iPoll’s Roundup of the Best Books for Toddlers

In addition to all the loving, feeding and diaper changing, the best thing you can do for your baby is read to them. Reading is encouraged right out of the gate because it helps kids start to process what words are and how to communicate. Of course, reading to an eight-month-old is a lot different than reading to a toddler. The young ones like the pictures but miss out on the subtle nuances of the story arcs. However, when your child has reached toddler age they are more engaged with the storytelling process. They will even start to pick out their favorite book. This could mean reading “Goodnight Moon” every single night, but if it works, don’t rock the boat.

When it comes to reading for toddlers, let us stipulate that anything Seussical will work. Reading the classics from the good doctor will also help you make silly voices and goofy faces. Resistance is futile. Beyond Dr. Seuss, iPoll has rounded up some other great tomes targeted for toddlers.

Best Books For Kids

Anything by Dr. Seuss is a must have for any parent. Image Source: Flickr user: Martin Pettitt


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Written by Rick B.

October 8th, 2014 at 7:10 pm

iPoll’s Guide to the “Terrible Twos”: What to Expect from Your Toddler

A toddler is defined as a baby who can walk. Up to now, new parents have been watching carefully for any signs of milestones with their baby. The first time they smile. The first time they laugh. The first time they sit-up. Those are all big moments. However, those actual first steps are a huge game changer. Yes, they will be wobbly and stumbling but the kid is on the move and there is no turning back. You’re also entering into the “terrible twos” zone. Any parent who has been there and lived to tell the tale will be happy to share their opinions and advice. Take it all in and see what works best for your situation. Here at iPoll we’re happy to provide a little primer for the terrible twos. Hopefully, you’ll find out they’re not so terrible after all.

Toddler Walking

Those first steps should be with a razor scooter. Image Source: Flickr user jenny downing

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Written by Rick B.

October 7th, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Monday Mobile Mission: Sharing Opinions Can Help You Score Lots of Cash

We all have opinions. Thanks to the interwebs, we all get to share those opinions. Aside from all the political forums (not going to go there!), one of the most popular topics for discussion across cyberspace is parenting. Of course, unless you have a kid, none of this matters. However, for parents of newborns, toddlers, pre-teens and teens having a place to go to get instant answers to questions is invaluable. Take it from someone who recently researched diaper rash ointments, those parents’ opinions matter. Here at iPoll we’re all about sharing opinions. As an added bonus, all that opinion sharing can earn you significant cash rewards. Imagine if you could have earned a dollar for every opinion you’ve shared in your life. You’d be sitting on quite a pile of bucks. The best chances you have for earning the most iPoll rewards is with Mobile Missions, which takes sharing opinions to a whole other level.

Fresh Tortillas

Making tortillas the old fashion way -- one at a time. Image Source: Flickr user David Stanley


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Written by Rick B.

October 6th, 2014 at 7:06 pm

iPoll’s Roundup of Best Ballpark Food: Second Inning

Let’s face it: you can’t really enjoy a ballgame without ballpark food. That’s kind of like going to the movies without getting popcorn. You just don’t get the same experience. A while back, we took a quick pick at some of the best stadium munchies being served up around the country. That was just the tip of the corn dog. With the baseball fans gearing up for the World Series, it’s time we take a peek at some more awesome stadium grub. This will help you plan out your “visit every ballpark summer vacation” next year. Forks up!

Baseball and Hot Dogs

Nothing says "batter up" like ballpark snacks! Image Source: Flickr user Brian Halvorsen

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Written by Rick B.

October 3rd, 2014 at 4:35 pm

iPoll Looks into the Baseball Hall of Fame Museum

It is a virtual lock that retiring baseball hero Derek Jeter will make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He’ll just have to wait five years. You can’t get into the Hall of Fame until five years after your retirement. Plus, you need to have played as least 10 years in professional. The inductees are voted on by sportswriters and various committees. For each round of voting, you need at least 75% of the ballot. Anyone who got less than 5% of the votes is forever dropped off the ballot. Cold? Perhaps, but when it comes to honoring the greats of baseball, the Hall of Fame doesn’t mess around.

Brooklyn Dodgers Artifacts

Yes, the Dodgers were once in Brooklyn. Image Source: Flickr user: Ewen Roberts


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Written by Rick B.

October 2nd, 2014 at 11:49 pm

iPoll’s Guide to Collecting Baseball Cards

To collect something is to be a fan of that something. It stands to reason that every baseball card collector is a fan of the game. Maybe they started collecting when they were a kid and didn’t know the value of the cards. They just liked the gum, looking at their heroes, and trading with their friends. Or, maybe they just liked putting them in the spokes of their bikes.

As with any collection, the older your piece, the greater value you have. That’s why you need to go backwards with your collecting. There are plenty of card collectors who are buying, selling and trading cards 24/7, and trying to do just that — to find that old card that’s worth a lot, whether in money or sentiment. Are you ready to start (or add) to your baseball card collection?

Rare Baseball Cards

These cards originally cost a nickel. Now they're worth thousands. Image Source: Flickr user: baseball collection


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Written by Rick B.

October 1st, 2014 at 10:31 pm

iPoll’s Top Five Baseball Records List

If there is one sport that has a lot of statistic hungry fans, it is baseball. You’ll often find the truly devoted making notes on scorecards as they watch the game from the stands. Of course, thanks to the dozens of MLB apps available, now you can keep score on your iPhone or iPad with very little room for error. So it was that 20-year baseball veteran Derek Jeter played his last game in Boston for the Yankees. It fits for him to end his career with a baseball rivalry that dates back to the beginning of the game itself. Best of all, the Boston fans showed their respect for Jeter with a standing ovation.

As stats go, Derek certainly was a powerhouse for the Yankees. He led them in career hits with an astonishing 3,465. He also racked up the number one spot for career doubles at 544, stolen bases at 358, at bats at 11,195 and games played at 2,747. Those are mighty impressive records by any standards. Naturally, any look back at such an illustrious career will have other fans of the game scrambling to get their trivia in line. iPoll is here to help with the top ten baseball records list.


At Bat

One of the great ones at bat: Derek Jeter. Image Source: Flickr user: Chris Ptacek


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Written by Rick B.

September 30th, 2014 at 8:48 pm

Monday Mobile Mission: Set a New Record for Cash Rewards

As the baseball season is winding down, the scorekeepers will be going over the stats to see what (if any) records have been broken this year. It’s always exciting for fans when a new home-run derby is fired up. When a major player like Derek Jeter retires, attendance records can get set at stadiums around the country. Everyone wants to turn out to honor such a solid player. The fact that he was able to play for 20 seasons at the top of his game is a record in and of itself. Here at iPoll, we love it when a record gets broken, whether it’s for baseball home-runs or iPoll rewards. In fact, we challenge every iPoller to break the record for most rewards ever earned. How close are you?

Cat Costume

OGC. Original Gansta Cat. Nuff said. Image Source: Flickr user pets advisor


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Written by Rick B.

September 29th, 2014 at 8:58 pm

iPoll’s Top Pick for a Foliage Show: Bangor, Maine

“With below average day time temperatures and very chilly nights over the past several days, northern Maine has seen the progression of color rapidly spreading throughout the forest canopies and hillsides in zones 6 and 7. The time is right for the spectacular viewing of why we love Maine in the fall,” said Gale Ross, Fall Foliage spokesperson on the Maine Foliage website. She was providing today’s update for the leave watching. Clearly, this is very serious business up in Maine and Bangor is right smack dab in the middle of all the action. You might think that a trip to Bangor would be a trip to Maine’s capitol, but you would be wrong. Augusta is the capital. Bangor is Maine’s biggest distribution hub, and that’s where the confusion comes from. While it may not be the capital, Bangor is iPoll’s top pick for a fall foliage show (and that’s no small deal!). Here’s what you can do in Bangor:

The House of Stephen King

You know this place has some ghosts. Image Source: Flickr user: Madeleine Holland


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Written by Rick B.

September 26th, 2014 at 7:37 pm

iPoll Takes a Hike through the Adirondacks

This week we’ve been exploring the best spots in the country to soak in the amazing sights of leaves changing colors, something that happens every fall. Obviously, you need to be where the trees are to get in on this action. Why not go to an entire region that is exploding with color? That would be the Adirondacks mountain range in upstate New York. The best spot for the foliage parade might be John Boyd Thacher State Park. This national park is located along the Helderberg Escarpment. Yeah, your guess is as good as mine as to where that is, but this seems to be the hot spot. If you’re not interested in pitching a tent here, then you have a choice of 100 towns and villages along the Adirondacks. We won’t list them all but instead offer the most popular spots for a fall vacation getaway.

Fall In the Adirondacks

This could be the view from your window this fall. Image Source: Flickr user lakeplacid.com

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Written by Rick B.

September 25th, 2014 at 11:31 pm