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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

New Flatscreen TV for the Playroom

We have a very old tube-type television that finally gave out and "fried". Little Brandon and I were watching cartoons on the TreehouseTV network and all of a sudden, the TV shut down. It happened before, but all I did was power it on again and it was fine. This time when I powered it on, we couldn't see anything.

The Hubby came home from work and helped move the old TV and the old TV stand out of the playroom. The TV stand was about to collapse anyway so we decided to throw that out too. We looked online and Hubby found a deal on a LG LCD 32" screen from the Dell website. It was a one-day sale and was $249. We ordered it and was delivered to our door after 2 days. That sure was pretty quick.

Coincidentally around the same time, my sister was getting rid of her computer shelf so I took it from her a few days before the LCD TV arrived. It worked great as a TV stand.

So here are some BEFORE and AFTER pictures.

Brandon loves his new TV and called it "his" new TV.

You can see in the first picture that it was so cluttered. I cleaned up and organized the playroom area and made more space. I hung the photos on the wall just above the TV.

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Eebee's Adventures Video Download Giveaway

Just in time for summer, the adventure offers babies, toddlers and grown-ups of all ages and "ocean" of inspiration to fill, float, splash, pour and explore with water!

This new eebee's WATER PLAY adventures is the winner of a PARENTS' CHOICE GOLD Award and is only available as digital downloads!

Dive into a wonder-filled world of water activities with these wet (and no-so-wild!) adventures. Go with the flow as eebee and babies “experiment” in their own “baby math,” “baby science” and “baby creativity” labs by just adding water! Fill a bowl, grab a cup, and splash and play along. Great inspiration for bath time, too!

eebee and babies use their senses to explore a sea of ideas through water play games with raindrops, squirts, mists, flows and toy boats!

The Giveaway:
For a limited time, you can download it for free. DOWNLOAD the Water Play Adventure for FREE.

Disclosure: I did not receive products for this post. The opinions expressed are my own personal and honest thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Fisher-Price Cars Lightning McQueen Power Wheels

Oh, look what was delivered at our door! It's Lightning McQueen Fisher-Price Power Wheels! I was surprise to see such a HUGE box delivered by Purolator from CSNStores. I figured it was the Hubby who ordered it and he didn't even tell me nor discuss it with me about it. Yeh, he's full of surprises. Little Brandon saw the big box and he recognize the Cars logo on the side of the box. I had the picture on the other side of the box turned away on purpose, but Brandon was a smart one.

We purchased this item ourselves so this review was not sponsored by the company. I referred him to CSN Stores (now part of because I've dealt with them in the past and the customer service people are really helpful.

I wanted it before but Brandon was still a bit too small. Now that he is older (almost 3 years old), he is able to control things a lot better.  I guess this is an early birthday present for him? haha.

Hubby and I assembled it together the next day. It was a big box, but it was very light to maneuver.  The instruction manual was very straight forward and assembly was really easy. The only parts we put together are the front bumper, steering wheel, battery and stickers. We had a bit of trouble with attaching the front bumper because the holes didn't quite lined up. Since it was flexible plastic, one of us had to push down on it (to keep the bumper from popping out) while the other person put the screw in. We charged the battery overnight for 18-hours before first use.

The battery is placed under the hood just like a real car.

The tires were plastic as well, but I wish it had some rubber on it so it can have more traction. When the car went, the tires slip every time. There's a control handle inside the car on the right side that makes the car go forward or reverse. It was a bit jerky too because once Brandon steps on the gas pedal, it immediately goes.  Same thing with the reverse.  To stop the car, just release the pedal. It stops right away. I think the car should come with a seatbelt or a racing harness. Kids can get a whiplash.

Overall, Brandon had fun in his little new car. He just needs a bit more practice with the turns. There are a few different voice sound effects and my favorite was the "Ka-Chow! Ka-Ka Pow!" That was cute and funny!

* Talking voice of Lightning McQueen with racecar sound effects
* Speed at 2.5 mph forward and reverse on grass or hard surfaces
* Equipped with a high-speed lock out for beginners and power lock brakes
* Includes 6-volt battery and charger

Disclosure: The reviewed item was entirely purchased and paid for on my own. The opinions expressed are my own personal and honest thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Brandon's Injury at Disney Store

We were at the Disney Store for the Cars 2 event to get our booklet stamped. After that, we walked around the store and Brandon stayed in his stroller. I was waiting for this lady to move over so I can get the boxed die-cast cars for my son Brandon. The lady's son/grandson (a little bit older than Brandon) had knocked down a few of the die-cast cars on Brandon's face while he was in the stroller. It happened so fast I couldn't avoid it. Poor little Brandon cried so hard. He told me his right eye really hurts.

The lady and her kid didn't even apologize to us. The other kid was also crying (demanding for the toys). Instead of talking to us and comforting the kids, they just walked away. The lady carried the kid out the store. It was REALLY rude! I was furious afterwards. I didn't get a chance to stop them because I was busy trying to calm down my little Brandon.

They sales associate saw it happen to and she apologized. It wasn't her fault. We didn't record any incident. I don't know if I should sue the company or go back to note the incident. I'm a little clueless (and still hurt that Brandon got injured).

Brandon now has a terrible bruised eye. I don't know if the sharp edge of the object even got his eyeball. Looks like the skull had protected him. I would've been really serious. I had to take Brandon to first aid. We went home when it was end of the day and I was still upset about what happened.

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