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Fun Summer Activity for Indoors and Outdoors

Our Summer break has begun and we are in full-force entertainment mode. If you have kids, you know what I’m talking about. The, “Mommy, I’m bored” can start as early as half a second after the last moment of school and I like to be prepared.

We have lots of lists for the Summer, I keep them put away until Summer break comes and then voila! they magically appear in our family command center (aka the place we keep our monthly calendar, chore charts, etc).

You may have already seen my post on Summer Schedule – Summer Rules but if not click the link HERE to get some ideas to a semi-relaxed semi-scheduled Summer that will help your household run more smoothly.

Another way we combat Summer boredom is by playing creatively. We always try to mix some old games/toys/activities with some new ones and this Summer we had the opportunity to check out the All-New Laser X – Laser Tag set

My girls usually opt out of playing laser tag at amusement venues because they aren’t sure what to expect and being highly sensitive, it can be intimidating with the loud noises and dark unfamiliar place. So when it comes to being able to play laser tag in the comfort of our own home and/or backyard, they were super excited.

Laser X features sophisticated electronics and optics that give players pinpoint blasting accuracy up to 200 feet. You can purchase sets of 1 or 2 and play with friends. Players can
choose to be on teams or select “rogue” mode where it’s every player for his or herself.

All Laser X sets work together, so games can have as few as two players – or the whole neighborhood can play. Advanced sensors in the Laser X blaster know when players are blasting, being hit, running or hiding. An interactive “coach” uses this information to give players tips and tricks throughout the game. Players can even plug headphones (not included) into their chest receiver and play music.

We tried out the Micro Blasters, but you can also purchase Original Blasters, Gaming Tower, and Long Range Blaster depending on the kind of play experience you are looking for. We highly recommend these as a fun summer or year-round toy for hours of fun (and a definite way to get rid of summer boredom!)

Sets range from around $29.99 to $49.99 and are sold online and at retailers nationwide. Get yours at GetLaserX.com before they are sold out for the summer!!

Thanks to Element Associates for sending a sample for review.

What’s App-enning Spring Series

MommyB What's App-enning Series

If you don’t know it’s Spring by the beautiful budding plants or baby animals scurrying around (you don’t have scurrying baby animals near you?!?!), then you certainly know it’s Spring by the clouds of pollen in the air. But there are no complaints here (not many at least), because I’d rather have pollen than snow in the Spring.

If you’re not outside playing in the awesome weather, like if you’re waiting for your allergy shots at the doctor’s office, or traveling for a weekend family getaway, you may want to consider some of the following apps for the kiddos and one for parents too.

Here are my What’s App-enning Spring App Picks:

Preschool Penguin – $2.99

Preschool Penguin App

Preschool Penguin is great app for children ages 3-5 that offer quick mini games that involve colors, numbers, and fun. This app has great animation and also offers videos as intermission/rewards for children playing. The game does not have an end which is good for continued play, however if you have a smart child they may tire quickly of this repetitive game and not be challenged. Overall I think this is a great learning app for little ones.

More info: PixelPlayApps.com

Champs of Numeria – $0.99

Champs of Numeria App

Champs of Numeria is a math app made for children ages K and up depending on what setting you select. At first I couldn’t figure out how to play Champs of Numeria, but luckily they have an in-app tutorial to help. I would highly recommend using this feature before your child begins playing. I think the game has a great idea but some of the numbers are a little harder to interpret since they are shapes rather than numbers. Once your child recognizes the different numbers this game can be quite addicting {in a good way.} I think this is a good math game, plus you can’t beat the price.

More info: Evanced Games

 

YAKiT Kids – FREE

YAKit Kids App

 

We all need some mindless entertainment once and a while and YAKiT Kids definitely provides that. This app allows your kiddos to take a iPhoto and make it fun. Choose from face settings, record voices, and let the hilarity ensue. If you want guaranteed giggles definitely upload this free app from YAKit Kids. Warning: they also have a similar app for adults.

More info: YAKiT Kids

 

Yummiloo Rainbow Power – $1.99

YummiLoo Rainbow Power App

I love this game and so do my girls. Honestly I’m not sure exactly why we like it so much. It could be the adorable characters, the fact that it encourages healthy eating and gardening, or that it’s nicely animated. This game features a garden with veggies and fruits and your objective is to pick the color of the rainbow in order to power up the Rainbow Machine. Once your kiddos play for a while the game becomes really short, but my girls will play this over and over again. Depending on your child however they may tire of the game after 5 or more times of play. I still highly recommend this app, if it were a higher price point however I may have to rethink the purchase, even with those cute carrot eyes staring at me.

More info: Yummiloo Rainbow Power

 

Parents: Momentage – FREE

Momentage App

 

If you’re into taking photos with your iPhone, iTouch and iPad this app offers a variety of ways to showcase your images, organize your images, and share them as well. I use Instagram often and think this is a great way to create moments through using my images. Think of it as virtual scrapbooking in an app. I would definitely recommend this app to parents, plus it’s free so other than storage space, what have you got to lose?!?!

More info: Momentage App

 

What’s your kid’s favorite or your favorite app right now?

 

This is not a compensated post, however I did receive some of the apps for review purposes only. All opinions expressed above are my own honest thoughts. Your opinions may vary.

What’s App-enning?? App Series: What’s Up Doc?

Thank you to Disney Junior for providing access to the Doc McStuffin’s Appisode for review purposes.

 

It seems like if we’re not at the doctor’s for a well-check, blood work, sick visit you name it, I’m on medical websites checking out what symptoms are or home remedies for small issues, and the girls are watching or pretending to play Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins.

Needless to say doctors are a big hit in our household. I even wanted to be a pediatrician when I was growing up. – random comment of the day.

I figured since medicine is on our brain I’d feature some of my favorite smartphone apps on that topic.

WebMD Mobile AppThe obvious choice for my first app, for a mom’s go-to when her family is ailing is of course the WebMD Mobile App. I love that I can not only read articles on whatever I’m searching for, but check out lots of helpful information for my specific area, {how cool is that?!?!}, WebMD shows me the health forecast, pollen counts, UV ray harshness and more. As a mom who’s trying to stay ahead of the game, this is a must-download in my book. Head HERE to read more details and if you want download on your smartphone.

 

For the kiddos, who, as I mentioned LOVE Doc McStuffins, Disney Junior has come out with an interactive episode, better known as an appisode, where your kiddos can watch a real Doc McStuffins episode and play along.

The Disney Junior Doc McStuffins app features activities to help rescue Ronda the helicopter, and save Boppy from deflating. With each of the mini-episodes there are several opportunities for your child to “help” their favorite characters and learn how to care for others as well.

Doc McStuffins Appisode

We like this app because it shows real episodes that my girls have seen on Disney Junior, and also that it’s not too difficult for my 3 year-old, and not too easy for my 6 year-old. The Disney Junior Appisode app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch is free and the Doc McStuffins App is available for $4.99 and you can see details or download HERE. (Also check out these other Disney Junior Appisodes)

Our family pharmacy go-to is CVS/pharmacy. I love their mobile app because it has some pretty helpful features that include: the option to scan our prescription refills, a drug interaction checker to make sure we aren’t in danger when it comes to taking several medications {prescription and over the counter OTC}, a pill identifier, prescription history which is great for remembering what my family has taken when doctors or medical staff need that information, and lots and lots more, seriously, this app does so many great things and saves me time not having to call my doctor’s office or wait to speak with a pharmacist.

CVS:pharmacy Mobile App

For more details on the CVS/pharmacy app head HERE.

 

So those are a few of my favorite medical related apps, how about you? Do you like them too? Any that aren’t in this post that you want to share with us??

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Thanks for reading another MommyB Knows Best What’s App-enning blog post. Check out another related App post in the series HERE.

 

I received the Doc McStuffin’s Appisode for review purposes, all opinions expressed in this post are my own honest words and thoughts, yours may vary.

Gombby Channel App – Fun, Wholesome Learning

I am always on the search for wholesome apps that I know my girls can play and I don’t have to worry about them seeing or hearing anything that I wouldn’t personally share with them. Even moreover, when they are playing I prefer for them to be learning something whether it’s school related or values based.

Then I saw this video of a new Apple app. Check it out:

Gombby’s Green Island – Show Reel from Big Storm Studios on Vimeo.
 

Wow right?!?! Talk about an app that nurtures you preschooler in so many ways. This app builds character, instills values, and teaches children about how things work, and even offers three different language settings; English, Spanish, and Portugese.

Gombby app

Best of all, the Gombby Channel App is FREE and comes with 3 downloadable games. If you like what you see and want to encourage the growth and learning experience that the Gombby channel touts, you can purchase additional downloadable games.

Go ahead, try it out, you may just gain a happier, more respectful, and curious child. Click HERE to head to iTunes to download the Gommby Channel App. {It’s also a giveaway entry}. Also check out the Gombby Website where you and your child can check out Green Island, meet the characters, and find out more about Gombby.

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This is a sponsored post, however the opinions expressed in this post are my own, honest thoughts and words. Yours may vary, but like mom always says, “You shouldn’t say you don’t like something if you don’t try it!!”

Holiday Gift Guide – Unique Stocking Stuffers and Gift Ideas

MommyB Knows Best's Holiday Gift Guide

MommyB Knows Best's Holiday Gift Guide Deck the Halls and break out your lists it’s time for another installment of MommyB Knows Best’s Holiday Gift Guide for the family! In speaking with different families I know that some families provide lists of desired items and others have little to no ideas to go off of. Personally, I like a list for a guideline, but I love purchasing items that I think the gift recipient will be surprised by and love. Here are a few unique stocking stuffer and gift ideas that I wanted to share with you. I hope they can be helpful in your holiday shopping.

big-fish-games-logoThe perfect stocking stuffer for kids or adults, pick up a gift certificate from online casual games company Big Fish.  With most games available for download at only $9.99, Big Fish has something to please every gamer including colorful puzzles and brain teasers, educational games for children, and intriguing mystery and adventure games.

 

Bobbi-ToadsBobbi-Toads, a line of fun and fashionable shoes for young girls, features a faux set of toe nails on a stylish sneaker, allowing young ones to paint the shoes as you would your own nails. When you are ready to switch up your style and change colors, simply use non-toxic nail polish remover to remove the old polish, and repeat the process by polishing with a different color; it’s that easy! https://www.bobbitoads.com/

CVS Phone CasesLooking for a personalized gift that any smart phone or tablet user would love?? CVS/pharmacy photo lab offers several selections and templates to design a fabulous phone case for someone special. Here are my photos, thoughts, and ordering information: CVS/pharmacy smart phone case review.

 

The Little Gym FamilyTired of toys consuming every area of your home?? What about a gift that will give your child hours of enjoyment and learning but just doesn’t fit into a box? We love The Little Gym classes for both our girls, whether they are in ballet, gymnastics, or one of the many active classes The Little Gym offers they are learning skills both physically and socially. We have classes at The Little Gym of Huntersville/Lake Norman but you can also find a Little Gym class near you.

 

CVS Beauty Collage

Stocking stuffers can be the last item on your shopping list and sometimes the most difficult. I love shopping for little trinkets at CVS/pharmacy. When it comes to my stocking stuffer wishes I’d pick the CVS/pharmacy ExtraCare Beauty Club picks. Some of my favorites are Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain, Nuance Salma Hayek Walnut Body Scrub {it’s to die for!!}, and for fun, Katy Perry Lashes Oh My!{choose something modest or get fancy!} to name a few. All of these products are around $7 and under in CVS/pharmacy’s Beauty Club, perfect stocking stuffer price and size.

Our favorite Christmas movie to watch with our girls is Veggie Tale’s St. Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving. We like this movie because it tells about the person St. Nicholas and explains the reasons behind why we give gifts at Christmas time, something we try to teach our girls. You may even want to consider buying this one to watch before Christmas gets here. The lowest price I’ve found the video so far is on Walmart’s Website.

 

 

 

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Hasbro’s Elefun & Friends – Elefun Snackin’ Safari Game

My girls enjoy playing all kinds of board games, including the original Elefun, where cloth butterflies pop out of Elefun’s nose and there’s a silly frenzy to catch as many of your own colored butterflies as possible.

We heard about Hasbro’s newest Elefun game called Elefun Snackin’ Safari and were as excited to try it out as we were to play the original, which says a lot for our family.

Hasbro Elefun Snackin' Safari

A little bit of background on the game – This is a game for up to two players (unless you want to get “crafty” and make 2 teams of several players.) It comes with two Snackin’ Safari elephant heads (with long plastic springs for trunks), several team colored food cards, and 2 “home base” cards.

The object of the game is quite similar to the original Elefun, try to get the most cards that have your team color on them. There are a few different versions, like getting the “golden tutti frutti cake” for more points, placing the cards face up versus face down, etc. Mostly, in our home the girls left the cards face up and just tried to get as many as they could.

Although Lil’ C is a year younger than the recommended age (age 3), she actually did a pretty good job scooping up the cards with her elephant trunk, so it’s a pretty simple game once your kiddos get the hang of how to grab things with the trunk.

Lil C' Elefun Snackin' Safari MommyBKnowsBest

MOMMYB TIP*** Have a good amount of practice time before you begin actual game play so that kids aren’t frustrated not being able to pick up a single card.

This game is very easy to clean up, and a great travel game because there aren’t too many pieces and the pieces that are in the game aren’t small enough to get lost/step on etc.

We really loved this family game and continue to play with it when the girls need a board game that involves a good mix of play and brainpower. Just make sure you keep the elephants trunks away from one another, ours were tangled for a few days, but have now been set free!!

Buy yours for $17.99 retail here: Hasbro Elefun & Friends Elefun Snackin’ Safari Game

I wanna know, what’s one of your favorite board games to play with your family??

Play-Doh Sweets Cafe Perfect Pop Maker – Perfect for Summer

With temperatures in the hundreds and humidity out of control it’s nice to be able to keep my girls inside the house once and a while. And what better way to enjoy keeping them cool indoors than playing with frozen treat inspired Play-Doh?!?

I love Play-Doh, and so do my girls. I don’t mind breaking it out anytime of day and creating fun mini sculptures while enjoying the company of my girls. Best of all, I get to see their creativity come out. I will be completely honest here, while I am not a mom who, “says no to dough” {did I just coin that term?!?}, it makes me cringe to mix colors together, because I know, in time it will probably end up brown. Alas, with the Play-Doh Sweets Cafe Perfect Pop Maker, I couldn’t bear to see Miss A making swirl pops and not combine colors…so there you have it folks, this Play-Doh set broke me. {It still gives me a mild case of agida writing about it, but I’ll be okay.}

Miss A {age 5} and even Lil C {age 2} could both, easily use the pop maker to create their very own creations. The set comes with four pop sticks, 4 (2oz) containers of Play-Doh, two pop molds (4 pieces total), and the “pop maker” aka stamper. For $9.99, in my opinion this set is WELL worth it for the hours of play we will get out of it, even after the dough needs replacing.

Play Doh Sweets Cafe Perfect Pop Maker

Check out these great pictures of Miss A enjoying her set and my favorite, a picture of Miss A’s candy creation that she found out how to make thanks to Play-Doh’s conveniently placed demo pictures on the product packaging. {Personally, I LOVE that they do this.}

Play-Doh MommyBKnowsBest

PlayDoh Candy MommyBKnowsBest

Pretty cool huh?? {Pun intended}. This set is great for rainy days too! Hint hint!! Buy this Play-Doh set and more here: http://www.hasbrotoyshop.com

What activities do YOU enjoy indoors in the summer while keeping your kids cool and still having fun??

I received the Play-Doh set and we loved testing it out. All opinions expressed in the post are my own, honest thoughts, yours may vary, but Play-Doh is pretty awesome, so I’m not sure they will…just sayin’

Game Night for Adults – Hasbro’s NEW Taboo {Giveaway-CLOSED}

Taboo-PKG

DaddyB and I have recently decided that we need to bring back Adult Game Night, you know, where adult friends come over and you have a game night while the kiddos are tucked safely in bed? Yeah, that. We used to have lots of game nights with our friends when we were dating, and after we were married, but now that we have the girls it’s hard for us to get out of the house as much. We’re totally down for hosting though!!

Taboo-PKGBecause we love our classic games and we know most people already know the rules we stick to those we are comfortable with, {and occasionally add in a new one.} This time we decided to try out Hasbro’s word game, Taboo. Hasbro sent us the new, and improved Taboo to check out and play and here are some of our thoughts:

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  • We loved that there are new words, it spices up the game a little and allows for more creativity.
  • The new game changing die is pretty cool and adds a new element to Taboo by making it even more challenging to get your teammates to say the word.
  • Same fun opportunities to be silly and have a good time

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  • Needs 2 AA batteries that are not included (I personally love when games add this for you)
  • You need at least 4 players to have teams (however for game night we often have many more)

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We love the new take on this classic game and had a great time with friends. At $26.99 MRSP it’s a pretty decent price for a game that will last for years of play, definitely a great housewarming gift for friends or birthday present for the game lover.

Hasbro is giving one lucky MommyB Knows Best reader their own new Taboo game! 

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I received a copy of Taboo from Hasbro in order to give my honest thoughts about the product. I was not compensated for this post and the opinions expressed in the post above are my own, true thoughts, however yours may vary.

Bonding with Board Games

Board Game

Board Game

I grew up in a household where we regularly played board games, if I listed them all we would be here forever, but my favorites were classic games, I even was in a chess class through the YMCA.  When I left home to go to college, nanny, meet my future husband and get married, I took “game night” with me and we would regularly host fun games on nights with our friends and spend countless hours enjoying each other’s company, competing, and catching up on what was going on in our daily lives.

Now that I have my own little play mates, {let’s face it, one of the primary reasons I had kids was to have someone to play with all day long,} I get to play board games with them too. Miss A LOVES playing board games. Most of the time we play when Baby C is napping because of smaller pieces, so it gives us some good, quality, bonding time. We could play for hours, we get silly, have fun, and she’s really a good sport when I’m constantly losing {and when I’m winning too}. 

I am a huge believer of starting children young at anything you hope they will continue in the future. I have been “doing” their hair from a young age because with all the curls of their biracial hair I knew that I would have to continue this practice. DaddyB and I are instilling in them the importance of giving to others, whether it is physical items, money, or time and hard work we want them to grow up having a servant heart. Valuing family time and quality time with the people who you love is also another trait that we want to encourage. Through game nights, sitting down with the whole family with no distractions, we feel that we are teaching them how important it is to grow as a family and spend time together. God has given us these little girls as our responsibility to train up and teaching them key values in life in a big part of that. 

Do you feel the same way? 

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Hasbro – Games for the Family {Guest Post)

Scrabble Alphabet Scoop

 

Playing games with my children is more than just spending time together. Studies have shown the importance of spending quality time, actively engaging with your child is to his or her development. On top of that, I find that games serve other important purposes as well. And the best part? The kids don’t realize it; the benefits may vary with each game:

  • Strategy
  • Decision-making
  • Social skills
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Math
  • Patience

This is just a short list, of course.

MommyB let Hasbro know how much my family loves games, and they asked if I’d be interested in writing a review. Imagine my surprise when my box came and we received TWO games.

Scrabble Alphabet ScoopScrabble Alphabet Soup

Initially, I thought my boys would not be interested. However, much to my surprise they actually picked this game first to play.

As long as your child can recognize letters, he or she can play. My boys are 12- and 11-years old. They vary in academic ability, typically avoid playing word games with me, claiming I know all the words because I am a writer. The beauty of this game is that it puts us all on the same playing level.

We had a lot of fun, and our game lasted only about fifteen minutes straight out of the box. After the winner was declared, they both asked immediately to play again.

Pros

  • No reading required (during game play)
  • Fast- paced
  • Encourages hand-eye coordination
  • Teaches word spelling recognition
  • Kids will love it

Cons

  • Can be noisy (ours was!)
  • Little player interaction
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I am planning on buying this game for my brother’s kids. At just nine-, seven, and four-years-old, it is one that they can all play together and don’t have to have a parent to help. I would recommend it to everyone.

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