Oriental Trading: Disney Cars Party

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I love to decorate the house for my kids’ birthdays.  It has become a tradition that I decorate the entire house while they are sleeping so the kids can wake up to the house decorated in whatever theme the birthday boy or girl chose that year.  Since I am a stay at home mom on a budget, I love turn to Oriental Trading for affordable party supplies and decorations.  My son Declan is a serious Disney Cars fan so it was no surprise to me when he requested a Disney Cars theme for his 4th birthday party.  Disney Cars have been around for many years but thankfully Oriental Trading still has a great selection of party supplies that are perfect for any cars fan.

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If you are looking for a decoration to create an impact on your guests when they arrive at your Disney Cars party, I recommend the Disney Cars Hanging Centerpiece.  This piece adds a lot to the party décor at a low cost to you.  The LightYear blimp is the center of this hanging feature and is made out of a thin cardboard.   Unfortunately, this piece comes folded inside the package and took a little adjusting to get it to stay straight.  Despite this little flaw, I still highly recommend this piece.  All of our guests and my kids loved it and after adjusting the blimp several times, I managed to get it to display nicely for the party.  The flag banners are super fun and colorful and clearly say, “The party is here!”

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Disney Cars Dream Room Kit

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To get the biggest bang for your buck, I highly recommend the Disney Cars Dream Room Kit.  This kit includes 19 hanging decorations with strings.  They are fun, colorful, and easy to hang.  The image appears on both sides so the decorations can float and/or spin in the air providing décor from more than one angle.

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The Disney Cars Dream Room kit also includes three wall decorations in the form of three large Grand Prix posters.  These posters feature, Francesco, Max Schnell, and McQueen.  Since the posters are so large, they actually came folded inside the packaging.  Therefore, I would recommend opening your package a little early so the decorations have some time to flatten out.  These posters are made of a thin cardboard similar to a cereal box and held up very well when I hung them on our cabinets and doors.  I really liked the large size because they make a bigger impact in the décor of the space.

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The Disney Cars Photo Booth Kit may haven been my favorite part of my son’s Disney Cars party.  The backdrop consists of three large pieces you hang together to create a large background for your photo booth.  The kit also comes with several photo props that are made of a thin cardboard.  The photo booth was a great way to encourage the kids and adults at our party to be playful and have fun.  Plus, the pictures make for great memories!

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All of the Disney Cars party supplies featured here are from Oriental Trading.  All of the items were less than $7 with the exception of the dozen Disney Cars Jelly Belly packs.  My son loved his Disney Cars party décor so much he actually asked me to take a picture of some of his new toys with the Disney Cars decorations and party supplies!  Several of the party favors I ordered were so cute, that I ended up using them as party décor during the party and then had the guests grab one of each to take home at the end of the day.  This is another great way to save a little money!  The race flags and tire yoyos really added to the festive look of the party and the guests had a lot of fun playing with them as well!  The Mater Snack Caddy is so cute.  We ended up filling it with Disney Cars Jelly Bellys and a few other sweet treats for guest to help themselves to during the party.

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I received party supplies featured in this post from Oriental Trading Co. for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the products I reviewed.

 

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Orkin Bed Bug Feud Game & Giveaway

Orkin is back with #BedBugFeud!  Play the Bed Bug Feud and test your bed bug knowledge to see if you are keeping a clean bed in 2015.  I don’t know about you, but I would be more than happy to never see one of these bed bugs in my house!  Think you have what it takes to make it on the leaderboard? Play Bed Bug Feud and beat the clock to be crowned the Bed Bug Champion!

Orkin uses the latest technology and unparalleled training to develop an effective treatment that’s right for your needs.  To learn more about their pest control based in science or to schedule an inspection, visit orkin.com or call 1-800-800-ORKIN.

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Win It!

One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a CleanRest Pillow Encasement courtesy of Orkin! (retail value $20.00)

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (Est. time) on February 10, 2015.  This giveaway is open to residents in the U.S only.  Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.  The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS.  No P.O. Boxes! The winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

This post is sponsored by Orkin.  I will receive a CleanRest Pillow Encasement in exchange for this post.  Orkin provided product information as well as the prize for the giveaway.  All opinions are mine alone

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Peg + Cat: The Tree Problem App

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PBS KIDS has introduced several new awesome apps already in 2015 and it is only January!  Their new app, The Tree Problem, is based off of one of my kids favorite shows, Peg + Cat.  If your little ones are fans of the show, you are most likely familiar with how the show takes children on adventures that require math skills and problem solving.  The Tree Problem app allows Peg + Cat followers to interact with these characters and work on math skills, concepts, and of course solve those BIG problems!

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The Tree Problem App Features:

  • 30 total levels: Cat sure has a knack for getting stuck in trees! Levels of increasing challenge motivate children to practice key early math concepts and skills.
  • 6 worlds: Grow plants on the farm, roll and stack snowballs at the South Pole and arrange set pieces on Broadway! Each world offers new levels, giving children a variety of opportunities to solve the problem.
  • Curriculum focus: Peg and Cat’s spirited and playful antics engage children in learning foundational math concepts like spatial reasoning and measurement, practicing persistence and having a totally awesome time doing it

Buy It!

The Tree Problem App is designed with children ages 3-6 in mind.  My boys are 4 and 6 years of age and they are loving The Tree Problem app!  This app is available for $2.99 on the App Store for iPad or at  www.AppStore.com/PBSKIDS.

I received product information and a promotional code for The Tree Problem app for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of the app I reviewed.

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New ODD Squad App and New Special Event Today on PBS Kids!

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And so it begins – the premiere of ODD SQUAD SAVES THE WORLD – TODAY on PBS KIDS! (check local listings for air times of this new one hour special).  As if this all new special event is not exciting enough, PBS Kids recently introduced the first ever ODD Squad app!  My kids love PBS Kids apps and the new ODD Squad Blob Chase app is no exception.  In this new app, the ODD Squad needs your helpt to collect all the blobs!  My 6 year old absolutely loves this app.  He gets so excited about being an ODD Squad agent.  He uses special gadgets to collect the blobs and complete each level.  My son has so much fun completing these levels and there are a lot of them!  He is pretty proud to say he has completed over 50 levels.  This is a fun app even if your kids are not familiar with the show.  Plus, if it is new to them, the videos can introduce them to the characters. 

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About the app:

The ODD SQUAD Blob Chase App includes 60 levels of gaming in which kids use math skills to get blobs across bridges, over walls, through tubes and eventually back into their containers. To discover which gadget will work best for each particular challenge, kids problem-solve using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Buy It!

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The ODD Squad Blob Chase App is available for $0.99 for a limited time on the App STore for iPad or at www.AppStore.com/PBSKIDSThe Blob Chase app is also available for $0.99 for a limited time on Fire tablet on the Amazon Store and Android tablets on GooglePlay.

I received the THOMAS & FRIENDS Watch and Play app for review purposes all opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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Princess Patty Meets Her Match Review & Giveaway

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One Day Your Prince Will Come.  These words have left Princess Patty waiting and wondering.  Is one day today?  In Charise Mericle Harper’s book, Princess Patty Meets Her Match, a young princess decides she is simply tired of waiting for her prince charming.  Princess Patty packs her super-sparkly backpack and sets out on a journey to find her prince.  Of course, I want my own little princess to find her prince charming one day but I take pride in my daughter’s intelligence and strong will.  Therefore, I am elated to have a princess book to share with my daughter that clearly sends a positive message to young girls.  This story does not feature a damsel in distress, rather a princess determined to find her one true love.  She meets several princes throughout her journey that try to wow her with their skills.  Somehow Princess Patty manages to see the limitations in their skills and often ends up teaching these princes new skills, offering kindness and making new friendships along the way.  This light hearted story is funny and sweet and has a very charming ending.  Quite suited for a princess and her prince.

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The illustrations in this book are simply adorable.  The book sleeve of Patty Meets Her Match even has glitter accenting the words and illustrations making this book fit for the modern yet girly princess.  If there is one thing I learned from Disney, it is that every princess has a good sidekick.  Like Ariel has Flounder and Rapunzel has Pascal, Princess Patty has her pet starfish.  I love how Princess Patty pulls her pet starfish in a wagon throughout her adventures in this book.  As if that is not cute enough, her pet starfish goes by the name of Miss Loverpuff.  Princess Patty Meets Her Match is a fun and refreshing story that teaches our little princesses to take action and make your dreams become a reality.

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Even the inside cover of this book is pretty!  Charlotte loves to point out all of the little Miss Loverpuffs on the page.

Buy It!

You can purchase Princess Patty Meets Her Match for your own little princess online at retailers such as Amazon, BAM, and Barnes & Noble.  This book is a fun read and would make a sparkly Valentine’s Day gift for any young girl.

Win It!

One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a copy of Princess Patty Meets Her Match!

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (Est. time) on February 10, 2015.  This giveaway is open to residents in both the U.S and Canada.  The winner will be selected by random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.  The prize will be shipped via the sponsor.

I received a copy of the Patty Meets Her Match for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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Garppy Review & Giveaway

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Tired of toothpaste stained cups taking up all of your bathroom counter space or having to drink from the faucet when no cup is to be found?  Garppy can help!  Garppy is the first attachable mouth rinser.  This clever product simply attaches to your manual toothbrush so you will always have a small cup ready to use when you need to rinse your mouth.  This is one of those products you never realized you needed until you try it.  It is really quite brilliant.  The Garppy is made of high quality food grade silicone and has an adjustable strap that allows you to secure the cup to almost any manual toothbrush.  In fact, the Garppy will fit onto 99% of all manual toothbrushes.  This small attachable cup allows each family member in our household to have his or her very own cup for rinsing yet no cups are taking up valuable countertop space.  The Garppy is available in several multi-toned color choices.  In our household, we all have different style toothbrushes yet the Garppy fits nicely on all of our toothbrushes.  We can also store more than one toothbrush and Garppy in our toothbrush holder.

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My kids love the Garppy.  My boys think they are so cool and choosing the color of Garppy was no small matter. I was amazed at how long they studied their options and they each were drawn to a different color combo.  This product is fun and useful and it even encourages my kids to brush and rinse properly.  Best of all they are not tempted to share rinse cups and there are no arguments over which cup is whose because they are attached to the toothbrushes!  I love how the Garppy clears up counter space and my kids make much less of a mess since they don’t have large cups to fill and splash everywhere.

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The Garppy easily attaches to the toothbrush with the cup face to the left or right.  My oldest son is a lefty so we put the Garppy to the test by both left handed and right handed brushers.  My left handed son found his Garppy to be easy to fill and drink from as did the rest of the right-handed family members.

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My 1 and a half year daughter is thrilled to have her own Garppy.   She never wants to be left out of the fun and the Garppy is no excepetion.  She actually has a couple toothbrushes right now and she will only use the one with a Garppy attached to it.  Since the Garppy is small we waste less water and it is much more manageable for my one year old to use.   The fact that she can even use the Garppy attests to how well it is designed.  The Garppy conveniently attaches to your toothbrush for easy access when you want to rinse your mouth, yet it never comes into contact with your face when you are brushing your teeth!

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Soft silicone rinse cup that is easy to fill, use, and store.

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Since the Garppy is so small and easy to use, it would also be convenient to take with you when traveling or on a camping trip.  Garppy will easily fit in a toiletry bag!

Buy It!

Check out the Garppy Kickstarter project to learn more about this cool product. Garppy will be available for preorder as soon as the Kickstarter program has completed.

Win It!

One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win two Garppy products in his or her color of choice!

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (eastern time) on February 4, 2015.  This giveaway is open to residents in both U.S. and Canada.  The winners will be selected by random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. 

I received Garppy product samples for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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Pediped Shoe Naming Contest

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Exciting news Pediped fans!  Award-winning children’s footwear brand, Pediped will name a new shoe style after one of its very own fans! Parents and caregivers around the world have the opportunity to submit their child’s name for the chance at naming a Pediped shoe after him or her. The winning name will be used for a style in the Pediped Spring/Summer 2016 Collection.  The name that Pediped contest will be hosted on Instagram and fans must follow @pedipedfootwear to participate.

“We are very excited to get our fans more involved in helping us name new styles”, said founder Angela Edgeworth. “In the past we have used names that our customers recommended, and we have named styles after previous models and employee’s children, but never after one of our biggest fans. I know my girls love having a shoe named after them. It’s unique and exciting!”.
 

To enter the contest, fans must post a picture of their child, with his or her name, and the reason why pediped® should name a shoe after him or her. The photo must be posted with the contest hashtag #namethatpediped and the pediped® Instagram account must be tagged as @pedipedfootwear.

Photo entries will be accepted until 11:59pm PST on January 11, 2015. The winner will receive a $100 pediped gift card and a free pair of the style named.  Pediped will announce the winner in February upon the official launch of the Spring/Summer 2015 Collection.  Good luck!

I received no compensation for this post.  Simply wanted to share this contest with my readers!

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Staying Warm and Having Fun in Kamik Snowbank Boots

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Snowbank Boots Features:

  • Waterproof 600 Denier Nylon Upper
  • Seam Sealed Waterproof Construction
  • Removable 8mm Zylex® Liner
  • Moisture Wicking Lining
  • Adjustable Snow Collar w/ Kamik’s Easy Grab Bungee Lace Lock
  • Glove Friendly Adjustable Midfoot Velcro Strap With Easy Grip Rubber Tab
  • Waterproof, Lightweight and Flexible Synthetic RubberHe Shell
  • Kamik’s SNOWAVE Synthetic RubberHe Outsole
  • Height 9 Inches (24,1 cm) / Weight 1.62 lbs (721 g) (per pair)

My son has worn his Kamik Snowbank boots nearly every day since November.  (We gave them a short rest while we spent a weak barefoot on the beaches of Florida.) Throughout the past couple of months my son has never once experienced wet or cold feet and these boots still look as good as new.  Not only do these boots keep my son’s feet warm and dry but they are also very easy to put on and take off.  This is a huge bonus for a young boy who does not want to miss out on a single minute of recess play!  My son loves to….

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and play for hours in his Kamik Snowbank boots!

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Kamik offers a variety of winter boots in mens, womens, kids, and child sizes.  Don’t spend the winter stuck inside and bored.  Throw on a pair of Kamik boots, get some fresh air, and have some fun!  You may be surprised how fun the snow can be when your feet are not wet or cold!

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Kamik Snowbank Boots are available in several color choices in kids sizes 1-7 and child sizes 8-13.  My son’s Snowbank boots are a size 1 and we find them to run true to size.  He just grew into size 1 shoes and these boots fit comfortably yet have enough room for my son to wear thick socks if needed.

I reveived a pair of the Kamik Snowbank Boots for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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THOMAS & FRIENDS Watch and Play App

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Do your kids love to play on your Apple devices? PBS Kids just released a fun new THOMAS & FRIENDS app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.  The THOMAS & FRIENDS Watch and Play app offers four activities which include, track builder, track repair, steam team snapshots, and videos.

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This new app is the first THOMAS & FRIENDS app to offer full length episodes .  My 6-year-old son loves to play with the track builder feature on this app.  He loves creating custom tracks for the trains.  The app allows your track builder to choose from three trains; Percy, James, and Thomas to have drive along the track you build.  Harold the helicopter can also fly over the track.  My 4-year-old son simply loves everything about this app.  He is always asking to play it.  I have been told many times by my boys that they love to play this app.

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When you click on the icon of this app, the home screen of the app will immediately send out a train whistle.  That train whistle is like a dinner bell in our home because all my kids come running as soon as they hear that whistle!  This is a screen shot of my son building a track loaded with circles.  He is a bit obsessed with this app feature!

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This is a great app for preschoolers.  It helps develop problem solving skills and having full episodes at your disposal 24/7 is always a great resource for parents when kids need a little down time.

Buy It!

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The THOMAS & FRIENDS Watch and Play app is available for $2.99 on the app store.

I received the THOMAS & FRIENDS Watch and Play app for review purposes all opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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Google Play: Free Frozen MP3 Soundtrack Download

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Google Play has the Frozen MP3 Album available for download at no cost to you today!  You will need to have your Google Play account linked to your PayPal or Credit Card to checkout but no charge will be made to you because it is FREE today!  Be sure to share this with all of your Frozen fans!

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