You Are a Writer

This weekend, I devoured Jeff Goins’ new book titled You Are A Writer.  It’s been sitting on my Kindle for a few weeks and I’d kind of forgotten about it.

It was just what I needed. [Read more…]

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Dear BellaVita

Dear BellaVita USA, Thank you so much for my birthday present.


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It is BE-YOU-TI-FUL! Even more than that, it’s in my new favorite color. Pink. [Read more…]

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Review: 75 Ways to Have More Fun at Home

75 ways to have more fun at homeAnna over at My Life and Kids has just released her new ebook titled 75 Ways to Have More Fun at Home.

It’s awesome.

Obviously, there are a bunch (75) of ideas to help you play with your kids and have more fun at home.  (At $3.99 for the book, that’s a little more than a nickel for each idea. Bargain!)

Most of them are free-ish, require no advance preparation or crafting skills, and can be spontaneously implemented.

FREE + EASY + SPONTANEOUS = AWESOME!

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Review: Child Training Bible

I read about the Child Training Bible on Hodge Podge Mom when she had a give away.  I loved the idea, and I didn’t want to just wait for one of my own, hoping I’d win one.  So, I ordered one, direct form the Child Training Bible people.   I followed their links and bought the supplies I needed from Amazon.  I did not receive any compensation for this review.  I’m reviewing it because I think it’s an awesome tool.  I’ve been struggling to find something like this for several years.  When I finally read about it online, my immediate response was “where has this been!  how haven’t i known about this?  why didn’t someone tell me sooner!” [Read more…]

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Learning American Geography The Easy Way (review)

Three products I LOVE that make teaching US Geography a breeze from thishappymom.comToday’s post features THREE products that work well together to make Learning American geography easy.  Any one of the three is a great way for your kids to grasp the basics (state names, locations, major cities).  The best part is that kids think they are PLAYING, not learning.

We aren’t a flashcard kind of family, but I wanted my children to know more basic American geography than what they had learned at school (they have completed Kindergarden and 2nd grade, I’m being ambitious).  Instead, I decided to approach teaching my kids the basics using tools they already love.  Since I couldn’t find a Lego state map kit, that translated into video games, puzzles, and family board games.

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Book Review: Meet Me In The Laundry Room

Lord, Please Meet Me in the Laundry Room: Heavenly Help for Earthly Moms by Barbara Curtis.

I have to confess this was the first book by Barbara Curtis that I have ever read.  I bought it in hopes of inspiring me to greater success in my ongoing Laundry Wars.  By page sixteen this book had touched my heart.  [Read more…]

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Amazon Mom

If you have kids in diapers and haven’t ever heard of Amazon’s program for Moms, you should check it out.  You get a great discount on diapers (up to 20%) and thee FREE months of Amazon prime. [Read more…]

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Math Practice Made Easy

Math practice made easy is probably an understatement.  It should probably be shouting “MY KIDS BEGGED ME TO PRACTICE THEIR MATH SKILLS DURING SUMMER VACATION!!!!”  My kids like math, but not enough to want to sit down and run through flash cards on summer vacation. They enjoy math games, but it generally takes a little mom-prodding to get them started.

Imagine my delight when I discovered something that was, in essence, math practice made easy.  It’s a set of Math Cubes from ThinkFun.  I got our set at Amazon when I was ordering an expansion pack for our Story Cubes (Rory’s Story Cubes Actions).

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Five reasons I love Amazon Prime Videos

i love amazon instant videoI’m surprised at just how much I love Amazon Prime Videos.  When we moved back into the house after a year-long remodel, one of my top priorities was getting our television and PVR hooked back up.  I was so eager to get back to watching prime-time shows at my leisure, eager to skip through commercials, eager to return to “normal” television watching.

We hooked up the DVR, but the kids aren’t using it.  Our year-long forced separation from cable television has radically altered my family’s viewing habits.   My kids spent a few blissful afternoons watching the endless stream of available cartoons, but then they were done.  They prefer the on-demand flexibility they get from streaming videos instead.  I love the fact that they watch zero commercials – I can tell a difference in their “gimme gimme” requests.  I love that they are watching stuff that I find more tolerable (I’m not a big fan of plastic toys doing battle with each other). [Read more…]

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