Stop Bugging Me! is safe for the entire family including pets. It is safe to spray on backpacks, beds, clothing, floors, wherever you need protection. One spray provides a full two weeks of prevention!
Stop Bugging Me! ($27.98 value) as part of my "Healthy Child" prize package in the Back to School Giveaway Hop that begins on August 7, 2011. Many thanks to the sponsor for providing the prize. The "Healthy Child" prize package also includes six months of SmartyPants Children's Gummy Vitamins ($107 value) and a Lysol Back To School Pack ($15 value). Click HERE to enter to win!
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Biscotti? What is that? Some sort of sausage? No, not even close. Wine? Try again! New carpet style? Nope, also wrong. Nonni's Biscotti is THE cookie for grownups. It's not just a cookie. It's an amazing combination of delectable gourmet tastes initially created by Nonni in a little Italy town. And if you drink coffee, these are coffee's new best friend. For the last one hundred years, these amazing treats have been made right here in America using Nonni's same family recipe. Honestly, I had no idea what a treat I was receiving in the mail. I opened the box to three of Nonni's products...Almond Dark Chocolate Bites, Original Biscotti, and Turtle Pecan Biscotti. Now anyone who knows me, even just a little bit, knows that of course the Dark Chocolate ones were opened right after I took this photo.
I could hardly believe my mouth! These cookies are so delicious and light, yet filling enough that I really only need to eat one at a time. Okay, maybe two. I really expected a cracker-type of taste, but it's like a soft, crispy, buttery, chocolatey, nutty, piece of heaven.
The Biscotti Bites are a little smaller than the regular Biscotti and come in a bag, perfect for bringing along on a picnic date or family outing. I love that they are all natural and made from real eggs, butter, and bittersweet chocolate.
Okay I was so taken by the Bites, that I had to open the Originali. These Biscotti are only 90 calories and they come individually wrapped. This would be perfect in a lunch box or backpack treat! These are bigger than the Biscotti Bites and you can see I actually took a bite before remembering to take a picture!!
I had to wait until after my next meal to try the Turtle Pecan Biscotti and I was so sorry I waited. See that big spot on the Biscotti I set on the box on the right? That is a huge chunk of caramel. These are so good. No wait, these are absolutely, positively, amazingly, scrumptious. Did you know there are EIGHT flavors? I can't wait to try the others.
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Speekee is available online or on dvd; and it can be used at home or at school. What a great option for homeschoolers!
The children went right for this toy and immediately began to act out being an ice cream store owner and a customer. They discussed the choices of flavors and toppings, while mixing and matching the different combinations. They used the scoop and the two little spoons to eat, and they pushed the buttons to hear the happy tunes. At around $20-25, the Step2 ice cream parlor is a high quality toy at a low price. The only suggestion that I would make to improve this toy would be to make the ice cream scoop button moveable.
Step2 is a brand I turn to again and again, because in a home daycare the toys need to last through hundreds of pretend sessions. There are sixteen sturdy plastic pieces in this set, which is enough to keep the children busy and involved, but not so many that it's overwhelming to clean up. The ice cream balls pop on and off the cones, just snug enough to hold on but not so tight that a preschooler struggles.
I love role playing toys that really draw children into their imaginations. Sweets rule! After all, the old saying goes, "just like a kid in a candy store" not "just like a kid in a vegetable market."
Disclosure: I received the Step2 Ice Cream Parlor at no charge for this review. My opinions are always honest.
It was a really interesting morning because I had not only seven children, ages 4, 4, 3, 3, 2, 2, and 1, but I also had five additional adults, a television camera, and a sound system (including a microphone on me). I was also given a few "staged" assignments to do during the morning. The children were quite curious about all the equipment and new people, making me have to work harder to maintain their attention. Circle time started with me singing to the backs of the children's heads because they kept turning around where all the people were standing.
Eventually the children settled into the day a little more, but it was a big distraction to them. The preschool lesson was very interactive and involved food so that was a hit. I also had several new products in the room, donated by some awesome companies, that were a big help in keeping the children focused more on me. I have to admit though, the kids really did a good job given the circumstances. There was even a little "conflict" between two children who needed help solving it and PBS was able to capture that on tape.
I am now exhausted and so are the children. Being movie stars is a lot of work. They are enjoying nap time while I drink more coffee. My biggest hope from this morning, is that there wasn't anything caught on tape as an example of what NOT to do when working with young children!
The Ultimate Homeschooling Resource List for Preschool
"So, you’ve decided that you want to homeschool? Or, maybe you just want to get your preschooler ready for kindergarten. Whatever the case may be, this is the list for you! I have spent hours upon hours compiling resources for those that are homeschooling for preschool. If you have any free resources to add, please leave them in the comments! All resources listed on this page are free unless otherwise noted.
VERY detailed (and free!) curriculum planner here. This is printable, but it is 180 pages! So be sure you have a new ink cartridge and lots of ink if you are going to print it.
Enchanted Learning – You can print many things here for free, or purchase the premium version for $20 per year (totally worth it in my opinion). This site covers kindergarten through third grade and beyond, so you can use it for more than one child. There are lots of great books to print. I love this site, it’s one of my favorites and has been for years.
Christian Homeschool Hub – Even if you aren’t christian, the platinum membership is only $1 a year for unlimited downloads. Worth the investment.
Free Preschool Activities - Divided into themes, months, and subjects. Includes games, crafts, worksheets, and more.
Mommy Nature – Sort by letter or by theme. Not quite as extensive and organized as the other sites, but helpful nonetheless.
HandwritingWorksheets.com – Plug in your child’s name and print. Or you could do colors, numbers, sight words, etc. You can choose your writing style, and they even have cursive for older kids.
Letter of the Week – This is a great place to start if your child hasn’t learned his/her letters yet. I will be using this a lot with Sapphire. Other (free) curricula are available on this website as well.
Preschool Palace - This site was created for educators. It has complete curricula outlined for you. It isn’t as in-depth as some of the other sites, but it is very organized (by year and by month) and helpful. Lots of free printables, too. Has pictures of actual projects completed.
Kids Sparkz – Hundreds of free curriculum pages and preschool activities to download instantly for toddlers, including alphabet, treasure hunting, numbers, and dot to dots.
Prek-8 – This site covers pre-k all the way up to 8th grade. Preschool section includes free printable flash cards.
Easy Fun School – Not very many printables here, but lots of links. I really like the Presidents Unit Studies.
A to Z Teacher Stuff – Have used this site for years and it just keeps getting better. Tons of great preschool resources. I love their themes section.
Head of the Class – Instructions matched up with various state curricula, thousands of free printables. Preschool section here. Very in-depth, tons of helpful information. One of the best sites I’ve found.
Core Knowledge – Great site for all grade levels, basically gives ideas and full lessons but not printables.
Homeschool Share – Love this site for unit studies (our favorite way to learn)!
Spelling City - Perfect for all ages, used this for Nell’s homeschooling in second grade. Everything related to spelling. Worksheets, games, etc.
Kids Know It – Makes education fun. Interactive.
Gamequarium Junior - Interactive, games.
Star Fall – Reading, games, etc. One of the best sites out there, we use it all the time. Starts with ABCs and goes all the way up to actually reading. Has games, too.
Book Adventure – Reading motivation program for children in grades K-8.
Original I See Sam Books – 1972 early reader books, free downloads.
School Sparks – Most of these are kindergarten worksheets but pre-k and kindergarten are kind of the same thing on some sites. Cutting worksheets, too!
Early Writing for Little Hands - Free ebook, traceable worksheets for every letter of the alphabet. Great resource!
2 Teaching Mommies – Love this site for unit studies!
First School – Tons of printables for preschool. Very organized, easy to use.
Charlotte Mason Style/Old-Fashioned k-12
Ambleside (Charlotte Mason Style) k-12
Lesson Pathways k-5
Baltimore Curriculum Project k-5, no math
Pre-K Curriculum 34 weeks worth of lessons, $10
Homeschooling older kids? Not sure what to teach? Use this World Book Typical Course of Study to find out what your child should be learning in each grade." - Source: Randomosity Blog
The Bilibo from Magic Cabin is one of the most wonderful open-ended toys I have ever had in my home daycare. The children were immediately drawn to this molded plastic bowl of silliness and creativeness. They asked me what it was. I told them it's a Bilibo. They giggled and repeated the name. Even the name is fun to say! One little girl said, "What's it for?" I asked her, "What do YOU think it's for?" She said, "Maybe it's for babies," and then decided it was a great baby bath.
When one of my other children took a turn, he decided to turn the Bilibo the other direction and it became his animal cave. The lions chased the bears into their cave, threatening to eat them up. When the bears hid in the cave, the lions began to sing "the bear went into the mountain" to the tune of "the bear went over the mountain."
Magic Cabin toys rock and this award-winner will entertain your kids for hours!
I'll run the giveaway for two weeks ending at midnight EST on August 19, 2011, then let random.org choose one winner. Just fill out the rafflecopter form below. There's lots of ways to enter and the more tasks you choose to do, the better your chances of winning a Bilibo. Many thanks to Magic Cabin for sponsoring this giveaway!
Disclosure: I received a Bilibo at no charge for this review. Opinions are mine (and the children's).
It's a wraparound step stool of the perfect height for a child to use an adult potty and still keep their feet firmly planted. It's a fabulous idea! It's made of a high quality plastic, so it'll be easy to clean and there are rubber feet on the bottom to keep it from sliding, even when my three year old boy uses it as his rocket launch pad (which he has already).
I've got five potty trained kids here at my home daycare and my five year old boy loves the "feet cutouts" so he can stand close without having to move the Little Looster out of the way. He said it would also make a great cave for the plastic bears, but we decided to keep the toys away from the potty in case the bears fall in and forget how to swim. The Little Looster is by far the best booster step I've seen in 25 years of working with children!
You can find out more about The Little Looster on their website, and even connect with the ingenious inventor - a mom named Monica - on Facebook and Twitter to learn about promotions and contests. A huge thank you to Monica and the Little Looster for a solution that will benefit me for years to come!
Disclosure: I received a Little Looster for this review. Opinions are truly mine.
This post brought to you by UPromise. All opinions are 100% mine.
My student loan balance is outrageous. I have a solid educational background though and I believe it is worth every dollar. My own kids know that college is not an option in this family, it's an expectation. I continued through my degree program even when I faced divorce and single parenthood, with my stress compounded by living below the poverty line. I was determined though and finally graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, later even getting my Master's degree from University of Phoenix. My husband is working on his Bachelor's degree right now. My daughter is currently a senior in college and my boys graduate from high school and go off to college in just two more years. Education is expensive, so any program that might help reduce the cost of college is fabulous in my book (so to speak).
Upromise is going on ten years of helping reduce the cost of higher education. I'm a member of their program myself and it helps me chip away at my student loans just by doing my normal activities of shopping and dining out. Now they've gone one step further. Because it's their 10th anniversary, they have started a Dream Wall.
I just submitted my dream for my child on the wall and now I have the chance to win a $1000 weekly prize or even the $10,000 grand prize! That would sure help cut college expenses. My son dreams of being a rock star but he also knows he'll need a college education so he wants to go to college to learn to design video games. I just dream he will be happy, no matter where his dreams take him.
You can submit your own dream for your child on the Dream Wall by going here www.upromisetodream.com and filling out a simple entry form. You can even upload a photo if you want. Oh, and don't forget to read the dream wall official rules too. So, tell me, what's your dream for your child?
It's definitely a book full of government cover-ups. Actually it made me rather annoyed at the government because it showed me how much they actually lie to the American people. No I wasn't surprised, but seeing it in writing ruffled my feathers. Jacobsen definitely did a lot of research and talked to a lot of people who claimed to be involved in the activities at Area 51. The book follows a chronological account of the history of the site rather than the science fiction type story I was expecting. There is quite a bit about the Cold War era activities dealing with spies and recon planes. I personally was rather bothered by information about nuclear weapons testing that has occurred on American soil. I think it would make a great gift for someone who is very interested in history.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book for this review. Opinions are mine.
Cool kids and awesome parents can also connect with Snapily on Facebook and Twitter to learn about special promotions and giveaways! The school bell rings soon. Who is going to have the cool school tool this year? Raise your hand!
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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Net10. All opinions are 100% mine.
It has been almost two years since we cut off our cell phone services. We were determined to get out of debt and a cell phone had become a luxury item we could no longer justify. At over $150 for a family plan, it was one of the first things to go in our new budget, especially once my husband was laid off from his job. We're working hard towards being debt-free and have been able to pay off everything except the house, the pool and the student loans. We're building a savings account and making much better financial decisions now.
Now that my husband is gainfully employed again, we're considering adding a cell phone. We've been looking at the Net10 Unlimited Plan, because it's a great deal. You get unlimited talk, text, and data, for $50 a month. There are no contracts, no surprise bills and no credit checks. Great nationwide coverage and excellent reception and connectivity. Net10 only uses trusted phone manufacturers like LG, Motorola, Kyocera, Nokia and Samsung.
We could get a full QWERTY keyboard phone, slider phone, or touch screen phone, with all the basics plus great app capabilities, camera and video recorder, and web access, for under $60. Plus, the airtime can be purchased online, at a nearby store, or directly from the phone. One thing that is helping us to see the Light is that we could switch between plans to suit our budget and airtime needs, without penalties or fees. So if he finds himself at the mercy of another layoff, the Easy Minutes Plus plan is an automatic minutes plan that starts at $15.00 for 200 minutes.
We haven't decided whether we'll go for it or not (since I've become so tight-fisted with our money lately) but here's what one real NET10 customer has to say about it. Although being able to access my Twitter feed anywhere is very tempting! Connect with the Net10 Facebook and Twitter pages and please let me know if you're a customer. I'd love to hear your feedback while we make a decision.
Last night, when I was tucking Tobi in, he told me, "Mom I have a question."
"I really love boats..all the time!"
Ok, so it wasn't really a question, but I told him that we could do something boat-related today.
So, we made paper boats!
The kids coloured their boats, then we filled up an under-the-bed storage bin with water in the backyard to make our lake. Annie, my little waterbug, can never resist splashing. I'm actually a bit surprised that she didn't try to get in (though it could be due to the fact that the water was straight from the hose, and therefore ice cold.)
The paper I used was one the cheaper side, so the boats didn't last more than a few minutes. But it was long enough for the kids to enjoy, and with the breeze we had, the boats even floated around a bit.
This is a great project to do when talking to young children about different types of boats, what boats are used for, and how they float.
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Thank you so much Savannah for this fabulous activity! ~Lisa
glitter on top of the paint so we could make shiny artwork today.
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My teenage boys were rather amused at the prospect of mom in Heelys. My new shoes arrived this weekend and my son popped the wheels in them for me. It was a quick and simple assembly. I laced them up and put them on. The shoes are actually very comfortable and the design is really cute.
My family followed me outside
Aren't I amazing? Didn't I leave you breathless with awe and respect? Okay, well, maybe I need a little more practice before I let go of my
Disclosure: I received a pair of Heelys at no charge for this review. Opinions are mine.
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