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3 Ways to Spend Quality Time Together Outdoors

August 9, 2017 By · No Comments

 


Enjoy those summer days with your kids, whether they are in school or about to go back to school. Those summer days can quickly come to an end as they get busy with their own lives, get ready to graduate and/or eventually move away. You want to capture and freeze those times when you get it. I know you are probably thinking you have all the time in the world. I know, I was you at one point. Make the most out of them.

I’m the mom to five, so trust me when I say I am going through all these phases all at once. I just had my oldest join the military, move away and comes to visit whenever he can. I also have a Senior in high school, she gets to come home after lunch so we use that time wisely. I also have two others in school and one at home. This means my time can be all over the place, but it also means I can make sure each one gets that valuable time they need with me.

This week we picked one day to go to the park. You’ll see in the photos that we had a good time. Continue to read to find out 3 ways you can spend quality time outdoors with your family.

  1.  Go for a Walk– Every day I either walk with one of the kids to the mail box or to the store. The store is across the street and we normally need something anyways. This gives me time to talk with them and learn how things are going. It also tells my child that they are important and I want to hear about their life. Now that school is back in session that is so important to make sure they know you care.
  2. Picnic at the Park– My Senior and I knew we wanted to take Nicoli (he’s 4) to the park one afternoon, so we made a date. I prepared a quick lunch, nothing heavy since we knew he’d want to play hard. Make sure to bring things that are on-the-go and light if you are walking. So in our lunch was sandwiches, applesauce, grapes, water (mom) and both of them got Danimals on the go snacks. Nicoli is currently obsessed after seeing them on tv he thinks Bongo is going to jump out of them.

    While preparing for the park you also want to make sure your child has dressed appropriately for the weather. If it looks like it will rain make sure to bring a light jacket just in case. If it looks hot you don’t want them in a sweater.  Always make sure to touch the playground equipment before allowing them to go on them. Just because they are plastic does NOT mean they won’t heat up (they will). Finally, keep them hydrated, even if the sun is behind clouds it can be hotter than you anticipate.

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Leap Movie in Theaters August 25th

July 20, 2017 By · No Comments

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post allowing you to know a fun, family movie is coming to theaters soon.

Have you seen the previews for Leap! the movie coming out on August 25th?  Below this you will find a brand NEW trailer from The Weinstein Company’s  LEAP!, featuring Carly Rae Jepsen’s hit song from the soundtrack, “Cut To The Feeling.”

Have you ever had a passion for doing something? Ever think you weren’t good enough but still wanted it badly? This will be a movie of inspiration, desire and an amazing belief in oneself.
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Teach Your Kids Coding with Ozobot Evo

June 19, 2017 By · 2 Comments

Disclaimer:  All posts must include the following disclaimer:  The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

For those that may not know, I have a 13 yr old daughter that absolutely loves STEM and everything to do with Coding. In fact, when her school announces the Fall camps for it she gets excited and is one of the first ones to sign up.  So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that when I was asked if I’d like to test out the STEM Learning & Educational Toy Product called Ozobot Evo carried by Best Buy  I said yes.

Ozobot STEM Learning & Educational Toys Product Seeding

STEM for those that may not realize stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and STEM products encourage kids to develop core skills in these areas. Best Buy carries products from basic learning games to advanced toys designed to stimulate a child’s mind in the STEM areas, helping to develop logic and problem-solving skills.

Before we get into what’s in the Ozobot Bit Starter Pack box let me just tell you as soon as it came Bella couldn’t wait to try it out. Yes, it says 6+ but it just means + ha ha. Once you get the box open (I struggled a bit) inside looks like a little locker. Your manuals and board are in the door that drops down.  Your markers, Evo (evo skin), and the usb cord are all in the doors that look like a locker. This is so cute, maybe I’m just missing school.

 

 It doesn’t take long to set up, you do have to go to your app store to download the Ozobot Evo app and once you do that you can start playing. Immediately Bella wanted to go to the website to see what she could code. When your phone is logged into the game it’ll even let you know when Evo (Eva for us) is done recharging.

Have the kids draw their colored circles and colored lines with the markers on paper so Evo can explore. Each color will make him do something different. Make sure they read to find out what he will do. Evo has optical sensors at the bottom of him which helps him know what to do. The neat thing is watching him scan the area to find the next color before they slingshot him.  There are actually 20 activities are included with this Ozobot 2.0 Bit starter pack, more are downloadable from the Ozobot app for even more fun.

There are actually 20 activities are included with this Ozobot 2.0 Bit starter pack, more are downloadable from the Ozobot app for even more fun. We hope you enjoy the video and have a ton of fun coding with your little Evo.  The Starter pack is $59.99 and for ages 6+. Oh, one more favorite part of mine is that they can play against others if they meet other kids with them.

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Hallmark Jewelry For Every Occasion

June 16, 2017 By · 2 Comments

Disclosure: This conversation is sponsored by Hallmark. All reviews and pictures are my own (unless otherwise stated) I #LoveHallmark!

Hallmark would love ya’ll to know that they have a Hallmark Jewelry Line that is perfect for every occasion and just so you know…

Life is a Special Occasion.

“Hallmark has a variety of bracelets, necklaces, earrings, rings, birthstone jewelry, kids jewelry and more for every occasion, holiday or relationship.” So it shows they know people and they know that someone may like earrings and not a necklace, etc. Think about who you are getting the item for (even if it is for yourself) and think which one they’d wear more often. 

Whether your child is graduation High school and getting ready to move forward in their lives or just finishing Kindergarten. Hallmark Jewelry has a specially designed Jewelry piece just right for them. If this is your first Anniversary, holiday, a birthday or even just because you feel like getting a friend, a co-worker or a loved one a piece of jewelry there’s something for everyone. They know that with life you have to celebrate and sometimes you just want to mark the moment.

Growing Up Milestones

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Garden Lites Muffins: Delicious Muffins without Mom Guilt

February 10, 2017 By · No Comments

Garden Lites Muffins Freezer

I’ve been leaning towards eating healthier for a while now, not everyone is completely on board and when that happens you know how hard that can be. It doesn’t matter if it is spouse, friends/co-workers or your kids. When there is resistance it is hard to fight and stay on track. My goal right now is to start with the young ones. Why? My girls already love to eat healthy, they just tend to eat sweets when allowed. I found a new snack idea that the kids love and I feel great about. Rich in veggies too……They are….. Garden Lites Muffins!

Garden Lites Packaging

I end up snacking during the day and so does Nicoli.  Instead of giving him some junk I can now give him a chocolate muffin without guilt. Why? Simply because Garden Lites have mixed up veggies into their muffins. We got two different ones to try out: Chocolate Muffins (made with fresh zucchimi & carrots) and Banana Chocolate Chip muffins (made with fresh zucchini and bananas). Nicoli will never know the difference. Truth is as long as I start him early he will always love zucchini muffins/cupcakes. Isabella once tried them at a Farmer’s Market and has loved them since.

Garden Lites Muffins

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