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Product Review: Jam Session by Discovery Toys

From Discovery Toys: Welcome to Jam Session: a rousing and playful introduction to rhythm band music. Easy-to-grasp Jam Session instruments are perfect for small hands. Each piece creates pleasing percussive sounds that promote sensory stimulation, hand-eye coordination, listening skills, and musical awareness.

Claire and I had the opportunity** to try out Jam Session by Discovery Toys. This is a nice, durable, plastic set of musical instruments including a tambourine, castanets, a drum & mallet, and a guiro & mallet. What’s a guiro? I always thought those things were called Ridged Fishies. Now, I know.

The set also includes a Play Along Music CD.

At $45, this set may be a little more expensive than some other musical instrument sets out there, but these pieces are showing absolutely NO wear and tear, so I’d say the added cost is worth it. The other set we had (from a different company) met a worse fate, and it didn’t even come with a really cool Play Along Music CD. Claire loves the CD as stand-alone CD, with or without the accompanying instruments.

What they say about the “percussive sounds” being “pleasing” is true! I’ll be brutally honest here. When I read that, I rolled my eyes. “Only if the set includes earplugs,” I said to myself. I mean, have you ever heard musical instruments in the hands of preschoolers? “Pleasing” is not the first adjective that comes to mind. Well, these instruments proved me wrong! I couldn’t believe it. The instruments are not annoying; they’re mesmerizing. They don’t make the adults run in fear. If anything, they cause everyone in the house to come and join in the fun. It’s impossible to play these instruments alone. As soon as you pick one up and play a few beats, you’re joined by other willing band members.

So, pop the CD into your player and set it on repeat. Grab an instrument and play to your heart’s content. It’s okay if you’ve misplaced your earplugs. You won’t need them with this set.

**I was not monetarily compensated for this review. I was given a free Jam Session set in exchange for an honest review. Photo provided by Discovery Toys.

Product Reviews: Reusable Produce Bags, Sandwich Thins, Scrappy Notes, Silly Shirt Shop

Product Review: Reusable Produce Bags

I have a confession to make. It took me a while to get used to using reusable grocery bags. Just like anything, it was a habit I had to get into. I had to force myself to put them in my trunk, remember them, and go back to the car to get them if I forgot. The discount (a few cents per bag) I got at the check-out stand helped. When I’d unloaded them in my kitchen, I couldn’t just stuff them in the plastic bag drawer or the recycle bin; I had to remember to put them back down in my car.

It took a while, but if finally became second nature to me. I stuck with it, and it became a habit.

And, I’m so glad I did! For me, I’m amazed at how many less trips up from the car I have to take when I use them. It’s not that we’re buying less groceries…it’s that they fit so many more things and are just better and transporting groceries from Point A to Point B.

Then I decided to take it one step farther. What about those flimsy little plastic bags you need for your fruits and veggies? You need something light-weight (you don’t want to be charged for the bag when you’re paying by weight) that can keep your fruits and veggies contained. The plastic bags are right there, and they are recyclable, so I didn’t give it too much thought.

Until I saw these: 3B Bags – Reusable Produce Bags. The company is right here in Colorado! How cool is that?!