Review: Heart Street Market App

Let’s be honest, technology is pretty much inescapable when it comes to our kids. But with many games lacking educational substance or showing things not suitable for younger children, it’s imperative that parents keep watch over their children’s devices. I always select games for my daughter that help her grow as a learner, so when I was contacted by the Heart For Heart Girls company to review their mobile game, Heart Street Market, I was more than happy to play this game with my daughter and get her feedback.

 

Game Concept:

The Heart Street Market mobile game explores the lives of  Rahel, Nahji, Consuelo, and Dell.  Each girl takes you on an adventure to explore their countries and play mini games helping them collect supplies to build their unique neighborhood.

 

Heart Street Market features the H4H doll characters who represent their respective geographical regions on a globe. Within each region exists various mini games which exercises various learning skills such as pattern recognition/creation and basic math. However, I would suggest if your child is around four years old or younger that a parent or someone older play along with them as some of the games may be a little difficult. For example, my daughter (who just turned four a month ago)  became a little frustrated with a snake-like game in Nahja’s town because it was a bit hard for her to control. Once I played along with her a few times she slowly began to understand how to play better.   

 

Many of the mini games feature similar controls and functionalities but may have different gameplay mechanics and are themed for their specific countries. One example is the matching gameplay of Rahel’s raindrop game (my daughter’s FAVORITE game) and Consuelo’s bakery game. Even though they both require the player to match items on a board, Rahel’s game uses the matched raindrops to fill jars of a specific color while Consuelo’s bakery game matches pastries with a Mexican theme.

 

Outside of the games there is also a marketplace where players go to purchase mission items using the in-game currency earned from the mini games. These mission items are then used to help build the neighborhoods of each H4H girl’s geographical region. One aspect of the marketplace that was a bit confusing was the navigation. The marketplace has numerous stands where players go to purchase items, however these stands aren’t really labeled so it becomes kind of a guessing game as to which stand held what items. After playing for a while it becomes a little easier to find certain items in the marketplace but it does take some time to almost memorize these locations.

Overall my daughter really enjoys the app and as a parent I feel this is a great game for children that can help with various learning skills while also discussing culture. To download the game a one-time purchase of $3.99 is required, but keep in mind the app does not require any other in-game microtransactions to play once it has been purchased. So if you’re looking for a mobile game with a little more substance than something like Candy Crush for your kiddo, I’d highly suggest giving Heart Street Market a try.   

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You can purchase the app here:

Android 

Apple

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MommyMode: Terrific 2’s

Houston, we have a problem: Our household has entered the “terrific” 2’s stage. My little Bri-Monster turned two this past January and since then life has been a roller coaster of ups and downs.

I have been blessed to have this little person come into my life and make every day magical. Watching my daughter grow into an opinionated and loving little girl makes my heart smile. She is quick to say “No” to any food other than chicken or gummy snacks, but always ready to give a big hug or ask “Okay?” if I cough or sneeze.  Each day she learns something new to say or do; As of right now we have mastered counting to 3, saying her name, and identifying every animal in her animal books.

 

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However with good days also comes bad days resulting in true terrible two’s moments.  For instance, two-year-olds have crazy mood swings and there have been times when my daughter will throw a fit because she didn’t want to take her jacket off but three minutes later she is perfectly fine and asking for juice. Changes like this have caused me to learn some much needed patience, while incorporating cool down periods to give her time to calm herself have drastically reduced meltdowns.

 

Along with Bri entering her terrific 2’s I have also gone through changes as a mom. She talks non-stop, follows directions, and has an opinion about everything but it still took a while to accept that my baby is not a baby anymore.

 

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She’s growing up too fast 😥

 

Once I came to this realization I began creating small routines that have allowed her to feel like an independent big kid.  As an educator, I know how essential routines are for the growth and development of my students, so it was a no-brainer that I’d do the same for my child. We have routines for going to the potty, taking off her jacket/shoes, brushing her teeth, and going to bed at night. So if anyone is having trouble taming a toddler please consider adding more routines to your life.  

 

Like any parent, I want my daughter to continue to flourish as an individual while creating memorable moments. We are doing pretty good making it through the 2’s stage and I’m excited to see what in store for year 3.

 

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DIY Gifts: Hot Chocolate in a Jar

Hi Loves,

This week I have the opportunity to collaborate with a group of talented bloggers to produce the Mom’s Guide to All Things Holiday. The best gifts are those from the heart and made with love, so today I have a chic DIY holiday gift idea for everyone: hot chocolate in a jar. A personal hot chocolate jar has to be one of the simplest and inexpensive gifts to make. It is cute, time-friendly, and you can tailor it to the person receiving the gift.

Supplies Needed

Hot Chocolate Mix

Mason Jar (any size)

Marshmallows

Peppermint Candy (Optional)

 

The basic idea is to create layers in your mason jar using the listed ingredients. Each element could have one or more layers but we have to ensure they’re organized in such a way that the jar can be dumped to create a proper serving of hot coco. Depending on the size of the jar, we are also able to create single or multiple servings while also customizing how much of each ingredient to include.

I hope this early addition to the Mom’s Guide to All Things Holiday helps someone out there in need of a quick but caring gift idea. If anyone decides to give this a try I’d love to see the end results, so tag me on Instagram (@beesosimple) or Twitter(@beesosimpleblog). And don’t forget to check out our collaboration host’s blog www.britneydearest.com.

XoXo,

Bee

 

Mom’s Guide to All Things Holiday 2015

 

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Hey Loves!

 

This week I am teaming up with 15 amazing bloggers for the 2015 Mom’s Guide to All Things Holiday blog hop. Get ready to enjoy a week full of DIY gifts, home décor, family activities, recipes, and holiday fashion. Get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy our holiday blog hop.

Remember to check back daily for the links to each post.

 

XoXo,

Bee

 

  

Monday: Holiday Gift Guide & Shopping Tips

Kat of Type 4 Naturals – “Gift Guide”

Danielle of Mamademics – “10 Gifts for the Academic Mom”

Teri of Mommy Wife & Life – “Multicultural Books for Young Avid Readers”

Tuesday: Holiday Family Activities & Traditions

Toya of Mrs. Toya Carter – Traditions

Cynthia of Mrs. Wright Writes – Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Jennifer of  Baby Making Machine – “Here’s to Firsts: My Kids Discovering Snow!

Wednesday: Holiday DIY and/or Home Decor

Sheena of Sophistishe – Christmas Candy Santa Sleighs

Bee of Bee So Simple – DIY Gifts: Hot Chocolate in a Jar

Erin of Live Pretty on a Penny – DIY Beverage Coasters

Britney of Britney Dearest- DIY Deer Head Silhouette Wall Decor

Thursday: Holiday Recipe

Shanna of Ms. Naturally Random – Spiked Holiday Punch

Arnitris of Blessed Be the Tie – Mommy and Me Pecan Pie Tarts

La Dale of Johanna’s Mama

Friday: Holiday Fashion

Diedre Anthony of Are Those Your Kids – Holiday Fashion

Troy Cooke of Thriftanista in the City – How to Rock Your Holiday Thrift Style

MommyMode: Easy Pepperoni Rolls

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Quick and easy are my favorite words when it comes to cooking, so today I wanted to share one of my go to delicious snacks with everyone. Pepperoni rolls were an absolute childhood favorite of mine, so I came up with a way to create my own yummy pepperoni rolls in under 15 minutes. My recipe below will help save you time while keeping your family full.

Quick & Easy Pepperoni Rolls

2 cans of Crescent rolls (Pillsbury Honey & Butter are my favorite)

2 bags of Pepperoni

1 Large bag of Mozzarella Cheese

Step 1: Open crescent rolls and section into triangles

Step 2: Sprinkle cheese and place pepperoni on each triangle and roll into crescent roll shape.

Step 3: Place pepperoni rolls on a baking sheet and follow baking direction time on crescent roll container.

Step 4: Let cool and Enjoy!

Remember to have fun and try adding various fillings to your crescent rolls for new tastes. I’d love to see your results by tagging your Instagram pictures with #beesosimple.

XoXo,

Bee

MommyMoment: Cold Essentials

The dreaded cold has taken over my household several times within the last few months. Colds are tough on all of us, especially our little ones. So I want to share with you the cold essentials I use for my daughter when she is feeling under weather.

Humidifier: Adding moisture in the air can help loosen chest congestion and relieve dry cough. I prefer a warm mist humidifier (out of reach of the little one) while adding a few drops of eucalyptus or peppermint oil to water.

Baby Vicks Vapor Rub: At bedtime I run vapor rub on my daughter’s chest and back to help relieve congestion. Although this may sound like an old wives method, I’ve also rubbed some of gel on the bottom of her feet before putting white socks on her prior to bed. I have no idea how or why, but it always seems to help.

Johnson & Johnson Soothing Vapor Bubble Bath: A warm bubble bath is always a great way to calm and relax your little one when they are feeling sick. This particular bubble bath has hints of rosemary and eucalyptus.

NoseFrida: Say goodbye to fighting your little one to blow/bulb syringe their runny little nostrils. Though it may seem a little strange, the NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator is easy to use and sucks all of the snot out without starting a war with your child. Partnered with a saline solution, this is a must have for a stuffy nose.

Boogie Wipes: Running noses are never fun and I hate using tissues which can leave my daughters nose raw and sore. Boogie Wipes are nice saline solution alternative to wipe your kiddo’s nose without leaving it dry.

Let me know some if your cold essentials in the comment section below.

XoXo,

Bee