skin and hair with surfactants derived from coconut oil. Suitable for newborn use.


DNA Miracles Natural Soothing Ointment is a nontoxic formula strong enough to soothe and yet gentle enough for the softest skin.Using natural ingredients like willow herb and coconut oil, this ointment protects your child’s sensitive skin while locking in much-needed moisture. DNA Miracles Natural Soothing Ointment helps keep your baby’s skin healthy and hydrated while providing soothing comfort

But wait... it gets even better!
They also offer a cleaning line.  You know, to clean other items kids come in contact with besides their skin!  
Your little miracle needs a clean and safe environment to grow up healthy and strong. Make cleaning a breeze with DNA Miracles Home Solutions Bundle with reusable bottles, and let the products do all the hard work for you. To keep your home squeaky-clean, each bundle includes packs for a Nursery + Playroom Cleaner, Fruit + Veggie Wash, Spot + Stain Remover and Bottle + Dish Soap. Cleaning agents derived from plant substances and compounds leave no harsh residue or fumes. Non-toxic, biodegradable, and Phosphate free.

I love all of the products that we have used.  The ointment has been great to put on Savannah's little knees.  You know, the eczema and crawling with her toys has really worked a number on her skin.  I just put the ointment on it and we are good to go!    I think the home solutions bundle is awesome.  I should have taken pictures to describe it. See the little jar on the right?  It contains packets of concentrated cleaning solution.  You just drop the packet in the bottle it is for, then add water. Easy peasy!!!
(Note to self, take a shot and instagram it for you to see... I will do that in a bit!)

If you are a parent, a caregiver, a grandparent, or an expecting parent (or know any of the above!) Make sure you check out the DNA Miracles line. Our babies are our miracles, lets take care of them!

2.11.16

Baby Magic celebrates 65 years!

I know that I love the smell of a new baby.  That sweet scent of baby lotion is in a category of its own. I think they just bottle up lots of coos', love, memories and laughter when they make the "baby smell." Baby Magic has been around for what seems like ages and they really surprised me when they sent me a couple of their products. Why?  Well, because one was a NO RINSE wash and it was completely new to me!  


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Baby Magic is actually celebrating their 65th birthday.  Maybe that isn't forever, but to a child it is!  (I remember when I thought 40 was ancient, now I am creeping up to it and realize I was badly mistaken!)
Baby Magic has the shampoo/ body wash, lotion and now the NO RINSE wash.  
I love how it foams up in my hand.  It is great to have in your diaper bag when you are out and about and might need to freshen up a little one, but don't have the time or the resources to go get a quick bath. Let's be honest.   What is able to be quickly done when a baby is born???

The Baby Magic No Rinse Wash is a must have for all parents!   I actually keep it one in the kitchen.  After Savannah has a snack, I clean her up and then use the No-Rinse to just make sure it is all off of her. It doesn't hurt that it leaves her smelling so nice!  
I love two in one products. Again, who has time for extra steps with a baby?  Wash their body and hair with one product and move on to the bedtime routine!   

I just love when she is fresh out of the tub and I get that time to put lotion on her. I massage it on her, we play games and laugh. It is fun and the lavender and chamomile smells so nice and relaxing!   

These products would make great gifts to put in a gift basket for a new mom or a mom to be.  The Baby Magic line is affordable and great to see sitting in the nursery ready to be used on your little ones!


1.11.16

Lose the Stress and Gain some rest with Ease Magnesium Spray! #JBHolidayGuide16

My sleep pattern is all out of whack. It starts when I get pregnant and have a hard time getting comfortable.  Then, the baby is born and most of us know how that sleep schedule is.  Normally about 2 years in, I get things worked back out, so we shall see.  I am not one to take sleeping medicine or anything like that, since I am worried the kids will need me and I will be out of it. Now, let me tell you about this new to me product, Ease Magnesium Spray. I have never heard of people having a shortage of Magnesium. Okay, lets keep it real. I really did not know what Magnesium was, I had heard of it, but wasn't familiar at all.

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First of all- Magnesium.
Here's why more magnesium is the key to stress less:
  • Stress causes magnesium levels to drop, and unfortunately, a lack of magnesium magnifies stress
  • Low magnesium levels during stressful times can cause energy depletion and fatigue, hindering the body's ability to manage stress
  • When stress depletes magnesium storage, arterial spasms can result. Arteries can constrict and spasm, which can also lead to chest pain
  • Coincidence? 80% of American's are Magnesium Deficient, and stress levels are continually rising in America
Just google Magnesium and you will see a ton of links about it.
After reading a few of them, I was eager to give this Magnesium Spray a go. 






What if 30-40 sprays per day is all it would take to greatly improve your overall health and feeling of well-being? Ease topical magnesium can make that a reality! Delivering 27.2 mg of magnesium per spray, this powerful supplement is easily absorbed into the skin, enters the blood stream and goes to directly to work in your body, eliminating aches and pains, alleviating stress and anxiety, aiding digestion, ensuring deeper and more satisfying sleep and leaving you feeling revitalized and strong. With over 80% of the world in a state of magnesium deficiency it’s no wonder that pain relief is constantly sought after and insomnia affects so many. This is a problem easily solved, by seeking out a top quality magnesium supplement with bio-availability that surpasses that of oral supplements and ensures we get what we cannot get from our diets. Look no further, Ease has it all – and we’re so sure that it’s backed by our money back guarantee.

It arrived and I tried it out.  I took a big whiff... I could not smell anything.
I was thinking, "Man, I got dooped. This is just water!"  Then, I read that the main ingredient is WATER.  DUH!
My legs had been cramping up on me at night a bit, nothing painful or anything, just a little annoying.  I decided to spray my legs before bed.  I just did around 10 sprays on them.  Then, I figured Marc kept talking about his shoulders bothering him.  I sprayed him as well!

I did not feel any immediate thing, so I was thinking this was crazy.
I went to bed and that was that.  I actually sprayed my legs and Marc's shoulders for like a week and a half.  We never really noticed anything.  Then, I forgot about it and we didn't use it.  About 2 days later, we realized we weren't as well rested as we had been being, so we figured it had to be the Ease Magnesium Spray.  Of course, we went back to using it and all was right in the world of rest.
So, would I recommend it?  I would, but I don't want you to think it is an overnight cure all and that you will immediately feel something.  It doesn't put you to sleep or take all your worries away. It does help you relax a little and for us, it caused the sleep to be more beneficial, I guess that is how I would describe it.
I was thinking it might be a great gift to buy the travel size ($9.00) to put in a gift basket for his teacher. After working long and hard hours with all those children each day, I bet she would love a wind down and this would be great, as it isn't medicine!!!
Seriously, give it a try. I mean, they have a money back guarantee, so if you don't notice anything, you can totally send it back and get your money. What would you be out of?  

Emojiez make me smile too!

Emojiez are sweeping the nation as the next thing.  Well, they have been for a bit now and it does not seem like it is slowing down anytime soon. Broxton has been talking about them and is drawn to them whenever he sees them in the store. Actually spotted a few kids dressed like them for Halloween at different fall festivals as well!  Are they big where you live?  
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No lie, we went in a store the other day and they had all sorts of the Poop emojiez products. THEY EVEN HAD SUCKERS. Now, I draw the line at that one. Needless to say, when I was given the chance to review some of the new emojiez products, I was excited ... for Broxton.  I knew he would love them and as soon as we opened the package, he and Savannah both had smiles on their face.  

We were sent one of the Plushiez and I had planned to give it to Broxton. That was until Savannah saw it and went to give it a hug. Since it is just a ball with little legs, she didn't have a body to grab onto and that right there was so funny!!!!   I was cracking up and wishing I would have recorded that one to share!!!!

We were also sent stickers, little figures, erasures and more. Of course, as soon as Broxton opened one of the packages and saw he had the poop, it was over. He was laughing, I was groaning, he laughed harder, I groaned louder.  It was a real bonding moment!!!!

I sent the stickers in to his teacher to give to the students.  They flipped out when they saw them! To start it off, I asked if anyone knew what emojiez were. They all did and quickly started telling me their favorite.  I knew the stickers would be a hit and I was right. Luckily, the stickers come with 2 of each sticker in the pack, I was surprised by the number of them!   


Have you fallen victim to the cute emojiez yet?  I think they are cute and of course Broxton wants to try and collect all of them!  


Stay tuned, you will be hearing of them again soon on the blog!!!!

Eczema? Have you tried @lemykaskincare

If you have been here before, you are probably aware that Broxton has eczema. Well, now we have determined that Savannah has it as well.  It appears that hers is worse than his was at that age and it drives me crazy. I wish I could have it and them have perfect skin, but we know that can't happen. That means I will do what I do best.  I will try and let it have the least amount of breakouts and I will treat it as best as possible.  We were recently sent a tube of LeMyka Skincare for review and that is what we have been using on her skin lately.
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Unlike many petrolatum based products on the market, this hydrating cream does more than preventing trans-dermal water loss, it restores skin natural barrier and truly moisturize skin through replenishing water in skin.This product helps to sooth eczema symptoms, and improve skin texture. It restores healthy looking skin, especially for infants, babies and young children with eczema, irritant contact dermatitis, or severely dry skin and scaly skin. Its light and non-greasy formula is very gentle and nourishing even to the most delicate and sensitive skin of infants. A single application in the morning will keep the skin hydrated throughout the day. For dry skin, additional application is recommended. Long term use of LEMYKA natural hydrating cream will minimize the frequency of future flareups.
All LEMYKA natural skincare products are proudly manufactured and packaged in the U.S.A. By making all of our products here allows us to keep a close watch on quality.


When we decided to try out the LeMyka  cream, the first thing I noticed was the color.  It is a bit of a tan color and of course I was concerned that it would stain her clothing.  Nope, once it is rubbed in to her skin, you can not tell it was ever there, except for the feeling of it on your skin.  It is weird, it is like the cream absorbs and it feels like you just rinsed her off with a little bit of water.  She has had no weird reaction to it, so we shall see how it does.  I can say that it does not appear to be getting worse, but I can not see that it is all better... yet.  I am thinking her case is a severe one and it will take a bit longer.  Yes, I am still using it and so far so good.  
I do hate that it is $45 for the tube of it, but as the doctor and I discussed, some of the other "less expensive" options are just a mild form of help and in the end we end up spending just as much on it.  I think we will keep using it like we are and see what the end result does for our case.  If we have it when Broxton has a flare up, I will use it on his skin and get his reaction as well. Fingers crossed I don't get his view, as it is pretty painful from what he says.  

Do you or a loved one suffer from Eczema?  

31.10.16

Lava Lamps, for Halloween and all year!

It's Halloween!
It's Halloween!!!
I know some people do parties over the weekend, some do get togethers on Halloween Night. Others still have gatherings before and after going trick or treating.  I know some adults that have parties on Halloween night just to give candy out to the kids.  Whatever your plan on doing, remember an easy, affordable and super cute decoration (that doesn't have to be put up just because Halloween is over) is a really cool Lava Lamp!  Did you know that they have so many different designs to choose from these days???
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Okay, so they do make a Halloween Lava Lamp, but you don't have to buy it, unless you are like some of my friends that LOVE anything and everything Halloween. Then, go for it... but keep the other ones in mind as well! 
I do like the Halloween Lava Lamp, but since I take so long to put up and take down Christmas decorations, I don't want any other holiday that has me needing to decorate.  I hate it, because I know my kids would love it, but I am just not one to go all out for each holiday.  Yeah, they got shafted in that department. Isn't it awesome though?

  • Yellow wax / purple liquid / spider web grosted globe pattern / black base & cap
  • Spider with sound-activated chip is programmed to make a creepy witch cackle
  • Red LED “eyes” light up when the sound goes off
  • Spider chip hangs off of the lamp base
  • Spider has on/off switch on back
  • Provides spooky, soft light
  • Aluminum base
  • 25 watt light bulb included
  • Plugs into a power outlet
I wanted the Chalkboard Lava Lamp to give to one of the older boys. I thought that the chalkboard would be awesome to remind things. "TEST FRIDAY.  WORK AT 4 ."  As soon as Broxton and Savannah saw it, that idea went out the window. They love it and we actually are rocking the lava lamp in our kitchen these days!!!  


  • White wax / green liquid / chalkboard finish on base & cap
  • Provides relaxing, soft light
  • Aluminum base
  • 25 watt light bulb included
  • 1 piece of white chalk included
  • Erase chalk with a dry cloth
  • Plugs into a power outlet

As I said, they have a great selection to choose from.  Great for all price ranges.
Why not add one or two under the tree at Christmas too?


The new lamps include (photo shown from left to right):
·         Glitter Lava® Lamp – 14.5” ($19.99)
·         Chalkboard Lava® Lamp – 14.5” ($19.99)
·         Glittermax™ Lava® Lamp – 14.5” ($19.99)
·         Frosted Lava® Lamp – 14.5” ($19.99)
·         Halloween Lava® Lamp – 14.5” ($19.99)
·         Double Play™ Lava® Lamp – 18.5” ($59.99)
·         17” Lava® Lamps – Rainbow Glitter, Rainbow and Travel Deco ($24.99)
·         Fireplace Lamp – 14.5” ($24.99)
·         Sandcastle Lamp – 14.5” ($24.99)
·         LED Lava® Lamp – 10” ($9.99)
·         Mini Volcano Lava® Lamp – 10” ($14.99)


If you aren't into the Lava Lamps, they also now offer cool string lights!
 Lava® Lamp unveils battery-operated LED pull and string lights, perfect for parties, dorm rooms, lockers and more! No wall power sourced needed, light can be added to any space with the pull lights or color changing string lights, which are available in seven fun motifs – stars, hearts, bows, flip flops, popsicles, flamingos and the Lava® Lamp iconic shape.

For more information and/or to purchase, visit lava lite.

Did you have a Lava Lamp when you were younger?

30.10.16

Halloween Titles from PBS make great candy treat alternatives

Do you give your children Halloween gifts? I know some people like to have a card and maybe a small something for a Halloween treat for their child when they wake up Halloween morning.  I have a great idea for the gift!!!
Have you thought about a Halloween themed DVD?  I know just because something is a certain season, we don't NOT watch it. Especially when it comes to Halloween!  Check out a couple cute titles from PBS. Run out to Walmart and grab them today!

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WORDWORLD: HALLOWEEN FUN
In the DVD “WORDWORLD: HALLOWEEN FUN,” join the WordFriends on adventures that demonstrate the connections between letters, sounds, words, and meaning. This DVD features five stories including “A Kooky Spooky Halloween” and “Sheep’s Halloween Costume.” In “A Kooky Spooky Halloween,” Pig is so worried about finishing his Halloween bags, because he’s missing the letter B, that he ends up sleepwalking. As he sleepwalks, collecting Bs along the way, everyone thinks he’s a ghost! The SRP for this DVD is $6.99.

PEG + CAT: A TOTALLY AWESOME HALLOWEEN
Combine Halloween excitement with mathematical fun and you’ve got “PEG + CAT: A TOTALLY AWESOME HALLOWEEN.” This DVD features four adventures, two of which are Halloween themed – “The Parade Problem” and “The Halloween Problem.” In “The Parade Problem,” kids will learn about sorting and estimating as they watch Peg and Cat clean up a park to ensure the nursery school’s Halloween parade takes place. The SRP for this DVD is $6.99.



They also have: 
CAILLOU: CAILLOU’S HALLOWEEN
CAILLOU’S HALLOWEEN” features 13 stories including “Caillou Loves Halloween,” “Pumpkin Patch Kid,” and “Caillou’s Halloween Costume.” In “Caillou’s Halloween Costume,” Caillou and Rosie are trying to pick out costumes as Halloween quickly approaches – but Caillou can’t decide what he wants to be. With help from Mommy and Daddy, a furry blue monster costume is created for Caillou so he can join Leo, a cowboy, and Clementine, a bumblebee, for trick-or-treating! The SRP for this DVD is $6.99. 

DINOSAUR TRAIN: BUDDY’S HALLOWEEN ADVENTURE
Join Buddy and his family and friends for some spooktastic adventures! The Pteranodon family visits a haunted roundhouse in Troodon Town where they meet a nocturnal mammal named Vlad Volaticotherium. The fun continues when the family goes to a pumpkin patch and learns about carving pumpkins from Larry Lambeosaurus. The four stories included on this DVD are “Night Train,” “Fossil Fred,” “Haunted Roundhouse,” and “Big Pond Pumpkin Patch.” The SRP for this DVD is $6.99.

 
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