From House to Home {Link Party} #97

It’s time for our Link Party:

From House to Home!

Thanks everyone for joining today and sharing your wonderful posts!
Only 2 rules:

1. Link up family-friendly posts (up to 3 and exact post, not website) about making your house into a home: homemaking, parenting, homeschooling, marriage, loving God! Giveaways, too!

2. Link back to my site with the button below or a text link. Thanks! (If you don’t link back somewhere on your blog, your link might be deleted. Find the html code on my Link Party page.)

3. Optional: Comment or pin a post or two that you see here!

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Christmas Presentation at an Assisted Living Center

Our public speaking class (through the Institute for Cultural Communicators) did a Christmas presentation at an assisted living center a couple of weeks ago.  It was a blessed event for all involved!

Our group is very young this year.  In fact, my 14-year-old son is the oldest!  But the kids are working hard and learning fast.

Here is what we did at the presentation:

The younger kids recited the poem by Christina Rosetti “In the Bleak Midwinter.”

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Several kids recited Scripture verses.  (My 6-year-old who is new this year started her memory verse, and a resident yelled “louder, I can’t hear you.”  So, without skipping a beat, she started over– much louder the second time! We were all very proud of her for keeping her composure!)

Several kids played songs on the piano or string instruments.

Three older girls recited “Minstrels” by William Wordsworth.

The same boys also told the Story of the Three Trees.

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The older boys did a neat presentation about the 1914 World War Truce/ Silent Night.  There was a neat commercial made of it that tells the story.  It’s so beautiful!
Video of the ad:

The Story behind it:

The whole group sang Silent Night and Joy to the World and used sign language.

Afterward the kids mingled with the residents.  We met a dear lady who was in her nineties!

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Then we had a family picture taken–since everyone was dressed up!

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Review of “All About Spelling”

Spelling Can Be Easy

Last year I began using All About Reading with my second daughter, and this year decided to use All About Spelling with her.  It’s really a different approach than the reading program since it’s really focusing on spelling rules and how to recognize the different patterns in words in order to know how to spell them.  We are up to Step 16 out of 24 in the first book called All About Spelling Level 1.  We are really happy with it so far.

I love how sequential it is and how easy it is for a mom to teach.  The book tells you exactly what to do for each lesson (even including little boxes of information to know how to approach a situation outside of the lesson time).  It’s highly customizable for every student, which means that you can go as fast or slow through the steps as you need to with your child.  We usually take 2-3 days to go through one step, doing it 2-3 times a week.

What is needed:

Card Box with word cards, phonogram cards, sound cards, and key cards (contain spelling rules)

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Teacher’s Manual

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Magnetic Board with Letter and Phonogram Tiles

A few other items like a notebook with paper to write spelling words, round plastic tokens (we got ours from a game we own), pencil, stickers for the progress chart.

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Here is what you find in the Teacher’s Manual:

An explanation of multisensory learning, learning the phonograms, how to set up the Spelling Review Box, how to organize the letter tiles on the magnetic board.

The Six Steps to Teaching the AAS Method:

1.  Read through each lesson before you teach it.

2.  Gather the materials needed that day.

3.  Review previously-taught concepts with the student.

4.  Teach new concepts using the script included in the book.

5.  Reinforce new concepts through the dictation exercises provided.

6.  File the flashcards behind the appropriate divider (review or  mastered).

My 3 oldest kids didn’t need a very detailed spelling program like this.  They occasionally have trouble spelling a word, but for the most part they catch onto new spellings of words quickly.  My fourth child has dyslexia, and reading and spelling are very difficult for her.  She is now using All About Reading Level 3, but I decided to start at the beginning with Spelling with her.  It has been a boost to her confidence because it hasn’t been too difficult for her, but it has also instilled the spelling rules and patterns that she needs to continue in her spelling journey.  We will finish this book and immediately start Level 2!

See this post for how to set up a Notebook for All About Reading and All About Spelling lessons.

(Disclosure: I received a copy of All About Spelling Level 1 in order to review.  This post also contains affiliate links.)

What’s in the Bible special deals!


With Christmas less than 10 days away now, it’s time to help all the last minute shoppers out with some great deals:

TUESDAY 12/16/14 ONLY:
All What’s in the Bible? DVDs are only $7 and Why Do We Call It Christmas? is only $5!

LAST CHANCE FOR FREE SHIPPING:

Order by 2pm eastern on Thursday Dec. 19th to receive your order by Christmas and free shipping with no minimum on all US orders.

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Giveaway: bobble SPORT Reusable Water Bottle

Screen Shot 2014-12-13 at 10.38.30 PMWelcome to our week-long, bobble SPORT reusable water bottle giveaway, that we are co-hosting with a wonderful group of mommy bloggers from across the United States.

 

According to the website Ban The Bottle;

  • Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year. However, the U.S.’s recycling rate for plastic is only 23 percent, which means 38 billion water bottles – more than $1 billion worth of plastic – are wasted each year3.
  • The recommended eight glasses of water a day, at U.S. tap rates equals about $.49 per year; that same amount of bottled water is about $1,400.

And, what about chlorine?

Chlorine was originally used in our water to combat water-borne illnesses, however we must remember it is a chemical, and absorbing it may not be such a good idea.

So What Can We Do ?

Using reusable water bottles is a HUGE step in the right direction. Fill up your bottle with water from a tap, and if you do not like the taste of your water or you are worried about impurities, try it with a filter; no matter what, this is going to be a better option than participating in the single-use plastic water bottle epidemic, which also contributes to littering and damaging our planet, but that is a whole other article.

Or, better yet, use a bottle that has a filter built-in….

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Introducing the bobble SPORT

The new bobble SPORT bottle is a hydrated water filtration system which uses a replaceable carbon filter, in effect removing chlorine and impurities from standard tap water. Each filter astoundingly equates to drinking 300 single-serve bottles of water!

As the name suggests, the bobble SPORT is perfect for a busy on-the-go lifestyle, use it at the gym, or fit it perfectly into your stroller cup holder.

It has a molded in-grip feature, comes in seven pretty colors, is made in the USA, is dishwasher safe, and has a carry cap lid so you do not lose it. It is also free of BPA, Pthalates and PVC – love that!

By drinking just under four, 22 ounce water filled bobble SPORT a day, you will easily hit the suggested 8 cup a day minimum of water!

Giveaway Time

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First place winner will win a prize package which retails for $75, including a bobble hoodie, a bobble sports top, a bobble gym bag and a bobble SPORT bottle.

While, 2 additional winners will win a bobble SPORT bottle, valued at $12.

Otherwise, through December the 31st, bobble is offering 20% off on their website, using the code GIVEFUN.

If you are one of the winners, bobble will send out the prize to you direct from their warehouse.

This giveaway starts at midnight on Sunday December the 14th, ending on Sunday December the 21st at midnight EST. It is open to the USA only.

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From House to Home {Link Party} #96

It’s time for our Link Party:

From House to Home!

Thanks everyone for joining today and sharing your wonderful posts!
Only 2 rules:

1. Link up family-friendly posts (up to 3 and exact post, not website) about making your house into a home: homemaking, parenting, homeschooling, marriage, loving God! Giveaways, too!

2. Link back to my site with the button below or a text link. Thanks! (If you don’t link back somewhere on your blog, your link might be deleted. Find the html code on my Link Party page.)

3. Optional: Comment or pin a post or two that you see here!

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Review: The Verbal Math Lesson, Books 1-3

We have been doing a new type of math lesson lately–verbal math lessons!  Today I’m reviewing the books The Verbal Math Lesson: Step-by-Step Math Without Pencil or Paper, books 1-3 by Michael Levin and Charon Langton.

These books have been a perfect addition to our Circle Time that we do daily. It’s a time where I meet with most of my kids and to do the school subjects we do as a group (science, history, literature, Bible, and reviewing Scripture memory verses and speeches for our public speaking class).  Now, we add a few verbal math lessons each day! It really builds a skill in math that they don’t get from their written lessons each day.

There are 3 different books, for 3 different levels:

Book 1 is 208 pages with 31 lessons and is for ages 5-7.

Book 2 is 219 pages with 29 lessons and is for ages 7-8.

Book 3 is 245 pages with 29 lessons and is for ages 8-10.

The kids I’ve used the books with are ages 6, 8, and 9.  The way the lessons work is that you pick a lesson to work through orally with your child. The lessons are kind of long, so you won’t do one a day–maybe one for a week or more.  Each book has the lessons arranged sequentially, but you can also just pick a specific skill that your child needs extra practice with and just go from there.

Here are some examples of the lesson choices:

Book 1 works on skills such as Counting and Simple Adding, Addition and Subraction up to 10, The Meaning of double and half, Addition up to 25, and Subtracting two-digit numbers.

Book 2 works on skills such as Operation with 2-digit numbers, Adding numbers ending in 9, Starting multiplication, Division by 2 or 3, and Multiplication and division by 9.

Book 3 works on skills such as Properties of numbers, Counting money, Ratios, rates and unit problems, Finding the whole number from a fraction, and Factors and elements of algebra.

Each problem (and there are lots for each lesson) includes the answer right after the question.

I truly hope that by going through these problems with my kids that they will become much quicker at doing math in their head than I am!

 

Please visit www.ReadingLesson.com to find more information about these books and more such as Big Words for Little Kids: Advanced Vocabulary for Elementary School Children (ages 8-11) and The Reading Lesson: The Intelligent Reading Program for Young Children.
And you can Download “Giggle Bunny’s Book of Stories” – totally free.

Get a printable download of our storybook “Giggle Bunny’s Book of Stories”, absolutely free. The book is meant for young readers, and it contains 15 illustrated easy stories that get progressively more difficult. It’s meant for children who have recently learned the basics of reading and are just gaining the confidence for story books.

1) Go to www.ReadingLesson.com

2) Find “Giggle Bunny’s StoryBook” on shop page

3) Enter the code “bloglovers2014” to get the book delivered to you at checkout – absolutely free.

 

(Disclosure:  I received complimentary copies of The Verbal Math Lesson books in exchange for this honest review.  This post also contains affiliate links.)

“X” is for Xylography–Making Homemade Christmas Cards

X is for Xylography

I learned a new word recently that starts with “X”: Xylography, which is the art of wood engraving in order to print with it!  Xylography is the oldest know relief printmaking technique.  It started in China, and then spread to Europe.

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If you’d like to read all about what we did with Xylography, head over to Upside-Down Homeschooling, where I’m guest posting today!

 

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Review/ Giveaway: Christmas Art Lesson DVD from See the Light

Christmas Art Lesson DVD Giveaway

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know how much we LOVE the See the Light art instruction DVDs here at our home. We don’t have professional art instruction outside the home, so this is how I help my kids grow in their art skills. And, it’s fun!

So, this week we started their Christmas DVD. It’s called The Gift of Love. There are 3 art projects on it, and we have only done the first so far. It’s called Creative Lettering and uses mostly simple art supplies– printer paper, ruler, #2 pencil, colored pencils, plus a box of Extreme Colored Pencils (fluorescent) and a black light (can be purchased from See the Light).

The DVD contains 143 minutes of content: the Christmas story is told with narration and chalk art, Creative Lettering lesson (33 minutes), Drawing lesson with colored pencils (37 minutes), and Chalk-art lesson (19 minutes).  The most fun is using the black art to see something that they added that can’t be seen without the special lighting!  The art lessons are best for ages 6 and up.

See below what my kids (ages 8, 9, and 11) accomplished! And then enter below to win a copy of See the Light’s The Gift of Love DVD for yourself!

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Now through December 15th you can get 20% off ART PROJECTS SET (9 DVDs of Art lessons for ages 10 and up–but I’ve used it for younger kids, too) + 20 % off on everything else on the same order + FREE SHIPPING in the USA  Coupon code: BLACKCYBER

And now a GIVEAWAY!

Someone will win The Gift of Love art lesson DVD. The winner will be chosen on December 13 and will have 24 hours to respond to my email.  Enter through the Rafflecopter app below.

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Review “VeggieTales in the House” & Netflix Gift Card Giveaway!

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We started watching Netflix about a year ago.  Since then our kids have started watching TV shows; they had never watched TV before that.  Last weekend, though, my husband stopped to look at the My Little Pony episode that they younger kids were watching and said it was full of bad attitudes and he didn’t want them watching it anymore.  Thank goodness for VeggieTales in the House.

We have watched the first five episodes and are happy to say that kids will not get bad attitudes from this show!

On Nov. 26, VeggieTales, the most popular faith-based children’s entertainment brand, unveiled a brand-new Netflix original series for kids, VeggieTales In the HouseThe all-new series marks the first time in the 21-year history of VeggieTales that Bob, Larry and the veggie crew venture off the countertop for exciting new adventures, while remaining true to the values-driven storytelling that has long made VeggieTales such a beloved part of childhood.  The first five 22-minute episodes will be available for Netflix members in the US, Canada, Latin America, UK, Ireland, the Nordics, Benelux and France to watch instantly. “There’s a whole world that’s been right under our noses this whole time, and we can’t wait to see it,” said VeggieTales star Bob the Tomato. Echoed Larry the Cucumber: “The sweet potatoes are so excited, they don’t even know where to starch!”
In VeggieTales In the House, the veggies will take on a new, refreshed look as DreamWorks Animation puts its creative muscle behind the beloved faith-based brand.  VeggieTales creator Big Idea became part of DreamWorks in 2012 as part of the studio’s acquisition of Classic Media“We’re excited to give the beloved VeggieTales a brand new adventure,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President, Original Content, Netflix.  “For many of our 53 million members worldwide, this will be the first time they’ve been introduced to the world’s most entertaining vegetables.  We hope many more families become fans of this wholesome preschool series.”
In each 22-minute episode of VeggieTales In the House, two separate 11-minute stories impart important life lessons, designed to please both young viewers and longtime fans of the VeggieTales brand. Every episode also includes brand-new songs and, of course, the famous closing phrase that has been at the heart of VeggieTales from the beginning: “God made you special, and He loves you very much.”

 
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There are definitely some different things about the new VeggieTales.  First of all, they look different and the animation style is different.  It didn’t take us too long to get used to that, though.  Bob and Larry’s voices sound the same.  But Petunia and Junior sound very different.  I didn’t like that!
But, I love the values that are taught.  Kids learn to be honest, to be obedient (and not to hide it when they do something wrong), to be kind, and to be responsible, etc.  There is still a Bible verse in every episode as there was with past VeggieTales movies, but now it is woven into the story.  I am glad to have found a TV show that my kids can now watch without us hesitating!
And now you can win a 3-month Netflix Gift Card!  Enter below on the Rafflecopter.  Winner will be chosen on 12/13 /14 (love that date!) and will have 24 hours to respond to my email.  US and Canada only.  See other details on the disclaimer below.

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From House to Home {Link Party} #95

It’s time for our Link Party:

From House to Home!

Thanks everyone for joining today and sharing your wonderful posts!
Only 2 rules:

1. Link up family-friendly posts (up to 3 and exact post, not website) about making your house into a home: homemaking, parenting, homeschooling, marriage, loving God! Giveaways, too!

2. Link back to my site with the button below or a text link. Thanks! (If you don’t link back somewhere on your blog, your link might be deleted. Find the html code on my Link Party page.)

3. Optional: Comment or pin a post or two that you see here!

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Review/ Giveaway “What’s in the Bible? Vol. 10 Jesus is the Good News!” DVD

I’m so excited to review (and host a Giveaway!) of the DVD “What’s in the Bible? Vol. 10 Jesus is the Good News!”  This is another Buck Denver DVD from VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer!

The whole “What’s in the Bible” DVD series was created to explain the Bible to kids.  This particular DVD (volume 10) has 2 25-minute episodes called God’s Perfect Timing (where kids learn about the 400 years between the Old and New Testaments and how Jesus arrives at the perfect time) and The Messiah Has Come! (where kids learn about Jesus’ life and ministry).  The whole run of the DVD is about 66 minutes long.

It begins with basic Christian beliefs and a review of what happened in the Old Testament, all taught by puppets!  Then, we learn what had to happen to make it easier for the news about Jesus to spread around the world–communication and transportation.  We learn about Alexander the Great and his conquests, and how he had spread the Greek language and culture into Europe and Asia. During the next 200 years, the Roman empire took over Alexander’s empire and they expanded even more.  And they built roads!

What was happening to the Jews during those 400 years between testaments? They were ruled by different empires.  We learn about Jewish History.  They broke into four groups: the Pharisees, the Saducess, the Zealots, and the Essenes.

Then we begin to learn about the New Testament, and what books are in it.  We get some great details (even some things I didn’t know!) about the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

I love Phil’s description of how we need to understand the Old and New Testaments together.  We don’t get the whole story if we don’t understand both.  The gospel is fully explained by him.  It might be a bit over young kids’ heads, but I love how he says it in various ways to try to make sure everyone understands sin, and Jesus’ redemptive power.

In the 2nd episode, we learn all about the life of Jesus! The birth of John the Baptist, Jesus’ birth, the geneology of Jesus, his baptism, miracles, death on the cross, resurrection, and ascension.

 

Check out the trailer here!

And now for the Giveaway of the DVD “What’s in the Bible? Vol. 10 Jesus is the Good News!”

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 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. US & Canada only.

Winner will have 24 hours to respond to my email.  This post also contains affiliate links.

Learn about Chicago, Illinois!

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Here are a few links for you to use as you study the state we live in:  Illinois–with a special emphasis on Chicago!

Learn about Chicago, Illinois!

Famous Landmarks:

Willis Tower (Sears Tower)

Cloud Gate/ The Bean

Places to Visit:

Navy Pier

Millenium Park

Chicago Art Institute

Shedd Aquarium

Field Museum of Natural History

Adler Planetarium

Lincoln Park Zoo

Museum of Science and Industry

Food:

How to make a Chicago Hot Dog

How to make a Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

Study Chicago History:

Here is a great website for kids ages 6-12: My Chicago where you can learn about the Chicago fire, Chicago River, skyline, flag, artifacts, Ferris wheel, World’s Fair, etc.  There are games and other activities, including printables.

Download a Free Printable that I made About Chicago, Illinois here.  (You may copy and paste it, or right-click and save it.)

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Check out some other great “Learning Through the 50 States” posts at

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How We Use Kindle Books in Our Home/ plus Kindle Giveaway!

Kindle Giveaway

 

Are you excited about winning a Kindle?  Be sure to read to the end of the post to learn how to enter the giveaway!

But before you do, let me share how we use Kindle books in our home.  I don’t own a Kindle, but you don’t need one in order to read Kindle books!  I have the Kindle app on my phone, tablet, and computer, so it’s so easy just to read them or print from there!

Often, Amazon offers Kindle books for free or very discounted.  Usually, the ebook version is cheaper than the physical book version.  I try to get them inexpensively and then they are always available.  I have devotional books, blogging books, and homeschooling books.  We also use them for literature in our homeschool.

Here are a few of my favorites:

One thing I learned recently was that our library offers ebook check-outs.  I was trying to get a book that was very popular, and the hold time was months away.  So, I checked out the ebook version instead, and it came through Kindle!

I’ve heard so many good things about this special Kindle for kids:

So, if you haven’t tried Kindle books yet, give them a try!

 

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Christmas Fire Giveaway

The Crew is on hiatus from writing reviews until January. So while we have a little time on our hands, we thought we’d bless our awesome readers with a super cool Christmas Fire Giveaway! Twenty of our team members and The Old Schoolhouse have joined together to sponsor this incredible giveaway with 3 winners!

We are excited to be giving away not one, not two, but THREE Fire HD Tablets!

One person will win a Fire HD 7 Tablet, and TWO people will win a Fire HD 6 Kid’s Edition (in your choice of lime green, blue or pink).

Fire HD 7 Tablet ($139 value, one winner)

Powerful, full-featured Fire HD tablet—with beautiful 7″ HD display, 2x faster quad-core processer, dual speakers with Dolby Audio, and unsurpassed reliability in its class.

Fire HD 6 Kid’s Edition ($149 value, two winners)

All-new Fire HD 6 tablet—with 1 year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, Kid-Proof Case, and a 2-year worry-free guarantee—up to $95 in savings

Giveaway

To enter, use the Rafflecopter below. The winner will be announced at our It’s a Crew Christmas Facebook Party on Tuesday, December 16, 9PM ET.

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Incredible Educents Freebie–Only for I Choose Joy! Subscribers!

Educents–the educational deal site–has put together an exclusive link for an incredible freebie that is only for I Choose Joy! subscribers.  And it’s only available December 1st at 12:01am – December 4th at 11:59pm, 2014.

Here is what you do:

1.  Sign up to receive I Choose Joy! posts in your email inbox and verify it (you’ll receive an email asking you to verify).

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2.  Then, come back and download the awesome freebie with this link:

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What will you find in this exclusive freebie?
 This set of 16 freebies includes some of our most popular products, like the Frozen ABC unit, Sight Word Rings, Rhyming Bunnies, and so much more!

Who is it for?

Homeschooling families

Classroom teachers

Parents looking to supplement their childrens’ education

What is included?

16 freebies, all with unique themes!

Why buy?

It’s FREE!

Downloads instantly

Fantastic learning FUN!

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Lilla Rose Black Friday – Sunday Sale

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Are you looking for some beautiful new ways to do your hair?  I just LOVE Lilla Rose and am happy to promote a friend of mine (Jennifer) who sells it.  They are having a great sale this weekend, so be sure to check it out!  (By the way, I’ll be sharing a personal review of my new Lilla Rose clip in the next week or so.)

Visit this page to get the awesome specials (be sure it says PrettyHair in the URL):

Like her Facebook Page here:  https://www.facebook.com/LillaRosePrettyHair

Follow her Pinterest Board here:  http://www.pinterest.com/mommiejennm/pretty-hair/

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(Disclosure: I received a complimentary Lilla Rose Clip from https://www.lillarose.biz/prettyhair in order to write an honest review.)

Use T-Tapp to Ward off the Weight Gain During the Holidays!

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In January I’m going to push to finally lose the last 15 pounds that I haven’t lost since my last baby.  But until then I am determined NOT to gain any more weight during this holiday season!  Here is how I plan to do it: T-Tapp exercise workouts!

I completed Day 3 of a 4-day boot camp this morning.  I am doing the Basic Work-out Plus DVD for four days in a row.  Then I will do a T-Tapp work-out every other day until January 1.  The nice thing about the Basic Work-out is that it’s only 15 minutes long, so I don’t have much excuse for not doing it!

Are you ready to join me T-Tapping during December?  You will want to order your T-Tapp DVDs, books, or supplements this Friday November 28 – Monday December 1 to take advantage of these incredible specials!

* All T-Tapp Workout DVDs are 35% off!

* All T-Tapp Products are 35% off!

* All T-Tapp Starter Systems are 35% off!

* Buy One, Get One Free Nutritional Products

 

Never tried T-Tapp and don’t know what to buy?

 

*If you are brand new, get the Basic Workout Plus With Instructional DVD (15-minute workout), along with the Fit and Fabulous in Fifteen Minutes book.

* If you are used to exercising and want a total body workout (45 minutes), get Total Workout DVD.

* If you have health issues or more weight to lose, get the MORE Rehab workout DVD.

* If you love walking for exercise, get the Step Away the Inches DVD or Step it to the Max.

* If you are an older person who needs more careful exercise to avoid injury, get the Senior Fit DVD.

* If you have hormonal imbalance issues, get the Healthy Hormones DVDs.

Leave me a comment and let me know you’ll be joining me!  Let’s support each other!

 

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Well-Planned Day Planners- Special Black Friday Deals

 

If you’ve been thinking about getting one of the great Well-Planned Day planners or the Home Educating Family Magazine, get it Thursday- Monday (November 27-December 1, 2014). Awesome deals!

 

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Nine Naturals $280+ Jackpot Giveaway!

NN_Partnership-Logos_030313-01Welcome to our week-long giveaway that we are co-hosting with a fabulous group of mommy bloggers from across the United States and Canada.

We are very excited to be giving away toxic-free goodies from Brooklyn (New York) based company Nine Naturals. Forward-thinking Nine Naturals make personal products which are smart and safe for moms and moms-to-be. They craft their products using only natural and organic ingredients, which include shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, deodorant, body wash, sunscreen and lip balm.

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For a health conscious mother or mother-to-be, most of us are well aware as to the dangers of eating genetically modified foods and foods sprayed with pesticides. We are aware of the dangers of drinking coffee, consuming alcohol, or smoking during pregnancy, and so many other things. However, not a lot of attention is spent on the dangers of slathering disease-causing chemicals and endocrine disruptors on our bodies, which are found in most mainstream personal products. Especially, as these are used on a daily basis!

The skin is the largest organ, and it aptly absorbs whatever is put on it very quickly, traveling into the blood stream, moving around the body, and of course this can affect a fragile fetus growing inside.

So What is Available and Safe to use during pregnancy

New-Belly-ButtersmallNine Naturals are 100% plant-based products, which are free of all the nasties one wants to avoid like, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances and artificial preservatives.

All Nine Naturals products are derived from nature, there is absolutely nothing artificial in their formulas. Additionally, all the ingredients have been pre-screened to make sure that they are safe for Mom and Baby, which is very assuring. Nine Naturals also happily disclose all additives that they use, and we love that, as most companies do not tell you what they are putting in their products.

We appreciate that Nine Naturals offer an unscented body butter, as speaking from experience, at one point in my pregnancy there was a stage where I could not stomach a lot of smells! Other essential oil based fragrances that are used in Nine Natural products have been formulated to ease common pregnancy complaints like morning sickness and fatigue – so thoughtful!

screen_shot_2014-10-06_at_12.07.25_pmThe Nine Naturals website is also filled to the brim with information like their handy explanation of all ingredients used in their products which you can see HERE.

You can order Nine Naturals from their website easily. Free shipping is contributed on all USA orders of $50+, a 10% off coupon is emailed to you if you sign up for their email list, and they offer a $5 sample set to try their shampoo and conditioner (just in case you want to try it first).

Nine Naturals is caring small company, who are focused on making a mother’s pregnancy that little bit less stressful but don’t take our word for it, visit their website and check out their energy for yourself!

Giveaway Time

IMG_8700Thanks to Nine Naturals for offering this very generous prize.

One grand prize winner will win the full line of products from Nine Naturals valued at $280, including;

While, 5 additional winners will win a body balm, valued at $15.

If you are one of the winners, Nine Naturals will send out the prize to you direct from their warehouse. This giveaway starts at midnight on Wednesday November the 26th, ending on Tuesday December the 2nd at midnight EST. It is open to the USA and Canada only.

Good Luck, and thanks for stopping by I Choose Joy!

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Disclaimer: The participating blogs, including I Choose Joy!, and Willy B Mum are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prizes.

 

From House to Home {Link Party} #94

It’s time for our Link Party:

From House to Home!

Thanks everyone for joining today and sharing your wonderful posts!
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1. Link up family-friendly posts (up to 3 and exact post, not website) about making your house into a home: homemaking, parenting, homeschooling, marriage, loving God! Giveaways, too!

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