We are Techie kids. We enjoy play, games, science, sports, and other activities that stimulate thinking.

Macbook Skins

Meet my buddy, snow white, I mean "maki," my macbook! It has been 3 years since I got this as a gift from hubby, and he got me one of the pretty macbook skins I like. I've called it "maki" and you know that when you name something you get attached to it, I did. Maki has since undergone some 'operations and parts replacement. Once for having bathed with milk (credits to the little boy), for being made into a piggy bank (little boy put some coins in the cd slot) and for just dying out while we were on a far away vacation. Ever reliable hubby revived maki on all those instances (handyman!), yes even when I thought that the dying out phase would be the last I'd see of maki. I have to thank ...

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Little Big Planet 101

One of the games I gave the kids a go signal to play is Little Big Planet. They get to be creative choosing or making a character and the fun starts then and there. So you need to create a character from a Sackboy  or Sackgirl - named such for having a texture akin to a sack -- they actually look embroidered and I've attempted to create one over the years. No luck...or no time. There are a lot of real video game characters that players have tailored. There's Cloud from Final Fantasy, there's Sephiroth and Reno too. There's Snake of Metal Gear Solid, Mario, Wolverine, Spiderman, or the lead in Assasin's Creed. Our favorite of course would be from another favorite game, Locoroco. I actually ...

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Wii Balance Board and Wii Fit

We've had the board and the Wii Fit game for some time now but I haven't really written a review about it. Three words, We love it! Hubby and I enjoys it both, I could do step dance, hula hoops and yoga while he goes snowboarding, his favorite sport....see below he would even gear up for the feel...despite being at home. :) As promised, the Wii Balance board helps those who wants to improve posture. The idea behind the board, which appears like a bathroom scale is to detect the COB (center of balance) of the user. Once detected one continues to play games that focuses on the cob thereby improving posture...This follows medical findings that having good posture and balance makes one ...

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5 Best Tips to Get Kids to Sleep on Their Own Bed

At what age is it best to train kids to sleep on their own bed? Is co-sleeping more beneficial to them than sleeping in their own room? It's different for every family on different parts of the world. Depending on the culture and practices, some families prefer to co-sleep even when the kids are a lot older. Co-sleeping has a lot of benefits, but it also has drawbacks. It helps children feel safe and secure, they have a sense of security knowing that mom and dad are sleeping nearby. And they feel secure waking up to them first thing in the morning. But not all children sleep in peace, they could kick you (or both mom and dad) and you might not get a good night's sleep. And lack of sleep, ...

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Fun Disneyland and Paris With Kids

Truth be told, we wanted to bring the kids to Disneyland Paris for the summer. But hesitation moved it a little later into a colder month. That's ok though, we still got some Parisian sun. We were staying in Marne La Vallee, where Disneyland is located since it was the main attraction/reason we went to vacation for. It's about a 30-minute car ride going to Paris, but we decided to take the train instead of renting a car, thinking it would still be a convenient trip. (Ooops, the trains have stairs, and not all stations have elevators - which isn't so easy when you have a baby stroller). Aside from this, the ride is smooth and we even met a friendly, older French lady who talked to the kids ...

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Easels and Drawing Boards For Kids

Time and again we are reminded to encourage the kids to explore their creative sides. Whether parents, teachers, and those who are left to care for kids schedule activities, allocate creative rooms that would make their right part of the brain busy. We buy them coloring books, crayons, colored pencils, sketch pads, watercolors and brushes, felt pens, erasers, colored papers, and other materials that will encourage them to draw, color, even cut and glue stuff. Easels One thing that would make a difference in your creativity game are easels. Having one or two around the house encourages kids to create, knowing what an easel's purpose is. An easel is a support usually made of wood ...

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