Beados Quick Dry Design Station Review

Beados – They Magically Join Together with Water!

When at SweetSuite’14 and Blogger Bash this summer – I got to try out a new product, Beados Beads. This activity set reminds me of the little beads we played with as kids – that you put together on a pegboard and then ironed, expect this is much, much easier, especially for little kids! You use these Beados to make a design – either your own design or from a number of templates – spray it with some water and let it dry! No heat, iron or oven necessary!beados quick dry design station Recently we were sent the Beados Quick Dry Design Station to try out with Lennox. She was so excited when she saw this box arrive! She quickly opened it up and started creating. The Beados Quick Dry Design Station is the all-in-one station that includes a quick dry fan, spray bottle, bead storage, design tray, tweezers pen and 500 Beados! There are many additional products you could buy to add-on to this set – but its a great starter kit – and just right for a 3 or 4 year old!beados-review-01Lennox could barely container herself to get her design done so that she could turn the fan on! She finished up her design, a fish, turned the fan on and waited for them to dry. It only took a few minutes and her design was ready to be removed from the design tray.beados-review-03Beados is a great alternative to the traditional bead & peg board craft we all did as a kid, especially for a younger child. We have tried it once before and it is just too difficult! If you are looking to try out Beados yourself, Target, Walmart and Toys R Us now carries a wide range of Beados kits!beados-review-02

Disclaimer: I received sample product in return for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Excited for The Sims 4 Launch!

cbias-disclaimer-june2014It seems as though we are always talking about toys and products for your kids. Today it’s time to talk about something that everyone else may be interested in! A video game made for Teens and Adults - The next edition of The Sims! The Sims 4 launch releases in just another week and I can’t wait to start playing again. 

I remember playing my first Sims game as one of my first real computer games. I was in Middle or High School and it was SIMCITY2000! Building towns and watching the little ant people populate the city – it was fun and creative! Maybe it was one of my first times really enjoying spending time on the computer and being creative in a different way! Although, SIMCITY2000 was not owned by EA, EA now owns the Sims franchise and they have grown the games leaps and bounds! The Sims™ games are really quite fun and enjoyable for the older gamer!

SIMS4-screenshot-04While I was checking out The Sims™ 4 game – I found that there was a demo online – so of course I went and downloaded it and started playing!

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There are a lot of new things integrated into The Sims™ 4 game including new, big personalities for your Sims! They are smarter, more relatable and emotionally aware of the actions around them. All these new personality traits make them more realistic and believable! Another great new feature that I loved checking out was the ability to share my Sims creativity with my friends! Once I know more of my friends who are playing, we can share and borrow each others creations with each other! 

Here is my Sim! I may live in Texas, but I don’t own real cowboy boots. But, that doesn’t mean my Sim can’t wear them!

SIMS4-screenshot-03If you are excited about The Sims™ 4 game, make sure to pre-order the game online at Walmart. The game will be released on September 2, 2014! When you pre-order online, you will receive the game in the mail, PLUS a pack of the NEW Sour Patch Kids Gum (It’s so good!), Sims 4 Plumbob keychain, $4.99 VUDU movie credits, digital magazine, digital starter strategy guide and Bonus Life of the Party content!

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What has been your favorite Sim Game so far?

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for #CollectiveBias and the #TheSims4 campaign. All opinions and photos are 100% my own.

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How To Shop a Consignment Sale Like A Pro

This week is Just Between Friends Fort Worth time and that means now that all my prepping of items to consign, it is time to shop! Lennox has pretty much NO clothes for this fall / winter since she grew so much over the past year. I have my list (in my head) ready, so its time to shop ’til I drop!

Every sale I look for new tips and tricks from other seasoned consignment shoppers. This year I thought I would put together a list of some of the best posts out there so that you too, can learn how to shop a kid’s consignment sale like a pro!

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Tips for Buying Clothes that FIT!

I never bring my daughter with me when I do my consignment shopping – that just sounds like a terrible idea to me! She would be running around like a crazy person! Well, I found some tips online for buying clothes that will actually fit and they have ended up working out great for me!

  • Shirt and Pant Length – This tip comes from Froggy and the Mouse – Measure your child’s arms and leg length and then mark that length on your arms (if you can) so that each time you hold up an item – you know if it will fit! If you have a taller kid or don’t want to mark your arm – you can always cut string in those lengths and bring them with you! It should give you the best idea if the item fits!

Shopping Tips from Froggy and the Mouse

  • The Right Size Shoes – Shoes are a big one for me when I go shopping. Kids grow out of shoes so fast, especially dress shoes – that I hate to pay full price. I have found that tracing my daughter’s foot onto card stock and then cutting it out – lets me slip the paper into a shoe to see how it would fit! You can see how I do this here.

How to Find the Best Deals

Finding the best deals is what makes Consignment shopping so much fun to me! If you go in with a list, knowledge and are prepared to look around for quite some time – you will leave with some great buys! I put together 5 ways to find the Best Deal – you can find that here. To highlight:

  1. Shop Early!
  2. Make a Good List!
  3. Know the Brands
  4. Plan your Time
  5. Attend the 1/2 Price Sales

More great tips for shopping consignment sales can be found below!

For everything else consignment themed that I have written about – check out my consignment posts here. Happy Shopping!