Kid-Tested Toy & Product Review

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Summer is the season of fun, especially for kids!
We’ve compiled the hottest parent-approved and kid-tested toys of the summer! These toys are sure to provide hours of enjoyment and entertainment for your kids..

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Updated: July 2019

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Father's Day Gift Ideas

Gift Ideas for Dads

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Looking for gift ideas for Dad or the other men in your life? Check out these great products they are sure to love.

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Baseball Game
$50; AcrossTheBoardGame.com
Hit a home run with this handcrafted baseball game. Roll the dice and run the pegs around the bases to score a run. Fun for rookies and major league players alike, this game is easy to learn and fun for hours. 

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Square World Map Journal
$48; Soothi.com

This is a square-shaped handmade genuine leather journal embossed with a map grid. The journal size is 7x7. The journal comes with 100 pages of handmade cotton paper which is sustainable and eco-friendly. For every journal purchased, we plant a tree in partnership with one tree planted. 

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GoDonut Original
$14.99; Available at Walmart Stores
On the go stand for your slim devices. It has notched angles enabling the use to view electronic devices such as a table/phone comfortably from a variety of angles. Fits most electronic devices. 

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Fire and Flavor Signature Gift Sets
$19.99; Target.com
Includes chicken and Asian rubs along with apple chips. For the rib lover, the Killer Ribs Gift Set that includes coffee and steak rub perfectly paired with hickory chips. And lastly, for the fish lover, the Cedar Plank Salmon Gift Set containing the original Fire and Flavor product, the cedar plank paired with salmon rub. All are gluten free, non- GMO, verified kosher, and made in in the USA.

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Casio CT-X700
$179.99; Casio.com
Features Casio’s new AiX Sound Source the CT-X00 which can reproduce a wide variety of instruments such as acoustic and electric pianos, guitars, drums, basses, brass, wind instruments, string ensembles, etc.Offers Step-Up Lesson system which helps users easily learn songs, with the display showing proper fingering and notation. Features a back-lit LCD display, 61 piano-type keys, six-track recorder, 100 built.

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FREEZE Cooling Pint Glasses (set of 2)
$
30.99;  HostStudios.com
Keep any refreshing drink cold, for hours on end. The magic, is in the gel. HOST's proprietary cooling gel is precisely engineered to keep a beverage perfectly cold for hours. After just two hours in the freezer, the Beer FREEZE is ready to do the hard work for you.Each glass is constructed with an insulated silicone band for comfortable handling.

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Bull Dog Original Bamboo Razor
$14.99; BullDogSkinCare.com
This razor comes with four refill blades and each refill has five tempered steel blades, a lubricating strip with aloe, and a precision trimmer and pivoting design. What sets these apart is the focus on lowering its environmental impact. From the natural bamboo handle to the un-chromed metal components.

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The Golfing Machine 3-D Impact Bag
$89.99; TheGolfingMachine.com 

Ideal for those dads who practice as much as they play, this training aid is designed to teach accurate position and feel of the body and club at impact. Its unique, three-dimensional wedge shape gives players of all abilities versatility with multiple drills covered in an online instructional video.  Arrives pre-filled with durable foam for immediate use indoors and out. A must have for any dad looking to improve his golf game (and honestly who isn't).

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22 Below Koozie
$15.95; CorkPops.com
The 22 Below Koozie is available in a wide variety of colors including Panther Blue, Onyx Black, Charcoal Grey, Fushia Pink, Arctic White and Atomic Orange. 

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Mixcder E9 Active Noise Canceling Bluetooth Hi-Fi Stereo Headphones 
$79.99; Mixcder.com
With deep bass and built-in microphone, the Mixcder E9 offers the latest advancements in noise canceling technology with improved sound quality, and an extended 30 hour playtimePriced perfectly for students and adults, the travel-friendly foldable E9 headphones feature an elegant sleek design and comfortable soft foam pads with features audiophiles appreciate. The ANC technology continuously detects and reacts to outside noises, analyzing sound waves and blocking out ambient sound by creating inverse waves for a totally immersive experience for beautiful music and sound.

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Bull Dog Original Moisturizer
$9.99; BullDogSkinCare.com
This moisturizer contains aloe vera, camelina oil and green tea. It has been specially formulated to hydrate the skin without leaving a sticky or greasy residue. It will also leave the skin looking healthier and feeling soft after use.

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Every Man Jack Beard Butter
$10; EveryManJack.com
Beard butter helps rejuvenate and style an unruly, dry beard. Cocoa butter helps relieve itch and deeply hydrates. Wheat protein helps cub runaway hairs. A light sandalwood fragrance with just a hint of vanilla refreshes.

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NOWA Smart Watch
$189-$229; Nowa.Watch
This gorgeous Hybrid Smart Watch automatically adjusts to your changing time-zone and it doesn’t need to be charged. With an elegant French design, Italian Straps, Swiss movements and Sapphire coating on the glass, this showstopper combines modern technology with timeless elegance in the thinnest hybrid “smart watch” in the world. Capabilities include: activity tracking, sleep monitoring, Smart Controls (Reject calls, enable find my phone and access camera controls for the perfect selfie) and more.

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Huawei MediaPad M5
$319; Amazon.com

A large clear screen, slim and easy-to-hold design, and powerful processor, HUAWEI MediaPad M5 is perfect for both casual and hardcore gamers. The EMUI 8.0 minimizes distractions from notifications while playing.The curved metal body creates an elegant and beautiful industrial design that is remarkable for its simplicity. The aesthetic design is not just a pleasure for the eyes, but also comfortable to hold.

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Creative Pebble Plus
$39.99; creative.com/PebblePlus
A set of 2.1 USB-powered desktop speakers that comes with a newly-designed standalone subwoofer for supreme bass effects. Featuring formidable 2-inch mid-range drivers that are angled perfectly at 45 degrees. The speakers are designed with the user as the center of attention. Together with the addition of a brand new 4-inch down-firing ported subwoofer, it simply puts the user in the audio limelight. Powered entirely by USB connectivity.

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Nicholas Collection Pop Cap
$19; CorkPops.com
Simple to use bottle opener for beer, soda or for any other bottle with a cap. Skip the struggles of finding a way to open your bottle and just keep this handy caps off bottle opener in your pocket. Built in magnet keeps the cap in place after removal. Simply place the on the bottle, push down and pop it off. 

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Outdoor-Safe Beer Cups 
$19.99; Amazon.com
Fermented Reality’s B Cups are the world's first plastic beer cups made especially for craft beer lovers, with different shapes specifically designed for different types of beer: IPA, lager, funk and stout. They look just like glass and hold up to all the elements. Eco-friendly, BPA-free, reusable and dishwasher safe.

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Barrow Modello Coal Watch
$143; http://shopbarrow.co

The Barrow Modello Coal is for the daring. Masculine in style, classic in simplicity. The dark dial, contrast against white Arabic numerals catches the eye, bouncing light off its curved domed face. Classic, ethical and made to last, a Barrow watch is for a lifetime, not a season. Swiss movement, sapphire crystal glass, a solid steel case, handcrafted vegetable tanned leather straps from a leather tannery based in Tuscany, and all comfortably priced.

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The Blu Notebook 
$15.91; BluNotebooks.com
The Blu Notebook is the first sketchbook made from pages with the unique look and feel of blueprint paper, a journal that will certainly bring out the creativity in everyone. Put ink to BLU and get ready to feel inspired, invigorated and satisfied.

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HubPlus
$79.99; MyCharge.com
The newly redesigned myCharge HubPlus 6700mAh portable charger is the quintessential powerbank. With an integrated Apple Lightning cable and an integrated micro-USB cable and the newly added USB port, staying charged on the go has never been easier. Carrying cables is a thing of the past, not only are the cables built in for effortless charging but wall prongs are built-in for effortless recharging. 

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IceMule Soft-Sided Backpack Cooler
$49.95; TheGrommet.com
Fill it, roll it and securely fasten with buckle clips. A padded strap makes it comfortable to wear on long hauls, and it easily collapses and stores in its own sack. Whether you're camping, hiking, boating, or just hanging at the beach, an IceMule Cooler is one super-cool piece of gear.

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PowerLight Mini Clippable USB Rechargeable Lantern
$39.95; BioLiteEnergy.com

Ready for the trail or daily commute, go hands free with this clippable LED lantern that moves with you for on-the-go light and power. Features 135 Lumen Lantern with [5] modes: White, Bright White, Red, White Strobe, Red Strobe. Provides up to 52 hours of light or a power boost to your phone. Wire clipstand can be used to wear, hang, or tabletop your light.

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Helix Spinning Whiskey and Spirits Glass
$21.95; TheGrommet.com
The base of this glass is designed to spin in place without toppling users drinks. The spinning action helps aerate whiskey, which opens up flavor and aroma, creating an eye-catching effect with a purpose.

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Lucky Tackle Box
Regular ($16.99), XL ($26.99), Tournament ($46); LuckyTackleBox.com
Lucky Tackle Box is the premier monthly subscription box in fishing. For one low monthly fee, Lucky Tackle Box will ship a box jam-packed full of the best new lures and baits every month. If you're looking to fish with the products that professional anglers use to catch big fish, then Lucky Tackle Box is the only monthly subscription box you'll ever want.

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Viking Professional Steakhouse Style Knife Set
$79.95; Amazon.com

The restaurant grade 6-knife set is honed from durable German stainless steel with a Pakkawood handle that is double riveted to give the knife balance and offer your favorite home cook a comfortable experience when chopping. The knives are also partially serated, so they are perfect for cutting through things both thick and thin. The set comes in a bamboo gift box and is available in black or red.

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Table Top Shuffleboard
$99.99; AreYouGame.com
Bring pub-style shuffleboard home with this realistic, high quality, wooden table top version. Perfect for any game or recreation room. Game board measures 62” x 10” x 1.5”. High-quality wooden production is sturdy and will last for years. Easily adjustable legs can level the board so any table can be playable. Separates into two main pieces and comes in a handled box for portable game play.

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The Nicholas Collection Martini Shaker
$64; CorkPops.com

Designed to deliver perfectly mixed cocktails with style and class, this stainless steel and copper shaker is constructed of premium materials both inside and out. A decorative rubber sleeve not only adds visual appeal, but also provides grip to prevent slippage during shaking, in addition to insulating the hand from an icy exterior.

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Azio Retro Compact Keyboard
$219; AzioCorp.com
This premium mechanical keyboard is designed for the modern lifestyle. Designed for a premium computing experience, Azio designed a centerpiece keyboard with properties comprising of high-quality material, timeless appearance and intuitive usability.

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Cuisinart Professional Portable Gas Grill
$199.99; Cuisinart.com
Perfect for tailgating, impromptu summer entertaining, and more, this gas grill offers 20,000 BTUs of cooking power in a convenient, portable design.

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Joker
19.99; Target.com
   
Why so serious? Whenever you spot Batman, the Joker isn’t Far behind. The clown prince of crime lives to torment Gotham’s Dark Knight detective with his evil schemes. Help Batman stop the Joker before he spreads terror to Gotham. Officially licensed and features fully poseable, dress-able figure with 14 points of articulation and highly detailed fabric outfit. Includes 7pc total: Figure, shirt, tie, vest, skirt, shoes, and notebook accessory. Also available: Harley Quinn.

Updated: June 2019

Family Health and Fitness Product Reviews

Family Health and Fitness Product Reviews

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Health and Fitness Products! Check out these great fitness products to keep you and your family happy and healthy all year long!

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Salonpas HOT
$5; Salonpas.us
Warming pain relief for large pain areas. Capsaicin (derived from chili peppers) provides heat for effective pain relief for up to 8 hours and is unscented. Large size is ideal for back and shoulder pain. Now comes in a 3-count value pack that is resealable.

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Ease Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor
$39.99; Amazon.com

FDA cleared/doctor recommended wireless automatic upper arm blood pressure monitor. Seamless connectivity by Bluetooth - all readings (blood pressure, heart rate and arrhythmia) automatically uploaded to mobile devices. Captures readings in about 20-30 seconds—about ½ the time as the leading competitor—while the blood pressure cuff is inflating to minimize squeezing. One touch on the app triggers monitor to provide complete tracking and data history in graph form. Email readings to family or physician, the app holds unlimited readings.

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PATCH
$6.99; PatchStrips.com

Biodegradable, hypoallergenic bandages are finally here. Over the last few years you’ve seen your household turning ‘green’ from your shampoo and shaving cream to your dish soap and even your toilet paper.Now you can finally bring your first aid kit into the 20th century with PATCH by Nutricare--an eco-conscious brand of fully compostable, 100% organic bamboo adhesive bandages.All PATCH strips are hypoallergenic, 100% compostable including packaging, and--best of all for parents -- don’t damage the skin when removed. 

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Stainless Steel Water Bottle With Bamboo Top
$28.95; WoweLifestyle.com

Built to last, this 25 oz. stainless steel double walled vacuum insulated water bottle will take anything you throw at it.  Keep your drink nice and cold for up to 24 hours or keep it warm for up to 12 hours, plus it comes with a lifetime warranty.

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Arm&Hammer Shoe Refresher Spray
$5.99; Walmart.com
Eliminates shoe and sneaker odor on contact. Unique 360° targeted actuator sprays in any direction even upside down to conveniently spray where you need it. Sweat activated Fresh Guard Technology refreshes and rejuvenates shoes, sneakers and sports gear. Safe for all types of footwear.

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Baahtcha Tea
Prices vary; Baahtcha.com

Baahtcha Tea provides the highest quality matcha tea sourced from a family-owned farm in the mountains of China, where matcha originated. Baahtcha sustains steady energy, boosts metabolism to burn fat, supports immune system with antioxidants, improves memory and concentration and it tastes great. Not to mention, Baahtcha tea contains chlorophyll which is known to rejuvenate and detoxify skin, so you won't only feel great this spring but you'll look great too.

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Hydaway 2.0 Bottle
$25; www.hydawaybottle.com
Hydaway is the collapsible, ultra-stashable, planet-friendly go-anywhere water bottle. When expanded, Hydaway 2.0 helps quench your thirst during airport layovers, gym workouts, daily commutes, soccer games or anywhere else space is a premium. The innovative bottles can be folded down to just over 1-inch to easily fit in a pocket, backpack, gym bag or diaper bag. BPA-free, nontoxic and dishwasher safe.

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Eagle Creek National Geographic Adventure Backpack 30 L
$65; Shop.nationalgeographic.com

Daypack or weekend bag, it’s up to you. This line uses a unique recycled material using windshields fished out of landfills to create a water and scratch-resistant coating that makes the bags friendly to the environment as well as functional.
 Features include 17” laptop sleeve, zip pocket with key fob and slip pockets for electronics, lockable zippers, side compression straps for gear attachment, vertical zip pocket for quick-access items, padded moisture-wicking back panel and pack straps, durable bottom fabric is wipeable for easy clean and water resistance.

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Elemental Superfood Bars and Crumbles
Prices vary; elemental-raw.com

Finding healthy snacks that are delicious and nutritious can be tough. Elemental Superfood makes it easy and even easier to take on the go. Feature an organic, raw, gluten-free and dairy-free snack, they are packed with nutrition and high in omega-3s and omega-6s and high in fiber and protein. Great as a pick me up snack or meal replacement. Four scrumptious combinations to choose from: Cranberry Almond + Lucuma, Currant Cacao + Hemp, Dark Chocolate + Peanut Butter and Mulberry Cacao + Spirulina.

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INKnBURN Activewear
$39-$99; Inknburn.com
Women love workout apparel they not only can exercise in but live in. With only Limited Edition styles available, you won’t be another carbon copy of athleisure walking down the street. Each piece features original artwork and designs handmade in Southern California, meant to inspire, strengthen and motivate runners, yogis, cyclists or busy moms on the go. All handmade in the USA, INKnBURN uses Dry I.C.E fabric that is light, stretchy and has a silky feel to keep you cool and dry. From capri leggings, shorts, skorts and more, INKnBURN has a style for everyone and a variety of occasions.

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iFITNESS Pulse
$39.99; itouchwearables.com
The perfect balance between fashion and fitness, this smart fitness tracker is designed for today’s connected life and is compatible with both IOS and Droid phone systems. Straps are interchangeable and made with water-resistant silicone in an array of colors and stylish patterns. Includes: heart rate monitor, smart notifications, connected GPS, sedentary reminder, calories counter, pedometer, camera remote, alarm and clock, and sleep monitor.

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Heated Chair by Chaheati
$115.95; TheGrommet.com

Stay warm anywhere with the heated, all-season chair from Chaheati. Using woven heating technology, the lithium battery lasts for hours and provides warmth throughout the seat. And with three heat settings, you'll be just the right amount of toasty in any season.

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Ellie Activewear Subscription
$39.95/month-$49.95/month; Ellie.com

Every month receive a new, high quality, stylish three piece outfit. Outfits include a legging, sports bra and seasonal tops ranging from tanks, tees, hoodies and lightweight jackets. For an additional $10, select the 5-piece option and get two fun fitness accessories to compliment a pre-styled 3-piece outfit. Apparel and fitness accessories for a variety of activity levels (low, medium, and high impact). Available in sizes XS–XL.

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Medipro First Aid Pods
$9.95; Amazon.com
The pods let you enjoy protection for your littles by providing such essentials as bandages, ointments, gauze, cold pack, wipes, and anything else that you might need.Perfect for first time parents, camping trips, backpacks, gym lockers, purses, glove boxes, and baby bags. The necessities you need fit easily in any diaper bag or purse.

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Pakems Charmonix Shoes
$74; Pakems.com
These lightweight and comfortable shoes were engineered to be the perfect solution shoe for after sport, including giving your feet a break when getting out of those hiking boots while sitting around the campfire. The Pakems’ Chamonix is an all-weather, two-in-one solution with a convertible heel, allowing mom to switch seamlessly from slipper to shoe. These shoes also stand up to bullying. The words "be kind" are in every shoe as part of the Step Into Your Intentions campaign.

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Oteksport Pull Up Bar
$76.99; Amazon.com
The pull up bar turns any doorway into a personal gym, no need to assemble. Simply hook right into the doorframe, get a full body workout, and fold away for storage. Suitable for tall people and holds up to 400 lbs (200 kg). Heavy duty design prevents movement of the bar during exercise. With non-slip foam, our pull up bar not only prevents you from scratch caused by your door frame, but prevents sliding and interruption during your exercise.

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Infrared Heated Neck and Shoulder Pain Relief Wrap
$119.95; VentureHeat.com
This heat therapy wrap offers an effective remedy to stiff necks and sore shoulders with Far Infrared Rays (FIR) which penetrate deep below the skin to ease the pain. The safe, low voltage wrap comfortably conforms to the upper back and neck to loosen up knots and relieve aches and pains.

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iTOUCH Air2
$59.99; itouchwearables.com
Designed with a slim, elegant profile that features a durable glass display and metal casing, choose between two case sizes and a variety of colorful interchangeable straps. Features include a camera and control of your music player from your smartphone, with 20 other essential features for everyday life such as a calendar, weather app, calculator, phone dialer, bluetooth capabilities and more.

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Flex It Pink Subscription Box
$29.97; FlexItPink.com
Healthy is an outfit that looks different on everybody. Flex It Pink offers stylish activewear that include extended sizes ranging from XS up to XXXL. The apparel collection is made up of tanks, tees, leggings and more- all featuring fun statements such as “Unicorn Mode” and “I’m Not Strong For a Girl, I’m Just Strong.” The F.I.P. Box is a fun way to keep subscribers motivated. Each box contains a tank top, a healthy snack, your virtual 5k packet or 30-day challenge details, and fun fitness accessories like headphones or shaker bottles.

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Roo Jr. Camping Hammock
$49; Kammok.com
Built for camping and backyard play, the Roo Jr. is built for the smallest campers. Its tear-resistant and water-repellent fabric is ready for rough-and-tumble adventures. With an industry-leading load capacity of 400 lb and no-tip design, the Roo Jr. sets the standard in safety.

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Umbro Running Diamonds Hoodie
$70; UmbroPremeir.com
Throw on this fitted hoodie before, during, or after your workout. Umbro’s running diamond hoodie is the everyday garment that will touch up your wardrobe with a sporty flair. Features a minimalist look with logo taping on the shoulders and central embroidery that is perfect for any athletic or leisure activities. Made from a poly rayon french terry fabric, this sweatshirt provides a thin layer of close fitting warmth that doubles as a layering essential.

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Umbro Classic Jogger
$60; UmbroPremeir.com
Look good, and be comfortable while doing it in umbro’s classic jogger. This jogger is made from poly rayon french terry fabric that ensures easy movement and bending. Features right side logo embroidery, an adjustable waistband, and bottom cuffs that create the perfect fit for training.

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S’ip by S’well
$14.99-$19.99; sipbyswell.com
Double walled to keep liquids cold for up to 24 hours or hot up to 12 hours, perfect for staying hydrated throughout the day. The wide variety of whimsical prints ensures that anyone can find one that suits their personality. The 10 oz. size fits easily in packs or lunch boxes and comes with a colorful cap holder so lids won't get lost. The 15 oz. is the perfect size for everyday hydration. 

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RaesWear Printed Capris
$72-$77; Raeswear.com

Go Hands-Free anywhere in these fashionably functional capris. Invisibly store your phone, keys, id, and other essentials comfortable, safely, and conveniently with the patented 360 degree waistband pocket. The waistband doesn’t shift or sag, items don’t bounce or move, and the shorts don’t ride up.

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Pack-It Active Duffel 
$29.95; EaglePeak.com
Duffel can be stuffed into its external side pocket for compact storage. Adjustable webbing shoulder strap. U-shape zipper opening for easy access.

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Armitron Digital Round Dial Watch
$35; Armitron.com

This watch is guaranteed to fit your every mood, style and workout. Features include chronograph with lap time, alarm, 12/24 hour time and backlight with three second fade. Available in four color variations.

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LEUS Yoga Mat Towel
$39.99; LeusTowels.com
Six standout styles – from watermelons to lunar landscapes. Yoga Mat Sized - 68” x 24” to cover a regular yoga mat. Suede microfiber with anti-microbial coating, ultra-plush feel, raw cut edges. Super absorbent, slip resistant, grips with moisture.

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KidFit

$49.99; X-Doria.com

Wireless activity and sleep tracker promotes a healthy lifestyle for kids ages 5-13. One size fits all slap bracelet. KidFit motivates through consistent encouragement and fun, challenging goals for real world awards. Parents set activity goals and see stats and trends via the KidFit app. Bluetoth syncs with your smartphone or tablet. iOS and Android compatible. Available in black, aqua, pink or yel

Gift Ideas for Moms

Gift Ideas for Women

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Gifts for Mom's!  Looking for unique gifts for that special woman in your life? Check out these great ideas.

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REEF women's sandals, flip flops, and shoes are designed to make women feel relaxed, comfortable and confident! When you step on the sand you can experience the beach on your own terms and take spirit with you when you leave.

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Modena Round Straw Purse
$62.95; JoulesUSA.com
With long PU handles and plenty of room for all your essentials this could just be the perfect beach bag. Made from versatile sea grass, it's an essential summer accessory.

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Wine FREEZE Cooling Cup
$13.49; HostStudios.com
Perfect for all wines. Just pop it in the fridge to cool your reds to the perfect cellar temperature or store in the freezer to chill your whites. Engineered to keep your beverage perfectly cold for hours. Each glass is constructed with an insulated silicone band for comfortable handling. 

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Madison & White Pillowcases
$79; Madisonandwhite.com

Get luxurious sleep on a pillowcase that’s as healthy for your hair and skin as it is friendly to the environment.Lock in the natural hydration of your hair and reduce bedhead and tangles with this technical fabric called Madix. Pillowcases made from these hydrophobic fibers, also create less need to wash hair daily extending hairstyles and blowouts. 

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LipSense Lip Color, Moisturizing Gloss and Ooops! Remover
$10-$25; LipSense.com

Kiss fading lipstick goodbye with LipSense. Unlike any conventional lipstick, stain or color, LipSense provides perfectly pigmented color that is water-proof, smudge-proof and kiss-proof – lasting for 4-18 hours. Top LipSense Lip Color with LipSense MoisturizingGloss, available in a wide variety of glossy, matte, shimmer and pearl finishes. Glosses contain shea butter and vitamin E to nourish lips, protect them from the elements, and help condition your lips. Keep LipSense Ooops!Remover on hand to erase any mistakes and lift lip color at the end of the day. 

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LULUCLOTH
$20; LuluCloth.net

LULUCLOTH is the eco-friendly way to clean skin from makeup, dirt and other pollutants daily.  LULUCLOTH is a 100% pure cotton, machine-washable, facial washcloth that is soft enough for sensitive skin.  Used in combination with the Green Tea Gentle Cleanser and Hyaluronic Serum, you will melt away make-up, dirt and oils, gently exfoliate and prevent blemishes, plus you’ll experience anti-aging skincare benefits from the product’s natural ingredients.

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The Go Case
$29.99 (G10)-$39.99 (G40); Pelican.com
Fits up to iPhone Xs Max, Samsung Note 9. Rubberized protective bumpers, protects against drops. Built in pressure valve keeps water and dust out while balancing air pressure. IP67 rated protection from water, dirt, snow and dust. Integrated single hinge latch. Abrasion and impact proof ABS outer shell. Handle for easy carry. Available in six colors.

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Icon Shirt
$200; Kitsbow.com
A great collaboration of classic Pendleton Wool plaid with Kitsbow attention to detail, fitted for the female body. All of the features of the original Icon are preserved, with a slightly softer flannel for a natural drape that flatters. Sewn in the USA (California) and equally suitable for hanging with friends, or ripping trail with unfortunate weather.

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ibi
$179.99; Meetibi.com
Great for moms who take tons of pictures of their kids and are afraid to lose them. It has 2TB of memory, never connects to the cloud (so there aren’t any privacy concerns), is easy to organized via the ibi app on your smartphone, and you can invite your friends and family to add photos to your ibi as well. Automatically collect all of your favorite photos and videos from your phone, computer, USB drives and popular cloud and social media accouns. Find exactly what you're looking for quickly using the simple-to-use mobile app. Privately share individual photos and invite others to add photos to shared albums from vacations, weddings, and more – all from your mobile phone.

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Multi-Flask Drinking Bottle
$44.99; Multiflasking.com
Seven different types of drink bottles in one system, reducing clutter in your cabinet. Just assemble the Multi Flask with the desired included parts to get a perfect bottle for each drink. 11 oz double wall hot coffee with glass inner sleeve, or Hot Tea with INFUSER for either Green Tea, or Black Teas OR 20 oz. cold drinks like Fruit Infusions (very healthy!), Powdered Sports powder drinks (Mmm Smoothies!) which work with the shakable "Agitator" attachment to keep them stirred up. Enjoy the Sport-Drink mode, with a soft silicone spout (to protect you from bumping your teeth while drinking and exercising).

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SNOWFOX Insulated Stainless Steel Stemless Wine Glasses
$19.99; Amazon.com
Sip your nice, cool Vino that stays that way. Made of 304 Food-Grade stainless steel, it won’t affect the taste of your Pinot and prevents your hand from warming your wine. The wear-resistant coating on the glass’ outer steel layer ward off fingerprints for a clean look all night long. Stemless and with a thin rim like traditional wine glasses, the simple stainless-steel finish is safe to put on the top shelf of your dishwasher.

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Lucyd LOUD Bluetooth Enabled Sunglasses
$99-$134; Lucyd.co
This stylish line of Bluetooth-enabled eyewear uses bone conduction technology and a built-in mic to let you play music, make calls and use your voice assistant handsfree. The open-ear sound allows you to hear your environment as well as your audio content, meaning you can still carry a conversation while listening to a podcast. And with the ability to perform many everyday smartphone tasks from the Loud, you can finally stop taking your phone out every minute. You can answer calls, skip tracks in your playlist or even summon Siri just by using the intuitive touchpad on the side of the shades. 

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Evening Madison Gift Box
$75; ValseyAndMe.com
Inside this black handcrafted paper mache treasure chest are 42 individual soap chips, perfect for single use. Each piece of soap is individually hand wrapped and then personalized with your name, address or other phrase. Grosgrain ribbon is wrapped around each individual box providing an elegant presentation. There are seven unique scents of soap from which to choose. Our gift box is an excellent addition to any guest bathroom providing convenient and sanitary, single-use guest soap. 

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LUVANTI Skincare: Luvanti Yoputh Activating Collection for 50+
$25+; www.luvanti.com 
Luvanti is a high performance, luxurious, clinical grade skin care system free of Parabens, Petrolatum, Phthalates, and Sulfates. Using cutting-edge formulations and potent bio-effective yet gentle ingredients, their innovative, anti-aging products optimize skin health at the cellular level and provide maximum efficacy with visible long-lasting results in a short period of time. Their versatile skincare collection offers results-driven regimens that are customizable for all skin types.

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Pixel Eyewear
$75+; PixelEyeWear.com
Pixel Eyewear provides breakthrough lens technology that filters 50 percent of blue light and up to 95 percent at the strongest wavelengths, without the yellow tint. Lenses also contain nanotechnology that reduce smudges and repel water and dust. For comfort, each lens has an anti-reflective coating, eliminating computer glare and reducing the stress on your eyes. 

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LAMO Serenity Slippers
$57.99; LamoFootwear.com
Australian Sheepskin upper, lining and footbedLow profile TPR outsoleCirrus memory foam footbed.

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Love Glass Water Bottle - Pink
$19.99; GlassticWaterBottle.com
You love the taste of your favorite drink in the Glasstic Glass Water bottle and everyone around you will LOVE the way it looks...show off the LOVE design with Pink Flip Cap by taking it everywhere you go...we know you'll LOVE it!

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LEMUR Bags
Starting at $21.99; LemurStyle.com
Eco-friendly casual canvas bags with one mission: to help save adorable lemurs from becoming extinct. These 100% handmade bags are perfect for anyone who needs an everyday bag as a day pack, gym or yoga bag, shopping bag, festival bag, hiking bag, school backpack, or beach bag. Made from durable canvas material and the straps are either 100% cotton ropes or recyclable polypropylene, both of which are soft and thick to provide comfort. Four different styles: drawstring backpacks, bucket bags, duffle bags, shopping totes..

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Strong Like Mommy Handbag
$29-$150; GirlzSquad.com

Girlzsquad is a line of totes and weekend bags that let you express yourself. From “Boss Lady” to “Thank you, Next” to “Strong Like Mommy” and so many more. Laminated lining and easy to clean. Spacious sizing for all your essentials - laptops, groceries, etc. Girlzsquad was created to inspire women around the world to become the best version of themselves.

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Soma Naturals Discovery Sample Set
$20.99; SomaNaturals.com

Perfect for anyone looking to make a move to clean beauty, try a new brand or product, or looking for that perfect unique gift. Includes: Messinian Spa Body Butter 2.7oz (your choice of scents), Teadora beauty butter or renew oil, EVOLVh shampoo & conditioner set (your choice of formulas), Pure Lano lip balm (your choice of flavor), Soma Naturals Cosmetic Bag - Absolutely Flawless, Soma Naturals $5 store gift card.zatik har moist roseneroli set 096 low 1024x10242x

Zatik Naturals Harmony Moisturizer
$28; ZatikNatural.com
This nurturing light moisturizer infuses skin with beneficial herbal nutrients that soften and smooth visible skin lines. Vitamin-rich extracts and high frequency rose and neroli (orange blossom) oils produce tantalizing, vibrant scent that promote self-recognition and peace.

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Westend Minerva Park Sunglasses
$69.95; DiscountGlasses.com
These Westend Minerva Park sunglasses are a contemporary take on old Hollywood glamour. The perfect mix of sweet and sophisticated with bold and brash, these frames are equal parts edgy and show-stopping glamour.

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Aniise Pro Matte Lip Stains
$20; Aniise.com
Provide full coverage that stays on for hours. They glide on effortlessly and keep your lips soft and hydrated. They are cruelty-free and made from high quality natural ingredients in United States. Choose from a variety of colors.

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Gabriela Nightie
$98;
Lusome.com
Offers modern design elements with mesh hem and top stitching throughout.  Timeless and flattering length with side slit for ease and movement.  Versatile for swim cover up, daywear and lounging.  Slightly shaped waist and relaxed hip accomodates every shape and size. Proven to eliminate night sweats.

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Colorful Cases for a Cause: IllusionPhotograph
$29.99; IllusionPhotograph.com
These artistic cases comes in environmentally-friendly, leather-like material with a hybrid durable strap and RFID protection material built in. Part wallet, part phone case and part beautiful art, it’s the total package for a keepsake. From every purchase, $5.00 will go back to supportLiving Heart Peru, a non-profit that helps develop self-sustaining agriculture, health and education initiatives in remote, impoverished highland communities above Peru’s Sacred Valley.

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Wire-Free Plus T-Shirt Bra
$48; MontelleIntimates.com
If they’re going to call it a t-shirt bra, isn’t it time a company designed one as comfy to wear as as your favorite tee? This new Montelle style features a unique crisscross design that keeps the natural position and shape of the bust.  A power mesh neckline trims the body-contouring 4-way stretch foam cup, offering stability and comfort with a modern, sexy look. Prepare to wow them in your favorite wrap dress or V-neck tee. 

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Mijenko Tea Boxes
$139; Mijenko.melbourne, Amazon.com

Created by a mom and wife who couldn’t find a beautiful quality tea storage box anywhere.....so she decided to design one. These tea boxes are crafted out of hardwood timber (Wattle) and Rose Gold/silver stainless steel, two materials that complement each other perfectly to give these designs a beautiful and sophisticated look. Tempered glass, removable stainless steel dividers, slow closing hinges to prevent slamming, extra large compartments to fit large tea bags. Can also be used as a jewelry box.

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The Fold Out Face Palette with Secret Brush Set
$59; WooshBeauty.com
The Fold Out Face Palette comes with “a built-in mirror,” a 4-in-1 nesting brush set, and provides 13 cosmetics in one portable palette. Truly everything you need to apply a full face of makeup. Not sure where to start?  This kit comes with simple step-by-step instructions to give you that flawless look fast and no liquid foundation is necessary.

Updated: April 2019

STEM Toys and Games

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Educational games and toys that support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are all the rage. Check out some of this year's great products that support STEM learning at home.

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UBTECH JIMU Robot BuilderBots Series: Overdrive Kit
$119: Ubtrobot.com
Rumble, crush and plow into the new UBTECH JIMU Robot BuilderBots Series: Overdrive Kit. With this kit you can create buildable, codable robots like DozerBot and DirtBot or design your own JIMU Robot creation. The fun is extended with the Blockly coding platform, allowing kids ages 8 and up to build and code these robots to perform countless programs and tricks.

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Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit
$99; Kano.me

First-ever Harry Potter STEM product allows you to build a wand and learn to code with step-by-step challenges, inspired by the Wizarding World. The wand is lightweight and easy to carry helping users stay entertained while on the road where they can complete their challenges on laptops, tablets and smartphones.

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The Paper Chromatography: The Art & Science of Color
$39.99; Yellow-Scope.com
Uncover the hidden colors in plants, art supplies, and candies. Chock-full of high quality lab supplies for hundreds of exciting color-changing experiments, girls (ages 8-12) will have hours of fun revealing rainbows of color using a cool scientific technique called paper chromatography. With art and creativity front and center, this kit will appeal to all kids, even those who might not realize they love science.

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The Curiscope Virtuali-Tee
$29.95; 8+
Curiscope.com
This augmented reality t-shirt allows children to learn about the human body…on a human body. The free Virtuali-Tee app lets users explore the circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems and view 360 videos for a completely immersive experience that will transform the way a child experiences science.

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Boolean Box
$149.99; 8+
BooleanGirlTech.com
This self-contained computer engineering kit for girls (and boys) encourages them to code, build, invent, and animate. Includes Raspberry Pi, a keyboard, and a mouse, and is ready to use once connected to any HDMI-capable monitor—parental supervision not required. It comes preloaded with Scratch, an introductory programming language.

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Light Racer Adventure Kit
$24.99; 8+
TechWillSaveUs.com
Kids will learn and experiment with electro-magnetic wireless power while building their own wheel lights that flash as they ride. An interactive online manual will take them through all the steps to create the light. Once the light has been attached to their bike, they are ready to hit the road.

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Growing Crazy Crystals
$19.99; 5+
Store.TheYoungScientistsClub.com
Young scientists explore sugar and salt crystals, grow rock candy, make a crystal star, create crystal art, grow a salt crystal garden, make Epsom salt crystals, create a geode, grow a crystal tree, and much, much more.

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Mega Slime & Putty Kit
$29.99; 8+
Shop.NationalGeographic.com
Kids will love studying the science of slime with these eight amazing varieties of the squishy, stretchy, slippery stuff. Includes slime, laser light, magnet and a 16-page learning guide.

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Discovery Galactic Fizzing Dig
$14.99; 12+

Michaels.com
Create a fizzing reaction to excavate six real gemstones. Use a combination of water, the mallet, and the chisel to unearth your gemstones. Use the included magnifying glass to take a closer look at the patterns and colors within each gorgeous stone.

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Pixel Kit
$79.99; 8+
Amazon.com
Simple story book guides you through building Pixel Kit, and then teaches you to code via step-by-step challenges using the Kano online app. 40+ creative projects guide you through building games, creating artwork, making animations, and using the built-in microphone to code with sound and color.

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Slime & Polymer Lab
$39.99; 5+
Store.TheYoungScientistsClub.com
Young scientists take polymers out of milk, make slime, create goop, produce a snow eruption, melt snow, grow super-absorbent flowers, germinate seeds in polymers, perform a polymer trick, dehydrate polymers, and much, much more.

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YOU*NIVERSE Cosmetics & Compounds Chemistry Lab
$19.99; 6+
Amazon.com
Create glowing experiments, shimmery lip balms, and glittery perfumes, all while feeling like a real Chemist. Use your laboratory station to conduct all of your experiments, and use your UV glow light to watch your reactions.

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Motion Sensor Kit
$29.99; 8+
Kano.me
Build and code a sensor that captures motion in the real world - a hand waving, a leg kicking - and sends the information to your computer. Step-by-step challenges guides you as you learn to code by creating games, making music, and drawing with motion.

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Ooze Labs Chemistry Station
$39.95; 5+
ThamesandKosmos.com
See how much fun chemistry can be as you do slimy, fizzy, colorful, and bubbly experiments. This cool laboratory setup has lots of different vessels and pieces of lab equipment so kids can play the role of chemist while doing real, safe experiments.

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Super Sweet Sugar Lab
$19.99; 8+
SmartLabToys.com
Kids will conduct experiments using glucose strips to test for hidden sugars, perform osmosis through an egg membrane, and even create chemical sparks from candy. Edible experiments include making rock candy, toast candy, and gummies. Science principles explored include photosynthesis, enzymes, carbon dioxide production, hydrogen bonding, density, triboluminescence, polymers, crystal formation, osmosis, and more.

Updated: February 2019

Beach/Pool Product Review

Beach/Pool Product Review

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Beach and Pool Products! Headed to the beach, pool or waterpark this summer? Check out these cool new products to make your trip easy and fun.

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Glitter 48" Junbo Rainbow Unicorn Pool Tube
$39.99; PoolCandy.net
Its time to glamorize your pool with this sparkling Rainbow Unicorn Pool Float from PoolCandy. Jumbo-sized 48" transparent ring is filled with rainbow glitter that has a holographic rainbow effect in the sunlight. This shimmering Unicorn will catch everyone's eye and be a must have for your next Instagram post! Measuring approximately 65" x 49" x 37" and  made of durable vinyl and will hold up to 250 lb. person.

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My Audio Pet Splash
$39.99; MyAudioPet.com
Splash pets are great for any water adventure you may have. Pets can go for 30 minutes under water, up to 3 feet deep into the water, and still play your favorite songs. The ridiculously fun Hide & Speak App is a family favorite for endless ways to play together.

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Zerona Black Mesh Sarong Swim Cover Up
$30; Lulus.com
Bring your chic style to the beach. This fun swim coverup is made from super soft sheer mesh fabric, decorated with trendy tassel trim. Versatile design allows you to wear as a shawl, wrap skirt, or other any way you want it.

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Cooling Capes
$40-$55; CoolingCapes.com
Provide sun and heat protection, keeping your family cool and blocking the sun’s harmful rays. Simply soak the cape, wring out, snap a few times and throw on for cool relief. When on-the-go, you can soak the cape, place in reusable pouch provided, toss in backpack and use when needed. Stays chilled on your body for up to 3-4 hours and helps reduce body temperature. 

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Lounge Life Black Ribbed Zip-Front One Piece Swimsuit
$77; Lulus.com
This cool swimsuit is formed from a sleek ribbed knit and features a scoop back and cheeky bottoms. A silver front zipper, with a trendy O-ring zipper pull, can be zipped down a little ... or a lot.

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Over Exposed Recovery Gel
$29; Tropic-Labs.com
A cooling gel formula that absorbs quickly, and acts fast – with no sticky after-feel. Over Exposed helps your skin begin to recover from your sunburn immediately, and relieves you of the redness, pain, and prickly heat cause by UV exposure.

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PackTowl 
$24.95; PackTowl.com
Its ultra-versatile, absorbent, and superfast-drying performance make it great for any activity, including camping, travel, fitness, swimming and more. Also stays fresh longer thanks to Polygeine® odor control. With three fresh new prints, it's easy to make a personal statement.

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SeaStar Sparkle SPF 50+ Mermaid Glitter Sunscreen
$18.95; SunshineGlitter.com
You’re eco-friendly, gorgeous, well protected and sparkling. This super fun bio-degradable glitter sunscreen is nourishing and loaded with antioxidants, provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and 80 minutes of water resistance. PABA and Paraben free, non irritant glitter and smells delicious. Fabulous skin protection as fun and amazing as you are.

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Babo's Swim & Sport Shampoo & Wash 
$14.50; Babobotanicals.com
Replenishes, hydrates and purifies hair, scalp and skin after the pool, playground or beach. The corn-derived chelator helps remove chlorine, salt, pollution and grime, leaving your hair soft, smooth and shiny. This purifying swim shampoo contains Natural Aloe VeraandCucumberto moisturize and comfort your scalp and skin.

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Ladies Riviera Beach Dress
$79; SnapperRock.com

Go from pool to party in this dress that you can throw on over your swimsuit when you need a bit more cover. Navy and white stripes give this dress a nautical theme and it goes with many pieces in the Snapper Rock separates range.

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Large Classic Boat Tote
$37.99; ShoreBags.com
Proven utility pieces, their double bottoms and reinforced handles make them the perfect work horse for everything from beach towels to groceries to your favorite carry on. The interiors are lined with 360-degree pockets in the same color as the outside trim. Zippered tops keep everything secure.

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Mens Sail Away Boardies
$78; SnapperRock.com
Sail off into the sunset with these classic fit boardies that can be worn all day whatever the activity. These shorts can go straight from the beach to the bar. Elastic waist with workable drawstring means our boardies stay up strong. Side and back pockets. Mix and match with our short and long sleeve rash tops for the best sun protection.

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Glossy Black and Tortoise Shell Knockaround Sunglasses
$15;
KnockAround.com
If you can’t decide between modern and classic, bold and relaxed, then why not get it all? These black and tortoise shell sunglasses have everything you could want for style and eye protection. The lightweight polycarbonate frames provide a comfortable and accommodating fit while the amber lenses help shield your eyes from the harsh glare of the sun. Knockaround, a San Diego-based sunglass company, offers fun frames for adults and kids.

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Ladies Orchid Bikini Top and Reversible Bikini Pants
$57 each; SnapperRock.com
This pretty Orchid pattern bikini top is fully adjustable with ties at the top and the back. Thin cup padding accentuates your curves. Match with Orchid Bikini Bottom classic bikini bottom with a reversible orchid print on one side and stripes on the other, with a perfect elasticised fit over your curves.

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Glitter Beach Ball Gold
$19.99; PoolCandy.net
Add some glitter effect to your next party. Shine bright and sparkle with Pool Candy's fabulous Glitter filled beach ball.  13.75" diameter beach ball is filled with hundreds of 6 mm holographic and iridescent GOLD glitter flakes that reflect the sun and catches everyone's eye. The prism will create a color changing effect in the light as the glitter moves within the ball.

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Halter One-Piece: Flamingos
$39.50; TeaCollection.com
Classic stripes paired with a fresh spring print make the perfect pattern match. Plus, this one-piece offers UPF 40+ protection.

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Sun Society Towel
$29.99-$39.99; Amazon.com
Made of premium 100% cotton. Absorbent, lightweight and quick drying. Versatile for beach, yoga, gym, boat, pool, camping, hiking and more. Wearable as a sarong, cover-up, and head wrap, scarf or shawl.

 

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Rockin Aqua Foot
$29.99; RockinFootwear.com

These are perfect for use on land or in the water. Suitable for outdoor activities such as beach games, pool time or even summer camping. The lightweight, amphibious design provides breathability, comfortable wear and excellent traction on all surfaces.

Updated: May 2019

Pool Toys

Beach and Pool Toys

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Beach and Pool Toys! Headed to the beach or pool this summer? Check out these cool new toys that every kid will love!

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Star Wars X-Wing Fighter Inflatable Ride-On 
$49.99; 5+
Amazon.com
Kids will have a blast cruising through the water like the Rebel Alliance on this durable pool floaty. Great for pool parties, vacations, and everyday pool fun for Star Wars fans of every age.

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PAW Patrol Swim Trainer Life Jacket
$19-$25; Fits most children weighing 30-50 pounds 
Target.com

U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device for kids. Permanent flotation in the arms and chest provide greater mobility and the out-of-reach adjustable back buckles are convenient for parents and more secure for kids. The life jackets feature soft fabric for a comfortable fit.

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Aqua Diver
$9.99; 5+
PlayMonster.com
A bright, colorful squid that kids toss in the pool and then race to dive after and catch, all while being timed. When the water-activated timer hits the water, it automatically starts. Kids press the button to stop the timer when they retrieve the squid from the depths of their pool. 

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Huggables
$29.99; 5+
Amazon.com

These cute animal-themed floats are the only pool floats that will “hug” you, making them irresistible to all ages. Includes a built-in cup holder to keep beverages within reach. Available in three variations: Teddy Bear, Panda Bear and Sloth.

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Green Toys Oceanbound Tide Pool Bath Set
$19.99; 6 months+
GreenToys.com

This 7-piece set includes a starfish, scallop, abalone, snail, squid, and jellyfish, as well as a seaweed-patterned storage bag. The palm-sized shells are perfect for scooping and pouring water to wash little ones in infant tubs, while the whole set is also great for the beach and backyard. 

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Wild Republic Rubber Ducks
$4.99; All Ages
WildRepublic.com
Features 31 wildly unique and highly detailed ducks including a zombie duck, mermaid duck and even a unicorn duck. These ducks are mold-free due to a special hole-less design, and, yes, they do float. These are perfect for bathtime or fun in the sun in the pool. 

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Blow Up Blasters
$14.99; 5+
Amazon.com
These water blasters inflate to two feet long, but are lightweight to carry, making them the perfect toy to take from the pool to the backyard. Also allows for an endless water supply when used in the pool. Available in three styles: Monkey, Space Blaster and Shark. 

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AquaLinx The Connecting Pool Float
$29.99; 15+
Target.com
Include all the feature’s loungers love - large cup holders to stay hydrated, a comfy mesh seat that allows water to flow through, durable fabric covered flotation and a supportive backrest that provides long lasting usability. 

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Ice Cream Shop Sand Bucket
$19.99; 2+
Playmobil.us
Serve out cold tasty treats thanks to the included ice cream scoop and various molds. Then, place the ice cream seller behind the freezer counter, at the bottom front of the sand bucket, to sell all the delicious snacks to passersby. Kids can also use the bucket with sieve to either build sand castles or sift through the sand in search shells and other fun stuff. 

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Rainbow Reef Aquarium Pool Light 
$19.99; Adults
Walmart.com
Bring your pool to life, as colored fish (and even a shark!) are projected on the walls and floor of the pool. Kids and adults will be entertained for hours as they watch and swim along with the fish. Features three different light modes from soft and tranquil to party time.

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COOP Homerun Squirt & Smash
$14.99; 5+
Amazon.com
Everything kids need to play a baseball game while in the pool or backyard. The unique baseball bat allows kids to squirt water to launch the ball to themselves, so they can swing for the fences or they can use it as a traditional baseball bat. 

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X-Shot Fast-Fill 
$19.99; 5+
Zuru.com
Allows you to refill your blaster in 1 second and get back to the water blasting action long before your opponents. Just dunk, fill and close with rapid sealing technology. It shoots up to 30ft and you can fill it anywhere.


Published: June 2019

Outdoor Family Games

Outdoor Family Games and Toys

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Outdoor Family Games and Toys!  Get the family out to the park, backyard or beach this summer with these fun and easy family games and toys.

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Capture the Flag REDUX
$54.90; 8+
StarluxGames.com
Play Capture the Flag in the dark using futuristic lights -- with 25 light-up game pieces, 12+ hours of batteries, and 12 different ways to play. It is playable anywhere with space to run. This is an exciting alternative to laser tag, flashlight tag, light up LED balls, lawn games, even airsoft or paintball. 

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Antsy Pants Flamingo Kite
$11.99; 5+
Target.com
Flamingo Kite includes a 53 inch wide kite, handle and 196 feet of line. Fun to fly.

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Phlat Ball V3
$24.99; 5+
GoliathGames.us
Throw a disc, catch a ball! This unique sports toy transforms from a flying disc to a catchable ball. Squeeze down to set the time-delay mechanism and watch as it pops into a ball in midair. 

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Stomp Rocket Stunt Planes 
$29.99; 5+
Target.com
Each package includes three amazing Stunt Planes, which look and fly very differently. Looper makes giant loops. Wildcat flips, turns and soars. Glider does tricks and glides over 100 feet. Gets kids excited about scientific concepts like gravity, force, trajectory, and the power of air.

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Free Wheelin’
$49.99; Holds up to 80 lbs
PlayMonster.com
The convertible balance bike features a durable body, sturdy wheels with quiet and gripping tires, and comfortable and easy-to-turn handlebars. Children as young as one can have fun pushing themselves along, and older children can practice their balance and speed. 

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Crayola Washable Sidewalk Chalk and Paint Markers
$2.99; 3+
Crayola.com
A fun tool for kids to create bold designs on any outdoor surface. Comes in a variety of colors. The Specialty Chalk provides added special effects of neon, glitter, and tie dye to embellish creative designs.

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E-Z Grip Flag Football
$19.99; 7+
GoliathGames.us
The flag is attached right to the ball, allowing you to transform your backyard into a full-fledged flag football game. The ball and flag are soft, durable, and waterproof for active play that is perfect for any weather. The set includes a full-sized E-Z Grip Football with a Velcro attached flag that rips from the ball to end each down. The E-Z Grip surface of the football allows for E-Z spiral passes, kicks, and catches. 

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Toy StorySlinky Dog Water Blaster 
$14.99; 4+
Amazon.com
This colorful water blaster looks like Disney's Toy Story's Slinky Dog. Kids can spray their friends with this water blaster from up to 30 feet away. Simply dip the dog's mouth into the pool or a bucket of water and watch as the tube fills up when its hind legs are pulled back. 

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Wicked Big Sports Shuffle Toss
$79.99; 14+
WickedBigSports.com

Slide the bean bag pucks onto the board – the closest to the far edge, the more points you get.

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PAW Patrol Action Bubble Blower
$12.99; 3+
Amazon.com
Blow continuous streams of bubbles with the pups from PAW Patrol. Pull back on Marshall or Skye’s head or push Chase’s pup tag for tons of bubbles. 

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Water Tank Truck 
$29.99; 2+
Playmobil.us
Simply load up the tank with water and push this heavy-duty sand vehicle across the sand to your beach construction site to get the water needed. With the help of the included tracks, the truck’s wheels will roll easily without getting stuck in the sand. Then, detach the water tank by sliding it off the truck bed and using it as a watering can. 

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Ryan’s World Splash Out
$12.99; 5+
FarOutToysInc.com
An action-packed extreme outcome game, where you need to provide answers quickly and correctly, and pass the ball on, or you will get splashed out. Features a ball that contains a water balloon. Includes a wind-up timer, and when the timer goes off, the water balloon is punctured. Whoever is holding the ball gets splashed with water.

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Nerf Super Soaker Hydra
$19.99; 7+
HasbroToyShop.com
This monster means business with its intimidating size and a tank that holds up to 65 fluid ounces. Move the handle back and forth to pour on powerful streams of water from this blue and white blaster. 

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Zoom Ball Hydro
$17.99; 8+
GoliathGames.us
Hold on to one set of handles, while your friend holds the other. Open your arms quickly to send the Zoom Ball over to your friend. Be ready to send the Zoom Ball back- you never know when the balloons will pop, and soak you in water.

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Antsy Pants Mermaid Jump Rope
$10.99; 4+
Target.com
Jump for joy with the MER-mazing mermaid jump rope. Made with soft woven rope and real wood hand painted mermaid handles. Great for active play.

Published: June 2019

College Products

College Products

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Heading off to college? Here are some great products to send with your college student for dorm and apartment living.

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White Rhino Signature Backpack 
$85; WhiteRhinoBags.com
Unique design allows you to easily switch from double strap to single strap wear with adjustable arm strap feature. Lightweight and designed to last with tons of pocket space and multiple compartments. Available in five fashion colors.

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Retro Mini Fridge from Galanz 
$239.99: Target.com

Perfect for dorms, additional kitchen spaces, garage or lower level family room entertaining. This unit has two slide-out glass shelves, two liter bottle storage and a crisper. This unit also includes a can dispenser and two leveling front legs.

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Glass Compact Blender 
$24.99; ProctorSilex.com
Delivers all the quality of restaurant smoothies, icy drinks, and milkshakes while taking up minimal space in the kitchen. A powerful 550 watt peak power motor and stainless steel blades give this blender the edge it needs to cut through ice and other tough ingredients. With a single-serving capacity of 20 ounces, this blender can fit in even the tightest of spaces.

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My Infinite Agenda's Midyear Planner
$39; MyInfiniteAgenda.com

This planner spans August 2019-August 2020 and is the perfect accessory to keep yourself organized this Summer. Allows you to keep track of your daily commitments and goals, while also planning ahead. It is an agenda, daily planner, gratitude journal, vision board and goal-setting tool all rolled into one.

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Instax Mini 9 camera 
$69.99; Target.com
Capture special moments with this camera that utilizes film packs (not included) to instantly provide you with photos. The new Instax Mini 9 cameras will also have a selfie mirror (similar to the Mini 25 and Mini 70) and will come with a Macro lens attachment.

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TakeAlongs
$13.48; Amazon.com
Perfect for food storage at home and on-the-go. Containers features the Quick Clik Seal to lock in freshness along with ridged lids for easy stacking. These microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe storage containers are perfect for snacks, lunches, picnics and more. The set comes in a variety of sizes and shapes for different needs.

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FLPSDE
$35; Flpsde.com

A dual chamber water bottle that holds drinks and snacks created by an action sports athlete who recognized the dire need for a multitasking water bottle that works for you/your lifestyle.

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Home Expressions Microfiber Plus Easy Care Wrinkle Resistant Sheet Set
$26; JCPenney.com

They're breathable, cool and super silky soft. These comfortable sheets are made with the highest quality double brushed microfiber yarns.

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iCaddy
$24.99; shopicaddy.com
iCaddy is a mobile device multi-tool that serves as a stand and charging station. Plus, it includes ear buds and a hidden storage compartment. The solution folds up neatly for a backpack or travel bag.

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The Big One Glitter & Pom Inflatable Chair
$69.99; Kohls.com

Add sparkle and comfort to any space, in just a matter of minutes. Large, comfy sizes so you can truly sit back, relax and feel supported and secure. Deflates and folds down for easy storage too. When you’re ready again to sit in sparkly gloriousness, just use a hair dryer adapter and you’re good to go in a few minutes. 

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Stainless Steel Bottles
$24.95-$29.95; Pelican.com
Color-coordinated stainless-steel bottles in two sizes. Leak proof lids and extreme heat/cold retention. Featuring a sweat-proof, powder coated finish that ensures your hands won’t slip from condensation, plus a non-Slip rubber base for increased durability. The spill-proof lid is also an easy-carry handle. Able to hold hot or cold beverages. 

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The Express Crock Multi-Cooker from Crock-Pot 
$69.99; Amazon.com

Combines 8 cooking function in one appliance. It slow cooks and express cooks, giving you the option to make meals in up to 70% less time. Great for soups, rice, meats and stews, hard boiled eggs- you name it, it can do it. Available in 4-qt, 6-qt, or 8-qt.

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Frank + LuLu's Snap Shot Chalk/Dry Erase Board
$29; JCPenney.com

A perfect place for writing daily reminders, drawing, and more. Chalkboard and dry erase board combined. Intended to be used with dry erase marker and chalk. Brackets on the back for easy hanging.

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TW Lunch Tote
$49.99; twtote.com
The vegan leather, two compartment design allows for you to proudly carry your lunch in a way that matches your personal style. Hand sewn, the tote allows for you to carry both hot and cold items in its insulated sections. The handle is durable to hold a full day's worth of meals. 

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MUVO Play Bluetooth speaker
$39.99; Amazon.com
Waterproof and pint-size, it is perfect for wet and wild activities. It will outlast most summer parties with its robust battery life of up to 10 hours. And thanks to two built-in full-range micro drivers with dual bass radiators, users can expect rich and powerful audio regardless of the direction MUVO Play is facing. Available in black, blue and orange.

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Renpure Detoxifying Charcoal Clarify & Deep Cleanse Dry Shampoo
$7.99; Target.com
Charcoal removes impurities, leaving your hair feeling fresh and clean. Infused with mint leaves, wild fern and violet to freshen the senses. Keep your hair looking and feeling clean, oil-free, and refreshed. 

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Creative Pebble Plus
$39.99; creative.com/PebblePlus
A set of 2.1 USB-powered desktop speakers that comes with a newly-designed standalone subwoofer for supreme bass effects. Featuring formidable 2-inch mid-range drivers that are angled perfectly at 45 degrees. The speakers are designed with the user as the center of attention. Together with the addition of a brand new 4-inch down-firing ported subwoofer, it simply puts the user in the audio limelight. Powered entirely by USB connectivity.

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Mixcder E9 Active Noise Canceling Bluetooth Hi-Fi Stereo Headphones 
$79.99; Mixcder.com
With deep bass and built-in microphone, the Mixcder E9 offers the latest advancements in noise canceling technology with improved sound quality, and an extended 30 hour playtimePriced perfectly for students and adults, the travel-friendly foldable E9 headphones feature an elegant sleek design and comfortable soft foam pads with features audiophiles appreciate. The ANC technology continuously detects and reacts to outside noises, analyzing sound waves and blocking out ambient sound by creating inverse waves for a totally immersive experience for beautiful music and sound.

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Huawei MediaPad M5
$319; Amazon.com

A large clear screen, slim and easy-to-hold design, and powerful processor, HUAWEI MediaPad M5 is perfect for both casual and hardcore gamers. The EMUI 8.0 minimizes distractions from notifications while playing.The curved metal body creates an elegant and beautiful industrial design that is remarkable for its simplicity. The aesthetic design is not just a pleasure for the eyes, but also comfortable to hold.

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“Phenom” Backpack
$38; TheNorthwest.com
This backpack has, and can hold, it all – Interior padded laptop/tablet compartment, front zippered pocket organizer, and side elastic-entry mesh pockets. The reflective piping and embroidered logo and word mark shows off your love of college sports. And lastly, stay comfortable on the go with the air-mesh padded curved back straps and back panel.

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Earth Bands-Colleges
$15; EarthBands.co

Support your favorite football team from campus with Earth Bands. Earth Bands are carefully weaved bracelets with hand-rolled beads that are unique and beautiful. Each bead is made from your college campus’ Earth gathered and collected to remind you of a place you love. Choose from a variety of college campus bracelets.

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Game Day Rings
$39.95; GrooveLife.com
Groove Ring’s durable liquid-poured design, low profile, and breathable inner grooves keep fingers safe, comfortable, and stylish. With this officially licensed college collection, you and your loved ones can wear your favorite college sports teams anywhere you roam from the bleachers to abroad.

Published: July 2019

Fun Family Board Games

Fun Family Board Games

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Nothing brings a family together like playing games. Put the phones away and connect with each other -- plan a family game night! Here are some of this year's fun games for kids of all ages.

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Lex-GO! 
$19.99; 6+
BarnesandNoble.com
Race against other players to get rid of all your playing card tiles, swapping letters and even adding your tiles onto other players' words. In this special Harry Potter Edition of Lex-GO!, there are 4 spell tiles to increase your chances of winning, and the magical SNITCH can win you the round.

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Are You Dumber Than a Box of Rocks
$15.99; 12+
Walmart.com
It's humans vs. rocks! Draw a card, pick a category, shake the box, and open the top. Who has the correct answer: you or the rocks? This quick play trivia race asks the obnoxious question: are you dumber than a box of rocks?

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BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE 
$14.99; 8+
Ok2win.com
While racing against the timer, try to make traditional or ignited matches using some easy mental math. At the same time, try to remember where the cards are in the matchbox. 

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Orangutwang
$19.99; 4+
PlayMonster.com
Orangutwang is a super cool game with its two tall palm trees connected by a string, the colorful and quirky toucan lever, the bright playing pieces shaped like fruit or critters, and the giant, amused orangutan that hangs from the string. Roll the dice to find out which play piece you get to hang on the orangutan (banana, pineapple, gecko, fruit bat or coconut). Be careful how you hang it…at some point it will be too much for the orangutan and he’ll leap and swing and go twaaaannng! 

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Heads Talk Tails Walk
$14.99; 3+
ThinkFun.com
Can you hop like a frog while clucking like a chicken? Players try to match hidden head tiles to the correct body tiles. If the head and body don’t match, the real fun begins. Players walk and talk like the mismatched tiles—with hilarious results.

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Harry Potter Labyrinth 
$24.99, 8+
Ravensburger.com
Harry, Ron and Hermione, Professor Dumbledore, Hagrid and Harry's owl Hedwig are all waiting for you to find them. If you move the labyrinth around cleverly, you'll surely discover new paths that were once dead-ends. Keep making new paths to find the characters you need to collect.

 

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3UP 3Down
$9.99; 7+
Ok2win.com
To win each round, a player must get rid of his cards before family and friends can. But, the “3Down” cards keep everyone guessing, as these cards are not revealed until the very end. Players need both strategy and luck. 

Published: June 2019

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