Tablet Update: Sprout’s Cubby vs Fuhu’s Nabi 2s

One of my most popular posts is [REVIEW: The Sprout Cubby Tablet for Kids] It’s a Cubby…not a chubby. I thought I’d do a little update on our current kid friendly tablet situation.

Ben used his Cubby regularly, it served us well, until my dad sat on it and the screen cracked lol.. I still have no bad things to say about the Sprout Cubby. However, we decided against buying another one. It just so happened that the Nabi 2S Tablet was on sale that same week so we jumped onto the Nabi/Fuhi ship and haven’t looked back.


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I’d like to go through a few things I’ve noticed in regards to comparing the Sprout Cubby and Fuhu’s Nabi 2S Tablet:

The Nabi2s keeps a charge throughout the day, it’s much easier to put on the charger too (for those that had issues with Cubby’s charger).

As I stated in my original post about the Sprout Cubby, the Nabi’s touchscreen  is noticeably more responsive than the Cubby (for me at least). I still don’t think my son notices a difference.

There is still tons of pre-loaded content but everything is easy to delete/uninstall in Mommy/Daddy mode.

The bumper that came with the Nabi is also more durable than the one that was on the Cubby. My son can’t take this one off without help and it’s nice and squishy/absorbent for the occasional drop. Speaking of bumpers. There are TONS of accessories available to purchase for the Nabi Tablet(s). When we purchased our Nabi 2s a screen protector was included and it has done well. We haven’t gotten a chance to use any of the other accessories yet. We’ll probably get a new bumper in the future, if there’s ever a good sale.


All of the Pros of the Sprout Cubby were still a Pro with the Nabi 2s. If you recall, my main concern was having Google Play readily available (the Nabi Jr. did not have it installed). The Nabi 2s had Google Play installed from the get-go. No need to root or proceed with a workaround. The ONLY thing that the Nabi 2s lacked was the rear facing camera, but we could do without it. Ben isn’t interested in photography at the moment; he’s more of a cardboard box playhouse kinda kid.


If anything, the Nabi 2s solved most, if not all, of the Cons I had listed in my previous Cubby review. I’ve also noticed that the Sprout Cubby isn’t that easy to come by anymore and the Nabi 2s is priced very competitively with it now (they both go for around $80 at Walmart). If you can find them both at a store, I’d definitely check and see what the pricing is, it seems to fluctuate for whatever reason. If they’re about the same price, I would go with the Nabi 2s hands down. Try them both out and see for yourself. If you have any questions (about either tablet) drop them down in the comment section below!


Do you have any recommendations for a budget friendly, toddler friendly, tablet?

[REVIEW] Lumene Vitamin C+ Illuminating Anti-Aging BB Cream SPF 20 in Medium

I’ve never been a girl that wore makeup. Like you might have read in a previous post, I JUST started dabbling in lipstick. After doing a bit of reading, I thought I’d try my hand at BB Creams. I know they’re nothing like the Korean versions but I heard some good things about certain brands. I had tried the Garnier version for oily skin and it was nice but it started turning a weird color on me after a few hours. Not pretty. It did a really nice job coverage wise but got greasy and shiney maybe an hour after application.. Powder and blotting helped but I didn’t want something high maintenence.

I came across a few old blog posts about Lumene’s BB Cream. There wasn’t much negative about it. Most of Ulta and Makeupalley’s reviews were positive! That’s always a good sign. Unfortunately, none of my Walgreens/Targets carried this particular BB Cream and none of my CVS had the shade (Medium) I was looking for. I ultimately ordered the BB Cream from Ulta’s website and sat around for a little more than a week waiting for it.. In the meantime I grabbed Rimmel’s Stay Matte Pressed Powder (also raved about on many makeup groups).

When the BB Cream finally came in, I was excited to try it out the next morning. After cleansing my face (Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple) and toning (Pixi’s Glow Tonic), I popped open Lumene’s BB Cream. Right off the bat, I liked it more than Garnier’s BB Cream. Garnier’s BB Cream was sooooo watery, it slipped everywhere when squeezed out the bottle. Lumene’s BB Cream was more of a cream consistency. It didn’t roll off the back of my hand like Garnier’s would. Lumene also had a nice light citrus scent to it, nothing overwhelming and it went away upon application. It was kind of refreshing actually. I was a little concerned when I had ordered it, that the shade wouldn’t suite my complexion. I have naturally tan/olive skin (Filipino complexion) and this BB only came in two shades; light and medium. Most of the Ulta/Makeupalley reviews were posted by fair skinned gals too so I wasn’t sure how the medium shade would work. Thankfully, the medium shade suited me perfectly and if I added a tad bit of bronzer, it could add some dimension if I wanted it.

It didn’t give CRAZY coverage (obviously), but I wasn’t looking for crazy coverage. I just wanted something that would blur out some of the acne scars and pores, reduce darkness and redness, and to just even out my skintone all around. Lumene definitely delivered. My husband (who hates it when I wear any kind of makeup) said it looked like I had a slight glow, and not in a bad greasy or oily way. I decided to try of Rimmel’s powder to finish it off. I actually really liked how everything came together! The powder helped me throughout the day with any kind of oil that might have popped up onto the surface. The BB Cream stayed the same color throughout the day too, score! They both felt nice and light on the skin, I didn’t feel like I had painted my face; it still felt like my skin could breathe underneath.

When I washed it off at the end of the day, my skin still felt fresh and soft. Not greasy at all and it didn’t break me out either.

(I apologize for crazy morning hair lol..)

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Pros
-Feels light when wearing
-Evens out skintone
-Blurs out any kind of acne scars and large pores
-Doesn’t oxidize (change colors)
-Skin still feels fresh after wearing for 8+ hours
-Controls shine better than competing brands

Cons
-Not easily available (in my area at least)
-Only two shades (001-light and 002-medium)

Overall, I’m really happy with my purchase and I’m kind of sad they don’t carry this at any of my local drugstores. I’ll definitely purchase through Ulta or Amazon again, once my tube runs low. If you’re on the market for a nice light coverage, check out Lumene’s Vitamin C+ Illuminating Anti-Aging BB Cream w/ SPF 20!

[REVIEW: The Sprout Cubby Tablet for Kids] It’s a Cubby…not a chubby.

Last month, I caved. My parents bought Benjamin a “kid friendly” tablet. I always told myself that I’d never be one of those parents that let their kids use technology at such a young age. Honestly, I kind of let myself down by allowing it but let me tell you something..it’s been great. Kids these days are exposed to technology (more specifically phones/tablets) right out of the womb.. We have our smart phones and tablets taking pictures/videos of them; music playing from them; we’re texting, sharing, calorie counting, and reading news on them. It’s just a part of life. They see their parents using them on a daily basis and it’s only a matter of time before they want to see what all the fuss is about themselves.

After my son turned 1, he really (and I mean REALLY) loved watching these short ABC videos on YouTube. Something about the music and colors just grabbed his attention. He would shake his little tush to the song, and it was cute. Before I knew it, he was asking for “phone” so he could watch his favorite video.

After going back and forth on how to go about it, my nerdy side won and I started researching tablets made for kids. I had my heart set on the Nabi Jr. but then quickly realized it was a bust. No Google Play means no YouTube for Kids. The Nabi 2 was nice but the price point was a little more than what I was willing to spend. One day I pondered into Best Buy (because why not?) and I spotted the Sprout Cubby. It was small enough for my 1.5 year old’s stubby hands, it had 16 GBs of flash memory and it had access to the Google Play Store. I went home that night and looked it up to see what other people had to say about it.

Unfortunately, there weren’t many reviews out there for it. There were a few horrible YouTube videos that were recorded by what looks to be a 6th grader, and any blog that “reviewed” it just listed the specs that I already know of. Amazon was incredibly brutal, but I always take them with a grain of salt. I don’t mean to toot my own horn but most people aren’t as tech savvy as I am (or I like to think that at least lol). Many of the complaints on Amazon were that the screen broke or the charger broke blah blah blah. Honestly though, if you take care of ANYTHING you buy, it’ll last. You have to teach the kid to respect technology, even if the box does say “kid friendly”. It doesn’t necessarily mean your child will not throw the tablet into the toilet, you still have to supervise while they’re using (duh).

While I was on the fence about the whole thing, good ol’ grampa and gramma went out and bought him the Cubby, or as my mom calls it the Chubby lol..

Right out of the box, it was a pretty easy setup. However, it did say to charge the tablet for 6 odd hours before using it. It was late anyways though so I plugged it into the charger and it was ready in the morning.

Let me get into a little breakdown of the pros and cons

PROS

  • Super lightweight and easy for my 1.5 year old to hold.
  • Screen size is perfect for a kiddo, nothing obnoxiously big (I’m lookin’ at you Nabi Big/XD)..
  • Tons of content pre-loaded onto the tablet. I guess this could be a con too if you don’t really like any of the Sprout stuff. My son loves Sprout though, so I’m not complaining. I haven’t looked into if I could delete any of the pre-loaded content though, it’ll be something I’ll look into when the time comes.
  • Front and rear facing camera. Not the best quality but the kids won’t know the difference (no complaints here).
  • Access to Google Play. The other tablet I was interested in (Nabi Jr) did not have immediate access to the Google Play store. I think there were a few technical modifications you could make to access it but.. meh. No Google Play was a deal breaker for me; that meant no YouTube and Ben would not likey that.
  • Parental Controls- time limit, ability to set what apps are accessible, no more mysteriously deleted e-mails or missed notifications on my phone.
  • UI is not bad to look at.
  • Tablet is not bad to look at.
  • Small size makes it possible to throw into diaper bag/purse.
  • Ability to add more than one profile for kids.
  • Access to “parent mode” which allows the tablet to act like a normal Android tablet.

CONS

  • If you don’t pay attention (which you should), the charger can be slightly difficult to plug in. I haven’t had any issues with it but I can see less patient people getting frustrated w/ it.
  • Touch screen isn’t always responsive. My son (1.5 years old) hasn’t gotten irritated by it though and manages to navigate with no issues. I’ve noticed a little unresponsiveness when I use it but it doesn’t bother me all the much. It’s not an iPad so I didn’t expect it to act like one. The Nabi line did feel a tad more snappier than the Sprout though. I’ll give it that.
  • Tons of pre-loaded content (see also in Pros). This can either work for you or against you. I, personally, don’t mind it but you might.
  • Bumper falls off without much force. My son can take the bumper off but isn’t able to put it back out. Like I said earlier, supervise your child or teach your child to bring the tablet to you if it does. My son just goes “uh oh mom” and I simply put it back on. I don’t think the bumper is supposed to protect the tablet all that much, it’s more for grip imo.
  • No readily available “accessories” to replace bumper. There’s no other cases for this tablet. They do offer a few pouches and screen protectors that you can purchase separately but…meh.
  • Not really a con to me, I knew what I signed up for, but it is Wi-Fi only so you can’t access any content that requires the internet without…internet (duh) lol.

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All in all, I’m happy with it and my son is happy with it. It’ll be something he can grow with and it keeps him happy while I’m working out or cooking dinner. I couldn’t ask for anything more from a tablet made for kids. I’d definitely reccommend you  give the Sprout Cubby a look when you’re at your local Walmart/BestBuy, if you’re on the market for a tablet for your kiddo(s). Of course, you should always look into other tablets that meet your own needs (Nabi line, Kindle, iPad, Leapfrog, etc. etc.)

I hope this helped you on your tablet journey though! If you readers like reviews like this, leave a comment and I’ll be sure to try and do more.

Oh, and happy Friday!

-Bevin

*My parents purchased the Sprout Cubby out of their own pocket. Pictures to come…if I ever get a chance. 🙂