Saturday, September 13, 2014

Kids Academy App Review: Kids Puzzles Preschool Math Games


I love this app in that it allows children to learn in a fun and engaging way at their own pace.  Preschool basics such as number tracing and number recognition are presented in a fun environment with great graphics and engaging music.  My kids are learning correct number formation in writing.  My children love that they get to collect fireflies in a jar as they master their fine motor skills.  This app is designed for children to be able to play on their own but I have really enjoyed watching the kids learn.  I also appreciate that there is a parent area which allows management of children’s profiles and the ability to track success.  This is definitely a fun app for preschoolers!

 E collecting fireflies while making the number 2.

Check out the full App and download it here.  Please let me know what you think too.

Disclosure:  Thanks so much to Sverve and Kids Academy for selecting me to participate in this campaign.  Compensation was provided.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Homeschool Day 2014, Dolphin Tale 2 Release, and Dolphin Tale 2 Curriculum Review & Giveaway

Did you know that today, September 12th is Homeschool Day 2014?  Well, it is!  And it is also the release day for Dolphin Tale 2, which if you have been reading my blog you know that my family is super pumped about this movie.

 Watching one of the curriculum videos

I was given the amazing opportunity to try out the Dolphin Tale 2 Curriculum!  Not only is Dolphin Tale 2 and inspiring story but it provides a great opportunity to learn about dolphins and the oceans in which they live.  This curriculum includes lessons, activities and experiments.  This curriculum is divided into five major lessons:  Dolphin Anatomy and Physical Science, A Day in the Life of Dolphins, Dolphins in the Ocean, Aquarium Life and Dolphins and Us.  There is also a Classical Conversations at-home curriculum paired with this that is amazing!  We started our homeschool for the year a few weeks ago and I am using both Sonlight and Classical Conversations materials for our school this year.  I cannot say enough good things about the Dolphin Tale 2 curriculum.  There are short videos that are engaging and great at bringing the material home.  There are coloring pages for little ones and more complex problems for older children.  I love the "wholeness" that the curriculum provides combining science, art, math and more!

In promo pack

In promo pack

Ready for a giveaway?  One of you will win a Dolphin Tale promo pack (shirt and sunglasses).  Good luck!

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Check out more about this movie here and watch the trailer below!



Disclosure:  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.  Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Our Fit Made Fun Party

Disclosure:  I received free products in order to host the LeapFrog and CLIF Kid sponsored MommyParty.  The opinions expressed here are my own.

 Our Froggy ready to party!

I was so excited that we were chosen to host a Fit Made Fun MommyParty featuring LeapFrog and CLIF Kid!  LeapFrog and CLIF Kid are two amazing brands and they have teamed up to get kids active and healthy.

Our party pack

Check out our amazing party kit above that included two LeapBands and lots of delicious CLIF Kid Zbars (Peanut Butter Chocolate, Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Mint flavors).

C using our LeapBand

In case you are wondering, LeapBands are wearable activity trackers that encourage kids to get active with customizable virtual pet pals.  These bands track kids' movement and suggests fun active challenges - the more they move, the more points they earn to unlock virtual rewards for their pets and get to new levels.  My kids have been loving their band.

Hundreds of children and parents joined together on September 6, 2014 in Santa Monica, California for multiple Guinness World Records record attempts, thus the Fit Made Fun Day!

 D and E with the LeapBand

 The kids playing follow the leader outside.

 The kids pretending to swim.

 Grass Angels

 And of course, yummy CLIF snacks.

We had such a great time with friends.  My kids enjoy being outside and being active so this was the perfect opportunity for them to do just that.  A big thanks to CLIF Kid, LeapFrog and MommyParties.

Disclosure:  I received free products in order to host the LeapFrog and CLIF Kid sponsored MommyParty.  The opinions expressed here are my own.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Boogie Back to School Giveaway Featuring Boogie Wipes and Boogie Board


Well, it's that time of year.  Most people all over the nation are making their way back to school.  And the Moms Who Boogie Saline Ambassador team would like to help you boogie your way there!  Whether your kids are in public school, private school or even homeschool this giveaway is for you.


My family loves Boogie Wipes as they are made with natural saline to dissolve mucus (aka boogies) caused by colds, allergies or anything else really!  They are extra soft, alcohol/phthalate/paraben free and come in a variety of scents including great grape, fresh scent, magic menthol and simply unscented.  Boogie Wipes have become a staple in our home.



What's up for grabs?  One winner will receive a prize basket from Boogie Wipes and their very own Boogie Board eWriter.  Just enter the giveaway below and good luck!

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Zingo! Time Telling Game Review



Have you heard of Zingo! Time-telling by ThinkFun?  It is a fun way to learn how to read a clock.  It is geared for ages 5 and up and specifically targeted for grades K-3rd.  Since D is in K, C is in 2nd and B is in 3rd this has been a great addition to our game closet (and homeschool material as well).

This game includes two-sided cards (the green side is for younger players and the red side is for more advanced play), a Zinger and hour and minute tiles.

In this photo you can see the red Zinger and part of a playing card.  

If you notice the green cards have the hours and minutes numbers provided for you below the clock faces.  The red cards do not have these numbers provided for you making it a more challenging game.  Thus there are two levels of play.  The beginner level helps younger players get familiar with the concept of time and an Advanced level helps older players have more complex challenges.

How to play:  Decide what level you will be playing on and pass out the cards.  Younger players could use the green sided cards while older players use the red sided cards in the same game if desired.  Pick one person to control the Zinger (or you can take turns throughout the game).  I find it easier to have one person in charge each game.  You slide the Zinger to reveal two tiles, the hours and minutes like a digital clock.  The first player to call out the tile they need gets it.  Players look for matches on their cards that show an analog clock with the hour and minute hands.  As children match tiles and cards, it increases their understanding of telling time in both analog and digital formats.  When clocks are complete, the player yells Zingo!  similarly to Bingo.

Hands flying

I was surprised to see my kids so competitive in this game!  It was really fun to watch them try and be the first to win.  However, there was also a nice balance of the older kids helping the younger ones when they weren't sure what to do.

 If no one needs the hour or minute tile in play in goes back into the Zinger via a slot on the top.

A completed card - winner!

B won this round.

I think this is a really fun way to help teach children time and improve their time telling skills.  My kids really enjoyed it and we will definitely continue to use this game in the future.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Huggies Little Snugglers

Disclosure:  I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies and Target.  I received samples and a promotional item to facilitate my review.

  Huggies Little Snugglers At Target

Do you have a favorite diaper right now that you use for your little one?  Have you heard of Huggies Little Snugglers?  They are available in grocery stores and mass retailers nationwide.

 Baby F and I went to our local Target to find them!

I really liked that Target had the Huggies Diapers neatly displayed on the baby aisle and that it was easy to find a large box of size 2 Huggies Little Snugglers.  Prices were clearly displayed on the shelf itself and sale tags were there as well.

  Baby F playing with our box at home!  I think he likes the baby.

 Our diaper station.

Huggies Little Snugglers are available in five different sizes, preemie through size 3 (preemie, newborn, 1, 2 and 3).  Baby F is currently in size 2 but I have a feeling it won't be too long before he movies into the 3. 

 In this photo you can see the waistband and indicator line as well as F's smile!

 Another photo

So, what's different about Huggies Little Snugglers?  They offer a unique and stretchy waistband. 

 Stretchy Waistband

This waistband provides a secure fit while still being gentle and comfortable.  The secure fit and flexible, pocketed back of the waistband helps prevent leaks and blow-outs which is extremely important if you ask me.  Little Snugglers also have a GentleAbsorb liner providing a cushiony layer of protection while drawing messes away from your baby's skin. 

 A yellow indicator line means dry diaper while a blue line indicates a wet diaper.  Baby F is in need of a change in this photo.

They also have that fabulous indicator line that lets you know it is time for a change.  I have always appreciated diapers that have an indicator line.  While not always necessary it is super helpful!  And I love the Winnie the Pooh designs, so fun.

You probably already know that you can create a baby registry at Target?  It is convenient as friends and family can shop on-line or in stores, they have hassle free returns and exchanges, and best of all a 15% completion discount.   Go here to find out more. 

Now once you create your Target registry, you will definitely want to check out the Huggies Register Your Wish Page?  When you add Huggies Little Snugglers diapers and Huggies Natural Care Wipes to your registry, you can then submit a wish for something that you would love to put on your registry but simply can't.  Maybe you need help with the bills, diapers for a year, a nursery makeover or a babymoon.  Whatever the desire, if you are selected as a winner, Huggies will do their best to make your wish come true!  For six months there will be one lucky winner every month with a prize value up to 5K.  Be sure to register and submit your wish today.  This contest ends 12/31/14.

Winning would make anyone smile!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Holy Ghost Movie Review & Giveaway


I have another movie to tell you about, Holy Ghost from Wanderlust media.  This movie reminded me so much of Father of Lights as it has the same director and same feel.  The concept of the movie is simple.  There is no agenda, go wherever God leads and see what adventure awaits.  This movie discusses the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit quite a bit, you might have guessed from the title.  This movie is an encouragement for Christians to listen to the Holy Spirit and follow His lead.  When you are new to this there are a lot of questions.  One main question being,  Is that me or the Holy Spirit?  How do you know?  You take risks.  You are willing to make a fool of yourself.  Sometimes you may miss it but sometimes you won't.  As you train yourself to hear the Holy Spirit you will learn to recognize his voice.  You can also watch for fruit.  Learning to recognize the voice of the Holy Spirit is similar to learning a language.  What is the easiest way to learn a language?  Be child-like, listen and don't be afraid to get it wrong.  This movie has several examples of people encountering the Holy Spirit.

I think one of my favorite sections of the movie was when the director followed Brian and Fieldy, members of the rock band Korn, around before and after their concert to pray for people.  Brian and Fieldy, both born again Christians, shared about their life, testimonies and prayed for the salvation and healing of many.  It was really cool to be reminded that God can use us anywhere and in any situation.  These guys have an amazing ministry and it was fun to watch.

On September 6th, Wanderlust Productions will host the FREE worldwide premiere of the film at this site -- HolyGhostMovie.com

Read more about this film below.  And make sure to enter the giveaway!

About the film:
Can the Holy Spirit direct a movie?  In this fast-paced documentary from the director of the popular films Finger of God, Furious Love, and Father of Lights, Darren Wilson sets out to make a movie that is completely led by the Holy Spirit.  No plan, no script, no safety net - just go wherever he feels the Spirit leading him to try and discover the adventure God has for him.  Whether it's the riches of Monte Carlo, a heavy metal concert, or the oldest city in the world, the result is a film that not only challenges and excites, but also reveals a God who is far more alive and active than you ever imagined.

The movie features big names such as Lenny Kravitz, Brain "Head" Welch, Bill Johnson, Michael. W. Smith, Todd White, Meredith Andrews, DeVon Franklin, William P. Young, Phil Vischer, and many more!

Ready for a giveaway?  One of you will win your own copy of this DVD.  Just enter below and good luck!

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Disclosure:  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive this DVD in exchange for this review and post.  Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.  Open to US/Canada residents.