Thanks to Christmas, new babyness, and other events lately, I’ve run into a few cool new things that are making my daily life easier and more fun.
(And, for the record, I was not asked to promote any of these items, nor do the companies mentioned know that I’m writing about them, They just rock and I wanted to share in case any of them might be helpful to you, as well.)
The Eye-Fi SD Card
I got my “big girl camera” (a DSLR) back in November – I ended up getting the Canon T2i , which has been absolutely amazing. One of the features built into it was the ability to use an Eye-Fi Card. This memory card has wi-fi capabilities, which means that as soon as I take a picture (if I’m at home or in a wi-fi hotspot), it transmits it to the correct folder on my computer. And if I’m not within wi-fi range when I take the photo, it waits and transmits it when I am. Also, it keeps all photos on a website for 30 days, so if I’m away from my computer, I can still get to them!
It may not sound like a big deal, but it is absolutely FABULOUS to not have to upload photos anymore! I knew it would be great, but it is more efficient than I dreamed it would be.
I happened upon Schoolhouse Educational Supply in Vestavia the other day, and loved it! They had super creative toys, educational games, and school supplies – much better than any other store I’ve found in Birmingham. However, I was sad that they are planning on closing (if no one buys them out) at the end of February. Everything in the store is 30% off, so I stocked up on school supplies for Ali – it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re local.
The Hot Dots pen is just like Ali’s Leapfrog Tag Reader pen (which she also loves and I highly recommend as well) in that you touch the page with the electronic pen and it interacts with you. In the case of Hot Dots, it tells you if you have the right answer or not. They can be used with a ton of different types of learning cards at many different age levels. I bought the Telling Time , Counting Money , Phonics , Addition , and Subtraction cards.
Ali absolutely loves them! And the best part is, she can do most of them on her own (no reading required) – it’s a great way for her to be entertained AND learning when I can’t give her my full attention.
The Total Baby App for the iPhone
I SERIOUSLY don’t know how I managed to raise Ali as a baby without this app.
Well, actually I do – remember the craziness of The Notebook?
OH MY GOODNESS this app is so much better – and, scarily enough, tracks even more stuff – in more detail – than I did in my ridiculously OCD notebook.
The app is $4.99, but it is worth every penny if you have trouble remembering when you last fed your baby like I do. It has awesomely simple start and stop buttons, wonderful (albeit at times TOO detailed) descriptions, and it even has the official percentile growth charts loaded in, so you can see your baby’s percentiles anytime you get a measurement!
We’ve been using these sticker sets as “reward fun” after doing school, and even though Ali likes school anyway, the motivation of getting to do a fashion portfolio helps her school excitement even more.
They’re basically paper dolls, except that they’re stickers – which, even though they’re one-time use, I HIGHLY prefer to paper dolls, because those paper doll tabs drive me CRAZY. Plus, these are only $4.99, and you get 80 girls to dress – which will last us a while.
(Although I’ve already ordered us more, because as I said, we’re kinda obsessed with them.)
I’ve also snuck in a bit of extra school with the fun by asking Ali if she wants to name her girls after finishing their wardrobes. She excitedly writes their creative (and also very Tinkerbell-influenced) names on the sheet, thereby practicing her letters:
There are 10 different sets of clothes with 8 girls for each set, and you can mix and match the outfits to your heart’s content:
…and for some reason, according to Ali, whichever girl is wearing the orange panties always has to go last.
There are some things that the world will never understand.
And finally, my favoritest of my new favorite things…
…But you can’t buy that kind of cuteness on Amazon.