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  • kallen - oops, meant to buy a binder full of menHow do I return this binder? I meant to buy the one for men. After a long day as a teacher, who hasn't received a pay increase in 4 years(thanks Wall Street), I'd like to come home to a clean house, cooked meal,and no dishes in the sink! I heard that Paul Ryan will do your dishes for free even if they're already clean. That's the binder full of men that I want! Of course I have my own man but he's learning how to be a truck driver because he was unemployed for 9 months and we were living on credit. Thanks Bush!
  • Gertrude, the Bad Queen "Live well, laugh lou... - What a beautiful LeapPad2!This LeapPad2 is just amazing. The Monsters theme is really appealing to children (and adults). I especially like that the case has textures, which makes it much easier to hold on to.

    The most important reason I love LeapPads is because of their educational apps. One of the amazing benefits to any of the LeapPads is the number of apps that come preinstalled. There are plenty of games to play - enough to keep a child challenged for months. I see a lot of very small children playing with iPads and as an educator; I'm not sure what benefit they have. Obviously once children are in the upper elementary, iPads become valuable tools to use for education. But up until that point it seems like the educational adaptation is pretty hit or miss. The teenagers who have been in my house the past few years are crazy in love with their iPads but they are playing games.

    I now regret all of my complaints about the lack of color involved in the Leap Pads. The green or pink and maybe a lavender cover made it difficult to tell which LeapPad was which. There will be no mistaking that this one is mine. :D. Actually, when the children are playing, they have 15 minutes on one device and then they all switch because not all of our LeapPads have the same content. Then they go out to play because it is still summer here and beautiful. But now it is easier to make sure they have switched LeapPads because they are not all green.

    The only complaint I have left is the inability to download purchased apps onto more than one LeapPad. The LeapPad Ultra did allow me to connect and download apps I had purchased previously.

    I did have some runarounds with this particular LeapPad. I have an account with a huge number of LeapFrog products attached to it and sometimes they are easy to connect and sometimes not. This one kept telling me it needed an update and then that it already had it, then that it didn't, then that I needed to restart my computer.... Not one of my favorite games. Then I discovered that the update wasn't downloading because before the needed 5 minutes, the LeapPad2 was turning off because it wasn't in use. I just kept doing what it wanted until it downloaded it. In the past, I have bought as many as 6 of a single kind of LeapFrog hand held device and some of them update and some of them play the Update game. It's always interesting to see which will do what.

    Another thing that is interesting about what is probably a new lineup for holiday sales is that this one is not much more than the regular LeapPad 2s have been until recently (usually $99). This Monsters U version adds a lot of parts to it and comes with a $20 digital download card.

    If you are a first time buyer, you may be interested in buying an LeapFrog App Center Download Card (works with all LeapPad Tablets, LeapsterGS, Leapster Explorer and LeapReader). These fluctuate in price so I leave them in my cart and generally buy them whenever they go below the $16 mark. I've heard other people say they don't buy until it goes below $12 but I have never seen that price.

    Another lifesaver is the LeapFrog AC Adapter (Works with LeapPad2, LeapPad1, LeapsterGS Explorer, Leapster Explorer and Leapster2) that works for many of the devices including the LeapPad2s

    I had never seen the LeapFrog LeapPad2 Recharger Pack (Works only with LeapPad2) for the LeapPad 2 but this is a necessity. My rechargables never seem to last very long and the LeapPads always end up with regular batteries in them. This is one of the ways that the shut-off is so wonderful. I have also seen that there is a new LeapFrog LeapPad2 Power Learning Tablet - Green (includes rechargeable battery - $40 value). These are great options. I plan to add one of theRecharger packs in short order and will probably get rechargers for all the children who have LeapPads as a stocking stuffer. They get really excited about batteries.

    Yes, I admit it. I love LeapPads.
  • Elaine - Eyes Wide Open ..... Finally!I absolutely love this book. If you are not afraid of someone telling you like it is, get this book. It is 10 times better that Act Like a Lady, Think like a Man and a lot easier to read. There is also a fun element. I found myself laughing out loud sometimes. It is also a very tough read when you realise why your relationships don't go anywhere, why you are lied to and cheated on by losers and users. I found myself thinking: "Why did I allow that?" or Why did I not see that? It seems like such common sense". I had to stop at times because so much of it rang true for me. But I appreciated the straight talk. I needed to see all these cues in writing. I wish I had read this book years ago. But now that I have I will be sure to put what I read into practice. I will definitely be getting this book for my niece who turns 18 next year.