Gift Ideas, Kids, Review, Summer, Toy Reviews

Magnetic Travel Games from The Purple Cow

Thank you to Purple Cow for sending games for feature

Magnetic Travel Games from Purple Cow

In two weeks Anthony and I head off to Blogger Bash in NYC. At age 9, this is such a fun conference for him as he will mingle and meet many toy and children brands. It is also his first long flight. We are flying from Seattle to New York and need some entertainment for the flight. My husband cannot break from work events so it is just Anthony and I. These magnetic travel games from The Purple Cow and going to be a blast.

Magnetic Checkers

Magnetic Tic Tac Toe + 4-In-A-Row


Magnetic Battlefleet

Each game comes in a slim tin that snaps back together to hold the pieces. They hold very well to the boards and slide easily with your fingers for enjoyable play. The tins stay shut very well. There are even more choices than the 3 games I list above. They are all available on Amazon.

I can see us using these travel games a lot this summer from plane rides to camping and road trips. These make great hotel toys too. They are small and pack well for space saving. There are plenty of playing pieces for each game. Having entertainment is not only fun for the kids, but a piece of sanity to parents.

Best Buy, Gift Ideas, Home, Summer

Pictures of Our New Home

Pictures of Our New Home


Great Room-Family Room. I can’t wait for the new furniture to get into this room

I am standing in the dining space as I take this photo with kitchen in front and great room to my right. So excited to have open concept.

The backyard has been landscaped

Laundry right-Office left. The lighting in my office is fantastic!

My husband domain and mandatory 3-car garage.

Entryway as you walk in front door. All wood downstairs. Carper on stairs and upstairs will be installed.

MY Master bath-shower/separate tub. Walk in closet to right inside bathroom space.

Anthony’s room-he chose this one. Identical one in hall as a guest room also. Extra room for lounging a tad smaller across hall.

This will be the much anticipated Star Wars themed game room. This room spans the front of the house upstairs and is long. It will be a boys room made in heaven.

Our Master bedroom with a view of Mount Rainier out the window.

DR Horton has been fantastic to work with. We added some extra like 2″ white wood blinds on all windows, landscape the backyard and screen all windows to the base home and it was much more reasonable than we could do ourselves and saves us hours of window work at move in. I am glad they work well with us on options. We did decide too late to add air conditioning to our forced air system, but they gave us their contacts and the quote was great. So we will add AC at move in.

We needed a fridge, dryer and washing machine and the best deal was the Best Buy Memorial Day sale along with Samsung Rebates and our local utilities also offered rebates for buying energy efficient qualified appliances. We went with Samsung because it had the features we wanted and the value just beat out everyone else. I do wish Samsung offered the fingerprint resistance for their refrigerators but their rebates were what tipped us. We went with the Steam washer/dryer set and because we saved so much I also ordered the bases for them. We also got our JBL sound bar system, TV mounts and media accessories through Best Buy because of their sales and deals.

Our furniture is waiting for us at the furniture store and I can’t wait to share finished photos with everyone late July when it is all put together.

Thank you (and this post is not sponsored) to my stores I have been living at as I shop for the new home:

  • Best Buy
  • Old Cannery Furniture
  • DR Horton
  • IKEA
  • Home Goods
  • Marshalls
  • Michaels

Below are the big ticket items we have waiting to get into our new home (some of these links are affiliated). A bit more of a sneak peek at will will be our finished home.

iconSamsung – 4.5 Cu. Ft. 10-Cycle High-Efficiency Front-Loading Washer with Steam – Platinum


Samsung – 7.5 Cu. Ft. 10-Cycle Electric Dryer with Steam – Platinum


Samsung – 24.6 Cu. Ft. French Door Refrigerator with Thru-the-Door Ice and Water – Stainless Steel



JBL – Cinema 2.1-Channel Soundbar System with 8″ Wireless Subwoofer and Digital Amplifier – Black


Rocketfish™ – Full-Motion TV Wall Mount for Most 40″ – 75″ TVs – Black


Back to School 2017, Food, Healthy Living, Natural Foods, Summer

5 Organic Snacks for the Kids On-The-Go

Thank  you to Pure Growth for sending product for feature

What is better than a new organic and nutritious snack option for the kids? How about affordable nutrition that tastes great. Trust me! I sneak into the stash myself for a snack because these taste so good. Available at Amazon and Walmart are the Pure Growth Organic Snacks from popcorn to breakfast bars in yummy flavors.

Pure Growth Organics Breakfast Biscuits come in blueberry and chocolate. These biscuits are a great way to start the day when on-the-go. Pack them for road trips or hotel rooms because these offer fiber, whole grains and they are kosher too. What you won’t find is trans fats, GMO or artificial flavors/colors.

Like the biscuits, these are bite size versions that come in Strawberry and Apple Cinnamon. They will keep those little fingers bust as there are plenty of biscuits packed into this little bag.

Another option to start the day or for a snack are the breakfast bars. These come in Chocolate Banana, Oatmeal Raisin and Cinnamon Brown Sugar. These bars have 10g of whole grains and 3g of fiber. To sum it up-these bars offer a tad more fiber while the biscuits and bites offer twice as much whole grains.

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For the movie nights in the park or airplane snacks pull out some Pure Organic Veggie Chips or popcorn. The Veggie Chips come in BBQ, Ranch, Sea Salt and Spicy Salsa. They are organic (of course), vegan, kosher, gluten free and made with only real ingredients, no GMO’s or preservatives.

The popcorn comes in white cheddar and there is a lot packed into this little snack bag as well. My son rarely comes back for seconds each snack. These are organic, kosher and gluten free. Wait! There is more! See all of the snack options at Pure Growth Organics website.

What do you think? Will you pick some up and have for your next outing? 

Home, Summer

6 Tips To Get Your Home Summer Ready

*This post is not sponsored*

With the move nearing and our house in boxes I am so excited to get into our new home. For about 3 weeks an Extended Stay will be our home between needing to get out of this house and the build complete on the new one. There is something about our brand new home that has me tossing old furniture and decor to start fresh. I have held garage sales and buy/sell posts to get rid of the old and start planning for new. I have most of my furniture picked and waiting at the warehouse but the decor and organizing has my brain constantly running. So, now I am enjoying a new site I wanted to share with you called Map My House from Life Storage.

To start you choose the US region you live in and a season. I am focusing on Summer posts from where I live in the Northwest. The ideas are fantastic and inclusive to most areas, but you can search areas such as yard and some decor that may be region specific so head over and choose your region to find more.

6 Tips To Get Your Home Summer Ready


My pick from their Bedroom ideas that I am going to use in our new guest room is the Guest Room Clipboard Wall Art. I have been collecting brochures as we explore the town and got several from the hotel we stayed in near the new home over Memorial weekend. I plan to buy fun clipboards instead of doing them as a craft. Isn’t this an fun idea for your guests?


With the kids home all summer it may be fun to update their bathroom. Changing the rugs to a fun bright color and adding wall art like these free printables are a fun update.


You know those sports balls overflowing in totes will get used this summer. This is a fun and easy DIY Equipment Storage featured in the garage section of Map My House with wheels to easily move in and out of the garage to keep all the equipment together. Hang rackets and bats. Make it custom to your kids.

Family Room

That hardest decor shopping for me in centerpieces. I have an open concept kitchen, dining and family space so I want it to flow but be practical. Changing a space can be as easy as shopping for new couch pillows and changing your table space and you have a new look. Find some inspiration with these 10 Easy Coffee Table Decoration Ideas.


Map My House has many great dining ideas, but this one sticks out to me. Living in the Northwest we can still have very cool nights so creating a hot cocoa bar in the home or even RV is a fun idea. Find inspiration from this post, How To Create The Best Hot Cocoa Bar.


Guests coming over with last minute notice? Get to the kitchen and grab a pot. These 10 Natural RoomStovetop Potpourri Recipes will help get rid of that dirty dog, diaper pail overflowing, dirt & boys smell in your home.

I am so inspired by these ideas and have this site bookmarked. Head on over to Map My House.


Bring the music outdoors with Sengled Pulse Lightbulb Speakers

I was sent sample for feature

As we head into summer we also tend to head outdoors more often. From BBQ’s to camping and even the hot days indoors, the Sengled Smart Lightbulb brings your music to wherever you are. My son uses a bluetooth light at bedtime and I just activate it from his tablet playlist and control the volume from my phone. Now we have our own bluetooth music speaker on our back deck with our Sengled Pulse Solo smart bulb.


The Pulse Solo has a stereo bluetooth speaker inside. In fact, there are 2 JBL speakers. I am a huge JBL fan so this is so exciting to see that these high quality speakers produce the sound. Now when we are out grilling we just activate our playlist on our phones and the bluetooth easily finds the solo bulb and plays our music while giving us the light we need to cook and visit with friends.
When you download the free Sengled app you can control the volume as well as the brightness right in the palm of your hand. I will keep the light dim when it is still bright outside and raise the brightness as the sun sets. It also turns itself into a bit of a conversation piece with neighbors and friends.
This is not an outdoor bulb only as you can use it in the office, bedroom or in any room and be able to control the brightness you need. I just have a covered socket under an overhang so it is out of the direct elements which is recommended. I hate turning my stereo up in the house so I can hear the music outside-it disrupts everyone inside. Now I can shut the door and get my music nearby when outdoors so I chose to use my bulb in the backyard for that reason.
Installing is so easy. Just replace a standard bulb with the Sengled bulb, turn the light switch on and find the bluetooth connection. It should connect instantly and you are ready to choose your playlist. Find the bulb right for you at
Healthy Living, Parenting, Summer

DIY Racetrack and Advil Film-Coated for summer relief

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RaceDayRelief #CollectiveBias

It’s summer and with that means the kids are home…all day. With trip planning, bored kids, extra laundry, snack wrappers everywhere and hot days sometimes it is necessary to push the kids outside. In our home we have video game and TV time limits and typically I have no problem getting my son outside, but the neighbor kids aren’t always home so when he is by himself he is not inspired to go outside. For me, the heat causes headaches and fatigue and when I need fast pain relief help, Advil Film-Coated and quiet time is my go-to remedy.
When my son is inside and bored he gets very needy. “Can you play a game with me?”… “Mom, I’m bored”…”Mom, what can I do?” He doesn’t stop and when I am having those heat headaches I just need him outside and entertained for a bit. So we put together a DIY racetrack and ramp for his remote control cars and planes. It is such a great activity for an only child when there is no one available for a play date.

The best part of these summer, heat-induced headaches of mine is fast acting Advil Film-Coated leverages the rapid absorption properties of ibuprofen sodium, now available for the first time in the US.” *Among OTC pain relievers. This means that I can use fast acting Advil Film-Coated for headaches, muscle aches, toothaches, menstrual cramps, back pain, and aches and pains associated with the common cold.

I can find Advil Film-Coated at my local Walmart along with some fun craft supplies to make my son’s car ramp and track pop. I hand him a bag of sidewalk chalk, flags, fun duct tape, rocks and other items I find that are track-worthy and hand it to him along with his remote control cars and helicopter. He will stay on that sidewalk making simple or sometimes elaborate tracks and jumps for a long time.







The only real prep involved is building a ramp that can be used over and over again. When my son is done playing he puts the ramp and bag of supplies on the garage shelf for next use. 


Building the ramp
This is so easy you could probably just figure it out with my photos and it took me under 15 minutes. I took an empty cereal box and lined the top and sides with different duct tape. For his current ramp he liked the flag theme. I then just shoved 2 empty water bottles into the box so it doesn’t collapse when his car drives over it. This is the top of the ramp and is also used for his landing pad when he flies his helicopter so that is why we made a hole and inserted a small flag at the top corner.
For the actual ramp, find a sturdy cardboard piece and give it the width you want. Because he is learning to drive these cars I made his ramp pretty wide so it is not so challenging to get the car lined up and across the ramp. I also wrapped it in the duct tape and used a single tape piece on the top of the ramp edge to the box edge to connect the ramp to the base.
Gathering Track Supplies
Now all you need is a bag or bin to keep the supplies they can use to personalize the space around the ramp. I keep chalk, more tape, flags and even large rocks. My son grabbed a box and used it for his car to crash into after the ramp jump. If you put it in the bag, they will get creative and find a use for it. The best part about providing them the materials to do as they wish is that you can change it out at times so it keeps them interested and they look forward to seeing what’s new in the bin to build into their track. I even handed him a battery-run string of Christmas lights one night and he made a helicopter landing pad with them.
Headaches? Not to worry because Advil Film-Coated has your fast pain-relief covered and your box of race track supplies will take care of the kids. Bring on that summer heat and enjoy this season. Just make sure you have Advil Film-Coated on hand.*Among OTC pain relievers