Children love going to the playground. They get to run around, swing and go down the slides. If my daughter had her way we’d be there all day long. That is why outdoor play sets are ideal for families with children. If you are looking to bring a playground to your backyard, then check out the ECR4Kids Tree Top Climb and Slide. The Tree Top Climb and Slide is a super fun and colorful climber that features apple trees on both sides and two opposing ladders for easy access to the slide. Children will love going down the wavy slide! On the back of the climber is a sturdy table with bench, so children can take a break from the fun, but that is not all. The table is multipurpose, changing to a sand pit! The Tree Top Climb & Slide is the perfect indoor or outdoor playset for any child. Children can play socially and learn many skills such as communication helping to develop their language skills as well as build small and large muscles. For more information visit ecr4kids.com. Retail price $550 Read Courtney’s full review of the Tree Top Climb and Slide!
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Smartwatches are the hip new tech trend, allowing access to apps, music on-the-go, make & receive calls, use for fitness and so much more. Much more than just to tell time. Do you have one? How about your children? No? Do kids really need a smartwatch? Maybe not, but when VTech makes one just for our kiddos, they just may want it.
The all new VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch is a smartwatch for kids age 4+. But this is more than just a cool watch for children to wear and tell time. The Kidizoom Smartwatch lets children take photos, videos, record their voice, play games, tell time via the analog or digital clock and add fun photo effects to the photos they take.
VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch features:
- 1.4 inch color touch screen
- Camera for taking photos and recording videos
- Voice recorder with 5 voice changing effects
- Special effects including customized photo frames, color filters and distortion effects; fun video frames
- 4 fun games, included
- Kid-durable design to withstand drops and bumps
- Splash proof and sweat proof
- Alarm clock with fun tones and animation
- Timer and stopwatch in kid-friendly themes
- 50+ digital and traditional analog displays
- Rechargeable battery
- 4 vibrant colors: blue, pink, white and green
- Micro USB cable for data transfer and battery recharging
- Access to Learning Lodge app store to download more games and watch displays
We received a pink Kidizoom Smartwatch and immediately took it out of the packaging so we could start playing right away. Before enjoying the features, it needs to be fully charged by plugging the micro USB cable into the watch and the other end of the USB into a USB port.
Before doing this the watch will need to be turned on. There is a tiny and I mean tiny switch on the back of the watch.
Once fully charged and turned on children will push the home or photo shutter button to wake the watch up, set the date and time and it is play time.
From there, there will be a menu screen that has icons showing the activities children can achieve with their smartwatch. Take photos, video, record a voice, play the 3 built-in games, set an alarm, use a timer, access the stopwatch, choose clock face display and more. There are over 20 digital and over 20 analog clock displays children can choose from in fun colorful designs made just for children.
To choose children will swipe left to scroll through all available home screen options.
To take photos children can carry or wear their watch and point the camera at their object. To take a photo they can hit the shutter button on the screen or on the watch.
They can also add photo frames (see images below) before taking a photo to enhance their photos. Photos that were taken can be viewed in playback mode and deleted if necessary.
Videos can also be taken. There is a 1 minute time limit per video file. Zoe has been having fun with the voice recorder. She’s recorded numerous sayings and changes the effects of her voice by choosing from the 5 built-in voice effects. Effects may make the voice sound like a robot, slow it down or a funny(ish) voice.
Zoe found the games a bit boring and too easy. The games are Super Detective, Rotating Puzzle and Finger Dance.
Super Detective: A good memory is needed to become a super detective! Remember the face you see on the screen and on the next screen you’ll see a few different faces. Children will need to spot the original face.
Rotating Puzzle: A picture is showing on the screen, then a part of it rotates. Rotate the piece to make the original photo as quickly as possible.
Finger Dance: Listen to the music and look out for the circles around the music notes. When they appear, take the music note icon.
Younger children may enjoy the games but for more games, the Kidizoom Smartwatch can be connected to the VTech Learning Lodge to download more.
I really like how durable this watch is. It is made of a rubber type material and thick, perfect for our rough and tumble children. The face plate has a large 1.41” touch screen and fairly easily for children to learn.
I do wish the battery switch to turn the watch on/off was located in a different spot and a tiny bit bigger because like I said it is small. It would have been easier just to have an automatic on by pressing the home button. I also can’t figure out how to save the time/date. Once the watch is turned off this resets so needs to be set every single time.
Below is just a few samples of the quality of pictures Zoe took with the Kidizoom Smartwatch.
Oh even a selfie can be taken:)
Photos, videos and voice recordings can all be downloaded onto the computer via the included USB. Please note that once the USB is connected from your computer to the watch you will need to access the VTech drive and look under the DCIM folder to find the images. I moved them to a new folder and deleted so the watch would have full storage again.
There is also a parental control setting where parents can set a game time limit per day. Parents can choose from no limit up to 90 minutes of game play per day.
Zoe loves to take photos and is really enjoying walking around with her watch. She says she cannot wait until we head out this weekend to take her own photos and come home to see what she took. I don’t feel the quality is all horrible but not amazing either. I’d recommend a well-lit area with natural lighting for best photos and to be as close to the object as possible as there is only a 1.5 feet focus range. Remember this is a smartwatch for children, the best quality doesn’t matter here.
With low usage of the watch, the rechargeable battery will run for about 2 weeks’ time or heavy usage about 1 day. Zoe has bene using pretty heavily and we had to charge twice already. Overall I feel this is a fun gadget for kids to make them feel just like mom or dad!
The VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch retails for $59.99 and can be purchased at VTechKids.com. I believe this will be a hot holiday item this year!
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Almost everyone these days has a smartphone or a camera phone. They have definitely advanced to higher quality photos we can share with our family, friends, on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to document our busy lives so those can stay up-to-date on our travels and adventures.
We love to take photos and my Galaxy takes some great photos. Do you have an iPhone you take pictures with?
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I’m a 2014 K’NEX Brand Ambassador. Products received for review purposes. All opinions 100% my own
Looking for a wonderful building toy that will keep children engaged? Check out the K’NEX Cosmic Quest building set. This 126 piece set features five building ideas to create the ultimate space adventure. Ideas include a Mars rover
a hover craft
and a moon bike
The instructions for the Cosmic Quest building sets are fairly clear however you can only build one set at a time. Once built it will need to be taken apart to build the next idea. Each model only has 4 instructions to follow. Zoe (7) needed help with a few parts but other than that instructions were clear to build. Though, there are five building ideas, children can use their imaginations to build whatever their imaginations allow. Also, because there are two vehicles with wheels, children will enjoy moving them throughout the home, as they actually move!
This set includes typical K’NEX parts such as rods, connectors plus you’ll find wheels for the vehicles.
The Cosmic Quest Building Set is recommended for children 7+ and is made in the USA. If you have other K’NEX building sets build more than one at a time. Zoe and Gavyn both enjoyed building the models in this set. Gavyn (11) said they were too easy for him, but for others that may not build as well with K’NEX this is a good set to get because of the minimal instructions. He also likes that this one set offers five building ideas, great for children that believe they do not have a creative mind.
This set retails for only $12.99, so an affordable gift option for children that enjoy building. Benefits hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, thinking skills, self-confidence and more.
For more information visit www.knex.com
This is a sponsored post with Lunchbox. All opinions 100% my own.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream….Rah, Rah, Rah! It is summer which means one thing; ice cream! Ice cream in the evenings, or mornings…shh sometimes I just have to have a bite or two! Ice cream cones, popsicles, frozen yogurt, ice cream bars, whatever flavor suits your fancy, it is the best summertime treat. Ice cream is the perfect cool down indulgence, in tons of varieties to make everyone smile.
And this is the perfect week to stock up on ice cream because Safeway stores is offering favorite Unilever brand ice cream for only $2.49 each when you buy 3.
Brands include Good Humor, Klondike, Popsicle and Magnum to name a few. Now until June 3, 2014 stop in to Safeway or Safeway owned stores to mix and match your favorite novelty ice cream brands. Keep that freezer stocked so you can enjoy a delicious cold treat all summer long.
Do you have a favorite ice cream flavor? Mint chocolate chip has always been my preferred flavor but I’ll never snub my nose at a creamy chocolate, chocolate chip cookie dough, frozen yogurt in any flavor or a king cone. Not healthy, but oh so sweet and good.
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This is a sponsored article through Lunchbox, all opinions 100% my own
My tween son was once a Thomas the Tank Engine fanatic, it was crazy. When he was three all he wished-for was a Thomas the Train track and engines. So that Christmas, he received three train track sets, all identical. We saved all three; one for our home, one for grandmas and one for the car. No joke. It is what a mom does when her little boy is fascinated by a steam engine that’s blue and red. Zoe and I also had a fun-filled day out with Thomas last year as well.
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Trouble on the Tracks DVD
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Mighty Leaf Tea provided review & giveaway products. All opinions 100% my own
Tea is a beverage I never appreciated until I started to eat healthy. I began reading magazines, books and online articles about the health benefits of green tea, and knew I had to try to like it. Now, I couldn’t imagine my life without my green tea with a fresh lemon slice and my peppermint tea. Though, coffee is my first beverage when getting out of bed, tea follows for the rest of the day.
Green tea keeps my energy levels up, is an ideal pre-workout drink and keeps my metabolism in high gear. With the weather finally warming up here in WNY, I’ll be enjoying my iced green tea over lemon numerous times a day as well as new flavors from my Taste of the Tropics Sampler from Mighty Leaf Tea.
Mighty Leaf Tea is a family-owned company with Artisan teas containing natural ingredients in a variety of delicious flavors.
The Mighty Leaf Taste of the Tropics Sampler features three boxes of tea with 15 pouches in each box in yummy flavors
- Organic African Nectar – Organic African rooibos leaves mingle with mango and flower blossoms. I’ll admit since I’m a tea newcomer I was slightly nervous of this flavor, but as a mango lover I was rather intrigued. Once I brewed for 5 minutes, the red color was gorgeous. The aroma is mmm. The fruity flavor is light and natural, I realized I didn’t need sweetener at all with this. Rather refreshing and quite exotic. A wonderful change from my regular peppermint or green tea. Definitely a must-have in my tea bowl as it is rich in antioxidants!
- Green Tea Tropical – Green tea leaves infused with sweet tropical notes. I knew I would love this tropical green tea. A delicious green tea blended with pineapple and guava. The fruitiness was subtle and perfect for my afternoon cup of tea. This has become my new favorite green tea and I’ve tried a ton of green tea brands. It is so smooth and refreshing. You’ll be dreaming of the tropics at first sip!
- Vanilla Bean – Madagascar vanilla beans blend with premium black tea. I’m a vanilla bean lover but not a black tea fan, so wasn’t too sure I’d enjoy this. Boy was I wrong. The delicate vanilla flavor is smooth, never bitter, just perfect. And the aroma, amazing. The vanilla bean tea is dessert in my cup, since I don’t enjoy desserts often anymore. This is the tea I grab when I have a coffee shop craving. And I haven’t tried it cold yet, but I bet it would be absolutely heavenly over ice.
I adored the fancy tea bags as well.
Mighty Leaf uses handcrafted silken pouches to pack their artisan whole tea leaves into. They also give a recommended brew time on their tea, to guarantee the perfect tea every time.
Check out the Mighty Leaf Tea and Test Giveaway!
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Entering to win is super simple. Enter the Mighty Leaf Tea Ultimate Artisan Tea and Taste Experience. Sweepstakes ends at 11:59 PM EST on April 30, 2014.
This is a sponsored post and giveaway. All opinions 100% my own
As a blogger, I use Microsoft Office many times a day. I write my blog articles using Word, utilize Excel for budgeting, organize and save recipes to OneNote, will be creating a media kit using PowerPoint (more on that soon) and so much more. It is essential in my life as a professional blogger to stay organized. Without the help of these programs, I would be disorganized and that creates chaos, which doesn’t go well with me. But with all these programs, I have everything I could ever need at my fingertips with easy features to help me along the way if I need it.
And now you can have all the features of Office 365, for less with Office 365 Personal.
The brand new Office 365 Personal version allows subscription users to install apps on a PC or Mac plus a tablet including the iPad! Office for iPad makes it easy to take your work with you on the go and edit with ease. Users will enjoy favorite Office Professional apps like Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote and Outlook. And with the addition of 20 GB of additional OneDrive storage, documents are always up to date, ready to sync, edit and share from any device.
That’s not all though. If you Skype whether for business or to stay connected with long distance family or while traveling for business, you’ll enjoy the 60 minutes of Skype calling each month.
Office 365 Personal is always up to date, so that’s one less thing you have to worry about.
The best part? Office 365 Personal is only $6.99 per month or $69.99 annually! This is definitely more affordable for individuals looking for all the features of Office on a single device.
Shop now for Office 365 Personal or renew your subscription today at Walmart.
$50 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway
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Wonder Forge provided game for review purposes, all opinions 100% my own
Zoe has always enjoyed playing games with me. When it comes to boosting my child’s memory I’m game for anything. Matching game is the perfect game to improve memory in kids and is fun. And the best part? It is a simple game for children to follow. Just flip the cards and find the matches.
Have a Disney Frozen fan? Of course you do! Consider the Disney Frozen Matching Game from Wonder Forge.
Wonder Forge offer top-quality preschool and family games to keep kids engaged! One of our favorite games is Eye Found It!.
This fun game of matching Frozen characters is the classic game but featuring favorite Frozen characters such as Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff, Sven and more.
This matching games contains 72 high quality, thick and durable picture tiles, so the game can last quite some time. I’d highly recommend using less cards for younger children. Zoe was all excited to look for 36 matches.
I realized one thing while playing with her. My memory at 33 years old should be improved, so I guess I’ll be playing more matching games with her. Can you guess who won and continues to win every time we play?
Just look at all those matches!
This matching game will exercise brains to improve concentration! Since this features favorites from Frozen children will relate to the characters they know and love.
This educational matching game not only benefits brain power but will help children learn to take turns and play together, an important activity for young children to learn to wait their turn.
The VTech product, gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by VTech
Easter is just 1 week away, with many families hopping to Easter egg hunts, visiting the Easter Bunny, coloring Easter eggs and getting the Easter baskets filled. I’m not one to fill my kids baskets with junk. I like to have a good mix of educational toys or games, books, school supplies to finish the year and just a tiny bit of chocolate, because every basket deserves a solid chocolate bunny and jelly beans.
This year, create a toy-tastic Easter basket with VTech.
VTech has many wonderful age-appropriate Easter basket ideas where children will have fun and learn at the same time.
If you have a child that adores Sofia the First or Doc Stuffing and own an InnoTab learning tablet the InnoTab Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First software cartridge games are a great filler.
InnoTab®Doc McStuffins software cartridge (Ages 4-7 years; MSRP: $24.99)
- Learn reading, vocabulary, observation, logic, memory, math, visual skills, creativity, healthy living and more! The Doc is in!
- Read a story about Lambie and Doc in an e-book, color in Doc’s Big Book of Boo-Boos and play games with Doc and her friends.
InnoTab Sofia the First software cartridge (Ages 3-6 years; MSRP: $24.99)
- Seven learning games and two creative activities teach counting, colors, patterns, problem solving and more! Join Sofia on this wild and thrilling day!
- Learn how Sofia becomes a princess in Story Mode with the interactive e-book. Take pictures with favorite characters and scenes (camera activity compatible with any InnoTab® system with a camera).
Zoe has been playing both games non-stop. The Doc McStuffins game allows children to play easy or difficult levels and there is free play, however free play games must be unlocked in Doc’s playtime. In Doc’s playtime children will play mini games, earning stickers that can be used in the big book of booboos. Some games are really entertaining such as the spelling game with the monkey as children get to blow in the mic to make bubbles! Games are educational and fun.
In Sofia the First games are easy or difficult. Sofia talks to her friends to get clues to find the door for her class, as they have been changed. Behind the doors are the classes where games are played such as matching game, art class and find the missing pieces. Zoe has enjoyed going on adventures with Sofia, learning to be a princess just like her.
If you have a child that loves playing with push vehicles than Go!Go! Smart Wheels are perfect for Easter baskets.
Go! Go! Smart Wheels® Vehicles (Ages 1-5 years; MSRP: $7.99)
- These electronic play vehicles are perfectly sized for little hands and entertain children with a light-up button that activates music and sounds.
- Little ones will also learn about different letters and vehicle names through pretend play.
We received the VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Bulldozer.
The electronic vehicle lights up and talks with the driver button. This vehicle has 3 sing-along songs and fun sounds to teach the letter B and the name of the vehicle. My 4 year old nephew adores this bulldozer. The small size makes it easy for him to push pretending he is clearing debris. The songs are cute and the phrases are fun. A fun little toy ideal for Easter baskets.
Children that enjoy toys that transform will love a VTech Switch & Go Dinos!
Switch & Go Dinos®Turbo Assortment (Ages 3-8 years; MSRP: $9.99)
- Kids can rev up the action with flywheels that let the dinos race and roar across the floor. Each dino also emits realistic vehicle and dinosaur sounds and phrases that teach fun facts about each dino.
- The range features six new dinos, including Dart the Triceratops, Zipp the T-Rex, Spur the Stegosaurus, Fray the Ankylosaurus, Cruz the Spinosaurus and Spinner the Stygimoloch.
Fray the Ankylosaurus is a really cute toy for little one’s. This 2-in-1 toy easily transforms from a dinosaur to a vehicle in 3 simple steps. Again, my nephew was over when these arrived and was super excited about this orange dino. He makes over 25 sounds and phrases and children will learn dino facts. My nephew enjoyed pushing him on the floor to watch him go.
He has a built-in flywheel mechanism that allows him to move in vehicle and dino mode. The more times he moved Fray forward the faster and further he would go when released. There is also an automatic sleep mode that puts it to sleep when there is inactivity. Get ready to go on an adventure with Switch & Go Dinos!
Create your toy-tastic Easter basket this year by visiting VTech.com to learn more about all the products they have to offer.