Author - Jennifer Bullock

Lullabelly Review

Lullabelly ReviewSet up the “perfect classroom” to prepare your unborn infant’s brain for listening and integrating language sounds. If you’re looking for an innovative and comfortable way to bond with baby and share your favorite music, look for Lullabelly, a prenatal music belt.

Lullabelly has done its research in regard to the learning aspect of this great product. It has been found that music being played to an unborn child helps to stimulate intellectual development, engage attention, and encourages learning, language, and memory, all within the womb.

Aside from the many developmental aspects there are some key elements that make Lullabelly stand out. The incredible comfort, pleasing look, and flexible mobility of this product are great bonuses for any expectant mother. Read More

Hooked on Phonics Review

Hooked on Phonics Review GiveawayAfter getting to try out our very own copy of Hooked On Phonics Learn to Read Preschool edition, I am not surprised in the least bit that Hooked on Phonics is a multi-award winning program. Little Miss A was very excited to be able to sit down and start learning her letters. Although she knows “O” and a few others I was struggling trying to teach her others and found that Hooked on Phonics made it easier for both of us.

The Learn to Read sets are very extensive and come with a variety of materials. In our Pre-K package we received a workbook, reward stickers, flash cards, several reading books, and a fun DVD, not to mention the online resources. I think with all of their materials they’ve definitely covered the bases of learning. Read More

MommyB and Me Paci Tips

MommyB and MeWhether you call it a Paci, Binky, or a Plug pacifiers are often a major part of parenting. Typically your child will receive their first pacifier in the hospital, unless you express otherwise. It is from this moment that some children begin their addiction. Dum-dum-dum!

When Little Miss A started off on the “Paci” we never knew that she would be so attached. There were moments when we contemplated saying, “goodbye,” to it, but just didn’t see the need to give it up quite yet. We decided that we’d give Paci up cold turkey now since Baby C is on her way and all of the other “big girl” tasks have been checked off, (potty trained, big girl bed, getting herself dressed (mostly,)).

There are so many ways to rid your home of the pacifier. If you’re in the market for pacifier removal pronto feel free to try some ideas from the following list.

MommyB and Me Paci FairyBinkie/Paci Fairy – typically you use this when your child is old enough to understand bribery. The Fairy comes in the middle of the night, takes said Paci and leaves the child a small gift. Make sure the child knows there is a no return policy. There’s even a Paci Fairy Website where you can buy a book to read and prepare your child for this transition.

Paci with Props – With this technique you can do many things, like planting a Paci and a tree at the same time and watching how the tree grows as your child grows, and it’s great for the environment too! You can also tie pacifier or multiple pacifiers to fun balloons and send them to (Angels, birdies, Care Bears, basically anything that lives in the sky.) Or you can also mail them to someone your child knows, personally I don’t highly recommend this one though because the child may form a never-ending hatred towards that person since they “stole my paci.”

Paci Party – *This is the one we used for Miss A. Whether it be an at-home party or something outside your home, make saying, “Goodbye,” to Paci a celebration. We took Miss A to Build-A-Bear, where she got to pick out her favorite friend and when she put the “heart” in she also let them put her Paci in as well. We invited friends to make it even more of a celebration and ended up playing and having lunch together afterwards as well. And again, if you don’t want to spend money getting rid of Paci there are several other options.

Broken Binkie – A lot of moms I know swear by either putting a hole in paci with a needle so the suction is lost or by snipping off the end. Once the Binkie doesn’t work anymore some kids just simply give it up or put it in the trash themselves.

MommyB and Me Paci TipsMy main recommendations are:

1. The sooner the better. I think had we gotten rid of the Paci earlier it would have been less of a struggle because she wouldn’t have been as attached, although she does understand that she’s a “Big girl,” now.

2. Make sure the timing is right for you and your family. If your child is sick or making big changes it’s probably not the best time to give up this security blanket for them.

3. Patience, patience, patience. For some children giving up their pacifier is like giving up a substance to an adult. Don’t expect them to be fine with it the first night (although it’s a bonus if all goes well.)

4. Lastly, reward them for doing such a great job, giving verbal, physical, and material rewards will only enforce the fact that giving up one of their prized possessions is tough but you’re proud of them.

What are your pacifier struggles? Have you given up the pacifier? Share your stories and ideas with us!

Bowinhairos Spotlight and Giveaway {CLOSED}

Bowsinhairos SpotlightIf you haven’t figured it out now there is a whole world of handmade delights, this world is called Etsy.com. In this world you’ll find many fun and exciting purchases. Things you would never dream of making, things you wish you could make, and things you think are just plain cute.

Since Little Miss A has the hair of, well, a baby lion, except much prettier of course. There is no alternative other than to find cute headbands, bows, and hair ties to accentuate her sweet face and keep her hair out of her eyes. Read More

The Prenatal Picture Review

The Prenatal Picture ReviewEver wonder what your unborn baby will look like? Who’s nose he’ll have or if she’ll have a head full of hair? With today’s amazing 3d/4d technology you can find all these things and more out about your little one.  Coming from a time where mothers had to sense the gender of their baby and find out only on their labor day going to being able to see the most intricate details of their child’s fingers and toes and watch their baby suck their thumb in utero. What amazing progress we’ve made!

The Prenatal Picture allowed me and my family, DaddyB, and Little Miss A, the opportunity to take a peak at Baby Girl C and we were in awe. We confirmed that Baby Girl is indeed a baby and a girl, but even more than that we got to see her yawn, open her eyes, and mostly hide from us using her hands AND her feet. Read More

Imagia and the Magic Pearls Review

Imagia and the Magic Pearls ReviewAt first glance you may think Imagia and the Magic Pearls: Tales from the Mapmaker is a knock-off of the recent Disney princess hit movie,The Princess Frog. While both princesses are African-American the bulk of the stories are very different from one another.

I think it’s great that the country is getting a bigger dose of diverse leading ladies, and this book gives you another option aside from the already popular Disney movie. While the book has some great ideas behind it, I doubt that this book will become a household name or a classic read.

I found myself, at times, just wanting the book to be over with. Tarver spent a lot of time developing his characters and describing the story, almost at a point where it hindered the actual plot and story line of the book. While I enjoy reading about how the wind gushes I don’t need to know what color every flower, every blade of grass is. Read More

Yum Yum Pendants Review and Giveaway {CLOSED}

Yum Yum Pendant ReviewIf you’re a fan of the website Etsy.com you have probably seen a number of shops that offer really cute tile pendants, most of them using scrabble pieces as the tile, which I think is a really cute and “green” use for the scrabble pieces. Well, I happened to stumble upon Yum Yum Pendants. I think one of the neatest things about the shop is that they offer personalized pieces. Each piece is handcrafted just for you.

I love that there are many choices of pendants to personalize as well as other great designs without an initial. It was actually really hard to choose just one. Another one of my favorites is pictured above and is beautiful for Valentines Day, or even just to give to someone you love. Read More

Readeez CD/DVD Winners

Readeez Review and Giveaway CDCongrats to Amy B. and Courtney H. Who were picked by random.org and won their very own copies of Readeez. Ladies be sure to check your emails and send me your addresses within 48 hours or new winners will be chosen. For those of you who didn’t win please be sure to check back next week and following dates for more great reviews, tips, and giveaways from MommyBKnowsBest!

Cartoon Madness

Cartoon Madness CI know cartoons are for children and not necessarily supposed to make sense to adults or make sense in general. However, I can’t help but ask myself when I watch TV shows with Little Miss A what are these characters doing, thinking etc.

Here are some of our favorites and some of my recent ponderings.

Nick Jr.

Go Diego Go – Why is Baby Jaguar still a baby and will he ever grow up? I thought animals grew faster than humans.  Also how can Diego drive? Isn’t he like 10 years old? Where are his parents when he’s surrounded by pumas when he should be afraid of being eaten? Who is Diego’s real family? On Dora Diego and Daisy were brother and sister but on Go Diego Go Diego’s sister is Alicia…hmm maybe there is an illegitimate daughter somewhere in this mix.

Backyardigans – I used to ask what Uniqua was but then we wikipedia’d it and found out she’s not really anything according to the creator. Now I’m wondering why Uniqua is the only non-animal in the bunch?

Cartoon Madness WonderPetsWonderPets -Why is the sink always full for Tuck to get out? Don’t those school kids clean up? And what’s up with Linny, they say, “she,” when referring to her and she dresses in girl costumes sometimes but why is she often portrayed like a boy?

Max and RubyWhere are these children’s parents?? In fact where are most of these and other cartoon’s parents? Maybe they feel like the parents will put a damper on the adventures? We probably would!

PBS Kids

Clifford The Big Red Dog – Why hasn’t Clifford unintentionally hurt anyone? He’s a mess and huge! Where do Emily Elizabeth’s parents get all that money for dog food? Perhaps their cover is the beach shop….

Caillou Caillou is 4 years old and his little sister has more hair than he does, why doesn’t he have any hair at all???Cartoon Madness Curious George

Curious George – Shouldn’t Chef Pisghetti and Professor Wiseman be in jail for their multiple health code violations of letting a monkey (and cat) into their restaurant and museum?
 
 
Playhouse Disney

Cartoon Madness Special Agent OsoSpecial Agent Oso – Why is this panda teal and yellow? Is there a back story, like he was douced with acid or came from another planet?

PS. Did anyone notice in Christmas Dora that she is playing with Boots, Isa, and her other friends when they are toddlers yet in the show she doesn’t meet them until after she’s older? Mmmmhmmm 😉

These are only a few of my ponderings and obviously cartoons aren’t made to make sense but I had to get it off my chest. Anything you notice in your child(ren)’s cartoon shows that “bug” you?