Holiday Gifts for Mom and Dad #GIVEAWAY

 

Well we can’t forget about us, we like gifts too!

We spend so much time looking for gifts for our kids that sometimes we forget about ourselves or our partners until last minute and then scramble. So for the first time on my blog, here are some great gifts that are great for the adults:

Casper Pillow
What is better than giving the gift of sleep!!
The minute you have children you can say goodbye to those pre-children deep, undisturbed sleeps and sleeping in … what’s that? That’s why I think it’s so important to have the most comfortable bed possible because the minute I get my kids to sleep, I literally fantasize about getting into my bed (my how things have changed ūüėČ ). We all have different views as to what is comfortable when it comes to pillows and sheets (which is why I was sort of worried about testing out a new pillow), but I have to tell you, this pillow is heaven to me! I can only describe it as a good combination of plush where you sort of sink into it but somehow still a little firm which is good because I worry about my neck hurting (I have been using it for months now!). Best part of all: it was delivered right to my door!!! If you don’t like it, return it. They have a money back guarantee!!! PS the packaging is pretty awesome too

Where to Buy: Casper $85 for a standard pillow, $100 for a king pillow
psst: they offer free shipping ūüėČ

Casper Pillow

Art by Erin Rothstein
I have lived in my house for almost 5.5 years and I only have 2 paintings up on the walls … why? They are so damn¬† expensive!!!! It wasn’t until I was scouring Instagram and came across THE BEST image of all, an Air Jordan 1 shoe in the classic Red/White/Black (if you know me, you know I am OBSESSED with shoes especially Jordan’s). I reached out to the artist to inquire about it and I was blown away when she told me she painted it, it wasn’t a photograph. Erin is a local Toronto artist and her prints are extremely reasonable and adds so much life to a room. She is truly talented!
Side Note: I was NOT gifted this product

Where to Buy:

Where to Buy: Erin’s Website
Pricing:

The kiss (or anything square) comes in the following sizes:

24″ x 24″ – $400 + HST
16″ x 16″ – $300 + HST
12″ x 12″ – $200 + HST

The avocado (or anything rectangular) comes in the following sizes:

24″ x 30″ – $500 + HST
16″ x 20″ – $350 + HST
12″ x 16″ – $250 + HST

Amped & Co Neon Lights
I absolutely LOVE these lights and they make such a great unique gift! These neon Amped & Co lights are a great addition to any room. They can be used as an accessory on your shelves, for an office, mood light in a room or even a night light in a child’s room (I have ours in my son’s room). They come in fun shapes like a peace sign (which I have), lips, flamingo, cactus, unicorn, pineapple and many many more. this one is sure to be a hit.

Side Note: I was NOT gifted this product

Where to Buy: I got mine at Elte Market, however Amped & Co also has an great selection
Price: $80

Amped and Co Neon Lights

Bogs Footwear
With winter upon us, who wouldn’t want a new pair of warm, comfortable, trendy boots! I have owned the same pair of winter boots for the last 6 years and was ready for a new pair, however I didn’t want to spend without knowing whether the boots truly were warm. I have always known the Bogs brand as I have bought so many pairs for my kids, but I never really thought of them for myself until I had the opportunity to test them out!! First off, let me tell you something: I spent an October day outside on a farm wearing them and not once did my toes feel cold. I got a pair that were SUPER cute called the Amanda Plush boots which as the name says, is all furry (don’t worry it’s faux fur) and plush inside. There are handles on each side which makes them easy to slip on with big thick socks and they are 100% waterproof¬† with a weather rating up to -25 degrees Celsius. BOOM!! Best. Boot. Ever (men’s, ladies’, children styles available)

Where to Buy: Bogs $130

Bogs Amanda Plush

Amazon Kindle
I have owned my Kindle for well over a year now and I am completely in love with it. For all the people who love to read out there, I know what you are thinking: I love holding a book and you love the smell of a new book (am I right?) Yup I was right there with you and I took the plunge and couldn’t be happier I did. The books are cheaper, you can purchase them on the spot (on wifi), I love the size of it because I can throw it in my purse before I leave for an appointment and it’s not as heavy as a book. Plus I got a really cool case for it that I love! I think these make such a great gift so much so I got my in-laws each one for their birthdays and my husband. Ohhhh and I just heard that you can share books with friends who also have a Kindle (it’s a loaner for 14 days)!!
Side note: I was NOT gifted one, I purchased it on my own

Where to Buy: Amazon $100

Amazon Kindle

Mixtiles
I just received my Mixtiles and I was BLOWN away!!!
I was scrolling through Instagram one evening and I saw an ad for these was very curious about them because anything that doesn’t involve a hammer and nail will immediately get my attention, but of course any ad I see on an Instagram I wonder if it is too good to be true (I have had some bad experiences)? It just so happened that a few weeks ago, I was at a friends house and noticed these on her wall! When she showed me how easy they were to put up I knew I had to contact the company and put these on my Holiday list. These ease of Mixtiles is just so good. All you have to do is download the Mixtiles app, pick the pictures you want from your phone (the one’s that are too low resolution they will black out), review your choices and click pay .. THAT EASY!!!!!!!!! Oh and guess what, they offer FREE shipping in Canada!!!¬† Each picture is an 8″ x 8″ photograph and are great for living rooms, kids rooms … well any room for that matter. For those parents that like sentimental gifts, these are just the thing ANDDDD you don’t have to worry about ruining your walls. I put mine up today and had to readjust them a few times and the paint on my walls was not ruined. How do they stay up if it’s just using an adhesive? They are made out of a foam material which makes them extremely light weight but the print is of the highest quality. I can not say enough good things about these, they are a MUST!

Where to Buy: Mixtiles app 3 tiles $59 and every additional tile is $12

Mixtiles

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!

Erin Rothstein

Erin is VERY generously giving away (1)¬† 24″ x 24″ unframed limited edition Air Jordan 1 shoe PRINT to (1) lucky reader. This has a retail value of $400!!! Keep in mind that the original is a hand painted piece of art. The giveaway is open to Canadian and US residents, you must be 18 years or older. Here’s how to to enter:¬†

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Unwrap Hasbro’s Hottest Toys #HolidayToyList

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Furby Connect

Furby’s baaaaack and with a vengeance!!! Prior to getting the new Furby Connect to review, I was always curious about him. I mean how could you not, he is so damn cute and looks so lonely on the shelves sitting in that box (shame). When I heard that the new Furby Connect was one of Hasbro’s hot items for the 2016 Holidays, I was intrigued right away. I was sent one to test out and my kids went apeS^&T, in fact he started a huge fight with my kids because both my boys wanted to play with him at the same time (what’s new).

Furby Connect

Now for those of you who have had the previous Furby I can happily say that now he now has an off button (well sort of) it’s his sleep mask. Once you put that sleep mask onto Furby he immediately falls asleep. If you are wondering if he wakes up ever with the sleep mask on that is a NO, when that thing is on he is OFF!

We (including me) couldn’t get enough of him. He dances (he moves from side to side and his ears move around as well), he laughs, he farts, he burbs (I mean what more could you want from a toy) and talks to you (he has over 1000 phrases). The most interesting part of all is that¬†you download the Furby Connect app and through Bluetooth your Furby toy and app communicate (FYI you have to pair them first – read the directions when you get it) and while you are playing the game Furby knows what is going on and helps you along the way providing you helpful hints). He has a real time clock causing Furby to react differently at different times of the day.

Furby Connect

My kids love that his eyes are full colour digital displays so when he has hearts in his eyes he is happy and when he is hungry and you feed him (you just stick your finger in his mouth) his eyes will show you what he is eating. It really is a blast and your kids will love it.

Where to Buy: Toys R Us
Current Price: $39.99

Dreamwork’s Trolls Glitterific Guy Diamond¬†

After seeing the movie, my kids are Troll obsessed which doesn’t surprise me considering when I was little I collected Trolls and funny enough a year ago (before we even knew about the movie) my mom brought them out for the boys to play with and loved them. Glitterific Guy Diamond is a 14″ poseable figure which is great for those little one’s who have a very active imagination. He is glittery from head to toe, comes with sunglasses and a comb to style his crazy hair. These Trolls have come a long way since my days!

Trolls Glitterific Guy Diamond

Where to Buy: Toys R Us
Price: $39.99

Now time time to run out and grab¬†these and put smiles on your little one’s faces like you can see are on mine
Happy Holidays

T.
xo

The Next “Epic” Kids Tablet #LeapFrog

LeapFrog Epic

Dictionary.com defines the word Epic as “spectacular; very impressive; awesome” which perfectly describes¬†why the new LeapFrog tablet¬†is called the LeapFrog Epic.

So here’s how it all went down! I brought the LeapFrog Epic tablet home, I showed it to my oldest son to get him all excited about it and then realized I had to set it up (which didn’t take long) and charge it. So then this happened before bed …

LeapFrog Epic

After it charged, I spent the night navigating the LeapFrog Epic for myself and I have to say, I had a lot of fun with it. I found this great app that was pre-loaded onto it where you take a selfie with the tablet and then insert your face where the animals face is supposed to be (by the way, my little guy stumbled upon this picture the next day¬†when he was playing with it and the laugh that came out of him was truly “epic”) making for one funny pic.

LeapFrog Epic

Even though the tablet is recommended for ages 3-9, for some reason I really didn’t think my¬†oldest would¬†be so into it ‚Ķ well was I wrong! The next morning after a full night of charging, the fighting over the¬†tablet was¬†CRAZY!!!! Both boys¬†wanted to play with it so what was the best solution for them so I could¬†stop playing referee? Play together boys or mama makes the¬†tablet magically¬†disappear and poof just like that, this happened …

LeapFrog Epic

Each of my little men have had solo turns playing with the LeapFrog Epic and with my younger one, he might be slightly too young for it (he’s 2), but he chooses the app he wants to play with from the main page and he just touches images and he is either navigated by a verbal prompt to do something else or he gets a response from what he has touched and then tries to touch more things (not bad for a 2 year old). My older son on the other hand navigated through it like had been using it for years.

LeapFrog Epic

What I love about the LeapFrog Epic:
There is a removable bumper (so far we have dropped the tablet about half a dozen times and it is still in 1 piece) though I am told that the tablet is very durable without it
-You can scale it up or down for difficulty or ease
-You have up to 3 accounts per tablet (I have set up an account for each of my kids) so it makes the kids feel like it’s their own
-20 apps are pre-installed
-It grows with the child
-No in app advertisements and no in app purchases (one of my favourite features)
-It doesn’t only test children it teaches children
– Can download over 1000 apps
– Parental Controls
– With parental controls, we can control the time they are playing (you can put on a timer)
– Can take pictures
– Expandable memory
– Under the parental controls you can search the internet
– Great apps to buy like Umizoomi, Paw Patrol, Doc McStuffins, Finding Nemo and other great names
– Real time weather
– Daily game with surprises
– 7″ tablet (has a great big screen)
– A virtual world that kids can create by adding characters, watch the night fall
– Android powered tablet (which means it has the latest technology)

I’m so overwhelmed by the amount of amazing features the LeapFrog Epic Tablet has and I would HIGHLY recommend this product for your kids, you (and the kids) won’t be disappointed. Add it to your holiday shopping list.

Where to Buy: Toys R Us
Price: $169.99
Happy Holidays
T.
xo

Custom Growth Charts by Little Monkey Designs

Little Monkey DesignsI’ve never really thought twice about growth charts until I was at a friends house and his brother told me that when they were growing up their father would mark their height on a door frame every year on their birthdays so they could see how much they have grown throughout the years. When their parents decided to move houses, they found a way to extract that part of the door frame and bring it with them for fond memories.¬†Something about this story just brought a big smile to my face as I had a vision of my boys showing their children their growth charts however I shortly then realized that I don’t have a growth chart (or door frame that I couldn’t mark up) and have missed out on years of tracking. Well, it’s never too late!

Lucky for me, I work with a wonderful company called Little Monkey Designs and they offer beautiful, custom made growth charts and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to start a new family tradition which is why I chose to put our last name on our chart (I chose the baseball locker theme) with my kids current ages this way it would be great for both kids and there would be no fighting. Since I decided to make it for both my boys, my plan was to put it on equal ground (no bedrooms) and instead the playroom seemed like the best place but my oldest freaked because we are changing up his room to be a sports room so right now that’s where it is and where it will stay until my little one is older.

Little Monkey Designs Growth Chart

Why I Love Little Monkey Designs Growth Chart
– The quality is amazing
– The charts are offered in two different materials: Canvas and Vinyl (I got the vinyl option)
– Love the vinyl since it’s easy to clean
– You can custom colour match which is great so you can match to your room colour
– Boy, girl and unisex image options
– Lots of fun theme’s/designs to choose from
– Comes with a ribbon strung through making it really easy to hang
– Good ol’ Canadian made

Want to win one??
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Thanks to our friends at Little Monkey Designs, they are giving away 1 Custom Vinyl Growth Chart ($60 value) to one lucky reader. The contest is open to Canadian residents only! Here is how to enter:

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Personalize it with Little Monkey Designs

Little Monkey Designs

I always get asked for recommendations for baby¬†gifts and I feel like over the last few years my recommendations have been getting stale. Yes blankets, insulated lunch bags, backpacks, registry items are always great, but I really love recommending unique items that a family wouldn’t necessarily buy¬†for themselves.

I was recently introduced to Little Monkey Designs and after scrolling through their web page seeing all the great items they had to offer, I was intrigued as I thought all their items would make amazing gifts and wanted to review one or two … well … here I am to introduce all of you to Little Monkey Designs because I am now a HUGE fan and so will you!

The first thing on the website that caught my eye were the personalized pillows, something you wouldn’t necessarily buy for yourself, but¬†would make an amazing gift. As much as I love the home decor family pillows, I had to have the personalized birth announcement pillow and had it made with all my oldest son’s information (not picking favourites, but I figured the little one wouldn’t know the difference as this stage in his life, but I am going to have one made for him as well).

Little Monkey Designs Personalized Pillow

¬†Here’s what I love about Little Monkey Designs Pillow:
– The website was easy to navigate and order
–¬†You can custom colour match parts of your pillow
– The pillow arrived in a timely manner
РThe quality is top notch, the fabric is of the highest quality
– It is reasonably priced
РChoice of girl or boy colour
– Locally made
– Makes a nice accent pillow in a family room or children’s room
РRemovable pillow cover … just incase you run into a mess!!!
– Simply my son loves it and it makes him feel special!

Little Monkey Designs Pillow

Make sure to check out all the other wonderful gifts that Little Monkey Designs has to offer and if one of the products peeks your interest, use code: babylish at check out to receive 15% off your order.

Happy ordering
T.
xo

Give the Gift of Giving this Holiday

Donation Gift

We are weeks away from the holidays and you still have a few people on your list to buy presents for, but you don’t want to go to a mall because that is a Joe Public move and you don’t even know where to start looking on the internet so what’s next?

Tis’ the season for giving and this is the kind of gift that will make you truly feel like you are giving. Give the gift of a Charity Gift Card. I love this idea and know that EVERYONE would appreciate it.

Here’s how it works:
РGo to CanadaHelps website
– Pick a design based on the type of occasion
– Pick a value to donate
– Write a message
– Have it sent via email to the recipient of the gift or you can print it and put it in a card (you can choose the date you want them to receive it on)
РThe recipient will then choose the Canadian charity of their choice (there are more than 86,000 charities to choose from)

Now tell me this isn’t one of the most thoughtful gifts to give or receive?!!!

Happy Gift Giving
T.
xo

What’s New with Sands Alive? Enter to WIN!

Sands Alive

A little while back, I reviewed one of my favourite kids toys on the market; Sands Alive and now it is back with new, AWESOME themed kits and I am here to introduce them to you all!

Let me start with my favourite
Sands Alive! Neon Frenzy
Sands Alive Neon FrenzySet Includes:
1.5LBS of Sands Alive! (neon orange or neon green sand)
4 Castle Molds
Brick & Pebble Rollers with Interchangeable Handle
Play Tray with UV Black Light Glasses to turn the sand in flourescent

Sands Alive! 3D Dino Adventure

Sands Alive 3D Dino AdventureSet Includes:
1.5LBS of Sands Alive!
4 Dinosaur Skeleton Molds: Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus, Apatosaurus & Triceratops Molds
Dino Track & Smooth Rollers with Interchangeable Handle
Play Tray with 3D Glasses & 3D Art Background (LOVE THIS)

Sands Alive! 3D Sealife Adventure
Sands Alive 3D Sealife Adventure
Set Includes:
1.5LBS of Sands Alive!
4 Sealife Molds: Mermaid, Seahorse, Fish, Crab
Seashell & Smooth Rollers with Interchange Handle
Play Tray with 3D Glasses & 3D Art Background

Sands Alive! Sweet Shoppe Bakery
Sands Alive Sweet Shoppe Bakery
Set Includes:
1.5LBS of Sands Alive!
1 Double layer Cake Mold
1 Triple layer Cake Mold
Cupcake Molds
2 Ice Cream Cones
1 Ice Cream Scoop
1 Cake Server
Play Tray

Need I say more??? There is a kit for every kid and they are priced perfectly for birthday gifts ($30 for the Sweet Shoppe Bakery Kit, Sealife Adventure Kit and Dinosaur Adventure Kit and $40 for the Neon Frenzy Kit).

As I pointed out in my previous post, here are a few things to know about Sands Alive!
РIt is all natural, so you don’t have to worry about kids putting it in their mouths
– It doesn’t dry out!
– If pieces get on the floor, just take a little piece in your hand and use that to pick up the other pieces making for easier cleaning (also by putting a table cloth underneath)
– It is BACTERIA FREE
– Latex free and gluten free
– Molds easily so your kids can be really imaginative with it
– The sand is water soluble – BE CAREFUL if you decide to play with this in the backyard

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Thanks to our amazing friends at Sands Alive! they are giving away one of these themed kits to 4 (yes 4) lucky Babylish Advice readers, oh and an ADDITIONAL 1.5lbs of sand to go with your kit! The contest is open to Canadian residents only. Here’s how to enter:

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Where to Buy: Scholars Choice, Indigo, Toys R Us, Mastermind, Home Hardware

Happy moulding
T.
xo

Scholar’s Choice Review – Enter to Win a $50 Gift Card Giveaway

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Do you remember when you were a kid and walked into a toy store for the first time and found yourself saying “OH WOW”, it was like heaven on earth! I found the inner 2 year old in me coming out when walking into Scholar’s Choice for the first time this past weekend and saying the exact same thing and out loud at that.

I have a tendency to get slightly overwhelmed when I am in toy stores (my secrets out) as there are so many rows and I really like to sift through everything and find the toys and games that are age appropriate for my son, are fun and educational and lastly that encourage him to try new things and work on the skills he is good at.

Toys

There are so many reasons why I love Scholar’s Choice!

#1 When I started walking around the store, one of their staff members came up to me and asked if I needed help. I told her a little bit about my sons likes and dislikes and such and she guided me to the toys and games that she thought would work for him. She was extremely knowledgeable about the products that they have

#2 How I first fell in love with Scholar’s Choice was from their website! It is by far the most helpful website I have found yet (and trust me when I say I do a ton of online shopping – I hope my husband doesn’t read this). It is just so organized (every mother’s dream)! Pick the category you are looking for: Arts & Music Play, Baby & Toddler Toys, Active Play, Pretend Play etc and then from there you can search by either a sub-category, Age, Brand or Learning Skills (BRILLIANT RIGHT!). This makes it sooo easy for parents, grandparents, caregivers, cousins, aunts/uncles and such to find he right gift

#3 They ship!!! Working full time and having little to no time on weekends to get anything done, a toy store that ships gets extra bonus points in my books. You get free shipping over $100 OR there is a $10 flat shipping rate in Canada #4 I love to support Canadian owned family business and they have been in business for over 70 years

GIVEAWAY:
Thanks to our AMAZING friends at Scholar’s Choice, they are giving away a $50 gift card to one of my very lucky readers! Enter below on Rafflecopter, it’s just that easy.

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Happy toy shopping (i’m jealous)
T.
xo

Disclosure: I was not paid nor given any personal perks to review this company