Let your stroller work for you, not against you-with GB Ellum

 

*I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for GB. I received a gift card to purchase a GB stroller to both facilitate my review as well as thank me for my participation.

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I have 4 kids…sometimes it’s kind of like herding cats, so I need good products that can actually make my life easier. With so many kids and working in a baby retail store, I have not only tried out lots of strollers but I have owned 5-10 at and have done research and asked all my friends to find out what stroller will work best for me.

With 4 kids, I must have a double stroller when going on some outings but I also like to have a single stroller as well. I need a lightweight stroller that can fit in the back of my car, but have some room below so I can carry things, and be durable enough to handle our busy life. Like in the picture above, we went fishing the other and and my second son got a little tired so I pulled up the stroller, and let him sit in the shade while waiting for that prize fish!

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Walking through the aisles of Babies R US can be daunting, especially the stroller aisle just because their are so many choices so it’s good to do your research ahead of time to know what you want in a stroller. I spotted the GB  line of strollers quickly and liked having both options of the ZuZu and Ellum in stock. The GB products are sold exclusively at Babies “R” Us stores and BabiesRUs.com so make sure you check out your local store to see what they have in stock.
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This stroller has been a great addition to our family, helping me wrangle all 4 kids and keeping my yongest sunshine happy. The cargo space below is bigger than I expected and it has an opening in the front AND back so when we went to the beach the other day I was able to store my long umbrella under the seat, where most strollers would have been able to fit it.

On the top and backside of the stroller there are vents so you can see your baby and they can get fresh air if needed. The Ellum accepts the following select Graco® and Chicco® infant car seats: Graco® Snugride® Click Connect™ 30, Graco® Snugride® Click Connect™ 35, Graco® Snugride® Click Connect™ 40 Chicco® Keyfit®, Chicco® Keyfit® 30.

I also thought the process to open and close the stroller was super easy! There is a button in the back you flip up and a handle right on the seat where the baby sits to fold it up. The GB Ellum has the Kick n’ Lift fold system that makes the folding of this stroller so easy.

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Now I normally wouldn’t post a picture of my dirty car, but this time it was filled to the brim for a good reason. We were headed to my mom’s house for the week and I had lots of items we needed to donate to the food pantry. My car was full but I had to pack my stroller. This was the first time I needed to fold it down so I was wondering how it would pack….it packs so nicely and is so light. It was able to fit right behind my seat. It was light enough where I could put it on some items and not worry about breaking anything.

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I decided to put this stroller to the test and take it on a little hike. From my experience, strollers with plastic wheels are sometimes not as good on gravel or unpaved roads as bigger strollers with rubber wheels. My parent’s have a beautiful view of Pike’s Peak on their property and it’s a short hike to get to it, so I took the stroller.

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We made it up effortlessly! One tip with moving through rough terrain is to turn the stroller and pull it. When I was going down the mountain, that really helped when going over a few bumps and grass.

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One feature that I am in love with is the adjustable foot rest. I was looking at my friends stroller that had this nice little foot rest so her little one’s feet weren’t dangling everywhere and I looked down and noticed the GB Ellum had one too!! I popped it right up and it worked great for my little one!

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Whether I am taking the kids to soccer practice, hiking up a mountain or laying out at the beach, the GB Ellum helps me get to where we need to go and that gives this tired momma peace of mind.

 

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Hog Wild Atomic Shield Popper

 

*I received a Hog Wild Atomic Shield Popper to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own. 
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Ultimate Attack and Defend Foam Ball Shooter

Gravity-fed auto load, includes six soft foam balls that fire over 40 feet through the shield–that’s right, through the shield! Pull the soft foam hammer back, take aim and let go! Clear shield protects you from in-coming fire!

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The Hog Wild Atomic Shield Popper that lets you protect yourself while shooting. The is great when you are in wars in the backyard because you can pop up to shoot someone and protect your face or chest.  It has a sweet rapid fire that I really like.  There is nothing that I do not like about this. I think it is easy for all ages. Even my little sister (age 6) liked it.  I think Moms should buy these for their kids because they are so much fun!

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Wish Dad a Box-tastic Father’s Day

 

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It’s time to celebrate Dad! Make Dad’s Father’s Day special with box-tastic crafts and cards from LAIKA and Focus Features’ family-friendly stop-motion animated film THE BOXTROLLS! Check out the cute clip below to see The Boxtrolls’ suggestions of fun things to do this Father’s Day.

THE BOXTROLLS releases in theaters on September 26!

Clip: The Boxtrolls Present 5 Fun Things To Do This Father’s Day

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About The Boxtrolls

A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.

Directors: Anthony Staachi and Graham Annable

Writer: Based on the novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow

Voice Cast: Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Toni Collette, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan

Town & Country Picnic

 

June 14th, 2014 there will be a Town & Country Picnic in Kensett, IA.

From 7am to 9am there will be breakfast at City Hall.  Breakfast will be served by the 4-H Club and the Green Shamrocks.

There will be a HUGE city raffle with numerous prizes. Tickets will be available that day and you do not need to be present to win.

Music, food, 1/2 day tractor ride, horse & buggy rides, inflatables for the kids. The tractor ride starts at 8am in front of the town hall and lunch is served in the shelter house starting at noon.

Come and join the celebration!

 

Win THREE Wonderforge Games

Welcome to the Wonderforge Kids Games Giveaway

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Sponsored by: Wonder Forge Sponsored by: Powered by Mom Blog

Read the review of these awesome games on Powered by Mom’s site HERE

I have a few munchkins that love playing games and we’re super obsessed with super heroes and princesses here. They love these games! Read on to find out more and how you can win!

About Wonder Forge

Wonder Forge has consistently offered top-quality experiences, raising the bar for preschool and family games everywhere. The preschool titles celebrate the “can do” attitude in all kids—engaging them physically, socially, and creatively. The family games bridge generation gaps and create wholesome family moments and lasting memories.

Wonder Forge works tirelessly to create strong, long-lasting partnerships with licensors. This approach has set the foundation for securing cherished literary licenses, like Dr. Seuss and Richard Scarry, as well as more recent favorites, like Disney Jr., Warner Bros., and Nickelodeon.

One lucky winner will receive all THREE of the games listed below!

  1. Marvel Matching is available online at Amazon
  2. Frozen Matching is available online at Amazon
  3. Planes in the Classroom at Target

Enter on the rafflecopter below and GOOD LUCK!

 
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Win a Classic Ride On or Pedal Car from Bean Patch – 3 Winners

 

We would like to welcome you to our amazing Giveaway!

Sponsored by: Bean Patch

and Lille Rabbagast

Hosted by: Kid Krazed

These are awesome and would be perfect for the munchkin in your life. I  could totally see my nephew or grand daughter cruising on one!

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These toys are built to last with sturdy metal bodies & rubber tires. The designs are all stunning!

Boys and girls will love the NEW police ride on car! Recommended for ages 1+.

Classic Ride On or Pedal Car from Bean Patch

 

Boys and girls will love the ride on car with a wagon! Recommended for ages 1+.

Classic Ride On or Pedal Car from Bean Patch

 

Little girls will love this pink ride on car! Recommended for ages 1+.

Classic Ride On or Pedal Car from Bean Patch

This classic pedal car will be loads of fun! It has pedals on the inside of the car, which will provide hours of fun powered by their own energy! Recommended for ages 3+.
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This classic pink pedal car will be loads of fun for any little girl. Recommended for ages 3+.

How would you like a chance to win one of these amazing rides? Well, our VERY generous sponsor, Bean Patch, is giving you that chance! Choices are: White police car ride-on, pink ride-on, green tractor ride-on, pink pedal car, red pedal car. Which one would you choose?

 

THREE of our lucky readers will win a

Classic Ride On or Pedal Car from Bean Patch!

 

Choose from five models! This is a $750 Value!

Giveaway ends 5/09/14 at 11:59 pm ET! Open to US residents 18+ and older.

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.

Good Luck Everyone!

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Little Lambwich

 

Lambwiches

 

Spring is just around the corner! I know the weather *seems* to say different but it is! This is such a sweet and adorable sandwich to help celebrate spring.  Aren’t they cute?!

Little Lambwich

Ingredients

  • Sliced cheese
  • Mini bagels
  • Mustard
  • Ham slice
  • Black olives
  • Shredded cheese

 

Directions

Two types of cheese give this savory, open-faced sandwich its sweet-as-can-be look. Trim a piece of sliced cheese to fit atop one half of a mini bagel. Cut a round muzzle and a pair of half-circle ears from more sliced cheese, then attach them with mustard or mayonnaise. Add a nose cut from a ham slice, plus a mouth and a pair of eyes trimmed from black olives. Finish with a sprinkle of shredded cheese between the ears.

 

Win a Kids’ Comfy Sack

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We have joined with Acadiana’s Thrifty Mom, Comfy Sacks and some super amazing bloggers to bring you this Comfy Sack Giveaway. We are giving away 1 Comfy Sacks Kids Bean Bag Chair (Retail Value: $151.25) These chairs are AMAZING. You can read more about them over at Acadiana’s Thrifty Mom!
All you have to do is enter the easy rafflecopter below for a chance!
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Learn about Winter Olympics with Little Passports for kids

 

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Next week countries from around the world will come together in Sochi with the 2014 Winter Olympics. Little Passports, an educational subscription box for kids, is celebrating this great opportunity to learn about our world’s culture by taking a closer look at the symbols of the spirit of Sochi!

The winter Olympics are an exciting learning experience for kids, and Little Passports has fun information about the Olympic torch, medals, mascots, and more of this year’s games to share with you and your family. Check out the info below, and be sure to visit www.littlepassports.com for even more Olympics materials, including an Olympic torch craft!

 

What’s so special about the Olympic torch?

The countdown to the Games kicks off with the Olympic torch relay, which delivers the Olympic flame from Olympia, Greece to the Host City through a series of runners. For the Sochi Games, each runner carries an eye-catching, red and silver torch.

 

The torch’s curved shape is inspired by the feather of the golden Firebird, a mythical creature celebrated in Russian fairytales and folklore. According to one legend, the Firebird’s feathers “light the way” and bring good fortune and happiness. You might notice patterns inspired by the Firebird and its feathers throughout the Sochi Games. For example, look for them on Team Russia’s uniforms!

 

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Are the Olympic medals unique to this year’s Games?

 

Yes! The Sochi medals are made out of metal and feature an etched glass-like insert with jagged edges resembling mountain peaks and the seashore. This design highlights Sochi’s unique position between the cold snow-capped Caucasus Mountains and the warm sandy beaches of the Black Sea.

 

The medals also feature the Sochi Olympics’ recognizable “Patchwork Quilt” design, a mosaic of 16 traditional patterns that celebrate Russia’s rich traditions and cultural diversity. Keep an eye out for the colorful quilt design everywhere at the Games, such as on the torch bearers’ outfits and Olympic souvenirs!

 

Our sports teams in the U.S. have mascots. Do the Olympic Games have mascots too?

 

You bet! The winter Games’ mascots are a Snow Leopard, Polar Bear, and Hare! Russian citizens submitted their ideas for mascots, and Olympic officials selected the top three.

 

These three native Russian animals represent the country’s spirit and embody the Olympic values. The Polar Bear is depicted as friendly, intelligent and always striving for new athletic heights, while the Hare is an excellent student and loves sports. Tough and strong, the choice of the Snow Leopard, a native of Sochi’s nearby Caucasus Mountains and a critically endangered species, draws attention to Russia’s increasing focus on animal conservation. Look for the three Olympic mascots spreading joy and Olympic spirit throughout the Games!

Candy Game – Valentine’s Day Craft

 

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Candy Game

This is a fun one to make and perfect for handing out for Valentine’s day to friends!

Description:

M&M’s serve as a sweet stand-in for X’s and O’s in this packaged card-and-game combo. (For a sugar-free version, use buttons instead of candy).

Materials:

  • M&M’s
  • Card stock
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Clear treat bags
  • Tape

Directions:

  1. Trim card stock into a 4- by 6-inch rectangle.
  2. Use a marker to draw a tic-tac-toe board in the center and add a message at the top, such as “U R A winner” or “I’m game to be your friend!”
  3. Slide the card into a 4- by 9-inch clear treat bag (available at craft stores).
  4. Add several M&M’s, providing an equal number of two colors.
  5. Fold the top of the bag behind the card and seal it with tape.

These and other great crafts can be found over at FamilyFun Magazine!

Circle of Love Valentine’s Day Craft

 

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Circle of Love Valentine’s Day Craft

Here is another sweet craft to do with your munchkins for Valentine’s Day!

Description:

Pretty paper and glue dots are all you need to make a heartwarming wreath to hang anywhere that needs a little love.

Materials Needed:

  • Double-sided scrapbook paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Ribbon

Directions:

  1. Cut a sheet of double-sided scrapbook paper (ours is a 12 inch square) into 1-inch-wide strips.
  2. Make five hearts as follows: fold a paper strip in half, sandwiching two glue dots about an inch down from the fold to create the top of the heart. Bend the loose ends away from the center and use two more dots to join them at the point.
  3. Next, make the two hearts that anchor the hanging ribbon. Sandwich one end of a 12-inch-long ribbon in the center fold of one heart, then form the heart’s point.
  4. Secure the other end of the ribbon in a second heart. Use glue dots to adhere the sides of the seven hearts in a circle, as shown.

These and other great crafts can be found over at FamilyFun Magazine!

Sweet Mice – Valentine’s Day Craft

 

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Sweet Mice Valentine’s Day Craft

 

Isn’t this adorable?!  These are so sweet and easy to put together!

Description:

Made of two Hershey’s Kisses and a heart-shaped set of ears, these tiny critters are almost too cute to eat.

Materials Needed:

Directions:

  1. Print the ear and foot templates on cardstock and cut out the shapes.
  2. Remove the paper flags from two Hershey’s Kisses.
  3. Fold the feet where shown on the template, then use tacky glue to sandwhich the feet and ears between the Kisses.
  4. Glue a 4-inch length of gray yarn to the underside of the back kiss.
  5. Add googly eyes.
  6. Attach the mouse a cheese-shaped piece of card stock with a glue dot, then write a note.

Suggested messages: Mice to Know You! You’re Really Mice!

These and other great crafts can be found over at FamilyFun Magazine!

 

Win a Little Vintage Indian Motorcycle

Little Vintage Indian Motorcycle

Welcome to the Little Vintage Indian Motorcycle Giveaway,
hosted by Viva Veltoro and Thrifty Nifty Mommy and sponsored by GiGGo Toys!

A few weeks ago, we were introduced to THE cutest and coolest ride-on we’ve seen – the Little Vintage Indian Motorcycle from GiGGo Toys! Haven’t heard of GiGGo Toys? They’re the latest and greatest company in the ride-on toy industry, based out of Long Island, New York. They design, manufacture, and distribute 6 & 12 volt battery ride-on toys for children ages 2-8. Their goal is to bring fun toys to kids, and it looks like they’re succeeding! GiGGo Toys has based their company name on a fictional elephant named GiGGo and they’ll be making a big splash this year. They’ve got an entire line of awesome ride-ons coming to the marketplace, and you’ve got to check them out! Our favorite is the special Little Vintage Indian Motorcycle.

Little Vintage Indian Motorcycle

The Little Vintage Indian Motorcycle is designed for children ages 3-5 years old and 55 pounds or under. It’s modeled after the vintage 1949 Indian Chief Motorcycle and features stabilizer wheels so your child can enjoy a safe ride. The Little Vintage Indian Motorcycle has a 6 volt rechargeable battery that will run for 30 minutes – 1 hour depending on the weight of the rider, charge level of the battery, and how the motorcycle is used. The battery also has a safety shut off. It’s easy to assemble, has working front and rear lights, and goes in both forward and reverse. Your child will cruise along to realistic engine sounds at a speed of 2 miles per hour.

Little Vintage Indian Motorcycle

GiGGo Toys is also having a fun contest! They’re hosting the “2014 New Face of GiGGo Toys Ride-On Photo Contest” on Facebook and there’s going to be 33 winners, including one Grand Prize winner of $500 and a professional photo shoot featuring you child on one of their ride-on toys, possibly to be use for one of their 2014-2015 product labels! Just click HERE to head over and enter to win!

Connect: You can connect with GiGGo Toys on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Pinterest.

Buy it: If you’re interested in purchasing a Little Vintage Indian Motorcycle from GiGGo Toys, they’re available on their website for $159.99.

Win it: One lucky person is going to WIN a Little Vintage Indian Motorcycle from GiGGo Toys!


Open to the US only, ages 18 and up. Ends 1/26/14 at 11:59 PM EST.
Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below.

Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for hosting this giveaway. The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please contact vivaveltoro{at}gmail.com with questions.

Laser Pegs – Review

 

*I received a Laser Pegs kit to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

Laser Pegs is an innovative toy construction company that has created educational toys where each piece feeds the next piece a low voltage current. This combines light and building, two things that kids love. In addition, each piece is made of clear ABS plastic with a small resistor and LED on the inside of the molded shape.

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These are so cool! Jayden was so excited to receive this and start building.  You can make 8 different creations and they look really cool especially with the lights off.

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His younger siblings enjoy it too although he’s not thrilled that Lily builds furniture and princess items with them.  This truly is the ultimate toy for kids. They love building and playing with it. They’ve already selected the next kits they want from the website.

Donna’s Deals And More receives free products for review purposes, and may sometimes be compensated for posts. All opinions expressed are solely from Donna’s Deals And More. See Donna’s Deals And More’s Disclosure Policy for complete details. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Win a Little Vintage Indian Motorcycle

 

 

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Welcome to the Little Vintage Indian Motorcycle Giveaway,
hosted by Viva Veltoro and sponsored by GiGGo Toys!

Does your little one love ride-on toys? My toddler is just beginning enjoy ride-ons, but my nieces and nephews can zoom around with the best of them! Recently, I was introduced to THE most adorable and coolest ride-on I’ve ever laid eyes on – the Little Vintage Indian Motorcycle from GiGGo Toys!

GiGGo Toys is the latest and greatest company in the ride-on toy industry. Based out of Long Island, New York, this new company designs, manufactures, and distributes 6 & 12 volt battery ride-on toys for children ages 2-8. Their entire mission is to bring fun toys to kids! They encourage kids of all ages to enjoy life, play safely outside, and most importantly to be kind to one another. They’ve based their company name on a fictional elephant named GiGGo who will be making a big splash in 2014. They’re starting to roll out their line of ride-ons, including a special Little Vintage Indian Motorcycle.

GiGGo Little Vintage Indian Motorcycle

The Little Vintage Indian Motorcycle is designed for children ages 3-5 years old and 55 pounds or under. It’s modeled after the vintage 1949 Indian Chief Motorcycle and features stabilizer wheels so your little one can enjoy a nice, safe ride. The Little Vintage Indian Motorcycle has a 6 volt rechargeable battery that will run for 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on the weight of the little rider, charge level of the battery, and how the motorcycle is used. The battery also has a safety shut off.

Little Vintage Indian Motorcyle

This pint-size version of the 1948 Indian Chief Motorcycle is easily assembled, has working front and rear lights, and goes in both forward and reverse. Your child will cruise along to realistic engine sounds at a speed of 2 miles per hour (kind of like a slow paced walk).

Connect: You can connect with GiGGo Toys on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Pinterest.

But it: If you’re interested in purchasing a Little Vintage Indian Motorcycle from GiGGo Toys, HURRY! There is a limited quantity available on their website, currently for $119.99.

Win it: One lucky person is going to WIN a Little Vintage Indian Motorcycle!


Open to the US only, ages 18 and up. Ends 1/1/14 at 11:59 PM EST.
Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below.

Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for hosting this giveaway. The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please contact vivaveltoro{at}gmail.com with questions.