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STEM Toy Gift Ideas

STEM Toys

GEAR, toys By November 21, 2016 3 Comments

STEM toys are all the rage – as they should be. STEM – for science, technology, engineering and math can be experienced at very early ages, and the universe is answering – with tons of toys that can help kids develop these skills at any stage. Here are our picks for STEM Toys this year.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Top Toys for 2016

GEAR, toys By November 17, 2016 2 Comments

It’s almost Black Friday and we didn’t want you to miss any deals on these Top Toys for 2016! We’ve tested them all, and my sons are officially attached to Snuggles the Dream Puppy. I went to put him in a suitcase to transport him to a TV station for a toy segment, and my son had a conniption, thinking he’d suffocate! Our gift guides are next, but here’s a sneak peek at a few of our top picks for kids this holiday season.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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On Force Friday, this is the droid you’re looking for

GEAR, tech, toys By September 14, 2016 No Comments

Raise your hand if you’re a Star Wars fan, married to a Star Wars fan or raising a Star Wars fan. If your hand is up, you probably know that Force Friday is the day when all the new Star Wars toys, gadgets, and gizmos are released for the holiday season.

Last year, Sphero took the world by storm with their BB-8 droid. This little robot toy rolled it’s way into the hearts of kids, leading tech writers and regular old Star Wars-loving moms like me. This year, it’s even better. I had the chance to attend a special sneak peek of Sphero’s lineup for Force Friday and it does not disappoint.

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Melanie from mommydo.com writes about parenting, food, neat stuff and the unexpected beauty in life, all while juggling work, family life and spreading awareness and raising funds for Williams Syndrome.

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Power Up the Imagination

Contests, GEAR, tech, toys By August 9, 2016 74 Comments

We’re in the home-stretch of summer and my kids are getting fidgety. I don’t want them constantly watching TV or allowing them to morph into screen zombies, and yet their creativity is waning. Sending them outside on bug hunts, creating forts and harvesting their gardens has come and gone. We all know how crucial toys, games and play are for a child’s development, but sometimes we all run out of ideas. Thankfully we found a way to power up the imagination!

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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VEX robotic arm

No Summer Vexation Here

GEAR, tech, toys By July 19, 2016 No Comments

The summer boredom had set in, and the kids were driving me batty. “Can we have screens? Mama, can you take us to X,Y, or Z? Can I do something dangerous?” And then the Vex arrived. Hexbugs have always been a hit in our house, and now the company has innovated for older kids (and parents!). Exclusively from HEXBUG comes the VEX Robotic Arm – a completely functional construction kit inspired by real industrial robot arms.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Just like dad, captured and printed on HP Envy

Give Dad the Gift of Good Times, with the HP Envy 7640

FAM, home, kids, tech, toys By May 17, 2016 No Comments

Still riding the feels from a wonderful Mother’s day, I am full swing into getting ready for Father’s day! Gifting Moms is a piece of cake compared to the monumental task of finding or *gasp* making something with the kids that their dad will actually, a) recognize as an actual thing, and b) like enough to actually put into circulation. This is no small endeavour, and should never be taken lightly because, come on, ladies, a super fab father’s day gift raises the bar for next year’s Mother’s Day, amirite?

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Travelling Light and Finding Me Time with the HP Pavilion X2 #HPTreatsMoms @HPCanada

GEAR, Shopping Reviews, toys By May 7, 2016 Tags: , , , No Comments

To say my life is crazy busy is a massive understatement, especially these days with kids, schoolwork, my work, and juggling household tasks. Keeping up, let alone getting ahead, sometimes seems impossible. I have a phone, on which I run through my schedule, a tablet to keep the kids entertained, and my laptop to pull out when I have a spare moment to work. My purse is the size of a small suitcase and hauling it around is a real pain in my…shoulder.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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May The Fourth

beauty, GEAR, tech, toys By May 3, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Affectionately known as Star Wars Day, May the Fourth has become the Christmas for inner geeks everywhere. My sons and I will be traveling to Disney World for the Social Media Moms Celebration and fellow travellers will witness us in a couple of stormtroopers and Rae costumes!

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Looking for great educational animated series for your toddlers? We've got you covered. And many happen to be available for free!

10 Fun Educational Animated Series for Toddlers

FAM, GEAR, kids, tech, toys By April 30, 2016 Tags: , , , , , 50 Comments

Nothing would please me more if I could just plop my kids in front of the television for hours on end, guilt-free. Thankfully, we live in a great age where we can entertain our children while they learn a little something. My favorite place to find great educational animated series  for free is Netflix. I also take full advantage of Xfinity On Demand, PBS Kids, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, and DVDs.

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April Grant is a wife and stay at home mother to three beautiful children. Her weight has always been a struggle. She openly shares what works and what doesn’t to hit your fitness and lifestyle goals.

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15 Things You should Pack in your Diaper Bag

GEAR, toys By April 15, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

The diaper back is often handbag, toybox and tolietry kit in one.  Sleep-deprived moms often forget to replenish their bags and there is nothing worse than being left in a lurch without diapers or a change of clothes for your baby.  Here’s a checklist of the essential 15 things you should pack in your diaper bag, as well as a few fun surprises.

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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