**The product for this review was provided by Famosa. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

All three of my kids enjoy pretend play, especially when it mimics the things they see mommy and daddy doing. My daughter is especially nurturing, and even at 6 years old, still enjoys playing with dolls...feeding them, giving them baths, etc. I love to encourage this kind of play any way I can, which is why I was excited when introduced to a new toy from the Nenuco line. 

Famosa, known for high quality dolls with engaging and unique features, has been a leading European toy company for over 50 years. The Nenuco line was launched over 35 years ago and today is the #1 doll brand in Spain. They value imagination, creativity, motor skills, coordination and manual skills!

You may remember the review I did a few months ago featuring Nenuco. We have been very impressed with the quality and overall appeal of their products and were excited to learn of a new product.

New for Spring 2014, Nenuco Bath Time is a doll made for water. What kid doesn't love bath time, I know all three of mine do! That's why I knew they'd be thrilled to learn we were going to have the opportunity to review it for ourselves.

When the doll arrived, I was impressed with all that she included. Not only an adorable doll, but also squirters and an inner tube for floating in the tub!

Out of the box, I was immediately impressed with the quality of this doll, and the unique features that make her suitable for water. She is made with a special fast dry material, and has a soft body. She also has a nice baby scent to her too!

Speaking of drying quickly, the doll actually has feet with holes in it to help it drain more easily. Love it!

Like I mentioned, the toys she comes with make playing with her in the tub even more fun! The kids enjoy using the squirters, and the inner tube makes it possible for the doll to float and play right along with Kaelyn. She LOVES it! 

Now when bathtime comes for any one of the kids they enjoy taking this little cutie with them! Whether she's just playing with her squirt toys or floating around, it brings bathtime fun to a whole new level! I love that they're able to use their imaginations and have fun with this toy both inside and outside of the bath. 

If you have a little one who loves dolls as much as my kids, I'd definitely recommend checking out Nenuco and their new Nenuco Bath Time! The quality is fantastic and the sky is the limit when it comes to creativity and open-opened play. 

Buy It: You can purchase the Nenuco Bath Time set for $24.99. 

You can also connect with Pinypon and Nenuco on Facebook where they are running many different giveaways.

**I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Pull-Ups. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Potty training is an exciting journey that takes much time and patience. I always have appreciated finding tools and products that would make this milestone easier for my kids. That's why I am thankful to have been given the opportunity to trying out Pull-Ups with Caysen. 

After using the Pull-Ups Training Pants for a couple of months during the potty training process, we have noticed Caysen wakes up dry a lot more. Night time training is always more difficult so this has been very exciting for him and us! He is much more independent in using the potty now which I love as well. It's been fun to see him encouraged by his potty successes!

Having potty trained three children, I have learned some important things along the way. For parents starting the potty training journey, I think it's important to remember three main points:

1. Begin potty training when your child shows signs of being ready. This allows the process to go more smoothly and quickly.

2. Be consistent and patient.

3. Have fun and celebrate your child's successes (both trying on the potty and going potty)!

These tips have been important to me as I trained my kids. It has helped me keep the potty training journey less stressful and encouraging. Making sure your child is ready is key, as well as making the process fun. However, no matter your method or when you start...one of the most important things I've found is that it's a must to be consistent. That's why I've loved the Big Kid Time to help keep a routine and remind Caysen when he needs to try to go potty. This and other tools on the Pull-Ups website really do help maintain a potty training schedule.

At the beginning of potty training, Caysen didn't seem all that excited. I've found that the Big Kids Academy really helped encourage him. The Progress Chart and the Potty Dance have both been great for him!

If you're beginning the potty training journey, or are in the middle of it, I'd definitely recommend visiting the Big Kid Academy via the Pull-Ups website! Here, and on the Pull-Ups Facebook Page and Twitter Page, you'll find a variety of tools and resources (tips/tricks) that I have mentioned above. There's even a Rewards Wheel on Pull-Ups.com that's customizable and helps make every potty training lesson unique. 

Pull-Ups has also recently announced an exciting new partnership with The First Years, a maker of potty training systems and seats. The First Years offers a range of different potty training systems and seats, even some decorated with Disney characters to help make potty training as fun as possible. As I said, making it fun is a huge factor in helping to make it go as smoothly as possible.

With the purchase of a specialty potty system from The First Years, you will receive a free sample pack of Pull-Ups Training Pants to tackle the potty training journey. How great is that?! We have used a potty seat with all three of our kids and it has worked great to help transition them to becoming more independent in using the potty. Getting a pack of Pull-Ups Training Pants would make it even better! I'd definitely recommend anyone getting ready to start the journey, look into this great deal!

Walk on the Wild Side with Clawz Shoes {Review & Giveaway}

Posted by Jenna | Friday, April 18, 2014

**The product for this review/giveaway was provided at no cost to me. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

I have a little girl who loves to stand out in a crowd. She has a contagious, outgoing personality and it's one of the things I love about her. When it comes to her clothing choices, she is no different. She likes to wear bright, colorful articles of clothing and fun, new styles. Knowing her personality, I knew she'd adore Clawz Shoes!

Clawz shoes are slip-on shoes in fluorescent colors shaped like animal claws! What girl or boy wouldn't love that?! It's part shoe, part play thing and all adventure! Clawz Shoes are a spunky, wild hybrid of ergonomic comfort and a creature for kids, teens and adults! 

I was excited when given the opportunity to review a pair of Clawz Shoes and although they have them for teens and adults as well, I knew Kaelyn would be a perfect candidate for this review. I used the size chart to figure out what size she would need. This is very important to ensure a good fit for your child and I greatly appreciate that this size chart was available. I then had her pick a color. Although she does love bright and colorful, she went with black so she'd be able to wear them with more things this summer. I don't blame her, they are a versatile shoe and one I'm sure she'll get A LOT of use out of!

When the Clawz Shoes arrived, I was impressed with the quality right away. They remind me of the other brightly colored molded slip-on shoes out there, but have built upon the comfort with a material that both repels odor and molds to the shape of your foot as you wear them!! How neat is that?! 

I appreciate that they don't get smelly and that they are so easy to clean. With a child wearing them, this is a must...especially during the summer months when we're outdoors a lot! I love that the material is also very versatile and makes it easy to wear everywhere from running on the playground or going on a walk to walking on the beach! 

It's also great that these shoes mold to the foot. It makes them more comfortable for her to wear them as she runs around. The air vents also keep her feet cool and she appreciates the rear strap that helps keep her foot secure. For older children/teens, the strap can be folded forward and out of the way for an easy slip on and off look. Either way, these shoes are super easy to get on and off which is also a plus when it comes to children! YAY!

As I said, Kaelyn went with the black color, but Clawz are available in a wild range of fun colors: lime, orange, black, blue, pink and white! She loves the ones we received, and most of all...LOVES the claw look to them. I mean, how cool are these?!

It stands out and she loves that it's different than anything she sees other kids wearing at school. We've had several people already ask us where they can find a pair for their own children. 

We have been very impressed with the Clawz shoes and Kaelyn absolutely loves them! They are fun and best of all, they are comfortable and hold up well! My boys now want a pair, so I have a feeling it's something all three kids will be sporting this summer! :) With spring here, and summer nearing...I would definitely recommend Clawz shoes for children (and adults) of all ages! 

Buy It: You can purchase the Classic Clawz for $29.99 or the Toddler styles for $24.99. AND, for A Mom's Balancing Act readers, use code balancing30 and receive 30% off all orders (coupon expires May 20th). This drops the adult and kids' prices to $20.99 and the toddler prices to $17.50! There's also free shipping on orders over $45. Head over to ClawzShoes.com and find the perfect pair for you or your little one today. 

WIN IT: One very lucky reader is going to win a pair of Clawz in the size and color of their choice!

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Our family enjoys family movie nights, so I'm always on the lookout for good movies everyone will enjoy. One of our faves is The Wizard of Oz, so I was very excited to learn more about a new movie coming to theaters May 9th...Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return.

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return is a 3D-animated musical based on the adventure books by Roger Stanton Baum, the great-grandson of L. Frank Baum. A continuation of one of the world’s most popular and beloved fairy tales, Legends of Oz finds Dorothy (Lea Michele) waking to post-tornado Kansas, only to be whisked back to Oz to try to save her old friends the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), the Lion (Jim Belushi), the Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer) and Glinda (Bernadette Peters) from a devious new villain, the Jester (Martin Short). Wiser the owl (Oliver Platt), Marshal Mallow (Hugh Dancy), China Princess (Megan Hilty) and Tugg the tugboat (Patrick Stewart) join Dorothy on her latest magical journey through the colorful landscape of Oz to restore order and happiness to Emerald City. Set to the tunes of Academy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Bryan Adams, Legends of Oz marks a charming, family-friendly return to the Oz franchise.

If this sounds like a movie you and your family would enjoy as well, I'd recommend checking it out when it hits theaters next month! You may also be interested in learning more about the Legends of Oz Express Tour too! Join Dorothy and friends for a day of free family fun with activities, games, character meet & greets, and story time when the Legends of Oz Express comes to a town near you.

For the latest information on the event in your city, click here.

You can connect with Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return on Twitter and Facebook.

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