Monday, December 31

Happy New Years!


Washington State Museum


There are only a few days left to view the model train displays.

Thursday, December 27

Whirlpool Experiments


The girl wanted to experiment with how whirlpools behave so they are playing with my milk foamer.

Tuesday, December 25

Sunday, December 23

Review: APOLLO 13: MISSION CONTROL Interactive Show (with Discount Code)


We went to the Apollo 13: Mission Control yesterday and love it.  We sat at the front and were in charge of the communications.  Everyone had a job, depending on where you sit at the control panels.  They also have seats along the edge for the press galley (those who just want to watch the

During the show they asked for two volunteers to be interviewed by Walter Cronkite.  Princess A was picked for it and it was the highlight.  They projected her interview up on the screen during the show.  She can't stop talking about her interview. 



The show is fast and so much fun.  You really do become part of the show.  The girls are already talking about going to the show if it ever comes back.  The show is in Tacoma through next Sunday and then it is on to Spokane.  If you decide to go make sure you use the discount code "MOM".  For more detail about the show please see my previous
Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to attend the show.

Saturday, December 22

Apollo 13: Mission Control


We just left the show at the Tacoma Dome, we loved it. Review will be posted tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 18

APOLLO 13: MISSION CONTROL Interactive Show (with Discount Code)

APOLLO 13: MISSION CONTROL
Apollo 13: Mission Control is an interactive theater show.  The audience sits at replica consoles and become Mission Control for one of the greatest survival stories of the 20th century (or if you would just like to watch the show you may sit instead in the press box and just observe.)  At the replica consoles there are switches to be flicked, monitors to study and phone calls to make. One lucky audience member even gets to become an astronaut and travel into space for the evening! Apollo 13: Mission Control has sold out audiences in New Zealand and Australia and is launching its USA tour here in Tacoma, WA at the Tacoma dome. 

When I first heard about this show I was intrigued, what a fun and very different activity to do over winter break.  I love having my kids off for two weeks but sometimes it can be a struggle keeping them busy.  The interactive show opens Friday but ends December 30th. 

SHOW DATES & TIMES

Friday, December 21 / 7:00PM
Saturday, December 22 / 3:00PM
Sunday, December 23 / 11:00AM, 2:00PM & 5:00PM
Wednesday, December 26 / 3:00PM & 6:00PM
Thursday, December 27 / 11:00AM & 3:00PM
Friday, December 28 / 7:00PM
Saturday, December 29 / 3:00PM & 7:00PM
Sunday, December 30 / 11:00AM & 2:00PM

My family and I plan on going to the show.  If you do go there is a great promotion:

KIDS FLY FREE! Make sure and purchase your tickets using the code “MOM” and receive up to two free tickets for kids 6-12. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and the code can be entered in the Promotions and Special Offers box on the purchase page of each event.

To find out more information you can connect with Apollo 13: Mission control:
www.apollo13live.com

@apollo13live
facebook.com/apollo13missioncontrol





Disclosure: I will be receiving complimentary tickets to attend the show.

Wednesday, December 12

Gingerbread House Party


Every year I make gingerbread houses for our Girl Scout Meeting. Here are my girls' houses after they finished decorating.

Monday, December 10

Dye-free Candy Canes Recipe


Dye-free Candy Canes
Ingredients:
3 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp peppermint extract

Cover a cookie sheet with light layer of oil, if you have a splat mat oil that. Combine sugar, corn syrup, and water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring continuously, until the sugar dissolves. Insert a candy thermometer and continue cooking without stirring until the candy reaches 285 (soft-crack stage).  Remove from the heat and stir in the mint extract. Pour the candy out onto the splat mat or cookie sheet.  once it forms a skin use a heat proof spatula (covered in oil),to begin spreading the candy out and pushing it back together, working it across the sheet and allowing it to cool. As soon as the candy is cool enough to handle (but still quite hot), begin to pull it. Cover your hands in oil. To pull: take the candy in both hands and pull the hands in opposite directions, stretching the candy into a long rope. Bring the ends of the strands together and twist the candy into a rope, then pull the rope out into a long strand. Continue to twist and pull the candy until it has a satin-like finish and becomes pearly white.  Once the candy is still pliable but barely warm, pull it into a strand about the thickness you want your candy cane to be. Use oiled kitchen shears to cut them to approximately 8” lengths. Immediately form the hook at the top of the cane, and place it on a baking sheet to set at room temperature.  The candy canes will get very hard at room temperature, but if left out for long periods of time they will get soft and sticky, so be sure to wrap them in cellophane once they are set.

Friday, December 7

My first sweet potato pie!



I made this pie for my husband for our anniversary. He ate sweet potatoe pie all the time when he was in the army. I decided to surprise him and make it. He said that it was the best one he had ever eaten. He then had another slice, a big slice.

  1. Open can and pour out the liquid in the can with the sweet potato. Add sweet potato to bowl and break up.
  2. Add butter, and mix well with mixer. Stir in sugar, milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon, flour and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until mixture is smooth. Pour filling into an unbaked pie crust.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 55 to 60 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Pie will puff up like a souffle, and then will sink down as it cools.


Sunday, November 25

Monday, November 19

Giveaway: Green Giant Steamers

    My kids actually love veggtables but they can be picky about how they are served.  I am always looking for new (and quick) ways to serve vegetables.  Green Giant Steamers are a yummy and very quick way to add veggies to a meal.  In addition to the veggies I was also sent a lovely apron, bowl and serving spoon.  One of you can win the same items sent to me.

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Review: Raggedy Ann by Aurora

  I have been a huge fan of Raggedy Ann since I was little.  I had a bean bag Raggedy Ann and Andy until my puppy ate them.  I was so sad, my mom got me a new Raggedy Ann and this one was stuffed.  It looks very similar to the one pictured above.  My old one is lost somewhere in my Mother's garage.  When I was pregnant with my oldest my husband picked out a Raggedy Ann for our baby.  My youngest one always wanted one too but I could never find a Raggedy Ann she liked any where.  We were both so excited when Raggedy Ann arrived.  Princess G was just so happy that she had her very own Raggedy Ann.  She immediately started playing with her and that night she slept with her (and Hippo.)  Aurora carries a whole collection of Raggedy Ann and Andy
Raggedy Ann is just a classic so I was so happy to hear that they are now available.  They also have so cute Raggedy Ann purses but the full size doll is still my favorite.  If my mom could only find my missing boxes (they disappeared over 10 years ago when I went off to college) then we would all have our Raggedy Ann dolls to snuggle with.
Did you have a Raggedy Ann

I was provided the complimentary product by Aurora .  The opinion stated are my own.

Saturday, November 10

Friday, November 2

Raking Leaves


The girls decided to help Daddy and started taking the leaves. Of course I am pretty sure they just want to make the pile so they can jump in it!

Thursday, November 1

Princess G Just Finished First Harry Potter


Princess G just finished reading the first Harry Potter novel. Of course I thought she was sleeping since her bedtime was over an hour ago.

Candy Fairy Left Giant Tinkerbells!


Last night the girls picked out 5 candies each and left the rest out for the Candy Fairy. She left them each a Tinkerbell.

Wednesday, October 31

Happy Halloween!


Costume contest first prize winners, in their age groups, holding their prizes!
Hope you are having a safe Halloween.

Sunday, October 28

Celebratory Pretzel After Nighttime Race


Princess G ran in her first timed race, in the dark and the rain. Princess A and G loved running the race with Daddy.

Tuesday, October 23

Secret of the Wings


Right after school we went straight to Target to pick up Secret of the Wings!

Monday, September 17

Saturday, September 15

Saturday, September 8

Friday, August 31

Their New $25 Glasses from JCPenny

G in her first pair of glasses, we picked them up yesterday.  Princess G has been mentioning that things looked a little fuzzy so I wanted to have her eyes examined before school started. I did not really think she would need glasses. The Doctor said that she is just on the edge of needing glasses or not. They do make things clearer but her eyesight was good enough that she does not have to wear them. We left it up to Princess G if she wanted to get glasses or not. She said that she loves being able to see everything so much clearer and wanted to get them. We got a pair through our insurance and bought her a second pair from JCPenny. Her other glasses are still not in yet. 

 Princess A is wearing the new glasses we bought her earlier this month. 

Today is the last day for complete pair of glasses for only $25 at JCPenny. Even if your child already has glasses it is a great price for a back up pair of glasses. 

Thursday, August 30

Crayola Color Wonder Review


I was sent a box of different Crayola products to try.  As soon as the box arrived (it was right before bedtime) they could not wait to try them out.  The products were perfect as the following day we left on a short 3 day trip.  Princess A liked the Barbie Color Wonder pages and Princess G really liked the Matchbox Cars color Wonder pages as they are metallic when colored.  They both loved the dry erase, they kept taking turns drawing different super heroes. 
We took many trips this summer and each time we took the Crayola Color Wonder products.  The girls colored them in the car, in our hotel rooms and when we were out to dinner!

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Thursday, August 23

Giveaway:THE OOGIELOVES BIG BALLOON ADVENTURE

Have you seen the Oogieloves yet?  They are just so cute! The three Oogieloves are: Goobie (lovable inventor), Zoobie (love languages and is the girls) and Toofie (the youngest and is fearless).  They also have Ruffy (slightly grumpy fish), J. Edgar (caring vacuum), Schluufy (loving pillow) and Windy (a crystal ball like window). 

Next Wednesday, August 29, the first family interactive movie will be released: The Ooogiloves Big Balloon Adventure!  This not movie that you just sit back and watch, you actually are encouraged to get up and sing and dance.  I have not seen this movie yet but it does sound like so much fun. The premise of the movie is that it is all the friends are organizing a secret birthday party for Schluufy (the fluffiest pillow) and lose five magical balloons.  They then have a series of adventures to recover the balloons and get back in time for the surprise party.

 I imagine that it would be a great first movie for a child since they would not have to sit still and be quiet, instead they get to wiggle and sing with permission. 

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Friday, August 17

Thursday, August 16

WindTunnel Air Review


My husband is the main vacuumer in our home and he really likes this vacuum. The vacuum is not too heavy or bulky but still does a great job cleaning. We also have Dyson DC33 and the WindTunnel Air cleans the carpets just as well. The WindTunnel Air has a slightly smaller width compared to our other vacuum therefore the surface area cleaned on each pass is a bit smaller. My husband did notice that he had to make an extra pass to clean an area but it is so much lighter he did not mind.
The WindTunnel Air does not have a vacuum bag to change so you just dump the stuff you vacuumed up in the garage. Sometimes some dust is released but that is true with any bag less vacuum.

I am the one who uses the vacuum attachments. I like the WindTunnel Air attachments. For jobs that don't need much reach you just use the hose attached to the regular vacuum surface area. If you need to reach even high, say the top of a ceiling fan or air vents on the ceiling there is an additional hose extension. Both were easy to attach and remove. I figured out how to use the attachments with out using the instruction manual, unlike the Dyson. I had to read the Dyson manual to figure out the attachments.

My only problem with the vacuum is that the back wheels which are used when rolling the vacuum to another room while it is off are very small. I notice that it has a tendency to rock back in forth like a bad rolling suitcase. The vacuum is so light that it is easy to just carry it.

I also like that you can choose different height for the vacuum handle. My kids like vacuuming so I can set it to the shortest length for them and then extend it out for my much taller husband.

All in all I would recommend this vacuum. It does a great job cleaning, it is not so big it takes up your whole closet and is light enough to easily carry up and down the stairs.



I received a sample of this product to facilitate my review, but my opinions are entirely my own.

Wednesday, August 8

Falls Along the Columbia Gorge


Along with visiting Vista house, we also drove to Multnomah Falls the day before. The girls are on the viewing bridge. We did not hike up to the top but the view was still beautiful.

Tuesday, August 7

Vista House near Portland.


Last week we went with my husband to Portland for business. I was so excited when we pulled up to the Vista House. I visited it when I was Princess A's age and have been trying to figure out where it was. I only knew it was in Oregon or Washington! Now I found it and was able to share it with my girls.

$25 Complete Glasses at JCPennys this Month


As long as you pick a frame $120 or less and don't add anything such as anti reflective, children's glasses are only $25 for August. We ordered this pair for Princess A.

Monday, July 23

Matcha Green Tea Cheesecake Swirl Brownies (Recipe)

Matcha Green Tea Cheesecake Swirl Brownies are just so yummy!  My kids have already eaten half of them. We love brownies and we love cheesecake so a combination of the two is too natural. I was sent a sample of Mocafe Matcha Green tea powder and asked to use it in a recipe. (I requested the sample via 5MinutesForMom.com, the samples are gone but you can find more reipces there.)  
My kids have been asking for cheesecake brownies so I thought I could take it to another level by adding the Mocafe Matcha Green Tea powder.  Sometimes as a special treat we go to Pho Tai Vietamese and buy the girls Green Tea or cantaloupe  Bubble Tea.  If you have never had bubble tea it is more like a Frappe with large tapioca pearls at the bottom of course the girls like it without the bubbles (tapioca). 



Ingredients:
Brownies:
Box of Brownies mix and the ingredients listed to make plain brownies.
Mine called for eggs, oil and water
(Note: I substituted milk for the water for extra flavor)

Cheesecake topping:
1/3 cup of white sugar
8 oz. of Cream Cheese
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 Tablespoon Matcha Green Tea Powder

 Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 F

Make brownies as instructed on the box.
Pour brownies into greased pan (9x13 in)



Mix the cream cheese and sugar together.  Add the egg and vanilla extract.  Mix until uniform.  Mix in the Matcha Green Tea Powder.
 
Add the cream cheese mixture to the brownies by the spoonful. Evenly distribute the cream cheese mixture over the surface of the brownie mix.  


 Once all of the cream cheese mixture is on top of the brownie mix swirl with a knife.  Hold the knife perpendicular to the pan and go back and forth in a grid pattern in one direction and then the other.
Bake the Brownies for about 1 hour. Let the Brownies coll, cut and then enjoy!


Wednesday, July 18

Roller Skating (For Free)


We were able to get free passes to skate at our local skating rink through KidsSkateFree.com. Check and she if it is available in your area.

Wednesday, July 11

Enjoying a park in Troutdale, OR


We need to stop, stretch our legs and enjoy the weather. What better way than to try a new park while traveling.

Saturday, July 7

Fun in the Sun


After spending the morning at Owen's beach we came home, rested and now after dinner the girls wanted to go on the water slide.

Wednesday, July 4

Happy 4th of July


Enjoying today with family!

Thursday, May 31

Homeschooling, the right choice this year

You may have noticed that I have not been blogging as much the last few months.  I have just not had the time because I have been homeschooling Princess A.  Her school year started out alright.  I did not feel welcome in her classroom when I volunteered, but Princess A said class was fine.  I would talked to her about it once in a while and discovered she was doing nothing but reading.  I don't mean reading school books, I mean reading novels.  Princess A is an advanced child and her teacher was chosen by the school because the teacher was normally a 4th grade teacher but was teaching third grade this school year.  The thought was she could give Princess A extra challenges in class if she needed them.  Well she needed them but was not given anything extra to do.  As soon as she finished her regular school stuff she was allowed to read.  She finished so quickly most of her day was spent reading.  She loved it!  I was finally able to meet with her teacher near the end of October.  It was a quick meeting where her teacher told be that, besides one thing with paragraphs, Princess A knew everything she needed to learn by the end of the school year and wasn't that great.  I was happy she knew so much but was more concerned with what she would be learning the rest of the school year.  Her teacher would not answer me and asked me to help Princess A at home with the paragraph thing.  It took me five minutes to explain to Princess A to always write in paragraphs at school and the 'paragraph thing' was mastered. (Her teacher never told her to write in paragraphs so she hadn't.)  I tried to push her teacher to give her more and that teacher informed me "I have a set curriculum and can not deviate from it." I was not happy with that answer and after trying to work with the school district (the teacher was wrong she is suppose to deviate for kids) I decided to home school Princess A in Reading/Language arts and Math, the two subjects she is most advanced it, and have her remain in the classroom for the rest of her subjects.  This took place around Thanksgiving.  It was horrible!
Her teacher became very hostile and began to take it out on Princess A in class.  After a very uncomfortable two weeks during which Princess A was expected to magically receive instructions while she was not present, I pulled her out of that teacher's classroom.  Princess A was sad to leave her friends but so happy she did not have that teacher.  We decided that Princess A would still attend music (twice a week) and library (once a week) with her class as there are other teachers teaching during those times.  The teacher did not handle it well, she berated me in the cafeteria and later after Princess A was no longer in her class, yelled down the hall after me. I will not repeat all that she said but it was unprofessional.  The teacher also refused to acknowledge my daughter when she would say 'Hello."  So right before Christmas I started homeschooling Princess A full time.  My younger daughter is still in regular school and three times during the week Princess A has 30 minutes of instruction at her old school so we do have time constraints.
  It has been wonderful and very different.  I now have at least one child with me all of the time.  I now have a kid to drag around to doctor appointments, grocery stores and errands.  The best part is to see how much Princess A is learning.  When she was in regular school she had been complaining that math was still review in November and couldn't wait to start multiplication.  She also started knitting.  We are homeschooling through a program with the state so all of the materials are provided and she has at least 2 online classes per week.  It has been a wonderful time but Princess A wants to go back to a regular school, she misses her friends.  We were able to get her into a gifted program in our school district for next school year.  She will have to attend a new school and is a little nervous.  She is very excited too.  I am excited for her but also a little sad, it has been wonderful having her all day, everyday for the last few months.  Well at least I will have the summer to spend with both of them before mommy is on her own again. Less than three weeks until school is out!

Tuesday, May 1

Pacific Northwest Ballet Nutcracker Tickets On Sale

We attend the PNB's Nutcracker every year.  We have attended opening weekend for the last 6 years.  Can you tell we love the PNB's Nutcracker?! Usually tickets go on sale in July, which is when we always buy them.  The sooner you purchase the tickets the better seats you get for each price.  I received an email this morning stating they went on sale this morning, and no service charge through the end of May!
  We purchased our tickets this afternoon.  This year they are having fewer dates so if you plan on attending the Nutcracker Ballet in Seattle I would look into tickets now!

Wednesday, April 18

WW: New Domino's Artisan Pizza


Last week I was lucky enough to win a free Artisan Pizza from Domino's during their Facebook promotion.  Today was the last day to redeem my coupon so the girls and I went for lunch right after school (they had a half day).  Princess A wanted to try the Italian Sausage and Pepper Trio (I ordered it with light banana peppers).  It was so yummy and the staff was so nice.  We ended up staying and eating our pizza right there.  Our new Domino's has 4 small stools and a counter for customers.  The girls really liked the pizza, minus the banana peppers.  They said that we have to bring Daddy next time.  The pizza was delicious but small since it is suppose to serve only two.  It was the perfect amount for the girls and me, but if Daddy had been with us we would of need two pizzas.  Have you tried the new pizzas from Domino's? What did you think?

Tuesday, April 17

Review: Natural House Cleaners




My husband does most of the cleaning in our house but I am the one who buys the cleaning supplies.  I am always looking for great cleaners that can do the job more naturally.  I get headaches from many cleaners, the fumes just make me sick which is why my husband handles most of that.  Of course with natural cleaners I could do more of the cleaning since they don't give me headaches but he is so good at it I will let him keep doing the cleaning.  The day after the Natural House cleaner samples arrived I burnt a batch of split pea soup and if you have ever done that you know it reeks.  The whole house just smelled.  I aired the house out two days in a row which really helped.  I kept smelling it in the kitchen though, a strong scent.  I realized that it was the smell of burnt split pea that I poured down my garbage disposal.  I tossed one of the sinky packets down the dispostal, turned on the water briefly and turned on the disposal.  The SMELL was GONE!  I was so happy!  Over the next few days I would still find little patches of burnt split pea scent in the house but I never smelled it from my sink again. I gave the rest of the cleaners, Trashy and Flushy to my husband to use.  I said he really liked them and they worked great.  I noticed that the bathroom and the trash smelled so much better.  The bathroom was missing that strong chemiocal smell and the trash was just not smelly.  In my book they all worked great!   If you would like to find out more information about these natural household cleaning products you can visit their site, facebook page or follow them on twitter.
If you would like to purchase these products you and buy them directly from Natural House or on Amazon.

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 readers.

Monday, April 16

Review: Elfishki and The Giant Cake iPad Book


We have an iPad and my girls just love using it.  I am always looking for great apps, especially books for them to use on the iPad.  Princess G (and Princess A) love reading (or listening) to books on the iPad and we have quite a collections.  One of their current favorites is Elfishki and The Giant Cake.  The pictures are just so bright and fairish (their word).  I like that the pictures are so detailed, it looks as though it is a very well illustrated book, not just some computer program slapped together.  I asked them why they like Elfishki and The Giant Cake so much and Princess A said "It is a great story about how with friendship you can do great and amazing things.  Plus it is fun to make the cakes!"
In addition to the great story they also have a cake decorating games which my girls play.  They have fun making these very elaborate cakes and sharing with us.  It is a very cute app and I would recommend it  for anyone with little ones, especially little girls.



I received  the product mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, April 15

Review: The Beauty Book (for kids)

Princess A inhales books, so I am constantly trying to find quality books for her to read.  She is only in third grade but reads above a 6th grade level and even eigth grade or higher books on occassion.  My problem is the content of these books.  It is important that she reads books that are not too mature for her.  Princess A also wears glasses which luckily she loves.  She has not experienced any teasing for her glasses or anything else about how she looks.  I know that we might not always be so fortunate.  I know that in our society looks and beauty can sometimes define a person's self worth.  I want my girls to look their best but also not worry or obsess about how they look. 
I like that The Beauty Book talks about beauty and how to talk care of your self but from a point of view that shows you that the inside matters the most.  Princess A loved all of the little beauty tips and Princess A has already started following some of them on her own.  This is a great book for girls age 7 to 12.  Princess A is 9 so she is the perfect age.  Princess G is only 6 and has not shown any interest in the book.  She did like some of the tips her sister shared with her.  My niece is almost 13 but I still think that this book would still be a benefit for her so I will try and see if she will read it.
I reccomend this for any little girl that is headed toward tweens.  The book has great tips for beauty but does not leave the impression that beauty is the most important thing and I love that!


I received this book from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com, a book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Friday, March 30

MedImmune RSV Prevention

One of the scariest things is a sick newborn.  A newborn does not have the robust immune system we have as adults or even as children.  Imagine how bad you feel when you get a bad cold, well that 'bad cold' if it is RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) could kill a newborn, especially if the newborn was also premature.  Every year in the US up to 500 infants die and more than 125,000 are hospitalized.  Every newborn is at risk but those born early have even less developed immune systems.  Almost 100% of all children will contract RSV by their 2nd birthday but the older a child is the better their immune system can fight off the disease.  As an adult when we get a cold most of us just keep going, we take some medicine, maybe a little extra rest but we still go out.  Visiting an infant when we are sick is a very bad idea.  My girls are out of the baby stages but it is still important for me to know about RSV.  Why?  Because I need to help protect all babies.  I never visit a new baby if am sick, my family is sick, or if I have been exposed.  When I had my first baby my mom was getting a cold so she did not visit us for a whole week and old saw her nanababy (yes, that is what my mom calls my kids) through pictures.  I did not even have to ask my mom not to come, she just knew it was a bad idea.  Not everyone is so considerate.  I don't remember knowing about RVS when my first was born but I still did not want to expose my new baby to viruses.  I told everyone to not come if they were sick and I did not want anyone over for the first week.  Lets just say my in laws went against both of those requests.  I did not let the sick person hold the baby at all, which is still a point of contention with in laws, but my baby did not sick so that is all I care about. 
If you visit a new baby (or any baby) please follow these suggestions:
Wash hands when you arrive and before holding the baby (yes, I made people do this!)
Leave toddlers at home (they are always getting sick.)
Don't even go if you are sick, or been around those who are sick!

Remember there is no cure for RSV, they can only support the body while the immune system does the work.  The only thing to protect a newborn is prevention.  Remember the longer you keep a newborn from catching RSV the better chance they have of it just being another 'cold'.  For more information and tips to prevent RSV please visit https://www.rsvprotection.com/

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of MedImmune and received promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Tuesday, February 14

Review: Read and Share: Stories About Jesus

This school year I am homeschooling my kids for catechism (or Faith Formation as it is called now).  I have the book that is part of the curriculum our church uses but it can be a bit boring.  The stories in Read and Share: Stories about Jesus are just the right length for short attention spans.  At this age my kids don't really understand a story read straight from the bible with out lots of explanation.  This book takes those well know stories of Jesus from the bible but uses language that is easy for them to understand.  My daughter is also reading on her own and the language in the stories is well with in her expertise.  This book is aimed toward toddler and babies, as it is a board book, but I find that it works well for older kids too.
Read and Share: Stories about Jesus By Gwen Ellis includes 13 well know stories about Jesus from the bible.  Each two page spread has one story and picture(s) to go with the story.  I like that the book also lets you know the exactly where the story is in the bible.  I was also very happy that they included the story of Jesus healing the blind man as it is one of my kids favorites.  A very well written version of bibles stories aimed toward kids and in words they will easily understand.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Thursday, February 9

Review: Slice™ Safety Cutter - Great For Couponers




I am a coupon cutter!  I love using coupons so I spend less at the store.  What I don't like is cutting those coupons out.  Now I don't buy extra newspapers so I usually only have one or two inserts to clip coupons from but it if is a good week it can still be a lot of coupons.  My hand have gotten tired before, open and closing those scissors. So when I heard about the Slice Safety Cutter and I was intrigued.  The Slice Safety cutter uses a tiny ceramic blade that is suppose to last longer than steel and since it is ceramic it stays sharp and unlike steel can't rust.  The design also means that it is easily used by left and right handers.  My first thought was to use it for clipping coupons or cutting wrapping paper.  After I received the Slice Safety Cutter I found I have been using it for lots of other things too.  I really like using it on DVD and CD shrink wrap.  I have broken nails in the past or scratched the case when I tired using scissors to get that shrink wrap off.  My most surprising use was cutting those sticker pages out of books.  My kids are still little enough that they like receiving books that come with stickers.  The stickers are great but once they are used I have a blank waxy page in the beginning of a book.  I admit I damaged a few books trying to get those empty sticker pages out.  I damaged so many I vowed never to removing them again.  I decided to risk it and try removing those pages using the Slice Safety Cutter and I am happy to announce that it worked.  I went through a whole stack of books and successfully removed those stick pages and did not damage the books at all.  Can you tell I was a little excited?
One last thing I have to share is: it has a magnet inside!  Now that does not sound too exciting but it means I can keep it on the side of my refrigerator for quick access instead of losing it in the junk drawer. 


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 readers.

Tuesday, February 7

Review: AppliedLabels


When I was growing up my mom always wrote our names on our stuff using permanent ink pens.  It was a good thing she labeled them as it was how she was able to get back a few sweater of mine that were being worn by other kids.  I was sent some labels from AppliedLabels.com and used them right away.  I like that they are not going to fall off in the dishwasher or the laundry.  My daughter is allowed to have a water bottle at her desk but the one she wanted to use is one she and lots of other kids earned from a school fundraiser.  That means usually a few kids are using the exact same water bottle each day.  I wanted to make sure she knew which one was hers.  Since I put the label on her water bottle I have run it through the dishwasher many, many times (I wash it every other day during the school week) and the label still looks great.  Once you send your kid off to school, or anywhere else without you, things will be misplaced.  Having a label with your child's name on it increases the likelihood you will get it back.  It also helps if you buy your kids a popular item.  My youngest has an umbrella which last year was unquie.  This year at least 10 other kids at her school have the same one.  I know that since we have my daughter's name on her I know we are bringing ours home and not some other child's.

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 readers.

Friday, February 3

Piggy Mermaid


Princess A made a mermaid piggy in book club to go with the book, Mercy Watson. The book club is 3rd through 1st grade so both of my princesses can be in the same book club, well at least for this year. They both loved the book and are reading more from the series. Both of the girls had fun making and painting their paper mâché pigs.

Tuesday, January 31

BK Crown Kids Meals Review

I had to bring Princess A with me when I was trying to have my glasses fixed (they made the prescription wrong).  After being at my appointment for almost two hours, I decided to take her out to lunch.  MyBlogSpark had sent me a gift card to try out the new BK Crown program so we went to Burger King.  She ordered the kids meal which has the new BK Crown program.  Of course Princess A was first interested in the toy that came with her meal.  Next she had to try on the crown.  I remember wearing a cardboard BK Crown when I was a kid two.  As we were eating our lunch, we started reading the box the kids meal comes in.  There were lots of different activities on the box which Princess A explored when we got home.  On the box is also a code.  If you input that code at BKCrown.com your child can help BK decide which charity BKC will fund, the charities choices are: the Wildlife Conservation Society, National Parks Conservation Association, DonorsChoose.org and Have It Your Way™ Foundation.  Personally we voted for DonorsChoose.org, I have donated to them in the past as they help fund classroom project. 
As you can see in the picture above, Princess A really enjoyed her meal.  She raved about it so much that I had to take her and her little sister back a few days later. 

The BK CROWNTM/MC Program information and coupon have been provided by Burger King Corporation through MyBlogSpark.

Wednesday, January 11

Giveaway: Crayola Technology (24 Hour Entry)


I have always been a huge fan of Crayola.  I remember the excitement of the huge, new box of 64 Crayola crayons with a built in sharpener.  Now they have the circle thing with over 100 crayons, and yes my girls have that too.  Of course now kids have more to than crayons and paper to express their creativity.  My girls love drawing on our iPad.  We have a few apps where they can use their fingers to draw or I should say finger paint but without the mess.  Crayola has discovered a way to improve that:  the Crayola iMarker.  You now have a 'marker' to draw on your iPad using the ColorStudio HD app.  You can pick if you want a crayon, marker, colored pencil or even paint.  The first time we tried it was a little hard to use and then I figured out that within the app you have to choose iMarker or finger.  Once I switched it to iMarker drawing was so easy and fun.  My girls love making lots of different drawing.  You can also save the drawings in the app to enjoy over and over. 
We were also sent three different  Crayola Story Studio sets: Disney Princess, Cars 2 and Spiderman.  The Crayola Story Studio lets you make a coloring book with your child in it.  Of course my girls couldn't wait to try out the Disney Princess Crayola Story Studio.  Each one comes with two binding clips so I could make two, one for each of my princesses.

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The Crayola High Tech Holiday prize pack, product information and prize pack for giveaway have been provided by Crayola through MyBlogSpark.