Topo’s Piano for iPad: A Beautiful Tale of Friendship & Courage

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  This post is brought to you by Topo’s Piano. All opinions are my own. Topo’s Piano is a charming and incredibly sweet interactive story for children ages 2-6.  It’s a tale of friendship and of courage, of dreaming and imagination. A tale of music, wonder and determination. Basically, a tale that celebrates all the traits we want our own children to have. In the story, little Topo- a mouse- loves to play music for his friends. Topo created his own piano out of found objects- string, bolts, whatever he could grab and use. His songs are so beautiful, they […] Read more »

Surprise Ride Brings Monthly Adventures to Kids!

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You know how I love subscription boxes, right? Especially ones filled with cool stuff for kids? Well, I’m so thrilled to have found Surprise Ride! I did this review through Tomoson, but all opinions are my own. Go on an Adventure with Surprise Ride Surprise Ride is a cool subscription box service for kids that brings them a new adventure every month. Our box featured fun things to celebrate outer space! It included: A telescope craft a cool clock-making craft a fill-in-the-blank National Geographic “mad-libs” type book Fun facts, stickers and more about stars The first thing we did was […] Read more »

Learning Through Play with Schleich Animals: Who Lives in Our Backyard?

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I received complimentary Schleich animals to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own. When Schleich contacted me and asked if I wanted to work with them on a series of posts highlighting the educational uses for their figures, the first thing I thought of was a diorama. See, when I was in school, I never got to make one. Years later, when Jacob started school, I was excited about all the dioramas we’d be creating together. Sadly, in four years, he’s only ever been assigned one. But then I thought, wait, I don’t need the school to tell me […] Read more »

Dr. Cocoa Takes Some of the Challenge Out of Medicating Your Sick Child

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Have you heard of Dr. Cocoa yet? It’s the first medicine for kids that actually contains real cocoa and tastes like chocolate. If you have a child that is a challenge to medicate, you know how the right taste can make a huge difference between war and peace. Jacob is one of the hardest kids to medicate. I’m not exaggerating, when he was little it took five adults to get cold medicine into him. Once he reached school-age, a time when I should be able to reason with him better, it became even harder. We’ve actually had massive meltdowns and […] Read more »

Air Hogs Vectron Wave is Out of this World Fun #VectronInSpace

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This post was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Air Hogs. I received complimentary products in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine Have you seen the new Air Hogs Vectron yet? I think it’s my favorite Air Hogs so far! It’s like a little space ship, madly twirling above the surface of the planet. Speaking of swirling above the planet, in celebration of Air Hogs 15th anniversary, they actually sent one of these cool little guys into the stratosphere! It reached an altitude of 100,259 feet in the air! The coolness doesn’t end there. To celebrate this […] Read more »

Loving Zappos for Back to School & Beyond #ZapposStyle

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Zappos.com. I received product samples to facilitate my review. If you’ve been following along, you know that I am a Zappos.com Ambassador. I bought my son some great clothes for school back in August. Now that I’ve had a few weeks to really see all my Zappos.com purchases on my son and in action, I can confidently say that they are an amazing resource for all your back-to-school needs and beyond. My son is usually incredibly picky about clothes. Since they instituted a collared shirt rule, I thought […] Read more »

Go Math! Academy Makes Math Easy for Kids AND Parents ! #HMHAcademy

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 I received compensation from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for writing this post. All opinions are my own. Let me start by saying that I am NOT good at math. Never have been, never will be. I did okay with addition, subtraction and even multiplication. Come long division it was all over. I figured I could at least help my son get through the first couple years of school before I became useless. WRONG! Have you SEEN the math kids are doing in elementary school? By 3rd grade, I had to enlist my mom to help Jake with his homework. I was LOST. […] Read more »

For the Love of Play: One Super Easy Way to Get Kids Active + Giveaway #QuakerPlayMaker

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Quaker asked me to talk about their fantastic partnership with Fuel Up to Play 60 and the NFL. All opinions are my own. Anyone who knows me knows I’m incredibly vocal about giving kids time to play. Ever since my son was in kindergarten, I’ve been a very loud advocate for more recess (I have yet to win, but that doesn’t stop me from trying!). I never had a problem getting Jacob active when he was little. As he gets older, though, his passions run more towards video games and other activities in the house. Oddly, he often gets more […] Read more »

My Son Went Back to School in Style with Zappos! #ZapposStyle

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Zappos.com. I received product samples to facilitate my review. Remember about two weeks ago I told you that I am a Zappos Ambassador? I showed you all the great shirts, shoes and accessories that I bought to get ready for the start of the school year. Well, now I get to show off a few of those items! I’ve been taking pictures of Jacob every day since he started school last week. So far, he’s worn three of his new shirts: all the Volcolm ones. Back to School […] Read more »

Send Cuddly Love to Faraway Family with Cloud Pets Teddy!

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I received a complimentary Cloud Pets Teddy to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. First, let me tell you, this review is WAY overdue. I was waiting on pictures from my brother. Between summer vacations and his busy law practice, it took a bit longer than expected. I feel horrible about it, so consider this my public apology for the delay! I hope it was worth the wait! I think the pictures of my adorable niece make up for it though. As you may know, my brother and his family lives a good four hours away from me. […] Read more »