“Ding -Dong!” It’s our UPS Friend bringing us the Polaroid Kids Tablet 2 to review!!
The kids tore into the box and were so excited by just the Disney games that were printed on the box, I couldn’t wait to see what they thought of actually PLAYING the games! It comes with over 70 games & books pre-loaded, include kid-safe Cartoon Network shows.
The Polaroid Tablet has new features that make it stand out from others. Starting with built-in side and rear bumpers! If you have a child – you know that the tablet will be dropped and having bumpers built-in and not have to purchase a case is wonderful!
The other feature that really draws me to this tablet is the app store that is kid safe with hundreds of free apps. With the other tablet me daughter has, I had to connect my credit card for her to download any apps (free or paid) and for that reason, she was able to download $54 of paid apps in about 10 minutes! I had to call customer service, disconnect the card, wait for a refund and she wasn’t able to load anything else…it was a huge pain! With the Polaroid Kids Tablet 2, the kids are able to download a ton of free apps and I don’t have to connect a credit card.
One other feature that appealed to me, was the front speaker and camera. When the kids were playing games in the car, with the tablet on their lap, they could still hear the game. Most tablets the speaker is in back and the sound if muffled. The front camera is supper fun for the picture games, to make movies or for my daughter to see herself when playing the karaoke sing game!
Anything that keeps the 3-year-old entertained on the drive to & from big brothers basketball games is awesome sauce!
Check out all the features here: http://polaroid.com/kids-tablet-2#ab
If you are looking to get a fun, kid safe and educational tablet, this should be your choice. It’s available online or at Toys R Us stores.
- Display: 7.0” capacitive, multi-touch
- Screen resolution: 1024×600 (16:9)
- Processor: Dual-Core, Cortex A9
- RAM: 1GB / DDR3
- Cameras: Front & rear cameras
- Internal memory: 8 GB*
- External memory: SD card slot
- Networking: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Battery: Rechargeable li-ion polymer (3500 mAh)
I’ve been back for a couple of days and I am still having a difficult time finding words, other than AMAZING to describe the trip.
If you are my Facebook friend, twitter/instagram follower, I have been clogging up your timeline with all my excitement and photos! I will give your timelines a break and put the rest here.
It started with a bang and ended with the same! When my feet touched the ground, I headed straight to the Kay Unger NYC show room to try on a red dress. The wonderful style editors of Woman’s Day Magazine met me there and filled the dressing room with beautiful red dresses. The first one I tried on didn’t even go over my boobs and I had a minor panick attack! The next one I tried was my favorite from the start and when I looked at the size tag, I thought no way that’s going to work; but a pair of pantyhose, a pair of spanyx, a sucking in and ZIP! It was on and gorgeous!
The next morning started early to get ready for our Today show appearance. A wonderful team to do hair and make up, which is awesomeness, since I usually do my own make up (with a 3 year old hanging on my leg).
We were getting a little pep talk from our dietitian Joy Bauer, when Henry Winkler ”The Fonz” walked in and showed us how to work it for the cameras!
The segment following ours, was a cool recycle crafting for Valentine’s Day with Danny Seo and if you are a craft geek like me, you love his books!
We took some fun selfies with Kathi Lee and Hoda and it was time to get dressed for the segment. I guess I got in the zone and started to get dressed (door open) and didn’t even see Collin Farrell standing outside my dressing room!
We headed to the Today Show Orange Room to take a few pics and it was time for the segment.
I spit out a few words of how much better I feel, now that I’m healthy and just like that the segment was over. If you missed it (and the great faces I made),
you can watch it now: http://www.today.com/video/today/54345893#54345893
Had a little down time, so my Mom and I headed to get a little lunch and a walk in Central Park!
Headed to get hair/make up touch up, red lips…which I NEVER do, but may start and then to the Jazz at Lincoln Center for rehearsal. The view behind the stage was, well AMAZING!
The ladies of the Woman’s Day Live Longer & Stronger challenge, Joy Bauer and the editor and chief of Woman’s Day Magazine all hit the red carpet in style!
Watched the 42nd President of the United States accept a Red Dress Award for the Clinton Foundation.
Met the talented Carla Hall, who graciously congratulated me on my weight loss.
We had a lot of fun in the photo booth before and after the show.
Stood on the stage, as Joy read my story, looked down and there was Tom Hanks listening and applauding us. It was difficult not to float out of my body.
We were serenaded by amazing musicians – Judith Hill & Sara Bareilles. Hearing “Brave” played live, is enough to make you cry…and I did!
With all the fun I had, the most important thing is that I am a healthier version of what I was 9 months ago. Heart disease is still the number 1 killer of women and I want you to know your risk. Click the link to take the assessment: http://my.americanheart.org/professional/StatementsGuidelines/PreventionGuidelines/Prevention-Guidelines_UCM_457698_SubHomePage.jsp
Heart Disease is preventable and knowing your risk factors is the first step in preventing this disease.
This trip with my Mom and all the beautiful people I met and the new friends I made. Thank you Woman’s Day Magazine for the wonderful experience. It was the time of my life!
It’s a snow day in Kansas City today and the kids have some cabin fever! My children love to be outside, so there is only so much Wii/ipad/video games they will play. It’s also 3 degrees, so sending them outside to play in the snow seems a little mean. Not to mention, it take 30 minutes to get them bundled up in snow gear, just to have them come back inside 3 minutes later!
So, we brought the snow inside and did a little painting!!!
What you need:
1. Big bowl of snow
2. Food Coloring & Water
3. Old towel to catch spills
4. Paint Brushes (if you don’t have paint brushes on hand, old make up brushes or sponges work great)!
This is the perfect activity for the kid who doesn’t care to be out in the snow and when your “canvas” is covered, you can dump it out and start again!
Happy Snow Day!
This isn’t really new information, I’ve had gray hair since I was in highschool. There is an ongoing debate in my brain to let it go gray or to keep dyeing it. It’s truly a losing battle, my traditional black hair dye is having a hard time covering all the gray and only last about 3 weeks before the gray comes back. Yes, I’ve tried them all dyes made for gray hair, dye with hemp, blue-black, blackest black, Revlon, products for professionals, things made for natural hair…the list goes on!
So, I’m thinking of just letting it go! I don’t really think it makes me look a ton older and it’s shiny and pretty, I’m just not sure I like the salt and pepper look. I think I’ll be happier when it just all goes gray.
For today, right now, I’m letting it go gray. This may change when I head to New York in February, but for now, I’m staying GRAY!
You may have been following my health journey with the Woman’s Day Live Longer & Stronger Challenge. In the February issue of the magazine, they took my all time favorite meal – Fettuccine Alfredo and made it a healthier version!
The magazine features my recipe maker over, my new lower blood pressure/cholesterol and My 47 pound weight loss. I am proud of the progress made so far and looking forward to hitting some of my ultimate goals.
Meal Make Over: by blending cauliflower (yes, cauliflower!) and 1% milk, this sauce is lower in calories and fat, but still rich and creamy. Finishing with the sharp Romano cheese amps up the flavor and of this delicious dish.
1/2 Head cauliflower (about 1lb), chopped
2tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped Kosher salt & pepper
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 cup 1% milk
1/4 cup grated Romano cheese (1oz)
chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley for serving
pinch cayenne pepper
I recently made the new updated version and it is really good! I didn’t miss the cream at all.
Be sure to look for the February issue of Woman’s Day magazine to see get all the recipes & weight-loss tips.
It’s been 1 year since I hired a trainer to get back to fit.
Read about my first day with Kelli here: http://neverhomesahm.wordpress.com/2012/11/11/meet-kelli-kick-a-trainer/
Kelli is awesome, she really got me motivated, telling me I could do it and truly wanted to see me succeed! What I found out the hard way is that so much of losing weight is about the food. I really thought I could out run my horrible diet, but you just can’t.
Every time I post pics on Facebook, I get flooded with questions of what and how I’ve lost (27 pounds to date). This is my attempt to not give the traditional diet speak that almost every book and dietitian will tell you. This is how I am doing it. I say AM doing it, because, for me it has to be everyday, real life, not a fad diet and I HAVE to eat. I have never had success replacing my meals with shakes, drinks, cereal…etc. because that’s not my life and I LOVE food!!!
1. I had to figure out what I was eating. Some keep a food diary, I used www.myfitnesspal.com it’s free and it tells you the calories, fat, sugar..etc. I was SHOCKED when I saw how many calories my favorite Quik Trip sweet tea was.
This is just for an 8oz. serving, not the 44oz. I was drinking! If you are drinking soda or sweet, full of sugar drinks – just stopping those will allow for immediate weight loss. I will say it takes about 5 days for the cravings and headaches to go away and those 5 days are a bitch!
2.No Carbs at night. I would never stop eating bread or pasta, but you have to realize that in order to lose weight, you have to change what you’ve been doing. If I feel like I want a turkey sandwich, will have it on a bagel thin and I have it for lunch. You can find the bagels thins at any grocery store and they are usually about 100 calories.
3. Temptation. I found that I can not have it in the house or I will eat it! If there is chocolate, potato chips anything that’s tempting, I don’t have it in the house. I’m sure that makes me sound like my children don’t have any snacks, but they do. I’ve found it is better for me to buy them things I will not eat. I do not like sour cream and onion chips, fruit roll ups or any of those types of snacks, so those are perfect to keep for the kids and pack for lunches.
4. Shut Off Time/Mistakes.
Before the Live Longer/Stronger Challenge:(http://www.mikitaburton.com/live-stronger-challenge/) I would have a snack and a cup of tea at 10:30 or 11:00pm. I must have a cut off time. I don’t eat anything after 10:00pm. If the brownies aren’t in the house, I’m not tempted to have one late at night. There are also mistakes and they are not as much mistakes as they are bad choices. I decided that I would make 90% healthy choices and 10% won’t be. I will have a cheeseburger, I will have a brownie and then I will go back to making 90% healthy choices.
5. Working Out. I have to say, I haven’t really worked out with Kelli since the first of the year. I have been walking 7,000 – 10,000 steps a day, over the whole day, not at once. This truly shows me that it is 90% about the food!
I hope this is a start for you, I’m happy to answer questions (in my limited knowledge), so you can send them to email@example.com and I will try to give you push!!!
Did you know that Papa Murphy’s now has Fresh Pan Pizza?! It is brand new and it is Oh So Good! If you like pan pizza crust, this will be your new favorite! The crust is so buttery and golden but not too thick. I am usually a fan of Papa Murphy’s more thin original crust, but this may have just changed my mind! Our family favorite is the Cowboy Pizza, so we got it on the Fresh Pan crust and it was really good. Even my husband, who doesn’t like bread and doesn’t eat much pizza, said he would eat this on a regular basis. We also tried a cinnamon wheel for dessert. It was good too, I think we may even save it next time and have for breakfast.
Some facts about The Fresh Pan Pizza:
- A large, 1-topping Fresh Pan pizza is on sale right now for only $8.
- The Fresh Pan Pizza comes in an aluminum cooking tray designed to cook right in your oven.
- Same temperature, 425, but you need to make sure you’re checking it every 5 minutes or so and turn it if necessary to ensure even baking of the pizza.
- The Fresh Pan pizza is baked in a buttery oil (comes in the tray) to help it not stick to the bottom of the tray.
I’ve said it before and I will say it again, Papa Murphy’s is my go for a quick, healthy, inexpensive dinner. We usually get a large pizza, salad and dessert (cookie dough, cinnamon wheel or S’mores pizza) and only spend $25! I can pick it up after school, put it in the fridge, make it when we get home from the kids practices and it’s hot and fresh from my oven. Next time you need a quick dinner, try the Fresh Pan Pizza, you won’t be disappointed.
*Disclosure: I was given a Fresh Pan Pizza to taste and give my review. All thoughts on the pizza are 100% mine! NO ONE tells me what to say!*
Recently, I ditched my bank! I was so tired of all the fees! The use my card fee, bank over draft fee, too many transactions fee, fee after fee! I still needed a way to have my paycheck direct deposited, so I didn’t have to go and cash it and a debit card to get out cash and pay bills.
I was offered a Visa card from www.card.com to try out and see if worked for me and it did! My first stop was at the post office. I was able to use the self-serve machine and pay with my card, instead of waiting in line.
This card is a debit card, like the one from your bank, and you can use it EVERYWHERE Visa is accepted — except it is so much cooler and cuter than your bank card. I chose a Star Trek card…to live long and prosper, but there are thousands of cards to choose from! Some of the features include:
Free to order, activate and load
Free app and check deposits from your smartphone
Free direct deposit
Free card-to-card transfers, any time, anywhere, in seconds
No overdraft fees — never goes negative!
Safer than cash – 24/7 support, Visa fraud protection and 100% FDIC insurance on funds
No debt, financially responsible, no interest/credit/APRs
No credit check and approval in seconds
22,000 in-network ATMs
Thousands of cool, unique card designs to choose from, including brands like: Garfield, Popeye, Betty Paige, James Dean, Care Bears, Walking Dead, Star Trek, Autism Awareness, Breast Cancer Research, Shark Week, Where’s Waldo, Doodle Jump, THree Stooges, Nancy Drew, etc.
You can try it for yourself and get a unique design with no credit check. Visit www.card.com select your design, put in a little personal info and ditch your bank fees! After using mine with ease, I ordered one for my 14 year old son. It’s a great way to start teaching your children how to be responsible with money.
Crazy, right?! 90 days before Christmas!
My goal with buying Christmas toys is not just to get what’s on the list or the most popular trendy toy, but to get something that will last after the excitement of Christmas morning is over. I look for well made toys that encourage building and learning. For the next 90 days, I will be reviewing some toys that I think my children will love and that will stand the test of time.
First up is the Deluxe Wooden Builder by CP Toys – $49.99. It can be found at www.cptoy.com or at US Toy Stores. The description from the website: Colorfully painted and natural wood pieces are easily assembled with the easy turn nut and bolt design to allow for hundreds of building designs. Use the included idea booklet or let them create designs using their imagination. 100 pc. set. Ages 3 yrs. +.
Noah and I were so excited to get this one out of the box and start building! The set includes an idea booklet and we started with a robot (at least our version of one).
The pieces are just big enough for his fingers and easy to twist together. The warning on the box says that the small nuts/bolts are a choking hazard, so this is not for little ones under 3. There are several pieces, so a sibling could easily share and have enough pieces to build their own creations. It is not one of those toys that will require you to help them with at all times. Once Noah got the hang of which way to twist the parts together, he was ready to build the robot alone.
This one is a yes for my list. We’ve had it for just over a week and he plays with it everyday. I think this wooden set will in our toy collection for a long time. I will tell you that the box didn’t last. My son enjoys stomping on boxes, so this box didn’t stand a chance. We put all the pieces in a back pack and he is able to carry it from home to Grand Ma’s house with ease.
CP Toys has a ton of building sets and other learning toys, so if you want to buy one for Christmas, here’s my code to get %15 off your purchase! Go to www.CPToys.com and use code SAHM15 at check out to get 15% off purchase. This code will expire 10/23
*Disclosure* The CP Toy building set was sent to me to review. All thoughts, opinions and photos of my son are all mine! No one tells me what to say!