holiday gift guide 2017

Have The Ride Of Your Life With The Y Flyer by Y Volution!

Y Flyer Scooter Review

Is it a scooter? Is it a bike? Why do we have to choose? Let’s just have fun!

Y VOLUTION THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Balance Bike by YVolution

Why Y  Volution? Because it’s a company that is run by a bunch of “big kids” and who better to design the toys that our children want than designers who are big kids themselves?

You probably remember the balance bike that became all the rage back in 2009. Well Y Volution is the same company that brought us that cool invention and they didn’t stop there. With over 10 cool rideable toys, they have put the “weeee” in wheel.

They have actually teamed up with PhD researchers at Dublin City University and The University of California to find out how they could make rides that are both educational and fun for kids of all ages. They have turned that research into results to create a new breed of awesome rides that actively help to improve gross motor skills, balance, spatial awareness, coordination and even emotional development at a young age!

But shhh! don’t tell the kids that they’re learning while having fun…we’ll keep that between us?!

THE Y FLYER BY Y VOLUTION

Little S and I got to test the Y Flyer by Y Volution and it was so much fun. We laughed our heads off while learning to ride and then while riding. It was the most fun we both had in a long time. Check out our YouTube video below to see what I mean.

 

Y Flyer Features

  • Super grip foot plates for ultimate comfort and control
  • Fun and unique forward propelling motion
  • The Y Flyer is built with a strong steel frame that is easily foldable for quick storage and travel
  • Quick-response handbrake for increased control and security
  • Suitable for boys and girls aged 7 and over with a max weight of 154 lbs (70kgs).

Y flyer folded
Note that there is some assembly required but I was able to put the Y Flyer together by myself in about 20 minutes. There is also a moderate learning curve to get started and this will obviously vary by child. Once you get the basics of how to get going, you can practice to go at higher speeds and even pull some tricks!

PLEASE NOTE: Head protection should be worn by everyone using these toys!

WHERE TO BUY

The Y Volution products are available in Canada at Toys R Us, Walmart and Canadian Tire. Check out the full product line at yvolution.com.

Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments section below.

Happy holidays!

City Mom

5 Reasons to Symbolically Adopt a Species This Holiday Season

City Mom WWF

Each holiday season I come across at least one person on my gift giving list that I really have to rack my brain to come up with a meaningful and appropriate gift for. Sometimes I buy something just because, but that never feels very good.

This year I’m excited to have found a solution to this problem and that is giving the gift the means the world by symbolically adopting a species from the World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF-Canada). And here are five reasons why we should all give this unique gift to at least one person on our list this year.

5 REASON TO SYMBOLICALLY ADOPT FROM WWF-CANADA

WWF-Canada Adoptions

  1. Kids LOVE stuffies! It’s true…I don’t know one child that doesn’t love stuffed animals and with WWF-Canada adoption, you can choose from 30 different animals to adopt and each adoption kit includes the stuffed animal version of the species you choose. From the polar bear to the grey wolf to the Arctic Hare, each stuffie is absolutely adorable!
    Each adoption kit also includes:

    • A personalized adoption certificate
    • A beautiful species poster with information about the animal and conservation work the gift supports
    • A reusable tote
    • A charitable tax receipt
  2. Canada’s wildlife is in trouble! Sadly, a WWF-Canada report shares that “from 1970 to 2014, half (451 of 903) of monitored wildlife species in Canada declined in abundance”. This is a scary and upsetting fact and it doesn’t end there; there are many more startling facts about Canada’s wildlife decline.
    By gifting a symbolic adoption, you help to take action on this devastating problem by contributing much needed dollars to support the conservation work that WWF-Canada is doing.
  3. You get a tax deduction! Not that you give to get back however, come tax season (which follows closely behind the holiday season) it’s nice to save as much as you can. With each $40 purchase, you will receive a $30 tax receipt. You sure can’t say that about your average toy gift.
  4. You can give a gift that includes fun and education! By gifting a symbolic adoption to a special child in your life, you are providing education about generosity and helping the planet.
    The post-millennial generation is more environmentally conscious and concerned than generations before, so this type of gift is particularly suitable for the kids in your life.
  5. You can choose from five new adoptable species: Who doesn’t love the latest and greatest?! WWF-Canada has added five new species to symbolically adopt. The Canada lynx, red fox, three-toed sloth, Atlantic puffin and black-footed ferret are now available for adoption. Each plush representation is as cute (or even cuter) as the other species’ stuffies.
    And all plush toys from WWF-Canada are made with the highest quality and are free of harmful dyes, conform to standard fire safety regulations and do not contain PVC or other materials with chlororganics.

OUR ADOPTION

WWF-Canada Symbolic Adoption

My family and I were given the gift the means the world and we received a symbolic adoption of a three-toed sloth. These odd-looking cuties are at risk due to deforestation of their tropical rain forest habitat.

WWF-Canada is helping this species by collaborating with communities, governments and companies to encourage sustainable forestry, creating the Global Forest & Trade Network and by working with the Brazilian government on the Amazon Region Protected Areas initiative.

WWF Canada Fun Fact

Little S loves her three-toed sloth plush and the whole concept of the symbolic adoption. She also enjoyed learning about this species and more about the work that WWF-Canada does. This holiday gift idea get the thumbs up from us!

Learn more at wwf.ca/shop – Happy Holidays!

City Mom

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