The boys and I have reviewed toys here in the past and today is no exception. With the holidays just a few short weeks away, I wanted to make sure to share a fun toy concept with all of our readers. Today – we introduce you to Max and Landry, the Buddy Balls.
Buddy Balls was created by a little guy named Max. One day, he came home with a school project and had to create the “best toy ever”. He decided to combine two of his favorite toys – his love for sports and his beloved plush sleep buddy. With a little help from his parents, Buddy Balls were born. MaxLand Toys was inspired by Max’s creation with a goal of producing a high-quality plush toy that would become a childhood favorite. And, in our household – it certainly has.
The original collection of Buddy Balls includes four stuffed friends – Max, Landry, Sam and Eva and MaxLand Toys has since added four more additional buddies in the Sports Collection. With a few twists and flips and a push and pull – Max and Landry transform into a bright colored plush ball.
The twins absolutely love their new furry friends. Each of the buddies are so plush and soft and they use their friends’ zipper area as storage for their favorite toys – cars, legos, etc. The bears come in four different colors and the pattern on their paws show what color the ball is.
“Zip it, Flip it, Love it!”
The twins have found a new cuddly buddy and love sleeping with Max and Landry because their fur is so soft and smooth. Each bear we received is very plush and would make the perfect gift for any child or child at heart. And, did I mention that Buddy Balls offers accessories for their buddies? Sports uniforms & jerseys are available for purchase to give your buddies clothes and extra love and care.
Buddy Balls are Award Winning and have been honored with a Parent’s Choice Foundation Award. Buddy Balls also helps to support Child Life Services Hospitals and chronically ill children. Do you have someone in your life that would love a Buddy Ball? This would make a great gift for anyone.
You can learn more about Max, Landry and MaxLand Toys as well as purchase your own Buddy Ball as a gift or for yourself here: http://www.buddyballs.com/
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration and feature. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
As a busy mom, I’m always looking for ways to cut my cleaning time in half. Whether it be delegating the duties at home to a “willing” helper or accomplishing each chore a little at a time to get it done… I try my best to make it happen. Though, I’ll be honest – I always think to myself, “Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could all have our own personal Robot like they had in Bicentennial Man?” Well, not really… because I’d probably develop a motherly bond and have difficulty letting go, just knowing me… lol. But, I think I have a solution and my family and I have been loving it the last month. Today, I introduce you to bObi Kaho’ohanohano, the new baby in our house. But, bObi is not your traditional or typical baby. Nope – she is a robotic vacuum.
When my family and I was given the opportunity to give bObi a test run, let’s just say we were quite overjoyed and completely ecstatic to receive her. She came bundled in a sturdy box, well packaged and even included a little card that welcomed her to our family. The directions are easier to follow than I would have ever imagined and getting her going and started was a complete breeze. We were all excited to try her out… well, almost all of us. Ikaika who is our King Charles Cavalier Spaniel is still currently on the fence about her and still hasn’t decided if he likes her or not.
Our family has a traditional vacuum, which I’ll be honest – I really enjoy. It does it’s job but obviously, it can’t do it without someone behind the wheel actually doing the vacuuming. I don’t mind running the vacuum, it’s kind of soothing – but finding the time in my hectic schedule can pose many issues. We have a small house in general, so a standard vacuum will surely do the job without issue in very little time, but finding the time in my day is what seems to be the biggest problem.
Immediately after receiving it, my boys were so excited, they couldn’t contain their excitement. While our living area is small, we were eager to try bObi out for ourselves. I plugged her in the night prior to let her charge through the evening and then the next day, we were able to take her for a run. Our biggest challenge is a small living area and the fact that things move around in our house consistently. The boys have a table they do their homework on and it gets folded up and put away when we vacuum usually, so we wanted to be able to leave it out and have bObi work around it. The vacuum learns a pattern of where everything is in the house, or you can easily use the remote control and guide it in the direction you want for yourself. There is also a sensor on the vacuum so you do not have to worry about it bumping into things. It has run me over a few times, but I noticed it’s normally when the sensor is on the opposite side of the unit.
bObi has a small sweeper attached to it with brushes that work to pick up all the little pieces or sweep them into the cleaner… it’s awesome. I love that it gets near to the base boards in my kitchen or in the areas where dog hair gets caught and sweeps it up quickly and easily. bObi does not get all the rubbish in certain areas all the time, but it’s still learning to make its way around our house the the boys ever-moving their things around the rooms. While it won’t get that piece of lint or hair the first run sometimes, as it comes back around – it picks it up and leaves my house clean. With bObi’s dirt sensors, she is determined to go back around and get it done – so no lint or dust will be left behind.
I set bObi on a timer so it will run a sweep through the house and kitchen area each day at 10am while I’m sitting at my desk working. It’s so convenient for us that I think our traditional vacuum is starting to feel a bit left out. I use bObi daily and run my traditional vacuum on Saturdays to get a really good, deep into the carpet clean. bObi will reach under the beds and tables and below the cabinets because she’s so petite. It’s nice not having to bend to get under those areas with my traditional vacuum.
bObi Classic retails for about $269.00 on Amazon ($749 USD on bobSweep website) and comes with all the attachments to get it done. A charge overnight and you’re good to go and ready to clean the next day. Mop, sweep, sanitize… have lots of fun and get a few moments of breathing time for yourself.
You can see bObi in action while she goes through our hang out area. As you can see, Ikaika (our dog) is not yet a fan. But, he’s warming up to her… especially since she keeps his area where he sleeps, nice and clean! We are looking to replace our carpet and I can’t wait to see how bObi performs on the new one.
Oh, I forgot my favorite part… bObi mops. My bObi unit comes with a mop extension and 2 mop cloths which can be attached to the unit to do a quick mop. bObi comes with a UV light that kills bacteria and filters the air with her built-in HEPA filter. She’s seriously genius! I use this specifically for my kitchen. This is the perfect way to “spot mop” or do a quick mop during the weekdays until I do my thorough cleaning and mopping on Saturdays.
Charging bObi is really easy. It comes with a charging station and you can either let it run it’s course for it’s usual vacuuming and let it return to its dock or press the “juice” button on bObi or the remote control and it finds the docking station and recharges itself… simple and easy.
I think technology advances are so fun and exciting and I’m so thankful to have bObi to help me complete a few of my chores – mopping & vacuuming… check! I have never tried a robotic vacuum before so this is an experience my family and I are enjoying and we’re very thankful for. If you are in the market for a new vacuum, I highly suggest giving bObi or any of the other bobSweep family members a try. After having bObi in our house for just about a month now, she’s settled in and is a great addition to our family. Even Ikaika is starting to enjoy her (since she’s so quiet in comparison to our traditional vacuum), he has made her his friend and even rides her from time to time, lol.
Now that you’re done reading my thoughts (and my family’s) on bObi, do you think she will join your family? We’re just a humble family with a little home that we love and I figured instead of staging or prettying up the post, you could see bObi in real life and experience what we experience – good cleaning and a little less hectic-ness and stress for mom. Hope you enjoyed!
Check out the rest of the bObi family here or the whole bobSweep family here.
Disclaimer: The product featured in this post was sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased as with anything I post on my site. Affiliate links are posted through out.
Have you ever had a sound or smell, sight or color engulf your mind with memories of your past? It amazes me how many things that I deal with on a daily basis remind me of my past and get me reminiscing of fond memories that I love. Years ago my grandmother gave me a sock monkey as a gift and it’s something I have never forgotten. Since my grandmother has since passed over 20 years ago, I keep those and many other memories close to my heart, so when I see a sock monkey, it floods my thoughts with happy memories. Recently I was introduced to a handmade sock monkey creator and it instantly warmed my heart. As a fellow crafter, I know how much love goes into work like this so I am excited to share it with you. Missy’s Monkeys has a monkey for your favorite team, color or to just remind you of your childhood memories and I’m sharing it with you today.
Missy’s Monkeys is a company that makes unique handmade monkeys and has been doing so since 2013. Each monkey is made with great care and handmade in a clean, smoke-free environment. Missy hand stitches each monkey using double-ply thread twice over in each area to ensure durability and each monkey is unique. Handmade by Missy Wanamaker who is a stay-at-home mom of two, each monkey is made with all new materials including knit socks, hypo-allergenic fiberfill, buttons, ribbon and more. Missy’s Monkeys meets CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) requirements and creates original Rockford Red Heel Sock Monkeys as well as new novelty patterned, super hero characters, licensed sports teams, Mini Monkeys and many more fun designs.
If you’re looking for a revamped, handmade vintage product as a gift or to add as a part of your collection, Missy’s Monkeys are nostalgic with a modern flare and handmade with love. These great and fun pastime gifts are made with a twist to provide comfort, happiness and fun for all ages. Missy’s Sock Monkeys retail from $14 – $84 depending on the design and the type.
It’s obvious that we are Oakland Raiders fans in our household, so it was our first choice for the monkey we decided to go with. Our sock monkey is well made, sturdy and durable but most importantly – his sock is soft and cozy making it an ideal choice for anyone as a gift or cuddle buddy. But the quality of our monkey is so great that I have a list of others I plan to order for my sons as well as others who I am planning to gift for the future.
There are a plethora of designs available and custom designs as well. Missy’s Monkeys is a small business that truly provides a piece of your childhood, team spirit or happiness to any household. Head on over to: www.etsy.com/Shop/MissysMonkeys and browse the many designs available for you. Whether it be for a gift to treasure, your biggest sports fan or a little piece of your childhood, you’ll find a design you can surely treasure.
Thank you Missy’s Monkeys for sharing your beautiful gift with me. I’m thankful to have it as a part of our Raiders collection and look forward to buying more from you in the near future. My sons have absolutely loved this Monkey friend and I know they’ll enjoy the gift as will anyone else.
Disclaimer: The product featured in this post was sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased.
“This post was sponsored by the PLAY-DOH brand from HASBRO as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.”
When I look back on my childhood, I’m always reminded of all the fun memories I had with my parents and my siblings. Favorite toys and events always fill my thoughts and I’m always genuinely excited to share these fun things with my children now that I’m a parent myself. In the age of technology and electronics, no matter how cool a gadget can be, there are just certain toys and play things from my childhood that are still timeless. A toy that has really stood the test of time and something I still love as an adult is PLAY-DOH brand. The smell is one you never forget if you have smelled & played with PLAY-DOH brand before. My family and I were so happy and excited to celebrate PLAY-DOH brand’s 60th birthday with the release of their new PLAY-DOH Town collection that we’re sharing with you today.
While opening up the boxes and packaging with my sons, I immediately was taken back to my childhood. The feel and texture of PLAY-DOH compound and the scent wafting through our living room brought back so many awesome memories and I am so happy to be able to share these with my sons. Exciting, customizable figures and Playsets let my chldren create their own PLAY-DOH Towns and tell their Towns’ unique stories. With fun play sets, the boys enjoyed playing pretend as firemen at the Firehouse, grooming the pets at the Pet Store and creating their own PLAY-DOH ice cream cones.
My boys have always loved toys and products that they can use to express themselves, build and create together. I love that PLAY-DOH Town Playsets make great tools for sensory. The twins are at an age where sensory tools and toys help with their speech to build creativity and encourage expression without always needing the use of words. This helps their speech greatly in that they do not get overwhelmed too easily and can have fun building and having play time. PLAY-DOH compound is fun to play with, helps with fine motor skills and perfect for the twins who sometimes need to calm down and relax – offering them calm play-time.
Fun for the whole family – no matter what age you are!
I absolutely love watching my sons engage with one another, while sharing pieces and parts to create their own little town and village. My eldest son loved watching his brothers have fun so he just had to get involved and join in the creative process. Together, my three sons had a blast, using their imagination to enjoy their summer and have some fun with one another. I also loved creating with them and I couldn’t help but smile and think happy thoughts.
In celebration of its 60th birthday, the PLAY-DOH brand is taking fans on a new colorful, creatable and makeable adventure. With fun figures, characters and town-themed Playsets and vehicles, the PLAY-DOH Town segment inspires creativity and storytelling for all ages.
The pieces for each Playset were easy to put together and the instructions were easy to follow. The boys were able to get right to playing without waiting for me to assemble everything. The sets each came with wonderful and bright PLAY-DOH in fun colors that allowed the boys to use their imagination and creativity to make all kinds of fun play things. They especially enjoyed making a soft-serve ice cream with the ice cream truck and popsicles with the provided attachments for each set.
The PLAY-DOH Town segment inspires creativity and imagination! The 60th birthday celebrations will culminate on World PLAY-DOH Day on September 16, which happens to be the perfect day to pick up a playset or can of compound to have some fun with. Squish it, mold it and explore all the fun sculpting possibilities and have a blast with your kids or unleash your inner child.
Fun for the whole family and a childhood staple since its introduction in 1956, the PLAY-DOH brand continues to captivate the imaginations of children and artists of all ages. As it heads into year 60 and beyond, I know that this fun compound of colorful goodness will be a favorite in our family for generations because its a name we love and enjoy just as much as we enjoy playing with it.
So what about you? Do you and your children enjoy PLAY-DOH brand too? If you don’t have children, do you remember PLAY-DOH compound from your childhood?
I’m a huge lover of soft and cuddly things and teddy bears or stuffed animals are no exception. As a child, I still remember my stuffed dog I called “Dukie Dog” and I had him until I was 18 (it was a gift to me on my first Christmas) and my very big (bigger than me) stuffed teddy bear I got from my husband on our first Christmas we had together, almost 20 years ago. There is something comforting about a stuffed animal or teddy bear and you can’t help but smile when you hold one in your arms. Having children, I instilled in them that having a stuffed animal buddy is a great way to grow up – my eldest son still has his Wicket and Horse we got on a trip to Disney World when he was just 6 months old… I have patched them both on many occasions, stuffed them with fluff and even added more hair to the bald spots – lol. The twins have their own set of stuffed friends as well and they have take them and their blankies cross country and to even visit President Obama in the White House. My sons love their cuddly friends.
Recently I was introduced to a brand new company that makes gift giving sweet. They offer these fun and adorable teddy bears in a unique gifting way. Teddy Canz offer cute, very plush and soft teddy bears that come in really cool designed cans. Each bear comes with a theme and today I’m going to be sharing our new friend with all of you.
A New Spin on an Old Favorite!
There are at least 10 different designs available to choose from Teddy Canz. The boys received “Bear and the City” who they have named Teddy. He is a sweet little friend dressed denim shorts and a cool looking hoodie that go perfectly with the theme of his can which is the city streets. This is the perfect little guy for the boys and they have been absolutely loving him since he arrived.
Don’t worry about your teddy bear being stuffed or hurt while inside of his can. They fit well inside and fluff up nicely once they come out. Our can was bent a little in shipping, but Teddy was well cared for and nice and safe on the inside. He wasn’t mashed at all while in his container. The Bear and the City that we received is really really well made. If I had to commend the company on the quality of the bear, I definitely think it’s stellar. His stitching was well in tact when we took him out of the can and he is absolutely soft and perfect for cuddling. The twins noticed immediately how soft he was and they couldn’t wait to snuggle up with him.
The twins have absolutely loved Teddy Canz since he arrived and have been taking turns sleeping with him and carrying him around each day. The can can be used to store your new friend if you would like, but the boys chose to keep it on their shelf to hold some of their toys. Honestly, he’s so cute, I don’t know who would want to store him away – unless they were using him to collect.
Teddy Canz would make an awesome gift for anyone, child or adult alike. The company offers custom designs should you be interested in doing something fun for your company or for an event and if you decide to choose the styles available, there are at least 10 to choose from. Teddy Canz retails for $24.99 each and shipping is also reasonably priced (about $6.50 for USPS Priority Shipping).
Designs available from Teddy Canz include:
It’s a Boy
It’s a Girl
Get Well Soon
Dog Gone It
To get your own Teddy Canz or to check out the selection and get more information, visit Teddy Canz at TeddyCanz.com. You can also follow the brand on Instagram and check out all the children and adults that have found new friends from Teddy Canz.
So – whether a parent or a child or someone who just absolutely loves adorable things… Teddy Canz offers you a variety of new friends to take home. Do you like this fun idea of Teddy Canz? Are there any styles you think you may want to pick up for yourself or as a gift? Comment below and let me know.
I want to thank Teddy Canz for making two twinnies happy with their new buddy!
Disclaimer: The product featured in this post was sent for review consideration and feature. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and I was not paid to provide my thoughts on this item. Affiliate links are posted through out.
A few weeks ago my sons and I went out to a dinner date with a family member visiting from afar. As we sat at the table, my Aunt asked… “Hmm… do your children not have those iApple things?” I giggled, but explained to her that while they each have their own tablets they are limited on time of use, where they use them and how often. As much as we love technology in our household, family time and hands on things are much more important and I’m glad my husband and I are able to instill that in our children. After dinner, I thought back to some memories from years ago. As a child my parents always made science things so interesting and I remember going on little adventures at the local park with my dad with a magnifying glass and clear dishes to hold our specimens in after finding them. As we got older and my parents could afford it, my siblings and I would get really cool kits that allowed us to dig up dinosaur-like bones, bugs and mineral rocks and we enjoyed those as well.
Because of these memories it always excites me to be able to offer these similar things to my children. My sons and I spend a lot of time together and because of this, much of what we do is explore and learn about History, Science and all the wonders our beautiful Earth has to offer. But, with the rainy season upon us – our explorations have been dwindled quite a bit. That’s why I am so excited that there are cool Kits like the one I’m about to talk to you about. Discover With Dr. Cool Real Insect Excavation Kit has been a fun choice for rainy days and I am excited to place another order for other kits also available.
The Discover With Dr. Cool’s Kit retails for about $12 on their website and comes with everything you need to dig up some really cool bugs. Included in the kit is your Digging Block (which is disguised as a bright green beetle), Excavation Tools, and Adventure Guide, an Activity Booklet and 3 Real Specimens. Please note that some of the items in the kit are considered choking hazards and not recommended for children under 3.
The kit is completely hands-on and my three boys each took turns scraping away at the beetle till they revealed what was encased inside. Just like archaeologists, they took their time to clean away the dust and debris till they found what they were on the search for. I was a bit worried that with their little excavation they may mutilate the specimens while looking but each one is secure in a glass shell.
The boys took about an hour to get through the entire beetle to reveal their finds. Though I know they thoroughly enjoyed it and they took their time because this was truly an adventure to discover. My ten year old (Kevin) loved taking part in this with his little bros (Luke & Isaiah) who are just five years old and together they made this an afternoon of fun and discovery.
After making their way to through the exterior of the beetle, they slowly started to find the glass encased bugs through out the body of the beetle. What I enjoyed about this kit is there were no sharp edges to any of the digging tools. It was as simple as laying down some newspaper and clean up was just as easy as throwing it all away.
The boys didn’t have to dig too deep as most of the bug specimens were found through out the top part of the beetle. I do suggest that if you have asthma or if you have sensitivity to dust to use a mask as it seemed like this was a clay like brick and there was quite a bit of dust. We made sure to open our windows so the boys air and breathing was not compromised.
What I think is probably the coolest part is the end result. Each bug is encased in a cool glass marble and they are REAL Genuine bugs. The kit includes a guide with information on each bug included in the kit and it was so cool to see the different colors these bugs had on their bodies. The activity booklets also include challenge puzzles and games that the boys enjoyed taking part in.
At such an affordable price tag – this Discover Dr. Cool Real Bug Dig Kit includes all the makings for hours of fun and education for any little person (or even adult, since I truly enjoyed myself as well) and offers such great hands on experience for children. The box does state that the products itself are non-toxic, but I do suggest like I said before to take caution with the dust from excavation.
The boys and I are excited to try out other kits available all for about the same price range. With technology taking our World by storm, sometimes we forget all about the wonders that our Earth offers. While the internet opens up our eyes to things we can’t see or touch immediately, I’m so glad that there are still great things like this to keep our children wondering about science and more.
Have you heard of Discover Dr. Cool before? What are some interesting things you may remember about exploring from your childhood? Do you have children and is this something you think they’ll be interested in. Thanks for reading 😉
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