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!!

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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.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: ABRAMS Appleseed Board Book Library!

One of my favorite gifts to give is books. I think reading and being read to is so important. I love adding new books to our home library and we have recently added a bunch sent from ABRAMS Appleseed. These are board books perfect for the 2 and up crowd that want a little more in their story. Many of the books are interactive which lends for some reading. Better Together and Charlie Builds have strong family themes.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Tips for Homeschooling During the Holiday Season

Homeschooling during the holiday season can be tricky. This will be our 7th Christmas while homeschooling and I've learned a few things along the way. I hope these tips will be a blessing to you. I remember that first holiday season. We tried to do way too much and keep up with a rigorous curriculum schedule. It ended with lots of tears on their part and mine. The following year I had a much better strategy.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Star Giveaway & Free Printables! #TheStarMovie

 The Star will be in theaters November 17th featuring a wonderful all-star cast. This is bound to be a holiday hit!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: The Gift Book Review

 Shelley Shepard Gray is my favorite author of the Amish Genre and The Gift does not disappoint. This story was special because it was set around the holidays. We meet a new character in the series The Amish of Hart County. Susanna is a strong and independent Amish girl. She is rather unique because she is her own person and has been raised to think for herself. A series of mishaps happen to her and her family all of which is a mystery. It is neat to see her figure out what is happening along with the other characters. My only complaint with this book is it could have been about 100 pages longer!! I just loved learning about their world and I hope Susanna's story shows up in another book in the series to see where she ends up completely.  The mystery in this book was not predictable which was a pleasant surprise.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Warm Up With A Cup of Adagio Tea

 Growing up my mom always had a cup of tea in her hand in the morning. I distinctively remember Christmas mornings having to wait to open presents until she had her cup of tea in hand. It seemed like it took forever to hear the whistle of the kettle signaling the water was hot and ready. For me a cup of tea is magical. It brings me back to the sweet memories of my mom. I still honor her tradition on Christmas morning and have to have a cup of tea in hand before my children get to dive in to present time.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Rescued Hearts Review & Kindle Giveaway!

 Rescued Hearts by Hope Toler Dougherty was a very interesting read. This is a contemporary novel - which has been my genre of choice lately. In this book the main character has a very scary situation come about which throws Mary Wade together with Brett Davis. While the  story line is intense the actual story itself is fairly light-heated and fun. There is not a lot of depth to the characters and I wish they had developed them a little more - especially Mary Wade's character. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed the story but I wish I knew more of what made her tick because she was so strong and independent.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Unit Study with Christmas Around The World

I love this time of year because I love adding holiday studies to our homeschool. I've went a little crazy this year at the dollar store scooping up crafting supplies and hitting up the Target Dollar Spot.  I also pulled a bunch of books from my shelves to read for the month of December. It is my favorite time of year. I love sharing Christmas and my third son is at the perfect age to really absorb all the details. He just turned seven and really enjoys crafting and coloring.