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Young Scientists Club – Rainbow Science with Clifford the Big Red Dog

I received a Rainbow Science Kit to review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

There are days that I am amazed at how fast my three year old is growing up. I am even more amazed at how eager he is to learn new facts or try unfamiliar things. Every single day, he pushes me to challenge him. As I try my best to come up with new activities or games, there are days when I don’t have much time and it is more convenient to have kit or two around the house.

Young Scientists Club - Clifford Rainbow Science

Explore, Rescue, and Protect with Octonauts Playset & Toys

I received the mentioned products to review and share my honest opinions.

It’s no secret that my sons like to watch cartoons. The Disney Jr. channel is a favorite and the show they ask for the most is Octonauts. My three year old loves all the underwater creatures and how Barnacles, Kwazii, & the other Octonauts crew always save the day. When I learned about the Fisher Price toy line, I couldn’t wait to bring the Octonauts into my home for the boys.

Octonauts Octopod Review

Little Remedies – A Better Way for Little Ones to Get Better

Little Remedies Last month was pretty rough for my kids and I, as it was filled with fevers, runny noses, ear infections, coughing and RSV. It seemed just as one of them would start feeling better, another would get sick and they just passed it back and forth between the three of them. With my little guys, I am always cautious about giving them medicine and try to avoid it as much as possible. Every time I go to the store for medicine, it’s hard to pick what would be best with half an aisle and at least five shelves dedicated for children products. One brand I have always trusted is Little Remedies.

Tankzilla – A Motorized Monster Truck from Toy State

Monster Trucks from Toy State

When it comes to trucks and cars, my kids can’t get enough of them. Between all three boys, they have more things with wheels than I knew could exist in one house. And just when I think they have just about everything, Toy State never fails to surprise me. They have hundreds of vehicles with unique features that can create hours of entertainment for both kids and adults alike. Their Road Rippers collection now has Monster Trucks to add their product line.

BabbaBox Helps Me Spend Fun, Quality Time with My Son

BabbaBox ReviewMy three year old is growing into a young little man too fast and is extremely eager to learn new things all the time. His imagination and creativity has exploded the last few months and I am doing everything I can to encourage it. Sometimes it is difficult for me to get quality time with him. However, when my younger two sons manage to take their afternoon nap at the same time, I get some one-on-one time with Ethan. As a busy Mom of three, I don’t always have time to put together new, fun educational projects and that is where BabbaBox comes in.

BabbaBox is a monthly subscription home-delivered box. Each box has a theme and it includes everything needed to create projects and expand the minds of three to six year old kids. Each box contains three products, a book, digital download and a parent gift.

Sun Moon Stars BabbaBox Contents

We received the ‘Sun, Moon, & Stars’ box which included:

  • CREATE: Paper-Mache Glowing Moon
  • CREATE: Star Constellation
  • EXPLORE: Lunar Calendar and Binoculars
  • STORY TELL: ‘Twinkle, Star of the Week‘ Book
  • CONNECT: Digital Content with How-To Play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on a Digital Piano and a ‘Planet Finder’
  • PARENT GIFT: Star Wine Cork

IKEA Soft Toys for Education – Gifts that Give Back

Ikea LogoIf there was one store I wish we had in St. Louis, it is definitely an IKEA store. They have so many unique products and gifts at amazing prices. I could literally spend hours browsing their store online finding new fun products. During the holiday season, one of their hottest items are their soft toys. They offer countless different soft toys starting at just $0.49. This year, they have made their way onto Nifty Mom’s Holiday Gift Guide for obvious reasons.

We have been enjoying non-stop play with a soccer ball, TORVA Carrot and a basket of veggies. I fell in love with each of them immediately and my kids love playing with them all. The soccer ball is perfect for my 2 & 3 year old sons. When they see a ball, any ball, they HAVE to throw it. No matter what. Well with the soft toy, they can do it without breaking anything or hurting anyone. A huge plus for me!

Ikea Soft Toys for Education

As the boys pulled veggies out of the basket, we played a ‘What’s That’ game with them naming each one out loud: carrots, lettuce, tomatoes, garlic, mushrooms and peas. These are great toys to play pretend and for healthy food education. I like to get them out when I am making dinner and let them ‘help’ me and make dinner as well. The large carrot is part of the TORVA soft toy collection. Even though I love all the soft toys, this one is my favorite. It is extremely soft, huggable and as big as my 10 month old. He just adores it. These are high quality soft toys, tested to prove durability and to withstand rough play by my sons!

During November and December, for every soft toy purchased, the IKEA Foundation donates €1 (approximately 1.29 USD) to Save the Children and UNICEF, and is spent on children’s educational projects. Last year, they were able to donate €12.4 million! The Soft Toys for Education Campaign started in 2003 and since then has raised $61.75 million, supported over 70 projects in nearly 40 countries, and helped more than 8 million children receive a better education. That’s amazing! I love a great company that gives back.

For the latest updates, stay connected by following IKEA on Twitter, Facebook, and the IKEA Foundation on Facebook.

Nifty Mom's 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

I received the named product at no cost to conduct this review and was in no other way compensated. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.

‘ABC What I Can Be’ Book & Personalized Children’s Gifts by I See Me!

I See Me Personalized Children's Books LogoThere is nothing more enjoyable than reading a good book to my kids. They love all kinds of books with animals, trains, adventures and fun. To make a it more intriguing and special, personalization can make a book stand out above the rest. Personalized books will never be the same since I discovered products from the award-winning I See Me!.

Our mission is to increase self esteem in children through personalized books that celebrate the uniqueness of each child.

I See Me Personalized Books

I received their newest book, ABC What I Can Be, for Ethan, my three year old son. This educational story highlights different careers he can be from A to Z. The first thing I noticed after receiving the book is the quality. It is very well made with a hard cover and heavy-duty pages, perfect for any preschooler.

What makes I See Me! books so unique, is extra steps they take to ensure the entire book is personalized. Unlike most personalized books, I See Me! adds personalization to the illustrations. Every page has Ethan’s name on it to correspond with the career. Not only can this make a child feel extra special, it also teaches them name recognition. The story is written in rhythm and flows smoothly from A to Z. The creativity can hold a child’s attention through each page. It truly is a fun book.

I know Ethan will love his new book and it will be in our collection forever. When his brother sees it, I am sure I will have to order one for him.


There are many books to choice from, including holiday themes. Some great titles to pick from:

  • My Very Merry Christmas
  • Who Loves Me
  • The Super Incredible Big Sister
  • A Very Happy Birthday
  • My Very Own Fairy Tale

They also have personalized gifts such as coloring books, placemats, puzzles and gift sets. When you order two or more placemats or coloring books (great stocking stuffers), there is also a discount. I See Me! has compiled a great list of their hot products for their 2012 Holiday Gift Guide. Place your order my December 1oth to receive your order by Christmas with normal shipping. After that, you can still order with expedited delivery.

For the latest updates and products, stay connected by following @ISeeMe_Maia on Twitter, becoming a fan on Facebook and following their Pinterest Boards.

Nifty Mom's 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

I received the named product at no cost to conduct this review and was in no other way compensated. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.