Celebrate National Bubble Week

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photo adapted from Clint Mason 

This Week Is National Bubble Week

It’s that time of year again! National Bubble Week. From Monday, March 7th through Sunday, March 13th. Even though the weather is a bit touchy lately and cannot make up it’s mind whether it’s time for short sleeves, or snow shoes – that’s no excuse to stay inside.  So get out there and blow some bubbles.

One of the ways that I make sure we are always prepared to embrace those sunshine filled days is creating a Outside Fun Command Center by our front door!

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Inside we have a fun velcro catch game that I loved as a kid. I have such fond memories of playing with my Nan it was one of her favorite games for outside. There’s also some sidewalk chalk for us to unleash our inner artists. Then the best part is our Gazillion Bubbles hand-held bubble blasters!

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Gazillion Bubbles Are The Best

One of our favorite brands is Funrise Toys and Gazillion Bubbles.  They are the best quality bubbles we’ve tested. They have the most popular bubble machine, and now they’ve made that fun a bit more portable with hand-held bubble blasters.  

gazillion-bubbles-hurricane-blasterGazillion Bubbles Hurricane Blaster!

Kids can now harness the awesome bubble-blowing power of the Hurricane in the palm of their hand with the Gazillion Bubbles Hurricane Blaster.

Each blaster comes with a 4 oz. bottle of Funrise’s “top secret” non-toxic Gazillion Bubbles solution. Just pour the solution into the reservoir and press the button to create a storm of colorful bubbles!

3 AAA batteries required, not included. Ages 3+, SRP $9.99, Available at Toys ‘R’ Us

gazillion-bubbles-triple-bubble-blasterGazillion Bubbles Triple Bubble Blaster

Create three times the bubbles with the new Gazillion Bubbles Triple Bubble Blaster! Simply pour Gazillion Bubbles solution into the specially designed tray and dip each of the three wands of this handheld bubble blower into the solution. Tap to drain any excess liquid, hold the blaster upright, and press the button to create a gazillion bubbles blowing in three directions!

Each Triple Bubble Blaster comes with a 4 oz. bottle of Funrise’s “top secret” non-toxic Gazillion Bubbles solution and a specially designed tray.

3 AAA batteries required, not included. Ages 3+, SRP $9.99, also available at Toys ‘R’ Us.

Test Your Bubble Knowledge

How does a Bubble Gets Its Color? As waves of light pass through the bubble, it gets distorted by reflecting off different layers of soap film called iridescence. (Gazillion Bubbles is also known to have the most colorful and beautiful bubbles available.)

Can You Freeze a Bubble? A bubble’s shell is composed of a layer of water molecules surrounded by two thin layers of soap. Technically, a bubble will freeze below 32 degrees Fahrenheit like all water. The only problem is that bubbles tend to burst after a few seconds, so in order to truly see a bubble freeze, the temperature needs to fall to about 23 degrees for bubble staying power.

Why Do Bubbles Burst? Anything that fractures the tenuous layer of water molecules can cause a bubble to burst. For example, a gust of wind or an object (like your finger) will easily cause a bubble to burst. Bubbles also burst by simply drying out. Moisture within a bubble causes the molecules to draw closer together enabling the bubble to stay formed for a longer period of time. This is why bubbles tend to work best in high humidity environments.

Get Social with Funrise Toys

Gazillion Bubbles on Twitter  |  Funrise Toys on Twitter

Funrise Toys on Instagram  |  Funrise Toys on Facebook

Friendspired was provided with the above mentioned Gazillion bubbles so that we could share our review with our readers.

Jenn GaffneyCelebrate National Bubble Week
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Get Outside – Zing Toys

Get Outside

It’s Summer!! Here in NJ we pretty much went from Winter right to Summer.  Not that we are complaining, now if we could just get rid of the pollen.  The best part about the warmer weather is getting outside and getting active with our kiddos.  We don’t know who had more fun, the kids or us (since we get to be big kids). So go on! Get Outside!

A few weekends ago, we unleashed our inner Katniss Everdeen and launched some arrows with the awesome Firetek Bow by Zing Toys.  If you remember Zing was one of those toy brands that we raved about when going to Toy Fair this past winter.  The toys are not only a blast but they are totally safe.  Only the arrows that are made for the bow can be launched.  Everything is rubber and foam so no worries that you will kill any pets or shoot any eyes out!

Lana has a huge yard so we had some fun with the kiddos launching the Zing Firetek Rocket.

Lana helping Harpo get set up to launch a rocket

Lana helping Harpo get set up to launch a rocket

We schooled the girls on how to properly shoot some arrows with the Zing Firetek Bow.

after I launched the first arrow.

after I launched the first arrow.

 

Then we also had a blast accidentally shooting arrows onto the roof! Which we set a great example and then Seven decided to shoot them on the roof.

Truthfully we did have as much fun playing with Zing as the kiddos did.  Don’t tell them, we are trying to figure out a way to have a “Big Kids” Capture the Flag. If you’d like to have fun with Zing too, you can find them at any of your local mass merchandise stores such as Target, and Walmart.  You can even find them online at Zing Toy Shop and Amazon.  For a complete listing of retailers visit Zing’s locator.

 

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Disclaimer: We were provided with a Zing Firetek Rocket and Zing Firetek Bow for review purposes, all opinions expressed are our own. 

Jenn GaffneyGet Outside – Zing Toys
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Spring Gifts Friendspired Loves

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With Easter this weekend, and the endless other weekends of either birthday parties or showers we are busy little bunnies in springtime! If you are fumbling with some ideas on what to get those kiddos that might have everything, fear no more, we’ve got a lot of great spring gifts to share with you.  Full reviews of all products mentioned will be in the weeks ahead.

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Spring Gifts for Your Pet Friends:  Let’s start with those guys, since we cannot forget them.  We love the site Chewy.com because of their extensive variety and fun items for our furry friends.  For Lexi and Reagan, they are currently trying out some Canidae Grain-Free Pure Heaven Biscuits that they love, along with some new tennis balls so we can have a good old fashioned fetch! Double win there, exercise for both of us and gets out all of their energy.

BABIES AND TOTS

Spring Gifts for Babies and Tots: Our faves are the items pictured above.  The best part is, instead of a traditional basket – why not make it fun and get a cute little wagon, or wheel barrow (you’ll see that below) from American Plastic Toys.  They are super affordable, about the cost of a basket (if not less) and can be found at major mass retailers.

Why not celebrate spring with actual bunnies (well not actual live ones, but cuddley ones) Cloud b has the best bunnies that we absolutely adore.  Glow Cuddles Bunny has a little heart light in it’s belly that lights up when hugged.  It also can play a heartbeat sound, as well as vibrate. Twilight Buddy Bunny which we love for the 45-minute projected light show with actual constellations.

Also pictured is Pep Shine Force from Brobo, she has this little lighted tummy that is controlled by rubbing a sensor on her hand across the face of the light.  With one swipe it’s a bright light, with another it’s dim, and or a third time you can turn it off. It has an auto-off function that activates after 5 minutes.  She’s the perfect toy to play with during the day and also transition to sleep time. Seriously adorable.  Truth be told, Pep helped to pep Abby’s spirits this week while she was sick.

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BIG & LITTLE

Spring Gifts for Tots & Bigger Kiddos –  We love Easel Does It from B Toys.  Not only is it perfect for my little one to grow with, but it’s a great way to let kids show their creativity. We also love that not only is it made from recycled material, is in adorable colors, but that it’s not big and bulky.

GRADE SCHOOL

Spring Gifts for Grade School Kiddos –  These are featured in a fun American Plastic Toys Wheel Barrow (as mentioned above) which is more for the younger kids.  Inside you’ll find fun robots from Zuru.  There’s Magical Mermaid and Robo Turtle (which is new)! Stay tuned for fun videos of these guys in the coming weeks. They are so much fun on their own, in the bathtub, and we can’t wait for the pool this summer.

Also inside is the Buncho Balloons. Which is one of those genius products that you are like, how come I didn’t think of that! We can’t wait to have a water balloon fight, not only do these balloons fill up in a matter of seconds, but they also tie themselves!

BIG KIDS

Spring Gifts for Big Kids & Even Bigger Kids – We love games that challenge thinking, and help our kids learn ways to adapt as that’s a part of life.  Laser Maze by Think Fun is such a great and fun way to do that, you have to use  lights and mirrors to make the rocket light up.  Stay tuned for our review on this!

You may remember from Toy Fair I was raving about one of my most favorite toys to try, Firetek by Zing!  This Firetek Bow and arrow set is incredible, as is the Firetek Rocket launcher.  For starters, the bow and arrow set will launch the arrows up to 145 feet, and the Rocket Launcher will launch up to 250 feet.  While these are awesome for the big kids, they are even better for the bigger kids, and by bigger kids, I mean myself!! We need to figure out how to organize a neighborhood capture the flag and you can expect some great video reviews on that, kinda like this one:

Hopefully these help to give you some “out-of-the-box” ideas on some different twists on great gifts! We look forward to sharing all of our reviews with you.

Disclosure: The products mentioned above were provided for review purposes.   All opinions are mine alone and may differ from those of your own. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we use personally and believe will be good for readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Jenn GaffneySpring Gifts Friendspired Loves
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Delaware Water Gap

Delaware Water Gap

A few weekends ago, the weather was just wonderful and we had such a  beautiful day. This is one of the main reasons I moved up north. I love the fall and winter. I love having actual seasons, living in Florida for most of my life all I know is hot. Being able to wear a sweater and not die is awesome.

We went to the Delaware Water Gap . It was absolutely beautiful. While we would have liked to hike a bit more than we did (with 2 – 3.5yr olds). The girls all loved finding different kinds of leaves, trying to skip stones, and start an acorn collection. I’m not letting that last one really happen-mean mommy I know.
We are looking forward to heading back there another weekend once the leaves have started changing.

Lana BrennanDelaware Water Gap
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