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Keep your Teens Safe on the their Phones + $50 Visa Gift Card

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I was sitting around talking with a bunch of my friends last weekend, who are all mothers, about the ridiculous thing we are doing by giving our teenagers full and complete access to absolutely everything and anything, and in the palm of their hand.  At all times.  Often these teenagers have no idea what is safe, no knowledge of the dangers they could be at risk for, and are as curious as ever.  Are you feeling disconcerted and wish there was a way to track the dangers your teenager may not even be aware of?

Consider TeenSafe for iPhone users!!  It is a phone monitoring program where you are able to monitor your teen’s cell phone activity and it works with iPhone and Android phones.  If your child is under the age of 18, you have the right as their legal guardian to monitor their phone activity, and your teen may never need to know that you’re using TeenSafe.  You can even apply for a 6-day free trial on their website.

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Hot Dots Jr. Reading and Math Sets by Educational Insights {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Cabin fever, anyone?  My kids are practically climbing walls.  We had such a good daily trip-to-the-park routine going, but the cold weather can’t tempt any of us to stay out longer than we have to.  I feel like we’ve already played to capacity with all the indoor toys we own, so an opportunity to review a new (and education!) toy from Educational Insights came at the perfect time.

logo01Education Insights is a wonderworld of award-winning toys and games.  You can search by subject, category, theme, or brand to view ingenious after ingenious, and the variety of products is so vast.  From Sprout & Growâ„¢ Wonder Soil® to a 40 Smencils® Set, you’re bound to find just what you had in mind to foster a budding curiosity in your child or student.

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After reading what this Hot Dots set is all about, I was 100% confident that my toddler would be interested, intrigued, and then excited to figure it out.  Marking pens, lights, sounds, and numbers is a winning combination with him.  These Dots Let’s Master sets are activity books and markers that range from grade levels Pre-K to Grade 3 in reading or math.

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We reviewed the Hot Dots® Jr. Let’s Master Pre-K Math, which is intended for children ages 3-6.  I thought it was completely developmentally appropriate for my 3-year-old.  As you can see below, when the correct dot is pressed with the “puppy marker”, as my son calls it, it lights up in green and a positive statement can be heard.  If the wrong dot is pressed, you hear a “try again” or “that’s not right”.  I feel like the instant feedback is so encouraging and motivating for my boy to keep trying and to keep answering correctly.

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There are 100 lessons of a big variety.  He’s not just counting and adding things; there are activities like picking out what things are similar, what happens next, and picking out shapes.  Some of these activities are hard to figure out what to do if you can’t yet read the directions, so having a parent near by to read the directions and explain the task is ideal, and this only makes this set more appealing to me.  This has become a learning activity that we can do together, where my son doesn’t get frustrated and it is easy to move on to another lesson, or go through the whole book if he wants.

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In all, what a great toy!  The activities are not grueling for kids and the talking light-up pen is just the ticket!  I also love that this activity is completely transportable.  Its a notebook and a pen.  Everyone can fit that in their purse or backpack, and this could even make a great activity for a car ride.

And how affordable!  Each set is $24.99 and currently available exclusively at www.educationalinsights.com.

Visit Educational Insights at www.educationalinsights.com to purchase your own Hot Dots set.

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One winner will receive: One Reading or Math Hot Dots for Pre-K, Kindergarten, Grade 1, 2 or 3.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Over the weekend we had a BBQ at my brother’s home. We were celebrating the return of our parents from their beach vacation. It was also a very enjoyable time for Banjo. His little cousin is finally at that age where they can play together. And they played. And they explored behind my brother’s garage. And it was fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And as always Ruby enjoyed herself too:

More than just one day!

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Can you believe it’s already July???  We will be celebrating Independence Day very shortly.  So, since Father’s Day is in June then it has definitely come and gone.  But don’t you think that dads deserve more than just one day of recognition?  Of course I think that about Mother’s Day, too.  😉  Seriously though.  Parents do so much for their children.  They love and support their families.  They listen.  They teach us.  They are there to give guidance, but also know when to step back and let us (the children) learn.  They work hard to provide for the needs of the family.  Definitely deserving of more than just one day to celebrate!  Definitely.

I have a really fabulous father.  Here we are when I was just a small tike:

Doesn’t he look like a Beatle?  Must have something to do with the English genetics.  Or just the longer hairstyle that men were sporting in the 70’s.  🙂

My father has always been a great provider and friend.  He worked hard to make sure my brother and I had everything we ever wanted.  He’s talented in his line of work.  Even knows a great deal about everything else from fixing cars, building, electrical wiring.  so much and provide support.  What do you get for the guy who basically has everything (because he works hard for it), but also really likes to work in his garage at home?  And likes to build and fix things around the house?  My dad’s kinda place would be where he could get industrial steel and metal supplies.  That place can be conveniently found online at the Industrial Metal Supply Co.  At the Industrial Metal Supply Co. you can find tools and other supplies that are perfect for the handyman.  Anything from there would make a great belated Father’s Day gift (or anytime kinda gift) for my dad!  How about for your’s?

 

This posting was sponsored by my affiliation with LinkVehicle, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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