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Little Tikes Americana Sort ‘n Store Toy Chest Giveaway (10/7)

If you have kids, and they have toys, you have probably experienced a mess or two.  The Little Tikes Americana Sort ‘n Store Toy Chest is designed to help with that.  It has generous space  to store large items, and removable bins!  Wouldn’t THAT make clean up time a little easier?

Little Tikes Sort N Store Toy Chest

Designed with a subtle red, white and blue pallet, it lends an Americana feel that will look great in any bedroom or playroom. What a great looking toy chest, right? I am super excited to be brining you a Little Tikes Americana Sort ‘n Store Toy Chest Giveaway, courtesy of Elizabeth at Being MVP. Enter below, and good luck!

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5 Free Homeschool Reading Resources

Since Sister is in Kindergarten this year, we are working on learning to read.  As you know, reading is the foundation of all learning and it’s a necessary part of life.  As I am discovering, learning how to read does not look the same for every person out there.  Teaching my daughter to read is VASTLY different than what teaching my son to read was.   If you’re choosing to homeschool your children, as we are, you might be in need of free homeschooling reading resources. Check out this list of 5 Homeschool Reading Resources that I’ve found in my search to help my daughter master the fundamental skill of reading…

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K12 Reader (http://www.k12reader.com/)

No matter what age your child is at, they will always need to work on their reading skills. K12 is a free website that anyone can use to help with their reading needs. For example: there is a 36 week program for first grade spelling words. This is a great site and I encourage you to dig in. You can also check out spelling, reading skills, grammar, vocabulary, and composition. (Don’t forget reading, spelling, and writing all go hand in hand).

Reading Rockets (http://www.readingrockets.org/audience/teachers)

Maybe you just need some ideas as a parent to help your child get the reading help they need. Reading Rockets is a website you should check out. You can see teaching strategies and even look at what your child’s writing should look at during specific grade levels. You can even look up strategies that help students connect what they are reading.

PBS (http://pbskids.org/read/)

I’m a firm believer in using any resource that’s available. At least you can try it and see if it works for you or not. That’s where PBS/Reading comes in. This is a little bit more of a fun way to learn how to read, but it still works. Your child can watch videos about reading. They can even make connections about reading, through their favorite cartoons. This is definitely one resource you’ll want to check out.

Get Ready to Read (http://www.getreadytoread.org/)

If you’re looking up resources to help your child learn to read, then they are probably getting ready to read. GetReadytoRead.org is a great free homeschool reading resource. If you have a child about to enter Kindergarten, there are some awesome resources to help you “help” them transition. There are tools for parents to help them determine when to establish reading readiness for their child. The list truly goes on and on, so make sure you hop on over to check it out.

Don’t Forget the Local Library

As awesome as these online reading resources are you cannot replace a good old fashioned book. Taking your child to the library on a weekly basis is a great way to teach them how to read and also discover a passion for reading. When they are old enough, they can get their own library card and even start taking responsibility for some of their own reading materials.

Get to know your child and understand what makes them tick.  Figure out how it is that they actually learn, and go from there.  It can be a process (oh, boy, can it be a process) but it is SO worth it!

Do you have any homeschool reading resources to add to this list? I’d love to check them out.

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Epson LabelWorks Portable Label Printer

I was recently asked to review the Epson LabelWorks™ LW-600P Portable Label Printer and I anxiously awaited the arrival of this new machine.  Those of you who know me, know I am very organized.  I really thought this tool would be perfect for me, especially with the hope and promise of how easy it would be to operate!  When the label printer came I was very excited!

Organize Everything with the Epson LabelWorks Portable Laser Printer

The label printer came with two different cartridges. One cartridge makes half inch labels, and the other makes half inch iron on labels for your children’s clothing.  The battery-operate LW-600P can print wirelessly from iOS and Android devices, via Bluetooth. So I used my iPhone. I just download the Epson iLabel app and I used the app to create my labels. This compact printer can also print from Windows® and Mac systems via a USB cable. I searched the Internet for different black and white clip arts to add to my labels. I found a flower for my daughter, and even found my son’s school mascot.

I have to say this machine has not disappointed me. It is easier to use than any label machine I have ever used AND has the added benefit of portable wireless printing. You can preview your design before you print, which saves money on your labels because you’re not wasting prints that went wrong.  I don’t know any other label maker that will let you put in your own icons, which is great because I was able to label my pantry with a cute personalized icon.  The iLabel app I downloaded also comes with several icons you can use, if you don’t have your own.  I simply love the Epson LabelWorks Portable Label Printer.  In just a few short hours I have accomplished so much. Oh no! I’m out of sticky labels… I’m going to have to buy more.

As I mentioned, you can also get an Iron-On Kit for the Epson LabelWorks Portable Label Printer.   My daughter has a couple pieces of clothing that are my favorite (did you see my French Toast review?) and I am so excited that I can now make sure that these will never get lost.   It really was very easy. I simply designed my image in the Epson iLabel app, then I clicked and printed the label and trimmed it up. I placed the label where I wanted it, then I  put a washcloth over the top of iron on label and ironed it on.  It’s just. that. simple.  See…

Label Clothing with the Epson LabelWorks Portable Laser Printer

What will YOU label with the Epson LabelWorks Portable Label Printer?

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Add Flax Seed to Green Smoothies @fitfluential

Green smoothies are some of the best breakfast foods for you- you get greens, carbs and your protein in your morning green smoothie.  Of course, any time of day is great for a green smoothie, but especially when you add flax seed.

Add Flax Seed to green smoothies for an extra boost of nutrition

I’ve been using ground flax seed in my green smoothies for several months now.  The nutritional value of flax seed is manifold, regardless of whether you use whole or ground flax seed.  I’ve found that the ground form of flax seed is easier to digest, and it blends into the green smoothies more easily.  Whether whole or ground, flax seed is healthy for you in terms of your digestive health.  It can help motivate trapped particles in the intestines and move things along, if you know what I mean.  It can also decrease gas and bloating, help decrease blood pressure, and promote better circulation.

Not into green smoothies?  You can still  incorporate whole or ground flax seed into your diet by sprinkling it into yogurt, vegetables, or  other dishes.  We love the taste and benefits of flax seed.  Just remember to drink plenty of water when using flax seed, so that you maximize the benefit.

How do you use flax seeds in your diet?

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Hello Kitty Fashion Show plus Giveaway #HKSchoolStyle

As I mentioned in my Two Weeks Evaporated post, Sister recently participated in a Hello Kitty Fashion Show. Melissa, from Sippy Cup Mom, put it together, and it was a lot of fun!  The decorations and goodies were adorable!

Hello Kitty Goodies

The clothing was super cute, just like my girl!

Hello Kitty Fashion Show

We were all thrilled with the dress that Sister got to model, as it totally fit her personality!  You can get the whole line of Hello Kitty clothing at Walmart.

Hello Kitty Fashion Show

I think all of the girls that participated had fun!

Hello Kitty Fashion Show

And Laura, from Laura with a Camera snagged a great shot of Mister and Sister together.

Mister and Sister at the Hello Kitty Fashion Show

Now you can enter to win one of five $50 Walmart Gift Cards to bedeck your little runway star in some Hello Kitty Fashion.  Good luck!

 

Back To School With Hello Kitty!

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