Sunday, December 21, 2014

Wild Republic Audubon Bird (American Goldfinch) Review & Giveaway


Our American Goldfinch

Have you heard of Wild Republic and their line of Audubon Birds?  I am actually quite familiar with most of the entire line as my in-laws have been sending them to David's grandmother for years.  The kids love looking at them and playing with them every time we go for a visit.

These birds are licensed through the legendary National Audubon Society.  This collection consists of realistic plush birds with authentic sounds.  The actual bird calls are provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, pretty awesome right?

The Audubon Birds have been a key product line of Wild Republic for over a decade and each year, the company looks to add more authentic birds to the line.  Each bird is carefully researched and comes with an educational hang tag that includes information about its appearance, eating habits, habitat maps and sound information.

Last year in 2013, Wild Republic extended its license with Audubon Society to offer Audubon Birds Clasp Purses, which do not have bird call sounds.  I haven't seen these yet but I am pretty sure that my girls would be in love.

Side view of our bird with tag

We were sent the American Goldfinch Series 1 bird for review.  Our hang tag tells us that American Goldfinches are found throughout the United States and Canada.  The males have much brighter yellow feathers that contrast well with the black patches on their head and wings while females are duller yellow.  They make twittering sounds.

 
 Migration Patterns chart found on the tag

I love the color coded map included of the migration patterns.  Our bird is soft, colorful and a perfect size for little ones.  I think the most impressive thing about these birds is the authentic sounds.  When you push the birds back, you will hear the authentic American Goldfinch call.  These birds are fun, realistic and highly educational.

 All the kids enjoy playing with our bird including F!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

VeggieTales Beauty and the Beet Review

Disclosure: I am proud to be a Family Christian Blogger and Affiliate.  I was provided with my own copy of VeggieTales Beauty and the Beet to facilitate my review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

VeggieTales Beauty and the Beet: A lesson in kindness


Does your family love VeggieTales?  I have a new one to tell you about, Beauty and the Beet.  And right now at Family Christian it is on sale for $9.99 through the 24th of December!  This would make a great gift or stocking stuffer for friends and family.

 D and the rest of the crew love the songs!

About Beauty and the Beet:  Mirabelle and her traveling family band, the Veggie Tones, are determined to get to their next gig.  When a fierce winter storm hits they get stuck at a run down resort.  Mr. Beet, the grumpy resort manager, has them clean and sing for their supper.  Why is Mr. Beet a beast?  Can Mirabelle's kind heart change him?  Find out in this tail of unconditional love.

What we think:  We are huge VeggieFans here so of course we love Larry, Bob and crew!  VeggieTales does such a great job of emphasizing Biblical truths in their videos.  And similarly to the story Beauty and the Beast, this 45 minute episode Beauty and the Beet teaches us about friendship and unconditional love.  In short, Beauty in the Beet is entertaining, fun and a delight for the whole family.  It has "awesome music" according to my children and a fabulous message.  This movie will not disappoint fans and is sure to make some new ones along the way.

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Disclosure:  Thanks so much to the Purex Insiders program for allowing me to be a part of this campaign and providing information about this promotion!  As part of this campaign I am eligible to win prizes

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Happy's Interactive Motorized Plush Pet Review #TheHappys


Have you heard of The Happy's?  The Happy's is one of the amazing lines from Cepia, the makers of ZhuZhu Pets!  The Happy's are an adorable, life-like line of interactive motorized plush pets.  They do tricks for Happy Treats, race after their Chase and Play ball, and really play and interact with you.  Just like the real deal, The Happy's love to spin, sit, pounce and play.  The new, brightly colored Happy's are in store right now and would be a fun gift for kids this Holiday season.

 The kids were so excited to receive The Happy's package!

 We received Lady, a super cute, bright pink cat.  Lady comes with one Happy Treat. 

Lady's Happy Treat, Pounce

 Our Chase and Play Ball

Each The Happy's plush pet comes with an Interactive Happy's Treat.  The Interactive Happy's Treat is a hand-held remote that allows the pet to come to you and do a trick like sitting up, dance, follow, spin, pounce, etc.  You push the button on Lady's back to get her started.  She likes to spin and travels around the room faster than you would think!  Our house is almost entirely wood flooring which is perfect for The Happy's.  It is amazing how fast and far lady can get in such a short amount of time.  When we push her Happy's Treat she immediately comes.

 Pushing The Happy's Treat

Lady pouncing

Then we turned on Lady's ball.  She immediately found the ball from across the room and began spinning around it.  The kids love the way she plays with her ball.

Lady heading to her ball.

Lady is spinning around her ball in this photo.

 
D and E having a great time with Lady.

All of our kids have enjoyed playing with Lady and her ball.  They enjoy her life-like qualities and just think she is fun and entertaining.  If you have animal lovers at home you might want to try out The Happy's!  They would make a fun and unique gift.

Disclosure:  We were chosen to receive a very happy package including a new The Happy's pet, interactive treat and chase and play ball through MomSelect.  Thanks so much to MomSelect and Cepia for allowing us this opportunity.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Wholesale Party Supplies Frozen Party Kit Review


We just had a fabulous Frozen themed joint birthday party last Saturday!  I was so excited when Wholesale Party Supplies sent me their Frozen themed party kit to use at our party.  This kit contains seven balloons (2 blue star balloons, 2 silver star balloons, 2 Frozen holographic balloons and a 41" Olaf), 30 silver foil star hanging decorations, streamers, ribbon, table cover, napkins, silverware, plates, cups, foil star cascade centerpiece and even candles!  All of the party decorations were amazing but I think my favorites were the Olaf balloon, the plates and the star hanging decorations - they just added so much festivity!

Our Frozen Party Kit was filled with goodies!

 Our Balloons - a great variety made for an awesome display

Table cover with centerpiece

The plates and napkins were awesome!  The girls loved having them match the theme and we even used the castle napkin as a bit of inspiration for the cake.

 Our food spread - I love how everything looks on the table cover.

 Grapes and Snowman Cheese Sticks

 Party Pinwheels

 We made snowflake candies for the cake and had extras.

 And Olaf treat goodie bags to go home!  Everyone was able to build a snowman.

 I really love the star hanging decorations.  They really added a lot to our entryway during the party.  In fact, we still have them up and I bet we will leave them up for all of our December festivities.  

 Not only did we made candy melts but we also made sugar glass for the cake.  It was actually quite fun and turned out perfect.

 David did a great job making the cake.  The two cakes were connected with stairs.

Another view

D blowing out her candles.  Her side of the cake was Arendelle.

 And B blowing out her side, the ice castle!

What do you think?  Are you having an upcoming Frozen party?  Do you need some Frozen party ideas?   I would highly recommend Wholesale Party Supplies for your themed party gear.  They were professional to work with, their products arrived quickly and the quality is superb.

Disclosure:  I was blessed to receive the Frozen Ultimate Kit for review.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Bobee Elephant Wall Decals Review & Giveaway


My Bobee elephant decals

Have you heard of Bobee Decals?  I was recently given the opportunity to try them out.  I was given the most adorable little family of elephant wall decals.

 
 color choices

These elephant decals come in four versatile colors - grey, lilac, pink and blue.  I chose the traditional grey.  The hardest thing for me was to pick where I was going to put these little cuties.  They would be great in many areas of our home - playroom, hallway, bathroom, windows, bedrooms, etc.  Eventually I settled on the kids' room.  I chose to place them on the bottom of their bedroom door and add some cheer.  I could not be more pleased with these decals.  They are so cute and they were so easy to apply!

Five elephant decals in three different sizes (1 large, 2 medium, 2 small)

Getting ready to apply my elephants.  The packaging has easy to follow directions located on the back.

The kids door before the elephants.

 First you peel off the backing paper.

 
 What a cute elephant!

 
 Position your decal where you would like it on a clean, dry surface.  Rub the transfer paper in place adhering the decal to the desired location.

 
 Slowly peel off the transfer tape making sure that the decal adheres.

 
 Admire your new decal and splash of cheer.

 
 I repeated this along the bottom of the door until all five elephants were applied.

All finished, quite a change right?  I put one of the elephants lagging behind for fun.

What do you think?  All Bobee decals are 100% guaranteed - the vinyl will remove without residue or damage on the wall for 2 years from purchase or your money back!  The decals are safe for painted walls, glass, furniture, and most anywhere you choose to add cheer.  These would make a great baby shower gift, birthday present or even stocking stuffer!

Ready for a giveaway?  Bobee has generously agreed to give a set of their elephant wall decals away to one of you!  Enter the giveaway below and good luck!

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Monday, December 8, 2014

For Such a Time as This: Stories of Women from the Bible Retold for Girls Review & Giveaway


I am excited to tell you about another book, this time one for girls!  It is Angie Smith's For Such a Time As This: Stories of Women from the Bible Retold for Girls!  I just adore Angie and her heart for the Lord.  She paired up with illustrator, Breezy Brookshire.  If you are not familiar with Breezy you are in for a treat with her amazing illustrations.  This is the pair's second children's book together following Audrey Bunny.

 A and B enjoying the book

 The illustrations alternate between color and black and white drawings throughout the book.  I love the unique style this creates.

 You will not see the face of the Lord in this book.

One of my art lessons with the girls this year was on making faces.  I love this example above.  You can see that B followed a similar technique when she made her drawing of Jesus below.  Throughout this book you will never see the face of Christ in the illustrations.  You will see His feet, His hands, etc. but the face of the Lord is left a mystery.  I love this aspect.

 B's drawing

This book features 40 biblical retellings from prominent women in the Bible, both Old and New Testament.  Some of the woman are more well known like Eve, Hannah, Esther while others are more obscure like Lydia.  This book is specifically geared toward girls ages six to ten, perfect for A and B both!  I actually would give this book a broader range extending it to early teens.  Angie has amazing detail and historical accuracy along with a summary, reflections and highlighted attributes of God for each retelling.

He, Me, She sections following each story

There are He, Me, She portions concluding each story.  The He section describes an attribute or characteristic of God found in the story - sovereign, omnipresent, near, etc.  The Me section is the life application portion.  It explains how this apples to you!  And the She section has a scripture based prayer that adults can pray over their daughters.  These devotional sections do not have to take a long time and yet they pack a powerful punch.  I love that I can read each story with my girls and then we have a tangible, practical way to apply these truths to their lives right now.  If you have young girls in your life I would highly recommend this book!

You can purchase this book here at Family Christian. 

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Disclosure: I am proud to be a Family Christian Blogger and Affiliate.  I was provided with my own copy of For Such a Time as This: Stories of Women from the Bible Retold for Girls to facilitate my review and Family Christian is sponsoring this giveaway.  All opinions expressed are my own.