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PostHeaderIcon #Free PlayTown Story Building App for ages 3-9

It’s amazing how  kids as young as 2, can grab a phone or iPod, unlock it, and find their way to their favorite apps. I don’ t know about you but I am pretty sure I was probably eating dirt when I was 2. There are so many apps available for kids these days, it’s hard to go through them all and find the great ones.

Look no further… I don’t normally post about apps but when I was asked to check this one out, I was glad I did and had to share it with you. It’s called PlayTown: My Story Maker and it is a wonderful new app for kids, ages 3-9. To be honest, I had fun with it myself.

It is a simple to use app that explains everything when you enter your name. I love that you can change the facial expressions and even add fun little trinkets to your story. You can add characters and even your own image to the story. It offers a lot of story enhancements like background changes, and a number of props. Next you narrate and select the music for your story. Once you have completed your personalized story, you can share it with friends and family!
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PostHeaderIcon Make Your Kids Want To Learn By Making It Fun

I am always looking for new ways for the boys to be online in a way that is both fun and educating. Like most kids, if they think it’s boring work, they have no interest! I received an email about a website called Cwist. Here is a little bit about it. And yes FTC, I was paid to do so, however, I am recommending this site because after having the boys use it, I truly think it is a great educational tool!

Cwist is the only digital platform to harness the creative power of both parents and educators to develop, test and share hundreds of challenges that educate the whole child.

Crowd-sourced from parents, educators, mom bloggers and experts, cwist features an interactive library of educational, community service, outdoor and unique challenges or “cwists” for kids ages 5-10, AND helps them to make a healthy connection between the things they want and the effort it takes to get them.

While a great resource and community for parents, cwist is also a great way to see what your kids are wishing for and giving them a way to earn it. Partner companies, like Imagine Toys, Edmund Scientific and others, make it easy for kids to select rewards they really want. And if it’s not on cwist, kids can chose to enter their own unique reward.

The cwists can be anything from organizing a community clean-up, researching fun facts for upcoming family trips or simply finishing chores every day on time. Kids choose parent-approved rewards which can range from a sleepover, day trip, toy or gadget they have wanted or something completely unique and original. read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon Ridemakerz Xtreme Customz – Party Style

We had the most amazing play date ever! Before we get into that, the FTC says I have to tell you that the folks over at Ridemakerz and MomSelect sent us a fantastic kit (and that all opinions are my own) for Spencer to host a party with all of his friends from school! The fun stuff is coming but, let me tell you a little bit about these amazingly fun vehicles.

Start your engines! The newest name in customized car kits for kids is RIDEMAKERZ XTREME CUSTOMZ! XTREME CUSTOMZ are scale-sized, customizable vehicles that transform just as fast as children’s imaginations. Starting from a wide range of body styles, kids use their creativity to customize their vehicle with interchangeable “Mix N Match” parts, and make the car or “RIDE” of their dreams come alive. XTREME CUSTOMZ RIDEZ are easy to assemble for kids ages 5+, and feature a 4-mode adjustable chassis to go from Race, Lifted, Jacked and Off-Road…all with the push of a button! XTREME CUSTOMZ are available in:

  • Starter Kits – 1:48 scale (about the size of a cell phone) single vehicle with “Mix N Match” accessories
  • Swap Sets – two 1:48 scale vehicles with “Mix N Match” accessories
  • XL Kits –1:18 scale (about the size of a football) single vehicle with “Mix N Match” accessories

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PostHeaderIcon Shane Koyczan: “To This Day” For the bullied and the beautiful

It really warms my heart to say that I have two of the sweetest boys any mother could ask for. Yes they are your typical boys picking on each other and talking back but, they both have beautiful hearts. Royal (10) would sit on the bus with a Kindergarten student on the first day of school so they wouldn’t feel scared. Spencer (5) will pick up anything that someone drops and hand it back to them. While every parents thinks that they are getting it wrong, it’s moments like these that show you really are getting it right. The boys have been through a lot in the past few years and they still laugh, smile and shine!

While trolling around YouTube, I came across this video about bullying. While bullying has always been an issue, it seems that nowadays it’s even worse. Maybe not worse but more acknowledged by society.  The school sends home papers all the time and there are signs all over the halls about this problem.

This has to be one of the best bullying videos that I have seen in a very long time. I want to stress that no one asked me to share this, I was not pitched to share it, I was not paid to share it. I am sharing it with you because I think it is a very important topic and Shane Koyczan tells it well! It is a powerful video with a little humor in it. Even if you don’t have children, adults can learn from this video as well. Sometimes adults don’t realize their own behavior and it is carried over to their children.

I will say that there are 1 or 2 cure words (out of the 12 minutes he speaks) in it so you may not want to watch it around your children. I am willing to let Royal watch this and forgo the curse. I am sure he has heard worse in his life. The message of the video outweighs him hearing it. I would love to hear your comments on what you thought. If you have another video you would like to share, please leave the link in the comments for others. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and you will share this post!

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