Tuesday, November 24, 2009

On the fourth day of Christmas.......K'nex review

Welcome to day four of 12 days of Christmas my2boyz style

WE LOVE K'NEX in our house so when I was given the opportunity to review a set was I thrilled. We were sent the K'nex 400 Piece Value Tub and when it arrived it was greeted by two very anxious boys. If you are not familiar with K'nex then you need to get with the program! They are the next generation of construction sets. This set consisted of several sizes of rods, building blocks, wheels and 13 different types of connectors making the possibilities endless!

The boys very quickly opened the little bags that held all the pieces, flipped open the building idea book, decided on a project together (shocking I know) and went to work with the help of Dad who seemed just as excited as the boys were! I love great toys that the whole family can enjoy TOGETHER!! Here is the Rocket Ship they built making a landing on the runway that my 6 year old added to the project because we all know Rocket Ships need a place to land!

The set is geared for ages 7 and up but my 6 year old had no problem following the directions and manipulating the little pieces. There were 10 different building suggestions in the guide and instructions on how to find more on the K'nex web site which is amazing. There are areas for parents and educators, a K'nex club, product guides and of course an online shop-K'nex Direct. K'nex gives back 10% of all sales on K'nex Direct to the Children's hospital of Philadelphia and there is free shipping on all orders over $100.

Here is an example of what else can be built with K'nex

This a replica of the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier in Chicago, it is in one of the gift shops, trust me when I say this pictures DOES not do it justice, it was quite impressive and was actually spinning!

All K'nex are made in the USA in Hatfield, PA! I LOVE things that are made in the USA!!
Wonder how the idea of K'nex came about?? It began when founder and now Chairman Joel Glickman was playing with straws. He was at a wedding and started messing around with some straws and thinking about the possibilities, obviously a little bored? :)

K'nex would be the perfect gift for any age child on your list as they also have building sets geared towards toddlers that have a Sesame Street Theme and sets for the child who is 5+. If you are looking for a toy that will provide hours of entertainment then K'nex is for you!
See you tomorrow for day five of my 12 Days of Christmas!

K'nex provided me with the product to review through my affiliation with Team Mom. The opinions stated are mine and just that my opinion.

Some of our Holiday activites

I will be back later today for day four of my 12 days of Christmas my2boyz style. As a member of Twitter Mom I was asked to blog about our top 5 family activites as part of the Dora Christmas Carol contest.

1) The Christmas Pickle ordainment. I LOVE this, the pickle ordainment is hid in the tree and first child to find it Christmas morning gets an special present from Santa. The boys love this and it takes them quite a while to find it.

2)Going to see Santa at Younkers/Boston Store the day after Thanksgiving....line is long but so worth it!

3) Baking Christmas cookies, my youngest LOVES LOVES this.

4) Making a gingerbread house, this is something we all enjoying doing!

5) We all go shopping for a few gifts for Toys for Tots. a few years ago this did not go over well with our little guy, he was mad that we were giving the toys away! So glad he grew out of that!

Friday, November 20, 2009

We will return after this short message....

I am going away for the night and just did not have time to post my fourth day of Christmas my2boyz style..sorry. I will return tomorrow....wondering where I am going???

We are headed to Chicago to see the Pixies...so excited!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

On the third day of Christmas.....Olivu 426 review and discount code

Welcome to the third day of Christmas my2boyz style!

I am so very excited about this review and to share with you what I can drive 3 miles to get! There is this FABULOUS little shop in our town called Olivu 426 with the most amazing products. Chances are you have never heard of them but let me tell you MUST give them a try.

This quaint little store is owned by a darling young lady named Caitlin and on any given day you will find her and her employees in her open beauty kitchen mixing up some of the most amazing bath and beauty products I have ever tried! Her philosophy is quite simple, getting back to the basics by using only the freshest all natural ingredients from all corners of the world. It doesn't stop there! What also sets Olivu 426 apart from other bath and beauty products store is they give you the opportunity to customize your own products from their wide variety of high quality fragrances and oils. How fun!!! Want to share the experience of customizing your products? Then have a party Olivu 426 style! Invite up to 10 of your best gal pals and spend 2 hours making your own creations!! How fun with this be for a girls birthday party, a baby shower, a bridal shower or just a plain old fun girls night out!

Not feeling creative? Don't fret as they have ready made products for sale as well. I am IN LOVE with their Anti-aging face serum, I cannot say enough wonderful things about this product especially with the colder weather setting in, I know this is going to be a life saver this winter! Another must have, for mom's especially is their Emu Lotion Stick which would be PERFECT for children's delicate cheeks. I am also very fond of their Detoxifying Facial Bar, it leaves my face feeling fresh and clean with out over drying it. In addition to their line of lotions and potions for grown ups they have a wonderful baby line. I plan on purchasing some of their sweet smelling natural baby products for my niece who is going to be having her first baby soon!

I highly recommend you pay Olivu 426 a visit and look around. Browse through the varitey of high quality items, your are bound to find that pefect Christmas gift or something for yourself! Olivu 426 is graciously offering all of my readers a 10% discount until December 25th 2009. When placing an on-line order type my2boyz into comment box and the amount will be credited back to your credit card. If you are local just mention that you read my review and if asked the secret code it is my2boyz as well.

Thank you and see you tomorrow for day 4 of the 12 days of Christmas my2boyz style!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

On the second day of Christmas.....Maukilo review and giveaway

Welcome to the second day of Christmas my2boyz style!

The biggest thing as a parent that concerns me about children's toys are all the toxins associated with them. From toxic paint and toxic plastic it is hard to figure out what is safe and what is not when it comes to purchasing toys for our children. Recently I was introduced to a new fabulous web site Maukilo.com. Maukilo is a place to find expertly made, heirloom-quality toys that are not only well made, but they’re also made to exceed safety standards. Wooden toys sold at Maukilo.com are finished with non-toxic, natural lacquers; and plastic toys are made from child-safe, PVC-free materials. Maukilo’s goal is to provide toys that are made to last, so that any toy can withstand the test of time and be passed onto the next generation .

We we excited to be able to try one of the thousands of fabulous toys that are sold on Maukilo.com, Automoblox mini set of 3

My boys love them! Trust me when I say they have been played with everyday since they arrived on our door step! The Automoblox are a puzzle design system that allows children to create their own unique car styles. They also come in a larger size which might make it's way under the tree this year!

Maukilo is owned by HABA, a 70-year-old German toy company, and shares a warehouse with HABA in upstate New York. Because of this partnership, Maukilo.com is able to offer more than 1,500 HABA items, the widest selection of HABA products in the United States. Maukilo rounds out its assortment with other wonderful brands, all of which meet the company’s motto: “Buy once. Play forever.”

Maukilo is offering one of my readers a $25 Gift certificate to use on their site! How great is that?

Like always there are some rules:

You must visit Maukilo.com and look around and come back and tell me what toy you love for the child in your life to have. THIS IS MANDATORY if you do not do this all other entries will be deleted, trust me I check!

For additional entries which of course are ALWAYS optional

-Follow me on twitter and tweet this giveaway make sure you use @my2boyz in tweet. Leave link in comment (you can do this once a day-leave daily comment!)

-Follow me on Networked Blogs (2 additional entries-leave 2 comments)

-Follow my blog (2 additional entries-leave 2 comments)

If you do not have a way for me to contact you through your blog or you do not have a blog PLEASE make sure you leave your email so if you win I can contact you! Sound like a deal?? Great!

Giveaway ends Wednesday 11/25/2009 at 11:59 PM- Winner will be chose by random.org and contacted by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

Thank you, good luck and see you tomorrow for day 3 of the 12 days of Christmas my2boyz style!

The only compensation received for this review post is a sample of the product. The opinions expressed at my2boyz are those of blog author only.

On the first day of Christmas......Wear Your Music...a review

Welcome to the first day of the 12 days of Christmas my2boyz style!

Looking for a gift for the rock star in your life? Or looking for a gift that gives back? Wear Your Music is for you then!

I had the opportunity to review their guitar string bracelet and I have gotten a ton of complements on it, my husband the guitar player keeps eyeing it up....I think he wants one. I personally LOVE IT . I was sent the silver bracelet but they do come in many colors for every taste. The most wonderful thing about them is the are $9.99! Even better is a % of all profits from the bracelets go towards the MusiCares Foundation! The gift that gives!

Are you looking to give back more this holiday season?? Then pick up an Artist Bracelet made from the guitar strings of the artist of your choice, handcraft from recycled silver and guitar strings that have been donated by the artist. 100% of the profits are donated to the charity of the artists choice. They do sell for more, $100.00 and up come with a certificate of authenticity. *Each Artist Bracelet is custom made upon order and production time can take up to three weeks before item ships.

Wear Your Music also carries a variety of necklaces and earrings. So head on over an pay them a visit and pick up something for the rock star in your life I know I am!

Also if you become a Facebook Fan of Wear Your Music you will be eligible to win free stuff every week from now until Christmas, the last giveaway being an Artist Bracelet! (Wear Your Music Guitar String Bracelet Charity Project)
See you tomorrow for day 2 of the 12 day of Christmas my2boyz style!

The only compensation received for this review post is a sample of the product. The opinions expressed at my2boyz are those of blog author only.

Monday, November 16, 2009

What the HECK???

OK I did something to my blog and it is messed up! My right side bar is under my blog posts but only on the home page????? UGH!!! Waiting for my gal to fix it, hopefully!!! Until then I will be freaking out!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Hello out there!!!! Here is what I have been busy doing!

HELLO!!! My loyal readers...missed me you did, or not??? I have been super duper busy over here in my little mixed up world. We are still dealing with the whole ADHD thing and trying to find what works for little guy. I will be doing an update post on this as we have made GREAT strides and I am very excited to share them with you as they may be helpful to those who are dealing with a child with ADHD.

Now here is what I have really been working on....I am having 12 Days of Christmas on my2boyz!!! There will be reviews and some giveaways thrown in as well. There will be ideas for everyone. I am SO EXCITED!!!

So stayed tuned as the 12 Days of Christmas my2boyz style will kick off tomorrow!!!


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Radio Flyer Twitter Party Tonight

Sounds like fun right???? Then head on over an join in! Click on the button below and follow the instructions! Hope to see you there!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Fun with MythBusters and water

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to review MythBusters Weird World of Water Science Activity Kit from Elmers, winner of the Family Fun Magazine 2009 T.O.Y. First I must say we LOVE watching MythBusters and my boys LOVE anything to do with science so there was some excitement surrounding this when it arrived in the mail. However when it came time to play with it my 6 year old was the only one who showed interest!

The kit comes with an Activity guide that gives you clear step by step directions and some fun facts tossed in. It also includes:

-15 beads-3 pieces balsa wood-2 plastic 1 liter bottles-1 bag glitter confetti-Straw-Clear tube-Cylinder-Fin holder-Funnel-Nose cone-Pipette-Stopper assembly-Red and yellow food coloring-Vortex connector

The kit is geared for children 9 and up but we found one of the experiments that would be easiest for him, I settled on Myth of the Deadly Vortex. It went quite well and we had fun trying to figure out if we busted the myth or not...he said yes so that is what we are going with.

We also tried the Liquid Rainbow with so so results, he was anxious thus the kit being geared towards older children, but we had fun.

The other experiments included are Myth of the Pantry Projectile and Myth of the Man who Could walk on Water. While the experiments are not overly complex this would be a wonderful gift for any older child who loves science or the MythBusters as they would get the most out of the projects. My younger son had fun but lost interest quickly and was not interested in busting any myths.

The only compensation received for this review post is a sample of the product from Team Mom. The opinions expressed at my2boyz are those of blog author only.

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