BLING Animated Movie in Theaters May

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Now is your chance to head to the to your local theater and rock out with the whole family to a new superhero adventure, BLING! Featuring the voice talents of Taylor Kitsch, Carla Gugino and James Woods, BLING follows the tale of theme park mechanic Sam whose plan to marry the girl of his dreams is thwarted by a super villain. Suddenly, its up to him and his team of superhero robots to save the city. Can this accident-prone amusement park mechanic get back his ring, stop the villain, and win the girl before it’s too late? This family-friendly, feature-length animated adventure will be available in Select Theaters starting May 6th.

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Learning Resources Stem Robot Mouse Coding Activity Set

IMG_20160413_152154966We have been working on STEM/ STEAM activities for some time now. While I have the science, math, art and engineering activities pretty well situated finding suitable technology has been harder for me to incorporate. When we look for new toys we are always looking at what and how the kids will be learning from them. By introducing children to the fun of coding and puzzle solving with this colorful, programmable mouse with a build-able customizable maze we have introduced our technology. This toy offers a  great way to introduce young children to science, technology, engineering, and math. Children program the mouse with easy push-button controls to follow their created maze and find the cheese. The Mouse lights up and makes adorable sounds setup is perfect for tabletop or floor play. My children love setting the maze up in different ways. Children experience STEM through hands-on activities and experiments while challenging them to think critically, solve problems effectively. While this toy is definitely ideal for ages five plus my three year old also loves helping his big brother and sister set up the maze and he really enjoys watching the mouse after it has been programmed go through the maze. I have also let me try coding just on a much smaller scale where the mouse only needs to be programed one to five paces. If it is nice and simple my three year old can feel accomplished and we can work towards more complicated coding.

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There are also two different kinds of cards that come with the Learning Resources Stem Robot Mouse Coding Activity Set. One type of card is a maze card that shows examples of mazes you can setup, they help to give ideas. My kids do prefer creating their own mazes. But it is also a learning experience to try and duplicate and follow an example. The other type of card is one that helps with the coding. The cards have the symbols for the coding patterns so you lay out each card in front of you so you can see the code you will need to input into the mouse. We have found it helpful especially when our mouse doesn’t find the cheese and goes a little astray we can follow the code we set and find the kinks in our coding a little easier.
stemThe race is on to build hands-on coding skills! Build your maze, and then use the coding cards to create a step-by-step path for Colby, the Programmable Robot Mouse. Program the sequence of steps, and then watch Colby race to find the cheese! This deluxe set includes 30 double-sided coding cards, 10 double-sided activity cards, cheese wedge, and Activity Guide to provide the perfect hands-on introduction to coding concepts. Create your path with 16 maze grids to create a 20″ x 20″ maze board, 22 maze walls, and 3 tunnels for endless possibilities. Colby lights-up, makes sounds, and features 2 speeds along with colorful buttons to match coding cards for easy programming and sequencing. Add multiple players with Jack, the Programmable Robot Mouse (LER 2841), sold separately. Colby measures 4″L and requires 3 AAA batteries (not included).

Disclaimer: I received a free product to help facilitate this review. The opinions expressed in this review are mine and unbiased.

Lassig 4Kids Trolley Suitcase

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My kids have a thing for luggage. Well bags in general but luggage is like a prized possession in our house. They carefully pack and repack their suitcases almost daily. Yes my kids have created their own emergency bags. While I am still not convinced that it is necessary, for each of them to have a bag full of clothes toys and necessities ready at all times, they feel it is. They all play very nicely and take time to make their bags just right. It is nice on the actual eventuality of a sleepover a
When the time comes and we do go one a weekend trip it is really helpful to have some nice luggage for the kids. The Lassig 4Kids Trolley Suitcase has some fantastic features that we have found super helpful. First the telescoping handle is really easy to use and works smoothly without pinching fingers which is very nice we have had issues with other luggage. The wheels move great and as a whole this luggage is easy for my kids to pull even when they have packed it extremely heavy with thousands of pokemon cards. All the zippers and pockets make it easy to stay organized. I like the extra drawstring backpack that comes with the suitcase. It is good for packing snacks for the trip for your child to carry close to them and then later once you have arrived it makes a great bag to keep dirty clothes separated or for more day trip outing snack and necessity holding the kids can handle. My children have used this bag daily for carting along stuffed animals, pokemon card collections, clothes and so much more it has held up very well to their rigorous use.

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Whether your family is heading across the globe or just over to Grandma’s for the day, this rolling Trolley from Lassig will help make traveling with kids a little easier. Little ones will love trotting around the train station or airport with luggage just like the grown-ups. In addition to the wheels, this suitcase features include telescoping pull handle, deep main pocket with mesh pockets and zipper divider within, carrying handle, and front zipper pocket. Also comes with a separate drawstring bag that can be used for shoes, laundry or a day trip! Available in 8 designs: Little Tree Fox, Little Tree Fawn, Dino Slate, Blossy Pink, Starlight olive, Starlight Magenta, Shark Ocean and Mushroom magenta.
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BUY IT: You can purchase the Lassig 4Kids Trolley Suitcase on the HABA site.

Disclaimer: I received a Lassig 4Kids Trolley Suitcase from HABA. All opinions are my own.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Lassig Green Label Neckline Bag Allover Fleur

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I am kind of a diaper bag snob. I need my diaper bags to be functional, practical, and this is a biggy I want my diaper bags to grow with my family. That is hard for most diaper bags to do. I want them to be stylish and able to carry a bunch of diapers, snacks, spare clothes for the kids, sippy cups, and sunscreen plus epi pens, inhalers and so much more.Plus I rather like the idea of an eco friendly durable bag. That’s not asking to much is it? And when my kids are done with the whole diaper bag stage I want to be able to still use the bag. It seems like some insurmountable feet that would require some sort of cape and flying through the sky. Well have no fear Lassig is here to save the day. Yes you guessed it the Lassig Green Label Neckline Bag Allover Fleur has everything I want in a bag and more. It has the capability to hold everything I need with some great little features that make me smile. Like a wet bag that comes with your bag to match. Pockets galore and room for all the things i need to carry around for all three of my children. Something I always test out in all my bags is how they function when being placed on the ground. If a bag can’t hold its form and stand up when placed down than that’s an issue I can’t excuse. I need my bag to stand up so everything doesn’t fall out or over every time I place my bag down. The Neckline bag holds up very well on its own, even when it’s not packed full.

Another feature that is important to me is top closure. I like to be able to close my bag shut. Not only does keeping my bag shut keep strangers from seeing my bags contents. It keeps my kids out or at the very least gives me the few seconds I need to say “back away from the bag kiddo”. Yes my children pilfer my bag while most of the time they are going for snacks or in the case of my oldest gum. Other times they are dumping everything out of the bag and if my bag is sealed they are less likely to see something of interest that could start the bag up heavel my boys are so known for. This bag has a great zipper that is very easy to use.

One of my very favorite features of this bag is its general style. This is a bag I can use as a beach bag when my kids are no longer in need of me carrying our entire house with us. Or I can use it to carry our lunches in it. It would be an amazing weekend bag too. The whole point is this bags use doesn’t end once your child is potty trained it is so stylish you will want to keep it around for years to come.
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The Green Label Neckline Bag Allover Fleur promises sustainability with class. Made from CYCLEPET polyester fabric sourced from recycled plastic bottles, our precious natural resources are consciously spared. At the same time, the diaper bag with its striking shape proves that ecologically minded production also allows for fashionable and stylish bags. The slick Neckline Bag Allover Fleur is available in Black Melange or Choco Melange with applications and a strap made of finest imitation leather. On the inside, the tried and tested convenience of a changing mat, an insulated bottle holder, a water-repellent wet compartment and a detachable baby jar retainer is to be found. Naturally, the bag can also be attached directly to the stroller. But fashion-conscious mothers also like to attract attention when shopping in town by carrying the bag across their shoulder.

Height: 16.9
Length: 5.5
Width: 16.9

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BUY IT: You can purchase the Lassig Green Label Neckline Bag Allover Fleur on the HABA site.

Disclaimer: I received a Lassig Green Label Neckline Bag Allover Fleur from HABA. All opinions are my own.

HABA Pure Nature Pudgie Musical Puppy

Cuddly little musical toys are always a favorite of babies. The HABA Pure Nature Pudgie Musical Puppy plays soft music when the string is pulled the methodical gentle music can help calm and soothe baby. This would be a great toy for in the car, in the stroller, or just for baby to roll around with. Every part of this cuddly puppy is soft and baby friendly. It is a sure favorite for every infant. I love that it is also gender neutral so you can pass it down from child to child as well.
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This super cuddly puppy will become a snuggling favorite of your little one. Pull the little shamrock tail and listen to “Hush Little Baby” lull them to sleep. Made of high quality cotton produced by controlled, organic farming and polyester filling which is washable and hygienic. Music box is water proof, so parents will love that this item can be washed in the washing machine on the gentle cycle.
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Buy It: You can purchase the HABA Pure Nature Pudgie Musical Puppy from the HABA site.

Disclaimer: I received the HABA Pure Nature Pudgie Musical Puppy. All my opinions are my own.