Go Bananas with Fingerlings Baby Monkeys from WowWee! + Giveaway

Thank you to WowWee for sending us some adorable Fingerlings so we could celebrate #FingerlingsFriday and share it with our readers!

Happy Fingerlings Friday!

No; I don’t mean the potatoes.  I’m talking baby monkeys, folks.  Fingerlings are a brand new toy from WowWee, makers of exceptional tech toys like Robosapien and MiPosaur, and they’re about the cutest things I’ve ever seen.

Fingerlings Baby Monkeys

The line consists of six adorable, interactive pet robots:  Bella, Mia, Sophie, Finn, Boris, and Zoe.  They grip onto your fingers (among other things) and respond to sound, motion, and touch.

Each Fingerling has his/her own personality that comes to life through more than 50 sounds and animations.  They are so unbelievably adorable!  Pet them.  Swing them.  Clap for them.  Blow them kisses.  You’ll be rewarded with sweet and silly monkey sounds and movements.  If you’re lucky, you just might get some baby monkey kisses too.  Or maybe a burp.  These little guys are just full of surprises.

Fingerlings Hanging Upside Down

We especially like to hang them upside down and watch how excited they get.

Fingerlings are small enough to take anywhere, and you can hook them onto almost anything.  Attach them to your backpack, laptop, markers, or if you’re my son, attach them to your belt and take them for a walk with you.

WowWee Fingerlings

Once you let one of these sweet baby monkeys cling to you,  you’re not going to want them to let go.  They’re irresistible.

When you have a Fingerling, you have a fun friend at your fingertips.  These are guaranteed to be a hit with the kids and a hot toy for the holidays.  Don’t wait until then to grab one though.  For every Fingerling Baby Monkey sold during the first week of sales (Aug. 11-18), WowWee will donate $1 to WildAid, a nonprofit wildlife conservation group focused on reducing the demand for wildlife products.

Fingerlings are available in the US starting now!  You can purchase them for just $14.99 each at major retailers like Toys”R”Us, Target.com, and Amazon.com.  It’s a good thing the price is so reasonable.  Play with one Fingerling, and you’re going to want to collect them all.

How would you like to WIN a Fingerlings Baby Monkey?!  Enter via the Giveaway Tools Form below.  Open to US residents who are 18 and older. Ends 8/28/17 at 121:59 PM ET.  Good luck!

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Beat the Heat of the Kitchen with Bonefish Grill Summer Specials

Thank you to Bonefish Grill for sponsoring our visit so we could share our experience with our readers.

We’re knee deep in summer, and I have to admit, when it gets hot like this, I literally get out of the kitchen.  Who wants to cook when it’s 90 degrees outside, right?  Also, my birthday recently passed; between that and the heat, it seemed like the perfect time to head over to Bonefish Grill to try out their Summer Duos menu.

Bonefish Grill Summer Duos Menu

They say two is better than one, and when you take a look at Bonefish’s summer menu, it’s hard to argue:

  • Cod Piccata & Lobster Stuffed Shrimp – $19.90
  • Wood Grilled Center-Cut 8 oz. Sirloin & Cold Water Lobster Tail – $19.90
  • Cod Piccata & Cold Water Lobster Tail – $24.90
  • Filet Mignon & Cold Water Lobster Tail – $25.90

If you’re a lobster lover, this is clearly the menu for you, plus you get a second option along with two sides.  I’m partial to their tender and delectable filet mignon, so that one was a no brainer for me.

There are other mouth-watering specials as well, like the Caribbean Style Dayboat Scallops, which are sushi-grade caramelized scallops served with fresh pineapple salsa and vanilla bean rum butter, accompanied by green beans and jasmine rice.

Bonefish Grill Dayboat Scallops

Let’s talk about these scallops.  These were my husband’s pick, and he’s still gushing over how fantastic they were.  To quote him, “They are the best scallops I’ve ever had in my life, and I’m from New England.”  For nearly 17 years now, I’ve been watching him order scallops whenever they’re on a menu, and I’ve never seen him react like that before.  Needless to say, he was impressed and highly recommends them.

Since it was my birthday, I decided to splurge and try one of their fancy cocktails.  Their Sparkling Blue Hawaiian is a delicious as it is pretty. [Read more…]


Guilt-Free Frozen Treats from Arctic Zero

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Summer wouldn’t be nearly as sweet without ice cream, and indulging in a delicious scoop is one of our favorite ways to beat the heat. All that sugar and saturated fat that fills up a pint, however, puts a damper on the family fun. This year, we’ve opted for a better-for-you frozen treat with Arctic Zero.

Arctic Zero Frozen Desserts

Arctic Zero is a little different from ice cream, and it’s every bit as enjoyable.  Sweetened with a combination of organic cane sugar and monk fruit, Arctic Zero is low glycemic and doesn’t contain any artificial sweeteners or sugar alcohols.  In fact, you won’t find any artificial ingredients in their products.  If you know me at all, you know that’s the first thing I look for on a food label.

Arctic Zero offers a wide assortment of yummy flavors in two different kinds of pints:  Creamy and Chunky.  Creamy pints are fat free and have only 35 calories per half-cup serving, while the Chunky pints are low in fat (1-2.5 grams) and have just 75 calories per half-cup serving.  Next time you’re grocery shopping, take a look at a few pints from other brands, and you’ll see how big the difference is.

Arctic Zero

There are plenty of other reasons to love Arctic Zero too.  All of the pints are GMO-free, lactose-free, and certified kosher, plus there are many gluten-free options as well.  Each serving has 2-3 grams of fiber and 3-4 grams of rBST-free whey protein, making Arctic Zero just right for protein smoothies or shakes. [Read more…]


7 Tips to For Growing a Green Family + Giveaway

When we have more tasks to complete in a day than we can possibly accomplish, it’s easy to get caught up in the details of our lives and overlook bigger issues, like sustainability and our environment.

Sustainability

With summer upon us, the beautiful green that we are surrounded by is a reminder that it’s the perfect time to bring new, sustainable habits into our daily lives that we can stick with all year long.  These seven practical pointers for going green will get you moving in the right direction.

1. Bring air purifying plants into your home. Improve the air quality in your home by introducing plants that act as air filters, absorbing the harmful gases and toxins from furniture, paints, and plastics. Peace lilies, golden pothos, and Boston ferns are only a few examples of the many plants that can help remove benzene and formaldehyde from the air in your home.

2. Look for local, seasonal foods. Eating local and seasonally means you are likely to avoid the food miles and greenhouse gas emissions associated with foods that aren’t in season and travel a long way to get to your table. In addition, seasonal foods can be less expensive and taste better. Because it is picked only when it’s naturally ripe, seasonal produce retains all of the nutrients and flavor that is lost when food is harvested prematurely. If you are feeling ambitious and have space, you can even start your own vegetable garden for the most localized produce possible.

Compost

3. Start a compost (or look for compost programs in your neighborhood). Don’t let your fruit and veggie scraps go to waste in the landfill, where they will ultimately contribute to climate change by emitting methane. Instead, start a compost in your yard or look for programs in your community that collect organic material for composting. Compost is a natural fertilizer and can be added to your garden or potted plants.

4. Swap or donate clothes. Swapping clothes that your kids have grown out of with other parents is a great way to share and/or get “new” clothes without actually purchasing anything. If you can’t think of anyone to swap with, then donating old clothes is another great option. Swapping or donating clothes helps with spring cleaning and extends the life of each item.  (If you don’t have anyone to swap with, you can try a site like Swap.com or Schoola.com.)

5. Use non-toxic products. If you are taking on some serious spring cleaning, make sure you are using non-toxic cleaning materials because chemical-based supplies contribute to water pollution and can be harmful to your health. Websites and apps such as GoodGuide and EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning help to find safe and gentle cleaning products. You can also make your own with baking soda, white vinegar, and lemon.

6. Clean out your air filters. This season is expected to be warm as we continue to break records for global temperature records. For many of us, this means turning on air conditioning and (ideally) cleaning out or replacing the air filters. Air filters that have not been cleaned or replaced in a while can mean that free-flowing air is being blocked, making the system work harder to push air out. Clean filters will not only prevent unnecessary energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, but will also save you money on your electricity bill.

Plastic-Free Picnic
7. Plastic-free picnics. Nothing says summer like an afternoon picnic. To minimize your negative impact on the environment during these outings, swap out plastic single-use containers and utensils for reusable non-plastic items. It can be easy to rely on single-use plastic items such as water bottles, cutlery, plates, and cups, but it creates a lot of waste that will most likely end up in a landfill (or even in the ocean)! Look for glass jars and cloth bags to carry and contain your goodies and bring silverware from home to cut down on the waste you create.

Rosaly Byrd and Laurèn DeMates are co-authors and founders of The Sustainability Co-Op blog, which strives to understand and communicate the interconnectedness between global and local societal needs and environmental concerns.  They are also the authors of the book Sustainability Made Simple: Small Changes for Big Impact, a comprehensive resource that introduces readers to the concept of sustainability and humanity’s growing impact on the environment; why it’s harmful; what steps government, companies, and other institutions are taking to help; and finally, what individuals and families can do to make a difference.

One lucky Game On Mom reader is going to win a Growing a Green Family Prize Pack, which includes a copy of Sustainability Made Simple and a Large Reusable Baggu Tote Bag!  Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 8/17/17 t 11:59 PM ET.  Good luck!

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Ice Cool: A Fun Family Game Where You Get to Flick Penguins

Are you melting? I’m melting. It’s so very hot, and the humidity is just miserable. My kids love to play outside (and I love for them to enjoy the outdoors), but some days it’s too hot for them to stay outside for long periods of time. On those days, we try to find some fun indoor activities to help them chill out and cool off. One of our favorite new ways to do that is a game called Ice Cool, featuring our favorite critters: penguins!

Ice Cool Game Penguins
I know that so many of the games we play these days are played on consoles or computers, but this is an actual tabletop board game, which makes me happy from the start. Ice Cool is a flicking game – if you’ve never heard of a flicking game before, it will make sense in a moment, I promise.

A disclaimer from me to you: if you’re anything like me, you best learn how to play a game by observing rather than reading instructions, so bear with me while I attempt to explain the gameplay here.

The main characters are, as I mentioned, penguins (this thrills me), and it takes place at their happy little penguin school. Just like little humans are known to get distracted in class, these penguins are bored and have decided they’re more interested in catching some tasty fish instead of sitting at their desks. They’re ready to go play and steal some snacks, but the hall monitor could be lurking around any corner, just waiting to take away their hall pass and send them scurrying back to their classroom.

Ice Cool Game Box
The actual construction of the game looks like a school and is created by connecting several low-profile boxes that feature door openings. (The box is the game and the game is the box!) Little fish hang above each door, just waiting to be snatched by a penguin on the run. Each box forms a “room,” and there are 5 rooms in all. If you know there’s a fish to be caught in the gym, for example, you’ll need to move your penguin there.

This is where the flicking comes in. Rather than having a game piece that you move from square to square like many games, these little penguins have wobbly bottoms and can be flicked and spun around. You don’t have to move a certain number of spots to get to your desired location. If you want to hit the gym and you have doors through which you can travel, you can flick your penguin in a way that spins it through the door(s) to get to your destination. Don’t have a door, or you see the hall monitor is in your way? That’s okay, too – you can just jump a wall! [Read more…]