Monday, June 15, 2015

Bubble Train Fun!!!

We received a new toy this weekend.  It was a huge hit.  The 

Happy Choo-Choo Motion Train is awesome.  My kids loved it.  Bubbles shoot right out of the smoke stack.  It creates a ton of tiny bubbles that are so fun to try and pop. My daughter's friends from next door even came out to join her when they saw her playing with it.  


I absolutely love the bump and go feature on the train. If it does happen to bump into something, it quickly turns and spins in a different direction.  I also love that this toy keeps the kids moving

The lights and sounds are a neat feature.  Unfortunately the music is a tad loud and the product provides no volume or motion only switch.  This isn't a huge problem because I have a no bubbles in the house rule so we only use it outside.  It is also not very durable so I suggest adult supervision.   If dropped the plastic shell of the train is more than likely going to break.

 

The train came with a small bottle of bubbles and the tiny funnel to pour the bubbles into the train.  I like that the place to fill the bubble and the cap are both parts of the train making it a tad more realistic.  It requires 3- AAA batteries that would have been nice if included but it is not a deal breaker.

This is a such a fun toy for kids to enjoy and would make a great gift.

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Silicone Baking Cups: Do They Actually Work? +Giveaway!! CLOSED

This was actually my first experience with silicone baking cups. I was kind of surprised at how thin they were when I first opened them up but it makes sense if you think about how thin paper baking cups are. Plus, because they are so thin and flexible, they are super easy to clean! Just flip them inside out and its easy to rinse any food right off, I haven't had to scrub them clean at all!  And bonus, they are dishwasher safe!!  I also love that they can be stacked and stored neatly in their own transparent container.

To be completely honest, I was really nervous to fill the cups up all the way because of how thin they are but I should've had more faith. These baking cups can really hold the batter well and they baked all of the cupcakes so evenly. I've never baked such perfect looking cupcakes before and I've baked A LOT of cupcakes in my life! I also wanted to test if cooking spray was necessary when baking so I sprayed some baking cups with cooking spray and I didn't spray others. We couldn't even tell apart which ones I sprayed and which ones I didn't because the cupcakes didn't stick to any of the baking cups!  I love that I do not have to worry about my daughters accidentally eating the paper from regular baking cups.


As if these baking cups weren't awesome enough, I have used them for so much more than baking. I've used them for toddler sorting games, I've used them to separate my daughter snacks during lunch, and of course I've used them for ice cream! They would be so great to use for ice cream at parties: just separate the ice cream into the baking cups ahead of time and pull them out of the freezer when ready! These baking cups have been so useful in my house and I recommend them for all bakers and mothers! 


Pros:
  • Eco-friendly and reusable
  • Made of flexible silicone so they peel away easily from cupcakes and muffins
  • BPA free and Food Grade silicone
  • Completely Versatile
  • Safe temperature range of -75F to 475F
  • Silicone helps bake evenly
  • Super easy to clean
  • They're really cute
I highly recommend stopping by Amazon and ordering a set!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

8 Fun Things to do with Glow in the Dark Bracelets!

I found a great deal on some glow sticks so I just had to have them.  I feel I got a better deal than going to the dollar store.  They are Super Bright, non toxic,  and long lasting.  And there are a ton of fun things to do with them. Here are some of our favorites:

1.  Glow in the dark bowling. Bowling is one of my daughters favorite things to do,  so I was excited to be able to add even more fun to something she already loves.

Start by raiding your recycling bin to find the perfect "pins".  Pop bottle are ideal because they do not collapse easily.  However, since we do not drink pop we used water bottles instead.  

Peel off all of the labels and place 2-3 activated glow sticks inside and replace the cap.

Turn down the lights and let the fun begin. This is a great activity for both indoors and outdoors.

2.  Glow in the dark letters.  Whether you have a pro reader or a child just learning to read this is a perfect way to have some fun while learning.  Take turns spelling out different words or names.  If your child has not started to read this is a great way to encourage letter recognition. You can also practice making shapes and saying their names.  Try it, your kids will love it.


3.  Ring Toss. This is another simple yet fun game.  Have your child crack/activate and assemble each bracelet/necklace then take turns tossing the rings!  We did this in bed the other night.  It was a nice way to end the day.

4.  Hide and Seek.  This is one of my favorites.  Decorate yourself with some glow in the dark gear and turn down the lights.  Maybe a few bracelets, a necklace or two, make some silly glasses or tie one in your hair.  Then run and hide and let your child come find you. Obviously this is not a game for older kids but my 2 year old niece loved it.  It might even help a child overcome their fear of the dark-- or at least make it a little less scary.

5.  Floating Fairy Jars.  This activity can get messy and possibly dangerous if not done right.  It involves you breaking the glow stick open and pouring it into the jar. The object is to create a glowing sparkles that resemble what a fairy in a jar would look like.  If done right this is a super cool project.  For this project I was unable to take a decent photo, you can google it to find some. BE CAREFUL when opening the glow sticks because there will be broken glass inside!!

6.  Glow in the dark Water Balloons.  A super fun warm summer evening game. Simply drop a few glowing sticks into the balloon and fill it with water.   It is easiest to use a smaller glow stick and fold it in half.  Try not to pop or poke a hole in the balloon.  When done right these are super cool. This was a huge hit during our Memorial Day gathering. 

7.  Glowing Fireflies.  Perfect for those rainy summer evenings when your kids are bummed they can't go out and catch fireflies.  This craft can be as simple or complex as you want it to be. You can use a plastic bottle or a plastic egg.  Have your child decorate it how they want then roll the glow stick and shove it inside Next add some googly eyes and the pipe cleaner antennas. And bonus, your kids have a special nightlight for that night. 

8.  Racing in the Dark.  This activity is fun for all ages.  

Attach multiple bracelets to create 2 lines.  Place them on either side of the hallway and viola, you have an awesome glow in the dark race track. Add as many or as little as you want. You can even wrap a bracelet around the top of the car to make glow in the dark racers.  Tip: Making a double or even triple line on both sides will make for a brighter track.


Push hotwheels down the lit up track to see who wins!


What are some of your favorite things to do with glow sticks?


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Very Low Entry Giveaway Ends Tonight!

Last chance to enter to win a Snuggy Baby Wet Bag! Winners will get to choose girl, boy, or gender neutral.




Saturday, May 16, 2015

Snuggy Baby Wet bag Review +Giveaway!

I am so glad I was given the opportunity to try a Snuggy Baby Wet BagThis is by far the largest wet bag I have ever owned.  It is approximately 14” x 18” and holds over 12 cloth diapers.  It is also large enough to hold a change of clothes, wet swimsuits, or towels.  With its waterproof liner, extra large size, and cute design, this wet bag is THE solution for containing any type of mess during any occasion.  And they make wonderful shower gifts.  A definite must for cloth diapers, potty accidents, beach fun, or gym bags.
My old wet bag compared to the Snuggy Baby wet bag
The Snuggy Baby Wet Bags includes a 6” handle that snaps open and closed to make it easier to attach to something if you want to hang your bag.  I absolutely love the unique idea of a handle!  It snaps right onto our stroller during our zoo trips!  When we are out but not using the stroller I also attach it to our diaper bag.  It is nice not to have to try and shove a full wet bag into an already full diaper bag.  
These wet bags even hold in the odor of breastmilk poops (pretty potent stuff)!!  When you are ready to do laundry, you just need to open the bag, shake the contents into the washer and then drop the bag in.  Super simple.

 For just under $20 you can save yourself a ton of time and headache.  When you purchase anything Snuggy Baby you know you will be getting quality merchandise and that your money is well spent. With over 100 adorable patterns to chose from you are sure to find the perfect wet bag.

Snuggy baby has more than a nice wet bag selection.  They also have ring slings, stretchy wraps, super cute doll slings, AND (my favorite) cloth diapers!  The doll slings are just darling and perfect for that older sibling that feels left out because Mommy is carrying the new baby and not them or they just want to be like Mommy.

Snuggy Baby has offered to give one lucky Party of 4 reader a large wet bag of their very own! 

To Enter:

1- Like Party of 4 on Facebook

2- Visit Snuggy Baby and comment below telling me what your favorite pattern is.

Easy as that.  Contest ends 5/21/2015 at 11:59p