Fotobounce for Photo Storage & Sharing @Fotobounce

We have so many ways to store and share photos today, its a wonder we can find any images we’re looking for at all!  Just thinking off the top of my head, I have photos on my cell phone, my just-stopped-using cell phone, my tablet, my husband’s cell phone, photo CD’s, some DVD’s, our external hard drive, my blog, and on Facebook.  Plus I’m 99% sure there are some images on the memory cards in both my camera and my husbands.  That’s a lot of photos to keep track of, and having them in one place sure would make things a lot easier for me.  Oh gosh, just in writing I’m remembering I have some saved at various photo sites, like Snapfish, Shutterfly and Photobucket.  Jeez.  Its easy to lose track and not be able to locate an image you really want to find and share.  That’s where Fotobounce comes in.  [click to continue…]

Kid Summer Fun: Kidorable Towels & Discount Code

The lake, the pool, the ocean- this time of year, kids are getting WET and Kidorable offers an adorable line of fun and functional towels to dry the kids off and get them warmed up!!  Offered in Lucky Cat (as pictured below) and 9 other super cute, super fun styles, these towels are just the right sizes for your little ones- they come in Small, up to 2 years and Medium, 3-6 years.  The medium is a generous size- this is my almost 6 year old in the towel and she’ll likely use it for at least one more year.

I love the snap feature so kids can use their imaginations and have some fun with role play while they are warming up and drying off out of the water. [click to continue…]

Learning Resources Jumbo Zoo Animals (Giveaway)

sThese Jumbo Zoo Animals from Learning Resources are great. Very realistic details, and a nice size for little hands to manipulate and explore with.   The animals come in a set of 5, including a monkey, zebra, hippo, penguin and polar bear.  These are not the plastic animal figures from when I was a kid that were often kind of scary looking!!  They are soft to touch, not rough, and no jagged edges.    [click to continue…] Family Sleepwear (Giveaway) offers sleepwear for the whole family- functional, yes, but FUN, OH yes!  I love their selection- especially since the “fun” stuff is not just for kids.

I have to tell you that I’m still stunned at the turnaround on this. asked if I’d work with them and 2 days later, the pajamas are hanging on the line to dry so the kids can wear them to bed.  [click to continue…]

Cars 2 Merchandise…

See this?  This is a photo one of the other bloggers took of the goodies we received upon checking in at our hotel in LA.  Toys.  Tattoos.  Stickers.  CDs. [click to continue…]

Kids Summer Fun: On the Road with Dinosaur Train (giveaway)

We’re big fans of the Dinosaur Train around here- the Pteranodon family is near and dear to our hearts.  We’re fans because we love the characters and the storylines, and love the information we learn and discover while watching the show and reading the books.  As a mom I love Dinosaur Train for the positive messages it sends and the educational components mixed in with the entertainment.


Did You Know That July Is National Recreation and Parks Month?

Summertime is here and what better way to spend the summer with family and friends than on an adventure to visit one of our national parks and/or recreation destinations.  July is Park and Recreation Month in the U.S., and the theme for this year’s celebration is “Rock Your Park.”   The National Park and Recreation Association wants you to show the country how parks and recreation make your life extraordinary! Whether it is visiting your local park, a playground, swimming pool, or taking a family trip to one of our national park treasures, celebrate our country’s love of the great outdoors this month!  Visit the organization’s website to find out ways to get involved: [click to continue…]

A day at Stepping Stones Museum in Norwalk, CT (Guest Post)

This is a guest post from A  Year with Mom and Dad!

Summer days are upon us. As an adult, I am so busy, I can’t believe I used to complain about being “bored” when I was a child! But I remember constantly going to my mother telling her I was bored and wanted something to do. Kids are so curious that they need a good amount of variety in their activities.
I love how children’s museums are popping up all around the country with hands on exhibits and specialty topics of interest. A few weeks ago, the Queen B and I toured Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, Connecticut, a children’s museum specializing in educational, hands-on galleries where children can let loose and explore.

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BARE™ Air-Free Baby Bottles

Priska Diaz  is a mom-preneur who invented BARE™ Air-Free Baby Bottles, because she needed a good solution to a too common problem with baby bottles.  All three of my kids took bottles, and all three of my kids had issues with different bottles.  I can tell you that adding up numbers in my head that we literally spent hundreds of dollars on bottles before finding one that didn’t give our kids painful gas or cause them to spit up more than they already did.  Ask any parent who’s walking like a zombie into the baby section of a store grabbing five brands of bottles off of shelves at 10pm on a Saturday night, and they’ll tell you how desperate you can become to find THE RIGHT BOTTLE.  [click to continue…]

Kids Summer Fun: Brighten a rainy day with Dinosaur Train

It’s summertime, and while that most of the time means play outside all day long, some of the time, there are rainy days where we can’t be outside.  Here are some great ways to keep the kids busy, happy and entertained and sneak a little learning in on the side!!

Watch a video:Pteranodon Family: World Tour Adventure: Go around the world with Buddy, Shiny, Tiny and Don along with Mom & Dad Pteranodon and meet all kinds of dino friends along the way.  This is a great DVD that will grab your kids’ interest and keep them happy until the very end!  Great to have for rainy summer days- and why not make a whole Dinosaur Train day of it?

Get on board the Dinosaur Train with Buddy, a Tyrannosaurus R ex, and his adoptive family of Pteranodons as they embark on a roaring, exploring world tour adventure to discover a variety of dinosaurs inhabiting the globe as they journey to Asia, Europe and Africa. From the world-renowned Jim Henson Company, PBS KIDS and Paramount Home Entertainment, the DINOSAUR TRAIN: PTERANODON FAMILY WORLD TOUR ADVENTURE DVD includes eight exciting edu-tainment adventures, interactive games, coloring pages, a dinosaur reference guide and parent information. Boasting incredible CGI animation and an average monthly viewership of 11.9 million, the “Dinosaur Train” is a Parents’ Choice recommended PBS KIDS TV series and is one of the top ten shows for kids 2 to 5. SRP $14.99 [click to continue…]

Kids Summer Fun: Moxie Girlz *be true! *be you! (Giveaway)

Moxie Girlz are opening up a whole new world to us.  We’re just starting to venture out of the preschool toy realm and into “BIG KID TOYS” which, to be quite honest, gives me a bit of anxiety.  Lots of toys for “bigger” kids kind of intimidate me, they just don’t always seem to share messages I want to reinforce with my children.  Moxie Girlz, however, DOES reinforce the messages I want to send to my children.

Why do I like Moxie Girlz? Their motto: “be true* be you!” just rocks.  I’d rather have fashion dolls that send positive messages to kids.  I think the dolls are cute and spunky.  The shoes are not a constant source of frustration, because they come totally off.  So do the feet.  You don’t change the shoes, you change the feet!! [click to continue…]