Friday, April 21, 2017

Life Update!





 It has been a long while since I've done a life update. Things have been crazy busy at our house. Since having our littlest our world has truly gone upside down. He has brought us such delight but is a very challenging little one. For some time now I've been suffering with postpartum depression. I've never experienced this in the past (I may write more on this in the future.) To say it is rough is somewhat of an understatement.

We've continued to homeschool and I have to say this past year was our best yet. I think as I've settled into my roll as a homeschooling mom and the kids have gotten into a routine, we've finally found our groove. We are on schedule to finish in June and looking forward to a real summer break!!

Next year is Austin's senior year. I'm amazed at how fast that time has flown by. I'm so thankful for our homeschooling because it gave me some extra time to enjoy him. He is about to take flight and that is both fascinating and frightening. He hasn't made any hard plans for life after high school but that is fast approaching and he is mixing up some ideas in his head on what he would like to do.

We will celebrate J-Man's kindergarten graduation in a few weeks! He did amazing. He is reading well and rocking Math. Xander is finishing up 9th grade and about to celebrate a birthday. Boy - life just flies.

John has been on nightwork for almost  a year and a half. This one of the hardest things we've done as adults. I know that might sound silly but it changes our whole schedule. We don't get to see him like we use to because of sleep times and him being gone from 2pm-2am. Weekends are hard because our sleep times are so out wack. It is looking like that job is coming to an end soon and we will have Daddy back! I can't wait, he can't wait, the kids can't wait! It will be an adjustment as we've all become night owls but I think the benefits will be amazing!

Now for the blog - things have been a bit sporadic lately because of that night schedule. I used to have early mornings to write before all the kids got going for school but I don't have that time anymore. Late nights works okay but my brain doesn't function when I'm tired. I have a feeling that will all work itself out soon too. I have lots of things in the mix - reviews, giveaways, field trips and so much more I can't wait to share with you all.

If you read this far... Thank You for your continued support! I appreciate those of you that follow my blog, comment and enter the giveaways. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!! 


















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Monday, April 17, 2017

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES Featurette!






 My teens have officially declared that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is their most looked forward to movie for Summer 2017. (I know May is technically early but it is Summer time for us!!).


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Sports Illustrated Kids - My First Book of Soccer #review #WIN






 If you ever wanted to know anything about soccer than I have the perfect beginner book for you. Sports Illustrated Kids: My First Book of Soccer: Mostly Everything Explained About the Game is a wonderful book that covers the sport in detail for kids to really understand the ins and outs of the game.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Limited Edition Color Correcting Line with Hard Candy! #HCCOLORCORRECT #ad








 Hard Candy has done it again. They have been watching the high end trends and bringing us some wonderful drugstore options at very affordable prices. The new limited edition Color Correcting line includes primers, creme wands, palettes, sticks and powders. Basically your going to find a configuration that works well with your skin needs and type.


Monday, April 10, 2017

EVENT!!! Laurie Berkner - Friday, April 28 at Barnes & Nobles/Marketfair in Princeton, NJ


 
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FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017

KIDS' MUSIC SUPERSTAR
AND PRINCETON NATIVE
LAURIE BERKNER
CELEBRATES THE RELEASE
OF HER NEW PICTURE BOOK
WE ARE THE DINOSAURS
WITH MUSIC, AUTHOR READING & BOOK SIGNING!
BARNES & NOBLE/MARKETFAIR, PRINCETON, NJ
FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017 - 6:00 P.M.
Kids' music superstar Laurie Berkner will celebrate the release of her new picture book, "We Are the Dinosaurs," with a performance of her beloved "We Are the Dinosaurs" song, author reading, and book signing/meet-and-greet on Friday, April 28.
# # #
WHO: Legendary children's musician Laurie Berkner
WHAT: Princeton, NJ native Laurie Berkner will sing her beloved "We Are the Dinosaurs" song and "These Are My Glasses," read her new We Are the Dinosaurs book aloud, and sign books at a meet-and-greet for fans.
WHEN: Friday, April 28, 6:00 p.m. EDT.
WHERE: Barnes & Noble, MarketFair, 3535 US Highway 1, Princeton, NJ 08540
MORE: Photo and interview opportunities are available
This free event not only celebrates Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers’ publication of We Are the Dinosaurs, it is also part of Laurie Berkner’s celebration of the 20th anniversary of her first album, Whaddaya Think of That?, on which her song, “We Are the Dinosaurs,” first appeared.
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About Laurie Berkner
Princeton, NJ native Laurie Berkner is a singer, songwriter, lyricist, author, and founder of Two Tomatoes Records, LLC. We Are the Dinosaurs is Laurie’s first picture book with Simon & Schuster. Laurie has released eleven best-selling, award-winning albums, including Laurie Berkner's Favorite Classic Kids' Songs (2015), Laurie Berkner Lullabies (2014), The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection (2014), A Laurie Berkner Christmas (2012), and most recently Superhero (2016). She was the first recording artist ever to perform in music videos on Nick Jr., appeared regularly on the network's Jack's Big Music Show, and helped develop the short-form animated musical preschool series Sing It, Laurie! on Sprout TV. Laurie has written the music and lyrics for two Off-Broadway children's musicals, Wanda's Monster and The Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess, produced by New York City Children's Theater. She is currently working on a third NYCCT musical, Interstellar Cinderella, set to open in fall 2017. Laurie also tours nationwide, performing both solo and with The Laurie Berkner Band. Learn more at LaurieBerkner.com.
















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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Hello Kitty Storybook Collection #Review









I have the sweetest set of books to share with you today. Abrams Appleseed sent me four titles in the new Hello Kitty Storybook Collection. These books all feature Hello Kitty and friends in retellings of classic tales.

Monday, April 3, 2017

#ad Book Ideas for Easter Baskets & Giveaway!! #zonderkidz








 Easter is just around the corner. If your family is anything like ours, you probably won't be filling those baskets with lots of sugary treats. We have shied away from loads of candy and try to do things like books and clothing in our baskets. Of course there is a few pieces of chocolate but nothing like I had growing up!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Enter to #WIN Tickets to Smurfs The Lost Village! #SmurfsMovieL3








 The Smurfs are back April 7th in the new movie The Lost Village! I'm so happy to share with you a sneak peek trailer and a chance to win two tickets to see the movie! 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Favorite Things March






Can you believe it is already time for my favorite things again? I've been on a product kick and have been trying out some new things. I'm eventually going to share my skin care routine as things have changed up a bit but for now I'll just share my fav things that I've been all about this month.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

#ad The Jesus Storybook Bible & Found Psalm 23 Book - Review & Giveaway!

I received product free as part of Zondervan's Z Blog Squad. 




I was recently sent The Jesus Storybook Bible and a new companion board book Found Psalm 23 by Sally Lloyd-Jones (illustrations by Jago.) The bible is a beautiful addition to our family's library featuring 44 stories from the Old and New Testament. This is truly a story bible and reads exactly like that. The bible references are listed with each story but this is written in an engaging way that will draw children in as they learn about the different stories in the bible. It is a stunning book and I've been using it in my homeschool. I feel like the way it is written is unique to any of the other children's bibles.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Turn Me Matte Mix-in-Drops from Hardy Candy #review




Hard Candy has really been exploding with new and awesome products. They recently sent me their Turn Me Matte Mix-in-drops from their Glamoflauge line to try. What you do is give the bottle a good shake then use the dropper top to add a few drops to your favorite foundation. This makes that foundation truly a full on matte formula. (You can use these alone too if you are doing a no foundation look.)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tinyville Town I'm a Librarian #bookreview







I was sent the latest book in the Tinyville Town series by Brian Briggs - I'm a Librarian. This book takes us on a tour of what a librarian's job looks like. We see him helping people find the information and books they need. He also stocks the shelves at the end of the day. This simple story is adorable and gives subtle information on the different sections within the library such as reference and periodical. Our librarian loves his job and it comes across on the pages as he helps find materials for his little friend.




Monday, March 27, 2017

The Boss Baby in theatres Friday (3/31) Review & Trailer!









A few weeks back I had the opportunity to see a early premier of The Boss Baby with my three older boys. We got up early on a Saturday morning and headed to a theatre in Cherry Hill. Armed with popcorn we embarked on what I'm going to tell you is perhaps the funniest kid's movie since The Lego Movie. We all laughed, I shed a few tears and the kids from 6-16 enjoyed this one!

First off Alec Baldwin was perfectly cast as the baby in this film. We have always loved him from his days with Thomas the Tank Engine. He has a great voice that is perfect for the little dictator in this movie. The movie itself is adorable. The family gets a new baby but this baby isn't like other babies - which the big brother soon finds out.

This movie was cute from opening to ending. There is a sequence in the opening credits where the babies are all 'made' so you might have a child asking about how babies are made and where they come from - in the movies case they are sort of from a factory - think stork type story with a modern twist. I thought my 6 year old would ask questions but we just had a baby a year ago so he knows they come from mommy's tummy. Overall this movie was totally wholesome, clean and great family fun. We will be buying this one when it comes out on DVD. The cute one liners - Cookies are for closers - made this movie jump to the top in my favorite kid's flicks.



Enjoy the Trailer and let me know in the comments if you will be seeing this one!








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Sunday, March 26, 2017

See The Laurie Berkner Band LIVE! 4/29!! in NJ!



The Laurie Berkner Band Live!
The Greatest Hits Tour Comes to Princeton!
WHEN: 3:00 p.m. Saturday, April 29.
WHERE: McCarter Theatre Center, 91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540
TICKET PRICES: General admission: $25, $35, $38, plus applicable fees. VIP tickets $75*, plus applicable fees. A limited number of $75 VIP tickets are available by calling the McCarter Theater Center's ticket office at 609-258-2787.
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO PURCHASE TICKETS: Call 609-258-2787 or visit the McCarter Theatre Center website.
NOTE: Infants under 1 year are admitted free but must receive a ticket and be seated in an accompanying paid adult's lap. Patrons should alert the ticket office of the age of the child so the appropriate ticket can be arranged.
*VIP tickets include preferred seating, after-show Meet & Greet, photo opportunity, and a personalized, autographed picture of the Laurie Berkner Band.









ARupLife.com 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.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Amazon Women's Beauty Sample Box Review




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A few weeks ago I shared about the Amazon Men's Grooming Sample Box. Today I thought I would share about the women's box. I bought this with my own money so this is not a sponsored review.




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Like the men's box you receive a set of sample products and one full sized razor. The price is $11.99 but you get a full credit on that when you purchase a full sized product from the box. You do have to spend the full amount to get the credit. (And you can combine the men's and women's box re-purchase in one order to get to the free shipping since most of these products do not have prime shipping.)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Book Review: Play With Me!





I received this sweet book by Michelle Lee - Play with Me! This book explores two friends who have different interest and have to find a way to come together to enjoy play time together. I love the simplicity of this story. It might be simple but it really is a good lesson. Children often forget about their playmate's feelings when it comes to playtime. They want to share their favorite toys which might not be to the liking of others.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Boxycharm March Review



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This month is sorta a miss for me. I was truly happy with one product and I like two of the product just okay. One product was super disappointing as it is not a full size product which is one of the huge perks of Boxycharm. I hope this will not be a continuing trend.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Brobarians Book Review & Giveaway #spons




I'm a boy mom. I've been bless with 4 of them. I read Brobarians to the 3rd son who is 6 because I knew he would relate to the story. See #4 "The Little Dictator" as I fondly refer to him has definitely come in our home and taken over. He loves to take things that are not his and causes a lot of commotion (with all his big brothers - you haven't seen someone run fast until you see a 16 year old chase a 1 year old for a PS4 controller!)

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Elusive Miss Ellison Book Review & Giveaway #ad



Carolyn Miller's new book The Elusive Miss Ellison has a very Jane Austen feel about it. We follow a strong character Lavinia Ellison who is a minister's daughter as she meets up with a nobelman with a guilty past. To me each of them had a bit of a high opinion of themselves. I think that is the beauty of the story in how they bring out each other's faults and strengths. Miller weaves a strong story with well developed characters. You will enjoy this one!


Celebrate VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR DAY on March 20th! Craft Idea & Giveaway! #ad #VHCday








 Today is not only the first day of Spring but it is also Very Hungry Caterpillar Day! We took the morning to read our favorite story and to do some spring/caterpillar crafts. My little guy loves to paint and it was so easy to get creative and make a caterpillar.


Friday, March 17, 2017

DESPICABLE ME 3 Trailer!!! #DespicableMe3 #Minions








This summer, villainy runs in the family.
Steve Carell is Gru and Dru.
DESPICABLE ME 3 is in theaters June 30

Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3.  Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.

Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon.  Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s, and proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date. 


Use the hashtags #DespicableMe3 and #Minions on Twitter for a fun surprise! 










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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Animal Planet Adventures Chapter Book Review & Giveaway! #spons




One thing I see posted about on facebook more than anything is suggestions for chapter books. Once kids outgrow picture books parents are looking for wholesome, yet interesting reads. It kind of hits two phases. First is to be read aloud by Mom and Dad then later to be read independently by the child when they've advanced to that skill. I have found that it is best to keep these kind of books on hand because once you enter either phase it just blossoms. Kids want a real story and they are looking for books that truly interest them.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

#AD - Laura Story Open Hands CD Review & Giveaway #OPENHANDS #FLYBY

*I received a copy of this cd for review - please see full disclosure at the bottom of the post*





 Laura Story is back with a brand new album Open Hands. This album is shows the growth of a true songwriter. The lyrics in so many songs are so deep and moving - it is like she has seen the hearts of so many and wrote songs to really speak to those hurts and circumstances.


Monday, March 13, 2017

Book Review: What's The Big Deal About First Ladies & Giveaway







March is Women's History Month and what better way to celebrate than to learn about our First Ladies in the new book What's The Big Deal About First Ladies by Ruby Shamir and Matt Faulkner. This book includes many wonderful illustrations of our beautiful first ladies while sharing a bit about what they do as far as the work and life of post. Many of the former first ladies are featured and it is a very neat factual way to see a glimpse into the first ladies.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Amazon Men's Grooming Sample Box Review





 Amazon has launched their own 'beauty' box program. This particular one is for men's grooming products. It is a little different than subscription boxes as it is a one time purchase. Plus they give you the purchase cost if you buy select items. So say you buy the razor pictured above you would get the purchase cost back off that order. (More details on that in a bit.)


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Book Review: The Way The Cookie Crumbled





Do you have an emerging reader that loves fun facts? (I do!!) Then The Way the Cookie Crumbled by Jody Jensen Shaffer is the perfect book to add to your reading. This book is a chapter book that takes you through the fantastically fun history of how cookies came to be. You might be surprised to learn the history - we were. One fun fact is that in England cookies aren't called cookies, they are called biscuits!  That is just one tasty fact you will learn in this book. We used it as our read aloud this week in school and I've caught my son looking at it several times since. He really enjoyed the illustrations by Kelly Kennedy and learning all about one of his favorite treats. This book would be a great asset in a unit study. In fact we not only read this story but J-man drew a picture of the different varieties of cookies and we plan on baking some chocolate cookies very soon. (see how easy a unit study could come together!)

Monday, March 6, 2017

Cat In The Hat: Knows A Lot About Space! DVD Review & Giveaway Plus FREE Printables!



Cat In The Hat: Knows A Lot About Space! is the latest in the Cat In the Hat series and it is another fun title. My kindergartener loves watching this show and I love all that he learns while doing it. March 2nd was Dr. Suess' birthday and we spend a good part of that day reading some of the classic books including The Cat in the Hat. Then we watched this DVD. I also printed some of the printables (below) to add to the fun.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Coconut Water Primer Stick #REVIEW








 Hard Candy has really upped their game with the new products they've been releasing. They are also available at Walmart which makes them pretty accessible for most of us. (I end up at Walmart at least twice a month, myself.) I had been looking at products like this Primer Stick so when Hard Candy sent it to me for a review I was so excited.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Book Review: Baa! Oink! Moo!





Little ones love to question the world around them. This is how they learn. Teaching them about God's creations is a special time. In the book Baa! Oink! Moo! God Made the Animals, we go along with a Momma and her little son as they walk along the farm. As they walk questions pop up about all of the different animals and the Mom explains how God made each animal uniquely like only He can! 

Friday, March 3, 2017

February 2017 Favorites!










 Another month has passed! I cannot believe how fast 2017 is flying by. In some ways I'm not so unhappy about it because I am happy to distance myself from 2016 which was one of the hardest years of my life... However I'm not so thrilled with the idea of having a 17 year old senior in the fall!! I keep thinking he is like 8! How did this happen and when did I get old enough to have a 17 year old!!

Anyways... Here are some of the things I am LOVING this past month.