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Corey and Topanga are Back! New ‘Girl Meets World’ Trailer

Corey and Topanga are all grown up and still as charming as ever in the “Boy Meets World” spin-off “Girl Meets World,” coming soon to Disney Channel.

Girl Meets World

We’ve heard rumors about “Girl Meets World” for a while now, and nostalgia-racked millennials (including myself) have been squeeing in anticipation. The Disney Channel is sure to have a laugh when they see the spike in viewers ages 24-30.

There is no release date set for when the new family comedy is set to premiere, but we do have the very first trailer featuring Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel as parents to their tween daughter, Riley, played by Rowan Blanchard. The trailer also introduces Sabrina Carpenter as Maya, Riley’s best friend. Because what is a “Boy Meets World” spin-off without the best friend who is treated just as good as family?

Are you excited to see the new Matthews family?

Enjoy Life Moments without Going Broke with the Shopping Planner for New Moms Coupon Book #ShopperIncite #ad

I received a Shopping Planner for New Moms for review thanks to Just for Mom Savings and PartnersHub. Incentive was provided and opinions are my own.

Shopping Planner for New Moms

Life with a new baby is an adjustment. Your daily routine is thrown into upheaval the moment you first walk into the door with your new bundle of joy, the hours in your day seem to rapidly decrease, and your shopping list grows just as much. There’s a reason why most every parent in history has at one time stood inside a florescent-lit store wearing sweatpants in the middle of the night with a pack of diapers under their arm.

Adding a new little person to the family is a special life moment, and with a whole host of new adjustments to get used to and early parenthood memories to make, worrying about saving money shouldn’t have to weigh on your shoulders. That is where the Life Moments Shopping Planner for New Moms by Just for Mom Savings comes in.

On average, new parents spend an additional $10,400 in the first years of their child’s life. The Shopping Planner for New Moms is part organizer and part coupon book designed as an all-in-one book to save new parents time and money. I recently had the chance to check it out, and it really is a great resource for any new parent. It is brand new, has lofty goals, and will only get bigger and better from here.

Shopping Planner for New Moms inside

On a quest to save new moms everywhere time, energy, and money, while avoiding errand anarchy, the Shopping Planner for New Moms keeps everything you need to keep track of in one convenient place.

With beautifully designed weekly calendars that will keep you organized for 11 straight weeks, there is ample space to write in meal plans, shopping lists, and important notes. At the bottom of each weekly calendar page, there is either a recipe or a helpful shopping or planning tip, which is a really thoughtful addition.

Shopping Planner for New Moms coupons

In each Life Moments book is a coupon section full of high value coupons from brands new parents seek out most, like Gerber, Lansinoh, and Baby Einstein. Other brands collaborating with Just for Mom Savings include Bio-Oil, Dolphin Organics, California Baby, and zulily, just to name a few.

Just for Mom Savings wants to spread the money-saving cheer far and wide with this savvy new resource for moms. While the coupon book is a little thin right now, it is still impressive with over $100 in savings. Of course, the more new moms who sign up, the more brands will follow.

Get a Free Shopping Planner for New Moms Coupon Book

The very best thing about the Shopping Planner for New Moms is that it is completely FREE. Each household that signs up will be mailed a planner each quarter full of high value coupons, tips, recipes, and a space to keep you organized when your brain fails; and your brain will fail from time to time.

You can sign up with Just for Moms Savings to start receiving the Shopping Planner for New Moms. You can also opt in to receive free samples! How cool is that?

No more clipping, cutting, and organizing coupons that expire before you can use them. The Shopping Planner for New Moms keeps them in one convenient place that’s small enough to take with you anywhere.

‘Toopy and Binoo’ Animated Series for Preschoolers and a Twitter Party #ToopyandBinoo

I received “Toopy and Binoo” products in exchange for this post. No other incentive was provided and opinions are my own.

Toopy and Binoo DVDs

If you have a toddler or preschooler and haven’t heard of “Toopy and Binoo,” it’s time to change that.

“Toopy and Binoo” is an animated series that follows the adventures of best friends. Toopy is a tall, funny, and friendly mouse who is optimistic, impulsive, and has an insatiable zest for life, while Binoo is a short, lovable cat whose logic and sensibility makes him think before he acts. These two characters are devoted to each other and are both endearing in their own ways.

With each “Toopy and Binoo” episode, you can expect to see messages of kindness, respect, and gentle aspects of childhood friendship as these two characters explore and discover the world around them through their colorful adventures.

Toopy and Binoo drawing

“Toopy and Binoo” has been a hit animated series for preschoolers in Canada, and is now available for the first time to US audiences exclusively on the “Toopy and Binoo” TV YouTube channel.

The series inspires toddlers and preschoolers ages 2-6 to think creatively and build values that will aid them when making friends and displaying good manners.

Each episode is just 5 minutes long, which as any parent of a preschooler knows, is long enough to keep the little ones entertained before boredom sets in and they’re suddenly up and moving onto something else.

The “Toopy and Binoo” TV YouTube channel features more than 100 5-minute episodes sure to entertain and educate. The great thing about this series being so readily available via YouTube is that you don’t have to check your local listings or search for and record the show to your DVR. The adventures of “Toopy and Binoo” are ready to go in just a few clicks.

Check out “Toopy and Binoo” on YouTube!

Toopy and Binoo big race

To celebrate the “Toopy and Binoo” arrival to the US, there is a special Twitter party going on to help spread the word about this awesome, educational series to other parents of preschoolers.

Join the “Toopy and Binoo” Twitter party TODAY at 1pm ET hosted by @ResourcefulMom to learn more about the show. You could also win some wonderful prizes. Who doesn’t love prizes? To participate, follow and tweet with hashtag #ToopyandBinoo.

To stay up-to-date with everything “Toopy and Binoo,” be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

It’s Chime Time! New ‘Tickety Toc’ Toys are at Toys”R”Us — Giveaway [Closed]

Tickety Toc

Did you and your preschooler tune in to the special holiday “Tickety Toc”episode, “Christmas Present Time,” last Saturday? If you missed it, it will be re-airing on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so be sure to check your local listings for show times and enjoy the fun-filled festive adventure of Tommy and Talulah as they work together to save Christmas for all of Tickety Town.

The special Christmas episode isn’t all that “Tickety Toc” has in store for young Tick Tocketeers this holiday season. The first-ever toy line based on the top-rated Nick Jr. series has arrived in Toys”R”Us stores straight from Tickety Town!

Starring twins Tommy and Talulah, and featuring all of the show’s colorful friends, the brand new “Tickety Toc” toy line includes interactive playsets and trains, huggable talking dolls and plush toys, collectible figurines, and more. Encompassing a wide variety of playthings that perfectly capture the charm of the popular “Tickety Toc” TV series, this line of toys makes play time, travel time, or any time, a memorable and fun adventure.

The new “Tickety Toc” toy line is suitable for children ages 3 and up, and features a standout assortment of imagination-inspiring toys.

‘Tickety Toc’ Clockhouse

Tickety Toc Clockhouse

Preschoolers can recreate exciting “Tickety Toc” adventures with this special playset. Young fans can give Pufferty a push around the track, take the twins on-board, and turn the special cogs to open the Clockhouse doors, unlocking more fun inside. With endless escapades to embark on, this playset is “right on time” to deliver tons of fun for young Chime Timers.

Includes: Clockhouse, Tommy and Talulah figurines, Pufferty mini train and track system

‘Tickety Toc’ Musical Pufferty Train

Tickety Toc Musical Pufferty Train

Children can press the smoke stack on the playful Pufferty train to hear the “Tickety Toc” theme song as they take Tommy and Talulah for a ride. The rocking see-saw and spinning seat help keep the non-stop fun going “full steam ahead!”

Includes: Pufferty train and figurines of Tommy, Talulah, and their friend, Tooteroo

These “Tickety Toc” toys and others are available now, exclusively at Toys”R”Us stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com.

‘Tickety Toc’ Toys Giveaway

TWO lucky readers will each win one of the “Tickety Toc” toys above. The first winner randomly drawn will receive the “Tickety Toc” Clockhouse and the second will receive the Musical Pufferty Train.

This giveaway is open to US entrants ages 18+ and will end January 4.

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This giveaway was made possible thanks to Grand Communications. No incentive was provided and opinions are my own.

Don’t Miss the Special Holiday ‘Tickety Toc’ Episode ‘Christmas Present Time’ on Nick Jr.

Tickety Toc Christmas Present Time

It’s time to celebrate the holidays with “Tickety Toc,” Nick Jr.’s hit TV series for preschoolers.

Through the madcap adventures of 6-year-old twins, Tommy and Talulah, “Tickety Toc” explores themes of teamwork, social responsibility, and problem solving as the twins work to “chime the time” and keep everything running like clockwork in Tickety Town.

If you have young Tick Tocketeers, they will not want to miss the special “Tickety Toc” holiday episode, “Christmas Present Time.”

Tickety Toc Christmas Present Time

As Christmas Eve falls upon Tickety Town and all the townsfolk are busy putting their final preparations together for a Tickety Christmas, a sudden crash landing by Santa throws everything into turmoil. The reindeer have caught a chill, Santa’s sleigh is broken, and all the presents are spread across Tickety Town. It’s up to Tommy and Tallulah to work together “quickity tickety” and come up with a plan to save Christmas before it’s too late!

The festive, fun-filled special also features a Christmas song that will have the whole family singing along.

Tickety Toc Christmas Present Time

Families coast-to-coast can join their favorite comedic twin stars, Tommy and Talulah, and all of their adorable Tickety Town friends for non-stop seasonal fun in “Christmas Present Time” premiering Saturday, December 14 on Nick Jr. If you miss the premiere, don’t worry, the holiday special will re-air on Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25. Check your local listings for show times.

Kids Have Never Had This Much Fun Learning: VTech InnoTab 3S Review and Giveaway #ad [Closed]

I received a VTech InnoTab 3S and free Premium Kid Connect subscription for review from VTech and the opportunity to host this giveaway. Incentive was provided and opinions are my own.

VTech InnoTab 3S

I have lamented here many times that while I am pretty awesome in some areas of the technological world we live in (I’m a self-taught web designer and have been blogging for over half my life!), I am still sorely lacking in others. Admittedly, I know very little about smartphones or tablets as I have never, not once, owned either one. Yes, it’s true. The universe (with the help of VTech) really drove home how sad and very bizarre this is when my soon-to-be eight-year-old stepdaughter became the owner of a tablet before me.

Well, kind of.

Tablets have amazing educational, social, and entertainment capabilities. VTech took all of that power and made it easily accessible and appropriate for kids ages 3-9, with a heaping dose of peace of mind for parents with their InnoTab 3S Wi-Fi Learning Tablet.

When you first look at the InnoTab 3S, it very much looks like a toy. It is made of thick plastic, comes in either blue or pink, has big buttons that are responsive when you press them, great for fumbling kid fingers, and the graphics once you turn the tablet on are fun, colorful, and scream of kid-friendliness. When you begin to really look at all the InnoTab 3S is capable of, however, it quickly loses its toy label. This is one powerful and very impressive tablet.

VTech InnoTab 3S setup

Setting up the InnoTab 3S for the first time was incredibly easy. It didn’t need to be charged for six hours before being able to turn it on, like you run into with most any other gadgets. Instead, you pop in the battery packs, turn it on, and the tablet walks you through the set-up process, telling you what to do every step of the way.

Knowing that this would be getting a lot — and I mean a lot — of use, I really love that the InnoTab 3S has a rechargeable battery pack with AC adapter, completely eliminating the need to buy expensive replacement batteries. Batteries are the bane of my existence.

VTech InnoTab 3S start screen

After setup, you immediately have access to 20 free apps that come pre-loaded onto the InnoTab 3S, including the interactive My Magic Beanstalk game where kids take care of a beanstalk by watering it to make it grow over time; H20 Go!, a directional pad game that teaches science concepts through an animated drop of water; and a pop-up 3D art studio where kids can create to their hearts content without going through 300 pieces of paper in the process.

There is also an MP3 player, eReader, and Wish List Maker, all accessible on the 5-inch color touch screen.

One of the best features of the InnoTab 3S is the kid-safe web browser. How many times have your children been on a computer, tablet, or phone and wandered into unacceptable internet territory? We have had this happen a couple of times and I love that the InnoTab 3S allows access to only age-appropriate websites that have been vetted by VTech’s educational experts.

Parents can add additional websites to the browser, a unique feature that really gives parents complete control over what their children are allowed access to. This parental control feature is also password protected, so you don’t have to worry about your child learning how to add websites on their own if they don’t have the password.

VTech InnoTab 3S camera

At the top of the tablet sits a 2-megapixel 180-degree rotating camera that lets you take pictures and videos. This feature in itself provides limitless entertainment. I know this because me and my fiance totally played with this camera, along with the WonderCam app, shortly after I finished setting the InnoTab 3S up. Yes, we are grownups who never really grew up. It happens.

The WonderCam app lets you add more than 55 special effects, funny faces, and frames to the pictures taken with the camera. You can keep all your favorite photos right in the photo album for easy accessibility.

VTech Learning Lodge

When you connect the InnoTab 3S to your computer via USB cord, you are immediately prompted to install the VTech Learning Lodge. This program gives parents access to purchase hundreds of games, apps, e-books, music, and videos. All of the titles are endorsed by VTech’s team of educational experts, so you can rest assured that anything you or your child accesses from the Learning Lodge is age-appropriate and beneficial.

There is also an area of the Learning Lodge that lets you see what games and educational apps your child is playing, as well as their progress in individual apps, which is really cool!

VTech InnoTab 3S Premium Kid Connect App

VTech Kid ConnectAccording to a new survey conducted on behalf of VTech by BabyCenter, the #1 pregnancy and parenting online destination worldwide, nearly 90% of moms find it stressful to be away from their children while at work, on business trips, or while fulfilling other commitments. In response, VTech created the Premium Kid Connect app, online available for the VTech InnoTab 3S, to help alleviate those feelings of anxiety by keeping parents connected to their children even while apart.

With VTech Kid Connect you and your child can share text messages, stickers, drawings, voice messages, and photos with tablet-to-smartphone or tablet-to-tablet communication. Because all interactions are made through Wi-Fi, it doesn’t matter where you or your child is, you can connect with them through this app from anywhere in the world!

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The InnoTab 3S comes with a one-year free subscription to the basic Kid Connect app, which allows parents and kids to send text messages and stickers. The premium version of Kid Connect (available in the Learning Lodge for $14.99) offers the enhanced features of voice messages, photos, and drawings.

The VTech InnoTab 3S normally retails for $99.99, but is on sale now for the holiday season for $79.99. After receiving the opportunity to check it out, I can honestly tell you it is worth every penny.

VTech InnoTab 3S Giveaway

TWO lucky readers will win a VTech InnoTab 3S, the perfect holiday gift for any kid ages 3-9!

This giveaway is open to US entrants ages 18+ and will end November 29.

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Teach Your Kids About Internet Safety with FREE #GrowingUpOnline eBook — ‘The Lorax’ DVD/Blu-Ray Giveaway [Closed]

Growing Up Online Lorax giveaway

When I was a kid, we didn’t have a home computer until I was around 12. My dad surprised us with one for Christmas and I actually wasn’t totally in favor of the computer because I was told that I wouldn’t need my encyclopedias anymore. You don’t tell an exceptionally nerdy child that she will no longer need her beloved encyclopedias. I was pretty devastated by the thought of it. Can you imagine a kid today choosing a collection of very large books over a computer?

A lot has changed over the years with technology, how we use it, and what we use it for. In an astoundingly short amount of time we’ve gone from people first being introduced to computers at 12 years old to children who have never known a world without the internet and having direct, 24/7 access to it.

When I first started going online, my dad had some regulations he quickly put into place. At the time, I thought he was being too cautious and had too many rules. Now that I’m grown and see my stepdaughters going online to play games at 7 and 9 years old, I realize that not only was my dad fair when it came to my internet usage as a kid, but he was more lenient than I want to be.

Kids going online can be a terrifying thought. So many kids think that just because they are sitting comfortably in their homes that they don’t have to be cautious of what they tell people about themselves online, and that nothing they do on the internet can affect their lives or be a threat to them. It is crucial to speak to your kids openly abut how to surf the web safely, but knowing where to start can be difficult.

The More You Know learning series has launched “Growing Up Online,” a completely FREE eBook for parents to keep kids safe on the internet. This free eBook provides easy-to-use information that addresses the growing concern about online privacy and cyberbullying in a unique and engaging way.

The complete eBook can be downloaded for free via the app below for the iBookstore, Google Play, Kindle, Nook, and Kobo.

Also available in the app below are four comic book stories that you can watch as a family to discuss real situations that may occur when your kids go online, as well as the ‘Is Your Child Internet-Ready?’ quiz.

‘The Lorax’ DVD/Blu-ray Movie Giveaway

The Lorax movie

An internet safety conversation can be a tough conversation to have for everyone involved. So what better way to end the conversation than with a great movie?

One lucky reader will win a copy of “The Lorax” on DVD/Blu-ray.

This giveaway is open to US and CAN entrants 18+ and will end September 23.

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This giveaway was made possible by PartnersHub. No incentive was provided and opinions are my own.

Watch a Group of Little Girls Take Over a Toy Store and Demand Better Toys in GoldieBlox Ad

Meet GoldieBlox, your soon-to-be new favorite toy company for girls.

Toy stores are one of the single most thrilling places for any kid, coming in second only to maybe candy stores. But there are some real issues stacked on each and every shelf of the world’s toy stores. Always segregated by gender, the designated boys’ section of toy stores offer up immeasurable inspiration for thinking outside the box and creating new things, either by invention or building or both. Girls, on the other hand, can choose from dolls (and their endless high gloss pink accessories), kitchen playsets, Easy Bake Ovens, and fairytale princess costumes.

GoldieBlox believes our girls deserve more, and unleashed an adorable mob of little girls for their commercial to celebrate the toy company’s disruption of the pink aisle.

GoldieBlox

GoldieBlox was founded last year after a successful Kickstarter campaign by Debbie Sterling, an engineer with an education from Stanford University. The idea for the line came to her after being troubled by how few women were working by her side. Engineering sits at the forefront of solving major challenges in our society; it offers a high salary and great job security, yet the field is dominated by men, who make up 89% of working engineers. That is a big problem.

Offering young girls a much-needed female engineer role model that makes engineering and problem solving fun and accessible, GoldieBlox aims to nurture a generation of girls who are more confident, courageous, and tech-savvy, giving them a real opportunity to grow and directly contribute to the progress being made in the world by engineers.

The first toy to be released in this exciting new line is GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine, available now in toy stores across the country and Canada, almost like a beacon of light and hope emitting from the otherwise constant sea of pink.

http://www.goldieblox.com/products/goldieblox-and-the-spinning-machine

GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine is the debut story of Goldie, the girl inventor who loves to build.

In the book, Goldie decides to build a spinning machine to help her dog, Nacho, chase his tail. Soon, the whole gang wants in on the action. As girls watch Goldie build the spinning machine in the book, they can build their own using the construction set.

GoldieBlox has already been told that they cannot survive in mass stores next to Barbie, and that convention says engineering toys for girls are a “niche.” What a depressing outlook on the girls toy market today. That is precisely why it is so important to take on the responsibility of surrounding our girls with toys that will inspire them to believe that they can achieve great things, set out to do the so-called impossible, and do good in the world around them.

Meet Our Newest Addition, Sylvia the Polydactyl Kitten

Sylvia

Early this month we became a 3-cat household, affirming the thoughts most of our friends and family have long had about my fiance and I being “cat people.”

This is our Sylvia.

She sleeps on pillows regardless of whether you had planned to rest your head on them. And if your head is taking up a pillow, she will squeeze her way around it.

Sylvia on pillows

She snuggles up to my fiance (whom she very quickly claimed as her primary human) for late-night video game playing.

Sylvia and Allen

With her playful, go with the flow attitude, she was able to quickly win over the other two cats in the family.

The addition of Sylvia to our little fur family was not planned. Rather, much like how our second cat Vincent came into our lives, Sylvia just so happened to fall into the lap of someone we know, and I just so happened to have really good timing.

My aunt has a friend whose cat had a small litter of three kittens. Another friend of hers was on the lookout for a new fur baby, ready to move on after the loss of her family’s cat. My aunt picked up this tiny kitten and brought her home for the night so that she could deliver her to her new forever home the next morning. Then a problem arose. Because of course. My aunt’s friend was only willing to take in a male, and the kitten my aunt had picked up was a female. But there was something truly special about this little girl. She is a polydactyl, so instead of having five toes on each paw, she has six.

Because my grandmother and I had been talking just a week before this all happened about Ernest Hemingway, his house that is now a museum in Key West, Florida, and his love for polydactyl cats, of which he had several and whose descendants still live on the very same property, she immediately called me.

Sylvia crocodile blanket

The kitten could have easily been brought back to the home in which she came, since my aunt had to go back there anyway to pick up the male kitten for her friend, but after hearing that she was a polydactyl and seeing the unbelievably adorable pictures that my aunt had taken of her I just couldn’t let that happen. That same night my fiance and I went to pick her up and she became the newest addition to our little family.

She had me at polydactyl.

As with any new feline addition, it took a few days for our other two cats, Devin and Vincent, to begin to accept Sylvia’s presence in their home. I had expected more push-back from Devin, the alpha female of the house that keeps to herself and does her own thing. She isn’t a big fan of other cats, or people for that matter, but that doesn’t stop us from being big fans of her. She had quickly made sure Vincent knew who was boss when he joined the family, but surprisingly, most of the upset actually came from Vincent, my big baby who still insists on being carried around on my shoulder, who can lay in my lap for hours, and who frequently sleeps on my chest regardless of the fact that he is a good 15 pounds. I found out that he can be pretty jealous. Luckily, he got over that fairly quickly and he and Sylvia have become close buddies. Whenever I see Vincent walk into a room, I know that Sylvia isn’t too far behind. They play together for hours and when they’re done, they fall asleep, never too far away from each other.

Sylvia and Vincent

Just under a month in, Sylvia has settled in with her new-found siblings and has made herself completely at home.

How to Prepare an Emergency Kit for Your Pets

This is a guest post by Jody Cowan of Mom ‘n Daughter Savings, a lifestyle blog dedicated to reviews, giveaways, recipes, and other fun tidbits.

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We have seen our share and then some of harsh and even catastrophic weather this year. Way too many people have lost their homes, everything they owned, and even their lives in the battle against Mother Nature’s wrath, and while it is necessary to mourn what has been lost by the strongest storms we have experienced in recent history, it is just as necessary to learn from it and move forward with our lives cautiously and well-prepared.

If you have pets, it is just as important to make sure that they are prepared for bath weather in case of any necessary evacuations as the rest of your family. In case of a weather emergency, your pets need to have a grab-and-go kit ready.

A lot of shelters do not allow animals, so you need to plan ahead. You could stay in a hotel, but they tend to fill up fast when a storm is approaching. However, you could research ahead of time and make a list of hotels to call in case you need to relocate and make sure that your pet can accompany you. You could also opt to stay with a friend that lives far enough away from the danger lurking in the weather.

In case of an emergency, here is a list of suggested items to have packed for your pet:

  • A collar with ID tag that includes your phone number (with area code) and vaccination tags
  • Leash
  • Carrier or crate large enough for your pet to be able to stand up and turn around
  • Gallons or bottles of sealed water
  • 2-week supply of food stored in a waterproof container
  • Food dishes
  • Heartworm medication or any other medications your pet may be on or need to take, even infrequently, just in case
  • Towels
  • Your pet’s favorite toys
  • Treats
  • Litter, for cats
  • First Aid Kit
  • Plastic bags, newspapers, etc. for animal waste cleanup
  • Pet bed or favorite blanket(s)

These are just my ideas for an emergency kit for your pet. Yours could include anything your pet may need for survival as well as comfort. Comfort is a big deal with animals, and maybe even more important during times of stress, such as during emergency evacuations. If you’re unsure about what else you can add to your pet’s emergency kit, consult your veterinarian.

Tips in this article are intended as suggestions only. I am not a veterinarian, I just have several pets.