Big Box Play – Where Childhood and Creativity Connect

 

 

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Big Box Play

Creative play is the most important way for children to learn. It’s no secret that creativity has been on the decline for quite sometime and it’s widely known that digital devices and screen time contribute to this. So when I heard about Big Box Play, this awesome new modular play structure that was customizable and similar to the forts that I used to create as a kid, I couldn’t wait to check it out!  How cool is it that each set can be configured to different shapes and sizes to fit your room?!?!

I remember as a kid dragging all of the sheets out of the closet and draping them over chairs and creating this amazing space that I loved to play in. I would bring in all of my stuffed animals, my blankets and a snack into my fort and wouldn’t come out until dinner! With Big Box Play your kids can do all of that without sheets!

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Made from the strongest and most durable cardboard on the market, Big Boxes are meant to withstand rough and tumble play and are super easy to assemble. You can choose from two different themes ….Space Shuttle or Castle. Both themes come with interchangeable covers.

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You will also be able to order a separate dry erase board that is perfect for doodling. I love that kids can use their imaginations to play and then translate that into a drawing!

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Storymakery

While we were at the Big Box Play event we also had a chance to check out an amazing store in the Irvine Spectrum called Storymakery . Storymakery is a self-publishing web application designed uniquely for children.  The experience provides children the canvas and tools to create their stories, but also to introduce them to basic elements of character and story development.  At home, children can work with family members to design a character, write a story around their character and publish their own book.  Once the book is complete, families can easily order the printed book and share their children’s book via the Storymakery library with their friends and family

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The Storymakery Factory in Irvine, California offers one-on-one creative writing support.  Children are inspired with ideas at the Imagination Forest. During an average 30 minute to one-hour visit, children will work with Stormakery’s Muse Staff to design a character, write a story, print a poster, and take home a book.

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The employees will help set your child up onto a computer where they:

Step 1: Type their story
Step 2: Choose and design their main character
Step 3: Choose and design two supporting characters
Step 4: Finish/Watch Printing of their paperback book in the back of the store.

My daughter loved her book and sat on top of a Big Box to read it after it was printed!

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Big Box Play will be launching their Kickstarter campaign on Tuesday.

Joovy Caboose Ultralight Graphite + Giveaway

 

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Choosing a stroller can be one of the most frustrating tasks a new mom has to do. Fortunately there are websites we can look at to compare strollers, but as a mom to 3 kids I have always found my favorite strollers though advice from other moms. 6 years ago, when I had a newborn and a toddler I found myself needing a bigger stroller than what I had, but not quite a double stroller since my son was already 4 years old.

Someone recommended the Joovy sit-n-stand and life as I knew it became so much simpler. I was able to take both kids to Disneyland without having to worry about a double wide stroller plus my son didn’t feel like he was stuck in a confined space.

Fast Forward 6 years later to today and Joovy now has the Caboose Ultralight Graphite.

Features Of Joovy Caboose Ultralite Graphite

  • The lightest weight, most compact, and maneuverable double stroller available
  • Allows your older child to sit and stand on the rear platform or bench seat. 22 lbs
  • 2 year warranty is 4 times longer than the Baby Trend Sit and Stand warranty and 2 times longer than the Graco Ready2Grow warranty – Satisfaction Guaranteed
  • Includes Parent Organizer and a Universal Car Seat Adapter that fits most major brands. Check the Joovy website for the most recent list
  • New rear seat canopy extension protects the rear seated child. Also compatible with the Caboose Rear Seat that adds a full size, forward facing rear seat (if your older child is still too young to stand)
  • Older children LOVE to ride on the Caboose. It makes them feel more grown up and allows them to step on and off the stroller by themselves (your back will thank you)
  • The Caboose Ultralight Graphite is easy to fold, put in the trunk and use on public transportation.

NOTE: The Caboose Ultralight Graphite is 21% lighter than the Caboose Graphite. Plus, the Ultralight version includes a Parent Organizer, larger canopy and sealed ball bearing wheels.

Other Color Choices

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If you need some holiday gifts suggestions check out our gift guide for baby boys and girls!

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Give Back With A Sydney Paige Backpack

 

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We just completed our first full week back to school and I can honestly say it was a huge success! My daughter is 5 years old but is the size of a 3 or 4 year old so I wanted to find her a backpack that wasn’t so big that it would be top-heavy on her. Fortunately, I came across some Sydney Paige back packs that are made for kids 3′-4′ tall (K-2nd/3rd Grade).

The best part of Sydney Paige back packs is that when you buy one, a matching backpack will be filled with school supplies and donated to a child in need upon purchase!! This is a no brainer for me!

We chose the Valencia back pack in Pink Camo and it was even cuter in person when in arrived. On the first day of school my daughter eagerly put it on and was so excited to walk onto campus with it. It is bright and roomy and fits her large bento lunch box perfectly.

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Here are the dimensions of the back pack:

  • 600D Polyester exterior / 210D Poly interior for quality construction
  • Padded, reinforced bottom
  • Large compartment with easy access double zipper
  • Front accessory pockets with ID holder, key fob and pockets for supplies
  • Expandable side pockets
  • Padded back and ergonomic shoulder straps
  • Accessory hooks on front zippers
  • Reflective piping on front of bag for safety
  • 11″ x 16″ x 6″

Sydney Paige also carries accessories like lunch boxes , nap blankets, pencil cases and tablet sleeves. For more information visit Sydney Paige on Facebook.

Back To School Fashions With OshKosh B’gosh

“This post is sponsored by Everywhere agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; However, all thoughts and opinions are my own”.

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Going back to school is an exciting time for both kids and parents. Moms typically welcome the break and kids are excited to see their friends. This usually means clothes shopping is in order! So where does one shop when they need cute, trendy clothes at affordable prices?  OshKosh B’gosh, of course! My daughter is 5 years old and I just discovered this store last month.

One of the first things that captured my eye when I was shopping was the store is brightly lit, and they carry lots of cheerful and colorful patterns, and solids. I also noticed that they group pieces together. (i.e. all shoes are together, skirts are all together,  shorts are together, and so on). Plus they give examples of whole put together outfits. I really like that because sometimes I never know what to pair an item with.

Mix and Match Styles

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One outfit we picked was a cute skate skirt and matching top. The great thing about OshKosh B’gosh is that you can mix and match with so many pieces. We found two more tank tops that match with the skirt as well as an adorable flower headband that pulled the entire outfit together.

Athletic Wear

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OshKosh B’gosh also carries a good variety of athletic wear. My daughter spotted some really cute floral sneakers she wanted and we ended up pairing them with some matching shorts and a t-shirt. She can wear this not only to school (perhaps the first day) but also to soccer practice or tennis!

Pretty Patterns

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Remember that cute tank top you saw on my daughter in the second group of photos? Well, it also match up with some light and flowy culotte shorts! I love that OshKosh offers a variety of elastic shorts because they tend to stay on my daughter, who is a bit on the smaller side. All of their clothes are so versatile and pretty much any pair of shoes will match.

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Here in California we have been having some serious heat waves and my daughter prefers to be comfortable, so we also picked out some cool, strappy tops and pull on elastic shorts. The neon colors are big right now and she loved how this looked. This top looks great if you put their hair up and off their shoulders.

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Mint green seems to be a popular color right now and these mint green twill shorts and matching tank top are simple, yet add a subtle pop of color with a cute bow to catch the eye.

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Skirts

Skirts a big in this girls closet because they are so easy to get on and take off. This adorable maxi skirt runs a bit large but is perfect for my little peanut. We matched it with an embellished graphic tee that will also match some other shorts we bought. That is the beauty of OshKosh B’gosh clothing. Your kids will never get bored with your clothes!

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Comfy Clothes That feel Good

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For our last outfit, we chose some leggings just incase we get some cooler weather in the fall. Oshkosh B’gosh has a variety of cute leggings and we chose these floral ones with a pink puffy sleeved shirt. They are comfy, stretchy and perfect for kindergarten!

Where Can I Find The Nearest OshKosh Store?

Use their store locater to find the nearest OshKosh B’gosh store near you.

Are there any OshKosh Coupons Available?

Yes! We have an exclusive coupon code just for you!! Save 25% off your purchase of $30 or more. So what are you waiting for? Head over to OshKosh and check out the latest in kids fashion and kids style. You won’t be disappointed!

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Tiny Love Gymini Bouncer Review

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When I was pregnant with my 3rd child, my middle son was already almost 5 years old so we did not have any baby items left over. I didn’t know if I was going to have a shower since it was my 3rd, so I frantically started researching  baby gear. Bouncy seats were at the top of my list because I remembered with my first two how much those things saved my life. What I found was the brand Tiny Love had the cutest patterns and the best reviews.

Gymini® Bouncer Under the Sea

Currently, they have a bouncy seat called “gymini under the sea” bouncer that features bright colors like blue’s, yellows, oranges, and greens. It also has a cute pattern of adorable underwater sea creatures like, turtles, seahorses and starfish.

This multi-stage bouncer with adjustable arches has the following:
  •  Semi-upright position helps babies explore their surroundings and develop their emotional intelligence from day one
  •  2 reclining positions facilitate a variety of baby activities, including playing and feeding
  •  Adjustable arches allow for various play options and make parental access that much easier
  •  Baby-activated lights and music stand-alone crab toy promotes independent play

Video of Gymini Bouncer

Age Tips

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0-2 months

During the first weeks of her life, baby’s eyesight is limited. Keep the toys close to baby and set the seat to the most reclined position with closed arches to create a comfortable, cozy environment.

 

 

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Baby can now enjoy the bouncer in full. Encourage him to explore the toys, play with the self-activated musical crab toy or cute turtle rattle.

 

 

 

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4-8 months

When just beginning to introduce solids and before baby is sitting up without support, the bouncer is an especially convenient, relaxing place to feed baby or to interact and practice some baby talk.

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Once your child has outgrown the bouncy seat, you can remove stand-alone crab toy and attach to baby stroller when going out. This will offer baby a sense of familiarity while out and about.

 

 

Stellar Reviews

Check out these awesome reviews from Target. They both gave the Tiny Love Gymini Bouncer 5 stars!

 

Tiny Love Gymini Bouncer Giveaway

 

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Where can I buy ?

The Tiny love under the sea gymini bouncer is available on Amazon, Target, and Walmart.


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