Thursday, October 8, 2015

Stikbot Social Media Sharing Toy


Stikbot is the first social media sharing toy brought to you by Zing. Stikbot consists of these adorable little toys that you can pose and create fun stop animation videos. They come in all different colors. There little hands and feet have suction cups on them to make posing easier. You can go to the Google Play store or the Apple Store and download the free app. I love that the toy comes with a stand for your phone. It makes it steady so you can pose and snap the photos. This is important because you want the photos to be clear.

We have started playing around with the videos but definitely need to perfect our techniques. Stop Motion film can be a total blast to do with the family. The kids will enjoy playing with the toys as well. 

Orange Stikbot

I have a feeling my husband will be a lot better at this than me. He is good at posing the figures. I love creative toys like this. They are affordable too. These would be perfect Holiday gifts for any child. Who am I kidding? Adults may enjoy them too!

Clear Stikbot Up Close

You can see that they can go in all directions. From September 7- November 29 Stikbot is having a make a video contest. It looks like they are offering cash prizes.

Stikbot on Social Media:

Like them on Facebook 
Follow them on Instagram 

If you make any videos, make sure you use the hashtag #stikbot on social media. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Wild Zora Meat And Veggie Bars

Wild Zora 

Wild Zora Meat and Veggie Bars are delicious. They are made with all natural meats and organic veggies. Wild Zora was created for the need to serve better, more healthy snacks to their family. They were looking for less sugary, grain filled snacks. These meat and veggies bars serve that purpose.
I was lucky to try some of their different flavors and let me tell you, I loved them.

Wild Zora Lamb & Veggie Bars

My husband and I are big fans of jerky. These bars remind me of jerky but much softer and easy to chew. The tag line on the package even says "Don't Be A Jerky!" Which I think is pretty funny.
Each package contains two pieces. Now that I have tried this one, I'd need a whole bunch more. I'm hooked on the great taste. I also think these meat and veggie bars would be wonderful to take on hikes and nature walks. They have a good amount of protein in them. 

The ingredients in the Lamb and veggie bars include: natural lamb, spinach, apricots, dates, garlic, onion, sea salt, oregano, celery powder, rosemary, turmeric. 
They are full of flavor and you can taste the herbs. 

Product Highlights

-Every package contains about one serving of certified-organic veggies. 

-Allergen Friendly: No grains, no gluten, no soy, no nuts/peanuts, no MSG or chemical additives.
No added sugar.

-All of the meats are naturally and humanely raised without antibiotics or added hormones.

-Free range turkeys, natural lamb, and grass fed beef

-100% real food, cooked in their USDA-certified kitchen.

It is so easy to reach for that doughnut or cookie. I feel much better when I reach for that healthy snack. 

You can buy them online on their website.

(Disclosure- I received complimentary products for this review. All opinions are my own.)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Global Goals For Sustainable Development

Photo Credit: Global Goals

World Leaders have committed to 17 global goals to achieve three things in the next 15 years. End extreme poverty. Fight inequality and injustice. Fix climate change.
All 17 Goals are important and everyone around the world needs to work together in order to achieve their goals. Something to us that seems so simple like clean water and sanitation is not the case in other countries. Good health and well being is important to everyone. We all know how expensive health insurance is. Even the "affordable" insurance in the market place is not cheap. Some countries don't even have a local hospital. 

I think one of the major goals like No Hunger is something that needs to be focused on more. What do people need the most to live? Water and Food. 

Which one of these goals do you strongly believe in?

Go to Global Goals for more info.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Create Your Own Fabric With Spoonflower

I recently got a fabric sample from Spoonflower. It was a small square sample of the Sport Lycra fabric they have. I love the feel of it. Plus, on Spoonflower there is so many different designs to choose from. If you are a designer or know someone who is a graphic designer this may be a really fun website for you. You can design your own fabric, wall paper, and wrapping paper. I think this could be a blast for the kids to do as well.

Photo credit: Spoonflower/ wall paper

The idea of creating a wall paper design is pretty neat. You could make the baby's nursery wall whatever you want. Sometimes it is hard to pick what the stores already have. Imagination and design coming together could result in the best baby room ever. Or even a kid's play room. I'm getting ideas for the day when we own a home. 

Photo credit: Spoonflower/ Wrapping Paper

How cute would it be if your little one created the next father's day wrapping paper? Or a loved one's birthday wrapping paper? You could upload some of your kid's art work and have a totally unique paper.

Photo credit: Spoonflower fabric

For all you sewers out there, Spoonflower offers a variety of designs. You can also design your own fabric. Fabrics come in everything from cotton to sport lycra, even minky. I think the sport lycra material is great for skater skirts or circle skirts. Plus they are fairly easy to make. 

They have something called the Emerging Designer Grant which offers design students a chance at getting store credit to design their own fabric. 

What would you create? I think I'm going to try out the wrapping paper and fabric design.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Hobbies Can Be Calming


Have you ever had such a bad day that made you want to scream? I'm sure you have. We all have bad days from time to time. Some of us may have anxiety or depression. Some may be parents. Jobs can cause a lot of stress too. Having a hobby can help reduce stress and calm your soul. I think of hobbies
as a form of therapy. You don't have to scream or talk. You can create something, paint a picture, make some clothes, build a table, play an instrument. There are so many different activities that we can take up as a hobby. You can even collect things. My son likes to collect Pokemon and Lego Sets. Creating his own Lego or Hero Factory figure is therapeutic for him. My husband enjoys playing Star Wars The Old Republic. Many people criticize video games, but I find them to be a great form of escape. 

Needle Felting

One of my favorite hobbies is crocheting. I have a yarn problem. I'm not sure what it is but maybe the softness of the fibers. Bulky yarn is great and unwoven wool too. I think the repetitive nature of a pattern is soothing to me. Needle felting is fun too. It has a repetitive poking sensation. Don't worry, I won't be making any voodoo dolls. 

Some of my other hobbies include paper crafts, collecting cute toys, and most any other type of craft. When I was younger I enjoyed dance. Being shy and introverted, dance class would be a challenge but in the end it made me happy. 

I think hobbies are also a great way to meet new friends. But, if you are an introvert like me you may want to do your hobby alone. Being a mother of two little minions can be overwhelming. Alone time is precious. Doing something for yourself is so important. 

Do you have a hobby or a way to relax? Let me know, I would love to hear new ideas.

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