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Books We Love: Barn Storm

Relevance: 27%      Posted on: June 8, 2014

Books We Love:  Barn Storm

For about a year now, I've debated doing a weekly post showcasing a book we love.  I love to read, and so do the kids.  It is a huge part of our lives and I'm so glad the kids enjoy it as much as I do.  This week, I'm featuring a well read, very loved book at our house.   Barn Storm by Charles Ghigna and Debra Ghigna Illustrated by Diane Greenseid We have had plenty of storms at our house, and when the forecast calls for them, I watch to see what is happening.  I hate storms!  But I love to read this book.  It's a fun, silly, easy to read book that in no time at all, Maggie will be reading on her own.  We haven't read this one in awhile, but recently Maggie pulled it out again, and to be honest, it is one of my favorites as well.  Plus, it rhymes.  I like that in a kids book. In this story, a twister hits Farmer Brown's farm, setting off a silly, entertaining chain of events sure to have your kids giggling, pointing and asking for more. What is your child's favorite book to read lately?

What We Are Using for Kindergarten Homeschool

Relevance: 26%      Posted on: February 23, 2017

What We Are Using for Kindergarten Homeschool

EDIT:  I started writing this the summer before our first homeschool year officially began.  Hitting publish apparently was too much because I forgot to do it until I realized that I wanted to add what I changed, liked, didn't like, yada yada yada.  So - here we go.  The following links may be affiliate links.  It doesn't cost you anything extra and our family thanks you for the support.  We've changed some things and I'll be sharing them with you soon.   This last year, I attempted to make my own curriculum to see how it went.  At this age, learning through play is still so important and I wanted to be sure it was fun for the kids.  It didn't go so well {it didn't go so bad, either}.  I would do great, then get busy, forget to shop for supplies or who knows what.  We wouldn't have any activities planned and just wing it here and there.  Now, I know that is fine.  It was her preschool year and I know she isn't behind so I wasn't worried.  It turns out that, despite my hope to create it all myself, our best option is going to be a curriculum of some sort.  However, I was already going against the grain a bit and John wasn't on board with homeschool, so I wanted some sort of curriculum so he would feel more comfortable with the idea.  After thinking about these things, I finally decided what we wanted to use for kindergarten curriculum for our first homeschooler. For math we are using Singapore Math Earlybird Kindergarten Book B.  I am debating on moving to Mathematical Reasoning from Timberdoodle.  I haven't decided yet.  We have already begun math and she likes it most days, wanting to do 4 or 5 lessons at a time.  I just think the Mathematical Reasoning is a more fun, everyday approach to learning math concepts. For reading, we are beginning All About Reading Level 1.  I love the mastery approach to this program that gets them reading quickly so they can see small successes and find more joy in it.  We started lesson 1 but we have had some sickness going through our house and she has been extra tired so it didn't go great for us. She wasn't a fan and I wanted a chance to find out if it was just the illness or we needed to find a new program.   I cannot wait for us to all feel better so we can jump back into it. For our bible work, we are doing Grapevine Studies.  You draw stick figures through the bible.  We started with beginning resurrection since it is approaching Easter.  I ordered the teacher's manual, the student workbook and the tracer student notebook.  We have finished the first two lessons and the kids are really having fun with it.  I decided to print out the memory verse for each lesson and have Charlie trace it and Maggie copy it.  I was blown away, Charlie was so excited about it and traced the entire thing.  He has never had any interest in that sort of thing before so it was very exciting for us all.  I like that you can customize the lessons so much.  It gives you the verse and the conversation starter.  You can decide how much you want to talk about.  The option of a tracer book or non tracer book is great for different ages.  Charlie does great with the tracer options and Maggie likes to copy my drawings.  At the end of each lesson, there are follow up questions. For everything else, we are going to be using Moving Beyond the Page.  I ordered the reading books used and saved a ton of money.  I just ordered it all last night so we haven't used it yet.  I like it because it is themed units.  Each unit has a variety of concepts, social studies, science, language arts, sometimes incorporating more math.  It's kind of spendy so I was unsure but as I looked around, this was my favorite.  It also says it requires a few hours a day of work, so I am not sure if it will be too much for us or not but I will let you know once we receive it and get started.  I love that it also gives you book topics for other books to include.  I am obsessed with books and we own so many, yet all I want is more!  No joke, we could have our own library and since I'm an Usborne Books consultant, we kind of do have our own library. We will supplement with other activities, field trips, workbooks and life.  I also ordered Beginning Geography and Logik Street from Timberdoodle as supplements because they looked like fun.  I hope I'm right.  I like them because they encourage creative thinking, critical thinking and problem solving.  Things I think are so important for kids to learn.  We could open our own library already, so we will definitely be supplementing with reading.  Maggie has also been working through a BrainQuest kindergarten book that she received for Christmas and loves to work on. That is what we are using for her kindergarten curriculum, at least to get started.  We are easing into it with math now just to get a sort of routine going without throwing too much at her at once.  We are adding in reading a few days a week and will incorporate the rest over the next few months.  We are both excited and Charlie wants to join in.  The baby just wants to throw everything off of the table while we work.  Also, he is 16 months so not a baby at all anymore {boo-hoo}.   Are you homeschooling a kindergartner this year?  What curriculum are you using or are you doing it yourself?  I'm looking to find a good balance between learning and fun without being pushy and taking away her love of learning.

The Smart Bunch – Animated Educational Digital Book Review and Giveaway

Relevance: 26%      Posted on: August 15, 2012

The Smart Bunch - Animated Educational Digital Book Review and Giveaway

Do you have kids in grades K - 5?  Do they love to play on the computer?  Here is a product that will teach them as they play on the computer.  When I was approached to review The Smart Bunch, I thought, okay, I can do that.  But if you follow my blog, you know that I have two kids under two, so no children in the house to review this with.  So, I watched it myself so I would be able to make an opinion, and I borrowed my niece and nephew.  The Smart Bunch is an animated eBook / digital book series that teaches and entertains children in grades K - 5 in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  The series will help young children to develop reading, math, science and vocabulary skills.  The first episode, and the one that I reviewed, is about electricity and the many sources of electricity. Cgimate, LLC is the computer animation company created The Smart Bunch animated eBook series.  The company partnered with Dr. Stephen Jones of Villanova University to create high quality animated eBook apps.  These will educate and entertain children in grades K - 5.  The animated eBook apps will be available for purchase and download on PC and mobile / tablet devices.  The mission behind Cgimate, LLC is to make learning fun through computer animation!  Since we all know that kids these days tend to love being on the computer, why not let them have that fun while still learning.  Have you ever wondered what happens when you turn on a light?  Where does that electricity come from?  Timothy and Taylor Smart wondered that very thing the day a storm knocked out their electricity.  Follow them as their parents take them on an adventure to find out about the different ways we get electricity.   First off, let's meet my test subjects:J - 5th grade, 11 years oldM - 1st grade, 6 years oldThis worked out well to have  kids at opposite ends of the age range.  M loved it!  She watched it 5 times in a row.  She would have watched it more and more, but she had to go to sleep.  J had a differing opinion.  He was a bit bored with it.  After watching it myself, those were the reactions I expected.  I like how it's two kids in the story learning about electricity.  The story shows many different forms of electricity that young kids may not know are electricity yet.  The voices of the characters are designed to keep the kids' attention.  The story is only about 10 minutes long which is a perfect length for kids to stay focused.  View a clip here The timing for this story was funny to me because I had just posted about an alternative energy source so I was thinking about these things at the time.  The only con I found was that it isn't interactive which can bore the kids on the upper side of the age range.  If there was a little interaction for the kids, I think the older kids would be more into the story, but especially the younger kids will love it as it is.  If you have ever read books on tape / cd, this is the same thing.  For the last few years, my niece, M, loves coming over and reading my books on cd.  She will sit and read them all day long, one after another.  If you have a child that enjoys those, this would be a great book to download for them.  Not only are they reading, but they are learning about different topics.  This is definitely a better option than just having kids sitting in front of a computer playing games.*After talking with Steve, I found out they are going to be working on an interactive app that will hopefully be ready by November* Connect with The Smart BunchYouTubeFacebookTwitter Buy now for $4.99 Save 5% by sharing this on your facebook page. Coming soon!  Two of my lucky readers will each win this digital download to share with your kids!  

The Smart Bunch – Animated Educational Digital Book Review and Giveaway

Relevance: 26%      Posted on: August 14, 2012

The Smart Bunch - Animated Educational Digital Book Review and Giveaway

Do you have kids in grades K - 5?  Do they love to play on the computer?  Here is a product that will teach them as they play on the computer.  When I was approached to review The Smart Bunch, I thought, okay, I can do that.  But if you follow my blog, you know that I have two kids under two, so no children in the house to review this with.  So, I watched it myself so I would be able to make an opinion, and I borrowed my niece and nephew.  The Smart Bunch is an animated eBook / digital book series that teaches and entertains children in grades K - 5 in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  The series will help young children to develop reading, math, science and vocabulary skills.  The first episode, and the one that I reviewed, is about electricity and the many sources of electricity. Cgimate, LLC is the computer animation company created The Smart Bunch animated eBook series.  The company partnered with Dr. Stephen Jones of Villanova University to create high quality animated eBook apps.  These will educate and entertain children in grades K - 5.  The animated eBook apps will be available for purchase and download on PC and mobile / tablet devices.  The mission behind Cgimate, LLC is to make learning fun through computer animation!  Since we all know that kids these days tend to love being on the computer, why not let them have that fun while still learning.  Have you ever wondered what happens when you turn on a light?  Where does that electricity come from?  Timothy and Taylor Smart wondered that very thing the day a storm knocked out their electricity.  Follow them as their parents take them on an adventure to find out about the different ways we get electricity.   First off, let's meet my test subjects:J - 5th grade, 11 years oldM - 1st grade, 6 years oldThis worked out well to have  kids at opposite ends of the age range.  M loved it!  She watched it 5 times in a row.  She would have watched it more and more, but she had to go to sleep.  J had a differing opinion.  He was a bit bored with it.  After watching it myself, those were the reactions I expected.  I like how it's two kids in the story learning about electricity.  The story shows many different forms of electricity that young kids may not know are electricity yet.  The voices of the characters are designed to keep the kids' attention.  The story is only about 10 minutes long which is a perfect length for kids to stay focused.  View a clip here The timing for this story was funny to me because I had just posted about an alternative energy source so I was thinking about these things at the time.  The only con I found was that it isn't interactive which can bore the kids on the upper side of the age range.  If there was a little interaction for the kids, I think the older kids would be more into the story, but especially the younger kids will love it as it is.  If you have ever read books on tape / cd, this is the same thing.  For the last few years, my niece, M, loves coming over and reading my books on cd.  She will sit and read them all day long, one after another.  If you have a child that enjoys those, this would be a great book to download for them.  Not only are they reading, but they are learning about different topics.  This is definitely a better option than just having kids sitting in front of a computer playing games.*After talking with Steve, I found out they are going to be working on an interactive app that will hopefully be ready by November* Connect with The Smart BunchYouTubeFacebookTwitter Buy now for $4.99 Save 5% by sharing this on your facebook page. Coming soon!  Two of my lucky readers will each win this digital download to share with your kids!  

Reading Eggs Review

Relevance: 26%      Posted on: September 2, 2020

Reading Eggs Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way If you have elementary age kids, you have probably heard of Reading Eggs from Blake eLearning Inc. We use to have it and I don't really know why we stopped, but when I told my kids we would have Reading Eggs again - they were so excited! They love this for so many reasons and so do I! Reading Eggs is an online program filled with games, songs, rewards and so much more! As your child plays, they are learning to read or gain math activities and having fun while they do it. Since the last time we used Reading Eggs, there have been a few changes - for the better! Reading Eggs has three program options - Reading Eggs, Math Seeds and Fast Phonics. The Reading Eggs part has three different parts - Reading Eggs {3-7}, Reading Eggs Junior {ages 2-4} and Reading Eggspress {7-13}. A family account can include up to 4 children. To encourage kids more - there are monthly themes where they can purchase limited edition clothing, furniture and more. Plus, the apps make it so easy to use on your phone. This makes it a super awesome way to do school on the road in a way that the kids love! We have only been using it on my Android phone and the app works flawlessly.  There are also tons of books for your children to read and answer questions about. When they are logged in, it will show the different apps they should use based on their learning levels. If you want them in a program that isn't one of those - you can just click the arrow to find the rest of the apps. My youngest - five-year-olds - has been having a blast with the new Fast Phonics {Ages 5-10}. As he plays, he repeats the letter sounds and tells me, "Now, he is going to squish it together." Then he reads the word together with the program. Each of the 20 lessons has fun, exciting games covering a set of letters. The kids love that as they complete things, their mountain gets even cooler! They want to keep working for that super cool mountain.  I love when he is just doing his work on my phone and I hear his cute little voice practicing his letter sounds or reading words.   This is a very kid-friendly program.  My kids know their way around quite well and figured it out on their own.  They can purchase things with their reward golden eggs and update their apartment, etc..  They can check out their trophy room, arcade, mall, stadium, library, targets, english skills, etc..  When they click on my lessons, it automatically takes them to the next lesson.  They click on that number and off they go to their next lesson.  For example - with my nine-year-old, she is on Reading Eggspress and learning about Main Ideas.   Clicking on the golden egg or on my progress takes you to their stats.  Lessons completed, books read, spelling, stadium, exile current reading level and growth and so much more.  You can find Mental Minute in Mathseeds where they have a minute to answer as many math questions as they can.  The driving tests also allow them to practice their math skills while having fun.   Without question - my kids give Reading Eggs two thumbs up with a big grin.  You don't have to take our word for it though - see what others have to say about it!    

ABC Games for toddlers and preschoolers

Relevance: 26%      Posted on: December 10, 2013

ABC Games for toddlers and preschoolers

If you saw my post about the Hot Dots Jr. activity books from Educational Insights, you know how much fun they have been for Maggie and I.  Not only did they send me those books to review, they also sent us a set of Alphabet Bean Bags. When I can find one on one time with Maggie, I want to make sure it is fun.  Something out of the ordinary that will keep her attention and make her want to play along.  The alphabet bean bags are great for that.  Plus, we don't have to wait until Charlie is asleep.  He can play with the bean bags too.  He is a one man wrecking crew and the bean bags have held up to him throwing them, trying to eat them, you name it.  They are still in perfect shape. The alphabet bean bags are fun. Keeping them all together isn't always easy because Charlie keeps stealing them away and "storing" them. When we can keep them from Charlie's little hands, we can store them in the drawstring bag.   There are 26 bean bags, with the capital letters on one side and the lower case letters on the other side.  The vowels are in red, consonants in black.  The best thing about the bean bag alphabet is that you can create any game you want.  Some of our favorites are : Put them all in a pile and pick a letter.  Then, name things that start with that letter. Practice spelling names, having your child find the letters. Tape circles on the carpet.  Put an item or multiple items starting with the same letter in a circle.  Have your child find the bean bag that matches the letter those things start with. There are also a few game ideas included with the bean bags. There are so many options you can do with these bean bags to create endless hours of fun for your preschooler.  You know what else?  These alphabet bean bags will be able to help out school students with spelling words.  The bean bags are also available in colors, shapes, numbers and phonics.  No matter what stage of learning your children are at, there are bean bags just right for you.  Visit Educational Insights and check them out.  Sign up for Educational Insights newsletter here.   Win one:  You can win your own set of Alphabet bean bags through December 16, 2013.   What games would you play with these bean bags?  

#bfbloghop Breastfeeding isn’t always easy

Relevance: 26%      Posted on: January 24, 2013

#bfbloghop Breastfeeding isn't always easy

Breastfeeding is awesome!  But getting started may not be.  This weeks topic for the Breastfeeding Blog hop is Getting off to a good start - what do you need?When Maggie was born, I didn't realize that sometimes breastfeeding didn't go as planned.  It never really occurred to me that there could be struggles, after all, it's natural, right?  Our start was awesome.  She latched on like a champ right away, I thought, wow, we rock!  Then 5 or 6 days went by and my milk hadn't come in.  Thankfully, I was determined, which leads to my number 1 thing you need to get off to a good start.  The will to do it.  Breastfeeding is hard, and time consuming, but so very worth it!  It's like having a full time job, especially in the beginning, but I love it!  The second and one of the most important things is support.  Whether you have struggles, questions, or just want to be around like minded mommies, finding a breastfeeding group like La Leche League can be a lifesaver!  I know for me, it gave me the confidence that I was doing the right thing.  They were there to support me when I was being told I had to give her formula even though she didn't seem to want it.  I cried, and was supported and encouraged.  Now, after having my second child and no struggles since, I still go to the meetings on a fairly regular basis and have become good friends with some of the other moms there.  The third thing is resources.  If you need help and aren't comfortable in a group setting, there are tons of resources available.  Call or email your La Leche League leader, they will likely give you ideas, or tell you where else to get help.  You can call a Lactation Consultant.  Talk to WIC, they will be able to give you resources.  Thanks to the internet, online groups too, but be careful of the information you find there, it may not all be accurate.  Those are the top 3 things to get started breastfeeding.  Yes, there are books you can read and classes you can attend too.  Most of the bumps will be in the beginning, and soon enough, you will be nursing like you have always been doing it!  And remember to enjoy it!  They are only young once.  Happy Breastfeeding!What did you find necessary when getting started breastfeeding?  Want to link up?

What do you love? {Contest}

Relevance: 25%      Posted on: February 6, 2013

What do you love? {Contest}

I have never been the biggest fan of Valentine's Day.  I've always felt that the special someone in your life should treat you wonderful all of the time.  However, I love holidays.  Each and every one!  We have never celebrated in any big way for Valentine's Day, but I love doing something special with Maggie and Charlie to celebrate.  Emeals wants to hear "What do you love?"  Celebrate Valentine's Day by telling the folks at Emeals what you love.  Whether you share your favorite recipe, best meal ever, something you look forward to every year, or just something else that you love!  From February 1-14, you can enter (only one entry per person).  It's quick and painless.  just enter your name, email, and in 50 words or less, what you love.  From the 15th to the 21st, the top 10 will be posted on Facebook, and the fans get to choose the top 5.  I bet you are wondering what you can win, right?  Each winner gets:  FREE 6 month membership to eMeals with Dinner, Lunch and Breakfast (awesome), $10 gift card to 32 Degrees yogurt shop, and a $50 spa credit.  Are you ready to enter?  You can upload a picture with your entry as well.  Feel free to let them know you heard about the contest from Shannon over at Mommy of One and Counting.So tell me, what do you love

Home for the Holidays Giveaway Hop Grand Prize

Relevance: 25%      Posted on: November 30, 2015

Home for the Holidays Giveaway Hop Grand Prize

Thank you for stopping by the Home for the Holidays giveaway hop hosted by The Anti-June Cleaver and Our Piece of Earth. We have teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers to bring you a lot of fantastic of prizes to kick of the holiday season. After you have entered my giveaway, be sure to visit the linky below for more great prizes.   Home for the Holidays Grand Prize The grand prize is packed full of great gift ideas with  gift ideas that mom, dad and the kids will all love.  Cariloha is giving away $100 to spend on all things bamboo from sheets, blankets, clothes and more.  Balm! Baby is giving away 2 gift sets - A Lady's Kit and a Fall / Winter Baby Essentials Kit.   Vintage Pen Press is taking you back to your childhood with some Get Your Groove on coloring book, The Art of the Cigar Coloring Book and colored pencils. A prize pack valued at $188+.     Giveaway open to US only.  Ends at 11:59 pm EST on December 15, 2015.  Good luck! Entry-Form     Disclosure: The Anti-June Cleaver, Our Piece of Earth, and the rest of the bloggers participating in the Fall Fun giveaway hop are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

DIY Wipe Clean Writing Practice Book

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DIY Wipe Clean Writing Practice Book

*Affiliate links may be included.*   I had the hardest time coming up with a title.  What should I call these?  Writing books?  Tracing books?  Writing practice books?  Anywho - I made this for my daughter when she was like three, maybe four years old. I'm finally sharing it with you.  Here's a really simple and fun way to get your kids to practice their handwriting with this DIY Wipe Clean Writing Practice Book. You know those sentence strips?  Get a pack of those.  Whether the all white ones, some fun design or colored ones.  You will need some white cardstock {or colored cardstock}.  You will also need some twine or yarn, wallet size pictures of things or people and a laminator or contact paper and dry erase markers {these are my favorite.  They fit perfect in little hands and the cap is also an eraser}  and a hole punch.   Gather that and meet me back here - ready - go!   Okay, back with your supplies?  We made ours a picture and name book because my daughter loved writing names of family members.  Turn your cardstock horizontal.  Take a wallet size picture in the top corner.  Cut one of the sentence strips to fit across the top of the page. Tape another sentence strip along the bottom of that cardstock.  If you want them to work on tracing, go ahead and write your word on it.  If not, leave it blank.  Tape it down. Laminate or contact paper the entire page.  Repeat for each additional page. Punch holes in the top or side using a hole punch.  String your yard or twine through and tie it in a knot.  Tada!  Your personal writing practice book.   Let your kiddos work on writing or tracing, even spelling.  Like I said, I made it a few years ago for Maggie and just recently found it again.  {By recently, I mean today}.  Charlie saw it and was so excited!  Seriously, teaching him is going so much better than I expected.  In preschool last year, he was dead set against tracing anything!  This year, he is excited to write things and practice his letters and numbers.  He got right to work writing names.  He's doing great so far and erases it all and starts all over.  These are great for quiet time, car rides or just anytime.   What words will you put in your book?    

Have you heard? I have a 1 year old {tear}

Relevance: 25%      Posted on: July 9, 2013

Have you heard?  I have a 1 year old {tear}

I can't believe a year has gone by already.  This handsome little fellow of mine is a 1 year old now.  My sweet boy, you are a very busy, curious little guy.  You are determined to figure out how things work and taste.  I love watching you as you figure out how to get into something.  Now.....you can reach to climb up on the kitchen chairs and the end tables...eeek!  I already have trouble keeping up with you. You would stay outside all day long if you had your way, you love it so much.  You really love the water.  You stick your whole face in and drink or blow bubbles.  It is hilarious to watch.  You think it is pretty funny when we hold onto your arms and swing you in the water.  You don't say many words yet, but I bet they are coming!  Finally, you are starting to read some books with me.     You didn't care much at all about your presents.  Instead, once you found an empty gift bag, you took it, put a few toys in it, and took off to play.  I expected nothing less!  Have I mentioned how much you love the dogs now?  You see them and say da - your word for doggy.  Then, you take off running, yes, running after them.  You love to pet them, although you have more of a slap than a pet.  We are working on that.   You have learned how to use your silverware AND drink from a cup all within the last few weeks.  I am very impressed, I wasn't expecting the cup thing for awhile.  Although, you still have a tendency to just dump it out.  You sometimes discard the silverware and dig in with your hands....then, rub it all over your face.  Fun times!   You follow directions fairly well when you want to.  You love to help clean up toys.  Containers are your friend and you like to carry around cups and put toys into them.  You are very silly and when you are really thirsty, instead of nursing or drinking from your cup, you go to the dogs dish and stick your whole face in to take a drink.  It is so gross and I really do my best not to let it happen, but every so often you manage to sneak a drink when I forget to put the water dish up.   You are such a mama's boy.  You hate when I leave the room.  Ever since you were born, you got a little upset and clingy when we were around larger groups of people.  After a few days of it, you start to warm up to them.  You do the funniest thing ever though.  I wanted to get ready for bed the other night at the cabin and you were awake.  I wanted you to go to grandma for a few minutes and when she was standing near us talking, you wouldn't make eye contact with her no matter what.  You averted your eyes and looked down.  I was cracking up.  It was like you were afraid if you made eye contact that she would think it was okay to hold you.  I love that you love me so much and I will cherish every moment because I know that it won't last long.   I still cannot believe my handsome little prince, that you are already 1 year old.  Will you please, pretty please quit growing up so fast!  I love you so very much and I love you more every single day.  You make my heart so happy with your great big grins and your giggles every time you see your sister.  The giant slobbery kisses you give me are some of my very favorite things.  Thank you for being such an amazing little boy and bringing so much joy to my life.  I love you more than words can ever say.

Current Giveaways {+Tuesday’s Time to Win Giveaway Linky}

Relevance: 24%      Posted on: November 18, 2013

Current Giveaways {+Tuesday's Time to Win Giveaway Linky}

    Come link up your giveaways or enter to win!     OraMD 11/19 US/Canada Fort Magic 11/20 US/Canada Molly's Suds Prize Package 11/22 US $55 Diaper Junction giveaway 11/27 US/Canada $1000 Black Friday Giveaway 11/29 WW I See Me Personalized Storybook 11/30 US $500 Sears gift card 12/2 US Mimi & Maggie 12/2 US JuicyDealz 12/2 US Damhorst Toys 12/2 US $75 Nicki's Diapers 12/2 Worldwide $60 Anyway you want it 12/9 Worldwide 20 Days of Giveaways 12/18 US & Canada Now that you have entered my giveaways, head over to the giveaway linky for more chances to win!  

History Made Fun with the HEROES OF HISTORY Series {Review}

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History Made Fun with the HEROES OF HISTORY Series {Review}

Growing up, history was probably my least favorite subject. We were taught to just memorize dates, names, facts, etc.. So I did. And I promptly forgot most of that information once the test was over. There was nothing fun about it for me. Deciding to homeschool, I was on a mission to make history fun for the kids and I think I've succeeded so far. A few months ago, my daughter learned about Rosa Parks so we have been on a roll with the history of slavery to freedom and everything else along the way. One thing I quickly learned was that if I gave my kids a book - whether my daughter was reading it herself or I was reading it to the kids - they absorbed that information quickly. Not only that but they asked questions because they wanted to know more. They were mad about injustices done to people in history and excited to read about the change. I knew that we would enjoy reading the YWAM publishing books, beginning with HEROES OF HISTORY Clara Barton: Courage Under Fire. I'm a book addict. I will read just about anything I can get my hands on and when this book arrived in the mail - it looked inviting. It showed up just as the kids and I were leaving for the community center. I figured I'd bring it with, page through it a little and get a feel for whether the kids would enjoy it or not. So.....three hours later I had read the book start to finish. That's perfectly normal, right?! The beginning was very intriguing and left me wanting to know more so after the first few pages, I had to keep going. It felt like I was right there, experiencing it all with Clara. I was sure the kids would like it and we started reading it that night. We all snuggle up in my bed and read for about an hour every night. Best time of the day you guys!!! My six-year-old really enjoyed reading this book and started doing something awesome as I was reading. He started drawing pictures of what I was reading to him. I'm talking page after page after page of what he took away from the story about Clara Barton.  He would stop me every now and then to write a description about the picture for him and then go right back to working hard. He has started a journal of sorts to go along with the story now, such a cool idea! I'm always looking for activities for my boys to do while I read aloud because they can get each other wound up, I never knew one of them would come up with the solution. I really enjoyed hearing the kids' questions, observations or thoughts about what we were reading. This brings me to something else to love about these books. You can get a study guide to go along with them. The study guide is PACKED full of activities and ways to get more out of the story. The questions are separated by chapter which was super helpful for us. I kept the printed pages of questions by our book and would glance through it before I started reading that chapter. Often times, the kids' questions, were related to a question so we would stop and discuss it. I love the essay questions in here and will probably use them in the next year with my oldest but for now, the creative writing questions are perfect for her. I wish we had started mapping out the activities on the maps in the study guide, but we didn't get around to it and we love map activities. The information is separated by what you are learning about - geography, social studies, science, ect.. It is way more information than you will use so you can pick and choose what works best for your family. I had my daughter put together a trifold display about Clara Barton. She was free to include whatever she wanted on it. I especially love that she decided to include the current temperature for where Clara was born. I helped her write things out on the timeline but she did all the rest of it on her own. While she was working on it, she reminded me that we still had to do school work today. She had no clue she was doing school work - she thought it was so much fun! It turned out great and I loved seeing what she remembered about the story. She absolutely loved Clara's resourcefulness when she used the empty tin cans to put food in for the soldiers when they were out of dishes. We learned a lot about not only Clara Barton but also other figures from that time period in history, places they took place and so much more. I think we will read about HEROES OF HISTORY Abraham Lincoln next.  I think in a couple of years - the kids will read these on their own as part of their history lessons. You can read about some other HEROES OF HISTORY reviews if you click the image below.

Singapore Dimensions Math 2A Review

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Singapore Dimensions Math 2A Review

Deciding on a math curriculum for your homeschooled child can really set the stage for their success in math as they grow. Find out what we think about the Singapore Dimensions Math program.

SchoolhouseTeachers.com Review + Our Next Five Classes List

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SchoolhouseTeachers.com Review + Our Next Five Classes List

SchoolhouseTeachers.com allows you to customize your kids' education to meet their individual needs and interests. With over 400 classes to choose from and resources for just about everything - your family will love it. Find out what we thought about it and our next five classes that we will be doing.

Zoo Fun!

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Zoo Fun!

Today we went to the zoo with our friend K and her little girl H who is a few months younger than Maggie.  We had so much fun.  It's a smaller zoo, but it took 3 1/2 hours with the girls.  We let them stay at each animal for as long as they wanted.  Maggie's favorite animals were the seals, zebras, ostrich, and lions.  It was so much fun to watch her get excited and talk about the animals. I thought I would share some pictures from our day trip and also a video from youtube of one of THE BEST books on cd ever! She was obsessed with this statue!!!  Wake up big kitty!Swim already polar bears!She's more hands on so the statues were her best buds!LOVE LOVE LOVE this faceMaggie and MommySeriously, this is the best zoo book ever!  Very addicting song, but kids love it and this mama loves it too!

The things I do while breastfeeding…..

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The things I do while breastfeeding.....

This post is part of the weekly breastfeeding blog hop, hosted by Sisters N' Cloth, and co-hosted by Life as Wife, Mummy, and Nurse. This week’s topic is, “I breastfeed and…” When you have a newborn, you breastfeed.  Alot.  Like, all day long.  And all night long.  If you want to do anything else, you learn to multitask.  This is my second time down the breastfeeding trail.  I can't focus only on feeding my baby, many other things demand my attention.  A few of my favorite things to do while breastfeed are to play with Maggie, my 2 year old and to blog.  I have a super awesome nursing pillow, but do you think I ever remember to use it?  Nope.  That leads to this awful soreness in my shoulder and neck.  I had read many books with Maggie in my lap and Charlie's legs on her lap and him nursing.  We also play a lot of blocks.  Charlie sleeps with me as well, and nurses while we sleep, so I guess that's multi-tasking, I think of it as pure laziness on my end, but sure, let's make it a good things, hehe. Oh, and let's not forget eating.  After two kids, I can eat just about anything while breastfeeding.  I can even cook while breastfeeding.  Lets just face it, I'm awesome!  Haha.  Oh yeah, and I play cards with lots of people while breastfeeding (although I can't play spoons while breastfeeding).I never really thought of breastfeeding as being "green".  When Maggie was born, it never crossed my mind until a few months later.  Then I started using cloth diapers and trying to do many other green living things.  Now, we are trying to get rid of many of the toxic things in our life as well.  It's a slow change, but every little bit counts, right?  We use dryer balls because they are awesome!  After Charlie was born, I used cloth menstrual pads.  We try to use wash cloths to clean up more instead of using paper towels.  We use a water cooler instead of water bottles, that made such a big difference, although that was one change I made before having babies.  Do you multitask while breastfeeding?  Or do you do other "green" things besides breastfeeding?  I'd love to hear all about it!  Interested in linking up for the Breastfeeding Blog Hop?  

Tiny Love Super Mat giveaway

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Tiny Love Super Mat giveaway

Win a Tiny Love Super MatHosted by:  Confessions of a Messy MamaSponsored by:  Tiny LoveCheck out Messy Mama's REVIEW!  If you have an infant, you will want to have a Tiny Love Super Mat!  It's huge and so entertaining for your little one.  One Lucky Reader will win a Tiny Love Super Mat. Enter on the RC form below.Must be in the U.S. and Canada and 18+Ends 12/28 Good Luck!a Rafflecopter giveaway

Best Gift Ideas for Seven-Year-Old Boys

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Best Gift Ideas for Seven-Year-Old Boys

*Affiliate links may be included.* While I believe most gifts work equally as well for boys or girls, this post is geared specifically to seven-year-old boys. You see, my son is THE hardest kid to find gifts for. He has never played with toys much, but give him something he can build or tear apart and he is happy. He has recently joined the world of video games {I wish I could have avoided that}. Those types of things are expensive though and I don't want another reason for him to think he should stare at a screen. Lucky me, between Christmas and random stuff this past year, I've managed to find some things that were a total hit with him and I am excited to share them with you. Walkie-Talkies. These ones are AMAZING!!! He got them for Christmas and it was his favorite gift and the one that still goes everywhere with us. The kids go up and down the street with them and can stay in touch. There is a flashlight on them, many other features and rechargeable batteries - yay! All of the kids love these and will talk to each other from different houses on the street, it's so fun for them. Nerf Targets. Okay, I'm totally operating on the assumption that you already have nerf guns and something besides an eye to shoot them at would great, am I right? It's been non-stop fun here with the target. Minecraft books. Okay, so not a toy but books are great gifts and I add them into everything. Stocking stuffer - yep. Easter basket - yep. Birthday gift, Christmas gift - yep. My kids are given books every chance I get. I came across this one and thought he would like it. I wasn't sure because he doesn't really want to sit and read very often. He was so happy to get this in his Easter basket! Laser Tag. He got a set of these for Christmas and he loves them. I wish I had gotten a set for four kids so he could play with more of the kids but it's fun to watch them go all ninja-style outside trying to escape being shot with the laser gun. Speaking of ninjas - how about a Ninja Course? I can't get one where we are living at the moment, there just really isn't room for it, but I know this would be a hit! Hammer, nails and safety equipment. My son has had all of these things since he was four-years-old. Over the last year, he received my old, fairly weak power drill. He loves to build and often builds with the neighbor boy and it's important to me that these things are done safely so safety glasses, gloves and supervision are my must haves. There are tons of fun ideas on Pinterest to do with hammer and nails. Lego sets!  I don't think it matters how old you are, these are always a hit, right?!     What are your seven-year-old boys favorite gifts?  {and seriously - some ideas for eight-year-old boys since I have a month to come up with an idea...}

Little Love Buns Detergent and Wipe Bits Giveaway

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Little Love Buns Detergent and Wipe Bits Giveaway

If you haven't heard of this fantastic company yet, you are missing out!  Great products at great prices.  What more can a mama ask for?  You can read my reviews for the detergent and wipe bits and find out more about the wonderful woman behind these products.  And now for the wonderful giveaway from Little Love BunsLittle Love Buns websiteFacebookTwitter a Rafflecopter giveaway

Little Love Buns Detergent and Wipe Bits Giveaway

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Little Love Buns Detergent and Wipe Bits Giveaway

If you haven't heard of this fantastic company yet, you are missing out!  Great products at great prices.  What more can a mama ask for?  You can read my reviews for the detergent and wipe bits and find out more about the wonderful woman behind these products.  And now for the wonderful giveaway from Little Love BunsLittle Love Buns websiteFacebookTwitter a Rafflecopter giveaway

Books We Love : The Beginner’s Bible

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Books We Love :  The Beginner's Bible

Maggie and Charlie both received children's bibles as part of their gift from the church at their baptisms.  This is probably one of the best bibles for kids I have ever seen.  The stories and short, and told in a manner that engages the kids and makes them want to read more.  The pictures are eye catching to any little one.  Maggie reads from this and has me read from it pretty much every single day!  Seriously, if you are looking for a bible for your kids, or even one that would make a great gift, this is a perfect one!  The Beginner's Bible By Mission City Press Illustrated by Kelly Pulley Have you found a children's bible that you and your kids absolutely love?

It’s all about love, love, love

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It's all about love, love, love...

Do you love cloth diapers?  I love cloth diapers.  As in love to the point where I'm starting to feel like a hoarder.  I have some diapers that never get used, but I just can't bring myself to sell them.  What if they are my favorite for the next kid I keep telling myself.  When I started out using cloth diapers, I didn't expect to be blogging about them sometime later.  There are a few major reasons I love cloth diapers though, and I thought I would share them with you.Money  This was my main reason for switching.  I work from home, I love doing laundry, so why not, right?  Now that John is laid off, we are really broke, and it's nice not having to squeak out money to pay for diapers!   Environment  To be honest, when we started using cloth, this really had nothing to do with it.  Selfish, right?  But, now that we started, I love knowing that I'm not adding to the landfills with tons and tons of diapers.  Plus, it has encouraged us to make even more eco friendly choices in our daily lives.No toxins  This has become a big deal to me.  When we had our kids, that sort of thing just wasn't on my radar.  I just assumed that everything was perfectly safe for babies, otherwise, they couldn't sell it, right?Cute little fluffy butts  Need I say more?  When I look at pictures of Maggie as a baby with disposables, that's what I notice first in the picture.  Charlie wore disposables for the first couple days in the hospital, just so it was easier to see how wet he was, but after that, done!  Accessorize and collect  Haha.  But seriously, isn't it fun when the diaper matches the outfit?  Or, cheers your team on?  Plus, you can collect them, and there are always more you want. Those are my reasons for loving cloth diapers!  What are yours?   It's not just me; check out what these other blogger mamas have to say!  

Breastfeeding Blog Hop – Free for all

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Breastfeeding Blog Hop - Free for all

I am finally linking up with the other great mommies for this weeks hop.  I have been missing for a few months.  The end of my pregnancy was exhausting and now the little man is here, I haven't had two hands free very often.  Our topic this week is free for all.  Any breastfeeding topic we want.  First off, I will say how very lucky I am that both of my children have latched on like champs and nursed so well right from the start!  I know many people have struggled with that and I am glad that's one thing we could do effortlessly.  Well, mostly effortlessly anyways.  Charlie man latches good, but when he lets go, he needs a little assistance to find it again.  In his defense, he isn't even a month old yet, so I am sure he will figure it out.  Maggie had a homing device on my boobs!  She could find those babies from across the ocean, I swear!  Charlie is so funny to watch.  He is so gentle, sometimes I actually have to check to make sure he is really latched on.  I can barely feel him.  I can say, this time around, my milk supply needs less help than with Maggie.  I prayed so hard for this!  With her, I had to feed him, pump, then the doctor wanted me to offer her formula.  I felt like that was all I ever did was feed her, pump, feed her, pump.  It was exhausting!  This time, I hardly ever pump and Charlie gets a full belly.  My milk came in before I left the hospital.  A day or so later, I was very engorged on the right side...sadly, I was somewhat excited!  I knew I was making a lot more milk already!  What a relief.  After days of fighting with that, I don't quite make as much milk on that side as it seemed like I was before that happened, but I still make plenty for the little man.  He gets enough milk, that most nights, he will try to go without waking up most of the night.  Right after we got home from the hospital, he pretty much only wakes up once a night.  That's not a bad thing, considering Maggie is 21 months and still wakes up at least once a night, but then I end up pumping in the middle of the night if I can't get him to eat.  I am also tandem nursing which is going much better than the rest of the world seemed to think it would.  Everybody was so concerned that Maggie wouldn't share or would get mad.  Mostly, she tells Charlie, boob Charlie, eat eat eat!  Don't get me wrong, there are times she doesn't want to share or tries to demand it for herself, but generally only when she is tired.   I would love your advice though.....for those of you with a toddler and an infant, how did you ever find time to pump?  I only need to pump enough to get me through an hour a week while I play softball, but finding time is so hard.  I can't really set him anywhere where his sister can't get at him.  She isn't mean or anything, but she loves him so much and constantly wants to hug and kiss him or read him books or make him play with her toys.  She's so sweet, but not nearly gentle enough to be left alone with him.  That leads to me having no chance to pump most days.  Want to link up with your breastfeeding posts?

Breastfeeding Blog Hop – Free for all

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Breastfeeding Blog Hop - Free for all

I am finally linking up with the other great mommies for this weeks hop.  I have been missing for a few months.  The end of my pregnancy was exhausting and now the little man is here, I haven't had two hands free very often.  Our topic this week is free for all.  Any breastfeeding topic we want.  First off, I will say how very lucky I am that both of my children have latched on like champs and nursed so well right from the start!  I know many people have struggled with that and I am glad that's one thing we could do effortlessly.  Well, mostly effortlessly anyways.  Charlie man latches good, but when he lets go, he needs a little assistance to find it again.  In his defense, he isn't even a month old yet, so I am sure he will figure it out.  Maggie had a homing device on my boobs!  She could find those babies from across the ocean, I swear!  Charlie is so funny to watch.  He is so gentle, sometimes I actually have to check to make sure he is really latched on.  I can barely feel him.  I can say, this time around, my milk supply needs less help than with Maggie.  I prayed so hard for this!  With her, I had to feed him, pump, then the doctor wanted me to offer her formula.  I felt like that was all I ever did was feed her, pump, feed her, pump.  It was exhausting!  This time, I hardly ever pump and Charlie gets a full belly.  My milk came in before I left the hospital.  A day or so later, I was very engorged on the right side...sadly, I was somewhat excited!  I knew I was making a lot more milk already!  What a relief.  After days of fighting with that, I don't quite make as much milk on that side as it seemed like I was before that happened, but I still make plenty for the little man.  He gets enough milk, that most nights, he will try to go without waking up most of the night.  Right after we got home from the hospital, he pretty much only wakes up once a night.  That's not a bad thing, considering Maggie is 21 months and still wakes up at least once a night, but then I end up pumping in the middle of the night if I can't get him to eat.  I am also tandem nursing which is going much better than the rest of the world seemed to think it would.  Everybody was so concerned that Maggie wouldn't share or would get mad.  Mostly, she tells Charlie, boob Charlie, eat eat eat!  Don't get me wrong, there are times she doesn't want to share or tries to demand it for herself, but generally only when she is tired.   I would love your advice though.....for those of you with a toddler and an infant, how did you ever find time to pump?  I only need to pump enough to get me through an hour a week while I play softball, but finding time is so hard.  I can't really set him anywhere where his sister can't get at him.  She isn't mean or anything, but she loves him so much and constantly wants to hug and kiss him or read him books or make him play with her toys.  She's so sweet, but not nearly gentle enough to be left alone with him.  That leads to me having no chance to pump most days.  Want to link up with your breastfeeding posts?

Our Bedtime Routine + Tips for helping your kids develop good sleep habits

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Our Bedtime Routine + Tips for helping your kids develop good sleep habits

Wonder Bumpers really are amazing. You simply zip them onto each crib slat. It is more time consuming to set up then traditional bumpers, but very worth it because of how safe they are. I love that even when I transitioned Charlie into a toddler bed, I could leave the Wonder Bumpers on the crib.

A love that never fades

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A love that never fades

As I sat here tonight, just getting settled to start writing a post, I laid down Charlie, got a hot chocolate, and put on some socks because it's so blasted cold tonight. Then, he wakes up. Again. As he has every day for the last few months if I try to lay him down. I'm lost, I'm confused, I'm exhausted! This handsome little guy who has generally been a good sleeper has become an awful sleeper. He spent most of November somewhat sick, he's been teething for the last few months, he's been through a lot. I understand, I feel for him, but I'm exhausted. But more than anything, I love him. I really, really love him. I love how he wraps those arms so tightly around my neck. How he stops nursing to reach up and give me a kiss. I love hearing his sweet voice from the other room saying mommy, mommy, over and over again. I know all too well that these days will pass by far too quickly. Soon, he won't have the time to hug me. He won't yell for me, won't look at me and give me a kiss. He'll be too busy with his friends to stop and tell me about his day. He will no longer take my hand and pull me down to the floor with his favorite book.   His screams, biting, hitting, and making me a little crazy throughout the days will soon be over.  He will start making more decisions for himself and all I will be able to do is pick him up if he falls.  So little man, I can take your silly antics for as long as I have to.  I will cherish the precious days we have together.  I will try not to complain quite as much about how difficult of a time you are having lately and how challenging it is for me to keep my cool.  I will love you.  Always.  Forever.  No matter what.   I hope as you grow, you know in your heart how much you matter to me.  My life will never be the same as it was before you and that is such an amazing and wonderful thing.  I hope you grow up feeling like I did a great job with you and that you are as strong, smart and wonderful as you are right now.  Go forward and conquer the world.  For now, you stretch for the stars, but soon enough you will reach them.  Know that every moment, I will be so proud of you.  I can't wait to see you succeed in things you care about, and I will be here to pick you up every time you fall.  I will hold you in my arms and kiss away your boo-boos.  I will hold your hand when you are scared.  I will learn to let you go so you can grow.  Let you spread your wings and fly.  Hold your head up little man.  You are already an incredible person.   You, my little curious man, have to know what it is, how it works and what you can do with it.  You are an adventure.  I've been praying for you since before I knew you were even in my belly, and I will pray for you every day for the rest of my life.  You are a big piece of my heart and you always will be.   I love you Charlie man.  I love you.

It’s Football Season and we are ready!

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It's Football Season and we are ready!

If you have been around my little ole blog for awhile, you probably already know that I LOVE FOOTBALL.  Love, love, love.  So, can you guess who we are cheering for?  So excited the season has finally started!  

Complete Homeschool Weather Unit

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Complete Homeschool Weather Unit

Our complete weather unit with activities for toddlers and up. Find math, science, geography, art and more.

Math Galaxy Review

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Math Galaxy Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. Have you been wondering how to improve your child's math skills in a way that they are both learning and having fun? Math Galaxy may be the thing for you. Math Galaxy can be used as either an app or different eBooks. We are reviewing the eBooks. There are four different sets. Whole Numbers Fractions Decimals, Proportions, Percents Algebra Within each eBook download are multiple eBooks. Here is inside the Whole Numbers eBook and the different books available. Each eBook has multiple pages with both the worksheets and the answer sheets {like 40+ pages in each one} so tons of different puzzles and activities.  Each page has a series of problems to answer.  When answered correctly, you will find a corresponding letter on the right side of the page.  Put that letter in the correct box at the top for that problem number.  When finished, the answer to the riddle will be there.  Fun, right?! My daughter {nine-years-old} doesn't generally like math. She takes a little longer to really grasp the concepts and keep them in her mind. When we got started with our school work the other day, she actually asked me for some of the worksheets she had been doing. What worksheets? The Math Galaxy eBooks. In general, I don't love things I have to print, but these are great. They are emailed and downloaded in multiple files and I can print just the pages I want. That gives me the freedom to choose what we are going to work on that week. I print out different sheets covering different math concepts and let her choose what she works on that day. She loves solving the problem to get the answer to the riddle. Not only do I love that she loves it, but I love that it is self correcting so if she can't find the answer on the side of the page, she knows she made a mistake. We spent plenty of time on the Whole Numbers eBook bundle because these are all concepts that she has worked on already. We did a little of the pre-algebra but these are new concepts for her. Letting her be introduced to them by choosing to do them has made for less frustration from her during math. Math Galaxy offers math activities for K-12th grade, so you can find what you are looking for.  Be sure to click the image below to see what other bloggers have to say about the app and eBooks.      

Dining out with Toddlers

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Dining out with Toddlers

If you think I'm crazy, as many people do, just for attempting to eat out with toddlers, that's okay.  I am a little crazy, hehe, but I don't mind having to eat out with the kids.  We eat out way too often, but when we have to go do things, we are generally gone from a good portion of the day.  My family gets together for birthday dinners and the guest of honor gets to choose the restaurant and we don't want to miss out!  Dining out with two little ones can be interesting.  With Maggie, I was always very lucky.  She has always been very well behaved when we are out to dinner.  Charlie is a little busier, so I have to plan accordingly, but he loves food and is very cooperative!  I tend to think that they behave so well because of the fact that we have to eat out somewhat regularly, and they know what to expect. A few things we {almost} always have with us are:  disposable placemats that stick to the table.  Yes, I know, they don't really fit with the green living thing we are working on, but they are the best solution we have found so far.  I do not have faith that restaurant tables are extra clean, so being able to feed my baby boy while keeping his food off the table is very important to us.  We absolutely must have sippy cups!  While they can both drink from a regular cup, less mess when we are out makes my life easier.  Having quiet activities for them to do helps keep them busy while we are waiting for our food.  I let Maggie pack some things to bring with, and we generally have books, paper, pens/crayons, a baby doll, and matchbox cars.  You may also hear us singing a song or two while we wait, hehe.   When possible, I try to get a booth, but with a large group that isn't always possible.  The booth allows my little goofballs a place to move around.  My dear friend Katie and I use to have a standing date at Pizza Hut for lunch 2 times a month after our breastfeeding group. It was very laid back.  There generally weren't too many people in there, so the girls could get down and play a little bit.  If I can manage it, I get a spot in a more secluded section of the restaurant.  I love when places have party rooms.  It makes a nice boundary for the kids.   Since I know my little crazies, I always get extra napkins right away!  Just in case.  Even with nothing at the table, they can still find a way to get into something if I give them a second.   Those are the little things I do to make dining out with my babies more pleasant for me and everybody else.  Do you dine out with your kids?  Is it a pleasant experience or one you dread every time?   Each week we are linking up for Tuesday's Toddler Tales.  This week's topic is dining out with toddlers.  Next week, we are talking about personality traits you would love for your child to have.  Link up any post, old or new as long as it's on topic!      

Current Giveaways {+Tuesday’s Time to Win Giveaway Linky}

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Current Giveaways {+Tuesday's Time to Win Giveaway Linky}

    Come link up your giveaways and enter to win!    $55 Diaper Junction giveaway 11/27 US/Canada $1000 Black Friday Giveaway 11/29 WW I See Me Personalized Storybook 11/30 US $500 Sears gift card 12/2 US Mimi & Maggie 12/2 US JuicyDealz 12/2 US Damhorst Toys 12/2 US $75 Nicki's Diapers 12/2 Worldwide Dropcam HD Camera 12/2 US Long Story Short Family Game 12/3 $75 Children's Place 12/3 Worldwide Combi Catalyst Travel System 12/4 US $100 Gymboree 12/5 Worldwide Epiphanie Camera Bag 12/6 US Maxi Cosa Pria 70 Carseat 12/8 US $60 Anyway you want it 12/9 Worldwide Buttons Cloth Diaper Prize Pack 12/10 Worldwide Cariloha Bamboo Sheets 12/10 US Svan High Chair 12/11 US 20 Days of Giveaways 12/18 US & Canada Come link up your giveaways or enter to win!   

Beyond the Books: 20+ of the Best Apps for Kindergarteners

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Beyond the Books:  20+ of the Best Apps for Kindergarteners

Do your kids love technology? Mine do and I like to say yes to them when I can. That's why I love having some fun, educational apps for them to play. Check out this list of 20+ of the best apps for kindergarteners.

#Win an Organic Cotton Bodysuit or Dress from Nohi Kids #GreenSchool

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#Win an Organic Cotton Bodysuit or Dress from Nohi Kids #GreenSchool

Welcome to the second annual Green Your School Year Giveaway Hop, hosted by Happy Mothering, Easy Green Mom and Brittleby’s Corner through the Green Moms Network! We’ve teamed up with a group of bloggers to bring you the chance to win prizes that will help your kick your child’s school year off on a green foot! After entering my giveaway, be sure to hop around and enter all of the other #GreenSchool giveaways listed on the linky at the bottom of this post for your chance to win more eco-friendly and healthy giveaways!   MY GIVEAWAY One lucky reader will win their choice of in stock dress or bodysuit from Nohi Kids.  Not only will your kids look amazing, but they will be sporting some gorgeous organic clothing from a fun kids line.  I let my daughter pick out her own dress from Nohi Kids online and she wanted every single one of them. Check out my full review here and find out about the differences between organic and conventional cotton. Giveaway open to US only.  Ends at 11:59 pm EST on August 19, 2014.  Good luck!   Entry-Form Be sure to enter the grand prize giveaway! One winner will receive an eco-friendly bookcase from Tidy Books; a Back to School outfit from KicKee Pants; a Waste Free Lunch Kit from Kids Konserve; $50 worth of YumEarth products; a $50 Gift Card to Swap.com and a $50 Gift Certificate to BuyGreen.com. Enter here. Disclosure: This contest will run through August 19, 2014 at 8:59 pm PST (11:59 pm EST). The winner will be chosen the following day and announced on Our Piece of Earth. No purchase necessary. US entries only. Must be 18 years or older to win. The sponsors provided me with free samples of these products to review, and I was under no obligation to review them if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to this blog and not to Facebook. Please note that Happy Mothering, Easy Green Mom, Brittleby's Corner, the Green Moms Network and the Green Your School Year event bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. We have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. We will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. I will make every effort to assist you obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 4-6 weeks for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you.

Little Love Buns Detergent *Review*

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Little Love Buns Detergent *Review*

Another great product review from one of my fabulous sponsorsFirst off, the owner of Little Love Buns, Dallas, is wonderful to work with! She is a proud wife and a mother of 3.  She began her cloth diapering journey after the birth of her twins.  After battling stains, smells, build up and irritation, she decided to create a detergent that would fix these issues.  After months of research and trial and error, she came up with her perfect detergent.  One of her children had very sensitive skin and eczema so she came up with detergent, wipe solution and soap that would help her babys skin and not make it worse.  Dallas prides herself on making almost every product she sells.  Throughout my blogging days, Dallas is definitely one of the nicest people I have met.  She is wonderful at keeping in touch and making sure that her products are working well for me. About the detergentI received the Strawberry Watermelon Detergent.  Just the sound of it makes me think of yummy summertime things!  The detergent smells so good.  The detergent can be purchased in a 6 pack sampler, a small bag of detergent or a large bag of detergent.  Her prices are so affordable!  $11.00 for a large 85/170 load bag of detergent.  You definitely get more bang for your buck with this detergent.  The detergent comes in 7 different scents with many more scents available with a custom order.  I received from Little Love Buns this detergent, 3 scents of wipe bits and a super soft wipe to test out.  The detergent worked great for us.  We did a soak in the detergent before we started using it.  After that, we used 2-3 scoops of detergent per load of laundry.  The detergent got our diapers very clean and we had no problems with leaks.  There was a period of a few days where the diapers were super stinky when Maggie would go pee in them and we had a few leaks.  I mentioned this to Dallas, and she was very quick to respond.  We talked back and forth trying to figure out the problem.  After talking with her, I decided to give it a few more days.  Maggie was sick and I wasn't sure if that had something to do with it.  Once she was better, the problems went away, so whatever was going on with her was the reason for the stinkies and the leaking.  It had nothing to do with the detergent and once she was better, it was back to working great.  I love this detergent.  I love the sweet summery scent of it.Dallas and Little Love Buns has fantastic customer service.  I have no doubt that if the problem I was having was from the detergent that she would have worked with me until we got the problem resolved.  I hope you choose to hop on over to her store and try out some of her fantastic products.  I have no doubt you will fall in love with the affordable prices and the great products.Are you ready to purchase your own Little Love Buns products?Visit Little Love Buns Website Show Little Love Buns some Facebook Love Want a chance to win a bag of this detergent?  The giveaway will be up soon.  In the meantime, visit Little Love Buns website and leave a comment here with your favorite detergent scent for 2 extra entries into the giveaway.  Read my Little Love Buns Wipe Bits Review Here  

Little Love Buns Detergent *Review*

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Little Love Buns Detergent *Review*

Another great product review from one of my fabulous sponsorsFirst off, the owner of Little Love Buns, Dallas, is wonderful to work with! She is a proud wife and a mother of 3.  She began her cloth diapering journey after the birth of her twins.  After battling stains, smells, build up and irritation, she decided to create a detergent that would fix these issues.  After months of research and trial and error, she came up with her perfect detergent.  One of her children had very sensitive skin and eczema so she came up with detergent, wipe solution and soap that would help her babys skin and not make it worse.  Dallas prides herself on making almost every product she sells.  Throughout my blogging days, Dallas is definitely one of the nicest people I have met.  She is wonderful at keeping in touch and making sure that her products are working well for me. About the detergentI received the Strawberry Watermelon Detergent.  Just the sound of it makes me think of yummy summertime things!  The detergent smells so good.  The detergent can be purchased in a 6 pack sampler, a small bag of detergent or a large bag of detergent.  Her prices are so affordable!  $11.00 for a large 85/170 load bag of detergent.  You definitely get more bang for your buck with this detergent.  The detergent comes in 7 different scents with many more scents available with a custom order.  I received from Little Love Buns this detergent, 3 scents of wipe bits and a super soft wipe to test out.  The detergent worked great for us.  We did a soak in the detergent before we started using it.  After that, we used 2-3 scoops of detergent per load of laundry.  The detergent got our diapers very clean and we had no problems with leaks.  There was a period of a few days where the diapers were super stinky when Maggie would go pee in them and we had a few leaks.  I mentioned this to Dallas, and she was very quick to respond.  We talked back and forth trying to figure out the problem.  After talking with her, I decided to give it a few more days.  Maggie was sick and I wasn't sure if that had something to do with it.  Once she was better, the problems went away, so whatever was going on with her was the reason for the stinkies and the leaking.  It had nothing to do with the detergent and once she was better, it was back to working great.  I love this detergent.  I love the sweet summery scent of it.Dallas and Little Love Buns has fantastic customer service.  I have no doubt that if the problem I was having was from the detergent that she would have worked with me until we got the problem resolved.  I hope you choose to hop on over to her store and try out some of her fantastic products.  I have no doubt you will fall in love with the affordable prices and the great products.Are you ready to purchase your own Little Love Buns products?Visit Little Love Buns Website Show Little Love Buns some Facebook Love Want a chance to win a bag of this detergent?  The giveaway will be up soon.  In the meantime, visit Little Love Buns website and leave a comment here with your favorite detergent scent for 2 extra entries into the giveaway.  Read my Little Love Buns Wipe Bits Review Here  

Pathway to Liberty Homeschool Curriculum Review

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Pathway to Liberty Homeschool Curriculum Review

We have done a lot of U.S. history but hadn't branched out into world history until recently. Pathway to Liberty Homeschool Curriculum seemed like the perfect way to introduce world history to my daughter. One thing that really stood out to me when deciding if we wanted to review Pathway to Liberty's World History was that it isn't just about teaching your child to recite facts from history. It leads your child through history while exploring the path of reasoning, helping them to be engaged and think biblically. I hated history growing up and I want it to be fun and relevant to my kids. As you progress through the material - your child will learn about the different links; the Creation Link, Dawn of Nations Link, Moses and the Law Link, Church Link, Reformation Link, First Colonies Link, First Constitutional Republic Lin, Expansion and Erosion Link, The World at War Link, and the Restoration Link. Each link will introduce principles, people, nations, events and documents relevant at that point. One thing that I think is awesome about this is that you can use it easily with children learning at different levels. The lesson plans are clear and easy to follow. You can see an overview of what you will be learning throughout the year. The lesson plans are shown by week where you can see the work by day for each level. The scripture, principle and leading idea for the week are clearly labeled as well. Any reading or writing materials and vocabulary words to study for the week are also found here. If you have an independent learner - they can easily follow the outline themselves. The first page of each week gives you an overview and teaching objectives. You begin the week by learning about the scripture, principle and leading idea. Then follow that up with learning about that days lesson all while working on learning and memorizing bible verses. This curriculum is very different than any other we have followed so far because it does require more writing than we have currently been doing. The first two weeks took us a little longer to get through it because we had to break up a few of the lessons into smaller chunks that worked better for us. Once we got past the first couple weeks, we had an easier time and my daughter was very interested in what we were learning about. When I first received this curriculum, we gathered the books on the book list. When we got to week three and started learning about Henry Ford - Maggie was excited. She loved learning about how curious he was. I loved that we kept going back to add different qualities to the chart about Henry Ford. It gave us another opportunity to discuss different qualities that a person has. Each topic also includes the setting that the story or series of events takes place. While this curriculum requires a little longer history lesson than we have done in the past, I like how she is able to tie the people, places and events together in a way that not only makes sense but is memorable. All while learning about the qualities of the people who made such an impact on history. You can see what other bloggers are saying about Pathway to Liberty Homeschool Curriculum by clicking the link below.  

To heaven with love: Celebrating the loss of loved ones with your children

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To heaven with love:  Celebrating the loss of loved ones with your children

In my whopping 34 years of life, I have lost my fair share of people that I love.  After my parents died, I would get this horrible anticipation each year when it neared the anniversary of their death.  I would get anxious, and stressed out just knowing the day was coming.  Now that I have little kids of my own, I realize the need for ways to help them celebrate and remember a loved one. I want my kids to know about my parents, even if they won't get to meet them. Write notes on balloons and release them into the air. Plant a garden and on holidays, add a birthday ribbon or a piece of candy - we did this for John's dad after he passed away. Have a birthday party for that person - I mean, another reason to have cake, hehe Plant a tree. Adopt a road, park, etc. Go to a church service on the anniversary of their death, or even a birthday. Make a special meal with candles.  Leave one candle unlit in rememberance Do something that person loved.  A dance party to their favorite music, go sailboat watching if they were into that, etc. Draw a picture of what that person may be doing in heaven Have dinner {or breakfast or lunch} at their favorite restaurant   A special thanks to my sister for some of these great ideas.

Homeschool Kindergarten with Usborne

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Homeschool Kindergarten with Usborne

Kindergarten should be fun. Using Usborne books as our curriculum for kindergarten leads to so much fun and flexibility and the ability to tailor it to meet our kids' needs and interests. Discover how you can use Usborne books to homeschool for kindergarten.

Doc McMaggie

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Doc McMaggie

I love when I catch the kids doing something adorable.  I love it even more when the camera doesn't stop them from it.  I happen to like Doc McStuffins, so watching Maggie give Charlie's new toy tractor a checkup was the cutest thing.   Are your kids big Doc McStuffins fans? Do they love to fix their toys too?

Day 27 #30things Favorite part of my body

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Day 27 #30things Favorite part of my body

Today's challenge topic:  favorite part of my body.  My belly of course, after all, that's where I grew my babies!  Haha.  Just kidding, although I love that my belly did that.I guess my favorite part of my body would be my eyes or my hair.  I love my hair and it's so long, but Charlie is a grabber so I pretty much never leave it down anymore. And I'd love to include a picture, but it appears I don't have one with my hair down in quite awhile. What is your favorite part of your body?

Summer #BlogChallenge Day 10 Art Piece I would Have In My Home

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Summer #BlogChallenge Day 10 Art Piece I would Have In My Home

This may be my lamest post for the Blog Challenge.  I have absolutely no way to answer this.  I don't get into art at all.  I love the things that say love, peace, family, whatever it may say, and I love having pictures of family hung up and sitting around.I have never seen a piece of art and felt, wow, I wish I had that.  We do however really like nature pictures and wildlife.  

Big Bible Science Review

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Big Bible Science Review

Our basement bathroom is basically one giant science lab for my boys.  Their love for experiments shines through and I knew they would love the Big Bible Science book from Christian Focus.  I knew I would love it as well.  Having a science curriculum focused on teaching not only science but also how it relates to the world around them through hands-on experience is perfect for us. The beginning of the book lays out some information to make the most of every lesson.  I especially like that they include beginning your lesson with prayer.  That is something we do before we start any book work.  We pray for patience and focus and lots of grace.  Every lesson also has a bible verse that reinforces the lesson for that day that is repeated throughout the lesson. Each lesson consists of the materials needed, the big idea, activities, apply it and go beyond.  This takes your kids through learning about the concept and then demonstrating it through an experiment.  Then they can apply it and see how that science concept applies to the real world around them.  Go beyond takes it one step further to challenge them to think and examine that concept even more.  Each activity also includes a short mini-biography about a science influence and how their life applied to the bible verse and concept they are learning about. They are also introduced to the idea of a science notebook.  We didn't do this, we will probably add it in next year.  I love the idea more than the kids do - I want them to write about what they are learning and write their hypothesis about it. The best part of all is that the neighbor kids are just as excited about the experiments and almost always join us when we are doing the activities outside.  The gravity experiment was such a hit.  We had a ton of fun taking turns dropping the balls to see if they landed at the same time.  We had to continuously repeat the experiment because they had a tough time grasping that the balls would all hit at the same time regardless of which ball was bigger, heavier, etc.. The lunar crater experiment was a ton of fun that lasted long past when we were done with our experiment.  We read about the big idea and then looked up pictures of lunar craters online.  Then we went outside for the experiment.  We took turns dropping the balls for the experiment.  Then we would talk about the ejecta, the rays and the different parts of the crater.  It was fun to see them yell out about how far the ejecta went and talking about the differences between this crater and the ones we looked at online.  And - in true Henry four-year-old fashion - as soon as we were done experimenting - or rather - when he took over - he used the flour to drive his tractors around in.  I would expect nothing less from him. Kids are naturally questioning the way the world around them works.  Being able to talk about it with them while including how it relates to the bible has been a great experience for us.  I love how the book is inviting to look through; not overwhelming like some science books can be.  Don't just take my word for it - check out some other experiments from the Big Bible Science book.

Home School in the Woods Review

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Home School in the Woods Review

So history somehow has become my favorite thing to teach and my kids' favorite thing to learn. As I have said before - I love giving my kids the chance to decide what we learn about. This was no different. I asked Maggie to choose from the Time Travelers U.S. History Studies that Home School in the Woods offers. She chose to learn about the American Revolution. I was excited because we haven't covered much of this yet so we would all be learning together. If you are looking for something that covers specific areas of history with a clearly laid out and easy-to-follow lesson plan, check this one out. The lesson plan includes a variety of different activities for each day. It's laid out as a five days a week plan where the 5th day is a day to catch up on things from that week that you didn't have time to finish. I did find that each day includes more than we would normally cover in a day but that's what makes this great. While it lays it all out for you - you can choose what you do from each day or even break up one day into a few different days. The lessons include many different activities from a timeline to replicas, the Daily Bugle newspaper as a writing activity, penmanship quotes, note booking activities, lap book activities, maps, movies, activities that fit with the time period, fact file cards, cooking activities and so much more.  We use the vocabulary words as part of a matching game.   We begin each lesson by reading the text for the day that covers that day's topic. Then we do the timeline and choose one or two other activities for that day. Maggie loves the timelines because it is simple and I love it because she always wants to talk about it as she adds them to the timeline. We always add in living books that we can read together and love finding videos that fit what we are learning about. I really love using The Daily Bugle as part of our daily writing.  I love that it also suggests for them to write a first draft on a regular sheet of paper, edit it as many times as necessary and then write it on the newspaper.  My daughter really loves that at the end of the unit, we get to have a Tribute to the Revolution party. Home School in the Woods has so many different topics to learn about.  Click the picture below to see  reviews on some of the other topics - I can't wait to check them out myself!  Leave me a comment below and let me know what topic you want to study first.  

Make lasting memories with this Christmas keepsake

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Make lasting memories with this Christmas keepsake

Since Maggie's first Christmas, having a family ornament has become a tradition for us.  Last year, I was lucky enough to work with Ornaments with Love and received this ornament that I was so proud to hang on our tree and show to absolutely everybody who walked into the house.   We love that ornament so much, so, imagine my excitement when they contacted me about reviewing an ornament again this year!  Ornaments with Love makes such gorgeous, quality ornaments.  We buy each of the kids an ornament, and one for each other each year, and some of them just feel cheap and I worry about them breaking.  Our Ornaments with Love ornaments are durable and amazing!  Check it out ~ With the ginormous {is that a word?  spell check didn't underline it} selection of ornaments, you are sure to find something for everybody.  Whether it's your kids, pets, friends, as a thanks you gift, you name it, they have got the perfect ornament!  See what others are choosing by checking out their Facebook page.

Little Love Buns Wipe Bits *Review*

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Little Love Buns Wipe Bits *Review*

I am really excited to introduce you to one of my fabulous sponsors First off, the owner of Little Love Buns, Dallas, is wonderful to work with! She is a proud wife and a mother of 3.  She began her cloth diapering journey after the birth of her twins.  After battling stains, smells, build up and irritation, she decided to create a detergent that would fix these issues.  After months of research and trial and error, she came up with her perfect detergent.  One of her children had very sensitive skin and eczema so she came up with detergent, wipe solution and soap that would help her babys skin and not make it worse.  Dallas prides herself on making almost every product she sells.  Throughout my blogging days, Dallas is definitely one of the nicest people I have met.  She is wonderful at keeping in touch and making sure that her products are working well for me.  About the Wipe BitsI was sent 3 different scents of wipe bits to test out and received 3 of each scent.  They smell so wonderful!  I was so excited because I have yet to use any wipe bits that I like at all!  The wipe bits come in cute little flower shapes and pretty colors.  The scents I received were Cucumber Melon, Sweet Pea, and Peach Mango.  I could not wait to try these out!  Dallas even checked with me to see if the wipe bits melted at all during the delivery because they were packaged differently than they are for customers.  They did a small bit, but they still worked terrific for us.  I LOVED the fact that these wipe bits melted so quickly in warm water and dissolved completely.  This was the problem I had faced with some other wipe bits that I used.   The wipe bits I received and the wipe I received with it.    I only used one wipe bit at a time and that seemed to work really well for me.  They dissolved quickly so I didn't have to wait a day for the solution to dissolve.  The other thing I loved about these wipe bits was the smell.  Every time I opened my wipe container, I got a gentle whiff of this great solution.  It was like a little smile every time I needed to get a wipe.  The solution was gentle enough that I was able to use it to wash Maggie's hands and face as well.  Little Love Buns wipe bits can also be used as hand soap on the go, in the bath, or as a foot soak.  The Little Love Buns wipe bits come in 7 different scents but can also be ordered in many other scents by special request.  I definitely recommend these wipe bits to anybody looking to try a new solution and fall in love with it!  Are you ready to try these fantastic wipe bits?Visit Little Love Buns website  Show some love on FacebookDo you want a chance to win?  Be sure you are receiving updates from Mommy of One and Counting.  The giveaway for a chance to win these wipe bits and some fabulous detergent will be posted soon!  Do you want 2 extra entries?  Visit Little Love Buns now and comment here with your favorite scent! Read my review on Little Love Buns Detergent Here

Little Love Buns Wipe Bits *Review*

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Little Love Buns Wipe Bits *Review*

I am really excited to introduce you to one of my fabulous sponsors First off, the owner of Little Love Buns, Dallas, is wonderful to work with! She is a proud wife and a mother of 3.  She began her cloth diapering journey after the birth of her twins.  After battling stains, smells, build up and irritation, she decided to create a detergent that would fix these issues.  After months of research and trial and error, she came up with her perfect detergent.  One of her children had very sensitive skin and eczema so she came up with detergent, wipe solution and soap that would help her babys skin and not make it worse.  Dallas prides herself on making almost every product she sells.  Throughout my blogging days, Dallas is definitely one of the nicest people I have met.  She is wonderful at keeping in touch and making sure that her products are working well for me.  About the Wipe BitsI was sent 3 different scents of wipe bits to test out and received 3 of each scent.  They smell so wonderful!  I was so excited because I have yet to use any wipe bits that I like at all!  The wipe bits come in cute little flower shapes and pretty colors.  The scents I received were Cucumber Melon, Sweet Pea, and Peach Mango.  I could not wait to try these out!  Dallas even checked with me to see if the wipe bits melted at all during the delivery because they were packaged differently than they are for customers.  They did a small bit, but they still worked terrific for us.  I LOVED the fact that these wipe bits melted so quickly in warm water and dissolved completely.  This was the problem I had faced with some other wipe bits that I used.   The wipe bits I received and the wipe I received with it.    I only used one wipe bit at a time and that seemed to work really well for me.  They dissolved quickly so I didn't have to wait a day for the solution to dissolve.  The other thing I loved about these wipe bits was the smell.  Every time I opened my wipe container, I got a gentle whiff of this great solution.  It was like a little smile every time I needed to get a wipe.  The solution was gentle enough that I was able to use it to wash Maggie's hands and face as well.  Little Love Buns wipe bits can also be used as hand soap on the go, in the bath, or as a foot soak.  The Little Love Buns wipe bits come in 7 different scents but can also be ordered in many other scents by special request.  I definitely recommend these wipe bits to anybody looking to try a new solution and fall in love with it!  Are you ready to try these fantastic wipe bits?Visit Little Love Buns website  Show some love on FacebookDo you want a chance to win?  Be sure you are receiving updates from Mommy of One and Counting.  The giveaway for a chance to win these wipe bits and some fabulous detergent will be posted soon!  Do you want 2 extra entries?  Visit Little Love Buns now and comment here with your favorite scent! Read my review on Little Love Buns Detergent Here

Help your kids excel at school this year with Nordic Naturals #Off2School

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Help your kids excel at school this year with Nordic Naturals #Off2School

Welcome to the "Off To School We Go" Giveaway Hop hosted by Mommy's Favorite Things and Mama's Baby Cupcakes. This hop is focused on items you'd want/need to send your child(ren) off for another year of learning!! After visiting my giveaway, make sure you use the linky below to take a look at the other bloggerss and see what they have to offer! Each blog has a minimum prize package of $25 per winner.   My Giveaway   I have always been a reader.  Always!  When waiting at a restaurant, or sitting in the sun, I would rather read a book than use my smartphone.  Since becoming pregnant, I had hoped to instill that in my children.  Reading has so many benefits that will stick with you forever!  To me, there is nothing more beautiful than a new book, you should see the "candy store" look on my face when I go to the bookstore.  Now, at 2 1/2, Maggie will ask me to "play books".  Learning to read, as well as understanding what you are reading is something that will benefit a child from the early ages, on through adulthood.  Getting those brain wheels turning and encouraging even more learning can all be gained from books.  I love that she is already learning to read!  It is amazing and awesome!!!   To support that brain development,  Nordic Naturals has developed a unique Omega 3 to boost your child's overall health, as well as supporting their ability to learn.  Keri Marshall, Chief Medical Officer at Nordic Naturals states:   “Supporting learning in children has always been a passion for us at Nordic Naturals,” notes Keri Marshall, Chief Medical Officer for the company. “Omega-3s have proven themselves as important building blocks not only for overall health in children but in supporting a child’s ability to learn. We are proud to be associated with Save the Children and to support their meaningful work to improve childhood literacy in this country.”   From July 1st – September 30th, $1 will be donated to Save the Children for every bottle sold at RETAIL STORES of the following Nordic Natural’s products: Baby’s DHA, Children’s DHA, Omega-3.6.9. Junior, Ultimate Omega Junior, and Nordic Berries.   How do you encourage your children to read?  What is your favorite book to read together?   One lucky winner will receive 1 box of Omega-3 jellies, Nordic Naturals coloring book, and a Children's Swag Bag - ARV of $35!   Open to US.  Ends at 11:59 pm EST on August 19, 2013.  Good luck!   Entry-Form       Since you've entered my giveaway, be sure to stop by the Grand Prize for your chance to win a $100 Gift Card from Gymboree clothing, a $30 Gift Code to Frecklebox for school supplies, and a $75 Roller Backpack from J World! Open to US only Mama's Baby Cupcakes, Mommy's Favorite Things and then Off to School We Go participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Looking for Gift Ideas for New Older Siblings? These Big Sister / Big Brother Gift Bags Were a Hit

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Big Sister / Big Brother Gift Bags

When we found out we were pregnant with baby #3, I knew I wanted to do something special for Maggie and Charlie to help them celebrate the new baby, although I think they would be just as happy to hug and kiss the baby.  I have spent months deciding what I wanted to do.  When Charlie was born, we went to the book store and picked out a few books for Maggie and that was it.  I wanted this to be fun and special.  I decided to give them each their own gift bag full of fun things for them.  The best part of this, is that they helped me pick out most of what is in the bags. What you need:   Plain gift bags Craft Scissors Printer and PicMonkey Glue Stickers Whatever you choose to put in it Make it:   To get started, I opened up my friend PicMonkey online.  I have the royale version and love the font choices.  You could also just write it out if you feel like it, or even use alphabet stickers to write your message on the front.  I choose Big Brother / Big Sister Award and each child's name.  Using the craft scissors because they are fun, cut out the "award" and glue it onto the bag. The kids had each picked out some stickers, so I used a few of each of their sticker packs to decorate the front just a little.  Then, add in the goodies.  I think I will give them to the kids while I am in labor so the kids have something fun to do while they wait.  I'm guessing they will use the stickers to decorate some more.   Each of the kids will be getting: ~Book {Dollar spot at Target} ~Small toy {Maggie's is Elsa nail polish and face glitter; Charlie's is a spinning toy} ~Playdough {Picked up small things of it at a garage sale this summer} ~Stickers ~Bracelets ~Temporary Tattoos ~Disposable Camera to take their own pictures {had to go to Walgreens to get these} I think the kids will have fun with these bags, and cannot wait to celebrate the new baby with my two little sweeties.