Best Smartphone for Kids around Age 10

Your first smartphone. For kids these days it's most likely their first cell phone. For those of us that started with pagers and evolved with technology, that smartphone was a miraculous wonder. Finding the right smartphone for kids can be tough because there is such variety and price brackets. I'm excited to say, we found the best smartphone for my 10 year old daughter. While we received the … [Read more...]

Boost the Playmation Experience with Accessories

If you haven't had the Playmation experience yet, you're seriously missing out. This new toy isn't just for kids either. The whole family--the whole neighborhood--is having a blast with it. We received these accessories for review and affiliate links are included, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. The Playmation Experience To get the full effect, check out the post I did here. As you … [Read more...]

Gift Ideas for People Who Love Minecraft

I say people as opposed to kids, because I know people of all ages that are proud to be avid members of  the Minecraft community. Everyone in this house loves the game and all the things that go with it. It was actually really fun putting this gift guide together. Affiliate links are included, but all choices were made without bias. People Who Love Minecraft The books. My daughter and son … [Read more...]

Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars Twilight of the Republic PS4 Starter Pack Giveaway

Win the New Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars Twilight of the Republic PS4 Starter Pack with Mickey Mouse Character! One winner will be able to cross this off their kid's "Dear Santa" list because EVERY kid wants this!! Win big with your kid this holiday with this easy to enter giveaway! Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars Twilight of the Republic PS4 Starter Pack with Mickey Character Giveaway I've … [Read more...]

Kid Approved Hot or Cold Pumpkin Spice Milk Recipe

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DairyPure Milk. All opinions are 100% mine. Let's face it. Pumpkin spice is the official taste of fall. When the kids get home from school and see me sipping on my favorite themed coffee, it's only fair they have a little something to look forward to too. They don't drink coffee yet, but they love hot chocolate. I figured I'd try making a hot … [Read more...]

Marvel Avengers Playmation Starter Pack Giveaway

It's that time of the year where I feel super generous, so I have teamed up with a few of my D23Expo Blogging friends to bring you yet another amazing giveaway. This giveaway is for a Playmation Starter Pack, and boy are you going to love this new interactive gaming system. The Playmation gaming system is so immersive, fun, and enjoyable I had to write a blog post all about it. Check out my … [Read more...]

A Fast Dinner the Kids Love to Eat with Both Hands

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Manwich for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. We are in need of a fast dinner almost everyday of the week but Mondays always seem to be the night when we just can't get our act together. My son is a varsity athlete getting home at 6pm from school only to have to turn right around and get to Taekwondo by 7:10. He's also growing. His appetite is … [Read more...]

Pixar Animation and Khan Academy Launch Pixar in a Box

Pixar Animation Studios and Khan Academy are partnering to bring a love of STEAM to kids everywhere. STEAM - or Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics - is the cornerstone of Pixar Animation Studios, and Khan Academy is the cornerstone of STEAM. It's a perfect partnership. Pixar Animation and Khan Academy - Making STEAM More Accessible Khan Academy, in partnership with Pixar … [Read more...]

Disney Playmation Gets Everyone Up and Moving

While attending the D23 Expo, I got to see the Disney Playmation toy line in action. When I say it gets everyone up and moving, I mean it. It's suggested for ages 6 and up, but I can totally see all my 30-something friends getting in on this action. I attended this event as part of a press junket sponsored by Disney. All thoughts and opinions are my own. And any affiliate links used are to help … [Read more...]

Schedule of Animated Disney Movies Through 2018

Animated Disney movies will always have a special place in my life. I grew up collecting, watching, and rewatching all of them on those classic VHS tapes. Remember when you rewind them all?! I am so excited to bring you Disney's animated movie plans for the next couple years. I attended the D23 Expo as part of a press junket sponsored by Disney. All thought and opinions shared here are my own. Any … [Read more...]

Learning to Ride a Bike can be Fun, Not Frightening

Remember when you learned to ride a bike? I do. It was terrifying. I had no training wheels, shaky confidence, and a concrete driveway that I just knew I was going to kiss at some point. Learning to ride a bike was not a fun experience for me, but with Leg&Go, kids can learn to ride a bike with all the fun and none of the fright. This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my … [Read more...]

Ant-Man Printable Coloring Sheets and Games

Ant-Man is finally here, and so are these cool printable coloring sheets and games for the kids. With these printable coloring sheets and games, you can bring the fun of the movie home. It's a great way to keep the Ant-Man train rolling along after movie time is over. Printable Coloring Sheets and Games are Family Fun So. Ant-Man finally arrived, and it was awesome. Ant-Man delivered all of the … [Read more...]

Easy Minions Pretzel Candy Recipe

I have an easy Minions pretzel candy recipe that's a little off the beaten path for you today. Minions inspired recipes are all over the place lately, but most of them require you to make a true-to-life replica of those adorable little guys. This easy Minions candy recipe is different. It's quick and easy, and it's Minion-ish enough to satisfy the kids' eyes and their bellies. Post contains … [Read more...]

Teen Beach 2 Movie on DVD with Bonus Features #TeenBeach2Event

The surftastic sequel to Teen Beach is finally out on Disney DVD! The Teen Beach 2 movie is great for the whole family and one you'll be watching well into the winter months. The songs are fun and catchy, the cast is adorable, the dancing will have you on your feet trying to keep up, and the message in this movie is amazing for kids--especially young girls. I was able to screen this movie and will … [Read more...]

Must-Have Disney Inside Out Toys for All Ages #InsideOutEvent

Disney really never let's you down. They have the greatest story lines, the best art, and as usual the cutest toys. The Inside Out movie will be in theaters everywhere June 19th. Already the Inside Out toys are flying off shelves! And for good reason! They're awesome! I'm sharing my favorites here and have used affiliate links where applicable. I received several of these products for free at the … [Read more...]

Final Farewell From Phineas and Ferb Creators #PhineasAndFerbEvent

Phineas and Ferb creators and executive producers, Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh were awesome enough to spend half a day with our group of mommy bloggers in LA this weekend. We screened the final episode of Phineas and Ferb, "The Last Day of Summer" followed by a picnic with the guys and Phineas and Ferb themselves! Phineas and Ferb - Last Day of Summer After screening this … [Read more...]

The Good Dinosaur – Fossil Era Fun

The Good Dinosaur is making its way to theaters, and it looks like a good one. The newest effort from Pixar, The Good Dinosaur is a new take on the classic story of friendship and self-discovery. The Good Dinosaur - Friendship, Family, and Facing Your Fears What if the meteor that killed off the dinosaurs never hit? What would the world look like with humans and dinosaurs living side by side? … [Read more...]

10 Fun and Cheap Ways to Keep Kids Entertained

10 fun and cheap ways to keep kids entertained Every parent dreads hearing the words “I’m bored!” Keeping the little ones occupied and finding activities that don’t break the bank is a common challenge for parents. Psychologists have found that boredom isn’t necessarily a sign of laziness on the child's or parent’s side, the Wall Street Journal reports, but is often fueled by frustration and … [Read more...]

The Avengers Assemble May 1st – Coloring Sheets

Avengers, assemble! That's one of the best phrases in all of comic-dom, and the Avengers assemble May 1st for the most epic Marvel film yet. To celebrate the impending release of the 2 1/2 hour thrill ride that is "Avengers: Age of Ultron", Marvel has released another amazing trailer and some coloring sheets for the kids, as well. The Avengers Assemble to Take on Ultron "Avengers: Age of Ultron" … [Read more...]

5 Spring Arts and Crafts Activities for Kids

Spring is here! The icy Hell that was the winter of 2014 is on its way out, and that means it's time for Spring arts and crafts activities. For a day filled with laughs and quality time, you can't beat making something with the kids. Post contains affiliate links, all opinions are my own. Spring Arts and Crafts Activities for Kids of all Ages Paper Plate Anything When it comes to getting … [Read more...]

Encourage Kids to Read More with Kindle and Printables

Did you know March is National Reading Month? This is certainly one theme I can get excited about. Here in Chiberia, we've been reading together an awful lot due to being trapped in the house to avoid lung-stopping cold temperatures. The joy of reading has not come naturally to either of my kids and I don't want to force them and turn it into a punishment. I want them to read more because they … [Read more...]

5 Tips on How to Use Minecraft for Learning

My niece and nephew are straight up addicted to Minecraft, so I thought to myself, "Self, what are your thoughts on how to use Minecraft for learning?" Good news, everybody! I answered my self this time! This post contains affiliate links, all opinions are my own. How to Use Minecraft for Learning? It's Easy. Believe it or not, the pixelated cube world of Minecraft is one that's chock full … [Read more...]

Spring Style for Kids #SpringintoCarters

I am SO ready for spring to be here! Lately, we have been lucky to be experiencing some gorgeous weather in the Midwest, which has put me in the mood for some spring shopping! I was so excited to #SpringIntoCarters and shop their Easter Shop. I was able to find great deals on spring style for little dude for the upcoming months. I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence … [Read more...]

Best Prices on Kid Products – Drop the Price with Dropprice

If you're a mom, you want the best products for your kids. You also want the best prices. Dropprice is a new way for moms to work together to get the best mommy gear and the best possible price. Their secret is what they call "peer-to-peer marketing." Sponsored post by Dropprice, all opinions are my own. Mom Power at its Finest - Get the Best Prices I'm not a mom, but I have a ton of mom … [Read more...]

DIY Owl Cake #CakeMyDay Sweetworks Prize Package

I was inspired to make an Owl Cake based on the Owl Cake recipe in the book, Cake My Day. You will have to buy the book to see their version but in this post I will share mine. This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Sweetworks. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic. DIY Owl Cake I have never been all that creative when it … [Read more...]

Nohi Kids Organic Clothing for the Littles

When choosing something comfortable for me: I am picturing yoga pants and a fleece top. Comfy for little dude: something ultra-soft, easy to move around in – and fun! Nohi Kids brings bright and happy patterns to apparel for kids. I was excited to receive a romper from Nohi Kids– made with organic cotton and bamboo for little dude. I received a product from Nohi Kids in exchange for my review, all … [Read more...]

What I’m Playing – Lego Batman 3 Beyond Gotham

Hello all. Last week, I posted a man food recipe, One Pot Pepper Steak. This week I'm going to be talking about Lego Batman 3 Beyond Gotham. Next week, I'll be doing a post on Apple Pie Oatmeal. If you haven't noticed the trend, I'll just give it to you straight. Blogs need more posts about guy AND geek stuff. Since I am both a guy and a geek, I feel it's my responsibility to get some more of that … [Read more...]

7 Exciting Places to Have a Birthday Party

There are many places to have a birthday party these days. Back when I was young, it was pretty much Showbiz Pizza or Haunted Trails. Kids have much more exciting options these days. Places with lots of activity is a bonus. That way the kids get to burn off some energy while having a birthday celebration blast. Groupon Coupons has sponsored this post. All opinions are my own. 7 Exciting Places to … [Read more...]

Personalized Story Book Gift for Kids

Last year I received a special book gift that was made just for my niece. It was a unique gift that had the letters of her name spelled out in the story. This year I was excited to work with I See Me! a creator of personalized story books to create a book gift for my son. I received this unique gift from internationally award winning publisher Chronicle Books in exchange for my review, all … [Read more...]

A Special Storybook Makes A Special Gift

Welcome to the Holiday Gift guide for the littlest ones on your list. I love learning about cute ways to personalize the toys and books my little guy plays with – and the All About Me! Personalized storybook from Lakeshore Learning is perfect. I received this product from Lakeshore Learning in exchange for this post and my review, all opinions are my own. All About Me! Personalized Storybook Our … [Read more...]

Baymax is Awesome – Big Hero 6 Rocks

I got the chance to see an advanced screening of Big Hero 6, and it was awesome! I was able to view the movie free of charge, but as always, I speak the truth. All opinions are my own. It's All About Soul Big Hero 6 is one of those rare family movies that really does have something for everyone. It's a classic story of good vs. evil. It's also a classic story of friendship, loss, love, and … [Read more...]

RSVP for the #CulturelleKids Twitter Party

This party, prizes and post were sponsored by Culturelle, all opinions are my own. Fall is a special time for kids. Days filled with outdoor sports and activities, trick-or-treating, school days with friends, and holidays with the whole family. In order to make warm memories, especially during these chilly months, your little ones need to be feeling their best! Hope you'll join us for an hour … [Read more...]

Mega Bloks First Builders™ Fast Tracks™

Start your engines! My little guy is on the move, and loves just about anything else that is on the move too. We received a Mega Bloks First Builders™ Fast Tracks™ Raceway for review (and we have one available for a giveaway too!). Mega Bloks First Builders™ Fast Tracks™ Raceway My husband has been dreaming of matchbox cars, racing tracks and building blocks since we found out we were … [Read more...]

Join Me for the #ThomasSchool Twitter Party

Fall is in full swing and kids are headed back to school. That’s why we’re ready to chat about back to school ideas with Thomas & Friends™. Plus, we’ll tell you all about the Journey to Rewards program where you can earn rewards for all of your Thomas & Friends™ purchases at Walmart! This is a sponsored post by Lunchbox. So many supplies are needed to get everyone on the right … [Read more...]

Cultivate the Engineer in Your Little Girl #LookatGoldie

As parents, we, of course, want the best for our children. We give them all the opportunities we can possibly buy, plan, arrange, teach, share, etc. Their education is definitely in the top 3 most important--along with unconditional love and socialization. So, why not give them a toy that cultivates creativity, teamwork, and the skills of a future engineer! I am super excited to introduce you to … [Read more...]

First Boating Trip of the Summer #PuracynFirst

Boating is our favorite thing to do in the summer. Our first summer boating trip is exciting, but also makes me nervous. I worry about everything. First Boating Trip of the Summer Excitement Last year we learned that it's very easy to hurt yourself while boating. Being the less-than-graceful lady that I am, I tend to tip over and find unique ways to hurt myself all of the time. Well, … [Read more...]

Other Ways to Use the VTech Video Baby Monitor

As many of you probably know I don't have babies anymore. My kids are almost 13 and 10. However, all of my friends are now starting their families so I find myself babysitting quite frequently. Young mom problems... Well, I'm excited to bring you this post about the VTech Safe and Sound Video Baby Monitor. I received the product and compensation to facilitate my post, but all thoughts and opinions … [Read more...]

Join Me For The #ThomasSummer Twitter Party

Summer is in full swing and it's the perfect time of the year for fun outdoor activities. Kids of all ages are looking for more fun things to do, that's why we’re ready to chat about ideas for activities you can do outdoors with Thomas & Friends. Plus, we'll tell you all about the Journey to Rewards program where you can earn rewards for all of your Thomas & Friends purchases at Walmart! … [Read more...]

Swap Your Kids’ Stuff Without the Hassle

This article was published for Kids' Consignment. All opinions expressed are solely my own. Is anyone else as plagued as I am with their children's outgrown items? From toys to clothes, I am obsessed with keeping everything in excellent condition--Gram taught us to NEVER break a thing and to keep everything immaculate with all original pieces. So, when these items no longer have a … [Read more...]

DIY Underwater Birthday Party Themes

My daughter, Chesney, wants to be a marine biologist when she grows up. (I did too when I was her age.) So, for her 9th birthday, I decided to try a DIY underwater theme. I've included affiliate links where applicable to the products I used for these party themes. Not bad for totally winging it. :) DIY Party Themes - Under the Ocean Decorations As party themes go, this one is certainly a … [Read more...]

DIY Mini Aquarium – Activities for Kids

While planning Chesney's Underwater themed birthday party I was trying to find a fun DIY craft that fit the theme, didn't cost a fortune, and doubled as a party favor. I'm so sick of goodie bags filled with candy! I'd rather invest that money in something of actual value and make fun activities for kids. I've used affiliate links to the products I used. Baby Marimos While exploring different … [Read more...]

Dragons Defenders of Berk Part 1 DVD

DreamWorks Dragons: Defenders of Berk Part 1 is now available for purchase. I received a copy as an FHEInsider. All opinions are my own. If you saw How to Train Your Dragon and loved it like we did, you won't want to miss this one. It's packed with new dragons and new adventures. Dragons: Defenders of Berk Part 1 Synopsis DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon  fans can soar higher … [Read more...]

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