Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Egglo Glow in the Dark Easter Eggs


Easter is on its way and the Girls are counting down. This year we were ask to try out Egglo Glow in the dark Easter eggs. We received the Egglo Kit with curriculum you can find it HERE it sells for $49.99 and comes with 12 glow in the dark Easter eggs, the Egg-cellent easter Adventure storybook, The egg-cellent easter Adventure book narrated on DVD(25 minutes), Egglo Treasures Scripture Scrolls, Bible Verse Scroll Stickers, Egg-cellent Easter Adventure character Stickers, Easter Egg Stickers and Glow in the dark even program guide or curriculum. You get a good bang for your buck with this kit and its really FUN!

The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure book is a interactive storybook that focuses on the TRUE meaning of Easter! The glowing eggs represent the light of Jesus, and children search in the dark for the eggs to connect with the Idea that Jesus is the light of the world. The kids went on a glow in the dark egg hunt with the heroes of the story, Hardy, Anastasia, and Pascal. My girls loved this story we read it over several nights. It helped them understand the True meaning of Easter in a fun way.  It has some beautiful Illustrations and is wonderfully written in a way that children can understand.  We have read it several time since receiving it and the girls have enjoyed it each and every time. Its something we will be reading each and every year.

The Eggs are cool they glow really well. You charge them with any light source. It takes the eggs about 20-40 minutes to charge up. They glow the best during the first hour, with the light diminishing slowly after that.  They are way brighter than I expected them to be very easy to see in the dark. Some of the eggs have a raised Cross on them and they are an assortment of colors Blue, Yellow, Green and,Pink. These eggs are tougher than the average plastic Easter egg so they will last you a long time. Snoopy has stepped on a couple and they have been thrown and bounced around quite a bit and they have yet to break one. We did a pre Easter egg hunt the other night
stickers and scrolls
it was a huge hit the kids are still talking about it. The kids had a blast running around looking for the glow of the eggs. The Scripture scrolls and Stickers are very cool. After we finished hunting the eggs we used the cute little scrolls as a jumping off point for each scripture verse. They were eager to get out there Bibles and look up the scripture that was in there egg. It was a great way to get the girls thinking and asking questions.
one of the tiny scrolls 


Check out this cool video Egglo Glow put out to see how well these eggs glow

We had tones of fun with Egglo Glow in the Dark Egg Kit and we learned some really great things.
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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Ecojarz


Last year I reviewed some drink lids for mason jars. Well I am proud to introduce you to another drink Lid for mason jars. If you prefer stainless or silicone Ecojarz are just for you. Ecojarz come in stainless steel or silicone and you can get them in both wide mouth and small mouth size.  The silicone drink lids are BPA free and do not contain any phthalates or chemicals to leach into your drink.  Price ranges from $5.99 to $8.95 for single drink lids or they have packs available price ranges from $14.99 to $21.95 for a three pack. They also have stainless steel straws they come in a straight style 2 pack for $6.50 or a 4 pack of bent straws for $9.95. They even sell a stainless steel tea Infuser for $4.25. You can check out all there great products HERE.

Ecojarz drink lids are really easy to use basically you take a mason jar remove the center lid place the
Ecojarz drink lid on the mason jar and screw the ring back on. They are quick and easy to use. Now I did discover that you need to be careful and not over tighten the ring or you are going to have a heck of a time getting it off when you need to refill your drink.  We got to try both the silicone which is green colored and the stainless steel. I like them both equally well the shape of the drink top is the same the silicone is slightly softer of course but it is still firm and holds its shape with out collapsing. I do like the silicone for little kids just because it would be less likely to damage teeth if they were to knock it on there teeth when learning to drink.  Both types of lids are safe for hot beverages. Washing is easy just toss them in the dishwasher they are both top and bottom rack safe. The girls love the Ecojarz and they have not used another cup since we got them.

We also got the chance to try out the Stainless steel straws. I have to say they are cool this is the first time I have ever seen a stainless steel straw. They have a nice feel to them and are very durable perfect for kids. They are about 9 1/2 in long. They work well in the bigger mason jars but for the smaller jelly jars they are really too long. I hope they come out with a shorter stainless steel straw for the smaller jars since that is what my girls use most often. I do recommend ordering one of there straw cleaners which is a long bottle brush that is sized to fit down in the straw. It makes cleaning easier and faster especially if your kids are like mine and drink milk or smoothies in them and forget to wash it out when they are done.


The Tea infuser basket is a new item for me. I had always wanted to try one. So i was excited to test this one out. Its easy to use you open the top has a little latch you put your loose tea in and then put it in hot water.  There is a hook that fits in the vent hole on the Ecojarz drink lids so you don't have to fish it out of your cup. It also hooks well on the side of coffee cups. I love that I can choose and mix my own tea flavors. It will be a blessing when I start drying my own herbs this summer.

We are in love with our Ecojarz lids and straws and they have become a big part of our kitchen.
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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Yummi Pouch


A few years a go a company came out with pouches filled with apple sauce and other blends that your kids could eat right out of the pouch no spoon required. If you are a parent you have probably fed one to your kid at some time or another. Both of my girls loved them and I found them to be very handy. That is in tell the girls got big and wanted to eat two or three at a time and I realized they were just too expensive for big kids to eat. I always loved the idea though and kept thinking someone needs to make refillable reusable pouches.  Well someone finally did they are called Yummi Pouch you can find them HERE . They come in sets of different sizes and price ranges from $8.99 to $35.00 depending on how big the set is and the size of the pouches. Pouches come in three sizes 2.5 oz, 6 oz  and 10 oz.  They come in white and blue are the solid colors they carry and then they have a set of pouches with patterns on them that are different colors.  Check out the pictures to see what they look like. Yummi Pouch are both BPA and PVC free. The best part they are completely reusable. We received a couple pouches in the different sizes and colors to test out.


First up ease of use they are very simple to use put the cap on the
pouch open the zippered end and pore in what ever puree your kids like and zip it shut just like a ziplock bag. We used apple sauce for our test just because that's what the girls wanted. I used a small funnel which worked well or you can spoon it in which worked equally well.  I found filling easy I did need to rinse off the zipper end of the pouch after I closed it as I tend to dribble a little but its was not a big deal. After I fill them I keep them in the fridge for the kids to grab as a snack or for use to take to the park.  You can also pop them in the freezer for a cold snack or to pack in a lunch box. To eat them you simply twist off the cap and suck or squeeze it into your mouth. They also have a spoon attachment that you can buy if you prefer it. My kids just like sucking it right out of the pouch.

I found washing to be easy they are dish washer safe just rinse with warm water expand and put them up side down in the dishwasher so the zipper part is facing down. I wash mine by hand because well we don't have a dishwasher at the moment.  I toss them in a sink of hot soapy water with the caps off and swish them around this usually gets them clean. Some times the zipper will get a little yuckie but i found a small brush like you would use on a baby bottle nipple works well to clean the zipper. It also fits in the spout nicely.

I was a little worried about the zipper popping open when the girls squeezed them because lets face it they get a little rough some times. So far we have never had one come open I even gave one to my two year old niece just to see if she could pop it open.  We found them to be tough pouches and I think they will last a long time. We have taken them every where to the park, on walks, in our back packs. Yummi Pouch has become our go to snack when we are out and about. I am truly happy with them in every way. I think I will get a couple of the pouch covers to help keep our Yummi Pouches cool this summer.


Disclosure I received this product free of charge so that my family could test them out and tell you what we thought. I did not receive any money for this review all opinions are mine or that of my kids.  

Saturday, March 22, 2014

My Time with Grandma Bible Storybook





Reading is a huge part of our day. Me and the girls read anything and everything we can get our hands on. Our new favorite is called My Time with Grandma bible Storybook we have read it over and over and we never tire of it. Its a cute little hardback story book that is designed for grand parents to share with there grandchildren. To help them celebrate God's Love through easy to understand bible stories. Each story in the book includes a sweet love note from grandma and simple bible verses that kids can
memorize easily.  The Stories are just short enough to keep there attention but have enough information so that they are able to understand the scripture. Under the title of each story it gives a scripture verse which HotRod Princess loves because she can look it up in her bible.  The illustrations are so cute and beautifully done Snoopy loves to stop and talk about each picture and what is happening in it after we have read the short story.  Personally I enjoy the love notes that you find at the bottom of each page. There is a love note from grandma and one from God. They are both beautiful and give wonderful advice and inspiration.  It sells for $14.99 and can be found at several places. Click HERE for one of tyndale partner websites. I have ordered from them several times and have always received great customer service from them.


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Monday, February 24, 2014

Tommee Tippee Sipppy Cut


Introducing the Tommee Tippee limited edition sippy cup line. It's called the "Three Ring Circus" Collection. It features a new design on the brands signature spill proof Drink Cup, Sporty Bottle, Spout Cup and Straw Cup. Check out he picture to see the new designs. They are now available at Babies R Us they sell for right around $7.00 for a 2 pack and come in both boy and girl colors.
I used Tommee Tippee spill proof drink cups when the girls were younger I think I had all the styles at one time or another. I honestly loved the cups they worked great and I think the only time I ever had trouble with them leaking was when my daughter would get the lid loose.  They are great cups and they both of my girls loved them. We received a two pack of the new straw cup design and even though my girls are a tad big for spill proof cups they are in love with them. My 4 year old has drank so much water in the last week I am starting to wonder if she is going to float away.
I only have one small issue with the new straw cups we received. Some times the girls complain that they cant get anything out of it when the cup is full.  I think the girls are just sucking too hard on the straw and collapsing the soft flexible portion of it. They are older kids 6 and 4 and have more sucking power than a toddler does.
Like many spill proof cups there are a couple pieces you need to take apart when you wash. Its not a big deal for me and I found them to be simple enough to take apart and put back together.

Disclosure: I received a two pack of the Tommee Tippee Straw cup to test out for this review. All opinions are my own or that of my kids.