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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Make Science Fun Again with @LearningHandsOn Toys!

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As a preschool teacher, one of my absolute favorite companies for the classroom is Learning Resources! Learning Resources is a leading global manufacturer of innovative, hands-on educational products trusted by teachers and parents and loved by children. Their products are alway so much fun that children don't even know they are learning while they play with them!

Science is one area I tend to struggle in teaching in the preschool classroom but it is so important for the child's development! So this school year, I am so glad I have Learning Resources by my side because they have a great selection of science-based toys and I am so excited to try them out with my preschoolers this year!

Check out some of my favorite science toys from Learning Resources:

Primary Science™ Outdoor Discovery Set


We will be using this great set to explore the great outdoors this Fall and Spring!


Discover the wonders of plants, bugs, and more with all the kid-cool tools for some naturally fun experiments. Ten double-sided Activity Cards include easy-to-follow experiments to capture, create, and observe the world outside. Leaning comes naturally as children conduct their own investigations and discover the world of plants and insects firsthand.


Product Features + Benefits: 
· STEM-supporting set
· Includes a sprouting jar with 2 lids, watering can, 3 plant pots, 3 plant markers, Big View Bug Jar, Handy Scooper™, and Activity Guide

Age range: 3+ years
MSRP: $29.99 from Amazon.com


Alphabet Acorns Activity Set


This fun and challenging matching game gives children multiple ways to learn and play. Children can match uppercase and lowercase letters as they put the acorns together, plus play hide-and-seek by finding a surprise inside each acorn. The object they find begins with the letter sound on the acorn. Colors correspond to letters, and little learners can even practice making words, learning their ABCs, beginning sounds, and more!


My children loved playing with these acorns and the children in my preschool will too!

Product Features + Benefits: 
· Alphabet acorns help children learn letter Identification and much more
· Bottoms of acorns feature written letters—tops have matching colors. Kids will learn as they match them together!
· Each acorn has a color counter inside that corresponds to the letter
· Includes 26 two-piece acorns and 26 color counters

Age range: 3+ years
MSRP: $29.99 from Amazon.com

Erupting Cross-section
Volcano Model


There's nothing like an erupting volcanic eruption to get your child fired up about science! Create your very own erupting volcano with this unique no assembly required model.

When we study the letter "V" we always do a fun volcano for science! This great Cross-Section Volcano will make it so much more fun and interesting for the kids!

Product Features + Benefits: 
· Includes an easy-to-prepare lava recipe, a 13" clear plastic tray and a removable tube that allows for quick clean up. Detailed cross-section shows the inside of the volcano. Includes a fact-filled Activity Guide, with all the information kids want to know about volcanoes.

Age range: 6+ years
MSRP: $39.99 from Amazon.com


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Monday, September 18, 2017

Enjoy a Relaxing, Hot Bath with Shugar Soaps!

* This post is brought to you by Shugar Soapworks. All opinions are mine. *


There is nothing better after a long day than a soak in a bathtub with a sweet smelling and relaxing soap!

So, if you are having stressful days now that school has started again, then let me recommend Shugar Soapworks! They are committed to making the highest quality, cruelty-free, vegan soaps available. Each bar of Shugar soap is triple milled to ensure it delivers a rich creamy lather, and then hard-pressed using up to 8,000 pounds of pressure so they won’t crack or fall apart.


Shugar soaps use only the finest scents from the heart of Europe’s perfume region in the south of France and Italy. Each bar seems to blossom as the scents come alive when used in warm water. The light scents gently soothe and relax the senses without being overpowering.


What I love the most is that Shugar Soapworks bars of soap are made only from the purest plant-derived ingredients and will never contain sulfates, parabens, or animal by-products. All Shugar soaps are made in the USA.


Shugar Soapworks uses only RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm Oil, which helps protect the environment, workers, and communities where palm oil is harvested.

The smell that comes from these bars is heavenly and immediately made me want to take a lovely, hot bath with these soaps! And, most of all, I love that they are safe, non-toxic and MADE in the USA!

Buy It:

You can purchase Shugar Soaps from Dollar Tree and Dollar General stores across the United States

Venezia Soaps can be purchased from:
  • 99 Cents Only stores - California, Nevada, Texas, Arizona
  • Grocery Outlets - California
  • Roses, Maxway, Super10, SuperDollar, Bills Dollar - Southeastern United States


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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Book Review: Mercy Triumphs

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About the book:

Three women. Three impossible circumstances. One merciful God.

Mia, an American Christian, has lived in Sudan so long that persecution, harassment, and danger have become commonplace for her. Her tough outer shell threatens to harden her heart while her newly Christian friends, Halimah and Rania, former Muslims, are forced to live in exile outside Sudan. All three quickly discover that escaping danger in one place only means facing even greater challenges elsewhere. As God's mercy becomes evident in their lives, they must choose whether or not to offer mercy to those who don't deserve it.

Third in a trilogy, Mercy Triumphs opens the reader's eyes to modern-day persecution and the life of Muslims in Sudan. Based on real-life events, Mercy Triumphs reveals some of the struggles Christians face when living under Islamic law. The reader will be inspired to pray for new believers, those who are persecuted for their faith, and even for the salvation of the persecutors.


About the author:

Author of the captivating novel "Side by Side," Jana Kelley is a Texan who hardly ever lives in Texas. Raised in Southeast Asia, Jana developed a love for cross-cultural living early in life. Her love for writing came soon after. Jana returned to Texas to attend East Texas Baptist University. She and her husband married a month after she graduated, and by their second anniversary, they were living in a remote African town. After 13 years living in Africa and the Middle East, Jana, her husband, and their three boys moved to Southeast Asia where they currently live.

Find out more about Jana at http://www.janakelley.com.

My Opinion

This is the 3rd book in the series and you definitely want to read the first two before reading this one! I did and they are all so good and will help you know the background of the characters.

Learning about the culture in Sudan and Saudi Arabia were so interesting and eye-opening to me. This book was a great finale to the series! This series really was life changing and made me be thankful for the little things in my life that I often take for granted!

Jana Kelley is a great author and it is so amazing that this book is based on true events! What a life she has led!

Buy It:

You can purchase Mercy Triumphs for $15.97 from Amazon.com



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Snack Healthy This School Year with Freedom Foods & Mrs. Thinsters

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It's back to school time and life is crazy busy again! But that doesn't mean we should sacrifice our health, our children's health or trade in our healthy foods for quick, unhealthy options!

Today, I am featuring two great companies that keep our health in mind while providing quick, easy snacks and products to eat on a busy morning or school day!


When I need a quick, HEALTHY snack on the go, I reach for my Freedom Foods bars!

Freedom Foods offers bars, muesli, cereal products that are dairy, gluten, nut free and high in fiber. Their cereal products are a huge hit in our house as well for breakfast!


They recently came out with their new Barley+ line! The Barley+ Toasted Muesli and Snack Bar range is the only product available in the U.S. featuring the superior Australian wholegrain, BARLEYmax™, which has been studied for over three decades by the country's leading research organisation, CSIRO.

Less than a third of U.S. adults eat the recommended 3-ounce servings of grain foods a day. Barley+ makes it easy to achieve the recommended amount, as just one serving of Barley+ Toasted Muesli delivers almost 2-ounce equivalents of wholegrains, nearly two-thirds of the recommended daily intake.


I am a big fan of the bars - especially on the go (which I always seem to be lately!). And the cereal tastes great in the morning with milk or yogurt! I love that it is great for my digestion as well!

Kroger Supermarkets will become the first in the world to launch the Barley+ range, which will be on shelves from mid-July in this major retailer, with distribution expected to roll out to additional U.S. and Australian stores from August. The toasted muesli collection is comprised of three delicious flavors: Cranberry and Nuts, Pink Lady and Macadamia Muesli, and Maple and Nut. The line will retail at $6.49



And when you need a little sweet treat, look no further than Mrs. Thinsters!

Mrs. Thinsters offers crispy, crunchy cookie thins that are NON-GMO, RBGH-Free and contain no corn syrup, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives!


They only use simple, wholesome ingredients that you have in your pantry. These cookies are thin, crispy and deliciously crunchy. They are the perfect little snack when you need just a little crunch and sweetness!

The current line up includes Lemon Meyer, Brownie Batter, Chocolate Chip, Cake Batter, Toasted Coconut, Key Lime Pie, Pumpkin Spice and more. The Chocolate Chip is definitely our family favorite but the Coconut Chip was a HUGE hit as well!

You can purchase Mrs. Thinsters at your local retailer.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Toys from @HABA_usa that Break Down the Gender Barrier!

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According to recent market trends, toymakers everywhere are tossing the girl/boy idea out the window! These types of gender neutral baby toys are great for baby showers where then gender is not known. And they last through several children whether parents have boys or girls!

Check out two of my favorite gender neutral toys from HABA usa below:

Zookeeper Sorting Box 


With this sorting box, children have twice as much fun!

Just like in a real zoo, within every vivarium there is a slide: If pushed down, only the half wood shapes fit through the opening. If pushed upward, the opening is large enough for the whole wood shape.

This is fun because as children play, they can pretend to feed the animals while becoming more familiar with color and shape recognition. This makes a great 1st birthday party gift and it is so great for children's fine motor and intellectual development.

Available at www.HABAusa.com, $34.99

On The Farm Threading Game


Free threading or following the templates? Little threading experts can choose with this toy!

If there are two players, they can play an exciting tactile game and take turns to pull the play figures out of the tactile bag.

Set comes with 2 threads with stable, 1 cow, 1 calf, 1 horse, 1 foal, 1 cloverleaf, 1 flower, 1 milk churn, 1 horseshoe, 4 templates, 1 little tactile bag.

This one is so great for developing children's fine motor skills and language skills!

Available at www.HABAusa.com, $29.99

Buy It:

You can purchase both these HABA toys from their website.


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