Teddy Tank – A Cuddly Little Home for the Holidays!

~I received a Teddy Tank for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions and stories are my own since our little fish can’t talk. He loves it though!~

I’m really excited to share Teddy Tank with you. It is one of my favorite picks for the holiday! Although he is designed to be a fish tank, he can also be a coin bank or storage for small toys; so those of you that don’t have a little fish, don’t worry. You can still make this an amazing gift for your little ones. So without further adieu, meet our fish Eiyah’s new home!

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There are multiple plush friends to choose from. We received the Cute Doggie tank so that’s who I’ll be sharing. However, you can choose from any of the below for your child.

  • Penguin
  • Magical Unicorn
  • Playful Monkey
  • Fun Frog
  • Pretty Pig
  • Sweet Brown, Pearl White & Honey Brown Bears
  • Awesome Elephant
  • Joyful Giraffe
  • Precious Panda

I bet you are wondering how in the world do you fill it up or even get the fish into the tank! It’s actually really simple. Most of the Teddy Tank is the tank itself. If you pull the tank out, you’d see that the plush part is just a covering with holes for oxygen.

teddy-tank

Teddy Tank is designed for Betta fish that don’t necessarily require air pumps and filtration systems. They are anabantoids, a very fancy word meaning that they breath atmospheric air. This allows them to survive in low oxygen water conditions (ie: a fish bowl environment).

As long as you practice good tank hygiene (as I like to think of it), your Betta will be just rosey. That means making sure to do frequent water changes to keep the pH balance of the tank regular. I DO NOT suggest putting any other fish in a bowl without air and consistent filtration.

filling-up-the-bowl

Once you remove the tank from the package and your plush, make sure to clean it properly; that includes the tank gravel and decorations. Do Not wash the gravel or decor with soap! Just rinse it off in the sink under cool water and then place it at the bottom of the tank as you desire.

When adding water to your tank, make sure to use water conditioner. I personally use Tetra Bettsafe, but you can also purchase Betta Water with all the additives at your local petstore. Your child might prefer this as they can pour in the water themselves. Betta’s survive in typically room temperature water (78′), so make sure if you choose this option that the water has had time to warm up to room temperature.

Once your tank is filled up and ready, it is time to add your fish!

fish-in-bowl

Teddy Tank is a 1 gallon fish bowl, so there is plenty of room for our little guy. He’s a Blue/Violent Male Crowntail and is very stubborn! He’s Tot’s very first fish and we’ve had him for almost 2 years now, so it is important to make sure he is safe. So this next part needs to be done by an adult carefully.

Place the tank on your plush’s belly with most of the top portion towards the back. Then slowly pull up the back till the head goes over the bowl’s top. Don’t worry! The Teddy Tank comes with picture illustrations to show you how to do this properly.

fish-in-belly

The head should fit securely over the top and the bowl should be encompassed by the plush. Then you can place your little bow on your friend’s head or as a bow-tie.

bow

The plush keeps the tank pretty cozy, so make sure that you don’t place it in direct sunlight. I put ours in my son’s room because he’s been taking care of his little fish for a long time and understands not to try and pick up the plush. It looks like a cute little stuffed animal, so make sure your children know that he is actually a tank!

Now, if you don’t have a fish, you can use it as storage for coins and other small toys. Check out the video below to see other options. 

I love the idea of this for the holidays. Whether it is to gift your child a new little friend or just to have a fun place to put their favorite little bits. You can find out more about Teddy Tank by visiting the website and/or by following on Facebook and @TeddyTanks on Twitter.

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Disney & Kohl’s FROZEN Sing Your Heart Out Winner Featured at the AMA’s!

~I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Kohl’s. I received Kohl’s gift cards to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.~

 frozen-friday

For the past few weeks everyone got the chance to vote on their favorite Top 10 Finalist for the Disney & Kohl’s Frozen Sing Your Heart Out Contest and guess what?! The results came in yesterday, with the winner being featured during the American Music Awards! In case you missed it, the winners were Katherine & Kelly. Check out their video below!


Katherine & Kelly on Disney Video
 

You can see all the Behind the Scenes stories of all 10 finalists on the Disney FROZEN page. Plus, Frozen won the Best Soundtrack of the Year! I’m pretty sure the majority of the people in the world know most of the soundtrack by heart. And although that wasn’t much of a surprise for me, I did get my own little “frozen surprise” the other day when a box arrived from Kohl’s with some sparkly gifts! 

olaf-snow-cone

Tot has a new best friend for the holidays! He also spent some time wrapping up the few princess things for a few of his special friends. One of the gifts is this beautiful Disney Frozen Elsa Musical Dress that lights up and sings “Let It Go”. I see a new YouTube star in the future!

frozen-dress

There are so, so many other wonderful Frozen gifts at Kohl’s. Including this GIANT Olaf that someone really wants to send me right???

 

He’s so bug I can’t even fit him in the Instagram box! I love him! @kohls #FrozenFriday #MC #sponsored

A photo posted by Amanda Tippit (@mandapoae) on

The Ama’s were awesome though. Other than me crossing my fingers for FROZEN, I was really excited to see Imagine Dragons win Favorite Alternative Artist. I love their music and more than that, I love their heart for children with ASD. They are one of my favorite bands of all time, hands down! Who were you rooting for?

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Make Thanksgiving Cooking & Cleaning a Breeze With T-fal & Zabada + Giveaway {US}

~I received a T-fal & Zabada samples for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions and stories are my own.~

Thanksgiving is only a few days away and we are already in prep mode in my house. It is only a 9 person meal on the big day but we still cook a lot of food because Thanksgiving leftovers are the best! I love spending the day with family and eating a delicious feast but I personally hate the cooking and cleaning aspect of the day. The kitchen becomes a complete disaster and the best I can do is clean as I go. That means I am always looking for ways to make the cooking easier and the clean up quicker. That is why I decided to take part of the #TfalZabadaThanksgiving Blogger Challenge. I am a competitive person so I am always up for a challenge! I was sent the T-fal Calipso pressure cooker and the Zabada Kitchen Handy for clean up duty. Together the are my new little dream team.

T-fal Cookware

The T-fal Clipso is a 6.3 QT. stainless steel pressure cooker makes it easy to use a pressure cooker. I am no chef but even I could figure it out! When things get busy this is ideal because it allows you to prepare elaborate and impressive meals very quickly and safely. Featuring a unique one-hand system, the T-fal Clipso allows users to open and close the lid using only one hand and a steam release valve that controls steam release for added safety. The durable stainless steel construction guarantees an extended lifespan and is dishwasher safe, excluding the gasket and pressure valve. The T-fal Clipso includes a steam basket, stand and recipe booklet. Please ignore my terrible 70s kitchen stove and counter top. I will get it re-done someday!

T-Fal Clipso

I have a beer-braised chicken thigh recipe that always takes FOREVER to cook and with this the chicken and potatoes were done in under 20 minutes! I just combined all the ingredients and then I could go off to do other things. On Thanksgiving  you could put a meal in this and leave it while it cooks and it could keep a dish out of the oven where the turkey is cooking. Go watch the parade or some football while the pressure cooker does all the work!

beer braised chicken

KEY BENEFITS AND UNIQUE FEATURES:

  • One-hand system makes lid easy to open and close
  • Steam release valve controls steam release for added safety
  • Durable stainless steel construction
  • 12 PSI / 6.3 QT capacity
  • Stainless steel encapsulated, induction suitable base for even heat distribution
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Includes steam basket, stand and recipe booklet

The T-fal Clipso is available in Macy’s retailers and Macys.com and you can get more information at T-fal.

After my delicious meal I am the one that is always on clean up duty and we all know pots and pans can get pretty disgusting. Since I am continually trying to be more “green” I was super excited to try the Zabada Kitchen Handy which is a chemical-free cleaning solution that removes 99.9% of bacteria, grease, viruses and more just using water. This little scrubbier really works!

T-fal & Zabada

The Zabada Kitchen Handy features two advanced microfibers – a “Grease” side for removing grease from ovens, rangehoods and cooking appliances and a “Grime” side, with light scouring patches, for removing food residues and light grease with no chemicals, just water!

  • “Grime” side surface tackles: sinks, benches, appliances, baking trays, pots and pans
  • “Grease” side surfaces tackles: stove tops, inside your oven, range hood and pots (on a cool surface) 

Zabada Clean

KEY BENEFITS AND UNIQUE FEATURES:

  • Zabada fiber clean technology cleans cooktops and baking dishes, as well as spot-cleans dishes, baking trays, and pots and pans just using water!
  • This chemical-free cleaning solution uses only water to remove grease, baked-on grim, and 99.9% of bacteria!
  • Replaces and outperforms disposable scourers and store-bought microfiber cloths
  • Lasts 2 to 3 years, saving money and reducing waste
  • Zabada’s wet-wipe-dry system cuts cleaning time and eliminates the need to purchase chemical cleaning products
  • Perfect for spot-cleans, along with grease and grime build up cleans
  • Machine washable

The Zabada Kitchen Handy is available at Zabada Clean. I had never put much thought into a greener cleaning solution but now I am so glad I have one. No need to be using materials full of chemicals that only get thrown away each time. I consider this blogger challenge a success. Now I have a new cooking tool that I fully plan on using all the time and a “green” way to clean up afterwards.

**Zabada will be running a “Thanksgiving Sale” with 20% off all Kitchen products (including the Kitchen Handy) from November 26th – December 5th.**

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Sweet Mornings w/ Honey Nut Cheerios + Exclusive Usher Single!

~Thank you to General Mills and Usher for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring us to start our day with happiness and positivity!~

In my family, how we start the morning really sets the stage for the rest of the day. Tot is quite sensitive to people’s mood shifts, so we do our best to begin our days with our best feet forward. Obviously, there are some mornings that are pretty tough to break through. Take yesterday for instance, Tot was home sick from school and hadn’t slept well all night. He was already upset he was going to miss having breakfast with his class, so we made our own little picnic breakfast with Honey Nut Cheerios and a few of his “friends”!

honey-cheerio-picnic

Of course, no little breakfast tea party can be without its music! It just so happens that Honey Nut Cheerios has a unique code inside special boxes at Walmart for Usher’s new song, “Clueless”. The song is ONLY available through the Honey Nut Cheerios promotion! I just pulled up the special page on my phone and viola! Instant party music.

cheerios-box

We turned what could have been a sad boring ol’ morning into a fun breakfast with just a box of cereal. After that, the rest of the day was smooth sailing. 

honey-nut-cheerios

“Clueless” is a soulful modern R&B track tht gives a little peek into what’s coming up on the horizon with Usher’s new album (with features from Nicki Minaj, Drake, Pharrell Williams, Diplo, Ed Sheeran, Skrillex). The new album isn’t due out until 2015, so it’s definitely worth heading over to Walmart to grab a few boxes Honey Nut Cheerios. Besides, they’re a great breakfast cereal/snack anyway! We always have a box in our cabinet, especially for snacks while we’re out.

honey-nut-bowl

For more information on the single and where you can pick up yours, head over to the special campaign page at Walmart! Let us know what you though of the track after picking up your boxes!

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