Happy Birthday, Captain Fussybuckets!





Winter’s Coming Hop featuring The Shrunks {over}

The Winter's Coming Giveaway Hop is here!  It is hosted by Planet Weidknecht and Going Crazy!! Wanna Go??!!
Each blog on the list below has a giveaway for you to enter, so after you enter mine, hop around the list and enter the other giveaways.
Each giveaway is worth at least $20.  Bundle up in your sweats, pull up a chair, and warm your fingers on the keyboard!
Here at Life With Captain Fussybuckets, we're giving away a Toddler Travel Bed from The Shrunks! (click on the link to read my review of this awesome bed!)

This giveaway has ended and Lisa W. is the lucky winner!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from Superman and the brave Knight!

Superman Knight

Soothe the Boo-Boos with TruKid Hero Stick!

TruKid is back with another awesome product…the Hero Stick!


The Hero Stick is a natural soothing balm that protects and soothes skin irritations like boo-boos, bug bites, eczema, and rashes.  The stick is handy to keep in your purse, diaper bag, or backpack to pull out whenever your child needs some relief.  The Hero Stick is made with Balm of Gilead, Calendula, and Plantain Leaf.  There are no parabens, artificial colors, or fragrances, which is music to my ears because while other products soothe, keeping the yucky stuff out of the stuff that goes on my kids' skin is priceless.

We've used the Hero Stick for a few things around here.  For some reason, Baby D really likes to get a chair and get the Hero Stick down and put it on all of his boo boos…or even just his healthy skin!  It feels really good going on, so I guess that's why he does it!  We also use it for bug bites and rashes, and when the Captain had a chapped face the other day from his cold, the Hero Stick was the only thing he'd let us put on him, which made for fast healing!

You can buy the Hero Stick on the TruKid website or Amazon for $12.50.

Follow TruKid on Facebook and Twitter!

Enter for a chance to win your own Hero Stick (perfect for stocking stuffers!) in the Rafflecopter form below!  Giveaway ends at 11:01, central time, on November 14, 2012.  Good luck!

Giveaway has ended and Colleen M. is the lucky winner!

Happy Halloween from Wreck-It Ralph!



Wreck-It Ralph hits theaters this Friday, November 2nd!

Like Wreck-It Ralph on Facebook and Twitter and visit the offical site.

Wordless Wednesday: Haircut




Learning is Fun and Interactive With #CypherKidsClub Reality Cards! #cbias

Captain Fussybuckets will turn four this week and I'm constantly looking for ways to stimulate his brain while having fun.  That's why I was happy to hear about Cypher Kids Club Reality Cards to use with our iPad.  The apps are free and easy to download and the cards are available at Target.

Cypher Kids

We were able to review the wild animals cards, numbers cards, and letters cards.  The Captain chose wild animals first!  Once you have the cards, all you have to do is download the app from the app store and begin having fun and learning about wild animals!

Cypher Kids Cards

First, you select which animal you'd like to learn about first.  Then, you find the card that matches and line it up with the camera on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. 


 It will magically bring to life an image and tell all about that animal!


The Captain and Baby D are really enjoying exploring and learning using their Cypher Kids Club Reality Cards!  The Numbers and Letters Cards are just as great as the Wild Animals cards, and the boys can really get into them for a while!


wild animals

If you're confused on how all of this works, check out the Captain's demonstration:

The Cypher Cards are compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. The apps are optimized for iPhone 5.

These cards can be purchased at Target.  They would make a great gift for a young learner that you know!

Follow Cypher Kids on Facebook and Twitter and learn more about Cypher Kids on their website!

I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and  Cypher Kids Club #CBias #SocialFabric All opinions are my own.

$2 Personalized T-Shirt at Vista Print

Christmas is coming and that means it’s time to start thinking about unique gifts! So this year, why not put personalized T-shirts under your tree? They’re fun, memorable, and your family will wear them with pride again and again. 

It’s all about getting creative – upload a refrigerator-worthy work of art from school or a picture from their favorite family vacation, or even design something they’ll love forever using one of over one thousand templates. 

Your kids can help, too!  Make Dad a tee to take on business trips or Grandma something that’ll always make her smile. And at just $2 each, these customizable Basic and Kids’ T-shirts will leave you with plenty of cash for stocking stuffers. Create your own personalized T-shirts this Christmas – they’re one of a kind, affordable enough for the whole family, and as comfy as they are festive.  (shipping starts at $4.50)

Traveling is Made Easy with The Shrunks Toddler Travel Bed!

Traveling with kids is always a bit difficult.  My kids have always slept better in their own beds, which has made some nights away from home dreadful.  Neither of my boys ever really liked the Pack 'n Play after they got past the baby stage.  We take along Captain Fussybuckets' couch, but it's not ideal for sleeping all night long since he's so tall now.  He's at an age where he really needs his own bed where he can stretch out and get a good night's rest.  The Tuckaire Toddler Travel Bed by The Shrunks is the perfect size for him, even though he is almost four.  He will soon need an upgrade, but that's okay, because The Shrunks makes a Twin Travel Bed, as well!  But for now, this thing is super roomy and comfy, and a regular size toddler bed sheet fits over the inner (brown) part.


And since Baby D is the real toddler in this house, I wanted to show that it's the perfect size for him, too!  It's the size of his crib, plus it has inflatable guard rails so he doesn't fall off because he's not used to sleeping on a bed:


And, while it's probably not ideal, two little boys DO fit on it together if you're in a pinch!

Shrunks toddler bed

What I love about the Shrunks Toddler Travel Bed:

  • Standard sized crib sheets and blankets tuck in perfectly to the inner matress.
  • It comes with an electric pump that is easy to use and quickly inflates both air chambers of the mattress.
  • It comes with a super cute carry bag that everything fits inside!
  • All Shrunks beds are phthalate-safe, BPA-safe, and lead-safe.
  • The bed has inflatable guard rails that keeps your child safe and cozy!

The Shrunks Toddler Travel Bed is priced right at $79 for the mattress, air pump, and carry bag.  You can add on accessories, like a sheet, blanket, pillow, and more.  OR you can get TWO Travel Toddler Beds for only $129.  And right now, this bed is only $54.99 at Amazon!  The Shrunks products are also sold at places like Babies R Us, Walmart, Target, and more, so check out the website to find a retailer near you.

Check out this informational video about all the great features of the Shrunks Toddler Travel Bed, and how to inflate it:

Make sure to follow Shrunks on Facebook and Twitter, and check out their awesome products on the website!

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Unjunk Your Candy with UNREAL



With Halloween less than a week away, it's Candy Central around here.  We took the boys to a Fall Festival on Saturday and they got bombarded with candy (and this was with them SHARING a Halloween bucket!)  I  want them to enjoy sweet treats, but we are also working hard to teach them about moderation and on top of that, the absolute nasty JUNK that is in our candy.  


A few months ago, I wrote a post about how Nestle' is using healthier alternatives for their candy sold in the UK.  And yet, the USA still gets the junk in the SAME candy….like food dyes, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, and more.  Why my American kids aren't worth changing their recipe, I'm not sure, but it makes me pretty mad.

I recently discovered UNREAL candy.  UNREAL all started when a 13 year old boy asked the question:  "Why does the junk food we love have to be so bad for us?"  After countless efforts to get someone to listen and try to product candy that isn't full of complete junk, he finally found Adam, a top chef in Spain.  Together they worked to produce UNREAL candies that tasted good, didn't cost a fortune, were free of junk like GMO's, corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives, and even had 40% less sugar per serving, on average, than your ordinary candy.  UNREAL was born and I am one of millions who am happy it was!

My boys love candy, so we trekked over to Walgreens (UNREAL isn't available in all stores….yet…) to check out the UNREAL selection.  I'm really embarassed to admit this, but my 22 month old, who doesn't have the best speech right now, saw this package and said "MMM" because he thought they were M&Ms.  His favorite are peanut M&M's, so I decided to get him the UNREAL 54: Chocolate Candy Shell Peanuts:


yummy candy

Sure, a one year old probably isn't the best judge of candy, but he absolutely loved these.  He seriously thought they were his beloved peanut M&Ms.  They look different, more natural and just pretty, if you ask me, but still, he gobbled them all up and I was actually NOT cringing while he ate them.


beautiful candy!

Regular M&M's are the Captain's favorite.  Well, one of them.  wink  So he picked out the UNREAL 41:  Chocolate Candy Shell.  Same story, different kid.  He didn't even make one single comment about how these looked or tasted different.  He just gobbled them up.  Delicious, feel good candy.  End of story.


natural coloring

My choice was UNREAL 8: Chocolate Caramel Peanuts Nougat.  I was impressed by how UNREAL puts it all out there, right on the wrapper.  What if EVERY food/candy/beverage company did that? Pretty sure I would be buying a lot less junk, and I'm pretty sure the companies realize this, or else they'd be doing it….



This candy bar was delicious.  This is weird, but do you know that "bite" that burns your throat when you have something with high fructose corn syrup in it?  I didn't really know what was causing it until I started to buy things without HFCS and then had ketchup with HFCS in a restaurant once.  That's what it is.  YUCK!  And this beautiful candy bar had no nasty HFCS "burn" in it at all.  And for that, I was thrilled!


delicious candy bar

As a mom, I'm so, so happy with UNREAL products.  So happy that I even bought the Captain some UNREAL chocolate peanut butter cups yesterday when we went to Walgreens to pick up some pictures.  Special treats should be in moderation, yes, but you shouldn't be cringing and praying that the yuckies in all of this candy don't harm your kids as they're eating it.  You want what's best for your kids and UNREAL just IS one of the best alternatives to nasty candy out there.  And it doesn't cost an arm and a leg, either.  I am pretty sure I paid 90 cents for the Captain's peanut butter cups.  And again, he never knew the difference!

Find UNREAL on Twitter and Facebook, as well as their website, GetUnreal.com.