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Quiet Time Boxes – What’s In Them? 13 comments

Quiet Time Boxes

Quiet Time Boxes

I posted a picture on Instagram yesterday of the Quiet Time Boxes in progress and a few people mentioned they wanted to see what was in them so I thought I would share.

If you aren’t familiar with the idea, Quiet Time Boxes are something I saw on Pinterest years ago and thought it was a great idea. Basically they are shoe boxes full of items your little one can work on when they are bored, when you all need some quiet time, etc.  I did some for L a few years back and he loved them!  He called them his “Be Quiet Boxes”.  I swear he made that all up on his own.  LOL.

For this years boxes, I filled them with projects and toys and books and crafts that the boys  either have never seen or just haven’t seen in a long time.  I will try to switch out the items every week or so that there is always something fresh in the boxes.  I didn’t label them with the days of the week, but I plan to let each of them pick one every day of the week to play with.  Here is what I put in them:

L’s Quiet Time Boxes

L's Quiet Time Boxes

L’s Quiet Time Boxes

L is 6 so his Quiet Time Boxes contain a mixture of fun activities and school activities (reading, science, writing, etc.):

Box #1
~Artzooka Craft Kit (does anyone else watch Artzooka?  We love that show)
~Lego Movie Handbook
~Lego City Book
~UNO Card Game (L is obsessed)
~Silly String
Box #2
~Lego Creator Car Kit
~Pull Back Racer Car
~Glow in the Dark Power Ball Craft Kit
~Spiderman Puzzle
Box #3
~Eric Caryle Writing Pad
~Eric Caryle Doodle Pad
~Eric Caryle Pencil Kit
~Lego Workbook
~Parachute Fliers
Box #4
~Superhero Puzzle
~Kindergarten Reading / Writing Book
~Lego Movie Packet
~Shoe Tying Practice
~Super Bang Caps (not exactly quiet, but whatever)
Box #5
~Hello Book Story Book
~Erupt Volcano
~Paint Your Own Superhero Craft
~Marvel Character
~Brain in a Box Challenge

WB’s Quiet Time Boxes

WB's Quiet Time Boxes

WB’s Quiet Time Boxes

WB’s Quiet Time Boxes contain the following:

Box #1
~Doodle Pad & Crayons
~Blocks
Box #2
~Cars
~Dr. Seuss Flashcard Sets (Numbers, Shapes, Letters)
~Board Book
Box #3
~Sponge Bob Play Pack
~Board Book
~Lace & Trace Kit
Box #4
~Neon Putty
~Constructibles
~Imagine Ink Planes Activity Book
Box #5
~Play-Doh
~Wooden Trucks
~Wooden Blocks

As you can see, some of the activities can be done independently and some are things we can do together!  I am going to see how this round of boxes goes next week and determine if they need more / different items for the following week!

Do you do Quiet Time Boxes?  If so, what do you put in them?  I’d love to hear your ideas so I can “borrow” them for the rest of the summer!

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March 2014 Zoobean Review (2 Year-Old) 7 comments

Zoobean
Cost: $2.99 – $14.95/month (depending on package selected)
Ships To: United States.
March 2014 Zoobean

March 2014 Zoobean

Zoobean, who kindly sent me this package to review, is a monthly subscription service which helps you build your individual child’s literacy with remarkable children’s books and apps selected just for him or her. You may select from a monthly book delivery service (from $9.99/month) that gives you one hardcover or paperback book each month, along with an app recommendation + literacy guides or a digital service option (from $2.99/month) and receive weekly personalized app + book recommendations that come with literacy guides.

This package was curated for WB, who is almost two.  I did a review on the package I received for L (who is almost 6) earlier in the month if you want to check that out.

The Book:

March 2014 Zoobean

The Package

Zoobean ships via USPS Media Mail.  I believe this one took nearly a week to arrive.  L’s package, which shipped on the same day, from the same place, took only three days to arrive. You just never know!

March 2014 Zoobean

Oh No, GEORGE!

We received the book “Oh No, George!” by Chris Haughton for WB.  This book is adorable (it’s about a dog who just can’t resist temptation) and is so perfect for WB!  It also included a Reading Guide with questions to ask (mainly for older kids) before and after you read the book and a game to play to go along with the book.

The App:

Miss Spider's Tea Party

Miss Spider’s Tea Party

Our recommended app was “Miss Spider’s Tea Party“.  It looks adorable and it seems like WB would really enjoy it, however, I cannot find it in the iTunes store? I only see the Spanish version.  It’s entirely possible I am doing something wrong and I need to e-mail Zoobean to see what’s going on.

The Zoobean plan I received is $14.95, which includes the monthly hardcover book + the digital reading guide + the app selection and app companion.  If you are interested in just the Digital Service, it’s $2.99/month and you will receive a  Receive a weekly email that includes an expert created Reading Guide or App Companion along with a book or app recommendation.  And then you can pick up the book at the bookstore or borrowing it from your local library!

What do you think of Zoobean?  If you are interested in signing up or just want to learn more, click here!

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Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.

February 2014 Silly Rhino Review + Coupon Code 7 comments

Edited to Add: Silly Rhino is no longer in business.

February 2014 Silly Rhino Box

February 2014 Silly Rhino Box

Silly Rhino, who kindly sent me this box to review, is a monthly subscription box suitable for babies ages 0-4. Each month they include only 4-5 of the the safest, environmentally conscious and highest quality products. Items made include toys, personal care items, accessories and gear.  I opted for a 2-3 year-old box for WB, who turns two pretty soon.

February 2014 Silly Rhino Box

The Box

The February 2014 Silly Rhino box shipped via FedEx.  Future boxes will be shipping via USPS, however, since there was a bit of a supplier delay this month they opted go the FedEx route so subscribers would receive their boxes more quickly.  I actually did receive this in February – I am just playing catch up on my reviews.

February 2014 Silly Rhino Box

FIrst Look

I’d seem a few spoilers for Silly Rhino, but I couldn’t remember right away which age group I’d chosen for WB, so I wasn’t totally sure what I would be receiving.

February 2014 Silly Rhino Box

Second First Look

The real first look was amazing and revealed a bunch of amazing goodies that, not only do we not already know, but that I have never even seen before!

February 2014 Silly Rhino Box

The Information Card

Silly Rhino has done away with monthly themes which allows them not to be constrained by the theme and to offer wider range of toys and other products for your children.  Here is what we received in WB’s box (which again is for a 2-3 year-old):

~Shoe Accessory by Shwings ($8.95):  There is no question that L is going to steal these away from WB.  It’s actually totally perfect because WB doesn’t own any tie shoes yet (plus he has the smallest little feet ever so these would be huge on his shoes), and L will love love love these and they will look on awesome on his new tie shoes.

February 2014 Silly Rhino Box

Shoe Accessory by Shwings

~Stacking Puzzle by Manhattan Toy ($15): WB has been really into puzzles lately, but I think I am going to save this one for his birthday for him.  And I didn’t realize it, but the pieces of these are interchangeable with their other animal puzzles, which is super cool because I think they’d like to make a crazy mixed up animal been more!

February 2014 Silly Rhino Box

Stacking Puzzle by Manhattan Toy

~Lip Balm by Kiss My Face ($3.49): You know I put this on as soon as I opened the box.  I can never get enough lip balm and I have never tried Kiss My Face before!  It smells great and I’d try more of the flavors.

February 2014 Silly Rhino Box

Lip Balm by Kiss My Face

~20-Piece Puzzle by Eeboo ($6): Love the artwork on this puzzle and I think this is another one that I will be saving for his birthday!

February 2014 Silly Rhino Box

20-Piece Puzzle by Eeboo

~My Pet Toy and Book Set by Hape ($9.99):  Ahh, I couldn’t love this more.  WB still loves doggies and this is just the cutest little set.  It’s almost like the story was written about WB and his pet puppy (well puppies).

February 2014 Silly Rhino Box

My Pet Toy and Book Set by Hape

~Disposable Compressed Wipes by Green Sprouts ($3): I have never seen such a product! They are compressed wipes that expand when exposed to moisture.  I am throwing this in my bag right bow and will be buying more refills asap!

February 2014 Silly Rhino Box

Disposable Compressed Wipes by Green Sprouts

All totaled I came up with a value of $46.43 for the February 2014 Silly Rhino Box.  Boxes are $35.99/month and decrease in price with a longer subscription.  As always I loved my Silly Rhino box and loved that they introduced me to so many new things this month!

What do you think of Silly Rhino?  If you are interested in subscribing or just want to learn more, click here!  And you can always use the code “silly10” to save 10% off your first month.

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Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.

November Austin Lloyd Box Review – 19-24 Month-Old Play Level + Coupon Code 14 comments

November Austin Lloyd

November Austin Lloyd

Austin Lloyd, who kindly sent me this box to review, is a subscription box of educational toys for children under 3. They aim to take the guess work out of choosing toys that your child will enjoy, while also gaining skills that aide in their overall development. Each box contains 4-5 educational toys and typically at least one book.

November Austin Lloyd

The Box

Austin Lloyd ships via USPS Priority Mail and it arrived in the promised two days.  I had kind of been stalking this box because I’d been hearing nothing but great things about Austin Lloyd and I wanted to check it out for myself.

November Austin Lloyd

First Look

Austin Lloyd boxes are personalized (this one was for WB obviously) and I was blown away by the presentation.  When I opened the box I found an envelope with the information cards in it (that’s labeled 19-24 months) and basically found a present inside.  A piece of white cardboard covers the contents and it’s all tied with a bow.  If you were thinking of giving this as a gift, you’d need to do nothing!

November Austin Lloyd

The Play Level Card

The box included a general information card about the Play Level (you can read more about them here) of the box which gives some general information on how your child is playing at this age.  I was cracking up because it says that after your child does something special, they will sometimes pause and wait for applause.  WB totally does this and sometimes doesn’t even wait for us to clap, he just claps for himself which always cracks me up.

November Austin Lloyd

The Product Information Cards

The Austin Lloyd box also included individual information cards which give information about the products, as well as, ideas and tips on how to play with them, what benefit they provide, etc. I should also mention that the theme for November was “Thanksgiving: a time for great, food, family and travel”.  It included the following:

~Hape Little Ship ($9.99): This is adorable.  Austin Lloyd suggests using it as the Mayflower when you are discussing Thanksgiving with your little one.  They also suggest being descriptive when you talking about the motion of the ship.  Instead of “look at the ship move”, it’s “look how fast (or slow) the ship is moving”.  Totally something I need to work on.

November Austin Lloyd

Hape Little Ship

~Haba Ring a Thing Game ($25.99): I love the idea of using this game as a way to entertain your little one during a family gathering.  Sometimes all those people can be overwhelming and I think having a little game just for your child is brilliant!  I am saving this one for WB for just that.

November Austin Lloyd

Haba Ring a Thing Game

~The First Thanksgiving ($5.39): WB and I read this before bedtime tonight and he is now obsessed with it.  So much so that he wouldn’t let me put him in his crib without this book.  So you guessed it, he’s sleeping with this book and his trains tonight ;).  I think he turned on his little aquarium after I left the room (I could hear the music) and did a little more reading.

November Austin Lloyd

The First Thanksgiving

~Plan Toys Fruit and Veggie Play Set ($23):  We have a few of these, but not all of them and both boys actually think they are cool.  I am saving these for Christmas for WB, but I totally wanted to open them right away and play with them.  I love Plan Toys stuff!

Austin Lloyd

Plan Toys Fruit and Veggie Play Set

All totaled I came up with a value of $64.37 for the November Austin Lloyd box for a 19-24 month old.  I LOVED this box and thought, in addition to being a great value, that it was perfectly curated to WB’s age.  Subscriptions are $49.99/month and decrease to $44.99/month if a 6-month subscription is purchased.  You can also opt to receive boxes every other month if you prefer.

WB and his Austin Lloyd Box

WB and his Austin Lloyd Box

What do you think of Austin Lloyd?  Do you think your little one would love it?  If you are interested in subscribing or just want to learn more, click here.  You can use the coupon code “NOVFUN123” to save 10% off your entire subscription!


Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. As always, all opinions are my own and no compensation was received.