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29.7.15

Get #BackToSchool Ready with a New Planner from @orderoochaos

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I am not sure when school starts where you are, but here in Georgia, we have some schools that start back on August 3rd, some on August 7th and I am sure there are other dates too.  The point I am trying to make is that school is about to start here, so that means we need to get our things in gear and get organized and ready!
One thing that I think will be a great help to me this year?  The 2015-2016 Academic Planner from Order Out of Chaos.  We received one in the past, I am 99% sure I gave it to one of the boys to help them with their time management, but this bad boy here is going to be all mine!  
No, Broxton doesn't have 9 million classes and what not, he is still in Elementary school, but I think it will be a benefit to try and keep us organized!   Just check it out!!!!  


I love that the one sent to us is a gender neutral color.  Also, the fact that it is bright orange makes you see it and hopefully will not leave it behind on your desk!  It is a spiral bound one, so you can lay it flat for easier writing, or you can fold it over to be a one paged book.  They also have holes punched in, in case you want to add it to a 3 ring binder.  

Once you open the book, you have  a Student Information section. (I already filled it out, so I am not going to show it to you, it just asks for your contact information... it asks for your name / address / email address/ phone number.  It also asks for your school name and number.)  I do like that they have a spread in there to show you pointers on how to get the most out of using your planner.  I believe that many kids (some adults too) do not have very good time management skills, so this would be great to read to make sure you are using it to the best of your ability.
Example - Write in shorthand (or texting) to make sure you don't miss what your teacher is saying.
Use sticky notes to remind yourself about events.  
They have also included a 2 page spread showing the school year at a glance.  I will be using this to mark the days that school is out as well as early release days.  

Then, each page has a section for your daily work that needs to be done (with a place to put a check mark once you have completed the assignment.)  There is also a bottom section on each day for you to add notes.  

At the start of each month, you have a month at a glance and a page for any notes you might need for the upcoming month. 

I feel that this book is very well thought out and organized. As I said, I plan on using it this year.  I think it will be great to keep up with all the events going on at Broxton's school, his work assignments, the sports he plays and then any appointments for Savannah once she arrives.

You can order yours now and be ready for when school starts where you are!  

27.7.15

It's Dora, The Explorer!!! In 2 new DVD's!!!

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As I have mentioned before, Dora has grown up right before our eyes!   I love that Nickelodeon has allowed her to grow up and the kids that were fans of hers from the start can grow and keep watching, without feeling like they are watching a "baby show."  The best part is that they still have the original Dora still available for a new generation of fans!!! ( I can not tell you how many Dora book bags I saw at Broxton's school last year!)
Check out two new DVD's being released this August for Dora fans new and old!  

Dora’s DVD collection, Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Double Length Adventures, features three of her most exciting and educational adventures. These three double-length episodes follow Dora and Boots as they encounter pirates, fairytale characters and a dancing elf. With three DVDs and over four hours of adventures and special features, this is a must-have for any Dora fan. Created by Nickelodeon and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Double Length Adventures arrives on DVD onAugust 4, 2015 for the suggested retail price of $16.99.

Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Double Length Adventures DVD includes the following:
  • Disc 1: Dora’s Fairytale Adventure
    • Dora’s Fairytale Adventure               
    • What Happens Next?                       
    • The Magic Stick       
    • Special Features:
      • Sing-Along (Fairytale Land Theme Song; Magic Music Box Song; Caliente!; We Did It!)
      • Song Selection                      
      • Photo Gallery                      
      • "Find the Fairytale Friends" Game                
  • Disc 2: Dance To The Rescue
    • Dora's Dance to the Rescue              
    • Rescue, Rescue, Rescue!                    
    • Leon, the Circus Lion
    • Special Features:
      • Photo Gallery                      
      • Song Selection                      
      • Nicktrition Tips for Parents            
  • Disc 3: Pirate Adventure
    • Dora's Pirate Adventure                   
    • Dora Saves the Prince                      
    • El Coqui
    • Special Features:
      • 2 Dora Sing-Along Songs
      • Bilingual Flashcards  
      • Sing a Pirate Song (Interactive Game)
      • Oobi - The Friend Who's Always With You: "Play Ball"   

Dora and her friends must complete a “ruff” mission to help their puppy friend Cusco reunite with his brothers before Doggie Adoption Day in Dora and Friends: Doggie Day! Viewers can learn Spanish and more with this multilingual DVD, while also exploring three bonus episodes including Dora’s journeys to Magic Land, Opera Land and Fairytale Puppet World! Created by Nickelodeon and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Dora and Friends: Doggie Day! arrives on DVD on August 4, 2015 for the suggested retail price of $14.99.

Dora and Friends: Doggie Day! DVD includes the following episodes:
  • Doggie Day!
  • Magic Land!
  • Dora Saves Opera Land
  • Puppet Theater

Dora and Friends: Doggie Day! DVD Fast Facts
Street Date: August 4, 2015
Catalog: 59168869000 (USA); 59168870000 (CN)
Running Time: 92 Minutes
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital & Spanish and French Dolby Stereo
S.R.P.: $14.99


26.7.15

Great books from @disneyhyperion for #SummerReading

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School is about to start here, but that doesn't mean that the reading has to end.  I know that kids have a good amount of school work, but lucky for us, some of it includes nightly reading.  When I was growing up, my Nana would make me read the newspaper to her, she said it would help with my reading and my vocabulary.  I did it, but I know I would have had more fun reading books that were filled with characters I loved too!!! (She did take me to the library all the time, so no worries, I had fun reading material too!)  Anyways, I wanted to share a few new books from Disney Publishing.  If you don't want to add to your home library, think about buying a couple and donating them to your local school, the kids will love you for it!!!!

Age 6-8
Join Anna and Elsa as they discover a mysterious mountain monster, have a royal sleepover, babysit the trolls, and more! With 12 Frozen stories that can each be read in 5 minutes, this padded storybook is the perfect fit for bedtime, storytime, or anytime!

Age 3-5
Take Cinderella’s puppy, Pumpkin, on the go with the new Palace Pets Touch-and-Feel Purse Book. This exciting new format is sure to become every young girl’s favorite accessory.

Age 3-5
During a game of hide-and-seek, Stuffy finds an adorable rollie toy named Squibbles. Squibbles follows Stuffy everywhere -around the park, in the clinic, and, worst of all, in all of Stuffy’s awesome hiding places! Everyone thinks Squibbles is adorable, but Stuffy thinks the little fuzzball is a huge pest! It’s up to Doc and Stuffy to find Squibble’s owner, but after spending time with the fun little toy, will Stuffy be able to give him up? Join Doc and her toys in their adventures in this special hardcover storybook with colorful illustrations.

25.7.15

Let them Enjoy #SummerReading with the #Descendants from @disneyhyperion

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I have no shame in saying I love to read.  I read a little of this and a little of that.  Truth be told, if it is an easy read, I will normally try and check it out.  I don't do well with history and things like that, but other for the most part, I will try anything.  That being said, I was sent a couple of the new books from Disney Publishing for their new Original Movie, The Descendants.  I know that this is above Broxton's level, but I just might try to read them to see what they are all about.  I know the previews to the movie looks great, so it won't hurt to read them, right?  Check out a few of the selections they offer below: 

Age 12 +
When four offspring of classic Disney villains are offered a chance to leave the island where they have been imprisoned and go to prep school in an idyllic kingdom, they must choose whether or not to follow in their parents’ evil footsteps.

Age 9-12 
For anyone who wants to know more about what Mal is really thinking, this diary gives readers a special glimpse inside her world with super-secret journal entries and Mal’s doodles and drawings. Plus bonus pages for the reader to write down her own thoughts and feelings!


Age 9-12
For fans of Descendants, this spell book, which formerly belonged to Maleficent before she passed it on to Mal, is full of comments, notes, and inside jokes between Mal and the other villains’ kids. Laugh and cry along with Mal, Evie, Jay and Carlos as they find their way in the world of Auradon Prep.

24.7.15

Good Food and a Grand Opening @sproutsfm #Roswell #Georgia

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We have been watching this area develop not too terribly far from us.  At first it was a clearing, then they started building and working on a parking lot.  We saw that it was called SPROUTS and would be opening soon.  Of course that meant we wanted to check it out!!!
EVERY - SINGLE - TIME - we go by, the parking lot is PACKED, but we decided to brave it and go in anyways.  It was the most awesome place to us!!  
They have a little of this and a little of that, lots of great prices and so much to choose from.
Best of all, it is healthy food!  (Yes, they do have candy and what not, but from what I could tell, it was mostly organic options.)

So, I was given an opportunity to review them and I was impressed.  (Marc is REALLY impressed, but I will get to that in a minute!)  When you walk up to the store, you notice they have a sign that says " No photography allowed" so, I am sorry... but there will be no more pictures in this post.

As you first walk in, you are greeted with the bread section.  Many options and a friend had mentioned they had great bread, so of course I grabbed a loaf of their sourdough.  DELICIOUS! (I might have made 1, 2 or several tomato sandwiches on that bread!)
They have a deli right there where you can get meat or can even get them to make you a sandwich.  Oh, did you know they make their own sausage and meats there?  Yep!  There is always a huge line there, so they must be doing something right!!!!  
They have a great looking meat department, but we have not tried it out yet.  (Being at the end of my pregnancy, I am not a fan of hanging near the meat section.)

We walked up and down all the aisles and I was really impressed with the price of their produce. Marc ended up grabbing some tomatoes for us and they were fantastic... So much so that he seems to only want to buy our tomatoes from there these days (even if it is about 15 minutes away, versus closer options.)

As I mentioned, they do have candy... as in a big section where you purchase by the pound.  Our house may or may not be obsessed with the chocolate covered honeycomb or the chocolate covered almonds.  (You can grab a free sample at the store if you are unsure about it.)

The main kicker for us?  Their meals that are ready to go!  
Marc takes his food to work most days and he has been grabbing these to take instead of some random frozen meals.  They are perfectly portioned and he has yet to find one that he doesn't like.  I made a comment about them being great for him and Broxton to eat when I have the baby, so I don't have to worry about them starving...  Broxton is IN LOVE with their spaghetti.  (I can't make it right now, as spaghetti sauce is NOT my friend, this way they get to eat it and I don't have to cook!)   Marc commented that their chicken fettuccine was disgusting...  Then I learned he was trying to trick me into not eating it... Too bad for him, I tried one and I am already in the mood for another.  Great flavor and as I said, a good amount!   

If you live in or near ROSWELL, Georgia, you are in luck!!!
They have a SPROUTS headed there.  Check this out :
WHAT:          Sprouts Farmers Market Roswell Grand Opening! The new store will be the seventh Sprouts store in Georgia. 

WHO:            Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. is a healthy grocery store offering fresh, natural and organic foods at great prices. We offer a complete shopping experience that includes fresh produce, bulk foods, vitamins and supplements, packaged groceries, meat and seafood, baked goods, dairy products, frozen foods, natural body care and household items catering to consumers' growing interest in health and wellness. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Sprouts employs more than 19,000 team members and operates more than 200 stores in 13 states. For more information, visit www.sprouts.com or @sproutsfm on Twitter.

WHERE:       10800 Alpharetta Highway, C-410 at the Roswell Market Place

WHEN:          Wednesday, August 5 at 7 a.m.

WHY:             Sprouts will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrate the approximately 30,000-square-foot store. The public is invited to join the festivities, tour the store and shop for their favorite healthy grocery items. Special events and giveaways include:
·       Delicious muffin and coffee samples will be served to everyone in line before the doors open.
·       The first 200 shoppers in line will receive 20 percent off their initial total purchase.
·       Upon checkout, every 15th shopper will receive a coupon book featuring Sprouts savings.
·       One dollar deals throughout the store in addition to Sprouts’ everyday great values.
·       Every customer will receive one free reusable bag with purchase.

                         Grand Opening weekend deals:
·       Saturday, August 8 - The first 200 customers to make a purchase will receive a coupon booklet for five free sandwiches.
·       Sunday, August 9 - Upon checkout, every 15th customer will receive a $5 coupon for a purchase of more than $15 the following week.

Do you have a SPROUTS near you?  What do you think????

23.7.15

Be Prepared for #BackToSchool with @PediaCare

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Last year Broxton liked to go to the Nurses office quite often. I think sometimes it was just because he was bored in class and wanted to get out for a bit. Yes, we spoke about it and I told him that he was only to go when he was really not feeling well, that if he went all the time, the time he actually did not feel good, no one was going to believe him.  Being in school meant that there were a few times when he was around plenty of other sick kids  (WHY SEND YOUR KID to school if they are sick and with a fever?  I just do not get it!)  Anyways, don't get me started on that one... Well, as I was saying, there were a few times when he really did not feel well.  Instead of rushing up there each time, I found out that I could leave medicine with the nurse and she would give him the medicine if she felt he needed it.  I decided to send in Pedia Care Smooth Melts to have on hand.
They were cherry flavored.  They were chewable.  They were single doses so that I did not have to worry about her having to measure our an amount and all that.  It worked for us last year and I plan to do it again this year as well!   



Melt away the pain with these cherry-flavored chewables containing acetaminophen, and cheer up your child from troublesome symptoms of fevers.
Temporarily:
  • reduces fever
  • relieves minor aches and pains due to:
    • the common cold
    • flu
    • headache
    • sore throat
    • toothache
Flavors available in: Cheer-up Cherry 

Cookie without the Guilt - @Almondina

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When looking for a great snack, I am usually up to try most things.  One thing I love?  Sweets!!  There is no denying that.  I also love almonds, so when I was given the chance to review " The Delicious Cookie without the Guilt" aka ALMONDINA, I knew this was something I did not want to pass up!!!!

Here is a little about them from their website: 
This all-natural, crispy almond cookie has no cholesterol and no added fat, salt, or preservatives. It is wonderfully crunchy and does not have to be dipped. It is a delightful accompaniment for coffee, tea, soft cheeses and fine light wines. The rush to eliminate fat from gourmet foods too often has also eliminated most of the flavor, a fact which is in sharp contrast to this enticingly delicious cookie.
Since the introduction of the classic Original flavor, eight more distinctive variations have been introduced, all of which continue to be packed with roasted almonds. A recent innovation, Chocolate Cherry, combines the almonds with dark chocolate and plump cherries.

We have enjoyed all of the flavors and have also shared them with friends and family as well.  I do not think that I heard a negative comment about any of them.  They are prefect for a quick snack, or to eat along with tea or coffee.
I do think the Cinnaroma were my favorite. (Or course, it was chocolate for the boys!)

After checking out the Almondina store, what would you say your favorite would be?  
 
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