Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Holiday Gift Ideas from National Geographic Kids Books

 Books make the best gifts. My kids always end up reading their book presents on Christmas afternoon. Just about that time when the excitement is dwindling and the sleepiness of staying up late and not being about to sleep kicks in. They tend to curl up on the couch or in bed and enjoy the quiet reading time.

I have a bunch of National Geographic Kids Books to share with you - all perfect for gift giving. On top of that one lucky reader will win a set of them all (more on that at the end of this post.)

Monday, November 20, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: RawSpiceBar Review & Giveaway!

Trying to find something for everyone on your holiday gift list can be challenging. I really take a lot of time to shop and plan for each gift I give because I want it to be meaningful and something that the receiver will enjoy. So what do you get for the chef in your life that has every gadget there is on the planet? I'd like to introduce you to RAWSPICEBAR which offers quarterly spice kits.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

*Free Printables* Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas Is You!

An all-new Christmas movie this year Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You on DVD. This is the perfect movie to get everyone in the holiday spirit. This is one for dog lovers and Christmas lovers alike!

Holiday Gift Guide: Time For Kids Great Big Book of How & Why

Time For Kids has revised and updated two of the their popular books the Big Book of How and Big Book of Why. Featuring 1001 facts in each, these books cover topics kids want to know about like technology and sports.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide for HER! ColorProof SuperPlump Whipped Bodifying Mousse

 I haven't used Mousse in years. I don't know why it hasn't been a product I reach for but that has changed. You see this new ColorProof SuperPlump Whipped Bodifying Mousse is unlike any mousse I've ever used. It comes out almost the consistency of a thick whipped cream. It actually makes my hair feel moisturized and not dry like a normal mousse would.  It is rick but lightweight in the hair and gives a decent amount of body. I find myself grabbing it every wash day. The best part is my hair feels hydrated but does not get or feel greasy at all. So I can still go 3-4 days for washing and it maintains that full body as well. This is a big win for me!! 

Friday, November 17, 2017

TallOrder.com - Socks for Men

 It feels like overnight my firstborn tiny baby has transformed into the tall, hairy man. I'm still amazed that he is a senior and shaves. It just doesn't seem possible. At just 12 years of age he towered me - I'm only 5'1. His feet were a size 11 back then. Now at 17 he is just about 6 feet tall and wears a size 13. I love that he can reach up and change a light bulb for me so easily. I'm always amazed at how tall he is.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: ABRAMS Appleseed Board Book Library!

One of my favorite gifts to give is books. I think reading and being read to is so important. I love adding new books to our home library and we have recently added a bunch sent from ABRAMS Appleseed. These are board books perfect for the 2 and up crowd that want a little more in their story. Many of the books are interactive which lends for some reading. Better Together and Charlie Builds have strong family themes.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Tips for Homeschooling During the Holiday Season

Homeschooling during the holiday season can be tricky. This will be our 7th Christmas while homeschooling and I've learned a few things along the way. I hope these tips will be a blessing to you. I remember that first holiday season. We tried to do way too much and keep up with a rigorous curriculum schedule. It ended with lots of tears on their part and mine. The following year I had a much better strategy.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Star Giveaway & Free Printables! #TheStarMovie

 The Star will be in theaters November 17th featuring a wonderful all-star cast. This is bound to be a holiday hit!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: The Gift Book Review

 Shelley Shepard Gray is my favorite author of the Amish Genre and The Gift does not disappoint. This story was special because it was set around the holidays. We meet a new character in the series The Amish of Hart County. Susanna is a strong and independent Amish girl. She is rather unique because she is her own person and has been raised to think for herself. A series of mishaps happen to her and her family all of which is a mystery. It is neat to see her figure out what is happening along with the other characters. My only complaint with this book is it could have been about 100 pages longer!! I just loved learning about their world and I hope Susanna's story shows up in another book in the series to see where she ends up completely.  The mystery in this book was not predictable which was a pleasant surprise.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Warm Up With A Cup of Adagio Tea

 Growing up my mom always had a cup of tea in her hand in the morning. I distinctively remember Christmas mornings having to wait to open presents until she had her cup of tea in hand. It seemed like it took forever to hear the whistle of the kettle signaling the water was hot and ready. For me a cup of tea is magical. It brings me back to the sweet memories of my mom. I still honor her tradition on Christmas morning and have to have a cup of tea in hand before my children get to dive in to present time.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Rescued Hearts Review & Kindle Giveaway!

 Rescued Hearts by Hope Toler Dougherty was a very interesting read. This is a contemporary novel - which has been my genre of choice lately. In this book the main character has a very scary situation come about which throws Mary Wade together with Brett Davis. While the  story line is intense the actual story itself is fairly light-heated and fun. There is not a lot of depth to the characters and I wish they had developed them a little more - especially Mary Wade's character. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed the story but I wish I knew more of what made her tick because she was so strong and independent.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Unit Study with Christmas Around The World

I love this time of year because I love adding holiday studies to our homeschool. I've went a little crazy this year at the dollar store scooping up crafting supplies and hitting up the Target Dollar Spot.  I also pulled a bunch of books from my shelves to read for the month of December. It is my favorite time of year. I love sharing Christmas and my third son is at the perfect age to really absorb all the details. He just turned seven and really enjoys crafting and coloring.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Treat Yourself!

 I have a delightful book to share with you today. Treat Yourself: How To Make 93 Ridiculously Fun No-Bake Crispy Rice Treats by Jessica Siskin. This is a fun book that teaches you everything you need to know to make some really cool crispy rice creations.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Ordinary Graces Devotional

The New Year is truly around the corner. One thing I have come to really enjoy is starting a new devotional. Last year I read Lucinda Secrest McDowells devotional Dwelling Places. I loved the simplicity of that book. This year I will be starting a new book from the same author - Ordinary Graces: Word Gifts for Any Season.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Weleda Skin Care

 A few years back I discovered one of my favorite brands - Weleda. It started out simple with their hand creams. (Which are amazing with winter skin and the only thing my 17 year old son will use!) Next, I discovered their baby skin care line. ( I love the sensitive line and the calendula line.) These products have become staples in our daily care.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: PRO Beauty Tools 1 1/4” Professional X-Long Gold Curling Iron

 Last week I went to curl my hair for church and my curling iron died. Thankfully I had just been sent a new curling iron - the PRO Beauty Tools 1 1/4" Professional X-Long Gold Curling Iron. I was so happy to pull this out. I have very long hair that is curl resistant. I need a curling iron that heats fast and at a professional level to keep the curl.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway: Animal Planet Adventures Chapter Books!

 There is a new trend popping up with gift giving. You give just four gifts. One you want, One you need, one to wear and one to read. I don't do this for my kids (my husband thinks he is Santa and would probably die if I tried to limit Christmas to just four things!) I do however love the idea and try to actually do something like this. (Typically, my kids get something from each category and a few additional presents.) I always love including something to read as a gift. Most years my kids would open their presents and by mid-afternoon be reading their books. Which always makes my Momma heart happy. I like to read on Christmas too when the turkey goes in the oven and everyone is busy.

Friday, November 3, 2017

November Read Alouds

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This month I have some classics and a few holiday books thrown in. November always flies by in our house with birthdays and our wedding anniversary. Add Thanksgiving to that and we usually only have about 3 weeks of school. I don't want to overwhelm the kids so I choose only a few books.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Online Shopping Tips To Save Big!

I know we just got into November but this is the time to think about holiday shopping. In fact I've seen some crazy deals with kohl's cash and Amazon already! So how do you navigate the savings? I'm hear to help you with a strategy to be prepared!!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Total Christmas Makeover

 Christmas is a magical time of year but it can quickly lose it's sense of  the true meaning. One way to keep your heart in the right place is to do a devotional in the month of December. Total Christmas Makeover: 31 Devotionals To Celebrate With Purpose by Melissa Spoelstra is a wonderful, practical devotional with the heart of celebrating Jesus.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Fall Themed Birthday Party

 My youngest two are born only 2 days apart. Last year we celebrated their birthdays almost 2 months apart because we always do a big special 1st birthday. This year I knew I wanted to combine them and do something fun. I had never done a fall themed party and it seemed like the perfect theme for an October party. (Their actual birthdays are in November but it gets cold that weekend for outside parties.)

Sunday, October 29, 2017

May The Faith Be With You Bedtime Prayers

 We are a Star Wars family so when we find anything that resembles or makes a play on the terminology we tend to perk up with interest. That is exactly what happened when we received May The Faith Be With You Bedtime Prayers: A Glow-in-the-Dark Book by Susan Collins Thoms. This is a very unique board book that includes 15 prayers with scripture references. We used this book at bedtime by reading the prayer and talking about what it meant. The kids got a kick out of the illustrations by Robert Dunn - the space theme was a total hit.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children #bookreview

Looking for a creepy read for Halloween then you need to check out the Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children series. This is a young adult series that has just the tiniest bit of creep. The author - Ranson Riggs - was inspired by old peculiar photographs he came across. Taking those as inspiration he created a fantastic magical tale of peculiar people. Each having their own unique abilities.

Friday, October 27, 2017

New Dvds from NCircle

 We enjoy our television time. Awhile back we dropped cable and we decided to rely on our large DVD collection. I love that the kids and I are taking time to watch our favorites and not just channel surf. We have a large collection of shows from NCircle - they are one of our favorite companies for quality kids tv.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Limited Edition Halloween Collection from Hard Candy!

 Halloween is just days away! I haven't finalized my costume but I know it is going to include some killer sparkly makeup. I plan on grabbing a pastel rainbow wig and popping on some false eyelashes. I think I might end up as a fairy? (Look on Instagram on Halloween for a glimpse of my costume!!)

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Laurie Berkner Band Concert 11/19 in Morristown

The Laurie Berkner Band: A Holiday Celebration Concert!
WHEN: Two shows - 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Sunday, November 19
WHERE: Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown, NJ 07960
TICKETS: $19/$29/$39/$100, plus applicable fees
A limited number of $100 VIP tickets are available.
TO CHARGE BY PHONE: 973-539-8008
TO PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE: Visit the Mayo Performing Arts Center website HERE.
*VIP tickets include after-show Meet & Greet, photo opportunity, and a personalized, autographed picture of the Laurie Berkner Band.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Beowulf's Grammar Giveaway!

 Guest Hollow is one of my favorite homeschooling resources. I love sharing how their high school Chemistry changed our whole schooling experience around. Now my big kids love science. This year they are doing Physics and I never have to worry about them actually doing their work because they are excited about learning.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thomas Nelson's KJV Know the Word Study Bible.

I'm a bit of a bible snob and also a bit of a collector. I was just talking about this with my Pastor's wife recently about how privileged we are in America that I have the freedom and ability to own many bibles. I have a bible I bring to church that is thin and light weight. I love it because it is easy to carry along with the diaper bag, pocketbook, and baby. Then next to my bed I like to have a study bible for doing my bible reading and study. I honestly haven't found the right one until now.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Coming Soon! Holiday Gift Guide 2017!

Every year ARupLife.com features some of the best and often unique products perfect for gift giving. They range from items for kids to adults and even stocking stuffer ideas. It is a fun time with lots of giveaways- You won't want to miss it.


Interested in having your product featured? You can reach out by email to - aruplife@gmail.com and tell me a little about your product. This will determine if it is a good fit and if there is room during the holiday gift guide as spots fill up fast!

I'm looking forward to another wonderful holiday season!