Archive | March, 2015

Little Me Shop Grand Opening At Lord & Taylor

17 Mar

Little Me creates unique clothing, since 1970, that celebrates those fleeting years when newborns transform into young toddlers.  They always have adorable styles to choose from and the material is so soft and cozy.  I loved dressing my girls in Little Me.  Now that my girls are no longer in Little Me sizes, I love shopping and finding beautiful gifts for expecting friends and family.DSC_0227 Over the weekend, my youngest daughter and I headed to Lord and Taylor to celebrate the grand opening of the Little Me Shop with Stroller in the City.  At the event we had a photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny, snacked on delicious cupcakes and cakepops by Fabipops and checked out the latest personalized books from ISeeMe Children’s Books.  Liquiteria was also serving samples of their juices.  The highlight for my daughter was having her make up done by a Bobbi Brown artist.  When the artists arrived, she ran over to be first in line.  Her first request, red lips please.  She danced with friends to DJ Fulamo and listened to Story Time with ISeeMe.  (more below photos) 20150317-224718-82038633.jpg DSC_0211 DSC_0213 DSC_0222 DSC_0232DSC_0242 DSC_0240 After enjoying all the fun activities, we walked around and checked out the latest Spring collection from Little Me.  Seeing all of the little clothing made me think of the days my girls wore Little Me.  My youngest is going to be 5 in a couple of weeks but I feel like it was yesterday she was that size.  Time flies when you’re having too much fun.  But I was excited to pick out gifts for all my expecting friends.  At the event, Little Me provided complimentary monograming for shoppers. (more below photos) DSC_0229 DSC_0230

DSC_0236DSC_0235 Thank you to all the sponsors and Stroller in the City for a wonderful morning!  Learn me about Little Me here.  Find Little Me on Facebook, twitter and Instagram. Headed to Lord and Taylor, check out the Little Me Shop on the 7th Floor.
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Kids, Technology, and The YouTube Kids Launch Party

14 Mar

It’s common to see a toddler sitting in his/her high chair at dinner or in the stroller fiddling with his/her parents mobile device or tablet.  I know I’ve done my fair share of passing off my phone to my kids.  It’s a great way to keep them entertained.  And when I have to get things done at home, it’s easy to tell my daughter to go grab her iPad and watch a show or play a game.  It’s no wonder that this younger generation excels at using Technology.  They are learning to use devices earlier and earlier.

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For the past couple of months, I have been taking classes to keep my teaching license current.  The most recent class I took was about Technology in the Classroom.  The use off devices and Apps are being used more and more in the classroom, as early as pre-school, so kids can acquire skills to use technology safely and effectively.  I see my own girls intrigued by the Internet and the wealth of information that is out there.  My oldest daughter LOVES to search for topics of interest, most recently wildlife. Since she is still learning to read and spell, many google searches bring up inappropriate videos for her age.   I usually have to sit with her to see which videos are ok for her to watch.

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The other week, my youngest daughter and I went to the YouTube Kids launch party at Milk Studios.  The afternoon was filled with Mary Mary Quite Contrary cupcakes, photos with Oscar the Grouch, coloring with Thomas and Friends, playing in a ball pit and exploring the new and wonderful YouTube Kids App.  The App is geared towards younger children showcasing Sesame Street and Thomas.  However, I was very excited about the search option for my six-year-old. I am now able to let my daughter search for topics freely because it will only pull up material appropriate material.  It’s a safe, family friendly place to explore.  As soon as I downloaded it, she started exploring and searching for animals in the rainforest.  Her search brought her to a video giving her a “virtual” tour of the amazon and teaching her about the many types of species that live there.  So COOL! Another feature for searching is the Voice Search, perfect for younger toddlers or children who might not be comfortable typing in a search.

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In addition to being safe for kids to use, parents can control certain settings.  A timer can be set, up to 30 minutes, so kids don’t overload on videos.  At the end of the time limit, the YouTube Mascot gets sleepy and shuts down so parents don’t have to fight with kids to put it down or turn it off.  Or you can set it to block the search feature.

Learning about the App from our favorite characters!

Learning about the App from our favorite characters!

YouTube Kids is an exciting new App that would be great to use in the classroom as well as at home. Download the FREE App on Google Play or iTunes to use on mobile devices (click links).

*I will be keeping my fingers crossed that YouTube creates an App for older students, since YouTube is blocked in most schools.  A safe app to use in schools would provide great educational value for students.

More photos from our fun afternoon:

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Disclaimer: I received a gift bag for attending the event.  All opinions expressed are my own.