Monday, June 18, 2018

Alex & Me Giveaway & Free App! #AlexandMe

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Alex & Me is a family friendly movie perfect for those summer movie nights!

About Alex & Me

Teenager Reagan Willis (Agudong) has one dream – to play soccer like her hero, Alex Morgan. Her bedroom is a shrine to all things Alex, including a life-size poster of the Olympic gold medalist. Yet in the Willis house, Reagan lives in the shadow of her prep football superstar brother, Logan. When Reagan fails to make the cut of the premiere local soccer club team and is humiliated by her rival Claire, she’s certain her ship has sailed. But after accidentally hitting her head, Reagan’s poster of Alex Morgan suddenly comes to life and everything changes!

THE BOO-BOOS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD Review & Giveaway!





 I love a good story that shares how items are made. Band-Aids are something in this modern age we take advantage of. In fact my toddler will ask for one for any little hurt even the invisible ones. They now come in classic flesh tone but even in neon, waterproof and a variety of characters. They are a staple in every medicine cabinet and first aid kit, but how did they come to be so popular? The book - THE BOO-BOOS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD by Barry Wittenstein shares the history of the band-aid.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Two Father's Day Books to Read With Dad #WIN




 Father's Day is just around the corner. I recently starting reading the book The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease in it the author goes into great detail about how important reading books aloud to your kids. This has always been a passion of mine. We try to get at least one book a day but I'm upping my count this summer and trying to make better habits. The book also explained that it is a great idea to have special 'Daddy books' to read together as well. I love this idea.  Today I'm going to share two books perfect for the 'Daddy bin' and for Father's Day!


Thursday, June 14, 2018

INCREDIBLES 2 Coloring Pages!






We are super excited to see Incredibles 2! The first installment was one of my favorite Disney movies of all time and I can't wait to see how they continue the story. We will probably go next week - even Dad wants to go for this one! 


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Teaching Textbooks 3.0 Review








 When we started homeschooling in six years ago I was nervous. I felt confident about science and history. I even had a great plan for English. My biggest fear was math. It wasn't my strongest subject in high school and I just didn't think I could handle teaching anything beyond 2nd grade. Thankfully I had a mentor that first year who helped me plan and she shared with me about a newer homeschooling company Teaching Textbooks.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Inflatable Run - Philadelphia! #WIN





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 If you're looking for a fun event local to the New Jersey/Philadelphia - then The Inflatable Run is the place to be. Kids and adults will enjoy the inflatable 5k obstacle course! That's not all there are plenty of kids activities to round out the day!


 ATTRACTIONS INCLUDE (Subject to Local Availability):
· 1 Mile / 5K Inflatable Obstacle Course
· Face Painting & temporary tattoo booth
· Magic Shows
· Live Music
· Inflatable Zorb Balls
· Water Balloon Battle
· Pedal Cart Races
· Carnival Games like skeeball, high striker, basketball, and more
· Meet & Greet with Mr. Wacky
· Costume Contest with Great Prizes


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DATE: June 23, 2018
TIME: 8 AM – 4 PM
LOCATION: Citizens Bank Park , Philadelphia, PA 19148
PRICES: Ticket prices start at $14.99 thru $44.99, depending on the ticket type
PURCHASE TICKETS: https://www.theinflatablerun.com/philadelphia/



 Don't miss this great kids event near me in Philadelphia, PA!

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One lucky reader will win Two (2) Tickets to The Inflatable Run! 






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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Summer Reading Series: DR. SEUSS’S 100 FIRST WORDS










 Summer Reading Series
DR. Seuss's 100 First Words
A Rup Life recommends this book for Age: Preschool and up





 We had such a blast with this book reading it to our 2 year old. I loved that it is a board book because he can handle it without ruining it. The graphics are fun and engaging. I like to ask him to find the objects on the page. This way he is associating the word with the image. He gets some but there were new words introduced for him to learn as well. I think this book could be useful for beginner readers as well.

about:

DR. SEUSS’S 100 FIRST WORDS is an all-new sturdy board book that introduces babies and toddlers to both 100 essential first words and to the artwork of Dr. Seuss! Illustrated with images from his most beloved, classic books (among them One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, and Hop on Pop), the book also features Little Cats A-Z, the tiny cats from The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, doing something fun on every page!


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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. 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 Amazon.com.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Summer Reading Series: Sesame Street: 5 Little Rubber Duckies










 Summer Reading Series
5 Little Rubber Duckies
A Rup Life recommends this book for Age: 2-5



As we begin the summer reading season I thought I would start off with an adorable board book featuring our Sesame Friends. This book has five little ducks you can remove from the top to count. (I like to just push them side to side but the kids enjoy taking them out.) The big highlight is that each number is grooved for easy tracing! I have an alphabet book like this so I was thrilled to see this feature in this book with numbers. The story counts down from five one and features many characters like Elmo and Big Bird.

Summer Reading Series!







 Summer is almost here and that means summer reading! I make my goal to read as many books personally as I can during the warm months when we don't have school and I like my kids to do the same. We will be signing up for the reading programs at the library and various organizations. I plan to create a home chart to encourage my 7 year old to independently read often this summer.


On the blog I will be featuring books for all ages from babies to adults. Some will be review books and there will be some giveaways - so come back often!


In This Series: 

Babies:
Preschool:


Young Reader:
Middle School:
Young Adult:
Adult: 






So What Are Your Reading Plans For The Summer?











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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Daphne & Velma Giveaway! #DaphneVelma


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 Movie Alert!




 New on DVD & Blu-Ray - Daphne and Velma brings us back into the Scooby-Doo universe with a prequel featuring the two girls. This is a modernized adaption as they are in a  technology advanced school.

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY ~ FREE PRINTABLES!




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Calling all Star Wars Fans! Who else is excited about the big opening this weekend? My teens can't wait. I have some fun printables and a preview to share with you today. Please come back and tell me what you thought of the movie in the comments!



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SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY opens in theatres everywhere on May 25th!









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Friday, May 18, 2018

Tour Guide by Cheri Magill CD Review & Giveaway!






Being a mother is one of the hardest yet most rewarding experiences. With each child, I've learned new things about myself and children in general. Even after four kids, I still don't know it all. In Tour Guide, Cheri Magill brings motherhood alive with her beautiful, enchanted voice. It is truly a  magical homage to raising children celebrating the highs and the lows. She gets toddlers and she gets the craziness of raising little ones. Through all that she also makes good music! The songs are catchy and a delight to listen to!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Love Inspired Blog Tour & Giveaway!






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One of my favorite parts of summer is reading. I will often stay up super late and read - always wanting to get to that next chapter. I have done this since I was a little girl and the tradition lives on. I hope to read at least fifty books this summer and have the kids do at least the same.

I was recently sent four books from Love Inspired. The books are all unique but share a faith based theme in each. Two were part of the 'Heartwarming Inspirational Romance' line and two from the 'Love Inspired Suspense'. We were asked to read at least one for this review and I choose The Rancher's Secret Child. This book was the perfect short read at 215 pages. One thing I loved is how fast the story progressed. The characters are introduced and we quickly get to the conflict. We learn a lot about the characters too, they are well established and written. With the books being shorter in length there isn't a lot of useless story-lines to detract from the main focus which is the secret child in this case. I really liked that. I loved how author Brenda Minton dealt with the main characters internal conflicts and resolved them while incorporating a believable outcome, romance and weaving faith through-out. I'm already working on my second book Bound By Duty and I can tell you I really like the Suspense series as well.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Book Spotlight: You're My Little Cuddle Bug #WIN








 You're My Little Cuddle Bug is just about the cutest book perfect for spring. Each page takes you through different bugs with sweet rhyming story. My 2 year old loves to look at the different bugs and have me tell them what they are. We also point out Mommy and Baby. The pages feature bright colors and adorable bugs. A great book for cuddling and reading before bedtime.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Summer Brain Quest Giveaway!






 It is a known fact that taking a summer break from learning results in loss of acquired skills. To combat this the best thing you can do is keep kids doing just a little bit each day. In our home we make weekly trips to the library to keep the reading going (besides we love books!) We also incorporate a summer learning workbook. Summer Brain Quest is a fun way to keep skills sharp.


Monday, May 7, 2018

Book Review: Mama's Belly






 Adding another child to the family is a wonderful and exciting experience. I remember when I was pregnant with my second and I worried about how I would love another as much as my first. I was sad that I had to leave my oldest to stay in the hospital because I had never left him before. Then X was here and I couldn't imagine our lives without him. My love was not divided it multiplied. Not just mine but his dad's and his brothers.





 We added two more children over the years to our family growing to four children altogether. I love having a large family. I love that they all have built in friends for life. I was recently sent Mama's Belly by Kate Hosford. This is one of the most beautiful books written on pregnancy for a child. It is real and yet so sweet. Big sister narrates her experiences and questions on what is going on with Mama and the arrival of her new baby sister. I love the part where she talks about how tired Mama is. That is the raw truth about pregnancy. It is hard for us Mama's to do it all while growing a tiny human.


Monday, April 30, 2018

Where Do You Get Curriculum?

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 One of the biggest questions I get asked is where do I get my curriculum. I think this is one of the scarier parts of homeschooling. Most of the time people are curious in the sense of who provides curriculum to homeschoolers. In NJ we have to purchase our own. That may vary in other states but that is how it is here.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Book Review: Sarabella's Thinking Cap



Children book Sarabella's Thinking Cap



 Kids should be dreamers. They should want to grow up to be the impossible. I love seeing little one's imaginations come out. One season one of my sons pretended to be Santa for three whole months. He was about 3 years old and he had the whole character nailed. He wore a Santa hat and two Christmas stockings for his costume. He spoke in a low voice and said "ho,ho,ho" after everything. It was hysterical and imaginative!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

FAIRY MOM AND ME by Sophie Kinsella


~ Book Spotlight ~







 As you know I am a boy mom. Occasionally some really cool girl related books and toys come my way that I like to share with you, my readers as I know many of you have little girls. Fairy Mom and Me by Sophia Kinsella is a new chapter book for the 7-10 crowd. This book is magical in nature featuring a Mom who is a full on real fairy. Mom struggles with her magic and that where the humor comes in. If you like a little magic in you books you might want to check this one out!


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Book Review: There's Nothing To Do










 How many times have my kids told me they are bored or have nothing to do? We have endless toys, art supplies and the dreaded whole OUTSIDE! With summer break around the corner I'm expecting this to come up a lot again. The thing is when kids are left to be a little bored that is when they usually come up with the most wonderful plans and have the best days! Which is exactly what - There's Nothing To Do! by Dev Petty - shares! This book is hilarious fun and has a wonderful lesson about finding things to do!


Friday, April 20, 2018

Mother's Day Pay Pal Cash Giveaway!




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 I became a Mother the moment that second line popped up on the pregnancy test. It was something I had dreamed about and hoped for from the time I was a little girl. I didn't dream of weddings and marriage but I had visions of holding a sweet baby and being a parent (with my husband.) I remember my husband even gave me a Mother's Day card that first year even though I was only 5 months pregnant! He knew how much being a mother meant to me.

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I remember that feeling of my life changing. I couldn't wait to count toes and see first smiles. Of course my dreams were all about the good times and sweet moments. Then my first was born and let me tell you he was actually an angel baby! He slept well and was sleeping at night by 3 months. He was bright and talked super early. He was the easiest baby we've ever had.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Homeschool Graduation Checklist










We have our first homeschool graduate coming this spring. I am so excited for him. One thing I get asked all the time is about graduation. Homeschooling high school is mystifying for many. So I created a sort of checklist of ideas for those last minute things you might want to do for your graduate. Keep in mind this is an extensive list and we will not do all of them so choose what works best for your family!

 Homeschool Graduation Checklist


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  • Homeschool Diploma - In the state of NJ the parents issue the diploma. We have ours already to go. 
  • Cap and Gown  - We will be ordering a black set.
  • Senior Pictures - I plan on taking the bulk of these myself but we may go ahead and do a traditional headshot at our local target. I have seen the trend to go to a nice location with several outfit changes and do a whole session - that is something I can do myself with my camera so I plan to do it that way. If I didn't have a camera I would hire a professional. 
  • Announcements/Invitations - we will be doing some sort of mail out and it will feature a picture from our session. 
  • Graduation Party - This can be as big or as little as you like. We are hoping to have a nice sized party with a theme (per the graduates request!)
  • Ceremony - Our son asked to opt out of a ceremony. Two options for us were to do one with our local homeschool group that offers it or to have a ceremony at home (like we did with kindergarten.  
  • Class Ring -  We will probably make this our gift to our graduate. You can order them on Walmart. I know it was a huge deal when I was a senior to get mine and I still have it. 
  • Senior Trip - We are hoping to take a mini-trip either with just the graduate or the whole family. Haven't determined what exactly yet but we want something special for him.



Everything above is more of the celebration aspect but maybe your wondering about HOW to graduate your child. 

  • Transcript - we will be using HSLDA to do a completed transcript. (This is the final record of what is finished.)
  • College Applications - we did not have to do those for our student as he is taking a year off to work then plans to attend some sort of trade program. We would have submitted those in the fall of senior year.
  • End of Year Testing - We have a few final exams to finish
  • SAT/ACT - Last chance to improve those scores is Spring of senior year
  • Senior Thesis/ Large Final Projects  - These should be something that is being finished up about springtime for the graduate.  
  • Goals Next Steps - The graduate should have some sort of plan for the future. It took some time to figure out where our son was headed but we laid out our family guidelines and expectationsfor the next steps, let him think and pray on those then had a serious talk and came up with a plan. This type of talk happened many times over the four years of school but now in spring with graduation almost here we have a finalized plan. 
  • Finish Date - We gave our son a clear date to have all his work completed. It was a lot to accomplish but he really matured and stepped up this year and is on track to finish strong.





ARupLife.com DID NOT 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 Amazon.com.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Molang Giveaway! Plus FREE Printables!






Molang is back for another season in the DVD Molang Season Two. There are 52 episodes and over 3 hours of watching! This show is adorable. Molang is a round, fluffy rabbit and his friend Piu Piu is a sweet yellow chick. What is unique is they don't really talk on this show (think Minions style) but it is very easy to follow along with what is going on. My 2 year old and I giggled along the episodes we watched.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Defeating Negative Thoughts with Captain Snout!






 Teaching kids to hear a positive inner voice is so important. Having four children over the years I've heard their negative concerns and had to address them. In Captain Snout And The Super Power Questions: Don't Let The Ants Steal Your Happiness, author Daniel G. Amen, M.D. addresses some of the top negative thoughts that threaten to steal a child's joy. Guess what - they often sneak into parents thoughts too!!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Curriculum Review: Traditional Spelling I from Memoria Press



I love Memoria Press. I feel like it doesn't get enough credit in the homeschooling world against other more known curriculum companies. We have enjoyed our Kindergarten year and now feel the same about first grade. I love watching my 7 year old giggle while reading his literature and march around as he masters his recitation. It has been a good year!




Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Adventure Bible Book of Daring Deeds and Epic Creations Review & Giveaway!









 My son loves hands on activities. I'm always on the look out for easy to do crafts and hands on projects that use things I have around the house. When we received the Adventure Bible Book of Daring Deeds and Epic Creations: 60 Ultimate try-something-new, explore-the-world activities, I knew my son would be super excited.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Book Review: High Cotton by Debby Mayne




 I have really been into contemporary Christian novels lately. I went through a historical fiction phase but now it is all about contemporary for me. This is my first book by Debby Mayne and I'm sure it won't be my last. High Cotton is the first book in the Bucklin Family Reunion series.  We meet several members of the Bucklin Family as they all are anticipating another family reunion. Set in a southern landscape the values of Sweet Tea and bringing your best dish prevail as story points - I only wish I had a few recipes from because the food read wonderfully and I have to admit I would have loved to try Missy's chili!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

First Steps of Homeschooling










 Homeschooling is growing. Parents are unhappy with the current school systems. Heavy workloads, crazy testing and safety are among top concerns. I can't say that I blame parents for questioning these things. We were once private school parents and we were happy way back then until our financial situation changed and we needed an alternative. I then started researching homeschooling. Our first year was wonderful and a bit rocky but I wouldn't change it one bit. We are on our 6th year of homeschooling and I've learned a lot. 




Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Book Review: His Risk by Shelley Shepard Gray







 Shelley Shepard Gray is one of my favorite Christian Authors. Her series The Amish of Hart County has been a such a delight to read. It has a wonderful contemporary feel while keeping us in the Amish community. Her latest book in the series - His Risk - is another wonderful addition. This time we see a focus on Calvin Fisher who we met in his brother's story - His Guilt.  I love when we get a sibling story because we get to see where previously beloved characters' lives have gone. This book was a wonderful addition and had that edge of suspense that we've come to love from Gray.  Calvin had a very rough upbringing and left the Amish community at a young age. His life is not your typical 'good boy' so it is interesting to see how he reconciles his past with the present all while keeping his dangerous double life from coming unhinged.

Friday, March 16, 2018

NCircle Entertainment Easter DVD Giveaway!









 Easter is just around the corner. One thing I love to put in my children's baskets is new movies. It is a great addition to the candy - especially since we do limited amounts of candy. Just a few of their favorites and usually a small toy, a movie and a t-shirt. We try not to go to big for Easter but we still want it to be fun. This year I will be including Guess How Much I Love You An Enchanting Easter in my youngest son's basket and his older brother will receive Floogals Project Egg Hunt.