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Monday, November 24, 2014

A Treat for your Dry & Cracked Skin ~ GIVEAWAY (2 WINNERS!)!!

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Dry skin is something that I struggle with EVERY single winter! It is not fun...and it's even less fun when that dry skin turns into cracked skin - ouch! It certainly doesn't help that our winters here in the Canadian prairies are very, VERY dry. Each winter I have my fair share of both of these problems and am always on the lookout for ways to eliminate (or at least control) my dry and cracked skin.

One new product that I will be using this winter is Earth’s Care Dry & Cracked Skin Balm. My hands are the worst place for dry and cracked skin, so they are enjoying this balm the most. It is made with fabulous, moisturizing ingredients such as shea butter, arnica and cajeput oil which all help to combat the dry skin that inevitably comes with the colder winter weather. Best of all, Earth’s Care Dry & Cracked Skin Balm has absolutely NO no parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or artificial colors or fragrances...it is definitely the kind of balm that I can feel good about using on my skin (or even on the skin of my children who at times also have dry skin during the winter months).

Earth’s Care Dry & Cracked Skin Balm works quickly to soothes damaged skin and make it feel softer and smoother. Although I mainly use it on my hands it is also great for rough or cracked skin on your elbows and feet. It's very versatile. When it comes to balms, lotions, creams, etc. I am somewhat pick about what I use on my skin and on the skin of my children. Earth’s Care Dry & Cracked Skin Balm definitely passes the test and is quickly moving to the top of my list as it has great, natural ingredients and has worked really well for my rough and dry hands thus far!

Botanical Splash ~ GIVEAWAY! (3 WINNERS!)

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Healthy, vibrant and youthful skin is something that we all would like to have, right? Although I personally don't struggle with having youthful skin, I do struggle with healthy skin! In other words...dry skin, rough skin and scaly skin. Yep, it plagues me every winter and sometimes in the summer months too. Did you know that the skin is our bodies largest organ...and not only that, but it also craves pure, nourishing ingredients? It's not hard to figure out that our skin wants what is best for it...but where do we find such a product?! It seems that most of the skin care products that are easily accessible are filled with chemicals, preservatives and other harmful ingredients that I like to try to avoid!

This winter I am trying a new product to help nourish my skin and keep it healthy and moisturized. Botanical Splash from Trusted Health Products is a wonderfully natural way to take care of your skin. I've tried lotions, balms and creams of all kinds in the past. Some have worked better than others, but as the years pass by I've been learning little tidbits of information about natural skin care, and according to Trusted Health Products the secret is to feed your skin what it craves! They have discovered that certain combinations of potent plant extracts - with "living nutrients" still in tact - work amazingly well when they interact with other living cells. In other words, this process is like a "Miracle Grow" product for our skin cells and is able to nourish our skin just the way our skin likes it. Botanical Splash has all the "good stuff" that our skin desires.

Scholastic Monday ~ Loop Loom Bracelets

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Do you have any "crafty kids" in your household? I was one of those crafty kids when I was growing up and just LOVED to do crafts, hands-on-activities, etc. In fact, I still do...it's just that I have less time for it now that I'm a mom myself. :) That said, one of my favorite things to do with my kids is to sit down and create stuff, do crafts and and simply enjoy time together while our hands are busy creating! My crafty-side seems to have been passed on to at least my two oldest children as they both LOVE to build, craft, create and be creative. Because of this, many of the Klutz kits from Scholastic Canada have been a HUGE hit in our home. They are just what our family needs to get our creative juices flowing!

As a mom, I LOVE the Klutz kits because everything is included and is ready for you to use. Since my days are often very busy and my time is limited, I often just can't find a chance to gather up all the necessary supplies we need for a craft or project...but when it all comes together in a handy kit from Klutz, we can just pull it out and get started - I love it! The kids, of course, love getting creative with these kits as well. One of our most recent ones was the Loop Loom Bracelets kit from Klutz. This is a great one for girls (though my son enjoys a good 'boy-colored' bracelet from time to time as well. ;) ). My oldest daughter really gets into projects like this and has a blast picking out colors, patterns and making her bracelet look just the way she wants it to look. This kit comes with an exclusive one-handed loom (which makes bracelets from a continuous piece of stretchy cord — so there's no chance of a rubber band breaking and the whole bracelet unraveling) There are also 7 colours of cord and 7 colours of beads included. Kids will love being able to customize and create 11 different styles of bracelets that are all unique, fun and special in their own way.

The Loop Loom was very simple to use. Once your child gets the hang of it there will be no stopping them! It's a great way to encourage your kids to create homemade gifts (in this case, really fun bracelet!) for their family members or friends. It also makes a fabulous gift idea for the holiday season. It's a gift that encourages fine motor skills, creativity and more!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Enjoy a Little NCircle this Christmas! ~ GIVEAWAY!! ($40)

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With the holidays just around the corner, it's always nice to have a few special holiday DVD's to pull out and watch together as a family! This is the time of year that we spend more time snuggled up inside...especially with the cold winter weather that has now arrived (in fact, we're having a blizzard right this moment here in the prairies!) Since we're indoors more it's nice to have some DVD's to pop in on a snowy afternoon or to watch while we snuggle up in some warm blankets and relax together before we send the kids off to bed for the night.

It's nice to have a few classic Christmas DVD's on hand as well as some newer ones. This year we've added a few new ones that are going to be especially exciting for our children. Are you looking for some new holiday-themed DVD's to add to your collection this year? Well, NCircle Entertainment has some great titles that I want to share with you as you get ready for the holiday season this year...

The first one is a true family classic! I think this one will be a favorite for our family this Christmas. The Snowman is a magical story of a young boy who wakes up to find that a thick blanket of snow has covered the ground as far as the eye can see (just like what happened in our own prairie town today! ;) ) Of course, he does the only reasonable thing to do when this happens and went outside to build a fabulous snowman who has a tangerine for a nose, coal for his buttons and eyes, and a hat and scarf to make him look 'just right.' At midnight, the magic happens and the snowman comes to life! The story unfolds as the young boy and snowman head out on an adventure of discovery that could only happen in your wildest dreams. The story is based on Raymond Briggs' book and is a perfect DVD to pop in for a family night!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Build It With Straws & Connectors ~ GIVEAWAY!!

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Do you have any budding builders in your home? We sure do here. I'm constantly amazed at the things that our oldest son comes up with when he is building. Really...he builds stuff that I would NEVER have thought of, and I'll admit - it makes this Mommy proud to have such an avid builder in her home. ;) Our girls enjoy building too, but it has to be something like a fort or castle or a "house" for them to get really excited about it. I think any parent knows how fun things like forts can be. Our kids are constantly building forts, or houses for themselves to live in...it's a lot of fun to see all of their creative ideas!


Recently we added a whole new dimension to our kids' indoor building projects. We've been building using our set of Straws and Connectors from Roylco. Now building has become EVEN more fun in our home. You should see the castles, houses, towers, tunnels, forts and more that we've had in our home. The great thing about the Straws and Connectors is that they provide children with open-ended play. In other words, they will never run out of new ideas if they are using their imagination!

Reading Comprehension with K5 ~ GIVEAWAY! (3 WINNERS!)

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I think you will all agree with me that reading is a VERY important skill! Not only do we want to reach our children to read well, but we also want them to have a good comprehension of what they are reading and most importantly, we want them to ENJOY reading! Reading opens up a world of information for your child, and their ability to learn will be unlimited if they can develop a love for reading!

As a homeschooling mom, teaching my kids good reading skills is a very important job in these beginning years. Currently we are working on reading skills with a child in Grade 1 and a 4 year old (who is easily at a Kindergarten reading level already), so we're right in the "trenches" of learning good reading skills in our home. In the past we've enjoyed the K5 Online Learning Program with our children, but it's also nice to be able to focus on these subjects at the kitchen table instead of just on the computer.

K5 Learning recently added their Reading Comprehension workbooks to their website. These are leveled reading workbooks for Grades Kindergarten to Grade 6. The workbooks contain 20 fiction and non-fiction texts which are each followed by some exercises that are specifically designed to reinforce literary skills including reading comprehension, vocabulary, spelling and writing! The topics of the stories range widely and cover a variety of topics which I really appreciate! They cover topics in social studies, nature, history, science and more, so it's a great way to maximize your child's learning!

Protect your phone! GIVEAWAY!!

You can protect your phone or other device from your kids (or yourself!) and your kids from injury too! In this new era of smartphones and tablets, it's an important consideration! All of these touch screen devices are made of glass, and we all know that glass and kids don't generally make for a good combination! :) Just ask my son about his e-reader... :( If you, or a member of your household, has a touch screen device, and chances are you do, you'll certainly want to do all you can to extend the life of the most physically fragile part, the screen.

Introducing Phantom Glass! This uniquely designed glass screen protector helps protect from impact and scratches. Phantom Glass is the brainchild of 20-year old Canadian entrepreneur Richard Waters. Frustrated with the lack of better options, and often replacing the glass for friends with broken screens, Waters designed his own, superior protector. Phantom Glass hit the market in June 2014.

What makes Phantom Glass so different from other screen protectors available?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Happy Birthday to the Rubik's Cube! GIVEAWAY!!!


The well-known, and either beloved or irksome Rubik's Cube is celebrating it's 40th year!! I say irksome because, although I can see the enjoyment and appeal of the Rubik's Cube, it personally drives me crazy! :) I've never had the time to really spend getting to know how it works properly and getting a feel for the logic involved. But my son and husband have been bonding over the Rubik's cube lately...my husband feels a double affinity with the famous cube because it's also his 40th year :) and because he had one many years ago when he was growing up. Revisiting a childhood memory and spending time teaching his son how to solve the Rubik's Cube puzzle has been enjoyable for both of them and fun for me to watch!

Just in time for the holidays, Rubik's Cube has released a new design. Instead of using stickers, the new Rubik's Cube uses permanent tiles - which makes for a more durable cube and smoother play.

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Snack Bar on a Mission! ~ GIVEAWAY!

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Snacks are a big deal around here. It seems that I'm always handing out a snack - if it's not a snack for myself, it's a snack for one our kids. :) We love our snacks, but sometimes it's hard to come up with new AND healthy snack ideas day after day after day. And sometimes, we just need a snack that sustains us for longer than an 30 minutes to 1 hour. You know what the trick to having a snack that is gives you long-lasting energy and fuel? It's a snack that will provide you with low glycemic (low GI) carbohydrate energy to fuel your day as well as healthy ingredients and nutrients that your body needs. Most recently this has come in the form of SoLo GI Energy bars. We have really enjoyed the addition of SoLo to our list of delicious and healthy snack foods. In fact, SoLo GI snack bars are on a mission, and this mission is to "improve the lives of Canadians one delicious bite at a time!"

SoLo energy bars are some of the best on-the-go snacks that we've come across, and they will be especially useful for times when life just gets TOO busy to make my own homemade snacks...like during the holiday season! They also make a great snack for traveling or for a day in the city, etc. The eight different flavors from SoLo make sure that things never get 'boring.' There's something to suit everyone's personal taste including a delicious Dark Chocolate Almond bar (my personal favorite!), a Lemon Lift bar and even a Mocha Fudge bar for the coffee-lovers out there.

DK Discovery Day ~ True or False? ~ GIVEAWAY!

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When kids are young, it starts with the simple question of: "Why?" Our 2 year old recently started catching on to this question and has been asking a lot of "Why questions" recently. Children are naturally curious and they naturally WANT to learn! They desire information and they desire to understand how things work, why things are they way they, and so much more.

Personally, I've found that I just don't have the time (or energy some days!) to answer all their questions. I do my best to answer the questions that I have the answers for, but often times I don't even know the answers to their questions! That's where reading comes in handy. My 8 year old son has learned a LOT from simply reading. One book that he found especially interesting and fun to read was the True or False? book from DK Canada. It's a thick book, but it's one that easily captures the attention of curious kids. It has a lot of full color photographs as well as plenty of really neat and fascinating truths and statistics...they will be wowing their friends and family when they share some of the stuff they've learned from this book! For example...can you tell me - are Olympic gold medal made of solid gold? Is the human body 75% water? Or Do centipedes always have 100 legs? Guess you'll have to read the book and do some research to find out. *wink*

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