Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Glow Crazy Distance Doodler Review and Giveaway 2/18!

I don't know how it is in your home, but every single time a commercial comes on for kids toys here, one of my kids says "Mama, I want that for my birthday, Christmas, National Potato Day, or insert whatever excuse here.  I usually take a second to look at the product, but I know that it's just something they want because they have seen it yet won't really use.
That's not the case with the Glow Crazy Distance Doodler.  It has been a hit ever since we opened it up, and every night they want to know if we can play with it some more!   What is the Glow Crazy Distance Doodler?


Glow Crazy™ Distance Doodler™ Product Description
With the Glow Crazy™ Distance Doodler™ from Techno Source, glow-in-the-dark play has never been more fun! The Distance Doodler™ light pen uses patented and safe laser-light technology that allows kids to draw, write and play games on special glow cling canvases from up to 15 feet away. Stick the removable glow clings to ceilings and walls, then doodle from a distance with the laser beam or use the wide beam to design up close and create fun silhouettes. Kids can let their glow creations fade or “glow over” them with the light wand to clear their canvas and start again. New for 2013, an illuminating light brush attaches to the end of the pen for creating brilliant strokes of light, glow-in-the-dark sparkles and more. Includes: dual-action light pen, 2 super glow clings, 2 crazy color glow clings and 4 stencil sheets. Requires 2 AAA batteries (not included). Ages 6+. MSRP: $19.99.

It's so cool to see the creations the kids draw that glow in the dark, and based on our experience, I would recommend it to anyone I know.  It is definitely a great idea for anyone who has little Picasso's on their hands because it's great for creative spirits.  My children range from age 3 to age 10 so I would say this is a great preschool or elementary aged product.


You can find out more about this product at the Glow Crazy Website, Facebook, or Twitter.  You can also find them locally at stores such as Walmart and ToysRUs.  Don't forget to get your entries in below so you can win one of your very own!

Disclaimer:  I received the product listed in the post above for review purposes.  I am not required to write a positive review, and all opinions expressed are solely my own and honest.

Monday, January 21, 2013

A Valuable Lesson for People of All Ages!

Happiness is an elusive pursuit of people of all ages, or at least it seems to be to me.  People think if they make more money, buy more things, get something bigger and better, etc that they will finally achieve happiness.

Mika recently received a book, Hugo The Happy Starfish The Secret To Happiness,  which addresses this issue in the story.  Hugo is forever unhappy, so he follows the suggestions of others in his pursuit of happiness.   However, he discovers time after time that each time he tries something new to gain happiness, the feeling eventually fades, and he is back to feeling glum again.

Hugo eventually realizes that the true secret to happiness is doing for others.  When he develops the attitude empathy and continues to do for others, he is no longer focused on how miserable and unhappy he is!  Suddenly he feels happy and wants to do more and more for others.


It was a little ironic that my oldest son who is forever sad and "doesn't know why" was listening in sleeping beside us on the couch as I read this to my youngest son, but I know he heard the message of the story which I hope he takes with him through life.

Bottom line is this book and the rest of the series helps with educating children about character, their feelings, and how to treat others!  You can find this book and other great works at My Starfish.  We have really enjoyed this book multiple times already, so I can't wait to try out the other ones!

Do you agree that helping others is the secret to happiness?  If so, what are some ways you help others?
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.