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Saving Time and Money with Shelf Scouter – Digital Pantry Review

This is a compensated post in partnership with Shelf Scouter.

I’m a list maker. Are you a list maker? I make lists for all sorts of things, to-do for work, projects I’m working on at home, groceries, and the lists go on… and if I forget my list… back in the BC era {Before Children}, I used to be able to memorize everything on my lists at any given time, these days I’m lucky to remember one thing on my grocery list.

To Do List

My shopping trips turn into a game that looks something like me going down every.single.aisle in the store looking at all the products trying to remember if we have them in our pantry or not, only to get home, unload, and find that I have “multiples” of what I already had at home and missed out on the staples I really needed. Not to mention it’s a chore to grocery shop in the first place. Unfortunately we’re not as close to the grocery as we used to be in our old house, but there are ways to save some stress when I “miss my list”. Engineer turned mom-trepreneur, Lindsay Fairman and her team of women recently launched Shelf Scouter, a free website/app to assist busy families in shopping for everything – a digital pantry of sorts. I love checking out sites like Shelf Scouter, anything that can save me time and brainpower – count me in!

 

Shelf Scouter - Digital Pantry

 

 

Shelf Scouter offers streamlined shopping, shared lists across multiple mobile devices and the ability to conveniently order products online in addition to purchasing locally. Quite simply, Shelf Scouter adds up to being the smarter way to shop.

How to Shelf Scouter Works

 

ShelfScouter Getting Started

  1. Sign up {for free} at ShelfScouter.com by entering standard information.
  2. Check out their informational tutorial to help you get started.
  3. Choose items by searching through Suggested Products, or use Shelf Scouter’s search tool to find specific items on your list.
  • Start adding in all your grocery needs whether it’s stuff that you’ll put in your fridge, pantry, cupboards, or really anything items you can buy in stores or online that your family needs.
  • Shelf Scouter’s product pantry has a growing list of items that you can put in one of your customizable shopping categories named “shelves“. If you want to make shopping even easier, check out Shelf Scouter’s weekly emails for “bins” or preloaded groupings of similar products. How cool is that?!

 

ShelfScouter Shelves

 

Shelf Scouter also makes it easy to add items that they don’t have in their product pantry by using:

  • your smartphone. Shelf Scouter’s mobile app features a product scanner to look up items. If the product is not currently in Shelf Scouter’s system you can save the product’s information by adding it in. Next time you use the website or app you can easily access it for your next shopping list.

 

ShelfScouter Scan

 

  • MommyB email exclusive. If you mention MommyB Knows Best you can send Shelf Scouter a photo of your grocery receipt and their support team will fill your pantry for you. (Offer valid now through September 24th, 2014.) Sign up now.

 

Best part of Shelf Scouter? 

While Shelf Scouter alleviates the hassle of writing paper lists, they also have another time saver that may also help save money – online shopping. Purchase your pantry items through online services from the comfort of your home or on the go. You can currently purchase your items through Amazon.com or Walmart.com while Shelf Scouter continues expanding to other retailers. You get to select your items, compare prices, and use your own accounts for security and savings. Looooove it!!!

 

ShelfScouter Shopping List

 

 

The website/app even recommends similar products {which is so helpful}:

 

ShelfScouter Similar Products

 

Shelf Scouter boasts additional features in the future that will make this website/app even more handy for busy list-making people.

If we’re anything alike you’ll like the functions of Shelf Scouter and enjoy watching the features grow as you use it. Ready to start filling up your digital pantry shelves?!? Head to ShelfScouter.com to set up your free account, watch the helpful tutorial, and start making the most of your precious time. Also, don’t forget to like Shelf Scouter on Facebook and follow on Twitter for more updates.

What features of Shelf Scouter could you use for your family’s shopping needs??

 

This is a sponsored post, however all opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are my own, honest words. Your opinions may vary.

What’s App-enning Spring Series

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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.

New LeapFrog Product – Creativity Camera Protective Case & App

This post brought to you by MomSelect and LeapFrog.

Are your little ones begging to play on your phone? My girls are always asking to play games AND take pictures, and with LeapFrog’s Creativity Camera Protective Case & App I am able to turn my iPhone® and our iPod touch® into the ultimate kid-friendly camera and creativity center.

This case is designed for little ones ages 3-6 years and works with  iPhone® and iPod touch® encouraging children to have fun, get creative and learn all at the same time!

The first thing I noticed is that the camera case protects my devices from accidents and rough play. It’s easy to see that the protective case locks in the iPhone® or iPod touch® in securely, without damaging the device. It’s difficult enough to deter little hands from unlocking, but not too complicated for moms and dads, thankfully!!

After checking out outside function of the camera protective case we downloaded the free creativity learning app. It was very easy to add to my device after scanning the QR code inside the camera case. Once that was fully loaded, Lil’ C was ready to start taking pictures and exploring.

She loved taking pictures of everything around the house and being able to have a good grip on the device. Once she took her pictures, she was able to have some fun adding stickers, distorting images, and of course coloring on her pictures in the app too. She also really loved the augmented reality game with the colorful “bugs” (minus the grey bat-like creature because of his spooky voice). Look at that happy face!

PicMonkey CollageLeapFrog Creativity Camera Protective Case & App

I love that the LeapFrog Creativity Camera Protective Case & App is durable, affordable (retails for $19.99 and includes the app with purchase of the toy), and has multiple games/functions on the app along with taking pictures.

Luckily for my girls my old iPhone®  broke and we have a few iPod touch®’s around the house so I never need to take my phone out of the case to make a call or check email, they’re always ready to play.

We are huge fans of LeapFrog’s toys because they are geared towards learning and creativity, two of many things we want for our girls as they grow. I would highly recommend the LeapFrog Creativity Camera Protective Case & App for a gift perfect for any child ages 3-6, in fact we may pick some up for birthday and Christmas gifts because I know our friends and family will love this toy.

What is your child’s favorite photography subject? Which LeapFrog toy(s) will you be buying next?

LeapFrog Creativity Camera Protective Case & App

Check out the LeapFrog Creativity Camera Protective Case & App on LeapFrog’s website. And follow the hashtag #leapfrogapptoys for more reviews, discounts and updates.

 

We received this product as a review sample in order to give our honest opinions on this product. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own, yours 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??

MommyB What's App-enning Series

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.

Track your Healthy Lifestyle with LifeTrak Move C300

I received a LifeTrak Move C300 in order to test out the product and give my honest feedback on it’s use.

Since I’m working on being healthier and living a more active lifestyle I’m always getting questions about programs I’m on and also a lot of people asking if I use a calorie/activity tracker. I’ve used another brand in the past, but recently heard about the LifeTrak Move C300.

This wrist watch-based device tracks several aspects of your day. On it’s own it tracks your steps, and distance you walked/ran that day, it calculates your calories burned (using technology to count “true” steps and calories), and heart rate as well. With some user interaction it can also track your sleep, caffeine intake, caloric intake and more.

 

C300 Quick Features

 

This health tracker device stands out, apart from others, for a few reasons:

It’s waterproof – fully submersible to 30 meters – great for swimming and you don’t have to remove it for a shower.

The device shows you some of your stats on the screen (some devices show nothing on their own screen) so you know your progress for the day without having to go to the app.

The device can show you 7 day and hourly activity so you can compare your progress and see how you are doing for the week.

You don’t have to charge the device, so no missed calories burned. Often times with other devices you have to plug into your USB or a AC outlet.

It has interchangeable bands with lots of colors. The devices I have come across usually only have one band, no choices.

It’s one of the lower priced activity trackers on the market.

LifeTrak Move C300 Review Collage

 

One small reason I didn’t love this device was because I couldn’t hide it under my clothes. It is a little bulky for me since I’m not used to wearing even a regular watch, but overall I really did like the features and price point especially. In my opinion this is a great fit for people who are beginning or in their health journey wanting to keep track of goals and see their progress. For me seeing that progress and then watching it reflected on how I feel, the number on the scale, and how my clothes are fitting is awesome.

The Move C300 retails for $59.99 and you can get yours HERE.

Head to LifeTrakUSA.com to learn more about the Move C300 or check out their other products.

 

Have you ever used a health tracker? If not why not?

 

The opinions and thoughts in this post are my own honest words, yours may vary.

 

What’s App-enning?? App Series: Appy Mother’s Day

Hey hey, what’s App-enning? Appy early Mother’s Day! Today I’m highlighting a great, FREE, app for mom just in time for Mother’s Day, and also snuck in some fun and educational apps for the kiddos that ultimately helps mom out too, {think grocery store, doctor’s office, road trip…}

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As moms {and parents in general} we’re always recording videos of our kiddos. If you’re like me and you have an iPhone you may whip that thing out everytime your kiddo does something cute, which around these parts is pretty often! The conundrum….my files are ALWAYS way to big to go anywhere other than straight to my laptop. I can’t send them to grandmom via text or hubby through email and by the time I do upload them to my computer I pretty much forget who I wanted to send them to in the first place. {I can claim mommy brain even though Lil’ C is 3 right?!?}

Enter: Joya, a Godsend iPhone app that lets you send videos regardless of their size to any recipient with text or email abilities.  Yep, you heard me right, they don’t need an iPhone or the app themselves, although if they have one they may also want to download it.  plus another great feature is that the recipient of your videos doesn’t have to worry about having space to download or store the videos because Joya creates a URL for easy viewing. Another reason this app rocks is the fact that it’s so discrete, keeping your videos private.

Joya App

For more on Joya visit getjoya.com and download it to your iPhone for free!

Now for the kiddos:

If you are a regular appster you may have some of the Disney themed apps, but have you see Disney Junior Appisodes yet?? These cool apps allow your child to not only watch a Disney Junior show, but it allows them to become a part of the episode. Children interact with the app by saying key phrases and words, shaking the device, and clicking on the screen.

The directions given by Disney Junior characters are easy for little ones and exciting for the bigger ones. We love the fact that we can not only watch our favorite shows like Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Jake and the Neverland Pirates, but that we can almost jump into their world through these apps.

Lil’ C especially likes to play these apps over and over again.

Disney Junior Appisodes

Download Disney Junior Appisodes here: appstore.com/disneyjuniorappisodes

Alien Buddies is great app little ones preschool through Kindergarten age. This app created by ArtGig Apps allow children to play matching games, dot-to-dots, puzzles, and play with stickers they earn. Each game has different levels based on your child’s skills. The game is easy enough for Lil’ C {age 3} and still fun for our advanced Miss A {almost 6 years}. Lil’ C loves it and is progressing through the levels, definitely one of our favorites.

Alien Buddies App

 Head to their website to get more info and also check out the extra alien goodies: alien-buddies.com and check out ArtGig App’s other iPad, iPhone, and iPod learning apps for children of all ages.

 

Thanks to Disney Junior and Artgig Apps for providing me with access to the apps to share with my children and get their input for this review.

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!!”

Mindbloom Life Game {Guest Post by DaddyB}

Mindbloom_Logo_SmallThe Mindbloom Life Game is a new online game and app aimed at helping you make positive changes in your life. Self-improvement systems are only effective if they’re continually used by those who are hoping to make a change. Thanks to the social gaming techniques and behavioral science tactics at its core, Mindbloom has a great shot at keeping us engaged and on the path to making those positive changes stick.

Mindbloom - Life Tree

I’m admittedly a bit of a self-help fanatic. I’ve read numerous books and I’ve used a few different productivity software programs. Mindbloom looks like nothing I have encountered. It includes points, a gaming system, and an immersive, multimedia environment centered around your life tree. The branches of the tree are based on the areas of your life that you want to improve. You can choose as many or as few as you want. They include: Career, Creativity, Finances, Health, Lifestyle, Relationships, and Spirituality.

After you pick your life areas, you add the actions that you need to take to improve that area. You can create your own action or choose from the tool’s many suggested actions. For example, in the Health area, under Nutrition, there’s a pre-loaded action called: “Drink Water”. You can then schedule the actions on a calendar.

As you do your good deeds, log in, and record what you’ve done, you earn seeds which are like points that can be used to redeem things. You can use the points to unlock songs for inspiration or send a friend sunshine or water for their life tree.

Here is a great video to help understand what Mindbloom is:

Getting Social on Mindbloom – A Forest of Friends
Mindbloom’s social aspects are one of its strongest points. A healthy competition or knowing that your friend will be watching your progress could be a key factor in your success. Of course, you can only benefit from this kind of positive peer pressure if you have friends who also use Mindboom. Going through the changes and improvements with a friend can only help make you more successful.

Inspirational Aspects
I like how Mindbloom incorporates inspiration. It’s been something that I feel other personal improvement systems have lacked. Typically, they offer no more than quotes. Mindbloom has images, quotes, and even songs to provide a kind of inspirational slideshow to encourage you. What inspires one person may be drastically different from what might get someone else going. With this in mind, Mindbloom allows members to upload their own images or music. Logging in and seeing a picture that reminds you of your goal or hearing an inspirational song could have a big impact on your overall success.

Mindbloom - Inspiration

 

The Bloom App’s Reminders
The recently launched Bloom app for iPods and iPhones will help extend the benefits of Mindbloom. The app’s reminders may be entire system’s most powerful feature. Getting a reminder to stay on track with that new habit could make all the difference in the battle to make a change stick. It’s easy to forget that new commitment you’ve made when you get back into the groove of your regular day. An occasional buzz from your phone could shake you out of your routine and remind you to incorporate that new habit.

The Mindbloom program for your laptop or desktop computer if mostly free. It includes that great immersive experience that I described. There’s also a paid pro version that gives you access to all of the music and all of the images. The mobile iPhone app (Bloom) is free as well, but it seems to focus on just the inspiration and reminder aspects.

With any self-improvement system, book, or app of any kind, it all comes down to your likelihood to use it on a regular basis. I feel that Mindbloom’s social capabilities, tied into sites that you’re already engaged in, and the Bloom app’s reminders may be the biggest strengths to make it a winning software. Try it out and see if you can make those changes in your life that you’ve been putting off.

Learn more about Mindbloom from their website: http://www.mindbloom.com/ and check them out on Facebook too: http://www.facebook.com/mindbloom

This is a sponsored post and I was able to try the Mindbloom program for free in order to complete this review. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own, honest opinions. Yours may vary.

 

From the Makers of Veggie Tales comes Jelly Telly


From the makers of Big Idea, Veggie Tales, 3,2,1 Penguins, and more fun Christian programming comes…… JELLY TELLY!!

Since my introduction to Veggie Tales at Sunday School, (as a high-schooler,) I have loved these cute crudites! Bob and Larry made me laugh while reminding me about the simple things that God is constantly teaching us. Even though these animated story tellers were geared towards children it’s easy for anyone to catch on, and end up rolling on the floor laughing.

I knew that when I had children I would want them to watch Veggie Tales too. So, I asked for the videos at each holiday and bought a few myself. Most of them are VHS but someday I’ll work towards a DVD set.

Just this year we found out that Veggie Tales are now…”On TV!!!” It’s basically a new introduction and lead into the story but they’ve kept most of the same stories to teach Sunday Morning values.

Jelly Telly is a fun website that features Christian media, including games and videos. It’s a great way to get more of the great message of the Bible to our youngsters. Co-Creator of Big Idea, Phil Vischer wants to “Bring the Bible to Life.” Not only are they providing great materials but they’re also inspiring and hiring upcoming new Christian children media designers. Which I think is pretty cool.

They have everything from animation to puppets to human actors. I feel like they have something for everyone, so if you get a chance to go to their website: Jelly Telly
check out some of the fun characters and creations.


Also for those of you Veggie fans Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah’s Umbrella will be released in the U.S. and Canada on DVD on July 31st in Christian bookstores and August 1st in the general market.