Friday, May 27, 2011

He Is We: My Forever ----CD review


He Is We is a pop duo, comprised of Rachel Taylor and Trevor Kelly. They began working together in 2008 at Ted Brown Music in Tacoma, Washington, and became fast friends. After discovering that they were musically inclined, they began to collaborate on music, with their first collaboration being called
"Such A Beautiful Sound".

They posted a song called "Pardon Me" online, and it started to get attention, with a few plays a day. Later, thousands of plays!! They started writing a few more songs, then realized that they needed to have more than just online songs! The final album was digitally released in November 2010.

When I started to listen to the cd, I was put into a good mood, hearing their voices blend in the cheerful melodies .(I know, my last sentence sounds corny, but it's true, they blended well!) I got into "Forever & Ever", "All About Us", "Everything You Do", and "And Run", just to name a few of the songs. I was constantly playing them on my iPhone, in the stereo unit in my car, and on my iPod! The tune are quite catchy and very youthful. It really felt like the songs were being written from life experiences of theirs.
(I will admit that my husband and son weren't crazy about their music, but I was!!!)
I do recommend that you check them out, and I've got a few links for you to do so!

He Is We

Facebook

Twitter

iTunes


"Happily Ever After" Video


Barb


Disclosure: I was given a copy of the cd by SNEAK ATTACK MEDIA  free to review, and the  opinions expressed were my own! Honesty is everything!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Punflay's Geometry (Mathomatix) App Review

I just love to review apps for Punflay! They have the coolest ways of introducing math to kindergarteners!
(If my 12 year son was younger, I know that he would totally enjoy learning from them!) The app that I've reviewed and downloaded on my iPhone was called Geometry. For those with inquiring minds wondering how much, it is available for free on iTunes, and it is compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad!

Again, it was a test for me to see if I was smarter than a kindergartener! This app comes with 5 activities that each reinforces concepts of shape: Say Cheese, Sharkie Shapeater, Frog Jump, Munkee Munch,  and Match Mission.

In "Say Cheese", the kids have to trace the shapes in this activity correctly, so that the mouse can get some cheese. I accidently went out of the lines, and the mouse got sad. But when I did it correctly he was happy and got the cheese. Next game I played was called "Sharkie Shapeater", and you have to tilt and help the shark find the matching shape to eat. I didn't do too well at this one, I couldn't get my shark to the shapes that were matching fast enough! "Munkee Munch" was interesting! With this game, you have to drag  food to the monkey's plate that matches the shape  shown in the picture. Like if it was a triangle, you would drag the pie or cheese to the plate and it would be correct!! I really had to pay attention with this one, because it seemed like the shapes changed quickly for me!

With "Frog Jump", this activity shows frogs jumping from one geometric shape to another! You have to match the raft's shape to the leaves. When the raft matches the leave, the frog can jump and land on it. And last but not least, "Match Mission", you had to match the shape with a correct object in a series. In the game, if a computer screen was shown, then the child would pick a rectangle.  I liked "Match Mission"!!  There's also a MY STUFF section where the child could add points and grow his/her My Stuff section.
I enjoyed this app, and would highly recommend it to those with children around kindergarten age!!

Features:
Kid-friendly
Easy-to-use menu for kids
simple activities that offer a lot of practice to reinforce concepts
Supplements Math concepts learned in school
Blends California and National Standards
5 games in one package
Attractive graphics and exciting animations!


Requirements
works with iPhone and iPod Touch iOS 4.0
WiFi, Edge or 3G Network Required




Disclosure: I downloaded the app at the request of Punflay for the review, and it was a free app in iTunes. The opinions expressed were my own!


BARB

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Don't Fret the Sweat!

As many of you may have read, I'm a mother to a tween, a 12 year old boy. Self esteem can be critical during that age, with their bodies changing---going through growth spurts and beginning to have body odors. The increased hormones cause some unpleasant odors, as in underarm odor!
Not to worry, there is help and information for parents and the tweens ----Unilever has an incredible resource on their site, called "Don't Fret the Sweat." They have a FAQ section, and it has some of the common questions and answers asked,  such as,  " My kid seems too young to start using deodorant. How young is too young?" (I really wish that I had known about info such as this when we had to make a decision about 3 years ago for our son to start wearing antiperspirant! Funky armpit smell made us decide back then! I know, TMI! I'm sure that he'll read this someday, and say, MOM! Why were you discussing that?)
The next section on their website has to do with expert advice from an educator, a physician, and a pediatrician. They have articles there for you to read, such as "The Science of Sweat"!
And last but not least, there is a product section where you can either view all of the products or you can use the product matchmaker to aid in finding the right product for your tween.
I have found the information from the site actually quite helpful! I had been there prior to receiving the opportunity to post about it, and I honestly can't say anything bad about it. As a mom and a RN, I learned new information from all of the info on their site to aid me in helping my son dealing with his changing body!


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Nikki Designs is holding a giveaway! Link to her site's giveaway!

HI! I just wanted to mention that Nikki Designs is having a giveaway for 4 hemp/cotton twill placemats  in natural through May 15th.
Nikki Designs May 2011 giveaway!


Barb

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

Happy Mother's Day to all of my readers! (And if there are men, happy Mother's day to your spouses!)

Barb

Friday, May 6, 2011

Winner of TheraBreath announced

Cheryl F., was the winner of the TheraBreath giveaway! Congrats!   Cheryl, check your e-mail, I just sent you an e-mail. You now have 48 hours in which to e-mail me your contact info.


Barb

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Delays!!! But not on the TheraBreath giveaway!!

Due to being totally worn out from  allergies, fibromyalgia ,and my job last week and this past weekend, some of my posts are being a little delayed. I will get them out as soon as I can, in regards to my upcoming reviews.  I am also still going to post pics of son and me from our WDW trip last month.
Don't forget to enter the TheraBreath giveaway ending on 5/5/11, Thursday!!!!!

Barb