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Summer Fun Gift Guide See What Our Top Picks Are!
When I was a teacher in the actual classroom Summer fun consisted of doing everything that didn’t always get done throughout the school year at home completed. But we always made the time to spend time together as a family, go and see new things, or even travel when time allowed. In the last few years our Summers and lives have changed drastically and there is one thing I’ve learned and that is to be ever changing. Life changes so slowly but yet quickly you don’t always see what is happening before your eyes, so if you still have littles at home take the time away from work to enjoy those littles. I promise one day you will blink and all of the chaos you have now will be gone and you will be hearing the echoes of silence in your home.
While we are enjoying the Empty Nester stage of life, we are enjoying being Grandparent’s even more and we have been spending more and more time with “Tater”. While some of our things haven’t been taken care of, we are focusing on what is most important in life and that is the memories. We didn’t always take the time to create the “memories” with Elizabeth, so we are overcompensating for that now in some ways…But just look at this little guy, how could you not??
Without further ado and procrastination, as I need to get back to Tater snuggles! Here are just a few great brands that I’ve partnered with to help make our Summer more fun, but also create more memories. And remember it’s not always about the latest greatest things in life, it’s about spending quality time with your kids or grandkids that is most important.
Tater and I spend time together reading, practicing numbers, sounds and so much more with the help from my friends at TeachMy. They are truly one of the absolute best brands to help instill the love of learning at a young age. Plus they grow with your kids and are always introducing them to something new. It is one of the best 20 minutes of my day each and every time we “play”. His Mom & Dad even agree that it is one of the best gifts they have received in Tater’s almost 2 years of life.
BubbleLick is the most delicious thing to hit your taste buds since candy! Their premium, natural flavored bubbles are a twist on traditional bubble-making products. And they aren’t just for kids! Pick up your own #Bubblelick today and taste all of the perfect flavors today!
Ringmaster Welcome to the Big Top
Our family has always played a lot of card games and board games growing, up and that tradition continues with my nieces and nephews. We have a total of 25 between Brady and I and they range from 4 years old to 23 years old. So we literally have everyone covered, while the older ones are way to busy for us, we always spend time with different family members so having games on hand is a must.
So for this round of games I’m going to have to implement Heather’s kids because they LOVE all board games! So first up we are going to talk about the game Ringmaster Welcome to the Big Top! This fun fast-paced game is a card game in which the players compete to build a circus with the hottest stars and attractions to dazzle the biggest audience. But it’s not as easy as it sounds because other players get the chance to sabotage your circus creating mischief and mayhem along the way. This is a game that will keep your mind sharp, and keep you paying attention, because the game changes as quickly as the cards do! The beautiful (said in my best Bruce Almighty voice) (B-E-A-UTFUL) original artwork is on thick stock tarot sized cards complete with a stylish carrying pouch. Designed for 2 to 4 players ages 13 and up it’s the perfect game for a “quick” game night because the games lasts on average around 10 minutes.
Burger Academy is a fun learning game that combines the playfulness of hamburger building with STEM-oriented coding curiosity. Making it the perfect game to play this summer so kids learn while they play. Playable by one to six players ages 8 and up, with multiple levels of difficulty making it fun for adults and kids alike. This one will have to be played with Holly’s girls because they are in the correct age bracket and since they both love to cook, I think it will be the perfect match!
The game has been the recipient of several recent awards, including the National Parenting Product Award (NAPPA), the Mom’s Choice Award and the Academics’ Choice Award. The object of Burger Academy is to flip the burger to match the image a player is given.
Pass the Pandas
Pass the Pandas is a playful, fast and exciting dice game that creates panda-monium for the whole family! As part of the game play, players compete to see who can be the first to get rid of all their dice by rolling pandas, bamboo, or water drops. Playable by two to five players ages 6 and up with a 10 minute playing time, this game is a great way for family and kids to spend time together while enjoying some playful panda-passing competition. This one we are going to grab Grammy and then Sara’s boys for some Panda passing! Since they are 5 and 6 I think they will be the perfect age to help Pass the Pandas! (Although it is suggested for ages 6 and up, I think we will be fine! If not, I’ll be sure to report back!
Jurassic Snack is a two-player or team game for ages 7 and up! The game itself includes playful dinosaur figures that must eat more leaves than the opponent’s team, unless one player decides to play the T.Rex to scare all the opponent’s dinos away. This game is fun for a parent and child or two siblings to play. This one I’m thinking Eric’s kids because what kids don’t love a good DINOSAUR game! Plus they are the perfect age group for some Jurassic fun!
Bring the cows home, but not just any cows, The Cosmic Cows! This action packed Extraterrestrial Cow-Pulling Contest will have you and the aliens from all over the galaxy gathering your cows. Go head to head with your cross-cosmos rival to see who can abduct three Cosmic Cows first! But it’s not that easy, you have to roll a dice and then number combinations that are rolled determine the movement of the cows, and each player can choose which tractor beam to use in order to abduct them. With a good mix of strategic offensive and defensive maneuvers, decide which combination of the unknowing bovines to pull toward your spaceship or away from your opponent’s! The player that pulls three cows into their Win Zone first is the winner in this dicey game of alien tug-of-war! Pick up Cosmic Cows today!
Soulsens White Noise Machine
Summertime for us means lots of traveling to and from our daughter’s as well as trips different places. But have you ever had to travel with fan?? They are bulky, take up way to much room, and are simply a pain in the rump to travel with. But this summer I’ve upped my game and now have a portable sound machine with 17 soothing nature sounds that will lull us to sleep no matter where we are at. Plus it has a night light so no more tripping over things in the new hotel room. Did I mention that it has an app you can install on your phone? It allows you to totally control sound, volume, light color, brightness and even set a timer.
It can even be used as a sleep trainer. The Soulsens sleep trainer has timer and alarm functions, which can be set for a certain time or can be played continuously. Set up to 4 alarms and timers(from 10 to 180mins) and to enjoy a relaxing and pleasant sleep. It helps you and the entire family have a healthy sleep routine! The Soulsens White Noise Machine Portable Sounds Machine is perfect for babies, toddlers, kids, adults, home, travel or even the office! Get one today for all your family members!
Give the Gift of Massage!
Recently I’ve been having an issue with what I like to call my “tech neck”. After spending long days on the computer, working on the tablet, or even just looking at my phone, I’ve been having a horrible time with knots in my shoulders/neck. So I did what anyone would do, I went to Amazon and I ordered a heavy duty massager, and it got the knot out, but it was ROUGH. I can handle a little bit of roughness but I literally felt like I was taking a pounding and not in a good way. But I dealt with it for about 2 weeks, (knot coming back and all.) But then I received the Omorc Massage Gun and let me tell you, that was a game changer.
This handheld electric massager is truly a lifesaver and right out the box it was easy to use and came with a manual to boot. It even went into detail as to what attachment did what, where as the last one just left me guessing. This powerful massage gun allows me to get relief at the touch of a button. Plus it has 30 adjustable speeds and 6 different massage heads. But they didn’t stop there it even comes in it’s own storage box making it perfect for everyone!
The OMORC muscle massage gun provides vibration or percussive therapy to the muscles with quick bursts of pressure. This deep tissue massage can pinpoint specific muscles to effectively loosen them, stimulate blood flow to the area, and relieve pain and inflammation.
OMORC muscle massage guns are cordless and run on rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and this massage gun runs for 8 hours! Now only if I could find someone to use it on me for 8 hours, but I will probably just make due with targeting areas myself. It has strong power which can provide depth massage but low noise making it even better in my opinion.
The DIRTY, LAZY, KETO 5-Ingredient Cookbook
This Summer we all want to look and feel our best! While there are lots of diets and fads Keto is one of the best lifestyles out there. I’m a big fan of The Dirty, Lazy Keto cookbooks and they have added another new one to the mix! The new cookbook by keto powerhouse Stephanie Laska is called The DIRTY, LAZY, KETO 5-Ingredient Cookbook.
Aside from pantry staples (salt, pepper, olive oil, and just a few others), all 100 recipes in this book have five or fewer ingredients and come in at 10g net carbs or less per serving. With recipes covering every meal of the day plus snacks and drinks all made with inexpensive ingredients from chain grocery stores with an average person’s tastes in mind.
Pair this with Stephanie’s no-nonsense, down-to-earth advice and mindset that we should stop overthinking keto, and you’ve got an excellent keto cookbook completely accessible to everyone, whether they’re keto or just thinking about cutting back on carbs every now and then.
And of course Stephanie walks the talk – she lost 140 lbs (half her body weight) – eating her signature DIRTY, LAZY, KETO way, and she’s kept it off. Without being perfect, and without expecting her readers to be perfect either. She’s a keto coach who understands what it’s like to diet and fail (many times over), to deal with pressure both from within and from well-meaning but perhaps less-than-helpful friends, and to try to do it all with limited time and resources. The almost 250,000 members of her DIRTY, LAZY, KETO Facebook support group will attest that both Stephanie and her methods are fun and they work!
Another must have this summer is the Eyelinez! What is an Eyelinez you ask? Great question! Eyelinez is the maker of small stickers to fit over your webcam or tablet cameras. Why do I need them? To help you stay centered, engaged and focused during video calls. I know I’m guilty of looking everywhere but the camera when I’m on video calls. And getting a toddler to Facetime with me was almost impossible, until we put Eyelinez on his moms camera. Now he looks at the camera like he’s been Facetiming for years!
Eyelinez makes these stickers for multiple occasions such as smiling, focusing, or even just themed for the holiday season. These fun stickers can even be personalized to make a unique gift for anyone! Eyelinez makes connecting with the camera natural because it’s another face, another pair of eyes. Gone are my days of looking like an idiot when it’s time to use the iPad for calls! Thanks to the folks at Eyelinez people everywhere are going to be more engaged on video calls.
Digz Gardening Gloves
This time of the year we spend a lot of time outside and doing lots of yard work. But gardening can be tough on your hands, and let’s not forget the dirt under your fingernails. While it is perk of being productive it is super hard to get it out day after day. But if you have a passion for plants and gardening like I do investing in a great pair of gloves is a must.
This year I found a great pair that is perfect to “dig” into dirt with. The Digz gardening gear keeps your fingers safe while you are playing in the soil and come in a variety of colors and even hand-drawn patterns. Some of them even have touchscreen-compatible fingertips in case you want to snap a picture of your flower beds. While mine are the Full Grain Goatskin Garden Gloves that work great I think my next pair will be the Signature Hi-Dex Medium Gloves so I can toss them into the washing machine after each use. No matter what pair of Digz Gloves you pick, they will all be perfect for all Summer long!
While I’m not the “crunchy mom” everyone talks about our daughter is more “crunchy mom” than she would like to admit. But that’s just one of the reasons I love her because she takes her job as a Mom very seriously. That’s why I knew that she would love Earth Baby products because they are committed to using certified organic fruit and vegetable-based ingredients. Plus their products are non-toxic, gentle, and effective on baby skin, hair, and body. Earth Baby products provide immediate moisturization and superior hydration, emollient oils and vitamins with a time-controlled release, and dramatically reduced need for high levels of UV filters.
They also have a best-selling, moisturizing, organic, hand-sanitizer for even children’s hands! Founded by a grandmother, mother, and orphan, Earth Baby’s founder donates 1% of all sales to two incredible organizations (Preface Project Foundation and Folded Flag Foundation) that build a better tomorrow and impact our community by fostering opportunities for the next generation as a token of gratitude to those that helped her along the way.
They sent us the On-The-Go-Kit which includes:
Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ Sunscreen protect babies and toddlers delicate skin without adding harsh chemicals to their skin, talk about a win-win.
Diaper Rash Cream-that doesn’t stink to high heaven and is a must try!
Hand Sanitizer Gel-Leaves your hands silky smooth and no sticky residue leftover making it the MUST have for everyone!
Aromatherapy Calming Mist all packaged in an Organic Travel Bag. (But the Aromatherapy Calming mist isn’t just for babies, after a stressful day, it was just what I needed to calm down without any added pills.
Making it the perfect gift for Moms and babies! But my most favorite part is that their products are made right here in the USA!
Go With Me Bungalow Deluxe Portable Travel Cot
Our daughter and her family live in Cheyenne, Wyoming and spend a lot of time outdoors tent camping. They have our grandson who is just over 2 years old and an adventurer like his mommy and daddy! The Go With Me Bungalow Deluxe Portable Travel Cot is perfect for inside naptime, outside camping, or even over at Nana and Pop Pops house. Plus the canopy blocks 98% of UVA and UVB rays and it is easy to remove! The durable indoor/outdoor fabric can easily be wiped clean which is a HUGE benefit for all parents. The locking, sturdy metal frame can support children up to 72 pounds, while the surrounding mesh walls provide added security for your little one. Plus it has an included carry bag, so it folds up for easy travel, much like a “lawn chair bag.”
- Removable canopy
- Blocks 98% of UVA & UVB rays
- Strong, stable metal frame
- Storage pocket
- Compact fold for portability
- Durable indoor/outdoor fabric
- Mesh walls for added security
- Carry bag included
- Product in Box/Bag: 6.5″ x 9.3″ x 32.5″ 13.6 lbs
- 50″ x 26″ x 16.25″ 12.2 lbs without canopy
- 50″ x 26″ x 41.5″ 12.5 lbs with canopy
Important Safety Guidelines
- Recommended Height: up to 50″
- Recommended Age: 15+ months
- Recommended Weight: up to 75 lbs
*Per ASTM Safety Standards, it is recommended that parents only use this product once a child is able to get in and out of the cot unassisted (approximately 15 months). Parents should then discontinue use of the product when the child exceeds a weight of 75lbs or a height of 50″, whichever comes first. Get your own portable cot today!
Get ready for Christmas with Old World Christmas
The older I get the more I channel my Nana I swear it! And one of the most cherished memories I have of the holidays is helping her decorate her trees year after year. While most of those ornaments are all gone now, the folks at Old World Christmas has some pretty cool ornaments to help you celebrate the holidays and make new memories. Our Grandson “Tater” as we call him online will be three this Christmas season and that doesn’t seem possible.
However, the older he gets the more fun he is and he’s getting old enough to help with Christmas ornaments. While I might be a little particular as to how high these will be placed on the tree I can’t wait to show him the new additions to “My Nana’s Tree” (He calls me My Nana!) So I picked out three “Farm Inspired” ornaments to add to our Christmas tree this year.
One is green tractor ornament, one is a highland cow ornament and the other is a red barn ornament. While I usually don’t do themed trees, I’m really thinking this year is going to be an “Old World Christmas Tree” with all of their ornaments that you could find on a farm. My next addition is going to be The Old Truck with a Tree because it reminds me of all the years I spent on the Christmas Tree farm as a kid.
Farm isn’t your idea of a Christmas theme? They have you covered too! A few of their other collections include food/drinks, garden, Valentine’s and Hearts and many more. While I’m not usually a huge supporter of year around Christmas Trees with Old World Christmas ornaments I could see where it would be tempting. I’m especially in love with their Garden Collection, can’t you see the tree now!! It would be perfect for Spring and Summer, so you could enjoy it for a couple months out of the year.
Party Sustainably with Pirani
Summertime is filled with lots of barbequing, going outside and enjoying the great outdoors. But there is nothing better than a party, but I always feel bad for all of the “trash” that comes with the party. But with the help from my friends at Pirani Life, single-use cups could be a thing of the past. Pirani Life is on a mission to end single-use cups and they are making an impressive dent in the environmental impact caused by discarded plastic cups. The brand empowers everyday heroes in safeguarding our planet through raising eco-awareness and creating sustainable solutions.
The product may resemble a traditional Red Solo cup, but it is SO much more. This insulated party tumbler keeps is:
- Dishwasher safe
- Easily stackable, perfect for storing or packing on the go
- Skinny-walled triple insulation keeps drinks at a perfect temperature without a sweaty mess
- Leak-proof and indestructible lid, premium quality 18/8 stainless steel, powder-coated finish, and lifetime warranty
- Standard measurements built into the cup to fit all cup holders
- Made in the USA
- Available in many colorful offerings
Plus, it keeps cold drinks cold for up to 12 hours and hot drink hots for up to 6 hours. No more trash into the landfill after the next gathering, when you purchase Pirani cups! Plus, they give back, 1% of every purchase translates to a direct contribution to the The Planet Community. They are more expensive initially, but over time, it will save you more money in the long run, plus help the environment at the same time.
MyBevi is everyone’s best friend this summer. The collection offers stainless steel tumblers for everyone that are made to endure all weather conditions and activities. I think one of my favorite features is that it has a carry ring lid, making it perfect for traveling! But it also keeps hot things hot, and cold things cold and the lid can be slid down for drinking, or you can place a straw into the tumbler lid. I LOVE that it is a small family business that is doing its part to provide sustainable solutions for a healthier future for our planet. The brand makes it easy to reduce waste and mindfully adhere to an eco-friendly lifestyle that becomes a part of your everyday routine. I love that it’s my favorite “teal” color and it is the perfect tumbler for hot summers! It’s literally been my go to cup, since it’s arrival. I’m even placing an order for a few more of them, just because I LOVE this one so much!
Cozen The Perfect Pillow and Blanket Combination
Summertime means we are on the go a lot and having a pillow and a blanket is a must especially for me in the vehicle. However, packing both is kind of a pain but with the Cozen, bulky blankets are a thing of the past. Cozen is a throw pillow with a comfy blanket tucked inside. Both throw pillow and blanket: Simply open Cozen, slide your feet through and a comfortable blanket emerges. Zip it up, and it is now the perfect throw pillow. No need for an extra storage bag.
It’s great for home, travel, kids, camping anywhere you need a decorative throw pillow and/or comfy blanket. There are 3 colors to choose from Mulberry Red, Pacific Blue and Sterling Grey. I love it to cover my legs when I get cold, but Brady loves it because it keeps his feet warm when I have the air down. It’s the perfect travel companion for us because we can both us it, and then easily fold it up when not in use. I’m thinking I need to order a few for gifts for the holiday season. Pick up your own Cozen today!
Summertime means lots of going, as we all know. But being organized is a MUST especially for me. I received a Sofia (Tote) in Teal, and it is perfect for my on the go summer. The Sofia is a crossbody bag that is constructed from woven PVC plastic with leather handles and strap. I love that I can even take off the longer handle and just use it as a small tote! Wear it hands-free on days when you want to travel light, or you can take off the strap to use it as a small tote.
But what I didn’t expect was the Sweetest towel and hat surprise that was included in the box. The towel is the perfect towel to take to the pool, the beach or even the lake. However, the hat is finally a hat that I will actually wear because it has an open back and allows me to wear my hair in a bun which is essential during summertime for me!!
Summertime is also the time to make memories and as a Nana I do love my “Tater” time. The Making Memory Box is absolutely perfect and it’s always different each month. Each box is mom and educator created for your kids or grandkids to enjoy hours of fun. While our little Tater isn’t so little anymore, some of these activities I’m sure he will be able to with help, while others are to “big” for him just yet. However, I feel like this is the perfect set of activities to keep your kids engaged all summer long.
The August Box included:
My Outdoor Adventure Jornal
Marshmallow STEM Tower Challenge
Camping Family Bingo
Paper Lantern Craft
Funny Campout Mad Lib
Friendly Letter Postcard
Kids observation journal, magnifying glass, mini flashlight, bag of mini marshmallows, toothpicks, 5 BINGO cards, BINGO call cards, BINGO stickers, 2x paper bags, 2x tea light, colored pencils, mad lib card, pencil, summer postcard, pen, instructions. Subscribe Today and Save!
Sweet Summer means lots of sweating both us and our glasses, however my friends at Sok-It have us covered, literally. Whether boating with a beer, sitting in the sand with a soda or wetting your whistle with a White Claw, keeping your can cold is key. Sok-It has added a new line called the: CanSok. With seven new fashion-forward styles from Tropical Summer Flamingos to Succulents and Pixel Monsters, CanSok adsorbs your drink sweat, so your beverages stay colder longer, keeping you hydrated with dry hands.
Bags + Stella
I received The Lifestyle Getaway Set in Serene from the California-based lifestyle brand that specializes in home decor and accents for your daily indulgence. Because we are always on the go in the Summertime, I thought that this Gift Set would be perfect. It includes 1 terrazzo candle, 1 scent sampler duo, 1 bath cube of your choice plus a Bags + Stella Custom Apolis Petite Market Bag in Black.
Offering luxury 11oz candle in stylish clear reusable glass vessel. Each is packaged in a sleek recyclable black box, perfect for gifting! Bags+ Stella candles provide over 40 hours of burn time. All candles are hand-poured and are made from 100% American-grown soy wax with a cotton, lead-free wick. I can’t wait to give one of these sets away as a Christmas Gift!
Love Wine? Then PureWine is Essential!
I LOVE my wine, but since becoming pre-diabetic I’ve been cutting back a lot, but I still MISS it. So every once in awhile I splurge and drink a glass or two. But, the one thing I dislike is the headaches and other side effects that come after enjoying that glass of wine. And since I’ve not been drinking as often, the side effects are a little greater in my case anyway.
But that is a thing of the past because thanks to PureWine, they offer two unique filtration systems that eliminate the histamines and sulfites that cause wine allergies without altering the flavor of your delicious reds and whites. The Wave Wine Purifier & Aerator is perfect for the entire bottle of wine, while The Wand Wine Filter is good for 10 single glasses of wine. No matter which way you go, they are both essential this summer!
The older I get the more “careful” I have to be especially in the middle of the night when I have to go to the bathroom. Living in the country has it’s perks and being pitch black is one that I have always loved. Except for the blinding bathroom light in the middle of the night, I could do without that. So with the help of the Auvon Nightlight, I don’t have to light up the entire house just to use the restroom.
Ultra Bright. Compared with other bright night lights (80lm to 100lm), These LED nightlights come with lumens up to 120, which is quite suitable for dark places where more light is in need, such as hallway, bathroom, garage, kitchen, bedroom, stairs, basement and laundry.
Motion Detector Included. In Auto Mode, if this motion activated night light detects a movement in the darkness, it switches on automatically and lightens your way for a total of 90 seconds after the last movement has been registered. Then it turns off again, making it possible to reduce unnecessary power consumption when you do not need them. According to our calculation, using this motion sensor light indoors can save up to 84% energy compared to those without motion sensors.
Light Up Your Night. You may feel relaxed and comfortable when you see its soft warm lighting in the darkness. With the dimmable design, you can adjust nite light to your desired brightness simply by long-pressing or tapping on the top button for a wide range of lumens choice from 1lm to 120lm.
Safe for Indoor Use. The night lights plug into the wall are with superior V-0 fire resistant casing and over-current protection design to guarantee your safety.
Waste not want not was a saying I grew up with my Nana telling us day in and day out. While I never quite understood as much then as I do now, I am channeling my inner Nana and trying to live a more green lifestyle. One of the things that I loathe buying is Paper towels, because you use them once and toss them out. However, with the Papaya Reusables in the kitchen I’m onto living a little greener.
Papaya is a forward-thinking brand that has developed a reusable paper towel making sustainability accessible to everyone from zero-wasters to sustainability-newbies. No more need to hoard bulky paper towels again!
Meet the Reusable Paper Towel that replaces 17 rolls. Proving size doesn’t matter after all!
Plus they are All Natural. Antibacterial. Compostable.
Eco Facts: More than 50,000 trees are cut down every day for single-use paper towels. As they decompose, they release methane gas – a leading cause of global warming. The brand is the first to offer a subscription where customers can curate a box with their choices every two to four months, selecting from artistic designs that put plain old white paper towels and your grandma’s dish towels to shame! While they are a little more expensive than paper towels initially, I expect they will be paying for themselves in no time! I can’t wait until I can order a few more sets to get the entire house switched over to Papaya!
“I Love My Instant Pot®” Cooking for One Recipe Book
Many of you know that we are Empty Nesters and cooking for 2 has been a challenge. But with Brady returning to the work force after having some health issues, one thing I can’t do is cook for 1. I was the queen of heating up a TV dinner, eating a salad, or even a quick sandwich. But the one thing I learned is we were wasting a lot of food eating this way. While we had the chickens I didn’t feel quite as bad about the waste, because at least they were eating the leftovers, but when a fox decided to raid the hen house, we no longer have the chickens. So the next best solution was to figure out how to cook for 1 successfully! Enter the Instant Pot and the “I Love My Instant Pot®” Cooking for One Recipe Book!
Whether you live alone or need a quick meal just for yourself, this cookbook teaches you how to create perfectly portioned recipes right in your Instant Pot. With 175 recipes, photographs, and an easy-to-understand overview of how the Instant Pot works, this cookbook is a must-have for beginner and experienced Instant Pot users alike. The Cheesey Cajun Shrimp and Grits as well as the Spicy Pineapple Chicken are two dinners that I’ve tried and loved. But oddly enough my favorite recipe currently is the small Batch Bacon Cheddar Egg Bites, I just use real bacon instead of the bacon bits!
With satisfying, single-serving dishes for every meal from breakfast to dinner and snacks in between, The “I Love My Instant Pot” Cooking for One Recipe Book is the perfect way to eliminate wasting food while keeping yourself full and satisfied all day long.
The “I Love My Air Fryer” 5-Ingredient Recipe Book
The other kitchen appliance I would be lost without is the Air Fryer and the Instant Pot pretty much simultaneously. They are the appliance that I use most often and at least one of them is used daily, no matter what I’m creating. But spending all night in the kitchen cooking for one or two of us, is not my ideas of a great time. I LOVE that I can create delicious, quick and easy recipes in my Air Fryer using only 5 ingredients or less!
This easy-to-use cookbook provides mouthwatering, whole-food dishes for every meal—from breakfast and dinner to appetizers and dessert—using favorite, familiar ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. The Pretzel-Crusted Chicken is the perfect spin on a classic favorite and they are delicious. My favorite way to eat them is on top of a salad!
Including 175 delicious recipes using five—or fewer—ingredients, these fast, affordable meals don’t require a lot of prep or shopping, so you can spend more time out of the kitchen doing the things you love. Best of all, these satisfying, flavorful recipes are sure to be a big hit with everyone in the family. Whether you need an easy dinner on a busy weeknight or want to cut back on time (and money) in the grocery store, this cookbook has you covered! Pick up your copy of The “I Love My Air Fryer” 5-Ingredient Recipe Book today!
Little Bridges’ Grandma & me: Explore Outdoors Activity Kit!
Being a Grandma is one of the absolute best things that has happened to me in a few years. In June we went on a trip with our daughter’s family and enjoyed the Great Outdoors a lot in South Dakota! Since they live in Cheyenne, Wyoming and we live in Missouri, we aren’t together all of the time, which is always bittersweet! However, when we are together, we have a grand time exploring, and doing fun things both inside and out. But our Tater LOVES to be outside more than anything, which is why I knew that Grandma & me: Explore Outdoors Activity Kit would be perfect for us.
This kit provides a fun and easy way to explore nature together while igniting curiosity, sparking meaningful conversations, and helps lay the foundation for a lifelong love of the environment and learning. All things that are all very important to me. Now, with all of that being said, I do have to admit something right from the get go, our Tater isn’t quite 3 yet, so the kit that I expected to use this summer, will have to wait until next summer!
However, the Little Bridges’ Grandma & me: Explore Outdoors Activity Kit allows you and your grandkids to do the following:
Read Together! Lay the foundation for a nature walk by enjoying the fun facts and stunning illustrations in the storybook, A Busy Bee Life.
Explore! Personalize a drawstring backpack and head outdoors to enjoy the dozens of nature-based activity ideas in the one-of-a kind Outdoor Activity Journal. Observe the tiniest details with the included 10x magnifying glass while recording observations on the Nature Notes journal pages. Pick and choose a different activity on every walk you take!
Create and Connect! Collect natural objects and use the power of the sun to make original solar prints. Use the included pens to design your own painted rock collection. Create eco-friendly art with the included sidewalk chalk. Enjoy the beauty of nature as it inspires wonder and conversation!
– 24-page hardcover fact-filled storybook, A Busy Bee Life
– 10x magnifying glass
– Solar print kit
– Drawstring backpack
– Outdoor Activity Journal with dozens of fun and easy-to-do ideas
– 3 fine-point paint pens
– Sidewalk chalk
If your summer plans involve traveling, outdoor recreations, visiting a local amusement park or any other outside activity that leaves you dealing with the warm temps and brutal sun, you can definitely expect sweat issues to pop up. Having tiny droplets of perspiration run down the side of your face or into your eyes while you are trying to enjoy your activities can be annoying to say the least. That’s where NoSweat comes into play! NoSweat has created patented headwear liners that instantly soaks up any sweat, dirt, and oil on the forehead area to help prevent any face touching as well as to help keep your go-to hat free of gross, yellow sweat stains and strong odors. I LOVE to use them in my hat for when I work in the garden or flower beds! It keeps the sweat out of my eyes and allows me to keep working to get done sooner!
But the guys use them in their hats for daily use as well as their hard hats on their job sites! Since they are thin, soft and lightweight they can be wore inside their hard hats as well. Brady has requested I place an order for several sets so we can have all of the hats “sweatproof” in a matter of minutes!
The Bug Bite Thing
As Moms we are the keeper of the cheerios, snacks, juice boxes, and so much more. But there is one gadget that EVERY mom needs! And she needs one in her softball mom bag, her purse, her vehicle, the house, by the pool, by the firepit…Out camping? You guessed it, you NEED The Bug Bite Thing. PLUS, it’s chemical free way to get rid of the saliva and venom that comes with bug bites and/or stings…Say what!??
Yep…you read that right in just 3 easy steps you will suction the irritants out of the skin to help alleviate itching, stinging, and of course, the swelling that goes with it. Plus, if there is a splinter, you can get that out too because there is a stinger scraper included! Give the gift of Natural Insect Bite Relief this Summer. It will be the last insect relief product anyone in your family buys, just ask mine!
I attended The Toy Insiders #SweetSuiteatHome this July and it was the perfect virtual event. I got to interact with some amazing brands, learn about the hottest new toys, and most of all I got to have lots of FUN!! But the real fun started a few days after the event when I received a box of “Swag” filled with goodies! Here’s just a few of the products I’ve enjoyed learning about and playing with!
Pixicade Plus Mobile Game Maker
The Pixicade Plus Mobile Game Maker is the perfect addition to the Summer Fun Gift Guide. The Pixicade Plus Mobile Gamer Maker allows you to create and play your own video games. Available on iOS and Android devices children ages 6 to 99+ can make use their imagination to make their drawings come to life! Pixicade promotes critical thinking and in just 3 easy steps kids will be entertained for hours! I can’t wait to play it with our nieces and nephews to see what kind of exciting things they come up with!
Snap Ships takes traditional Legos to a whole new level because each kit builds 3 different ships. While I couldn’t ever build anything (literally), this fun toy will keep kids building and playing for hours. They even have a Snap ships app for interactive builds and play to battle your friends or even your siblings!
Crayola Erasable Twistables Colored Pencils
Crayola Erasable Twistables Colored Pencils are staying right in my office! They put a new spin on creativity and the ability to erase mistakes! Just turn the ends to twist up 12 brilliant colors. There’s no sharpening needed, which is perfect for Back To School Season. I love that they are specially formulated colors and made to rub off easily with a few swipes of the built-on erasers. Great for coloring, art projects and crafts!
Nerf Super Soaker Fortnite Slurpfish
Make a big splash with this micro-sized Nerf Fortnite Super Soaker water blaster! It captures the look of the Fornite Slurpfish Outfit from the popular video game. Fill it with water and fire up lots of water-blasting fun. Open the cap and fill the tank, then close the cap and press the trigger to unleash a stream of water. The miniature size is easy to carry so you can start a water battle almost anywhere, anytime. Look for all the Nerf Super Soaker Fortnite water blasters (each sold separately).
FGTEEV (which is a totally new “Brand” for me sent a fun Controller shaped box with some fun goodies included. It included 1 sticker, 1 mini figure, a Micro Stax Figure, a package of putty and 1 game card. While it’s a new one to me, I know lots of kids will love it, but the Bacon in the Skillet has found it’s way to my office! Who can resist bacon??
Pokemon Trading Card Game
Pokemon TCG is all the rage again and I’ve known some real Pokemon fans through the years. In each box there are 1 ready to play 60 card deck, 3 reference cards, a rules booklet, as well as a single-player playmat. Also included is damage counters, 1 large metallic coin, 1 deck box, 1 quick guide to unlock the strategies within and 1 code card to play online with deck. So the siblings can play together, or you can play online with friends. But one thing I know for sure is that you, Gotta catch ’em all!
LOL Surpise! B,T.W Be Tweens
LOL Surpise toys are really fun for both boys and girls. Last Summer our nephew Silas who was 4 was mad at his Uncle Brady. In order to fix the situation Uncle Brady told him he would buy him something he wanted, and the answer was an LOL Surprise Toy. Yes, we were both surprised and I had heard of them, but Brady had not! It was quite comical to see the big teddy bear in the toy aisle looking for the perfect LOL toy to get him out of the doghouse. He was successful, and Silas still has his LOL toy and has added several to the collection.
But this year they have introduced the LOL Surprise Tween dolls, an entirely new size of LOL Surprise doll. They are in beTWEEN LOL Surprise dolls and OMG fashion dolls. Shop now.
LOL Surprise! Color Change Surprise
MY Color Change Surprise Ball included 5 different parts that I had to unwrap once I got into the ball. In this new collection, kids can unbox so many surprises, including a Doll, Pet or Lil Sister that color changes when dipped in water. You might find a character that changes in cold water, warm water or both. Collect entire families of cute, color change characters when you collect across the entire line. Mine included Little Pranksta which is a Lil Sister. She even came with a fun sticker kids could put on their water bottles.
Cats Vs. Pickles
Cats are scared of pickles, but pickles just want love. Welcome to the world of Cats vs Pickles where lovable but misunderstood pickles are in hopeless pursuit of colorful cats. Cats vs Pickles are silly and soft and so fun to collect! Which are you? Team Cat or Team Pickle?
In my bag of Cats Vs. Pickles items I received three Surprise Plus bags, one included Snocone-her favorite flavor is pawberry! Watch out for a brainfreeze! #004. Joe A Pickle of few words #50 and Skelecat No bones about it, Skelecat is frighteningly sweet #37! As well as a poster including all of the Cats and Pickle Plushes so you can keep track of the ones you need.
But then after a few more days Cats VS Pickle sent me another box of goodies! This is one collection of cats that I could get on board with! The Extra Special Cats vs Pickle Gift Box included:
CvPbeans which are the purr-fect study buddies for Back To School and are really great “squidgets” (squishy fidgets) that just feel good to hold and squeeze. It even has “beans” in it making it the perfect sensory toy also.
3- Mystery bags -Included was Frankie This is a hot cat, not a hot dog. #053
Another Snocone-her favorite flavor is pawberry! Watch out for a brainfreeze! #004
Carl-Movie Time! #130
And my personal favorite the Cats VS Pickles Huggers because it is super soft and squishy!! My office is now a Cat Lovers Dream, with a few pickles thrown in. I’m sure Tater will have them down and all over the house when he’s here.
What do you get when you recycle 11 plastic bottles? The Resoftables Bobo The Bunny Plush, of course! Resoftables are fantastic toys that are made using 100% household plastic waste. Not only do their toys reduce the world’s carbon footprint but they also feature the softest and cuddliest textures!
Standing at 35cm tall, Bobo the Bunny is an adorable white-coloured plush that your plush-loving child won’t be able to stop snuggling with! Inspire your child to make a conscious effort on how the littlest and cuddliest things can make the biggest difference in the environment.
- Resoftables Bobo the Bunny is a white-coloured Resoftable plush made from 11 plastic bottles.
- Resoftable toys are made from 100% household plastic waste to help reduce the carbon footprint in the environment.
This is going to be our new grandbabies first stuffy, because it is so super soft and the perfect addition to her new room!
Kodak Premium Puzzles
KODAK Premium Puzzles are designed from high quality photography. They are bright, vibrant, colorful puzzles in various designs. Pieces are fully interlocking for a satisfyingly crisp snap as you assemble the puzzle.
Kodak Premium Puzzles represent the highest quality images and puzzles available today. Mounted on sturdy European Blue Puzzle Board and printed on top of the line presses, you will see and feel the quality in every piece. Since 1988, Kodak has been known for their superior image reproduction. From the introduction of black and white film, through Kodachrome and into the digital age, Kodak understands how to make images come to life. Kodak Premium Puzzles are no exception. Each image is carefully selected from photographers and artists around the world. The subjects of the puzzles are varied and creative. The colors are bold, bright and clear. The pieces are large, sturdy and fully interlocking. The quality of Kodak is obvious in every puzzle. Experience the richer, truer colors of Kodak!
Kinetic Sand Surprise
Fat Brain Toys has an excellent selection of kinetic sand and kinetic sand toys that get hands working and creating. Kinetic sand allows the user to mold, shape, build and squeeze with it. It is made from 98 percent pure sand, but it is the two percent non-toxic polymer that allows this unique sand to stick to itself and not the user.
Kinetic sand and sand toys can be used at school and at home as well as in hospitals and physical therapy facilities. Simply fill up a container with a pile of Fat Brain Toys kinetic sand and kids and adults are ready to create. Kinetic sand really doesn’t stick to hands, making it a no-mess activity that is good for rainy and sunny days. Just like coloring, creating with kinetic sand is a fun, relaxing stress reliever for both children and adults.
5 Surprise by Zuru
5 Surprise by Zuru includes some of the following featured series.
DinoStrike Glow in the Dark
Mini Brands- Included Crystal Light, a Super Rare Shelf, A Laughing Cow Cheese, Spinach Artichoke Dip from Friday’s and a Common Hershey’s Cookie and Cream Candy Bar.
Toy Mini Brands-Mine included a Super Ball, Xshot Nerf Gun, Ren and Stimpy Figure, Robo Alive Snake and Shine Figure from Shimmer & Shine. It also came with a Collector’s Guide so I can keep track of the pieces I’ve received.
But I could see where these could be very addictive to “unwrap”. Buy your kids some 5 Surprise by Zuru today!
Fairy Unicorn Squad
What 5 surprises will you unbox? There are over 60 miniature toys and accessories to collect including rare glow in the dark and shimmery minis plus, super rare gold minis. Find minis of your favorite toys from Nickelodeon, ZURU, Rubiks, Crayola and more. Collect them all to create your own mini toy store.
This one will makes moms cringe and boys delighted! It’s essentially a grab bag “ball” and each Toilet Ninja figures stand about 2. 5 inches tall and come in a blind capsule. So you don’t know which figure you are getting until you unwrap the surprise. Brought to you by the makers of Funko!
Mine was Hunter Highlighter and thee box included 1 Glam It Girl, Brush Case, 1 Eyeshado Palette, 1 Hair Barrette, 2 in 1 Crusher + Blender and 1 Accessory. With 16 fabu-luxe Crush-It Girls to collect, you’ll be crushing on GlamCrush! DISCOVER the 3” Crush-It Girl waiting inside. CRUSH the pretend makeup to find her amazing glamcessories. GO FULL GLAM with each girl’s unique magical makeup reveal. Get ready to go big and go glam with GlamCrush!
A Card Game for People who are into bananas and explosions and flaming unicorns and sometimes fire hydrants! Play the Minions-themed version of our award-winning card game, featuring new cards, illustrations, and banana-fueled hilarity. Pick up your Exploding Minions Game today!
Beat That! The Bonkers Battle of Wacky Challenges
Beat That! The Bonkers Battle of Wacky Challenges is going directly to my sister’s house because her family LOVES games like this. She has 2 Pre-teens and 1 teenager so it will be perfect for family game night! Plus it’s for ages 9+ so it will be perfect for them! The game includes 160 CHALLENGES: Ever had the satisfaction of throwing a paper ball in the bin from across the room? Well, that feeling is what this game is all about. Bet on your skills with solo challenges, battle royales, buddy ups, and duels.
I had Care Bears growing up and they were some of my absolute favorite toys. Fast forward to our daughter’s younger years and she had a few of the “classic” ones, but didn’t love them as much as others did. But when I took my Care Bear out of the box, I knew it was meant to be! We had received Good Luck Bear (Our daughter was born on Saint Patrick’s Day so it’s a sign!)
Good Luck Bear shares his good luck with everyone. He’s loaded with luck, and good fortune follows him wherever he goes. Good Luck Bear enjoys success in almost everything he does, and he enjoys the privilege of helping others be successful. Pick up your own favorite Care Bear today!
Sensory FX ASMR Dice
This product is amazing and I wish it had been around 10ish years ago when I was in the classroom. Sometimes kids just need to fidget and the ASMR Dice is soothing for even myself as an adult. The Dice connect to the ASMR Bars giving kids even more options to fidget and self-sooth! Mine included a ball, a knob, and nubs if you will. My favorite to rub was the nubs, but when you unclick the dice blocks, even that makes noise. Get your own today for your kids as they head back to school!
Fat Brain Toy Co.
Fat Brain Toy Co sent a fun “A Lil’ Dimpl for You! It’s a keychain that has a button on it, that you can “pop”. Our grandson Tater is going to love this addition to my keychain! They have lots of toys that include dimpls on their website, I love the simple dimpl keychains and they are the perfect “fidget” spinner replacement!
Ways to Keep Kids Busy
It’s summertime; exciting right! Now that school is out, you have to think of ways to keep those youngsters out of trouble and entertained for the next two months. This year keeping the kids busy is an all-time new challenge and the I’m bored statements have already started. What are you going to do?
Here are some fun ways to keep kids entertained this summer and keep your sanity:
Search out Free Events in your City: Most cities have a number of free events such as a movie in the park day, parades, and festivals. You can usually find these free things in your local paper, at the library, or in city newsletters. Even with the Covid-19 Pandemic there are some activities being held, just check your local areas.
Take Advantage of Museum Free Days: Most museums have a free day one day of the month. If you don’t have museums in your city call around to nearby museums and ask about their free day. This is a great opportunity to get your kids out of the house and keep them learning.
Plan Science Experiments: Did you know that your kids can lose up to 2 months of knowledge over the summer? Just because school out doesn’t mean your kids can’t keep learning. Plan fun science experiments such as making flubber, an erupting volcano, a tornado, or a real snowflake. Science provides your child with vocabulary skills, measuring skills, and prediction making skills. It only takes one science activity a week to help your child retain the knowledge they learned in school.
Plan Summer Friend Days: Plan a few days out of the month when your kids can invite a friend to come over for food, games, and fun. If you have enough kids, you can go to the park for a baseball game, basketball game, or relay race. Get the kids excited and outside using all their energy.
When kids get bored, they start to get into trouble and can make any parent feel insane. Keep your kids busy this summer and keep your sanity.
Kids Backyard Activities
Get out Soap: For a slippery good time, get out the soap. Use a tarp or even your twister game and add soap and water on it for a homemade slip-n-slide. Or, actually, try to play a slippery game of twister.
Outside Toys: But my all time favorite is to grab the outside toys and head out to the yard or even the park. We have even had water fights to help cool off on those scorching hot days, but just check out everything you can get and have it on hand for a fun filled day when boredom strikes.