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Naked Binder Woodie Review

Naked Binder WoodieI recently got to try the coolest thing. Binders that have been laminated in a wood veneered onto the outside and inside. Now, I know this has nothing to do with babies, kids, or parenting, but it does cater to my obsession with office products.

Naked Binder WoodieThese Naked Binders are really neat. They come in birch and cherry, and are made from eco friendly and sustainably sourced materials. (That makes it fit into this blog right???) There are two sizes too; 1″ d-rings and 1.5″ d-rings.  The 1″ holds about 220 sheets of regular notebook paper, and the 1.5″ holds about 350 sheets.

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There are tons of ways to use these binders.  You can use them for school, work, or home.  My sister is actually using them for her photography business and to hold her portfolio.  The binders look very professional, and have gained a lot of comments on how good they look.

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The only problem with the binders that I have had is one of the binder’s wood veneer cracked at the spine.  It’s no big deal, and I wouldn’t have noticed it if I had not heard it pop.

If you would like to purchase some of these Necked Binders, you can find them on the Necked Binders website.  The 1″ size will be about $15 per binder, and the 1.5″ is about $16 per binder.

Overall, these binders, although a little pricey, and very beautiful and well worth the cost if you are needing to make an awesome impression.Disclaimer

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Baby Marohn’s Holiday Gift Guide: Del Sol Coloring Changing Backpack Review and Giveaway

2015 Holiday gift guideChristmas is on it’s way, and fast.  I know this year I am completely unprepared, and I’ve only bought three gifts. To tell you the truth, it seems like everyone has so much that I don’t really know what to get them. I like to think outside the box, and get something that most people wouldn’t think about, and for kids, one thing I like to get for kids is stuff for school.

Now that the school year is halfway over, it seems that, even though parents try to buy things that last, the beginning of the year school stuff is starting to wear out. Backpacks are always a big hit with Goose and my sister’s kids.

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Del Sol has come out with the cutest backpacks that I’ve seen in a LONG time.  In true fashion to Del Sol, the backpack changes color when out in the sun too.  Goose just loves that inside out of the sun, Minnie is black and white, but as soon as she goes outside, Minnie turns her normal colors, and she has secret designs hidden in the background that pop out as a surprise.

Not only are Del Sol’s backpacks SUPER cute, but they are also very comfortable to carry.  The shoulder straps, back, and handle are all padded, so that you don’t have to worry about the straps digging into your shoulders or the handle hurting your hand.

 

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Goose has been able to fit quite a bit in the Del Sol backpack.  The backpack measures 15″ H x 12″ W x 4″ D.  As far as pockets and compartments, the Del Sol definitely doesn’t have the most I’ve ever seen, but how many does my 4 year old really need?  There is the main large compartment, an accessory pocket on the front, and two mesh pockets on the sides.  She honestly doesn’t need more than that, and if she did, I have a feeling things would get lost.

If Minnie Mouse is not your thing, they have Disney Princesses and a couple of Marvel characters that you can choose from.

Overall, Goose and I love this backpack, and Del Sol would like to give you all a chance to win one!!  You have until November 27th, 2015 at 11:59pm to enter.

 

If you don’t want to enter the giveaway (or have arrived late )’: ) you can still follow Del Sol on the following social media sites.

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AYL Soundfit Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Review

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As a parent, we always want to get products that are high quality, but worry about accidents around our kids.  I know we have a very very expensive bluetooth speaker that I’m afraid for Goose to even touch.

The AYL Soundfit speaker really offers all that my very very expensive speaker offers, but in a smaller package and with a few extra features I love.

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First off, what the AYL SoundFit speaker offers…

  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Waterproof for accidental drops in water or for shower use
  • Ability to answer calls
  • 33ft working distance
  • X-Base
  • Dust-proof
  • shock-proof

AYL SoundFitThe waterproof/shockproof features is what really interested me in the product.  As a mom of a preschooler, I know spills and drops happen…a lot… and I have to say that the AYL SoundFit has stood up to the test.  I’ve even started taking the speaker in the shower so that I can listen to a little de-stressing music (thanks Foster The People) while I am showering.

AYL SoundFitThe sound quality of the speaker is pretty great too.  I don’t have a way to really test the sound, so what we did was turn the speaker on and played some music.  When we went into another room, we would see how good it sounded.  The AYL Soundfit, still sounded awesome a few rooms away.

There is one thing that really annoyed me about the AYL SoundFit speaker.  It starts off at FULL volume!!  Also the start up/shut down sounds are really really loud too.  Normally when I shower, Goose has just gone to bed, and her room is right beside my bathroom, so I try to be as quiet as I can; when this speaker’s sound effects are super loud, that makes things a little difficult for me.  I’ve started hiding the speaker in the towels to turn it on, and then turn it down right away. Of course when you reach the lowest volume setting, it plays a super loud beep, beep, beep to let you know.  Also a little annoying.

Overall, this is a pretty good speaker.  I hope that in future versions and models they do away with the loud sound effects and maybe have the speaker start out of half volume.

If you are interested in purchasing the AYL Soundfit Bluetooth Speaker, you can find them on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B014VJD6PQ  Right now (as of 11/3/15) the price is about $30, which is really not bad for what you get.  Well worth the cost.

 

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Amazing Birds Adult Coloring Book Review

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When I was little I loved coloring books.  There was something enchanting about bringing animals, characters, and landscapes to life in color.  Now that I am older, I kind of miss it, and to be honest, the kids coloring books that my daughter really do not offer the challenge that I like.

I’ve been hearing a lot about adult coloring books, and I really wanted to try them out.  I was able to get the Amazing Birds developed by Tali Carmi coloring book for free in exchange for my review, and I was so excited.

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I was not disappointed in this coloring book at all.  The whole book is full of beautiful of exotic birds from all over the world like the cockatoo.  Other birds include the hummingbird, swan, hawk, and more.

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My first coloring was the cockatoo.  I didn’t have any of the fancy colored pencils or markers that a lot of people are using to color these adult coloring books, but I did have some pretty nice Crayola crayons. I have to say that I had a blast coloring this picture.  It’s actually oddly relaxing to see the bird come to life in the colors I want it to be. I just let my imagination run wild.  My daughter even spent more time coloring her own picture since I too was coloring.

Over all I loved the Amazing Birds coloring book, and I am excited to see what other coloring books they come out with for adults.

If you would like to see about getting your very own Amazing Birds adult coloring book, you can find it on Amazon and their website. Weather the book is free or $20, it is really worth the cost, and a great stress reducer.

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Awesome Day Trips for Summer Part 1: Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokey’s

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This past weekend we decided to take a little day trip, and headed up to Gatlinburg, TN.  I have lived my entire life in East Tennessee, and I am still not tried of the beautiful montian views that Gatlinburg supplies.

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Goose LOVES the aquarium up there and I love the mountains, so our plan was to go there, then see how much time we had left, and then maybe go to the national park.  However, the traffic and weather had other plans.

Like I said, I have lived here my whole life, and I continually forget how bad traffic can get in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.  The trip took us at least 45 more minutes than it normally does just to get to Gatlinburg,

garage closed When we got to the Ripley’s Aquarium, there is supposed to be parking beside the facility, however, the garage was full.  We had to go up the mountain, find someone’s driveway and turn around, then wait in traffic again to find another place to park.  By then, Goose was getting very very tired of being in the car, so Michael dropped the Goose and I off near the aquarium, and went to park.

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If you ever have to wait or just need a place to rest outside the Ripley’s Aquarium, there is a little area beside the creek that is beautiful.  There are cute little ducks, lots of seating, and a concession stand where you can purchase snacks and drinks. Ripley's

Inside Ripley’s aquarium, there are plenty of things to do and see.  Most of the fish and animals are saltwater, but there are a few freshwater animals to be seen as well.  There is a hands on learning area for kids after you go through the underwater tunnel.  Goose doesn’t care too much for it, but she is not a normal child.  I love looking at the clownfish, puffer fish, and horse shoe crabs in that area. The doctor fish and penguins are also among our favorite places to visit while at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokey’s.  Here are a few videos that I took.  One is from this visit and the other is from a visit earlier this year.

Other than the traffic/parking hiccups, my family and I had a blast, and we plan on visiting again soon.  If you would like to check out Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokey’s for yourself, I have a special saving you can use.  If you go to http://usfamilycoupons.com/coupon.php?regionid=75&bid=10276&dealid=1704 and enter coupon code: USFAMILYGUIDE you can get $2-$3 off of kids/adult admission.  This a great deal if you do not have any other coupons or deals to use.

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Have Some Fun This Summer$3 Off All Ripley’s Attractions in Tennessee

Ripley's f your kids are already bored out of their minds this summer, I have some help for you.  I’ve found a $3 off adult passes and $2 off kids passes promo code that you can use off of all 8 of the Ripley’s attractions in Tennessee. All you have to do is go to http://usfamilycoupons.com/coupon.php?regionid=75&bid=10276&dealid=1704 and use online promo code: USFAMILYGUIDE

8attractions1Experience eight unique attractions including Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, our 85,000 sq ft Aquarium of the Smokies, a 5D Moving Theater, our bone-chilling Haunted Adventure, the mind-bending Marvelous Mirror Maze, and our two fully themed mini-golf courses!

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KG Baby Amber Teething Necklace

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When Goose was a tiny baby I learned about the AMAZING effects of Baltic amber on pain and inflammation.  I was quick to try it because she was starting to cut teeth, and she needed something to help with the pain. I don’t know if it was a mental fix or if the Baltic amber really helped, but when a few days she was no longer crying in pain or drooling as much as she was.

Baltic Amber NecklaceGoose wore that necklace for the next year and a half.  Only taking it off to bathe and then when I took her to the doctor (I’ll admit it, I was trying to avoid a fight with her doctor about the effectiveness of the necklace).

In case you don’t know how Baltic Amber works, Here is the best article I’ve seen recently about everything Baltic Amber.

Baltic Amber NecklaceSo, recently Goose started complaining about growing pains.  She would tell me that her legs or knees hurt.  I remember that from when I was little, and I remember how uncomfortable it was. I instantly reached for our old trusty Baltic amber necklace, only it was no where to be found.  I don’t know if it got lost in the move or if maybe its still in a box somewhere, but it was obvious I was going to have get a new one.

KG Baby was kind enough to let me review one of their Baltic Amber Teething necklaces, and I honestly really like this Baltic Amber necklace better.  The beads of Baltic amber are bigger, which makes me believe that Goose is getting more skin contact with them.  I also like that each bead is knotted twice.  This keeps 1) the beads from going everywhere if broken, and 2) keeps the necklace from becoming as much of a choking hazard.

Baltic Amber NecklaceThe clasp itself is something very special.  The clasp is a screw clasp, so babies cannot undo the necklace and chew on the beads.

So far, the KG Baby Baltic Amber necklace seems to be really helping Goose and her growing pains.  I know that she hasn’t been complaining as much about her leg hurting, well, not until it’s time to pick up her toys or help with her chores.

If you would like to purchase a KG Baby Baltic Amber necklace, you can do so on their website or on Amazon (PRIME!!!).  The current price is $15, and I have to admit that is a TON less than what I paid for Goose’s first baltic amber necklace.

There are two different sizes you can get the Baltic Amber necklaces in on Amazon.  I got the 12″, and it fits Goose very well, and she is 4 years old. Also, if you go on KG Baby’s website, you can choose between a multi colored stand and a honey colored strand.  Both are very pretty.

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iPhone 6 Pink Leather Wallet Case Review

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About a month ago, my mom got a brand new iPhone 6.  This was definitely not her first smart phone, but we know that with 4 grand kids running around, she better get a case right away.  The phone store she was at had a ton of cases, but she really didn’t care for any they had, and to be honest, the cases in the store were really very expensive.

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I decided to get her a the pink leather wallet case by ShielderCases for her birthday.  At $25 (PRIME!!) I was a little worried that it would be cheap and would fall apart right away.  However, I have been proven wrong over the last month.  She has dropped the phone herself several times, and I know the grand kids has dropped the phone too, and this case has protected her iPhone very well, and held up really well.

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One of the things my mom likes most about the ShielderCases wallet case is the wallet part of it.  She says that it is so much easier to put her id, debit card, and cash in the wallet case.  She also says that it makes one less thing she has to keep up with

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Over all she and I are very pleased with the ShielderCases Pink Leather Wallet case.  The $25 that it is currently listed for right now on Amazon is well worth it.  If you are interested in purchasing your own Wallet case, you can do so on Amazon, the case comes in pink, brown, and black.  You can find them here: http://amzn.com/B00QAZ8IIU

Also, if you get a chance, head over to ShielderCases and like their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/ShielderCases/540758799402336

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Hair Symphony Detangling and Soft Hair Brushes with Cosmetics Bag

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When I was a kid, I was very very “tinder” headed.  I hated to have my hair brushed by anything other than my hair brush, which was one of those slicker hair brushes that don’t really brush you hair or get the tangles out.  I soon learned that if I wanted my hair long like I wanted, I was going to have to deal with the pain of brushing out my hair.

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But, what if it didn’t have to be that way?  I know my daughter wants to keep her hair long.  So last year I found a detangling brush on Amazon, and instantly fell in love.  These brushes are so easy to use, and I know that I have reviewed another detangling hair brush in the past. When I saw that Hair Symphony was looking for people to write reviews, I wanted to review another brush of this style, so that Goose could help me demonstrate how easy the brush is to use.

Detangling and Soft Hair Brushes with CosmeticsBag ReviewYou may ask yourself, what is so special about the Hair Symphony detangling brush, aren’t they all the same?  Well, here is how it is different…

The pink detangling brush is specially designed by European top engineers alongside beauty experts with years of experience in hair care.

With its smooth rounded tip bristles it manages to successfully detangle any type of hair. It will not be a problem for either short or long, thick or thin, straight or curly hair. The alternate heights of the pins and the pattern at which they are placed work to glide through any tangles easily and without any pain. Don’t be fooled by the “cheap” imitations you may find online. Quality is essential for this brush to actually work. We have done several tests for the endurance and elasticity of the pins, and always updated the composition of the plastics used

Here is Goose showing how easy the Hair Symphony detangling brush is to use.

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The Hair Symphony soft styling hair brush is really great too.  I love how the handle is nice and sturdy, and fits my hand really well.  I tend to gravitate toward this brush more than the detangling one, but they are both great!

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And to keep everything organized, Hair Symphony includes this awesome cosmetic bag to keep your awesome hair brushes.

If you are interested in purchasing a Hair Symphony hair brush set, you can find them on their website http://hairsymphony.com/products.html# and Amazon.  The set right now is about $17.00 (PRIME!!!).

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