Saturday, January 31, 2015

Bedtime Math Makes Math and Bedtime Much More Fun!

 I have a very smart little man, and his area that he excels most is MATH! I totally do not understand this, because that is the area that was terrible for me in school. While I do not understand his love of math, because the feeling definitely is not mutual, I am glad! I love that he finds math fun, so when I was contacted to review a couple awesome books called Bedtime Math, I knew they were perfect for him!
In the spirit of making math as beloved as the bedtime story, founder Laura Overdeck’s Bedtime Math books pair our wacky math problems with colorful, high-energy illustrations to create a book you can cuddle with. Her second book, Bedtime Math: This Time It’s Personal, was just selected by Amazon as one of the top 20 children’s books of 2014 so far. The third book, Bedtime Math: The Truth Comes Out, launches in March 2015, so there’s more coming! Best of all, proceeds from the books come back to Bedtime Math Foundation to support our free programming. Click below to learn about the particular math and mischief in each volume.

Every night during out snuggle time, we have been reading a little of these books. I have to admit, even though I am not fond of math, some of the things I have learned in the books are pretty interesting.For example the book gives a little paragraph about a plane, and then there are three options to ask, one for "wee ones," one for "Little Kids" and one for "big Kids," The big kid question in this example was: "if  you're flying at 180 miles per hour, then slow to 120 miles an hour to open your parachute, by how many miles an hour did you slow?" 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Peppermint, Lavender and Lemon Essential Oils

Most of our readers know that myself and Paige LOVE essential oils. We use them for just about anything. We joke around that it’s the new duct tape or windex as they fix everything. Anyway, I wanted to share with you a few new companies I am working with and what my favorite uses for oils are.  

2015 Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program

Kohl’s Department Stores will be accepting nominations for outstanding young volunteers beginning next week for the 2015 Kohl’s Cares®  Scholarship Program.  Nominations for kids ages six to 18 will be accepted January 30 – March 13 at, and nominators must be 21 years or older. Through the program, Kohl’s will award more than 2,500 young volunteers nearly $400,000 in scholarships and prizes to reward kids who have made a positive impact on their communities.  
  • Ten national winners will each be awarded a $10,000 scholarship for higher education, and Kohl’s will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner’s behalf
  • Nearly 200 students will win regional scholarships worth $1,000 toward higher education
  • More than 2,000 local students will receive a $50 Kohl’s gift card

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Make Valentine's Day sweet with GODIVA

Besides love, what else do you think of when someone mentions Valentine’s Day? I’m going to guess chocolate. Well, I know I do. I know 3 people that don’t like chocolate and oddly enough one of them is my 12 year old daughter, but i’m sure that will change. in the meantime more for me. I loved the chocolate that GODIVA sent me at Christmas time and was so happy when they asked if I wanted more for Valentine’s Day. There was no way I was going to say no to that.

Ruha Offers the Best in Custom Leather Dog Collars!

We recently added a new fur-baby into the mix. Part of my thinks we were insane for rescuing this little dachshund/chihuahua mix 9 month old "teenager" dog, but then at other times, I am so glad we decided on him. When I see him playing so nicely with my kids, most especially on the trampoline which they all love, my heart melts a little, and I want nothing bad to happen to this little fellow. I worry about what would happen if he accidentally got out and ran off. Having just lost a pet in March (we had to have our old friend put to sleep due to ailing health) I worry about losing another. I rest a little more easily now because our pal, Toodles is now wearing a collar from Ruha!

Delta Children Max Stroller

I have a really nice stroller, the biggest problem with it is that is is really big and bulky. With having a lot of health issues and a physical disability, I can’t carry that around. So instead I let my husband handle that one. I have been looking for a smaller and much lighter stroll that would be easier for me to handle. I was very happy when Delta Children's offered to send me their Max Stroller to try out.

Fallon felt the need that our cat Vin Diesel
needed to try the stroller out as well 

Win SafetyTat Valentine's Day Temporary Tattoos!

I don't know about you, but my kid comes home with oodles of candy and Valentines, and most of that candy goes uneaten and wasted! So, this year I was looking for something different than the traditional conversation hearts or heart-shaped lollipops and we decided to give his classmates a card with a temporary tattoo. Most kids adore temporary tattoos and I know they are definitely a hit with my son! 

We decided to try one out since he only has 18 kids in his class and we received two packs from Safety Tat. We opted to received a girlier pack which has hearts and bugs and a boys pack that has guitars and rockets. This tattoo was very easy to apply and lasted days before it began to fade! My son was very happy with how "cool" it was, and enjoyed showing it off to his friends. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Customized planner from Personal Planner

I can’t believe it’s “new planner” time of year. While I have a busy schedule both in my personal life and in my professional life. Everything is so all over the place I have to have 2 planners. One of my favorite planners is the Personal Planner and I was happy when they agreed to send me another one this year.