Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Alice Through the Looking Glass comes to theaters on May 27th and I have some special coloring sheets to share with you.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Shepard Science - Life Science Middle School/ Junior High Level #REVIEW


 I have a wonderful creation based middle school (junior high) science to share with you today. Science Shepherd sent us their Science Shepherd Life Science for review. This is a complete course with a Student text book, Answer key and Parent companion and test booklet.


This looks like it will be a fun DVD. Looking forward to seeing this one!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Board Book Review: Little Sleepyhead

 Bedtime is such a sweet time to cuddle and read to little ones. After they get a bath and put on their comfy pjs, everyone is clean and happy. I have the sweetest bedtime board book to share with you today. Little Sleepyhead written by Elizabeth McPike and illustrated by Patrice Barton shows us several babies and their caregivers. We get a glimpse of them starting to wind down for the day while enjoying the time with walks, snacks and even a story.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Summer Reading: Nick and Tesla's Solar-Powered Showdown

With school break just around the corner I have a great book to share with you - perfect for those lazy days of summer reading! Nick and Tesla's Solar-Powered Showdown: A Mystery With Sun-Powered Gadgets You Can Build Yourself by "Science Bob" Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith.  This book is the 6th in the series but can stand alone as well. In it we meet Nick and Tesla twins who have had many adventures. They have a strong knowledge of science and a lot of brain power!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

BoxyCharm May

 May's Boxycharm did not disappoint! 6 products!!!  This is only my second month receiving it but I find myself using more of the products than I did with IPSY. I also really do like the value and full sized products better overall. It doesn't come with a makeup bag but honestly I had so many of those.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Memoria Press D'Aulaires' Greek Myths Set #review

I have another fabulous review for you today.  Memoria Press sent us their D'Aulaires' Greek Myths set and we've been having a blast working through it.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Living History Book: Our America... The Pilgrim Adventure by Susan Kilbride #bookreview

 Last year I had the privilege to review Susan Kilbride's hands-on science curriculum -   Funtastic Unit Studies .  This year I'm excited to share a series of historical fiction books with you. Our America... The Pilgrim Adventure is book one of six featuring twins Ginny and Finn. In this book they find a way to travel in time and end up on the Mayflower. This book takes us on a adventure sharing what it would be like at that time period for children. We learn a bit about the hardships and the triumphs of those first settlers and even meet a famous Indian - Squanto.

I love this book.  It is well written and perfect for younger readers. It is recommended for ages 10-13 but I think as a read aloud you could even explore it for younger students. It doesn't skirt around the truths (there are deaths) but it is handled with care.  One of my favorite ways to learn history is with living books. Bringing history alive is beneficial for children as it really does help them to stay engaged and learn more. This book is a wonderful mix of facts and fiction and the appendix shares more on that. We are planning on studying American History next year and I plan to assign this book to my older students as well. I think they will enjoy the story and gleam a new outlook for those early pioneers. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

IEW Poetry Memorization Course #REVIEW

 I'm so excited to share one of my favorite companies and curricula with you today. Institute for Excellence in Writing  sent me their newly revised Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization for review.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Someone Like You by Victoria Bylin

 Someone Like You by Victoria Bylin swept me off my feet. This book is about two former college sweethearts who find their way back to each other through work situations. Each has grown over the years with some good and some bad. Faith is a big part of each of the main character's lives and Bylin wove it in seamlessly without being preachy. Each of the characters felt well developed which made the story very easy to read. We were not bogged down by endless descriptions but rather the story was well written, precise and an effortless read. I really enjoyed the journey each character took as their lives became wrapped up in new romance.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Douglas, You Need Glasses by Ged Adamson #bookreview

I'm a researcher. I love practical books that tackle subjects. Douglas You Need Glasses by Ged Adamson is just that sort of book. This book is a funny look at needing glasses as Douglas is a dog that is making a lot of mistakes because he can't see well. Then his owner takes him to the eye doctor and gets it sorted out. Of course not before we see him do some silly things like chase a leave thinking it is a squirrel.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Make Way For Ducklings - 75th Anniversary Edition GIVEAWAY! #WIN

 Robert McCloskey's Make Way For Ducklings is perhaps one of the most beloved children's book. The new 75th Anniversary Edition is a beautiful hard back book with dust jacket. It fits inside a larger sleeve. Included is a color poster and audio CD. This is truly a beautiful set.

As homeschoolers we've read this book several times and it is included in many of the popular curricula. The story is wonderfully illustrated. The story follows a sweet duck family during their life in the city - including a trip across a busy street to the Public Garden.. The story is sweet and it is a must read!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Chimpanzees for Tea!

 Sometimes you need a bit of silly for your day! Chimpanzees for Tea! by Jo Empson is just the book to get your fill of silliness. This book is about a little boy who is sent to the store by his mother with a list of things to shop for. Along the way he gets distracted and his list gets a little confused. For example instead of a box of rice he ends up with MICE.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Disney Planning Tips - Dining!

Eating at Disney is perhaps one of the best parts of our trips. From character meals, signature dining to quick service and amazing snacks - there are options for everyone. In the past you could just show up to a restaurant and get a table that day but things have changed. Now you really do need an advanced reservation to lock down the a guaranteed meal at the dining location of your choice.

Here are some tips!

Make Note Of Your Advanced Reservation Date!

Your travel planner will tell you when you can start making reservations. It is 180 days from check in. This is when your eligible to make reservations!

The timing is 6am EST online and 7am by phone.

Make a List of Your Must Do Restaurants 

I have a running list of the places we would like to eat. I also have a basic idea of what park we will do what day. Further what meal we would like to have for each restaurant. This will be what I use when my dining reservation date opens so I can book around our schedule.

Book Popular Restaurants First!

Reservations will go fast. Be Our Guest is one of the most popular restaurants. I plan on snagging that one first and working down in accordance to popularity. In fact anything princess should be priority. Also signature dining and character.

Know the Park's Open and Close Times

Knowing the Park's times allows you to plan uniquely. We have one day we would like to be in the Park for breakfast before it officially opens. Knowing that the Park opens at 9 means anything before that will get us in earlier. While the other attractions might not be up and running at that time it is a great time for some crowd-less pictures on Main Street.

Don't Despair!

If you go to book your dining reservation and nothing is open don't despair. Things shuffle around as people finalize their plans. Keep checking and your favorites might just open up.

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BLING Activity Sheets! In Theatres NOW!


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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Music Appreciation by Zeezok Publishing LLC #CREWREVIEW

 I'm so excited to share this review with you all.  Teaching music is big on my heart because I just love music. I want my kids to be exposed to all kinds of music from pop to classical. My boys also take piano lessons so I think learning about the classical composers goes hand in hand with that study. While their teacher does do some theory this course brings history alive in such a delightful way.

It's All About Eyes - Hard Candy Brand Review

 This week I'm going to share with you some of my favorite new products from Hard Candy - with a focus on EYES! I think there are two main things that really set your eyes when doing your full face. That is eyeliner and eyebrows. I think this might be the area most people struggle with when learning how to do full face makeup. For me I learned two ways - trial and error and watching youtube videos. That was the first steps in achieving my day and night go to looks.

Controversial Pro-life Novel - Precious in His Sight by Karen Pashley Review & Giveaway

 I was blown away by Karen Pashley's new novel Precious in His Sight. This novel is set in the south and has a bit of that southern charm. When I first started reading this book I didn't think I was going to enjoy it as a few of the southern cliches littered the pages. I kept going and about 8 pages into reading I couldn't put it down. That is saying a lot for this sleep deprived MOM!

Monday, May 9, 2016

The Inheritance by Michael Phillips #bookreview

 The Inheritance by Michael Phillips is an interesting book. Phillips takes his time introducing the main characters over the beginning of the book. Each short chapter is quick to read but packed with background and history for each character. We also learn a lot of about the land - The Shetlands - which is the main setting of the story. It's way of live weaves through the characters. I have to admit this book is a bit slow to start. I truly believe that is part of it's beauty. Today many books are written for the masses without much effort. Meaning the language and story isn't quite mature. This book is not like that at all so you will have to take your time reading it to absorb all it's value. I love that. It is a great read for those lazy day's of summer. I also love that this is the start of a series. Series are always wonderful because you get to dive into the setting and characters you've grown to love once again.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Ursula Vernon's Hamster Princess Review & Giveaway!!

 Summer is just around the corner and I know many parents will be looking for reading inspiration for their children. I was recently sent three of Ursula Vernon's books. One of them is - Hamster Princess Book 1 - Harriet the Invincible. Naturally I had to crack open the cover and give it a read. I mean look at that cover art! Pink Purple and glitter! This particular story is a take off of sleeping beauty and Harriet is our princess. Featuring 26 chapters in a mixture of a chapter book and a bit of a graphic novel, this book is just plan fun. This is a fast paced book and Harriet is a feisty protagonist! Little girls every where will love reading all about her!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Jeremy Camp - I Will Follow CD Review & Giveaway

Any Jeremy Camp fans out there? I'm so excited to share the album I Will Follow - with you today. Every since I heard the song He Knows, I've been a big fan. Guess what this whole album is fantastic!  Christ In Me is quickly becoming one of my favorite songs.. Camp's deep soulful voice is perfect for worship songs. You will be singing along in no time to this great CD. 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Thomas Edison's Secret Lab Review & Giveaway #NCIRCLE

 Have you seen the new show Thomas Edison's Secret Lab? They have recently released the second dvd Rock It To The Moon. Featuring Thomas Edison's secret lab and the virtual version of himself plus Von Blot a steampunk robot - this show is really a neat find! It has a cool throw back cartoon vibe which I totally dig. I also love that they don't shy away from vocabulary. For example one episode the word "prototype" popped up on screen so it was an excellent teaching moment. (I love teaching moments!) Lots of science in this series it is a great addition to our DVD library!

June 4th - A Nautical Night Out Fundraiser at Sahara Sam's - Get Your Tickets Now!

 Did you know Sahara Sam's has a non-profit education program called Sambulance? The goal of this program is to bring special needs education to the tri-state area.  How can you help? Join Sahara Sam's on June 4th for A Nautical Night Out Fundraiser. Guest will enjoy dinner, entertainment and the water-park attractions all while supporting a great cause!

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!!!


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!