So this blue dog, sitting on a shelf at Target caught the eye of both me and my 6-year-old son. I think the design of this little fellow should have won an award. I just gave it to the boys, so we haven’t had it long enough to really test the boy-breakage-factor of the Woofer. But the people at B. Toys are proud of the little guy and we picked up the Ribbit-Tat-Tat drums for a full-scale boy band.

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The Ribbit-Tat-Tat has a “follow-me” function to help kids learn musical beats and build memory.

A 6-year-old and his 3-year-old brother are able to make a lot of noise on their own. Buying them a music-making toy – a drum set no-less — seemed like a recipe for tinnitus. But Woofer was so cute. And we don’t buy them many electrical toys. They have a roaring dinosaur, a Dino-alarm clock and occasional use of their sister’s computer for games. For the most part, they build with building blocks, building logs and some neat magnetic geometric things that they make castles out of. So, this is new and it was a real thrill for both of them. Once they were torn from their packaging, the Woofer and Ribbit-Tat-Tat became instant hits with the boys. I haven’t figured out what algorithm is used to decide what is played by different combinations of buttons and string strumming. The Woofer belches out howls, “woofs” and “ruffs” with surprisingly good tone. I’ve got a video below that captures the boys playing on the B. Toys. Audio is captured from two-piece orchestra after the boys left them alone. The boys played with the synthesizer sounds on the Ribbit-Tat-Tat, but have not figured out the Auto-tune-like capabilities of the little microphone on the drum set. Both toys have obvious power buttons on them and volume controls. I wish they would design them with some kind of parental volume control – something a 6-year-old couldn’t figure out, but neither toy is excessively loud. Like any toy, with enough time, it is an irritation to adult ears but if you want a music toy that is both cute and with bearable audio – check out the Ribbit Tat Tat or the Woofer.

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The B. Toys Woofer is a silly guitar that makes acoustic, electric f and dog-based music.

 

Cliff: An accomplished author, in that I drink a lot of coffee, look at obscure websites, own a copy of Microsoft Word and know what an Oxford comma is. Hobbies include mocking Ab Lounger ads on Craigslist and napping. Former Marine, mail carrier and dental chair technician, now I spend my days trying to live up to my wife and dog\'s expectations of me and show my kids how to live life well.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

We have moved the girls rooms around. Our bigger E’s took over what was the nursery and baby E moved into what was the office. Our older E’s quickly moved in and redecorated making the room more “girly” and not so baby. However, they ended up using a lot of the nursery decorations I had made just by tweaking them a bit. That left baby E with a very bare room. It is kinda sad looking!

The other day I was on Etsy….one of my happy place lol. I came across ChicWallArt.

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I love all the wall prints they have. They are so whimsical and childish…. exactly what I was looking for

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When planning room decor for my E’s I always look for wall hangings that are either encouraging, empowering or guiding.

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Ignore the paint smudges all over the table lol we are a painting family. These are the prints I received from ChicWallArt and I so excited to put them up in baby E’s room. Not only do the colors go perfectly but   words on them represent my heart.

ChicWallArt is offering 20% off right now to our readers when you use the code:MUDPIE20

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When I contacted ChicWallArt I learned very quickly that they were more then just a company. I learned that they had a story as a family, a very powerful and encouraging story. Take a minute and click on the link below to watch this family’s story…… You may want to keep the tissues close.

 

 

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

During our recent trip to Charlotte, NC, we got the chance to visit Discovery Place, one of the leading hands-on science centers in the country.  It allows visitors to gain a greater understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a fun, interactive and informal setting.  My kids love science and seeing how things work so I knew they’d love it!

 

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The kids were pretty excited and so was I!  The first area we came to was Kidscience.  In this area, kids ages 0-7, and their caregivers learn about science and math as they experiment, create and play together.  I saw my younger kids’ eyes get big when we walked in.  It was like the ultimate indoor playground, filled with really cool stuff.  There was a building area with a variety of different blocks as well as a place to build and race Kids K’Nex race cars.  I wasn’t surprised that the kids were immediately drawn to the huge water table.

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They even had little baby seats for the littlest ones and rubber aprons to help kids stay dry.

They were also enthralled with the super neat A-Mazing Airways, where kids can experiment with the physics of airflow as they watch colorful scarves and soft balls fly through a maze of clear tubes.  My husband and I even got caught up in watching it.

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Kidscience also had a sound wall, toddler area perfect for kids 36 months and younger and this fun light wall.

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It reminded me of the Lite Brite I had when I was little.

Discovery Place is filled with interesting exhibits about animals and geology.  The kids loved looking at the displays and especially all the colorful fish and ocean life.

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The attendants were super friendly and informative.  We learned a lot of neat things.  Did you know that Clown Fish can change from male to female and vice versa?

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Before heading to the 2nd floor, we visited the 3D theatre and watch Fly Me to The Moon.  It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a 3D movie and the little kids never have so they thought it was super fun!  It was only about 15 minutes long so even Little Miss was able to sit through it.  Upstairs is the Cool Stuff Zone.  It was AMAZING!  Here families can learn about physics and scientific concepts with fun hands on activities.

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The boys learned how pulleys operate and tested them out by pull themselves up.  A highlight for all of us was the nail bed.  We can all now say we have laid on a bed of nails!

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Not exactly comfortable but didn’t hurt like I had always thought it would.

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My 13-year-old, who I can easily see becoming an engineer one day, really enjoyed the Project Build area where kids can illustrate and conceptualize, create building sketches, develop floor plans, and design functional and useful buildings through different computer-generated programs.  Then they can use blocks and other building material to “build” a house.  There was also an area where kids can use camo netting and pvc piping to create shelters.

We also enjoyed the rainforest area.

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There really was SO much to do and many more areas filled with fun activities.  And on top of all of that, there is also an IMAX theatre.  We watched Journey to the South Pacific and it was wonderful!  We had never been to an IMAX before and it was a really neat experience.

Discovery Place is a great place for families to learn and play together!  We spent about 4 hours there but we easily could have stayed longer.  It’s perfect for all ages and will definitely keep even the youngest of kids entertained.  That being said, I think adults would have just as much fun.  I felt like a kid again and thoroughly enjoyed playing with my kids.  Discovery Place is a definite must see if you are in the Charlotte area!

Have you ever been to a hand’s on museum?  Who would you love to take?

 

 

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

 

My kids love playing pretend.  One thing they really like to do is to play is “restaurant”.  One of them will pretend to be the waiter and will give the others menus and then take their orders.  The chef will prepare a delicious meal and they think it’s a ton of fun to share their creations.  HABA‘s line of American-style play food is perfect for their creative play!  I recently got the chance to review some of these fun products.

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HABA’s hot dog with bun and fixings is perfect for pretend picnics!  It includes 2 halves of a baking roll, 1 hot dog, 3 slices of cucumber, and several cheese shreds/roasted onions.  My 4-year-old thought it was super neat.  He especially enjoyed adding the toppings to the hot dog.  I liked that the hot dog has velcro on it to keep it in place.  The squeezable ketchup and mustard bottles are the perfect compliment to the hot dog.  My kids were fascinated by these!  When you squeeze the bottle, a string of “mustard” or ketchup” comes out.  When you’re done, you can easily put it back in the bottle for the next use.  There’s a knot at the end so the sting won’t come completely out.

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HABA’s Biofino Apple Pie is really fun as well.  My hubby loves apple pie so the kids enjoyed making this pretend one just for him.  It includes 1 cake base, 5 green apple slices and one piece of lattice dough.  They pretended to slice the apple pieces, put them in the crust, covered it with the lattice dough and put it in their play kitchen to bake.

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I was, as usual, impressed with the quality of the items I received.  So much better than the plastic food they’ve had in the past! They really had a blast with the play food and I was happy to see them using their imaginations!

One lucky reader will win the items I reviewed!

 

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Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

 

Little Miss loves bath time! All I have to do is mention the word bath or tub and she goes running for the bathroom.  I’ve been wanting to get her some fun toys for the tub and since she loves baby dolls, the Nenuco Bath Time doll set was perfect for her!  This fun doll is made to go in the bath tub with little ones and even comes with her own squirt toys and inner tube!

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The first thing I noticed about this doll is that it is made with a special fast dry material so it dries really quickly.

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I also noticed that there are holes in the feet of the doll to allow water to drain out.  This is an ingenious feature in my opinion!

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Little Miss couldn’t wait to get in the tub with her new doll.  The accessories were an added bonus.  She loved it when I squirted water on her tummy with the little squirty toys.

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Baby girl LOVED the doll!  She especially enjoyed putting the doll into her little inner tube.  The dolls soft body was perfect for hugging.

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She spent 20 minutes splashing around and playing with the doll.  When I tried to take it away from her so I could get her out of the tub, she started crying.  Thankfully, I was able to quickly drain the water out of it and after wiping it with a towel, the doll was good to go and Little Miss was free to carry her new baby around the house!

I’m a big fan of Nenuco dolls but I think this dolls is my favorite.  I love how it can be played with both in and out of the tub and the quick dry design is fantastic!  Nenuco’s Bath Time Doll retails for $24.99 and is perfect for little ones who love to play in the bath and could even be taken to the pool for summer swimming!

 

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda