Showing posts from September 28, 2008

First Lego League the Unofficial Guide Book Review

Written for both rookie and experienced teams, FIRST LEGO League: The Unofficial Guide includes in-depth coverage of topics like team formation and organization, robot building and programming, and the basics of getting involved with FLL. Before the authors delve into the specifics of robot and team building, they reveal the fascinating history of the FIRST organization and the sometimes puzzling structure of the FLL competition. Using a combination of real-life stories and candid commentary from actual FLL teams, as well as recollections of their own experiences, they offer an abundance of helpful guidance and dependable building and programming examples.

Kelly and Daudelin are both veteran FLL competitors, FIRST LEGO League: The Unofficial Guide is an all-in-one reference for FLL participants, from rookie coaches trying to organize new teams to veteran teams hoping for their next trophy.

Basically this book tells you everything you need to know to enter the 1st Lego League competiti…

Mat Chats ~ Let's Talk About It

Do you ever struggle with keeping the lines of communication open with your kids? If you have a tween or teen or even a child in school, chances are at some point you do!

With the technology out today, it is very easy to lose track of conversations. With tv, computers, email, chat, text, cel phones, etc it seems we communicate more then ever, but are we really?

Lisa Brown came up with a great idea with her children called Mat Chats. So, what are Mat Chats? They are placemats that include a discussion topic, inspirational quote, 4 questions to get you talking, dictionary of meaning of discussion topic and a Reminder to always respect each other.

There are currently 8 discussion topics that you can buy. They are $14.95 for a set of 8. Not only do these encourage the family to all sit together and eat, but they also encourage talking. What I really like is, even if you are very open family, the discussion topics may be things you never thought to ask or talk about.

I was sent Friendsh…

Suck my Udders & other things in the News

I almost fell on the floor laughing when I saw this on tv this morning. This women was sentenced to 30 days in jail after chasing children, urinating on a porch, and blocking traffic... all while wearing a Cow Costume. The reason her mug shot is actually in the cow costume is because she was naked under it. What had me laughing though was that I guess she was screaming "Suck my Udders" while in her jail cell the night she got arrested. Crazy! * Just to clarify, the reason for the laughter was more out of shock that it happened. I saw it on tv & the hosts could barely tell the story through laughing because it is so absurd. She did get sentenced to 30 days in jail & I hope a requirement is AA or something to help this women! *

Good news for Michigan, John McCain's campaign is pulling up stakes in Michigan and moving on, effectively conceding the state and its 17 Electoral College votes to Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. McCain's strategist…

Homemade Halloween Costumes

We’re all feeling the squeeze from the economic downturn but that doesn’t have to mean cutting corners on family fun this Halloween. Craft magazine illustrates how to make fun and funky costumes for your kids with a visit to your recycling bin, sewing box or local craft store – much easier than standing in line at a crowded costume shop and a bit easier on the wallet, as well.

You can quickly and easily whip up these five amazing kiddy costumes using supplies you probably already have on hand, plus a bit of creativity. These custom-made outfits also have more staying power than most flimsy store-bought costumes, and you'll love how cheap and quick they are to make. Follow the links below for full instructions:Bee: http://craftz…

My Baby Pajamas, Not just for Babies! Review & Giveaway

I'm so excited about the this next Review & Giveaway. When I came across My Baby Pajamas, I instantly fell in love with the selection. My first thought was this will be a cute baby site, but I was so wrong. It isn't just a cute baby site, they have pajamas for the entire family! They even having matching family sets, what a cute idea for Christmas.

When I started looking through the designs, it was so hard to choose. I fell in love with so many for my 7 year old. However, I found the cutest pair for my tween that I just new she'd love. I picked the Claesen's Aqua Stripe Cami and Boxerfor her. From Amsterdam, Claesen's is for the active kid. This cami and boxer set is great for sleeping, underwear, or lounging. Both the cami and boxer are made from 95% cotton and 5% lycra.

When I got the cute little package, I was very happy. It was very quick shipping, great customer service & the pajamas are just darling. My daughter absolutely loves them. S…

Pak Nak Review & Giveaway

* Giveaway closed, winners announced shortly *

Pak Nak's are decorative accessories to transform plain backpacks, bags and other stuff into personalized, ever-changing, colorful works of art. With 40 plus designs that are interchangeable, weather resistant and quickly and easily adhered to all of your stuff, PakNak makes changing your style as easy as changing your Nak.

Each soft, colorful pak nak is backed with strong Velcro you can stick right onto a backpack, notebook, hat, even headbands! Just Lift it off and the backing remains, so kids can collect them, move them around, trade them (they actually each come with their own trading cards), and generally use them to show off their individuality.

If you still aren't sure about these, there is NO Sewing involved! They stick with velcro, how cool is that! When I first came across the website, I thought they were sticky back. They are so much better though. I also didn't realize that you can interchange them. Knowing my k…

Review ~ K'NEX Sesame Street Building Sets

Can you tell me how to get, how to get to ...

Sesame Street?

When I was little, my favorite show was Sesame Street. One time, I think I was 4, possibly 3, I missed the show. I guess when I realized it, I freaked out. My dad had to go hide in the other room, call me and pretend he was Bert & Ernie.

Both my daughters ended up liking Sesame Street as well. My oldest was more of Barney & Teletubbies fan, but she did enjoy a good episode of Sesame Street. My youngest was a huge fan though, especially of Elmo's World. She watched that over & over. If it comes on while she is flipping channels, she will still watch it. Right now she really likes Abby Cadabby and Zoey (especially the ballet dvd).

This month, K'NEX introduced a new line of Sesame Street themed building sets for kids ages 2 - 5 years. Each Sesame Street building set is filled with colorful, chunky kid K'NEX rods, connectors and blocks. They also include engaging and interactive educational content…

Review ~ Faerie Tale by Raymond E. Feist

I read Faerie Taleby Raymond E. Feistas one of my RIP III Challenge books. This will be a book that I will never forget. I've always loved books on Faerie/Fey, etc. I have never read one quite like this book though.
The book is about the Hastings family. They are native Californians with money. Phil the father is a successful screenwriter/book author and his wife Gloria is a retired actress. Phil has a college aged daughter, together they have twin boys - Sean & Patrick. For a change of pace, they move to upstate New York into a ramshackle, old house called Old Kessler Place or Earl King Hill on the outskirts of an enchanted woods. The entire family quickly become involved in ancient, Celtic magic and occult horror when they are lured into the world of some luminous elfin beings.
This book is considered Fantasy, many call it a horror. I do have to agree with that statement. Feist brings you to a terrifying faerie world that you will never forget. Besides a few cor…

Movie Review ~ The Women 2008

Thanks to Dove and the Family Review Network, I was able to go and see the movie The Women. You may remember me mentioning this movie a few weeks ago. I was originally planning on going with my mom. However, my daughter put her cat in the closet and now she is not speaking to me :) Instead I got to enjoy a good movie by myself. I have never done that before. Pre-kids, I would have never stepped foot into a theater by myself, lol. Now that I have kids, I really enjoyed the freedom!

This film is for women, about women, directed by a woman. The cast is even comprised entirely of women. The Women is a remake of the 1939 classic film of the same name and stars Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith, Cloris Leachman, Bette Midler, and Candice Bergen.

The story centers on a group of gossipy, high-society women who spend their days at the beauty salon and haunting fashion shows. The sweet, happily-wedded Mary Haines finds her marriage in trouble when s…

Review ~ Glow Mama Drink + Discount Code!

Finally a drink just for us moms. Glow Mama knows how busy being a mom can be, whether you are pregnant or already a mom.

"GlowMama is flush with the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients you need during this special time of life, whether you're eating and drinking for two, breastfeeding your newborn, or trying to keep up with a newly mobile toddler. It's a healthy complement to your daily prenatal vitamin."

From the site ~ Glow Mama was conceived shortly after my son. After skipping my caffeine, surrendering my cocktails and sacrificing my artificial additives, I was struggling to find a way to keep hydrated and healthy. It wasn’t until I was eating a lot of kiwis for their vitamin C and fiber that the “you’re glowing” compliments starting rolling in. I put the two together – “don’t all moms-to-be have special needs and need to feel special?” and Glow Mama was born.

We’ve spent a lot of time making Glow Mama crisp and refreshing, making the vitami…

Bed Bugs No More

Both my girls have Asthma, so I have to be diligent in keeping there sheets, blankets & mattress clean. I guess this works out two fold because we do not have a bed bug problem. I always found that crazy, the saying "Don't let the bed bugs bite" was said because you can actually have bed bugs.

What are bed bugs you may ask? This is pretty gross, they are little bugs that are nocturnal and feed off human blood. They usually live inside of mattresses because then they have a food source (yes, YOU!). They crawl out just before dawn and bite you, sucking out blood for about five minutes. You don't feel anything until after the bed bug is already safely back in its home.

If you find out you have them, you need to get a mattress encasement. We actually use these for Asthma, even though I just read an article yesterday that said they don't make a difference when you have Asthma. Anyway, these are cool, they actually zip all they around your mattress. …

Review ~ Kids Lunch Box Cards

KidsLunchBoxCards are a super-fun alternative to the humdrum lunch-time napkin note. They revolutionize communication between moms and kids at that vulnerable time during a long school day. A special note that says... I'm thinking of you!

I was sent a full set of Lunch box cards right before school started. I thought these were just adorable. You get 5 cards per set, so that is entire week of fun per package! There are currently 5 sets available.

The cards are 4 x 6 in size, the back is like a postcard. They cost $4.95 per pack with $2.99 shipping. Special offer if you buy 4 or more packs, you get FREE shipping!

My daughters favorite of course is the Mystical Little People. I snuck a card in her backpack the first day of school. She was thrilled with it, all she could talk about when she got home. She also said all her friends wanted to see it & thought it was very cool!

These just aren't for lunch boxes either, you can drop them in backpacks, overnight bags, coat pocke…