Wednesday, 25 March 2015

My Take on the BEST Features of the Nokia Lumia 830! #LumiaSwitch

Disclaimer: I was provided with a Lumia 830, for review purposes. 
All opinions are my own. Thank you!

Over the last few weeks I have had the opportunity to try out the Nokia Lumia 830 and now that the period of sharing is coming to an end, I wanted to share with you some of the highlights, in my mind, of said Lumia 830!

For starters, this phone comes with a windows platform and everything you need is lain out in front of you from the moment you switch it on, with easy to navigate tiles and a quick swipe over to the side for an alphabetical list of all of your apps!

No more searching aimlessly through screens of app icons if you don't want to, and if there is something you'd like to do that doesn't even have an app, then there's kind of an app for that, too, with Cortana!

Cortana has been by far one of my favorite aspects of this neat, slim, stylish phone and she's polite, too! She'll call you whatever you ask her too and she'll even sing you a song, tell you a joke or look up the nearest place to eat at when you're starving and just have to munch on something RIGHT NOW!

The OneDrive, too, is one of the most useful tools I have had on a phone! The OneDrive is like a cloud of delight where you can upload all your photos and files and keep them in a safe place, PLUS access them from anywhere that you can log-in to your OneDrive - and yes, there is an app for THAT, too!

I now have OneDrive on my phone, laptop and kindle and any time I take photos or have something to share, up it goes to the OneDrive and i have instant access to it on all of my other devices without having to take out 10 leads, wires and other gizmos and there isn't any hassle involved, it is just there! Log-in and voila!

I also am thrilled with the amount of space on this particular phone! My last one help a couple of apps and then it ran out of space, even with an extra card in it because it wouldn't save apps to the extra memory! This phone lets you save apps and work wherever you like, within reason, and makes everything a lot more use-friendly from the get-go!

I did find some cute accessories for the phone, including an owl pictured casing, with bumpers in case it was dropped on top of anything - I am forever clumsy and so went with this option, but there are many colors and looks to choose from, and they do not cost a fortune, either, which is also a great bonus to this phone!

As a photographer, I have to say I do also like the quality of the camera on the Lumia 830, which, for a camera on a phone, is actually pretty decent, with a good range of options while shooting the pictures, including a flash and manual preferences, plus added ways to post-edit the pictures once you have them. I found that taking photos in sunlight was best, as with all phones, but the Lumia 830 stands up for itself in the dark, too, with its flash and can give some point and shoot cameras a run for their money!

Overall, I love this phone and am incredibly surprised by how much! I love just about everything about it and I am glad that I took up the challenge of the #lumiaswitch and I would encourage you all to at least go and look at one, hold one, try it out a little! You might be surprised at how much you love it!

Thank you to everyone who has been keeping up with our posts on Twitter through the campaign - to keep going and to keep informed, and for some offers (while supplies last etc), follow the hashtags #lumiaswitch, #lumialovelies and check out @LumiaUS.

Enjoy!

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Educational Apps from Kids Academy - Available on iTunes AND Google Play!!

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Educational Apps from Kids Academy Available on iTunes & Google Play - Free for a limited time!

Our kids have always enjoyed the Kids Academy apps. I am happy to bring you all information on the new updates and hopefully introduce you to the company. It is never too early to start learning and Kids Academy has made it easy AND fun with these apps!

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Preschool & Kindergarten Baby Books, Songs, and Early Reading Toddler Games

This app contains classic (rather than Disney) versions of several children's stories. The readers of the story try to make the books fun by making voices for the characters. I also like that they use the original wordings-even if the words are big words that a preschooler normally wouldn't use, making it a great tool for vocabulary building. 

My daughter loves books so this app is great for her when I am too busy to read to her myself. The latest version also added in a song-bingo. Not the best app with children's songs, there are several more interactive apps on my phone right now, but combined with the stories, it's a very good app!

Download this game for FREE on iTunes


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123 Tracing Numbers: Montessori Math Game for Kids

This app has kids tracing numbers while collecting fireflies as rewards for a job well done. Expectations are very reasonable and I really like the emphasis the app puts on proper tracing order!

Download this game for FREE on iTunes

Free for a limited time! Normally $3.99!

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ABC Preschool Games for Kids

This is a great educational tool  for young learners, and mostly fit my four year old daughter who is steadier and has more patience than my younger son. The graphics are cute and it is fun to see the bright illustrations and collect fireflies. The tracing is a little hard at first and sometimes just going slightly out of the line makes you try again, which can be a little frustrating, but some patience goes a long way. I absolutely recommend giving this app a whirl!

Download this game for FREE on Google Play

Free for a limited time! Normally $2.99

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About Kids Academy
Kids Academy develops mobile apps for preschool education. Covering all major platforms their apps are designed to help kids of 5 and under to master all of the preschool educational skills from letters to numbers and vocabulary. Having passed the ten million installs mark, Kids Academy continues to deliver quality apps for iOS, Android and Amazon devices.


This post was created in partnership with Mom Buzz Media. The reviews above are my own opinions and are not influenced in any way.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Enter The Urbini Dream Nursery Instagram Contest and $50 Sweepstakes! #UrbiniDreamNursery #IC #ad

I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Urbini. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.


If you are a new mom, looking to transform a room into a first-time nursery, or a seasoned mom looking to update your current nursery, then this, The Urbini Dream Nursery Instagram Contest is for you!


That's right! Urbini has a fabulous new range of furniture on it's books and to showcase the line, Urbini has launched the Urbini Dream Nursery Instagram Contest, where a very lucky winner will be privy to a visit from Rachel Dacks, designer of said furniture, who will grace your home with her presence and work her magic with a new Urbini Dream Nursery - furniture and decor, too! 

This is a GREAT prize and the GRAND PRIZE winner will receive an Urbini Crib, Changing Table, 6 Drawer Dresser, Cubi Play Yard and a home visit from Urbini designer Rachel Dacks to personally deck out yur newly designed nursery!

Second place will receive their choice of ONE Urbini Crib

Third place will receive an Urbini Cubi Play Yard

Each day, there is also going to be a chance to win a $50 Walmart gift card as a Sweepstakes participant!!

SO, how do you win!? Well, to be in with a chance of winning the Grand, Second or Third placed prizes, you will have to have an Instagram account and MUST post a photo to Instagram of he room you'd love to have redesigned! You will have to tag #UrbiniDreamNursery and #Contest! If you do not fit the demographic for a new nursery, you can STILL be in with a chance to win the $50 Walmart sweepstakes and so there is something for everyone to get involved in!

For more information about the sweepstakes, or to learn more about the giveaway itself, you can visit HERE!

Follow Urbini on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (#UrbiniDreamNursery) to keep up to date, and to find out more about Urbini AND the contest!

This giveaway is up and running, right now, and will end on Wednesday, March 18th! So get your entry (one per person) in, today!

Remember - if you don't need a nursery, you can't still win, by sharing!

Full list of rules, here!

GOOD LUCK!

Urbini Dream Nursery


Mom's Gone Bronson is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Thank you!

Campus Book Rentals - Saving You Money on Texts, All Year Around!

This is a compensated post for Campus Book Rentals. All opinions are my own, thank you! 





Why buy, when you can rent!?

Think about it, you're a student, or parent of a student, and you're about to put your hand into your wallet and spring some cash for those much-needed text books that are going to get you through the next semester of your studies, and beyond! 

As someone who has been there, I know how expensive those books can be, even if you're only buying a few, the cost quickly adds up and sooner then later you're studying, while living on noodles or robbing peter, to pay paul at home while you or your loved one gets an education! 

Well, there is good news, and there is better news! Campus Book Rentals have revolutionised the way we handle text books throughout our studies in such a way that we no longer have to pay full price for a text book that we're never going to use again following the course, and they do this by simply RENTING you the books yo need, at a reasonable cost, along with a free shipping service - BOTH WAYS! 

Campus Book Rentals hosts one of the biggest selections of texts in the nation, with anything from a 40% to a 90% saving on the average cost of the books that you might otherwise have paid for if you hadn't had the opportunity to rent!

With an easy-to-use service, you get 15 day period of grace if you can not return your book on time and you could even extend the rental of your book (where possible) for the entire semester/as long as you need! [prices might vary] Once you are done with your book/s, you just pop them right back in the mail for somebody else to use and so goes the cycle of Campus Book Rentals for everyone - No mess, no shelves full of books, no unnecessary waste in terms of trash OR money!

You will also have: 
* Access to live customer support
* Be allowed to highlight within the text book
* Buy your books, should you wish to keep them!

Intrigued? Well, by clicking HERE, you can head over to the Campus Book Rental's website and compare prices of rentals to those of text you'd otherwise have to buy! Check out the difference in cost and see just how much you could be saving, within seconds and see if they are a match for you! Fabulous!


Operation Smile!

As always, when I talk to you about Campus Book Rentals, I want to take a moment to remind you, and to inform those who are new to their site, that when you rent a book, you are not only helping yourselves but also helping put a smile back onto somebody else's face with donations to Operation Smile every time you rent a book!

If you have never heard of it, Operation Smile aids children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and/or palette, which can really increase a person's sense of self and raise their self-esteem and can mean the difference of child's happiness through a wonderful smile! You can find out more about Operation Smile, which is such a worthwhile cause, HERE!


Rent Back!

As ever, the savings won't stop, when you start renting those books! If you have already purchased books for this, or previous, semesters then Rentback.com is for you! 

Rentback.com allows you to rent out YOUR OWN books to other students in the same way that you would rent books out from Campus Book Rentals if you have a book that is in need, on their list and waiting to be put into the cycle! 

You no longer have to sell your books for a one-time payment! Putting your books up for rent, where available, will allow you to earn a few pennies back on your investment and you may even get up to 2 or 4 times more money in your pocket [renting] than from selling your text books alone [actual amounts vary].

To find out more about Rent back.com, take a look at this short video and check them out, online!


Happy Renting!


Wednesday, 4 March 2015

My Gym Fitness Gear Brings Healthy Fitness AND Stimulation to Families Worldwide! (Giveaway!)

I was provided with products for My Gym in order to write this review. All opinions are my own, thank you!

My Gym!


Established in 1983, My Gym [named #1 Children’s Fitness Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine in 2014] is a leading fitness center destination for children with over 325 locations worldwide with over 30 new locations planned for addition in the next 12 months.  

Combining innovative, early physical education/pre-gymnastics classes with state-of-the-art facilities My Gym is set to empower children ages 6 weeks through 10 years by helping them acquire the skills, confidence, and positive self-image needed to become healthy young adults, with age appropriate classes and parties to stimulate and educate throughout...

My My Gym experience!

I have 3 biological children and a step son and if there is anything I have learnt over the years it is that getting up off of their butts, off of the computer and engaging their body [and mind] in other ways can sometimes be all the difference between lazy fun-times with a gadget and learning, having fun and staying active with a little imagination and MY GYM!


Well, My Gym children's fitness accessories are a great way to bring life and fun to activities and I was lucky enough to get the chance to try out some bean bags, rubber rings and a ball from them, which, when combined, makes for a fabulous time. 

I first utilised these as an added party game, where each person would have a team, a ring and a bean bag - there were 2 teams in total and the first person in each team would throw the bean bag, get it to land on the hoop and then run over, collect it and then tag the person behind them. Once all members of a team had finished, the game ended and they were the winners!

This game encourages working as a team, hand-eye coordination, active fitness running to and from the ring and patience. This is a simple, fun game for all and perfect for a party setting! 


Another way to get interactive is with the ball - my youngest 2 children (1.5 and 4 years old) like to hold, throw, catch and balance with the ball as well as trying out some of the activities recommended on the My Gym activity list that was included in our review kit! 

Simple activities like rolling a ball, squeezing the ball, raising and lowering the ball etc are all stimulating and great sensory exercises! 

There are so many things you can do with a child and a bean bag, some rubber rings and a ball, and they can have so much fun and not even realise it until it is over!

Here are some great facts that you may like to know!
  • My Gym launched their new interactive Building Blocks Program to all enrolled children ages 2.5 years and older. The program helps children work toward specific milestones in their physical, cognitive, and emotional development and then celebrates their achievements with stickers, progression ribbons, medals, trophies, graduation certificates and more in periodic Building Blocks Acknowledgement Ceremonies.  
  • The My Gym television show, “My Gym At Home,” airs on BabyFirst, a 24/7 channel focusing on children’s development. 
  • For more information about My Gym and the location nearest you, please visit www.MyGym.com.

You can also head on over HERE to learn [and buy] more!

Already a fan of My Gym?! Why not let me know and share your thoughts! I'd love to hear from you!

GIVEAWAY!

Enter below to win 2 rings and a ball of your own from My Gym!

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Rules: You must be over 18 to enter and in the USA. You will be informed via email if you win and so please use a valid email address (we do not use, sell or supply your email addresses to any other party, these are for contact purposes only!). Winner will have 48 hours to respond to their winning email. A new winner shall be chosen should we not gain response from the original winner - this will continue until a winner is confirmed. Prizes are supplied by the sponsor and and are not the responsibility of Mom's Gone Bronson, nor any other participating blogger. 

Thank you!

GOOD LUCK!

OneDrive makes working on-the-go easy as pie! #LumiaSwitch #LumiaLovelies

I was given a Nokia Lumia to try out as part of the Lumia Switch! All views are my own and your views and/or experiences may differ! Thank you!

As some of you may have noticed, I have recently switched my phone over to a Nokie Lumia 830 as part of the #LumiaSwitch, which you can follow on Twitter and other social media. 

So far I absolutely love the phone, which comes with windows and is incredibly easy to navigate, but even more so when I realised just how useful the OneDrive is! 

Instead of worrying about wires, or fiddling with SD cards, I just upload pictures or documents from the phone and place them straight on the OneDrive and then have access to them wherever I am, which not only gives me smooth access but frees up space on my devices as I am no longer hording photos or documents on my main machine/s!

Working on my blog, for instance, I have a post coming this week for a hair care product and it was so simple to take the photo on my Nokie Lumia, upload it to the OneDrive, edit it in a program on my Chromebook after accessing it through said OneDrive and then uploading it right back to One Drive to access on my phone to be able to share with social media on the go, or to upload straight to blogger or wherever it needs to go - easy! 

Here is my OneDrive with my original photo, uploaded from the phone, then downloaded to my computer, edited then uploaded right back to OneDrive and ready for use anywhere!



My set-up is almost wire-free these days and the OneDrive is certainly a big part of that for me! Definitely a big plus when I am on the go and working on something at the same time! 

Check out the Lumia buzz on Twitter with the hashtags #LumiaSwitch and #LumiaLovelies and get in the know! 

Let me know if you already have a Lumia and tell me what you think! I'd love to hear from you! 

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Unilever loves peanut butter so much that they've mixed it with your favorite ice creams!

I was provided with products in return for this review. 
All opinions are my own and your views may differ - thank you! 


In honor of Peanut Butter Lover's Day, which was this past weekend, we were invited to try some products that oozed peanut butter goodness! 

Products like: 

-          Good Humor Reese’s Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cup
peanutbutter ice cream with a Reese's Peanut Butter swirl dipped in a milk chocolate-flavored coating.
-          Klondike Reese’s Bar: Reese's peanut butter cups joins forces with Klondike for one delicious treat.
-          Breyers Blasts! Reese’s Chocolate: This treat features real Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups blasted into Breyers creamy chocolate ice cream.  For an extra blast of rich peanut butter flavor, Breyers added in a peanut butter swirl.

I couldn't find the Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cups, most likely because they're so popular already, but I did get my hands on some Klondike bars, Breyer's ice cream AND Magnum bars, which happen to be my favorite all-time ice cream bar anyway and so what better treat than to mesh it with peanut butter, peanut butter sauce AND Belgian chocolate!! Oh gosh! 

I want everyone to extend their love of peanut butter and turn it into a week-long (or anytime) treat and indulge a little with just about all the goodness you could ask for from each of these cold goodies!


My children loved the ice cream the most, Breyer's is one of the family favorites, but anything with peanut butter just screams: "YES!" - whole peanut butter cups is just heaven in a tub and I put some crackly ice cream syrup on the top to finish it off and everyone wanted more! 

My son, who is 18 and always on-the-go seemed to prefer the Klondike bars more as he could just pick it up and carry on with whatever he was doing at the time, and he always wanted to come back for more, and so I know they were a huge hit, too! 

Whoever thought to mix peanut butter in with these all must really have been reading my mind! I can't get enough and I know you can't either!! 

Why not head on down to your local stores today? I found ours in Giant, but you will find them in a wide variety of stores nationwide! 

I know we will be buying more, and our love of peanut butter is going to be a year-round celebration, so join us and tell us what you've found - and where you found them!

Ice cream all the way! 

Enjoy!