Cool Gift Alert: Dora Talking Digital Camera

I am so excited to share with you a great product that would make a cool gift idea this year, it’s the Dora Talking Digital Camera and my kids won’t put the thing down nor stop begging to play the Dora games on my computer.

Dora Digital Camera Picture FrameThis is one of the best pictures that came off of the camera, because all of the pictures were taken by the kids or in a dark room by Justin.  These boys love the camera most of all, Miss Ki I think at almost 8 years of age is a bit old for this particular camera. Maybe it’s just because my daughter is way beyond where she should be and is into tween stuff most of the time. I do know for a fact my sons who are 2 and 4 love taking pictures and seeing them upload onto the computer and framing them like in the above picture.


  • Dora the Explorer Snapshots software to get photos and videos from your camera, manage and organize your images by creating albums, edit images using automatic and manual tools.
  • Works as a Webcam on Windows and Macintosh computers
  • 3 Voice hints that are alternately heard before taking photos: “We did it, yeah!”, “Fantastica” and “…giggle…”
  • Dora the Explorer installation CD also has games the children can play.

What Does the Happily Blended Family Think?

I wasn’t sure how I felt about this Dora Talking Digital Camera when I first opened it.  The thought that immediately crossed my mind was “how long is it going to take my sons to destroy this” because in all honesty that is what they do to about 80% of their new things, unless I hide their new stuff and heavily monitor play time.

Once my sons used this camera and my 4 year old played with his 7 year old sister on the Dora the Explorer games I was very impressed with this product and recommend it as a cool gift for that birthday or other holiday event!

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Baked Potatoes Here I Come

If you are my Facebook friend you will see that I have been on the look out for some Busy Mommy type recipes.  I have been putting my crock pot to use this year since my daughter has so many activities that keep us on the road more often than normal but I have also been trying to get my family away from all those boxed meals and eating a bit more healthy.

On my search I came across a really awesome meal idea that has to do with baked potatoes, which makes me very happy! I purchased a huge thing of potatoes thinking it would be easy to find a good way to cook them up, or bake them actually. After searching I couldn’t find any good recipe and then Emily walked into my MomDot Forum life and shared a great recipe idea that I really feel will be a hit in my home!

The recipe Emily shared with me was BBQ Chicken Baked Potatoes with Hidden Cauliflower Mash and boy does it look delicious! This recipe involves using baked potatoes, chicken, Worcestershire, mustard, salt and pepper! Sounds so yummy and the picture on her site looks so yummy! I just hope that if I purchase the chicken to do this with that my children eat it without a fuss!

What are your thoughts? Did you look at the recipe on Busy Mommy’s and see if this is something you may try to cook for your family?

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Crest Pro-Health Complete Rinse Test Drive

It is official I am test driving Crest Pro-Health Complete Rinse this month and I am excited to tell you that I will share my journey in one blog post in the next couple of weeks! I started using Crest Pro-Health Complete Rinse last week.

For starters I want to share with you what my oral health practices were prior to this test drive campaign. First I brush my teeth two times a day with my children to encourage healthy teeth brushing habits, children learn by seeing. I am horrible about flossing, barely ever do it and when I go to the dentist they always can tell I haven’t been flossing regularly and I do get a little lecture on that. Overall my dentist appointments go rather well.  Since I hadn’t been to the dentist in a few years I did end up with two cavities, but they only worked on one of them as the other one is just starting up.

When it comes to mouth wash or rinse I barely use it because it either tastes too sugary or burns from the alcohol in it, either way it leaves me with an unpleasant feeling in my mouth and I haven’t rinsed with mouth wash in a long time because of that.

Basically right now I brush my teeth two times per day and that’s that. Let’s see how well I do using Crest Pro-Health Complete Rinse during this test drive and how clean my mouth feels afterward.  I will let you know soon how this all goes along!

Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a test drive campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Crest and received a sample to facilitate my candid review. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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A Maze of a Time

Last weekend we got a little bored on Sunday and knew we had stuff to get done but couldn’t deal with the idea of just sitting at home trying to “get things done”. We had all three kids here and wanted to enjoy some of the nice weather. I thought about a corn maze, we went last year to Beech Hill Farm in Hopkinton, NH and had a grand ole’ time…

Picture from Oct. 2009

Picture from Oct. 2009

Baby K was a young tyke back then and was able to travel in style in his stroller but this year he was without stroller and pouted ran a lot! The thing we love most about Beech Hill Farm’s corn mazes is that they are all set up with interesting ways for kids {and adults} to learn new things. Last year we did the Statue of Liberty and learned all sorts of historical type facts. This year we did the Unsolved Mysteries corn maze and had fun learning about all the mysteries of the world! If you are not big on corn mazes Beech Hill Farm in Hopkinton, NH also has a nature trail for you to enjoy!

Corn Maze September 2010

Siblings hand in hand leaving the maze

Of course I took way more pics than just the one above before we headed off to the barn to order some ice cream cones, but they are sitting on my Blackberry until I figure out how to get them from camera memory to my media card memory. I certainly hope we go back again this year to do one of the other two corn mazes they have set up. The price is perfect, only $5 per person and kids 3 years and under are free. Baby K is 2 therefore he got to have a blast for free!

Have you gone to any corn mazes this year? I would love to hear some of your corn maze stories as this is only our second year going, last year was our first experience of a corn maze our whole lives.

Disclosure: I didn’t receive anything for this blog post, my family paid our way in, paid for ice cream cones and even paid for a tomato. All I got was the joy of smiles, laughter and a pouty 2 year old.

CLOSED Cool Gift Alert & Giveaway: Stylish Personalized Items

Princess Ki With Lunchbox My daughter recently received one of many stylish personalized lunch boxes that has diva girl written all over it, yes it’s partially because actually has this lunchbox personalized for Miss Ki with her name on all sides you can think of. Guess Miss Ki will not lose her lunchbox this school year!

Miss Ki takes her personalized lunchbox everywhere she can, especially to school. This is a snack lunchbox and occasional lunch lunchbox. She adores it and everyone in her class has asked her “where did you get that lunchbox?”. Miss Ki simply replied to them “well you can’t get it at a normal store. My Mom works on the computer and she always gets me neat stuff in the mail. This came in the mail”. I had to giggle and told her next time show them the website that’s on the side of the lunchbox.

Mind you, these are all elementary age children so maybe they know what a website is, maybe not. I think of myself as lucky having an almost eight year old who can navigate the computer better than most. So not only is my daughter happy with this product but she is the envy of her friends! I love that she is getting all this positive praise at school over a lunchbox. It’s the simple things in life I tell ya!

AJ totally picked this out himself!

AJ totally picked this out himself! totally rocks, why? Because they let my four year old pick out something so he could have a little something personalized too! This year AJ isn’t in preschool yet as planned, due to some back up potty training issues, however, I am working with him from home. AJ picked out a personalized pad of paper with fire on it, he loves it! This is my sons special work on writing pad of paper that we will use to practice writing names and the alphabet this “school” year in order to prep him for Kindergarten.

Overall these personalized gifts are fantastic, stylish and have been pretty heavy duty for all three of the kids, because yes Baby K didn’t get a thing but he certainly loves to play with sissy’s lunchbox. Mind you, Baby K is two years old so he really didn’t need a thing from this year except maybe on of their personalized growth charts.

I have a giveaway to host today for you all and it’s for a personalized storybook of your choice!

Giveaway starts today and ends at 11:59pm on September 21, 2010

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Good luck and have fun!

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