Saturday, September 28, 2013

Bralief Review

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Bralief


    Funny, before having my children I could care less which type of bra I had on, since they used to be full, perky and even. Now that they have lost their fullness and are saggy and lopsided I will not leave home without a push up bra, padded bra or a combination of both; Therefore, I am glad I got to do this review.

    Bralief does what it says it will do "provides an instant breast lift, keeps straps from falling." I especially like that last part "keeps straps from falling" because I am still breastfeeding, most of the straps on my bras have lost the elasticity from where I pull on them each time I breastfeed and end up slipping off. Bralief was an easy solution to this problem. 


    Since the straps of my bras get worn out fast I have to replace them often. I like that now I get to extend the life of my push up bras which is great because push up bras can get expensive. Now I don't have to replace my favorite bra (Victoria's secret knockout wireless push up) quit yet.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Influenster Paradise Voxbox

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I received the Paradise Voxbox this morning complimentary for testing purposes from influenster. If you have not had the pleasure of visiting influenster now is your chance it is very easy to join. Simply make a profile and fill in some surveys. Then you wait.

Paradise Voxbox

  • Olay Fresh Effects {Shine,Shine Go Away} Shine Minimizing Cleanser
  • Dr.Scholl's For Her High Heel Insoles
  • Goody TangleFix
  • NYC New York Color Sparkle Eye Dust Eye Shadow in Smokey Topaz
  • Suave Professional Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil
The first thing I tried was the TangleFix. I had seen this brush on youtube and I really wanted to go get one for my girls. It was a pleasant surprise to find the TangleFix brush in this Voxbox. My eldest said it pulled a little,However she did not whine or cry. She even asked if she could keep this brush so I take it she liked it. I also tried the Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil simply because it smelled so good. I applied very little I was concern it would make my hair look greasy which it did not and my hair now smells great. I have tried the insole before they do help,however don't expect miracles. Walking around on our tippy toes is always going to be uncomfortable insoles or no insole. I was able to keep on the heel for longer before feeling really uncomfortable. I have not yet used the cleanser or eyeshadow, however I am looking forward to it. Hope you enjoy this post.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Creation Science

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This week I received the Christian Kids Explore Creation Science book by: Robert W. Ridlon, Jr & Elizabeth J. Ridlon. Available at Yellow House Book Rental.
Even though it is too soon to give a review I figured I could give you sneak peek.



We have already finished lesson 1 and so far so good. It dives right into our first project. As I flipped through the pages it seems to have a project for every lesson which is great for my toddlers. However, like I mentioned before, it is still too early for a real review so this is just a peek of what the book covers.

It opens with a short explanation of what creation science is and quickly moves on to explain diversity of life. Today we worked on Lesson 2 which included a bean growing project. Lesson 7 - 12 are supposed to cover six days of creation, Lesson 13-16 cover the flood of Noah and Lesson 19- 23 cover evolution. It has a total of 28 lessons. At the back of the book it includes coloring pages and multiple choice questions with an answer key. I am so happy to have won a copy, courtesy of Yellow House Book Rental. Thank you Yellow House for this wonderful giveaway.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Bob's Red mill Chocolate Chip Cookies

  
I make this about once a month  for my 2 year old. She really likes them. I make them different every time because my 4 year old is very picky. Even though she says she likes them they are not her first choice. My husband tried them last week for the first time and he said they tasted good. He's a picky eater too.
I try to follow the recipe in the back as closely as possible but am a baker at heart. So I always end up tweaking every recipe I come across. Here is how I made them. The first batch I followed the instructions in the back.
It says to add two teaspoons of water; However, I always bake with either milk, butter milk or cream.

First batch of cookies

  1. 1/2 cup butter
  2. 1 egg
  3. about 5 tsp of whipping cream
  4. 1 bag of Nestle Mini Chocolate Chips (semi-sweet)




I feel that they are quite sweet like this, no need to add extra sugars. I've made them in the past with coconut oil instead of butter and it was just too much the coconut flavor and the sweetness. They are great just like this. I simply wish they came with more chocolate chips. Which is why I add a bag of chocolate chips when I make them. Like I mentioned before, my 4 year old is not too fond of these cookies. So for her I made the second batch a bit different. The second batch was what I had left over after the first 11 cookies I made; Therefore, keep in mind this is for half the mixture not a full bag.

Second batch

  1. 1/2 the batter from the first batch
  2. 1/3 cup of brown sugar
  3. 1/4 cup of whipping cream
                           

These were much softer! My kids liked both even if my 4 year old claims not to like them she didn't seem to have a problem eating either batch of cookies.


Friday, August 2, 2013

Won Giveaway

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Giveaway 

 I won two giveaways this past month. The first was 
K-1st grade tool kit which I received today. Thank you starts at eight for the wonderful giveaway. My Toddlers really enjoy when we get to go through our school curriculum once a year for the first time. So it came as a very nice surprise for them to receive this today.



The second giveaway was from koupon krazed Cupcake holder Printables giveaway.

Thank you ladies for the wonderful giveaways.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Homemade Puzzles

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Homemade puzzles

  We been making activities to add to our busy box. Our latest was homemade puzzles.We used a cereal box and coloring pages for ours. My girls choose fairies and strawberry shortcake. They colored the pages first then we made the puzzles. Part of the reason I like making homemade activities is because it's a fun active on its' own to make them with my kids.





Materials

  1. cardboard
  1. image of your choice
  1. glue or tape
  1. scissors   


Sunday, June 30, 2013

Mini Counting Bean Bags

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Mini Counting Bean Bags

  Since our school year is finish my girls are quite bored. Which is why I decided to make some counting bean bags for them to throw around. I am not finish yet. Hoping to embellish them with some colorful yarn.



Materials

  1. old shirt
  2. needle and thread
  3. beans
  4. patience
I have a Singer  SewQuick handheld sewing & craft machine. It is a useless machine which is way I ended up doing this project by hand. It would not even turn on what a waste. I am so glad I choose to make mini bean bags and not jumbo size. I got through five and had to call it a day.










Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Free samples

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Free samples 

 Here are a few place you can find free sample and even some full size products. For the Full size product start from the top of the list. They require filling in some surveys. The rest are usually sample size product and only require you to fill in your information such as address, name and email. If your are going to sign up to all the freebies websites I would suggest a separate email for them, since they will send a lot of emails. 

By far my favorites are Bzzagent and Mom Ambassador. I've gotten several full size Product from both.

Art Lesson

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Art Lesson

 Our art lesson this week was Primary and Secondary colors. We used homemade clay to practice mixing the primary colors  to get the secondary colors. (the 2nd recipe which I have under clay recipes)


 blue 
 red
 yellow 
Sofia (2 yrs)
 Paola (4 yrs) 
 They were mixing yellow and blue to make green. 

We mixed yellow and red to make orange. 







Mixed red and blue to get purple. 


Homemade Modeling Clay Recipe 


  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups water
  • food coloring (optional)
cook in microwave  or stove top. I think white flour works best. I used whole wheat because thats what I had at hand which is why my colors were a bit off.

Friday, June 21, 2013

IXL

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IXL Math Practice

    I was looking for educational games online for my girls mainly the older one  (4 yrs). When I stabled acrossed this website called IXL it was supposed to be math practice. I saved the page and moved on I kinda forgot about it till yesterday when my 4 yr old wanted to play games online. So we gave it a try I signed up for the free teacher 30 day trial and made two logins under that account . One for each of my girls. My oldest stayed on it for about 20 some minutes which to me seem like big chunk of time because it didn't really seem like math practice. To me it seem more like math placement test. They ask you for your state so that the problems mach the state requirements. They time how long the child takes in each problem and they break it down by grade level. Which the child is free to try any grade level they like. Each grade has its own board of achievements. They furthermore divide each "practice" by category such as shapes, adding,  subtracting, size...ect  making it so easy to login and check what area the child needs help in or more practice. When I saw what it really was I was hoping my girls would like it however I figured they get bored soon. To my surprise they really like it and they seem so proud of themselves. After each practice they receive praise and medals. Virtual medal but nonetheless medals which makes them enthusiastic about continuing.
    I don't accustomed to such lengthy testing for my girl. If I wanna know if they are retaining the information I will usually give a verbal review/exam with no grading. However I think this website is great for the end of the school year after we finish our curriculum for the year. Just to see how they are doing according to my state requirements.  
    By the way my 2 yr old tried it today and she was ecstatic about her achievement on it. Since my girls do their homeschool together. My little one is not as quick to answer and she ends up feeling as if she is not as smart as her sister. Today she got to log in to her own practice and she did it at her own pace. Without comparing her work to that of her sisters. It made such a huge difference in her attitude. She got a boost of confidence and energy. It made me so happy to see her feel so proud of herself. Well I have blabbered on enough . This is the website http://www.ixl.com/. Hope your little ones enjoy it as much as mine did.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Rainbow Cake

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Rainbow Cake

My sister and I made a rainbow cake awhile back with our children just for fun. We originally wanted to decorated it with one unicorn on top upon marshmallow clouds and small skittle rainbows on the side but picture perfect doesn't necessarily equal fun therefor we ended up letting the girl decorated. They  choose to add all the candy eyes,mini marshmallows and skittles to it and they did not wait for the cake to cool before starting to add the frosting lol. We ended up with a melting rainbow cake monster.



Ingredients
  1.  classic white cake mix
  2. Gel food coloring 
  3. skittles
  4. mini marshmallows
Our girls had a blast. Hopefully we will be trying this again soon.






  

Friday, June 14, 2013

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Homeschool Room

  I am getting organize for the coming school year and find myself a bit overwhelmed. We been using my girls room as the main learning area. Which worked fine this year; However as we accumulate more school supplies, curriculum, toys...ect. It becomes more and more uncomfortable. I am wondering     what some of you are doing when it comes to storage? Also Where is your main learning area?   Our "homeschool room" is nothing like what pops up on google search as pretty as they may look it seem so unrealistic. Please share with me some of your ideas. Look forward to hearing from y'all.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Acne

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Acne

  I've had acne for a long time now and many products have help in the past to subdue it. However I believe I found my favorite. Seabuckthorn and Rosehips oil from Chagrin Valley Soaps. Here is some before and after photos.

http://www.chagrinvalleysoapandsalve.com/products/details/0/57/seabuckthorn-rosehips-salve


Before





After



When I read the reviews they mention a smell to this product but to me it just smells like herbs. I really don't mind However I would not wear it out  because it has a yellow tint to it. I put it on at night before bed. At first I would use it every day but now that I don't have acne I only use it when I have a break out. I also get my shoopoo from Chargrin Valley Soap






 

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