Transitioning To An Open Cup

Quick Guide:  Transitioning to an Open Cup

 Is it time for your little one to give up the sippy and drink from an open cup?  It can seem like a daunting task to make the transition but using these tips and tricks you will have your child sipping from a big cup in no time! Continue reading “Transitioning To An Open Cup”

Baby Harness: Why We Like Using The Yochi Yochi Harness

 

Active and brave toddler…

Bruce is now 20 months old, and officially faster than Mommy and Daddy. So now we have a dilemma on our hands-what to do with a brave toddler? Many parents swear by using a baby harness, while others condemn them. But are they really beneficial…or degrading?

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#BabyLove:My Toddler Life Book Review & Giveaway

#BabyLove: My Toddler Life, by Corine Dehghanpisheh

Does your toddler love to play with your phone? The new book, #BabyLove: My Toddler Life, may be just the addition you needed to your home library!

This is a sponsored post in which I have received a copy of this book for free, in exchange for a review. My opinions are 100% my own and not swayed in any way. This post also contains affiliate links. See full disclosure policy page for more info.

The new book by Corine Dehghanpisheh with a simple reminder: To put down our phones

 

Summary

This is a really cute story, about a little boy who loves playing with Mommy’s phone. Because of course, what toddler doesn’t? That is, until something happens. Then the little boy, and readers, learn a pretty valuable lesson in something I think most parents are guilty of from time to time. Sometimes, even though we use our phones to document our family life, and the milestones our children reach; every so often, you just gotta put the phone down.

The book itself is beautifully illustrated, and very well written. My son loved reading this with me, and it’s rhyming structure makes this a great book to practice reading with your little one. Granted, my son is really more into the pictures, which are bright and eye-catching!

There’s also something to learn for both parent and child. Kids will be reminded of how we really shouldn’t play with an adult’s phone. And their parents are reminded of just being mindful, and enjoying the moments (without necessarily whipping the phone out to document every second).

For parents Who Enjoy Special Moments, #BabyLove

The author herself, Corine Dehghanpisheh, is a Licensed Creative ArtsCorine Deghanpisheh, author of the #BabyLove series Therapist, in New York City. She has written several children’s books. This is the second in her series, the first being BabyLove: My Social Life

You can check out her website here!

 

Giveaway!

With huge thanks going to Corine for allowing me to review this awesome book, I am so happy to announce we will be joining together for a Giveaway! You can enter below to win a free copy of this great book! Remember, even if you don’t have a toddler at home, this makes for an excellent gift! The winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter, so be sure to fill out each entry to increase your chances of winning! This giveaway will end at Midnight, EST on January 22nd!

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Alternatively, if you just can’t wait, you can also get the book here, also available in eBook, and start building your collection of this series!

The new book by Corine Dehghanpisheh with a simple reminder: To put down our phones
#BabyLove: My Toddler Life#BabyLove: My Toddler Life by Corine Dehghanpisheh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Beautifully illustrated book that teaches children not to play with their parents smartphones, and reminds parents to be mindful, and to put the phone down! A great tool for also teaching children to read with it’s rhyming scheme!

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How To Raise Great Kids Book Review

 

 

This is a sponsored review of a book I received for free, and decided to share with my readers by doing a review. All opinions are 100% mine, and not swayed in any way! This post does contain affiliate links, by which I receive a very small percentage of sales, but does not affect price in any way for a buyer.

Everyone has a different parenting style…

And when you’re a new parent, it’s sometimes hard to come up with stuff! That’s one reason I was intrigued, and welcomed the opportunity to check out, “How To Raise Great Kids; 101 Fun & easy Ideas” by Jim Gromer. Our son is only 17 months at this time, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t mentally preparing for the years to come!

A review of the book, "How To Raise Great Kids, 101 Fun & Easy Ideas"

Engaging your child…

This book is full of ideas on engaging conversation, and learning experiences. Now while everyone may have a different approach to certain subjects, such as “learning colors,” or “picky eaters”, but I found Jim’s suggestions to be refreshing, and sensical. There’s so much information floating around out there, on the topic of “How to Parent.” It doesn’t actually hurt to read what others suggest.

This book has a lot of great suggestions for making most learning experiences a game. Songs for hand washing, how to leave appropriate voicemails, the suggestions are awesome for teaching on their level (per appropriate age for the lesson).

How To Raise Great Kids isn’t just about games, but gives some insight on tackling real life situations, like bullying and finances. Again, we all have different viewpoints on these. But it doesn’t ever hurt to see how a fellow parent is doing things. And honestly, when it comes to temper tantrums, most parents need all the help they can get!

 

A level of honesty…

What i really enjoyed most about this read, was the level of honesty within the book. How To Raise Great Kids was written by a father of 4, and I feel the author really has some truth behind his recommendations. Some of these tactics, I really can’t wait to try with my son with the time comes.

There’s also awesome tips for parents themselves, for their health and well-being. Because you must take care of yourself. Or how can you take care of your children?

Available on Amazon

You can get a copy of this great book on Amazon, available on Prime (which is awesome!) and see for yourself! I really enjoyed reading it, and gaining some perspective on how this Dad approached certain subjects, like Internet usage and “bad language.”


Also, be sure to check out the official Facebook page for this book, as well as Jim Gromer’s website!

And of course, a very special thank you to Jim for giving me this book, that I know I will be re-reading often when I need to come up with ways to handle special circumstances!

"How To Raise Great Kids, 101 Fun & Easy Ideas" Book Review!

KidloLand App Review & Giveaway

This review is in exchange for a free app paid for by the app company. The opinions expressed are entirely my own and aren’t swayed by the compensation of the free app.

Sometimes, when you need to distract your little one in any way possible, you have to turn to your phone.

I’m not one to leave any electronic devices with my 15 month old. For one, screen time isn’t good for them at such a young age. Two, I don’t need him downloading more seasons of Grey’s Anatomy on my Google Play account (it’s on Netflix!) or sending random selfies of his nostrils to anyone. And then lastly, do you know how expensive a good smartphone is? He already got away with dropping my Samsung on concrete, let’s not push our luck with anything more than a small scratch in the corner of the glass.

But for those moments, like waiting at the Doctor’s office, where he needs to be quietly distracted, it can be a lifesaver. So for the few apps that I do have for him, when I don’t feel like burning data on Youtube, I make sure they are at least educational. Then I don’t have to feel too bad about letting my toddler play with my phone.

When KidloLand reached out to have me review their new app, I thought it would be a good experience for the both of us. Bruce has a new app to play with for a few minutes at a time, and I can listen to different nursery songs that I haven’t heard renditions of before.


The app is more than just nursery rhymes. There’s songs and games about numbers, the alphabet, colors, shapes, animals, dinosaurs, and a LOT more! And the songs do have the lyrics across the screen. Which I know, doesn’t do much for him now. But it’s early steps towards recognizing his letters, and then much later down the road, reading.

The app is incredibly interactive as well. Granted, his swiping and tapping skills aren’t very good yet (he mostly chews on the edges of the phone and drools if the content has him bored) so he needs Mommy’s help. I oblige, because again – I don’t want 100 selfies of his eyeball – but within each song and game, there’s actually so much you can click on, even I wasn’t entirely bored with it.

For example; “Old MacDonald” is set on a farm (Duh) and the scene opens with the barn itself. You click different areas of the barn to open scenes, with dancing and singing animals, who each do their own cute and quirky thing when also clicked. Each song had different interactive features that kept Bruce locked in. And if something isn’t entirely interesting to him, he’s immediately bored and moves on to other means of destruction, like hiding the coffee table coasters. What’s awesome is that Old Macdonald has other entrepreneurial endeavors, like a Zoo & Aquarium, so we don’t too easily get burned out on the same, familiar rhymes.

If I allowed him, he’d probably spend all day with my phone playing with this app. Since I don’t let him use it but for a few minutes at a time, there’s so many songs that he couldn’t possibly get bored of them all. So I believe this is something we will end up using for years (which when it is time to learn reading, the phonics portion of the app will be really handy!).

Best things about this app? No data or wifi needed once you’ve downloaded the songs you want, and no ads! None!

There’s over 300 stories, rhymes and songs, and more than 200 games and activities. So trust me, with all the different renditions of your favorite songs, plus original content, you won’t get bored either.  With a subscription, you are able to receive new content as it’s updated to the app. There’s two subscription options: Monthly or Yearly. But if you aren’t ready to just dive in with a subscription, there’s a free trial (but not all songs and games are accessible.)

You can downloads the app via iOS here, or on Google Play Store and Amazon.

Now for the fun part…

KidloLand is allowing us to do our first International Giveaway! There are 3 opportunities to win a free three-month subscription! So yes, even if you aren’t in the USA, you have the opportunity to try this great app out!

Enter below: Entries will be collected and a winner randomly picked via RaffleCopter. Bookmark this page, as it will end in two weeks! May the odds ever be in your favor!


Have you tried the KidloLand App? Let me know below!