Nintendo Switch: GO VACATION Game Review

It’s Back-To-School for everyone! If you’re bummed you didn’t get to squeeze in that last vacation, take the family on an Kawawii Island adventure with GO VACATION game which is now available exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. Enjoy over 50 co-operative and competitive activities including ATV racing, scuba diving, skateboarding, skiing, fishing, volleyball, and much more. We received a copy of the game to check it out, and my kids and I are having a blast. The game can be played solo or multi-players up to 4 players. Select from four resorts – a tropical beach, a mountain or snow resort, visit the city for extreme sports, or do activities … READ MORE

Pentel Make It Pop Pens – Milky, Solar, and Sparkle + Giveaway!

Sponsored post written by me for Pentel. All opinions are my own.  I absolutely love pens. There is something about using a colorful pen makes writing that much more fun. Don’t ask my husband how large my pen collection looks, because he will start laughing, but I am obsessed! What’s not to love? I change ink color depending on my mood, and it gives me the pop of color that I need to brighten my day. Just think a list of things to do in black ink is boring, but that pop of hot pink stands out from all that black, and it tells me I need to do it … READ MORE

TICKTALK – Wearable Phone for Kids!

Product Testing/Review. All opinions are my own. My son is entering middle school next year while his younger brother attends elementary school. They will be on different schedules, and I might start subbing next year. We still have a couple of months of summer to figure out commuting whether it be bussing or carpooling, etc. I would love some tips if you’d like to share them with me. I have considered letting him to walk to school and back, but I am not 100% convinced neither I nor he is ready for it. I have thought about ordering him a bus (since it is not provided for free where we … READ MORE

Dynacraft 18″ Next Surge Boys’ BMX Bike Review – It’s Ride Your Bike Month!

The month of May is Ride Your Bike Month. There are so many benefits to riding your bike to work or school. It saves money on gas, and it is also eco-friendly. Some people ride for exercise, and it becomes their way of life. I see my neighbor fine-tuning his bike almost every day, and he rides every morning before work. He is in his fifties, and he looks fit! The children in the neighborhood are starting to ride their bikes again which reminds me we need to check the condition of our bikes again. Honestly, I don’t think my family do enough outdoors. We all have bikes and should be … READ MORE

Save More for College with ScholarShare 529 New Matching Grant Program

Sponsored post written by me for ScholarShare 529. With the rising costs of college and higher education, my husband and I are always looking for ways to save for college for our kids. It is coming up quickly because in less than ten years, our oldest will be faced with hefty tuition that will require not only our help but financial aid. His brother will follow shortly after. We really don’t know how we are going to pay for it all, but we don’t want cost to be a factor if they want to go to college to pursue their dream careers. We have already signed up for 529 tax-free savings … READ MORE

Mathnasium Math Learning Center After Two Month Update

It has been about two months since we tried Mathnasium – The Math Learning Center in Laguna Niguel. My son who has special needs is in Gen Ed this year for 5th Grade and although I know he may or may never catch up, Math is his strength. What is holding him back is reading and comprehension so he struggles with word problems. It is hard for me to gauge how he is doing and where he needs to be, but as long as he is learning that is all that matters to me. I wanted to try Mathnasium to see if they can help close some of those learning … READ MORE

Personalized Learning Plans at Mathnasium – The Math Learning Center #MathnasiumOC

One of my boys struggle with reading and comprehension in general which makes it difficult for him to solve math word problems. He has an IEP, and I love his teachers this year, but there is only so much they can do in the classroom. I have partnered up with MATHNASIUM in Laguna Niguel for two months to see if they can help close some of the gaps. What I have seen so far has been impressive. As a learning center, their objectives are to uncover and address the gaps in the student’s knowledge. They hope to build self-confidence and self-esteem in the children. They want to teach it in a way that will make sense for them, and they want to help the children strengthen their math skills. The groups are kept small and the children are rewarded for their efforts. If they accumulate enough points, they spin a wheel at the end of the session for bonus points which are redeemable for prizes. My son looks forward to going back bi-weekly.

End of Summer Family Movie Nights DVD Bundle Giveaway!

Summer is ending and we will soon be back to busy, busy schedules when the children are back in school. Need some down time? Help ease the transition with Family Movie Nights! We love in-home family movie nights, because it gives us a chance to catch up on popular titles that we might have missed in theaters but now we can enjoy them in the comfort of our own home. In the past, we threw some really fun themed-parties thanks to being a part of the Fox Home Entertainment Insider program. The children enjoyed the film even more when we went that extra mile. Which leads us to this next blogiversary online party giveaway – one LET’S PLAY OC! reader will win this wonderful movie bundle! Enter below for a chance to win (1) copy of DreamWorks’ SHREK Anniversary Edition 4-Movie Collection in DVD, (1) copy of Tim Burton’s MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN in Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD, (1) copy of DreamWorks’ KUNG FU PANDA 3 in Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD, and (1) copy of Blue Sky’s THE PEANUTS MOVIE Collector’s Edition in Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD!