BeGreen with Green and Organic T-Shirts

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Amber Sorrells, from Easy Green Mom, is one of my favorite mommy bloggers.  She has turned to crowd funding source, Kickstarter, for her new Eco-friendly company, Be Green T, an organic and green t-shirt that sends a message.  BeGreen T shirts are made with high quality and Eco-friendly materials.  Even the hang tags and shipping supplies will be made from recycled materials.

 “Lets spread the Green message via T-shirt!”

 

  • All shirts are printed on 100% Organic Cotton, which is super soft.
  • Water-based inks that are more environmentally-friendly than traditional inks used.
  • Manufactured by a certified B Corporation and 100% made in the USA.
  • Unique, simple, modern and stylish designs that send a message.
  • Portion of profit will be donated to Giving Diapers, Giving Hope, a non-profit organization that provides education, support and cloth diapers to low income families in the continental United States.

 

Be Comfortable, Be Stylish, Be Green!

I had the special privilege of receiving one of the first BeGreen T’s.  It is so luxuriously soft!  Organic cotton really does feel softer and makes for better clothing.  That’s why I’m supporting this kickstarter!

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 Backers of the BeGreen T campaign will receive great rewards; BeGreen T stickers, an Exclusive BeGreen T shirt for Kickstarter, pre-order of shirts, and voting power of shirt designs released!   

The Kickstarter campaign runs from September 15 until October 14, and funding is “all or none” meaning if the $2500 goal is not reached the project will not be funded.

 Visit to see full details of BeGreen T’s Kickstarter campaign Here.

Sign up to support this awesome project!  And check out one last great, green t-shirt for all of you cloth diapering mommies:

 

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Read “Treasury of Bible Stories: Rhythmical Rhymes of Biblical Times” with Your Children

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I treasure the times that our family can read together.  It is one of the most special times of the day.  Often, I miss out on bedtime with the older two because I am putting Baby Brother to bed, but when I do get to do the nightly routine with the boys, we love to read a Bible story together.  Sometimes the Captain will read a page and then me, and then Daddy, all taking turns.  The boys love to hear stories from the Bible, especially Joshua and the battle of Jericho.  We have loved reading the Treasury of Bible Stories by Kelly Pulley.

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The Treasury of Bible Stories is a rhyming Bible storybook that has playful, engaging, vibrant pictures that are fun to explore.  It is important to note that the treasury isn’t word for word Bible verses, but Kelly has taken timeless Bible stories and reworded them into fun rhymes.  This is very educational for the boys so they can predict what word is coming next.

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From “A Silly-Sounding Plan:  The Dizzying Tale of Joshua at Jericho,” based on Joshua 1-6:
Though the plan sounded silly, the people obeyed,

because God always did as He said.

So all of the priests got in place in the line

with armed guards in the rear and ahead.

Then they marched around Jericho once every day,

and repeated – six days in a row.

On day number seven, they made seven trips

when they finally heard trumpets blow.”

Each Bible story is told in a whimsical way that holds the boys’ attention.  They have heard most of these stories before, but the author presents them in a way that is new and fun and makes the stories come alive!  They relate to the characters in the stories and see how God had His hand in all of their stories.  I highly recommend this book for anyone with children who love to learn about the Bible and picture what it was like in Bible times.

 

Visit Christian Book to purchase this book for birthdays, Christmas, or just because.

We are giving away a copy of this great book!  Enter to win a copy of “Treasury of Bible Stories” for a child you know!

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Stability in Uncertain Times: Why Life Insurance Is Necessary

This life insurance post was brought to you by Savings Bank Life Insurance.  All opinions are mine.

Why Life Insurance Is Necessary

Parents never stop worrying about making the best future possible for their children.  We try to give them the best education and opportunities so they can succeed in life.  What is commonly overlooked, however, is making sure they are financially taken care of.  It seems we all work hard for the present, but give little thought to our financial futures.  Maybe we don’t think it’s possible to spare another dollar right now, but having life insurance is very necessary to create stability for your children in uncertain times.

Why Life Insurance is Necessary:

 

  • if anyone is dependent on your income, a life insurance policy is crucial
  • gives you peace of mind to know that your dependents are taken care of
  • you can “borrow” the cash to use as you see fit (whole life insurance)
  • the cost of replacing all that you do is more than you think (daycare, chauffeuring kids, putting kids through college, taking care of older family members, etc)
  • eliminates stress and worrying

 

Many companies provide life insurance for their employees, but what about those that are self-employed, not employed, or their company doesn’t provide life insurance?  Life insurance is less expensive than you think and it’s important to have the discussion with your family members and a trusted agent to secure a good financial future for your family.  A Savings Bank Life Insurance agent will work with you and your family to find a plan that fits your budget.

Visit SBLI to learn more and check out the No Nonsense Life Insurance Quick Guide for more information.

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Join us for a #LifeProtected Twitter party to raise awareness about the importance of life insurance!

This September marks the 10th anniversary of Life Insurance Awareness Month – an effort to raise awareness about the importance of having life insurance to financially protect those you love.  This year, we’re celebrating with a Twitter party to dispel eight myths commonly associated with life insurance and share tools to help you assess your life insurance needs. We’ll also be sharing tips on ways to have that important conversation – we call it the No Nonsense Conversation – about your family’s financial security.

We will be giving away FIVE PRIZES to randomly selected winners. Five winners who answer trivia questions during the party will receive $50 VISA gift cards!

When: Tuesday, September 16, at 1 p.m. ET (the party will last one hour)

 

Where: You can see the details and RSVP via this Twtvite:  http://twtvite.com/lifeprotected

 

Hashtag: #LifeProtected

 

Prizes: We will be giving away five prizes to randomly selected winners. Five winners who answer trivia questions during the party will receive $50 VISA gift cards!

 

Host: @SavingsBankLife
SBLI Website: http://www.sbli.com/

SBLI Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/mySBLI

SBLI Life Insurance Quick Guide: https://www.facebook.com/mySBLI/app_559219244149312

Co-hosts:

@brandyellen@ThriftyJinxy@dawnchats@naptimeismytime@CptFussybuckets@TheRebelChick@AFewGoodJens@ExpDomesticity@familyfocusblog, and @adventuresof8

 

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Give Your Teenager Straight Teeth with a Dose of Self Confidence with Invisalign Teen

This post was brought to you by Invisalign.  All opinions are mine.

For some reason, I was blessed with straight teeth.  (The Captain likes to point out my one slightly crooked tooth, but thankfully that’s the extent of it.)  Hubby, on the other hand, had braces for a year and a half as a teenager, and has a permanent retainer on his bottom teeth.  I did not know him until college and would not have known otherwise, but he said wearing braces was not fun.  His least favorite part was getting hit in the mouth with a ball or an elbow, which, as you can guess, happened a lot as an active teenager.  He says the braces caused him to bleed and then get a sore in his mouth that would take a long time to heal.  I can only imagine how awful that would have been.  I truly feel for everyone who has had to have braces for any length of time!

So far, our kids’ teeth are all baby teeth, so we do not know what their dental future holds.  D already has an overbite, though, and the dentist said we would just have to watch it over the years.  I think it’s safe to assume that a need for braces in at least one of the boy’s futures.  It’s coming up sooner than I thought, though, because The American Association of Orthodontics recommends taking kids for their first orthodontic check-up NO LATER than age 7!  The American Dental Association says this is because “Your child’s dentist can spot problems with emerging teeth and jaw growth early on, while the primary teeth are present.”  Who knew!?  I didn’t!

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I was excited to learn about Invisalign as an alternative to braces.  Invisalign Teen clear aligners straighten teeth without traditional wires and brackets.  Teens and pre-teens will have more confidence and not suffer the painful mouth sores and cuts that braces wearers suffer.  Some other great benefits to Invisalign Teen include:

 

  • removable, which means brushing and flossing are easy and there are no food restrictions!
  • can straighten teeth without a mouth full of metal
  • Teens and pre-teens can play sports without fear of injury and continue cheerleading, playing musical instruments, acting, and singing without interference.
  • no broken wires or brackets, so no emergency visits to the orthodontist
  • fewer appointments required since several aligner sets are provided in advance
  • Invisalign Teen includes up to six free replacement aligners, although clinical data from orthodontists confirms that teens wear their aligners an average of 21 hours per day, just as recommended.
  • Small blue dots, officially called “compliance indicators,” gradually fade as aligners are worn. It’s a quick visual check for doctors, teens and parents to confirm aligners are being worn enough to get results.
  • In case you’re wondering, Invisalign Teen is just as effective as traditional wire and bracket braces.  Invisalign can correct the most severe teeth straightening and minor cosmetic adjustments, as well.
  • Invisalign Teen costs about the same as braces, so it’s definitely worth it to check it out.  Most insurance companies will cover Invisalign – just like traditional braces – up to 50%.  HSA’s can also be used for Invisalign

 

 

Invisalign compare to braces

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I was encouraged by these before and after pictures. IF D still has an overbite in a few years, we will look to find an orthodontist who specializes in Invisalign.  These results are great:

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Check to see if your orthodontist specializes in Invisalign or find an ortho who does.  Visit the Invisalign website and click “find a doctor” to locate experienced Invisalign and Invisalign Teen doctors in your area.  Follow Invisalign on Twitter and Facebook, too.

Do you have questions or want to see if this is right for you or your child?  Find out the answers to your questions about Invisalign and see more Invisalign results on the website!

Have you brought your child for an orthodontic consult yet?  Do you have experience with Invisalign?  I’d love to hear more about it in the comments section!

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Parenting is: “Admitting You Don’t Have It All Together…”

Parenting.  It’s a never ending learning experience.  All kids are different.  You know all of the sayings.  So, Baby Brother takes a lot of naps in my arms, in the carseat, or in the Boba, which allows for a lot of time with the good ol’ smart phone.  As Baby Brother was napping in my arms this morning, I happened upon this tweet from Jon Acuff this morning and you know, it’s good:

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I love to post pictures of my family because that’s about all I have the time for.  Blog posts take time to conjure up.  And I am THRILLED to read blog post after blog post about parents not having it all together.  It IS a trend, but it’s a wonderful one.  Makes all of us moms feel less like the Stepford moms and more real with less guilt.  (maybe)

It seems like I haven’t had a personal post here in MONTHS.  Time has really gotten away from me lately.  Apparently, having three kids is way harder than having two.  All those people who say “going from 1-2 is hard, going from 2-3 is easy” are so, so wrong.  I have really taken it easy with Baby Brother, though, and not being all Nap Nazi has really helped the stress level around here.  The Captain had to be in his crib at all designated nap and bedtimes or else we were doomed for the next 24 hours.  He was a very interesting first child for us.  We did the best we could to survive and he has turned out pretty well, so far.  D was more laidback and thus, made it easier on us.  Baby Brother is laid back like D, but he’s also got his own sleep issues like his older brother.  I blame their sleep issues on one thing:  The Paci.  D was the only one who took a paci and the only one to sleep through the night early on.

But, back to the point.  Three kids has been tricky, but I think we have all settled in nicely after 9 (!) months.  We have also started homeschooling which some would say is beyond ridiculous when you’re looking for less stress, but in our experience, traditional school=stress and anxiety.  Maybe our kids are just super attached, but homeschooling is working well for us.  This isn’t necessarily what we will be doing for the next 18 years, but we aren’t going to stress about it.  It’s working now and that’s all that matters.  All three boys are thriving and I am enjoying spending time with them.  It has been tricky to nail down a schedule that works for us (especially with a baby who doesn’t do crib naps often,) but it’s coming together.  I feel like their little brains are coming alive after a summer of too much TV and neglected blocks, Duplos, and puzzles are finally getting much love.

Baby Brother is into everything.  EV.RY.THING.  Including the potty.  Oy.  The only thing that makes me not cringe about that is the fact that the boys are pretty gung ho about the cleaning toilets chore.  Phew!  We are working on keeping the toilet lids closed or at the very least, the door to the bathroom closed.

Soccer season has started and both the Captain and D are playing.  They’re loving it and different practices on different days has taught us some serious time management and planning skills. I honestly cannot imagine doing anything….ever…if the Captain was in public kindergarten.  Some days we have a whole day to prepare for something simple and we are still late.  How does that happen?  Well, it’s probably due to someone having to um….poop…but well, it happens.

So, yeah, three kids has really made this blog have fewer posts, us to have less sleep, less money, more broken objects, less sanity, etc, etc, but it has been a huge blessing.  We love our little guys so, so much.  Our hearts are full and our family is complete, even though our sentences may not be all of the time.

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20 Fun Fall Crafts for Kids

20 Fun Fall Crafts for Kids

The boys and I love to celebrate each season with a fun craft.  I went in search of some great fall, but not Halloween, crafts and I came up with twenty great fall crafts for kids!  I think we will start with some leaf crafts, then apple, then pumpkin, and complete the rest later in the Fall season.  We are going to be prepared when Fall comes!  

(All pictures have been used with permission.  Contact individual blog owners for questions or permissions to share on your own blog.)

Have fun crafting!

 

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Fall Frames:  3 Ways – Homemade Ginger

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Soda Bottle Pumpkins – Organized 31

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Easy Fall Pumpkin Craft – Barefeet On The Dashboard

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Recycled Newspaper Pumpkin Art – Laura Kelly's Inklings

 

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Patchwork Pumpkins – The Nerd's Wife

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Jeweled Acorn Caps – Julie Is Coco and Cocoa

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Painting Pumpkins with Toddlers – Barefeet On The Dashboard

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Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkins – Saving Said Simply

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Paper Plate Owl – Huppie Mama

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DIY Bottle Cap Turkey Napkin Rings – The Country Chic Cottage

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A is for Apple – We Know Stuff

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Apple Magnet – About Family Crafts

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Apple Stamp Banner – How To Have It All

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Stained Glass Fall Leaf

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Autumn Tree Paper Craft – Southern Girl Ramblings

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Fingerprint Fall Tree – Just 2 Sisters

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Coffee Filter Leaves – Artsy Momma

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Acorn Cap Wreath – How To Have It All

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Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder – Just 2 Sisters

Simplify Your Busy Days with a Meal Planner! {giveaway, too}

This meal planner post was brought to you by Carrie Elle Shop.  All opinions are mine.

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I am admittedly the worst at organization.  I need all the help I can get!  When we were houseparents at the children's home, I was required to turn in a menu a week in advance.  Even though I didn't like actually doing it, having it done was BLISS.  All of my grocery needs for the week were right in front of me and I could grab everything I need in one trip.  Having a meal planner is helpful for many reasons.  

Five Reasons to Start Using a Meal Planner

Here are five reasons why using a meal planner has been helpful for me:

  1. Dinnertime won't be chaos.  I've had many days where I was staring at the fridge at 5 PM, trying to thaw out meat, and finally resorting to something simple like scrambled eggs for dinner.  Hubby walks in, and while he never criticizes what's for dinner, I KNOW he's thinking "eggs again?"  So having a go to plan and knowing exactly when and what I need to do for the night's dinner has been very helpful.
  2. You can serve your family heathier meals.  We have a 3 and 5 year old.  I don't like to use the word picky, but they don't always like to eat healthy foods.  When I have a meal plan, I can plan to add veggies to dishes they love instead of resorting to frozen cheese sticks or mac and cheese every night. 
  3. You can save money.  When I buy only what my family will eat for the week, the grocery bill isn't as high as when I just grab whatever sounds good at the time.  And when there's a meal plan, there isn't as much wasted food.  Meal planners are good for your bank account!
  4. You won't have to resort to eating out.  It is oh so easy to just give up and head to a restaurant or grab fast food.  We can save money this way, too, by actually planning for times to eat out and not blowing the budget on take out.
  5. You can try new things!  I have so many things pinned on pinterest, but they likely will never be made by me unless I plan to make them.  I can buy the groceries that I need and actually make the droolworthy recipes I see every day!

​I am loving this adorable handmade planner from the Carrie Elle Etsy shop.  It is sturdy and the cover is laminated for extra durability.  Carrie has made the perfect meal planner!  There is a place for weekly menus and a tear off grocery list:

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Some other fabulous details Carrie has added are pages for holiday and dinner parties, notes, and monthly calendars so you can plan your menu a month at a time.  This is great to prevent making the same thing over and over.
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If you aren't using a meal planner, this is a great place to start.  There are 12 monthly calendars, 60 weekly meal planning pages, perforated grocery lists, 10 holiday and dinner party pages, 5 blank pages, and meal planning resources in the back.  It would make a great gift for any mom or dad in charge of meal planning.  Carrie can also personalize them for you!  Order some for teachers, friends, relatives, and yourself at the Carrie Elle Etsy shop.  Keep up with happenings on the Shop Carrie Elle Facebook page and Twitter page.  And Carrie writes one of my favorite blogs, Carrie Elle, so check that out, too!

Carrie is giving away a meal planner to one Life With Captain Fussybuckets fan!  Winner will be able to choose from any in stock meal planner (no personalized planners.)  Enter in the Rafflecopter form below!

Simplify Your Busy Days with a Meal Planner from Carrie Elle

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Enjoy Breakfast For Dinner…23 Delicious Recipes!

This breakfast for dinner collection and post was brought to you by Foodie.com.  All opinions are mine.

23 Breakfast for Dinner Recipes

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I am the mother of three boys with very different tastes.  I don't like to call them picky, but they do all like different things and it is very hard to get them to agree on anything.  We almost always agree on breakfast, however.  We love our eggs, toast, pancakes, waffles, bacon, sausage…you name it….we will eat it!  One of my go to recipes is breakfast burritos because they are quick and easy to make and the boys just gobble them up.  I am also NOT a morning person, so breakfast is usually made for dinner.  Anything goes with breakfast!  I have collected some amazing breakfast for dinner recipes on Foodie and I would love for you to check it out!  There is something for everyone….sweet, savory, hearty, quick to prepare, casseroles, bite sized breakfasts, and even a recipe for homemade granola because well, cereal works for dinner, too!  Enjoy!

Also, check out these delicious Peach Yogurt Muffins and Hatch Chile, Egg, & Potato Casserole!

We Said Goodbye to Summer at Six Flags Over Texas!

My family received free tickets too Six Flags Over Texas, however I was not required to post.  I chose to because we had so much fun!  All opinions are mine.

With Daddy being a youth minister, he gets to go to Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington a LOT.  The boys are always bummed when Daddy gets to go and not them.  This time, however, we were able to go as a family and enjoy the new Bugs Bunny Boomtown, which is perfect for our little guys.  We went last year, but they have upgraded this area for littles so much.  It was great fun and new features like the new shaded areas with misters made the Texas heat bearable!
photo 3The boys also loved the brand new, super awesome playground area.  It even has a squishy floor so falls aren't as painful.  It's like nothing I had seen before!

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Bugs Bunny Boomtown also had fantastic rides that were thrilling for little ones….there was even a roller coaster that the boys could ride WITH Daddy!  Fun!  And Baby Brother and I enjoyed the air conditioned nursing area in the girls' bathroom too!  Six Flags has really gone above and beyond for the littlest visitors and their families.

Daddy had a chance to ride the Superman, too.  He's crazy, but that's okay!  :)

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superman six flags2For lunch, we were treated to a great meal and the boys were able to meet the President of Six Flags, Steve Martindale.  He answered a few of our questions and said there was going to be a brand new ride unveiled soon! 

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Afterwards, we headed to the carousel and Baby Brother enjoyed his first ride!  He loved it!

six flags carouselIt was hot, but we kept cool and had lots of fun at Six Flags!  

carousel six flags over texasDon't forget to check out Six Flags during their two big events left this year – Fright Fest and Holiday in the Park!  Check out the Six Flags website and follow on Twitter and Facebook for the latest information!

 

The Captain’s New Smartwatch for Kids is Fun and Multifunctional!

This smartwatch for kids post was brought to you by VTech.  All opinions are mine.  The VTech product, gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by VTech.

The Captain has wanted a watch for the longest time.  We put it on his birthday list, but he constantly talked about what kind of watch he wanted.  Once he saw the commercials for a smart watch, however, it was all over!  I told him that they didn’t make those for kids, and he wasn’t getting one that was made for adults.  He was ecstatic when I was proven WRONG and we got to review the VTech Kidzoom Smartwatch…..only for KIDS!  And the best part…it was GREEN, his favorite color!

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The Kidzoom Smartwatch is so much more than just your ordinary watch.  The Captain figured out all of the functions pretty quickly, too!  Here are the features of this smartwatch for kids:

  • 1.4 inch color touch screen
  • camera for photos and videos
  • voice recorder with five voice changing effects
  • special effects including customized photo frames, color filters, and distortion effects
  • four fun games, programmed and ready to go
  • Kid-durable design to withstand drops and bumps
  • Splash proof and sweat proof
  • Alarm clock with fun tones and animation
  • Timer and stopwatch in kid-friendly themes
  • 50+ digital and traditional analog displays
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Four vibrant colors: blue, pink, white and green
  • Micro USB cable for data transfer and battery recharging
  • Access to Learning Lodge app store to download more games and watch displays

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The Captain has had this watch for over a month now, and it really has stood up to bumps, drops, and even a few splashes and an almost dunk in the tub.  It’s great for on-the-go games and a fun, easy accessible way to pass the time in the carseat.  The sound is adjustable and not annoying, either, which is great for parents like me who find lots of electronic devices highly annoying if they don’t have a volume control.  Note for parents:  If you are giving this as a gift, make sure to charge it the night before because a smartwatch that doesn’t work and must be charged is no fun.

The Captain’s favorite part of the Kidzoom Smartwatch is the camera.  He took hundreds of pictures and, like a smart phone, it’s easy to delete the pictures or transfer them to the computer.

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Learn more about the Kidzoom Smartwatch and other VTech products at the VTech Facebook or Twitter pages.   Purchase your own at Amazon or the VTechKids.com.

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