Learning Resources Stem Robot Mouse Coding Activity Set

IMG_20160413_152154966We have been working on STEM/ STEAM activities for some time now. While I have the science, math, art and engineering activities pretty well situated finding suitable technology has been harder for me to incorporate. When we look for new toys we are always looking at what and how the kids will be learning from them. By introducing children to the fun of coding and puzzle solving with this colorful, programmable mouse with a build-able customizable maze we have introduced our technology. This toy offers a  great way to introduce young children to science, technology, engineering, and math. Children program the mouse with easy push-button controls to follow their created maze and find the cheese. The Mouse lights up and makes adorable sounds setup is perfect for tabletop or floor play. My children love setting the maze up in different ways. Children experience STEM through hands-on activities and experiments while challenging them to think critically, solve problems effectively. While this toy is definitely ideal for ages five plus my three year old also loves helping his big brother and sister set up the maze and he really enjoys watching the mouse after it has been programmed go through the maze. I have also let me try coding just on a much smaller scale where the mouse only needs to be programed one to five paces. If it is nice and simple my three year old can feel accomplished and we can work towards more complicated coding.

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There are also two different kinds of cards that come with the Learning Resources Stem Robot Mouse Coding Activity Set. One type of card is a maze card that shows examples of mazes you can setup, they help to give ideas. My kids do prefer creating their own mazes. But it is also a learning experience to try and duplicate and follow an example. The other type of card is one that helps with the coding. The cards have the symbols for the coding patterns so you lay out each card in front of you so you can see the code you will need to input into the mouse. We have found it helpful especially when our mouse doesn’t find the cheese and goes a little astray we can follow the code we set and find the kinks in our coding a little easier.
stemThe race is on to build hands-on coding skills! Build your maze, and then use the coding cards to create a step-by-step path for Colby, the Programmable Robot Mouse. Program the sequence of steps, and then watch Colby race to find the cheese! This deluxe set includes 30 double-sided coding cards, 10 double-sided activity cards, cheese wedge, and Activity Guide to provide the perfect hands-on introduction to coding concepts. Create your path with 16 maze grids to create a 20″ x 20″ maze board, 22 maze walls, and 3 tunnels for endless possibilities. Colby lights-up, makes sounds, and features 2 speeds along with colorful buttons to match coding cards for easy programming and sequencing. Add multiple players with Jack, the Programmable Robot Mouse (LER 2841), sold separately. Colby measures 4″L and requires 3 AAA batteries (not included).

Disclaimer: I received a free product to help facilitate this review. The opinions expressed in this review are mine and unbiased.

Smartfish  Whirl Laser Mouse with Anti-Gravity Comfort Pivot Review and Giveaway


Whether you’re a Blogger like me or just someone who likes to surf the net you need a good mouse. Unfortunately my old mouse decided to pass away suddenly as I was working on a review. It was a slightly sad departure. I say slightly sad because I was never very found of my old mouse. It had a cord that was constantly getting caught under papers and I would have to pull on it to get it to let loose, it would get stuck in corners, it was not the most responsive mouse, and I would have to reach at great lengths to get it to go across the screen. Its timely departure was not the worst thing. I recently received a Whirl Laser Mouse with Anti-Gravity Comfort Pivot from Smartfish.

I never knew a Mouse could be this good. This mouse is AMAZING! It is super responsive it’s the world’s first truly ergonomic desktop mouse. No other desktop mouse provides the fluid, air-like comfort of the patented ErgoMotion™ pivot system. It is truly incredible to use especially if you have been using a standard laser mouse like I have been. ErgoMotion is a revolutionary technology that applies motion to experiences, a solution that actually reduces the risks of Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI). The ErgoMotion Laser Mouse challenges other “fixed position” mice by utilizing a patented pivot base that adapts to your natural hand and wrist movements. The mouse conforms to your unique positions, alleviating discomfort and encouraging productivity while you work. ErgoMotion is a breakthrough technology that has been designed in collaboration with the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York — the #1 rated Orthopedics Hospital.

The ErgoMotion Mouse connects wirelessly to your computer using 2.4GHz USB nano-tranceiver. No software is required. The nano-tranceiver is an intelligent plug-and-play device that provides instant and uninterrupted connection, wire free. The nano-tranceiver is also small enough to leave plugged into your laptop so you are ready to mouse all the time, wherever you are. Saving battery life is easy enough by switching the power on/off while traveling. I I was worried that the batteries would go dead because I knew I would constantly forget to turn off my mouse. I have had my mouse on for a month withoutturning it off and it is still working just fine. The ErgoMotion Mouse uses a high-resolution laser for precise mousing control. The 800dpi laser provides superior response over traditional optical tracking, allowing you to mouse on practically on any surface without a mousepad. The Smartfish ErgoMotion Mouse is a symmetrical design created for both left and right-handed users alike, making the ErgoMotion™ Mouse the most comfortable device for everyone. The Whirl Laser Mouse with Anti-Gravity Comfort Pivot works with both PC
o Windows® XP, Windows Vista™, Windows 7™
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Epson Artisan 710 Review and Giveaway

And the winner is …. Velvet Hubler



Whether you are looking for a photo printer or just a printer or copier for schoolwork or work in general the Epson Artisan 710 is the perfect printer for you. This All in One Printer has so many amazing features. One of my favorite is the photo correcting feature. You heard me right this printer can help you restore color to old faded photos. My Husband (who works with computers and printers all day) actually told me I have to give this printer a fantastic review because he was so impressed. The Epson Artisan 710 prints so fast even in full color we were shocked. What took our old printer forever to print takes literally seconds for this printer. Plus because this printer has Built-in Wi-Fi, plus Ethernet, networking we are able to print from any of the computers in the house. I don’t need to go anywhere to develop our photo’s anymore since the Epson Artisan 710 makes Ultra Hi-Definition prints — brilliant 4″ x 6″ photos in as fast as 10 seconds1; DX5 MicroPiezo technology provides the finest color and detail without sacrificing speed. Seriously these prints come out super fast and look beautiful. Every Year we make CD’s of all the kids photo’s for my parents to see. They are going to be even more excited this year when they see the Professional looking CDs / DVDs the Epson Artisan 710 has created— it prints right onto ink jet printable CDs / DVDs, without labels. I love that the Artisan 710 also has Versatile paper handling with automatic, two-sided printing and two automatic paper trays for photo and standard paper. An amazing feature to this printer is that it Easily charges portable devices that’s right, you can free up a power outlet and charge cell phones and MP3 players right at the printer. This year I am going to have some amazing One-of-a-kind projects to give out for the Holidays I can easily create coloring books, personalized notepaper, invitations and greeting cards using my own photos and this incredible printer. Remember my favorite feature I can make Perfect photos easily. With the Auto Photo Correction and red-eye removal so my old, faded photos really do come back to life when I easily restore the color to faded photos with the help of my Epson Artisan 710. The Photos I print with my Epson Artisan 710 are ready to share they are lab quality photos that are smudge, scratch, water and fade resistant. Have you heard of the Epson PreferredSM program it is a two-year limited warranty and free lifetime customer phone support with registration. I was very impressed by the customer service I received with this printer. Also it was super easy and fast to setup. Something else I like about this printer is that it has Individual ink cartridges so I replace only the color I need. No more wasted ink because one color runs out. Also if you have an iPhone or iPod touch you can enjoy wireless printing. Yep you can print right from your device. Plus just look at it its Sleek compact design its about as tall as a soda can and fits in any setting it just looks good.

The Artisan 710 is an all-in-one that delivers a range of unique features, including vibrant photo print quality that is preferred by consumers three-to-one over the competition, built-in Wi-Fi(r) and Ethernet, wireless printing from an Apple(r) iPhone, blazing fast print speeds, and a variety of creative applications.

The Artisan 710 also offers full-featured scanning and copying, standalone printing capabilities, automatic double-sided printing to save paper, and built-in Automatic Photo Correction to improve poorly exposed images.


Imagination meets innovation.
Bring your imagination to life with the Artisan 710, a full-featured all-in-one that makes it easy to achieve all your creative visions. Print, scan and access memory card slots1 from any room in the house with Wi-Fi and Ethernet networking. The Artisan 710 includes convenient features like automatic, two-sided printing, which enables you and your family to easily conserve paper. Use your all-in-one to create clever one-of-a-kind projects like customized CDs / DVDs, personalized notepaper and coloring book pages — PC-free.


This printer has some amazing Eco-Features
•Estimated power consumption for one year is less than two dollars1
•Save up to 50% of your paper supply with automatic, two-sided printing
•Save even more by printing multiple pages on a single sheet
•Supports printing on recycled paper
•Designed to be recycled1
•ENERGY STAR® qualified
•RoHS compliant

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Protect Computer Goods Review and Giveaway

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Would you like 24/7 Protection? ProTect Keeps notebooks free from liquid spills, dust, food, oil grease, sand, moisture, children, pets, your home, work environment, bacteria/flu and aides in infection control. I have quite a few friends who have had their laptops in disrepair because of spills from their kids. That is why as soon as I got my laptop I made sure it was protected from these mishaps.

Moms if you have gone out and bought a new Laptop or PC keyboard you can get a Custom Keyboard Cover that fits over the entire surface of your notebook that is a very custom precise fit. With “fits like a glove” technology ProTect keeps the notebook free from liquid spills, airborne dust, food, children hands, taking of keys, bacteria and aides in the cleaning process. ProTect also has a clear transparent screen protector that goes over the monitor (viewable area only) and it keeps the monitor free from scratches, dents, finger prints, children dirty hands touching computer, It is clear and transparent and you can’t tell it is on. It lasts the lifetime of the monitor and both products are very cost effective as they keep your computer in original condition and reduce costly repairs. For working moms that work out of their home or office their computer means so much too them. ProTect products will give you peace of mind.

Next for the educational market ProTect has the no peak Blue opaque “Keyboarding Tutor”, It is for Keyboard class in schools. Typing instructors love them as they can put the ProTect no peak Blue opaque “Keyboarding Tutor”, on for 10 minutes and have the students type on the keys without looking down, It’ speeds up the learning and memorization process.

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Powermat USA Review and Giveaway

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We have a table we have deemed the “Charging Station” and up until recently it was a tangle of wires and cords. When we wanted to charge something we would dig through the cords trying to figure out which cord went to which item. Honestly it was just a mess and I dreaded plugging everything in at night. Powermat USA sent us the Powermat Home office and the Portable Powermat with three receivers. We have the Home Office mat set up at home and Mike has the Portable mat set up at work. We also plan on taking the Portable mat with us when we travel its nice and compact. The Powermat has made the hugest difference in our nightly routine instead of sitting there trying to figure out which cord goes to what we just place down our phones or iPods. Everything looks cleaner and neater and I am just so happy with our “Charging Station” the way it is now.

Home & Office Mat
This amazing charging solution simultaneously charges up to three POWERMAT ENABLED devices (plus one USB power port). Works with all Powermat Receivers. Adjustable sound and light indications give feedback that charging is occurring while a small magnetic pull ensures perfect alignment and optimal charging efficiency.


Portable Mat
This charging solution charges up to three POWERMAT-ENABLED devices simultaneously (plus one USB power port) and easily folds and stores in the included case for travel. Adjustable sound and light indications give feedback that charging is occurring and magnetic alignment ensures perfect alignment and optimal charging efficiency.


Whether its your Smartphone or…

your iPod or more the Powermat USA can charge it without all the cords.

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