Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Lego Super Mario Starter Course - Rental with Brickz On Wheels

 I recently stumbled upon a lego rental service called Brickz On Wheels. It is the perfect option for parents who do not want to spend or buy the set at the full price, if the kids play with it only initially for the first few days or weeks and then forget all about it (Typical kids!).

How the rental works: you pay the one-time rental of subscribing to their 3-month silver/gold plans + pay a deposit. Then you select from the variety of sets available, and they will ship it to your address.

Watch this unboxing + building video we made for the Lego Super Mario Starter Course we rented:

Pros of renting a lego set:
  • You/Your child gets to play with more lego sets and get variety rather than sticking to one at the same price. So overall, cost-effective.
  • You don't have to worry about storing the sets, if you lack space, you play and you return it back.
  • Since the child is aware that they have the set only for a couple of weeks, they will utilize those 2-3 weeks very well in playing with the set instead of spending time on a screen.
  • If you are a serious lego collector, this is a good opportunity to try the set before you consider buying it.
Cons of renting a lego set:
  • I think the only thing to take care of and remember is, if your child is between the age group of 6-8, they are not matured enough to keep all the pieces properly, and there is a chance of pieces going missing if you aren't there to monitor. If you do not return all the pieces, the set cannot be used by others, and money may be deducted from your deposit depending on how many pieces are missing.

So, as long as the kids are careful, understand, and take responsibility for keeping the set properly, and you are attentive and present when they're playing (for the younger lego fans) - then do try renting lego sets! Brickz On Wheels has amazing sets that can be rented, do check them out! I cannot wait to rent the passenger train, space rocket, Porsche, and other cool sets that they have!

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Make your guests remember the visit! Unique home & decor products from 'Exclusivelane'.

 The first article of 2021, so let me start by wishing everyone a #HappyNewYear! May this new year bring good health and an abundance of happiness! We have been most lucky to meet our loves ones in the past few months, where there have been travel and other relaxations. Nothing can be compared to talking to your friends and relatives over a cuppa coffee or a good meal!

I wanted to buy some things for my home, and be ready to welcome guests once again, and stumbled upon this wonderful site called exclusivelane.com. Just like their name says, they have a very well-curated range of home decor, kitchen, garden, accessories, and a lot of other things for you and your home!

Let me quickly show you what I purchased in about 2000INR.

1. Hand-painted half-cup set of 2:

If you're an ardent chai and coffee lover like me, who can have it any time of the day, you must have definitely tried to cut down on the portions and ask for "aadhi cup chai" or half cup coffee. When your guests ask you for just half a cup of tea next time, serve it in this literal half cup, and see their reaction! The unique cups are definitely conversation starters, microwave safe, and look amazing. The only downside is they aren't the most comfortable for daily use I felt - as you have to be a bit careful when placing it down or drinking out of it - not for clumsy folks.


2. Hand-painted salt and pepper shaker set of 2:

We needed to get new shakers, and instead of getting the typical ones, I loved these hand-painted ones with cute huts and houses made on them. And the best thing is, if you like the print, they have an entire collection of plates, platters, etc - so you can also have the entire theme if you are looking at having the entire set. They're really cute, so the next time you are adding seasoning to your dishes, you are also appreciating art at the same time!

3. Sheesha Wood spice box with spoon

While the box is sold as a spice box in their store, it actually is a box of endless possibilities! A good quality wooden box with compartments that you can use to fill with spices, or fill with mouth-fresheners and supaaris for your guests, or even fill with a variety of candy for your lil guests. And not just that, you can also use it to organize and store your trinkets - rings, pendants, or any other nick-nacks. 

They also have wonderful planters, jewelry and so much more - that you can buy for yourself or even gift to someone if you're looking for a unique and not mass-produced gift option!

All the items were shipped in careful packaging, since they are delicate items, and came to be intact, and it took about a week for the items to be delivered.

The best part is that they support local artisans, and you can also see different artisans featured on their page - so if you are someone who is "Vocal for Local" too, then this site should definitely be explored. Happy Shopping!

Also check out, Exclusivelane.com Valentine's Day Store - Gifts for Her