Product Review: Peppy Pals App and Free Download

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Reggy’s Play Date

In May I was given the chance to try out a new app for kids by the Peppy Pals company. The ‘Reggy’s Playdate’ app was described to me as an opportunity for kids aged 2-8 to “learn about emotions”. Since both of my lovely daughters fall into this age range, and could probably benefit from a little education in this department, I went ahead and downloaded the app and let them try it on my iPhone.

Reggy’s Playdate has turned out to be one the best apps we’ve tried! Besides the fact that I’m now letting them play with my phone, my kids love tending to Reggy and making sure he’s happy, fed, well-rested, and not bored. Reggy lets you know what he needs by using his facial expressions and his doggie vocalization powers.
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Book Review: Spending The Holidays With People I Want To Punch In The Throat

Spending-The-Holidays-With-People-I-Want-To-Punch-In-The-ThroatThe first thing I did when I got my hands on Jen Mann’s book of holiday essays, Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Yuletide Yahoos, Ho-Ho-Humblebraggers, and Other Seasonal Scourges, was look at the chapter titles. Right away I could tell I was going to thoroughly enjoy it, I mean, how could anyone not like a book filled with chapters like “Why You Wont’ Be Invited To Our Chinese New Year Party This Year, Or Ever” and “Like A Neon Virgin In Guess Jeans And Swatch Watches”? Well, maybe you…you probably don’t have the refined sense of humor that I possess. Even if you aren’t as funny as I am, you still might get something out of this clever book.
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Product Review: Aketta Cricket Powder

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Cricket Powder

It’s that time of year again! World Edible Insect Day was October 23rd! What? You forgot to celebrate this exciting event, you say? You’ve never even heard of it, you say? Eating insects is disgusting, you say?

It may be time to reevaluate our relationship to insects and entamophagy (the eating of bugs). The fact is, most of the world actually eats insects on a regular basis, and because they are cheap, easy to grow, and use infinitely less resources than any other form of protein, bugs may be the wave of the future for us all.

Thanks to Aspire Food Group, located in Austin, TX, I was able to try my hand at using their finely milled cricket powder in my everyday cooking. The product is pure cricket, ground to a powder comprised of 68% protein. I was pleased to find out that these insects enjoy a better diet than most humans. Aspire’s crickets feed exclusively on local, organic fare, and drink only reverse-osmosis filtered water. Reverse osmosis, people. Let that sink in for a moment.
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Schwinn The Biking Game Review and Giveaway!

scwhinngameIt was a rainy, cold afternoon in May (a sad reality of life in the upper Midwest) when I found myself in the unfortunate situation of refereeing a screeching match between two five-year-olds and a six-year-old. Then I remembered…May is National Bicycle Month and we recently received a copy of Schwinn The Biking Board Game! I stumbled to the game closet, barely getting the box down before an entire room of my home was destroyed by maniacal, possibly cannibalistic, little girls.

“Hey guys, do you want to play a new game?”

I held my breath as they regarded me with suspicion.

“It’s about bikes”.

That did it. They were hooked.
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Product Review and Giveaway: I See Me personalized children’s book

The personalized I See Me book my five-year-old, Katie, received recently entitled ‘Katie Can Change The World’ might be one of the most delightful things I’ve ever seen. Katie has asked to read this book every other day since she received it two months ago. She loves searching for her name throughout the book and pointing out her favorite details on each page. Maybe it’s the beautiful and endearing illustrations or maybe it’s the message (spread loving kindness as far as you can), but somehow I haven’t grown tired of this book yet either.  i-can-change-the-world-personalized-book-4

I was amazed at the large assortment of personalized items available for purchase on the I See Me website. Besides books of all types (for babies, toddlers, big sisters and brothers, etc.,) I See Me offers personalized placemats, growth charts, stickers, even lunch boxes. You can choose an item based on a theme (fairies, dinosaurs, farm, etc.,), holiday, age or gender. Or just do what I did and spend way too much time ogling each and every beautiful item and planning out gifts for nieces, nephews and my friend’s kids for the next 5 years.
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Product Review: Bitty Foods Cricket Flour

Bitty Foods Cricket Flour and Cookies

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1lb bag of baking flour blend

Ever since the United Nations published a report in 2013 touting the massive benefits of edible insect consumption and urging Western Nations to get on board, interest in the subject has surged. You are probably thinking “Has it?  I hadn’t noticed”.  As a former biologist and insect lover (aka:nerd) I have definitely noticed this particular trend and apparently so has Bitty Foods.

Bitty Food’s mission, according to their website, is simple. “We make delicious foods with cricket flour”. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some of their products. The idea of eating insects as a source of protein is something I have been interested in and excited about for some time now and I was delighted to receive a bag of baking flour blend and a package of cookies from Bitty Foods. At $20 per pound for the flour blend and $10 for a bag of cookies, it’s not cheap. I was curious to find out if their products were worth the money.
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Fun With Babywearing

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Fun With Friends

Fun With Bigfoot

Fun With April Fools

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Product Review and Giveaway: Glob Colors Face Paint

Non-Nano Face Paint

Non-Nano Face Paint

Glob Natural Non-Nano Face Paint

My kids were thrilled when the box containing face paint from Glob Colors arrived in the mail. They knew it meant I would be forced to paint their faces, which they had been inexplicably begging me to do for some time. I was pleased to discover that Glob Colors seemed to be truly “all natural”. Their website lists such delightful ingredients as purple carrots, red cabbage, chlorophyll and gardenia fruit among others. This plus the fact that they are free of many of the toxic chemicals found in conventional face paints such as titanium dioxide and are cruelty free sealed the deal for me. I was excited to paint some squirmy, sticky faces.
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