Fitness made fun with Leapfrog's new LeapBand


Leapfrog Leapband fitness activity tracker for kids
A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate to have the opportunity to interview soccer star Mia Hamm. We talked about her involvement with Fit Made Fun Day and her tips to get kids more active (soooo important at a time when a third of kids or teens in the US is overweight or obese!).  We spoke about LeapFrog's new activity tracker, the LeapBand, and how it is motivating kids to get up and about.  I had the chance to test out the LeapBand, and boy is this gadget such an exciting development!  If you have a Fitbit or a Jawbone or a Fuelband and your kid loves to play with it, you can now get him or her a LeapBand to track activity in a much more fun way!

The Basics

Leapfrog Leapband fitness activity tracker for kids

What Leapfrog did for kids' education, they are now doing for kids' fitness -- they are using video gameplay to motivate kids and make it fun! The new LeapBand is a kiddie activity tracker that is worn on a child's wrist and registers motion. It has fun activity challenges like "wiggle like a worm" or "dance like a chicken" or "clap your hands" that kids don't really think of as exercise, just fun and games. Below are some of its best features:

Activity Tracker
The LeapBand tracks your child's motion -- walking, running, skipping, dancing, any movement.  The main screen has an activity meter (visual, not numerical) to give kids an idea of how active they've been.  The LeapBand also lets kids complete fun activity challenges ("Jump like a tiger and roar!", "Hop like popping popcorn!",  "Wriggle your fingers and toes!") for the chance to earn jewels (a pun on "joules"!).
Leapfrog Leapband fitness activity tracker for kids


Virtual Pet
To motivate kids, the LeapBand has a virtual pet that kids can feed and bathe and take care of (remember the Tamagotchi craze?). When your child moves around and completes activity challenges, they earn treats for their virtual pet and unlock new games and new pets to play with.

Games
Kids can interact with their pets in 3 mini games (Pet Parlor, Pet Boogie, Pet Chef), where they learn the importance of good grooming, good nutrition, and healthy habits.  There's also a separate app, Leapfrog's Petathlon Games (available on the LeapPad Ultra or an iOS or Android device), that lets kids' virtual pets compete in the Petathlon Games and play more mini games.
Leapfrog Leapband fitness activity tracker for kids


Parental Controls
Parents can download the LeapConnect app for the LeapBand onto their computers and connect the LeapBand to the computer via USB cable.  They'll be able to view their child's activity, see the jewels they've earned, and download additional activity challenges (up to 50!) onto the LeapBand.  They can even set "quiet" times when kids cannot play with their virtual pet (i.e. school time or nap time).

Leapfrog Leapband fitness activity tracker for kids

The Bongga

* The LeapBand is simple and easy to use, with just 4 buttons and audio instructions so even kids who don't yet know how to read will know what to do.
* The LeapBand also has a watch (so kids can tell time) and a stopwatch (so they can time themselves running or doing anything)
* Parents can set quiet times for the LeapBand (via the Leapfrog Connect app), so even though it is still tracking motion, kids can't use it to play with their pet (they can only use it as a watch). So they can wear it to school or during naptime and not be tempted to play with it.
* The LeapBand is rechargeable (via a USB cable); no more batteries to run out!

Leapfrog Leapband fitness activity tracker for kids

The Blah

* There is no volume control.
* The plastic wristband is not very flexible; some kids might find it uncomfortable wearing for extended periods of time.
* Unlocking pets can be frustrating. Kids have no idea how much longer they have to wait in order to unlock their next pet.

The Bottom Line

All in all, the LeapBand is another great product that masquerades as a video game, but in reality is developing all kinds of skills and healthy habits!
Leapfrog Leapband fitness activity tracker for kids


Disclosure: I received a product sample to facilitate my review, but have not been paid to review the product or give my opinions. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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Bonggamom's Friday Finds: list your giveaways here


Bonggamoms Friday Finds

Welcome to Bonggamom's Friday Finds! I'm glad so many of you are finding this to be a useful way to get more traffic to your giveaways. And as a person who loves entering giveaways, I have to admit it's a great, easy way to find out where all the best giveaways are.

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Vote for your Fall Faves at Ross Dress for Less and enter to win a $150 Ross gift card


Ross Dress for Less

Autumn has arrived, and it's time to update your wardrobe with some fall fashion staples from Ross!  I love how Ross has all the clothes and accessories anyone could ever want, no matter what their style -- at fantastic prices!  Ross sent me $25 to start my fall wardrobe, and here are 2 outfits I came up with:

Do the colors of my outfit look familiar?  If you're a Frozen fan, they should!  I'm chaneling Anna's winter dress and cape in this fall outfit.  I've always wanted to try Disneybounding, and thanks to Ross I got to do it for just a tad over $25!  To be precise, I did it for $29 -- the bright blue colored jeans $10.99, the bright pink cardigan was $12.99, and the black tank top was $4.99 (but if you already have a tank top -- and who doesn't! -- you can totally do it for less than $25).


My sons's school is having a hoedown next week, so my second outfit has a distinct Western feel (obviously I'm adding cowboy boots and a hat!).  Again, the outfit costs $29 -- $10.99 for the bootcut jeans, $12.99 for the flannel shirt, and $4.99 for the tank top.  

So, what's your fall style?  Ross Dress for Less has some great fall looks on their Facebook page, styled by bloggers from Economy of Style, Adore to Adorn, Ladies in Navy, Style Plus Curves, and La Catrina de Moda.  They're sharing a different look every week, and you can even vote for your favorites for the chance to win a Ross gift card.   Which outfit will win for your "Rainy Day" and "Workout" style?  You get to help pick the winner!  Head over to the Ross Facebook page to vote -- but hurry, the promo ends September 26!




Disclosure: I received a gift card from Ross. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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Happy 30th birthday Snuggle Bear! (and a giveaway for you!)



Update: this post now has a Snuggle prize pack giveaway!


I came of age in the 80's, but when I look back at that decade, I cringe.  Mullets, perms, acid wash, neon, high waisted pants.... cullottes??  Some things are best left in the past!

To be fair, there were a few good things that came out of the 80's that endure to this day.  Michael Jackson.  Madonna.  MTV.  Rubik's Cube.  And Snuggle Bear.

Yes, Snuggle Bear was a child of the 80's too!  He was "born" in the early 80's and quickly grew to become the symbol for everything soft and snuggly.  This month Snuggle Bear is celebrating his 30th birthday, and everyone is invited to the party!


The celebrations include:

  • A virtual birthday celebration ‘Twitter’ Party hosted by @Snuggle_Bear will be held September 17 (1:00 – 2:00 PM EST) using #HappyBirthdaySnuggle
  • A donation to Make-A-Wish Connecticut as part of the birthday celebration will be made. Snuggle Bears will also be donated to Connecticut chapter for Wish Kids throughout the state.
  • The Snuggle Facebook page will be in celebration mode all month, encouraging fans to send birthday wishes to Snuggle
  • Giveaway Tuesdays: Fans will be able to enter to win a year’s supply of Snuggle® products and limited edition birthday bears
  • Wish Wednesdays: Snuggle Bear will ask fans how they would celebrate his birthday and make the world a softer place. This user generated content will be used for picture posts and a series of e-cards created by Snuggle Bear.
  • Throwback Thursdays: Snuggle ads, images and packaging will be featured in retro images

Win a Snuggle prize pack

One lucky Bonggamom Finds reader will win a Snuggle prize pack featuring:

1 box Snuggle Exhiliarations dryer sheets
1 bottle Snuggle Exhiliartions liquid fabric softener


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Leave a comment on this post and tell me your child's (or your) favorite soft, snuggly item.

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Happy birthday @Snuggle_Bear! Celebrate by entering the Snuggle prize pack giveaway on @bonggafinds (ends 10/4) http://ow.ly/BzQt6 

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The Rules
This giveaway ends at 11:59 PST on October 4, 2014. I will draw a winner at random on October 5 and post their name after they confirm acceptance. Continental US residents only. For additional giveaway rules, click here.

Disclosure: I received product samples for review. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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K'NEX Giveaway: Super Mario 3D World Cat Mario playset


Remember that post I did at the beginning of the month announcing K'NEX's latest Super Mario playsets?  If you don't, go check out that post and see how awesome the Super Mario 3D World Cat playset is..... because I'm giving one away today!

That's right, K'NEX is giving one lucky Bonggamom Finds reader a Super Mario 3D World Cat Mario playset for their very own.  Your child gets to build a part of Mario's world and recreate Mario's adventures!  This 226-piece playset features Mario in a cat costume, a mouse, and everything you need to build a great obstacle course for Mario to get through, including coins and K'NEX launchers to send Mario bouncing up in the air, just like he does in the video games.  This playset is compatible with all other K'NEX playsets, so your child can expand Mario's world or make Mario part of the world of his imagination.  Everyone in my family loves K'NEX, and you will too!



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Leave a comment on this post telling me your child's favorite Mario character.

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Enter to win a @KNEX Super Mario playset! @bonggafinds Giveaway ends 10/1 http://ow.ly/BxEFG

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The Rules
This giveaway ends at 11:59 PST on October 1, 2014. I will draw a winner at random on October 2 and post their name after they confirm acceptance. Continental US residents only. For additional giveaway rules, click here.


Disclosure: I received a sample from K'NEX for review. Thanks to K'NEX for providing the giveaway prize.  The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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Bonggamom's Friday Finds: list your giveaways here


Bonggamoms Friday Finds

Welcome to Bonggamom's Friday Finds! I'm glad so many of you are finding this to be a useful way to get more traffic to your giveaways. And as a person who loves entering giveaways, I have to admit it's a great, easy way to find out where all the best giveaways are.

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Room on the Broom DVD giveaway




Halloween can be really scary, so when you have little kids it's important to focus on the fun side of Halloween.  Witches and black cats don't have to be scary!  Last year I discovered a delightful children's Halloween book called "Room on the Broom", and the witch in this book is actually generous and kind.

Just in time for Halloween, NCircle Entertainment would like to offer one lucky Bonggamom Finds reader a SPOOK-tacular chance to win the DVD "Room on the Broom," an enchanting animated program starring "the voice" of Gillian Anderson, along with several other tantalizing prizes. "Room on the Broom" is based on the book I mentioned earlier:  "Room on the Broom", a top-selling, perennially popular book of the same title by Julia Donaldson.

About the DVD
Produced by Magic Light Pictures (the team behind award-winning animations The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child) the half hour animation of Room on the Broom is a magical film about friendship and family based on the wonderful children’s picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

Featuring an all-star cast of Gillian Anderson, Rob Brydon, Martin Clunes, Sally Hawkins, Simon Pegg, Timothy Spall and David Walliams, Room on the Broom is a delightful animated tale that the whole family can watch and enjoy together.

Don't forget to check out all the other great childrens' DVDs offered by NCircle on their website (www.NCircleEntertainment.com) and at their local retailers!


Win a Room on the Broom Prize DVD
One lucky Bonggamom Finds reader will receive a copy of the "Room on the Broom” DVD.

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Leave a comment on this post telling me what you and/or your kids will be dressing up as this Halloween!

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I joined the Room on the Broom DVD giveaway on Bonggamom Finds!  Ends 10/1

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Enter to win a Room on the Broom DVD on @bonggafinds (perfect for Halloween viewing!) Giveaway ends 10/1

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The Rules
This giveaway ends at 11:59 PST on October 1, 2014. I will draw a winner at random on October 2 and post their name after they confirm acceptance. Continental US residents only. For additional giveaway rules, click here.



Disclosure: I did not receive a sample or monetary compensation for this post. Prize provided by NCircle Entertainment. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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Making fitness fun for kids: an interview with Mia Hamm (and a LeapBand giveaway for you!)


soccer

My kids have led active lives all their lives.  The Pea started ballet at age 3, and 10 years later, she's on a competitive dance team, taking multiple dance classes 4 days out of 7.  3Po and Jammy are crazy about soccer; they practice 3 days a week and spend their weekends playing league games and tournaments. They walk and bike to school. We walk downtown on the weekends and take them sailing or hiking now and then.

It's so tempting to feel superior and wonder why other kids don't get as much activity -- but different families lead different lifestyles, and getting physical activity can be difficult.  I should know: my childhood was nothing like my kids'.  I led a very sedentary lifestyle as a child.  I was driven everywhere, and although my parents put me in ballet and gymnastics classes, I never really liked them, so I never put in more than a bare minimum effort.  It wasn't until my early teens that I fell in love with volleyball and jazz dance, and in my early twenties that I started running.  So I know how challenging it can be to get into the habit of being active.


To help encourage parents to get up and get active, Leapfrog teamed up with soccer star Mia Hamm this weekend at the first National Fit Made Fun Day in Santa Monica, where families gathered to help set 3 Guiness World Records: most kids making snow angels, most people hopping on one foot, and most people doing a swim dance.  Leapfrog also launched their new kids' activity tracker, the LeapBand™, a new  which records kids' movements and combines screen time with physical games and activities. I had the privilege of interviewing Mia by phone a few days ago, where she told us all about Fit Made Fun Day:

Mia had lots of great suggestions for instilling active habits in kids from a young age.  Here are some of her pearls of wisdom:
  • Keep it simple, not too many rules because kids will tune out
  • Make it part of a daily routine (bedtime dance party to get the wiggles out)
  • Invite friends and family to be a part of it
  • Make physical activities a part of family gathering and events (football, wiffle ball game)
  • Celebrate physical achievements - go to different parks, go ice skating
  • Show kids that you appreciate having fun together
For school aged kids, Mia stressed the importance of letting kids follow the sport that they love, letting them enjoy the social aspect of sports, letting them pursue multiple sports (if they want) so they don't burn out, and being a parent ("a soft place to land"), not a coach. As for kids who don't like sports, even they can still get active!  Mia stressed that getting up and getting active doesn't have to be complicated.  Games and relay races keep kids active, but to them, it's not really a physical activity, it's just fun.  That's where the LeapBand comes in: it's a great way to make fitness fun by turning it into a game.

Win a LeapBand Activity Tracker

Leapfrog is giving away a LeapBand to TWO lucky Bonggamom Finds readers!
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See @bonggafinds interview Mia Hamm & enter to win a LeapBand activity tracker fr @Leapfrog! Enter by 8/24 http://ow.ly/BmAhn

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  Disclosure: Leapfrog provided the interview opportunity, a LeapBand sample for review, and two LeapBands to give away. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.
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Introducing CosmoCamp: Music app for kids



Attention, parents!  Do you have a budding Beethoven on your hands?  CosmoCamp: Music, a great app for little ones age 2-5, is now available for download!

CosmoCamp's new Music app turns your iPhone or iPad into an orchestra. In this fun interactive app, your little one joins the band and gets to try different musical instruments: guitar, drum, piano, trumpet, etc. They can also set up a concert with Migo, Pandy and friends, and discover the wonderful world of sounds. By introducing your child to music and instruments, the app simulates their musical dispositions and helps develop their auditory awareness, all while they have a blast playing this great app!

CosmoCamp: Music is available now on the App Store, http://bit.ly/CosmoMusic, with an initial launch price of $1.99.

Disclosure: I did not receive a sample or monetary compensation for this post. I am posting this for a chance to win an iPad. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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Be safe and positive online, join the #ShareAwesome campaign with National PTA & Lifelock


baby photos

To share or not to share?  That is the question.  I've been grappling with that question ever since I started blogging in 2006.  All my blogging focused on my kids, and of I wanted to share all of their funny sayings, their beautiful artwork, their cute photos.  Just a few months after I began blogging, I decided to use pseudonyms for me and everyone else in my family.  It took me a bit longer to nix the embarrassing baby photos and embarrassing stories (I don't want my kids or my husband to be angry and embarrassed about anything on my blog!).

baby photos
But there's always a gray area that I struggle with.  Nude baby photos are out, but what about diaper photos or underwear photos?  In February 2007, to celebrate 3Po's and Jammy's move to big boy pants, I posted a photo of them in their undies.  I thought they looked adorable in their Calvin Klein boxers but I was uncomfortable enough to block out their faces.  Everyone has a different comfort level when it comes to sharing, but safety has to be where you draw the line.

Now that everyone is on social media, making good choices about what to share and what not to share is more important than ever. We want our kids to enjoy the benefits of social media and be able to share their lives with friends near and far -- but we also want them to know that such an awesome tool comes with responsibilities. I always tell my kids that what they share online lasts forever. Even deleting a photo is no guarantee -- anyone can take a screenshot.  Anyone can save files to a disk.  They never use their real names.  They are never allowed to share names or places when they chat online. They are never allowed to post contact information on their profiles. They are never allowed to share their passwords (except with their us, their parents).
#ShareAwesome

To find out more ways to be safe and positive online, National PTA has partnered with LifeLock in the #ShareAwesome campaign.  The campaign seeks to build an understanding among parents and students that no matter the device, the app or the networking site – the skills we need to be safe and positive online are similar to what you need offline.  Today’s families use digital technology in every aspect of life – from learning and socializing, to gaming and shopping! Broad access and use of technology is awesome – and opens so many new opportunities for so many students. But like any aspect of life, there are things you need to know to make positive, safe decisions.

Here's what you can do to participate:
* Visit the #ShareAwesome website at ShareAwesomeNow.org.

* Take the #ShareAwesome quiz.

* Take the pledge to #ShareAwesome.

* Snap a photo of an awesome moment in your day and share it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the #ShareAwesome hashtag!

* Students who enter the #ShareAwesome contest between September 15 – November 30, 2014 will have a chance to win fantastic prizes!

#ShareAwesome on Instagram

More about the #ShareAwesome contest
The #ShareAwesome contest invites social media users to share a smart and safe decision, uplifting accomplishment, or positive action for the good of others using hashtag #ShareAwesome on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Students who enter a photo between September 15 – November 30, 2014 will be eligible to win fantastic prizes! Visit ShareAwesomeNow.org to learn more.



I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


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Enter Mario's World with K'NEX building sets




Mario Kart is my sons' all-time favorite Wii game, so we were thrilled when K'NEX began making Mario Kart and Super Mario building sets a few years back.  In fact, we gave  K'NEX Mario and Luigi motorcycle building sets as party favors for 3Po's Mario Kart-themed 8th birthday party!  K'NEX and Mario's world go together perfectly, because kids can create all kinds of adventures for Mario and his friends, and since you can build practically anything with K'NEX, the adventures are limited only by a child's imagination.

This summer, K'NEX released even more additions to their Super Mario line, which means kids can build even more adventures for Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Donkey Kong, and everyone else.  The Super Mario building sets are perfectly compatible with all other K'NEX building sets, so you can never have too many!  We received a Super Mario 3D World Cat Mario set, which includes a Mario figure, a mouse figure, and a whole bunch to K'NEX pieces that kids can build into a fun obstacle course for Mario to complete!  I love that K'NEX used lots of big building pieces so even little hands can build the set successfully.

Here's a video we made that highlights all the best features of this building set:


This building set includes a Mario figurine, dressed in a cat suit, and a mouse figurine. Kids can lead Mario through the course, sending him flying with the help of the K'NEX launcher.

The set also includes a number of coins for Mario to collect.....

... as well as a flagpole that Mario can hoist when he finishes the course!  You can combine this set with the other Mario World building sets for hours of creative play.





Disclosure: I received a product sample to facilitate my review, but have not been paid to review the product or give my opinions. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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Bonggamom's Friday Finds: List your giveaways here


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Welcome to Bonggamom's Friday Finds! I'm glad so many of you are finding this to be a useful way to get more traffic to your giveaways. And as a person who loves entering giveaways, I have to admit it's a great, easy way to find out where all the best giveaways are.

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Celebrate National Fit Made Fun Day with LeapFrog



Do you want to meet soccer star Mia Hamm?  Do you want to help break some Guinness World Records?  Do you want to try out LeapFrog's latest hi-tech toy designed to keep kids active?  Do you want to get your family out this weekend for some fitness and fun?  Do you live near Santa Monica, CA?

If you answered yes to all those questions, I've got a fantastic opportunity for you!  LeapFrog, my favorite hi-tech learning brand, is launching the  LeapBand™, a new wearable activity tracker that keeps kids active by combining physical activity with games and challenges.  To celebrate, they are holding a Fit Made Fun Day on September 6, 2014, 1:00pm-4:00pm at Santa Monica beach!  This 3-hour event is packed with fun things for the whole family to do.  Here's what to expect:

  • Attendees will attempt to set 3 new Guinness World Records, for "Most children making sand angels on the beach", "Most people hopping on one foot", and "Most people doing a swim dance".  You could be part of a world record!


  • Soccer star Mia Hamm will be leading the attempt.
  • A DJ will spin KidzBop tunes as kids and parents get active and enjoy healthy snacks.


  • Participants will receive a LeapBand activity tracker and goody bag packed with fun extras to take home!

All local families with children ages 5 through 8 are invited to attend -- but space is limited, so you must register to secure your spot.  Hurry, the fun starts in THREE DAYS, so register ASAP!





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Make fitness fun with the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport


I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Sprint. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and to thank me for participating.

Alfie and I recently did one of those online quizzes that predict your life expectancy.  I got 97.  Not bad, right? Well, Alfie got 104.  Are you kidding me???  Aren't women supposed to live longer than men?  Why don't I get to live to 100??  Alfie laughs at me and tells me I'm taking this way too seriously and that stressing about it is actually shaving years off my life.... but my competitive instincts have kicked in.  There's no way he's outliving me!  So I'm reexamining my lifestyle choices and resolving to make little tweaks to give me the best chance at a long, healthy life:  Eating less refined carbs.  Letting go of stress.  Getting more sleep.  Working out more.

To help me stay motivated for workouts, Alfie has been nagging me to download a fitness app onto my phone, but for some reason I've resisted.   But a couple of weeks ago I received a Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport smartphone as part of the Mom Central SprintMom Ambassador Program.  This isn't your regular S5, it's a special Sport version -- and it's fantastic!  Sprint actually teamed up with Under Armour and MayMyFitness to integrate special fitness solutions right into the S5 Sport:
  • Samsung's exclusive Activity Zone app is preloaded on the S5 Sport.
  • The S5 Sport features a textured body that makes it easier to hold when you're sweating, and hard keys (instead of touchscreen keys) that make it MUCH easier to operate the phone while you're working out.
  • The S5 Sport comes gives you 12 months of free MapMyFitness MVP.
  • The S5 Sport comes with S Health, a mobile health platform that helps you keep track of food intake and even monitor your heart rate!

Even without all the fitness features, the Samsung S5 Galaxy is a winner.  Here are some of my favorite features:

  • 5.7 x 2.9 x 0.4 inches, 5.6 ounces, 5.1 inch Full HD Super AMOLED® display
  • 16GB internal memory, Android™ 4.4.2, KitKat, 2.5GHz quad-core processor
  • Sprint Spark™ network enhances the phone's LTE service and allows for high quality videos.
  • Dual Cameras; a 16-megapixel rear-facing Phase Detection Auto Focus camera with Zero Shutter Lag, flash and video capture, and 2-megapixel front-facing camera with full HD recording at 30fps
  • Smart Remote feature allows you to use it as a remote control with your home theater equipment

And don't forget, Sprint Framily Plan users get six months free subscription to Spotify Premium!


I loved using the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport!  I have no idea why it took me so long to start using MapMyFitness!  I can record all my workouts and fitness activities.  Even something as simple as walking to school counts, and I can see how active I've been all week -- distance, pace, speed, elevation, calories burned, route traveled.  Keeping records and measurements has always been key to keeping me focused and motivated with my workouts, and the free 12-month premium subscription to MapMyFitness MVP couldn't be handier.


Did you notice that I said "I LOVED using the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport"?  That's because The Pea fell in love with it and begged me and begged me to let her have it!  She loves the large screen size and the amazing camera!  How could I say "no" to that sweet face?  Especially since the S5 Sport is helping her become more active!

Note: Phone cases for the Samsung Galaxy S5 will NOT work with the S5 sport -- the size is all wrong and the buttons are in different places. And since the S5 Sport is so new, there aren't too many phone cases available.  The "made in China" phone covers I found on Amazon and eBay are ugly and bulky, so I highly recommend purchasing a case from your local Sprint store or from Sprint online.  They have good cases from Body Glove and Tech 21.  I bought the clear Tech 21 Impact Mesh Case because it had the sleekest profile (The Pea didn't want any bulky cases but I insisted she get a case to protect the phone from drops and falls) and a cool color combo (clear with orange highlights, which lets the electric blue color shine through!).


Check out some other great phones on the Sprint Network:




Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Sprint. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and to thank me for participating. Product information (in italics) is provided by Mom Central. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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