Google™ Nexus 7 Tablet: Review & Giveaway

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I believe technology can be a powerful learning tool for children as young as toddlers, as long as it is used in moderation.  Although I think the majority of our learning should be done in the “real world” where we can see, taste, touch, and smell things around us, technology definitely has its place in our parenting and teaching toolboxes.

Staples recently contacted me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing the new Google Nexus 7 tablet…and then giving one away to one of YOU!!!

I was so excited for this opportunity, mostly because I know that a tablet would make for a very fun giveaway!  But to be quite honest, I wasn’t expecting to really like the Google™ Nexus 7 all that much.  I’m an Apple girl, after all.  I am typing this post on my MacBook Pro, we have an iPad that everyone in the family uses, my husband got me an iPhone for Mother’s Day a few years ago, and we watch Netflix on our Apple TV.

But whatddyaknow…good ol’ Google just happened to surprise me because I REALLY like this tablet!

Here are some things that we love about the Google™ Nexus 7.  This review isn’t really intended to be a comparison to the iPad, but I couldn’t help but mentioning a few things since that is what we already had:

-Price:  The Google™ Nexus 7 (32 GB) is super affordable for just $269 at Staples.  The comparable model of the iPad mini is $429.  That’s a $160 difference!

-Clearer screen:  The screen is extremely clear and brilliantly bright (but not too bright to where it hurts your eyes).  I think the screen is actually better than the iPad.

-Super fast:  This tablet is really fast!  It is 32GB, after all, so it also has much more storage capability than our iPad.

-No fixed home button:  My husband thinks this is great…I think it takes some getting used to.  But basically this means you can turn it around any which way since the home button is actually on the screen itself.

-Back button:  A feature not on the iPad unless you are in an app that has it.

-Camera:  I love having a camera on our devices…it means that we can preserve memories no matter where we are.

Overall, we really love this tablet.  And the boys have already figured out how to navigate it just as well as we have!  The only issue I’m having is accessing the restrictions to disable the internet and in-app purchasing when they are using it.

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Want a Google™ Nexus 7 Tablet for yourself (valued at $269)?  To enter, just leave your e-mail address in the Rafflecopter window below (not in the comments, please).  If you can’t see the window, go here.  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only (apologies to my international readers).  The giveaway will end at 11:59 pm on Sunday, October 6th (EST).  A winner will be randomly selected shortly after and notified by e-mail.  By entering, you are agreeing to these official rules.

 

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* I was given this product at no cost in exchange for a review. All opinions are 100% mine.

Funny Photo Contest: Vote for your Favorite!

I had a really hard time deciding between all of the great pictures submitted.  Truth be told, there were only a total of 14 submitted, which made narrowing it down to 10 even harder!

Here are the options.  Please vote in the Rafflecopter window at the bottom of the post by typing in the number of your favorite photo.  You may select only one.

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Squooshi Product Review and Giveaway

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I love the squeezable packs of applesauce (and smoothies) that are currently available for kids.  They make eating on the go convenient and healthy.  The only problem is…they are kind of expensive and the packaging can be wasteful.

Enter Squooshi.

Squooshi makes reusable pouches for this purpose.  You fill the pouch with whatever soft food you want at the bottom of the pouch (applesauce, smoothies, or even baby food for babies) and then zip it up.  Your child sips from the tube at the top.  After he/she is finished, you unzip and wash it out or you can even put it in the dishwasher.  Oh yes you can (although I have found it just as easy to quickly wash them with a little soap, rinse, and let them dry on my dish rack).

Here’s how it works (via the Squooshi website):

 

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We have used these for the last few weeks and we love them!  We have filled them with applesauce and yogurt.  The boys love the cute animals on the pouches and I love that they are easy to clean and cheaper than buying the pre-filled pouches at the store!  I have found that the larger sizes are much easier to fill.

 

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Would you like to try out Squooshi pouches with your family.  TWO winners will receive an 8-pack assortment (shown below), worth $35.88 each.  

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To enter, just leave your e-mail address in the Rafflecopter window below (not in the comments, please).  If you can’t see the window, go here.  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only (apologies to my international readers).  The giveaway will end at 11:59 pm on Thursday, May 16th (EST).  A winner will be randomly selected shortly after and notified by e-mail.  By entering, you are agreeing to these official rules.

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* I was given this product at no cost in exchange for a review.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Theo DVD Review and Giveaway

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We were recently introduced to a new DVD series called Theo:  Teaching Children God’s Word.  Each DVD comes with 3-4 short episodes (about 10 minutes each).

Theo, the main character and narrator, is an older minister with lots of animals friends whom he teaches God’s word to.  Each episode begins with one of the little animals having a challenge or question.  Theo is able to give them a short example from the Bible and then give a practical application.

Our boys have really enjoyed these DVDs and I love that they are learning about God’s word (while I can get something else done around the house for a few minutes).  The high-quality animation and adorable characters keep the boy’s attention while instilling positive principles into their formidable minds.  In short, these short lessons are Bible theology for little ones!

 

Check out the Theo: Volume 4 trailer here.  (I originally embedded the video into this post, but it automatically played whenever you visited my homepage, which I didn’t think you would appreciate.)  :)

 

Here is a little more information, from the Theo website:

 

“Theo Presents is centered around the adventures and teachings of the main character, Theo, a student of Godʼs Word. Theo lives in a cozy corner of a quaint English village, in the heart of the Cotswolds, and entertains many guests, including two mice, Belfry and Luther.

The animation series of Theo guides children and adults through a careful study of systematic theology. Theo discusses doctrines about sin, Godʼs character, the Bible, salvation and godly living with easy-to-understand illustrations that make children want to learn more about the Christian faith.

Theo Presents recognizes a universal fact: children and adults alike love cartoons. Theo captures the attention of young minds with liberal amounts of humor and high quality animation to present the Gospel of the Christian faith through the teachings of Theo and with the use of his two object lessons, Belfry and Luther.

Theo Presents is designed to serve as a multi-media resource tool that will help men, women and children fulfill the Great Commission of Christ, to go into all the world and make disciples and to teach those disciples Godʼs Word. The multi-media outlets include a DVD series, curriculum, books and audio CD series. Each of these facets are designed to work with one another or individually.

Theo was created to reach kids of all ages. The lessons and teachings of Theo can be used for Sunday school lessons, Christian school curriculum, missions, evangelism and homeschooling. The overall purpose of Theo Presents is to provide as many tools as possible to help present the Gospel to many kids and audiences around the world.”

 

 

These would also be great to use in a Bible Class since they are very short!

 

How would you like a chance to win Volumes 1 and 4 of Theo?  Enter by leaving your e-mail address in the Rafflecopter Giveaway window below (not as a comment, please).  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only (apologies to my international readers).  The giveaway will end at 11:59 pm on Thursday, March 14 (EST).  A winner will be randomly selected shortly after and notified by e-mail.  By entering, you are agreeing to these official rules.

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Bonus: Get $5 off a $25 purchase using the code “5off25″!  Go here to order.  

What’s in the Bible? Volume 10: Product Review & Giveaway

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What’s in the Bible?  just released their newest volume, Volume 10:  Jesus is the Good News, which begins the New Testament on their journey throughout the Bible!

We were so excited to receive this DVD…What’s in the Bible? has quickly become one of our family favorites!  Big Brother absolutely loves them and requests to watch them nearly daily!  Even though Little Brother doesn’t understand some of the “information” (he is 3), they still keep him entertained.  And even my husband and I always learn something new from watching each of these DVDs (like the fact that the word “testament” actually means “promise”).

As parents who are raising our children in a world full of technology and entertainment, it is wonderful to find a resource for our children that teaches them about the Bible while also making it fun and engaging!  I am so thankful to Phil Vischer and then entire What’s in the Bible? team for giving us such an amazing tool!

Oh, and if you’re looking for a great gift idea for Easter Baskets…this is it!

Check out this trailer for more details on Volume 10, Jesus is the Good News:


What’s in the Bible? is offering their coloring pages for free.  Access them by clicking on the image below:

How would you like to receive a copy of What’s in the Bible? Volume 10 along with a copy of Volume 1?  Enter by leaving your e-mail address in the Rafflecopter Giveaway window below (not as a comment, please).  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only (apologies to my international readers).  The giveaway will end at 11:59 pm on Thursday, March 7 (EST).  A winner will be randomly selected shortly after and notified by e-mail.  By entering, you are agreeing to these official rules.

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  Finally, if you are interested in purchasing the entire series (Volumes 1-10), you can receive 20% off the entire bundle by using the coupon code “BUNDLE10″ at checkout.  This will make the total $103.99 for all of the videos with free shipping!