5 Classic Toys That Will Take You back To Childhood

This post contains affiliate links for classic toys from the 80’s-2000’s, by which I receive a small compensation, but will not affect price in any way.

Remember your favorite classic toys?

One of the perks of being a parent, is being able to show your kids the classic toys you once loved. While our son is still kinda young for some of these, we are still excited for the day he can play! This is a roundup of a few classic toys, that you might remember from childhood…

Classic Nintendo

 


Remember Super Mario Bros, Donkey Kong, and The Legend of Zelda? Well now, you can get those, and 27 other pre-installed in this throwback of early video gaming. This Classic Nintendo comes with a standard HDMI cable, so it plugs right in, ready to go! You can flex your old school gamer skills against the kids, without their fancy controllers and headsets. It’s 8bit heaven that’ll make you feel young again! And the kids will like it too! Although they’ll totally miss out on the annoying dust inside the cartridge, and won’t need to “blow” inside to get it to work again.

Boggle!

 

Yes, you can still get this awesome board game, sure to bring back those slumber-party, and family game night memories! In case you don’t remember, it’s the fun word game that requires you to find as many words as possible, in 3 minutes. Great engagement for kids, and you can show off your word skills, since you’ve played this since you were,like, eight…

Super Soakers

 


Every kid had one of these growing up, in some shape or form. You either had small pistols, medium sized soakers, or double barrels that out out a gallon a piece. If you were really cool, you had a keychain ūüėČ Well now, these water guns are better than ever, and perfect to get kids outside during the summer! Plus, it’s a rule that parents get the biggest of them all.

Furby

Yes, every kid in the 90’s-2000’s had a Furby. The craze has died a little, but kids still love them-and they’ve become a lot neater than the earlier versions we had! And you might be able to find you old one in your parent’s attic…

Hot Wheels


These little cars will never die out-kids love them! And there’s millions to choose from. No matter what your favorite style, model, or color; there’s a Hot Wheels for it. The Criss Cross track was one every kid had to have (or, if you were a girl, you played with your Brother’s). Still an awesome toy, and one they will def need help putting together by Mom & Dad.

 

What’s some of your favorite classic toys growing up, that you can still find today?Classic Toys Your Kids Will Love from the 80's, 90's, & 2000's

How To Raise Great Kids Book Review

 

 

This is a sponsored review of a book I received for free, and decided to share with my readers by doing a review. All opinions are 100% mine, and not swayed in any way! This post does contain affiliate links, by which I receive a very small percentage of sales, but does not affect price in any way for a buyer.

Everyone has a different parenting style…

And when you’re a new parent, it’s sometimes hard to come up with stuff! That’s one reason I was intrigued, and welcomed the opportunity to check out, “How To Raise Great Kids; 101 Fun & easy Ideas” by Jim Gromer. Our son is only 17 months at this time, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t mentally preparing for the years to come!

A review of the book, "How To Raise Great Kids, 101 Fun & Easy Ideas"

Engaging your child…

This book is full of ideas on engaging conversation, and learning experiences. Now while everyone may have a different approach to certain subjects, such as “learning colors,” or “picky eaters”, but I found Jim’s suggestions to be refreshing, and sensical. There’s so much information floating around out there, on the topic of “How to Parent.” It doesn’t actually hurt to read what others suggest.

This book has a lot of great suggestions for making most learning experiences a game. Songs for hand washing, how to leave appropriate voicemails, the suggestions are awesome for teaching on their level (per appropriate age for the lesson).

How To Raise Great Kids isn’t just about games, but gives some insight on tackling real life situations, like bullying and finances. Again, we all have different viewpoints on these. But it doesn’t ever hurt to see how a fellow parent is doing things. And honestly, when it comes to temper tantrums, most parents need all the help they can get!

 

A level of honesty…

What i really enjoyed most about this read, was the level of honesty within the book. How To Raise Great Kids was written by a father of 4, and I feel the author really has some truth behind his recommendations. Some of these tactics, I really can’t wait to try with my son with the time comes.

There’s also awesome tips for parents themselves, for their health and well-being. Because you must take care of yourself. Or¬†how can you take care of your children?

Available on Amazon

You can get a copy of this great book on Amazon, available on Prime (which is awesome!) and see for yourself! I really enjoyed reading it, and gaining some perspective on how this Dad approached certain subjects, like Internet usage and “bad language.”


Also, be sure to check out the official Facebook page for this book, as well as Jim Gromer’s website!

And of course, a very special thank you to Jim for giving me this book, that I know I will be re-reading often when I need to come up with ways to handle special circumstances!

"How To Raise Great Kids, 101 Fun & Easy Ideas" Book Review!

KidloLand App Review & Giveaway

This review is in exchange for a free app paid for by the app company. The opinions expressed are¬†entirely¬†my own and aren’t swayed by the compensation of the free app.

Sometimes, when you need to distract your little one in any way possible, you have to turn to your phone.

I’m not one to leave any electronic devices with my 15 month old. For one, screen time isn’t good for them at such a young age. Two, I don’t need him downloading more seasons of Grey’s Anatomy on my Google Play account (it’s on Netflix!) or sending random selfies of his nostrils to anyone. And then lastly, do you know how expensive a good smartphone is? He already got away with dropping my Samsung on concrete, let’s not push our luck with anything more than a small scratch in the corner of the glass.

But for those moments, like waiting at the Doctor’s office, where he needs to be quietly distracted, it can be a lifesaver. So for the few apps that I do have for him, when I don’t feel like burning data on Youtube, I make sure they are at least educational. Then I don’t have to feel too bad about letting my toddler play with my phone.

When KidloLand reached out to have me review their new app, I thought it would be a good experience for the both of us. Bruce has a new app to play with for a few minutes at a time, and I can listen to different nursery songs that I haven’t heard renditions of before.


The app is more than just nursery rhymes. There’s songs and games about numbers, the alphabet, colors, shapes, animals, dinosaurs, and a LOT more! And the songs do have the lyrics across the screen. Which I know, doesn’t do much for him now. But it’s early steps towards recognizing his letters, and then much later down the road, reading.

The app is incredibly interactive as well. Granted, his swiping and tapping skills aren’t very good yet (he mostly chews on the edges of the phone and drools if the content has him bored) so he needs Mommy’s help. I oblige, because again – I don’t want 100 selfies of his eyeball – but within each song and game, there’s actually so much you can click on, even I wasn’t entirely bored with it.

For example; “Old MacDonald” is set on a farm (Duh) and the scene opens with the barn itself. You click different areas of the barn to open scenes, with dancing and singing animals, who each do their own cute and quirky thing when also clicked. Each song had different interactive features that kept Bruce locked in. And if something isn’t entirely interesting to him, he’s immediately bored and moves on to other means of destruction, like hiding the coffee table coasters. What’s awesome is that Old Macdonald has other entrepreneurial endeavors, like a Zoo & Aquarium, so we don’t too easily get burned out on the same, familiar rhymes.

If I allowed him, he’d probably spend all day with my phone playing with this app. Since I don’t let him use it but for a few minutes at a time, there’s so many songs that he couldn’t possibly get bored of them all. So I believe this is something we will end up using for years (which when it is time to learn reading, the phonics portion of the app will be really handy!).

Best things about this app? No data or wifi needed once you’ve downloaded the songs you want, and no ads! None!

There’s over 300 stories, rhymes and songs, and more than 200 games and activities. So trust me, with all the different renditions of your favorite songs, plus original content, you won’t get bored either. ¬†With a subscription, you are able to receive new content as it’s updated to the app. There’s two subscription options: Monthly or Yearly. But if you aren’t ready to just dive in with a subscription, there’s a free trial (but not all songs and games are accessible.)

You can downloads the app via iOS here, or on Google Play Store and Amazon.

Now for the fun part…

KidloLand is allowing us to do our first International Giveaway! There are 3 opportunities to win a free three-month subscription! So yes, even if you aren’t in the USA, you have the opportunity to try this great app out!

Enter below: Entries will be collected and a winner randomly picked via RaffleCopter. Bookmark this page, as it will end in two weeks! May the odds ever be in your favor!


Have you tried the KidloLand App? Let me know below!

 

Ready For Another Kid?

I honestly hate when people ask me this.

My son is only 13 months old. He’s our first, and we wouldn’t trade him for anything in the world. But at this point in time, am I ready to have another child?

And I ready to go through another nine months of pregnancy with all the marvelous bells and whistles that come attached to creating another human being? Morning sickness, odd cravings like pepperoni wrapped in sour gummy worms (don’t knock it til you’ve tried it), heartburn that could make even the biggest, meanest trucker cry….

And then a newborn while my first is still in diapers? Most likely tandem feeding as well. And Bruce already squirms and kicks, performing “gymnurstics”…and I ready to break up sibling booby fights?

The answer is no. Very simply, no.

The thought of two babies in diapers simultaneously, terrifies me. If you’ve ever fought the poop-explosions, then you know why I have this legitimate fear. So then when would be a good time to have another one?

It seems like in the last two months, I’m asked this question more often. Maybe once you hit the first child’s first birthday, you’re due to have another one? I don’t know. But I do know that I’m not quite ready to begin the newborn stage a second time, just yet. I find it rather humorous that I’m asked that alot. As if the person is secretly hoping I’ll actually pause to think about it and say, “You know, I never thought about it! Thank you for bringing it up! I think I will start on that immediately! Of course I want another baby! But first, I need to get this one off the coffee table he just learned to climb on top of…”

I’m still enjoying my first child as somewhat a baby. He’s still very young. Very cute. Very much still a baby, even as we progress into the toddler stage.

And the farther we get away from those cluster feedings, crying fits, and completely sleepless nights; the less I miss those trying times. Sure, I miss my little guy being so tiny and new. But I love how much more interactive and responsive he is now! I fondly remember my husband holding him at a week old, questioning me about how long he would have to wait before Bruce began laughing and playing with him. Now, he is able to giggle, and play with toys, and have conversations. Granted, it’s baby babble with few words, but it’s still (for my husband’s benefit) better than a blank stare and confused eyes.

Maybe one day, when he’s a lot older, and I have baby blues, we will want another little one crawling around. But for now, we can let Bruce be the only one. And he’s going to be a baby for a while longer.

I enjoy getting him to bed at a decent enough hour (even if he doesn’t stay). I’m enjoying him being able to entertain himself for a few minutes so I can get things done. I’m not ready to begin all over with another in tow. I don’t know when I will be. I just know it’s not right now.

It seems like I usually get this question when Bruce is throwing a tantrum or being especially fussy. Then I wonder if it’s a secret joke that parents of more than one child share with each other. Like a bet made amongst themselves that I’d never be willing to pull it off again, if I even have by now. And that’s a pretty sad thought. Having a baby is hard. And raising a baby is hard. And while we can make jokes about getting (sometimes slightly) painful/permanent things done like tattoos, plastic surgery, or (gulp) marriage, and say “Oh, I bet she’ll never do that again!”…having kids shouldn’t be one of those kinds of jokes.

The size of my family only matters to me, no one else. And the opinions of others aren’t going to make me drag my husband into the bedroom to make another one (although he’d probably like some of that plan). Your role as a parent isn’t defined by how many children you have.¬†And you’re allowed to take as much time as needed in between making them…or not.

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Too Many Irons In The Fire

I don’t know who, if anyone has noticed, but I have been very quiet on the blog lately.

As it sometimes does, Life has a way of derailing things; goals, plans, and opportunities. Here, it’s really just been taking my attention away from writing and putting it elsewhere. But, when you take a break from certain things, that’s when your creative juices have time to start flowing, and ideas form.

Ideas, I’ve plenty. Time, however, is another issue.

Our little boy keeps us very busy. Play dates, family visits, and adventurous outings, keep us going a lot. So when we do have a quiet day at home, it’s cherished. My husband has new career opportunities he’s pursuing, and with them come the anxiety of moving to a new city. So between keeping the 13th month old busy, spending what time I can with my husband, and running a household in “on stand by to stand by” mode, at the end of the day; I’m exhausted. All I want to do is veg out, watch trash tv on my tablet, and procrastinate about finishing those four other articles I’m supposed to be writing.

It’s important to not allow yourself to be “spread too thin.” Even more so as a parent, and a partner. I hate not being able to commit to things as much as everyone wants, but sometimes, that’s just the way she goes.

First, I’m a parent. That’s a given. Secondly, I’m a wife. And my marriage requires a certain amount of upkeep that demands attention. My friends, hobbies, passions, and Bachelor reruns come last, if at all. If I’m really lucky, I’ll do my nails while I’m watching Bachelor. I’m usually not that lucky,

So it’s pretty safe to say, I sometimes forget to call that friend back for a nice phone conversation. I may cancel plans for lunch, and I may totally space out booking another get together. But I know what happens when I try to take everything on.

I become too absorbed in trying to accomplish it all, and then frustrated when things don’t work out exactly according to plan. In the end, nothing gets done and I feel even worse, as if the day was wasted.

It’s much easier for everyone, but mostly me, if I delegate responsibilities as I can, and even decline offers when I know I probably should. Even if this means not touching my computer for nearly a month to finish a blog post. It’ll always be there. But some things, like my family, are more important.

In the time it’s taken me to write this, Bruce has gotten up three times and decided he was NOT going to be sleeping in his crib, and has succumbed to sleep on the couch next to me. I’m afraid to move him, and since sleep is so important, I will be snuggling him here. I’ll at least get a trash tv buddy.

It’s too easy to let life overwhelm you when you have so much on your plate. You have to just, as hard as it is, relax a little and think about what’s more important: When you find yourself just carrying the baby all the way upstairs to only get half-way down before they realize you’ve abandoned them to their own bed, and you don’t want to continue this routine five more times that night; then don’t. I believe it’s ultimately more important that you and your kid both have rest, and sanity. If you can let them camp out with you in your bed (or couch), and you both get rest, then do that. It’s not worth stressing over.

Because let’s say I continued the song and dance-we will go back and forth all night, until he catches a second wind and then can’t go back to sleep. We will both get up tomorrow cranky. I have a cocktail party on Saturday I have to prepare for, which means cleaning/organizing the house, and a shopping trip to the grocery store planned around naps my son will now, not be taking because he’s cranky. I’ll forget to call my guest list because I’ll be rushed. I’ll snap at my husband for putting grease and oil stained clothes from his car project, on the newly mopped laundry room floor. He won’t help Saturday when I really need Bruce entertained as I cut up cheese, because I yelled at him. Bruce, who was cranky the day before and will most likely have fought good sleep again throughout that night, will become the top contender for the ‘Clingy Baby Award’ and during my hundredth attempt to placate him with a toy;I’ll remember that I never called my guest list, and wonder why I ever bother to agree to hosting cocktail parties.

It seems like I can avoid a lot of that stress by just not worrying about the upcoming tasks at hand, or even how early I must be up in the morning. And just snuggle this spoiled ¬†little Goober on the couch, watch tv until I know he’s passed out enough to put in his crib, and try to slowly take each minute of the day as easily as possible. If I get something done, great. If not, then the oil and dirt streaks on the floor will make a great conversation piece during my cocktail party, that my husband will actually attend because he won’t be pouty. That’s if anyone shows up, because I’m not going to worry about calling them. That’s what facebook invites are for.

It’s not good for anyone to have too many irons in the fire. So I’m only going to pick out the hottest to deal with.

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