PC for the Kids in the House

We recently tested the PeeWeePC.  It is a computer set up specifically for kids.  If you are thinking about getting a computer for a child, this is a great option–the laptop we tried has a rubberized case that protects it, software to protect the kids while surfing and educational programs to help them learn.

The PeeWeePC was easy for our kids to use and reduced the stress of thinking they might break the family computer.  One child carried it from room to room and walked it through its paces.  The other child used it to access school lessons that required online access.  Everything went smoothly.  These are fully-functioning PCs–not games like so many “kid computers.”  And it is reasonably priced in the range of other tablets with fewer kid-friendly features.

PeeWeePC has offered a discount to our listeners: Use promotional code is PWPROMO  to save $10 off any purchase of $20 or more. Simply input this code during checkout in the box that says “promotional codes.”

In an upcoming show, we discuss our experience and give more details about the product.  But we wanted to get the word out now during Back to School Frenzy!

Cyber Saving this Christmas

Learn the tricks we use to save $$ shopping on the internet for things like gift certificates

Check out

City Deals for 50-60 percent off gift certificates.  You can even purchase gift certificates for deals in other cities so if your family lives somewhere else, you can still take advantage of the deals.  Or if you are traveling, check the deals in the location you are going!

Restaurant.com has up to 80 Percent off deals.   Check them out for cities you will be traveling to on vacation too!

Pinching Your Pennies and the Screaming Penny: This email comes to your box filled with tons of deals.  Even though the Screaming Penny is supposed to be focused on the Western States, they show deals for internet sites.  Somebody there searches and finds the great deals each day (sometimes twice).  I got a Razar RipStick regularly $90 for $19.  Great deal just by checking my mail.  They also include City Deals and Restaurant.com deals so you can see tons of deals at once!

The Frugal Girls: You can get email or check out their posts in Facebook.  They specialize in finding things that you can get for free.  Great resource. They post coupon deals too!

Friend your favorite stores on Facebook for exclusive coupons.  Lowes had 90% off coupons last weekend!

Check out Amazon Prime Shipping Free 2-Day Shipping on any order size for a month.  This is great for sending presents to family and friends everywhere–especially when you forget that Cousin Bob!

Check out more deals and ideas on the podcast.

Disney YES is a Dream Come True

We’ve done a show on Disney YES and here is a video of our experience of the program! It was a hit once Alex woke up and realized that school at Disney would be fun! Our teacher Tabia was incredibly energetic and happy while still teaching the kids great info. Tabia taught the kids about the first 18 presidents of the US and the challenges they faced creating the nation, keeping it together, and then expanding it West. We were allowed behind the scenes at the Hall of Presidents where we got to meet the presidents up close and personal–you could see every hair on the heads of their animatronic doubles. We also rode Splash Mountain and Thunder Mountain before the park opened to other visitors–I really appreciated that later in the day when the wait was 60 minutes (I thought WDW was supposed to NOT be crowded in October)!

NOTE: The YES Program only recently opened to individual students and their families and is only available on select days but you should check and see if your dates coincide with YES programs because your school-aged kids 6 and older get an exciting experience in the park behind the scenes (along with a chaperon) and your entire family gets discounted park tickets (our discount was 50% off the regular ticket price—an incredible savings). Fore more information, check out their website at http://www.disneyyouth.com/individual-enrollment/ and check out my podcast where I interview the YES Marketing Director about the program and learn more details at http://www.themompodcast.com/2010/10/03/educational-opportunities-and-disney/

Reading Program Gets the Squeal!

Over the past few months, Anna and I have been using an excellent educational program that covers the beginning reading skills, alphabet, basic science, math and much more.  It is called Rusty and Rosy and was created by Waterford Institute–a respected leader in educational materials for schools and home schools.

Rusty and Rosy is not your run-of-the-mill software program that tries to teach children while mostly just entertaining them.  Believe me, we have tried several of those programs in our house and they were never worth the price I paid for them–even when I paid very little. I first learned about Rusty and Rosy because my son was using it in his first grade class during computer time.  He would come home and tell me what he had done and learned.  He was very excited.

When my daughter had a problem with preschool and we decided to bring her home (she calls herself a Preschool Dropout), I wanted to still find a way to get her ready for Kindergarten.  That is when I remembered my son’s experience with Rusty and Rosy and looked to see if the program was available to parents.

I wasn’t prepared for how excellent the program would be and how much my daughter would enjoy it.  We got our Rusty and Rosy drive and hooked it up to our computer.  The drive contains all the lessons and materials for 3 years of reading learning.  Once you hook it up to your computer and create an account online, Rusty and Rosy also has the ability to adjust to the skills your child already has and customize learning from the resources on the hard drive. Continue reading “Reading Program Gets the Squeal!”

Products that Solve Problems

We discuss products that solve problems such as fear of monsters and nightmares, kids who won’t wear winter hats, getting stains out, creating family memories, calling hands free while driving, games for the family, and the way to keep your floor really clean.  We talk to the mom-creator of Bye Bye Monster Shop and Sharon of Parent Tested Parent Approved.