10 Hobbies That Make Your KIDS SMARTER!

10 Hobbies that Make your Kids Smarter!

Amazon Fire 7 (7th generation) Kids Edition Review

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This Amazon Fire 7 (7th generation) Kids Edition review is coming from an exclusive Apple product user. My first thought when purchasing a tablet wasn’t going with a platform that was based off an Android. I’ve had my fair share of experiences with PC’s in the past, even building some from just an empty tower. However, from 2009 to present time I transition as most of the world did to Mac. From an iPod, iPhone, iPad, MacBook Air…I have them all. So when I was offered the opportunity to review the Fire 7, I thought it was a great chance to see what another product was all about. My oldest son was given my old iPad Mini two years ago and we were in the market to upgrade his tablet. It was great to see that the fire was offered in a kid’s edition that came with a lot of perks. When my son was using the iPad, we had to purchase a strong and sturdy case which cost us an additional $60. We also have purchased kid friendly apps that cost us an additional $100+ over the course of the two years. Fire_04

When the fire arrived, it was already set up from the time we opened the box. We were sent two, which was perfect so both my kid’s will have their own. To set the two fire’s apart we choose a blue and yellow case. The case is foamy and keeps the fire safe from being dropped. The 2-year worry free guarantee puts any parent at ease. My iPad mini included a 1-year warranty with the ability to purchase an additional 2-year warranty that even if my iPad would break would cost $99 to replace under limited circumstances. So seeing that Amazon will back their product and replace it “no questions asked” is awesome.

Fire_03I found that the differences between the Fire and an iPad Mini was adjusting to the Apps and location of them. The Fire has room for additional storage, which the iPad doesn’t unless you upgrade to iCloud storage at a monthly cost. The front and rear camera is so clear on the Fire that I almost want to borrow it from my son for my pictures, lol. The fire kid’s edition also includes a year of “FreeTime Unlimited,” which gives you access to 15,000 popular apps and games, videos, books, and educational content from PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, Disney. This is amazing, as you can download so many apps for free! This within itself is worth purchasing a fire. Another plus that you are limited to do with an iPad is the parental controls. The ability to limit what my sons watch and play is important. I’m able to adjust just about every app including youTube, so that my kids are restricted from accessing specific material.

All and all, I was surprised how much I favored the fire to the iPad mini. This may be the start back to a PC family ;p

You can purchase the Amazon fire kid’s edition here!

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Pros:

  • easy to set parental controls
  • Kid-Proof Spongy Case
  • 2-year no questions asked worry free guarantee!
  • HD display
  • Micro SD Slot up to 256 GB
  • Quad Core
  • Dual-Band Wifi
  • Front & Rear Camera

Cons:

  • Learning a new platform
  • Organizing Apps

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Baby Mum-Mum Rice Rusks Review

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I was excited when Baby Mum-Mum reached out to Pray Run Live Love because their baby rice rusks were next on my list while shopping for the boys. We are always looking for different snacks, especially ones that offer a healthier alternative. If you’ve followed my blog for awhile you know that when I first introduced solids into Baby Baby’s diet, I made all his food. I really enjoyed knowing everything that went into his body. Of course over time and “grandma” visits, his diet isn’t always restricted to what I can make. So doing research and purchasing items that reflect a good diet is what I strive to do.BabyMumMum2

Now that I’ve begun the same process of making food for Little Little, I’m starting to introduce more healthier pre made snacks into his diet as well. We love Baby Mum-Mum Rice Rusks! Not only does Baby Baby eat them with peanut butter, Little little enjoys them too on their own. This past month I started adding snacks to his diet that he can feed himself with.  I was sent four flavors: original, original “fruit juice sweetened, no salt added,” banana, and carrot. Little Little liked all of them but favored “carrot” the most. The packaging is great and allows us to throw a few 2-pack mum-mums in the diaper bag for out ‘n’ about snacks. I could have seen Baby Baby really loving these snacks when we first introduced him to solids. They are lightly flavored and practically weightless. Since they quickly disolve while in your mouth, I’m not worried about the boys choking or eating too much. They are perfect for teething and introducing solid foods. I recommend Baby Mum-Mum to any child 3 and under.

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PROS:

  • lightweight
  • no mess
  • several flavors
  • naturally sweetened
  • made free of all 10 common allegies
  • individually wrapped 2-packs

 

CONS:

  • quick to snap apart

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CozyPhones Review

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CozyPhones – great quality, design, and material!

Baby Baby and I came across CozyPhones just a few weeks ago. I’m glad we did, especially for comfortable quiet time listening. He loves to watch his iPad and play games however, sometimes a little too loud…lol! So, when we decided to try out the Green Froggy CozyPhones and they worked, I was thrilled. CozyPhones are headphones but in a headband design. They come in a variety of colors, fabrics, and designs for adults and children. The soft material make them easy to wear without any hassle of putting anything in your ears. The cord is braided, which keeps it from tangling and is 52″ long. The speakers are thin and produce amazing sound, I’m not sure how much quality you need for “5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” hahaha but it’s there. The speakers also can be removed when it comes time to wash the headband! Overall, we are fans of CozyPhones and can’t wait to get some more styles soon!

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Baby Baby relaxing with his CozyPhones =)

Pros: 

  • Easy slip on headwear
  • Soft comfortable material
  • cord is braided, making it soft and durable
  • Fun prints & designs for adults & children
  • It’s quiet! lol…no need to listen to “Finger Family” on repeat ;p
  • Washable & durable, just remove speakers prior to washing!

Cons:

  • It’s a pro yet a con, the long cord…any cord is caution with a toddler. Just stay present during use.

 

You can learn more and order CozyPhones on their website:

http://www.cozyphones.com

Family & Maternity Pictures

A few weeks ago we made our first trip back East since the move to California! It was a bittersweet feeling for me going back, I found so much of myself when I lived on the East Coast. It’s where I got my life together, finished my education, and became a Mother.

I love this! Precious moments year by year!

Awwww, I love this! The growth of our family in 4 years <3

We had so much planned for just a week and a half trip, from a Baby Sprinkle to a trip to Delaware! In between all of that we were fortunate enough to have Beckah, whose not only our good friend but a photographer in town shooting a wedding. She offered to take our maternity and family pictures. So, of course we jumped at the offer! If you’ve followed my blog you know that http://www.herewithyouphotography.com has captured all our family’s precious moments. From our gender reveal with Baby Baby, Engagement, to the Wedding! We love her work!

Here are a few or our favorites from the shoot:

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One thing I didn’t miss while on the East Coast was the humidity, lol! Besides that it was a fun trip and great to enjoy the little East Coast pleasures we don’t have here on the West!

“I’ll never want it back. The direction that you’ve gave me. Nothing can replace what I’ve gained. Time grabs me by the shoulders. No one know how it feels to move over.” -NFG

Half Birthday – Baby Baby 2.5!!

Happy Half Birthday to my Best Friend!

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2 and 1/2 years of love, joy and precious adventures. I find myself memorized every day on how blessed I am to be your Mommy. God knew exactly what he was doing when he made you. I love you so much, this you will always know =)

Where did the Time Go?

No, really? Where did December go? I can’t believe it’s already the 24th! Since our run we’ve been taking advantage of Holiday festivities around town. We’ve also been taking it easy. I really wanted to enjoy the month and not worry about shopping, crowds and craziness….so we did a lot of our shopping the same time we bought Baby Baby’s Birthday gifts. I’m not going to lie, I did venture out into the malls a few times. It’s sort of inevitable. However, I went in on a mission and out accomplished, hahaha ;p Mav’s been working a lot, it’s prime time in his industry during this time of year so, it’s not much of a choice. He enjoys it though, and as long as he’s happy, I’m happy.

The weather has been wonderful. It’s exciting to be able to share Mav’s and Baby Baby’s first California Christmas. I really don’t think Mav knows what to do with himself. I watch him dress in his Winter outfits and he wants to wear his coats so bad but, nope…it’s not going to happen, lol. I don’t think Baby Baby realizes how lucky we are to live where we do yet but, I’m sure he will in time. I’m just excited to be home. Especially, during an El Nino year. It brings back so many memories. I think I have a story for each El Nino year for as long as I can remember. I’ll have to post about them sometime before the year is over =)

During our Holiday festivities, I took Baby Baby to some events that I enjoyed as a child and we also went to new ones that I hope to continue in the years to come. The OC Fairgrounds is hosting an event called, “Winterfest.” Which I was hoping to be similar to “Santa’s Village.” A theme park in Skyforest that I went to as a child, which no longer exists. While the event had similar features; rides, festive decorations, Santa. It is a temporary event so, it didn’t have that “Village” excitement. Let alone, it’s not in the middle of a forest….it’s in the middle of Costa Mesa, lol. We did have a lot of fun though and the event staff was really nice! It would be neat to watch the event grow into something bigger in the future. As it nears Christmas, the Parks have been getting more and more crowded but, it hasn’t kept Baby Baby and I from our morning visits. As a matter of fact, Mav booked our Christmas Breakfast at the Parks (yep, he would…lol) We’ll see how long we last afterwards =D After all, Baby Baby will still have his gifts to open!

Only took 3 hours to put together...nbd

Only took 3 hours to put together…nbd

I still can’t believe I’m up but, I was on a roll. I finished wrapping a few gifts and managed to put together the KidKraft Train Table for Baby Baby. I’m excited for Christmas Eve and of course, Christmas! I can’t wait to spend it with my little family. Okay, time for bed….