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Dove Channel Review and Roku Giveaway

I am sharing this post as part of a collaboration with Bloggin’ Mamas and Dove Channel. I received an annual Dove Channel subscription and a Roku in exchange for my participation. All opinions expressed are my own.   DOVE Channel I was delighted to have the opportunity to preview the Dove Channel with my family. My boys are 7 and 4, and I am always looking for family-friendly entertainment options. Family viewing just got a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Contests, Electronics, entertainment, Featured, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children

littleBits Makes Engineering Fun! (PLUS Coupon Code)

littleBits Makes Engineering Fun! (PLUS Coupon Code)

My kids are a bit on the young side but my husband really enjoyed the littleBits Base Kit ($99) that came in the mail for us to review and I know he’ll be using it with the kids as they get a bit older. This kit is an electronics construction kit that allows you to easily connect pieces without soldering, programming or wiring and yet create things that spin, light up and make sounds. The Base Kit … Read entire article »

Filed under: Electronics, School Aged Children

How Chic is Your Home Office? Home Office Design with Dwell Studios and Wireless Photo Printing with the HP Photosmart 6520 e-All-in-One Printer

How Chic is Your Home Office? Home Office Design with Dwell Studios and Wireless Photo Printing with the HP Photosmart 6520 e-All-in-One Printer

I had the wonderful opportunity to head to NYC for an exclusive blogger event at Dwell Studio sponsored by HP. If you have a home office like I do, then chic is NOT the word describe it. It’s more like a whirlwind of books, papers, wires and random kids’ toys. This event was the perfect opportunity to learn some new ways to clear the clutter, get organized and decorate the space for an optimum level … Read entire article »

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How Can You Recycle Electronics?

How Can You Recycle Electronics?

Amazing. When I was a child, few families had a personal computer. No one had cell phones. Now, we coordinate play dates with apps, keep in touch with grandparents via video chat, and do homework on tablets. What happens when your electronics are too broken to fix or obsolete? Tossing them adds to the landfill and is wasteful–some of the components and precious metals may be reusable. Plus, many electronics contain hazardous or toxic chemicals. You … Read entire article »

Filed under: Eco-Friendly, Electronics, Featured

Amazon.com Kindle Fire Coupon Code Gets Moms $20-$50 OFF! Wow!

Amazon.com Kindle Fire Coupon Code Gets Moms $20-$50 OFF! Wow!

Wow! A rare coupon code for the Amazon.com Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD. If you are an Amazon Mom member with Prime (which I highly recommend…totally has paid for itself) and you have the Kindle on your Holiday shopping list (there’s still time for Chanukah and plenty of time for Christmas with Prime shipping!), your membership is about to pay off big-time! The Kindle Fire is $139 ($20 OFF), the Kindle Fire HD is $174 … Read entire article »

Filed under: Coupons, Electronics, Featured, Gift Guide 2012

VINCI Tablet and Full Learning System Review

VINCI Tablet and Full Learning System Review

We live in a technological age, and many of the Must Have gifts for the people in our lives are gadgets. Kids included! Many kids are looking for mp3 players, iPads and other devices to listen to music on or play games.  Thankfully, there are more and more electronic gifts that serve an educational purpose, and we can look forward to handing them over to our children. Our family recently had the opportunity to try out … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-5 (By Age Group), Educational, Electronics, Gift Ideas, Pre-schoolers, Toddlers

There’s a NEW Facebook game in town: Tail Towns Friends by Ganz

There’s a NEW Facebook game in town: Tail Towns Friends by Ganz

If there wasn’t enough drama on Facebook, a new game called Tail Towns Friends by Ganz is taking the gaming world by storm with intriguing story lines, fun interactive goals and a little mystery and suspense built in. I’ll confess that I am not a fan of Facebook games, but I do enjoy Tail Towns Friends, which was specifically designed with the preferences of female games as a top priority. One of the truly fun … Read entire article »

Filed under: Contests, Electronics, Free, Games, Gift Ideas, Mommy Gifts, Play

Protecting Family Memories

Protecting Family Memories

Preserving my family’s memories is important to me, and I’ve spent many happy hours scrapbooking. Unfortunately, some of the most precious documents are not on acid-free paper. I recently received a Fellowes Saturn2 95 Laminator to review, and I’m using it to preserve my children’s artwork, memorable school assignments and newspaper clippings. Newspaper clippings are among the most difficult items to scrapbook due to high amounts of both lignin and acid in newsprint. The lignin and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts, Coupons, Educational, Electronics, Featured, Gift Ideas, Mommy Gifts, Organizers, School Aged Children, Scrapbooking, Uncategorized

LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Review

LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Review

LeapFrog sent their new LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer for my family to review. We checked out some of the differences between this device and the original LeapPad and tested its functions and apps. If you are wondering whether to get a LeapPad2, just let your kids use your iPad, or skip tablets for kids altogether, here’s our take: My educational philosophy is that outdoor activity and play is key for very young children. Despite being high-tech in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Computer, Electronics, Featured, Learning, Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

Actifry Review & Giveaway!

Actifry Review & Giveaway!

As a mom, there are so many things I look for when shopping for new appliances. I want them to clean themselves, be sleek and nice looking, easy to use and produce things that are not only fat free, but something that the entire family can enjoy. So-let’s be real. There probably isn’t a product out there that can accomplish my lofty goals. However, I was lucky enough to find one that comes relatively close. Actifry … Read entire article »

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