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Feel Fabulous ECM Review

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Tickety Toc long-sleeve tees

The Reviewer:

Christine, mother of two kids (a 3 1/2 year old and a 1yr old).

The Product:

Get the whole family styled-up the Tickety Toc way with brand-new Tickety Toc long-sleeve tees (five assorted styles for boys and girls)!  Available at Wal Mart and Walmart.ca

The Feedback:

What did you like?

My daughter has been watching Tickety Toc since it came on Disney Junior so when she saw this shirt, she was so excited to wear it. I almost couldn't get it off her for bedtime.

What could be improved?

Not a thing. It's been washed a couple times now and the picture is still holding up.

Any comments?

I love being able to buy character/TV personality ;) clothes at an affordable price!

smarTrike

My 20 month old has been using this bike since the first day we go it. We take a walk every couple of days, he loves it and gets so excited as soon as he sees it. He hasn’t mastered using the pedals yet but we wanted to be part of a charity bike parade in our city, so we had the opportunity to use it with that as well! 

What we love:

-          The seat belt. Keeps him very secure while still allowing him to reach the pedals if he feels like trying them out.

-          The steering is great! The handle that we get to use really keeps them on track.

-          The phone! Having this additional little toy meant he didn’t get frustrated when my 3 yr old wanted to stop and look at things. He likes to move, so when he wasn’t moving he had something to do.

-          The parent bag and tipping basket were amazingly convenient for sunglasses, keys, wallet – even my iPhone so we could have tunes while we walked and my diaper bag.

**Highly Recommended**

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Funkins

A couple of years ago, my kids’ school announced that they were going “waste-free”. We quickly switched over to bento-style lunch boxes, effectively eliminating all of the garbage they would throw out every day, but there was no solution for their sticky fingers and messy faces. The kids recently tried Funkins, these adorable, re-usable cloth napkins, and they were a hit! The bright colours add a splash of fun to their lunches, they have something soft to wipe up with, and they’re so simple to wash and have ready for the next day! These are a must-have for any family intent on helping the environment and adding an extra touch of love to mealtimes.

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Kleynimals

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The Reviewer:

Christine, mother of two kids (a 2 1/2 year old and an almost 8 month old).

The Product:

Kleyanimals (pronounced Clean-Ih-Mals) are a non-toxic, eco-friendly, stainless steel set of decorative keys, which satisfy baby's desire to play with metal keys, without risking lead contamination, injury from sharp edges, or the germs that cover our keys. Eli the Elephant, Gus the Giraffe, and Leo the Lion are the sweetest keys we've seen are safe little toys for babies. Available at www.kleyanimals.com for $24, with personalization available.

The Feedback:

"What did you like?"

How much my LO liked them. He loved looking at them, jingling them & even gumming them. A great distraction.

"What did you not like? (What could be improved?)"

They are a little heavy, I was concerned he might bonk himself in the head with them but he hasn’t done so yet.

"Comments?"

Overall, it’s a fun product and a safe alternative to the house keys he always wants to play with!

Skylar Luna Sleepwear

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The Reviewer:

Christine, mother of two kids (a 2 1/2 year old and an almost 8 month old).

The Product:

A modern mix of California-inspired style and feel-good fabrics, Skylar Luna is eco-friendly sleepwear for the trendsetters of tomorrow. Created to give parents a social- and style-conscious kids’ sleepwear alternative, Skylar Luna combines superior comfort with contemporary design and the peace of mind provided by chemical-free, 100%-organic cotton.

Defined by a sunny and free-spirited disposition, Skylar Luna is set apart by smart details that benefit small bodies—while catering to parents through quality, and retailers through value and year-round availability. Skylar Luna’s streamlined style replaces busy, all-over prints and mass-market characters with imaginatively simple designs and yarn-dyed organic cotton washed in a sophisticated palette. Close-fitting two-piece silhouettes enable ease of movement. And super-supple fabric with flat interior seams keeps kids cozy, both at bedtime and beyond.  

The Feedback:

"What did you like?"

The fact that they are organic, soft and very cute. 

"What did you not like? (What could be improved?)"

Not a thing, they’ve even been washed a few times and haven’t lost shape, stretched or faded.

"Comments?"

I’m going to look into buying some I liked them so much!

PC® Blue Menu® Greek Yogurt Smoothie Bars

The Reviewer:

Kerri, mom to one girl (almost 10 years old) and one boy (eight years old), and wife of one critical foodie husband (almost 36 years old).

The Product:

We've been hearing a lot about the benefits of Greek yogurt and those millions (or billions) of probiotic cultures that reside in it. But when two boxes of Greek Yogurt Smoothie Bars (one mango and one honey) landed on my desk, I was marginally skeptical. I'm cool with eating things for their function and not their form, so if they were really good for me but lacking in the desirability factor, I'd still plow through them.

The true test was with the husband and kids...and they LOVED them! And when I finally had a chance to wrestle one out of their hands, I LOVED them, too!

At just 100 calories, and with one billion active probiotic cultures, my gut flora AND thighs are happy! And the kids and husband? Well, I actually couldn't understand what they were saying because they had smoothie bars in their mouths, but the fact that they all disappeared within the first few days says a lot!

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Fisher Price Apptivity Case

The Reviewer:

Christine, mother of (almost) two kids under two years old. (The new baby will arrive any time now!)

The Product:

Does your child enjoy your IPod Touch or Iphone almost more than you do?  Are you concerned about the drool, sticky fingers, accidental phone calls or the potential floor drop with your expensive tech goodie?

Well, you’re in luck. Fisher Price has created the Apptivity Case. You can use this sturdy case with your iPhone®, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch® 2nd, 3rd & 4th generation. It’s colourful, has textured handles & rattle beads to attract teething babies (vs chewing on the side of your device) and takes care of all your concerns – including that pesky home button, which is not accessible through the case. All you need to do is choose the app and get it ready. You place it in the case via the back which has squishy plastic to cradle your device and lock it in place. The lock itself that keeps the phone inside is open and closed using a flat tool such as a flathead screwdriver, butter knife, back of a spoon – that sort of thing. Your child can still utilize the touch screen, hear the sounds and in the case of the potential “Daisy Cow” or “Talking Animal” app even the microphone still works well. Fisher Price has created three free apps that you can download with cute little animals & music to teach them body parts, animal sounds and numbers.

The Feedback:

My daughter is 22 months and we’ve been using it a little over two weeks now. In line at the bank, grocery store, restaurants, even in the car. The case is very sturdy – I still wouldn’t want her to drop it and haven’t tested that. You obviously still receive incoming text notifications and when phone calls come in it disables that app. If a call does come in you’re not going to get the phone out of the case in time to answer it. In saying that, if it wasn’t locked in we all know resourceful toddlers that would figure out how it worked and have your phone out in a jiffy.

For the $10-$20 you’re going to pay for this case its well worth it. The Apptivity Case has saved me some tantrums and kept my daughter entertained when nothing else would – while keeping my piece of mind. Considering she’s dialed 911 on my phone before…and we all know how much the operators appreciate that.

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