Christmas is looming near… are you in the Christmas spirit yet?

Christmas is Looming Near

Are you in the Spirit Yet?

Christmas season is shortly upon us. Being as stores have had Halloween merchandise out on the shelves since the week after The Fourth of July. Thanksgiving is undoubtedly not far behind. Then the Christmas rush drops down and we scramble to get everything on that dreaded list.

Let us delve into the new and amazing gadgets, gizmos, toys and games that are hitting shelves this holiday season. If only to occupy our busy days with new and pretty things to distract us more from our ever changing and growing to-do list. Or ya know to make our loved ones happy or whatever the case may be for each of us.

Most of the things I will be searching for will be for my happy, bouncy, beautiful two year old daughter. Who, as much as the family room floor would like to differ, does not actually have every toy known to man woman or child.

Our favorite store to shop, especially during Christmas (a.k.a Black Friday)  is Target.They gave so many great deals. Then when you add Cartwheel (an app that I recommend highly) and the 5% savings with the RedCard, you make out like a bandit.

Second on our store list is (gasp!) Wal-Mart! Now, some people refuse to shop at Wal-Mart at all because they think it is to cheap and beneath them. But, if you do your research you can find a lot of great deals on some really good stuff. And, we don’t have the luxury to shop at the “nice” places/

And then, when we can’t find exactly what we are looking for we move on to our Amazon Prime account. Amazon is great for, well… pretty much anything. I bought a blog plannerand a bag of peach gummi candy in the same order. Progress.

So, without further ado… (whatever that means)… The list of Christmas presents… so far…

I always try to get one Big Christmas gift and a few small ones so it looks like a lot without breaking the bank.

Target:

Learning toys:

 

Melissa and Doug Shape Sorting Cube

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Includes 12 colorful shapes and a 3-D hardwood storage cube with removable lid.

 

Alex Toys Bop and Roll

 

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Little hands can grab and bop one of the three brightly colored balls into the hole on top of the base, then watch as it cascades down four levels of patterns and designs. Sturdy wood and convenient ball catch at the bottom ensure baby can keep the fun rolling along

 

Tiny Love Musical Stack and Ball Game

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When the balls are dropped into the cone, Baby is rewarded with flashing lights and music. The balls then come rolling out of the open shoot for time-and-time-again fun. The 4 colorful plush rings stack over the cone, creating a friendly elephant.

 

Kids Electronics:

Hot Dots Jr. Princess Fairy Tales Interactive

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Four 24-page, full-color illustrated storybooks with 11 early learning activities that develop readiness for school success
Hot Dots Jr. Magical Talking Wand lights up and has 17 speech and sound-effect responses

 

VTech Kidizoom Action Cam

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The Action Cam features a 1.4″ color LCD screen and can take regular videos and photos in addition to stop-motion videos and time-lapse photos. Your child can also explore their creativity with fun effects, frames and photo filters. They can download their photos and videos to a computer using the included micro USB cable and share them with family and friends. For even more fun, they can also play three exciting learning games.

 

Super Wings Remote Control Jett

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The easy-to-use controller is designed for little hands, so Super Wings fans can have fun re-enacting their favorite Jett missions from the popular TV show, or creating their own adventures! Requires 5 AAA batteries (not included). “Jett RC vehicle plus electronic lights & sounds Speedy forward motion and 360° spinning action Controller is easy-to-use and designed for little hands

 

 

Kid’s Bikes:

Radio Flyer Kids 4 in Trike

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The 4-in-1 Trike features safety features for the youngest riders, including removable wrap around tray with cup holder, and a 3-point harness. The trike has quiet ride tires and pedals that become footrests for early stages. The height-adjustable push handle and unique stroller-style canopy remove for older riders. The sturdy steel frame and adjustable seat ensure it will last for years.

 

YBIKE Extreme 2.0

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The new YBIKE Extreme 2.0 features new lightweight easy roll wheels and a lighter weight frame. Still equipped with solid rubber wheels

 

Dolls:

Baby Alive Super Snacks Snackin’ Sara Brunette

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She’s a sweet little doll who needs your daughter to make tasty snacks for her. Help her use the reusable doll food and shaping tools to make different kinds of snacks to feed her Snackin’ Sara doll. Then it’s changing time! The doll tells her when she’s hungry, sleepy, or full with phrases in English and Spanish, like “Is it snack time?” You’ll love watching your little girl learn about being a mommy with the Snackin’ Sara doll!

 

Honestly Cute 14″ My Sweet Toddler

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She’s a sweet doll with cute polka dot skirt and pink sweater. Lovely pig-tails that your little girl can brush and braid

 

Wal-Mart:

 

Learning Toys:

 

VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker

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Keeps baby on track teaching shapes, colors, animals, music and how to stand up

 

Disney Minnie Mouse Minnie’s Musical Mat

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Piano spot, music spot and memory game

 

Kidizoom Smartwatch DX

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Video camera with photo effects Voice recorder with voice-changing effects

 

Kid’s Electronics:

HAPPY`S PINK POODLE & CAR COMBO

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Amazing pets that really play with you. Includes 1 Happy’s Pet Poodle Lulu, 1 Happy’s Treat Wiggle Trick, 1 Sports Car

 

DigiBirds Bird With Bird Cage

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Experience the ‘tweet life with DigiBirds! These interactive, tabletop birds are full of animated movements and can sing up to 20 songs! Place your Digibird inside of its Bird Cage and use the included Whistle Ring to activate its singing.

 

FurReal Friends Lil’ Big Paws Snappy the Gator

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This Snappy the Gator toy is a funny pet who’s always good for a laugh! He’s looking for a snack, too. Press his tummy make his mouth chomp! Luckily, he comes with his favorite treat, a crab cake. Feed him his treat and he’ll make happy, funny eating sounds.

 

Kid’s Bike’s:

12″ Schwinn Roadster Trike

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The classic Schwinn trike’s sturdy construction features an extra-low center of gravity frame that helps prevent children from tipping. This Schwinn tricycle will not only provide transportation, but valuable lessons in riding and balance.

 

KaZAM Balance Bike,

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Step-through frame allows for easy on/off, and KaZAM’s patented foot platform sets our balance bikes apart. Our footrest is in a natural position, similar to where they’re feet would be if coasting on a pedaled bike. Having a foot platform that is both comfortable and functional helps kids find their center of gravity. KaZAM balance bikes offer a better alternative to training wheels! With KaZAM, kids learn at their own pace without fear of falling.

 

Kid’s Dolls:

 

Lil’ Cutesies 10″ All-Vinyl Standing Toddler Doll

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The Lil’ Cutesies Standing Toddler Doll will make a sweet addition to your child’s toy collection with its adorable design. This figure has a cute compact size that makes it easy for your little one to take with them on the go. Each sweetly sculpted all-vinyl doll has those chubby cheeks, pudgy little wrinkles and rolls just where you love them most. It features a delightful expression and a cute little caterpillar both on her pink fabric dress and pretend hair tie.

 

MSL 12″ Baby and Rocking Crib with Sounds

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he MSL 12″ Baby and Rocking Crib With Sounds can give your little one a creative option for playing mommy to a little one. With its soft construction, it will cuddle with your child anytime they want.

 

16″ Toddler Doll, Caucasian with Red Outfit

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Your little one will love to play pretend with this doll. Featuring rooted hair and eyes with lashes, the doll comes with a removable dress for hours of fun dress up.

 

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Learning Toys:

The Learning Journey

Match It! Spelling

 

 

This colorful set of three-letter and four-letter puzzle cards provides children with an introduction to spelling They can learn to spell by associating the object with the word and correctly assembling the puzzle pieces The puzzles are self-correcting – only cards with the correct sequence will fit together Match It! Spelling is a fun and easy way to learn this necessary skill 

 

Learning Resources

Gears! Gears! Gears!

Get “little engineers” building with this perfect beginning set that fosters imagination and provides opportunities to design and build structures while experimenting with simple mechanics and science Supports STEM by introducing children to sorting, grouping, counting, designing, constructing, and putting physics into play with spinning gear movement; learning gets more intricate as children’s abilities advance Boosts fine motor skills while promoting reasoning and problem solving as children create moving experiments with spinning, colorful action

 

VTech Touch and Learn Activity Desk

 

Activity table features an interactive desktop and four double-sided cards that introduce numbers, letters, animals, music, people and more Innovative learning table allows you to flip up the kids’ table and create a masterpiece using the easel or chalkboard.

 

Kid’s Electronics:

 

VTech InnoTab Max Kids Tablet

 

 

Children’s tablet combines the best of both learning worlds; features an ever-expanding library of over 650 educator-supported learning cartridges and educational Android apps It tablet has an adaptable design with a tough, kid-friendly cover that can be removed for a more grown-up feel; ever-expanding selection of hand-picked Android learning apps that are perfect for kids of all ages

 

Best Choice Products Kids Electronic Toy Drum Set with Adjustable Sing-along Microphone and Stool

 

 

Volume adjustment knob allows kids to play the toy in either a soft or loud noise environment Drum set contains a bass drum, left and right snare drum, microphone, and a cymbal

 

Babrit Wireless Remote Control Smart Dog Electronic Pet

 

Multipurpose smart dog-Amazing gift for kids and he will be a great friend of your kids. Unique sounds: Different sounds show different emotions.Enjoying the great happiness of playing with the dog.

 

 

Kid’s Bikes:

Huffy Girl’s Disney Princess Bike

 

 

Wide training wheels for added stability The 12 inch Disney Princess features an enchanted doll carriage which is removable for more playtime and holds assorted dolls Princess tires and grips feature hearts and crowns for a royal look.

 

Smart Gear Wooden Smart Balance Kids Bike

 

 

KID FRIENDLY – Riding Toy with: Rugged Tires, Stable Wheel Base for Safety RIDE – Ride All Day With the Comfort of a Cushioned Leatherette Seat UNIQUE – Handle Available to Carry the Kids Toy Around From One Location to the Next with Ease GREAT QUALITY – Outdoor Bike with Easy Assembly. Cool Toy! CHILD SAFETY – Renewable Birch Wood Construction and Non-Toxic Building Materials; Recommended For Ages Two Years Old and Up

 

 

Kid’s Dolls:

My First Disney Princess Sofia Toddler Doll

 

 

Meet Sofia, the Princess of Enchancia! Sofia is the only Princess with a magical amulet that lets her speak to the animals in the kingdom Join Sofia on royal adventures to discover magical fun and friendship!

 

Little Mommy Princess and The Potty Doll

 

 

It’s time to celebrate a major milestone-Potty Training Doll gives girls nurturing, role-play and make-believe fun Features realistic silly sounds and giggly phrases

 

Little Mommy Baby So New Doll

 

This soft and cuddly newborn is all dressed up and ready for her first outing! Doll represents a unique style personality All she needs is a little mommy to take care of her

 

 

These are the things I have been looking at for my daughter for this Christmas. But, as I do every year I’m sure my list will change when the Black Friday Sale ads come out.

It is always a good strategy to have an idea of what you would like to buy for the people on your Christmas list. Hopefully my list will help you out a little bit.

The holiday season is always a very stressful time. But, it is also the season for giving, so remember to be nice to each other 🙂 Merry Christmas season!

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Merry early Christmas!!!

Wishing all of you a great weekend!

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy

Motivation and inspiration for every day life of everyone

Motivation and Inspiration for every day life:

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Ever since I was very young I have always taken comfort in quotes and sayings from others. My earliest memory of this is when my grandmother was speaking of growing older. I had never thought of the subject before then and was very curious. I asked her if she missed her younger days. Her answer to me was quite simple. She said, “Age is a matter of mind, If you don’t mind it doesn’t matter”. I’ve carried that with me and have used it several times in my life so far.

Years later as I recall, my mom was comforting me after a particularly upsetting day. I do not remember what was so upsetting at the time, but I’m sure it was horrible in my mind at that age. She said to me that day, and on so many other occasions when I was upset. “This to shall pass”, meaning, no matter how difficult it may seem at the time, the pain will go away and you will be happy again. She still uses that with our family to this day and I’m sure it is as comforting to the rest of them as it still is to me.

Today I want to share some more quotes and sayings that help me through some tough times. Being a stay at home mom is a lot of fun but it does get frustrating and difficult at times. These sayings and quotes help a lot and also just put a smile on my face.

Quotes and Sayings from some great people-

 

Ruth Gordon said:

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“Courage is like a muscle, we strengthen it with use”

Virginia Woolf said:

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“If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people”

Rosalene Glickman Ph. D. said:

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“Every situation is an opportunity to do your best”.

Fred Devito said:

motivation to CHANGE

“If id doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you”.

Wilma Rudolph said:

reward

“The reward is not so great without the struggle”.

Wayne Dyer said:

choice

“Be miserable or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, its always your choice”.

Zig Ziglar said:

success

“The real opportunity for success lies within the person and not in the job”.

Jim Rohn said:

RUNTHEDAY

“Either you run the day or the day runs you”.

Motivation through inspiration-

“It’s not about being perfect. It’s about effort. And when you bring that effort every single day, that is where transformation happens. That is how change occurs”.

-Jillian Michaels

As I said in the beginning quotes have been a big part of my life for so long. I hope these inspire and motivate you as much as they have for me.

What are some of the quotes or sayings that have helped you through your life? Are there any mantras that help you when you are going through tough times? Please share them with me in the comments.

Thank you for reading and I hope you come back again. Have a wonderful day!

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy

Giveaway

I am doing a giveaway on my facebook page Allie’s Mommy Blog. It is not very mommy specific but I think it’s a great book and a lot of people will enjoy it. I am giving away a copy of YouTuber Shane Dawson’s new book It gets Worse. He is a very funny, very interesting person. Check him out Here. He is very free speaking so if you do not like things like that this is not for you. That is okay though because I have many other things for you to enjoy in the future 🙂

Click the link to get to the giveaway 🙂

Shane Dawson It Get’s Worse

 

 

Pinterest… Very very Pinteresting… I must say

Pinterest…. Very Very Pinteresting… I must say!

My intro’s to my blog posts are seriously lacking in originality and fun. <—– (exhibit A)

 

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Pinterest and my lack of pinning knowledge and/or ability…

I am trying so hard to get more into Pinterest so that I can get more traffic to my blog. I do love looking around and saving pins from other really great people I follow. My problem is, doing the work to pin relevant images and descriptions that will efficiently promote my posts. I have so much work to do in general to get myself on a social media schedule.

So, that being said; I would like to share some pinners that I have found and love their design and way of doing things along with their information.

I chose a few categories just to get a somewhat layered representation of different topics. But, these women have so much more going on than just one subject. Please do go check them out when you are finished reading here 🙂

 

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I am listing 3 pinners in each category:

 

Reading:

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Bookbub

Anything Bookish

Smart Mom Ideas

Cooking:

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Ask Anna

Mess for Less

Butter with a side of Bread

Moving house:

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Listotic

House Logic

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Children:

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Mom Junction

Sunshine and Hurricanes

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Preschool:

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The Measured Mom

One Beautiful Home

Liz’s Early Learning Spot

 

Blogging Moms:

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WFHH: Work from home happiness

Living for Naptime

Smart Moms Smart Ideas

 

 

Now I have some homework for you, while I study these great pinners for inspiration. I would like to ask you a few questions.

How do you organize your pins?

What would be your biggest tip in regards to pinterest?

and…

Do you have any helpful suggestions on Social Media platforms in general?

 

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Thank you so much for reading and helping, it means so much to me!

Have an incredibly amazing day 🙂

 

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Kristen

Allie’s Mommy 😛

 

 

 

 

 

Twitter has gotten me all atwitter: Mom-isms from Twitter

Twitter has gotten me all atwitter!

Twitter…

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Today I want to explore some of the silliness on Twitter. Mostly from mom bloggers who have very interesting things to say about their children and life in general.

These ladies are super funny and also very talented in all aspects of blogging and life.

I highly recommend following them 🙂

Before we get into those, let’s have a little history of Twitter…

Twitter is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called “tweets”. Registered users can read and post tweets, but those who are unregistered can only read them. Users access Twitter through the website interface, SMS or mobile device app. Twitter Inc. is based in San Francisco and has more than 25 offices around the world.

The site was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone, and Noah Glass and launched in July 2006. The service rapidly gained worldwide popularity, with more than 100 million users posting 340 million tweets a day in 2012. The service also handled 1.6 billion search queries per day. In 2013, it was one of the ten most-visited websites and has been described as “the SMS of the Internet”. As of March 2016, Twitter has more than 310 million monthly active users.

On with the tweeting…

I would like to start with a few that I have already re-tweeted in the past few days. Then I will move on to finding more to share.

Tweeting and motherhood:

 

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Thank you for bearing with me through my silliness 🙂

I hope you are having a wonderful day and enjoy your weekend!!!

 

 

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shimmer and Shine: Nanananananana! Review

Shimmer and Shine: Nanananananana!

 

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Today is going to be another (the last) installment of the children’s show reviews. This time I am going to review another one of Allie’s favorites. Shimmer and Shine!

Shimmer and Shine is a young children’s show about a young girl who luckily finds a genie bottle and gets these two super adorable twin genies-in-training who always seem to mess up her wishes. They ultimately figure it out by working together to solve the problems that her 3 wishes couldn’t help them to solve.

 

CORE CAST:

 

Shimmer– An optimistic genie with blue eyes and pink hair. She is enthusiastic and encouraging. She loves cleaning, glitter, and collecting genie bottles. Her favorite color is pink

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Shine– A courageous genie with purple eyes and blue hair. She is an animal lover and is often hungry. Unlike her sister, she dislikes cleaning. Her favorite color is blue

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Leah– A blonde girl with green eyes. She is best friends with Shimmer and Shine.[6] Although Shimmer and Shine usually mess up her wishes, Leah is patient and forgiving with them.

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Zac– Leah’s neighbor and close friend. In the first season, he is oblivious to the fact that Leah has genies. Whenever something strange or unusual happens, he responds to it in a carefree manner. He also has a habit of telling humorous experiences he has had to Leah

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Tala– Shimmer’s pet gibbon monkey. She has green eyes and wears white pearls like Shimmer does.

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Nahal– Shine’s white Bengal tiger cub. She wears pink jewels and a gold circlet, like Shine does.

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RECURRING CHARACTERS:

 

Rocket– Zac’s pet dog. His tendency to drool and chew on things often causes trouble. He has encountered Shimmer, Shine, Tala and Nahal at various times

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Mr. Crab – A hermit crab who claimed Zac’s Dream Shell in “Ahoy, Genies!” and was referred to as Claude by Zac. He refused to give up his shell to Zac and even manages to beat Zac in a staring contest for ownership of it.

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Kaz A genie in training who lives in Zahramay Falls who appears in Season 2 as Zac’s genie.

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Princess Samira – he ruler of Zahramay Falls, who is in charge of checking up on all the genies in training. She can grant wishes along with the younger genies. She occasionally rewards genies with magic Genie Gems that produce a variety of magical effects depending on the type of gem.

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Roya– Princess Samira’s pet peacock, who resides in her palace.

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Zeta the Sorceress- A resident of Zahramay Falls who wishes to be the most powerful person in Zahramay Falls (more powerful than any genie) and is the series first antagonist. Unlike most of the residence of Zahramay Falls, Zeta is a Sorceress instead of a genie, as she has no desire to grant the wishes of others. Her plans are almost always thwarted by Shimmer, Shine, and Leah.

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Nazboo– Zeta’s pet dragon, who caters to her every need and acts as Zeta’s underling. She is somewhat clumsy and often accidentally causes Zeta’s schemes to backfire. She can also get easily distracted by food and/or anything that piques her interest. She also enjoys getting occasional tummy rubs from Zeta.

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PLOT:

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The first season takes place in the human world and focuses on a young girl named Leah, who is friends with a pair of twin genies in training named Shimmer and Shine. Leah’s genies grant her three wishes every day, but they often mess up. Each episode features Leah working together with her genies to solve the problems they inadvertently cause, all while keeping Shimmer and Shine a secret from her next-door neighbor Zac.

In the second season, the characters are transported to Zahramay Falls, a magical land where Shimmer and Shine live. Leah reveals her genies’ existence to Zac, who is given a genie of his own named Kaz. Shimmer and Shine continue to grant Leah wishes in Zahramay Falls and befriend the sovereign of the land, Princess Samira. The season also includes Samira’s pet peacock, Roya; Zeta, a villainous sorceress; and Zeta’s dragon, Nazboo.

 

 

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Doing this review was a lot of fun. I actually find myself getting lost in the silliness of these two lovable genie’s-in-training.

Until, next week I bid you farewell. Have a wonderful hump day! Enjoy your family 🙂

Hope I didn’t bore you to much.

This week’s question: If you had to pick one house chore to never do again, what would that chore be and why?

Thanks for reading!!!

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy

 

 

 

 

 

Consciousness on the fly, what more can I say

Stream of Consciousness…. on the fly…. I have no other words…

 

First of all, I am going to apologize in advance for this post.

Reasons:

  1. I did not prepare for this post at all
  2. I am going to jump around to so many different topics
  3. I am not in a great mood so this might get dark
  4. My head hurts
  5. Some other reasons that I may or may not explain in a later post

Crazy……

consciousness is a stream of crap

 

The News:

The crap that is going on in America these last few months is appalling! I can not even imagine how the families are dealing with the loss of their loved ones.

I am livid!!! Something has got to be done to educate these police officers better. I don’t know what else could be the problem other than lack of knowledge on how to properly handle a situation. Whether it be to deescalate or to know when someone is actually a threat.

Right now I don’t know all of the information about all of the cases but I do know that most of the people who were killed were not armed, therefor should not have been shot at all. Whether they had a record is irrelevant. The system is set up so each person gets their fair trial. These people were not given that chance.

This situation will never resolve itself until everyone admits that we have a problem!

I have no words for this.

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Weather:

For the moment,  just want to make a statement on this weather we are experiencing here in Pennsylvania. It is so damn hot I can’t even take Allie outside to play in the backyard. What the heck mother nature?!!!???!

Moving on…

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Life:

I don’t know what to say about this in particular. A lot of things going on are very private right now. But, I know in the future they will be in a post anyway. For right now I am not comfortable saying anything.

On another note Allie has been so cute lately. Its like she takes in everything she sees and repeats it in the cutest way possible.

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Example:

The other night we went over Daddy’s brother’s/and wife’s house to visit. Allie loved the marble floor so much that she was tip toeing and tapping around laughing and having a great time. Then she saw the bathroom and said “Mommy go pee-pee?” We all died laughing. Then right as we were about to leave she says, “So guys, I’ll see you another time!” with a huge smile on her face. She had never said that before 🙂

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Giveaway:

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In the next few days I will be doing a giveaway on my Facebook page. I am giving away Shane Dawson’s new book that just came out. It gets Worse.

More info on my FB page Allie’s Mommy Blog https://www.facebook.com/alliesmommy7/

Shane is a hilarious YouTube star whom I absolutely love. I cant explain to you how amazing he is, you’ll have to go check him out for yourself. (Warning: he is off the cuff and somewhat vulgar so beware).

https://www.youtube.com/user/shane/featured

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Let’s put some more happy in this:

 

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I need this especially this week.

 

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Love this quote and the image is cute as well 🙂

 

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Every problem is an opportunity… very positive 🙂

 

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Save the drama for your mama 🙂 (sorry in a silly mood now)

 

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The road is long and winding but if you relax and enjoy the ride the destination no longer matters.

 

Information for the very near future of my blog:

I am going to be posting only one post a week. I have chosen Wednesday. I made this choice because I would like to be able to concentrate on a post and make it the best it can be instead of trying to cram two posts in a week and have mediocre content.

I am working on building my subscribers and making new and interesting newsletters for all of my readers. Hopefully, I can accomplish what I want to do fairly quickly.

Thank you so much for reading and being here for me.

Any advice you could give for interesting content within the Sahm/Homemaker niche would be great. Also, anything you would like to know about. Any ideas would be great.

Also, I could answer any questions you might have pertaining to being a first time SAHM.

Have a great day!!!

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy 😛

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Umizoomi Review: Should your child watch

Team Umizoomi Children’s Show Review:

 

Team Umizoomi is a children’s show on Nick Jr. where this super alien team helps children, around Umi City, solve everyday problems with their tiny superpowers.

Let me just say first before I get into this review that Allie loves Team Umizoomi so very much. At first, I didn’t like this show at all. It was so far-fetched and silly with these mini-aliens and their friend robot. who also drove around in a car that could talk to them. But, now I find myself walking around the house singing their silly theme songs.

 

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Let’s just get right into this….

Team Umizoomi first aired on Nick Jr. back in 2010 on January 25. They are Mini mighty math superheroes coming to save the day. They use preschool concepts of counting, measurement, shapes, patterns and comparisons to teach the viewer math skills.

 

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Each episode consists of a few or all of the following:

  • A task or quest to complete, in order to assist a child in need. Doing this requires smaller tasks along the way. There are sometimes unforeseen difficulties that must be dealt with to proceed. They generally involve math reasoning with patterns, sequences, counting, geometric shapes, and other age appropriate math skills.
  • They almost always “break the fourth wall” where the characters on screen communicate directly to the child viewing the show and encourage them to participate to help solve the problem.
  • A mixture of live action and animation. The team and the surroundings are animated, but the person being helped is often a real child, or even an adult. In the city or other crowd scenes, other real people are shown in the background. In comparison, the team is less than a foot tall.
  • Once the main problem has been completed, the team sings a song and performs a dance called the crazy shake which involves shaking and wiggling back and forth quickly.

In some episodes, a simple explanation is given of an everyday process. Such as, how milk gets from farm to market, or how packages are sorted at the post office.

 

Core Cast consists of:

Milli: A 6-year-old super alien who can use pattern power to solve problems

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Geo: Milli’s 8 year old brother, who can use shapes to build things they might need to solve the problem

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Bot:His abilities are more functional than math-related. His arms and legs can be extended to reach things, by saying “Arms Extendo” or “Legs Extendo” Sometimes “Jaw EXTENDO!”. He has a small receiver (like a satellite dish) on his head to receive calls (called the Umi Alarm). He also has a screen on the front (called a “Belly Belly Belly Screen”) that they can view videos/pictures on as well as have a video call with someone who needs their help. He also has a storage compartment on the back of his body, called a Bot-o-mat, which frequently is carrying whatever the team happens to need.

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The Trouble makers: Their only goals in life are to cause havoc, chaos, and trouble in Umi City, as well as defeat Team Umizoomi. They have a secret weapon called the Trouble Ray, which fulfills their malicious trouble making ways

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Door mouse: he always seems to be around to hinder things even further when there is a locked door or something in the way

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Umicar: the talking car that drives team Umizoomi around Umi City

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This show is very educational and teaches helpful skills for children. Not just the math skills, but sharing, caring and safety as well.

 

I actually enjoy this show. It is only annoying because kids shows these days don’t seem to update very often. I’ve watched the same episodes of a few different shows for about 2 weeks now. But, Allie doesn’t seem to mind. She loves watching the shows no matter what episode it is at the time.

 

In conclusion, I think this show is very good for children around 2 to 4 who are just picking up on some skills. Allie is 2 and she has learned so much from just the short time she has been watching Team Umizoomi.

Now here are some coloring pages for you to print out and give to your Umizoomi loving child 🙂

 

http://www.coloring-book.info/coloring/coloring_page.php?id=292

 

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If your little one loves Team Umizoomi as much as Allie does I have a great deal for you.

I am planning on buying this for Allie this Christmas and I highly recommend it.

 

 

 

Hope you have a wonderful day!

 

Kristen

 

Allie’s Mommy 😛