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21.5.15

Summer Means Time to be #SkinSmart - @Coolibar Review

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Summertime means more time outside. Some might play outside in the yard, some might go camping or hiking or some, like us, try to spend as much time at a pool as we can.  You know, you get the sun... and you get the water to cool down!  No matter where you are outside, you need to make sure you are being SkinSmart.  Did you know that More People have had Skin Cancer than All other Cancers Combined?  That is a scary fact, but one we need to think about!  
 
 
Here are some tips from Coolibar and ACS to be #SkinSmart:
 
·      Teach kids that being safe in the sun is as important as wearing a bike helmet! Limiting sun exposure now helps prevent skin cancer in the future.
·      Make sure to wear lightweight clothing that is tightly woven (t-shirts do NOT block UV rays!), and contains a UV protection factor of 50.
·      Keep sunscreen and a hat in your gym bag, stroller or diaper bag so it¹s always accessible when needed.
·      Apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes BEFORE going out in the sun, and remember to reapply to exposed areas every two hours, and more often after swimming or sweating.
·      Take regular breaks from the sun especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when UV rays are strongest, and make sure to drink lots of water. Set your phone¹s alarm for reminders.
·      Wearing a wide-brim hat provides extra coverage to the neck and shoulders. Every inch of hat brim can lower your lifetime risk of skin cancer by 10%.
·      Wear a swim shirt specifically designed for water activities while at the pool or beach. These provide maximum sun protection, cover a large amount of exposed skin, and dry quickly so they are great for trips.
·      Wear sunglasses. In addition to protecting eyes from UV exposure, another cancer risk, the right sunglasses offer impact protection, and reduce reflection if you are participating in any rigorous activities.
 
 
We were sent a pair of the  Boys Island Swim Trunks from Coolibar for review.  The first time we were invited to a friends pool, Broxton was excited to put these on to show off his new suit at the pool.  I think they look great.  I love the bright colors,  I love the length and the material is great.  I do wish they had an adjustable waist in them, but to think about it, I don't think I have ever seen a pair of swim trunks that do have that. Maybe they need to make some!  (I know I have seen my fair share of little kids butts at the pool, so I know many other parents would be interested in them too!) 
Have you bought swim suits for the summer? If not, you need to head over to check out the selection at Coolibar
!
Make sure to visit me on Instagram to see how cute Broxton looks in his new swim trunks! 

20.5.15

Interested in Big Tractors? #Giveaway of Book and Toy

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Not sure who all knows this, but I am from South Georgia.  My grandadady was a farmer, so I have seen a tractor or two in my life.  (No, I don't know much about them, but I have seen them through the years.)  When Broxton was little, he thought they were pretty neat and even now when we go home and see the tractors out there on the field doing their work, he always comments on them.  I thought it would be neat to review one of the books in the Casey and Friends Series...
The book we were sent was BIG TRACTORS with Casey and Friends by Holly Dufek.  The great thing about reviewing this book was the fact that we were sent a toy model tractor like the one on the cover of the book.  For both Broxton and I, it was neat to be able to hold in our hands what we were reading about. 
In Big Tractors, we learn about tractors and other farm equipment with real photographs, but they appeal to kids of all ages, as they have an illustrated version of the tractor on the side that provides conversation.
Each page is full of information that might be new to both kids and adults. 

I love that they incorporate photography and illustration on the pages.

The end of the book features a Glossary to help with the words that might not be familiar.
 
Check out a few other books from the Casey and Friends Series:A Year on the Farm with Casey & Friends (Jan. 2015) introduces children to the world of modern farming by teaching them about the different jobs a farmer does each season. Casey and her team show how tractors, combines and other equipment: plant and harvest crops, work in the farmyard, and care for animals. Learn how farming involves planning for the year, reacting to the weather, and working as a team.
Big Tractors with Casey & Friends (Apr. 2015) shows how the biggest, most powerful tractors handle the demanding jobs of pulling and powering on the farm. Find out how Big Red and Sammy – the biggest tractors on the farm – use their powerful muscles to work in the field with the rest of the team. Learn about the science of farming and discover how advanced technology makes Big Red and Sammy special.
Combines with Casey & Friends (June 2015) explains the step-by-step processes used to harvest crops by the most complex machines on the farm. Follow Cody and Kellie—the combines of Happy Skies Farm—as they do the work of three machines: gathering, separating, and unloading grain and corn.
Planters & Cultivators with Casey & Friends (Sept. 2015) features the specialized farm equipment used to cultivate, plant and spray crops. Learn how Tammi the Tiller, Evan the Early Riser Planter and Peter the Patriot Sprayer work together to make this year’s crop bigger than ever. Explore the science of soil and discover how Casey’s team keeps it healthy.
 
We really enjoyed the Big Tractor book and I have noticed Broxton looking at it off and on.  The other day, he came up out of no where to tell me thank you for the really cool model tractor he got!  Talk about making my heart happy!!!  Now, one lucky reader will get to win a copy of Big Tractors and a model toy tractor for your house! 
Just fill out the rafflecopter form below.
 
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18.5.15

Ready for the journey, HOME?

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I know we have a while until June and July, but I know some people like to know release dates, so I thought I would share with you all.  This would be great for us to enjoy again, right before school starts back up!  Celebrate the end of summer with this cute movie!
 
 
Celebrate family, friendship and fun in the surprise smash comedy hit of the year from the creators of How To Train Your Dragon and Shrek! In DreamWorks Animation’s HOME, Oh, a lovable misfit from another planet meets a girl named Tip. The two unlikely friends embark on the greatest journey of all time...the journey HOME. Hailed by critics as “an animated triumph” (CBS Radio News) that is “family fun with tons of heart” (Fox TV), Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release DreamWorks Animation’s HOME PARTY EDITION on Digital HD June 26 and Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™ and DVD July 28.

The HOME
Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD feature a Boov-tastic party of never-before-seen bonus features that will persuade the entire family to get their groove on, including “Oh’s Boovy Jukebox” of top tracks, “Oh’s Shake Your Boov Thing,” a toe-tapping, music video mash-up, hilarious deleted scenes, character-drawing tutorials and more!

DreamWorks Animation’s HOME Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™ & Digital includes:

Feature film in high definition

Special Features:
  • Best Party Ever! A Boov-tastic introduction, featuring a HOME montage and voiceover from Oh, inviting you to enjoy all the out-of-this-world extras!
  • Party Play All A Boov bonus meter fills up as you watch the fun-packed special features, leading up to an explosion of color and bubbles!
  • Oh’s Shake Your Boov Thing Get up and dance with this exciting mash-up of feature footage and music that combines to create an exciting HOME dance video!
  • “Feel the Light” by Jennifer Lopez – Music Video Move and groove to the Boov beat watching Jennifer Lopez’s hit music video from the HOME soundtrack!
  • “Feel the Light” by Jennifer Lopez – Lyric Video Watch Jennifer Lopez’s hit music video with colorful on-screen lyrics to help you sing along!
  • Oh’s Boovy Jukebox Oh’s interactive jukebox includes 16 songs and will take you directly to all the magical music moments in HOME!
  • Oh’s Party Planning Tips Oh’s top tip’s for party planning let you create an impressive Boov bash of your own!
  • This is Being Boov Get to know all about the Boov in this humorous, handy guide showcasing the characteristics of this unique alien species!
  • Almost Home See the trials and tribulations of the Boov on their journey across the galaxy, before they discovered Earth!
  • Testing Lab See how the Boov tested out some uniquely human items in their super-secret Boov testing lab.
  • Deleted Scenes The hilarious HOME adventure continues with 25 minutes of deleted scenes you couldn’t see in theaters!
  • Be an Artist! Animator Andy Erekson introduces you to the HOME character drawing tutorials!
  • Stars of Home Meet the characters of HOME and the extremely talented human actors who voice them!
DreamWorks Animation’s HOME DVD includes:

Feature film in standard definition

Special Features:
  • Best Party Ever! A Boov-tastic introduction, featuring a HOME montage and voiceover from Oh, inviting you to enjoy all the out-of-this-world extras!
  • Party Play All A Boov bonus meter fills up as you watch the fun-packed special features, leading up to an explosion of color and bubbles!
  • Oh’s Shake Your Boov Thing Get up and dance with this exciting mash-up of feature footage and music that combines to create an exciting HOME dance video!
  • “Feel the Light” by Jennifer Lopez – Music Video Move and groove to the Boov beat watching Jennifer Lopez’s hit music video from the HOME soundtrack!
  • “Feel the Light” by Jennifer Lopez – Lyric Video Watch Jennifer Lopez’s hit music video with colorful on-screen lyrics to help you sing along!
  • Oh’s Boovy Jukebox Oh’s interactive jukebox includes 16 songs and will take you directly to all the magical music moments in HOME!
  • Oh’s Party Planning Tips Oh’s top tip’s for party planning let you create an impressive Boov bash of your own!

16.5.15

Get Decorating Ideas from @WallPopswallart

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When we lived in our apartment, I knew that we would not paint or do anything permanent to the walls, so I was happy to learn about Wall Pops.  I enjoyed the ease of peeling the art off and sticking it on the wall (not to worry if you messed up, just peel and re-stick where you want it go.)  When we bought our house, I knew that I was going to want to have something like that again. (Yes, we brought the original with us, but I needed one for another room.  Having a son with a very social life gets to needing organization!)

We were sent the Globe Trotter Organization Decal Kit and I fell in love.  We don't travel nearly as much as I would love to ... lets be honest here, it is so much easier to travel when you are single and you can just plan a trip and go versus when you are married and have kids and have to work around so many schedules and a tighter budget!   So, when the globe trotter kit showed up, I knew I would be happy at least dreaming of fun locations to travel to in my mind!!!  
The Globe Trotter Organization Decal Kit comes with so much to help you be organized! 
There is a corkboard, a memo board, a monthly calendar and a weekly calendar.  Being that they are dry erase, it can keep up with the hectic schedules of everyone in the family! 
(I would show you ours, but honestly, I don't want everyone to know our schedule for the month, as much as I love you all, that is a bit too personal!) 
 

With Savannah making her arrival this summer, I have decided to go with an OWL theme. I know good and well that I will not be painting anything in her room...  Tastes change and I am not going to repaint every so often, but with Wall Art from Wall Pops, it is affordable (both monetarily and time wise) to just change it up with the mood / season! 
I found the
Hoot and Hangout  Tree Kit and fell in love!!!  Tell me, don't you agree it would be adorable in her nursery??  Friends keep asking what theme I have and how I am decorating, I keep answering with " Owl theme and we have 1 picture to hang up." If I got this, I am sure to impress them when they come to visit! 
So, what do you think of
Peel and Stick?  I think it is a great idea and so easy to add so much to a room.  This would also be awesome for kids going off to college, as so many dorms don't want you painting or hanging things up. 

14.5.15

1,000 Facts About the Bible

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When you have a 6 year old, you get plenty of questions.  Crazy questions that make you ask where it even came from to questions where you have to look up the answer to know for yourself.  The great thing about asking questions is the fact that you are learning when you get the answer (and you are also learning where their mind is when they are asking all these questions.) 
We attend a great church that teaches Broxton things in the Bible, but that doesn't mean he knows it all.  Let's be honest, I know I don't know all that the Bible teaches, so how could he?  I was happy to see that National Geographic has released a book that is perfect for his inquisitive mind.  It is called 1,000 Facts About the Bible and I love how the pages are laid out!  Each 2 page spread is full of information!!! 
Some pages are with maps, photos or illustrations.
 
Some things you will know, some things took me by surprise.  From learning facts about Angels to Noah's Ark, Water and Dessert... You are sure to turn each page to learn more!  At least that is how much we enjoyed it! 
Some pages are just the facts, nothing but the facts. 
 
We have really enjoyed how kid friendly and full of information this book has been.  I know it is one that Broxton will be happy to share with his baby sister when she gets here and has questions on her own!  Do you have a Bible Fact book like this at home?  I highly recommend you getting one! 
 
A few facts before you go:
According to Deuteronomy, males 20 years and older could be made to join the army. Men married less than a year did not have to join.
Called " the most magnificent building ever erected on earth," King Nebuchadnezzars  Hanging Gardens of Babylon had five courtyards and terraces that held one of every plant and tree in his empire. 
 
The end of the book features a glossary, annotations and even an Index!
Make sure you check it out. 

13.5.15

Give the Gift of Pain Relief - @salonpas To The Rescue

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Have you started thinking about Fathers Day gift idea's yet?  Well, don't worry, since I have a great idea for you!  When it comes to giving gifts to my parents, it is hard to come up with something... They seem to have all they want and need, so I have to try and think outside the box. 
For several gift giving occasions, I have given my mom something I know she needs and wants...  SalonPas!   Having said that, I think that anyone that receives SalonPas would be thrilled!  Just buy an assortment of products and make a great gift bag for them! 
What exactly is SalonPas?  From their site:
A welcome alternative for pain sufferers including those who prefer to avoid the use of oral OTC pain relief medication labeled for only minor aches and pains. Unlike an oral medication, the active ingredients in SALONPAS® is absorbed through the skin and go directly to the pain site.
SalonPas offers patches (that is the main product my mom keeps stocked at all times.) 
They also offer a Jet Spray and a Relief Gel.  Personally, I think that the Jet Spray is great for hard to reach area's, but as I said, my mom is all about that patch! 
If you are not sure what you need, let me tell you how to find THE product for you.
Just head on over to the SalonPas site and you can look 2 different ways.
The first way is to just go straight to the SalonPas Products and see what they offer.
The second way is to look by researching your symptoms.  What pain do you have?  Arthritis?  Joint? Muscle?  Lower Back?  Just click on your symptom and you can see what would be best for you.  The best part of the site (to me) is their comparison link.  The thing is, it doesn't just compare one thing.  It compares the benefits, the quantity, the duration and more. 
I love that you can pick up SalonPas at places like Wal-Mart, Target, CVS, Walgreens, other stores and you can even order it online. 
If you are like me and have a hard time finding the perfect gift, why not give the gift of pain relief?  I know it would make them happy when they open the gift... and when they use it!  Talk about a gift that keeps on giving!  (With so many races going on right now, this would be perfect to give a runner in your life!)

6.5.15

Team Umizoomi - Meet Shark Car

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I have to admit that we really love Team Umizoomi in this house!  The only problem I have is that we didn't learn about this show until Broxton was  getting too old for it.  I love that he will still watch and yell the answers out to the questions, but I know the time is limited until he thinks he is too grown to watch this kid show!  (Lucky for us, we have another one on the way, so she will be able to learn from these DVD's soon enough!)  Team Umizoomi teaches all about math and the great thing is his teacher says he does really well in math and wanted to know if we worked on it a lot at home!!! 
Milli, Geo and Bot are back with all-new friends and adventures in the brand-new DVD, Team Umizoomi: Meet Shark Car. Preschoolers are invited to join Team Umizoomi as they use their mighty math powers to find Shark Car and return him to their friend Jose. Created by Nickelodeon and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Team Umizoomi: Meet Shark Car will be available on DVD on May 19, 2015 for the suggested retail price of $14.99.

Team Umizoomi: Meet Shark Car includes the following episodes:
  • Shark Car – Team Umizoomi jump into action to find Shark Car and get him back to their friend Jose before the ferry leaves.
  • Umi Toy Store – Team Umizoomi travel through a giant store to find their friend Colin’s coins so he can purchase his favorite toy, Sparkle Pup.
  • Stompasaurus – Team Umizoomi must travel to the aquarium, bowling alley and ice cream store to find Stompasaurus’ toy pieces and bring them to their friend Wyatt.
  • Lost and Found Toys – Team Umizoomi set out to return missing toys to their rightful owners in Umi City.
 
 
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