Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Fav Things - May



 I'm starting a new series... Which will most likely be the first Wednesday of every month where I spotlight a few things I've loved the last month. This could be any product, place or thing that has been something I've really been enjoying!

April's Favorites:



Merged App on Itunes



 I spend a lot of time feeding Logan who is half asleep. I fall asleep if I don't have something to do... so I've been playing this delightful game. I'm on level 12.


100% Pure Blackest Creamy Eyeliner



 I reach for this eyeliner almost every day. It goes on like buttah! It last all day as well. I love that it is a natural product too!

Bai Panama Peach Drink



 This stuff is YUMMY and made with only stevia as a sweetner. I use it to make good girl moonshine (this, apple cider vinegar, ginger and sweetner). I can drink this ALL day it is that good. I like doing the moonshine because it is an easy way to get my apple cider vinegar in which makes me feel good in my joints.



So those are a few of my favorite things... 





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Miss Nina & The Jumping Jacks - Every Day's Your Birthday! CD Review & Giveaway #WIN




 Wouldn't it be great if every day was your birthday? Miss Nina & The Jumping Jacks new album - Every Day's Your Birthday! - celebrates just that! Indie music for kids is really popular and this album captures that indie-electric-pop perfectly! Featuring familiar songs like - Wheels On The Bus and Five Little Pumpkins this album has a lot of pep! Then it slows down with a bit of a twangy country feel in Let's Go Home (one of my favs!) DJ in my PJs is a fun upbeat bedtime song perfect for burning off that last bit of energy with your little before tucking them in! Lastly, I have to mention the title track - Every Day's Your Birthday! - which celebrates that the day is what you make it so make it a positive one! You determine your day's worth good or bad. Love this lesson!!!


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Crew Review: Kwik Stix +Giveaway!





My five year old loves arts and craft time. I have to admit I come up at a loss of new things for him to do. I look for things that are easy to use, easy to clean up, and easy to pull out. I don't always have the time to set up an elaborate crafting activity. Kwik Stix by The Pencil Grip, Inc. really helps me out!



Beets Blu PagerTag #REVIEW





 Do you have trouble keeping track of your keys? How about your wallet? Then I have the gadget just for you! Beets Blu Pager Tag - which is a wireless paging device that beeps to find your lost item.

Reviva Labs: Ultra-Potency Vitamin C + Antioxidant Serum with EMBLICA Review & Giveaway!



 Mother's Day is just around the corner and I have a giveaway for all the ladies! You know I just love Reviva Labs and all the awesome products they make. They recently sent me their  Ultra-Potency Vitamin C + Antioxidant Serum with EMBLICA for review. This is designed to be used under your existing make up to help fight free-radicals. It is filled with antioxidants which are what fights them. I'm not to sciency by nature but I know that free radicals are a problem and now I know what the solution is!


Monday, May 2, 2016

Norm of the North Giveaway!!!




Lionsgate’s family adventure Norm of the North is currently on Digital HD and is coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack tomorrow! Follow the adventures of Norm, a polar bear from the Arctic who happens to have some very unusual talents and who has to head outside of his comfort zone to save his home! Norm embarks on a laugh-filled adventure in New York City with his lemming pals as they all try to stop greedy humans from turning the Arctic into a suburban neighborhood, and he makes some new friends along the way. 

This new movie is packed with laughs, music, fun characters and heart, Norm of the North is a must-own for the entire family! Bring home this heroic adventure now on Digital HD and coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack NOW!!!


WIN WIN WIN

One lucky reader will win a copy of Norm of the North!! 



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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Halo's “Get One, Give One” & Bassinest Giveaway! #HALOBassinest #HALOSwaddle





 Mother's Day is just around the corner and I have two great giveaways to share with you! Halo is giving away a Bassinest LUXE on Facebook! One lucky reader will win one of the most unique sleeping products on the market! I'm giving away a (enter below-) a Halo SleepSack Swaddle Prize here as well. One for you and one for your friend.  How wonderful is that!



Saturday, April 30, 2016

Wild About the Bible Sticker and Activity Book #REVIEW








Yesterday I shared a great activity book with you and guess what today I have another awesome book to share! Adventure Bible: Wild About the Bible! This book includes activities like coloring pages, word search, stickers and mazes. It is designed for ages 4-8.


Friday, April 29, 2016

The Berenstain Bears Bear Country Fun Sticker and Activity Book Review & Giveaway #zonderkidz #WIN




 My son LOVES activity books. I LOVE that he is learning and playing at the same time. I was super excited to show him The Berenstain Bears Bear Country Fun Sticker and Activity Book. As soon as I showed him, he wanted to get started. It is recommended for ages 4-8 and I think that is pretty accurate. He is 5 and a beginning reader and can do many of the activities but some we will revisit (like crossword puzzles).

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Nakano Rice Vinegar #REVIEW



 I'm excited to share a brand with you today! Nakano Rice Vinegar! Maybe you've already incorporated rice vinegar into your favorite recipes? Honestly this was a new adventure for me. So naturally I asked my Mom what she thought and she told me she's been a fan for a long time.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

My Thoughts on BoxyCharm #LOVEIT


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I mentioned in the past that I was on the lookout for a new beauty box subscription. This go around I was willing to spend a tiny bit more but I wanted FULL size products and honestly better products than Ipsy. (Ipsy was fun but it got old after 2 years).


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

GREEMU - The Green Alternative To Emu Oil #REVIEW










I love to incorporate natural products into our daily lives - especially if I can use them to replace harmful chemical-heavy products. We were sent GREEMU by Devonian to review. This is a plant oil based product for hair and skin.

$23.95 Admission Discount to Sahara Sam's & Diggerland! Plus Expansion Pics!




 Last week my family was invited to Sahara Sam's for a night of fun. During this time I and several other bloggers got a sneak peak at the huge expansion coming to the indoor water park. This is going to be a wonderful asset to the park giving the much needed indoor pool. We had a blast and I have several pictures to share with you from the event  - including a sneak peek at the remodel!

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Zonderkidz Adventure Bible - I Can Read 2 Series - I Can Read Great Stories of the Bible & Heroes of the Bible Treasury #REVIEW






 We have a little guy who is just learning to read in our house. I have a bunch of the I Can Read books from all levels but honestly I didn't have any from the Adventure Bible line. I just had never seen them. So I was super excited to receive these two books that feature 12 of the series in them (6 in each of the books.)


Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Bachelor Girl's Guide To Murder by Rachel McMillan Review+ A Murder Mystery Prize Pack & Facebook Party






Rachel McMillian's The Bachelor Girl's Guide To Murder is a unique book. The cover art and page art a super intriguing. You can tell that McMillian put a lot of thought into the main players of this book Merinda and Jem - two women way ahead of their time. These girls are not at all squeamish and are very interested in solving murders. This is a light and fun read perfect for spring time.  If you love a good mystery and enjoy a bit of dress up and humor to go along with - then this is the perfect story for you.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Beets Blu Wireless Heart Rate Monitor #review





Do you have a fitness Momma on your Mother's Day list? Then I have an awesome gadget that will be perfect for her! The Beets Blu Wireless Heart Rate Monitor.



Friday, April 22, 2016

Mother's Day Gift Guide: Successful Moms of the Bible





 I have been enjoying Successful Moms of the Bible by Katara Washington Patton. This book takes us through 10 famous women of the bible and gives a study on what makes them successful moms. From topics like praying for their children and protecting their children it is a great study on mothering from biblical examples. This is a perfect read for the Mother's Day season.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Celebrate Birthdays with Brightly! #WIN






Happy 1st Birthday Brightly! Their goal is to raise life long readers - isn't that fabulous? I know in my home that is one of my most important goals and we make reading a daily thing. By making reading an enjoyable activity I know it creates a love to last a lifetime!

One of the things offered on the site is amazing party ideas based off of your favorite books! Ideas for Madeline or Corduroy Bear parties are perfect for getting family and friends together. I love the food, decorations and favor ideas. For me a party is nothing without a good theme and these are perfect go alongs for classic books! Be sure to check out Brightly before planning your next party!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Disney’s Goldie & Bear: Best Fairytale Friends Free Printables!





Download Goldie & Bear Activities


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More babies!





 Well if you have ever heard of chicken math you will know what happened when we went to get our 2 new babies and ended up with 3! (yes chicken math is that thing where you either don't intend to get chickens or you go for a set amount and you ALWAYS end up with more!)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Norm of the North #Review & Free Printables!









 This is our movie night feature pick - Norm of the North! This movie is just plain fun and my kids have laughed through the whole movie. Norm is a little different he can speak to humans and sings and dances. He is on a mission to save the Artic and lands himself in New York City! Cute lemmings and an adorable bear - what more could you want for movie night!



Monday, April 18, 2016

Masterbook Curriculum Review: Survey of Science History & Concepts #HIGHSCHOOL





High School Science can be difficult to choose for your child. I have one child that really needs to dig deep when it comes to any subject. He loves to read - especially when it comes to facts with science and history. I was really excited to add Survey of Science History & Concepts to his reading this year.  This is a complete year of science and recommended for 10-12 grades. We are using it as a beginner high school science before jumping into more difficult individual studies for biology, physics and chemistry.

PIPSIE NATURE DETECTIVE: THE LUNCHNAPPER #WIN + Blog Tour




  Pipsie is back in a new adventure - Pipsie Nature Detective: The Lunchnapper. Author Rick DeDonato takes us on an exciting nature scavenger hunt while giving us the mystery of who stole Pipse and her turtle pet's lunch. Along the way we learn about several animals. This is a fun way of incorporating knowledge in an adorable story. The illustrations by Tracy Bishop are adorable and fit the story well. We really enjoyed this book and it is a perfect addition to our spring time walks because it encourages my five year old to be on the look out for birds, animal tracks and even animals spottings! 

 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Simple Pleasures by Marianne Jantzi #bookreview








 Simple Pleasures by Marianne Jantzi is a sweet book written by a young mother who is Amish. She shares her thoughts and reflections on everyday life with her family. Written in more of a diary form it is an interesting look in to this woman's life. I wish she had gone a bit deeper with back story because occasionally I got lost to where we were. Mind you this reads like a mother's personal thoughts about her family that she pens for her own enjoyment.I enjoyed the moments when Jantzi reflected on her role as a Mom and reminded herself how God gave her that gift to care for her family. I often need that reminder when in the thick of tough mommy days. You can really tell that she loves her family and this life the Lord has given her. This book gives us a unique glance into the life of simple family.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Mother's Day Gift Guide: 101 Things You Should Do Before Your Kids Leave Home




I have a wonderful book to share with you today - perfect for gift giving. This one would be great for that new mom or even a mom who has older teens (like me!)  I see my oldest children growing so fast and I know I have to embrace each day and create meaningful memories.  I want them to look back and know Mom & Dad loved them by showing them a full life.

101 Things You Should Do Before Your Kids Leave Home by David Bordon & Tom Winters is just the type of book to give you great ideas. This book is a mix of helpful things you should teach your kids like laundry and the art of writing thank you notes as well as fun ideas like hot air balloon rides and having a family talent show. 101 ideas is a lot of suggestions which is awesome because you can tackle them over the years rather all at once.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

KJV Beautiful Word Bible Review & Giveaway! #MOTHERSDAY



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 Journaling, doodling and coloring are truly all the rage. I'm okay with coloring but I'm not super good with it. I do love to journal though and have loved that since my scrapbooking days. I was super excited with Zondervan released their Beautiful Word KJV Bible! This bible is hardbound with beautiful illustrated verses all through out the book. There is plenty of margin space on the sides to make notes or do a little doodling of your own. I'm so impressed with the quality of this book. Most of all I'm thankful for the KJV. It is rare that us KJV users get something pretty, unique and as fun as this bible is!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Read, Write & Type by Talking Fingers Inc. #REVIEW






 My five year old loves to 'play' on the computer. I have considered this a blessing because my bigger kids prefer to do more traditional school work. When my little guy is on the computer it basically frees me up to work with a bigger kid or feed/change the baby.

We received a one year subscription to Read, Write & Type from Talking Fingers Inc. to review. This is an entirely online computer course that focuses on three main areas of learning with exercises in reading, writing and typing. The reading portion incorporates phonics and spelling while the writing/typing portion focuses on keyboarding and word processing. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

New Chicken Babies!






 We decided to add to our flock! We picked up 4 new babies this week and 2-ish babies are coming next week!


Monday, April 11, 2016

Homeschool Graduation Prep with HomeschoolDiploma.com #REVIEW


Exclusive High School Diploma Review

 One of the things we get asked as homeschoolers is how will our children graduate. In our state it is fairly easy - complete high school level courses , then Mom creates a transcript and a diploma. That is only one part of 'graduation'. I think it is a two fold question, people want to know what we will do as far as the ceremony part - after all graduation is a big milestone for our kids.  For our family we take graduation pretty serious. It is the end goal of our home schooling. We plan a big ceremony with grandparents. Our children will be expected to stand up and give a speech and their Dad and I will give a brief account of their school time. There will be some hoopla around the event. Graduation wouldn't be complete without an Exclusive High School Diploma from
HomeschoolDiploma.com.


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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Max Lucado's Pocket Prayers #Review & Chance to Win!




 When I had my youngest son it was a rough transition. My sweet cousin sent me a book for Mom's to lift my spirits and it totally did. It was just what I needed at the time. That's why I was so excited to be part of this review of Max Lucado's Pocket Prayers. I was sent a set - with the idea to gift them out to the special people in our lives.