Monday, September 17, 2018

Take an adventure! Review on National Geographic Kids Almanac 2019 and Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret.

In this blog post I'll be sharing my thoughts on two fun and exciting books.
 National Geographic Kids Almanac will take you on an adventure of learning and exploring new information. Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret is the first book  in the new Explorer Academy seven-book series which will take you on code-breaking missions and much more. These two books will bring adventure, explore curiosity and take your child on a fun journey.


*DisclaimerI was given the opportunity to try out this product. This product was given to me for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) for the purpose to use and give my honest opinion on this product. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.


National Geographic Kids Almanac 2019


My oldest daughter really enjoyed looking through this book. I enjoyed looking through it with her as well. Such a fun experience! We explored, learned new information and laughed our way through this exciting book. 
Are you ready to take an adventure?  National Geographic Kids Almanac 2019 is filled with amazing animals, science and technology, fun facts, jokes and much more! 
We were able to read through some animal stories, we were able to learn new facts and there were fun games and jokes we enjoyed along the way as well. We really enjoyed the list of daring women in U.S. history.
Also under history happens we checked out the must-see sights. One of the must-see sights was Petra and it's located in Jordan.  It's in a 2,000 year old ancient city and the buildings are carved into cliffs. Pretty cool huh?  As mentioned before there are a lot of cool facts included in the book. Did you know that there is an endangered cactus known as the  Baseball Plant and it is only found in the deserts of South Africa? That's just one of the facts we found in the book.  They even included a quiz so that your kids can see what kind of explorer they are. 
I was very impressed with the National Geographic Kids Almanac 2019. It really did take us on a fun adventure and it was a great way to spend some one on one time with my oldest. We'll definitely continue to explore National Geographic Kids books!


  • The National Geographic Kids Almanac 2019 typically retails for $14.99

    • Some features in the book include, 19 cutest animals to amazing facts on Vikings and more.
    • Kids are invited to participate in the Lions Forever Almanac Challenge. Visit natgeokids.com/almanac for your chance to win a $500 gift card to host a lion conservation  party!

    Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret


    • Geared towards middle graders (8-12).
    • Fact-based-fiction series. Inspired by the real life adventures of real National Geographic explorers.
    • Exploring cultures and diversity
    This fact-based-fiction novel series was exciting on so many levels. My daughter said she felt like she was on an adventure from beginning to end.  This book was filled with code breaking missions, puzzles, adventures and exploring many cultures.
    The kids in this exciting novel series are to train at the Explorer academy  so that they can become the explorers of the next generation. They explore by looking for clues and breaking codes.
    The main characters in the story include Cruz Coronado, Lani Kealoha, Emmett Lu, Sailor York and Marisol Coronado. You can visit Explorer Academy main characters to learn more about these characters.
    This fact-based- fiction novel series was great for encouraging problem solving, developing a sense of observation and reasoning.
    Sometimes it can be a challenge to get children to read. This book is a great way to get youngsters excited about literature. 
    To learn more about this book you can visit https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explorer-academy/ where they have a video preview, additional information, as well as games.

    **If you send in your pre-order or purchase receipt for the Nebula Secret to National Geographic Kids you can receive a free digital issue of National Geographic Kids magazine featuring games from Explorer Academy. Be sure to email your receipt to exploreracademy@natgeo.com. **

    Where to purchase National Geographic Kids Almanac and Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret


    Amazon

    Target
    Walmart
    Barnes & Noble
    Books-A-Million
    Hudson Booksellers
    IndieBound
    Powell's


    To learn more online visit



    Monday, August 13, 2018

    Do-It-Yourself Fairy Garden For Kids



    This fun do it yourself fairy garden is so much fun to create with kids. My oldest daughter created a fairy garden by using her creativity and a few materials. You can create this magical fairy garden too!

    You will need:
    • 1 pot. Choose a pot size that fits your needs for your fairy garden.
    • Miniature fairy garden accessories of your choice.- My daughter used a pond, fairy house, fairy table, fairy bench, fairy chair, a pot, and a basket
    • Flowers. Depending on whether you want real flowers you would need potting soil. My daughter used faux flowers for her garden. 
    • Styrofoam. -We went with a round piece. 
    • Artificial craft moss 
    Note* You can pick up most of these supplies at any craft store.

    Optional for your fairy garden:
    • Miniature craft birds
    • Craft butterflies
    • Miniature bird nest
    • Craft gems 
    • Craft rocks
    • lights
    • Water feature.- This would be a great addition for fairy gardens with real flowers. 

    Creating your fairy garden:

    Start off by placing your styrofoam in your pot to see how it will fit. If you find that your styrofoam does not fit, you'll want to trim off a little around the edge to help make adjustments. After placing your styrofoam into your pot you will want to take your moss and place that over your styrofoam. You may need to cut your moss to fit around your styrofoam.  Make sure that your moss covers it completely.

    Next, you'll want to start placing your fairy accessories on the moss. If you find that your flowers are long and would like to shorten them, you can cut them using craft snips. Once you have decided on where you would like your flowers to be placed you can start placing them into the moss and through the styrofoam. Just give it a push and it should go through to the styrofoam.

     All that is left is to place your rocks, gems, birds, butterflies, and any remaining accessories onto your fairy garden display. Now you're all done! Choose an area where you would like to display your beautiful fairy garden, and sit back and enjoy. Happy Reading!



    Wednesday, July 25, 2018

    All things.




    • We just finished up with our summer reading.-Trips to the library, cool prizes and a lot of fun events.
    • Daily Thunderstorms this week. -Some are good and some have caused flooding and other major damages. About a month or so ago we had a major hail storm which caused damages around town and to our home. 
    • My flowers have daily visitors. Between the bees and hummingbirds; my garden has been getting much needed love.
    • I'm finding so much enjoyment in moving my body daily. It's been a while since I started my workout routine and it just feels so nice to move daily. It has definitely become habit.
    • I'm looking forward to Autumn. Warm drinks, falling leaves and comfy light sweaters.- I truly love fall weather.
    • My husband has been roasting our coffee beans and I really look forward to a cup of coffee in the mornings.
    • I love the show This is us. If you haven't heard of it, look it up and watch a trailer for it. Ah, so good!
    • We re-seeded our lawn this year and it looks so much more fuller and it's this amazing deep green. 
    • I found a few plants that attract butterflies and they also smell amazing on a breezy day.
    • At times I find it difficult to watch the news. So much violence and just careless acts taking  place and so instead I read books.
    I'm so thankful that everyday we get the opportunity to enjoy our day and experience something new. I love being able to spend my time with my family and I truly do feel that everyday is a gift. May you all find enjoyment and love in all that you do. ♡♡♡

    Monday, July 9, 2018

    Fun kid activities and crafts you can do all summer! Links provided



    I hope you're all doing well.
    I've put together a few of my blog posts that include crafts and other ideas for a great summer I think you might enjoy doing this summer.
    Each link will take you to that specific blog post. Enjoy and happy summer to all!

    “Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair...” 
    ― Susan Polis Schutz

    (Click any link below to view)
    Enjoy!

    Tuesday, June 26, 2018

    The Anti-Breakage solution: Review on Desert Essence shampoo and conditioner/promo code included



    I was contacted by moms meet to try and review Desert Essence shampoo and conditioner.
    I'm always trying new hair products and seeing what works best for my hair. With all of the styling that I do with my hair I have noticed that I do have a little breakage and of course I was thrilled when I was chosen to try these products out. In this post I'll be reviewing this product and I'll also give my honest feedback as well. Happy reading!


    *DisclaimerI was given the opportunity to try out this product. This product was given to me for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) for the purpose to use and give my honest opinion on this product. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.



    About Desert Essence

    Desert Essence was founded in 1978.
    They use natural ingredients
    With their products and practices they ensure it reflect the serious commitment they have made to the health of our beautiful planet. Isn't that truly amazing?
     Desert Essence is a leader in natural personal care.
     The body and skin care products work together with the body to nurture, restore, and soothe. 


    Desert Essence Anti Breakage shampoo and conditioner


    • Desert Essence shampoo and conditioner are infused with an exclusive blend of Country Life Maxi-Hair and also contain Biotin. 
    • It also contains Keratin and Pro-Vitamin B5 which reduces breakage up to 61%. 
    • Ingredients such as, Jojoba, aloe, coconut oils, Jojoba, and saw palmetto  revitalize hair strands and smooth, fortify hair cuticles, and minimize breakage.
    • The radish seed extract and botanical oils provide your hair with an amazing shine that you will love!
    • The Desert Essence conditioner  has moisturizing shea butter and aloe which help condition hair as well as detangle.






    My thoughts on the products

    I'd like to start off with how I just loved how my package arrived and everything was put together so well.
    My family and I already use other products made by Desert Essence and we just love them! One of my favorite products from them that I currently use is their Tea Tree oil and Neem toothpaste.

     I used each product for a week so that I could give it some time and actually see how it works. I liked how the scent for both shampoo and conditioner were not overwhelming.
    The shampoo lathered evenly through my hair. You can use just a quarter-sized  amount of the products, but to be honest I needed just a little more since my hair is thick. 

    With my hair being thick I really need a conditioner that helps with detangling and deep conditioning. The conditioner didn't seem to give me soft feel to my hair like I normally get with other products. I certainly noticed that it did help my hair with detangle. As far as smoothing out my hair it really didn't do much of that...
    It wasn't until I used another product that was included in the package that they sent me. It was the Desert Essence Anti-Breakage Hair Mask.  This product actually helped with the deep condition. It was exactly what I needed!
    I didn't leave the hair mask on for the recommended time they suggest which is 20-30 mins, but was still able to feel an incredible softness to my hair after using this product.  And I'm sure if I would have used the shower cap that would have provided even more softness to my hair.



    After using the products I was able to style my hair like I normally do and go on with my day. I've noticed that after a week of using this product that it may have reduced some of the breakage I was experiencing. My hair remains soft and healthy. I really enjoyed trying out these natural hair products.
    If you are in the market for more natural hair care products that are better for you and our planet, I'd definitely see about trying these products!

    Where to purchase
     Desert Essence Anti breakage shampoo and conditioner are available to purchase at:

    Natural Grocers
    Luckys Market
    MOM'S Organic Market
    and many other local natural food stores.
    You can find these products in the hair and body care aisle.

    Be sure to visit: https://www.desertessence.com/store-locater


    Use promo code DELovesMomsMeet to take 20% off of Anti-Breakage and Smoothing hair care products when you visit desertessence.com

    Thursday, May 3, 2018

    These days...



    “You do not just wake up and become the butterfly" 
    Growth is a process.” 

    These days I am...

    • Reading- The sun and her flowers by, Rupi Kaur
    • Listening to You by, Petite Biscuit
    • Enjoying every moment with my children. - It's true that they grow so fast.
    • Growing some indoor plants
    • Focusing on ways to better myself
    • Taking photos of things that I love and enjoy. Pictures are so dear to me, but the people in the photos hold a special place in my heart ♡
    • Finding myself questioning why death happens. After the death of my father, I've really just questioned it over and over again.
    • Feeling the sun on my skin. 
    • Listening to my littlest one read. 
    • Watching my oldest build a tower out of blocks
    • Reminiscing  
    • Dating my husband all over again
    • Drinking my coffee black
    • Watching the birds take over our front yard. - They must like the seeds we recently put out
    • Adding to my garden. 
    • Watching the bees buzz by 
    • Eating more vegetables
    • Reminding myself to drink more water
    • Feeling inspired
    • Wanting to run through a field of flowers.
    • Reminding myself that there is still some good in this world
    • Enjoying the random rain showers
    • Enjoying kickboxing, cycling and step aerobics
    “never feel guilty for starting again” 


    ♡♡♡

    Saturday, April 28, 2018

    Review: Once Again Nut Butter Hazelnut Spread Amoré and Sweepstakes



    Our family loves a great quality Hazelnut spread and so when I was contacted by Moms meet to try out this product I was pretty excited. I'll be reviewing this product and giving my honest feedback to all of you. Enjoy and happy reading!


    *Disclaimer* I was given the opportunity to try out this product. This product was given to me for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) for the purpose to use and give my honest opinion on this product. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.


    You can never go wrong with a great quality hazelnut spread. And to be perfectly honest with all of you I was so impressed when we first tried out this spread. It's definitely a winner and we'll be purchasing more very soon. My kids love to dip fruits in chocolate spread and add it on bagels as well. Honestly you can do so much with this amazing spread. This spread was smooth and had a delicious sweet taste to it. It was so easy to spread. We're just so happy about this product that we have decided that we will continue to use it in our home. It was definitely a hit!

     What I love about this spread:
    It's organic
    Low in calories 
    No cholesterol 
    No trans fat 
    No refrigeration required.

    Ingredients  

    Organic roasted hazelnut paste, organic skimmed milk powder, Fairtrade organic cane sugar, organic roasted peeled almond paste, Fairtrade organic cocoa power and organic sunflower seed oil



    My many uses for this product

    -spread on fruit
    -spread on bagels
    -Add some to your favorite bowl of oatmeal
    -Add to a smoothie and blend!
    -Makes a great topping on ice cream
    -Makes a great topping on grilled fruit
    *My favorite use for this was taking a scoop and adding it into my latte. It was so delicious!*



    **Sweepstakes**
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    Wouldn't it just be great to enter for a chance to win your very own case of product and an adorable toy raccoon? Well here is your chance! Once Again Nut butter is having a sweepstakes and they would love for all of you to enter. The sweepstakes is open on gvwy.io/7qqmmlc between April 24th through May 9th. The winners will be announced  during the Once Again Nut Butter Facebook live event on May 10th.  To all those who enter I wish you the best of luck!

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