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Creating Memories with Cinemood

I can’t believe December is here and we’re in the final weeks before Christmas and the new year! This season kind of snuck up on me, as it always does. I wish I was one of those people who shopped for Christmas gifts way earlier in the year. But I’m not. I’ve even been known to run out to the store on Christmas Eve to pick up the last few things.

But this year I’m trying to stay ahead of the game and have already ordered multiple gifts online. Online shopping is every mom’s dream! Especially for me because 1) I hate crowds. And 2) it’s much easier/convenient! It’s hard to find the time to get away when it means spending time away from the family. While everyone else is obsessively searching for those little Fingerling toys and all those other “hot ticket items,” I get to stay home and enjoy the fact that my kids are homeschooled (and don’t have access to commercials) so they don’t really know what everyone else is obsessing over.

Our focus this year is more on gifts that can be used together, as a family. Things like a play kitchen, board games, arts and crafts, and a membership to a local children’s museum. As you can imagine with 6 kids, our house is already filled with way too many toys. So I’ve been trying to think of a few group gifts that would allow us to spend more time together while also cutting back on the clutter.

Which leads me to the point of this post! We recently had the opportunity to review the CINEMOOD Storyteller, a small handheld projector. This small projector not only comes loaded with 100+ hours of preloaded kid-friendly digital content (music, books, bedtime stories, cartoons, shadow puppets, etc) but it also allows you to stream Youtube, Netflix, and even your own content.

Of course as soon as we opened it and got it charged, the kids were all begging to try it out. We really try to limit screen time in our house so it really is a special treat when they get the chance to watch something. Right away we were impressed by how sharp the image is. I assumed that the image quality would be low because of the size of the projector. But with the focus button on the side, you are able to control the focus depending on how far back you are sitting.

And it’s been pretty much Clementine’s number one goal to get her hands on the projector itself or the image that’s being projected haha.

The kids love to hold it and move it around to see what it looks like on different surfaces. It obviously shows up better in the dark but we are able to use it during the day just by closing the blinds in a bedroom.

And we love the add on case that comes with additional cartoons to watch through the Cinemood!

I was equally impressed with the battery life! It claims to hold its charge for 5 hours. After using it over the past week, I would say that’s pretty accurate. You know how I said we limit screen time? Well, that “rule” has definitely become more relaxed lately. When it feels like midnight at 5 o’ clock (thanks a lot, daylight savings,) the kids are running in circles around you, toys are everywhere, and you’ve just survived another day taking care of 6 children WHILE PREGNANT…well let’s just say that I’ve resorted to “let’s clean up and then I’ll let you watch something” quite a bit lately.

What I think is really fun about this portable projector is that you are able to use it in so many different ways. You can project your images on the wall, on the ceiling, on a sheet, or even in your vehicle. This past week, all the kids got their sleeping bags and pillows and set up on the living room floor as we projected a Christmas movie on the ceiling. It really just feels so much more magical than just watching on the tv. And it has me dreaming of all the other fun ways we can use it in the future.

Because we love spending time together as a family, this projector has become such a fun way to bring everyone together to make memories. I hope my kids always remember dragging out tons of blankets and cuddling up close with each other as we watch movies together or make shadow puppets on the wall. The days are hard sometimes but my hope is that these magical memories will always stand out to them.

Thank you, Cinemood, for allowing us to try out our new favorite device! I’m thinking that a movie, popcorn, and hot chocolate will be on our agenda this evening!

You can get your own for 10% off with the code MRSJMOOD right HERE. It would make such a fun gift for Christmas this year!

I’d also love to hear any other gift ideas you all have for our family! We definitely want to limit the toys but I’m struggling to come up with other ideas to suggest to family members. So you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!!

Thank you for reading! Have a great week!

baby, Blog, Clementine, product review

Clem’s Favorite Toys (6 Months Old)

I have been wanting to put this post together since Clem was right around 5 months and just starting to hold on to toys and play. With all the sickness and all of the other things going in our lives, this post got pushed to the back burner. But now she’s 6 months old and loving these things even more. So I guess it worked out.

Before I start, I will tell you that these items were all gifted to me by the companies. However, all I was asked to do in exchange was to post an Instagram picture, which I have already done. I was not asked to write a blog post. The only reason I am even writing it is because Clem truly does love these toys and I wanted to share in case anyone was looking for beautiful, quality, small shop toys for your own baby or for a gift. Sometimes it’s hard to know what kind of toys are ideal for those first toys. So this is not a sales pitch. This is just me sharing some things that have been in constant rotation around here.

I will start with this amazing lovey from Stella and Lu because it was the first toy she ever “played” with (and you can see in this ^^ picture how much she loves it!) I have shared a bit about this small shop on my blog before because we also have a gorgeous blanket from them. But this lovey has been getting more attention lately. She loves to snuggle it and play with the ribbon. They have so many fabric options and I think the pricing is so reasonable. And I’m not even kidding–the girls who run this shop are probably some of the sweetest people I have ever “met.” They truly care about their customers and their products.

I can honestly see this lovey sticking with Clem for many years, as all my other kids have had lengthy attachments to their blankies. This just happens to be way cuter than what any of my other kids had 😉

Another favorite is Willow the Deer. I had been admiring all of the Cuddle + Kind dolls for months when they reached out to me to ask me to spread the word about their company. I jumped right on it! First of all, yes, the dolls are SO adorable and so, so soft. But more importantly, they are helping out so many people with the sales of their dolls. Each doll is handcrafted by women artisans in Peru, which provides them with a fair income. And with each doll sold, Cuddle + Kind provides 10 meals to children in need. Just recently they reached their goal of 1 million meals! And through the month of April, they are donating one meal for each new follower on the Cuddle + Kind instagram page.

We picked out this beautiful deer (and I have to admit, the ice cream shirt was one of the biggest reasons why haha.) Those pictures above are blurry but I couldn’t help sharing them because this is exactly what Clementine does every time we lay Willow next to her. She smiles and attacks it. I plan to hold on to this doll for her to give to her own child some day.

The toys that probably get the most use right now are our rattles from Bannor Toys. I don’t like to leave the house without a couple of her rattles to switch out throughout the day. They are the perfect size to fit in her tiny hands and of course, they always end up in her mouth.

(This is the classic rattle.)

Of course, in addition to them being functional, they are so aesthetically pleasing. The quality is so good. I also plan to hang on to these to pass down. Ever since I saw the state rattles, I had to have one. They have almost all 50 states to choose from. But I do majorly regret not getting a little heart engraved on St. Louis.

The heart rattle is another one of Clem’s faves. I love that it has her name engraved. We usually take the classic rattle, this heart rattle, and her lovey with us everywhere we go.

And this really isn’t one of Clem’s favorites yet but the other kids have all been obsessed with this wooden camera, also from Bannor Toys. It has the screen and functions lasered on the back of the camera to make it more realistic.

And of course it leads to them imitating me–taking tons of pictures of Clementine.

As much as I would love for Clementine to stay a tiny baby forever, it is so much fun to watch her learn new things. It’s sweet to see her already loving to play with toys.

Anyway, I hope everyone had a happy Easter yesterday. Thank you for reading and allowing me to show off the cutest baby girl 😉  I hope you have a great week!