Play, Return, Repeat! with Toy Library (Review)

As a parent to two children, I am very familiar with toys. Toys EVERYWHERE in my home. So many that my children play with, and never touch again. Especially Lego’s. They will build Lego sets, have fun with their creations for a total of 5 minutes, and then the set is destroyed never to been seen again. Come on, who is with me on this? So much money spent on these sets only to be played with for a short time. There has to be something better. Well, there is! Let me introduce you to Toy Library.

How it works:

  • You pick two toys each shipment
  • We mail cleaned & sanitized toys
  • Play & return or keep toys you like
  • No charge for normal wear
  • Plans start at $2499

You can view the toys they have before signing up. Toys are based on age. There are so many cool toys to choose from. They have name brands such as Disney, Lego, American Girl, Hot Wheels and so much more!! Toys are based on a credit system/value system. The more the toy is worth the more credits it will be. Take a look at the plans below for more info.

 

Plans:

Toys are 1 to 3 credits (based on value) Shipment includes two toys. Always Free Shipping.

I was sent the Novice Monthly subscription. All toys come in a mesh bah with tag on it showing what is included and how many pieces are included. This included two toys up to a $80 value. I told them my children’s ages (7 and 10) and was sent the following for review:

Nerf: Nerf N-Strike Reflex IX-1 2-Pack

Value is approx $20-$30

My son loves Nerf Guns (he has way too many!) so he was thrilled to received these. He played with his sister for a while. The great thing is he can play as much as he wants with these, and then we send them back!

LEGO City Heavy Cargo Transport 60183 Building Kit

Value is approx $29.99
Ahhhh a Lego set I do not have to keep! This set my 10 yr old put together in about 35 minutes. It is a lot of fun and my kiddos have enjoyed playing with it. It was brand new as you can tell from the pictures, so when I returned I made sure to include all packaging back in the mesh bag.
I also received the following for my kids to keep:
This Lego bracelet is the coolest! It comes with some Lego pieces to build on the bracelet and wear around. My son loves it!!
As you can see, I did receive over $60 worth of toys. Instead of paying that, you can pay just $24.99 per month and keep the toys as long as you’d like! Put all toys/pieces back in their assigned mesh bag, and mail back with the enclosed return label. No shipping charges! Bye Bye Lego set!! 🙂
In conclusion, I think this is such a great monthly service to join. No more clutter around the house, no more playing with a $50 toy for 5 seconds and not knowing where it ends up after that. This would also make an awesome holiday gift, whether it be monthly or signing up for the full year. The parent will love you for that!
For more information and to order, please click this link:ToyLibrary
*I am working with Toy Library and their Influencer program. I will be reviewing toys they send me and letting you know what I think of them. This post also includes an affiliate link.

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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Grow your own Avocado Tree at Home with Avoseedo #avoseedo

GROW YOUR OWN AVOCADO TREE AT HOME!

AvoSeedo avocado tree germinator bowl that makes it easy for everyone to grow their own plant at home from a simple avocado pit. Easy to use for all ages of amateur avocado arborists.

Clever AvoSeedo bowl design keeps the avocado pit immersed in just the right amount of water to grow effectively. Made for durability from recyclable, non-toxic materials and is reusable for other vegetables like lettuce, celery, carrot tops! Germinate and grow an avocado tree in your own home, whatever the climate. Fun family (Millennial parents, their young kids, grandma/grandpa) project to make a tree sprout and watch it grow from the pit of a common avocado. Increase kids’ understanding of ecology, interconnections in nature, responsibility and care for the environment in a participatory and concrete way.

Save 20% on any AvoSeedo avocado grower with code sp20 or any other product and enjoy FREE shipping too. Visit the AvoSeedo Shop today and get growing today!
https://shop.avoseedo.com/ 

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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Deck the Halls: 4 Ways to Upcycle Old Christmas Decorations

 

 

Decorating for Christmas is one of the many joys of the holiday season. Each winter, with visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads, we pull out the boxes from the garage or attic, robotically open them up and throw up all of the red and green garlands and twinkle lights. Stockings go here. Lights up there. Garland along the staircase. We’ve got it down to a routine. But where’s the holiday magic? If Christmas morning is more like Groundhog’s Day, it might be time to channel your inner elf. There’s no need for a Christmas miracle. You can make it happen with a little creativity and these three DIY projects that put your old holiday trappings to work like new. 

Ornament Upgrade 

When the kids were young, unbreakable ornaments were a must. Now that they are older, a few chic glass or ceramic bulbs would provide your Christmas tree with a more sophisticated look. Upgrade from your plastic ornaments and put them to use in other holiday-themed DIYs. Easy for busy moms, a quick DIY can give your home a festive look. Large, clear hurricane candle holders make for the perfect receptacle to hold your old ornaments. Once filled, you can display the repurposed candle holders in clusters or individually.

Turn Christmas On Its Head 

Guaranteed to be an instant conversation starter, an upside-down Christmas tree makes for a whimsical way to decorate for the holidays. With this new, trendy tree you can put your old tree ornaments to work. Garland and tinsel will take on new life when hung from the modern tree, creating a fresh holiday look your friends and family will talk about well after the holiday season is over. 

Garland Makeover

Put all of that old garland to good use and create something festive to wear. No, we’re not talking about ugly sweaters here. Great for holiday parties, for Christmas, or New Year’s Eve, this festive DIY uses old holiday garland in a fun and wearable way. Studio DIY takes a little Mod Podge, glitter and holiday garland and turns it into a sparkly party hat! Put out a set of these at your next Christmas party and you’ll be the the talk of the playground — “How’d she do it all?!” For instructions and to view the entire DIY visit the Studio DIY website. 

Greeting Card Garnishes 

Collectors and clutter bugs, this one is for you. Have trouble throwing away all of the holiday greeting cards you get each year? Instead of boxing them up put them on display. But before you do so, whip out the scissors and round up some clothespins. The Martha Stewart website has a fabulous DIY on how to gussy up the clothespins with recycled wrapping paper, too, if you’re feeling extra creative when you tackle this project. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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How to Run a Green Household on a Budget

*This is a guest post. 

 

More and more people nowadays are getting into the green movement. They are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and save the environment. But even in these times, some people think going green entails spending a lot of money. But that’s far from the case. If you are one of those homeowners who want to run an environmentally friendly home without spending more than you can afford, the following are some budget-friendly tips you can follow:

  • Switch to a programmable thermostat. You don’t need to heat your home during the hours that you and your family are not there. Upgrade to a thermostat that you can easily program so you can choose when to heat your house and when not to.
  • Unplug all electrical appliances when they’re not in use. These appliances and devices still use up energy even when they’re not powered up, so make sure you remind all your family members to unplug them when they’re not using them.
  • Learn how to compost. Not all your household waste needs to be collected by the local garbage collection company. You can use your biodegradable waste and to create a compost, which is useful for conditioning and fertilizing your garden or backyard. Some examples are leftover food and even your fireplace ashes.
  • Go paperless. If you subscribe to a local newspaper, cancel your subscription and go online instead to update yourself with the news. Do the same for your magazine subscriptions. You can use your old newspapers and magazines for your compost or donate them to organizations that collect used goods.
  • Buy and display house plants. Plants are useful for enhancing the air quality in your house as they absorb dust and pollutants emitted by electrical devices, furniture, and the like.
  • Repair any leaky faucets you have around the house and install low-flow faucets for your bathroom and kitchen sinks. You don’t need to have water flow that has the strength of a fire hydrant just to wash your dishes or clean your face.
  • Store your own water. Make use of the resources that nature gives us and store rainwater in containers that you can buy from Rain Water Tanks. You can use your stored water for chores such as watering your garden and even as a backup supply.
  • If you and your family have hoarded a lot of unnecessary stuff or things that you no longer need, this is your opportunity to get rid of them by organizing a yard sale. Not only have you earned a bit of money out of the endeavor but you’ve also made your home more spacious.
  • Make the switch to non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaners instead of traditional cleaners that have a variety of harmful chemicals that wreak havoc not only on your family’s well-being but also on the environment.

With the costs of food and utilities increasing, as someone who runs a household, you have to find creative but effective ways on how to make your home more environmentally friendly without going beyond your budget. You just need to educate yourself and practice the value of resourcefulness.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Traveling Made Easy with Florious Packing Cubes and Neck Stash Review and Giveaway

My family does a lot of traveling to area destinations during the year. Mostly theme park type destinations with 1-3 night hotel stays per trip…this means lots of dirty laundry afterwards for a family of 4! I always think to myself, there has to be a better way then to just throw all the dirty and clean laundry mixed in the suitcases together.

I was contacted by a company called FloriousFlorious has recycled unique products that are perfect for traveling. They offer a 4 piece packing cube/laundry bag set and a neck stash.

 

Florious is not your typical brand

  • Our products are unique. As travellers ourselves, we designed them for the strenuous demands of life on the road to meet our high expectations.

  • We’re proud to introduce our first two products – a 4 piece packing cube shoe/laundry bag set and a neck stash for securing all your valuables within easy reach.

  • We use material made from recycled pop bottles, which dramatically reduces the energy required to make our products and reduces landfill.

  • We invest in organizations that embody our values of community, service and adventure.

 

 4 piece packing cube shoe/Laundry bag set:

Why Do Travellers Adore These Packing Cubes?

You get 3 sizes to meet your packing needs. There are so many ways to use packing cubes, here is one popular solution:

* Large (17.5″ x 12.75″ x 3.25″) for sweaters, pants and other large items
* Medium (13.75″ x 9.75″ x 3″) for shirts
* Small (11″ x 6.75″ x 3″) for socks, underwear, accessories

Tired of finding creative ways to separate out your clean from dirty? Our laundry bag will hold everything you put in your packing cubes. Nice!

Good for You, Good for the Environment

Florious is the ONLY planet friendly choice on Amazon. Made from recycled pop bottles! Buy Florious to reduce landfill and waste. Help keep our planet beautiful!

Each product purchase directly supports a small family run business and their adventures travelling the world, giving their kids an incredible learning experience. You will also support small, underfunded organizations caring for the planet.

This is a limited edition run of our breakthrough Florious Travel Packing Cubes + Laundry Bag and supplies will run out. Grab yours today from Amazon exclusively. Makes a fabulous gift for friends and family who travel anywhere.

 

These packing cubes are perfect for your suitcase! I love how they come in 3 different sizes. I can use the large one for my pants and jackets, the medium one for my shirts and the small one for my socks and underwear. I am very impressed with the material, it is very strong and durable. Part of the front is mesh so you can see what is stored in the cubes. The laundry bag is perfect for carrying our dirty laundry to the laundry room in the hotels we stay at. I just bring the cubes with me along with my dirty clothes in the laundry back and I am all set. I can sort and fold the clothes, and put them right in the cubes and carry back to my room. So easy! The price for his is $24.97.

 

Neck Stash:

Introducing the most advanced stash pouch on Amazon.

Your search for “the ONE” perfect solution for your valuables is finally over! As avid travellers we searched everywhere but couldn’t find what we wanted, so we designed our own. This one delivers you peace of mind and stress-free travel. There’s nothing else quite like it.

Why Do Travellers Adore This Stash Pouch?

Take a look at the thought we put into each one:

* A place for all your valuables – 6 pockets in all! Most of any pouch, sized for large to small items, from passports and phones to coins and cards.

* Made from recycled pop bottles! You get premium quality ripstop recycled nylon, dependable zippers and durable velcro while reducing landfill and waste from production

* Easily adjustable neck strap for tall and short persons and anyone in between. Wear comfortably on the chest or position diagonally under the armpit for extra protection

* Each product purchase directly supports a small family run business while traveling the world, as well as small, underfunded organizations caring for the planet.

This Neck Stash has made my visits to theme parks more easily managed with my money/license/tickets/cell phone. Usually, I would crumple everything up and put it all in my pockets. This neck stash holds everything perfectly. I absolutely love all of the pockets and compartments this has. It is the perfect size to hold my iPhone 6, money, credit cards, park tickets, lip balm and more. When I travel out of the country, this will be a great passport holder as well. The straps are adjustable so I can wear this as long or as short as I want. I can hide it under my clothes or wear it on top of them. It is light weight and not heavy or bulky. The price for this is $14.97.

These products are perfect for traveling. I love how they are made from recycled pop bottles and are highly durable. I feel confident knowing these will last for many travels. Definitely check them out if you are planning a trip soon!

You can purchase both products through Amazon: Neck Stash and Packing Cubes.

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*I received the Neck Stash and 4 piece packing cube set in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own. 

Marijean

My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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