Thursday, April 30, 2015

Rappy The Raptor By Dan Gutman

We love catchy things in our home...
Catchy beats!
Catchy songs!
Catchy rhymes!

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So when this book from Harper Collins Children's books arrived, I was not surprised that it was a hit with our children.  Why?  It's totally catchy!

This story is about a velociraptor named Rappy, who speaks in rhymes, all the time.  It shares, through pictures and words, how this came to be...and all in adorable rhyming (rapping) fashion.  You can't help but want to put a little beat box to this story as you read through it and even dance to the beat.  
Trust me...it's catchy!  I had a blast reading this story out loud!

In fact, our youngest daughter has continued rapping this story, long after we are finished reading!  At first it was cute...but I'm telling you...this story is catchy and they will love it so much...you may not hear an end to it...right away!

CLICK HERE to learn more about this fun new book, released April 28th.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Nashville Star's First Picture Book - In The Waves Coming April 28th

If you've never watched the hit TV show Nashville before...you may not know who these two amazingly talented girls behind this story book are.

NASHVILLE just happens to be one of my very favorite shows right now!

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So when "In The Waves", by Lennon and Maisy Stella and illustrated by Steve Bjorkman arrived...I knew exactly who was the inspiration behind this book!  These sisters (who are actresses as well) have amazing voices & talent on the guitar as well...and now they are using the lyrics to their original song "In The Waves" to create an adorable children's picture book that your children will truly enjoy!

The story stars the sisters, as they dream about a fun filled adventurous day at the beach.  Who doesn't love the beach?  As they boogie board, drink homemade lemonade and splash the day away, your child will be engulfed in the story...until the twist ending...that will make them giggle!  Our kids really enjoyed this story from beginning to end!  The illustrations are bright & fun too!

Throughout the book, there is an adorable crab, giving this book a "Where's the crab" sort of element...so that you can go back and search for him, after you've read the story!  
Our youngest son truly enjoyed that part of the book.
This book will be set to release April 28th, next week...but you can pre-order your copy today if you'd like!  
CLICK HERE to learn more!

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Today Is Earth Day - So We Expanded Our Back Patio Garden

Earth Day 2015!

Will you do something nice for the earth today?

This mommy was very excited to score a great deal on some new "veggie baby plants" for our back patio area yesterday.  So after the kids were dropped off at school this morning, and before I head to work, I got to spend a few moments in my back patio retreat (a little bit of heaven on earth for me...where I find some earthly peace).  It was nice, just me, these beautiful new plants that are joining our back patio family, and some cool morning air.  
What a delight!
So now we have expanded our assortment of GREEN in the back...
Strawberries
Mint
Blackberries
Raspberries
Tangerines
Lemons
Dill
Bell Pepper
Hot Peppers
Cucumber
Summer Squash
Spinach
Lettuce
Califlower
and (2) types of Tomatoes

YUMMY!

Not only is this a great way for the kids and I to watch something grow, produce fruit and then continue to survive...even in the hot, dry So. Cal summer (don't worry, I'll be conserving my sink water to water them daily)...but we get to enjoy fresh grown, non-chemically touched fruit and veggies they we helped grow.  
Plus, with two hummingbird feeders out there, we get daily visitors in our back patio retreat to enjoy as well! 

So what can you do today...to give a little bit back to our PLANET today?  
Plant a tree?  
Pick up some trash around your work or home?  
I'd love to hear how you're planning to celebrate Earth Day today!

I was not paid to feature this post! I was not compensated in any way by posting about plants I purchased on my own accord, or the celebration of Earth Day 2015.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

PS Aeropostale - OUR SUMMER FASHION SHOW

Summer is COMING SOON!  YIPPEE!!  That means that hot weather, vacations, day trips to the beach, and our children in need of clothing to keep them cool & cute all summer long!  

We were provided with a $100 gift card to spend on the clothing for this review/feature!  I was not offered any other monetary compensation by posting my honest opinion about these clothes!  All gift card money was spent on their company website directly for purchasing products for this review/feature!
That's why we are huge fans of PS Aeropostale's clothing line!  
Not only is it always trendy & "in"...but the prices are hard to beat!  
We challenged ourselves to see how much we could purchase, with $100, out of their new arrivals section.  
I'd say we did awesome!  
Where else can you shop for brand new, fashion forward kids clothing, for these types of prices? 
Our Summer Fashion Show package arrived (after the kids picked out their favorites from their online store) and our kids were ready to model the latest and greatest "new arrivals"...
kids' stripe dress - Our youngest daughter feels ready for summer time fun in this great dainty dress.  With adorable back details and colorful pink.orange, purple and white stripes...she's ready for church or a party this summer!
kids' eiffel tower graphic t & kids' dark wash denim shorty shorts - This adorable duo will be cool and comfortable this summer!  The top has a pattern that makes our daughter smile and these shorts can be worn with any and all of her favorite PS Aeropostale tops!  She is super stoked about this combo, that makes her say, "Oooo lala!"
 - These pieces are perfect for our youngest daughter!  She is all about comfort and fashion combined!  These shorts are about as comfortable as can be!  These might become her favorite shorts of the summer!  The tops are both bright, shiny (the lettering) and "attention getting"...just like our daughter!  LOVE IT!
kids' activate paradise pineapple racerback tank & kids' activate solid knit shorty shorts - this outfit has BEACH written all over it!  This is the perfect set to wear over her bathing suit to the beach...or just to lounge around in this summer!  She tells me it's probably her "favorite"outfit ever!
kids' message graphic t & kids' cali life graphic t & kids' 87 new york graphic t - This little guy can't get enough of the PS Aeropostale t-shirts.  We love them!  The designs and sayings are always cute and he always feels confident & adorable when he wears them!  This little guy loves attention and he always gets compliments when he wears these shirts out and about!  

All of the products we received make our children feel confident and even more excited about summer!!  
Where ever our vacation time might lead...they will be there..."IN STYLE".  
THANK YOU PS AEROPOSTALE!  You never fail us!  
CLICK HERE to see their entire clothing line!

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Friday, April 17, 2015

The Berenstain Bears Hospital Friends - Read And Make A Difference

The hospital can be a scary place!  
A place of unknown people and things!
Especially for the little people in our lives!

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But perhaps a cute story, with some of our favorite storybook characters, can help ease the fears that come when your children think about the hospital.

Harper Collins is releasing a new Berenstain Bears book "Hospital Friends" by Mike Berenstain...on April 21 and this one is being sold for a wonderful cause...as well! 
The Berenstain Bears take a trip to the hospital and get to learn about all the things that take place inside the hospital on their special tour.  They get to meet patients and even doctors and nurses too!  This story is very informative, fun and your "YOUNG READER" will enjoy learning about procedures and departments of the hospital.  
After reading this book, your children will feel like they are experts about what really goes on in a hospital!


So CLICK HERE to learn more about this new book!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

@DaySpring - Sadie Robertson Live Original Line

When I was in high school (I think my junior year), on my birthday...I was given a very sweet gift.  One I didn't, at the time, realize I would cherish like I do.  A journal!  It was a Christian journal with scripture at the bottom of each page.  I remember spending evenings writing about moments in my life...big things and little things.  Happy details about my day and things that bothered me.  Journaling was important...and it's so fun to look back and re-read those moments now.  I am so glad I spent the time to journal back then.  

I remember reading the scriptures, as I was writing my entries, and it really gave me perspective on things, sometimes...just when I needed it!  
MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL ARE NOT EASY!
I needed the encouragement!  
All of us do, at that age!

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So when I was asked by DaySpring to check out this new "school supplies" line...that has a bit of a celebrity backing (celebrities that the kids and I personally enjoy)...I couldn't say no!  
In fact, I was super excited to check out what they sent me!

So when the package arrived, I was even more excited as I pulled everything out of the box.  Not only was each thing girly & super encouraging (not to mention absolutely adorable) but each thing was something I knew our daughters were going to fight over...the second they got home from school.
They were going to love this stuff!
We received two journals, a magnet set (these are great for the inside of a locker), a pack of "scripture shareable" cards, and a package of darling sticky notes set.
Sadie Robertson, best known as the daughter of one of those bearded duck hunting Christians on "Duck Dynasty" is the inspiration behind this line!  I love that!  She has a book that is being released in October (Live Original) and these products go hand-in-hand with that launch.
Now...if I was in high school again...I'll admit these school supplies are exactly what I would choose.  Why?  They make the sweetest inspirational statement! High school is hard!  Kids can be really mean...especially if you are standing up for something you personally believe in (your faith).  Take it from someone who walked in those shoes in high school.  These products offer positive and encouraging scriptures...gently...to not only encourage the person using the journal or magnets, but also to those who they chose to share with...the scripture shareable cards are perfect for that.
It's funny...I was right!  Our girls were super excited to "share" these school supplies with each other.  In fact, they each had a journal that was immediately their favorite, so there was no fighting.  I am excited for our girls to journal.  It's a great way to get your feelings out...on paper.  Our oldest daughter will be starting middle school next year.  HOLY COW!  It's something that they can look back on fondly, and giggle about the stories they write about or the feelings they feel.  
At least, that's my experience with my journals from my past. 
They can use the sticky notes (in the background of the picture above) to send messages to friends or even encourage their teachers.  You never know...it might be exactly the "pick me up" their teacher will need.  They can share with their friends some encouragement too!  
I LOVE THIS PRODUCT LINE!
Almost makes me wish I was in high school again, so I could use these products and share a little extra "LIGHT" in the public school system!
We only got a small sample of this amazing line...that is soon to be released.  If you're a teenage girl, you have a teenage girl or even middle school girls, who you are wanting to encourage in tough years of school, keep this product line in mind for gift giving or personally using yourself.  

 CLICK HERE to learn more about this product line!

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Limited Edition BIG RITZ CRACKERS

When I think of crackers...
just plain ol' crackers...
the brand I would typically buy would be...
drum roll please...

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What about you? 
Their crackers are universal for just about anything you need a cracker for.  
For party platters, just a quick snack or even to use crumbled up as a crust for a cake/pie.  
Ritz Crackers have an amazing reputation of being a cracker everyone likes to eat!
So when a box arrived with this sticker on it...I wasn't sure what to expect inside!
I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Ritz is making a LIMITED EDITION "BIG RITZ" crackers pack.  My brain started to swirl with ideas...
These crackers are almost PALM SIZED...my palm that is...and they are the same delicious taste as before.  
Think of all the endless possibilities for topping these larger crackers!  For larger slices of meat and cheese to pair them with...etc.  
HOW WILL YOU USE these BIG RITZ crackers?

Be on the lookout...because these LIMITED EDITION crackers won't be around for long and you'll want to try out these almost 2.5 inch crackers yourself.

CLICK HERE to learn more!

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Colgate Enamel Health - Products To Protect Your Teeth Enamel

Do you have sensitive teeth?
Does a cup of hot coffee send you through the roof?
How about a bowl of ICE COLD ICE CREAM?
When it touches your teeth, does it make you want to scream out in pain?

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At times in my life, I've experienced teeth sensitivity and it's not fun!  In fact, it's a horrible experience and actually one that could very possibly be helped with a new product line from Colgate that focuses on "ENAMEL HEALTH"...as well as your overall health of your teeth.  

Let's learn more together...
I received an awesome "kit" that gave me samples of their new products, as well as experiments to try out, so I can better understand why I should use these products and to see if they really work or not.
As you know...I am a fan of Colgate products anyway!  It's what I use personally for my oral hygiene on a daily basis.  My favorite of the three toothpastes (probably the one I will use the most) is the Enamel Health Whitening...because I am a coffee drinker and need the extra whitening power.  My teeth haven't been too sensitive to heat or cold for some time...so I will definitely keep that on hand if I do begin to experience any symptoms as such.  

Did you know:
However, I have been using the Colgate Enamel Health Sensitive toothpaste, as well as the Colgate Toothbrush and built in Sensitive Relieve Pen,to see if I could notice a difference anyway...especially with heat or cold sensitivities.  
I am also, very concerned about my overall enamel health (our enamel is the part that people see when we smile)...and to better understand that...watch this video below:
I got to do this experience at home, as well...and now better understand how this really works.  And why using this product can help protect my teeth even better.
I have not been able to get to Baskin Robbins to really test out my personal teeth sensitivity...on some sweet ice cream treats...but I know that even an ice cold cup of water doesn't make me cringe or tense up as I drink it...which is nice.  But honestly, it really didn't before either.  My teeth, always after using these products, feel smooth and fabulously clean...which I love!  I give these products my approval...for sure!

Have you checked out Colgate Enamel Health products yet?  
I even saw them yesterday at my local Target...so check your favorite store shelves and especially if your teeth are extra sensitive...give these products a try yourself.  
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE!

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Fancy Nancy Turns 10 And Celebrates With Two New Books...

Fancy Nancy is a name that is common around this house!
Have you heard of her?  
With two girls...we have read many a Fancy Nancy Book over the years!

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With her big vocabulary and wonderfully dramatic personality...we are excited to celebrate with her, as she has her 10th Anniversary.
Harper Collins sent us an assortment of Fancy Nancy Books to check out...

THE RESULT?
LOVE...LOVE...LOVE!  And two very, very happy girls!  
Our girls absolutely love Fancy Nancy...and especially the two new books:
These are chapter books, so it takes Fancy Nancy to an older reading level now!
And yes...this one is absolutely adorable too: 

Fancy Nancy 10th Anniversary Edition


All of the Fancy Nancy Books...written by Jane O'Conner and pictures by Robin Preiss Glasser are girlie, fun, extravagant and will have your daughter's vocabulary growing by leaps and bounds...because they use new "fancy" words in every book!  
We LOVE IT!  
Because...hey...everyone loves being "FANCY"!
CLICK HERE to see the entire selection of the Fancy Nancy books offered by Harper Collin's Publishing...and perhaps you'll consider letting your daughter meet Miss Fancy Nancy too!
Oh...and check out her new website too: www.fancynancyworld.com 

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

The "Kiss InstaWave - Automatic Curler" IS AWESOME!

I'll admit it!  I'm always sceptical of the "AS SEEN ON TV" products!
What about you?
Do you ever wonder...I wonder if it really works like that?
In fact, I have been known to buy some of the products, only to be sadly disappointed by the actual product itself...

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I was truly delighted to find an "AS SEEN ON TV" product that works just like it claims too!  In fact, it just might be my newest "favorite" hair tool right now!

You should always, always read the directions first!  
Especially on products you've never tried before.  Especially ones that could really damage your hair...if you don't use them correctly!  So...I read the directions first!
At first, I decided I would try it on our youngest daughter's hair (she volunteered)...because I figured it would be easier, for me, to try it first on someone else...so I could give my first hand account of how it works.
It took me a few tries to actually get the hair to wrap around the right way.  You just hold down a button and the hair wraps itself around the barrel.  But, you can spin it in two directions and I had to figure out which way I needed it to turn.  Once I got the hang of it...it was InstaWave all over her hair.  Spiral curls that fell so beautifully from this fun tool.
But just a warning...it does get very hot (has two temperature settings)!
Her finished result were beautiful waves.  It doesn't do a real TIGHT spiral...but this was perfect for a little fancier look...and she loved it!
Then, I couldn't help it...I had to try it on my own straight hair.  Honestly, it was even easier to use on myself!  I was delighted!  It's been a long time since I've taken the time to curl my hair and this took me literally 5 minutes!  
HOW AWESOME IS THAT?  The curl lasted too!  I was truly delighted!
If you're looking for a quick, easy, simple and AWESOME way to curl your hair (well...give it nice beachy waves with very little effort), you need to try this InstaWave - Automatic Curler!  
I LOVE IT!  Like I said...it's my new favorite hair tool!  
CLICK HERE to learn even more!

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