Leap into the Holidays with LeapFrog #HolidayToyList

Leap Frog Toys

LeapFrog #1 fan right here, always have been, always will be! Now it’s time to leap into the Holiday toy buying with LeapFrog.

If you don’t know the LeapFrog brand (not sure there are many people out there that don’t know their brand) their products are educational, age appropriate, interactive and simply just fun.

My kids recently tested out 2 of the products, the Count Along Register and LeapStart Learning System and both were huge hits. The Count Along Register my youngest son went crazy over because for whatever reason he absolutely loves cash registers (I think it’s an age thing). The last two cash registers he got as gifts for his birthday didn’t last more than a few weeks (1 broke as it was thrown down a flight of stairs and the other, the cash drawer got stuck and wouldn’t close) so he was ecstatic to get this. As for my older son, he is in grade 1 now and is getting homework weekly which oddly enough he LOVES to do (that was a big shock for me) and when he saw the LeapStart Learning System, he was intrigued and immediately wanted to try it. Now we only had the demo book for it, but he thought it was pretty cool how you take the pointer and put it on a picture and it knows what you are pointing at by saying it out loud.

What I love about the Count Along Register
– I love the size of the register, it’s small enough for little fingers but big enough not to over power the little one’s
– there is a lot to touch and play with
– It comes with a bunch of coloured fruit, credit card and coins
– helps children learn their colours, teaches them how to count using the coins and learn about recognition with fruit
– has volume control
– sings songs to your little one that they can learn and sing along to
– great for imaginative role playing
– very reasonable priced at $26.99

LeapFrog Count Along Cash Register

What I love about the LeapStart Interactive Learning System
– they have two separate LeapStart systems for different age groups
– replayable activity books
– educational without them really knowing it is because they make it a fun kind of learning
– the activity books (sold separately) $14.99 include reading, math, vocabulary, science and many more (these are books for 1st graders) there are also books for Kindergarten
– retails for $49.99

Notes:
– the product does not come with batteries so make sure you have them on hand when your little one unwraps it
– I have not had the opportunity to try out the activity books beyond what it comes with, but I have already purchased some (waiting for them to come in the mail) as I know these will make learning just a little more fun and i’m excited to see how
– there is another interactive book for younger kids available

LeapFrog LeapStart

Where to Buy: Toys R Us, Amazon.ca and Well.ca

Happy Shopping
T.
xo

 

What’s New in the Kid’s Shoe Market #Skechers #Giveaway

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I like to consider myself a little bit of a shoe connoisseur. I know, that’s a bold statement, so let me back this up by explaining myself. I collect running shoes (some people might call it odd but those who know … know!). There are women out there that like to collect purses, some like to collect jewelry, other like to collect high heeled shoes, but me, I get excitement looking at my shoe closet (yes I have one) and pick a pair of sneakers to wear for the day (it’s the little things right?!). I am well versed on the newest styles, new releases and what the hottest colour schemes/colour blocks are.

When you procrastinate doing work or laundry or cleaning something up, what are you doing? Big shocker … I am on my couch with a computer on my lap looking online for my next pair of sneakers. One thing to know about me, this shoe love of mine is not just my shoes, my kids have pretty awesome shoes I must say. In fact, I kind of pride myself on their shoe collection and secretly love when someone notices a pair. When I bring home a new pair of shoes, they get just as excited as I do. What more can a mother who loves shoes ask for 😉

A while back I reviewed the new Women’s Skechers Burst which got major props from me because … well … they are simply amazing. I was thrilled to just recently hear that Skechers now have the mini version of the Skechers Burst and of course I was more than thrilled to review them along with the Skechers Nitrate-Pulsar.

Skechers Kids Shoes - Kid's Shoe

Why I love the Kids Skechers Burst Shoe
– great colour options to choose from
– they are SUPER lightweight but not taking away from the quality of the shoe
– knit fabric with a unique colourful interwoven design
– Comes with two different coloured pair of laces
– Interwoven ventilating design on the side (because we all know shoes need some ventilation system especially for kids with their stinky feet)
– has a soft tongue
– air cooled memory foam cushioned comfort sole (one of my favorite features about Skechers shoes)
– soft responsive Burst compound allows maximum flexibility
– Burst grip traction design
–  1 1/4″ heel
– Burst compound midsole has amazing impact cushion protection 

Boys Skechers Burst - Kid's Shoe

Why I love the Skechers Boys Nitrate – Pulsar Shoe
– sporty style
– has a gel infused memory foam making these shoes SUPER comfortable
– stretch laces making the shoes easy to slip on
– breathable fabric
– padded tongue
– supportive shock absorbing lightweight midsole
– non-marking outsole
– 1 1/4″ heel height
– 3D printed details
– velcro closure to help secure the shoe on the foot

Skechers Boys Nitrate-Pulsar - Kid's Shoe

Warning: if you are buying the Skechers Boys Nitrate-Pulsar shoe, I highly recommend going up a 1/2 a size because of the gel memory foam

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Thanks to our VERY generous friends at Skechers, they are giving away 2 pairs of Kids Skechers to 2 lucky winners. Must be residents of Canada. Here’s how to enter:
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These will make a killer addition to your kids shoe closet
Happy shoe shopping
T.
xo

Licensed Labels to get Excited About

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I have recently realized that you can never have enough name labels in your house!

These days I pretty much label everything because of a common theme in my house …  missing items! Whether it be an article of clothing, accessory or toy, it leaves the house and it’s a toss up as to whether it comes home at the end of the day. It drives me crazy!!!! So now, before my kids leave the house, I check them from head to toe to make sure everything has their name label in it as that is my only shot at getting the missing item back.

I have been buying labels since my oldest guy was a baby (he is now 6) and I have to say that I actually really enjoy the process of finding a great label website and creating new labels. Now that my mini’s are older, I actually let them pick out their own labels and you should have seen the excitement when I showed them www.mylabelfactory.com (let’s be honest, I was pretty excited too). They have TONS of licensed labels. Everything from Sesame Street, Marvel, Star Wars, Disney Frozen, Disney Princess, Disney Finding Dory and Disney Mickey Mouse. There were so many options, they had a hard time choosing which were their favorite.

I have used these on everything from toys to clothing to Tupperware and they stick pretty well. I have hand washed items with them on, thrown items into the dishwasher and washing machine with the labels on and they stick pretty well. Sure there were some that came off with time, but that was my fault since I would adhere some of the labels to the fabric itself since the item didn’t come with a tag (for best results put the label on a tag).

mylabelfactory.com

The website is very easy to navigate and the labels don’t take weeks to arrive (they came within a week) and shipping is FREE within Canada (woohoo)!

If you are in the market for labels, our friends at mylabelfactory.com have offered my readers a 20% discount on their order using promo code: babylish20 until Christmas

Have fun picking out your little one’s favorite labels
T.
xo

The Toy that will Make your Kids Laugh #HolidayToyList

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I was recently introduced to a new toy called Sing-A-Ma-Lings and when I mentioned these cute toys to a friend thinking they were new, she looked at me as if I was crazy for not knowing them!

I gave these funny looking yet totally adorable little things a go, handed them to my mini toy reviewer and let him decide if they were worthy enough of his time. Within 2 minutes of figuring them out, he was belly laughing because the Sing-A-Ma-Lings (we got 2 of them) were talking in their own funny language … TO EACH OTHER.  They communicate! He was so fascinated by them singing together that he tried to have them FaceTime to see if they can do the same thing over the phone

Sing-A-Ma-Ling Toy

I played around with them for a bit (during my mini’s nap time because there was no way I was laying a hand on them when he was up) and figured out there are three modes of play: Harmony (they harmonize together), Jibber Jabber (they talk in their funny language together) and Song (each one sings a word of a song together). Combine any of the 6 Sing-A-Ma-Lings and enjoy listening to them harmonize together.

This is definitely on my hot toy list for the holidays!

Sing-A-Ma-Lings

Where to Buy: Toys R Us
Price: $16.99

As if your mini can’t get enough of their Sing-A-Ma-Lings, you can catch them here on their Youtube channel

Happy Sing-A-Ma-Linging
T.
xo

Potty Training with Kandoo Flushable Wipes #Giveaway

Potty Training

You know what’s hard … having kids, you know what’s harder … potty training them!!!!!!! Just when you think you found the light at the end of the tunnel, your mini decides they are going to throw you through a loop and has accident after accident after accident (AHHHHHHHH SOOO FRUSTRATING).

If I have learned some things from the first round of potty training my older guy:
– you are never out of the woods (at least until they are teenagers) accidents happen all the time
– never leave home without a change of clothes (maybe even throw an extra pair in your car as back up for you or even a friend – your friend will love you for life for saving them on this one)
– have a Kandoo hand soap at EVERY sink in your house (they will want to wash their hands because they come in fun colours and smells so good)
– if you are leaving the house, always carry some form of anti-bacterial soap because some how that urine or feces will end up in your hands (true story)
– you can never have enough wipes on you and around your house: regular wipes on every floor and flushable wipes in every bathroom (needs to be in reaching distance)
– kids see that nicely rolled up white toilet paper and want to unravel it and use it so badly but DO NOT LET THEM. It breaks apart and crumbles in their tiny little hands. No good comes from using it, TRUST ME ON THIS PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEE

I was introduced to the Kandoo line about 5 years ago and I have never been let down by them. Their products have been there for me for all problems: leaky nose = Boogie Wipes (smells great and uses saline to help clear their noses), Kids not wanting to wash their hands = Kandoo Hand Soap (smells amazing and is coloured for having fun while washing your hands), Kids don’t want to take a bath = Kandoo Body Wash (also comes in fun colours to entice them to go take a bath) & Kandoo Bubble Bath, Kids learning to potty train = Kandoo Flushable Wipes (safe for toilets)

One of the scariest parts of potty training is leaving the house with your undiapered child. Now Kandoo has their flushable wipes in soft packs for the “on-the-go” moments. Make sure it becomes an essential in your bag.

Kandoo Wipes Facts:
– they are made from plant material
– they are both flushable and biodegradable
– comes in tubs, soft packs and refill packs
– the sheets are the perfect size for little hands
– moistened with lotion
– comes unscented or magic melon

Kandoo Flushable Wipes

Thanks to our wonderful friends at Kandoo, they are giving away a $50 Gift Pack of Kandoo & Boogie Wipes products to 1 lucky Canadian winner. Here’s how to enter:
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The Summers Best Natural Sunscreen #GIVEAWAY

How many sunscreen’s have you purchased and then weeks later find yourself reading the latest recall list only to find that new sunscreen that you just purchased and put on your child countless times is on that list because of an active ingredient in the product? So what brand do you trust???

I am sure I am not the only one but in my house, the sunscreen battle is one of the biggest battles I have with my kids because they absolutely hate wearing it (it’s sticky, thick and smelly according to them) and this is one thing I don’t give into and lather them up head to toe while they kick and scream.

I am going to introduce you to two great natural Sunscreens: Alba BOTANICA and LiveClean Baby Mineral Sunscreen

Why I love Alba BOTANICA Sunscreen

Natural Sunscreen
– they have sunscreen for the whole family (not just for kids) both in facial sunscreen and sport sunscreen
– NO oxybenzone, PABA, artificial colours, harsh preservatives, synthetic colours, phthalates or sulfates
– it’s an emollient sunscreen meaning it moisturizes and conditions your skin
– ingredients include: Lavender flower, Aloe leaf, Calendula Flower and Camelia Leaf Extract, Chamomile Flower, Coneflower, Gingko Biloba and Ginseng Extract
– no fragrance (the smell is not over powering)
– it’s very light weight (it’s thin which makes it easy to apply)
– absorbs quickly
– not greasy in the slightest (won’t clog pores which is a big complaint of mine with past sunscreens)
– leaves no icky film or residue
– 100% vegetarian formula
– both UVA and UVB protection
– SPF 40
– water resistant (keep reapplying though)
– I love their spray bottle!!! I am not talking aerosol can, I am talking about a gentle squeeze spray that allows the sunscreen to come out in a nice fine line so it doesn’t feel like they are being smothered 

Price: $9.99
Where to buy: Whole Foods, London Drugs and Well.ca

Why I love Live Clean Baby Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF45

Live Clean Mineral Sunscreen

– A little thicker than above, however it quickly absorbs and doesn’t leave a white film
– A brand you know and trust (and of course love)
– fast absorbing which is obviously good for kids
– no synthetic chemicals, petroleum, paraben and phthalate free
– no dyes
– the packaging is recyclable
– contains Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide instead of chemicals
– contains nourishing and soothing ingredients like shea butter, aloe, echinacea extract and green tea extract
– It doesn’t smell!!!! This is extremely important to my kids
– not greasy
– comes in an adult version

Price: $16.99
Where to buy: Walmart and Shoppers Drug Mart

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!

Alba Botanica Sunscreen

Thanks to our lovely friends they are giving away a Alba Botanica Sunscreen Pack to 1 lucky winner. Must be a resident of Canada. Here’s how to enter: 

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The New Skechers Burst are a MUST this Summer! #Giveaway

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It’s as if Skechers knew I had a love for shoes/sneakers because I came home from work one day to a large package and inside were these new babies and I couldn’t be more excited.

Sketchers Burst

I am a picky person when it comes to shoes, but Skechers knocked this one out of the park with the new Skechers Burst – Sweet Symphony. I put them on immediately and did not want to take them off. In fact, I wanted to go for a walk in them so badly that I told my kids they could get ice cream just to entice them to go for a walk with me. Besides the fact the shoes look awesome with their flat knit mesh material and cool inter-woven coloured pattern, they are unbelievably lightweight and have an air cooling memory foam insole making them that much more comfortable. Bonus: they came with an extra pair of laces so I could change up the look of them (which of course I did right away).

What I love about the new Skechers Burst
– The extremely flexible sole so it moves with your foot
– This style comes in a high top and a low top (the high tops are my fave)
– They are made out of a flat knit mesh which makes for good breathability
– Interwoven ventilating side design
– They have embroidered eyelets which is very uncommon and just makes for an all around better shoe
– They have a padded tongue just adding to the comfort of the shoe
– They have a Burst Compound midsole with great impact cushioning protection which allows maximum flexibility
– The lightest weight shoe!!!!!!!!!!!!
– Flexible outer sole with Burst Grip traction design
– They have a 1-1/2 inch heel which is great for us vertically challenged one’s 🙂

I can honestly do not have one negative thing to say about these shoes, I absolutely love them and I get compliments on them when ever I am wearing them

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Lucky for 1 person, Skechers is very kindly giving away 1 pair of their ladies’ style Skechers Burst (winners choice of high top or low top). You must be a resident of Canada. Here’s how to enter:

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If You Don’t Know … Now You Know!

Laceez

Well I am going to start this blog post off with a big YOU’RE WELCOME! Why? Because after this post you will be thanking me for introducing you to this product that I promise will make your life SOOO much easier.

Growing up I wasn’t exactly a girly girl! I loved to play sports, I hated the colour pink, frills and bows or anything froufrou for that matter (all of which my older sister loved) and over the years I didn’t really let go of my Tom boy roots, but embraced it just with a twist. Sure, when I needed to clean up for an event and wear a dress with heels I would, but my day to day life was (and still very much is) very casual.

It’s no secret that I love shoes! Clearly I am not talking about all those pretty high heeled, seriously uncomfortable shoes because to no surprise I legitimately despise wearing them, but sneakers … I have a serious soft spot for sneakers!! Having my two boys really let me embrace my boy sneaker envy and well now they both have a pretty awesome collection of retro Jordan’s.

Here is the problem: as your children get older and you are searching for shoes for them, you will find that they offer less and less shoes with Velcro and elastics and they are all lace up (Jordan’s especially). The solution … Laceez!! The minute I saw this product I had to have them. I had the opportunity to test out a few pairs and within 15 minutes I was online ordering 8 more pairs in all sorts of fun colours and sizes.

Laceez

What I love about Laceez
– they make every parents life easier just by changing their regular laced shoes into slip on shoes
– you can change up the look of the shoe by changing the laceez colour
– they are so easy to lace up
– a friend of mine got the wrong size once and she said their customer service was amazing with helping her
comes in a few different sizes XS-XL (there is a guide of which size you should order in comparison to shoe size)
– they ship to Canada (if you order 3 or more they will discount the shipping)
– the tips of the laces easily lock them into place
– they have lots of fun bright colours (i’m hoping they will come out with some cute prints like gingham in different colours etc)

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
As if I don’t love them enough already, they are kindly giving away a set of 3 pairs of laces to 1 lucky winner!!! The contest is open to Canadian and US readers. Here’s how to enter:

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For more information on Laceez or to order them, click here
*i went up a size for both my kids shoes

Happy Shopping
T.
xo

The New Schick Hydro® 5 System #RazorLove #SchickInfluencer

Schick Hydro 5

Ok I get it, I have a children’s blog and I review children’s products and services so why a razor?! Well for one every parent uses a razor (unless of course you have lasered every part of your body) and second, every now an then it’s nice to find products that are good for us parents. For the first time in my 4 years of having this blog, I was able to pass a product to my husband and since he has to shave every single day, this couldn’t be more suiting (too bad it didn’t fall around father’s day LOL, just kidding).

What’s to Love about the Schick Hydro 5 Razor
– Schick® has redesigned the Hydro® 5 system to help protect skin from irritation
– It helps reduce friction during repeat strokes by releasing its water-activated gel that hydrates your skin throughout each shave
– It has built-in skin guards that help control skin flow to reduce friction by doubling points of contact to smooth out your skin as you shave
– It has a flip trimmer for hard-to-reach places
– 5 Ultra Glide Blades
– Made with aloe and vitamin E
– Handle has a nice ergonomic shape

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Thanks to our amazing friends at Schick, they are giving away 25 (YES 25) FREE Schick Hydro 5 Razors + a chance to win a $100 pre-paid gift card. All those chosen will need to review the product on Amazon.ca using #gotitfree and #contest in their review and sent to me to be entered into the contest for the gift card. 

Disclaimer: this contest is only open to age of majority residents of Canada (excluding Quebec). To participate, you must have purchased an item on Amazon.ca within the last 6 months, otherwise you will be unable to leave a review. All participants will receive a Schick Hydro(R) 5 System as featured in this post.

Here’s how to enter:
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T.
xo

Live Clean’s Newest Addition: Baby Soothing Vapour Bubble Bath

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Is it just me or are your kids jumping from one cold right into the next?! Just as I think my little guy is feeling better (my older one seems to have a better immune system), the nose faucet and coughing starts all over again, the poor guy can not get any relief 🙁

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Just as the next cold started rolling in, I was sent the new Live Clean Baby Sooth Vapour Bubble Bath to try out and as soon as I put the bubble bath in, he was sooo happy (he loves bubble baths). Like all Live Clean baby products, the smell was very soothing and the bubbles were … well … bubbly (lol).

Live Clean Baby Soothing Vapour Bubble Bath

What I love about Live Cleans Baby Soothing Vapour Bubble Bath

– Made from natural essential oils like Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Mint which are all known for their aromatherapy properties which helps soothe them

– Fill up the cap with the liquid and put it under a running tap and you will be amazed at the amount of bubbles it creates (picture above)

– Plant Derived and with Certified Organic Botanicals

– Soothing smell (great for parent and children especially parent LOL)

– SLS/Sulfate Free, Petroleum Free, DEA Free, Paraben Free, Silicone Free, Phosphate Free, Dye Free

– Pure Vegan; Never Tested on Animals

– Package Recyclable; Biodegradable Ingredients

– Hypoallergenic and Pediatrician Tested

 

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to our amazing friends at Live Clean, they are giving away a prize pack of a few of my favourites ($30 value): the Gentle Moisture Baby Tearless Bath (300mL), the Gentle Moisture Baby Lotion (227mL), the Non Petroleum Jelly (120g), the Baby Soothing Vapour Bubble Bath (300mL) to 1 lucky reader. Must be 18+ years or older and a resident of Canada. Here is how to enter: 

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I hope this provides your little one with some comfort

T. xo