Tuesday, September 30, 2014

5 Great Snack Foods for Kids

*This post is brought to you by Hormel.

Whether you are homeschoolers like us, public schoolers, or even private, all kids are clamoring for a snack while at school. It's important that as parents, we are not only providing our kids with school supplies, but the best fuel in order to get their best learning done.

Sugary snacks can be fun and they are great for a treat now and then, kids tend to burn through the sugar energy very quickly, leaving them tired and cranky - not ideal for learning. The best snack for a child is one filled with protein, fiber and anti-oxidants. Listed below are my five favorite snacks to promote learning.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Baby Wearing with BABYBJÖRN

When my eldest daughter was born, Mostly Together Dad and I were living in Japan. We loved it there and explored as much as was possible with two young children. One thing that we found immensely helpful was our infant carrier, the BABYBJÖRN. With it, we rode trains, explored samurai castles, and even went on a hike or two. Unfortunately, we weren't able to use the orginal BABYBJÖRN much past her 18 month mark.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Schwan's Online Grocery Delivery Review and Giveaway!

When I was contacted recently by a Schwan's Home Delivery Service representative, Jennifer, I wasn't entirely sure what to think. I had never had any experience with grocery shopping other than the typical routine of going to the store and browsing the shelves. What would it be like to not be able to hold a package in my hands and read the ingredients or actually inspect the cut of meat I was buying? Could I really trust that I would receive a quality product?


What I found after ordering, receiving my shipment, and eating the food completely changes the way I will look at food buying in the future. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Taking Care of Mommy

From the moment I wake up in the mornings, to my 20 month old shouting "Mama!" at the top of her lungs, to the time the kids are back in bed, I am constantly on the go. Things like an actual skincare routine tend to fly out the window. I'm lucky if I can get a shower every day! At the end of the long day, half the time I am off to work and the other half I just want to sit and veg out with Mostly Together Dad.

With all of that going on, applying moisturizer, using face scrubs, replenishing masks and the like are not something that I have ever been able to commit myself to doing on a regular basis. Even when I tell myself that this time, I will follow the routine to the letter, I always end up laying down in bed almost asleep when I finally remember that I should get up and do it. But I don't. At this point in my life, sleep is more precious than looking good.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Getting Our Science on with Dr. Cool

*This post is brought to you by Dr. Cool.

My son is really into science. Predictably, he really likes doing experiments, but I find that it can be a lot of work to put one together, especially when you combine that with his regular school work. While they can be fun and educational, I just can't find the time to put them together very often. Instead, I have found that it can be really fun (and easy!) for both of us to work from a kit.

Our latest kit is from Discover with Dr. Cool, specifically, the Ultimate Dino Dig kit. Included in the kit are instructions, a magnifying glass, an excavation tool, brush, and an activity booklet. Kids get to pretend they are a paleontologist for the day and excavate dinosaur treasures!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

GeoPuzzle World Review and Giveaway!

*This post is brought to you by GeoPuzzle.

Mostly Together Dad is Hispanic and while he speaks perfect English, it was not his first language. My in-laws all speak Spanish and it is important to our entire family for our children to also learn Spanish. As a homeschooling mom, I think that I do a pretty decent job of teaching my children, but Spanish is not something that I excel in, by any means!

Because of this, I like to not only use a curriculum, but also to incorporate learning Spanish in other ways, like having a chart of Spanish colors on the wall or adding a word or phrase into our every day language. One thing that I was recently able to use incorporate Spanish with geography.

Please Support the Wounded Warrior Project!

*This post is brought to you by Believe in Heros.

If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you've probably heard me mention the military. I am very proud to be a former military member, military spouse, and the daughter and granddaughter of someone who served in the military. However, my role in the military was small. I was never deployed to a war zone, I was never injured in a major way, and any sacrifice that I made in service to my country pales in comparison to the sacrifice that so many others have made.

Because I feel that I've been so blessed, it makes me want to give and support our military through the Believe in Heros Wounded Warrior Project. The great thing is that it's not hard to show support at all. In fact, you don't even need to do something other than grocery shop!

By downloading and using coupons from select retailers, they will donate to the Believe in Heros Wounded Warrior Project. Not only are you saving money, but you are giving to people who have given so much to you! It doesn't cost you anything other than the ink and paper you print on to show a little bit of love.

Of course, if you are so inclined, you can make a larger contribution, which is always appreciated! Your gifts are tax deductible and are used to assist those wounded and their families. A whopping 80 percent of all funds collected by the Believe in Heros organization goes to helping these warriors!

Believe in Heros also has an online store where they sell merchandise that furthers funds the great programs that they have going on.

So what are all these great programs? Take for example the Track program, that helps to educate and prepare warriors for an employment future outside the military. Then there are WWP Packs that are sent to returning injured military members as they return to the U.S. and arrive at trauma units. These backpacks are filled with comfort items that help make a hospital stay bearable. My favorite program is the Combat Stress Recovery Program that helps members mentally adjust to coming home, the nightmares of war, a lost limb, or PTSD.

Thinking about the men and women who have given so much makes me tear up and a lump in my throat grow. It's so easy to help and I hope that each and every one of you reading this post takes it to heart and makes the choice to do something great for these people who have done great things for this country.

Coupons are available until November 30, 2014, or until supplies last.

*I’m participating in the 2014 Believe in Heroes® blogger campaign and received compensation as part of the program.