Curious George’s Town App Review & Giveaway

I was recently asked to review a new Curious George App for my iPhone/iPad, Curious George’s Town. It was a newly released app from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. I know that I am always looking for fun and education apps for both of the boys. I thought that this would be a perfect review for my family.

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I downloaded the app this past weekend and took a quick look at it before showing it to the boys. I always like to figure these games/apps out before I sit down with Ben and Sean. It makes it much easier if I can explain to them how it works. This one was pretty straightforward and very easy to use. The app starts you off in George’s town with a few different areas that you can visit: the Library, the Market, the Bakery, the Pet Store, the park and the fountain.  You can click on each location to start a new experience.

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The first area that Sean clicked on was the Library {which I found amusing since he doesn’t sit still to read a book}.   The first task was to help George put the library books back on the shelf following the letters of the alphabet {i.e. put all the books that start with the letter A on the shelf,  then the letter B and so on and so on}.  Sean liked this one a lot since he knows his letters pretty well.  He was so excited every time he got them correct and it moved onto the next letter.   Once each activity is completed correctly you earn coins. You can use these coins to add cute things to the town such as buying a house or a farm.   If you are not sure what you need to do in each area, don’t worry, the Man in the Yellow Hat is there to help you out with directions!

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Overall the app was pretty entertaining.  Sean enjoyed playing with it alot.  It was age appropriate for him but still challenged him in some areas and was still educational.  I think he will enjoy playing with this one again.

Time for a Giveaway: One lucky reader will win a Curious George free app download and Curious George gift pack including: Curious George Builds A Home (or another paperback CG title) and the Curious George Travel Activity Kit containing: A classic book, 3 stories on CD, an activity book, a card game, stickers and double-sided crayons. Such a fun giveaway if you have any kids in your house entering pre-school or kindergarten!

Giveaway Prize

Enter today to win your own free download and gift set.  If you don’t win, you can still download Curious George’s Town app for $3.99 in iTunes!

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Here’s some information about the app from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt:

Curious George’s Town for iPad ® and iPhone ®, was developed for pre-school to kindergarten-aged children. Curious George’s Town aims to teach children smart saving and spending habits while engaging kids in creating a virtual world complete with roller coasters, dinosaurs and farm animals. By accomplishing real-world and in-app challenges, children earn virtual coins they can use to purchase a variety of items to create their very own town. Based on the principle of deferred gratification, the app introduces the concepts of strategic planning and careful spending in order to accomplish a goal. The app features a unique reward chart that parents and caregivers can customize by assigning a specific coin value to a list of real-world tasks – such as cleaning up toys. Kids can also supplement their stockpile of virtual savings by tackling in-app educational games such as alphabetizing books at Curious George’s library and collecting the correct items at the grocery store. Guided and narrated by the convivial Man with the Yellow Hat, the fun and engaging app also reinforces concepts like correct spelling, reading and matching.

** I was compensated for my review by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt but I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own **


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Product Review & Giveaway Wondershare

If you have been reading my blog for a while now, you might remember my very first product review and giveaway.  No? Well it was for an online slideshow builder from Wondershare.

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You can check out my original review here:  http://erintheirishmama.com/wondershare-dvd-slideshow-builder-my-first-ever-product-review-with-a-giveaway/

You can also see one of my clips here:

 

Well Wondershare contacted me again to review one of their other software applications and are sponsoring another giveaway for you guys!   This one is for the Wondershare Video Editor.   It’s an easy to use, at home video editing software.  You can use many of the features to create a video for you to enjoy and share.   You can add music and text to your clips and even split and crop your videos to customize them for your needs.

And just like the slideshow builder software, you can send your edited videos to YouTube, Facebook, etc…

Here are some screen shots of the editing software pages {click the image to enlarge}. You just click and drag your options into your dashboard and create your video!  It’s that easy!

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Well if you want to play around and edit your own videos, Wondershare wants to giveaway 10 lifetime codes to this software to my wonderful readers!  So make sure that you enter today to win your own free code.  If you don’t win but still want to use the software, you can purchase it for 50% off.  Here are the links:

Good Luck!

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Discovering Simply Me – Giveaway!

Hey everyone! I thought I would share another giveaway with you all.  Paulina from Discovering Simply Me is having a birthday and thought it was the perfect time for a giveaway!   You can win some awesome ad space from some great bloggers, a Chloe + Isabel bracelet as well as a beauty package!  Check it out today!
Check out the details from Paulina below!
Since I am turing the ever so gracious 23. I have decided to share the love with you guys and do a group giveaway with some awesome prizes.

1. Erin The Irish Mamma– Stay at home Jersey Mamma that has two adorable little boys

2. Discovering Simply Me– Your average girl finding her place in life

3. Munchkins and The Military – Stay at home mom of two gorgeous girls and a military wife

4. The Adventures of A Kitty-Eared Girl– Knitter and Sewer genius who owns an adorable Etsy Shop

5. The DIY Frenchie– American girl living in France with her husband, who is a tall dark god

6. A Beauty Moment– Fashion blogger who has amazing fashion sense

Chloe + Isabel Bracelet! From my new Collection comes out on May 15th! Plus beauty package from a beauty moment.

In the Beauty Package:

Wet n Wild ColorIcon Blusher in Heather Silk
Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in High Heels
Physician’s Formula Matte Collection Eye Shadow Quad in Canyon Classics
L’Oreal Voluminous Full Definition Mascara in Blackest Black
Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in Purple
Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in Deep Blue

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And the Winner is…..

Congratulations to Jacquelyn from The Non-Martha Momma.  You are the winner of the ProCook’s 17 Piece Children’s Baking Set.

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I will be emailing you shortly so we can discuss all of the details on getting your set delivered to you!

Thanks again to everyone who entered!  Remember if you want to purchase this set {which retails for $13} or you are in need for any other kitchen utensils or goodies, then check out ProCook to start shopping today!  They have everything that you could think of for such great prices!

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Thanks to ProCook for sponsoring this great giveaway!

 

 

Baking with the Kids & ProCook

Both of my boys love baking, I mean what kid doesn’t like making cookies or brownies or cupcakes? I know that Sean loves using my rolling pin and spatula but they are so big for his hands that it never works right.   Well thankfully ProCook has the perfect baking set for kids.  Their 17 Piece Children’s Baking Set comes with perfectly sized tools for the little hands.  There’s a whisk, rolling pin, wooden spoon, sieve, spatula, 6 silicone cup cakes, and 5 cookie cutters all in a measuring cup!

Well today when the boys woke up from their naps, I let them prepare some cut out sugar cookies all by themselves!  They were thrilled that they could actually do everything on their own {except for the oven part}. Of course the first thing that Sean grabbed was the rolling pin.  That kid is obsessed and he loved that it was kid-sized.  I measured out the egg & flour in the measuring cups and once they combined all the ingredients they each took a spatula and wooden spoon and started mixing.  Once everything was all mixed together Sean had a blast rolling out the dough while Ben waited patiently with the cookie cutters.

See the picture of Sean below with the rolling pin in his mouth? Yeah, that’s why I never eat the food my kids bake.  Ewww gross! At least they both washed their hands before we started.  I think that this is why they say that the cookies were made with love… yeah love and Sean’s saliva!

The cookies turned out great – considering they were made by a 3 & 5 year old.  This set is perfect for toddlers and young kids who can’t quite handle the larger kitchen utensils.  Sean is already talking about using the silicone cup cake holders next.

We have a little kid {as Ben calls the gingerbread cutout}, a heart, a pig and a star. Pretty good, right? The kids didn’t even let me icing them before they each devoured the cookies.

ProCook doesn’t just sell kids baking items, they have everything that you would need for your own kitchen.  The catalog and website are filled with great tools and accessories.  You really need to check them out if you are thinking of ordering anything for yourself.  I found quite a few things that I am eyeing and the prices are awesome! You can’t beat them.
Now the fun part! Do you think that your little ones would like to own their very own baking set? You can enter below for a chance to win your very own Children’s Baking Set from ProCook.  Good Luck & happy baking.

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The Winner of the ZeeBee Threads Giveaway is…..

Congratulations to Tabitha B.  You won the ZeeBee Threads Giveaway this week! I will be contacting you shortly on how to claim your new Eco-Slouchy Pullover!
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ZeeBee Threads Giveaway

Welcome back my loyal readers!!!!  I have a giveaway that I know a lot of you ladies will enjoy. Remember when I introduced you to ZeeBee Threads, my newest sponsor, a few weeks ago? Missed that post? You can catch up by clicking here: ZeeBee Threads 
 
Well they reached out to me with the idea of doing a giveaway for my wonderful followers! 
 
Remember this top that I posted? 
Yes, that one. It’s the Eco-Slouchy Pullover and it looks so freaking comfy! Well now’s your chance to win it for free! Yes, that’s right! See I told you girls that you would love this one! I know so many of you mentioned how cute this was!

ZeeBee Threads was founded with one clear objective: to provide active women with stylish casual clothing options at affordable prices.

It was the result of the drive, dedication and vision of a working mother, Jessica Morris, who wanted to upgrade her wardrobe, but not at the expense of her family’s budget; or at the expense of her already precious time.  

At ZeeBee Threadsyou’ll never pay more than $50 for great quality women’s stylish, casual clothing.  No more sales rack diving. No more retail clutter. Just stylish twists on women’s everyday basics delivered to your door.”ZeeBee Threads Website

So what are you waiting for? Enter now! Best of luck to you all, I am super jealous because I really love this top!!  

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And the Winner is…..

The winner of this week’s giveaway, a 3 month subscription to Conscious Box is….
Audrey E
Congratulations! I will be emailing you shortly to discuss all the details!
Stay tuned for my next giveaway.   Here’s a hint, it’s from one of my sponsors this month!

{PRODUCT REVIEW & GIVEAWAY} Conscious Box

About two weeks ago I was approached by Conscious Box to host a giveaway and for doing so I would receive my very own Conscious Box.  Well it arrived in the mail last week and I must say that I was quite impressed with the contents.  
Now what is Conscious Box you ask? It’s an online monthly subscription to some of the best products around.  Each month you receive anywhere between 10-20 Natural and Eco friendly products on the planet. All from a variety of companies that are chosen for you.   You can pick if you would like a vegan or a gluten free box.  The items are not just limited to food, they also have a large variety of health and beauty as well as some all natural household products.  They have quite a large variety to pick from all delivered to your doorstep each and every month.   
Now that you get an idea of what Conscious Box has to offer, let me share with you what was in my awesome box this month.  
When I first opened my box I thought that it was going to be a little larger in size but that didn’t mean what was inside was something small. It was jammed packed with some awesome goodies.  
I had about 15 different goodies in my box ranging from disposable iphone sleeves, wheatgrass boast, some teas, vitamins, cough syrup, diaper rash cream and a few other fun things to sample.  There was the perfect amount of stuff in here for my husband and I to both try.  I was pretty impressed with everything too!

 



This month, Conscious Box is sending out a special Earth Day box!
Inside, you’ll find incredible products that help you lighten your carbon footprint and better show your love for Mother Earth. From healthy, sustainable snacks to ultra-conscious home products, the April Earth Box will introduce you exciting exciting new things in the world of green! What are you waiting for?! Sign up for Conscious Box today and find all new ways to support a healthier, happier planet!” – Conscious Box
Does this sound interesting to you? If so, now’s your chance to try it for free.  Enter my giveaway below to win a free 3 Month Subscription to Conscious Box.  
If you can’t wait that long and would like to try Conscious Box for yourself, you can head on over to their website for a 50% OFF discount for any Conscious Box subscription. Use code: DISCOVERNATURAL.  That’s an awesome deal!


Please make sure that you stop by their various pages {and make sure that Erin the Irish Mama sent you over to check them out}. Plus they are one of my newest affiliates, so you can always click on the icon on the right side of my page for some great deals! 

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*** Please note that this is not a paid review, I received a one month supply from Conscious Box to review and host a giveaway for my readers. All opinions are my own and are not at all influenced by anyone. ***



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And the Winner is…..

And the winner of the 2 large jar candles from Serenity Candle Company is….
Marcie D. 

Congratulations!  I will be emailing you shortly with all the details on how to claim your prize!

If you didn’t win this week’s contest, you can still head on over to Serenity Candle Company and order your own candles!!

Coming up later today is a new Product Review & Giveaway. This week I will be talking about Conscious Box. Stay tuned…..


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