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Do you recall the Zhu Zhu pet craze a while back well they are back this year and better than ever with the Amazing Zhus! When I learned we were going to review these cool toys I think I was more excited than the kids! The night they arrived I had to put them up just so I wasn’t tempted to play with them before the kids had a chance too. When we finally were able to review them it was so much fun! We first opened Madame Zhu, and she came with a magic wand and three magicians cards. She magically follows the wand which the kids loved! She also was able to “read” the cards without seeing them and perform what the card was showing-so cool! We loved the ballerina card!
Next we opened the Magicians’ Shell Game which is an extra trick you can buy that goes with your Amazing Zhu pet. I loved that it comes with batteries. It was so quick and easy to learn this trick and watching Madame Zhu perform it was so much fun for the kids and me too.
We saved the best stunt for last the High Dive! This toy was super quick to put together out of the box-no screw drivers needed and no batteries either. As soon as we got it together everyone wanted a turn to try it. As soon as Caydence learned how to place Madame Zhu on the track she volunteered to make the review video. Here she is!
There are 6 amazing pets available: The Great Zhu, Madame Zhu, Dynamo, Abra, Piccadilly and The Great Kardini. Which is great because then you can get each kid a different one and that will end the fights over whos is who. Unlike the Zhu Zhu pets the Amazing Zhus are not fuzzy, but they are still so adorable. They still make lots of fun noises and have 3 operation buttons and 3 modes. And if you get tired of the little Zhu running around the house making noise no worries it’s so easy to switch off! In the press of a button the noise is gone-don’t you wish your kids had that button too!? Or is it just me? Each Amazing Zhu also comes with batteries!!! So awesome-right? Countless times I have gotten my kids a gift and then forgot the batteries.
There are also many amazing accessories to help your children create their own special, unique performances: Magician Shell Game, High Dive, Circus Ball, High Wire, Disappearing Box Trick, Cereal Box, Tomato Can and Train Car Carriers. You can find all the Amazing Zhu toys at Walmart.
You can view additional videos here.
Have you heard about The Amazing Zhus? What do you think would be your children’s favorite Amazing Zhu pet, trick or stunt?
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.
Now that the children are older and doing after school activities we are learning we cannot be everywhere with them all-all the time. Therefore we are going to have to trust our children’s safety to their coaches and leaders in football, gymnastics, girl scouts, and cheerleading-which is hard to do. Giving our kids their own cell phones is something we have been contemplating for a while because of this issue. While we love the peace of mind it can provide we are also aware of the negative effects of social media and cyber bullying. Also the responsibility of keeping within the limits of a cell phone plan and them not being able to handle that responsibility resulting in us paying outrageous bills is scary. Thankfully, there’s a great cell phone option that was designed specifically with families in mind.
Virgin Mobile Custom is a fully-customizable cell phone plan that allows you to create the perfect plan for your families budget. Plus is has the BEST parental controls-I am serious the BEST. This plan, offered by Virgin Mobile USA, allows us to activate up to five lines, for as little as $6.98 per line per month, all while controlling the exact amount of data and minutes provided. It get’s better if the kids go over and you need to control that real quick you can add more time and only allow them to use it to call who you say. You can add more talk, text, and data at anytime.
I received the ZTE Emblem and it is the perfect size for our preteen since her birthday is just around the corner we are giving this to her and we are buying one for her brother as well. It comes preloaded with all her favorite apps and she can also download ones we approve. The setup was super easy-I could do it without help. If you’re thinking about switching to Virgin Mobile you can keep your old phone number or select to get an new one in your zip code. There are no long term contracts, and you only pay for the services you use. You can select between various different usage options for talk, text, and data. It will also calculate for you how much your selection will cost you monthly. You can pay each month with a debit or credit card or select to buy a Top-Up card and enter the pin to apply the amount to your balance.
Virgin Mobile Custom is the perfect first phone for your preteen or teenager because they can’t go over the amount of talk, text, and data you have purchased, therefore it’s solely their responsibility to use it wisely. The parental controls you set up you can monitor from any phone! You can adjust the specific days and hours when your teen is able to use his or her phone. The service is also nationwide and I haven’t had a call dropped since I have been using it.
I fully recommend this service for all parents considering looking into a cell phone plan for their preteens or teens.
A big thanks goes out to Virgin Mobile for allowing us to try this amazing phone! Virgin Mobile Custom phones can be found at your local Walmart in fact we are heading their to pick up another one now. To learn more about Virgin Mobile you can find them on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.
At what age did or will your kids get a cell phone? Have you heard of Virgin Mobile Custom?
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We know, it’s not even Halloween , and you are still not ready to think about basting a turkey for Thanksgiving . But the holidays are so close, I can taste the eggnog latte’ from my favorite coffee house. But here we are , over 100 bloggers ready to dig in, jump for joy, shout out at the top of our blogs to bring you a fantastic, Fun Interactive -2014 Holiday Gift Guide with some really cool twists this year…
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Here is a collection of Fall recipe ideas I found on Pinterest and can’t wait to try.
I hope you all enjoy! Comment below which ones you want to try or if you have another great recipe to add!
This amazing Pumpkin French Toast recipe, I can’t wait to try this fall, comes from Cooking Classy with a Sprinkle of Fancy.
I love scones it’s safe to say I am a scone lover and these are a must try this fall! Thanks to Damn Delicious for this great recipe!
These yummy Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls are special treat that must be enjoyed warm and gooey! Sally’s Baking Addiction has perfected them check out the recipe and plan to make these soon!
Apple and Pork are like two peas in a pod really, and this recipe from Delightful E Made has both.
I am not a big fish eater but this glaze really makes this salmon look irresistible. The recipe is really quite simple thanks to the Scrumptious Pumpkin.
This Apple Cider Roasted Chicken with Butternut Squash has Fall written all over it! Not to mention pretty healthy for you too! Thank you to the Lemon Bowl for sharing this recipe.
Where I will share my truths as a Mother & Stepmother.
My truths for today.
- This week Sadie started girl scouts. She really enjoyed it and I can’t wait to see how much she grows and learns from it. Sadie also had a music assembly were she performed songs she learned with her class in music class-it was so cute. I also had aparent teacher conference with her teacher and learned she is doing great, which makes me so very proud of her, considering all the things this girl has had to deal with lately.
- Caydence has been doing homework for school and while she does complain about it she is enjoying it. They are really cute projects too! Last week we got to fill out a little poster all about her.
- Ezra has been well to put it as honestly as possible a fighter. He has so much anger and aggression in his little body.
- We went to Church on Wednesday night with my sister and the kids loved it! I really enjoyed it too. I am so happy that we are making changes for the better. Church is something I have been wanting to do for a while and I am happy to finally make this change for myself and my kids.
- Rey and I are still discussing things and slowly things falling into place the way they should.
- I also volunteered at an elementary book fair this week to help my Aunt out and found these cute books I wanted to share with you all. If you get a chance to stop by a book fair and make a purchase you will be helping the kids of that school get more books!-While adding to your collection!
These are my truths of the week, I hope you share yours!
Have a great weekend!
Our week in Pictures: A field trip to Bulldog Bowl, an assembly, and fun.