Saturday, August 25, 2018

Orbeez Wow World Wowzer Surprise

This is a follow up to a review I did on Orbeez Wow World Wowzer Surprise in July.

Orbeez Wow World Wowzer Surprise by Maya Toys were a HUGE hit with my 10-year-old daughter! Each Wowzer Surprise globe contains its own Magical Wowzer Series 1 Magical Pet. Instructions are given as to how to activate the Orbeez beads contained in the globe in order to reveal which magical pet you have. You can visit for more information. Each Wowzer Surprise toy retails for $5.99.

Let me just say, my daughter was more than exited to play with the two Wowzer Surprise toys that she got! Once you take off the outer wrapper you have what looks like a globe. It kind of reminds me of a mini gumball machine, except it is filled with Orbeez beads instead of gumballs. Next, you unscrew the top and tube the globe, foal seal off. Step three, you replace the globe cap and remove the fill water cover. Using a cup, you then fill the display globe with water. This is when the MAGIC happens!! Your Wowzer Surprise Magical Pet will appear. I will admit, it is pretty cool to watch the Orbeez bead turn translucent and all of the sudden you have what looks like a mini aquarium. There are 20 different pets in the Series 1 Magical Pet collection. My daughter grabbed the Magical Pet guide to figure out which pet she got and its name. There is one Super Rare and one Rare pet in the series. My daughter did not get either of those. My daughter got TweetHeart who is “life of the party, enjoys living life to the fullest” and Finny who is “shy & timid but brings good luck to all.” There is a spin key so that your child can rotate their pet for dancing action. They can also take the pet out and play with it. You can drain the water and replace all of the components and play again. Series 2 is coming soon!

My daughter absolutely loved her Wowzer Pets, playing with the globe, and using the key to twirl her pet around and around in the water filled with Orbeez beads. For the price I would most definitely purchase these again. My daughter is now obsessed with wanting all 20 of the pets in Series 1. The website lists these for ages 5 and older. I agree that age 5 is about right due to the Orbeez beads and choking hazard. This would be a great slumber party or birthday party idea. With the heat of the summer upon us, this would be a great, fairly inexpensive, way to entertain the kiddos indoors. Needing a gift idea for the next time your child has to go to a birthday party!

I would most definitely recommend Orbeez Wow World Wowzer Surprise. They are fun and very entertaining for kiddos.

Disclaimer - I received this in exchange for my honest review. 

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Cutie Stix

This is a follow up post to my earlier blog post in July.

Cutie Stix – Friendship Collectible Bracelets by Maya Toys were a super hit with my 10-year-old daughter. Each pack of different EZ Cut Cutie Stix come pre-cut so that they are easy to break apart. Each pack includes 5 EZ Cut Cutie Stix, 3 Mighty Beads, 1 Target Exclusive Avocutie® Bead, 2 Sets of Jewelry Clasps, 2 Cords, and 1 Instruction/Collector Sheet. Each packet makes two bracelets. A packets retails for $4.99.

The Friendship Collectible Pack is a Target ® exclusive and can only be purchased at Target ®. The Avocutie® Bead is also an exclusive bead only for Target®. So, my daughter was very excited to find out which special bead she would get in the two packs that she had! Both packs were Series 1 packs. Series 2 are coming soon. The first thing that my daughter did after opening the bag was to look to see which Mighty Beads she had. The Mighty Beads and Cutie Stix are broken down into 5 different categories: Ultra Rare, Animals, Emojis, Treats, and Garden. Each of the categories besides the Ultra Rare also contains what is called a Rare Beads. Some of the whimsical names given to these soft, marshmallow like beads are: Sassy Kisses, Cutiecake, Bitesized, Ribbet, Wonder Poo, JoJo, Cute N’ Tangy, and Wish Upon a Cutie. The first step is to separate the Cutie Stix into individual Beads. Next, you will want to insert one end of the cord through a jewelry clasp, tie a double knot, and then pull the cord into the clasp. You can now start creating and designing your unique bracelet by placing beads on the cord. When finished insert the other end of the cord through a jewelry clasp, tie a double knot, pull the cord through, and snap the clasps together. You will have enough beads to make two bracelets.

This is recommended for ages 6 and above. This would be a perfect activity for sleepovers, camp, hot summer days, movie watching, birthday parties, gift giving, or just for fun! My daughter had so much fun creating her bracelets and three weeks later she is still wearing them. She wears them when taking showers, playing outside, and never takes them off. They have held up very well. One bracelet broke but it was very easy to fix. The cord that comes with the kit is very stretchy and I was able to fix it without using new cord.

I would definitely recommend Cutie Stix – Friendship Collectible Bracelets.

Disclaimer - I received this for review in exchange for my honest option of the product. 

Monday, August 20, 2018

Another School Year Begins!

I cannot wait to see the wonderful things that God has in store for 
my kiddos this school year. 

18 years old
Just graduated from high school!
She is starting her second year of Junior College and is now considered a 
college Sophomore! 

17 years old
high school Senior
He is starting his second year of Junior College and is now considered a 
college Sophomore!

15 years old
10th grade

12 years old
7th grade

10 years old
5th grade

Saturday, August 18, 2018

School of Rock

My daughters and I had so much fun at this past weekends 
production of School of Rock! Before the 
musical began there were 5 fun stations for the kiddos to visit 
such as karaoke, crafts, a photo booth, and a "get your funk on" accessory station. 
The musical itself was spectacular and the talent was incredible. 

Friday, August 10, 2018

Commonly Broken Grammar Rules

Read on for nine grammar rules you may be breaking without even realizing it. 

1. 'Each' is singular

Remember: "Each" is a singular noun, and it therefore takes a singular verb. Consider the sentence, "Each of my brothers is very talented." Although "brothers" is a plural noun, the verb "to be" modifies "each," not "brothers," which is a part of a prepositional phrase. "Each of my brothers are very talented" is incorrect. 

2. 'Less' vs. 'fewer'

You may have seen this common mistake while at the grocery store: The sign for the "10 items or less" line should actually read "10 items or fewer." "Fewer" is used when the subject is quantifiable (that is, if you can count it). For example, "I have fewer books than you" is correct usage. 
"Less" refers to a more abstract idea that doesn't have a true plural. "If I go home after work, I am less inclined to go to the gym." 

3. 'A lot' is two words

Never use "alot." A lot should always be written as two words. "Allot" means "to assign as a share or portion." 

4. Could've, would've, should've …

The contractions "could've," "would've," and "should've" are all legitimate words. They indicate that you "could have," "would have" or "should have" done something. 
When spoken out loud, however, they sound like "could of," "would of" and "should of," and many people confuse that with the correct spelling. 

5. Overuse of 'literal'

The adverb "literally" is used a lot in speech, but more often than not, the word is exaggerated beyond its actual meaning. "I am literally dying of thirst" is not grammatically correct unless you are truly dying of thirst. 

6. 'Historical' vs. 'historic'

"Historic" and "historical" are also frequently confused. "Historical" events are events that happened in the past. "Historic" events are ones that are particularly significant or memorable. People also often confuse whether "a historic/historical" or "an historic/historical" is correct. As a rule of thumb, "an" is used preceding a vowel sound, thus "an hour" is correct. Because you pronounce the "h" in "historic/historical," "a" is the correct indefinite article. 

7. 'Compliment' vs. 'complement'

It's also important to note that there is a difference between compliment and complement. A compliment is a nice word or phrase used to describe someone. "She complimented my outfit at the wedding, saying that I looked stylish." 
To complement something is to add to it and complete it. "A delicate silver necklace complemented the outfit I wore to the wedding." 
When something is "complimentary," that means it is free. 

8. 'Everyday' and 'every day' have different uses

What's the difference between "everyday" and "every day"? "Everyday" is an adjective. "Everyday tasks can be mundane." "Every day" is an adverb that refers to each and every day. "I run every day." 

9. Saying 'I could care less'

People often confuse "I could care less" with "I couldn't care less." Which phrase is correct? "I couldn't care less" indicates extreme apathy. You are unable to care less about a certain situation. "I couldn't care less" is correct. "I could care less" means that you have the mental capacity to be even more indifferent than you already are.
Disclaimer - This list was found here.

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