Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Back to School Pictures 2015-2016


My heart is so full as I look at these pictures!   My two little babies are growing so quickly!   I just love being their mom and have so much fun watching them grow and learn more things each and every day!


This year Selah is in second grade and Titus is in preschool.   One more year before they are both at the same school riding the same bus which will make it so much easier for daddy!  


Much hasn't change for Selah, she still wants to be a singer.   She loves to sing all day every day.   She also told me that she would like to be a music teacher as well as a singer/performer.   
Selah- super sweet and caring, has trouble following directions because she gets distracted, has so many friends, likes to teach her brother, loves playing with her dog, Kiah, and loves to help mom in the kitchen.  

Spidermand is the perfect answer for any 4 year old!   I love his spunk and humor!  I get teary eyed thinking about my lil baby boy going to school but he is so excited... even if he is super shy the whole time.  

Titus- loves fighting, super heroes and lets be real boy stuff!   He still screams for "MOM" to wipe his butt and asks for piggy back rides all the time.   He loves to play on the Wii and iPad already and makes facial expressions like his daddy!

This next school year is going to be one of learning and growing for both of my wonderful kids.   They truly give me smiles and encouragement each and every day!  I love being your mom kiddos!  HUGS AND KISSES!  


Book Review- All About Jesus Sticker and Activity Book

The life of Jesus comes alive through age-appropriate puzzles, activity pages, and 50 reusable stickers in this friendly and fun sticker and activity book featuring The Beginner’s Bible classic art and simply written content.


My Review:
I had one of the biggest sticker collections growing up but I never took the stickers off the sheet, I only collected them.   Now as an adult I let my kids use my old stickers and stick them on projects!   This book comes with fun stickers to add to this book.   It gives stickers an actual purpose which creates excitement with each turning of the page.   My four and seven year old each worked on taking turns and placing the picture where it belonged.   It is so much more fun then collecting the stickers like I did as an adult.   

The key stories in this book are great and there are more activities that go along with the stickers too!  

Disclosure**  I received this book as part of the Z Blog squad free of charge in exchange of an honest review.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine and I was not paid for this review.** 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Book Review: "The Plans I Have For You"

The Plans I Have for You combines playful rhyming text written by bestselling children’s book author Amy Parker with whimsical illustrations by award-winning artist Vanessa Brantley-Newton to create a book that inspires readers of all ages to dream about their future. God has great plans for each and every one of us, and this book encourages children to think about the talents that make them special and will help them imagine how God may use our unique traits to make the world a better place.     
Amy Parker
Amy Parker has written more than twenty books for children, teens, and adults, including the bestselling A Night Night Prayer. Amy lives in middle Tennessee with her husband, Daniel, and their two amazing sons, Michael and Eathan.


Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Vanessa Brantley-Newton is a self-taught illustrator, doll maker, and crafter who studied fashion illustration at FIT and children's book illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Vanessa currently makes her nest in Charlotte, NC with her husband of 20 years, their daughter, and a very rambunctious cat named Stripes.

My Review:
I knew I was going to love this book because I knew it was taken from Jeremiah 29:11.   This verse is a powerful verse that gets people motivated to go and do!   I really enjoyed how the words popped out of the story and zig zagged all around just like we sometimes can zig zag through life.   That was one of the things my kids and I discussed through this story, making sure we were following the path God has created for us.  He has super duper plans for each of us and this book helps parents encourage and discuss this with their children.  I enjoy this book as a hardcover and it retails on Zondervan for $16.99.  The message is great the pictures are fun and the rhyming makes it fun for parents to engage their kids.  I have plans to also read this to our kids in kids church as I always want them to feel empowered and I feel this book does a good job of encouraging excitement.  

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Pete the Cat Hot Dots Review




Well summer is almost done and my kids will soon be in school.   Selah a 2nd grader and Titus a preschooler!  I am so excited for them for the new year... we are expecting great things this year! 

Titus was very excited to get this Pete the Cat Hot Dots set!   We have other Hot Dots sets so this new one made him very excited!  There are so many different activities that hit every educational area!  The Set has two different work books that allowed my son a lot of fun.   He loved the stickers he earned that was a part of the set.  He is also anxious and excited to earn the certificate that came with the set.    

When I sat down with my son it was so fun to see him thinking!  It was as if I saw his confidence grow while playing!  I recommend getting a Hot Dots set and having some fun with your child!  


About the set:
Kids will be learning in no time with Preschool Rocks!, level 2 of the two all-new Hot Dots® Jr. Pete the Cat® preschool sets. A perfect complement to the Pete the Cat® storybooks that children, parents, and teachers already love. This set provides 200+ lessons on a variety of subjects such as reading, math, science, social studies, and more! It includes two spiral-bound activity card sets, an all-new Pete the Cat®–Your Groovin’ Schoolin’ Friend pen, reward stickers, and an an award certificate for little learners who are ready to advance to the next level. Perfect for independent learning—simply press the pen on an answer for immediate audio and visual feedback. 

Shhh… They’re Learning!
  • Promotes rockin’, interactive learning and offers ample practice time
  • Develops early learning skills necessary for school success
  • Provides confidence-building feedback
  • Encourages independent, self-paced learning

Cut to the Chase
  • Includes 2 spiral-bound interactive card sets with 200+ activities, a Hot Dots® Jr. Pete the Cat®–Your Groovin’ Schoolin’ Friend pen, an award certificate, and reward stickers
  • Helps develop preschool skills in reading, math, science, social studies, and more
  • Compatible with any Hot Dots or Hot Dots Jr. card sets or activity sets
  • Pen requires 2 AAA batteries (not included)
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Thank you Educational Insights for sending me the Pete the Cat preschool Hot Dots set.   I was not paid for this review and all opinions are 100% mine.  


Silk Plant Review





Thanks Direct Silk Plants for sending me this beautiful arrangement free of charge in exchange for an honest review.   I was not paid for this review and all opinions are 100% mine.   

I have never owned a silk flower arrangement so I was a bit curious how much I would like it and how real it would look.   

My package arrived very fast and it was packaged very safely.  I like the bright colors of the orchids but I love the glass vase it came in!   The combination is a stunning decoration that I am going to use for a long time.  

The best part is I can't kill this plant!  :)   Yes I have killed a few flowers and plants in my day.  So if you are in search for something classy or fun to add some color in your place then look no further then Direct Silk Plants.  

I currently have my flower near a window but will probably move it around so the sun does not fade the colors.   

Product Description: Available in complimentary colors, our Phalaenopsis Orchid Plant will bring class and elegance to your space. Whether you decide to place it on your center table, a bookshelf or on your windowsill, our faux floral arrangement will brighten up your space. Standing at 18", this artificial flower does not require any sort of care.  

This Silk flower arrangement is available for $41.99. Use code "BLOGGER10" for 10% off your order. 

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