Pete the Cat: Groovy Buttons Game

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You have most likely heard of the famous children’s book series, Pete the Cat.  Since so many children love this New York Time’s besting selling children’s books series (including my own kids), I thought it would be fun to check out the Pete the Cat: Groovy Buttons Game.  I can’t resist a game that is based off of a great children’s book series!  This game requires no reading skills so younger children can join in on the fun of collecting buttons in this game as well.  The Pete the Cat: Groovy Buttons Game is intended for 2 to 4 players ages 3 years and up.  The concept is simple and fun.  All of the players travel across the game board collecting and losing buttons as they go and when all of the buttons have been claimed, the player with the most buttons wins!

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My kids love the colorful button and fun jars.  So many kids are collectors at heart so they quickly get invested in collecting the buttons!  The buttons and jars are a very thick cardboard material and have held up well to little hands.  They still look like new after many uses.  The spinner for this game is actually on the game board and works fantastic.  It actually may the best functioning game spinner we own.  My kids love how fast it spins.  The Pete the Cat: Groovy Buttons Game is yet another BriarPatch game my kids enjoy on a regular basis.  It is a great introduction to board games for young kids and a fun way to spend quality family time together.

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Pete the Cat: Groovy Buttons Game can be purchased in stores as well as online at Amazon and AreYouGame.  Pair this game with a Pete the Cat book for a fun themed gift for a child or even a classroom!

I received the Pete the Cat: Groovy Buttons Game for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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Holiday Gift Idea: 3DLightFX 3D Deco Lights

3DLIGHTFX 3D Deco Lights are the perfect gift this holiday season. They have a full range of comic book, super hero, Disney Princess, sports and car lights that look as though they are popping right out of the wall! They are battery operated and cool to the touch so you can place them any where in the room! Your kids will loves having these in their rooms and they’re also the perfect editions to a den, family room, man’s cave or office!

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I will receive a 3DLIGHTFX 3D Deco Lights product in exchange for this post and an honest review in the future.

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Hallmark Heritage Collection Ornaments Review & Giveaway

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Hallmark is a company with a rich history that shows with the quality and care with which so many of its products are created. Heritage Collection Ornaments are handcrafted and designed by Hallmark artists.  In fact, these hand blown ornaments are crafted with great care by artisans in Poland.  Each ornament is a small piece of magic that sparkles beautifully on a lit up Christmas tree.

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The Heritage Collection consists of so many gorgeous ornaments that I am finding it impossible to choose a favorite.  The Winter’s Owl is perched on a sparkling pinecone and the color of the feathers on its wings is simply beautiful.  The vivid blue eyes on this ornament caught my daughter’s attention right away.  The Decorative Santa has a beautifully classic holiday pattern covering Santa’s suit in gold.  Not to mention his beard sparkles!

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The Gold Pattern Ball Heritage ornament is classy and delicate.  This hand blown ornament combines the classic clear ball shape with intricate embellishments adding high quality décor to any tree.  The Gold Pattern Ball is so beautiful and

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All three of the ornaments on my tree from the Hallmark Heritage Collection have sparkling gold accents that bring the ornaments to life when the Christmas tree is lit up.  Since each Heritage Collection Ornament is hand made, they will truly be a special treasure for you or a loved one to enjoy year after year as it hangs on the tree.

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Heritage Collection Ornaments are available for purchase at Hallmark Gold Crown Stores as well as on the Hallmark website.

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a Hallmark prize pack of Heritage Collection Ornaments!

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I received the Hallmark Heritage Collection Ornaments featured in this review.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the products I reviewed.

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Fancy Nancy the Musical CD

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Fancy Nancy now has her very own musical! This CD makes the perfect gift for fancy kids of all ages!

“An irresistible collection of ingenious tunes by award-winning composer/lyricist Danny Abosch and lyricist Susan DiLallo.” -NYMetroParents

Check out this video preview!

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I will receive a free Fancy Nancy The Musical CD in exchange for this post and a future review. 

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Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Welcome to Main Street Game

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It has been a long week but Friday night game night has finally arrived and we will be introducing you to a fun family game featuring one of PBS Kids’ favorite friends, Daniel Tiger.  The Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood series was actually inspired by another well-loved sweater wearing character on PBS, Mr. Rogers.  Whether your little ones are fans of the Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood series or not, you are bound to be a fan of this week’s feature board game.  There is actually a rule in the game that requires you to say, “Thank You” when receiving a gift!  This game is wonderful for social development and simply fun to play.  This Friday for game night my littles and I will be exploring Main Street in the Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Welcome to Main Street Game!

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Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Welcome to Main Street Game is yet another great family game by BriarPatch.  This board game features five special places on Main Street that each player must visit.  When taking your turn in the game you spin the wheel to get a number.  You then move your game piece that many spaces in any direction you wish.  The polka dot spaces require no action.  If you land on the tree, you pick a Thank You card to determine what your next move will be.  If you land on a gift space, you may choose a game token to gift to another player.  The player receiving the gift must reply with, Thank You.  What’s not to love about a game that involves gift giving and teaching little ones to be gracious when receiving a gift?!  Each player continues to explore main street and fill his or her own backpack along the way.  Once the backpack is full, the player can then race toward the finish line.

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Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Welcome to Main Street Game is intended for kids 3 years old and up.  It truly is easy enough for my 3 year old to play a complete game.  Since there is more to this game than a race to the finish line, my older children enjoy the game as well.  The game does not require to follow one set path.  This keeps the game interesting and exciting for all of the kids.  My kids never get bored with it.  Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Welcome to Main Street Game is surprisingly much anticipated by all of our family members even though none of my kids watch the show.

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Celebrating her arrival to the bakery!  After all, sweet treats are about to be stuffed in her backpack!

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Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Welcome to Main Street Game can be purchased online at Are You Game.

I received the Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Main Street Game for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Quilted Monkey Mat: Convenient, Cushy, and Clean!

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The Monkey Mat was designed by women who were always on the go.  The Monkey Mat allows you to make your space anywhere you go!  No more bulky blankets!  The Quilted Monkey Mat has an easy to carry pouch that makes this blanket extremely portable.  Simply grab the handle and off you go.  It is very lightweight so that even a small child can easily carry it.  The handle also unbuckles so you can easily access the zipper to remove the mat from the pouch.  The pouch is conveniently attached to the mat itself so you don’t have to worry about losing it.  All four corners of the mat are weighted and also have loops so you can stake it down if desired.  Take it to the beach, park, sporting events, concerts, and more.  The Quilted Monkey Mat is also convenient for travel both close and far from home.  Keep your little on off the floor at the airport, hotel, and more.

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Stay clean and dry with the Monkey Mat.  The Quilted Monkey Mat provides 5 square feet of clean lounging space.  It has a water proof base and is machine washable.  The top of this mat is even water repellant.  The ripstop nylon is soft to the touch and quite durable.  It has held up well to my young children playing with toys and crawling around on it, walking on it with shoes, food and drink spills, and more!

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We try to soak up as much sun as possible on warm fall days but the ground is often damp due to cooler temps.  The Quilted Monkey Mat is a must for our picnics or lazy time at the time at park.  The mat does an excellent job of providing us with a dry surface to relax on and enjoy the outdoors.

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The center of the mat has the Monkey Mat logo.  All four corners of the logo have loops that attach to car keys, toys, dog leash, and much more.

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The Quilted Monkey Mat is available for purchase in red or grey on the Monkey Mat website.  This would make a great gift this holiday season!

I received a Quilted Monkey Mat for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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SmartPlanet NDK Original Vacuum Bottle Review & Giveaway

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The NDK Original Vacuum Bottle is an 18 ounce bottle of perfection.  The sleek and stylish look of this bottle is backed up with this Nidecker Design double wall that can keep your beverage cold for up to 24 hours or hot for up to 12 hours.  That’s right exhausted parents everywhere, no more lukewarm coffee!

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The NDK Original Vacuum Bottle does an amazing job of keeping beverages either cold or hot.  Since my kids tend to distract me, it can literally take me hours to drink my coffee.  The NDK Original Vacuum Bottle keeps my coffee warm so I no longer have to suffer through drinking cold coffee that was intended to be hot!  With the exception of my daily cup of coffee, I usually drink water all day long.  The NDK Original Vacuum Bottle still amazes me with how long it can keep my water cold.  Before owning the NDK Original Vacuum Bottle, I probably consumed more room temperature water than cold on a daily basis.

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My NDK Original Vacuum Bottle goes everywhere with me.  The cap screws on tightly to help you avoid unwanted spills making it easy to take anywhere.  This bottle honestly never makes it to the cupboard.  I wash it, and I immediately fill it up again to use.

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The NDK Original Vacuum Bottle is available in four fun colors and may be purchased online at the SmartPlanet website. You might as well just buy one in every color. This bottle is that awesome!

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a SmartPlanet NDK Original Vacuum Bottle!

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I received a SmartPlanet NDK Original Vacuum Bottle for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Spin and Seek Game

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It is never too early to introduce your little ones to playing games.  They will thrive on being included in family game time and pick up on many social behaviors along the way!  The Very Hungry Caterpillar Spin and Seek Game is a great way to introduce little ones to board games.  The game is very simple to play yet introduces kids to a couple common board game activities such as using the spinner when it is your turn and counting spaces for your game piece to move.  The Very Hungry Caterpillar Spin and Seek Game introduces kids to both the big and small letters of the alphabet.  Each game card features a fun illustration from many of Eric Carle’s popular children’s books.

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We have been huge fans of Eric Carle books for years so I was delighted to see BriarPatch made a game featuring one of our favorite books, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  Despite the name of the game including the oh so famous hungry caterpillar, this game includes a wide variety of different Eric Carle illustrations.  Each time we play The Very Hungry Caterpillar Spin and Seek Game, my kids and I read an Eric Carle book before starting the game.  Its a fun way to get them excited about reading as well as the game.  They can’t wait to find the letters and see the illustrations that are in these much loved books!  The board game is colorful and sends each player on a zigzagging path through the alphabet.  There are four game pieces since the game is intended for 2 to 4 players.  My kids love the game pieces.  The only flaw we found with this game is that the spinner does not spin very well.  However, it doesn’t deter my kids from getting up at the crack of dawn to play this game!

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Spin, move, seek, and find!

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Find The Very Hungry Caterpillar Spin and Seek Game online at AreYouGame.com and Amazon.com.

I received The Very Hungry Caterpillar Spin and Seek Game for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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Oster Pro 1200 Plus Food Processor Review

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I am a huge fan of the Oster brand.  Oster products are known for legendary performance and are designed to last.  This has proven true in my experience with the brand.  I have been using the same Oster blender for over 10 years.  It has a sleek design and quality feel that continues to quickly blend smoothies, food purees, and much more.  Therefore, when I was given the opportunity to test out the new Oster Pro 1200 Plus Food Processor, I was excited to see what it could do!

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The Oster Pro 1200 Plus Food Processor includes an extra large 8-cup BPA-free TRITAN™ Jar that’s dishwasher safe and impact and temperature resistant, an extra large capacity 5-cup Food Processing Bowl, stainless steel slicing disk, and a chopping blade.  The Oster Pro 1200 Plus Food Processor has impressed myself and my husband in many ways.  It’s 1200 power watts and 900 watts of ice crushing power combined with a pulse feature has proven to blend with a precision I have never seen in any blender I have ever used before.  You can truly see the ingredients fly up in the jar as the blender pulses.  When making smoothies, we don’t use an exact recipe but our smoothie recipe tends to be made up of these ingredients:

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  • 5oz of any flavor greek yogurt
  • 1 large banana or 2 small/medium bananas
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, 1 mango, or 1 kiwi (choose one of these -we simply choose whichever we have on hand that day)
  • 16 oz cup of ice (we simply take a 16 cup and fill it with ice from the refrigerator ice dispenser.
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This recipe yields 3 to 4 large smoothies.  The extra large base allows the ice, yogurt, and fruit to easily reach the blades of the Oster Pro 1200 so it blends the ingredients into the smoothest cold drink my family simply can’t get enough of.  Since we got the Oster Pro 1200 smoothies have become an evening ritual in our house.

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Banana Strawberry Blueberry Smoothies and a movie.  Life is good.

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The Food Processor works great to create a carrot puree if you want to add carrots to your smoothies.  Our favorite use of the Oster Pro 1200 Food Processor is to make almond butter.  Spread 3 cups of almonds on a cookie sheet or pizza pan and bake for 10 minutes at 250 degrees.  Then place them inside the food processor and blend at medium speed until the almonds become a creamy butter.

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The food processor with  chop up the almonds and turn them into a powder.  You will need to stir periodically until the almonds reach that desired creamy texture.  Three cups of almonds will blend into about 1 1/4 cups almond butter.  We store our almond butter in the refrigerator inside a mason jar but any sealed container will do.

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You can’t beat almond butter on toast and a Banana Strawberry Mango Smoothies for breakfast!

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Use this $10 off coupon to purchase the Oster Pro 1200 Plus Food Processor or any other Oster Pro $39 or more at Target!  Be sure to download the Target Cartwheel app if you have not already because there will be other Oster promotions at Target throughout the holidays!

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I received the Oster Pro 1200 Plus Food Processor via MomsMeet.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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Pediped Flex Highlander Shoes Review

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My boys have been wearing Pediped shoes for many years.  Once they reached school age, the Pediped Flex shoe quickly became a must have for my boys.  They are comfortable for them to wear all day long and they are easy to put on and take off.  This is very helpful for the daily rush of getting ready for school as well as for gym days when the kids need to change their shoes at school.  Not to mention, the dreaded long winter that will begin before we know it.  There are many cold and snowy months here that require our kids to go to school in snow boots for a good portion of the school year which results in the kids needing to put their own shoes on at school once they arrive inside the school building.  Pediped Flex shoes allow my boys to quickly put their shoes on with no fuss.  Pediped  offers a wide variety of Flex shoes for both boys and girls that are not only great for school but for the holiday season as well!

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My 8 year old son’s Flex Highlander black shoes have proven to be perfect for both school and Halloween!  This year my son is dressing up like Harry Potter and the all black Pediped Flex Highlander shoes look great with his costume.  These Flex shoes have a mesh lining that is very breathable.  They also have a flexible rubber sole.  These two features make these shoes comfortable for my son to wear all day with no complaints.  The Flex Highlander shoe also has a Velcro closure making them very easy to put on and take off quickly.  The tongue of the shoe is attached with a small patch of velcro to the top shoe strap.  This helps prevent the tongue from sliding down.  This provides a comfortable fit during wear and also prevents the tongue from getting pushed down while the child is putting on the shoe.  A very smart design feature!  The Flex Highlander shoe has a more casual style and fit.  However, the all black color of my son’s shoes makes them quite versatile.

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The Flex Highlander shoes even held up well to a hay maze and long spooky walk at zoo.  The photo above was taken at the end of the evening.  Harry Potter’s Pediped Flex Highlander shoes are quite dirty and Mickey Mouse is about to fall asleep.  The Zoo Boo was hours of fun and walking and my son’s feet were comfy and warm throughout the night!  I love how well pediped shoes clean up. Some pediped shoes are machine washable but his pair is not due to the leather.  I didn’t have to worry about these shoes getting dirty throughout the nights festivities because they spot clean well with baby wipes or with mild wet soap and water.  They still look new after so many adventures!

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Harry Potter was spotted in my backyard casting spells while wearing his Flex Highlander shoes!

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The Flex Highlander shoe is available on the Pediped website in the black color featured here as well as in chocolate brown.  These shoes are part of the Flex Fit System so can come with additional insoles that can be inserted for a snug fit and then removed for room as your child’s foot grows.  These insoles can reduce shoe size by almost half a size which can then extend the wear time your child can have with the shoes!

Pediped will be launching two brand new, web-exclusive styles in November! These shoes will have an extremely limited run and each pair will come with an individually signed and hand numbered card.  Make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to own these exclusive styles! These styles are expected to sell-out quickly, so keep an eye on this pediped page to find out when you can grab yours.

I received a pair of the Flex Highlander shoes for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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