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REVIEW: Tommee Tippee – Explora Drinking Cups


If you have a little one at home, you might relate to what happens to us every time we step out of our home.  My son gets really thirsty or hungry..the second we are far enough out of our home that we can’t just run back in.  I carry so much even to the simplest trips out.  Like anyone, I look for the best containers to carry drinks and snacks for him.

We recently tried the spill proof drinking cup from the Tommee Tippee Explora line.  I’ve tried many cups over the years from different brands for my son, and these will fit in with my favorites.  They are fun for kids because of the colors and graphics.  Easy to drink from, specially made to be offer a natural transition for little ones with Advance-flo™ technology.

My favorite part, they are really spill proof, and I stress that because I have bought and used many that are supposed to be, but weren’t.  The base of the cups are insulated, so keeps drinks cooler for longer, great in the summer of course, but also if you are indoors for long and want to keep a cool drink.  BPA free which is a must, of course.  They are stage 5 cups, good for 24+ months, although my son is three and has used it everyday all week, and seems to approve. 😉

These are great to fill with water and toss into my bag when I head out the door, because I know I’ll need it.

Look at everything you can get from Tommie Tippee, and the Explora line here.  Keep updated by following @tommeetippee_na on Twitter and become a fan of Tommee Tippee on Facebook.

They also have an app, you can learn more about it here on a previous post.

*I received these to review, but all opinions are 100% mine, and my toddler. ~♥~

Painted Cookies Mommy?

We decorated cookies for the first time together, with color!

I have made him cupcakes, cakes, chocolate chip cookies, brownies, funnel cake, many things, but not sugar cookies we can decorate.  Oh the excitement!  To have seen other kids eat it, and to have seen pretty colorful cookies at stores and bakeries, and not be able to touch it, to eat it..well now he finally could!

I have been looking for food coloring to make cakes, cupcakes and cookies fun for him forever.  Up until two weeks before Christmas, I only made white, a slight pink one (made from beets), and brown frosting made from real cacao powder.  Due to his many food allergies it was hard to find one I could trust to be safe, most of the ones I found had “modified food starch,” which according to my research could be a range of food items.  And another I had found had sweet potatoes as coloring, it was all so hard to take a chance.  Finally found a food coloring that worked for us.

It turned out really crunchy, sweet and tasty, as for appearance, I can say, my son was pleased. 🙂  It was my first time decorating cookies so I give myself the pass, even if it wasn’t the best looking…

Cutest thing to hear my son as me, “Mommy is it paint?”  “Is it yucky?  Can I taste it?”  “What is it mommy?”  Just because of the vibrant colors, he has seen them, but to actually know he can have them, I was so excited to finally be able to give him fun cookies to eat.

Since by now you already see, these are cookies from around Christmas, so to go along with my “going back in time” post, here’s a pic of our tree. 😉 

Cold Delicious Heaven – Rita’s Italian Ice

This past summer we went to Rita’s for the first time, and found out that our son can have ices from there.  It only took us three years to find out, and wish we had known sooner.  Good thing our son is still three years old and can enjoy Rita’s from now on.  The joy I feel to be able to have my little boy choose which flavor or color he wants, is just amazing.  It’s the only place he can have a cold treat from that we know of, and can not be any more thankful.  We have frequented there so many times since our first time this past summer.

They have an allergen chart where you can see all the flavors that have major allergens.  My son has come to love the pear, apple, and cotton candy flavors.  They offer different flavors that are freshly made daily.  You can sign up for special coupons or deals by joining their online birthday club as well.

I grew up eating ice cream, and am a huge fan so to be able to enjoy a frozen treat with my son on the go is incredible to us.  We do have other options like buying a pint of ice cream and bringing it home, but to be able to eat from a little shop is awesome.

So if you have food allergies, or know someone who does, check out Rita’s!  It changed our evening drives, and gave us a treat after the movies.  We usually go to the one in Yonkers, New York, find your nearest location here.


**I wrote this post a while back and our nearest location has closed for the season.  Hopefully yours hasn’t. 🙂

REVIEW: Imagine Toys – Mighty World Playsets

The Mighty World toy sets are hours are fun!  I’d recommend it for any little one that is over three years old, only because of the many little pieces (note: says 4+ years on box).  Initially I wasn’t ecstatic because I didn’t want my son losing all the pieces, but once we opened it all up, it was so fun and we placed it all in a little plastic bag and he has played with it tons in the past few days since we received it.

The Mighty World Fire Brigade, the Light & Sound Fire Truck, and a Hazardous Materials Unit all come with the little figures, and little accessories to set up the scene for any emergency rescue fun.

The Fire truck has more than 17 parts, a firefighter, many compartments that open up, has a ladder that pulls out, and more including an easy press  button to get lights flashing and sirens going.  Its steering wheel really steers, the wheels come off, and you can adjust the suspension height.

The Fire Brigade has three firefighter figures, many little parts including extinguishers, axes, mega phone, hand-held stop sign, rescue saw, fire hydrant, safety cones and barricades, grappling hook, walkie-talkie and a stretcher.

All the parts are very detailed in all the sets.

The Hazardous Materials unit comes with two figures ready for a rescue in full uniform, with many parts including a fire extinguisher, safety cones, axes, and shovels.  All the sets are compatible with one another, and lots of fun with the more you have to set the scene and have tons of fun.  I admit it was fun for me to see all the pieces and really great to see my son enjoying the toy.

It is educational as our little ones can learn what all the pieces are for as well as what the little figures “responsibilities” are, and besides the light and sound on the fire truck, it is all left to your imagination.  They are all impressively detailed which makes it so fun.  My son had a little play date and they played with it for a very long time, sitting still setting up different rescue missions.  They are very small parts, as you can see the size for reference on the picture below, a figure with a walkie-talkie and an axe.  I love toys that promote imaginative play and these certainly do.  

I have recently found myself frequenting the Imagine Toys site, where you can find a great assortment of toys for every little one in your life, including the Mighty World play sets.  You can see another one of our favorites here, the Deluxe Build A Road Set.  The selections are unique, the site is easy to navigate, not to mention you can also tweet Imagine Toys and get an answer for all your concerns.  Also be sure to become a fan on Facebook to keep yourself posted to the latest promotions and more!  Right now they are having an “end of year Sale-abration” where  you can save up to 65% off select toys, offer ends January 3rd, 11:59E.T. go find your favorites here.

*I received these items to review, but all opinions are a 100% my own, and my toddler. ♥

The Answer To Your Gift Buying Problems

Are you done with all your holiday shopping?  Christmas is just a few days away and if you are like me, you might still be stuck with that one person that’s hard to shop for.  They might have it all, might just be picky, or you might want the perfect gift so you keep holding out and searching.  You also might find out that some friends are coming from far, last-minute to your family party.  So many different times when you find the need to get a gift you are puzzled about.

You are in a need to still go shopping, stores are all crowded with so many people scrambling through what’s left, you still have to wrap the gifts you already have, you need to clean up before family arrives, and you still have to send out holiday cards..not to mention your daily list of “to-do’s.”  The perfect solution that solves my problem every time, is gift cards!

Gift cards are sure to please anyone!  That friend that’s coming over last-minute, get him/her a gift card!  That one person that’s hard to please, get him/her a gift card too.  That way no matter how picky they can treat themselves to what they want, and are sure to be pleased.  I have gotten gift cards for family and friends many times before, and love that call when they tell me what they used it for.  So not only are you giving a gift, you are also giving an experience..a shopping experience, or a dining experience, depending on what kind of gift card you choose to gift.

I personally love gift cards because I still remember every time I have received one as a gift.  I once received a Gap gift card from a friend who came to my job and surprised me, I still remember what I bought and that was years ago.  The surprise also doubled as really memorable, which brings me to saying, make it special!  Don’t just hand over a gift card in an envelope, wrap it up in a box and bow!  I once gave my sister a gift card in a huge box, I mean huge!  With help from my brother, we put the gift card in a small box, and then inside a huge one, placed some bottles of water in it to weigh it.  It was really heavy, as I needed help handing it over to her.  That was for her birthday, and really that idea never gets old.  Another great idea if you aren’t into wrapping, buy a little teddy bear or stuffed toy, and place it with the gift card in envelope.  Give some of these ideas a try, and tell me all about it. 🙂

I hope you have found this post useful, and appreciate gift cards as much as I do! 😉  Gift cards are great to give and receive, and the solution to all your gift buying problems..specially last minute ones!

Happy Holidays!

*I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Gift Cards Rock blogging program, for 6,000 My SocialMoms Rewards Points. For more information on how you can participate, click here 


PARTY CITY – New Years Party Supplies!!!

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Party City. All opinions are 100% mine.

Can you believe Christmas is this Sunday?  Because I cannot believe it.  It was July yesterday and I blinked as October came and it was already snowing here in New York.  Well this means New Year’s is right around the corner as well and it’s time to get ready to greet 2012!  New Years has always been a “holiday” greatly celebrated in our home.  In our home we celebrate it as much as everyone celebrates Christmas.

Now is the perfect time to get your party supplies for New Years, and if you ask me, you don’t have to be having a party to  celebrate.  My family has always gotten together and rung in the New Year together, celebrating the past year and the new one ahead.  Party City has all that you need to celebrate with yours.  I’m all set for the countdown with the New Year’s Block Party Deluxe Kit, it brings all that you need for about sixteen guests.

The New Year’s Block Party Deluxe Kit includes the following:

  • 16 New Years Block Party Dinner Plates
  • 16 New Years Block Party Lunch Napkins
  • 16 New Years Block Party Paper Cups
  • 2 New Years Block Party Table Covers 54 x 102
  • 16 Plastic Black Spoons, Knives & Forks 
  • 1 Black, Silver & Gold New Years Confetti 1 1/8 oz
  • 30 Black, Silver & Gold New Years Cutouts
  • 1 Midnight Marquee New Years Letter Banner 9 1/2 ft.
  • 2 Gold & Silver Spray New Years Centerpieces 15 in.
  • 10 Black Latex Balloons
  • 1 White Curling Ribbons 66 ft.
  • 1 Black & White Crepe Streamer each. (81 ft.)
  • 2 Black Square Premium Plastic Bowls 128 oz
You won’t need to go get a long list of items and have your bill add up before you know it, you will have everything you need all in one kit, many available with under $100, this one only $49.99.  I really liked this kit not only because it has all the necessities but it also has all that I need to spruce up a get together.  With the 30 cut outs, balloons, streamers, and table covers alone you can change a space instantly to get everyone feeling festive.  The 2 black square premium plastic bowls were a great addition to a table to put some snacks in.
I think New Year’s is always worth a celebration, and everyone can relate to celebrating the past and the future!  You can check out all the variety of New Year’s Theme Kits to see which one you like most.  Another thing you can always do is pick and choose your favorites to make your ideal kit, I added the Gold and Silver Countdown 63 pc New Years Party Kit for 25 to the already awesome Block Party Deluxe Kit.  The countdown kit includes:

  • 13 Cone Hats
  • 12 Festive Tiaras
  • 13 Whistles
  • 13 Squawkers
  • 12 Beaded necklaces

I love the countdown kits, because it goes perfectly with everything else and brings more fun to the party for everyone.  My son couldn’t get enough of the squawkers and whistles, he walked around with one of the cone hats on as well as bead necklaces saying “happy New York!” all evening when I set up to show you how great these supplies are.  Can’t wait to see all the kids in the family enjoying the countdown kit.

I really recommend it, I’m so happy to have found out about these convenient kits, I recommend it, and so do my friends who have ordered from them.  If you have a birthday you need to celebrate this season check out the supplies, and party kits they offer.  Look at the great kit I used for my son’s third birthday this past summer from Party City as well for more inspiration.

I wish everyone happy holidays, and hope you found this review helpful, hope your New Year’s is fun-filled. 🙂  Go see the what Party City has to offer you, click here for New Year’s Theme Kits now, time is flying by!

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Toddlers Top Picks – The Deluxe Build A Road Set

Are you done with holiday shopping for the little ones in your life yet?  I have been looking and finding so many great items for my little boy this year.  Most of “our” picks are for him, but also just as fun for little girls as well.  We have many little ones in our family that we need gifts for as well, but they are the best to shop for.  🙂

Our latest pick is from the Imagine Toys  website.  They have a great variety of really cute toys.

We spent a long time on their site because as I mentioned such a great variety, and loved this Deluxe-Build-A-Road-Set.  It comes with 400 hundred pieces that includes the flexible track and two cars.  Looks like they all snap on from what I can see, and is recommended for ages 3 and up, perfect for my little boy.

Says no tools are required, and I believe the two toy cars are battery operated.  There’s a video of the toy in action on the site as well, looks like hours of fun.  Looks like a toy that takes up lots of space as it says the tracks make 20 feet, but don’t we all wish we had one of these growing up?

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