Saturday, October 18, 2008

My Baby Girl My Baby Boy for Nintendo DS

SouthPeak Games will introduce the 21st century baby doll with the new My Baby Girl and My Baby Boy series for Nintendo DS. The new baby doll is designed to allow children to nurture, engage and raise their baby at their own pace with their own sensitivities, instincts and style. How they raise and relate to their baby will be their very own personal experience.

Players begin by choosing a name, ethnicity and eye-color for their baby. From baby's first smile, to her first steps players learn how to help their baby grow physically and emotionally. Along the way, players get help from a pediatrician who offers advice on caring for the baby. From how to change a diaper to how to hold a bottle, children learn all the ways they can keep their baby healthy and grow. As the baby meets certain developmental milestones, new age appropriate activities get unlocked.

My Baby Girl and My Baby Boy are suitable for children ages three years and older and will be available starting November 10, 2008. The My Baby is not a game where players compete in a series of start to finish games. My Baby is more like a "life sim" in which each player engages with "their baby" at their own pace and nurturing style.

I got a sneak peek of the game by visiting and you can too! My daughters had fun changing the baby's diaper and hearing the coos after they completed the task. Go check it out and let me know what you think. I think this will be on my girls Christmas list this year!

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Fairytale Witch, Fallen Angel, Fairy, Alice in Wonderland ???

Today we went to a local health fair. The kids can dress up in their Halloween Costumes if they want. My oldest chose not to, but my youngest did. I realized that time is running out to decide if I want to dress up or not this year.

There are so many costumes that I just love. I love the cute Alice in Wonderland costumes, I love all the different fairy costumes, the Fallen Angel costumes would be pretty funny given my religious preferences, but I think a Witch suits me best. Yes, my husband would find that statement quite true, lol.

I've had both my girls be witches at least twice already. It is one costume I could buy every single year, I just love all the different witch costumes for kids and adults. I am in love with this Fairytale Witch from Halloween Adventure . It one of the few cute adult costumes, I would actually put on and not feel too funny in. I just love that crooked hat, adorable. I think I'd want some striped tights or knee socks though, I'm not a big fishnet kind of girl. I'd have to add that spider basket to complete the costume, really adds to that hat.

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Review ~ Bethesda Sunscreen Soap

One of my fears is skin cancer. I have always tried being cautious with skin care, staying out of the sun, using sunscreen, etc. It can be very easy to forget the sunscreen though, especially if you are in a rush. When the Family Review Network, offered an opportunity to try Bethesda Sunscreen Soap, I happily asked for a spot.

Bethesda Sunscreen Soap is the Worlds first all natural sunscreen body bar. It nourishes the body with vitamins and protects it as well. Just wash with this soap like normal in the shower or bath. It provides an invisible layer of sun protection. That means you are getting a minimum of SPF 10 to help protect against UV rays just by taking a shower like normal! It not only has protection from the sun though, it also has 50+ vitamins and minerals to help support healthy skin.

This soap utilizes four key-ingredients that they call the Power Four ~

Aloe Vera Gel ~ anti-inflammatory/immunity booster
Chlorophyll ~ cleanses/deodarizes
Healing Balm of Gilead ~ soothes/disinfects
Glycerin ~ "hydroscopic" moisturizer

I normally use body wash, but I loved this soap. It has a wonderful smell. It doesn't leave any kind of residue behind, and my skin felt soft after using. I want to pick up another bar for my husband. He works outside and refuses to use sunscreen. Drives me crazy. Another thing I like is it uses Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide for the sunscreen, none of those yucky chemicals that are included in almost all Sunscreen lotions. I highly recommend this product! You can read more about it and the company here.

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Travel Adventures of Lilly P Badilly: Costa Rica

I was sent this great book a few months ago, The Travel Adventures of Lilly P Badilly: Costa Rica.

My girls instantly read through this book. The colors are so beautiful, you just have to pick it up and read. They actually took it outside to read it a bit more, and a bunch of their friends started reading it as well. One of their friends liked it so much, she took it home! We actually just got the book back, lol. Luckily the girl was very good with the book and it is still in perfect condition. You can learn some great facts about Costa Rica on the website.

Lilly P. Badilly is a little millipede with a brilliant mind and an exceptional talent for playing the piano. She lives in a teeny, tiny hole in the wall in the Miami International Airport with her grandparents, Nellie O. Badilly and Willie Z. Badilly. Together they embark on a most unique, and sometimes hilarious, travel adventure deep into the fertile rain forest of Costa Rica. It is there that Lilly is forced to face her biggest fears in order to save the lives of her family, herself and her new friends. Along the way, Lilly learns a lot about geography, culture and the plants and animals of Costa Rica. Best of all she discovers that if she uses her brain, she can work through her fears and turn a frightening situation into a celebration! Included with this book is a most entertaining audio CD. The characters of Lilly P. Badilly come to life with voices that children of all ages and adults will enjoy. Complete with music and authentic Costa Rican sound effects, readers can listen, read and sing along at the same time.

The 64-page, full color book along with the 35-minute CD is now available for $19.95. (Retail Price is $22.95) Plus FREE SHIPPING for a total savings of nearly $7 per book or a 26% discount.

Debbie Glade is giving an exclusive discount to blogs of the Family Review Network.
You will receive Free Shipping on book and CD combos ordered on the website by December 15, 2008! Just use this Shipping Code on the online order form: FBS1208. (Please note that this code is case sensitive.) After entering the shipping code, just click the "Update Order" box and proceed with the rest of your order.

This is a special opportunity for your readers to buy a great book/CD at an excellent price in time for the holidays.
There's no better gift for a child than the gift of reading!

The Travel Adventures of Lily P Badilly: Costa Rica

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Blog Action Day 2008 ~ Poverty

Blog Action Day is an annual nonprofit event that aims to unite the world’s bloggers, podcasters and videocasters, to post about the same issue on the same day. Our aim is to raise awareness and trigger a global discussion.

What is Poverty then? Poverty is hunger. Poverty is lack of shelter. Poverty is being sick and not being able to see a doctor. Poverty is not having access to school and not knowing how to read. Poverty is not having a job, is fear for the future, living one day at a time. Poverty is losing a child to illness brought about by unclean water. Poverty is powerlessness, lack of representation and freedom.

This issue means a lot to me, mainly because my family technically lives under the financial poverty guidelines. I try not to talk about it, but unfortunately we do. My husband struggles to find work, going weeks sometimes months without a job. When I had my second daughter I made the mistake of quitting work. Now I cannot find another job. I do things from home to make some money that keeps us going. When my husband is working, we hurry and catch up with bills. As soon as we are caught up, it seems work has stopped again. We try to give our girls a normal life, I sacrifice things for me so they can dance and have decent clothes. Luckily I have always loved to Bargain hunt, so I find great deals. I also have a supportive mother and father.

I wish I had some idea to help with poverty. If I did, we wouldn't be struggling with so much I guess. Blog Action day has a list of 88 Ways to take action against Poverty you should check out.

Some of the items on the list are pretty offensive in my opinion, but there are some great ideas. One thing I want to state is, it isn't always about the person being lazy. I get so tired of hearing things like that. In most cases, poor people work even harder. Everything is so much more of a struggle. You can't hire a maid, you do all your own cleaning. You usually cook from scratch because it is much cheaper then buying ready made. You hand wash your clothes because you do not have a washer/dryer, etc. You also have to deal with people not giving you a chance because you do have the nicest clothes or the newest car. You can be the hardest worker out there, but it doesn't always matter.

People need to stop judging Poverty. You don't know how a person got there. It could have been a wrong choice in life, not having the right connections to that "good" job, not being raised as well as you were, heck it could have happened just because of who your parents are. If you are born poor, the odds of staying poor are high.

A few ways to help poverty online ~

The Hunger Site ~ Just a simple click every day {be sure to check out the other sites in this network}
Play the Rice Game online ~ this game is addicting & a great cause

If you make donations of clothing/household items, consider looking for a family in need on Freecycle or Craigslist. Your items might get better use. I shop at thrift stores and I lot of times, the cost of the used items you can actually find cheaper on clearance brand new items or end of year sales. I know they do other programs to help homeless, etc so still a great choice and one I personally use for a lot of my donations.

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Spin Master Kid Kleen & Aquadoodle Draw 'N Doodle Mat

Thanks to Team Mom, my daughter got to test out two really cool products recently. We were sent the Kid Kleen Bubble Machine and an Aquadoodle mat.

My daughter was ecstatic when she saw the bubble machine. It is a compact bath bubble-maker that makes a waterfall of soapy bubbles. You just hang it on the side of the tub, turn the knob and watch the mountain of bubbles come spilling into the tub.

The Spinmaster machine does take 4 C batteries. We've only used it twice so far, so not sure how long the batteries will last. It does come with a small bottle of bubbles, that seems like it will last quite awhile. You only need a small cap full and that will last at least 2 baths. We have found that in order to keep the bubbles going, you do need it running the entire time. The bubbles didn't last much longer once we turned of the machine. However, they did last a lot longer and were much more fun compared to ordinary bubbles in the tub!

The Spin Master Kid Kleen Bubble Machine retails for $19.99 and can be purchased at Toys R Us, Target and Walmart. They also sell Mold N Play soap activity sets. You can find the Kid Kleen products at Amazon as well, but watch the prices. The bubble machine is currently at a whopping $57.50. However the refill and soap kits are priced accurately.

Aquadoodle Draw and Doodle Mat

The second product my daughter has been wanting for a couple years now. It is the Aquadoodle Draw 'N Doodle mat by Spin Master. This is the ultimate mess free, creative fun! Just fill the re-usable Aqua Pen with water to create their masterpiece. When the mat dries, the drawings disappear. My daughter loves to save everything, so once she realized she could take a picture of her drawing she was fine with it disappearing, lol. The mat is a generous size at 32 x 32 and comes with 1 aqua pen. It is recommended for ages 3+, I wish I had this when my 7 year old was younger. She used to love to color on the floor, walls, table, windows well you get the point. The Aquadoodle Draw 'N Doodle mat retails for $24.99

Be sure to check out the Aquadoodle website, it is a lot of fun!

You can purchase Aquadoodle products at Amazon, Toys R Us, KB Toys, Etoys, Walmart, Target and Kmart.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Secret is in the Sauce

Have you heard about The Secret is in The Sauce (SITS) yet? If not you are really missing out. It is a wonderful blog that helps spread the blog love by showing off blogs & encouraging us all the comment on other SITS blogs. Not only do you get traffic, comments & find tons of new blogs, they also hold weekly contests!

Monday through Thursday, we get to visit a new blog, the featured blog of the day. Every Sunday, they link up around 5 blogs to be the Saucy blogs of the week. On Fridays & Saturdays, they spotlight a great blog & on Sunday we get to see great blogs with contests! It is such a great concept & very easy to get going with them.

5 Blogs I have found through SITS are ~

I have some contest going on, enter while you are here if you are new to my blog! You can find them linked up on the right :)

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Ankle & Gym Woes

My daughter is a drama queen! She has loved wearing aced bandages ever since she was very young. There was always some kind of ankle problem, wrist problem, a cut on her knee, etc. A couple years ago in dance, she started bugging me to wear ace bandages to class. Usually it followed another dancer getting hurt. She never stopped her activities & usually only complained when it came time to, you know do homework or pick up her clothes.

This year though, she is 6th grade with daily gym class. Her gym class does a lot of running. Now if they stop running to walk, they lose points which will lower their grade. It is supposed to be on Fridays only, but it has been averaging at least twice a week of this non-stop running. My daughter has been coming home in major pain over it. I finally took her to the doctor for her ankle. Her pediatrician had her stay off it for one week to rest it. Took x-rays & said if it starts hurting again I have to go to a Orthopedic doctor.
Well it of course started hurting right away. I finally got her into an orthopedic on Friday. It was fun explaining why I waited so long, let me tell you. Luckily after stating that she tended to like ace bandages, and I was never sure if she was telling the truth or not. The doctor started nodding his head & said "Oh she is a drama queen". I was like, thankfully this guy understands & doesn't think I'm the worlds worst mommy. He says she has tendinitis & to just ice it when it hurts & use motrin for it whenever there is any pain. He wouldn't restrict her at all. I wish one of these doctors would at least write a note saying she does have ankle issues & if she needs to walk it is ok. Since they won't, if she needs to walk at all, she gets a lower grade. I think that is a bit unfair. This gym class is driving me insane. I thought gym played games/sports, etc. It seems all they do is make the kids run laps while they sit back talking & docking points.
I don't know if you can tell, but isn't this door gigantic. I was laughing the entire time we were waiting & my daughter was getting so bad. It reminded me of Alice in Wonderland, just opposite, lol. It was so huge!

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Build a Bear Hannah Montana Bear + Giveaway

We were sent a Build a Bear Hannah Montana Bear recently. My daughter just adores it, the bear is so cute. The bears start at $22 and up depending on clothes/accessories. Each bear comes with a necklace. Seriously, this is the cutest bear! There is even a Flickr group to upload your pictures to!
Build a Bear was kind enough to also give me a $25 gift card to giveaway to one of my blog readers. Just go to Build a Bear & tell me a bear you like. Contest will end on October 31st.

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