Thursday, January 18, 2018

Lullapop Lullabies - Music Review

I love hearing renditions of my favorite songs. Music is such a big part of our life at home here in the Rup House. We have an amazing collection of kid songs and Lullapop Lullabies fits right in. The softness of each song is surprising. I found myself humming along with the ones I knew and enjoying the few I didn't. Of course Hello (Adele's song) is one of my stand out favorites. I could listen to this lullaby version over and over!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Senior Year Update!

January always feels like a halfway mark when it comes to our school year. This year is so different because we have a Senior and graduation is on the horizon. I'm happy with the progress we have made. My oldest is really buckling down and showing maturity along with excitement to complete his school years.

Friday, January 5, 2018

2018 One Word Theme

Each year I try to pray about a theme for the year. Usually it is just one word but in this case it will be a general word applied in a few forms. 2017 was a tough year for me. I was hurt by people I thought I was closer to. Finances were tight (but God is providing all our needs.) So I was thinking and praying for a theme and the word SAVING kept coming to mind. 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Sinful Colors Vanessa Hudgens Birthday Bundle!

 Sinful Colors has launched a new makeup line with Vanessa Hudgens. This is a first for this company and just the beginning as they plan to extend with new launches in 2018!! The first wave is a birthday bundle curated with Hudgens and exclusively available on Amazon. This line features bold beautiful colors and comes in a fun set (you can also purchase individual items.)

Monday, December 18, 2017

Stocking Stuffer: Queen Helene Skin & Body Care

 Queen Helene products have been around since 1930. They have a huge line of skin and body care. One of the most notable products is their Mint Julep Mask which is a refreshing facial mask. Their products include many natural ingredients like shea butter and bentonite clay - because they believe that nature's finest ingredients are safer and more effective

I was recently sent two products from Queen Helene's Volcanic Ash line - The Voclanic Ash Masque and The Volcanic Ash Scrub. These are perfect for that deep clean and smell wonderful. (Smell is important for anything that goes on your face!) I've really enjoyed adding these to my skin care routine.

NEW! VOLCANIC ASH MASQUE: This skin-detoxifying facial masque harnesses the purifying power of Volcanic Ash (also known as Bentonite) to deeply clean skin. Known for its ability to draw out pollutants, Volcanic Ash acts like a magnet for pollutants, bringing them to the surface so they can be washed away. The result is refreshed, renewed skin.

NEW! VOLCANIC ASH SCRUB: This skin-purifying facial scrub harnesses the power of Volcanic Ash to deeply clean skin. Enriched with natural, healthy ingredients to provide targeted skin benefit.

MINT JULEP MASQUE: This deep cleaning facial scrub deeply cleans and helps unclog pores and draw out impurities, while hydrating Glycerin helps maintain skin moisture balance. After use, skin is clean with a fresher-looking complexion. For Oily, Acne-Prone Skin. Deep cleans and refreshes.

MUD PACK MASQUE: This classic facial masque is enriched with Kaolin, a natural English Clay known to immediately lift away impurities and revitalize tired looking skin. After use, skin feels firmer while fine lines and wrinkles appear diminished. For Aging Skin. Revitalizes and detoxifies.

AVOCADO & GRAPEFRUIT MASQUE: This unique, gel-clay masque gently lifts away impurities and nurtures skin with smoothing Avocado and antioxidant Grapefruit extract. After use, skin is refreshed and energized with a healthy radiance. For Normal to Dry Skin. Rejuvenates and revitalizes.

NEW! SHEA BUTTER CRÈME: This nourishing crème features rich Shea Butter to deeply hydrate skin. Packed with fatty acids, Shea Butter has been used for centuries as the ultimate moisturizer. Its inherent calming properties work especially well on sensitive or irritated skin. The result is smooth, supple skin.

COCOA BUTTER HAND & BODY LOTION: This luxuriously rich, non-greasy lotion blends cocoa butter and pure lanolin to quench and relieve moisture-starved skin. Protects against the drying effects of sun and wind; helps diminish the appearance of wrinkles; and soothes the discomforts associated with stretched skin during and after pregnancy. Soothes and softens extremely dry skin.

COCOA BUTTER CRÈME: This luxuriously rich, non-greasy crème blends cocoa butter and lanolin to quench and relieve moisture-starved skin. Protects from dryness caused by over-exposure; helps diminish the appearance of wrinkles; and soothes discomforts of stretched skin during and after pregnancy

100% COCOA BUTTER STICK: This pure cocoa butter soothes and nourishes dry, chapped skin. Delivers on-the-spot nourishment for dry, irritated patches. Helps relieve the discomforts of stretched skin during and after pregnancy. Also works well to soothe and moisturize dry, chapped lips.

COCOA BUTTER SCRUB: This soothing facial scrub helps draw out impurities and remove dead, dry skin cells, while natural Cocoa Butter helps replenish lost moisture. After use, skin is soft and smooth with a supple appearance. For Extremely Dry Skin. Gentling exfoliates for nourished smoothness.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

DIGGERLAND in NJ SALE!!!! 72 hours only!


Available on December 15th, 2017 at 6:00 AM in the morning. These are online sale options only, while supplies last, and not available on location. This is a 72 hour offer and will expire December 18th at 5:59 AM. 

Annual Passes will be $49.95
Day Passes will be $24.95

Get your passes HERE!!!  received product, press or compensation to facilitate this review. This post may contain affiliate links, which means that by clicking on an affiliate link I may receive a small amount of money. We only give our honest opinions of products. This post is in accordance with the FTC 10 CFR, Part 255 concerning the use, endorsements or testimonials in advertising. Lisa Rupertus/ A Rup LIfe is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Merry Christmas, Peanut!

 In Merry Christmas, Peanut! we visit a holiday tale full of punny fun! The Christmas Peanut is just about the sweetest guy as he invites everyone in need to celebrate the holiday and have dinner with him and his grandmother. I love that because my family has always been of the more the merrier for the holidays. In fact we've invited a family this year that we are hoping will come and celebrate with us!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Keep Clean with Festive Soaps from Dial!

 I love adding holiday touches throughout the house during the Christmas season. We usually use just basic soaps but at Christmas time we amp it up with festive touches. This year we are featuring Dial Soap's Holiday editions. These are wonderful soaps that add a bit to the decor. The scents are pleasant and not at all overwhelming. Two of my kid's love scented hand soap. They both have told me how much they enjoyed these in our bathroom - and you know if they like the soap they will actually use it!!

Look for these fun soaps at your local retailer this holiday season!

Breakfast with Santa at Sahara Sam's Water Park in NJ!!!

 Last weekend we were hosted at Sahara Sam's Oasis for a wonderful event. We first had a breakfast with Santa that included a wonderful buffet featuring eggs, bacon, sausage, waffles, pastries, bagels fruit and cereal. There was also assorted drinks. As we enjoyed our breakfast, Santa made his way to the room and went from table to table talking to each of the families as well as taking pictures. There were about 25 tables in the room, which made the entire time feel very intimate and special.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Kwik Stix

 We've been big fans of Kwik Stix paint sticks for quite some time. We pull them out often to craft with. They are perfect for little hands and the fact that they quick dry makes them very easy to work with. They take the mess out of painting.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Books

 It wouldn't be Christmas at the Rup House if we didn't watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. We are such big fans. We have a set of toys and a set of limited edition stuffed animals that we set out during the holiday season. It is just a wonderful classic that makes Christmas feel like Christmas. We were excited to add new books to our holiday this year. There is also a really cool crochet kit I'm looking forward to trying!

Holiday Gift Guide: Sports Illustrated Kids All-Star Activity Book

 We all have that child in our lives that lives and breathes sports. When looking at gift giving Sports Illustrated Kids All-Star Activity Book is the perfect gift that will keep that kid entertained for hours.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide with Zondervan

 Tis' the season to pull-out your favorite holiday themed books. I have a treasure trove full of favorites that we like to read each year. I also like to add a few new ones. Another big thing I love to do is give a book to each of my kids on Christmas because I've found once the unwrapping has happened books seem to be the first thing they dive into.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Paper Planes

Creating paper airplanes has never been this fun before. Ken Blackburn and Jeff Lammers have created a series of books that make it easy and exciting to make amazing paper planes. These books include easy to follow instructions and brightly designed pages that take the plane school paper planes to a whole new level!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Gameday Scoreboards!

 My seven year old just started playing basketball with our local homeschooling group this fall. He was so excited to get his team jersey and for his birthday his own basketball. At this age they take a lot of time running drills with dribbling and handling the ball. Then they take the time to practice shooting.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Stocking Stuffer: Macadamia Professional Smoothing Curl Cream

 I have some hard to manage hair. It has a natural wave but once it dries it goes poker straight. It is thin but I have tons of it. This makes it frizzy and knotty. I was sent the Macadamia Professional Smoothing Curl Cream - which is obviously for curly hair but I always like to try things out before sharing them on the blog. So I added this cream to my routine. You use it with damp hair, so that's what I did. I ran it through my hair and then styled as usually with my blow dryer and big rounded hair brush. Guess what! I had the best hair day. My hair was smooth and looked amazing. It was hydrated but not frizzy one bit.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Ballpark Mysteries Chapter Books

 The Ballpark Mysteries is a chapter book series featuring 13 books. These are adorable stories with Mike and his cousin Katie who solve mysteries in the baseball world. These books are over 100 pages and feature just a few pictures (for those of you planning for book reviews!) Christmas in Cooperstown by David A. Kelly is a wonderful addition to the series featuring the holiday theme. I love how this sweet story has kids working together to figure out the mystery.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Snow White Logic Game

 I'm always looking for ways to make learning fun for my kids. Playing games has always been a favorite way to add fun to our days. I love watching my kids smile as they play and don't even realize how much they are actually learning. My little guy loves games. He has really blossomed in this area and has wanted to learn things like checkers and chess. The big kids try to teach him but he doesn't quite get have the skills yet.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

NCircle Entertainment Holiday Movie Giveaway!

 I love Christmas and Holiday movies. We've already been watching them daily in our home. In fact we have a whole shelf devoted to our favorite holiday movies. It is our favorite time of year and just about every night we all gather with popcorn and watch.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Toddler Books with Silver Dolphin Books!

 My toddler is now 2 and he loves books. He will sit several times a day just looking through his favorites. He loves being read to as well. It makes my momma-heart so happy that he already has such a love for reading.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Black Friday Homeschool Deals!!

 Black Friday through Cyber Monday can often be some of the best time to shop for your favorite homeschooling products. Often digital products go at a steep discount you won't see any other time of year! Here are a few of my favorite sales for this weekend!

Bright Ideas Press

Use the code: Stnicholas2017 to get this UNIT STUDY FREE!! & on Black Friday only use the code "Black Friday" to save 50% off everything in store!!

FREE Christmas Notebooking Pages from

K12 has some GREAT SALES:

  • Core subjects, world languages, art, music, and more
  • EmbarK12—a kindergarten-readiness program for ages 3–6
  • Noodleverse Language Arts—for grades K–3
50% Off Independent Study Courses with PROMO CODE: THANKS50
10% Off Teacher-Supported Courses with PROMO CODE: THANKS10

NCircle Entertainment is having an awesome buy more save more sale!!

I'll be adding more deals as I see them so check back!! received product, press or compensation to facilitate this review. This post may contain affiliate links, which means that by clicking on an affiliate link I may receive a small amount of money. We only give our honest opinions of products. This post is in accordance with the FTC 10 CFR, Part 255 concerning the use, endorsements or testimonials in advertising. Lisa Rupertus/ A Rup LIfe is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

Stocking Stuffers For Her! Marc Anthony True Professional Hair Care!

 Winter wrecks havoc on my hair. I have long, thin and dark hair. It tends to get dry and frizzy with lots of static if I don't condition well in the drier months. I found the Marc Anthony brand when I received a few products in a beauty box subscription a few years ago and I've been loving all of the products I've tried. I was so excited to see the line is available at Ulta because there is one not too far from me so I can easily find the things I'm looking for!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Creative Kits: Rock Painting Giveaway!

 Rock Painting is becoming one of the most popular past times. One of the reasons is because groups are popping up all over and hiding the rocks in the community. The idea is you can take a rock you find or take and replace with one you made. It is a wonderful way to bring the community together. Most of our local parks having been participating and there is even a local facebook group for our local area.

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 - 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.