Friday, November 12, 2010

Save up to 50% off KidKraft

KidKraft makes the most wonderful dollhouses.  Right now one of my favorite stores, CSN Stores has all of their KidKraft items on sale for 50% off!  That is the price as well, so if you have a promo code you can use it!  Make a great Christmas items.

If you aren't famaliar with KidKraft they have been producing quality products for generations.  They are the leading manufacturer of Children's furniture, toys, gifts and room accessories.

Their dollhouses are my favorite, but they also have doll furniture, kitchen playsets, rocking horses, table and chair sets for kids, vanities, book cases, wall decorations, and playsets (some great ones for boys as well as girls!).

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

My Dream Bathtub

When thinking about your favorite room in your house, do you ever consider the bathroom?  Think about it.  You probably spend a good amount of time in there.  Taking showers, doing your hair and make-up, giving your kids a bath.  You need to have good bathroom furniture and lighting!

I know I love to read in the bathroom when my kids would take a bath. That way, I was in the bathroom with them, but not going crazy out of boredom :)  

A way I destress is taking a long hot bubble bath with a good book.  This is my dream bathtub if I ever get a chance to remodel my bathroom!

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Monday, November 8, 2010

MathRider ~ Help your kids learn math with this Fun Game!

My oldest struggles in school, in all subjects including Math.  I have found over the years in talking with teachers and parents, that Math is one of the toughest subjects for most kids.  I'm always on the lookout for fun ways for my daughter to learn math skills.  Playing games over the years, is one way that she has actually really improved in her math classes.  
I was recently offered a chance to try a new software program called MathRider.  It was designed to help elementary school kids practice and master addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
I will honestly tell you though, these skills are just needed in elementry school.  Last year when my daughter was in 7th grade, our school held a math & literacy night for parents. All of the SEVENTH GRADE math teachers, told us parents to keep making our kids practice multiplication.  They said it was amazing how many middle schoolers do not have this skill yet. 
The MathRider software takes kids on various quests, all the while learning where they are at in the fundamental arithmetic skills.  It then hones in on what needs to be practiced, with rewards and animations that match their levels of mastery.
This has worked wonders with quite a few kids, who, having rescued the princess, suddenly realized that they were now "masters of addition" or whatever operation they were playing.
Installation is very easy to do.  It didn't take more then a few minutes on my computer. You do need Adobe Air to run the program (free).  
My 4th grader loves this game.  She loves horses, and she loves going on quests in games.  My 8th grader is even playing the game.  It is definately better for younger kids, but she has fun playing along with her sister.  While playing the game, you don't even realize you are actually learning.  Always a plus with kids!
I love how advanced this software is.  The software maintains extensive statistics of each player's performance in the game and uses that to optimise what needs rehearsing and what doesn’t. Even a player's individual typing speed is considered. The game speed adjusts according to player performance and when someone has indeed mastered an operation, the software recognizes this very quickly. 
You can purchase MathRider online for $37, they even offer a 30 day risk free guarantee!
This post was written for Family Review Network & Math Rider who provided a 30 day trial of MathRider  in exchange for my honest review.

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Have you started thinking about Holiday Cards yet?  With less then 50 days to Christmas, it is time to get those orders in. Do you like to Personalized Cards or Photo Cards?  If so, then you will really like the selection at

I was given a $25 Gift Code to order anything I want.  Since I haven't even found Christmas outfits for my girls yet, I wasn't ready to order my photo cards.  Instead, I used my code for some personalized business cards which I was in desperate need of.  I have to say, I'm so glad I did.  I adore my business cards! 

With a soft pink and orange pattern and plenty of space for your contact information, this personal business card becomes a great item to give away at parties and other events.
Printed on high-quality, 130 lb matte recycled cardstock. You even get a stylish carrying case for free with every personal card order!

I love the size though, they are 3 x 2, and just the cutest cards.  I got my order super quick.  I bought 50 of the business cards and I ended up having a little bit of money left over.  So, I also picked up one of the adorable personalized note cards.  I love that you can order in quantities of 1 at  You are not stuck order in quantity on most of the products.  I chose the Avocado Fleur Note Card, personalized with my last name and plan to frame it by my desk.  Nothing says you have to use it for a note :)

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  • 2010 HOLIDAY CARDS: has hundreds of new holiday photo cards, party invitations, and holiday thank you notes from the stationery industry’s top designers. Cards come in a range of sizes, from folded notecards to glossy postcards, and start as low as $0.79 each.

  • PHOTO NOTEBOOKS Perfect stocking stuffers for kids and adults alike, these notebooks are personalized with a favorite photo and message. These are the only custom photo notebooks to feature photo options on the back, scratch-resistant cardboard covers and durable stainless steel wire-o binding. Priced from $15 to $18.

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