The Protein Bar that doesn’t taste Vile!

I have always struggled with protein bars! I want one, I buy one (sometimes based on the image from the wrapper), I open it and it tastes VILE. I then get annoyed because I just spent anywhere from $5-$7 and have to throw it out. I know there are a lot of people out there that agree!!!

I was leaving an event last week and I was asked if I wanted to try a sample of a bar, I was just about to workout so I kindly declined (to be honest I was kind of nervous sampling a bar in front of them considering my track record with bars and having to lie to their face that it tasted good when it didn’t) and he offered me a bar for after my workout.

Post workout, I was starving and decided to try one taking the tiniest of bites for fear of wanting to spit it out. For the first time EVER I actually really liked it and finished one of the two bars that comes in the pack. I should note that I gave my trainer one and she immediately called me to tell me she loved them and wanted to get more!!!!

I called the co-founder who was at the event that day and told him how much we loved them and that I 100% back the bars and want to get the word out because they are just that good. So now let me tell you about the bars:

  • these one’s contain NO NUTS (they are not 100% nut free because they have nuts in their facility, but there are no physical nuts in the bars which is rare to find)
  • the ingredients are all natural and words you can actually pronounce
  • they are vegan, high protein, high fiber and low in sugar
  • they are made in Canada
  • ingredients include: organic real chocolate (cocao powder, cocoa butter), yacon syrup, pumpkin seeds, dates, hemp protein powder, sacha inchi protein powder, coconut sugar, maca powder, raw vanilla bean powder and pink salt … that’s it!

So two things I want to note: First, these must be kept refrigerated (not a big deal), I put mine in my purse while I am working out and then I eat a square when I am done. Second, don’t be scared off by the fat content (11g of fat in a square). It’s all healthy fats and if there wasn’t any fat then it wouldn’t fill you up. I did ask if this could be used as a meal supplement and they don’t recommend that, but they are definitely good for when you are hungry and want to snack on literally everything in your house (like I do), just eat one square and you will feel satisfied (it’s true). This is precisely why I have tons of these bars stocked in my fridge.

They are so sure you are going to love it, that they are offering a sample pack on their website for $3.79 with NO SHIPPING!!!

Where to Buy: Summerhill Market, Ambrosia, Qi (though I just bought their last few – I told them to order more ASAP) and on their website Mid-Day Squares.
Price: $4 a pack (2 squares in each pack)

Thanks to our amazing friends at Mid-Day Squares, they are giving away 1 box with 12 packs of Fudge Ya bars. The contest is open to Canadian residents only. Here’s how to enter:

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Happy Snacking

T. xo

Introducing Playmobil’s New Spring Theme Playsets! #Giveaway

You know what they say … big box, lots of pieces 😉

O.k so by “they” I really mean “I” because that’s what goes through my head when my mini picks up a toy that comes in a large box. That being said, I oddly enough don’t mind it because for 1. I find it calming putting toys together (I find it hugely rewarding) and 2. I try to work with my mini to put it together … call it bonding time (or at the very least, off devices time).

We were gifted the opportunity to choose one of MANY new Playmobil theme play sets and since I have always been a fan of their products, we gladly accepted and I had my mini pick out the one that he wanted (it was a tough decision for him … actually! It’s tough being a kid). The new releases included options from The Pet Hotels line, The Mars Mission line, The Shopping line and The Tactical Police Unit line.

When the package arrived, he was blown away by the sheer size of it and when we opened the box up, I was blown away by all the pieces. Let’s be honest here, I actually find putting together toys with lots of parts kind of relaxing in some weird way, so I was pretty excited.

Don’t panic, it was actually REALLY easy to put together despite all the little pieces. The step-by-step guide walks you through building the Pet Hotel and in fact it didn’t take very long to put together. This is probably the first time that my mini actually sat down with me (for probably 15 minutes … hey I will take it) and helped put some of the hotel together and if he can do it, anyone can do it.

All Playmobil play sets lend themselves well to the imagination. With moving parts like doors and windows that open/close, a moving wheelbarrow and a seesaw that goes up and down, my mini spent most of the morning by himself playing with The Pet Hotel. One recommendation I have for all you parents: get a baggy or box and when the kids are done playing, put the little animals and accessories in there so they don’t get lost.

For the quality of the set and the endless hours of fun using only your imagination, this is definitely worth it’s price tag of $85. The set includes: 8 dogs, 3 figures, 2 birds, 2 dog houses, bench, seesaw, wheelbarrow, dog food, bird seed and many other playful accessories. Where to Buy: Toys R Us

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A huge thank you to our wonderful friends at Playmobil they are giving away one of these AMAZING Tiny Pet Hotels to one lucky reader. The contest is open to residents of Canada ONLY. Here’s how to enter:

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Happy Playing
T.
xo

The Latest in Drink and Snack-ware!

Hello my name is Terri and I am a coffee addict!

Yup, I am that person who can not start my day without a cup of coffee and if I don’t have it, I get the dreaded “no coffee” headache. So basically, what I take this from this is that I can not leave my house without a coffee in my hand and for that reason I have a wide collection of coffee cups.

Here are my issues with most of the coffee cups I own: some don’t fit into my cup holder in car, some are not dishwasher safe (which I actually find highly annoying, let’s be honest) and the absolute worst are the cups of mine that LEAK!!!!!!!!!!

So here is the latest in drink-ware: I was sent two new coffee cups to try (it’s like they knew I had duds for coffee cups) and they seem pretty good so far!

The first one is called Kafe in the Box and is exactly as the name states … coffee in a box. At first glance, I was confused by the shape, but after testing it out, I quite liked the shape. The body is not too wide so it fits into your hand nicely (I have small hands too). The inside cup is made with BPA/BPS free Tritan (tritan is a higher quality plastic for those that don’t know what it is) which normally I wouldn’t go for, however this cup has a double wall which keeps hot hot and cold cold and doesn’t burn or freeze your hands. It has a silicone stripe around the lid in order to hold the lid nicely in place and the part that you drink from has a slight spout so your mouth fits over it nicely. Best of all, for all you straw drinkers (I now am the proud owner of a metal straw), the opening is the perfect size to fit a straw! Oh ya and did I mention, it fits PERFECTLY under my Keurig which is soooo rare to find these days AND is dishwasher safe??!! WINNING

Kafe in the Box

Where to Buy: Amazon.ca
Price: $17.99

Next up is the Multi-Flask which is your all-in-one beverage system therefore reducing the amount of clutter (I have a lot of that since I have tons of water bottles and tons of coffee cups). Now, I have to tell you that I am not a flavoured water fan so I did not try out the water portion of the bottle, but I quite like the idea of it because you can put fresh fruit into the infuser (also made with Tritan). I did however put the coffee tumbler to the ultimate test by pouring coffee in at 8:00am and left it for a few hours. I was pleasantly surprised that by 11:00am the coffee was still VERY warm. Here is the one draw back, it is quite large so it wouldn’t fit under my Keurig, but I did tilt it and held it underneath where the coffee drip’s out (thankfully it brews quite quickly). It has a outer powder coating on it which I quite like the feel of and it doesn’t leak (I threw it into my purse on the way to my workout – bold move I know). For all you loose leaf tea drinkers, this tumbler comes with a tea basket which you screw to the under portion of the lid and there is a screen built into the lid that stops the loose leaves from getting into your mouth. Now this one you have to hand wash, but considering all it’s functions, it’s not a deal breaker for me!

Multi-Flask

Where to Buy: Amazon.ca
Price: $59.99

Alright, now onto the kids products … these one’s you don’t want to miss … why??? because they are both AWESOME and you’re going to want them!

First is the Drink in a Box which is officially my favorite sippy cup yet (yes my 5 year old still drinks from sippy cups … if it doesn’t have a lid, it spills). It’s cute, it’s easy to open, it comes in great colours (pink, blue, green, purple, clear and orange) and most importantly … it doesn’t leak!!! The minute I pulled it out of the box, my mini grabbed it and asked me if he could bring it to school everyday (and it’s pink which I love). Guess I will be buying more!!!

Drink in the Box

Where to Buy: Amazon.ca
Price: $14.99

Say goodbye to baggies with this next product! Snack in the Box is what every parent needs in their house. At any given time, I have at least two or three bags of snacks floating around in my purse or car which tends to open and get everywhere or the snack ends up getting crushed and has to be thrown out (grrrr). 1 product, 2 x 6oz sides that have easy open lids (for the little fingers), comes in great colours (purple, pink, blue, green, clear and orange), easy to pour and keeps others dirty little paws off the snacks. Fill it, close it, shove it in your purse and go! Oh ya, did I mention it’s dishwasher safe?!

Snack in the Box

Where to buy: Amazon.ca
Price: $14.99

T.
xo

Help Keep Your House Clean with the New Bissell Crosswave

Bissell Crosswave

Mom’s and Dad’s this one is for you and I am going to blow your mind right now!!! What if I told you there was a new vacuum on the market that could mop your floors while at the same time picking up the schmutz (Yiddish for dirt) at the same time???

Bissell reached out to me before the Holidays to introduce me to their new Crosswave Wet and Dry Multi-Surface Cleaner and offered me to test it. I figured, what-the-hell, I am constantly sweeping my floors why not give it a shot. Now I have to tell you, this is no ordinary vacuum product, this is the creme-de-la-creme.

First, let me tell you it does not come assembled. That being said, it is so easy to set up. It took about 5 minutes to put together with reading the directions. Next, it comes with a sample bottle of the cleaning solution which you pour into the vacuum bottle (this is fool proof because it shows you with markings how much water to put in and how much of the liquid solution you put in). Last, plug it in and away you go.

So a few things I want to note: as you saw above, you need to plug it in. I mean, it’s definitely not the end of the world considering I have plugs EVERYWHERE in my house, but I know there is a preference for wireless. The silver lining, you don’t have to worry about a dead battery 🙂 The second thing I wanted to note was that it is not very light. Not that you are lifting it, but for those who hang their vacuum’s in a broom closet, this is not going to be one of those. The silver lining, I don’t second guess the quality of the product.

Now that is out of the way, I quite liked cleaning with the Crosswave.

What I liked about the Bissell Crosswave

  • There is a trigger to use when you want to use the wet portion and there are two buttons on the top to put the vacuum on carpet cleaning mode or hardwood floor mode
  • The head of the vacuum maneuvers quite nicely with it’s swivel steering
  • I put it to the test with rice that was all over my floor and normally vacuums can’t pick it up, but with the wet wash, we had no problems
  • It keeps dirty water separate from the clean water with it’s two tank system
  • Spilt milk? No problem!!!!
  • You can purchase it direct on their website and FREE shipping
  • It has a hook on the back for easy cord storage

Bissell Crosswave

Price: $275
Where to Buy: Costco, Bissell, Amazon

Happy Cleaning
T.
xo

Holiday Gifts for Mom and Dad #GIVEAWAY

 

Well we can’t forget about us, we like gifts too!

We spend so much time looking for gifts for our kids that sometimes we forget about ourselves or our partners until last minute and then scramble. So for the first time on my blog, here are some great gifts that are great for the adults:

Casper Pillow
What is better than giving the gift of sleep!!
The minute you have children you can say goodbye to those pre-children deep, undisturbed sleeps and sleeping in … what’s that? That’s why I think it’s so important to have the most comfortable bed possible because the minute I get my kids to sleep, I literally fantasize about getting into my bed (my how things have changed 😉 ). We all have different views as to what is comfortable when it comes to pillows and sheets (which is why I was sort of worried about testing out a new pillow), but I have to tell you, this pillow is heaven to me! I can only describe it as a good combination of plush where you sort of sink into it but somehow still a little firm which is good because I worry about my neck hurting (I have been using it for months now!). Best part of all: it was delivered right to my door!!! If you don’t like it, return it. They have a money back guarantee!!! PS the packaging is pretty awesome too

Where to Buy: Casper $85 for a standard pillow, $100 for a king pillow
psst: they offer free shipping 😉

Casper Pillow

Art by Erin Rothstein
I have lived in my house for almost 5.5 years and I only have 2 paintings up on the walls … why? They are so damn  expensive!!!! It wasn’t until I was scouring Instagram and came across THE BEST image of all, an Air Jordan 1 shoe in the classic Red/White/Black (if you know me, you know I am OBSESSED with shoes especially Jordan’s). I reached out to the artist to inquire about it and I was blown away when she told me she painted it, it wasn’t a photograph. Erin is a local Toronto artist and her prints are extremely reasonable and adds so much life to a room. She is truly talented!
Side Note: I was NOT gifted this product

Where to Buy:

Where to Buy: Erin’s Website
Pricing:

The kiss (or anything square) comes in the following sizes:

24″ x 24″ – $400 + HST
16″ x 16″ – $300 + HST
12″ x 12″ – $200 + HST

The avocado (or anything rectangular) comes in the following sizes:

24″ x 30″ – $500 + HST
16″ x 20″ – $350 + HST
12″ x 16″ – $250 + HST

Amped & Co Neon Lights
I absolutely LOVE these lights and they make such a great unique gift! These neon Amped & Co lights are a great addition to any room. They can be used as an accessory on your shelves, for an office, mood light in a room or even a night light in a child’s room (I have ours in my son’s room). They come in fun shapes like a peace sign (which I have), lips, flamingo, cactus, unicorn, pineapple and many many more. this one is sure to be a hit.

Side Note: I was NOT gifted this product

Where to Buy: I got mine at Elte Market, however Amped & Co also has an great selection
Price: $80

Amped and Co Neon Lights

Bogs Footwear
With winter upon us, who wouldn’t want a new pair of warm, comfortable, trendy boots! I have owned the same pair of winter boots for the last 6 years and was ready for a new pair, however I didn’t want to spend without knowing whether the boots truly were warm. I have always known the Bogs brand as I have bought so many pairs for my kids, but I never really thought of them for myself until I had the opportunity to test them out!! First off, let me tell you something: I spent an October day outside on a farm wearing them and not once did my toes feel cold. I got a pair that were SUPER cute called the Amanda Plush boots which as the name says, is all furry (don’t worry it’s faux fur) and plush inside. There are handles on each side which makes them easy to slip on with big thick socks and they are 100% waterproof  with a weather rating up to -25 degrees Celsius. BOOM!! Best. Boot. Ever (men’s, ladies’, children styles available)

Where to Buy: Bogs $130

Bogs Amanda Plush

Amazon Kindle
I have owned my Kindle for well over a year now and I am completely in love with it. For all the people who love to read out there, I know what you are thinking: I love holding a book and you love the smell of a new book (am I right?) Yup I was right there with you and I took the plunge and couldn’t be happier I did. The books are cheaper, you can purchase them on the spot (on wifi), I love the size of it because I can throw it in my purse before I leave for an appointment and it’s not as heavy as a book. Plus I got a really cool case for it that I love! I think these make such a great gift so much so I got my in-laws each one for their birthdays and my husband. Ohhhh and I just heard that you can share books with friends who also have a Kindle (it’s a loaner for 14 days)!!
Side note: I was NOT gifted one, I purchased it on my own

Where to Buy: Amazon $100

Amazon Kindle

Mixtiles
I just received my Mixtiles and I was BLOWN away!!!
I was scrolling through Instagram one evening and I saw an ad for these was very curious about them because anything that doesn’t involve a hammer and nail will immediately get my attention, but of course any ad I see on an Instagram I wonder if it is too good to be true (I have had some bad experiences)? It just so happened that a few weeks ago, I was at a friends house and noticed these on her wall! When she showed me how easy they were to put up I knew I had to contact the company and put these on my Holiday list. These ease of Mixtiles is just so good. All you have to do is download the Mixtiles app, pick the pictures you want from your phone (the one’s that are too low resolution they will black out), review your choices and click pay .. THAT EASY!!!!!!!!! Oh and guess what, they offer FREE shipping in Canada!!!  Each picture is an 8″ x 8″ photograph and are great for living rooms, kids rooms … well any room for that matter. For those parents that like sentimental gifts, these are just the thing ANDDDD you don’t have to worry about ruining your walls. I put mine up today and had to readjust them a few times and the paint on my walls was not ruined. How do they stay up if it’s just using an adhesive? They are made out of a foam material which makes them extremely light weight but the print is of the highest quality. I can not say enough good things about these, they are a MUST!

Where to Buy: Mixtiles app 3 tiles $59 and every additional tile is $12

Mixtiles

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Erin Rothstein

Erin is VERY generously giving away (1)  24″ x 24″ unframed limited edition Air Jordan 1 shoe PRINT to (1) lucky reader. This has a retail value of $400!!! Keep in mind that the original is a hand painted piece of art. The giveaway is open to Canadian and US residents, you must be 18 years or older. Here’s how to to enter: 

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The Must-Have Toys for the Holidays – List 3 #GIVEAWAY

The Must-Have Toys for the Holidays

Are you ready to see what the must-have toys of the season are? We (yes “we” does include me) had a lot of fun testing out the newest toys for the Holidays and I am excited to finally let you know what they are. Brace yourself there are A LOT that we loved and want to share! All these toys were sent to me for review and I have hand picked our favorites.

NHL AirPuck (3+)
This is going to be a HUUUUUGE hit this season!!!!
The amount of marks and dents I have on my wall in the basement from hockey pucks/balls hitting it is my new kind of normal. My big guy started playing hockey 5 or 6 years ago and used to practice shots in the basement with my husband. It wasn’t until a puck ALMOST hit my little guy in the head that I stopped it. There is a solution!!!! The brand new NHL AirPucks have protective foam padding around it so it won’t damage walls. Turn it on and it lights up and hovers over smooth surfaces. This actually makes playing hockey fun for my 5 year old.
Side Note: it does not come with batteries so make sure you have it accessible (4 x AA)

Where to Buy: Party Rock $25

AirPuck

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MGA Entertainment’s Ready2Robot Battle Pack (4+)
A gift within a gift within a gift within a gift!!! Just when you think you got your toy, there is a blind box that the kids unwrap (parents get the scissors out for this one) and it reveals different parts of the second battle robot which the little one’s assemble (don’t worry, it’s easy to put together). What really made my little guy laugh was that he had to stick his fingers into a little container of gooey slime to get the little character that goes onto the top of the robot! If you want a stocking stuffer or to collect more, you can buy the blind boxes separate.
Note: Make sure to open all three areas of the chamber to get all robot parts. 

Where to Buy: Indigo $30

Battle Robots

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MGA Entertainment’s Crate Creature Flingers (4+)
Brake the crate to let your creature free! We can’t seem to get enough of these little guys (i’m a sucker for a not-so-scary monster). Not only are they cute, but you pull their tongue and they say funny things and best of all (what gets the kids laughing), they belch. For the parents (like myself) that dislike toys that just randomly talk when they aren’t being touched, this is not one of them and there is an off button on the back. These are great as a stocking stuffer or as a smaller gift (he is about the size of my hand)
Note: they come in larger furry creatures 

Where to Buy: Indigo, Amazon $15.99

Crate Creatures Flingers

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Flushin Frenzy – Pop the Poop by Mattel (5+)
Talk about getting a laugh, this game is a MUST have for the Holidays!!!! I mean, what child wouldn’t love a game with a flying poop. Yup, you heard me: roll the dice and plunge the toilet as many times as the dice shows to unleash the flying poop. The first person to grab it or catch it in the air gets a coin. The first person to get the most coins wins (it’s just that easy).

Where to Buy: Amazon.ca, Indigo, Toys R Us $17.50

Flushin Frenzy

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Hydro Strike by Pressman Toys (7+)
So first off this game totally reminds me the old school pinball games but mini version. My big guy really liked this one and that says a lot since he doesn’t really play games anymore with me 🙁 Fill the two little containers on the side with water, drop a ball down ramp and try to keep it out of your zone. If the ball gets through your zone, the game will squirt you. Not to worry parents who don’t like a mess, it’s just a little squirt but since they are little it gets them bang on (hence why he took his shirt off) LOL.

Where to Buy: Amazon.com $38.50 (includes import fees)

Hydro Strike

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Grossery Gang Bug Strike (5+)
Back 5 years ago, my older son was introduced to Grossery Gangs by his cousin. My mini has since taken over his collection and we have a bin … yes a BIN full of Grossery Gangs. The newest line is called Grossery Gang Bug Strike and they are little rubbery creatures that kids can collect. The best way to describe these is that they are the boy version of Shopkins. The best part is that they come in little toilets which you add water to (before you open it) and when the kids break the seal (no pun intended) it is filled with a yellow bubbly substance with the figures inside (you dump it out after – it’s just for giggles).
They come in smaller toilet packs (great for stocking stuffers) and larger packs (great for the bigger presents), as well as a lot of garbage trucks and motor bikes the kids use the little figures with.

Where to Buy: Toys R Us, Price ranges from $3.99 – $24.99 for the packs

Grossery Gang Bug Strike

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Flik Flak Watch
A few years ago, my big guy was learning to tell the time so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to buy him a watch. First stop, the Swatch booth at Yorkdale (their kids line is called Flik Flak)! We were offered a chance to check out Flik Flak’s new line of watches and my mini was so excited because he was finally getting a watch. They both have not taken them off since. This year they are offering really great patterned and textured bands great for their little audiences and their older audiences.

Where to Buy: Amazon Swatch $80-$95

Flik Flak Watches

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DC Super Friends HeroDrive Batman Racer by Funrise (3+)
Calling all Superhero fans! Little one’s are going to love these racers, with lights and sounds they are sure to please those curious little minds. I thought they might be too young for my mini but he has been playing with them using his little superhero figures that we have.  There are a lot of options in this new line: the Signal Squad cars have a signal light that illuminates on walls and retail for $12.99, from the Mash Machines which make sounds and have flashing lights retail for $9.99 and lastly the ultimate Batman Racer has lights, engine sounds and music  which retails for $29.99. The added bonus, all come with batteries!!!

Where to Buy: Toys R Us and Home Hardware

Batman HeroDrives

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Professor Maxwell’s 4D Chef’s Kit
This is neat!!! Now that it’s getting colder out, parents are always looking for indoor things to do with their kids and this is a great activity! Cooking brought to life. Download the app onto your phone, insert your phone into the virtual reality glasses then look at one of the recipes and Professor Maxwell comes to life introducing your child to the recipe and he even explains the science behind the food. Look at all the steps and it activates “how to” videos. Note: this product DOES NOT come with the food, but it does come with all the utensils (measuring cups, cutting board, spatula, measuring spoons, apron, hat and much more!
Side Note: the VR glasses were too heavy for my mini to wear so he lost interest

Where to Buy: Scholar’s Choice Best Buy $40 (other options available: Science and Chemistry Kits)

Professor Maxwells 4D Chef

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Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty (8+)
Remember the days when putty was only a beige colour and came in an egg and we thought it was the coolest thing ever? Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty has completely changed putty and it can’t get any cooler. You name it, they have it. Everything from: sparkly putty, magnetic putty, hypercolour putty, unicorn putty, glow-in-the-dark putty, scented putty to name a few. When my kids saw these, they begged me to open them. One was the Strange Attractor Putty which is magnetic (which they were fascinated with) and Super Fly Putty which is an illusion putty. What they were even MORE excited about was the Mixed by Me Thinking Putty Kit which they create their own heat sensitive putties and even make their own tin labels. This one makes for a great rainy day activity – my new go-to birthday gift! I love that it’s non-toxic and made in the USA.
Side Note: the tin can be hard to open, I had to use a fork to separate the tin (part of the putty was under the lid which is why it was sealed as tight as it was)

Where to Buy: Amazon $32 and Scholars Choice $30

Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty

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Tic Tac Tongue by Yulu (4+)
This is a very easy game that the whole family can play. Put the tongue through the frogger face mask, attach the mouth cap to it (easier to clean), insert the number images into the little stands, put them randomly in a row and begin the game. The object of the game is to get the most cards in your colour by choosing the correct number shown and knocking it down with your frogger tongue. This game is perfect for the little one’s who are learning to recognize numbers, plus they loved blowing out the tongue!
Side note: the kids loved the face mask but I had a really hard time with having my face covered 

Where to Buy: Amazon $17.99 or Indigo $20

Tic Tac Tongue

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LeapFrog LeapStart Learning System
This is fabulous learning tool that is actually a fun way for kids to learn! My recommendation: purchase some books right off the bat. First you are going to need to charge your LeapStart Book then download the audio for the books you have purchased by going to the leapfrog web page. If you want to know which books are suitable for your kids, you can go online and see what they offer by grade. Once that is all done, your little one takes the pen that is included with the LeapStart and tap on all different points of the book and it will read/say what you have touched. There are different icons at the bottom of some of the pages, those will guide you to different activities/challenges/problem solving etc that your mini can do throughout the book. Up next for us, the beginner learn-to-read series! Big fan.

Where to Buy: Amazon $50 and Mastermind Toys $60, Books range in price from $10-$25

LeapFrog LeapStart

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HexBug Ring Racer (8+)
I feel like this is the kind of product I would walk right by at a toy store (probably because it’s small), but now that we have tested it out, that would have been a mistake! Out of allllll the toys we have gotten to test, this is the only one that caused a fight because they both were fighting over who got to play with it. So first, let me recommend BUY TWO if you have two kids. They can battle it out together and create their own unique stunts (my kids had it fly down the stairs)! The HexBug Ring Racer tumbles, spins and flips over 360 degrees using the little controller. There are two speed settings: regular and fast mode. Best of all, the batteries are rechargeable so no need to go through a ton of batteries. Just make sure to charge it before you give it to them (it comes with a cord and charges pretty quickly).

Where to Buy: Mastermind Toys $30 or Amazon $32

HexBug Ring Racer

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There are two more toys that I wanted to show you as I thought they would be great for the Holidays, however I did not test them so I can not review them, BUT I am going to purchase them for my kids if that helps 🙂

A. Crate Creatures: I have the Crate Creature Flingers which made my list but this is the larger version that is plush and makes tons of hilarious noises that kids just love! Plus you have to break them out their crate which is always fun for kids
B. Kerplunk Game: A game that would be great for both of my kids to play. Carefully pull out the sticks but don’t pull the the wrong one otherwise all the balls will fall.

Kerplunk and Crate Creatures

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GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!!!!
Just in time for the Holidays, we are giving away (1) Hydro Strike game to (1) lucky reader! This contest is open to Canada and US residents. Here’s how to enter: 

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Thanks to our friends at Stortz Toys, they are offering (1) lucky reader a chance to win (1) NHL AirPuck (your team choice). This contest is open to Canadian residents only. Here’s how to enter:
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Disclaimer: all items were sent to me for review. Opinions are strictly my own

Spin Master’s Holiday Must-Have’s – List #2

The Must-Have Toys for the Holidays

O.k brace yourselves for some of the coolest toys from Spin Master that I chose to review and my kids LOOOOOOVED!!!

Air Hogs Supernova (6+)
This is officially the coolest toy EVER!!!!!!!!! I knew my kids would love this but what I didn’t realize is that I would love it just as much. The Air Hog Supernova requires NO assembly …. I repeat NO assembly (that’s already a big win in my books as I have heard nightmare stories about putting drones together). It comes with a little charge already so you don’t get the kids all excited giving it to them and then .. oh wait … you have to charge it! Turn it over, find the teeny tiny on switch (the light will be green when it’s ready – you  might need to put it on a flat surface to get the light on) and then throw it up in the air and watch it go. While it is in the air, put both hands on each side of it (but DON’T touch it) and it will spin, put one hand on one side of it (again DON’T touch it) and it will fly in the opposite direction!!!! When it started flying, my 5 year old mini’s exact words were “SICKKKKKK” and I happened to catch that on video which is now on my Instagram (terri_babylishadviceblog). Big Hit, HUGE!!!!!

Where to Buy: Indigo $50 Toys R Us (online only special price) $40

Air Hogs Supernova

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Tech Deck Dudes (5+)
We love all things little especially those that have a little blind bag in it – makes for a fun surprise! These little guys are set in all different positions on skate boards with wheels so kids can use their imagination. You can buy smaller packs which are great for bribes (come on we all do it) or great for stocking stuffers for the holidays. A must-have with this is the Tech Deck Ultimate Half Pipe (which I just ordered from Amazon) or Ramp set where your little one’s can build an entire skate park.

Where to Buy: Toys R Us (4 Pack) Amazon $14.99

Tech Deck Dudes

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Flush Force (4+)
The obsession is real!!! It seems to be a family obsession since both my nephews collect them too and bring them over to trade. Since the new series Flush Force was released, we can not get enough of them. So much so that lately we have been getting a lot of duplicates in the blind bags (which happen to be toilets by the way). We have well over a hundred of these guys (duplicates and all). My mini sleeps with them, brings them to school, has them in every jacket pocket and I even find them hidden in his school bag now. What does he do with them you are wondering? Good question: He uses his imagination and has them battle each other or his action figures. Now you can get the Potty Wagon to add to the imaginary play (yup I just bought this to give to him for Hanukkah).

Flush Force

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Pimple Pete Game (5+)
The idea behind this is so gross, but these days with kids the more gross something is the more the attraction (am I wrong?). The game is super easy to set up, the kids had to put the pimples into his face, I attached the filled plunger into the back of it and we started to play. Put Pimple Pete on a higher flat surface and spin the arrow to find out what part of his face to extract the pimple from. Try not to pull too hard otherwise you will pop the Mega-Zit which squirts you (with water) at which point you get no pimple points for that round – make sure to reload the plunger with water. The game continues until all pimples are out and each “style” of pimple is allotted certain points (thicker one’s have more points). The player with the highest points wins. We had fun with this one especially when I popped the Mega-Zit!

Where to Buy: Amazon $20

Pimple Pete

Happy Holiday Shopping
T.
xo

Hasbro’s Hottest Toys for the Holidays #GIVEAWAY #FortniteMonopoly

The Must-Have Toys for the Holidays

Hasbro always has the best toys and I have tested and reviewed some of our favorites for the Holidays. So here we go:

Nerf Modulus Ghost Ops Evader 8+
Alright friends, this Nerf gun is the Nerf guns of all Nerf guns (well that I have seen)! I am sure there are many of you that don’t want to allow a Nerf gun in the house because A. you worry about the fact that “they are playing with guns” and B. you worry about someone getting hurt. I had this same thing but I have to tell you, it got my kids off their devices and actually running around the house playing games with it. I had one rule: WAIST DOWN and they happily abide by it because they know I will just take them away. This puppy has a motorized blaster that shoots out one dart right after the other (fits 12 darts). The blaster illuminates so they can play in dark(ish) rooms. You can even buy extra parts for it with the entire Modulus system.

Where to Buy: Walmart Amazon $40

Nerf Modulus Ghost Ops Blaster

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Nerf Laser Ops Pro – AlphaPoint
Ok, so you want a Nerf gun but you hate the idea of darts shooting out and possibly hitting you or your little guy in the face … am I right? The solution is right here! The new Nerf Laser Ops Pro uses lasers instead of darts. My kids (husband included) ran around the house hiding in places trying not to get shot. Once you get “hit” a sound will go off noting that you have been hit. There is a back display noting your health and how much ammo you have left and has an easy reload button to get them quickly back in the game. This one is a no brainer! Bonus: no darts to clean up. It’s a win win.

Where to Buy: Toys R Us Amazon $50

Nerf Laser Ops AlphaPoint

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Play-Doh Poop Troop Playset (3+)

It seems there is a common theme with this years hottest toys, poop!!! I am actually shocked that wasn’t my mini’s first words because he certainly likes to talk about poo and makes (the worst) poo jokes and sure enough he belly laughs every time he says the word so obviously he would love the new Play-Doh Poop Troop Playset. It comes with 12 jars of Play-Doh in all colours so kids can make their very own poo emojis. Complete with eyes, ears, arms and toppers, have your kids come up with their own creative poop emojis.

Where to Buy: Amazon $35

Play-Doh Poop Troop Set

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Yellies (5+)
This is one spider that we are not scared of! The louder your mini yells, the faster these guys go. Don’t worry, it’s not only just yelling they respond to: talk, sing, clap or play music and the Yellies will move and watch their eyes light up. These guys make a great stocking stuffer. Collect all the critters and have your little guys run around your house chasing after them.

Where to Buy: Amazon Toys R Us $20

Yellies

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Connect 4 Shots (8+)

Winner winner!!! The game is Connect 4 meets Cup Pong where you have to bounce the ball and get it into a cup but instead of a cup you have to get it into the row you want. It seems easy, but those balls don’t always go where you want them to and you end up helping out your rival (clearly that’s what happened when we played). Easy to put together and easy storage as it folds flat.

Where to Buy: Amazon Toys R Us $20

Connect 4 Shots

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Fortnite Monopoly (13+)
Need I say more … SOLD!!!! Those who know, know! My big guys went CRAZY over this.

Where to Buy: Walmart Amazon $25

Fortnite Monopoly

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Guess what I am giving away???!!! FORTNITE MONOPOLY – WOOT WOOT. 1 lucky reader will win the hottest toy of the season. You must be a resident of Canada (excluding Quebec) and 18 years or older to enter. Here’s how:

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Comment below letting me know which toys you think your mini’s will love!
T.
xo

The New Play-Doh Poop Troop Playset is sure to get Laughs! #GIVEAWAY

I bet I got your attention with the word POOP didn’t I?!!!!! Or wait is that our children that can’t get enough of that word!

I feel like I am not alone with this, but it seems that the word “poo” is one of the funniest words alive according to my 5 year old and 8 year old (along with a few other words). It’s almost impossible to say the word “poo” without someone belly laughing and that is precisely why the new Hasbro Play-Doh Poop Troop was a HUGE hit in my house.

I mean what is better than creating your very own Play-Doh poop emojis!!! Even I had fun with this one.

What I love about the Play-Doh Poop Troop Playset
(what is not to love really)
– it comes with a whole assortment of Play-Doh colours so your kids can really use their imagination
– it comes with funny arms, eyes, ears, noses and mouths to add to your poop emoji
– they creations are endless
– the set comes with a poop mold OR a tube where they can design their own poop shape (for the non-traditional poop)
– both of my kids loved playing with this (we did a contest of who can make the most creative poo – clearly it wasn’t mine on the bottom right)

Play-Doh Poop Troop Set

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Thanks to our wonderful friends at Hasbro, they are giving away (1) Play-Doh Poop Troop Playset to (1) lucky reader. Must be a resident of Canada (excluding Quebec). Here’s how to enter:

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Happy Poop Creating
T.
xo

The Back-to-School Snack Struggle #SimplyProtein

Simply Protein Kids Bar

For those who know me and my children well, you know I struggle with my kids eating! I have VERY picky eaters and I am not ashamed of it though I do feel judged at times when people ask me what I pack my kids for lunch daily.

So now you are curious right?!
Snacks: while I do always try to pack a fruit, likely it will come back untouched (depending on their moods that morning), crackers of every sort, and any kind of snack that hides a vegetable in them.
Main lunch: cold dry toast, cold toasted waffles and any and every kind of cereal that you can imagine (no sugar cereals as they are not allowed in my house)

Yup, THE STRUGGLE IS REAL FRIENDS!!!!!!!!

I was offered the chance to try out the kids Simply Protein kids bars and although I was slightly worried about having them try something new (that is no easy task), I love Simply Protein’s bars for myself so I figured I would give it a shot. Of course, I had to try it out to make sure they were “mom” approved and I have to say I really liked them!

Note: Keep in mind that all my reviews are my honest opinions. If I don’t like it, I don’t review it PERIOD THE END

What I love about Simply Protein Kids Bar
The texture is close to a Krispy Bar (if you get what I am saying ;)) which is great for the picky eaters because the texture is familiar
It is very sweet appealing to the young audiences
– They are peanut free so safe for school lunch boxes
– Each bar has 4 grams of protein, has only 2 grams of sugar and 4 grams of fiber
– The ingredients are plant based
– They are kosher for those families who are observant or go to schools which only Kosher foods are allowed
– They are gluten free
– Come in 2 flavors: I tried the Strawberry Vanilla one, but there is also chocolate brownie which I am very curious to test out
– Doesn’t leave a weird after taste, but the strawberry vanilla flavor definitely lasts a bit in your mouth

Simply Protein

Check out your local grocery store to purchase a box and try them for yourselves
T.
xo