Archives for December 16, 2013

ROMO is the robot friend for the whole family! Holiday Gift Suggestion!


What if I told you there was a product that would help kids ages 8+ get excited about science, technology, engineering, and math?  Sounds pretty cool, doesn’t it? Well…there is such a product and its name is ROMO! What? YES!  ROMO by Romotive Inc. is a friendly robot from another world, built to teach kids the basics of computer programming and robotics through a series of adventurous challenges. Using an iPhone or iPod Touch as his brain, ROMO helps kids, ages 8 and up, get excited about science, technology, engineering, and math!

After downloading ROMO’s free updates from the App Store, kids can journey with him across the galaxy, playing challenging missions which introduce the simple concepts behind the programs and software that run our technological world.  ROMO is one of the first truly smart, evolving toys that also functions as an advanced communications device. His abilities and features expand over time as users find endless ways to play and learn with him.

We had the opportunity to receive this robot friend to try out for ourselves and had so much fun! What we loved the most is that Romo has his own personality and reacts to people.  Even our cat thought ROMO was pretty cool when he would chase after his cat toys!  (I will be posting photos through the month…had a camera mishap!) There is just so much that this little robot can do! 

A full list of features can be found below:


  •        Your personal robot – ROMO has his own personality and will react to people and events around him
  •      Train your ROMO – Complete programming missions to unlock new abilities and features
  •         Learn as you play – Learn ROMO ‘s amazing story as you complete missions designed to teach the basics of computer programming
  •       Object follow – ROMO can learn to magically follow certain objects – throw a brightly-colored ball and he’ll chase after it!
  •         Face detection – ROMO can track and follow your face
  •          Path tracking – ROMO can detect and follow tracks and paths that you create for him
  •         Wi-Fi Control – Control ROMO using any iOS device over a Wi-Fi network
  •       Telepresence – Control ROMO from anywhere in the world while streaming two-way video and audio

ROMO, $149, is currently available for iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPod touch (5th generation), iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPod touch (4th generation) at Brookstone, and

Stay tuned for more photos to post throughout this month!

Self Disclosure: I received ROMO for FREE to facilitate this feature but any opinions expressed are my own.

Rigoni di Asiago Holiday Giveaway!


Rigoni di Asiago is a family-owned company from Italy that produces delicious 100% organic jam, honey and chocolate spreads. Sounds pretty delicious to me! Check out their website here! I haven’t had a chance to try out their products but sounds like they would make great holiday gifts!

We have teamed up with Rigoni di Asiago for a Holiday Giveaway! One winner will win the following:

1 hat and 1 apron with Rigoni logo
2 honey jars
1 folding shopping bag, the yellow one in the picture
3 Fiordifrutta pouches (samples sizes)
 a booklet
You must be a subscriber to enter! Next, leave us a comment below telling us your favorite Italian dish or go to their website and tell us which product you would like to try! Deadline to enter is December 20th, 2013 at midnight. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries. 
Self Disclosure: No products were received to sponsor but a giveaway package will be sent to the winner.



Jamaroos Musical ABCs App Makes Phonics Rockin’ Fun for Preschoolers! Adorable Animal Pals Take Center Stage in New Curriculum-Based App From Iggy Learning with Stand-Out Animation from Award-Winning Studio


Pint-sized maestros are set to master their phonics skills with the brand-new Jamaroos Musical ABCs app! Developed by Iggy Learning, publisher of educational children’s books and mobile apps, Jamaroos Musical ABCs helps preschoolers get “in tune” with the fundamentals of reading through alphabet-based activities and an irresistible cast of musical feathered and furry characters combined with vibrant animation and effects from the founder of Reel FX Creative Studios (Free Birds). Designed for children ages 2 to 6, Jamaroos Musical ABCs is now available on the App StoreGoogle Play and Kindle Fire for Android for a special introductory price of $1.99 – and NOW available on NOOK by Barnes & Noble.


“We’re thrilled to launch Jamaroos Musical ABCs and introduce our ‘jungle’ of friends to kids everywhere to help make learning to read easy, exciting and tons of fun,” said Nancy Spencer, Co-Founder of Iggy Learning. “With a phonics-focused curriculum at its core and a winning ‘score’ that features engaging music and adorable animation, Jamaroos Musical ABCsprovides a fresh approach to teaching preschoolers the building blocks of reading.”


Jamaroos Musical ABCs brings to life a colorful menagerie of 26 animals – one for each letter of the alphabet – through enchanting animated musical performances. A medley of phonetic sounds, letters, words, stackable images, and music, plus loads of interactive touch points and zany sound effects, spring forth from the screen to jumpstart preschoolers’ reading and vocabulary skills and stimulate their imagination.


The new app is filled with hidden surprises and hundreds of opportunities for young users to tap, drag, swipe, and learn! Users simply drag each letter of the alphabet to the center of the stage to bring a different animal character – from Al the Alligator to Zap the Zebra – into the “spotlight” and start the show! Icons on the base of the stage reveal a variety of movable images that begin with the same letter as the character’s name. Kids can “unleash” additional alphabet characters, each complete with their own unique musical performance and corresponding words and sound effects, with the touch of a finger!


Among the dynamic features of Jamaroos Musical ABCs are:

  • ·         26 vividly illustrated and animated animal performances, with each letter character playing original music on their own special instrument
  • ·         104 vocabulary words chosen to help users develop phonetic correctness and prepare preschoolers to learn to read
  • ·         416 movable and stackable icons to illustrate words, strengthen fine motor skills and provide hours of educational play
  • ·         Audio pronunciation to reinforce phonetic sounds, letters, and words
  • ·         Entertaining and surprising interactive elements, visual and sound effects to discover on each page
  • ·         Special “rewards” for successfully completing the activities
  • ·         Musical instrument descriptions that provide background on both familiar and exotic instruments
  • ·         Music and sound on/off settings
  • ·         No in-app purchases or advertising


App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Google Play and Android are trademarks of Google Inc. 

Kindle Fire is a trademark of Amazon Inc. Nook Tablet is a trademark of Barnes & Noble Inc. 

About Iggy Learning

Iggy Learning, LLC is a publisher of children’s books and educational mobile applications. The company is a collaboration between Reading Friends, a Fort Worth, TX-based preschool franchise founded in 1981 by Nancy Thompson Spencer, and award-winning animation and visual effects producer Dale Carman, founder and Executive Creative Director of Reel FX Creative Studios in Dallas, TX and Santa Monica, CA. Iggy Learning created the 26 Jamaroos Jungle friends to teach language skills and social skills to students in its Reading Friends preschool, which is known for its Alphabet Phonics Curriculum. Based on its success using the Jamaroos characters and their stories in the classroom, the company developed apps to provide a fun and entertaining learning experience for children everywhere. For more information about Iggy Learning and Jamaroos, visit: