Monday, April 13, 2015

Outdoor Fun With Pacific Play Tent Set! #Giveaway

Who is enjoying this beautiful weather?! The past few weeks have been a mixture of rain, cold fronts, and 60-70 degree days, but it finally seems to be turning into a beautiful, warms spring; perfect for outdoor fun for youngsters and adults. I am loving being able to get back outside for running and biking, instead of being stuck indoors on a treadmill-just not the same thing at all, but unfortunately necessary over the winter. And of course the children are enjoying being able to get outside again for sports, play time, and just sitting in the backyard. 

I was recently able to give them a new addition for outdoor play; a set from Pacific Play Tents that includes a tent, sleeping bag, and chair; all in a very fun, girly pink/purple camo color! Obviously these are not full-size pieces; they're designed for children 36 months to about 7 or 8 years old. That doesn't stop it from being fun for play though! It would also be great for a sleepover, but we haven't done that yet; the ground is still too wet outside! At the end of this month we have some dear friends coming in from out of state, including a little girl that, to be honest, our entire family-even the adults-loves having around. She will be thrilled to have a chance to play with the new camping set in our backyard with our girls!



The tent was very easy to set up; literally in one minute we had it done. If only our camping trips had always been that easy! It's a nice size for a youngster, I'd guess up to about a normal-size 5 or 6 year old could sleep comfortably inside; if they're on the small side, maybe up to 8 years. 







The sleeping bag is definitely large enough for an 8 year old; in fact, once they outgrow the tent, they could easily use this sleeping bag up to probably 10 years old, on family camping trips, etc. Nice and cozy, but not too heavy for summer camp-outs.




The chair is adorable; perfect for your little girl, and even has a cup holder "just like Mommy's"! While we were getting the tent set up out back, Pansy (one of our Shelties) decided to check it out for herself. Doesn't she look like she owns it?!



Pacific Play has so many more great items just perfect for outdoor fun this spring and summer. You can even get the camping set like I reviewed in a different color for your little boy! And one of my readers will receive a $50.00 gift card to Pacific Play Tents so you can pick out an item of your choice!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

CanvasPop Canvas Print Review and #Giveaway!!

Photos are a wonderful way to keep great memories alive. Sometimes I'll sit down and look through old pictures on my computer, from the past 10-12 years, and enjoy remembering some of the great times our family has had. I like to have another way to enjoy those really special memories though; a framed print, or a canvas print are my two favorites-and if I had to choose one of those, it would be a canvas print. Canvas just seems to bring the picture to life, and it's so much nicer than a regular print. 



CanvasPop contacted me recently about reviewing one of their canvas prints, and I was excited to have this opportunity. I emailed them a picture from one of our family photo shoots, of my younger sisters and myself. This was such a great picture that all 3 of us loved when we saw it, so of course we were thrilled to be able to have it put on a canvas. It literally took 6 days from the time I sent CanvasPop my picture, to the day it arrived at our house. Now that's fast service!!

I was notified that the picture had needed cropped a little to fit the 16x20 canvas, but they assured me it did not detract from the picture at all, all the important aspects were still in the picture, etc. Sure enough, when I opened the package, I discovered that it looked amazing! The colors are so vibrant that you feel as if you're standing out on the bridge in the crisp fall breeze. Honestly, the clarity and brightness of the canvas is incredible. My camera actually dulls the brilliance, so unfortunately you can't see for yourself-unless you order your own CanvasPop canvas print of course, which you can do with a 35% discount using this code at checkout: HOPESCAFE35!! (Minus the exclamation points :)



Comes with everything you need to hang!
After my experience, I would highly recommend CanvasPop for anyone who has a special memory (or memories; they also do collage canvas prints) they want to hang on their wall!


CanvasPop is giving one of my readers a custom 16x20 Canvas Print!!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Happy and Hungry Booster Seat from Creative Baby!! #VeryHungryCaterpillar

What youngster hasn't enjoyed the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar? This picture book is a very familiar sight to children and parents alike, so here's a product that is sure to please them both as well!


I received the Happy and Hungry Booster Seat for review recently. This is a piece from The World of Eric Carle line, through Creative Baby. The bright colors on this booster seat are sure to keep your little one happy even if they are hungry! There are quite a few features that I love about this seat, so I'll just detail them below. 


1. The space-saving, portability aspect. This booster seat is perfect for on-the-go, or for anyone who wants to be able to store the seat somewhere when not in use. The back folds down into the seat, and the removable tray snaps in underneath the seat, and it has a handle, which all makes for a very handy, very easy to carry, booster seat. It's lightweight, and great to bring on road trips, vacations, or to Grandma's house when she's babysitting!



2. The adjustable sizing. With 2 reclining positions, 3 tray positions, and 2 height positions, you can adjust this seat to the perfect fit for your little one! Or, if they're ready to start eating at the "big table", you can remove the tray completely. Suggested use is for 6 months to 5 years, or up to 50 pounds, and with all the position variations, that's easy to see!




3. The safety features. Yes, you would think that any and all booster seats come with safety features such as a belt or harness, but sadly they don't. This Happy and Hungry Booster Seat, however, comes with a 3-point harness, and chair straps! This way your child can't slip out of the seat, and the seat can't slip out of the chair!


4. The child-friendly design. With the nice cushiony seat pad, and the bright, fun colors, this booster seat is both fun and comfy for your little one to enjoy. The seat itself is a fun green color, and the seat pad is straight from the pages of The Very Hungry Caterpillar! 



All in all, I'm impressed with the Happy and Hungry Booster Seat. It's portable, it's safe, it's adjustable, it's fun, and to top it off, it's very budget-friendly, at under $30.00! Before you go rushing out to buy one though, please note that these are only available online through Burlington Coat Factory. You won't find them in your local store, just order online and it will be delivered to your door!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Mary, Did You Know?

This is the BEST rendition of "Mary Did You Know" that you will ever hear. I've heard a lot of hype recently about different groups singing this incredible song, but I'm of the opinion that this solo is the best. 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

More FREE Apps For Kids!! #MomBuzz

prekkindergarten

This is a simple, yet very fun, read-along app for children. The free version offers two storybooks for your little ones to read along with (just purchase the full version for a whole lot more books!), and the graphics are very eye-catching. Sure to keep kids’ attention! There are also songs that they can sing along with, which every child will love!

Get Preschool & Kindergarten Books, Songs & Early Reading Games App on iTunes

montessori

This is easily one of the best apps I’ve seen for children. It’s fun and will definitely keep them busy, yet it’s educational too. Just using the free version, kids will learn how to write uppercase alphabet, rhyming words, and work their way through simple mazes. Many more activities are available when you purchase the full version, but even the free version is enough to keep them busy learning!

Get Alphabet Tracing & Montessori App on iTunes

Android users can also find Kids Academy on Google Play!

Also be sure to visit Kids Academy on social media!

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This post was created in partnership with Mom Buzz Media and Kids Academy. All opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Free Apps Make Math Fun!! #FreeMathApp

Hey everybody! I wanted to share a couple really fun FREE apps for your children to use that will help them to enjoy math! It's called Splash Math, and there are apps available for Preschool and Kindergarten levels, as well as 1-5 grade. Here are my thoughts on the Kindergarten and Preschool app: This app is the perfect way to start your child on their journey with math. Instead of letting your youngster “hate” math like so many others, this will teach them to have fun with numbers! Basics such as counting, greater/lesser numbers, addition and subtraction and more are taught. It’s fun because children earn rewards (animals for their jungle) and then get to interact with the animals.

Join the 8 million+ users! Download Splash Math on iTunes! Get SplashMath for Grades 1-5 Get SplashMath for Pre-K

Or check them out on Google Play!

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The 1-5 grade is also great; math is often the most hated subject in school, so it's nice to find an app that will encourage children to not only learn, but enjoy, math. This app is fun and appealing for kids, and brings them from 1st grade all the way to 5th grade math. I like that it sends weekly updates through email on your child's progress.




$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway 
Write a short review of any Splash Math app on the iTunes App Store. If you have already reviewed Splash Math app, simply update your review. Send an email to giveaway@splashmath.com with your iTunes nickname and the app you reviewed.

This post was created in partnership with Mom Buzz Media and StudyPad Inc. All opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

No More Fear Of Dentist Visits With The Wand!!

How many of you enjoy going to the dentist? Yeah, most people don't. It's just not an enjoyable trip normally! However, there's a new dentistry tool in town that just might change your opinion.



I first learned about The Wand last month through a press announcement. Basically, The Wand is a computer-assisted anesthesia system. In more simple terms, it makes your shots pretty much pain free! While researching The Wand, I learned that it's not really the needle that causes pain during injections; it's the pressure from the flow of anesthesia as it goes in. The Wand solves that problem by making the pressure a steady, consistent flow that is perfect for the tissue where it's being injected. Not too fast or strong, but just right so you don't even feel it!

I was able to set up an appointment with Dr. Paul Obrock of Cornerstone Dental Health in Quincy, IL to "try out" The Wand during a filling. When I arrived at Cornerstone Dental Health, I was pleased with the pleasant, almost family appearance of the clinic. My last dentist visits were at a clinic that's actually located in a hospital, and for myself at least, and I imagine a lot of other people, that's somewhat off-putting. 



Dr. Obrock was very helpful in explaining how The Wand works, what the difference is between normal injections and The Wand, and answering my questions about the process. The Wand looks almost like a pen, with a small, thin "cable" attached that the anesthesia flows through. Definitely much less "threatening" than the typical syringe!



I have to say I've never really been afraid of the dentist or even the shots. Not that it doesn't hurt, and yes, I'm always a little nervous, but honestly the shots just don't bother me; I have a pretty high pain tolerance level. However, after feeling The Wand, I am definitely a fan! There is literally no pain. The Wand chimes out during the injection, allowing the dentist to know the speed with which to administer the anesthesia (by manipulating a foot pedal), and also when the cartridge is 1/4 emptied, 1/2, etc. Of course from there it's a standard procedure, but what a difference The Wand makes! 

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You can find a dentist in your area that uses The Wand simply by using the search box on The Wand website. I guarantee after one experience with The Wand, you will not want to go back to a standard injection ever again! Oh, and if you're in the Quincy, IL area, I highly recommend Dr. Obrock and Cornerstone Dental Health