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Monday, June 16, 2008

Pardon our dust

Pardon our dust ... we are getting prepared to launch our new site with a plethora of giveaways and exciting new concepts, so we are holding off on posts for right now. We may have comments here and there for the next few days, check in!

The blog will still remain at this address but more tools and a forum will be at www.themomintheknow.com

Thank you all for the support and "clicks" this last year!

The MITK team

Thursday, June 12, 2008

I sense that I love these DVDs


See, hear, taste, touch, and smell. We all recognize those as the five senses, right? Would you have known that as a child when your mind was developing? If you had someone telling you that this was a "sense" and it was "taste" as a child you may not totally get it.

Well, Sam Reich-Dagnen and husband John Dagnen had twins and needed to fill that void. How do I help teach them? What can I do to help them learn in a productive way? They wanted as they put it a DVD that was developmentally appropriate content that truly engaged our children rather than just putting them to sleep and let me tell you my readers this hits the mark. Braincandykids.com has it all and more. Not only that but Sam is a mother and an amazing woman who I’ve come to admire and adore as a person. I can see why her company is so successful with their ideas and them at the helm!

See features Bruce Brain, Ivy eyes and all of the gang who take you on a journey to “see” all the wonders on this scavenger hunt for balloons. Classical music tickles your eardrums as your little ones explore the worlds with so much to see around them, bubbles, boats, butterflies and the Brain candy gang. It’s not just a regular DVD meant to bore an infant or distract a toddler, they are learning as they play.



Anna ear was engaging and walked us through a delight of activities to teach us about another sense, hearing. This musical adventure helps develop language and literacy skills which if you have not picked up by now are quite a passion of mine. To make them so available to children young as six months, it’s such an advantage. Now when my kids were this age, there were other videos but no one was guiding and walking through with us, and my kids? Well they did fall asleep; it was the nap-time video to be honest. These are so interactive and engaging no rest here for the viewers. One mom told me, “the kids loved them, and I hoped to get a rest! Nope it didn't happen no more “rest” time when I put these DVDs in which is actually great after I did watch them!”



Several of us are used to another style of DVDs and child learning this is a good thing! Mom & Dad, no more sneaking naps!



My youngest is oddly obsessed with lemons and eating them straight. The taste DVD made her want to eat everything in the house (okay, she wants to anyway that was her excuse) and “introduce” the other kids to new tastes. I like this concept for the simple fact I had a picky eater. Had I had this I think it would have made a lot of food transitions a lot easier. Mojo Mouth could have taught her - and well, any child - that food isn't anything to be afraid of but something to try and to experience. The country music in the DVD makes you feel a little more at ease, the kids get down and just want to get into the groove, if you please. From sweet, tart, and sour, it’s all a variety of taste pleasures.



Touch - this seemed to be the overall kid. Maybe it was the relateable social interaction of hugs; hands in the spaghetti; the Bruce Brain and Harry Hand guide you through many adventures with the entire Sense squad. Okay, Braincandy calls it a Gang ... I just ad libbed there. One of the neatest things was I showed my six and eight year old these, now they were a little above the learning curve here though they loved the music so it truly drew them in. In addition to that, it made them wants to watch it with my friend’s younger kids and help them along. Sam and John make the DVDs accessible to any and everyone in my opinion.



Well, Braincandy does something here that takes a favorite element and introduces it to my kids. What you ask? The blindfold and smell test. What a fun and exciting way to develop a sense but make it a game. Do you think they know what they are doing is learning? Maybe, maybe not and it’s just a blast for them. Yet another game we had to play. Well, I admit I set it up and had the older kids play with the younger ones. The fact there was such an interest that Nusi nose helped my kids develop was so amazing. Simple things they could usually care less about that mean so much in the big picture.

The five senses! How else can you get a little one so excited? Sam and John have the market cornered. I wonder where they were eight years ago...

Watch for the new website to open live ... I will be giving away a set of Braincandy DVDs. Keep checking www.themomintheknow.com!

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Monday, June 9, 2008

Switch Flops



How many of us own several pairs of flip-flops? Or as my kids called them when they were little, flick flops. How many more of us own more than one pair of black flip-flops just because the straps are nifty? Well, now you can cut that cost down and invest in new straps only.


What the heck are you talking about MITK? Well lookie here. Yes, Switchflops opened a new genre for all of us. If you are like me and most of my girls, then you can be fickle.





I like my wedge flip-flops, but one day I may want the funky swirls of Megan, the next a milder stripe. If I’m edgy, my skull and cross bones O’Malley bring out the Irish in me! Even a leopard print (Ruthie) for sass! I love the Chloe for a night on the town. Then there’s Stephanie, she can go either way. Black with pink polka dots is fun, whimsical during the day, and dresses them up at night.

Okay, we deemed them pretty and easy peasy to change out.

Are they comfortable?

Yes, yes they are that comfortable. So far no peeling and breaking, I haven’t fallen off and broken an ankle yet! I’m a klutz so that’s a plus! Lindsey Phillips, who founded Switchflops, has tan and black options right now, and an assortment of straps for all occasions. Most amazing, she is 23 and has so much more to come from her ventures!

Get some for summer now and as many options as possible!

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Monday, June 2, 2008

Run me in Circles, but I’ll be standing with my Friends!





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Circle of Friends is a dynamic company that not only works to help kids with allergies but to teach them as they use their products. In keeping with their educational mission, each product features a famous doctor (on Little Docs products) from around the world and a brief biography on him or her. On all the other products, they have characters and a little bit bio for you, too! It teaches kids about foreign countries and much more.

As I’ve mentioned in the past, my kids have skin issues and allergies. Circle of Friends has a variety of products for all your needs starting with Little Docs - Elizabeth's Soothing Shampoo and Body Wash and Little Docs - Li's Cooling Spray Lotion. Let me mention that I had two issues from which Little Docs saved me. One, I had a rash on my stomach that went unexplained and the body wash soothed it. Two, I was at field day for my kids and as much sunscreen as I applied I still burned. I applied Little Docs - Li's Cooling Spray Lotion and it helped not only soothe it, but it helped it heal too. The red was out by the next afternoon. I cannot attest that it’s common but I was lucky enough to have it happen to me.

I digress to my kids and their luck with Little Docs - Elizabeth's Soothing Shampoo and Body Wash. The best part of the product was the pump and I’m sure that I’ll mention this about … oh thirty times so be prepared. I love it. My kids can really get in there and shower by themselves so much easier and just wash up with a pump of soap here and there.


The soap itself was a very gentle product that cleared up and helped keep away eczema spots that usually are a mainstay on the littlest member of my family. It’s seemingly unscented with just a hint of a natural botanical extracts. It contains extracts of aloe vera, calendula, chamomile, evening primrose oil (essential fatty acid), lavender, Echinacea and vitamins A and E. I personally like the light scent that lingers on the skin after shower. None of the ingredients were irritating to their allergies makes me once again believe organic is the best!


After shower, we venture into the Little Docs - Li's Cooling Spray Lotion. Not always after shower, I admit, if we are itchy, dry, or even just trying to prevent an outbreak. It does soothe like no other. If you have an itchy spot, spray and relax. Trust me on this one. You will thank me later!


Abebi's Safari Detangler smells like pineapple and works better than most detanglers on the market. The others I’ve tried and tested either leave a heavy feeling after in the hair or you have to use about four times more than the directions suggest. I’ve only used one other that is comparable but it’s much more expensive salon product and it doesn’t smell as pretty either! Abebi's Safari Detangler worked great on really fine hair that knots up, and on the hair that’s so thick it looks tangled as soon as you are done brushing it. The fine hair was made silky soft. And the thick hair? Well, this product made it manageable. It moved and did not just “hang there” and was so soft, loved it. Click over there and order it now!


Sophia's Ciao Bella Bubble Bath is a bubble bath that comes out in a pump? Yes! I love it, how easy for parents and kids! When running the bath, just add one or as many pumps as you want. I also noticed that it didn’t cause a UTI in any of my girls that tried it out and that can happen with several of the over the counter ones and the additives these days. I’m careful for my sake. Why not for the sake of my children?

It was a fun one to play with for the kids and to review. Did I mention it smelled delicious, too? I can imagine how easy this would be for a little one; I saw how much a toddler loved it!

Ana Banana Shampoo also has a pump bottle, making it great for the kids. Mine are at the age that they take their own showers (within earshot) and follow directions. Circle of friends made it so much easier. I just put them in there with the directions of shampoo gets XX pumps (depending on which girls it was) and they did a great job. The banana smell was authentic and not a phony smelling banana scent like several of the products out there.

Thank you Circle of Friends. It’s about time!

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Well, aside from a mom and a wife, I'm a person who wants the best for all of us. I have two daughters, two dogs, and a husband – all of whom I wanted to be at home for – so I put my talents to use, looking out for my family. Shopping (well, kinda you send me the products!). Surfing the Internet. Meeting new people. Recommending products to friends, after I fall in love with them. And figuring out how to make products better.

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