Nov 252014
 

Shopping for children during the holidays is quite easy if you have an unlimited budget and a million hours to invest in driving to the stores or stalking Amazon for the perfect gifts. Here at CoupleDumb, we get you. We love the holidays but seem to love them more when we are completely done shopping and can focus on the fa-la-la-ing of the season rather than waiting for a store to restock what you want. Like every year, we are here to help you pick out the perfect gifts for your kids but decided to split the list with Educational Gifts and Plain Ole Fun Gifts. Enjoy!

Educational Gifts

We usually get a pang of guilt when we focus too much on the fun and not enough on expanding our kid’s minds. This year, the Educational Gifts are a little of both:

1. Books!

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We are a reading family but keeping the boys entertained with books sometimes proves to be a chore. However, with Penny Warner’s “The Code Busters Club”, I have hit a homerun with my 10 year old. The series offers some great story telling interspersed with some genuine code breaking information. My son, in less than 3 days read 2 books and learned the American Sign Language alphabet. He is hooked!

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2. Chase Wilder’s “Temple Run” series has my little one reading! The series is set up where the child decides where the story goes so every time he picks up the book, he gets a new story! This is actually a fun one to read with your kids since they can choose where the story will go, the story keeps them captivated!

home perfect gift Educational Gifts For Kids3. Tinker Crate

We are all doing it- subscribing to some cool, site that sends us a box of stuff every month. Whether we are getting cool nerd gifts or beauty supplies or even dog treats and toys, everybody is in on this new trend. And now, the gift that keeps on giving this holiday season is Tinker Crate. These guys are taking the subscription box a step further and providing kids with an experiment a month. They send all the parts, instructions and your kids do all the work. What are our future mathematicians or engineers getting for the Holidays? Tinker Crate! This is the coolest thing we have found this year and since our boys are both December birthdays and are young scientists, this is what they will be getting for their Birthdays! You can even gift this to your favorite niece or nephew! With Tinker Crates for kids from age 3 to teen, these guys have you covered.

 

 

 

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4. Elenco Snap Circuits SC-300 Physics Kit

If your little ones are like ours, they are constantly talking about science and inventing some machine to do some bizarre or very useful things. Personally, I am still waiting for the automatic folder I was promised last year by my 7 year old. The Elenco Snap Circuit is the first step in becoming little inventors. They learn circuitry and have actual parts to build radios and doorbells! This is not a toy but an invitation to catch a glimpse at your child’s future career.

And, as promised here is the cool part- we are giving away BOOKS!!! We are giving away the Penny Warner’s “The Code Busters Club” series to one lucky reader!

This is what you do, fill out the Rafflecopter giveaway
and win!

The winner will receive the prize from the publisher.

We were provided a copy of the books for review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are our own.

Nov 242014
 

gifts 300x162 Its Gift Guide Time!!!

It’s that time of year again….the mercury has dipped and we are feverishly looking for the perfect gifts for our loved ones for these impending holidays. Fear not, our fellow shoppers, we have taken the guess work out of buying for your special sweety, significant other, bedmate or intimate acquaintance. Maybe you have rug rats of your own or nieces and nephews or children of friends that you need to shop for- we have those handled as well! Our gift guides are not like lousy guests who show up without a side dish or dessert. Nope- we are giving stuff away just in time to be the favorite aunt, uncle, weird friend, husband, wife or intimate acquaintance!

Check back tomorrow for the Kids Gift Guides!

Nov 232014
 

My wonderful friend calls it ‘personality’. I have been partial to hoo hoo these last few years. I know, this is an uncomfortable subject but, just between us girls, are you taking care of your hoo hoo? Sure, when my daughter was little I used all the clinical terms and explained to her that the vagina was on the inside while the labia is on the outside and we wash our labia and never the vagina since, you know, it’s on the inside and it’s like a self-cleaning oven. But, ultimately, we all want a healthy hoo hoo.

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Let’s face it, we are not very nice to our hoo hoos. We wear the wrong underwear that makes it hard to breathe (yes, your hoo hoo needs air). We wash it wrong. We douche. We subject it to spermicides, talc, spanx, wipies, wiping wrong, over washing, bathing suits and body washes that only deprive our bodies of the flora it needs to stay healthy. And still, the moment we get a bit itchy, we run to the drug store or gynecologist and attack it with more chemicals!

A month ago I had the opportunity to talk with the creator of healthy hoo hoos and it was like chatting with an old friend. The topic? Our hoo hoos! Ladies, we all have them and abuse them when we should be taking care of them. Yes, save the tatas but we also need to focus some attention on our hoo hoos.

The healthy hoo hoo gentle feminine wash is the first step to pampering your hoo hoo. It is so gentle you can even use it on your face. Healthy hoo hoo is:

* pH-balanced

* Fragrance-free

* Paraben-free

* Hypoallergenic

It is exactly as it should be. Whether you call it ‘Personality’, ‘Privates’ or even ‘Peaches’, take care of your hoo hoo with healthy hoo hoo.

I was sent a bottle of this great stuff to review. All opinions are mine and my hoo hoo is very happy.

Nov 202014
 

We have two young boys and the option to slow down is not available to us. Paul just celebrated his 50th birthday and I am quickly approaching my 49th. Even though he is so much older than me, we share one thing that most aging couples do. Pain. Several years ago, both of us suffered back injuries. As we get older, the back flares up. Since I have fibromyalgia, the chronic pain aspect of an old injury is a constant reminder that I need to take care of myself. Seeing a physical therapist every week is just not possible so we went in search of back pain relief that wouldn’t break the bank or require medication.

melts 300x132 The Melt Method

The Melt Method is a natural treatment that you can perform 15 minutes a day to give yourself lower back pain treatment right at home. The Melt Method is a system developed by manual therapist Sue Hitzmann for her patients as homework assignments to deal with chronic pain. 15 minutes a few times a week using this natural pain relief will help you be pain free and continue having an active lifestyle.

The Melt Method is based on scientifically tested and proven methods of treatment. The system uses the research done on connective tissues and pelvic and spine stability to develop a self-treatment akin to having an evidenced based manual treatment! This method addresses the stress and pain trapped in our connective tissue. People with Fibromyalgia understand the importance of connective tissue and how stuck stress in those areas can cause pain. Addressing these issues helps an individual improve their flexibility, mobility, posture, range of motion and overall wellbeing. When all those things are addressed, you also benefit by having more restful sleep and overall better health!

This system is unlike anything you have seen before because it addresses the neural and connective tissue systems. If you are like us, a lower back pain can escalate quickly into sciatica which will limit your movement. This system goes beyond the skeleton-muscular system and straight to the root of the problem. And, for only 15 minutes a day a few times a week, we can get back to hiking, bike riding and the occasional game of tag without worrying about pain.

This is a paid post. We were asked to write about the Melt Method kit. All opinions and chronic pains are all ours.

 

Nov 112014
 

 Petz Beach Review

petz1 Petz Beach ReviewOur kids, like all other kids, love their video games. The sound of gaming music is a constant din on car trips and gleeful screams of my boys celebrating attaining yet another level or accomplishing a task are the source of endless noise. Like all parents, we worry about video games that are violent and there is always the concern that they may become couch potatoes. Ubisoft, the great brand that brought us Just Dance and Assassins Creed, brings us Petz Beach!

petz dog 169x300 Petz Beach ReviewIf you haven’t ever seen a Nintendo 3DS Petz game before, you are in for a world of cute. We first came upon this when our daughter wanted Dogz a several years ago. She was a teenager and she loved (loves) dogs. We didn’t get it but as long as it wasn’t a game that was inappropriate, we got it. She would sit there with her then baby brothers and play. When she got older, my boys would play with the Dogz and get new ones and name them and pet them and…

petz beach Petz Beach ReviewWhen they got Petz Beach, we figured, since they were older now they would be cool about it- you know, they are 10 and 7, too cool to freak out about an animal game. Wrong! They ripped into in and immediately started playing. My 10 year old was so happy he could choose a beagle and even a penguin to care for. My 7 year old loves dressing them up and putting glasses on all the animals. What I love is that it keeps them both entertained, it allows them to be creative and it is a game based on the idea of caring for another living being. Sure, it is a digital representation of a living being but there is no quest, no need to hurt or kill or beat….it is just caring and fun! They get to complete missions and learn about the pets they are caring for!

petz rick 169x300 Petz Beach ReviewYes, I know, kids want all the new hot, slightly inappropriate, games. That doesn’t mean you can’t slip this one in their stocking as a surprise. It was released in October and is available right now on Amazon. We are also going to purchase Petz Countryside- another great Petz 3DS game that actually allows kids to have their pets cross over game platforms- from Beach to Countryside!
We love the Petz Game from Ubisoft and would recommend giving them to both boys and girls as a way to let them play and grow their caring for others. Besides, these cute Petz will not need to be bathed, fed or walked by you. That’s your kid’s job.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.