Wednesday, November 6, 2013

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Give the gift of Sports Illustrated Kids!!

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Now, when you purchase an entire year of SI Kids in print and on tablet for $19.95 (US Subscriptions), you can send a second gift of 12 issues (1 year) for u>
In the U.S. your first print issue will mail 4-8 weeks from receipt of order.

The magazine is jam-packed with action photos, easy-to-read stories, tips from the pros, hysterical comics, and engaging activities for boys and girls who love sports. SI Kids has won highest honors from the Association of Educational Publishers, as well as the Parents’ Choice Award.

Here are more reasons to give the gift of Sports Illustrated Kids:
-It is the perfect stocking stuffer
-It promotes reading to children who are reluctant readers
-Each issue is full of exciting stories, photos and games- the perfect distraction for holiday travel
-It is delivered straight to your door
-No gift wrapping required
-It’s the gift that keeps on giving the whole year through

**Canadian subscription price: 12 issues/$29.95 CAD, plus GST, HST, QST as applicable. The additional GIFT price is $7.50 Canadian dollars.

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I was given a FREE year subscription to Sports Illustrated Kids in exchange for a post sharing this opportunity.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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Cabbage Patch Kids 30th Anniversary doll review

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Disclaimer- I was provided with one doll for the purpose of my review and posting other info. These opinions are mine and are honest. After we received our free doll my daughter bought one for herself.

My Thoughts-
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I remember when I was young how much I wanted the NEW Cabbage Patch Kids dolls when they came out in 1983. They were hard to find and we couldn’t afford one. My parents didn’t have a lot of money to buy one for my brother and I so we saved up our own money; birthday money, chores money, odd jobs money… Once we had saved up enough (in 1984) we went out and each bought our own Cabbage Patch dolls. Mine is named Lori Renee. I loved her so much that I still have her, 29 years later. I also loved the second CPK I got in 1986 for Christmas. Her name was Goldie Pamela and she could take baths.

I’m excited now to share this love for these dolls with my girls. Each have a Cabbage Patch doll they got for their first birthday and now they each have a special 30th anniversary doll. One we got for the review and the other one was purchased by my oldest with her own money that she saved up.

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Sunday Leah, she has bond curl hair with pink streaks and a pink dress. She also have silver shoes and comes her own comb. Moo says her doll is “AWESOME” and her favorite thing about her doll is her shoes.

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Faith Sophie, she has short black hair with pink streaks and a pink dress. She has yellow shoes and comes with her own comb. Lee loved Moo’s Cabbage Patch doll so much she wanted to get one of her own. She has been saving up her money for a special toy and decided to use the money to buy a doll instead. We went to the store and read each girl’s name and birthday, as well as looked at each outfit they were wearing. She narrowed down her choices to two dolls. It was hard for her to pick, she loved them both. So I had her close her eyes and think really hard at which one she thought would need the most love from her. So she picked Faith.

My girls really love their dolls and I can see them keeping them for their children to play with, just like I have done. If I was going to purchase a new CPK I would pick the “vintage” doll that has yarn hair. I love how nice their hair stays and how easy it is to put up in pony tails or leave down. I love sharing my love of CPK with my girls, I feel like a kid again. It’s also so cool that they still come with the adoption papers, to pledge your love for your doll and that they still have the baby powder smell.

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Thank you to Jakks Pacific for providing us with a 30th Anniversary doll.
Please stay tuned for some exciting announcements regarding Cabbage Patch Kids.

Did you have a Cabbage Patch Kid when you were growing up? What was their name? Do your kids have one now?
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Monday, September 16, 2013

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“Bash and the Pirate Pig” book review & giveaway

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* Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate my review. This post reflects my honest, personal opinion and experience with the product which may differ from yours. Product information courtesy of the sponsor. No monetary compensation was provided for this post.

My Thoughts-
“Bash and the Pirate Pig” by Burton Cole and Illustrated by Tom Bancroft

Raymond “Beamer” Boxby (also know as Ray-Ray Sunbeam Beamer) is forced to spend the summer on his cousin’s farm, Sebation (Bash) Hinglehobb. The adults expect Beamer to keep his cousin out of trouble. This is harder then everyone thinks. Bash loves adventure, he’s carefree and comes up with crazy ideas. Such as riding the cows to the ice cream shop and creating a pirate ship fleet with his pig as the captain. Bash is also reading his Bible and talking to God. Bash calls the Bible his “Farmin’ and Fishin’ book”. Beamer doesn’t understand why he calls it that but just leaves it up to Bash being a bit weird.

This book is geared to boys around the grade 4 reading level. However I have to say I absolutely LOVED this book and couldn’t stop laughing at the crazy things that was always happening. After every night I would share what I read with my husband and soon he would ask me about the book before I even had a chance to say anything. He was into it through my enthusiasm of the book. I’m excited for the next book, “Bash and the Chicken Coop Caper”, to come out in 2014.

I also loved this book because towards the end Bash shares the full Gospel story with his cousin and friends. It makes it a great way to introduce your kid to Christ or how to witness to their friends. I loved this quote from the book. It was after Beamer asked Bash why he doesn’t pray for hours, weeping and crying. Bash replies, “…But when you talk with Him all the time in the first place, you don’t have a lot of catchin’ up to do.” That is so true, and profound.

I would totally recommend this product to families with kids, boy or girl. I’d even recommend this book to adults too. It makes for a fun light reading, leaving you laughing daily.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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Go back-to-school with JAM Paper & Envelope!

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* Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate my review. This post reflects my honest, personal opinion and experience with the product which may differ from yours. Product information courtesy of the sponsor. No monetary compensation was provided for this post.

My Thoughts-
School is coming very SOON for my kids, one will be returning to school and the other will just be starting school. With school coming it’s time to think about back-to-school shopping. I found a really awesome online store called, JAM Paper & Envelope, that have EVERYTHING my kids will need plus a few things I’d love to get.

JAM Paper & Envelope kindly send me the following- 2 Duotang Paper Folders with Clips for 3 Hole Punch, 4 Plastic Envelopes with VELCRO® Brand Closure that can be added into a three ring binder, 2 Sliding Pencil Boxes and 2 clear Grid 1 Inch Binders.

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When I opened my package I wanted to keep them for myself, but I knew my kids needed them more. My oldest loves to draw and bring her art to school. I always hate just sticking the art in her backpack, with our new products we have set of a perfect system for her to bring her art to school and be safe. Her smaller art goes into the envelope, that is inside the binder. Her larger art goes into her duo tang folder or we use a three ring punch and add it to the binder. The Pencil box is perfect for holding her colored pencils in, that way if she comes up with an idea at school she can pull it out and start drawing. She loves this system and so do I.

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My youngest will use her set for homework and other projects they do at school. She’s so excited and has already put paper in them, not knowing what to do. I think it’s very cute. She’s all set to start school!

I’m impressed with JAM Paper & Envelope and the products they provide. They are very styling and great quality. I highly suggest you check them out, there is something for everyone and every office/school/crafter need! I have my eye on a few of their storage boxes, mainly for keepsakes for my kids and for photos. ‘m also looking at their Easel Fold Display Books, I could easily use these for displaying logos of companies I talk about when I’m on TV.

There are endless possibilities with JAM Paper & Envelopes. I really hope you’ll check them out today. Maybe even let me know what you love from there.

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Friday, June 28, 2013

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Adventure Bible website- review

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Every year our church gives an Adventure Bible to all the kids going from Kindergarten to Grade 1. My oldest received her Bible last year and loves to read it everyday. We were excited to learn that there is a new Adventure Bible website by Zondervan. The site is geared towards kids older then my daughter, about ages 10+ but she had fun sitting down with me to play to the games together. It was actually nice to spend some really good quality time with her, exploring the Bible games and activities.

The website offers Games, Bible Activities and Bible Search. We had the most fun playing all the games over and over again. My favorite to play would be “Leapin’ Lemur”. It is sort of like hangman, where you have to guess the words in the Bible verse by picking letter. We also had fun in the Bible Actives section, there are a ton of downloadable actives for your kids to do, such as word searches and cross words. The Bible Search section of the website is just that, a place where you can search for a verse you wanted to read or discuss.

Over all we loved this site and will be visiting very often. It’s free to play and is fun. The navigation is easy to follow and it’s bright and colorful.

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Monday, June 10, 2013

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National Geographic Kids 2014 Almanac- review & giveaway

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* Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate my review. This post reflects my honest, personal opinion and experience with the product which may differ from yours. Product information courtesy of the sponsor. No monetary compensation was provided for this post.

MY Thoughts-
In our house we are HUGE fans of National Geographic Kids and their books. So when we received the “National Geographic Kids 2014 Almanac” we couldn’t wait to read it and look at all the amazing photos.

The book contains different sections or chapters, such as Super Science, Awesome Adventures, and Fun and Games. We really loved the Adventures section and the animal section. My kids couldn’t put the book down. The the adventure section there is a story about the guy who did the worlds tallest jump from Space. Since reading about him my youngest can’t stop talking about becoming an astronaut some day. The animal section has a part that talks about unusual animal friends, such as a goat and a giraffe being best friends. We loved this section because of all the cute photos of animals and how bright the pages were. My oldest LOVES penguins and she loved the section “Meet The Penguins”. She was able to learn a lot about them. I really liked the Fun and Games section. There are silly jokes and fun activities we can do as a family together.

The book has over 337 pages of fun and learning. Each page is packed full of colorful photos and interesting facts. I would not only recommend this book for all families with kids but all classrooms to have it too. I can see the teachers taking it out during a lesson and showing the pictures to them or taking the book out on a rainy day and allowing the kids to have some fun time learning.

This is another A+ book for our family.

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Besides the giveaway below be sure to check out the National Geographic Books Kindle Fire Giveaway.

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