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Children ‘N US Stroller Organizer Review

One thing that I’ve not liked about my Britax stroller since I got it is the lack of storage for drinks, snacks, and items that I need to get to quickly (like my phone).  I have struggled with this for more than a year only because I could not decide what I wanted to use to meet our needs.  Britax makes a bag that hooks onto the stroller, but I read some pretty negative reviews about that one.  That’s when I saw the Children ‘n Us stroller organizer.

This bag has straps that hook onto the stroller’s handle bar.  The straps are adjustable so that you can use it for almost any size stroller.

There is a ton of room inside.  It also has two spots to hold drinks, and a narrow zipper pocket in the back to hold small items.

The drink area is like a mesh pocket with elastic at the top.  It works great with like bottles and tick cups, but I personally would not recommend putting any flimsy cups in there as it might cause them to spill.

There is a flap that cover 1/3 of the top, and closes with a magnetic clasp.  I know that 1/3 sounds strange, but the sides are left open so that you can access the drink pockets without having to open the bag all the way up.

There are also two really nice pockets in the front.  One is open and is great for my phone, and the other has a flap over it that keeps closed with velcro.

Overall, I have really found this bag very helpful on our trips to the zoo.  I no longer have to hope that my stays on the canopy of the stroller, I have a place to put them.

If you are interested in the Children ‘n Us stroller organizer, you can check it out on Amazon or on their website.

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Invasion of Ponies and Donkeys

Monday, my husband was outside, and noticed that across the street there were a bunch of ponies (or mini horses I don’t know how to tell the difference) and they were heading towards our house.  We live on a pretty busy road, and he was afraid they would get hit, so he ran inside and got me and started grabbing veggies and other things to feed them.  Michael called the non-emergency police number, and I called animal control. By the way, if you call animal control and tell them you are being invaded by ponies and donkeys, they will laugh at you.


We waited for about an hour and a half, and finally a police officer showed up.  He didn’t really do much, but tell us that animal control was on their way. We waited for about another 30 min… alone… trying to keep 7 ponies and 2 donkeys confined to our yard.

Once animal control showed, people started coming from everywhere to “help”.  Some knew what they doing, but others, were more of a hindrance than anything. I told Michael that we should start charging admission.

To get all the animals loaded, the policed had to shut down the road we live on.  That road happens to be a rather busy road, and we just moved into this house.  I kept telling myself “way to make friends, Jennifer”.

Anyway, all ended up turning out fine.  The ponies and donkeys got back to their owner, and looked happy to be home.  I’ve kind of missed them since they left though haha.

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Live Colors for Kids iPhone/iPad App Review

If you have a little one who loves drawing and coloring apps, then your little one will probably love this app.

 Live Colors for Kids, is a drawing and coloring app that was created for children 5 and under.  With two different modes ( free draw and coloring book) your toddler and preschoolers will never be bored.

One this that I really like about the app is the coloring book mode.  As you color that is really cute animations going on subtlety going on in the back ground.  It also saves your child’s work until you erase the page, so if your kiddo has limited iPad/iPhone time, they can pick up where the left off later.

As you can see in the image below, Goose has been having a blast with this app.

Another part of the app I like is the ability to mix colors.  My daughter loves to mix paints and playdough colors in “real” life, and when I first saw the color mixing feature, I knew she would love it.  It really easy to do it. All you have to do is drag the color you want down to the palette and then drag your mixing color down to the same circle.  Presto! You have a whole new color you can draw and play with.  It really teaches how mixing some colors create beautiful new colors.

This is one thing that I sort of don’t like.  There is only one paint brush, your finger.  I kind of wish you could switch between crayons and paintbrushes.  But I understand why the developers made it this way; the app is supposed to simulate finger painting.

Here is a little backstory on the app too…

Overall, Goose and I really like Live Colors for Kids.  I love that the app shows that you can have fun while learning, and she loves that the app is really easy to use.

If you are interested in getting Live Colors for Kids for your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, you can check out this link https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/live-colors-for-kids/id681064486?mt=8 or http://liveappsforkids.com/, it costs 99¢, but I think it is well worth the cost.

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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Alphabet Jumbled Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Alphabet Jumbled is an app for iPhone (5 only), iPod, and iPad that makes learning fun for toddlers and preschoolers.

Alphabet Jumbled offers 5 different levels and opportunities to learn; Know Your ABC’s, ABC Flash Cards, Easy Jumble, Jumble A-Z, and Jumble Challenge.
Know Your ABC’s is the easiest level, and the best place to start.  You can view the letters in lower and upper case, and hear the phonics of each letter as it plays. 

Another easy level is the Flash Cards.  Each card can be displayed in upper case and lower case letters, and feature easy to figure out pictures.

The Easy Jumble level is a little more complicated.  The child is given 5 letters that are jumbled, and will have to put them in order.

The Jumble A-Z level is one that Goose has yet to figure out.  In this level you are given the entire alphabet, but the 26 letters are jumbled which needs to be placed in order. There is a timer in the upper right corner, and the child can challenge himself to put them in order beating his previous times.

Jumble Challenge is the hardest.  You not only have to beat the clock, but you have a fish that jumps up and bites time off your clock.  Every time you pass a level in the Jumble Challenge, you are given a new level, that has more letters to put in order.

Over all, Goose and I really love this game.  I feel that she is actually learning something while being entertained. If you would like to take a look at this app, you can find it in the App Store, or here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/alphabet-jumbled/id530674460?mt=8

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Publisher Plus for Mac Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Recently PearlMountain Technology let me try the Publisher Plus program, and like all of their other programs, I love it.

When Publisher Plus first starts up, you are able to choose your templet or blank page right away.

You have several options and styles to choose from. I decided to use the the trifold brochure templet.

Almost everything on the page is fully editable, except for the background.  I figured out how to change the background, but there was a few little things that I wanted to change on this one that I couldn’t figure out.  For example:  The background above has forks and spoons on the left hand side.  I couldn’t change that, and I couldn’t figure out if I could edit them out.  I liked everything else about the look and feel of the templet, but that small little thing.  So I ended up changing the whole background.

When I went to print, that’s when things got really tricky.  I had forgot to set the page size and such so the brochure printing completely wrong.

I went back in, but when I set the page to print as a US Letter, it made the background look funny.  Here are a few more I made just testing out the background.

I found that I liked the one with the green middle, and here is how it turned out printed.

The middle was a little wide, but over all, I feel it turned out well.  I could probably get everything all lined up if I had tried a little harder.

One thing I found very helpful was the tutorial that I found on PearlMountain Technology’s website.   That page answered a lot of the questions I had, and became a great resource. 

Over all I loved the program.  I definitely liked it better and found it so much easier to use than the program that came with my Mac.  I really do with that there was a quick tutorial as soon as you open the program.  Someone who may have not used a publishing program such as this might find it a little difficult at first.

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Update: Crazy Obsessive Robin

A few days ago I posted about the robin that keeps pecking at my window, and I wanted to update you all on the situation.

The robin came back the VERY NEXT DAY!!  I was like this is it, I went out at 7am and started putting up bird netting.  At 5’6″, I am not tall enough to reach the guttering of my house, so I had to engineer a way to get the tape on the gutters to hold the netting up.  I found (after a lot of trial and error) that if I took one stick, stuck a little tape with netting attached on it, and then took another stick and pushed it up on the gutter, it worked.  So after about an hour, I had netting around our bed room window.

The bird did not come back for the rest of the day.

The next day, the bird, came back pecked once and flew away.  He continued to do that every day until yesterday, and this is what I woke up to…


He pulled a piece of tape off, and made himself a nice little perch.  I thought, oh my goodness, he’s stuck, and I am not going to get him untangled, and I will have to kill him.  I was so up set.  Mind you, I’d only had 3 hours of sleep when this started.  

So then I thought, well, I will tap on the window and see if he can fly.  Here is the photo I took not two seconds later. 

No bird.  

My next step is to see if he comes back today, and if he does, I will invest in a plastic snake and/or owl.

P.S. Anyone have a live hawk I could borrow?

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Crazy Obsessive Robin

Since just about birth, Goose has had issues sleeping at night.  As in, she believes that night time is play time, and day time is for sleeping.  I’ve tried just about everything I am comfortable with trying (I do not believe in cry it out).  So, I’ve learned that if I want any sleep, I sleep when she does, and I stay up all night with her.

A few days ago, we were awaken by a very strange tapping sound on our bedroom window.  It really scared me since our window is ground level.   We cautiously investigate, and find out that there is a robin bird pecking obsessively at the window!

Michael and I would go outside and make load noises to get the bird to go away, but he just kept coming back!  Finally, I didn’t know what else to do, so I let my dogs spend the day out in the yard and throughly covered the area with treats so the dogs were near that area.

That was all fine and dandy until today.  The bird started at 7am.  I had just got to go to bed, and he starts. Peck peck peck flapp flapp flapp peck over and over and over.   The bird didn’t care if the dogs were out or in. Nothing.  Michael even pegged him “gently” (please don’t throw stones at me for this, we were very sleep deprived at the time) with a bb.  The darn bird still came back.  I was thinking “I am about to murder me a bird”.

So in my sleep deprived stupor, I thought, “Well, birds are afraid of owls.  What if I print a picture of an owl off and tape it to the window.” So, I found a picture, and printed it off. Here is the photo:

I think Mr. Robin must have been laughing at me the whole time.  Because as soon as I went inside, peck peck peck flapp flapp flapp peck.  
That is when I decided to do a little more research, and I found a blog called HinesSight.  He wrote a post, “How We Stopped a Robin’s Pecking At Our Window Glass” about a bird doing the exact same thing at his home in OR.   He described, that through his research he found out that robins (male and female) are very territorial, and they think they are eliminating the competition by attacking the glass. So I guess this stupid robin saw his own reflection in our window and we NUTS trying to kill the “other” bird.  
The author of HinesSight tired several different approaches. The owl, a scare crow, metallic ribbons, and netting. He found that the netting was the only thing that worked, and it worked by keeping the robins from getting to the window.  
So this morning, I was too tried to drive to buy netting, so I tried to com up with my own solution.  I too a HUGE pice of aluminum foil and made it into a ball.  Then I tied some ribbon around it to make what I thought looked like a tether ball.  The next step took some ingenuity and determination.  I put painters tape on the ribbon (opposite the ball), used two long sticks, and tapped it to the gutter.  So it was like a swinging ball hanging in front of the window. 
If this doesn’t work, tomorrow I will be putting netting up. 
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The Little Mermaid and Why I Have “Issues” With It

A few months ago, my daughter “fell” in love with Ariel.  I am not sure if she really likes her or if she just likes her because my mother-in-law likes Ariel.  What ever the reason, we thought it would be good to get Goose the movie.  And as I sat there watching it with her, I realized that I really do have some issues with what’s going on in this movie.

1.  Ariel does not listen to her father. As a parent, you want to keep your children safe.  In the underwater world in the Little Mermaid, Ariel is told directly by her father that it is unsafe and not acceptable to go to the surface.  It is also forbidden to talk and be seen by the humans.  Ariel disregards everything her father says!  She goes to the surface, and even falls in love with a human!  Now, I think he could have handled the situation a little better, but then again, she could have a little respect.

2.  Ariel looses her own identity.  When Ariel falls in love with Eric, she gives up all that she was, and completely transforms into the person Eric wants her to be.  In a relationship it is good to have like interests, and discover new activities that both of you like.  You should never forget who you are and where you come from.  In the movie, I feel that Ariel forgets that.

3.  THE CHILD IS ONLY 16!!!  Need I say more?  I mean really.  In the USA, I believe that you have to be 18 to legally marry (unless you have a parent’s or court’s consent).  Some countries it is a little different.  You can view those laws here.  I met my husband when I was 16, and we were married a few months after I turned 18.  I would have never EVER gotten married when I was 16, I was just too young and unsure about life.

4.  Ariel ran away from home!  When Ariel did not get her way, she decided to just leave home.  There was no going to her father to try and talk any more, no trying to just let things settle down, she just left home.  That is scary to me.  I don’t want my daughter to think this is acceptable.  It would be best if we could talk things out, and let our feelings be heard.  It really makes me sad that Ariel felt this was the only way she could be happy.

Now, all that being said, I grew up watching The Little Mermaid, and I feel I turned out fine.  It’s just as a parent, you take things like this and see them in a new light.  The movie does teach that we should accept others no matter who they are, but that message is kind of taken to the extreme.

If you have any comments, please feel free to reply, just remember I do not and will not feed the trolls.

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