K’NEX Building Set Review

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K’NEX Building Set Review

 

From early childhood both of my kiddos have loved any kind of building sets. I love that they love them too! I also love that I have had the distinct pleasure of working with K’NEX. K’NEX offers a wide variety of age-appropriate building toys that are made right here in the USA! Yep, you heard me correctly, the USA! Not very many companies can say that!

About K’NEX:

Founded in 1992, K’NEX Brands, the world’s most innovative construction toy company, was established to make and sell what has become one of the world’s leading integrated   systems for children, and is America’s STEM building solution. Winner of over 270 international awards and recognitions, K’NEX is focused on Building Worlds Kids. Love® and encourages youngsters to “imagine, build and play.” From the living room to the classroom, K’NEX has building toys specially designed for every age group and skill level. The K’NEX     family of brands includes K’NEX Building Sets, K’NEX Thrill Rides, K’NEX Education®, Lincoln Logs®, Tinkertoy®, K-FORCE Build and Blast™, Mighty Makers™, Mario Kart Wii™ Mario Kart 7™, Mario Kart 8™, Super Mario™, PacMan™, Titanfall™, Family Guy™, Plants vs. Zombies™, and more.

 

 

 

Luke had so much fun building the turbo jet 2-in-1 set. I thought this set was very age appropriate for him at 8 years old. There were a few pieces he needed help snapping together but he built it 99% on his own. I do wish I would have added the batteries earlier in the building process because I had disconnected a few pieces to be able to access the battery compartment. The completed Turbo Jet also held together well during play. The final product was way bigger than I expected to to be. Luke has already dismantled the jet and has begun building the heli-plane.

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16004 – TURBO JET 2-IN-1 BUILDINGSET! Build a supersonic jet, then build a heli-plane with rotating propellers. Over 400 K’NEX rods & connectors are included, plus a battery-powered motor. Build a jet with motorized, rolling wheels and an open-and-close cockpit! Then take it apart and build a heli-plane with working, motorized propellers that you can adjust to spin vertically or horizontally. All K’NEX rods & connectors are proudly made in the USA. Ages 7+. Requires 2 “AA” batteries, not included. SRP $29.99

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16005 – REVVIN’ RACECAR 2-IN-1 BUILDING SET 2-in-1! Build a revvin’ racecar, then build a powerful ATV. Includes 370 K’NEX rods & connectors are included, plus a battery-powered motor. Build a super-fast, motorized racecar! Then take it apart and build a powerful motorized ATV than can take on tough terrain. All K’NEX rods & connectors are proudly made in the USA. Ages 7+. Requires 2 “AA” batteries, not included. SRP $29.99

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47008 – K-10V BUILDING SET Build your own customizable blaster with the K-10V! Fires up to 75 feet! Set includes K’NEX rods and connectors plus special parts to create your blaster: 1 blaster chamber, 1 quick fit grip, and 1 pre-load ring in a cool see-through red! Comes with 5 foam darts. Combine with the Mini-Cross and download instructions for a double-blasting, 2-chambered combo build. Compatible with the entire K-FORCE Build and Blast line. Ages 8+. SRP $14.99

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47517 – MINI CROSS BUILDING SET Build your own customizable blaster with the Mini Cross! Fires up to 75 feet! Set includes K’NEX rods and connectors plus special parts to create your blaster: 1 blaster chamber, 1 quick fit grip, 1 preload ring and 5 foam darts. Combine with the K-10X for an awesome downloadable combo build! Compatible with the entire K-FORCE Build and Blast line. Ages 8+. SRP $14.99

If you have a lover of building toys in your life, you CAN NOT go wrong with K’NEX! They seriously have something for everyone and every age!

K’NEX can be found on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

 

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Quest Protein Bars Review

 

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Ok, this is NOT good…. I have another obsession and they’re called Quest Protein Bars by Quest Nutrition. On the bright side these little goodies are loaded with protein and fiber, made with good ingredients (no junky additives), are gluten-free and have super low net carbs.

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About Quest Nutrition:

“Quest Nutrition is committed to producing delicious functional foods that make no nutritional compromises. Founded to deliver the highest quality products that help active, health-conscious consumers achieve their goals, Quest has established itself as a premier brand that people trust.”

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Photo Credit: Quest Nutrition

I was lucky enough to receive a variety box of Quest bars in addition to their Quest PASTA and Quest Cravings peanut butter cups.  One thing you will instantly notice when sampling products from Quest is that they are made with high quality ingredients. I have tried so many different types of protein and nutritional bars over the years and many are, well, gross. Not the ones from Quest! I love the texture of their bars and they DO NOT have the weird after taste that so many bars do. Actually, they are delicious!

Quest Protein bars come in Lemon Cream Pie, Strawberry Cheesecake, Coconut Cashew, Cinnamon Roll, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Banana Nut Muffin, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Mixed Berry Bliss, Apple Pie, Peanut Butter Supreme, Vanilla Almond Crunch, Chocolate Brownie, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, White Chocolate Raspberry, Double Chocolate Chunk and Cookies & Cream (my personal fav). Just put your bar in the microwave for about 10 seconds and you have yourself a warm apple pie, brownie or chocolate chip cookie, yum! Just look at that huge hunk of chocolaty goodness in that photo below!

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Quest Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bar

Quest Protein Bars contain 20g of protein and 2-6g net carbs! Here is a list of Quest bar wholesome ingredients. (Be sure check individual bars for exact ingredients, as they may vary per bar).

Whey Protein Isolate
Milk Protein Isolate
Isomalto-Oligosaccharide (IMO)
Natural Peanut and Almond Butters, Peanuts, Almonds and Cashews
Sea Salt and Natural Flavors
Lo Han Guo
Stevia
Erythritol
Sucralose

Don’t forget for check out the mouth-watering  Quest Bar recipes. You will be amazed at these decadent desserts that won’t derail your eating plan or hard work in the gym. You can buy a single bara sampler box, or purchase at stores across the United States! Quest offers an unconditional 100% money back guarantee, so go ahead and try them out for yourself! Plus, get 10% Off when you sign up for auto-delivery of Quest Protein Bars!

 

Quest also offers Quest Cravings peanut butter cups. Like Quest Protein bars, Quest Cravings are the much healthier version of your favorite candy. Cravings contain over 20 grams of protein, 4 grams of active carbs and no added sugar! Plus, they are oh so yummy! I love the creamy texture and the hint of sea salt, yum!

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Don’t forget that Quest has a Guilt-Free option for noodles…. yep, you heard me correctly! These noodles come in two varieties, Original and Spinach Fettuccine. Quest PASTA is made from Konjac root, also known as Glucomannan. Konjac root has been eaten for hundreds of years in Japan and other Asian countries. Many love Konjac root for its hunger reducing properties. While containing very few calories, the noodles leave you full and satisfied! And best of all they are actually good! I was a bit hesitant at first at the sight of the noodles floating in a bag of water (the pasta is packed in alkaline water to ensure freshness). But after a good rinse and some sauce, I must admit I was impressed. Plus only 3 grams of carbs per serving! Yay!

I can honestly say Quest Protein bars are by far my favorite protein bar EVER! They are just so darn good. I recommend you try them out for yourself!

To get Quest Protein bars, Quest Cravings, Quest Pasta or apparel just head on over to www.questproteinbar.com to place an order or see the store locator to find a retailer in your area.

Don’t forget to check out Quest on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and their Blog.

 

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K’NEX Building Sets Review

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For anyone who is looking for fun, creative and unique building sets for that special someone on your Christmas list, I suggest you look no further than K’NEX.

Both of my kiddos LOVE assembling many kinds of building toys but they especially like K’NEX.

About K’NEX:

“K’NEX is the next generation of construction sets. It inspires creativity, builds self-confidence and encourages interaction among children and parents. The possibilities are endless!

K’NEX Brands, L.P. is a privately held company, with the headquarters and manufacturing facility located in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. Today, K’NEX is the most innovative and fastest growing construction toy company. Internationally, K’NEX products are distributed in over 30 countries. K’NEX Brands is also proud to distribute Lincoln Logs in the North America”.

K’NEX STAR SHOOTER ROLLER COASTER #13408

Collect & Build the space themed roller coaster – the Star Shooter Coaster! Motorized for exciting performance that sends the car up the chain lift and spiraling through the track! This set comes with 434 parts, primarily rods & connectors, to build a K’NEX thrill ride! And if you collect the Amazin’ 8 Coaster and the SuperSonic Swirl (sold separately), you can have a working amusement park right in your home! Recommended for builders ages 7+. Requires 2 “AA” batteries, not included. SRP $29.99

 

PARTY SMASHERS BUILDING SET #72458

Bring the Angry Birds app to life! With the Party Smashers building set you can actually build and destroy a level from the original Angry Birds game! Launch the birds to destroy the evil Minion Pigs.  Includes a working launcher just like the game, 200+ parts to build and knock down, and a bonus Birthday accessories.  Also included are sounds from the game!  Everything included works with other K’NEX Angry Birds sets.  Perfect for builders ages 7+. SRP $44.99

 

AMAZIN’ 8 ROLLER COASTER #13409

Collect & Build the space themed roller coaster – the Amazin’ 8 Coaster! Motorized for exciting performance that sends the car up the chain lift and spiraling through the track! This set comes with 448 parts, primarily rods & connectors, to build a K’NEX thrill ride! And if you collect the Star Shooter Coaster and the SuperSonic Swirl (sold separately), you can have a working amusement park right in your home! Recommended for builders ages 7+. Requires 2 “AA” batteries, not included. SRP $29.99

 

K’NEX SUPERSONIC SWIRL #13410

Collect & Build the space themed Jet Ride – the Supersonic Swirl! Motorized for exciting performance and also included is a figure that is ready to ride! This set comes with 464 parts, primarily rods & connectors, to build a K’NEX thrill ride! And if you collect the Amazin’ 8 Coaster and the Star Shooter Coaster (sold separately), you can have a working amusement park right in your home! Recommended for builders ages 7+. Requires 2 “AA” batteries, not included. SRP $29.99

 

TINKERTOY BIG TOP BLDG SET #56538

Designed to encourage young builders to play and learn, the TINKERTOY Big Top Building Set is ideal for children ages 3+! Budding builders can create a tent, animal, trapeze artist and more or use their imagination for other spectacular events!
The newly redesigned TINKERTOY pieces snap together and stay together for satisfying, long-lasting play. You’ll find the nostalgic TINKERTOY pieces you remember, plus unique parts such as bendable rods, wheels, and eyes, allowing your child to add personality to their creations along with adorable buildable figures to encourage imaginative role play.
The TINKERTOY Big Top set comes in a durable box with lid for easy clean-up and take-a-long play and includes 188 durable, plastic pieces including spools, straight rods, bendable rods, wheels, eyes, two buildable figures and more!  Rods, spools and flag pieces are made in the USA.  Comes in a durable box with lid for easy storage and portability. SRP $49.99

 

Be Sure to check out K’NEX on your favorite social media sites

Facebook: www.facebook.com/buildknex, Twitter: @KNEX, Instagram: KNEXBrands, Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/knexbrands, YouTube:www.youtube.com/knexteam

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Learning Resources New Sprouts® Ring It Up Cash Register

 

 

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You may remember my previous post about the amazing products from Learning Resources. Learning Resources is a leading global manufacturer of innovative, hands-on educational products trusted by teachers and parents and loved by children. The Company’s 1100+ high-quality products are sold in more than 80 countries, serving children and their families, preschool, kindergarten, primary, and middle-school markets.

My children and I recently had the pleasure of checking out the New Sprouts Ring It Up Cash Register sold by Learning Resources.

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Cash in on curiosity with this modern cash register that makes playing shop irresistible! Features a fun coin slide and pop-open cash drawer. Great for introducing little ones to early counting and money concepts.

  • Includes chunky buttons and 5 number coins
  • Cash Register measures 10″L x 8″H x 9W
  • Recommended for ages 2-4

My kiddos love playing cashier and they really love the New Sprouts® Ring It Up Cash Register. Although it is recommended for ages 2 through 4, I believe this cash register appeals to a much broader age range. Coins can be placed in a slot at the top left, twist the knob, and watch as they slide all the way down the side. Place them in the right slot and they drop into the register drawer.

The New Sprouts® Ring It Up Cash Register teaches counting, numbers, colors and much more!

We did have a coin get stuck in the top slot but a quick shake and it came right out.

This set sells for $29.99 at www.learningresources.com

New Sprouts® Ring It Up Cash Register - My very own cash register

I recommend visiting Learning Resources website and check out their tons of fun, educational products for kids of all ages.

Also be sure to follow Learning Resources on FacebookTwitterPinterest & You Tube for all the latest information and products.

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Flattenme Children’s Personalized T-shirt

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If you have kids, you know how hard it can be find unique products for children that really make an impact. I recently had the pleasure of working with the great folks at flattenme, and let me say, they certainly blow that myth out of the water.

About flattenme:

flattenme is an award winning personalized gift company that transforms your child (or adult) into a mermaid, superhero & many more characters. Just 1 photo and a few minutes gets you a magical keepsake including personalized books, invitations, t-shirts and writing journals and more.

My son, like a lot of 5 year old boys, is really into firefighters. We own about every kind of fireman toy and costume out there. Well, when I was given the option of having a personalized Flattenme t-shirt made just for my little guy… a firefighter it was! Flattenme offers all your child’s favorite characters like Mermaid, Astronaut, Moon Fairy, SuperKid, Rockstar and more! Also available is The My Hero custom shirt that is the perfect gift for Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, birthdays, and any other happy occasion.

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Ordering your personalized t-shirt from flattenme.com is super easy! Take a photo of your child (or hero) facing the camera and upload it directly to the flattenme website and they do the rest! Shirt sizes are available from 12 months to adult XL for boys and girls! Allow 1.5 to 2 weeks for delivery of your custom shirt. T-shirts sell for $27.95 plus shipping.

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My son was ecstatic when his t-shirt arrived! He stared at the shirt with his mouth hanging open, then screamed “that’s me on there”! I have to say I was completely impressed with not only the quality of the image on the shirt but the shirt it’s self as well! We have washed the shirt twice now and the image looks as great as it did the day we received it. I love that we now have a very special shirt that has captured a moment in time of my little guy!

If you are looking for a unique, personalized gift for that special kiddo in your life, I highly you check out flattenme.com!

For all the latest product information be sure to follow flattenme on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and blog.

Now the super exciting part!! Flattenme is offering one lucky Frugal 4 Four reader the chance to win 1 customized t-shirt from flattenme.com (a $27.95 value)! Giveaway winner will be responsible for shipping fees ($3.99 shipping fee for US residents. Canada, Australia and other countries may view shipping cost HERE. Giveaway open worldwide. 18+ years of age to enter. Contest ends June 27, 2013 at 12 am EST.

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