mickeys-magical-math-worldSome kids are just drawn more to technology than others. I see that in my home all the time. Zoë could care less about technology most of the time while Kaylee just can’t get enough.

It’s so important to understand what engages your child when you’re trying to support their learning at home. Zoë loves to interact one on one, and is more visual and tactical. Kaylee, on the other hand, prefers a phone or tablet in her hands for just about everything. So it’s no wonder that she adores learning apps.

We recently downloaded Mickey’s Magical Math World to see if it was a good fit with our girls. It’s a free app, and it’s available exclusively for iPad. You can find it on Apple’s App Store in the Kids, Education and Entertainment categories.

I let Zoë try it out first because math is her favorite subject (she’ll be 7 next May). She got frustrated pretty quickly because it was too easy for her, and I was unable to adjust the settings based upon her age or skill level. I shouldn’t be surprised since she’s ahead in math. It was just reinforcement that what we’re doing with her now is working since the app is designed for kids ages 3-8.

Then I let Kaylee try it out. Lots and lots of giggles and fun ensued once she got her hands on Mickey’s Magical Math World. She especially loved the level where she got to play with a robot.

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Unique, handmade ornaments are truly a special thing. Whether you receive one as a gift, or make it yourself, homemade ornaments are a symbol of the memories we create each year during the holidays.

Each year, I like to make a few new ornaments. I saw this tutorial over at Hello Homebody, and had to give it a try. However, it got me wondering about using candies other than peppermints. I love the peppermints, but I like variety. I was hoping that I could create a stained glass look with other types of hard candy.

So, I headed over to Dollar General to pick up some of their Sweet Smiles hard candy and their DG Party ribbon since I already had everything else we needed. I love the great prices at Dollar General, although I have to say I was surprised the first time I walked in there. It’s not your standard dollar store – it’s more of a general store with good prices. [click to continue…]

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