Nokia Lumia 530: The Right Smartphone for Your Child

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Jacob received a complimentary Nokia Lumia 530 for review. All opinions are his and mine. Yes, you read that right: the right smartphone for your child. A little over a month ago, I was adamant that my son would NEVER need a phone until he was at least 14. I admit it, I was a little judgmental towards parents who got their preteen kids a phone. Maybe more than a little. Then my son missed chorus and came home on the regular bus. I didn’t know. He didn’t have a phone. No one offered to bring him home or call […] Read more »

Cool Low-Tech Gifts for High-Tech Kids

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We received these cool low-tech  gifts for kids with big imaginations for review. All opinions are my own. Tis the season to wrack your brain over what to get your almost-pre-teen kid! I really miss the toddler years. My son was SO much easier to buy for then. We’d get the toy catalog, I’d say “this looks cool, don’t you want it?” He’d say “yes.” Within minutes, my list was done! Now, he’s 9 going on 19 and all about the high-tech fun. While I’m pretty encouraging of his tech interests, I don’t want him connected 24-7. What if Revolution […] Read more »

Three Reasons Why Kids Need Contact Sports

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Going pro, and signing a big headphone deal with Beats is not one of the reasons why kids need contact sports. Toughening them up and turning them into manly men is another reason that didn’t make the list. First, I am not convinced that chasing a ball for a living is the most valuable thing you can do with your life. Second, contact sports are not just for males. The other 50% should not be relegated to the sidelines, waving their pompoms to raise the level of cheer. The benefits of contact sports are universal. If you don’t think so, […] Read more »

My Child Wants To Play Lacrosse! Help!

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Most parents want their kids to stay physically active. Many sports organizations like the NFL are even getting into the act of encouraging physical activity. So when your child comes home and wants to play lacrosse, you are thrilled! Now all you need to do is figure out exactly what lacrosse is. Lacrosse may be a new sport to your family, but in reality it has been around for centuries. While you probably wouldn’t recognize the ancient aboriginal Canadian game in the current version played today, it is the origin of this increasingly popular game. Let’s learn more about the game […] Read more »

Little Tikes Activity Garden Adventure Set is Almost as Cute as my Niece!

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Two weeks ago, we babysat my most insanely adorable niece, Abigail, for the weekend while my brother and sister-in-law had some much-needed time alone. I’ve been holding on to the Little Tikes Activity Garden Adventure Set since it was sent to me for review. I wanted to really get you pictures of it in use. I also wanted more excuses to share pictures of Abbie, not that I need them! I’m going to kindly ask you to pardon the stuff in the background. I forgot how much work babies are and didn’t really have a chance to turn my living […] Read more »

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 »