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M-Edge Leisure Jacket Review: Splashproof Kindle Case

M-Edge Leisure Jacket Review: Splashproof Kindle Case

I really love my Kindle but it’s not waterproof so I’ve been wary of taking it to the beach, pool, or bathtub – some of my favorite places to relax and read. Recently M-Edge sent me their Kindle Leisure Jacket: a padded case that completely encloses the Kindle while still allowing you to read and type through its clear vinyl screen. With this splashproof protection I’m much more comfortable taking out my Kindle … Read entire article »

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Acoustic Research ARS35i Rotating iPad Docking System Review

Acoustic Research ARS35i Rotating iPad Docking System Review

If you’ve ever tried to watch Netflix on your iPad you know that the built-in speakers aren’t up to the task. The Acoustic Research ARS35i Rotating Docking System amps up the iPad’s audio output while offering several other clever features. The first time you dock the iPad it will offer to take you to the App Store to download the Acoustic Research Dock Plus app. The app serves as an interface to the docking … Read entire article »

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Hitachi Touro Mobile Pro backup

Hitachi Touro Mobile Pro backup

If your family is like mine, many of your family’s most treasured memories are probably saved on the computer you are using right now. Just imagine the unthinkable… your computer “crashes” and you can’t recover your files or any of the hundreds (in my case thousands!) of pictures you have taken over the years. Pictures of the trip to Disney World with the entire family? Gone in an instant! Video of your daughter’s first birthday … Read entire article »

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Summer Fun with Redbox Giveaway

Summer Fun with Redbox Giveaway

To celebrate the official beginning of summer, Redbox is asking moms of the blogging world, “What’s your favorite video game to play with your family?” In addition, they are rewarding fun-seeking families with the opportunity to win $10,000 as part of their Summer of Fun & Games Sweepstakes. Video games are a tough sell to a lot of moms, and many of my friends have banned all video games from their homes. Video games have a … Read entire article »

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HP Mini 210 Review: Perfect for Dads and Grads

HP Mini 210 Review: Perfect for Dads and Grads

If you’re going places, you’ll want the HP Mini 210 along with you.  Weighing in at just over 3 pounds but fully loaded for social media on the move, the HP Mini 210 is a perfect gift this June for dads who travel on business or graduates starting on new adventures. What amazes me is that HP fit into such a portable size–proving good things come in small packages.  My favorite features are the nearly full-sized … Read entire article »

Filed under: Back to School, Electronics, Father's Day, Featured, Mommy Gifts, Mother's Day

Educational iPad Apps for Kids from WordWorld

Educational iPad Apps for Kids from WordWorld

While I am a great believer in “unplugged play” and limited screen-time for young children, I recognize that technology and even television shows can enhance learning. My 3 year old son adores watching WordWorld on PBS as well as LeapFrog’s Letter Factory and The Amazing Alphabet Amusement Park and Talking Words Factory DVDs. These shows helped him learn his upper and lowercase letters and phonics through catchy songs, fun animated characters and interesting stories. WordWorld sparked his interest in … Read entire article »

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Learning to Read with LeapFrog TAG

Learning to Read with LeapFrog TAG

LeapFrog makes learning products that blend innovative technology with time-tested teaching techniques for fun and educational results. We are big fans of our LeapFrog TAG and LeapFrog just sent us a new way to enjoy it: two sets of early reader books that teach short and long vowel sounds. My daughter knows her letters and the sounds they make and she is just about ready to make the jump from pre-literacy skills to literacy. Every day she … Read entire article »

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Wii MySims Party Game Review

Wii MySims Party Game Review

MySims Party for the Nintendo Wii will keep your young kids entertained. Play individually or against up to 3 other players. Compete against each other as you play 50 different mini-games. The arcade-style games, like many Wii games, are more physical than typical videogames. For example, one game involves outrunning a robot. Others include flipping bacon and extreme snowboarding. The variety of games will appeal, and the short amount of time required to play a mini-game is ideal for younger children.  MySims … Read entire article »

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Online Education with the All Star Buddies

Online Education with the All Star Buddies

You can make summer a fun, educational time for your kids. Prevent summer learning loss with “stealth” educational activities. If your kids enjoy playing video games and being online, introduce them to the All Star Buddies. Moms Caryn Burns and Cindy Prince started www.allstarbuddies.com in order to close the gap between websites that were created for entertainment and those developed for education. They wanted to seamlessly weave learning into the fun their kids were having online, so … Read entire article »

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Wii Weight Loss Games: Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2009

Wii Weight Loss Games: Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2009

My hopes were high when I received a review sample of Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2009for the Nintendo Wii. My Nintendo Wii is an essential part of my exercise and fitness program, and I thought it would be fun to add more variety to my Wii Routine. (Click here for my Wii Fit review.) The Amazon reviews of Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2009 are mixed. Some love the workout, and others pan the poor graphics and slow … Read entire article »

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