Patriotic Party: Red, White, and Blue!

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Planning a patriotic themed gathering this summer?  Fill your party with fun, food, laughter, and a whole lot of red, white, and blue with a few of these Oriental Trading goodies!  Keep your guests both young and old busy with outdoor games and activities.   Patriotic decor and food will also have your guests celebrating along with you this July.  Glow in the dark accessories will at to your festivities as the sun goes down.

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Add a little fun and excitement to your barbeque with potato sack races!  These races are sure to have your guests falling down laughing.


I was really impressed with the quality and durability of the Pony Express potato sacks from Oriental Trading.  Our yard is pretty wet yet after a week of nonstop rain.  After the race the outside of the sacks were covered in mud but I simply hosed them down and hung them to dry in the sun and they are good to go for another race.  No tears or any damage of any kind happened to these sacks after multiple races.  Oriental Trading has a wide variety of potato sack styles.  The Pony Express are really fun and the red and white design works great for a patriotic themed party!


Paper Appetizer Plates are a great way to get a festive look and make clean up a breeze when the party ends. Red, white, and blue edible crayons and Rice Krispies Stars are fun treats for guests both young and old.  My kids absolutely love eating food off a stick so it is a must for me to make some type of treat kabob for any summer picnic, BBQ, or any other they can come up with!  Truthfully, I kind of get their love of kabob treats.  They look so fun!  This is also an easy way to get them to eat a lot of fruit.  My oldest simply loves the combo of cheese and strawberries on a stick.  The great thing about treat kabobs is that if you have unexpected guests you can simply use anything you have on hand.  I wanted to create a treat kabob using only red and white foods so I used strawberry, marshmallow, licorice to create this afternoon snack since they were all conveniently in my house already.  The blue patriotic fruit kabob sticks are part of set of 25 that also include red and white star sticks.  These sticks are really durable. In fact, I ordered this set from Oriental Trading a couple years ago and they are still a party favorite.

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The Captain’s hat from Oriental Trading may be one of the best purchases you will ever make.  This hat fits an adult but my kids can easily wear it as well.  Not only does the hat create fun photo opportunities but it is an accessory that both adults and kids will all want to give a try.  Since we only have one captain’s hat, we deemed the winner of each game we played was rewarded the right to wear the Captain’s hat.  Since no BBQ is complete without some fun yard games.  This reward was a big hit.


The Washer Toss Game from Oriental Trading is a great party game.  This game can be played with two or four players and is scored similar to the game of horseshoes.  This game is great for both adults and kids.  Simply move the boxes closer together for younger children and let the washer tossing begin!  The washers are made of a weighted plastic so you don’t have to worry about kids tossing them.  On a rainy day this game is even great indoors.


The washer toss game is not very big or heavy so it is easy to travel with as well.  Bring it to the park or your next party.  The red, white, and, blue coloring of this game also adds to the festive feel when hosting a patriotic party!


When a little down time is needed for the kids, I often pull out sticker scene sets.  Oriental Trading has these sets in a wide variety of themes and the Peanuts Patriotic Sticker Scenes set is perfect for the 4th of July!  This sticker scenes set are a fun way to encourage kids to sit down and get creative and they are always so proud of their creations!  The Peanuts Patriotic set comes with 12 flag pages for the background as well as 12 sticker sheets.  Each sticker page has a large selection of patriotic stickers featuring many Peanuts characters.


Sticker scenes are a fun party activity for kids that really provides little to no mess.  This makes them one of my go to party activities.  The younger kids simply love the act of peeling stickers off one sheet and sticking them to another.  The older kids really get into decorating their flags.  At the end of the day you will have a dozen patriotic flags proudly being displayed by your little party guests.  The sticker scenes sets are especially great in case of rain!

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Add to your festivities with patriotic gliders.  Oriental Trading offers a few different styles of patriotic themed gliders.  The Jumbo Patriotic Gliders have the head of an eagle and patriotic wings.  These freedom flyers are made of foam and are fun for kids and adults.


Glow in the Dark accessories are a must for any patriotic party that continues after sunset.  Oriental Trading has an amazing selection of glow products.  We order glow products every year for the 4th of July.  The patriotic tri-color premium glow sticks have been my go to choice for years.  We love the look and quality of those glow sticks but this year my little Star Wars fans begged to try the patriotic light-up flashing batons.  These plastic batons come in a set of 6 and provide a lot of entertainment for kids.  These batons have 3 different light up features and can be turned off as well so we have been able to use them more than once.  The light-up flashing batons are also a great way to keep track of your littles in the dark!



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Shop the Patriotic Sale at Oriental Trading to score great deals on your decor and party supplies!

I received the patriotic items featured here for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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LabelDaddy Shoe Labels


Want an easy way to track your kids belongings?  Use customizable labels!  Label Daddy has customizable clothing labels that you simply peel and stick.  They even have special labels just for shoes!  Label Daddy shoe labels are easy to apply and have proven to last an entire school year for my kids.  Label Daddy labels are perfect for summer camps as well.  While your little ones are experiencing new adventures they can easily forget to keep track of their belongings.  These labels help avoid confusion when friends may have the same items and make it easier to find belongings they misplace.


Every order of Label Daddy labels will come with Helpful Hints that will help you to use and care for your labels correctly.  The stickers easily peel off the package backing and are not too flimsy so they don’t collapse over your hand when applying to the shoes.  Overall these are quick and easy to use.

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Label Daddy labels work great and are available in a variety of fun designs that appeal to kids.  Label Daddy recently introduced a new set of emoji icon designs to add to their great selection.  My son is a Golden State Warriors fan so he was thrilled when we came across the NBA labels at Label Daddy.  He is quite proud to have has name linked with his favorite team.

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Save 25% on your entire Label Daddy order!  This is the best discount available anywhere. Use code USFAMILY25 at checkout.

I received Label Daddy shoe labels in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are mine alone.

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MAM Baby #DaddysDay Giveaway….Plus a Blog Giveaway!

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This Father’s Day, MAM will be selecting one lucky person to win a $500 prepaid card or tickets to a Major League Baseball game of your choice! Share a story that shows what makes the dad in your family a great father with the #DaddysDay hashtag and MAM will select their favorite story to win! Enter for a chance to win this MAM giveaway here:


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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is also going to win a $30 gift package of assorted MAM items including their I Love Daddy pacifiers!

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (Est. time) on July 1, 2017.  This giveaway is open to residents in both the US and Canada.  The winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

I received no compensation for this post. I simply wanted to share this promotion and host a giveaway for my readers.  Facts and prizes provided by MAM Baby.

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Nested Bean Review & Giveaway

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Have you ever tried to sneak away from a sleeping baby only to have that sweet baby wake up immediately after your arm slips away from his or her little body?  I can’t even begin to count how many times I wished my arm could stay with my baby while I just checkout for a few hours of sleep.  The Nested Bean may just have a solution for all of us tired parents and care givers.  The Zen Swaddle is designed to give baby the soothing feeling of  your gentle touch all night long!  The cute chick on each swaddle contains a lightly weighted non-toxic filling to simulate the gentle pressure of your palm on their chest.  This design encourages baby to self soothe and sleep easily.



You can swaddle with baby’s arms in our out. My babies always preferred to swaddle with arms out so I love having this option with the Zen Swaddle.  Before baby begins to roll over it is recommended to place baby on his or her back to sleep.  Therefore from ages 0-6 months the Zen Swaddle should be used with baby sleeping on his or her back and the chick gently resting on baby’s chest.  From 6-12 months if baby prefers to sleep on his or her tummy, the Zen Swaddle can be worn backwards with the chick resting on baby’s back.  This 2 in 1 design allows this swaddle to last twice as long as the swaddles I had for my babies in the past!


During the first few weeks of baby’s life, those tiny legs and feet stay snug inside the small pouch.  Once baby grows, the baby’s legs will rest over the pouch.


Next the weighted pouch is placed over baby’s chest. Then you can cross the left wing followed by the right. You can choose to wrap the wings over or under the shoulder depending on how baby likes to be swaddled.


The Nested Bean Zen Swaddle Classic not only has a smart design but is also made of soft cotton with adorable pattern choices.  They are available in solid colors, as well as pattern choices like the cute Puffin Party featured here.  The Zen Swaddle is also available in a Premier design that is made of 70% bamboo and 30% cotton.


The Zen Swaddle is easy to use with Velcro closure and a helpful how to video on the Nested Bean website.  My daughter loves to bundle up her baby doll for nap time!  Letting a future big brother or sister help bundle up a doll is a great way to get little one’s excited for a new baby as well.

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Turn sleepless nights into sweet dreams with the Zen Swaddle Classic.  The Zen Swaddle is available for purchase online at the Nested Bean website.  Free shipping on all U.S. orders!

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win his or her choice of a Nested Bean Zen Swaddle or Zen Sack!

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I received a Zen Swaddle for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Moana Birthday Party


Since Moana hit theaters in 2016 the ocean has been calling for Moana birthday parties all over the country.  Finding party supplies can be challenging when your child chooses a party theme based off of such a new movie.  Thankfully many luau party supplies work great for a Moana themed party!  Oriental Trading has an amazing party supply selection dedicated just for a luau party theme so you will find everything from party supplies, favors, and décor in a variety of luau themed designs.  Oriental Trading also has several Moana themed party supplies.  With all of these choices, Oriental Trading was a convenient choice for shopping for my daughter’s Moana birthday party.

FVWF0915The Leaf Headwreath  and wristlet set works great for party décor, photo booths, and dress up fun for guests.  This set gives your guests the look of an islander who is ready to set sail with Moana!  When my daughter wears this set she loves to clip on a few of flower clips we got from Oriental Trading as well.  The flower hair clips is another great set you will find under the Luau party tab at Oriental Trading.  These flower clips obviously are great hair accessories but the clips allow you to easily add them to décor at your party as well.  We clipped several of these flowers to the top of our back drop.  I used two Natural Raffia Door Curtains from Oriental Trading to cover up our fire place.  It often ruins pictures with reflections so these curtains were the perfect way to cover it up while providing a fun back drop for photographs!  The curtains are pretty thin so I used two to provide a thicker backdrop.

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If you have a little Moana fan in the house, you are most likely familiar with the phrase, Shark Head!  This Shark Photo Prop allows all of your Moana fans a chance to get a Shark Head just like Maui.  This photo prop was so much fun for all ages.  It is made of thick cardboard so its sturdy enough yet lightweight so even our little guests had no problem holding it up.


A great way to keep to a budget when planning a party is to mix basic party supplies such as tablecloths and forks with more expensive party specific items.  Oriental Trading has a wide variety of affordable party supplies in vibrant colors perfect for a Moana Party.   The Palm Leaf Table Décor with Flower is so pretty and a simple orange, light blue, or hot pink tablecloth accent the centerpiece perfectly.


The Hula Girl Stress Toys from Oriental Trading are super cute.  These cute little Hula Girls are fun decorations that your young guests can handle with no worries of anything getting broken.  They are soft and can be squeezed like a typical stress ball.  No party guest young or old can resist squeezing them!  The Hula Girl Stress Toys come in a pack of 12 and make fabulous party favors.


The Luau garland adds a festive flair to the party and create cheap and easy wall art by covering your exiting wall art with a plastic tablecloth and cover it with pictures of the birthday girl!


The pretty purple jewelry on my daughter is actually from Oriental Trading as well. We ordered a pack of beaded lei anklets last year for a luau and they work great as bracelets as well.  The beading and flowers are really pretty and they come in a pack of 12 in a variety of colors.

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Oriental Trading Luau and Moana party supplies are available for purchase online.  Plan your Moana party today…..the ocean is calling!

I received several party supplies featured in this post from Oriental Trading for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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MAX 2: White House Hero Blu-ray Review & Giveaway!

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment recently introduced the new original family film, Max 2: White House Hero.  Duty calls again, and our hero, Max, returns to action in this new film.  His new assignment brings him to Washington, D.C. to serve on the U.S. president’s Secret Service detail. When a foreign leader arrives with his precocious daughter Alex (Francesca Capaldi), tensions arise between both countries. First Son TJ (Zane Austin), along with Max and Alex, uncover a dangerous plot that puts both kids and both nations in jeopardy. A highly-sensitive mission will push Max’s specialized skills, intelligence and loyalty to the test.

To celebrate the release of Max 2: White House Hero, this fun game was created where you can help Max save TJ and Alex! Click on the game screen via the app to jump over obstacles and make your best time.  The game is fun and fairly easy but I have a feeling you will all easily beat my time!

My kids and I watched this action packed film last night and it had my kids squealing in delight.  Max amazed us over and over again with his rescue skills.  Hint: Be sure to keep watching after the film is over because several of our past presidents are pictured with their own real life pups!  My kids loved seeing those pictures.  Max 2: White House Hero is a great family film.  My 9 year old son loved the movie and Max even managed to keep my 4 year old engaged throughout this 83 minute film.

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MAX 2: White House Hero is now available for purchase on DVD and Blu-ray!  This new original film is also available on digital HD.  Visit the Max 2 movie website to learn more about the film and see video clips from the movie!

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a copy of Max 2: White House Hero on Blu-ray!

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Warner Bros. will be providing the winner of the giveaway Blu-ray.  The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please.

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Kidorable Umbrella: Fun Rain or Shine

Kidorable rain gear is cute and comfortable.  My kids love to wear Kidorable gear and we never leave the house without a Kidorable umbrella.  Kidorable umbrellas are available in a wide variety of designs.  There is a coordinating umbrella to go with each Kidorable rain coat and boots to complete the set.  Plus, you will find many cute animal themed umbrellas to choose from as well.

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The attention to detail on each umbrella design is delightful.  My mermaid obsessed daughter recently got the Kidorable mermaid umbrella and she is in love.  The beautiful mermaid swimming across the umbrella captivates my daughter.  The mermaid’s purple tail fins extend out of the top of the umbrella.  With this umbrella your tiny mermaid will be ready to create under the sea adventures while staying dry from the rain.  The mermaid umbrella has a black lever that is easy to press when opening and closing the umbrella.  This design is especially nice for little hands to use.  The handle on each of my kids umbrellas are so much fun.  My boys have the pirate and fireman umbrellas.  The pirate umbrella has a pirate sword handle and the Fireman umbrella has a fire hydrant for a handle.  The Mermaid umbrella has a purple sea horse that shaped perfectly for an easy grip.  All Kidorable umbrellas feature a Velcro strap for quick and easy storage.

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Kidorable recently introduced a new blog, Kidorable Parenting.  Visit the blog to find new ideas and share your own!  Every two weeks they will be giving away a FREE Kidorable umbrella to whoever’s comment is their favorite.

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The Mermaid Umbrella is available for purchase online at the Kidorable website as well as the rest of the mermaid collection and a long list of fun umbrellas!  Kidorable umbrellas make great gifts. Plus, this adorable message comes attached to your new Kidorable umbrella:

I’m Kidorable in rain and in shine. Ready to share a magical time. Wonders await you let’s explore and play. Imagining places far andaway. Begin our adventure just you and me. That’s Kidorable, what will you be?

I received a Kidorable mermaid umbrella for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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Sharper Image 4 in 1 Emergency Tool Review & Giveaway


Car trouble and vehicle accidents are things we all hope to avoid.  Unfortunately, these events can happen and being prepared in an emergency can be a life changer.  The Sharper Image 4 in 1 Emergency Tool is a small yet handy tool to keep in your vehicle.  The Sharper Image 4 in 1 Emergency Tool is a vivid yellow color making it easy to find in dark storage areas of a vehicle.  This tool may be small but it contains an emergency hammer, seat belt cutter, road flare, flashlight, and a magnetic base.

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The seat belt cutter will allow you to quickly escape the vehicle if needed.  The emergency hammer will allow you to break auto glass.  The magnetic base conveniently holds onto small items such as screws or keys.


The Sharper Image 4 in 1 Emergency Tool requires two AA batteries in order for the flash light and road flare features to work.  Simply twist off the top part of the tool to insert the two batteries and it is good to go.  The Beacon Button will turn the road flare on when pressed.  The button closest to the top of the tool will turn the flashlight on and off.

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I love how simple this tool appears yet offers so many uses.  I have even walked my kids through the features of this tool.  I want them to be familiar with it in case of an emergency since I am often traveling with them in the car.

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The Sharper Image 4 in 1 Emergency Tool is available for purchase online at the SmartPlanetHome website.  This affordable tool is a must for every vehicle.  With many summer adventures ahead it never hurts to be prepared when on the road!

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a Sharper Image 4 in 1 Emergency Tool!

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I received a Sharper Image 4 in 1 Emergency Tool for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Vampirina at the Beach


Meet Vampirina,  an adorable vampire who just happens to dance through life one plié at a time!  Yes, even little girl vampires dream of becoming ballerinas.  Vampirina is sweet and girly yet fearless and fun.  Vamperina and her friends remind me of a blend of the classic TV family, the Munsters along with the Disney character, Princess Sofia.  Its both gothic and girly.  Author, Anne Marie Pace has created a fun and playful character with Vampirina and manages to tell a fun and upbeat story about characters that are often viewed as gloomy or unfriendly in her new book, Vampirina at the Beach.  Who knew vampires and werewolves could have so much fun!?  My very own extremely girly girl loves this book and her big brothers enjoy it as well.  The book itself is an easy read but combined with the illustrations by Leuyen Pham, my kids ranging from ages 3 to 8 are all extremely engaged with Vampirina at the Beach.  In fact, my kids spend several minutes exploring each page every time we read this book.

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My daughter is already requesting more Vampirina books.  Thankfully there are more Vampirina adventures to be read in books as well as more to come on Disney Junior.  Be on the lookout for the premiere of the “Vampirina” TV series coming to Disney Junior in  2017!

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Vampirina at the Beach is on sale now!  The beachy theme is perfect for summer and this dancing vampire and her goulish friends are equally festive for fall.

I received a copy of Vampirina at the Beach for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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SmitCo LLC Little Girl Dress Up


Do you know a little girl who loves to dress up or simply loves to embrace her inner princess?  Then you will want to check out these adorable SmitCo LLC dress up sets.  SmitCo LLC has a fun selection of affordable gifts for girls ages 2-12.  These gifts are not only fun but also inspire creativity.  SmitCo LLC wants to make its customers shopping experience an easy and joyful one.  Therefore, the entire Little Girl Dress Up set comes nicely packaged in a pretty fold-over bag that snaps close and is ready to be gifted.  Just sit back and enjoy your little one’s excitement as she reveals all of the goodies inside!


Once my daughter unpackaged each and every beautiful treasure, she could not put them on fast enough.  To say she was excited is an understatement.


This Little Girl Dress Up set has already inspired hours of imaginative play.  This little princess has danced, cast spells, and embarked on many adventures!

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My daughter received the purple Little Girl Dress Up set from SmitCo LLC.  The veil is super cute and nice quality.  The material is not scratchy and has proven to be durable.  The flower crown looks adorable and makes it easy for my daughter to put the veil on herself.  Plus, she can dance, twirl, and be a princess without it falling off her head!  The long satin gloves have a bow at the end and leave your little one feeling fancy.


The SmitCo Little Girl Dress up set also includes a beaded necklace and two bracelets.  The style of each set of bracelets varies.  However, all of the bracelets are stretchy in design making them easy for a child to put on and take off. Perfect for dress up!  Every girl needs a pretty bag so this set is complete with a small coin purse.  The coin purse will coordinate with the color of your dress up set.  My daughter loves purple so we ordered the set with the purple veil and coin purse.  My daughter loves the shiny sequins on the coin purse.  She fills it every day and carries it around with her wherever she may go.

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This set makes the perfect gift.  The SmitCo LLC Little Girl Dress Up set is available for purchase online.

I received the SmitCo LLC purple Little Girl Dress Up set for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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