Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Stop! Look! and Listen: #BookReview

We teach our kids the importance of listening to our directives in order to keep them safe. As they grow up we expect them to listen just because “We said so”. They do their best, but there are those moments in which they test our very limits. Why? We never did the things they are doing…

Okay, so seriously, we have. Did we forget what it is like to be a kid? I know for me it is hard to remember what it was like and so I feel like no one was listening to me when I was a kid. Now I watch my son and unfortunately have fallen into bad habits and I don't listen like I used to. It's not that I'm always busy but I seem to lack the motivation. Overall I believe it is affecting our relationship and it will affect relationships in his future.

I was given the opportunity to read the book Listen: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges by Patty Wipfler and Tosha Schore. It describes scenarios in which a kid may act out, but it also explains how we can listen. While actions are not verbal, verbal cues are given for each scenario. My son is 15 years old and I don't claim to be a perfect parent. I think everybody needs some help sometimes. This book will enlighten parents of kids of all ages. It will remind us to listen and be there for our children.

Patty Wipfler and Tosha Schore

Whether you are the parent of a toddler or a teenager, Listen:Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges, can help you and your child handle life's challenges and build a stronger bond with one another. You can order the book directly from The Hand In Hand Parenting website, where you will also find many other parenting tools.
Be sure to connect with Patty Wipfler and Hand in Hand Parenting on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Special Thanks to our friend Johanna at JRB Communications, LLC for the opportunity to review this title and share it with our readers!

Counting down to Disney.... Disney Challenge day 19.... What is your least favorite Pixar Film?

My kids and I are counting down until we leave for Disney, and wanted to include you in this fun Disney Challenge we found! Today we are on Day 19.... Least favorite Pixar Movie.

I am not so good at picking out anything Disney that I don't like!!! LOL! So this is another challenging one for me. I was originally thinking an older one would top this list... but the more I think about it... We did not enjoy this last Pixar Movie....

The Good Dinosaur!

None of us liked it. We all cried... and while in my opinion, almost always happens when watching a Disney movie... This was awful crying. I cried THREE different times. My middle daughter who was 6 when we watched it cried out of fear, sadness, and being scared. It did not leave us with that warm fuzzy feeling and I always know when a movie is a real bust in our house when it comes out on DVD... and no one wants to watch it again =(

What about you? Do you have a least favorite Pixar Movie? Comment Below! The kids and I are loving hearing form you!!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Move to the Music: Kidz Bop 32 {Review} #review #kidzbop32

Thank you to Kidz Bop for providing me with Kidz Bop 32 in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own.

It has been the best summer ever and school is back in session, but that doesn't mean the fun has to end. Dance parties can make any day an exciting one, especially when you have KIDZ BOP to listen to. KIDZ BOP offers today's biggest hits, sung by kids for kids, making sure to provide safe lyrics for everyone.

Over the years, we have been lucky to work with KIDZ BOP. KIDZ BOP is the #1 music brand for kids in the US, offering kid-friendly versions of today's biggest pop music. They release four major numbered albums each year, most recently KIDZ BOP 32. For five consecutive years (2010-2014), Billboard Magazine has named the KIDZ BOP Kids the “#1 Kids’ Artist” in the U.S.! The KIDZ BOP singers are four talented, hardworking, young performers (meet them here) from across the country that sing on albums, star in TV commercials and music videos, and travel all over North America to perform LIVE in more than 25 shows each year, check those out here

 KIDZ BOP also has its own channel on SiriusXM, called KIDZ BOP Radio (which can be found on Channel 77, we love it). We have done reviews of KIDZ BOP 2526272930, 31, and the Greatest Hits! That should prove how much we like and approve of all that KIDZ BOP offers.

My kids have been waiting patiently for this package to arrive!
They practically screamed at the mailbox when they saw this!
Three happy kids, ready to move and groove to some new hits.
Released on July 15th, 2016
14 Pop Hits and a special KIDZ BOP Original song, make for 15 fun tunes.
Track List from KIDZ BOP 32
1. Cake by the Ocean
2. No
3. My House
4. Love Yourself
5. Don't Let Me Down
6. Work
7. Never Forget You
8. Out of the Woods
9. Hide Away
10. One Call Away
11. Just Like Fire
12. Stressed Out
13. 7 Years
14. One Dance
15. Life of the Party

To sample any of these hits, click here. You can buy these songs and more on ITunes or the KIDZBOPSHOP

Our dance party

 Want It? Buy It!
KIDZ BOP is so much fun, they not only have music, but tons of fun merchandise, so don't wait any longer.  Make sure to follow KIDZ BOP at all of their social media outlets--FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and YouTube.
Thanks to KIDZ BOP for sending us all the hits!

Shoplet has all your office needs covered...Martin Yale Master Heavy Duty Hole Puncher! #review

I have another great product to share with you from Shoplet.  Shoplet is your one place shopping stop for all things business and office.  Do you need Back to School supplies?  Shoplet has those too!  I recevied a great Master Duo 2/3 Hole Paper Punch and it is so nice.  I have already put this baby to use at school.  I love that you can choose to do 2 hole or 3 hole punch, all in one machine.  Another great feature is the locking option, so no need to worry about little hands.  I love this hole punch and we will use it a lot at the Kindergarten.  Head over to Shoplet to find all the supplies you need!

Can't wait to open this and start using

Nice product.  This is the hole punch in the locked position.

3 hole punch

2 hole punch

Want it?  Buy it!
Head over to Shoplet and check out  office supply needs, cleaning supply needs, medical supply needs and office furniture.  You can also connect with Shoplet on Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram.  

Thanks to my awesome friends at Shoplet for allowing me to share so many wonderful products with you all!!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Educational Family Fun with EDUSHAPE

Thank you to Edushape for providing me with product, free of charge, in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts shared are my own.

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Part of the MBP Back to School Guide 2016

How do you prepare your kids to go back to school? For us, even though it has technically been summer break since the end of May, it hasn't really seemed like it. We enrolled B in summer play group at his preschool for six weeks this summer, so it was almost like we were on a normal schedule. I'm almost ashamed to admit that the days seemed so long, even with B being at school for three hours a day. Being at home with a new baby and a five-year-old is a lot harder than I imagined it would be. There are some moms who make having managing more than one child seem so natural and so effortless, and I gaze at them in wonderment with stars in my eyes. I am not one of those moms. I am the hot mess mom who is always covered in spit-up, has drool in her hair, and is desperate to find a quiet, yet engaging activity for her inquisitive kindergartener.


Thankfully, EDUSHAPE is a part of my life, and a part of my child's at home learning experience. EDUSHAPE has been delighting families with their educational toys for children for more than 30 years. EDUSHAPE® Ltd. is family owned & operated providing product to the global educational, toy and specialty markets. Established in 1983, their main focus is to manufacture quality children’s toy & products. EDUSHAPE® Ltd. is committed to producing soft, safe, quality children’s toys which ultimately promote successful developmental learning through play. Their main focus is for children ages Birth to 5 years old.

We love EDUSHAPE toys. I enjoy having educational toys at home for both of my kids. B really likes to build (as any five-year-old would), and to create, so the Kiddy Connects Advanced Set was a great choice for him.

Kiddy Connects Advanced Set- for ages 2+.

The Kiddy Connects Advanced set comes with many colorful pieces, in an easy to fill jar with lid (handle included for easy carrying).

The pieces connect together in just about any way you can imagine!

B was very excited to receive this set. He loves to build, so the funky shapes presented a new challenge for him. The bright colors are a lot of fun, and very eye-catching. I wondered if B would play with the set for more than just a few minutes at a time, and to my surprise, he played with the set for about an hour (the first time we playe with it). He built different creations, using all of the pieces, and then took them apart and built different ones.

The Kiddy Connects Advanced set does come with a booklet of ideas for building different things. There are not instructions included- only photos. We have already built a few of the things included in the booklet!

B, figuring out how the pieces connect together.

It was fun to make a long chain with the pieces.

Check out this funky colored 'snake'!

'Hey mommy, it's almost as tall as I am!'

The Kiddy Connects Advanced Set is a super fun activity for anytime. We particularly enjoy playing with it on hot afternoons, when we can't go out to play, on rainy days, or when we're feeling extra creative. B loves to sort out the shapes and colors, and figure out which pieces he needs to build some of the suggestions from the booklet, or to create on his own.

Details of the Kiddy Connects Advanced Set

This more challenging version of Kiddy Connects utilizes additional shapes to develop greater reasoning and logic, via shapes that go beyond the 90 degree limit of standard Kiddy Connects. Includes an easy clean up jar.

We enjoy spending family time together, just building, creating, laughing, having fun, and working on life-long building skills! August is Family Fun Month, and what better way to spend time together than by playing and learning?

Want them? Get them!

Head on over to EDUSHAPE to learn more about their awesome educational products. Connect with EDUSHAPE on Facebook and Instagram.

Special thanks to EDUSHAPE for allowing us to have some fun with the Kiddy Connects Advanced Set!

You've got this girls!!! #MondayMotivation

Happy Monday Ladies!!!!!

I need this this morning!!!!! We are into our first full week of school... and it is my first time working full time in 12 years!!! It is a learning curve, and we are all trying to figure it out! It sure is a rude awakening from the summer spent lounging at the Water Park though!! :p

Hope you all have a FANTASTIC week and that you are falling back into those school routines easily!