Product Review: Leapfrog DVDs

I am a firm believer that you can’t get away from technology.  It is all around us.  I mean my three year old knows how to use the Ipad better than I do.  With that being said, I am also very conscious about what my children watch or do.  I also love technology that can teach my children in a fun way.

One of the educational DVDs we allow our children to watch is the Leapfrog DVDs.  They have a few different ones and honestly all of them are great!  Both my son and daughter request theses shows and I gladly put them on.  They have learned their shapes, colors, alphabet and numbers through these dvds.  It is a great addition to what we already teach them in a fun way.  Especially for my son, who really is a visual learner and needs more than just activity books.

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Book Review: The Penny Whistle Any Day is a Holiday Party Book

The Penny Whistle Any Day Is a Holiday Book is a great book that has wonderful ideas for different days to celebrate with a party.  With 24 different party themes one is able to host a party for even the smallest things like getting your braces off or loosing a tooth.  All you have to do is grab the materials listed and have fun!

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Website Review: Thredup

I don’t remember how I found out about Thredup, but I was really glad to have found it.  This is an easy way to get money for your children’s clothes.

There are two ways you can benefit from the website:

1. Sell your outgrown, new looking clothes to them.

2. Purchase new to you clothes and save!

This is a great website if you are one to not fuss with selling via yard sales, ebay, personal.  All you have to do is request a bag, fill it up and send it back.  They pay for shipping both ways.  There are some restrictions, but for the most part they take most labels and sizes starting from 12 months.  The only down side is that whatever you send them, you will not get back.  You will either get money or they will donate it.

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Ashley Myers

Product Review: Safety First Tot Lok

When my son started to walk we knew that we were going to need to get something so he didn’t get into all the kitchen cabinets and drawers.  We had been given the cabinet locks that you push down on to open, but my son figured out that if he pulled it hard enough he could open the cabinet.  Complaining to a friend, he suggested the Safety 1st Magnetic Tot Lok Deluxe Starter Set
that have a key!  It didn’t take but a week for us to have them installed in our kitchen.  My husband installed them with a little effort, and once he figured the first one out the rest were easy.  Now there is no way for my son to get into the cabinets or drawers or even open them allowing him to pinch his fingers.  We are now in the process of purchasing more in order to lock his bedroom drawers!

 

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Ashley Myers

Product Review: Highlands Calms Forte for Kids

When my son turned one year old he started to sprout both molars and teeth at a rapid pace.  He also started to walk right after he turned one.  With both of these milestones he wasn’t sleeping like he had been before.  We were having trouble getting him to go to sleep and stay down.    I was at the point where I was willing to try any recommendations I was getting.  When I asked some of my mother’s friends for suggestions I kept hearing about Highlands Calms Forte for Kids.  So I purchased it through Amazon and I am glad that I did.  Most nights my son only needs one pill and within 15 minutes he is asleep.  He is also sleeping through the night most nights!  We give him a pill for naps and night-time and he sleeps better and longer when we give him the pill.  We have incorporated it into his sleep routine.  It also has helped with his night terrors he was getting a few times a week!

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Ashley Myers

Bookshelf: Your Pregnancy Week by Week by Glade B Curtis

Your Pregnancy Week by Week is a great book to read through your pregnancy.  This book starts off before you even get pregnant.  Each chapter goes by the week you are pregnant and has the same sections , so you are able to follow throughout your pregnancy.  It starts each week with how big your baby is and how big the mom is.  There is a section on how your baby is growing and developing  each week.  There are also sections at the end of each week explaining what tests maybe preformed during that week.

For me personally this book was a lot easier to read than any other pregnancy book.  It is a quick read and the writing style is more talking to you than scientific talk.  I have enjoyed reading it through both my pregnancies.  They also have books to cater to fathers-to-be, weight and nutrition, and fitness.

This is a nice easy book to follow throughout your entire pregnancy

Ashley Myers

Bookshelf: The First Years of Forever by Ed Wheat

The First Years of Forever is a book to help engaged and married couples work through some common issues that come up in marriage.  Each chapter touches on a different topic from faithfulness, forgiveness, and communicating to a chapter on how to lover your wife and husband.  Each chapter goes into more detail about how to best overcome issues about that particular topic.

I recommend this book for anyone in a relationship.  It holds valuable information on better ways to work towards a loving committed relationship.  It also gives tips and tools for each partner to work on to better different aspects of the relationship.  My suggestion is to read it together and discuss what you read after each chapter.  Really listen to what they have to say, you might be surprised at what they think.

Remember that the foundation of a family starts with a husband and wife who are committed to each other and love each other.

Do you have a marriage book you recommend?  Please share with me, I am always looking for different ways to improve my marriage.

Ashley Myers

Book Review: Meditations for Parents Who Do To Much by Jonathon and Wendy Lazear

My Stepfather and Mother gave me this book for Christmas last year.  It is a great book for any parent.  Each day you can read only one page that pertains to that day.  These little passages are great for any parent that doesn’t have much time.  It is a great reminder each day to live your life and not stress over the small stuff.  I have been enjoying reading everyday and reflecting on each reminder to live and enjoy my life.

If you are looking for a book to help you slow down and enjoy life than this is the book for you!

Ashley Myers

Product Review: Thrive Foods and GIVEAWAY!!!!!!

I was introduced to Shelf Reliance Thrive Food by my mother and loved the idea of it right from the start.  Thrive food is de-hydrated or freeze-dried food.  There is a wide variety of different foods that can be used in many different ways, but for me, fruits and vegetables are the best!

At the time I was introduced, I was looking for a healthy snack for my son to feed himself.  I knew that the typical puffs offered no nutritional value, and cereal was a lot of carbs.  Thrive fruits are a perfect fit.  My son is able to feed himself the fruit and I knew he was eating something healthy!  He especially likes the bananas, we give them  to him in the morning for breakfast, and even as a snack throughout the day.  He also loves the pineapple, which is a great on the go snack for him.  For older children it is great to send to school and not worry about the fruits going bad!

We have also found that some of the vegetables are great to have on hand because of the long shelf life.  It is great to add chopped mushrooms and onions to a meal and not have to worry about it going bad!  It is so easy to throw together a home cooked soup or stew with all the Thrive products, just throw in some chicken, a few of the vegetables with some chicken stock and you have chicken soup!  We love to add the peppers, onions, and sausage to our eggs to spice it up.

Thrive food is great for camping too!  You don’t have to worry about keeping fresh fruit and vegetables from going bad or getting eaten by animals!  Plus you don’t have to keep it in the cooler, with all the thrive products you really have no reason to have a cooler!  They have all the basics one would need to live off of without having to keep it cold.

Carol, independent Shelf Reliance Consultant, says “Forget buying the fake fruit things that are made with sugar, corn syrup, modified corn starch, and a bunch of other things I can’t even pronounce.  How about something as simple as Freeze Dried Pineapple Chunks, whose only ingredient is pineapple! Or what about Freeze Dried Banana Slices, made only with bananas.  Better yet (this is the fruit that really got my attention) Freeze Dried Blueberries, made only with, you guessed it, blueberries.  In addition to a healthy food snack for your family, THRIVE Foods are all packaged in special double insulated cans that give them an extremely long sealed shelf life.”

I know that Thrive foods will be a staple in my household!  Everyone loves the convenience and health benefits.  If you would like more information on Thrive Products, feel free to contact Carol at orangesandapples@verizon.net.

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GIVEAWAY!  Thanks to Carol at Shelf Reliance Thrive, you can try your very own Thrive product for FREE!  All you have to do is “like” our Facebook Page or Follow our blog!  If you already do both, leave a comment and I will make sure add you in the giveaway!  GIVEAWAY is only open for 48 hours, so take advantage of it!

Ashley Myers

Review: Cosco Scenera Carseat

A few months ago, the search began to find an affordable but safe car seat before my son outgrew his infant seat.  I did tons of research on the reviews of various car seats, both from other parents and from consumer reports.

What I found was that Britax was the overall best.  Britax got the best reviews and tops for safety, but it also comes with a hefty price tag of over $250.  Before I purchased something that expensive I wanted to make sure that it surpassed all other car seats.  Then I stumbled upon Cosco Scenera.

The Cosco Scenera has one of the highest safety ratings out there and rivals  Britax.  The difference?  It only goes up to 40 pounds where the Britax goes up to 80 pounds, it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles, plus it is only about $60 compared to Britax price tag of $250+.

So, we ended up with 2 Cosco Sceneras for both my husband’s car and mine.  It’s great! The car seat is slimmer, which is perfect for my Colbalt.  Installation of both car seats only took about 10 minutes to complete.  Overall, I am very happy with it.

Some of the cons that reviewers have is that the car seat only goes up to 40 pounds and it doesn’t have much padding.  I found the padding to be about the same on the seat portion as other car seats.  The Cosco Booster seat also gets great reviews for children weighing 40-80 pounds and only costs about $50.

Overall, I think that this Cosco Scenera car seat is great quality for the price and the best part is that it is one of the safest car seats out there

 

Ashley Myers