Friday, August 22, 2014

LeapTV: The Perfect Gaming System for Kids! #LeapTV


It’s no secret that I love LeapFrog products for the entertainment and education value they provide my children. So, it shouldn’t be a big shock that I am super excited for the release of LeapTV! LeapTV, is slated to be the perfect video game system for kids and I can’t wait to see all the fun, function, and education it brings with it!!

The LeapTV pre-sale period is coming soon – think holiday gift – and this special behind-the-scenes video starring the LeapFrog “Child Executive Officer has just been released giving you just a little teaser into what this system will be all about.



Have child in your life who loves video games, but could benefit from an easier to use system? A system with games you'll always approve of? Stay-tuned for further information for LeapTV and learn more at http://www.leapfrog.com/en-us/products/leaptv

Presales for LeapTV begin on 9/2/14

"This post brought to you thanks to MomSelect and LeapFrog. All opinions are my own and were in no way influenced."

Monday, August 18, 2014

Nuby Splish Splash Stacking Cups Review

Each day my baby boy is becoming more engaged with his surroundings making the littlest of our daily activities a world of fun. His newest love is bath time! He lights up with a big smile as soon as his bottom hits the water and then those little hands and feet get kicking and splashing. It’s amazing to see the difference only a month can make, as last month he still whimpered a bit with every bath – he was less than amused.

I am a NUBY Mommy Blogger. Prodcuct(s) were received for review purpose. All opinion are my own and were in no way influenced.
With his new fond love of water and bath time I thought it would be a good time to start introducing him to The Nûby™ Splish SplashStackable Cups I had set aside for him.


These stackable cups are perfect for helping teach coordination and with development of the senses. Complete with 5 cups, which stack inside one another, each cup has a different shape at the bottom of the cup and small drain holes so your baby or toddler can watch the water trickle out. 


These colorful cups are the perfect companion for bath time and grow with your child. I know my 7 year old still always requests a cup anytime she takes a bath, and has for as long as I can remember. There is simply something so fun and exciting about dumping water from a cup for a child and the NUBY Splish Splash Stackable Cups add a new level of fun with the trickling water drains, colorful designs and ability to stack’em.


My son is just 4ths old and is just developing his hand coordination. But while he can't always get a good grasp on his bath cups at this point, he does love when I allow the cups to drain over his belly. He stares at the water and gets all worked up with a real little giggle and all! I love it!! They flow is also gentle enough that I can use them as a rinse add when washing the little hair that he has ;)

Buy It: Find the The Nûby™ Splish Splash Stackable Cups for the SRP of $4.99 available at:
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  • www.cookieskids.com 
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  • www.bedbathandbeyond.com 
  •  www.diapers.com 
  • www.amazon.com

Friday, August 15, 2014

Portable Entertainment with the Tiny Love Woodland Take-Along Arch (Review & Giveaway)

How do you provide stimulation on-the-go for your little one? With the new Woodland Take-Along Arch, by Tiny Love, you’ll find portability meets engagement for fun on-the-go anytime, anywhere. 


Woodland Take-Along Arch #giveaway
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The Woodland Take-Along Arch is a flexible arched toy bar, designed with basic patterns and colors to attract your baby’s attention, but best of all it’s made to be portable and attaches easily to most strollers and infant carriers with universal grip clips.

Tiny Love giveaway

My little guy loves to stare and focus on anything in front of or above him, he is always fascinated by his mobile and play gym. When we're out and about the most convenient and safe thing is for us, is to keep him in his carrier in the back of the shopping cart, as he isn’t quite sturdy enough to sit comfortably in his stroller and is definitely not ready to be strapped into the front of a shopping cart. And while he loves a car ride, he is become increasingly less amused in the back of a cart. The Woodland Arch is great for engaging him with stimulation while on-the-go. 



The toy bar features 3 hanging toys and a teether. Simply designed baby can’t help, but be attracted to the colorful design of the owl rattle and my son loves to gaze at himself in the apple-shaped mirror. As your child grows the Woodland Arch also helps build motor skills like hand eye coordination. As Baby’s hand control develops the Woodland Take-Along Arch allows him to reach out to the plush toys confidently, batting at the owl rattle, playing peek-a-boo with crinkly leaf, or chewing on the snail shaped teether.





The Woodland Take-Along Arch is soft all around, from bar to toys. It folds up with ease for simple portability and can even fit in your large diaper bag. While made for your stroller or carrier, I've also found it fits well on his bouncer seat. As long as you have a tight grip with the clips, you can find a lot of additional places this toy bar will attach to, and the bars flexibility allows you ultimate control moving it closer to baby or further away depending on your baby's age and needs. 

Buy It: Keep your child stimulated, entertained and engaging their senses with the Tiny Love Woodland Take-Along Arch, available for the SPR of $24.99 at ToysRUs.com, Amazon.com and Kohls.com

Win It: One lucky reader will win a Woodland Take-Along Arch! Thanks Tiny Love!

LeapPad3 High-Performance Learning Tablet #LeapFrog #LeapPad3 (Review)

Though I am not quite ready for summer to be over, my daughter had reached that point of summer break where she was finding herself a bit bored and under stimulated. But that all changed when we received the Leappad3 providing her with the technology she loves and the educational content to help better prepare her for a new school year ahead.

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The LeapPad3 picks up where the LeapPad2 left off featuring upgrades like WiFi and a rechargeable battery. Of course when it comes to our children and the Internet, safety is a top concern for parents. With the LeapSearch browser kids can only access pre-approved content and parental controls allow even more adjustments, so parents have ultimate control on which websites can be visited and which feature can be accessed. You also get the added benefit of being able to download apps, games and eBooks directly from the LeapFrog store, thanks to WiFi, as opposed to going out and buying individual cartridge games/books. Due note however, cartridges can still be used with the LeapPad3.


Peer-to-peer play is also accessible with the addition of WiFi, but not something we’ve had the chance to experience for ourselves. With Peer-to-peer play kids can connect safely with friends across nearby Wi-Fi–enabled LeapFrog devices using the included Pet Chat and Pet Pad Party apps. There are also additional apps available for purchase that are compatible for peer-to-peer play.

One of my daughter’s favorite features on any tablet is always the camera, I guess it’s a generational thing. The LeapPad3 still boost a 2mp front and rear mount camera now with 480p video recording all on a capacitive touch 5-inch backlit screen. 



The chunky design makes it perfect for little hands and you can rest easy knowing it is built tough. The screen is shatter-safe and sealed with a silicone gasket for added water resistance and extra energy absorption. The tablet itself also has special impact zones and a soft bumper to insulate and protect, making it quality tested and safe for your child and mine. I can attest to its durability as my daughter had dropped it off the edge of the kitchen counter and onto our hardwoods within 5 minutes of taking it out of the box – and no that isn’t a new record in our home!

Another welcome upgrade to the LeapPad3 is the batteries or lack of! The LeapPad3 can now be plugged in via included power adapter or to a computer via a USB cable to charge, meaning know more worrying about dead batteries and replacing them.


Overall, I feel the LeapPad3 is ultimately a favorite in kids’ tablets in both my eyes and my daughters. I love the personalized learning, the ability to adjust the tablet to meet the individual needs of my daughter and my son, with individual log in screens and leaning levels. The LeapFrog Learning Path, also allows me to easily track her progress through the various educational apps the tablet has to offer.

While this is a limited tablet compared with an adult tablet, it does exactly what it design is for. It provides durability, safe online access, the little features like a camera for that adult tablet feel, and the best thing is it provides engaging, fun and educational content tailored for kids...... and that is what it’s all about!


Buy It: The LeapPad3 is available in pink or green for the SPR of $99.99 and comes standard with 10 built-in or downloadable apps, 10 learning songs on the Music Player, photo effects, 5 utility apps and of course WiFi service and peer-to-peer play.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Silk'n Blue: Acne Treatment without the Creams or Prescriptions #SilknProducts #MC


"I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for Silk'n Blue.. I received a device to thank me for my participation and facilitate this review.”

There aren’t many things I have in common with my teenage son these days, but one thing we do share is bad skin. As a teen I didn’t have very many issues beyond the norm, but as I got older it seemed as if my hormones underwent a complete makeover and each month I spend two weeks fighting breaking outs and hiding beneath a veil of makeup – I know this isn’t the best way to help keep my skin clear and control breakouts. 

Prescription creams and medications always seemed a little excessive to me, especially knowing how harmful some can be to women of childbearing age and OTC creams didn’t seem to make a huge difference, smelt bad, and dried out my already over irritated skin. Even my son refuses OTC treatments because of the chemical smell and how harsh they are on his skin. So what options did we really have left other than good facial cleansing and hoping for the best? Well, there was actually was a better option left, blue light treatment with Silk’n Blue.



Silk’n Blue offers an alternative way to treat acne, from the comfort of your home. This hand-held device harnesses a combination of gentle synergistic power of fractional blue light (same as what is used in dermatologists offices) and a built-in temperature sensor, that not only kills the nasty acne-causing bacteria on your skin, but it also helps heal existing pimples quickly by neutralizing bacteria immediately to prevent future breakouts. No harsh medications to take, no trips to the dermatologist, and no drying creams!


Silk’n Blue is available in a single package including: unit, charger, and stand. Use is simple, while slightly time consuming. For maximum benefit Silk’n Blue should be used daily during the course of your acne breakout for about 6 to 8 weeks.



After charging the hand-held device, all you have to do is press the button, which turns it on, wait a second for the steady light and direct the blue light to each of your pimples/affected areas for 3 or 4 minutes. The blue light will appear once the device has come into contact with the skin, within a few seconds you’ll also note some heat. 




For an area such as the face it can take up to 20 minutes to complete a treatment. I chose to do one treatment a day, in the mornings, after my shower, when I had some extra time. Maintenance treatments are recommended weekly once you’ve gotten your breakouts under control, making treatments a lot easier to fit into your schedule. I’ve also found using it while watching a little T.V makes treatment time go a little faster.

You can use the Silk’n Blue to treat your face, chest, back, or anywhere you’re prone to breakouts. The device is not painful, but you will feel a slight warmth on your skin while preforming a treatment and mild redness may occur. 

Overall, I found myself surprised. After about 6 weeks of treatment when the “time” rolled around, my skin was significantly clearer and I’ve notice a great reduction in the life of those rouge pimples that pop up, when I immediately treat them with the blue light. My son has also been using the device and prefers it greatly to the OTC creams he was previously using. The only issue I’ve come across with him is commitment. As with anything else mom needs to remind him to do his treatments!


The Silk’n Blue is FDA-approved and Health Canada-cleared. If you’re currently using a physician prescribed AHA, BHA, Reitn-A, topical retinoids or azelaic acid or have been treated with Accutane (isotretinoiin) within the past 6 months, consult a physician before use.

Buy It: If you’re looking for a natural, drug free solution to your acne problems try Silk’n Blue available for the SRP of $149.99 at http://www.silkn.com/blue

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Use the coupon code EXTRATWENTY for an additional 20% off until Sept 30 2014!