So you’re looking to buy a baby monitor but you’re not sure what to look for. Perhaps it’s your first child or maybe up until now all you’ve had is an old hand-me-down that you are at least 75% certain was used during the 1920’s. Either way, if you are looking for a new monitor, take a look at Lorex!
Lorex is a fantastic company with years of experience and various models, but let’s take a look at one of the more recent additions to their family, the “Care N Share model BB4325x”.
Now, don’t let the random letters and numbers scare you, this is a simple and straight forward device that is going to knock your little babies socks off (then immediately put them back on, babies do get cold, after all).
With a 4.3 inch monitor, this device almost towers over the competition. And yes, it is LCD, full color, AND portable.
This baby has a free app that you can download to any smartphone or tablet allowing you to monitor your child from anywhere in the world! You even have up to a 450 feet range in your own home! How’s THAT for portable!
And how about that PTZ capability! You can pan, tilt, zoom, and track your baby with a hands free motion tracker.
And it’s a good thing too because this device also houses a snap and share technology allowing you to take a photo of your sleeping angel and share it on as much social media as you like!
And for those times when you just can’t find your voice, you can just turn on it’s soothing sounds and have your baby monitor lull your baby right to sleep.
And don’t worry about a machine being the only thing singing baby to sleep because with a two-way radio you can sing your own lullaby from 3 rooms over.
The “Care N’ Share” has a crystal clear night vision that’ll will allow you to monitor baby in the dimmest of light with infrared LED technology. And if it’s too dim, you can always turn on the built in nightlight for baby’s comfort.
Iff you’re worried even a little about battery power; don’t! You’ll have an eight hour batter life as well as video monitoring on and off to save power.
This is all while giving a constant temperature monitor of the entire room as well, just to make sure your little bundle is nice and comfy and not too warm under all those blankets.
Personally, I think this monitor comes with some unnecessary stuff. Two way talking? I mean, why would you need to have the monitor on if there was someone else in the room with baby? Isn’t our objective to “monitor” the baby?
Unless of course you’re expecting to communicate with baby, then by all means, talk away.
The price might be out of most parent’s budget and I am all about saving money. But, for what it can do, I think that is worth the price tag.
Although I do like this product, it would take a very good day for me to spend over $50 on a baby monitor especially if I started with the old school, static, not clear baby monitors.
I’m a very thrifty shopper and you can call me el cheapo, but I left it up to my other half to get this. I mean, we still have a baby monitor that works perfectly fine, so I don’t see the point in getting this.
People all over are singing the praises of Lorex Baby monitors and the “Care N’ Share” system itself. At around $100, it pays to purchase a product that will give you a peace of mind for years to come.
But don’t take our word, just do some research and you’ll find that this monitor is definitely one to keep an eye on.
Just like the internet, baby monitors have come a long. From the old school walkie talkie looking type baby monitors, to full on surveillance types, you can find any type of monitoring device for your baby.
Back then I used to think they were so cool because we get to leave baby and do whatever needs to be done around the house, until of course baby makes a peep.
These days, Motorola and all these baby monitor making companies have taken things to a whole new level. Some a bit pricey, but at least it gives us options.
You are only human. And, as a human, you absolutely can not be in multiple places at once. Unfortunately, mankind has not evolved a robot that can do laundry, balance the check book, and send all those important business emails all while watching your little bundle of joy sleep peacefully in your bed.
The Motorola Digital Audio Baby Monitor is a fine bit of equipment sure to give you peace of mind a lot of other devices can not, but, be aware, this little baby may be lacking in some basic needs you could easily find in another model.
Not a bad price, but is it even worth $40?
Let’s start with a feature that is very important to parents; the battery. Sure, it has a 14 hour life, however, there are various complaints of constant recharging and draining. The range is not that spectacular and the volume setting is sketchy at best.
In fact, the main issue most parents with this particular model have is waking up to hear their child crying in the next room and find the baby monitor not even so much as giving a hint of a whimper. This can be very disconcerting as literally the entire reason you buy a baby monitor is to, yeah, ummm, monitor the baby.
There are even various reports of interference and static, but those seem to be few and far between. Over all, the sheer lack of options on this device is what turns a lot of parents away before even buying.
It really is your basic audio monitor so if you are looking for much more than that, chances are you will be disappointed. I guess it’s safe to say that not all baby monitors are created equal.
There are some good things to say about the Motorola Digital Audio Baby Monitor. Sure, there are SOME reports of a faulty battery, but at 14 hours on average it’s not a bad battery life over all.
The range may not be far, but for your average home size a wide range isn’t going to matter much either way. If you plan on being football fields away from baby, you might not want to have anymore kids.
The number one complaint was the volume, but when it works it works beautifully with crystal clear audio shining through.
And as far as the interference, 9 parents out of 10 actually say that this is one of the better monitors to have in your home if you have multiple devices so on this one issue it really seems likes it’s a bit of a coin toss.
And as far as the lack of options, yes, it really is your basic audio model with no temperature or movement monitoring, but, sometimes it’s good to really get back to the basics. Perhaps you already have a fancy video monitor and you really do only need an extra sound monitor.
Perhaps you are on a budget. Whatever the reason, for around $40 bucks it’s ultimately not a bad purchase, just not as fancy and high tech as some products out on the market these days.
You really could do a lot worse than the Motorola Digital Audio Baby Monitor. Obviously if you would rather actually SEE your baby, this device isn’t for you, but, if you are looking for a decently priced audio device, this may just be what you are looking for.
Personally, I think that you can do just fine with this. I mean, do you plan on being away from baby for more than 10 hours?
Have any of you tried this product before? Please chime in and let us know what you think. Thanks!
Let me be clear, we are all well aware of what year it is. I have no delusions of my childhood, nor do I wish to be a helpless child with no accomplishments at this point in my life (although, fewer responsibilities and no bills to pay would not be half bad, but I digress).
Sometimes you have just got to Peter Pan it up and get back to the good old times in life.
Between family and jobs and social schedules, it’s nice to just kick back, relax, and have a moment to yourself to remember the joys of being a child.
And this, my friend, is the perfect thing to do just exactly that.
It is such a simple little thing called “ForeverSpin Tops” and, gentlemen, this gizmo will forever amaze!
You remember being a kid and seeing just how long you could keep your little cheap plastic top going? Well, how about the same thing, only with finely crafted precious medals on an almost magic stand that can literally keep your top going for hours and hours.
That, my friend, is ForeverSpin Tops!
As a perfect gift for a loved one, or even yourself, these, things may not come cheap, but they are worth every penny.
The price can range anywhere from $40 to nearly $200 depending on which precious metal you wish. But, considering that each top is meticulously crafted and comes with a lifetime warranty, it’s virtually a steal!
Each and every top is made from a single piece of alloy and each one contains Holographic Unique Serial Number so you know you are getting a one of a kind item. The metals can be anything from simple silver to gorgeous gold and beyond!
It’s really more art than toy, but that makes it no less fun to play with!
While most works of art are meant to be admired from afar with only your eyes enjoying the work, this is a fully hands on immersive experience you have to see to believe.
With just the smallest flick of your fingers (so small, even your toddlers can get it going), you will not only be mesmerized by the beauty of the top itself, but be taken back to those childhood memories.
Seriously, just one spin and you will find yourself (and your children) staring at this small, precious spinning metal for possibly hours. Most people that own one has compared it to the hypnotism of gazing into a campfire.
So, yes, it’s 2016, and yes, I am an adult, but I can not recommend these little beauties more!
In a world where technology has all but threatened our connection to the everyday world, sometimes it’s good to just kick back, flick your fingers, and watch a toy spin and spin.
foreverspin.com: This ain’t your grandpa’s cheap wooden top anymore.
Have you ever played a little game called tic-tac-toe?
Well, of course you have. We all have. Practically from the moment we could draw straight lines and circles we were on our way to hours of entertainment while trying to outwit our family and friends in heated battles of the fearsome “X” versus the elusive “O”. And let’s face it, the game never got old, did it.
To this day you can still find people playing against each other with nothing more than a pen and paper.
But the game has now evolved.
What if you could take a simple game like tic-tac-toe or even the old classic “connect 4”, make it 3D, and play it anywhere on the go?
Meet Stratos Spheres!
The good people over at Thinkfun have created this amazing strategy game for kids ages 7 and up that is easy to learn and absolutely exhilarating to master.
Just like the old games of connect four, you have to piece together four of your chosen color in any possible way you can while your opponent tries the same, each of you while trying to stop the other.
The main difference here is instead of going just left to right or up and down, the Stratos Spheres are designed to go in any and all directions, taking this game literally to a whole new level.
Each game will come with a set of yellow spheres, a set of blue spheres, a solid, neutral white sphere, and a handy carrying case to take them on the go.
No batteries or special equipment or apps to download, just good old fashion fun. And the gameplay is just as easy as the old tic-tac-toes and connect fours of old.
Tradition says youngest starts first, then you place your chosen color on the neutral white sphere.
Then it’s the opponents go.
They too take their turn placing their chosen color either on the original white sphere or blocking the first player’s move.
At first, the moves may seem random and somewhat uninteresting, but as play progresses and the spheres are places in any and all directions, the fun begins.
Within a minute you will have a strange almost hypnotic shape in your hands as you pass your creation back and forth, each attempting to achieve your goal of gaining four colors in a row.
The key to an excellent strategy game is one that is easy to learn, but a challenge to master, and this game definitely pulls out all the stops.
At under $10 retail, you can’t afford NOT to add this to family game night.
Again, and I want you to really think about it…no batteries to continuously charge or buy, no apps to purchase, just pull it from the bag and you are literally ready to play.
It really is that easy.
Whether it’s a rainy day stuck inside with the kids or a long car trip to Grandma’s, this will certainly bring hours of joy to your and your family for years to come.
Years and years ago when we were all but tiny, our parents likely had what we would refer to as your classic baby monitor.
It was essentially a one way shortwave radio that one could listen for the cries of a helpless little baby in all hours of the day and night.
But, oh my, how things have changed.
Now instead of listening, we now have a full on high definition view of our children from anywhere in your home.
Meet the Samsung BrightVIEW Baby Video Monitoring System!
In the old days, we had but just noise in order to monitor our babies, now we have a clear 720p HD live streaming video to make sure junior is okay.
Let’s start with the extra large 5.0” touchscreen.
No extra complicated controls, just simple and clear touch screen picture that promises you won’t so much as miss a hair on babies head.
And don’t worry about the dark because this device offers an equally as clear night vision mode up to 16 feet away that automatically adjust to higher levels of lighting.
And if you are worried about any noise that baby may make, don’t be.
The audio levels are adjustable to be able to hear a pin drop, or turn down to only alert you if baby is crying or there are other loud noises in the room.
You can even turn the video mode off completely and just listen in with clarity.
It even comes with an innovative audio mode feature that conserves battery power while ensuring child safety.
Basically, if the screen happens to be off, the monitor will continue to detect sound in the vicinity of the camera.
That means less stress for you AND the energy bill.
It also provides you with a Pure Digital Signal which utilizes a 2.4 GHz frequency to provide secure and interference-free video.
Together with the HD audio enhancements to amplify two way talking capability, you can interact with your child while you are doing laundry in a completely other room (or, heaven forbid, getting in a quick shower or bath).
The camera can use tilt, zoom, pan, almost any angle for your little angel.
And for those times when you REALLY want to lull baby to sleep, the monitor even has some pre-programmed lullabies at your disposal.
No complicated instructions, just touch the screen for soothing and relaxing tones your baby is sure to love.
Now, you may be expecting to pay at least a thousand dollars for something so incredibly versatile, but with a price well under $300, it may not be cheap, but it is more than affordable.
Sure, there may be other, cheaper video monitors, but none that can stand up to this quality of service.
So if you have a new little baby in the house and you have funds, I highly recommend the BrightVIEW Baby Video Monitoring System.
After all, it’s your baby we are talking about here, Dad…and you don’t want to miss a second!
Who doesn’t like to bbq? The Hotspot Notebook BBQ Grill will make you love it even more! I’m not one that likes to haul around a regular sized BBQ grill every time we go to the beach, so this bad boy always does the trick.
There are actually a few companies that make this notebook style grill, so you might want to check them out and see which one best fits your style.
This one is just my fav out of the bunch and I think you would like this one too. It’s very simple, does the job, and has a nice look to it.
This is one of the more popular portable grills on the market. It’s lightweight and well, folds into a notebook type stowaway.
Just like the others, it will sit flat in your trunk or slide into any super skinny type place, so storing this while on the go won’t be a problem.
Other than the obvious slim, lightweight, and portable characteristics, this grill is sturdy and folds into a nice little carrying case.
It is made out of hight heat resistant (I hope so) painted steel, so you don’t need to worry about this peeling like the el-cheapo grills that I’ve seen.
There aren’t many complaints about this product, simply because it is simple, does the job, and is worth your money.
This grill is more than affordable. I got a mini Weber for that price and not even that can do what this little super slim portable grill can do.
It’s not the easiest thing to find at your neighborhood Walmart, but you can definitely get it online for a great deal. You can get the best deals on Amazon.com, which will have this at your doorstep in just 2 days.
Unless you absolutely need this right this instant, you can go and check your local supermarket, but I doubt you’ll find this box of awesomeness there.
If you are in need of a portable grill, then this would be a great investment. Although you might not use this all the time, it is something that will always come in handy if you ever need it.
Most of the time I still find myself taking around my mini Weber, but that’s just because I have space for it. Maybe I just don’t want to make my Hotspot grill dirty? Probably.
Whatever the case may be, this grill will not only make life a lot easier, but it will have people wondering what in the world you are barbecuing in.
My suggestion? Get one if you don’t already have one. If you already have space for your current bbq grill in your car, then this product might be on your to buy list of things you WANT, not need.
Thanks for reading my review of the Hotspot portable notebook BBQ grill. If you own one or plan on owning one, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you recommend it?
Cost: $40 – $50 brand new, depending on where you purchase it from.
The Bumbo is brand of seats (floor seat, booster seat and multi seat) that also have a line of toys to accommodate the seat. Bumbo says:
“At Bumbo, we believe every child deserves a bright future. For more than a decade, we have made high quality infant and toddler products that help your little ones sit up on their own, step up to places they can’t yet reach, and build up their confidence as they gain independence. Our products solve every day parenting challenges, while encouraging parent and child interaction and quality family time.”
When my daughter was born, I got this little green, rubber/foam (that sounds like it would be uncomfortable but it’s not. I promise. I just don’t know what to call the material) feeling seat in the mail from a friend. So, naturally, I wanted to know how to use it.
Low and behold, children do not come out knowing how to sit up (I’m being sarcastic, of course). They have to be build those muscles and learn to balance their tiny heads.
Through my research, I found that that’s what the Bumbo was for.
As I said before, they have 3 different types of bumbo: the floor seat, the booster seat and the multi seat.
First, you’ll want to start your child off with the floor seat.
“The Bumbo Floor Seat should only be used when your baby can support his or her head. With the Bumbo Floor Seat, parents can engage with their child during key developmental milestones from playtime to feeding time and give baby a chance to see his or her surroundings from a new perspective.”
Check Out an Interactive Demo Here.
Once my daughter outgrew the floor seat, I graduated her to the Multi Seat (which is featured in the above video).
Now, the Bumbo Multi Seat was so cool!
It’s a 3-in-1 Seat that can be used on the floor, for feedings and as a booster! Plus, you can use the retractable straps to allow your little one to sit at the table. Saves so much room and is portable.
I use to take mine when we went on trips or even when we went to dinner my brother-in-law’s house. Doing this allowed me the ability to let her play on the floor with her toys and she could sit at the able when we all ate.
What I mean by sit on the floor with her toys is that you can attach some of the Bumbo Toys to the attachable tray. No mess and baby is happy! I was able to walk away and clean, cook, work, socialized, etc.
Now, my daughter just uses it as a booster for our home table. Since our table it counter top height, the chairs are bigger and the multi seat breaks down into a booster.
Overall, my opinion is very high of these Bumbo seats. I highly recommend using them with your kids. It truly is a life saver. In fact, I endorse Bumbo so much, that I get all my “expecting” parents the floor seat.
I absolutely love Bumbo Products!
Name: Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
Rating: G (some rude humor and language)
Genre: Kids, Comedy
Director: Walt Becker
Overall Rating: 3/5 stars
So I just came across so many negative reviews about Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip on Rottentomatoes.com, which came from nothing but adults that write for the New York Times, and all of them “trusted” sites.
This is coming from a parent, so you’ll probably get a different type of review here. Let’s just say this is more for the down to earth, “I’m living” type of people review, so don’t expect any harsh criticism about this movie.
In case you didn’t know this, you are watching a movie that is for kids. If you were thinking about going to satisfy yourself, you might want to watch something for you, the adult.
I am a dad and I have kids (obviously). I took them so that THEY can watch this and not myself. I wasn’t excited and I wasn’t expecting some type of award winning film, but you’d be surprised if you sit down and try to be in the world of your kids.
My kids can watch Alvin and the Chipmunks all day, rerun after rerun, and I think I am about sick of seeing it or even hearing it in the background while I do things around the house.
I saw that this was out in theaters, so I figured they would want to go and see something different. They weren’t as excited as I thought they’d be, but that was probably because we just finished putting together their Ninjago Legos.
Here is a review from a parent’s point of view and not someone looking to ding the producers on every little thing about something directed towards kids.
Alvin, Simon, and Theodore think that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend and they also think he will forget about them completely, thanks to this new girlfriend’s son.
This new girlfriend comes with some baggage and the chipmunks immediately run into some problems with this young fella.
They believe this kid’s story and they then come together to try and stop Dave from proposing to his girlfriend so that Dave won’t forget about them.
After causing some problems with the airlines, they are now banned from flying and now have to go on their little “road chip”.
I kinda walked in a little late because I had to grab the nachos and popcorn. But it started off with a nice little surprise party for Dave, which of course he didn’t know about.
From that alone, I thought it was going to be a little more boring than I thought. Dave of course walks in and does the whole “Alvinnnnnnnnn!” thing and that’s when the movie continues.
So at first they didn’t like this kid, but just like any love hate relationship, they eventually like him and vise versa. The trip continues with a bunch of encounters and I think I’ll save the rest so you can see it for yourself.
With a very basic storyline and animated rodents, you will definitely have to try and remember that this is a kid’s movie.
The soundtrack for Road Chip is actually pretty cool too. They do a bunch of happy type music, which kind of got me in the mood for a bit.
There were actually a bunch of tear jerking scenes (too many, I think) that almost made me tear, which is part of what made this movie better.
My kids learned a good lesson, while watching something they actually enjoyed.
Do not read this if you plan on watching the movie and you’re not in the mood for a spoiler.
So in the end, Dave wasn’t actually going to propose to his new girlfriend. He was holding the ring for one of his music producers, who was going to propose to HIS girlfriend.
They learn that Dave is not going to abandon them and he actually takes them to court so that he can have full custody of Alvin and the Chipmunks.
It is not the best movie and it is not the worst. It is great for kids and not too bad for adults as well, especially with the fact that you will be the one taking them there.
Thanks for reading my review of Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip and hopefully it has helped you decide on whether you should give this a try.
I give this the Road Chip two thumbs up and I recommend you go and see it if you haven’t already. If you have seen this or would like to add your two cents, please do so in the comments section below.
Name: ABC Mouse
Best For: Children ages 2-7
Cost: There is a 30 Day Free Trial. $7.95 per month, then after.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5 stars
ABC Mouse is an online learning platform for children, ages 2-7. There are six academic levels so your child can grow at their own pace. There are 450 lessons throughout the six levels and as your child completes each lesson, he or she is guided to the next one. Plus, ABC Mouse keeps motivation to continue learning by their Tickets and Rewards System.
The lessons of the Step-by-Step Learning Path consist of books, puzzles, games, songs, art activities, and/or printables that relate to a specific topic. Each lesson offers children several different ways to learn, in accordance with the recommendations of early childhood experts.
So, in short, ABCMouse.com is a full preschool and early childhood development program, compacted into one program – All for less than $10 per month.
I have a super active, super creative and super rambunctious three year old daughter that was not getting proper learning development. She wasn’t in daycare because of cost and I worked from home 60 hours a week. Needless to say, I was not in a position to help her to learn her ABCs and 123s in the manner that I should have. That is when I turned to educational movies, like Leap Frog.
While I worked, my daughter “went to school”.
This was an incredible arrangement and her learning levels started to improve, but it still wasn’t what I wanted for her.
That’s when a friend introduced me to ABC Mouse.
Alright Dads, let me first start by saying that I have no financial affiliation with ABC Mouse, nor do would I need to, to give an incredible review. I am just astounded by the progress my child has shown, both in the program and in her everyday life.
As stated above, there are six learning leaves for ages 2 – 7. In those these, there are lessons that use books, puzzles, games, songs, art activities, and/or printables for teaching. Now, this is not a “turn it on and walk away” type of program. You will need to help your child through.
What I did was set my daughter up next me during the work day. She completed 3 lessons with me and then got to go play outside or in the playroom for an hour. Then she came back and did 3 more.
This allowed me to break up my working schedule to accommodate her learning schedule. The main reason I wasn’t teaching her before is because I really didn’t know what to do other than sing “ABC” and “123”.
After she did this process for a total of 6 lessons, she got to watch an educational move – Little Eisenstein, Octonauts, Curious George, Leap Frog, etc.
Of course work in nap and such, as well.
In any case, this learning schedule I made helped me connect with my child, helped my child develop her mind and learning skills and help our household become much more smooth running.
I truly believe every child would benefit from using this program. It’s effective, it’s fun and it really does make a tremendous difference. Plus, because of ABC Mouse, my daughter is even more excited to start Pre-K in the fall.
The only issue I had was learning how it all worked. I wish they would have had a more comprehensive step by step for parents.
Because of that, I give ABCMouse.com a 9 out of 10!
Produced By: KidsEmbrace
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
Overall Rating: 4.5/5 stars
So I have not gotten this Cinderella booster seat and I have done this review completely off of looks.
However, I am expecting a girl, yay me!
I mean, my other half is, but I’m…
Okay, I don’t really know what I’m saying, but you know what I mean.
After having my first 3 kids come out with some male genitalia, I am finally going to have a girl!
My wife doesn’t think I’m excited, but I really am.
Some guys just express themselves differently, if you know what I mean.
So can someone please explain that to her?
So my wife is about 5 months prego and although my baby girl isn’t here yet, I couldn’t help but picture her in this booster seat looking at me through the rearview mirror.
I picture her with some black hair and big old eyes like her mommy just throwing stuff on the deck, just trying to piss me off.
But the one thing I also picture is this fricken Cinderella booster seat!
I’m not really about the look of things, but for some reason, this one caught my eye.
Maybe it’s because my daughter will like it?
Am I changing?
I can’t put a finger on this one, just yet.
But whatever, I like this one.
When it came to getting a booster seat, of course we got the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles booster seat and that’s an easy buy for the boys.
My other half is always looking at girls things and this Cinderella booster just so happens to be one of them that made her say wow.
Even I was interested when I saw this, so yes, it is that nice.
It has cup holders, with Cinderella holding them like they’re two cups of tea or something.
Pretty neat if you ask me.
I think the price is fair, and
For the most part, I think all booster seats serve its purpose.
Others talk about safety mainly for marketing purposes.
Just as long as it keeps the actual seatbelt around their bodies, then everything is good to go.
We are definitely not ready to get this, but that day will come.
Until then, I’ll just deal with Michaelangelo for now, since that was one of my favorite characters growing up as a child.
I just think it’s pretty neat that my boys are actually into what I was into when I was their age, because I don’t even know what my dad was interested in when he was younger.
Okay, enough about them turtles.
Thanks for hearing me out on this Cinderella booster seat.
Do you own one?
Looking to buy one?
Leave your thoughts in the comments section below please.
I know we can’t use this right now, but for those of you parents that have a girl, this would be perfect.
Maybe one day, we’ll be able to get one of these. Until then, enjoy yours!