Monday, October 27, 2014

Review and giveaway: VTech Innotab Learning Cartridges

*Disclosure: I received the learning cartridges, information about them and the chance to host a giveaway, all thanks to VTech. All opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.

If Ethan had his way, his day would consist of sleeping for about 10 hours, and playing on some sort of electronic device for the other 14.  Unfortunately for him, he has a mom who doesn't quite agree with that life plan and who limits his screen time. When I do let the kids play with their electronic devices, I'm always happy when they choose a game or app that is educational. Lately, they've been doing just that- asking to play with their VTech Innotab 3 and choosing two new learning cartridges that we recently received to review. Here's a bit about them, from information that I was sent:

InnoTab® Learn to Write with Cody & Cora learning cartridge
(Ages 3-6 years; MSRP: $24.99)
-          Go on learning adventures with Cody the Smart Cub™ and Cora the Smart Cub™ in Learn to Write with Cody & Cora for InnoTab. Read the e-Book about an adventure Cody and Cora take while writing and spelling words.
-          Learn and develop handwriting skills in a progressive manner with 11 activities and games.
-          Includes a fun e-Book about an adventure with Cody and Cora

InnoTab® Go! Go! Smart Wheels® Busy Day in Alphabet Town learning cartridge
(Ages 2-5 years; MSRP: $24.99)
-          Explore Alphabet Town with Casey, Paul, Frank and Cyrus in the Go! Go! Smart Wheels Busy Day in Alphabet Town game for InnoTab. Read about their adventure in the e-Book or join the residents of Alphabet Town as they build roads, rescue kittens and more in fun learning games.
-          This InnoTab software title features nine creative activities and learning games that teach letters, numbers and more.
At 5 and 7 years old, my kids are at the upper age range for these two learning cartridges, but they've still really been enjoying them. I like the fact that the cartridges and the games on them provide reinforcement of what my kids are learning in school, but in a fun way.  This is especially the case for my son, who is struggling a lot with his reading and writing skills. Anything that makes him excited about reading and writing is great and these learning cartridges do just that.  VTech offers tons of other learning cartridges and downloadable apps for the Innotabs, on all sorts of subjects, so be sure to check out all VTech has to offer.

I have good news- I'm giving away these two learning cartridges to one lucky reader! They work on all Innotab systems, so no worries if you don't have the Innotab 3.  Open to US mailing addresses, enter at the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Review: 360 Toothbrush

*Disclosure: I received this product to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.

Twice a year, I take my kids to the dentist and wait nervously for the dentist to make her pronouncement on the state of my kids' teeth.  It's so hard to get them to cooperate for their nightly teethbrushing and I'm always concerned that we aren't getting their teeth clean enough. Recently though, we received a new product that's really been helping with the nightly teeth cleaning- the 360 Toothbrush.  Here's a bit about this product, from a press release that I received:

The innovative, round design of the 360 Toothbrush was developed to lead children on the path of healthy oral care – starting at 4 months old, all the way into the pre-teen years!

The 360 Toothbrush offers a better and more efficient approach to children’s oral care with these stand-out features: · Removes almost 2X* more plaque · Round shape: Gently yet efficiently brushes teeth, tongue and gums simultaneously · No edges for a more comfortable experience · Soft, microfiber bristles, contains 10X more bristles than the average toothbrush · Enables water-only brushing – no toothpaste needed for small children

Vivian's been using this toothbrush for a couple of weeks now. My husband has been handling the bedtime routine since it arrived, so I asked him what he thought about the new toothbrush.  His response was to call it GREAT (emphasis his) and he said that Vivian liked it as well. He also mentioned that we need to buy one for Ethan, since it works so well.

So, when you're in the market for a new toothbrush for your kids, check out the 360 Toothbrush!