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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sunday Quotes

Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn't come from a store.
Dr. Seuss

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Hottest Apps and Accessories to Make the Holidays Special!

Christmas is just a few short days away!  Can you believe it?  I certainly cannot.  Are any of you still shopping?  I am all about the last minute this year!  

One easy way I have found to simplify my gift giving is to give some apps and other mobile accessories.  

Did you know that 58% of American adults own a smartphone and 42% own a tablet?  This, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, was a big eye opener!  I know people love their smartphones, I did not realize that it was such a large percentage of the population.

For the music lover, you could try the Beats Solo HD 2 Headphones.  I am constantly having trouble finding headphones that do not hurt my ears.  These will definitely do the trick!

For the photography buff, there is the amazing Olloclip 4-in-1 lens system.  This lens system attaches to your iPhone or iPad and includes two macro lenses (5x and 10x), a fisheye and a wide-angle lens.  Honestly, I think I might be gifting myself this one!

And for the chef?  iGrill.  You can modernize the primal art of grilling with the iGrill family of apps!  Monitor your grilling with Bluetooth Smart Technology right on your iPhone or Android device.  Easy to read displays and different alarms let you cook your steak to perfection.

What are you getting the tech savvy person on your Christmas list?  No really, I need some more ideas!

I am part of the US Cellular Blogger Brigade and was compensated for this post.  The opinions are my own.

Friday, December 19, 2014

A City Full of Santas and a giveaway!

A City Full of Santas

A City Full of Santas Ranked as #1 BestSeller on Amazon India This Christmas is special; really special for Santa. Read this lovely Christmas tale that would re-define the meaning of Christmas. A must read for everyone. Just like Pooja's other books, this book brings love, warmth, and a special message. A story that parents would love to read to their children.

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Author Pooja Sardana Pooja Sardana, is a mother, a teacher, an illustrator, an author, a visionary and the co-founder of PictureBookTree. Her books and her initiative - PictureBookTree have been widely covered in Indian media and abroad. Titled as one of the Unsung Hero in 'Saga of the Unsung Heroes of India" , she continues to touch lives of many through her books and her work. Her picture books for children can be availed free of cost by NGOs or individuals working with Under-privileged children. If you work with under-privileged children, you can drop an email at Picturebooktree (AT) GMAIL (DOT) COM to receive your free copy.

Praise for the Book "Such a lovely story that brings back the meaning of Christmas, one that many will want to read." "Parents/teachers will enjoy reading this story to their children. The children will be full of questions and want to discuss Santa's surprise." "Artwork "pops" off the pages pleasantly and storyline has a great message. A fine addition to any Christmas collection and it is a children's book that I would recommend!"


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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Knitting

We are coming into the final stretch for Christmas.  Yay!  And also, how the heck did time escape me again?  Oh yeah, baby!

I came to the realization that a little infant needs very little in the way of Christmas toys.  But, I also want to put something fun under the tree.

I started knitting a little gnome doll for her.  I have knit both of my older kids the same gnome doll, and they are affectionately named Ellie and Eli.  

Luckily it is a quick knit.  I was able to almost finish the legs while Emma was at Daisies last night, so that was encouraging.  I typically am working on things right through Christmas Eve, apparently I work well under pressure!

I just finished up Frugavore.  I really enjoyed it.  It stresses the "peasant diet" which may sound bad, but in all actuality mainly consists of using up as much as you can.  If your root veggies go soft in the fridge, make some stock.  Use up all parts of the chicken.  Grow something, whether it is herbs in a window, or a huge kitchen garden.  There were quite a few decent recipes as well that I have ear-marked for future use.  Definitely a good read if you are looking for ways to save on food!

Do you have any last minute Christmas gifts on the needles?  Do you craft right up until the very last minute?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Baking

This past weekend I had planned on doing all of my Christmas you may have guessed, that did not happen.

Every year I love to spend a weekend doing Christmas baking.  I make the same things every year it seems, but they are only had during Christmas, so it is something I always look forward to.

Because I didn't get to it this weekend, today will be spent in the kitchen, baking.  And I have to say it is one of my favorite times of the year.

Last year was the first year that Emma was really able to help me, and she is looking forward to helping me this year as well. 

I always spend the whole day baking and trying to get it all done in one shot.  I don't know why this is, it is something I have always done.  I know there are a lot of people that cook all through the Christmas season, and that probably would have been the smart thing for me to do this year with a new baby!

I did make some fudge and pound cake this past weekend though.  And had to promptly get them in the freezer so it would help deter me from eating it all!

I better get to it then!  Lots of baking to do before distributing all the goodies to Matt's work - well a good portion of the goodies!

Do you do all of your Christmas baking in one day, or do you spread it out over a couple of weeks?  Do you mainly bake for your family or for neighbors, friends, and co-workers?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Quotes

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.
~Roy L. Smith

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Rosetta Stone Kids Reading

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Rosetta Stone. I received a product and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

As a mama, one of my primary goals for my children is to instill in them a love of reading.  Reading is hands down how I love to spend my free time (not that I have much of that!).  As a homeschooler I realized early on the importance of teaching my children to read, and to read well.  Because of this, I constantly look for fun ways to give my kids extra reading practice.

Whenever you can find a fun program that teaches your children, without them realizing it, is a plus in my book!

Enter Rosetta Stone Kids Reading.  I’m sure you have all heard of the wonderful language programs Rosetta Stone offers.  Did you know that they also have a reading program?  It is geared towards children ages three to seven.  The kids are able to learn through games, and earning little rewards along the way.

I had the opportunity to try out this wonderful program, and my kids absolutely LOVED it.  No, seriously, all they wanted to do was play the “Lingos” which are the cute little characters that help the kids learn more about reading.  Both my four year old and my six year old had a great time.

They start off with matching different letters to their sounds, and move on to eventually putting sentences together.  I liked that I could help them login and then they could play as many games as they wanted during their computer time, unlocking new levels along the way.  It always amazes me how technologically savvy my children are at such a young age.  The instructions are incredibly easy to follow, and there are always extra hints if they need it.

There is a parent portal that you can go to in order to see what your child’s progress is, and if they may need extra work on something specific. 

Overall this is a wonderful program to add to your child’s regular reading program.  It is fun and keeps their interest in learning to read, which can sometimes be an incredibly trying time. 

If you want to try out this wonderful program, Rosetta Stone is offering the first level for free, so that you can try it out for yourself.

What ways do you encourage reading?