One of the best spelling apps for kids is Wonster Words! Perfect for preschoolers, kindergarteners, and first graders, Wonster Words is designed to teach ABC’s, spelling and phonic skills. Oh and this top-rated spelling app is FREE! Awesome, right? It’s one of our favorite new apps to use! The company creators, 77SPARX, are parents too and understand the importance of learning through play.
Meet the award-winning smart toy; Cognitoys Dino! This adorable Wi-Fi enabled talking dinosaur toy is interactive, educational, and loads of fun! CogniToys are smart devices in toy form, tailored just for kids to provide an educational and entertaining experience without the need for a screen. Watch as your child’s favorite dino pal tells stories, answer questions, and play games too.
More about Cognitoy’s Talking Dinosaur Toy
Looking for ways to keep your kids entertained through the holiday school break? Try Puzzingo! It’s an award-winning puzzle app that’s free! While kids take a much-needed break from school activities, it’s still a good idea to keep their minds growing and learning. What better way to have them learn than through play – with Puzzingo.
Learn more about this Award-Winning Puzzle App for kids!
Have a need for speed? High speed Wi-Fi that is! Look no further than the all-new Linksys WRT3200ACM MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router. Although it may look the same as previous models, the inside of the router is completely different. Read on for more details!
Linksys WRT3200ACM Wi-Fi Router
Are you looking for educationally relevant ways to keep your child engaged? I don’t know about your kids, but my sons love their iPads! When looking for something that will keep them entertained, educated, and allow them to play with their tablet I stumbled across Dash – a robot toy for kids. We were lucky to partner with Best Buy to review this cool tech toy with the boys. Check it out below!
More about Dash
Three years ago may not seem like a long time, but in tech years it can be a big difference. It’s like still owning a flip phone in today’s smartphone world. The same can be said for computers too. They quickly become outdated and often need updates, which is why I turned to FreshStart for a simpler, more affordable alternative to replacing my laptop.
More about FreshStart and their DIY Kit
Today’s post is brought to you by Amazon and KidzVuz.com!
Returning to Amazon Prime for a second season is the award-winning Amazon Original Series, Tumble Leaf. Join Fig, a curious blue fox, and his best pal, Stick in this preschool series that fosters lifelong creative learning. This beautifully designed series is available for Prime members, and features lush worlds and playful stop-motion animation that truly imports a child into a whimsical world of discovery.
WynZyn is the app that makes it rain! In your spare time, you can view short video clips and ads for a chance at weekly cash sweepstakes. Don’t want to download the app? That’s okay, WynZyn gives you another way by accessing their website from your desktop computer. Pretty sweet, right?
How to enter the WynZyn cash sweepstakes:
Today’s post is sponsored by AfterShokz. All opinions are my own.
If you can change anything about your current headphones, what would it be? Would you prefer them to be wireless? Or maybe you don’t want them to block out the sound around you entirely. What if I told you there was a solution to both of those issues – AfterShokz Bluez 2S wireless headphones offer an unmatched situational awareness experience. Read on for more details!
AfterShokz Bluez 2S Wireless Headphones Features:
Last year, we were lucky enough to be one of the first families to test out a new gaming system: LeapFrog LeapTV! Gaming is smarter with games for the LeapTV active video gaming system. Kids learn core skills across reading, mathematics, science and problem solving with this fun interactive system.
The LeapTV system allows kids to learn through motion as they jump, dance and more! This gaming system by LeapFrog is perfect for younger kids ages 3-8 years old. Kids can choose 3 ways to play; body motion, pointer play or classic control. [Read more…]
Get your fitness on with Just Dance: Disney Party 2! This fun and interactive game will get your family moving and grooving with the hottest Disney Channel movies and shows.
Just Dance: Disney Party 2 is now available on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Nintendo’s Wii and Wii U systems. If your child loves all things Disney, like ours do, this game will not disappoint. It features more than 20 tracks from the hottest Disney Channel hits, with songs from movies like “Descendants” and “Teen Beach 2” as well as shows like “Girl Meets World” and “Liv and Maddie.” [Read more…]
The Good Dinosaur is officially in theaters! While you and your little ones fall in love with the film, Disney has been hard at work creating fun products inspired by the film. Check out this collection of The Good Dinosaur Products ranging from toys, to apparel and novelty items. Additionally, I’m sharing details about the latest from Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition! Affiliate links may be included in this post.
The Good Dinosaur Products Round-Up Includes:
The Spot Plush available at Disney Store, disneystore.com and amazon.com.
The Arlo Dinosaur Plush available at mass retailers including amazon.com.
The Good Dinosaur T-Rex Hoodie available at Disney Store and disneystore.com.
Toddler Boy’s Good Dino T-shirt and Vest available at Target stores.
Are you trying to safely introduce your little ones into the world of tablets? Then look no further than LeapFrog Epic. This innovative tablet not only allows your child to safely explore online content through the LeapSearch browser, but allows you as the parent to control everything that your child is allowed to do on the tablet.
In the world we live in today it is very important to protect our little ones to the vast amount of inappropriate content on the world-wide web. LeapFrog Epic allows you to pick which sites are acceptable, but also allows you to decide when your child is ready to surf the web without limitations. [Read more…]
Instantly print your favorite selfies & social media photos with HP’s new Snapshots app and sticky-backed photo sheets!
We hosted friends and family over the weekend to an afternoon crafts party featuring HP Social Media Snapshots. We all love taking photos with our phone, but most of the time that’s where they stay. Now you can easily print your favorite social media photos for keeping or sharing with others. Our #StickaPic party box included fun photo props, craft glue and other essentials, printer ink, and of course HP Social Media Snapshots. Additionally, we stopped into Michael’s Craft store for a variety of paper for our party.
Have you or your child ever had trouble spelling a word? Thanks to the new app Easy Spelling Aid, that’s a thing of the past! The app makes spelling super fast and easy, and is especially helpful for children who are in special needs education. Using the app is simple, just press the large mic button, say the word that you are having trouble spelling, and it appears on the screen in an instant.
The Easy Spelling Aid app is so easy to use! With its high tech voice recognition software your child will be able to improve their vocabulary quickly. The Easy Spelling Aid app is the perfect tool to help children learn how to spell and write any word at home and at school. This app can spell words or phrases instantly by utilizing superior speech recognition, finely tuned to pick up on your child’s voice or accent. That’s right – the app supports 22 different languages! [Read more…]
Doesn’t the radio make you squirm sometimes when the kids are in the room? Between the DJ’s cander discussions and songs with foul language – it can be tough keeping your little ones ears from listening in. That’s where Rhapsody KIDS comes in!
Rhapsody KIDS is the first music subscription service to offer a fun, safe, and easy music experience created just for kids.
Right now they’re offering an amazing discount to check them out! For 3 months you only pay $1 for the newest and most popular kids music available, including hand-picked playlists. [Read more…]
This is a partnered post. All opinions are my own.
Have you ever wanted to join forces with the Avengers? Now you can! Imaginary play has come alive with Playmation! New from Disney and Hasbro, this interactive gaming system joins wearable gear with technology for a whole new way to play.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Apple or Android Device (Android app coming soon!)
- Current compatible devices using iOS 7 or later: iPhone 4s, 5, 5c, 5s, 6, 6 Plus or iPad 3, 4, Air, mini, mini 2, mini 3 or iPod touch 5th gen.
- 12 AA Batteries – we used Duracell!
I’m excited to announce that I’ve been selected as a LeapFrog Ambassador! As part of the #LeapFrogMomSquad I will have opportunities to share the latest products from the brand with all of you! That means you will get a first look and in depth review of the newest products hitting store shelves. And today we’re jumping into our first review!
Introducing the LeapPad Platinum, Imagicards and Word Whammer!
The LeapPad Platinum Tablet features a 7″ hi-res multi-touch screen and fast processor. With more than 1,000 learning games at your child’s disposal you can feel confident with a product like this in your little ones hands. The tablet also includes Wi-Fi with a kid-safe web browser, allowing kids to browse age-appropriate content handpicked by experts. Another great feature is the parental controls where you can decide what’s okay for your child and what’s not. [Read more…]
The product has been provided by VTech, however, the thoughts and opinions are all my own.
Parents are using action cams for all their adventures, so why not kids too! The VTech® Kidizoom® Action Cam is a durable camera for kids adventures, including skateboarding, biking, and swimming!
For only $60 msrp kids will get a kick out of recording their own memories with this awesome camera. The Kidizoom Action Cam features a 1.4 inch color LCD screen, rechargeable battery, micro USB cable for data transfer and battery charging, and expandable memory up to 32GB with a microSD card. (microSD card sold separately)
No adventure is too big for the Kidizoom Action Cam, as it comes equipped with a waterproof case for underwater play, mounting accessories for bikes and scooters, and a wrist strap. [Read more…]
I am an Orbotix Ambassador. This post is part of a sponsored campaign. I received compensation for my participation, but my review and opinions are my own.
My family loves the new Sphero SPRK Edition robotic ball. Not only can you and your children learn about coding, but you can create your own code within the app, or your animals will get quite a kick out of this ingenious smart phone or tablet controlled device.
The Sphero SPRK comes in a neat box that challenges you to play with learning. With its translucent design your child can see how the device operates and pivots to obey the code you have designed. With 12 samples codes you can see not only what Sphero can do, but you can try out the different programs without any coding knowledge. SPRK is simple enough for beginners of all ages, yet sophisticated enough for seasoned programmers. It will let kids fire up their imagination and break the rules about learning! [Read more…]
If you’re a fan of wireless keyboards then Logitech’s k400 Plus is the one for you. This keyboard was designed with wireless entertainment in mind. It’s also lightweight and compact, and combines the functionality of a keyboard with the convenience of a touchpad mouse.
If you would like to turn your tv into a smart tv you can connect your laptop to the tv using a HDMI cable and then use the k400 Plus to navigate the web or any other multimedia device on your laptop. [Read more…]
This post is part of a sponsored campaign. I received compensation for my participation, but my review and opinions are my own.
Our boys can’t enough of the iPad, and yes we do limit their screen time, but sometimes it is nice to have a break, especially when traveling, or on an important phone call. The problem is you need something to keep their attention for more than just 10 seconds. That is where the app store comes into play. Our boys enjoy quick paced games that keep them engaged, and that is what the new Numb Chucks: Chuck Fu app is all about.
If your kids are a fan of the Numb Chucks animated television series, then they are going to enjoy playing the new app Numb Chucks: Chuck Fu. Players are challenged through 8 random mini-games to master the art of Chuck Fu, playing as the lead characters, Dillweed and Fungus. The app begins with 8 out of the 12 step mini-games, and you can buy the other 4 steps through in-app purchases for 2.99. Each mini game is a different challenge from balancing at a bowling alley to honing your inner Chuck Fu in swatting bees away. [Read more…]
Have you heard about T-Mobile’s prepaid plans? Their Simple Prepaid Plans begin at just $40 a month* with 4G LTE data & unlimited talk and text! If you’re tired of going over your coverage limit and paying too much money for your cell phone bill – this plan is for you! The prepaid plans allow families to stay on budget too.
More details about the T-Mobile Prepaid Plans
- Unlimited talk, text and data while on our network with no overages or annual service contracts.
- NOW! Includes unlimited calls and text to and from any number, including mobile phones, in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. PLUS use your monthly 4G LTE data in Mexico and Canada like in the U.S., at no extra charge.
- Data Stash™ rolls your unused 4G LTE data forward in to the next month, for domestic use in the next 12 months. Available with 3GB and 5GB data options.
- Music Freedom™ with unlimited music streaming on our network from top services such as Pandora and iHeart Radio without using your data.
- Unlimited data and texting when you travel to any of 120+ countries and destinations so you can stay connected when you’re abroad.
- Wi-Fi Calling: every Wi-Fi connection works like a T-Mobile tower.
- Smartphone mobile hotspot: Use your device as a Wi-Fi hotspot.
I was invited to the Pixels Press Junket. All opinions are mine alone.
I’m no vidiette, but I definitely enjoyed playing classic arcade games like Pac-Man, Tetris and Duck Hunt growing up. That’s what appealed to me most about seeing the new Pixels movie, and my favorite funny guy, Adam Sandler, of course. I was able to see an early screening of the movie and I got all kinds of flashbacks to my 80’s days. Seriously those were the best, right?! Okay, maybe not the attire, but the music and games rocked!
While waiting for the Pixels press junket to begin, I had the opportunity to get my game on with classics like Space Invaders, Donkey Kong, Centipede, and the adorable Q*bert. Unlimited gaming – sweet! Of course my favorite was always the munching man – Pac-Man! [Read more…]
This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Legacy Games. I received compensation for my participation, but my review and opinions are my own.
Kids love music! And with Crayola® DJ, a cool and unique music creation app for kids, ages 6-10, they can learn the basics of music production, as well as mixing and scratching music just like a real DJ!
I downloaded the new app and began playing myself. The boys were soon over my shoulder watching. They said, “mommy can I play?” I showed them the basics and they took off – jam’n out while taking turns testing their skills on the Crayola DJ app. [Read more…]
Recently our family was invited to Disney’s Social Media Moms Conference, which was an amazing experience and a great way to test out my new ACTIVEON DX action camera. When this baby got to our house I was so excited to try it out. Having the ACTIVEON action camera really opens up all kinds of opportunities for our family to record special memories that we have been unable to record in the past. For example, when we were invited to Discovery Cove, this would have been an amazing asset as I snorkeled through the coral reefs because the protective waterproof case of the ACTIVEON is capable of withstanding depths of up to 196 feet (60 meters).
As we explored the magical world of Mickey Mouse we were able to use the camera on Epcot’s Test Track and Soarin’. When we headed over to Magic Kingdom I was really excited to test it out on Splash Mountain, Thunder Mountain, and of course the newest edition to the park The Seven Dwarves Mine Train attraction. I was really impressed with the life of the Li-ion battery, which has a longer battery life compared to other action cameras on the market. It is capable of providing up to 120 minutes of recording time at 1080p 30fps which is enough for most outdoor activities. [Read more…]
This is a partnered post. All opinions are mine alone.
995…..that’s the number of people killed in distracted-driving-related crashes that reported cell phones as the distraction. Can you imagine losing someone you love over a text message or Facebook status update? It’s not worth it.
Project Yellow Light is bringing about change. This national contest and scholarship program calls on students to create short videos educating their peers on the dangers of using mobile devices behind the wheel. Partnered with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Mazda Motorsports, National Organizations for Youth Safety, U-Haul and the Ad Council, Project Yellow Light is spreading the message about distracted driving. Drivers ages 15-19 are the largest proportion of drivers who are distracted according to a 2013 NHTSA report. [Read more…]