Mel and Nikki Reviews

We have been fortunate enough to review some great events, products and books. The Mel and Nikki Review are honest reviews and products have been tested by myself and/or my daughter, Nikki.

If you are interested in having your event or product reviewed, please email us at mommabraga@gmail.com for further details. Please note that not all products are approved to be featured as we need to ensure that it aligns with our brand. In addition, some months might be busier than others; therefore, the wait time for a published review can vary.

Lil Babe Accessories | Accessorizing One Bow At A Time

A bow can be more than just a bow as it is used as an accessory piece to our assemble. Accessorizing is a skill for many and for me, not so much.

This is why I appreciate and value those who are extra creative and accessorize to a beautiful new level.

One person in particular is my sister, Karen. She has always been the most creative one and one that can really put a great assemble together with style. This is why it is no surprise that she has created some beautiful accessory pieces for her baby girl to wear.

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Super Owlette Learning Watch  | Product Review

If you have a young child at home who loves to watch PJ Masks then I am sure you were singing along to the quote above. I know that I sure was as I was writing it! PJ Masks is a popular one in our household and Nikki’s favourite is Owlette. I can’t blame her since Owlette is one super cool hero!

When we received the Super Owlette Learning Watch by VTech, Nikki was over the moon with excitement.

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Starshine the Bright Lights Unicorn | Product Review

Magical unicorns, learning and bright colors. All this can be heard when my daughter plays pretend. It truly sounds like a wonderful world that she has created. Nikki loves to play with toys that encompass her favorite things and she got just that from Vtech!

We are delighted to present, Starshine the Bright Lights Unicorn, on the #MelAndNikkiReview from VTech.

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The Tutu Experience | Petit Tutu Boutique

Tutus is the fashion must with our daughter as she adores them. This is why for her birthday this year we had to find the perfect one for her Wonder Woman theme and for her four year old photo.

Every year we take pictures of Nikki to celebrate her big day and we give a photo to our close family and friends. We love doing this as it allows us to see how much she has grown over a year.

So the search was on for the best Wonder Woman costume that we could find. After tirelessly searching through Google, we came across the ONE that we have been waiting for!

We came across Petit Tutu Boutique on Etsy and they had the perfect outfit for our Wonder Woman themed photoshoot and birthday party.

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Superhero Dream | Ever After Entertainment

Every birthday is very special as we celebrate another year of life especially the life that we are solely responsible for – our child. Every year we are grateful as our daughter turns another year older and she continues to blossom into an amazing person. What more can we expect from our Superhero but the continuation of her awesomeness for another year.

We have been teaching Nikki to be kind, strong and loving which she has been grasping as she develops. Nikki is surrounded by strong women figures in her life so it is no surprise that she has been all about Wonder Woman. She loves Wonder Woman so much that often I hear her play pretend as she saves the world from yet another villain. It truly is an adorable play conversation that I love hearing and shows me that she is empowered to truly make a difference in the world…one day!

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Greedy Granny and Pop Rocket Brings LOL Fun On Game Night

Playing games are loads of fun especially when you play as a family. We were recently introduced to two games by Goliath Games and one of them just hit the Game market!

Both of these games had us laughing out loud through our Family Game Night and it was great as we haven’t laughed that much and hard in a very long time!

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Learning Friends 100 Words Book Leaps In Fun For Children

LeapFrog is a favorite in our household as we enjoy the interactive, innovative and educational toys that they offer. For more than 20 years, LeapFrog has helped children expand their knowledge and imagination through award-winning products that combine state-of-the-art educational expertise led by the LeapFrog Learning Team, innovative technology, and engaging play – turning playtime into quality time that helps children leap ahead.

This is why we were extra excited to get one of the latest and hottest toys from LeapFrog, Learning Friends 100 Words Book™. This interactive toy is a touch and learn word fun in a book type format. So what does it do?

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Remember Life’s Greatest Moments | Custom Star Maps

There are many moments that change our life forever such as the birth of a child, a wedding, anniversary or even moving into a new home. These are just some of life’s moments and wouldn’t it be grand to have a custom night sky to remember your special night?

The night sky isn’t the same all year round as it changes and you see different constellations. This change is due to the motion of the Earth in its orbit around the sun. The Earth shifts approximately one degree per day, making each night sky different from the night before. Therefore, your special night would be unique to you and your life moment.

We recently discovered, Modern Map Art who customizes these special moments and we are thrilled to introduce them to all of you.

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Teaching Financial Literacy Through 4-Pocket Allowance

Financial Literacy is a topic that many people find is important for us to learn as adults or even as teenagers but not many people see the importance of teaching it to young children. This is why I was thrilled to see a product catering to children that would empower them to make financial decisions.

First, what is Financial Literacy? Financial Literacy is the education and understanding of finances. It is the ability to manage personal finance matters in the most efficient manner, and it includes the knowledge to make appropriate decisions about personal finance such as investing, savings, budgeting, retirement, etc.

Now, it is time to introduce you to 4 Pocket Allowance and how it is a great tool in helping children learn about financial literacy.

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5 Reasons Why CozyPhones Are Awesome

Our daughter loves to watch her trusty kid shows on her tablet such as Paw Patrol, Sesame Street, and PJ Masks just to name a few. Of course sometimes hearing her shows can be distracting as I can’t help but overhear all her shows everywhere I go. But now the perfect solution has entered our home and I am truly thankful for it!

Let me introduce you to CozyPhones. It is a headband headphones that offer comfort to hear your favorite tunes or shows.

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Top 5 Games | Game Night Should Be Every Night

Recently, we introduced Family Game Night in our home and since then we have really enjoyed all sorts of games. But nothing can beat the games from Goliath Games and Pressman Toy!

We had the opportunity to try a few more games and we are so excited to tell you all about them as they are our top 5 games for Games Night! We are also proposing that Game Night should and could be every night! Why not?!

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The World’s First Healthy Eating Doll

We just love bringing new and exciting products to the attention of our readers especially when they have an impactful meaning. We were so intrigued when Dessi, the founder of Good For Kids connected with us to let us know about her Kickstarter Campaign which launches on May 8th, 2018.

Without further ado, we are delighted to introduce you all to The World’s First Healthy Eating Doll and Children’s picture book, Healthy Foods Are Fun To Eat. We got the first exclusive interview with Dessi and we are excited to share it!

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4 Must Have Games For Family Game Night

Family game night is a popular theme in most households and it’s one that we have recently incorporated. Therefore, there was no better time than to try some games and see which ones will make it to our top four must have games.

I must say that this was one fun article to write and our daughter Nikki had a blast as she is getting the hang of the #MelAndNikkiReview now! 😉

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Handmade Growth Chart Is A Cherished Treasure To Last A Lifetime

Happy New Year to all my amazing readers and fans from all over the world! I wish everyone a prosperous and great New Year filled with lots of love and happiness.

I am excited to start off 2018 with a #MelandNikkiReview on a product that we love and think that your family would love too!

Back in October, I wrote about a kidpreneur who is making a difference through his business, The Nice Bench Co.

As a quick refresher, The Nice Bench Co. is a kids’ furniture + accessories brand dedicated to supporting non-profit organizations who help lead the fight against pediatric cancer which is a cause very close to their heart and home.

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Myfunvelope Brings Creativity Right To Your Door

Have you ever wonder what crafts or activities that you can do with your child? Have you looked for a craft subscription option to help you?

There is a solution and an affordable one. Let me first introduce you to Kyla.

Kyla is a mom of six wonderful children in Saskatchewan, Canada. Five of her children were all under the age of five and it was a bit of a challenge as she needed to find ways to keep her older children engaged in activities. Kyla thought that a craft subscription would be a perfect solution to help her. However, after a lengthy research she found very few affordable options were available in Canada. Therefore, she began prepping little crafts in snack bags to give to her children and they LOVED them! This is where the idea of “Myfunvelope” bloomed. Kyla wanted to offer the opportunity for other moms to access an affordable monthly craft subscription and this is exactly what she did.

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Kidloland Brings Learning Fun To Children With Their Adorable App

When we have to commute long distances or waiting at the doctor’s office, we always reach for the tablet to entertain our daughter. Usually her go to app is YouTube kids where she watches other kids play with toys or she watches one of her favorite shows. Even though she is entertained, she isn’t learning much besides what toy she would like next.

Therefore, when I was approached by KidloLand to review their app, I just had to check it out. We were provided with a three month subscription in exchange for a #MelandNikkiReview.

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Fresh City Is Providing A Healthier Way To Do Groceries

“Fresh City makes it simple to eat a healthy and seasonal diet. Working with some of Ontario’s best farmers and makers to deliver fresh produce and healthy local + organic groceries right to your door.”

They are a city farm and are proud to work with some of Ontario’s finest growers. From sourcing from organic farms, to packing in reusable bags, to delivering with electric bikes, their operations respect both people and planet. They are a Certified B-Corp and have been featured in several documentaries for their pioneering work in farming the city.

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Quash Your Cravings With Quiznos Limited Gyros Sub

For over 35 years, Quiznos has taken pride in bringing big flavour with quality ingredients. As pioneers of the toasted sub, they have been serving with butcher-quality meats and all natural cheeses.

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Life Just Got A Whole Lot More EZPZ Caring

Last year I was introduced to the products by EZPZ and then had the opportunity to introduce them to all of you. In case you have forgotten (which is hard as they are super amazing!), their mats are an all-in-one placement + plate/bowl that captures kids’ messes. It suctions directly to the table, making it nearly impossible for tiny hands to tip over. It is especially designed for infants and toddlers (9 months+); however, I have to admit that I have used it too. 😉

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A Little Leafy Is “Punny” And Amazing!

Laughter is said to be the best type of medicine and who doesn’t like a good laugh?! I know that I love laughing and definitely like to make the people around me laugh.

This is why when I met Stef from A Little Leafy at the Baby Show in Toronto this year, I fell in love with her business! So what happens when Momma Braga likes a company, we write about it of course!

We had the sincere pleasure to interview the creator and business owner, Stef who gives us the inside scoop on everything, A Little Leafy.

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Mimos Pillows Changing The Baby World

Many parents have not heard of Plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome) which is a surprise but one that I would like to bring to light.

According to The Baby Centre, Plagiocephaly is a condition that causes a baby’s head to have a flat spot (flat head syndrome) or be misshapen. The most common form is positional plagiocephaly. It occurs when a baby’s head develops a flat spot due to pressure on that area. Babies are vulnerable as their skulls are soft and pliable when they’re born.

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Learning Swim Skills Through Aqua-Tots Swim School

Every year we hear about children falling into pools or waters and drowning and it’s always tragic to hear. This is why we felt it was important to have our daughter learn to swim. Of course we will combine the swim lessons with water safety and what to do in case of an emergency.

Therefore, my sister-in-law was on the case to help me find a swim school that would be a great fit for our family and provide the program that would teach the skills that my daughter needed to know. After a lengthy research she found the Aqua-Tots Swim Schools.

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Baby Tripster Has Made Travelling With Baby Much Better

We have been very excited for this new and innovative product to hit the scene and we got to be the first to try it!

Baby Tripster is the world’s first leak-proof baby food travel kit made for any kind of travel. You can take your baby’s favorite soft food from home anywhere you go. It is made from BPA-free plastic, dishwasher safe, eco-friendly and reusable. The attached lid will never be lost or dropped on the ground as it’s attached to the container. It has a separate compartment to securely hold the spoon/fork which is convenient and ready to use.

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Schnuffelinis’ Shark Towel Is Making A Splash!

Being able to showcase different companies and products on the #MelandNikkiReview is always neat and fun to do. I especially love showcasing companies from all over the world.

Let me introduce you to Schnuffelinis which is located in Deutschland. They create clothing such as baby tuxedos, bath robes and baby accessories and so much more.

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Trendy Bare Babies Is Making Its Mark!

Baby products is in high demand in our family right now as some of my family members are expecting so now we are really intrigued by all the neat products that are available!
Recently, we have been introduced to Bare Babies who creates trendy unique organic clothing and accessories for little ones. You will be able to find bandana bibs, leggings, hats, organic teethers, diaper covers and swaddles.

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Bijoux Marie Puce Making Teething Accessories Unique and Cool

One item I find that usually is forgotten when we are first expecting is teething accessories. Usually we don’t always see this as a gift idea as when we think of newborns, we are not thinking of that wonderful teething stage (one of the hardest stages of raising children). However, teething accessories are very important and there are some really adorable options available!

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Ever After Entertainment Adds Disney Magic!

The best part about watching Disney movies is the magic that it brings through every story and character that they create. This magic can also be seen come to life when you visit the amusement parks all over the world. This is why many say that it’s an experience of a lifetime…

Just imagine being able to have this magic part of your special occasions such as your child’s birthday?!

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Malasada World Will Rock Your Taste Buds

Growing up in a Portuguese household it was a special treat when my mom would make us malasadas to eat. For those who may not know, a malasada is a Portuguese confection, made of egg-sized balls of yeast dough that are deep-fried in oil and coated with granulated sugar. It really is delicious and it is well known to be a delight that was created from the Azores and Madeira.

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The Scent Fill Difference

For the past few weeks, I have had the pleasure of using Scent Fill in my Air Wick warmer in my home. I had the opportunity to pick three scents and I picked the Lavender Vanilla, Relax Blend and Island Essence to try.

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Vilajing Helping Busy Parents Save Their Cherished Photos and Videos

I am the type of parent who needs to capture many moments with my daughter and as interactive as she is, it’s difficult not to. So you can imagine how many photos and videos I end up accumulating, let’s just say it is A LOT! My process has always been to keep it on my phone until I need to transfer it all onto my laptop where I file them in their age corresponding folder (I have an organizing problem). This process does become very time consuming and one that I rarely get a chance to do, so I got excited to see a new product available called, Vilajing that is a platform where you can keep all your pictures and videos safely.

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DreamWorks Trolls Provides Joyful Entertainment

Since we have had some pleasant movie experiences recently with my two year old, Nikki, I thought we should see one more on our list this year. So off we went to see the new DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls.

Trolls is an adorable comedy about the search for happiness, and just how far some will go to get it. You are transported into a colorful, wondrous world populated by the overly optimistic Trolls, who have a constant dance in their step and a song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomachs.

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Disney’s Moana Making Waves on the Big Screen

Recently my two year old, Nikki and I had a mommy and daughter movie day and we went to see the new Walt Disney Animation, Moana.

This is not our first time at the movie theatre so Nikki had a good handle of the concept of watching a movie outside of our living room. Since Nikki is a toddler, it can be difficult for her to stay still through the duration of a movie; however, to my surprise she stayed glued to the movie with the occasional wanting to sit on my lap instead of her own seat.

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Why Novotel Toronto Centre is Great for Families

We are not ones to travel much or stay in places that we don’t call home but recently we had a family trip to enjoy three events in downtown Toronto. To make it easier for us to access the events at a more convenient way, we decided to book a hotel close to the facility to make the travel with a toddler a little less stressful.

We booked our 2-night stay with Novotel Toronto Centre which is located at 45 The Esplanade which is in the heart of the St. Lawrence neighbourhood. The neighbourhood itself is very intriguing as it gives you an elegant old city feeling. Almost like an intimate community in itself.

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Paulina The Poo Poo Fairy to the Potty Rescue

Potty training can be a scary time for both child and their parents. Luckily now there is Paulina the Poo Poo Fairy to the rescue! Paulina was just released this past May and is already making a difference for families.

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Ezpz Just Got Even Better…Is it Possible?!

A few months ago, my family and I were introduced to The Happy Mat made by ezpz and it has been a beloved product in our home ever since. If you missed our review, please feel free to check it out here. In my review I noted that we would be seeing much more exciting things from them and I was right!

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Naptime Just Got More Comfortable with OC Daisy Napbags

As a stay-at-home mom, naptime is one of my favourite times of the day as it is the only chance I get to finish things around the home or have some “me time.” When naptime approaches Nikki requests her pillow and “blanky” that she needs to have with her. This usually has me running to get what she needs as I need to seize the naptime opportunity. In my household it can be a whole production to get Nikki to sleep.

So when I was introduced to the OC Daisy Napbag, I was extremely excited to try it out! The Napbag is a double-sided fabric sleeping bag with an attached pillow and carry case.

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Taking the Mess and Stress Out of Mealtime

Family meal times are great moments to spend some quality time together but if your home is anything like mine, then it can be hectic and really messy! Sometimes food lands on the floor or better yet the whole plate does.

Well Lindsay Laurain (ezpz’s founder) had the same issue in her home but with a family much bigger than mine with three boys under the age of four. So they decided to invent a solution – the ezpz Happy Mat.

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Raising the Bar on Family Health

As a mom or dad, we are always concern with our families health and we always try our very best to keep everyone healthy.

This is why I was so excited to be introduced to the Toothbrush Shield by IntelliDent. In all honesty it only came to my realization that we didn’t protect our toothbrushes that we use daily from all the germs that can be found in the bathroom. I also didn’t know why I never thought of protecting our toothbrushes before but I am thrilled to know that there is a product that is available to shield the germs away.

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Plush Memories

As a first time mom, it is hard not to get attached to your baby’s clothes. I know personally, that there are many pieces that I have for Nikki that I just can’t part with as they have sentiment value. Sometimes it can get a little much and we end up with a pile of clothing that we know won’t be used again. So why not take some of the pieces and transform them into a teddy bear?

Nikki and I were so excited to come across, Plush Memories, who do exactly that! Plush Memories is located in Toronto, Canada which is our hometown. We had a chance to ask the owner and creator of Plush Memories, Shoshi, some questions on her unique business.

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