Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wear them Wednesday May 13, 2105

On Wednesdays I sometimes blog about a wrap, sling, or other baby carrier I've tried and loved, one I hope to try someday, and one way to wear a wrap, sling, or other carrier. 

One I love
My favorite new wrap right now is Ovolo Summit Opal. This 100% cotton beauty is the kind of wrap that feels soft enough I wouldn't hesitate to wrap a newborn in it (I tend to gravitate towards pretty solid wraps though) but it's also sturdy enough that doing yard work with a 25lb toddler wrapped up feels nearly weightless. I would definitely call it grippy, not slippy, with not much stretch, but with enough to not be diggy. And it looks super cute with my teal dress! 

Right side: 

Wrong side:

And it's part of Ovolo's "budget line", so while the quality is still high, the price is a bit lower than some of the other Ovolo releases! And it comes with a super cute bag: 

Ovolo is a really great company run by a (super nice!) American mom and has wonderful customer service. In my opinion, this wrap definitely shows that their product quality is as high as their customer service standards. I would definitely recommend trying one someday if you get the chance!

One I want
Oscha Oz line! A creative Oscha fan started a Facebook campaign, the Oscha Oz Initiative aimed at convincing Oscha to create a line of wraps inspired by the classic movie "The Wizard of Oz." If Oscha ever decides to go for it, it's hard to predict which wraps they might choose, but of the ones the group has mocked up (these are pics of existing wraps from the Oscha website, re-colored with computer software to get some ideas of what potential colorways might look like!) I think I'd want one of these most: 

SekaiLove TinMan

Andaluz Dorothy

Or Nouveau Emerald City

Aren't they gorgeous?!? Join the Oscha Oz Initiative if you too want to encourage Oscha to take a journey somewhere over the rainbow!

One way to wear it
This great video from Babywearing Faith (who you really ought to follow on Facebook and YouTube if you're interested in learning new carries!) demonstrates how to do a Double Rebozo back carry with shoulder flip and candy cane chest belt. I'll try to update again later with a pic of me doing it if I'm successful!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Transformers Rescue Bots: Dino Island iOS app review

What it is

Transformers Rescue Bots: Dino Island is a new iOS storybook app featuring the Transformers Rescue Bots in a brand new adventure that requires them to transform into dinosaurs!

Who made it
Hasbro and PlayDate Digital, creators of many great apps featuring favorite kid characters like Transformers, My Little Ponies, and more.

Our impressions

My 5.5 year old is very impressed with this app. He played it 4 times the first day we downloaded it! He says that his favorite parts are the game parts where you destroy the droids with your powers and when you try to break Optimus Prime out with your powers. 
If he could change one thing about this app, he would add another game where you can find out more about Optimus Prime as a dino bot.

We both had fun with dino cam

As a mom I appreciate that the Transformers characters are bright and colorful in this rendition and that  the violence is cartoony and very mild. I'm not opposed to a little good vs evil battle action, but I prefer not to have him play games that feature cruelty or gore, so I was glad this app didn't. Mostly it was shooting water or lasers at robots or landslides.

There was only one time that a human character was arguably harmed, and he was basically pushed or thrown and there was no blood or gore. 

It took my son about 10-15 minutes to read through the entire story each time on "read to me" mode. 

Characters kids love
Encourages reading

Tiny bit of violence

Get it
You can download Transformers Rescue Bots: Dino Island from the App Store now!

I received a free download code for this app for review purposes. I received no other compensation for this review.

Monday, May 11, 2015

ABC Universe Children's Book Review

What it is

ABC Universe is a board book featuring cool space words for each letter of the alphabet. 

Who wrote it
ABC Universe is written by the American Museum of Natural History and published by Sterling Children's Books. Besides their main websites, you can also find AMNH on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more. You can also connect with Sterling Books on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Our impressions
One of the most noticeable things about this book are the amazing pictures. While there are a few diagrams, like one of the solar system, most of the pictures are actual photographs taken through telescopes! I also thought this book had a really great level of detail for preschoolers. The definitions and descriptions weren't over his head, but they did contain a lot of new information, which made it just right for him. I even learned new things myself! My toddler obviously wasn't ready to learn the defintion of a comet or a quasar, but he did like looking at the pictures and working on learning letters. Both of my sons seemed very interested in it and I think it'd be equally appropriate for girls. 

Real space photography!
Age appropriate definitions for preschoolers and early elementary students
Reasonably priced

Most kids old enough to enjoy these detailed space definitions already know their alphabet

The bottom line
Awesome book and highly recommended for kids 2-6ish who like space!

Get it
You can purchase ABC Universe for $7.19 at time posting this review. 

I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. I received no other compensation for this post.