What new with Koh’s Cares



If you read my blog on a regular basis you might recall my posts about the Kohl’s Cares program.

If you are unfamiliar with Koh’s Cares it’s a charitable program through Kohl’s that benefits children’s charities. Through the Kohl’s Cares program books, toys and other products are sold online at Kohls.com or in retail stores across the country. These special products sell for only $5.00 each. The proceeds from the sales go direction to the Kohl’s Cares program which in turn is donated to children’s charities that support health and education.

If you would like to learn more about Kohl’s Cares please visit their page on the Kohl’s website.

I LOVE! LOVE! LOVE the products available through Kohl’s Cares. I have been collecting them for years. My favorite Kohl’s Cares products are the children’s books with matching plush toy. Each is only $5.00. Where can you get a hard cover book or a quality plush toy for only $5.00? Best of all the money raised from the sale of these items goes towards children’s charities. It’s a win-win-win situation all around.

I’m a big kid at heart and I love displaying my favorite books with a matching plush on our bookcase. Thanks to Kohl’s Cares I get to rotate them on a regular basis.

Often I have donated the books and plush to the classroom where I work. They remain as classroom copies/toys so that all the children we work with can enjoy them.

Here are just a few of the sets I have collected over the years.







Kohl’s Cares has a new set of products that are currently available while supplies last. These are so cute that I had to buy all of them.

I received to review the classic book “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” along with a matching plush and a super cute matching lunchbox. If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen my photo. Kohl’s also shared it on their Instagram page too.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

They have other books/plush from the series too including “If You Give a Pig a Pancake,” “If You Give a Moose a Muffin,” and “If You Give a Dog a Donut.”

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I see the super adorable (and cuddly) dog from the “If You Give a Dog a Donut,” but I don’t see the book available online. It might be sold out in which case you should check your local Kohl’s store to see if it’s there. In our Kohl’s stores the Kohl’s Cares products are sold next to the cash registers.

These sets are SO ADORABLE! I couldn’t resist purchasing all of them. Not only do I find them cute but my kids used to like the story “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” so they have sentimental value to me as well.

Dog a Donut

These sets are fun to display in any child’s room or a family’s library. I love displaying my sets. Here are two of the latest ones and one of my all time favorites (“Put Me in a Zoo”).

Set 1

Set 2

These sets make great gifts. Each book and plush combo is only $10. Where else can you find a quality gift that will be appreciate (and loved) for $10? Whenever possible I like to pick up a few extra sets so I always have great gifts handy when we’re invited to younger relative’s birthday parties (or for Christmas).

Occasionally Kohl’s Cares offers products for adults too, such as cookbooks (I have a few of those as well).

As I mentioned earlier, these products are available only while supplies last so if you are interested in any of them don’t delay.

Bookmark the Kohl’s website and check back every few months for new Kohl’s Cares products.

To find a Kohl’s location near you or to shop online visit Kohls.com. You can also find the brand on social media.

Have you ever purchased Kohl’s Cares products? If so, what were they?

What do you think about these super cute book and plush “sets?”

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*I received a free product sample to review. The rest I purchased on my own with my own funds. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Fun on the go with Turtle Toss (giveaway ends 8/16/15)



Summer time is a time is the best time of year for families to spend quality time with one another before it’s time for the kids to go back to school or college. Some families look forward to a vacation getaway. Other families enjoy lounging around by their backyard pool or enjoying the company of family and friends with a barbecue.

Summer is a great time to get outside and enjoy some fresh air too (please make sure to wear sunscreen!). You an go swimming, ride bikes, go camping, blow bubbles, color the sidewalk in chalk… there is so much you can do.

There is a new game recently released by Sea Turtle Sports that can add to your outdoor fun. It’s called Turtle Toss. No… you don’t toss turtles, but you do get to toss colorful bean bags.


Turtle Toss challenges players to score in three different size holes, with the highest points awarded to tosses into the smallest hole. And we added a new dimension to the game: barrel/can shaped bags that expand the range of possible shots. Toss straight overhand or underhand; or add a barrel “roll” to your arsenal with some spin off your fingertips.  Use your imagination. You can tweak the rules to fit your mood and level of play.

Turtle Toss comes with a playing “board” that is super easy to set up. Simply straighten out the legs. That’s it! You can have the game out of the carrying bag and ready to play in about a minute or two. It’s so simple that even kids can easily set it up.

Turtle Toss 1

Turtle Toss 2

Turtle Toss 3

In addition the playing “board” the game comes with eight colorful bean bags and a carrying bag making this a great game to take with you on the go. It’s also a nice size so it can easily fit into your trunk. It’s also lightweight so it’s easy to tote around on to the beach, when camping and even to your backyard.

I was sent a Turtle Toss set to try out with my family. We don’t have a yard but we do visit the grandparents often and they have a big yard. We are also trying to set up a family reunion and plan on taking Turtle Toss with us to enjoy with our cousins and other relatives. Turtle Toss can be played with 2-4 plays. Just make sure to divide the bean bags equally.

I like that you can make up your own game with Turtle Toss. You don’t necessarily have to follow the instructions/rules that come with the set.

It’s not as easy as it looks. If you throw too hard the bean bag can actually “bounce” off of the playing board. The board is a bit “springy” so things bounce a bit when it lands on it. You can also accidentally bounce another players bean bag into a hole and they can score points.

Turtle Toss can be enjoyed by little kids, teens and adults. Even my hard to impress teenagers enjoyed the game. Once you get the hang of tossing the bean bags the game can get really exciting.

I love that the game can be stored in a carrying bag and it’s easy to set up and take down. This is a fun on the go game. You can enjoy it year round too. I think this could be set up and enjoyed in a finished basement, hallway or any place where you’ll have ample room to toss the bean bags and a place where nothing will get broken in case someone tosses too far or in the wrong direction.

I think this would make a great activity/game for a school gym (it’s a great indoor, rainy day activity), summer camp and day care too. Even your college bound student can tote this off the college with them to strike up a game of Turtle Toss with classmates in the school yard.

Turtle Toss can be purchased online at the Sea Turtle Toss website – SeaTurtleSports.com/Turtle-Toss. You can also find the game on Amazon.com.

You can find the brand on social media too. Their links are found on the bottom of their website.

The game might be a bit pricey for some people’s budgets, but it’s the kind of game that would get played and enjoyed over and over again so it would be worth the price. Plus your kids or grandchildren can enjoy it even when they get older.

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Turtle Toss 5

Turtle Toss 6

Sea Turtle Sports would like to give a lucky reader their own Turtle Toss game (a $142.95 value!). Thank you Sea Turtle Sports.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on Augusts 16, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me where you would enjoy Turtle Toss (in your backyard, at the beach, camping…)?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*I received a free sample product in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Summer Fun from Calendars.com



When people think of calendars they probably think about something they need to purchase by the end of the year (for the following year) or the first thing they buy in the new year.

My husband and usually purchase a new calendar for the following year in November or December. We usually end up getting two – one for home and one for his office. For our home I usually pick out something pretty like landscapes, something cute like animals or something funny. My husband always picks something related to his favorite football team, the Dallas Cowboys.

If you want a huge selection of calendars in all shapes and sizes I would recommend Calendars.com. They have the biggest selection of calendars that I have ever seen. Of course they would – it’s in their name. LOL!

Did you know that Calendars.com sells MORE than just calendars? They offer consumers toys, games, books, puzzles, organization products and more. In fact, Calendars.com has some fun products you can enjoy this summer. Here are just a few suggestions.

Backyard Safari Adventure

Backyard Safari Adventure Critter Jar – $16.99

The bright light that comes out at night. This jar features five blinking, flashing light patterns specifically designed to attract all sorts of nighttime critters. Push the built-in signal on top to mimic the sound of crickets. The realistic, spacious interior gives bugs much room to roam. Also doubles as a nightlight. Includes 3 button cell batteries.

Pro Gold 2 Balls

Pro Gold 2 Ball Sport Pack – $16.99

This makes a great gift for any kid who wants to get outside and play! Included in the pack are durable soft-foam footballs. Foam balls are a great way to help kids enhance their hand-eye and foot-eye coordination without having to worry about bumps and bruises.

Happy Ocean Mandala Designer

Happy Ocean Mandala Designer – $25.99

Take your artwork outdoors! Design beautiful chalk drawings with the Outdoor Mandala Designer kits! Choose from princess patterns, ocean and garden themes, fairy fun, animals, and more. Just set the stencil on any paved surface, choose your chalk colors, and color the open spaces.

  • Contents include: 1 large mandala stencil, 6 colored chalks and instructions
  • Place the stencil on the ground and create mandala outside
  • Creative Child Awards: Product of the year award

Ultimate Tie Dye and Wear Kit

Ultimate Tie Dye and Wear Kit – $42.99

The Ultimate Tie Dye and Wear kit is the ultimate world of creativity and spontaneous fun. Share tie-dye fashion fun with your friends! Make colorful apparels with cool tools. Sit back, relax, and get in the groove of the 60s.

And my personal favorite…

Bucket of Sand

Kinetic Sand Bucket O’ Sand – $21.99

Kinetic Sand is the squeezable sand that kids can’t put down. Dig in with this Bucket O’Fun! With 2 pounds of brown Kinetic Sand, the creative possibilities are endless. Use the scoop, castle mold and bucket to create anything your child can imagine. Fire up your child’s creativity with the Kinetic Sand Bucket O’Fun!

  • Loaded with everything you need for a creative Kinetic Sand party
  • Includes 2 lbs. of sand, a scoop, castle mold and more
  • Stimulates children’s creativity, easily cleans up and it sticks to itself, not to you
  • For children ages 3 and up

We have this set. I love kinetic sand. It’s so cool! Not only does it not create a huge mess like regular sand, it also keeps it’s shape better too.

In a way it feels like Play-Doh, but in sand form.

Sand 4

Sand 6

Sand 3


Sand 1

Sand 2


I have since donated this to the classroom where I work. It’s great for the older kids to play with (we have special sandboxes for the little kids). It really is a lot cleaner to play with than traditional sand. It can stick to your hands sometimes but not that bad and it easily brushes right off.

Even my almost 16 year old son enjoys working with kinetic sand. He’s build some pretty interesting things with it.

If you can’t go to the beach you can bring the beach to you.

I find the kinetic sand therapeutic too. It’s a great stress reliever.

These great products and thousands more are available for purchase at www.Calendars.com. You can also find the brand on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom of their websites.

Have you ever purchased from Calendars.com? Do any of these products look like something fun you’d like to have? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Check out the new Minions sets from Mega Bloks


Castle Adventure

Now that the Minions have taken over movie theaters across the country, it stands to reason that they will also appear elsewhere.

I had a feeling that Minion toys would be a hot item as soon as the movie’s release. After all, who doesn’t love those adorable Twinkies-with-eyes critters.

Mega Bloks has introduced several awesome Minions play sets that any Minion and/or Mega Bloks lover would love.

Check out some of the new sets.

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Mega Bloks was kind enough to send me their Castle Adventure set to review.

Castle Adventure (CNT39)

Mega Bloks Minions Castle Adventure

SRP: $74.99 | Age: 5+ years | Available: Summer

The Minions have their eyes on the prize in the Castle Adventure by Mega Bloks Minions!

  • Build the Castle and open the walls to reveal a series of fun-filled rooms where Kevin, Stuart and Bob can cause a royal ruckus as they chase down the crown.
  • Help your Minions repel off the castle walls, zip-line from room to room, discover hidden corners and drop a hammer to get at the gems in the display case.
  • Includes three buildable Minions character figures – Bob, Kevin and Stuart – along with interchangeable parts, such as overalls, goggles, arms, feet and hair, for mix and match customization!
  • Unique build able Minion figures in each set for collectability.

This is a really large set. I love that it comes with all three Minions (Bob, Kevin and Stuart). It wouldn’t be as much fun with just one Minion. They are a team.

Mega Bloks Minions



We haven’t had the opportunity to put this awesome set together yet. This is a “weekend project.” My husband and son are going to work on it together. My husband would gladly do it on his own, but he thinks it could be a fun father-son activity. We would have done it this past weekend but we had plans and were not home most of the time.

Once we put it together I am going to update this post with a photo of how it looks put together. I can’t wait!

I love the great detail that went into this set, right down to the interchangeable parts and accessories.

Mega Bloks has other great Minions and Despicable Me play sets available. Visit their website to see all the fun sets.

If you would like to learn more about this or other Mega Blok sets visit their official website, MegaBloks.com. You can also check out the brand on social media. You can find the links on the bottom of their home page (or check out MegaBloks). You can also check out the Minions (@Minions) on social media too.

Have you seen the Minions movie yet? If so, what did you think about it?

How do you like these awesome Mega Bloks sets? Do you have a favorite?



*I received a free product sample in order to do this review (even though I haven’t had a chance to set it up yet). There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Summer Fun with new products from Roseart



By now most schools are out for summer vacation. Some schools, like the one on kids attend, are almost done. They are just finishing up final exams.

It doesn’t matter how old your child is – at one point or another you are going to hear those words many parents dread – “I’m bored. What can we do?” My kids JUST finished school and I’m already hearing those dreaded words.

Now that my kids are older they can usually find something to do to entertain themselves. Most of the time it involves me driving them places (got to love teens).

I wish my kids were younger because they could take advantage of all the fun and wonderful new toys, games and products that today’s youth gets to enjoy. Take for example the new products from RoseArt.

When I was a young girl I used to LOVE to color in the road with chalk. We also had at one time a concrete back porch which I also enjoyed doodling on in chalk.

I used to color with chalk on the side walk in front of our condo when my kids were younger too.

One time a grumpy old man that lived in our courtyard complained about my kids artwork (chalk) on the side walk, referring to it as “graffiti.” Seriously? It was done by little children and it washes off. Sheesh! Some people.

From that point on my kids and I would draw with chalk in the parking lot at the elementary school. I wish we had a driveway we could enjoy the side walk chalk on.

Sidewalk chalk has come a long way thanks to RoseArt. They recently introduced some of the coolest products I have seen in a long time.

RoseArt Washable Chalk Paint

Washable Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Washable Sidewalk Chalk Paint – Where any sidewalk becomes your own blank canvas! Take your creativity outdoors – and take it to whole new levels.

  • Includes 2 fun colors and 2 foam brushes. Use them individually or mix them together.
  • Mix water with powder and create paint that easily washes away with water.
  • This product is certified non-toxic.

RoseArt Shake N' Roll Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Shake N’ Roll Chalk Paint Rollers

With Shake N’ Roll Chalk Paint Rollers, you can get on a creative roll with ease. Just add water, shake, roll and create giant-sized art that is 100 times more fun than regular sidewalk chalk.

  • Includes 3 Shake N’ Roll Chalk Paint rollers in red, teal and orange.
  • Easy to use. Simply add water, shake and you are ready to paint.
  • Washable Sidewalk Chalk Paint easily washes away with water.
  • This product is certified non-toxic.

RoseArt Sidewalk Chalk Paint Markers

Jumbo Paint Markers

Coloring is fun, but turning a sidewalk into your own painter’s canvas is awesome. And now with RoseArt’s Jumbo Chalk Pain Markers, you can have all the joy of sidewalk chalk with the ease of a marker.

  • Includes four jumbo Chalk Paint Markers in blue, green, yellow and red.
  • Jumbo Markers feature durable paint tips for outdoor use. Simply add water, shake and paint.
  • Washable Sidewalk Paint washes away with water.
  • This product is certified non-toxic.

All of these products are available at Walmart for $3.99 – $4.97. Because they are budget friendly (I would have thought the would cost a lot more) you could stock up on these to enjoy all summer long. These would make great gifts too! Plus teachers could use them to decorate their chalkboards in the classroom, and restaurants could use them to decorate their chalkboard menus.

If only these products were available when I was a kid!

I can remember from my childhood, as well as when my kids were little, how laborious it could be to create a whole scene in chalk sticks. Not only did they get worn down to a nub in no time but they often broke as you were using them and sometimes I would scratch my skin on the concrete as I was coloring in with the chalk.

Now RoseArt offers a “liquid” chalk paint which makes painting big areas so much easier. Instead of scribbling back and forth to color something in with a piece of chalk you can simply paint it in. With the Sidewalk Chalk Paint you can cover more area fully too (no uncolored spots).

I also love the markers. They will make drawing so much easier because it’s like drawing with a marker.

I think these products are less messy than traditional chalk too. With traditional chalk it gets all over your clothes and hands. Not to mention it can be dusty. With the Chalk Paint you have more control of the chalk and you don’t have to get it all over your hands/fingers.

Check out the products in action.


RoseArt sent me these products to try out for myself. My kids felt embarrassed doing it outside of our condo so I had planned on taking them with me to a family party a few weeks ago but I had left them at home by accident. I have younger cousins who would have no problem enjoying these fun products and allowing me to take photos of their masterpieces.

We are hoping to get together with our extended family again for the Forth of July. If we do I’ll be sure to update this post with pictures of the new RoseArt products in action.

I wish I didn’t care about what my neighbors would think because I truly would love to play with them on the sidewalk in front of our condo. I’m guessing seeing a forth-something year old women doodling on the sidewalk might give them cause for concern. Ha Ha.

If you would like to learn more about these and other awesome RoseArt products please visit SidewalkChalkPaint.com and RoseArt.com. You can also check out he RoseArt brand on social media. All the links are found on the bottom left of their main website.

What do you think of these new products? Which one of the three products mentioned above is your favorite?

Would you love to try them out for yourself? Would your child/grandchild enjoy something like this?



*I received free product samples. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 


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Tips for making road trips more fun (giveaway ends 6/30/15)


Road Trip

Did you take a lot of road trips when you were a child? I did. My family traveled a lot by car. I also used to spend my summers in Pennsylvania and my mom and aunt would meet half way every two weeks to take me and my cousin (two weeks in PA, two weeks in NY, another two weeks in PA and another two weeks in NY).

Driving in the car was not always fun. Often it was boring. It also seemed to take FOREVER. As an adult the same trips I made when I was a child don’t seem so bad. Why is that? That is weird.

As a mom I know how hard it can be to go on long car trips with kids. It’s not always fun – unless you make it fun.

Here are a few ideas worth considering.

Magnets! Magnets! Magnets!

Purchase an inexpensive METAL cookie sheet/pan and use it as a portable “work space” for kids.

You an purchase pre-made magnets from your local dollar store, craft supply store and even an educational supply store. Magnetic letters and numbers are always a great choice for little ones. You can also purchase dress up dolls, cars, animals and an abundance of other characters and shapes.

Make your own magnets out of your own photos. Simply print our you photos on cardstock and adhere a magnet to the back. If you could laminate them that would make them sturdier and last longer.

The cookie sheet and magnets can also be used to hold down coloring and activity pages.

Audio Books

It’s not always easy to read in a car. For some people (like myself), they get car sick/nauseous when trying to read in the car.

Instead of books why not get books on tape, or download books from places like Amazon or Audible.

Find a book that would appeal to young and old alike so mom and dad can enjoy it too.

Goodie Bags

Visit your local dollar store and pick up several small toys and games, even crafting products (chenille stems/pipe cleaners are always fun to play with). Put a few little toys/games in small bags along with a healthy snack and/or beverage. When your children start getting antsy and restless give them their surprise goodie bag. That should keep them entertained for a while.


Oldies, but Goodies

Don’t forget about the classic car ride activities to help pass the time.

One game I remember playing was trying to find as many different license plates as you can. Make note of the ones you see. See if you can find all of the states. Bonus points if you find one from some place like Alaska or Canada.

“I Spy” is always fun to play too. “I spy with my little eyes…

“Would you Rather” is another fun game. Each player takes turn asking a question (for example – “Would you rather win a billion dollars or live forever?“) then each person in the car takes turns answering the question.

The Alphabet Game. Try and find things along the road in alphabetical order (for example Animal, Bus, Car, Dog, Exit Ramp, Fallen Tree…).


A great stand by will always be to bring along your child’s favorite movie. We used to do that for our kids when they were little (although my daughter always seemed to watch what SHE wanted to watch).

We kept their favorite movies on hand at all times. We kept them separate from the other DVDs so that we knew where they were in a moment’s notice instead of having to go look for them. Of course this was back when people had portable DVD players. These days people just download and stream things on their tablets and smartphones.

If you are looking for some movie suggestions the recently released Paddington is a fun choice. It’s a super cute movie the whole family will enjoy.

While you are heading off on you adventure why not enjoy Paddington on his adventure to acclimate himself to the human world.

You can see my review here – Movie Review: Paddington. The movie is available now on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD where ever movies are sold.

In addition, here it the trailer for your enjoyment.


It’s a cute movie – sure to entertain your family where ever you go this summer.

Paddington would also like to join YOU on your family adventures.

Paddington Prize

One lucky reader will win a Paddington prize package which includes;

  • Paddington Luggage Tag
  • Paddington Plush Bear/Toy
  • Paddington Blu-ray Combo Pack

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on June 30, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me how you entertain your family on long road trips?

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