Make Bathtime More Fun with SoapSox!

I remember vividly a complete and total meltdown by The Teen as a toddler when I told her that her beloved “BearBear” was not allowed to bathe with her after they had played outside all day. The wailing that he “needed a bath” (which was entirely true) rang through the house, followed by cries when she put it together that he would actually get that bath from the very scary washing machine. I eventually gave in, allowed BearBear to get in the tub with her… which only resulted in wails at bedtime when he was still too wet to go to then go to bed with her an hour later.

This is why Moms need wine sometimes.

When I was approached a few weeks ago about reviewing SoapSox – the next generation of washcloths for kids – I happily accepted, remembering that day and wanting to save every other Mom from that same fate.

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SoapSox are soft, cuddly characters that hold your bar or liquid soap and suds up for bath time fun. Simply “feed” your favorite SoapSox critter with your favorite soap, wet with warm bathwater, squeeze a few times and voila! Your soapy pal is ready for a good scrub down! With nine SoapSox to choose from, every child will find a favorite!

Check out how they work in this awesome video:

We received a collection of these little guys and I have to admit… they are adorable. And even though my girls are past the wailing about bath time stage, that didn’t stop either of them from arguing over who was going to take a bubble bath with their SoapSox first. Midge chose the purple hippo “Harper” while The Teen wanted “Scorch” the dragon. They told Mike he should keep the Shark on his desk because of his love for sharks and SharkTank – which SoapSox was featured on last season. In fact the shark’s name is “Tank”- which we thought was absolutely awesome.

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Every SoapSox is “stuffed” with an antimicrobial sponge on the inside and covered with soft yet durable polyester terry cloth on the outside so it can easily be popped in the washer and dryer. SoapSox also can provide a sense of security for children who are reluctant to take a bath.  A child can take their SoapSox critter with them anywhere—from playtime, to bath time to nighttime.  They never have to be apart!  SoapSox also won the 2014 Innovation Award from JPMA. 

SoapSox can be found at Nordstrom, Buy Buy Baby, Bed Bath & Beyond and many other stores around the country and retail for $14.95.  For more information visit www.soapsoxkids.com.

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BrainChase: The Cure For Summer Brain Drain

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We are down to just two weeks left of school here at the Moscato Household. I am fairly confident that I am even more excited about Summer than the girls are. No alarm for three months?!! Yes, please! But what I am already finding interesting is how different the girls school lives are right now. The Teen has been doing more studying than I have seen her do all year getting ready for the finals and EOCs that seem to be happening daily. It’s like there is one big final push right here at the end of the year. Midge on the other hand… is watching movies and having Field Day. Now, I am not complaining – goodness knows I adore Midge’s teacher this year and equally adore the school… it just worries me that they seem already kinda “done” learning and I worry about the “Summer Brain Drain” starting already. That is why I am counting down the days until June 22nd when the Brain Chase Summer Learning Challenge begins!

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Brain Chase is a five week Summer Learning Challenge that keeps kids engaged and entertained while making sure to keep key skills like reading, writing, and math in the forefront of their minds! You’ve heard the phrase “use it or lose it” right? Well did you know that kids can lose up to two months of learning during the summer? Talk to any teacher and they will tell you the entire first month of the new school year is trying to get kids to remember what they forgot over summer vacation. With Brain Chase kids complete fun challenges in as little as one hour a day to keep all of those vital skills active.

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This year’s challenge is titled Brain Chase: The Sunstone of Cortés. Challengers will participate in five weekly challenges to find the treasure of the SunStone. You can check out their cool interactive dashboard for a sneak peek in to what is to come. Check out the official trailer to meet the characters and learn more about the Brain Chase Challenge:

But, this isn’t just fiction—there’s a real treasure buried somewhere on Earth. It’s a gold-plated, mechanical device hiding a key to a nearby safety deposit box containing a $10,000 college scholarship fund. Each day challengers will have the chance to log in and pinpoint where they think the buried treasure is based on the clues from the chase. If you’re the first to solve the riddle within a two-mile radius, we’ll fly you and a chaperone to the treasure site to claim the treasure.

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As a bonus, all Brain Chase registrants will now have the opportunity to choose to participate in a language module as part of their online academic work. The language module, if selected, will replace the writing module. Students will be required to complete 2 lessons (a total of a little over an hour) each week in order to fulfill their language requirement and unlock the next episode. Students will be allowed to choose from 30+ languages when they register, and will have a week at the beginning of the program in which to switch languages if they prefer. Rosetta Stone will be part of the all-inclusive pass to the best online curriculum providers that comes with Brain Chase registration.

teachersBrainChase is excited to reward teachers for their help in spreading the word about their Summer Learning Challenge as well. No one knows how bad Summer Brain Drain is more than a teacher, so BrainChase is offering a referral program for teachers to help them earn school supplies for the upcoming school year. Free school supplies plus a lack of brain drain?!! Sounds like the recipe for a great start to the school year! Check out the Teacher Referral Program here.

Midge is already registered and could not be more excited about joining in the Brain Chase Challenge. You can enroll your children now to secure their spot. Regular pricing is just $199 but Brain Chase has a new Premium Package which includes the Brain Chase registration plus a Brain Chase-branded adventure backpack, a Brain Chase t-shirt and Sunstone of Cortés patch! Each challenger will receive awesome adventure items to help with the chase as well.  Remember our seeds…

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Check out BrainChase.com to register and follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more clues as the start dates get near!

BrainChase: Summer Learning Challenge Starts Soon

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Next week is Spring Break – which means there are only a few short weeks left until Summer. I am not sure who is more excited about no alarm clocks for 12 weeks – the girls or me. However something I am not looking forward to is days of “I’m bored” and “what can we do?” I also know that along with that boredom (my word children we can not go to the beach every.single.day) comes “brain drain.” Did you know your kids lose one to two months of learning over the summer months? This year we are battling the boredom and stopping the brain drain with a cool new online challenge called Brain Chase.

Brain Chase is an engaging and educational online treasure hunt for kids ages 7-14 supported by curriculum from Khan Academy and other online partners, to help prevent learning loss over the summer months. This five-week online summer learning challenge is like a massive global treasure hunt powered by reading, writing and math that keeps your kids engaged and beats off the “I’m bored!”  The platform can be completely personalized to your child’s academic level and Khan Academy does a pre-test to help students begin in the right place. BrainChase can be played on all major PC browsers as well as on an iPad and can even go with you when you travel!

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In addition to returning to school confident and fresh in September, Brain Chase Kid Adventurers get:

  • 5 weeks of structured challenges on external reading and math websites
  • Weekly writing exercises with feedback from credentialed teachers
  • Weekly progress reports emailed to parents
  • Exclusive access to an original animated adventure series loaded with hidden puzzles and clues
  • 3 adventure tools mailed to your home to help solve special bonus challenges
  • Participation in a massive global treasure hunt for a golden trophy containing the key to a safe deposit box holding $10,000

Midge is beyond excited about joining in BrainChase this Summer. At 9 a.m. ET on Monday, June 22, 2015, Brain Chase: The Sunstone of Cortés begins. Adventurers log in to watch the first animated webisode and meet Mae Merriweather, the star of the show. Then they dive into their first week of learning challenges. A proprietary (patent pending) learning management system – the “Dashboard” – tracks each student’s progress as they journey through the 5-week challenge. Each week the adventurers have four tasks: read for 15 minutes per day, write one journal entry, earn 10,000 points on Khan Academy, and do one bonus challenge. When they’re done, they unlock the next webisode, which contains hidden pictures, numbers, and riddles to help them guess the treasure’s location. In addition to the online curriculum, your kids will receive three different packages, each with its own letter and its own project. Midge barely let me take pictures before she ripped in to hers.

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The hunt for the Sunstone isn’t just fiction – there is a real golden Sunstone of Cortés and a key that unlocks a $10,000 scholarship buried somewhere on Earth. Every 24 hours, adventurers can log in to enter their guess of the treasure’s location based on all of the clues from the chase. The first adventurer to guess the location within a two-mile radius travels with his/her family to the treasure site to dig it up and claim the gold.

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Sign up right now for the EarlyBird pricing, and save an additional 15% by using the promo code MOSCATOMOM15.  The Early Bird pricing ends in just a few weeks and spaces are limited so you want to go ahead and sign up now. They have special sibling prices too, so the whole family can get in on the game!

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Sign up now at BrainChase.com and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter for sneak peeks to this years challenge!

Nerd Block Jr – Our February Box

Remember a few weeks ago when I told you about Nerd Block Jr, a Canadian based subscription box company perfect for your little “nerds” at home? Well Midge received her box and she could not be happier with it. I too was impressed with all that came in it! She had a ball unwrapping it – played with every single thing in it… and promptly asked how she could earn her next box. I would say she is a fan. 

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Her special Imps and Monsters Nerd Block Jr Box came with a cool coloring/activity book, a journal, two bracelets, a Frozen figurine, and a cute little Pokemon plushie. Midge has just recently gotten in to Pokemon cards thanks to kids on the bus swapping them, so she was super thrilled to get to attach that little guy to her backpack.

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Nerd Block Jr is like the original Nerd Blocks, but there are specially designed for kids ages 6-11 and are full of all of the hot new toys and gadgets that kids love. There are five total Nerd Block boxes to choose from – and to be honest, I think our family needs two. The Nerd Block Jr Girls Box of course.. but check out how cute the Nerd Block Classic one is! I think even Mike would enjoy that one!

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You can easily subscribe to Nerd Block Jr and get a surprise box in the mail every single month! This is also a great idea for long distance grandparents and family who want to send a little something each month! You can even save money when you subscribe for longer periods of time than just one month!

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I am super excited to get Midge started with her own subscription and highly recommend it for your kiddos too. It is such a great price for something that will make them so happy, and you can rest assured that the products are safe and appropriate for your littlest nerds. Besides, everyone deserves happy mail days!

If you are ready to sign up simply go to NerdBlock.com to subscribe! Also check them out on Facebook and Twitter for special limited time boxes!

My Little Pony-Friendship is Magic: Adventures of the Cutie Mark Crusaders

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Every pony is unique! If you lived in Equestria, what would your Cutie Mark be? The Cutie Mark Crusaders can help you find out! In their new DVD My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Adventures Of The Cutie Mark Crusader – you can check out six brand new episodes:  The Cutie Mark Chronicles, The Cutie Pox, Flight To The Finish, Pinkie Pride, and Twilight Time.

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In Equestria, obtaining a Cutie Mark is an important coming-of-age moment for a young Pony. After all, Ponies acquire their Cutie Marks only after they discover a unique characteristic about themselves, setting them apart from all other Ponies. So when Sweetie Belle, Scootaloo and Apple Bloom meet, they instantly become friends and make it their mission to find their Cutie Marks! They are The Cutie Mark Crusaders!

Midge is still a HUGE fan of My Little Pony, and as a Mom I love that all of their shows and movies are clean, appropriate, and have a great lesson on caring for others. Since she was feeling a bit under the weather today, we both piled up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn and watched all six episodes back to back. It was a MLP binge fest – and we loved every minute of it.

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 After vegging out on the couch for a while she wanted more MLP, so I downloaded this cute little coloring sheet, and then let her add the new Cutie Pox Storybook App to her iPad so she can play any time!

It was a My Little Pony filled afternoon… and Midge is feeling better already! Pick up your copy of My Little Pony-Friendship is Magic: Adventures of the Cutie Mark Crusaders available now! And be sure to check out the app too! It is perfect for little girls – and not so little girls – who still love My Little Pony.