Saturday, July 21, 2018

THE KID’S AWESOME ACTIVITY BOOK by Mike Lowery Review & Giveaway!




mike lowery activity book




 I've been a big fan of Mike Lowery's books since his Doodle Adventures series. Those were a lot of fun. The Kid's Awesome Activity Book is equally wonderful. At first you might think this will be a typically kid's activity book with crosswords and mazes but it is so much more. There are lots of pages that punch out for activities like making a face mask or finger puppets. There are pages to draw and lots of Lowery's artwork littered on all of the pages. This is really the book to take on those long car rides or to visit your great-aunt when you need your child to be entertained quietly!


Friday, July 20, 2018

Teaching Textbooks Giveaway!!!!








 I recently did a review of Teaching Textbooks 3.0 - which is the same program we all love but entirely online. They just added a new feature. A free trial. This is awesome because most homeschool parents worry about our curriculum choices. This will give everyone an opportunity to check out the product and really see how it all works. I love that this company is working hard at understanding homeschooling and our needs.



Now Teaching Textbooks has generously offered a wonderful homeschool giveaway of any level of Teaching Textbooks 3.0 for one lucky reader of A Rup Life. To enter you just need to visit my review post and use the rafflecopter widget at the bottom of the post.

Good luck!!















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Saturday, July 7, 2018

FREE Summer Reading List Printable









 Summer reading programs are popping up at libraries, banks and even required from school. One way to keep track is with our Summer Reading List. This fun printable allows kids to use a five-star system to rate the books. I kept the printable to 10 books but I hope that my son will complete this printable 10 times this summer. I plan on rewarding him for each completed list he does.






 This printable is provided free for personal use. Please do not sell, copy or edit. 

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Need Book Recommendations? Here are some of our favorites! 











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Friday, July 6, 2018

Disney’s Big Hero 6 – The Series: Back in Action now available on DVD + FREE PRINTABLES!



Baymax is back in Disney's new  Big Hero 6 The Series - Back In Action!  Baymax is one of our favorite characters of all time so we were excited to see this new series. We get all the fun and lovableness from the original movie. This one is a hit!


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Netflix Series - Who Was Blog Tour!









Netflix recently released a television show based off the Who Was Books from Penguin Random House. These books are a great way to introduce famous people from history to young readers. You can read the book then watch the corresponding episode for extra enrichment. Our 1st grader is just about the right age for this book series and we were excited to receive two in the series - Isaac Newton + Amelia Earhart. We recently sat down and watched episode 4 on Netflix which features both of these books. My son thought it was great fun and giggled through out. The show is a bit goofy but it kept his attention and he actually learned quite a bit about each person by the end. That's a win for me!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Abrams Summer Book Giveaway! #summerreading




We are taking part of our library's summer reading program this year and my kids are just gobbling up books! I love that we have a local incentive to spark their love. The main thing is they are getting into a life-long habit of summer reading and learning to LOVE it to. I remember my lazy days of summer when I was growing up and all I did was sit outside in the sun and read. It was almost as if reading was my best friend those summers. I traveled the world and learned so many things through those books.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Summer Reading Series: Max and Marla Are Having A Picnic #WIN





by Alexandra Boiger

 What a delightful book about two friends, a little boy Max and his pet Owl Marla. The two are so excited that spring has finally arrived and they plan a big picnic to enjoy the first day of beautiful weather. Some problems happen and the two have a tiff. That night they make up and have a special indoor picnic. I loved the sweet story. While there is conflict there is also a nice learning opportunity with they way the characters resolve the issues. We were able to make this book into a small teaching moment about friendship. Books that are well written, and enjoyable but also have a lesson are my personal favorites and this one fits all those criteria!


Sunday, July 1, 2018

Summer Reading Series: My Pillow Keeps Moving!







 My Pillow Keeps Moving!
by Laura Gehl
Illustrated by Christopher Weyant



Today's book feature is one that is sure to have you all giggling! The premise is that a man goes to the store to buy a pillow and comes home with a puppy pretending to be a pillow. The hilarity ensues!The man is frustrated by his pillow not performing as a pillow. Eventually it all works out and that pillow gets a nice home. We loved this book. I love the humor and antics. It is a perfect addition to our summer reading recommendations!


Saturday, June 30, 2018

Girls Who Code Baby Code Board Book Review & Giveaway!

Author: Sandra Horning
Art by Melissa Crowton


 Technology is everywhere and kids are learning how coding works from kindergarten all the way through high school. (My 10th grader is taking a coding class for high school credit this year!) It is not surprise that babies should be introduced to coding as well. Girls Who Code Baby Code is a set of four books that show baby how coding is used in her world.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Summer Reading Series: 10, 9 8... Owls Up Late!




 Summer Reading Series



10, 9 8... Owls Up Late! is an adorable tale of 10 little owls who are fighting going to sleep. The board book features a sing-song style of writing that repeats the main verse on each page. One by one each of the owls finally gives over to bedtime. What is particularly special is that over the course of the pages it changes from night to day as owls are nocturnal. This was a great book to introduce that to our little ones.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

ARM&HAMMER™ Foot Care Invisible Spray Body and Foot Powders





 You know I don't really talk about stinky feet much on this blog but well, I do have teenage boys! I was sent a set of the new ARM&HAMMER™  Invisible Spray Body and Foot Powders to test out and guess what they are pretty awesome.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Summer Reading Series: Turn This Book Into A Beehive!










 I love a good interactive book. Having hands on features always keeps my 7 year old's attention. As homeschoolers we take time to study topics deeply especially when it comes to science. This whole past year we've focused on animals and insects so Turn This Book Into A Beehive! was a perfect addition.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Get #PerfectlyCute with @JAKKSToys







 We have been really enjoying Jakks Pacific new Perfectly Cute line. We were the lucky recipients of an adorable My Sweet Toddler Dolly and  Folding Stroller. Both of my little guys wanted to play with dolly and have fun pushing her around the house. Did you know that pushing and pulling are great activities for their gross motor skills. Leave it to a homeschooling momma to find the learning in their playtime.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Curriculum Review: Exploring Ecomomics from Notgrass History




Having a faith-based curriculum is a high priority in our house. We have never used a History curriculum that wasn't faith-based. This past year we did two courses from Notgrass History - Exploring Government and Exploring Economics. Both are designed to be half year studies so this gave us a full year of history credit. Exploring Economics takes us on a journey through money on a personal and larger level.

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


fun for kids near me


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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 WIN WIN WIN 
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?











ARupLife.com did not  product, press or compensation to facilitate this post. 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.

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!




solo star wars printable


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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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.

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!






love inspired summer reading




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.