Apps for Kids – Nursery Rhymes by ChuChu TV

When my kids were younger, one of the things they LOVED to do was watch funny videos on YouTube. I can’t tell you how many times we would spend an hour or more sitting together with my laptop, laughing hysterically at funny animal videos. However, there were a few times that something inappropriate would pop up and almost give me a heart attack because my kids were sitting there watching and being kids, they saw everything…even when it didn’t seem like they were looking! They still saw! Now, more times than not, you see a parent hand over their iPhone or iPad for their kids to entertain themselves while the parents grocery shopped or stood in line for something. With great apps for kids like Nursery Rhymes by ChuChu TV, parents don’t have to worry about what their kids are watching.

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There are so many great iPhone apps for kids out there that are great, but if the parents don’t have certain settings set, their kids can then buy a ton of in-app purchases. I had a friend, no joke, who let her child play with iPad while she made dinner and their child purchased a $99 in-app purchase in a matter of minutes.

Why in the world do kid apps need $99 in-app purchases?

They don’t and Nursery Rhymes by ChuChu TV knows this! To get started, you can download the app by visiting one of the links below:

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1071766186

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.chuchutv.android

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Once you are in the app, your child can pick any of the videos on the main screen to watch. There are some videos that you have to purchase, but your child will not be able to get to that screen. Once you hit the shopping cart in the upper left hand corner, you are prompted to answer a math question. If your child watched all of the videos on the main screen and you don’t want to purchase additional videos, no worries!! In the upper right hand corner of the screen, you will see a button for the settings. If you click on that, you will again be prompted to answer a math question. From there you can click on YouTube and you will be taken to the ChuChu TV YouTube channel where there are 100’s of videos for your child to watch! In my opinion, this truly is one of the best iPad apps for kids!

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So…parents…put your iPad in a kids iPad caseapps for kids and know that, not only is your iPad protected, but your kids will be watching educational videos without being inundated with ads and tempted with in-app purchases!! Oh how I wish I had all of this when my kids were much younger!! Grocery shopping would have been a lot easier!!

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Fuzzy Navel Homemade Gummy Bears

Making homemade gummy bears has become quite the thing in our house! Everyone has their favorite flavors. My husband loves the lime gummy bears and my kids love the raspberry gummy bears…me, on the other hand, I think the Fuzzy Navel gummy bears I made yesterday are the best! These non-alcoholic version of fuzzy navel cocktails are delicious! Just the right amount of peach and orange flavors to really compliment one another. Using my gummy bear moldfuzzy navel I found on Amazon, making these gummy bears are super easy! Especially since the mold I bought comes with a dropper…trust me…you want the mold with the dropper!

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Fuzzy Navel Gummy Bears Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 small box (3 oz) of Peach Sugar Free Jello
  • 1 small box (3 oz) of Orange Sugar Free Jello
  • 3 packets Unflavored Gelatin (I like Knox Gelatinfuzzy navel)
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions

  1. Put the 1/2 cup water into a small sauce pan on low heat.
  2. Add both sugar free Jello packets and all three unflavored gelatin packets.
  3. Mix until it has all dissolved.
  4. Using your dropper that came with your gummy bear moldfuzzy navel, fill each of the little gummy bear compartments with your gelatin.
  5. Place the molds in the freezer for about 10 minutes.

Don’t you love how easy it is to make fuzzy navel gummy bears? Next time I make these, I plan on sprinkling a little citric acidfuzzy navel on the fuzzy navel gummy bears to make them like the sour gummy candies that I used to love! I used to eat that candy until my mouth was raw! If you are following the Keto diet plan like I am, these fuzzy navel gummy bears are a nice little treat for you to have! 4 or 5 gummy bears is about 1 g protein! And trust me, when you have given up sugar for as long as I have, those 4 or 5 gummy bears are plenty!

Have you made your own gummy bears yet? What flavor combinations do you like?

KIDZ BOP Greatest Hits CD

My kids love listening to music. We could be walking through a store and there could be zero music playing, but my kids will be singing some song they either like a lot or just heard on the radio. The best was when we were at the grocery store and I heard my son singing, “Hey, hey, we’re the Monkees and people say we monkey around“. I used to LOVE The Monkees! I watched their TV show and went to their concert back in like 1998! I have no idea where he learned that song, but it was still pretty fun to listen him sing it! Both kids really enjoy the KIDZ BOP CD’s, especially the KIDZ BOP Greatest Hits CD!

*I received the following CD for the purpose of this post. All opinions and stories are 100% my own…always*

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I am a huge fan of the KIDZ BOP CD’s because they take the popular songs of today and make them kid friendly. I never have to worry about what my kids are listening to when they have one of these CD’s on.

KIDZ BOP Greatest Hits Track List

  • Happy
  • Uptown Funk
  • Party Rock Anthem
  • Shake It Off
  • Roar
  • Call Me Maybe
  • Thrift Shop
  • Best Day of My Life
  • Gangnam Style
  • Moves Like Jagger
  • All About That Bass
  • The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)
  • Bills
  • MAKE SOME NOISE

I would much rather listen to that in the car and hear my kids singing along (and sing along myself) that listen to them bicker and fight…wouldn’t you?!? The KIDZ BOP Greatest Hits CD will be hitting store shelves on April 1, 2016!! You can also find it on iTunes and the KIDZBOPShop.

If your kids are like mine and they are asking to go to a concert, you can take them to the KIDZ BOP KIDS Life of the Party concert. They will be hitting 50+ dates in 2016! Check out KIDZBOP.com for more details!!

What’s your favorite song on that track list?

Kia Optima SX Turbo Review

One of my favorite things to do (and something my kids enjoy doing too) is have the opportunity to test drive a bunch of different cars. My kids enjoy this, as well. In fact, as soon as they get into each car, they start looking around and tell me all the things about that car that they like (and think is better than the car I have) or they tell me what they don’t like. Every time! Last week I had the chance to test drive the 2016 Kia Optima SX Turbo for a week and I have to tell you…I did NOT want to give the car back. This usually happens with me and Kia’s. I just like their cars that much!

*I drove the following car for the purpose of this post. Sadly, I had to give the car back after a week. All opinions are 100% my own, as always*

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Kia Optima Review

As a mom that spends A LOT of time in the car, the one thing I want to make sure of when I am picking a car is that it is comfortable. This Kia Optima SX Turbo is more than comfortable! It is extremely roomy, which is also a plus. I pick my son up from school and in order to make sure I get a parking space that I can drive right out of (those middle school kids run all over that parking lot), I have to get there about 40 minutes early. To tell you how roomy this car is, I was able to sit with both legs folded under me, no problem! So…if you are like me and you spend hours a week sitting in your car at various sport practices or driving a lot for work, you will love the Kia Optima SX. Very very comfortable!

Another thing I need is trunk space. My son plays lacrosse. His bag is HUGE. The trunk on this car is very large. I was able to go grocery shopping and have his lacrosse bag in the trunk and have room to spare. The nice thing is, having a large trunk did not take away from the space in the backseat. Even with my 6’2″ husband sitting in the passenger seat with the seat back pretty far, my kids had plenty of leg room. And trust me…they would tell me if they didn’t! They take this car reviewing very seriously!

Kia Optima SX Turbo Features

There are so many wonderful features that come standard with the Kia Optima SX. A few of the Kia Optima Specs I like and that are important to me are:

  • Dual Front Advanced Airbags
  • Front Seat Mounted Side Airbags
  • Driver’s Knee Airbag
  • Full-Length Side Curtain Airbags
  • Anti-Lock Braking System
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control w/Rear Vents
  • Navigation System w/8″ Rear-Camera Display
  • Rear Center Console USB Chargers & 12 Volt Outlet
  • Blind Spot Detection System
  • LED Overhead Interior Lighting

The last one may seem a bit silly, but until you’ve experienced a car with interior LED lights…it’s pretty great!

If you are in the market for a car, you really need to check your local Kia dealership and see if there are any Kia Optima deals going on and what the current Kia Optima pricing is. For the car I drove, it had a total manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $33,215.

Have you driven the Kia Optima SX yet?

Delicious Deviled Eggs Recipes

Are you looking for something to take to your Easter get together that is both unique and familiar at the same time? Then the thing you need to take is Deviled Eggs! There are so many delicious deviled eggs recipes out there! I used to make these every year for Easter because I knew that my dad really liked them (check out my recipe here). I even went to one of those pottery painting places and made a plate just for the eggs! If you have one of those pottery places…go do it! It’s so fun and you end up with cute, one of a kind dishes!

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Isn’t the plate cute?!? If you don’t have one of those pottery painting places near you or you just don’t feel like painting one, I found this egg platterdeviled eggs recipes on Amazon and it’s beautiful! Or…if you are looking for something slightly different, this kid friendly egg platterdeviled eggs recipes may be what you are looking for!

So while I think my recipe is probably the best deviled eggs recipe on the internet, I did take the time to check out some other recipes for this delicious deviled eggs recipe roundup!

Deviled Eggs Recipes Roundup

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This first recipe is a simple deviled eggs recipe that calls for avocado! Not only does it sound tasty, but the fact that it is green may just get your kids to try it. I know my daughter would. Her favorite color is green…she’d definitely give these eggs a try. Perfect for Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, or even the Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham day! You can find the recipe at This Mama Cooks!

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I have to admit, I love anything and everything spicy. This next recipe takes the classic deviled eggs recipe up a notch to make Buffalo Deviled Eggs! Sounds good, doesn’t it?!? You can find this recipe at Thrifty Jinxy!

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This easy deviled eggs recipe has a unique ingredient added to it. Not only will it enhance the flavor, but also make them extra creamy! Who doesn’t like that?!? You can find this recipe at Mama of 3 Munchkins.

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This next recipe definitely wins for the prettiest and most unique deviled egg recipes! At Frosted Fingers you will find how to make these pretty crackled deviled eggs! It seems pretty easy too!

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The last recipe in this roundup is probably my favorite and one I will be making this weekend. This easy deviled eggs recipe uses the ever popular Sriracha sauce and roasted red peppers! I know, right! You can find this recipe at This Mama Cooks!

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So what do you think? Which of these deviled eggs recipes is YOUR favorite? For your convenience, below are all the great products I mentioned in this post!