**The products for this review were provided by Super Duper Publications. All opinions are my own. 

When I'm shopping for nieces, nephews and my own children the teacher in me is always on the lookout for games and toys that are fun, yet educational. That's why I love Super Duper Publications!

I'm sure you've some of the reviews I've written in the past for Super Duper Publications. If so, you know I'm a big fan! They are the makers of fun learning materials since 1986, offering hundreds of products that are perfect for every kid on the list this year! 

I was excited when giving the chance to review several items from Super Duper Publications, including the following three:
  • Ticklin' Tongue Twister Pencils
  • Hopping Frogs® Language Game
  • Photo Fish Classifying Magnetic Game
The kids were drawn the Photo Fish Classifying Magnetic Game right away, because they were intrigued by the tackle box shaped box it came in! 

This game is focused on helping children with their sorting and classifying skills. Great for ages Pre-K+, I knew this would be a lot of fun for both Kaelyn and Kaden. 

These magnetic foam fish come with stickers showing photos of everyday items in the categories of Transportation, Clothing, Animals, Food and Around the Home. 

Each child grabs a pole, chooses a category and reels in the fish that match. It's really that easy! They have a blast and I appreciate that they're learning every step of the way! 

I was also impressed that it comes with so many fish and categories. it really allows the game to stay fresh without the kids getting bored. This is a game they ask to play almost every day!

Another fun game is the Hopping Frogs Language Game. 

This game comes with 420 game cards focusing on the earlier developing sounds of P, B, T, D, K, G and F. It's another game that's great for Pre-K and one both Kaelyn and Kaden enjoy!

Children don't need to read to get hopping on this fun board game. It's a hands-on game that works on early language and articulations skills. Each sound has a specific question card for initial, medial and final positions in single words. For instance, the K in the initial position may ask the question "A Kitten is a baby _____". The child answers correctly and gets to hop the number of frogs shown at the bottom of the card to his/her lily pad. 

Being able to hop their own frogs is motivation to answer the question correctly. It's fun to see their wheels turning and the desire they have to really try at this game. It's a lot of fun and another one we pull out to play often!

Both of the games would make great gift ideas this Christmas, while the third item...the Ticklin' Tongue Twister Pencils, would make a fantastic stocking stuffer!

Unlike a typical No. 2 pencil, this one is entertaining. In this pack of 60 (yes 60!!) pencils, there's a tongue twister on each one! For instance, "how much wood could a Woodchuck chuck if a Woodchuck could chuck wood?" 

I love how colorful these pencils are. They're perfect for all ages and a lot of fun!

I would definitely recommend heading over to Super Duper Publications and checking out the variety of products they have to offer the children on your list this year. 

Buy It: You can purchase the Ticklin' Tongue Twister Pencils for $15.85, the Hopping Frogs Language Game for $49.95, and the Photo Fish Classifying Magnetic Game for $43.95. 

When shopping Super Duper Publications, you can use this special 15% off discount code: DBT4CPTS now through December 20th! Also know that shipping is FREE on all orders of $20 or more for anywhere in the US and Canada. 

**The product for this review was provided at no cost to me. All opinions are my own. 

We see a mix of movies in our household. My daughter enjoys the girly, princess movies...while my sons love anything to do with cars, planes, etc! I love it, because we have a variety of things to watch and enjoy together as a family. 

My sons are especially into movies, and of course were over the moon when Disney's Planes came out! We saw it in the theater and loved it! We knew it would need to be added to our movie library at home, which is why I was excited when given the opportunity to review the Disney Planes Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Combo Pack

For those who are not familiar, Planes is a heartwarming family comedy full of action and adventure. The story is about a crop dusting plane named Dusty with sky-high dreams. He's given the once-in-a-lifetime chance to take on the world's fastest flyers in the greatest air race ever!! 

Dusty has a huge heart but two big problems, he's not really built for speed as a crop duster plane, and he's afraid of heights. His courage is put to the ultimate test as this unlikely hero aims higher than he ever imagined. With a little help from friends, Dusty finds the courage to be more than he was built for and the inspiration to soar. 

Although we had seen the movie in the theater, it had been a while and I didn't remember a whole lot about it. Once we got watching it as a family, I was reminded just how uplifting this great story of bravery and friendship really is! 

I love the storyline of the movie and although a fan of the movie Cars, enjoyed this even more! It has so many great lessons on friendship and teaching children that they can do anything they put their minds to. 

It's a movie our whole family enjoys and I know we'll be watching it again and again. 

The great thing about this combo pack, is that it has some fun bonus features as well! It includes deleted scenes, the Exclusive Franz's Song, Top Ten Flyers, Meet the Racers and Klay's Flight Plan. The kids especially enjoyed these extra features. 

Offering a lot of action, adventure and fun, Planes is the perfect gift for both girls and boys of all ages this holiday season! I would highly recommend it and think it would make a great stocking stuffer!

Buy It: You can purchase Planes for $24.96 at Amazon.com.

Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Mighty Handle Review & Giveaway

Posted by Erin K. | Friday, November 29, 2013

**The product for this review was provided at no cost to me. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

This is scary.  And it happens every week.

Every Monday I zero in on one morning to do most of my grocery shopping - and my car ends up looking like a sea of grocery bags. 

Upon arriving home, I hand my toddler a snack and then run in and out of the house until everything is inside.  If only there was an easier way...

The Mighty Handle allows you to carry more bags in one trip with no spills.  Shoppers can now carry their bags across a parking lot, walking in a neighborhood, up a flight of stairs or from your car into the house with more ease and convenience.  The handle and anchor design distributes weight evenly allowing consumers to carry up to 50 lbs in one hand.  The design also ensures that bags flow toward the center so contents don't slosh or get damaged.  Mighty Handle is also great for carrying dry cleaning, housewares, even paint cans.

In these pictures I am carrying four grocery bags full of groceries.  
But with the Mighty Handle it feels like only two bags full.  

For the past three years I have lived in an apartment building where my car is parked a ways away from my front door.  So I could have definitely used something like this on a regular basis when loaded and unloading my car with groceries or kid stuff.  

When I took the Mighty Handle out of the package, I liked what I saw.  The plastic felt very sturdy and the handle was really comfortable, even when I was holding heavy items.  I loved how it kept my plastic grocery bags from cutting into my fingers or wrists.  The colors looked attractive and I liked that it was blue and green versus white or black so that it would be easier to keep track of.  

At first I wondered if this was something that was really necessary.  I don't like to be sold products that I really don't need (uh-hem informercials).  But when I realized that the Mighty Handle was more versatile than just carrying shopping bags to and from the car, I was intrigued.  

From my experience in using the Mighty Handle, it would be great for:
-camping (carrying gear from the car to the site)
-sports events (carrying all the gear, chairs, snacks, bags, etc.)
-going to the beach (if you live near the beach you know this is cheaper than a wagon or push cart for all your beach gear!)
-parents of newborns (baby carrier in one hand and Mighty Handle in the other to carry diaper bags, groceries and the like)
-for those who travel for work or leisure (good for getting you belongings to your room without pushing an awkward cart around)
-moms of kids who participate in dance recitals, theater, pageants, etc. (carrying  costumes or outfits) 

The Mighty Handle is a great holiday gift idea for moms or for people with joint, shoulder or back pain.  It can easily be stored in a purse, back pocket or glove box.  It's also made of 100% recycled plastic and is made in the U.S.A.  

Overall, I thought this was a great, versatile product and I'm sure there are many more uses for it than what I was able to come up with.  Moms usually tend to say that they wish they had more hands, so I guess this is a way to head in that direction.  

Buy It: $9.99 for a 2-Pack on Amazon

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**The product for this review was provided at no cost to me. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

I love finding fun and fashionable clothing for my kids! I am always on the lookout for pieces that are high quality and unique. That's why I appreciated when I was introduced to Taylor Joelle Designs!

Founded in 2007, Taylor Joelle Designs strives to offer top quality clothing and accessories. Looking around their website for the first time I was impressed with the variety they offer for girls and boys. I love the unique prints and styles which is why I was excited when asked to review something form their new collection! 

Today is the day that Taylor Joelle Designs releases their new Cohen Collection! This collection includes adorable clothing for babies and toddlers. From leggings to pocket tees, the Cohen collection offers clothing that are cute and comfortable. 

When I learned their sizes ranged from newborn to 2T for boys and newborn to 3T for girls...I knew it would be perfect for Caysen! We were sent the Mustard Geo Leggings and the Black Slub Pocket Tee to review.

When the items arrived I was impressed with the colors and print right away! I love the fall colors and the fact that they're trendy, but unique. 

The Mustard Geo Leggings are soft and well made. I can tell they will hold up well to washings and wear. Aside from the quality, I LOVE the geo print on these leggings. SO CUTE!

The Black Slub Pocket Tee is equally as cute! I love this basic v-neck top tee because it's cute and comfy. It's something that not only goes with the leggings perfectly (as well as other Cohen leggings), but can also be paired with other bottoms as well. The color is great and I love the pocket detail! 

It's not always easy to find cute and trendy baby boy clothing, so I'm thrilled that Taylor Joelle Designs offers exactly that! We've been really happy with the high quality and comfy fabrics of these items, as well as the trendy design and great colors and prints! 

Caysen just began wearing size 2t, so I'd say this outfit fits true to size. It's a little big, but that's good because it will fit him for quite some time. It's also very cute on!

If you're looking for fun, fashionable and fresh clothing for your little ones, I would definitely recommend checking out the Cohen Collection at Taylor Joelle Designs today! They have a great Black Friday sale going on today where you can even get 30% off!

Amazon Prime with Free Two-Day Shipping {review}

Posted by Erin K. | Thursday, November 28, 2013

I will start out by saying that I like to support buying local as much as possible.  It benefits my community, which benefits me.  However, for the things that I would otherwise buy at a large chain store, shopping online is much easier.

I am in the process of moving five hours north from my previous home.  I've spent the last four days unpacking and cleaning and unpacking and then more unpacking.  As I've begun to settle in I'm constantly discovering things I need to make this new house a home.  A closet organizer for my son's room, a new vacuum, and bubble bath because we just ran out tonight.  Instead of writing all this down on a shopping list and then later on loading up my son in the car and driving to three different stores to purchase all the right things, I simply grab my iPad, click on my Amazon app and within five minutes or less of browsing I hit the green button and tuh-duh! my items will be arriving two days later and the shipping is always free.

It's also great if you get home from the store only to realize that you forgot that one really important item.  Instead of stressing, just order it from Amazon Prime.  Since they really do carry SO many different types of products, they're likely to carry that item or at least something similar.

It costs $79 per year to sign up for Amazon Prime.  I know this can seem like a lot up front, but when you consider gas prices and time spent in the car, you're likely to come out on top.  Prime also includes free streaming of tons of movies, TV episodes and Kindle titles.

With gift-buying season now here, if you've been thinking about signing up anyway this might be a great time to do so.

And Happy Thanksgiving!

**I did not receive any compensation or free product for this review.  I just really enjoy the service and wanted to share with my readers

*The products for this review were provided at no cost to me. All opinions are my own.

One of the things I enjoy most is sitting back and watching my kids play! It's so fun to listen as they use their imaginations and play together. That's why I always look for toys that encourage open-ended play...those that they'll be able to play with and enjoy day after day. Thankfully, Famosa offers exactly that!

Established in 1957, Famosa has become a leading European toy company and doll manufacturer based in Spain. The company offers innovative, safe, and high quality products that foster all around development for young children. They currently operate in over 95 countries, reaching a wide range of consumers. They market brands including Pinypon, Nenuco, nancy and Feber. 

We were sent the Pinypon Snow Ski Lodge playset and the accompanying Pinypon Snow Adventure Car & Tow to review. 

When the products arrived, Kaelyn was most excited to check it out! She loves playsets like this and knows just how fun they can be! I could tell the Ski Lodge was large, so I couldn't help but wonder how long it would take to put together. 

It did end up taking a while, but thankfully was not hard since there were such helpful instructions with pictures to guide us! There are just a lot of little pieces which took a while to put in their places. It was definitely worth the wait though...this Snow Ski Lodge is every little girl or boy's dream (especially those in the Midwest like we are!)

The Ski Lodge features a fun ski lift and ski slope, as well as many fun accessories like skis, a snow mobile, a sled, and so much more! It offers everything a child would need to play for hours on end. The sky is the limit as to where their imaginations will take them! 

Kaelyn enjoys the fact that one side is the outside of the Ski Lodge (where all the snow activities take place), and the other side is the inside of the Ski Lodge where the Pinypon Friends can get warm and relax. 

Speaking of the Pinypon Friends, they are unique in that bodies come apart so different accessories can be added. For instance, they have two faces (one on each side of the head) as well as scarves, hats, snow goggles and more that can be worn! 

They even have their own little skis and ice skates which can be used on the best feature of all. The REAL ice skating rink! That's right! There's a blue "pond" that can be filled with water and frozen so the Pinypon Friends can actually ice skate! How neat is that?! 

This feature is Kaelyn and Kaden's favorite part! It makes it more real for them when playing with the playset. 

Accompanying the Ski Lodge was the Pinypon Snow Adventure Car & Tow

I appreciated that this toy did not have much assembly required, other than putting on the decal stickers. Kaelyn helped out with that part and enjoyed making the car her own!

I was impressed with how many accessories came with the Car & Two set. It came with a Pinypon Friend in winter attire and her Pet, as well as a number of fun accessories like a snowboard, skis, luggage and more!

All of the accessories fit nicely on and under the tow...not only making it fun to play with but also great for storage when not in use!

The kids love to play with this car and take the Pinypon Friends to their Ski Lodge in it. Everything has held up well and seems to be great quality! I can tell that both of these will be play sets that all three of my kids will be able to enjoy for a long time. 

If you have younger children I would recommend checking out these Pinypon playsets. They would make great gift ideas for Christmas!

Buy It: You can purchase the Pinypon Snow Ski Lodge for $39.99 and the Pinypon Snow Adventure Car & Tow for $12.99...both sold at ToysRUs.

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Hickory Farms Holiday Traditions ~ Review & Giveaway

Posted by Jenna | Wednesday, November 27, 2013

**Compensation and products for review were provided by Hickory Farms via MomTrends. I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of this review and to facilitate a giveaway. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hickory Farms
This really is one of the most wonderful times of year! I love all of the family get-togethers and of course, the holiday traditions! When I think of holiday traditions, ours wouldn't be complete without Hickory Farms!
Hickory Farms gifts have been a classic holiday tradition that brings family and friends together for more than 60 years! Many Americans have a distinct memory of Hickory Farms at their holiday gatherings and Hickory Farms is very proud to be a part of those nostalgic moments. They continue to focus on and celebrate their long heritage of tradition and authentic holiday memories.

They believe traditions matter, and embrace not only passing down traditions through generations of families, but also creating new traditions and sharing them with loved ones!
Our family loves Hickory Farms. I grew up with them, and now my husband and I enjoy making them a part of our holiday traditions as well! Their gourmet treats are delicious and the way they display them in gift boxes and baskets is beautiful. 
Available in a wide selection of signature sausages and savory cheeses, their high quality foods are perfect for gift-giving, family get-togethers and holiday parties!

We received the Party Planner Gift Box to try and it was delicious! All five of us enjoyed the variety of creamy cheeses, fresh nuts and meats! It's perfect for our family to enjoy together, as well as at family gatherings. Either way, it doesn't last long...it is delicious!

Whether you're planning a holiday party or looking for the perfect gift, Hickory Farms is a great option! You can order them at HickoryFarms.com or find them in one of their 700+ Holiday Market stores and kiosks across North America, as well as in select retailers.

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