Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Review ~ Book 1 ~ Wright on Time- Arizona

We live in Michigan, but have wanted to move to Arizona for years now.  I was excited to find out about a new chapter book series for kids ~ Wright on Time by Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley.  The first book in this new series takes place in Arizona!

This series is about the Wright family.  They are a homeschool family that is traveling the US in their RV.  Each month brings them to a new state with a new educational theme to explore and play with.  They prove that learning can happen all the time, anywhere, and that being with family is fun!

The characters are ~

Aidan, age 7 ~ Boisterous and joking all the time, this sporty boy knows how to have fun!

Nadia, age 11 ~ Curious and fiery, this intellectual girl can always find out answers to even the most difficult questions.

Their parents ~ Harrison, a writer and linguist expert, and Stephanie, a telecommuting computer expert; ready to adventure with their children.

Prince Pumpkin III, turtle extraordinaire ~ This 50 year old little guy is holding on tight, as the family RV and a mysterious device take him on an adventure no turtle has ever gone on before.

Author: Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley
Illustrator: Tanja Bauerle
Published date: August 2009
ISBN-13: 978-0-9824829-0-2
LCCN: 2009928001
100 pages, 5.25" x 8", paperback
Children's Chapter Book, Ages 5-12+
Retail price: $12.99

I gave this book to my 8 year old daughter to read.   She really enjoyed the characters, the stories and the information on Arizona.  She said she would read book two when it comes out.

After she read it, I read through it.  I found it a great story that was very educational.  It is educational in a tricky way that kids don't realize.  My favorite way :)  This is a wonderfully written story that would be good for homeschooled kids as well as public/private school kids.  I can see it being a great tool for home school parents though!  Definitely worth checking out.

You can find out more about the book series at the website ~ Wright on Time.

This review was written for Mama Buzz.  I was sent a copy of the book for free to review.  No payment was received.

Kellogg's Froot Loops and Apple Jacks now w/ Fiber

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I recently received a box of Froot Loops with fiber, a box of Froot Loops with no fiber to taste test the difference between the two cereals, and 2 boxes of Apple Jacks with fiber.  I will be honest, these are actually 2 of my favorite cereals.  I love them!  I've mentioned before, I do not eat cereal w/ milk.  I love to eat cereal dry though, and these 2 cereals are a great snack!

Did you know that 9 out of 10 kids lack the recommended amount of fiber a day?  I know I struggle myself with getting enough fiber, so I can understand why so many kids lack it.  Kellogg's decided to take two of their most popular kids cereals and add 3 grams of fiber per serving.

I broke into the Apple Jack's first and they definitely did not taste any different to me.  I had nothing to compare to though, so then I tried the Froot Loops.  Both boxes tasted exactly the same to me.  The big test though was the kids.  I didn't tell them they were taste testing because I didnt' want to influence their thoughts.  Neither one could tell a difference with the cereal.  {They eat theirs w/ milk btw, they didn't get mommy's weird thing about milk luckily}

Final thoughts, success!  Kellogg's did a great job by adding some fiber to the cereal.  Especially since it is one of the sugary ones.  I love that these companies are starting to add vitamins, fibers, etc to foods I already buy.   

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Kellogg’s and received boxes of Froot Loops and Apple Jacks and a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

$20 Turkey Dinner for 8 + $30 Walmart Giveaway for you!

A Thanksgiving turkey that had been soaked for...
The economy is still bad, so with the holidays approaching we don't want the added stress of how to pay for everything.  Luckily Walmart is at it again with lowering prices.  This holiday season, Walmart is reducing prices on key holiday meal items to help make holiday meals a little more affordable.

Plus they have recently teamed up with some of Food Networks stars Melissa D’Arabian from Ten Dollar Dinners and Aaron Sanchez of Chefs vs. City to create tasty twists on traditional holiday dishes.

A turkey dinner for eight as low as $20
According to a survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation, last year’s average cost of a turkey was roughly $1.19 per pound. Select Grade A turkeys are available now for 40 cents per pound at Walmart.* These gobblers are part of Walmart’s $20 Thanksgiving menu guaranteeing family favorites will be on the dinner table this holiday season. Walmart’s $20 Thanksgiving feast includes:
  • One 12-pound Grade A turkey*
  • Three 11 to 15.5-ounce cans Green Giant vegetables
  • Two 14-ounce cans Ocean Spray cranberry sauce
  • Three 6-ounce boxes of Stove Top stuffing
  • One 5-pound bag of red potatoes
  • One 12-count package of Sara Lee dinner rolls
  • One 22-ounce pumpkin roll cake
I stopped by Walmart today and they did have some pretty great prices.  I wasn't there long because I worked all day, but I noticed stuffing was only .74 a box (regular price $3+)  I definately can see creating an entire holiday meal with very little money.

We usually have turkey, mashed potatoes, roast potatoes, salad, some veggies and of course dessert.  Still haven't fully figured out the dinner menu yet this year.  What types of dishes are you having this thanksgiving?  Is there something you have every single year?  Roast potatoes is my look forward to thing each Thanksgiving and Christmas!

Want to try creating a budget friendly holiday meal courtesy of Walmart this year?

Walmart $30 Holiday Meal Giftcard Giveaway

Walmart and Mom Central have offered to sponsor a giveaway of 2 $30 giftcards to 2 lucky readers to help in preparing their Holiday Meals this year.  This giveaway won't help with Thanksgiving, but Walmart has this pricing from Thanksgiving to New Years!

To enter this giveaway ~  Tell me something about your Thanksgiving.  What is your favorite dish, do you have a family specialty?

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This giveaway will end on December 6th @ 11:59pm.  Winners have been notified.  Thanks to all that entered.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Walmart. In addition, I received a Walmart gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate and two to offer as a giveaway.

*Prices and availability may vary in AK, HI, OK, NM, WI and at Walmart.com. Prices on select Grade A turkeys begin November 4; limit two turkeys per customer; weights and brands vary by store. Quantities are limited; no rain checks. All prices do not include tax.
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