VTech InnoTab Max Review – A Tablet for the Kids!

Disclosure: I was provided with a VTech® InnoTab® MAX in order to facilitate this review.
All opinions are my very own.

My kidlets totally take after me and The Hubs when it comes to trying out new tech products. You should see how excited they get when a new tech toy arrives for them to actually try out! One of their recent favs has been the Kidzoom® Smartwatch from Vtech (which I wrote about here), the two of them have fought over since we got it this summer.

THM-InnoTab-Max-Vtech-Review-TabletSo when the InnoTab MAX showed up on our doorstep earlier this month, they were psyched to finally have their very own tablet device instead of having to borrow mom and dad’s to play on.  It might just be the perfect gift for the tech/gadget loving kid on your holiday list!

The InnoTab MAX by VTech is a multi-media learning tablet for children aged 3-9 that combines educational games and creative activities.

I like that it’s built to grow along with my child.  It combines VTech’s expert-supported library of cartridges, software and apps with carefully selected educational Android apps for fun and educational learning.

This tablet features a large (7 inch) high-resolution touch screen that allows kids to either use their fingers or the included stylus to navigate around.  It has a useful handle for kids to tote the tablet around and comes with a detachable cover/stand which helps makes it durable to tough wear and tear by kids.

Continue reading ⇒

‘Tis the Season – The Sweet Smell of Scents #FebrezeHoliday

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of SheSpeaks and Febreze.
All opinions expressed are 100% honest and my own.

Though it wasn’t even Halloween, let alone Thanksgiving, it was already beginning to look a lot like Christmas last week when these showed up in my mailbox….

THM-Holiday-GiftGuide

But I don’t mind much because Christmas is my favorite holiday. I’m all about the spirit and feeling of the holiday –family, friends, love, laughter and happiness.

Every time this time of year rolls around, I’m transformed back into a little kid. I get so excited and I can’t wait for the celebration to begin!

Continue reading ⇒

Christmas Countdown – Last Minute Gift Ideas for Kids

We’re less than one week away from Christmas!  Are you done gift shopping yet?  Thankfully I’m almost done, I have just a few small stocking stuffer items left to get and then let the wrapping in Santa’s Workshop (aka our home office) begin! I’ve talked to a few friends who said they haven’t even started yet and are planning on a marathon shopping trip this weekend.  Talk about cutting it close!

Santa Checking His List_fullContinue reading ⇒

Holiday Gift Ideas – What To Give Your Child’s Teacher??

Are you like me this time of year? I’m always conflicted as to what to give my kidlets teachers for the holiday.

cd5049l-f

To me, a child’s teacher is one of the most important people in their lives, aside from their family. And a good teacher will go that extra mile to make sure that a child gets a proper and fulfilling education. Both my kidlets have been fortunate to have such wonderful and deeply caring teachers. My kidlets love going to school because their teachers make it a fun, safe and inviting place to be! I want to show them just how much they are appreciated by the kidlets, The Hubs and I, but finding just the right gift is always so hard.

Continue reading ⇒

‘Tis The Season To Be…..

The lyrics to “Deck the Halls” may say ‘Tis the season to be jolly - but to me, it’s more like  ‘Tis the season to be stressed!  I don’t know why, but I always feel so rushed this time of year, like everyone is on some mad dash to get to thru the holiday and onto the New Year.

happy-holidaysContinue reading ⇒

Family Friendly Video Games: LEGO Legends of CHIMA: Laval’s Journey Review

My son loves playing games – card ones, board ones and, of course, video ones.  After hounding The Hubs and I for more than a year, we him got a Nintendo 3DS XL for his birthday this past summer.  Between that hand-held system and our more traditional XBOX360, my boy is becoming quite the gamer.  However, since he’s only six, The Hubs and I are pretty picky when it comes to games we buy and let him play, making sure that they are age-appropriate.  Over the next few weeks I’ll feature reviews of family friendly games that we like and would also make good gifts for the younger video gamer on your holiday list.

First up is LEGO® Legends of CHIMA™: Laval’s Journey from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and based on the popular animated series.  We got a chance to review the Nintendo 3DS version.

chimalavalsjourney Continue reading ⇒

What’s On Your List? #HotToys13

Ever since I was a kid I’ve been a list-maker.  I’m sure it’s some sort of OCD manifestation, but I make lists for just about everything in my life — daily to-do lists, what phone calls I need to make, emails to send/reply to, errands I need to run, groceries to buy — you get the idea.  I think that my obsessive list behavior is rubbing off on my kidlets because they’ve already made out their Christmas lists.

THM_HotToys13_ListPage One of My Son’s Christmas List

I remember being my kidlets’ age and sitting at the kitchen table writing out my own Christmas wish list. I wrote out my list diligently, making sure to print neatly and clearly so Santa would have no question about what I wanted.  I can still remember the feeling of sheer joy when I was five and unwrapped my Dorothy Hamill Doll & Skating Rink  I loved that doll!

Continue reading ⇒

Track Santa’s Journey From The North Pole To Your Ho-Ho-Home…

The biggest day of the year for Santa is quickly approaching! My kidlets are excited and have asked me tons of questions asking how Santa Claus delivers presents to all the little boys and girls all over the world in time for Christmas morning. How on Earth (literally) can he do it….and now I can show them!

4179-google-santa-tracker

Google’s Santa Tracker site has all sorts of goodies for kids who wonder how Santa does it all! At the center of the site is a countdown clock that is ticking off the seconds to jolly old St. Nick’s scheduled departure on from the North Pole and begins his annual journey to deliver gifts around the world. Starting on Christmas Eve, you can log on and actually track Santa’s journey via a world map!

Until then, if you visit the site you can explore Santa’s village and even play several fun games that involve elves, sleighs and gifts.  The best part is that you can have an online chat with Santa Claus himself. He even makes personal phone call to any North American phone number between the hours of 8 am and 9 pm daily! He also can send personal messages on Google+ and email 24 hours a day. Just log onto www.sendacallfromsanta.com and you can be “in touch” with Santa.

Who knew that Santa was so hi-tech?! I guess with as many presents to wrap and deliver in one night he needs to be.

Now it’s your turn to share.  What will you be leaving out for Santa & his reindeer on Christmas Eve?

Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Is… Awesome! Vol 4. – Kid Music Review

As I’ve unfortunately watched, most children’s TV sucks for parents.   Either I find the characters too annoying or there’s way too much going on for me to follow along as a casual viewer.

One kid series I don’t mind watching is “Yo Gabba Gabba!”  The series does a fab job mixing live action, puppets, music and celebrities along with on-screen visuals that are reminiscent of retro video games and TV shows to create entertainment that’s fun for both kids and parents.

Continue reading ⇒

Yes Kids, There Is A Santa Claus! He’ll Even Send You A Letter To Prove It!

Tis the season in our home.  Guess who dropped by and announced he’s staying through the holiday season?  Our Elf On The Shelf, Jelfie!

This is his second year with our family and the kidlets were really excited to see him.  This year he even sent the kidlets a welcome note.  He also let them know how happy he is to be with us once again and that he is under strict orders to report back all that he sees and hears to Santa so he can make accurately make his “Naughty” and “Nice” lists.

Continue reading ⇒