Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Vocal Point Fisher Price Laugh and Learn party

Last month, I was selected to host a Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Toy Party!!

It was an amazing opportunity, and perfect timing with Ben's first birthday (more coming up on that later) coming up!  So, when I found out I was selected, I was completely STOKED!

Fisher Price sent me 2 toys to test out, plus a ton of goodies to hand out to my guests!  It was AMAZING!!

We were given the opportunity to test the Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Chair

It was hard for me to keep the toys under wraps until the party, but the idea was to surprise your child with the toy and see their reaction (and their friends).

Since 2013-2014 was a huge baby boom year for my friends, there was no shortage of people to invite -- with kids ranging in ages from 2 months to 7 years of age, we had quite the variety of testers.

Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Chair:


The chair was a huge hit with the 3-5 year olds at our party, even though it is for 12m+.  Ben (11 months at the time) didn't show too much interest in it at the time, but now he really likes to sit in it and play peek-a-boo with the seat, etc.  

Both of the toys are equipped with the Smart Stages Technology, which means the learning content changes as your baby grows 

"Every baby develops at their own pace, and Smart Stages technology gives you the ability to select the stage that’s best for your child! There are a variety of developmentally appropriate songs, phrases and sounds within three levels of play – just slide the switch or enter baby’s age for automatic level changes."



The chair (through all the stages) has over 50 songs, tunes and phrases!  The three levels of play allow the toy to grow with your child so they don't get bored of it (and you don't get sick of hearing the same songs over and over again)!



Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Train:

The train was (and still is) a highly played with toy -- from the 1 year old to the 7 year old!  It is involved in highly detailed and complex plots and stories with my three boys -- usually surrounding some type of Star Wars theme, LOL.
"Songs, phrases and sounds introduce letters, numbers, colors, shapes and more. Busy activities like a slider ladybug, ABC spinner, number roller and clacker beads all foster eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills. Baby can press the smokestack for motorized action and lights, introducing cause and effect. And fun characters and questions prompt imagination as baby plays along.  The train features: 3 levels of play offer fresh songs, phrases & sounds for your little one’s age & stage, Busy activities include a slider ladybug, ABC spinner, number roller, clacker beads & more, Press any of the five shape buttons to unlock more fun, Teaches colors, shapes, letters, opposites & more, Includes Puppy, Monkey & Froggy rattle figures – just the right size for baby’s hands"
As I mentioned before, the train was a huge hit.  All the kids loved playing with it and my boys still enjoy playing with it.  I have a feeling this will be one of the longer lasting toys in our repertoire.  



Guests also enjoyed playing with the Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Click N' Learn Remote Control .  I was so excited to get to send every guest home with one of these to keep!!









Overall, it was a great excuse to get all the kiddos together and to score some free loot!






My Fisher Price party was sponsored by Fisher Price and by VocalPoint. I received products for free to try, but all reviews and opinions are my own.  Party participants signed waiver forms allowing their pictures to be used.   A big THANK YOU to Fisher Price and to VocalPoint for this awesome opportunity!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

eSalon - Made for You Custom Hair Color (product review)


I was selected by BzzAgent to try out and review the Made for You Custom Hair color from eSalon

The process for figuring out what color is right for you is so simple and eSalon makes it super easy to make your hair color specific and customized JUST FOR YOU.  So, you basically get salon quality color that you apply in the comfort of your own home!  A total win-win!


Basically, I just went to the website, picked the current color of my hair -- then the color I wanted it to be -- and finally uploaded a few pictures that showed my current hair color (so the team could be sure I was assessing it correctly).  I wanted to lighten up my color a little bit, so I picked a little lighter color than I thought I currently had (but not too much).  It proved to me that the system wasn't automated though, and that someone is actually reading what you select.  Less than a day later, I received a personalized email from a team member letting me know why my color choice wouldn't work so well and what she suggested instead.  I said 'go for it' and waited eagerly to get my product!

BzzAgent gave me a $60 credit to use however I pleased in addition to the customizable hair color product, so I picked up some Color Lock Shampoo and Conditioner, a coloring bowl and brush, and a magic 'touch up' wand for root coverage in between colorings.  

It has been 4 weeks since using my products (well everything except the magic touch up wand because the coverage of this product has been A.Mazing) and I have to say that I am very pleased.  The shampoo and conditioner have a great fragrance to them and they work really well and leave my hair feeling great.  The pump on the shampoo bottle could use some fixing (it is finicky), but that is really my only complaint.

At a price point of $20, I may or may not continue using this service.  I color at home between my salon appts to minimize my cost, and what I had been using was much less expensive than eSalon.  BUT, I like the results better, so I will have to see what kind of deals or discounts they continue to throw my way.  Overall, I am very happy with this product and would definitely recommend it to anyone!

But, here...see for yourself!

My kit and products (wine not included LOL)



Mixing and getting ready to apply the color

My wonderful 'before' roots (ignore my devilish eyeball)


Waiting for the coloring process to be finished.


Loving the color coverage and the richness!


Four weeks later and no visible roots like in my before picture!  Amazing!




See?  I'm so excited that I don't have to color my hair again after only 4 weeks!  :)

And if you want to get in on the action too, check out this link for 50% off for my friends!

50%-off discount with friends: http://u.bzz.com/sakzi

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Grandpa 'Far Away's' Birthday Party

At the end of May, we went to visit Grandma 'Chili' and Grandpa 'Far Away' for Grandpa's birthday up at their new home in WI.

The drive itself was an adventure since we left on a Friday and we both had to work that day so we couldn't even leave until around 5pm.  Travelling over dinner time and bed time can get interesting.  Kids can get squirrely...and now we aren't just dealing with one or two squirrely kids...we are dealing with THREE.  So, it definitely makes for interesting car trips.  It was good practice though, and by the time we took our second car trip in July I think we had worked out most of the kinks.

It was a great trip overall.  The boys enjoyed seeing their grandparents...even though we aren't that far apart, life makes it difficult to schedule visits so when we do get together it is the biggest treat in the world for the boys.  They really do love their grandparents and love spending one-on-one time with them.  Grandma and Grandpa were also amazed at how much Ben had grown and how much personality he had gotten since December!
















Benjamin - 7, 8 and 9 months old

Wow, time has just flown by and I guess blogging has taken a back burner to all the summer fun we've been having!  Time to update!  :)






I love this kid.  Seriously.  He's the best!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Benjamin - 6 months

Can you believe this little peanut is 6 MONTHS OLD?? (for two more days at least...come on slacker mom...hit post already!!)

Me neither...


And he is, quite literally, a peanut.  A long and skinny peanut.  He weighed in at 14 lbs 10 oz and 27.25 inches long at his last dr appt (which puts him at 80% for height and only 10% for weight).  


This one is always giving out smiles...but sometimes he makes you work for it. He has a very serious and observational nature.  I feel like he's studying everything around him all the time trying to figure out the best approach to do something.  Either that or, with two older LOUDER brothers, he doesn't feel the need to be very talkative.  




He's still got these gorgeous baby blues...definitely here to stay and oh SO pretty.  I love it when he sits and stares at me with those pretty baby blues.  SWOON.


He's almost got his sit mastered.  He's still a little wobbly.  I'll attribute it to his little tiny heiny...not much to balance on down there!  He's graduated to size 2 diapers and is wearing his 6-12 month clothing -- not because he needs it girthwise, but because everything else is way too short on him.  So, sometimes he looks like he's swimming in his clothes, but at least his ankles aren't getting too chilly.

Man, I love this baby.  I could seriously sit and stare at him ALL DAY LONG.  And I WILL!  I know I'm biased, but we seriously make the most adorable boy babies in the world!

Here are a few more photos of his sixth month of life:


These boys sure adore each other!


Sam (left), Max (middle), Ben (right)


All decked out in their matching spiderman t-shirts for Sam's 4th birthday.


Nope...he can't get any cuter...


With the weather warming up we've been able to spend more time outside.  Ben loves laying on his blanket in the yard and little Max makes a great babysitter!


He smiles a ton too!


Especially for his 'da-da'!


And, don't worry, he gets LOTS of kisses!


He enjoys exploring new things...


Trips to the park with his brothers...


Eating mum-mums....


Splashing in the bubble bath...


And chevron, of course (well...maybe that's mom that loves the chevron).

Stay tuned for 7 months in a few days! (Ha!  If I don't procrastinate and post it in a timely manner, that is...)