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VTech® InnoTab® MAX Review and Giveaway

Just in time for Christmas shopping, VTech® introduces the VTech® InnoTab® MAX. As with previous VTech tablets and toys, we were given an InnoTab MAX to review. Though the tablet was provided to us, the thoughts and opinions expressed are our own and we're here to tell you that this device pulls out all the stops when it comes to learning tablets! Two inches larger than it's predecessor, my girls didn't really notice it's 7 inch size. They did, however, notice a nice, larger, higher resolution screen! Other differences include: multi-touch vs single-touch screen double the on-board memory (8GB) faster processing with a dual core vs single core processor (up to 6 times more processing power than previous generations) two more included apps more pixels in the video recorder enhanced 2nd generation version of Premium VTech Kid Connect™ with new features parent-controlled family group chat multi-player game lets kids play with approved contacts on their Kid … [Read more...]

VTech Kidizoom® Smartwatch #Review and Giveaway

It's no secret that we love VTech products so when they contacted us again to review their new Kidizoom® smartwatch, we immediately said yes! What is the Kidizoom® smartwatch you ask? Only the "coolest watch ever" according to my girls. "Mom, it's like spy stuff!" Ok, I'll be completely honest, my 8-year-old thought it was pretty "lame" when she first took a look at it. After all, she is on the higher end of the age range for this product. However, after watching her 5-year-old sister playing with it and loving it, she thought she would give it a try. Shortly after began the constant fights over who got to wear it, and use it when. I ended up having to take the watch away for an entire 24 hours just to stop the fighting! The novelty of having it wore off after three days and now they happily share it. Both girls think the watch is big for their wrist but that doesn't stop them from wanting to play with it. The pre-loaded games are a bit too easy for my 8-year-old but … [Read more...]

After The Review–A Holiday Gift Guide

If you've read our blog for any amount of time, you know that we've done our fair share of product reviews.  Companies send us products to try out for a week up to a month and we write our thoughts about them.  99% of the time we write positive reviews because if we don't like a something, we inform the company, and they tell us not to post a review (or sometimes they give us a different product to try).  What happens after the review though?  Do we still like and use these products months or even years after our initial post?  Read on to discover which products we're still in love with. We were not asked by any of these companies to write a follow up review and we have received no compensation for this post.  We simply thought it would be fun to share with our readers that yes, we really DO like, and still use, a lot of the products we review.  You might consider this our idea of a Holiday Gift Guide :) 1)  Urban Halo.  We reviewed Urban Halo headbands back when we were just … [Read more...]

VTech® Kid Connect on the InnoTab® 3S #Spon

If you haven't learned it already, we are big fans of the VTech® InnoTabs®.  We've reviewed both the InnoTab® 2S and the InnoTab® 3S.  Through those reviews we were given the opportunity to try the VTech Kid Connect app. The InnoTab 3S is the ONLY children’s learning tablet with VTech Kid Connect.  What is this app?  It is an exclusive app that lets kids and parents send text messages, voice messages, photos/drawings, and stickers between tablet-to-mobile and tablet-to-tablet.  It helps parents stay connected to their kids when apart – anytime, anywhere! Though we haven't tried this app outside of our home, it has been great way to cut down the yelling in our house.  I've texted the kids upstairs to tell them that dinner is ready rather than yelling at them from the kitchen!  It's also been a super fun app for us to just have random fun during the day.  My kids can't wait to try it out at a friend's house and I feel ok letting them do it because I know that the VTech Kid … [Read more...]

VTech InnoTab 3S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet #spon

A while ago we did a review on the VTech InnoTab 2S.  Well, now VTech has come up with the upgraded 3S tablet and I (or I should say my kids) had the chance to review this one too!  While we were given the tablet for review purposes, the opinions about it are my own or my children's. Here's the differences we noticed between the two tablets: The first and most obvious difference is that the S3 is smaller than the S2.  My kids liked it for the portability as it is lighter too but they prefer the larger S2 screen. The second obvious difference is the added direction buttons.  The kids found some games easier to play with these buttons. The last major difference is the orientation.  My kids were a bit confused that they hold this tablet sideways vs up and down! The camera has been upgraded from 1.3 to 2 mp.  My kids did not notice much of a difference in quality but I could see it.  They did, however, like some of the added photo features. I like the rechargeable battery … [Read more...]

50 Ideas for Road Trip Bags

Tis the time to start thinking about Holiday traveling.  After all, Thankgiving and Christmas are just around the corner and I'm sure many of you travel. Twice a year we make the journey up north to Papa Tractors house....it is a six-hour drive each way. Over the years I have fine tuned our trip to include things to pass the time. This year I put all those things together into one bag! Each kiddo got their own, personalized, basket for the road trip. Here are a list of 50 things you could pack into a road trip bag to keep the kids entertained. Crayons Sheets to color on (I found 100 foot rolls of coloring paper in the dollar section!) Traffic BINGO (didn't we all play this as a kid?) Library books (This was a huge hit because they were something new, not books they've seen before) One snack for each hour (this helps our kids know the answer to the dreaded question "how much longer?") Water bottle (gotta stay hydrated) Batteries (for any electronic device) InnoTab … [Read more...]