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


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!

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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!

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Android users can also find Kids Academy on Google Play!

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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.

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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