Hunting Season, Orange Hats and Kids

It is that time of year, hunting season! As a child of a father who has hunted pretty much my whole life I know two facts when this time roles around:

  1. I can’t reach Dad until after dark.
  2. I must wear bright colors.

I also know two other facts:

  1. I don’t own bright colors for the NH Fall/Winter Season.
  2. My sons don’t like to wear bright colored hats.

My daughter and I knew it was hunting season and that we needed a bright hat to wear while playing in our backyard. Since moving to our new house we seem to spend a majority of our daylight hours in the backyard … the backyard that is surrounded by woods in nearly every direction!

We went to Ocean State Job Lots and had a look around because they always have awesome Winter hats and there we were finding a $4 hat for us, $8 total for safe backyard play!

We enjoyed our outdoor play time which was spent with Baby K and not AJ because AJ came out and ran back inside refusing to play hide n seek with us! Baby K and Ki hid behind this big tree we have in our yard and Ki hid so well that I couldn’t see her on the other side of the tree, even with her orange hat on until she ran for the house!

We had a blast, it was a fun day full of smiles and exploring! Speaking of exploring, do you know what animals eat just the apple part of an apple, as in the core and all but leave apple skins behind? We had a ton of apples gone but the critters left behind the skins ….

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CLOSED Funrise Toys Tonka Strong Arm Review & Giveaway

My family received a Tonka Strong Arm Firetruck to review with the boys who are four and two years old. My four year old isn’t as attached to this Strong Arm Firetruck as my two year old is. I was in love with the fact that the packaging was noticeably easier than most toys.

With holidays approaching it is important for me to note that Funrise made packaging so much easier. Apparently they have listened to all the parents say how frustrating it can be to get a toy out for their child during the gift giving season. Funrise uses something call Easy Lock and with one turn of the lock on the bottom, the vehicle is released from the packaging. As a parent of three children who get lots of gifts on Christmas morning I can say the ease of opening the Tonka Strong Arm Firetruck was noticeable and yes very easy!

About the Strong Arm

Tonka is a brand many are familiar with, especially if you are raising boys. The Strong Arms are big freewheeling vehicles with a multi-action trigger-lever built in. When you pull and rev the lever, the vehicles rumble and create sparks inside the lever arm window. Squeezing the trigger will operate the vehicle’s specific action. The best part is they require no batteries! Nothing but kid power and imagination is needed for hours of fun. The Tonka Strong Arms are the winner of the iParenting Award for Outstanding Product for 2009. Recently the company found out that the Strong Arms won the Dr. Toy’s Guide 100 Best Children’s Products for 2010, the Dr Toy’s Guide 10 Best Active Products for 2010 and Best Pick for 201 Awards.

My Thoughts About the Strong Arm

As a parent I have been very impressed with the Tonka Strong Arm Firetruck, Baby K and I love to play with this as often as possible. About once a day I will tell Baby K “go get your cars and Mama will play cars with you”. I assume he will run off and grab some of his little toy cars, but nope he comes back carrying his Strong Arm Firetruck ready to play!

I have had no issues with this vehicle, I think it’s great that it’s a toy without a requirement for batteries and I do feel that the Tonka Strong Arm Firetruck or Garbage Truck would make a great gift for the 2010 Holiday Season!

Enter to Win a Tonka Strong Arm Truck

One lucky person who enters below will win either the Strong Arm Garbage Truck or the Strong Arm Firetruck, depending upon what is available.

Giveaway will end at 11:59pm EST on November 25

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Satellite Internet Isn’t All That Bad

Before moving to our new location we found out that we would no longer be able to have Comcast Internet, which was a big bummer as it’s super fast and we were living in a location right off of a main highway before so the speed was even more fast than expected. That was then, this is now. Today I am living with HughesNet Satellite Internet service.

As a family we looked into all of the satellite plans and I also asked around on MomDot Forum, Twitter and Facebook to find out what others thought about using satellite Internet. I work from home, Internet is my income so we must have a reliable source of Internet here!

Some of the feedback I received wasn’t all that great, many were telling me to have a backup provider, others mentioned that the connection was slow and would go down often. Then there was this one person who informed me that she has been using HughesNet for about twelve years now and it has worked pretty good for her! That was a relief to start hearing some positive, I seriously ended up in tears at one point for fear that I would not be able to put in as many hours as I was before.

I love my income, I love my jobs and without them we could financially survive but I would go crazy not working to make some revenue, not to mention writing is my therapy! After living here a month or so now I can say that I am impressed with the service we have through HughesNet. There was one week without Internet due to waiting for money to purchase our dish outright, and the next week was a bit tricky because the satellite went down one night and the network we have here was set up in a weird way that triggered my office computer to not go online.

Overall, I am very pleased! I woke up to an ice storm looking backyard and frontyard, trees, driveaway, cars all covered in ice, but went into the office and voila my internet was still working just fine!

So what do you have for Internet and are you happy with your service provider?

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Road Rippers R/C Motor Muscle Car from @toystate

My family was able to test out Road Rippers R/C Motor Muscle car from Toy State!

My sons were so excited about getting this car, it was received shortly before our move which is why it was more of a tease than anything to them. We waited until we got into our new home with hardwood floors so they would have room to test this out in a big living room rather than a small kitchen area.

I would have to say that my four year old enjoys racing the car as fast as he can across the floor and my two year old enjoys listening to the old school music found on the remote control for this R/C motor muscle car!

The only downfall to this car I found was that you can’t be too far away from the vehicle with the remote in order for it to work, I think it’s about 3 feet, which is great for the little ones but not so great when the adults are trying to play with it ;-)

About Road Rippers R/C Motor Muscle

  • Ages 7 and up is the rating.
  • Price is approximately $35.
  • Line of classic 1960’s and 1970’s muscle cars that offer full-function radio control features.
  • Each classic car includes its own uniquely styled remote controller that incorporates design cues pulled from the actual vehicle.
  • Play features include flashing lights and a popular classic tune from the car’s original era.
  • Motor Muscle models include 1967 Corvette Stingray, 1969 Doge Daytona, 1971 Dodge Super Bee and 1970 GTO Judge.
  • The Road Rippers R/C Motor Muscle collection is available at Wal-Mart, Target, Toys “R” Us, Kmart and stores nationwide.

For more information on this product you may visit Toy State’s website, follow @toystate and Like Toy State on Facebook.

Disclosure: I reviewed this product based on my honest, personal experiences with the product. The item was provided for free from Team Mom.

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Cheerios: Quality Time While Nourishing the Body and Mind of my Children

Quality time with my children is very important but also just as important is making sure I am nourishing their mind and body while we enjoy this time together. Here at my house I am not big on offering sweets for snacks but we do enjoy a good healthy treat such as Cheerios or similar for snack.  It’s great that my children are still at the ages of 8, 4 and 2 without knowing too much about sugary treats.

One thing my children and I now like to do together is to go outside and enjoy our new backyard watching the animals, going on treasure hunts and leaving little food behind for the birds so we can watch them come while we sit inside enjoying the view from our windows. Quality time is spent teaching the children about the animals we see in our backyard, investigating how many apples were eaten overnight and counting how many various colored leaves we find laying on the ground.

A nice healthy snack, smiles and education through fun play outdoors is nourishing my child’s minds and bodies. Think about it, they are learning new things which nourishes their minds and getting exercise which is very nourishing to their bodies. If you have children that don’t learn in a normal “book” kind of way, hands on exercise and learning outdoors may work best, but remember to bring along a healthy little treat to ensure they also have full tummies.

Like Cheerios on Facebook and learn more about what other Cheerios Blogger Circle bloggers are doing to nourish the minds and bodies of their children.

Disclosure: I am a member of Cheerios Blogger Circle and this post was written based on a question Cheerios asked me “How do you use quality time with your children to ensure the best nourishment for body and mind?” more articles will come in future months.

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