Meet Ubooly, a fun new interactive educational toy #UboolyLab (Giveaway)

This post about the new interactive educational toy is brought to you by our partnership with Ubooly. When Ubooly was created, Rachel wanted to provide children with an interactive and engaging tech toy that would be both entertaining and educational. With our world going more and more hi-tech, our children will be living with technology in most aspects of their lives. Our job as parents is to let them have exposure to technology in safe, educational ways when possible. When I heard about Ubooly as a concept, I was intrigued and very willing to do a review of it- my kids love playing on my phone, tablet or laptop, but I want to be sure I can control and limit what they are exposed to. Ubooly marries what the kids want and what the parents are looking for- in a fuzzy orange package. With Ubooly Lab the parent now has full control of customizing their child’s playtime!
ubooly #UboolyLab

Ubooly is a cute, fuzzly little stuffed friend who has a little zipper on it’s head. That’s where your iPod Touch or iPhone goes. This is one of my favorite features of this toy- you don’t have to remove the case from your phone (at least not a Speck case or CM4’s Q Card Case–any snug fitting case seems to work, even the iPhone 5)….so you don’t have to remove the protection from the device before you put it into the toy. The toy itself is a stuffed animal so that’s more protection. It’s simple, sweet and adorable- but also very neutral and very appealing for it’s simplicity in appearance. Ubooly will soon be here in pink and green as well!

· Ubooly will know their child’s name, like the same: colors, interests, food, hobbies etc.
· By purchasing credits parents will be able to unlock Educational, Interest, and Helper packs.
o Educational Packs: Our Lesson packs are created on a 5 day schedule, and keep parents in the loop with progress reports
o Interest Packs: Our interest packs are full of fun facts of trivia to get your child excited about specific topics.
o Fitness & Helper Packs: Ubooly will also help with personal growth & create healthy habits through the Fitness and Helper packs.
· Content packs are all designed to be age appropriate for different age ranges (3-9)
· Content packs are written by a large team of elementary teachers & comedians
ubooly love #uboolylab
My kids would gladly spend most of their day playing with Ubooly. They have a whole schedule worked out for who gets to sleep with Ubooly (sans phone) and who gets first dibs when they are able to play with the Ubooly. I think it’s pretty cool that it’s holding the interest of 3 kids who are 7, 5 and 3 all at once. They are having fun, learning and even learning some things along the way, and most importantly, they are LEARNING NEW JOKES so I don’t have to listen to the old Knock Knock, “Orange you glad I didn’t say banana” for the 910349032849032 billionth time!

Some Ubooly Lab facts:
Ubooly will know their child’s name, like the same: colors, interests, food, hobbies etc. (You can have more than one child listed in your Ubooly app, which is great. They just have to recognize their own name in the drop down or have you help with that)
By purchasing credits parents will be able to unlock Educational, Interest, and Helper packs.
Educational Packs: Our Lesson packs are created on a 5 day schedule, and keep parents in the loop with progress reports
Interest Packs: Our interest packs are full of fun facts of trivia to get your child excited about specific topics.
Fitness & Helper Packs: Ubooly will also help with personal growth & create healthy habits through the Fitness and Helper packs.
Content packs are all designed to be age appropriate for different age ranges (3-9)
Content packs are written by a large team of elementary teachers & comedians

This video shows 2 Uboolys talking to one another. It’s adorable and funny, partly why I’m sharing. But it also shows the different ways you can customize them to your liking- which I can’t do side by side since we have just the one Ubooly. Aren’t they great??

If you are like me and like your kids to be learning when ‘connected’ or ‘plugged in,’ you may want to check out the Ubooly. You can find Ubooly at Toys R Us . Ubooly will also be available soon for Google Play!

Of course, one lucky reader will receive an Ubooly plus a $30 Ubooly Lab credit so you can get a really full experience of the Ubooly and lesson/interest packs!

Fighting Pests and Weeds the Easy Way with AMDRO PowerFlex ($50 Amex Giveaway)

This post about fighting pests with the new AMDRO PowerFlex system is brought to you by Central Garden & Pet. We don’t have a lot of issues (knock on wood) with pests and/or insects inside the house, but we do have pests in the form of weeds and more weeds. Plus they always bring their friends. While we don’t treat areas near our well at all, we do have areas in the yard that we’ve used weed killer on or other pest control products- but it’s always several different products in different packaging and different applicators. In other words, lots of space taken up and lots of things to go through. The new AMDRO PowerFlex is designed to streamline the whole weed and grass, indoor and outdoor insect problem by having one kind of universal applicator and smaller concentrates that you can quickly and easily change depending on your need at the moment. They’ve simplified the process to a 1-2-3 step thing!!
amdro powerflex

Step 1: Fill the gallon sized container with water (I’d like to thank the folks who designed this for making it a smaller sized container- it means those of us who aren’t super strong can still be able to use the product system).
Step 2: Twist on the concentrate you’d like to use
Step 3: Spray your product onto the pests or weeds. That’s it.

Want to change to another product quickly? Simply remove the concentrate you are finished with, flush the system for about 10 seconds, and twist a new concentrate into place. Easy, peasy. The system itself has a spot to store and go with 2 concentrates so you can cover more area or change to different product applications without having to walk back to the shed, garage, etc.

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There are 4 varieties of concentrate you can get with the AMDRO PowerFlex system-
1. Weed & Grass Killer Concentrate
2. Lawn Weed Killer Concentrate
3. Yard & Perimeter Outdoor Insect Killer Concentrate
4. Home Pest Indoor Killer Concentrate


AMDRO PowerFlex Pest & Weed System
· AMDRO is introducing a revolutionary all-in-one system – AMDRO PowerFlex – created to simplify indoor and outdoor pest and weed control unlike any other product on the market.
· The AMDRO PowerFlex Pest & Weed System moves pest and weed control into the 21st century of technology by creating one innovative solution that fits all of consumers’ control needs.
· The battery-powered sprayer features four specialty formulated cartridges that eliminate a wide range of pests – from ants and cockroaches to dandelion and many other hard-to-control weeds.
· Available cartridges include: Weed & Grass Killer Concentrate; Lawn Weed Killer Concentrate; Yard & Perimeter Outdoor Insect Killer Concentrate; and Home Pest Indoor Killer Concentrate.
· AMDRO PowerFlex products range from $11.99 to $14.99 and are available at The Home Depot, Walmart and select regional retailers.
Please feel free to watch my video of how to use this system and watch how easy it is (would be with 2 hands anyway) to change cartridges!! (Also, please feel free to laugh, I do).

One reader will win a $50 American Express Gift Card to buy their own AMDRO PowerFlex System – or whatever you’d like to use it on!

Central Garden & Pet partnered with bloggers such as me to help educate us all about their AMDRO products. As part of this program, I received compensation. They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the use of the products. Central Garden & Pet believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Central Garden & Pet’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. A winner will be chosen by random and gift card fulfillment will be handled by a third party.

eKoffee Fresh Roasted Coffee Giveaway

A few weeks ago, while camping and having my first cup of coffee, I struck up a conversation on Twitter with the owner of eKoffee. Jason agreed to send me some coffee to review.  A few days later 2 lbs of the “Coffee Blends” sampler showed up at my front door. That is right, fresh roasted coffee delivered right to my front door.  The coffee was fresh roasted in New Jersey at the Booskerdoo fresh roast coffee co. and the label showed the date it was roasted.  I received one bag each of the following roasts; After Dark, Black and Tan, Bottle Rocket, and Jersey Diner.

Fresh Roasted Coffee Delivered

The coffee arrived in a box and came with a fun burlap coffee bag and a sticker.  This would make such a great gift.

About eKoffee.com

eKoffee.com is a Colts Neck, NJ based online specialty coffee marketplace where quality and freshness is tops, but value comes in as a close second. We saw the rising popularity of K-cups and with them the overinflated prices people were paying to brew a cup of coffee at home.  We knew it was possible to brew a much better cup at a better price.  You’ll find that our specialty coffees deliver a significant increase in freshness, quality, and cost savings per pound versus a K-cup.

Booskerdoo is THE hidden gem of Monmouth Beach, NJ and their coffee is roasted to perfection for your enjoyment. Booskerdoo believes great coffee should never sit in a warehouse, which is exactly why they don’t use one. Roast-master James roasts the earth’s finest beans, packages them straight out of the hopper, and immediately ships them out directly to you. Fresh coffee makes all the difference and Booskerdoo coffee is definitely coffee worth waking up to!

I read a great blog article written by Booskerdoo about using a french press to brew coffee.  So, I broke mine out and got to making an incredible cup of coffee.

French Press Coffee

I enjoy the ease of an electric coffee maker but what a treat it is to have a cup of freshly brewed coffee from a french press.  They are easy to use and easy to clean.  You can boil your own water and get it to a better temperature for brewing.

Fresh Roasted Coffeefresh roasted coffee

Truly delicious coffee.  All 4 blends I received are ones I will order again for myself or send as a gift.   eKoffee.com would make a great Father’s Day Gift. The customer service was friendly, the shipping was quick and the product is very high quality.
eKoffee.com is offering all ThisMamaLoves.com readers a 10% discount on any roasts when you use the discount code MAMALOVESCOFFEE. I will be using that code to try some of the Red Rooster blends this time.
Who wants a chance to win some Ekoffee.com fresh roasted coffee?
You can enter to win one of two prizes.
The first will be 3lbs of fresh roasted coffee that you get to choose from eKoffee.com .
The second winner will receive $20.00 in gift cards to use at eKoffee.com .

I was provided with samples to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

Summer fun with Compact System Camera Samsung WB200 Camera #SocialCamera #Shop

This review of the Samsung WB200 Camera, one of the Samsung Smart Cameras, has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client.
samsung wb200 wifi hybrid touchscreen camera

The Samsung WB200 Camera is a smart camera, in many ways. It’s got a hybrid touch screen, so you can use the shutter button to snap those memories or you can touch the screen (which my kids prefer to do). It’s an affordable camera that’s most definitely family-friendly, and comes with a lot of bells and whistles for the approx. $179 price tag. These little cameras let you email photos direct from the camera, share on social networks or upload to storage clouds. You can grab close-ups, action shots, panoramic views and more with the 18x zoom lens. This 14.2 megapixel camera has built-in BSI CMOS Sensor to capture images in low-light situations. It also comes with optimal image stabilization- which means all ages can get some fabulous shots regardless of how still they can hold the camera. You can even control your camera with your smartphone and capture the entire family in a special moment!
Things I love about this camera:
Long zoom– I don’t have to carry anything but the tiny little camera that can (almost) fit in my pocket. The lenses are built right in. Do you know how convenient this is? I love it. Less room for user error (I’m good at user error). We were on a field trip to Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, CT this past week and check out the shots I got from many feet away.
samsung wb200 zoom feature
This little guy just stared right at me, like he was asking me to take his picture!
samsung wb200  close up

Low Light Photography No fiddling around with settings on my “big” camera and missing out on moments I want to capture. That’s one thing that compact system cameras have over DSLR- with the built in, powerful zoom lenses and strong and powerful setting detection, the camera does the work for me. (Does that sound lazy? I don’t mean to sound lazy)! I’m focusing on the pool fun since we’ve finally had warm enough weather to use our pool but I’ll be sharing more photos from this camera as the summer progresses, don’t worry!
samsung wb200 low light photo

Wireless Cameras/Smart Cameras– You can share photos FROM YOUR CAMERA. Not by removing the card and using a card reader, not by a USB cord…but with Wi-Fi. Isn’t that just marvelously marvelous? I love it. So cool. Maybe I’ve been under a rock but I find this just fantastic. Family, be warned, this mama loves sharing photos and this mama has a new camera that shares direct!! Prepare your inboxes!

The price. I got this camera WITH a 3 year extended warranty for $210.57. It’s got features galore and did I mention it’s got that wi-fi so you can share right from the camera (Maybe once or 4 times, right?) plus it has a sleek look and a small size so it’ll go anywhere you go.
samsung wb200 action shot
I wish I’d gotten a better shot of her FROM this jump, but none were great shots (she was making a weird face) so we did a second take sans goggles!
samsung wb200 cannonball action shot

Things I don’t like about this camera:
The color. White is pretty but I fear for how long it will look pretty and not dingy. Perhaps pink will come out next. But really, that’s also part of what I love about this camera, is that it IS white, because I’ve had black, black, and black cameras for my entire life. The white is fun and refreshing.

Check out my shopping trip for this camera at our local Walmart store:

Shopping for Samsung WB200 Camera at Walmart

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Discovering new butter options #CookwithSpreads #ad

This post about butter options with the benefits of spreads with 0gs trans-fat and no cholesterol is brought to you by Unilever. I recently headed to the closest SuperWalmart store to get a whole random list of things we need…I had limited time and a lot of kinds of things to pick up so off I went. I always do my non-grocery shopping first when I’m at this Walmart, mostly because it’s an enormous store and I wouldn’t want food to waste! I needed a filter for our car, a chair for the pool club for me, a few pool toys, underwear and socks for my husband, a hat for my son and some staple grocery items, as well as milk, yogurt and, truth be told…whatever struck my culinary fancy.
spreads with 0gs trans-fat and no cholesterol
I was totally blown away by the variety of spreads available for purchase including I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!®, Country Crock®, Promise, Brummel & Brown and Imperial. I think that the last time I bought spreads there were two sizes of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! and nothing else. Clearly, things have changed.
Not only are there a ton of varieties, but one thing that stuck out to me (perhaps the huge sign?) was the 0 grams of trans-fat and no cholesterol aspect of the spreads. Don’t get me wrong, I like the taste of butter as much as the next person (and both my daughters would eat it for a snack if I let them), but I’m not a fan of cholesterol or trans-fats.
spreads with 0gs trans-fat and no-cholesterol
This inspired me to buy one of the butter options available with less saturated fat and fewer calories than butter. It was the Brummel & Brown Spread that caught my eye, a spread made with 10% nonfat yogurt and 35% vegetable oils. My family loves yogurt, so this won. (Also, I liked the packaging. I won’t lie. It felt very….farm-y).
spreads-with 0gs trans-fat and no-cholesterol I was looking forward to trying a new recipe (yay!) with spread that is made with no hydrogenated oils and was rich in Omega-3 ALA. But what to make…
dinner options aisle walmart
Since I was at a SuperWalmart store, and my Preschooler and Kindergartener didn’t need to be picked up for another hour from school, I perused the aisles. This aisle said “Dinner Options” but I kind of think it must be in transition, there were weird combinations of things on the shelves…so I headed another way. I wanted to make something we’ve not had in a while, a new variation of a familiar recipe. When I found some Smoked Sausages on sale (did you THINK I wasn’t going to buy something on sale?), inspiration struck. I just had to find a few more ingredients to make what I had in mind. Stay tuned next week (or so) to see what I make!!
smoked sausage at walmart

Cooking your favorite recipes using Unilever buttery spreads is a deliciously smart move. With 0g trans fats per serving, less saturated fat and fewer calories than butter, cholesterol-free spreads are a better option.

Visit itsgoodtoknow.com for more information and recipe ideas now!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Unilever.

Curiosityville online learning site for kids #Curiosityville

This post about the new online learning site for kids, Curiosityville, is a sponsored post with The Motherhood. With summer so close to being here (three more weeks of school!), keeping the kids’ learning fresh in their minds is on MY mind. I don’t want them to lose what they’ve learned and have to relearn it in the fall. We do not do much screen time at all during the summer, mostly because we’re outside and nowhere near a laptop, iPad, Kindle or TV, but there are times when the kids are wanting to be connected and I want that time to be educational in some aspect. Curiosityville is a new online educational site for kids ages 3-8 that meets my wishlist for personalized educational content and the kids’ requirement for F-U-N.
curiosityville logo
There are two main things that stand out to me as a parent about this site. First, the content and activities are based on the science of how kids learn. Second, the parents’ area of the site doesn’t just tell you how your child is progressing and what they’ve been doing…it takes things a step further and offers supplemental activities for you to do both online and OFFline with your child. If your child is struggling in an area or finding it quite challenging, these activities may help to give them a boost.
curiosityville parents

Kids can easily explore this site. My son, who is 5 1/2, had no trouble exploring and getting around. Once I showed him the “parents” tab, he knew to not use it because it wouldn’t be very fun for him and he set out to explore activities with Jack, Ruby, Rosie, Pablo and Joe. (Joe is “cool” because his room has snowboards hanging on the wall). Each of the friends in Curiosityville gives children new things to explore. Each offers your child a different learning experience.
curiosityville learning game ruby

This particular game, is on that my 3 1/2 year old has been enjoying. She’s learned her letters but needs lots of practice and she loves to play on the computer like the big kids. My son just likes to be “crabby” and catch letters– but he’s still getting that learning practice in, something he needs as he struggles with mixing up his B’s and D’s frequently. He’s having fun and getting skills reinforcement.
curiosityville parents

You can sign up to try Curiosityville for one month FREE! You can check out just how great this personalized learning site can be. I’ve only just begun to explore what this site will offer my children and me.
Come join us for the #Curiosityville Twitter Party on June 4th at 1pm EST. You can ask questions and learn more about Curiosityville!

Quick Chicken Dinner with Tyson Fully Cooked Homestyle Chicken Fries #ChickenFryTime

For an easy weeknight meal as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias® I put together this easy and fun picnic chicken dinner using Tyson Fully Cooked Homestyle Chicken Fries. I headed to Sam’s Club to shop for ingredients- with three very active (and busy) kids, I need to buy most of our food in bulk.

sams club softball

Weeknights have become really, really busy around here. My little one has yoga one day a week and soccer another. Both activities are in the afternoon but they also impact our family schedule and the time I have to prepare balanced meals for my family. My son who is 5 ½ has soccer and yoga with my littlest one, but also has TBall one evening a week and games on Saturday mornings. My oldest has Softball one evening a week and a second evening each week with a game, plus yoga with the little 2…and Brownies one afternoon every other week. (The TBall and Softball are not in the same place nor the same time, of course!!)

To say my cooking time has been impacted by this spring schedule is an understatement. I am trying to keep up with home cooked, balanced meals, but it’s hard when we’ve had a lot of yard projects this spring that need a lot of attention (and watering). I’ve been really busy. So when I had the chance to do this shop for the Tyson Homestyle Chicken Fries, I had to check them out- I’ve been seeing a lot of posts around for them and was quite intrigued. I’m always up to find new quick dinner ideas.

sams club tyson homestyle chicken fries

I went shopping last Wednesday. I’d forgotten my membership was expiring so I had to go renew it when I got there (forgot to take photos) and then I set out to find the fries. I was quite proud of myself for having just one little distraction en route to the fries….the party cups. More proud for not buying them (yet).

Of course, when I found the Chicken Fries, I wasn’t sure what I was going to make with them. I just knew this was my day to get my shop done and figured inspiration would strike. Strike it did, a few short minutes later (and shortly after I saw all the different flavors of wings that Sam’s Club sells….inspiring me to have a wings party later in the summer).

I didn’t realize how AFFORDABLE these fries were before I got to Sam’s! $9.98 for 3.5 lbs! Not a bad price, in my opinion. After I grabbed the fries and came upon the produce my inspiration struck. And common sense. Veggies were laid out in front of me and we eat a lot of veggies….veggies are a great finger food. Veggies are easy to bring places. Veggies are great for picnics….and…

Why was I so stressed about an easy weeknight meal when so many other families have schedules like ours right now- I thought to myself, why not just stick with simple and basic and pack a balanced picnic chicken dinner? Picnics are fun for the whole family and with or without a hectic schedule, a nice way to spend time together as a family. Awesome. I had a plan. (You can see my whole shopping trip in my Google Plus album here. Enjoy. You can see a glimpse into how my mind works. It’s not that scary, I promise).

Since we had yoga from 4-4:45 and a Softball game at 5:30, I knew time would be tight, so the Chicken Fries were a great main component to our picnic. (I realized right about now that those fun party cups would be perfect to hold chicken fries IN for the picnic, but my brain doesn’t work like that. There I was all proud of myself for not just grabbing all the impulse things I wanted to buy).

So, we got home at 4:50, I sent my oldest up to get her uniform on, reminded the littles to get their toys ready to bring to their sister’s game, and preheated the oven. While that was heating, and while the fries were cooking, I cut up veggies and filled dipping sauces for appetizers in containers with what the kids love. Grabbed some grapes and Crisps, a few drink boxes for the kids, plates and napkins, and we were ready for a quick chicken dinner!! The kids were so excited!

sams club quick chicken dinner

I have to tell you that we got to the game (on time!!), set up the picnic, got plates set out, kids were eating, and a thunderstorm arrived. Our picnic lasted about 4 ½ minutes. Thankfully my husband arrived right as the storm did so he helped me pack food and kids up quickly since they called the game and we got home before the big rains came. (It rained for three days straight!!)

We did finish our picnic inside, at home. The kids devoured the chicken fries. And wanted more. Just so you know, 3.5 lbs seems like a lot in the store. With 3 hungry kids (and a husband) in the house, 3.5 lbs doesn’t seem like a lot. Next time, I’ll be buying at least 2 bags when I go. The kids LOVED these and I love that they are white meat chicken, and so easy to prepare.

Be sure to “like” Club Tyson on Facebook, because you will soon be able to enter to win free Six Flags tickets for your family vacation!!!

What are your go to easy meal ideas?

Our family finally joined Netflix. We love it! #NetflixKids #Family #ad

This post about Netflix and why we are loving the Netflix Kids selections is sponsored.  I am so sick of paying money for cable television for dozens of channels we never watch.  I’m also sick of paying money for cable television channels that are NOT child friendly and seem to “hug” kid’s channels in the lineup.  We recently joined Netflix and what a difference this has made for the kids’ viewing!  I’m still learning the “ins and outs” of how to maximize my comfort zone with the kids’ viewing but having the kids’ favorite shows and movies available in a dedicated kids section has made me one happy, happy mama.


netflix kids

Thanks to some help from Common Sense media, who provide ratings, reviews and information, parents can find appropriate family friendly content that’s suitable for ages 2-12.  That means my little ones aren’t going to accidentally change a channel and see a news story that we don’t want them to see. It also means that I can feel pretty confident that what’s IN the shows is appropriate for their ages.

netflix kids

We tried Netflix years ago, back when we had just one kid.  It lasted 2 months.  This was when you paid a fee and the DVD came in the mail.  Does anyone remember?  We hated it.  Mostly because it took us two months to finally watch that one movie and we realized we’d spent $20 to wait 8 weeks to view it.  But we also had a kid who wasn’t a good sleeper and were always asleep by 8pm.  Fast forward many years and things have changed. I’m already falling hard for this whole Netflix idea.

We can view it in so many ways- iPad, Roku3, Kindle FIre, laptops, even my phone!  We actually haven’t used the streaming capability on all of the devices we own, but knowing the option is there makes me happy.  You can watch your favorite TV shows and movies anywhere, any time you want. Which means that if we do a road trip, or anticipate a power outage, we can get some stuff downloaded ahead of time so that even without wi-fi we can watch things if need be.

netflix kids

Shows available on Netflix are shows that the kids are familiar with and love- and what I am finding great is that there are suggestions based on what we like to watch- so the kids are discovering new programs like Justin Time and My Little Pony, and rediscovering old favorites like Pingu, Curious George and my niece’s fave from childhood, The Powerpuff Girls.  There is a huge variety of programming in both movie and show format so if the kids want to just chill for 15 minutes or watch a whole movie, you can easily find *something* for them to enjoy.  Having the kids’ dedicated section has been helping us to find our movies to watch for Family Movie Night- we’ve been discovering (the kids) and rediscovering (the parents) some great movies that we’ve not seen before like The Adventures of Tintin, Pocahontas, or The Aristocats.  Now we can just pick from Netflix instead of asking friends to borrow their DVDs or going to the library (which is closed Fridays so I have to remember on Thursdays!).

What are you watching on TV with your family? Netflix has family favorites from Disney, Disney Jr., Hasbro, Cartoon Network and Dreamworks that are available to stream anytime, anywhere.

And streaming is easier than you think! Download the free app on your iPad, click on the Netflix app on any gaming device, go to the website on your computer – and you’re in business.Check out Netflix !

What are your Netflix favorites?  Tell me what your family loves to watch- we want to add to our lists!! 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of NETFLIX.

NYNE N-19 Docking Alarm Clock Review and Giveaway

The NYNE N-19 is a low-profile, professionally-designed alarm clock that syncs time automatically with your iPod, iPhone, or iPad.   As a family we own our fair share of Apple devices.  The alarm clock we have is old, like I owned it before college.  So of course I was excited to recieve the NYNE N-19 to review.  It keeps your device ready to use on the go, provides great sound quality, and includes a remote control. It is a high end, feature-rich, docking alarm clock with an easy-to-read custom display and backup battery that will come to your rescue during those unexpected power outages.NYNE n-19 Docking Alarm Clock
Here are some of the NYNE N-19 docking alarm clock features and I have to say that my favorite is that it syncs time automatically to your iPod, iPhone or iPad.  No more resetting the clock and missing the hour only to have to go all the way around again.  The NYNE N-19 is sleek, stylish and easy to set up.
Features include:
  • Apple certified 30-pin docking and charging station for iPods / iPhones/ iPads with built-in support bar
  • 3.5mm stereo aux-in port for other phones and MP3 players (i.e. Android, Windows, etc.)
  • AM/FM Radio with 6 presets
  • Dual Alarm with programmable wake-up volumes that allows you to wake up to your favorite playlist, radio station, or alarm tone
  • Dimmable backlit display with 5 settings
  • S-Video Output port that allows you to watch your favorite music video or movie from your mobile device directly on your TV!
  • nyne docking alarm clock
NYNE’s N-19 has an Apple-certified universal docking mechanism that can be used with most iPods, iPhones, or iPads. Your mobile lifestyle has been taken into account by design engineers who went a step further, providing an integrated
docking space that is wide enough to fit most Apple mobile devices with most protective covers in place. Wake up to the crisp, clear sounds of a custom playlist, your favorite AM/FM station, or the traditional alarm beeper. If you’re tempted to
grab a few extra ZZZs, don’t worry because the included snooze control will wake you again just in time to get to work. With the dual alarm function, you won’t have to remember to wake your sleep partner. When you’re ready to go out, just grab your
fully charged device and take off.

Accessories

• UL-Approved AC
Adapter
• 3.5mm Aux-in Cable
• Remote Control
• AM Antenna
• User Manual
• Quick User Guide
• Warranty Card

 

The NYNE N-19 would make a great gift and one lucky This Mama Loves reader will win one of their own.

An NYNE N-19 Alarm clock was provided to me to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

Have you ever been surprised by another mom’s parenting style? Check out Pretty Wicked Moms!

If you are a mom, I’m sure at some point another mom’s parenting style has surprised you.  For good or for bad.  Maybe both. When POPSUGAR asked me if I wanted to check out a new show coming soon to Lifetime called Pretty Wicked Moms, I wanted to see it.  I am NOT the biggest reality TV fan out there, but sometimes it’s just plain fun to watch these shows.  The world of being a mom can be one of the most wonderful and supportive communities there is- but at the same time (often simultaneously) it can also be one of the most cutthroat, competitive and judgemental communities out there.

when i was still the worlds best mother

Before I was a mom, I was the best.parent.ever. I was going to do it all RIGHT.  After you stop laughing at my ridiculousness, keep reading.  I think the mom’s parenting style that has surprised me MOST has been my own. I am fairly sure most people thought I’d put my kids on a schedule quite early….I’m not sure we’ve ever had a real schedule in this house. There’s a lot of grey in our schedule. Not much black and white. I really wasgoing to be the best mom ever. I researched my butt off. I was on the pre-parental pregnancy HIGH HORSE, y’all, and I wasn’t coming down off of that.  I was just going to move it to a pedestal.

And then the baby came.  Aw, hi cute baby!!  CRASH.  Off that high pedestal, right now, new mama!!  You weren’t going to cosleep?  Babies should only nurse for 6 weeks? 6 months?  You’ll never cloth diaper?  Won’t wear your baby?Think again, my friend.

i was never going to wear my baby

Babywearing quickly became a way of life for me as a mom. But it was on my “I never” list!

Like so many mamas I’d met, talked to, read about, heard about, or just saw, when the baby came, I had to do a lot based on my instinct.  Maybe it wasn’t with kid 1, or even kid 2.  But by kid 3?  Many, many of those “I never” statements I’d been so darn sure about were “I’ve done it” or “It got the baby to sleep/eat.”  All that stuff in “the books” didn’t apply to my baby.  Trial and error got us into a groove, although it seemed like the groove would last for 3 days and things would change again.  Back to square one.

I have see other’s reactions when they learn how close together our children are, or that my littlest one slept in our bed for the better part of a year.  I’ve seen eyebrows go up when they hear that not one but TWO of my kids were nursed far past a year, one for over 2 years.  I’ve also seen “that look” when they learn my kids have all had formula.  Or that I took multiple herbal remedies to increase my breast milk production for months on end.  I’ve long since stopped caring (although not to the extent some of the moms on Pretty Wicked Moms don’t care!!) about what others think.  My family, my business. Period. Your family, your business.

I am not proud of this but I can clearly remember thinking (and probably judging because I was so ignorant) about WHY anyone would want to breastfeed a baby after a year…a toddler…a preschooler…and yet, here I am, telling you I nursed my younger 2 far past a year, the last one, well past 2 years.  Me.  The one who couldn’t understand why anyone would want to.  But at the time, it worked. It worked for my kids and it worked for me.  It hurt no one and it worked.  Now, if I hear someone has an extended nursing relationship, I quietly think to myself “I hope their kid isn’t a biter.”

I’ve learned from my almost 8 years as an actual parent (and unlearned all the perfection I wasn’t ever going to attain in my months of pregnancy with child #1) that we are all pretty much doing the very best we can.  Period.  If it works and isn’t hurting anyone, who cares?  Not my business, not yours either.  Of course, that doesn’t mean that I can’t enjoy a show that gets as snarky and high -horsey (or should I say, high-end-horsey) like Pretty Wicked Moms.  That’s just fun to watch.  (And really, if I’m being totally honest, I sit and wonder why in the world someone would want to wear heels that high while caring for their children…..)

pretty wicked moms

Photo from Lifetime

If you want some fun viewing, be sure to check out Pretty Wicked Moms.  This group of moms is not like any mom I’ve met in real life, but the parenting styles and differences are the same basic ones that I’ve heard from all moms.  Cosleeping, caregiving, birthday parties and more.  The parenting styles and differences aren’t so different, but these ladies seem a lot more concerned with how they look WHILE they are parenting than what others think!  It’s snarky and outrageous at times but it’s also entertaining and fun to watch. Tune in to watch parenting like you’ve never seen before with the first episode of Pretty Wicked Moms on Tuesday, June 4, at 10:00 pm ET/PT on Lifetime.

Have you heard of Pretty Wicked Moms?  Will you be watching June 4th?

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