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Get Your Kids Cooking with Curious Chef

August 23, 2016 By · No Comments

Disclosure:  Curious Chef products were sent to us in exchange for an honest review. Pics and opinions are our own. By the way, Nicoli loves cooking with them.

I’m the mom to five kids which means sometimes I’m not always around to do up the cooking. I could be dropping off someone to a school activity, picking up from a sport or running out to get some groceries. It is always so much easier to instruct one of the older children to start or finish a meal so it can be just finishing when I get home. This is why I believe in teaching children young that they can cook for themselves even after they move away. Curious Chef allows young children to help out in the kitchen with their own utensils that are meant just for them. Don’t think just because it is a “child’s item” means they are fake plastic that will break. They actually look really nice and they can cook with them, with force even.

Baking a pizza with Curious Chef

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Fisher-Price’s Code-a-Pillar for Young Minds

July 6, 2016 By · No Comments

Disclosure: I was sent the product mentioned, pictures and opinions are my own. 

Think & Learn Code-a-pillar

What do you think of the toys of today’s kids? I find them amazing. The amount of knowledge and learning it does is something that leaves me in awe.  I was recently sent a Fisher-Price Code-a-pillar which is geared to help develop the minds of children ages 3-6 yrs old in problem solving, planning, sequencing and critical thinking. These tech toys provide a fun and educational experience, and can influence how children will learn, build, and grow.  With these new Kids Tech products/gadgets and learning apps, keeping your kids engaged couldn’t be easier.

I was so excited to get selected to review the Code-a-pillar because I have little inventors in this house and everyone loves technology. Last school year I was told by Little A’s (age 8 at the time) teacher that he wasn’t very up-to-date on today’s technology and that it was hurting him in class. I knew right then things would change all the way down to his little sibling, Nicoli. BabyGirl turns 13 years old next month and is all about science (she went to Stem camp this past Fall) so it isn’t shocking that she was excited to show her 3 yr old brother all about the code-a-pillar and how it works. Course it didn’t take him long to figure it out, he even figured out that when the code-a-pillar runs into something it says “uh oh.” He knew he needed to turn it around and push the button to start it again.

Code-a-pillar (The Life of a Home Mom)

I love that he is able to figure out he can control the direction this little bug does by simply changing direction piece and attaching it. For those that do not know the Code-a-pillar comes with the head (brain), 8 direction pieces a stop block and a go targets. There are 2 right, 2 left, 3 straight and the noise piece. Have your little guy/girl set up their code-a-pillar and ask them if they can figure out which way it will go and when. He’s figured out it must light up the whole bug before it starts the directions. The pieces snap together just like a USB which makes it easy for little hands.  They are also light in weight so you don’t have to worry about them being too heavy for your child to pick up. They even have cards inside the box for them to follow the codes.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Skylanders Starter Pack

December 21, 2015 By · No Comments

Skylanders SuperChargers Starter Pack and Little A says, “In Skylanders Superchargers starters Pack you are trying to defeat Kaos. The first chapter you meet your characters as you are leaving your home town because it was destroyed. You save three people and go to their academy to learn stuff and earn money. The little pieces are awesome. You can change out your characters/vehicles too which I hear you couldn’t always do. This is definitely on many kids’ Christmas lists this holiday season and not just kids but adults too and I can see why.

BalletGirl age 12, “The Skylanders SuperChargers Starter Pack  gives you this rush because you have to race on the 14th chapter you go up against this cloud guy that refuses to give you something you need so you have to fight him. You can easily change your characters when you want to do it. You can train your characters at the academy. There are three vehicles, land, sky and water. It’s awesome.” By the way this is a single player game unless you hook it up online.

The Skylanders SuperChargers Starter Pack, now available for consoles and compatible iOS devices (Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and iPod), is the perfect gift for the whole family! Everyone can get involved in head-to-head racing competitions – even far-away family members as the game can be played online for the first time ever!

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Holiday Gift Guide: Tumble Trax

December 9, 2015 By · No Comments

Disclosure: I received a sample of the product for review purposes to include in my Holiday Gift Guide.

I love educational products for my kids, always have and always will. There is something about watching their minds work as they play with a toy and get more than just the original idea out of it. Recently Babygirl (age 12) attended a Stem camp during her Fall Break and loved it so much I wanted to find STEM products and did. So for all of you out there that are looking I must say this is definitely something for everyone, it isn’t just a small age group.  It’s Learning Resources Tumble Trax Magnetic Marble Run. [Read more…]

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Holiday Gift Guide: Bookroo

December 1, 2015 By · 5 Comments

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Over the past few months I know many heard about the Children’s Book Challenge, well for my group of friends and me it worked. I loved watching the excitement in my kids’ eyes as a new book they either had no clue about or I hadn’t purchased for them arrived. They would quickly open their package and sit right down and read it. I, as a reader, loved seeing this and also as a parent. I know the excitement of getting a book it the mail but I thought it might just be an adult thing because it is the little things that get us excited. Not true. I quickly went online to look and see if they had anything like this. Of course they do. Bookroo!

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What is Bookroo? Simple this is an adorable little package that comes in the mail once a month and treats your little one to either 3 board books or 2 picture books depending on your age group. I couldn’t help but get excited just about reading what happens. See they don’t just send a box like amazon does and you open it up to the book. No! There is a bigger surprise. Inside this regular packaged box is gift-wrapped surprise books for your child. Yes, they get to open a gift. You can also choose to subscribe for 1 ($19.99), 3 ($55.99), or 6 ($104.99) months at a time.
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