Butterfly Learning Time

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

My kids, ages 4 and 2, enjoy doing a "learning time." In one of our learning times, we decided to learn about butterflies. We talked about the life cycle of a butterfly and worked on counting red vs. blue butterflies.

We also did the "long path" butterfly game as described in the book, More Than Counting. I created the board game as described in the book in Microsoft Word. The games and activities in More Than Counting make learning math more fun and enjoyable for young kids. I highly recommend this book!

We also made a butterfly craft. We glued construction paper wings to the back of a popsicle stick and then glued on google eyes. My kids added their own "unique" touches via stickers and crayons.

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Events Happening in Boise This Summer

Monday, June 18, 2018

Are you looking for some fun activities going on in Boise this summer? Check out the following list:

  • Wednesdays, June 1 - August 31, 2018: Alive After Five at The Grove Plaza from 5 pm to 8 pm. Learn more here.
  • Wednesdays until August 8, 2018: Watershed Wednesdays from 10 am to 12 pm. Fun, educational activities for families and kids. Click here for more information.
  • Saturdays: Boise Farmers Market at 10th and Grove Streets from 9 am to 1 pm.  
  • Saturdays: Captial City Public Market at 8th and Idaho Streets from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. 
  • Saturday, June 23, 2018: World Refuge Day at The Grove Plaza. Click here for more information. 
  • Saturday, June 23, 2018: Unicorn Party at Library! at Bown Crossing. Celebrate unicorns by making unicorn slime, cloud dough, bubbles and more. Learn more by clicking here.
  • Saturday, June 23: Movie Under the Stars (Wonder) at Bowden Park starting at 7 pm. Click here for more information.
  • Monday, June 25, 2018: The Glenn Miller Orchestra at The Egyptain Theater with doors opening at 6 pm. Tickets range from $14 to $35. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday, June 29, 2018: Boise Front Trail Run at Bogus Basin starting at 9 am. Register here for the short (5-6 miles) or long course (10-12 miles).
  • Wednesday, July 4, 2018: We the People Liberty Day Parade at 11 am. The parade starts at 10th and Jefferson and head east on Jefferson to 4th Street. The parade will turn right (south) at 4th street and continue 1 block to Bannock. The parade will turn right (west) at Bannock and continue down Bannock to 10th Street, where the parade ends. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday, July 14, 2018: Gar Hackney Y-Not Triathlon at Esther Simplot Park starting at 8 am. Click here to learn more and to register.
  • Saturday, July 14, 2018: Movie Under the Stars (Beauty and The Beast) at Peppermint Park starting at 7 pm. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday, July 21, 2018: Run Wild at Zoo Boise with 3 different races based on age, breakfast, admission and after party. Cost is $25 per participant. Click here to learn more.
  • Saturday, July 21, 2018: Movie Under the Stars (Coco) at Julia Davis Park starting at 7 pm. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday, July 21, 2018: Frekin Fast Half at Bogust Basin (13.1 mile race). Click here for more details and to register.
  • Saturday, July 28, 2018: Movie Under the Stars (Cars 3) at Sunset Park starting at 7 pm. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday, August 4, 2018: RODS JR Youth Triathlon at Hidden Springs. Click here to learn more. 
  • Saturday, August 4, 2018: Movie Under the Stars (Star Wars The Last Jedi) at Fort Boise Park starting at 7 pm. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday, August 11, 2018: Movie Under the Stars (Wonder Woman) at Julia Davis Park starting at 7 pm. Click here for more information.

Kroger Friday Freebie

Friday, June 15, 2018

Today only you can download a coupon for ONE (1) FREE Ocean Spray Diet or Light Juice Drink (64 oz) (you must have an online account and store card registered). The coupon is good at Kroger and Kroger Affiliates (Smith's, Fred Meyer, City Market, Dillon, Fry's, Kinger Sooper, etc) and must be redeemed by July 1, 2018. Click here for more details.

The Heart of Thornewell Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Enid Hawthorne's grand adventure in Africa ends abruptly with her husband's untimely death. Enid boards a ship to head back to England to find refuge in the estate of her late husband's family. Upon her arrivals, she discovers a home drenched in mourning through the loss of her niece and sister-in-law. Her brother-in-law, the Earl of Thornewell, has pushed everyone away and when Enid arrives seeking asylum, he does his duty and nothing more. Will Enid and the Earl put aside their differences so that their hearts and grief will heal or will hidden secrets continue to drive them apart?

The heroine, Enid, in The Heart of Thornewell, pushes through numerous trials from losing her husband, trekking through Africa alone, traveling on the sea alone and facing her husband's brother who has his own inner struggles and heart aches. Enid's determination to survive is admirable and makes her a compelling character. I enjoyed reading about Enid's determination to survive and protect her unborn child. I also enjoyed seeing her interactions with the servants and her nephews. The different attractions/romances throughout the novel happened rather quickly for me while some of the drama seemed too prolonged. The prolonging of the drama seemed forced and a little unnatural to the telling of the story. The story was clean and geared for female audiences, aged teen - adult. To find out more about The Heart of Thornewell, click here.

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June Giveaways (low to moderate entry)

Friday, June 1, 2018

I like entering low to moderate entry giveaways and I share each month some of the blog or social media giveaways I've entered, thought someone else might be interested in entering or that have been submitted to me through bloggers. Check back often throughout the month to see if I have posted more giveaways. If you are hosting a family-friendly giveaway on your blog and would like to see it listed here, please contact me (via email). If you have a won a giveaway that I posted, please leave a comment and share that you won.

$100 Evereve Gift Card (ends June 1, 2018)
Nielsen-Massey Organic Orange Extract (ends June 3, 2018)
Cameron Sample Gift Card (ends June 3, 2018)
Peter Pan Signature HD Code (ends June 4, 2018)
Beauty Bundle (ends June 5, 2018) 
$75 Village in Meridian Gift Card (ends June 6, 2018)
$50 Picket Fence Credit (ends June 6, 2018)
K'Tan Baby Wrap (ends June 7, 2018)
$200 Stitch Fix Credit (ends June 7, 2018)
Peter Pan Signature Collection (ends June 8, 2018)
Peter Pan Digital Movie Code (ends June 8, 2018) 
Rise Buddy Baked Rice Snacks, 12 ct. variety pack, 5 winners (ends June 10, 2018)
Family 4-pack of Fandango Tickets to Incredibles 2 (ends June 12, 2018)
Peter Pan Movie (ends June 14, 2018) 
Rebecca Minkoff Bag, Necklace and Fenty Lip Gloss (ends June 14, 2018)
$20 McDonalds Gift Card (ends June 15, 2018)
Davinci Baby Crib (ends June 15, 2018)
$25 Visa Gift Card and Entenmann's Coupons (ends June 19, 2018) 
The Great Alone Prize Pack (ends June 19, 2018)
Wrinkle in Time and Peter Pan (ends June 19, 2018)
$100 Loft Gift Card (ends June 20, 2018) 
$100 Macy's Gift Card (ends June 21, 2018)
$100 Macy's Gift Card (ends June 22, 2018)
Baby Delight Bottles (ends June 22, 2018) 
Drawn Together and Art Pack (ends June 23, 2018)
Peter Pan Digital Move Code (ends June 29, 2018)
Fisher Price Kick N Play Bouncer (ends June 29, 2018) 

Dr. Jacobs Products Review

Monday, May 28, 2018

Dr. Jacobs sent me to review a full size 32 oz. Almond Honey liquid Castile Soap, 16 oz Castile liquid soap (Lavender scent) along with a 5 oz castile bar soap. Dr. Jacobs products are free from complications: NON-GMO, Paraben Free, Sulfate Free, Gluten Free, Free of artificial dyes & coloring. PETA Cruelty Free & Vegan.

So for, I've tried the 5 oz castile bar soap and have enjoyed it. The castile bar soap gentle exfoliates skins and smells great. It's a great product and a fun soap to use. I also like that the Dr. Jacobs products are free of artificial dyes and coloring.

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Please note that I received free products to help facilitate this review. This does not influence my opinion.

Outdoor Must Haves For Kids

Thursday, May 24, 2018

With summer coming and school/preschool almost out, it can be hard to find ways to keep kids entertained. We have a couple of outdoor items that are perfect for great weather. Here are some of our favorites:

1. Kiddie Pool - I got a Kiddie Pool last year and it was awesome! My kids love it! They wade in it, dump balls/toys in it, splash around. It's a pretty inexpensive item and a bargain when you consider how much entertainment kids can get from it. Since the weather has warmed up, we've been using it everyday. My kids will spend a long time playing in it.

2. Bubbles - Every year, I buy multiple big bottles of bubbles. When my kids were little, I would blow the bubbles for them. As my kids have gotten older, they want to blow bubbles themselves resulting in many spills. I usually invest in the bigger container of bubbles. Some stores only sell bubble solution in spring/summer so it's nice to stock up while it's available. It's hard to find bubble solutions in the fall!

3. Sidewalk Chalk - Sidewalk chalk is versatile and fun! You can use it to make art, hopscotch, practice writing skills, outdoor games and more. My son recently started drawing car "tracks" for his cars to drive on. There's numerous things that kids can do with chalk.

4.  Sand Bucket and Shovel - I do weeding and gardening sometimes when my kids are playing outside. Sometimes they like to "help" too and it's nice that they have their own shovels to use and pails instead of always trying to steal my gardening spade. It's also great to have on days that we go to the beach or lake.

5. Playground/Outdoor Ball - We have a couple of playground outdoor balls that are great for kicking or playing catch. My kids don't play with these all the time, but it's great for them to practice catching, throwing, kicking. It's fun to also to have balls around to play kickball and/or other outdoor games.

What are some of your outdoor "must-haves" for kids?

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