4 Reasons You Should Check out Republic Wireless

4 Reasons You Should Check out Republic WirelessMy husband and I have heard my teenage son’s pleas for a cell phone for a few years.  Electronics are huge in our family between televisions, computers, tablets, music players, and cell phones and my son paints a clear picture of his needs.  He is out of school the latest in the day, he has after-school sports that often run well into the evenings, and he’s proven to be very responsible as well as successful in school.  All those things are valid points for getting a phone plan for him, but the real question is what kind of mobile plan would be most cost efficient?

I was recently introduced to Republic Wireless, a company raising the bar in the mobile industry.  We’ve all tried no-contract plans in the past, but never with a smartphone option. Republic Wireless is saving customers hundreds, even thousands of dollars over traditional mobile carriers.  My oldest daughter, husband, and I are all on a Verizon plan that costs us well into the mid-$60 range per month, per phone.  We’ve been on it a while, we have the most updated devices, yet don’t have unlimited access to data or texting.  Republic Wireless offers no-contract smartphones that use the combined power of Wi-Fi and cellular at prices that your pocketbook will like with the unlimited talk, text, and  data that you crave!

Here are the 4  main reasons that we are loving the Republic Wireless plan for our 13-year old son.

1.  Phone–Though the options for phones in the Republic Wireless plan are few as in two (!), the phone we are testing is the Moto X from Motorola.  At a $299 price point, it’s the cheapest no-contract phone on the market today.  With 16GB on an Android 4.2.2 operating system, there’s definitely a learning curve to the system after growing up on Apple products.  Luckily my teen can navigate the phone and processes like he wrote their programs and has adjusted the settings to work for him.4 Reasons You Should Check out Republic Wireless

Having Google Chrome on his computer, my son is familiar with the browser on the phone and has adapted to using Google Play for finding the apps and games that he’s enjoyed in the past on his tablet.  Items like Instagram, Snap Chat, Minecraft, and Pandora are available  as on his Apple products so he has the option to add them and have the music options he so loves (purchases can be made by Google Play Cards).4 Reasons You Should Check out Republic Wireless

The phone is slim, comes in black and white, fits in his pocket and in his hands nicely and the 10MP clear pixel camera is something even I’m envying!  Unlike other non-smartphones, no-contract phones we’ve had in the past the Moto X  accessories are available to protect and charge the phone.

2.  Value–Picking your plan couldn’t be easier or cheaper.  I was shocked by the prices on the plan, especially the one that is most comparable to what I have!  4 great money saving plans to choose from and also you have the ability to change up to two times per billing period to meet your needs!  4 Reasons You Should Check out Republic WirelessIf you or your child for instance will only be using Wi-Fi for a majority of the month (perhaps during summer vacation) you can pay as low as $5/month.  But, then say you’ll be on vacation for a week, change the plan to gain more cellular data right from your phone.  Your service will be prorated from the day your make the switch up to your bill cycle date.  If upgrading you’ll be charged the difference, if downgrading, you’ll get a credit towards the next month’s bill. 

$40 per month for unlimited talk, text and data + 4G isn’t even an option for me on my Verizon plan, my son has something very unique and special!

3.  Reliability–It took about 24 hours to activate, but as soon as everything worked out my son was surfing the next, calling his friends, and texting us for a ride from his friend’s house!  Republic Wireless works with the Sprint network and his 4G LTE has been flawless in town.  While out of town, there were some spots where the signal would drop down to 3G, but it hasn’t been much of an issue for him.  To check your area’s Sprint coverage, visit, https://republicwireless.com/tools/coverage-check.

4. Community–Inevitably there are questions, concerns, and troubleshooting with any phone and phone service.  Republic Wireless offers a very thorough community page and knowledge center to help you through any issues that arise.  Through my PR contact and the community my son, husband, and I have navigated the Android/Moto X world that is still very new to all of us and have learned so much.

I feel this community rivals going into the Verizon store and working through an issue.  If you can’t find what you’re looking for, simply open up a case by signing in and asking away.  It may take up to 24 hours but all of our problems have been solved so far!

Sure there may be parts of the plan that may have you skeptical.  If you choose to cancel your service down the line, you can sell the device but it can only be reactivated by a Republic Wireless service.  Current Moto X owners cannot transfer service to Republic Wireless, and at this point the Moto X is only available in 2 colors and in 16GB options.  For us, this is okay at the moment.  My son is enjoying the phone’s games and apps, can and has called us afterschool with updates and changes to his schedule, and we as parents are happy with the pricing on keeping him connected.

Republic Wireless is letting my son talk, text, and surf as much as he wants without the hidden contracts, hidden fees, MB’s, GB’s, and fine print that can jack up bill prices and we are happy with that!

To learn even more, visit https://republicwireless.com/ and see if this is the plan for you…or your teenager!

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Phone and service was received for honest review. All opinions are own.

Review: Go See This Weekend’s Most Wanted Movie, Muppets Most Wanted!

muppetsWhen I was a kid I dearly loved the Muppets.  First there was the Muppet show, which we religiously watched every single week.  Even when we lived in Germany in the 80’s and had only three channels, we were able to get the Muppet Show, and we never missed one.  As I got older the Muppet movies became favorites — especially “The Great Muppet Caper,” which to this day I can practically recite.
Given the opportunity to go and see the newest Disney Muppets movie, “Muppets Most Wanted,” I jumped at the chance.  My son Charlie and I attended a preview and what a great time we had!  From beginning to end, “Muppets Most Wanted” is a comedy with humor for everyone, big and little.  For us bigs, there can never be enough cameo’s by well known entertainers who pop up for minutes or mere seconds.  Half the time the littles don’t even realize what they’re missing, but that’s just fine because they’re too busy loving the Muppets and their antics.  (Which by the way, so was I!)
muppets2Right from the start this movie held our attention.  We see our favorite Muppets pick up where they left off in the last movie, when suddenly they’re approached by an agent who wants to help them get to the top.  Enter Ricky Gervais, aka Dominic Badguy — that’s pronounced “bad-gee” of course.  “It means really good guy.”  Ha!  Shortly after you’re introduced to the worlds most evil frog, Constantine, who mysteriously looks a great deal like our own Kermit the Frog.  Coincidence??
Naturally there’s a lot of craziness and mix-ups to follow once the two frogs are switched, making “Kermit” suddenly sound Russian and “Constantine” help the gulag prison put on a variety show.  Hijinks and hilarity ensue as we follow each storyline play out and reach a perfect climactic ending.
muppets3Some highlights for me included the power play between Ty Burrell’s Interpol character and Sam the Eagle’s CIA agent.  Sam’s deadpan look and voice crack me up every time.  Another favorite moment was when Constantine the evil frog said, “It’s not easy being mean.”  Ha!  Another laugh came from realizing that the Muppets took their train from New York to…Berlin.  Um, I don’t know about you, but how does a train cross the ocean?  Oh never mind — it’s the Muppets!  Lastly, in the few shots through the movie where they performed their show, I was feeling so happy and nostalgic to see them perform their opening act and hear, “It’s time start the music, it’s time to light the lights!”  Ah, pure joy.
I don’t want to give much away because I want you to go out and see it for yourself and feel like a kid again doing so.  After the movie ended, I asked Charlie (my 12 year old) if he felt like the movie was better for me as a long time Muppets fan, or if it was just as good for him even if there’s little history for him.  He mulled it over and decided that the best way to explain it was that it was both!  He might not have appreciated all the cameo’s that I did, but he certainly enjoyed the humor and the acting and the story.  That sounds like a good balance to me.
muppets4And does life get any better than seeing Sweetums dance with Christoph Waltz?  I really don’t think so.

Merrie is a writer for the The Mom Reviews and you can also find her at her blog, Sleepless Mornings: Merrie is the mother of two beautiful children, newly engaged–planning a June wedding, a scrapbooker, a baker, and always fun to be around!

Screening was offered to facilitate review, all opinions my own.

Mega Bloks Barbie™ Build ’n Play Luxe Camper Review #BarbieCamper

BarbieCamperBoxMy daughter loves Mega Bloks and Barbie and the combination on this fun Build ‘n Play Luxe Camper set she recently sat down to create had her ripping open the box!

About the product
Barbie™ and her little sister Chelsea™ head out on a coast to coast, fun-filled road trip in the Mega Bloks Barbie™ Build ’n Play Luxe Camper. Build and decorate the sparkling pink camper any way you want as Barbie™ and Chelsea™ visit all of their favorite attractions and hottest stores. Now it’s time to unwind and take a dip in the hot tub before setting up the picnic table for a tasty treat. Later, Barbie™ builds a fire and lazes around on a lounge chair, while Chelsea™ heads out for a quick scooter ride. Glamping has never been more relaxing!

This sparkling holiday cruiser opens up to reveal everything and let you enjoy the Camper on the inside, including bunk beds, make-up area and the front seats. Set out on the road with Barbie™ and Chelsea™ and make it a trip you’ll never forget!  Combine your Build ‘n Play Luxe Camper with other Mega Bloks Barbie™ sets and build the Barbie™ world you imagine!

Usually with projects like this, she asks me to help her just once and that’s to separate the pieces by color.  Then, she’s able to follow the easy-to-understand direction booklet to complete the project.  This time, she said, “no I want to try it from one big pile, we don’t have to sort it!”BarbieCamper3Call it inpatient, call it tired after a full school day, call it just plain tough, mom ended up helping her 8-year old sort the Mega Bloks by color to help her complete the task.  With a big smile, she finished the Camper and had a whole new set of adventures in the living room.  Having so much reading, writing, and arithmetic work to do  in the classroom nowadays, I appreciate projects like this one from Mega Bloks to bring back imaginative and creative play into my daughter’s day!barbiecamper4Ideal for ages 4-10, the set features:

  • Buildable vacation camper with hot tub, scooter and picnic table
  • Luxe Camper Barbie™ with interchangeable skirt, and for the first time Chelsea™
  • Highly detailed accessories like a fire pit, lounge chair, picnic table, flowers, make-up kit, bunk beds, and so much more!
  • Sparkling blocks to add a Barbie™ flair to your designs
  • Combine with all of the Mega Bloks Barbie™ sets to build a fabulous world of fashion, friends and fun!

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Mr. Peabody & Sherman: Fun Photobooth App #MrPeabody

MPS-Banner3MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN hits theaters March 7 and there are some fun apps out there to promote the movie and to make you and your friends giggle!

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Get Your Peabody On with a free app available for iOS and Android. Grab your glasses and bow tie because this custom photobooth app will make you and your friends look like the most stylish time travelers around.  shermMy youngest got in on the action immediately and I sent the pic to family and friends and they can’t stop laughing!

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Once you download the app, enter to win weekly prizes in DreamWorks Animation’s “Get Your Peabody On” Sweepstakes! For more information on how to enter visit here.

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Mr. Peabody & Sherman: Meet the Cast, Printables, and the Trailer #MrPeabody

MPS-BannerI grew up with Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Sherman is even a nickname I give my sweet son! I’m so excited it to see it back and better than ever in movie form coming March 7th!

About Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Mr. Peabody (voiced by Ty Burrell, Emmy Award® Winner -Modern Family), the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy Sherman (Max Charles -The Amazing Spiderman), use their time machine—the WABAC—to go on the most outrageous adventures known to man or dog. But when Sherman takes The WABAC out for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they accidently rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history. Before they forever alter the past, present and future, Mr. Peabody must come to their rescue, ultimately facing the most daunting challenge of any era: figuring out how to be a parent. Together, the time traveling trio will make their mark on history.

peabodyshermanThe cast includes a few of our family’s favorite stars like Ty Burrell and Ariel Winter (Modern Family, Sophia the First) and Leslie Mann amongst others:  Max Charles, Stephen Colbert,Patrick Warburton, Stanley Tucci, Allison Janney, Lake Bell, Zach Callison, Dennis Haysbert.  Directed by Rob Minkoff.

Click on the links and you’ll find a plethora of fun activities for the kids including:
Coloring Pages
Connect the Dots
baffling Brain Busters

Check out the official trailer:

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