Friday, August 7, 2020

Homeschooling Blog Hop Coming - Next Week!








This blog home will cover lots of homeschooling topics! Perfect for seasoned homeschoolers and those thinking about starting this year!












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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Loot Crate Wizarding World September Box Theme - the Room of Requirement!!!


 

 




 Are you a Potter-head? I remember standing in line for Half-Blood Prince at the bookstore. It was a huge event. I stayed up ALL night to read that book and Deathly Hollows!! I'm so excited to share the information of Loot Crate's Wizarding World September Box Theme!! It is the Room of Requirement! It is almost like the ROOM knew what we needed!!



“If you have to ask, you’ll never know. If you know, you need only ask.”


JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


Who's ordering???


Friday, July 3, 2020

TROLLS WORLD TOUR!!! Available on DVD July 7!!! #TrollsWorldTour





 Trolls are back! We absolutely loved the first movie! And this family of boys from preschool to teens enjoyed the second one. It was packed with more amazing music and some great new characters! Lots of giggles happened while watching! I really liked all the talented stars in the movie - Ozzy Osborne and Kelly Clarkson are two of my favorites. My kids LOVE Queen Barb and watching her rock out to Crazy Train

The best part of this movie is the timely theme. Th message is that we can all love different things (different taste in music) but still stand united. I won't get political here but it had me thinking a little about division and how most of the time we are all working towards the same bigger picture.  Don't worry is politics are not your thing this movie is not about that at all.

Have you seen this movie? 

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The DVD includes lots of EXTRAS!!!!

 Queen Poppy (Anna Kendrick), Branch (Justin Timberlake), and the rest of your favorite Trolls are back for another musical adventure that’s bigger—and louder—than ever before! In TROLLS WORLD TOUR, Poppy and Branch discover that their kingdom is only one of six musical realms—Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop, and Rock—that were once united in perfect harmony. When the power-hungry ruler of the Rocker Trolls threatens to silence all other music so her tribe can reign supreme, Poppy and Branch must embark on an epic quest to unite the realms of Trollskind, before the songs in their hearts are lost forever! The film is currently available for early viewing on a wide variety of popular on-demand services as a premium rental offering.

BONUS FEATURES ON 4K Ultra Hd, BLU-RAYTM, DVD and digital:
  • DANCE PARTY MODE – As Queen Poppy makes her way across the lands, this on-screen experience encourages the viewer to sing and dance along as they customize their own musical journey. With sing-along and dance elements, interactive pop ups and more, it’s sure to be a world of fun!
  • TINY DIAMOND GOES BACK TO SCHOOL – In this exclusive original short film, journey back to school with Tiny Diamond as he tries to figure out how to be the cool kid and ‘fit in’.
  • TROLLS DANCE ACADEMY – Compilation of How-To-Dance pieces from Dance Party Mode
    • Pop
    • Waltz
    • Country
    • Funk
    • KPop
    • Reggaeton
  • TROLLS WORLD TOURIST MAP – Cloud Guy provides a quick "tourist guide's" view of the six realms that make up Trolls Kingdom.
    • Trolls Village
    • Symphonyville
    • Lonesome Flats
    • Vibe City
    • Volcano Rock City
    • Techno Reef
  • DELETED SCENES WITH INTROS BY DIRECTOR WALT DOHRN, PRODUCER GINA SHAY AND CO-DIRECTOR DAVID P. SMITH*
    • Cooper's Destiny
    • Let's Go Save the World
    • Bicycle Built for Two
    • Breaktime
    • Meet the Bounty Hunters
    • Making New Friends
    • Cloud 9
  • TROLLS PERFECT HARMONY – Hear from the star-studded cast of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Anderson .Paak, George Clinton, Kunal Nayyar, James Corden and the filmmakers about the history of music featured in the film. From classical to country to rock, pop and techno, the cast and filmmakers reveal their favorite types of music.
  • TROLLS WORLD TOUR BACKSTAGE* – A behind-the-scenes making of featurette showcases Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Rachel Bloom, Ron Funches, George Clinton, Mary J. Blige, Sam Rockwell and Kenan Thompson as some of the talent behind the Trolls and the process of bringing the them to life.
    • Opening Act
    • Headliners
    • Encore!
  • FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTOR WALT DOHRN, PRODUCER GINA SHAY AND CO-DIRECTOR DAVID P. SMITH
* Exclusive to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ & Digital

TROLLS WORLD TOUR will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital.
  • 4K Ultra HD is the ultimate movie watching experience. 4K Ultra HD features the combination of 4K resolution for four times sharper picture than HD, the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR) with immersive audio delivering a multidimensional sound experience.
    • TROLLS WORLD TOUR 4K Ultra HD is available with HDR10+™, providing a premium HDR picture quality. HDR10+ transforms your movie watching experience with incredible brightness and contrast for each scene, delivering brighter brights and deepest darks.
  • Blu-rayTM unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • Digital lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.
  • MOVIES ANYWHERE is the digital app that simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Consumers can also redeem digital copy codes found in eligible Blu-rayTM and DVD disc packages from participating studios and stream or download them through Movies Anywhere. MOVIES ANYWHERE is only available in the United States. For more information, visit https://moviesanywhere.com.

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Summer Reading Spotlight: The Berenstain Bears!



 The Berenstain Bears Honesty Counts



 Who better to tell a story with great characters and a moral lesson than The Berenstain Bears! I have to say I love this family and have enjoyed reading them for years between my childhood and being a Momma for the last 20 years. Zonderkidz titles have the added faith-based content that makes them some of my absolute favorite titles.


 About:

Berenstain Bears Honesty Counts

In The Berenstain Bears Honesty Counts the Bear family can’t wait to participate in the big canoe race down Rapid River. Who will take home the winning ribbons? The competition between Brother and Sister’s team and Too-Tall’s gang is fierce, but Preacher Brown makes sure the cubs remember just how important honesty is.

The Berenstain Bears Nature Rescue


Berenstain Bears Nature Rescue

Save the birds! Save the trees! That’s what the cubs are saying around Bear Country. If Squire Grizzly gets his way and cuts down the trees in Birder’s Woods, the yellow popinjays will have nowhere to rest. They could disappear forever. It’s up to the cubs to save this important part of nature before it’s too late!



The Berenstain Bears and the Rodey Crowd

Berenstain Bears and the Rowdy Crowd

Something’s up with Brother Bear. He’s talking tough, he’s walking tough, and he has a new hobby: shooting hoops with Too-Tall and his trouble-making team. And basketball isn’t the only new pastime Brother takes up when he falls in the wrong crowd. Will Brother realize who his true friends are before it’s too late?

 The Berenstain Bears God Loves the Animals


Berenstain Bears God Loves the Animals
9780310769583; Board Book; On Sale Date 04/07/2020
An owl in the tree, an alligator in the swamp, a rabbit making trouble in a cabbage patch … what other animal friends can be found in this charming board book? Join the beloved Berenstain Bear family, as Mama, Papa, Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear take a delightful nature walk through Bear Country!
 
 
The Berenstain Bears have books from all ages! Board books, read alouds and chapter books! 
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Friday, June 26, 2020

7 Sisters Homeschool FLASH SALE!!!




 One of my favorite curriculum is having a 72 hour flash sale! 50% off sitewide!! 7 Sisters Homeschool has great writing curriculum! We used them for their research guide you can see that review HERE.




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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Thinking About Homeschooling?










 Homeschooling can be a wonderful alternative to traditional school. There is great flexibility with schedules and learning styles. We are finishing up our 8th year of homeschooling. I have one son graduated and one just about to. They didn't start out as homeschoolers they started out in private Christian school but God led us to bring them home and it has been an wonderful family experience. Our younger two have always homeschooled. Next school year we will have a 4th grader and preschooler. 

Many times I get asked how do I have the patience. To be honest because we've always done this lifestyle with the younger two it is much easier. They didn't know anything other than school at home. I set the expectations and they know what is required. My older two sometimes gave me bad attitudes or didn't complete assignments on time. Ultimately for them they had to come to realize homeschooling is a family partnership. Once they had that mindset it was smooth sailing.

So where do you start? First know that homeschooling is legal in all 50 states. Each state has their own laws and requirements. I have found the HSLDA to be a great asset in finding out what my state required. I also recommend getting in touch with local friends who homeschool and local groups. Most homeschooling Moms are happy to help you learn the ins and outs of your state and even help with curriculum. 

As the world stays in chaos I think most people are considering homeschooling this fall. Mask, social distancing and longer commutes don't really jive with younger students. I can tell you that the type of schooling that happened under quarantine was not what I was doing with my kids. We had our normal schedule which is free time in the morning, lunch, nature walk then school at the dining room table. We had books and no online classes. It was a little different as we had to skip our normal park time, play-dates, homeschool get together, sports and even our nursing home visits.  I am hopeful those will come back in the fall as we really missed having that time with our friends. (SEE homeschoolers do socialize! )


Are you planning on homeschooling this fall?














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Monday, January 13, 2020

Priceless Blog Tour & Giveaway!


 

  When I first learned about this devotional I was intrigued. I've been wanting to study out Proverbs 31 in a more deeper study so this came at a perfect time. The devotional is broken up into six sections. Each day within the section has a reading based on the verse, a page with questions that apply that reading, a prayer/journal page and then a recipe page. This book focuses on hospitality along with being a virtuous woman. I actually quite like the questions and the journal pages. The recipes were easy to do which is also another plus. 

 I feel a little mixed about this book in general. I did not care for the introduction. There were two instances I looked things up and wasn't quite sure where the information came from. (The first being the definition of Proverbs given as "to be like" - can anyone point me in the direction to that definition?) (the second was who King Lemuel is, personally I think that is open for interpretation but it is implied in this book it is King Solomon.)  Now, when I dug deeper I really liked what each devotional was saying and how they were laid out. I like it enough to continue to do the book but I will cross reference and study along with what is being said. 

 

The concept of this book is awesome. It is one of the best books to study (Proverbs) and the best chapter (31) for wives and mothers to take time to learn about. I love the workbook style as that has been really what I've been leaning to lately in my bible study time. I think this book is a neat study and I'm looking forward to working through it. The theme of motherhood, Proverbs 31 and hospitality is perfect for where I am in life. My mom was the Proverbs 31 women. She passed away in 2018 and her hospitality is something I greatly miss. She taught me so much about that and I feel like God has given me that gift as well. It makes me fondly think of her when I'm reading this devotional.

 

 

 

About the Book

Front cover Priceless
Book:  Priceless
Author: Vickie Burns
Genre: Devotional/Cookbook
Release Date: November, 2019

Priceless: A Devotional Cookbook Based on Proverbs 31 is a Bible study and cookbook combined. The author, Vickie Burns, takes the reader verse by verse through Proverbs 31, showing them how precious and loved they are. At the end of each day’s study, meal suggestions and recipes are provided to fill their homes with tantalizing aromas and great food. Even young children can help with meal preparation so they learn that dinner doesn’t just magically appear on the table.

For women who’ve read Proverbs 31 and felt inadequate, like they could not possibly live up to God’s description of the perfect woman, Priceless reveals that they have more in common with her than they ever imagined.

“Today’s busy mom rarely finds time to steal a few moments of peace and quiet to spend with the Lord each day,” Vickie says. “On top of that, she most likely does not take the time to flip through endless sections of cookbooks to plan a unique evening meal. Priceless encourages women to view their tasks as God’s call to an abundant life, empowers them by providing a daily word from Proverbs 31, and eases their minds by providing a full menu for the evening meal each day.”



Click here to get your copy. 

About the Author


Vickie Burns is passionate about showing women how to love and live the abundant life that Jesus Christ offers. Through Bible study, public speaking, and writing inspirational cookbooks, Vickie inspires women to love the Lord with all their hearts, minds, souls, and strength; to see and love themselves as Christ does—PRICELESS; and to love others through genuine hospitality. She lives in Texas with the love of her life, Todd Burns, and they have two daughters.  

More from Vickie

This book, Priceless, is not my story but it was birthed from it. I was raised in a single-parent Christian home after my parents divorced. I watched my mom handle everything: cooking, cleaning, bills, homework, a full-time job, etc. I had no idea until I became a wife and mother all that she must have been through while raising three children on her own. I do know that she had a strong relationship with the Lord and that she had friends and family support. Today, I look back at my childhood with renewed respect for my mom. My husband, Todd and I did our best to raise our two girls to honor the Lord while we went to school for our master’s degrees and tried to keep our household running smoothly. I had the help of a husband and was still overwhelmed while working as a teacher, trainer, coach and administrator in public education. On top of that I was still a wife, mother, friend, sister, chef, chauffer, nurse and more. Over the years, as I have gotten to know other women, I realize that I am not alone. We all long for ways to balance work and family, cooking and cleaning, physical busyness and spiritual warfare. As my heart broke for the busy women in my life (to whom I totally relate) I longed to try and make life a little easier for all of us. I began to study God’s Word for answers. As I studied, I learned that God created us for relationship with Himself and with others. I learned that sharing our burdens with one another is His design. I found out that love should drive every word and action as we relate to others. I discovered that the crazy life that we are trying to balance is actually our ministry to our families and communities. I also realized that hospitality isn’t just something that was dreamed up by Martha Stewart. God ordained hospitality from the beginning when He created Adam and Eve in His image and placed them in the garden of Eden. God touches the heart of mankind with a piece of His own. There are examples of this throughout scripture. The biggest deposit of God’s heart within us is the gift of His Spirit. This gift is what makes genuine hospitality possible today. When we touch another person’s heart with a piece of our own, we are showing hospitality, sharing the love of Christ, and making connections that impact our world. This revelation was the birth of my ministry. I call it The Heart of Hospitality. Through my writing and speaking engagements, I share with women how to see the tasks and responsibilities of our daily lives as a calling from God. Beyond that, I help women understand that viewing their lives in this way is what Jesus meant when He said He came to give us “abundant life”. My prayer for you, as you read this book is:
  • that you will be touched with a piece of God’s heart.
  • that hospitality will come to mean something new to you.
  • that each devotion in this book exposes your pricelessness in Christ.
  • that you will know beyond the shadow of any doubt that you are rare, unique and have significant meaning to your Creator.
May God richly bless you and your household.      

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Vickie is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of Priceless and a $50 Amazon Card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.























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Saturday, December 28, 2019

Blog Tour: The Dating Charade

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 I recently read The Dating Charade by Melissa Ferguson. This was a really adorable book that had all the feels. I loved the way the story was predictable but in that cute hallmark movie kind of way. You found yourself hoping the characters would get their stuff figured out and get themselves together. This story was unique in the sense that the two main love interests had sort of double lives going on. They had the craziness of their new relationship plus all the actual real life craziness that they were trying to keep together while not bogging down that new relationship. I dug it! It is the perfect feel good book with a happy ending for all!

 

 

 

About the Book


The Dating Charade coverBook:  The Dating Charade
Author: Melissa Ferguson
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Fiction, Romantic  Comedy
Release Date: December 3, 2019

Cassie Everson is an expert at escaping bad first dates. And, after years of meeting, greeting, and running from the men who try to woo her, Cassie is almost ready to retire her hopes for a husband—and children—altogether.

But fate has other plans, and Cassie’s online dating profile catches the eye of firefighter Jett Bentley. In Jett’s memory, Cassie Everson is the unreachable girl-of-legend from their high school days. Nervously, he messages her, setting off a chain of events that forces a reluctant Cassie back into the dating game.

No one is more surprised than Cassie when her first date with Jett is a knockout. But when they both go home and find three children dropped in their laps—each—they independently decide to do the right and mature thing: hide the kids from each other while sorting it all out. What could go wrong?

Melissa Ferguson’s hilarious and warmhearted debut reminds us that love can come in very small packages—and that sometimes our best-laid plans aren’t nearly as rewarding and fun as the surprises that come our way.



Click here to get your copy!  

About the Author

Melissa Ferguson
Melissa Ferguson lives in Bristol, Tennessee, where she is an adjunct professor at King University and pens books that make her laugh and grow. She used to have hobbies like running and backpacking the Appalachian Trail outside her door. Now she and her husband are outnumbered, and her hobbies include diaper changes, chasing toddlers in parking lots, and admiring the Appalachian Trail out her minivan window while singing “Winnie the Pooh.” She survives by Jesus, rom coms, and roughly two espresso shots a day. The Dating Charade is her first novel.  

Read an Excerpt

Read an excerpt of The Dating Charade here.

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Genesis 5020, December 16
Kat’s Corner Books, December 17
Robin’s Nest, December 17
EmpowerMoms, December 17
All-of-a-kind Mom, December 18
For Him and my Family, December 18
Carla Loves to Read, December 19
CarpeDiem, December 19
Cultivating Us, December 19
Quiet Quilter, December 20
SusanLovesBooks, December 21
Texas Book-aholic, December 22
A Reader’s Brain, December 23
janicesbookreviews, December 23
Emily Yager, December 24
Vicky Sluiter, December 24
Hallie Reads, December 25
Remembrancy, December 25
Just the Write Escape, December 26
Simple Harvest Reads, December 26 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
Pause for Tales , December 27
As He Leads is Joy, December 28
A Rup Life, December 28
Batya’s Bits, December 29
With a Joyful Noise, December 29
Inklings and notions, December 29






















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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

HUGE Holiday Book Giveaway from Abrams Books!!!




Another amazing Giveaway here for the holidays!What a wonderful way to stock up on presents for the children in your life or to build your own home library. This giveaway includes wonderful books for all ages to enjoy. My kids have loved reading them all. In face that Star Wars Books was taken by the teens the moment it came to the house. My littlest has been busy with the train book and the Marvel Alphabet books! These are wonderful additions to your collection!!



Monday, December 9, 2019

Holiday Giveaway!!! 6-book Pavilion Children's Library!!!







 Who doesn't love new books? I know I certainly do! I actually love reading on Christmas Day. I think I've done that for at least 15 out of the last 20 years. Sitting by the Christmas tree with a cup of tea and a good book is just about my favorite thing to do. I personally love seeing my kids do the same. Today I have 6 new books to share with you. One lucky reader will win a copy of all 6 books to add to their home library!

Friday, November 29, 2019

What Moms Really Want For Christmas!!!





 Can we be honest about what Mothers really want for Christmas. Here's a hint!! It isn't bath bombs or perfume! We have enough smelly stuff to last for at least five years from now. Seriously, I have a drawer full of things to make me smell better (is someone trying to tell me something??) My Mother-in-law asked me a few weeks ago what I wanted and I had to chuckle internally. She doesn't want to get me what I want. I want bills paid, the house cleaned, my car fixed... you know the stuff I can't afford myself!! So I got to thinking about my 'grown up Christmas list' and here is what I came up with!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Homeschool Review: 7 Sisters Homeschool: MLA Research Paper Writing Guide




 I think one of the biggest things homeschooling Moms worry about is English. Once students reach high school writing research papers becomes a big deal. How do you teach this skill? I know myself, I looked all over the internet for something particular. My criteria was that it be an independent course (I didn't want a full year of grammar, writing and literature because we already had something else for that) just the research paper. I wanted something that was easy for me as the parent to understand and easy for my student to comprehend. It had to take a reasonable amount of time (not a full year) and it couldn't cost an arm and a leg. Most curriculum I found was either incorporated in the entire English year or it cost quite a lot of money. 

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Along the way I kept coming back to 7 Sisters Homeschool. It is a group of women who have homeschooled children for many years and even high school. They created their curriculum with specific needs in mind. They kept it simple (no busy work), easy and cost effective. I reached out to them to see if they would like to partner on a review because I hadn't really seen any hype about their curriculum. Having reviewed many different companies I'm always interested to try new things and I have found some of my best loved curriculum has been from independent companies. 

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Zblog Squad Christmas Book Spotlight! & Giveaway!




I love sharing my love of Christmas with my children. One of my favorite traditions is reading a new Christmas book each day in December. I started doing a book advent a few years ago and it was so much fun. Have you done one? The idea is to wrap up 24 Christmas books and then open one each day of the year leading up to Christmas Eve. We put them under our tree and it is a lot of fun. I have quite a collection of Christmas books - some we read each year and I like to add a few new ones each year.

Trolls The Beat Goes On Season 8 on Netflix 11/22/2019!!!


 




 The adorable, happy Trolls are back in a fantastical season of DreamWorks Trolls: the Beat Goes On! The adventure is unstoppable as Guy Diamond participates in an epic sing-off, Biggie and Mr. Dinkle prepare for the ultimate “Funsgiving” feast, and Poppy and Branch get caught in the biggest switcheroo of all time!
Executive produced by Matthew Beans (Robot Chicken), DreamWorks Trolls: The Beat Goes On! includes the voice talent of Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect) as “Branch," and Amanda Leighton (The Fosters, This Is Us) as “Poppy.” Guest stars include Gary Cole (Veep) as “Sky Toronto,” Rachel Bloom (​Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)​ as “Cybil” and Vanessa Bayer (Saturday Night Live​) as “Baha.”










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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Holiday Gift Guide: Adagio Teas Advent Calendar #giveaway



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 Part of holiday shopping, probably the hardest part is finding that perfect gift for everyone. My    step-mom was the tea drinker and each year I tried to find a unique gift to give her. Sometimes it was tea and other times decor for her tea themed dining room. Now that I've inherited that tea room, tea has become my sort of 'thing'. I've always enjoyed a cup of hot tea on a cold morning or an iced tea on a hot afternoon. I guess you could say I grew up with tea. One of my favorite traditions is on Christmas morning we don't start our festivities until I have a cup of tea in hand. I remember my mother doing that when I was a young child and I keep that tradition as well.

Adagio Teas has some wonderful selections for gift giving. From their Advent Calendar to tinsel teas to gift sets there is something wonderful to choose from for your tea lover!


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 My Advent Calendar came wrapped in paper. There is a packet with the tea list and ingredients as well. The list is in alphabetical order so if you have allergies and have to look you can still be surprised daily.


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 The box has 24 teas, one for each day. It is decorated perfectly for Christmas.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Amber Vale Home Holiday Sampler Giveaway!!! #AmberValeHomeL3






 I feel like fall is holiday season. To me it begins in September with apples and cooler weather, then we have Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. I love creating a warm inviting place in my home and scent is a big part of that. When you walk into my home I want it to feel cozy and smell amazing. I love burning candles as they provide both the atmosphere and the aroma.



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I was recently sent Amber Vale Home's Holiday Sampler. This included three unique 4 oz candles with a wooden wick. I've never used a wooden wick candle but it is truly an experience! The candle makes the sweetest crackling sound (think fireplace but on a much lighter scale. These candles burned beautifully and looked farmhouse perfect in their cute amber jars. The three scents were amazing. Like I can't help wanting to sniff them - ALL.THE.TIME!!! 

Holiday Titles From NCircle Entertainment! #Giveaway








 We have a family tradition of Christmas movies. We typically start sometime in November and work all the way into the first week of January. Honestly we own a wide collection from little kids to adults. The kids have quite the pile to work through and they love doing it! Each night we pick a new movie to watch - sometimes it is a new to us movie like Merry Christmas Llama Llama and Christmas with Molang but we also watch some family favorites (Caillou and Octonauts!!) We were happy to add the two new movies to our watch list this season! 




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Merry Christmas Llama Llama!
  
Llama Llama Springs to life in these heart-warming tales based on the award-winning book series by author and illustrator Anna Dewdney. Celebrate the holidays with Llama Llama, Nelly Gnu, Luna Giraffe, Euclid Sheep, and Gilroy Goat as they give gifts, sing songs, and build snow sculptures. It's a very Merry Christmas indeed!


 



Christmas With Molang
  
The magic of Christmas is all around! Join our best friends, Molang and Piu Piu, on their adventures during this idyllic season. It's the perfect time to build a snowman, go ice-skating with friends, find the most beautiful Christmas tree and of course, meet Santa! Merry Christmas from Molang and Piu Piu!



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Monday, November 11, 2019

Holiday Gift Guide: The Magic Christmas Ornament Collection Review & Giveaway!








I love creating memories for my children. We have several traditions for Christmas, such as reading the Christmas Story from the Bible on Christmas morning and our special ELF Magic Elf comes to visit each December. The kids talk about these traditions and look forward to them each year. The Magic Christmas Ornament Collection is a new concept to our home but one my kids will thoroughly enjoy! My plan is to read this book to them on Christmas Eve and give them the ornament to hang that night. Perhaps they will have their own magical Christmas adventure!


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Saturday, November 9, 2019

10 Thanksgiving Books You MUST Read!!



 Before we get to caught up in Christmas there is still one more holiday to celebrate! Thanksgiving. I feel like while traditionally this is about the Pilgrims and Native Americans it has morphed for my family to be a season we set aside to look at what we are thankful for. We've picked up some fall crafts to work on at Dollar Tree. They seriously have the best stuff for crafting! Plus I had gotten this thankful wreath which we worked on this week.



One of my friends puts up a paper tree and she has the kids add leaves throughout the month with what they are thankful written on. I love this but I've yet to have the wall space to be able to do this so the wreath was a perfect alternative.






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 Of course we usher in all holidays with books. I have quite the collection at this point of all holidays and Thanksgiving is no exception! That is why I composed this list of 10 Must Read Thanksgiving Books!





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