Toka Box – July Tiger Box Review

We had the joy of trying out the July Toka Box this month!  It was all about tigers!

The Toka Box is a monthly subscription box that has a different theme every month. Each box focuses on literary skills, STEAM skills, school readiness, and life skills.

July 29th was International Tiger Day, so the theme they chose was perfect!!  Did you know that we have lost 97% of tigers in the wild?  International Tiger Day is both to raise awareness for the conservation of these majestic creatures and to celebrate them!  😊

The box came with a book called,  “Tiger on a Tree,” by Anushka Ravishankar and Pulak Biswas.  It also came with a fun craft!

This is such a fun rhyming story about a tiger who wanders from shore to shore, a scary cat that climbs up a tree.  The humans then trap him and wonder what to do with him?  “He’s caught. He’s got. Now what?” they say.  They then make a suprising decision to release him, and the tiger runs off again.

My girls really loved this book, and the fun craft that went along with it!

Tiger Hide and Seek Craft 

I loved how everything you needed for this craft was included in the box.

Fun Fact:  Did you know that the tiger is the largest wild cat in the world? Its tail can be 3 feet long or almost as long as the height of the three year old kid!

To learn more about Toka Box subscriptions, visit their website.  They offer 2 subscription options – Toka Junior for Kids ages 3-5 years, and Toka Explorer for kids ages 5-8. subscriptions.

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Smurfs: The Lost Village Review


The girls and I recently watched Smurfs: The Lost Village.  Growing up watching the smurfs as a kid, I really loved this movie!  To be honest, I really didn’t care for the live action movies they did awhile back – they didn’t remind me of the “old smurfs”.   This new movie however, takes me back to my 80’s childhood.  I love how they stay in smurf village, and although others may not agree with me – I LOVE THAT IT IS A CARTOON!

Movie Description:  In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest to find a lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and adventure, the Smurfs about to discover THE biggest secret in Smurf history!

My girls really didn’t watch much of the previous smurf movies.  However, the answer to the always wondered question”Why is there only one girl smurf” — had my girls watching this movie non-stop.  In-fact, we have watched it 5 times so far!

I love the message of the movie — Don’t be locked into someone else’s label for you, give of yourself, care for others, do your best, and most of all, be there for the ones you love.

Seems Smurftastic to me! 🙂

Let me know in the comments if you’ve seen  Smurfs: The Lost Village,  and what you thought of it!


Why chalk is an amazing toy!

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Drawing with chalk offers many benefits for children – inside or outside!


Chalk can be used on many surfaces — chalk boards, sidewalk, brick, concrete, stones, paper, etc.



Chalk is also easy to clean up.  It dissolves in water — which makes it the ideal art supply for this mom!



I love how chalk allows my children to think outside the box — and get away from their tv/tablets.  Creative play is so important for children. 🙂


Chalk also gives us an opportunity to go outdoors and play.  This is beneficial for children’s minds, bodies and spirits.


Enjoy some chalk time with your kids today!


Love Letters from God; Bible Stories for a Girl’s Heart — Review


Description:  In this heart-warming picture book designed for girls, author Glenys Nellist tells the inspiring stories of incredible women in the Bible. With beautiful illustrations by Rachel Clowes and sweet lift-the-flap envelopes, each story delivers a special message for children to open as they read their own personal love letters from God. Full of warmth and love, this picture book will fill girls’ hearts with the wonder of the Lord. The stories of Eve, Miriam, Hannah, Mary, and many more will delight children and remind them of the bond they can share with God, just like the women of the Bible

Our Review of this book:  My 5 year old Allie really loves this book!  She adores the bright colored illustrations, and loves how each story is personalized just for her!  The lift up flap is Allie’s favorite part of the stories — as it makes her feel so very special.  You can see how much her face lights up after each story — she definitively can sense GOD’s love for her from these stories! 🙂



Click here to buy a copy of your own

Click here to buy a copy of your own

Review of TOASTEA travel infuser

I am in love with my new infuser cup from Adagio Teas.  I received this product for an honest review.  This cup really does the trick!  I was amazed at how long the cup kept my drink hot — hours!  I loved how I could add the tea to the basket, close it up, and head off to work!  Easy peasy!


Description from the website:  Enjoy more tea on the go with our new 17oz travel infuser. Its double-walled stainless steel construction will keep your tea quite hot (or cool, if you prefer) for hours. Spring-loaded lid opens easily with just one hand, allowing drivers to keep the other safely on the steering wheel. Sliding easy-click lid-lock prevents accidental openings. Fits most car cup holders. To use: fill three-quarters of the way with water (water line below the removable stainless steel infuser) and place leaves inside the infuser basket. Flip the unit upside-down for a thorough, flavorful infusion. Once infused, flip right-side up to separate spent leaves from water and prevent your tea from turning bitter. Travel far and wide with quality freshly-brewed tea! Please note: This tumbler is exceptionally well-insulated, with a vacuum-tight seal. It will keep your tea very hot, sometimes for several hours. Please sip carefully to avoid burning your mouth! In addition, be sure to open the cap away from your face when tea has been steeping, to avoid any escaping pressurized steam.


Adagio teas also has a wide variety of teas to choose from.  I picked the Jasmine Phoenix Pearls to try out.  Let me tell you what, this tea is heavenly!

Website Description:  Jasmine Phoenix Pearls are perfumy, hand-rolled jewels of tea from Fuding, in Fujian province, China. Any fan of jasmine tea should try this specially crafted wonder. When added to hot water, Jasmine Phoenix Pearls majestically unfurl, releasing their delicate scent and flavor. Also known as ‘Jasmine Dragon Pearls’, their liquor is sweet and almost sugary. Very soft, airy mouthfeel. The delicate quality of the flavor is due in part to the leaves used to produce this tea: two tender, tiny new leaves and one plump unopened leaf bud. Younger leaves will yield softer flavor.



I encourage you to check out Adagio Teas website — and take a look at what they have to offer!


Fit Box June 2017 Unboxing 

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I don’t know about you, but I can always use a bit of extra motivation when it comes to eating healthier (especially snacks); and there are so many products on the market.  Fit Snack Box Provides a monthly subscription experience of healthy conscious foods, innovative snacks, and fitness tips to support your active lifestyle.  I really love the wide variety of products you get to discover every month.  Trying and finding new “healthy” snacks that my children actually like is a challenge – but having them delivered to your door in a box has made it fun for my children.  It also gave me new ideas for work and school snacks.

Sisters Anita and Rose Muniz are the duo behind Fit Snack. They realized that taking the leap to live a healthier life is not always easy.  The grocery store is lined with high sugar, over processed foods, not everyone has access to Sprouts or Whole Foods and it’s really hard to know what new healthy snacks you will like without tasting them. The Fit Snack duo decided that they would curate an assorted box every month and on top of that, include at home workouts and bonuses like free music downloads. 

Each Fit Snack Box comes with 7-10 full-size and deluxe sample items, plus free workout and recipe cards.  This is a $32+ in guaranteed value.

When selecting products to include in the box, they use the Fit Snack “Perfect 10″.  Put simply, they look for snacks that fall into one or more of these categories: Nutrient Dense (high in protein, complex carbs, low sugar index), Consciously Made (GMO free, organic production, sustainably farmed), and Diversified Energy (gluten free, clean eating, paleo, raw).

Fit Snack offers several different subscription plans including 1-month, 3-month, 6-month, and annual subscription options. Monthly box prices start at $15.00 (+ $5 S/H) and provide double that value within each box.

This box is a great monthly reminder to eat healthy, and best of all — it’s delivered right to your door.  Try it out yourself and order your own!

This is what I received in my box this month.


Ellyndale Naturals Southwestern Barbeque Q Cup

This was my favorite in the box.  It’s made with a mix of organic quinoa, black beans, organic sweet corn, red bell peppers, and mesquite BBQ seasonings. Just add water, pop in the microwave for 60 seconds, let sit for 5 minutes, and enjoy.  I think I will buy more and bring it to work!

Amsety Bars in Dark Chocolate

Amsety Bar is the first nutrition bar to help support liver health. It’s made with organic, non-GMO ingredients and contains no refined sugar, sodium, or gluten. It’s also dairy-free and vegan-friendly. Two dark chocolate flavored bars were included.  I loved eating these for breakfast.  🙂

Fawen Drinkable Soup

A ready-to-drink soup made with gently cooked whole, organic vegetables and blended smooth with coconut milk. One bottle contains more than a full serving of vegetables with no added sweeteners or artificial preservatives. It’s gluten-free, non-GMO, and vegan-friendly.  I tried a different flavor in last month’s box… I really didn’t care for this flavor.

Nutiva Organic Hazelnut Spread in Classic

Organic hazelnut spread made with all natural, non-GMO ingredients. This contains 40% less sugar than the leading brand and is both vegan-friendly and gluten free. Thanks to the inclusion of flaxseed and chia seeds, the spread also has 450mg of plant-based omega-3 per serving.  This was so yummy… even my loved it!

Swish 4 Energy Mouth Rinse

This unique mouth rinse freshens your breath, enhances alertness, cools your mouth, and helps you maintain endurance all in one 30-second swish.  I loved the taste!

Rise Buddy Rice Snacks

A healthier alternative to regular potato chips, these Rise Buddy snacks are made with brown rice and are baked, not fried. They’re also gluten-free and contain no trans fats.  I liked this flavor,  and do did the girls!

MR Supps Whey Isolate

I received 2 packets of vanilla flavored whey isolate protein powder in this box. Each packet contains a whopping 24 grams of protein.  I love adding these to my breakfast smoothies.

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Create your own virtual aquarium with virtual pets – product review

Disclaimer: Pai Technology provided us with products to review. This is not a sponsored post and our views are always our own.

We got to the pleasure of reviewing a really fun product, called Ocean Pets.  Ocean Pets pairs augmented reality with creativity to turn every space into your own virtual aquarium. Use the special putty and ocean templates to create our own ocean pets. Then, scan your Ocean Pet creations, and see them come to life. Care for your Ocean Pets and learn facts about the ocean and its inhabitants.

Ocean Pets comes in a nicely designed compact box with 8 silicon fish-shaped molds (numbered 1-8 to scan into the app), a crafting tool, and brightly colored air drying clay!

The air drying clay comes sealed to prevent drying out. Once opened and in use, the lovely plastic containers close nice and tight to keep the clay from drying out. When you run out of the clay provided in the kit, you can top-up the pots with more air drying clay.  We found more and the dollar store 🙂


My children had so much fun making colorful sea creatures out of the clay.  I really loved that the clay wasn’t messy or sticky.  Air drying clay is a fantastic medium for children to play with.  My girls really enjoyed blending the colors, and making marbled effects with the clay.  They also decided to let their sea creatures dry out, and played with their new fish that way.

Review of Ocean Pets – create your own virtual aquarium #oceanpets

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Scan and Explore

Once you’ve completed the fish you need to scan it into the app. Go to the app, select the number that matches your mold and scan your fish. We found holding the device at an angle works really well.

Once scanned, kids can name and care for their pets as they build out their unique underwater aquarium, all while learning facts about the ocean and its inhabitants. The more your child takes care of their ocean pet, the more special game features will be unlocked.  They can also take photos or record 10-second videos of their fish swimming in the aquarium. There’s also voice recording capabilities built into the app. Once they are happy with their aquarium, kids can use it as a picture frame or take a selfie with them in the fish tank!


We think Ocean Pets is a brilliant craft kit and app for kids from ages 3+ and up.  Pai Technology has done a great job with the AR (augmented reality) technology