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Juppy baby walker *review*

I’m “of two minds” on this review. It is a well thought out and executed concept. However, I wonder how necessary the item is.

The Juppy reminds me of the soft-sided jumper I used with my oldest daughter. The kind that attached to the molding on a door frame. The body of the Juppy is just like that, except it has a super convenient zipper down the back to make it easier to get your youngling in and out. I love super convenient zippers! It also has adjustable straps that an adult holds onto so that s/he can stand upright while helping the little one learn how to walk.

We tried it out with my oldest grandson, but he didn’t like being in it. ūüė¶ My daughter is very excited to use it when grandson #2 starts learning to walk, though! It is very sturdily constructed and it felt like my grandson was very secure in it.

It is available in blue, pink, or black, and can even be embroidered with the child’s name. I got the black and yellow one, because our family is full of University of Iowa Hawkeye fans. I also had it embroidered with grandson #2’s name, because he will be the one using it the most. The incorrect spelling of the name was my fault.

Overall, I think this is a great product. I think it would be very helpful for someone, like my husband, who has back trouble. For the rest of us it might be nice to have around, but I’m a bit of a minimalist when it comes to baby equipment.

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

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OSIS Dust It *review*

One of the products I received in the Spring Fever VoxBox was a bottle of Schwarzkopf Professional OSiS+ Dust It Mattifying Powder.

20130612-195025.jpgI had no idea what a “mattifying powder” was, so I went straight to the great god, Google,¬†for the answers to my Ultimate Question of the Moment. After about five minutes of YouTube videos, I was concerned! Any of you who know me in real life, or have seen a picture of even the tiniest bit of my hair outside the severest of hair knots, know that I have some seriously thick, course Type 3A/3B curls (more B than A, really). I stared at the bottle.

20130612-195045.jpgI watched more YouTube videos. I opened the bottle.

20130612-195506.jpgI watched non-English YouTube videos. I shook a little of the powder into my hand. I visited the Schwarzkopf Professional USA website and read some more about Dust It. I stared at the bottle some more and pondered my Ultimate Question: “How am I going to test and review this product?! I can’t put it in MY hair and do what the stylist did with the model’s hair in that video. I’ll have to shave my head, because I’ll never be able to get a comb through my dreaded locks again!” </sigh> </moan> Gloom, despair, and misery on me. </end pity-party> My standard hair-related attitude is, “It’s JUST hair. It’ll grow out,” but the panic and dread were beginning to drown my generally laissez-faire hairitude.

Then it occurred to me! “Why did it take so long,” you ask? “We may never know,” says The Wise Old Owl. (mmm … now I want a Tootsie Pop!) I have captives child-models! My youngest daughter has this strange hither fore unknown hair type (at least in this family). I think people (with hair that isn’t dangerous to small children) call it “straight.” It would probably take a professional statistician and a world-renowned geneticist a very long time to figure the odds on m’duine and I producing a child with hair this straight. My stylist has training, years of experience, a salon full of products and heat-related¬†torture devices¬†tools; and she¬†can’t get my hair as straight as Boo’s. I spent years just trying to figure out how to keep a hair-binder on a ponytail in that stuff. Now, I’m a little ashamed to say, I cut her hair with the same military trimming technique that I use on the boys’ hair. The only difference is that I use a guard on the clippers for her. When done, it falls into an adorable, face-framing pixie cut, but that’s all it does. Fall, and lay there. There isn’t enough hair spray in the known universe to put any volume in her hair.

So I drafted her asked her if she wanted me to do her hair. She actually really likes it when I do her hair. When she had longer hair she would have me put it up in sponge rollers, which she would sleep in all night, just so she could wake up with “curls like you, mommy.” They always fell by lunchtime, but she was happy for the morning. So I sprinkled some Dust It in her hair. I did several small partings with a rat tail comb and applied Dust It to each section.

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Then I scrubbed it around on her roots and voila, she had volume!

Then I moved on to my next victim middle son (Mohawk Boy). He has 2C/3A hair with a long curl pattern, so it gets curlier as it grows out. It is currently two to three inches long.

I used the same application method with his hair, and then combed it and used my hands to try and make it stick up in a classic, pointed mohawk. I wasn’t especially happy with the results, but it’s better than it normally turns out, so that’s something. For whatever reason, I decided to re-shave the sides of his head after I fixed the mohawk. My mind doesn’t always follow the most linear of paths.

Sometime soon (maybe this weekend) I’m going to try it again. However, I’m going to try more of a standing-straight-up method, rather than the pointy method we normally use.

After washing it out of Boo’s and Mohawk Boy’s hair, I gathered the courage to put a VERY¬†small amount of Dust It in my hair. The only (lack of) volume-related trouble I ever have with my hair is through this area. My hair is long (mid-back) and the weight of it can flatten it out across the top of my head, creating a lovely triangular shape when I wear my hair down. I use a few duckbill clips while air drying to combat this with just-washed hair. Unfortunately, it becomes more pronounced with second-day hair. Misting my second-day (and even third-day) hair with a spray bottle of plain water helps bring back the curls, but the duckbills don’t work nearly as well. so,¬†I applied it very sparingly to just the roots and only on the top of my head. Think about looking down on someone’s head and drawing a rectangle, from the temples to the crown, between the “corners” of their head. That’s where I applied the Dust It. I used a gentler scrubbing technique on just the top part of my hair, and I was so impressed! It was very easy to control the amount of lift I got, and when it started to fall a bit midday, I just scrubbed my roots a bit more (I didn’t apply any additional product) and the lift came right back. I put my hair in my usual low messy bun for bed. In the morning, I resprayed the body of my hair, re-scrubbed the top of my hair (again, no additional product), and I had (almost) instant killer third-day hair that I could leave down! Third-day hair is a guaranteed messy bun around here. I normally have to spray my whole head with water, just to be able to run a wide-toothed comb through it enough to get it in a decent looking messy bun on the third day. I managed a whole week with decent looking hair because of the Dust It. Days four and five were messy bun days, but I was still able to re-scrub the top enough to keep it cute looking.

Unfortunately, it didn’t occur to me to take pictures of this Five Day Miracle, so I’ll try it again this weekend, taking a picture each morning. The long and short of it is that I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who wants a bit (or a lot) more volume in there hair, or who likes the currently chic matte look for their hair.¬†Where was this Magic Pixie Dust during the ’80s, when I was teasing my hair more than¬†M√∂tley Cr√ľe?

It’s your hair. Have FUN with it!

Influenster

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The Nutcracker Music Game for Children *Review*

Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker The Music Game

by Art and Music Games

This is a nice game for children, especially those who are interested in music. It revolves around¬†Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. This is a fantastic musical piece for a game such as this, because the story behind it appeals to both boys and girls. There’s a female main character, fairies, soldiers, an evil King, and a happy ending! And, to top it all off, the music is¬†phenomenal.

This Holiday classic title gives children an outlet for exploring their own appreciation of music, while sharpening their listening and problem-solving skills and improving understanding of the basic concepts of music. The Nutcracker Music Game is a magical adventure that celebrates music by challenging kids through interactive participation and exciting game play.

The premise of the program is to save the Nutcracker by earning nine golden keys through a series of musical games and activities that teach students about differences between sounds, exercises their memory skills, and increases their music vocabulary.

The Nutcracker Music Game offers exceptional teaching tools, such as the ability to demonstrate, in the classroom, every instrument of the orchestra and its interaction with other musical instruments. But above all it teaches children to love and appreciate music.

The program features a multitude of innovative musical games, puzzles and riddles, as well as an animated Encyclopedia of Musical Instruments, an extensive Listening Room, Tchaikovsky’s biography, the Nutcracker story, the History of the Nutcracker ballet, music trivia and more.

The games were a bit advanced for Stud (four years old, male) to do independently. He was able to play them with some direction and assistance from me, but he lost interest fairly quickly. Boo (eight years old, female) was able to do all of the games independently and she remained engaged for an extended period of time. Webelos Scout (ten years old, male) was able to do all of the games independently, but as with Stud he lost interest quickly. His favorite game was the one where you listen to a bit of music and choose which instruments are playing. Second Class Scout (twelve years old, male) played the games long enough to tell me that he didn’t like the game. He’s such a good kid! He was a real trooper about going through all the games, but he was decidedly not interested.

I feel like I should note, for the record, that both of the older boys play musical instruments. Violin and trumpet in the case of the younger one, and trombone for the older one. We are also a very musical family. M’duine, Venture Scout and I are all vocalists. We also sing, as a family, a lot! It is not unusual for us to sit around the living room and sing (sometimes in harmony) for well over an hour at a time. We also sing on car trips, and not just long ones. M’duine and I are also Music Minors, so the children have been exposed to a large variety of music, especially some of the more traditional composers.

My only complaint is that they don’t yet have a Mac version of this game, so we aren’t able to play it on our primary computers. However, the general opinion of the younglings was that this was a fun game that teaches a lot about music in general and The Nutcracker specifically. It would make a great Christmas present for the younglings in your life. As a great big “Happy Holidays” to my wonderful readers, Art and Music Games is giving you the opportunity to purchase¬†Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker The Music Game at 40% off!

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


Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drops review


Pine Brothers is an American company with an interesting history. I prefer to support American owned companies whenever possible, so I think it’s great that Pine Brothers is “back in the USA.” I also like that I can pronounce every ingredient in their throat drops! According to the website, there are only five calories per drop, and they ¬†are also gluten-free. That’s not important to our family, but it is very important to anyone with a gluten intolerance! The packaging does contain an allergen warning stating that they are manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts and tree nuts. Again, this is not an issue for our family, but it is so important to a family with any nut allergies.

I was sent a large supply of softish throat drops in both Wild Cherry and Natural Honey flavors. Wild Cherry is the favorite in our family! Initially, I did not like the Natural Honey flavor. I was quite disappointed, as Honey Lemon flavored cough and throat drops are my preference normally. I continued to use the Natural Honey flavor, to see if it “grew” on me, which it did. I still prefer the Wild Cherry, but I like the Natural Honey also. The drops are available in 32 count bags and 26 count pucks. My only complaint about the packaging is that the bags are not resealable. The pucks have a screw-off lid, so what we have been doing is using a puck and then refilling it with a bag. An entire bag will fit in an empty puck, but you have to make sure that the drops are evenly distributed in the puck or the lid won’t screw back on.

M’duine, Second Class Scout and I have been battling mild sore throats for the last week or so. Nothing horrible, and we don’t have any fevers, so we just need a little bit of symptom relief. In my case, I’m pretty sure it’s just the weather change that is doing it, because I deal with this every year. It’s been wonderful to have throat drops that I feel comfortable using whenever my throat gets that scratchy feeling. They provide symptom relief, without the numbing effect of many cough and throat drops. M’duine, Venture Scout and I all sing, Second Class Scout plays the trombone and¬†Webelos¬†Scout plays the trumpet, so we avoid numbing drops for all but the worst sore throats. As a bonus, I feel comfortable giving these drops to Stud when he asks for one, which is any time he sees someone else get one!

I was intrigued by “softish” in the name of these drops. The texture is very different from standard cough and throat drops. These truly are softish. They are firm, but pliable. They are not hard like standard drops. I am a cruncher. I crunch ice. I crunch suckers. I crunch hard candies. I even try to crunch Gobstoppers! So, of course, I crunch cough drops, which kind of defeats the purpose. I have noticed that I toy with the Softish Throat Drops in my mouth a bit, but I don’t chew them up the way I do standard drops. I believe this helps them fulfill their purpose more effectively.

Overall, we have been very happy with the Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops. They are effective, pleasant tasting, and reasonably priced. You can purchase them in bulk quantities from PineBrothers.com. They are also¬†available at many drug and candy stores, including CVS Pharmacy. If, like us, you don’t have a CVS within a 60-mile radius, Walgreens.com and drugstore.com also carry them.

You should also check out Pine Brothers’ facebook, Pinterest and Twitter pages. They run contests throughout the year, so check back often!

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Elfishki and the Unwelcome Guest

As I have mentioned before, we are always on the look-out for new and entertaining apps for Stud to use while we wait places. We recently moved about thirty miles from where I work and m’duine attends university. Because it was mid-trimester, and we really like the schools that the younglings attend, we decided to open enroll them in our former home district. We also moved in the middle of the fall soccer season. This means that we have spent a LOT of time waiting lately. Waiting for me to get done with work. Waiting for m’duine to get done with class. Waiting for the older younglings to get done with soccer. Have you ever tried to convince a three-year-old that he can NOT go out on the pitch to play soccer with his older brothers. You know, the older brothers who ALWAYS pass the ball with him in the yard. “WHY can’t I play with my brothers? I know how to play soccer. My brothers teach-ted me!” Needless to say, we have used the iPad a lot lately.

We have found another wonderful storybook app! I love storybook apps. Made by the people who brought us Elifishki and the Giant Cake, we now have Elfishki and the Unwelcome Guest! This is another wonderful offering from the great people at Elka Palka Production.

Once upon a time, on the beautiful Rainbow Island in the middle of the Sparkling Sea lived magical little people called Elfishki.

Some of them could fly like butterflies and some could swim like mermaids. They shared the island with animals who could speak and trees who did not talk, but understood everything. All in all, this was a place where miracles happened every day.

One morning, an ice cream seller named Vince and his friend, a dragon named Brungildo, went to their garage for the freezer boxes. But they couldn’t get inside. Vince kept putting his key into the keyhole, but it would just fall out‚ÄĒas if somebody pushed it back. Vince peeked into the keyhole and was dumbfounded‚ÄĒinside the lock was a tiny blue person with a tail…

This storybook can be read by you or your child. It can also be listened to in three different languages, English, Spanish or Russian. In the same way as the Giant Cake, the Unwelcome Guest is also interactive. Tapping different places on the illustrations make them move – such a treat for little ones!

Stud and I both love this book! I’ve also found that Boo (eight-year-old daughter) really likes it. I love that the story is not “dumbed down” just because it’s intended for children. M’duine and I use “adult” language with our children from birth. We coo at our children when they are infants, and we use the standard “aren’t you such an adorable little thing?” voices, but we mostly speak to our children like we speak to anyone else. Our children have very large vocabularies and all read above grade-level, and I believe our use of adult language helped. Hmmm, “adult language” makes it sound like we cuss at our children. <sigh> I’m not sure how else to word it, though. So I’m going to go with that and hope you understand what I mean. Anyway, Boo can read this book by herself and really likes that it doesn’t use “lots of little words”. It should maybe be noted, just for the record, that we are talking about a second grader who is currently working her way through the Harry Potter series.

I highly recommend this app to anyone with young children! I think the stated age is 4-9, but Stud is not yet four and I have seen our twelve-year-old son reading this to Stud and seeming to enjoy himself. I listened to the entire story and found it enjoyable. So, the age range is subjective. Besides, it’s only $2.99 on iTunes! That’s a pretty easy price to live with, even if your youngling only uses it a few times or you have to shelve it for a while.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. You may read my full Disclosure Policy here.


Halloween Party Games Review

I am always looking for fun games and activities for the younglings. They seem to especially appreciate themed activities. With Halloween coming up, I was excited to be given the opportunity to review the Printable Halloween games from Python Printable Games.

The pack retails for $19.95. At the time of writing, it consists of:

  • Crafty Pumpkin Decorating Ideas
  • Pin The Head On The Monster
  • Werewolf Spot The Difference
  • Halloween Costume Word Search
  • Halloween Coloring Pages (8)
  • Halloween Synonyms For Kids
  • Chew On This Candy Names Game
  • Halloween Scavenger Hunt
  • Halloween Memory Match For Kids
  • Halloween Crossword For Kids
  • Halloween Maze Game
  • Escape From The Garden Left-Right
  • Naughty Or Nice? Coloring Game
  • Gross Facts Trivia
  • Monster Mash-Up Charades
  • Teen Terrors Mad Libs
  • Chocolate Trivia
  • Spooky Halloween Word Search
  • Costume Party Paper Dolls
  • I LEFT It RIGHT There! Left-Right
  • Halloween Newlywed Game Questions
  • Cubicle Chaos Mad Libs
  • Spooky Slumber Party Mad Libs
  • Fangs For The Memories Vampire Trivia
  • Left In The Dark Left-Right
  • The Grim Reaper Word Search
  • Pirate Language Game
  • Horror Movies Crossword
  • Twisted Horror Movie Titles
  • Stephen King Books and Movies Trivia
  • Scary Synopsis Horror Movie Trivia
  • Who’s The Bad Guy? Trivia
  • Halloween Picture Match Game
  • Trick Or Treat Trivia
  • Teen Twilight Crossword
  • Who Am I? Halloween
  • Name That Candy Bar Game
  • Gross Cooties Trivia
  • Pumpkin Picture Match Puzzle

According to Python Printable Games:

Some games are suitable for just kids, some for teen to adult, and some for adults only.
We have tried to reflect the typical multi-generational mix at Halloween parties, so there is something for all ages and tastes.
Our games don’t come with restrictions or time limits. You can keep these games forever and reuse them on other occasions, so games that might not be useful now may come in handy later!

I looked through all the games and picked out the ones that I thought were appropriate for my younglings (ages 3-15) and that they would enjoy. The Adults-only games are easy enough to pick out and looked like they could be fun also, I just didn’t have a good set of testers!

The Younglings thought Spooky Slumber Party Mad Libs and Halloween Costume Word Search were the most fun. I think the Left-Right games would be great fun in a classroom, at Scouts or at youth group! (Eight-year-old) Boo was especially fond of the Costume Party Paper Dolls. Of course (three-year-old) Stud’s favorite was the coloring pages. (Fifteen-year-old) Venture Scout was a little frustrated when I completed the Teen Twilight Crossword faster than she did.

Overall, it was a fun set of games that is worth the investment, particularly if you have a Halloween party planned, are a Scout Leader or a teacher!

The generous people at Python Printable Games have a set of FREE Halloween printable coloring pages available that includes a coupon off a purchase of $19.95 or more!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. You may read my full Disclosure Policy here.


Revenge of the Vegetarian *review*


Something that you may not know about me is that I was a vegetarian for five or six years, including one of my pregnancies and some of the time that I was nursing my oldest son. I enjoyed being a vegetarian. I’ve never been a huge fan of meat, especially red meat, so it wasn’t that tough a transition for me to become a vegetarian. In fact, the transition back to omnivore was much more difficult for me.¬†If we ever move from the¬†Midwest¬†Edge of Nowhere, I may become a vegetarian again.¬†It is difficult to find other (not veggie burgers) proteins for a vegetarian diet where we currently live.

To this day I retain some vegetarian traits. I still eat veggie burgers when the rest of the family has hamburgers, because I prefer the taste of them to any meat burgers. I don’t eat meat that still has bones in it. This has created some interesting conversations between m’duine and I. He grew up in Texas, home of the ginormous rare steak. His mother once thought he was cutting ribs off the bone for one of the children, only to be educated on the entertaining ways that he had come up with to get protein in me. If it occurs to me that I am eating something that used to be an animal, I’m done. I won’t be able to finish. This is one of the reasons m’duine does 95% of the cooking in our house.

The title of this book caught my eye. I’m used to a good deal of “ribbing” (pun intended) about my former vegetarianism and my current pickiness about meat eating. I was hoping for a tongue-in-cheek perspective, and boy did this book deliver! I was laughing from cover to cover. The author even gives some helpful information for people who don’t know much (or anything) about vegetarianism. This would be a great gift to give a friend or family member who doesn’t quite seem to “get it.” It would also be a great book to give to a vegetarian friend with a healthy sense of humor.

There are “interviews” with dead vegetarians, performed by a psychic. There’s a vegetarian zodiac. There are definitions of “veg speak”, some truthful and some delightfully tongue-in-cheek. There’s a “day in the life of a new vegetarian” diary. There’s even a V.Q. (Veggie Quotient) quiz at the end of the book!

Without giving away too much, I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It was a quick read with constant entertainment. I can’t wait to see if the author comes out with more books.

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Spiderman! Spiderman! Does whatever a spider can! *toddler costume review*

We’re all about dress-up in this house. We keep Halloween costumes until they fall apart and can’t be fixed anymore. We have homemade costumes. We have handmade costumes. We have hand-me-down costumes. We have costumes that have been used by multiple younglings. We dress up for¬†Renaissance¬†Festivals. We dress up for Halloween well past the “normal” age. We dress up in the middle of June just because we like to! We start planning Halloween costumes in June. We are intense about costumes!

You can imagine my excitement when I was approved to review an infant/toddler costume from Costume Discounters. I spent hours pouring over the possibilities, then I got my friend Sydni’s opinion, then I made my final decision. I chose the Toddler Spider Man Muscle costume, because Stud is All. About. Spiderman.

It took less than a week for the costume to arrive, and when I pulled it out Stud was so excited. The older kids were all excited, too. “Can he put it on now?” “Can he be Spiderman for Halloween?” “Should we all pick¬†heroes¬†from the Justice League so that we match him?” Of course it HAD to be put on. right. now.

I was a little concerned about the sizing when I chose it.¬†Stud is trim for his age, but he’s a tiny bit on the tall side, so clothes fit funny sometimes. I ordered the Toddler 3-4 with a little trepidation. When it arrived, however, it was a perfect fit! He even has a bit of length left to grow into.

He has Camera Radar and loves to ham it up for the camera, so it’s a chore for me to get a picture of him doing anything other than standing two foot from the end of my lens grinning like a the Cheshire Cat. <sigh> It’s genetic. I did finally manage to teach him how to do the Spiderman hand-thingy by telling him to sign “I love you” and then turn his hand over.

The costume is well made, with all the edges serged and the seam construction seems sturdy. Pun not intended. I am very picky about construction quality. I sew clothing for myself and the younglings when I have time and I was the Costume Mistress on multiple theatre productions when I was in college. I actually caught a lot of flak from the Director of Theatre at the university, because I expected garment quality construction from my crew. I believe costumes should be constructed to at least the same level of quality as garments. This costume is also made out of actual fabric, not the weird nylon mesh faux fabric that most costumes from big box stores are made from.

The cute little cap was included and it has padding in the chest and upper arms to give him “muscles”. He complained a little that the costume is “scratchy”, but he doesn’t complain at all if I put a thin t-shirt on him under the costume. The bottom of the costume doesn’t seem to bother him, just the chest. That is the only complaint I have with this costume or my experience with The Costume Supercenter.

Stud has worn the costume multiple times now and it is still in good condition, without any rips or tears! I will definitely be using The Costume Supercenter in the future. In fact, I connected my laptop to the flat screen tele last night and spent almost two hours looking at costumes while the younglings (including Venture Scout) fought over who’s turn it was to look at costumes next! The have a great variety and excellent prices. And, to top it all off, they have a free size exchange policy!

They also have a twitter page. If you follow them now @CostumeDiscount, you will be one step ahead for a surprise in a few days!

Have you started thinking about your Halloween costumes yet?

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4th of July Party Games Pack Review and Flash Giveaway


Congratulations, Darryl S.!

I am always looking for fun games and activities for the younglings. They seem to especially appreciate themed activities. With Independence Day coming up, I was excited to be given the opportunity to review the 4th of July Party Games Pack from Python Printable Games.

The pack retails for $19.95. At the time of writing, it consists of:

  • ¬†Independence Day Trivia game
  • ¬†Independence Day Mad Libs
  • ¬†Patriotic Trivia match game
  • ¬†Presidential Trivia game
  • ¬†State Nicknames match game
  • ¬†Beers of the World placemat game
  • ¬†Nasty British Food trivia
  • ¬†Military Trivia
  • ¬†Baseball Trivia
  • ¬†Survival of the Fittest party game
  • ¬†Red, White & Blue Scavenger Hunt
  • ¬†Happy 4th of July Left-Right
  • ¬†American History trivia
  • ¬†Independence Day Synonyms game
  • ¬†Fast Food trivia
  • ¬†US Beers match game
  • ¬†Tangled Tongue Twisters Tango
  • ¬†Pick the Party Stars
  • ¬†Meet Your Match acting game
  • ¬†The Color of Music

According to Python Printable Games:

Some games are suitable for just kids, some for teen to adult, and some for adults only.
We have tried to reflect the typical multi-generational mix at Independence Day parties, so there is something for all ages and tastes.
Our games don’t come with restrictions or time limits. You can keep these games forever and reuse them on other occasions, so games that might not be useful now may come in handy later!

I looked through all the games and picked out the ones that I thought were appropriate for my younglings (ages 3-15) and that they would enjoy. The Adults-only games are easy to pick out and looked like they could be fun also, I just didn’t have a good set of testers!

The Younglings thought the Independence Day Mad-Libs and Tangled Tongue Twisters Tango were the most fun. Even the youngest had fun trying to repeat the tongue twisters after the older ones read them! They found most of the trivia games and the Synonyms game too difficult. Venture Scout (15yo) even thought they were too tough.

Overall, it was a fun set of games that is worth the investment, particularly if you have a family gathering coming up!

The generous people at Python Printable Games have offered a 4th of July Party Games Pack for one of ¬†my readers. Enter at Silverdragonheart’s facebook fan page (click on the Rafflecopter tab).

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PottyCover *Review*

Product Description

PottyCover is a disposable toilet seat cover for children that covers the sides and the front of the toilet, to keep away germs at public rest-rooms.  It is made of non-woven fabric coated with a layer of plastic, creating a waterproof barrier between the toilet and the child. This product has the largest coverage of all seat covers on the market and for added convenience, each seat cover is individually packaged in a small, easy to open bag that makes it super easy to always keep one or two in a purse or a back pocket.
Using a public rest-room with a young child could be very stressful, but with PottyCovers the whole family can feel safe knowing that even at the filthiest bathrooms they will be protected from germs. We designed this product for kids, but it has become a must-have travel item for many of our adult customers.
A pack of PottyCover sells for $5.99 and it is available on Amazon, Ebay, all Buy Buy Baby stores around the country and at select Bed Bath & Beyond stores.
I don’t think of myself as an overly nervous parent, but public toilets skeeve me out just a bit. I especially dislike them when my children are small. My younglings like to touch everything! The design of the PottyCover makes it so that the entire toilet, except for the Sloan valve (metal pipe at the back) or the tank.¬†This design has the added benefit of keeping children’s hands and clothing clean, regardless of where they are holding on or where their little legs rest against the toilet.
Overall, I liked the PottyCovers. They were compact enough that they didn’t take up too much room in the diaper bag, and easy enough to use that I didn’t dread the task. They were convenient and easy to use on a regular public toilet. I almost used one on the¬†kybo¬†at the soccer tournament this weekend, but there wasn’t anywhere inside the unit to dispose of it, so I didn’t.
We honestly don’t use public toilets much, so this is probably not something I will purchase in the future. If we did a lot of travelling, however, I probably would keep them on-hand, especially for my smaller (preschool and toddler) children.
Do you have any products that you just can’t leave the house without?

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