Cleaning Up Messes…Easy?

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We received product to facilitate this post. We only give honest reviews and all opinions expressed are our own. If there's one thing all Moms of boys can probably agree on, it's that boys like to make messes! Am I right? (Please tell me I'm not the only mother living with a house full of boys that like to make messes!) Because my boys like to make messes, and because I do not do well with a messy house, I have been super excited to try out the new Shark® Steam & Spray™ Pro. For those of you that haven't heard of it, the Steam & Spray Pro is perfect for anyone that needs to do a quick clean-up, but it also has extra power for deep cleaning and sanitizing all hard floor surfaces. So, when you find yourself yelling out, "Clean up in aisle 5!" you'll have the perfect tool to get the job done! The unique thing about this mop is that it has 3 distinct ways to clean: · Steam-Only Mode – turn tap water into steam for a deep clean with no residue · Steam & Spray Mode – steam … [Read more...]

I’ll Be Better Soon…Right?

I figured it's time I let you all in on what's been going on in my life. For the last couple of months I have been sick. I've had a hard time eating and just constantly feeling uncomfortable and in pain. I went to the ER at the beginning of July when the pains got really sharp. They said they thought it was my gallbladder and ordered an ultra sound for the following day. I went in for the ultra sound as ordered, and then waited 4 or 5 days to get the results back. The results were normal, but I wasn't feeling normal so I tried to get in to see my family doctor. He was on vacation, so I waited. When my doc arrived back from vacation I made an appointment. He also thought it sounded like my gallbladder so he ordered some tests to be done at the hospital. Another week went by before my results finally came in (someone forgot to sign off on them? That's what I was told). The results showed that indeed my gallbladder was not functioning well. So, I was sent to a surgeon. I say this like it … [Read more...]

Do You Think Cursive Handwriting Should Be Taught To Kids?


What do you think about cursive writing? My children have all learned to write in cursive, even our Kindergartner has had an introduction lesson to cursive handwriting. We feel that it's important for our children to learn. The Argument to Teach Cursive Some parents and educators want cursive handwriting to be included in students' lessons. Here's what they said about that: How will they ever be able to read historical documents such as the constitution, etc if they don't learn to read and write in cursive? -Sara J. I don't think it has been taught in our school for at least the last 10 to 15 years. Cursive writing will become a lost art in America. I think it should still be taught. -Claudia A. Yes! It's part of my children's 2nd grade homeschool curriculum. They just started doing it, and they are so excited about it. :) -Angela M. Download FREE cursive handwriting worksheets on Educents! The Argument Not to Teach Cursive Some say cursive is no longer … [Read more...]

We Are Giving Away a Perfect Pod Prize Pack! #SummerGuide


I admit that I am a HUGE coffee lover (maybe a little more than most), and I never thought that would happen. You see, years ago (many years ago) I couldn't stand the taste of coffee. It wasn't really until I started having children that I really started to like and enjoy coffee, and now...well, I can't get enough of it! If you are a coffee drinker I am sure you love the convenience of a cup of coffee from a Keurig but you may not love the price. It is so nice to be able to pop in that pod and a minute later you have a nice hot cup of coffee. If you do the math, you can enjoy a cup of coffee for about .50 cents a cup. If you drink 2 cups a day you are looking at over $30 a month just for your cup of coffee. You could be paying around $50 per pound of coffee when you use a k-cup. Perfect Pod is an economical way to have your cup of coffee and it is much better for the environment. They have reusable cups for the original and 2.0 Keurig machines. They are the first company to crack … [Read more...]

Getting Ready for Back to School w/ @SanDisk Products from @BestBuy #ad


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. Back to School time already!? It really feels like summer just got here. We didn't get near enough squeezed into our summer vacation, however some of that was because of all of the rain we got over the course of the summer. I was beginning to think we were never going to get a sunny day and we were about to buy a boat just to go to the grocery story! Okay, it wasn't quite that bad, but it sure did rain a LOT! Now that we are planning back to school I've started to think about all of the things we are going to need to get through another year of homeschooling. Now, I'm sure many of you are going to think I'm crazy, but I LOVE skipping down to Best Buy to get the techy stuff I need, however I'm always sure to have my 15 year old by my side. How do kids just know this tech stuff that they know? I mean, it's like my 15 year old was born just knowing … [Read more...]

We are Giving Away a #TeachMy Learning Kit #SummerGuide

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Head Back to School with a Teach My Learning Kit!! Teach My’s aim is to “encourage early learning, parent child interaction, self-esteem and help children to develop fine motor skills and excellent hand eye coordination. All of this in just 20 minutes a day.” Play time is a very important time of the day for our family. The fact that we can spend just 20 minutes a day on a quality learning program is a real bonus for us! We may be a busy family, but taking the time to teach our children is so very important.  The Teach My Learning kit is available in three age ranges, baby, toddler and preschooler. My daughter is 2 and we love using the toddler learning kit daily - in fact, I got one to send over to her daycare and she loves using it there too, what a lucky girl she is to be learning so much without even realizing it. Her and the other kids love their 'Teach My' time each day. As you can see each kit comes with a folder for numbers to 10, colors, shapes and the alphabet (this is … [Read more...]

Coach Clutch or Crossbody Bag GIVEAWAY!

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  Okay, I admit it...I'm a huge bag lover! I have always had a love for a great handbag, and Coach purses are at the top of my list of great bags! Who here loves Coach purses? What's not to love? They're quality made purses with the name to back it up. It's nice to have a Coach purse but it's even nicer to win one! Who wants to win this beautiful Coach Clutch or Crossbody purse? Here's some details about it. LYLA DOUBLE GUSSET CROSSBODY IN PEBBLE LEATHER (COACH F53157) Black Details Pebble leather Black Inside multifunction pocket Zip-top closure, fabric lining Long strap with 21 1/2" drop for shoulder or crossbody wear 9 1/2" (L) x 5 3/4" (H) x 1 1/4" (W) COACH MSRP:$250 It's so pretty and serves two great purposes. If you like to travel you want a crossbody purse. It's really nice that this one will then double as a clutch so you can go out on the town. Want to win one of your own? Just follow the rafflecopter below and win! Contest ends 8/21 at midnight and is … [Read more...]

Mary’s Secret Ingredient Subscription Box Review

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We received a subscription box to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are our own and we only give honest reviews. There's just something about a subscription box that excites me! I love the suspense, and the thought of receiving something in the mail each month is rather exciting! It's like I'm giving myself a surprise gift each and every month! I mean, who wouldn't love that!? Now, I know what you are don't want to receive silly stuff in the mail every month that isn't going to be useful to you. I totally get that, and that is why I'm excited about MARY's Secret Ingredients subscription boxes! I like to cook. I'm no Rachel Ray or anything, but I do enjoy spending some time in the kitchen (sometimes). With that being said, I'm not the best at coming up with new recipes. I mean, I can do it, but there comes a time when I just want to use a recipe someone else has come up with. I like to try new things and so does my family. Mary has decided to … [Read more...]