Category: Reviews

Go! Go! Cory Carson Vrooming Into Our Hearts

“Play along with Cory Carson and friends during playtime with these amazing new toys! Your child will enjoy hours of fun!” – Momma Braga

Go! Go! Cory Carson Synopsis

Join kid car Cory Carson and his friends on epic adventures! Watch as Cory navigates the ups and downs of childhood in the winding roads of Bumperton Hills as he goes to school, makes new friends and explores with his family.

Inspired by the hit toy line Go! Go! Smart Wheels®.

This series is available on Netflix and you will be hooked as soon as you start the season! We sure did and we can not wait to Season 3! 🙂

“Beep, beep — go, go! Buckle up for fun and adventure with adorable kid car Cory Carson as he explores the winding roads of Bumperton Hills.”

Go! Go! Cory Carson® Characters & Playsets

Have some extra fun during playtime by pretending to explore Bumperton Hills with Cory and his friends! You can now collect Go! Go! Cory Carson playsets and vehicles inspired by the show’s characters.

These amazing toys are all available only at Walmart and we got to try them all out!

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Go! Go! Cory Carson® Freddie’s Firehouseâ„¢

Go on a rescue mission with Freddie Firetruck and Chrissy Carson at the Go! Go! Cory Carson® Freddie’s Firehouseâ„¢ just like in the original series, Go! Go! Cory Carson® ! Freddie’s mom Carolyn Firetruck encourages exploration of all the exciting activities the firehouse has to offer with mini characters Freddie and Chrissy. Help Freddie and Chrissy rescue Phil just like in the show. Slide down the spiral ramp to safety while building motor skills, then activate the PlayZoneâ„¢ location at the bottom to hear each character say unique phrases. Place any SmartPoint® character (sold separately) on the SmartPoint® location at the firehouse door to hear them talk, play msusic and see them light up. Help save the day!

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We put the Firehouse to the test to see what Nikki thought of it and it didn’t disappoint. This was the very first one that Nikki played with and she recalled the episode when Cory got a tour of the firehouse. Of course Nikki played out the episode using her new toy set and she added a little extra to the scenes. 😉

We just loved Freddie’s Firehouse as it provided hours of stimulated learning and fun. Who wouldn’t want to go sliding down at the firehouse?! I knew I sure would love to!

“I give it 10 million stars out of 5! The Firehouse is one of my favorite places in the show!” – Nikki, Age 5

Go! Go! Cory Carson® DJ Train Trax & the Roll Train™

Get ready to dance with Cory, Chrissy and DJ Train Trax & the Roll Trainâ„¢ just like in the original series, Go! Go! Cory Carson®! Keep on moving with Roll Train host DJ Train Trax and play mixmaster with mini characters Cory Carson and Chrissy Carson. Help Cory and Chrissy dance on stage or roll DJ Train Trax to light up his rainbow chimney while building motor skills and listening to sounds and phrases from the show. Place Cory and Chrissy on stage and watch them light up and do “The Chrissy”. Activate the PlayZone locations to hear each of them say unique phrases. Press DJ Train Trax’s hat or move him around the trigger phrases, sounds, songs and special lighting effects. Place any SmartPoint® character (sold separately) on the SmartPoint® location in the DJ booth to hear them talk, play music and see them light up. Wicky-wicky, woo-woo!

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Nikki loved this one too and remembered the exact episode where DJ Train Trax was introduced. It is so great to see the pure joy a child has to play with their favorite characters from their favorite TV series! This set was a huge hit (literally) as Nikki played and danced along to the beats! 😉

“DJ Train Trax is SO awesome! I give this toy 10 million stars out of 5 and I am so happy I can play with it.” – Nikki, Age 5

Additional Go! Go! Cory Carson Characters

For more added fun, you can purchase Cory Carson and all of his friends (each sold separately)! You can hear each character talk and play sing-along songs. All you have to do is press the action button on the character’s side for movement and additional sounds.

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The options are limitless when you have Cory and all his friends! Nikki was extremely excited to play with them all and create her own stories. Many times I would find her playing with the toys and watching the series together. I could even hear her repeat what the characters were saying on TV – loved that! All the toys are bright, a great size and you feel like they have come to life before your eyes. These toys are perfect for playtime! They provide all the learning and fun that you want for your child.

“I can create my own stories with Cory and his friends. I also love watching Go! Go! Cory Carson with my new toys! I give them 10 million stars out of 5!” – Nikki, Age 5

We are HUGE fans of Cory Carson and it is no surprise that the toys got a very glowing review. There are many times when you can catch the both us playing with them as we watch Cory on Netflix almost every night. If you have not yet watched the show with your little one then we do recommend for you to check it out. While you fall in love, make sure to purchase some of these fun toys for playtime! 😉

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*Please note that these products were provided in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are our own.

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Peter & Ernesto Sloths in the Night

“Peter & Ernesto Sloths in the Night is a charming and fantastic graphic novel about friendship between two sloths.”

Synopsis

Peter and Ernesto love the jungle, but they know how dangerous it can be at night. From clumsy bats to crazed owls to rumors of a dragon, there are countless things that make the darkness perilous for sloths.

That’s why, one day, when their friend Bernard goes missing just as the sun is setting, Peter and Ernesto quickly gather their tribe to form a search party. However, while these sloths have some sense of the dangers that they’ll face while looking for Bernard, there are surprises lurking in the shadows that will surpass their wildest imaginings!

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Peter & Ernesto Sloths in the Night had me at sloths! I have a soft spot for sloths and was very excited to read this comic style story. A story about the depths we go for our friends and the discoveries we make about ourselves in the process.

As the sloths search for their beloved friend Bernard, they learn how brave they truly are and they help some new friends along the way. A story about adventure, friendships and knowing that you don’t always have to be right. Lessons that we can all learn from.

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give this book 10 stars out of 5! It was a well thought out story that had a dash of humor along the way. The illustrations are perfect for the comic style feel and it truly made the story come together. Loved it when they characters felt that a bit scared, they coped with a little song. Music is a great way to conquer fears in my opinion and I actually do that often. 😉

This book is recommended for kids ages six to ten. If you would like to purchase a copy, click here.

About the Author

Graham Annable is an Oscar-nominated cartoonist and animator living in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and two sons. When he’s not huddled inside of his house creating graphic novels for early readers, he spends his time working on feature films, animated shorts, video games, and indie comic books. He’s rather fond of hockey and sloths. But never the two combined.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*Please note that this book was provided in exchange for an honest reviews. All opinions expressed are our own.

Gold Rush Girl | Book Review

“Newbery Medalist Avi brings us mud-caked, tent-filled San Francisco in 1848 with a willful heroine who goes on an unintended – and perilous – adventure to save her brother.”

Synopsis

Victoria Blaisdell longs for independence and adventure, and she yearns to accompany her father as he sails west in search of real gold! But it is 1848, and Tory isn’t even allowed to go to school, much less travel all the way from Rhode Island to California. Determined to take control of her own destiny, she stows away on the ship. Though San Francisco is frenzied and full of wild and dangerous men, Tory finds freedom and friendship there. Until one day, when Father is in the gold fields, her younger brother, Jacob, is kidnapped. And so Tory is spurred on a treacherous search for him in Rotten Row, a part of San Francisco Bay crowded with hundreds of abandoned ships.

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Gold Rush Girl is set during the Gold Rush of 1894 and is filled with adventure to draw a reader in. What captivated me as a reader was the strong female main character, Victoria (Tory). She embraces the unknown and refuses to be underestimated – love that! Tory also portrays great qualities such as being a good friend and being empathetic toward others. Furthermore, she becomes aware of her own shortcomings. Not in a way that belittles her strong character, but rather provides a depth look to who she is. You can’t help but respect it as you see her grow.

It is an interesting era to write about as the author combined real history facts into a functional story which made this book an interesting read. Make sure to read the Autor’s note in the back as there are some really cool facts he shares.

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give Gold Rush Girl 4 stars out of 5! Adventure awaits for readers between 10 to 14 years of age and an empowering story too.

If you would like to purchase a copy, click here.

About the Author

Avi is one of the most celebrated authors writing for children today, having received two Boston Globe – Horn Book Awards, a Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, a Christopher Award, a Newbery Medal, and two Newbery Honors. He is the author of more than eighty books, including The Button War, What Do Fish Have to Do with Anything? And Other Stories, and The Most Important Thing: Stories About Sons, Fathers and Grandfatherd. Avi lives in Colorado.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

LeapStart 3D Awards The Gift of Reading

“LeapStart 3D is a tool that awards little ones with the gift of reading and we love it!” – Momma Braga

LeapStart® 3D is a complete learning system that magically brings books to life with audio and then enhances the learning with corresponding 3D-like animations.

There is so much to learn with this amazing tool and of course our good friends at LeapFrog are the ones bringing it to us.

Let’s leap right on in and give you some of our highlights and where it lands on the #MelAndNikkiReview.

It’s All In The Details

The fine details is what sets products apart and LeapFrog did not miss a beat with this one.

Activities Galore

It features touch-and-talk games, creative challenges, problem-solving puzzles, math mazes and more for children between the ages of two and seven. There is more than 30 activities in every book – amazing! Talk about keeping the little ones entertained and learning all at the same time.

Animation

This detail is super adorable and just enhances the learning experience. The 3D-like animations helps kids better understand the learning concepts. It is also a great way to engage the child as the animations are a great addition.

Multiple Book Levels

You have the option of selecting books that fit to your child’s level and what areas you would like them to learn. We absolutely love this option and there are more than 25 different activity books that you can pick from. You can progress from preschool to first grade. *Please note that you do need to connect the system to your computer in order to download the books onto the learning system.

Abundance of Learning

You can expect lots of learning and fun to be had with the LeapStart® 3D. Each book seamlessly blends fun with skills from problem solving to learning to read that are important to a child’s development for a comprehensive introduction to key concepts.

“With LeapStart 3D, children engage with real books packed with activities to build key skills from counting and problem solving to phonics and vocabulary. LeapStart 3D adds a new dimension to learning as children can visualize the meaning of words and learn about shapes and geometry concepts with 3D-like animations.” – Carolyn James, PhD, LeapFrog Literacy Expert

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LeapStart® 3D has been an amazing tool in our household as we have been working with it for about a full month. We have seen the growth in Nikki’s reading skills and her love for reading has doubled since we started LeapStart® 3D. We always think that products provide a skill to us; however, we are saying that LeapStart is awarding us with such an amazing skill. To see your child with pure joy in their eyes when they recognize a word and read it out loud…it is priceless and so awarding to hear!

Nikki loves using the pen to go over the words to learn each one. This helped her learn and grasp the sounds of each letter. Then she was able to put all the sounds together to read the words. We still have a lot more practicing to do but she is able to do more now than she ever has before. We feel that we got the best Christmas present ever and that is the gift of reading. We love all the different book options available and with all of Nikki’s favorite characters too! She doesn’t know it yet but for Christmas there are a few more books for her to read under the tree. 😉

LeapFrog truly put in a lot of time and planning to execute LeapStart 3D as it does award children and parents with an amazing tool. It is reassuring to know as a parent that there are products so great that can offer us a helping hand in the development of our children. This is why we give the LeapStart® 3D 10 stars out of 5! It is fun, compact, operates on battery power and has loads of learning at the fingertips of your child. It is also very safe to use. We love the use of technology but it is done in a simple way. It isn’t over powering and does not take away from the basics of learning. We highly recommend it! It would make the perfect gift this holiday season or any other time of the year.

Thank you LeapFrog for making this momma feel so much better about her daughter’s learning progress! If you would like to purchase one, click here. We truly do love it!

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

Momma Braga

*This product was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for LeapFrog

Who says that ice cream is only for summer?! It definitely doesn’t need to be and that same rule can apply at playtime with the amazing toy by LeapFrog, Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart.

The must have toy of Nikki’s dreams has finally made its way into our home and she couldn’t be happier. We got a chance to review the Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart and we are excited to share our findings with all of you! 😉

Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart Introduction

Learning is sweet when pretending to run your own ice cream cart. Create imaginative and tasty-looking ice cream combinations using delicious ice cream flavors and toppings. This toy is a great way to exercise important memory and sequencing skills.

Some Features

Off/Low/High Volume Control Switch

Slide the Off/Low/High Volume Switch to turn the toy on and select the volume. This is the best feature to have on any child’s toy as a parent. After a long day at work, it can be such a relief for the opportunity to have the option of quiet playtime.

Magic Scooper

Place the Magic Scooper on the top of an Ice Cream Scoop or Topping to easily pick them up. To release the Ice Cream Scoop or Topping, press the button on the side of the Magic Scooper. The scooper will recognize the colors and flavors – that is why it is called a “Magic Scooper.” 😉

Order/Activity Cards

For guided play, insert one of the six double-sided Order/Activity Cards into the Card Reader. Follow the order card instructions to build treats for six animal customers ranging from easy to hard challenges.

Wheels

Push the card around to hear songs and music. This feature is great for role-play fun as you can pretend to run your own ice cream cart.

Syrup Pump

Slide to choose from three flavors, then press down on the pump to hear numbers as you count along.

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The Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart by LeapFrog is Nikki’s absolute favorite toy. It is also a great hit when she has playdates at home as everyone wants to play with it. We loved it so much that we had to go buy one for our 1.5 year old goddaughter who also loves playing with it too.

As with all the amazing toys from LeapFrog, we love the learning aspect of the toy as it makes it fun to learn. We love the concept of the ice cream truck and it does provide hours of playtime fun. I have ordered a few ice creams from “Nikki’s Ice Cream Cart” and the best part is that you gain no extra calories from it. 😉

You can really have fun with the Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart as a family too. However, I do need to mention that I rarely get a turn to be the ice cream cart owner as Nikki insists that it is always her turn. This means she really loves this toy and we think your little one will too. It is recommended for children ages two to five years old and it would make a perfect gift.

“This is my favorite toy in the whole entire world and I love screaming ICE CREAM!” – Nikki, Age 5

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview we give it 10 screams out of 5! It is fun, portable, and a whole lot of learning!

To purchase your very own as it would definitely be a great gift idea, click here.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

Momma Braga

*This product was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

 

Bring the Spa To Your Next Kids Party With Cassaria

Kid parties can be a handful and lots of work for the host especially when you are looking for ways to keep the kids entertained. After awhile you feel like you have done it all and by the end of the day you are all exhausted. But what if there is an option for an activity that is relaxing that all the kids will love? Seems like a hard concept to grasp since kids love action!

But we were introduced to a neat idea that does exactly that! We are delighted to introduce you all to Cassaria Mobile Spa who specializes in kids mobile spa parties. Luckily for us, my sister won this in a contest that she entered!

So how did this work for us you are asking? Simple, we arranged a date with the owner, Sasha who is absolutely the most pleasant person to deal with and we booked a date that worked. The next part is where I came into play and it’s my strongest asset, plan the get together. We e-invited Nikki’s closest friends and their moms. We made it into a Moms and their Minis Day. We all deserve some girl time to eat, chat and have a great time. 😉

Spa Party Day

Once our list was confirmed and everyone replied with a yes! We kept the party simple with some pizza, snacks and toys that the young ladies can play with before and after the spa treatment.

As each child awaited eagerly for their turn, you couldn’t help but notice that each one enjoyed the spa treatment. It truly looked like the young ladies were at the spa and it looked SO good! At one point all of us moms looked at one another and wondered how to get in on that action (lol!). But we wanted it to be their day so we watched in awe.

One of Nikki’s friends, Madison, enjoying her spa treatment.

Another one of Nikki’s friends, Julia, enjoying her turn.After each child got their very beautiful nails done, they showed one another and giggled with delight. It was the sweetest thing to see the pure joy that they had. I truly believe this idea was a great hit and success for all of us. Even Nikki couldn’t help but show off her nails to anyone who wanted to take a look.

Nikki showing off her light pink nails and loving it!

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Cassaria Mobile Spa truly brought an element to a kids party that I haven’t seen before and that is calmness. All the young ladies at our party were truly excited to get their nails done and waited so patiently for their turn. They all enjoyed it so much and I know that all us moms watching were wishing that we were them. The service that was provided was amazing from beginning to end. The Mom Boss, Sasha was impeccable and you know that she is skilled at providing spa services as she knew exactly what to do. She was amazing with all the young ladies at our party. They all loved her and she is so down to earth that it made the experience so much more enjoyable.

Now we were very lucky as Mom Boss, Sasha, brought her lovely assistant to help which is her daughter Cassandra. She was the absolute sweetest and we were thrilled to have her join some of our activities.

From left to right: Cassandra of Cassaria, Julia, Nikki and Madison having some colouring fun!

We not only got the manicures for the young ladies but each one got a goody bag and a cupcake that were made by Cristina’s Tortina Shop, all courtesy of Cassaria Mobile Spa. It was an overall amazing experience that was had by all.

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview we give Cassaria Mobile Spa 10 fingers out of 5 (Nikki says 100 out of 5)! The professionalism, kindness and overall great service surpassed all of our expectations. It also made us see that you don’t need a special occasion to have a spa party and it is great to have one.

Us moms got to spend some time chatting and having a great time while our minis had the time of their lives with some relaxation in the process. It was a win-win for everyone and we are truly thankful to Sasha and Cassandra of Cassaria Mobile Spa for everything! Saying that we loved it is an understatement!

If you would like to book Cassaria Mobile Spa for your next party, which we highly recommend, reach out to them on Facebook or Instagram. Please note that their service areas are Brampton, Mississauga, Georgetown, Acton and Barrie.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*Please note that this is not a sponsored or paid post. All opinions expressed are our own and were not influenced by the company featured in the article.

 

Teaching Children Healthy Eating Through Play | Good For Kids

We love seeing ideas grow and come to life. This is why we are thrilled to do this follow up article on The World’s First Healthy Eating Doll by Good for Kids.

The doll and book were launched earlier this year and we get to review it on the #MelAndNikkiReview.

Let’s just recap a little about the concept behind this amazing toy and book.

Summer

Summer is the World’s First Healthy Eating Doll and she is adorable! She is a magnetic doll that can easily tell which foods are good for her. Summer comes with a set of 20 colorful, wooden toy foods and a cute shopping bag. Healthy foods like apples, carrots, tomatoes, blueberries and broccoli, stick to her mouth so she can “eat” them. If the doll is offered a lollipop however, she will not take it. The effect of tasting and touching the foods is accomplished through the use of hidden magnets, that are safely and inconspicuously embedded in the mouth and the hands of the doll. Summer can easily pick up healthy foods with her hands and bring them to her mouth. She really knows what’s good for her!

Healthy Foods Are Fun To Eat Book

This children’s picture book is filled with bouncy rhymes and gorgeous illustrations made entirely of fruits and veggies. It features food art created by over 10 talented artists from all around the world!

This book teaches children about healthy eating and you can combine the book with the doll in the learning experience.

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We already fell in love with this product during their Kickstarter Campaign as we thought the concept was genius! Now we get to actually try it out for ourselves and our love for it has grown tremendously. It is such a great way to promote and encourage healthy eating. Nikki really got a kick out of the doll only picking up and “eating” the healthy foods. Nikki is still trying to figure out how Summer does it but we will keep that secret from her a little while longer. At the present time, we tell her that Summer is very smart and knows what’s good for her body and it works! 😉

The combination of Summer with the Healthy Foods Are Fun To Eat Book is fantastic! This children’s book is unique as it uses fruits and veggies to create the illustrations. Each page is breathtaking and it simply amazes me to see the art created with fruits and veggies. I think I need to up my mom game! 😉 You can use both the doll and book in teaching about healthy and unhealthy foods. Plus, the doll is so adorable that it is hard not to enjoy learning about different foods through her.

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give this delightful duo of Summer and The Healthy Foods Are Fun To Eat, 10 strawberries out of 5! It promotes healthy eating in the most fun way and we love the combination of doll and book. We recommend this for children ages three and up. This would be great for schools to use with young children as it can be a great tool in teaching.

If you would like to purchase the combo pack which includes Summer and the book, click here. If you just want to purchase Summer or the book on its own, you have that option too. Just click here and select which one you would like. We recommend the package. 😉

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

* This product was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

 

Kidizoom Pixi Is The Fun Way To Take Selfies For Kids

If your child is anything like mine, then they are probably trying to get a hold of your phone to take selfies (or it could just be mine). Either way, we have just been introduced to an amazing new product by VTech Toys and we just HAVE to share it with all of you!

Introducing, Kidizoom Pixi, a compact camera that allows you to take super-fun selfies and pictures of friends. The flip-top lid makes it easy to take pictures with one hand. Kids can customize their look with face and hair filters or add fun and silly photo effects (50+)! The camera comes with five games including Master Chef, Animal Connect 4 and a magic augmented reality game. Of course there are parental controls that allow adults to turn off games and set time limits.

This kid-sized take-along camera helps little photographers see their world in a whole new way.

Product Highlights

  • Compact-sized camera with a flip-top lid makes one-handed picture-taking easy! Stylish, light and small enough to fit in your bag or backpack
  • Little photographers can take selfies and photos of friends, then stylize them with fun filters or add silly photo effects
  • Comes with five games including Master Chef, Animal Connect 4 and a magic augmented-reality game
  • Intended for ages 4-9 years. Rechargeable battery and USB charging cable included. MicroSD card slot for expandable memory up to 32 GB
  • Parental controls allow adults to turn off games and set time limits

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Kidizoom Pixi has been a great hit in our home and it is very evident as I scan through all the selfies that Nikki has taken of herself. Not to mention the ones that she has taken of us without us even noticing (those are the funniest to see). Nikki is a natural and of course she knew exactly what to do as soon as she had the Kidizoom Pixi in her hands. I on the other hand, needed to read the pamphlet that comes with the product to understand how everything works. 😉

We love how compact, kid-friendly and safe it is. Also love the parental control options available on the Kidizoom Pixi!!! It amazes me to see how much one can do on such a small device and it provides some super-fun entertainment for children. We highly recommend this product for children ages four to nine and especially if your child loves taking photos! You can even transfer the photos as keepsakes. Can’t wait to show Nikki all the selfies she took when she was five years old. 🙂

“I love taking my own pictures and it is so cute and small!” – Nikki, Age 5

If you would like to purchase your very own, click here. This product will definitely be a hot item on anyone’s wish list. 😉

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*The product was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

Story Time Got More Enchanting With LeapStoryâ„¢

We love story time as it is the time that we can all wind down for the day. It is especially nice after a long and busy day. Could bedtime get any better than spending time with your little one and reading a story? Yes it can!

We are delighted to introduce our readers to LeapStoryâ„¢ by LeapFrog®, which turns any time into story time! It develops children’s listening comprehension skills by letting them hear stories read to them, whenever they want. While the narrator reads the story, you can watch Scout’s reactions as images and animations are projected onto the wall or ceiling. You can listen to content from four categories such as classic stories and poems; myths, legends and fables; sleepy-time stories; and songs.

Image Source: LeapFrog

Now it was time to put LeapStoryâ„¢ to the test and give it a try.

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LeapStoryâ„¢ made an leap right from day one into Nikki’s heart! Once Nikki gave me a chance to see the product for myself, I couldn’t help but fall in love with it as a parent. I just love the whole concept behind LeapStoryâ„¢.

Here are eight reasons why we love LeapStory™ by LeapFrog®:

Storytelling Cube

The cube shape is intriguing and very appealing to little ones. Nikki loves holding it in her hands and taking it to every room (including the backyard) that she goes. We love the option to take it where you go and at the same time it offers the classic stories, myths, legends and fables read aloud. Perfect combo!

Record a Story

Who doesn’t like recording a story, especially your very own! You can record your own voice reading your child’s favorite story or in our case one that Nikki has made up. It makes the story more personal and even more enjoyable for your child to hear mom or dad’s voices coming from LeapStoryâ„¢.

Classic stories kids love

Growing up I loved the classic stories such as: The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, The Gingerbread Man and Beauty and the Beast. Now your child can listen to those and so much more with LeapStoryâ„¢. Listening to the classic stories with my daughter felt a little magical and a trip down memory lane as I recalled childhood. You can never go wrong with the classic stories.

Daytime Stories

Story time can literally be anytime and it does not need to be associated with going to sleep. Reading should always be encouraged to inspire young minds and we love how LeapStoryâ„¢ does just that. Your child can turn it on at any time to hear the stories. As a parent with two busy jobs, it is comforting to know that if my daughter wants to hear a story, she can do it on her own and listen to the magic.

Projector

Did we mention that there is a projector?! I think I might have been more excited about the projector than Nikki was but as soon as she figured out what it can do, she was very much intrigued. Images and animations are projected onto the ceiling for enhanced storytelling which had us all admiring our new storytelling cube!

Full Content Included

There is lots of content (80+) included which can provide hours of entertainment; however, you can download so much more at no cost! Impressive?! Yes it is!

Sleepy-time Stories

The LeapStory™ has an option where your child can fall asleep to stories with a nightlight and a shut-off timer. I absolutely love this option as it can make my escape to my room much more easier. 😉

Skills Learned

Of course we can not forget the skills that can be learned with LeapStoryâ„¢ which are:

  • Storytelling
  • Vocabulary
  • Listening Comprehension
  • Classic Stories
  • Myths
  • Legends and Fables
  • Poems
  • Songs
  • Relaxation Techniques

“With expressive reading and fun sound effects, LeapStoryâ„¢ is designed to help children recognize that hearing stories read aloud is a pleasurable activity. Listening to stories develops listening comprehension and builds vocabulary by helping children learn new words and hear how they are pronounced.” Carolyn James, PhD, LeapFrog® Literacy Expert

There you have it! Eight reasons why we love LeapStoryâ„¢ and we know your child will love it too! Now Nikki wants to make sure you all know that if you push Scout’s head, he tells jokes. Nikki loves that and giggles every time she hears one. My ultimate favorite is the relaxation piece (9 in the Sleepytime Lullabies and Stories) as adults can benefit greatly from it after a hectic work day. I know it has helped me relax! 🙂

“What key do you use to open up a banana? A monkey”

Therefore, it is no surprise that for this #MelAndNikkiReview, LeapStoryâ„¢ gets a 10 stars out of 5! Also don’t feel bad if your child figures out how to use all the options before you do. It was made for them and when they are excited they do figure it all out quickly. I know that was the case for us and I am proud that Nikki learned so quickly and taught me how to use it. 🙂

If you would like to purchase one for your little one, click here. Intended for children ages three to eight.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*This product was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own and no other compensation was provided.

 

Leap Ahead with Leap Frog Epicâ„¢ Academy

Summer is upon us and it means that school is out! However, it doesn’t mean that the learning has to end as we know how important continuous learning is for children. There is a great option available for kids and it comes in the technology form that children love to explore.

We are delighted to introduce our readers to LeapFrog Epicâ„¢ Academy Edition which is LeapFrog’s most advanced Android-based tablet. It is packed with content including an extended three-month free trial of LeapFrog Academyâ„¢. This tablet is perfect for children ages three to nine years old. Get your growing child excited about everything from problem solving to learning to read.

Details

Pre-loaded with LeapFrog Academyâ„¢ app

This interactive learning program for three to six years of age guides children on a variety of fun Learning Adventures they can play anywhere.

Grows with your child

LeapFrog Epicâ„¢ is safe right out of the box and parents can control when to add more features such as Androidâ„¢ apps as their child is ready.

Packed with Learning Content

Already includes $175 worth of learning content and access to the LeapFrog® App Center that explore a range of subjects and skills such as math, science, reading, creativity, problem solving and critical thinking. 

Customizable Home Screen

Kids can get excited about a virtual world they create. Watch night fall, see the weather change, discover fun surprised and add stickers, animations and more.

Popular Androidâ„¢ apps

Offers popular Android™ apps like Fruit Ninja Academy that are built exclusively for LeapFrog® to eliminate in-app purchases so they are kid-safe as soon as they are downloaded.

LeapSearch™ kid-friendly web browser

LeapSearch™ provides access only to approved, kid-appropriate content. Parents can add sites and reduce restrictions using the parental controls as their child is ready. 

Just for Meâ„¢ Learning

Exclusive to LeapFrog®, Just for Me™ learning technology personalizes select games to challenge kids as they grow.

Durable Design

Built for the way kids play, with a shatter-safe LCD screen and protective bumper for everyday bumps.

#MelAndNikkiReview

We absolutely love this tablet and Nikki has loved it so much that it hasn’t left her side since we received it.

Our reviews are authentic and real; therefore, we spent a good two weeks to get to know the tablet and see how it truly can benefit our readers. We are delighted to share our top six reasons why we love the Leap Frog Epicâ„¢ Academy.

  1. It provides hours of educational fun and all their learning apps and games are educator-approved.
  2. It is kid friendly and safe. As a parent, I want to make sure that what she is playing and viewing is appropriate for her age. Also am relieved to know that items can not be purchased online without a parent’s review.
  3. It is durable! I can’t tell you how many times items are dropped especially tablets. We love how LeapFrog has us in mind and has already equipped the tablet with a safe protective case – thank you!
  4. Travel friendly. We love how we can take the tablet wherever we go and many of the games do not need Wi-Fi. These comes in handy for long car rides especially in the summer. Entertainment and Learning on the go is what we say! 😉
  5. Battery life is phenomenal as it lasts 7+ hours! This doesn’t mean they should be on the tablet for that long but it is comforting to know that you don’t need to keep charging the tablet a few hours later.
  6. Easy set up! I don’t know about most parents but I do like easy set-ups. Ones that don’t take too long to do especially when your child is eagerly waiting to use it! 🙂

This will be our favorite technology piece to use this summer as it will keep Nikki’s mind active while school is out. It will keep the skills that she has learned in the first year of school growing with a simple touch of a screen. Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give the Leap Frog Epicâ„¢ Academy 10 Leaps out of 5! We do recommend it! An added bonus is that LeapFrog offers the LeapFrog Academy FREE for three months. The Academy offers a step-by-step learning program that automatically responds to each child. A must try if you are purchasing this amazing tablet!

explore – play – imagine – create

If you would like to purchase one for a child in your life, click here for the Green and click here for the Pink.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*Please note that the product was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.