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Monday, October 26, 2015

Montessori Learning with Kids Academy FREE Apps! Google Play & iTunes

This blog has partnered with Mom Buzz Media to announce this exciting information!
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Kids Academy Releases Preschool Education Center for iOS and Android!

I download a  lot of learning apps. I like to keep my kids entertained AND offer the learning incentive, especially since their screen time is limited. I have an older IPad, so having different ones can take up a lot of space. The Preschool Education Center gives me the chance to have it all in one awesome app.

The Preschool Education Center is an all-in-one educational app created for children and toddlers by the team at Kids Academy! With already over 10 million downloads worldwide, they have just released a long-awaited update to this amazing app! The app is designed to cover all aspects of early childhood education. Children learn about the alphabet, reading, writing, building vocabulary and even developing math skills. Based on the proven Montessori method, the Preschool Education Center app offers a number of fun games that help master essential learning skills through play, making learning fun!

Is it fun? Well, take a look at a focused and quiet toddler. If it wasn't fun, she wouldn't be sitting here.


She played for a couple of hours, switching around, and laughing at the pictures that came up. Her favorites were the tracing games. She also enjoyed the little rewards you got for completing the activities, like a virtual jar of fireflies. The controls were very responsive, and allowed for very smooth tracing motions, which really pleased her. I think this app will be sticking around.


Until now, Preschool Education Center has only been available on iTunes but now it is finally available for Android devices on Google Play! This fun and free app is currently being featured in the Family section of the Android store in the USA, Australia and Canada.

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For iOS devices:

Kids Academy have also updated the iOS version of the app: Preschool & Kindergarten Early Learning Games adding new games, books and educational cartoons and shows as well as printable worksheets. These are great for getting them off the device and into schoolwork mode.

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Kids Academy Free Worksheets

BONUS! Free Preschool & Kindergarten Worksheets for Kids

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Kids Academy is also finding a way to expand beyond the screen and help master pen and pencil with free printable worksheets. You can get free preschool worksheets on a variety of subjects from alphabet to math and the library is updated often! Download, print out and get start practicing with good old fashioned pencil and paper in seconds!

Head over to Kids Academy and get your FREE PRINTABLE WORKSHEETS

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Springfield Dolls Giveaway, Hosted by Kathy's Savings! (Closed)

It's getting to be that time when you start thinking about the holidays, if you haven't already. Add these adorable dolls to the list...and you can  even win one!



Welcome to the Springfield Dolls Giveaway
Sponsored by Springfield Dolls
Hosted by Kathy's Savings

This giveaway is for the winners choice of a Springfield Doll. It's open to the U.S. only. It will run from 10/21-10/28. You can enter below for your chance to win. Good luck to everyone. You can also check out Kathy's Savings review on the Savannah doll HERE.


Disclosure: Kathy’s Savings and all other participating bloggers are not responsible for prize shipment. The giveaway is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media. The winner will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is drawn. I received this product in exchange for a review. The opinions are all 100% my own and may differ from yours.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Andrea Bocelli's New Album "Cinema": Celluloid Dreams With a Beautiful Twist!

I've been a fan of musicals and the amazing songs that go with them since I was a child, and who doesn't love movies? So I was very pleased to be given the opportunity to review Andrea Bocelli's new album, Cinema.


Cinema  is a collection of favorite tunes from popular movies, including the film adaptations of musicals. As you can imagine, it's the perfect showcase for an artist like Bocelli, who has performed for popes, U.S. Presidents, and royal families all over the world, and even has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. If that gives you heightened expectations, don't worry...you will not be disappointed.

Curious? This is what you'll hear:
1) MARIA from ‘West Side Story’
2) LA CHANSON DE LARA from ‘Doctor Zhivago’
3) MOON RIVER from ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’  
4) E PIU' TI PENSO, duet with Ariana Grande from ‘Once Upon a Time in America /Malèna’
5) BE MY LOVE from ‘The Toast of New Orleans’
6) THE MUSIC OF THE NIGHT from ‘The Phantom of the Opera’
7) BRUCIA LA TERRA from ‘The Godfather’
8) POR UNA CABEZA from ‘Scent of a Woman’
9) NO LLORES POR MÍ ARGENTINA, duet with Nicole Scherzinger from ‘Evita’
10) L'AMORE È UNA COSA MERAVIGLIOSA from ‘Love is a Many Splendored Thing’
11) MI MANCHERAI from ‘Il Postino’
12) CHEEK TO CHEEK, duet with Veronica Berti from ‘Top Hat’
13) SORRIDI AMORE VAI from ‘La vita è bella’
14) HISTORIA DE AMOR from ‘Love Story’
15) OL' MAN RIVER from ‘Show Boat’
16) NELLE TUE MANI (NOW WE ARE FREE) from ‘Gladiator’

As you can see, it's an entertaining mix that keeps surprising you with each new track. As a whole, I found the album both relaxing and invigorating. Bocelli and guests' beautiful tones evoke the emotions the original songs call for, and then some. His voice is both powerful and ageless, and the tone never wavers in any way.

While I enjoyed the entire experience, I did find some standouts for my personal taste. "The Music of the Night" is a longtime favorite, and this rendition added a whole new dimension to it. While I enjoyed the nod to the younger generation with "E Piu' Ti Penso" ( we do love Ariana Grande) my favorite duet was another favorite, "No Llores Por Mi Argentina". The original gave me chills; Bocelli and Nicole Scherzinger's version gave me full-out shivers. And you can't ignore the quirky fun of "Cheek to Cheek" for sure. I also thought his version of "Moon River" gave new life to an old standby.

Want to test it for yourself? Check out this video!



Like what you hear? You can purchase it on iTunes and Amazon starting October 23rd!

For more information on Andrea Bocelli:
 
I participated in the Andrea Bocelli “Cinema” album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Awesome Halloween Prize Pack, Sponsored by Kathy's Savings! #Giveaway (Closed)

If you're like me, and Halloween is creeping up on you, then a handy gift pack is just what you need. And Kathy's Savings is giving you the chance for a seriously fabulous one. So read on!

Cinedigm Halloween Gift Basket

I have a great Halloween giveaway for you all. You can enter to win the following:

Cinedigm DVDs
- Ghost Squad -20 Halloween Stories
• Foam Sticker Pumpkin Decorating Kit
• Halloween Erasers
• Halloween Pencils
• Halloween Play-Doh
• Halloween Stickers
• Play Glow Stick
• Skeleton Squelette
• Solar Pumpkin Light Stake
• Spider Webbing
• Squeaking Rat

Bud's Best Cookies: Boxed Cookies That are Outside the Box!

Okay, first thing: I am not a fan of boxed and packaged cookies. Call me spoiled, but they just don't have that richness and great texture of homemade. And then there was Bud's Best Cookies.


These aren't standard cookies. Along with the basic favorites, there's some new and different flavor combos that seriously rock, like Orange Bite Delight and Butterfinger Candy n' Cookies. My son was only too excited to be a taste tester.


Saturday, October 3, 2015

Win a Rockboard RBX Scooter, Sponsored by Thrifty Mom's Reviews! (Closed)

 Did you ever see something and say to yourself, "Wow, I had no idea that existed, but now that I do, I must have it"?

I just did. The Rockboard RBX Scooter.


Video courtesy of Thrifty Mom's Reviews

Basically, it's a scooter that uses a rocking motion to propel it. I personally think this would be great cardio. And since it holds up to 220 pounds (not bad for a scooter,eh?) I could totally borrow it. Maturity be damned.

For a full review, go to Thrifty Mom's Reviews HERE.

If you're also now fascinated and eager to make your kids' (or your own) day, you can enter to win your own right here!