How And Why To Clean your Child’s Bath Toys

 

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Bath toys are full of hidden germs and they harbor bacteria and microbes that are potentially hazardous to children. So why do so many of us still use them? Well, the better question is what can we do to make them more sanitary?

The first thing you should do is plug up all of those squirty bath toys. (after they are cleaned and dried of course) You know which ones I am talking about, the ones with the holes in them that spray water all over the floor and on the mirror. They are notorious for collecting mold and other nasty  junk. How do you plug them up you ask? Easy! With a glue gun! Just stick some glue inside the hole and they are sealed.

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How do I clean Bath Toys?

Vinegar Cleaning

Just like in laundry, vinegar is a wonderful natural disinfectant and is safer than bleach. I often add vinegar to my wash load and it always comes out smelling great. Mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar with a gallon of water and let the toys soak for an hour.  You can also scrub the toys down with a scrub brush or a sponge and squeeze out the water from each toy and let them dry. If you have a lot of toys that have

Vinegar and Tea Tree Oil Cleaning

If you love essential oils, then you probably already know that tee tree oil is well-known for its powerful antiseptic properties. Make a Soapy Solution for the outer surfaces.  Combine 2 gallons of warm water, 3 tablespoons of natural liquid dish soap, 5 cups of vinegar, and 10 drops of tea-tree oil into a plastic container. Snap a lid onto the container, and shake-shake-shake to mix it well.

Bleach Cleaning

Bleach is a fantastic disinfectant but it is harsh so use it sparingly. Soak toys in 3/4 cup of bleach to one gallon of water. Let the toys soak for an hour,  and then scrub them down and squeez the water out and let them dry.  Rinse multiple times to remove all of the bleach.

Dish Washer Cycle

The dishwasher runs at high temperatures in order to destroy any bacteria, so always check the label on the toy(s) to make sure it is dishwasher safe before using this method. You can put the toys on the top  shelf, or stick them in the silverware container. If they are too small they might fall through the top shelf and into the dishwashing drum and then melt so be careful.

Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaning

Fizz Fizz Fizz. Hydrogen peroxide (3%) is non-toxic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-mold. It’s basically a miracle solution. So it is a great option for cleaning kids’ toys, including hard bath toys. They’ll fizz like crazy in a bucket of peroxide and come out clean!

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    • When all else fails and you still see mold or your bath toys feel grimy, throw them away.
  • Bath toys are easily replaceable and amazon sells cute stackable toys like these colorful open ducks from skip hop that do not have holes where mildew can grow and can also be used to rinse shampoo out of your child’s hair.

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Lego Batman Movie Days

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UPDATE: The Free Tickets were for February 17th ONLY! Sorry for any confusion.

Lego Batman Movie Days

Earth to all Batman Fans! Legoland California is inviting families out to Legoland Amusement Park February 18-19 and 25-26 for Legoland Batman Days. Guests  for a day full of Batman themed activities and meet and greets. Kids will get to meet the LEGO super hero during this celebration of the Warner Bros. Pictures’ feature film, which also includes:

  • photo opportunities with the scene-stealing star.
  • a themed scavenger hunt.
  • LEGO Batman Movie Trivia.
  • LEGO Batman-inspired LEGO build activities.
  • Guests can wear Batman Masks

Activity Schedule

LEGO® Batman Character Meet & Greets*
– 10:00am, 10:45am, 11:30am, 12:15pm, 1:00pm, 1:45pm, 2:30pm, 3:15pm, 4:00pm, 4:45pm

Life Size LEGO® Character Build
– 
10:00am – 3:00pm

Build & Test Your Own Batmobile

Mystery Mosaic LEGO® Build*
– 10:00am – 3:00pm

Miniland Scavenger Hunt*: The Villians have escaped!
– 10:00am – 5:00pm

WB Family GameSpace featuring LEGO Batman Games* – Play all your favorite action-adventure packed LEGO Batman video games with these amazing Superheroes.
– 10:00am – 5:00pm

*Event times, length of activities and dates are subject to change without notice. While supplies last.

For more information visit Legoland on Facebook and Twitter.

Home Audio/Video/Mobile Options For Families With Teenagers

This post was sponsored by Samsung as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

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Home Audio/Video/Mobile Options For Families With Teenagers

Raising a teenager is like is like nailing Jell-O to a tree. Fortunately I only have one right now, but another one will become a teenager in two more years so I am trying to balance our parenting choices between using practical decisions while understanding a typical teens self-indulgent desires.  Currently, our teenager wants ever piece of technology under the sun and while we try to monitor his usage he is very responsible and respectful and we think allowing a targeted amount of media access is reasonable and normal.

We are considering turning our living room into a more practical and useful sitting area by putting a big screen TV and sound system in place of a mirror so that he catch watch the shows he wants while his little brother and sister can watch the shows they want. We have a large age gap between all of the kids so pleasing everyone can be tricky at times.

A big screen TV and a sound system can be quite expensive, but lucky for us, tax refund season is right around the corner and we trust Samsung at Walmart to make that extra cash in our pockets go the extra mile. We currently have a Samsung TV hanging in our family room and have never had a problem with it so we are partial to the Samsung brand.

I am also thinking in the future for when he leaves for college he will need a new tablet and phone.  And with all of the latest improvements in technology, users can turn their smart phones into a TV remote so I suppose we will add that to the list. Walmart carries the following brands of Mobile Phones at amazingly low prices:

The Straight Talk Galaxy S7 G930VL LTE is a teenagers dream come true!! It’s water-resistant and it has a dual pixel camera that makes capturing low-light photos a breeze. Charging is also lightning fast and you will never have to worry about memory since there is expandable memory you can add up to 200GB. 

Set Up your Mobile Galaxy Device To Act As A TV Remote

Did you know you can use your mobile device as a TV remote? By using an application called WatchOn. Samsung WatchOn will use the IR blasters of your Samsung Galaxy device to convert it into a remote control. WatchOn gives you full control over your TV and movie-viewing experience.

Get great Samsung devices at a low price at Walmart

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Walmart has always been known as the low price leader and that stands true especially when it comes to Audio/Visual devices. Tablets are a great because they are portable and easy to use and Walmart has the Samsung Tab E 9.6” available at a low price so you can catch up on shows, check your social media and snap photos from wherever you go. This cool device has a microSD™ card that expands your tablet’s memory from 16GB to up to an additional 128GB.

The UHD TV has incredible picture and dramatic detail with UHD. It has 4K resolution which means everything you watch looks 4x
sharper than Full HD. plus it has a Slim Design
Need a sound system for your new TV? No problem, Walmart carries the HW-KM36 Samsung Sound Bar which has blue tooth and a wireless Subwoofer. You can connect wirelessly with no clutter. 
So families, this tax season make sure you head over to Walmart for all of the essential teen technology at a low price!

For more information visit Samsung and Walmart on Facebook.

Unique Ways To Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Kids

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Think outside of the candy box when it comes to your kids this Valentines Day. Do something fun with them that will create memories and leave them with fun stories to tell their friends! Here is a list of unique ways to celebrate Valentines Day with your kids.

  • Have Breakfast and Donuts in A Tent

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Who says breakfast has to be eaten at the kitchen table? Your kids will have a blast eating delicious frosted Dunkin’ Donuts inside of a tent! There are four festive varieties of Valentine’s themed donuts to choose from:

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  • Chocolate-Covered Raspberry Heart Donut – a heart-shaped donut with raspberry filling, frosted with chocolate icing and drizzled with strawberry-flavored icing.
  • Brownie Batter Crumble Heart Donut – a heart-shaped donut with brownie batter flavored buttercreme filling,  chocolate icing and sprinkled with brownie crumble.
  • Fudge Croissant Donut – Glazed croissant donut with decadent fudge filling, topped with chocolate and white icing drizzle.
  • Cupid’s Choice – a heart-shaped donut filled with Bavarian crème, topped with strawberry flavored icing and a festive mix of pink, white and red heart-shaped sprinkles.

Parents, don’t forget Coffee for you! Choose from Fudge Brownie Swirl or Vanilla Cupcake Swirl Flavored Coffee – available in hot or iced coffees, lattes and macchiatos. I have personally had the Fudge Brownie swirl and it was fantastic. To find a Dunkin’ Donuts location near you click here.

  • Go On A Valentine Nature Hike

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Kids love to explore so how about a Valentine Nature hike where you have to find unique heart shaped objects such as leaves, clouds, rocks and more! Think of it as a scavenger hunt! You and the kids will spend quality time together outside in nature and you just may find an exciting new place. Don’t forget your camera!

  • Go Whale Watching

Whale watching is a great way to combines nature, adventure and a experience a potential glimpse of the biggest mammals on Earth. Kids will love the high speed boats that take them out to sea and chances are you’ll also get the opportunity to see pods of dolphin, sea lions, birds, sharks and other marine life. Your captain will be very knowledgeable and be able to tell you all about the different kinds of whales. Don’t forget a jacket and some quality Binoculars.

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  • Take The Kids Pottery Painting

Pottery Painting is a great way to flex your creative muscle and have some fun. Most pottery places provide paints, brushes, expert assistance and anything else you need to let your inner artist out! Kids can choose from a variety of unique objects and themes and there are thousands of images you can use to design your piece any way you like. Pottery painting is a good activitiy because no matter your age or skill level, you’ll have a great time.

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What are some other fun and unique ways you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your kids?