Oct272013

VTech Innotab 3, The Learning App Tablet GIVEAWAY!

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*UPDATED to add a giveaway! See bottom of this post

Recently, my daughter and I were provided a sample (from VTech) to review the new VTech Innotab 3 Learning Tablet, and it couldn’t have come at a better time! My daughter has gone through some serious dental work lately, so we’ve been relying on the VTech Innotab 3 to keep her quiet, entertained and educated while we’ve had some long waits at the dentist’s office.

The Innotab 3 is a learning app tablet, that literally has hundreds of uses!

My daughter was so excited, she couldn't wait for me to take a pic to open it!

My daughter was so excited, she couldn’t wait for me to take a pic to open it!

There’s a 180° rotating camera and video recorder that will keep your kiddos entertained for HOURS by letting them edit photos, special effects and more! This has to be my daughter’s favorite use, because she loves making movies of herself and friends with it. The fact that it rotates is something I love, because she’s not always asking me to hold the camera 😉 With the camera, there’s also the WonderCam which can add funny faces, frames, backgrounds and crazy effects to any of your photos! With 55 different effects, your child will have a blast!

The art studio brings out even more creativity within your child, by letting them “paint”, draw, color, and using stickers to decorate their masterpieces! M loves to use the art studio when she’s having quiet time. It’s a great app for the car, or when you’re waiting for a table at your favorite restaurant!

Kiddo playing quietly, while we had a one-hour wait!

Kiddo playing quietly, while we had a one-hour wait!

The built-in E-reader with Story Dictionary really helps your budding reader! They can read interactive e-books that you can download from the Learning Lodge, and learn the meanings of words with the built-in story dictionary. This is something we love to do together, where we can talk about the story once she’s finished reading. I’ve noticed a significant improvement in my daughter’s reading comprehension after using the Innotab 3 for a couple weeks. Parents can also track their child’s progress in the Learning Lodge as well.

And of course, there are games! Using motion, sound and touch, your child can use the D-Pad and stylus (an extra one is even included!) to add to fun! My Magic Beanstalk is a really fun game included, where you have to “grow” your beanstalk with magic! It’s a favorite, and I found myself playing with it AFTER my kiddo went to bed!

You can also download several of your favorite character games and books through the Learning Lodge (there’s over 350 apps available!)! We’ve found Disney Planes, Monsters University and even BRAVE related apps!

The Innotab 3 also comes with MP3 player, Notes, Calendar, Clock, Calculator (a must-have for my math-obsessed 2nd grader) and Friends List apps.

When you register your VTech Innotab 3 in the Learning Lodge, you also receive a one-year limited warranty, and 1 free download (some restrictions apply).

To find out more, you can also visit VTech on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Want to win one of your own? Simply answer #1 or all of the following (optional), leaving a comment for each. The winner will be chosen on Wednesday, November 6th at 10:00am EST, just in time for the holidays!

MANDATORY:

1) Tell me why you think the Innotab 3 is the perfect fit for the special child in your life!

OPTIONAL:

2) Like Vtech on Facebook

3) Like DomesticDebacle on Facebook

3) Follow VtechToys on Twitter

4) Follow DomesticDebacle on Twitter

5) Share this post on any social media outlet, leaving the link in the comment (ex. Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest)

Thanks for being a Domestic Debacle reader, and good luck!

 

 

 

 

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Oct162013

Wordless Wednesday: The Orchard

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Oct92013

Disney’s Cinderella

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Just in case you haven’t seen it yet- here’s the first still!

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Oct92013

How To Find The Best Spa For You

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What could be better than going to a spa while you’re on vacation? Spa vacations are the ultimate form of relaxation, but if you’re unfamiliar with the area you’re vacationing you might have trouble finding the perfect spa for you and your particular needs. No matter where you are, there are a few basic rules you can stick to when it comes to finding a spa retreat.

Know What you Want
There are several different types of spas, including destination spas and health spas. Once you’ve read more about the different kinds of spas, you’ll be able to narrow down your decisions. Which spas cater to the types of services that you’re looking for? Are the spas relatively close to where you’re staying? Are they within your budget? Honestly answering these questions is the best way to find the perfect spa and not blow your entire vacation budget.

Where to Look
Your best bet is online where you can narrow down your search to find all the amenities and brands you’re looking for in one place. Livelovespa.com destination spa search lets you filter out spas that have exactly what you are looking for. Besides looking online, you can also ask the hotel concierge if they have any suggestions to make for guests who are on resort spa vacations. The spa you’re looking for might not be as widely advertised or easy to find as you might like, so you should always ask around. If the hotel has a display of brochures, you’ll want to check those as well to see if you can find any good prospects. If there’s an upscale part of town where you’re staying, that could also be a good starting point to start searching for spas.

What you Need to Know about Spas
Your decision to go to a spa while on vacation might be a spur of the moment decision. There are a few things that you should know before you go to a spa so that you can fully enjoy your experience.
In a traditional spa resort, you’ll most likely have to pay for your spa treatments individually rather than having them all included as a package. If you don’t plan on buying a spa treatment, there’s a chance that you might have to pay an entry fee. If you’re looking to get in some exercise and a workout at the spa, you’ll be better off looking for a destination spa as opposed to a spa resort. Even though spa resorts might have exercise classes, they might not have the variety or the pricing that you’re looking for. Families that are looking to spend time at a spa should try their luck at large spa resorts since they have a better variety of amenities and activities that are perfect for everyone.
If you’re checking out a hotel and they say that they have a spa, ask them just what kind of spa that they have. Ask how large the spa is, the activities and services that are offered and the amenities that they have. You never know when a so-called spa is nothing more than a hot tub or a room with a set of weights and one treadmill. Know what you’re getting into before you pay any money.
Resort spa vacations are the perfect getaway for groups, single travelers and families. Before you relax and enjoy yourself, do your due diligence so that you can fully enjoy yourself on your vacation and at the spa.

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Oct62013

Welch’s “Share Your Moments” photo contest! #MC #sponsored

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Welch’s. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

My family and I love sharing “what’s good” moments around our dinner table every night. It’s tough to carve out the time to do it, but it’s important that we make time as a family to share what was good about our day. We take turns discussing the days events, being sure to really emphasize what we found good about the day. Sometimes we need a reminder of what’s good and that’s where Welch’s is encouraging us to do so! By sharing our moments on Instagram with @Welchs, @Welchs on Twitter, and Welch’s on Facebook using the hashtag #sharewhatsgood. Recently, I shared a photo of my daughter’s birthday on Instagram (@DomesticDebacle)- which I really consider “sharing my good moment”!

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How do you #sharewhatsgood ?

From Welch’s:

Welch’s believes in the magic of “kitchen table” moments, and has been helping families enjoy them for generations! In the time it takes to drink a glass of juice or share a sandwich, a special moment can happen. That’s why Welch’s just launched a new movement called “Share what’s good™” It’s all about sharing those special moments that occur each day with family, friends and loved ones – whether it’s at home or on the go. At Sharewhatsgood.com you’ll find a variety of great content from fun family ideas to delicious recipes. You can share photos of your every-day moments and see how others are doing the same.

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Some details about the contest:

As part of the Share what’s good campaign, Welch’s has launched the “Share Your Moments” photo contest! From 9/16 to 10/25 upload a photo of your favorite family moment for a chance to win $5,000! While there is only one grand prize, everyone who enters will get a $1.50 coupon for Welch’s 100% Grape Juice – or $2.00 if you share the news. Visit Sharewhatsgood.com to enter.

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