So You Want To See The World Blog Tour

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

So You Want To See The World? by Jason Pruett explores the different adventures available to your favorite graduates or kids. The book shares what they have accomplished and what they can accomplish in the future. This book will help them recognize important milestones in their life.

So You Want To See The World? is similar to the Oh The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss. Pruett has some ridiculous moments in the book and illustrations, but the content seems more modern and relevant to today's kids and their experiences than Dr. Seuss' work. The rhymes and illustrations are clever and engaging. It's a great gift for graduating seniors in college or high-school. As another idea for this book, I've heard of moms buying a book like this for one of their children and each year as the student moves up through school asking the teachers to sign it with a memory they have of that child. When the child graduates, they have a book with their teachers signatures and memories of their school years. This is a fun book and I am sure you will have fun reading it. To learn more about So You Want To See The World?, click here.

Other blogs participating in the blog tour:

April 23-Reading Is One of My Passions
Aprl 24-My Book a Day
April 25-Life is What Its Called
April 27-Book Worm Lisa
May 2-Singing Librarian Books
May 3-Literary Time Out
May 4-Little Red Reads


Please note that this post contains affiliate links. I received a free digital copy of this book to facilitate this review, however that does not influence my opinion of this book.

NRPA Meet Me at the Park 2018

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Community parks help serve as a place to connect with nature, others in the community and help support a healthy lifestyle through playing, sports, walking/biking pathways, etc. To help celebrate Earth Month, vote for your favorite park project in 15 designated cities and/or nominate your city (or Boise) to help them receive a $20,000 park grant made possible by Disney and the NRPA. Every nomination or vote can also earn you a chance to win a GoPro HERO5 Prize Pack.

The City of Boise Parks and Recreation Department manages 1600 acres of parkland at different 90 locations. The parks department also offers many community programs throughout Boise including a movie night in the park, swim lessons, recreational activities and more. Be sure to support the parks today, by clicking here.

April Events in Boise

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Here are some of the best events in Boise for April. Which event are you most excited to attend? If you have a family-friendly event that you would like posted, please contact the blog administrator by clicking here.

  • April 7, 2018: Boise Farmers Market Opening Day and Birthday Celebration at 10th and Grove St in Boise starting at 10 am. The Birthday Celebration will include treats and giveaways. Click here for more information.
  • April 13-14, 2018: YMCA Spring Sprint Triathlon starting at 9:15 am. Have fun and bike, run, and swim. Click here for more information and to register.
  • April 14, 2018: Lambpage at Ann Morrison Park starting at 10:30 am. A basque-themed 5k run. Registration is $30 and includes t-shirt, bib and lunch. Click here for more information.
  • April 14, 2018: Foothills Family Days Puddles and Raincoats at the Foothills Learning Center from 10 am to 1 pm. This event includes cloud-in-a-jar demonstration, cloud identification, amphibians, cloud mobile and spring scavenger hunt. Click here for more information.
  • April 20-21, 2018: Swan Lake at Morrison Center. Tickets range from $38-$58. For more information click here.
  • April 21, 2018: Watershed Weekend Earth Celebration at Boise Watershed Educational Center from 10 am to 1 pm. Meet worms, learn to make crafts using recyclables, plant a garden and more. Click here for more information.
  • April 21, 2018: Alice in Wonderland Tea Party at Boise Library! Main from 2-3 pm. Come dress in finest to participate in Alice in Wonderland Tea Party. Click here for more information.
  • April 25, 2018: Paw Patrol Live at Morrison Center. Tickets range from $15-$137. Click here for more information.

To Love a Spy Review

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Lady Camden's traitorous mother and imposter husband are now dead and she is free to rebuild her life and to begin healing from the terror and pain she's had to endure. The new Lord Camden strikes up a friendship with her and wants to repair his own pain and loneliness. Lord Camden can't be completely free in his own life until he finishes another assignment for the Crown that involves stopping the French from pushing a bill to pass in parliament, discovering the French spies and uncovering their plot. As Lord Camden begins to unravel the plot, Lady Camden's past pulls her unto treacherous terrain. Will Lady Camden be able to love a spy and be strong enough to keep her heart from breaking? Will Lord Camden be able to stop the French?

To Love a Spy is the third installment in the Beckett Files Series by Laura Beers. I love the first two books and was excited to read her next book. To Love a Spy doesn't disappoint and I am excited for the fourth book to come out. Lady Camden's character is broken, skittish and pained from her past and wants to feel safe and repair some of the wrongs done by her past husband. The character needed time throughout the book to come to dealings with her new life and rebuild herself into who she wants to be. The book is not only a romance, but deals with how to find peace with yourself and interior strength. Beers also notes differing opinions on the treatment of women:  whether they should be submissive to the will of those around them or strong enough to have their own will and character. The book continues in the tradition of the other two books in the series with adventure, romance, intrigue and healing. To Love a Spy is an enjoyable read for all regency romance readers. The characters were likeable, realistic and interesting. The intrigue kept you guessing with surprises, twists and turns. Laura Beers is quickly becoming one of the top clean, romance writers. To learn more about, To Love A Spy, click here. Currently, To Love a Spy is only $10.95 for a paperback and $2.99 for the kindle version. If you haven't read this series before and would like to get started, I strongly suggest starting with Saving Shadow.


Please note I did receive a digital copy for my review, but that doesn't influence my opinion. This post also contains affiliate links.



April Giveaways (low to moderate entry)

Monday, April 2, 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.

$50 Freshly Picked Gift Card (ends April 2, 2018)
$50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends April 2, 2018)
Foster Farm Coupons (ends April 2, 2018)
$100 Tea Collection Gift Card (ends April 3, 2018)
$50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends April 3, 2018) 
Kinder Joy Eggs (ends April 4, 2018)
$50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends April 7, 2018)
$50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends April 7, 2018)
The Lemonade Year (ends April 7, 2018)
Magicube Safari Park Animals (ends April 7, 2018) 
$50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends April 8, 2018)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (ends April 8, 2018) 
$50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends April 9, 2018) 
Portland Children's Museum Tickets and Tea Collection Outfit (ends April 9, 2018)
Bloomlife Smart Pregnancy Tracker and 2 Month Free Rental (ends April 9, 2018) 
Jasmine Pop Vinyl (ends April 9, 2018)
Disney Princesses Hairstyle Book (ends April 9, 2018)
Gratitude Journal (ends April 10, 2018)
Tsum Tsum Set (ends April 10, 2018)
Nightmare Before Christmas Set (ends April 11, 2018)
Pirate of Caribbean Set (ends April 12, 2018) 
$50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends April 13, 2018) 
Ball Canning Prize Pack (ends April 13, 2018)
$50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends April 13, 2018)
Disney Coasters (ends April 14, 2018)
P Touch Label Maker (ends April 14, 2018)
Cabi Outfit (ends April 14, 2018)
Castle Keychain (ends April 15, 2018)
$50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends April 15, 2018)
Disney Puzzle (ends April 16, 2018)
$50 Picket Fence Credit (ends April 16, 2018)
Mickey Purse and Sticker (ends April 17, 2018) 
Tart Collections Cory Jacket (ends April 17, 2018)
Olaf Plush (ends April 19, 2018)
Mickey and Minnie Thermos (ends April 19, 2018) 
Wall-E Mug (ends April 20, 2018)
Alison & Aubrey Item (ends April 20, 2018)
$100 Tea Collection Gift Card (ends April 20, 2018) 
Live. Save. Spend. Repeat. (ends April 22, 2018)
Nectar Mattress (ends April 22, 2018)
Dumbo Pop Vinyl (ends April 22, 2018)
Educational Guide to Walt Disney World (ends April 22, 2018)
Little Mermaid Poster (ends April 23, 2018)
Two Fandango Codes for Like Arrows Movie (ends April 23, 2018)
$25 Winco Gift Card (ends April 25, 2018)
$50 Oliver and Rain Gift Card (ends April 24, 2018)
Garbage to Gardens Composting Kit (ends April 24, 2018)
$50 Lowes Gift Card (ends April 24, 2018)
Suitors and Sabotage (ends April 25, 2018)
DVC Backpack (ends April 25, 2018) 
Disney T-shirt (ends April 26, 2018) 
Eggland Prize Pack (ends April 27, 2018) 
Cabi Outfit (ends April 27, 2018)
£50 Boden Gift Voucher (ends April 27, 2018)
Canvas Factory 16" x 20" Canvas Print (ends April, 28, 2018)
$500 Joules Clothing (ends April 29, 2018)
Stride Rite Phibian Sneakers (ends April 29, 2018)
$50 Picket Fence Credit (ends April 29, 2018) 
$25 Walmart Gift Card (ends April 30, 2018)

Ideas for Kids Easter Baskets

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Are you looking for ideas of what to put in your kid's Easter baskets besides sugary candy? I like to add things that support playing outside and creativity. Here are some ideas:

1. Sidewalk Chalk

2. Coloring Books

3. Books

4. New Crayons (to replace the broken ones)

5. Bubbles (we spill half of ours so every holiday is a time for bubbles)

6. Pinwheels

7. Shovels and pails for digging in the dirt/sand

8. Playdoh

9. Water paint books

10. Jump rope

What are some of your ideas? Most of these ideas you can find at a dollar store. Easter doesn't have to be expensive gifts or toys. Sometimes the least expensive things are the best! If you want to buy some candy or treats, check out grocery stores with bulk bins where you can select a limited amount of candy or treats. We were able to find a great selection at Winco.

Please note that this post contains an affiliate link.

Where to Find Easter Clothes

Monday, March 19, 2018

Traditionally, some families get new spring wear to wear to church. My family is no exception. The boys get matching ties, the girl's new dresses and any other new "spring" accessories that might be needed like stockings, tights, shoes, etc. For the past two years, I've found matching men and boy ties at The Matching Tie Guy. The Matching Tie Guy has ties at reasonable prices and I can match the ties. Girl/Women clothes are always hard to find. I try to find reasonably priced, cute and modest dresses. This year I looked at the little girls dresses at several stores and online shops. I gave my daughter a couple of options and she picked one out at Carter's. Here are a couple of other stores that I recommend for Girl's Dresses:



  • Gymboree
  • Hanna Andersson
  • Walmart (in store, not online)
  • Target (in store, not online)
  • Consignment Stores (must shop early in the season)
  • Boden 


  • Women's Dresses are also often hard to find reasonably priced, cute and modest. Here are some stores I would recommend trying for women:
    My kids and I both have several items from Boden. They have a great quality and great style. They are a bit on the pricey side. I haven't been brave enough to try Roolee, but they sure have cute things on their website. I have had clothing from Sweet Salt, Downeast Basic, Mikarose and Cleo Madison. The first two I would recommend trying on in the store if you can.

    Some of the places I recommended are located on ebates like Carters, Hanna Andersson, Boden. You can earn a rebate back on your purchases. To learn more about ebates, click here. I recommend adding it to your browser's tool bar so you don't forget to use it. We have earned back over $240 on our purchases online (over a few years) from using ebates.

    What stores do you recommend for Easter Clothing?

    This post contains a few affiliate links.

    Kroger Friday Freebie

    Friday, March 9, 2018

    Today only you can download a coupon for ONE FREE bag of Kroger Tortilla Chips, 10oz any variety (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 March 25, 2018. Click here for more details.

    In Spite of Lions Blog Tour and Giveaway

    Thursday, March 8, 2018


    How does a young lady run away from high society and the pressures of her family? Anna abruptly determines to set her own course in life by becoming a missionary. She gains passage on a ship to become a missionary without any skills, protection, friends or family. As she becomes aware of where the ship is heading she must brace for a life filled with hard work, danger and unexpected surprises.

    In Spite of Lions, contains Anna's adventure and her escape from her past with just a hint of romance. The point of view is written in first person and you get a glimpse into the life of the main characters, Anna and the ship captain. First person narratives are not typically my favorite, but you adjust easily as you continue on in the story. As the reader gains more knowledge's into Anna's past several unexpected twists develop. The adventure is easy to follow, suspenseful and the characters realistic.  The author concluded it with more questions that needed to be answered about Anna's past and present. This is the type of book that you might need to reread right before you read the next sequel so that you don't miss any of the details. The author was great at foreshadowing, but some of the foreshadowing could easily be forgotten by the time the sequel comes out. By the time, I finished the story I wanted to know what happened to the characters and was ready for the next book. I almost wished I had waited until all of the books came out so I could read them one after another. This book was very fast paced for me. Once I started reading, I couldn't stop and read the whole thing in one evening. If you love adventure, a hint of romance, heroines that work hard to overcome the odds, be sure to read this book. To learn more about, In Spite of Lions, click here.

    The publisher, Cedar Fort, has generously allowed me to giveaway with winner's choice of either an electronic or physical copy of In Spite of Lions. Only one winner will be chosen. The giveaway on this blog post will run through rafflecopter until March 15, 2018 at 12 am. The giveaway is open to US residents only and 18+. The winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to respond.

    a Rafflecopter giveaway


    “Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Cedar Fort Publishing for providing the prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

    Please note this post contains affiliate links. Please note that I received a free electronic version of this book to facilitate this review, however, my opinion is still my own and unbiased.

    Perfect Freebie for Easter

    Friday, March 2, 2018

    Today only you can download a Kroger or Kroger affiliated store coupon for 1 FREE Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate Egg (0.99 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 March 18, 2018. Click here for more details. It's the perfect freebie for Easter.

    What's you favorite Lindt chocolate?

    March Giveaways to Enter (low to moderate entry)

    Thursday, March 1, 2018

    I like entering low to moderate entry giveaways and I share each month some of the blog giveaways I've entered and found online. Check back often to see if I have posted more giveaways. I try and post them as I find them. 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.

    $50 CVS Gift Card (ends March 2, 2018)
    Lady and the Tramp (ends March 4, 2018) 
    $50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends March 5, 2018) 
    Coco Blueray (ends March 5, 2018)
    Big Mac Vouchers (ends March 6, 2018) 
    Coco (ends March 6, 2018)
    Lady and the Tramp (ends March 7, 2018)
    Krusteaz Mixes (ends March 7, 2018)
    $25 Nordstrom Gift Card (ends March 8, 2018) 
    $50 Picket Fence Gift Card (ends March 9, 2018)
    Ulta Beauty Calendar (ends March 9, 2018)
    Krusteaz Mixes (ends March 10, 2018)
    Everlasting Garden Seeds Bucket (ends March 11, 2018) 
    Vessey Seeds $25 Gift Certificate (ends March 11, 2018)
    $50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends March 12, 2018)
    Lady and the Tramp (ends March 13, 2018)
    It's Skin Set (ends March 14, 2018)
    Thor Ragnarok BluRay (ends March 15, 2018)
    Berenstain Bears Easter Bundle (ends March 18, 2018)
    Daniel Tiger: Neighborhood Friends (ends March 18, 2018)
    $50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends March 20, 2018)
    $50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends March 23, 2018)
    $50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends March 23, 2018) 
    On-Cor Entree's Prize Pack (ends March 23, 2018)
    Febreze One (ends March 23, 2018)
    Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventure Series Season 2 (ends March 24, 2018)
    Freshly Picked Moccasins (ends March 24, 2018)
    $50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends March 25, 2018)
    $100 Sears Gift Card (ends March 25, 2018)
    $175 Greenleaf Gift Card (ends March 27, 2018)
    Foster Farm Coupons (ends March 29, 2018) 
    $15 Sonic Gift Card (ends March 29, 2018)
    Star Wars: The Last Jedi (ends March 30, 2018) 
    $50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends March 30, 2018)
    $50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends March 31, 2018)
    NeoCell Natural Supplements (ends March 31, 2018)

    Prepping Kids for Emergencies

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    There are several things that you should teach your child before an emergency situation arises. I've been working with my toddler and preschool to help them be prepared in case something happens or comes up:

    1. Their Address: I remember a story not too long where a 3-year old got lost in a corn maze and couldn't answer a policeman's questions. Kids should learn to answer basic questions that a policeman might ask them if they're lost. I have worked with my kids so that they know their address. My two year old and four year old know where their address so if something happens they can tell a policeman where they live. Or if they call 911, they can tell them our address.

    2. Parents Names: I've also worked with my kids so that they know my first and last name and my husband's. If a police officer asks them who their parents are, then they will be able to answer.

    3. Where to Go If There's a Fire: If there's a fire you should have a meeting spot outside so all the family members know where to find each other. If your fire alarm goes off, you should also practice going outside and meeting in that spot. If you ignore your fire alarm when it goes off because the batteries are dead or a different non-emergency situation, your kids might learn to ignore it to and not leave the house when there's a real emergency.

    4. Familiarize Your Kids with What Emergency Workers Look Like: We point out what a police officer looks like to our kids so that they know who to look for in case of an emergency. We've also been on Fire Station Tours so that our kids know what Firemen look like with their full gear on and to let them know that if there's a fire it's okay to go to them. Firemen with the full gear on are pretty scary to kids and it's important that they understand not to hide from them in an emergency situation.

    5. How to Dial the Phone: I've been working with my preschooler on how to dial my phone and telling him if mommy or daddy are hurt, use the phone to dial 911. We obviously can't practice dialing 911, but we can practice learning to dial numbers and getting used to the phone.

    6. If Something Doesn't Seem Right Get Mom and Dad: We had something bubbling over and smoking a little on the stove. My son recognized that something what wrong and yelled for daddy to come fix it. It's important for kids to realize that if something doesn't seem right that they should come to mom and dad and tell them immediately.

    What are some ways that you've prepped your kids for emergency situation? What are some of your tips?

    How We Save Money on Entertainment

    Monday, February 19, 2018

    I've had a couple conversations lately with different people on saving money on TV entertainment, phones, etc. It seems that if you have cable, landline phones, internet, cell phones it adds up to a pretty significant bill each month, $160-$180 (not including cell phones). To save money, my family pays for internet, we use cell phones, we have a Roku device that we use with free channels and pay for Netflix around $69 (not including cell phones). Cable and landlines are expensive. We find a lot of things we like on Netflix and we can borrow movies from the library for FREE. Our cell phone plan is with T-mobile so we often get to utilize their free T-mobile Tuesdays. They are some cheaper options, but we like T-mobile. Sometimes on T-mobile Tuesdays, they offer free VUDU credit for movie rentals, which I use to buy an episode or two of a TV show. We also don't buy a lot of movies. We've gotten a couple of Disney Movies from Blogger Giveaways. I post about different blogger giveaways monthly and they're worth entering.

    What are some tips you have to save money?

    Kroger Friday Freebie and Snack Shot Instant Win Game

    Friday, February 16, 2018

    Today only you can download a coupon for download your coupon for 1 FREE Hershey's Gold Peanut & Pretzel Bar (1.4 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 March 4, 2018. Click here for more details.

    Enter Kroger's Snack Shot Instant win game to earn a chance to win digital coupons for free products and/or coupons for $10 off $10 purchase or $20 off $20 purchase. You can enter once per day until February 25, 2018 and it's worth trying it every day to see if you might win something. Click here for more details.

    Kroger Friday Freebie and Instant Win Games

    Friday, February 2, 2018

    Today only you can download a coupon for download your coupon for (1) ONE BODYARMOR SportWater (1 liter size only) (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 February 4, 2018. Click here for more details.

    LAST DAY - Enter Kroger's Game Day Greats Instant win game to earn a chance to win one of the thousands of digital coupons for free products. You can enter once per day until February 2, 2018 and it's worth trying it every day to see if you might win something. So far, I've won a jar of Ragu Sauce and a 1.25 liter of Pepsi product. Some of the other prizes are: Bertoli Olive Oil, GE Reveal HD LED lightbulb, Haagan Daazs Ice cream, Tyson Any'tizers and more. Click here for more details.


    Enter Kroger's Snack Shot Instant win game to earn a chance to win digital coupons for free products and/or coupons for $10 off $10 purchase or $20 off $20 purchase. You can enter once per day until February 25, 2018 and it's worth trying it every day to see if you might win something. Click here for more details.

    Boise Events for February

    Thursday, February 1, 2018

    Looking for fun activities to do in Boise for February? Check out these listings:

    • February 3, 2018: Wild at Heart at Zoo Boise from 10 am to 5 pm. FREE Admission day at Zoo Boise with fun enrichment activities and you can make a Valentine for your favorite Zoo Animal. Which Zoo Animal is your favorite? Click here for more information.
    • February 6, 2018: Chocolate Dreams with Kay Johnson at Rediscovered Books from 7 to 8:30 pm. Click here for more information.
    • February 10, 2018: Run 4 Luv at Ann Morrison Park. A 10K, 5K and half marathon run. Click here to find out more and to register.
    • February 10, 2018: Library! at Collister 10th Anniversary Celebration from 12 pm to 5 pm. Come celebrate with face painting, crafts, giveaways, behind the scene tours and more. Click here for more information.
    • February 10, 2018: Foothills Family Days at the Foothills Learning Center from 10 am to 1 pm. Click here for more information. 
    • February 17, 2018: Our Prehistoric Water Shed at the Boise Watershed from 10 am to 1 pm. Click here for more information.
    • February 28, 2018: Tricia Levenseller and Erin Summers at 7 pm at Rediscovered Books. Click here for more information.

    February Giveaways (low to moderate entry)

    Thursday, February 1, 2018

    I like entering low to moderate entry giveaways and I share each month some of the blog giveaways I've entered and found online. Check back often to see if I have posted more giveaways. I try and post them as I find them. 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.

    Luciana Vega Doll (ends February 1, 2018) 
    Freshly Picked Moccasins (ends February 3, 2018) 
    $50 Deseret Book Gift Card (ends February 4, 2018) 
    $25 Visa Gift Card and Entenmann's Coupons (ends February 4, 2018)
    Noosa Yoghurt Coupons (ends February 6, 2018)
    $100 Macy's Gift Card (ends February 8, 2018)
    Valentine's Day Prize Pack (ends February 8, 2018)
    Luciana Vega Doll (ends February 8, 2018)
    $100 Sephora Inside JcPenney Gift Card (ends February 8, 2018)
    Minnie Helping Hands DVD (ends February 11, 2018)
    $100 Tea Collection Gift Card (ends February 11, 2018)
    Mrs. Meyer's Basic Kitchen Set (ends February 12, 2018)
    Disney Minnie Happy Helpers (ends February 13, 2018)
    $50 Sephora Gift Card (ends February 14, 2018) 
    Disney Minnie Helpers Movie (ends February 18, 2018)
    Star Wars Funko Figures (ends February 18, 2018) 
    $50 Gymboree Gift Card (ends February 19, 2018)
    Krusteaz Mixes (ends February 19, 2018) 
    $50 Gymboree Gift Card (ends February 20, 2018) 
    Mrs. Renfaro's Prize Pack (ends February 20, 2018)
    Chick-fil-a Promotional Cards (ends February 22, 2018)
    Coco Digital Movie Code (ends February 25, 2018)
    Herb Prints (ends February 25, 2018) 
    Whole Heart CD (ends February 26, 2018)
    Krusteaz Mixes (ends February 26, 2018)
    Galentine's Prize Pack (ends February 26, 2018)
    Krusteaz Prize Pack (ends February 26, 2018) 
    Krusteaz Mixes (ends February 26, 2018)  
    Lady and the Tramp HD Digital Codes (ends February 26, 2018)
    Lady and the Tramp (ends February 27, 2018)
    $100 Moda Lookbook Gift Card and Hammitt Crossbody Bag (ends February 27, 2018)
    Thor Ragnarok (ends February 27, 2018) 
    Coco (ends February 27, 2018)
    Go Longer Skirt (ends February 28, 2018) 

    Kroger Friday Freebie

    Friday, January 26, 2018

    Today only you can download a coupon for download your coupon for ONE (1) FREE EPIC Bar, any variety (1.3-1.5 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 February 4, 2018. Click here for more details.

    Enter Kroger's Game Day Greats Instant win game to earn a chance to win one of the thousands of digital coupons for free products. You can enter once per day until February 2, 2018 and it's worth trying it every day to see if you might win something. So far, I've won a jar of Ragu Sauce and a 1.25 liter of Pepsi product. Some of the other prizes are: Bertoli Olive Oil, GE Reveal HD LED lightbulb, Haagan Daazs Ice cream, Tyson Any'tizers and more. Click here for more details.

    Finding Beauty in the Beast Blog Tour

    Thursday, January 25, 2018


    Finding Beauty in the Beast by Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee tells an alternate version of the famous fairy tale classic, Beauty and the Beast. Humiliated and cross at being dumped by her fiancee, Princess Rose decides that whatever commoner provides her with the best gift will become her husband. Corbin decides he didn't want to risk imprisonment over refusing to provide the princess with a gift and finds a single rose to give to her. Princess Rose accepts his gift and he is forced into a marriage he doesn't want. Will Corbin be able to look past Rose's beastly manners and behavior?

    I enjoyed reading Finding Beauty in the Beast. It was an interesting take on the famous fairy tale and it was interesting to see the reversal of the beast as a woman although Corbin eventually takes on his own beast like characteristics. I almost disliked him more than the beast when he became consumed with himself and forgotten about the villagers who were taxed so heavily. The two characters, Rose and Corbin, have given up on life and are consumed about their own lost opportunities, grief and troubles that they must figure out who they are and look beyond themselves to the others around them to save themselves. The book is clean and I think it would be a good book for teenagers, young adults and adults to read. The author did include a few of the characters from her other books, Ella and Ella's Will. I think it would be worth reading those first, before tackling Finding Beauty in the Beast.  It's a fun, relaxing, well-written read.

    The e-book of Finding Beauty in the Beast, is currently on sale for .99 on Amazon, which seems like a great deal. To find out more click here.

    Finding Beauty in the Beast” Blog Tour Schedule
    Jan 16
    Jan 17 My Love for Reading Keeps Growing
    Jan 17 Blooming with Books
    Jan 17 Reading for Sanity
    Jan 18 Katie’s Clean Book Collection
    Jan 19 Kindle and Me
    Jan 20 Making Life a Bliss Complete
    Jan 21
    Jan 22 Mel’s Shelves
    Jan 22 Literary Time Out
    Jan 23 Geo Librarian
    Jan 24
    Jan 25 Life is What it’s Called
    Jan 26
    Jan 27
    Jan 28
    Jan 29 My Book a Day
    Jan 29 Bookworm Lisa
    Jan 29 One Day at a Time
    Jan 30 Aimee Brown
    Jan 30 Bookworm 2 Bookworm


    Please note that I received a free digital copy to facilitate this review. My opinion, however, remains my own and was not influenced by this. Please also note that this post contains affiliate links.

    How to Encourage Kids to Enjoy Reading

    Tuesday, January 23, 2018

    My kids love reading books, looking at the pictures, being read to, looking at new books and reading the same books over and over again. Here are some ideas on how to encourage your kids to love reading:


    1. Be The Example: Let your kids see you reading a book and enjoying it. If they see you reading, they're more likely to try it themselves.

    2. Have Books Around to Read: Have plenty of books available in your house for kids to read.

    3. Go to the Library Frequently: The library is a great place for kids to explore new books, new interests and to seek out books on their own.

    4. Read throughout the Day: The guideline for reading to kids is about 20 minutes a day. We usually read at different intervals during the day when the kids want a break from playing, during learning time, before naptime and etc.

    5. Seek out the Books They Love: There are times my kids love a certain book at the library so we try and find more books on that theme or author. We've also bought a couple of well-loved favorites. Sometimes, it's not books that I love or would call quality literature, but it's important for them to be able to read what they are interested in. Nobody wants to be forced into reading things that they find unappealing or boring.

    6. Talk About Books: Ask them questions about the books that they read and let them rehash their favorite details.

    7. Turn off the Screens: Kids really don't need screen time every day. Playing outside, playing with toys, art projects and books are plenty to keep them occupied and if the screen isn't on they're more likely to pick up a book.

    What are some of your ideas?


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    Learning Time with a Baby Theme

    Monday, January 22, 2018

    My kids loving doing "learning time." We try and do it three times a week for about an hour and do a range of things: worksheets, activities, games, practice reading, math games, science experiments, and more. We had a baby focused learning time and here's what we did:

    1. I created another clip art worksheet with baby items and they had to match the baby item with the letter the word starts with.













    2. I found clip art of different images that started with "b" and "p" and created a worksheet. They had to color the "b" items blue and the "p" pink.














    3. Sort the baby items according to color: blue or pink.












    4. We also played the baby grid game from More Than Counting: Math Activities for Preschool and Kindergarten. It was really fun for them and they enjoyed the "game pieces" too: a baby rattle and fake safety pins. It's fun to learn math for kids if its a game and entertaining. We usually try and do a math game from this book and then based on whatever the theme of the game is we base our other activities.













    If I had planned ahead better, I would have also requested the book, A Book of Babies, by Il Sung Na from the library. It's a great book on introducing kids to the fact that all animals have babies.


    What fun activities do you like to do?

    Kroger Friday Freebie and Game Day Greats

    Friday, January 19, 2018

    Today only you can download a coupon for download your coupon for ONE (1) FREE Chobani Smooth Yogurt, any variety (2/5.3 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 February 4, 2018. Click here for more details.

    Enter Kroger's Game Day Greats Instant win game to earn a chance to win one of the thousands of digital coupons for free products. You can enter once per day until February 2, 2018 and it's worth trying it every day to see if you might win something. So far, I've won a jar of Ragu Sauce and a 1.25 liter of Pepsi product. Some of the other prizes are: Bertoli Olive Oil, GE Reveal HD LED lightbulb, Haagan Daazs Ice cream, Tyson Any'tizers and more. Click here for more details.

    Learning Time with Rosie's Walk

    Monday, January 15, 2018

     We read Rosie's Walk and did the following learning activities:

    1. We sorted Chickens (from clip art program in Word) from small to big.

    2. Matched objects with the letters: Chicken for C, Fox for F, Barn for B, etc.

    3. Circle the objects (I put several clip art on a word doc: cake, corn, barn, chicken, etc) that begin with the letter C.

    4. We also played the Chicken Grid Game from the book
    More Than Counting: Math Activities for Preschool and Kindergarten. I substituted corn kernels with popcorn kernels. This book is awesome. It makes learning math fun for kids.

    5. I also went over under/over/through/around with my kids by making it into a game. I would say can you go through the doorway, over the box, around that toy, under the table. They loved it and asked to play it again and again.

    We really enjoyed reading Rosie's Walk. It's a cute, fun, easy to read story.

    What are some of your favorite learning activities?

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    Kroger Friday Freebie and Game Day Greats

    Friday, January 12, 2018

    Today only you can download a coupon for download your coupon for ONE (1) FREE Simple Truth Bagged Popcorn, any size, any variety (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 Sunday, February 2. Click here for more details.

    Enter Kroger's Game Day Greats Instant win game to earn a chance to win one of the thousands of digital coupons for free products. You can enter once per day until February 2, 2018 and it's worth trying it every day to see if you might win something. So far, I've won a jar of Ragu Sauce and a 1.25 liter of Pepsi product. Some of the other prizes are: Bertoli Olive Oil, GE Reveal HD LED lightbulb, Haagan Daazs Ice cream, Tyson Any'tizers and more. Click here for more details.

    How to Do an Easy Minnie Mouse Cake

    Wednesday, January 10, 2018

    My daughter loves Minnie Mouse. She loves pointing out Minnie Mouse whenever she see's her at the store, which is surprisingly a lot. Minnie's on diaper boxes, food packaging, clothing, personal care items and more. I wanted to make her a Minnie Mouse cake for her 2nd birthday. I was surprised at how complicated some of the ideas on Pinterest were - cutting shapes out of fondant, making the whole cake mouse shaped and etc. I am a simple-moderate baker and most of those ideas seemed too complicated to me. How would I store a mouse shaped cake? And I've never worked with fondant before. I decided to make things simple and made a simple stacked round cake. I bought black and pink gel. I used the black gel to make Minnie's head and used the pink gel to make her bow. My daughter loved it and it wasn't too time consuming. Sometimes simple works just fine.

    Kroger Friday Freebie

    Friday, January 5, 2018

    Today only you can download a coupon for download your coupon for ONE (1) FREE LARABAR, any variety (1.24-1.6 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 Sunday, January 21. Click here for more details.

    January Giveaways (low to moderate entry)

    Monday, January 1, 2018

    I like entering low to moderate entry giveaways and I share each month some of the blog giveaways I've entered and found online. Check back often to see if I have posted more giveaways. I try and post them as I find them. 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.

    Foster Farm Coupons (end January 1, 2018)
    $50 Sears Gift Card (ends January 2, 2018) 
    $100 Lilly Pullitzer Gift Card (ends January 3, 2018)
    $50 Safeway Gift Card (ends January 4, 2018)
    Lego Ninjago (ends January 4, 2018)
    $50 Target Gift Card (ends January 5, 2018)
    $25 Amazon Gift Card (ends January 6, 2018)
    $25 Forever 21 Gift Card (ends January 7, 2018) 
    Duck Tales Woo-oo DVD (ends January 7, 2018)
    $25 Lowes Gift (ends January 7, 2018)
    $25 King Soopers Gift Card and BodyArmor Water (ends January 8, 2018)
    $100 CVS Gift Card (ends January 10, 2018)
    $25 Kroger Gift Card and BodyArmor Water (ends January 10, 2018)
    $25 Olive Garden Gift Card (ends January 10, 2018)
    Paddington 2 Prize Pack (ends January 11, 2018)
    $200 Colleen Rothschild Gift Card (ends January 11, 2018)
    $25 Sweet Andi Co. Credit for Bows (ends January 12, 2018)
    Quinny Rachel Zoe Moodd Stroller or Car Seat (ends January 12, 2018)
    On-Cor Prize Pack (ends January 12, 2018)
    Mountain High Ski Lift Passes CA (ends January 13, 2018) 
    $25 Flower and Fig Gift Card (ends January 13, 2018)
    $100 Amazon Gift Card (ends January 14, 2018)
    The Lion Guard: Rise of Scar (ends January 14, 2018)
    $50 Bonefish Grill Gift Card (ends January 14, 2018)
    $25 Macy's Gift Card (ends January 15, 2018) 
    $100 Disney Gift Card (ends January 15, 2018)
    $100 Disney Gift Card (ends January 15, 2018)
    Lego Ninjago (ends January 15, 2018)
    American Girl Luciana Vega Doll (ends January 18, 2018)
    The Lion Guard: Rise of Scar (ends January 19, 2018)
    On-Cor Prize Package (ends January 19, 2018)
    Children's Books from Candlewick Press (ends January 20, 2018)
    The Lion Guard: Rise of Scar (ends January 20, 2018)
    Fairy Mom and Me (ends January 21, 2018)
    $150 Gaia Conceptions Gift Card (ends January 21, 2018)
    $100 Disney Gift Card (ends January 22, 2018) 
    $25 Kroger Gift Card and BodyArmor Water (ends January 22, 2018)
    Lego Ninjago Movie (ends January 23, 2018)
    1 lb Chocolate and $25 Amex Gift Card (ends January 23, 2018)
    $100 Disney Gift Card (ends January 23, 2018)
    The Lion Guard: Rise of Scar (ends January 23, 2018) 
    Coloring Book, Recipes, Essential Oil Guide (ends January 24, 2018) 
    Garmin Kids Activity Tracker (ends January 25, 2018)
    On-Cor Prize Pack (ends January 26, 2018)
    Boutique 31 Cardigan (ends January 26, 2018)
    American Girl Luciana Vega Doll (ends January 26, 2018)
    Birthday Bash Prize Packages (ends January 27, 2018)
    $50 Pink Blush Gift Card (ends January 28, 2018)
    Glasstic Water Bottle (ends January 28, 2018) 
    $25 Visa Gift Card and Entenmann's Coupons (ends January 28, 2018)
    The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar (ends January 28, 2018)
    $50 Picket Fence Gift Card (ends January 29, 2018)
    $25 Visa Gift Card and Stevia in the Raw (ends January 29, 2018) 
    Mormon Mom Planner (ends January 30, 2018)
    Little Match Girl Book (ends January 31, 2018) 
    American Girl Luciana Vega Doll (ends January 31, 2018) 
    Cowboy Hat, Taylor Swift CD and More (ends January 31, 2018)



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