STEM Learning, Summer, Toy Reviews

Celebrating the End of Summer with Fun and #NationalSlinkyDay

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Celebrating the End of Summer with Fun and #NationalSlinkyDay

Let’s celebrate the end of summer in a classic way! August 30 is National Slinky Day! This toy from the past, but still available today will be celebrated so remember to share you stories and fun slinky videos and photos from the past and present using #NationalSlinkyDay.

Who can resist the fun of tossing a slinky in your hands or down the stairs? We have the classic Slinky, but you can find many other varieties at AlexToys/Slinky

Below are the Alex D.I.Y. DoDats. They have a name and unique colors and your child has the skills needed to create these fun do-dads to hang from anywhere. The backpacks are a fun place to hang their creations.

Series 1 is available now and there are 6 to collect!

These are a lot of fun for the sports fan! These Break Away Ballz are a 3-D puzzle in itself, but as you bounce it the break away happens and inside is a fun surprise!

break away ballz

Watch Anthony bounce ‘em and break ‘em! Smash the 5in. foam ball to reveal the 2in. bouncing monstrosity inside!

If your at a local retailer, look for the fun Alex Toys available. Don’t forget to check the toy AND craft isles as Alex Toys are sometimes found in the arts and crafts section because the creativity is very prevalent in many of their products!

Car Talk, Home, Reviews, Summer, Tips and Tricks

Car Care Experts at Meguiar’s Offer Helpful Tips for Moms and Dads

clean car

How is your car holding up this summer? Is the floor full of sand, the interior have melted chocolates from the sun the kids left on the seats, the windows covered in hot, sticky hands marks? How about the outside? Is it too hot to get outside and really clean the exterior as well as you like? Drive through car washes are a minimal wash so let’s get that car clean!

Meguiar’s is my husbands go-to for car care and has been for years! He works corporate for a major auto retailer and of shelves of products he sees everyday, he always comes home with Meguiar’s products and the garage shelved prove it.

Meguiars car care

Here are some car care tips below that Meguiar’s shared with me on how to keep your car odor and mess free the rest of the summer.

  • Protect your interior surfaces: Great memories are made having your children join along on a road trip, but spilled food and drinks can easily spoil your precious interior. For quick clean ups on surfaces like rubber, vinyl and plastics, you can use a product like Meguiar’s ® Ultimate Interior Detailer to clean and offer protection. Meguiar’s ® Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner is the choice for immediately removing stains that may have affected floor mats, fabric seats, and other carpeted surfaces.

  • Maintain streak-free visibility: The cutest members of your family may think it’s funny to leave fingerprints or smash their faces against the car window, leaving evident smudges on the glass. By simply spraying your window with a quality glass cleaner, like Meguiar’s ® Perfect Clarity Glass Cleaner and wiping with a high quality microfiber towel, the blemish will be gone in no time and your little ones can go back to being cute as ever.

  • Crumbs…crumbs everywhere: Whether it’s Cheerios, Goldfish, or graham crackers, kids love munching on their favorite crunchy snacks in the car. This inevitably leads to bits of food all over your ride, with crumbs making their way to the most hard-to-reach crevices. Meguiar’s recommends vacuuming all cloth surfaces regularly to get rid of the leftover snacks and have your interior looking just like new. Remember, frequent car care is easy car care.

interior cleaner

  • When there’s no time for a car wash: From bird poop to tree sap, there’s always a good chance on a road trip that your car will get something on it that can be detrimental to the paint. Your kids in the back seat may have no patience for a full car wash! To quickly handle the mess without having to wash your entire car, you can use a product like Meguiar’s ® Ultimate Quik Detailer to easily remove it before it becomes a more serious issue. Since regular washes might not be a priority during the busy summer months, Meguiar’s experts also recommend keeping a bottle of Meguiar’s ® Ultimate Waterless Wash & Wax in the trunk. This handy product is easy to use: simply mist and gently wipe away with a clean microfiber towel to remove road grime, while also adding protection while on the road.

  • Neutralize odor: We love them, but kids who have been playing outside or those still in diapers can leave behind unpleasant odors that linger inside cars for long periods of time, which is where Meguiar’s® Whole Car Air Re-Freshers come in handy. The odor-eliminating technology permanently rids the affected area of the odors and leaves behind a desirable scent of either Sparkling Berry, Spiced Wood, Spring Blossom, Citrus Grove, Summer Breeze or New Car.
Back to School 2018, Food/Beverage, Healthy Living, Kids, Reviews, Summer

Keep Hydrated During Fall Sports with Contigo

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Most likely it is just plain hot where you live! We are in the heart of summer and soon we will be back to school and fall sports routines. My son plays soccer in the fall and other kids in our town play football so the fields get busy and it is still hot through September in the Northwest. Staying hydrated is a must! Contigo has 2 new hydration bottles I will share with you.

Above is one of the designs from the Contigo Couture THERAMLOCK Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle. I love the twist off spout with the mouth wide enough to put ice cubes in. It keeps drinks cold up to 24 hours and hot up to 10 hours and comes in 8 designs. This makes a great transition into winter when you go from cold ice water for fall practice nights to hot coffee or cocoa for the 9am games in the cold winter.

How fun is this design on the new Contigo THERMALOCK Spill-Proof Tumbler for kids? It says 100% spill-proof and I can assure you that it is! From the toddler siblings to the child athlete who needs a cold drink these are great for outdoors in the heat. Drinks stay cold for up to 10 hours. It comes in 3 fun designs.

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Buy the Couture and Tumbler on their website or on Amazon!

Children's Books, Education, Summer, Travel

Must Read Books When Traveling With Kids

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Must Read Books When Traveling With Kids

Traveling with kids is a daunting task for some, but it has never been for me. I have my own self-interest in history and geography so going somewhere new is fun for me because I can educate the boys in a fun and engaging way. Our 2 older bonus boys have not traveled as much as our youngest son. Circumstances and also money was different when they were younger. Now that we travel more often and to further locations my son is so enriched and can speak about other cities and recognize sites when we see movies or advertisements from major cities.

I always make sure he knows where we are going. For nights leading up to our travel I talk about distance and things to see and do even for local getaways or camping. Picture books and fact books are the best way to get him excited and Lonely Planet has so many travel and guide books for kids and adults!

City trail books are fun. We just got back from New York City and we saw so many landmarks. This is his second trip to New York from Seattle so he really has a little piece of his heat left in New York. These books were so much fun as we planned our trip and he remembered the guidebook at certain spots.

If your child just wants a general education about the world and major cities, these Big Books are fantastic. They are fun to pull out at bedtime and skim a page or two as they learn about their world outside of their own town and local landscapes.

Having guide books like these has begun to develop a love of museums from my son. He is 10 and just this week, out of the blue, said he really loved the museums we saw best and really wants to go to more museums.

Besides travel you can also find a few other guide books that include all things about Earth and even the humans and DNA makeup of us and the regions. Look for guidebooks for your upcoming travel or for some engaging education around history and geography at Lonely Planet!

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Food, Healthy Living, Natural Foods, Summer

Helping Kids and Parents Get More Veggies Into Their Diet with Garden Lites

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With vegetables as the primary ingredient in all of their items, Garden Lites is helping kids and parents get more veggies into their diet in delicious ways. These frozen snacks are made with only clean/simple ingredients, Gluten Free, non-GMO certified, nut free and kosher.



My favorite are the Chocolate Muffins. When I am trying to eat clean and have a sweet tooth, I grab one from the freezer and pop it in the microwave for a few seconds and the chocolate chips melt just a tad for a delicious, gooey treat. You don’t have to microwave them, they thaw fast such as throwing one from the freezer into a lunchbox or picnic basket. They will be ready to eat real soon and most assuredly by lunch.

The Chocolate Muffin’s first two ingredients are zucchini and carrots and are 33% veggies. They also come in Blueberry Oat, Banana Chocolate Chip and Carrot Berry.

Garden Lites® Superfood Veggie Cakes, launched only 2 years ago, are already a best-selling item. They are are packed with nutrient-rich superfood veggies like kale and cauliflower.

I just wanted to put these little snacks on your radar this summer! You can find them in retailers in the frozen section. For more information on Garden Lites products, visit and be sure to follow on Facebook and Twitter!

Fashion, Healthy Living, Kids, Natural Products, Reviews, Summer

Cabana Life Sun Protective Family Swimwear Inspired by Melanoma Survivors

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Cabana Life Sun Protective Family Swimwear Inspired by Melanoma Survivors

Don’t you just love the chance to wear new swimwear? There are so many styles and brands to choose from that when you find the right piece it is like a huge accomplishment. I have a few tankinis and shorts, but what I realized I lack is something for when evening hits on chilly nights. I may still want to get in the water, but out of the water I get cold and don’t want to have to change or get my regular clothes wet. My Palace Blue Zipper Rashguard from Cabana Life is my new favorite sun protective clothing and swimwear piece.

Cabana Life has swim shorts, bikinis, suits, tanks, tees, coverups and more that all work to protect your skin from harmful UV rays and with pieces like the long-sleeve rashguard I have it is great for those days when the warm day sun brings a chilly sunset. Above is an example of a cover up from the Girls line.

Cabana Life has the boys and men covered too! Their skin-safe fabrics give you the highest rated UV protection that will not wash out in the water or with sweat like sunscreens do. I hate the chore of greasing up my son so if I can cover him with safe clothing wherever I can it eliminates skin areas that I have to apply sunscreen to.

From the water to the meal table their fabric is comfortable to wear all day. It dries fast and looks great with bold colors and/or fun patterns. This brand was started by a skin cancer survivor so they are serious about the protection this fabric gives you and your entire family.

Here is the fun part! They have Mom and Me as well as Daddy and Me matching styles. I love finding these matching sets (and it makes spotting my big and little men in a crowd much easier).

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