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Bubbles-Fun Giant Bubble Kit

BIG BUBBLE FUN FOR EVERYONE!

~ What ~
For making large, enormous air bubbles, this complete bubble making kit includes a 2-stick wand that is 20 inches long and has a braided cord loop attached to its ends plus a small container of dry bubble powder and a free mini-bubble hook. They arrive in a gift box with instructions, ready for giving.

~ Why ~
Not only do I love bubbles, but I also know when my grandchildren come visit, we all will have a blast making huge bubble designs. I enjoy how easy this is to make by adding specific amounts of the powder to water, mix them well, and then blending in liquid dish soap (Dawn soap apparently works the best). After soaking the corded loop in the solution and lifting it up carefully, the bubble forms and grows due to the air.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like doing fun outside projects such as making bubbles. Due to the soapy, slick liquid, the container and wand can get slippery and messy so it is recommended to use only outdoors. Others may be concerned the kit only has enough powder to make approximately 2.5 gallons, but there are additional jars available that can make over 5 and 13 gallons.

~ Wish ~
I wonder if there is a way to make the bubbles different colors by adding food coloring or dye to the liquid solution.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a fun outdoor project for young and old, this kit would be great at the park, beach, or backyard or even for a wedding, anniversary, or party. My grandkids are going to have lots of fun this summer!

Thanks to Bubbles-fun.com for this product that I am under no obligation to evaluate.

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Made for Me

Title: Made for Me
Author: Zach Bush
Illustrator: Gregorio DeLauretis
Publisher: Familius
ISBN: 978-1-64170-200-3

“Of all the children that ever could be, you are the one made just for me,” Zach Bush ends his children’s book, Made for Me.

~ What ~
This thirty-two-page board book with a padded cover and rounded edges targets three- to five-year-old children who like stories about a father’s love for his child. With no scary scenes, it would be best read to beginner readers based on some complicated words. Simplistic but colorful illustrations cover the pages with black font against white backgrounds that are incorporated into the designs.

In this short rhyming tale, an over-sized man carrying a baseball cap welcomes his tiny son at the hospital. From the first moment the dad lays eyes on his little baby, his world is wondrously changed. Cuddling, changing, tickling, feeding, bathing, and comforting his boy becomes his joy. Every day when the parent wakes up, he looks forward to playing, teaching, and enjoying his child. In the end, the father reiterates the child was made just for him.

~ Why ~
Fathers play a vital role in their children’s lives, and I love how this book shows the love and devotion a dad has once he sees his child being born until he is a toddler playing ball or walking hand in hand. The burly man is adorable in his own way, complete with huge biceps covering a too-short red shirt and belted jeans.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like a book that only focuses on fathers and contains no references to mothers, but I think it is the purpose of the story. There may be a few kids who are scared of large men so may find the read frightful. Others may not like how sophomoric the illustrations are, but the big man portrayed is heartwarming.

~ Wish ~
I wonder if some men who are not extra-large sized may feel offended that they are not as big. I wish a mother could have been included in a couple of the scenes as it appears as if the father is raising the child alone.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a cute book that shows the unique love a father has for his new son, this would make an ideal Father’s Day or birthday gift for a new dad.

Thanks to Familius and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2O8RtcW

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If There Never Was a You

Title: If There Never Was a You
Author: Amanda Rowe
Illustrator: Olga Skomorokhova
Publisher: Familius
ISBN: 978-1-64170-111-2

“If there never was a you, life wouldn’t be the same.
I love you more than words can say … and I’m so glad you came,” Amanda Rowe ends her children’s book, If There Never Was a You.

~ What ~
This twenty-page board book with a padded cover and rounded edges targets five- to six-year-old children and readers who like a charming story about the love an adult has for her child. With no scary scenes, it would be best read to beginner readers based on some complicated words. Expressive, colorful illustrations cover the pages with a black font against white or pale colored backgrounds that are incorporated into the designs.

In this short rhyming tale, a female rabbit expounds how her little bunny makes her life special as he makes her smile, laugh, and stay busy. Whether she helps him dress, snuggle in bed, listen to jokes, or watch him grow and learn, she enjoys the adventures, care, and time they spend together, more than she can explain.

~ Why ~
Not written as a fictional story, this adorable book conveys how a parent or grandparent’s life would be empty if their child or grandchild were not around. I love the fanciful illustrations of the adult rabbit wearing wire-rimmed glasses and the detailed designs, complete with silly outfits, dangling socks, flying carrots, and spunky animals.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like the busyness of the illustrations. The book contains a couple of multi-syllable words that may frustrate beginner readers, but it also is a way to learn new words. The age group is for five- and six-year-olds, but younger and older children may like it too.

~ Wish ~
I hope more books by this author and illustrator can be completed as they would be enjoyed by young and old.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a lovely book that shows the unique love between an adult and child, this makes a wonderful addition. I know I will love reading it to my young grandchildren when they visit.

Thanks to Familius and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2TbAlnu

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ANGUO Wireless Charger

WIRELESS SAMSUNG & IPHONE CHARGER

~ What ~
This electronic device is for mostly iPhone and Android smartphones that need charges without using plug-in wiring. The black stand is approximately 5 by 3 by 0.5-inches and can charge iPhones, Samsung, Nokia, LG, Yota, Nexus, and more.

~ Why ~
In this fast-paced world we live in, we have to keep our electronics charged. I like that this one offers rapid changing without using wires (except to plug it into an electric socket). Using it on my Samsung Galaxy 8S, it was easy to rest the phone on the soft pad, automatically showing the phone was being charged on my phone. I appreciate how fast it charges and that it can be placed vertically or horizontally on the pad.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not trust wireless chargers may not appreciate this unit, but it can save time. Some may not like that it will not work on phones that have metal or thick cases.

~ Wish ~
It would be ideal if these units were available in bright, neon colors so they would be easy to spot. Including a long USB cable and instructions would be helpful.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a quick universal charger for your electronics, this is a great way to charge your phone.

Thanks to ANGUO for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to review.

#RankBoosterReview #Sponsored by cherryningbaby #ANGUO

This item can be found at https://amzn.to/2XRtNhB

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BKhome BBQ Grill Cooking Gloves

ONE SIZE FITS ALL HEAT RESISTANT MESH GLOVES

~ What ~
Made of a heavy-duty aramid synthetic fabric with silicone webbing, this pair of thick black gloves can be worn anytime one is handling extremely hot or cold items. Red and blue silicone lines cover the palms, fingers, and thumbs for protection. Being approximately 14-inches long, they fit most hands, cover the wrists, and can handle temperatures ranging from 932 degrees Fahrenheit for up to 15 seconds.

~ Why ~
As a fan of flexible cooking mitts that have cotton inserts, I cannot tell you how reliable these gloves are. Not only do I use them to pull out hot dishes from the oven or when I have to cut apart frozen chicken, but the other day I used them to open a tight jar and pull out an oven rack. One can grip the hot or cold object easily without any slippage. I love how they are flexible and easy to use compared to the all-silicone type that are awkward. Having white loops on the hand inserts make them easy to hang.

~ Why Not ~
Some may think there is no way these heat-resistant gloves are going to keep my hands from burning, but they do. I have not burnt my hand once using these, and it helps they cover part of my wrists and arms as I reach into the back of the oven.

~ Wish ~
I wish more items made out of aramid and silicone were available as it does keep the extreme temperature away from your hand plus make you feel confident you are not going to drop a slippery item. I wish cleaning instructions were included in the zip-lock bag.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a nice gift for the barbequer, baker, cook, camper, or anyone who deals with hot or cold items, this is an ideal choice.

Thanks to BKhome and BKETECH for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to review.

#RankBoosterReview #Sponsored by BKETECH #BKhome

This item can be found at https://amzn.to/2F34rWK

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I Wish I Were a Fairy Tale

Title: I Wish I Were a Fairy Tale
Author & Illustrator: Crystal Walters
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 978-1-54394-632-1

“For the truth is that fairy tales never really end. For when they are read and loved, they become your sweetest friend!” Crystal Walters ends her children’s book, I Wish I Were a Fairy Tale: A Story Illustrated with Cakes.

~ What ~
At thirty-two pages, this oversized hardbound targets children five to six years old who understand the concept of fairy tales and like looking at female-themed decorated cakes. After a dedication page, the short tale in rhyme has a girl who wishes she was a fairy tale. The ending has a note about the illustrations and acknowledgments.

As once-upon-a-time themes, the pages include Rapunzel, a fairy with dragons, sick girl in bed, mermaid with a pearl, princess, and Snow White. Also added is a little girl flying with a unicorn, holding hands with the Sandman, being on a pirate ship, tucked in dreaming in bed, up in a hot air balloon, or part of a treasure chest. The short paragraphs relate to fairy tales that are displayed in cake illustrations.

~ Why ~
Most everyone from young to old love cakes, especially when they are extravagantly decorated and involve fairy tales. I appreciate all the hard work put into the creative designs made of frosting and fondant. With a special note about her dog, the artist adds her furry friend into each of her creations.

~ Why Not ~
Those who are not impressed with cake decorating may not appreciate this book. Others may be fearful to damage the designs if they had to eat them, but this is only a storybook about fancy cakes that tell stories. Others may find the tale is rudimentary and short and only apply to girls.

~ Wish ~
Since the book focuses on fairy tales, it might be helpful for the stories to be slightly mentioned (maybe in the back) in case the child is confused what it is about and the adult reading it can help explain.

~ Want ~
If you like a simple tale about wanting to be a part of a fairy tale, this takes the cake in sweetness and charm by showing fanciful designs for any young or old sweet tooth.

Thanks to Westwinds Communications and the authors for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2O1dri0

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Sport2People Stretching Strap

Stretching Strap for Pilates

~ What ~
Made of non-elastic high-quality nylon, this strap is for stretching during yoga, pilates, or physical rehabilitation. Available in 4 colors of black, green, blue, or red with gray, it measures 96 inches long and 1.5 wide. It has 12 loops for feet, legs, arms, and hands and comes with a mesh carry bag and 2 ebook download links.

~ Why ~
I go to the gym and do a pilates class a couple times a week where we use a stretching strap that the club provides. Since I do not like to use the straps with that have germs, this personal strap is great as it can be washed and used by only me. I like the 12 different loops that aid in my stretching. The ebooks contain more than 30 stretching exercises.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like the strap as it is not made of elastic or a vinyl that easily stretches. Others might wish it was wider, but it can be slipped on the foot area and used the same as a regular yoga strap.

~ Wish ~
I wish the strap had a little stretching to it as I am used to a vinyl one.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for your own personal strap instead of using a gym’s, this is a healthier way to do it, plus it provides different loops to further stretch and challenge your body.

Thanks to Sports2People for this discounted item that I am under no obligation to evaluate.

#Sports2PeopleStretchingYogaStrap #Sponsored by KeepMeClub #YogaStretching

This product can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2UnzZLV

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AWEI Royal Blue Long Dress

 

FLOOR-LENGTH SPAGHETTI STRAP BRIDESMAID DRESS

~ What ~
Made of 100% polyester, this women’s dress has an empire waistline that has two flowing sections that cover the padded breast area with a thicker floor-length lining. Available in multiple solid colors, it comes in 16 sizes from 0 to 30 Plus. There is a long zipper on the back. Cleaning instructions attached state it should only be dry cleaned.

~ Why ~
This is a beautiful dress that is simple yet elegant, made especially for a prom or wedding. The dress’s material is soft and not transparent. I chose royal blue that is evenly died and rich in color. The Size 8 fit my frame comfortably.

~ Why Not ~
Tall women may think it is too short, but the dress touched the floor on my 5’5″ body. Some may not like the thin spaghetti straps that show too much flesh, but the firm bra inserts cover well. Others may not appreciate it arrives wrinkled so will need light ironing.

~ Wish ~
It would be helpful if the site included the material and cleaning instructions.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a simple, elegant dress that shows curves yet is not too revealing, this one is a keeper.

Thanks to AWEI for this product that I am under no obligation to evaluate.

#AW Bridal #BackToPromDay

This product can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2XHgBLW

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3 Bees & Me Paint Your Own Mermaid Toy Bank

FUN ART PROJECT: PAINT A MERMAID BANK

~ What ~
Made of BPA, lead, and phthalate-free ABS plastic, this art set for kids is a coin bank depicting a mermaid sitting on a rock with long flowing hair. Arriving with 8 non-toxic paints and 2 paintbrushes, the approximately 8 by 3 by 2-inch item has a coin slot in the back, an access plug at the bottom, and can be painted any desired colors. Targeted for ages 4 to 9 years old, all items arrive in a gift box, ready for giving.

~ Why ~
Our 5-year old granddaughter loves to make crafts, especially mermaid ones as she recently visited Disneyland. I like that the white sculpture is made of plastic, not ceramic or plaster, so it will not crack if accidentally dropped. I appreciate that it is an all-in-one set.

~ Why Not ~
Some may be concerned that since it is made of plastic, the paint may chip. Others may think it may be too small, but it is over 8 inches tall.

~ Wish ~
It would be nice to have other plastic coin banks in other fun and interesting designs.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a great way for a boy or girl to create their own colorful mermaid while also using it as a coin bank, this would be a fun project for kids who love the design.

Thanks for 3 Bees & Me for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to evaluate.

#3Bees&Me #SponsoredKeepMeClub #PaintYourOwnMermaid

This product can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2EmKIQg

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Kumeek Cute iPhone Animal Cable Bites

CUTE CABLE PROTECTORS

~ What ~
Made of an environmentally-safe rubber silicone material, pack contains a dozen colorful animal-shaped protectors that slip over Apple iPhone cords, protecting them from damage. They arrive in an orange zippered case with no instructions or tips included.

~ Why ~
These are adorable little protectors that make phone charging fun. I like the varied selection of animals; my set included an alligator, dog, elephant, frog, penguin, rabbit, ram, shark, sheep, tiger, turtle, and whale. I like that they can be stored in the small, sturdy zippered case. I can use them with other electronic cord besides Apple.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like additional accessories on their electronics may have no interest in this item. Others may be disappointed the random choice of animals didn’t include the one they wanted.

~ Wish ~
It would be nice if you could pick and choose what animal is included as you may not get what you expect.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a way to protect your iPhone charger cable that is noticeable, these charming animals do the job.

Thanks to Kumeek Tech for this product that I am under no obligation to review.

This product can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2VrsDYc

 

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