Sparky the Fire Dog®: FREE App for Kids

Many of you know in addition to being a mom, I am an educator. I always enjoy sharing some important tips and tricks of the very things I find valuable and this is definitely one of those times.

My daughter recently came off the bus telling me that she saw the “big red truck” at school. She was excited to tell me everything that she learned about fire safety and it wasn’t long before my son came through the door sharing a similar event at school. It’s fire safety week – so what better time than now to talk to your kids about fire safety? Well, there is a FREE app that gets your kids in on the action of learning even more about fire safety at home on their handheld device!

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Meet Sparky the Fire Dog: The Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms – where fire safety connects kids to learning! You can download the FREE app directly onto your smartphone, tablet, or other device. (The app is available for iOS and Android.) I placed the app on my iphone and we downloaded it for my son on his Android tablet.

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The app is both an educational story and a game with simple and cute graphics. We read the story first. The best part is not only the content (teaching children some of the real dangers about fire and how to protect themselves) but it’s fully animated and interactive. There are many graphics to touch throughout the story that keeps their attention. Before turning each page, my son wanted to see what would happen if he touched various graphics; sometimes the story required him to respond by touching certain things and there were also some fun extras built into the app that moved or made noise which he seemed to love! He couldn’t wait to place the missing fire alarm in each room onto the right spot to hear it beep!

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He also really enjoyed the interactive nature of the story. And it’s perfect for emerging readers as well. The words are highlighted as they are read aloud, so any child can enjoy listening and watching the story without having to read at a particular level – they don’t have to be able to read it on their own to have some fun with it.

The app also comes with a game component which my son enjoyed equally as much. Again, this app is very engaging for children and holds their interest. It’s a wonderful way to introduce your kids to some important tips, especially during fire safety week!

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Be sure to download the FREE app here and get your kids exploring with Sparky the Fire Dog and have some fun learning all about fire safety!

Theta Mom® abides by word of mouth marketing standards and believes in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. I was compensated for review of the Sparky Fire Dog app. However, all opinions expressed are my own and the content of this post was not influenced. 

Meet Minted: A Thriving Marketplace for Talented Designers

With all of the advances in technology and new apps that seem to make our lives easier, there’s still something to be said for a beautiful, custom invitation or thank you card that arrives in the mail. To this day, I still make sure my kids handwrite a thank you note upon receiving a gift because I believe in the art of a thank you note which goes a long way – much further than a quick email or text would ever do.

The same goes for invitations and holiday cards. There’s something very special about receiving a piece of mail and holding the invite or card in your hands. Are you looking for a site that provides a quality product, great service, and wonderfully unique designs?

Meet Minted – a thriving community of talented designers who are creating beautiful customizable products, making minted.com the world’s premier marketplace for independent design.

mariam_naficyThe company was founded by Mariam Naficy in 2007 when she was prompted by the idea of creating a community where talented designers would be able to bring their very own designs to the marketplace – a space where artists and designers could express their vision, gain exposure, receive feedback and actually be given the chance to sell their designs. After developing a business plan, collaborating with a partner and receiving funding from multiple investors, Minted was born.

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“The Minted Manifesto: Allow the best designs to surface based on community interaction and not based on where a designer was educated, what type of capital or connections they have, or anything besides the pure quality of a design as judged by the community. We think this is the future of retail.”

Many think of Minted like the “Facebook” for designers. It truly is a leading space for designers to connect with one another and showcase their work. And the best part? Consumers get to choose from high quality designs that you will not see anywhere else and in the process, support talented artists and their work. It’s a total win/win.

“Our purpose in life is to uncover exceptional design from all over the world and bring this to savvy consumers who won’t accept anything else.”—Minted.com

Minted has everything from birth announcements, wedding invitations, to a fabulous array of birthday and holiday cards. You’ll find something for absolutely any occasion. And since we are smack in the midst of the back-to-school season, the company also offers stationary, notes, thank you cards and more – the perfect excuse to get your kids to write!

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You can shop for unique, personalized Wall Art:

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Or start off the school year with Personalized Stationary specifically designed for teachers:

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Browse through the endless assortment of beautiful Birth Announcements and Holiday Photo Cards which also top my list.

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I’m looking forward to surprising my family and friends this year with a unique design, one I’ll only find at Minted. Shop the full collection and gear up for back-to-school now! Be sure to follow Minted on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest to stay updated on the latest news, deals, and inspiration.

Still want to learn more about Minted? Check out this short video that highlights some of the designers featured on the site.

Theta Mom® abides by word of mouth marketing standards and believes in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. I was provided Minted credit to review the product and service. However, all opinions expressed are my own and the content of this post was not influenced. 

Desktop Planner by momAgenda® Review & Giveaway

The company momAgenda® was founded by former Colgate University graduate Nina Restieri. As a busy mom of four children and a former ad executive, she was always in need of organizing her busy schedule. Since its launch in 2005, momAgenda® offers a wide range of products to help moms organize their daily lives.

“Nina gets immense joy out of helping the pieces of everyone’s personal puzzle – family, career, home and social life – come together.” –momagenda.com

Well, it’s that magical time of year friends. It’s the time we start adding a little skip in our step as we dance through the aisles to purchase the required back-to-school supplies and plan for a new school year. As the Brand Ambassador for momAgenda® and leader of the Council of Media Moms, you know I am an absolute organizational freak. I could not imagine my life without the daily planning, resources and products from this company.

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I reviewed the 2014-2015 momAgenda® desktop in a vibrant violet shade. For me, this product is the perfect size. Each week is sectioned off with daily notes in the margin yet also provides ample pages for music, fashion, fitness, entertaining resources and even vacation planning!  As women, we are always scheduling appointments for ourselves and those in our family. I can effectively fit all of this information easily within the desktop and the best part is that all of these important dates, appointments and notes are in one place.

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You can purchase the momAgenda Desktop for $43 and be sure to follow momAgenda® on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date on new products and deals. You can also follow the COMM Team and the momAgenda® Blog for the latest community news.

We are quickly approaching the Back-to-School season and we know you Theta Moms are in need of organization this time of year, so the COMM Team is launching a series of giveaways that will run now through September to get you ready! Enter to win because momAgenda® is giving one lucky Theta Mom® reader her very own Desktop!!! 

***This contest is now closed. Congratulations Diana! An email has been sent.***

GIVEAWAY RULES:

Visit momAgenda and leave a comment telling me the name of the momAgenda® product that’s on YOUR wish list this Back-to-School season. Be sure to tweet the following as an extra entry:

I’m getting organized with @momAgenda for Back-to-School! I just entered the #giveaway @ThetaMom http://www.thetamom.com/2014/08/desktop-planner-by-momagenda-review-giveaway/ #momAgendaCOMM

This contest is open to US and Canada residents, ages 18+ and will close on Monday, August 11th. A winner will be selected via random.org. {The winner must have a valid email address and claim the prize within 48 hours. Otherwise, another winner will be chosen}.

Theta Mom® abides by word of mouth marketing standards and believes in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. As the Brand Ambassador for momAgenda® and the Leader of COMM: Council of Media Moms, I am compensated for the work I perform including posts such as this. In addition, I received a Desktop planner to facilitate this review. However, all opinions expressed are purely my own and the content of this post was not influenced in any way.

Back-to-School with Lunchbox Love®

The company Say Please, Inc. was founded by a mom of two and licensed psychotherapist, Judi Willard. She developed a product line embedded with positive messaging to help boost children’s self-esteem. Who doesn’t love the idea of sending their child off to school with words of encouragement and praise?

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Lunchbox Love® has been seen on Good Morning AmericaThe Today Show, and The Wall Street Journal serving a huge purpose that goes far beyond the lunchbox. I’ve been using Lunchbox Love® with my children since I partnered with the brand serving as the Brand Ambassador leading the Lunchbox Love® Mom Panel.

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If you haven’t seen the new line of Lunchbox Love® products yet, be sure to check out the full site. There are so many fun new products to smile at, a line of Strength and Hope to share with a loved one dealing with a loss, and even products to encourage, inspire and life you up – such as my new favorite, Never Give Up. There’s a Lunchbox Love® note for anyone in your life! And even more exciting, the brand just launched a whole new website making your browsing and shopping experience even easier than before – and who could forget about the new company blog? There is so much great advice offered, simple recipes to try and so much more!

You can purchase Lunchbox® Love directly from the company site and use the code: THETA to receive 15% OFF your order.  Stay updated on the latest Lunchbox Love® news and promos on Twitter and Facebook. You can also follow the brand along on IG and Pinterest.

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Since we are quickly approaching the Back-to-School season, wouldn’t you love some Lunchbox Love® this school year? The Mom Panel is hosting giveaways all month long to kick off Back-to-School. Say Please, Inc. will be giving away volumes of Lunchbox Love® to some lucky followers – so follow the hashtag #LBLmoms to enter the contests as they go live and good luck!

Theta Mom® abides by word of mouth marketing standards and believes in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. As the Brand Ambassador for Say Please, Inc., I am compensated for the work I perform including posts such as this. In addition, I received Lunchbox Love® to facilitate this review. However, all opinions expressed are purely my own and the content of this post was not influenced in any way.

MyChronicleBooks: Personalized Books for Children

Are you running out of unique ideas on what to give your child for an upcoming birthday or holiday? Are you looking for the perfect gift for a special child in your life or maybe you’re on a quest to find an affordable gift that a child will treasure forever?

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Meet MyChronicleBooks, a publishing company originally founded in San Francisco in 1967. Twenty years later, the company launched its first children’s list and today, it publishes over 300 books, stationary and journals each year. However, this company does more than simply publish books. MyChronicleBooks also offers complete personalization providing you and your child a wonderful reading experience. The company states:

ChronicleBooks_QuoteMyChronicleBooks carries a variety of children’s titles to choose from offering distinct personalization based on the unique characteristics of your child.

chroniclebooks_princessI chose to review Princess: The Day in the Life of a Princess  which presents a classic tale that every girl adores. The personalization process allows your daughter (or special little girl in your life) to share in the majestic dream by incorporating her very own name, skin tone, hair color, photo, hometown, date of birth and favorite color throughout the entire story. Your little girl’s name will also be inserted onto the front cover (as seen in the photo to the left) and on pages throughout the story, making this unique princess book a one-of-kind treasure!  You can imagine the joy and excitement shown on the faces of little girls everywhere as they see their name and hometown printed in the book.

Do you have a special little boy in your life? Well, fear not – there are an array of titles to choose from that your son would adore – and of course, full personalization is available. Additionally, the company also offers a number of companion products based on the book themes that can be personalized for children as well.

Book1The fully personalized book process (which is so easy to navigate on the site) even allows you to upload your child’s photo to make the book even more individualized. You can also select options to incorporate additional unique elements throughout the story. I was also able to add in some personal text, sharing a special message with my daughter that was printed in the book. This added personalization is the perfect addition for any parent or loved one to give to a child as a gift – whether it’s celebrating a birthday, special occasion, or holiday, the possibilities are endless. These preferences made available through MyChronicle Books truly make this book a one-of-a-kind.

My daughter absolutely loved seeing her name in print and reading about her adventure as the main character in the story. What little girl wouldn’t love seeing herself as the princess in her very own princess book? It was a magical moment to watch my child read her name in print as she read the story for the very first time – and aren’t these the kind of moments we want to create for our kids? You can see for yourself the magic of MyChronicle Books in this short clip:

chroniclebooks_princessnotecardThis special book, coordinating growth chart and notecard by MyChronicleBooks are things my daughter will remember for a long time; they are special gifts that she will always keep and hopefully, share with her own child one day. It’s the kind of experience that is making a precious memory for her – and for me!

Shop MyChronicleBooks and the full line of companion products that coordinate perfectly with specially selected scenes from the original storybook. Some of these products include a personalized Placemat, Lunch Box, Growth Chart, Wall Art, Gift Cards and more!

***Theta Mom® readers receive 25% OFF all personalized items at MyChronicleBooks! Use discount code MYCB-SAVE25 at checkout. {Offer ends 7/31/14}

Join over 54,000 others and follow MyChronicleBooks on Twitter . You can also follow along with over 51,000 others on Facebook to stay updated on the latest promotions, news and information.

Theta Mom® abides by word of mouth marketing standards and believes in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. I was provided a personalized princess book, growth chart  and notecard via MyChronicleBooks for review. However, all opinions expressed are my own and the content of this post was not influenced.