America’s Greatest School Nurse Contest #sponsored

“This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and reviews are my own.” When we moved to a new town several years ago we enrolled our children into a small private school for a couple of years and then started homeschooling shortly thereafter. When our children were in the public school there were a few people that really stood out and made a difference to them (and me) and one of them was the school nurse. I think our children will always remember their sweet school nurse, June. She was always so kind to the children and really went above and beyond her job duties. Does your school nurse go above and beyond in educating and comforting the students? If so, this contest is for you! We want to hear all about your school nurse and how they have gone above expectations. Nominations will be accepted nationwide from anyone who would like to honor their exemplary school nurse. One nurse from each state, plus Washington D.C., will win a prize valued at $500 … [Read more...]

Show That You Care With Kohl’s Cares Gifts

We received Kohl's Cares products to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are our own. We believe that Kohl's has always been a great place to shop for gifts for friends and family members, however I'm super impressed with the Kohl's Cares. It's not just the prices though, the products are great quality and I love that we are giving back each time we purchase an item from the Kohl's Cares collection. Kohl's Cares offers a large assortment of incredible items for the entire family. The prices really can't be beat at just $5 and $8 each! But wait, it gets better...100 percent of the net profit helps support children's initiatives nationwide. The collections change often. We received a few items from the Christmas line right at Christmas time which included... Christmas Movie Trivia --$5.00 Color and Create Your Own Cards--- $5.00 3 Pack Travel Edition of Adult Coloring Books--- $8.00 Crayola Winter Adventure Creativity Kit--- $8.00 Night Before Christmas Book & … [Read more...]

Gift Idea- Future Architect’s Tool Kit

We received The Future Architect's Tool Kit for review purposes. All opinions expressed are our own. Our 11 year old son loves to draw, and he aspires to be a great architect one day. We were thrilled when we were contacted to review The Future Architect's Tool Kit! I knew this was right up his alley and that he would be so thrilled to have it--and I was right! Watching him rip the package open and take off into the sunroom to start drawing sure did put a smile on my face! He's been drawing ever since! I don't think a day has gone by that he hasn't created some sort of artwork or floor plan. If you know a child that likes to draw, we highly recommend The Future Architect's Tool Kit as a gift! About The Future Architect’s Tool Kit Children with dreams of designing buildings will discover how architects actually work in this workbook, which builds on the concepts introduced in The Future Architect’s Handbook. It walks readers through the drawings created by Aaron, a young … [Read more...]

Win a Juniper Kids’ Mattress From Brentwood Home

We received a Juniper Kids Mattress to facilitate the review portion of this post. All opinions expressed are our own. As most of you already know, our family made a big move recently. It has been about a month, to be exact, however I still feel like we are very much living out of boxes. It's so hard when you have a large family and you have to pack up years of belongings. We did it though and we are finally settling. One thing that I did notice in the move is that my boys mattresses were not in as great of shape as I had thought they were. How had I not noticed this sooner? I told my husband that the first thing we were going to do was replace our 13 year old son's mattress. It was way beyond its time and in dire need of replacement. Children deserve to sleep comfortably and it's important for their growth and health. We were thrilled to receive a Juniper Kids' Mattress from Brentwood Home! About the Juniper Kids' Mattress: This mattress is really amazing! It comes rolled up … [Read more...]

The Reconciler Faith Based Movie #ad

We received a review copy of the movie, The Reconciler. All opinions expressed are our own. I feel like most of the movies out now days are hard to watch. They contain so much foul language, crime, drugs and sex, and let's face it, while the world is full of this stuff, it's just not something I'd prefer to sit down and watch. The Reconciler was a breath of fresh air. It was a movie that I could watch with my spouse without worrying about something offensive popping on the screen. You may find yourself on the edge of your seat from time to time, but it's worth it! The film is inspirational. It's about love and forgiveness and making a connection with God. The Reconciler is there to help people out. The movie is inspiring and entertaining and kept us engaged the whole time. It's exciting! I felt like the movie was great at teaching us to let go of our pasts and to forgive. All too often we hold onto things that we really shouldn't. I could go on and on, but I'll let you watch … [Read more...]

Having Fun With Our PLAYMOBIL Hockey Game #ad

We received free product from Playmobil to facilitate this post. All opinions expressed are our own. There's nothing I love more than to see my children sitting around a table playing nicely with one another. I love to watch my boys interact, use their imaginations and enjoy each others company. A couple of weeks ago we received PLAYMOBIL's NHL Hockey Arena. My boys are big soccer players, but they still enjoy the sport of hockey and were pretty excited to rip this big box open! I must say that setting it up was a breeze. As a matter of fact, my 11 year old pretty much had everything snapped together and in place before I could get my camera ready! There are 4 NHL players included in the box. They have movable arms and hockey sticks which make it fun to block goals! There's a joystick that you can use to maneuver the goalie from side to side. I must say that I thought this was going to be a lot smaller. I also wasn't sure how much play time it would get. I'm pleasantly … [Read more...]

Trying to Get into the Halloween Mood…

This post is sponsored by Oriental Trading Company. All opinions expressed are our own. Fall is my favorite time of the year. I love that life sort of just slows down. We can cuddle up on the couch and watch movies together on the weekends. Our attire changes over to comfy clothing, cute boots and scarves (I admit that I have more scarves than I really have room for!) I love that we can throw comfort foods into the crockpot, enjoy hot cocoa and coffee and just relax. With that being said, this year things are going to be a little different. Let me explain. We are in the process of selling our home and buying a new home. This will be a challenge as we are homeschooling our 5 boys and we will need to go in and paint and lay new carpet before we can move into the new home. So, we are not exactly relaxing. Instead we are packing, cleaning, and preparing to get busy at the new house. I have had a chance to decorate our current home for fall. I convinced my husband that it would help us … [Read more...]

Back to School Backpack Check w/ ChapStick #ad

“The ChapStick® product, information and gift have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.” This year has been a really busy one for us. Typically I spend more time discussing our homeschooling and day to day life with you all, however this year we've been so busy that I've skipped over much of it. I wanted to take a bit to let you all know a little about what we have going on. We are still homeschooling, however we have joined some very nice homeschool groups and are very active in sports and other clubs. Our children have a lot of friends and I believe they are more social and busy now that we are homeschooling than they were when we were at their old school. But, with that being said, we still like to do some of the traditional things...like shop for backpacks and back to school supplies. I'm a little old school and I like to keep things tidy and in order. I purchase the backpacks so that we can easily pack supplies and take them with us when we want to do our schooling … [Read more...]