Fun In The Sun!! #WaterWubble Style GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s Day 5 of Summer Vacation. It’s HOT. It’s time for some water sports!!! HELLO Water Wubble!!! A water balloon that can be reused over and OVER and OVER again!!  The Water Wubble doesn’t pop! AND doesn’t need to be tied!!
Water WubbleIf you have kids you no doubt have seen or heard of Wubble Balls, Wubble Bubble Ball, Super Wubble, or Wubble X. and NOW?!? Water Wubble which truly has become our favorite!! The Water Wubble is the newest product and it’s GREAT fun!! So much better than those balloons that come on a stick. Those never seem to all expand in my opinion. While the Water Wubble isn’t truly a water balloon because it doesn’t explode or break it’s more like a water ball?

It’s still so much FUN!!

Per 6-year-old Alice Water Wubbles feel squishy when they are empty and even more squishy when they are full of water. The Wubbles are easy to fill up. Using a bottle of water was easy, but holding the Wubble under water was even easier; so easy in fact that 2-year-old Charlotte was able to fill her own Wubbles.


There are several ways to fill the Wubble, submerging it in water, pull the valve out and fill with the faucet or even pour in water from a bottle with or without the valve pulled out.

When you push the valve back inside the Wubble it automatically closes. The valve acts like a flap and keeps the water inside; until it either hits the ground or another person. Or in 4-year-old Caleb’s case is squeezed out into your own face!

So? Does it work?

Yes and no. The Water  Wubble doesn’t seem to splash out the water when it’s thrown. Sorta, because the kids were drenched within minutes but that was more of them pulling out the valve and squeezing the entire contents of the Wubble onto each other. Now, do they splash out all the water if someone older and stronger than the 6 and under crowd throws them? Well, I don’t know, a screaming fit ensued when I tried to take a Wubble to test. It was NOT worth the fight!! Sorry guys! I love ya all but I was enjoying the down time while they played.

WHINES

I LOVE this set!! The Water Wubble arrives with 8 Water Wubbles. Enough for 2 teams. Red team, blue team. The kids needed absolutely NO explanation or assistance to fill or use. I just handed them empty Water Wubbles and they started using them immediately.

GIVEAWAY TIME!!

One lucky winner will win their own set of Water Wubbles!!!!!!!!!!!! Good LUCK!!!
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Disclosure: I received a free or greatly discounted product for the purpose of this review. The opinions are 100% mine. I have not been influenced in any way. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials In Advertising. Questions or concerns please contact me at Connie@PeanutButterAndWhine.com

Every Day Is A New Discovery With My Bright Journal

Here we are day 4. OH MY GOSH are you kidding me?! It’s only DAY 4!?!? How is Alice this hyper already?! Are the “Non, I’m bored” whines supposed to be weeks away!??!

We start our days off with breakfast which I now make her help make. I figure I can do it in 5 minutes OR she can do it in 30 minutes. HA! 30 minutes used up! MAN I am SMART!!

Dishes cleaned up. Again. Alice has to help. Seriously, what do I care if the dishes aren’t super clean?! It’s not my house! Not my dishes!  Selena, Dan; I’m kidding!! ForgetaboutMy bright journal book coverit!!” 

Next up Alice does a page in “My Bright Journal

You have GOT to see this book!!

First the book is made of sturdy paper. The cover is nice and thick. The inside paper is almost a craft paper, thick enough that markers don’t bleed through.

The fonts inside are easy to read!! Even The Non here can read without my glasses! SWEET!!

So, what exactly is My Bright Journal? It’s a book for kids and parents to explore. Starting with the first page where the child adds their name, age, height and special characteristics. The identical page is on the last page for comparison.

The first pages are for the parent or care giver. It’s a great read!! Trust me, I often skip those pages because they are dry and boring. This is not! This is jam-packed with great tips, hints and ideas. The biggest one is that the journal is meant to be done together.

To The Parents. Read. Now; what’s in the book already right?!?

Each page is a single day activity. Starting with a Scientific Fact. (REAL fact! You can Google it!) Like did you know 2/3’s of the people on earth have never seen snow?! (Sarah I bet you wish that was you some days huh??)  What about the fact that a single DAY on Venus is a YEAR long?! Say what?! (Yeah, I don’t know about you but I’ve had days that felt like that!!) My Bright JournalNext up is the section for field notes. We use this for either what we will do for the day OR what Alice and family did over the weekend. It really is her space to draw whatever she wants. AND practice her writing to describe the picture she just created. My Bright JournalMy absolute favorite section is Gratitude of the day. Alice has to write (again a great way to practice penmanship) 3 things she is thankful for. This is helping Alice recognize she has a pretty cushy life!

Last but not least is the foods section. Alice is introduced to different foods all the time, so this one takes a little more creativity. We’ve agreed to go to the grocery store every Monday and find our new food to write about. I can’t wait to see what she finds! I promised if she will taste it so will The Non. This should be interesting.

WHINES

I really have no complaints! The paper is thick enough not to bleed thru to the next page. The book is well made and sturdy enough to last a 6-year-old for the entire 84 days of her journal AND I’m learning even more about Miss Alice!! It is also a great way for Alice’s parents to get a glimpse of what her day was like.

Absolutely a wonderful book. Would be an amazing gift for any child.  Recommended for ages 5 to 10.

Disclosure: I received a free or greatly discounted product for the purpose of this review. The opinions are 100% mine. I have not been influenced in any way. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials In Advertising. Questions or concerns please contact me at Connie@PeanutButterAndWhine.com

Four Ways to Inspire Creativity in Your Children!

As a mom, I’ve always wondered if there was a secret formula to inspiring my children to become more creative. The reason I want them to think outside the box is because I’m hoping they will become the future drivers of innovation. I read about SIT’s organizational innovation model and found that innovative employees are much more impactful. So, I want to raise creative kids who are also innovative. This is what I learned to do.

Embrace open-mindedness

Independent thinking is stirred by choices. If you always think for your children, then they will never think for themselves. Think of when it will be their time to build their careers. You don’t want them to wait for other people to make their decisions.

It is critical to help them improve their independent thinking skills now, while they are still young. If your child says she wants to help in the kitchen, then turn it into a science lab with ingredients and tools. If your child says they want to eat breakfast for dinner, then be open-minded to it.

Be role model

Your children are watching you more than you think. Your actions will create an imprint that they use to guide their lives. If you participate in certain activities, your kids are more likely to take an interest. So, if you want to inspire creativity, then you must take part in it yourself. There are many ways to express your creative side, here are just a few:

  • Sing
  • Draw
  • Dance
  • Garden
  • Paint
  • Sew
  • Decorate

When your children watch you enjoy these activities, they will be more likely to embrace them. If it’s been a while since you’ve engaged in anything creative, think of something you enjoy doing and share it with your child. If it is a hit, then perhaps you can schedule this activity a few times a month or more.

Strike a balance

You want your kids to feel confident expressing themselves, even if they are likely to make mistakes along the way. I’ve learned that taking a step back helps. If your child feels as if they are being monitored all the time, they will become less likely to take risks. Then, creativity is diminished.

On the other hand, you could take a step back and see how they react. If you see your child drawing or writing, just let them be. You don’t have to ask them what they’re doing every minute of the day. Let them make the decision to share it with you

Set aside time for creativity

You want your kids to have a block of unstructured time, even if it is only 30 minutes before bedtime. They can use this block to explore, build and create. Give them the tools they need, and then let them take the wheel. Perhaps they might build a model city with legos or draw a futuristic flying car fueled by bamboo.

Innovation starts with creativity. It is innovation that drives our world. You can help drive innovation by allowing your kids to express their creative side from this day forward.

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