Like a lot of small children, my kids get tend to get bored easily at times. They'll get a great new toy and spend a few days playing with it, and then toss it into the depths of the black abyss that is their toy box, never to be seen again. You see, if a toy can't keep their little minds stimulated and engaged, the appeal seems to wear off pretty quickly. Of course there are always exceptions to this rule such as my daughter's big stuffed monkey or the trampoline, but for the most part, many toys don't have much longevity in my home.
That's why I was so excited when I learned about the MobiGo 2 from VTech. I am a huge fan of this brand already, and own several of their phone systems. To me, the name VTech has always been synonymous with quality and innovation. So of course, I was incredibly eager to discover what their kids' learning toys were like. Or more importantly, if this portable learning station could keep my active kids' attention for more than 10 minutes.
So what exactly is the VTech Mobigo 2 and why should it be a go-to toy in any home with children? Let me tell you all about it!The new MobiGo 2 Touch Learning System is a multi-functional, educational handheld system that allows kids ages 3-8 to enjoy on-the-go play and hone their creativity. Kids will learn basic skills such as math, vocabulary, spelling, reading, logic, drawing and more. The QWERTY keyboard also helps kids become familiar with a keyboard layout.
MobiGo 2 comes equipped with a new motion sensor and microphone in addition to the touchscreen all for the same price of $59.99. The new motion sensor provides total game control, allowing kids to create action movements within games and programs while playing , and the NEW microphone provides different methods of game play. Blow into the microphone to move objects, blow of dust, or initiate other special effects. Or speak into it to give a command or trigger an action. Yep, this baby recognizes voice commands.
MobiGo 2 also functions as an e-reader, photo album, photo viewer, art studio and coloring book, and is a great value as it comes pre-loaded with three great games that take advantage of the product’s many features. You can also download plenty of additional games, apps and e-readers for a very reasonable price. (These range from around $2.99 to $4.99 each.) This great memory feature allows you to expand the MobiGo often as your child grows. How cool is that?!
Since we finally own our own home, I am so excited that I can finally decorate our rooms the way I want to rather than how a landlord thinks I should. (Which usually means drab white walls and little creativity.) While we liked our old rental home, it never truly felt like it was our home...It didn't reflect who we are, since we were not allowed to make certain changes in decor.
In our new home, I plan to make each and every room special. Pops of color, different textures and moods...We already have plans forming for almost every room in the house. Gone will be the hideous, ancient wallpaper in the formal living room...In will come my brand new stainless kitchen appliances, courtesy of the awesome folks at Maytag, and my counters will be the envy of the neighborhood, thanks to Giani Granite. We'd also like to eventually finish our gigantic basement and have a rec room and extra bed and bath put in. There are about a million changes we'd like to make, and I cannot wait to get started on our home renovations and after a lot of sweat equity, see the finished look.
There are certain rooms that are a bit of a challenge. Namely, the kids' rooms. You see, as a mom I know all too well that kids' tastes change regularly. A couple of years ago, my now 12 year old wanted to paint his entire room in a High School Musical theme...Then the next year, it was a Lady Gaga obsession...Now, he's an "emo", whatever that means. Thankfully, these phases seem to pass rather quickly.
So rather than do something as permanent as painting murals on the kids' walls, I started searching for easier ways to give my kids the rooms they want without having to spend countless hours and hundreds of dollars painting.That's when I discovered evgieNev. This is an amazing company that creates vinyl wall decals that are easy to apply, removable, and work on all wall surfaces. There are simply adorable nursery and kids decals as well as classy, elegant solutions for the rest of the home. They even offer some great wall quotes, which happen to be quite popular now. So as the kids grow and styles change, evgieNev can grow with them, and at a very affordable price!
I can't believe I actually did it. I have known for awhile Xander could use a haircut, but I have been resisting. My little man has gorgeous, thick, wavy dark hair and a lot of it. (He gets that from his Mama!) Unfortunately, it also gets very messy and is horribly tangled every morning. His Bed Head is the worst, and I end up fighting with him to get the tangles out. I don't know what he's doing at night to wake up with a bird's nest on his head every morning, but it's been quite the challenge to deal with when he's struggling and trying to escape the hairbrush. Plus, no matter how much I try and get his hair to behave, it ends up going in every direction and poofing out due to the volume and waves in his hair.
So I did it. I set my little prince in the chair and I cut all of his hair off. I cried. I loved his locks so much! Especially how the back would curl...But it needed to be done. He looks like such a little boy now! Oh, and he sat still very well the whole time and didn't even fuss! I think the only one who was upset at all was ME!
I am constantly looking for nutritious, tasty snacks for my kids. Hey, someone needs to help counter-balance the damage their Daddy does by giving them random cookies and cakes when I'm not around. He thinks I don't know about this, but Mothers know everything, right? Just like he thinks I didn't know about the ice cream he left out on the counter overnight. If he'd have been more thorough cleaning it up, he might have fooled me. The tell-tale mint green sticky goo hidden under the Foreman grill gave it away. Yep, that is what I woke up to this morning.
Anyway, I am passionate about feeding my kids foods that taste great but are also good for them. I love fresh fruits and veggies, organic cookies and crackers, and farm fresh cheeses. Yum! Developing healthy eating habits at a young age is so important, and I want to give my kids the best possible start.
That's why I was so excited to learn about the brand new Funny Face Dried Cranberry Snacks that are hitting the market! These snacks are made by the Decas company, a trusted leader in the cranberry industry, and come in some kid-friendly flavors like Rootin' Tootin' Raspberry, Choo-Choo Cherry, Goofy Grape, and Freckle Face Strawberry!
Funny Face Dried Cranberry Snacks are kosher, and come in recyclable packaging. The cranberries themselves are gluten-free, but are processed in a plant that does handle wheat products, so there may be trace amounts of gluten found. Also, these are processed in a facility that handles nuts. Just a heads up for those with allergies or sensitivities.
Now I will be completely honest. I do not like cranberries at all. My kids on the other hand LOVE them. I do take a cranberry supplement everyday because they have some amazing benefits. The health benefits of cranberries are numerous and cutting edge research is unearthing new data on a regular basis. Cranberries contain nature’s most powerful antioxidant, proanthocyanidins Type A which are unique to cranberries. This compound has antioxidant and anti-adhesion properties which have been shown to help fight certain harmful bacterial. So when you hear that cranberries are healthy for urinary tract health, it’s because they prevent bacteria from sticking around inside your body and growing to cause infection. Only .7 oz. of dried cranberries has the same benefits as drinking an 8 oz. glass of cranberry juice with 27% juice!
If your little ones are anything like mine, they love Chuggington! My toddlers light up and squeal with delight when they see anything that has to do with this lovable train and his pals. I am super excited, because a brand new Chuggington DVD is now available!
"Traintastic Adventures” features six engaging episodes – plus a bonus Badge Quest short – filled with upbeat stories and fortified with positive messages designed to keep preschoolers on the right track as they learn and grow. In “The Brewster Booster,” Brewster tests out the Booster, a new invention from Dr. Ling that can help make Chuggers go faster than ever. But with his new super-speedy ability comes an important lesson in responsibility too…. And, in “Koko’s New Look,” Koko sees the pretty design that Lori painted on Zephie’s face and she wants one too! When the two friends find themselves competing for the biggest and best design, things get out of hand and their “new look” includes spiders and a moustache! Koko and Zephie soon learn they don’t need a new look after all – they’re both beautiful just as they are!
Additional episodes on the new release include: “Lights, Camera, Action Chugger,” which follows Action Chugger as he comes to town to film a movie; “Wilson And The Steam Team,” where Speedy and Harrison each lead a team in a “chug of war” competition to decide who will collect rolling rock from the mine; “Stunt Brewster,” in which Brewster and Koko accompany Action Chugger to a film shoot to learn stunts and “Hodge and the Chugnav,” in which Hodge takes matters into his own “hands” and tries to fix the track lift. Inside the DVD, young fans will find an exciting surprise: four collectible trading cards featuring their favorite Chuggers! With a series of 22 different trading cards, preschoolers will be honking their horns for all the “Chuggington” characters.
I can't believe I missed it! I have been so busy unpacking and getting my house in order that I didn't realize that Newly Crunchy Mama Of 3 now has over 10,000 Facebook fans! Thank you all SO much! This is a huge milestone, and I wanted to do a little something to thank you all.
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There's a new candle storming onto the market, and it's sure to have many a gal ooh-ing and ahh-ing. You see, not only do these candles come in delectable scents like Heavenly Chocolate, Gardenia, Lilac, and Blackberry Sage, just to name a few, they also have something beautiful hidden away within. You guessed it. Jewelry!
Here's a bit more about this company, from their website:
Jewelry Candles was inspired by the famous classic movie, Willie Wonka And The Chocolate Factory! We here at the company love that movie and thought it would awesome if we could have our own Willie Wonka type concept but instead of using candy bars and golden tickets we would use all natural soy candles and beautiful jewelry! If you remember in the movie there were only a few golden tickets won by a few lucky kids but with Jewelry Candles, everyone is a winner! Inside all our candles is a hidden jewel that can be worth anywhere from $10 to $7500. Inside your candle could be a ring, necklace, pendant, bracelet or a pair of earrings! You just never know what you are going to get but you will always get a gorgeous piece of jewelry!
Our candles are 100% natural soy and we use premium quality fragrances so they all smell great! Currently in our candle line we have 18 different scents that we are offering but will constantly be growing our scent line with the help of you guys. Our candles are huge, they are 21 oz and have a burn time of anywhere from 110 hours to 150 hours so you are getting a lot of bang and fragrance for your buck! All of our candles are hand poured with love here in Louisville, Kentucky!
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