Saturday, December 29, 2012

K5 Learning program Review (2)


     I have had the opportunity to use the K5 learning program for about 14 days under the Free 14 day trial, and I would love to share with you my thoughts on this program.

About K5

K5 includes 4 reading and math programs

K5 Reading helps kids become strong readers and develop a love of reading. This award-winning program covers phonemic awareness, phonics, sight words, vocabulary and reading comprehension.K5 Math is an award-winning program which builds self confidence and a deep understanding of math concepts. K5 Math covers numbers and operations, geometry, measurement (including time and money), algebraic thinking and data analysis.
K5 Spelling is an advanced vocabulary program which improves language skills one word at a time. We feature adaptive instruction, automatic word generation, an optimized visual interface, and a 150,000+ word database.K5 Math Facts uses adaptive technology to help kids develop instant recall of basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts. Progress on each and every math fact is monitored until mastery is obtain

My Thoughts

     After using the program for 14 days, my daughter has thoroughly enjoyed it and learned at the same time.  Everyday it is can I take the test now, or When can I get back and do some of he math games?  Nothing makes your heart any happier than to know that your child is not only wanting to play a game but she wants to play a game that she is learning something from. Hailey is in the 3 grade, and suffers from ADHD and ODD.  Both of which prohibits her from learning what she needs to be learning 100% of the time.  K5 makes learning fun and the kids love it!

     Since we have started using this program, Hailey has wanted to start reading more books, and when she plays school she takes what she has learned from the K5 learning program and teaches to her baby sister (Riley, 4 years old) and imaginary students.  Because our 14 day free trial was over the holiday (Christmas) I am not sure how well it helped her in school, however I can tell you that I have been watching her and she has improved by at least 45%.

     If you have a child that is having problems with Math or Reading in school, I highly recommend this program.  You can give it a try for 14 days under the Free Trial.  I promise you will see a difference in your child's attitude toward school and learning.  This is also a great program if you home school.  It is fun and educational all at the same time.

     Once you sign up for the free trial, you will be able to do an online reading assessment and an online math assessment on your child.  This will give a few random tests to see at which level your child is and what they need the most work on.  Maybe your little suffers from Math but excels in Reading.  You can use this program to focus on what they the need the most.  This was one of the best options offered to me in this program.  You can also follow your child's progress in this program, kind of like a Report card, so you can see how well they are doing or what they are needing help in.

     No one wants to see their child struggle in school and with this program you help them understand the processes and have major accomplishments.

Good Luck to you and your child... If you decide to try this out, leave us a comment and let us know what you thought of the program.


Friday, December 21, 2012

Wet Ones Sticky Situations


   Are you a parent of a Toddler?

If so then you have plenty of stories to share!  Wet Ones and Mom Central are hosting a contest, all you have to is share your story with your friends on Facebook and have them to vote!  I am sure you have a story to tell and how you handle not letting this happen now!

I just entered and shared the story oh how when my son was only about 2 r 3 years old and was playing so nice and quiet.  I checked on him numerous times and he was just playing so I went on about what I was doing and let him play.  My mother got up to go get her something to drink later and when she entered the kitchen she discovered why he was playing so nice and quiet.  He had gotten a hold of the chocolate syrup and nearly emptied the bottle on the floor.  He didn't stop there, that would be too easy.  He then began to play in it and he and the floor were covered in chocolate syrup.  After taking a picture of this mess me and my mother laughed until we cried cleaning it up.
Needless to say now I keep the chocolate syrup out of reach of children and I keep a t close check on them.  Especially if they get quiet for any amount of time.

 By entering you could win an ipad mini

 or 3 winners will win a pack of 4 tickets to six flags.

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Wet Ones. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Wedding Centerpieces. High Quality, Low Cost

     Everyone that you invite your wedding is going to be looking at the Bride and how beautiful she is in her gown, the Groom and just how handsome he is in his Tuxedo.  The Brides maids and Groomsmen have to look top shape and their clothes must fit just right also because they are center stage with the Bride and Groom and everyone will notice, just not as much as their are noticing the Bride and Groom.

     One thing that we don't really consider is how much everyone will notice the center pieces but if yo think about it, while your guests are at the reception and eating their dinner the centerpiece is the one thing that is in their face and will be seen by so many.  So at you can get the custom made centerpieces that go with the theme, and colors but are not overwhelming to look at.  While you want them to be a focus of the table you never want them so big that they take over the table.  Wedding centerpieces should be elegant but yet not too over done. 

Personlized Ribbon for any Occasion

     Every wedding is a very special occasion, and we want our memories to continue on through many years to come.  What better way to remember our special day than with personalized ribbon for favors.  These ribbons are beautiful, and they come in many different colors to coordinate with your wedding them and colors.
     Maybe you are not having a wedding but a special Anniversary like your 25th or even your 50th wedding anniversary.  These ribbons are perfect for any occasion.  I think another great use for these would be for a baby shower or even Baby's first birthday party.  If you are having an occasion that you would like to remember at a great price then this is a great way to do so.
     When you order your ribbon you get 3/8" ribbon, 25 continuous yards long.  You choose the wording that goes on the ribbon but you are limited to a maximum of 34 characters not including spaces.  If you decide that 25  yards is not enough then you can order 100 yards but the ribbon will be shipped all on one roll.  Rather than adding to the cost they just make 1 roll which in the end keeps their cost down and also keeps your cost down on shipping. 
     If you have a special occasion coming up then you make like to get some ribbon to remember it.  I think one of my favorite times of the year to use ribbon is around Christmas.  What better way to decorate or even use on gift wrapping so they know exactly whom the gift is from?  Check them out and you will see, it is a great product with thousands of uses.

Biometric Gun Safes

     With the current events of the CT school shooting it gets us all holding our children a little tighter and keeping watch over them a little longer.  It did for me anyway.  I did not want to let my girls out of my sight not even to put them bed.  I sat watching them sleep to make sure I kept them safe.

     I personally own Glock 40 and have  for about 9 years and I have never had to use it.  I originally purchased my gun because I was in B.L.E.T. (Basic Law Enforcement Training).  We could use the school issued 9 MM but of course I decided to get one for me and I would have it for protection of my family and use for my Law Enforcement career.

     The first thing they teach in any gun safety class is not how to use the gun, clean the gun, but to keep it out of the reach of unwanted hands.  I don't argue the fact that should be the first thing taught/  You really need to know how to handle the weapon before learning how to shoot it.

     Guns safes can be very expensive, heavy, and sometimes very difficult to get into in an emergency.  At they have a Biometric safes that works off of fingerprints.  So you can program the safe to work with your fingerprints and your children can not access the safe.  This assures that the kids don't get the bright idea to play with daddy or in my case Mommy's gun.  There are so many children today that are killed by their parents gun, and completely accidental in most cases.   A child is curious and if they know where the weapons are they won't to look at them.  Unfortunately it usually ends in the death of a sibling.  And then there is the child that has rebelled against their parents and kills them.

     It is up to the parents to educate their children on the safety of the guns and put them out of reach under lock and key.  With these Biometric safes you have a better chance of the little ones not being able to get into the safe and getting the guns.

Torani for the Holidays

  I love my coffee in the morning and in the evening, especially when it is just freezing outside.  I am constantly trying new recipes to  make y coffee taste just a little bit better than it was before.  I have tried everything from the powder creamers, liquid creamers, and to the different types of coffee flavors.  While they are all great products I have now found the perfect touch to my morning pick me up and all day enjoyment. 
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     Torani is a perfect addition to my day and it comes in many different flavors.  You can anything from Almond to White Chocolate and they also come in sugar free flavors. At you can get recipes for some really great drinks and Holiday favorite foods.  I also substituted my usual pancake syrup with Torani syrups, and I have to admit it was awesome.  Don't know that I will ever go back to basics again.

About Torani:
Since 1925, 3rd generation family-owned Torani has been crafting great tasting flavored syrups that coffeehouses use to make their flavored drinks taste so delicious. With over 120 flavors in Regular and Sugar Free varieties, Torani flavored syrups are perfect for flavored lattes, mochas, coffees, cocoas, Italian sodas, teas, lemonades, cocktails and smoothies. Coffeehouse professionals choose Torani flavors because they are expertly crafted and made with the highest quality ingredients, like natural flavors and pure cane sugar. The Sugar Free flavors have no calories and are sweetened with Splenda. Now, Torani flavored syrups are widely available at retail so you can easily create authentic coffeehouse quality drinks at home.

Disclaimer: I received 2 samples of Torani for the purpose of trying out the products and writing my review.  It in no way leaned me either way on the negative or positive comments made by me. This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks and Torani. All pictures are the property of Torani and were just borrowed for the purpose of the post. 


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Beach Wedding Favors

     Have you ever thought about having your wedding on the beach?  I live on the East coast and we visit the beach very often during the Spring and Summer months.  As a child I would dream of having my wedding on the beach.  The question I always had was how would you go about the decorations, and what kind of favor would you give to make it a memorable day?

     Weddingstar offers the perfect beach wedding favors for your wedding on the beach.  You can get them custom ordered for you and at a cost that you can afford.  They have everything from candles, candle holders, to little weaved baskets.  When your guests look at these little packages in the future, they can look back and say "that was a great wedding".

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Unique Wedding favors

      I always enjoy going to weddings, and seeing the beautiful Bride and handsome Groom.  It is a day that you want to remember but deciding that unique wedding favors can be a little difficult.  With Weddingstar you can choose from so many different ideas.  Pictured above was one of my favorites rather you are 5 or 55.  They are little gumball machines with a cute ribbon(color of choice) and and tag.  You can even get personalized candies to put into them to make it an even more Unique wedding favor for your wedding.
     Maybe you have decided to delegate the job of finding the perfect wedding favors for your Mother and Mother in law.  They can't go wrong here.  weddingstar has the perfect favors in any color, and at a Price that can't be resisted.  They can customize any favor you choose and make it work for your perfect day!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Flower Girl Baskets

     You have planned the wedding, got the theme, figured out who your wedding party is and worked on the invitation list.  Now you are working on the decorations and making sure you get the perfect dresses for you, the Brides Maids and Tuxes for the Groom and Groomsmen!  Getting married can be a very stressful event no matter how much you already have done, and how organized you are.

     At weddingstar you can find the perfect little Flower Girl Baskets for your flower girl.  They have every theme imaginable and they can customize to fit your theme or color scheme. Weddingstar also works with any budget.

     I always thought that having the perfect basket for your flower girl would make one of the best gifts she could take away from your memory.  So you want it to be a perfect remembrance of that day!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Event Management Software for Everyone

     I have some kind event going on at my house all the time, from planning baby showers, birthday parties to Family Reunions.  I usually have to rely on a sheet of paper with a list of things I need to get from the grocery store or a list of people to invite. With Event Management Software you can have everything you needs at your fingertip.  No matter how big or how small the event is, they have the program for you.

     I am planning a Christmas party this year for my Mother in law and just trying to figure out what everyone is cooking and bringing to party is a job.  I plan to use the Event software to organize everything so I know who is coming, and what each family is to bring.  Me myself I make a lot of candy for Christmas and give as gifts to Families, so I can also use this software for the purpose of making sure I have enough candy made for everyone and a cute container for each family.  There is nothing like not having everything organized and then getting to the last minutes and realizing you forgot something!  If you are planning any kind of event this year, you should try the Event Management Software out and see how much it helps you be better prepared.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wedding favor bags for your guests

     After deciding your wedding favors have you ever just thought, What will I put them in?  or How will I package my wedding favors?  At wedding star they will help you from start to finish on your wedding plans and if you are interested in a theme they can help with that too! 
     The wedding favor bags can be custom to fit your theme weddings and are very affordable for any budget.  In the picture at the top was one of my favorite wedding favors and bags because it not only is a reuse, conserve, recyclables but you can use this for a small plant.  Every time one f your guest sees the plant they willl be reminded of the beautiful day that you and your spouse were married.  It is a great gift that will be actually used and not just stuck in a drawer somewhere.  When choosing your favor and bag that is always something to consider, well that and price. 

     Another of my favorites would have to be the bride and groom candy bags.  They are so adorable and of course would go with any theme wedding.  If you don't see exactly what you are looking for you can contact them and they can customize any bag for you, to work for your wedding.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Perfect invite - Wedding Invitations

     One of the first things we do before having our wedding is deciding on colors, themes, decorations, and and them who to invite.  Once you have your things in order you want to get the perfect Wedding Invitations that match you, your groom, and the theme of your wedding.

     Wedding Star as 1,000's of ideas to pick from and your order can be customized.  They will help you decide on which colors looks the best and which is the best format for you.  One of the biggest things in Weddings is Etiquette, and I don't know all of it.  At Wedding Star they will help you to ensure that you have proper etiquette wedding invitations to send out to your many friends and Family.

     Something else to consider when inviting guests to your wedding is if there are any special needs, Wheel chairs, food allergies, etc.  These may not be something everyone knows so it would be a good idea to add these items to the RSVP card along with the invitation. 

It is never too early!

     Most people don't think about when their life will end.  We always think that we will out live our children or we have plenty of time to get our things in order so that we do not leave a burden upon our Family members.  Sadly, that is not always the case.  I know I have many friends who felt that way and life other plans for them.  Because they were so young they never made arrangements for anything in case something happened to them and it left a major burden on the Family members they left behind. 

     It is always very hard when you lose someone but I believe it makes it even harder when nothing is done to make arrangements.  I know both of my parents currently have everything arranged right on down to the music that will played at their funeral.  They only thing we have to do is agree on what they will wear.  While it is hard to lose a parent and this is not something you want to think about, it is a must do now or then.  Personally I believe that by doing so now you have say so in what you want as a person and no one can come in and say that you were not in your right mind, or maybe you have expressed that you don't want to be put on Life Support.  If it is not in a Last Will and Testament, you may not get your wishes.

     Last Will and Testament's are a necessity that we need to focus on not just for the death purposes of it but for medical purposes also. At Texas Wills online you can get your paper work emailed to within 12 hours and they are approved and accepted anywhere in Texas.  Still not sure how to fill out the paperwork or you have questions and concerns, they have a Texas Attorney available to help you by phone.  Once you get to the point of Power of Attorney, you are considered not able to make your own decisions.

     Why wait until it is too late?  You have the right to have things the you want it but you must act early.  The pricing is very reasonable. It is easy to fill out with no excuses for not having this done.  My New Years resolution this year is have this done, just in case!  With Texas last will and testaments, you can find all the help you need.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wedding Decorations on a Budget

     At Wedding Star they have the custom made decorations for any wedding on any budget.  They have items from the wedding themselves to the cake toppers.

     I personally love to look at the different types of cake toppers available.  I have seen so many but just couldn't decide that, that was the one that I wanted.  At Wedding Star they will custom make your cake topper just for you! 

     Wedding Star also has over 3000 custom and unique decorations, with that number you know they have something for everyone.  When I planned my wedding money was a  huge factor in what I could have and what I could not have.  Wedding star will work with any budget to customize what you are looking for and give you the wedding you have dreamed of since you were a little girl.

    Doing a themed wedding and don't know how or where to start with it?  Check them out, they can help you customize your decorations into the theme you are looking for and at a great price!  Renewing your vows and don't want to spend the same money you spent before, You can't go wrong here.  They can help you with the wedding decorations and make it a memorable as the original!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Perfect Unity Ceremony

     Every young lady before she becomes a bride has in most cases already figured out her wedding.  Sh has her colors picked out and dreams of who the Groom shall be.  One of my favorite thing about weddings are the unity ceremonies.  There are so many to choose from and depending on the location of your wedding on which one will work best for you!

     I know one of my favorite unity ceremonies is the candle unity, and with Wedding Star you can have the candle unity or maybe you like the sand unity ceremony.  I think if your wedding was  held on the beach maybe the sand unity ceremony would look just perfect.  You can customize your orders with a particular color of candle or sand to match your wedding theme.  They also have beautiful candle holders that can also be customized to go with all the decor.

     Wedding Star offers items for every budget, style and color.  Go check them out and see what you think.  What better way to remember your wedding day, have them engraved and every year you can light them up in celebration!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Unique Wedding Favors

Every Bride and Groom wants their day to be remembered by their many Family and Friends.  So they question is asked, How do you do this?  I have found that Wedding Star offers the perfect wedding favors for your wedding.  They have anything from gumball machines to Wine stoppers.   You can get the perfect gift custom made for your  wedding.

When I got married I did a lot of my own favors and I will tell you this, it is and can be very time consuming.  But at the same time I felt that I put a little of myself in each gift/favor that was done.  I spent a lot of time thinking about what I wanted and then having to shop for each gift.  With Wedding Star you can have them done for you or a Do It Yourself kit.  With the kit they will send you everything you need to get started and make them yours.

Wedding star also offers a decorative favor that can be doubled as a decoration ans taken home at the end.  They will work with any budget to give you that Unique Wedding Favor for any wedding!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Wedding decorations for everyone

     Are you planning a wedding and can't seem to decide what kind of decorations you want yet?  Check out Wedding Star, they not only have any kind of decorations you want but they also manufacture most of what they carry.  Rather it be a church wedding or a wedding on the beach, they have what you are looking for.  They can customize any one piece to fit your style and in your wedding colors.

     When I got married I made everything a party.  One because I like to get together with family and friends but also to enjoy other peoples ideas and perspectives.  We decided at the first party to decide what Wedding Decorations to go with.  My favorite get together as is with most Brides I guess would be the dress, however y biggest concern was what and how to decorate the church and the reception so that they match although not totally alike.  You want everything to blend but yet have it's own personality, and the people at this site can help you custom design your own ideas or maybe find something that they already have.  Check them out before going anywhere else, Great deals, and Great site to work with!

K5 Learning Pre Review.

I have recently signed up for a FREE 14 day free trial on the K5 learning program online for my 2 girls.  This program is designed for children form Pre-K through 5th grade in Math and Reading skills.  It is really easy to sign up and there NO CREDIT CARD REQUIRED.  I can't that about a lot of free trials but this one is in fact the case. 

I not only set one child up on the FREE trial but I set my 8 year old which is in the 3rd grade and my 4 year old up on the pre-K program.  If you have a child that is within the Pre-K or to the 5th grade you should really check out this web-site.  They also test your child and do an assessment to see where your child is and what they need work on.  I also think this is a great program for in the summer to keep your child up to speed on what they learned the previous year and could help accelerate them. 

Since we have just started this program, I can only give you so much.  So here is the deal.  I am going to do this for a few weeks and I will be back to let you know how my daughters excel.   It isn't fair for me, you, or anyone if I don't give you the full effect of the program.  First impressions though is I love it.  Can't wait to get back to you and let you know more.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

~Father of Lights DVD Review and Giveaway~

Father of Lights

About Father of Lights
FATHER OF LIGHTS chronicles the journey of filmmaker Darren Wilson and his team as they fearlessly travel the globe, far from the daily existence of the typical evangelical believer in the West. By thoughtfully documenting the stories of extraordinary believers and candidly filming miracles, visions and other supernatural occurrences, Wilson engages viewers in modern day examples of the true nature and character of God.  

Wilson gives honest access to his own spiritual questions as he tackles the religious misconceptions he has struggled with throughout his life.  “I went into making this film by asking the simple question: who is God? I wanted to know His character, His personality, and who He truly is. To answer this question, we had to peel back the many layers of religious garbage that has been passed onto him through generations. That He is angry. Vengeful. Wrathful. And in general, that He doesn’t like you very much. The truth, as you will see vibrantly in this film, is that He is the most loving, compassionate, and wonderful Father you can imagine.”

About Wanderlust Productions
Wanderlust Productions is a video production company focusing on creating content for various media that highlights, informs, and is designed to spiritually stretch our audience.  Created by Darren Wilson, Professor at Judson University, Wanderlust’s focus is on telling stories that inspire and agitate, that are unwavering in their honesty yet are emotionally compelling.  While our content will always be Christian in nature, we are not afraid to explore themes, concepts, or areas that may be considered “risky” by the Christian establishment.  Wanderlust prides itself on its willingness to put the story above the message.  That being said, the message will never waver.  

My Thoughts

I watched this film with my son and I asked him, how would you explain this film to another person.  Trying to get his perspective of the film, and he responds with "It is about this man, you just need to watch the movie".  I laugh to think about him trying to tell me about this film.  He is 14 but to ask him to tell you about something you would think he was much younger.  For me this was great informative film and I really enjoyed it.  I am not sure after allowing my 14 year old to watch with me that I would allow my younger girls to watch just yet.  Although this is more of a family film it is not really targeted to the very young.  I had questions while viewing this film and it brought to my attention that I needed to further study myself.  Even after having these thoughts I really enjoyed the film and I believe it may have answered some questions for me.  

Now for the really fun part, I have a DVD to give away to one lucky reader.  Just follow the rules in the Rafflecopter form and you could be the lucky reader to WIN!

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Holiday Ready Sale

Save big with ModCloth's ModCloth Homeward Bound Sale! The Homeward Bound Sale offers a great selection of holiday-ready products at an exciting 25% off discount. The featured products are all about going home, getting cozy, and going out! Get ready for the holidays and save with ModCloth.

Dream Destination Pajamas by Munki Munki - Multi, Trim, Pockets, Casual, Travel, Winter, Holiday Sale

Sale starts on 11/5 and runs through 11/18.  They have great gift ideas for both you, family and friends.  Check them out for a 25% sale opportunity!

Crock-Pot® Seasoning Mixes

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This is the perfect meal for those Mothers and or Fathers that work and can't be home to cook a good home cooked meal.  Put your meat in the Crock Pot, with the seasoning before you leave to go to work and when you get home, viola Supper is done!  I made the beef stew and the pulled pork.  Both are really great and you can add your own seasoning if you prefer.

I won't go back to cooking  the other way anytime soon.  This is just way too easy!
As a member of Smiley360 I received free samples to try these out and I am hooked for life, you must go and try them out for yourself!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

JT SplatMaster Review

With Christmas right around the corner I thought I would start looking around to find the MUST HAVES for Christmas 2012.  The first item I found was The Sparkle Box book and it was a great book for any age.  The next big and Fun item I found is the JT SplatMaster. 

     The JT SplatMaster to me was a mix of a paintball gun and kind of like a water ball gun.  This is designed and marketed for children, I guess mainly boys, from ages 9 - 12, however I am 36 and female but I had a blast.  I don't like the idea of paintball because, well it hurts.  They leave huge bruises on you and you know you played for weeks on in.  With the JT SplatMaster the paint ball's don't hurt, they bust much more like a water balloon, a plus for weaklings like me, lol.
     I enjoy looking around for the newest toys coming out this year and thinking which one of my children would enjoy this one or maybe oh I would love this.

     When we tried out the JT SplatMaster we included the entire family is the try out.  All but the 4 year old enjoyed playing with ole JT, that is what we call it.  She had a hard time with the pump and it is a little too big for her, however again I reiterate that this was designed for ages 9 and up.  We got outside in the freezing cold to me and warmed up playing with this paintgun.

     Is this the right toy for you and your family this year?  That would depend on the age of your kids and their capabilities.  I also feel that what a child is interested in is a major concern of interest.  If a child doesn't enjoy the toy they will not play with it. For the most part I would say that for a boy once he is big enough to pump the handle and old enough to understand the rules of not shooting Mommy's house and car I would HIGHLY recommend.  I even have to go over the rules with my hubby at times, so we can't expect much out of the kids.

     For a limited time only, if you purchase a T SplatMaster Z100 or Z200 you will receive a pack of ammo for free.  You can purchase these from Walmart.  You can purchase anything from the guns, ammo, targets, or apparel.  I am also understanding that some of the paint gun stores are also beginning to carry these cuties but I can not guarantee.  They are also not available in Canada yet but they are hoping to get them there real soon. 

     I have one to give away to one of my LUCKY readers to win.  You must be 18 years old or older to qualify and all mandatory entries must be done first before you can do any of the others.  I wish you the best of luck and share this with your friends, It is a GREAT Christmas gift!

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K5 Learning and YOU

K5 Learning has an online reading and math program for kindergarten to grade 5 students.  I've been given a 6 week free trial to test and write a review of their program.  If you are a blogger, you may want to check out their  open invitation to write an online learning review of their program.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Sparkle Box book WINNER

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Sunday, October 21, 2012


When you think of October, November, and December most people do not think of getting married.  This is the time of year when the leaves are changing and everyone is cleaning up the yards, Christmas shopping, getting Halloween costumes, and preparing for Thanksgiving dinners.  It is also a time of year when Love is in the Air and people are getting engaged. 

     With Christmas just around the corner, have you thought about what to buy that one person that owns everything, and needs nothing?  Or maybe you know someone that is having a Christmas wedding.  We have a lot of Family members in our Family that are hard to buy for and I search all year long to find the perfect gift for them.   Moissanite offers anything from Engagement rings to the perfect Christmas gift.  They have beautiful ear rings bracelets, and necklaces. They even offer great gifts for the Teen  girls that are too big for toys and own every electronic gadget known to man.  I am definitely putting this website on my wish list so my husband knows where to go and find that special item just for me!

     Maybe you are already married and looking that special gift for your wife on her anniversary.  At Moissanite you can find gorgeous Anniversary rings!  You can never go wrong with a piece like these!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Eshakti dress Review

     Are you looking for that perfect outfit?  Maybe you have a black dress affair or just looking something comfortable to wear everyday.  I have the perfect place for you to go!  At eShakti you can find anything you are looking for.

Butterfly kisses frock

     I have a ankle length, sleeveless dress with Owls all over it.  I love it, it is actually from the summer design but I have found that if I wear a light jacket it works great for the Fall.  I wore my dress to Church and everyone loved it.  It stood out and is made of the utmost greatest quality.  I have not ordered many things in the last few years that I received the quality of material and design that I received with eShakti.  If you are built on the thin side or maybe you have curves in all the wrong places, it is NO problem.  Eshakti will custom design your dress to fit you.  I am 5 foot 8 inches tall, and very slender.  You would think that I could wear anything because I am small, but that is not the case.  Dresses tend to just hang on me, and don't seem to have or show any style on me at all.  That wasn't the case with this dress.  It not only fits beautifully but, it also gave me curves that were amazing.  Most of the dresses are remiances of the past and can be tailored to for the modern woman.  They have sizes ranging from 0 to 26W, and when you order them online you will see your dress within a week. 

     Again, I must say that I love my dress and ask that each of my readers to please go by and look and their collection.  They anything from formal wear, to what I call conversation pieces.  They are fun, flirty, stylish, and comfortable.  Go visit their sight and come back and let me know what you think, I would love to hear your opinions on the different styles.

Waterfall satin top

Music Festivals

Music Festivals Infographic
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I love nothing more than to go to a concert or an outdoor event.  I think they are fun and can be very enjoyable for the entire family.  Do you ever plan your own outdoor events and think that having proper event supplies and concession machines wold make things so much easier.  We have family gatherings and pretty good size parties often and we are always in need of something we don't have.  With this in mind check it out, you can get everything you need for any event big or small.
     Looking at the stats up is kind fo amazing, who would have ever thought that there were such things!  I guess to some degree though it makes sense, I had much rather go to a concert when it was warm than when it was  cold.  How about you? 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

~The Sparkle Box Review and Giveaway~

Author Bio
Author Jill Hardie and her family began placing a gift for Jesus under their Christmas tree as a way of bringing more meaning to the holiday.  The first time they opened His gift, the commercialism of the season melted away and they felt a profound joy and peace.  Jill hopes that The Sparkle Box will spark a new Christmas tradition, bringing light into thousands of lives.  

Illustrator Bio
At a very early age, Christine Kornacki developed a love for painting and bringing stories to life.  After receiving a BFA in illustration from the University of Hartford, her dreams of illustrating children's books began to take shape.  She spends her days painting in her studio, which adjoins a charming cafe in New Haven, Connecticut.  
My Thoughts

     I have a 4 year old and an 8 year old, and they both really enjoyed reading the book.  There is a lesson to be learned in this book and for the 8 year old it taught her about the spirit of Christmas and giving.  The 4 year old however really just enjoyed looking at the sparkle box and reading the story.
This is a very touching story about a little boy and his family who do things for people without wanting for anything.  The gift of kindness and looking for nothing in return!  I can't spoil the book for you by telling you the story, but I will have to tell you that it is a great story and the BONUS is you get your very own sparkle box with the book!

Now for one of my readers chance to win their very own copy of "The Sparkle Box".  Good luck and you WILL NOT be disappointed, I promise!

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Who said the South won't just FuN!

This is an email I received and I thought this was great to share with my readers, so here goes...  Leave me a comment and let me know what you think, and in case you are wandering I am from NC!

This is the way we did it here in North Carolina!


The owner of a golf course in Georgia was confused about paying an invoice,

so he decided to ask his secretary for some mathematical help. 
He called her into his office and said, "Y'all graduated from the  University of

Georgia and I need some help.  If I wuz to give yew $20,000, minus 14%, how much

would you take off?" 
The secretary thought a moment, and then replied, "Everthang but my earrings."


A senior citizen in Louisiana was overheard saying: "When the end of the world comes,

I hope to be in Louisiana." When asked why, he replied, "I'd rather be in Louisiana 'cause everythang happens in Louisiana 20 years later than in the rest of the world."

The young man from Mississippi came running into the store and said to his buddy,

"Bubba, somebody just stole your pickup truck from the parking lot!" Bubba replied,

"Did y'all see who it was?" The young man answered, "I couldn't tell, but I got the license


North Carolina
A man in North Carolina had a flat tire, pulled off on the side of the road, and proceeded

to put a bouquet of flowers in front of the car and one behind it. Then he got back in the

car to wait. A passerby studied the scene as he drove by, and was so curious he turned around

and went back. He asked the fellow what the problem was. The man replied, "I got a flat tahr." 
The passerby asked, "But what's with the flowers?" 
The man responded, "When you break down they tell you to put flares in the front and flares

in the back. I never did understand it neither."

A TennesseeState trooper pulled over a pickup on I-65.  The trooper asked, "Got any ID?" 
The driver replied, "Bout whut?"

The Sheriff pulled up next to the guy unloading garbage out of his pick-up into the ditch. 

The Sheriff asked, "Why are you dumping garbage in the ditch?  Don't you see that sign right

over your head?""Yep," he replied.  "That's why I'm dumpin' it here, 'cause it says: 'Fine For Dumping Garbage.' "

Y'all kin say whut y'all want 'about the South, but y'all never heard o' nobody retirin' an' movin' North

Monday, October 1, 2012

Glade Expressions® Review

     As a #bzzzagent I received a free full size sample of the Glade Expressions ® fragrance mist and an oil diffuser.  I must say that when I went to get my pick of scent all I could find was the pineapple mango mix.  I thought that did not sound like a great mix to me, but I tried it anyway.  After trying it for a few days I feel in love!  It isn't over powering, but it is just enough that when you walk in the door you can smell the sweet fragrance.
     In my home we have 2 birds, a ferret, a rabbit and fish, and these Glade Expressions ® work to even keep the pet odors at bay.  If you haven't already, you need to go try them now!  I am not a huge fan of fragrances in my home but I will be sticking this one!

Best time to Garden? Now!

     When you think about working in the garden, most people think Spring.  The weather is warming up and after being indoors for what seems to be the longest winter ever, you just want to get outside.  However, in the Fall the weather is starting to cool off, and the bugs are no where near as bad now as they were in the summer.  The weeds and some flowers are also starting to die off for the Winter.   

     In the picture above you will see my 4 year up beside my Banana tree.  It is just huge in comparison to her and it has to be dug up before our first frost.  This is one of the Fall projects I get to enjoy.  I also like to take this time of year and pull out any unwanted weeds that may be there in the garden and surrounding the beds.

     Another biggie is composting.  Not composting yet?  No problem it is never too late to start your own compost bin at home and start feeding that soil.  I usually take the leaves and pin straw in the fall when we rake them up and place it in my compost bin and around my flowers in the flower bed.  I have a few flowers that just keep coming back year after year though they are perennials. The funniest thing about my flowerbed is that all I have is SAND, not the good stuff but the sandy sand. 

     There are things that can and can not be put into a compost bin, simply because you don't want unwanted bugs, pests, and animals evading in.  Meat is one of the biggest things you don't want to use because it rots, and smells really bad.  It also attracts animals that you don't want.  The best things to put into a compost bin are your scraps like, leaves, twigs, (yard waste) egg shells, peelings from your kitchen,  and tea and coffee grounds.  All of these items add nutrients to the bin and make for beautiful plants weather it is a flower garden or vegetable garden. 

     You just want to make sure you add a little dirt to the compost bin and keep it watered (not soaked, lightly moist) and keep it turned.  By turning the bin it keeps everything moving and allows everything to compost at much better rate.  This is an easy thing to do, it is GREEN, and prevents extra waste in your home.

     Do you have pics of your fall beds, or have any other ideas for Fall planting?  Please share them with us, we love to learn new things and I promise I don't know everything there is about flowers.  I always love to hear about the ways other people do things and learn from them!

This is a pic of Pilot Mountain in North Carolina in the Fall

~Property Giveaway~

Pennsylvania Property

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     If you are interested in winning one of these 5 beautiful property's go here, and sign up through a rafflecopter giveaway and be sure you follow me VIA GFC!    I wish each of my readers good luck and come back and let us know if you win! This offer will run from October 1 through October 31, 2012. 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Shoes in Church

I have seen this story so many times and each time I read it, it seems to touch my heart.  So i thought why not share this with my readers.  It is a little long but it holds so much truth.  I have meet people in other churches like this and even some that have visited ours and after reading this I always think, could it be?  Do you know someone like this or have a thought about it?  Leave me a comment telling me your story or just say hi!

I showered and shaved.............. I adjusted my tie.
I got there and sat.............. In a pew just in time.
Bowing my head in prayer......... As I closed my eyes.. I saw the shoe of the man next to me..... Touching my own. I sighed. With plenty of room on either side...... I thought, 'Why must our soles touch?' It bothered me, his shoe touching mine... But it didn't bother him much.
A prayer began : 'Our Father'............. I thought, 'This man with the shoes, has no pride.
They're dusty, worn, and scratched. Even worse, there are holes on the side!'
'Thank You for blessings,' the prayer went on.
The shoe man said............... A quiet 'Amen.'

I tried to focus on the prayer....... But my thoughts were on his shoes again.
Aren't we supposed to look our best. When walking through that door?
'Well, this certainly isn't it,' I thought, Glancing toward the floor..
Then the prayer was ended........... And the songs of praise began.
The shoe man was certainly loud..... Sounding proud as he sang.
His voice lifted the rafters........ His hands were raised high.
The Lord could surely hear. The shoe man's voice from the sky.

It was time for the offering...... And what I threw in was steep.
I watched as the shoe man reached.... Into his pockets so deep.
I saw what was pulled out............ What the shoe man put in.
Then I heard a soft 'clink' . As when silver hits tin.

The sermon really bored me............ To tears, and that's no lie.
It was the same for the shoe man.... For tears fell from his eyes.
At the end of the service...... As is the custom here.
We must greet new visitors, And show them all good cheer.
But I felt moved somehow.............. And wanted to meet the shoe man.
So after the closing prayer........ I reached over and shook his hand.

He was old and his skin was dark.... And his hair was truly a mess.
But I thanked him for coming......... For being our guest.
He said, 'My names' Charlie............ I'm glad to meet you, my friend.'
There were tears in his eyes........ But he had a large, wide grin.
'Let me explain,' he said.......... Wiping tears from his eyes.
'I've been coming here for months.... And you're the first to say 'Hi.''

'I know that my appearance............'Is not like all the rest.
'But I really do try.................'To always look my best.'
'I always clean and polish my shoes..'Before my very long walk.
'But by the time I get here..........'They're dirty and dusty, like chalk.'
My heart filled with pain.......... And I swallowed to hide my tears.
As he continued to apologize........... For daring to sit so near

He said, 'When I get here..............'I know I must look a sight.
'But I thought if I could touch you..'Then maybe our souls might unite.'

I was silent for a moment........... Knowing whatever was said
Would pale in comparison... I spoke from my heart, not my head.
'Oh, you've touched me,' I said......'And taught me, in part;
'That the best of any man...............'Is what is found in his heart.'
The rest, I thought,..................... This shoe man will never know.
Like just how thankful I really am... That his dirty old shoe touched my soul

Thursday, September 27, 2012

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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Christmas and K-Mart's big Giveaway

This is a sponsored post, I am a Kmart Layaway blogger, though all opinions are my own.

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   It is that time of year again when the air is cooling off, the leaves are falling, and if no one else is thinking about Christmas the kids are.  Mine have already started telling me what they want for Christmas and as usual I cringe at the thought of how I am going to pay for what they want.   They are always thinking about holiday gifts and what they want.  My son is now fourteen years old and so he talks about what he is going to get his sisters for birthdays and Christmas.  Since he has limited amounts of money the Lay-a-way program can work well for him and give him the pleasure of buyinh his gifts with his own money. 

     K-Mart offers a year round layaway which works great for me and my Family because it allows me to get the items they want, and I can place it on lay-a-way and pay at a price I can afford. They also offer free layaway which in return is much better than the other stores. Right now at K-Mart they are hosting Kmart's Big Layaway Giveaway .  Starting 9/92012 thru 11/17/2012 they will be drawing one person per week for some really great prices. Check out this picture to see how K-mart compares to other lay-a-ways.

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    Not sure what you would add to the lay-a-way?  Here are just a few departrments of gifts that I thought of when I thiught Christmas Lay-a-way.  Electronics (games and TVs) for my son and husband, toys (for my girls that are ages 8 and 4),  and of course you can never go wrong with the jewelery department.  Maybe you just want to buy yourself a special something for Christmas, I usually do and put the kids name on it.  Then of course I have to act really surprised when I open it.  They love it and I get something I wanted.  Why wait til December to start thinking about Christmas or maybe you have birthdays like we do and need to get that special something.  Go now and start your lay-a-way and you just may win a really cool item from K-Mart through their awesome giveaway and there is no fee.  Hurry now because this giveaway ends 11/17/2012. 

      Tell your friends in person, share on Facebook, twitter, or even pin on Pinterest.  Leave me a comment telling me what types of things your family is looking forward to getting for Christmas or maybe that special item you hope Santa to bring you.  I going this weekend and put mine on lay-a-way so I can be entered in the drawing and I wish each of my readers the best of luck.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Science and Faith ~ MUST READ~

I have seen this written many different ways but I have to admit this has been my favorite yet.  It is a little long but I promise when you get to the end you will see how great it really is. 

What is faith?

Monday, September 24, 2012

#HeinzVinegar Twitter Party 9/25

#HeinzVinegar Twitter Party 9/25 @ 1 PM.

Date:  Tuesday September 25, 2012
Time: : 1-2 pm EST / 12-1 CST
Where: Follow the hashtag: #HeinzVinegar on Twitter OR follow us on this custom tweet grid.
Prizes: $250 worth of Walmart gift cards: (2) $25, (2) $50 and 1 grand prize winner will receive $100 gift card!


This is your Kingdom CD ~Review & Giveaway~ Ends 9/30

Vineyard Worship
THIS IS YOUR KINGDOM COME NOW - featuring Casey Corum & Friends
Live from the Sugar Land Vineyard
(releases Tuesday, 10/2)

Album Bio
This dynamic new album features veteran worship leader and songwriter Casey Corum and a cast of friends recorded before a full house over two nights at Corum's home church. Listeners will also be introduced to the powerful voices of Torri Baker (Vineyard Church - Columbus, Ohio) and Crispin Schroeder (Northshore Vineyard - Covington, Louisiana), as well as a 17-voice gospel choir. Threads of R&B, gospel, and modern rock are woven together to create a fresh sound while, at the same time, being deeply rooted in the hallmark Vineyard worship value of intimacy with God. 

My Thoughts

This was a great CD.  Though I am more of a Southern Gospel and old time Religion kind of gal, I still enjoyed the music.    It is a more modern take on the gospel and very interesting to listen to.

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