Tea Collection Review & $100 Gift Certificate Giveaway

Posted by Jenna | Saturday, June 30, 2012

With our cold winters here in the Midwest, we're always excited to see green grass and warm temps. Summer doesn't last long, so we try and soak it up as much as possible. We're on the go a lot, and I like to have a variety of quality clothes for my kids to wear...both for play and more dressy. Thankfully, we can count on Tea Collection for exactly that!

What began in 2002 with 3 pima cotton sweaters and a vision of bringing a fusion of worldwide cultures and modern design to children's clothing, has since grown to include a large selection of distinctive apparel inspired by the beauty discovered while traveling around the world. With beautiful and modern clothing for boys and girls ages 0-12, everyone is sure to find something they truly love.

If you have been a follower here for a while, you know that I am a huge fan of Tea Collection and their selection of designer children's clothing and women's clothing. The quality and style are what I have found set them apart amongst the children's clothing I've come across. I'm always happy to learn about new styles being offered, and couldn't have been more excited to learn we were going to get a few outfits for Kaelyn and Kaden to review.

When the clothing arrived from Tea Collection, I couldn't wait to check them out. I have always been impressed with the quality right off the bat, and this time was no different. As I pulled each piece out, I found the quality I look for when it comes to my kids' clothing...both for casual and dressy.

Kaelyn received the Plumeria Ruffle Hem Dress, Moon Orchid Halter Top, and Safari Paper Bag Shorts.
Kaelyn is very much a girly girl and loves wearing a dress anywhere we go. Summer is her favorite time to wear dresses because she doesn't have to layer them and the selection of girl's dresses at Tea is top notch! The Plumeria Ruffle Hem Dress is exactly her style and so adorable! She was thrilled!
The quality of the dress is fantastic. It's soft and gentle on her skin, yet thick enough that I don't have to worry about it wearing or not washing up well. I also love the length, as it's not too short, but not too long either. It's perfect for summer, and the ruffle hem gives it a touch of fun and something Kaelyn loves to twirl around in.

The Moon Orchid Halter Top and Safari Paperbag Shorts are also adorable! I absolutely love the print on the Halter Top, and the colors! They're perfect summer colors, and the style helps Kaelyn stay cool even on the hottest of days!
It goes great with jeans shorts, skirts, etc...but matches perfectly with the Safari Paperbag Shorts. The shorts are also really cute. They're stylish and I love the unique style. They're different than any other shorts she owns...and can easily be worn for casual or more dressy. They're made with a lightweight and durable ripstop fabric which she says is very comfortable. She has worn this outfit many places and always gets all kinds of compliments and questions as to wear we got it!

Kaden received the Waves Batik Polo, Uluwatu Tee, and Canvas Cargo Shorts.
Right away, I was happy to see that we could mix and match the shirts with the shorts. I love this about Tea and always appreciate being able to make more than one outfit with a few different items. It gives us the chance to have a little variety in his wardrobe, and being able to have something for more casual and then something for dressier occasions.

Kaden has worn the Waves Batik Polo and Canvas Cargo Shorts a lot. He's worn them to weddings, wedding rehearsals, church, and family outings. He has commented on how comfortable they are. He can easily run around and have fun, without sacrificing comfort.
The outfit is also absolutely adorable! The polo is unique and matches the shorts perfectly. We've received many compliments on this outfit. The shorts are a really nice color, and again...very comfortable. I love that they simply pull on so he doesn't have to try and button them up. Now that he's potty trained, it's nice to have shorts like this that are easy to pull up and down on his own.

He has also worn the Canvas Cargo Shorts with the Uluwatu Tee several times. This is a fun outfit because it's a little more casual, but can still be worn to almost any occasion. The colors are great for summer, and best of all....they're comfortable for him to wear. I love the quality, as all of the Tea Clothes we received have washed up so well time after time.
We have been very happy with the items we received from Tea for review. Once again, they did not disappoint! The quality is outstanding, and the style and comfort can't be beat. My kids have been thrilled, and I think everything is absolutely adorable! I would definitely recommend Tea Collection if you're looking for great girl's clothes and boy's clothing.

Buy It: You can purchase the Safari Paperbag Shorts for $16.50, the Moon Orchid Halter Top for $16.50 and the Plumeria Ruffle Hem Dress for $29.50, the Waves Batik Polo for $21.50, Uluwatu Tee for $19.50, and the Canvas Cargo Shorts for $19.50.

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JC Toys Realistic Dolls Review & Giveaway (Winner's Choice)

Posted by Jenna | Saturday, June 30, 2012

If there's one thing every little one does at some point during their childhood, it's playing with dolls. Both Kaelyn and Kaden love to care for their babies....snuggling them, feeding them, pushing them around in the stroller...the list goes on and on. Ever since Caysen was born, they enjoy it even more. It's a lot of fun sitting back and watching as they engage in pretend play...taking care of their babies just as I take care of them and Caysen. It's such an important part of childhood and something I want to encourage in any way I can. That's why I was excited to learn about JC Toys and their cute and realistic looking dolls!

 A family operated business, JC Toys is a worldwide designer and manufacturer of a wide range of collectible dolls, specialty play items, accessories, and more. After all, feeding, bathing dressing and cuddling a new baby doll is what this company is all about. For over 30 years they have been making incredibly high quality, realistic looking dolls for little mommies around the world and the new additions to their line-up are no exception.

The newest dolls are priced from $12.99 to $59.99, and incredibly realistic looking. They give little ones the opportunity to make believe play, give hugs, kisses and cuddles just like they observe in their own family. As I browsed the JC Toys website for the first time, I could see what makes them unique from other dolls I've seen and owned....their life-look appearance is truly one-of-a-kind and something I knew my kids would absolutely love! That's why I couldn't have been happier to learn we were going to have the opportunity to review the La Newborn 15" Real Boy!
When the baby boy doll arrived, I was impressed with how he came packaged. I love when companies take the time to present their products with care, and this was a great first impression. My kids couldn't wait to get him out and start playing!
As I took the baby out of the box, it was easy for me to see why so many people have fallen in love with these adorable dolls. His amazing lifelike expressions resemble a newborn. Just look at that face!! So cute!

So much care went into ever little detail...the eyes, hands, feet, even the belly button!

I absolutely adore the skin rolls at the wrists, ankles and even behind the neck too. They bring back memories of when each of my kids were tiny babies and the adorable features that were so cute. Even Kaelyn commented how this doll reminded her of her little brother Caysen.
The kids have been able to play and pretend with the La Newborn doll daily since we got him. His realistic look makes them feel like they are truly caring for a baby, just like I do with their little brother. It's been fun to see how well they care for him...hugging him, kissing him, even putting him in a doll crib at night. The all-vinyl bodies even make it possible to get them wet in the tub without fear of ruining them!

Kaden really enjoys having a boy baby too, as the rest of our dolls all came with girls clothing. I love that JC Toys offers each gender and different ethnicities to choose from as well. Not just in the skin color, but also the sculpt of the face. Most play doll companies typically just use a different color vinyl in a single sculpt, but not JC Toys. They truly make authenticity of ethnicities a priority, and it shows. Having so many sculpts and varied expressions to choose from, makes it possible to find the perfect doll for every child.

I could go on and on about how much our family loves our JC Toys La Newborn Real Boy doll! The quality is fantastic and something I know will last us a long time, which is great since the kids show no signs of losing interest anytime soon. The care that went into each and every detail is outstanding and truly sets these dolls apart and above and beyond the rest in my opinion. If you have a little one who loves to play dolls, I would highly recommend checking the fantastic selection from JC Toys.

Buy It: You can purchase the La Newborn 15' Real Boy doll from JC Toys for $59.99.

Win It: One very lucky reader is going to win a JC Toys doll of their choice (from the options below).

Lil' Hugs (available in pink, peach or purple)
Lil' Cutesies (3 expressions to choose from)
Mini La Newborn (anatomically correct real boy, real girl, Asian, or African American)
La Newborn (anatomically correct real girl or real boy)
Lil' Cutesies (Twins in Stroller or Twins in Bathtub)
Lots to Cuddle (20" doll available in peach or pink)

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Prince Lionheart flexiBATH Review & Giveaway

Posted by Jenna | Thursday, June 28, 2012

At 7 months old, Caysen is now sitting on his own and quickly outgrowing many of his baby gear items...including his infant bath tub! We have one bath tub in our house, and it's on the lower level which is not very convenient...hence the reason I've been putting off introducing him to big boy baths. Thankfully, Prince Lionheart has come to our rescue with a solution that is not only convenient, but also fun and versatile!
Prince Lionheart is a family-owned and operated business since 1973. They operate upon three core beliefs from which they were founded...quality, innovation and outstanding service. Although times have changed over the years...their commitment to these core beliefs remain the same. Offering everything from feeding and nursery items to safety, play and more...it's no wonder that they are a name parents have grown to know and trust time and time again.

If you read here often, you know I love Prince Lionheart and their high quality and innovative products. That's why I was happy to learn we were going to have the opportunity to review a must-have item for families with little ones....their Prince Lionheart flexiBATH.

  • Multi-Purpose
  • Multi-Award Winner
  • Easy to clean
  • Lightweight
  • Rigorously tested for durability
  • Easily folds when not in use or for travel
  • Features drain plug to easily dispose of dirty water
  • BPA FREE and contains NO heavy metals, phthalates or other harmful materials
  • Recommended for ages 0-4 years
  • Comes in 4 different colors
When the flexiBATH arrived, I was immediately impressed with the compact design. Could this really serve as an everyday bath tub?! The answer is...absolutely! 
The flexiBATH is known for its space saving design, folding down flat for storage, and making a great travel bath for children.
 I absolutely LOVE this feature! With three little ones and a house full of toys, gear, etc...I appreciate any item that makes keeping things organized easier. When folded, it can easily slide into one of our bathroom closets, or even in the car when we're traveling. We now have a convenient way of giving Caysen baths no matter where we're at. It's lightweight and easy to carry wherever we need it.

To fold and unfold, there's a simple closing mechanism that is easy to release and put into place. 
Once unfolded, I was really happy to find the tub to be such a nice size. It's not too big, yet not too small either. Designed for children aged 0-4 it could easily work for any of my three children which is great. The quality is also something I noticed right away. I could tell it's very durable and well made, so it's something that will last us a long time.

 I always look for items that are going to be as safe for my kids as possible, so having a plastic that is BPA Free and contains NO heavy metals, phthalates or other harmful materials is much appreciated, especially since Caysen loves to put his mouth on it.

I also adore the blue color, it's perfect for my little man! The tub comes in three different colors as well...green, pink, and white. No matter what gender your children are, or what your preference, you're sure to find the perfect color. 

Of course, once I had checked it over, I couldn't wait to test it out with Caysen. It's easily used anytime, anywhere. I have been using it in one of our showers and it's worked great. It's so nice to have a bath that he can sit up in and have fun, while not using all the water a full-sized bath tub would. It makes bath time so much more convenient for us, and Caysen absolutely loves it!

The size is great for him. He enjoys splashing around, playing with his toys, etc. Once he's done, it's super easy and quick to drain out the water via the drain plug (I LOVE that Prince Lionheart thought to include this). It's very easy to keep clean.
I haven't used it outside yet, but as summer continues I know this will also be a fantastic little pool for him while his brother and sister are enjoying their big pool. I love that it's multi-purpose! 

We've been thrilled with the Prince Lionheart FlexiBath! It helps save time, water and space which are things we appreciate about it. I would definitely recommend it to other families with little ones...being so versatile there's many different things it can be used for and the durability ensures it will last and last! And, if you have a baby who is not yet sitting on his/her own, Prince Lionheart even offers the flexiBATH infant support for babies.

Buy It: You can purchase the Prince Lionheart flexiBATH for $44.

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Build-A-Bear Workshop ~ Review

Posted by Jenna | Thursday, June 28, 2012

Build-A-Bear Workshop is known for the opportunity they give children (and adults) to make their own stuffed animal. It's a unique experience and one that is truly special, especially for children. My kids absolutely adore their Build-A-Bear Workshop animals, and always jump at the opportunity to visit a store whenever we're around one.

The closest Build-A-Bear Workshop store to us is over two hours away. That means our visits are usually few and far between. Living a distance from the nearest store doesn't mean we can't enjoy Build-A-Bear Workshop's super cute and cuddly friends though. Did you know they offer a large collection of featured pals right online!? I used to think the only way to make a stuffed animal was go into an actual store, but their online selection and user-friendly site makes it easy to purchase and make adorable gifts with the click of a button! You can even customize them with a song!!

In the month of June, Build-A-Bear Workshop has been featuring some pretty cute animals for summer...here a few of them:
We were excited to learn we were going to have the opportunity to review two of them. Kaelyn picked out the Oodles of Fun Octopus and Kaden chose the Travelin' Sea Turtle.

I love the fact that Build-A-Bear Workshop offers a variety of furry friends to choose from. Whether you're looking for something more simple like a bear or a dog, or something more unique and fun...they have it all! This particular collection of new friends really caught our eye as being extra special and all of us were really excited to check them out when they arrived!

Each new friend arrived in a Build-A-Bear Workshop signature box. This makes getting them in the mail a lot of fun and so much like being able to get one right in the store! What a fantastic gift idea.
We first took Oodles of Fun Octopus out of her box and of course, Kaelyn was thrilled! As always, I was impressed with the quality. So much time goes into the little details, making these stuffed animals truly one of a kind.
The color is vibrant and fun, perfect for my pink loving little girl! This octopus is really cute, and soft. Her 17" size makes her the perfect cuddle buddy for Kaelyn's little arms. She loves to snuggle with her, sleep with her, even play with her and take her on car rides. She's the perfect companion and oh so adorable!

Kaelyn loves all of her arms/legs and especially appreciated the mini plush sea buddy toy included.
Of course, once Kaden saw Kaelyn's new Build-A-Bear, he wanted to check out his too.
What I love about this adorable sea turtle is that he's perfect for both boys and girls. His fur is super soft, making him Kaden's new favorite stuffed animal to cuddle with and sleep with every night (and nap time!). I really like the details on this Build-A-Bear friend, especially the textured fur and mini plush buddy that comes with him.
Kaden's favorite part is the removable shell. He calls it a backpack and thinks it's super special that his new Build-A-Bear friend has this feature.

These are just a couple of the many great options to choose from right on the Build-A-Bear Workshop website and in-store. Their collection of cuddly friends is outstanding, and once again did not disappoint! We have fallen in love with these two adorable animals and can't wait to see what new friends they come up with. I would definitely recommend taking a look at their selection online, and if you live near a Build-A-Bear Workshop, you can always go into the store and make a friend of your choosing as well.

Buy It: You can purchase the Oodles of Fun Octopus and the Travelin' Sea Turtle for $22 each at buildabear.com.

**The product for this review was provided for free. All opinions are my own.**

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