“The Best of Me” hits theaters October 17, 2014. Based on the best selling Nicholas Sparks book, this romantic movie will remind you of your first true love and make you wonder, “What if?” Being compared to “The Notebook,” “The Best of Me” would be the perfect date night movie (as long as you don’t spend the evening talking about your first love to your current significant other!) Or maybe you can make it a girl’s night out! I can’t wait to see this movie and completely expect it to be just as fantastic as all the other Nicholas Sparks movies. With a great story and great actors, why wouldn’t it be?
When we first received the Lap Pro Classic in the mail, my daughter saw that it was pink and decided it was hers! She didn’t even know what it was. She thought it was a pillow and put it in her bed. After I showed her all the different things she could do with it she was SO excited! She just bought a Kindle with her birthday money and likes to read and play games before she goes to bed. I usually find her resting it on her lap or flat on her bed. Now she uses her Lap Pro every time she is on her Kindle! The zippered pocket is perfect for her Kindle, chapstick and other random things she carries around. She can even pack them all up and use it in the car! I would recommend this awesome accessory for anyone who likes to read, play on their tablet, or take a quick break!
Only about a week til one of the most anticipated movies of the summer is in theaters! The Maze Runner is two hours of non-stop action, adventure, and running! I haven’t read the book since 2007 so I am super anxious to see how it comes to life on the big screen. I remember reading it and hoping that it would someday be made into a movie. I also remember wondering how in the world they would recreate the maze! I can’t wait to see how it looks and relive the intensity that captured me while reading! Check out the latest trailer and enter to win an awesome prize pack below!
This is Where I Leave You will be in theaters next weekend! Based on the book with the same name, #TIWITY features an all-star cast as one big, happy family! Maybe more dysfunctional than happy, but what family isn’t? In This is Where I Leave You four adult siblings have to live together under the same roof for an entire week. It that isn’t enough to make you go crazy, I don’t know what is! I love my siblings dearly but I think I would go nuts after a whole week. From the previews you can tell the dynamics between all of the cast members are entertaining and hilarious. I can’t wait to check out this movie next week, if only to make me feel like my family is totally normal!
Nickelodeon’s Let’s Learn: Patterns & Shapes is the latest addition to this awesome series of DVDs! My kids (and my OCD) love the themed episodes all about shapes and patterns! When they opened the DVD to watch it, they noticed the cool worksheet on the opposite side of the cover. They ended up coloring and filling it out before watching the DVD! Their favorite episode on Patterns & Shapes was “Team Umizoomi vs. The Shape Bandit.” They love the adorable jingles throughout the episode and they thought the “Shape Bandit” was pretty cute. This is a fantastic collection of episodes teaching kids about all different shapes and patterns in a fun and exciting way! I would recommend it for kids up through age 7. (My 8-year-old loved it even though she knew all the shapes!)
Here is a list of 5 episodes included on the Let’s Learn: Patterns & Shapes DVD:
1 - Team Umizoomi: Team Umizoomi vs. The Shape Bandit
Since moving to Hawaii a few months ago, I have been struggling with my daughters’ hair! Between trips to the beach and swimming in grandma’s pool their hair was getting so damaged. Yes, their sun-streaked locks are gorgeous but I noticed that whenever I brushed it out, it would break very easily. I looked at our local drug store for shampoo and conditioner that would protect their fragile hair, but came up empty. Then I remembered a review for Fairy Tales Hair Care that I did last year! I remembered how much my girls loved their shampoo and conditioner. Little did I know, they had a “Sun and Swim” collection! As soon is it arrived, my daughters couldn’t wait to try it out. Neither could I! It works WAY better than I expected and I have noticed a dramatic difference in their hair. It is much smoother, not as course, and the brush isn’t full of hair when I’m finished! All of the Fairy Tales Hair Care products are awesome and I would recommend them to kids of all ages…and adults!
Not only does Fairy Tales Hair Care have this great Sun and Swim line perfect for swimmers and beach lovers, but they now have a new kit for those nasty little critters that affect kids all over the nation…LICE! The “Lice Goodbye Survival Kit” makes the process of getting rid of the bugs as easy as 1-2-3.
In honor of their 20th anniversary, Thicker Fuller Hair is hosting a makeover contest! The winner will take a trip to New York City, where they will receive a professional makeover including a hair, makeup and wardrobe styling session, hair and makeup products, three new outfits, air fare, hotel accommodations and a trip stipend. The total value is over $4000! All you have to do to enter is “Like” their Facebook page and then post an original picture of yourself with a caption explaining why you deserve a Thicker Fuller Hair Makeover. It’s that easy! You can submit your picture now through September 30, 2014. Facebook fans can vote for their favorite entries!
Thicker Fuller Hair will feature the finalists from October 17, 2014 to October 24, 2014. Fans will be asked to vote for the most “makeover-worthy” finalists to decide who the two grand-prize winners will be! You can share your favorite contestants on Facebook and Twitter. Winners will be chosen around October 29, 2014. For full contest rules visit Thicker Fuller Hair.com.
With so many different math websites out there, how do you know which one is the best for your child? In the past few years I have reviewed several. My kids have also been assigned different sites for their homework. Each time I would find something I didn’t like…too many ads, not enough games, different curriculum, slow response time. It kept me searching for the perfect solution. Go Math! Academy is the answer for us! I haven’t found anything even remotely frustrating and my kids love it. Not only is it fun and exciting for them, but the curriculum lines up perfectly with what they are working on at school. It almost looks exactly like the worksheets they bring home, but with color, graphics, and rewards!
When my kids are learning a new concept at school, they love being able to login to their Go Math! Academy page and find help with their homework. My 5th grader was struggling with finding the place value. He was able to find step by step instructions to assist him in the “Place Value and Pattern” section. After seeing the graph and instructions, he was able to complete his homework without any problems. He also liked that a big red “X” didn’t pop up when he got an answer wrong! After clicking the “check answer” button it says “try again” and allows him another chance. It also explains (in more detail) how to answer the question. When he got over 80% in the Place Value section, he was able to move on to the next “journey.” He enjoys going to his dashboard to see his progress. I like getting emails telling me what my kids have been up to on Go Math! Academy!
The past few weeks of math homework have been a thousand times easier with this program. It aligns with everything my kids are being taught in school and also challenges them if they want to go ahead. After coming to the conclusion that I am never going to find a better math website, I am going to share my findings with the other parents at my kids’ school. My husband just happens to be the principal so when the newsletter goes out next month, Go Math! Academy will come highly recommended. In case you didn’t take the time to read my wonderful review of this awesome site, here is a list of…
10 reasons to check out Go Math! Academy:
1 – Go Math! Academy is based on Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Go Math! textbook curriculum which is used by over 7 million kids worldwide! If that isn’t a reason to get on board, I don’t know what is! Grades K-6 are offered.
2 – It’s fun for kids of all ages! Don’t be surprised if their homework is done and they just keep on playing to get to the next journey. With different adventures and bonus games, they won’t be able to get enough!
3 – They don’t have to answer 100 questions to move on to the next area! Go Math! Academy is broken up into different sections with 8 questions each. This will keep kids from getting bored and frustrated.
4 – There are hundreds of helpful videos and step-by-step tutorials if your children are struggling in a specific area. The videos are kid-friendly and easy to understand.
5 – You can have up to 5 children on one account for one price! If you have 5 kids, a membership works out to just $1.33 a month per kid. You can’t beat that!
6 – Go Math! Academy is kid friendly and very easy to navigate. You won’t be called to the computer every few seconds to help them figure out what to do next!
7 – The concepts and curriculum taught are in line with what millions of kids are learning nationwide. If for some reason a certain area isn’t being taught, you can always skip to the next section. You probably won’t need to though! My 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th graders work is all lined up with the site.
8 – Your kids can earn different games and trophies for completing each section successfully. This helps keep them motivated and excited to learn!
9 – After signing up, you will get emails alerting you of your child’s progress. These updates are short and sweet just letting you know what skill they have been working on.
10 – The Go Math! Academy website itself is fast and doesn’t have any ads. It isn’t cluttered and confusing…very streamlined and easy to look at.
Go Math! Academy subscriptions can be purchased in 1, 3, or 12 month increments. Pricing is as follows:
1 month: $9.99
6-months: $49.99 ($8.33/month) – a 17% savings
1-year: $79.99 ($6.67/month) – a 33% savings (This works out to $1.33 a month/kid)
Disclosure – Per FTC Regulations, I am disclosing that I received compensation from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for writing this post. The views expressed above are my own, honest opinions and any claims should be verified on the sponsor’s site.
My kids and I have a new favorite app! The Pictopia: Disney Edition app by Wonder Forge is the best Disney trivia app ever! The questions are unique, the graphics are awesome, and the app itself works flawlessly. I love finding games that I enjoy just as much as my kids. We have a blast playing this in the car, while waiting in lines, or even while I’m making dinner. My kids will read the questions and we will all try to answer. We are all huge Disney fans so we usually do pretty well! Some of the questions are pretty tricky which makes it even more fun. I love learning new facts about some of my favorite Disney movies! In case I haven’t already convinced you to download this amazing **FREE** app, here are 10 reasons!
Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon is the latest full-length movie from the mischievous pair! I may have said it a billion times, but Tom and Jerry will never get old in our house! Even my husband will watch whenever the kids have it on. One of the things we loved about The Lost Dragon was how Tom and Jerry teamed up to help Puffy (the cutest little dragon ever) find his mom. My daughters couldn’t get enough of the little guy! After watching the full-length movie, check out the four bonus episodes included. They are: Medieval Mouse, Fire Breathing Tom Cat, Medieval Menace, and The Itch.
Here is a list of 10 characters from Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon:
1 - Puffy
2 - Athena