Thursday, November 13, 2014

VTech InnoTab Learning Cartridges


My children love to play games. Their father is a gamer, and my children are developing an interest in games as well. As a parent, it is my responsibility to make sure that they get some games that teach them lessons and give them knowledge, as well as allowing them to have fun jumping on the little mushroom guy with Mario.

Such games, when I was growing up, were hard to come by. Thankfully, my children each have a VTech Innotab, and I give them educational games to play. The Innotab is a kid-friendly tablet computer that can be enhanced with game cartridges for further educational adventures. There are eBooks that teach reading and vocabulary. There are licensed games that teach them math, science, and other skills while playing along with some of their favorite characters (like Jake and the Neverland Pirates, or Sophia the First).

Our youngest child, an 17 month old, and our oldest child, a 7 year old, both get extreme enjoyment out of the games they have for the Innotab. They play these games together, and complete the activities together. I personally love this tablet better than anything else on the market, as it is safe, it is entertaining, and it is educational. I cannot wait to give my children more great titles for Christmas this year.

Recently I was contacted and given the opportunity to review these new titles below and they were huge hits in our home. I have three children ages 7, 6, and 17 months and all three enjoyed all the titles below. I will be making a second post with action shots of the children with the games but they are currently packed for our long road trip coming up.

InnoTab My First Nursery Rhymes Learning Cartridge

Amazon VTechKids

(Ages 12-36 months; MSRP: $24.99)

· Join Cody and Cora on a musical adventure in My First Nursery Rhymes for VTech's InnoTab Learning Tablets! Listen to nursery rhyme songs, play mini learning games, watch playful animations and learn baby sign language.

· This InnoTab Learning Cartridge includes 25 popular nursery rhymes, mini games, introduces five baby sign language signs and allows you to customizable parent settings.

· In lullaby mode, you can set the timer for 15 minutes and play a loop of 5 sleepytime songs to soothe your child to sleep. You can also customize characters and create an avatar that interacts within the songs.

Our thoughts: Even though the age on the package says 1-3 years. I often found my big kiddos playing with this game as much as my 17 month old. I really liked the lullaby mode and the baby sign language aspects of the game.

InnoTab Disney Winnie the Pooh Learning Cartridge

Amazon VTechKids

(Ages 12-36 months; MSRP: $24.99)

· Winnie the Pooh is always hungry for honey in Winnie the Pooh for VTech's InnoTab Learning Tablets. Help him find his honeypot and learn shapes, colors, opposites and more along the way. Includes fun songs and baby sign language with Roo and Piglet!

· This InnoTab Learning Cartridge features an e-Book about Pooh and his great day bouncing with Tigger and friends, four sing-along songs with familiar melodies about Winnie the Pooh and friends, and a Music Box plays four sing-along songs in a loop for up to 30 minutes.

Our Thoughts: Winnie the Pooh is a staple in our home so this game was a pleasant surprise for all of them. My baby loves the characters and exploring gaming first time with loveable characters he is already familiar with.

InnoTab Classic Stories Learning Cartridge

Amazon VTechKids

(Ages 3-6; MSRP: $24.99)

· In Classic Stories for VTech’s InnoTab Learning Tablets, children can read three classic stories: The Frog Prince, Pinocchio and The Three Little Pigs, each with three different reading levels.

· This InnoTab Learning Cartridge includes three learning games which introduce writing, rhyming, phonics, reading comprehension and more.

Our Thoughts: I like that this cartridge can read to your child or your child can read the stories alone. It is a great start to early reading.

* Learn more about Vtech and InnoTab below:

· Learning Cartridges page –

· InnoTab website –

· VTech Twitter –

· VTech Facebook –

  Do you want to try these games for yourself? Enter below!

•go to the InnoTab website and pick 2 games you would love to own besides the titles above and leave a comment below
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Disclaimer: “The VTech product, gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by VTech.”

Orkin “Mouse in a House” Game and Giveaway

It’s official: winter is coming. Along with the snow, the lights, and the jolly man in red comes an unwelcome guest into our homes. This guest doesn’t just come alone. They bring their family, friends, neighbors, and everyone they’ve ever known. Then, they spend the entire winter eating all of your food. I’m not talking about the in-laws. I’m talking about mice.
Unfortunately, mice aren’t the way they are in Cinderella. They don’t clean the house or get people dressed (if they did, I’d put out the welcome mat, lol). They are creepy, disgusting vermin who carry diseases and are dangerous to our children and pets. Try as you might, no matter how many traps or how much poison you put out, they never seem to go away.
Being human has its perks, like having a cozy house to enjoy during the winter, but imagine having to survive as a mouse? Try your luck by playing “Mouse in a House” – a choose-your-own-adventure game that puts you in the shoes of a rodent looking to survive the upcoming harsh winter season – try your best to stay alive and see how long you last!
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Have fun play the Orkin’s #MouseInAHouse Blog App below:
• Play the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure #MouseInAHouse Game to test your survival skills and see if you can survive the winter.

Enter the contest to win a Cozy Fleece Winter Blanket (4'x6'):
•play the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure #MouseInAHouse Game and comment with your result 
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• Share the game with your Facebook friends and ask them to play the game and see if they can survive.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hard Rock Wants to Know: Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?

HR LogoFor years, the Hard Rock Café has catered to the adult crowd. With great music history, amazing food, and a rock-centric atmosphere, adults were always able to have, not just a meal, but an experience. When you went to the Hard Rock, it’s impossible not to look at all the rock-n-roll memorabilia and remember the songs and bands that you loved.
However, one group has not been able to enjoy this: children! Well, I’m glad to say that the Hard Rock is changing all of this with their new Hard Rock Roxtars: a group of characters designed to give children an experience while you eat at the Hard Rock Café or stay in the Hard Rock Hotel. But Razzi, Sir Kingston, Styler, Buddy Jr., and Skiddley all want to ask the same question: Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?HR Roxtars Logo
This is a costume contest that is being done at Hard Rock locations all across the country. During the contest, kids eat free at a Hard Rock Café location with a paying adult, and they can win a Hard Rock Café gift card or a 2015 birthday party for 8 of their closest friends and family! So, for the cost of an adult meal, you child can eat for free (which is REALLY helpful), AND they have the chance to win amazing prizes. Who wouldn’t want to participate in that?
And just who are the Hard Rock Roxtars? Well, there’s:

o Razzi™, “the motherly type” who is famous for squishy hugs and keyboard skills
o Sir Kingston™, a British-invasion inspired rock-and-roller on lead guitar
o Styler™, a free-spirited and accompanying guitar player
o Buddy Jr™, a wild man who loves nothing more than a good drum solo
o Skiddley™, the lead singer and “Mr. Cool” of the group
Dress Like a Hard Rock Rock Star: 
· To launch the Hard Rock Roxtars, Hard Rock Cafe is hosting “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?”  Contest to encourage guest interaction with the new Hard Rock Roxtars characters, kids menu, and merchandise
· For one night, during the “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?” Contest, kids eat free* at Hard Rock Cafe with a paying adult
· Guests can bring their favorite pint-sized rock star dressed in their best costume to the cafe for a chance to win a Hard Rock Cafe gift card or a 2015 birthday party* for eight of the rock star’s closest band members and entourage
· For additional information about the Hard Rock Cafe “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?” Contest, contact your local cafe for contest details
Eat Like a Hard Rock Roxtar:
· Children who dine at Hard Rock Cafes worldwide are greeted with their own Hard Rock Roxtars activity book, themed menus, guitar-shaped plates and photo opportunities
· As part of The National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell program in collaboration with Healthy Dining, a mission and online resource that helps parents and children alike select healthy menu options when dining out, Hard Rock Cafes worldwide will offer healthier food options, such as Skiddley’s “Not-so-diddley” chicken breast and “Twisted ‘n tasty” cavatappi pasta 
Stay Like a Hard Rock Roxtar:
· The brand also has plans to globally expand the program to engage families traveling to select Hard Rock Hotels®, with the Roxity Kids Clubs®
· Children who stay at Hard Rock Hotel locations with their families will receive a special Hard Rock Roxtars Activity Book at check-in and unlimited entertainment at Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club, a family-friendly, music-inspired haven, where kids can rock to their own rhythm, catch a live Hard Rock Roxtars performance or take part in experiential, engaging and music-infused learning activities
*Restrictions may apply
Here are some links that might be helpful:
·  Hard Rock website:
·  Hard Rock Roxtars website:
· Hard Rock Twitter:
Comment below and follow my blog to be entered to win a prize pack.

*Disclosure: “The information, gift card, gift pack and giveaway have been provided to me by Hard Rock International.” +No celebrity or musician has endorsed the “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star” contest

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

5-hour energy Yummification Contest winners

The yummification contest is over and there were some really great entires. I cant wait to try some of them. I loved the winning entry it was delicious!!!

The winning videos and recipes are posted at Image3 And some of them are funny, so go check them out.

here is the first place recipe -

· First Place ($50,000 prize): “Pomelimelade” by Tim Merlau, Los Angeles, CA
This winning submission mixes a Pomegranate 5-hour ENERGY® shot with limeade, and then takes us on a musical journey through all that can be accomplished over several hours (spoiler alert:  it’s a lot). 
  • “Pomelimelade”
    • 1 glass Limeade
    • 1 shot of Pomegranate 5-hour ENERGY®

· Second Place ($30,000 prize): “Ramalamadingdong” by Mark Golembeski, Los Angeles, CA
The second place video helps us turn that 2:30 feeling frown upside down by mixing a 5-hour ENERGY® shot with lemonade.  This video has it all: a clown, a puppy, a guy in a tutu, and much more. 
· Third Place ($10,000 prize): “Arnold Power” by Zac Sheorn, Lugoff, SC
The third place winner reminds us that you don’t have to be good at sports, but mixing a Pink Lemonade 5-hour ENERGY® shot with decaffeinated iced tea helps keep you refreshed while practicing.  And practicing. Image2

Go check out the winners and comment below if you tried any and loved them.

Disclosure: The 5-hour ENERGY® samples, gift card, and information have been provided by the makers of 5-hour ENERGY®.