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Educational Insights My First Microscope {Review}

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Educational Insights My First Microscope is well suited for children ages 3-5 years old. It’s a winner of the 2014 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award 2014 Parents’ Choice Silver Award. It’s a must have to get little ones excited about science and ideal to be used till ready for a more advanced model.

P1160740 This microscope I found to be well made and the colors are perfect for a boy or a girl. The features include 8x magnification, two eye holes instead of the typical just one for easy use, large knobs and buttons perfect for a small child’s hands and grip. The specimen area is wide and large enough to view flat as well as larger items such as pine-cones, leaves, blocks, seashells, a favorite toy, or whatever else. There is a light which requires 3 triple A batteries. Batteries are sold separately. The bottom of the microscope has slip proof feet to keep the scope from going anywhere while in use.

P1160742 My three year old son was able to use this microscope without frustration. He tends not get the whole close one eye and look with the other thing so the fact that this one has a binocular like viewing is awesome. He uses this microscope a lot and it pleases me that his curiosity is rewarded instantly. I don’t have to worry about a more fragile model microscope and tend to just leave this one out for him to use whenever he pleases. All pieces are easy for him to turn on or rotate up or down to adjust the viewing. I would certainly recommend it!

P1160743Interested in Purchasing? Educational Insights My First Microscope is available for $18.99 on Amazon.com as of this posting. Suggested retail price is $21.99.

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Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.

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Educational Insights Underwater Explorer Boat {review}

prod5115_4_lgEducational Insights Underwater Explorer Boat is pretty awesome! It combines imaginative play, science, and exploring altogether in an awesomely clever form. Children will be learning all about magnification and gravity without even realizing it!

P1160730The design is quite clever! Almost the entire underside of the boat is see-through allowing for 3x magnification of anything underwater! There’s no unwanted glare either when searching about. It features an orange buoy wrist strap to put on your child to prevent losing the boat. The bouy has some give and easily could be stretched to fit around my sons wrist. If you don’t favor the strap or buoy, with a little effort you can remove it. The strap has a break-away design for added safety.

P1160731The boat is child sized and quite easy to handle. My son really liked that the propellers on the back of the boat and the steering wheel was movable. The colors are bright and totally kid appealing. The boat is extremely durable and has been able to withstand the handling of my nearly 4 year old son very well.

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I really like it can be used inside as well as outdoors. It’s versatile enough to use in the bathtub, water table, pool, beach, lake, and the kitchen sink. We’ve used it both inside and out, in water and grounded, and it’s still is looking great. We can’t wait to take it outdoors more during the warmer month of Spring and Summer. No doubt it will allows hours of learning and fun! My son often doesn’t want to get out of tub because he’s too busy exploring and rescuing the toys that floated to the bottom.

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It’s really no wonder the Underwater Explorer Boat is a 2014 Parents’ Choice Award winner! I would highly recommend it if you are looking for a way to make water play more fun and educational too!

Interested in Purchasing? Educational Insights Underwater Explorer Boat is available for $10.49 on Amazon.com as of this posting. Suggested retail price is $14.99.

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Shout! Factory 2014 Kids and Family DVD and Blu-Ray Releases For the Holidays

shout logoIf you are looking to stuff those stockings this Holiday season, DVD’s & BluRays are a great solution for that! Shout Factory has a large selection of entertainment for the whole family from movies to entire animated cartoon series seasons.

Both new and classic titles are offered by Shout Factory such as Classic My Little Pony as well as the newer version My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic for example! I think it’s awesome that both are offered at one place! My six year old daughter is a fan of the newer series as well as I. But it’s awesome that I can share with her the classic cartoon that I grew up with years ago too thanks to Shout Factory making available the complete series!

I am promoting a few below during the Holiday season but know they have more great titles from series such as Transformers, Marvel Knights, Hey Arnold, & many more. Movies that are must sees from Shout Factory are Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart, Thunder & the House of Magic, , My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, and the list goes on.



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 My Little Pony: The Complete Series (Original)  SRP $29.93, 4-DVD set

You’re invited to return to Ponyland, the home of all your favorite classic Little Ponies, including the Earth Ponies, Unicorns, Pegasus Ponies, Flutter Ponies, Sea Ponies, Baby Sea Ponies, their human friends Megan, Danny and Molly and, of course, their dragon friend, Spike! Together, they live a life of games, songs and harmony with allies like the Bushwoolies and Furbobs. But, occasionally, there are problems in Ponyland and the Little Ponies of Paradise Estate must face evil witches, goblins, Stone Backs, Grundles and more! Now you can join in the fun and adventure with My Little Pony: The Complete Series!

This DVD series completely ages me. It came out in the 1980’s! It still great wholesome family entertainment. It’s wonderfully remastered and the stories are just as good as I remember. There’s 65 episodes and runtime is 720 minutes. Totally classic My Little Pony goodness! I would highly recommend it to long time fans and little girls that love ponies!


 


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Danny Phantom: The Complete Series   SRP $29.93, 10-DVD set

Find out how an average kid became part ghost-and all ghost hunter! With the extraordinary ability to turn himself into a super-heroic apparition, Danny Fenton must track down and defeat ghastly ghouls, while keeping his identity a secret!

And you thought the hassles of everyday high school life were bad! Meet Danny Fenton, a good-natured, ordinary 14-year-old kid with extraordinary powers. After an accident involving ‘Ghost Zone’ portal of his two highly eccentric ghost-hunting parents, Danny now has the half-ectoplasmic DNA of a ghost, giving him the ability to fight off the horrible spooks, specters and vengeful ghost hunters threatening our world! But before Danny can defeat anything, he must first learn to control his newfound powers with the help of his best friends, tech-head Tucker and self-proclaimed goth Sam.

This collection comes with 10 DVDs featuring all 53 original episodes! A real treat for us that grew up with Danny Phantom and want to relive it once again or share it with our kids! A good quality cartoon series that’s unique, funny, and the characters are definetly relate-able.

Runtime: 1170 minutes (just don’t watch it all in one sitting!)


 

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If you’re a My Little Pony fan, you’re not going to want to pass up this collection! This DVD features episodes focusing mainly on Twilight Sparkle. Since her arrival in Ponyville, Twilight Sparkle has learned the true meaning and value of friendship. With her very best friends — Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Fluttershy and, of course, Spike — Twilight goes on the greatest of adventures and comes back with even more lessons. All of this has earned Twilight her wings and the crown of a Princess and now you can learn what Princess Twilight Sparkle has learned and take with you The Keys Of Friendship.

Episodes:
Rarity Takes Manehattan
Pinkie Apple Pie
It Ain’t Easy Being Breezies
Twilight’s Kingdom, Part 1
Twilight’s Kingdom, Part 2

Personally, this collection does not disappoint as it’s full of many great episodes with terrifically fun stories, cute songs, and all those lovable pony characters. The stories are always exciting, fun, and totally engaging. The message of team work and friendship are always portrayed prominently and that’s something important to display to children in learning how to get a long with peers well!

Bonus Feature: A Sing-A-Long
Runtime:110 minutes


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Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.

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Buck Denver asks…Why Do We Call It Christmas? DVD Review & Giveaway

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
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A fun and exciting way to teach my children about popular Christmas traditions as well as the Birth of Christ has been through the “Buck Denver asks…Why Do We Call It Christmas?” DVD. This DVD as well as the rest of the series is created by Phil Vischer creator of the VeggieTales! There’s puppets, flash animations, catchy songs, and a clever story line that meshes everything one would wonder about the Holiday season altogether in an easy to understand way!

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On this DVD, viewers will learn about Christmas and the many traditional things we partake in during the month of December. Some of the things covered include where we get the word Christmas from, where Jesus was born, the story behind the Christmas tree, about St. Nicholas, and much more! I’ll admit that even I learned a thing or two!

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I’m so glad my 6 1/2 year old sat and watched the whole film. She said she liked the movie and learned a lot. I imagine though we’ll watch it a few more times before Christmas day and bring it out again next year. I will say that it’s somewhat fast paced which is right up her alley. My nearly four year old son didn’t sit through the whole thing but we’ll try again with him next year. Total runtime of the DVD is 60 minutes. Aside from the main feature there’s bonuses which include sing-a-longs, outtakes, and Christmas poems to watch.

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In addition to the DVD, there some fabulous extras found on the What’s in the Bible website to use and incorporate with watching the DVD. There’s coloring sheets, family discussion guide to back up what was learned and covered on the DVD, printable invitations, ornaments, cards, and more to print out absolutely free!

I think this DVD is best suited for children age 4-10 years old and it’s really great for the whole family to enjoy together during this time of the year.We’ve been fan of this series for several years now and recommend this title as well as the others available highly.

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Amy Grant In Motion: The Remixes {Album Review & Giveaway!}

I received a free copy of this album from Family Christian in exchange for writing a review. All photos and opinions are my own.
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In Motion: The Remixes by musical artist Amy Grant is a fun album! This CD has been a fabulous go to on these sometime dark, cold, and dreary days! No more almost winter blues! I dare any one to listen and not smile or have their toes start taping!

This isn’t the first time I’ve listened to Amy. In fact, I remember listening to my Mom’s album when I was kid many years ago (I’m 30 now)! There’s just something pretty awesome about taking meaningful songs many years old and creating some new and exciting from each of them. Even my son and daughter ages nearly four and 6 1/2, never hearing Amy before are fans and her music and it totally gets them moving!

There are 10 songs total, all remixed well and perfectly suitable for the dance-floor! Any jam parties would be wise to include Amy’s album! I for one have opted to play this album for my weekly work out sessions and for when the house needs a pretty hefty cleaning. There’s just something about a good beat and positive lyrics to get me motivated and moving!

Track List

  • That’s What Love is For [Radio Edit]
  • Stay For Awhile [Radio Mix]
  • You’re Not Alone [Radio Edit]
  • Every Heartbeat [Radio Edit]
  • Better Than a Hallelujah [Gospel Radio Edit]
  • Find a Way [Big Room Radio Edit]
  • Baby Baby [Radio Edit]
  • Say Once More [Radio Edit]
  • Stay For Awhile
  • Mega Mix

The beat and sounds of each of the songs is different but all work together played in any order. My favorites are Stay for a Awhile, That’s What Love is For, & You’re Not Alone. I feel long time fans would be happy with this collection especially if they are into dance and club music.

Run-time is a little over 45 minutes in length. The length of the album makes it a perfect for working out whether doing aerobics, jogging, or whatever you wish!

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The New American Herbal {Book Review}

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The New American Herbal by Stephen Orr is a extensive guide that both beginner or advanced herb enthusiast will want to add to their book collection. Whether you like using herbs for the cooking, aromatic properties, medicinal use, or decorative purposes this book covers many of these areas in adequate detail. Many known herbs are obviously included as well as many not so known. There are over 900 entries within this 386 paged book. The full color photos make this book fun to look at and even better for identifying specific herbs.
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This book is one I’m thrilled to have. It’s extremely easy to navigate and for that I applaud. A book of such a size with so much information can sometimes seem overwhelming but not this one. The table of content lays out the book as follows; Herb Basics, Herbal Preparations, Garden Projects, Kitchen Projects, and Specialty Herbs. In each of those sections, there’s much to learn from growing advice, DIY projects, recipes, preservation, harvesting, and much more. Following the table of contents is the Herbs A to Z page. There are more than 125 listed. If I want to look up Cilantro, I can easily do so using the A to Z page.

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Each herb page has helpful lists, sidebars and sometimes a quote. Each sidebar provides information such as category the Herb falls within, its origin, type, height, other names & varieties, how to grow, season, and safety. Each featured herb section is about 2-3 pages in length. There’s usually a brief history, a recipe depending on the herb, as well as other information that will help you get acquainted with what variety you so chose to learn about. There’s always up-close photos to go with each herb as well as the recipes included.

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I feel that this book will help me greatly in my gardening and DIY herb projects. There’s so much helpful informational provided in guiding readers no matter what way they intend on using Herbs or growing them indoor or out. I’m eager to try some of the 40 recipes and crafting projects from herbs I manage to grow myself! The harvesting and growing information I found extremely helpful! I would highly recommend this title! It’s a  beautifully complied book full of a plethora of information!

15 23Interested in Purchasing? The New American Herbal can be purchased on Amazon.com as well as other book retailers online and in store. Amazon prices are 11.99 for e-book and $20.22 for paperback.

Disclosure: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.  The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience of the title.

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