Lakeshore Learning Beginner’s Science Lab Review & Giveaway!!! #HolidayGiftGuide

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Are you looking for gifts for the kids on your holiday gift list that are as much fun as they are educational?  If so, you should check out Lakeshore Learning.  They have a full inventory of educational and fun toys for all ages and many are on sale.  You can view their Holiday Flyer and see for yourself the wide selection and great prices.  Click HERE for a coupon that will save you 20% on any regularly priced item.  There is also an additional coupon you can use in store and online on the back of the digital flyer!

We picked the Beginner’s Science Lab from the Holiday Flyer for our budding scientists.

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The boys were thrilled to see the huge box filled with all kinds of science equipment and materials.


Building a volcano was the first project.  It was very simple, there is a non-toxic paper mache mixture that you just add water to and mix with your hands.  Then on some wax paper you mold into a volcano shape and form the opening.  It must dry for a couple of days before you can have an eruption.  Ours is drying but we will take a video and update this post in a couple of days.

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Another great experiment, is the liquid layers, using pancake syrup, cooking oil and colored water, the boys observed how the colored water formed a ball that actually passed through the oil layer into the water layer.  They thought that was really neat.  We have some more experiments lined up for today and they are really looking forward to it.



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We love this Beginner’s Science Lab so much we are adding it to our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.  Would you like a chance to win one?  Great!  Just enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.  Good Luck!!!  Open to US Residents.  Many thanks to Lakeshore Learning for the review kit and for this awesome giveaway!!!

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Fit Evolution, Steel Strong DVD-15 Minute Workouts-6 Week Program & Giveaway!!! #HolidayGiftGuide

Too busy to workout?  Not any more?  I just received the 6 week program  STEEL STRONG with Reaghan Hayden on DVD.  It contains 12 workouts all less than 15 minutes.  We all have 15 minutes right?  You can do that anytime and anywhere because there is no equipment needed.  Anyone from beginner to advanced can do this workout.  Filled with motivational quotes to keep you moving!  Are you ready to EVOLVE?  The next six weeks are going to pass anyway.  Do you want to do something for just 15 minutes a workout that will tighten, tone, firm and boost your metabolism?  I’m in are you?  Let’s compare notes in 6 weeks.  Mommy Ramblings thinks that the Fit Evolution Steel Strong DVD makes a great gift this holiday season so you can find it on our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide!!!


Fit Evolution Steel Strong is revolutionizing the fitness industry. This is a 6 week program that offers 12 workouts all less than 15 minutes in length. All the workouts can be completed with no equipment and practically no space needed. This program can be done anywhere, anytime and best of all it creates lean muscle which is your bodies natural fat burner. So when you body is at rest, it is still burning sufficient calories.

This program does not just offer you a workout. Your instructor and creator, Reaghan, believes in building confidence and motivation in each person. So you will find great motivational boosts throughout the Fit Evolution Program to keep you going and keep you wanting to come back for more! You won’t find another program like this. Or another trainer like Reaghan. So take this program anywhere you wish, travel, vacation, living room, beach, you name it this program can be done. Well maybe not an airplane bathroom, that might be too small.

Reaghan has been working in the fitness business for 6 years. She is an ACE certified Group Fitness Instructor, with continuing education in pre and postnatal exercise along with women over 50 fitness. But it has been more than 6 years ago when her passion for fitness became apparent to her. As a child in her neighborhood growing up, she dreamed of teaching a fitness class, in fact, she wanted to train the moms in the neighborhood, right on their neighborhood beach. She never did get that opportunity then, but she is making up for it now! Reaghan is the creator of Fit Evolution! A 6 week fitness program that was created in a hotel room! This program is a fitness program that can be done anywhere! No gym, equipment, or fancy footwork needed! Reaghan wanted to create a program that was short, sweet, and to the point. That is just what Fit Evolution Fitness DVD is. Twelve, 15 minute workouts that will leave you feeling stronger, more confident and best of all…its leaves you with you most natural fat fighter, lean muscle.

Reaghan is the mother of 3 children, ages 7,3, and 9 months. She vowed to herself after baby number 3 that she would get herself back into better shape then she has ever been. After a surprise C-section took her off guard, she stopped at nothing to get her body back and she did just that in only 9 months. Reaghan is a United States Navy EOD wife, she has been through many deployments, she has fought her own battles with depression and addiction. Reaghan truly understands what it is like coming from your lowest point and rising up to any challenge that comes her way. She is a real person, she truly cares about you. She wants to share what fitness has done for her, she wants you to reach your full potential as a person. Reaghan knows that if you are not happy on the inside, nothing can happen on the outside. She is a true believer in taking care of yourself first! She speaks from experience.


Would you like to win the Fit Evolution Steel Strong 6 Week Program DVD?  Just enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.  Good Luck!!!  Open to US Residents.


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Safety 1st- 30 Years Of Keeping Children Safe Anniversary Car Seat Giveaway!!! #EveryoneOnBoard


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How crazy is it that Safety-1st recently celebrated  the 30th Anniversary of the  Baby on Board sign?  Since the sign’s launch in 1984, some of the original generation of babies on board are now young parents with children of their own. Over the years, Safety 1st has continued its commitment to leadership in child Safety with product offerings including car seats, strollers and home safety equipment. Safety 1st Car Seats are better than ever with unparalleled safety through unique features like side impact protection, a 5-point harness system and a new 4-point base for easy adjustment.  Safety 1st is getting #EveryoneOnBoard for safety!!!

My first child was born a few years after the Baby on Board sign made its debut and so it’s something as a mom I am very aware of.  I had one of the first signs on my minivan along with my first three children and now I have a brand new sign and can you believe I still have 2 little ones in car seats.  Talk about moms through the generations!  With five kids, Safety 1st has always been a brand I trust and their staying power throughout the years makes them have even greater appeal for me.  Take the Diamond Pledge for Children’s Safety on their Facebook Page HERE

Safety 1st Air Protect Car Seats are so comfortable and roomy.  I think they look more comfortable than the adult seats in the car.  I cannot believe how much room my kids have in their Advance SE 65 Air + Convertible Car Seats.  We recently took a very long road trip to see the Harlem Globetrotters and my boys were so comfy they slept soundly almost the entire way up and half the way back.  The air side protection is really nice when they are sleeping because it supports their heads so they are not flopping over or crunched up.  The cup holder is handy and the seats are easy to clean and look great.


#EveryoneOnBoard 1st-- Advance 65 Air+ Convertible Car Seat features Air Protect + to keep children from 5-65 pounds safer in the car.

#EveryoneOnBoard-Safety 1st– Advance 65 Air+ Convertible Car Seat features Air Protect + to keep children from 5-65 pounds safer in the car.


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Safety 1st introduces the latest seat featuring Air Protect + technology: Positively the safest choice in full body protection.

The Advance 65 Air+ Convertible Car Seat features Air Protect + to keep children from 5-65 pounds safer in the car. Air Protect + combines the advanced protection of the Air Protect® cushion system with patented GCell HX™ foam designed with hexagonal shapes for superior protection around the torso. TOGETHER they provide full body side impact protection.

In addition to Air Protect +, the Advance 65 Air + uses a steel-reinforced metal frame for extra stability and includes a 4-position recline for an optimal fit to your vehicle. We’ve also included color-coded belt paths and installation labels to help you install it quickly and correctly, which means less time getting it into your car and more time to enjoy the ride.

  • Super-extended weight range
  • Rear-facing 5-40 pounds
  • Forward-facing 22-65 pounds
  • Featuring Air Protect +
  • Air Protect® advanced cushion system protects your child’s head, where it’s needed most
  • GCell HX™ patented foam with hexagonal shapes inside the seat provides superior body protection
  • TOGETHER they provide full body side impact protection
  • Easy to identify color-coded belt paths and installation labels
  • Steel reinforced metal frame
  • 10-position headrest grows with your child
  • No re-thread harness
  • 4-position recline for optimal fit to your car
  • LATCH equipped
  • Integrated cup holder
  • Meets or exceeds Federal and ASTM Safety Standards


Would you like a chance to win a  Safety 1st Advance SE 65 Air + Convertible Car Seat? Now how did I know you would say YES?  Just enter below using the Rafflecopter widget.  Thank you to Safety 1st for the review seats and for sponsoring this spectacular 30th anniversary giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Good Luck!!!  Open to US residents.

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Star Kids, Snack & Play Travel Tray Is Perfect For Holiday Traveling!!!


The day before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year!  If you are traveling over the river and through the woods by car, boat, plane or train with kids, bring lots of activities.  Little ones have a harder time gauging the time it takes and lucky us if they are great sleepers in the car, but we are sure to hear at least 10 “Are we there yet?” questions. Having fun things they can do in the car can eliminate at least 5, maybe even 6 of those.

The Snack & Play Travel Tray is ideal for traveling and it is perfect to use with your car seat, on airplanes and even strollers.




The Snack & Play Travel Tray is made of a soft, durable, 100% nylon that is easy to clean.  The tray easily buckles around the child or stroller, has large mesh storage pockets for all their toys and books and a 2 inch wall to stop things from rolling off the top and falling.


Star Kids Products is an innovative children’s product manufacturer that specializes in making fun and safe products for busy, traveling families. Travel tray makes a great gift. Snack & Play Travel Tray can be purchased through their retail network.  You can follow Star Kids on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to stay in the know.  Mommy Ramblings is adding the Snack & Play Travel Tray to our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.


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Show Me The Kwan Word Game-Get Free Ship & 10% Off!!!

Our family loves word games, especially me and my daughter.  There is always excitement over the old favorites but when there is something new, that is really exciting.  Griddly Games has a fast paced, dice rolling, word game called Show Me the Kwan.  It is simple to play and quick for any number of players.  Kids 10 and up can play and even younger kids if they can spell simple words.



Given the chosen category the players must call out fitting words where either the first, second or last letter correspond to the lettered dice that were rolled. Each die has an assigned point value. At the end of the 1 minute round, all players must count their points on the dice they collected. Shop at Griddly Games and use the codes FREESHIP for free shipping on Kwan ONLY, or code 10FORME for 10% off their entire order.



Mommy Ramblings has added Griddly Games’ Show Me The Kwan to our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.  

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Touch Screen Friendly Glider Gloves Review & Giveaway!!! #HolidayGiftGuide

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Most of the country has been hit with record-breaking low temperatures in an Arctic blast that is hitting far too soon, since it is still officially autumn.  If you are in one of those areas your hands are going to need protection when you go out.  If you have a smart phone, you do not want to have to remove your gloves to use your phone, but sometimes you have to because your phone is not responsive.  Well, no need for frosty fingers, you can have your gloves and your smart phone too.

Glider Gloves are touch screen friendly and are made with  special conductive micro-fibers woven into the liner, they are able to bridge the conductive gap your gloves create between you and your device. The result? Amazing touch response along your entire hand and fingers and allows for precise control and unparalleled touch response of your touchscreen device – no matter which part of the glove you use.




Available in Urban or the thicker, warmer Winter the gloves make a great gift this holiday season.  You will find Glider Gloves on our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.

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I tried out a pair of the Winter and they are toasty warm and I am still able to expertly navigate my iPhone 6.  The gloves are comfortable and stretch nicely giving you a great range of motion with your hands.

Glider Gloves is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!  One lucky blog reader will win a pair of Touch Screen Friendly Glider Gloves!  Thank you to Glider Gloves for the review gloves and for sponsoring this awesome giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US residents.

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The Three Dogateers DVD Giveaway!!! #TheThreeDogateers


Three pampered pooches left to guard the house on Christmas Eve become fearless DOGATEERS when thieves break in and steal every present, every ornament—even the yuletide tree! Vowing to save Christmas, the three canines set out in search of Santa, the only one who can help them on their quest.

The Three Dogateers is Dove “Family-Approved”!

The Three Dogateers DVD Giveaway Rules:
Each household is only eligible to win One (1) The Three Dogateers DVD via blog reviews and giveaways. 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. Please enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget below.  Good Luck!!!

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Enter To Win $100 in Hyundai’s Bonus Giveaway!!!

Remember our Hyundai post about Smarter Living Videos?  I have great news, Hyundai is sponsoring a giveaway for $100!!!  Could you use some extra holiday money? You could, great!  Well, Hyundai wants to know what you thought of their Smarter Campaign by commenting on their Smarter Living Videos.  Good luck on the giveaway!!!  Just enter to win $100 below using the Rafflecopter widget.

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Eco Vessel, Insulated Steel Bottles Review & Giveaway!!! #HolidayGiftGuide


We use water bottles all the time.  I want my kids to use high quality bottles that are free of any toxins and are easy to care for.  The Eco Vessel Twist is a triple insulated kids stainless steel water bottle with fun designs and colors.  It is a large enough bottle that it is good for younger kids, older kids and even adults would look fine using.  It holds a full 12 ounces of water.


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Features I love are that it has a leak-proof twist cap, and it fits car cup holders, the bottles are great to pack because the triple max insulation keeps drinks cold for up to 36 hours and hot for 8 hours.  This is essential when we go on trips because I can pack drinks and not have to keep pulling off to go to a convenience store because they want a cold or hot drink. They make getting where we are going a more pleasant experience and of course we make better time.

The full bottle designs are fun and add a lot of style to the bottle.  This is a great water bottle that is perfect anywhere they go.  There is even a removable tea strainer


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The Boulder Triple Insulated Water Bottle is a Vacuum Insulated 25 ounce Stainless Steel vessel.  This bottle is great for long trips, hikes, biking, sports events and really anywhere you go.  It has the same great leak prof drinking spout as the kid’s bottle and is perfect for water, coffee, hot chocolate, soup and more.  TriMax® triple insulation keeps liquids cold for up to 36 hours and hot for up to 8 hours.  The wide mouth on the bottle is great for adding ice cubes and for filling. There is a removable tea strainer.

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The bottles are free of BPA, phthalates and liners and made of premium #304 stainless steel.

You can find Eco Vessel on our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide because their products make great gifts for everyone on your holiday gift list this season.

Eco Vessel is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings.  One lucky blog reader will have their choice of the Kid’s 12 oz Eco Vessel Twist or 25 oz Boulder Triple Insulated Water Bottle in the color/design of their choice (subject to availability).  Thank you Eco Vessel for the review products and for sponsoring this refreshing giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!! Open to US residents.

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Lundby Smaland Swedish Doll House & Accessories Review & Giveaway!!! #HolidayGiftGuide


I was introduced to the world of Lundby doll houses a little over a year ago.  A doll lover and collector all my life, dolls and doll houses are something I never outgrew.  I am not alone, Lundby has a wide collector base of women and men who collect the houses, furnishings, restore older houses and love to talk about and share their collections on online forums.

There are several Facebook pages where Lundby lovers and collectors do just that.  Lundby is timeless, loved by children, tweens, teens and right up to adults, the charm of Lundby just grows over the years.  Enjoyed by generations, Lundby love is passed down and these quality Swedish doll houses become family heirlooms.  Today, you will find older Lundby doll houses in great demand and many collectors are enthusiastically restoring the older homes to their modern glory.  Much more than a hobby, Lundy collectors have a passion!

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Last year you may remember our review of the Lundby Smaland Doll House and accessories.

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Well, this year our Lundby Smaland doll house expanded with the addition of two rooms, garden area, several new furniture sets and great Christmas sets.  In fact our Lundby home is decked out or should I say the halls have been decked with Christmas magic.  The floor addition was easy to assemble, my young son even got in on the action and helped to secure the walls.  The house has real working lights which add a warmth and the new Christmas sets are a festive touch with a glowing fire in the fireplace and candles that light up on the tree.  Under the tree, wrapped in shiny paper and gold cord are gifts and you don’t need to peek to see there is a smaland doll house just ready to be unwrapped come Christmas morning.

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The details on the furnishings are amazing, the kitchen cabinets have real working drawers that you can put things in, the refrigerator opens, the pots, pans, dishes and utensils are realistic and even the bathroom has toothbrushes and rubber ducks. Lundby 2014 5

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Lundby 2014 1 The house is sure to draw oohs and ahhs from young and old and is the perfect gift this holiday season that will bring joy for years to come. Mommy Ramblings has added the Smaland doll house and accessories to our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. Some of the new additions to our Lundby Smaland Doll House were: Smaland Garden smaland Garden   Lundby Smaland Floor Extension Lundby Home Extension Lundby Smaland Kitchen Furniture Set Lundby Smaland Kitchen Furniture Set Lundby Smaland Childrens Bedroom Set Lundby Childrens Room Set Stock Lundby Smaland Fireplace Set Lundby Smaland Christmas Fireplace Set Boxed Lundby Christmas Fireplace Set Unboxed Lundby Smaland Christmas Tree Set Lundby Chrismas Tree Set Boxed Lundby Christmas Tree Set Unboxed   Smaland TV and Accessories Lundby Smaland TV and Furniture set Lundby Smaland Garden Furniture Set Smaland Garden FurnitureOf course with the new addition we had to expand the family so we welcomed two bouncing babies! Lundby Smaland Babies The older kids needed some attention too!  Sibling rivalry gets bad when a new baby is brought home, imagine two!  They were so happy to have a trampoline and pedal car to focus on. Lundby Smaland Trampoline Pedal Car Lundby 2014 3     Can’t get enough Lundby?  You can download the Lundby Living Magazine HERE! Are you ready for some exciting news?  Lundy is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings.  One lucky blog reader will win their own Smaland doll house, Smaland 2 room floor extension, both of the Christmas sets and 2 sets of furniture of their choice (subject to availability)!  Isn’t that awesome?  I thought you would think so!  Thank you so much to Lundby for the review products and for sponsoring this incredible giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US residents.    Lundby Smaland Swedish Doll House, Extension, Christmas Sets & Furniture Giveaway on Mommy Ramblings Rules: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.  Good Luck!!! Continue reading


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