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Friday, May 22, 2015

New Addition to Summer is Coming Surprise Box

Hey neighbors!

Here is the new addition to the Summer is Coming Surprise Box!  It is a nail care kit.  Make sure you visit the original post to enter, then share, share, share.



See you soon.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

FishFlix.com And John Wesley Torchlighters DVD


FishFlix.com Review

Hey neighbors

This review if from FishFlix.com, a company that makes available quality, Christian and family films.  We received the Torchlighters, John Wesley DVD.  We were aware of Torchlighters  DVDs previously, but had never heard of FishFlix.com before.  After visiting the site I am amazed at the wide variety of DVDs that they carry.  They are reasonable on their pricing too.


FishFlix.com Review

The Torchlighters DVDs are animated videos about Christian through out history.  We already own several of them, so we were quite happy to add John Wesley to our library.  My children have watched many of them over and over.  We also recently had a young lady, 8 years old visiting us, she had a very low attention span.  We turned on the Torchlighters and she was captivated and sat still the entire time.  She asked to watch some of the others that we own during her free time.  Run time is 30 minutes, so it was perfect to watch with lunch or tuck in some time during the day.

John Wesley, who was the founder of the Methodist movement,  was rescued at a young age from a house fire.  Both his parents, especially his mother,  were sure he was saved for a reason.  His mother called him a "brand plucked from the fire".  He goes on to try and work out his salvation for years before he finds saving grace.  His message was not accepted at that time by those around him.   I will not share any more, you will have to get the DVD yourself to find out what happens.  I am sure you will enjoy it as much as we did.  And yes, the adults enjoyed it too!

This is one of the few animated DVD series we allow in the home as they really do stick to the story. They are entertaining and very educational.  My husband often recommends Torchlighters to people we meet who have young children.  One of my daughter's other personal favorites is Gladys Alyward which is also available through FishFlix.com.  She was a missionary in China.

I did see several other DVDs available through FishFlix.com that we already own in our personal library, along with several others I would eventually like to add.  The Torchlighters DVD is available for $9.99 right now on special, or you can purchase a collection of the Torchlighters for $67.97 on special.  They are well worth purchasing.  Even if you do not have young children, these are great for grandparents to own for when the grandchildren visit.  We also use them for when my daughters are watching younger children.

The whole Torchlighters series is easy to incorporate into your Bible class.  My daughters have learned so much watching these DVDs.  They have learned about different time periods in history, how the church has grown and changed, and even some different cultures.

Please take a moment to check out the other Crew members reviews by clicking on the link below.  Several members reviewed other products from FishFlix.com, so be sure you check them out, you just might find one that you would enjoy.  Thanks for stopping in!


FishFlix.com Review


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Natural Energy Juices from Positive Energy!!

As a very active person, I love finding new, healthy ways to add a boost of energy. I'm not a huge fan of the normal energy drinks with all the extra junk in them, but when I heard about Positive Energy, I knew this would be something I'd love!

Positive Energy offers you an alternative to those sugar-loaded, chemical-loaded energy drinks with these beverages. Made with natural caffeine (from green coffee beans) and combined with fresh juice, these are both good for you, and good to the taste!

I received a sampling of the different flavors Positive Energy offers; strawberry lemonade, peach mango lemonade, lemonade tea, orange juice, cranberry juice, apple juice, and lemonade. As I said, each one is made with real fruit juice, not an artificial flavoring. Each 10 ounce bottle contains 75-150mg of caffeine. 


I tried the strawberry lemonade first; I LOVE fruit flavored lemonades! This was so delicious, even before I chilled it in the refrigerator (yes, I tasted it as soon as the box arrived). The next morning I drank it with breakfast before my workout, to enjoy that extra boost of energy. Suffice it to say that the Positive Energy juices didn't last long. In fact, I had to hide them so I could ration the out. E tasted one and said-exact words-"Wow, this is good!" So it's definitely something your entire family will enjoy, because E is kind of picky about what he drinks. 

Positive Energy has a store locator you can use to find Positive Energy at a grocery store or supermarket near you. And if you can't find these wonderful energy juices near you, you can also buy them online in 2, 6, and 12 packs!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sheltie Pups! Belle Had Her Pups



Hi neighbors!

Just had to share.  Belle had her puppies.  You will never guess how many she had.  At four my daughter and I decided one more would be great!  Sure enough, she had one more, then another, and then one more!  She had seven pups total!  We are so excited.  We have 5 Blue Merle, 2 boys and three girls.  Then we had 2 Tri-color girls.







This is Belle's first litter and she appears a little bit overwhelmed.  She is also pretty tired. We were basically having puppies all afternoon.   I thought I would take a minute and share a few pictures.


Thanks for stopping in!  See you soon!

Revolutionary Ideas - The Story of the American Revolution


Homeschool Legacy Review

Hi Neighbors!

Our family recently received the Homeschool Legacy course, Revolutionary Ideas: The Story of the American Revolution for review.  This is a once-a-week study course on the American Revolution that lasts 8 weeks.  I received a digital download  e-book version.  Normally I am not a big fan of e-books for class unless it is just the book for reading, but this worked just fine.


Homeschool Legacy Review

To begin with, each week gives you a list of supplies needed for that week.  Here is an example from week one:

3-ring binder with a plastic sleeved cover Blank paper or construction paper
Loose leaf paper
A globe or world atlas

The game, RISK
Now, had my boys been taking the course they would have LOVED playing Risk.  My daughters on the other hand, did not want to play Risk.  The beauty of a course like this though is that you don't have to do everything.  We make adjustments as we go along.  There is a list of books to choose from, that vary in reading levels, and this was right up my daughter's alley.  She LOVES reading historical books.  I think my 14 year old knows more history than I ever learned in school.  Or maybe I have just forgotten a lot.

Another thing that I liked was that they break it down into sections that are easy to choose from.  I liked the Family Devotions.  It is nice to be able to do devotions that fit right in with what your children are learning.   Then of course there were History and Geography activities along with Research, Language, and Critical Thinking.  We were able to pick and choose what we wanted to do each week.  Along with the book choices, there were also videos to choose from.  This is nice if your child is more of a visual learner, and it also allows a wider variety throughout each week.

Another little amusing feature is the stump your dad question included at the end of each lesson.  This was not so exciting to my teenage daughters, but had they been a little younger I have a feeling it would have been a big hit to try and stump their father.

I appreciated that they gave a warning ahead of time on a book that was chosen for the family read aloud time.  One of the book options was "MyBrother Sam Is Dead.  They mention ahead of time that you might want to skip the graphic war scenes and mild language.  This allows you to go ahead and be prepared to skip these portions, or to skip the book entirely.

"Revolutionary Ideas - The Story of the American Revolution was easy to add to our schedule.  Everything is laid out in an easy to understand manner, which I really appreciated.  Sometimes you are left guessing with curriculum, but that was not the case with this course from Homeschool Legacy.  



Homeschool Legacy Review

If you are looking for a good unit study be sure to click on the link below so you can see what other crew members are saying.  Other members received other courses you might be interested in.


Homeschool Legacy Review



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WorkIt Wednesday : Taste Guru - Gluten Free Box Review!

Hello Agents!

We have had company for two weeks, so right now we are starting to get back into our usual schedule.  For any of you that are eating gluten free, you will superbly enjoy this review!  Introducing...


Taste Guru is a monthly subscription box, but it's not like the others where you receive a bunch of junk food... Taste Guru sends you a box chock-full of gluten free food, snacks, etc.  This monthly box can actually help you on your journey to health and fitness, not detract from it like some others might.  


I should have been better prepared, but I failed to get a list of all of the goodies packed into the box before the family tore into it, but I didn't.  Sorry!  I'll try and list some of the items, but I know I won't have everything.  I received a Better Batter Fudge Brownie Mix (yes, it is obviously gluten free!), a Teas'Tea Unsweetened Green Tea, 2 Sample Size Packs of Yum Earth Naturals Sour Beans (E. was more than happy to "dispose" of these for me :D), IPS Egg White Ch(IPS) - Sea Salt and Black Pepper, etc.  


I want to take a minute to tell you about Taste Guru... "At TasteGuru, we strive to find the best and most interesting new gluten free products. In a typical box, we put 7-10 food items, including several full-sized items and a number of samples. Included in the box is a chef-inspired recipe ... and we usually find space to put an extra little item or surprise in the box. Every box is different - half the fun is getting the mystery box of goodies delivered to your door each month."


So, if you are eating gluten free, or just trying to eat better, this is certainly a monthly subscription box that will help you do that.  You can sign up on the Taste Guru website where they have many different plans you can choose from.  You can also Like them on Facebook, and Follow them on Twitter to stay up to date on their latest news.  

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Educational Apps for Children : Kids Academy!

This post was created in partnership with Mom Buzz Media Blogger Network. All views & opinions expressed below are my own and are not influenced in anyway.

Kids Academy | Educational Apps for Children

Sometimes it can be so hard to find apps for your preschool/kindergarten aged children that they will enjoy, and yet also be educational.  If you have had this problem as well, check these apps out!

screen520x924 (2)Preschool & Kindergarten Learning Kids Game Educational Books & Free Songs

This educational app is GREAT for your preschool and kindergarten kids. They can Trace Numbers/catch fireflies, Simple Addition/help the dog by dragging the bone to the right answer, and Simple number Sequences/basically connect the dots! There are also other "games" that you can unlock such as Simple Subtraction, Five Little Monkeys, etc. Whether waiting at the doctor's office, at a restaurant, or even at home it is sure to keep your little entertained, but also learning at the same time.

Download Preschool & Kindergarten Learning Kids Game

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screen520x924 (4)Bugs, Shapes and Robots Face Paint for Toddlers

FREE for a limited time! (usually $2.99)

This educational app for kids that are preschool/kindergarten aged is so cute! They trace a shape, to catch fireflies, to try and fill a jar. I really like that they tell you what the shape is called when you go to trace it, so not only are your kids learning to make shapes, they are also learning what they are called. The fireflies are adorable, and the graphics look great. There is also some nice background music playing.

Download Bugs, Shapes, and Robots

Monday, May 18, 2015

New Health Pet Products #Giveaway!

Hey neighbors!

Remember the New Health Pet Products Dog Treats I reviewed last week?  Well if you go back to the original post - HERE  I have added the giveaway.  One neighbor will receive some dog treats for their pet.

Take a moment to enter and thanks for stopping in!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Special Giveaway!

Hey neighbors!

With all that has been going on lately I have barely been completing posts on the site here.  Well, our company left and we have completed some of the work on our home.  So, back to business here!  We are going to start a new #giveaway box.

I think we will call this one the Summer Is Coming box.  To start with we will put in a Vanilla Blossom Body Mist and a Orange Blossom and Honey Moisturizing Liquid Soap.

How is that for starters?  Be on the lookout for more additions!

See you soon!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

New Health Pet Products Turkey & Sweet Potato Jerky

Hi Neighbors!

Today I had the opportunity to let our dogs try the New Health Pet Products Turkey & Sweet Potato Jerky.  Now, may of you know we have 5 Shelties.  They LOVE the word treat.  We have a couple o picky eaters, and then we have a couple that will eat just about anything that smells good.




Since we had a little visitor, she wanted to hand out the Turkey & Sweet Potato Jerky treats.  Some of the girls, will sit for treats, but others just sort of look at you when you ask them to sit.  She tried Belle first, but  Belle is a little hesitant with strangers.  See Belle below licking her lips.




Next she tried Pansy.  Pansy was a little more willing, as long as a treat was involved.  She sits so pretty and waits so patiently



New Health treats are made to be naturally low in fat and calories.  These treats are 100% natural and are made in America.

From New Health Pet Products:
These treats are high in protein, grain free and contain no added chemicals or additives. 

You can feed your furry friend New Health Pet Products treats and know that you are keeping them healthy.  Do remember that treats are treats and should be given out intermittently.  Be sure to check out their website to see what all they have to offer.

ADDING A GIVEAWAY SHORTLY!

Thanks for stopping by today.  See you soon!

S is for Smiling Sunrise a New ABC Book


Smiling Sunrise Review

Hi Neighbors,

For review today we have a new take on an ABC book.  The book is called "S is for Smiling Sunrise" from WordsBright.  The book is written by Vick Wadhwa and is a different type of ABC book then I have ever read before.


Smiling Sunrise Review

Since I have older children, we opted to review the book as a tool for babysitting.  My daughters could easily throw the book in a backpack or tote bag and take it with them to read to a pre-schooler.  We often try to have something new or entertaining for them to share when they watch other children.   S is for Smiling Sunrise is a very colorful book and the artwork will hold a child's attention.  Each page is filled with bright, eye-catching illustrations.  The author designed this book to teach positive concepts and values to his child and has enabled you enjoy to do likewise with your son or daughter.

You can purchase the book for $16 dollars and it includes a MP3 download of the book in song that you will find on the website.  You will also receive access to two downloadable teaching guides.  The guides have questions and other ideas to use with your child.  It is suggested that you have your child learn the headline words first, for example: A is for Artwork.  Once they can recognize these you can begin teaching them the verse that goes with each letter.  Soon they will be able to finish the sentences for you.

Now, I will say that I found some of the words to be what I personally would consider above a pre-schooler's level.  I still found "S is for Smiling Sunrise" interesting.  Here is one example of what I consider above a pre-schooler's understanding:
I is for Infant
Sleeping peacefully
Potential for greatness
Resting gracefully!

One of our friends, an 8 year old we recently had here for a visit, had a few problems with understanding what she was reading.  Even so it will still provide you the opportunity to teach new words and values.  Remember many young children understand more than we think.  I mean, how many toddlers have you seen playing on an iPad or other device?  Most young children will be so busy looking at the pictures and of course enjoying mommy or daddy time that they will probably not even notice the larger words at first.  When they ask questions, take time to interact with your child.  Make it a learning time, like the letter K, which is for Kaleidoscope.  You could purchase a kaleidoscope and explore the colors and patterns.  Use the book as a growing and learning tool.

"S is for Smiling Sunrise" is fun and bright.  Vick Wadhwa wrote "S is for Smiling Sunrise" for his then 2 year old daughter.  He used it to create an opportunity to teach her about beauty and values.  If you are interested in the book be sure to read what the other Crew members had to say by clicking on the link below.


Wordsbright Review



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Monday, May 11, 2015

Fun In Louisville #4-Smoothie King #Giveaway


Our family loves smoothies. We make them at home regularly, and also enjoy visiting various smoothie cafes and such to try new flavors. On our recent trip to Louisville we were able to try one that we haven't ever been to before, although I had heard of it, Smoothie King. Smoothie King is unique in that it really has a focus on healthy smoothies, made with fresh, healthy ingredients. Yes, they have a "dessert smoothie" menu as well, but most of their options are fitness, slim down, or wellness smoothies.


We visited the Smoothie King in downtown Louisville on our way into the city. We were greeted by a young lady behind the counter, who was very patient  and helpful with all our questions and deliberating! Eventually each of us chose a smoothie; I opted for the Passion Passport, C had the Island Impact, M chose Peanut Power Plus Chocolate, and the other M had Banana Berry. Let me just say, it was very hard trying to choose one smoothie! Yes, we did some sharing so each of us was able to have a few sips of the other flavors as well. 




The Passion Passport is a blend of bananas, passion fruit juice blend, papaya juice blend, mango juice blend, turbinado, and soy protein. It was very refreshing; I loved all the different fruits! At home we use mainly more basic ingredients; bananas, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, orange juice, etc. So it was nice to have some different, more "exotic" fruits for once. Definitely a flavor I would have again, after I'm done trying the other 10+ smoothies I'd like from Smoothie King!


The Peanut Power Plus Chocolate was also a hit; peanut butter, bananas, non-fat milk, turbinado, soy protein, and cocoa. Even though this is a "dessert" style smoothie, from the Take a Break menu, this still packs a good protein wallop, with 24 grams in a 20 ounce smoothie! It was very good too; you can't go wrong combining peanut butter and chocolate. 



I think the unanimous favorite of all the smoothies, however, was C's Island Impact. Pineapple, mango sorbet, mango juice blend, papaya juice blend, and vanilla protein blend combine for a very delicious smoothie! 



We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Smoothie King, and all the smoothies were great. I will be checking on future trips for Smoothie Kings where we're going; unfortunately our closest location is 2 hours away. But, it makes for something to look forward to on road trips and vacations!


Smoothie King graciously sent me a gift card to giveaway to one of our readers!!