I've got the latest and greatest tech to keep you warm this winter - we're talking battery operated heated vests + jackets, rechargeable hand warmers, electric heated comforter + mattress pad, space heaters, electric fireplace, even a heated foot massager... LET'S GO!
Disclaimer: this post is sponsored by iHood and contains affiliate links, through which I earn commission from purchases made after clicking.
iHood Heated Vest + Jacket
iHood Heated Vest
I was sent iHood's lightweight heated vest to review and it's amazing (watch my full demo here)!! They make one with a detachable hood as well, but this one is without, just a cute puffer vest with 2 hidden zippered pockets on the outside, and 2 on the inside, with one of them holding the hookup for the 7V lithium battery it comes with. Charge the battery and it'll warm up your vest for hours!! You can control the heat right from the button on your chest - so convenient, and toasty warm with heating elements on the stomach, back, and neck. Water and wind resistant, and machine washable to boot! The vest is so flexible cuz you can layer under and over it as needed, keep your core warm and have full range of motion of your arms, which is great for horseback riders and other outdoor enthusiasts. Shop iHoodwarm.com (affiliate link) or Amazon (links follow):
Buy the women's version without a hood here:
Buy the detachable hood model vest here, for men and women:
iHood Heated Jacket
iHood also makes a heated jacket which has independently controlled stomach, back, and neck heated zones with a 12V battery (which can also charge your phone) that inserts into an inner pocket and is controlled with the button on the chest! It's made of waterproof, windproof, scratch proof material, the hood and neck are fleece lined and so cozy! It has a million zippered pockets (8 outside, 2 inside to be exact), and a huge hood with a long brim you can fold back or extend out to keep rain and snow off your face, or cinch closed to keep the wind out. Watch my full demo video here and get $20 off iHood heated jacket on ihoodwarm.com (affiliate link) or buy one on Amazon here:
JINHODY Rechargeable Hand Warmers
Charge them up and turn them on to act as hand warmers in your pockets. You can even charge your phone with them - WIN WIN! These are versatile, cute (coming in pink, green, or black), and a must have this winter! Watch my full demo here and buy a set here (affiliate link):
Sealy Electric Heated Mattress Pad
Getting into a chilly bed in winter is the worst, am I right?! We are LOVING this Sealy electric mattress pad - not only does it warm up your bed for you but it's DUAL SIDED, so you can each control your side to the perfect temp (my husband doesn't usually use his, but I keep mine toasty from fall through spring, so it's perfect for us!!!). It also has a timer so you can keep it on all night or have it turn off after a couple of hours. Watch my full demo here, and buy it here (affiliate link):
ZONLI Electric Heated Blanket
This is a great electric blanket, whether you use it on the sofa, over your legs while working at your desk, as a bed comforter, or all of the above!! It's plush and cozy and SO WARM!
Watch my full demo here, and buy it here (affiliate link):
Feculs Space Heater
It heats up super fast, use the controls on the heater or on the remote! Have it on high or low or set a temperature for it to maintain. It has a timer, and tip over safety mechanism to cut off power. You can even use it without heat as a fan! It's so great for small spaces - heat up your feet under your desk or your bathroom so you're toasty warm before and after your shower! Watch my full demo here and buy it here (affiliate link):
Star Patio Tabletop Heater
No gas required - just assemble, put on top of your patio table, plug in and poof - warm hands and faces all around!! I love this Star Patio Tabletop Heater, they also make taller versions!
Watch my assembly + demo video here, and buy it here (affiliate link):
Cloud Massage Shiatsu Heated Foot Massager
I literally use this at least 5 times a year, without heat in summer, and with heat the rest of the year. No joke, it has permanent residence under my desk. I love it love it love it!!!!
Watch my assembly + demo video here, and buy it here (Thrasio / Amazon affiliate link):
Rintuf Electric Fireplace
If you don't have a traditional fireplace, or you just don't want to mess with wood or gas, then you need this electric fireplace!! Looks cool and keeps you warm! Review coming soon (will add here when published), buy it here (affiliate link):
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At the western end of Long Island, Brooklyn is a fantastic place for a family trip with all of the beaches and parks in the borough. It may be small, but it has the most people in the state of New York with over 2.6 million residents. Everyone has heard of the Brooklyn Bridge, but there is a lot more to Brooklyn than that.
Brooklyn has over 30 museums with a children’s museum, toy museum, and museum of food and drink that kids of all ages will love. And just a quick train, bus, or Uber ride away, you cannot forget the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty! But you cannot bring your luggage, so drop it off at a Brooklyn luggage storage facility before starting to explore.
Between all these visits, you have to stop and eat. Shake Shack is a favorite for families with locations throughout Brooklyn and New York City. Stage Door Deli and Pizzeria in lower Manhattan has sandwiches, pizza, and all kinds of other yummy foods. And for dessert, go to Laboratorio del Gelato in NYC's Lower East Side (or New JerseY) where they have 15 kinds of chocolate and 40 flavors of fruit gelato.
To further plan your visit (or staycation if you're a NYC local), check out some of these great resources:
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Responsival but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Additionally, this post includes some affiliate links - we earn commission from purchases made after clicking.
Gift giving should be thoughtful, from the heart, maybe even a bit humorous. If the intended gift recipient has (or had) a beloved pet, this can be a great theme to run with, so I've curated a 2022 Best Gifts for Pet Lovers roundup to save you time in your researching! Maybe one of these will jump out at you as a wonderful gift for your spouse, your child, maybe even yourself!! So, let's go!
1. Custom Pet Portrait
Your fur babies rightfully take up a big piece of your heart, so why not give them a dedicated space on your wall with a fun wrapped canvas custom pet portrait!? Mr&MrsPaw has got your back here, quite literally, they even have pet portrait throw pillows! And cell phone cases. And mugs! They have tons of designs to choose from, too. Selecting one is definitely the hardest part! Search by theme: Renaissance (I'm a huge Bridgerton fan, so couldn't help putting our guinea pig's cutie patootie face added to this "Noble" design!!), Film & TV (great for lovers of Harry Potter, Star Wars etc!), Asian Style, and Hobbies & Jobs (Want to see your dog play baseball? Yeah, I thought so!!) Most designs are for a single pet but they do have some especially for groups of 2, 3, or 4 pets!
After I submitted my order, they emailed me with a proof for approval, and I was blown away by how they edited the color and angle to look absolutely PERFECT!!! About a week later the canvas arrived and it's absolutely beautiful, and so hilarious, we just love it!!! Watch our first reactions here, so funny!!!
2. Pet Cam
Being able to check in with your fur baby while you're at work or away for the weekend is priceless, so thankfully there are some great pet cams out there! You love the eufy robot vaccuum (who doesn't), but did you realize they make a pet camera that even dispenses treats - so you can play catch and watch their happy little face catching and nomming up that food in real time! SO FUN!! With a 1080p clarity, smart motion tracking, 2-way audio, a 170 degree wide angle, and 16gb of local storage! Buy the eufy Pet Dog Camera D605 on eufy's website or Amazon.
3. Photo Jewelry
A great way to keep a pet always with you, or honor a pet that's already crossed the rainbow bridge, special moments photo jewelry from mint&lily are beautiful in so many ways. Add your pet's photo to a bracelet or necklace (they currently have 12 gorgeous designs to choose from), hold it up to your eye with light behind it (or put your camera lens up to it) and boom, a beautiful picture of your beloved fur baby appears!! If you haven't already joined the #TikTokMadeMeBuyIt wagon on this one, just give in already and get one!
4. Paw Prints
Pearhead has two framed options for including a photo of your pet along with the pawprint - either imprinted in clay or stamped! Or you could do your pet's pawprints and kids' footprints in stepping stones in the garden!
5. Subscription Box for Pets
It seems there is a subscription box for EVERYTHING these days - from Sake and Japanese snacks (click for our fun YT unboxings on those) to clothes and games, there are some great ones for pets, too! Bark Box is probably the most well known one for dogs. Check out Skip and Scamper for cats, Piggie Box for guinea pigs, Happy Bunny Club for rabbits... you get the idea!!
If interested in sustainable & zero waste pet products, check out The Kind Pet, a brand new online store co-founded by my very own AMAZING sister! Be sure to follow their blog for great tips and support for those on their sustainability journey, no matter what that looks like!
Disclaimer: Most of these toys were sent to us free to review over the years, but we honestly LOVE them! Links below are affiliate links - as an Amazon Associate & Thrasio Influencer, I earn commission from purchases made after clicking :)
The leaves are turning, the air is getting colder... tis the season for early bird Christmas shopping!! I'm going to be compiling a few great 2022 Christmas Gift Idea roundups to help you, featuring my favorite toys for kids in various categories. We'll be kicking this off with the BEST ACTIVE TOYS FOR KIDS! Whether you have sport loving active kids, or need toys to help get your kids off screens and moving their bodies, this list has something (or many things) your kids (and maybe even YOU) will love!!!
Watch my roundup video featuring short demos of these awesome toys, and shop using my affiliate links below!!
SCOOTERS & RIDE ONS:
ROLLERBLADES & ROLLERSKATES:
MISC. OUTDOOR SPORTS & ACTIVE TOYS:
MISC. INDOOR ACTIVE FUN:
OUTDOOR WATER TOYS:
Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate, I receive commission from sales made after clicking on below affiliate links.
We love a good sale, am I right? And Amazon has plopped a 2nd prime day holiday right in our laps!!
That's right, today and tomorrow (October 11-12, 2022) there are TONS of items with huge discounts for prime members!! If you haven't done so already, get a 1 month free Amazon Prime Membership here (if you've already done it before, just sign up for Prime, the monthly fee will be way less than all the $$$$ you save shopping!!).
Save 30% on Tineco iFloor3 that mops and vacuums AT THE SAME TIME (and self cleans) - this thing is amazing!!! Watch my demo video below and buy it here!
Save $80 on this amazing cordless stick vacuum I love from Ganiza (watch my review video below and click here to buy it)
Save on this 2-pack of cute touch lamps that are dimmable and have USB A & C plugs and AC plugs in the lamp so you can charge your phone, hook up alarm clock and more! Watch my demo video below and buy here!
By taking better care of our teeth and gums, we can cut down on costly dental procedures and have a more beautiful and healthy smile! Brush twice a day and floss daily. We know, we know...
But did you know a good sonic toothbrush can help clean your teeth significantly better?? Or so says my kids' dentist, anyway!
Now there's a SMART sonic toothbrush that PAIRS TO AN APP to suggest which mode is best for your teeth, to monitor how well you brush, remind you when to replace your toothbrush head, and so much more!!
Watch my unboxing and demo below and read on for more details and learn how to buy yours from Beheart, who sponsored this review!
What makes this electronic toothbrush so special?
Well, let's see...
Click to learn more about Beheart White Key W2 Smart Sonic Toothbrush, which just launched on Indiegogo July 8!!
I was once a queen of the stroller review scene. We've owned and reviewed a dozen or so strollers over the years of my twins plus one being little. From tiny travel sized strollers to a triple stroller and everything in between. It's been a few years so I was really excited for this collaboration with Mompush, who sent me their Ultimate 2 Stroller to review and share with you all!! Check out my full unboxing, demo, and review video (embedded right below) and keep reading for more details and my affiliate link (this bad boy comes with SO MUCH GREAT STUFF and sells for under $500 - I can't even believe it!!)
What comes with the Mompush Ultimate 2 Stroller??
It lays quite flat for easy storage and is quick to pop up and lock into bassinet mode. There is a thick foam insert so it'll be comfy for newborns, though I highly advise buying an infant head support pillow like this one (just don't use it in a car seat!). It comes with a nice thick cover you can zipper on to keep baby warmer, that is easy to zip open or remove completely in warmer months.
The canopy is a good size with a quiet (no velcro) peekaboo mesh window, and there's a canopy extension panel you can zip on to make it go past the vertical point, which is great for nap time!! The leatherette belly bar can be used as a handle on the bassinet, giving it a beautiful look and making it easy to transport the bassinet, just don't pick it up with baby inside.
Maximum weight for the bassinet is 9kg (about 20 pounds) and you'll want to make sure you stop using it before baby can sit up or pull up as there is no seat belt or strap in it.
The bassinet is designed to lay at a slight angle so that baby's head will never be downward, which is great! It jiggles ever so slightly when walking, completely safe and normal movement that may actually help lull your little one to sleep!!
The Toddler Seat
Stick with the bassinet or car seat until baby is at least 6 months old and can sit up unaided, then you're ready for the toddler seat! With a maximum weight capacity of 50 pounds, this toddler seat has a nice 5 point harness and reclines from nice and vertical to fully flat position with an easy one-handed recline lever! It has an adjustable foot rest making for a super comfy ride!
It's really quick and easy to reverse the seat from forward facing to parent facing, which I've always found a great feature in strollers. I like to have baby facing me for walks, but if we're going out and needing them to take a nap, I face them forward and don't fight sleep as hard.
The canopy is amazing, going past vertical, with a special zippered section that is fully mesh and great for strolling in warmer months. It also has a silent (no velcro) peekaboo mesh window.
Why I love it:
The Mompush Ultimate 2 Stroller comes in 3 great colors!!
Click my affiliate link to buy one on Amazon today or check it out on mompush.com!
**originally posted 12/6/2016 when we had 7 strollers for our 3 kids ages 3 and under (updated 5 years and 7 additional strollers later LOL!!! Some affiliate links included below)
Hi, my name is Heather and I'm addicted to strollers. We have 3 children ages 4-6 (including twins), are living in a tiny 950 square foot apartment in Brooklyn, and yet we have managed to own a total of FOURTEEN strollers (maxed out at 5 at one time). Yes, you read that correctly. Here are the strollers we've had, some for as little as a week, others for 2+ years!! Be sure to click the ** links for my full blog reviews, my demo videos are embedded at the end of this post:
I just might have a problem... Here are some signs you might have a problem, too!
1. You have more than one stroller.
Heck, you probably have more than a few strollers. Possibly a good half dozen or so! And the funny thing? You can justify your desperate need for each and every one of them!!!
2. You're always lusting after the latest and greatest.
The one, or 4, you already have are still in perfectly good condition. But you're bored. You want a new baby, a new stroller baby, that is! Your heart actually skips a beat when your favorite stroller brand comes out with a new model or special edition.
3. You pimp out your (baby's) ride.
Custom seat liners, matching canopies, luxory diaper bag, stroller muffs, air-filled tires, you name it. Your little one rides in style!!
4. You have strollers in every nook and cranny.
Every car has one in the trunk, and your garage and closets are at capacity with strollers. Maybe you even begged your significant other to build some shelving space for them. Heck, you may have developed a product for smartly storing strollers indoors like the 2 moms behind MetroTot stroller hanger & CityStork stroller wheel covers!
5. You know how to score a deal.
Black Friday, Cyber Monday, local and online stroller resale groups (StrollerQueen StrollerSwap!!!), trade in events, blog giveaways, you name it. You know how to sell your old strollers to help finance a new one, and you know the best ways to save big!
6. You get stroller envy.
Walking through the park or the grocery store, you're constantly on the lookout. Who is pushing what stroller, what accessories are they sporting (here are my faves!!), is there one you haven't seen before? No shame - go and ask the mom about it!!! Maybe ask to take it for a quick test drive!
7. You're the go-to girl for your friends and family.
When someone is having a baby or needing a new stroller, you are the one they look to for advice. Because you know, well, pretty much EVERYTHING about strollers!!! You may even publish guides such as "7 Best Double Strollers for Families", "The Best New Strollers for Every Budget", or "Stroller Shopping Tips"!
Did I miss any signs of stroller addiction? Are you an addict??? Share your story in a comment below! Tell us the stroller you love most and why. Maybe it'll be the next stroller added to my collection!
And just for fun, I'll embed my stroller review & demo videos below!!
Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Nakturnal.
When Generation Joy reached out for a collaboration, I was so excited because they have SUPER cute kids clothes, AND we had spring break in Mexico coming up, which gave us the perfect chance to debut their outfits with an adorable fashion show in Cancun!! Woohoooo!! Watch that below and keep reading for more on the clothes, as well as my 15% off discount code!!!
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Generation Joy but all thoughts and opinions are my own. This post includes affiliate links below - I receive a small commission from purchases made after clicking.
Are they too cute or what? The clothes I mean (the kids, too)!!
Generation Joy's kids' clothes have "grow with me" features such as cuffable leggings that will fit for longer (pun intended) - just uncuff when kiddo hits a growth spurt, extended cuff joggers, and adaptable waistbands with comfy elastic or adjustable drawstrings.
I let my kids shop for their own outfits, here's what they picked out:
Shop Mia's Style:
Shop Emi's Style:
Shop Kenzo's Style:
Their clothes are designed to be super comfy, durable, and practical, with tag-less labels, and some great pieces with reinforced knees and reversible styles so you get 2 looks out of 1 garment.
The t-shirts we got are made of really nice feeling fabric, a soft blend of cotton, modal, and spandex. Hello 2022 best clothing for picky kids! Honestly, I wish they had adult sizes!!!
What's more?? How about a 30 day return policy and free shipping on orders over $50!!
Shop Generation Joy now (affiliate link) and use code Fam15 to get 15% off your order!!
We usually do our annual Family Vacation Guide to Lancaster in the summer and hit up Dutch Wonderland and Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, but when Cartoon Network Hotel invited us down for a winter visit, we were excited to discover what kid-friendly fun was to be had in Amish Country in winter and year round... and to share with you all, of course!!
Watch our highlights video and read on for more details about each of the attractions, restaurants, and hotels!
Cartoon Network Hotel
Whether you have a lover of cartoons in your home or not, adults and kids of all ages will LOVE Cartoon Network Hotel!!
We were provided 2 nights in the Steven Universe Dream Suite in exchange for our review, but don't worry, all thoughts and opinions are my own and completely unbiased. In full honesty... IT IS AMAZING!!!!!
They have 4 dream suites that can sleep 6: Steven Universe, Ben 10, Power Puff, and Adventure Time. Ours had a private primary bedroom for the parents, a huge bathroom with 2 sinks and a shower, a 6-chair dining table, small kitchen with mini fridge / Keurig / microwave, large living room with 75" TV, and kids room with 2 double bunk beds and a TV in each bed (this didn't have a door, unfortunately, but was off to the side so you could have lights and TV on in the living room and it wouldn't bother kids if deep sleepers like ours, or simply head to your own bedroom and close the door ;)
The dream suite costs quite a bit more than the regular rooms that sleep 2 or 4 people, but are the only rooms inside the main building and are totally worth the splurge IMO! The only negative I have is that because it is right over the lobby, we heard the music pumping down there (they were doing karaoke I think?) on Saturday night til 10pm. It didn't bother me and my kids didn't notice and passed right out, but just a heads up. Nothing some ear plugs or white noise app on your cell phone can't take care of!
Inside the main building, you have the Cartoon Kitchen, regular character meet & greets, a cafe, the gift shop (a dream for Cartoon Network fans!!!), Omnicade (arcade), and the favorite of me and my kids: the Toon Room. Here you can play VR (even 2 can play together in the same game/cube), scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, and more!
They have an outdoor pool and splash area open in summer, and they have a lovely heated indoor pool open year round but you have to go outside to get there and ooooooof it can be cold in winter! It didn't have any locker rooms but we changed in the bathroom, not a big deal. Be sure to BYO puddle jumpers / floaties.
Book your room on cartoonnetworkhotel.com or Hotels.com (affiliate link).
There are a ton of companies out there with "Amish tours" and museums and what not. Some are authentic, others not at all. I ran across LoKal Experiences on Discover Lancaster's website and am SO glad I reached out to work together on a review. The "Unique Amish Immersion Experience" tour we were taken on went above and beyond my expectations in teaching us all about Amish / Mennonite history, culture, and such great tidbits. I never realized how misinformed we are about them! Here are some things I found most fascinating:
Mike, the co-founder of LoKal, is passionate about working with local Amish businesses and families, and giving his clients an authentic, memorable, and fun experience. He took us in his beautiful 14 passenger van to several homes (including one that was featured in the 1985 Harrison Ford movie Witness) and farms and even Down on the Farm Creamery that had the BEST ice cream I've EVER had. (Yes, at 9:45am. Don't judge.) He also had these great ear pieces so you could hear him and ask questions no matter how far back in the van you sat, which was really helpful!
They offer tons of experiences and tours, so you can find the best one for your family - from lunch with an Amish family to a Sweet & Savory tour of Lancaster City, even some craft beer & dive bar options for adults!
Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
Founded 35 years ago and serving 15,000 guests annually, this 328 seat theatre is a great stop on any family-friendly Lancaster vacation!! Check their calendar to see which performances will be held during your stay! Their main theatre lineup includes Singin' in the Rain (~April 16), Rock of Ages, The Little Mermaid, Chicago, Saturday Night Fever, and Elf the Musical. They also have workshops and performances geared more toward children, which is what we were invited to join! I had no idea what to expect but we went for the matinee lunch and show of Pinkalicious the Musical and honestly, I LOVED IT! The buffet for the kids show wasn't spectacular, to be honest, it was "kid-friendly" foods (think hot dogs and fish nuggets) but it did have a salad bar and yummy cupcakes and cookies! The show itself was one hour and pure fun. The acting, set, and music were top notch, and it was, frankly, HILARIOUS. All 5 of us had a fabulous time!! After the show the cast stayed on stage to take questions from the audience, which was a really nice touch!! It's running through April 15, I really recommend it!!
Choo Choo Barn
If you love model trains, the Choo Choo Barn is a MUST!! It's basically 1 HUGE Lancaster County themed train set in a 1700 square foot room! With over 150 hand-built animated figures and vehicles and 22 operating trains. There are buttons to press to activate different parts. Every 10 minutes the room darkens and the ceiling has starts that light up to simulate nighttime. It's just utterly fascinating to examine every single inch of this place! I wasn't sure if our kids would be bored but they couldn't get enough of it either! There's a zoo, ski slopes, airplane, Dutch Wonderland, a house on fire, a circus, so so so so much to see! SO FUN!! For older kids who need some help focusing, they have 2 great scavenger hunt lists - one for first timers and one for repeat visitors.
Aaron & Jessica's Buggy Rides
We had terrible luck with the weather, in the middle of a winter storm when it was time for our reserved time at Aaron & Jessica's Buggy Rides. Despite the wind and snow, they were more than happy to take us out and tell us all about the Amish history and culture. The owner, or "Grandpa," as he said everyone calls him, was our driver and was so great with our kids. He let all 3 pile up front and help him steer the horse. Answering their millions of questions and taking photos with us afterward. I can't wait to go back for a longer ride during nicer weather! They have several tours to choose from such as the 20 minute "Cookie Run" with a stop at a farm stand to the 90 minute "Amish Journey" and private rides as well. Check out their website for hours and more details!
Fulton Steamboat Inn
We already had our accommodation settled for this trip but in all our years visiting Lancaster, we had yet to stop by the Fulton Steamboat Inn! So, I reached out and was delighted to be invited for a hotel tour and dinner! From the moment you see the "steamboat" from the road, til you step foot inside and get immediate "Titanic vibes", it's just one OOOOH after another! It's a truly unique experience and stunning property!
They have an assortment of beautiful rooms, and if going on a couples getaway or momcation, I highly recommend their spectacular rooms on the adult-only sun deck!! They have an indoor pool and jacuzzi, a small game room, a cute playground and pond outside (the Koi fish were wintering but we had fun feeding the ducks)! Dinner was delicious, they had a great kids' menu and coloring activities for them, and we were pleasantly surprised to have pianist Bill Horn playing during our meal! Whether you stay at Fulton Steamboat Inn or just drop in for a meal at Huckleberry's Restaurant, you won't be disappointed! Book your room at fultonsteamboatinn.com or Hotels.com (affiliate link).
Did we manage to squeeze in a TON in just 3 days or what!?!?! We loooooove Lancaster and can't recommend it highly enough for your next family vacation! Are there some must-sees and must-dos we missed? Leave us a comment below!! And if looking for more Lancaster ideas, see our past years' guides below!
Our previous Lancaster Family Vacation Guides:
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I'm a NYC metro area mom blogger living in NJ with my Japanese husband & our 3 kids (twins plus 1). This blog is chock full of product reviews, family travel guides, and giveaways galore! It's also home to Bay Ridge Families, and several guides focused on kid-friendly activities and guides to South Brooklyn, Hudson Valley, and New Jersey, as well as family-friendly destinations beyond the NYC area (check the menu bar!)