Not too long ago we renovated our guest bathroom. Which I was terrified of doing because it was my first real home renovation project. I wanted something simple, clean and stylish that be transformed with accessories over time. Since we couldn’t be more in baby and kid mode if we tried, I had started kid-cessorizing the bathroom in my head well before it was done. There were two products stood out as must haves for safety and aesthetics – Begin Again’s Bathtub Pals and the Boon Whale Pod in White.
Looking for super hero dress up gear for girls? This SuperME backpack is perfect for a little girl who wants to be a super hero on the go. Thanks to SuperMe for sending one my way to test out.
A few weeks back, Kayla was invited to a birthday party that came with optional instructions to dress like a superhero. Which is awesome if you’re a little boy. It’s also quite limiting if you’re a girl. Probably because the only female super hero I can name is Wonder Woman? Which is why I was very happy to find the SuperMe line.
As you can tell, SuperME offers super hero gear that’s appropriate for those who just happen to favor pink and purple over blue and red. It’s also functional. Because that cape is actually a backpack. Which I filled up with lots of fun things last week to send Kayla off to her grandparents’ house so Craig and I could have our first (and almost certainly last) weekend alone in our home since Kayla’s arrival on this planet.
I added a very neat version of Go Fish that teaches exotic colors (think chartreuse and apricot) a new drawing tablet and some glittery crayons. Then I tossed in an awesome wooden camera from a little company called Twig and an Angel Dear Lovie that was really supposed to be for the baby, but when Kayla saw it and begged for it I waved my white flag.
So I know what you’re thinking – awesome, it has a cape. But can they take it to school? Haven’t you seen The Incredibles? Don’t you know that capes can get in the way? Which is why I think it’s pretty neat that the SuperME backpack has a secret pocket to tuck the cape into, which is entirely separate from the backpack storage area.
There is even a special pocket for that very essential super hero mask. The mask, might I mention is made from comfy material with no itchy or scratchy parts. I was impressed that we could even fit a large hardcover book inside of the backpack. Over the years I’ve found that so many backpacks aimed at children of this age are adorable, but useless when it comes to fitting the things your child actually wants to bring along.
Armed with some fun toys to bring along, her SuperME getup and the knowledge that she was certain to be spoiled with both attention and copious amounts of ice cream Kayla eagerly awaited the arrival of the grandpa-mobile for super girl pickup. And did some laps around the yard of course…
Casual observation: time is flying. Because I could have sworn it was just winter and now suddenly we are in the thick of summer? Whoa. More than ever I feel self induced pressure to make the most of summer and spend time outdoors with Kayla before suddenly I’m on house arrest with a snuggly mini monkey. So let the marathon of eating up summer with my stylish little pre-tween begin. There is such a thing as a pre-tween, right?
A few weeks back, I was blissfully strolling the aisles of Target. Okay, I was actually attempting to shop the baby section in peace for a few minutes without being begged for Cheddar Bunnies. Meanwhile, Craig was entertaining Kayla in the toy section and wishing he had married someone who is immune to the charm of the bullseye. Not that I know this for a fact, but I can sense it. As I made my way past the Play- Doh and towards the familiar little voice repeatedly saying “can I have this for my birthday?” I spotted some super cute dress up stuff that I definitely hadn’t seen before.
And if you know me, then you know I have a mental inventory system of all cute little girl things available in every store within a 20 mile radius of where we live. There were feather boas, party shoes, a sequined mask (OMG) tea sets and some really cute dresses that give the other dress up items in the little girl’s section a real run for their money. I resisted the urge to swoop it all up because duh, that’s best for a solo trip to Target where I my better half doesn’t roll their eyes at my cart full of bare necessities.
So when a few days later the people from Whimsy & Wonder (yes, that is the cute name of the dress up line I saw) randomly happened to ask if I’d like to see some of their new stuff I had to attempt to sound less excited than I really was. You know, for professional reasons. But really, I was excited because the line is incredibly cute and it’s very affordable. Do I even need to talk about the fact that this puppy has a dress that coordinates with the one Kayla is wearing?
Kayla’s main contribution to our party setup was to twirl around the living room in her dress. It’s good to be Kayla.
The details of this dress were not lost on her. She pointed out the very pretty flowers, the sequins and the “sparkle paint” on it. I’m proud and also a bit terrified.
My contribution was some crepe paper magic and a sweet treat.
Teacup cupcakes anyone? We’ve made them before and let’s be honest, to any little girl they are just better than regular cupcakes. They’re silicone baking cups that you just pour batter directly into.
I think it’s safe to say they were enjoyed. Perhaps a bit too much.
I’m happy to say that Kayla’s dress survived this experience and lives another day to be twirled around in. If you have a little girl in your life who adores dress up then clearly I’m a fan of this line. I felt the quality was a notch up from many of the other similar dress up styles you find in the big box stores and the prices ($19.99 for the dress) are very much in line with what you’d normally pay. Plus I like that the variety of accessories actually means that an adult can participate in the dress up experience without being forced to squeeze into a freakishly small princess costume. Not that I’ve ever done that. Ever.
You should be able to find Whimsy & Wonder products in Target stores as well as online. With the free shipping from my RedCard I have a feeling that we’ll just HAVE to purchase this set!
I reviewed the Step2 Home Depot Sizzle & Smoke Barbeque Grill as part of my ambassadorship with Step2 and received a sample before it hit the stores so I could share my thoughts with you!
Spring is sort of here! For those of you who have been Polar Vortexed or Snowmageddoned, I’m sure you’re super excited. Here in San Diego I’ll admit that grilling season has already begun. Which is why all parties in our home were fully psyched when the Step2 Home Depot Sizzle & Smoke Barbeque showed up at our front door. Sure, it’s a toy grill, but trust me when I say it has a feature that will rock your child’s world!
Tiggly sent us a set of their Tiggly Shapes to try out and I think they are the best iPad toy for preschoolers and toddlers.
At this point I think it’s silly to try to deny the way things are moving and say you refuse to let your child engage with electronics. Stick them in front of the stupid box while cartoons play endlessly? Obviously not. But once you get over the playground mom stigma of preschool iPad possession (which I’m still working on) you realize there are lots of truly educational apps out there. Where things are lacking are those add on toys for kids. I’m sorry, but the reality is that most of them stink. Which is why I was surprised and delighted when we got our hands on Tiggly.
Tiggly is the first truly interactive (and non crappy) iPad toy for toddlers. Personally, I think they are short changing themselves by saying that because I figured my almost 5 year old would be too old for it. She’s not. See those shapes? They are big soft easy to grip shapes that your child can use to stamp and play on the iPad with some free Tiggly apps.
I’m not a fan of letting my child put anything but her fingers on the iPad and have heard the nightmares of scratched screens from iPad toys of the past. Tiggly Shapes are designed differently so they really don’t scratch your iPad. I know, because if they did, we’d have a screen that was scratched to bits by now since Kayla’s been playing up a storm with them.
There are a few free Tiggly apps out there which you can easily download from the App Store. Tiggly Safari seems to be the one aimed at the youngest children (if you ask me) and is pretty basic but cute and fun. Your child stamps the tiggly shapes as directed on the screen and….
A few shapes put together become an animal! It’s really quite adorable and I think the perfect challenge for a 2-3 year old.
What my giant child loved most was Tiggly Draw. Think thumb print art on the go, but without inky fingerprints everywhere. Kids stamp shapes of their choice and then add all sorts of features to the shapes to turn them into creatures.
Kayla was fully focused on this one and I like the very open ended aspect of it. You see, what makes Tiggly different from other iPad apps and toys (at least in my mind) is that your child actually has to actually use their brain and determine what goes on the screen.
I learned this the hard way when I stopped paying attention while Kayla was playing another “educational” app a while back. She could simply tap the screen enough times to proceed to the next level/question without actually learning anything. Bummer. I’m a fan of the fact that Tiggly incorporates a tactile aspect to iPad play instead of the typical mind numbing tap, swipe tap.
Before I knew it we had a full on party going on. The Tiggly apps also talk and make cute sounds (which obviously you can mute) but the noises produced some serious giggles from this child. First we had a square party. Then it was a group of triangles. Then she realized she could mix them and her mind was blown.
And then we found Tiggly Stamp. I’ll call it the mid point between Tiggly Safari and Tiggly Draw. You stamp shapes on the screen and they are magically transformed into relevant objects or animals based on the shape chosen. It’s pretty cute and kids enjoy the element of surprise.
So basically, Tiggly gets my paranoid parent stamp of approval. It certainly came in handy during our very long Thanksgiving weekend when with no preschool for almost a week I was in search of a variety of educational activities.
You can snap up Tiggly on Amazon.com and have it in your home in 2 days with Prime (take advantage of that free trial, yo!) Which quite frankly is my favorite way to shop…in my pajamas, on the couch at night.
And, rumor has it that Tiggly has got a cute as can be Christmas app coming. Which apparently will be more Christmas-y than the one pictured above. I’m not quite sure how, but I’m excited to find out!