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Elbow Grease Brings Out A Positive Message To Children | Book Review

“Never Give Up!”

Words of encouragement and empowerment for many. It’s three little words that have the greatest impact. This is why we are thrilled to introduce all of you to Elbow Grease

Elbow Grease is a children’s book written by John Cena and illustrated by Howard McWilliam. Now if the writer’s name sounds familiar, it should as he is very well known especially in the world of wrestling entertainment. John Cena is a versatile entertainer and dedicated philanthropist. Now he has taken the stage of child’s author to share the important lessons he has learned over the years, such as never giving up whether you win or lose.

Synopsis

Elbow Grease is a little smaller than the other monster trucks; however, he is still proud of what makes him different from the rest. Win or loss, he always tries his best. This is what John Cena calls GUMPTION.

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We are so honored to be able to review and feature Elbow Grease on the #MelAndNikkiReview as we are fans of John Cena. We didn’t know what to expect from the book but we are happy to say that it did not disappoint us. The story flowed nicely with the illustrations complimented it with every page turn. The message of “Never Give Up” was beautifully incorporated through the book and easily understood for children. Now I have to admit that I loved that the mechanic in the story was a woman and named Mel. 😉

Nikki who is only 4 loved the book so much that she wanted to do one of her special vlogs to tell us how she felt about it and a little extra more. We never really know what Nikki is going to say in her videos but that is what makes it fun and real! 🙂

As you heard from Nikki, she gives it 5 out of 5! I give it You Can’t See Me’s out of 5! We have truly enjoyed reading this book and it has been on our reading line-up daily! I have read it SO much that I am now doing it in character – yes! That does not happen often but this book is SO fun to read.

If you are looking for a fun book with an empowering message for a child (ages 3 to 7) to learn, then this is the book for you. Or if you have a John Cena fan on your gift list, then this would make a perfect gift. Please click here if you would like to know where to buy it.

Special thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for sending us Elbow Grease to review as we LOVED it!

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

 

i-Top and Pop the Pig “Pop N’ Race” Hits The Game Scene | Goliath Games

We are BIG fans of Goliath Games and they keep giving us reasons why to keep loving them. We are delighted to announce two exciting games that you will want to try out!

i-Top

Do you have a child who loves high-tech? Well, we have the game for them. It is where technology and fun come together in game form.

The classic “tops” has just been upgraded to a new generation with i-Top! Using smart technology, this high-tech top keeps track of the number of spins while LEDs light up the display. Spin your way to the top score by competing in multiple challenges.

Unlock hidden features by spinning the top an exact number of spins to show special animations, or challenge your friend to a high score. With over ten different ways to play and tons of animations, the fun with I-Tops is non-stop!

It is available in Mega Gear Blue, Infinite Purple and Vortex Red. This game is recommended for ages 7 and up.

If you want a spinning good time then i-Top is the game to get! To purchase your very own, click here. This would make a great gift idea too!

Pop the Pig “Pop N’ Race”

Pop the Pig is an international preschool classic and is adored by millions of children and now he is back in a whole new game! We are delighted to introduce you all to Pop the Pig “Pop N’ Race” by Goliath Games.

This unique board game features a specially designed pig die popper. Pop his belly and race around the board as you try to be the first player to get your 4 movers home. This game is great for children 4 and up and it will make family game night popping fun!

What child would not want to press the popper to win the race?! I know Nikki would! That is just half the fun. 😉 The game is colorful and helps children learn to wait their turn, count and follow instructions. A definite win in our books!

To purchase your very own, click here. This would make a great gift idea too!

We are so excited to introduce you all to these two games and we know you will love them. Goliath Games has done it again by bringing interactive games to families. Make sure to follow Goliath Games on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

 

 

 

Lil Babe Accessories | Accessorizing One Bow At A Time

A bow can be more than just a bow as it is used as an accessory piece to our assemble. Accessorizing is a skill for many and for me, not so much.

This is why I appreciate and value those who are extra creative and accessorize to a beautiful new level.

One person in particular is my sister, Karen. She has always been the most creative one and one that can really put a great assemble together with style. This is why it is no surprise that she has created some beautiful accessory pieces for her baby girl to wear.

It is with great pleasure that we introduce you all to Karen’s new adventure as the creator and founder of Lil Babe Accessories.

We got the inside and exclusive scoop for all of you in this interview with Karen.

Tell us a little bit about yourself

My name is Karen and many of you may remember me as the DIY expert on Momma Braga. I love doing creative crafts, food and accessories. I especially love special holidays and must say that Halloween is my favorite.

I am also a mom to a beautiful baby girl and am so grateful to be her mom.

Photo Credit: Kelly Middleton Photography

How did Lil Babe Accessories came to be? How did you come up with the idea?

Since I can remember I have always loved baby accessories, especially for little girls. So naturally when I had a baby girl, I handmade most of her headbands. From there, Lil Babe Accessories was born and I decided to share my creations with the world.

Why “Lil Babe Accessories”?

“Lil Babe” is just one of the many nicknames I gave my daughter. Lil is short for little and “accessories” because I wanted to expand my collection instead of just selling headbands.

What do you offer and how can people purchase from you?

At the present time, I offer a variety of different style headbands and bows for ages 0 to 5 years of age. You can find and purchase these products off of my Etsy shop.

What do you have upcoming? Anything we can announce first to our readers? 😉

Yes! I will be making and selling baby boy accessories very soon! I want to cater to both genders. Also…I am now introducing pre-orders, these are exclusive items that are offered to my followers and will not be sold on my Etsy page.

What do you hope each accessory and bow accomplishes?

I aim for a design that will compliment any outfit but most importantly feel comfortable! I also love to make show pieces that are created for special occasions.

Anything else you would like to add?

I have always loved shopping small and online myself. Being a mom and now owning my own small shop, it is amazing to see and hear all the support from the community around me. It’s one thing to hear it from family and friends but hearing compliments from strangers on your hard work – is amazing! The best part is that these strangers than quickly become friends. I am truly thankful for that!

There you have the inside scoop on Lil Babe Accessories and we love them!

We have personally used the bows and handbands created by Lil Babe Accessories and they are the first to stay on Nikki’s hair. We also love how they are unique bows and Nikki loves when she is asked where she got her bow. It gives her the chance to say it was handmade just for her. 😉

We highly recommend Lil Babe Accessories for your little one or even for someone else’s little one as it would make a bow-errific present!

Make sure to follow Lil Babe Accessories on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as you will want to see the new creations that are made.

We want like to say thank you to Karen for taking the time to let us in on her new adventure and wishing her much success!

Until next time, Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

 

Potato Pants! | Book Review

I love potatoes! It is one of my favorite side dishes but never in my wildest dreams would I think that potatoes would need potato pants!

Well, they certainly do if you are in the new children’s book, Potato Pants! written and illustrated by Laurie Keller. Laurie Keller is the acclaimed author-illustrator of several bestselling picture books, including Do Unto Otters, Arnie, the Doughnut, The Scrambled States of America, and Open Wide: Tooth School Inside, among numerous others.

Potato Pants! is a book that details potato’s single minded pursuit to get a pair of potato pants. However, his plan is quickly diverted by an Eggplant, who he misjudges at the start to be a big, old bully, only to realize it was a big misunderstanding by the end. Beyond being hysterical, this book also taps into those universal feelings of childhood anxiety and is a cautionary tale of what happens when you make a judgment before you have all the information. Just check out this hilarious trailer on Potato Pants! 

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We couldn’t help but giggle out loud throughout the book as Potato tries to find ways to get potato pants. It is also a great book with an important message about anxiety, friendship and forgiveness. This is why for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give it 5 potatoes out of 5! If you want an entertaining picture book then this is the book for you and your child. The illustrations compliment the story perfectly and it truly is the silliest picture book you’ll ever read. We simply adored it!

To purchase your very own copy, click here.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

 

 

Super Owlette Learning Watch | Product Review

“PJ Masks
We’re the PJ Masks
PJ Masks
We’re the PJ Masks”

If you have a young child at home who loves to watch PJ Masks then I am sure you were singing along to the quote above. I know that I sure was as I was writing it! 😉 PJ Masks is a popular one in our household and Nikki’s favourite is Owlette. I can’t blame her since Owlette is one super cool hero!

When we received the Super Owlette Learning Watch by VTech, Nikki was over the moon with excitement.

“It’s time to be a hero!”

The Super Owlette Learning Watch is full of great learning fun for children. This watch not only tells you the time but it comes with some other amazing features! You have an alarm, timer and stopwatch functions and did I mention games?! The Super Owlette Learning Watch also includes built-in games to reinforce learning of numbers, shapes and counting as you go into the night to save the day with Catboy, Owlette and Gekko!

Games Breakdown

We want to breakdown the game choices with this lovely watch as it was one of Nikki’s favorite features!

Gekko-Mobile Pursuit – Gekko is driving the Gekko-mobile to track down the location of Romeo’s mobile laboratory. Use the shape clues to work out which was Romeo has gone.

Running Math – Owlette is chasing Luna Girl through the streets and Luna Girl has hidden inside a building. A math problem will be shown on the screen with two answers displayed on two different doors. Choose the correct door to help Owlette find Luna Girl.

Flying Discs – Catboy is practicing his skills with some flying discs. Follow the instructions to hit the largest or smallest number.

Ninjalino Numbers – The PJ Masks are chasing Night Ninja and the Ninjalinos have hidden in the park. Help the PJ Masks count the number of Ninjalinos.

Toy Contents

  • One PJ Masks Super Learning Watch
  • One Parent’s Guide
  • One CR2450 battery (placed inside the product)

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The Super Owlette Learning Watch brings fun right to your wrist with the learning games and time features. It provides hours of entertainment and did I mention the learning piece?! We really love the ability to have fun and learn at the same time. We also love the automatic power off function as it helps preserve the battery life. As parents we can really appreciate that money saving option as purchasing batteries can get costly.

We adore this new fun watch and as I wrap up this product review I hear my little one in the background. “Let’s go Catboy and Gekko! Let’s catch Night Ninja!” That is how I know it is much enjoyed. For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give it 5 hoots out of 5! 

If “It’s time to be a hero” in your home and you would like to purchase this for your little one, click here.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

 

 

 

 

 

 

*This product was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this piece belong to Momma Braga and no other compensation or commission was offered in exchange for this review.

Starshine the Bright Lights Unicorn | Product Review

Magical unicorns, learning and bright colors. All this can be heard when my daughter plays pretend. It truly sounds like a wonderful world that she has created. Nikki loves to play with toys that encompass her favorite things and she got just that from Vtech!

We are delighted to present, Starshine the Bright Lights Unicornon the #MelAndNikkiReview from VTech.


The Starshine the Bright Lights Unicorn is an enchanting unicorn that features three play modes of play, colourful charms and a light-up horn. This fun toy also has English and French options to extend the learning to a second language (love that!).

Play Modes

When we have more than option to play with a toy, it makes it worth it for us parents as it gives children endless possibilities to what they can do. The Starshine the Bright Lights Unicorn has three activity options.

There is the Charms and Colours. The first option with this activity is by placing a charm on any of the three Magic Heart Recognition Points to hear about colours, beginning letters and fun pharses. The second option is to press the Blue Heart Button to hear questions about the charms, then place the charms on one of the Magic Heart Recognition Points to answer the question.

The next activity is Charms and Colours in French. The first option is to place a charm on any of the three Magic Heart Recognition Points to hear colours and phrases in French. The second option is to press the Blue Heart Button or squeeze the Magical Tail to hear fun responses about the unicorn in French.

The last activity is Music Time. Who doesn’t like a little music?! We know we love music in our home. There are two options with this activity. The first option is to place a Charm on any of the three Magic Heart Recognition Points to hear fun sounds. The second option is to press the Blue Heart Button to play melodies, or squeeze the Magical Tail to play songs, then press the Necklace Button or place any of the Seven Charms on a Magic Heart Recognition Point to add sounds to the melodies and songs. *The Parent’s Guide that comes with the toy provides the song lyrics to help you sing-a-long with your child.

Toy Contents

The toy includes the following:

  • One Starshine the Bright Lights Unicorn
  • One Charm storage dish
  • Seven Charms (Blue Butterfly, Green Diamond, Yellow Star, Red Cherries, Rainbow, Purple Heart, and Orange Flower)
  • One parent’s guide
  • Toy requires two AA batteries

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To say that we love Starshine the Bright Lights Unicorn might be an understatement! Nikki adores playing with it especially the Charms and Colour mode. I love the education piece to it. We love how it uses shapes and colours to help the child learn. As parents we have the option of adjusting the volume which is always a great bonus. We also love the feature of the automatic shut off. To preserve the battery life, Starshine the Bright Lights Unicorn will automatically power down after several minutes of no input. To me this is magical!

Nikki wanted to do a video to show us how it works and what she thought of it. Check it out in the video below and enjoy! These videos are special as Nikki doesn’t do them often but maybe she will since she has a natural act to do them. 😉

As you heard in the video, Nikki gives Starshine the Bright Lights Unicorn a rating of 5 out of 5! It surely lives up to its enchanting reputation and makes playtime extra fun. To purchase your very own Starshine the Bright Lights Unicorn, click here.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

 

 

 

 

 

 

*This product was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this piece belong to Momma Braga and no other compensation or commission was offered in exchange for this review.

Not A Temporary Weight Loss Solution | Zero Excuse Go

Losing weight can be a struggle with many especially if you have other health related issues. Many people are unable to lose the necessary weight needed to live a healthy and long life.

We recently introduced all our readers to a unique and the first of its kind in Canada called Zero Excuse Go.

Their weight loss program offers you daily support by a multidisciplinary team that uses very effective new technologies such as telemedicine and remote patient monitoring. This program helps you reach your target weight and helps you maintain it.

How Zero Excuse Go Works

The Zero Excuse Go telemonitoring and telemedicine program uses digital technology and secured high-definition videoconferencing to enable their healthcare professionals (nutritionist, psychologist, nurse and kinesiologist) to monitor on a daily basis your weight, your blood pressure, your blood sugar and your exercise (number of steps, number of minutes of exercise, number of calories burned, etc.).

The Zero Excuse Go program has personalized ongoing coaching allowing people to reach their target weight and to maintain it with their maintenance program. The maintenance program is one of the most important components of the program as it allows people to keep the weight off after the program.

This is the first and only Canadian service to use remote patient monitoring to help people lose weight.

Duration

Once you sign up, you are evaluated and one of the healthcare professionals will be in touch with you about what program would work for you and the duration of it. Programs can last anywhere from 4 to 12 months, according to your reality and your needs. Once the target weight is reached, you will be invited to participate in their maintenance program, thus ensuring that you will not regain in the long term the weight lost.

Cost

The Zero Excuse Go Program is a turnkey service that includes all the equipment provided as well as all the software, connectivity and consultations with their health professionals assigned to you.

The cost of the services varies depending on the duration of the program, the number of pounds to lose, your health condition (if you have diabetes, heart disease, etc.), your disabilities (arthritis), your age, etc.

An approximate cost of their services is given once you have completed the online questionnaire. The final price will be determined once the evaluation has been completed.

You can put an end to your participation to the weight loss program at any time and get a partial refund, if applicable.

Zero Excuse Go Services

Zero Excuse Go develops the program that is right for you and they take everything into account when they do such as your current health.

The specific services you can find at Zero Excuse Go are: Obesity and Diabetes; Obesity and High Blood Pressure; Obesity and High Cholesterol; Obesity and Heart Disease; Obesity and Arthritis; Obesity and Sleep Apnea; Obesity and Aesthetic; Obesity and Depression; Obesity and Eating Disorders; Obesity and Adolescence; and Obesity and Bariatric Surgery.

Not A Temporary Weight Loss Solution

The Zero Excuse Go works as it uses the technology needed to be easily accessible at all times and it is customized to each person’s needs. A person is not a number as they are a health team of professionals wanting each person to be healthy. Not only do they help you achieve your weight loss goal but they help you maintain it.

If you are looking to lose a substantial amount of weight (around 40-200 pounds), then check out the Zero Excuse Go Program. You may sign-up by clicking, here.

If you would like to join their private and free Facebook page click on this link, https://www.facebook.com/groups/ZeroExcuseGO/. Their health professionals are there to offer weight loss motivation and advice.

*This is a sponsored post. Momma Braga was compensated for writing and posting this article.

 

Z Goes First | Book Review

Have you ever wonder if the letters like where they stand in the alphabet? I know that I have wondered that a few times in my childhood. Luckily for me there is an author who has answered my childhood question.

Z Goes Firstwritten by Sean Lamb and illustrated by Mike Perry. This new children’s book has us giggling all the way through the alphabet!

Synopsis

“The letter Z is tired of being in last place—she wants to go first! So she and her best friend, Y, decide to move to the front of the alphabet.

There are a lot of letters in the way! D blocks the path with his belly (too many doughnuts). I is too full of himself (“I am incredible”). And L, M, N, O, and P stick together like a brick wall. They all teach Z and Y that the full alphabet is lot more complicated than just ABC.”

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We simply adored this book and have been reading it often (even not at bedtime). The journey through the alphabet that Z and Y take is a lot of fun to read. Z’s determination to be first can be truly appreciated and I loved the play on words with the letters describing a word that begins with themselves. It is a great opportunity to teach while we read a really fun book. The illustrations are captivating, bright and compliment the story beautifully. A feature in the book that we need to mention is at the beginning the alphabet is listed from A to Z and at the end of the book, we see it listed from Z to A. I personally loved that feature as it was a great way to test my daughter to see if she recognizes the letters without signing the traditional ABCs.

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview we give, Z Goes First, 5 ZZZs out of 5! We recommend to give this book a read to have some alphabet fun! To purchase a copy for your reading line-up, click here.

We are delighted to be part of the Z Goes First Blog Tour! Make sure to check them out on their publishing dates:

Z Goes First Back-to-School Blog Tour

Monday, September 10: Momma Braga

Tuesday, September 11: Babies to Bookworms

Wednesday, September 12: Blue Stocking Thinking

Thursday, September 13: Paperback Princess

Friday, September 14: The Baby Bookworm

Saturday, September 15: Sweet Southern Home

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this piece belong to Momma Braga and no other compensation or commission was offered in exchange for this review.

 

The Day That A Ran Away | Book Review

School is back in session and we have got our hands on some great new books! We just love reading the latest and greatest books. This new children’s book is no exception and it is perfect for the school year.

The Day That A Ran Awaywritten by B.C.R. Fegan and illustrated by Lenny Wen has made its way onto the #MelAndNikkiReview!

Now you may find the duo of B.C.R. Fegan and Lenny Wen familiar and you should as they have been featured on our blog before. This dynamic duo brought us, Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32 that we featured earlier this year. They have become one of our favorite writing duos!

Synopsis

When Jet’s teacher questions why he has completed his work by writing out the alphabet. Jet takes us on a wild adventure on why each letter left his page. Jet tries to explain that it really isn’t his fault. After all, how can he help it, if none of his letters want to stay on the page!

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The Day That A Ran Away clearly and cleverly moves through the alphabet from A to Z. Each page has a number of items to find and the simple rhyme on each page will help readers remember the letter sequence. The story also touches gently on the concept of homework and the importance of making an effort.

We just loved the book with each page turn. I am a big fan of rhyming books as it makes reading so much more fun for me as a parent and the illustrations are very captivating throughout. With each letter we are able to point out things on the page that begin with that letter of the alphabet. As a parent it helped me teach my daughter the alphabet in more depth by attaching it with recognizable words for her. For example D is for Dog. This book is recommended for children ages three to eight and it will be one of our favorites for story time.

For this #MelandNikkiReview we give it 5 A’s out of 5 as we love the rhyming, story, characters and the fun learning incorporated in the book. The book was so much fun to read and I know you will enjoy it too!

If you would like to purchase your very own copy, click here. This would be a nice addition to your children’s storytime line-up.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

 

 

 

 

 

 

*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this piece belong to Momma Braga and no other compensation or commission was offered in exchange for this review.

 

The Little School Bus | Book Review

A new school year is just about to start and it has parents excited (some kids not so much). With the new school year, comes some new reading and we are excited to introduce our readers to The Little School BusThis book is written by Margery Cuyler and illustrated by Bob Kolar.

Since this will be our daughter’s first year in school as she enters Kindergarten, she was really excited to see this book with a big yellow school bus in front. To her it is a clear sign of school and it was the only book she wanted me to read for storytime. It was also a great way for me to get comfortable with the fact that my little one was going off to school soon.

The Little School Bus is about a school bus driver by the name of Bob and his trusty little school bus. It takes us on their journey as they wake up early to pick up children and drop them off at school. Not to forget that sometimes a trip to the garage is in order to make sure it is in working order. 😉 It shows how busy their day can be as we travel with them throughout the book.

We loved this book and we recommend it for children between the ages of three to six. It was an easy read (loved the rhyming), flowed nicely and we loved the diversity in the book. The illustrations are cute and complimented the book beautifully. We believe that any child would enjoy this book and it is a great way to get to know what school bus drivers do. It is a hard but important job that is done. For all these reasons we give, The Little School Bus, 5 beep beeps out of 5 on the #MelAndNikkiReview!

If you would like to purchase this book and add it to your storytime lineup, click here. You won’t regret it and your child will love it!

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga