LeapTV: Doodles and Disney

LeapFrog recently sent the boys some of their newest games for the LeapTV.
As I was taking them out of the box, I knew right away that Luke would LOVE
Mr. Pencil Presents DoodleCraft.  He's always loved anything centered around
building and this game really gets the creative juices flowing...
  • Create a unique and ever-changing world.
  • Build and customize a variety of buildings.
  • Go on creative quests to unlock and explore 5 different neighborhoods.
  • Share a world with a friend or make separate islands!
 This game can be played 2-player, as well, tho you will need an additional controller.
And, it doesn't matter if the players are different ages, because the learning adapts to
each player's level for just the right challenge.
We pretty much love everything about this one, and I think it's safe to say that it's
now Luke's favorite LeapTV game!
I also have to mention Disney Princess: Cinderella and Repunzel...
Of course, this is not a game I would normally consider for Luke, but we sure have played it a lot!

There are some really cute games for each of the princesses, and the more you do,
the more clothing, hair and accessories you earn for your wardrobe.  Then, as you
might have guessed, you can use the LeapTV camera to "dress-up"...

We haven't laughed that hard in a long time!

***I received the aforementioned items free-of-charge, in exchange for this review.
The opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced.***



Back-to-school with Orkin giveaway!

Back-to-school time is a great time to #LearnWithOrkin about pest prevention!
And, they've come up with a fun way to test your knowledge, and maybe
learn something knew.  Check it out...
• Class is in session! Orkin is back with Household Pests 101 – featuring some of Orkin’s scientific knowledge of pests. The Orkin Man is here to help you #LearnWithOrkin so you don’t get schooled by pest problems in your own home. 

• Watch the “Bite Back at Mosquitoes” video, as well as the rest of Orkin’s How-To video series, to get the most up-to-date knowledge on dealing with those pesky home invaders. 

• Download the “Protect Your Home” Checklist for valuable tips on keeping pests at bay.
And, Orkin knows that heading back to school isn't just about the kids.  In fact, it's
probably one of the most stressful times for dear old mom!  This year they want to
make things a little easier by  giving away a "Mom on the Go Prizepack" to one
of my blog readers.  Here's what you could get:
One (1) Silver USB Portable Charger – We know you’re on the go from sun up to sun down and you can’t afford not to be accessible. This emergency charger is small, sleek and can help your phone keep up with your busy lifestyle!
One (1) Double Wall Stainless Steel Travel Mug w/ lid - Your car isn’t the only thing that needs fueling up in the morning … this stainless steel travel mug is a great way to ensure your morning coffee is always within arm’s reach.
One (1) Orkin “Protect Your Home” PDF Checklist - This handy checklist from the experts at Orkin will help you think like a pest in order to help protect your home from pests.
 If you'd like a chance to win this fun prizepack, simply leave me a comment about the pest you fear most!
I'll pick a random winner on September 4th.
 (Each household is only eligible to win Back to School Prize Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway.
If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.)
To learn more about our pest control based in science or to schedule an inspection,
visit or call 1-800-800-ORKIN.
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  ***I received the aforementioned items free-of-charge in exchange for this blog post.
Any opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced.***


UncommonGoods: Pillow Talk

 I recently had the pleasure of reviewing an item from UncommonGoods.
In case you aren't familiar with this amazing site, here's some background...

"Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, UncommonGoods is a privately-owned retailer that endeavors to feature unique designs and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people. We run all our operations out of the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal, including our warehouse where the lowest-paid seasonal worker starts at 50% above the minimum wage. We make it our mission to support and provide a platform for artists and designers; in fact, half of what we sell is made by hand. Most of the products we carry are created right here in the USA, and about one-third of our entire collection incorporates recycled and/or upcycled materials. At the core of our company is a great respect for the integrity of the creative individual and the belief that it is our responsibility to use our business to impact the world in a positive way."
When I clicked over to check things out, I was blown away.  Blown. Away.
So many beautiful and clever pieces to choose from!  I really love their unique items for the home and garden...and immediately felt myself drawn to their vast selection of wall art.  Canvas.  Wood.  Photography.  It's all there.  But...after much back-and-forth (and consultation with my boys), I chose this whimsical decorative pillow.

Isn't it just perfect!?

The craftsmanship is superb, and I love that a card was included that tells me all about the amazing artist that designed it. 
 It's actually part of a 3-camera collection, and yes, I plan to purchase the 2 remaining pillows.
The holidays will be here before we know it, and I will definitely shop UncommonGoods for several hard-to-buy-for friends.  It makes me happy to support such a positive business and I'll look like a rockstar for gifting something so cool.  Win-win!
 ***I received the aforementioned item for review purposes.
The opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced.***