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Take a ‘Brain Break’ with Nintendo DS and Yo-kai Watch + Giveaway

This post was sponsored by Nintendo as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

With our recent move and so much change going on – Lennox has had a tough transition into a new school, new friends, new house and about 10 other things, plus she’s 5! That’s a lot of change for a little 5-year-old.  Lennox spends almost all of her days at school, learning and working hard. Most of it is technology free as well. So when she gets home or on the weekend, she wants downtime just like we all do. In theory I’d love to work on extra things with her, do something educational or even get outside more – but really, she just needs a ‘brain break’ – and lets be honest – so do mom and dad! So usually that means she is free to watch some tv, play on the computer or play video games.

yokai-watch3 She recently got a “hand me down” Nintendo 3DS, so we have started looking for games that are age appropriate for her to play. Some of the games are easy to play but there are too many on-screen directions that she can’t follow. However, when we received Yo-kai Watch, it seemed like a great fit for her. There was not too much story for her to figure out and read and she could jump right into the game. She eagerly sat down and played it, with a a little help from Dad! I could hear them in the other room talking about what the Yo-Kai were doing and her character, which she created, Eleanor. Where she picked the same Eleanor, I have no idea!

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If you are unfamiliar with Yo-Kai Watch, here is a little more information: Yo-kai Watch is a Japanese video game that is just now starting in the US. Yo-kai are mischievous little creatures that inhabit the world. The player must find and befriend them to create teams and battles versus other Yo-kai. Yo-kai Watch is made exclusively for Nintendo 2DS, 3DS and 3DSXL for $39.99 wherever video games are sold. yokai-watch

** Yo-Kai Watch Giveaway **

Nintendo is giving away the game to one of my readers. All you have to do is use the rafflecopter widget below to enter by April 4, 2016.

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Contest entrants are only eligible to win once per sweepstake, per household as a part of a campaign sponsored by Influence Central and must reside in the United States

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Hey Parents! Consignment sales are not just for baby stuff! [+ Giveaway!]

Now that my daughter, who is 5 years old, is no longer a baby – sometimes consignment sale shopping can seem a little outgrown, but then I go back every sale and remember how amazing it really is! There are a number of items I always find at each sale I go to, that save me so much money over retail pricing.

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Consignment Sales for Big Kids

Here are a few of my favorite items to look for:

Clothing: Clothes, clothes and more clothes. This is the number one item I get at consignment sales now. I am able to get Lennox’s full summer wardrobe for $150 or so. During the spring sales I love to find lots of sundresses, bathing suits and play clothes for summer camp. Another great clothing item to find are school uniforms – especially during the fall sale. They are usually about 90% off retail prices – you can’t beat that!

 

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Shoes: Shoes, especially those for summer camp or playdates are great to find at consignment sales. Kids are tough on shoes and can out grown them so quickly, I hate to spend $30-40 a pair – $3-6 each is much better! Since usually your kids aren’t with you at the sale, try this tip to find does that fit without them there!

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Books: There are endless boxes of books at Just Between Friends Fort Worth. Books are a great thing to find, especially on the half-price days. A book for 50cents to $2 is great, especially for hardcover books! 

Games: Board games are abundant at Just Between Friends Fort Worth and a great addition to your playroom or family game night. Usually I can find board games in great condition for $2 or $3. I try to get 2 or 3 new ones each sale. 

Toys: A lot of the toys that are at Just Between Friends are actually for younger children, but there are still some great Melissa & Doug craft sets, Barbie’s and other dolls and whatever the current trendy toy is! Finding a few new toys each sale as a “gift” right away is always fun too.

So, as you can see – there are plenty of items to shop for even when your kids outgrow all of the baby equipment and baby toys. 

Just Between Friends Fort Worth, is by far my most favorite consignment sale. It has so many great deals and I look forward to it every Spring and Fall. The Spring 2016 sale is coming up within the next few weeks. If you aren’t familiar with Just Between Friends Fort Worth by now, it is Texas’ Largest children and maternity consignment sale. It is located at the Will Rogers Memorial Center Amon G. Carter Exhibit Hall in 75,000 sure feet. It will be open to the public March 3-6th (full schedule can be found here).

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If you are a first time parent or even a grandparent, you won’t want to forget to sign up for an early shopping time. Registration is open until March 1. You can also shop early by volunteering and/or consigning! 

** GIVEAWAY **

Lucky for you – I’m giving away a $15 JBF Fort Worth Gift Card. All you have to do is enter by using the rafflecopter widget below. One winner will be selected on February 21st. The winner must pick up the gift card at the spring sale. Other JBF bloggers are not eligible to win. 

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Gift Guide: MindWare Art Sets for Kids + Giveaway

Recently I learned about MindWare toys and how great they are. MindWare toys are “brainy toys for kids of all ages”. Their mission is to create a collection of unique products that help promote learning and engagement while still being fun and enjoyable! And in my opinion, MindWare does that. Whether you are looking for a high quality art set for your daughter or a remote control rover kit for your son, MindWare has something for every age child.

I was lucky enough to have two products sent to us to take a look at and for Lennox to experience. We were sent the Make Your Own Glitter Snow Globes kit and the Paint Your Own Porcelain Vases kit. Both are EXTREMELY nice! I was more than impressed with both of them.

mindware-art-sets From the packaging, to the contents to the quality of the materials, these kits are some of my favorites.

Make Your Own Glitter Snow Globes

This kit is great for the holiday season, but could be used anytime of year. Snow Globes remind me of Christmas and of the winter. The packaging is high quality and colorful. There is no mystery of what is inside the box! With this set, your child is able to work with a variety of colored clay to design their own clay figure. Once they create their clay pieces, you can bake it, put the globe together and shake. It’s pretty straight forward and the final product is a no-leak, double sealed snow glob that will let you decorate your home with your child’s creations, without making a mess!

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The kit contains everything you need to create 2 snow globes:

  • 2 Snow Globes
  • 12 Colors of Clay
  • 10 Glue Dots
  • Sculpting Tool
  • Glitter

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From MindWare’s website, the key skills that this product promotes:

  • Strengthens creativity, discipline, fine-motor skills, design and problem-solving skills
  • Learn how to blend, layer and mold clay

Paint Your Own Porcelain Vases

Like the Snow Globe kit, the Paint Your Own Porcelain Vases kit is great for all ages. The contents of this kit are high quality and the final products will be beautiful. This kit lets your little artist paint in any way they wish. Whether it is a very detailed design or an “abstract” design – you are sure to have some beautiful vases at the end of the day. 

mindware-paint-your-own-vase-03Let your child paint the vases with the included paints, and then help them bake the product in the oven to give it a finished, glossy look. This would be a great kit to get and then make some homemade Christmas gifts for grandparents, teachers or even for mom and dad!

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This kit comes with everything you need to create 3 vases:

  • 3 White Porcelain Vases
  • 12 Bright Paints
  • Paint Brush

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From MindWare’s website, the key skills that this product promotes:

  • Strengthens creativity, hand-eye coordination, patience, fine motor and design skills

Its refreshing when you come across a brand of toys that creates high quality toys that let your child’s creative mind go crazy! If you are looking for a unique gift this holiday season – please check out MindWare toys!

I’ll make sure to update this post as well with the final creations once they are all finished up! 

** GIVEAWAY **

Use the widget below and enter to win one of the art sets of your choice (Choice of Snow Globes or Porcelain Vases). Giveaway open to US residents, 18+. Giveaway ends December 10, 2015.

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