Archive for November, 2009

Marshmallow Shooter {GIVEAWAY}

Monday, November 30th, 2009

You know you’ve seen the commercials and thought to yourself that there’s no reason to have this product!  YOU are an adult that’s why; there are times you need to put yourself in your children’s shoes, take a moment and revert back to your carefree days!  IF you did that, you would totally understand why, to a child, this is the coolest thing since sliced bread!

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My husband and I dove right in as well to the fun of the Marshmallow Shooter!  If you think Nerf Guns are safe and fun, you need to try this!  Nothing hurts less than being shoot by a marshmallow, and nothing is more fun than trying to catch said marshmallow in your mouth while your children {or husband} stand across the room and shoot it at you, AND nothing is more hilarious to a child than watching said mother try to catch said marshmallow in her mouth while her husbands shoots it at her from across the room!!  All in all, it’s a family friendly experience, marshmallow flying, giggles erupting, it’s something new to break up the day to day sameness we’ve all gotten into. PLUS, no mess…if the kids don’t find all the marshmallows, the dog will!  But trust me, they’re kids, they’ll sniff out the marshmallows!

Plenty of styles to choose from, all depends on your child’s personality {or yours}.  Think camping trips this Spring; Marshmallows are a must when it comes to camping and “shooting them” is safer than “roasting them” {I know that totally doesn’t sound right but when it comes down to it, the Marshmallow Shooter is safer than a stick over an open flame!  Plain and simple!}.  Create a new tradition or game with your Marshmallow Shooter, your family will love it!  OR, HA, bring this to your next corporate meeting…if you have a super cool boss, this would make a super cool icebreaker for the beginning or end of your boring monthly meetings!  “Winning Co-worker to catch the most marshmallows in his or her mouth wins a day off with pay!”  Sounds awesome to me!

Make snack time fun time!  The ONLY TIME my oldest, my nephew, and my middle child have gotten along recently is when they are playing with our Marshmallow Crossbone Shooter sample.  Head on over to Marshmallowville and see why this is such a cool concept!  There’s even MarshMallow Bow & Mallow {a bow and “arrow” type shooter shown above}.  If you are looking for uniqueness this holiday season, you’ve found it!!  Mental note to myself, this would make the perfect Christmas Party Secret Santa gift…

We’re so excited to be able to offer one of the new Marshmallow Shooter designs to a lucky BabyLuxe {daily} reader!  Check out most of them at DrugStore.com, let us know which new design you would want for your family for a chance to win!  {Cheetah, Camo, Skull & Crossbones, Daisy, Peace, and Zebra are the new designs, you may not see some of them on any of the sites listed in the post}.  Contest ends in one week, Good Luck to all!

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Aminal Dolls

Monday, November 30th, 2009

We all want the best quality products for our little ones, right?  Well let me introduce you to a company, that is SIMPLY FANTASTIC!!   Your little ones will love Aminal Dolls. These wonderful 100 %  organic dolls (inside and out)  are ones that your kids will LOVE!  So unique and awesome, cuddly and cute..

 

 

 

Aminal Dolls stands out for the efforts they take in the production of their product.  These dolls are made from the best organic products, cotton grown free of pesticides and harmful fertilizers.  You will feel so safe knowing your little one is snuggling with a Doll made of the best all natural and organic ingredients. Grown by organic farmers who are taking a stand in keeping our environment safe and green! Aminals are certified under the Global Organic Textile Standard or GOTS. GOTS applies strict organic textile processing and farming and promotes humane, safe and hygienic working conditions at all of the stages of processing and production. 

 

 

 

 

My little boy, absolutely LOVES the Aminal Doll samples we received (above).   The Brothr Doll, Liun Doll, Dinasor Doll, and Momey Doll, which are all part of the growing collection of  Aminal Dolls.   These soft and silly dolls are so unique and fun.  The Aminal Dolls are created from a children’s perspective, with the adorable drawings and unique Aminal Dolls names. The dolls come with a little attached tag with their name on it, and a cute little saying about them on an attached note card.  Included is a booklet explaining the organic process in making these dolls and also explains fair trade and labor.   My son carries these dolls around with him, playing, or in the car, in his crib. They are something that he will cherish for many years to come.  Aminal Dolls are also great gift ideas for any baby, toddler or child.  Why not support a company knowing all the good that they do in the production of these dolls, making our world a safer and greener place!  So with Christmas and the new year around the corner, be sure check out Aminal Dolls and get the best gift there is to give!

ScareMeNot {GIVEAWAY}

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Right around age 3 {for us anyway} the “afraid of the dark” concept starts to creep in.  Our middle child is going through the woes of being along in his room or walking down the hallway after dark without his trusty Batman flashlight {which requires a change of batteries every other day because he sleeps with it on!}; so, needless to say, I’m tired of the “Monsters in the Closet” and needed some help with the transition.  Connor’s new BFF has saved the day, I mean Night, and erased our family’s fears of Monsters!

Say Hello to the ScareMeNots!  The concept is so simple, silly monsters take away the fear of scary monsters; replace nighttime dread with bedtime fun!  Our samples were Guardian Gus {whom we have renamed “Sully”…from Monsters Inc. of course, which now that I think about it may have been where his fear came from…ummmm…oh well, too late now, we still LOVE that classic movie…anyway…} and WatchDog Wally whom little Aidan simply calls “Tim” {my husband’s name, so everyone is called TIM now}.  Sully and Tim look plain old silly don’t they??  Not scary in the least bit, that’s the whole point!  They are cuddly creatures that protect, guard, and defend fearlessly through all hours of the day and night!  Warriors against bedbugs, ghosts, dust bunnies, and the dreaded thing under the bed!  If you, the parent, believe in Patty, Fred, Gus, and their friends, the child will believe!  And their special treats sure do help too…

For example, Protector Patty can check under the child’s bed for monsters for them!  How much better will your child feel knowing that Patty checked and scared away the mean old things under the bed without said child ever having to leave the comfort of his/her blankie?!  Basically, these clever characters are not just stuffed toys, they each possess a unique trick that allows them to warn off would be scary things in your child’s room whether that be by hanging from the closet door knob so no one gets out, or simply standing guard all night long!  Each ScareMeNot friend has a story to tell as well, read them all here but let me share with you Guardian Gus’s story as he has brought love and happiness to the Blake Household:

“Guardian Gus, with an extra eye in each hand, is ideal for spotting monsters around corners and under beds. He removes closet and hallway monsters by sliding one hand-eye under the door, while never leaving your little ones’ bedroom. His assignments have taken him worldwide in search of monsters like Swamp Thing and Bigfoot. He can detect any size monster, from the enormous Loch Ness monster to the greasy bite size Quagmire Quarter-Pounder, who’s aroma has lured many an unsuspecting youngster to it’s golden lair. However, Gus is most renowned for his detection of the Bathtub Belly Slimer due to his use of S.W.A.T. (Soapy Water Approach Technique). With one look at his lean, green body, children know this monster combatant means business. Here in a recent photo he asked monsters “Do you want a piece of this?” “

Our lives as parents have gotten that much easier, let the ScareMeNots do the dirty work; we’re all getting to old to be crawling around under beds and banging our hips into closet door knobs while chasing away bad monsters in the pitch black!  I am forever grateful for Gus/Sully and Wally/Tim!  Get your child a new BFF for the holidays; someone special for them to take with them as they travel, spending the nights at relative’s homes they are not familiar with, a new ScareMeNot friend could be a HUGE stress reliever for you Mom and Dad!  Think about the next doctor appointment, the next time Mom and Dad hire a babysitter and leave for the evening, when a new baby joins the family…whenever a little one needs his fears and worries cared for by a silly friend, ScareMeNots will be there!

We’re thrilled to offer one lucky reader their winner’s pick of a ScareMeNot friend for their little ones.  Head on over and tell us which character you would pick and why!  EXTRA ENTRY for creating a profile with ScareMeNot.com to make your shopping experience and time spent with the ScareMeNot family that much more enjoyable and user friendly {simply comment back to us that you created an account, it’s FREE of course}!  Contest ends in one week, good luck to all!  FREE SHIPPING by the way on two or more ScareMeNots!

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Sunday Stocking Stuffer Edition {Gifts for Him}

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Shopping for all the big boys we love can be fun and it can be a chore.  My husband is pretty easy to shop for but I always need ideas to add a few surprises into the mix.  Today I hope that these gift suggestions will help make everyone else’s shopping more fun and also help earn all the ladies earn some brownie points for when the credit card bill shows up next month!   

Keeping the windshield of any car clean is usualy a pain at best.  The Windshield Wonder, however,  is a micro fiber cleaning cloth paired with a long handle and pivoting head to clean the windshield in a snap.  The Windshield Wonder only needs plain tap water to clean glass, mirrors or any hard surface making it any guy’s favorite go to cleaning tool!  Visit www.buywindshieldwonder.com to buy this great tool and even watch a video to see it in action!

Surprise, Vera Bradley isn’t just for women!  Surprise your favorite guys with unique cuff links from Vera Bradley this Christmas.  There are several manly patterns available that will finish off any french cuff shirt with a classy and elegant look!  Visit www.verabradley.com to shop online or find a local retailer!

The Denali Pack by Neela is a great green gift to take to the gym, grocery or any place else needed to tote up to 25 pounds.  These reusable bags come 5 to a pack folded up nicely with a velcro flap closure.  The black carrying pouch comes free with the purchase of 5 Denali bags.  It easily holds all 5 of the Denali bags and like the Denali bag can be washed in cold water and hung to dry!  Visit Neela  for ordering information.        

Last but certainly not least is the Picture Keeper!  A 16 GB Picture Keeper can save up to 16,000 pictures and keep all of your memories in one safe place.  Just insert into any USB port and click “Start Backup” and the Picture Keeper will find and save all of your pictures.  As an added feature, the Picture Keeper will only save  new or updated pictures making subsequent back ups fast!  The perfect gadget for any guy! 

I hope everyone enjoyed this week’s selection of Stocking Stuffers!  Next week  will focus on “Gifts for Her” so make sure to forward it on to your husband, brother or dad to drop a few subtle hints!  Happy shopping everyone!

Babalu Inc. {GIVEAWAY}

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Today we’re going to re-visit an era when “imagination” was the key ingredient to childrens’ toys; a time when batteries weren’t high on every parent’s wish list, a time when cartoon & television characters didn’t dominate the toy section of every store in town, a time when life moved a little slower & childrens’ imaginations roamed a little wider.

We’re excited to introduce you to Babalu, Inc., a company whose focus is on non-battery operated, classic toys for children, ages 3+.  Babalu started in 2006 with their award-winning FeltTales storyboards.  Allowing the children to illustrate their own story, FeltTales inspire creativity & imagination, something that we all wish our kids did a little more.

With many themes to choose from, FeltTales are perfect for boys or girls & many are ideal for boys & girls to play with together!  Imagine that…  Another great feature of FeltTales is the clear carrying case that each one comes in, with a sturdy plastic handle, making them ideal for kids on the go!

Babalu has also recently introduced several additional imagination toys, including Shadow Books & Building Blocks.  Shadow Books have always been a favorite in our house, so we were very excited to receive a sample of this product!  The boys loved hearing the story in the dark & seeing the spooky shadows that lingered behind the pages.  Don’t worry, the flashlight is included!

My middle son also enjoys playing with the “My Busy Day” Touch & Feel Building Blocks set that the company also sent to us as a sample.  The blocks have been a great tool for us to work with Alex on his speech & language development, while providing playtime fun at the same time!  With 10 blocks in the set, each one highlights different aspects of a toddler’s day.

What else is so great about the products that Babalu Inc., has brought us?  The fabulous prices!  With almost all products priced at $25 or less, these are the perfect gifts for all the smaller children on your list!  And you know these are the kind of holiday toy gifts that their parents will appreciate as well!

GIVEAWAY ALERT! One lucky BabyLuxe {daily} reader will win a FeltTales or Shadow Book of his/her choice by simply commenting back to us your favorite product or theme!

Contest ends in one week! Good Luck! Open to US residents only!

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