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1st Day of School Giveaway


Soon our kids are heading back to school (woohoo!!) but in the meanwhile, we need to spice up their education by engaging them in fun activities at home that will kick start them back into school mode.

MamatheFox teamed up with some amazing brands who want to offer you the chance to win some of their products! Come back daily to increase your chances of winning this amazing giveaway.


Open to US residents only    –    Over $145 in prizes


Hosted by: MamatheFox

Co-Hosted by: Reviewz and Newz, Parenting Healthy, Miki’s Hope, Tabby’s Pantry  & Sunshine and Roller Coasters


One person will win:

  • Thames and Kosmos  – I Dig It! Dinos – T. Rex Excavation Kit – RV $12.95
    • Play the role of a paleontologist and excavate a replica of a dinosaur fossil relief all by yourself. Use the hammer and chisel to go on a hunt for Tyrannosaurus rex, the dangerous prehistoric giant. Excavate the skeleton relief from the surrounding soft plaster block. The kit includes the skeleton relief buried in a plaster block, excavation tools, and a descriptive manual.

  • My Gnome on the Roam –  RV $29.97
    • What if one little gnome and one tiny suitcase could change your family? My Gnome on the Roam ® is more than just a children’s book and adventure kit, it’s a suitcase full of memories waiting to be unpacked. It’s an invitation to explore, create and connect with your family. It’s a glitter and glue covered revolution and a toy and book with a mission…designed to help create stronger, happier kids, and more present and connected adults.

  • Catch and Learn by PlaSmart – RV $9.99
    • The Catch and Learn by PlaSmart is now available on Amazon. The educational game where you fish for answers. The learning possibilities are endless. Comes with retractable magnetic fish catcher, 10 dry-erase fish cards and marker. Teaches math, spelling, grammar, shapes, and colors. Learn by playing described games, or invent your own. Just press the button to retract the worm and reel in your answers. Helps develop fine motor skills. Promotes confidence and self-esteem. Two or more players; one can be a teacher or parent. Age 4+ years. Meets all ASTM, CPSC, and EN71 safety standards



  • Mr Bucket by Pressman Toys – RV $21.99
    • Mr. Bucket is the original moving chasing racing action game.
    • Get ready for buckets of fun with Mr. Bucket by Pressman Toy! Scoop up the balls that match your colored shovel and drop the balls into Mr. Bucket as he whirls and spins around the floor. Watch out – Mr. Bucket will try to block your ball with his hands and will even spit the balls right back out of his mouth onto the floor, creating tons of laughter and fun! Get all three of your colored balls inside Mr. Bucket first to win! Made with high quality materials, Mr. Bucket is the original moving chasing racing action game and will have kids up and moving around. Can you scoop up all your color balls and place them back into Mr. Bucket before he pops them out again? For 2 to 4 players, ages 3 and up.

  • Pop The Pig Game by Goliath Games – RV $24.99
    • Pop the Pig was the top-selling preschool game in 2016 and 2017 according to retailer sales data collected by NPD!
    • Players take turns rolling the die, feeding the pig, and pushing down on his head. Each pump makes his belly grow bigger, bigger, and bigger until… POP!


  • Personalized Book from Snowflake Stories (choice of either The Big Soccer Game or Dance Recital . – RV$45
    • Not your average personalized children’s book!
      * Select your entire cast of characters:
      1 special child + (up to) 5 loved ones
      * Customize the appearance of each character:
      Choose skin color, hairstyle, hair color and more
      * Add 1-2 of 5 languages:
      English, Spanish, Portuguese, French & Italian




Ready for Real School – Kindergarten Resources

We can hardly believe it – The oldest ‘pup’ of the MamatheFox kids is going to Kindergarten!

The kid that inspired MamatheFox to create a website for parents is growing up, and she is THRILLED to start her next adven23ture.

Some of the kids who are featured on MamatheFox will attend public school, others are going to be home schooled Montessori style. Having said that, parents should find a nursery or kindergarten that can take the proper responsibility of caring for and teaching their children. In addition, choosing schools that are dedicated to making sure that each child is given the best opportunities might also be a wise choice. No matter how you choose to educate your children, we want to provide you with the best brands and products that we have found. We love sharing our thoughts with you – and allowing you to experience new things through our children’s natural play.

Typical things a child should know prior to entering kindergarten are:

  • Basic shapes. Some of the best nursery in stafford recommends that the child should have learned basic shapes like the square, circle, rectangle and triangle in preschool. If not, parents should teach them. In kindergarten, they will probably be introduced to the hexagon, star, heart and octagon. [You can also integrate different styles of simple flags like the Poland flag coloring page for printing and coloring that integrate different shapes and colors and learn a bit about flags!]
  • The letters of the child’s name. They should at least be able to recognize the letters of their name. In kindergarten, they will learn their uppercase letters and begin lowercase letters. They will also begin to learn how to write freehand without tracing.
  • Though it’s not necessary to learn to spell before kindergarten, children who show a strong desire to learn can begin to practice spelling basic words. A good way to do this is with free printable word searches. Practicing a word search hard or easy is a great way for anyone in the family to have fun while also stimulating the mind.
  • Numbers 1 to 10. Although some children will be able to count to 100 by the time they reach kindergarten, all should be able to at least be able to count to 10. Numbers will be used starting on the first day of kindergarten so the children need to at least understand and recognize numbers.
  • Social skills – The child should be able to follow directions, be able to be separated from the caregiver and use the restroom independently. Children who scream and cry when they are separated from caregivers disrupt the rest of the class. Teachers simply do not have the time to supervise individual students who cannot independently use the restroom. Many teachers now also use social learning as a way to engage pupils, which is going to be hard for your kids if they aren’t used to socialising. Learn More here to find out some of the ways teachers use social learning in the classroom. Once you know what to expect, you can help your kids to adjust.

These facts are from Alise McGregor, founder of Little Newtons

This is a list of products and brands we feel will help get your children ready for Kindergarten

STEM & Educational Toys

Q Wunder

The Q Wunder app (available on Android and Apple devices) is all about teaching kids emotional intelligence and mindfulness through starting conversations and play time with family through great games, books, toys and the show available through their app.

Social and emotional skills are often overlooked when preparing our children. We strive to teach them to sing their ABC’s. How to count numbers….but what about dealing with being interrupted? What manners are and how to use them? How to look someone in the eye and pay attention? Have your children started to grasp and master these critical social cues? If you agree with me and think these are necessary and important skills to have, check out Q Wunder and try out their free trial.

Botley the Coding Robot

Kids are obsessed with coding robots. At a young age like 5, kids are still learning how to read and problem solve. With all the YouTube videos of robots they lust after owning one themselves. Now your kid can get an age appropriate, and MUCH more affordable robot for your family – Botley!

Botley’s 77-piece activity set comes with a remote programmer, detachable robot arms, 40 coding cards, 6 double-sided tiles, 27 obstacle building pieces and a starter guide with coding challenges.

Your child will get to learn early STEM skills while playing and having fun. Botley teaches the basics of coding through active play, completely screen free. Perfect for promoting critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Highlights: The Big Fun Kindergarten Activity Book

I am a mom who loves a dry erase book – add in the fact that it’s educational and I am sold!

With Highlights, a trusted brand that we all grew up with, has a broad line of learning wipe off books.

By using puzzles, exciting images and skill-building activities these books help enrich your child’s creative play by encouraging deeper thinking and learning.

This particular book focuses on Alphabet, Sight Words, Writing, Reading, Numbers, Matching, Sorting, Patterns and more.

Click here to purchase Highlights The Big Fun Kindergarten Activity Book

Catch and Learn Game

Catch and Learn by PlaSmart is an interactive and simple to play game. It comes with a variety of fish (small, medium and large) that are made of a dry-erase friendly material with a magnet safely secured inside. The parent or teacher can use a dry erase marker to create custom learning games based on what you are working on and what your child is interested in.

We love to work on matching capital/uppercase letters to the corresponding lower case letter. For this game I will write A, B, C and D on some of the fish and place them in a pile. Then I will write a, b, c and d on some of the other fish. I will put all the lowercase letters on the floor in front of my child. I will them have them pull a fish from my hand that contains the matching capital/uppercase corresponding letters. Then they have to use their fishing pole (which also contains a magnet) to select their choice. The pole has a button to push on which will case the string to pull up like a real fishing pole would. You can also do math equations, opposite words, colors and shapes and really any topic you are looking to work on. We love this game for its ease of play and variety of play.

Click here to purchase Catch and Learn Game

New Sprouts – Grill It! by Learning Resources

Before a child can hold a pencil correctly they must master their hand eye coordination. More importantly their fine motor muscles need to develop. This is not something they your kids gain just by turning 5 or being a certain size, it’s a learning and developed skill. You can help aid your kids in their fine motor skills by engaging them in play which require the use of their fingers and thumb muscles.

We love to create restaurants and play shopping store games. With Grill It, the new toy from Learning Resources, you can help your kids play while they naturally engage their fine motor skills. No kid is going to want to do some mindless hand activity, they want to play! Help them play with colorful, naturally exciting toys like play food. It is a classic toy that is still loved and played with – so add Grill It to your play toys today.

Click here to purchase Grill It!

Gnome on the Roam

Did you know that families are spending less and less quality time together. With activities, social media, TV and other distractions, we often forget to stop, pause and talk to each other.

Gnome on the Roam was created to help families get back to being together, and enjoying a few minutes as a collective unit who wants to do fun things. Each day you take your little Gnome with you as you visit the library, attend your soccer practice, or visit your grandmothers. Then you can log your daily adventures in the notebook with the adorable wooden pen included. By helping your child recall their daily activities you help them with memory recall and short term memory development. They can them draw and write out a few sentences about what they did that day. You use this as a daily journal for your family – this way when you look back at in months or years down the road, you can recall the fun and special moments you shared as a family.

There is also an app you can download for free. It gives you a daily objective such as taking a nature walk as a family. Visit something old (an old church or building, tree or an elderly neighbor)….easy to complete tasks that only take a few minutes but allow you to create new family memories on a daily basis.

Click here to purchase Gnome on the Roam

Read Your Story – Personalized Books

Children love to see their own face and name in a book. Customized books are extremely popular right now and a huge hit with all kids. What makes Read Your Story different is that they include photos of the other family members in the book! In my child’s bedroom, you can see a family portrait (which I provided) on her wall! When she say that not only was this a custom book, but also included her family she was thrilled.

The story line is a classic tale of cleaning your room and the adventures of play through imagination. It sparks their creative thoughts and inspires a love for reading.

Winner of:

  • ‍2017 National Parenting Product Award
  • Creative Child Magazine’s 2017
    “Book of the Year” Award

Click here to purchase A Monster Mess! and other Read Your Story items

I Dig It! Dinos – T. Rex Excavation Kit

In a fast paced, give it to me now, instant gratification world our kids are loosing the ability to know what patience is. If this sounds like something you are dealing with then you have to try out an I Dig It! Kit from Thames and Kosmos. Their excavation kits are made to help kids lean not only about dinosaur bones, excavation, fossils and the tools involved, but also that some things take time. When my kids started this kit they were thrilled to see their dinosaur. When it didn’t instantly pop up they were frustrated and mad. They live in a blind-bag, instant on-demnd TV world. Having to wait and/or work for something is sadly not a daily activity.

I am so glad we are slowly working on our excavation kit. We work on it every day or two for a 30 min period. Slowly we are seeing the bones and the excitement is growing. There have been times my kids ask me to just do it for them…and I cannot lie, I have been tempted! But I know it will be that much sweeter when they finish it on their own. This kit is labeled for children ages 7+ (not for 5+), this is because some of the tools have a very sharp edged tool to aid in the digging. Be sure to explain how to use the tool and the safely needed to use it correctly. I would not let me kids to this unsupervised for this reason alone. It is also an outdoor activity too, as it gets messy when you dig that clay away.

Click here to purchase an I Dig It! Excavation Kit

Wild Republic Hugging T-Rex Bracelets

Boys and girls alike love dinosaurs. They are a classic yet exciting creature that sparks creativity and excitement. When I was a small child myself in the late 80’s we loved the snap bracelet craze. The snap type bracelets are very much back and much more safe then they were in my youth. Wild Republic picked up on this craze and made the coolest dinosaur hugging bracelets you can imagine. They are soft to the touch, even soft enough to sleep with.

My 5 year old who is going into kindergarten created some wonderful games with the dinosaurs. She took them outside and had them climb trees. By using the hugging bracelet feature she was able to have them hang from branches, scale tree trunks and forage through bushes. These Wild Republic braclets are sure to spark some creative thoughts and new games for your children too.

Click here to purchase Wild Republic Hugging Bracelets

Magformers – Dino Tego Set

Magnetic toys are so helpful with developing fine and gross motor skills. They engage a child in a way that allows them to use science and their creativity at the same time. Magformers, a trusted brand and toy developer, released a fun line of magnetic toys with dinosaur parts, so you can use you magnetic blocks and create new and exciting dinosaurs. This 20 piece set comes with square, rectangles and dinosaur parts, allowing them to create and movable dinosaur.

My children love to make it do silly things like put the legs upside down or one up and one down – but their favorite thing to do is make the dinosaur eat a smaller toy! They open up the belly and place a toy or two in the hollow center of the dinosaurs stomach area. They they make the Dino stomp around as if it ate the contents – like its a Jonah and the Whale scenario. Sometimes they call it a Dino cage and use the inside like a prison cell for bad guys.

Magformers use quality products like Neodymium Rare-Earth Magnets for guaranteed connectivity as well as BPA Free HQABS Plastic.

Click here to purchase Magformers Tego Dino Set

Hot Dots Jr. – Pete the Cat Kindergarten

Pete the Cat is a huge character in children’s lives today. If you have not heard of him yet, you will be seeing a lot of him soon. You can find dozens of books featuring Pete the Cat and his daily adventures and struggles. Children flock to this blue, hip and cool cat. He is developmentally similar to a Kindergartner – which makes him very appealing to the preschool and Kindergarten market place.

Hot Dots by Educational Insights, a leader in young kid educational products, created this amazing Pete the Cat Kindergarten Rocks Set. This set comes with 2 interactive books and 1 Pete the Cat Friend Pen. Use the Pete the Cat Pen to choose the answer to each question. Pete’s eye will light up green for correct and red for incorrect. To use be sure to have the tip in the center of your selected answer and have the pen as vertical as possible so that the pen can align with the corresponding answer correctly. If you don’t have it in the black dot correctly it may make the wrong sound even if the the right answer.

With over 200 lessons included, your child will have a blast while developing preschool skills in reading, math, science, social studies, and more!

Click here to purchase Pete the Cat Kindergarten Rocks Set

Snowflake Stories

Have you started a reading challenge yet? Maybe one through your local library – we have a few summer reading programs we are working on – including reading 1000 books before Kindergarten! Reading to your child increases their natural curiosity of the world around them. Reading to your children helps them learn that reading is fun and you can not only learn but enjoy the books you read.

Children love to see their own name inside of books – what can make the customizing of a book better? Adding your own relatives! With Snowflake stories you can add in grandparents, aunts, uncles and other special adults in their lives.

What truly makes Snowflake stories special is the ability to make the story in English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese! Each story is written slightly different in each language, allowing all the books to have rhyme to it. These are perfect books for bi-lingual families.

You can add a picture of your child to the front page along with a personal dedication for them. You choose how your character looks from eye color, skin tone, hair color and hair style. You can also pick the names of the cast – we did a grandma, an uncle and an aunt. The bodies are pre-set for each person, that is not customize option – which caused slight confusion for my son as the people in the book looked very different from the person they know in real life.

I love how the book really helped show a child how time and dedication is what it takes, along with a positive attitude to succeed in a sport.

Click here to purchase a Snowflake Story

Pop the Pig by Goliath

Playing games as a family is a great way to engage conversation and make new memories. Goliath focuses on games what help children learn through play. The top hit game, Pop the Pig, is a favorite in the Fox house. We play all the time! Roll the dice and find out which color burger you choose from the pile in front of the players. Look under the burger, on its underside, and see what number is written (1 though 4). Place the burger in the Chef Pigs mouth and press down on his head the amount of times the burger told you to. As you go around and around taking turns the pigs belly gets bigger and bigger – eventually he is full and his belt pops opened! Whoever pops the pig wins! This game is very fun and great for basic math skills of counting, recognizing numbers and colors and the importance of taking turns.

I love how you can travel with this game as you can store all pieces, even the dice, in the pigs belly!

Click here to purchase Pop the Pig Game

Mr Bucket by Pressman Toys

Mr Bucket is a fun and exciting game for small children. It helps engage them physically as they need to move around to play this game. By working on their hand/eye coordination and reaction skills , they chase after their colored balls. They scoop up the ball with their matching colored scooper and run up to the Mr Bucket – who is on the move! The Mr Bucket has a button on the bottom of it which tells the toy its on a flat surface and he begins to scoot around the room. When a kid drops in their colored ball, they must then run around the room and get all their matching balls in the bucket before he spits them back out!

I would suggest playing this game in an area that is open and have lots of space – we have had some balls roll under the entertainment center and the couch when first playing this game – Now we play in a very thin carpeted area to help keep the ball from rolling too far away. My kids think this game is hilarious and I love that it helps teach them basic skills like color recognition, balance, hand/eye coordination and gives them a game to play that moves their body.

Click here to purchase Mr Bucket

Stomp Rocket Stunt Planes

Stomp Rockets are 100% kid powered and 100% fun!

This is the perfect toy to get your kids moving and to teach them basic STEM skills at the same time. The Stomp Rocket is a super easy to use product that needs little to no grown-up assistance. Simply choose your rocket (Looper, Wildcat and Glider are the 3 options in this kit), slide the rocket on the black tube and adjust the angle. Each plane has a different look and does a different trick. The Looper makes loops, Wildcat does flips, turns and soars. Glider does tricks and glides over 100 feet!

My kids love running to jump on the launch pad, but running is not required, they only love the energy involved in the action of it. Adjust the angle of the base to have the rocket shoot up, at the 45 degree angle or a 90 degree angle. Test the rockets at different angles and see what they do differently. Kids love learning about trajectory by changing the angle themselves. Try a soft stomp and a hard stomp – note the differences. Explore aerodynamics and the create a love for science with the Stomp Rocket.

Click here to purchase Stomp Rocket Stunt Planes

Fish ‘N Spell

Bath time is always a blast! We love to play in the water while we get cleaned up. By playing with Fish ‘N Spell my kids get a grasp for letters, colors and work on their hand-eye coordination. This set is amazing for several reasons – first off, it comes with tons of letters, so you can actually spell things! So many times kits come with only 1 of each letter – not letting you spell actual words. Luckily Fish ‘N Spell is made by Edushape, a brand that really knows kids. They knew that kids want to spell basic words like their names, the words “mom, dad, ball” and others that require at least 2 of the same letter. By giving us extras they allow us to really use this toy and learn with it.

The fishing poles need to be assembled by the parent, but it’s very simple and comes with instructions. With 4 poles, 2 of each size, there are plenty for siblings to share and in case one gets misplaced. This fishing pole concept game works with water. When the foam pieces get wet from the water they are then able to stick together, allowing the pole to effectively pick up the letter. It has to be wet to work.

If you are looking for a fun toy to use in your water table outside this fall, then the Fish ‘N Spell is going to be your best bet.

Click here to purchase Fish ‘N Spell

Highlights – Let’s Write Words (Write-On Wipe-Off Book)

Keeping up with penmanship is key for small children. My daughter loves to write and practice her letters. If you are wanting to support your children’s ability to write, and help them gain more confidence and practice in handwriting, then this is going to be the perfect tool for your home. The Highlights team, which knows children so very well, has developed this beautiful, colorful and engaging dry erase style book. It even comes with a dry erase marking to use with the book!

There are basic words which your children will want to write, like body parts, shapes and colors as well as fun things hidden picture games and sentence building. One each page there is a section that is a traceable word, then a blank space next to it allowing the child to try to write the word fully on their own. Having them practice the tracing first allows them to practice the movement and gain confidence in their motor skills. Once they are proficient at tracing we then try to write it in the blank space on our own. And of course, since this book is a write-on, wipe-off style book, it can be used over and over again.

Perfect for at home use, for long car trips and at restaurants.

Click here to purchase Highlights – Let’s Write Words

Kullerbu Construction Site Set by HABA

Children love toys that are exciting, engaging and allow them to use their imagination. Parents love battery free toys and are high quality to last over time. HABA has been our go to brand for classic, high quality wooden toys. Our new obsession is the Kullerbu Construction Site Set. It has a super fun loader that can push a ball along the track, thanks to a momentum motor, and down the construction site into the waiting dump truck. This set comes with two construction vehicles, 2 balls, and a sign. There are a bunch of other Kullerbu sets that this can mix with, which makes it even more of a versatile gift. This award winning toy (has won the ASTRA – American Specialty Toy Retail Association) award for being one of their top toy picks. This simple push and go toy will provide your children with hours of battery free entertainment. Helping them use their fine motor skills, creative thinking, problem solving and imaginative play. You will fall in love with toy quickly, just as we did.

Click here to purchase the ASTRA Award Winning Toy – Kullerbu Construction Site Set by HABA

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Spin & Seek ABC Game

This fun and family friendly game is great for children who are grasping the concept of letter recognition, and for solidifying their knowledge of the alphabet. Bu using the Very Hungry Caterpillar, a favorite in many homes, the kids will be more engaged in the game because of their previews knowledge of the Caterpillar character. Players spin the spinner and seek matching letters with images inspired by The World of Eric Carle. This game reinforces upper and lower case letters making it great for toddlers, preschoolers and Kindergartners alike – perfect for siblings to play together, which is a great selling key to this mama!

Click here to purchase The Very Hungry Caterpiller Spin & Seek ABC Game

Pete the Cat Missing Cupcakes Game

Pete the Cat is a story book favorite of many kindergarten ages children. He is a cool, blue cat with style that attacks both girls and boys alike to his fun books. This super easy and fun game is great for kids ages 3 to 6. There is NO READING required, which makes it a great game for my kids to play together with, without a parent needing to be on stand by to read to them as they play the game. Pete the Cat and his friends work together to get the missing cupcakes back from Grumpy Toad. Players collect colorful cupcakes as they sing songs, act out physical activities, and identify favorite animals, foods and words in this fun board game. We love the acting out (think kid charades) and thinking of our own answers for each turn. My kids get excited knowing they cannot really get a ‘wrong’ answer – and the best part is its a team game, so there are no losers, we all win together every time.

Click here to purchase Pete the Cart Missing Cupcakes Game

Kids On Stage Board Game

Playing charades its a timely game that can bring family and friends together. Now, with Briarpatch and their game Kids on Stage, you can bring you kids into the excitement of the every silent game of charades. It’s the perfect first game to encourage social skills, creative thinking, and fun! Each player takes a turn acting out animals, objects, or actions while the other players guess. Each card simply has an image on it, no words, allowing all the non reading kids to be able to play along and participate. Seeing that goes through their little minds as they grin when they see their card, look into the distance to gather their idea and then get into motion will surly bring laughter and memories into your home. This is a person game for parties and holidays too.

Click here to purchase Kids On Stage Board Game



Ready for some splashing good times? With the Water Wheel with Baby Shark, bathtime fun reaches a whole new level. Simply attach the water wheel to the wall or side of the tub using the suction cup. Then, place the figure inside and close the fish door. Now the real action begins! Fill the cup with water and pour it over the wheel to make it spin. The colorful playsets from PLAYMOBIL 1.2.3 AQUA each playfully promote important developmental skills. This Stage 3 – Little Expert set will help your toddler develop cognitive and fine motor skills, all while having a great water play experience! Playset includes one figure, floating shark, water wheel, and a cup for pouring.

Click here to purchase 1.2.3. Aqua


Cake-n-Bake Challenge Game

This is a perfect game for Kindergarteners. To play you need to win a Candle Card by being the first player to stack a cake that matches the game card and hit the bell. First person to earn 6 Candle Cards wins the game and gets to wear the Chef’s Hat! This game is very versatile with 3 ways to play. Beginner Baker (2-6 players), Mixin’ Madness (2-6 players), Bakery Bake-Off (Sensory Play for 2-3 teams). It is perfect for neurotypical students, with the use of bright colors and stacking patterns. Cake-N-Bake Challenge is a game that can turn anyone into a crafty baker! Cake-N-Bake Challenge is a fun, colorful sensory stimulating game that is great for the entire family!

Click here to purchase Cake-n-Bake Challenge Game


Back to School Essentials

Pediped Shoes

Getting your kids feet in supported and trusted shoes is key. With the proper footware on their feet they can run better and more confidently. They can climb the gym jungle with their classmates without any worries. Pediped shoes are highly tested and are among the safest footwear available.

They have a huge variety of shoes, in sizes ranging from newborn up to size 6 youth!

With new options constantly being released, they always have the hottest styles and color options for your family. Whether you are needing basic sneakers, dress shoes, sandals or casual footware, you will be pleased with your shoes from Pediped.

Click here to purchase Pediped shoes

b.box baby Snack Pack

b.box baby is a brand that focuses on infant and toddler feeding systems. But now our toddler is going to school! We need to pack those snacks to keep their energy levels up so they can stay focused on what their teachers are working on. With b.box baby snack packs, you can provide you child with fun and healthy options.

The 2 sided design is perfect for a hummus and carrots, chips and dip, fruits and veggies, a tiny sandwich and strawberries.

It includes a spoon, which conveniently attached to the lid – in hope that my kid wont forget it at school, right?!

The snack packs are BPA, Phthalates and PVC free.

With blue, pink and green as the color options, the b.box baby Snack Packs will surely be the perfect snack container for your family.

Click here to purchase b.box baby Snack Packs

GoSili Reusable Snack Bags

I hate using plastic storage bags for snacks and foods in packed lunches. Did you know that you cannot toss them in the regular recycling bin? Only certain recycling plants have the ability to work with zip style storage bags – then just toss them in the trash! You can recycle them at certain plastic bag collection bins. In the meanwhile, you can help slow down the filling of landfills by switching to GoSili Reusable Snack Bags.

I love these bags because they are simple to use and easy to clean.

They store flat, making it slide up again my cupboard wall very easily. They are

Dishwasher safe – for those busy nights when hand washing is not going to happen.

The coolest part is they are microwave safe! Love to have a warm tuna sandwich – now you can heat it in your bag! No more waste created in your meal prep.

Click here to purchase GoSili Reusable Snack Bags

Zip and Zoe Backpack and Zipped Lunchies with Ice Packs (for Barnes & Noble)

Backpacks take a beating. Lunch sacks get messy and worn out. Each year we seem to require a new backpack and new lunch sack due to the wear and tear they endure. This year we are playing it safe with the new set of backpacks and zipped lunchies from Babymel’s newest line, Zip & Zoe!

The designs for Zip and Zoe are monochrome (black and white) with them featured on brightly colored backgrounds. These stylish and functional kids sizes backpacks are going to set your child’s imagination on some magical adventures with prints that feature dinosaurs and unicorns.

Each lunch bag comes with a matching, perfectly sized ice pack. I always put an ice pack in my kids lunches, and having a box that comes with a matching, perfectly fitting ice pack makes packing lunches a dream for parents. I love the extra internal pocket to stash their extra clothes out of the way, so that their daily artwork doesn’t rub against it. Its insides are easy to wipes out and keep clean.

These backpacks are now available at your local Barnes and Noble retailer.

Boardwalk T-Shirts

Funny tee’s are always a hit. With witty puns, silly images and play on words, they are always a crowd pleaser.

Boardwalk makes high quality, unisex tee’s for boys and girls alike. You can shop by boy, girl or uni-sex options. I love how they have it set up so scroll through all the pages of options. We love the ones that feature Ohio, of course, but there are tons of shirts with other states on them with funny thoughts and themes about that state. Like HOT over the state of Atlanta (Hot-lanta) is one of my favorites. We also think the picture of a chicken with an arrow pointing to the chickens butt that say “Guess What” is hilarious! The shirts are uni-sex cut, which means for little girls they will be a bit boxy in shape, so keep that in mind when ordering your size.

Once you order from Boardwalk and the laughs and compliments come rolling in, you will be back on their site, grabbing a few more to add into the mix.

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Mabel’s Labels

When kids get together, things get misplaced. To help keep your children’s item from ending up in the lost and found bin, or in another kids backpack you can turn to Mabel’s Labels. These labels are not only easy to use but they are simple to order too. Choose a style or theme, type in the name you desire and boom! Mabel’s Labels has labels for typical items like lunch bags and water bottles for everyday items. However, their options don’t just end there – with labels for clothing, shoes, sunglasses, pens and more. The options are practically endless when you click around their site and see all the options.

MamatheFox got the Little Kids School Label Combo – which includes

  • 40 Mini Custom Name Stickers: 1-1/2″ x 5/16″
  • 50 Tag Mates™ Stick On Clothing Labels: 13/16″ x 3/8″
  • 12 Preschool Shoe Labels (6 pairs): Varied
  • 2 Personalized Mini Tags: 1-1/4″ x 3/4″

I love having the tags for my daughters lunch box and backpack. The tiny labels are great for her water cups, reusable snack bags, Tupperware, her winter boots and rain boots (so many of us have the same style and shoes get easily mixed up – believe me on this one) and her coats.

If your child has allergies these labels can be so helpful for keeping your child’s items separated from the groups.

Click here to purchase the Little Kids School Label Combo

Sun Blocz Baby & Kids

Choosing a quality sun screen for your kids it an important decision. With so many brands, and lack of information you can get frustrated and feel overwhelmed. When getting my kids ready for school in the fall and spring, I always put sunscreen on them before dropping them off at school. They play outside for recess and also sometimes go outside for class on beautiful weather days.

If you are looking for a natural, safe and highly effective line of sunscreen, then you can choose SunBlocz. This mineral based sunscreen is safe, gentle and effective. It it recommended by dermatologist and pediatricians as being safe for baby and children’s sensitive skin. I love that it’s cruelty-free (no animal testing) and is water resistant for up to 8- minutes. With an SPF of 50 this product is a win/win!

click here to purchase Sun Blocz

Lunchtime & Snack Time

Oogies Gourmet Popcorn

Kids love popcorn! Make it exciting and healthy by choosing Oogies. This new line of popcorn is NON-GMO, Gluten free, All Natural and super delicious. What makes them stand out is their amazing variety of flavors – which are always on trend. Currently they offer: Wisconsin Cheddar 1848, Movie Time Butter, Original Kettlecorn, Spicy Nacho Cheddar, Caramel Chipotle and Hickory Smoked Gouda.

If there is a foodie in your house, they are going to fully appreciate the stellar flavors Oogies provide. I have never tasted such good popcorn – and I have tried A LOT of brands throughout time. The popcorn is light, fresh and the perfect pop of corn – when they add their custom flavor blends to the organic popcorn you have a special treat work telling your friends about.

  • Cholesterol Free
  • Trans Fat Free
  • Gluten Free
  • 100% Whole Gain
  • Good Source of Fiber
  • Non Genetically Modified

Click here to purchase Oogies Popcorn

From the Ground Up Snacks

My kids love to eat snack foods, so of course cheese crackers are always a top choice. If you have been looking for a fun, vegan friendly cracker, then Cauliflower Crackers from From the Ground Up Snacks are going to rock your world. Each box is jammed packed with flavor and freshness. They offer flavors like Cheddar, Sea Salt and Nacho – giving you some fun variety. Fully plant based, and made with real cauliflower and other veggies, this snack is not only tasty but its healthy for your family.

When we have to pack our snacks in the lunch box each morning, my kids beg for these cheesy crackers. I love how light and crispy they are. Since they are made with fresh, real vegetables, they are a good source of Vitamins A, C, D, E, B1 and B6.

Better yet – they also make a line of Cauliflower Pretzels! In both stick and classic pretzel shape you can munch on these healthy and fun snacks at home, the office or at school.

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Don’t Go Nuts Snacks and Spreads

With allergies being such an important topic in schools it’s imperative to pay attention and ask if there are any nut allergies in your child’s classroom. Don’t assume that the kids in class will be safe if you pack a peanut or nut based food for your child – sometimes kids are airborne allergic, so being in the same room as a nut may cause a horrible, if not life threatening, reaction. My son will ONLY eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches – nothing else. If my son ends up in a class with a kid with a server allergy I was wondering how I would handle this situation – and now I know what to do – we can use Don’t Go Nuts products instead.

Don’t Go Nuts are so safe that you can rest assured that your products will be completely nut free. They even vacuum off the packages they receive before bringing them into the nut-free kitchen where their products are made. That is real diligence! They offer a large product line of spreads and snacks – like chocolate chip granola bars, blueberry granola bars, and 5 spreads which include: Chocolate, Slightly Sweet, Sea Salt, Pure Unsalted and Simply Cinnamon spreads. All the spreads are made with Soybeans, which makes them fully nut-free and school safe.

USDA Organic, Certified Gluten-Free, and Vegan – you are going to be amazed with the flavors and texture of Don’t Go Nut products.

Click here to purchase Don’t Go Nuts

Could A Move Be What Your Family Needs?

It’s sometimes hard to know what is best for your family, especially as children start getting older. With age comes rebellion, and with rebellion comes stress. But that isn’t all you have to worry about. There’s literally everything under the sun to think about. Their education, their future, their finances, your own finances. One big list full of stress could be created if we carry on. But to spare you, we’re going to focus on the positives that a home move could actually bring. Despite the initial stress, it could be the best thing you’ve ever done. So could a move be what your family needs? Decide for yourself after reading the following information!

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Better Education & Job Prospects

Education is one of the most important things to your children. Well, it might not be to your children, they might find it the most boring time of their lives. But to their future, it is highly important. So, making sure they’re in one of the best schools possible is only going to improve their future prospects. It’s so easy to find out what schools rank where by doing a quick Google search. Some schools have big ties to well established colleges and universities that could set them up for a nice future. Job prospects are also really important. If you move somewhere that is a bit out of the way, the job prospects shrink. If you moved to the hustle and bustle of a city, or at least just outside of it, their job prospects will grow and grow.

Better Local Amenities & Activities

The more things there are to do, the more fun your family is going to have. This is why cities are great, but we understand the hustle and bustle of one also isnt the best way to go. So, live somewhere that is within a short driving distance things such as a cinema, bowling, shopping, water parks etc. This isn’t just to make your children’s time that little bit more exciting, it’s to try and keep you happy as well! You could also make sure there’s plenty in the way of sporting activities to make sure your children live an active lifestyle.

Tackling A Move

Tackling a move can often put people off actually deciding to move in the first place. One of the best thing you can do is contact services like Sunrise Moving to ensure that your moving is easy. So, if you want to do it quickly and smoothly, youre going to need a good group of people on your hands. To move all of your goods, you should check out someone like the Alpharetta residential movers. As long as you’ve got someone reliable like this on your side, you should never have any troubles. You also need to find a good realtor to take you round some of the best houses, and to help you reduce the asking price of the seller as much as possible. The more you haggle, the more you save. From there it is all about communication and coordination from the family to make sure the move is successful. Depending on your location, it might be wise to use removal van hire too so that the move is as seamless as possible.

So, do you now think that a move is what your family needs? If you’re stuck in a dead end are with hardly anything to do, bad schools, and perhaps even something like a high crime rate going against it, consider moving to help protect your child’s future.

Teach My Baby Review

Teach My Baby Review

With the holiday season approaching we often wonder what to get the small children in our lives. Houses are cluttered with toys. Clothing is hard because they grow of it so quickly. The one gift that never fails is the gift of knowledge. I honestly think Teach My products the best educational item you can buy for the child in your life. They have 3 levels, baby, toddler and preschooler. This review will focus on the Baby Deluxe Kit.

Teach My Baby Deluxe Kit (6+ months)

The Deluxe Kit Contains:

  • Teach My Baby First Words Learning Set
  • Teach My Baby First Numbers Learning Set
  • Teach My Baby Self Learning Set
  • Teach My Baby Sounds & Touch Learning Set


  • 12 One Piece Puzzles
  • 6 Two Piece Puzzles
  • 6 Touch and Feel Flashcards
  • 6 Mirrored Flashcards
  • 6 Mirrored Nesting Blocks
  • 5 Finger Puppets
  • 4 Board Books
  • 1 Double-Sided Storyboard
  • Teaching Guide
  • Storage case

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Mama’s Experience

My son is 18 months. He is not officially verbally delayed, but he is on the borderline of being officially delayed. Having an older sister who always talks for him, he never gives it a go and tries to talk. He gets lazy I feel. He doesn’t push himself to try to talk. I was very excited to try to use this program with him. Anything to help engage him and learn at least what the his basic words are is going to be a win in my book.

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This kit is jammed packed with fun teaching tools. I am not a teacher. I am a parent. I know how to talk and help my child and how to relate to him. I can use the books, puppets, cards, blocks and puzzles in this kit to his benefit. I know that he prefers to point at each picture at his own pace. When he points to a new picture I know that means he is ready for me to tell him what it is. If I go too fast or too slow then he looses interest or gets upset. Reading your child and paying attention to their cues will make this kit not only fun but also fruitful.


My son, like many other children, loves blocks. The key feature that makes these blocks special is the mirror on each one. The blocks focus on facial features. You can point and show them your nose/ear/hair, then point to their nose/ear/hair and then show in in the mirror what their nose/ear/hair looks like. This helps in a way I never thought of. I can point to my face and their face, but until they do it for themselves and see themselves in the mirror its like another part of the brain clicks. He gets it. While he still cannot say the word ‘mouth’, now my son is slowly starting to remember where his mouth is and can occasionally point to it. These blocks are so great.

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The touch and feel flashcards are another super special tool in this kit. Babies love the touch and feel books. They are engaged in the book. By drawling a child’s interest into touching the card and really focusing on the image they are using more then just the sense of vision like most flash cards. This engages them to focus in and really look at what they are touching. Everyone learns in different ways. Some by sounds, others by touch, some by all forms of their senses. I think having touch and feel flashcards is a brilliant idea.


This is a wonderful gift for this 2015 holiday season. You can pick one up at your local Toys R Us or WalMart!

Usborne Books with Haley – a Review

Usborne Books with Haley – A review

What are you putting in your child’s Easter basket? Candy? Trinkets? Books?


Haley Strong is a mom just like me. She loves her children, and cares about their growth and development. A large part of a child’s development comes from their exposure to books. Maybe I should look into book scanners more and use one to share fantastic books with those who don’t have access to them. But anyway, she recently became a rep with Usborne Books so she can supply her child and other children with amazing, beautiful books. We all have heard that reading to your children, starting at birth, is key to their development. Here are ten reasons why books are pivotal in your child’s life:

  1. A stronger relationship with you.
  2. Academic excellence
  3. Basic speech skills
  4. The basics of how to read a book
  5. Better Communication skills
  6. Mastery of language
  7. More logical thinking skills
  8. Acclimation to new experiences
  9. Enhanced concentration and discipline
  10. The knowledge that reading is fun!

(For more about these 10 reasons please visit here)

easterKnowing the wonderful benefits of exposing your children to books, you are going to want to increase your home library. Books are available everywhere. We see them in big box stores, grocery stores, toy stores…the list goes on and on. When it comes down to it, what matters is content and price. Haley is able to help us get books with both wonderful content and at a great price. Usborne Books and More is a company which holds “book parties” where you can attend a party in person, or the newly popular online party. If you are on Facebook then you have received an invite to some type of party. Nails, candles. beauty products…they are all fun (I mean I know I buy from them) but they don’t fill our children with the knowledge and love that a book can.

“Usborne Books & More is a division of Educational Development Corporation (EDC), a well-established company that has twice been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of The 200 Best Small Companies in America and three times by Fortune Magazine as one of America’s 100 Fastest Growing Small Companies, and has been in existence for over 20 years.”

truckHaley started selling Usborne just this January after attending a party herself. As a mom and a special education teacher she instantly saw that this business has so much to offer to parents, schools and home schooler’s. Usborne has a great book fair program giving which gives 50% in sales in books, and a grant matching program. As a consultant, you can earn up to 30% in commission, earn free books and other cool prizes, earn trips, and of course get a great discount on the books! If you are looking for a way to make extra income and earn free books for yourself then contact Haley at hrstrong811 @ gmail.com and visit her Facebook page. If you email Haley and mention MamatheFox she will send you a FREE activity card! 🙂


You are able to place an order at anytime here. No need to wait for a party to be open. Usborne wants you to get books into easter to doyour child’s hands as fast as possible. One of the best parts about Usborne is their shipping. They have a “5 day” typical turn around, but most people that Haley knows have gotten their books even fast then that. You are now wondering, what is the shipping? Like $30?! Nope, a solid $6 flat! No matter how big or small your order is.


I was given 2 books to sample from Usborne. Secrets Of The Seahorse (Shine-A-Light) and That’s Not My Fox Touchy-Feely Board Book.

Secrets Of The Seahorse (Shine-A-LightDorothy words)

This is such a cool book! I have never, in all my years, seen a book like this. This book has special pages which, when held up to a light, you can see through to the other side. Every page has this feature. The story shows children creatures of the sea, their habitats and the food they eat. My daughter (2 years old) was amazed at the special secrets on every single page. We have a tiny flashlight she uses for comfort at night in bed. We used that because it is small enough for her to hold and control while being powerful enough to reflect the hidden picture. If you don’t have a flashlight you can simply hold the book up to natural sun light or the light from a lamp. This keep my busy, I mean busy, 2 year old sitting still for 10 solid minutes. This is a must for the toddlers in your life.

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That’s Not My Fox Touchy-Feely Board Book.

This is the perfect touch and feel book for infants. We all have seen the touch/feel books before. Most, in my opinion, are lame and fall short of any real ‘touch’ engagement. I have been blown away with the quality of Usborne’s touchy-feely books. Each page has an engaging touch feature which captivates your readers and explorers senses. All are relative to the story, large enough for small eyes to spot and have a significant textile distinction to be considered a true feely experience. The story features the quest to find the readers fox. They keep finding other foxes with different qualities but not ‘their’ fox. Will this elusive fox be found!? Grab a copy for yourself to find out.

With Easter approaching us and baskets needing to be filled, what better thing to fill them with then books! Candy is fun and toys come and go, but a book can leave a positive and lasting mark on a child. With book levels from newborn to middle school you are guaranteed to find what you are looking for. They don’t limit their buyers to books alone, they also offer flash cards, sticker books, drawling resources, puzzles and more! For the inquisitive toddler and pre-tween they have a huge selection of non-fiction books to broaden minds and answer questions. These are books that homeschoolers are eating up.

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