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The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls Book Review

You may recall a few months back when we reviewed books three and four of The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls series from WorthyKids Books. Well – we loved them then and we love books five and six as well. If you haven’t heard of them before – let’s get to the introduction.  The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Shepherd’s Stone (Book 5) and The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls:  The Lion’s Road (Book 6). The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls is a bible-based adventure series of paperback books. Peter, Mary and their dog embark on a different adventure in every book that takes them through a bible story that kids will love. They are just hanging out living their life at their Great-Uncle Solomon’s house. When they hear the lions roar – they are off on the adventure. Throughout the story, they have to solve a secret scroll message. In The Shepherd’s Stone – they meet David while he is tending his sheep. They follow along with him as he brings food to his brothers in Bethlehem and then as he fights Goliath. Each step of their journey presents them with the opportunity to see God at work in the life of David. We loved the way Hank and Mary got to hear how much David trusted in God. As they journey through Death Valley, we read about how Satan tries to deter us but how God is there to keep us safe. A powerful message. The adventure is very captivating and the kids always ask for more than one chapter a night. I love having these amazing stories that I can read with the kids or they can read to themselves. Finding quality stories with good values that I want my kids to read can be challenging but The Secret of the Scrolls totally nails it. The kids and I love the stories. At the end of the book – there will be a few different bible verses you can read that point to different events in the story. In The Lion’s Roar – some of these verses point to the story of David and the Israelites being captured, Daniel in the lion’s den and more. While the story itself is an adventure – it brings into perspective for the kids that the story is really a bible adventure. The story is told in such a fun way that keeps us wanting to read more – and waiting for the newest book to release. Keep your eyes peeled – book 7 all be here soon. Now that you know what these books are all about and how much our family loves reading them – I have a surprise. You can enter to win the entire set – books 1 through 7 AND they are choosing three winners. Awesome, right?! Make sure you enter because you WANT these books in your kids’ hands.   Read what others are saying about The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls by clicking the image […]

Bringing Bible Stories to Life with Secret of the Hidden Scrolls {Book Review}

[…]time, especially a series that I can dig into.  That’s why I’m excited to share The Secret of the Hidden Scroll series with you.   The kids and I look forward to bedtime so we can snuggle up all together in my bed and read some stories. When we started reading The Great Escape {Book 3} from WorthyKids, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, we were all hooked from the lion’s roar. We were only a chapter into this one and couldn’t wait to read Journey to Jericho {Book 4}. In the words of my favorite eight-year-old, “We have to get the first two books!”  I’m pretty sure my daughter could relate to Mary so much because of her love of books. In each adventure, Mary, Peter, and Hank are off to solve the Secret of the Hidden Scrolls. They have a certain amount of time to solve the phrase on each script. As the adventure goes on, the trio ends up having to escape different situations and the scroll in Peter’s bag ALWAYS starts shaking at an inopportune time. We love when the kids uncover a word on the scroll because then we have to pause the story for the kids to guess what the rest of the scroll says. Once they solve it all, the trio is transported back to Great-Uncle Solomon’s house. Reading The Great Escape, the kids and I kept wondering throughout the chapters who the mysterious great magician was. We knew he was significant in the story and discovering his role was kind of an ah-ha moment.  There are great pictures throughout the story and my six-year-old may not sit still while we read but when he knows there is a picture, he is right there to soak it all in as he listens to the story. After the story ends, there is a section that shows you where to go to read more about the events from the story in the Bible, broken down by sections. This part is taken from About the Author section but it perfectly describes this series. Mike combines biblical accuracy with adventure, imagination and characters who are dear to his heart I love this description.  We love the suspense in the story and the way that it brings our own emotions into the story as if we were really there.  When Princess Shephara’s brother died, we all felt her sadness as we read that part of the story.  When Peter had to quickly hide in the bushes in Journey to Jericho, we held our breath hoping he didn’t get caught.  Then when Hank disappeared, we {as a total animal loving family} were really worried about what happened to him.  Bringing our feelings into the story made it so much more exciting as we were reading through it.  I already have books 1 {The Beginning} and 2 {Race to the Ark} in my shopping cart because we are finishing the last chapter of Journey to Jericho and can’t wait to start reading the first two books in the series and we really hope there are more! They are recommended for ages 6-9 and I would say that is pretty accurate.  I’m reading them to my 8, 6 and 4-year-old but my oldest could definitely read these herself. We really love the Secrets of the Hidden Scrolls series and after we finish them, they go on my daughter’s bookshelves for her to read to me at bedtime.  Check out what some of my fellow blogger friends have to say about them as […]
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Books We Love: February Book List

[…]links may be included in this post.* Balto of the Blue Dawn by Mary Pope Osborne The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls Book Three: The Great Escape by M. J. Thomas Meet Addy {American Girl} by Connie Porter So Tall Within – Sojourner Truth’s Long Walk Toward Freedom by Gary D. Schmidt What Do You Do With a Problem? by Kobi Yamada The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls Book Four Journey to Jericho by M. J. Thomas Waiting for Winter by Sebastian Meschenmoser Bear Grylls Adventures The River Challenge by Bear Grylls Monkeys by Lucy Bowman How About a Kiss For Me? by Todd Tarpley The Very Stuffed Turkey by Katharine Kenah Elephants by James Maclaine Cars Thunder and Lightning by Katherine Emmons Harry the Homeless Puppy by Holly Webb The Clown of God by Tomie DePaola Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright Lizards by James McLaine   Every month when I write these, I feel like we haven’t read very much except that I know we have read a lot.  Many books day after day and lots of chapter […]

What the Homeschool Review Crew Means to Us

[…]to use it enough to form an opinion and share a quality review is important to me. Here are some of the products we have reviewed over this past year. Smartick Online Math Program Creating a Masterpiece The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls Books 5 and 6 Memoria Press Literature Guide Home School In The Woods Crafty Classroom USA Activity Bundle Pack Matific Galaxy Chronicles of Minnesota State Notebook Hey, Mama Homeschool Planner Supercharged Science Big Bible Science Nothing – Book Review Pathway to Liberty CrossWired Science Heroes of History Year-Long STEM Challenge ARTistic Pursuits, Inc Homeschool Complete Singapore Dimensions Math The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls Books 3 and 4 IXL Learning For the Temple SchoolhouseTeachers.com Then there were some video reviews. I’m loving doing these – and still tweaking what I want them to look like since I haven’t done a lot of these in the past. HIGASFY Art History Learning Dynamics Reading Program The Kingdom Code Simply Classical Spelling Supercharged Science Typing Tournament Techie Homeschool Mom Rhythm & Writing Many of these we still use very regularly – either because the kids love them or I love them. Most of them I still wouldn’t know about without the Homeschool Review Crew. If you are a homeschool blogger – you can apply to be a crew member right now. Find out what being part of the Homeschool Review Crew means.   If you have read this far – I’d love to hear what you are really looking for when researching curriculum for your family so leave a comment below! Have a great […]

Books We Love: Time Travel History Chapter Books for Kids

[…]kids everywhere seem to love them, not sure what my youngest thinks yet, we haven’t read one of them. These books take Jack and Annie on an adventure every time the magic tree house appears in the woods. Where will they go next? The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls. You may have heard of these, I’ve mentioned them a few times before. We really enjoyed this series. Peter, Mary and their dog, Hank discover ancient scrolls that transport them back to periods of time in biblical history. Each book takes readers on a journey through different Bible stories. There is also a dark force in each book trying to stop them. I’ve loved everything about this series!  Want to read a more in depth review, we have written about them twice.   Ranger in Time. Ranger is a time-traveling golden retriever who transports back in time to some great adventure. We discovered this series when a friend’s kid was reading one for a school assignment. You had us at the word dog! Anything animal related will always sit well with my kids and these stories are no exception. Wherever Ranger goes, there ends up being trouble but Ranger is there to save the day! These time-travel history chapter books are so fun for kids to read {or listen to you read} because they are about kids around their age going on these super exciting adventures! I KNOW that I haven’t discovered all of the amazing books that we need to so please – let me know if you have discovered a time-travel book that we need to check out! Looking for more great books to read? Check out weekly books we love feature. What should we read […]
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$80 Diaper Junction #Giveaway

[…]Void where prohibited by law. Conservamom will be responsible for product fulfillment to winner(s) of the giveaway. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions or to see your product featured in an Event you can contact Elia At […]

3 Ways to Have an Even Better Popcorn and Movie Night {Introducing the Perfect Pop App}

[…]can be downloaded for free from the App Store onto your iPhone 5+ on iOS 7+.  Then, put the bag of Pop Secret popcorn into the microwave and enter the suggested cooking time located on the package.  This app is designed to only work with Pop Secret popcorn.  Then, turn up the volume on your iPhone.  Point the phone’s speaker towards the microwave and keep within 3 feet.  Start the microwave, then start the app.  While the popcorn is popping, keep your eyes on your iPhone for some fun facts and trivia.  The app listens to your popcorn popping and tells you the precise moment when your popcorn is perfect! You can say Goodbye to burned popcorn and hello to the best movie nights ever! Pop Secret is really excited about the new Perfect Pop app.  Not only do they want you to go download the FREE app, but they would love for you to take this quick, one question  brand survey.   What do you do to make movie night even better in your house?  What are some of your favorite […]
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Books We Love: Toliver’s Secret

[…]this story during the morning when we do our book work for school, my son would fight it, goof off, who knows what – but we wouldn’t enjoy the story. I decided to read it at bedtime and guess what – we both just want to keep reading every night. It is part of the extra recommended reading for Notgrass history that we are doing with Charlie. You can view other books we love – let me know below what one of your favorite books of the week has […]

Books We Love: You Choose

[…]so you will keep finding new things on each page as you go through it.  It’s not much of a storybook, but there is so much to talk about on each page.  {My secret, I like to pick a theme as we go and have fun with it throughout the story}.  Tell me – what will You Choose?       Each week we feature the books we love so be sure to check them all […]

Our First Camping Trip in a Tent

[…]the next day and excitedly said, “We want to do this again next year but for two days with all of the same people!” So, now I’m shopping for a few more things to get us ready for our trip. Working on some sleeping bags for all four of us, some sleeping pads,  and a cast iron pan for cooking over the fire. That’s what we are getting for Christmas this year, camping gear! If you are a camping family – what are your must haves or tips to make this a fun and memorable experience for us? Any must see places in Ohio? We are for sure going to Hocking Hills but after that, not sure what all we will do yet. I love the Roadtrippers app so what do I need to add to our things to do on vacation […]

Books We Love: Women of the Bible

[…]I could do that was not super time intensive but that I could fit into my days.  I put Women of the Bible on my Secret Santa list last year and got it.  I enjoy this bible study as I learn more about the women of the bible.  I know for me – there are plenty of times I am reading about someone and can really relate it to my life in a way that I obviously needed to read at that moment.  The daily lessons go over her story, her life and times, her legacy and scripture that guides you to dig deeper with thought-provoking questions about the bible verses relating to her, her promise and her legacy of prayer.   It is designed as a Monday through Friday thing. Books We Love is our way of sharing a different book we love every week, this week I decided to add a book I love instead of one of the kids’ […]

Mom Blog Monday

[…]word. However, you aren’t required to. Please be sure to link up to the correct Social Media of the Week and leave us a comment so we can follow you back! THIS WEEK’S FEATURED MEDIA IS […]

Cheeky Cloth *Review*

[…]that is just a look thing, still works great. Overall, I love this diaper!  It is definitely one of the cutest diapers in our stash! Head on over to Cheeky Cloth and check out these diapers.  Or, stay up to date by liking Cheeky Cloth on Facebook. What is your favorite diaper from Cheeky Cloth on Etsy? *Disclosure:  I received the above mentioned product for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are 100% my own and influenced only by my experience with the product and […]

10 Ways We Use Lemon Oil

Since we have been going through the oils one by one that are part of the Young Living Premium Starter Kit, today we will tackle lemon oil.   When it comes to essential oils, everybody has their favorites, and lemon oil is one of my favorites.  Not only is it a very affordable essential oil, but it has so many uses and it just plain smells amazing!   Lemon oil is strong, purifying, citrus scent that is revitalizing and uplifting.   Here are 10 ways we use Lemon essential oil at our house. Nausea This may just be me, but this last pregnancy, I was quite nauseous.  I figured it couldn’t hurt to try something different since I didn’t want to get sick, so I started keeping the bottle of lemon oil in my pocket and just inhaling it when I started feeling sick. Remove glue, adhesive or crayon Having a 2 and 4 year old and a lot of friends around, there is a good chance that we will find crayon or sticker residue on the floor or the wall on occasion.  Use 1-2 drops of lemon oil to help remove that. Clean and Sanitize Adding 2-3 drops of lemon oil to a spray bottle of water, you can clean around the house and it smells so good! Improve your mood Either by adding a few drops to a cotton ball or simply inhaling this fresh scent, you can revitalize your mind, body and spirit. Clean your carpets Add 10–15 drops of lemon essential oil to a gallon of carpet cleaning solution to help pull out stains, brighten carpet and rugs, and leave a fresh smell in the room. Deoderize your refrigerator Place a few drops of lemon oil on a cotton ball and place it in the fridge to help eliminate odors. Balance your skin Add a drop to your skin to help balance and minimize oil production. Add to water Add a drop or two of lemon oil to your water or tea for a refreshing pick me up. Help eliminate coughs By mixing with a carrier oil and applying on the neck, or rubbing on the feet, or even diffusing it, this can help kick that cough.  We use this a lot in the diffuser in the kids’ room if they have a cough. Cooking Lemon oil can be used in cooking for marinades to add that delicious lemon flavor. When applying lemon oil to the skin, direct exposure of that area of the skin to sunlight should be avoided for at least 12 hours. Edited to add:  My niece had tons of blackheads in her ears.  I applied a drop of lemon oil to the tip of a q-tip and rubbed it on the blackheads.  Within 2 days, almost all of them were gone.  This was after they had tried multiple other things with no results.   Disclosure:  None of the information available on Our Piece of Earth has been evaluated or approved by the FDA.  These articles should not replace using personal judgment or seeking medical treatment when needed.  They are also not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Talk with your health care provider or a certified aromatherapist before using essential oils.  All essential oils are not created equal, so do your research prior to using.   These are just some of the many uses for lemon oil.  This is absolutely one of my must have oils.  What are your favorite uses? If you are ready to pick up some lemon oil and put it to work at your house, you can find out how to order these oils here.  You can find more great articles on essential oils by visiting this page.  As always, if you have questions, please use the contact me here. Related articles 10 Ways We Use Thieves Oil Orange and Lemon Essential Oil #Giveaway 10 Ways We Use Lavender Essential […]

Blankets Make Great Gifts

[…]ten minutes and the kids were all sitting on the couch cuddled under the blanket because it is so soft. They all steal it every time. It gets better though, this thing is unbelievable warm! It is a sherpa fleece blanket and I’ve never used a blanket like it. Just go buy it, it’s amazing. Like – really amazing. And it will make an amazing gift. In fact, I ordered another one last week as a Secret Santa gift for a blanket […]

Books We Love: The Magic Attic Club Megan’s Masquerade

[…]my kids. We recently discovered a new series that my daughter diligently read through the backs of the books to see what would interest her. Well – one book in and her and I both asked for the rest! The Magic Attic Club is about a group of friends who visit one of the friends’ attic and are magically transported back in time. In Megan’s Masquerade, Megan is transported back in time to the Revolutionary War. While some of the characters in the story are imaginary, many are very real characters – Thomas Jefferson, etc.. A super fun story to read as Megan journeys through dangerous territory to deliver a very important message about the war. We will be over here reading through the rest of the series if you need us. While you wait – be sure to check out other books we […]
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Books We Love: How to Win a Nobel Prize

[…]is a great way to learn about twelve Nobel prize winners. Here is the description from the back of the book. Mary has always wanted to win a Nobel Prize.  She loves doing science experiments at home.  But how can she become a real scientist and win the greatest prize of all?  One day Mary stumbles on a secret meeting of Nobel Prize winners.  Swearing her to secrecy, Professor Barry Marshall agrees to be her guide as she travels around the world and through time to learn the secrets behind some of the most fascinating and important scientific discoveries.  They talk space and time with Albert Einstein, radiation with Marie Curie, DNA with Crick, Watson and Wilkins – and much more.  Join Mary on her time-travel adventure and perform your own experiments along the way! Each Nobel Prize winner chapter also contains an experiment for you to try at home to learn more.   Join us on a time-travel adventure learning about some incredible people.   This book is part of our books we love series.  Each week we are sharing a book we love – follow along by clicking this link – Books We Love. […]

Celebration Day #25 AI2 Diaper from Diaper Donks

[…]her fabulous AI2 but to also giveaway 1 to a lucky fan 🙂  I would like to thank Jennifer from the bottom of my heart for her wonderful generosity in not only giveaway her product but also in helping to celebrate Baby K’s 1st Birthday!!!  Thank you Jennifer!!  You can also find Jennifer and Diaper Donks on Hyena Cart. A Little about Diaper Donks AI2 Turned & Top-stiched One Size All in Two Cloth Diaper.  Features a  Cotton Woven Outer & PUL front panel, a hidden layer of waterproof PUL, and a soft cushy Micro chamois or Wicking Jersey inner to help keep babies bottom dry. They include a snake style snap in soaker made of Heavy Organic Bamboo Fleece and topped with Cotton or Organic Bamboo Velour. One Size Fits Most 10-32lbs, All Diapers now come with Fold Over Rise Snaps. a Rafflecopter giveaway <a href=”http://rafl.es/enable-js”>You need javascript enabled to see this […]
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Cheesy Potato and Ham Casserole Recipe

[…]Heavy Duty Scrub Dots Dishwand filled with dish soap allows me to easily clean-up the rest of the dishes in a snap.  The Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Dots Sponge cleans my counter tops and stove top in seconds.  Almost no elbow grease and almost no time at all and my pan was clean again.  Anytime I can get dinner cleaned up before any of the kids start falling apart is a win in my book.  The Scotch-Brite® Scrub Dots scrub the worst of messes fast and rinse clean for next time. What are your secret weapons for easy […]

Blueberry Trainers *Review*

[…]for the last 12 years and still have one kiddo in cloth diapers.  They take great pride that most of the products they sell have also been used on their own children so they can share their personal experience with you.   If you have a potty trainer, or are going to be getting to that stage, read on!  Blueberry Trainers are training pants that feel and look like real underwear.  Not only that, they are adorable!  I still can’t decide which ones are my favorite – my daughter is potty training, but I love the traffic and dinosaurs prints – ahh, when the little guy is ready!   These trainers have an inner lining made with cotton velour, and a hidden layer of super absorbent microterry and PUL.  The waist, leg bands and outer layer are 50 % cotton and 50 %  polyester.  The hidden soaker is 100 % polyester and the inner lining is 80 % cotton and 20 % polyester.  And…they are made in the USA!  Because these trainers are only partially waterproof, they will contain small accidents, but are not designed for naptime or overnight.  Blueberry trainers are available in 3 different sizes.   Small fits 22-28 pounds  Medium fits 25-35 pounds  Large fits 32-42 pounds.  Maggie is just a little peanut, and barely even hits the 22 pound mark.  We received the Blueberry swirls in a small to review.  I was a little worried about how they would fit Maggie since she was barely at 22 pounds, but I was pleasantly surprised that they fit her great!  The Blueberry trainers are quite soft.  They definitely feel like regular underwear.  When she does pee in these underwear, they hold the pee pretty well, but she can immediately feel that she is peeing and will tell me uh oh!  That is important.  I want her to feel it if she is wet.  If she pees a lot though, these underwear won’t hold it all, which is the point!  Because these look like real underwear, they should pull up and down like real underwear, right?  And they do!  Maggie just turned 2, and dressing and undressing isn’t something that comes easily to her just yet but once I showed her how to hook her thumbs inside the waistband, she was able to pull them on and off mostly by herself. I love how cute they are!  The pattern we have would be great for a boy or a girl!  They are so soft, I would even wear these underwear!   They are not waterproof, so if you want complete protection, you will need a cover over these.  Even when she had a stinky mess in these, the underwear contained the poo – very important, am I right?  They do need to be pulled down, so it can be a bit of a mess if they poop in these.  It isn’t too bad, unless your child does what Maggie did and wiggle and jump and protest until she steps in it – ugh!  If you are looking for some trainers for your little potty trainer, these are perfect!  Of the trainers we have tried so far, these are my favorites because they are so similar to regular underwear and helps them learn their skill of pulling their underwear up and down all by themselves. Be sure to check out the great prints and colors available at Mother Earth BabyFacebookTwitter What are your fool proof potty training tips? Enter to win $15 to spend at Mother Earth Baby as part of the Thankful for Fluff giveaway hop. […]

Blueberry Trainers *Review*

[…]for the last 12 years and still have one kiddo in cloth diapers.  They take great pride that most of the products they sell have also been used on their own children so they can share their personal experience with you.   If you have a potty trainer, or are going to be getting to that stage, read on!  Blueberry Trainers are training pants that feel and look like real underwear.  Not only that, they are adorable!  I still can’t decide which ones are my favorite – my daughter is potty training, but I love the traffic and dinosaurs prints – ahh, when the little guy is ready!   These trainers have an inner lining made with cotton velour, and a hidden layer of super absorbent microterry and PUL.  The waist, leg bands and outer layer are 50 % cotton and 50 %  polyester.  The hidden soaker is 100 % polyester and the inner lining is 80 % cotton and 20 % polyester.  And…they are made in the USA!  Because these trainers are only partially waterproof, they will contain small accidents, but are not designed for naptime or overnight.  Blueberry trainers are available in 3 different sizes.   Small fits 22-28 pounds  Medium fits 25-35 pounds  Large fits 32-42 pounds.  Maggie is just a little peanut, and barely even hits the 22 pound mark.  We received the Blueberry swirls in a small to review.  I was a little worried about how they would fit Maggie since she was barely at 22 pounds, but I was pleasantly surprised that they fit her great!  The Blueberry trainers are quite soft.  They definitely feel like regular underwear.  When she does pee in these underwear, they hold the pee pretty well, but she can immediately feel that she is peeing and will tell me uh oh!  That is important.  I want her to feel it if she is wet.  If she pees a lot though, these underwear won’t hold it all, which is the point!  Because these look like real underwear, they should pull up and down like real underwear, right?  And they do!  Maggie just turned 2, and dressing and undressing isn’t something that comes easily to her just yet but once I showed her how to hook her thumbs inside the waistband, she was able to pull them on and off mostly by herself. I love how cute they are!  The pattern we have would be great for a boy or a girl!  They are so soft, I would even wear these underwear!   They are not waterproof, so if you want complete protection, you will need a cover over these.  Even when she had a stinky mess in these, the underwear contained the poo – very important, am I right?  They do need to be pulled down, so it can be a bit of a mess if they poop in these.  It isn’t too bad, unless your child does what Maggie did and wiggle and jump and protest until she steps in it – ugh!  If you are looking for some trainers for your little potty trainer, these are perfect!  Of the trainers we have tried so far, these are my favorites because they are so similar to regular underwear and helps them learn their skill of pulling their underwear up and down all by themselves. Be sure to check out the great prints and colors available at Mother Earth BabyFacebookTwitter What are your fool proof potty training tips? Enter to win $15 to spend at Mother Earth Baby as part of the Thankful for Fluff giveaway hop. […]

When toddlers meet technology {Tuesday’s Toddler Tales linkup}

[…] She doesn’t get to watch it all the time, but when she thinks about it, I usually let her.  The other thing we do a lot of together on the computer is read her BookLingual books.  They are written in Spanish and English and are fun for us to read together. We also YouTube books on CD sometimes.  Mostly we do that because one of my favorite children’s books is not available for purchase for less than somewhere around $50 and we are not paying that!   It’s Fire Truck and it’s very catchy and really super awesome!  I try really hard to not be playing around on my phone when the kids are awake, but I am guilty.  When Maggie pipes up and says, are you on Facebook mommy – I feel very guilty and know that I am not focusing on what I should be.  Thanks baby girl for making me remember. A statement I heard in our class that really puts things in perspective for me is – turning on the TV or computer, whatever it may be – is allowing the media into your house.  Whatever is on the TV is now invited into your home.  Does that show have the values you want to teach in your house?  Each week we are linking up for Tuesday’s Toddler Tales. This weeks topic is Toddlers and Technology. Next week is Favorite Sassy Moments. How is technology viewed in your house? […]
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Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure

[…]never-before-seen live show featuring your favorite characters from Disney Junior’s hit series, Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates. Get swept up in the excitement as Sofia and her family prepare for a royal celebration that helps us all learn the true meaning of being a princess with a special appearance from Cinderella. Then it’s off to Never Land where Jake and his swashbuckling friends Izzy and Cubby, with a little help from Peter Pan, battle Captain Hook to unlock treasure hidden inside a mysterious volcano. It’s danger and dueling on the high seas as Jake discovers what it takes to be a true hero. Filled with new music, amazing effects, thrilling action and endless surprises, your whole family will sing, shout, and soar into the action when Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure sails into your hometown. Special bonus! Starting ten minutes before every performance join loveable Doc McStuffins for a special pre-show!  You can help Doc take care of one of her beloved toys with her own special brand of love and magic. Free to all ticket holders.   My Readers can Save $4 using code: FAM4. Not valid on VIP or VIP floor seats. No double discounts.  Service charges, handling and facility fees may apply. Get Your Tickets […]
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Stinking cute diapers from Rumpkinz *Sponsor Spotlight* #switchtocloth

[…]on the tooshy.  I love the “PU” and how the letters are in the same print as the front of the diaper.  Plus, the embroidery is sewn only into the minky, not the hidden PUL so there are no worries about it leaking through the embroidery.  The elastic at the back and on the leg openings is very stretchy and because of the softness of the fabric, won’t ever leave red marks on the Charlie man.  The wipeDid I mention I also received an organic cloth wipe? The wipe measures 8 inches x 8 inches.  The perfect size for pretty much everything and it fits perfectly when folded in half into a wipe container.  Each wipe is hand sewn using unbleached, dye free and certified organic fabric that is soft on one side and a natural hemp on the other side.  They are perfect for those little tooshies or for those little faces and hands that always need cleaning.  The wipe was awesome!  I wondered at first because it is very thin so I was figuring it wouldn’t be as absorbent as I would like.  I was wrong.  The large size and the different fabrics made this wipe perfect.  I would love to add some more of these to our stash.  The wipes I own that I use the most are thicker, and while they work great, it makes it hard to get more than a few into a wipe container to throw into the diaper bag.  With the wipes from Rumpkinz, I could definitely fit in as many as I need for the day.  These are a must have! If you are looking for a terrific custom pocket diaper, fitted diaper, or any of those fabulous accessories that you need..ahem…want, visit Rumpkinz on Facebook and snag yourself a Rumpkinz diaper.  You won’t be disappointed.  Want to win a Rumpkinz diaper of your own?  Enter now as part of the Switch to Cloth giveaway event with over $400+ in cloth diapers and accessories.  Good luck! *Disclosure:  I received the above mentioned product for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are 100% my own and only influenced by my experience with the product and company and may differ from […]
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2015 is Going to be Amazing

[…]or share your favorite posts, you are helping me to provide for my family and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I mean it.  You all rock!  But don’t worry, just because I get to make money doing the things I love doesn’t mean you aren’t getting my honest thoughts and opinions on every single post. This year, I hope to bring more of “me” to the blog.  I want to make this a more personal space, so look for that over the next year.   I am also excited to share with you that I am part of Mom Powered Media which means I will be able to bring some amazing new opportunities to the blog, both for all of you and for myself.  For you, this will mean even more giveaways.  For me, this is another way for me to grow and better my blog by learning from and working with some fantastic bloggers.   Lastly, I am super excited to introduce you to somebody.  My sister, Patty, will be joining us as a contributor.  We have always been a crafty bunch, and I haven’t had the time to share much of that with you.  Well, now, you will get more craftiness because Patty is amazing!  While she is a full time working mom, she is also a mother to two awesome sauce little people.  Jason is 13 and Madison is 8.  I can’t wait to start showing you some of her handiwork.  Let’s just say, her Secret Santa gifts were amazing, fun and completely creative. I hope you will stick around, and if you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for the newsletter so you don’t miss a single […]

#FluffyXmas Sponsor spotlight *Diapers By Chris*

[…]so customers can choose their favorites and create the diaper they will enjoy for many years.Most of the diapers you will find at Diapers by Chris are AI2’s and fitteds, but she also makes pockets and AIO’s and hybrid fitteds once in awhile, or by request.  Now, many WAHM’s have another job as well, and so does Chris.  One that I think is pretty interesting.  She drives a log truck!  How cool is that!  She drove up until 3 weeks before she had her daughter, and now is driving again.  The part she hates is leaving her little girl. The diaper I received is a cheerful reindeer Christmas pattern featuring reindeer, Christmas trees and holly leaves.  It’s a one size, AI2 diaper.  AI2-All in two because there is a cover and the insert lays in for quick and easy diaper changes.  The diaper is a woven cotton outer print with a hidden inner layer of PUL.  The inside is made from a wicking jersey material.  There are a few things that make this diaper unlike any other I own.  The wicking jersey is the first.  I like how trim this diaper is – much more trim than some diapers with fleece inners.  The insert is actually 2 inserts, each with a double layer of Organic Bamboo Fleece (OBF) topped with luscious cotton velour sewn together.  These diapers dry really quickly because the diaper cover and inserts are separate and since the inserts are sewn together instead of one thicker insert, it dries quicker.The second thing that makes this diaper different than any other diapers I own, is the wing snaps.  Some diapers have 2, 3, or even 4 snaps on each wing.  Most of the diapers I own with 3 snaps on each wing have two on top and one on the bottom.  This diaper is opposite, with 2 snaps on the bottom and 1 on the top.  I was a little unsure of this when I saw it, but when we used it, we got such a great fit.  The double rows of snaps across the front of the diaper aren’t lined up directly on top of each other, the top row is shifted just a little, and not on accident.  It’s designed that way to be in line with the wing snaps.  Because of the placement of all of the snaps, getting a great fit is easy.  I have found this to be one of the best fitting diapers across Charlie’s waist.  That top snap being more towards the center of the diaper than the bottom pulls the waist more snugly around baby.  That’s where I tend to get leaks with some diapers on Charlie, but never on this one.The inserts look thin, and I wondered if they would be absorbent, but we didn’t have leaks with this on either Charlie or Maggie.  We didn’t use it overnight on Charlie though since I will only use a fitted on him.There is gentle elastic around the thighs and on the back of this diaper.  I loved that I never had to worry about whether or not he was going to leak up the back (especially when he’s in the jumperoo).  The elastic helped create a great fit. There are 3 rise settings on this diaper and it is designed to fit from 12-35 pounds, possibly larger.  I wish I had this diaper sooner, I am curious if it would have fit him even before 12 pounds.  The design of the elastic around the legs makes me think that it possibly would, especially on my chunkier little guy.  *I did ask Chris about the size range to be sure, and she also mentioned that a mom told her that her 11 pounder was able to wear the diaper with no problems.* I love this diaper, and yes, even after Christmas, I will still be using this diaper year round.   Are you ready to shop?  Chris has so many different choices to allow customers to be sure they get exactly what they are looking for.  You can get wicking jersey, crushed panne, or suedecloth inners.  The outer may be cotton with hidden PUL or with PUL outers and a choice of inner fabric.  Chris has since changed her insert design to a petal type soaker with 3 layers of OBF in the bottom petal and 2 layers of OBF topped with cotton velour on the top petal.  You will have the option of snap in or lay in soakers.  With all of these choices – you will have fun designing your own diaper!   Like Diapers by Chris on FacebookBuy one now or Enter to win one starting December 1st as part of Merry Fluffy Christmas. Be sure to check out Diapers By Chris.  Which diaper is your favorite? *Disclosure:  I received the above mentioned diaper for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are 100 % my own and only influenced by my experience with the product and […]
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#Fluffy Xmas Sponsor Spotlight *Roxie Harlow*

[…]her stash with some cheap-o diapers, but soon began drooling over the cuteness factor of some of the WAHM’s she saw on Etsy and Hyena cart.  Since she is kind of a DIYer, she decided to hit the sewing machine and make her own.  After failing a few times, she finally got the fabric combination that she liked.  Soon after making her own kids’ diapers, friends and friends of friends began asking for some.  She decided to add them to her Etsy shop, and that’s how she got here today!   Plus, she is pregnant and due Christmas day!  How exciting!!!Baby is due on Christmas Day! Ahh! And yes, the embroidered diapers are all minky outer, hidden PUL and micro-chamois inner. I had so much fun looking through the diapers on Etsy to decide what to review.  I finally decided on an adorable “I smell trouble” skunk pocket diaper.  Guess what…it is adorable! The diaper This diaper is made from a white minky outer with “I SMELL TROUBLE” and a skunk embroidered on the butt.  The inside is made from micro-chamois with a hidden layer of PUL.  *Note:  the review is only on the diaper, not an insert*  There are 3 different rise settings to fit babies size 10-35 pounds Correction:  these fit rom 15-35 pounds.  There is a single row of snaps across the front of the diaper, and 2 snaps on one wing and 3 on the other.  There are also crossover snaps for those tiny waists. The pocket opening on this diaper is plenty large – even daddy could stuff it!  I love that thechamois inside isn’t the normal white color.  This diaper has a brown  inner.  I’m not sure why, but I love having the inside of the diaper colored.  I like how the snaps are color coordinating and match the skunk!  Because of the fleece and the minky outer, the elastic at the back and legs is really gentle on babies skin so you don’t have to worry about red marks. The lowdownJohn likes using this diaper because of the one simple row of snaps.  He loves how gentle and soft it is on both of the kids’ skin.  Both Maggie and Charlie are on the smallest setting on this diaper – Maggie is 22 pounds and 26 months, Charlie is 16 pounds and 5 months.  I have no doubts that this diaper will last through the high end of the weight range. I did find that this diaper is a bit wide in between the legs.  It still fits fine, but it is wider than many of our diapers.  We were able to get a good fit on both of the kids with this diaper.  I feel like Charlie just fits in this diaper at 16 pounds.  This diaper has worked well for us on both of our little stinkers. You can tell that a lot of care and time was put into making the diaper.  The design has a lot of stitching and it is done really well.  I am confident this will hold up over the years.   Roxie is on maternity leave right now, and the shop is closed until January, but you should definitely check out her facebook album and see her custom diapers, fabric albums and so much more!Visit her Etsy store.   If you are looking for some great new (boy) prints, be sure to check these out!  Which diaper is your favorite from the custom or fabrics album?   Enter to win this diaper as part of Merry Fluffy Christmas *Disclosure:  I received the above mentioned product for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are 100% my own and based solely on my experience with the company and […]

Smoky Chili #Recipe

[…]a week—all without sacrificing flavor, variety, nutrition or the cooperation of picky eaters. The secret: super-economical dinner menus created by eMeals’ food staff with an ever-changing mix of shelf-stable items, frozen foods, value cuts of meat and efficient ingredients used throughout the week to limit spoilage and waste. eMeals’ expert tips for making homemade broths and other “convenience foods” jump-start meals, pump up the flavor and add extra savings. And the roster of needed staples on every weekly eMeals grocery list saves you time and trips to the grocery store by keeping your pantry well-stocked. For as little as $5 a month, you get seven menus delivered to your email inbox and the eMeals mobile app every week, along with recipes and a grocery list covering all seven dinners. And now you can try before you buy. Simply go towww.emeals.com/meal-plans/budget-friendly, then click “Try Us” to sign up for 14 days ’ worth of Budget Friendly menus and shopping lists for free. This Smoky Chili recipe from the Budget Friendly plan will have you so glad you signed up! 1½ lb ground beef ½ (9.6-oz) pkg ground pork sausage 1 cup chopped onion 1 green bell pepper, chopped 1½ cups homemade chicken broth 2 (15-oz) cans tomato sauce 1 (15.5-oz) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed ½ (15-oz) can corn, drained 1 Tbsp chili powder 1 tsp liquid smoke Cook ground beef, sausage, onion and bell pepper in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until meat is browned and crumbly; drain. Stir in broth and all remaining ingredients; bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to […]

Explaining hybrid fitted nighttime cloth diapers #FluffyXmas

[…]diaper options.  Along my journey, there are a few diapers I was dying to check out, and one of them was Poopsiedoodles, so imagine how excited I was when Noelle said she would send me one for review. I am always stoked to find diapers that are just a bit different.  Poopsiedoodles are a one size bamboo hybrid fitted cloth diaper. {Wow, two of my favorite cloth diaper words in one sentence….bamboo and fitted}. With one row of 12 snaps across the front, as well as one row of 8 snaps for the fold down rise, this diaper will fit from approximately 10-40 pounds.  With 3 snaps on each wing, you will get a secure fit on baby no matter how wiggly he may be. There are also crossover snaps to allow the diaper to fit those teeny wasted babies.  These snaps can also be used to snap the diaper together for storing when on the go, whether dirty or clean. What makes Poopsiedoodles a bit different is that the fold down rise actually snaps down to keep it in place better.  When using the diaper for bigger babies and toddlers, the inserts snap into the fold down rise snaps so they don’t rub against baby.  I absolutely love this feature because I hate seeing red marks on Charlie from the snaps from some diapers with fold down rise.  If you need a more in between fit between the snapped down rise and fully unsnapped, you can just fold the rise down to where you need it without snapping it to the diaper. Let’s take a look at the sizing a little bit.     Each diaper comes with 2 inserts.  A large soaker {which covers all internal snaps} and a second double petal soaker, sewn together at one end.  The inserts snap together for maximum absorbency.  The inserts are made from bamboo fleece and bamboo fleece topped with cotton velour.  When using the fold down rise, snap the small one into the back of the diaper {as opposed to the front}, so it stays put for your little one.  When using the diaper without the fold down rise, use both inserts together for maximum absorbency.  Because I am use to diapers with the inserts snapping into the back, I have, on occasion laid the diaper backwards before I realized what I was doing, hehe. The diaper is an adorably fun Lobstahs!  The kids love it and I have to admit, it makes me want to pretend to get them with my pinchers!  Hehe.  It is made with a cotton knit outer, a hidden layer of poly fleece between the outer print, and a soft inner velour. With soft, stretchy elastic at the back and legs, the diaper gets a snug fit on baby, no matter what perfect size he may be. But what makes a hybrid you ask? The hidden layer of poly fleece acts as a repelling barrier.  The liquid hits it and sort of bounces back into the diaper and the soakers, giving them more of a chance to absorb it.   What does that mean? That means that this diaper can be worn for longer periods of time without a cover.  The inserts absorb more of the pee before it reaches the outer layer.  Giving your child more of a chance to show off that cute fluff without getting your furniture or floor wet.   I love this diaper, in part because of my favorite feature {do you remember what that is}.  This diaper is the complete package, and one that I’m confident could fit a smaller baby without too much added bulk.   Enter to win a PoopsieDoodles hybrid fitted cloth diaper from December 1-7th as part of my Merry Fluffy Christmas package.  Good luck!   What is your favorite feature of the PoopsieDoodles hybrid fitted cloth diaper?  Have you checked out Noelle’s shop?  Which diaper is your favorite?   *Disclosure:  I received the above mentioned product for the purpose of this review.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and only influenced by my experience with the product and […]
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Brothers, Books and Bonding Time

[…]to astronaut to diver and so much more, your child will go on a new adventure with every turn of the page.  The fun doesn’t stop with their beautiful face though, 1-2-3 Blast Off With Me has so much more to offer.  Your child will find their name hidden on a train, or dig up numbers on a construction site, and practice counting backwards from 10.  Every page features a fun skill for you and your child to engage in together.  This has been such a great book for Charlie and he loves to show off his face and tell you about what he is doing.  What I love the post is the small details.  Like the fire truck has Charlie’s birthday for a license plate number.  How fun is that? The other night I was lucky enough to catch some brotherly bonding in action as Charlie was reading his book to Henry.  Cutest. Picture. Ever.  EVER!!!  I love this moment so much and I know that I See Me! Personalized Books will give us many more of these moments in the future.  While I love sitting down and reading through this book with Charlie, I love that he enjoys it so much that he wants to show it off to his brother.   Our boys have been on many adventures with 1-2-3 Blast Off With Me.  Which personalized book will your child choose for his next […]

Passport to China + Review

[…]we go.  We are lucky enough to have some coins or bills from other countries as well.  The back of the book has a food journal you can copy and use and a passport with stamps for each of the countries you can visit.   It’s interesting to me to learn more about the cultures around meal times in the different countries.  Reading through that at the beginning of that country introduces a lot of ideas. If your kids are anything like mine, they love trying out these customs.  Now, like any Chinese meal, we HAVE to use chopsticks.  The kids each have their own set of chopsticks that my sister sent us when she was in Japan. Can we get to the important part here?  Tasting the food.  I’m not going to lie to you, I’m pretty picky, but I try not to be because I wouldn’t wish that on anybody.  My kids are all hit or miss.  The boys usually eat anything.  Maggie, not so much.  But since I instituted the, “I don’t care what you eat” rule, it’s been better.  I serve them the meal.  They choose what they eat.  I don’t coax or bargain with them.  There’s no meal time battle and she is trying so many more foods without complaining first.  It’s amazing!  That’s what I love most about eating our way around the world – so many new food experiences and we can make notes on things we loved, things we would leave out next time or maybe finding more foods from that area if we loved them all.  Having a few different meals to make for each country gives us a real dining experience {and allows us choices in case we don’t like something}.  Each meal is rated in forks to let you know the difficulty of preparing it.   We follow up everything with some books on China – we love to read so this is the easy part.   Geography Through Art introduces so many different types of cultural art to your family.  We had a blast making Chinese Scrolls.  Maggie really loved the variety of different drawings and I had a lot of fun doing the activities with them {and I am NO artist}. Legos has become the kids’ very favorite thing to do when we are home.  I like to try to find a building challenge anytime we study a landmark from a certain place.  We all worked together to build the Great Wall of China.  Don’t just see Quicksketch and look at the picture.  Be sure to read through it for some learning challenges.  This quicksketch introduces them to the concept of depth in a picture.  Draw yourself in the front, draw yourself in the background.  Are they different?  It also includes an explanation on why the two should look different.  Before each section in the book you can also find facts on each continent. If you are a homeschool family or just want to bring more culture into your home, you will love the culture bundle.  What state or country will you learn about next?  What is your favorite thing about […]

The 20 Best Venison Recipes

[…]Slow Cooker Roast Venison Goulash Venison Teriyaki with Mushrooms over Rice Ground Venison Stroganoff Country Fried Venison Venison Burger Slow Cooker BBQ Venison Venison and Mushroom Pot Pie Venison Enchiladas Venison Cheeseburger Soup Venison Chili Venison Maple Breakfast Sausage Venison Jerky What venison recipe will you try first?  If you are processing your own meat, be sure you have all the equipment you need.  What is your favorite venison […]

#GetMoving2013 *Yoga Lifestyle* Sponsor Spotlight

[…]is awake, however, the treadmill doesn’t work out for both of us.  That lead me to discover other forms of exercise that she can do alongside me.  The long forgotten yoga (at least for me).  The problem, she always kicked me off my yoga mat.  Little stinker!   When I found out about Yoga Lifestyle and their Bheka Long LIfe Yoga Mats By The Inch, I had to check them out.  Mats that are the perfect size for my little girl?  Yes please! That’s right, get the mat that fits your little yogi.  From 36″ up to 108″.  Each mat is 24″ wide and 1/8 ” thick.  If you are looking for something with a bit more cushion, check out the Deluxe Long Life Mat. Mats by the Inch are made from a super secret combination of PVC and linen which make it a non slip surface even when moist.  The orange peel texture is perfect for your little yogi.  Each mat is Okeo-Tex certified so it is safe for use by you or your little ones!  What that means is that no toxic chemicals are released into the environment when these mats are made.  They are fabricated in Germany and hand cut right at the Yoga LifeStyle Warehouse.  If it gets dirty or sweaty, just wipe it clean with a damp cloth or throw it in the washing machine.  Mats are available in 4 different colors.  The cost is $0.55 an inch plus a $10 set up charge.  But, if you order a second in the same color, you don’t have the $10 charge again.   Maggie loves having her own Yoga mat to work out next to mommy on.  And I’m guessing in about a year, I will just have to get Charlie man one of his own.  The fact that it is just her size is awesome because she likes to roll it up and put it away when she is done…or carry it around and lay it out here or there.  I never know where it will end up.  Because it’s non sticky, it’s nice when she puts it on the floor in the bathroom when she decides to play in the sink.   I love that Maggie copies me so much.  It makes me even more motivated to get in shape.  So we will be getting out our yoga mats regularly to get moving. Yoga Lifestyle offers more than just this though.  Yoga clothing, accessories, dvd’s.  If you are looking for some great products, be sure to visit Yoga Lifestyle. Retail purchases are FREE shipping. If you are looking for mats for a classroom in groups of 12 or more, you can get them for about $17 each, plus shipping. Connect with Yoga Lifestyle on Facebook Your chance to win starts January 17th! How do you encourage your little ones to be active? *Disclosure:  I received the above mentioned product for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are 100% my own and only influenced by my experience with the product and […]
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The Great Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt #Giveaway

[…]come away with a brand new bumGenius Freetime Jules!   This giveaway is open to legal residents of the United States and Canada, ages 18 and up. Here’s your hints. And don’t forget to come back for the daily entries to increase your odds of winning! Good luck!   Cloth Diaper Addicts pumpkin #1 – You feel just a little bit smarter for knowing all about these brilliant diapers. Cloth Diaper Addicts pumpkin #2 – I’ll tell you what I think about this fruity diaper. Maman Loup’s Den pumpkin – Bonjour! Find my pumpkin and learn the ABCs of saving for your child’s education (en français)! The Anti-June Cleaver pumpkin – Magic Mike’s favorite thing to do to diapers. Our Piece of Earth pumpkin – There’s a new baby in the house! Guess what is on the butt? First Time Mom pumpkin #1 – Can you cloth diaper in an apartment without in-unit laundry? First Time Mom pumpkin #2 – Oh no, my baby hates tummy time! Conservamom pumpkin #1 – What to do when disaster strikes Conservamom pumpkin #2 – When traveling don’t forget your diapers when traveling. This West Coast Mommy pumpkin – Find me to learn all about diaper origami! Wife, Mummy, Nurse pumpkin – Find my pumpkin under wool. Learning and Nesting pumpkin – The fun is in getting your hands dirty. Retro Modern Melissa pumpkin – Dawgs are a woman’s best friend. According to Carolyn pumpkin – A cloth diapering parent’s BFF Mommy’s Favorite Things pumpkin – Find my pumpkin to enter to win the Cadillac of cloth diapers Sunshine Praises pumpkin – You can find cloth in a state that’s nuts. Cozy Bums Diapers pumpkin – This limited diaper is perfect for a joyous occasion. Don’t forget to visit Thinking About Cloth Diapers and The Parenting Patch, too, for more daily entries!   Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on October 31, 2014.  Open to US and Canada.   a Rafflecopter […]

A Fun Way for One on One Bonding Time with Kids

[…]dipper, in case you are wondering.  Usually they hear me telling them to get their fork out of their milk or something else just as silly, today I told them do it, do it.  We all had fun playing our one on one games. It’s a good thing I always have a package of OREO double stuf in the cupboard because I guarantee, the next game day, they will be asking for more.  Grab yourself some OREO’s from your local Supervalu using this store locator and let the #OREODunkChallenge begin.  How will you […]
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Putting all of our veggies in a basket with Learning Resources

[…]me with, she cooks in her kitchen.  Since she cooks a lot too, it only seems right to have a lot of the same foods we cook with.  This New Sprouts Bushel of Veggies is the perfect fit for her play kitchen.  We already have a decent amount of food for her kitchen, but a lot of it is really cheap feeling.  That’s fine, but it also means it gets tossed out rather quickly because it gets ruined.   The Bushel of Veggies from Learning Resources is not cheap feeling food.  Each piece has a durable feel to it and will hold up for a long time.   The bushel basket of veggies includes corn, cucumber, broccoli, red pepper, eggplant, carrot, yellow pepper, asparagus and potato.  A great range of veggies that you can’t find just anywhere.  I love the asparagus, and so does Charlie!  It’s his favorite “food” to chew on.  Playing with the foods allows my kids to hear and talk about the different veggies.  Especially being able to expose Charlie to those foods that he isn’t eating yet is good for him. Having their play mimic the things we want them to eat helps us focus on healthy eating while they are having fun. Buy it:  Available now at Amazon.com for $14.95 Win it:  One lucky reader can win one now thanks to Learning Resources.Be social! Facebook – Twitter – Pinterest Giveaway open to US residents Ends 11:59 pm EST March 26, 2013 *Giveaway closed*   Congratulations to Sarah M *Disclosure:  I received the above mentioned products for the purpose of this review.  However, all opinions are 100% my own and only influenced by my experience with the product and […]
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Combi Cosmo Umbrella Stroller #Giveaway

[…]basket, cup holder, and easy storage! You can also carry this with a strap. View a full review of the Combi Cosmo Stroller from Mommy By Nurture. One winner from all eligible entries will win their choice of black, red, or blue in the Cosmo! Retail value is $129.99 (If for any reason the color you choose becomes unavailable to you a second option will be provided.) Terms of service: One person may enter per household, Open to the 48 Contiguous States age 18+. Void where prohibited. One winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries. Winner has 48hrs from time of contact email to reply or another winner must be chosen. Mommy By Nurture will need to provide the sponsor your full name, address, and phone number for shipping purposes. This information is never sold or given to anyone else. If you wish to sign up for any newsletter as an entry to the giveaway, your information will only be provided to the newsletter you signed up for and never sold or given away as well. We respect your privacy. Product will ship from sponsor and normally ships within 2-6 weeks. You may come back daily to get additional entries for the Daily Secret Word, Daily voting, or Tweets. Refer your friends for even more entries. Good luck! Entry-Form Disclosure: This website was not compensated for this post. Our Piece of Earth is not responsible for fulfillment of this prize. Prizes will be shipped by each individual sponsor listed. This giveaway and post are not affiliated, endorsed, or sponsored by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or any other social media platforms. If you have any questions, or would like to see your product featured on Mommy By Nurture, in the next product review or giveaway, please contact Nichole at Mommy By […]

Diva Stuff Giveaway

[…]Rafflecopter giveaway The Parenting Patch Diva Stuff Giveaway is restricted to legal residents of the United States of America and Canada. The Diva Stuff Giveaway ends at midnight EST on August 6, 2013. One winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. The winner will be sent an email and will have forty-eight hours to respond. If no response is received within forty-eight hours, another winner will be chosen. Our Piece of Earth is not responsible for […]

Cooking with Kids: Salty and Sweet Trail Mix

[…]was so excited about these and already planned to pick some up, so now I just get to look like mom of the year {again}.  They had already put in a few requests for some add ins, so we got busy shopping.  This time our aim was sweet and salty trail mix. When the kids saw what we had in the cart, they were squealing with delight, so you can bet we got right to it when we got home.  I mean, what kid doesn’t get excited about Goldfish crackers, mini marshmallows, chocolate candies and pretzels?!  I won’t lie, I was pretty excited myself!  I will share our secret recipe with you, but beware, these are pretty precise measurements.  In all seriousness though, we use this as a math lesson.  It’s a great way to introduce measurements and for the kids to learn how many 1/4 cups it takes to make 1 cup, or whatever other math fun we focus on in the kitchen that day. Ingredients Goldfish crackers – we chose Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar, but you choose your favorites.  Now is a great time to stock up on all of your favorites and some other goodies Mini Marshmallows Pretzels Chocolate Candies Directions Start with the Goldfish crackers.  We started with one cup of Goldfish crackers.  We added in about 1/2 cup mini marshmallows, 1/4 cup chocolate candies, and 3/4 cup pretzels.  See – a great way to talk about the different measurements, or for the younger kids, which is more / less than the others.  It involves a lot of conversation and even more giggles when somebody sneaks a bite before we are finished, after all, that is half the fun, right?! Anyways, after our {not so} precise measurements, we shook it up really well, then added in more of anything we decided we wanted more of in it.  We had so much fun working together and being silly and even more fun eating it.  You can bet that when it was time for Maggie to do her writing assignments, she made sure she had a bowlful of fresh fruit and a few handfuls of her new favorite trail mix.  Now her brain was ready to get to writing.   What stories will you create when you let your imagination run […]

Winter Fun at the Ice Castles

[…]the time we pulled into Miller Park, the kids were extremely antsy and couldn’t wait to get out of the truck.  I’ll be honest with you, once I saw the front of the ice castles, I was in a hurry to get out of the truck and dressed in our winter gear. Do you see the creeper face in the background of this picture we had taken at the entrance to the ice castles? We were all in awe from the beginning.  This place is amazing.  We were barely in the entrance when the kids were entranced by the icicles.  It only got better for them from that point on.  As soon as you enter, you will notice the stunning waterfall, made even more impressive by the LED lights built into the ice, giving it a gorgeous color.  With the colors changing throughout the castles, you can’t help but be mesmerized. We quickly discovered the ice slide.  And there we stayed for quite some time.  Even John took a turn down the slide.  Then we moved on to this ice tunnel.  I think claustrophobic, but the kids couldn’t get enough of it! Everywhere you walk, there are thrones, benches, caves and more that you will find almost hidden in the ice castle itself.   From something that began in Bill Christensen’s backyard, the ice castles now span an acre, featuring about 2,100 tons of ice, 5 million gallons of water.  With “ice farmers” growing ice and then harvesting it for the ice castles, between 5 and 20 tons of ice are added each night.  These icicles are sculpted into the existing ice formations, and drenched with water creating a one of a kind look.  As the ice castles melt, the water will flow to a lake located next to the park. If you are looking for a fun, family activity, a romantic date night, or just fun with friends, visit the ice castles located in 4 different states across the US.   Have you ever visited an ice castle like this before?  What are some of your favorite winter […]

Tips to having healthy teeth naturally

[…] He, however, isn’t ready to make the jump from his trusted old toothpaste, so that’s all of the details about our experience that I have for you.   OraMD is made with only 3 ingredients!  100 % pure peppermint oil, spearmint oil, and almond oil.  The peppermint and spearmint team up to fight the 22 known harmful bacteria in your mouth.  The almond oil enables your mouth to heal itself.   Because it is a liquid, it can seep in between your teeth and get into the tiny spaces many toothpastes can miss.   Simply put between 2-5 drops on your toothbrush, then brush as normal.  Finish it off with some mouthwash by placing 2-5 drops into about an ounce of water, swish it around and tada!  Clean, fresh mouth, happy teeth.  The glass bottle is the perfect size to keep in your purse, car, whatever it may be, and freshen your breath as needed.  Place 2-5 drops on the tip of your tongue, and around the gum line to fight bacteria and freshen your breath.   Each bottle of OraMD will last up to 4 weeks and will have you improving your teeth and mouth naturally.   The manufacturer is willing to offer my readers one FREE bottle. They said they would love to have our readers try out OraMD and agreed to send one bottle FREE if our readers would pay a minimal shipping and handling charge.  They also agreed to include 2 eye-opening reports called 1) “The 6 Hidden Dangers In Toothpaste” and 2) “Why The FDA Requires A Warning Label On Your Toothpaste.”  That’s a total value of over $40.00.  Click here to get your FREE bottle and FREE reports now.     3 lucky readers will have the chance to #win one bottle of OraMD.  Enter below using the handy Giveaway Tools form.  Open to US and Canada only.  Ends at 11:59 pm EST on November 19, 2013.  Good luck!   **********Giveaway closed*********** Winners: Kristin S Rebekah S Anne P   Didn’t win?  Be sure to check out the rest of the giveaways going on right now. What are your tips to having healthy teeth naturally?   *Disclosure:  I received the products mentioned for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are 100% my own and may different from […]

Sponsor spotlight #bellies2babies Lola’s Lovies

[…]set purchase.  Happy shopping! One lucky reader will win the exact one pictured below as part of the Babies to Bellies giveaway event starting January 5th, 2013! Does you baby have a “lovey” ?  What is your favorite item from Lola’s Lovies? * Disclosure:  I received the above mentioned product for the purpose of this review.  However, all opinions are 100% my own and only influenced by my experience with the product and […]
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5 Holiday Date Night Ideas

[…]and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #YoursandMine With all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it seems like a lot of things get left in the dust.  This year, don’t let your relationship suffer.  There are tons of ways to spice things up this holiday season.  Here are 5 date night ideas to put the sizzle back into your relationship this winter. Two Step Round the Christmas Tree.  If you haven’t heard that Christmas song, it is one of my favorites.  Okay, maybe it is my favorite.  It is that one song that I hit repeat on over and over.  Get your love on the dance floor without leaving the house.  Pick out some of your favorite Christmas tunes or just turn on a station and go with the flow.  Not only do you get to dance with the one you love, but every year when you hear those songs you will be reminded of those memories you made on the dance floor by the Christmas tree. Have a Snowball Fight.  Or build a snow fort.  I suppose this one will probably only work if you live in a state with snow unless you get really creative, but have some fun with it.  How about some snow angels outside and warming up inside with some hot cocoa. Bake Christmas Cookies.  Pick out a new recipe to try and spend your night baking some delicious cookies that will be fun to eat together too.  My rules – food fights are fair game.  Nothing is more fun than getting flour all over, right?  Need a recipe idea?  How about this Rolo cookie recipe that is my favorite?! Open an Early Christmas Gift.  Wrap up a little something special for the love of your life.  Make it sassy or simple.  Naughty or nice.  This is so much fun and such a simple surprise after a long day shopping at the mall.  Want something a little more spicy than presents under the tree?  How about the K-Y ® Yours+Mine Couples Lubricant date night pack?  1 free meal {$50 value} for two people from PEACHDISH.com delivered to your door, a $5 VUDU movie credit AND the K-Y ®.  Everything you need for a date night in.  Play Secret Santa or Un-stuff Those Stockings.  Who says you have to wait until Christmas to have all of the fun?  Plan ahead for date night, and leave a little surprise for your sweetie each day for a week before your date night.  Have some fun with this, a love note, some candy, a candle, go crazy with this, there are so many ideas.  If you want some ideas to spice this up a bit, check out K-Y.com. You are probably going to be hitting up Walmart at some point during your shopping season, so why not pick up everything you need for a date night in without making a special trip.  Whether your date night will be naughty or nice, you are sure to spice things up this holiday season. How do you make time for date night during the busy Christmas […]

Why my toddler is spending summer in style with Zupers activewear shorts + {Giveaway}

[…]not joking!  She was very active and had us cracking up at her. Maggie’s favorite feature of the shorts though is the fun little treasure pocket.  I know she will love it more this summer when we go for walks.  Maggie is a rock collector.  I will randomly find them hidden in our house and we have no idea how she gets them in here!  I know she will be filling her pocket with her rock treasures from our walks.  Living in Minnesota it gets pretty hot during the summer, so I love that they are moisture wicking and UN protectant to keep her protected and comfortable.  I’m interested in how rip resistant they really are.  We have a lot of stickers in our yard, and during the summer, they tend to rip up our clothes when we land in them, which, we inevitably do.  The tagless label is nice as well so Maggie isn’t being scratched by it all day long.  Zupers are made in the USA (yay) and available in a wide variety of sizes from 6 months up to 14 years.  {Unfortunately, not adult sizes} Zupers shorts are available in 6 different colors and prints – get one or get them all!  Stylish girls active wear that your little girl can actually be active in while being comfortable!   The only downside is that they are lay flat or hang dry, but they do dry really fast (especially if you hang them out in the sun since you will be wearing them during summer). Buy them on Amazon for $26.00 or take 40% off any full priced item with code SPRING40 and get free shipping on orders of over $50 {only at Zupers website}.  Join Zupers on Facebook or Twitter to know when the new collections arrive, or find out when there are great deals! The fine folks at Zupers are giving away a pair of shorts to one lucky little girl!  Enter below. a Rafflecopter giveaway  I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my […]
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Gift a Baby Comfort Care Kit

[…]for baby Henry.  I also loves this blanket and it’s nice and small for snuggly newborns.  Most of the time, I include a swaddle blanket instead but I just love this blanket. I added in a keyring toy, nail clippers, a thermometer and something else I came across while I was shopping at Target. Little Remedies® Advanced Colic Relief is NEW and available at Target,  and Little Remedies® Gas Drops.  You can get a smokin’ deal right now on these items at Target .Little Remedies® Advanced Colic Relief drops are 20% off on Cartwheel right now {find them in the baby aisle}.  Yay for savings!  And, if you buy 2 of either the Little Remedies® Gas Drops or the Little Remedies® Gripe Water {found in the digestive aisle} you will get a $5 Target gift card for your next purchase.  You have until October 17, 2015 to stock up and save. This video will tell you more about these baby must have products, free samples, even a chance to win an in person rescue from Little Remedies® rescue team. To win, tweet @LittleRemedies or post on Facebook using the campaign hashtag #LittleRescue. Little Remedies® will respond to moms with tips and advice from pediatricians and nutrition experts for soothing their little one. For moms in need of some extra relief, we will also send a real ­life rescue team to the homes of a few lucky moms to deliver forms of relief, including Little Remedies® Gas Relief Drops, Gripe Water and NEW Advanced Colic Relief Drops. With no artificial flavors or dyes, you can get those little tummies back on track to happy baby time. I stuffed in some tissue paper, adding in the baby goodies and cannot wait to give it away.  What a fun and useful gift, don’t you […]

Stokke Scoot Giveaway

[…]   The lovely people at Stokke want to give one lucky person the chance to win a Stokke Scoot in their choice of color, valued at $599! photos adapted from Stokke Open to the US and Canada, ages 18 and up. Ends 11/15/13 at 11:59 PM EST. Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good Luck! Entry-Form Disclosure: This blog did not receive any compensation for hosting this giveaway and is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please contact vivaveltoro{at}gmail.com with any […]

Who needs pants? {Stuffin’ Fluff review}

[…]snapped the same on each side so I can’t use the center one – silly, I know}.  Each wing of the diaper has 3 snaps.  There are also 2 crossover snaps on one wing to ensure a snug fit on those littlest of babies.  The snaps are the perfect accent color to add a little more color to your diaper. The diaper will fit approximately 10-35 pounds.  When using the fold down rise, it will fit until approximately 20 pounds. The soaker is made up of 2 soakers sewn together at one end.  I really like that it is actually sewn together at the end, instead of in a little more.  This speeds up drying time because the entire soaker can be opened up to dry.  The soaker is made from a hemp/organic cotton blend, and organic bamboo French terry, topped with cotton velour, for a total of 7 layers of fabric in the soaker.  The stitching on both the soaker and the diaper is done in an accent color to match the diaper. The elastic on the back and legs of this diaper is fantastic.  There is a lot of stretch {hello chunky babies} and it is so gentle on babies skin.  You will not find red marks from this diaper. The monkey pattern is just perfect for Charlie man, because, well, that’s what he is – a monkey!  Doesn’t he look like a little stud in his Stuffin’ Fluff matching diaper and shirt? Want to get your hands…well, okay, your baby’s bum on one of these diapers, and perhaps a matching shirt to go with it?  Check out Stuffin’ Fluff on Facebook for a huge selection of materials to choose from.  See the latest stocking over at Hyena Cart.   Plus, right now, as part of the Falling Into Fitted Diapers grand prize, you can enter to win one of your own Stuffin’ Fluff […]

Books on the Solar System

[…]of pictures packed into this book, your children will soak up so much information about every one of them and you can have fun learning together.  Quicklinks are also available for this book.  This book can be yours for $14.99. Big Book of Rockets and Spacecraft While not entirely on topic, a great book to go along with your solar system studies.  The 4 fold out pages will have your kids learning while sitting on your lap.  Check out the quicklinks for this one too.  $14.99   Shine a Light Space Station If you haven’t seen the Shine a Light books before, they are so much fun!  Packed full of information in such a fun way.  Each page gives you some information, then you shine a flashlight behind the page and it reveals a hidden image.  Turn the page to learn more about it.  One in a series of 13 books, this one is sure to be a favorite.  These also make great gifts.  $12.99 Astronomy This book is part of the Usborne Discovery series.  We are just beginning to dig into this one and we love it.  This is a great book for kids looking for more in depth information on a certain space topic or for a little bit older kids.  This book is recommended for ages 7-10.  With great pictures to make learning fun, kids and adults will all love this one.  This is internet linked for tons more learning time.  $8.99 The Usborne Science Encyclopedia I love love love the Usborne encyclopedias.  My four year old is crazy about them as well.  He is that child that remembers everything and loves facts.  He soaks up so much information.  His favorite thing about them {and my six year old favorite as well} is the QR links.  Each two page layout has a QR code.  Scan that code with your phone or tablet using a QR reader and it brings you to more videos, pictures and more on the topic covered on that page.  This encyclopedia has over 180 QR codes and over 1,000 internet links.  The back of the book has tons more information on scientist and inventions and so much more.  Once we ordered this book, I knew we wanted all of the encyclopedias. You could use this book as your main science curriculum for years!   $19.99 The Usborne Children’s Encyclopedia Did I mention that I LOVE the Usborne Encyclopedias?  This one is SO amazing.  With fun, vivid pictures that keep the learning fun, even for the younger crows, this book is amazing.  There is an entire section on space in the children’s encyclopedia.  There are also over 150 QR links and over 650 internet links.  Not only do I think every home should have this book, I think you could teach for years using this encyclopedia as a guide.  $15.99 100 Things to Spot in the Night Sky I love these wipe clean cards.  They are perfect for independent study and quiet time.  This deck of 52 cards teaches about the constellations and things in the night sky.  Each card is packed full of information like how to find that constellation, where it’s located in the sky, how it got it’s name and so much more.  $9.99 100 Things to Know About Space Space is a huge topic, but this friendly book breaks it down into bite-sized chunks, making it an accessible introduction for anyone who wants to find out about this fascinating subject. Highly illustrated, in a pictorial, ‘infographics’ style, with snippets of information about all aspects of space. $12.99 Astronomy and Space Reference Book This book is an exciting introduction to the wonders of space. Find out how stars are born, what it’s like to live in space, and lots more. $9.99  {This can also be purchased as a sticker book.} The Usborne Book of Astronomy and Space This updated edition shows you the universe, using the latest amazing information from astronomers around the world, and space probes around the galaxy. This book includes practical information on home astronomy and buying and using equipment.  It is also packed full of internet links.  $14.99 Lift the Flap Questions and Answers About Space Many children are fascinated by space and the universe, and this engaging flap book will answer lots of their questions. With entertaining and informative illustrations and over 50 flaps to lift and look beneath. A brilliant introduction to non-fiction for very young children. With over 60 flaps to lift this book is sure to satisfy even the most inquisitive children! $14.99 Look Inside Space Blast off into space with this fascinating flap book with over 60 flaps. Find out how the moon was made, why stars shine and how we know so much about planets that are far, far away. $14.99   On the Moon Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go to the Moon? This beautifully illustrated picture book will take you on a journey to find out. You can fly into outer space, walk on the Moon and take a look at our world from a very, very long way away.  This is a great book for really young learners to be involved in your learning fun.  $9.99   Peek Inside Space This simple non-fiction book for very young children is filled with facts about space and the universe. Young children can lift the flaps and peek through the holes in the pages to find out lots about space; this interactive introduction to the subject is accurate, playful, and approachable. Space is a “hot” topic at the moment and is a fascinating subject that can lead little minds to be more interested about science as a whole. $11.99 The Story of Astronomy and Space A narrative introduction to the mysteries of space and the secrets of astronomy, packed with scientific facts about the solar system, comets, the Big Bang theory, telescopes, space exploration, and lots more. Diagrams and amusing illustrations help make complex ideas easy and fun. Also includes star charts, a glossary, and an astronomy timeline.  $12.99 Astronomy How do astronomers study planets, stars and galaxies? What are rovers and where have they landed? How do different telescopes work? In this book, you’lll find out the answers and lots more fascinating facts about astronomy.  $4.99   That’s the current list of Usborne Space books. There are also a ton of activity books on space which I did not include in this list.   Which book are you most excited […]