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Otis Grows by Kathryn Hast

Otis Grows is one of my favorite new books on the market. Explaining certain issues to children can be difficult, but Kathryn Hast really tackled a hard-to-explain issue with Otis Grows. Otis Grows explores the issues of family conflict. This book did a wonderful job of understanding what happens when mom and dad don’t get along, which is a growing issue for children these days. This book also covered the issue of children not fitting in. I really love how Kathryn Hast covered such dark topics with adorable illustrations and super fun characters. Some of the unique characters included Otis (the son of a chicken and a flower), The NUH-UHS (Otis’ mother), and The YES-CHUMS (Otis’ father). In my opinion this is a must-read for children of all ages, and I can’t wait to see what kind of issues Kathryn Hast covers in her next children’s book.

Book Excerpt: Young Otis is forced to question his origin and allegiances, given that his mom, a yellow chicken, is part of the Nuh-Uhs, and his dad, a blue flower, stems from the Yes-Chums. Struggling to find answers, Otis runs away, only to encounter more colors (and cultures) than he could ever imagine, including a giant portrait full of possibilities.

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*I RECEIVED THE PRODUCTS MENTIONED ABOVE FOR FREE IN RETURN FOR AN UNBIASED REVIEW. I ONLY REVIEW AND RECOMMEND PRODUCTS OR SERVICES THAT I HAVE USED PERSONALLY. I AM DISCLOSING THIS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION’S 16 CFR, PART 255: “GUIDES CONCERNING THE USE OF ENDORSEMENTS AND TESTIMONIALS IN ADVERTISING”. THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS POST ARE ENTIRELY MY OWN*

Degustabox: March

In my opinion, this month’s Degustabox was mostly about being healthy. Usually we have a ton of snack foods which this month’s box did not have. However, I was equally as impressed with all of the healthy foods included in this box. Inside this month’s box we had a box of Good Thins ($3.69/box), a bag of Mr.Thinster’s ($2.99/bag), a box of Tolerant Foods ($4.99/box), a box of Goya Quinoa Blend ($2.99/box), a box of Loacker cookies ($3.99/box), a box of Paul’s Quinoa ($7.49/box), a bottle of Energems ($6.99/bottle), a 7 days snack ($1.49/pack), a bag of Boboli pizza dough ($4.99/bag) and a can of Lemoncocco ($1.59/Can).  That is a total value of $36.21 which is $16.21 over the price of the subscription. Other than the Loacker cookies, Good Thins and  Energems, everything in this box was new to me. I was excited to try so many different brands (especially the Mrs.Thinster’s and the 7Days croissant). Although this wasn’t my favorite Degustabox, I was extremely excited to learn about some great new brands! These are things I would have never grabbed off of the shelves myself (which is the point of a subscription box, right?)! 

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*I RECEIVED THE PRODUCTS MENTIONED ABOVE FOR FREE IN RETURN FOR AN UNBIASED REVIEW. I ONLY REVIEW AND RECOMMEND PRODUCTS OR SERVICES THAT I HAVE USED PERSONALLY. I AM DISCLOSING THIS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION’S 16 CFR, PART 255: “GUIDES CONCERNING THE USE OF ENDORSEMENTS AND TESTIMONIALS IN ADVERTISING”. THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS POST ARE ENTIRELY MY OWN*

Lenovo Yoga Book: 2-In-1 Tablet

 I recently started searching for a new 2-in-1 that I could use as a laptop at work, but use as a tablet while on the go. Finding the perfect laptop can be difficult, but finding a great 2-in-1 is even harder! The Lenovo Yoga Book 2-In-1 Tablet is easily the most innovative computer I have seen in a long time (with a very nice price tag to match)! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one to test it out. Now, I am far from a technical genius, however I do have a little bit of technical background. This Lenovo Yoga Book 2-In-1 Tablet completely blew my mind.Untitled

What’s in the Box?

– 1 Yoga Book

-1 Charging cable

-1 Charging box

– 1 Real Pen

– 1 Book Pad (with 15 pages)

– 3 Real Pen Ink Refills

-User Manual

  To start, I was extremely impressed at how lightweight this device was. Yoga Book devices start off at a whopping 1.52 pounds! The Yoga Book 2-In-1 has an extremely sleek and modern design to it. The LED display is exceptional and has beautiful HD resolution. Given its long list of features, I fully expected a great quality display. The permanently-attached keyboard can be flipped when in use as a tablet, or used regularly as a laptop. What really blew my mind about the keyboard it that it is holographic and only appears when it is needed!  I was a bit nervous at how accurate the holographic keyboard would be, however I haven’t had any issues whatsoever! I was also impressed that with with the simple push of a button, the keyboard disappears and the device can be used as a design board!  By pressing the pen icon above the keyboard you can use the empty surface to draw or take notes .

Untitled.pngUsing the included Yoga Book Real Pen, users can write on real paper while the device records the strokes! The Yoga Book Real Pen is capable of digitizing notes or sketches with 2048 pressure levels. The Lenovo Create Pad is perfect for business professionals, students, and even artists who want to save their notes in real-time. The accuracy of the Yoga Book Real Pen is phenomenal, and I have not had any issues with it picking up my exact handwriting. I can even fold the tablet backwards and use it as a traditional notepad while the device keeps a digital backup.20170317_115759.jpgGetting into the actual system of the device, I was equally as impressed.  This device can easily running a few applications at once without crashing. Everything opened fairly fast, and I was able to search the internet within seconds. The  Lenovo Yoga Book 2-In-1 Tablet has 64GB of storage which isn’t a ton, however it can be expanded with a microSD card. I can also use a micro USB adapter to use some of my previous accessories such as my wireless mouse!  There is a power button and volume button on the device’s right side, while the charging port, a microSD slot, and a HDMI port sit on the device’s left side. There are also two speakers on both sides of the keyboard.PicMonkey Collage.jpgOverall, I think the Lenovo Yoga Book: 2-In-1 Tablet is a very forward-thinking device. It is extremely easy to navigate, even without a ton of technical background. The device’s amazing features such as the  Create Pad and holographic keyboard really separate this tablet from leading competitors. In my opinion this would be best for students (note-taking), business professionals, or artists (sketching).

Tech Specs

Included Applications: Lenovo Note Saver, Lenovo Collection, Lenovo SHAREit, Lenovo SYNCit, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, McAfee® Security, Evernote® ArtRage, TouchPal IME

Processor: Up to Intel® Atom™ x5-Z8550

Operating System: Android™ 6.0

Sound: Dolby Atmos®

Memory: RAM up to 4GB LPDDR3 and ROM up to 64GB

Card Slot : MicroSD™ slot (Supports Up to 128 GB)

Battery Life: Li-ion Polymer battery with over 70 day standby time

Dimensions(W x T x H): (inches) : 10.1″ x 0.38″ x 6.72″

Weight: Starting at 1.52 lbs (690 g)

Screen: 10.1″ IPS LED Touch Screen (1920 x 1200)

Color Depth: 16.7 Million

Color Gamut: 70%

Brightness: 400 nits

Material: Metal

Camera: Rear 8MP Auto-Focus, Front 2MP Fixed Focus

WLAN: 11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi wireless

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Buy Gift Save Success

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Remember my post back in January about BuyGiftSave.com? The website that helps you save for you child future. Well guess what? I used it this month for my daughter Kinsley’s third birthday party and it was a HUGE success! Overall, the account was extremely easy to set up and my family found it much easier than buying gifts off of the shelf! To start, I had to create Kinsley’s birthday event. I had to enter some basic info including Kinsley’s savings account number. I was not charged any fee for setting up the registry.Untitled.png

Next, I had to create an invitation and create a gift registry. There were about six different invitations to choose from and I was able to customize it with a photo or video. I chose to go with a simple fireworks invitation. For the gift registry, I was surprised how easy it was to find gifts. There were lots of gifts to choose from all separated by style/gender and I was able to successfully find about 20 gifts I knew my daughter would love (all under $20). 

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After I set up the account, I was able to invite guests via Facebook, Google, or manually by email. I was also able to share out a unique party link to those people without social media or emails. I was able to invite all 30 of my guests and Buy Gift Save kept track of who responded to the RSVP! I literally just had to set up the account adn Buy Gift Save did the rest!

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Within minutes of sending out invitations, I was notified that someone gave Kinsley a monetary donation! I can’t wait to do this every year and see how much I can save for her future. As a single mom, the thought of college tuition was horrifying! Now, I don’t have to worry about her future thanks to Buy Gift Save and my amazing family/friends!

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This post is sponsored by Buy Gift Save. Momma’s Little Reviews received compensation in exchange for writing this review.

Beauty and the Beast Activity Sheets

Today is the day we have all been waiting for! Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (featuring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens) is out in theaters! The latest live-action movie is a wonderful re-telling of the studio’s animated classic from a new contemporary view. To celebrate, we are sharing some amazing new activity sheets which were provided to us from Disney. Print out the activity sheets below, and be sure to order your tickets to see the amazing new Beauty and the Beast out in theatres today!

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Beauty and the Beast Coloring Sheet

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Activity Maze

About Beauty and the Beast: Directed by Oscar® winner Bill Condon and based on the 1991 animated film, the film is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice. “Beauty and the Beast” will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.

The Film’s Stars: The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; six-time Tony Award® winner Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, the wardrobe; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

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The information provided above about Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was found on the movie’s official website. The activity pages were provided by Disney Media. 

Go! Go! Smart Wheels® Press & Race™ from Vtech

My daughter is obsessed with trucks but hates most truck toys on the market. I have purchased her quite a few of those “pullback” vehicles which require you to pull them back in order to see them fly across the floor. My daughter isn’t strong enough to pull them back, which usually ends in a crying fit. I also purchased a few wind up trucks and remote control cars but again, no luck. These Go! Go! Smart Wheels® Press & Race™ vehicles from Vtech have completely solved our issues. Since these are not “pullback” trucks, my daughter is able to make them go without a struggle! She simply has to push on the top and they shoot forward across the floor!  I was extremely impressed with how easily they go across the floor because my daughter didn’t even push them down all the way! Whether we are using them with a Go! Go! Smart Wheels® racetrack  or playing with individual cars, my daughter has such a blast with her little vehicles. These cars are definitely age-appropriate (1-5 years) and are the perfect size for tiny hands!  I can’t wait to expand her collection so that she can finally continue her little truck obsession!

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*I RECEIVED THE PRODUCTS MENTIONED ABOVE FOR FREE IN RETURN FOR AN UNBIASED REVIEW. I ONLY REVIEW AND RECOMMEND PRODUCTS OR SERVICES THAT I HAVE USED PERSONALLY. I AM DISCLOSING THIS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION’S 16 CFR, PART 255: “GUIDES CONCERNING THE USE OF ENDORSEMENTS AND TESTIMONIALS IN ADVERTISING”. THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS POST ARE ENTIRELY MY OWN*

Candy Club

This is the perfect subscription box for anyone with a sweet tooth! Candy Club is a monthly subscription box filled with hand selected candy. Plans include a monthly plan for $27.99/month, a 6 month plan for $22.99/month, and a 12 month plan for $19.99/month. You can also upgrade your subscription to include additional candy. These upgrades are 1 addition for $7.99/candy, two additions for $6.99/candy, or three additions for $5.99/candy. Once you pick a plan, Candy Club gives you a quick survey to determine which candy will go into your box. After my survey, I was given three candies. I had the option to approve these candies or choose something else. Since I liked what was in my box, I hit okay and waited for my box to be shipped straight to me! This month’s box included Fini® Sour Filled Watermelon Bricks, Nassau® Chocolate Duds, and Fini® Assorted Jellies.  The sour filled watermelon bricks were extremely flavorful. They are licorish style ropes filled with sour watermelon cream! The chocolate duds were nice and chewy. Each bite was filled with caramel which was nice.  Every bite was a bit different, but everything was filled with chocolatey goodness! The assorted jellies were nice and sweet. They had a huge variety of flavors and I couldn’t stop eating them! On top of my three main candies, I also received green apple salt water taffy! Overall, I think Candy Club is a great investment! I received well over three pounds of candy which will last me well into my next box. Each candy also came in a closable container, so my goodies will stay fresh until I decide to chow down again! Such a fun (and yummy) subscription box!

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Bumbo Elipad

While giving my daughter a bath one night, I started thinking about how amazing it would be to have something to kneel on besides my thin old towels. I went out and purchased one of those cheap thin knee pads,  but of course it didn’t help! It also didn’t last very long and the stuffing started bursting out of the side. That is when I discovered the Bumbo Elipad! The Bumbo Elipad is a super soft contoured pad perfect to kneel or sit on. Not only is it extremely lightweight and easy to carry, but it is also easy to clean and perfect for on-the-go! I was very excited when I received my Elipad in the mail. I used it to bathe my daughter that very night, but I also used it outside while gardening earlier that afternoon. It is extremely versatile! My daughter even used it to sit on while playing with her toys! The Elipad is extremely soft and provides fantastic knee support.  I can tell that the material is very durable and will last us quite some time. I can’t believe that I didn’t look for this product sooner! The Bumbo Elipad is definitely one of those “Why Didn’t I Think Of That” products! I plan on purchasing a second Elipad to keep at her Nana’s house simply because I don’t want to share mine!

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*I RECEIVED THE PRODUCTS MENTIONED ABOVE FOR FREE IN RETURN FOR AN UNBIASED REVIEW. I ONLY REVIEW AND RECOMMEND PRODUCTS OR SERVICES THAT I HAVE USED PERSONALLY. I AM DISCLOSING THIS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION’S 16 CFR, PART 255: “GUIDES CONCERNING THE USE OF ENDORSEMENTS AND TESTIMONIALS IN ADVERTISING”. THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS POST ARE ENTIRELY MY OWN*

Country Crush

This heartwarming indie musical featuring Jana Kramer is sure to be a hit with everyone in your family! The story follows aspiring singer Nancy Taylor and good-hearted country boy Charlie Bishop. Sparks fly instantly between the two despite being from two very different worlds (and the fact that Nancy already has a boyfriend back home). This family drama left me on the edge of my seat as I watched their love, and tragedy, unfold. I truly enjoyed all of their original music, and I didn’t get that “cheesy musical” vibe whatsoever. This movie was extremely well put together and they couldn’t have chosen a better cast!

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DVD Excerpt: Brothers Charlie and Cody are doing what they can to in order to get by after the death of their parents. Older brother Cody has enlisted in the army and is about to leave his wife Katherine and their young son. Charlie works as a car mechanic, having put his dream of becoming an engineer on hold when the cost of tuition was too high. When aspiring singer/songwriter Nancy comes to town, she and Charlie find themselves instantly attracted to each other, despite the fact that she already has a boyfriend who is also managing her music career. When the ultimate tragedy strikes, these country souls will have to find the strength to carry on, love again and learn to follow their dreams

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