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Green Kid Crafts: Summer Edition

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Thanks to Green Kid Crafts for providing us with an eco friendly craft subscription box to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own. Y'all know how I love Green Kid Crafts, right?!  Well, I'm excited to share with you some crafts that have been keeping my girls busy this Summer! The latest box from Green Kid Crafts that the girls have received is Interesting Insects - and it's been a BIG hit.  This box came with 3 pretty time consuming crafts, which are perfect for our family because it's so much better when a craft lasts longer than 5 minutes, right?! Within the box, the girls received a fun new chart to track their boxes from Green Kid Crafts - each box will now come with a sticker so they can see the crafts, at a glance, and remember what they've worked on.  Interesting Insects fit perfectly in our lives right now … [Read more...]

No-Cry Solution Book Reviews: Picky Eaters & Potty Training

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Thank you Elizabeth for the books to help with this review.  Special thank you to Michelle from Mama’s Baby Cupcakes for this review. Parenting educator Elizabeth Pantley is president of Better Beginnings, Inc., a family resource and education company. Elizabeth frequently speaks to parents at schools, hospitals, and parent groups around the world. Her presentations are received with enthusiasm, and praised as realistic, warm and helpful. Out of the eleven book offered from Elizabeth's website, the two books above interested me the most. Our 5yr old daughter has always been a picky eater after having reflux issues as a baby, and developed texture issues from the delay. We also have a 2yr old that I've been wanting to potty train and the less issues the better in getting to a successful road of yet another potty trained … [Read more...]

Green Craft Subscription Box from Green Kid Crafts

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Thanks to Green Kid Crafts for providing us with an eco friendly craft subscription box to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own. My girls love to do crafts.  They would do a craft every day, all day long if I could find more hours in the day to plan them and more money to buy the supplies.  Unfortunately it seems like I run out of both too often, which is why I absolutely love companies that do the hard work of planning and shopping for supplies for me. Green Kid Crafts is a monthly craft subscription box that contains at least 3 crafts per box.  You can purchase a box as a single purchase or in the subscription style for the best price per box.  [Get the prices for all boxes here.]  And you can learn more about what makes Green Kid Crafts boxes really green here. This isn't our first box from Green Kid Crafts.  In fact, … [Read more...]

The Learning Method Behind Dino Lingo – Language Learning for Kids

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This giveaway is sponsored by Dino Lingo.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own. I'm back with another feature on Dino Lingo this month and I'm super excited because it seemed that you all loved the last one - let's do it again! Last month we focused on why you want your children to learn a second language.  For my family, it's because of my husband's Filipino heritage.  He's lived in the US since he was 10 years old, but Tagalog is technically his first language and what most of his family primarily speak at home, here in the US. I would love for my girls to be able to understand a bit more of his language, which in turn helps to promote their understanding and learning of the Filipino culture, in addition to the Tagalog.  Thanks to Dino Lingo - we're totally getting there!  They can now understand and say quite a few … [Read more...]

Online Preschool Programs at Home with EmbarK12

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of K12, the leader in online education for grades K-12 for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I have been thrilled with the opportunity to try out an online and in-home learning program with Sophia over the past couple of weeks. The EmbarK12 Program is a fabulous option for parents of children, ages 3-6, who are looking for programs to get ready for Kindergarten at home! Kindergarten readiness programs by K12. Try a sample activity today. Although Sophia goes to preschool, she only goes twice a week and thrives off of structured learning activites there and at home.  But honestly, between writing for my blogs, keeping up with housework and tending to two children, I struggle with having activities planned for her every day that she's home.  That's why I've been loving … [Read more...]

Kidoodle.TV – Educational and Entertainment Media for Kids

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I participated in a Blogger Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Kidoodle.TV. I received a promotional item and a free trial as a thank you for participating. I've recently been on a major search for what tablet to purchase for my girls for Christmas this year.  Since our back-of-the-headrest DVD player gave out, I decided that investing in another tablet so they could each have one when traveling was the best option for us.  But which tablet was best?  I've had a look around at the major ones and ultimately decided on another iPad, but hate the lack of parental controls on most apps... except for one - Kidoodle.TV! This app, along with my understanding of the Apple ios already, made up my mind to invest in another iPad for the girls.  I am loving Kidoodle.TV as much as my girls are! First, let me tell you a … [Read more...]

Top Learning Tablets for Kids – VTech InnoTab 3S

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This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and VTech blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. A month or so ago, I posted a question on my Facebook page about tablets.  I asked how many of my readers had tablets and if they allowed their children to use them.  I also asked if any had tablets specifically for their children. The reason I asked is because my girls use our iPad regularly, but I was looking for something a bit more kid-friendly, safe, and just for them.  Although I monitor them very closely now, of course, I know that as they grow, they're going to start using technology even more and honestly, I love it and am scared to death at the same time! A few readers actually mentioned the VTech InnoTab 3S by name when I asked that question!  I wasn't totally aware of the features of the … [Read more...]

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies – a Must See in Gatlinburg, TN

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If you haven’t checked out my list of the Top 20 Attractions that you do NOT want to miss on your next visit to the Smoky Mountains, you should.  That’s because today’s post is all about one that made the list! One of the attractions that you definitely don't want to miss is the Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies - ask anyone who's ever visited.  It's definitely a Must See in the Smoky Mountains. You may think that if you've seen one aquarium, you've seen them all... but, let me show you how our Smoky Mountains Aquarium stands out!  This aquarium is nestled right in the Smoky Mountains.  To get there, you'll go through the lovely Smoky Mountain Forest from Pigeon Forge into Gatlinburg, TN! The Aquarium is broken down into a few different locations - Tropical Rainforest, Ocean Realm, Shark Lagoon, Penguin Playhouse... and on and on. … [Read more...]

Improving Fine Motor Skills with Learn-to-Dress Animals

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Throughout the three years of this blog, my girls have been so blessed with great, new toys that are often educational and fun.  One of my favorite sponsors, whom I've worked with really ever since this blog started just happens to be who I am spotlighting today! Hearthsong is celebrating 30 years of being in the business of "Toys You'll Feel Good About Giving" and it certainly is true.  I love browsing their selection of toys - not only will you find sustainable, wooden toys, but also qu This time around we were sent the Learn-to-Dress Kitty from Hearthsong {free for review}.  Honestly, Sophia has been dressing herself for a year now.  She was way advanced on that skill, but some of the skills that require fine motor work are still a bit hard for her.  She gets so frustrated when her body can't do things her mind thinks it should be … [Read more...]

Dino Lingo: Teaching Toddlers a Second Language – Holiday Gift Idea

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 There are only 53 days until Christmas!  Are you ready!? The Dino Lingo program came into our house just 2 months ago and literally changed our lives!  Sure, that might sound a little dramatic, but it's completely true.  My daughters were able to learn their father's first language and even I've picked up on a bit too! I won't share my entire review with you, because you can find it here, but I will tell you that it's my favorite language learning program that I've seen before, especially for toddlers.  I love the way the DVDs totally immerse the viewer in the language. Speaking of languages, Dino Lingo comes in 43 different languages!  It was the one I chose, originally because there was a Tagalog {Filipino} set and I knew my daughters would absolutely love the addition of the dinosaurs! Another area that sets Dino Lingo … [Read more...]

My Toddlers are Learning Tagalog with the Dino Lingo Language Learning Program

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I have always wanted to learn a second language.  I tried to learn Spanish in high school, but it just didn't stick.  It seems that most experts agree the younger you can teach a child a second language, the more likely they are to grasp it. Depending on if you're a regular reader of SEBG, you may or may not know that my girls are half-Filipino.  Rob {the hubs} was born in the Philippines, Pampanga to be exact, and moved to the US when he was 10.  Although Tagalog {Filipino} is technically his first language, he hardly speaks it.  He can, but just chooses to speak English 99.5% of the time.  The other .5% is when he's conversing with a family member that doesn't speak English as well. So, when a lovely reader let me know about a Kids Language Learning Program that her toddler … [Read more...]

My Baby is Going to Preschool and We Get to Go Back to School Shopping for the First Time

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kohl’s. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. I can't quite believe this sweet little girl of mine will be going to preschool in just a little over a month. Seriously, where have the last three plus years gone?  It seems like only yesterday, I was a tired, stressed out new Mom with a tiny baby depending on me and I had no clue what in the world to do... Now, I'm a tired, usually not-so-stressed out Mom {ok, sometimes a bit stressed} with two young girls and still have no clue what to do on most days! There's one thing that I'm not confused about at all - it's how smart my sweet Sophia is.  She thrives on learning.  Now, I'm not claiming … [Read more...]