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Despite school getting back into swing for some, summer is still here for many! Which means road trips, beach days, and family time still remains, what could be better?! To make the most of the extra time with the family, I’d love for you all to consider the below items for your suitcase or day bag! We have something for parents, something for babies, and something for kids ages 8 and up! These items listed are some top items with great reviews sure to leave your family pleased with trying them out! Let's take a look, shall we?

Write to Me | Funny Things My Kids Say Journal

Funny Things My Kids Say is bound in linen with gold embossed title. Kids say the funniest things. Sometimes shocking, sometimes witty, sometimes funny and sometimes they are just like parrots and you can’t believe what they pick up on. You swear you will never forget because it is so funny and then the next day, poof it’s gone. This journal is to document all the quotes you never want to forget.
  • Features: Casebound, flat lay binding, 120GSM forest free paper Size: 150 x 150mm & 96pp
  • MSRP $24.95in Grey and Mint
This is such a great idea! I have a 5-year-old son who always says the funniest things. Sure, I share these things with friends and family, but never thought to actually write them down and save the memories. These little journals are perfect for that! The books are compact in size and very well made. Both cover colors are brilliant as well - it's hard for me to decide which color I like more! While these are simple in design, the way they are made are perfect for storing these precious memories that we don't want to forget. Each quote area allows you to write a name, date, and the quote you want to remember. Super cute, super simple, amazing and thoughtful gift idea!

Rockit Rocker | Rockit 

A helping hand for every parent no matter where you are, whether the airport, a restaurant, or even the zoo. Safe to use from birth, this stroller rocker is easier than driving your kid around the block until they fall asleep!
  • Showerproof - can be used indoors and outdoors
  • Quiet motor technology with adjustable speed.
  • Place vertically on the side of your stroller handle
  • Works best with rechargeable batteries (and good for the environment!)
  • Age range: From birth to 36 months (with parental supervision)
  • MSRP: $49.99
My kids have outgrown this device, but luckily we have someone in the family about to give birth who will greatly benefit from it and truly appreciate it. The device is pretty neat and rather easy to use. Basically, you just attach it to wherever there's a place that can fit the device (stroller, carrier, bassinet, etc) and turn it on to give the baby a sense that it is moving to help them fall asleep easier. There are tons of reviews stating how well it works for this purpose! It even offers a 30-minute automatic shut off function. The downside to this is that the auto shut off is not optional, meaning it will turn off automatically after 30 minutes. It's good to save battery, but if you have a light sleeping baby that wakes up after the 30 minute period, it can be frustrating. It just all depends on your needs and your child. It does use 4 AA batteries at a time and claims it is good for up to 60 hours for the battery life, however, I have seen some reviews that state it does not last that long. Personally, since I do not have a little one of this age, I couldn't tell if you if it lasts that long or not, nor do I know if battery brand is a factor in this. Either way, just get some batteries if you choose to try out this device and see for yourself. Most people suggest it works great and perfect for their needs!

Tinkering Labs | Electric Motors Catalyst 

Tinkering Labs’ Electric Motors Catalyst (EMC) is for kids 8+ (but many kids 6+ use it, it mainly depends on the child) and focuses on challenging their problem-solving capabilities and creativity and empowers them with the invention and project-based learning.
  • “STEM kit” allows kids to build doodling robots, power electric model cars, add motors to legos, and more!
  • Truly engages kids’ inventive imagination, unlike say coding where kids are forced to learn inside a box and not think outside of it, limiting their imaginative and inventor abilities.
  • Comes with markers…can be used in the building process but the company also learned that when kids feel stuck, having an artistic avenue helps them recalibrate and then solve the problem.
  • Inspired the company to work with both consumers and schools; they even have their own tinkering school!
  • MSRP: Tinkering labs site ($55) and Amazon ($59)
With homeschooling my children I'm always looking for educational and fun projects for them. My 11-year-old daughter is going into the 6th grade this year so this project box from Tinkering Labs was perfect for her! When you open the box you see tons of pieces and parts that can be overwhelming when you first see them. However, once you take it all out and look at the instruction book, it's not so bad. For this one, with electric and building being in my husbands 'department', I had him and my daughter work together to build the electric motors catalyst. While my daughter didn't full understand everything that was going on, she had fun helping piece everything together and finally being able to give the car a try. The box is challenging and took about an hour or so to complete the build. The end result was pretty fun and something for my daughter to brag about! For those of you who really want to get crafty, you can even paint the wood pieces (paint not included in the set) to really make your car/catalyst stand out!  Definitely was a lot of fun and something my husband and daughter would love to do again together for a daddy/daughter bonding project!
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