Thursday, October 23, 2014

Review - Animal Trackers Subscription Box

We just got back from our camping trip and look at the awesome surprise waiting for us when we got home! The timing was perfect because our little guy had such an amazing time on our camping trip that he refused to get out of the RV when we got home. I don't blame him. I prefer to be in denial about my vacation being over as well. 

When the little guy found out there was a cool looking box from Animal Trackers that had been delivered especially for him, he decided leave life on the road behind and re-enter civilization... for a little while. 

Little did he know this box was going to take him on a safari in the African Savannah with his guide, Bode Bear!

We tore into the box and found our very first month's delivery of the Animal Trackers Club. The Animal Trackers Club is a monthly subscription box with a different animal theme each month. It comes with a toys, crafts, activities, and educational materials all centered around a particular animal so a pre-reader or beginning reader can learn through play with hands-on activities.

The first month of the Trackers Club comes with a tin lunchbox to collect and store all the toys and goodies. The animal featured in our box was the zebra. There was a really nice toy zebra, a zebra mask, stickers, a magnet, a card game, animal footprint cards to collect in a ring, animal facts, a magic noodle craft, and more!

I really liked the quality of the zebra. We go to the zoo all the time and the rubber animals are quite expensive. I'm pretty impressed that you can get such a nice zebra toy and all of this other fun stuff for the price!

The stickers were a lot of fun, too.

All kids love stickers. I'm pretty sure that is a fact. I have never met a kid that didn't love stickers. He was actually able to re-position the stickers on the shiny cards they came with.

The card game is like memory with fronts and backs of animals. 

They gave many suggestions of different games you could play, but my little guy is not quite 3 years old, so he was happy matching fronts and backs.

And we really loved the magic noodles. We are pretty crafty and had never heard of these. Don't be mistaken, Daddy was not showing him how to do it, he was showing Daddy...

... and now we have a new craft project idea to do with our playgroup!

Then he did the worksheets with the pencil. We had never tried doing worksheets before, but he actually got really serious about it. He went and grabbed the second one we hadn't done first thing in the morning and was asking for his pencil again. This little boy is growing up fast!

And finally, the mask. The mask was hilarious.

I had to bring him into the bathroom so he could do a mirror selfie and laugh hysterically at himself.

You can purchase the Animal Trackers Club Subscription in different monthly plans and it is really a great deal! We had so much fun with this box of goodies that I am thinking that if anyone doesn't know what to get my little guy for his birthday or the holidays, I will suggest this. He would be so excited to get their package in the mail every month.

Here is the information on what you get in the first delivery and subsequent deliveries and the costs on the different plans...

For the first month your child receives:
Introduction to the Animal Trackers Club
Animal Trackers Club Safari Lunchbox
African Savanna Information Card
Cover and Ring for the Safari Animal Photo Collection
Savanna Art Project
Savanna Animal Cards Activity

First month and each month thereafter your child will receive:
Animal Information Card
Animal Play Figure
Animal Foam Mask
Animal Magnet
Safari Animal Photo Card
Learning Activity
Art Project

There are 4 plans available for purchase.
Monthly Plan $11.95 +3 shipping
3 Month Plan $36.00 +$3.00/month Shipping
6 Month Plan $70.00 +$3.00/month Shipping
12 Month Plan $135.00 +$3.00/month Shipping

For Children Ages 3+

Sign up for the Animal Trackers Club to begin your child's adventure!

* I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Giveaway - Patriot Fire Pit

There's nothing like snuggling with your family in front of a warm fire outside on a cool fall evening. You don't need a fancy built in fire pit or an unsafe, not to mention messy and probably illegal, open fire on the ground. You could get one of these beautiful outdoor fire pits to enjoy in your backyard... or you could WIN one!!!

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Holiday Contest and Sweeps has the pleasure to bring you all a great a great giveaway from Ohio Flame for one if it's Patriot Fire Pits. There is nothing like setting next to a crackling fire in your back yard or camp to relax with family or friends.

"The Patriot” American Fire Pit by Ohio Flame combines sleek and modern styling with tough American quality and durability. With no parts to break or wear out over time, this Fire Pit is built to last a lifetime. “The Patriot” is crafted from thick carbon American steel that is sourced from local steel mills. No maintenance is required for this Fire Pit, as it’s designed to withstand the elements year-round. “The Patriot” features a substantial Rain Drain to allow for water drainage. The “Natural Steel Finish” will develop a natural iron oxide patina and gradually darken over time. This Fire Pit is 100% American Made and is crafted by a local artisan. “The Patriot” is backed by Ohio Flame’s Lifetime Warranty, guaranteeing that the Fire Pit will last a lifetime.

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Review - Educational Insights Design and Drill Socket to Me Set

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This week, world's luckiest little kid got to try out another new toy! He is always trying to get his hands on his daddy's tools, so he was quite enthusiastic when he got his little handyman hands on the  Educational Insights Design and Drill Socket to Me set.

This is very similar to Design and Drill Set we reviewed last week. In fact, the bolts are the same, just different colors. The difference with the Socket to Me set is that you are learning to use a realistic ratchet to get your project done.

The Socket to Me set comes with 4 activity boards in a rocket, boat, robot, and race car shape and 30 bolts in multi-colors. The ratchet actually works just like a real ratchet, which can go in both forward and reverse and makes actual ratchet sounds.

The activity boards give just enough resistance to require the torque of the ratchet to screw the bolts into place. It really doesn't get much more authentic than that.

My son is almost 3 years old and this toy is meant for kids ages 3 and up so I was a little concerned that it would be tricky for him at first. To be completely honest, using a ratchet is tricky for me. I had to take a few seconds to try and remember how to use one so I could look like I knew what I was doing when I taught him. Then I asked Daddy to do it.

The important concept to understand when using the ratchet tool, just like a real one, is that you have to hand tighten the bolt to begin. You begin using the ratchet once it becomes difficult to move by hand. You also have to hold the activity board in place with one hand and use the tool with the other, making sure it is ratcheting in the right direction.

It wasn't too difficult to explain this to my son, but it took a little getting used to. You know it's working once you hear the sound.

My little handyman got the hang of it pretty quickly and impressed me with his new skill. There are real jobs for people that master this type of work, so there is plenty of hope for this kid. Even if he goes white collar, a man who has no clue how to use a ratchet, no matter how much money he makes, gets a big eye roll from me. I'm a proud Momma.

This kid had a lot of fun filling in the in the activity boards and was quite content with himself, as well. This set is a lot of fun and occupied his creative and constructive little mind for a good chunk of time. Just like the other Design and Drill set, he wanted some help taking the bolts out when he was done. I'm sure he will easily whip them out himself when he gets a little older.

This would make a great gift. Any little kid will learn a skill which guarantees that later in life, he or she will at the very least, know what a ratchet is used for, and quite possibly justify the need for one of those 100 piece metric and standard sets they have at Sears, even if it is just to look cool.

For now, it is a much better deal to pick up the Educational Insights Design and Drill Socket to Me on Amazon and let the little one decide for himself what he wants to do in life.

* I received the Design & Drill Socket to Me set in order to facilitate this review. However, all thoughts, opinions, and future handyman are my own.

Giveaway - Colorado Road Trip Week 2 with Gordmans and Applebees Gift Cards and Downtown Denver Aquarium Tickerts

We are joining up with BLENDINGFAMILYS to share their awesome Colorado Road Trip reviews and giveaways. We love road trips, and most of all, we love giveaways! This week, they visited the Downtown Denver Aquarium, Gordman's department store, and Applebees and you can win prizes from all three!

The Road Trip to Colorado Event continues to Week 2! Thank you to All the Wonderful Sponsors and Bloggers that have joined the event! Check out all of the great reviews and giveaways on BLENDINGFAMILYS. Here are just a few of the great places we enjoyed along the way!

Read the Full Gordmans Review Here

Win a $50 Gordman's Gift Card!

Giveaway is open to the U.S. and ends 11/10
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Win 2 Tickets to the Downtowm Denver Aquarium!

You must be able to come pick up the tickets in person.  Open to the U.S. Ends 11/10

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Enter to win a $50 Applebees Gift card. 

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Giveaway - Mommy LOVES Money $100 Amazon Gift Card

Welcome to our #MommyLovesMoney $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

This giveaway is hosted by: Mommy on the Money


Would you LOVE to win money? We certainly would! To us, Amazon Gift Cards are just like money We love to receive them and we love to give them away!

Right now, we are giving away a $100 Amazon Gift Card! 

You can enter on the Rafflecopter form below. The more entries you do, the better your odds of winning are. Do whatever you like with it if you win!

Come back and enter daily with comments and secret words.
Giveaway ends on 11/4 11:59 PM Pacific Time

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Giveaway - Winner's Choice Debest Baby Outfit

Wouldn't it be nice if ALL clothing was all natural and toxin free? Not just for our bodies, but for the plantet, too. Well this giveaway is for a lovely all natural baby outfit of choice. 

Debest Baby Clothing Giveaway
Hosted by: mama pure
Sponsored by: Debest

Debest garments are made with natural cotton so it is free of bleach and harmful dyes that are bad for the environment making them totally safe for baby's skin. It is also much softer than cotton that has been bleached white since the fibers are undisturbed. They run in sizes 3-12months but are a tad on the large side.

Read the full review of the "Ruffles In Bloom" Two-Piece Set pictured below (with the pink) by mama pure. Debest offers a selection of short and long sleeved bodysuits, sleepers, two-piece sets, and blankets. Their pricing ranges from $12 to $36 (based on current stock).

If looking for high quality, natural & eco-friendly baby clothing then be sure to check out Debest! Debest is generously giving away an outfit of the winner's choice (up to $36 ARV). This giveaway will run from 10/22 at 12am EST through 11/4 at 11:59pm EST. It is open to United States & Canadian residents. Void where prohibited. Please use the rafflecopter below to enter.

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Also, WIN $500 - Create an Amazon Baby Registry, get an extra 10 - 15% off and be eligible to WIN $500 in a weekly drawing!

Giveaway - $150 Gift Card


Here's another great giveaway sponsored by for $150 Gift Card to spend however you wish! I'm pretty sure anyone can find something they would like in the is store for themselves OR a gift!

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One lucky reader is going to win a $150 gift card to be used to purchase the prize(s) of their choice on the BuyDig website. This giveaway is open to residents in the United States, ages 18+. Giveaway ends November 3, 2014 at 11:59pm. EST. Void where prohibited by law. Winner will be chosen randomly from all eligible entries and will be contacted via email. If winner does not reply within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen. is responsible for prize fulfillment! To enter, follow the necessary steps within the entry form below. ~~ REMINDER: all tweets and Facebook posts must be spread out at least ONE HOUR (60 minutes) apart or they will not count as valid entries. See our blog Giveaway Rules for more info! ~~


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