Proud Mom Moments: Spelling Bee

mother and daughterMy daughter is such an overachiever, I think she is much like me in that we get our mind set on something and refuse to do anything but our absolute best. Sometimes my daughter really thrives to be perfect, and that part of her personality can drive me bonkers at time. The fact that Kiara always wants to succeed but is now more accepting of knowing that she should be proud to have done her best is great to see.

Today there was a spelling bee in town, and forgive me but I am not sure what grades did this. I do know that there were a lot of students who made it to the spelling bee and so many kids were spelling words I had to double think or could not even begin to spell on my own. The kids rocked!

It was down to three students, my daughter being one of them. I had tightened my fists, body tense…. and then it happened, my daughter was head to head with a fantastic partner in the Spelling Bee. Another girl who was brilliant too, the words were just flying off of the tongues so easily. I felt my body get more tense, a smile across my face, tears in my eyes. I knew that no matter if my daughter made first place, I was already so dang proud of her for making it this far in the spelling bee.

Then it happened, one word and of course I have no clue what that word is because I was too darn tense to even think about the word. My daughter and this other girl competed up until one spelled a word right, then that person who spelled the word right was given another word to spell. If that person spelled that word correct then he/she would be deemed the champion!

I am so happy for the family of the girl who made first place and so dang proud and happy for my daughter who made second place. What a fantastic parental moment, when that child you raised gets that high in a spelling bee. It was a great competition and so much fun, now do not mind me if I walk around with permagrin today for my daughter made second place in this spelling bee that she had studied for so hard! I am proud. I had tears, she had tears. Then we laughed because we had tears. I love my daughter and couldn’t be more proud of the person she is growing to be!

Joy Tales Bedtime Stories for Kids on your iPad

Joy Tales is a cute iPad storybook with a collection of 12 original stories. This is a storybook that grows with your child. Aged 2-6 your child will enjoy the beautiful sense of humor and animated pages with Joy Tales.

Collect all 12 original stories as you would with paperback books on your bookshelf, except this is on your Ipad. Be a part of the interactive tale.  Listen in any language you wish, because this app available in Italian and English. Soon in German, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Japanese, too.

The app developer teamed up with professionals in the field of apps design (illustrators, animation designers, etc…) – a child neuropsychiatric doctor, a pediatrician and a journalist to give you Joys Tales. This is the way they felt their app would engage your child appropriately!

The stories are balanced and complete for your age 2-6 year old child. There are many options that will allow your child to be a part of the tale right from the beginning of the story and this will help encourage a love of reading in this technologically based world we live in.

I must admit, I am loving all of these new storybook apps for children. I know the kids love those tablets and now they can love the tablets while loving books too!

You can pick up Joy Tales, or rather download, from the iTunes store today! Let me know if you check it out, I would love to hear your feedback in the comments below!

uwritechinese at the App Store for iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad

Whether you are looking for your child to learn a new language or teach your child their native Chinese tongue, this cute app uwritechinese allows children ages 2-4 to start learning how to write Chinese with a bit of fun and colors!

The uwritechinese app allows children to use their pointer finger as a way to follow along on the app screen to learn how to write Chinese. A fun tune is played at the end of every drawing and it covers simplified Chinese only. From ages 2-4 children are sponges so it’s a great way to encourage your child to learn how to write in another language. I honestly learned to speak another language in high school but we never covered the writing of that particular language.

It’s great to know there is an app to help your child learn to write Chinese especially if that is their native tongue and they are living in the United States which is primarily based in the English language. The motivational technique of your child writing to earn 5 stars really helps them to keep moving forward to reach the five stars!  Here is a video tutorial to assist in showing you more about this app:

If you are ready to check out uwritechinese you may get it on the App Store currently for 99 cents by clicking here.

Note from the developer – they are working further on more updates to add more chinese characters to the app, but it will take a longer time, perhaps 2-3 weeks more.

{Random Thought} I am Obsessed with the Word Awesome

I don’t know if it has anything to do with the fact that I was born in the 80′s or if it’s just because I truly think I am awesome but I love the word awesome. I love this word so much that my middle child is often called “Awesome AJ” because of course both words start with A.

I say the word awesome so much that my three kids have picked up the word and use it quite often as a definition for something they love or something I did to please them.

Granted, I am happy that the kids picked up the word awesome over other words I happen to say frequently.

So anyways – just so you all know YOU ARE ALL AWESOME!

What is your word that you are simply obsessed with?

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Winnie The Pooh A Valentine For You

WTPValentineForYouSpecialEditionDVD The DVD cover reads “Get ready to fall in love with this timeless Special Edition of Winne The Pooh’s beloved Valentine’s Day classic!” They were not joking, I love Winnie the Pooh and this sweet honey bear brings back memories for sure of my younger years. I am not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day but this DVD was a special addition to our family movie collection.

This special edition DVD was released on January 5th and I was able to get a sneak peek of the collection prior to it’s release. My children loved this DVD, Baby K loves “poo” as he calls the squish-able bear and my other two children just love Piglet, I am an Eeyore fan myself, seriously I collect everything to do with him!

My family was very pleased with this DVD and would highly recommend it to be an addition to any family who loves Winnie The Pooh!


*”Catch the Love Bug Game” – Flying “Love Bugs” are on the loose in the Hundred Acre Wood and it’s up to the viewer to catch as many as possible

*Pooh-themed Valentine’s Day cards

Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You Special Edition is available for U.S. $29.99 (SRP), Canada $35.99 (SRP) from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.


Rated: TV-Y

Run time: 60 minutes

DVD aspect ratio: Full screen (1:33:1)

Sound: Dolby Digital Surround Sound

Language: English, Spanish, French

I found this DVD on Amazon for $23.99 but I am sure you can purchase it at Walmart and other stores too!

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this DVD for complete review, I was not paid any money for my opinion of this product. All opinions are 100% mine.

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