Google Home Review: My Home Just Got a Lot Smarter

This is a sponsored post. Nonetheless, this review is 100% my honest opinion and, to the best of my ability, an unbiased review. You can read about my disclosure policy here

Google Home Review - Full ShotI am a pretty typical 30’s something mom. Which is to say, I try to keep up with the times and the latest gadgets but implementing new technology into my life is usually directly correlated with ease vs. benefit.

The concern with getting any new tech gadget for me is whether or not it will really be used in my daily life. Luckily, the Google Home was incredibly easy to get started. All I had to do was install the Google Home app on my phone to set up the wifi and some other basic settings.

The first thing I connected was my Pandora account so that I could stream music into our home. The second thing I did was have a dance party with the kids. The music was rich and clear and we had a blast.

Now, we always have music playing (especially in the mornings to get us started) and, of course, random dance parties thrown in. 🙂

Besides streaming music, my second favorite feature is its ability to translate things into Mandarin Chinese. I’m trying my best, but truthfully failing, to raise Max and Alexa bilingual. Max now loves to run up to our Google Home and shout “OK, Google! How do you say [most random thing] in Chinese?” The translations are accurate and come out in the tone of a native speaker.

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Holiday Gift Idea: Superhero Costume

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Being a superhero should not be only relegated to Halloween. Max loves being a superhero 365 days out of the year – with or without a cape.

Since he is at the perfect age for imaginative play and playing dress-up, I previously purchased some superhero capes for him off Amazon. But, the material was thin and the quality wasn’t great.

I went looking for a high quality cape that would be able to withstand his rough and tumble play.

That’s when I found ApplesauceLLC by Sarah Moos on Etsy. She makes the most awesome superhero capes I’ve come across. (I especially love the superhero comic lining option.) I reached out to Sarah who generously sent me this cape and matching accessories for review.

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Blog Income & Traffic Report – October 2016

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I did not intend on regularly publishing blog income and traffic reports but my last report was picked up by a few sites that feature these type of posts.  It’s always rewarding to have some form of web acknowledgment and I was asked by one of them whether or not I intended on publishing another report.

Since I love reading other blogger’s reports to get ideas on how they manage to make money or grow traffic, I think it’s only fair that I share my reports more frequently!

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Bookroo Review – October 2016

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Check out my giveaway and coupon code for $10 off your first box at the end of the review!

I am proud to say that I am turning my kids into total book nerds. Literally the first and only word that Alexa can say is “buh” when she picks up a book and throws it at us. My husband and I read multiple books to them daily and it is our favorite way to unwind as a family for the night. Reading to them also guarantees a snuggle from Max so I might have ulterior motives as well.

That’s why when I found out about Bookroo, I had to try it out because this service is right up our alley!

What it is:

Bookroo is a subscription-based book service that sends a box every month filled with either three board books (for children ranging from ages 0-2.5 years old) or two hardcover picture books (geared towards children ranging from ~2.5-6 years old.)

Bookroo prides itself on finding “hidden gems” as opposed to sending classics. However, if you happen to own the book that is sent, all you have to do is take a picture of you gifting the book to someone else and Bookroo will give you $5 off your next box.

I chose the hardcover option and received the October box. As you will see, it is Halloween-themed!

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Color Has No Gender

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A few weeks ago, I was at a birthday party for a friend’s daughter. It was held indoors with games and activities for all of the kids. As part of the festivities, the party organizer started handing out different colored feather boas to the children, ages ranging from 2-4. When she approached Max, with a stream of bright-colored boas, she asked Max what color he wanted. He told her purple, at which point, she responded, “You can’t have purple. That’s a girl’s color.”

Luckily, a close friend within earshot (I was not) told the organizer that my son loves purple. Ultimately, and reluctantly, she conceded and handed him a purple feather boa.

Max ran merrily off, oblivious to her discrimination.

What the party organizer does not know is that I have suspected that Max loved purple since before he could speak when he consistently favored his purple-colored toys. And what the party organizer does not know is that as soon as he could say the word purple, he has always told us that his favorite color is, in fact, purple.

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