Archives for August 30, 2019

It’s time for Summer Baby Roundup!

NEW! Baby Skin Gentle Mineral Sunscreen Lotion – SPF 50 and NEW! Baby Face™ Gentle Mineral Sunscreen Stick – SPF 50

We are definitely having the sunny summer weather Southern California is known for! This product is a must-buy for baby! Babo Botanicals New Baby Face and Baby Skin sunscreens are just perfect to use on your little ones! I like that it is 100% Non-Nano zinc oxide that does not stay white..it actually rubs in clear. Another big plus is that these products are fragrance-free and are perfect for sensitive skin. Another great fact is that they are 80 minutes of water and sweat resistant.

Find out more at https://www.babobotanicals.com/

Looking for a perfect birthday gift for a little one? I love this company and their products!

stuck on you name blocks make a great gift!

I love these name blocks! They are lightweight and do not chip and are made with eco-friendly wood and paint. They come in a personalized felt bag and retail for $19.95. Find them here.

Australia based Stuck On You was founded in 1995 by Carrie Felton, a mom of three boys.  A global leader in personalized products for baby & beyond, Stuck On You products are available in more than 15 countries.  Felton created Stuck On You to celebrate the individuality of every name, bring joy to new parents with unique, timeless products for every child, save families time, energy and money and help them to lead a more organized life.  In addition to a broad offering of labels, the Stuck On You collection includes activity and personalized books, durable and stylish bags, lunchboxes and drink bottles, stationery, bag tags and gorgeous gifts for all ages.

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Need a gift for a new baby? This is one of my favorites!

MAM Comfort pacifier

MAM, the leading designer brand of award-winning, medically sound and innovative baby products introduces the MAM Comfort™ pacifier, a 100% silicone, one-piece pacifier specially designed for newborns. 

The MAM Comfort™ is a result of 7 years of research and development with pediatricians, dentists and orthodontists. Designed to comfort baby and support proper oral development, the MAM Comfort™ is extra small and lightweight and is more than 50% lighter than the leading hospital pacifier. The pacifier features a Skinsoft™ symmetrical nipple that is easily accepted by baby and a shield that is perfectly sized and shaped allowing for minimal skin contact to protect baby’s sensitive skin. MAM’s orthodontic nipple ensures the pacifier is always positioned correctly in the baby’s mouth.

The one-piece design of the MAM Comfort™ adheres to the guidelines of the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) and makes it easy to clean. A silicone handle is featured for easy grip and attachment of a pacifier leash.

The MAM Comfort™ is sold as a set of two and come in a convenient sterilizing storage case. They are available now at buybuyBaby, Meijer, Amazon.com and shopmambaby.com.  Recommended retail is $8.09 for a 2-pack of pacifiers.  For more information on the MAM Comfort™ visit www.mambaby.com.

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If you’re looking for a great product for Diaper Rash then this next one is a must!

Boudreaux’s Butt Paste with Natural Aloe

When tough diaper rash appears this summer, grab Boudreaux’s Butt Paste With Natural Aloe – a solution with plant-based ingredients for kicking rash fast!

More information on how you can say “Aloe” to summer below!

·         Boudreaux’s Butt Paste With Natural Aloe

o   Comprised of over 75% plant-based ingredients to help keep baby’s booty relieved of diaper rash

o   16% Zinc Oxide – helps treat diaper rash by creating a barrier to seal out wetness

o   Plant-Based Ingredients: Natural Aloe, Natural Carnauba Wax and Castor Seed Oil

o   Available in a 4 oz. tube

o   Suggested Retail: $7.99

         Available at Target, Walmart and Amazon.com

If you are looking for the perfect baby shower gift this summer, I recommend the pediped Outlet Swaddle Collection! These are just adorable and comfy for baby too!

Pediped Outlet Swaddle Collection

The pediped Outlet Swaddle Collection is the coziest new line of layette footwear. Wrap your precious newborn’s sweet little toes in our new Swaddle Crib Shoe. Made to feel uber comfy against baby’s skin, so soft you can swaddle them in! Made with a high-quality suede sole so babies’ toes can stretch, spread and grip the floor without constriction.

Priced at $23.99. Offered in sizes 0 – 6 Months and 6 -12 Months. Available exclusively on www.pedipedoutlet.com.

Aren’t these just the cutest?

About pediped®
Exceptional quality, unsurpassed comfort, and distinctive styling have made the award-winning company the fastest growing children’s footwear brand in the United States. pediped®footwear has been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for the promotion of healthy foot development, and preeminent orthopedic medical professionals, Dr. Mininder S. Kocher and Dr. Thomas W. Vorderer, deem pediped® shoes an excellent choice for parents/caregivers who want their children’s feet to develop naturally and healthily. pediped® has received numerous industry awards and accolades including recognition from Earnshaw’s, the premier media resource serving the children’s market. In 2015 pediped® was recognized by the Footwear Industry Awards as the Children’s Footwear Brand of the Year and earned a 2016 Earnie Award from Earnshaw’s magazine as the Footwear Brand of the Year.

pediped® is sold in over 750 stores in the United States and 40 countries worldwide with an offering of more than 120 designs for boys and girls between its three lines, Originals®, Grip ‘n’ Go™ and Flex®. The award-winning footwear is available in EU sizes 17 to 38 (US newborn to 6 Youth).

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Enjoy these last days of Summer!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Images were also provided. No other compensation was provided and I only feature products that I highly recommend.

The New Adventures of Gumby: The 1980’s Series, Vol. 2 * Fully Re-mastered With Great Visuals and Sound

The New Adventures of Gumby: The 1980s Series Volume 2. Welcome back Gumby and Pokey in this wild, wacky and inventive collection of 80 s episodes! Featuring 49 clay-animated episodes, fully re-mastered from their original camera rolls and soundtracks. Also making appearances are Prickle, Goo, the Blockheads, Professor Kapp, Dr. Zveegee, the Moon Boggles, and Gumby s parents Gumbo and Gumba. New characters include Gumby’s sister Minga, Denali the Mastodon and Tilly the chicken! KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Nathalia J. comments, “The 1980’s show was a hit when my mom and uncle were growing up and it brought back so many memories for my mom. We welcome back Gumby and Pokey in this wild, wacky and inventive collection created and written by Joe Clokey. I love that this DVD features 49 claymation episodes that are fully re-mastered from their original camera work and soundtracks.” Beatrice N. adds, “Do you have little kids in your house? If you do, you should definitely share with them The New Adventures Of Gumby: The 1980’s Series, Volume 2. This claymation show from the 1980’s is the perfect series for any little kid with an imagination and a creative mind. For all you adults out there who remember Gumby & Pokey, then welcome back!” See their full reviews below.

The New Adventures of Gumby: The 1980’s Series Volume 2

By Nathalia J. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

The 1980’s show was a hit when my mom and uncle were growing up and it brought back so many memories for my mom. We welcome back Gumby and Pokey in this wild, wacky and inventive collection created and written by Joe Clokey. I love that this DVD features 49 claymation episodes that are fully re-mastered from their original camera work and soundtracks. Gumby and Pokey return for fun-filled adventure. Get ready! It’s going to get wild.

This DVD takes you alongside Gumby and his imaginative friends as they solve problems, have fun and help others. These episodes include a lot of audience interactions, which lets the audience contribute to Gumby’s adventures.  The characters include Gumby, Pokey, Prickle, Goo, the Blockheads, Professor Kapp, Dr. Zveegee, the Moon Boggles and Gumby’s parents, Gumbo and Gumba. Also making an appearance are new characters – Gumby’s sister Minga, Denali the Mastodon and Tilly the chicken.

My favorite part is the fact that each episode is fully re-mastered from the original. How iconic is this? I’d say pretty cool! The animation is extremely creative with loveable color episodes. There are a variety of songs on this DVD, with various tempos and music types.

My favorite character is absolutely Gumby, because he’s always positive and shares his positivity with others. I also love how he never gives up and works so well with his team. He’s dedicated to his friends and to the idea of friendship.

I watched The New Adventures Of Gumby: The 1980s Series, Volume 1 previously and I very much enjoyed Gumby’s many adventures with his friendly bud with yellow pricks on his tail, named Prickle.

There are multiple episodes on this DVD, which express multiple messages. If had to choose the main message, I would say it is that “teamwork makes the dream work.” That and “don’t be afraid to ask for help.” There is no bad language on this DVD or any unsafe actions that kids will try to imitate.

I give this film 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 7, as well as adults. It’s a series that  certainly will bring back memories if you grew up watching Gumby when you were younger. It’s available now, so look for it. You’ll be glad you did.


The New Adventures Of Gumby: The 1980’s Series, Volume 2
By Beatrice Nail, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9

Do you have little kids in your house? If you do, you should definitely share with them The New Adventures Of Gumby: The 1980’s Series, Volume 2. This claymation show from the 1980’s is the perfect series for any little kid with an imagination and a creative mind. For all you adults out there who remember Gumby & Pokey, then welcome back! We rejoin Gumby along with Pokey, Prickle, Goo, The Blockheads, Professor Kapp, Dr. Zveegee, the Moon Boggles, Gumby’s mother Gumba and his Father Gumbo….plus a couple of hilarious newcomers.

Gumby was once just a slab of clay then one day he rose to life. He can walk into any book and once inside the book, he becomes part of it! Every time he gets knocked down he becomes flattened like a pancake. But he always gets back up and right back into shape again! Every episode is a new adventure and sometimes there is a lesson to go along with it. Gumby can have the best time with his friends, or the worst time with the Blockheads, depending on the storyline and characters in the episode. Speaking of characters, the new friends we meet include Gumby’s sister Minga, a mastodon named Denali and a chicken called Tilly!

The theme song is a fun tune sung by kids that will make you want to sing along with them. In every episode the music changes. In some episodes the music is creepy. In some it can be silly and bubbly. It all depends on the episode. Gumby originally debuted in 1956, was re-introduced in the 1970’s and came out again, for a third time in the 1980’s! The animation is unique because it is claymation. The creator and writer of the series, Mr. Art Clokey, also voices Pokey the horse, Gumby’s sidekick. Fun Fact, the bump on Gumby’s head is based on a picture of Mr. Clokey’s father from when he was a kid. In the picture, his hair is sticking up on one side creating a little bump. Mr. Clokey always thought this was funny, so he gave the same bump to his title character Gumby! Let’s talk about some of the other supporting characters, shall we? Prickle is a cheerful dinosaur who goes on Gumby’s adventures with him, the two mischievous Blockheads can’t ever seem to get themselves out of trouble and Goo is a hilarious clay person with a bubbly personality. 

The message of the story is to never grow up and that it’s okay to let your brain wander and to always be creative. I give this series 4 1/2 out of 5 stars and recommended it for ages 3 to 8. It is available on DVD now.

The Octonauts: Season 3 Gift Set * Dive In And Learn About Creatures In The World’s Oceans

Animated series based on the books by Vicki Wong and Michael C. Murphy. Dive into adventure with your favorite underwater explorers, the Octonauts! Join brave Captain Barnacles, daredevil ex-pirate Kwazii, and medic Peso Penguin, along with the other Octonauts as they explore the world’s oceans, rescue the creatures who live there and protect their habitats – above and below the waves! KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Will C. comments, “The Octonauts Season 3 DVD Gift Set is a great choice for the preschooler in your life. Not only do you get almost 300 minutes of educational animated adventures on two discs, you also get some awesome toys so you can play along with the Octonauts. Little kids will love this set, and as a bonus, they will learn a lot while they watch and play.” Katherine S. adds, “The cool thing about Octonauts: Season 3 Gift Set is that it not only comes with the DVDs, it also comes with two small toy speeders. My favorite episode is The Harbor Seal because the harbor seal is such a fun character and he really helps out other animals.” Selene W. wraps it up with, “The storyline of each episode really brings these adventures to life thanks to the talented team of writers behind this series.  In addition, there is a creative team that brings the art and the storylines together to make each episode a learning adventure as well. The message of this series is to explore life and to rescue and protect the world around us and the things in it.  As we learn about different creatures and different environments we should be aware of how we interact and impact each other.” See their full reviews below.

The Octonauts: Season 3 Gift Set

By Will C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

The Octonauts Season 3 DVD Gift Set is a great choice for the preschooler in your life. Not only do you get almost 300 minutes of educational animated adventures on two discs, you also get some awesome toys so you can play along with the Octonauts. Little kids will love this set, and as a bonus, they will learn a lot while they watch and play.

The Octonauts are back for a third season, ready to dive in and learn about creatures in the world’s oceans. They also help protect the animals’ habitats and rescue sea creatures when they need help. All your favorite characters return, like Captain Barnacles and Peso Penguin. They head out from their home base, the Octopod, to carry out their missions all around the globe. At the end of each episode, they sing a “creature report” song to summarize what they’ve learned.

You’ll learn about some common animals in Season 3, such as pelicans and seals, but also some more unusual creatures like water bears, also known as tardigrades. The Octonauts stick to singing “water bear” though, maybe because it’s hard to find a good rhyme for tardigrade! The animation and voice acting is just right to appeal to the target age range and I could definitely see my little cousins watching this over and over.

The message of this series is that you should be curious and bring your own unique skills to work together as a team. Preschoolers will take away not only lots of positive messages but also tons of new information.

I rate this series 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for children ages 2 to 5. The Octonauts: Season 3 is available on DVD August 6, 2019. Reviewed by Will C, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

Octonauts: Season 3 Gift Set

By Katherine S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

This DVD is so enjoyable! It has the cutest animation and best underwater adventures. If you’re a fan of the Octonauts, Season 3 will not disappoint you.  It has 23 awesome episodes.

The Octonauts are a group of animals that explore, rescue and protect.  They encounter a wide variety of animals, from sea pigs to barracudas.  They travel to different parts of the world including the Amazon River and the Mariana Trench.  Episodes include, The Water Bears, The Loggerhead Sea Turtles, The Duck-Billed Platypus, The Pelicans and many more.  The run time is almost 5 hours, so children will be entertained for a long time.

The cool thing about Octonauts: Season 3 Gift Set is that it not only comes with the DVDs, it also comes with two small toy speeders. My favorite episode is The Harbor Seal because the harbor seal is such a fun character and he really helps out other animals.

There are many positive messages throughout the episodes, including being kind to animals, always try to help and the importance of friendship. Octonauts: Season 3 has no bad language and it has no bad behavior. Everyone treats each other kindly. The only dangerous thing that kids might try to do is swim in the deepest part of the ocean.

I give this DVD 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 8. Adults will also think the DVD is fun and probably learn as much about different animals as their kids will. This DVD is available now, so look for it.

The Octonauts: Season 3

By Selene W., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 11

“Let’s Do This!” The Octonauts is an incredibly fun and engaging show which teaches us about the world’s oceans and aquatic life.  The Octonauts team rescues sea creatures and protects the ocean and the life within.  The marine life that the team encounters are based on real animals and habitats around the world.  The Octonauts Season 3 has 23 exciting adventures filled with interesting creatures and underwater fun. 

The Octonauts team is made up of eight diverse characters led by Captain Barnacles whose motto is explore, rescue and protect.  My favorite episode is The Immortal Jellyfish because I love how he is able to transform from an old jellyfish to a new jellyfish over and over.  Who wouldn’t want an immortal life or the chance to relive an adventure?  Octonauts: Season 3 includes fun episodes such as The Artificial Reef, The Sea Skaters and The Urchin Invasion so come aboard with The Octonauts this season and explore.  

The storyline of each episode really brings these adventures to life thanks to the talented team of writers behind this series.  In addition, there is a creative team that brings the art and the storylines together to make each episode a learning adventure as well. The message of this series is to explore life and to rescue and protect the world around us and the things in it.  As we learn about different creatures and different environments we should be aware of how we interact and impact each other. 

I rate this series 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 7.  The DVD releases August 6, 2019 soon so look for it.

Putting Together The Perfect Birthday Gift For Your Kid

Your kids are the most important people in your life, and it’s important to make them happy and show them just how much you love them. This means, when it comes to their birthday, you want to get it just right and watch their faces light up with joy, and getting the right present can make or break their birthday. We’ve collected ideas for you to make the best birthday gift possible – read on to find out more.

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First Things First – The Card

Before you even think about the gift, it’s important to get the card as this is one of the first things they’ll open. Getting something heartfelt but colorful is important, and making it funny as well as personal can really grab their attention and make them appreciate it even more – there are lots where you can get their name on the front, and this is definitely something worth investing in – after all, kids love to feel special! There are plenty of templates out there to help you get the right look, so you can be sure your card is bound to get your child excited for their big day. To make it extra special, add some money for the older ones, or some chocolate coins for the younger ones! Our top tip: something which kids can never get enough of is balloons! So, to make them feel excited when they come down in the morning, fill a room with balloons for them to really get them in the birthday mood – the more colors, the better!

Gift #1 – The Toy Option

Toys are a solid favorite with kids of all ages, and are incredibly versatile, meaning you can find something to suit anyone. A popular choice, particularly with the younger ones, are dress-up costumes – whether it’s dinosaurs or ballerinas, getting your child a costume to dress up and play in is perfect for them to live a dream and let their imagination run wild! A more expensive but certainly worthwhile investment is a tablet – with the variety of different functions most come with nowadays, it means your kid can play, learn, watch, and interact with many different things, all from one device – brilliant! And with many coming with lots of safety features, there’s no need to worry about your child coming across something they shouldn’t.

Gift #2 – The Experience Option

Another option for a birthday gift is getting your kid an experience rather than a gift – this can allow your kids to learn something new as well as make precious memories they’re sure to never forget. Plus, as this is an ever-growing market, there are plenty to choose from, whether that’s paintballing, tree top adventures or chocolate making. You can really personalize it and help your kid experience new things which are bound to make their birthday the best one yet.

There are tons of options for your gift, and knowing what your kid’s favorites is the best way to make sure you know the best way to go. Whatever you choose, your kid is sure to love it – after all, the most special thing to them is spending time with you.