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Blast Box is a Banging Good Time #SummerFun

Blast Box is a Banging Good Time! #SummerFun #Zing #picnicgame #BlastBoxGame
~Thank you to Zing for providing Blast Box for review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own. This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive commission for your purchase.~




I love finding games that are great for the whole family to play and sometimes that’s hard because my kids are so young (5 y/o and almost 2 y/o). They don’t always quite understand the concept of certain games, even one’s that are age appropriate, and it can get frustrating for everyone.

Blast Box by Zing happens to be one that all of us enjoy and even the kids understand what it’s all about. Since getting the game, Blast Box has been played over and over and over. My son literally asks to play every day and I can already tell it’s going to be a major part of our summer fun plans.

How to play!

Setup and play of Blast Box is super simple. For each player (up to four), a balloon needs to be inflated and placed under the box. Don’t worry, the game includes a handheld pump to blow up the balloons.

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The object of Blast Box is not to pop a balloon. Each player takes a turn with the spinner, which indicates how many nails they have to hammer into the box (if any). If you pop a balloon, you’re out and the last person standing wins. Easy peasy!

I love that it’s even safe for my youngest one to play. The “nails” are flexible plastic pieces and aren’t sharp at the ends. The tips are a dull rounded shape, but they’re pointy enough to pop balloons when hammered in.

And although a simple concept, Blast Box requires some strategy. In the beginning, we’ve found that starting around the outside of the box is a pretty safe way to go. But when you get to a point where there are multiple nails hammered into the box, it starts narrowing down the possible locations of remaining balloons.

You have to strategize and determine where it would be safe to hammer a nail without popping one of the balloons. It’s also a good idea to pay attention so you can see which nails actually did pop balloons. Maybe your next move should be in that same area, since you know a balloon has already been popped there.

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My kids must be lucky, or maybe I’m unlucky, but I actually understand how to strategize in this game, while my kids don’t really get it quite yet. They just love banging the nails in and hoping they don’t hit a balloon. Yet still, they beat me just about every time!

Tips

From playing Blast Box so many times, there are a few tips I’d like to share that will help make the game run smoother.

The first tip involves inflating the balloons. As I mentioned before, the game includes a handheld pump for easy inflation. The game also includes small cardboard balloon holders to keep the air in the balloons and also double as weights to keep the balloons in place under the box.

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I’ve found that the trick to easily attaching the cardboard weight without popping the balloon is to inflate the balloon, keep it on the pump, twist the end to tighten it and slip the twisted part into one of the cardboard slots. Then slip it through the second slot and remove the balloon from the pump.

Trust me, I’ve popped and fiddled with enough of the balloons to have a good grip on this, haha!

My second tip involves the box itself. If you’re playing on a flat surface, you may need someone to hold it in place. If not, there’s a good chance someone will knock into the box and when it moves, the nails will bend and allow space for the balloons to move underneath. Here’s an example.

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We got down to two players, but only one nail slot left. That just doesn’t make sense. If there’s only one nail slot left, then one of the remaining players should have already popped a balloon. When I turned the box over to check it out, this is what I found.

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You can see that some of the nails are slanted, making room for the balloons. This likely happened when my kids kept knocking into the box. The nails were already in place and when the box moved, the balloons pushed into the sides of the nails. So when the next nail was hammered in, it missed the balloon.

Playing in the grass (this is an awesome picnic game, by the way) or the carpet is probably ideal because the box won’t move as much.

Have your own banging good time!

Blast Box is so fun that it’s actually temporarily out of stock on Zing’s website! You can preorder it now ($19.99) for the next shipment, or you can head over to Amazon and get it sooner ($24.99). But note that even Amazon has a limited number available!

Would your family enjoy playing Blast Box this summer?

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*Thank you to Zing for providing Blast Box for review. My opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive commission for your purchase. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

#SummerFun Is Always Poppin’ When You Have Bubbles

What is summer fun without bubbles? This PAW Patrol Action Bubble Blower from makes blowing bubbles easier than ever and without as much sticky mess! Head over to the blog and check it out! #PAWPatrol #LittleKids #SummerFun #bubbles #bubblefun
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What is outdoor summer fun without bubbles? My kids absolutely LOVE bubbles and could go through a whole bottle in one day. And I’m not talking about spilling the bottle, although the little one is good at that. It’s even fun for me to see the enjoyment in their faces when playing with bubbles.

But let’s be honest, bubble fun can get pretty messy and smaller kids typically have a harder time blowing bubbles themselves. That’s what makes the PAW Patrol Action Bubble Blower from Little Kids perfect for my two kiddos. Minimal spill, minimal mess, no trouble blowing bubbles, and no bubble wands in the mouth!

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Little Kids recently sent us a Marshall Action Bubble Blower to play with and the kids love it, as do I. It’s so easy to use, even for my one year old daughter. After set-up (adding a few batteries and bubble liquid to the reservoir) it’s as simple as pulling Marshall’s head back and watching the bubbles flow from his mouth. He’s barking bubbles!

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And boy do they flow! It’s a constant stream of bubble fun. I really love the Marshall Action Bubble Blower, especially for my littlest one because she always has a hard time blowing bubbles with a wand.

She either blows too hard, doesn’t blow hard enough, puts her mouth on the wand or the wand in her mouth, and at some point spills the whole bottle of bubble liquid. It’s truly a waste of money to give her a bottle of bubbles with a wand.

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Our Marshall Action Bubble Blower takes most of the mess and all of the bubble blowing skills out of the equation so she can join in on the bubble blowing fun. She hasn’t quite learned the concept of turning Marshall around so that the bubbles don’t blow directly in her face, but she’ll figure it out eventually. I think she likes the bubbles in her face to be honest, haha.

My son sometimes has the same bubble woes as my daughter, but since he’s a little older he understands the basic skills needed for blowing bubbles with a wand and understands not to spill the bubble liquid. But he’d still rather have fun with Marshall. He loves to run around with Marshall in the air barking bubbles and when he stops to look back, there’s a massive stream of bubbles behind him to go back and pop.

As for the sticky bubble mess, Marshall needs to stay in an upright position. Both of my kids would tilt him forward or backward at times, and when tilted sometimes the bubble liquid spills out of the mouth. So there’s still a little mess, but compared to my daughter dumping out a whole bottle of bubbles or even my son spilling bubbles when dipping a wand, I’ll take this any day. I just needed to wipe their hands a little when they were done playing and also wipe off Marshall before putting him away.

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Aside from the sheer fact that the Marshall Action Bubble Blower is fun and easy to use, another pro is that the PAW Patrol character is one my kids are familiar with. They both love watching PAW Patrol.

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Little Kids also has a Chase Action Bubble Blower and to get his bubbles flowing, simply push the medallion on his collar. Still easy to use and tons of bubble fun!

We took Marshall to the local park on this particular day and even the other kids joined in on the bubble popping fun! I’m sure the other parents are mad at me for bringing Marshall along because now every kid at the park that day wants one. But summer is all about having fun and bubbles are classic fun!

Plus, these bubbles toys are ones that will last and won’t get lost. I can’t even begin to count the number of bubble wands my kids have lost over the past few years. And they really aren’t that expensive either. The Marshall Action Bubble Blower is just $14.99 on Amazon, and Chase is even cheaper than that at $11.27 (don’t forget Amazon prices change all the time)!

Does your family love playing with bubbles?

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*Thank you to Little Kids for providing a PAW Patrol Action Bubble Blower for review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive commission on your purchase. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Eliminating Unwanted Odors is Safe and Easy with EnviroKlenz

Starting to feel like your home is being overrun with odors? Musty linens, sweaty sports gear, laundry pile starting to stink? Add a little EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer to the wash and the odors will safely and naturally disappear! Head over to the blog to learn more and check out my experience. #EnviroKlenz #NonToxic #MultipleChemicalSensitivity #SpringCleaning #laundry #odorelimination
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My boyfriend recently told me I was addicted to doing laundry. Addicted to laundry? Oh, please. Nobody likes doing laundry, right?

Well, the truth is, unlike most people I do actually like doing laundry (minus putting it away), but I’m certainly not addicted to it. I’d definitely rather spend my time doing something else and I only do our laundry when it needs to be done. That’s it.

Lately, I’ve been noticing the laundry pile starts to smell after just a few days. I think a lot of it has to do with wet dish rags and bath towels piling up, and getting that musty, moldy, mildew smell. And it’s even hard to get rid of those smells after a regular cycle through the wash. That is, until I started using EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer.

EnviroKlenz offers a variety of home products that eliminate odors and chemicals in your everyday life – laundry and linens, air space, home surfaces and more. As the name suggests, EnviroKlenz products are safe, non-toxic, eco-friendly, and fragrance free. The products are completely safe for those who have sensitivities to certain smells and rather than adding additional fragrances, the products eliminate the source of the unwanted odor.

Starting to feel like your home is being overrun with odors? Musty linens, sweaty sports gear, laundry pile starting to stink? Add a little EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer to the wash and the odors will safely and naturally disappear! Head over to the blog to learn more and check out my experience. #EnviroKlenz #NonToxic #MultipleChemicalSensitivity #SpringCleaning #laundry #odorelimination

I first tried EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer in my regular laundry. Everything from under garments, to pants and tees, kitchen linens and bathroom towels. I don’t think our laundry has ever smelt and felt so fresh. And I say it smelled fresh, but what I mean by that is all odors had been eliminated. No body odors, no perfumes, no musty and moldy smells, nothing but odor free clothes and linens.

The product itself is an odorless, milky white substance that’s sort of thick and foamy. The directions are to add 1/4 cup (small load) or 1/2 cup (large load) after letting the washing machine fill partially with water, and before loading clothes in the machine.

Starting to feel like your home is being overrun with odors? Musty linens, sweaty sports gear, laundry pile starting to stink? Add a little EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer to the wash and the odors will safely and naturally disappear! Head over to the blog to learn more and check out my experience. #EnviroKlenz #NonToxic #MultipleChemicalSensitivity #SpringCleaning #laundry #odorelimination

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Unfortunately, I have a digital washing machine and have to load the clothes in order for the machine to properly sense the amount of water needed for the load. So I put the EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer in the oxi section of the detergent tray and didn’t have a problem.

Then as I was putting my kids’ clothes away in their room, I realized the room itself didn’t smell as clean as it could. My kids are only ages 5 and 1, so where the heck the odor even came from, I have no idea. Maybe it was just from everyday use. I decided to try EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer on their bedroom rugs considering the amount of traffic they get.

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You guys!!! I cannot even begin to tell you how much of a difference it made and the product didn’t alter or damage the color of the rugs or anything. I walk in and it’s like a whole ‘nother room. Simply washing their rugs with EnviroKlenz made the whole room feel and smell lighter.

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Why do my kids have so many blankets out?

 

And I didn’t stop there. I took it a step further and washed the blankets they were using. I’m now at the point where I’m going through my home and literally washing everything that can go in the washing machine.

Hmm, I guess I can see why my boyfriend thinks I’m addicted to doing the laundry.

We’ve lived in our apartment for seven months now and have never taken the opportunity to wash the shower curtain or the living room curtains, so that’s been done too. I’m telling you, the whole place feels and smells lighter now. Just imagine how musty these linens were before from all the in and out, the use they’re getting and the everyday smells that come through our home. They’re soaking it all up and I never realized how much they needed to be washed, all the way down to eliminating the odors I got so used to.

So, anyone else want to join me in this laundry “addiction?” Get your EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer right from the EnviroKlenz website today!

How will you use EnviroKlenz Laundry Enhancer?

Pet accidents and odors? Potty training accidents? Musty clothes or linens in the closet? Pulling out clean sheets from the closet and finding they smell musty is the worst! Cigarette smoke? Perfumes? Sweaty sports smells? Everyday odors?

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Keep Color in Focus & Stay Fashionable this Summer with Ottica #SummerFun

Keep Color in Focus & Stay Fashionable this Summer with Ottica #SummerFun #sunglasses #fashion #Ottica
~I received an Ottica site credit to help facilitate my review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~




Since the weather has warmed up, we’ve been getting outdoors and enjoying the sunshine so much more. And whether we’re playing at the park, going for a walk, or enjoying city views, I always have sunglasses on.

Can I just tell you how much I love sunglasses? I wear them year-round. Suns out? Sunglasses on! Snow on the ground? Sunglasses on! Leaves starting to fall off the trees? Sunglasses on! Not only do they protect my eyes and keep color in focus, but they are one of my favorite accessories. I feel more put together (even if I’m really not) when I wear sunglasses.

There’s a good chance my sunglasses obsession is getting out of control, but I don’t see myself stopping any time soon. In fact, I recently got the opportunity to check out Ottica.com and get a new designer pair!

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Right from the start I knew I’d be able to find an amazing new pair of sunglasses. Ottica offers sunglasses for both men and women, and has a variety of brands, sizes, styles, colors and materials. Brands include Ray-Ban, Versace, Coach, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Carolina Lemke and Burberry, and there are 113 pairs of women’s sunglasses to choose from, alone!

How did I find my perfect pair? Well, it was hard mostly because I wanted to get every single pair, but I eventually narrowed it down by trying them on. You’re probably like, trying them on? How did you try on sunglasses if you’re ordering online?

It just so happens that Ottica has a feature where I can upload a photo of myself and virtually try on different frames. How cool is that?! Here are a couple of pairs I “tried on.”

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Keep Color in Focus & Stay Fashionable this Summer with Ottica #SummerFun #sunglasses #fashion #Ottica
I’m thinking about going back and ordering these!

 

Once I found my perfect pair, which was a pair of blue tortoise Michael Kors sunglasses, I simply added them to my cart and checked out. I first tried paying my balance via PayPal, but it wouldn’t process for some reason. After switching to a credit card payment, my order went through just fine, though.

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Just look at these beauties! Each pair ordered comes with its own carrying case and lenses cleaning wipe, too!

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Keep Color in Focus & Stay Fashionable this Summer with Ottica #SummerFun #sunglasses #fashion #Ottica

If you require a prescription, Ottica has you covered too. It’s still the same process, with a few extra added steps. I personally don’t need glasses, so I didn’t have to go through those few extra steps, but it looks pretty easy to do.

Pick your frames, choose what type of lenses you need, upload your prescription and voila! And Ottica not only offers sunglasses, but you can also get your everyday prescription glasses too.

After making my purchase, I received email updates every step of the way. From a purchase confirmation, to notification of when my sunglasses were sent to production, to notification of when the production process was complete, I was received updates about it all. And before I knew it, my sunglasses had arrived in the mail!

Now all that’s left is for me to enjoy my new sunglasses and explore the concrete jungle this summer!

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Spring is in full swing and summer will officially be here in just a few short weeks, so if you need a new pair of sunglasses, head over to Ottica.com. I promise you’ll find the perfect pair to protect your eyes this summer and still stay fashionable.

Shipping is free, returns are free and if you require prescription lenses, you can get 50% off your first pair by joining the Ottica Club (just click the brown banner at the top of the site that says “Get 50% off all lenses.”)

What is your favorite pair of sunglasses at Ottica?

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Rainy Day #SummerFun with The Wobbly Worm Game

Rainy Day Summer Fun with The Wobbly Worm Game #SummerFun #SpinMaster #TheWobblyWormGame #rainydayfun

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When we think of summer, we imagine all the fun in the sun we’re going to have. But the reality is, not every day is a nice sunny one where our kids can play outside. On those rainy summer days, how do we keep the kids occupied inside without putting them in front of a screen?

The Wobbly Worm Game from Spin Master!

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What is The Wobbly Worm Game?

The Wobbly Worm Game is a fun game for ages 3+ and is perfect for up to three players. It can be played indoors or outdoors, but for the most fun and wobbles, its best on a flat and solid surface.

We first tried it on the rug, but realized Mr. Worm didn’t wobble as much. As soon as we put him on the wood floor, his wobbles and moves were all kinds of crazy.

The weather here has been pretty dreary today, but my kids are still having tons of fun inside with The Wobbly Worm Game. It really is a great option for rainy summer days!

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How do you play?

Each player has their own set of three color coordinated rings. The object of the game is to toss and hoop all three of your rings around Mr. Worm first. But it’s not as easy as it sounds. Mr. Worm has got some insane wobbling skills and his movements make it difficult to win. You never know what direction he’s going to move in!

Check it out!

Why I Love It!

One of the things I love about The Wobbly Worm Game is that it’s adjustable and that means it grows with your kids. The shorter you make Mr. Worm, the easier it is to toss and hoop him. This is great for smaller kids, and when my daughter plays we always make it a little shorter so it’s easier for her.

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This is Mr. Worm at his tallest (3 feet). You can see he’s a bit tall for my daughter to play with, so being able to adjust the height makes The Wobbly Worm Game fun for the little kids too!

 

When Mr. Worm is at his fullest height, the movements are much less predictable and he wobbles uncontrollably. This makes the game more challenging, but also a better height for older kids (and parents).

The other thing I really love is it keeps my kids active even though they’re indoors. And in a pretty small space for that matter. On most rainy days you’ll find my kids running rampant through every room in the house, but when playing The Wobbly Worm Game they stay in one room and play nicely (well, whether they play nicely is on a case-by-case basis, haha).

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Another perk? The game is super affordable! Right now it’s just $14.00 on Amazon (hurry because you know Amazon prices can change quickly)!

Rainy Day + The Wobbly Worm Game = Summer Fun

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Underwater Adventures with the Octonauts + Fish Biscuit Recipe {Giveaway}

Underwater Adventures with the Octonauts + Fish Biscuit Recipe & Giveaway | NCircle Entertainment
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Octonauts, to the launch bay!

If you have a little Disney Jr. fan at home, you’ve probably seen your fair share of the Octonauts. Captain Barnacles, Kwazii, Peso and the rest of the Octopod crew explore the ocean in search of fun and adventure.

Along the way, they find many different species of marine creatures who are in need. From helping a frogfish and other creatures with an artificial reef to call home, to cleaning up garbage from the ocean to help protect a flock of seagulls, there’s never a dull moment with the Octonauts.

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And you can enjoy all the fun and adventures at home with the new NCircle Entertainment release of Octonauts: 12 Rescue Missions! Just released earlier this month, Octonauts: 12 Rescue Missions includes 12 episodes from the beloved children’s series.

  • Mariana Trench Adventure
  • Barracudas
  • Artificial Reef
  • Siphonophore
  • Urchin Invasion
  • Lion’s Mane Jellyfish
  • Pelicans
  • Red Rock Crabs
  • Loggerhead Sea Turtle
  • Harbor Seal
  • Yeti Crab
  • Over Under Adventure

It’s hard to choose which one is our favorite, but there’s one thing that remains consistent through many of the episodes – fish biscuits to the rescue!

Ever heard of the term hangry? Just like we can get a little moody when we’re hungry, the same goes for some of the underwater creatures the Octonauts encounter during their explorations. But never fear! Tunip and the Vegimals have the perfect fish biscuit recipe to calm the hunger and ease the aggression of these creatures, helping to save the day.

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Fish biscuits even help eliminate hangry behavior in my house! And I thought it only appropriate to munch on some fish biscuits while we joined the Octonauts on their adventures today. If we want to be productive honorary members of the Octonauts, it’s always good to be prepared!

Underwater Adventures with the Octonauts + Fish Biscuit Recipe & Giveaway | NCircle Entertainment

Underwater Adventures with the Octonauts + Fish Biscuit Recipe & Giveaway | NCircle Entertainment

Underwater Adventures with the Octonauts + Fish Biscuit Recipe & Giveaway | NCircle EntertainmentUnderwater Adventures with the Octonauts + Fish Biscuit Recipe & Giveaway | NCircle Entertainment

 

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Octonaut Fish Biscuits (Sugar Cookies)
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Recipe type: Sweet Treats
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Serves: 120
 
Honorary Octonauts have to be prepared for any kind of creature they encounter on their Octopod adventures, so I've taken a cue from Tunip and the Vegimals and baked up some Fish Biscuits just in case they come across some hangry marine life.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 1 cup of softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Prepare a cookie sheet and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the sugar and softened butter until smoothly mixed.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla, mix well.
  4. Add the baking powder and salt, mix well.
  5. One cup at a time, mix in the flour until the cookie dough consistency is thick but not too crumbly.
  6. Prepare a surface sprinkled with a little flour and be sure to lightly flour your rolling pin so it doesn't stick to the dough.
  7. No chilling of the dough is required so this is quick and easy! Just take a nice big handful of dough and roll it out evenly on the floured surface.
  8. Using a small fish cookie cutter, cut enough fish biscuits to fill your cookie sheet.
  9. Bake for 7 minutes and then remove the cookie sheet from the oven. Place the fish biscuits on a cooling rack and after a minute or two enjoy!

 

This fish biscuit recipe yields about 120 fish biscuits if using these small cookie cutters I got from Amazon. I used the larger of the three that come in the pack. I like these because they’re the perfect bite size and will help us feed more hangry marine creatures on our adventures with the Octonauts! If using a larger cookie cutter, the recipe will obviously yield fewer fish biscuits.

Who is your favorite Octonauts character?

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Summer Style with the Shibajuku Girls #SummerFun

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~Thank you to Chiz Comm for providing a Shibajuku Girls doll for review. As always, my opinions are still 100% my own. This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive compensation for your purchase.~

Allow me to introduce you to the newest member of our family and the newest member of the Shibajuku Girls – Miki. Miki is quite the trendsetter and loves staying active, with dreams of one day starring in the Olympics and even traveling the world.

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Anyone who wants to travel the world is one after my own heart. And any gal who loves sports and staying active is cool in my daughter’s eyes. So this makes Miki the perfect personality for the ladies in the house.

I wish I could describe just how much excitement my daughter had when she saw Miki. I mean she was squealing with delight. I couldn’t get Miki out of her box fast enough!

What are Shibajuku Girls?

Shibajuku Girls are fashion-savvy dolls inspired by Japanese culture. The dolls are known for internationality, as each one embraces a mix of eclectic Japanese culture and Harajuku fashion, which features fun, original and fashion-forward styles.

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With a variety of fun and vibrant hair colors, accessories and outfits, each Shibajuku girl has her own personality and style. All you have to do is pick the perfect match for the little fashionista in your life and let the fun begin. My daughter has been having a great time using Miki’s hair clips herself and sharing Miki’s quirky, sporty style!

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These two clips of Miki’s are my daughter’s favorites.

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Meet the Other Shibajuku Girls

Miki was introduced in Series 2 of the Shibajuku girls, but Koe, Yoko, Suki and Shizuka were introduced in Series 1. This time around, though, the girls have got new outfits to fit their unique personalities and qualities.

Koe – An animal lover with electric blue hair, her love for furry friends is written all over her outfits and accessories. Koe is always rocking some kind of animal print and wants to own a zoo one day. How fun?!

Yoko – With a love for the color black and accessories suited for a rockstar, Yoko loves to look as edgy as she can. She is a superstar guitar player who dreams of one day becoming a writer. In her spare time she loves watching spooky movies and especially those with spiders. Eeeeek!

Suki – Suki is what I call a girly girl. With hair almost as colorful as her outfits, Suki rocks purple, blue and pink locks. When it comes to accessories, no amount is too much, and her earmuffs make her extra unique. Did I mention she loves rainbows and her favorite food is cupcakes? Yum!

Shizuka – She’s the quiet one. Smart and super shy, but you’d never know just from looking at her outfits. Shizuka is dressed from head-to-toe in hot pink, including her hair. And guess what? She’s super unique with one blue eye and one green eye! Watch out fashion world, Shizuka’s working on her fashion designs and they’ll be hitting the runway before you know it!

Namika (Series 1) – Namika is an earth-friendly gal. She loves learning, especially if it involves science, and enjoys hunting outside for bugs. Her favorite place to visit is the Great Barrier Reef. She’s a great friend and is always willing to lend a hand to anyone.

What makes Shibajuku Girls unique?

Aside from the different personalities, qualities and fashion styles that each Shibajuku Girl possesses, the dolls themselves are unique in their make. Each doll is 13” tall and has a fully posable body.

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I’ve been playing around with Miki myself, and love how flexible she is as a doll. Like a real person, Shibajuku Girls have flexible joints not only at the neck, shoulder and hips (like typical dolls feature), but also at the elbows, wrists and knees.

I never had anything like this in a doll when I was growing up!

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It’s funny to watch my daughter sit and wave at Miki, as I bend her elbows and hand as though she’s waving to her.

On top of that, the eyes are made of glass, giving a more realistic look. I didn’t even notice this at first, but I love the overall attention to detail!

Get a Shibajuku Girl: Shibajuku girls are starting to take over some of my favorite retailers, including Target ($24.99) and Amazon (Series 1 – $29.99)!

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*Thank you to Chiz Comm for providing a Shiabjuku Girls doll for review. My opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive compensation for your purchase. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

6 Reasons to Visit The Strong National Museum of Play

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~Thank you to The Strong National Museum of Play for hosting our visit. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

Just a couple of weekends ago we were visiting family in Rochester, NY and a friend suggested taking our kids to Strong. I was like, Strong? What the heck is that? The Strong National Museum of PlayI went online to check it out and knew right away our kids would enjoy it.

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At first glance it appeared to be a big children’s museum, where kids can spend the day and just enjoy playing with different set ups. Our kids have been to other children’s museums and loved it, so I thought this would be no different. Boy was I wrong! The experience is so much more than that!

The Strong Museum is NOT a children’s museum (I’ll explain this more in a bit), and even us adults had a great time. We all enjoyed it so much that a day trip to The Strong Museum is now going to be routine for us when visiting our family in Rochester!

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Enjoy $1 carousel rides on your way in or on your way out!

6 Reasons to Visit The Strong Museum

1. A fun-filled DAY!

When I say you can spend the whole day at The Strong Museum, I’m not kidding. There is so much to see and do, from hands-on exhibits, to fun crafts, historic displays and more.

We visited on a Sunday when the hours are limited to 12pm-5pm. We didn’t get there until around 1:30pm and in the few hours we explored, didn’t even see and experience all The Strong Museum has to offer.

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Ever wanted to visit Sesame Street?

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Just another work day at Sesame Street Taxi! And check out those celebrity riders trying to hide in the back. It’s Elmo and Cookie Monster!

 

But boy did it wear us out. We were all ready to go when closing time came. Our daughter actually fell asleep before we left and had to be carried out, and our son started snoozing on the car ride home. Yay for a nap, though!

The Strong Museum is a 285,000 square foot facility, 100,000 of which is actual hands-on exhibits and displays. There are two floors to the museum and we had so much fun on the first floor, that we had to rush through the second floor (hence we WILL be going back).

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And when you do stay the whole day, you don’t have to worry about getting hungry because there are dining options on-site. Grab a bite at Bill Gray’s Skyliner restaurant, in the lobby, or something quick at Subway, Taco Bell Express, Pizza Hut Express, or Louie’s Sweet Shoppe, all located in the food court.

2. Nostalgia

I experienced some pretty epic nostalgia as we explored The Strong Museum . From Reading Adventureland, which takes us right into the fairytale books we enjoyed as kids, to Bear Country where we can experience the Bear Family’s adventures, it was like reliving my childhood in action. Oh, and the kids enjoyed it too. I just don’t think they understood the excitement I had for it all.

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Trying to pull the sword from the stone.

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Take your pick of story. Little Red Riding Hood? Goldilocks and the Three Bears?
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The Giant and his bean stalk. The Giant talks and moves, too!

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How many Berenstain Bears books do you own? We have about 20!

3. History

It’s not even just the nostalgia of reliving our favorite childhood stories, but The Strong Museum is packed full of history. The Strong Museum is NOT a children’s museum, but is the National Museum of Play. Throughout the facility, and especially on the second floor, there are featured displays of historical significance in how play as evolved.

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From technology like video games and pinball machines, to more simple play like G.I. Joe, dolls and toy trucks, The Strong Museum has the largest and most comprehensive collection of toys and historical materials, all related to play.

The Strong Museum is home to:

  • The International Center for the History of Electronic Games (largest in the world)
  • The National Toy Hall of Fame
  • The World Video Game Hall of Fame
  • The Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play (187,000 volumes and papers of national figures)
  • The American Journal of Play (first of its kind)

4. Imaginative Play

The Strong Museum is truly an imaginative haven. The countless number of interactive exhibits makes it fun for everyone. My daughter had a grand time sliding down the treehouse clubhouse in Bear Country, making her own fairy wand and creating music with the colorful Crayola “drums.”

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My son loves video games, so when he saw the giant Super Nintendo controller, he jumped at the chance to play. This was a blast from the past for me too. I used to play Super Mario ALL the time.

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He also really enjoyed shopping at Wegmans. Actually, I think both kids enjoyed that. If you’re not from the northeast, you probably have no idea what Wegmans is, but it’s a really popular grocery chain.

We’ve visited children’s museums that have something similar, like the Miami Children’s Museum has a Publix to shop, Publix being a popular grocery chain in the southeast. But nothing compares to the Wegmans shopping experience at The Strong Museum. The kids even got a real receipt for their groceries! How cool is that?!

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I think the kids were supposed to be limited to five grocery items. My kids obviously don’t listen.
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Wegmans features an in-store cafe so naturally The Strong Museum’s Wegmans has to have the same. That is not real pizza, by the way, but doesn’t it look real?!

5. Outdoors brought Indoors

On top of all of the hands-on displays and historical displays, The Strong Museum is also home to The Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Admission to the butterfly garden is separate from museum admission, but for just $4-$5 per person, you can enjoy an indoor walk through the outdoors.

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As soon as you walk into the garden, you see a few butterflies floating around, but if you’re not looking hard enough you’ll miss a lot. Many of the butterflies we saw were just resting on plants. The garden features more than 80 different butterfly species that come from all over the world including Asia, Africa, and South America.

And it’s not just butterflies you’ll find in the garden, but you also might see moths, turtles, quails (watch out so you don’t step on them), a chameleon and let’s not forget the beautiful botanicals.

6. Variety of Programs and Events

As if all of this wasn’t enough, The Strong Museum features different programs and events every week. We visited on Over the Rainbow Weekend and got the opportunity to take a photo with Dorothy and Toto, Glinda the good witch, and the Wicked Witch of the West.

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Upcoming events:

  • May 13, Fairy House Magic – Meet Leafy the Fairy and get a little sprinkle of fairy dust for good luck, visit the Discovery Garden to check out the colorful fairy houses, and more!
  • June 3, Fit Kids Day – Get active in the Fit Kids Fun Zone, discover the best places around town to exercise and more!
  • June 15 to June 25, Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures Mobile Park – Embark on an indoor, action-packed adventure on a 26 foot wide endurance zone that includes vertical nets, a spider web, log swings and rope bridges. (Requires additional ticket purchase.)
  • June 24 & 25, Have a Ball Exhibit Opening Celebration – Enjoy a comedic group perform ball tricks, in celebration of the most timeless toy ever – the ball. Then enjoy the exhibit itself by zooming a ball through a pipe maze, build a cup-and-ball toy, and more!
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Don’t forget to stop by the gift shop on your way out and pick up something to play with at home!

What would you enjoy most about The Strong National Museum of Play?

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*Thank you to The Strong National Museum of Play for hosting my family for a day. My opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the museum. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the museum.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

How I’m Setting My Son up for Educational Success

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I can’t believe it’s already time to register my son for kindergarten. Even though the start of the new school year is still months away, I’m already going through every emotion in the book and questioning his readiness.

I’m so excited to have some time alone with just my youngest. Maybe I can be a little more productive and she can get more one-on-one attention. But what if my son gets lost? What if he misses me and has a breakdown? What if he doesn’t behave and listen to the teacher? What if he’s just not at the same educational level as his peers?

While some of my concerns are just a part of sending my first child to school, there’s one concern I can address before this big milestone – his educational level. With the help of TestingMom.com, I can determine if my son is ready to start to kindergarten.

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What is TestingMom.com?

TestingMom.com is a site and program that was developed by parents, for parents and children aged Pre-K through 8th grade. The site offers fun skill-building games, challenging learning activities and even test prep material for state standard tests and Common Core.

How Does it Work?

Once you sign up for TestingMom.com, getting started is as easy as 1 – 2 – 3. You enter your child’s info (name and grade level), indicate which test you want him to practice and select any particular subjects he needs to work on. If you want him to practice all subjects, you can leave that part blank. Then the learning begins!

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One of the great features about the site, is the ability to add more than one child. Have one child in 2nd grade, another in 4th grade and another in 7th grade? No problem. Add them all and let each practice their respective tests and subjects!

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Not only does TestingMom.com provide actual practice tests for your child, but also helps them learn and practice through various fun interactive games.

What better way to learn than with a little fun and play? My son enjoys playing all of the games and doesn’t even realize he’s learning along the way.

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And let’s not forget us parents. There’s a whole Parent Resource Center that helps you monitor your child’s progress and provide tips for helping him succeed.

I thought for sure the preschool activities I’ve been doing with my son were getting him prepared for his first day of kindergarten and while they certainly are, I didn’t realize that I was leaving some important subjects out, like math.

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After having my son do a couple of practice tests, I realized he needed some help in the area of fractions. Do kids really learn fractions in kindergarten? Now knowing this, I can do fun activities with him so he can learn what a half is, and a third and a quarter.

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Shine Bright or Lay Low But Always BE YOU #BeStory

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You’ve probably seen the memes and graphics that say “Always be yourself. Unless you can be a mermaid. Then always be a mermaid.” Now, I like mermaids, but I like myself even better!

All I’m trying to be is me. I may not be the perfect mom (who is?). Or cook dinner every day (take out please!). Or clean the house daily (this home is lived in). Or put myself together with full makeup every day (ain’t nobody got time for that). Or even get out of my PJ’s for that matter.

But that’s me. Take it or leave it.

And while I may not be or do these things every day, I AM a loving and caring mom, my kids are ALWAYS fed, and the messes around the house show how much FUN my kids have. As for wearing PJ’s all day, let’s just say I’m a SELFLESS person who puts others’ needs before mine.

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All of this makes me super awesome! I just hope the world can handle all this awesomeness because I’m not changing me for anything.

And ya know, I think you should “Be You” too. Besides, there’s only one YOU! No imitation or duplication available!

This is why I love my new “Be You” graphic tee from the Cents of StyleBe Series.” I wear it proud and hope that when you see me in the streets (or in the grocery store, haha) you’ll remember to stay true to yourself and make life easier by just being you. Whether you shine bright or lay low, always BE YOU!

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  • Be the Good

This weekend only (4/28-4/30), these tees are just $15.95 with promo code BESTORY, and as always shipping is free!

What will you be?

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