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Let’s Hatch Chicks: A Review You Can’t Miss

Let’s Hatch Chicks is an adorable and informative book about ‘the Wonderful World of Chickens and Eggs’.  This is the perfect Spring or anytime book! Lisa Steel does a wonderful job helping kids understand raising, caring for, and hatching chicks.  

My own adorable (and there is absolutely no bias here) niece now has her own little chicks and is loving them so much!  This delightful little book will no doubt be very helpful for her, and I look forward to the time when she decides she is the little chicken expert and starts schooling my Dad.  Haha.  For disclosures sake, if there is any way you don’t believe that said niece is adorable the pictures included in this review will definitely squash those doubts.  If it doesn’t, one may need to check their vision.  Haha!  But seriously….  Okay, we’ll move on…A Childrens Book Review You Cant Miss

Let’s Hatch Chicks

One of my favorite parts of Let’s Hatch Chicks is the day by day growth and development explanation of their entire lives, from embryo to hatch day!  Even having grown up on a farm with chickens, there is still so much learned in this little book!  There is even a glossary in the back!  Violet, our sweet chicken guide, takes us through all we need to know with wonderful illustrations drawn by Perry Taylor.

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One could easily utilize this book to do lessons, whether homeschooled or not.  My brain came up with so many cute lesson plans with this one!  I love that so many things can be used to educate our children!  This girl truly feels that there are lessons in everything, and that teaching them is essential to the success of our children.  I included lessons for you to use in my review of Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32 but I’ll let you come up with your own on this one.  Seriously toying with the idea of creating little lessons to go along with these adorable books!   Perhaps that project will come to fruition one day.  Anyone interested?

Be sure and check out my post on How to Boost Your Child’s Learning, it’s got some well tested advice!

#HamstersinaHouse: Ham’s Burger Diner

Ham’s Burger Diner is the perfect toy to keep children entertained, excited and creating!  I love that combination of fun and creativity in this little toy!Hamster in a House Ham's Burger Diner

Zuru Hamsters in a House Ham’s Diner is absolutely adorable!  Cute, fuzzy little Hamsters have a world of their own and are wonderful for growing imaginations!  There are 11 different Hamsters to make up the complete little set and all kinds of different sets that can be put together to build your own little Hamster World!  Little Hamster House, Burger Diner and even a Food Cart can all be played with individually or combined to create a whole little Hamster World!  I love the imagination, adventure, and potential for creative play in this collection!  Not to mention that they are incredibly adorable!

Hamster in a House Ham's Burger DinerAny little one who would like a little more interaction can go to the Hamster’s website and play even more!  Via the website, little ones can customize their hamster, build their own hamster house and even build, color and customize their Hamster World!  They have super fun Hamster videos to watch and you can see how the Hamsters set up one of their worlds to help get ideas on setting up your own!  These babies are definitely a hot toy this year and probably will be for a while as there are so many different ways one can play with them!

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7+ Cookies: 1 Mix! #MakeItYours #EatSmart

These cookies turned out absolutely amazing!  I have eaten far more than I needed to!  Perfect for Christmas or any day! I love that one recipe can make multiple types of cookies!

Many Types of Cookis. 1 Recipe

I love this recipe!  I received it from Influenster some time ago and just recently tried it out.  The recipe itself gives four different additives so that you can make the batch and make different types, but with creativity they will make so many more!  The awesome thing is that one batch makes enough for doing at least two different types of cookies, probably even four if you wanted!  I doubled my batch and have an insane amount of cookies, we’ll be sharing them with many!

Eat Smart Digital Nutrition Scale

I’m always worried, when trying a new recipe, whether my measurements are correct.  So this time, I used my Eat Smart digital nutrition scale to measure out the ingredients.  The recipe turned out literally perfect.  The Eat Smart Digital Nutrition Scale, for many reasons, made it onto the 2017 Glimmering Gift Guide, as those cookies were too tasty!

 

 

From the Company:

  • Calculate calories, carbs, fiber, sodium, fats, vitamin k and six other nutrients from thousands of packaged and 999 whole foods
  • White backlight LCD screen with on/off button for conserving battery life
  • Memory Mode: Save up to 99 entries for daily or weekly tracking
  • Weighs in grams (to nearest whole gram) and ounces (to nearest .1 ounce)
  • Max weight: 11 pounds / 7kg
  • Tare feature eliminates the weight of a plate or bowl
  • Auto power-off after 2-minutes
  • Includes 4 x AAA batteries with your purchase
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee and two-year warranty

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Now, on to the cookies…

Be sure and check out the tips & notes at the bottom!

Multiple Types of Cookies: 1 Base!

Mix-ins

  • M&M’s
  • Reece’s Pieces
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Marshmallows & Chocolate Chips (Smore Cookies)
  • White Chocolate Chips
  • Chopped Pecans
  • Butterscotch Chips

Ingredients

  • 1 c Country Crock Butter
  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 3/4 c granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3 cups your choice of mix-in

7+ Cookies with 1 Yummy Mix!Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Mix sugars, butter, egg and vanilla in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Fold that mixture into the other bowl until well mixed.
  4. Add mix ins as desired.
  5. Drop dough by rounded spoonfuls or small balls onto a well greased pan.  (The cookies will spread some, but not a lot.)
  6. Grease a pan very well, bake 10-12 minutes until cookies start to brown on the bottom.
  7. Remove from pan and place on a wire cooling rack.

Notes:

2 batches made 54 1 inch round cookies!

Use a vegetable bench scraper to pick up multiple cookies, saves tons of time!

Sleep Better with Cozy Phones Bluetooth Headphones

So many people need some sort of noise to sleep well, oftentimes their need for noise can disturb other’s need for silence. Solution: Bluetooth Headphones comfortably allow the noise one needs without disturbing others!
Cozy Phones Bluetooth Contour Sleep Headphones

I have been crazy about my Cozy Phones Kids Headphones and the kids are crazy about them also!  However, their awesomeness is definitely not as awesome as my having these amazing headphones from the Contour Series Sleep Headphones!  They are very comfortable, pick up well, and I can adjust them however I please to that they don’t disturb my sleep!  Not gonna lie, they are fabulously warm for wintertime as well!  I’ve been wearing them everywhere!  My ears are warm and I can listen to my music as well as answer calls all without the bother of a cord getting in the way!  The only thing I don’t love is that the hole for the charger, it seems as if it were just cut into the cloth and it is difficult to get it to plug in as well as see the lights inside to set up the bluetooth headphones to your device.  On the bright side, you only have to do that once.  I prefer to wear mine with the buttons on the back which hasn’t been a problem.  The headphones can be turned to wherever you like them and, when using them to make phone calls, once can easily hear and be heard.

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Keeps Cool & Stays in Place

Great for the Whole Family

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Check them out on their website, you’ll get a discount if you’d like to purchase multiple pairs!  I absolutely love that!

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Precision Get Fit Body Scale

Weight is on almost everyone’s New Year’s Resolution list, Check out this Precision Get Fit Digital Body Fat  Scale from Eat Smart!Precision Get Fit Body ScaleImmediately, the look of the Precision Get Fit Digital Body Fat Scale impressed me!  Gorgeous, shiny glass and a bright LED screen was quite an impressive view!   With a 100% satisfaction guarantee,  you can’t go wrong.  In addition to up to 8 user profiles with automatic recognition of who is on the it, the scale will give you your body composition, hydration level, bone and muscle mass!  The scale can be used for up to 400 pounds in weight, with a minimum weight accuracy of 11 pounds.

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The only problem I’m having with the scale is learning how to use it.  I don’t like reading directions, so I always struggle at first.  The older body scale I had was difficult to see the numbers as the backlight was brighter than the numbers were dark.  With the Precision Get Fit Digital Body Fat Scale, this is NEVER an issue.  It is amazingly easy to see, even from 6 feet above!

This is truly made for those wanting to monitor their weight and fitness!  I love that it gives so much important information and makes life a little easier!  One can know exactly where they lie with the right information, therefore properly targeting areas in need, hopefully getting to optimum health!

Family Honor Plate: Give the Gift of a Priceless Memory

Holiday shopping for grown children with families is a beast, but the Family Honor Plate will solve that for you!  You’re welcome, you may now stop stressing about shopping!

I have heard from more than one person that shopping for people is impossible, especially once they have children and families of their own!  With a family of adult children, shopping for gifts gets more expensive and more difficult each year!  That is exactly what and why I love about the Family Honor Plate!

Even if crafts and DIY are not a thing in someone’s household, the Family Honor Plate makes it so easy that anyone could do it!  With easy to follow direction, the Family Honor Plate contains everything one needs to not only make an awesome family memory, but also an heirloom that lasts for a lifetime!  From experience, it is known that these are the things that are forever held close to our hearts.

The Family Honor Plate contains:

1 Ceramic Honor Plate

8 colors of paint

3 paint brushes

7 Discussion Starters

1 Painters Palette

1 Plate Stand

The really cool thing is, with all the correct tools in hand, not only can you make amazing memories with family but it can be baked and sealed in very easily!  The plate can actually be eaten off of so no need to have a plate collection or use it to decorate; it can be a daily reminder of the fun that was had and the values that were learned!  You won’t be sorry and neither will any recipient!

The Family Honor Plate can be found all over the place!

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Best Baby Shoes You’ll Find!

Baby feet are absolutely adorable therefore they must be well protected and comfy with the perfect baby shoes!  Best Baby Shoes Ever

Momo Baby seriously has some of the most adorable baby shoes I have ever seen!  Finding out I was going to have a new niece or (probably) nephew, I just had to get Baby Daski (pronounced Dah-ski) a pair of these perfect baby shoes!

All cuteness aside, if you can possibly put them there, these baby shoes are not only adorable but they are crazy functional as well.  Made with soft leather, the souls of the shoes will enable baby to learn to walk without harming their little feet.  Little ones need to be able to have natural surfaces to walk on in order to protect their feet and help them learn how to balance.  The soft suede souls will not only enable that, it will keep their little feet protected from whatever we didn’t see on the floor.  They are made with an elastic area around the ankles to keep them on the footsies but it is covered with leather to ensure that they don’t cause a rash.  (I know, personally, elastic irritates my skin.)

Momo Baby says the baby shoes provide comfort, stays on, won’t slip and are easy to clean.  Given that they are all leather and suede, they certainly seem to fit the bill!  Baby Daski won’t be here for a bit, but when he comes, I know these little shoes are gonna be perfect for the little Oosti (pronounced ooo-sti, it means baby in Cherokee).  I can’t wait to hold the little on in my arms, play with those adorable little toes, and watch Daski toddle around in these perfect little shoes from Momo Baby!

Best Baby Shoes Ever! Momo Baby

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Watch Ya’ Mouth: Throwdown + 15% Coupon Code

What a hilarious riot this game is!  Watch Ya’ Mouth Throwdown is sure to bring a ton of laughter to any party!

Watch Ya Mouth Throwdown Edition

If you didn’t guess by the look of the game, this game is seriously hilarious.  I can see this game replacing drinking games in college if people were actually out to have fun rather than drink!  haha.  Seriously, whether you want to have a blast with your kids or your adult friends, this game is for all ages that can truly have fun and, of course, understand the concept of games, haha.

I love the challenges and the insanity of the game and find it absolutely silly!  It will seriously bring out the fun in competitive!  I mean, really, who could possibly not have fun racing to make the most noise, say something ridiculous with a mouth piece in, or trying to be the fastest to drink a glass of water!   The only change I’d make is to use silly straws for the water drinking challenge.  haha

Another awesome selling point is the app that you can get free expansion packs for the game!  Of course, you could also buy some expansion packs, but the app makes it easier for those days where you didn’t realize you would be playing and want to make it a little more fun!  Something to do while waiting for the mail!

Watch Ya' Mouth Throwdown Edition

From the Makers

Watch Ya’ Mouth Throwdown Edition is the evolution of the original, wildly popular, hilarious Watch Ya’ Mouth game. Rather than just speak phrases, players now go head-to-head with hilarious and challenging tasks – while wearing mouthpieces. Throwdown Edition takes competition – and laughter – to the next level and builds on the multigenerational gaming phenomena.

  • Throwdown edition – all new gameplay, all new challanges
  • The best of the original best-selling game, with a new, fun twist
  • 100 Throwdown Cards, 42 Phrase Cards, 10 Multicolored Mouthpieces (6 Regular and 4 Small), 4 Throwdown Straws, 4 Noisemakers, 2 Throwdown Balls, 1 Throwdown Dice, 1 Sand Timer

* Throwdown Edition was awarded Top Holiday Toy of 2017 by Toy Insider
* Selected for the 2017 Amazon Holiday Toy List

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Make Your Sleep Work For You!

Big or small, everyone needs great sleep!  These awesome pillows are the perfect combination of soft, comfy, and security to help with the perfect night’s sleep! With multiple colors to choose from, you’ll find the perfect Sleep Zzz pillow! Make Your Sleep Work For You

Make Sleep Work For You!

“I would do it if I had the time. There just aren’t enough hours in a day.” Ever said this referring to taking care of yourself? We all have. Let’s face it, if there were more hours in a day we would use them to run more errands, make more appointments, clean more, do more things around the house; basically even if we had extra time to do a little TLC for ourselves life would find a way to fill that extra time before the thought, “ok now I can go work out.” Or “awesome I have time for a facial” even comes to mind.

Thankfully there is time you have that you may not have even thought of using. A time where no offices are open, so you don’t have to worry about appointments. A time when house work is basically impractical. What on earth am I talking about? Those wonderful hours of when you are doing nothing but sleeping! That’s right while you are sleeping for those eight required hours (if you are one of the lucky ones J) you could be doing more for yourself than just getting some beauty rest.

Here are a few things some women would like to get more of a handle on, but often don’t have the time for during the day, that we can do as we are sleeping:

  • Burn some tummy fat
  • Reduce stretch marks
  • Get healthier hair
  • Facial aid

Here are some helpful ways to shed a few extra calories and lose the pooch all while you sleep

  • Studies show that eating a spoonful of penutbutter right before you tuck yourself in for the night will actually help burn more calories while you are catching some ZZ’s
  • Here is a recipie to help burn off tummy fat:

1 cucumber

A bunch of parsley or cilantro

1 lemon

1 tbsp grated ginger

1 tbsp aloe vera juice

½ glass of water

*Blend this up and drink it right before you “hit the hay” and you will soon see a dramatic difference!

  • A good diy nightly belly wrap can also help you shed a few pounds without hitting the gym

Freshly grated ginger (ginger powder works too)

Body lotion

Plastic wrap

Ace Bandage

*mix up the ginger with your lotion. Massage it into your skin. Wrap with plastic wrap. Secure with ace bandage. Settle in for the night and kick the fat out while you’re sleeping!

Want those awesome stretch marks no longer be one of the first things you see while dressing? Here is a tip to help you out, all while you are zonked out:

  • Lather down the stretch marks with some vicks vapor rub and wrap it up with some plastic wrap. Do this and they will start to fade out while you are vacationing in dream land.

 

There you go ladies! Some awesome ways to achieve some you time, without the struggle of finding extra time in the day to do so!

One Problem & One Solution

S;leep Zzz Pillows!

Make Your Sleep Work for You with Twin Z Pillows!The only problem is…  for Momma to have her sleep work for her, The Monkey has to sleep well too!  With Twin Z pillows, everyone gets to sleep better!  These pillows are amazing!  They are super soft AND the pillow case is washable!  With the U shape, it shapes around your little one so that they feel safe and secure!  Not to mention, super comfortable!  With this pillow, not only will the kids sleep better, they will wake up happier!

Good Sleep = Good Mood!  

Want something even better?  They have the same pillows for adults!!!  So yeah, you’ll want one for Mom too!  I love that they have so many covers for them so you don’t have to worry about the over night washer issues!

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Solar System Bracelet: 2017 Glimmering Gift Guide

If you or some you love is crazy over the Solar Eclipse or loves the solar system, check out this post and find the best hand crafted gift for yourself or someone you love!Solar System Bracelet By The Apollo Box

A total solar eclipse comes does not come around very often. August 2017 felt it was a huge deal! When it came around, so many people were so excited and in utter amazement whenever the eclipse went through. Unfortunately I missed it but my husband was able to see it and he said it was the most beautiful think that he is ever seen.  He talked about it for hours and I could see the sheer joy in his eyes as he told me about it. For me, that’s OK, because nothing will ever top my baby girl, therefore I’ve already seen the most amazing, beautiful thing ever.

If you saw it and were in awe or had something special occur in your life, than you are going to love this bracelet from the Apollo Box! The Solar System bracelet is handcrafted with unique gemstone planets and gold stars and works as a stunning accent piece to any outfit! I love that it has so many different colors and that it can be worn with casual outfits or even dressy clothes. The Apollo has so many awesome products I can’t even begin to tell you man seen my review previously about the Apollo Gift Boxes, I still have my Marimo Aquarium and I look at them all the

time. I don’t know if they’re growing but with the rate that they grow per year, I probably won’t be able to tell for about 10 years or so. But I digress, this isn’t about my amazing mod Marimo balls, this is about the new amazing Solar System Bracelet ….

Their response of those that I knew that saw it was so interesting and I’m very curious to know what others saw and felt when they saw The eclipse go by especially those who were in the “” ideal places I feel like in life we have a tendency to stop paying attention to things around us we lose sight of the beauty in the little, everyday things because we’re blinded by the normalcy of it all. So today, I’m issuing a challenge I challenge you to notice and find the beauty in something ridiculously small that you see every day. Not the things that you always see beauty in but the things that you haven’t seen beauty and sense perhaps you were a young child such as a blade of grass or falling leaf.  For me, this bracelet stands as a reminder to not only notice the beauty in the big things but to stand in awe of the beauty of the small things that we come across every single day.

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