Thursday, July 30, 2015

iMommy App Review

My kids are digital kids.  Dexter got his first iPad a few months before his 3rd birthday.  I honestly don't know what I would do on all of our travels without the boys' iPads.  They have a slew of apps and they like each one for different reasons.  Since they are at such different stages of development, very rarely do I find apps that they both enjoy.  

Oliver, being only 4, loves the color pink, playing with girls and he especially loves babies.  When I was first introduced to iMommy I knew right away that Oliver would enjoy this app!  I gave him my phone and asked him to play with it for a few minutes {because lets face it, I can't be away from my lifeline phone for longer than that!}  I went on to do a few chores around the house and it wasn't long until I heard giggling coming from the couch.  I looked over and I asked Oliver what was so funny and he said "I made my baby pink all over!" Sure enough, pink romper, pink haired baby was sitting in a highchair ready to have Oliver feed her!

As I got more done around the house I lost track of time but I knew Oliver had been on my phone, quietly {except lots of giggles} for nearly 20 minutes!  It wasn't until I heard Dexter start yelling to let him have a turn with the game!  How's that for a 7.5 year old macho boy?  Truth be told, Dexter enjoyed the app but had the most fun changing baby's diaper.  Come on now, who wouldn't find making farting noises on an app fun?

iMommy baby making music! That was one of Mommy and Oliver's
favorite activities!

iMommy rocking baby to sleep. Oliver loved the songs played on the mobile!

As I am sitting here writing this Oliver came over to me, grabbed my phone and asked to play iMommy again.  Seconds later I heard, "oh no, baby pooped in her diaper again!  Our neighbors are gonna think we have a baby in the house but its just a game!"

What Super Savvy Mommy loves about iMommy:
  • Interactive and simple graphics allow children to engage without overstimulation
  • Options: there are literally hundreds of ways to play with baby in many different scenarios. This helps kids not get bored too quickly. With 30 rooms available, who can get bored with that?
  • Teaches colors: you can choose your baby's skin, hair, eye and clothing color! Parents can ask their children to choose a certain color for baby's clothing, for example to teach color recognition and their ability to follow instructions.
  • Responsibility: Your child cares for and helps feed, play, and change baby as well as take baby on outings and clean up after baby.

What Super Sassy Kids love about iMommy:
  • "I can change baby's diapers and make her fart!"
  • "I can go to the beach with my baby and make the bird scare her!"
  • "The music in the crib makes baby happy"
  • "This is so much fun!"
{What do you expect from a 4 year old?}

Overall I am very pleased with all aspects of iMommy.  I even had a great time going throughout the rooms and playing with baby.  There are so many things that you can do that it really is endless amounts of fun!  

Check out the other iMommy brand apps for more virtual fun. They even have one about Alien babies!! 

Would you like to win a copy of iMommy for your little one? I have several to giveaway! Just follow the Rafflecopter Ends 8/13/15
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*I was provided with a copy of this app for review along with other compensation. I was not obligated to write a positive review. I was just asked for an honest opinion*

Monday, June 22, 2015

Minted Gift Ideas

Whenever someone comes over to my house for the first time they always seem to gravitate to my art work.  I love paintings that call to me and paintings of water, passion and nature always speak to me. Just recently I was told that my favorite online store for greeting cards and invitations, Minted, sells ARTWORK too!  I was giddy!  All I could think was "so I can sit in my PJs and shop online for art to hang on my walls!?" SIGN ME UP!!

Imagine my excitement when I actually went to check their selection out and found these! WOW I was immediately drawn in and now I will just have to make some room for them on my walls!

How do you like to decorate your house? Which print is your favorite?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

New Clinical Trials to help Those Suffering From High Cholesterol

NEW Investigational drug being studied in participants with high cholesterol or other risk factors for heart disease

The SPIRE program is looking for people who are taking a cholesterol lowering medication but still have high cholesterol. If you qualify, you might be interested in participating in a research study.
This study evaluates the PCSK9 inhibitor, Bococizumab compared to placebo, in reducing the occurrence of major cardiovascular events, including cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, stroke, and unstable angina requiring urgent revascularization, in high risk subjects who are receiving background lipid lowering therapy and have cholesterol laboratory values of LDL-C >/= 70 mg/dL or non-HDL-C >/= 100 mg /dl
The full study details and eligibility criteria are listed here.
If you’re not familiar with clinical trials, here are some FAQs:

What are clinical trials?

Clinical trials are research studies to determine whether investigational drugs or treatments are safe and effective for humans. All new investigational medications and devices must undergo several clinical trials, often involving thousands of people.

Why participate in a clinical trial?

You will have access to new investigational treatments that would be available to the general public only upon approval. You will also receive study-related medical care and attention from clinical trial staff at research facilities. Clinical trials offer hope for many people and an opportunity to help researchers find better treatments for others in the future.
Learn why I’m talking about Clinical Trials


Monday, May 11, 2015

#RecycleYourPeriodPad with Poise Thin-Shaped Pads

Before I was a Mom I always thought it to be weird that my Mom would need to wear pads because she might laugh too hard and pee a little.  I thought that was so strange.  That is...until I became a Mom.  Now, whenever I am sick with a bad cough there is nothing worse that having to change your pants so many times because coughing led to leaking.  I always had a stash of "after birth" pads under the sink and they have never really helped with leakage.  My husband thinks that there is a "problem" but I have told him that it is very normal and I can get passed it!  I mean, after all, why would they make LBL pads if it wasn't normal?

Did you know that 1 in 3 women suffer from Light Bladder Leakage (LBL)?

-One in three women experience Light Bladder Leakage (LBL) – little leaks that can be triggered by everyday occurrences like coughing, sneezing, laughing and exercise. 
-Weak pelvic floor muscles, pregnancy, childbirth and weight gain are just a few LBL contributors.

Just as no two women are alike, there's no single reason that LBL happens. Some of the most common things that lead to uninvited leaks include:
•Physical changes from childbirth, pregnancy, hysterectomy or menopause
•Being overweight
•Complications from surgery, stroke, or chronic diseases like diabetes, multiple sclerosis (MS) or Parkinson's disease
•Bladder or urinary tract infections
•Bladder irritants (certain foods and beverages)

Women deserve the best options for managing LBL. Whether you leak a little when you laugh, or sometimes have a sudden urge to go, Poise gives you one less thing to worry about any time of day or night. Their pads and liners are specifically designed for LBL, which makes them an easy choice for the 1 in 3 women affected with light bladder leaks.

Stay fresh and confident with Poise® pads and liners. They're designed specifically for Light Bladder Leakage (LBL), which make them an easy choice for the women who experiences LBL.

Designed to move with your body, new Poise Thin-Shape pads feature Super Absorbent Material (SAM) and a Thin-Flex design for extraordinary protection that’s still 3x drier than period pads† to help you take care of leaks with confidence.

Women deserve the best options for managing LBL so Poise brand has introduced new Poise Thin-Shape pads, which are up to 40% thinner than original Poise brand pads and are made specifically for bladder leaks with the trusted absorbency of Poise brand.

Designed to move with your body, new Poise Thin-Shape pads feature Super Absorbent Material (SAM) and a Thin-Flex design for extraordinary protection that’s still 3x drier than period pads† to help you take care of leaks with confidence.

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In order to banish the period pads from my house for good, I decided to use them to make a silly craft...

I made an absorbent bracelet to wear when I am cooking dinner.  It says "Don't Sweat It" on it as a reminder not to let things bother me.  Its also good for wiping the sweat from my brow when the kitchen gets hot!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Earth Day is Every Day

The time is now to think about our planet and the health of your family. The time is now to care as much about what you put on your body as much as you do about what goes in to your body. Look at your labels. Know the ingredients and just say NO to toxic chemicals and hormone disruptors! Say NO to ingredients that bathe your family in carcinogens. 

Arm yourself with the truth and stand up for the health of your family and this wonderful planet! The time is NOW!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Body Armor Sports Drink-Healthy Hydration

Sports drinks are something that I love to have around the house.  The boys drink them during and after tball and I love to drink them often.  I was never a fan of the added dyes and artificial sweeteners used but I liked the added hydration and, to me, that seemed important.  

A couple weeks ago I was contacted and asked to give BODYARMOR SuperDrink™ a try.  I was really excited when I read about the ingredients.  'All natural sports drink, yeah, that can't taste good' I thought.  When my package arrived nothing could have held me back from trying them.  I was eager and anxious.  I ripped the package open and to my excitement, there were many flavors to choose from.  Grape, Fruit Punch, Tropical Punch, Orange Mango, Strawberry Banana, Mixed Berry and Lemon Lime, how ever could I pick 1 to try first?  Luckily we were on Spring Break so the kids were home and equally eager to try them.  Dexter picked Orange Mango, Oliver choose Strawberry Banana and I chose Tropical Punch. 

It was love at first gulp sip.  The boys were so delighted in their choices that it was hard to get their little paws off the bottles in order for me to sample the deliciousness inside.  The only flavor that I was sure I wouldn't like turned out to be my favorite; Strawberry Banana!! I really liked all the flavors A LOT but my other favorites were Tropical Punch and Orange Mango!  

I have tried coconut water before and was never really impressed with it.  I am not sure the magic behind the SuperDrink™ but I do know that they are miracle workers because they made something that is usually so drab into something very fab!

The kids didn't get a chance to bring any to Tball since we liked them so much that we drank them in 2 days.  Jason got the Lemon Lime and he was very happy with it.  In fact, he said that he was going to want that next time he gets sick instead of the kind he usually requested.  In the true effort of research, I thought it would be a good idea to drink a lot of some wine and try Body Armor the next day.  Well, my plan was a success.  The morning after a late night of cribbage, wine and movies with Jason, I woke up with a slight headache and I was definitely parched.  I grabbed a bottle of BODYARMOR SuperDrink™ and I was back to 100% by the end of the bottle!  Do I think that I will be purchasing more of this stuff? OH HECK YEAH--I already have!  They sell it at TARGET!!

Once the kids got back to school and I was armed with my newly purchased BODYARMOR, I brought along a few bottles to Dexter's first Tball game.  A few parents asked to read the label and all of their responses echoed similarly "Wow, I've never heard of this stuff!" "Theres no junk in there!" "Is it good?" Once I tossed them a bottle to share, the conversation quickly changed to "We are hitting up Target on the way home!"

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FINAL LINE: I have reviewed A LOT of products on Super Savvy Mommy over the last 6+ years but this is in my TOP THREE things I have ever reviewed.  I LOVE this product so much and would be honored to work with them anytime!

**I was sent product for review and was compensated for my time.  This review is 100% my family's opinions and I was not expected to write a positive review.  I never expected to be this blown away by a product before**

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Rainy Day Board Games Your Family Will Love

Picture the scene- it's Saturday afternoon and you're at home with your family getting ready to get out of the house when disaster strikes! It's raining, your plans are turned upside-down and an increasingly rowdy brood is beginning to act out, causing the first of what will likely be a number of headaches. What, I hear you cry, can parents do to alleviate such terrible misfortune? The answer is the humble board game; here are some the Smith Family knows your family will adore.

If you like your games fun, fast and varied, Cranium is king. In the game players must complete a variety of tasks, formed around four varieties of cards. With Creative Cat cards, players must draw and sculpt for their points; for Data Head, traditional trivia and general knowledge questions are posed; Word Worm cards are focused upon words, spelling and anagrams; and Star Performer cards are concerned with acting, speaking and humming! This game never gets boring.

Casino games are a huge hit these days among adults. Gamers everywhere have been clamouring for a little tasteof the action on and host of other similar sites, but whilst we're not saying your children should be playing on such websites, there's a somewhat similar board game that takes all the fun aspects of casinos whilst leaving behind the more controversial. In Casinopoly, players move around a casino-themed Monopoly board, but have to play dice-based versions of casino games as they go, winning or losing their cash in the process. It's a hoot that the entire family will enjoy!

As any Scrabble-loving parent will know, the immensely popular spelling game isn't always the best game to play with children in infant or junior school, but luckily there's a word game the whole family can enjoy; Bananagrams. Players must arrange letters into a grid of interconnected words faster than their opponent, each player picking from the same pool of tiles.

Settlers of Catan
While this game is sometimes attributed to groups of basement-bound geeks, Settlers of Catan is a great strategy game that's perfectly suited for children thanks to it's lack of Risk-like warfare game mechanics. In Catan players must build roads, settlements and cities across the game landscape, trading resources with other players in order to expand. Easy to learn but hard to master, everyone should try Catan at some point in their lives.

What are some of the games that your family likes to play on game night or to beat the rainy blues?