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Monday, August 16, 2010

Slobproof Twitter Party!

Debbie Wiener wiill be hosting a Twitter Party tomorrow (August 17th @ 3pm) where she will be offering design advice for the back-to-school season! Concurrently, she'll be hosting giveaways of her Slobproof furniture items. As you know, Slobproof with Crypton is a line of furniture that is impervious to stains, spills and messes due to the nature of the fabrication process. Made in the USA, with a lifetime guarantee, it is furniture that is perfect for families, kids and pets!

The hashtag for the event: #slobproof
Follow @debbiewiener

See you there!!
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Zoodles {Review/Giveaway 3 Winners}


I am probably not the only parent who has not been as trusting with their child playing online. Yeah, you can check your computers history, but it won't alway's tell you where they were, what happend, how long they were there and who they were talking to. This is where Zoodles comes in, Zoodles is a site for children 10 and under. It is safe and fun.

When Chucky and I tested Zoodles, I had no idea that we would be abe to play so many games and do as many acivities. The first day that we signed up, Chucky was on there almost all day! He enjoys playing so many different games in one place and I love that I don't have a bunch of little pieces of paper all over the desk with sites all over them! Chucky loved playing the  Clone Wars- gunship over Florrum, Star Wars sound board- this one was a lot of fun, he was able to use voices from different characters to mix and make some music. Swamp station sweep which had a few different activities such as shooter, action, puzzles & strategy.

Zoodles has compiled a great selection of popular games and learning tools in one place for your child/ren to be able to play and learn safely.Zoodles also only allows your child to access content that is appropriate for their age. Zoodles is geared towards children but they didn't leave us parents out. We are able to track our childs activity and get updates straight to our emails.

Zoodles offers some great options for memeberships, when you sign up for the FREE membership, you will be able to test out the premium membership for 14 days to see if it would be a great fit for your family. Memberships start as low as $5!

These are the diferences between the free and premium membership:
- Zoodles kid browser
- safe browsing to Zoodle approved url's
- educational content
- age & skill level appropriate content
- full screen capbility

Premium Memebership:
All items above plus-
- parental conttols
- play timer settings
- ad blocking
- promotes educational subjects {science, reading, match etc}
- violence filtering
- block unwanted sites, games and shows
- add sites & games
- parental monitoring
- access to parent dashboard
- weekly educational reports showing the skills your child has developed while on the site
- block content types {videos & printables}
- weekly activity reports showing your childs recent play history & top content

From Zoodles:
Zoodles basically scours the web to find the best educational content out there (games, puzzles, and videos) and puts it all in one place, presenting it to kids in a safe, simple web browser that adapts to your child's age and skill level. What this means is that a 3 year old would get games teaching shapes and numbers, letter recognition, attention and listening, and much more! A 5 year old would get games teaching early reading & addition, creativity and exploration, etc. All this learning is wrapped in engaging play that features some of their favorite characters!

The Zoodles browser is always free for kids to play, but for parents who want more control over their child's experience, Zoodles also offers a paid Premium Membership. With Premium Membership, parents can set play time limits, block ads, promote certain subjects to their child, and block unwanted sites and shows. They can also get great information about what their child has been playing – from the skills he or she has been building, to the sites he’s been visiting, to how much time he or she’s spent playing specific games.

When your child gets on Zoodles they have 5 choices to choose from- games, subjects, characters, animals and favorites. Your child will choose which games to play from the 5 choices above and get screen after screen of choices of games to play. When they choose their activity they will be given insturctions on how to play and how to exit if they are finished. They are then able to play for as long as they wish{or until mom or dad set the timer} and then move onto something else within their age specified activities.
When they have finished playing and are tucked sweetly in their beds mom & dad can check their progress either from the email sent from Zoodles or right on the parental site.

We liked Zoodles so much that we are going to continue to use it. Where else can you feel safe letting your child play online without you hovering like a helicopter? NOWHERE

Buy It:
If your interested in giving Zoodles a go or purchasing a memebership click the link and check it out!

Win It:
Zoodles is giving {3} Ma21cuteboy readers a 3 Month Premium Membership!

Please leave a seperate comment for each entry!!
Mandatory Entry:
Visit the Zoodles Website and let me know what your favorite feature is.

Extra Entries: {After the Mandatory Entry}
1- 'Like' Zoodles on Facebook
2- Sign up for a free membership
1- Follow Zoodles via Twitter {leave your Twitter ID}
1- Follow Ma21cuteboy {publicly}
2- Subscribe to Ma21cuteboy via email or rss
1- Grab the Ma21cuteboy Button {1 point for each one-leave a link}
1- Follow Ma21cuteboy via Twitter{leave your Twitter ID}
Tweet the following: {1xday for extra entry-leave your link}

#Win Keep your kids safe on the internet! @Zoodles Premium Membership Giveaway 9/3

3- Blog about this giveaway with a link back to this post{leave a link}
2- Add this into a linky {leave a link}

Contest closes on September 3rd at 11:59 MT
Open to U.S. Residents & Canada
Winner will be chosen via Random.org
Winner will be sent an email and have 48 hours to respond.
Winner will also be posted in a winning post.

*Disclosure: I was provided with a Membership to Zoodles.com to faciliate our review, no other compensation was received. The opinions expressed are our own and others' may differ.*
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