Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Lion Guard: Unleash the Power *NOW* on DVD!




With our Disney trip just weeks away, this new release of The Lion Guard: Unleash the Power couldn't have arrived at a better time. We are getting excited about our trip and having a all new video to watch was just the perfect thing! My 5 year old snatched it right out of my hand and ran off to watch - it was a HIT!


Saturday, September 24, 2016

New from Andrew & Polly: Ear Snacks: Songs from the Podcast CD Review!







Andrew & Polly are back with a new cd - Ear Snacks Songs From The Podcast! Featuring 16 songs from their first season of the podcast Ear Snacks. The songs range from upbeat to slow and all have those fun lyrics and arrangements you've come to love from Andrew & Polly. Dancing Pants will have you up from your chair and moving to the beat! Why Is Fruit Fruit? Mentions chickens and as chicken owners we all got a kick out of that song. How Can You Tell If It's Going To Rain? is my personal favorite. I love the slower ballads and this one is so beautiful. This is a really fun album with lots of variety to really appeal to fans of many musical styles.



Friday, September 23, 2016

Monsters Go Night-Night Book Review



Monsters Go Night-Night 

by Aaron Zenz


There is something special about night time and the going to bed routine. Parents all through out the lands cuddle with their children and grab a book to read. Personally some of my favorite books over the years to read at bedtime are those with a going to sleep theme. Monsters Go Night-Night is a cute book that tells you all the crazy things monsters do to get ready for bed. Things like brushing their teeth with an octopus! The book circles back around with a few 'normal' things like going potty and kissing their parents good night. It is just a fun book perfect for bedtime!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Calling All Octonauts Fans! Slime Time DVD & Toy Giveaway! #win







 It is no secret that my five year old loves the Octonauts. Guess what he still does! I love this sweet show myself and have watched many episodes with him. (Can't wait for L-man to love it too!) Why do I love it? All the animals talk so sweet to each other and those they help. The show is all about helping.



Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Liberty Science Center Exhibit: Curious George: Let's Get Curious! + 4 Pack Pass Giveaway!





 This past Saturday the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City hosted a few blogger families. During this time we got to experience the new Curious George: Let's Get Curious exhibit. This is an awesome hands on experience perfect for the younger set. Everywhere my 5 year old explored there was something to see, touch or do!


11th Grade Curriculum Choices for 2016-2017








 When we started this journey of homeschooling our now 11th grader was only going into 7th! Those 5 years have flown by! I can't believe he is so close to the finish line. Picking high school courses is a bit challenging when your student isn't sure where they are headed after graduation. Since we don't have a clear path we are making him do all college prep courses so that when the time comes (which is actually pretty soon!!!) he can go to a school of his choice if that is what he desires.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

IT’S TIME FOR SCHOOL Word World DVD!!!







 School is in session and what better way to reinforce all our little kids are learning then by watching a fabulous educational show? Word World brings reading right on the screen by using words in the animation. They magical weave the two together all the while helping with building readers!


Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Recovering Spender: How to Live a Happy, Fulfilled, Debt-Free Life #bookreview






 The Recovering Spender:  How to Live a Happy, Fulfilled, Debt-Free Life
by Lauren Greutman


This was a fascinating book. Author Lauren Greutman takes us into her life and shares all of her mistakes with overspending. While most of us might not be as extreme, it was very relatable and convicting!


Friday, September 16, 2016

Ada Twist, Scientist Book Review #adatwist




Ada Twist, Scientist
by Andrea Beaty
Illustrations by David Roberts

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty, is a  fun book from the start with the rhyming story of a little girl, Ada, that didn't speak until she turned three. Once she did she just implodes asking all of the important questions like Why, Where, How and When!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Live On Forever CD from The Afters Review & Giveaway #TheAfters #FlyBy









 I have been really excited to share this cd for review and giveaway with you all. The Live On Forever has been a favorite of mine all summer. Now the song Battles is quickly rising to one of my favorites. The Afters have a unique and very modern sound that is fantastically different. When I tell people Christian music has come a long way - this is exactly the type of music I'm talking about. God-loving worship songs that are bridging the generations.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

HelpTeaching.com for Elementary Level Learning







 In the beginning of the year I reviewed HelpTeaching.com focusing on older grades and high school. Today I'm bringing the same product for review but with a primary focus on kindergarten and grade school levels. Help Teaching Pro Subscription  actually gives you a membership with access to all levels.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Awesome Science Media - The Flood Geology DVD Series Review & Giveaway!







 Awesome Science has been a valuable resource in our homeschool with their fabulous dvd series. Over the summer they sent me a huge box of DVDs to review and today I'm going to share about The Flood Geology DVD series.

9th Grade Curriculum Choices for 2016-2017







I'm a little late on sharing with you all what I'm doing for homeschool this year. Honestly I didn't really finalize until about 2 weeks ago . We are about a week into school and things are going pretty well. I have two highschoolers this year! I can't believe it.


Monday, September 12, 2016

THE MIGHTY ODDS Review & Giveaway #WIN


 

 The Mighty Odds

by Amy Ignatow



Every kid's dream is super powers and that is just what The Mighty Odds is all about. Imagine you have a accident and when you wake up you suddenly have special abilities? That is exactly what happens in this book but with a great twist. The powers aren't thinks like super speed or amazing strength. Instead the kids get things like strength only in their thumbs or teleporting but only a few inches.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Book Review: God Bless Us Every One










 I know Christmas books already, but honestly when the opportunity came up to read this book for review I just couldn't resist. I love books set around the holidays. I like to read them during the season then pack them away and re-read them again the next year.


Saturday, September 10, 2016

You've Got Me Review & Giveaway! #WIN







 As our home school is back in session I find the television off but I miss the background sounds. One of my favorite things to do is put on some music. It is soothing and the kids can still work while it is playing. Our latest cd we've been enjoying is You've Got Me by Sara Lovell. This album really spoke to me, it is a magical musical letter written in song to children. An Unbreakable Cord shares the bond between mother and child. Having just had my baby ten months ago I can totally relate to this bond, actually with all my precious children. You've Got Me is such a beautiful song letting kids know Mom is there no matter what obstacle they will face. It is just a fantastic album!



 About:


A professional singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with wide-ranging musical interests and three critically praised albums to her credit, Sara Lovell moved to Berkeley from Los Angeles several years ago with a desire to create a permanent home and become a parent.  She's now a full-time, solo mom of an imaginative six-year-old who loves to paint his face and dance in front of the mirror.

Sara Lovell says, "You've Got Me is most definitely a love letter to my son, as well as a love letter to other parents and children: to parents who sing and tell stories to their kids and to the children who flourish with joy and creativity."

With a vividly perceptive eye, a vast musical landscape, and a voice rich in both purity and nuanced detail, You've Got Me follows a day in the life of a child, beginning with a song to rouse even the sleepiest sleepyhead and concluding with a reflective lullaby as the sun goes down.


You've Got Me will be available at amazon, iTunes, CDBaby, and saralovell.com on September 16!

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Power Rangers Megaforce: The Complete Season and Power Rangers Super Megaforce: The Complete Season #review








Anyone else have a kid that is all into Power Rangers? I have to admit this is a new fad in our house with our 5 year old after discovering the show on Netflix. He was thrilled to have two whole seasons to watch in his room for his bedtime television time with the release of Power Rangers Megaforce: The Complete Season and Power Rangers Super Megaforce: The Complete Season. These collections have a lot of viewing time with over 7 hours on  5 discs each!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Kindergarten Curriculum Choices 2016-2017












Out of all the years of homeschooling (this being our 5th) this is the one I'm most nervous about. There is a lot of pressure to make sure you kid can read, writing and do some basic math. I poured over curriculum and at the end of the day no one company had a box set that fit our needs 100%. Jace being an older kinder already knows a bunch. I needed to be able to customize because he would be bored learning basic shapes, numbers and letters ... again.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

CHSH Download Club - Homeschool Printables - Review








In the world of homeschooling it can be overwhelming finding quality resources to supplement and accent your curriculum. Over the years I've been members of several printable sites and I've even found some neat free stuff. Finding free things is a lot of work and honestly I often forget what site it was on even when using pinterest! Many paid sites only have content for older or younger kids with very little variety. I had been looking for that hidden gem that had lots of content for all ages and a site that continued to provide new content. CHSH-Teach.com has been that hidden gem for our homeschool with their CHSH Download Club subscription.


Apologia's *NEW* Astronomy Curriculum #review








 I love Apologia Educational Ministries' Young Explorer Series. In our homeschool with my older boys we've done three of the books and I have the complete set for my littles to work through. These books are Charlotte Mason inspired and have lots of hands on activities. Kids learn through lecture/reading and then telling you what they remember.


Friday, September 2, 2016

Doodle Adventures Slimy Space Slugs & The *NEW* Pesky Pizza Pirate #review







 Getting grade school kids to read can be somewhat of a challenge. I think part of it is the intimidation of the all those words on the pages. I was pretty excited when I saw the pages of Doodle Adventures! These books are interactive. They want kids to draw and personalize the story, making it their own. Written to the reader they read as a bit of a choose your own because you create aspects of the story.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today DVD Giveaway!!!

 **Sony Home Video provided me with some of the materials I used in this Blog Post/Giveaway. The opinions I share are my own.**








The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today is out on DVD September 6 from Sony Home Entertainment!
In the brand new original animated film, Princess Alise is training to be the perfect royal but in her heart all she wants to do is sail the seven seas as a swashbuckling pirate! After setting sail, Princess Alise is shipwrecked and washes ashore on an island where she meets Lucas, a young boy who has been living there by herself. They have to work together to survive and get back to civilization!
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Favorite Things - September







 Can you believe we are in September already? I sure can't!  I'm going to share a few of my favorite things for this month, it is eclectic as always!


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Maggi and Milo Book Review & Giveaway!


With school starting for so many kids, friendship is a hot topic. While we are homeschoolers - we hear about socialization and friends ALL THE TIME. My little guy loves to meet new people. Everywhere he goes he just walks up and starts talking but in the book Maggi and Milo: Make New Friends by Juli Brenning - our little friend Maggi isn't so sure. You see she already has a best friend. Her dog Milo is her go to friend for all kinds of fun.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Homeschool Health/Fitness with HomeSchool Scholastics #REVIEW







 Teaching health and fitness at the younger grades can by rather tricky. In fact I had looked for something to use for my kindergarten student but fell short. See I wanted something that was informative, interactive and fun because at that age it has to be engaging to keep their interest. I was pretty excited when HomeSchool Scholastics, an i4 Learning Company sent me their WAY Comes Home Kit for review.


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Summer Reading: Poor Little Guy by Elanna Allen


 Poor Little Guy

by Elanna Allen



Sometimes kids feel small in such a big world. It seems like everyone and everything is bigger and taller than them. Elanna Allen tackles that subject in her beautiful book Poor Little Guy. This book has few words and really relies on the imaginative pictures to tell the tale of a little yellow fish. Seems he gets bullied and picked on because he is so little, but he has a surprise for when things get too tough. He is a BLOWFISH! A great tale of inner strength and dealing with your problems for kids!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

NCircle Entertainment DVD Giveaway - Dino Dan + Mack & Moxy




 I have two great DVDs to share with you this month from NCircle Entertainment. The first a new show called Mack & Moxy: The Great Helpee Heroes. Kids learn about different important causes like the World Wildlife Fund and Feeding America in the different episodes. Next up is a fun new release Dino Dan: DinoBusters. A fun spoof on ghost busters, Trek the new star takes us on a journey of discovery of different dinosaurs. My little guy really liked this one.



Friday, August 26, 2016

All My Treasures: A Book of Joy #bookreview






 All My Treasures: A Book of Joy

by Jo Witek

Illustrations by Christine Roussey



 I have a stunning book to share with you today. It starts with the beautiful cover that features a die cut sparkly yellow star. Then the simple illustrations and marked with interactive fold-outs as the story spans the pages. It is truly a feast for the eyes. The story is exceptional as well with a little girl getting a special gift from her grandmother - a porcelain box - to hold all her special treasures. The little girl tries to decide what to put in the box and thinks of things like paper boats, bubbles, acorns and intangible things like peace and quiet. This is truly a special book. 


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Summer Reading: The Things We Knew - Book Review










 The Things We Knew

by Catherine West



When I think of summer reading I often like to look for books set at the beach. I also love a good story that includes a bit of a mystery. The Things We Knew by Catherine West is the perfect end of summer read. The Carlisle family had a tragedy years ago with the death of their mother. As older children they moved away, all except for the youngest daughter Lynette. As the years go by the family home is worn and their father is experiencing health issues. Everything starts to get tough for Lynette so she makes the call to bring everyone back to Wyldwood, their family home.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

August Boxycharm! Another great month!





August's Box is here. Some good stuff and some fails but overall another winner!