Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Experiencing Chic, Delicious, Fun Dining at Pearl Bistro! {#ReviewCrew}

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Although there is something to be said for visiting chain restaurants when traveling (after all, the predictability and reliability of the service, atmosphere and menu offerings is welcome for any parent), my family also likes to mix things up by visiting unique, local places as well.

Are we risking having to listen to our kids' complaints over unfamiliar dishes or walking out hungry after having picked at our plates? Of course. But, on the flip side, if we weren't willing to branch out and try new restaurants, we would miss the opportunity to be introduced to the ones that offer great food, friendly staff and a fun atmosphere all in one!

Case in point, our recent visit to Pearl Bistro in Rockford, Illinois!

Pearl Bistro Rockford

Featuring a casual yet sharp atmosphere and a varied menu of food and drinks, Pearl Bistro caters to groups of all sizes for everything from special events to conferences to dates to a family lunch.

The high and low top granite tables circle the large bar area, the chilled glass wine room houses every possible wine imaginable, the flat screen high definition TV's keep guests entertained, the large windows let in plenty of natural light, and the free WiFi is a bonus for everyone who likes to stay connected at all times. It all adds up to a modern, swanky ambiance filled with details and touches that can't help but make you smile!

Pearl Bistro restaurant Rockford

Our family was greeted and shown to our choice of table right away where, without a doubt, we were excited to see that there was a huge variety of options and multiple menus to pick from!

Pearl Bistro menu

Appetizers, soups, salads, pasta, steak, seafood, sandwiches, wraps, burgers, pizzas... the list is endless!

Upon finally making our selections, we placed our order and sat back to admire more of the details throughout Pearl. Big Sister E and Little Sister B were in awe of everything from the artwork to the holiday decorations to the brick oven used to bake all of the artisan pizzas. Big Sister E even had a clear view of the chef tossing the dough and making the pizza that she ordered!

Pearl Bistro artisan pizza

It unfortunately took a while longer for our appetizers to arrive than we expected, as not only were both of the kids getting antsy but us adults, too. I did notice that there was only one server taking care of every table at Pearl, so whether it was due to her only being able to be in one place at one time or whether they were a little slow in the kitchen, we did find that our stomachs were growling by the time our starters were brought to the table.

But when they did, yum!

We opted to try both the House made Tortilla Chips & Artisan Salsa as well as the Steamed Edamame-Soy Sauce & Sesame Vinaigrette and the silence around the table as we all munched spoke to the delicious flavors of each dish.

Pearl Bistro appetizers

After both plates were completely cleared (every last piece of chip was eaten!), the dinner salads that accompanied the entrees arrived to follow.

Pearl Bistro salads

We were a little disappointed to find that the dinner salad literally consists of only lettuce with a few carrot strips, but the house dressing on it did give it a wonderful flavor. And, considering those plates were cleared down to the very bottom as well, they did end up being a hit all around!

Not long after the salad plates had been cleared, Big Sister E's Margherita pizza arrived and the smell was absolutely divine!

Pearl Bistro pizza

Fortunately for Big Sister E, the rest of our entrees arrived a minute or two later, as they stopped us from devouring her pizza entirely — once you've taken one bite of the fresh ingredients and the classic, brick oven taste, it's hard to stop!

However, my husband's Sausage & Broccoli Ravioli, my Avocado Tacos, and Little Sister B's Chicken Alfredo Pasta (with the chicken on the side) were all equally as amazing!

Pearl Bistro entrees

The sauce on Little Sister B's pasta was the best Alfredo that I have had in recent memory and, although my Avocado Tacos were extremely messy, they were downright savory and delectable!

Our afternoon at Pearl Bistro was topped off by a visit to the ladies' restroom so the kids and I could wash our hands... only to discover that there is a surprise one-way mirror into the restaurant that provided us with extra entertainment! The girls and I went in and out, in and out trying to peek through at each other and giggling!

Pearl Bistro mirror

As we went to leave, we admired Pearl's large dining room featuring cozy banquette seating as well as the private, tucked-away booth that seats eight guests.

As a bonus, before we headed out the front door, we spent a minute oohing and ahhing over the two 8-ft waterfalls that flank the entrance way and the beautiful crystal chandeliers on either side. Gorgeous!

Pearl Bistro decor

I would love to visit Pearl again on a future trip through Illinois, as the food was extremely tasty and we really enjoyed talking with all of the friendly staff and seeing all of the details that go into making this bistro a unique, special place. I'd also love to come back in warmer weather to see their patio and gazebo in full bloom with all of the gorgeous flowers and plants!

While the prices at Pearl are reasonable in comparison to the amount of food that we were served, using our Restaurant.com gift certificate made the whole meal quite the bargain. Our waitress had no problem redeeming the certificate on my phone and it helped make the whole experience even more satisfying and positive!

For more information about Pearl Bistro, visit their website and connect with them on Facebook. To find out about all of the money-saving options that Restaurant.com has to offer in your area (or in an area that you are planning to visit), head over to Restaurant.com as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

As a member of the Restaurant.com Review Crew, I have been provided gift cards and compensation in order to facilitate my reviews. However, all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Smarter, More Affordable Car Seat: The Cosco Scenera NEXT! {Car Seat and Walmart Gift Card Giveaway}

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There is no doubt that kids have a knack for continually outgrowing just about everything. Didn't we just buy those clothes and shoes and now they're too small? The crib that was replaced with a toddler bed now needs to be replaced with a twin bed? Whereas you once loved those toys, now they're too babyish? 

Is there a parent out there that doesn't feel like they spend a great deal of time and money removing and replacing, removing and replacing, removing and replacing? And, wherein putting a huge deal of thought into the cups that replace the bottles might not matter, the same is not true with car seats.

Nothing is more important than our children's safety, so it is a no-brainer that parents only want to bring home the car seats that are high quality, durable and 100% secure. But... does that have to equate to spending a fortune?

Definitely not now thanks to Cosco and the launch of the new Scenera NEXT Convertible Car Seat, available at Walmart!

Cosco Scenera NEXT

Retailing for only $46, the Cosco Scenera NEXT is a smarter car seat that was designed for families who know what they need. This convertible seat can be used rear-facing with children who weigh 5-40 lbs (and are 19" to 40" tall) and then can be flipped to forward-facing for children 22-40 lbs (29" to 43" tall) that are at least 2 years old.

Not only does the Scenera NEXT keep kids safe with Side Impact Protection built into the headrest and a five-point harness that adjusts easily from the front of the seat (five heights and three buckle locations so you can be sure you're giving the best fit to your growing child), but it is one of the only car seats on the market to fit three car seats across!

Cosco Scenera NEXT car seat

Add in machine washable and dryer safe fabric and a cup holder that can go in the dishwasher and there is no doubt that cleaning the Cosco Scenera NEXT is a breeze. Heading on a plane? This car seat is certified for use on aircraft and the lightweight and compact design gets you through the airport without weighing you down.

But, wait! There's more! Cosco Car Seats are made in the U.S.A. with American and imported parts and the company's first priority has always been family (they are extremely proud of what their workers do every day to help keep children safe). Cosco employees and their families are a part of viewing crash test demos at the company's headquarters in Columbus, Indiana...

Cosco families

...and, to coincide with the release of the first Scenera NEXT's, Cosco is launching a personalized letter writing campaign. Over 500 of the first Scenera NEXT car seats will feature handwritten notes from a child of one of Cosco's Columbus employees.

You simply make your purchase from Walmart and then check in your Cosco Scenera NEXT packaging to see if you received a letter!

Cosco car seat letter campaign

If you are in the market for a convertible car seat, be sure to check out the new Cosco Scenera NEXT. This high quality seat is already receiving praise from car seat advocates nationwide for its safety and affordability — definitely a steal at only $46!

Find out more about the Cosco Scenera NEXT (and check out the eight fun color/pattern options it comes in) by heading to your nearest Walmart or visiting Walmart.com.

And, thanks to Cosco's generosity, one person will be able to protect their child and do some shopping with ease because...

One lucky person will win a Scenera NEXT car seat
AND a $25 Walmart gift card!

Cosco Walmart giveaway

A big thank you to Cosco for providing a gift card and Scenera NEXT for me as well as a $25 Walmart gift card and Scenera NEXT for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Travel Stylishly Smart this Season with Lassig from HABA {Green Label Neckline Bag Review}

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According to AAA, every year around 40 million Americans are expected to drive more than 50 miles to their Thanksgiving and/or Christmas destinations.

That's a whole lot of drive time! Then you factor in the flights, trains, buses and more and it is clear that traveling has become just as much a part of the holiday season as turkeys, twinkling lights, eggnog and wrapping presents.

And, when it comes to traveling, whether for the holidays or simply running to the grocery store, having high quality, stylish, versatile storage solutions can make a big difference. A cheap suitcase seems like a way to save money... but typically ends up with a lost wheel, broken zipper and not enough space. Similarly, a baby-themed diaper bag might work well when you have an infant, but ends up discarded once you've passed that stage.

Instead, it is easy to make traveling easy and extremely fashionable thanks to the wide range of travel solutions for the whole family from Lassig distributed by HABA!

With a goal to design beautiful and functional products and to manufacture them sustainably using non-toxic and environmentally-friendly components, Germany-based Lassig products are extremely stylish, easy to care for, durable and comfortable. They even utilize recycled and organic materials in many products, proudly combining innovation, fashion and safety.

Packing for a flight to Grandma's for a week? The rolling Wildlife Trolley from Lassig helps make things easier! Little ones will love venturing around the train station or airport with luggage just like the grown-ups, as this suitcase includes wheels, a telescoping pull handle, plenty of pockets, a carrying handle and more! Can these get much cuter?

Lassig wildlife suitcase

Or maybe you're packing for a day trip and want to look good while on the go — who doesn't? Lassig's City Shopper Tote Bag provides tons of space (there are so many pockets, nooks and compartments) for organized storage while it can be carried easily over your shoulder or clipped right to a stroller.

At the same time that this tote works perfectly as a diaper bag (and comes with accessories such as a changing mat and insulated bottle holder), it clearly has a gorgeous sleek and stylish look that can be used long after the diapers are gone!

Lassig City Shopper Tote Bag

I love the idea of buying one unique, high quality, ultra-fashionable, extremely versatile handbag that can be used pre-baby, throughout childhood, and then beyond that essentially transforms to meet the needs of women through all of the stages of their life. Why get a diaper bag that screams Baby! when you're not going to want to carry it after your baby has grown up?

Instead, I'm thrilled to have been introduced to a diaper bag that not only has room for all of baby's needs but is also incredibly chic and even eco-friendly. Lassig's Green Label Neckline Bag has it all!

Lassig diaper bags

No matter if you're focused on form, function, ease of use or simply a modern, uncomplicated look, Lassig has managed to put all of that (plus more) into the Green Label Neckline Bag. Made out of recycled plastic bottles (how cool is that?!), this bag the perfect combination of stylishly eye-catching, lightweight durability, and attention to detail.

From the moment the Neckline Bag in the Black Melange color options (there are four total) arrived, I couldn't stop running my hands over it!

Lassig Green Label Neckline Bag


I adore the modern simplicity of this bag and, when it came to designing a way to travel fashionably smart, Lassig did just that. The Neckline Bag includes pockets galore, both inside and outside, that result in your possessions being easily accessible while still staying perfectly secure.

Even before I had unzipped the main compartment, I was admiring the large insulated outer pocket that would be great for keeping food items stored and the four 'bonus' compartments at the base of each handle. No more digging around for my sunglasses, keys, a pen, my phone or more with these pockets right there waiting for me!

However, as much as I was impressed with the outside of the Neckline Bag, then I opened it up and felt my love grow even further!

Lassig not only included great accessories (e.g. a water-repellent, padded changing mat; an insulated, removable bottle holder with clip; hooks to attach it directly to stroller handles; an additional, adjustable shoulder strap, and a removable zipper pouch)...

Lassig Neckline Bag accessories

...but there is no shortage of storage space as well.

Need to stash a wet bathing suit after your trip to the beach? Use the water-repellent wet pocket. Want easy access to wet wipes to clean up all sorts of sticky messes while traveling? There is a dedicated compartment for baby wipes so you'll never search for them. There is even a removable compartment designed to hold baby food jars so that this bag can transition into soft foods right along with your little one!

Lassig Green Label Neckline Bag review

All in all, I have yet to find a reason that the Green Label Neckline Bag wouldn't be the perfect travel bag.

While we've all seen handbags that have claimed to be multifunctional, this one truly conveys the concept of sustainability and, with its appealing unique shape, will easily transform to work for all of the different needs that women have and which role in our lives we are in. No matter if you're traveling near or far, Lassig has transformed what was once a mundane diaper bag into a chic and fashionable tote, whether you're using it with kids or not!

Lassig Green Label diaper bag

Although this bag does have a higher price tag than the diaper bags that you might find in the store (it retails for $169.99), it is clear that the Neckline Bag isn't just going to serve as a diaper bag but as a go-to bag for all occasions.

Plus, the high quality of Lassig items ensure that they are going to last a lifetime and the stylish convenience that they will add to your life (or that of your extremely lucky recipient, if given as a gift) is something you'll never want to live without.

It isn't any wonder to me that the one and only HABA would distribute this and all of Lassig's travel solutions to the U.S., as their eco-conscious approach to manufacturing and their focus on values, creative product design, and functional engineering make them a perfect pairing.

To find out more about all of Lassig's stylish travel options and to place your order today, visit HABAusa.com and connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Other than the Lassig Green Label Neckline Bag that I was provided by HABA in order to facilitate my review, I was not compensated or enticed to do this post in any way. This review is solely my honest opinion about this company and product.

Saturday, December 20, 2014


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Friday, December 19, 2014

Joy Sprouts - Kids Preschool Education (Play, Learn, Develop, Report, Analyse, Guide) App

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There is no question that the popularity of smartphones and tablets has increased tremendously over the years and that kids younger and younger are becoming pros at tapping and swiping their way through apps, games, books and more.

However, simply because children have access to a screen doesn't mean that parents are going to put any sort of content or activities on it. Why have them spend time only being entertained when they could also be practicing important skills, challenging their minds, boosting their imagination, stimulating their creativity and more?

Instead, it makes sense that parents of preschoolers would give their children a head start on successful learning with Joy Sprouts — Kids Preschool Education (Play, Learn, Develop, Report, Analyse, Guide)!

Joy Sprouts app

Created by educational professionals, Joy Sprouts was designed for ages 2-6 to aid in developing a range of important skills in a child's total development. In fact, this free app was based on the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services' Head Start Framework, so there is no doubt that learning was an important factor in its creation.

Utilizing colorful, cheerful illustrations, a helpful, calming narrative, and an intuitive user interface, it only takes a few minutes to set up a small profile for each child using this app (I love that multiple children can have their own profiles!) and rest assured that they will be happily entertained while still learning important skills.

Joy Sprouts app multiple children

Once your child opens up Joy Sprouts, they are easily able to move through the award-winning games and activities. I appreciate that right off the bat the app is clearly divided into different modules — called Sprouts — made to help your child reach their full potential in five key areas:
  • Cognition and General Knowledge (Math, Science, and Social studies)
  • Language and Literacy
  • Learning Approaches
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development and Health

From there, let the fun (and learning) begin!

As each of the Sprouts features friendly characters (my nostalgic side loves seeing Garfield and Odie in most of them!) and is narrated with simple to understand instructions, kids have no problem creating patterns, identifying colors or shapes, putting together puzzles, using logic and more.

Joy Sprouts Garfield puzzle

Even though both Big Sister E and Little Sister B are a bit too old for Joy Sprouts, they have really enjoyed testing it out, pointing out all of the fun ways to play, and collecting awards for completing various games and activities!

Joy Sprouts app review

All in all, I really like the way that instead of focusing on a specific subject such as numbers, letters, colors or shapes, Joy Sprouts uses a total development strategy that strives to help children grow in all areas of education.

Plus, this app provides personalized summary reports that allow parents to follow their child's progress across the key areas of development. And not only do these reports detail progress, but they focus on the child's strengths and weaknesses as well — and offer recommendations from experts on which areas need more work to help the child reach their full potential.

free kids educational app

By combining expert educational content with entertaining, age-appropriate animations and characters, Joy Sprouts - Kids Preschool Education (Play, Learn, Develop, Report, Analyse, Guide) is an app that parents of preschoolers everywhere can appreciate. Why not encourage your child's total development while they simply think that they are playing and having fun?

Find out more and download this FREE app (compatible with iPads running iOS 7.0 or later) by visiting iTunes today.

I was compensated for my time in writing this review, however, all thoughts and opinions shared are honest and my own.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Tips to Stay Warm, Stay Comfortable and Stay Safe in Your Home All Winter Long

Although we've had a few days here and there with surprisingly mild temperatures, there is no denying that winter is here and it's time to bundle up and stay indoors (unless you're one of those crazy outdoor types that actually wants to go out when it's this cold).

When snow stretches as far as I can see, the windchill is below 0°, and the outdoors basically looks like this...

winter home

...then all I want to do is burrow down under a quilt or get cozy with a book in front of the fireplace.

So, to help ensure a wonderful and cozy winter season, licensed contractor and TV home-improvement expert David Leon from Home Made Simple on the Oprah Winfrey Network has provided the following tips to help make your home as comfy as possible this season:
    David Leon
  • Heating system and air filters – Have your heating system serviced every year and check the filters system every month. Also, inspect your system's exhaust vent for rust, damage, or any corrosion.
  • Seal the leaks – Check to make sure your doors and windows are properly sealed so heat doesn't escape. Inspect caulking and weather stripping around openings for wear and tear, and replace if necessary.
  • Plumbing – Busted water pipes can cause expensive damage. Take time now to wrap outside pipes that might be exposed to extreme temperatures. Review the locations for the main water and fuel shut-off valves with all members of your household.
  • Have a plan – When you own a home, you know that things are going to break down – but when it happens, do you know who you’ll call or what you’ll do? A home warranty is a great way to protect your budget against costly repairs, and save yourself the time and hassle of finding a qualified professional to get major systems and appliances up and running again.
broken pipes

This winter, homeowners should also be aware of important warning signs and potential heating system hazards to protect their homes from any accidents. In 2011, faulty and improperly used heating equipment accounted for nearly 400 deaths nationwide, more than 53,000 fires and $893 million in direct property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

To help prevent heating system hazards, be aware of the following critical signs when you're indoors this winter:
  • Always be aware of gas odors. If you smell gas around your heating unit, leave the area and call your gas company immediately.
  •  Be sure your pilot light is burning a steady blue flame. If it is not, call your heating professional or a gas company.
  • Take a close look at your exhaust fan for any rust, damage or deterioration. If you notice any, call a qualified professional and describe what you see to determine whether a repair is needed.
Along with these warning signs, American Home Shield, the nation’s leading provider of home protection plans, reminds homeowners to use extra care when operating space heaters. For instance, they should be plugged directly into a wall outlet, never into an extension cord, and turned off at night. When in use, always be sure space heaters are a safe distance from curtains and other flammable items.

This winter, don't take any chances! Take the time to watch the helpful videos covering a variety of home maintenance tips and home heating warning signs that are hosted by David Leon and published on American Home Shield's YouTube channel. Plus, visit their informational Home Matters blog, which serves as a great resource to help homeowners balance their busy lives with tips and news on everything home.

What do you do to stay warm while staying safe during winter?

This post is part of a compensated partnership opportunity with American Home Shield, but all thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Importance of Kidde's Holiday Recipe for Fire Safety {Kitchen Fire Extinguisher Giveaway}

With the holiday season here, the most important thing is that we show our gratitude, love and devotion to our families while simultaneously doing good deeds, helping others and displaying goodwill towards our fellow man.


It's okay to admit it. You're also excited that this is the season of FOOD!
Whether it's the turkey, potatoes, casseroles, cookies, rolls, vegetables, ham, stuffing, eggnog or pies, pies, pies, I don't know too many people that are unhappy about all of the cooking, baking and eating that comes along with the holidays.

But... did you know that cooking is the number one cause of home fires and injuries, and that the winter months are the deadliest season for home fires? Don't put your house or family in danger, it's time to focus on the importance of fire safety with Kidde!

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As the world's largest manufacturer of fire safety products, Kidde is on a mission to provide solutions that protect people and property from the effects of fire and its related hazards each and every day.

This season, Kidde is working tirelessly to stress the importance of fire and carbon monoxide safety for the holidays – in the kitchen as well as throughout home. The sad truth is that most fatal home fires happen in homes with no smoke alarm or no working alarm.

Even worse? A recent Kidde survey revealed some pretty startling statistics, including that nearly five times as many Americans know the shelf life of a Twinkie than know the recommended operating life of a smoke alarm.

People, this is NOT ok.

Kidde Twinkie survey

It's time to change things! With so much cooking going on this month, there is no excuse to skimp on safety.

First, be sure that your home is fully equipped. Kidde designs and develops smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, fire extinguishers, escape ladders and more in order to best protect people and property from the effects of fire and its related hazards. There is just no reason to be without any of the products that were specifically designed to increase your family's chances of staying safe!

I love Kidde's line of Worry-Free Smoke Alarms, which offer a variety of benefits to the millions of Americans who rely on continuous battery-powered smoke and fire detection in their homes. The new alarms are powered by sealed-in, long-life lithium batteries for 10 years (the life of the alarm).

Even better, they also offer a Worry-Free Carbon Monoxide Alarm, the first and only UL-listed CO alarm proven to provide up to 10 years of protection – up to twice the lifespan of other available alarms. This CO alarm also contains a sealed-in lithium battery that powers the alarm for a decade, so it is a snap to eliminate any annoying low-battery chirps while helping to keep your loved ones safe.

kidde safety products

Second, don't let another day go by without printing out the following Kidde Recipe for Safety so that you can have it handy in the event that you need it for reference. These are definitely tips that all of us need to know!

Kidde #RecipeforSafety Card

But while you're hopefully already turning pot handles to the back, not putting metal in the microwave, and are keeping flammable items away from the stove, do you have a kitchen fire extinguisher handy in case of a grease fire? Or if a small, self-contained fire occurs?

The simple act of having one handy just might make the difference between a small situation that can be efficiently handled and a large, drastic, life-changing event.

kitchen cabinet fire extinguisher

This holiday season (and beyond) give yourself the gift of peace of mind knowing that you have protected your family and your home as best as possible. For 90 years, industry leaders, the military, airlines, and firefighters have relied on Kidde to deliver superior fire protection and the same advanced technology can be found in all of their consumer products. Make your home and family safe today!

Find out much more about all of the ways that Kidde can help you follow a "Recipe for Safety" every day of the year by visiting them at Kidde.com and by connecting with them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Plus, thanks to their generosity, one person will start off the new year safely as well, because...

One lucky person will win a kitchen fire extinguisher from Kidde!

kitchen fire extinguisher

A big thank you to Kidde for providing compensation and a kitchen fire extinguisher for me as well as a kitchen fire extinguisher for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

Peace of Mind with FiLIP 2, the Wearable Phone and Smart Locator for Kids! {Promo code}

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I like to consider myself a fairly laid-back parent and truly do try to say yes to my children's requests and ideas as much as possible.

You want to wear that completely clashing outfit? Go for it. You want to have a serious discussion about how you're going to be a rock star when you grow up? Sure, let's chat, I support you. You want to play with Play-doh all over the house so that little bits of it end up ground into the floor? Whoa, slow down there. I said I was laid-back, not completely crazy.

However, when it comes to my girls' safety, my personality is quite the opposite. With all of the scary things that happen in today's day and age, is it any wonder that I find myself short of breath nearly any time they're out of my sight? But I don't want them to grow up too sheltered so that they don't learn how to be independent... isn't there a way to find the spot evenly between complete protection and reliable self-confidence?

Right now it is available in the form of the innovative, intuitive and super cool FiLIP 2!

FiLIP 2 phone watch

A next-generation wearable phone, smart locator and watch for kids ages 4 to 11, the FiLIP 2 was designed to keep families in touch quickly and easily. Parents are able to call, text and locate their child right from their mobile device, allowing children to safely and independently explore, play and grow while staying connected to Mom and Dad.

Can this be any more awesome? This modern, stylish device provides parents with peace of mind while allowing kids to be kids in such a simple way!

FiLIP 2 review

Right away I was happy to see that the FiLIP 2 comes nearly ready to use right out of the box and that the setup process only takes a matter of minutes.

While the device spent a little time charging up, I downloaded the free FiLIP App (available for iPhone or Android) and set up a small profile for myself as well as for Big Sister E. Once that was done and my phone was ready to communicate with the FiLIP 2, we were ready to stay in touch!

FiLIP 2 kids phone watch

This combo phone and smart locator is so easy to use and really provides everything a child needs to stay connected... without any of the unnecessary distractions such as games, texting or the internet. This isn't a toy or designed for entertainment, it's an actual piece of technology made to make contact between parents and children convenient and easy.

Whether it's checking to see that your child has made it home from school or sending a text to let him know you're running a few minutes late, the FiLIP 2 includes great features that everyone can appreciate.

Voice Calling and One-way Text Messaging.

FiLIP 2 is the only wearable phone for kids certified by the FCC. But there is no worry that they will be making calls left and right to anyone, anywhere, as it can only make and receive calls from up to five parent-set numbers.

By going right into the FiLIP app, it only takes a minute to set up a connection with Mom, Dad, grandparents, a babysitter or more. Whichever five numbers you choose, those are the only numbers that will work with the FiLIP 2 for making or receiving calls.

phone for kids

At the same time, parents can send short (up to 24 characters) one-way text messages to their child’s FiLIP 2 to keep in touch without calling. Send one that says "Running 5 minutes late" or "Come home for dinner" or simply a quick "Love you" to let them know you're thinking of them.

texting with kids

Smart Locator.

FiLIP 2 uses a blend of GPS, GSM, and WiFi (their algorithm determines which to use for the strongest signal) to provide the most accurate location information, indoors and out, so parents can see where their child is at all times.

No worrying about them going to a friend's house after school or going off on a bike ride around the neighborhood when you can pull up their location right on the app with only a tap or two.

filip map


FiLIP 2 automatically notifies parents through the app when their child enters or leaves a pre-determined SafeZone, like home or school. Parents can set up to five SafeZones for their child as well as enlarge or shrink the radius around the location. I chose to include all of Big Sister E's school as well as the playground so that she would be able to easily stay within the limits during weekdays.

Intelligent Emergency Mode.

Although it makes me queasy to even think about needing it, in case of an emergency the FiLIP 2 can be activated into this mode by holding the red button for 2 to 3 seconds. 

In this mode, a call is automatically made to the primary account holder. However, if there is no answer at that number, the FiLIP 2 will proceed to go through the list calling each contact until one successfully connects. Once connected, the FiLIP 2 starts recording all ambient noises and the app will show the child's location with automatic updates every 60 seconds until the emergency mode is cancelled.

Adjustable Watch.

As a final bonus to all of the safety features that the FiLIP 2 provides, it also is convenient for your child as a watch, clearly displaying the time and date (in multiple viewing options). At the same time, the wristband itself is customizable to be worn open or closed and can include optional size spacers in the band so that it fits comfortably as your child grows.


All in all, the FiLIP 2 is truly a one-of-its-kind, easy-to-use gadget that can provide parents with a great deal of peace of mind while their child enjoys independence. The device itself only has two buttons, so a child will never have any problem controlling it, and being able to quickly be in contact through talk or text means a whole lot less worry!

The FiLIP 2 (MSRP $149.99) is available now in Superhero Blue or Watermelon Red and is interchangeable with wristband accessories (MSRP $34) in Awesome Orange and Limesicle Green.

But, hold on! Right now not only is the FiLIP 2 for sale at a special discounted price of $99.99, but you'll receive a FREE FiLIP 2 wristband accessory with your purchase! Here are the details:
The first 100 readers to purchase a FiLIP 2 will receive a free wristband accessory in Awesome Orange or Limesicle Green valued at $34! To redeem your gift with purchase, go to http://webshop.myfilip.com, select Buy Now and then choose "Blog Post" when asked how you heard about FiLIP. You will receive an email for your color preference and your free wristband accessory will be sent within 60 days. 
Don't forget, purchase FiLIP 2 through January 8th at the discounted price of $99.99 and you'll be saving $50 (regular retail price $149.99)!

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Stay tuned for a second post this spring with our thoughts on how well FiLIP 2 has been working for us. In the meantime, find out more about this amazing device by visiting MyFiLIP.com and connecting with them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+.

I am a FiLIP 2 Blogger Ambassador. This post is part of a sponsored campaign. I received compensation for my participation, but my review and opinions are my own.