Sunday, June 30, 2013

Shop Florsheim this Summer for the perfect Kids Shoe -- and a $60 GC Give-a-way...

(The Jackson Five Family Blog received complimentary product samples to facilitate this review, however all opinions are our own!)

We are a shoe loving family-- a little obsessed you might say! We all love shoes and love having options to choose from and that's why we were excited to learn about Florsheim Kids shoes.

Florsheim has been around for over 120 years designing  shoes that offer true craftsmanship for both men and boys. 


The first pair of Florsheim Shoes that we received is the Kearny Jr --It's a suede, plain toe oxford lace up shoe that is available in 9 stylish colors...

Jace says they are super comfy and we absolutely love the Gray Multi with the bright yellow sole. This is the perfect shoe for summer!

The second pair that we received is the Kennett Jr --A stylish saddle shoe that features a suede upper and smooth saddle with contrast stitching.

The Kennett Jr is available in 4 colors and is the perfect shoe for back-to-school --it's classy, stylish and preppy.

Our little guy loves them!


Whether you're a man looking for the perfect dress shoe, something more casual or a great pair of kids shoes for school or play, I think you will love the quality and all of the styles that Florsheim Offers.


One lucky reader will win a $60 Gift Certificate from Florsheim!


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Celebrate National Safety Month with the VTech Safe & Sound Full Color Video and Audio Baby Monitor and a Give-a-way!!

June is National Safety Month and keeping my family safe and sound is so important! That's why I'm excited to tell you about the award winning VTech Safe and Sound Full Color Video and Audio Baby Monitor (VM321) that VTech recently sent us for review!

 If you're looking for the perfect baby monitor that features it all then this is it! It can be used for many things. Maybe you have a baby that you need to keep an eye on when they sleep, have children on a different floor than you or have a split bedroom home, whatever your needs are the VM321 has all the features you need to keep an eye on them!

This monitor gives you peace of mind, anywhere, anytime. From anywhere in the home, not only can you hear all of the special sounds your baby is making, but you can see every move they make too! With up to 1,000 feet of extended range, you can carry the parent unit with you everywhere you go, even out into your yard.  The infrared LED lights on the unit make your baby fully visible both day and night. You can also soothe your baby from another room or even outside with the Talk-Back feature that turns the parent unit into a walkie-talkie device. The VTech Safe and Sound Audio/Video Monitor digitizes and encrypts all transmission for the ultimate privacy and security. Have more than one child to monitor at a time? Not a problem with their split screen capability, allowing the parent unit to view up to four different cameras at once (each camera sold separately)!

- VTech Safe and Sound Full Color Video and Audio Baby Monitor Features -

  • Digital transmission providing superior security and sound quality --no annoying white noise
  • Automatic Infrared night vision
  • Supports up to 4 baby units
  • Polyphonic lullabies
  • Up to 1000 ft. range
  • Rechargeable battery with low battery alert in parent unit
  • Zoom the camera from the parent unit
  • Talk-Back Feature --Two way communication between the two units
  • 6 levels sound indicator 
  • Vibration Sound Alert in parent unit 


VTech Safe and Sound Full Color Video and Audio Baby Monitor Review 

I am in LOVE with the VTech Safe and Sound Full Color Video/Audio Monitor. Even though my kids are not babies any more that doesn't mean that I don't want to be able to hear them and periodically check on them throughout the night as our rooms are not directly side-by-side.

This monitor allows me to not only hear my children in the night, but also allows me to check on them with the video. The parent unit lets me zoom in on them if I want to and I love the adjustable camera lens so that I can move it to where we can see them best.  One of the most unique features that this monitor has is the Talk-Back feature which allows you to talk back and forth to your child or baby without ever leaving your room. You do have to press a button to talk to them so they do not hear you unless you want to talk to them, of course you can hear them at all times though. I love that there are 6 levels of sound indicator so if you have a newborn you can hear every little move, but if your kids are older like mine you can change it so that you only hear if they make louder noises etc.. 

There are a few other neat features that make this unit unique --The parent unit has a Temperature Sensor on it that displays the baby's/kids room temperature so you can ensure they are comfortable at all times. The baby unit offers several built-in lullabies that you can play to soothe the baby. You can turn the parent unit on vibrating sound alert which is a neat feature and I love that if you have more than one child/camera you can use split screen viewing which allows you to view up to 4 rooms at the same time (extra camera units sold separately).

I would highly recommend the VTech Safe and Sound Full Color and Audio Monitor VM321!!


To learn more about the VM321 Baby Monitor and to see all of the products available from VTech visit:


In honor of National Safety Month we've teamed up with VTech to give away a VTech Safe and Sound Digital Audio Monitor DM221!


Disclaimer: The Jackson Five Family Blog received a complimentary product sample from VTech to facilitate this reader review and giveaway. However all opinions are honest and our own! 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Gear Up for Summer with Backyard Safari Outfitters and a fun give-a-way too!

Summer is officially here and that means it's time for kids to have some fun, use their imaginations and get outside and play. Today we are excited to tell you about some fun products from Backyard Safari Outfitters who recently sent us several of their products to review!

Backyard Safari Outfitters equips young explorers with over 30 fun products. They have all the essential field gear kids could possibly need for exploring nature this summer and all year long!

Backyard Safari Outfitters sent us several of their products. The first one is a must --it's the Essential Cargo Vest. To become a real Backyard Safari Outfitter you will want to have an official vest!

It's rugged and tough for all of your outdoor adventures. It offers plenty of cargo and mesh pockets to store your gear. It also has 6 D-Rings and 2 shoulder epaulets that allow you to clip and hang even more. The large zipper pocket can store your trusty binocs and a clear-view chest pocket lets you carry your Pop-Up Field Guides. You can also add collect and add patches to it too!

Next we received the Bug Vaccum with Lazer Light and the Land and Water Lighted Habitat. Watch this video to learn more about these two products that my kids absolutely love...

My kids have had so much fun with the Lazer Light Bug Vac. It allows you to suck up everything from the smallest bugs to bigger ones that buzz and fly. They've caught butterflies, dragon flies, lightening bugs and so much more. 

After viewing them in the magnifier they can then release them into their lighted wet/dry habitat. Transfer is easy and kids will love watching their creatures crawl around in their new home. The habitat can hold everything from bugs to frogs and even offers a light so they can watch them well into the dark!

My kids love the Backyard Safari Outfitters products and even bought their friend the Bug Vac for his birthday and he loves it too! If kids love being outside and exploring nature, then they will love all of the gear that Backyard Safari Outfitters offers!


To view all of the Backyard Safari Outfitters products and to learn more, please visit:


One lucky reader will win the Essential Cargo Vest and the Lazer Light Bug Vacuum from Backyard Safari Outfitters!


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Disclaimer: The Jackson Five Family Blog received a complimentary product sample from Backyard Safari Outfitters to facilitate this reader review and giveaway. All opinions are honest and our own!


Sunday, June 23, 2013

You're going to love Nick Lachey's new "A Father's Lullby" album...

I have always been a Nick Lachey fan and am excited to announce that the Multi-Platinum Recording Artist recently released a new album with Fischer Price called "A Father's Lullaby."

A Father's Lullaby was inspired when Nick and his wife, Vanessa found out that they were going to be parents to a baby boy.  Music has always been a significantly important part in his life and a meaningful way in which he expresses himself and he wanted to create a special tribute to his son, Camden. Creating this album allowed him to further connect with his son while also sharing the experience with families who are on a similar journey of welcoming a new life into their world.

The album features 12 heartfelt songs (listen to them here!). 4 of which are original tracks Lachey co-wrote including "Father's Lullaby," "Once Upon a Time," "Sleepy Eyes" and "Another Day Is Done." Additional hand-picked titles Lachey covers on the album include "All Through the Night," "Baby Mine," "You Are My Sunshine," "All the Pretty Little Horses," "When you Wish Upon A Star," "Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)," Hush, Little Baby" and "Brahms' Lullaby."

Standout originals on the album include the title song "Father's Lullaby," written as a loving tribute to both Lachey's father John and his son Camden, representing the passing of love from generation to generation. "Another Day Is Done" highlights how many memories and life lessons happen every day and the importance of embracing each moment. "Sleepy Eyes" is a song that Lachey hummed to Camden while he was still in the womb. In addition, two of the most personally meaningful cover tracks include "You Are My Sunshine," a tune Lachey's late grandfather sang to him as a child, and "Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)," a song whose lyrics help one truly understand the wonderment of parenthood.

You can find "A Father's Lullaby" for download on iTunes and and in major retailers like Toys"R"Us, Target and Walmart.

I really enjoyed all of the tracks on this new album and hope you will too! Nick's voice is amazingly good and so soothing on this wonderful new album!

Disclosure: The Jackson Five Family Blog received a complimentary product sample to facilitate this reader review. However all opinions are honest and our own!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Enter the Barbara's Discover Puffins Instant-Win Contest and be entered to win the Grand Prize Vacation to Maine & a Give-a-way...

Have you entered the Barbara's Bakery 'Discover Puffins' Instant-Win Contest yet? There are thousand's of prizes to be won with the Grand Prize being a 4-day, 3-night vacation to Maine valued at $5,000!

To enter simply "LIKE" Barbara's Bakery on Facebook and then click on the Discover Puffins Tab to enter your information, visit the Puffins Website or Scan the QR code found on all boxes of Barbara's Puffins cereal. 

Hurry contest ends June 30th, 2013!



Barbara's Bakery makes a line of cereal called Puffins. Puffins come in a variety of flavors that are lightly-sweetened, wheat-free, crunchy pillows of yummy corn, multi-grains or honey flavored rice.

We recently had the chance to try Puffins and my kids loved them. They loved the Peanut Butter Puffins and I loved the Original. They offer other great flavors like Cinnamon and Honey Rice to name a few. 

To learn more about Barbara's Puffins and all of the great products that Barbara's Bakery offers please visit:


One lucky reader will win a Barbara's Puffins 'Discover Puffins' Kit including samples of Puffins Cereal and a Puffins Beanie Toy!


Disclaimer: The Jackson Five Family Blog received a complimentary product sample from Barbara's Bakery to facilitate this reader review. However all opinions are honest and our own!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

SANUS and Safe Kids Worldwide Launch Safe Kids Initiative --Keep Children Safe by Mounting your Flat Panel TV on the Wall & a Give-a-way...

If you are like our family you probably have kids and a flat panel TV which can pose a safety hazard. 

Due to the increasing size and the new ultra thin designs, today's flat panel TVs can easily tip over when bumped or pulled, causing them to topple off furniture and could cause injury to a child or even death.

That's why we are excited to tell you that SANUS, the leading designer and manufacturer of flat panel TV wall mounts has partnered with Safe Kids Worldwide. By educating consumers on the risk of unsecured flat panel TV's, SANUS and Safe Kids Worldwide offer safe solutions for families across the nation by reducing TV tip-over related injuries and fatalities.

A 2011 US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report on flat panel TV safety revealed:

·         *A child is killed every three weeks from an unsecured TV

·         *Every 45 minutes a child visits an emergency room due to a TV tip-over related injury 

·         *Between 2000 and 2011, 215 fatalities have resulted from TV tip-over 

·         *An estimated 17,000 people each year, the majority of which are children, are treated for injuries from TV tip-overs 

·         *Reported cases have increased almost 25% from 2006  to 2010, and over the last 10 years, injuries have increased by 31%


SANUS TV Mounting Tips:

         Mounting a flat screen TV onto the wall is as easy as 1, 2, 3 installation with a wall template to ensure even placement.
  • Watch the online video which will walk you through simple installation --available at any time.

  • No additional tools necessary – all required installation hardware is included in package

  • Live customer support available 6 days a week for your convenience.

To learn more about Safe Kids Worldwide and to view all of their safety tips, please visit:

And, to learn more about SANUS and all of the safety product's offer, please visit:


 One lucky reader will win a Flat Panel TV Tilting Wall Mount from SANUS! (Winner will receive a mount that fits their respective TV)


Disclaimer: The Jackson Five Family blog received a complimentary product sample from the company or pr agent. However all opinions are honest and our own!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Screen your front porch visitors from the convenience and safety of your locked doors with the VTech Audio/Video Doorbell Phone Sytem...

Happy Father's Day! 

What did you get dad this year? We have an amazing new product from VTech to tell you all about. Not only will dad love it, but it's something the whole family will benefit from.

In honor of National Safety Month we are excited to tell you about VTech's new Audio/Video Doorbell --the IS7121-2.  The first of it's kind, this 2-in-1 cordless answering system and audio/video monitor combines a versatile phone with a digital camera for an increased sense of security.

It's a Phone, It's a Doorbell, It's a New Kind of Convenience.

Watch this video to learn more...


Safety-- The Video Doorbell is like Caller ID for your front porch. The system allows you to find out who's knocking at your door without the worry of being seen. It stores up to 100 photos and when a visitor rings your doorbell it automatically takes their picture and sends it to the handset (even when you're not home allowing you to see who came while you were away!)

 The Video Doorbell is ideal for discretely protecting your privacy, and your home.  

Streaming and Still Images-- The camera automatically snaps a photo and sends it to the phone handsets when visitors ring the doorbell so you can see who is there. You can then decide if you want to stream video and/or enable the microphone to be used as an intercom system, which allows you to talk to the visitor without opening the door. Both can be done with just two buttons. 

Offers Wide-Angle, Adjustable Camera Lens and Automatic Night Vision for clear images of visitors even in the dark!

Cordless Answering System-- Never miss a call with a digital answering system. Enjoy high-quality calls with HD Audio. Always know who's calling with Voice Announce Caller ID. Push-to-talk technology allows you to instantly communicate with any or all of the handsets in your home.



It's sad to say, but today we live in a world where it's not even safe to answer our doors when strangers ring our doorbells.

So when VTech introduced me to their new Audio/Video Doorbell I got excited!

 When my husband isn't home and it's just me and the boys' I absolutely won't answer the door if I don't know who it is. Unfortunately, it's just not safe to do so anymore, but now with VTech's Audio/Video Doorbell that problem is solved.

Now when someone rings our doorbell we can instantly see who it is by simply looking at one of our cordless phone handsets. I LOVE that I don't even have to go to the door and let the visitor see me while trying to see who is here.

 After looking at their picture I can decide if I want to stream video of the visitor at my door and I can choose whether or not I want to answer them or talk to them through the handset like it's an intercom system. I never have to open my door and sacrafice the safety of myself or my family when someone arrives again. Even if I'm in another room, I can instantly see who is there without them ever knowing I'm home. 

I also love that is stores 100 photos. Even if we are not home and someone rings the bell it still takes a picture of them for us to see when we return --how awesome is that! 

The phone comes with 2 cordless handsets. One with the Answering System Base and the other is just a cordless phone that you can plug in anywhere you want, like a different room than the base. If you have Caller ID it announces who is calling through the speakerphones. 

Another great feature that we love is that you can also use each handset as a walkie-talkie so that you don't have to scream through the house, it allows you to communicate with family members in a different room through the phone.

I've shown several family members our new Audio/Video Doorbell and they all want one. Who wouldn't want to be able to see who is at their door without actually opening it. You can now discretely screen visitors, see if they are strangers or friends and family before deciding to let them know that you're home or not. Talk to them through the intercom and watch them on video through your safely locked door. It's great for anyone-- families, older kids who are home alone and perfect for the elderly. 

Now that we have this, I could never live without it! It's very affordable and expandable up to 10 Handsets and 2 Camera/Doorbells. This is absolutely one of my favorite products as keeping my family safe and protecting them is a high priority. We highly recommend it! 

To learn more about VTech's new IS7121-2 Audio/Video Doorbell, please visit:

 Disclaimer: The Jackson Five Family Blog received a complimentary product sample from VTech Phones to facilitate this reader review and giveaway. However all opinions are honest and our own!

Is your child the cutest ever? If so enter them into the Kmart's March of Dimes 'IMBORNTO' Contest where they will have a chance to be featured in a Kmart circular ad and a trip to Chicago!


Win a trip to Chicago in the Kmart --March of Dimes 'IMBORNTO' Contest

Think your child is the cutest ever? If so now's your chance to make them a star! You can enter them into Kmart's March of Dimes 'IMBORNTO' contest for your chance to have your son or daughter featured in a Kmart circular ad!

The winner will receive a trip to Chicago in August, complete with round-trip airfare for four, a hotel stay for 3 days and 2 nights and transportation to a photo shoot featuring them as the star of the show --how exciting!! 

Entering is easy...

Simply submit a recent photo of your child on Kmart's Shop Your Way social shopping site, and fill in the blank for the following statement "My child was born to____." 

Easy enough! The deadline to enter is June 22, 2013 and entries will be judged on originality, sincerity and how it conveys their unique talent. And, what's even better is that Kmart will donate $1 for every entry to March of Dimes to support the organization's mission of improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

All kids up to age 10 are eligible to enter. To view the complete rules click here!

Show Your Way is a free, members-only program and shopping community that offers rewards, personalized deals, product reviews and services like e-coupons and e-receipts for faster returns and exchanges --join at ShopYourWay.Com.

Disclosure: The Jackson Five Family Blog brings you this sponsored post on behalf of Mom Bloggers Club. All opinions are honest and my own!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Combat Summer Brain Drain with the InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet from VTech and a Give-a-way!!

School is out, have you thought about how you will keep your kids from getting 'Summer Brain Drain'? Kids learn so much throughout the school year and once school is out all they want to do is have fun and forget the homework and everything they've learned and practiced all year long. According to research from the Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University, students typically lose 1 to 2 months of reading and math skills during the summer break because they are not regularly exercising their brains like they were in school. Fortunately there are many things parents can do to help keep kids minds active during the summer months to avoid such setbacks.

VTech is here to help combat the Summer Brain Drain with their InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet that is built for learning and inspired by fun!

Check out the awesome features on this kid friendly tablet...

* The InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet is one of the first children's learning based tablets with Wi-Fi capabilities.

* The InnoTab 2S is a child's own tablet that opens up a world of age-appropriate content across the widest variety of curriculum's, from downloads to software cartridges, the Inno-Tab 2S combines innovative technology with a developmental learning tool that grows with a child and makes learning fun.

* The InnoTab wirelessly connects to VTech's comprehensive app store, the Learning Lodge, where parents and children can easily browse a variety of content, and children can create a wish list and send to their parents' e-mail.

* The sleek and durable toy comes equipped with a 180 degree rotating camera and video recorder, tilt sensor, photo viewer, video player, MP3 music player, e-reader, art studio, a microphone and so much more.



VTech recently sent us one of their InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablets to review and Grady couldn't have been more excited to try it.

It arrived with two cartridges --Madagascar 3 and Toy Story which he absolutely loved!

We got it out of the package and Grady started setting it up. It allows kids to put in the time, date and their name so it's customized just for them. He thought he was big stuff doing these steps!

He then got busy exploring all of the programs on it and his new games.

He absolutely loved that there was a camera and video recorder! You are even able to download music and use it as an Mp3 player!

It has some other cool features like a stand so it can sit in an upright position and a stylus pen (just like daddy's).

Grady's been playing with this for several weeks now and he hasn't put it down. He loves all of the features and loves the games. It's very portable and is perfect for car rides!

As parent's we love that it's educational, fun, only has children's content on it unlike adult tablets where they can wonder into things they shouldn't etc.. 

The Learning Lodge is so neat. We love that there are over 350 educational games, e-books, music and videos that are age appropriate to choose from. Subjects range from math, science, social studies, problem solving and much more. We can track the kids progress through the Learning Lodge Progress Log and love being able to see what they want to do next when they e-mail us their wish list!

We love the new InnoTab 2S and would highly recommend it to others!

To learn more about the InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning Tablet and other product's that VTech has available, please visit:



One lucky reader will win their very own InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning Tablet!!

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Disclaimer: The Jackson Five Family Blog received a complimentary product sample from VTech to facilitate this reader review and giveaway. The additional gift pack is also being provided by VTech. All opinions are honest and our own!