You’re never too old to learn Spanish!

August 6, 2013 § Leave a comment

As a child, Spanish was all I heard so when my family would ask my daughter a complicated question in Spanish and she has a lost look in her face, I got those looks. You know, the shaking heads and pursing lips and judging me silently because I never taught my daughter Spanish past the counting to twelve in spanish, and some very basic words and honestly, I kicked myself for not teaching her more than saying “Hola.”

So when Educents, a sort of flash-sale site company that has awesome learning deals for basically all your educational and schooling needs, contacted me to ask if I’d be interested in reviewing this program, I jumped at the chance because well, Dora the Explorer is kind of banned here.

Since the day it arrived, the CD and DVD have been alternating in the portable dvd player all throughout the house followed by my daughter repeating a few words here and there. I was pretty impressed with how fun Rock n’ Learn makes it for kids to grasp Spanish so easily, but I wasn’t over the moon impressed until two days later when she came into my bedroom in the morning, she smiled at me and said “Buenos dias, mama!”

Rock n Learn touches on all the basics when it comes to spanish-speaking, from counting to telling time and small talk conversation starters, perfect for children who want to learn the language.

One of the things I loved the most about Rock and Learn – Spanish was that it comes with two volume books to follow along and read. Because of that, my daughter is now picking up Spanish words in books. Related? My daughter might start dancing salsa in her sleep.

After my daughter is finished with this program, I might pass it on to my mother, who has taken more English-speaking courses than anyone else in the world and maybe then she’ll be as enthusiastic as my six year old daughter was!

There’s not a single bad thing to say about Rock n Learn – Spanish, other than “Can you please teach me how to dance Salsa?” All joking aside, this really is a great program that will make it fun for your children to learn Spanish, or anything for that matter. Rock n Learn has programs for school-related subjects to learning about the solar system.

If you would like to join Educents, you may click here to get $5 credit to everything on the site. I recommend signing up for their newsletter as they send out what is the latest deal and it might be just what you’re looking for! Educents is for everyone, a teacher or a parent. You’re never too young or too old to learn something new, especially with your children!

Disclaimer: I was sent Rock n Learn – Spanish by Educents to review with my daughter, but I was not compensated to write and post a review about it. Opinions are my own and not paid for.

Just Dance 4 Review {feat. my 5yo daughter}

November 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

Thank you to Ubisoft for sponsoring this post. Please click here to learn more about Ubisoft. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. #UbiChamps

When Just Dance 4 was dropped off at my doorstep, I had just picked up my daughter from Kindergarten and it could not have been a better time for it to be dropped off! As soon as my kindergartener came home, she asked for a snack and told me she was bored.

I have an idea…. I told her.

I popped in Just Dance and let her pick out a song. Well, I will let the video show you how much fun {and cool dance moves} she has but I will tell you there is a song for everyone. The difficult level starts at easy and ends at hard. And trust me when I tell you, it is very very hard for me to get three stars on easy.

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There are a few songs that you can download with Wii Points but even if you don’t you still have some catchy pop songs like One Direction’s What Makes You Beautiful, On The Floor by Jennifer Lopez which is probably one of the hardest songs for me, and the oh my god get this song out of my head Call Me Maybe to name a few of the featured songs.

Not only can you just have fun with JD4, there is a Just Sweat mode. After trying it for ten minutes, I already needed a shower. But the fun does not stop there., there’s a lot of stuff that you can unlock, I’m guessing when you get three stars on a song or when you build up your mojo.

After Thanksgiving dinner, we gave it a go to put a stop on the oh my god I want to nap forever after this dinner and it definitely worked. To quote my five-year old daughter “This game is totally rad!”

If you would like to buy Just Dance 4 you can click-through and buy it on Amazon! It makes a great gift for the music lovers and dancers in your life but pretty much perfect for anyone, young and the older crowd!

A @drinkpremama Review + Giveaway

April 27, 2012 § 8 Comments

Do you ever feel like puking right after swallowing that gigantic disgusting pink prenatal vitamin? ME TOO. That’s why when I recently discovered Premama, I jumped at the chance of trying it out and let me tell you… I was not disappointed in the least!

I added it to my favorite V8  juice and I drank my daily intake of prenatal vitamins without gagging or running to the restroom to throw up. Not only is Premama nut-free, gluten-free, egg-free, fish-free, shellfish-free, and sulfite-free, it doesn’t taste gross at all and you’re getting the vitamins you need while you’re pregnant or nursing, or even trying to conceive. To look at the list of benefits, click here.

Want a chance to win a 30 day supplement of Premama? In a comment below, tell me one thing you craved the most during your pregnancy. In my first pregnancy, I ate so much watermelon with chili powder for fruit, I’m surprised my daughter wasn’t born as red as a watermelon!

For an extra chance, you can tweet about this giveaway and leave the tweet url in a separate comment. Also, please make sure to use a valid email address as that is how I will be contacting the winner!

One lucky winner will be chosen using random.org and sent a 30 day supply of Premama thanks to MomSelect! Even if you do not win, you can still request a free sample at the bottom of their homepage so be sure to check them out! One winner will be chosen using random.org on May 4th. If winner does not respond in twenty four hours, winner forfeits prize and it will go to the next winner using the same method.

Disclaimer: I was sent a one-week supply of Premama to try from MomSelect

**Random.org chose comment #5! Congrats, Ana! Thank you to everyone who entered! Please go check them out and request a sample, if you haven’t already!**

Giveaway: #ElephantGirl by @JaneDevin

April 20, 2012 § 6 Comments

Yesterday, I entered Jane Devin‘s little twitter giveaway to win a kindle copy of her book. I already own a kindle and pdf copy of Elephant Girl and thought to pay it forward to someone who hasn’t had a chance to be impacted by this amazingly raw and heart-wrenching book. Thank you Jane, for letting me give away a copy of your memoir!

I thought to write a little review about the book here but decided not to because it would pretty much be summed up in endless stream of tears. And although this memoir is depressingly sad, it has its uplifting happy moments that make your heart warm.

I’ll make this short. Want to win a kindle copy of Elephant Girl?

Leave me one comment telling me about someone who has changed your life for the better and how. For an additional entry, tweet about this giveaway and leave the url in a separate comment.

One winner will be chosen at random using random.org on April 27th. Winner will be contacted via email so please make sure you enter a valid email address. If winner does not respond by Sunday afternoon, a new winner will be chosen using random.org.

Cake, cake, cake!

December 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

Thanks to Duncan Hines for sponsoring my writing. There’s no limit to the baking possibilities, so grab your favorite Duncan Hines mix and Comstock or Wilderness fruit fillings and Bake On! www.duncanhines.com.

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It is no secret that baking is one of my favorite things to do. I haven’t done much of it lately because of the lack of energy from this pregnancy.. But baking is something that I’ve always loved and one of the things I turn to when I’m feeling stressed out, because nothing calms you more than red velvet cupcakes baking in your oven.

One thing that everyone loves is cake balls. Not only are you able to eat in in two or three bites, it is heaven in your mouth. They are messy and laborious to make, but they are worth it in the end.

I first heard of cake balls when I was browsing Bakerella’s blog and since then, it is something my family always asks for when a gathering is coming up. I also always use Duncan Hines cake mix and icing when I’m strapped for time and I need a quick dessert fix.

What you’ll need for cake balls:

A box of cake mix (I especially love to use Duncan Hines red velvet cake mix)

The ingredients the cake mix asks for

A can of 16 oz. (I use Duncan Hines cream cheese) frosting. Also, keep in mind that you’ll only use 2/3 of it.

2 bags of Candy Melts

A cookie sheet

Wax paper

1. Bake your cake in a 13×9 pan
2. Cut it into six pieces
3. Let cool completely
4. Piece by piece crumble the cake into super fine pieces. No lumps.
5. Add in the required frosting and mix. Remember if you to add too much, the ball shape will not hold later.
6. Roll into balls and place on wax paper on your cookie sheet.
7. Cover with wax paper and put it in the fridge for a few hours, or overnight.
8. Melt the candy melts as instructed and drop a ball in the melted candy to coat the ball and take it out with a spoon carefully.
9. Place in fridge and let harden.
10. Resist the urge to eat them all.

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These delicious balls go great with a nice glass of Moscato (or whatever you want).

Remember to check out Duncan Hines’ website www.duncanhines.com to find some great recipes for your holiday get-together! I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective.

My @CoolCuts4Kids Experience

July 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

Earlier this month, I was contacted to go check out Cool Cuts 4 Kids in my neighborhood. So Saturday? We went and my daughter and I both loved it.

My daughter instantly fell in love with the place. “Ohmygod, mommy! It’s so cool!” She did not, however, love the fact that she heard she was not getting a Rapunzel haircut but that’s another post for another day. When we arrived we were greeted by the friendly staff and signed in, {don’t forget to get an appointment when you go!} and as soon as my daughter started to play with the toys they have there, her name was called. I love that the staff eases the kids into the haircut by asking them what chair and movie they would like to watch while they get their haircut. My daughter, being the princess that she is, chose the “princess themed” chair and Cinderella as her movie choice.

Prior to the appointment, two whole weeks actually, I had been looking for an appropriate haircut for my daughter, but seeing as how she had similar hair to mine, a bob and/bangs were out of the question because of the waviness and random curls she has. Before the haircut, her hair reached way down below her lower back {which I should have taken a picture of, but my camera died  the day before and forgot to charge it} and that was when her hair was dry and wavy.

Since she is starting school next month, we decided on shorter hair. Five or six inches off couldn’t hurt her, right? And besides, her hair was in so many uneven layers, that it was the best choice. The hairstylist also braided my daughters hair, which to my shock my daughter sat still and didn’t say a word. Two braids more than I have ever done on her! I think one of my daughter’s favorite moments there are when they added glitter to her hair and of course the fairy dust star on her cheek.

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All in all, we give five stars and a half to Cool Cuts 4 Kids! Because it was my daughter’s first haircut, I got to keep a locket (two, really) of her hair (one for her neglected scrapbook and one for me to cry over). We will definitely be returning for her next haircut! It was such a great experience for her and so unlike my first traumatizing haircut thanks to the lovely and friendly staff!

If you’re planning on checking it out, for the first time, go here and print this $5 off coupon and take it to your nearest salon! And don’t forget to sign up for the Cool Rewards Club while you’re there to get promotions and coupons in your inbox!

Disclaimer: I was sent a $50 gift card to go check out Cool Cuts 4 Kids, but I was not compensated to write and post a review about it. Opinions are my own.

{Closed} Giveaway: $20 to @PearTreeGrtngs

April 8, 2011 § 4 Comments

As my daughter’s birthday approaches, I can’t help but freak out a tiny bit of the things that need to be done (and cry, because my baby is no longer a baby but about to be a preschooler). One thing that IS easy, most of the time anyway, is picking out party invitation cards.

Last year, I made my own and the year before as well. But this year? I’m going to skip that and just order through Pear Tree Greetings like I did the first year. They have so many kids birthday invitations and it is likely you’ll fall in love with at least five.

This is the one I’m ordering this month for my daughter’s birthday next month. It’s adorable and how cute is that castle? It totally ties with my tea party theme, no?

Want a chance to win a $20 gift code to Pear Tree Greetings? In a comment, tell me what you would buy with the gift code. For an additional entry, tweet this giveaway and come back to give me your tweet link in a comment.

*******Winner is Jessica at The Unemployed Mom*******

{Winner will be chosen using random.org two weeks from now on April 22, 2011. Available only to US of A residents. One will be chosen and notified through email. If winner doesn’t reply within three days, a new winner will be chosen}

Don’t forget to check out their promotions page for coupon codes and special offers! Also, be sure to check out their graduation contest for a chance to win some money for your graduating son/daughter that ends on May 3rd!

Disclaimer: As a Pearista, I get the chance to review things monthly for Pear Tree Greetings. I do not get compensated to post my review/opinion but I get to have the chance to have pretty awesome giveaways for people who read this blog.

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