VTech Review & Giveaway

We recently had the opportunity to review the Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers Playset which has been a huge hit in our house, especially when Parker’s friends come over to play. I was thrilled when VTech reached out to work on four additional product reviews and a special giveaway for all of my Cherry Blossom Love readers.

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Before I jump right into the individual reviews I wanted to touch on some features in all of the VTech toys that we love and have come to appreciate.

Design
It’s easy to pick out a VTech toy in any aisle with their colorful design and informative packaging. We love that their products are great quality at an affordable price with a broad age range perfect for multiple children. As Parker grows out of some of these toys we can simply store them away or use the different functions for Caity. I love having a variety of toys for the kids but appreciate when a single toy can have multiple purposes.

Developmental Benefits
Gaining knowledge from an Advisory Council made of up doctors in childhood development, math, science, platform, and early childhood learning each VTech toy provides a variety of developmental benefits. Each function or activity is helping your child develop in some way. VTech proudly displays their developmental benefits on each box to help you decided which toy is appropriate for your needs.

User’s Manual
I love when a company provides all the information I need to assemble and use a product. I don’t have time to play guessing games and not understanding how a product works correctly can be dangerous. Each of the VTech toys comes with a user manual that outlines everything you could need or want to know about the product. Some of the areas each manual touches on include battery installation, assembly, product features, and what each toy does. In addition, they also provide a melody list and sung song lyrics so parents can sing along! And for those late night Christmas Eve builders, they include a troubleshooting section. Not a fan of clutter? No worries, VTech provides all of their user manuals online to view at anytime. I made a folder on my browser to bookmark the user manual for all of our VTech toys.

Chomp & Count DinoVTech® Chomp & Count Dino™ 

Assembly Time: No assembly required
Batteries: Requires 2AA batteries
Recommended Age: 13 – 36 Months
Purchase Information: Available at vtechkids.com and on Amazon Prime for about $20
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Product Features:

  • Dino recognizes the eight brightly colored food pieces as you feed him and provides fun responses
  • Dino introduces colors, foods, shapes and counting
  • 130+ songs, melodies, sounds and phrases
  • Play in counting or meal mode
  • Rotate the spinning disc to play sing-along songs
  • Answer the dino’s questions using the correct food piece
  • Press the five shape buttons to learn shapes and numbers

The VTech® Chomp & Count Dino™  is a great toy that can grow with your child. While the recommended age is 12-36 months, I think that it would be entertaining for an infant once they have learned to sit alone with direct parent supervision. The disks are large which makes them easy to hold by little hands and impossible to swallow. Parker had a lot of fun feeding the Dino and then pulling the disks from his belly. The dino has an optional pull string that secures to the bottom when you don’t want to have it laying around.

Grow-Along Music CenterGrow-Along Music Center™

Assembly Time: About 5 minutes to assemble 5 pieces which requires a few screws
Batteries: Requires 3AA batteries
Recommended Age: 12-36 Months
Purchase Information: Available at vtechkids.com and Amazon Prime for about $30
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Product Features:

  • Voice-changing microphone with 4 fun effects
  • 75+ songs, melodies, sounds and phrases
  • 5 light-up keys flash along with your child’s voice
  • Adjustable height stand for sitting and standing play
  • Learning and music modes provide two ways to play
  • Play guitar, drum and saxophone sounds
  • Teaches imitative play, instruments, animals and colors

Parker has really gotten into music the last few months. He starts moving his hips when he hears a tune and can even repeat some of the words from his favorite songs/movies. He really enjoyed playing the piano and watching the lights as he hit the keys. This is also a great product to grow with your child because the piano detaches from the stand for those earlier months when your little one is just learning to sit. I enjoy the variety of melodies including Pat-a-Cake and Three Blind Mice.

Smart Shots Sport CenterSmart Shots Sports Center™

Assembly Time: About 8-10 minutes to assemble 6 pieces and a few screws
Batteries: Requires 3AA batteries
Recommended Age: 12-36 Months
Purchase Information: Available for purchase at vtechkids.com and Amazon Prime for about $40
Online User Manual

Product Features:

  • 2 ways to play—shoot a basket or score a goal
  • Animated LED scoreboard encourages play with fun animations
  • Scoreboard counts baskets and plays encouraging sounds and phrases
  • 50+ songs, melodies, sounds and phrases
  • Basketball and soccer ball are included
  • Turning gears play encouraging sounds
  • Shape buttons introduce shapes, numbers and fun sounds

Parker has certainly inherited his father’s athletic abilities so it’s never to early to start practicing. He loves playing with balls and is just now learning the difference between each one and what to do with it. Parker really did love playing with the Smart Shots Sports Center™ as it channels his urge to throw and kick balls which has helped as we are teaching him the appropriate places and times to do so. I love how encouraging this toy is when a ball goes through the hoop or in the net. 

Sit-to-Stand Smart CruiserSit-to-Stand Smart Cruiser™

Assembly Time: About 10 minutes to assemble 6 pieces and several screws
Batteries: Requires 2AA batteries
Recommended Age: 6-36 Months
Purchase Information: Available at vtechkids.com and Amazon Prime for $40
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Product Features:

  • 2-in-1 toy transforms from floor play to a ride-on toy
  • Realistic, interactive steering wheel with lots of fun responses
  • 80+ songs, melodies, sounds and phrases
  • Teaches animals, first words, sounds and daily life
  • Under seat storage holds small toys for fun on the go
  • Front activity panel with manipulative features
  • 6 pretend places let your child pretend to drive to different destinations

Parker loves ride-on toys and especially enjoyed the Sit-to-Stand Smart Cruiser™. When I finished putting it together he grabbed his keys and phone, dropped them into the seat compartment and shouted, “bye Mommy, see ya later!” as he started driving away. Guess he has been watching Rob and I closely! The interactive board on the steering wheel can easily be removed for play on the floor with a little one who is just learning to sit up.

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Buy Them
You can purchase all of the VTech products mentioned above at vtechkids.com, Amazon Prime, and many local retailers.

Win Them
Thanks to VTech, one (1) Cherry Blossom Love reader is going to receive the VTech® Chomp & Count Dino™, Grow-Along Music Center™, Smart Shots Sports Center™, Sit-to-Stand Smart Cruiser™! Giveaway ends at midnight EST on November 7, 2014. The winner will be announced on November 8, 2014 via Twitter and on the Cherry Blossom Love Facebook page. Winner will have 24 to respond via email with their mailing address. Open to US residents only.

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Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers Playset Review & Giveaway

 ** Special thanks to VTech for providing the Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers Playset for free in exchange for my honest review. As always, all opinions are 100% my own and I do not recommend products I wouldn’t use myself or with my family. **

Rob and I are always on the hunt for small toys to keep Parker occupied in the car and when we go out to eat. A few months ago we came across the Go! Go! Smart Wheels series by VTech. We both loved how you could buy the individual vehicles or the playsets for more interactive play at home. We started out with the VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Helicopter and the VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Fire Truck. Both worked out great and we eventually purchased the VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels – Airport Playset. The Go! Go! series is great because the vehicles are small and can be used with or without the playsets. At the same time, the pieces of the playsets are large enough we won’t have to worry about them laying around when Caity starts crawling (which is still a LONG way off).

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I was thrilled when we were given the chance to review the Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers Playset, a brand extension of the award-winning Go! Go! Smart Wheels series. The Go! Go! Smart Animals line provides traditional role-play with modern technology for an engaging, multi-sensory learning experience.

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Since we have been laying low readjusting to our new family of four and it’s a dreary day, I decided it was a perfect opportunity to set up the Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers Playset to try out. It took a good 30 minutes to put together following the directions and using the box as reference, both of which are extremely helpful.

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Go! Go! Smart Animals™ Zoo Explorers Playset™:

  • Includes a Rhino who teaches kids the animal name, color gray, and fun facts in addition to 3 sing-along songs.
  • Features 7 SmartPoint locations where animals respond with different phrases, music or fun sound effects.
  • Children can strengthen their motor skills with eight manipulative features including a turning gate, spinning water tank and sliding elevator.
  • The colorful tracks can be reconfigured or connected to other Go! Go! Smart Animals or Go! Go! Smart Wheels playsets (each sold separately) to encourage children’s creativity.
  • The zoo also features an electronic entrance that teaches animal names, animal traits, letters, colors and plays music.
  • Recommended for ages 1-5 years
  • Requires 2 AAA batteries (not included)  for the Zoo entrance and 2 AAA (included for demo purposes) for the Rhino.

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The Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers Playset is perfect for a rainy day and kept Parker entertained for hours. He really enjoyed listening to all of the  music/sounds and playing with the dials, Smart Point locations, and elevator. The tunes are catchy and really added to the imaginative and interactive play. Chief (aka Parker’s Grandfather) and I had fun using different track pieces to create different configurations of the playset.

Don’t forget to follow VTech to stay up to date on their latest products and giveaways!
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Buy It
The Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers Playset is available online, at Amazon.com, and other major retailers for around $39.99.

Win It
Thanks to VTech, one (1) Cherry Blossom Love reader is going to receive a Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers Playset! Giveaway ends at midnight EST on September 30, 2014. The winner will be announced on October 1, 2014 via Twitter and on the Cherry Blossom Love Facebook page. Winner will have 24 to respond via email with their mailing address. Open to US residents only.

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Little Tikes Tree House Swing Set Giveaway

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I am so excited to come together with hosts Everything Mommyhood & Mom To Bed by 8 and co-hosts Budget Earth & Bayou City Mamas on this amazing giveaway and chance to win a Tree House Swing Set from Little Tikes.

Even though the summer is slowly coming to an end and the littles ones are back in school it’s still a great time to dress up the backyard and promote some outdoor play. Something new and fresh outside will get the kids excited and anxious to come home and release a little energy. Not to mention the convenience of being in your backyard instead of packing them up and heading to the local park.

A backyard “tree” house with swing set that includes a climbing wall, sliding board and more! Kids can climb to the platform two different ways, the climbing wall or by climbing the tree trunk then they can slide down and do it again and again! Your kids will get years of enjoyment from this fun and durable swing set. Perfect for children ages 3-8 years old.

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Features
Lookout tree with steering wheel
Climbing wall
Kids can climb the tree trunk
Grab handles molded into the tree trunk
Fun slide
Swingset extension
Maximum number of kids on climber: 4
Maximum child per swing: 1
Weight limit up to 81lbs. per child
The Tree House Swing Set must be anchored
Accessories included: Anchor kit and 2 Swings
Assembly Required

You can check out Everything Mommyhood’s more in depth review with more pictures here – Little Tikes Tree House Swing Set Review.

One lucky winner will receive a Little Tikes Tree House Swing Set, retail $499.99.
Open to US Residents, 18 and up only.
One entry per household/IP Address.
Void where prohibited.
Winner will be chosen randomly via the Giveaway Tools entry form and will be emailed.
Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize before a new winner is chosen.
Giveaway ends 9/21/14 at 11:59pm Eastern.

 

Disclosure: Everything Mommyhood received the item mentioned above in exchange for her honest review & giveaway. We were not compensated for this posting. All thoughts and opinions are those of our own and were not influenced in any way. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, and any other social media are not affiliated with this posting or giveaway. Everything Mommyhood and contributing bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment or shipment. Little Tikes is responsible for fulfillment of prize. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. If you have any questions about this event or would like to see your event hosted by Everything Mommyhood, please email EverythingMommyhood@gmail.com.

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Jamming with my Jamberry Nails in NYC

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This post is sponsored by Mary Myer, a Lead Consultant with Jamberry Nails. I was provided with a free sheet of Jamberry Nails to help conduct a review. As always, all opinions are 100% my own and I do not recommend products I do not use myself.

There are many things I love about being a Mother and a Stay-At-Home Mom. Watching Parker grow each day, taking care of the home, and getting a little crafting in during nap time is what I have always wanted to do. The hard part is finding the time, excuse, and energy to work on my appearance. Most mornings I barley have enough time to jump out of bed, throw on a tank with some yoga pants, and splash a little water on my face. Now that Parker is older and we have a baby girl on the way, I wanted to start making an attempt. Since I can’t add more hours to the day, I need quick and easy solutions that give me the biggest bang for my buck. It’s amazing what a few colored tops, a set of cheap pearls and a few MaryKay products have done so far.  I still missed my manicures and pedicures though. With a family, it’s not in the budget and attempting at home is simply hilarious.

Recently my good friend Jen, over at All Four Love, told me about a new product called Jamberry Nail Wraps and how much she LOVED them. Jamberry Nail Wraps launched in 2010 by three sisters who wanted to find a cheap and effective way for their nails to look polished. Jamberry Nail Wraps are made in the USA, contain no harsh chemicals, are non-toxic as well as formaldehyde and latex free. They can be used on artificial nails, won’t damage your natural nail, have no drying time and will not chip. There are also over 300 different designs for the perfect occasion. My favorite feature is that they are safe during pregnancy. Now I can get a professional and polished look without inhaling harsh salon chemicals.

What You Need

The timing was great as Jen and I were headed to NYC to attend Blogger Bash and I wanted to look my best! I chose the solid Tempest so it would coordinate with all of my outfits for the conference and when I got back home. I gathered up the above supplies and spread out at the kitchen table with my iPad. Although they come with instructions, I wanted to watch a video on how to apply them so that I did a good job.

 

It took me about an hour to complete my manicure which I decided to tackle after Parker went to bed. I would have loved to do a pedicure as well but my pregnant belly was slightly in the way! The video made it really easy to follow the steps and by the second hand I had really gotten into the groove.

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After prepping your nails by removing any previous polish you can start wrapping those nails. It took me a little while to find the best process for me but these were the steps that worked best.

1. Hold the sheet of wraps over your nail to determine the best fit. You want the fit to be smaller, not larger than your nail. It won’t work as effectively if part of the wrap is touching the skin.

2. Use your tweezers to pull up the correct wrap and cut the appropriate length. This allows you to use the remaining piece for another nail.

3. Using your hairdryer, heat up the wrap until it seems soft, usually a few seconds.

4. Place the nail wrap on your nail and use your cuticle stick to smooth it out and remove any air bubbles.

5. Using the hair dryer again apply heat while pushing down around your nail in an outward motion from the middle.

6. Cut off and file any excess wrap.

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I loved the way they turned out! While the wraps are more expensive than a bottle of nail polish, they last longer, are safer to use and look more polished. I am excited to make my first purchase and start getting a little creative with how I mix and match the designs. During the conference I received so many compliments and it really helped my confidence.

Jamberry Nail Wraps offer a variety of popular designs to fit your needs. Each sheet is $15 and is enough to do 2-3 manicures and pedicures depending on your nails. You also get 1 sheet for free when you purchase 3 so you can mix and match designs and solid colors. If you like keeping your look new and fresh you can sign up for the monthly Style Box by Jamberry. For $25 a month you will receive a box each month filled with at least $30 worth of Jamberry products, nail file, Orange Stick, and monthly style guide.


Searching for a Jamberry Consulatant? Contact Mary Myer for any questions, to host a Facebook party or submit an order through EMAIL, FACEBOOK or her WEBSITE today! Unsure if you are ready to take the plunge, simply complete this form to receive a free sample to test out!

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