Sunday, April 23, 2017

Into Kawaii Stuff? Get A YumeTwins Subscription Box!

"It's so kawaii!" my daughter started shrieking when she was 9.

I had no idea what she was talking about.

"It's so kawaii!" she yelled at her stuffed animals.

"It's so kawaii!" she shouted when her mini burgers were served at a restaurant. (The waiter had a "WTF" expression on his face.)

"It's so kawaii!" she bellowed at a dress in Target.

"Natalie," I finally said. "What's kawaii?"

She stared at me as though I were the odd one. "It means cute in Japanese." There are animals who are kawaii too. They have wide black eyes. Natalie said this shirt was kawaii.

When I heard about the YumeTwins subscription box, I knew I had to try it. Maybe I'd even be cool for a minute in my daughter's eyes. When the box arrived, I told Natalie that there would be kawaii items inside.

"WHAT?" she screamed, making my ears ring. She's one of those loud girls who scream and bounce around when excited. I never understood those girls so naturally my daughter is one.

As she opened the box, she yelled, "I already know I love everything!"

So here's what she got:

A stuffed porcupine, which made her go, "OOOOOOO! I'm calling you Bun Bun!" It's proper name is Shinada Easter Bunny Nature. I've no idea how to pronounce Shinada.

A magnet, which is now on our fridge:

A bento box, complete with chopsticks, which Natalie has been learning to use:

A cup, which made Natalie shriek, "It's GUDETAMA!" and I was like, "Bless you," and she went, "NO! That's what it's CALLED!"

What? Huh?

She also got a Gudetama pen, and the magnet up above is apparently Gudetama too.

I guess the character is Gudetama? It's like a blobby eggy thing? I don't understand.

Look, I don't get this kawaii stuff. But if you have someone in your life that gets and loves it like my kid, pick up this box. It's not that expensive either. It's $29.99 a month, or if you do a 6 month subscription it's $28.33. It's free shipping worldwide, and the items in the box seem like great quality. My daughter has been loving on that Shinada toy (Bun Bun, remember?), and it's still in good shape. She's been using the Gudetama cup, and there's not a chip on it. (She showed it off to all her friends, who were like, "Where did you get that GUDETAMA cup?" and they started shrieking and my husband was like, "What the hell is going on out there?")

If you want a box, check out the YumeTwins website. And no, this isn't a sponsored post. I paid for the box, and I'll probably pay for others, because my daughter gets so excited and for a brief second, she does think I'm cool.

Even if I did think she was sneezing when she said Gudetama.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

We Don't Care That The Unicorn Frappuccino Is Not Healthy

When Starbucks announced they were making unicorn frappuccinos, I knew I was going to get one. I mean, I'm all about the colors. And you guys remember how I made some unicorn hot chocolate, so it was a no brainer for me. On the day it was released, I shopped at my beloved Target and then stopped off at the Starbucks inside. There was NO LINE, which was fabulous, because I heard some stores had lines wrapped around the store. Some stores are even sold out.

It is pretty! And the taste? Well, it was a mixture of sweet and sour. Some people reported that the sour part was disgusting. I didn't mind it, because I've always liked sour stuff. Remember those Warhead sour candies? I think they're still around, actually. But as a kid, I would impress people by sticking TWO lemon ones in my mouth. People would gather around and go, "How is she doing that?" Well, it's because I love sour stuff. (I could also put two of the hot Warhead candies in my mouth. I don't think they make the spicy ones anymore.)

I'd say that it sort of tastes like Nerds, but not quite. I didn't mind the mango taste but if you don't like it, you can request another syrup flavor. You could also leave out the sour bit, but then the drink would look quite plain.

Naturally, the Health Nut people had to share how unhealthy these drinks are:

This kept showing up on my Facebook feed, and I was like:

I mean, DUH, of course it's not healthy. I don't get why people freak out. And then I wanted a Snickers bar, so thank you for that.

I actually got a tall frapp, which is the smallest size so mine wasn't that bad. I don't go to Starbucks often either. I only go for the pumpkin spice frapp when it's out, and yes, there are posts against those too. I also had to try the pink drink, and I'm sure there are posts against THAT too:

Oh, and I get that lemon cake once in a while which is like 234897 calories. I don't drink coffee, so it's not my go to place, but I do enjoy a fruity beverage once in a while. And yes, I am fully aware that it's probably not the healthiest, but man, if I lived life without junk food, I'd be miserable. Most people aren't going to Starbucks to be healthy.

There are others who are all, "If you want a Mango shake, try THIS one," and they'd share a recipe. It was so hard for me not to comment, "No thanks. This sort of looks like diarrhea" because it was a yellow-y, orang-y mess.

I also saw some posts from direct sales people talking about how it's wrong of us to give Starbucks free advertising. "Have you been PAID? Why are you giving Starbucks free advertising?" one post implored. "Join MY team and get PAID to advertise!"

Again, I was like:

All those anti-unicorn frapp posts only make me want another one, so, well, I got another one:

It was a blissful afternoon of sipping my sweet and sour pretty drink, while reading a fantastic book. Health nuts, take note: we know it's not healthy.

And we're okay with it.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

7 Reasons Why The Sea World Easter Egg Hunt & Picnic Rocks

"How am I going to get eggs with one hand?" Natalie asked, holding up her cast. "Can you grab some eggs too?"

"Nope. I'm not going to be an asshole parent and grab eggs for their kid when their kid is perfectly capable of getting the eggs on their own," I answered sweetly.

Natalie blinked at me. "But..I only have one hand."

"You'll improvise." I shrugged.

We were at Sea World and were waiting for the Easter Egg Hunt to begin. It was separated into age groups--Natalie was in the 8 and Up one.

"Technically you can get eggs," Natalie pointed out. "It just says 'and up.' Meaning you can get some eggs."

I shook my head. "Nice try."

"I guess I'll just have to be happy with three eggs." She gave a dramatic sigh.

"Enjoy them," I answered sweetly.

There was an announcement that the hunt would be starting in two minutes.

"I'll try my best," Natalie continued dramatically.

"You do that!" I gave her a thumbs up.

Then the whistle was blown, and kids flew out to the field. I watched as Natalie set her basket down and--started tossing in eggs. She crawled around and was just throwing eggs in her basket. She got more than three.

She figured it out! Yay.

Here are reasons why the Easter Egg Hunt & Picnic at Sea World rocks:

1. There are plenty of eggs.

Seriously, there were a good number of kids, and older kids have bigger hands and can grab more. But my daughter got a fair amount.

2. Age groups are separated nicely.

I was glad the older kids were away from the younger ones. When they get too close, I always worry Natalie will crash into a tiny kid. Or a tiny kid might crash into Natalie.

3. You get all you can drink fountain drinks.

Guys? I had like 5 cups of Diet Coke. Then I filled my re-fillable Sea World cup before I left with Diet Coke. Basically? I was in Diet Coke heaven.

4. The food was tasty.

Even Natalie was pleased. She can be picky.

5. Shamu comes out!

He'll walk around to all the tables.

6. There are prizes in the eggs.

Not ALL the eggs--most are filled with candy. But some are filled with prizes you can redeem at the prize table. Natalie actually got one! She won a free meal voucher which she used to get lo mein on the way out. She is obsessed with lo mein. It also came with a free bottle of water.

7. All the kids looked like they were having a blast.

There goes Shamu!

After they ate, many went to the sand area. My daughter did.

"Don't get sand in your cast," I warned.

(She got sand in her cast.)

Would we do it again next year? Yup! As my daughter pointed out, there's no age limit.

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