Froggy Tots Digital Thermometer

With 2 kids and another on the way, I was looking for a thermometer that worked in a variety of ways, with a quick and accurate read out. The Froggy Tots Digital Baby Thermometer is a home run in all those departments!

First of all, while its still a minor struggle to take the kids temperatures (because they hate it), it’s a little more bearable because they think the frog is cute. So it’s something to look at and joke around about the Froggy in your arm pit or Froggy in your mouth. Speaking of which, this thermometer takes quick and accurate readings within 15 seconds via under tongue, under the armpit or rectally. The display is easy to read. The tip is flexible, which is great and it’s waterproof. It does have an auto shut off but I’ll be honest, it’s easier for me just to hit the button to turn it off. There are 2 more awesome features- the fever alarm and memory recall. The memory recall is great if you forget what the last temperature you took was. The fever alarm is great because it lets you know if there’s a Lo or high grade fever.

The little cover is nice as it covers the whole top, including the button so it’s difficult for little hands to grab and poke and whatnot. The battery is hidden in the frog. You have to remove the top part of the frog to see the battery and then use a pencil tip or something small to pick the battery out. It’s semi easy for an adult to open but difficult enough for a kid to not be able to open it easily. Or at all. This is a great thermometer. I now know a great baby shower gift for my friends having babies!

Disclaimer: I received this product free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. These thoughts are my own and are not influenced by seller or price in any way.

What gives?

So, not quite sure what the heck happened but some of my pictures have disappeared. I’m going to have to go back and try to fix my older posts so they don’t look so crazy.

Im going to start posting more again, so yayyy!! It was a little rough between life, work and the Masters program I’m attending. Now that in in a groove, more should pop up! ūüôā

Washi Masking Tape

Direct link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01BWBZYRY/ref=mp_s_a_1_19?qid=1459896477&sr=1-19-spons&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=washi+masking+tape&psc=1

The washi masking tape is really fun! There are 16 different rolls of masking tape. Each measuring 15mm X 10m. The quality of the tape is great and it sticks well. We use these for crafts with the kids. The fun, bright colors and patterns made it great to decorate Easter eggs with the kids without a mess!!!!

I also enjoy using the washi masking tape on rewards charts when we’re out of stickers. We’ve made a birthday card for Grammy with these too. There are a million different uses and I’m in love! YouTube, Pinterest and Google have a ton of fun and interesting uses for the tape. The fun is endless!

Disclaimer: I received this product free or discounted in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. These thoughts are my own and are not influenced by seller or price paid in any way.

Electric Nasal Aspirator

Direct link to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Electric-Aspirator-Waterproof-Washable-Cleaner/dp/B016KVWOLA?ie=UTF8&ref_=cm_cr-mr-title

Does you child have a lot of mucous? Does the thought of sucking it out of their nose with a nose frida make you gag? If so, this is a perfect option! I have 2 children. My youngest is 2. If you’re a parent/grandparent/nanny/aunt/uncle/cousin or anyone else watching little ones, you know that when they’re upset, they become an octopus. They seemingly sprout arms and legs and thrash around like we’re hanging in the middle of a mosh pit. The Magnifeko nasal aspirator works quickly and efficiently.

The aspirator comes with 2 nostril pieces: one for children and one for adults. Now, this is an electric suction so it does make noise. It’s not too loud and the suction isn’t too powerful where it would hurt. If it were, I wouldn’t have even tried it. So, that being said, this is a nice handy tool to have at home and at the ready. So, as you can imagine, I have a 2 year old turned octopus as soon as we try to suction her nose. This worked quickly and efficiently where she didn’t have the full time to react, kick and thrash like normal. She still didn’t like it, but it cleared her out much faster. The mucous goes straight in to this little cup like piece. It is easy to clean. Simply pop off the nose piece and then pop the cup off. Rinse and dry. Another cool feature is that this stands upright! So the nose piece isn’t going to be put down and get on or in clothing or whatever else.
This would make a fantastic gift or just a great purchase to have around the house.

Disclaimer: I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. These thoughts are my own and are not influenced by seller or price paid in any way.

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Flipazoo Stuffed Animals

Direct link to purchase:

8″:¬†http://www.amazon.com/FlipaZoo-The-Baby-Sides-Everyone/dp/B01C65E8P4?ie=UTF8&keywords=flipazoo&qid=1458834932&ref_=sr_1_2&s=toys-and-games&sr=1-2

16″:¬†http://www.amazon.com/FlipaZoo-The-Pillow-Sides-Everyone/dp/B01C65EE6W?ie=UTF8&keywords=flipazoo&qid=1458834932&ref_=sr_1_1&s=toys-and-games&sr=1-1

32″:¬†http://www.amazon.com/FlipaZoo-Jumbo-Pillow-Sides-Everyone/dp/B01C65EDZO?ie=UTF8&keywords=flipazoo&qid=1458834932&ref_=sr_1_3&s=toys-and-games&sr=1-3

These are honestly the cutest and most awesome stuffed animals I have ever seen/owned! Whoever made these are genius. Seriously, you get 2 stuffed animals in one. This is great for birthdays, holidays, any type of gift giving. My kids are obsessed! Check out my youtube video for a better visual!

The 8″ flipazoo is a great size. It fits perfectly in my 2 year old’s¬†hands. She snuggles with it constantly. Both animals, in our case the polar bear/husky combo, are ridiculously cute and well made. Seams are tight and stitching is great. One side (polar bear) has a smooth feel to it, where the husky side is very soft.

How it works is simple. You just flip the back end of one of the animals and it covers the head of the other. Easy peasy. No hard work, no craziness. Just simple fun! This mom of 2 gives it 2 thumbs up!

Disclaimer: I received this product free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. These thoughts are my own and are not influenced by seller or price in any way.

P.S- Forgive these photos, they were taken from my video and I look…wretched LOL. Seriously though, I’m uploading my video to youtube in a bit, go check it out!

Polaroid Snap Instant Camera

Direct link to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Polaroid-Instant-Digital-Printing-Technology/dp/B015JIAD7C/ref=sr_1_1?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1455494593&sr=1-1&keywords=polaroid

Link to my youtube video: https://youtu.be/6mjX5fPlSN8

Yup, you read that right- polaroid! This is a nice mix of old with a modern twist. It’s a fairly lightweight camera that comes in a few different colors: white, black, red and blue. This comes with the camera, wrist strap and charging cord.

The photos you take are printed right in the camera. No need for a printer. However, you do have to purchase the zink zero ink photo paper. The instant print really captures the Polaroid feel. It prints 2×3 pictures so it’s a wallet sized photo. They print out completely dried so no wait time needed. I do wish that this printed larger photos. But, you can always put an SD card in and save/print photos that way.

It’s easy to use: on off button releases and closes the flash. There’s a mode button for pictures: black & white, vintage, normal and then each of those with the Polaroid border. The cover is a magnet that has a tight pull/closure so it’s not just going to fall off on you. It’s small and light enough to easily fit in a purse or a pocket. I love this. It’s nice to use a viewfinder instead of always looking at the shot your taking in the back of the camera.

If you’re looking for this camera to be exactly like an old Polaroid, it’s not going to be. This is, as I said, a nice combo of old meets new and I think it’s fun to use. Also an awesome investment for schools or programs that make picture schedules or books for children/adults.

Disclaimer: I received this product free or discounted In exchange for my honest and unbiased review. These thoughts are my own and are not influenced by seller or price I paid in any way.

Buyus Draw and Write Tablet Review

Direct link to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Buyus-Travel-Magnetic-Drawing-Toddlers/dp/B016NHLNHW/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1455376416&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=buyus+writing+tab

The buyus travel size draw and write table is functional and my kids enjoy using it buuuut there is room for improvement. Want to check it out on video? Look up my review on youtube: Rae-ving Rae-views.  I am going to go over the good and not so good below:

Good: *Kids enjoy it   *Decent size for a travel item   *Colorful drawing/lettering   *easy to use stylus and eraser bar.

Not so good: *It is a dollar store looking table (wouldn’t pay their $49.99 price tag. The $12.95 is ok but still can get a larger magna doodle for¬†close to the same price)¬†¬† *The screen moves¬†¬† *The small magnet doodlers don’t really click to lock in so kids using it won’t push down hard enough to lock them in¬†¬† *Magnet doodlers are small so be careful if it’s around little kids¬†¬† *The lighter colors on the board are kind of tough to see at times

Disclaimer: I received this product free or discounted in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. These thoughts are my own and are not influenced by seller or price I paid in any way.

Thrivetea Water Bottle Review

Direct link to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Thriveteas-Double-Walled-Tumbler-Infuser/dp/B017JONQTG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1455374844&sr=8-1&keywords=thrivetea+bottle

To view this bottle in action, search my youtube page: Rae-ving Rae-views!

This is one of the best glass water bottles I’ve used before.¬† The double glass walled bottle keeps your cold drinks nice and cold and your warm drinks warm- all without either freezing or burning your hand/fingers off.¬† I’m that person that in order to drink water I need it ice cold….like basically just a bottle of ice.¬† Keeping this bottle of water in the fridge keeps it nice and refreshingly cold.¬† I have found that I actually drink more water since using this bottle, which is awesome for me. As you can see, you get the bottle and a cute little strainer.¬† Don’t be fooled, this is a nice, multi-use bottle.

The design is unlike any I have used or seen previously. It has a very unique and appealing feel to it.  I also love the bamboo cover.  It is the easiest infuser bottle I have used yet.  You can use this in a few wats: first, you can use this where you put your fruit/veggies in the bottle with water and then add the strainer in so that you can drink without getting chunks of food in your mouth.  Or you can put the strainer in first and make your own tea or coffee.  And lastly, you can use it like I am at this moment and just use it as a regular water bottle.

It is a glass bottle so it is easy to clean. Just like any glass it’s slippery when you wash it so be careful there.¬† Also be careful when you handle it as it is a nice weight but there are no grips on the bottle, it’s like a regular glass cup.

Disclaimer: I received this product free or discounted in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.  These thoughts are my own and are not influenced by seller or price I paid in any way.

Girl Era Ruby Bracelet

imageimageCheck out my YouTube video: https://youtu.be/q8v4KX3k3gc

Direct link to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015LZRISU?keywords=Ruby%20tennis%20bracelet&nodeID=7141123011&qid=1454872293&ref_=sr_1_4&s=apparel&sr=1-4

This bracelet is exquisite! While you can tell that it’s not real up close, it is very beautiful. The cubic zirconia and ruby’s shine beautifully in the sunlight. The design of the bracelet is unique and certainly adds to its charm. This fits my adult wrist well where it’s not too loose. This would not be appropriate for a child. This would make a wonderful gift for valentine’s day, other holidays, graduation, a “just-because” gift, birthdays (especially July!), or any other reason you can think of. It really is beautiful. Very well made as well. You can tell it is not just going to fall apart on you. The clasp is very well made and has a tight closure, which is most important. Great price for a great product!

Disclaimer: I received this product free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. These thoughts and opinions are my own and are not influenced by seller or price I may have paid in any way.

Badger Basket Doll High Chair Review

imageView my video of this product here: https://youtu.be/4uXT9prg3IY

I bought 2 of the badger basket doll high chairs for both of my girls for Christmas. Out of all the toys they received, this is the most played with toy. The kids love it! For reference, my two are 1.5 and 4.5.

The pros:
*perfect height for the little one to use
*wooden and cute simple design
*fits all doll sizes (up to 21″ I think)
*toddler tough! My kids beat on these things and they look look like I just took them out of the box

The Cons:
*the only con is that the tray on the high chair is just a hinge arm. My kids know to keep their fingers away from the tray so they don’t get hurt. I would love if this had a no-slam feature. Or at least a delayed close or something.

All in all i would recommend this product. I love it and so do the kids. It keeps them occupied for HOURS and it really is a cute addition to their doll toys. If you have any questions- let me know ill be more than happy to answer what I can!