Thank you Educational Insights for sending us Raccoon Rumpus to review.  All opinions are my own.

Our kids love playing games.  The girls are 8 and 10 and our oldest son is 3.  Sometimes it can be very difficult to find games that all 3 can enjoy together.  Educational Insights sent us the game Raccoon Rumpus to try out.

Raccoon Rumpus

Admittedly, when we first saw it the girls reaction was more like “Great.  Another game for our brother.”  But after opening it, it really is a game we ALL have fun with!  Raccoon Rumpus is simple.  The rules are super simple and easy to grasp.  The pieces are minimal and very sturdy.

Raccoon Rumpus

There are 4 Raccoons for kids to use.  Then there are 2 dice.  One has different clothes on it.  The other has different colors.  Then there are quite a few cards with outfits for the raccoons.  You spread them all out and then the youngest person rolls first.  Let’s say they get a yellow color and then roll a shirt.  They can choose any costume with a yellow shirt.  Easy peasy!  But watch out if you roll underwear.  Just sayin’…you may get in trouble.  The first raccoon to collect 5 costumes is the winner!  Over a week after receiving this the kids are still playing it daily.  It is fun, easy and kids seem to love it.

Raccoon Rumpus

Educational Insights has a great selection of educational games and other items.  Make sure you check them out and enter below for a chance to win Raccoon Rumpus.

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Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Thank you Umi for sending us these shoes to review! All opinions are my own.

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If you are a regular visitor around here then you know how much we love Umi Shoes for our kids.  What you may not know about me though is that I used to be an “anything goes” type of mom when it came to kids shoes.  I mean, kids shoes are a dime a dozen at garage sales and consignment sales.  We’d load up on pairs of them and then toss them as they systematically broke.  I thought it was a great system.  Umi has changed all that for me.  From experiencing their shoes for our kids they have convinced me to STOP wasting my money on inferior kids shoes.  Instead, we choose one casual, one dressy and one tennis shoe style per kid, per season.  For us (currently) this means we will buy about 9 sets of shoes for this Fall/Winter season.  It is a money saver to choose Umi shoes.  For our daughters, we can buy one pair of fall shoes and the next year the other daughter can wear them.  This summer our 3 year old son wore a pair of Umi sandals all summer long and not even a crazy toddler boy could wear them out!  So guess what…we are saving those sandals for our other son to wear.  Anyways, all this is to say that Umi offers exceptional quality and durability.  They also sent us a few of their new fall styles to try out with the kids.

Umi Children's Shoes

Our 4th grade daughter selected the Monet II in Brown.

Umi Children's Shoes

These are super soft, moccasin style shoes for your fashionista.  They retail for $65 and it is a great choice for a versatile shoe.  This can be paired with jeans but is nice enough to work well with a skirt or dress.  Our daughter says the Monet II is her most comfortable shoe ever!

Umi Children's Shoes

For our active son we selected the Henley in chocolate.

Umi Children's Shoes

Our son is notoriously picky over his shoes and he loves these.  He won’t take them off and that is fine by me!  For your boys, this is the only pair of shoes they need for Fall.  He can wear these to church or outside to play on the swing set!

Umi Children's Shoes

What Fall styles do you love from Umi?

Umi Children's Shoes

Enter below for a chance to win a $60 gift card to Umi!

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Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Big Splash Adventure provided us with passes to the water park and one night of lodging.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are always my own.

Yesterday I told you about our overnight trip to French Lick, Indiana and our zip line adventure.  Today I want to tell you what else we did in French Lick.  We also got to experience Big Splash Adventure.

Big Splash Adventure

(Photo from Big Splash Adventure)

Big Splash Adventure is an indoor water park.  If you are not familiar with this idea….it is a water park that is indoors and open year round!  If it’s snowing outside, the water park is open!  So much fun! Big Splash Adventure has an amazing location!  They are right by Paoli Indiana which is known for their snow skiing slopes.  Imagine snow skiing by day and swimming in a heated water park at night!

Obviously we visited during the summer and it was still a blast!  During good weather there are doors that open to an outdoor pool area that was perfect for our toddler.

We arrived at the hotel very hot, sweaty and tired out from our zip line adventure.  Check-in was smooth, easy and quick!  They gave us all bracelets which were our passes to the water park.  And get this!  Your bracelet is also your room key!  All you do is scan this code and your room opens.  This means you NEVER lose your key!  One great thing about Big Splash Adventure is that they are ready for bigger families like ours.  Legally we cannot stay in most normal hotel rooms any more.  Big Splash had rooms for families like ours!  Our room was big, comfy and slept 6.

Big Splash Adventure

We had a king sized bed for my husband and myself.

Big Splash Adventure

Then there was an alcove for the kids to sleep!  It had 4 built in bunk beds, a cute pirate lamp and their very on flat screen TV!

Big Splash Adventure

After climbing the beds and looking around the kids were ready to hit the water.

Big Splash Adventure

Boy did we ever have fun!  We swam for about 3 hours and then everyone was ready for some dinner.  There are some options for dining right there at Big Splash Adventure!  You can find something to please every member of your family.  You can choose a (very affordable) sit down style restaurant or a grab and go place.  After getting everyone fed, the boys were ready for bed.  My husband took the girls back down for another hour of fun at the water park.

The hours are easily one of the best features here!  They are typically open from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.  The girls had a blast with their dad on their night time adventure.  They rode the bigger slides with him and took advantage of the Lost River.

The next morning we were not able to return to the park, but we did take advantage of the breakfast buffet.  Did I mention the FREE, hot breakfast buffet is included in your stay?  All you do is show your bracelets and give your room number and breakfast is served whenever you are ready! Big Splash Adventure

We all found plenty to eat and then we were on our way.

Big Splash Adventure is one of the best places we have ever stayed.  We want to return and stay for an extended visit.

Make sure you check out Big Splash Adventure!

 

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Combi sent me a Twin Sport Stroller to review.  All opinions are my own.

We have 4 kids.  My husband works 6 days a week.  Since we like to get out of the house…I need a stroller to take with me.  We have a double jogger but I sometimes need a stroller that I can take just to a store or the library.  There are many, many double strollers out there to choose from.  Choosing one that’s right for you can seem like a daunting task.  it seems like there are many options, styles and prices.  Since I was sent a Combi Twin Sport Stroller I would like to review it for you and maybe you will choose this one too.

combi twin sport stroller

First off the Combi Twin Sport is available in some great colors.  This one is called Sunset Scribble.  It easily holds our two boys (ages 7 months and 3 years).  The baby is quite comfy, which can be a struggle in many double strollers.

combi twin sport stroller

The harness keeps him safe and fits him so well.  I did not notice any rubbing or chafing and he never slipped!  I love the 3 cup holders and snack tray.  We put some snacks in for our toddler and some day soon our baby will be ready for his own snacks. For now, he enjoyed having a few toys there to play with.

combi twin sport stroller

The padded bar is soft and comfy and gives the kids something to grab onto.  On the back you will find some storage.  The canopies are separate from each other and provide some nice protection for your little riders.

The absolute best feature is how compact it folds up.

combi twin sport stroller

It folds in mere seconds (but took us a few tries to figure it out).  It then collapses in on itself AND stands on its own.  This takes up about as much space as a SMALL single umbrella stroller.  We loved this.  My husband wants to take it everywhere now.

If you are looking for a quick review here is my final rundown:

Pros: SUPER compact fold, easy, fast folding, nice harness, plenty of snack/drink holders, lovely colors, good canopies and turns easily.

Cons: The fold is super easy but took a few tries to figure it out.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars and do highly recommend checking this out for day to day errands!

Combi  has other strollers and baby products too.  Check them out and let me know your favorite Combi item!

 

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Our little boy loves boats, love pirates and really loves the new Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky dvd!  This is due to be released on October 16th.  You will be able to purchase a dvd or a digital download.

Yo ho, let’s go! Set sail with Jake and his crew on a full-length, high-speed adventure on the high seas. According to the Never Land Pirate Code, Jake and his crew must race Bucky against the Jolly Roger and the sneaky Captain Hook. But if Bucky loses, he’ll belong to Hook forever. Of course, Hook uses every trick in the book and wins the race. But, Jake and his crew might have a way to get Bucky back. With the help of Peter Pan, the young pirates embark on an adventure across Never Land that includes getting past a fire-breathing dragon. With your help, Jake’s crew can save Bucky from the devious Captain Hook. In addition, enjoy four more exciting Jake and the Never Land Pirates episodes. Overflowing with music, swashbuckling action and seafaring fun, Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky proves that being a hero comes from teamwork, determination and friendship!

Available on Disney DVD October 16, “Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky” Combo Pack comes with more than 2 hours of DVD content, a digital copy and an official “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” blow-up sword. In addition, fans can sing along to all the fun, swashbuckling songs on a special Pirate-oke feature exclusive to the DVD!

The dvd contains 5 episodes.  They are all cute but our favorite is definitely Mr. Smee’s Pet.  Here is a list of the episodes:

” 1 – Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky (Full-length adventure)

2 – Peter’s Musical Pipes/The Never Night Star

                        3 – Captain Hook’s Hooks/Mr. Smee’s Pet

4 – Race-Around Rock!/Captain Hook is Missing!

5 – Captain Hook’s Lagoon/Undersea Bucky!

                                         

Bonus Features:                         Pirate-oke – A karaoke-like feature that allows viewers to sing along to a collection of the songs featured in the episodes.”

This dvd or digital download will make an excellent surprise for your child or a great Christmas gift.  In the meantime, you can score some free games and activities!

Download Printable Activities!

Disclosure: The product(s) offered for the review were free of charge, no purchase necessary. Any opinions expressed are my own honest opinions and are not influenced by any form of compensation.