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25.5.15

Whirl and Twirl with Dora - Available June 2nd

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I have mentioned before that we have enjoyed watching Dora from time to time. Broxton wants to learn Spanish and since I have not spoken Spanish at all since I had to take it in high-school, many years ago I have no knowledge in trying to help him.  Yes, I know a few words, such as how to count to ten and things like that, but after the basics, I am done.  When he can watch a show and learn, it makes both of us happy. This is going to be a great show to enjoy when our daughter is born, so I am excited that we are building our library. 
Join Dora as she prepares for a big gymnastics performance and dance recital in Dora the Explorer: Whirl and Twirl Collection.  The two-disc set includes the fun-filled “Dora’s Fantastic Gymnastics Adventure” and “Dora’s Ballet Adventure.” Created by Nickelodeon and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Dora the Explorer: Whirl and Twirl Collection arrives on DVD on June 2, 2015.

Dora the Explorer: Whirl and Twirl Collection Includes:
DISC 1 
Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Fantastic Gymnastics Adventure – It's time for a fantastic gymnastics adventure with Dora! Dora receives a special rainbow ribbon and learns that she is going to start the big gymnastics show. When Swiper swipes her special ribbon, Dora and Boots go on a gymnastics-filled adventure to get it back.
    • Episodes Include:
      • Dora’s Fantastic Gymnastics Adventure                
      • A Ribbon for Pinto                      
      • Swiper's Favorite Things   
   
DISC 2 –
Dora The Explorer: Dora’s Ballet Adventures – Dora can’t wait to perform in her big dance recital, but she needs to move and groove back to her dance school to find her ballet slippers first. 
    • Episodes Included:
      • Dora's Ballet Adventure                
      • Dora, La Músico               
      • The Super Silly Fiesta                    
      • Surprise
 

22.5.15

Be Pool Ready with @PedEggPower

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In an effort to keep you as readers of my blog, I have decided not to show you just how bad my feet had gotten over the summer.  (No need to thank me, just trying to be polite.)  For the longest time, I would never go get a pedicure, I think I got my first one when I was in my twenties actually.  Now, I love to get them, but to be honest, sometimes we just don't have the time or money to go getting them done at a salon.  My main problem is that I have the driest of feet and that my heels get dry and crack and are just nasty.  (Being honest here.) 
Some time ago, we purchased the Ped Egg and I have that on standby when my heels get really bad.  I was recently given the chance to review the Ped Egg Power and being pregnant, if it something to simplify things for me, I am all about it right now!  When it came, I opened the package and went to use it.  Except I did not read that batteries were not included.  It says it on the packaging, right on the front, I just did not see it. Keep that in mind when you purchase one! 
 
 
Once you have the batteries in there, you just push the button up and get to working on making those rough heels smooth again.  As I mentioned, my heels get really bad, to the point that they crack and that they are rough to touch at all. I knew it was time to get the Ped Egg Power out to let it do its magic.   You push the button up and automatically the little area starts to spin. It isn't super fast to be dangerous, but it is fast enough to get to working on those rough spots.  (Think Sandpaper for your feet)   I know with some people they don't like the products that have the actual metal blades (like they use at salons) so this would be perfect for you.  I did notice that it was working on smoothing my heels out as soon as I started using it, but to be honest, I did not see much difference when I used the smoothing head (purple one) , I did notice a difference with the Ped Egg head (blue one) .
I like super fast results, so I think that this is a product that needs to be used as soon as they start to get rough, don't wait as long as I did, as it does take longer to get the end results that you want. 
I even saw that some people use it to smooth out the rough spots on their hands! 
With people doing yard work all the time, this would be great to have to help out once finished! 
Make sure to follow Ped Egg Power on Facebook.

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. 
 
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