Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Gift Reviews for Children and Adults

This is just a brief review of some of the gifts Santa brought. I just wanted to give you some pros and cons on the items. They were all great gifts and hopefully they will help any of you that may have these on your wish list. Now I do do not work for any of these companies. I am not being paid to talk about these items. These are all  strictly my own opinions and I thought it might be a helpful post for someone looking for gift ideas. These were the actual gifts under our tree on Christmas morning.

Mr Wonderful and I usually only do a couple items for one another. Nothing to fancy just maybe something we need or really want. My gift came about in a very funny way. Mr. Wonderful was in my craft room getting ready to set up my computer station when the funniest thing happened. He sat in my work chair and almost bit the dust.... backwards! The arm has been broken for quite sometime now. It sill served it's purpose as long as you didn't lean back(the arm was also connected to the back). So Mr. Wonderful decided to replace my chair.

This little beauty is what I picked out. Yes, I picked out my own gift but hey, I have to work in it. He wanted me to pick it out anyway to make sure he got the right thing. This is a medical/tattoo chair. I thought those people probably sit for long amounts of time so it would be perfect for long sewing or crafting projects. I LOVE IT! It is very comfortable. It has faux leather for easy cleaning. No pesky arms to get in my way. It has a gas lift, so easily adjusted. My only beef with it was the cheap wheels. They didn't roll very well. I just took the wheels off my old chair and they popped right on.  We purchased it

K and E got this as a shared gift.

It is an amazing Art Easel we found at Toys R Us. It was supposed to be 100 dollars but was on sale for  79.99. It is all wood, has chalk board, white board, paper roll, and 5 good sized storage bins. It also has two trays on both side for resting your drawing tools. It came with 4 storage cups. Two with lids for paint.

Overall I am pretty happy with it. I will say there is room for improvement. First off the instructions were horrible. Mr. Wonderful had a horrible cold so I pulled a solo elf mission on this one. Sorry for the horrible photos but don't you know most elves work in the wee hours of the night. Back to the very lacking instructions. It was simply this ....piece by picture. A Picture with about 50 steps(ok maybe less than 50) and arrows pointing to the general direction of where the screw should go.

Do you see this face!?! It is a look of sheer terror. Oh and I hope you enjoy this photo I definitely only  posted it so you get the true sense of my emotion when I looked at the  paper. This pic is no beauty contest winner! LOL

The wood could have been a little better quality. There were some rough spots and a small split. Nothing that would alter the easel just not very appealing to the eye. Right now it isn't bothering me too much but in the future if it does those are both easy fixes. The other real downer was that it does not fold up. It is a permanent structure. I thought it did fold up but sadly it does not. If space is an issue for you this may not be your best bet. It is quite large. Luckily E will be moved to share a room with his brother and the nursery will be turned into a playroom. They have been asking to share a room so this will work out perfect for us. Here are just a few shots of it to give  you an idea of what it looks like form all angles.

Do you see the blue painters tape on the carpet? K and I were getting creative with his hotwheels and made an impromptu race track. He loved it.

Here is one of K's big gifts...

The Leapfrog Leap Pad. He Loves It!!!  I do too. It is a very fun educational i pad for kids made by Leapfrog. They have an online app store and everything. We bought a few games for it, on sale of course, and it came with a few free features. It says for ages 4-9 but an advanced 3 year old could easily work this gadget. It has a built in camera and video recorder. This is a great feature  even if I have to go through every couple days to delete pictures of the carpet. LOL.

I don't know if they are back in stores but at the time I purchased this they were really hard to find. I was told you couldn't even buy them from leapfrog. I think they were behind on production or something like that. It was 99.99. A little expensive but I think it was totally worth it. The way it is set up it grows with them. The settings let you adjust at which grade level the programs operate at. Oh and it is compatible with some other leapfrog cartridges.  I did not like the price of the cartridges you buy in the store(24 bucks!!) but I had a coupon and bought them on black friday so i got them for 10.00. The apps online range from 5 dollars to 24 dollars. They have e-books, games, and other learning apps. The ebooks work similar to the tag system. I love that he can read along with the pen or have the pad read it for him. If you go on YouTube there are a good amount of video reviews if you are interested in getting this for your little one. Oh one other takes 4 batteries and burns through them pretty quick. If you buy this maybe invest in 8 rechargeable batteries to switch out.

This next item is one for E.  Leapfrog My Pal Scout.....
I personally love this toy. It comes with a USB cord you can hook to your computer to program in your child's names and likes. I got this on sale at Toys R Us for 19.99. It usually retails for around 25.00. E is just over a year old and can operate this with no problem. You can program all sorts of fun songs and my favorite for the kids, classical music. So far i have had no problems I can think of with this product.

For Mr. Wonderful this fun toy....

He is a fan of larger scale Remote Control cars and such. We saw this in a sales flyer and he had mentioned that it would fun to try to fly. Well I happened to find one at J.C. Penny on Black Friday. I can't remember the exact price but I am positive it was under 20 dollars. He and the boys love flying it. It takes a little practice but is really  fun once you get the hang of it. The remote has a built in charger which is awesome. The only major down fall is that is only has about a 5 minute run time before it needs recharging.

We got a few other great gifts that do not include batteries....thank goodness.  We make a budget and usually do pretty good with sticking to it. We don't believe that celebrating Christmas should be about gifts so we don't buy a ton of toys and such for the boys. They get a few big wanted items and then a few smaller needed items. We want them to know the true meaning of Christmas and that it is always greater to give than to recieve. I hope these may help some of you in search of a good gift. Oh and if you have any comments or questions about these items feel free to leave a comment or shot me an email.

Thank you for reading! I hope this was helpful!!


  1. I love that picture of you - it speaks volumes!! I think we have all been there the night before trying to get something assembled.

    AND I think your chair rocks!! I especially love that it is white!

  2. Karen I am glad you liked my photo. I hoped everyone would get a good laugh out of it.I sure did.

    I LOVE MY CHAIR TOO! I thought black would be to harsh with my light colored room....I saw the white chair and it was love at first sight. It does have a small strip of black trim around the back support and the neck that connects the bottom and back is black. I am think of spray painting them to match my room.I will share pics when I do and when I reveal my forever in progress sewing room.

    Thank you again Karen!!!

  3. Al and Sk have a my pal but they both have Violet instead of Scout. It was actually a gift I got from my baby shower before they were born. They love it! I love that it says their name!! I want to get them a leap pad when they are old enough. We were trying to get them learning toys like that for Christmas but most things were too old for them...

  4. Yay!!! Let me know how you like it when it arrives. I love mine! If you are replacing a chair with wheels I would keep them just in case. Like I said before the wheels that i got with the chair were a little cheap and didn't roll well. Oh and I read your post on Lil Blue Boo and cried my eyes out. Amazing strength that family has. Keeping them in our prayers. Can't wait to hear how you like the chair!!!


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