Monday, April 28, 2014

Mother's Day with Best Buy

*This post is brought to you by Best Buy.

I am that mom that's always on-the-go. I work a full-time job, I homeschool my kids, I write and manage this blog, and I am also trying to find time these days to get some good exercise in. My days are jam packed, so when I think of what I would most like for Mother's Day, I think of something that will help to make something in my life easier or something that allows me to fit in just a little bit of "me time" in between everything else.

MAKE MOM’S DAY

*This post is brought to you by Restaurant.com

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014

Cheryl Lee MD TrueLipids Skin Care Review and Giveaway!

*This post is brought to you by Cheryl Lee MD.

I have weird skin. It's always doing something really frustrating. First of all, I'm so white, people run away and think they've seen a ghost. Second and most annoying, is the fact that my skin gets so dry, especially in the winter, that it's itchy and I break out in patches of eczema.

When I'm pregnant, this increases about a hundred times over. It would be so bad, that I would often scratch so much that I'd bleed. I have never found any product that would help take the itching away completely while pregnant. While I'm not pregnant now, I think I've found the answer for if I'm ever preggers again. TrueLipids.



Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Spice of Life

Salt - it's the most basic flavoring out there. When Salt Revolution first contacted me to try their salt, I was skeptical. Salt is salt, right? It all tastes the same! WRONG! I had no idea how much I would learn and how much variety there is in the world of salt.

I'm not really much of a "foodie" so the idea that salt could taste different and actually have different health benefits was a bit foreign to me. What I was attracted to at first was the fact that it is farmed in Mexico, using a natural process that has been the same for hundreds of years.


When it arrived, it was in a Mylar bag, with a zipper, allowing you to store it in the container and keep it fresh, which is something that I really like in a product.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Putting Together a Fun and Educational Classroom

This post is brought to you by Creative Teaching Press.

Last week, I showed you how to brighten up your space with some of the decor items from Creative Teaching Press. Today, I want to show you how you can kick it up a notch with charts and posters. It's so much fun to play with all the different options!


There is really so much you can do with educational posters. You can use them to decorate your child's room while also encouraging their interests. The Animal Classification 7 chart pack is perfect for this. The beautiful pictures of animals are good for a girl or boys room and the fun facts about mammals, birds, fish, insects, spiders, amphibians, and reptiles will activate their imagination (and probably have them asking unending questions!)


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Summer Reading Games with Kids

Today's post is brought to you by guest blogger:  Catherine Ross of Learning is Fun!

Move beyond swimming and backyard barbeques in the summer and embrace a different, more rewarding, activity this season! Try a few reading games with the kids that will keep them engaged and happy, as well as help them develop an affinity for reading.

Photo by: SvanteAdermark


Reading on the road –

Yes, it’s literally reading on the road! Stop at street signs and advertisements on the road and read them aloud along with your child. Read aloud the club rules when you visit your local community center or the pool rules when you’re at the swimming pool on a summer evening. Reading from different prints and fonts helps children familiarize themselves with specific letters and words.


Friday, April 18, 2014

Welcome to the Lego Duplo Giveaway!

*This giveaway is sponsored by Lego.

Children everywhere have long loved LEGO for the fun and imagination that Lego brings to kids.By now, I hope you've heard about the awesome contest that LEGO DUPLO is hosting and I am helping to judge! The grand prize winner gets a trip to LEGOLAND Denmark, but weekly winners also win prizes of LEGO DUPLO play sets! Voters also get the chance to win prizes, so there is really something for everyone.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Scents of Spring

 *This post is sponsored by SheSpeaks and Febreze. All opinions are my own.

As I write this, there is still snow on the ground. It seems Spring has been teasing us this year, getting into the 70's one week, just to drop back to the 30's the next. Well, I for one have had enough! I refuse to give up my sandals and I am ready for the spring colors and scents. Maybe if I wish hard enough, it'll be true?


Obviously, Spring needs a little help and I'm glad that the new Febreze Spring Collection is here to do just that (sadly, it's limited edition, so it won't be here long). By far, my favorite of the new scents is the Nectar scent. It has a sweet, almost peachy smell to it that reminds me of a place we used to go to every spring and summer for fresh peach ice cream. Yum!

Other scents in the collection include Rain, Wildflower, and Sweet Pea Petals. Each is available in an aerosol, wax melts, car clips, or my personal favorite, as a scented oil. While the Rain scent is not my personal favorite, the others are absolutely delicious! They're perfect for a day like today, when I want to see and smell real flowers outside, but can't.

Scent is such a powerful thing. It can not only bring you back to a cherished memory, but it can also affect your mood. What is your favorite scent and what does it evoke?

Keeping Watch with the WatchBot 3.0

*This post is brought to you by WatchBot 3.0.

Have you ever wished you could see what  your kids are up to when you're not in the room? I have! The Watchbot 3.0 allows me to do just that. This isn't just a video baby monitor, however. It's a wireless digital video camera that you can connect to even while away from the house.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Finding the Silver Lining: When You are NOT the Favorite Parent

This is a post I have been thinking about writing for the past week or so because I have been struggling with my feelings over my 5 year old suddenly switching loyalties to her dad. She's been a Mama's Girl for the past 5 years, wanting to go where I go and "help" me with whatever I'm doing. She loves to cuddle and until recently, her favorite place has always been my lap.


Our oldest always sided with his Dad and Shari would side with me (the fact that Mostly Together Dad and I are on each others sides is irrelevant). A couple of weeks ago, she announced that she was going to be on her Daddy's side from now on.

It was like a dagger to my heart.


I knew the day was coming that she would want to be with her father over me, but I thought I had more time! Throughout the years to come, I know that loyalties for all of the kids will change back and forth and there will be times when the kids don't even like either of us!


Monday, April 14, 2014

Welcome to the Wonderful Parade Matilda Jane Giveaway!


Matilda Jane Clothing is well known for the joy, fun, and quality they put into every item coming out of their workshop. Well, they've done it again! The new Wonderful Parade collection is right on time for spring, with bright colors and fun new prints that you can mix and match to show off your little girl's individual spirit.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Wonderful Parade from Matilda Jane

As the mother of two young girls, I'm concerned about some of the things I see and hear from some of the young girls of today. I see them trying to dress and behave like much older girls/women. It seems like many stores are catering to their desire to dress older, and it makes me sad. I refuse to accept that for my girls and Mostly Together Daddy would have a conniption fit if I were to dress her in some of the outfits I've seen!

I love seeing little girls be little girls, without feeling the need to worry about growing up too fast, which is why I feel good when I dress my daughter in Matilda Jane. The looks and styles are such that she not only looks absolutely adorable, but also very much age-appropriate.

We recently got a new outfit from Matilda Jane. Of course we had to open the package right away and try it on immediately! I loved my little Shari's reaction. In her words, "This is my best outfit, ever!" Ruffles, hearts, bright colors and soft fabrics - the outfit is every little girls dream. The Cloudy Puffer Tee, Love Bug Knot Top, and Sweetheart Ruffled Leggings have made her the most excited I've seen her about an outfit to date, which makes it exciting for me too!

I love, love, love the 3/4 inch sleeves with little puffer bells on the bottom of the Cloudy Puffer Tee! The sleeves really jazz up what might seem like a plain white shirt at first glance. The white color means that it's a good match for every outfit in the Wonderful Parade collection. It's super soft, meaning that littles can still move and play and feel good while doing it.

The Love Bug Knot top uses the classic sweet style and makes it fresh with lots of colors and fun details. The eyelet lace on the bottom is beautiful and one of my favorite parts of the shirt. My daughter loves the strawberries and the ruffles on both of the straps. She is also a BIG fan of the colors.

But, of the entire outfit, my little girl loves the Sweetheart Ruffled Leggings the best. They are her perfect storm of pink (actually a deep coral color), hearts, and ruffles. They hit her right at the ankle, so they are neither too long, nor too short and the fabric is as soft as the Puffer Tee.

It seems that Matilda Jane has hit a homerun once again with the Wonderful Parade collection! I am once again impressed and can't wait to see what the great minds at Matilda Jane will come up with next. It's a good thing there are two collections released each year!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Make a Splash 120 Review and Giveaway!

*This giveaway is brought to you by Learning Resources.


My 5 year old, Shari, is in Kindergarten this year. It seems like she's learning something new and fun every day. Even with me being her teacher, it still shocks me sometimes, the things that she has learned in such a short amount of time!

Our focus this year has mostly been on reading and math skills. We have used a variety of resources, as I feel that it is important to try many different things, especially when you're still trying to figure out how your child learns best.One thing that she is really taking off with is her math skills. At this time last year, she was struggling to remember how to count to 20, but this year, she is able to easily get to 100.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Homeschooler Heaven!

*This post is brought to you by Creative Teaching Press.

As many of you know, my family is a homeschooling family. Educational supply stores are my happy place. Seriously, I have been known to spend hours perusing the aisles for educational aides, decor, and manipulatives. Unfortunately, these stores are few and far between. Since we moved last year, the nearest store is over 2 hours away and I have yet to make a trip.

 

Shopping online is even better than shopping in person in some ways. Online, you can find way more materials than you can in most stores. You can also download directly onto your computer, streamlining the whole process when buying computer resources. My favorite benefit to shopping online is that it's so easy to do a quick internet search for a review of the materials you are looking for. It's not as easy to do that when you're in the store!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Encouraging Children's Interests in an Unusual Way

*This post is brought to you by WallMonkeys.com.

My son (age 9) is a bit of a geography buff. He enjoys learning about new countries and their customs. I love to encourage my children's interests, particularly when there's an educational side to it. The globe we have is kind of old and falling apart (I think the kids have dropped it one too many times!).

With that in mind, I was so happy to find that WallMonkeys.com offers wall decals of all kinds (over 20 million!), including hundreds of maps. Now, instead of spinning a small globe that's about 20 years old, he can go into his own room and look at a world map that's bigger than he is!

Crazy Savings at Gymboree!

I have a crazy good deal for you guys today! Gymboree is offering 30% off entire purchase + 20% with code BONUS20 at Gymboree That's 50% off of everything! Woah!

Some of my favorites are:

Original Price - $39.95 Sale Price - $31.99 - + 30% off - $22.39 + $20% off = $17.92
Original Price - $26.95 Sale Price - $21.99 + 30% off - $15.39 + 20% off = $12.32


Monday, April 7, 2014

Easter Toys Giveaway!

*This post is brought to you by Mattel.

"Mattel and Toys"R"Us have teamed up to help you save money on toys this Easter. They're offering coupons on all your children's favorite Mattel and Fisher Price brands! So, join the fight to save chocolate bunnies, check out some of your favorite celebrities in the video and enter the giveaway to win some super prizes and download some coupons fromhttp://www.savechocolatebunnies.com/ ".



Swirlio: Is it Too Good to be True?

*This post is brought to you by Swirlio.

The Big Boss Swirlio Frozen Fruit Dessert Maker is touted as a healthy way to satisfy your craving for a frozen treat. The best way for me to tell you how it works is to show you!


One thing I only briefly mentioned in the video is cleaning your Swirlio. It can be difficult, but you can clean it with a bottle brush and running water. I would recommend cleaning it directly after using it, as it will be much easier to get it all out.


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

Win a Trip to LEGOLAND!

*This post is brought to you by LEGO DUPLO.
I am so excited to share with you a new contest from LEGO DUPLO! The How Do You Play competition will have winners each week, who will take home cool DUPLO sets. You can also win just by voting. The grand prize will win a family trip to LEGOLAND in Billund, Denmark!


So, how do you enter? All you need to do is upload a video of your little one playing with their DUPLO blocks. Over the 6 week campaign, you will have the chance to win weekly prizes and be entered to win the grand prize!


The top 3 videos each week will win DUPLO sets and 3 voters, chosen at random will also win sets, so there are plenty of chances to win! The winner of the Grand Prize will be chosen by myself and several other bloggers around the globe on May 12, 2014.


I am so excited to be a part of this and I know that you guys will make some awesome videos! Now, what are you waiting for? Go be creative and upload some cute videos and be sure to vote!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Keeping the Roads Safe One Device at a Time

*This post is brought to you by MPow.

In my role as Mom, it is my job to keep my household safe. For me, that often includes Mostly Together Dad as well. (If I don't look after him, who will?!) He works about 45 minutes from where we live, so he tends to do a lot of driving. He's also the kind of guy who won't let a little thing  like steering a thousand pound machine while hurtling along the blacktop at 70 MPH stop him from talking on the phone.



Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Easter Dress Savings!

Easter will be here before we know it. NOW is the time to order Easter dresses and accessories. Right now, you can grab up to 60% off Easter at Gymboree! Plus, you can get 10% off of your order when you sign up for emails. You can also get free shipping when you spend over $50. That's up to 70% and free shipping! It doesn't get much better than that! But be quick, this offer ends today.

Some of my favorites are: