Little Engineer: A Fun New Way to Teach Programming Logic

Today’s youth will be required to know and employ certain skill sets beyond anything we’ve expected from previous generations. As such, it’s up to us as parents and teachers to provide fun ways to easily learn skills such as programming logic. 

With that in mind, STEM Lab Games has created a new learning system for kids called Little Engineer that uses an augmented reality with interactive play to teach STEM concepts to children. This game is both creative and logic based so kids are able to exercise both sides of their brains. And while parents are encouraged to play along, the single player design allows kids to work independently, thus instilling stronger problem-solving skills that will be required of them for the rest of their lives. 

We’ve been playing Little Engineer for a few weeks now, and we are quite impressed with its ability to not only teach problem solving, but the basic principles of programming while also incorporating STEM learning. Read on to learn more about this incredible new learning system.  

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Pushing through the hell week challenge

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Erik Bertrand Larssen. All opinions are 100% mine.

This past week, after reading the book Hell Week: Seven Days to Be Your Best Self by Erik Bertrand Larssen, I undertook the Hell Week Challenge, doing my best to push myself and follow Larssen’s instructions to make improvements in all areas of my life. If you are curious as to what Hell Week is all about, read my first post, Take Back Your Life with the Hell Week Challenge. I wrote about the first three days of Hell Week here. Check those posts out if you haven’t already. I just wrapped up my Hell Week Challenge as a stay at home/work from home mom. Here is how I pushed through the Hell Week Challenge and why, after experiencing it all, I would do it again.

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Summer Family Bonding Activities #UNPLUGGED

While you dreamed of the prospects of summertime just a few wintery months ago, you might find yourself at a loss when it comes to actually coming up with fun things for your family to do now that it’s actually here. The kids are out of school, the days are longer, and the iPad chargers are working overtime. If you’re grasping at straws for ideas on how to bond with your family this summer, fear not! We’ve compiled a list of the best outdoor family bonding activities, completely unplugged, that will quickly become some of your family’s favorite memories for years to come. Whether you like to relax and chill or be active and playful, we’ve got activities for everyone!

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Bohemian Resort Wear by Rikshaw Design

Before you grab your passport and fly off to some dreamy destination, you have to pack your bag, and you are going to want to pack a few pieces from Rikshaw DesignRikshaw creates gorgeous pieces for women, babies, and kids that use hand block printed textiles for an artistic, bohemian style that is perfect for summer and vacation! We have some of our favorite Rikshaw pieces here to inspire you. 

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A Mom’s Hell Week Challenge

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Last weekend, we announced that one of our writers would be taking the Hell Week Challenge based on the book Hell Week: Seven Days To Your Best Self by Erik Bertrand Larssen. Well, I am that writer. My name is Kristen and I have been with Daily Mom for a year. I am a stay at home/work from home mama. I am checking in with you all to let you know how the Hell Week Challenge has gone for me so far. If you want to get ready to start your own Hell Week, order a copy of this book from Amazon and you can get started next week if you are ready! If you did not read our original post, check it out here. It explains how Hell Week works.

Hell Week has seven rules to follow every day, and each day has a theme that will challenge you in a different area of your life. And by challenge, I mean, force you to take a hard look at yourself and dig deep to be better! So, go check out the first post if you haven’t already and then come back here and see how the week has been for me so far.

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Keep Film Alive! Capture your Summer the Old-School Way

Think back to summer camp when you were a child. Chances are your mom had stuck a few disposable cameras in your backpack and sent you on your way. You didn’t think twice before pushing the shutter button, and when the week was over, you couldn’t wait to get home and have your pictures developed so you could see what you actually shot and relive those magical moments. That was the norm. That was how people took pictures. You had hard copy images you could hold in your hand, and chances are, you kinda loved it.

This summer, go retro on your road trip, tropical escape, or staycation by popping those tiny tubes of 35mm film back into your bag. But in this day and age, of course things have advanced, including film, disposable and instant cameras, and accessories, so your film experience will be anything but old news!

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Daily Mom Spotlight & Win It!: Truly Custom Cards and Invitations by Basic Invite

There are so many special occasions in our lives. When you put together a Pinterest perfect party, you need an invitation that matches all the details you created for your event. A new baby needs to be announced in a beautiful way, not just with a Facebook post or a tweet. Where do you turn to for beautiful invitations or announcements? If you want something that is “truly custom”, you need to know about Basic Invite.

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The Best Swimwear of the Summer 2016

Are you ready to hit the beach and the pool this summer? The temperature is rising so get ready to splash around and cool off in the water in a new swimsuit. Don’t dig out that old tankini you’ve been wearing for years. You know your kids have outgrown their suits from last year. Celebrate summertime and get everyone a new swimsuit, including you! Here are our top picks for the best swimwear for the summer of 2016. 

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Take Back Your Life with The Hell Week Challenge

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If you often feel scattered, unproductive or out of control in your day to day life, you are not alone. Distractions slow you down, negativity leaves you frozen, and a lack of obtainable goals keeps you from achievement. What if you could change all that in one week? Sounds unbelievable, right? Wrong! There is a new book, just released here in the U.S., that can teach you to change your ways, create new habits and get control of your scattered life.

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Fashion Guide – Summer 2016

Summertime fashion is the most fun. You can show a little skin. The patterns and colors are more vibrant. You can get a little flirty with your wardrobe and we love that! Besides looking amazing, you want clothes that will travel well and keep you cool and comfortable. You want accessories that will work with you even when you are on the go. We’ve put together some of our favorite styles in this Fashion Guide for the Summer of 2016. 

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Not Your Mama’s Baby Registry

Long gone are the days of baby registries that consisted of a stroller, a bassinet and some simple swaddles. Today, baby gear is innovative, modern and designed with a focus on quality, practicality, functionality, safety and style. And while it’s practical to receive a mountain of diapers at your baby shower, chances are they might not be the kind you plan on using for your baby. You might also find yourself swimming in piles of adorable newborn onesies, but what happens after your little one outgrows them in a month?

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Best Snacks for Your Summer Fun

Summer means you are on the go. You might be splashing in the pool with your crazy kiddos or on vacation at a theme park. Wherever these sunny days lead you, you want to stay full and healthy. We’ve rounded up the absolute best in snacks for this season. Parents and kids will feel great snacking all summer long, and the best part is, all the choices here are designed to be eaten while you are out and about with zero to minimal preparation. Get moving this summer but snack healthy while you are doing so!

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14 Essentials for a Positive Labor & Delivery Experience

If you’re in your third trimester, the inevitable is near. Ready or not, the baby (or babies) who have been camping out in your tummy will finally make their grand entrance into the world. Therefore, it’s time to pack your hospital bag (assuming that you’re having a hospital birth). Having been there before, we’ve found that these items are absolutely essential for having a positive labor and delivery experience. 

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Gifts for The Active & Outdoor Dad: Father’s Day 2016

For the dads that love to be outside and stay moving we bring you our compilation of great gifts! As you know, the men in our lives can be difficult to shop for, so with Father’s Day just around the corner we want to make your lives a little bit easier. We know how pivotal the roles of fathers can be, so this year if you are looking to let them know how great they are with a special gift… look no further!

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