Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer Reading: Beginner's Bible Collection & Giveaway #ad

My littlest son just loves books. He loves to sit and look at them or carry them around. When I received this sweet collection from The Beginner's Bible, I knew he would just love them. As you probably know these books include bright colorful pictures from various stories in the bible. The people and animals have the sweetest faces. These illustrations bring the bible alive to our littlest readers. I love sharing God's Word with my children and having tools like this collection help. I'm always amazed at how much my 6 year old remembers from our short story times. We were talking about some thing and he piped in with, "that's just like in the bible." It made my momma's heart soar to hear him make the connection from the current topic to the character in the bible.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

How Our Year Went with Guest Hollow High School Chemistry plus *NEW* Study Guide!

 This past year we ventured away from what I consider traditional science. Admittedly, I was a little scared at first. Would my kids take to the new approach? Would it be enough? What I knew is that we were burned out with the way high school science textbooks were written. They cram a lot of information with little practical application. Most of the labs we had done in the past were just not that successful. We would end up watching a video to see what we should have produced at home. I even have an expensive microscope still in the box because there was zero interest in opening it.

I did a review with Guest Hollow High School Chemistry in the fall (you can read my initial thoughts and see some how the first two weeks went here.) Sometimes after we review a product we use it for awhile then we move on to something else. This was not the case with this curriculum. We used it for the entire school year - and spoiler alert - we LOVED it!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

FERDINAND *Trailer* #Ferdinand

 I love the Story of Ferdinand. We've read it many times in our homeschool. I'm pretty excited to see an adaptation on the big screen this winter! I have a feeling we will be reading the book a bunch this fall as the trailers come on television and my 6 year old starts seeing them.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

IPSY June 2017

I've decided to subscribe to Ipsy again. I had a short run with Sephora's Play subscription but frankly it was not worth the money. The samples were small and nothing new and exciting. (Of course the month after I unsub it was better but that is how these beauty subs go!)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Thomas Edison's Secret Lab: It's Always Sharkest Giveaway #ad

 Summer is officially here at the Rup House! We finished school yesterday! That means the kids can have a little more movie/television time. Of course that mean we watch some educational shows - but they can be disguised fun kids shows. Thomas Edison's Secret Lab: It's Always Sharkest. Is a perfect dvd to pop in when the littles want to watch but I want what they watch to be quality.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

*FREE* Summer Reading Programs!

Summer Reading for children is essential to keep up those wonderful skills they learned all year. It has been a priority in our home each year to have our children read for at least 30 minutes each day. I also try to do several read alouds (where I read to them a big chapter book each night). One of my main tips is to have my kids do the reading before any electronics for the day. It starts them off fresh for learning.

One way to keep them motivated is to join a program that the child can earn rewards and possibly even some prizes. This year there is a unique trend for some online programs and I rounded a bunch up for you.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Hard Candy Plumping Lip Serum Lipglosses #ad

Hard Candy has been on the ball with new products this year! I was recently sent one of the new Plumping Lip Serum glosses to try out and share my thoughts with you. I was sent one of the darkest shades - After Hours - which in the tube is a dark purple with tiny glittery flecks. I was skeptical being the pale child that I am that this color would work for me but I was quite surprised. On the lips it is the slightest wash of color in a soft purpley/plum. Alone it is more of just a gloss than deep color but for me this worked well. I found that it was even better to top matte lipsticks I already owned to amp up the shine. I've only tried this one color - which is one of the sheer colors but I was told there are some that are more opaque.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

#PRHpartner Little Excavator Review & Giveaway Blog Tour

 Having little boys we've come to love construction. It probably helps that Daddy is a plumber and has worked with just about every type of construction vehicle there is. In fact we showed him the different machinery while reading this book and he confirmed that he has driven them all. We have been to a local amusement park in NJ called Diggerland that lets you drive and use the real equipment - which all my boys loved. When I saw the new book - Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney - I knew it would be a wonderful addition to our library.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Calling All LOTR Fans! The Battles of Tolkien by David Day Book Review #ad

 Call me a nerd but I love books like The Battles of Tolkien by David Day. This book takes a deeper look at many of the famous battles of middle earth. This book has the most beautiful cover of a faux leather with etchings of soldiers. Then you open it and you have the color pictures of maps, weapons and foes all through out. It is beautiful. If your a Tolkien fan this is one for your collection. My boys went on a Tolkien movie watching binge last summer, so they both thought this book was very cool. Diving into the details of battle really sparked their interests to re-watch.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

#PRHpartner - Summer Reading: Bodyguard Series! #WIN

 Moms are always asking for recommendations on what their child should read next. It seems that once kids get the bug for reading they devour everything and they are always hungry for me. (Not that far off from us adult readers!) When my teens were around 10 they wanted books to be all about action and adventure. We read some fantastic books like Artemis Fowl and Percy Jackson aloud over those summers. It was some of my best memories. Recently, I was sent 4 books in a new series by Chris Bradford. The series - Bodyguard - follows a young teen Connor on an incredible journey as he becomes a professional bodyguard.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Guess How Much I Love You: Summer Days Giveaway #ad

 Oh the sweet days of Summer are almost here. We have one week left of school then we can relax. I love this cover of this dvd because it makes me think of my four boys and the sweet memories we will make this summer. We are looking forward to old fashioned days of sleeping in, staying up late with movies and books, swimming and lots of lemonade.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Wonder Woman One Stop Shop!

Since the movie opened my social media feed has been on fire with Wonder Woman. I know it is because we finally have our female action hero on screen. Did you see NikkiTutorials did a beautiful makeup look inspired by the character? It blew me away how beautiful it is! Warner Bros Pictures has opened up an online shop featuring all the merchandise you could possible want with our Amazonian led!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

#ad The Berenstain Bears: 5 - Minute Inspirational Stories

As we are winding down with our school year I've been trying to do more reading aloud to the little ones. My six year old has never truly taken to being read to so it is a work in progress for us and some days he will sit for an hour and some days it is hard to get him to sit for 10 minutes. I was recently sent this book from the Berenstain Bears Living Lights A Faith Story collection. 5 - Minute Inspirational Stories (by Stan and Jan Berenstain with Mike Berenstain.) This has been perfect for those days where Jace's little body just doesn't want to sit still for a long time.

Monday, June 5, 2017

May Favorites!

 Can you believe it is June already? Last month I've really been focusing on using things I already have on hand and rediscovering some old favorites. I'm trying to do a 'no-buy' for new makeup but I've already broken it twice with a new foundation and a new mascara - I have a feeling they will show up in my next month's favorites because they are good but I haven't been using them long enough to say for sure.

2 New Titles from NCircle: Floogals & Mack & Moxy!

 I have two dvds to share with you today from our family at NCircle Entertainment. One for preschoolers - Floogals: Destination Planet Earth! and one for toddlers-  Mack & Moxy: Welcome to Helpeeland! Both of these DVDs reinforce values and skills perfect for you children and have been a wonderful addition to our dvd library.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Father's Day Gift: Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy 1000 Dot-to-Dot Giveaway! #ad

 With Father's Day just around the corner on June 18th, you might be struggling to find just the perfect gift. One thing my husband loves is Sci-fi movies. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 just released and it was a hit with him and my teens.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Cat in the Hat knows a Lot About Camping! DVD Giveaway!

 When I was recently shopping for our next year's homeschool curriculum I noticed that several titles were from The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About series. That got me looking into the television show to see if there were any titles on DVD that we could add to our day. To my delight there are a bunch that go along with what we will be learning. To kick off summer vacation we've been enjoying this new title The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Camping! The Cat really makes learning fun for my 6 year old. He loves the antics and doesn't even realize how much he is learning!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

New Amazon Prime Show - Dino Dana!

 Dino Dana is a follow-up to the 2015 Emmy award-winning series Dino Dan: Trek's AdventuresDino Dana is a preschool program that takes viewers on a whole new level of dinosaur encounters. Combining live-action with CGI animation, the series features 11 new prehistoric creatures and, for the first time, two sisters. After a chance encounter with Trek and his Dino Field Guide, Dana (Michela Luci), a "paleontologist in training," begins to see dinosaurs all around her, leading to plenty of action and adventure. Every episode shares interesting dinosaur facts and applies them to kid-relatable experiences. Created by J.J. Johnson (Dino Dan, Annedroids), the series is executive produced by Sinking Ship partners Johnson, Blair Powers and Christin Simms with animation executive produced by Matthew J.R. Bishop.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Hard Candy Pro Eyeshadow Palette Artiste Kit #REVIEW

 I was recently sent this wonderful matte eyeshadow palette from Hard Candy to review. It features 15 shades including a dark brown and black. There are plenty of crease, brow-bone and lid shadows to choose from. These shadows are soft and almost cream to touch. The are pretty pigmented, but they work better if you build them. If your looking for a nice drugstore option for mattes this is it! It has enough shadows that you can do a complete look without adding anything else. I have to say I'm very impressed with this palette. I was looking for a decent matte shadow palette and this delivers all of my wants from browns, black and that wonderful cranberry shade. You are able to go cool or warm depending on which shadows you choose.

Friday, May 26, 2017

All In A Day #bookreview

 There is something beautiful about a simple black and white illustrations that bring a sweet story to life. That is how it wish All In A Day by Cynthia Rylant. This board book shares a positive message about enjoying the day. Illustrator Nikki McClure brings life to the story with old fashion scenery modernized with a splash of color. The book reminds me of some of my favorite classics and is quickly becoming a favorite in our story time.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Despicable Me 3 Trailer!

 My kids are looking forward to this one! 

In theaters June 30th!!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Max 2: White House Hero Review & Giveaway #ad

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

Max is back with an all new adventure in Max 2: White House Hero. This is a wonderful family friendly movie. We watched with all of the boys from 1-16 and it was enjoyed by all. You know you have a good movie when the 6 year old asks to watch it again after it finishes. The movie features the first family and there is someone sabotaging negotiations with a foreign diplomat. While this movie has some intense situations it is done in a way that isn't really scary and it is easily enjoyed by all ages. The kids are strong and independent. Make sure you stick around for the credits because there are some pictures of famous presidents and their dogs. (Us homeschoolers really enjoyed that addition!)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

New Octonauts VD - 12 Rescue Missions Review & Giveaway! #ad

 Octonauts have been a family favorite for the last 5 years. My 6 year old still watches them but now his 1 year old brother is equally obsessed. He shouts Octonauts, Kwazii's Yeow and hums the theme song! It is adorable to see him do that. He really loves watching. This dvd - 12 Rescue Missions - has some of my favorite episodes on it. I love Artificial Reef and learning about fish camouflaging. I also love the learning about the Midnight Zone in the episode Yeti Crab. This is a beautifully sweet show that also teaches children all about the creatures under the sea. It is educational but also enjoyable to watch!

Monday, May 22, 2017

#PRHPartner Girling Up by Mayim Bialik, PhD Review & Giveaway!

When I was offered this book- Girling Up: How To Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular - to review I was hesitant. I wasn't sure it would align with my beliefs on the subject of puberty and sex. You see I come from a very conservative upbringing and we hold a lot of those standards in our home. I shared a post some time ago on resources I used to talk birds and bees with my sons but I didn't really have any recommendations for just girls. I guess that might have something to do with being a all-boy mom.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Announcement - Mickey and the Roadster Racers: Start Your Engines on DVD August 15th


 Mickey and the Roadster Racers are back with more fast-paced adventures on wheels!

Join your favorite characters – Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy  – and their high-speed transforming Roadsters as they compete in thrilling races stretching from Hot Dog Hills to Hawaii…and all the way to London, England!  You’ll meet the world’s greatest spy, zoom through the skies in a revved up hot-air balloon race, and even return the Queen’s stolen Royal Ruby!  It’s all about great friendship, teamwork, a little competition and humorous high-spirited adventures!

Mandisa #OutoftheDark CD Review & Giveaway #flyby

Dark times can happen unexpectedly. I haven't really talked much about it on my blog but after my 4th son, I suffered from terrible postpartum depression. I had never gone through anything like that before. What should have been a joyful time in my life was overshadowed by this dark cloud. It affected my whole family. Thankfully my husband was my rock and support through it all. He helped pull me through. God never left my side - I'm thankful for that too!

Friday, May 19, 2017

May Pipsticks Review

I'm so excited to share another month of Pipsticks with you. As you know I love stickers - in fact if you follow me on Instagram you will see I often post the stickers I'm using each day in our homeschool. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

ZBlog Squad Review: The Bible Explorer's Guide

As summer comes along I'm always on the look out for fun ways to incorporate learning into our daily life without doing a full on day's worth of actual school/ curriculum. I was so excited to receive The Bible Explorer's Guide: 1000 Amazing Facts and Photos because I knew it would be a perfect addition to our reading time.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Teen Reading Spotlight: Toward a Secret Sky #ad

 I'm so excited to share with you a new young adult book - perfect for summer reading. This genre is fantasy and has a great new world woven in. I love when stories can take us to another place - if it is done well you will want to visit and  Heather Maclean has done a fantastic job of accomplishing that in Toward a Secret Sky: Trust Not Your Eyes.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

April Favorites!

 I'm a little late I supposed with my favorites but I think I have some good ones to share! I have been obsessed with three of these things and I use all of them daily! 

COSRX - Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence -

I've been all into the 10 Step Korean Beauty regimes. One of the steps is essence. The idea is that this serum type product helps all of the layers soak in better. Honestly I wasn't so sure at first by I was suffering from really dry skin and just managing it. Since adding my Essence (and ampule) I haven't had any dry patches. I've added this in after cleansing and in addition to the other creams/oils used. I am amazed at how soft my skin feels.