Thursday, September 21, 2017

Friday Night Lights – The Complete Series

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review I WAS NOT paid to write this review.  All opinions expressed in this post are my own.
My kiddos go to bed at about 8:30, we have to get up at 5:30 and it takes them awhile to fall asleep.  My hubby and I work 9+ hour days some times, so normally by 8:30 we are done!!  Our thing is curling up on the couch together and watching tv.  Over the years we found many shows together.  It is kind of our thing :)!  One of our favorites was Friday Night Lights!  There was so much character depth in this show, and the relationships and story lines that were built were addicting!  Sadly we never got to finish!  Our son broke the shelf that our TV box was on and our dvr broke!  Taking with it several hours worth of recorded shows.

I'm sure you know when I was offered the chance to review Friday Night Lights the complete series I was beyond thrilled!! I finally get to see how it ends(No spoilers people!!)

When they struggled, we held our breath. When they lost, we felt their pain. And when they won, we cheered them on again and again.
Coach Eric Taylor is the newest hire at a small town high school in Dillon, Texas. After a series of events leading to his release, Taylor is forced to build a football team from the ground up at the rival high school. His wife Tami, high school principal, faces scrutiny of her own as she takes constant blame from angry parents. But even through the hardships at work, challenges at home with teen daughter Julie, and endless drama, only one thing matters: Friday night.
Through five extraordinary seasons, the residents of Dillon, Texas, kept viewers captivated with the small-town struggles, victories, and heartbreaks that resonated across America with breathtaking realness, and made Friday Night Lights, a Primetime Emmy® award-winning drama.  Relive the spirit of this small town with a big heart: from the pride and pitfalls of high school football to the intimate relationships between lovers, parents and friends.
Featuring: Kyle Chandler (Netflix’s Bloodline), Connie Britton (TV's Nashville), Aimee Teegarden (Rings, TV’s Notorious), Taylor Kitcsh (American Assassin, Lone Survivor), Minka Kelly (Hulu’s The Path), Adrianne Palicki (TV’s The Orville), Scott Porter (TV's Hart of Dixie), Jesse Plemons (TV’s Fargo), Michael B. Jordan (Creed) and many more!

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Pokémon Petite Pals Collection

I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  All opinions in this post are my own, I was not paid to write this post.

 Pokémon Petite Pals Collection
When I was a kid I remember trading Pokemon cards with my friends.  I remember watching the show and I remember when my dad purchased me a holographic Charizard card.  I was the coolest kid at school that week lol  It is now years later and Pokemon is just as cool now as it was then!  My boys are always talking about card battles they had on the bus, and when Caden got an awesome EX card it was all I heard about for a week.  Pokemon are fun and something I can see being around even when I have grandchildren.
When I was a kid there wasn't much besides the cards, kids now have so many new ways to enjoy Pokemon including the all new Pokemon Petite Pals Collection!
  PETITE PALS ESCAPE IN THE FOREST PLAYSET Time for a forest vacation with all your friends! You can decorate the walls, accessorize, and set the place up the way you want. Spend some quiet time on the swing; get your packages up thanks to the manual elevator. All is ready for your Pokémon to have a relaxing time. Includes 3 figures, multiple accessories and a fairytale tree house playset.

Lightseekers! A must have this Holiday Season

I was given products in this post for review.  Opinions expressed in this post are my own, I was not paid to write them
The holidays are only 3 months away, and even though that seems like a long time for someone who has very little free time it is just around the corner!
I try to give myself at the very least 3 months to get ready, that way when we get closer I can just enjoy spending time with my boys and not worry about shopping and gift wrapping.
Quinn is still very easy to shop for, he is 6 and loves everything!  My oldest is going to be 10 in a few weeks and he is in that hard stage.  He only likes a few toys, but at the same time he doesn't just want clothing and teenager stuff.  This mama is stumped, but there is one thing he has requested over and over again (well 2 things, but my 10 year is not getting a 4-wheeler!!) the one I can get him though is Lightseekers!  It is perfect for that hard to shop for stage.  It is advanced enough to keep him entertained, but also fun to keep him coming back for more!

For anyone whom is yet to hear of Lightseekers, get ready because I have a feeling this is going to be the next BIG thing! 

The Smart Action Figures: Lightseekers Heroes and Accessories Lightseekers smart action figures deliver real-time two-way interaction between your hero and the game. They talk, vibrate, and use different colored lights to show status and to help guide gameplay. 
Lightseekers also offers next level interchangeable accessories. Equipping a weapon or accessory onto an action figure will have an immediate effect in the game and vice versa, opening up new abilities and adventures.
 In addition, flight packs can be added to any hero, allowing players to magically control their in-game character by moving the toy. That’s right, your figure can actually act as the controller! Your heroes evolving in-game attributes, accomplishments, and lineage are stored so that your hero is truly one-of-a-kind. 

So I love the fact that the figure can actually become the controller, this makes for an awesome live kind of playing!  Also the character develops.  Meaning that once my son makes an accomplishment the hero remembers it for his next play.  You download the game for free on your device.  I like this because my kiddos are always scratching their discs.  The fact this is an app is perfect for their destructive ways!  You can't ruin an app!!
In the game play, you go on a quest to rid the world of the evil Umbro.  Along the way collect and enhance equipment, level up and learn new skills.  There is even side quests that help to keep you engaged!
 My son is going to be 10 and the game was simple enough that he could figure out how to play.  I am 30 and even I enjoyed playing, so I would say this game is fun for all ages.  We did get the starter pack, and it had everything you need to play.  My little guy does want to get some of the accessories and I may get him some for Christmas, but the game is fun and challenging even without them :) 

And it seems like you can buy them almost anywhere!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

ABCmouse the gift that keeps giving

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review.  All opinions are my own.

My oldest son is smart, and yes I do mean he is good at school, but I would go a step further to say the kid is a boarder line genius!  When I do homework with him, I am just mostly sitting there making sure he doesn't get distracted and start drawing or playing on his kindle.  He stopped needing my help in preschool.  Now Brandon may have a super easy time in school, but my Quinn isn't the same.  Every day at school is a struggle for him, he has an at home tutor, he has Title 1 classes, a speech therapist and so many other specials set up to help him get through his day.  Homework time is dreaded and what should take 10minutes takes us at least an hour.  I do everything I can to help Quinn.  And even though it seems like the tutor, the special classes and the speech therapist may seem like a lot it really is helping him.  At the beginning of last year no one thought Quinn would pass.  But he did!  Not only did he pass, but he was actually one of the top kiddos in his class by the end of the year!  He works hard and I don't want to brag, but some days I work just as hard as him!  His education is one of the most important things I can help him with.

As a mom I have tried several things and I finally realized that making learning fun was my best approach!  When Quinn and I read we make a blanket tent in my room.  When we do math I set up a game outside with chalk.  And now thanks to ABCmouse learning and fun now go hand in hand!

 You start your child on whichever level you think is best for them if you find your child is ahead or behind that particular level that is okay because you can change it at anytime.
The lessons cover reading, math, science, art, colors and Music.
 The lessons were short and always changing.  One minute he was coloring, the next singing a song, doing a puzzle and so much more.  It was always changing and keeping him engaged.  He never had time to get bored. 
Plus he is rewarded for learning, at the end lesson he gets to pick a prize.  

With each activity he completes he earns tickets and points that he can spend at the pretend online store. 
They love buying new pets with the points they earn during Quinn's lessons. 

The leading and most comprehensive digital early learning resource for children ages 2–8
• More than 8,500 standards-based learning activities covering preschool – 2nd grade and 850 lessons
ABCmouse offers an expert-designed curriculum for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade
ABCmouse encompasses reading and language arts, math, science, health, social studies, art, and music
• Multi-award-winning curriculum, honored by parents and educators
ABCmouse is regularly ranked as the leading children's learning iPad®, iPhone®, and Android™ app in both the Kids and Education categories
• Used by millions of children, embraced by parents, teachers, and librarians
• More than 1.6 million ABCmouse learning activities are completed each day, with over 2.5 billion completed to date.
• Efficacy validated by multiple independent studies
• Large-scale research studies have concluded that ABCmouse accelerates learning and helps children make significant gains in early literacy and math skills.

Monday, September 18, 2017

2017 Holiday Guide!

The Simply Me guide wants to help make Christmas shopping a bit easier this year.  So over the next few weeks I will be offering tips and gift ideas!  Keep checking back to see all the fun stuff that will be added

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