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! 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

*NEW* Nonni's Dark Chocolate Almond THINaddictives! #WIN




One of my favorite ways to relax after a long Mommy day is to sit with a hot cup of tea (or iced sweet tea in the summer) with a good book and a snack. Nonni's New Dark Chocolate Almond THINaddictives has been my go to for the past few weeks. They are the perfect lite snack at only 80 calories or less. They also come individually wrapped so I don't have to worry about any going stale. THINaddictives are a cross between a crunchy biscotti and a soft cookie. They have crunch and a bit of softness, it is truly a delightful combination. Adding the flavors of almond, dark chocolate, cherries and banana adds a sophistication that I just love!

Monday, August 22, 2016

(un)Natural Mom by Hettie Brittz #review






Do you feel like you just don't measure up as a Mom? That your little Sally and sweet Buddy are unfortunate to have you as a Mom? Everywhere you look these days you can feel the pressure to be the best Mom. From Pinterest to the box-office with movies like Bad Moms... the pressure is everywhere.


Friday, August 19, 2016

Snuggle Time Psalms #bookreview




 Snuggle Time Psalms
by Glenys Nellist
Illustrations by Cee Biscoe

Cuddling up with little ones is such a sweet time. Having them sit on your lap while you read a story are precious memories. I've been really loving Glenys Nellist Snuggle Time Psalms for just those times.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Oh Lordy, I'm 40!










 I remember turning 30 and it was honestly not such a big deal. I expected the same this go around with 40 but honestly it is bigger to me. It means more. Maybe it is that my mom passed away at 49? (She was sick with cancer almost all of her 40s). Maybe it is that I expected to be more accomplished? Travel more, learn more, just MORE.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

FlipStir Puzzle Review









 Imagine a puzzle that is all contained in one place and impossible to lose the pieces. That is exactly what FlipStir Puzzles by Enlivenze LLC are! We recently had the chance to try out a the Statue of Liberty puzzle.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Back To School: Milk Goes To School by Terry Border #bookreview







 Milk Goes To School

By Terry Border


School is starting around the country (not until after Labor Day here in NJ.) Many new kindergarten students are anxious about what to expect in this new experience. What a better way to prepare them with a fantastically humorous book like Milk Goes To School by Terry Border.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY TRAILER!!!!!















 The trailer is out! My kids sat up and watched the games tonight to see it!! They can not wait to see this movie!!

ENJOY!!! 





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Shades of Doon Book 3 in Doon Series #review











Shades of Doon

by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon




 Have you been reading the Doon series? I have to say for those of you that love young adult books - like I do - this is a great series. Shades of Doon is the third book in the series and all of our loves are back. Of course there is something brewing in Doon ...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Feed the Turtles at Mueller's Ice Cream #feedturtles






 Mueller's Ice Cream
441 Chews Landing Rd
Lindenwold, NJ 08021


Hot summer days just have to end in ice cream weekly. One of our favorite local spots is Mueller's. They have everything you can imagine - hand dipped, soft-serve, milkshakes, sundaes, water ice. This is a one stop spot for your favorite frozen treat. They even have a doggy ice cream special for your furry friend.


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Announcing Clean Labeling from Nakano Rice Vinegars Plus Summer Recipes!





 Nakano Rice Vinegars have been a staple in my kitchen. My favorite way to use them is to add a splash to my stir-fry. It is an easy way to add a bit of bright flavor. I'm so pleased that they now are offering clean labeling initiative. NAKANO is announcing product reformulations for all seven varieties of rice vinegars, which now carry clean labels that include six or less recognizable, real ingredients as several organic varieties. This is awesome news for my family because we try to eat clean and buy mostly organic. 


Monday, August 8, 2016

Fetching Sweetness Book Review & Givewaway!



Fetching Sweetness

by Dana Mentink




Some books just catch you off guard. That is the case with Fetching Sweetness. See I'm not really a dog person so I wasn't sure what to think about this book as I assumed it would be all doggy love all the time. However this book has a great story about redemption and finding God's will for your life.


Friday, August 5, 2016

Best Pencil Sharpener - from ClassroomFriendlySupplies.com #WIN {sponsored giveaway}






 

 We have gone through so many pencil sharpeners over the years.  Those little plastic ones, several battery operated, a plug-in electric and even a wall mounted traditional school sharpener.  Every one has failed us.  However, once we tried the Classroom Friendly Supplies sharpener - it was total love! We've been using our CFS Sharpener for for about 5 years now and it is still going strong. That is a testament to the quality of this gadget. It is easy for my kids to use and has lasted years!

ClassroomFriendlySupplies.com has what I consider to be the best pencil sharpener you can buy!  No need to wall mount it either.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Guest Hollow's High School Chemistry in the Kitchen #Review & Giveaway!




 I've always been intrigued by using living books in our homeschool. There are a few expensive curriculum companies out there that I always drool over but honestly I wasn't sure I wanted to make that kind of budget commitment if it didn't work out for my kids. When I stumbled upon Guest Hollow's new High School Chemistry, I couldn't stop looking at the site. I drooled over the real life books and even made a wish list on Amazon. I looked over the sample weeks and I discussed it about a millions times with my husband and two high school students.


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Scripture Art #freeprintable



 Enjoy these free scripture art printables!







Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Talking Shapes #REVIEW













In only one month I will officially be teaching kindergarten for the first time. I was so worried about reading and writing for the longest time. Well we actually started our kindergarten curriculum this past winter and have been working through at a snails pace keeping it fun and light. One of the biggest things I noticed is that I need a variety of tools on hand to keep the interest. Yes, our book work is thorough but some days are lighter than others. Some days we need a little break from workbooks as well. Talking Fingers Inc. has created an online program great for supplementing our reading curriculum.


Monday, August 1, 2016

Matters of the Heart 52-Week Scripture Memorization Challenge For Women!




scripture memorization



I am so excited to share with you this awesome treasure. I was lucky enough to receive a digital copy of Matters of the Heart 52-Week Scripture Memorization Challenge For Women a few weeks back and I've been enjoying this challenge tremendously. It is so much more than a scripture challenge - even though it is that too. It is also a beautifully written study/devotional for each verse. It is designed to read the verse and devotional on the first day then to reflect on the verse as well as a call to action and memorizing the verse. By the end of the book you will have memorized 52 verses.


Friday, July 29, 2016

Masterbooks Biblical Basics Kindergarten Set #review





 First off, I have to say I'm totally loving the changes and additions Masterbooks has made recently. From an easier to navigate site to curriculum packages - they are quickly rising to the top of many homeschooling Momma's must haves. Of course I've been using MB curriculum for the last few years and I'm happy to see the growth of this company and products. They really do provide budget friendly options with Christian content.


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Summer Reading: Who Wins? 100 Historical Figures Go Head-To-Head #WIN





Interactive books are such a hit with my kids. Who Wins? 100 Historical Figures Go Head-To-Head And You Decide The Winner! by Clay Swartz and illustrated by Tom Booth is such a fun concept. You flip through the pages to match up historical figures against each other in epic battles.


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Favorite Things August







 It is that time again. The time where I admit that I'm obsessed over things and label so it looks like I'm not obsessed.

Save $25 on NotebookingPages.com July 27-29!

Back-to-School Membership Sale 





 Don't miss this great opportunity to get Notebookingpages.com at a great price. We are using these pages with science and history this coming year for all the kids. It is just so easy to add them to our lessons and the kids enjoy being able to take notes.


Monday, July 25, 2016

Summer Reading: Animal Atlas from Animal Planet #WIN




 With summer in full swing getting kids to sit and read can be difficult. However August is only days away and the count down to school will begin. Giving kids quality, engaging books to foster the love of reading is so important and Animal Atlas by Animal Planet is a pretty awesome book!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

If My Husband Would Change, I’d Be Happy: And Other Myths Wives Believe #BOOKREVIEW




 If My Husband Would Change, I’d Be Happy: And Other Myths Wives Believe
by Rhonda Stoppe 


 I have to be honest I wasn't so sure about this book. The quirky title had me a little scared. However one chapter in I was hooked - and convicted! Rhonda Stoppe writes to us like that older best friend that has been there and doesn't want you to have to go there too. She shares life experiences of her own and others to help us learn from their mistakes. We all know being selfish and wanting to change others doesn't work but sometimes we do not recognize those moments in our own lives. By reading others' tales it helps us to see the bigger pictures and makes changes before we fail.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Beets BLU Wireless Scale #REVIEW



I have to admit the scale has not been my best friend. In fact I had been avoiding since my last pregnancy. Imagine my surprise when I pulled it out and it didn't work. So I had to look into a new scale. I had worked with Beets Blu previously and when they reached out asking me to review their new scale - I jumped on the opportunity.