Tuesday, October 16, 2018

SUKEY MOLLOY'S FIVE LITTLE OYSTERS CD Review & Giveaway!





 I was introduced to Sukey Molloy years ago with her dvds Sukey's Circle. They are amazing dvds and just like having a preschool teacher in your home. I've always loved the sweet way that Sukey talks to children and this cd - Five Little Oysters! - brings that same sweetness to classic children songs. Introducing my children to music has always been some thing I've really enjoyed. We sing often in our home and the CD player is always playing. I get so much joy when we are driving in the car and I hear my little one singing on his own in the back seat. I love hearing my favorite songs from him.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Fall Board Books Giveaway with Abrams Appleseed!




abrams appleseed board book giveaway



 Fall is the perfect time for cuddling up to new books. The weather turns crisp and getting under the covers is the perfect way to spend a cool morning. I am really trying to foster a true love of reading with my littles. This really means putting in some quality reading time each day. By making it a routine to pull books out in the morning this has really helped. I keep a bin with books I rotate with new books accessible so that my two year old will be able to get them himself. He loves getting to pick out books for us to read.


Sunday, October 14, 2018

Q&A with Dillon T. Thornton author of Give Them Jesus






 When I first became a parent 18 years I had only been saved about 6 years. I did not grow up in a saved home although we did believe in Jesus. My parents got saved around the time I did but there wasn't much growth there with my mom being so sick with cancer. My father didn't really grow in the Lord until I was out of the house. Thankfully my step-mom used those few years of me living at home to model many wonderful behaviors. I knew she read her bible and studied. However I was still at a loss of how to teach my own children. I think it is sad that I'm not alone in this area. Many times the church fails us because they don't help us to teach our own kids. They tell us that church is not enough. So while we prayed, sang and read books - in our home practicing our religion I don't think I really started teaching theology until we started homeschooling and I made it a class for the kids.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Holiday Gift Guide 2018!






holiday christmas gift






 Christmas is right around the corner. There are only 10 Fridays until the big day! Time to get busy! I've already started shopping because I have to do it slowly to get it all done. I'm not one of those shop all day and get it all done at one time kind of people. I like to plan each present and do a little research. I also like to deal shop so I hit target when they have a great coupon or cartwheel. The main stores I usually go to are target, walmart, kohls, and the mall. It used to be ToysRus - which I will truly miss!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Changing Faces Book Giveaway! Don't Wake the Tiger! & Happy Halloween!!



 We started our changing faces book collection with Meet Happy Bear which went through emotions. Our next books was Don't Wake The Tiger! This book is so much fun! As you read the story prompts you to turn the page and then wake up the animals. My little one giggled through the whole book. Our newest addition is Happy Halloween! This time a spider scares each of the halloween characters. This is a great read for the season and we enjoyed it so much. I love this series and can't wait to see more books added.


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Two New Titles From NCircle Entertainment! #giveaway











 Today was cold. Well it was cold for most of the day. There was a big rainstorm in the afternoon and then some muggy weather but now it is evening and it is cold again. For me cold weather means cuddling on the couch and watching television with the kiddos at night. It is the perfect way to unwind. This month we have two new titles to share from NCircle Entertainment. Floogals - Project Birthday Catke! where the Floogals learn all about birthdays. In The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That! Season 2 Volume 2 we cover 20 full episodes. I love this show and often there is an episode that aligns with what we are teaching in our homeschool which is awesome!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Blog Tour: Gathering of Sisters










 Gathering of Sisters: A Year with My Old Order Mennonite Family by Darla Weaver has been one of my favorite books I've read this year. I love the simple story of a group of sisters spending time with their Momma each Tuesday. The children playing with their cousins having a blast is wonderful but the real treasure is that the adult sisters enjoy their time together sharing a meal and time just as much. I just love that. It reminds me of when I was growing up and how we went to Sunday dinners  with my mother's family. While the tradition was typically at my one aunts house family came to spend time together with my grandmother. We typically shared the same meal - spaghetti with some sort of meat while Darla Weavers family eat a lunch (they call it dinner) together and the meal varies. 


Friday, October 5, 2018

Disney Villians The Evilest Of Them All Book Review & Giveaway!




 I love all things Disney and I was super excited to receive Villains The Evilest Of Them All Book to review. This is sort of a scrapbook with movie pictures, stats of the villains and even pull out pages. The Villains all hold a sort of conversations with their evil associates talking about their stories. This book is so much fun! Reading from the other side's perspective is so very entertaining. We all know a well written bad guy makes the story so much better and it is nice to have something that features these amazing characters. It is too hard to pick my favorite villain but it really cool to see them all included in this gem of a book!


Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Greatest-Dot-to-Dot Books Review & Giveaway!








 We were recently sent a set of The Greatest-Dot-to-Dot Books. These are a step up from the puzzles you did in your school books because you are not just connecting 1-20. The idea is that you connect the dots in a smooth fashion then after revealing the picture you can take colored pencils and color in the picture. The books are for ages 8-109 so basically all ages will enjoy working on these books.






Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Blog Tour: Summer Plans and Other Disasters by Karin Beery






 I know summer is over but this book did not disappoint. Summer Plans and Other Disasters is a story of finding God's will for your life and jumping all in letting God lead. I love this theme. Often times we tend to just go through the motions of life. Predictable and safe but I have to wonder how many opportunities we miss out on by not listening to God's leading.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Halloween Horror at Sahara Sam's! #hosted










Last weekend we had a blast attending Halloween Horror at Sahara Sam's in Berlin, New Jersey. This event runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings in September and October. The doors open at 5pm and it ends at 10:30pm. We took our four kids ages 2, 7, 16 and 18. This event is included with your day pass and 2019 Season Passes. If you don't plan on swimming tickets are $13.99 for Halloween Horror.




Friday, September 28, 2018

HAPPY HAUNTED HALLOWEEN BY MR. SINGER & THE SHARP COOKIES CD Review & Giveaway!







In our prep for Halloween we like to make a playlist of tunes to play when the trick-or-treators come knocking. I like to keep it fun with some classics like Monster Mash, Thriller and The One-eyed Giant Purple People Eater while adding new songs to the mix. We received Happy Haunted Halloween by Mr. Singer & The Sharp Cookies to review I knew we'd be adding new songs to the night's activities. This cd has a good mix of different styles of music all with that spooky feel.


Thursday, September 27, 2018

Ghoulia - Halloween Chapter Book Review #WIN






I don't always read chapter books myself before sharing with my kids but the cover of Ghoulia: Making New Friends Can Be Scary by Barbara Cantini drew me in. The black and white picture with spots of bright orange are stunning but so is every illustration in the book. The story is pretty sharp too. The tale is one of Ghoulia a zombie who doesn't have any human friends. She wants desperately to make friends and Halloween provides the perfect cover for her. This is an adorable book, perfectly themed for the holiday and it has a great happy ending. The best part it is book 1 in the new series! I can't wait to see more!


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Does Frankenstein Get Hungry? Review & Giveaway!









Halloween is almost here and it is time to talk about all the things that go bump in the night! Ghost, Frankenstein, witches, werewolves and so many more are featured in this adorable themed rhyming book. In Does Frankenstein Get Hungry? each creature gets their own spread with wonderful illustrations perfect for this season! My son loves the scary and he loved this book. He is 8 and doesn't scare easy but honestly this book light and sweet and talks about fearing the things in the night. This one was a hit for us!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Zombie Cross-Stitch Giveaway! #HALLOWEEN





Halloween season is just around the corner. Time to think about your costume and decorate your front yards. I honestly have no idea what our kids will dress up as. They have been Star Wars themed for the last 6 years so I will be surprised if they venture out of that. (Stay tuned to Instagram on Halloween to see!)


Monday, September 24, 2018

Movie Review: Little Women: A Modern Retelling #LittleWomenL3


Little Women



Being a blogger can have some really neat perks! I recently had the opportunity to preview the new Little Women movie. I honestly wasn't sure what to expect from this movie. I have read the book but that was at least thirty-five years ago so I'm not a purist with that. I don't remember much about the book except I cried and their were sisters. Then there was the Winona Ryder movie adaptation which I also watched but remember vaguely.

Why am I telling you this? So you understand where my review comes from. I knew the basic story - a group of sisters with their Momma. Sisters who faced hardships and had amazing bonds. What my review isn't is a huge fan of the original book (or movie) who can critic each aspect and how this version handled plot twist with the fresh new version. I don't want anyone in that category to be disappointed with my thoughts because I loved this movie. and while it features the March Family I think it stands on its own.


**Possible Spoilers**


Sunday, September 23, 2018

Disney's Aladdin Jr. at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia!



I love the theatre. I remember taking field trips in grade school to see shows. I remember seeing The King and I, Our Town, A Christmas Carole and so many more. These were memories that lasted because seeing them performed is magical!  The costumes, lights, music and makeup take you away from the outside world. My third child is only 7 so he hasn't had the opportunity to see a play until now. He had no idea what to expect but I knew that Disney's Aladdin Jr. would be a great show to take him to on his maiden voyage. 



Saturday, September 22, 2018

Diggerfest at Diggerland!











 It's fall-ya'll! Well it is just about that season but in New Jersey back to school is fall. It means pumpkins and cooler weather. It also means Diggerfest is coming back to Diggerland. I have to say out of all the times we've gone to Diggerland, Diggerfest was the best! The extra activities were a perfect addition to the fun.


Thursday, September 20, 2018

Blog Tour: The 6 Hearts of Intimacy





Intimacy is often something that thought of as only the act of sex and that is a taboo topic among many Christians. However intimacy is actually defined as closeness. We often talk to singles about what they should be doing before marriage (waiting) but leave them hanging on what happens after - both physically and emotionally. Healthy emotional Intimacy that leads to  fulfilling physical intimacy. In The 6 Hearts of Intimacy, Bob and Cheryl Moeller take you through the different ways people express their Intimacy style. 


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Disney Mary Poppins Returns 12/19







In Disney’s MARY POPPINS RETURNS, an all-new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. Emily Blunt stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London. 


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Dr. Seuss's You Are Kind









You Are Kind is a book that teaches children how wonderful their kindness it. How they help others, stand up for right and are good listeners. All the beautiful things that come naturally to children that we have to help them keep as they grow into adulthood. This is a gift size book and would be a perfect addition to any present (or skip the card and give the book!)


Monday, September 17, 2018

Our Favorite Apple Read Alouds & FREE Apple Parts Printable!


apples printables books

September is always apple season for me. I like to re-read our collection of favorite apple books and add some new ones from the library. This year in our homeschool we are studying apples for the first week of Memoria Press 2nd grade Enrichment. We are to make a felt apple craft and look at the parts of the apple. My son asked to make an apple pie so I added some books that include that. I hope to make it to go apple picking as well!


Saturday, September 15, 2018

Book Review: Nighty Night and Good Night





As parents, we all know the struggle of getting a too tired little one to sleep. Stories, drinks, pats on the back and songs often round out the routine. Nighty Night and Good Night is a story perfect for that bedtime routine. The Nighty Nights are a sweet group of stuffed friends that help their little friend Ben fall asleep by singing a lullaby to him. Filled with love and faith it is sweet, simple and a delight.


Friday, September 14, 2018

Little Women Fandango Giveaway! #LittleWomenL3







 Who is excited for the new adaption of a this beloved classic? I remember reading the book when I was younger and I watched the movie with Winona Ryder all those years ago. The story of sisterhood is a wonderful one and I'm looking forward to seeing how this new modern version holds up!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Grandma Gatewood Hikes The Appalachian Trail




 Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail
by Jennifer Thermes



 It is hurricane season on the and the Carolina's are about to be hit with a bad one. In New Jersey we've been spared so far this year but a few years ago we had one that knocked our power out for days. I remember not being able to sleep because it was so hot!

Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail is a story of endurance. Emma Gatewood is the first woman to 'thru-hike' the Appalachian Trail. This children's book documents her journey and some of what she faced. She became quite a sensation as her trip progressed and just two years later she did it again as a section hiker (someone who does each section separate.)

Monday, September 10, 2018

Tips For Traveling with Baby! #GIVEAWAY





We have traveled with our kids since they were little babies. I remember taking my oldest to Lancaster, Pa for his first overnight trip. Back then I didn't know how to pack or plan, being a new mom caught up to me when we ended up at Walmart buying extra clothes.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Book Spotlight: Natsumi! by Susan Lendroth






The world is going to try to conform kids. We teach them in school to stand in line, raise their hands and sit still. While these are not harmful in any way it is something to see a child be wild, free and creative! I have two that are really like this compared to their more serious older brothers. The love to run, scream and jump. There is something special about this kind of child. Some might try to squash that energy but I love to cultivate it. We are looking into gymnastics and possibly martial arts for the our littles.


Friday, September 7, 2018

Get Creative with Handlettering & Journaling Sets - Review & Giveaway!




Journaling is so popular these days. I love the look of all those fancy fonts and the creativity of learning to do them myself. Having the proper tools and how to guides really helps with the success. I had the opportunity to try my hand with several wonderful kits - and I have a giveaway of the same for you all!

Incredibles 2 Coming Soon Digitally and on DVD!





Disney Pixar's Incredibles 2 

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We are super excited about this release. The digital releases early and has some neat bonus material. (I'm sure my kids will be interested in that since the love Frozone.) 

Details:


 Family members of all ages will be hypnotized by hours of delightful entertainment, with never-before-seen “Incredibles 2” bonus material highlighting the beloved characters in the film and the  filmmakers who bring them to life. 

When audiences instantly bring home the film two weeks early on Digital, they will receive additional exclusive featurettes, including two SuperScene Breakdowns and Samuel L. Jackson discussing his character Frozone a.k.a. “The Coolest Guy in Show Business.” 

Overall bonus includes an all-new mini-movie “Auntie Edna,” which gives  a glimpse of fashion visionary Edna Mode’s all-night endeavor to design a suit to best harness baby Jack-Jack’s expanding super powers. 

Also included are an inside look at the impressive production team at Pixar Animation Studios; documentaries highlighting the film’s relatable characters and stand-out scenes; 10 never-before-revealed scenes; filmmaker commentary; the touching theatrical short “Bao” and a corresponding featurette about how the dumplings sprung to life; and much, much more. 

Fans can reunite with this incredible family of Supers instantly on Digital in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and on Movies Anywhere on Oct. 23, and on Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD,™ Blu-ray,™ DVD and On-Demand on Nov. 6.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

*FREE* FIRST DAY PRINTABLE SIGNS!



I love doing first day of school pictures. We usually go to the local park on our first day to do the pictures and I love having a sign to document the year. I created these just for fun for my family. If you can use them then feel free to print a copy. Naturally I just created the levels I needed but I did a generic 'school' one too! 



























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