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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

[…]wonderful viewers we also put together a  12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!   Enter to WIN one of these prizes listed below:  PLAYMOBIL-Discovery Channel tent I see Me-Sing along book Crayola– $50 Visa Gift Card Kids Kitchen club-Garden Books Exposed Skin-Skin set Amazingly Beautiful-Serum gift set (3) Family Christian-$5 gift certificate (1) Finishline-$20 gift card USAopoly-Wonky Game Boogie Board-Boogie board & e writer ENO-Islander Victoria Chart Co-My big star chart Hangomatic-hangomatic Justins-Variety of coupons UglySnuglies-Winners choice Fluffeez-Animal Meeno babies-Billie the goat + extras Made From Earth-Beeswax butter Timi & leslie-Kate bag Sockwork-box 2015 World Vision Gift Catalog-African Soapstone Box Bumkins-Cat in the hat shirt Disney Princess pop-up book Uncle Milton-Character Family Christian– Jesus Loves me Soundbook I See Me Ornament My Amazing Monster Prize Kit (5) Grandpa Beck’s Games Keyport Bundle Kidz bop Christmas cd & Kidz bop cd International play things Seaside Cruiser House boat & Secret Island Playhouse (2) The greatest dot to dot books   Kiss Naturals lip blam Plasmart 3D 2 in 1 puzzle & Magic Canvas Night owl paper goods– calendar Simply follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter below to enter: a Rafflecopter giveaway Check out the other Wonderful hosts here:  NonPerfect Parenting  Western New Yorker  Home Making Heather Mom junky Here we go again Thrifty mom’s reviews Single Momma Saga Centsable steals  CholyFlower Big family reviews Amundsen House of Chaos Peyton’s Penny Pinching Momma Two full time jobs Chelseas mommy experiencing new things loving life Crazy bloggin mom  Love.Live.Review  Operation $40K FINE PRINT: No purchase necessary to win gift cards.  Purchase or payment of any kind will not increase your odds of winning. Sweepstakes/Giveaways are open only to legal residents of the fifty {50} United States {including District of Columbia} who are at least eighteen {18} years old at the time of entry, unless otherwise noted in the footer of each individual promotion. The duration of the giveaway is specified within the post. The giveaway prize is specified within the post. Winners are selected at random and will be announced the week of the giveaway end date within the original giveaway post. Winners must comply with all terms and conditions of these official rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all […]

DIY Personalized Glitter Water Bottle

[…]been having so much fun, it is amazing how much information these little ones can soak up.  One of the funnest parts of our learning adventures is actually our geography, which really surprises me because that was never one of my favorite subjects growing up.  I had found an idea online and amped it up to be more of a fit for us.  This week, we are learning about Ethiopia.  Fact:  going into this – I knew NOTHING about Ethiopia but could probably {maybe} find it on a map.  My favorite part of homeschool is that not only do I get to learn right along with the kids, but we get to bring what we are learning about to life.  Today I will be sharing some DIY glitter water bottles that we made, but first, why we are making them.   Our geography curriculum includes reading some books on the area we are studying, doing a fun worksheet that includes coloring the flag, and making a traditional meal.  One book I stumbled across in my research was A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park.  Nya, a young girl walks 2 hours each way twice a day to find clean water.  During the dry season, her family has to move and dig through the mud to hopefully find clean water.  It pulled at my heartstrings and I can’t wait for it to get here in the next few days so I can read all of it!  I mean, I have a water cooler in the kitchen and fill my water bottle up whenever I want to.  I felt lost when it was broken for a few weeks and we had to keep a jug of water in our refrigerator.  I can’t imagine not knowing if or when we could get more water to drink. One thing we decided to do after talking about Ethiopia and the water crisis was to make the kids some new water bottles of their own.  We all have our own water bottles and they go everywhere with us.  The kids have been begging for new ones and this was the perfect time to get them.  They were so excited and even more excited when I began working on making them extra special.  They were each getting a glitter ombre type water bottle with their name on it.  They were glued to my side during the entire process. They are super easy to make, but you know – glitter.  It goes everywhere.  That’s why it’s so much fun!  So, let’s gather up the materials and get to it. Materials Stainless steel water bottle Extra Fine Glitter Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge Foam Brush Painters Tape or Masking Tape Tape Measure or Ruler Triple Thick Clear Coat Stencil with Name or Design {Optional} Let’s get crafty! The first thing you want to do is wipe the water bottle clean using either water or alcohol. Next, apply your stencil.  We cut ours in vinyl so it stuck easily to the water bottle, but you may have to tape your stencil name on. Decide what color glitter you will be using.  For Maggie’s, we used light pink, dark pink and purple.  For Charlie’s, he chose blue and silver.  Decide where you want to tape off and separate the colors. ***I thought I’d be fancy and do the names in two colors.  Big regret.  It still looks cool, but the tape on top of the stencil made it pull up on Maggie’s and I had to redo it.  Plus, on Charlie’s, where the blue glitter is, it blends into the blue cup so it is a little tougher to read the top half of his name.*** Place tape around water bottle.  Begin by tearing off a large enough piece of tape.  Then, cut small slits around the top and bottom to allow it to stretch or bunch more easily, allowing you to evenly place it around the water bottle.  Use a ruler or tape measure as you go around to ensure it is in an even line across. Place a second piece of tape over where the slits are if necessary to prevent you from getting glitter where you don’t want it.  Don’t forget to tape along the top and bottom of the bottle if necessary. Now is the fun part!  Apply a thin, even coat of mod podge on the surface that you want to cover using the foam brush. I recommend using a small cake pan or cookie sheet when working with glitter so that it doesn’t end up everywhere.  Holding the water bottle in one hand, shake the glitter around the water bottle as you spin it.  Apply an even coat, covering the entire surface.  Gently tap the edge of the bottle to allow any excess to fall off.  Let dry thoroughly, roughly an hour. When it is dry, apply a second layer of mod podge over your layer of glitter.  Reapply the later of glitter.  We ended up adding in a little of our second color when we did this second coat to make it a more gradual color change on Maggie’s.  We only did one layer on Charlie’s because it covered perfectly.  Again, let it dry completely.  Repeat this step until you have the look you want. Once you have finished, repeat again for any open space you have.  I still had to do the middle of Maggie’s water bottle but I didn’t tape it off because I was alright with the colors blending a little.  I repeated the mod podge, glitter routine until it was perfect for us. Now comes the moment of wow.  Peel off the tape and the stencil.  Ta-da!  Your masterpiece is almost finished, just one more step. Spray with triple thick clear coat.  Let dry.   Now that they could FINALLY use their water bottles, they could focus on school work.  We read through our books on Ethiopia and they got busy drawing and coloring the flag.  We talked about interesting places to visit, the size of the country, population and what they are known for.  We talked some more about the water crisis and how it might make us feel if we were there. We talked about ways that we can help families facing no water.  One thing we talked about was how people and companies sometimes do things to help other countries out and one thing we talked about was the Emergen-C® raspberry packets that we picked up for me at the store.  I’m a fan of Emergen-C®, especially during the winter months around here.  Since we were out, I picked some raspberry flavor up from Walmart.  I never get enough sleep and know I need all of the help I can get. Emergen-C® is packed with B vitamins, antioxidants† , electrolytes plus more vitamin C than 10 oranges^. With over 20 flavors, you have plenty of delicious varieties to choose from.” † Zinc and Manganese ^Based on the nutrient database value for a large, raw orange.”  Emerge and See. Emerge restored. Emerge replenished. Emerge Fortified*” *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Onto the awesome part though. Emergen-C® understands the need for clean, accessible water for everybody and they are setting out to do something about it.  You can join Emergen-C® on their mission to help fund projects that bring clean, accessible water to communities in Ethiopia by entering the #40Pounds Challenge and/or Emergen-C charity:water The #40Pounds Challenge Join us in this challenge by uploading your picture to Instagram, using hashtag #40Pounds and tagging @emergenc.  #40Pounds Challenge and/or Emergen-C charity water The #40Pounds Challenge We are taking the #40Pounds challenge, are you? #ad Find out more #ontheblog #OurPieceOfEarth #homeschool #geography @emergenc A photo posted by Our Piece of Earth (@summers1405) on Oct 12, 2016 at 8:56am PDT We all learned a lot about how very different our life is from the girls living in Ethiopia walking for hours to get clean water while we are having fun doing our school work.  Part of our goal with our geography is to enable the kids to see inside other places and learn what they can; what they are known for, what they have in excess or lack, what attractions there are and tons of facts about the countries.  I love taking them on a tour of the world.   What ways does your family explore the world?  Is teaching them about ways they can help and give back part of your daily life?   *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any […]

Play, snack and nap! {Giveaway}

[…]some of finest and softest, minky fabric you can find. At 11.5″ each, they stack up as one of the largest plush blocks your children will get their little hands on. Whether you are looking for a unique addition to your nursery decor, or something your child will love to play with for years to come, these blocks have it all. They have won three toy awards and have been featured in celebrity nursery designer, Sherri Blum’s, Gender Surprise nursery. Hand-made in the U.S.A. For more information visit New Jammies Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest 3 pairs of New Jammies – Retail Price $105 Winner can choose styles from online store. New Jammies were created for you! There’s a world in our dreams, pure and simple. It is a world where every child is happy and healthy. This is why we created New Jammies,100% pure, natural organic cotton pajamas. Bedtime is a precious time of day for children and we love that we can help make it a little better. Our super, soft cozy Jammies with colorful, playful images, send children off to dream each and every night. When they wake, we want it to be to a world that is cleaner, brighter, and more hopeful each day! Our dream: The happiest children you’ve ever seen! For more information visit Milkin’ Cookies Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest 2 week supply of Milkin’ Cookies – Retail Price: $21.99 Milkin’ Cookies are delicious lactation cookies for nursing moms. They include healthy ingredients to boost breast milk production. We aim to provide delicious products to make a Mommy’s life easier. For more information visit Wristy Buddy Website | Facebook | Twitter Wristy Buddy teething wristband – Retail Price: $14.95 Winner can choose style from online store. Wristy Buddy is a teething wristband designed for babies who haven’t developed the motor skills to hold traditional teething devices. Wristy Buddy is made of absorbent materials to help keep little faces and clothing dry. Its various textures and colors engage and stimulate. It is easily accessible to your teething baby and is more sanitary than traditional teething objects. Wristy Buddy is machine washable and patent pending. For more information visit Ah Goo Baby Website | Facebook | Twitter ARK changing pad – Retail Price: $49.95 The Arkô by Ah Goo BabyÆ is built around our luxurious, air-molded memory foam mattress that relieves pressure points to keep your baby relaxed during changings. It is made up of billions of high-density, elastic micro cushions. When the temperature-sensitive cells come in contact with the warm areas of your baby’s body, they get softer and more pliable. In cooler areas, they stay firm. The cells will literally float to conform to your baby’s tiny contours. The cells shift so your baby doesn’t have to. BPA-Free, Hypo-allergenic, and anti-microbial. Perimeter zipper for easy removal. Water-resistant, machine washable cover. Includes safety strap for baby and fastening straps for child-proofing. Sized 16 x 32 inch (40 x 80 cm) to fit most standard changing pads. For more information visit Bumkins Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest Dr. Suess Gift Basket Basket contains two snack bags, a 9-month short-sleeved bodysuit, a 12-month pajama set, a receiving blanket and a 3-pack of SuperBibs. Bumkins Finer Baby Products is dedicated to providing distinctively designed, quality, family-oriented merchandise. Bumkins believes that products can be both practical and attractive, and strives to provide visually appealing, value-driven merchandise to our loyal customers. For more information visit Kinder Stuff Website | Facebook | Twitter Organic t-shirt – Retail Price: $32 Winner can choose style from online store. We believe that every baby deserves the best we can create for them. That’s why our clothes are made from the best and softest organic cotton we could find. These premium fabrics are then cut and sewn in selected factories that have a long tradition of craftsmanship. Our clothes are screen printed with non-toxic inks. All this helps us ensure that our products are of the highest quality and free of harmful chemicals and additives. Premium clothes should be more than just hip, they should also be unquestionably safe and eco-friendly. For more information visit Poopsies Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest Dakota style poopsies in size 3-6 months – Retail Price: $32 A poopsies is an infant onesie made with a patented waterproof lining in the back that keeps blowouts from leaking through and ruining clothing. In addition to being made from the softest, most fashionable fabrics, poopsies’ unique lining is waterproof, breathable, and machine washable. For more information visit Wishy Life Buddies Website | Facebook An Easter Tradition Book + Buddy – Retail Price: $30 ‘Wishy Life Buddies: An Easter Tradition’ provides families with a sneaky, seasonal pal who gives treats, rewards and encouraging messages to well-behaved children during the Easter Season. Children bring their ‘Buddy’ to life by naming him and sprinkling him with Wishy Dust. The book includes ‘Buddy’ and seven empty eggs that are hidden and filled each day for a week leading up to Easter Sunday. Eggs can be filled with anything from stickers and treats to messages and small gifts, but bad behavior results in an empty, unhidden egg. ‘Buddy’ departs on Easter Sunday and promises to return the following year to watch after his new friends and family. For more information visit Buttons Cloth Diapers Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest Buttons Cloth Diaper Set – Retail Price: $54 3 covers and 6 daytime inserts (small or large) Buttons Cloth Diapers were born at home. As a husband and wife team, we designed our diapers to be easy to use and affordable for everyone – the way it should be. We believe in keeping our lives simple, even when it comes to diapering. Buttons Diapers feature soft, leak-proof, and durable diaper covers. The double-gussets around the legs keeps the mess in, so your little one can run, jump, climb, and sleep while your mind is at ease. Elastic at the back and tummy makes a custom fit. The durable snaps allow the covers to adjust to fit any baby (approximately 9-35 lbs.). And, they come in five adorable colors! For more information visit Enter to Win this Fabulous Set of Prizes! One Winner will be selected August 29th. Have fun and good luck! Giveaway ends 11:59 pm EST on August 28, 2013   a Rafflecopter giveaway   Our Piece of Earth not responsible for prize […]

Healthy Family Giveaway

[…]safety clippers have only one blade! The bottom flat plastic ledge pushes baby’s skin back out of the way while the top blade cuts the nail… and only the nail. The unique ergonomic design and larger size makes it easier to hold and operate when you don’t want to make a mistake. The design also protects from cutting too closely to the sensitive nail bed. Leaf Therapeutic Prize: Leaf Skin Therapy Lotion – 2 ounces Heathy Family Giveaway – Leaf Therapy Lotion – Mommy Scene Leaf Skin Therapy Lotion features a formula that is both hydrating and healing for damaged skin, without using toxic preservatives. Leaf Skin Therapy Lotion uses natural and safe (and expensive!) fermented radish root and goldenseal extract. It is safe enough to use on babies and, although this lotion was specially designed for people with eczema and other dry skin conditions, it works great on normal skin, too. Best of all, it has an extremely low toxicity rating on the Environmental Working Group website. If you are looking for an ultra-hydrating, hypoallergenic, unscented lotion, this is the lotion for you! Little Standout Prize: 100% Silicone Diamond Teething Toy Heathy Family Giveaway – Little Standout – Mommy Scene Add a little bling to your day with Little Standout’s 100% silicone Diamond Teether! Made for tiny hands and achy gums, our silicone teethers are non-toxic and free of BPA, PVC, phthalates, lead, cadmium and all that other yucky stuff you don’t want to see your baby putting into their mouth. They are dishwasher safe, making them super easy to clean and totally awesome! Young Living Prize: One Bottle of OrthoEase massage oil, one Oola Book + samples from Young Living Heathy Family Giveaway – Young Living – Mommy Scene OrthoEase massage oil soothes and warms tired and stressed bodies, helping to combat the damaging effects of everyday activities. With a calming blend of oils, it will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed. OrthoEase contains: coconut oil, wintergreen, peppermint, juniper, eucalyptus, lemongrass, marjoram, thyme, vetiver, sweet almond oil, and olive oil The international bestselling book “Oola, Find Balance in an Unbalanced World. The 7 areas you need to balance and grow to live the life of your dreams” is written by Dave Braun and Troy Amdahl. This book inspired Young Living’s Infused 7 Line. As a Mom and wife, I strive to provide my family with a lifestyle of wellness and abundance. My life has changed since November 2014, using Young Living Essential Oils. I have less anxiety, more peace, more energy and an overall sense of well being. Not only do I apply and diffuse them every day, I cook and clean with them and save tons of money. Our body is our greatest asset. The healthier we are and better we feel, the more we can enjoy life, our families, friends and go after our dreams. Each day we get older and each day we are given a fresh new opportunity to age better, to have more joy, energy and focus and to truly experience “young living”. Follow me for upcoming class updates and daily Oily Living. Erika Miller Independent Distributor Young Living Essential Oils #2108472 Baby Buddy Prize: Baby Buddy 360 Toothbrush (Step 1 & Step 2) Heathy Family Giveaway – Baby Buddy – Mommy Scene The Baby Buddy 360 degree toothbrush is truly innovative – it is the world’s first 360 degree designed toothbrush. Developed in the Osaka University Dental Hospital of Japan, the 360 Toothbrush has unparalleled cleaning power thanks to over 10,000 micro fine bristles – 10 times more than the average toothbrush. Circular rings firmly hold bristles in place, while spacing washers between bristle layers make it more effective for removing plaque and keeping the brush clean. Works great for cleaning the tongue and for massaging gums. Take a 360 Toothbrush to work, out camping, or on the road, as it may be used effectively with water alone when you are on the go. Available as Step 1 for ages 4-24 month olds and as Step 2 for 2-12 year olds. Genesis 950 Prize: Gallon of Genesis 950 & spray bottle Heathy Family Giveaway – Genesis 950 – Mommy Scene Genesis 950 is a green, all purpose cleaner that makes cleaning your home safe. Genesis 950 is free of harsh chemicals and works as a concentrate with water to break the bonds of stains by making them water soluble. When a stain becomes water soluble, it can then be broken down and flushed from the surface. In doing so it removes the toughest stains and biggest messes. Babycook Pro Prize: Babycook Pro Original Baby Food Maker, prize color may vary – winner may be able to select preferred color if in stock Heathy Family Giveaway – Babycook Pro – Mommy Scene babycook pro is the original baby food maker on the market. It makes up to 4.7 cups of food in a sleek, patented countertop appliance that steam cooks, blends and reheats all-in-one, in 15 minutes or less. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers, then simply defrost and reheat right in babycook. Steam cooking locks in vitamins and nutrients, a multi-purpose mixing blade provides just the right texture, the timer has an audible alert to tell you when meals are ready, and all of this with total one-handed operation. This appliance is loaded with features that make any parent a “pro” in baby food preparation. Sip & Spin Prize: Sip & Spin Straw Cup Heathy Family Giveaway – Sip & Spin – Mommy Scene The Sip & Spin straw cup has a unique fun-factor – a pinwheel in the lid that spins as you sip. Playful artwork on the pinwheel disc coordinates with the cup art, creating an engaging drinking experience for your child. The racing trucks and soaring butterflies can encourage playing kids to take a water break, cheer up and rehydrate a sick child, or motivate a toddler to transition from a bottle or spouted sippy to a straw cup. As parents, we know what a pain it can be to clean kids’ cups, so we made sure all the components come apart easily for cleaning and are dishwasher safe. The Sip & Spin straw cup is a cute gift and a fun way to keep kids hydrated… Hydration Motivation! kidSTAT Prize: kidSTAT First Aid Kit Heathy Family Giveaway – kidSTAT – Mommy Scene kidSTAT is targeted for active toddlers and kids. This kit is equipped with hospital-grade products to treat the most common childhood emergencies: aches+sprains, bites+burns, and cuts+scrapes. kidSTAT has easy-to-follow, first-aid instructions to reassure you when your child is in distress. Together with “red flags” warnings on when to seek medical attention, this comprehensive kit was designed by moms, who happen to be ER doctors, too. kidSTAT contains: 91 items Doctor-written, step-by-step instructions Full-sized items, latex & BPA free Hospital-grade products Red flags to go to the ER Emergency contact/Pediatric CPR card Pacific Baby Prize: Natural Feeding Starter Set – Green Heathy Family Giveaway – Pacific Baby – Mommy Scene Made from Natural Bamboo. Safe & Healthy. Machine Washable and Biodegradable. Yummi Pouch Prize: Yummi Pouch Brights Reusable Food Pouches Heathy Family Giveaway – Yummi Pouch – Mommy Scene Yummi Pouch Brights (Set of 4) combine style and convenience in an eco-friendly container you can fill with homemade smoothies and blended snacks! Easy to fill and clean through the top zipper opening and enjoyed by drinking from the side spout, Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches are great for kids taking healthy snacks on the go. Includes set of 4 assorted patterns. Enter to win these great prizes!  Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on October 8, 2015.  Open to US residents only. a Rafflecopter giveaway This contest is sponsored by Mommy Scene and is open to US entries. One winner will be chosen and displayed on the giveaway widget after the contest ends on Oct. 8th, 2015. Mommy Scene and participating blogs are not responsible for fulfilling brand-sponsored prizes. Prizes will be shipped directly from each […]

Our Family Is Complete Group Giveaway Event

[…]a great giveaway to celebrate this time!    Michelle and Heather took the time to contact some of their favorite companies they’ve worked with, purchased from, and used over the last eight years with their children and together they were able to secure over 20 great companies willing to share in this fun event, and one lucky winner will receive all prizes listed below, worth over $1700 in retail value.    This event is perfect for expecting parents, new parents, and anyone else who could use/gift these great prizes. Below you’ll read a little about each company, what they offer, and a chance to win directly from them!    Combi is a leader in the baby gear industry. Everything from Strollers to Car Seats to High Chairs. They excel in baby gear and their most recent release is the  Fold N Go Double stroller. A new stroller that holds 2 children up to 50 pounds each, fits through standard doorways and comes in 3 gorgeous colors. You can view Heather’s review here. Graco provides thoughtful, practical and dependable parenting solutions inspired by the instincts and best intentions of a loving parent. After carefully observing a parent’s natural instincts to protect, nurture, comfort and soothe, Graco brings them to life in a broad range of innovative products, from strollers and car seats to high chairs, play-yards, monitors and more. You can view Michelle’s recent Milestone car seat review here. Zoey’s Attic Personalized Gifts officially launched in November 2006 by creator and owner Erin Delanty.  The inspiration for the website came shortly after the birth of their first child. Once they decided to grow their family it was a no brainer to have the store where families could come and get personalized items for children of any age! They now offer items for siblings, parents, grandparents, teachers and much more! Michelle has worked with Erin for years, but you can read her latest review here. KidCo has very innovative products. They specialize in safety with things like baby gates, bed rails and home safety items. But my favorite product is the GoPod. It’s a great seat for ages 4-12 months. It has an adjustable height and it only weighs 7 pounds! It also comes in 3 colors and you can see Heather’s review here. Tiny Love has all the fun toys for babies. They feature bright, fun colors that really engage your baby’s creativity. I really love their Gymini’s (play mats). They are so engaging and really hold baby’s attention for a long time, with new activities to do all the time! One of their best sellers is the Gymini Kick N Play for 0-12 months. Although we haven’t reviewed this Gymini you can see our other reviews like toys here, Heather’s Take along Bouncer here, and Michelle’s Rock Napper here.  HALO Innovations is dedicated to putting the health, safety and well-being of babies first. In fact, over 1,300 hospitals use HALO® SleepSack® wearable blankets through the HALO Safer Way to Sleep Initiative.  The HALO family of products, including HALO SleepSacks and SleepSack Swaddles, SwaddeSure and the best-selling HALO BassinestTM Swivel Sleeper, help children from newborn to toddler age sleep better and safer. You can view Heather’s Sleepsack review here, and Michelle has an Early Walker review here Thinkbaby was known for their bottles and sippy cups, but they have recently delved into the world of skin care as well! They’ve had sunscreen out for a while, but now they have a whole line of body care for baby! The new Essentials Gift Set is perfect for a baby shower gift or new baby gift. You can view Heather’s review here. Crane USA’s cool mist humidifiers help to moisten up the nasal passages and soothe dry coughs so that children can breathe easier and sleep peacefully at night. Crane humidifiers are whisper quiet, run up to 24 hours and do not require a filter. Sometimes the best medicine is no medicine! They also offer a variety of other home products like air purifiers, heaters, night lights, and more. Michelle’s reviewed both items up for grabs, so you can review that old review here. Zutano is one of those companies that almost any parent has heard of. A very popular clothing company with soft, bright and comfortable clothes for babies and toddlers. They have entire coordinating lines and they are SUPER cute and will be perfect for any young baby. You can view Heather’s latest review here. 2 Red Hens Studio Coop Carry-All Diaper Bag Custom-designed, highly functional bowling bag style diaper bags. When not in use as a diaper bag mom can use as an overnight bag. Includes extra-long changing pad in 2 Red Hens signature red dot pattern. Available in 5 custom designed vintage-inspired patterns: Chevron Stripes, Grey Damask, Peacock Mum, Pink Lemonade and Owl Dots NurturMe is the first family of certified-organic, dried fruit and veggie meals and snacks created to nourish healthy growth and overall wellness in little ones. Bursting with vital nutrients and fresh organic flavor, NuturMe’s Quinoa infant cereals, dried NurturMeals baby food and Yum-a-Roo’s toddler snacks help parents feed their children better from first bites to first steps, and everywhere in between. Delivering 1.5 servings of fruit AND veggies in each pouch. You can view Heather’s latest review here. Hugaboo was designed by a mother to give Baby 360 degree support. It provides a cushy, portable design that can be taken around the house where cuties are be able to observe their surroundings in complete comfort. They come in a variety of color options, and have toy attachments for play time. Check out Michelle’s past review here.  MAM  combines technological innovation, medical function and contemporary design to develop superior baby care products that support a baby’s development from day one. Since MAM developed its first soother in Vienna in 1976, it has evolved to become a global authority on baby care product design and quality. Today MAM products are used by families in over 50 countries and on five continents. MAM’s baby care range includes award-winning pacifiers, bottles, cups, teethers, oral care items and coordinating accessories. You can view Heather’s latest review here. Australia based was founded in 2007 by Dannielle Michaels and Monique Filer. The award winning collection of innovative design led, everyday baby essentials includes The Travel Rack, The Essential Sippy Cup, The Essential Diaper Wallet, The Essential Baby Bottle and Dispenser, The Essential Diaper Caddy, The Essential Travel Bib and Flexible Spoon, The Essential Snack Pack, The Essential Mesh Feeder and The Essential Baby Spoon. Pediped is one of Heather’s favorite shoe companies for babies and toddlers. They have the cutest, flexible shoes for children. They fit comfortably and allow healthy foot development. Pediped is turning 10 this year and they won Children’s Footwear Brand of the Year for 2015! You can see Heather’s latest review here. Silikids is a wonderful brand. They make everything out of silicone and glass, which are both totally safe for the environment! 2 great products are the Silimap and the Silibib. Both 100% silicone. Silimap is a placemat that teaches kids about the U.S. with a map of the United States. Kids can draw on the Silimap too with non-permanent marker and the map easily wipes clean.  Pre-sectioned panels allow for Silimap to fold easily and compactly making  it perfect for travel. Silimap is dishwasher safe and can also be wiped down and cleaned. Silibib is back with a new look and improved functionality.  Silibib is ergonomically designed to lie flat and features a convenient hidden pocket that easily flips forward to catch food. Silibib is soft and comfortable for baby, dishwasher safe (can be boiled to sterilize) and hypo allergenic.  You can view Heather’s latest review of Silikids here. Do you have a child swimmer? Konfidence is just what you need then! They have a lot of great flotation devices for kids. But their most popular is the Original Konfidence Jacket. Comes in 3 sizes from 2-7 years and lots of colors to choose from. Features like 8 removable  floats, allowing parents to adjust the buoyancy as child becomes more water confident. Wetsuit Grade neoprene and unique design assure that the jacket stays in place and won’t ride up. It’s the item to have this summer! Spark of Amber sells authentic, stunning natural Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces and bracelets. We also sell calming Baltic Amber earrings, pendants, bracelets, anklets, and rings from SparkofAmber. Only purchase from the best! At, we bring you the best Amber from Lithuania and the Baltic region! Check out Michelle’s latest review here.  Andy Pandy diapers are eco-friendly and made from biodegradable bamboo. They have a 100% satisfaction guarantee and each purchase helps support St. Jude. Such an amazing diaper. They don’t fill landfills like regular diapers since they are biodegradable and break down over time. But they’re still super soft to the touch. With a 3D design form fitting design that has efficient leakage barriers to fit baby perfectly and keep everything in place. You can view Heather’s review here. 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Homeschool Kindergarten with Usborne

[…]reading book after book was our school day and I’m pretty happy with that.  If the majority of their education comes on my lap, we must be doing something right. I realized then that while I enjoy buying curriculum, we all want a little change and {at least for now while they are young} we just have more fun doing school the Usborne way.  We definitely have other books that we love to use but a ton of our school books are Usborne and it’s working wonderfully for us.  I wanted to share what an Usborne kindergarten curriculum could look like.  I’ll try not to get too long winded, but I also want to give you some options because we all teach differently and kids all learn differently.  Using Usborne books allows you so much flexibility to keep your kids having fun while they learn all sorts of things.  Pick one or more from each category.  As always, leave me a message if you need help choosing or have any questions. Language Arts Alphabet Wipe Clean or First Words.  There are so many different wipe clean books to chose from.  If your child is just beginning to write – the Beginning Writing book is perfect.  Full of fun pictures, your kids will never realize they are learning to write their letters {making this perfect for a strong willed child who just doesn’t want to write their letters….I may have personal experience there}.  The alphabet wipe clean flashcards are great for practicing.  Put them on a key ring and they are perfect for practicing on car rides. Handwriting My First Story Writing Book.  If your child has mastered the art of writing their letters and numbers, it’s time for something different.  I’ve never been a fan of copy work, it’s boring to me, I imagine it’s not that fun for them.  That’s why I love this book and was so excited to get it for the kids.  They will spend the year writing their very own stories.  Go at your own pace as they learn all about the different things that make up a story, expand their vocabulary, and so much more.  The early pages are short, one to two word answers they can copy from multiple choice lists.  The margins of the book are filled with thought starter words and ideas and pictures to spark their imagination.  They are given the opportunity to draw pictures, write short stories, increase their hand writing skills and have fun doing all of it.  Not only that, but you can choose to write or spell it all out for your child or let them spell it out themselves.  They learn to think beyond a simple sentence and really describe the characters, the setting, the events that take place.  {Can you tell that I really love this book?}  There are other titles available in this series of books. Reading My Very First Reading Library .  I cannot say enough about how amazing this set is.  This set makes learning fun and more of a team thing.  The set contains 50 books and is designed to help your child from learning to read through a second grade level.  The first  books in the set are labeled with numbers 1-15.  The early books each have two books with the same number where kids will practice the same sounds.  The books are dual readers.  That means that you read them WITH your child.  Your child reads a few words, then you read so you are taking turns.  Your child can feel the success at having read a book right from the start. The back of the book contains a letter or sound list of what letters or letter combinations the child needs to know to read that book.  There are also some games in the back of each book to work on reading and reading comprehension.  You can also follow the links in the book for more activities and a word list for extra practice.  You use the set at your child’s speed. Phonics Readers.  Whether you want your child to practice more or your child wants some books they can read on their own outside of the reading library, the phonics readers are a great addition to your homeschool library.  At their very affordable price tag, you are sure to want these in your home. Learning Palette.  These fun discs are self correcting and customizable to what your child is ready for.  Start with matching letters or jump into beginning word sounds, it’s all up to your child. Math We know every kid is different.  Some are just starting to learn about the numbers and recognize them while others can already do simple adding like 1+1=2.  There are a lot of options, but here are just a few of the options Usborne offers for early math. Learning Palette.  This fun book will introduce your child to numbers 1-10.  They will learn to count groups of things and match them to the correct number.  They will also do simple math as they follow the bus on a bus route for the day and touch on things like first, second, third and more or less. Count to 100.  This is such a fun way to introduce larger groups of numbers.  As they begin counting 1 object, then 2, 3, etc., they will progress into 10, 20, 30, all the way to 100.  This book even introduces early multiplication skills when kids identify that the birds are in groups of 5 on a branch or the fish are in groups of 10 by color.  The pages are filled with fun questions about the pictures on that page that keep kids interested and the wheels turning in their mind. First Numbers Sticker Book.  We used this in preschool with my son.  He needed structure to keep from misbehaving and this was the only way I could get him to cooperate.  Each page teaches one number.  They place the sticker on the number, stickers on that number of items that fit in the picture, and then a little practice at the bottom of the page writing that number.  Finish out the book with different counting sticker activities. Wipe Clean 1 2 3.  I love the Usborne wipe clean books.  1 2 3 is a great way for kids to start to identify a number and have fun doing it.  The objects on the page are in groups to go with the number that page teaches.  As they progress through the pages, they continue practicing.  There are a few other number wipe clean books as well to choose from. Wipe Clean First Math.  Now that they know their numbers and how to write them, it’s time to have some fun with them.  Wipe Clean First Math will have them counting up objects like the smoke from the train and adding them together.  Your kids will have fun learning to add and subtract in this wipe clean book of monster fun. Lift the Flap First Math.  We know kids love touching books.  Let your child explore and learn about adding and subtracting up to ten as they lift flap after flap. First Math Slide and See Subtracting {also available for Adding}.  Learn to subtract from five with these fun pictures that go along with a quick story.  Slide the butterfly away to find out what five minus one equals.  These are a great, very visual way for your child to see what they are doing. Wipe Clean Telling the Time.  Learn all about telling the time in this fun wipe clean book.  From writing the time to drawing hands on a clock to learning about quarter after, quarter to, etc. Lift the Flap Telling the Time.  Learn to tell time in this fun book with over 125 flaps to lift. First Illustrated Math Dictionary.  I probably wouldn’t include this except that my daughter loves to pull it out to read it.  I call it learning, she calls it fun.  I’ll just leave it here and you can do with it as you wish.  Turn the pages as you learn more math concepts for some fun illustrations to explain what they are learning. Learning Wrap Ups.  You guys!  These things are awesome.  Each key has a different number.  You start by going down the left side and adding one to whatever number it is.  Then wrap the string around the next number on the left, add one and wrap it around the answer on the right side.  Finish by going all the way down, then turn the key over.  Each key is self correcting.  You can purchase addition, subtracting, and when they are ready – multiplication, division, fractions {or states and capitals}.     Science 365 Science Activities.  I love this book!  We are doing an experiment based science study,   The activities are arranged by what it is about.  For example, for density there are multiple activities you can do.  Choose one or do one, talk about it and try a different one to add in a new concept. Science Activities Vol. 1.  Volume 1 teaches about water, light, mirrors and magnets with fun activities that your kids will love.  Use this alone or use volumes 1, 2 and 3 for an exciting year of science. First Encyclopedia of Science.  The Usborne encyclopedias are so amazing!  Choose a page in the book to read about and learn.  Follow the internet links for more info about the topic. Illustrated Elementary Science.  Let the kids lead the way with this encyclopedia.  Go wherever their interests take them. Science may be one of my favorite things to teach.  If you are looking for more than just an experiment based science curriculum, let’s explore some more options.  What I love most though, is that there is science in everything, so pick up some books and have some fun.   Beginner books.  There are a ton of topics to choose from.  At only $4.99 each, you can choose them all.  The best part is that once your kids are independently reading, they can practice with these books as well.  Each book is packed full of amazing illustrations as well as tons of information.  You will find a glossary as well as internet links for more relevant information on the topic.  I like to use these and create entire theme units around them. My First Reference Book About Our World.  There are a few other titles in this series.  With colorful illustrations, small bits of information, this book takes it another step with different questions to see what they know.  It also has a quiz and glossary in the back and internet links.   Lift the Flap.  Usborne offers so many different lift the flap options with tons of titles in each one.  The See Inside books engage young readers with snippets of information behind every flap.  The Look Inside Your Body book is one of my all time favorites.  You lift a flap to find another flap and another as you uncover the different layers of the human body.  I think I still learn something new every time we read it.  First Questions and answers are another lift the flap book with shorter stories on a specific topic. Big Book of the Body.  These are so much fun!  Fold out the page which turns into four pages of the human body for you to explore.  It’s a very visual and fun way to learn about your body.  There are plenty of other Big Book titles to keep the fun going.   Geography   Choose an atlas and have fun with it.  I’m including the ages from the website, but you know your kids best and what will grab their attention to help them learn more. Big Picture Atlas A wonderfully big picture atlas for children to learn the basis of world geography. Lots of busy maps with fun illustrations to learn about the food and culture of other countries as well as capital cities. Putting pictures onto facts helps with memory and this big, satisfying book will help children memorize geography facts with ease.  Ages 4+ Children’s Picture Atlas I love the illustrations in this atlas.  The beginning pages cover different types of habitats or environments.  At the bottom of the page are a few items to search for on the maps.  It even covers how to identify the type of area by introducing a map key.  On each continent map page, there is a box on the page of the world with that continent highlighted.  A fun quiz at the end gives the kids a chance to see what they remember.  Ages 3+ Lift the Flap Picture Atlas  This atlas is packed full of tidbits of information about each continent.  There is also a flap full of facts about that country.  It also introduces a map key and information about the different types of maps.  There is a giant fold out map at the end complete with a flag about each country.  Ages 6+ Sticker Picture Atlas of the World This beautifully illustrated picture atlas is packed with over 350 stickers. Explore the maps to see the world’s most famous sights, and find out where different people and animals live. Place the stickers of famous sights, animals, etc.. on the grayed out areas of each continent.  There is also a spot on each page of the world map with that pages continent highlighted.  Ages 6+ The Usborne Geography Encyclopedia This newly updated book will introduce you to the whole field of geography, from rocks and their formation, the Solar System, weather and climates, and oceans, to human settlements, population trends, diverse ecosystems and environmental concerns.  This book is packed full of so much information and it is more in depth so it will keep growing with them.  There are TONS of different maps in this book as well as world flags.   I’m adding this to a kindergarten post because my kids love looking through it and it creates a lot of fun conversations.  Ages 10+ {but mine are 6, 5 and 2 and it gets used often}. Flags of the World to Color When I ordered this, I figured it was just another coloring book.  It is so much more than that.  Kids discover information about a country, a picture of the flag and then an outline of the flag for kids to color.  It’s so much fun!  Ages 6+ Flags Sticker Book With pictures of 200 flags, this fact-filled book includes the national flag of every country in the world, each one with a sticker to match. Maps of the continents show where each country is.  Ages 7+ Shine a Light Wonders of the USA  If you aren’t familiar with the Shine a Light books, they are so much fun!  Grab a flashlight, turn the lights down and have some fun.  Better yet – build a fort!  Each page takes your children to a different wonder of the USA.  Statue of Liberty, Mardi Gras, NASA’s Mission Control in Houston, and so much more.  Ages 4-8 {but my 2 year old thinks they are cool too}. HISTORY Then and Now   My kids love reading this book.  Each page takes you through a day then and a day now in a different setting.  The kitchen, school room, etc..  It’s a great visual comparison of then and now and it asks questions like how is the classroom different, etc.. Who Were the First Native Americans  Did they really send smoke signals? What was a Powwow? These are just two of the questions you’ll find tackled in this look at the Native American peoples. Packed full of fun, facts and illustrations about everyday life in early North America, this book has the answers. (“Usborne are to be congratulated on publishing yet another excellently produced book in their Starting Point History series.” Scottish Association of Teachers of History) Sticker Books There are so many options here that I just couldn’t choose one or two to feature here.  From First World War sticker books to Renaissance and tons of different decades featured in the Historical Sticker Dressing Fashion books; choose from 1920, 1950 and so much more.  Such a fun way to learn a little about history while improving fine motor skills at the same time. Art Depending on your game plan for art this year, whether you want the focus on creating art or art history, we have a book for you. The Usborne Complete Book of Art Ideas.  I love this book {and more importantly, so do the kids} because of the multitude of different ideas.  Go beyond just painting or drawing and let kids discover shading ideas and effects, using pastels, watercolors, wax, inks and so much more.  With well over 200 different ideas, your kids will have so much fun all year long. The Usborne Art Treasury.  Discover 22 different famous artists from the past.  Every few pages you can explore a different artist and learn about one of their famous paintings.  Then, experiment with making your own painting like they did. Lift the Flap Art.  Packed with amazing paintings, prints and sculptures, this book invites you to peek inside the world of art. Lift the flaps to reveal how art is made, explore interesting details and uncover hidden clues. My First Art Sticker Book.  This fabulous book is full of famous works of art and plenty of chances to make pictures of your own, using the stickers provided. Foreign Language I’m aware most people probably aren’t teaching a foreign language to kindergarten students.  I wanted to give my kids the option so I allowed them to choose from the 18 different language books that Usborne has to offer.  I opted for the First Thousand Words books.  Maggie chose French to learn.  I’m so glad these books are designed for kids because my French knowledge is extremely limited.  That’s the fun of these books – each two page spread is a setting.  The beach, kitchen, etc. and every object is labeled with the French word for the object.  You can visit the Usborne links and choose our book and page numbers and LISTEN to how you pronounce each of the words.  So easy and fun.  I don’t really force this on her, I allow her to pull it out when she wants to.  She practices repeating the words as she points to their picture in the book.  I recently added in the First Fun with Spanish DVD.  The kids think it’s pretty fun and have now been walking around speaking “spanish” and it’s adorable.   Teaching kindergarten with Usborne gives you so much flexibility and so many hours of fun for you and your kids.  Which books will you choose?  Choose some and make it your entire curriculum or add them onto whatever curriculum you choose.  I bet you’ll find any curriculum you purchase likely has Usborne books listed as supplements.  The possibilities are endless.  Happy […]