Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Is your family ready for a pet?

Deciding to bring a pet into your home is one of the most difficult after deciding whether to bring kids into it! There tend to be two schools of thought. On the one hand, there are those who think that you MUST bring a living being into your children's lives in order for them to learn to love and care for something outside of themselves. The other side believes that your focus must be on your children and pets can be messy, noisy, and a general pain in the you-know-where (and they're not wrong, BUT...).


I fall somewhere in the middle. I think that pets can be an incredible way to teach your children valuable lessons as well as a way to bring a wonderfully loyal friend into their lives. However, there are many things to consider before bringing one into your home.

Allergies


Before even considering bringing a pet into your home, you MUST determine if your child is allergic to the animal you want to bring home. Do NOT let the first time your child is around a cat/dog be when you've brought one home for them. If you do this, Murphey's Law states that you will definitely find that they are allergic!

Lifestyle


Honestly consider your lifestyle. Do you have the time to devote to a pet? All dogs need attention, daily walks, trips to the vet, and training. Most cats require less attention, but they are still a large time commitment. Even fish need their tank cleaned once a week, which can be a time-consuming task. Don't get a pet that needs rigorous exercise requirements, if you don't have the time or energy to give to that task.

Find a pet that will fit into your life NOW, not where you want to be. Don't bring home a noisy barker if you live in an apartment with thin walls. You'll make your neighbors hate you. Likewise, don't bring home a cat if you travel a lot for work, unless you have someone else who is willing to take on the huge responsibility of co-pet-parenting.

Money

Even a "free" pet is expensive! Trips to the vet, grooming, food, toys, fish tanks, pet beds, kennels, etc. Carefully think about the type of pet you want to get and plan out how much you will need to spend on them each month, then add an extra $50 to your budget. Expect the unexpected!

Research, Research, Research!


You probably already have an idea whether you are going to get a fish or a dog, but within those categories are enormous varieties. The dog pictured above is my Akita Inu, Mochi. I researched the breed for months before we brought her home. I learned about her temperament, social requirements, training limitations, and how she would be with my kids. In the end, we made a good choice, but there are many people who find out after they've already brought their new puppy home that they need someone to run with it every day, or that the dog doesn't typically do well with children, or that they will need to be patient with a dog who doesn't learn new things very quickly.

The same is true of cats, or fish, or birds. They each have very specific requirements and you will need to be prepared to meet those needs. Remember that you are not only bringing them into your home for your enjoyment but to make their lives better as well.


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

When Teaching Reading is Scary

When considering homeschooling, the number one scariest thing for me was thinking about teaching reading to my children. It was this weight on my chest that overtook all the other considerations when making the decision. It was the main reason that made me decide to put my son in public school kindergarten, when my heart and soul was screaming at me to keep him home and teach him.


That year taught us both a lot of things. Alex learned some choice new words, he learned that not all of the kids in his class were going to be his friend and he had a great teacher. He also learned to read. I think, however, that the lessons I learned were just as important. I did my best to help out in his class once a week or so, and while there, I observed that the kids might be learning some basic concepts in class, but the real important work happened at home, where we drilled and read books and put in lots of one on one time. I realized that teaching him was something that I could do - because I'd already been doing it! 

The next year, we homeschooled and have been ever since. You'd think that since I'd overcome that insecurity with one child that it would be so simple with another one, wouldn't you? Well, that's where you'd be wrong! I had the same insecurities! We used lots of reading aids, videos, lots of repetition, and lots of just plain sitting down and reading together. She learned to read and loves it now!

I've two down and one to go! Now that I'm on child number three, I know a thing or two. I know that I'll have insecurities until my kids graduate (and probably beyond!), I know that all kids learn differently and something that helped one may completely miss the mark with another. I know that approaching learning from lots of different angles is always the best option. With that in mind, when given the opportunity to review Rock N Learn's 'Let's Learn to Read' 10 DVD collection, I was excited!

I've had great experiences with Rock N Learn before, so I knew that the product would be high quality, but I was unprepared for all the topics it covers. The collection contains:

  • Phonics for Beginners
  • First Sight Words
  • Phonics Short Vowels, Consonants, and CVC Words
  • Phonics Double Consonants, Plurals and Blends
  • Sight Words
  • Phonics Digraphs, Trigraphs and Silent E
  • Phonics Long Vowels and R-Controlled Vowels
  • More Sight Words
  • Phonics Diphthongs, Syllables and More
  • Phonics Rule Breakers and Silent Consonants

Whew! Reading that list might be a little overwhelming, because if you're like I was a few years ago, you look at words like, "Trigraphs?! What's that?!" It can be kind of scary to honest. That's why this program is so great. It easily explains these concepts on a kids level and actually keeps them interested and wanting to learn. (*A trigraph is a series of three letters that make one sound - like the igh in sigh.)

These DVDs make a great supplement to your reading program or for keeping kids learning throughout the summer and prevent any reading loss. One of my favorite parts of these are the part where a persons mouth moves slowly on screen, so that kids can really SEE how to make the same sounds. 

Something you might love are the free worksheets that you can print to go along with this. Even better? Right now, you can snap up the set for $74.99 (regularly $99.99). Shop with Rock N Learn and connect with them on Facebook to keep up with all the latest products!

*I received a product in exchange for my honest opinion of this product.

Friday, December 18, 2015

An Experience They Won't Soon Forget

Holy crap.

Christmas is only a week away and you know what that means.

Greedy, money-grubbing children want presents. They want to dive into a mountain of carefully wrapped presents and tear them apart like the rabid little animals they are... or like I do with chocolate cake.


This year, instead of indulging the "More, more, MORE" ideology of our consumerist culture, why not try scaling it back and give the gift of a truly memorable experience?

A week from Christmas, half of their new toys will be broken or forgotten about and the money and time you spent on them will have been wasted.

Think about it:   What memories from your childhood stand out as ones that you'll never forget? Was it a trip to an amusement park? A week spent in a rustic cabin? What about the horseback-riding lessons that you'd dreamed about for your entire life (of 13 long years)?

Those are the things that our children really want. They want our time, not just our money. They want our attention, not just stuff. They want us to know them and take the time to do something special with them.

So this year, I've partnered with LivingSocial to show you some really great ideas of what you can do for your family. Want to spend time in a rustic cabin? It doesn't get better than Yosemite for $39 a night! Or, turn up the fun at an indoor water park for $195 a night for up to six people.


Want to impress your significant other or best friend with how amazing you are? Pick up a discounted spa package and let them think you paid full price!


Want to know what's under my tree this year? Yes, I do have some of the standard gifts, but I also have an 'Archery Experience for 2 at Average Joe's Archery' for my husband and son (just $19),  two horseback riding lessons for my daughter (just $45), and a gel manicure and pedicure for myself ($17)!

Obviously, your area will have different deals than mine, so the possibilities are endless and amazing! Try out LivingSocial, you won't be disappointed.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Have an Opinion to Share?


Are you opinionated and having a hard time NOT telling everyone what you really think during all your family gatherings and holiday parties? Believe me, I understand.

Sometimes you just want to tell everyone what you think. Sometimes it's hard to hold it in.

However, it's probably best that you don't tell Great-Aunt Beulah that her chin whiskers look like they're about to jump up and gallop away.

BUT.... you still need an outlet.

That's where PINCHme can help. PINCHme is a place where you can share all of the opinions that you want and you're actually encouraged to do so!


You don't pay a dime, you simply select products that you're interested in trying out and reviewing and sample them for a couple of weeks. Then, leave your feedback and let them know what you loved, what you hated, what could make it better.

Don't hold back!

To get started, go on over to PINCHme and sign in with Facebook or create a profile. You'll verify your email address, then you get to take some surveys to the folks at PINCHme can get to know you and your family.

Don't worry, they're not going to ask for your bank account numbers. They just want to know if you have pets, what you're passionate about, your favorite foods, etc. Nothing invasive or major. If you prefer not to answer, you always have that option too.

Next, you get to choose your product samples. This is the really fun part!

Checkout WITHOUT giving any credit card info, bank account info or anything.

Seriously. It's that easy.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Touch T214B Coffee Brewer Giveaway!

Touch Brewers

 The Touch T214B makes coffee simple. You can select so many different options to make the coffee your own. With a tank on the back, you can make about 6 cups of coffee before refilling it.

Touch brewers


Touch's patent-pending Rapid Brew Technology, features Flash Heating and Flavor Grooves. Flash Heating lets through piping-hot water throughout compatible K-cups, where the Flavor Grooves swirl the grinds to release bold aromas and flavors. You will never taste coffee as smooth as this!

Touch brewers

Make sure that you check them out on all of their social media and connect. Also visit their website and get one for yourself. I highly recommend it for the coffee lover in everyone!

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Apple Watch Sport Giveaway!

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Sometimes don’t we all wish we can just turn back time? Keeping up with day to day activities and responsibilities takes a heavy toll and you blink your eyes and ten years have simply disappeared -- just like that! In its place are fine lines, wrinkles, and even a few gray hairs peeking out. There is no magical way to completely stop the aging process and stay 21 forever and that is okay. Embrace who you are and your accomplishments. Growing older is a beautiful process, but I bet if you knew you could reverse the signs of aging without surgery or injections…you would be anxious to learn more…

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 First, Hydra Skin Sciences offers Allegro, a powerful new anti-aging cream developed by a team of expert scientists at some of the most prestigious laboratories in the world. This specially formulated cream helps rapidly reduce the fine lines and wrinkles that are just part of getting older. Results that had once only been possible with cosmetic surgery or painful injections is now available over-the-counter at a remarkably affordable price.  

Hydra Skin Sciences also offers Brio, an anti-aging serum for daytime and nighttime use, that has been described as a “face-lift in a box”. If you want radiant, glowing skin for life, Allegro Anti-aging Cream and Brio Day & Night Serum, is the closest to the fountain of youth as you are likely going to get!

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

ESV Bible Giveaway! - 2 Bibles & 2 Winners

TWO new giveaways just in time for Christmas! Two lucky winners will take home either a Men's Devotional Bible or a Women's Journaling Bible. Both Bibles are English Standard Versions and both are amazing books that will make great gifts for loved ones or for yourself!


Good luck, everyone! This giveaway is open to all those in the U.S. and Canada, 18+. One entry per household. This giveaway will end on November 20, 2015.

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