Monday, September 15, 2014

Name Labels From Kidecals

My kids, like most kids, tend to misplace their things. I try to label their outerwear and lunch bags and the like, but the idea of having a sheet of labels for new items and those I hadn’t yet labeled was very appealing to me. When Kidecals contacted me with an invitation to review their product, I was more than happy to do so.

Kidecals are personalized labels that are dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer safe!  Plus they stick to any surface! You can use these stickers on clothing, backpacks, tupperware, devices...you name it. If you don't need any name labels, there are still plenty of options to choose from for both kids and adults! We offer keyboard stickers canning/baking labels, chalkboard labels, and much more!

There were literally hundreds of options to choose from and it practically took me more time to decide on a design than it did for my labels to arrive once I placed my order! I decided to design a sticker that all 3 of my kids can use, rather than going with a gender specific design or only putting one name on the label. I chose the design called rainbow dot, which looks like this:

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Instead of the address, I edited the design to include all 5 of our names, as well as our phone number. Since I didn’t really want to broadcast my number here on the blog, I blocked it out on this picture of our labels:

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I chose the mini set, which included 66 of the labels you see above, which are one inch circles and cost $21. The kids and I had a good time sticking them on various items, including their school sweatshirts, lunch bags and containers, back packs, and even Gabbie’s camera.

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These labels can be used on almost anything – water bottles, sports equipment, shoes, electronics – most anything you can think of that you or your child might misplace. Being that they are dishwasher and machine wash / drier safe, I plan to use them on almost everything!

I also chose to try out a set of keyboard stickers, just because I think they are really cute. The keyboard stickers are specifically designed for Macs, but I figured they would work just fine on my keyboard – and they do! I chose the love roses small set which costs $9.

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One of the best things about ordering from kidecals is that all shipping is free! With all the options available, you will definitely find labels that work for you and your family!

I received a product in exchange for this review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday Funnies–Coffee Edition

Today’s Sunday Funnies is brought to you by coffee. It’s addictive, yummy, and funny! Enjoy.

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Do you like to drink coffee?

Friday, September 12, 2014

What I’ve Been Reading #61

Home Front by Kristin Hannah was about the war in Iraq from the viewpoint of a woman soldier, a protagonist that is not often written about. “Like many couples, Michael and Jolene Zarkades have to face the pressures of everyday life---children, careers, bills, chores---even as their twelve-year marriage is falling apart. Then an unexpected deployment sends Jolene deep into harm’s way and leaves defense attorney Michael at home, unaccustomed to being a single parent to their two girls. As a mother, it agonizes Jolene to leave her family, but as a solider she has always understood the true meaning of duty. In her letters home, she paints a rose-colored version of her life on the front lines, shielding her family from the truth. But war will change Jolene in ways that none of them could have foreseen. When tragedy strikes, Michael must face his darkest fear and fight a battle of his own---for everything that matters to his family.” When Jolene leaves for war, Michael has to take over her role in the home, a move that allows him to see her differently and understand her better. Sadly, Michael has allowed Jolene to leave after he has said hurtful things to her. He has to work to explain his newly discovered appreciation of his wife, and the changes forced upon Jolene due to war make this even more difficult for him. This book gives a look at what the war in Iraq is like, as well as an insight into military families that was unknown to me previously.

Have you read this book? If so, what did you think?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Just Between Friends Consignment Sale #JBFKC

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Have I mentioned that I love consignment sales? I’m sure I have! Today is the first day of the Just Between Friends sale here in Overland Park. Today and tomorrow it is open from 9 AM- 8 PM. Saturday and Sunday they are open from 9 AM – 5 PM and on Sunday many items are half price!

What will you find at the JBF Sales Event?

Infant, Toddler, and School-age Clothing (current season only)
Girls sizes preemie - Juniors
Boys sizes preemie - 20

Maternity Clothing

Infant Care Items (diaper pails, bottles, nursing items)

Kid Furnishings (room decor, furniture, pack-n-play)

I was able to check out the pre-sale yesterday and there is truly a ton of things available to purchase!

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I went in with a list and was able to find some of the things that I wanted. I also refrained from buying things that the kids don’t need! Here’s what I found:

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Fireman Purim Costume for Simon – $6. Snowpants and snowboots for Zachary – $5 and $10.

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Snowpants for Gabbie – $4. 2 pairs of pajamas for Gabbie – $6 each.

If you’re local, I’d definitely recommend getting to this sale! You won’t be disappointed. If you do go today, don’t forget to print out a free entry coupon on the site, as there is a $2 admission charge today only!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Just Between Friends of Lee’s Summit and Overland Park. This program is in partnership with Real Mom Media (www.RealMomMedia.com).  All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

LeapBands and CLIF For Making Fit Fun #FitMadeFun

I received free products in order to host a LeapFrog and CLIF Kid sponsored MommyParty. All opinions expressed are my own.

This past weekend marked the global launch of the LeapBand, the new wearable activity tracker for kids. As fans of Leap Frog products, we were excited to try out our new LeapBands!

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“LeapBand encourages kids to get active with customizable virtual pet pals. LeapBand tracks kids’ every movement and suggests fun active challenges - and the more they move, the more points they earn to unlock virtual rewards for their pets and get to new levels!”

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I was not surprised that Simon and Zachary were thrilled by their new watches / activity trackers, but I was surprised that Gabbie wanted in on the fun too! Simon has been sharing his LeapBand with Gabbie as well!

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We tested out the LeapBands while riding bikes. We were able to see that points (called jewels) were rewarded after activities were completed. The LeapBands track activity on an energy bar and jewels are rewarded as the bar fills. Kids can do their regular activities, or they can use audio challenges, where they are able to perform actions as described, such as “wiggle like a worm” and “fly like a bird” – that action had Zachary jumping off the table in the living room!

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Kids pick a pet, its color and name, and then play with their pet through activities and games. The games teach fun nutrition facts as well.

With the audio of the watch, the time is read to the kids, so even Simon can tell what time it is when he wants to. Parents can set controls so that the watch can not be used during school and sleep times. This has been especially useful for Zachary, who wants to wear his at all times – although he was not so impressed that all of his friends were asking him about his cool new watch!

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ClifKid also provided us with ClifKid Zbars to try. ClifKid Zbar Protein is an organic baked whole grain snack made with a nutritious blend of carbohydrates, fiber, protein, and fat to maintain kids’ energy so kids can keep zipping and zooming along. ClifKid is introducing 60 Minutes of Motion, “an active and fun way for busy families to incorporate physical activity into their daily routine.” Because the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that kids have 60 minutes of daily physical activity, 60 Minutes of Motion is a deck of cards that includes 10 Motion Cards which instruct you to perform one minute bursts of motion, 5 Activity Cards that describe sustained 10 minute activities, 5 Adventure Cards which are wild cards with inspiring words and phrases prompting kids to choose their own adventure, 2 Game Cards which describe motion-filled games, and 1 Snack and 1 Hydration Card which give tips on how to nourish yourself before, during, and after outdoor play and activity. These cards will be available for download beginning on September 15 at www.clifkid.com.

With our LeapBands and ClifKid Zbars it is easy to get my kids excited about physical activity!

I received products in exchange for my review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

It’s Okay #38

It’s okay…

…that the consignment sale is this week and I’m still needing to enter a few more tags.

…that I’m trying to keep track of the things I need to buy at the consignment sale and to refrain from buying things I don’t actually need!

…that I’m working on not stressing out about school pick ups.

…that Gabbie might need a phone now that she might be staying at school in between school and dance class rather than me driving her back and forth.

…that Zachary probably needs a learning evaluation.

…that I need a babysitter on Sunday and I don’t know who to ask.

…that I used my Kindle credits at the Amazon store to buy Simon a Caillou app.

…that I’m enjoying the cooler temperatures outside.

…that we had fun watching the polar bear at the zoo playing with his garbage can:

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What’s okay with you today?


Monday, September 8, 2014

Kansas City Renaissance Festival

Last weekend, we went to the Kansas City Ren Fest. We had never been before, although we had been to the NY Ren Faire in Tuxedo NY once. What I discovered in going to this second Ren Faire is that while they charge a lot to enter the festival, they still charge for various activities and rides inside the festival. I wished that they would have given us ride and game credits for our admission price, but instead most everything inside, apart from shows, cost extra. We did have a fun time though, and here are some photos!

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Simon was scared of these mermaids!

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I did pay $1 each for the boys to ride this dragon swing:

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Have you ever been to a Renaissance Faire?