Tuesday, September 23, 2014

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch Review - Fun For Kids of All Ages!

VTech has been a go-to brand for me for years. I remember in high school I was given this extremely cool looking VTech cordless phone for my bedroom (this was before cell phones were much of a "thing" because you know, I'm like old and stuff...)  I loved it!  It was small and cute, was this gorgeous translucent dark teal colour, had great features and even appeared in a few of my favourite teen movies at the time. 

When my kids were born, I began to look at VTech toys knowing they'd be of the same great quality and likely tons of fun, too!  I have not been disappointed yet.  We LOVE everything they have to offer.  The latest gadget to make its way into our home is the new VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch. 

I knew the watch would be neat, but it honestly exceeded my expectations!  My son LOVES it, and I won't lie, I have fun playing around with it too.  

About the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch
The VTech® Kidizoom® Smartwatch is the smartest watch for kids! Perfect for young photographers, this durable smartwatch makes it easy to take photos and record videos on the go. They can also use the touch screen to explore their creativity with fun photo effects, frames and filters. The watch helps kids learn how to tell time by letting them choose between digital and analog displays. They can also choose between more than 50 clock face designs. It also includes a timer and alarm with a variety of fun animations to choose from. A voice recorder lets kids record their voice and play with five voice-changing effects. The Smartwatch also includes four learning games with the ability to download more from Learning Lodge™ using the included micro USB cable, which can also be used to upload photos and videos as well as recharge the battery. The Kidizoom® Smartwatch is also splash proof, making it perfect for everyday play. (Splash and sweat proof. Do not submerge and not suitable for showering or bathing). More than just a watch, it’s the Kidizoom® Smartwatch. 

When my son first got the watch, he couldn't wait to wear it.  I set it up for him and let him go to town.  He loves the bright green colour, and how "grown up" he looks wearing a fancy watch!  This weekend he decided he wanted to wear the watch on our trip to the grocery store.  A few minutes into my stuffing veggies into the shopping cart, I realized he was video recording my every move!  He thought it was pretty hilarious. While the watch is age rated from 4-7 years, kids are pretty clever these days and the Little Man just turned 3 but he's got most features figured out.  My daughter just turned 6 and she enjoys the watch as well, but I find she tires of it a little faster and will move on to something else.  

I'm amazed at how sensitive the touch screen is.  Often times when toys are touch screen, you really have to press at the screen to get it working.  With the watch, the sensitivity is great and it only takes a gentle tap of the finger.  As well, the quality of the camera is surprisingly good.  The watch takes better photos than the two toy cameras my kids have to play with. 

Our verdict?  AMAZING toy!  It'd make a great gift for birthdays or Christmas.  Find out more about the VTech Kidizoom Watch and other VTech products here!

Happy Shopping ;)


#VeryBadDay Family Movie Pass Giveaway #Winnipeg

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day will be coming to theatres on October 10th, 2014!  I am so excited to see this movie, as it's based on one of my very favourite children's books.  

About the film:
Disney's "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander () as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life - a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns he is not alone when his mom (), dad (), brother (Dylan Minnette), and sister () all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn't had one.


Lucky for all of you, I've got a family pass to the WINNIPEG advanced screening on Saturday, October 4th at 10am at Cineplex Odeon McGillivray to Giveaway! 

Contest open to Residents of Canada.  Winner must be able to attend Winnipeg screening on October 4th.  Ends Sept.28th, 2014.

Want to win?  Enter below! 

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Good Luck! 


Monday, September 22, 2014

Hexbug Aquabot 2.0 Review

Hexbugs have become a favourite tiny toy around here.  My kids love setting up their battle habitat to watch them "fight" just as much as they enjoy watching the tiny "bugs" skitter along the kitchen floor while they hop away from them!  (And torment the dog.  And me while I'm trying to cook dinner.)

The new Hexbug Aquabot is a new way to have tons of fun with Hexbugs, only in water!  

About Hexbug Aquabot 2.0
The new water-born Angelfish and Hammerhead Shark are  packed with smart fish technology, added sensors and an inner glow that makes them appear more alive than ever before!  The hi-tech sensor allows you to wake the sleeping fish by tapping on the tank.  Each fish comes with its own bowl and removable background stickers.  

When we first opened our fishy and plunked him into his bowl of water, he swam around slowly and then stopped.  I panicked for a second, but then remembered we had a brand new set of power cells (batteries) to add to the fish.  Once we changed out the batteries, the fish was really able to move!  My kids get a kick out of it.  The fish now sits on the kitchen table and they've been taking turns playing with it, recording video of it and...well... talking to it. lol.  I don't believe they've given him a name yet.  It's neat to see how tapping on the glass bowl will "wake it up" -- A fun little toy!  I think it'd be super neat in the tub and can't wait to toss it in one day while the kids are bathing, and wait for the screams and laughter!

You can find out more about the Hexbug Aquabot 2.0 here!

Happy Fishing ;)