Saturday, May 31, 2014

Father's Day Gift Pick: #COGITO Watches #GiftGuide

I have sort of been at a loss over what to get my dad, and my husband for Father's Day this year. Sure, there are a ton of options, but both of these special guys in my life are picky. My husband has a lot of hobbies and interests, and my dad is so busy, that he doesn't have time for hobbies. I've been on the hunt for the perfect gift that they'll think is wonderfully awesome, as well as something that they'll actually want to use and enjoy.

Introducing COGITO, by ConnecteDevice. If you're looking for a Father's Day gift that will truly wow the recipient, this is it! ConnecteDevice Limited is a global technology company specialized in design and manufacture of accessories for personal portable devices, including watches, charges, and Bluetooth headset. Their amazing COGITO Watch Collection is a must-see for those who love all things tech!

The beauty of a Cogito Watch lies not only in its sleek design, but in its functionality and performance, as well. This handsome watch is a must have fashion accessory, with a connected twist, if you will. How many times have you walked away from your phone and missed important calls, texts, social network notifications, etc? With a Cogito Watch, you'll never have to miss a message, call or update again! With the use of the Free ConnectedWatch App, you'll be able to get smartdevice notifications right onto your wrist! Cogito fearures Bluetooth connectivity, and offers a fashionable timepiece and message center for the guy (or gal) on the go!

Just by glancing at the Cotigo Watch worn on your wrist, you can see...

- Incoming and missed call alerts (See Caller ID or phone number on the digital display), 
- Email alerts, 
- 3rd Party messenger app alerts (Viber, WhatsApp, Skype, etc.), 
- Calendar Reminders and;
- Device Low Battery Alerts. 

I don't know about you, but I think that's pretty darn amazing! Never in  my life, would I have dreamt that one day, we'd be able to stay connected via timepiece. Of course, I never would have thought that we'd be using smarphones, either! Isn't technology amazing?

COGITO Watches are available in a variety of colors!

The list of the what you're able to do with the COGITO watch continues. Check out even more amazing features, like You can also use COGITO as a remote control to : 
- Skip, pause and play music, and,
- Trigger your device camera at the push of a button. 

And that's not all, folks- the COGITO never has to be charged! I know, I know- you were thinking that you'd probably wind up having to plug this in and re-charge at the end of the day, like you do with your devices. Not so! With the COGITO, you never have to worry about charging it. The watch comes with a button cell battery that lasts for up to 1 year. Plus, COGITO  watches are water resistant, up to 10ATM. Please note that water resistant and waterproof are two different things, but you can wear the COGITO watch when doing the following activities: Shallow snorkeling or swimming, bathing/showering, washing up, water spashes/rain.

COGITO Compatibility Notes...

Compatible with iPhone 4S up, iPad 3rd & 4th Generation, iPad Mini Running iOS 7 and Android 4.3 upwards on Samsung S3, S4, S4 Mini S4 Active, Note 2 & 3 & HTC One

I invited my husband to check COGITO out with me. Truthfully, he's hardly ever surprised by gifts for birthdays, Christmas, or Father's Day, because I want to make sure that my gift idea for him is something that he'll truly love. Like I said, he is so, so picky! We checked out the features of COGITO together, and he was so super impressed, and thought that it was the coolest thing he's ever seen! He's put a COGITO watch at the top of his wishlist, and he put a bug in my ear that my dad would love one of these, seeing as how COGITO has a handy little feature that can find your phone! My dad is always leaving his phone (and keys) in places, forgetting where he left them.

If you're looking for a Father's Day gift that will wow your husband, father, or another special guy in your life, look no further! COGITO will help your special guy manage tasks, keep his calendar, keep track of calls and messages, all from his wrist! I don't think I know a single guy who wouldn't love one of these watches! This is the ultimate Father's Day gift for the fashion-forward, technology-loving guy, and will free him up from being constantly tied to his phone!

Want One? Buy One!

Head on over to COGITO to browse their COGITO Classic and COGITO Pop Collections. A full user manual, specs, and tech support are also available on the COGITO website. In celebration of Father's Day, COGITO is offering MBP readers 15% off their COGITO purchase! Just use the code 15off at checkout! COGITO is social and would love to connect with you through Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube!

We'd love to hear what you think of COGITO! 
Leave a comment if you think your guy would love this watch- or why you'd love to get him one!

Special thanks to ConnecteDevice for sharing this special coupon code with out readers for Father's Day!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of ConnecteDevice, written by me. All thoughts and opinions shared here are my own. I received compensation, and sample product for sharing this information. For more information, please see my site-wide disclosure policy.

Hold Your Hair Back with Violet Love by Rebecca Michaels {Review}

I am a pretty simple gal when it comes to my hair. I have extremely thick and curly hair that really takes a ton of time to make look nice, time that I just don't really have a lot of. I almost always wear it up, either in a high bun or pony tail. The one thing I do usually add to my hair look are headbands. I wear them both casually as a fashion accessory and when I workout to keep the hair off my face.
With my new running lifestyle, the better the headband fits, the better I feel. I don't like to stop and fix my hair mid-run so anything that will keep it in place works for me. I was thrilled when I was offered the chance to review for this next company, one that really would make my runner hair stand out.

“Love me, Wear me, Don’t Dare to Share Me”
Written after realizing when someone tries a Violet Love Headband for the first time, they never want to be without it!

Violet Love was founded by a Land Development engineer, from Penn State, who was looking for something to embrace and use her creative spirit on. Rebecca, an East Coast native, was searching for a headband to fulfill her needs and could not find what she wanted, so in 2006, she designed her own collection, Violet Love Headbands (named after her favorite color). Within the first year, Violet Love was featured in the top 10 hottest new products at Surf Expo, and Rebecca left her engineering position to focus on her new creations. Currently located in LA, Violet Love has grown to offering not only headbands, but printed hosiery, leggings, and scarves and even more recently Rebecca expanded into her own LA Label, Rebecca Michaels. Both of her labels utilize fabulous, colorful, high quality fabrics and have been featured in many different press sources.

When we started working with Violet Love, I was asked to browse their 2014 Look Book and select my favorite to review. I started with "I Am" and "Living in a #Hashtag World" Signature Collections. All of the bands are printed on washable poly spandex blend fabric, are geared towards fashion accessory or light workouts, and retail for $17. Next, I browsed the Black Label Collections, including "Be You" and "Dharma Garden". These collections immediately caught my eye because they were printed on more of a performance fabric,made of a heavier weight poly spandex blend, and retail for $19.  The "Dharma Garden" were geared towards serious workouts and fashion, and just what I was hoping for, so I made my first choice.

The Dharma Garden line has 15 different color styles that I could choose from. My top two favorites were Shiva and Buddha, I couldn't wait to see which one I would get.

I didn't have to wait long, I got tracking info and a priority mail envelope very quickly.

Inside  I found a beautiful Violet wrapped item, a shipping sheet, and a card with all of Violet Love's information, including their social media links.

My violet Violet Love package also was sealed with a Rebecca Michaels sticker, I could not wait to open it up and see what was inside.

I was sent the Buddha Headband from the Dharma Garden Black Label Collection.
"Buddha believes that compassion, patience, and wisdom are keys to living a happier life. We agree, for that and a few other reasons. You’ll need wisdom when choosing which Violet Love print is right for you. Compassion when you have to tell people you won’t give them the headband that you’re wearing. And a little patience. For the countless times that you will be stopped and questioned about where you got your headband."

I love the colors in this headband, they are so vibrant. There are such an array of colors that wearing it as a fashion accessory will not be hard either. It is extremely soft and I knew that I was going to be very happy with my choice.

Trying it on one night before bed, just to get the feel of it. I could not even tell I had it on, unlike other headbands that pull your hair and squeeze your head. It was featured on the Today Show and Health Magazine as being no headache, no slip and I agree, it is.
I selected the Dharma Garden Black Label line because it was listed as being worn for serious workouts. What could be more serious than running a mini-marathon? I knew that I would be able to wear my Violet Love Buddha headband without worrying about my hair pulling, falling in my face, or being too tight and I was right.

13.1 miles later, while completely exhausted, my hair still looked fairly fashionable and I was still comfortably wearing my Violet Love Dharma Garden Buddha headband.
Need a bit more reference before you buy, check out the size and care information.

Adult size measures 9" long x 2 " wide and kids size measures 8" long x 1.5" wide. If you have one of the Violet Love Performance Solid Headbands, they are made for a serious workout and will need a fresh washing, they are machine wash and dry safe. The lightweight fabric is a high count poly microfiber that will be comfortable and durable. If you have one of the Violet Love Signature Couture Headbands, they are more for fashion or light workouts and should be cared for as such, gentle wash and line dry.
Looking for a more creative way to wear your band, look no further than these Violet Love suggestions. You can also learn more about each of the headband models here.

Want It? Buy It!

Violet Love is a must for fashion and exercise. They are offering our MBP readers 20% off their purchase with the code MOMMY20 at checkout. You can also follow Violet Love on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram. Check out how GREEN Violet Love is too. Make sure to read even more at the Violet Love Blog. Subscribe to the Violet Love newsletter on the bottom of their website and receive 10% off your next purchase.

Thanks to Violet Love, my mini-marathon was a bit less stressful!

Friday, May 30, 2014

MBP First Look: THE BOOK of LIFE #bookoflifemovie

Today, we're pleased to bring you a first look at The Book of Life, from 20th Century Fox.


Release: October 17, 2014
Director: Jorge Gutierrez
Written by: Jorge Gutierrez
Producers:  Aaron Berger, Brad Booker, Guillermo del Toro, Carina Schulze
Cast:  Diego Luna, Channing Tatum, ZoĆ« Saldana, Ice Cube, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate, Kate del Castillo, Cheech Marin, Placido Domingo, Hector Elizondo, Ana de la Reguera, Eugenio Derbez, Gabriel Iglesias, Ricardo “El Mandril” Sanchez, Danny Trejo

Take at look at the Incredible First Trailer!


From producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez comes an animated comedy with a unique visual style. THE BOOK OF LIFE is the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart.  Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Rich with a fresh take on pop music favorites, THE BOOK OF LIFE encourages us to celebrate the past while looking forward to the future. 

THE BOOK OF LIFE Official Socials

THE BOOK OF LIFE hits theaters everywhere on October 17, 2014!

WOW Toys Wows Us Again with Their New Mini WOW Collection! #Review + #Giveaway

What do you do when you've got a little one at home with you full time? Play and learn together all day long, of course! There are many quotes from great writers and philosophers throughout history, and from present day, but one of my favorites comes from the Greek Philosopher Plato, who said, “The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.” As adults, we don't really stop a whole lot to think about the importance of a child's play life. We're often times so wrapped up in our own schedules, and what we're doing, or trying so hard to keep our children involved in a bevvy of activities, that we forget about playtime. To me, playtime is super important- it's how children learn about life, and all of the different components of what makes life work. 

WOW Toys

Thanks so our friends at WOW Toys, based in London, we have been able to hold fast to what Plato said, and surround ourselves with lovely things to play with. The folks at WOW Toys are committed to designing 'tough toys' that won't fall apart or break their promises. These colorful vehicles and friends have been delighting children and families for several years, and have quickly become a set of favorite toys in our home. WOW Toys are play vehicles, which are sturdily made. They don't run or rely on batteries, so there's no need to shed a tear over a toy that no longer 'goes.' WOW Toys are appropriate for ages 1 1/2 - 5, and grow with you child, offering different developmental benefits at every age.

We first began our relationship with WOW Toys before B turned 2. We have quite the collection of WOW Toy Friends, and these are the toys that B goes to over and over again for creative play. They hardly ever actually get put away, because he loves them so. WOW has just released a brand new collection of Mini WOW toys, which we were offered the opportunity to try out. Who could say no to that?

Our WOW Toys package is here!

B couldn't wait to check this package out! He recognized the WOW sticker on the package, and knew something super special had to be inside!

Our new WOW Toys came bubble wrapped, so they would be well protected on their journey!

B was so excited to help me remove the bubble wrap. As we pulled back the bubble sheets, his sweet little face lit right up, as we discovered six new friends from WOW Toys!

B noticed right away that these new WOW Toys were a little different from his other WOW friends. 'Look at these cute little WOWs, mommy!' he exclaimed. Indeed- these are smaller than most of the WOW Toys we already have in our collection, which is why they're called Mini WOWs!

We lined up or Minis to take a look at our new pals.

Each WOW Mini was beautifully packaged, as all of the WOW Toys are. They have a clear front, so you can actually see the toys through the packaging, and the boxes are extremely colorful and engaging, both for parents and children.

Meet Jojo- the ambulance, one of the new Mini WOW collection. Beautifully colored- we can't wait to play!

Everything you need to know about Jojo is on the back or the side of its packaging box!

'Can I play with these, already?'

While my hubby helped B open up the boxes for his new Mini WOW Toys, I jumped onto the computer and headed to the WOW website, where I knew I would be able to find background information on all of the new Mini WOW Toys. WOW's website is so much fun for parents and kiddos. There's a ton of information for parents, so I wanted to check out the details of these cute little characters.

Each Mini WOW Toys has their own character profile, just like the larger WOW Toys, which shares about their friends, what they like or dislike, what their special skills are, etc. These character profiles are so much fun to read with your child. It sort of brings even more creativity to playtime when you and your child know that they toy you're playing with doesn't like to be stuck in traffic, or loves pizza!

B decided to check out all of the toys, as he patiently waited on daddy to open the boxes.

Here, B gives the new Mini WOWs a pep talk, telling them about all of the fun they're going to have playing together!

After the Mini WOWs were all out of their boxes, it was time for the great introduction. B knows that each WOW Toy has their own name, so we took them one by one, and read their names, which are printed on the back of each mini vehicle. Each of the toys we received is a toy piece set, which comes with the vehicle, and its driver. 

If you have a few minutes, check out our Mini WOW Toys Video Review...

We received:

Ace the Race car
Izzy the Race car
Jojo the Ambulance
Blaze the Firetruck
Jax the Dump Truck
Clay the Cement Mixer

Each of these adorable Mini WOW Toys fits in the palm of my hand. They're a smaller size, take up much less room than some of our larger WOW Toys, and these are actually designed for ages 1-5. The Unlike some of the larger WOW Toys, which do make some sounds, the Mini WOWs are quiet toys, designed for push along play by children.

Here's a look at the backs of Jojo, Izzy, and Clay... aren't they colorful and cute?

And here's a front view of Jax, Ace, and Blaze!

B was definitely ready to get to playing with his new friends. Each WOW Toy comes with what B calls a map- a colorful map showing all of the available WOW Toys for your child to collect. B loves to put these out on the floor. I try to keep one of them on hand for us to look at through the year. Last year, before Christmas, B circled all of the WOW Toys he already had, and then asked if we could send the map to Santa, so he would know which WOW Toys B didn't have, and so that he could find us, by using the WOW 'map.' Cute, huh? On the opposite side of the 'map,' is a coloring page for continued fun and development!

Here we go- the Mini WOWs are all setting off on their very first adventure at our house. I wonder where they'll wind up?

I mentioned that we have a nice little collection of WOW Toys, thanks to our friends at WOW. Here, the Mini WOWs are on a mission to recycle and save the planet, with Flip and Tip Fred.

After the mission was completed, it was time for a WOW Toys parade! Here we have Fire Buggy Bertie, Ernie the Fire Engine, Ronnie Rocket, Dexter the Digger, Robbie Racer, Izzy, Jax, and Dudley the Dump Truck!

B, lining up the new Mini WOWs...

...and reciting all of their names to me.

Play- a child's work time. Such a beautiful collection of colorful toys for fun and learning.

B's wonderful world of WOW Toys, all set up, with scenes and all!

I sort of wondered if B would take to the Mini WOWs as well as he has taken to the others... and it was silly of me to wonder, because of course, he loves them. B has enjoyed playing with the Mini WOW Toys all by themselves, and he has also enjoyed playing with them along with his other WOW Friends. He couldn't wait to show his grandparents the new Mini WOWs, and they were all so impressed by their simple design, bright colors, and how beautifully made they were. Like me, they expected nothing less- we have all been big fans of WOW Toys for a while, now. Our adult friends truly marvel at the beauty of these toys, and how they work. The craftsmanship is simply amazing.

Features of the Mini WOW Toys...

Learn, imagine and share with mini WOW! This exciting addition to the WOW Toys collection designed for children aged 1-5 is sure to keep little ones entertained for hours on end. With 6 mini WOW to collect covering 3 ranges of construction, emergency and racing, little ones can get lost in their very own mini WOW worlds. Each car comes with a removable figure for role play exercises and easy to push-along rubber tyres.

Developmental benefits:

From 1½ years – Sensory stimulation and motor skill development
From 2 years – Discovery & learning
From 2½ years – Social interaction
From 3 years – Role-play & exploration

Check out the entire collection of Mini WOW Toys...

Clay the cement mixer
Clay the Cement Mixer

Jax the dump truck
Jax the Dump Truck

Blaze the fire truck
Blaze the Fire Truck

Jojo the ambulance
Jojo the Ambulance

Izzy the race car
Izzy the Race Car

Ace the race car
Ace the Race Car

Of course, B has already started making his WOW Wish List for his birthday. He's got a ways to go before October rolls around, but he's a patient boy, and is very hopeful! We love the new collection of Mini WOW Toys. I love that they're perfect for little hands, and that one year old's on up can enjoy learning through play with WOW Toys. There's a reason why B goes back to play with his WOW Toys over and over again, and they truly spark his imagination. It gives me great joy, and warms by heart to check on him when he's having play time on his own, and to hear him creating scenarios, making his WOW Toys talk to one another and work together to solve problems and help others. Thank you, WOW- you never disappoint us with your award-winning toys, and we're eager to see what you'll roll out with next!

Want Them? Buy Them!

Head on over to WOW Toys to browse the entire collection of Mini WOWs, and browse all of the other wonderful WOW Toys, as well! While you're there, have some fun exploring the WOW Toys website, where you'll find product and company information, a special Kids Zone with coloring pages to print and enjoy, Play Zone, WOW News, and more! WOW Toys is social, and would love to stay connected with you through Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube!

Want Them? Win Them!

One super lucky MBP reader will win their very own collection of Mini WOW Toys, like the set we received for our review! How wonderful is that? Just use the handy Rafflecopter entry form below for your chance to win this wonderful toy set from WOW! This giveaway is open worldwide, for ages 18+.

Special thanks to our friends at WOW Toys for once again allowing us to review their wonderful toys, and for offering this fantastic giveaway for our readers!