When to Introduce Smartphones to Your Kids

When to Introduce Smartphones to Your Kids

Recently, there was a video circulating on Social Media that showed a baby attempting to read a book like it was a Smartphone. His chubby little fingers were desperately trying to swipe and click on the pictures. Not once did he try to hold the book or turn the page. The short clip provided a great laugh, but it also sheds insight on how our children are being influenced by technology.

In this day and age it feels like children are digital natives, arriving in this world already preprogrammed for technology. They naturally navigate the world of tablets and Smartphones with ease, while many adults struggle to understand how to program the DVR.

It should come as no surprise that Smartphones and tablets have now replaced basketballs and baby dolls on a child’s wish list. Elementary school aged children start asking, let’s say begging, for these forms of technology before they can even tie their shoes.

In a recent publication, it was noted that 56% of children who are between the ages 10 to 13 own a Smartphone. While that fact alone may come as a shock, it is estimated that 25% of children between the ages of 2 and 5 have a Smartphone.

This places the parent in a precarious situation as they question, “When should I introduce a Smartphone to my child?”

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Baby Steps: Introducing Children To Smartphones

Just because all your son’s friends have a Smartphone or they “have” to play a certain free game app, it doesn’t mean he is necessarily ready for Smartphone ownership. That is why it is vital for parents to slowly scaffold access to Smartphones until he is ready to handle full fledged ownership. Parents need to consider a child’s maturity, responsibility, and social skills.  Many experts agree that babies and young toddlers should refrain from a lot of screen time. Televisions and computers come to mind, but it should also include Smartphones.

“Children under two years of age learn best from real-world experiences and interactions, and each minute spent in front of a screen-based device is a minute when your child is not exploring the world and using their senses, which is extremely important in their development process,” says Dr. Carolyn Jaynes, a designer for Leapfrog Enterprises.

However, as your son ages, technology can offer a wonderful array of educational games and opportunities to extend knowledge beyond a classroom. Children are able to research, view, and explore topics that used to be only found in the dusty encyclopedias stored at the library.

“In a supervised environment, children as young as four or five are able to engage in learning activities using smartphones and tablets of all kinds,” said Jeannie Galindo, a supervisor of instructional technology in Florida. “In an unsupervised environment, I wouldn’t recommend a smartphone or tablet purchase for a child until at least between the ages of 11 and 13.”

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Transitioning A Child To Smartphone Ownership

Guiding your son or daughter to Smartphone ownership through steps can pay off in the end by providing opportunities to gain experience and responsibility.  Listed below are a few suggestions to help ease this process for parents and children:

  • First, allow your child to take over chores or responsibilities. Have your son prove he can handle chores, taking care of pets, or setting his own alarm clock.
  • Next, give him access to social media accounts and monitor his online activity. It sounds scary, but imagine what might happen if you hand over unlimited access 24 hours a day on a Smartphone with no supervision. This will allow you to judge his maturity by viewing his posts.
  • If all goes well, allow them access to a “dumb” cellphone. Items get lost or broken- allow him to learn these lessons with a cheap version.
  • Model positive Smartphone behaviors, especially when little eyes are watching.
  • Finally, purchase a Smartphone only when there is a real need. Some valid reasons to consider purchasing a Smartphone are if a child works, has late practices, or has started driving.
  • Write a Smartphone contract between you and your child. It is important to set rules about your child’s Smartphone use and how much data can be used daily.

Ringing In A New Stage Of Childhood

Following the steps listed above will help condition children and allow them to slowly acquire the responsibility needed for owning a Smartphone. It is the parent’s role to supply guidance to prepare children for handling real challenges encountered with Smartphone ownership.

A parent might miss the simple days of playing catch and dressing dolls, but technology can be a blessing in disguise. Introducing your child to a Smartphone can encourage communication and bonding with parents on a deeper level.

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Gamer’s Choice: AMD FX APU – HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop from @BestBuy #AMDFX

Gamer’s Choice: AMD FX APU – HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop from @BestBuy

There was a point in my life where I would call myself a gamer.  I used to love playing certain computer games.  I was a huge fan of simulations games and I ended up getting my sister and nephew into lots of those games.  Now with four kids I don’t get to game as much but my kids do.  If you are a gamer then you’ll want to check out the AMD FX APU – HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop.  This laptop provides extreme performance of AMD’s most powerful mobile processer to deliver exceptional Gaming and Entertainment experience.  I think I’m adding it to my blogging wish list because it appears to be a powerhouse.

Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

I’m in the market for a new laptop and this is becoming one of my favorites.  The sleek design and amazing features makes it an easy choice for anyone looking to upgrade.  This is a very light weight computer weighing only 6.1 pounds.  It’s also very thin.  I should note though and this laptop doesn’t include an cd/dvd drive so if you require one of those be sure to make note of that when shopping because lots of laptops are removing that option from computers.  Here’s some things worth mentioning about this laptop:

  • This laptop provides extreme performance of AMD’s most powerful mobile processer to deliver exceptional Gaming and Entertainment experience– the AMD FX Special Edition APU*
  • The HP Envy TouchSmart 15.6” touch screen laptop  makes multitasking a breeze so you can spend more time with your family!  The Quick AMD FX series processor is great for daily tasks such as managing your personal life or streaming movies or videos and provides great video quality for gaming or catching up on your favorite youtube videos.
  • The AMD FX Special Edition APU introduces mobile systems with AMD’s highest performing APUs, exclusive at Best Buy. When you are looking for a notebook, the AMD FX Special Edition APU will provide you with unbelievable performance, gaming and productivity. Plus, with the new FX APU powered notebook, be unbeatable and experience the processing power of 10 compute cores (4 CPU + 6 GPU)**!
  • Unbelievable PC Performance
  • Exceptional Gaming and Entertainment Experience
  • Mega-Multitasking
  • Award Winning Graphics

If you thinking of purchasing this laptop or something else on Best Buy’s website you should know that they offer free shipping on order over $35, and you can also choose to pick up in store when shopping online if you need your product sooner.  In store pickup is free and orders are usually ready in 45 minutes.  Simple place your order online, choose in store pickup and pick the store closest to you.  Wait for your confirmation email and once you receive notice that your order is ready head to the store to pick up your items.  It’s fast, easy to use and free.

Safety and Peace of Mind with GizmoPal by LG On Verizon Wireless Network

Safety and Peace of Mind with GizmoPal by LG On Verizon Wireless Network

It’s Autism Awareness Month and I wanted to share information with my readers from my very own life.  I’ve written about my son JB and his Autism diagnosis.  He was diagnosed shortly after he turned three and it’s been life changing.  Our son has always been a handful, he’s very adventurous and his lack of proper perception for danger makes for interesting times.  A major concern for us as he gets older is making sure he’s safe and secure at all times.  He like to run off whenever he sees open space.  He often walks over to strangers and engage with them.  When he’s with us we always keep an eye on him but when he’s at school or with other family we want to make sure he’s connected to us in some way.  We had the opportunity to test the GizmoPal by LG from Verizon Wireless for two weeks.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

The GizmoPal features one touch calling.  With just the touch of a button your child can call you and check in.  You can easily stay connected to them through the GizmoPal app on your smartphone.  You can set two registered numbers that your child can call from their GizmoPal and set two approved numbers to be able to call them.  So you don’t have to worry about them calling random phone numbers.  This is a huge bonus for me.  Our son isn’t at an age where he would be able to learn my number or his father’s in the event of an emergency so having the peace of mind that he just needs to push a button and we are connected works for me.  Missed calls are also a thing of the past, set the GizmoPal to auto-answer calls from you.

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Through the GizmoPal app you can easily find the device’s location.  Know where your child is at all times and you can even receive notifications at set times.  No more worrying if the bus made it on time or if your child went straight home.  The GizmoPal is very kid friendly, it fits the writs securely and is also waterproof because we all know how kids can get.  Available in two colors blue and pink they look like a cute accessory.  It even speaks the current time.  Managing the device from your app is easier than ever.

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You can add or change contacts at anytime, change the volume settings, set to auto-answer, check the battery life and more.  The app is compatible with smartphones using Android™ 4.0 or higher and iOS 7 or higher.  Verizon customers can add the GizmoPal to their MORE Everything Plan for $5 monthly access.  The initial cost of the GizmoPal is $79.00, that’s a small price to pay for peace of mind in my opinion.  GizmoPal is suitable for kids ages 4 and older.  I would say it would be a good fit for kids in elementary school and then you would have to explore other options for older children.  However parents of children with special needs may be able to use it beyond elementary school age as long as the band still fits your child’s wrist.  If you are searching for something for older children, Verizon also offers the FamilyBase and it supports the MamaBear App.  Both of these features numerous options for keeping track of all your child’s phone usage and online behavior.

New My Little Pony App from PlayDate Digital

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New My Little Pony App from PlayDate Digital

The new season of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is coming to Discovery Family on April 4th.  My daughter is already planning to wake up at 6 AM to catch all of the last season so she’s ready for the one hour premiere on Saturday.  Play DateDigital wants you to get ready for the new release.  Starting today and for a very limited time PlayDate Digital is offering their My Little Pony: Cutie Pox app for FREE (app only available in the iTunes store).

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To celebrate the new season on April 2nd, PlayDate Digital will also be launching their spring My Little Pony interactive storybook app, Pinkie Pie’s Sister.  On iTunes for only $2.99, the app is available in 5 languages, and is sure to make a special Passover or Easter treat for your little one.

About Pinkie Pie’s Sister:

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Celebrate sisterhood, friendship, acceptance, and rock candy in a new multi-language, interactive storybook app, from PlayDate Digital, under license from Hasbro, Inc.  In MY LITTLE PONY: PINKIE PIE’S SISTER, Pinkie Pie’s older sister, Maud Pie, visits Ponyville, and the ponies are thrilled to meet another Pie!  Excitement turns to confusion when Pinkie Pie’s friends realize that Maud doesn’t exactly have the same interests and ways of expressing herself as Pinkie Pie, or any of the ponies, for that matter.  Pinkie Pie’s Sister presents a wonderful tale about what it takes to discover a true friend, and how important it is to look beyond superficial differences when you get to know someone, to understand the important things that you have in common.
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Key Features:
  • Starring ALL your Ponyville favorites – Pinkie Pie, Princess Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, and Rarity!
  • Maud Pie’s first appearance in a digital storybook app.
  • Interactive MY LITTLE PONY action and voices on every page.
  • Read to Me and Read Along modes for all levels of early and emerging readers.
  • New and advanced vocabulary highlighted and sounded out on every page.
  • Includes a Sight Word practice section.
  • Auto Play Feature that brings the story and animations to life.
  • Select a language feature – Narration and pony dialogue available in multiple languages, including Spanish, French, and more!
Designed to deliver these Learning Goals:
  • Early and emergent literacy
  • New vocabulary
  • Expanding early reading skills
  • Increasing reading comprehension

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Preserve Family Memories with Canon at Best Buy @BestBuy #HintingSeason

Preserve Family Memories with Canon at Best Buy

Kids grow up so fast.  You blink and before you know it they are growing like weeds and all kinds of amazing things are happening in their lives.  With four kids seven and under, we have lots of memories to capture and to do that we always make sure we have a digital camera around.   The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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Gone are the days when you had to develop film and wait for them to be available for pick up at the store.  Now you can instantly get all your amazing family memories right at your fingertips.  In an age of technology pictures can instantly be shared on social media sites and now family members far away are always up to date on the whole family.  My family that lives in Trinidad can now see photos of my kids they’ve never met almost instantly instead of having to wait weeks at a time for updates.  I’m in the market for a new digital camera.  My current camera requires AA batteries and I want something that has a rechargeable battery as well as something more powerful.  I can preserve family memories with Canon at Best Buy.

Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras to capture your holiday memories. The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best-selling DSLRs. This camera makes advanced photography easy and fun, and gives you exceptional image quality, along with a host of features to enhance your creative expression.

•      Capture Hollywood caliber full HD video
•      Continuous autofocus while taking HD video
•      Features an 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor to ensure vivid, crystal-clear images.
•      The 3″ vari-angle touch screen simplifies navigation.

Save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy*. Visit Best Buy to learn more. *offer valid 12/7-12/20

I’ve heard great things about the Canon Rebel in the blogging world, so I know that it would be a great camera to shot all our family memories and to help me take my blogging to another level.  It’s the perfect gift for me and one the whole family can enjoy.  Since it’s #HintingSeason, I think I should drop a hint to Santa that this bad boy is on my wish list at the very top.

My Dream Headphones from Icon Q

My Dream Headphones from Icon Q

As a blogger, I am always looking for products that can make my blogging easier and more productive.  As a mother I am always looking for ways to get some peace and quite, either for the house (via silent children) or for myself (via me time).  Icon Q Boundless H3 Bluetooth Headphones are just what I need to satisfy both the blogger and the mother sides of me.  I received a Icon Q Boundless H3 Bluetooth Headphones for inclusion in my Holiday Gift Guide.

Whether I’m blogging or trying to get some piece and quite or getting some me time, I almost always turn to music.  It’s music and baking for me.  The Boundless H3 is a favorite at Icon Q.  The padded earcups shut out surrounding noise, allowing you to truly focus on what you’re listening to, which is great for me because when I put on headphones I want to completely focus on the music.  When blogging it helps me relax and let my writing flow and when I want the kinds to quite down I usually let them watch one of their favorite shows with headphones so they’re quite and focusing on the show.  The earcups on the Boundless H3 feel light and pillowy on your ears, and gives you plenty of space to feel comfortable. Listen to music with these headphones once and you’ll be hooked, and listening for hours.

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Bluetooth technology allows you to walk, run, jump wire-free. Cutting the cord is a must for me with headphones, with an infant and toddler who are always pulling at my heels I need to be wire free.  With the Boundless H3 you can enjoy your music without worrying about getting tangled in wires, or disconnecting from your music source.  Roam as far as 33 feet away and enjoy strong sound. Bluetooth 4.0 gives the added benefit of up to 10 hours of playback time.  And with near field communication technology, the Boundless H3 lets you tap and connect a NFC device to the headphones within seconds.

Sometimes my blogging takes me traveling.  I’ve been to L.A. twice for press trips and when I’m traveling it would be great to have headphones that can easily travel with me.  The Boundless H3 packs a big sound, but folds up easily to fit into any small space. Meaning you can enjoy its rich sound wherever you decide to take it, on the train to work, or across the globe.  You can also talk hands free with these headphones.  There’s a built in mic and speaker, when listening to music and you get a phone call, simply push the play button to pick up and to end your call and return to the music.  The Icon Q Boundless H3 headphones retails for $99.99 and you can purchase it on their website.

There isn’t anything missing from these headphones in my opinion.  They are perfect for this mommy blogger, to handle both hectic sides of my life.  This would make a great gift for anyone who love music.  They are sleek and very fashionable.  I can definitely see why the folks at Icon Q had them on their must have list.  It’s truly a must have item.  Be sure to check out Icon Q on their social media channels this week and next.  They are currently running specials on their website for customers.  Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.  Right now they’re giving away a free Boundless S1 Bluetooth speaker ($29 value) with any purchase made on their site, GetIconQ.com, until 12/22.

Print Your Kids Wishlist in the North Pole with PIXMA

Print Your Kids Wishlist in the North Pole with PIXMA

Canon reached out to me to share with you their PIXMA App that allows parents to have their kids Christmas Wish List get printed in the North Pole.  I couldn’t believe it so I gave it a try myself and I wanted to share with you the steps.

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First you need to head to the North Pole PIXMA App for Facebook to get started.  (Parents make sure you do this with your kids).

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Read the directions on how to send your wish to the North Pole.  When you’re ready click on start (parents agree to the terms to get started)

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What’s your Christmas Wish?  You can choose to Type, Draw or attach a photo of what you’re wishing for.

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I wrote up my blogging wish list (things I want to help improve my blog).  You can even choose the color of the font at the size.  When you are done with your list, hit print to Santa.

 sendParents enter your email so you can get the video of your child’s list when it arrives in the North Pole.

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Wait for your list to arrive.

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One it arrives you can see the video of your list.  Plus parents get a copy in their email for viewing later.  Wondering if it works??????

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Remember my blogging wish list?  Well it’s being handed over to Santa.  So parents if you’re looking for something fun to share with your kids be sure to check out the North Pole PIXMA App for Facebook today and help them send their wish list straight to the North Pole the easy way.

Play-Doh Seek & Squish PlayDate Digital App Review

Play-Doh Seek & Squish PlayDate Digital App Review

My kids love Play-Doh, even the older ones haven’t fully out grown it yet.  I especially love that it’s so easy to mold and use, the kids can create all kinds of amazing things.  Play-Doh is also a great gift idea for school parties and goodie bags.  They offer them in small containers that are perfect for gifting.  They’ll be in our stockings this year as well.  I was provided samples of Play-Doh and the new Play-Doh Seek & Squish PlayDate Digital App for review.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

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I love interactive apps for kids, I’ve reviewed one before from PlayDate Digital for My Little Pony.  This new app is a fun learning adventure for kids, you use the app to find the hidden animals within the story.  This isn’t just an app though it’s also a digital story book.  The entire book is created out of digital Play-Doh.

About the Play-Doh Seek and Squish App:

Play-Doh: Seek and Squish is an original storybook made entirely of digital Play-Doh! In this ‘Seek and Squish’ adventure, friendly animals have gathered to welcome you, but suddenly, they are hiding all over a vibrant Play-Doh world. To find the animals, you need to squish your way through a variety of gorgeous Play-Doh landscapes with swipes and taps of the screen. Can you find all the animals in every habitat?

This interactive storybook adventure has eight colorful habitats where animals are ready to play hide-and-go-seek with you. Animals pop up everywhere in Play-Doh land, including the Ocean, the Desert, and the Arctic, but some are hiding in places you’d least expect them! Squish a shrub to uncover a whale, but does a whale belong in the forest? If not, it’s up to you to help the whale get home!

As readers discover each animal, they receive a reward, a new page in their personal Field Guide! Each entry is filled with fascinating facts about each animal, including what it eats and how it sounds. Readers also learn how to make Play-Doh animals at home with the real modeling compound. Readers can snap pictures of their creations to add to their Field Guide!

Key Features:

  • 8 colorful, squishable Play-Doh habitats readers can explore: Desert, Garden, Ocean, Savannah, Farm, Forest, Arctic, Jungle.
  • A different ‘squish and seek’ adventure every time– animals change hiding places every time you revisit a habitat!
  • An animal Field Guide filled with facts about how animals look, act, and sound, along with instructions to create your own Play-Doh animals
  • Camera feature within Field Guide for displaying Play-Doh animal creations
  • Practice early and emergent reading skills while learning about animals
  • Curriculum developed and reviewed by preschool education experts

The app is geared towards pre-school children.  For me our three year old is Autistic and non-verbal and I use lots of different apps and software programs to continue to provide him with educational play.  He really enjoyed using the app and the Play-Doh together.  While he doesn’t get much of what they are saying about the animals he loved finding them hidden in the stories.  For him we use the “read to me” mode, this works perfectly for him because he get to hear the story being read to him.  He prefers it that way and enjoys listening along.  After he finds an animal he can also follow along with creating his own with his Play-Doh.  The app is very hands on and perfect for our son.

You can purchase the app on the iTunes app store: $2.99, the game is compatible for use with the iPod, iPhone and iPad.  Please make sure you are using an updated version of the iOS system at least 7.0 or later.

Stocking Stuffers for the Entire Family

Stocking Stuffers for the Entire Family

You can’t have a holiday gift guide and not feature a section for Stocking Stuffers.  Even without a fireplace I hang (or I should say tape) stockings for our family each year.  I usually fill it with smaller gifts that I don’t want to wrap and some candy.  Here’s some great stocking stuffers for the entire family.  The companies mentioned below provided me samples for review and inclusion in my Holiday Gift Guide.

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When I decided to make a guide for stocking stuffers I wasn’t sure where to start on some of the items and others I knew immediately would be a great fit.  Since in our house it’s my husband, the kids and myself I’ll break it down in three categories.  Check them out and I hope you find some ideas for you and your family on the list.

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These cute earbuds are great for stocking stuffers.  If you’re looking for great add on gifts this is a great option.  Many kids are adding tablets to their wish lists including mines so adding these earbuds helps me make a total gift package for my daughter.  These also feature volume control technology so your child can listen to music without having to worry about damaging their ear drums.  I love how Pinkie Pie is decorated on the earbuds so when in use you can see her.  These have a MSRP of $9.99.  You can purchase these at Toys R Us.

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This Littlest Pet Shop Wild Card Game this is going be a great stocking stuffer or in a Christmas Eve box available from Winning Moves Games.  Perfect for kids to play during any game night especially if they’re fans of Littlest Pet Shop.  Winning Moves Games also has a Transformers Wild Card Game which could be perfect for any Transformers fans.  Plus you don’t have to let the fun stop at just those games.  Winning Moves Games has lots of great options for games for the entire family, so if you’re looking to update your game collection check out Winning Moves.

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The new Ready Go Brushes are perfect for helping kids fight off cavities and help them maintain healthy dental habits.  The brushes are specially created with a light up system to encourage kids to brush for the recommended two minutes.  Set on a one minute timer, kids will learn that after the first cycle is complete on one row of teeth, they can continue to the next cycle on the other row of teeth.  They come in lots of different characters so there’s something for all kids.   The Ready Go Brush comes in favorite characters like Barbie, Spider Man, Angry Birds, Hello Kitty or original FireFly.  SRP $3.99 (available at Target.)

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I couldn’t make this guide without including Rolli Stamps.  They are the perfect stocking stuffer for kids and adults.  It’s a stamper that isn’t messy at all. They offer different designs so you can also gift them for other occasions as well.  You can read my review of Rolli and see how we liked them.  These are the ultimate stationery must-have, incorporating a one-of-a-kind design into every scrapbook project, holiday letters, notes, wrapping paper and more – they can even be used to decorate clothing items! Custom stationery aficionados are also starting to take note of how versatile the Rolli™ stamps can be in creating unique stationery – and this segment is proving to be one of the strongest purchasers of the product.  The self-inking stamps come in 18 different styles, and are available in many retail outlets, including Paper Source, as well as on www.funnyboneproducts.com. They retail for $9.99.

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My daughter loves My Little Pony Equestria Girls so I had to add this to the list.  The brand new feature film in the popular My Little Pony series. Following a theatrical run in the fall of 2014, where the film opened with enthusiastic reviews to packed crowds in over 400 theaters, My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks is available for purchase in the U.S. and Canada from Shout! Factory Kids, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, as a single-disc DVD, and in a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo. Bonus features include an Audio Commentary, 8 Prequel Shorts and Sing-Alongs.  My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks – SRP $24.97 BD/16.97 DVD.

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On a recent dinner at Medieval Times my son spotted some Knights & Dragons Toobs for sale in the court yard.  We didn’t get any that night but I promised I would get some for the holidays.  Safari Ltd has lots of figurines for fans of all ages.  They have dinosaurs, fantasy characters, safari animals and so much more.  Not only is it fun it’s educational and these Toobs are great stocking stuffers.  We received the Knights & Dragons Toob and a Dinosaurs Toob for inclusion in our guide.

Safari Ltd® TOOBS® are collections of individually hand painted miniature replicas featuring vibrant colors, fine, professional sculpting, and accurate detail.

The Knights and Dragons TOOB® contains ten medieval figures, including: four knights of the red kingdom, and four of the blue kingdom along with a catapult and a fierce green dragon.

The Carnivorous Dinos TOOB® contains twelve figures, including :the Allosaurus, Spinosaurus, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Elasmosaurus, Carnotaurus, Dilophosaurus, Pteradon, Dimetrodon, Acrocanthosaurus, Kronosaurus, Baryonyx, and the Utahraptor.

Toobs can be purchased on the Safari Ltd website and in certain retail stores.  The SRP is $11.49 per toob.

 

PEEPS aren’t just for Easter they are available year round.  We received some awesome Christmas themed PEEPS and I had to include them in the guide because they are prefect stocking stuffers.  The PEEPS Holiday Rainbow POP has four assorted green, red and while festive marshmallow chicks on a stick.  They are just right for stockings.  Be sure to check out my post with all the holiday offers from the PEEPS company.  SRP is $1.99 – $2.29 a pack.

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Pom-shoe and Pom Headband from Poomchies are a cute accessory for all girls no matter what your age.  Great for kids involved in cheer-leading.  The cute poms are available in different team colors so you can really show your team spirit.  These add extra style and fun to your wardrobe.  They even have options for bulk buying if you on a team and you want to get something for all the team members.  Poomchies offers lots of ‘pom’ products, all of them are perfect for stocking stuffers.

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The Kidz Bop Christmas Wish List CD features 14 classic holiday songs to get your little on in the Christmas Spirit.  Includes songs like All I Want for Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Jingle Bell Rock and more.  The CD sells for $11.98 on the Kidz Bop website.  We’ve been listening to our early but as soon as Thanksgiving passes it will be playing regularly to get the kids into the holidays.

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Kids Preferred sent us a set of the Eric Carle “Little Musician” Maracas for inclusion in our holiday gift guide.  I already have these on our Gift Ideas for Babies, Infants and Toddlers.  Of course they are also great for stocking stuffers as well.  I can’t wait for our little guy to get his, he’ll be making music all day long.  Perfect for the holiday season.

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Another great item from Kids Preferred and also on the guide for babies, infants and toddlers is the Mickey Mouse & Friends Holiday Minnie Mouse.  In our house you can’t have Christmas without Disney and Minnie would be the prefect topper for any stocking.  Just pop her in at the top, and she can keep an eye on things while she waits for your child to play with her on Christmas.  This is one stocking stuffer that’s sure to make any child happy.

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Moffett Watch would be a great addition to older kids stockings.  They are fun and fruity with a scented dial, you can choose your child’s favorite fruit scent.  They offer different options so you can mix and match you watch band with different color dials, each dial represents a different scent.  Read my review of Moffett Watch and see why it’s a fun addition to holiday stockings.

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From the World of Zhu it’s the Amazing Zhus, this stunt pet is just a part of the whole magic show.  While they don’t perform magic they are good at disappearing.  My kids had the opportunity to try out The Happy’s from Cepia, LLC, so when the commercials for The Amazing Zhus came out they wanted them.  This is a great stocking stuffer and must have addition to the set.  I’ll be sharing more about these pets soon.

Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens

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Make Up by One Direction – ROCK ME NAIL KIT, featuring NEON UV-REACTIVE Nail Varnish and UV-REACTIVE GLITTER nail toppings that add even more sizzle to your mani, for nails that light up day and night. Sprinkle the glitter over wet polish for a subtle accent, or go for the glitz and dip your entire wet mani in mega-watt sparkle!

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Make Up by One Direction – Liquilights Glow Gloss sparkles brilliantly during the day and illuminates under UV black light after dark. Enriched with natural oils and vitamin E to keep your lips soft and hydrated all day and all night.  Gloss can be worn alone for a pop of sparkle and color, or paired with One Direction crème lipstick for a bolder look.

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Give your look a jolt of electric color, with this limited-edition trio of ultra-bold coloured mascaras for hair and lashes, in three heavily pigmented, buildable colors. FOR LASHES- Make a subtle statement by adding a pop of colour to the tips of your lashes, or add coats to your entire lashes for a shockingly chic look. The more the better!  AS A HAIR MASCARA- Apply to small sections of hair and swipe through for instant ELECTRIC highlights.

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Teens are always on their phones.  It’s like those things are connected to their hands, at least that’s how my younger sister is.  She’s always running out of power on her phone.  With PowerSkin Pop’n 2 Power Pak, they won’t run out of power again.  I had the opportunity to test one of these with my iPhone 5c and I can honestly say it’s one of the best portable chargers I have ever used.  You just attach it to the back of your phone and use the grey attachment to connect the charger to the phone.  Forget about it until it’s time to give your phone some charge.  When you’re ready to charge just turn it on.  Mines charged my phone fully three times before needing to recharge.  Perfect for teens.

Limited Edition Chap Stick

ChapStick Candy Cane is abailable beginning October 1st throught the holiday season exclusively at Walmar, Walgreens, Target and CVS.  These have a fresh and minty Candy Cane flavor.  Perfect for keeping lips from getting chapped.  You can purchase them as one count loose sticks at Walmart and Walgreens or in three count packs at Target, CVS and Walmart.

Ocarina

I received this Ocarina Necklace for inclusion in my gift guide and I thought it would be a cool gift for a tween.  It’s a great item to share with them about the music it plays and introduce them to something new and different.

 

 

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If you’re looking for an affordable phone then be sure to check out Tracfone.  They have lots of options for phones, even smart phones like this LG Optimus and with 90 day plans for as low as $19.99, it’s very affordable and suitable for just about any budget.  Plus you get 3X the talk, text and data for a limited time when you buy airtime cards.  This is sure to make any one getting it happy

The Kinvio Wireless Headphones are perfect for teens.  Now they can listen to music and make calls hands free.  These headphones are affordable and super easy to set up and use.  You can use it on Android and iOS systems.  You can purchase these headphones on Amazon.

Decopedia Road Trip

If you’re planning on traveling this holiday season, especially by car, bus or train then you’ll want to check out Decopedia’s 50 Road Trip Games.  50 Road Trip Games is a challenging, lively deck that creates a memorable journey for the whole family. They say getting there is half the fun, and in this deck you’ll find classic games, challenging brainteasers, pop culture quizzes, and random games for just pure fun. The deck can be conveniently stored in the car for road trips, brought out on planes, or even used at home to jumpstart conversation at dinner parties. Adding to the fun, bonus materials like scavenger hunt lists can be downloaded for free to complement some of the games featured in 50 Road Trip Games. This deck of cards will make everyone stop asking “Are we there yet?” and instead have them saying, “What game should we try next?” Retail price: $16.95

Stocking Stuffers for Him

Toe Juice

My husband has stinky feet, we had the opportunity to review Toe Juice in the past and it worked wonders for him.  He loved it so much that’s he’s been recommending it to people at his job all the time.  Toe Juice recently introduced a toner for the body and I wanted to give it a try.  Be sure to look for that review next week.

Happy Chef TShirt

The Happy Chef is a uniform company for those in the food service industry.  They have very affordable options for all kinds of chef clothing and other uniforms as well.  For the foodie or home chef in your life, check out Happy Chef for not only their uniforms but for their t-shirts as well.  I got this For the Love of Cow shirt for my hubby, because he just love a good steak and he loves grilling.  Next time he hits the grill he’ll be wearing this shirt.

Trident Case has the prefect case to keep your phones safe and secure at all time.  The Kraken A.M.S case is built to be strong and tough, so you don’t have to worry about your phone if it takes a tumble.  This is a great gift for the men in your life.  My husband never think about protecting his phones and he usually drop them a few times.  With this case you get three layers of protection at all time.  These tough cases are available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry.

ibattz Mojo Battlestation

The Mojo Battstation Tough Pro from ibattz is perfect for the men in your life. It’s built rugged and tough with lots of power to keep them connect on the go.  I love this portable  charger because it has a rubber case on the outside to protect the charger.  It also has a belt clip so the person using it can keep it securely with them at all times.  The charger also has a flashlight if you need to use it.  I’ll be sharing my thoughts on this charger in a feature review on my blog soon.

Epson Pulsense PS-100 Band

My husband has been saying all year that he’s ready to get in shape.  He’s been looking for something to track his steps, keep track of his sleep patterns, monitor his heart rate and more.  With the Pulsense PS-100 Band by Epson he can start his journey to fitness before the new year starts.

 

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Another great gift for the man on the go is the Jabra STEP Wireless ear buds.  With these ear buds you can cut the cord and work out without getting tied up in the cords.  You can read my feature review of the Jabra STEP and see why it would make a great gift.

When thinking of gift for men I couldn’t do a guide without adding a razor of some kind.  It’s something that is always needed at one point or another so it’s a great gift idea for any man you’re shopping for.  Braun is a leader in the shaving industry so their products are perfect for gift giving.  The Braun line of products can fit all budgets because they have multiple price ranges for their products.  I received the Braun Cruzer Trimmer for inclusion in my gift guide.  It’s perfect for my husband because he trims and shape up his own hair line between visits to the barber shop.  This trimmer helps him keep his facial hair in check and also saves us some money when he finally goes to the barber shop.  This styling tool is small and great for traveling, it comes with a small base to store it on the bathroom sink or a cabinet.  It’s a great stock stuffer and it retails for $24.95.  So this holiday season gift the gift off styling to a man in your life.

If your husband loves action and plot movies he’ll enjoy Kite.  Personally I had to cover my eyes a few times for some of the death scenes but it was a great movie.  Based on the renowned cult classic anime of the same name, KITE tells the story of Sawa (India Eisley, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” Underworld: Awakening), a young woman living in a corrupt society where crime and gangs terrorize the streets.

In FRANK MILLER’S SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, scandal, murder, betrayal and mystery surround the lives of those swept up in a crime-filled underworld.  FRANK MILLER’S SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR is rated R for strong brutal stylized violence throughout, sexual content, nudity, and brief drug use.  Weaving together two of Miller’s classic stories with new tales, the town’s most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants. Save this movie for a special date night, it’s not for kids at all.

Stocking Stuffers for Her

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Lance Snacks recently releases seasonal favorites that are perfect stocking stuffers.  They’ve taken some of their classic and added a special touch to make it more like the holidays.  Seasonal Favorites include Nekot Pumpkin Cheesecake, Sprinkled Sugar Sweet Creme and Chocolate Nekot Mint.  All three of these cookies would be great to give out for the holidays to everyone.  These limited edition cookies are only available until the end of the year so be sure and stock up on your favorites when you find them in stores.  We’ll be stocking up on the Sprinkled Sugar Sweet Creme cookies for the kids and Chocolate Nekot Mint for myself.

Kim Parker Series

The Kim Parker series from Trident Cases makes the perfect stocking stuffer for women.  I just love all the beautiful floral designs on her cases.  Trident has their cases for phones and the iPad as well.

English Rose by English Laundry is a great gift for any woman looking for a new fragrance.  English Laundry is a brand available all over the world in high end stores like Dillard’s and Nordstrom, and it’s a fan favorite among Birch Box subscribers.  I received my sample and I couldn’t wait to try it.  I wore it for the first time on the red carpet for the premiere of Big Hero 6. I received tons of compliments all night about the fragrance.  It’s a great gift idea.

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Now you can have your chocolate without the guilt, thanks to Lily’s Chocolates.  Lily’s Sweets offers a full selection of no-sugar added, all-natural stevia-sweetened chocolate bars that are every bit as good as traditional chocolate bars. They even offer a festive holiday collection ­ new for 2014 ­ featuring Lily’s Dark Chocolate & Cinnamon bars and Lily’s 40% Chocolate with Hazelnuts & Milk bars.

No one likes to feel disconnected when they are out and about.  As a mom I always want to remain connected and as a blogger I feel like I need it especially when I am traveling on a trip.  Between my kids watching videos on the phone, games, social media, emails and more it’s required that I always have extra power with me when we are out for extended periods of time.  The Mojo Vogue Battstation from ibattz will keep you connected at all times.

The Cenoire Eluo is an electronic toothbrush that makes it easy for those on the go to maintain their oral hygiene in a style all their own, while at work, traveling or play.  As the latest addition to Cenoire’s popular stylish portable electronic health and beauty accessories, the new Eluo features an ultra brush head with a tongue massager and cleaner.  In addition, the Eluo is capable of 23,000 brush strokes per minute, ensuring the user’s mouth stays fresh and fully clean.  The compact size allows users to discretely carry the toothbrush in their purse, pocket, case or bag while at work, traveling or at play.  The best part is the price.  This toothbrush sells for $14.99.

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The Fitbug Orb is a button-sized activity tracker that tracks every step and aerobic step, together with distance and calories burned, whilst also monitoring your sleeping patterns. The discreet activity tracker can be worn in different ways to suit your style including on your wrist, attached to your belt, beneath your clothing, or even in your pocket or handbag.  Fitbug Orb is very affordable at just $49.99.

Don’t Call Me Ma’am skin care was created for women who are like us—women who exercise their modern-day right to live every day to fullest, no fear required.  These products help you achieve healthy and beautiful skin.  They have three packages to choose from on their website.

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In WWE Fit Series: Stephanie McMahon, the WWE mogul and mother of three helps viewers achieve the sculpted, sexy physique of the extraordinary WWE Divas. Complete with a four-week workout calendar the system transforms and strengthens your entire body while shedding fat.  The all-new DVD include custom workout capabilities and music only options and will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98.

Must See Places

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like to travel.  We all have bucket list of places we would like to visit.  Mines include London and Paris.  Decopedia’s 50 Must-See Destinations is a great stocking stuffer for anyone who likes to travel.  It can also be used as a creative way to hint to a gift of a trip to one of the destinations.  Imagine finding these in your stocking and then getting an envelope with a trip to one of the locations.  There’s so many creative ways to to use these cards and not just for the holidays.  50 Must-See Destinations helps you turn your bucket list into reality. Trying to decide on a vacation can be overwhelming, so skip looking through hundreds of travel websites, blogs and books, and just peruse this user-friendly guide’s offering of the top 50 must-see cities, sites and regions in the world. Filled with stunning images, this deck will instantly give you a deeper understanding of whether the trip you’re considering is a match for you, based on budget, travel season, don’t-miss attractions and activities. Now comes the hard part: will you be packing hiking boots, stylish city walking shoes or flip-flops? Retail price: $19.95

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Shave Mob

I worked with ShaveMOB last year and created a personal care kit for my dad for when he was healing from surgery.  This year ShaveMOB is offering the prefect stocking stuffer.  I received one of the women’s shave kits for inclusion in my Holiday Gift Guide.  The kit comes with a handle and blades in a box that’s ready for wrapping and gifting.  ShaveMOB offers different supply levels for consumers.  You can choose the type of blade you want and your supply amount.  What I love about them the most is that they are much more affordable that purchasing your razors from the store and you always have razors on hand when you need them.  With ShaveMOB there is no memberships or monthly fees, you just order when you need them.  ShaveMOB also offer kits for men as well.

 

 

A Budget Friendly Headphones for the Holidays

A Budget Friendly Headphones for the Holidays

Coming from a big family I know how hard it can be at times to make sure everyone is happy.  Growing up with my siblings we would at times all want to watch different shows, or listen to music.  Back then with only one television and radio we had to share, now with my own kids they have so many options we have to find ways to keep all the noise down.  Bell’O Digital sent me a set of budget friendly headphones for the holidays and inclusion in my Holiday Gift Guide.

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I received the Bell’O Digital BDH821 Headphones to try out and share my thoughts.  The company boasted that they offered affordable headphones that are high quality and available in a variety of color options.  I choose the brown headphones because I liked the color.  All the colors in the BDH821 line are gender neutral and would work for males or females.  There were a few things I really loved about these headphones.  They have a soft leather band on the top of the headphones so it’s comfortable on your head.  The padding for the ear cuffs is soft so you could wear them for an extended period of time and not worry about them hurting your ears.  The padding is also very secure compared to other headphones I’ve used in the past. These headphones are made to be durable and last a long time.  They would make great gifts for anyone on your list this year who needs headphones and you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank.  These are perfect for families buying for multiple kids or family members because everyone can get their own color.  Find out more about these great headphones below.

Bell’O Digital’s over-the-ear headphones deliver both crisp highs and strong bass for high-fidelity stereo sound in a lightweight, sophisticated design. They are modernly styled with a padded headband that has a luxurious leather feel, soft-touch rubber exterior housing with chrome accents and soft foam ear cushions that naturally forms to your ears for maximum comfort. The 99% oxygen free copper wiring delivers optimal connectivity and is covered in durable tightly woven nylon fabric designed to keep it tangle-free.

For added convenience, the BDH821 has an integrated microphone and single button controller that allows the user to make/take calls, play/pause music, and skip tracks with most mobile phones and portable media players. The BDH821 headphones fold flat for compact storage inside the included microfiber travel bag that doubles as a screen cleaner for mobile devices.

The BDH821 headphones are currently available for an MSRP of $49.99 and offered in five color combinations including: Black with Dark Chrome; White with Dark Chrome; Brown/Tan with Dark Chrome; Black/Blue with Dark Chrome; and Black/Graphite with Chrome.

About Bell’O Digital
Bell’O Digital is proudly brought to market by Bell’O International: an award-winning designer and manufacturer of premium consumer electronics products and audio/video furniture that has been innovating products to maximize the home theater experience for over two decades. Bell’O Digital is a trusted brand of consumer electronics accessories including: mounts, headphones, power surge protection, HDMI cables, screen cleaner kits and cable management systems, designed with a simple focus: to exceed consumer expectations of quality, function and appearance. Find out more by visiting www.bello-digital.com or connecting with the company socially on Facebook and Twitter.

Disney Movies Anywhere Available on Google Play

Disney Movies Anywhere Available on Google Play

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Earlier this year Disney Movies Anywhere became available for the iTunes store and fans of Disney movies could now take their digital movie collections with them everywhere they went.  Last week the announcement was made that the app is now available on Google Play for Android users everywhere and that was something to celebrate about.  While in LA for my Big Hero 6 & ABC TV Event we were invited by Disney Home Entertainment to a private cocktail reception to learn more about the new partnership and to get a hands on demonstration of the app and how it works.  Here’s the most important things you need to know about Disney Movies Anywhere and why you need to download the app today.

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  • Disney Movies Anywhere takes all the digital copies of your movies and keep them in one central location.  Perfect for traveling on the road or when you’re on vacation.  Now you don’t have to pay those high movie rental fees in hotels.  Your library is with you all the time.
  • The DMA app is the same across all platforms, so if you have an iPhone and an Android tablet your library and content will be the same on both apps.  It keeps your account connected on all those platforms.
  • Although the movies show in your library you have to download them to your device to view if you are not connected to the internet.  So you can stream it over Wi-Fi or download and view when you’re in the car or on the go.
  • You can input your DMR codes in the app as well.  The app also takes you directly to the Disney Movie Rewards page so you can redeem codes for rewards and see what’s new.
  • When you purchase and add a digital title, the app automatically adds all content related to that movie on an ongoing basis.  Even if it was added months after your purchase.
  • Get access to exclusive content, trailers and sneak peeks before everyone else.
  • Search for your favorite movies by categories, so for instance if you want to only find Marvel movies, or princess movies, fairies, the app already has them sorted to make it easier to search and find what you are looking for.
  • New movies and content added each week so make sure you check into the app as often as possible so you know what’s new.
  • For a limited time when you download the app on an Android device you will receive a free digital copy of Wreck It Ralph so be sure to download it now.

About Disney Movies Anywhere:

362e5bbe-cec5-4a42-aec3-96417e10d96eDisney Movies Anywhere is an engaging and family-friendly digital destination that makes it simple for consumers to manage and enjoy their digital collection of Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies in one place, at home and on the go. The integration with Google Play means that it’s easier than ever for consumers to buy the films they love, and then enjoy them through the free Disney Movies Anywhere app and website, as well as everywhere Google Play Movies is available. Just download the Disney Movies Anywhere app and connect to your Google account.

“We are very excited to announce Google Play as our newest partner for Disney Movies Anywhere,” said Janice Marinelli, President, Disney Studio  In-Home and Digital Distribution & Disney-ABC Content Distribution.   “We set out to create an exceptional Disney experience that made owning digital movies easy and fun, and with Google Play now on board following our successful launch in February, we are able to deliver unprecedented availability and ease for consumers across a broad range of mobile devices.”

“We want to make it easy for movie fans to enjoy all of their past and future digital purchases across all of their devices. Our partnership with Disney now gives Google Play users the ability to conveniently watch all of their Disney, Marvel and Pixar digital movies that have been purchased from any Disney Movies Anywhere participating retailer,” said Jonathan Zepp, head of Google Play Movies partnerships.

In Disney Movies Anywhere, consumers can explore Disney’s library of over 400 active digital titles from Disney, Pixar, and Marvel; preview upcoming offerings and enjoy hours of free new and exclusive short-form content; and discover curated content based on their individual preferences. In addition to browsing titles available for purchase, consumers can redeem Digital Copy codes found in Disney, Pixar, and Marvel Blu-rays and DVDs directly in Disney Movies Anywhere, as well as earn Disney Movie Rewards points for digital purchases.

For a limited time, Disney Movies Anywhere users who connect a new participating retailer account will receive a free digital copy of Disney’s hit animated film “Wreck-It Ralph.” The launch of Disney Movies Anywhere on Google Play also coincides with the release of “Maleficent,” one of the year’s biggest hits, and Disney’s animated “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” both out on digital and Blu-ray now.

With this new partnership with Google Play, it’s easier than ever for consumers to buy the films they love, and then enjoy them through the free Disney Movies Anywhere app and website, as well as everywhere Google Play Movies is available. Just download the Disney Movies Anywhere app and link to your Google account.

The Disney Movies Anywhere App is available in the U.S. for free from the Google Play store at http://di.sn/fxx and from the iTunes App Store athttp://di.sn/srf. Sign up is also available through the Disney Movies Anywhere website.

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Listen To Your Music Wirelessly with Jabra Step Wireless

Listen To Your Music Wirelessly with Jabra Step Wireless

Music is very important to me and my husband and myself.  We both love listening to music, my husband listens with headphones more than I do.  He’s always plugged in with his headphones, for juggling, going to the gym, and even washing dishes.  Lately he’s been looking for different headphones, for when he’s working out.  Jabra sent me the Jabra Step Wireless for inclusion in my Holiday Gift Guide.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

With the Jabra Step Wireless my husband can listen to his music and ditch the cords from his regular headphones/earbuds and go wireless.  One of my husband’s biggest complaints was working out with his earbuds.  The cords would always get in the way, his phone would get wet from sweat, the screen would be foggy, the plug pulls out when he’s extremely active or his phone would drop sometimes from his activity.  Going wireless helps solve all those problems for him.  He no longer has to worry about the cord getting in the way.  The earbuds uses bluetooth technology to connect to his phone.  He can put the phone at a safe distance while he works out at the gym.  Getting connected is super simple and can be done by following these steps:

  1. Turn the headset off.
  2. Press and hold (5 secs) the multi-function button until the Bluetooth indicator rapidly flashes blue.  Pairing mode will be announced in the headset.
  3. Wear the headset and follow the voice-guided pairing instruction to pair to your Bluetooth device.

The Multi-Function button has lots of different uses, and gives you total control right on the earbuds cable.  Now you don’t have to find your phone to perform simple tasks like:

  • Turning the earbuds on and off
  • Answering and ending a phone call
  • Playing and pausing your music
  • Rejecting a call
  • Redialing the last number you called
  • Adjusting the volume
  • Skipping tracks

It takes 2.5 hours to fully charge the battery on the Jabra Step Wireless Earbuds and that equals up to 4 hours of talk/music time, on standby the battery lasts about 6 days total.  You can find videos on how to wear and set up your Jabra Step online at jabra.com/stepwireless.

Some of the features of the Jabra Step Wireless Earbuds include:

  • High quality stereo sound
  • Angled, noise isolating earbuds that lock-in full stereo sound
  • In-line controls for music and calls
  • Premium comfort with soft, flexible GelHooks for a natural fit
  • Customize your fit with 3 sizes of angled EarGels
  • Durable design – dust and water-resistant
  • High quality call performance

These earbuds are the perfect gift for any active music lover.  They can cut some of the cords and stay connected to their favorite music and answering phone calls.  Stay on the move and listen to your music wirelessly with Jabra Step Wireless.  You can purchase the Jabra Step Wireless Earbuds online from Jabra for $69.99, connect with Jabra on Facebook and Twitter.

Save Your Family Money with D-Link Routers

Save Your Family Money with D-Link Routers

I don’t think about keeping my family connected as far as the internet very often.  As a matter of fact it’s something I never considered because I just leave it up to our cable company.  It wasn’t until recently when looking for internet providers in my area did I realize how I wasn’t getting the best for my family.  I was provided a Wireless Router from D-Link for inclusion in my Holiday Gift Guide.

 

You could be like me and never thought much about your wireless router.  For us we had the option to rent from the cable company and so we did.  Looking back my family wasted over $350 in rental fees in a span of three years of having cable service and that’s just counting the fees at our current home.  In the grand scheme of things the monthly rental fee of $9 seemed so low compared to how much we were going to pay for cable.  Not once did I think for that price I could have purchased and owned at least three wireless routers.  I continued to pay that useless fee, using the rented router that the cable company provided and in essence just giving away my husband’s hard earned money.  Even when the routers broke, which seemed yearly I never thought about finding a better option for us.  Internet shopping has been a horrible chore.  There’s only one cable provider in our area and I think they use that to their (the cable company) advantage.  Satellite internet providers require consumers to have their own wireless routers and that’s what made me check out other options on the market.

Four Gigabit LAN ports deliver high-speed wired connectivity giving you a seamless networking experience. 

Did you know that providing your own wireless router not only saves you money it also giving your more options than some of the rental routers you may be using from your cable provider.  The Color Routers from D-Link provide you with a strong, reliable home network.  Great for HD streaming, online gaming, and multi user activities.  Depending on your upload and download speeds you could experiencing slower connections with your rental.  The colorful routers transforms your living spaces with pops of color.  The routers come in four color options; red, white, blue and black.

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Another great feature of this router is the personal cloud.  Now you can access your files on multiple devices on your network.  That’s something I would never have the option of using with our rental router.  Even when we set up the home network, it still gave us problems accessing some of those files on both our computer and my laptop.

A dual band router gives you two wireless networks in one. Use the 2.4 GHz band for everyday internet activities like viewing photos and checking email. The clearer 5GHz is for more intensive activities like HD movies and gaming. Less wireless congestion means you can do more on your network, all at the same time.

The router even comes with parental controls for our wireless network.  Now we can control what our kids watch and what websites they browse.  A feature that’s totally free and doesn’t cost us a dime.  More savings in our pockets.  The features of the Color Routers from D-Link include:

  • Next Generation AC750 technology – Latest high-speed AC Wi-Fi
  • Gigabit Ports – Four Gigabit LAN ports for high-speed wired connectivity
  • Better Wireless Experience – Dual-band operation reduces interference and works with existing wireless devices
  • USB Port – Create your own personal cloud
  • Easy setup – Get online in minutes with the quick router setup (QRS) app
  • Own Personal Cloud Storage – USB port so you can store and access your media files

So you’re probably wondering how much it costs for such a great router, the MSRP is $79.99 and you can purchase it from the D-Link store.  So save your family some money and ditch the rental router.  Call your internet provider and tell them you want to switch to your own router, and start planning what you’re going to buy with the money you saved.

Give the Gift of Sound My Little Pony Style

Give the Gift of Sound My Little Pony Style

My daughter loves My Little Pony, it’s been on her gift list for the past three years.  She enjoys all the shows, DVDs, toys and anything she can find with any of the ponies on it.  This holiday season I am going to give the gift of sound My Little Pony Style.  I was provided My Little Pony Headphones for inclusion in my Holiday Gift Guide.

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Pinkie Pie is the life of any party in the My Little Pony series, so it’s only fitting that she dons these headphones and earbuds that will have any My Little Pony fan rocking out in style.  These headphones and earbuds are both great gift ideas to add to your shopping list this holiday season.  The Pinkie Pie Volume Limiting Headphones are great for girls ages 3-9 years old.  These headphone are for kids, they are sized for kids so they won’t work for teens and adults.  They feature decorations on the outside of the ear cups of Pinkie Pie.  There is also a sparkly decorative band on the top that also adds to the styling of the headphones.  Another great feature of these is that they limit the volume so your child can listen to their favorite music, movies, and shows at a volume that is safe for their ears.  Now you don’t have to worry about the sound being dangerously loud.  The headphones have a MSRP of $19.99

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These cute earbuds are great for stocking stuffers.  If you’re looking for great add on gifts this is a great option.  Many kids are adding tablets to their wish lists including mines so adding these earbuds helps me make a total gift package for my daughter.  These also feature volume control technology so your child can listen to music without having to worry about damaging their ear drums.  I love how Pinkie Pie is decorated on the earbuds so when in use you can see her.  These have a MSRP of $9.99

Both of these are great options for any My Little Pony fan, especially if your child loves Pinkie Pie.  She’s the life of the party and they can have their own personal party with these.  Travel in the car or use in their rooms & around the house without disturbing everyone else.

 

Boost Your Small Business with #ExplainerVideo

Boost Your Small Business with #ExplainerVideo

It seems we live in an era that everyone wants to be their own boss.  There are lots of ways you can make money with start ups and more and more people are putting it all on the line and starting their own businesses.  I wanted to start my own cupcake shop, however I soon realized that without a proper plan for success all I was doing was preparing to fail.

When starting your own small business you are faced with competition, one of the keys to success is finding a way to stand out from your competitors and being able to show your customers that you are the best choice for them.  You want your product or service to stand out above the rest and that’s where How It Works Media comes into play.  When a consumer is searching the web for a product or service, research shows that you (the business) only has a few second to grab their attention with what you have to offer.  I know this first hand even with my blog.  A visitor will visit one page but if I don’t find a way to keep them interested and reading and looking for more content, they’ll exit my site on the same page they entered on.  My goal is to keep them on my blog longer, get them to browse around and read all that I am sharing.  In order to do that I use creative ways to engage readers in other content.  How It Works Media has come up with a great way to help small businesses keep customers on their sites longer and essentially lead to a possible sale.

Animated Explanation Videos or Explainer Videos as they have come to be known, are a powerful way to explain a complex idea or an innovative new web business.  Sometimes people don’t have a lot of time to read entire websites to learn how your product or service works.  Other times no matter how much you read, you just can’t quite grasp what the business is trying to explain. I know I’ve been there before a few times.  The Explainer Videos are an innovative form of an elevator pitch.  If you’re a small business and you’re looking for a creative way to sell your product or service to customers, wanting to grow your business more or just adding to your marketing strategies then be sure to check out How It Works Media and their Explainer Videos.