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Save your walls and furniture with 4CLAWS Cardboard Scratching Post

If you have ever been owned by a cat, then you know one this is for sure- They love to scratch.  They don’t care what it is or where it is located.  We have 5 cats (or they have us) and I am glad to say that they are indoor & outdoor cats.  They come in and out the cat door when they please.  While they are out they have a numerous amount of trees and other things to scratch on.

Now my sister on the other hand, she has 2 cats and both are indoor.  They had started working on her paneled wall and needed  a solution.  Right about the same time I had the chance to purchase a 4CLAWS scratching post at a discount.  I thought this may save her wall.  It might also make her cats happy and that is the main thing.

Meet Tux & Edo


This post is made to be mounted to the wall.  It is a premium pressed cardboard and comes with adhesive stainless steel mounting hooks.  This means it is easy to put up.  In fact, my sister told me that my 12 year old niece hung theirs up. 

This scratcher is 26 inches high and 5.7 inches wide with a thickness of 1.6 inches. 


Did Tux and Edo Approve?  As with all cats, these two set their own rules.  They aren’t carbon copy cats.  They like things how they want it.  They didn’t want this on the wall.  In fact they kind of acted like they didn’t see it while it was hanging.  So it was taken down and laid on the floor. Results?  They have been having a blast scratching on this.  I think since  they have this, they are now leaving the wall alone.


If you have a cat/s that are ruining your walls or furniture, this might be the answer for you.  I have seen regular scratching posts that cost $60.00  and up.  This one is half of that and a good solution.  Compare the sizes to the one at some stores and you will see that you get double the size in this one.  It is available on Amazon.

Disclaimer:  This was sent to me for a discounted price in exchange for me sharing my unbiased opinion of it.

Kid’s Doll Salon Accessories

I recently had a chance to see first hand some doll accessories.  I wasn’t sure what to expect when I found out one of these accessories was a salon for 18 inch dolls. 


While the kit comes with:

Hair Brush

Hair clips


Hair dryer

straightening iron

Salon chair

The star of the show is the salon chair.  This pink and purple velvety feeling chair will need to be assembled when it is taken out of the box.  While it is easy to assemble,  a Phillip screwdriver is required.  This chair is adjustable, has a foot rest and can be pushed up and down. The chair is 14” high so while it isn’t actually affiliated with the American Girl dolls, this would be perfect for those dolls. 

I think this could keep any child busy playing beauty shop.  I think the only thing that might should be explained to a child when they get carried away in their imagination, is that this is strictly “play” and they shouldn’t really get scissors and Really cut their dolls hair.

I would’ve loved to have had this when I was younger.

The only thing that might improve this for the consumer would be the packaging it comes in.  It is in a white cardboard box.  While it is boxed safely and nicely- you can’t see what you are getting and I think sometimes that adds appeal

Over all I think this is a great toy.  It is available on Amazon.

Disclaimer:  I received the item discussed in this posting in exchange for sharing my honest unbiased opinion of it.


Gift Ideas For Your Child To Help Prepare Them For The New Baby

If you have a new addition on the way, but already have a little one, you may be stressing about how it will affect him or her. While you’re probably super excited for your new baby to arrive, you may also be panicking about how your older child will react. However, there is no need to panic. If you take the time to explain to your child that they’re going to be getting a new sibling, the chances are that they’ll be excited. Always make sure to be positive about the pregnancy, never moan in front of your child.

Of course, there may be a little jealousy especially if your little one has always been an only child. But don’t worry too much about this, as with these gifts, you can easily help your child to move past their jealousy and instead focus on excitement.



For all the best gifts for helping your child prepare for the arrival of their new sibling, keep reading.

Older sibling story book

There are various books on the market that have been specially made for children who are becoming older siblings. If you know the gender of the new baby, you can have a unique book made for them. If you opt for a custom made book, it can even contain your little one’s name and details about them. (This can help to make the fact that they’re getting a new sibling a little more real.)

Just make sure that before you give your little one any storybook about their new sibling, that you check the content first. Many books about new siblings focus on arguments. Whereas, you want a book that focuses on how amazing it is to be a big brother or sister. That’s why checking the book before reading it to your child is so important.

Treat them to a special outfit

In preparation for their new sibling’s arrival, allow your child to choose matching outfits for himself and the baby. Explain that being a big brother or sister is an important job, so they get to choose a special outfit. There are some really cute outfits to choose from, like these little brother big brother outfits.

Pick out a few outfits that you like and then let your little one choose one of these. If you don’t know the sex of the baby, it’s probably best to wait until he or she is born and then order your little ones their matching items.

New art materials

Buy your son or daughter some new art materials and ask them to create a picture for the new baby. Treat your little one to a new notepad, some pencils, paints and bits and bobs for creating collages. With their new bits and bobs, suggest that they make a picture for their new sibling.

Perhaps it could be to hang in the nursery or to put above their cot in the hospital? By asking your little one to make something for their new brother or sister, you’re making them feel included in your pregnancy. This is important as studies have shown that children who are excited from the start, are more likely to build close bonds with their new sibling.

Want to ensure that your child is excited for the new baby? Treat him or her to one of these gifts, and you can make the adjustment process a little easier.

Complete Adult Coloring Book Kit by Life in Coloring

I think my adult coloring has went to the next level.  You may wonder why I say that.  Maybe it is because I have accumulated several books.  I have a ton of gel pens and colored pencils.  And yes, I now am a proud owner of a complete adult coloring book kit


This adult coloring book kit is really great to have if  you are a fan of coloring.  It does help to keep everything organized.  In this black leather like portfolio, you will find a book of coloring sheets.  Pages of owls, mandalas and other fun sheets.  Once you are done with those, you can place your own book in there.  The portfolio also has a place for your colored pencils or pens.  In fact, it comes with 12 student grade pencils.  You can use these or remove them and add your own favorite coloring tools.  In the small zippered pouch you will find a pencil sharpener. 


I really like the idea of having this.  It makes it easy for me to grab and carry it with me.  It is perfect for when I am sitting outside in beautiful weather, waiting in the car or just waiting for an appointment somewhere. 

I have one problem.  I was using mine when John seen it.  He loves doing Sudoku’s.  I told him he could try and fit his book in this kit.  He did and it worked.  I never got it back.  Looks like I may be buying him one for Christmas or buying myself a new one.  That is okay though.  Men can sometimes be hard to buy for, so it is always good when something like this comes along.

This one is available on Amazon.

Disclaimer:  I received the item discussed in this post in exchange for sharing my unbiased opinion of it.

It’s all about the Base – When it comes to building bricks!

Do you have a younger or even an older brick builder in your midst?  The brick building I am talking about is bricks such as Legos and Click N Play type bricks.  If you do, then you may want to learn about these bases to go with them.


Here is more info about the bases:

  • 4 pack 5×5 inch Blue baseplates compatible with Lego and other major building block manufacturers
  • Keeps your creations together and easy to carry and display .Guaranteed tight fit
  • Don’t run out of plates again with this 4 pack
  • Great for group building. Recommended for age 3 and up. Not for DUPLO sized blocks
  • These plates are not affiliated with or endorsed in any way by Lego, a registered trademark of Lego Systems

They are available on Amazon.  The ones I reviewed was a 4 pack of 5×5’s.  They are also available in 4 packs of 10×10 or 8 packs of 5×5’s.

I didn’t even realize they made things like this! After having a chance to try them out, I am glad they do make them. There is several reasons these are perfect.

My top 2 reasons for liking these base plates for Legos and other types of bricks:


1.  working on carpet. these give you a “base” to build without fear of losing your work.

2.  moving your project. Yes, you still have to be careful, but it makes it easy to slide it from point a to point b and even lifting it carefully.

I found the price to be great, especially if your little one has tons of bricks like my nephew does. These seemed to work good for Legos and the click n play bricks both.

I think this is a must have for all our little builders.

Disclaimer:  The product discussed in this post was sent to me in exchange for my unbiased opinion of them.


500 Piece Building Bricks

Are you one of Santa’s helpers?  Do you keep the Christmas magic alive by spreading holiday cheer?  Is some of the people you spread cheer to children or kids at heart?  If you said yes to these questions, then listen up.

Click N Play has something available that most kids would love.  These are building bricks and they are very compatible with Lego bricks. 


They are available in bags of 500 or 1,000 pieces.

You will find a bag of nice colored bricks.  Colors like:  Grey, Black, Blue, Yellow, White & even purple.  I have the bag that has 500 pieces.  It has 10 assorted colors and 15 different shapes.   Those two things there is the equation for fun & imagination.

While these blocks are no way affiliated with LEGO or even endorsed by them, they are compatible with those types of blocks.  I know this because I have a Lego fan in the family and we try out all kinds of blocks, bricks  & sets. 

I love items such as these.  Not just because they can keep Elijah entertained and having fun.  I think it is because he is learning and really developing his imagination and he doesn’t even realize it.  Did you realize these types of blocks is perfect to use for teaching math, colors and so much more?


I may have been hesitant to buy these if I hadn’t realized the quality of them.  But now that I have been able to see them, to hold them, to try them out I definitely would purchase these.

If you are still looking for some last minute gifts, then be sure and check these out.  They are under $20.00 on Amazon.  If you have Prime membership they can be sent to you within 4 to 5 days. 

Disclaimer:  The item discussed in this post was sent to me in exchange for my unbiased opinion.

Kids imaginative Dinosaur Toy Figures


It seems like there is always a new movie coming on about dinosaurs.  I know this year had the next installment of Jurrasic Park movie come out.  Confession:  I never watched all of the Jurassic park movies.  I told this to a family member and their response was, “How could you have not seen them?!?!”  I just didn’t.  But I have heard good things about them and one of these days I will sit down and binge watch them all.

Another movie that looks super cute is the new movie, The good dinosaur.  I see the toys everywhere and can see it is taking the nation by storm.

I guess that is why the young and old alike is interested in these prehistoric creatures. 

For this same reason, I was so happy to have a chance to review a set of dinosaurs from Kids Imaginative. 


This 12 piece set has several dinosaur species:

  • T-Rex
  • Stegosaurus
  • Triceratops
  • Apatosaurus
  • Ceratosaurus
  • Spinosaurus
  • Tyrannosaurus
  • Pachycephalosaurus
  • Parasaurolophus
  • Brachiosaurus
  • Styracosaurus
  • Velociraptor
  • Eucoplocephalus

Each one of these comes in a variety of vibrant colors.  Colors like blue, pink, yellow, green, brown, silver, red and purple.

Each dinosaur is 5-7”  They are actually larger then I thought they would be.

I know my nephew is going to enjoy these and he will find them under his tree on December the 25th.  I can see these bringing out the childs imagination as well as piquing their interest in the prehistoric age.  Who knows, this may bring out the inner archaeologist  in your son or daughter.

They are normally available on Amazon. 



What is your favorite Dinosaur movie?  Mine is the Flinstones, gotta love Dino!!!

Disclaimer:  The item discussed in this post was sent to me in exchange for my unbiased opinion of them.



8 Useful Gift Ideas That All New Parents Will Appreciate


Buying presents for new parents can be challenging as you don’t know what they already have or what they need. Asking them to create a detailed wish list can make the whole process seem less special and appear almost lazy. Some people prefer doing their gift giving this way and while it is easier, it lacks the element of surprise. Plus some parents can be that overwhelmed with their new bundle of joy, they don’t have the time to think about what they would potentially like. This year don’t ask them what they want and instead go for one of these incredible gift ideas. They will not only be highly appreciated but also make them better parents all round.

Dispensing Spoon

This is a wonderful device that is simple to use and makes mealtimes a breeze. It can be utilized by both the parents and the baby with it’s easy to squeeze mechanism. All they have to do is fill the inside of the spoon with baby food, give it a squeeze and it will put a suitable amount of food on the spoon each time. This is also great if the parents enjoy taking their baby out for the day. Instead of filling their baby bag with endless bottles of baby food, they can just take the filled up spoon instead. It easy to use and saves room making it an ideal gift.

Padded Kneeler

Parents will spend majority of their days on their knees. Whether it’s at bath time or crawling around when playing a game with their baby. Over time this can get uncomfortable and cause joint pain and bruising. You can take some of the pressure off their knees by buying them a padded kneeler. This means they can be more comfortable and stay in this position for longer periods of time without being in pain. They come in an array of sizes and designs to choose from, but always test the cushioning before buying. You don’t want to buy one that won’t do it’s intended job properly.

Pacifier Thermometer

This gift will allow new parents to keep track of their baby’s temperature and will alert them of any dramatic changes. Traditional thermometers can be uncomfortable and difficult to put inside a baby’s mouth. This provides an easier and faster solution. This is the ideal way of putting any parent’s mind at rest, especially if their child has been unwell previously. They will appreciate this functional present that will help them prepare for colds and high temperatures.

Children’s quote book

This book is a unique take on a memory book and gives the parents the opportunity to write down funny things that their child says and does. It may take some time for their child to start speaking properly. But they can still make their family laugh with facial expressions and noises. They can use the pages inside to write quotes and explanations and even put pictures and drawings in too. This makes a fabulous keepsake they can add to and look back on as their child gets older. It’s guaranteed to bring a smile to any new parents face.


Cool looking changing bag

New parents will be surrounded by child-like imagery throughout their child’s life. It will soon appear on everything from their bags to their baby accessories. For a man who cares about his style, in particular, it may not look cool carrying a bright pink and floral changing bag. Look for a less obvious choice and go for something with more of a style factor. Just ensure there is still plenty of room and lots of pockets they can utilize. A strong clasp is another essential aspect, as it will prevent the contents from spilling out. A fashion conscious couple will really appreciate receiving an item that reflects their style and not their child’s for once.


Wireless baby monitor

Being able to see their child while they are asleep or separated from them is something all parents want. A wireless baby monitor gives them the freedom to move around their home while still being able to check up on their child. Most monitors today will provide both audio and visual broadcasting. Which will stop these new parents panicking when separated. This is a great gift for parents who like their modern technology and makes them more comfortable about leaving their baby alone.

Personalized gifts

New parents will be adorned with clothing and gifts for their new bundle of joy. So be a little different and add their name onto their gift. This will make a wonderful keepsake for the parents to put inside a memory box and can commemorate special occasions. You can find baby gifts at Makaboo and Mother care that can be personalized with names and dates. This additional effort will ensure these new clothes or gifts are treasured forever.

UV Sanitizing wand

Parents who are keen about keeping their homes germ and bacteria free will love this gift. The wand allows them to scan work surfaces, tables and baths and will get rid of anything that normal cleaning did not get rid of.  It’s safe and easy to use and could potentially stop their baby from getting sick. Keeping germs at bay is a priority for parents when babies are around, as they are more vulnerable and more susceptible to catching bugs. This gift will protect the whole family and remove the need to use strong chemical cleaners.

These gift ideas should have filled you with inspiration and you should know exactly what to buy for the new parents in your life. Make it fun and something they can use right away. If you don’t have children yourself, ask people who do for help and advice online or in store. They will be happy to assist you and you’ll learn a lot about the baby industry as a result. Another great tip is always to pay attention to the things they say, as this will give you some great insight into what they need. They are just going to adore whatever you buy when you’ve put so much time and thought into it.

Kid’s Pretend Play Tool Set 23 Pieces

Are you into DIY?  If so, then you probably have a little on following somewhere behind you in your footsteps.  For the tiny and upcoming future Do it yourselfers, there is a set from click and play that they will love!

This is a 23 piece tool set.  In this set you will find the following:


Drill (that really makes sounds with AA batteries)

  • Saw
  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • wrench
  • Ratchet
  • plier
  • tool belt
  • Screwdrivers
  • nuts
  • bolts

The quality of this set is very impressive.  I believe it will last a long time.  In fact it is made with high quality reinforced plastic.  It is also environmental and kid safe as well as USA standard requirements.

I do love the vibrant colors as well as the realistic silver colors that is the nuts and bolts as well as the screws.  Who knows – you may have a little Tim the Toolman/woman on your hands!  Do you remember that show? 

This is made from the same place that sent me the doctor kit that I spoke about the other day.  Both of these are very gift worthy.  In fact, Christmas morning, My nephew is going to find both of these items under his tree!


This set is available on Amazon for under $20.00.  I think that is a very great price.  I have seen it up close and personal and would have thought it would have been more then that. 

Disclaimer:  I received the item discussed in exchange for my unbiased opinion of it.


Kid’s Pretend Play Doctor Set 15 Pieces


When my younger Sister and I were growing up, She had a toy Dr. Kit.  In her little hard plastic beige looking case was all she needed to make a proper diagnoses of the willing and unwilling patients.  The stethoscope that she could really hear through was nice.  The pill bottle was no problem.  The blood pressure cuff was cute, as was the otoscope she used to look in our ears.  The one thing that wasn’t so great about this vintage Fischer price kit was the needle.  While It was harmless, I didn’t like it.  That is why she had fun chasing me with it daily. 

Now that kit is retro/vintage and gone on somewhere else.  I am sure she would love to have it back now since she has kids.  While I couldn’t send her kids the exact one their mom has.  I have found another kit.  This set is from Click n’ Play.  It is a 15 piece doctor kit.  This modern kit includes that famous needle that will let karma take it’s course.  It also has a few other things that the vintage one didn’t.  Things like a cell phone that makes realistic sounds.  After all what Doctor doesn’t own a cell phone in 2015? 

dr kit

The stethoscope also makes realistic sounds.  You will need 2 AA batteries for the cell phone – but the batteries are included for the stethoscope.  The kit also includes a blood pressure cuff, thermometer, syringe, ear examination tools, 4 bandages, and more

This case is sturdy and is perfect for your little ones to make house calls with. 

While I am a sentimental person and like to think back to yesteryears and the things that came along with those days.  I also enjoy seeing change and things evolving.  I think that this is a super modernized idea for a toy and one that any child with an imagination is going to love.

The best part?  it is available on Amazon!  Only $16.99 & Free shipping.  I think this would make an awesome budget friendly Christmas present.

What do you think????

disclaimer:  This was sent to me in exchange for sharing my unbiased opinion of it with you.

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