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Product Review – CitiBlocs

LTD has gotten a lot better at using his fine motor skills and has started to build things. Don’t get me wrong he is still way better at destroying things, but he is slowly evolving into someone who creates as well. Lately, he has really started enjoying CitiBlocs. And let me tell you these blocks are not your father’s Oldsmobile (if Oldsmobile made blocks). Citiblocs are made from fine New Zealand wood (from certified renewable forests) with each block being the same thin shape and tall size. In fact the blocks don’t look like they would be a friend to gravity or toddler movement, but these bad boys perform as if by magic. In the beginning you just build a simple tower, but when you realize that they can stand straight up you start getting daring and creative. LTD made train tracks and the letter I a whole bunch of times, but he couldn’t wait to knock down my sweet creations and he didn’t care how long it took me to build them; he smashed them all with equal force. I am touched that the little guy is using his imagination and can’t wait to build something tall that he doesn’t knock down the second I’m done building it. Click on the picture for some awesome action shots.

Product Review – Gyro Bowl

The future is here today with a container that looks like it was from The Jetson’s prop department. I present the Gyro Bowl. This bad boy is built like a NASA deep space probe and features a inside bowl that rotates 360. Why should that matter you ask? Because when a toddler is jumping on the couch or running around the living room when you scream at him to stop you only have to yell, stop it and not, stop it and pick up all those cheddar bunnies you just dropped. Like most things these days the bowl is BPA free and dishwasher safe (sorry nuke lovers do not put it in the microwave). For me one of the only drawbacks is that LTD plays with the bowl a lot more than he actually uses to take food out from. However, now that the little guy has a really hard time sitting at the table to eat and has expressed a strong desire to do what ever he wants whenever he wants to, the spill proof bowl definitely provides an added layer of security for the living room rug. The bowl is a little hard to clean, but since we only put things like raisins or hop hops (cheddar bunnies) inside it isn’t really that big a deal. Now if only I can get him to stop playing with it I can have a go.

Product Review – Green Toys Dish Set

LTD has begun to grasp the concept of ‘pretend’ or as Mr. Rogers called it, ‘make believe’ and this new ability has come in particularly handy when dealing with food. He is big on eating pretend goldfish crackers and feeding them to everyone nearby. It is with this new behavior that real dishes were called for. Green Toys makes a Dish Set that is pretty cool because even though the little guy usually plays make believe he also has a habit of using the cups and bowls for actual eating and drinking. The set comes with cups, bowls, plates and silverware made from 100% recycled plastic milk containers. The pieces are also non-toxic, BPA-free, and meet FDA food contact standards. However, the feature I really dig is the fact that they are dishwasher safe. Another cool feature is that he can use the set’s plastic knives without hurting himself or the more likely target, me. He usually makes soup which truth be told is always a little too salty, but for The Mommy he makes a nice cup of tea. So far he hasn’t thrown a dinner party for the stuffed animals but I imagine that will soon be on the list and I can’t wait to take pictures to show his future high school prom date.