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Thursday
Apr172014

Flash Sale!

 

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Tuesday
Apr152014

Easter Gift Ideas:: Games!

The great folks at Wonder Forge recently contacted me and asked that I review a few of their new games in time for the upcoming Easter holiday. I gladly obliged. I've reviewed their products before and have always been impressed. In fact, when these two arrived my kids were jumping with joy that they had more new games to try out!

Right now, Frozen is all the rage! My kids loved seeing it at the movie theater and all of the items (custumes, toys, games, etc.) surrounding the animated movie have become very, very popular. So, of course the Disney Princess Frozen Matching Game was a hit at my house. My daughter loved it (and asked to play again and again) but my sons liked it too. You really can't go wrong with this choice, espcially if you have a little princess-lover in your life.

About the game: It’s the classic game of picture-matching, now featuring your favorite characters from Frozen! Flip over brightly colored tiles and find beautiful pictures of sisters Anna and Elsa, plus friends Kristoff, Olaf, Sven and more. What familiar faces will you see? Pick up the most matching pairs to win!

I also chose to review the Disney Planes Sky Race Game. My boys, especially my younger one, love all things that relate to planes, trains or automobiles. So, I thought this was the perfect choice and indeed it went over very well.

The game offers some more challenges than just  your basic matching game and I thought it might be a little too difficult for my toddler. However, it kept his attention pretty well and he enjoyed the 'high-flying, tricky-tossing fun!'

About the game: Fly your plane through the Wings Around the Globe Rally to win. But, watch out–flight conditions change and you’ll face surprising challenges. Toss with your eyes closed, between your legs, lying down, and more!

Friday
Apr112014

Life is Beautiful, But Life is Messy - My Messy Beautiful

I think all mothers try to give the constant impression that their life is completely put together. We never want others to think we’re scattered, overwhelmed, unorganized, sad or even depressed. We don’t want others to see that side. So, we put on our smile, go about our day and rarely, if ever, let anyone see the truth.

When in reality, we all have the same truth. We are all a mess. Despite our best moments, we all have our struggles. I’m so thankful for Glennon over at Momastery. I love her blog so much and was so excited when she invited other bloggers to share their messy beautiful. I ‘discovered’ her several months ago and read her book, Carry On, Warrior, on my summer vacation. The entire thing resonated with me. She speaks the truth ladies. I encourage you to check it out if you haven’t already.

So, what is my messy beautiful?

Here is my beautiful.

As you can see from my picture, the act of actually bringing my children into this world was a messy one. Like many mothers, I started my journey naïve and uneducated about childbirth. The birth of my first was anything but smooth; some may even call it traumatic (I did). My welcome to motherhood changed my life in so many ways. In addition to the sleepless nights and bombardment of hormones and emotions, it put me on the fast track of self discovering.

As soon as I succumbed to that unnecessary surgery I knew that I had to do better for myself and for my children. I then went on an intense journey of education and empowerment. Because of that, I’ve become a better person in many other aspects of my life. I’m a better advocate for myself and my body. And, maybe more importantly I’m a better advocate for my children and theirs.

I’m more confident and ultimately I’m a better mother.

They are the loves of my life. I don’t think they fully grasp the fact that I would give my own life for theirs, but I would. I’ve never known love any deeper, and I’m sure that all mothers would agree that you don’t truly know love until you have a child. They are my inspiration and the reason I go through each day.

But. They are also at the root of all (ok, most) of my messy. I often try to think back to the days before November 2005. Before I had children. Did I have less messy? I believe much less.

  • I didn’t sporadically scream hysterically at 6:30 a.m. when children wouldn’t get out of bed or stop bickering at each other.
  • I didn’t have to clean puke out of someone else’s hair (well, maybe I did do that but it was because I was a good friend, not because I HAD to).
  • I didn’t have to peel a screaming toddler off my hip and turn around and walk out on him.
  • I didn’t have to do 18 loads of laundry in one week.
  • I didn’t have to cry as much or as often (granted some of these are happy tears, but they are messy regardless).

And, that was just a peek of this week alone.

We all would say the joys outweigh the struggles. But the truth of the matter is, there are SO many struggles. This job we have as mothers, as wives, is a damn hard one. Anyone who says it isn’t is a bold faced liar.

The best things in life are the things we work for, I believe. So no matter how hard this job is I wouldn’t trade it for anything. And, I would even add to our brood if I could. Pardon me while I pick my hubby up off of the floor.

So, despite all of the messy, my children have taught me how to embrace the beautiful. They’ve taught me so much about myself. They’ve given me courage, strength, confidence and belief that I was made by God to be a mother.

My messy is beautiful and I love it!

 

Friday
Apr042014

Kinsa Smart Thermometer

When your child is sick, the last thing you want to struggle with is a thermometer that isn’t working or that is difficult to use. I was recently asked to review the new Kinsa Smart Thermometer since it has received regulatory approval from the FDA. It provides a convenient, trackable way to take temperatures of your family members.

The packaging is neat and simple and provides a great way to store the thermometer between uses. I was easily able to open it, download the free app via iTunes and set up the thermometer. All of that in just a couple of minutes.

About the Smart Thermometer:

As a reminder, the Smart Thermometer is the world's first oral, digital thermometer that connects to your smartphone (via the audio jack). The use of the smartphone allows us to create a fun and engaging temperature-taking experience (see screenshot below) and do far more than what the average thermometer can do. With just a few taps, a mother can track temperature and symptoms over time for each member of her family and help her doctor provide the best care. In the coming weeks we will also be adding the ability to track health within your own private groups (e.g. your child’s classroom).

It was also very easy to take my temperature. It was quick and simple. The thermometer plugs directly into the audio jack but there is also a nice extension cord to give a little space between the phone and the actual thermometer.

About Kinsa:

Kinsa is driven by a bold mission – to enable society to track and stop the spread of disease, while simultaneously revolutionizing the way we care for our families. By using innovative ‘connected’ health devices, we can provide unique value to our users, while simultaneously aggregating information to help society understand what illnesses are spreading and where.

Kinsa's mission is to enable society to track and stop the spread of disease, while simultaneously revolutionizing the way we care for our families. By using innovative ‘connected’ health devices, we can provide unique value to our users, while simultaneously aggregating information to help society understand what illnesses are spreading and where.

The Kinsa app currently includes the following functionality:

o   Engaging temperature taking experience. Kids fidget. Especially when they’re sick. So Kinsa uses the smartphone display to create a fun, engaging screen that calms your child while you take her temperature.

o   Automatically track your family’s illness for better care. With just a few taps, track temperature and symptoms over time for each member of the family, so you can help your doctor give you the best care.

o   Find care. If your symptoms persist, find nearby urgent care facilities without ever leaving the app

What I find most beneficial is the ability to track and store the readings. When my child is sick, it is stressful. When I’m sitting in the doctor’s office, the ability to pull up the app and relay the accurate readings is a huge benefit. I don’t have to worry about giving misinformation or forgetting how high their fever actually was.

If you’re interested in your own Kinsa Smart Thermometer, they are currently taking preorders on their website. The price point of $29.99 is more than reasonable. You can also find Kinsa on Facebook and Twitter.

Tuesday
Apr012014

Tips for running a successful giveaway {PLUS first-come-first-served premium giveaway memberships}

An app that lets you create and run online giveaways says the've seen businesses that started with a relatively small fanbase but managed to run a staggeringly successful giveaway anyway (and gaining a sizeable number of Likes in the process). Dango (name of the app) boasts over 10,000 registered users and are giving away 100 premium memberships for free at the end of this post. They decided to share with us some patterns they've spotted in giveaways that perform exceedingly well.
The Prize
This tends to be one of the most pivotal aspects. The twist: it doesn't need to be of a high cash value! It just needs to be something most people would want! If you sell something to a very specific target market (e.g. wedding dresses) you don't have to give away a wedding dress! How about something as simple as a box of chocolates? (According to Dango this really happened and the giveaway performed well above average).

The Image
There's a strong correlation between giveaways that do well and the use of beautiful images of the prize. Make sure to use the most gorgeous photo you can take. Think high quality Pinterest boards.
Promoting the giveaway
Businesses that promote their giveaway on their Facebook page have gained between 15% and 55% more entrants, according to Dango. Some fan pages went as far as promoting their giveaway 3 times a week and it still worked in their favor! Make the use of various giveaway directories out there as it will help with the traffic.

Virality
Make use of features that foster virality (e.g. rewarding entrants with bonus entry points if they invite a friend to join). There are entrants out there who are influential enough to pull in 10 people or more. These influencers WILL enter the giveaway if it increases their odds of winning.
Title of the giveaway
This one is obvious. However it's incredible how often this rule gets neglected. The title should be concise and easy to understand! If your user has never heard of your business before they should know exactly what they stand to win from the giveaway.
How to get one of 100 FREE Premium Memberships.
Lastly, as mentioned above Dango is giving away 100 free premium memberships to the app for free on a first-come-first-served basis. It includes various features that would otherwise be paid for. If you're one of the earlier readers, here's the link to register on (you will be upgraded automatically): http://www.dango.co.nz/index.php?page=prem/tw2