Back to School 2017, Gift Guides, Star Wars

Fidget Fun and Tricks with New Fijix Spinners

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Fidget Fun and Tricks with New Fijix Spinners

Fidget Spinners! Have you heard of these? lol Of course you have. What makes a spinner quality is the amount of time it spins. We have plenty that hit or come very close to hitting about 2 minutes. However, these new Fijix Spinners give you 3 minutes or more of spin!


Love Minions? Each fidget spinner side has character illustrations and they are 3-pronged so your child or you can get fancy with those fidget tricks. They are very quiet too.


Not a minion fan? (really?!). Ok we have a few other characters to show you that will also be available. Five Nights at Freddy’s are popular with the older kids. My 9 year old loves them and like the Minions they have characters on each side. If you are a Power Rangers fan we have those for you too!


With the Star Wars, don’t expect anything less than Super! These are Super Fidget Spinners with characters like Darth Vader, BB8, R2D2 and Stormtrooper Super Spinners with a different outcome after every spin. Make sure you start collecting these ones as you come across them.


Back to School 2017, Healthy Living, Kids

Safe Deodorant for Kids Because Confidence Matters

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When they are ready your tween will suddenly need your help but will not ask for it. Parenting a tween can be challenging yet with a little effort and tools we will get them through these years with confidence and keeping communication open which is so important. Their bodies are changing and confidence matters so we are talking about safe deodorant for kids.


My son is 9 and I noticed his ‘tween smell’ before he did. It was in his shirts or when he came up to me for those sweet random hugs. My husband took him upstairs to talk about growing bodies and there comes a time when we are ready for deodorant. Enter Tom’s of Maine Wicked Cool….



The Tom’s of Maine Wicked Cool deodorants are for your tween when they are ready with fun scents like Summer Fun or Freestyle scents. There is no aluminum, petrochemicals or artificial preservatives or fragrances.


Michele Borba – globally-recognized educational psychologist and author of the new book UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About Me World – believes it’s critically important for parents to provide support as their child prepares for the new school year. Here is a Wicked Cool Bucket List to work through with your tween or teen to allow them the confidence that will get them through the teen years.


Back to School 2017, Education, STEM Learning

Creation Crate – A Tech Education Curriculum Subscription Box

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Creation Crate - A Tech Education Curriculum Subscription Box

Science and technology. It is all around our kids from the games they play and devices they hold to them watching us with our devices and even making our homes smarter. This is their world and will ever gain in momentum for their future. They need technology and they need the concepts, the earlier the better. Creation Crate is a subscription box, only it is an actual tech education curriculum that will walk them through tech in fun games and projects.


Creation Crate monthly

The 12 Month Curriculum builds on each previous month. So this is a plan where 1 box is sent each month and you need to hold onto all previous months boxes to use and build from. It is like an entire tech course for kids with pieces arriving a bit at a time so they keep paced and focus on one dynamic at a time. It is rather clever.

The full curriculum in order beginning with Month 1:

  1. Mood lamp
  2. Memory Game
  3. Distance Detector
  4. LED Dice Game
  5. Optical Theremin
  6. 2-Player Reflex Game
  7. Weather Station
  8. Audio Visualizer
  9. Lock Box
  10. Digital Multimeter
  11. Handheld Balance Game
  12. Strength Gauge


creation crate reward

Oh and the stickers can be proudly worn at the completion of a project. Now I had my 9 year old son try this out. We got box 1 and needed some help. It is rated for 12 and older and we were only stuck on a wire placement. I contacted the brand and they were helpful in helping us understand why we were stuck and how to fix it and move forward again.


Will a child you know enjoy and benefit from this plan? You can buy month to month, but if you commit to multiple months you will save quite a bit in the end. Even if all you can commit to is 1 month for now they will still learn a lot as they build themselves a mood lamp like ours. Start HERE!

Back to School 2017, Food

New Welch’s Fruit Roll Ups

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New Welch's Fruit Roll Ups

The fruity taste of Welch’s snacks brings us new fruit roll ups. My 9 year old loves eating fruit roll ups and they are a fun change from the packs of fruit snacks I put in his lunch. We love variety and having options makes home lunches much less boring.

So, you do you roll (or unroll)? I found my son does the exact same as me. I unroll as I take bites, a bit at a time. There is plenty of fruit snack on this roll so you won’t feel shorted in the great tasting snack.

We love the flavors, tropical punch and white grape strawberry. I think the strawberry combination is my favorite. Like the Welch’s fruit snacks, the roll ups are gluten freepreservative free, feature 100% DV of Vitamin C and are a good source of Vitamins A & E.

Welch's Fruit Roll