Friday, December 21, 2012

SoapTime


Everyone knows when kids get sick the hole house ends up getting sick. The best way to prevent a illness is proper hand washing. With cold and flue season in full swing. I thought there was no better time than now to show off a great new product called SoapTime! SoapTime uses a multimedia "Edutainment" experience of lights, music, and fun facts to keep kids at the sink for 20 seconds. the proper time to ensure clean hands. SoapTime's elephant, ABC and Earth shaped soap bottles snap onto the SoapTime smart Base. The Smart base provides 6 unique songs and factoids for each bottle, which play during its custom LED light shows. Sells for $16.95 for a 4 piece set you get 1 Smart Base 1 Elephant bottle, 1 ABC bottle, and 1 Earth shaped bottle. Each soap bottle is 8.4 oz.


You can click HERE to buy it at SoapTime's secure E-commerce site.
You can check out the SoapTime website http://mysoaptime.com has some really great stuff and you can even listen to some demos of the SoapTime smart base.


I love SoapTime its adorable and it works!  SoapTime gets my girls to wash there hands.We have been using it for about two weeks now and we have use three bottles of soap. Yup we have really really clean hands in our house. The girls love this thing so much they are even singing along with the songs. Check out the video below of the HotRod Princess and Snoopy singing along as she washed up before bed.
video
The Base has some cool fun lights the girls like to wash there hands in the dark because they think the lights are cool. The lights show up really well in the light too. The volume is great, Its loud enough for them to hear it well but not so loud that it runs you out of the bathroom. The Smart base runs on 3 AAA batteries and is still going strong after 2 weeks and three bottles of soap. Led lights help keep the batteries going stronger longer.
All the bottle shapes are nice but the girls have taken to the elephant for some reason could be the cute elephant head. The soap doesn't have much of a smell to me and I like that, I hate heavy scented soap. All of the SoapTime soap is Non-Toxic and Non-Antibacterial. The Elephants soap is beautiful purple colored and has a very light lavender scent. The ABC soap is orange in color and has a light citrus scent. The Earth bottle is a nice shade of green and has a light apple scent. I love the apple scent the most the girls don't seem to have a scent preference.

I thought everyone might like to see what SoapTime looks like in the dark so I did a video with the three different bottles. I played one audio from each of the bottles. The earth shaped bottle was first, the ABC bottle was second, and the elephant bottle was last playing my daughters new favorite tune.
video

 I can see SoapTime sticking around our bathroom for a long time to come. 

Disclosure: I received this product at no cost for review. All opinions are my own or what my kids thought of the product.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Lebert Fitness Equalizer



photo from Lebert website
I got the opportunity to try out another great work out product a couple months a go. I wanted to really test this one out so I took a little extra time to work with it and see what it could do for me.  Lets get the technical stuff out of the way first. 

Each Equalizer bar weigh about 8 pounds. The dimensions are 28-1/2 inches high by 25 inches wide and it has been tested to support up to 400 pounds of body weight. The Equalizers can easily be stacked together, taking up little storage space.
The package I received  included 2 Equalizer Bars, Beginner/Intermediate Workout DVD with Marc Lebert and Laminated Poster. It sells for $114.99 at http://www.lebertfitness.com/Products/LebertEqualizer/Home.aspx

This is what the company says about the Equalizer:
Simplify your exercise routine, and conquer your fitness goals with the LEBERT EQUALIZER Total Body Strengthener™.   The Lebert Equalizer™ is a simple, portable, yet multi-purpose and versatile piece of strength training equipment that works arms, chest, back and core muscles like no other can, using your own body weight as resistance.  Created by personal trainer and Taekwondo Black Belt, Marc Lebert, the Equalizer™ is now being used by athletes of all levels and ages, in bootcamps, group fitness, sports conditioning classes, martial arts clubs and home gyms everywhere.Participants use their own body weight as resistance and decide what level is right for them by "self-spotting". Self-spotting means the legs can be used to assist the user to perform exercises and/or when they cannot continue an exercise. A simple modification (usually leg placement) can allow for the set to be extended.
With the ability to easily add more repetitions (without having to stop and change a pin in a machine or have someone helping) this product becomes very versatile. This simple versatility allows the user full control over the amount of body-weight used for a given exercise. The result is greater muscle endurance and strength. 
Now that the technical stuff out of the way hears How I feel about the Lebert Equalizer. 
I Like it! this thing is so great for something so simple It works wonders. When I opened the box I had to laugh I thought to my self how are two bars going to help me get in shape. I assembled the two Equalizer bars took me all of 10 min including the time it took me to chase Snoopy down when she stole the Allen wrench from me. Its super easy to assemble you don't really even need the directions to figure it out. I put in the Beginner/Intermediate workout DVD in and sat down to watch it. It seemed too simple to do me any good. I can now admit I am not in as good of shape as I thought I was. The beginner/intermediate workout kicked my but My upper body was so sore the next morning that I just had to do it again. I have since gained strength and have modified my work outs to be harder and have added more reps but it does still give me a great workout and allows me to change up my daily workout with out too much fuss. I love that I can do the Equalizer workout in my own living room there is no need to drag my self to the gym or pay gym fees something a mom on a budget is excited about.  It fits in the closet or under my bed so its out of the way when I am not using it. Its a quality built piece of equipment they did not skimp. It has a great solid feel, even when I am doing reverse crunches I feel safe. The Lebert Equalizer has given me a great work out and a good bang for my buck.

Here are some great photos from the Lebert site of my favorite Equalizer Exercises. 
 


Come check out the Lebert Site for some great videos and more information http://www.lebertfitness.com
Find them on facebook https://www.facebook.com/lebertfitness
Twitter https://twitter.com/marclebert

Disclosure: I received this product at no cost for review. All opinions are my own or what my kids thought of the product.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Wet Ones Sticky Situations Facebook Contest



Like most moms my kids can make one heck of a mess. I have learned over the years to just laugh at the hole mess and take some pictures because they don't stay little forever and I will cherish the memory later. 

Wet Ones is giving us parents the opportunity to share all of the Sticky Situations we have found ourselves in and our great tips on how to deal with the mess through their Facebook Contest! You simply log on and share your Sticky Situation and tips, and you can be entered to win an ipad mini or six Flags tickets!. It only takes a couple minutes to enter I will even give you the link so you don't have to look for it. 




I thought it only fair that I share my Sticky situation and it was all my fault. 
When I was nearing the end of my pregnancy with my second daughter snoopy. I though It would be a great idea to let the Hotrod Princess who was 1 1/2 at the time paint my belly/her baby sister. I have no idea why I thought this was a good idea. I probably saw it on one of those pregnancy shows. I sat down on the floor and gave her a paint brush and a plate with washable paint on it. She of course was all excited about painting her baby sister. She spent about 20 minuted painting my belly. Ok I admit it, I think I may have dosed off a little at one point because paint covered both of us the floor and even the wall in the hall way. It took forever to get the paint off the wall and to get us both washed up. I think I laughed the entire time I was cleaning up the mess but its a great memory I will always have. My Great tip if you are going to do belly painting Put plastic on the beige carpet first. and DONT FALL ASLEEP!


Painting Snoopy

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Obol The Original Crispy Bowl



A pict of it in the box because she
says the box is important.
With two kids, someone in my house is always eating something. The Obol is quite possibly the best bowl in the world. Well at least for my family it is. Obol is The Original Crispy Bowl. With an Obol you will never eat soggy cereal again. The Obol is the most unique bowl I have ever seen. It has two sections: one down low for your milk and another up higher for your cereal with a little opening so you can swoop some cereal down into the milk before you scoop it out to eat it. It's called the Swoop n Scoop and the girls love it. You can check out the Obol here http://www.obol.co. They have them at every Brookstone store and at Brookstone.com.  There are two sizes of Obol. The original Obol is 8 in and holds 1 1/2 cups in the top and 2 cups in the bottom. Price for the Obol Original is $19.99. It comes in white, green, red, blue, orange and pink. Then there is the new Obol Jr. it is 7 in and holds 1 cup in the top and 1 cup in the bottom. Price for the Obol Jr. is $10.99. It comes in white, green, red, blue and purple. They also have a cool looking spoon called the Spoonit, and it has a ball shape on the handle and is designed for a steady grip and less drip reservoir and an angled tip. It sells for $6.99. The Obol and the Spoonit comes in some great colors too- green, red, blue, and purple and white. 

I received both the Original Obol and the Obol Jr. and a Spoonit to try out this week. These are some quality made bowls they are not flimsy in any way. They do have a little bit of weight to them but they are not  super heavy they just feel solidly made. I love the cool shape and they just look fun. Obol's unique shape is super easy to hold. They have a no slip grip on the under side of the bowl to help prevent drops. I love the that my cereal doesn't get soggy when one of the girls needs something in the middle of eating. It's not just good for cereal either. The girls have eaten vegetables in the top and dip in the bottom. Chips and salsa, Oreo's and milk offer no problem getting my hand in the bowl to dip them in milk. I can even use it to hold two different snacks at once while the girls are watching a movie.  Snoopy can have her celery in the top, and the Hot Rod princess can have her grapes in the bottom, and mom only has one bowl to wash. They are top rack dishwasher safe- a big plus for those of you that have a dishwasher. I love that the lower part is deep so it's easier for little ones to scoop without sloshing milk all over.  The girls love it as you can probably tell from the pictures. They have argued over who gets to use which bowl since I took them out of the box.  The colors they are bright, fun and beautiful.  The smaller one does stack inside the larger one fairly well. But I am not sure how well two or three of the same size will stack because we don't have two Obols of the same size to test it out. We have the 8 in Obol and the 7 in Obol. I would love to get another 7in Obol so that I have one to use. Another Spoonit would be great so they don't argue over it all the time.
See the great Spoonit shape

The Spoonit is cool with its unique round handle. Its easy to grip and the curved reservoir keeps the milk, yogurt, soup etc. where it belongs. I think the Spoonit would be great for people like my mom who suffer from arthritis because it's very easy to hold on to. The girls both love the spoonit the Hot Rod Princess would like them to make a kid size Spoonit. Because this one is a little too big for her kid size hand and mouth. They did think it was cool and still enjoy eating with it even if it's a little big. I do think they take up a little more room in my kitchen drawer than the average spoon does, but for me it's not a big deal. 


Swoop and Scoop!




Did I mention that Obol Is made in the USA !
I love a great American Made Product. And its BPA Free!  http://www.obol.co
                        




Disclosure: I received this product at no cost for review. All opinions are my own or what my kids thought of the product.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Eitech Construction Set


I have two little girls who are builders they love putting things together and taking them apart. When I got the opportunity to work with Eitech on a review of one of there products. Eitech makes construction sets for kids. They have kits to build cars plains, dump trucks, tractors, buildings etc. You name it they probably have a construction set to build it. We received the Basic Helicopter Construction set. It is geared for ages 6 and up you can find it hear on there site http://eitechamerica.com/Basic/C47/Eitech_C47.html  sells for about $12 depending on where you order from. They have a wide selection for different age groups from as little as 4 years old to 8+. Prices vary depending on the item.  Hear are a few of the construction sets they offer.







The Eitech Construction Set we  received is for ages 6+ so mommy had to help with the assembly a little. My oldest is 5 and she is very handy with a screw driver. The kits come with everything you need to construct your kit. Ours included a little screw driver and a small wrench to tighten the screws and nuts.  The directions are simple pictures showing you in stages what to assemble next. For the Kit we received there are three pieces that you will have to bend a little the directions show you which ones to bend and how.  The parts were very easy to bend with just my fingers. It was simple to assemble took me about 10 minutes because I stopped to take pictures. It went together nicely and looks just like the picture on the box.  The main rotor and tail rotor even spin very cool in the girls opinion. It is a little smaller than I expected it fits in the palm of my hand. So I wouldn't leave it laying in the floor.

 I took it back apart again so that the Hot Rod princess could try constructing it. I had to help her some with figuring out what part to assemble next but she didn't have any trouble tightening the screws but she did need a little help getting the nuts started. It took her a bit longer to assemble it than it took me but she is only 5.  All in all its a great product that looks and feels like it will hold up as long as it doesn't get left in the floor for mom to steps on.

I think Eitech Construction sets would be a great gift for any little builder. We plan to get a few other models for the girls to construct. http://eitechamerica.com 







Disclosure: I received this product at no cost for review. All opinions are my own or what my kids thought of the product.