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Monday, March 30, 2015

Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap



Hi neighbors!

Great to see you you out today!  I have another excellent product to share with you.  It is a Dial Deep Cleansing Moisturizing Hand Soap.  The Sugar Cane Husk Scrub is new from Dial.  Using the Sugar Cane husk scrub, you will clean, moisturize and scrub your skin overtime you wash your hands!



This pleasantly fragrant hand soap comes in a pump bottle to leave beside your sink.  I am thinking of leaving mine near my kitchen sink as I often wash my hands there during meal prep and/or cleanup.  After washing your hands you have a gentle vanilla type scent left behind.  I like this because strong scents often give me a headache.



The micro scrubbers are tiny and can barely be felt, yet your hands will feel the difference.  I have found my hands feel soft and smooth after using the Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub.  I recommend keeping a bottle or two on hand.

Two neighbors will each receive one coupon good for a free bottle of the Dial Hand Soap.  Take a moment to enter and thank you for stopping by!  See you soon.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lord Heritage HomeSchool Office Review


HomeSchool Office Review

Hi neighbors,

Recently I was given the opportunity to review the Lord Heritage HomeSchool Office.  This is an online program where you can schedule your homeschooling, keep track of grades, and transcripts.  This is an online homeschool management tool that works with just about any curriculum.

Pricing is $79 annually for a family.  There is a free 30 day trial available, which I highly recommend.   All your students and their records will be in one place.

HomeSchool Office allows you to go in and assign work to your child/student.  Each child can have their own password to access their account and get to their personal assignments.  You are also able to print off schedules.

The entire program is based on POWER.
Program
Order
Work
Evaluate
Report

You can use this thought of POWER as you design and setup your HomeSchool Office.



Program is where you plan.  Decide which direction you are going.  Here you will lay out and design your master schedule.  You can budget what you are able to spend on curriculum.  You will also be able to set up projects.





Order, this is where you actually put your schedule into play.  Input the schedule you have set down, add reminders (extremely helpful) and add in any other scheduled activity reminders, such as sports, art, music lessons.


Work is when your child actually accesses their account and marks off as things are done.  Obviously you can also print the schedule and mark off accomplishments.  You will be able to check in and see what has been done and know what will need graded.



Evaluate includes keeping attendance records, grades, and tracking subject hours for records.  This comes in handy depending on how much your state requires of you.



Report allows you to print off items required to be turned in to the state.  It also allows you to print off for your own personal records and/or transcripts.



Now, let me say here, this is a very organized approach to scheduling, tracking and keeping records of your homeschool.  Unfortunately it is not me.  My schedule is extremely flexible and often changes week to week.  Sometimes we are on the road, or an unscheduled meeting comes up, for me this makes using HomeSchool Office more difficult for me.  I do know many families that homeschool that would benefit from a program like this.  I can see where it makes record keeping so much easier. A parent with older children could easily plan their school schedule, allow the child/children access and then check in to see what has been done and what needs to be looked over or graded.

It does take some time to learn to se the program.  I had to play around a little to get used to it and learn what I could do.  It is just not a good fit for my homeschooling style.  Here I want to remind you though that no two homeschools run the same way.  Please, if you think this will work for you, take time and try their 30 day trial.  Also, take a moment and read what other Crew members had to say.


HomeSchool Office Review
Crew Disclaimer

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Beautiful Hair with Bain de Terre!! #Giveaway #DamageRepair

Hair care is one of the most important aspects of a beauty routine, I believe. For me, having healthy hair is very important. I rarely use heat styling tools, and try to avoid certain chemicals and such in my products. Sometimes though, my hair still ends up getting damaged, from sun (Spring-Fall I'm outside a lot!) and such. Over the winter I've noticed a big difference in my hair; it's been very frizzy, tangles easily, and just overall lost some of it's normal easy-care aspect. When Bain de Terre offered to send me a shampoo and conditioner from their new Damage Repair line, I was excited!



With just one use of the Shea Butter and Wild Ginger Shampoo and Conditioner,  pretty much fell in love. The first thing you notice is the fragrance; it has a wonderful ginger scent that is amazing! The shampoo leaves my hair feeling clean, but without that dried out, nasty feeling. I like that the conditioner doesn't require several minutes to sit in your hair to work; simply apply, I let it sit for about a minute, then rinse. I have never used a conditioner that you can literally feel getting absorbed like this one! Most times when I rinse after conditioning, you can feel the conditioner draining away with the water. With the BdT Damage Repair conditioner however, it literally soaks into your hair. And the results afterwards? Beautiful, healthy hair! This is the only shampoo/conditioner set I've ever used that I don't need to also use a leave-in conditioner with. Just the shampoo and conditioner are enough to keep my hair moisturized and healthy! I will say, I am hoping Bain de Terre also puts out some styling and/or leave in products in this line though, just so you can keep the ginger scent in your hair longer! :)



To purchase your own set of these great hair care products, visit Loxa Beauty. You'll also find Bain de Terre's other products for various hair care and styling needs.


Bain de Terre Shea Butter & Wild Ginger Damage Repair Shampoo 
Bain de Terre's Shea Butter & Wild Ginger Damage Repair Shampoo luxuriously cleanses and helps repair the damage of one month of blow-dries. A lush, paraben-free, reparative shampoo infused with shea butter, wild ginger, precious argan and monoi oils, that lavish hair in soft, sumptuous, silky perfection. Made for heat damaged hair. 
Bain de Terre Bain de Terre Shea Butter & Wild Ginger Damage Repair Conditioner
Bain de Terre's Shea Butter & Wild Ginger Damage Repair Conditioner richly conditions and repairs the damage of one month of blow-dries.A lush, paraben-free, reparative conditioner infused with shea butter, wild ginger, precious argan and monoi oils, that lavish hair in soft, sumptuous, silky perfection. For heat damaged hair.


One of my readers will receive a set of Bain de Terre Shea Butter and Ginger Shampoo and Conditioner!!

Monday, March 23, 2015

GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Give Freedom

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for GoodNites* TRU-FIT*. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

Hi Neighbors,

Today I want to share a little bit about GoodNites* TRU-FIT*.  I do not have child who needs these, but I have had experience with more than one that would have benefitted from GoodNites*.  When my oldest two daughters were quite a bit younger, ok, a lot younger, they had a close friend they asked to spend the night.  Her mother came to me and said she could not spend the night because she randomly wet the bed at night and she was too embarrassed that it might happen it she spent the night.  She also felt uncomfortable having my daughters spend the night as she did not want that to happen in front of them.  These would have been perfect to give her the confidence and peace of mind so she could comfortably participate in a sleepover.

GoodNites* TRU-FIT* is a new type of bedtime protection.  This is an actual pair of help machine washable, underpants that has disposable absorbent inserts.  The TRU-Fit* underwear are available in S/M or L/XL and come in a variety of prints for both boys and girls.  These will give you children the confidence they need without being obvious to others what they are wearing.  These ARE NOT disposable underwear, only the Disposable Inserts are meant to be thrown away each morning.

GoodNites* TRUFIT* are a discrete solution to help children find confidence in their bedwetting problems.  Many times the child is embarrassed and can not control what is occurring.  My daughter's young friend actually had a milk allergy that was causing her bedwetting.  After changing her diet she was able to overcome the bedwetting.

Through a GoodNites* study it is estimated that 1 in 6 children between the ages of 4-12 experience bedwetting.  Bedwetting can cause your child to avoid activities, like sleepovers due to fear and embarrassment.  Also, 43% of parents surveyed believe children can be trained out of bedwetting, which is not necessarily true as seen by the two examples I shared.



Another time we ran into a situation like this was when a friend's youngest child had been diagnosed with cancer.  Some of the slightly older siblings developed bedwetting.  GoodNites* TRU-FIT* would have been a big help in this situation.  Their bedwetting was brought on by fear and of course the stress their family was experiencing.   I am sure they would have appreciated having TRU-FIT* during this time in their life as they felt out of control.

GoodNites* TRU-FIT* will help your child make it through the night with confidence.  You can find GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Underwear Starter Pack at Walmart.

Connect with GoodNites* on their social media:
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You can download a GoodNites* TRU-FIT* coupon for $2 off at http://www.goodnites.com/our-products/goodnites-trufit/

Thank yo for stopping by today!  See you soon!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Water Science with Clifford the Big Red Dog



Hey neighbors!

Here is a neat little set for doing some water science experiments with your child at home.  It is recommended for ages 3+.  The set comes from The Young Scientists Club and is one of there Science Kits for Little Hands.  Most young children will recognize Clifford the Big Red Dog and enjoy doing these fun water experiments.



The kit contains most everything you will need for the experiments.  You might have to add something like, an empty soda can, a squirt of dish soap, or a pinch of pepper.  Most items will be found in your home.  A book is included featuring Clifford, explaining the water experiments.




I will share with you here one of the experiments we did.  I don't want to share too much, because I want you to have fun doing these with our own child.  I will tell you a few of the other experiments, so you will have an idea of what can be done.  For example: your child will learn about floating and sinking, three phases of water, colored celery and making rain.




We decided to share jumping pepper.  You fill the bowl in your lab tray with water.  sprinkle pepper on the water so the entire surface is covered.  Add some dish soap to the small measuring cup.  Using your pipette add a drop of dish soap to the middle of the bowl (on top of the pepper).  Observe what happens.




You can find the Clifford the Big Red Dog Water Science kit on The Young Scientists Club website.  You will also find many other kits for varying ages.




Just a little information:
Industry leaders have been calling for just this sort of fun and educational STEM activity for years. The path to a quality STEM education starts early, before kindergarten, and we need to engage throughout the education process, not just at the college level.  To that end The Young Scientists Club’s Water Science kit explains the simple water experiments with catchy titles like icebergs, phases of water, water cycle, making rain, colored celery and more.  No magic wand is needed for the Magic Science kit, young explorers uncover the real science behind experiments like funny mirrors, building a kaleidoscope, magic rainbow glasses and more. All the Clifford kits can come each month directly to your home if you wish to order the company’s mail-order subscription series.

Be sure to follow them on their social media.
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE

This one includes a giveaway!  The winner may choose either the Water Science Kit or The Magic Science Kit.

Thank you for stopping by today!  See you again soon!


Friday, March 20, 2015

Warm Melting Chocolate Cake #Recipe #FoodieFriday




Have any of our readers ever been on a cruise? We haven't-yet-but four of use are making plans to be on the Singing at Sea Cruise in February, 2016. This is, from what we've heard, an amazing cruise, featuring some of the best in Southern Gospel music, and daily devotions with some great preachers. This particular cruise visits Cozumel and Grand Cayman, so we're thrilled about (hopefully!) being on it next year! Even though we haven't personally been on the cruise though, we've heard a lot about it from our friends who are among the featured artists on the cruise. One of the things they mention most is the food, and among that, we've heard a lot of rave reviews about Carnival Cruise Line's famous Melting Chocolate Cake. So of course, being a baker who loves to try new recipes, we hunted online and found a recipe from Carnival so we could make these cakes at home! Let me tell you, they are every bit as good as they were reported to be! So, whether you've been on a cruise and want to taste those cakes again, or if you've never been, but love all things chocolate, here's your chance!

Carnival Cruise Line's Chocolate Melting Cake

Ingredients:
3/4 cup Dark Chocolate Chips
3/4 cup Butter
4 Eggs at room temperature
3/4 cup Sugar
1/8 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/4 cup Flour
Powdered Sugar (optional)



Instructions:
Preheat oven to 375. Melt chocolate and butter in a saucepan, set aside to cool (about 10 minutes). In a separate bowl, whisk eggs and sugar. Add vanilla and flour, whisk until well mixed. Pour egg mixture into saucepan with cooled chocolate; stir. Grease 4 ramekins (7 oz size works best), and fill 3/4 full with batter. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Watch cakes carefully during the last few minutes of baking; they should be baked on top (like a regular cake) but the middle should be a gooey pudding-consistency. Dust with powdered sugar if desired, and serve immediately with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. (If you happen to have leftovers, you can cover and refrigerate, then reheat in the microwave. They're best served right out of the oven though!)


The end!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Battle Sheep Strategic Fun!



Hey neighbors!

We are brining back our game night feature, sharing some of the games we play on our family fun nights.  The first game I am going to share here is called Battle Sheep by Blue Orange Games.  Now, before I even begin telling you about this game I have a confession.  I received this game a few months ago and after looking through it when it first came in I put it on the back burner and basically forgot about it.  Fast forward now and let me tell you we pulled Battle Sheep out and it has become a favorite for the females of this family.  Now, that is not because the males don't like it, but because it only has 4 players we usually do not pull it out when the whole family plays.  (There are 8 of us.)




The girls and I pulled this game out when Sunday afternoon while the rest of the family was napping.  We decided we wanted to try something new and Battle Sheep was our choice.  The first couple rounds went slow until we all caught on.  Then....it became very competitive!  Needless to say, some sheep joined forces and went after other sheep.  On purpose!




Here is a short description of how you play the game, but believe me, it just doesn't describe the fun of actually playing.  To begin with, you have 16 circular pieces, and then 16 sheep each of four different colors.  The sheep are actually circular discs with sheep on the top.  You can choose from black, white, blue or an orange sort of color.  Now, the pasture must be placed on the table.  You can take turns laying out pieces, or we found it easier to just hand each person 4 pieces (when there are 4 players) and allow everyone to build the pasture at the same time.  All pieces of the pasture must be connected.  Now, everyone places their sheep in a stack on one space of the pasture.  To begin play the first player chooses to move however many of their sheep they would like, remembering they have to leave at least one on that spot.  The sheep must travel in a straight line as far as they can before they stop.  Play then goes to the next player.  The object of the game is to get all your sheep out on their own spaces while trying to hinder other players from getting all their sheep out.




I know, describing Battle Sheep is a bit difficult, but it is a super, fun game. Near the bottom of this post is a short video explaining Battle Sheep, from Marbles the Brain Store.  We finally sat down and showed my husband and one son how to play last night.  They really enjoyed it too!




Battle Sheep makes a great addition to our game closet.  And yes, I mean closet.  Since we play games at least once a week, we have a wardrobe cabinet full of games, not to mention a shelf in the hallway.



Blue Orange Games has a winner here and has many other games to choose from.  We have previously reviewed Spot It and 20 Express.  Be sure to visit their website and see if they have a couple of games to add to your game collection!

Video from Marbles The Brain Store.



You can also find Blue Orange Games on their social media.
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE
Pinterest - HERE

Thanks for stopping in!  See you soon!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Modern Littles Review!

Hello Neighbors!

Although we are pretty busy with company right now, I wanted to take a couple of minutes to tell you about this great company...

modernlittles – room decor for children of all ages


This is the second time I have worked with Modern Littles, and let me tell you, I have been very impressed both times!  As most of you know, M + M just got moved into their new bedroom.  It's wonderful, but we were also wanting to make sure that we organized everything as we moved it, and kept it nice and neat.  Modern Littles has kindly helped us do just that, as they sent us their Rose Chevron 4 Piece Organization Bundle!
Rose Chevron 4 Piece Organization Bundle
This photo is taken from the Modern Littles Website. 

Doesn't that look wonderful?!?  We sure think so.  Note : I will be sharing my own photos of our items in use, but I wanted to show how the whole set looked.  This set includes 3 canvas storage bins, and 1 laundry hamper... all in the same gorgeous design!  Before we really get started, I want to tell you a little bit about Modern Littles...


"Once upon a time, Modern Littles was born in a nursery room located in New York City. You see, back then Nursery & Kids Room Décor was polluted with pre-determined décor filtering the baby industry. Our children’s room was unmatched, plain and to be frank, quite boring. In 2011, Modern Littles, a modern, fun and determined company was created to make your little ones room just the way YOU want. With our unique and whimsical designs, Modern Littles stands out far away from the rest of yesterday’s standards. Modern Littles was born to create a wonderful world for your newborn child. We want to welcome your baby into their own nursery with the latest in modern design. Modern Littles is a really fun, modern line of mix & match canvas prints, storage bins, wall decals, and laundry baskets. Modern Littles understands the needs of today’s mother on the run. There is no need to shop from one store to the next, desperately trying to match this and that, while not fully satisfied on the design in the first place. Modern Littles has become a one stop shop for the modern mother and modern family. Modern Littles has designed six stunning collections that range from sweet baby boy blues to soft pastels.From the moment your newborn opens their eyes till they become a daring yet fun teenager, were sure you'll find the collection that will suit you and your child. At Modern Littles, we stand for distinctive customer service, and hospitality from the heart. Our vision is for Modern Littles to build on its traditions and always to meet our customers' expectations while taking service to even higher levels of excellence. We are dedicated to being the best product in the eyes of our customers. We will provide value and distinctive products to our customers along with superior customer service."

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The laundry hamper that is part of this set is JUST the right size.  It is big enough to hold all of their dirty clothes until their next laundry day, but it is not so big that it is hard to carry through the house to the laundry area.  As you can see it is hidden in a corner of their room, and yet matches everything so nicely.



We also found out that the canvas storage bins are the perfect size for M.'s dolls!  She was using 1 of the bins to keep all of her barbie-sized dolls in, and 1 to keep all of the clothes for her dolls in!  They slide right under the doll bed nicely, and are really handy to help organize stylishly.


So, if you are looking to change up the decor in your child's room, hurry on over and check out Modern Littles!  You can also Like them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter to stay up to date with their latest news, products, and designs.  


I received no monetary compensation for this review.  I did receive product for review purposes only.  All thoughts and opinions are mine.  All text in red is taken from the sponsor's website.  

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

nuNAAT Garlic Magic Hair Care



Hey neighbors!

I just have to share this review of nuNAAT Garlic Magic hair care products.  I have used the entire set the last couple of weeks and I really like the way it makes my hair look and feel.  I have previously tried another nuNAAT product and I have never been disappointed.


The Garlic line has four different hair care products.  There is a shampoo, conditioner, hair mask and a leave in conditioner.  First of all the shampoo leaves your hair feeling super clean.  Most days I use the shampoo followed by the conditioner.  About once a week I add the mask.  I vary when I use the leave in, though it is generally when I am planning on going out that day.  The fragrance is extremely pleasing too!  No, it does not smell like garlic.



One thing I like about the Garlic line is it can be used on all hair types, although it is also a drawback, because everyone in my family has tried it!  My daughter even mentioned that when I went on a trip recently she missed my shampoo and conditioner.

I love how soft my hair feels after using the entire collection.  And yes, it continues to feel soft.  I don't use a lot of heat on my hair.  I occasionally blow dry in the winter, just so I don't freeze going out and I use a curling iron about once every other week.  The nuNAAT Garlic Magic, provides everything I need.

From nuNAAT:
Why Garlic is Good for Your Hair AND Scalp
Garlic is a naturally powerful antibiotic that removes harmful toxins and offers relief to the dry, itchy scalp. When crushed, garlic releases an enzyme known as alliinase, which stimulates blood flow, strengthening hair and reducing breakage. It is also known to increase body and shine. But…who wants to smell like garlic all day!? nuNAAT has developed a unique way of processing the garlic extract in their NAAT Garlic collection so that there is NO garlic smell. In fact, the whole collection has a very pleasant fragrance that will leave your scalp healthy and hair growing strong. Try it for yourself – available online at www.nunaatonline.com or through your local beauty supply store. A store locator can be found on the nuNAAT website: www.nunaat.com



Be sure to visit the nuNAAT website to see all the hair care products they have available.  They are sure to have one that meets your needs.  Take a moment to follow them on their social media, so you stay updated on new products and specials.
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE

Thanks for stopping in today!  See you soon.