Thursday, November 17, 2016

Tryazon SmartGames:Master of the brains party review

I was selected to host a SmartGames party to try out some of their games. Here is their website http://www.smartgamesusa.com/ The games we tried were IQ XOXO, Busy Bugs, and Ghost Hunters. I was hosting a House Party Kikkoman dinner party along with the SmartGames and having the games helped the guests be entertained while the food finished cooking.
 Here are a few kids playing while waiting for others to come and the food to be ready. My oldest son likes the IQ XOXO game and played it all night. Here he is playing it.

Here is everyone trying to play with the minimal lighting we had. Everyone at the party enjoyed the games and played them all night. Overall they are fun games and are brain teasers that are great for age 5 to 99.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Review of Jif™ Peanut Butter and Naturally Flavored Cinnamon Spread

As many of my readers are aware I am all about trying things for free and then telling everyone about the items. One of the sites I receive sponsored products from is Crowdtap. I was selected from an application to sample Jif Peanut Butter and Naturally Flavored Cinnamon Spread. I was on the fence about purchasing this spread when I first heard about it as I was concerned the cinnamon flavor would be too overwhelming. When I received my sample my children were excited to try it. I put some bread in the toaster and put the spread on it. I was pleasantly surprised that the cinnamon flavor was not overwhelming and in fact after biting into my toast the flavor reminded me more of a peanut butter and honey flavor. The peanut butter and honey flavor took me back to my childhood eating peanut butter and honey with my father. I also tried the spread in my favorite cookie recipe of No Bake Oatmeal cookies. I substituted half a cup of peanut butter with half a cup of the peanut butter and naturally flavored spread. The cookies tasted good. I would recommend this product to my friends and my readers. The only downfall is there is not a bigger container.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Q Wunder EQTainment Review #QWunder #Tryazon

On September 23rd I had a party at my home to introduce my friends and their children to EQtainment's Q the monkey, games, stories, stuffed animal, TV episode, and app. Here is a picture of what I got for free

My youngest was excited for the party pack and wanted to open it right away. EQtainment created Q a genius monkey that lives with the Wunder family. Although Q is a genius he does not always know the correct way to react to different situations or emotional times. EQtainment is trying to help parents and teachers teach children emotional intelligence. Here is a link to their website: http://eqtainment.com/
The game is Q's Race To The Top, it is a 4 player board game with 3 different colored cards that match the path to the top of the board. The cards are "You", "Q", and "Do". "You" cards are blue and they are cards asking the player a situational question ie: "You want to talk to your mother, but she is talking to another adult, what would you do?" The "Q" cards are green and ask situational questions involving Q the monkey ie: "Q's sister Mila has drawn a beautiful picture that everyone praises her for. Q has drawn a better picture, what should Q do with his picture?" The "Do" cards are orange and are activities for the player to actually do ie: "Bend your elbows with your hands out like you are holding a tray. Turn one hand opposite to the other, then switch. Do this 20 times." I have played this game with children 3 years-9 years old and they all enjoyed it and asked to play it again. One thing I did notice is when doing the "Do" cards everyone starts to do the activity, which I think is fun and cooperative. Here is a link to the game: http://shop.eqtainment.com/products/qs-race-to-the-top 

In addition to Q's Race To The Top game there was a to go version that includes the cards in a tin. There is no board only questions and actions. Here is the link to that:  http://shop.eqtainment.com/products/qs-on-the-go-pack

We also got a Q-Time Buddy to use to help children have quiet time and learn to focus. The plush has some weighted middle. Here is the product link:
http://shop.eqtainment.com/products/q-time-buddy

While waiting for all the guests to come to the party the kids were able to color in the Q coloring book. It has comments on each picture:
http://shop.eqtainment.com/products/qs-coloring-book

After the board game was done I put the CD in my computer to have the children listen to the storybook about Q's Wild Ride:
http://shop.eqtainment.com/products/qs-wild-ride-cd-storybook

While listening to the story I told the parents there about the Q-Wunder app that they could download to interact more with Q. Here are the 2 links they sent me to share the app. It has a $7.99 monthly subscription fee.
Apple / iOs: https://app.appsflyer.com/id1147936476?pid=Email&c=hollyschilling 
Android: https://app.appsflyer.com/com.eqtainment.qwunder?pid=Email&c=hollyschilling  

Here is a link to show more about the app: http://players.brightcove.net/5005079482001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5132567398001

Now that I've described the products I will say that all of my children 3 yrs-14 yrs enjoy the game and the coloring book. My 3 year old hears the Q theme song and comes running to watch, even though it is the same episode since we did not sign up for the monthly app subscription. The episode on the app will personalize it to your child's name. My friend that I co-hosted the party with had downloaded the app and when we clicked on the video it said my son's name. That helps the child be more involved and feel part of the action. I think the concept is great and was glad to be selected to host the EQtainment- The Q Wunder Movement Party that I applied to at #Tryazon http://www.tryazon.com/The parents and teachers I have shared the EQtainment products with like the idea of teaching emotional intelligence and how cute Q Wunder the monkey is.
If you would like to get in on the Q Wunder movement and purchase any of these products there is a 20% off code: House Party
to use on the EQtainment website.

Overall I like the products that were provided in the party pack. The app has not been a huge hit with my family, the only thing my children have had access to is the one pilot episode, which can get old. I like the app concept though and tracking my children's path and progress, I'm just not able to purchase a monthly subscription. Maybe the option for a one time purchase for the app would be something my family could consider.
I did get products free to review, my opinion is 100% honest.
Pictures of the party goers.



Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Dove Detox & Purify Dry Shampoo Review

I'm not sure I get the whole dry shampoo craze. I've tried a few small samples of dry shampoo and was like OK these would be great when I have no water to clean my hair. Well the Dove Detox & Purify Dry Shampoo that I received for free to try and review changed my mind. I wash my hair to style my hair and part of styling my hair is blow drying it. Blow drying hair is not great for frizzy hair and my hair has frizz. My blow dryer bit the dust so washing my hair with water would mess up my done hair. When I was selected for the voxbox from Influenster I was a bit skeptical, however it came in handy for me not wanting to wash my hair with water. The first thing I noticed was the lovely scent. It smelled refreshing and like I had gotten out of the shower. My younger daughter enjoyed the smell too and asked for me to use it on her as well. My hair does not get super oily so I didn't notice any change with that. I did notice that my hair was less frizzy after using it. Here is a before and after picture
BeforeAfter.
Big difference, my hair looks sleeker. I would recommend this to family and friends.  

Curel Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer Review

I have been trying different products for a long time, I've finally decided to write more blog reviews about the products. I may not articulate my thoughts as well as I would like as I am a verbal person, however here goes another review. I received a sample of Curel Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer free to try and review from Crowdtap and Curel, the opinions are my own. At first when I tried the moisturizer it felt strange applying it to my wet skin. It did not seem right to me. I then patted my skin dry and it did not have any residue left over so that was a relief. It took a bit to remember to apply before drying since I'm used to applying to dry skin. I did get used to it and applied it after every shower and even after washing my hands. I put the sample right by my towel so I would remember to use it before drying off. My skin was looking pretty dry and was white and flaky before I started using this. I am sad I did not catch a before picture, but here is an after
. I would recommend this to friends and others. I have sensitive skin and this did not irritate me at all. 

Review of Sweet Creations by Good Cook

I was given the chance to try some new products from Sweet Creations by Good Cook. The products I got were a cake/cake pop stand, cupcake corer, cupcake scoop, cupcake divider, cupcake boxes, cupcake liners, and oodletip star point tips for decorating. In the party pack I also got a gift card to purchase ingredients to make and frost cupcakes. I lined my cupcake pans with the liners provided to me for free. The liners were cute, but nothing super special from other liners that I have used. I mixed the cake batter and did made a video using the scoop provided in the pack. Here is the link for that video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4q1LZ_YfEgw . I was not that impressed by the scoop, I think the bottom of the scoop should be flat so the batter does not come out of the scoop while I'm filling the cupcake pan. I then decided to use the divider and make a double cupcake flavor. I found it is easier to use the divider in a square pan rather than a round pan. Here is my video link using the divider https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPNqP6tLQfE . The divider is fun to use and I like it. The next thing I tested was the cupcake/cake pop stand. There are 7 pieces to the stand, 4 cross pieces and 3 tiers. You only use 2 of the 4 cross pieces at a time. I'm not sure why the cake pop cross pieces are shorter than the cupcake ones, they seem extra and not needed. I posted links to the products at the bottom of this post.  Once all was baked and cooled it was party time. We used these tips https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHadiZTxpq0 Not the design exactly but the same tip. We all enjoyed the tips and decorating and the corer to fill our cupcakes. So I think the divider, corer, and tips are all great. The boxes were nice, but they weren't as easy to put together as I was hoping. Thanks to Tryazon and Sweet Creations by Good Cook for the #oodletipparty


Corer link: https://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Creations-Cupcake-Corer-White/dp/B00O92PMO4/ref=sr_1_23?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1474504253&sr=1-23&keywords=sweet+creations+by+good+cook   

Divider linkhttps://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Creations-Cupcake-Divider-Assorted/dp/B00O92JLMS/ref=sr_1_33?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1474504325&sr=1-33&keywords=sweet+creations+by+good+cook

Cupcake boxhttps://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Creations-4-Cavity-Colorful-Multi-Color/dp/B00OT9NBQ8/ref=sr_1_42?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1474504325&sr=1-42&keywords=sweet+creations+by+good+cook

Cupcake scoop: https://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Creations-Cupcake-Scoop-White/dp/B01C09NK7S/ref=sr_1_102?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1474504472&sr=1-102&keywords=sweet+creations+by+good+cook

Cupcake/cake pop Standhttps://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Creations-Cupcake-3-Tier-Display/dp/B00D1AI9TK/ref=sr_1_41?ie=UTF8&qid=1470419388&sr=8-41&keywords=sweet+creations

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Ozobot Review

I was excited (as I usually am when chosen to try out and demo a product), to be picked to host a #Tryazon party sponsored by #Ozobot. My husband is a computer programmer so anything with coding is something my family is interested in. As robots are new to my family it was fun to test out this new bot. I enjoy the tiny bot that follows the lines that either I draw or my children draw on a piece of paper using the pens that came in the starter kit.(something like this https://www.amazon.com/Ozobot-Starter-Pack-Programmable-Robot/dp/B015XJR4ME) There is more to it though, you can program your bot using different colors and color sequences. It also can be used with an app on a smartphone or tablet. We downloaded the app and it is fun to draw the lines and watch the bot follow them and watch it's light change color to that of the line. It is great for a large age range, as my 3 year old enjoys it and my 12 year old enjoys it (I enjoy it as well). I haven't had a chance to get to the programming aspect of the Ozobot yet as every time I get it out my kids swarm to use it. I think it would be a great birthday gift or even Christmas gift. Here is a special link with an offer provided by the makers for the tryazon party goers. http://get.ozobot.com/tryazon/ Here is my youtube video of my children playing on it https://youtu.be/uPyMHxg4h0g