Reviews, giveaways and memes - Jumpin Beans

15.4.15

P&G Stock and Save Event (With $25 Walmart Giftcard #Giveaway)

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***** “The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by P&G.”  *****

As a mom, I try and save as much as I can... but lets be honest, I was trying to save money even before I became a mom.  I am not a penny pincher, but I do try and get as much as I can for my money.  That is one reason I love shopping at Walmart - Great Prices!!!   Lucky for us, there is a Walmart near us  and we shop there often!  I love that as of right now (until April 30th)  they have the P&G Stock and Save event going on...
That means savings on items I need and that I use often. 
 
Looking to save? Here are the deals:
·         Tide Liquid Laundry Detergent
·         Tide Simply Clean and Fresh Liquid Laundry Detergent
·         Charmin Ultra Soft or Ultra Strong Toilet Paper
·         Bounty Mega Roll Select-A-Size Paper Towels
·         Luvs Super Absorbent Diapers
·         Pampers Swaddlers Huge Pack
·         Tampax Pearl Plastic, Super Absorbency
·         Always Ultra Thin Long Super Unscented Pads
·         Always Discreet Maximum Underwear
·         Always Discreet Moderate Regular Length Pads
 

I have always been a Charmin girl.  For as long as I can remember, Charmin in the BLUE (that is how Broxton knows which one to get) is the one we stock our house with.  The other day, our store was out of the blue that is on sale, so I grabbed a pack of the red.  Hey, we normally have TONS of toilet paper, but being sidetracked with doctor appointments, I totally let it get down to one roll in each bathroom and that wasn't happening...  I grabbed the red to get me through (and then returned to Walmart a few days later to grab my blue ... and the sugar that I forgot to buy 2 different times!) 

We use napkins instead of paper towels here, but my parents are obsessed with the Bounty Select a Size, when I saw it was on sale, I had to snap a picture to let them know!

While there, I had to sneak over to the baby section.  I had no clue what price diapers were these days, but we were a Pampers house with Broxton, so I know I will need to stock up on these too, especially since they are on sale right now! 
 

 
To help you stock and save, P&G is letting me host a $25 gift card to Walmart for one lucky reader.   Just enter on the Rafflecopter form below. 
 
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12.4.15

The Brick Bible- Joseph and the Colorful Coat

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Joseph and the Colorful Coat - The Brick Bible for Kids was perfect to give to Broxton.  We all know the obsession my son has with those Lego Bricks!  (He is playing with them now, as I get this ready to post!)  When I saw that they even made these books, I knew that I would want to check one out.  A "brick Bible" sounded perfect for him.  Everyone knows if you talk about something that interests a kid, they will be more likely to pay attention and want to hear about it, so incorporating the love of Lego with telling a Bible story was a very smart idea! 
In this book, we get the Bible story of how Josephs brothers threw him down the well and then decided to sell him...   We see that he is sent to prison... and yes, we see him reuniting with his family.  The catcher is that it is told with Lego Minifigures!  
Broxton enjoyed looking at the book, having me tell him the story and then having me read it to him a few times.  An added bonus in this book is at the end they have around 10 Lego pieces that are hidden in the book, so you get to go back through the book and look for those pieces.  A little " hide and seek" or "I spy" if you will!  (No need to worry, the answers are there in case you can't find them!) 
What Bible Story would you like to see made into a Brick Bible Book?
 

11.4.15

Sterling Publishing Talks about the Universe in #ABC Universe

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It might be spring break, but that doesn't mean that the reading ends, or the learning for that matter! We were sent a really cool book from Sterling Publishing, ABC UNIVERSE and we could not wait to check it out!  (We already have the ABC ANIMALS  book, so we knew we would love this one as well!)  This was a really great book with lots of information.  As we read each page, Broxton was surprised to know that there was plenty of information he already knew.  I loved watching his face as he told me what he knew, then we would read about it! He does pay attention in class!!!
This is a sturdy board book that has great information on it, with photos to accompany the alphabetical word.  Some pages only have one word, others have two words.  Broxton took this as a book to read in the car and we already read it this morning too.   
If you are interested in learning in a fun way, this is a great book for you!! 
We will be sending this in to share with the class one day soon! 

10.4.15

Building with Eitech

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Building and playing are great ways for kids to have fun, learn and even express themselves.  When we were given the opportunity to review one of the kits from eitech, I knew that Broxton was going to be head over heels excited when I saw they had a motorcycle. I wish I could have recorded his face when he was given the chance to open and play with his new toy!  
So excited with the motorcycle.
Opened the box to find lots and lots of little pieces!
No need to worry, it comes with all the tools needed to put together.
Daddy started working on putting it together. 
 
The motorcycle kit we chose said it was for ages 8 and older.  This kit comes with over 270 pieces to construct one of 3 motorcycle options.  I am not sure who was more excited about the fact that you could make 1 or 3 motorcycle styles... as that was a pretty neat feature. 
The only problem we had was that there were so many pieces and so little at times...  the space to build them was tiny and it did take some time.  Marc (and Broxton) got the base of the motorcycle built, but seeing that patience was nothing these guys were built with, it did not get finished. 

Image credit - eitech
 
I think that this would be a great gift to give someone that loves to build and is detail oriented. I know when Broxton is a bit older, he will love playing with this...  This would make a great gift to have to enjoy working on for a rainy day or a day when the pollen count is too high to go outside and enjoy!  

Dealing with Death - Dragon Fire

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Death is always a hard thing for me to talk about.  I know I get emotional for selfish reasons, but I can't help it.  When we have had to talk to Broxton about death in the past, it was hard for me to do, but I managed...  I love when you find books that can help with talks like that. 
When we were sent the book, Dragon Fire, I knew that this would be great to have on hand for any future conversations.
In this book, we meet a family of Dragons... Mom, Dad and their two kids. 
Dragon Fire puts a new spin on it, with them enjoying blowing their flames each night... it is their way to bond.  From breathing the farthest to who makes the most beautiful flame, they share this time together... Until mommy gets sick. She can no longer blow her flame and they vow not to do it without her.  She finally gets strength to blow a small one, but knows she can not go on.  She gathers her family for one last kiss, one last hug and she slips away...
Watch as the family handle her passing.
This story was written by a lady dealing with cancer.  This is a great story to help deal with loss and try and explain things.  I thought it was a different way to deal and a great way to read this and talk about death. 
 

9.4.15

Skypony Press is already stocking our baby library!

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As a huge book lover, I am always up for reading new books and sharing with you guys all that we get to review.  Broxton has a fantastic library and it will be great to pass down to his younger sibling when it makes its arrival this summer.  I did want to have a few books to go in the nursery that would be the babies books and not ones from Broxton as well, so when I received a few new books for review from Skyhorse Publishing, I knew two that were going to be for the baby and not Broxton... Check them out:
 
This board book is going to be a great book for our little one.  It is perfectly sized for little hands and I am not sure about you, but board books are great for little ones in my opinion. This is a book of colors featuring places and things in France. Talk about a great way to "travel" and learn at the same time!  We learn that the dancer has a RED dress.  The tower is GRAY and several other colors.  The illustrations are basic enough as to not over stimulate young ones, but is detailed enough to not be boring to kids of all ages. 


 
Broxton loves to give gifts and he is such a sweet boy that he has no problem giving some of his toys as gifts. (It is according to what toys we are talking about, lets be honest!)  When I read Always There Bear, I knew this was a book I wanted Broxton to give the baby.  He has a teddy bear that he never really played with. It is an adorable bear that somehow got shoved to the bottom of the toy chest and then was put up with the other stuffed animals... it is is PERFECT condition and has no special meaning to him... so, after reading this book, I think it would be perfect for Broxton to give the baby that bear and this book as a welcome home gift. 
Always there bear talks about a bear that is always there.  It starts with "Everyone needs a bear that is always there."  It then goes through different scenarios that a bear would be great for: "  A playdate with a friend at home bear."  or "A full of bounce from toes to head bear." 
Each page has cute illustrations that are more like adorable sketches...  The illustrations show the fun you can have with your "always there bear." 
I think this would make a great gift for a little one, along with a sweet bear for them to have as their always there bear.
 

The Mystery Hat from Skypony Press

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If you are looking for a silly and fun book to read, then you want to check out The Mystery Hat.  In this book, we follow three friends as they have a fun day in the woods.  They stumble upon a hat that was left out there.. it is wet and has been lost / forgotten.  They think the hat looks familiar and they each tell a story of who they think the hat belongs to and why it is out there in the woods.  You will have to get the book to see who was right. 
(It really is a cute story !)  I know when I surprise Broxton with this book for bed time one night soon, he is going to enjoy me reading it to him. 
 
 
 
 
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