Friday, May 15, 2015

Mochu Pop - Learning App


    
   As a stay at home mom , my days are full of cleaning, cooking , playing and teaching. Whew, it's exhausting somedays and I admittedly need all the help I can get. There come moments where I really just need a "break". One of my go-to's when I need some down time, is the iPad. My kids love technology and playing games on this device always keeps them entertained.

   For me, the greatest thing about handing the iPad over to the kids is I can be certain that they are learning, without even knowing it. Recently we were introduced to a new app from Kadho called Mochu Pop.



   Mochu Pop was just awarded the 2015 Platinum Award for best App for Children and Toddlers, from Best Mobile App Awards.  Kadho is thrilled to offer this new free app to young children, to expose them to linguistics and the sounds of language building blocks at a very young age.



  In the game children are presented a shape and then watch as balloons fly up on the screen. Little one's then touch the balloons that match the shape to make them pop. As children pop the balloon they are rewarded with one of the most important sounds of either English, French, Spanish or Italian. 



  My 2 year old and 4 year old have really enjoyed playing Mochu Pop. Not only are they being exposed to the fundamental sounds of other languages, they are learning so much more:


WORKING MEMORY: Strengthen your child’s memory as they try to remember which balloons to pop.
HAND-EYE COORDINATION: Use your visual and motor planning, plus processing abilities as you try to pop moving balloons. 
IMPULSE CONTROL: Build your child’s resistance to urges and self control as they must avoid the wrong balloons
MENTAL FLEXIBILITY: Flex your brain’s mental switching and creativity as the target balloons change between each game.

   

    Your littlest one's will love learning while having fun with this amazing & free app ; available through iTunes , Amazon or Google Play.


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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Get the invite out with Minted




    Spring is here, love is in the air and weddings are being planned. Yes, we know that some weddings do occur in the fall & winter months, my parents actually celebrate their anniversary in January. However, this is the time of year that has been deemed as "Wedding Season". 

   This coming August, Hubs and I will celebrate 11 years of marriage, but I still remember how hard and stressful some of the wedding planning was. Smack dab in the middle of all the planning you need to remember to get your invitations out on time. 

  In 2004 when I got married, we found some blank stationary at a craft store and printed all of our invites out at home. Fast forward to 2007 and things became a lot easier with Minted. Minted offers so many great items , for many different occasions. Among their products you will find a beautiful variety of wedding invitations.

   Once you find the invitation that is perfect for your special day , you can personalize it. I love the invite, Garden Lights. Along with adding all of the details for your event , you can change the silhouette and color scheme.



  The best thing about Minted is, you can order your invitations, menus, place cards, wedding programs and more all from one place. Once you order you will receive  complimentary digital proofs for approval before printing begins.

  If you're looking to plan your wedding with less stress, Minted is here to help you plan every final detail. Be sure to follow Minted on Facebook to keep up with the latest items.


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Friday, May 8, 2015

Easy & Fun Mother's Day Printables with Blue Mountain




     We all know just how busy life can get, so busy in fact that many of us are possibly still in need of a special one of a kind gift for our mom's. With Mother's Day just a couple days away, you may be wondering if you can find one in time.

   Thankfully you can create the perfect gift right in the comforts of your home with just a few extra materials. Blue Mountain has free printables including these adorable and fun coloring pages. You can print them off and your kiddos will enjoy coloring them for their mom or grandma. 

   If you're feeling extra creative you can give more than a sweet piece of art this Mother's Day. Any of the coloring pages can be crafted into a one of a kind gift. My mom is a big fan of hot tea, so I fell in love with the Tea Time with Mom coloring sheet. With the easy to use tools on the webpage I added the words "We hope you have a TEA-riffic Mother's Day" to the top of the page. 



    After printing out the page, I handed it over to my oldest and he spent some time coloring it, he even got extra creative and added some steam to the mugs. We then simply taped a tea bag to the paper so it looked like it was steeping in one of the cups. To go along with the picture we found an adorable tea mug for $5 and put a box of tea bags inside of the mug. Blue Mountain made it very easy to make a cute themed Mother's Day gift.



   You could definitely take this even to the next level. Most stores carry baskets, or you may even have an extra one laying around your home. Fill the basket with a tea kettle, tea mug, different types of teas, some honey and maybe even some delicious cookies or biscotti. 

   Maybe your mom isn't a tea fan, Blue Mountain offers other printables that can easily turn into an incredible gift. Maybe the "Mother's Day Bouquet" would be right for you, pair it with a vase of flowers or candy bouquet. You could even make your own vase, simply find a ball jar & spray paint it and add detailing with a ribbon or two. 



  Whichever you choose the coloring sheets will make any gift a little more personal, and after the tea or flowers are gone she will have something tangible to hold onto.  So make this Mother's Day a little more personal with Blue Mountain


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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Things Remembered Review - Mother's Day




   Mother's Day is quickly approaching and finding the perfect gift for my mom is always really important to me. I want to find something that she will love, but also something that can be sentimental and practical at the same time.

   For the past few years I have purchased my mom some type of jewelry, so what could be better than a beautiful jewelry box to hold those pieces? When I saw the gorgeous Personalized Star Music Box from Things Remembered, I knew it was the perfect gift!



   When I was in High School there was a Things Remembered in our local mall, it was always the place to go for the perfect gift! Finding something gorgeous and being able to get it personalized in the same day, is so important in our fast paced world.  With the ability to shop online and pick up in one of their 600+ stores, shopping becomes convenient for everyone.

  The Star Music Box that I chose , is a beautiful silver plated box with sparkling stars. You can top this gift with a special engraved message & choose to record a voice message OR a song of your choice.   Recording your message couldn't be easier, just follow the simple directions enclosed.



  When I was growing up, like most kids/teens , I went through a rebellion stage. After I came to my senses and learned that my mom really did know what she was talking about, we found "our song". That song is "Because you Loved Me" by Celine Dion, so I knew that was the song I wanted to play in her jewelry box. I found the song on YouTube and plugged the included cable into the device and our computer. In just three minutes the song was recorded, I then placed the box into the jewelry box.





   I am absolutely in love with the way the jewelry box turned out, the sound is great and the design is beautiful. I can't wait to give it to my mom, I'm pretty sure she will love it!

   Mother's Day is only a few days away, but with the ease of ordering online & being able to pick up in store the same day, Things Remembered is the place to shop.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Don't Pad the Problem, Cure It!






    Embarrassed giggles, followed by the words "I think I just pee'd my pants" ; words I never thought I would utter, at least not until I reached the age of 80 or so. But, at the age of 32 and after four pregnancies, there they were..

   I had friends express their bladder leakage ordeals to me before, and honestly I always said "thankfully I don't have that problem"! Then , it happened. About half way through my 4th pregnancy I sneezed and I just looked at Hubs with my "oh no" face, he thought it was hilarious..I on the other hand was humiliated. Ever since , a cough, sneeze or even jumping jacks can leave me with some unpleasant problems. Like I mentioned before, I know from my friends that I am not alone. It turns out that approximately 1/3 of women experience some type of leakage after delivery.

   Now, women everywhere can simply & naturally fix the problem in their own homes.The Pelvic Floor is a group of muscles at the base of the torso that is responsible for supporting the internal organs. Childbirth is the number one reason a woman's pelvic floor is weakened and this can cause bladder leakage when coughing, sneezing, laughing or exercising.



    Don't Pad the Problem, Cure It! Apex from In Control Medical has been recommended by hundreds of physicians and cleared by the FDA to help restore the pelvic floor. Apex uses gentle muscle stimulation to contract and strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor, restoring your ability to control bladder leakage.




     After just a few weeks , for $249; or up depending on the model that will work best for you, your leakage will be resolved! To learn more about the Apex device visit Apex online. For the next 30 days you can use the code MBAC15 at checkout to receive free shipping and $35 off.
   




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