When I was first offered this KidzLane karaoke machine to review I was thinking about how much my 8 year old Granddaughter would like it and that’s who I had it in mind for.   When it showed up my 12 year old step son couldn’t wait to try it and he and my husband ended up having tons of fun playing with it so it looks like it isn’t going to make it to her.  I was actually surprised at how nice it is.  It’s very easy to figure out and plays CDs or MP3s and the duel microphones are a great feature since it allows you to “jam out” with a friend.  Each microphone also has it’s own volume so one person won’t “drown out” the other if they sing louder.  It’s a great size and the handle makes it easy to carry around if you like dancing while using it and the buttons are all easy to read.   It’s intended for ages 5 and up and from my experience the “and up” means it’s good for any age!  My husband was having just as much fun as Hayden was and  I had a blast watching them.

karaoke8Hayden did mention that it would be nice if you could see the words to what you are singing like some karaoke machines offer but that didn’t stop him from trying.  I’m really not sure you could add that feature since you use your own CDs or MP3s but it didn’t seem to make much difference in their fun anyway.  If anything, it made it more interesting to watch as you can see for yourself in the video below.

I am very pleased with this karaoke machine and recommend it for any kid that likes to sing along with their bands or pretend they are a famous rock star.   I like the bright colors they used to make it, the fact that it is very durable and that it is so easy to operate.  This would be a great addition to “Family Game Night” and also for slumber parties or birthday parties or really anytime the kids are bored and complaining they have nothing to do.  You should definitely keep it in mind for potential birthday or Christmas gifts.  I think any kid would love to have one and I especially like that it gets them involved in what they are doing instead of just staring blankly into a game boy or something.  I am always looking for something to keep Hayden occupied and this has been great.  We had lots of fun and many giggles playing with ours.

Product Description

Kids Sing Along Karaoke Machine, CD-MP3 player & USB flash drive port, could also play WMA audio format, (UBS can only read a flash drive not from an iPod)
Anti-Skip protection, 3 digit LED display, High output speaker sound system
Fully programmable, choose your desired tracks, random play, intro play, repeat play
2 Karaoke Microphones with ON/OFF switch & a separate microphone volume control knob
Included: “9V Power Adapter”, Line-in jack to connect it to your smart phone. Option to use 6 “C” Batteries if want to operate on battery (batteries not included)




Oh how I wish this would have been around when my kid’s were little.  Luckily they are available for them to now have and use on their own kids.  There is nothing worse than having a sick child and having to feel like you’re torturing them to get their temperature.  They feel bad enough and don’t want to have to hold the thermometer under their tongue while waiting for it to work.  Or worse….when you have to use a rectal thermometer on them because they are too sick to use the oral one.  Poor kid!  Not anymore!  Whoever thought of this was a genius.  Seriously one of the best things ever made as far as I’m concerned.  You can take a temperature with this in about 2 seconds and all you have to do is hold it an inch or two from the forehead and press a button.


It has 3 modes.  One for body temp, one for room temp and one for surface temp.  Just a click of the mode button and you can easily select which mode you’d like to use.  It also has a large, easy to read screen with a back light for use in dimmer rooms.  You can click the middle button to choose between Celsius or Farhenheit and it also has a memory button that you can use to keep track of a person’s temperature in case you need to reference it later.  This could even come in handy for women who are trying to conceive since one of the best ways to know you are “in cycle” is by your temperature.   It’s absolutely perfect for using on any one that is sick and I love that you don’t have to bother them to get a temp.  It works on 2 AAA batteries, which they included, and is so easy to use.  I think every household should have one.  You would never go back to using an oral thermometer again.


Product Description:
Experience quick and simple temperature taking with the Easy@Home NCT-301 non-contact, infrared thermometer. This easy to use thermometer has the latest infrared technology to display accurate readings within a second. There is no longer any physical contact necessary to get a simple temperature reading, it should always be this easy!
Instead of startling or irritating your children, this thermometer reads at a distance and notifies you silently. Eliminating physical contact decreases the chance of cross contamination between users while silent monitoring will not disturb them. The thermometer has a beeping sound to alert for high temperatures, however this feature can be disabled so that no sound emits while taking measurements.
Tri-Color Display:
The LCD display will show one of three colors based on the temperature. Not only does this display make reading temperatures easier in the dark, but the three colors indicate different ranges. A green display (<99.1°F (37.3°C)) indicates normal temperature, yellow display 99.3°F~100.2°F (37.4°C~37.9°C) indicates low-fever and red display >100.4°F (38°C) indicates high-fever.
Excellence Guarantee:
We offer a lifetime no hassle replacement guarantee for customers.
How to Take Temperature:
1.Clear forehead area of any hair or perspiration.
2.In ‘Body’ mode (default), aim to the center of the forehead from a distance of 1.2 – 2 inches.
3.Press the scan button and wait a second for the display to show the reading.




I wanted this for my stepson when I first saw it.  He runs to stay in shape for the various sports he plays and I thought he would like to be able to listen to his music while he ran.  Since we got it for him he has enjoyed running much more.   I think the music helps keep his mind of of the “chore” of it and just makes it more pleasant for him.  He just straps it to his arm, runs the earbud wires up the back of his shirt, places them in his ears and off he goes.  The armband itself is comfortable to wear and adjusts to just about any arm width from a preteen to a pretty large man.  (works for up to 14 1/2 inch biceps)  I was a little worried that it would cause his arm to sweat more, which would make it sort of uncomfortable to wear,  but that didn’t seem to be an issue at all.  He really seems to enjoy it and hasn’t mentioned anything he dislikes about it.


I was sort of surprised when my husband said he wanted to use if while doing his lawn work.  I figured the lawn mower, weed eater, etc., would be too loud for him to hear it over but I was wrong.  He said that he can hear perfectly fine and again, this makes his chores seem much less like work and more like fun.  I am all for anything that turns chores into fun myself!  Now he rides his lawn mower around the yard while rocking out to his favorite band and he really doesn’t seem to mind doing it as much at all.


He has used it while pulling weeds, trimming bushes, weed eating and just about every other lawn related maintenance you can think of.  I would have never even thought to use it that way but I’m really happy that he is able to and that it works so well.  It’s also pretty awesome that although all of us have different smart phones, they all fit into this armband.   It’s pretty easy to use the touch screen with it on too.  The only thing that we had any trouble with is the buttons on the side,  like the volume button.  You do have to take it out of the sleeve to work the side buttons so you have to make sure the volume is set before you strap it on.  Other than that, it works wonderfully and I’m sure we will find many more ways to use it.  If my husband will share that is…..he has sort of claimed it for his own.  He does that with quite a few of the tech gadgets I get to review…..


For such a simple idea it is really nice to have.  One of those things that you didn’t know you needed until you got it.

Product Description

COMPATIBILITY: Compatible with the Samsung S5 S4 S3,iPhone 6 (4.7) and HTC One phones from all carriers – AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon etc.
PROTECTION: Protects and keeps your phone safe from moisture while working out
USE: Convenient and easy to use. Easy access to ear phones and controls. Includes convenient key holder.
SIZE: Fits sizes from 9 to 14.5 inches. Not for body builders or those with biceps over 14.5 inches.
SAFETY: Night reflector feature allows for increased visibility after dark.
VALUE : Why Pay more? This is a great value for the price 🙂 So affordable why not buy two?
CARE: We strongly recommend that you hand wash and air dry this armband. Treat this armband as you would any phone case and do not place in the washer/dryer as this can cause tears etc..
MATERIAL: Nylon, Velcro and Neoprene




I fell in love with this tea set at soon as I saw it.  It reminded me of a set that my Grandma bought for me when I was about 5 years old.  I would sit at my little table & chairs with all of my babies and stuffed animals around me and we would have the best tea parties ever!  I seriously played with that set about 3 or 4 times each week for years and I was always trying to get people to attend my tea parties.  My brothers would reluctantly have tea with me but usually only if I provided a snack but my Grandma was always willing.  I had been looking for a nice set like this and had only been seeing cheap, plastic ones so I was super happy to find this set from Velocity Toys.  This metal tea set will hold up much better than the plastic ones and I love all the cute painted details.  It really made Kaleigh feel like the best hostess around.

teaset17This set comes with the teapot, tray, 4 teacups & saucers and 4 snack plates.  The size is perfect for toddlers on up to about 7 or 8 years old and it’s made really well.  It is intended for pretend play but we did try using it with actual juice.  The tea pot leaked just a little around the rivets but the cups didn’t leak at all and Kaleigh seemed to enjoy it much more after we gave her real liquid to play with.  The plates are a perfect size to hold a small snack like a cookie or some cut up fruit and she had a lot of fun serving everyone.  She must have filled that teapot up 2 or 3 times before we finally had to tell her she’d had enough to drink.  Since she is also going through potty training right now it was an interesting day to say the least.  (I am happy to report we had zero accidents)

teaset16 It really made me happy to see her having so much fun and it definitely brought back lots of great memories of my Grandma for me.   I hope that someday she will remember these great times too and do the same for her future Grandbabies.   Pretend play is so important and you could tell  this made her feel very grown up.  Her mother has let me know that she has played with her new tea set every day and that it quickly became her favorite toy.


Kaleigh’s eyes lit up the minute she saw hers and when it was time for her to go home she did not want to put it away.  I finally got her to understand that she could take it home with her and then she was happy,  but at first she was quite upset that she couldn’t play with it anymore.   Sometimes it’s the simpler toys in life that hold the best memories and I think this tea set really fits that bill.





Both of our kitties get SO excited when they get a new toy in the mail but I have to admit that this one was mostly for my amusement.   To be honest,  I wasn’t even sure if I would be able to get either of them to even wear it but I had to try.    I figured if cats think they are King of the Jungle they might as well look the part too.   I tried it on Willie first since he is the more easy going kitty.


He really didn’t seem to mind wearing it and within minutes he had jumped into my husband’s lap demanding to be pet.  I guess he figured he deserved some pampering if we were going to make him wear this.   Or maybe he just felt like more of a King and decided we should adore him like a King deserves.   Either way, he seemed pretty content and just sort of went with the flow.  So I decided to try it on Kelso……..


His reaction was a little different than Willie’s.   He really did not want to sit still long enough for us to even get it on him and after we did finally get it on,  he immediately started plotting his revenge.   I could see the wheels turning!  His little brain was thinking of all the ways he could get us back for this.  I have to admit I was a little afraid to fall asleep that night and decided it would be best to take it off of him and forget it ever even happened.  Kelso now uses it as a pillow and all is good in the world again.   I will definitely pull it out again though because it was highly amusing to watch them wearing it.   (Maybe not for them, but that’s beside the point)

This Lion Mane is made very well and only needs a quick brushing to make it look great right out of the bag.   It would be absolutely adorable for Halloween or for any day you just need a good laugh.  Personally, I think every King of the Jungle should have one!




 Purex Insiders has been coming out with  many new products lately, from new body washes and hand soaps to amazing new laundry products.  I’m happy to say that they have now added products for babies and small children too.    The Dial body & hair wash for babies is super gentle for babies sensitive skin.   It won’t sting their  little eyes or cause irritation to their skin.  It has a very soft scent that is perfect for babies since they smell so good naturally you don’t really want to cover that up.  (Nothing could smell  better than a clean baby anyway, if you ask me) It’s mild enough to use every day and it won’t dry out your baby’s skin.



The Dial foaming hand wash for kids is great too.   Kids love the fun foaming action and the kid friendly scents they offer.   I was given the Watery Melon scent to try and it smells so good.  It only takes a pump or so to get quite a bit of foam and it really leaves your hands feeling super clean without drying them out at all.   Truly a fun way to get kids more interested in washing their hands when they need to and anything that makes cleanliness fun is on the top of every parent’s list.  This stuff smells so good you may have trouble getting them to stop.



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One of my favorite things about being a Purex Insider is that they always give me coupons to share with my readers.   This time they gave me coupons that you can use to get your choice of a free Dial body & hair wash for babies or a free Dial for Kids foaming hand wash.   I have decided to pick 3 winners and you can enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.   Please keep it fair and enter using only one email address.  I won’t honor a win if I see that you’ve entered using more than one anyway  ( I’m happy to say that hasn’t ever happened on my page but I’ve seen it on other pages so I had to say it).  Please share this giveaway with your friends too.  I’m sure many of them would love to try it.  Good luck!

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The older I get, the more important my bed and the bedding I choose have become to me.   I used to sleep on any old sheets and didn’t even know there was a difference, but as I got older I started noticing how uncomfortable the cheaper bedding felt and started looking for better quality. For the last few years I have mostly purchased Egyptian cotton sheets because I like how crisp they feel but sometimes I miss having softer sheets to climb in to.  When I was offered these 100% flannel sheets from Yorkshire-Mayfair to review they seemed like they would be a great choice so I was excited to try them.


Our mattress is really thick and sometimes it’s hard to find sheets that will fit correctly.   I’ve even had to use clips or mattress suspenders to keep some of them in place. It’s so aggravating to  try to sleep on a mattress when a corner of the sheet comes off and it’s all bunched up underneath you.  I am happy to say that these sheets fit our mattress perfectly and have not budged after using them for a week now.  They are specially made for extra thick mattresses.  They also washed quite nicely.  I washed them before putting them on and they didn’t “pill up” or lose their shape at all and they came out feeling super soft.  They are also really thick and honestly it feels as good as snuggling up under your favorite T-shirt if you could crawl under it.   They feel really soft against the skin and they don’t “crease up” underneath you while you are sleeping.


I highly recommend these if you are looking for a good quality, comfortable set of sheets.  They keep you very warm, but since they are cotton, they also “breathe” so you don’t get overly hot.  I haven’t even had to stick my foot out while I sleep this week to cool down and that’s almost a miracle.