Category - School Kids

The Super, Incredible Big Sister Personalized Storybook

B Sisters

Have you ever seen a set of sisters cuter than this??

B Sisters

Okay maybe you have, and maybe I’m a little partial, but I love these two and love even more the way they love each other. Now, don’t get me wrong, they have their moments when they’re arguing over the same Disney Princess dress up shoes, or complaining about what color their snack bowl is, but all in all they love each other tremendously and it melts my heart.

DaddyB and I make it a priority for the girls to be sisters and best friends, we want them to grow up supporting, and lifting one another up as a team. To help facilitate that we give them joint tasks, have them do something nice for the other, and look for other resources to encourage them to want to be the best sister ever.

I received The Super, Incredible Big Sister, and this is totally a tool that has encouraged Miss A to want to be a great big sister. This personalized story shows Miss A and Lil C’s name throughout the book. making it even more relevant to her {and she always gets excited to read her name too}. We love the bright, colorful illustrations and the cool award that we often use when Miss A has been a good big sister. She loves it!

Miss A Big Sister Badge

Personally, because of the tense of the book, it’s better for someone who is going to be a big sister, or who has a new sibling, but sometimes we’ll change the words to make more sense. Perhaps I See Me!, will come up with a book for siblings that are a little older.

I would recommend this book if you are bringing a new baby into the home or as a baby shower gift to a friend with older children. I personally like to bring a gift to mom and older siblings when they are in the hospital after baby has been born, it makes everyone feel involved in the joyous event and excited too.

Check out The Super, Incredible Big Sister Personalized book for $32.95 and more unique books here: http://www.iseeme.com/

I received a copy of this book and have given my honest opinions about the product in order to help consumers make more educated choices. The opinions expressed in the post above are my own, however yours may vary.

Miss A Enjoys LeapFrog Summer Camp

LeapFrog Summer Camp Maze

Thank you to LeapFrog for sponsoring my post about Leapfrog Summer Camp. To sign up for LeapFrog Summer Camp, please click here. #CleverLFCamp #spon

We are currently in Week 2 at Leapfrog Summer Camp. Have you signed up yet?? Miss A has been enjoying the printables and recommended activities that Leapfrog has been offering us through this program. She loves figuring out where we are whether it’s a local business or different states, asking the age-old question, “are we there yet?” So it was fun to use the Leapfrog Printable Passport in Week One to help map and tell us how often we frequent areas in our neighborhood like parks, schools, and more.

LeapFrog Summer Camp Passport

 

She also LOVES maps and mazes so this week’s lesson on Animal Babies was perfect for her, not only was she doing something she was enjoying (mazes), but she also learned that a baby elephant is a calf.

LeapFrog Summer Camp Maze

 

We have really been enjoying the past two weeks of LeapFrog Summer Camp. The best part is that the lessons are not based on prior weeks or days so if you haven’t started you can sign up online anytime during Summer Camp at leapfrog.com.

This program keeps your kids learning and engaged throughout the summer, allows you to travel and still participate, and you miss a week and not feel bad about it because it’s FREE!!!

If you have signed up I would love to hear what your thoughts are so far. Feel free to post your own pictures on my Facebook page too.

This post is sponsored by LeapFrog. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Creative Baby i-Mat Review

Creative Baby i-Mat

Now that school is out I am pulling out the toys that both girls really enjoy playing with. One of these toys is the i-Mat made by Creative Baby. This foam mat is not only easy to piece together since it’s in the shape of a large puzzle, but it’s also simple to take care of and comes with a zippered carrying case {great for travelling!!!}

We have the, “My Animal World” mat that teaches my girls barnyard animals, desert animals, ocean animals and more! It has cool tasks like, “Click on an animal with stripes,” or “click on a bird that doesn’t fly.” Both my 2 year-old and my 5 year-old really get into playing the game, which is great because the i-Mat offers both basic and advanced levels of games.

Creative Baby i-Mat

{My PC is in the shop so my images of the girls playing with ours are on that computer. I will however upload on my Facebook page once I get it back}

This toy has a ton of other features too:

  • Teaches your child 3 languages – English, Spanish, and Chinese.
  • Features real animal sounds and music
  • Teaches vocabulary and comprehension
  • Features a voice recorder for capturing funny, silly moments

The i-Mat is recommended for babies 6 months and above, personally I think it’s best to have a child who is able to grip the “pen” better so I may say closer to a year, but if you want your baby to start hearing and recognizing sounds and pictures of animals you could always click the images for them too. Great for multiple children especially and encourages sharing.

I love that it’s just the right size to include a lot of animals but not take over the entire floor space and easy to store because it’s pretty compact. Definitely a “must purchase” in my summer toys list for sure!! Now, just FYI it retails for $79.99, which to some may seem a little steep. I will tell you in my opinion, this toy is worth it for us, it has a lot of features that the girls’ more expensive handheld games have {minus the screen}.  Get more information on Creative Baby’s website here: http://www.creativebabyinc.com/our-products/

I received a Creative Baby i-Mat in order to play with, er, have my girls play with it and give my honest opinions. All opinions expressed in this post are my own, yours may vary, although this is a pretty rockin’ toy, so maybe not. 

Introducing the LeapFrog Summer Camp Program

Thank you to LeapFrog for sponsoring my post about Leapfrog Summer Camp. To sign up for LeapFrog Summer Camp, please click here. #CleverLFCamp #spon

Are you ready for the summer? I am very excited for parties, travelling, heading to the pool, and enjoying time with my family. Miss A had her last day of Preschool last week and we’ve had our full share of, “what can I do now?, I’m bored., I miss school.” Her schedule at home isn’t as busy as it was at school so I think now she doesn’t know what to do with herself. Lucky for us, one of our FAVORITE learning companies, LeapFrog is hosting a great Summer Camp program! {Thank you!!!}

If you have a child or children ages 4 to 7 years, hop into LeapFrog’s 8-week Summer Camp starting June 4th through July 29th 2012. You don’t have to wait to sign up for camp, you can go online now to enroll. Plus it’s FREE!!! We’re super excited because the program is designed to keep kids learning throughout the summer no matter where they are. Yes, that’s right, anywhere you have access to your computer your child can explore geography, writing, science, art and more. Love it!!!

Here is the LeapFrog Summer Camp schedule, take a peek!!

Week 1: June 4-10 Out & About—Learn about the people and places in our world on your way to becoming a global citizen.

Week 2: June 11-17 Caring for Animals—Experience animals in new ways and explore themes of responsibility and compassion.

Week 3: June 18-24 Puzzle Time—Build logic and reasoning skills as you puzzle your way through brain-bending activities!

Week 4: June 25-July 1 Art & Music—Let your creativity run wild as you experiment with a range of media, including handmade instruments, crafts and a home art gallery!

Week 5: July 2-8 Writing That’s Real—Explore fascinating nonfiction topics and try your hand at investigative writing.

Week 6: July 9-15 Storytelling—Bring your ideas to life through storytelling, music, art, drama and pretend play!

Week 7: July 16-22 Science Adventures—Observe, ask questions and draw conclusions as you explore and investigate the world around you.

Week 8: July 23-29 Friendship Week—Get ready for school and International Friendship Day by exploring what it means to be friends.

Which is your favorite?? You don’t have to choose, but if you pick one I’d love your comments here.

So again, it’s super easy to sign up online: leapfrog.com, keeps your kids learning and engaged throughout the summer, allows you to travel and still participate, and you miss a week and not feel bad about it because it’s FREE!!! Your kids will thank you, I promise!!

This post is sponsored by LeapFrog. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Sweet End of School Classmate Gift Idea {Craft}

Placemats

Miss A celebrated her last day of school yesterday. Her school put on a great Pre-K (and 3’s) performance and it was awesome. I only teared up a little. Mostly when the teachers were talking about all the amazing students.

We too were super thankful for all of Miss A’s classmates, and wanted to give them a special, “End of School” gift to let them know how much we love them. I knew I wanted something personalized so I went to our favorite kids gift site Frecklebox.com and decided on their place mats. I did a post reviewing their products a while back that you can check out here: Frecklebox Gifts. Since then we have bought several birthday gifts from them and bought some more placemats for the girls, plus they are always running discounts.

Miss A handpicked each placemat, from a number of different themes for each classmate, making the gift even more personal. A dinosaur for Kaleb, ballet theme for Natalie, and so on for each of the 7 children in her class. She was so excited to be a part of the gift selection.

Placemats

The only gift-related problem with our place mats is that I didn’t know how to wrap them or give them a label. I tried to come up with something witty that included, “I’m glad we MAT” instead of met, but scrapped that idea. Then I remembered I had lollipops left over from Miss A’s birthday party, hooray for my brain that never stops!

So on my drive home from her school, yesterday morning, {yes the morning of the last day of school} I was brainstorming wording ideas for the placemats and lollipops. I came up with some fun wording for the lollipops and added our personal information for her classmates to contact us for summer play. Here’s the image of the card I made:

End of School Classmate Gift Lollipop

I found an image of a lollipop and went to town on iPiccy, {which I highly recommend}. I made it black and white and faded the image a little so as not to overpower the words. Then I used a bright, kidcentric font to print our message.

Here are the finished products, I ended up taping the lollipops and cards on the back of the placemats, all the recipients, aka kids were super excited for their one-of-a-kind gift and pose with Miss A for one last Pre-K picture.

End of School Lollipop Gift Idea

End of School Gift Idea

This was a GREAT way to end a year of school. I hope this gives you some gift ideas for your end of the year classmate gifts.

What are your children doing for the end of the year? Do you have any unique end of the year crafts or ideas??

Oh My, it’s Carter’s Oh So BIG sale! {CLOSED}

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Carters Oh So Big Kids SaleThis past weekend I dove into my girls closets and turned into the Tasmanian Devil, no not the one on the nature shows, the one from the cartoons. {Insert mental image here, since I do not have rights to this image.} And if you’re not sure who the Looney Toon’s version of the Tasmanian Devil is; Google, baby.

So picture me getting rid of all of the heavy knits, and thick fleece and being left with a rack of empty hangers minus the one or two dresses and t-shirts that can work for the beautiful spring weather we’ve been having. While Little C ,{yes I did just upgrade her from Baby C, remember this moment in time!} has a few hand-me-downs from Miss A, they’re not quite the same size at the same age, and well, Miss A she has some size 10’s from grandparents finding good deals, but won’t be fitting in those for years.

From the time my girls were itty bitty, we have been gifted or purchased clothes we LOVE at Carter’s children’s clothing stores. Not only do I really like the awesome quality of their clothing, {great for passing down to siblings/family members} but they also have really cute styles to offer. Unlike a lot of children’s stores these days, I appreciate the fact that Carter’s clothes are AGE appropriate, yes people a 4 year old can dress their age, no excuses. Not to mention that Carter’s always offers great coupons and discounts, and I love saving a buck when I can. Speaking of which… their, “Oh So Big Sale” is going on as I type this blog post!

From now through April 24th Carter’s adorable kids gear is up to 60% off online and in-stores. Whether you’re looking for baby girl or baby boy sets for all those baby showers you’ll be attending this spring and summer, little girls tunics and leggings to mix and match for pretty, colorful outfits, or adorable nightgowns {plus more} or something for the boys, Carter’s has some great deals on denim and cute t-shirts too!

Here are a three of my favorites from this awesome Carter’s sale:

Carters Oh So Big Sale Girls Dress

I am a sucker for dresses, thank God for giving me two girls {who also adore them}! I really like this one because it’s pink, frilly, and great for spring AND summer. If white’s not your color Carter’s also has some other adorable dresses in their toddler and big girls sections.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carters Oh So Big Sale Boy Shirt

Here’s one of my favorite boys t-shirts, not only is it a bright, fun color, perfect for spring, but it’s a cute design without being scary (skulls) or having cartoon characters on it.

I hear from so many moms that most boys clothing only has sports balls on them and you can only have so many of those before you want to pull your hair out {general, not direct quote}. Plus it’s mom-centric, love it!!

 

 

 

 

Carters Oh So Big Sale Pajamas

 

Last, but not least, I had to include pajamas. We in the B household are known to have a pajama party or five each month. I also love monkeys, these girl monkeys are so sweet with their bows and bananas. Don’t you agree?

I also love that Carter’s thought about spring weather when they created this set. I know here in Charlotte the weather has been cold one day and hot the next, so we’ve been mixing up pajama sets to facilitate the temperature of our house, it works, it’s not as cute as this set though.

For more information on the Oh So Big Sale, check out Carter’s online: Carters.com website
“Like” Carter’s on Facebook to discover the latest great deals and Find a Store near you.

I love Carter’s products and because of that, I am giving away a $50 Carter’s gift card for you to do some extra shopping.

How to Win

Mandatory Entry {must be done in order to get additional entries}: Head to Carter’s Website HERE and click on the Oh So Big Sale link and tell me: What your favorite product in the Carter’s Dresses & One Pieces line is in the comments section below this post.

For additional entries:

1. Leave a comment on another post on my website. (1 comment per post, no limit otherwise.)

2. Follow MommyBKnowsBest on Twitter

3. Tweet– using @mommybknowsbest and linking back to this giveaway. (up to 5 tweets a day)

Not an entry because MommyB Knows Best follows Facebook TOS, but we’d love it if you want to follow MommyB Knows Best (again not an entry but I’d love you forever if you did) click here: MommyB Knows Best Facebook

RulesGiveaway ends April 25th @12:00 am. The winner will be chosen at random, verified, emailed, and announced in a Winner’s post. The winner has 48 hours to respond to the email from MommyB to claim the prize, if the prize is not claimed within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen at random. You must be a US resident and 18 years or older to enter.


Carter’s partnered with bloggers such as me to help promote their Oh So Big Sale. As part of the program, I received product or gift cards. Carter’s believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words, and therefore did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products I used. Carter’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. The winner of any giveaway in this program will be randomly chosen and gift card fulfillment will be handled by a third party.

 

An Introduction to Paper Snaps Products

Paper Snaps Address Label

As parents, especially those of us who stay at home with little ones, often do everything and share everything with our kiddos, even going to the bathroom. Since it’s very seldom that we have our “own” things, once and a while it’s nice for me to have things that reflect just me as a person.

We have really fun family address labels, but sometimes I send mail to my readers, people I work with, and just want to have my own, professional, address labels for those specific items. Because Paper Snaps has a sophisticated line of products to choose from I had a hard time choosing just one, but ended up with the Contemporary Colorblock Address Labels, clean, but pretty.

Here’s an example:

Paper Snaps Address Label

Paper Snaps is awesome because their designs are classy, fun, and pretty, what more could I ask for?!?

I heart Paper Snaps’ contemporary look, and while they do have some really great stuff for just me, they also have great lines that cover lots of different needs from, “Save the Date” cards, to kids birthday invitations, baby announcement magnets, and more. Here’s a collage of some of my personal favorites from Paper Snaps.

Paper Snaps Collage

 

I encourage you to check them out too, here’s a handy-dandy list of their social sites for you to peruse:

What’s one thing that you make sure is “all yours”? 

Do you have a favorite Paper Snaps product yet??

Paper Snaps Logo I received complimentary products from Paper Snaps in order to give you my honest opinions about their products. The opinions expressed in the post above are my own thoughts and words, yours may vary.

A Healthier Me with Invisalign

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Happy March, or what’s left of it 🙂 Last month I wrote about my, “Induction to the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board.” A lot has happened since then.

I met with my assigned orthodontist for my initial consultation which included:

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  • Filling out dental and general health history forms
  • Meeting with the Orthodontic Treatment Coordinator
  • Having photos taken at several angles of my teeth and bite
  • An extensive consultation by the Orthodontist with explanations on how Invisalign could help improve my smile.

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After my initial consultation I scheduled the next appointment for my impressions. After my x-rays I prepared myself for my impressions. I had heard they were the worst part of the Invisalign procedure, but in my opinion they were a breeze, of course the “goop” didn’t taste great, but it also wasn’t the worst thing I’d experienced in life and my technician was pretty quick too.  I even learned that some offices {including mine now} offer a new technology that scans each tooth and is “goop-free”.

Here are my pictures of the equipment they used for impressions:

Invisalign Impression Equipment

and my impressions:

Invisalign Impressions

Although it seemed like forever until I got my first set of Invisalign aligners the day finally came. The technician had me try them on and checked the fit and also explained how to remove and replace the aligners, it was actually much easier than I had originally expected. I got 3 sets of aligners, {one for each week} and here’s what I think of them so far:

They have  improved my life in a lot of ways I never expected with very minimal side effects {mild soreness, and irritation of one aligner but solved with some dental wax}.

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  • My teeth are already moving – Not a whole lot but I can definitely feel and see the small changes
  • My teeth are whiter – I am brushing more than I ever have in my life AND drinking less coffee and pop {soda}
  • I am snacking a lot less, mostly because I don’t want to take my aligners out then clean my teeth and clean my aligners. A few chips isn’t worth it for me now.

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Now Invisalign only claims the first reason I love my aligners – teeth straightening, and I’m excited to go to my next appointment where I’ll get my attachments, and I think I heard the Orthodontist even mention rubber bands for my bite.

I’ll keep you posted on the progress as I go. Thanks for reading, and please feel free to comment here or email me with any questions you may have for yourself or your teen regarding Invisalign and Invisalign Teen.

Let the teeth straightening begin:

Invisalign Aligners MommyB

Also check out Invisalign on Facebook and Twitter:

http://www.twitter.com/invisalign

I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board, I receive complimentary Invisalign treatment, but am posting my own, personal opinions.

No More Moose and Zee – Nick Jr. Changes

No to Nick Jr.?

Lately Nick Jr. has been making a lot of changes, and not everyone is happy about them. First, a new Marina appeared on The Fresh Beat Band with no warning or transition, then Nick Jr. lied about when new episodes of Fresh Beat Band would appear, new show Mike the Knight aired on February 6th in the US, and now a slurry of changes have hit the channel and parents are not happy. Here are just a couple of comments from Nick Jr.’s Facebook wall this morning:

Nick Jr Facebook PagePersonally, I think that Nick Jr. should have learned it’s lesson from The Fresh Beat Band and the uproar from parents being upset about such an abrupt change with no transition or warning. Some parents hate change and will be upset regardless, however I think there are parents/viewers who would have been more receptive to the changes had Nick been more up front with things going on behind the scenes.

Sprout does a great job of introducing new characters, like one of their Sunny Side Up Show co-hosts Liz. Weeks before they broadcast Liz they showed her on breaks in-between the show, they also let children know who the host of the next week’s show will be. Disney Junior too is among children’s programming that understands that children transition better when change is slow rather than overnight. Disney Junior has been showing off commercials for one of their upcoming shows, Doc McStuffins throughout their normal programming and even recently announced that they will be airing programming for the younger crowd all day. {Which I personally am very excited for since we’ll have an alternative to other channels that we watch solely because Disney Junior changes to cater to older kids at a certain time of day.}

So it’s not that Nick Jr. couldn’t transition, however we may never know why they didn’t choose to transition more slowly or keep Moose and Zee around. No more recycling Gnomes on Ice cups, silly songs about candy canes and candy corn, and fun learning games about the hidden letters Big R and little r.

What are your thoughts? Are you bothered like so many other parents, do you want to Boycott Nick Jr., or could you and your children care less?

What programming will you and your children continue to watch?

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No to Nick Jr.?

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Ubisoft’s Drawsome Tablet Review

Drawsome Box

Drawsome Box

Having a little girl who loves to learn and try out new things {she’s like her momma}, it’s always neat to be able to test out the newest gaming technologies and tools. We were very excited to check out Ubisoft’s Drawsome Tablet, a new drawing peripheral for the Wii™.

 

Here are some things we like about it:

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  • The Drawsome Tablet comes with two games, DrawsomeTM Artist and Drawsome Sketch QuestTM. {Both are easy for Miss A, age 4.5 to play}
  • Drawsome Tablet is very sturdy, no small pieces and very light.
  • SD card allows users will be able to easily share their masterpieces with friends and family
  • Great quality graphics for the age range it caters to

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The Drawsome Tablet features a large 8.5-inch screen, and a wireless stylus that is easy for small and large hands alike to grasp. Miss A loved being able to trace her favorite characters and practice her writing skills, which is great for preschool and school aged kiddos.

In Drawsome Artist, players can draw, paint and color by sketching on their own or learning advanced art techniques step by step. They even can interact with their favorite characters from The Smurfs, the world renowned animated brand, and learn how to draw and color them thanks to a huge gallery of predefined models. Also included is Drawsome Sketch Quest, in which players embark on an adventure to help a variety of cute animals race through their world by drawing bridges, trampolines and more. With 40 characters and 80 levels there is never a dull moment in either solo play or family-friendly four person co-op.

Miss A is not quite 5-years-old and once she got the hang of The Smurfs game was off and running on her own. The Drawsome Sketch Quest gave her a little bit of trouble once she got a few levels into the game, but with some pointers and help from mom we were able to progress. I think unless your child has been using the Nintendo Wii from birth, or in the womb they may need some help if under age 7.

Here’s Miss A using the Drawsome Tablet:

Miss A Ubisoft Drawsome Tablet

and some screenshots of the games that are included when you purchase the Ubisoft Drawsome Tablet:

Smurfs Coloring Game

Drawsome Screenshot

 Some tips that would have helped us use the Drawsome Tablet for the first time:

  • Wait until you’ve made all of your selections on the Wii Drawsome Games before you place the Wii-mote into it’s slot on the tablet.
  • Make sure you have a flat surface for the tablet to rest on, it makes it much easier to navigate and maneuver.
  • Go through the games one time yourself {or a few if you’re really loving it} that way you can help your child while they are playing.

Ubisoft’s Drawsome Tablet for the Nintendo Wii retails for around $59.99 but you can certainly find it online for as little as $29.99, which in my book makes it an amazing price. I have not seen any other games compatible with the Drawsome Tablet, however it was just released {on my birthday}, December 6th, 2011 so I can only guess that there will be some coming our way. I can’t wait to see what other fun ideas they come up with. Totally Drawsome!!! {Sorry I couldn’t help myself.}

Check out the Drawsome Tablet for yourself here: www.drawsometablet.com

I received the Drawsome Tablet in order to give you my complete, honest opinions about this product. The opinions expressed above are my own, true thoughts, yours may vary.