Sunday, October 20, 2019

Christmas Jars - Review & Giveaway! #ChristmasJarsL3

 I love a good holiday movie. It is one of the reasons we have cable television after so long of not having it. I love to sit and watch those sappy Hallmark movies centered around Christmas. Christmas Jars has got to be one of the best I've watched - EVER! This is a story about a girl named Hope and honestly so much happens to her that you know she needs a Christmas miracle after the first five minutes. So please have your tissues handy from the start because you'll be blubbering but don't worry you'll be laughing and smiling soon.

 About the film

Based on the beloved novel by Jason F. Wright, CHRISTMAS JARS shares the story of Hope Jensen, a reporter who uncovers the remarkable secret behind a holiday phenomenon: money-filled glass jars anonymously given to people in need. The New York Times bestseller has created a new holiday tradition that has changed the lives of people in their time of need, all over the country. CHRISTMAS JARS is a one-night movie event that provides hope to all as we enter this special season. In theaters Monday, November 4 only, CHRISTMAS JARS is a heartfelt reminder that kindness truly is contagious.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Faith-Filled Books for Fall from Zondervan!

 Nothing like cold weather to make me want to curl up to a good book. Zondervan - one of my favorite publishers for Christian books - has several new titles for fall.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Djeco Lush Nature - A Timberdoodle Review!

My 8 year old son just loves hands on activities. He would spend his entire day crafting and creating. His mind is always on creative things. I love hands-on and creativity but I also find that I need some balance with book work and lean more towards a Classical Education model with a flair of Charlotte Mason and Hands-on. What does that mean? It means we read a lot, recite a lot and narrate a lot all while being crafty! 

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Holiday Gift Guide: Sonic Boom Season 1 DVD & Team Sonic Racing Game for PS4 Giveaway!

I have an awesome giveaway to kick off our Holiday Gift Guide 2019!!! has released Sonic Boom Season One Vol. 1 on DVD and they are giving one lucky reader the DVD. BUT WAIT!!! I'm also giving away The Team Sonic Racing game on PS4!!!  How awesome is that!!

Friday, October 11, 2019

New Book Spotlight!

New Book Spotlight is a new feature on to share with you some great new books that might be of interest to you. It is a great way to check out new releases that will be a wonderful addition to your home library - as they are to mine.  For this installment I have 4 picture books to share! I hope you'll check them out

Thursday, October 10, 2019

THE ADDAMS FAMILY in theaters 10/11/19 + FREE Activity Book!

 Anyone else excited for the newest Halloween Movie - The Addams Family? My kids have been talking about it all month and it hits theaters on Friday, October 11th - so the wait is over!!

Just in time I have a free Addams Family Printable Booklet to share with you all!! Just click on the image below:

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 Also there are some really cool DIY videos available on YouTube!

Cousin It's Trick or Treat Bucket:
Morticia’s Halloween Bouquet:
Lurch’s Spooky Décor:
Grandma’s Gummies:
Gomez’s Dark Chocolate Mocha:

THE ADDAMS FAMILY is in Theaters Everywhere this Friday, October 11
Get ready to snap your fingers! The first family of Halloween, the Addams Family, is back on the big screen in the first animated comedy about the kookiest family on the block. Funny, outlandish, and completely iconic, the Addams Family redefines what it means to be a good neighbor.

Cast: Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Snoop Dogg as “IT”, with Bette Midler and Allison Janney
Also starring:  Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Tituss Burgess, Jenifer Lewis, Elsie Fisher, Aimee Garcia

Official Site: AddamsFamily.Movie
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Twitter: @MeetTheAddams

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

You Are My Friend: The Story of Mister Rogers and His Neighborhood - Book Review

 You Are My Friend: The Story of Mister Rogers and His Neighborhood by Aimee Reid

 Friendship is a beautiful thing. I'm so thankful for my close friends. Over the years I've found so many amazing women I call my friends. Women who lift each other up and help each other to be the best that they can be. As a young child I remember watching Fred Rodgers. I was always enthralled when his show came on the public television channel. His soft voice and encouraging words were just the thing I needed. 

Monday, October 7, 2019

Sahara Sam's Monster Splash Party & Halloween Horrors!

 On Friday we were so thankful to be hosted by our local indoor water-park - Sahara Sam's. Located in West Berlin, NJ this is a wonderful family attraction open year round. The weather is always perfect inside! For our stay we were able to participate in two of their fall activities. Monster Splash Party and Halloween Horrors!

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Amirah Kassem's New Book: The Magical Land of Birthdays!

The Magical Land of Birthdays by Amirah Kassem is a fun new middle grade chapter book that is sure to appeal to your daughters. It releases on October 8th so make sure you get your pre-order in so you won't miss out! This book explodes with color and fun - all the birthday magic you can imagine!

Friday, October 4, 2019

Frankie's Scared of EVERYTHING by tattoo artist Mathew Franklin Review & Giveaway!

 Having little kids means you will have to deal with the fears of what goes bump in the night. When we moved into our new house recently there were all kinds of new noises and it freaked out the littles a bit until they got used to the sounds. Frankie's Scared of Everything explorers this topic with imagination and some truly beautiful illustrations!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Monster Slime!

 Why are my kids still obsessed with slime? Honestly they are a little late to the slime making game but we've been trying. I've tried a bunch of homemade versions but hands down the elmer's magic liquid is the EASIEST way to make slime! 

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Holiday Gift Guide 2019!!

It is that time of year! Time to plan your holiday purchases and start shopping. I always write out a budget so I don't overspend. My hub and I discuss the kid's gifts and usually make a date night to shop for them (besides what we order online!) Have you started shopping yet? At one time I was done by the end of August but that is not the case this year. 

So what is the Holiday Gift Guide?

I will feature special products and suggestions during October, November and December to help you with your holiday shopping. These products will be family friendly and some things for Mom. I hope you'll stop by often and see all the wonderful things I have planned! 

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Monday, September 30, 2019

New from Zondervan #Zonderkidz

 We love books here at the Rup House and especially when the books incorporate our faith. Since Jesus is such a big part of our life we love reading books that feature Him and his teachings. Zondervan's Zonderkidz has several new releases this month to spotlight! I'm a huge fan of the Berenstain Bears - it was the perfect level for my son just starting 3rd grade!!

 Arcade and the Golden Travel Guide

 Arcade and the Golden Travel Guide 9780310767435; Hardcover Juvenile Fiction
Arcade and the Golden Travel Guide is the second book in the Coin Slot Chronicles series by New York Times bestselling author, former NFL running back, and Dancing with the Stars champion Rashad Jennings. This humorous and imaginative series encourages readers to value the power of friendship and imagination, and to never underestimate an underdog.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

First Name Series: Amelia Earhart and Harry Houdini - Book Spotlight!

 I have two new books to share with you from a new series called First Names! These books are recommended for ages 8-12 (3rd-7th grade.) They have the perfect blend of text and illustrations to capture children's attention while reading about these fascinating people.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

3rd Grade Curriculum Choices! 2019-2020 Home School Year.

 Truth be told I planned out our homeschool curriculum choices  for 3rd grade months ago. The problem with sharing it with you all is that we were no where near finished with 2nd due to some major life changes. However I'm happy to say we are just about finished up with most of our 2nd grade work and plan to officially dive in 3rd grade around the 2nd week of October. We will still be finishing up some things from previous years (handwriting and the last few lessons of Latin) but we are calling it 3rd and moving ahead.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The Flash Crossover Crisis: Green Arrow's Perfect Shot Book Review & Giveaway!

When we received this book in the mail, both my son and I were very excited. Books mean new content even when the series comes to an end (WHY ARROW!!!) I love DC and the Multiverse - I've watched almost all the episodes on netflix and I have come to love these characters. Some of the best episodes are the crossovers. Getting two worlds to combine and fight evil is just the best.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

New In Faith Self-Help and Devotionals + Giveaways!

 New  releases in Faithful Living! I have to say some of these books couldn't have come at a better time. I call that a God-thing - as His timing is always perfect. I'm very much looking forward to working through these new releases myself as well as sharing them with you. Best of all one lucky entrant will win the entire set! Make sure to enter at the bottom of this post!

 I Am Redeemed

Mike Weaver, lead singer of Big Daddy Weave, shares from personal experience how when all we can see is our struggles and failures, God reminds us of who we are. . . . His children. Loved. Set free. Redeemed.

Friday, September 20, 2019

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! Season 3 Volume 2 DVD Giveaway!

 As a homeschooling momma, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!  is one of my favorite series to watch. It is educational yet cute and funny all at same time. Friends Sally and Nick go on adventures while learning so much along the way. Our main curriculum has recommended a lot of the books from this series but sometimes it is nice to sway from that and watch an episode on television. Martin Short as the voice of the Cat is truly magical and they could not have cast a better actor for that role!

Monday, September 16, 2019

New Halloween Books For All Ages from Penguin Random House - Review & Giveaway!

From young readers to teens Penguin Random House has three new books sure to tickle your skeleton bone this Halloween season!

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Have you heard of the legend of a terrifying beast that they call el chupacabras? Well, he's not really as terrifying as they say...

The legend says that el chupacabras is a terrifying beast.... well, the real story is a little different and even more interesting. Full of action and surprises in both English and Spanish, here is the story of the famous creature as it has never been told before.

Friday, September 13, 2019

The Perfect Spooky Reads From Abrams Children's Books! #GIVEAWAY

Halloween is a time for all things spooky and scary. My little ones like a a little bit of scary - they loved Hotel Transylvania! Aliens, friendly monsters, haunted houses are their favorite kind of creepy fun. I was personally excited to see another book by Ghoulia as it was one of my favorite stories (perfect for Halloween theme but not really scary if your worried about that.) The lift-the-flap Monsters Come Out Tonight! is sure to be a hit with my 3 year old.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Go For The Moon by Andrew & Polly - CD Review & Giveaway!

by Andrew & Polly

 Go For The Moon is the album parents enjoy listening to while the kids are jamming! The mix of styles and sounds really brings something for everyone. All Star, of course is a favorite among children everywhere but Crazy House was a wonderful surprise. It reminded me a bit of the song from Annie - It's A Hard Knock Life with the sound - I really liked this one! Hands down my favorite song is Aquarium. First off as a mom it is just funny and so so relatable! We are actually going to the aquarium soon and I know what we will be rocking out to on the way!

Monday, September 9, 2019

5 Keys To An Organized Home - A Home Organization Blog Hop!

I am no expert on home organization. I remember when my husband and I first started talking about homeschooling. I actually said to him that one of the pluses would be a better/well kept home! Bahahah! I think it actually got harder as we are home ALL.THE.TIME! It is hard to keep up when you finish one room and a adorable 3 year old tornado has kept himself occupied destroying the next room!

As we start our 8th year of homeschooling I have a few tips that have really saved me and helped me keep our lives better organized

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Masters Tea by Adagio - Review & Giveaway!

 Adagio Teas has long been one of my favorite places to order specialty teas. I love brewing unique blends and the whole experience of loose teas. They've recently launched a sister site with an unique approach to teas. Masters Teas features specialty teas from China, India and Taiwan. What makes this uncommon is that they give you a glance at the individual farmers that grow the tea as well as the regions they are from. The cultivated blends are unusual and delightful!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

National Geographic Kids So Cute! Pandas & So Cool! Sharks Review and Giveaway!

 The moment I opened the box and my kids saw the soft plush lovies with matching books they couldn't wait to get their hands on them. These books are like stories with facts woven in. Very engaging with bright colors and pictures - this series is very appealing to my younger two (8 & 3 years of age.) I don't think National Geographic Kids could have picked two better animals than Sharks and Pandas as like the titles say one is cool and the other is very cute!!

Friday, August 30, 2019

A Tiger Like Me - Book Review & Giveaway!

 Having had four little boys in my home (and two currently little) this book really brought a smile to my face. I'm sure moms of little girls can also relate to the constant dressing up and pretending. I had one son who was a dog for months. He wanted to eat on the floor and would only answer in yelps. He also pretended to be Santa for a full month too and we still laugh about that too.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

We Went To Diggerland!!

 My kids are somewhat obsessed with Peppa Pig. When they discovered Peppa went to an amusement park - DiggerWorld. They were begging me to go. Well, they didn't understand that it was fictional and based of the UK Diggerland. The good news is that South Jersey has their very own Diggerland right in West Berlin

Sunday, August 25, 2019

NCircle Entertainment DVD Giveaway: Octonauts & Gumby!

 Being a brand ambassador means that I get the details on some really cool products to share with my readers. I've been working with NCircle Entertainment for years and it has helped to expose my kids to some really great shows. I was so excited this month when we received The New Adventures of Gumby: The 1980's Series Vol. 2.  I grew up with Gumby!! Classic television is always fun to share with my children.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

What If Everybody Thought That?

 When raising kids, one of the biggest themes I see is teaching them kindness. We focus on what our children are saying and teach them to keep their thoughts to themselves. We've all heard the old adage - If you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all. This is all good advice. We shouldn't say unkind things to people. But the bigger picture is to train ourselves to not even think that way at all.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Disney Junior: T.O.T.S.: BRINGING THIS BABY HOME Review & Giveaway!

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 Disney Junior's show T.O.T.S. is just about the cutest thing on television. Little baby animals that you just want to cuddle and squeeze! This show is adorable. Lots of singing and the characters all talk so sweet to each other. Exactly the kind of show I want my three year old to watch. While I enjoy the gentleness there is enough excitement and problem solving in each episode to keep my little one's attention. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Big Book Adventure Review & Giveaway!

 One of the best parts about reading is how it opens the whole world. You might not be able to travel to France but you can read all about it. With a good book the author will paint the picture for your mind so that you will see the cobbled streets and smell the fresh bread baking. You'll hear the sounds of music and conversations. I've told my kids how reading will take them places, teach them lessons and help them have adventures but I don't think my eight year old understood until he read The Big Book Adventure. The way Emily Ford and Tim Warnes have the little pig and fox share what they read puts words and pictures to what I've been telling him.