LeapPad Platinum Review

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We recently received the new LeapPad Platinum from LeapFrog.  We've been working with LeapFrog for years and last year I visited their headquarters and learned about the process of how they develop games and products. The visit made a big impression on me, I wish everyone could have seen that side of LeapFrog.  They put in so much time and energy into each product and truly try to make it as educational as possible, while still being fun.  So … [Read more...]

Summer Math Program

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When I was in first grade, I was abominable at math.  I wasn't great in a lot of areas, actually, but math was something I always struggled with.  I was much too busy being social to care about learning.  And my parents were super busy with their other ten kids to ensure I always did my homework.  By third grade, I was demoted to the lower level math class because I just wasn't keeping up with the smarter kids.  (On the plus side, I felt like a … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Take a Break

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My husband was gone last week on a trip for business.  Meaning I was a single mom for a few days.  And as any single parent will attest, you get a whole lot of kid caring time and not a lot of personal time to relax.  And I definitely needed this last week!  Actually I need it on a daily basis.  I find that if I take an hour or so in my room to just recharge, my kids just play together and then I come out ready to take them on again. But … [Read more...]

Staying Hydrated this Summer

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This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Brita, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BritaOnTheGo http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV We had a soccer game on Saturday...along with 4 million other kids in the world.  Soccer is THE sport, am I right?  But my son loves it and will play it rain or shine.  But we tend to forget one little super important thing...a water bottle!  I always forget … [Read more...]

Online Doctor’s Visit

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We've all been passing around a bit of a cold this last week. My four year old has this wicked cough that sometimes even causes him to throw up. It's always so sad to see your kids sick and they are so sad to have to stay inside and rest. Especially now that the weather is warm and it's spring--what a terrible time to get sick! I don't know about you, but sometimes it can be really hard to make it to the doctor. My husband has literally had a … [Read more...]

Fun Winter Activities

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This has been a really weird winter.  Like really warm.  It has snowed only a few times and they were all in a two week period.  And those two weeks were right after we moved so we didn't really have time to do a whole lot of playing in the snow.  However, we've still had chilly days and on the whole still spend more time inside than out.  Meanwhile, some of you out east are swimming in snow. And even though I'm not a fan of the cold or … [Read more...]

The Importance of Bathtime

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My kids are growing up.  They are in that phase where they can do almost everything by themselves which makes me kinda lazy and I am getting really good at ordering them around.  But there is one thing they still can't quite do themselves...bathtime.  My oldest takes showers now which is a long ways from where we started... So cute.  He's so little and chubby.  Bathtime is such a great memory for me with my kids.  There are so many funny … [Read more...]

Disney Imagicademy Party

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We had a Disney Imagicademy party last week to celebrate the launch of Disney's new app Mickey's Magical Math World!  I invited nearly all of my 6-year-old's friends and I think we ended up with almost 20 kids at my house.  It was insanity!  But so much fun. I set up the table, complete with Disney themed snacks and cute Disney themed snack names.  "Goofy Grapes" and "Hot Diggety Dogs"..."Minnie Mix" and "Cheese and Quackers" and more.  To … [Read more...]