Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Roto Rooter's Routine Maintenance: Simple Steps to Protecting Your Pipes

Thanksgiving is 8 days away, can you believe it? People all around the US are doing last minute food shopping for the holiday and getting their dinner menu's finalized.  If you didn't already know, Thanksgiving is the #1 holiday for plumbers, and the day after is their busiest day of the year! Be mindful of what you put down your kitchen sink as it's not meant to handle everything!

We actually just had a clogged drain in my kitchen sink a few days ago.  Food was backing up from the garbage disposal and the water was slow to drain.  You never know how severe something is until you actually go to fix it, so we were hoping it wasn't a big problem.  Luckily, with a snake and Roto-Rooter clog remover, my husband was able to tackle the issue.  If you don't know how to use a snake, I wouldn't recommend it since you could cause further damage.  An emergency call to a plumber would be very expensive! Roto-Rooter's clog remover has saved us from an expensive plumber phone call many times now. 

This helpful graphic can help you to be pipe and clog smart.  The main cause of clogs are dirt, food particles, accumulated gunk, hair/skin flakes, and soap residue. Even if you don't have a clog, it's imperative that you take preventive measures and regularly use Roto-Rooter's clog remover to keep your pipe clogs at bay.  

Life is easier when you can relax at home without working about the stress of clogged pipes. 
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Entertain Children With a MagnaTab from Kid O #HolidayGiftGuide

Like any parent, I struggle with Scarlett having too much screen-time.  Sure, she enjoys educational learning apps on the tablet as well as learning videos online, but she also likes to watch videos that provide nothing beneficial to her development.  We live in a world that revolves around screens so it's no surprise that children are just as in-tune to them as adults are! I'm always looking for toys that are entertaining without providing a digital element to them.

Kid O offer toys that are thoughtfully designed with lots of opportunities to explore built right in. Their toys feature timeless concepts with modern designs that engage and stimulate children again and again.  You'll quickly discover that the toys are produced with a rich variety of shapes, colors and sizes, so the possibilities for open-ended, creative play are limitless.  When children's play is powered by their own imaginations, they develop skills they will use for a lifetime.

There's three categories of Kid O toys; educational, Myland, and vehicles.  Parents everywhere will enjoy the fact that there's a toy for every age range.  If you have young children, your daughter will be happy to receive the Alphabuild blocks while your son will smile at the A to Z lowercase MagnaTab.  Kid O's toys are electronic-free and really stimulate the imagination, which are what I look for in toys.

Scarlett was thrilled to receive the Glow in the Dark Jumbo MagnaTab as well as the Free Play MagnaTab. My tiny tot is very creative and always looking for a new outlet to express herself with. Both slim MagnaTabs are a free-form drawling tablet that are filled with tiny little magnetic balls that permanently stay inside.  The Free Play MagnaTab is a lot smaller than the Jumbo Glow in the Dark one.

Use the included magnetic stylus to draw shapes, numbers, words, or pictures of any kind.  The pen is a magnetic stylus that raises each magnetic ball up to the surface and locks it into place.  When you're done drawing and want to move onto a new picture, use the pen or your hand to sweep across the front to put all the balls bak inside.  If your child is learning the ABC's or numbers, the MagnaTab would be a great way to teach those subjects.  When not in use, store the magnetic stylus in the convenient slot.

We've had our fair share of stained clothes and furniture from markers and paints, so I'm always looking for something that foster creativity but in a mess-free way.  The best part about the MagnaTabs is that they're portable and can go anywhere at any time! If you're traveling for the holidays, put the compact MagnaTab in a carry-on bag for the airplane, or in a tote bag for the car.

The Glow in the Dark MagnaTab requires no batteries and is perfect for using in the car when it's dark out, or after the lights are out when your child is in bed.  Scarlett sometimes isn't ready to sleep as soon as I turn off the lights and plays in bed, so this is a great alternative for her to use for a few moments before she's ready to sleep.

Scarlett has been enjoying both and is amazed that the tiny balls create pictures, as am I! She's been using both on and off throughout the day.  I'm noticing that she likes to ask me to shut off the lights in the bathroom and close the door, so she can use the Glow in the Dark MagnaTab.  A few moments later, I hear her excitedly yelling for me to come in so I can see what she drew! It reminds me of the glow in the dark crayons I had when I was a child.

Since the Glow in the Dark MagnaTab is much larger and offers a wider drawing surface, Scarlett has gravitated to that one to make her pictures truly come to life.  The Free Play MagnaTab will come in handy for when I have Scarlett practice her letters throughout the day.  We won't be wasting paper thanks to this! The magnetic stylus is easy for her small hand to hold and she has no issues drawing on the MagnaTab.  I had a hard time getting a picture of it in the dark, but rest assured it looks cool!

I like that both Magnatabs are small enough to fit in an organizer bin in her room so she can play with them whenever she chooses.  The added bonus about the Kid O MagnaTabs is that your child can use them for years to come.  Before you know it, they will be drawing easily deciphered houses and trees or even a heart! It'll be fun to see how Scarlett's drawings progress over time.

If you're looking for a unique and fun gift for a child for Christmas, Kid O's MagnaTab line is definitely it.

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Kid O/PlayMonster for providing a product sample in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

My Fairy Garden Offers a Fun and Exciting Activity for Kids #HolidayGiftGuide

One large interest that Scarlett has that I don't is her love of the outdoors.  She could spend all day playing outside, collecting leaves, and just enjoying mother nature.  I don't share her great love of the outdoors although I do encourage it! Children need as much outdoor time as possible, especially during the warmer months of the years.  I think it's excellent for children to be connected to nature and learn all about various types of nature.

My Fairy Garden brings outdoor growing to the comfort of your own home.  Since it's Fall here in New England, it's hard to have an outdoor garden because it's cold.  This magical fairy garden is the first of its kind, it's a toy that's also a real live garden that can be maintained in the comfort of your own home! Children will be amazed at the opportunity to grow their own garden first hand.  They can plant the included organic seeds in the soil and care for the garden all while setting up and playing with the fairies, woodland friends, and accessories.  The magical cottage includes everything you need to make it a gift that a child won't soon forget! Switch up the fairies and friends to make the garden truly your own.  Your little ones will love checking on the garden and seeing the progress its made each day.  Don't forget to give it a lot of sunlight and water too.

I can guarantee any young child would flip if they saw this under the Christmas tree on Christmas morning.  This toy is not only a wonderful bonding activity with a parent or family member, but it offers the advantage of learning too. You can teach your child about gardening and taking care of a garden all while they have fun. 

When My Fairy Garden Windmill Terrace arrived, Scarlett was very eager to open it and get started. It arrived on a Saturday afternoon and provided the perfect afternoon activity for us to do together. Once you unbox the garden, it's very simple to put everything together.  The main plastic base is where everything is housed. There's sections for the gardening tools to be stored, as well as a place for the windmill and water wheel.  The Windmill Terrace is the first fairy garden with solar power. When exposed to sunlight, the windmill will turn using solar energy-like magic.  Add water to the pond and press the pump to make the water wheel turn and circular water.  Saffron the Fairy and her swans Beau and Grace are also included for a fun play experience.

Once everything is set up, the circular discs of dirt need to be submerged in water for 30 minutes. When time is up, the dirt is ready to be put back into the main base and then can be fluffed with a gardening tool.  Scarlett really enjoyed helping to put the dirt inside, but what child doesn't enjoy playing in the dirt? 

I let Scarlett sprinkle the seeds all throughout the dirt and ensured that she pressed them down firmly. As we worked on the garden, I used the opportunity to teach her about gardening and how flowers, plants, and vegetables can be grown from seeds, just like the ones she planted.  Of course I told her that sunlight and water is very important in the growing process.

In the next few days, I'd like to add some pretty stones or other small decor that would make the garden even more magical.  We'll probably go to the pet store and get pretty rocks that are meant for a fish tank, or something along those lines. For the moment, she has the two swans, a dog, and a cow in the garden.

I put the Fairy Garden on a countertop facing a window to make sure it has direct sunlight.  Scarlett is in charge of watering it daily to make the plants grow.  She also loved the fact that the windmill was solar powered, she couldn't believe that sun powered the windmill.  I think she thought I was making it up, because she had never heard of solar power before.  Scarlett was learning through play which makes me one happy mom.

The fairy is connected to a wire that secures into the base which makes the fairy look like she's flying. Combined with the two included swans, it really reinforced the element of play.  The fairy can easily be unhooked to play inside the main garden house where she can look out the window into the world around her.  Scarlett says the swans are happiest playing in the dirt.  Since the base is so large, your child can easily add any other figures or animals of their choosing.  Let the creativity fly!

I know Scarlett is eagerly awaiting the first sign of growth and will hopefully be able to be a bit patient! I told her it won't happen overnight but we will check each day.  She feels like such a big girl to be responsible for her garden and I like that she's taking her job seriously.

Scarlett is thrilled with her new Fairy Garden and I can guarantee any young child would be just as equally thrilled.  This would also be an ideal Christmas present for the child who has it all too. Happy gardening!

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to PlayMonster for providing a product sample in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own.