Staying Active & Having Fun w/ Wobbly Worm #sponsored

Thank you Wobbly Worm/Spin Master for sponsoring this post/video and getting my kids active while having fun! We homeschool so our children are always together and always at home. Now, most people ask me how I keep them from getting bored, fighting and becoming overweight. When we first started homeschooling 3 years ago, I had no idea how I was going to do all of this, however I knew that I wanted my boys to be active and to do more than just sit around the house all day long.   One way that we keep our children active and from getting bored is by keeping them busy. We like to have activities and games lined up, but we also like to allow them to use their imaginations and explore as well. We received the Wobbly Worm game and couldn't wait to give it a try! <----Check out the video we made below---> Wobbly Worm is a fun and physically active game for young kids! It keeps kids occupied with multiple ways to play and levels of difficulty (3 ring sizes, 2 ways to … [Read more...]

Keeping Allergies Under Control #SickJustGotReal #sponsored

This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and reviews are my own. It is officially Spring and we couldn't be happier! With that being said, we live in Ohio and our weather is often quite crazy! I feel like our winter was very mild and now the weather is just trying to figure out what season it really is. One day it's snowing, the next it's 60 degrees and the following day it's raining and cold again! With all of the changes in the weather it's no wonder we wind up with colds! Not to mention that Spring tends to be one of our worst times for allergies. As a stay at home (homeschooling) mom, I can't say that I get sick days or even vacation days, that's why I have to make sure I keep sickness and allergies at bay---mom can NOT get sick, and if the kids are sick there's a good chance I might catch it while taking care of them. Now that winter is over and Spring has arrived, we need to make sure we keep allergies under control. Luckily, … [Read more...]

How About a Coach Purse Giveaway?

We have teamed up with a group of awesome bloggers to offer you this amazing giveaway! This giveaway is blogger sponsored and the prize is SO GOOD!!! What a great way to start Spring! How would you like to win an authentic Coach handbag?  One lucky person is going to win this Coach Harley Hobo In Pebble Leather Purse. It's a gorgeous purse that is perfect accessory for Spring! DETAILS Pebble leather Inside zip, cell phone and multifunction pockets Zip-top closure, fabric lining Handles with 11 3/4" drop Outside zip pocket Long strap with 22 1/2" drop for shoulder or crossbody wear 14 1/4" (L) x 10" (H) x 4 1/2" (W) All you need to do is enter on the form below! Good luck. Open to US Residents only. This giveaway will end on March 31 at 11:59pm EST. Entry-Form … [Read more...]

Getting Creative w/ 3D Magic Pen #ad

We received the 3D Magic Pen™ for review purposes. All opinions expressed are our own. I don't always start a blog post off by saying this, but I'm about to tell you about our favorite new toy! We received  a 3D Magic Pen™. When we first started playing around with it we didn't really realize how awesome it was. It wasn't until we had a little practice that we fell in love with this new toy! And when I say WE, I mean every single member of my family! We have all been playing with it for the past month! Check out this fun video we made with our 3D Magic Pen™ About the 3D Magic Pen™ The 3D Magic Pen™ comes with three color filaments. Packs of fifteen color filaments or individual color rolls are available for purchase separately. With so many filament color options, building and creating possibilities are endless – doodles and dinosaurs, towers, dragons and trolls – there is no limit to what can be built. The 3D Magic Pen™ is currently available for purchase with … [Read more...]

Fun Protective Gear #iWipeOut #ad #WipeOutArt

This post is part of a sponsored campaign for Wipeout Dry Erase Productive Gear. I received compensation for my participation, but my review and opinions are my own. My boys love to be outdoors! The weather in Ohio has been so weird lately that they are getting confused as to what season it is (typical Ohio weather!) We will have 60 degree weather one day, raining the next 3 days and then snowing for another couple of days. It's been crazy and so we haven't had a chance to really spend as much time outdoors as we hoped. Today was a beautiful day! It's days like this that I'm so glad we homeschool because we were able to work around the nice day and enjoy some time outdoors. After we did our lessons we decided to do a little arts and crafts, only this time we chose to decorate something a little different---Wipeout Dry Erase Protective Gear! What is Wipeout Dry Erase Protective Gear? Wipeout Dry Erase Protective Gear lets kids customize their helmets and pads with their own … [Read more...]

Somebody Got Glasses!!! #ad #glassesusa

This post is sponsored by GlassesUSA. All opinions expressed are our own. I have had glasses since I was in the 6th grade, however I only need them to see distance, so I don't wear them all of the time. My husband also has glasses. He has had his glasses since he was in the 7th grade, and his prescription is a little stronger than mine, so he wears his glasses more often. Our oldest son got his first pair of glasses when he was in the first grade. He has the worst prescription of all of us and has to wear his glasses or contacts at all times. Recently our 11 year old son had to get his first pair of glasses. His prescription isn't horrible, but he needs the glasses for seeing distance. We do not have vision insurance, so purchasing the glasses in the doctor's office was sort of out of the question. What we like to do is look for glasses online in the comfort of our home and take our time picking them out. This way we don't feel rushed and we have time to look at every pair and … [Read more...]

Overcoming My Health Issues

I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own. You may remember the short break I took a couple of years ago due to my stomach problems? Maybe you don't remember, or you are just tuning in, and that's fine because I'm going to fill you in. So, I was having a lot of stomach issues and pain between my shoulder blades and under my rib cage. I had been to the doctor for it on several occasions. He was determined I had GERD and would send me on my way with a different prescription each time. The pain was getting worse, the prescriptions weren't touching it and I was getting frustrated, so I visited a new doctor. This new doctor ran tests and determined that I needed to have my gall bladder removed. I was thrilled to finally have answers. The only problem? It was a short fix. I felt … [Read more...]

Just Give Me Sunny Weather…

Ohio weather can be crazy! It will be snowing one day and then sunny and 60 the next day. The weather can really affect a person's mood, so it's tough when the weather is constantly changing as drastically as ours. This past week has been awesome though! I definitely can not complain about 60 degree weather in February! It really does just make you want to go out and plant some flowers, put your jogging shoes on and .... Get ice cream! The fresh air is so great for our mind, body and soul. Seriously, just opening the windows and feeling that slightest bit of warm breeze blowing in has been great! Yesterday we ate our ice cream by the lake. My boys love to explore, so it was fun for them to be able to get out and stretch their legs. I love that the lake is super close to our new home, so we don't have far to drive! What has the weather been like where you live? More to come on Raising My 5 Sons... … [Read more...]