Thursday, October 31, 2013

Philo Soapy USA *Review & Giveaway

Soap is an artform. Truly, I realize you use it for bathing and getting clean, but there is an art to making soap, especially the beautiful quality soaps made at Philo Soapy USA.

Danielle uses her artistic flare to create unique glycerin style soaps. Soap that looks like artwork, but is usable as well.
I was able to review 2 soaps from Danielle. 

In celebration of Fall, the pumpkin soap. Perfect size for your hands. Smells so full of fall!

The Lemon Verbana Cucumber had a Loofah inside. Even hubby commented on how he liked this soap! I loved the smell, and it was a great exfoliating soap when you were to the loofah. It does become more exfoliating as the soap is used though, so be careful.

All of Philo Soapy USA soaps are handmade and designed with love. Over 30 fragrances are available. The soaps change seasonly as well. I really love the ice cream cone and ice pops for the summer months.
I haven't had the opportunity to work with glycerin much, but it definitely seems to be a soap that is easier to create with.
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Scholastic Storybook Treasures *Review #giftguide

 As much as I would love to have unlimited time to read to my littles.. I just don't. I desire for them to hear some of the great books available, but there just isn't enough time in a day for me to spend hours doing that. I do read to them, don't get me wrong, but not nearly as much as they would like.

Scholastic Storybook Treasures is a perfect solution for me. The stories come from actual books, with the illustrations from the book, being read to my child. What a great educational DVD, full of great stories and imagination without being a TV show.

There is also a feature where the kids can Read Along with the DVD, giving them great learning to read skills.

Recently were were able to review 2 DVDs from the collection

Don't Let the Pigeon Stay up Late! 3 stories on one DVD from Mo Willems. Mo Willems has long been a favorite of ours and it was so fun to be able to see a collection of his work together. This was excellent to discuss similarities in each of the books and differences we saw. I love to include author studies when ever we can and this DVD made it very helpful. This particular disc is 27 minutes long and is recommended for ages 2-8

Children Make Terrible Pets includes 4 stories in it's 41 minutes plus extras. This DVD supports friendship and families and consists of
Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown
All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon
Crow Call by Lois Lowry
Elizabeti's Doll by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
There is a Read Along feature with this dvd as well. Excllent choices of books for this look at friends and family. Recommended age is 4-12

 These and several selections are available at NewKideo online!

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Edutech Worx Toys *Review #giftguide

Worx Toys and Edutech this Holiday Season!

Do you have tons of toy cars stashed away in your child's toy box? Toys they take out to drive around occassionally, but honestly with no bells and whistles they tend to stay in the box alot.
Eductech has come out with a line of motor vehicles that are fun to play with.. and that teach the child about the different components of the vehicle.

We were able to review Throttle the motorcycle. My 5 year old was able to see through the transparent exterior into the inner workings of the motorcycle.
Each vehicle comes with an interactive story book that teaches them about the 10 different components. He then keys in a code in the keypad to see the motorcycle demonstrate that part!

The codes were easy to find and self explanatory. I did have to help my 5 year old as he is not a reader yet. I am all for educational toys! My kids however do enjoy ones that Mom doesn't deem educational. Why not have both and make us both happy?

The Worx Toys Edutech comes in 5 designs; motorcycle, speedster, fire engine, helicopter and space shuttle.

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Rosie's Doll Clothes Patterns *Review TOS

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Rosie's Doll Clothes Patterns is an online sewing heaven for young girls. Learn How to Make Doll Clothes Video Course with 8 Free Doll Clothes Patterns includes 130 video tutorials and 8 free pdf patterns for 18 inch doll clothes. If you prefer Cabbage Patch Kid sized patterns Rosie can arrange to get those to you.
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You get the following patterns;

Sport Shorts
Crop Top
Halter Top
Summer Nightie

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Each pdf pattern comes with step by step instructional videos which really helps the beginner sewer learn to how to not only follow a pattern, but to go slowly through each individual step.
You get the complete video collection, pdf patterns, and instructional videos for $47.85. You will have access to the online video's for 12 months.

This program is geared for ages 8 and up. I have been telling my 9 year old for awhile now that I want her to learn to sew, but I was at a quandry as to how to go about teaching her. I have sewn for probably 20 years now, though I do prefer quilting and making blankets. I knew I needed to start her out in the beginning but I haven't ever taught anyone to sew.

Rosie's program is a huge blessing! The video's start out very basic, in the beginning with the tools of the trade. Shiloh sat and watched the video's while I was in and out of the room. Some she knew about already from watching me sew, but some had some new tools that I wasn't aware of like the looper to thread elastic through.

Each video is short, which allows you to sneak them in when you can, or to watch several at one time. Rosie does have an accent which makes a few things different when listening. She does speak clearly and there was only a couple of times we had to rewind to see what she said.

Shiloh watched through several weeks of videos. Each topic has several videos within its category as well.

We were ready to get started, and she was so excited to get her 'sewing area' set up. It has honestly been close to 2 years since I pulled out my machine and it was a blessing for me to see her excitement.
The patterns were easy to understand and to work with. I put Shiloh to work cutting it out herself and working on lining up the pieces for sewing.
She worked the peddle while I worked the machine. My Brother sewing machine wasn't cooperating or she would have been able to do all the work herself. My Kenmore doesn't have a speed control on it and that was making Shiloh nervous. One step at a time. It took no time at all to get the shorts made. I did watch the instructional video with Shiloh and it helped refresh my memory on making clothing. That has been a long while for me.

This is so much more than just a learn to sew program. It is a hobby that my only daughter and I can share together. Rosie can do the teaching while I get to enjoy the doing. It is a perfect combination for us, and a blessing to spend the time working with Shiloh.

My 11 year old son loves to sew and he had to get in there while the sewing machine wasn't being used, to make a blanket for his stuffed bear. Sewing is definitely not just a girl hobby either.

We will continue to make the patterns that Rosie has given us and look forward to watching Shiloh grow in her skills. I am so thankful she is still a young age to enjoy playing with dolls and making fun clothes for them.
Rosie has additional patterns for sale which include the pdf file, instructions and video access.

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Twitter @DollsPatterns
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Vote for Eggland's Best #ChiefEggOfficer

Vote For The Very First Eggland's Best "Chief Egg Officer" Today! 
Eggland's Best is down to three Finalists in their "CEO" Contest and they need your help to decide the very first "Chief Egg Officer"!

From now until November 17th, consumers can visit and watch the three Finalists' videos, which describe why they deserve to be the "Chief Egg Officer." Consumers can then vote for the candidate they feel best egg-semplifies the Eggland's Best brand.

The three Finalists in the competition are:

-          Karen P. of Huntsville, AL
-          Jackie Brown of Fairview, NC
-          Carey Anne D. of Oregon, OH

The winner of the competition will receive a Grand Prize of $5,000 and a one-year supply of Eggland's Best eggs and the two runners-up will receive a six-month supply of Eggland's Best eggs and $500.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

D is for Ducks #ABCblogging

 Make Way for Ducklings

We love Homeschool Share and you will be seeing lots of links for their awesome lapbooks as we blog through the alphabet. These allow the three youngest and I to learn together, creating one lapbook. 

I did have some worksheets in a folder from 10 years ago when I did Five in a Row with my oldest two. So there are a couple here we used that may not be in the lapbook.

We learned about Boston and looked at a map to see how Mrs. Mallard traveled.
We learned alphabetical order with the names of the ducklings.

We watched a couple netflix shows on ducks to see them in their natural habitats. We did raise ducks several years ago that the 11 and 9 year old remember. We also have seen them at the park.

Next week E for Elephant...

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Carolina Reckoning by Lisa Carter *Review

Alison wanted her cheating husband gone, not dead...
When 30-something housewife, Alison Monaghan discovers proof of her husband's infidelity in a photograph with a mysterious woman, she must decide how to confront Frank when he returns home from work. Despite the influence of her best friend Valerie, a strong Christian, Alison remains aloof from God and is determined to handle this crisis her own way. But Alison may not get that chance. Frank never makes it home. Soon his body is found on a lonely back-country road in antebellum Weathersby Historic Park--and Alison is named as the prime suspect. Working with Homicide detective, Mike Barefoot, Alison must prove her innocence--and find the real killer--before the killer comes back to find her.

My Thoughts:
This book starts out like any other secular style book where the wife finds out the husband is cheating and seeks to no longer take his affairs.. but hang in there! Through the mourning process Alison becomes a Christian and has belief that her husband Frank had done the same just prior to his murder. He has left behind some evidence and letters for Alison and her two children illuding to his new found belief in Jesus and asking for forgiveness. It is like he knows someone is after him, and Alison is even targeted when she goes to the spot where he was killed.

There are ALOT of characters in the book. It got a bit overwhelming at first with all of the board members and friends of Valerie's. I had to back track to try to remember different characters and got confused quite often at first. Maybe just a few too many for me. I was still working with Alison through the mourning so it was hard to grab hold of these characters and who wore what color lipstick.

I did love the focus and discipleship of Alison as a new believer. I did like how the pastor and his family embraced them and sought to make sense of the mess that they were in. It wasn't in your face gospel, but enough for non believers to see and possibly consider a relationship with Jesus when there is no hope.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Ring Stix *Review

RINGSTIX LITE, manufactured by System Enterprises LLC and one of the hottest new toys on the market,  announced today that it has been honored with a 2013 Best Toys for Kids award by the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA), System Enterprises LLC.

The Best Toys for Kids Award list features toys that stretch a child’s imagination, toys that invite discovery and exploration, toys that get little ones moving, toys that helps kids build creativity, toys that fascinate and delight babies, and even toys that will help preteens unplug from electronic games and rediscover the joy of play.

“ASTRA’s top picks are different.  Instead of being financed by the companies that make the toys, ASTRA's list is chosen by a community of people who care deeply about quality toys,” said Kathleen McHugh, President of ASTRA.  “Winners are selected by neighborhood toy store owners around the country who watch kids play in their store all day long and talk with parents about which toys sustain their child’s attention and become beloved additions to their toy box.”
“System Enterprises LLC., along with the others on the Best Toys for Kids Award list, go way beyond the pre-programmed, ho-hum play of so many heavily advertised toys and gives kids play that truly challenges their imagination, creativity, and other skills,” continued McHugh.

“We are pleased to be honored with the 2013 Best Toy award by ASTRA.  RINGSTIX LITE is a unique toy that strives to capture fun in every child as well as creativity and playfulness. We have created a simple, skill based toy that gets kids of every age outside having fun.  We have received many videos and emails about different games. From variations of capture the flag, to a disc golf game and even a competitive adaptation of lacrosse,” said Steven Mueller of System Enterprises, LLC.

“Each set of RINGSTIX LITE comes with a ring and two stix making it a full set for two players. The game is unique in that you can be as active as you please. You can run around and attempt tricks or play in a more leisurely style at shorter distances,” continued Steven.
RingStix is a fast and easily learned outdoor activity for ages 6 and up and will get the whole family up and moving. Play RingStix with two players, in a group or solo. It has become the new favorite at gatherings, reunions, vacations, etc. You can play at the beach, it floats or at the park when it’s windy. We left it up to the children’s imagination to create the games and they come up with tricks in a short time. RingStix is unique in that you can be as active as you please - run around and play long distances up to 30 yards or leisurely in short distances and have a conversation as you play. RingStix is even being used in PE classes. This interactive toy, which uses sticks to quickly catch and launch the ring, is simple enough for anyone to learn, yet intriguing enough for all ages to enjoy.

Each player holds two sticks which he uses to propel the ring spinning forward toward the other player. That player then uses the end of one or both of the sticks to catch the flying ring. This repeats back and forth while spinning, leaping and laughing. Families can invent their own way of playing, keep score and do tricks - it’s a new toy every time! Even dogs have fun and love to chase and retrieve the rings!

Each set comes with four sticks (two for each player) and one red ring – A FULL SET FOR TWO PLAYERS, all at a great price of $14.99

Our goal is to promote healthy exercise that also builds hand-eye coordination while having a blast! What makes RingStix unique is that it strives to capture in all of us our innate creativity and playfulness.

Overall: RingStix the winner of 9 toy awards, brings generations together, easy to learn, fun and creative, gets you moving as you socially interact. This is the outdoor toy that has a lot going for it.

•    Ages 6+ Perfect for adults and kids to play together
•    Each Set comes with 4 stix and a red ring (set for 2 players), great price $14.99
•    All RingStix parts float
•    Works in winds up to 25 miles
•    Light and durable colorful stix
•    Easy to learn yet challenging to keep it interesting
•    Hand-eye coordination
•    It provides a fun way to be outdoors, socialize and get some exercise at the same time
•    Adjust well to the abilities of each player in speed, distance and willingness to move around
•    Very easy to pick up without bending down
•    Coordination of both hands at the same time to shoot
•    Can be played alone, by two or in a group
•    Shoots up to 30 yards
•    Parents love it because it motivates outdoor play.
•    Great for the beach, park, backyard, tail gate, family gatherings parties etc.
•    Schools RingStix in PE classes
•    One year limited warranty
•    Meets all US CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) Standards
•    Meets California Proposition 65 Regulations
•    Patent Pending in many countries

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Ditch the Disposables Giveaway Hop with Zeenie Dollz

Welcome to the Ditch the Disposables Giveaway Hop, hosted by So Easy Being Green.
This giveaway hop is dedicated to all the wonderful, reusable products available. A fabulous group of bloggers have come together to offer you some great giveaways of reusable products so you can... ditch the disposables! Be sure to hop around to all the blogs involved on the linky below and don't miss the Ultimate Green Family Grand Prize worth $320!

Meet the team of Zeenie Dolls, Eco-Warriors to save planet Earth
These dolls are made of
  • Powerful, stylish, collectible, and vibrant Eco-Warriors on an environmental mission
  • Each 12" fully articulated ball jointed doll is made of recyclable and non-toxic plastics
  • Each doll possesses a secret identity and unique eco-power to save and protect the environment
  • A percentage of every sale will be donated to organizations working to preserve the environment and protect all animals and the places they call home

Enter to win Kazumi a Zeenie Doll
She is protector of the Polar Regions and 
Defender of Global Warming
US only

Good luck on ditching the disposables - now increase your odds of winning the best reusable products by entering more giveaways in the Hop, 


This prize includes a $50 Gift Certificate to Glass Dharma, glass straws handmade in the USA, and a Softbums Cloth Diaper Starter Kit {includes a wet bag, 3 shells, and 6 inserts! You'll also find the new Merry & Bright Tote Collection from SnapSac resuable bags, a $50 GC to, and a roll of 12 Unpaper Towels from!


So Easy Being Green, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Ditch the Disposables participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

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