My boys were so excited when we received the iLearn 'N' Play Learning Tablet. The Learning Tablet is an App learning toy that works with an iPad. The boys love playing on the iPad and would play all the time if we let them. A nice feature of the iLearn 'N' Play line is that the Apps are both fun and educational. I like that my children are learning something while playing.
Another thing I love about the Learning Tablet is that it is a protective case for our iPad. I feel much better about letting our boys play on the iPad when it is in the Learning Tablet.
You open the learning tablet from the back and simply place the iPad inside. This is a very sturdy case, but my husband pointed out that it would be nice if the grips on the sides and the handle on the top were rubberized.
Notice the white cushioning pads above. These pads help protect the iPad and keep it secure in the learning tablet.
There is a simple coin lock on the back of the learning tablet. Place a penny in the arrow and turn to lock or unlock the tablet. The iPad will stay safe and secure in the tablet. I do wish I could charge the iPad while it is in the tablet, but there is no opening for a charge cord so I have to make sure it is charged before placing it in the learning tablet.
There are three iPod, iPhone, and iPad learning devices from iLearn 'N' Play. I reviewed the learning tablet, but you can check them all out at AppStart Learning. You can download all three of the apps above free for a limited time from AppStart Learning or the iTunes store. My boys have enjoyed playing all three of the apps on the iPad.
You can watch them playing with the Letterbox App on the Learning Tablet.
They enjoy practicing writing letters with the writing stylus "Petey Pencil". Their favorite part is after the letter is completed when an animal like the cat follows along the letter gobbling up fish bones.
There are three App learning toys and each has a special app that goes with the toy.
· iPad App: Letterbox for the Learning Tablet toy
· iPad or iPhone/iPod Touch App: Letter Explorer for the Adventure Explorer toy
· Either iPhone/iPod Touch App: Numberbots for the Robbi toy
These are well designed and engaging App learning toys. You can check them out at AppStart Learning.
One lucky reader will win an iLearn 'N' Play App learning toy of his or her choice. Enter on the rafflecopter form below.
Disclosure: I received the product for review. No compensation was received. All opinions are honest and are my own.
We received a box of Honey Bunches of Oats Tropical Blends cereal to review. It was a hit at our house. I love the tropical flavors of mango and coconut. It even smells good when you open the box.
My son loves it too. In fact, this box of cereal is almost gone. If you like tropical flavors, you'll love Honey Bunches of Oats Tropical Blends.
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Disclosure: Post provided a free sample of their Honey Bunches of Oats Tropical Blends for this post. My participation is voluntary and my opinions, as always, are my own. Also provided was information on the Tropical Trio Sweepstakes and I may qualify for a prize.
We really love our flannel sheets during the cold winter months. We had flannel sheets on every bed in the house except our toddler bed. I searched online and in several stores for toddler bed flannel sheets with no luck. Finally, I decided to try making them myself and it was much easier than I thought it would be. I am by no means an expert seamstress and I managed to put together a pretty good set of sheets. If you have access to a sewing machine and can sew a straight line, you can handle this do-it-yourself project.
To make this sewing project even easier, I purchased a flannel crib sheet on Amazon for the bottom sheet. All I had to do was make a simple top sheet and a pillow case. I already had some flannel I had purchased for baby gifts on sale a couple of years ago and never used, so I put it to good use. I didn't take any notes as I was making the sheets, but I think 3 yards of fabric should be plenty for a top sheet and a pillow case.
Top Sheet Instructions:
I used a toddler bed sheet as a pattern and left room at each end to turn the fabric under and make a nice hem. I used the entire width of the fabric b/c I needed all of it to make the sheet wide enough. This was nice because I only had to cut one end of the fabric.
Next I turned under each side and pinned them in place. My hem is very small here so that I could get as much width as possible.
Then I sewed the hem in place removing the pins as I went.
I sewed the sides first and then the ends, leaving a larger hem on the ends. Top sheet complete.
I used a standard pillowcase as a pattern to cut the fabric for the pillowcase. Fold the fabric before cutting and you only have to cut and sew three sides of the pillowcase.
When you cut the fabric for the pillowcase, cut it slightly larger than the pattern pillowcase on three sides and a lot larger on one end so that you can make a nice hemmed edge on the open end.
Turn under and sew a nice wide hem on the end of the fabric where the pillowcase opening will be.
After you have made the hem for the opening of the pillowcase, pin the side and end that still need to be sewn. Make sure to put right sides together. Sew the end and side. Turn pillowcase right side out and then you are done.
Cozy Toddler Bed Flannel Sheets
My husband is really into board games. He has hundreds of games and loves dice. He has been sharing his love of games with the boys who love playing with their daddy. When I was given the opportunity to review something from Super Duper Publications, I knew we had to review the Dice Dude Combo.
This is a really fun set of dice shakers. The boys loved playing with them. They come as a set of two. One of them has a twist off top which is nice because you can use your own game dice. To play, you just pick up this Dice Dude and shake him. The other one has a push and pop top which is really cool. You can't change the dice in the push and pop design, but it adds an element of fun that the boys really enjoyed.
Each Dice Dude comes with his own dice.
Twist Off Dice Dude
"POP" Dice Dude
You can see the twist off Dice Dude in action in this quick video.
My oldest wanted to have family game time on Sunday with the new Dice Dude Combo so my husband made a simple game and played with the boys.
Here is a video of the boys playing a game with the "pop" Dice Dude. I love how they are having fun while learning. Notice how they are counting.
We have had such a good time playing with our new Dice Dude Combo. It will be fun to use the Dice Dudes with many of our favorite games.
You can find the Dice Dude Combo and so many other wonderful educational toys at Super Duper Publications. This online catalog was previously only available to educators and child therapists, but is now open to the public. You can save 15% off any Super Duper purchase with promo code: KSBLOG1319 through March 31, 2013. Check out their online catalog and enter my giveaway for a $50 gift certificate. Enter on the rafflecopter form below.
Disclosure: Super Duper provided me with a sample of the product for review purposes. Any opinions are honest and are my own.
My three year old has only eight students in his class so I thought it would be really easy to make play-dough Valentines for his Valentine party tomorrow. I picked up a set of eight small Glad containers on clearance for $1 and they were the perfect size. I made some really simple labels so my son's name would be on his Valentines. And it only took one batch of homemade play-dough. This was so easy to do and I think the kids will love them.
1 lb. cube steak (4 pieces)
3/4 cup milk
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1/2 tsp. creole (cajun) seasoning
3 Tbsp. pan grease (add butter if you don't have enough grease left in the pan)
3 Tbsp. flour
1 to 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 to 1 1/2 cups milk
1. Mix the egg with 3/4 cup milk.
2. Mix 1 1/2 cups flour with the creole seasoning and seasoned salt.
3. Salt and pepper each side of the cube steaks. Then dredge each steak in the milk mixture, then the flour mixture. Dredge in the milk then flour again.
4. Heat skillet at medium heat and coat with about 1/4 inch oil. When oil is hot, place the steaks in the skillet and cook until browned on each side. (4-5 minutes a side)
Feel free to add more creole seasoning while the steaks are cooking.
5. When the steaks are done, place them on a cooling rack over a pan. This will prevent then from sitting in grease and keep them a little crispier while you make the gravy. If you are concerned about them getting too cool, feel free to place them in a warm oven.
6. Leave about 3 Tbsp. grease in your skillet. If you don't have enough grease, add a couple Tbsp. butter. Stir 3 Tbsp. flour into the fat to make a roux. Cook and stir until golden brown.
7. Add chicken broth to deglaze the pan, then add milk. Use more liquid to make a thinner gravy and less to make a thicker gravy. Add more salt and pepper as needed. Cook at a low heat until desired thickness is reached.
Serve over country fried steak.
I received several items for review from Vitacost. Vitacost is an online retailer that sells many name brands and their own Vitacost brand of vitamins, supplements, health foods and whole foods.
I chose to review products that I either already love or have wanted to try. I have been using Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Sucanat in all of my homemade breads and rolls in place of brown sugar. We love the flavor. It adds a hint of molassis flavor that is just lovely in homemade breads.
We love maple syrup and were excited to try Shady Maple Farms Organic Maple Syrup. We tried this syrup on homemade waffles and enjoyed its rich flavor. It has a stronger flavor than most other maple syrups we have tried. A nice feature is the no drip spout.
I have been wanting to try coconut butter for a while so I decided to review Artisana Organic Coconut Butter. The flavor reminded me of coconut oil with a more dense texture. I tried it on homemade bread alone, but preferred it layered with nutella. I can't wait to try it in some new recipes.
The kids enjoyed trying Annie's Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks. I tried them too and have to admit they are the best fruit snacks I have ever had. The flavor and texture is exactly what a fruit snack should be. My 3 year old said they were "super yummy".
You can feel safe when ordering from Vitacost that your order will arrive in good condition. They take extra care to ensure that fragile items are carefully wrapped and secure.
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Disclosure: I received products from Vitacost for review. All opinions expressed are honest and are my own.
Simple and delicious. These crispy, savory potatoes pair perfectly with sweet applesauce.
Make 10-12 potato cakes
2 cups cold mashed potatoes
1. Mix mashed potatoes with the egg, a little salt, freshly ground pepper, and garlic powder.
2. Heat your skillet to a medium heat. Drizzle some olive oil in the skillet and add about 1/2 Tbsp. butter.
3. Shape the potato mixture into patties and flatten in the skillet. Salt and pepper the potato cakes. Then cover the skillet and cook for 5 to 7 minutes.
4. Make sure the potato cakes have had a chance to brown and form a crispy crust before trying to flip them. If they are not crispy, they can crumble. If they crumble, just smash them back down and cook some more. Flip the potato cakes. Add a little more oilve oil and butter to the skillet. Salt and pepper again. Recover and cook again for 5 to 7 minutes.
Once they are crispy on both sides, they are done. Serve with applesauce.
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Hi, I'm Faith, a former Family and Consumer Science teacher turned food blogger. I love God, my family, and food. You can usually find me in the kitchen preparing family friendly, homemade recipes and taking lots of pictures.
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