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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. ~♥~

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. ♥

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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REVIEW: Shian Naturals – Just… Organic Body Wash

A little review of Shian Naturals Body Wash from Canada. 🙂

I recently got a chance to try the Shian Naturals Just… Organic Body Wash, it is over 80% organic.  It is made of all natural, unscented, hypoallergenic ingredients, and with that information I was already a fan.  It’s hard to find real anymore with so many scents and things in our products.

I have really sensitive skin so I really enjoyed using this body wash.  It didn’t leave a soapy residue, didn’t dry out my skin, it only has a light natural smell from the ingredients as it isn’t scented, and it left my skin feeling smooth and a body wash should.

The packaging is simple, and the ingredients are as follows:

“Ingredients: Water, Potassium Cocoate (organic coconut oil), Potassium Oleate (organic sunflower oil), Lauryl Betaine (derived from a common constituent of vegetable fats especially coconut oil), Glycerin, Benzyl Alcohol (preservative), Potassium Palm Kernelate (potassium salt of Palm Kernel), Palm Kernel Acid (fatty acid of palm kernel oil used as a opacifier, surfactants and emulsifier), Decyl Glucoside (cosmetic filler and soothes skin), Potassium Citrate (regulates acidity pH).”

Shian Naturals also carries a variety of products for skin, hair, and body care..they also offer a trial size of everything.  This is a Canadian company, and available in Canada.  I got the unique opportunity to try it by chance, thanks to @MultiTestingMom from, and Shian Naturals were nice enough to go through the trouble of sending it over.  Connect with Shian Naturals on twitter here.

*I received this product at no cost to me, but all opinions are 100% my own.

Activeaide – Bushmates Medical Holders

As many of you know already my son has severe multiple food allergies, you can see a full list of his allergies on my About page.  This means he has to have emergency medications on him at all times.  These medicines would include Asthma meds, Benadryl, and an EpiPen in case of an emergency.  As he is getting older, he will need to learn to carry and have his meds on him at all times.  At the moment we always have it on us, as he is always with us.

I always wondered how he would carry all this on him, in a little bag, on a pouch…  Then I stumbled upon the Bushmates Series Medical Holders; the Monkey asthma/anaphylaxis case from Activeaide.

It has a clear red medical sign on them.  So they are fun enough for young kids to want to carry them, but recognizable as meds.

My son wanted to carry it around right away.  It is very cute and is lined with four protective layers, that are thermal silver inner layer, air pocket core, another silver thermal layer, and the plush outer skin.  It has a soft outer layer much like a plush toy.  Has a key ring right at the neck of the monkey to attach ID tags or to hang.  I explained to him what it was and he understood it.

It fits exactly one EpiPen and my sons Inhaler medicine for asthma perfectly.  I was concerned by how to clean the monkey as it is like a plush toy on the outside and lined so well, I think the option would be to wipe clean?  It has a little key ring on its neck so you can possibly attach it to something, but I wished it had a strap so kids can carry it over shoulder for a hands free option, because I would want my little guy to have his meds with him at all time.  With our test run, my son carried it around but put it down often, until I ended up carrying it for him as would be the case with any toy a child carries around.  Despite my small concerns, I think it is a great way to get little ones used to understanding the need to carry their emergency medications in a fun cute way.  Perfect for toddlers that are still with their parents/guardian at all times.  Lots of a our children’s childhood is lost with so many warnings and scares, this is a way to bring fun with the reality that brings responsibility.

It is absolutely great, a great fun way for little kids to carry their life saving medicines in!  Fits his asthma medicine and an EpiPen perfectly as I mentioned, and my son already referred to the monkey medicine holder as his “life saver friend,” in reference to my explanation of what it was.

Activeaide is an Australian based company that sells only allergy and asthma products.  A company inspired and motivated by their daughter Melina who had food allergies at a young age they offer great products and have an extensive links section to help others with information related to food allergies.

*I received the item to review, but all opinions are a 100% my own.

PARTY CITY – Be Afraid Ultimate Party Kit – Get Ready For Halloween!

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Party City. All opinions are 100%mine.
Ready for some Halloween themed drinks!

The summer has flown by!  And it’s already time to get ready for Halloween!  Did you know Party City is America’s largest specialty party goods chain and the country’s premiere Halloween specialty retailer?  I always turn to them for my party needs.  It’s time you get your Halloween Costumes, and all you party supplies/decorations together, because all the stores will be sold out soon, and you’ll find yourself scrambling to find something good for your little ones, and scraps of decorations last-minute.

We are planning to throw a Halloween costume party at our home this year!  Halloween is also my husbands birthday so it works out perfectly!  Besides wearing costumes, decorating is one of our favorite things about Halloween.  We turned to Party City, for their variety of Halloween Party Themes to create memories with.  They have great party kits available like the Cars Party Supplies Ultimate Kit we used for my son’s birthday.

I love the Be Afraid Ultimate Kit for Halloween.  It includes everything you will need to throw a party for about sixteen guests. With a few clicks you can be done with all your party needs, and still have the option to add-on if you want to.  Here’s the very long list of what’s included:

  • 18 Be Afraid Lunch Plates  
  • 36 Be Afraid Lunch Napkins
  • 18 Be Afraid Paper Cups
  • 2 Plastic Table Covers 54 x 102
  • 16 Plastic Orange Forks
  • 16 Plastic Orange Spoons
  • 16 Plastic Orange Knives
  • 20 Be Afraid Invitations
  • 2 Midnight Dreary Plastic Platters
  • 2 Shocktails Glitter Table Decorating Kits
  • 1 Black Star Mini Confetti 1/4oz
  • 1 Be Afraid Halloween Letter Banner
  • 1 Orange crepe streamer 81ft
  • 1 Black Crepe Streamer 81ft
  • 20 Orange & Black Halloween Latex Balloons
  • 1 White Curling Ribbon 66ft
  • 1 Margarita Drink Mix Bucket 22.5oz
  • 24 Assorted Candy Stripe Birthday Candles
  • 1 Clear Plastic Skull Pitcher 48oz
  • 1 Margarita Rim Salt 8oz
  • 2 Skulls & Bones Ice Trays

Planning for a party can be time consuming but with this party kit, you are set!  Just make your selection from the Halloween Party Themes and if you decide to choose an ultimate kit you are seriously well prepared.  It includes everything from the invitations, to balloons (the string for the balloons), table decor, streamers, plates, and more as you can see!  Now that’s pretty easy!  Be sure to check out the Halloween Costumes for the great selection of costumes for boys, costumes for girls, and for adults, now before costumes sell out.

Hope you got an idea of how fun this party kit is with the many photos all over this page, of some of the items in the Be Afraid Ultimate kit.  We are very excited and can’t wait to set it all up.  A kit that includes the drink mix, cool skull & bone ice trays, and the pitcher to serve them!  I chose the “Be Afraid” kit one because I know the kids will enjoy any party and it was a way to make it fun for the adults too.

Parties are fun, but nothing beats being well prepared, so don’t forget to go to Party City or the website by clicking here Party City for your next fun party!  And get to Halloween shopping!!

Oh and please feel free to share any ideas or tips you may have for me about throwing a Halloween party, it’ll be my first! 🙂

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