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Make Fun Personalized Gift Card Gifts with The Gift Card Shop

by Jennifer Wieland
Make Fun, Personalized Gift Card Gifts with The Gift Card Shop!
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #eHolidays #CollectiveBias

 

The holidays are fast approaching and in the mix of holidays I’m sure we all have a birthday, anniversary, wedding, shower or countless other things thrown into the mix too. Sometimes life sneaks up on you and you’re in need of a last-minute rushed gift. While other times you plan way in advance but know that a gift card is the perfect gift. Who wants to just send a dull boring gift card in an envelope or via email? A gift should have some life and personality to it right? That’s why I love that you can make fun personalized gift card gifts with The Gift Card Shop!

Make Fun, Personalized Gift Card Gifts with The Gift Card Shop!

My sister has been a little down lately. She has five kids and three of them are ages two and under. She has a 12-year-old daughter, a 9-year-old son, 2-year-old boy, girl twins and a 1-year-old son. Basically, she has been pregnant or in new mom mode for three years straight. She spends all her time running the old kids around while hauling three little ones with her. At home she spends her day chasing down diaper clad bottoms going in three different directions. Her husband is a great guy and helps as much as possible but he works. However, there are always diapers, sleepless nights and days she prays for a shower alone for some me time. 

Make Fun, Personalized Gift Card Gifts with The Gift Card Shop!

I really wanted to send her a pick me up. Something to cheer her up and let her know that someone understands how much she needs a moment to herself to remember that she is not just mommy but Kim too. So I headed to The Gift Card Shop to find an egift card she would love but one that she would also spend only on herself. So she could indulge in some shopping. (I will even babysit.) I picked out a Sephora card because she loves beauty products and I know she’ll enjoy getting to try to pick out new items. 

It was so easy to order and personalize this gift with The Gift Card Shop that I’m going to show you!

Make Fun, Personalized Gift Card Gifts with The Gift Card Shop!

Head to The Gift Card Shop website. Click on the digital tab in the upper right corner.

Make Fun, Personalized Gift Card Gifts with The Gift Card Shop!

I then clicked on the eGift Card link at the top of the page and browsed through the huge selection of egift cards.

Make Fun, Personalized Gift Card Gifts with The Gift Card Shop!

Once I found the one I wanted, Sephora, I clicked the link for it. There I was able to select a denomination, choose between a digital gift card or a physical one and then I could either add to cart or personalize. I opted for the digital card and to personalize.

Make Fun, Personalized Gift Card Gifts with The Gift Card Shop!

I was then taken to a a page where I could select from digital greeting cards, digital photobooks or digital video greetings. All of these would be a perfect option but i kept it simple and selected a digital greeting card.

Make Fun, Personalized Gift Card Gifts with The Gift Card Shop!

I was then taken to a selection of beautiful card designs and narrowed it down with the occasions along the left side of the page. I went to the Just Because section of cards to find just what I was looking for. I then clicked on the card I wanted.

Make Fun, Personalized Gift Card Gifts with The Gift Card Shop!

I decided to go with this Chin Up Buttercup card for my sister. I loved the beautiful flower background with the bold, silly saying. This is where you begin creating. Once you get the large view of the front you can select Back to pick a different card or Next to start to personalize it. If you select a card with a photo you can upload pictures from your computer, Facebook or Instagram.

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I typed a fun message to my sister and “signed” it. I was able to select different font types, colors, sizes and alignment. When I was happy with it I clicked on the Next button.

Make Fun, Personalized Gift Card Gifts with The Gift Card Shop!

There is so much detail that you can even select the envelope liner and envelope. Once that’s done you click on the Next button again at the top.

Make Fun, Personalized Gift Card Gifts with The Gift Card Shop!

Click on the banner that says SWIPE OR CLICK to open your card and it will show you how the whole thing will look to the recipient. If it’s good just click on the Approve button at the top.

Make Fun, Personalized Gift Card Gifts with The Gift Card Shop!

You then let them know who it’s to and from and if you want to Schedule Send or Send Now. If you choose to schedule a date field appears and you decide when you want it to go.

Make Fun, Personalized Gift Card Gifts with The Gift Card Shop!

You’ll then get your total for that card and you can then Add To Cart. After that you can create more gifts or just checkout. 

Make Fun, Personalized Gift Card Gifts with The Gift Card Shop!

The Gift Card Shop is a no stress, no hassle way to handle your holiday and occasion cards and gifts digitally! That means no lines at the post, no writing out numerous cards and no stamp fees and right now you can even score a hot deal! Through November 22nd when you purchase a $100 eBay gift card on www.thegiftcardshop.com you’ll receive a $5 eBay gift card bonus. (While supplies last. Limit one offer per customer)

 

 


Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Musical in Chicago

by Jennifer Wieland
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Musical
I have received tickets to attend this event with my family. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

If you’re like me you grew up watching and singing along with Alvin and the Chipmunks and their little, female counterparts the Chipettes. Now, with the resurgence of these lovable little characters there have been new movies, shows and music for our kids to fall in love with too. There’s now even an ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE MUSICAL to go see. This weekend your favorite chipmunk trio will be heading to the Rosemont Theater for two days of performances packed with music, fun and humor the whole entire family can enjoy in the ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE MUSICAL.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Musical

 

The Chicago performances are Friday, November 20 at 2 p.m. and Saturday, November 21 at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets ($25  $75) are on sale now and available at ticketmaster.com, or by calling (866) 448-7849. For groups of 10 or more, visit www.grouptix.net or call (773) 327-3778 for discounted tickets. Not in Chicago? Don’t worry there are still plenty of cities left on the tour in the U.S. and Canada. To find one near you head here. 

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE MUSICAL is filled with the music and excitement of a live rock concert as the Chipmunks perform hits by One Direction, Maroon 5, Carly Rae Jepsen, Elvis Presley and more. A brand new original song, “Are You Ready for Chipmunks?,” is also included in the high-energy show and is available to listen to at People.com.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Musical

The Chipmunks will only be in town for two days! Don’t miss your chance to share this with your kids!


Share a Sweet Breakfast Easily with Restaurant.com

by Jennifer Wieland
Share a Sweet Breakfast Easily with Restaurant.com
I am part of the Restaurant.com Review Crew and this post is sponsored by Restaurant.com but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Last week I needed to drive out to my sister’s house after I got the group off to work and school. We are working on my youngest nephew’s first birthday party. While she has two kids in school (ages 12 & 9) she also has a set of twins that are two and the baby is almost one. Since her husband and the older ones are at work and school it is hard for her to tote three kiddos two and under around by herself. I decided I would bring them all a little treat that morning plus grab something for my group too. I was able to put a smile on three little faces thanks to Restaurant.com and their gift certificates.

Share a Sweet Breakfast Easily with Restaurant.com

What some people don’t realize is that you find hidden gems like the Donut Den on Restaurant.com. the Donut Den is an old school donut shop that smells like a sugary heaven when you walk in. The locals that visit there often (my sister’s family included) swear by this place and how great its donuts are. There was a $5 Restaurant.com gift certificate available with a $10 minimum purchase on it. This made it easy for me to grab a half-dozen for my sister’s kids and a half-dozen for my kid’s after school snack. 

Share a Sweet Breakfast Easily with Restaurant.com Gift Certificates #ReviewCrew

The Donut Den’s donuts are light, fluffy and perfectly glazed and iced. While super flavorful they are not overly sweet. Their glazed donut is pretzel shaped for a bit of fun and whimsy.

Share a Sweet Breakfast Easily with Restaurant.com Gift Certificates #ReviewCrew

They do have your standard donut fair but they also have some fun and seasonal flavors like peanut butter & jelly, pumpkin and Oreo. My personal favorite was the cinnamon roll donuts. Each day they have a daily special and it’s listed as soon as you walk in. 

Share a Sweet Breakfast Easily with Restaurant.com Gift Certificates #ReviewCrew

Remember, for more information on Restaurant.com be sure to check out their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter, find them on Google+ or check out their blog, The Dish.

“The only thing better than going out for a great meal, is getting a great deal.  Restaurant.com has been filling tables since 1999 and is the destination for dining whether you like to plan ahead or find a meal on the go.  Restaurant.com helps diners discover the perfect dining experience and boasts nearly 50,000 dining deals available every day, even on the weekends!  And, the deals are easy to use – present the certificate to the server on a mobile device, or print out a copy, and voilà – the savings will be deducted from your final bill.  Bon Appétit!”


Fashion Outlets of Chicago – A Girl’s Shopping Dream

by Jennifer Wieland
Fashion Outlets of Chicago - A Girl's Shopping Dream

 

 

I recently got an invite to come and check out the Fashion Outlets of Chicago, an award-winning 530,000 square-foot shopping center that’s complete with 130 designer outlets, an eye-catching contemporary art collection and high-end amenities that will leave you asking where has this shopping experience been all of my life?

Fashion Outlets of Chicago - A Girl's Shopping Dream

Walking in there is no dull and drab decorations that are standard fare at most shopping outlets. There are bright, bold and vivid displays of color and pattern found throughout to grab your attention and take your trip from just shopping to an extended visual feast. Fashion Outlets of Chicago Children's Wing

The shopping has something for everyone. From kid’s stores to high-end retailers you will find just what you are looking for at great prices. The layout of Fashion Outlets of Chicago is also unique in that they took families into consideration. Busy parents can make shopping easier by parking by and entering the mall at the children’s wing. That’s right, they have a children’s wing that has family friendly retailers that include the Disney Outlet, Oshkosh B-gosh, Stride Rite and the Gymboree Outlet to name a few. This way families can pop in and get what they need for the kids without having to trudge through an entire mall to go to a handful of stores.

Fashion Outlets of Chicago Food Court

Another advantage to the children’s wing is that it is right next to the food court. The food court is a bright and clean area that is inviting and filled with a good selection of food options. Chicago Burger Company, Chicken Now, China Max, DJ’s Taco Bar, Freshii, Haagen-Dazs, Little Tokyo, Maoz Vegetarian, Sbarro, South Philly Steak and Fries and Wetzel’s Pretzels round out the food fare in the food court. The food court also houses a family-friendly area in the back where kids can ride on some coin operated ride on machines. 

Fashion Outlets of Chicago Sweet Treats

Regular food court fare not going to cut it? Do you need something sweeter or with a jolt of caffeine to see you through an in-depth shopping trip? Never fear, Fashion Outlets of Chicago has you covered with three candy stores. Lindt Chocolates, Godiva Chocolatier and Lolli and Pops can cater to any sweet tooth you may have. If caffeine is your thing you can grab a drink at Starbucks or the only Lindt Bar in the country. That’s right cover your sweet tooth and your need for caffeine with a drink made with Lindt Truffles. Fashion Outlets of Chicago Concierge Service

The Fashion Outlets of Chicago takes customer service to a whole new level with their Concierge Services. No basic customer service here. No, they go above and beyond by making restaurant reservations, checking coats and their “Text Concierge” program which allows shoppers to text representatives questions. Since the Fashion Outlets of Chicago is right by O’Hare airport visitors who are on a layover can pass the time shopping and dining. Through a partnership with Go Airport Express you can access shuttles between the airport’s terminals and Fashion Outlets of Chicago. The shuttles also work to transport the center’s shoppers to and from downtown Chicago hotels. TSA-certified BAGS Inc. has partnered with Fashion Outlets of Chicago so that travelers have luggage held, print out boarding passes and even get your bags checked for your flight on site at the center. Did you just fly in from overseas and want to kick off your trip by doing some shopping or grabbing a bite? No problem there, international travelers can use the currency exchange and translation services. 

Ready to do some fall shopping or maybe you need a girl’s day out. Then visit the Fashion Outlets of Chicago website for more information on stores, hours and services or use the “Text Concierge” service and ask a representative any questions you may have at 847-957-4600.

 

 


Sew Cool Sewing Studio – So Much Crafty Fun for Kids

by Jennifer Wieland
Get your kids creative and crafty with the Sew Cool Sewing Studio
I was provided a sample for the purpose of review but all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

A few weeks ago I attended the Chicago Toy & Game Fair. There my kids and I were able to check out all of the hot new toys and games coming out. One of the first toys we saw there was Spin Master’s Sew Cool Sewing Studio. My daughter had to be pried away from this toy! She absolutely loved, loved, loved it! So when Spin Master asked if I’d like to review one on the blog I immediately said yes! The Sew Cool Sewing Studio is a perfect gift for any child who loves crafts and being creative.

Get your kids creative and crafty with the Sew Cool Sewing Studio

My daughter has a little vanity in her room and she has now turned it into her sewing table. She went through all of the included projects the first night and it’s not like there aren’t a ton included. It comes with 9 different projects. Luckily from all of the crafting I do around here myself I have a large supply of scrap felt. She has been supplying her creative, crafting from there now. She has even been coming up with her own little projects outside of the included patterns. She’s made a case for her sunglasses and these little envelope pouches for jewelry.

Get your kids creative and crafty with the Sew Cool Sewing Studio

The Sew Cool Sewing Studio is for kids ages 6 and up. My daughter will be six in 1 1/2 months and she had no problems learning how to use and operate the Sew Cool machine. The machine itself does not work like a traditional sewing machine as there is no actual thread. Instead you use felt and the pieces are felted together. The felting needles are enclosed so you don’t have to worry about little fingers getting hurt at all.

Get your kids creative and crafty with the Sew Cool Sewing Studio

If you have a creative child at home that loves craft projects then this is the perfect gift for them this holiday season! The kids love being able to create and having a finished project that they can use or give to a friend or loved one as a little present.

Get your kids creative and crafty with the Sew Cool Sewing Studio

 

To learn more about the Sew Cool Sewing Studio or other Spin Master Toys be sure to follow them on Twitter, on Pinterest and on Instagram for more Sew Cool ideas.

 

 


Restaurant.com is for More Than Just Dining Out

by Jennifer Wieland
Restaurant.com Gift Certificates - The CarmelCorn Shop
I am part of the Restaurant.com Review Crew and this post is sponsored by Restaurant.com but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
 
 

I have talked about how I love to use Restaurant.com so that I can dine out and try new restaurants at a discount several times on the blog before but did you know that Restaurant.com gift certificates can be used for more than just dining out? That’s right, this holiday season you may be able to find some gift certificates for places that have great gift ideas for your family and friends. I recently found and purchased a Restaurant.com gift certificate for The CarmelCorn Shop to get some gifts.

 Restaurant.com Gift Certificates - The CarmelCorn Shop

I was super excited to find the gift certificate for The CarmelCorn Shop! Popcorn is always such a great treat and something often given at the holidays. I was also excited about this because I had no idea that a short drive from my house that this shop even existed. It has been around since the 1930’s and they only use all natural ingredients.

Restaurant.com Gift Certificates - The CarmelCorn Shop

I decided to take my three youngest with me to the The CarmelCorn Shop and when we arrived it was a little shop that was unassuming. When we went inside though my kid’s faces immediately lit up! This is a perfect shop for kids! The store was filled with large glass jars of candy, lots of popcorn and ice cream. We were able to buy bags of cheese popcorn, carmel corn, candy corn & and even un-popped popcorn (they have a special variety) to pop at home. They were bagged up lovely and are going to make great holiday gifts this season for my husband’s office.

Restaurant.com Gift Certificates - The CarmelCorn Shop

My son absolutely loved the Christmas tree made from candy corn.

Remember, for more information on Restaurant.com be sure to check out their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter, find them on Google+ or check out their blog, The Dish.

“The only thing better than going out for a great meal, is getting a great deal. Restaurant.com has been filling tables since 1999 and is the destination for dining whether you like to plan ahead or find a meal on the go. Restaurant.com helps diners discover the perfect dining experience and boasts nearly 50,000 dining deals available every day, even on the weekends boutique! And, the deals are easy to use – present the certificate to the server on a mobile device, or print out a copy, and voilà – the savings will be deducted from your final bill. Bon Appétit!”


Managing LBL, Light Bladder Leakage, with Poise

by Jennifer Wieland
Poise Microliners putting Light Bladder Leakage in it's place.

Thank you to Poise for sponsoring this post and keeping me confident!

Every person suffers from that one thing that makes you self-conscious about yourself and causes stress and worry. It can be any number of things but for one in three women it’s LBL, light bladder leakage. LBL is one of those things that happen in life that people always think they are alone in dealing with. Let’s be honest here, who wants to announce to friends and family that you suffer form light bladder leakage. Sadly though if more women talked about it there wouldn’t be the stigma attached to it that there currently is. We as women, need to acknowledge our LBL and share our stories with others so we know we aren’t alone.

Poise Microliners putting Light Bladder Leakage in it's place.

For me personally, LBL started as a result of pregnancy, like many women. Sure, I was fine after baby number one. Two and three were okay as well. I was young and my body bounced back. The problem for me started with pregnancy number four. I spent a lot of time on bed rest during that pregnancy and since my activity level went down my muscles seemed to decide they were done too. Then I had pregnancy five and that one also had bed rest but not as much. It didn’t help the situation though with my LBL. Finally I had pregnancy number six. You would think with no bed rest that this one would have helped improve matters. It didn’t but it also didn’t make the situation worse. The things that added to my light bladder leakage was having to have surgeries for female issues after all the pregnancies. Being nervous and worrying about Light Bladder Leakage can really cramp your lifestyle.

Poise Microliners putting Light Bladder Leakage in it's place.

Now, if I do more than giggle or get taken by surprise by a big sneeze then my LBL gets me. If I have a cold with lots of coughing or need to lift a heavy object you better believe I would have been worrying about LBL. Geez, there are days if the hubby or kids hug me to hard i may get hit with LBL. Luckily for me though I have discovered Poise Microliners! These little gems are made from SAM (Super Absorbent Material) and are so unbelievably absorbent and small that you will be able to go out with confidence while being completely protected from Light Bladder Leakage (LBL).

Poise Microliners putting Light Bladder Leakage in it's place.

Head over to the Poise site where you can request your free sample and coupon so that you no longer have to fear going out with Light Bladder Leakage. Now you can laugh, cough, sneeze and lift your way back into confidence with Poise.

 
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Virgin Mobile Custom with Parental Controls

by Jennifer Wieland
Virgin Mobile Custom at Walmart - Build your own plan & parental controls #Sponsored #VirginMobileMom #MC

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Virgin Mobile. I received a sample device to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.
 
 
 

My ten-year old son is Autistic and technology is something he gravitates towards. It makes him feel comfortable, he excels at it and it’s a way for him to bridge the gap socially with other children his age. He has been asking for a cell phone for quite some time now but both my husband and I have been hesitant to get him one because we did not want his usage of data and when he used it to go unchecked. Luckily, we learned about Virgin Mobile Custom with parental controls.

Virgin Mobile Custom at Walmart - Build your own plan & parental controls #Sponsored #VirginMobileMom #MC

 

Virgin Mobile Custom plans and phones are new and available at select Walmart locations and on Walmart.com.

Virgin Mobile Custom at Walmart - Build your own plan & parental controls #Sponsored #VirginMobileMom #MC

The new Virgin Mobile Custom plans allow you select what amount of talk, text and data you need so you can control your monthly costs and you are never locked into a contract. The plans start as low as $6.98/month but are completely customizable. Don’t talk on the phone really but text a lot? You can up your number of texts. Do you have a child like mine that only needs the phone for emergency calls, to text mom and dad but will more than likely be a data hog? Then keep the base plan for talk and text at 20 talk minutes and 20 text messages but up the data to 1GB a month. They even have specialized unlimited plans for Social (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), Music (Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, etc.), Navigation (Google Maps, Telnav & Waze) and International Calling. You can even make the new Virgin Mobile Custom into a family plan and select what works best for your whole family while keeping it all affordable.

Virgin Mobile Custom at Walmart - Build your own plan & parental controls #Sponsored #VirginMobileMom #MC

The thing that appealed most to me about Virgin Mobile Custom was the parental control they offer. You get to assign what apps work and when they do. You can pick the days of the week and times of day for each app. I also like being able to control who my child can and can’t call or text which this allows for. The big thing for me though is setting curfews. I am able to set the phone not to work during certain times of the day. During the school week the phone will not work between 8 am and 3 pm. Every day of the week the phone is set to curfew between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am so I know he is sleeping and not horsing around on his phone instead.

Virgin Mobile Custom at Walmart - Build your own plan & parental controls #Sponsored #VirginMobileMom #MC

One app to select and adjust your plan, set parental controls and curfews, buy special offers and share plans with other devices.

Do you have a teen or tween who wants a smartphone but you have been hesitant to get them one? Here are some facts about what kids are saying about cell phones, some interesting statistics and why Virgin Mobile Custom is the right phone service for parents to give their kids.

Virgin Mobile Custom at Walmart - Build your own plan & parental controls #Sponsored #VirginMobileMom #MC

For more information on the new Virgin Mobile Custom be sure to head on over to their website. You can also follow Virgin Mobile on Facebook and Twitter and for a more detailed look at the great features Virgin Mobile Custom offers parents be sure to check out the video below.

 

 

At what age do you think a child should get a cell phone?

 


Hallmark Northpole Toys – Add New Holiday Traditions

by Jennifer Wieland
Hallmark Northpole - Once Upon a Christmas book & Follow Me, Santa Snowflake #NorthPoleFun #CollectiveBias
This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

I think most people would agree that Christmas time is a magical time of joy, happiness and family traditions. Ask any family that celebrates Christmas and they can all tell you at least one tradition that their family follows every single year to make their holiday season that much more special. Some people have very specific ways they decorate their trees, others love to sing carols, some write letters to Santa or watch a favorite movie and the list goes on and on from there. This year Hallmark is trying to help you add to your traditions with some fun toys based off of the new movie they have coming out called Northpole. On November 1st Walmart will be carrying an exclusive line of  toys from Northpole brought to you by Hallmark so you can add some new traditions this year.

 It may be the end of October but like many other children Christmas is already on my kids’ minds. So when I received some the Once Upon a Northpole Christmas book, the Find Me, Santa Snowflake and the Northpole Communicator my group was excited. These will definitely fit nicely into our Christmas traditions and add a new one too.

Hallmark Northpole - Once Upon a Christmas book & Follow Me, Santa Snowflake #NorthPoleFun #CollectiveBias

Every year we spend an evening decorating the tree, waiting to turn the lights on until everything has been placed. We love adding new ornaments to our tree each year and the Find Me, Santa Snowflake is going to be a perfect addition this year. With a press of a button it lights up changing colors to let Santa know where you are. There is even a spot to write your name(s) on it so Santa knows just who he looking for.

Hallmark Northpole - Once Upon a Christmas book #NorthPoleFun #CollectiveBias

We follow-up our tree decorating with some Christmas stories and carols to really get everyone into the Christmas spirit. This year we will be adding the Once Upon a Northpole Christmas to the mix. My seven-year old has already been practicing reading it so he can do a good job when we decorate the tree.

Hallmark Northpole - Northpole Communicator #NorthPoleFun #CollectiveBias

This year we get to add an exciting new tradition that I have to tell you my kids are ridiculously excited about! We have a Northpole Communicator and starting December 1st we will get to talk to the Northpole. They can reach us and we can reach them as well. Each day leading up to Christmas this will happen and my daughter keeps checking in with the Northpole to see if it’s time. This one is going to be loads of fun for us and I just love anything that makes the kids giddy at Christmas!

Hallmark Northpole - Northpole Communicator #NorthPoleFun #CollectiveBias

Are you a Hallmark fan? Maybe you just want to add some new and fun holiday traditions to your season this year with #NorthPoleFun? Enter below and you can win a Hallmark Northpole gift pack!

 
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Zoomer Zuppies Fun Robotic Dogs

by Jennifer Wieland
Zoomer Zuppies
This post was sponsored by Zoomer Zuppies and I was compensated to write it. Regardless, what I have written is my own opinion and experience, and I hope you find it of use.

My three youngest kids have been dying for a pet! It is a weekly debate here. There is begging and pleading and sometimes even crying and whining. It’s not that I am anti-pet but there are a couple reasons why a pet is just not going to happen. The first one is that I already have enough people that I have to clean up after constantly and just don’t need anymore work piled on me. Contrary to what my husband and kids promise I know from past experience when we did have a pet that I end up doing the work. The second problem is that I am allergic to cats which wouldn’t be bad because they really want a dog but my daughter happens to be allergic to dogs. They did offer a compromise and asked for a pig instead but I had to explain to my daughter that I didn’t want her sleeping with pork products. Then I found out about Zoomer Zuppies which are fun robotic dogs and I knew it would be my answer.

Zoomer Zuppies - Shadow

I headed over to my local Walmart to check out all of the different Zoomer Zuppies toys and pick the one that was perfect for my family. The dogs range in price from $29.99 – $99.99. I opted for one of the new Zoomer Zuppies, Shadow that does over 20 different tricks and has an additional set of secret tricks it can learn. He was the most expensive but he was also the most interactive with the most tricks so that made me think along the lines of a real dog. I was so excited! I couldn’t wait to get Shadow home and charged so the kids would be surprised when they got home from school.

Zoomer Zuppies

When the kids came home from school I showed them their new Zoomer Zuppies, Shadow and they thought he was cute but they didn’t seem super excited. I then explained to them that he was a robot dog and turned him on and handed them the training checklist card so that they could try some tricks with him. Once they understood to pet his head (lightly push down) so that you can give him a command, they were hooked! The one issue we had was that sometimes two of the kids would try to give him a command in their excitement and poor Shadow would get confused. Once I explained to them that they could only give one command at a time they got it. My 5 and 7 year olds already want to take him to school to show all of their friends and my 10 year old I often find quietly playing with him when the other two are not around. My daughter’s favorite command to give Shadow is follow me so he follows behind her and both of my boys think the go pee command is hilarious! (You can’t go wrong with potty humor and little boys.) The kids have also enjoyed learning more and playing at the Zoomerpup.com site.

Zoomer Zuppies

Zoomer Zuppies are great toys and give a young child the joy of a pet without all of the responsibility. These would be a great hit this holiday season for any little animal lovers or tech fanatics in your life.

Zoomer Zuppies

 

 


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