Monday, September 30, 2013

Cuisinart Prep 9 Giveaway!

Welcome to the Cuisinart Prep 9 Food Processor Giveaway
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Viva Veltoro recently had the opportunity to review the Cuisinart Prep 9 9-cup Food Processor from BuyDig.  You can read her full review HERE.  I know I would love to try a food processor like this!

Here is information about the Cuisinart Prep 9 from BuyDig's website:

Perfecting the art of food preparation. With a brushed stainless finish that adds a touch of elegance to any modern kitchen, the Cuisinart 9-Cup Food Processor is the ideal prep tool for any task. Its compact build allows it to fit comfortably on any countertop and the large work bowl makes it easy to create an entire meal from scratch. After all, it's a Cuisinart!

  •  9-Cup Lexan work bowl
  • Extra-large feed tube slices whole fruits and vegetables
  • One-piece Cuisinart Supreme feed tube
  • Stainless steel medium slicing disc (4mm)
  • Stainless steel shredding disc
  • Chopping/ mixing blade
  • Dough blade
  • Detachable disc stem
  • Spatula
  • Recipe/ Instruction book
  • How-to-DVD
  • All removable parts are dishwasher-safe
  • Limited 10-year motor warranty
  • Limited 3-year warranty

One lucky person is going to win a Cuisinart Prep 9
courtesy of BuyDig, valued at $149.99!  

Open to the US only, ages 18 and up.  Ends 10/14/13 at 11:59 PM EST.
Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below.  Good Luck!

Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for hosting this giveaway.  The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.  
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Friday, September 27, 2013

Cute Circus theme 1st Birthday!

Little Guy's first birthday was so much fun! Since I'm back to work a few days a week I have a little less time for all the crafts and cooking that I would like to do in a perfect world, so I kept my homemade decorations to a minimum for his party.  My favorite thing that I did make was this birthday hat baby faces banner!  
Everyone loved it and it was really easy to do.

First, I went through my pictures on Shutterfly and chose about 12 that I thought would be cute.  I tried to get all kinds of his expressions from his adorable grin to his crying face.  Using Shutterfly, I cropped them to just include his face and changed the color to black and white and sent them to my local Walgreens.  Then, I just cut out the faces.  I used scrapbook paper to cut out the little triangle birthday hats and cut up tissue paper to make the fringe on the bottom.  I then just used double sided tape to tape the hats onto the picture.  After I had them all made, I attached them to the ribbon with the double sided tape and hung it up.  That was it.  Obviously, it took a little bit of time, but it was all really easy and so cute!

I decided to have a cute circus theme this year because I'm pretty sure I'm going to have trucks, trains, and Ninja Turtles in my future.  I actually tried to keep it all relatively simple using my decor from Oriental Trading Company as the backbone.  (Click here to see my OTC review.) The circus tent cupcake stand was the main display on the dessert table.  Grammy made some super cute elephant sugar cookies to go along with our theme too.

I ordered most of the cupcakes from Publix (I LOVE Publix frosting!) and made a few with all of the left over batter from making Little Guy's smash cake.  I made a funfetti smash cake with homemade icing and just decorated it with a big #1.  I surrounded it with the other funfetti cupcakes on the cake stand and made it the centerpiece of the food table.

 I tried to keep the food easy (meaning I could prepare most of it ahead of time) and adult and kid friendly.  We grilled hotdogs and bratwurst as the main dish.  We also served bean dip and buffalo chicken dip with tortilla chips, pasta salad, veggie tray, rainbow fruit skewers, and some applesauce pouches for the kiddos.  In the kitchen we also had a cheese and cracker tray and some homemade spinach dip with Hawaiian bread.  I picked up those cute little buckets at Target in the $1 bin and thought they would perfect as utensil holders. 

We had a really cute banner hung above the window in the dining room and the kitchen, along with some other cute accessories on the tables. 

For party favors, we gave all the kiddos a pack of Barnum's Animal Cookies.  I got a couple of glass jars at Hobby Lobby that I filled with Skittles and a 1 birthday candle to use as more colorful decorations around the house.

Luckily, we remembered to get at least one family picture during all of the festivities. :)

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Odd and Even Worksheets

Here's my latest creation that I'm using in my classroom this week.  I designed these for 2nd grade, but they could be used with first or third graders too!

These 4 worksheets cover odd and even. The first one uses pictures so students can identify groups of 2 to determine whether a number is odd or even. The next two ask students to color the graphics a certain color to show whether the number is odd or even. (One W.S. covers numbers 1-50, the second covers numbers 1-500.) It's fall themed too, so it's perfect for this time of year! The last worksheet lists a number and asks students to write whether it is odd or even.   If you are using Common Core standards than these worksheets cover 2.OA.4.C.

Head on over to my TPT store to download it!

And, in case you missed my latest FREEBIE- here it is:

Get a sample of a couple of the graphic organizers from my Common Core Aligned Reading: Literature Graphic Organizers Pack.  The whole packet contains 17 graphic organizers and covers Common Core standards RL.2.1- R.L.2.9!
Grab the full packet here.

Plus, don't forget to follow me on TPT so you're the first to know when I add new products and FREEBIES!

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Citrus Lane Monthly Subscription Box Review

Monthly subscription boxes seem to be all the rage lately, and I sure didn't want to miss out!  So, you can imagine how excited I was at the chance to review one of the originals, Citrus Lane.  

Citrus Lane

Citrus Lane is a monthly subscription box for your little ones from newborn to age five.  They include all kinds of fun and great products for your little one and even for you too!  The 4-5 products  they include each month have been recommended and reviewed by their advisory board and community and you can rest assured there is no marketing gimmicks or no paid placements- just what they feel is the best products for you to try.  Citrus Lane only works with brands that offer the best products for kids.  By doing so, Citrus Lane helps parents discover fresh brands and exciting new products.  Some of our community’s favorite discoveries have been from top consumer brands such as Green Toys, Barefoot Books, Honest Company, Skip Hop, Plum Organics, and Aden & Anais.

It's so easy to try: First, you choose your plan.  They start as low as $21 a month!  Then, you personalize your box for your child's gender and age.   Then, you wait for your surprises to come in the mail each month! Each box is worth at least $25 in retail value, and shipping is always free. 

I recieved my signature box in the mail and I couldn't wait to open it up to see what was inside!

Included in my monthly box for my 1 year old son:

1.  Octopus Opposites from Barefoot Books (Retail: $7.99)
2.  5" Playground Ball from Crocodile Creek (Retail: $7.99)
3.  2 Packs of Fruit Straws from Plum Organics (Retail: $2.00)
4.  Adhesive Bandages from Ouchies Jr. (Retail: $5.00)
5.  All Natural Hand Sanitizing Wipes from CleanWell (Retail: $5.50)
6.  Free Trial Offer from FabKids ($39.95 value)

Total Value: $28.50 or $68.50 if you take advantage of the free trial from FabKids!

My son LOVES the ball!  He's really get into playing with all types of balls and he didn't have a ball quite like this yet.  He's been chasing it everywhere lately.  I also love the Octopus Opposites book.  We have a couple of Barefoot Books and we really enjoy them.  The fruit straws weren't quite something I would feed to my son yet (he only has 4 teeth), but I tried them and they were tasty.  I'm sure older children would enjoy them.  Luckily, we haven't had to use our band-aids yet, but I'm sure they'll come in handy and the Paddington Bear character ones we received are so cute!   And, I don't know about you, but I can never have enough sanitizing wipes handy.  What's so great about these is that they are biodegradable and all natural.  Citrus Lane even provided some fun do-it-yourself games for you to use with your child and one of their new toys.  My box included some Do-It-Yourself Bowling Pins to use with your new ball.  I love this little touch to incorporate crafts and play in each box.

Follow & Connect:  You can like Citrus Lane on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

Buy It:  You can go to Citrus Lane's website to order a subscription for your child.

Click here to get 50% your first box!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using  
Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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Friday, September 20, 2013

Easy Witches Hat Cookies ~ Sharing is Caring Halloween Hop

Sharing is Caring Halloween Blog Hop

I know Halloween is still over a month away, but I love that the Sharing is Caring Hop is on top of it!  Now, is the perfect time to start thinking about some fun Halloween ideas, so you won't be thinking about those costumes, crafts, and treats at the last minute!  Today, I'm excited to share with you all a super easy little Halloween goody for your kiddos!

I make these for my class (2nd graders) and bring them in on Halloween most years for a little treat for them at lunch.  They love it when I bring in special goodies that I made myself!  (And I get to use it as a way to keep them behaving all morning by promising them a special treat at lunch if they do!)  These are fun and literally the easiest thing to make.  

You only need 3 things:
Hershey Kisses
1 package fudge-striped shortbread cookies 
1 container orange or red decorating icing

All you do is glue the Hershey kiss to the back of the fudge cookie with the icing.  Then, you pipe a little icing around the base of the Hershey kiss.  That's it!  Easy peasy, lemon squeezy (as my students would say)!

Happy Halloween!
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This post is part of the Sharing is Caring Halloween Blog Hop hosted by Life With Lovebugs, Pam’s Party & Practical Tips, and A Spectacled Owl! All of the blogs listed below are sharing Halloween themed posts as part of this event, so click on one or all of the links below to find some great recipes, tutorials, crafts and more!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

New Wave Enviro's Litter Free Lunch {Review & Giveaway} #lasthurrah

Summer is coming to a close, but we're not giving in yet – we're celebrating One Last Hurrah for Summer with this giveaway hop hosted by Viva Veltoro and So Easy Being Green!  For the next two weeks, enjoy this last hurrah of the season by hopping around to all the bloggers who have come together to offer some great prizes to give away! 

New Wave is a family owned company that has been in business since 1993.  They provide environmentally friendly products that help improve your quality of like while creating eath-friendly alternatives.  They offer a variety of products such as Enviro Filters, BpA Free Enviro Bottles, Seriously Safe Stainless® Steel Bottles and Litter Free Lunch™ Products.  New Wave Enviro offers some practical solutions to health and environmental issues that all of us are facing today.

I was lucky enough to review New Wave Enviro's Litter Free Lunch.  This lunch box comes in a variety of awesome colors and cool designs.  I was sent the Blue Lunch Kit.  The lunch box has a great retro design with a myriad of blue colors.  The lunch box has an insulated shell to keep your food super fresh and cool.  The great thing about this lunch kit is that it comes with absolutely everything you need for your lunch- except the food!

There are four airtight food containers to hold everything you need to help you pack a fresh, healthy lunch and fit it all perfectly in your lunch bag.  These containers are BpA free so you know everything held in them is safe.  There are 2 small containers (3.75” x 2.25” x 1-3/8” deep).  These are the perfect size for little snacks.  I filled one with cheerios for my little guy.  There is also 1 medium size container (5.25” x 3.75” x 1-3/8” deep)  which was perfect for grapes, and 1 large container (5.25” x 3.75” x 2.75” deep) which is the perfect size for those yummy leftovers.  The kit also comes with a 15oz. BpA free bottle so you don't have to waste another plastic disposable bottle! Just a little fun fact from New Wave-  Did you know only 1 in 5 single-use plastic bottles are recycled and the amount of petroleum used in manufacturing single-use plastic bottles could power 100,000 cars every year? Wow.  Definitely makes me want to use a reusable water bottle!

The food containers all packed up.  (I packed my son's sippy cup for his lunch.)
All of the containers are dishwasher safe and the lunch bag can even be washed in the washing machine.
Perfect if you have a messy eater!

Follow & Connect:  You can Like New Wave Enviro on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Buy It:  You can go to New Wave Enviro's website to find out where to purchase the Litter Free Lunch Kit.

Win It:  One lucky person is going to win their very own Litter Free Lunch Kit!  Enter using the Giveaway Tools below.

Giveaway is open to U.S. only and ends 10/3 at 11:59 pm E.S.T 

Now that you've entered my giveaway, be sure to hop around to all the others in the linky below, including the Grand Prize – you don't want to miss this one, courtesy of Brylane Home!

Click here to enter the Grand Prize.

Viva Veltoro, So Easy Being Green, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the One Last Hurrah for Summer 
participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations. 

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Do you ever want to stop time?

Do you ever find yourself looking at your child and wishing you could just stop time? 

You are not alone! When I look at this picture I can hardly believe a year has passed! Look how tiny my little guy was!

 The folks at Gymboree want you to join them in celebrating and sharing cherished moments in childhood. Gymboree has created an amazing new video to help kick off this campaign and I am thrilled to share it with you. This video is truly touching and must be watched by all parents. So watch and enjoy, then share your favorite cherished childhood moments in the comments! 
Be sure to use the hashtag #cherishchildhood when commenting or if you share this video with friends!

Without further ado, I present to you "Today we've got to play!" sponsored by Gymboree:

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Hyland's 5-day Stress Challenge & Giveaway!

Do you have stress in your life? Hyland's Homeopathy wants to help!

Starting Monday, September 30th Hyland’s will be hosting a 5-Day Stress Challenge on their Facebook  page that will challenge you to stress less. The challenge will include tips and tricks that should help you manage the stress of your daily routine. To promote the challenge, Hyland’s is offering our readers the chance to win a Hyland’s Gift Basket valued at over $75 and including the following goodies:
  • Hyland’s Calms Forte, 100 ct.; Approximate Retail Value (ARV) - $9.59
  • Hyland’s Nerve Tonic, 32 ct.; (ARV) - $7.99
  • Arnica 30X, 50 ct.; (ARV) - $7.49
  • Muscle Therapy Gel, 3 oz.; (ARV) - $ 8.59
  • Bioplasma, 500 ct.; (ARV) - $12.79
  • Bioplasma Sport, 12 pack; (ARV) - $11.99
  • Leg Cramps, 50 ct.; (ARV) - $9.19
  • Restful Legs, 50 ct.; (ARV) - $8.99
Total Prize ARV:  $76.62

To win, please enter in the form below (Giveaway Tools) between Friday, September 13th at 12:00 AM EST and Tuesday, September 17th at 1pm EST. Registration for the challenge will start on Wednesday, September 18th at 1pm EST on the Hyland’s Homeopathy fan page or directly at this link:  The first 1,000 users to register and fill out the entry form will receive a free full-size Hyland's Nerve Tonic. Stay tuned to the Hyland’s Homeopathy page for more details. 

Disclosure: I have not been compensated for hosting this giveaway. Hyland's is responsible for prize fullfulment. Thanks to Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro for organizing this giveaway.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

One-derful Bday Bash: Oriental Trading Company $25 GC {Review & Giveaway}

It's Little Guy's 1st birthday today and it's the eighth and last day of My Life According to Pinterest's "One-derful" Birthday Bash!  In case you missed them earlier, here is the list of all the "One-derful" Birthday Bash open giveaways!

Today, we're wrapping things up with a giveaway from Oriental Trading Company with a $25 Gift Card!

Oriental Trading Company is your go-to place for FUN inspiration!  They are the nation's largest direct merchant of value-priced party supplies, arts and crafts, toys and novelties, and a leading provider of school supplies and affordable home d├ęcor and gift ware.  They serve tons of customers through colorful catalogs and the Internet and offer more than 40,000 products to meet the needs of all kinds of businesses, not-for-profit organizations, individuals, schools, churches and teachers.

I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to review some products from Oriental Trading Company for my little guy's first birthday party this past weekend.  They have some of the cutest party decor for ANY party you want to throw!  I chose the 1st Birthday Circus theme party supplies for my son's party.  I figure I'll be throwing truck, dinosaur, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle parties for the rest of my life, so I wanted something cute and fun for this first party.  Because, let's face it, I was going to remember it much better than he was!

photos via Oriental Trading Company

I loved this circus theme.  There was so many fun things to do with it and all my decor from Oriental Trading Company enhanced the fun atmosphere. The invitations were so cute and creative!  They folded into a little circus tent. I got so many compliments on them from my friends and family.  All of the colorful plates and napkins really dressed up the food table, along with the 3D circus characters.

And the dessert table- oh my it was gorgeous!  I absolutely loved the Circus Tent Cupcake Holder- so festive!  The cupcake toppers added that extra touch to my specially ordered Publix cupcakes. ;)  Grandma even made and decorated some de-li-cious elephant sugar cookies to match this super cute birthday theme!  Check back soon for the whole look at Little Guy's first birthday party!

I highly recommend Oriental Trading Company!  As a mom, I find the cutest party decor and fun knick-knacks at Oriental Trading Company.  As a teacher, I find the best classroom theme decor and treasure box items.  Planning a wedding or a Vacation Bible School program?  They even have you covered for that! Their prices are so reasonable too.  With Halloween coming up, this gift card could help you with all your costume or party planning needs!

1st Birthday Circus popcorn boxes, 3D circus characters, and character garland.

Follow & Connect: Like Oriental Trading Company on Facebook or follow them on Twitter or Pinterest.

Buy It: You can shop at Oriental Trading Company's website.

Win It:  One lucky person is going to win a $25 Gift Card to spend at Oriental Trading Company.  Enter using the Giveaway Tools below.  Good Luck!

Giveaway is open to U.S. only and ends 9/25 at 11:59 pm E.S.T
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