The New Rechargeable VTech Kidizoom® Smartwatch is Built for Much More Than Telling Time! (ARV $59.99 Giveaway)

New VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch |
The VTech product, gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by VTech.  All opinions expressed are my own.

It’s camera time! With the exciting interactive Kidizoom Smartwatch, kids can capture photos, add photo effects, record videos, and play built-in games for learning fun on the go. Complete with an easy-to-use 1.4” color touch screen, as well as more than 50 digital and analog clock displays, the multi-functional Kidizoom Smartwatch is perfect for kids learning to tell time. It also boasts a rechargeable battery, alarm clock, timer, stopwatch, voice recorder with funny voice changing effects, and parental game controls.

New VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch |

Kidizoom® Smartwatch features include:
  • 1.4 inch color touch screen
  • Camera for taking photos and recording videos
  • Voice recorder with 5 voice changing effects
  • Special effects including customized photo frames, color filters and distortion effects; fun video frames
  • 4 fun games, included
  • Kid-durable design to withstand drops and bumps
  • Splash proof and sweat proof
  • Alarm clock with fun tones and animation
  • Timer and stopwatch in kid-friendly themes
  • 50+ digital and traditional analog displays
  • Rechargeable battery
  • 4 vibrant colors: blue, pink, white and green
  • Micro USB cable for data transfer and battery recharging
  • Access to Learning Lodge app store to download more games and watch displays
  • Recommended for ages 4 years and up
  • MSRP: $59.99
New VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch |

We were sent a VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch to try out and we were instantly impressed. It’s made of high-quality rubber and plastic that is sure to stand up to use by any kid. It is very well laid out so it’s easy to use but still has many great features, and it’s small enough to fit even my tiny 7 ½ year old’s wrist. In addition to the touch screen, it has only 2 buttons so that even younger kids can navigate it easily. The choice between watch displays is a nice touch and Quinn has loved personalizing his clock daily. We also really like the camera feature plus the filters and frames you can use. The included four games are fun and engaging, though a little simple for Quinn. He still likes playing them though.
New VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch |

Quinn loves his unique Kidizoom Smartwatch. It’s great for the car, shopping, restaurants, or anywhere else. It’s small and simple and is no problem to wear around wherever kids like to go. I love that it is rechargeable too, so there’s no wasting of batteries. We love this watch and are happy to have it.

More about the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch . . .

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Have Fun Strategizing with the New Battle Sheep Board Game!

Battle Sheep strategy game by Blue Orange Games |
Thank you to Blue Orange games for providing a sample board game for us to base this review upon.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Our family loves board games, and we’ve always had great experiences with Blue Orange Games. Their newest family board game, Battle Sheep, combines logic and strategy with fun. Once you build your board, players take turns moving their stacks of sheep in straight lines and trying to block their opponents in. It takes some serious thought to accomplish blocking the other players, but it’s all very entertaining so no one gets frustrated.

Battle Sheep strategy game by Blue Orange Games |

Battle Sheep contains 16 pasture boards, 64 sheep tokens, and illustrated rules, all in the handy box. The game teaches social play, out-of-the-box thinking, and strategy.  It also helps improve focus and attention. It’s a great game for fun as well as thought provoking. It is recommended for ages 7 and up, from 2-4 players, and game play takes as little as 15 minutes, so it’s a great, quick game to play.
Battle Sheep strategy game by Blue Orange Games |

We’ve already played Battle Sheep a handful of times. From my 7 ½ year old on up to my husband, we’ve all had a great time playing. It’s fun for all ages and really gets you using your brain. It is made of sturdy materials too, like dense cardboard and thick plastic, so it’s sure to hold up for a long while.
Battle Sheep strategy game by Blue Orange Games |

You can learn all about Battle Sheep and all Blue Orange Games at their website,

3 Things to Do Before Going to See Planes #FireAndRescue in the Theater (plus a Bookmark Craft!) #MagicAtPlay #MC

Kohl's Disney Jumping Beans Boys #FireAndRescue Collection | #MagicAtPlay
I participated in an Ambassador campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kohl's. I received promotional items and product samples as a thank you for participating.

The long-anticipated sequel Planes: Fire & Rescue opens in theaters today!  Having heard from many parents that this will be their little one's first trip to the movies, I wanted to share some fun ways to make this important first a fun and memorable experience . . .

1.  If your child has not seen the original Planes movie, then you will definitely want to buy, rent, or stream it for him or her before going to see the sequel.  This will give your child a chance to get to know Dusty and the other characters, as well as understand what experiences have brought Dusty to this next point in his life.  If your child has already experienced the first film, they are likely anxious to watch it again before seeing the second movie, like all three of my children are.

Kohl's Disney Jumping Beans Boys #FireAndRescue Collection | #MagicAtPlay

2.  Dress your child for the occasion! The Kohl's Disney Jumping Beans line has expanded its Fire & Rescue collection quite a bit since it's unveiling last month.  The collection includes tees, shorts, long sleeve knits, fleece active pants, hoodies, and some exclusive limited edition styles, as well.  While shopping for the perfect outfit to wear for the movie, whether online or at your local Kohl's department store, take this opportunity to pick up some of these playground-friendly mix-and-match pieces for back-to-school!

When I took our 7 year old son to shop for his movie outfit, he had such a difficult time deciding.  In fact, he just started picking up one of everything!  When it comes to the styles, colors, and graphics for this line, Jumping Beans really hit the nail on the head as far as knowing what boys his age really like.
Limited Edition Disney Jumping Beans #FireAndRescue Smokejumper Parachute Tee at Kohl's | #MagicAtPlay
Exclusive Limited Edition Disney Planes Smokejumpers Parachute Tee by Jumping Beans®
As a Kohl's customer, you can bring your Planes Fire and Rescue movie ticket stub into Kohl's from 7/18/14-7/26/14 and receive $10 off your Kids Apparel purchase of $25 or more, in-store only. See below for details:

Full Disclaimer:
Offer valid for one-time use 7/18/14-7/26/14. In store only. One Kids apparel merchandise coupon per customer. $10 offer valid on a minimum $25 pre-tax purchase of Kids apparel merchandise. Dollar-off discounts applied prior to percent-off total purchase discounts. Offer cannot be redeemed for cash. No cash back. Offer not valid for price adjustments on prior purchases. Excludes sales tax. Photocopies or duplicates not accepted. Return value of merchandise purchased with $10 coupon will be subject to adjustment. See store for additional terms and details. Go to for more details on the promotion and for more information on Planes Fire + Rescue apparel.
Kohl's Disney Jumping Beans #FireAndRescue Collection Bookmark Craft | #MagicAtPlay

3.  Pick up a Planes:  Fire & Rescue storybook or activity book to help build the excitement for your child until the big movie day arrives.  This will also give your child a chance to become familiar with some of the new characters introduced in this film.  It also is a perfect excuse to encourage your child to read by offering him or her a new book about a topic you already know they find to be fun and engaging.

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After we got our Disney Jumping Beans Fire & Rescue apparel home, I noticed the super-cool Disney and Planes-themed tags that were on each item of clothing.  They were just too cool to throw away and that's how I came up with one of the easiest crafts ever.  When you get home with your Fire & Rescue items, be sure to hang onto your tags too!  (One cut-out Mickey tag and one Planes tag comes on each clothing item.)
Kohl's Disney Jumping Beans #FireAndRescue Collection Bookmark Craft | #MagicAtPlay

Easy Craft:  Mickey Mouse and Planes Fire & Rescue Bookmarks

Disney Jumping Beans Fire & Rescue retail tags
glue stick
washi tape
narrow ribbon or yarn
Kohl's Disney Jumping Beans #FireAndRescue Collection Bookmark Craft | #MagicAtPlay

Step 1.  If you have two Planes size/price tags, apply glue to cover the entire orange side of one of the tags.  Then bring the two tags together, orange sides facing each other, with the holes carefully lined up.  Then press firmly until secure.  Allow the glue to dry for a few minutes.  (If you only have one Planes tag and one Mickey cutout tag, then skip to the bottom for alternate instructions.)
Kohl's Disney Jumping Beans #FireAndRescue Collection Bookmark Craft | #MagicAtPlay

Step 2.  Carefully cover the size information at the bottom of the tag with a piece of washi tape (see image above).  Be sure to position the tape so that it is parallel with the bottom of the tag.  Then flip the tag over and do the same thing on the second side.
TIP #1:  If your washi tape is thin and you can still see the size information through the tape, then simply add a second layer of tape on both sides.
Kohl's Disney Jumping Beans #FireAndRescue Collection Bookmark Craft | #MagicAtPlay

Step 3.  Using scissors, carefully trim off the excess tape, following the shape of the tag.
Kohl's Disney Jumping Beans #FireAndRescue Collection Bookmark Craft | #MagicAtPlay

Step 4.  Fold a piece of ribbon or yarn (approximately 8 to 10 inches in length) in half and feed it through the hole at the top of the bookmark.  Then bring the two cut ends through the loop you've formed and pull tight to secure. Trim the ends with scissors to make them even.
TIP #2:  For added security, I tied an additional knot right on top of the bookmark.

Step 5.  To make bookmarks out of your cutout Mickey tags, simply follow the instructions in Step #4.

If you have an odd number of tags, meaning one cutout Mickey tag and one Planes tag, you can still make a great bookmark.  Simply color the orange side of the Planes tag black with a permanent marker or cover the majority of it by gluing black construction paper to it.  Then apply glue to the black side of the cutout Mickey tag and glue it to the once-orange side of the Planes tag.  Again, be sure to line up the holes before pressing the two sides together.  Then you can pick up the instructions at Step #2.  When you're done, you should have a fun bookmark with a Planes theme on one side and a Mickey silhouette on the other!

If you like this easy craft, be sure to Pin It for later . . . 
Kohl's Disney Jumping Beans #FireAndRescue Collection Bookmark Craft Tutorial | #MagicAtPlay

Have fun at the movies!

Design Your Own Notebooks, Placemats, and Other Personalized Gifts at Ink Garden

Personalized custom placemat |
Thank you to Ink Garden for providing personalized gift samples for us to base this review upon.  All opinions expressed are my own.

I love getting personalized items for our home, so when I learned about Ink Garden, I was excited to see their custom printed products for myself. They have hundreds to choose from - anything from office products like mouse pads and business card holders to blankets and pillowcases. If you have a need, there’s a good chance that Ink Garden can supply it.

One of the first things I noticed about Ink Garden was their prices. They have very reasonable prices for such high-quality, personalized products with many items under $20. With such a wide variety to choose from, there is something for everyone. I decided to make personalized placemats for my family and a little personalized journal for myself.

Personalized gifts at Ink Garden |

Ink Garden is simple to navigate, so finding my chosen category was very easy to do. Once I chose my items, making them was simple too. You can use their pre-made templates or completely customize your item, including adding your own photos. I chose to use text and Ink Garden’s stock clip art for our placemats and just went with a basic template for both items. I had everything made to my desire within 30 minutes. Checkout was a breeze as well.
Personalized gifts at Ink Garden |

Our items came within a week and were very well packaged and obviously very high quality. I was truly impressed with how great these were! The placemats are thick and laminated with sturdy plastic so they will not tear up even with daily use and washing. The journal’s cover is made with thick plastic and the spiral binding is very high quality as well. The colors are vibrant on all the products. These are truly great quality items.
Personalized journal notebook |

If you have a need for personalized products, check out Ink Garden for yourself at

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