Monday, July 28, 2014

Gelli Baff

FTC disclosure: I received product(s) in exchange for post about the product. All opinions are my own.  

My kids love all things gooey, sticky and messy.  



They were all sorts of excited when I told them that we would be reviewing a Gelli Baff  pool pack from PlaSmart Toys.  



Gelli Baff is a pretty cool product. It turns the bath or pool water (non-chlorinated) into goo and dissolves when the fun is over!  

All excited about the Gelli Baff's arrival!


Gelli Baff is:  

  • Non-irritant 
  • Manufactured in the UK. 
  • Stain Resistant (does not stain bathing suits, or carpets, to my knowledge). 
  • 100% Biodegradeable. Just add salt! 


My kids (as well as neighborhood kids) had an absolute blast playing in the Gelli Baff! (At least, the kids that were allowed. Some parents checked it out and were just too repulsed by it to let their kids play).  

Playing in the Gelli Baff before it thickened up!


It's super easy to make! Just Sprinkle, Stir and Play.  


When you're all done playing, sprinkle in the packets of disolving solution (if that isn't enough to completely dissolve, just add table salt. It really does dissolve)!

Here is an awesome video showing you how easy it is to use and dissolve!



Gelli Baff is so much fun! You should really get some before summer is over! The pool pack retails for $29.99!  

 There are lots of cool products featured on the PlaSmart YouTube Channel as well. 

Modern Mommy

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Bolder Bands

FTC disclosure: I received product(s) in exchange for post about the product. All opinions are my own. 

I get so frustrated by my hair. It is wild! Not straight, not curly, a somewhere-in-between nightmare! 

I cannot stand it in my eyes and either wear it with my bangs (or fringe) in a victory roll, secured with pins or with soft headbands that slip off! I also have used those hard headbands, but they hurt, and they never stay put!   

Enter the Bolder Band, created by a mom of three, who was tired of bands falling out when she ran!

Princess and I were sent two Bolder Band Headbands, each, to review. 



We absolutely love them! I picked mine based upon most of the colors in my wardrobe (strangely, I have a lot of teal, black and pink clothes). Princess picked two that she liked.  



We could not wait to try them out! They have two sizes, regular and small, making them suitable for women and little girls alike. Guys, before you feel left out, they also make Bro Bands (which my son is extremely interested in, I think they will be a stocking stuffer surprise)! 

They have a wide array of colors and prints to choose from! It was hard to pick only two! 

Princess and I use them all the time, no matter what the task. Singing, dancing, swimming, cleaning, jumping and running, our bands do really stay put! 

Princess recently wore hers painting, which especially to a kid,  can be fairly laborious. 




There is a catch about the bands staying on your head, though. A portion of the band must stay on your forehead. It is definitely an adjustment, but, you can do it! There is a video to show you how it's done. 



They are perfect for all sorts of activities, from mundane to marvelous! 

All in all, an amazing product! Great gift for all occasions! 

Modern Mommy

Monday, June 30, 2014

Whisper Diaper Pail

FTC disclosure: I received product(s) in exchange for post about the product. All opinions are my own

*I thought I had posted this one a while back, but, clearly, I was mistaken! Anyway, please let me introduce you to the best diaper pail ever! 

I had the chance to review one of the coolest diaper pails ever a few months ago. With both of my children, I never had a diaper pail for disposable diapers (I know, some of you are in shock. I have had several people tell me that they are a necessary item in the nursery). For me, not so much.  

Living in a two bedroom house, space is a rare commodity. So, I never really considered one. 

I also babysat for a couple whom had a Diaper Genie™. It kept the smell at bay, until you opened the container to put another diaper in. Yuck!  

The Whisper Diaper Pail is not unlike other diaper pails, in it's purpose, or in some of it's design aspects. (For example, it's white, like a lot of diaper pails).   




The Whisper Diaper Pail is very unique in other ways! It uses canisters of ODOGuard spray to keep smells at bay. Not only to cover the odor by coating the inside of the pail, but also traps the odor causing molecules. This spray is amazing!  It truly eliminates odor (not only did we test our product using dirty diapers, we also used it to toss away cigarette butts and ashes as well as doggie doo)! There was no odor from them when we opened the pail, only the light scent of the spray!





Pros:  
  • Locks (there are actually TWO)! One to lock the lid and another inside to prevent accidental overuse, from curious siblings!  

  • It's Hands Free! Just step on the foot pedal and drop the dirty diapers in!  

  • The BEST thing? (As if it could get any better) is that you can use REGULAR 8 gallon trash bags with it! No more special bags! EVER!
  • ODOGuard is California EPA VOC Standards compliant, smells fresh (without being fragrant/scented) and is also safe for pets and children!  
  • The Whisper Diaper Pail is also a recipient of the coveted NAPPA (National Parenting Publications Award)! 
Cons: 
  • Currently only sold on Amazon


Priced right in the mid-range for diaper pails, easy to use and  aesthetically pleasing, you can't go wrong! This would definitely make the perfect baby shower present! 

Modern Mommy


Thursday, June 26, 2014

House Rules

FTC disclosure: I received products in exchange for post about the product. All opinions are my own.  


These tree wall enhancements are adorable!  

They're cute and perfect for a wide variety of places in any home! 

I have a friend whom is having a baby girl soon and her favorite is the Colorful 
Tree Cartoon Animals, which you can buy: here.  


I really love the idea of using wall art to do something unique and creative like using the decorations to make a family tree! 

How cute would that be? 



There are so many more cute designs, check them all out here!  

I received the "House Rules" wall art design. I really like it. It 's definitely a conversation starter. I get a lot of compliments on it!   


House Rules as it is intended to look on the website.


It is large and it took myself and my husband to put it up!  

It was crinkled and crumpled so badly, that at first, my husband and I did not actually know what  was in it! (Unfortunately I was not able to get a picture of the packaging. We were so intrigued by what it could have been)! 

Here we were, trying to apply the clear backing, so that we could then remove it, so that it could be applied to the wall. Can you see the crinkles on the paper and  well as all the letters and words left behind?


It did NOT come with instructions. Every order is supposed to come with them (according to their own FAQ page on their website, which can be found here: here)

 It gets worse! I have never had a decal that came with the letters separate from the vinyl backing (the clear sticky part). Most of the time (in my experience), they are attached and you rub the whole thing on the wall, and then slowly peel back to reveal your new decoration. Not only was this NOT the case, but, the backing was too short for the lettering. I had to peel and apply the rest by hand!  


Here is a letter splitting in half, despite our best efforts to go very, very slowly.


There are words missing and letters split in half because of the decal and the backing being separate and so damaged.  


More wrinkles, crinkles and rips.


These decals are very pretty on the website. They are very nice when applied to your walls, however, it was so much work (when I say work, what should have taken twenty minutes took about two hours, instead). Work that was necessary if the decoration was packaged in some type of tube, rolled and in one piece. One correctly sized piece!

It was so much work, so very damaged and not the quality that I expected it to be. I will never order another product from them again!  


Here is the finished product. The letters on the bottom are so uneven, because I had to put them on individually. Where it says "Give Kisses", right above, it should say "Hugs".  
As I said, it does garner compliments and is definitely a conversation starter. But, perhaps not with the conversation it should have.


Modern Mommy

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Fun in the sun with SwimZip UV Swimwear!

FTC disclosure: I received products in exchange for post about the product. All opinions are my own.


I am in love with Swim Zip swimwear!

SwimZip, as seen on "SharkTank", makes UPF50+ swimwear for kids and adults. There are lots of companies that make clothes that are meant to protect you from the suns harmful rays. Many of them are great companies, with great products. What struck me with SwimZip was the company's founder, Betsy's story. The reason she created SwimZip.


At only 26 years old, Betsy was diagnosed with skin cancer. (I am actually having something looked at, for suspicion of skin cancer. I am also, 26 years old. Her story resonates with me, at the moment). She took her diagnosis and changed her reaction into an amazing product, that will benefit her children and many others. What an amazing inspiration! She is definitely a Mommy on a mission to keep kids sun safe, now, I am too!

For my review, I received a boy's "Crabby Pants" swim set, comprised of swim trunks and top. They provide 50+ UPF protection and also protect from 98% of UVB and UVF rays. That is amazing and, unlike sunscreen, no need to reapply!

SwimZip Crabby Pants

I was a little worried, that in the hot, humid heat of my state's climate, that my little dude would be too hot in his outfit. I thought that he would want to take the top off. He didn't he loved it! It's very easy to wear, (there is no need to pull this one over the head, it just zips). It's lightweight and breathable (made from spandex and nylon). The trunks are polyester.

Dozer in his SwimZip Crabby Pants! He was having a blast!


He had so much fun wearing his crabby pants, he definitely wasn't crabby while wearing them! Everyone loved how cute he looked! They kept asking where I got his outfit from!

Dozer getting ready to throw a sponge!


I wish I had a SwimZip outfit! Comfy, cool and cute all in one? Yes, please!

They do make men's and women's outfits, in case you were wondering.

I could see myself in this!


SwimZip is really affordable, too. At $29.99 for kids and $39.99 for kids, you can't beat it!

You can, of course, visit their website and and connect with them via Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

Modern Mommy


Tumble Leaf

*I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Amazon Studios. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and promotional item to thank me for participating.




Tumble Leaf is an adorable, unique and imaginative show from Amazon Studios (Tumble Leaf first debuted on Amazon Prime Instant Video on May 23rd 2014. You can watch the first episode here → Tumble Leaf on Amazon Instant Video).


video



Tumble Leaf is a blue fox, with lots of colorful and fun friends. His best friend is Stick, a caterpillar. Other friends include chickens, a hedgehog and a polar bear named Maple, as well as many more!

Tumble Leaf was designed to develop imaginative thinking and creative play in children. The show has been tested to ensure that meet this goal.

Tumble Leaf is created using stop animation!   What is really amazing is that every detail is made by human hands. While it may be a laborious endeavor, it is unique and very detailed. I find it a refreshing choice in a world where CGI is the norm. I think that it shows how much the creators care about their product.

Fig is an adventurous fox, and his adventures always start at "The Finding Place". He finds something new there every time! He finds a kite, a ball, a bucket, a sponge and much more. Using critical thinking skills, science and imagination, Fig discovers something new about the object and it's relationship in his world.




Tumble Leaf is cute, funny and very creative. I like that research and testing went into creating something that my children enjoy.

Tumble Leaf is geared towards preschoolers, aged 2-5. I found this rating very accurate. My three year old was much more interested than my six year old. My three year old was very excited when Fig found something and was laughing throughout the whole show. It has definitely encouraged him to ask more questions!

Overall, I found Tumble Leaf to be a bright, delightful and engaging show for my preschooler!

Would your kids like to explore with Tumble Leaf? They just released a FREE app! Get it here: Tumble Leaf App

Modern Mommy


Thursday, May 15, 2014

HomeRight SteamMachine Plus

*Disclosure: I received a product(s) in exchange for a post about the product. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I love to clean! I am absolutely obsessed with it! I especially love to use my HomeRight SteamMachines! (Thats right, there is now more than one product in the SteamMachine line up)!

I really like my SteamMachine Multi-Purpose Power Steamer. I use it for so much! Steaming my bathroom, kitchen, window sills, shelves, cabinets....

I think I may have even killed my microwave using it (We'll reserve judgement, as a jar of Nutella is also suspect. I cannot prove it was the steamer that ended the microwave's life. It is just a suspicion, no need to put it on trial yet).

You can even use the Power Steamer it for steaming wallpaper off of walls (which is much easier than scraping it off by hand) or steaming clothes! It is a very versatile and useful tool!

SteamMachine Multi-Purpose Power Steamer
But, I think that the new HomeRight SteamMachine Plus is, by far, my FAVORITE! It is amazing for doing floors, which, with a four month old puppy and kids, I clean way more often than window sills or steaming clothes.

HomeRight Steam Machine Plus


It comes with all sorts of  unique attachments, such as grill cleaning attachments and one that allows you to clean carpets! You can use it on linoleum, vinyl (both of which I have in my home), as well as hard wood and tile floors.



It heats up quicker than the Power Steamer, in only 40 seconds as opposed to 8 minutes (of course, it also has a much smaller water tank). However, I have used both for around 4 hours at a time and have not run out of steam (pun intended).

I love that it disconnects from it's base, if you decide that you need to steam something other than the floor.

I like that it also has a place for the cord to wrap up, the water tank detaches). This thing is amazing at getting to the messes and stains on the floor! The various attachments make it easy to switch to all sorts of tasks, all without using chemicals to clean!

I love that it kills all sorts of germs, from e-coli to Staphylococcus. It gets to 205°F!

The price is really reasonable, for a steamer, it retails for $124.99.

It's a sweet, germ killin', lean cleaning machine!


Modern Mommy