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#MercyMe Christmas CD: It’s Christmas!

mercymeMercy Me It’s Christmas​ CD will be available in Pizza Ranch locations beginning November 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.  It has 4 exclusive songs that can only be found on the CD version being sold by Pizza Ranch.  Each CD will be sold for $5 plus tax.  Pizza Ranch will give away the CD with a $25 gift card purchase as well as sell the full album at each of its 200 locations throughout the Midwest and Great Plains states.  “We are so excited to debut our new Christmas album, MercyMe, It’s Christmas, with Pizza Ranch” said Bart Millard with MercyMe. “Pizza Ranch is a fantastic restaurant with a great mission to glorify God. It’s the perfect gift to give this Christmas season and the perfect CD to get you in the Christmas spirit.”

My Thoughts

Everyone loves Christmas music, right?  The only problem is that over playing thing they do around the Holidays.  So, before you get played out check out Mercy Me in their CD done for Pizza Ranch.  With great voices singing all these wonderful songs, you’ll definitely want to add this CD to your Christmas music collection!!!

PizzaRanchAbout Pizza Ranch:
Cultivating its mission “To give every guest a legendary experience” since its inception in 1981, Pizza Ranch connects with its communities in a way that provides bridges for friends, family and colleagues to come together. Today, Pizza Ranch is based in Orange City, Iowa and owns, operates and franchises over 190 locations in 13 states. Consistent growth has been a Pizza Ranch staple, as the brand has become a beacon of community involvement and exceptional food. The Pizza Ranch buffet features legendary pizzas, salads and desserts, and is delivered with an unmatched service quality.  “We are extremely blessed to have a very close connection with our guests,” said Adrie Groeneweg, co-founder and president of Pizza Ranch. “This project extends the brand’s essence to a new dimension beyond our four walls and into their lives. It’s a new kind of way for us to relate to our loyal fans.”

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Originally posted 2015-11-17 23:04:24.

Josh & The Jamtones Review

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Josh & the Jamtones have been making music and lots of laughs for kids and families since early 2012, when singer/songwriter Josh Shriber started buying fancy lattes from producer/drummer Pat Hanlin at a café near his house.  Since then, the titanic twosome and their intrepid band have crisscrossed the country, playing hundreds of shows and sharing the stage with massive bands like The Wiggles, Yo Gabba Gabba, and The Fresh Beat Band.  The Jamtones have performed at loads of major festivals with mega-acts like the Dave Matthews Band, Hall & Oates, and The Roots.

More than 60,000 Jamtones records have been sold through Josh and Pat’s home-grown label, Jamhouse Records, scoring multiple hit singles on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live channel and other kids’/family radio programs throughout the country.  Jamhouse also functions as a full-fledged video production house and audio recording studio.

My Thoughts

I can’t even begin to say how much fun I had listening to the CD!  It was a blast and I can’t wait to enjoy it with the little ones!  I assure you that you’ll be laughing, singing and dancing along with these fun and creative songs!  There are even a few things I’m certain were thrown in for Mom and Dad.  While it’s hard to pick a favorite, I admit that after I finished initial playing of the CD for the review, I continued cruising to it or the remaining two hours of my road trip.  LOL.  So, at least you can know that it is something that when it becomes their favorite, you’ll at least enjoy the repeat plays!

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Originally posted 2015-08-10 00:01:45.

The Ultimate Green Store Bracelet

The Ultimate Green Store is perfect for my fellow environment and animal lovers!  Being friendly to our environment is quite important these days, so many companies and people trying to re-purpose and re-cycle things.  Combine that with the most teen craved product- bracelets – and self expression and you’ve got the ultimate gift for any teen!  I greatly love that the bracelet is so easily customized!  It seems self expression is and always will be a top priority for people and this bracelet allows a good bit of that!

A few months ago I asked Monkey (18) what the cool thing for the teens was at the moment.  Being an amazingly verbal teenager, she replied with the most unique answer ever, “I dunno.”  Oh, how I love that little pain in my neck.  LOL.  Later on, she came back and told me that bracelets where one could change the words to whatever they wanted was the ‘in’ thing.  Problem is, most bracelets like that you have to buy the letters individually, costing a lot of money if you’d like to change the words!  Most people tend to get a few then leave them for the duration, til they get tired of the letters and throw them out.  With this bracelet, one can change the words every day if they wanted to!  It comes with 75 letters, 10 numbers and 15 little icon buttons and the font is totally fun and perfect!  The pieces are super easy to pop on and off of the bracelet and you don’t have to worry about them stretching out and not fitting again, as the plastic immediately takes it’s original shape again after you put on or take off a piece.  😀  You can even get different color bracelets so that here is plenty of self expression!  LOL

Ultimate Bracelet 100 Piece Starter Kit!

From The Ultimate Green Store

Kit Includes:

  • One Bracelet
  • 100 element charms

Got something to say?

This cool completely customizable bracelet, made of 100% recycled scrap materials, gives you the letters and symbols to say it! Make a statement about the planet, your true love or whatever happens to be on your mind. Adjustable bracelet easily fits most wrist and ankle sizes. Let your creativity run wild with sets which give you duplicates of the most popular letters plus cool icons so you can say just about anything.

Shains are recycled accessories that encourage and empower people to make their own statements and change them whenever they want! Shainsware, the company, is dedicated to producing eco-friendly products that are useful and empowering. They donate a percentage of net profits to environmental organizations. Shains products are made of recycled and recyclable parts and everything Shains produces is certified lead free. Shains packaging is also recycled and recyclable.

Starter Kits are the best way to get started with Shains.  This Kit is equipped with a Recycled Bracelet and 100 Elements including 75 letters, 10 numbers, and 15 cool icons making it easier than ever to wear your message right on your wrist.

Key Earth-Friendly Facts:

  • Shainsware products are made of recycled materials
  • Bracelets & Cuffs are made of recycled TRE (Thermoplastic Elastomer, a rubber)
  • Elements are made of recycled ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene)
  • Packaging is made of recycled papers and bards are polypropylene  (the least harmful plastic to the environment)
  • Shains are recyclable when you are ready to go and get new ones.

Colors: Black, Sky, Concrete, Sun, Earth, Grass, Orchid, Poppy, Vanilla, Lake, Strawberry, and Pink.

S.H.A.I.N.S. (State How Action Is a Necessary Solution): ‘say it wear it mean it’.

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About The Ultimate Green Store

As the ultimate web-based destination for eco-conscious shoppers, The Ultimate Green Store provides a collection of many of the finest environmentally friendly products for you, your home, office, kids and even your pets! We also have an incredible collection of gifts for any occasion and you may personalize your shopping experience by creating a wishlist or custom gift registry for your special event!

We carry products from many of the world’s leading manufacturers and designers of sustainable, natural, organic, recycled, eco-friendly goods- products that are made with your health and the health of our planet in mind. Many of these companies are amongst the most socially responsible companies around. We also carry some green products made by companies that did not start out with environmental concerns in mind, but now realize the importance of sustainable practices and production in launching green lines within their category. We hope that in supporting these manufacturers, they will continue to move in this positive direction.

At the Ultimate Green Store, you will find that shopping green is hardly a sacrifice. Quite to the contrary, you will find beautiful, cool, hip, colorful, fun, effective, beautifully smelling, quality products that stand on their own. And, if you want to learn more, we have provided you with information about each manufacturer and their lines so that you can better understand the benefits to you and our planet of all the different products we offer.

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Originally posted 2013-12-06 09:11:37.

Litter Free Lunch Box

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A Review By Monkey

The  ‘Litter Free Lunch Box Kit is an amazing lunch box for a high school student. I took it to school and i got a few comments on the bag. They either said it was ‘cute’ or ‘colorful’.  I was really excited when i got to take it to school and use it for my lunch.(except for the part where i had to write this review:)  It kept my lunch nice and cold (without an ice pack) till lunch time. The bag itself was very easy to
carry around, and on the inside was very neat.   The containers that came with the bag were very helpful with keeping my food separated.
The water bottle was a problem solver, because I didn’t have to carry a separate item to my lunch. I enjoyed carrying around the individual bag. I will love to use it again and get some more compliments. Over all today was a good day to use the ‘litter free lunch box’.
Using the Litter Free Lunch Box for a second time, we decided to change it up a bit.  I put an ice pack in it and it did even better in keeping my food cold.  I suggest to put one in the box itself so you would keep the food inside cold. The little containers helped with the smaller sides (obviously). But if you had a salad planned for lunch you could put some dressing in one and the other one you could put tomatoes in it. For the medium sized container i would put fruit and some walnuts in it too. But hey, that’s just me! I also want to say that the lunch box is big enough to put other things in it. I put a half of a bag of Doritos in it and it still zipped up! Oh my goodness, I just love this bag!  You just can’t tell what I will have next!   Altogether the ‘Litter Free Lunch Box’  was a great product and I love having it to take lunch in.

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The Zoo Keeper’s Thoughts

Let me just say that Monkey has officially made her writing debut!  *Proud Mom moment!*  Okay, now to the lunch box!  Each of the containers inside the lunch box are both microwave and dishwasher safe.  The container itself can be washed in the washing machine!  There is extra room inside even with all of the containers and the water bottle.  Plenty of space for other packaged goodies and such.  There is also a pocket on the inside to place things such as condiment packets or silverware so it won’t get banged around everywhere.

Monkey has been taking her lunch to school for the last 3 1/2 years and I have never seen her more excited to pack and take it!  She told me that the bus driver and her friends complimented it and she was quite proud to have it.  Preparing her lunch in the containers and taking it in the box seems to be something she loves to do now, which is always great!

I used the lunchbox when I went on a take out run to keep the food warm and it did well.  The food stayed hot and we didn’t have to eat lukewarm takeout.  I love that it is so roomy without taking up a lot of space!  No worries about it leaking or the food temperature changing too much.  Fabulous!  Plus, it’s great for the environment to use these types of products!  All in all, it’s a win!  Definitely a must have for anyone who takes their lunch anywhere!

Product Info From the Company

With great colors and fun designs, everyone in your family will want to carry their lunch in our Litter Free Lunch Kit! This kit has an insulated shell, four BpA-free airtight food containers (2 small, 1 medium and 1 large) and a 15oz BpA-free bottle – everything you need to pack a fresh, healthy lunch.

Bottles are dishwasher safe. Bag can be washed in a washing machine.

2 small containers: 3.75” x 2.25” x 1-3/8” deep

Medium container: 5.25” x 3.75” x 1-3/8” deep

Large container: 5.25” x 3.75” x 2.75” deep

Bottle: 2.25” x 2.25” x 6.5”

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Originally posted 2013-11-23 00:01:23.

Lovable Labels Review

Loveable Labels are absolutely adorable!  They have many adorable designs so you are sure to find one that your Monkey will love!  These are perfect for all those situations in which you need to label something so that it is identified as your Monkey’s belonging.  Loveable Labels will withstand so much:
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Your Monkey!
These labels will take the worry out of labels or marks coming off.  There is no need to iron, so all you have to do is make sure the area is flat clean and dry then stick the label where you’d like it to stay!  One of my favorite things is that with each design choice you get a variety of images so that you have a little variation!  They make a great gift, regardless of age and can be used for anything! 
For a limited time, Loveable Labels is offering a friendshipdeal.  This deal ends Feb 28th so hurry and get yours!  By ordering the friendship label pack, you’ll get a friendship sampler for your friend absolutely free!  The following is a list of the products they can hook ya up with:
  • Sticker labels
  • Slimline labels
  • Iron-on labels
  • Press n’ Stick Clothing Dots
  • Shoe Labels
  • Allergy Labels
  • Fun Stickies
  • Household Labels
  • Bag Tags
  • Safety Products
  • Personalized Stationary
If none of these are in need in your house, I can’t imagine why!!  Well, maybe you already have your pack!  LOL.  We were able to try out the Starter  set, which includes sticker labels, slimline labels, shoe inserts, press n’ stick clothing dots, square labels and a bag tag.  All in the diva pack, which features a Princess crown & Wands, hearts, flowers, music notes, and stars.  Needless to say, they fit the various moods of my Monkey very well! 
I know you are dying to get a set for your Monkey and this may very well be your lucky giveaway!  The generous people over at Loveable Labels has agreed to give away a set to TWO lucky winners!  Isn’t that awesome!  Use the rafflecopter below to get yourself entered!  Good luck to all!

Originally posted 2013-01-15 19:52:00.

Tig Tagz Review

Hey Everyone!  I was given the chance to review these and I am so thankful!  Okay, I’ll give ya the lowdown!

Tig Tagz are similar in material to a hospital bracelet for your little one!   That’s probably a terrible comparison, hospital bracelets usually bring bad feelings, but these are to help you keep your little one safe!  Ever had your toddler take off in the 37 seconds it took you to reach for something?  If you haven’t, well you are amazing!  But if you have, you know the fear that comes along with that.  Even if it’s just a second.

A few months ago I was in a large store and there was a little girl, about 3 I’d guess who was lost.  She was, obviously, very upset.  She was basically just asking “where’s mommy???”  We asked her what Mommy’s name was, and all she knew was Mommy.  I was scared for this baby!  Fortunately, the store wasn’t too packed and we were able to find Mommy.  I couldn’t help but politely ask Mommy to teach little one her real name!  I felt bad, like I was sticking salt in her wound, but I’d rather feel bad for a little while than to see this little angel’s face on a milk carton!

Okay, now that I have your attention…  These tags were made for Moms, by Moms.  Great reason to know it’s good right there!  But, if you need more, here ya go!  The bands, when put on properly, can only be removed by scissors!  Sweat, water, nothing but scissors can ruin these things!  They also have different designs for boys and girls, as well as a special line of bracelets for medical information.  Put your little angels name on them and your cell.  If for some reason you’re monkey gets lost from you, you’ll have a little help in your panic knowing that if someone else finds them first, they can find you!

Anyway, hope you check them out.  You can find them at their website here and get yours.  Give yourself some added peace of mind.  Being a parent is hard enough!

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

Originally posted 2012-03-09 18:02:00.

Absolutely Free Gospel Plane: Get Yours Before they are Gone!

Absolutely Free Gospel Plane: Get Yours Before they are Gone!This gospel plane is absolutely adorable and you can print it out for free!  (Love that as well!) Paper airplanes and fold up notes seem to be an obsession from a young age. I can remember the little boys folding their Sunday school lessons up into paper airplanes before class was even over, which is so funny because to this day it drives me crazy when there are creases in paper.  I would always keep mine perfectly straight. lol

Let the Little Children Come fixed that problem by making a Sunday school lesson that’s is meant to be folded into an airplane!  It both amuses me and speaks to me, I don’t know why I never thought of this whenever I taught Sunday School.  Of course, I taught the younger children so they weren’t making airplanes yet, just balls of paper!

On more than one occasion, I have blogged about how much I love their products, like their Halloween tract, my color Inspiration post,  wordless books, and this Plane is no different!  The paper airplanes are such a great idea and such a wonderful teaching tool!  It also goes beyond teaching the Word and helps to exercise the skill and dexterity with hands that the children are learning as they grow and develop.

I was racking my brain trying to think of lessons that go along with airplanes in the Bible and it occurred to me, one of the best lessons might be about how the bird scouted out the land when Noah was sailing.  Then there are lessons that can be taught about how, from an airplane, it’s difficult to see what’s going on on the land but God can see everything because He is everywhere and knows everything!  I’m equally sure that you can come up with even more lessons to utilize them!  I hope that you’ll come back and share your thoughts and ideas!

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5 Great Lessons Using Optical Illusions Sponsored by Let the Little Children Come

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We all know how much children love candy! Wouldn’t it be amazing if parents could propel their children’s love for God to be even greater than their love for candy?! Let the Little Children Come has very similar ideas in the matter. Today I received an adorable little package that got me thinking more than I would have on my own. It was a paper pumpkin that you punch out and fold up to create the free standing pumpkin, each side of the pumpkin has a child friendly lesson inside of it. So that each one has to be read before it gets folded to create the pumpkin; little sayings such as “God loves you very much and he wants to be with you not just here on earth, but forever in heaven as well!”

The package also included a really neat optical illusion booklet complete with a view finder, you slide the view finder across the image and the images move and/or change. It was centered on the verse John 3:16, each image portraying something relative to the verse.

How fun! Not only are the kids learning a verse and learning wonderful messages about the love that God has for each of us but they are also learning how to look at things from different perspective and that some things aren’t always as they appear to be, which is in itself a very valuable lesson for children to learn early on.

Living in a world where optical illusions are everywhere, 6 our brains are practically hardwired to misinterpret them as reality. Optical illusions use color, images, and lights to deceive or mislead our brains. It occurs so often in the world that we hardly notice it happening at all. The information that is gathered by our eyes and then relayed to our brain creates a perception that in reality does not match the true image.  This fun piece of science can be used to teach some very valuable lessons!

5 Great Lessons Using Optical Illusions

  1. Teaching children early on how to decipher their own perceptions into what is true reality will help them also learn how to build stronger problem solving and judgment skills.
  2. Learning how to differentiate between reality and misconceptions will create a stronger defense against temptations that so often pull people from the path God has created for them.
  3. Teaching kids not to take things at face value and that “things aren’t always what they seem” will teach them that temptation comes in many forms.
  4. Optical Illusions can be utilized to practice more conscious caution.
  5. Since their mind is automatically forming a perception based on the information that it is receiving when viewing the illusions, we can use that to teach how Satan fools and deceives us.

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#Watchitude: 10 Ways Time Management Can Lead Children to Success

10 Ways Time Management Can Lead Children to Success & a Review by My Crafty Zoo

Time management is a very important skill to have.  Being successful in life is quite difficult for those who are always late or miss appointments.  I’m pleased to introduce you to Watchitude so we can get those Monkeys on the road to success!

Watchitude is a company that sells slap watches with a twist.  They are designed by, well, anyone!  Since the designs can be submitted by anyone, there are some really special one of a kind bands!  They have a huge variety of different designs that I honestly haven’t seen anywhere else.  You can get watches with some really cool designs such as animals, sports, foods (I have a love hate feeling for the pepperoni pizza watch), nature, and so much more.  I had the privilege of getting the #145 Lightening watch, which was designed by Chris S from Texas!   The slap watch band is plastic and, of course, slaps right in place.  For those of us (especially the kiddos) who hate getting ready in the morning, that certainly helps with the getting ready time!  The watch face is printed rather large, making it easy for kids to learn to tell time and for everyone to tell the time with a quick glance!  They are the perfect gift for any kid!

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Yes, you read that right!  You can get your design made by going to Watchitude and uploading your photos.  You can upload one for the watch band and another for the watch face.  Then you share your design and get votes via your special link.  Designs with the most votes will be put into production and if yours is one of them, you’ll get your design for free with your name on the back for design credit!  How cool is that!?!10 Ways Time Management Can Lead Children to Success Featuring Watchitude

  1. It prepares them for the future. When school starts, they’ll need to be up on time and in class on time.  When they get older, they’ll need to be on time for work and meetings for the rest of their lives.  Good habits start early.
  2. It can help with patience, which cuts down on whining and other bad behaviors. We’ve all experienced the ‘is it time for *insert whatever here* yet?’ times and those moments where we tell them that we’ll be doing something in ten minutes.  Problem is, until we teach them they have no concept of ten minutes so they keep asking.  So, as a great solution, we can get a clock and show them that when the minute hand hits here then it will be time.  Just make sure that when that time hits, you are on it so they’ll get it quickly!
  3. It helps them learn their numbers faster as they become familiar with the numbers in a functional way while learning to tell time.
  4. They are able to more easily able to learn skip counting when the time comes as they’ve already been doing it!
  5. According to parents.com, children start being taught problems with elapsed time by third grade. Why not help them have a strong grasp on the concept long before the challenge starts!
  6. Many of the self-help books and articles on how to be successful emphasize the importance of time, being on time, time management, etc. Perhaps learning to tell time and be good about being on time early will help our babies succeed!
  7. They’ll learn that everything has a place and a time. It ensures they know what is expected of them and they learn how to manage their time properly. A dear friend, who contributed this benefit, pointed out that her children have a schedule and they are able to make decisions regarding activities, responsibilities, etc that are reasonable to their schedule.  Having watched her children and their interactions, I have to give her props because even her 7 year old was reasonable with these types of things!
  8. Studies show that routine and schedules gives children a sense of security and structure. This leads to confidence which will reflect in all areas of their life.
  9. Children on set schedules tend to be less grumpy as they know what is expected of them and what they need to do so there is no attitude (most of the time, haha)
  10. Having a schedule helps make it known that no one person’s life is more important so they learn to be more selflessness by thinking and considering other’s schedules and commitments when they want to do something.

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