As good as I have been with documenting our lives on camera actually printing photos has been another story entirely… When an add for Chat Books came across my Facebook feed I took a look at their commercial and I was instantly intrigued.
Here is what sold me…
It’s a free app but you do have an option to create from your computer.
While the Instagram & Facebook Series options are pretty awesome, if you aren’t into social media you can create your own books using any photos. I have now made a book for our wedding, my pregnancy and birth of both kids, a book of all Parker’s crafts in his first year of school, and portfolios of items in my shop.
Since you can create them on your phone you have the flexibility to create them whenever you have time. Since I still spend about 30 minutes a night rocking Caity it was a great opportunity to make that time productive.
If you opt into the Instagram or Facebook series photos are automatically synced from your accounts. Once you have reached 60 photos (60 pages) you are given a notification to edit before it automatically shows up on your doorstop.
Prices start at $8 with many size and style options.
Although I can look at the same images on my phone whenever I want there is something different about seeing our memories in print. The kids also love looking at the photos, since most are of them and recalling memories from when the photo was taken.
Happy TGIF all! I am keeping my fingers crossed that a well rested weekend will get us all back on track. In the meantime I thought I would share some of my favorite products that have helped us get through the last few weeks.
We have been long supporters of VTech in the kiddos playroom. Over the last few years I have had the opportunity to review a variety of their toys and was honored when they reached out again this year.
VTech® Wiggle & Crawl Ball™
Ages 6-36 Months
I’m honestly not sure who loves this ball more, my kids or the cats! The VTech® Wiggle & Crawl Ball™ has the ability to grow with your child which is perfect when you have multiple kids at home. Caity loves all of the playful songs and flashing lights while Parker tries to manipulate the ball and figure out how it moves on it’s own. Now that he is really learning numbers, animals, and songs in school it’s fun to watch him use it to help teach his sister. I was very impressed with it’s durability and overall quality.
VTech® Gallop & Rock Learning Pony™
Ages 12-36 Months
Parker and Caity love anything ride on. Now that we have a open floor plan they race each other around and can play games throughout the whole house. Caity has really starting forming a love for horses and she was so excited when she started hearing galloping. I love that the speaker is facing the child so it doesn’t need to be on the loudest setting. She loves the turn knob that starts songs or hoarse noises. There are also three lights on the mane that playfully teach colors.
VTech® Care for Me Learning Carrier™
Ages 9-36 Months
Caity went right for this one when she saw the boxes in their play room. “PUPPY!” she exclaimed. She loves taking care of her animals, feeding them, and carrying them around. The VTech® Care for Me Learning Carrier™ is pretty much the perfect toy. The size is spot on for 9-36 months and the accessories are safe and age appropriate for the intended audience. It comes with all the key accessories a child would need to care for their puppy. The carrier is very durable and well made. It has several buttons and levers to keep a child entertained and intrigued. This is also a great size toy to travel with and to keep kids entertained in hotel rooms or visiting family and friends.
If you ask the kids what Mommy does in her office they would respond, “doing working”. Although it breaks my heart that I sometimes I have to do work while they entertain themselves I hope they can see that I work hard to take care of my family and try to provide a little here and there as well. Both kids love to bring little lap toys with them in the car. The VTech® Brilliant Baby Laptop™ is a great toy for the car and families on the go staying in hotels and with family or friends. They can choose between catchy tunes, shapes and colors, and animals. Caity loves the mouse that really mimics what she sees me use. For my son who is four, he loves the feature which asks him to find certain shapes, colors, or animals and then applauds when he gets it right.
Shortly after moving to Canada I found out that kids can start attending school at age 4 in their Junior Kindergarten program. Not only that, but it would be a full day program, 1/2 of which would be in French. Although I was a little imitated at first the idea slowly grew on me and when it came time to register Rob and I decided it wouldn’t hurt to see how it goes. Having had little structure at home I was a little concerned he wouldn’t adapt to more of a structured learning environment as quickly as the other kids.
I was really impressed, although not surprised, in the quality of the Counterpillar. Both Parker and Caity wanted to play with it before I could even get it out of the box. Let’s just say we are still working on the concept of sharing. After a few hours of watching both play with it here are a few of my favorite features.
Parker tends to gravitate towards toys that are colorful and have some kind of animal or face on them. At the same time, when there are too many bells and whistles, he can get overwhelmed and lose interest. The Learning Resources Counterpillar™ is the perfect combination that attracts him but doesn’t overwhelm him.
As a family who moves often I enjoy toys that are a little smaller and light weight. They are easier to move with and tend to last longer. I like how even though it is light weight the wide base keeps it nice and sturdy even through semi rough play. Caity likes carrying things around and the top is the perfect size for her little hands.
The Learning Resources Counterpillar™ is practical and can grow with your child. Right now we are working with Parker on his fine motor skills, simple counting, and color identification. Once he gets all of that down we can focus on other counting and math skills. Later down the road we can also use this to help with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
For me it’s not summertime until you’re wearing flip flops, smell of sunscreen, and have a popsicle in your hand. I’m always looking for ways to give my littles snacks I can be happy about. When the opportunity came up to review the Garden Fresh Fruitsicles from Nuby I was thrilled. Being able to make our own Popsicles with the ingredients I want makes me one happy momma! As always all reviews are my own and I never recommend a product I won’t use with my family. Includes four freeze-and-feed popsicle molds with handles perfectly shaped for small hands and a freezer tray. Perfect for fresh homemade Popsicles. Add diced fresh fruit into each holder and add water or juice to the brim.
The wide popsicle-holder base catches drips as it melts to reduce the risk of messes.
Handles make it easy to keep a hold on for small hands.
Great for teething babies to help soothe sore gums.
The Fruitsicle tray can be purchased on Amazon for $7.99. It is BPA free, dishwasher safe, and recommended for children ages 6 Months +.
Easter is coming up quick and I wanted to share a few things I have gotten for the kiddos Thirty-One Bins.
Buster Boy: Even though Parker isn’t taking a nap anymore he gets quite time every day in his room. We had been eyeing up the Osmo system for awhile and decided to make the purchase after playing around with one in the store. We thought it would be something he could quietly play with and an interactive way for us to work on his shapes, colors, and numbers with him. Since the kids playroom is FINALLY finished I wanted to find some kind of coffee maker for him since he loves helping Rob make coffee. I absolutely love the Melissa & Doug brand and the fact that this set uses k-cups! Crayons and coloring books are always a must for holidays since they are a great addition to our restaurant busy bags.
Little Miss: I love finding cute baby dolls for Caity. She loves playing with them and cuddling with them the way her and I do. I saw the Corolle Mon Premier in a local store and thought it was precious. She can also play with her in the bathtub which is one of her favorites places right now. The large chalk sticks are perfect for spring and spending afternoons outside in the backyard. A fellow mommy, blogger, and beautiful artist just had her first book published, Bloom With Mi. There was no question I wanted to support her AND give Caity a book full of beauty to add to her collection. Check her out over at The Bloom-Print Project.
We decided to fill some eggs in their baskets with Matchbox cars, Piggy Paint, Puffs, and Pepperidge Farms Gold Fish! I know they will snatch a few pieces a chocolate throughout the day but wanted to stay away from too much candy.