In early 2018, I finally gave in to all the ads where a young person talks about their thoughts and worries about saving money while a beep bop tune plays in the background. The ads were for WealthSimple, an online platform to make saving for retirement easier. I knew you have heard of it.
I like tucking away money for the future. I like online platforms that make things easier. I like bread and butter.
Then one day at work, coworkers were talking about it and the success they were having compared to a person managing their savings and that’s all it took. I finally decided to give it a try.
I have become a huge fan of WealthSimple because of its simplicity. Hence the simple in their name. Duh. But it’s 100% the truth.
Our boys love screens. Our boys love superheroes. Our boys love silly. So, with that said, the movie Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie checks all the boxes in our house. Have you seen it? For those who missed it in theatres, it is now out on DVD and Blu-Ray as well as digitally on itunes.
For a classic family film, this one is great to sit and watch with the kids. It has laughs and a few catch phrases that will stick for a while.
For those not familiar with Underpants, it is based on the bestselling book series by Dav Pilkey. The outrageous comedy tells the story of two overly imaginative best friends. Yes, now you can see why our boys are fans. They are like the two main characters, just brothers.
How is back to school going for everyone? For us, it has been smooth sailing. In year’s past, the start of school was always tough on our oldest, because it meant getting back into reading.
But this year, our oldest son has not missed a beat with his reading as he practices a lot. Over the summer he really got into reading what he calls chapter books. These are stories he actually follows chapter by chapter and not the quick reads we have done in the past.
To help his interest, we were lucky enough to try out a Kindle Paperwhite and the FreeTime feature it has. While our son’s interest for holding a book and reading was good, holding a screen really blows up the interest level.
Like all Kindle devices, it’s easy on the eyes and meant for reading, not playing games or surfing the net.
Then add in the FreeTime app and this device is a major hit.
It’s Paw Patrol to the rescue for all your kid party needs.
Our boys have always been big fans on Paw Patrol. Those helpful dogs have been a part of our lives for a good six years. So of course it is the perfect theme for a birthday party or end of school party or any party for that matter.
I was given the opportunity to try out a cool service that makes planning a Paw Patrol party a piece of cake, no pun intended.
I also was sent a box full of Paw Patrol party favors that I will get to in a sec.
First of all, the planning of the party. No job is too big as they say.
The fine people at Toys “R” Us wanted us to try out a cool way to set up, organize and send out RSVP and thank you messages to all guests.
The product is called PercyVites and it is an innovative line of personalized video invitations and thank you videos starring your kid’s favorite characters, your kid’s photos, and all the other party details. What I liked about the product on my first try was it was pretty quick and easy. I love being efficient when planning, so PercyVites was sure to deliver.
All I had to do was go to a website, enter in the needed information for each step and the magic of the internet created a short video that was emailed to the people you invited to the party.
As we did not have an actual birthday party to run in the time frame of the review, we turned to a BBQ party we had with our neighbours. All the kids were fans of the Paw Patrol so it was perfect.
I had the invites done in 10 minutes and the email videos were being watch shortly after that.
That’s the first part done. On to the actual party.
On the day of the party we used a number of the party favours to decorate the table. Hats, plates, balloons, bracelets and more.
It was well received by the kids.
Fast forward through the party and to the days after.
It’s time to send out a thank you note for coming. For those who host a birthday party, you want to send a thank you for any gifts as well.
Well, just like with the invite, you can easily make the thank you video using PercyVites. You plug in all the information, your message and a video is created that you can email.
PercyVites is a cool option to really personalize your birthday with a theme your kids love. It shows up on a screen. It excited the child who gets to see it. All that is great. It also handles the RSVP part without having to buy physical cards and mail them or hope they reach the kids somehow.
All great for those who like that kind of thing.
Me personally, I still like old school invites that are hand written and delivered by snail mail or in person. It was a lot of fun to have all the Paw Patrol items to decorate our BBQ party and the kids have watched the video invites and thank you’s over and over. So it was a win in my books. Try it for yourself and let us know. Learn all about Percyvites here.
I want to state that I received the party pack for the purpose of a review but my review and opinions are still my own. Thank you to Toys “R” Us for giving us a chance to test out PercyVites and the box of party items. All kids were very happy.