Friday, November 30, 2012

Dino Lingo Language learning programs for kids

Dino Lingo is an novel and fun interactive language learning program for children.  It comes in a variety of languages (see below) so you can choose which language suits your child the best.  Can your child really have fun learning a new language?  The answer is yes!

My little one and I watched a great video on Youtube from Dino Lingo in French.  It went nice and slow and even I could follow it. My little one thought it was fun too.  She was already asking if she could learn French. Dino Lingo French for Kids is a French language learning set where cartoon dinosaur characters introduce the most common 200 words and phrases in French. It includes 5 French learning DVDs and a French flashcard set. It is truly the #1 effective French teaching program for children.
Children can quickly learn and speak French, thanks to the award-winning lessons by Dino Lingo.

Dino Lingo French for Kids is an award-winning language teaching program pedagogically designed for small children. This program consists of 5 DVDs, 150 flash cards, posters, books and the parents guide. After watching the DVDs several times and playing with the flash cards, most children can easily name everyday objects and understand basic phrases in French. Dino Lingo French for Kids is suitable for all children between the ages of 2 to 7 years old.

Dino Lingo French for Kids learning program teaches the most common 200 French words and phrases in 5 DVDs.

DVD 1 -- Let's Count : Numbers and colors / 35 min.
DVD 2 -- Let's Eat : Food, fruit and vegetables / 35 min.
DVD 3 -- Let's Play : Toys, house items, vehicles / 35 min.
DVD 4 -- Let's Jump : Verbs, actions and nature / 35 min.
DVD 5 -- Let's Learn : Family, body parts, and clothes / 35 min.
Daily conversations and animals are included in all five DVDs.

Dino Lingo French learning flash cards teach the most common one hundred and fifty words in French. Each flashcard set comes in a small clear box contains 150 flash cards.

Flashcard set categories: Numbers, colors, food, fruit and vegetables, house items, body parts, family, clothes, vehicles and nature.
This picture dictionary has colorful photos of the most common 45 animals. Great to test your child's learning progress and play "spot and name."
Categories: Pets, farm animals, sea animals, wild animals, birds, insects and reptiles.
This poster has the most common forty five animal cartoon images.
Categories: Pets, farm animals, sea animals, zoo animals, birds, insects and reptiles.

Dino Lingo uses imaginative  and fun stories and makes
language learning fun.  It is unbelievable but your kids will learn a new language through interactive teaching techniques that incorporate fun play and stories that are perfect for any age.  Your children will be encouraged to start speaking in their new language so quickly you will be amazed.

Look at all the language choices available through Dino Lingo:

English | Spanish | Korean | Russian | Polish | Portuguese (Brazil) | Portuguese (European)
Japanese | Dutch | Swedish | Greek | Italian | Turkish | Chinese | Arabic
Finnish | Latin | Urdu | Tagalog (Filipino) | Vietnamese | Thai | Persian | French
German | Irish | Hebrew | Hindi | Hungarian | Bahasa (Indonesian) | Bulgarian

The Dino Lingo system uses a 3-Step process:

STEP 1:  Your child's imagination is captured quickly by cute dinosaur characters, bright animations, and fun songs – all perfectly designed to jump start kids learning.  Each language has12 original vocabulary songs to help kids to start speaking their new language fast.

STEP 2:  Dingo Lingo boosts children's confidence with each additional lesson they try out. Each lesson is simple and fun so the children quickly begin an natural process of learning a new language. The teaching process uses the top 200 words and phrases in each language so your child builds skills and words quickly!

STEP 3:  Dingo Lingo is a novel hands-on teaching method that makes learning fun. Kids get involved quickly since they see how fun it truly is to learn a language. They practice with  games, songs, and an fun repetition of past lessons to learn the new language.  kids are easily encouraged to speak and express themselves in their new language. It is such a natural way to teach a child a new language too!

You should check it out for yourself.

 Disclaimer:  I viewed this clip complimentary through Influenster.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Purdue Oven Ready Chicken Review

I have been a BzzAgent for a long time now and always get excited for new campaigns.  I love to share new and exciting products and ideas with all my friends and family and that includes you all too! The newest one is for Perdue Oven Ready Whole Seasoned Roaster.  BzzAgent generously shared with me a free coupon valued at up to $11.00 to try it out for myself. You can sign up on the Perdue website for updates and to get your own coupons but never know how long these offers are available for.  I was happy to read very clearly noted on the package that the chicken was fed an all vegetarian diet, given no animal by-products, and was raised cage free.  The packaging also states that no hormones or steroids are added.  It says “Open. Cook. Serve." on the package which is super for busy worknights!
I left the chicken in the cooking bag, as instructed and placed it in the pan to roast. That was sure easy enough for this busy working mama. I cut a 1 inch slit in the bag as I was also directed.  I preheated the oven to 400 degrees, and placed the pan in the oven and timed it for 90 minutes.  I ttossed in some freshly washed baked potatoes after about 1/2 hour too and cooked up some baby carrots with honey and a little squeeze of fresh lemon on the stovetop to accompany it.  The chicken looked beautiful after it was cooked.  It tasted great too!  I would definitely try this again for a busy work night or even a weekend dinner. It tasted good enough for company too.

There are 3 other products in this Purdue easy to make line:  Cornish game hens, a bone-in breast, and a boneless breast.  The bone-in breast is 3 lbs.  The Cornish game hen is 3.75 lbs.  The boneless breast is 1.75 lbs.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Savvy Sampler Fall 2012 from Naturally Savvy

What a thrill to find a large envelope full of exciting, new organic and green products to try!  That was my feeling a week ago when I opened up my package from NaturallySavvy and found a bunch of new goodies to discover.

Naturally Savvy lauched a sampler program a few years back and am I glad I joined. It has been an educational experience and I have found many products that I have become loyal to through them.  Andrea Donsky and Randy Boyer (the founders of NaturallySavvy) also wrote a great book, Unjunk Your Junk Food.  I reviewed it on my blog earlier this year and was so excited about it.  They really know their stuff and have some good ideas that are truly doable!  You can check the book out on Amazon....the  reviews are amazing and I agree. It is a great primer to start to eat healthier in 2013. Think Christmas gift....

So, I received a great package of items including Blue Diamond Almonds Baked Nut Chips with Sea Salt. They are wheat and gluten free which is great and they are also kosher dairy.  That covers a lot of concerns for many people. They are low fat and taste great.  There is minimal sugar and it is a fun way to add crunch to a salad or just eat as a little snack.  I love them and have been eating them for a while but it is always nice to get more of something you already love. I find them in Shop-Rite in my area.

Bio-K Plus Probiotic was also included. This is a unique probiotic that has a patented formula L. acidophilus CL1285 and L. casei LBC8OR.  All bacteria are 100% live.  The manufacturer tells us that Bio-K Plus contributes to good digestive health and supports the body's natural defenses. It also helps to promote natural flora in the intestines. It is also a gluten free product.  I find probiotics like these are easy to use and they really help your belly feel good every day.  They suggest that adults take 1/4-1 bottle of Bio-K fresh every day. Children can consume 1/4-1/2 bottle each day.  You can learn more at Bio-K. You can also call their 1-800-593-2465 to get additional information

SafSlim also included a sample packet. This is a BELLY FAT supplement. It is a Tangerine Cream Fusion flavor. It is a unique supplement, according the the manufacturer that targets the root causes of unsightly omentum fat, the fat that accululates in the belly region. *  It tasted great but I have to say I don't have any issues with belly fat.  It might work best if you combined it with a healthy diet and exercise regimen but you should consult with your physician before making any changes.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug administration.,  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Ecover included a nice sized sample of their Natural Dishwashing Liquid.  I love Ecover products and often use their dishwashing liquid and laundry detergent. They perform very well and are less irritating to sensitive skin too.  It has green tea extract to help remove odor. It is plant based and has mineral ingredients. It is totally biodegradable. It is safe for septic tanks too. It is never tested on animals. A little goes a long way too!

Something new that was also included was Pamela's Baking and Pancake Mix. It is also kosher dairy for those who are interested and it is a wheat free and gluten free pancake mix. It comes in 100g single serve packets so you can have hot, yummy pancakes anywhere. All you need to do is add an egg or egg equivalent, water and oil. I prefer to sub milk for the water to add more protein. You could use soy or rice milk too!  This made some yummy pancakes and it was super easy. Pamela's also makes cookies, biscotti, other sweet and savory baking mixes and frozen desserts. Check out Pamela's here.

Boots Number 7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream

Dove White Beauty Bar - 14/4.0 oz. - Dove (Google Affiliate Ad)

 Boots has some great products  called Beautiful Skin to help you have beautiful skin--what else?

  • The newest and easy to use two-step range of everyday skincare cleansers and moisturizers, tailored to your specific skin type eliminating the need for toners. Products are color-coded, making it easy to find just the right products for your skin type: Normal/Oily (Pink), Normal/Dry (Green) and Dry/Very Dry (Lilac) 
 It can't get any easier than this. They are lovely and luxurious too.

 Check them out and enjoy the discount up top when you go to Boots through 12/21!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Organic Valley Singles Sampling Party

I was excited to hear that our Moms group was chosen to participate through Green Moms Meet in a sampling party for Organic Valley American Singles.  Everyone was excited to try some of the samples and my home cooking!  I thought it would be fun to make some quesadillas since those are a family favorite in my house already.  They were a big hit with the kids and the adults. I put out toppings and dips like salsa, chives and sour cream to make them even more fun. 

Everyone really loved the flavor of Organic Valley and agreed it was healthier for the kids.  Many of my mom friends shop at Whole Foods and several had already been purchasing Organic Valley for a while. Others had not tried it but they were impressed. They agreed that it was a tasty option for school lunches and everyday snacking!

Organic Valley American Singles are made with milk produced from pasture-fed cows and are an excellent source of easily absorbed calcium, as well as a good source of protein, phosphorous, and riboflavin.

Organic Valley American Singles come from a block of mild, high-moisture, organic, Colby-style cheese, which is pre-sliced and ready to go for your convenience. The slices are easy to separate, too, thanks to 100% biodegradable slips of wax-parchment (instead of the individually plastic-wrapped slices other cheese manufacturers use).

Organic Valley American Singles are certified organic and made from milk produced without antibiotics, synthetic hormones or pesticides.

Organic Valley American Singles have 12 slices per 8-ounce package and retail for approximately $5.69.

Back in 1988, Organic Valley’s seven founding farmers believed America’s families deserved the best, most nutritious foods. Today, the more than 1,700 farm families of Organic Valley pledge to produce the highest quality organic foods. Their hard work has resulted in pasture-based organic milk products that deliver 128% more omega-3 fatty acids than natural and conventional milks. Organic Valley also offers award-winning milk, soy, cheeses, butter, spreads, creams, yogurt, eggs, produce, and juice.

Organic Valley American Singles are available at Whole Foods Market and other natural food stores, as well as many conventional grocery stores.  You can get connected with them on Facebook and Twitter

Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Donna Karan WOMAN fragrance collection-perfect for #Christmas

I recently discovered a beautiful new fragrance from Donna Karan thanks to my relationship with The Vogue Influencer Network.  I came home the other day to a wonderful surprise...a beautifully wrapped package with three generous size samples of Donna Karan WOMAN in my mailbox to try and share with friends! I always love surprises like this and who wouldn't?  It is a lovely scent perfect for fall.  It is a fascinating combination of creamy orange flower blended with the deeper scents of Haitian Vetiver and Sandalwood.  You have to try it for yourself. You can find out more at DONNAKARAN.  It is priced reasonably enough for a tiny splurge ranging from $45.00-$115.00.  Perfect for a Christmas gift or even a generous Secret Santa gift!

Discover the new fragrance inspired by all that a woman is. A fragrance created for women. By women. Feminine and sensual. The strength and softness of women is expressed through creamy notes of orange flower that delicately wrap the confident signature core of Haitian Vetiver and Sandalwood.

Disclaimer:  I received complimentary samples through Vogue Influencer Network and Donna Karan.  As always, all opinions are my own.

Littlest Pet Shop Viewing Party @HubTVNetwork The Hub

My little one was so excited that we were chosen to host an exclusive sneak peek Viewing Party for the newest series, "Littlest Pet Shop," from The Hub TV Network. It will be premiering on Saturday November 10th at 11am EST/8am PST. 
We received a wonderful box of goodies for all the guests including:
    • 10 Littlest Pet Shop Chap Sticks
    • 10 Brush/Mirror combos
    • 10 Masks with the strings
    • Littlest Pet Shop Screener DVD with Ep 101 &102 Blythe's Big Adventure Parts
The "Littlest Pet Shop" series introduces girls to young Blythe Baxter who moves to
an apartment in the big city with her dad above the Littlest Pet Shop.  It is an amazing
daycamp for pets of all kinds! There is a panda a gecko, and even a crazy little mongoose. I almost forgot about the hedgehog too.
The real adventure begins in the first episode when Blythe discovers she can actually talk with all the animals!  The pets are tiny, but their bigger than life personalities lead  to crazy pop music-inspired song and dance sequences. The second episode begins with the pets enlisting Blythe to help save the beloved Littlest Pet Shop from going out of business!  Blythe uses her fashion design skills to host a pet fashion show to try to save the day. That was also an exciting episode that the girls loved.

The animated  half-hour comedy series is produced by Hasbro Studios.  All of the guests  
really loved both episodes. We also received a bonus promo for the "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" premiere. They got very excited about that too.  We played the DVD's more than once while the girls applied and reapplied their
"Littlest Pet Shop" flavored Chapsticks and brushed and styled their hair. Of course there was plenty of primping with the mirrors too!  They horsed around with the "Littlest Pet Shop" masks too and just had a ball.    

We gathered some fun fashions and the girls created some outrageous outfits for Blythe's Fashion Show and took turns walking down the "runway" to some great tunes. The girls were dancing away all afternoon and then sat down for a craft activity called Minka's Masterpiece.  We gave them paints, paint brushses markers, crayons, pencils, glue, tape and some other things like pom poms along with paper. We let them go wild with creativity like Minka does and they came up with some pretty pieces of artwork.

They really enjoyed all the yummy snacks I provided including Sunil's Magically Disappearing Trail Mix (so easy to make with Cheerios, pretzels, mini marshmallows, raisins and chocolate chips!), Littlest Pet Shop Pink Lemonade (frozen lemonade concentrate blended with fresh watermelon chunks) and Chocolate Popcorn (mix chocolate chips with hot, fresh popcorn).    

I am sure this series is going to be a big hit for little girls. All the moms thought
it was so cute and fun.   The pets have very distinctive and sweet little voices and sayings. They love the word "like" and repeat it a lot.  I bet it will be all the rage in school in the coming weeks
Don't forget to tune it to The Hub TV network on Saturdays at 11am EST/8am PST and see for yourself. You can follow them on Twitter and Facebook too.

I received complimentary party supplies and DVD's through MommyParties.  The event was sponsored by “Littlest Pet Shop” and the Hub TV Network. As always, all opinions are my own.

Pinypon Party & Day of Fun #PinyponParty #Pinypon Party

We were so lucky to be chosen to host a MommyParties Pinypon event recently. My little one was so excited because she thought they were the cutest little dolls ever!  They are recommended for girls ages 4-7 years old. They really are super cute little dolls that let you to switch around the parts to make it truly your very own creation!  Each doll actually has two faces.  You can rotate her head and choose a little wig and you can even change the doll's expressions. You can remove her head and legs to make it easy to change outfits. The dolls also have several accessories like purses.  There are even hair bows so you can totally accessorize your little outfits.
 When the girls arrived for the party my little one was really great about sharing her Pinypons. She showed her friends how to work with the dolls and popped the heads and legs right off. She showed them the variations with the bows, outfits and purses. They loved all the little accessories and came up with several stories about Pinypons on vacation in their caravan and Pinypons going to school. They even incorporated our recent experience with Hurricane Sandy into their stories. It was so cute to see them enjoying the dolls and coming up with ideas too.
The set came with Pinypons and a caravan. The caravan itself comes with a bunch of accessories and stickers to decorate it which was a hit too. They had a lot of fun creating creating fun designs and coordinating the different sections for the decorations that wanted to doI was provided with an extra Pinypon caravan set as a raffle prize.  Our little neighbor Olivia was the winner.  She was so excited she was already asking her mom for Pinypons for Christmas to add to her collection!
We also got an extra party bonus...Nenuco Newborn Dolls pictured above. All the guests thought the Nenuco Newborn was so cute...they loved how she makes bubbles!  She takes the bottles, makes bubbles and wets just like a real baby.  She comes with the bottle and a little pink potty too.

After the girls played we let them decorate their own Fashion Makeover Cupcakes with lots of fun toppings.  I put out trays of colored sprinkles, white and milk chocolate chips, gummy bears, worms and gumdrops. They had a nice afternoon and it was great to spend some time with the moms too.

 You can see all the collections for yourself on the Pinypon and NunecoFamosa websites!  You can find also find Pinypon on Facebook and Twitter.  You can connect with NenucoFamosa on Facebook and Twitter as well. I always like to connect with my fave brands on social never know what kind of goodies they pass along to their followers!

I received complimentary products from NunecoFamosa through my relationship with MommyParties.  As always, all opinions are my own

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Softcup Giveaway and Review from our Mom Meetup

I had heard about Softcup before but had been hesitant to try it instead of tampons. I know similar devices have been around for a long time but...I don't me a chicken! It took GreenMomsMeet to get me to try it and really see the value. It actually is pretty easy to use and Softcup is a greener, simpler alternative to tampons and pads that can be worn for up to 12 hours during your period.
A flexible cup that’s worn internally around your cervix, Softcup works by collecting rather than absorbing menstrual flow. I know it sounds unusual and complicated but it really isn't. You truly don't feel it while you’re wearing it, and can enjoy any activity, including swimming, sports, and sleeping. Equally good, Softcup is not linked to Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) and does not cause dryness or irritation. That is a biggie! Safety is a primary concern for all of us.

I had already tried it a bunch of times since I first received my sample through GreenMomsMeet but I also was given an opportunity to share the concept and product with my Mom friends. We meet regularly anyway to support each other and I often enjoy sharing helpful hints and time-saving or useful products. We met up this past weekend and we talked about the convenience and ease of use with Softcup. Everyone got to check it out and a few of the ladies gave it a whirl too since it was that time of the month! The consensus was very positive and most of the girls said they would try it.

A Softcup 14-pack retails for $8 to $10; a reusable Softcup 2-pack retails for $6.19. You can find Softcup at Walmart Supercenters, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Kroger, Fred Meyer, Price Rite, Shop Rite, Harris Teeter, Wegmans, Duane Reade, Harmon, and Raley’s, as well as online at or  You can get 30% off Softcup right now on too!

See for yourself and let me know what you think!  You can also find out more about Softcup on their website, on Facebook or on Twitter.  Don't forget to enter to win your own 14 pack box of Softcup below! We have 3 prizes to give away! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms
MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the
manufacturer. As a Moms MeetSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and
post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the
opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.