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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Enjoy a Little NCircle this Christmas! ~ GIVEAWAY!! ($40)

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With the holidays just around the corner, it's always nice to have a few special holiday DVD's to pull out and watch together as a family! This is the time of year that we spend more time snuggled up inside...especially with the cold winter weather that has now arrived (in fact, we're having a blizzard right this moment here in the prairies!) Since we're indoors more it's nice to have some DVD's to pop in on a snowy afternoon or to watch while we snuggle up in some warm blankets and relax together before we send the kids off to bed for the night.

It's nice to have a few classic Christmas DVD's on hand as well as some newer ones. This year we've added a few new ones that are going to be especially exciting for our children. Are you looking for some new holiday-themed DVD's to add to your collection this year? Well, NCircle Entertainment has some great titles that I want to share with you as you get ready for the holiday season this year...

The first one is a true family classic! I think this one will be a favorite for our family this Christmas. The Snowman is a magical story of a young boy who wakes up to find that a thick blanket of snow has covered the ground as far as the eye can see (just like what happened in our own prairie town today! ;) ) Of course, he does the only reasonable thing to do when this happens and went outside to build a fabulous snowman who has a tangerine for a nose, coal for his buttons and eyes, and a hat and scarf to make him look 'just right.' At midnight, the magic happens and the snowman comes to life! The story unfolds as the young boy and snowman head out on an adventure of discovery that could only happen in your wildest dreams. The story is based on Raymond Briggs' book and is a perfect DVD to pop in for a family night!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Build It With Straws & Connectors ~ GIVEAWAY!!

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Do you have any budding builders in your home? We sure do here. I'm constantly amazed at the things that our oldest son comes up with when he is building. Really...he builds stuff that I would NEVER have thought of, and I'll admit - it makes this Mommy proud to have such an avid builder in her home. ;) Our girls enjoy building too, but it has to be something like a fort or castle or a "house" for them to get really excited about it. I think any parent knows how fun things like forts can be. Our kids are constantly building forts, or houses for themselves to live in...it's a lot of fun to see all of their creative ideas!


Recently we added a whole new dimension to our kids' indoor building projects. We've been building using our set of Straws and Connectors from Roylco. Now building has become EVEN more fun in our home. You should see the castles, houses, towers, tunnels, forts and more that we've had in our home. The great thing about the Straws and Connectors is that they provide children with open-ended play. In other words, they will never run out of new ideas if they are using their imagination!

Reading Comprehension with K5 ~ GIVEAWAY! (3 WINNERS!)

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I think you will all agree with me that reading is a VERY important skill! Not only do we want to reach our children to read well, but we also want them to have a good comprehension of what they are reading and most importantly, we want them to ENJOY reading! Reading opens up a world of information for your child, and their ability to learn will be unlimited if they can develop a love for reading!

As a homeschooling mom, teaching my kids good reading skills is a very important job in these beginning years. Currently we are working on reading skills with a child in Grade 1 and a 4 year old (who is easily at a Kindergarten reading level already), so we're right in the "trenches" of learning good reading skills in our home. In the past we've enjoyed the K5 Online Learning Program with our children, but it's also nice to be able to focus on these subjects at the kitchen table instead of just on the computer.

K5 Learning recently added their Reading Comprehension workbooks to their website. These are leveled reading workbooks for Grades Kindergarten to Grade 6. The workbooks contain 20 fiction and non-fiction texts which are each followed by some exercises that are specifically designed to reinforce literary skills including reading comprehension, vocabulary, spelling and writing! The topics of the stories range widely and cover a variety of topics which I really appreciate! They cover topics in social studies, nature, history, science and more, so it's a great way to maximize your child's learning!

Protect your phone! GIVEAWAY!!

You can protect your phone or other device from your kids (or yourself!) and your kids from injury too! In this new era of smartphones and tablets, it's an important consideration! All of these touch screen devices are made of glass, and we all know that glass and kids don't generally make for a good combination! :) Just ask my son about his e-reader... :( If you, or a member of your household, has a touch screen device, and chances are you do, you'll certainly want to do all you can to extend the life of the most physically fragile part, the screen.

Introducing Phantom Glass! This uniquely designed glass screen protector helps protect from impact and scratches. Phantom Glass is the brainchild of 20-year old Canadian entrepreneur Richard Waters. Frustrated with the lack of better options, and often replacing the glass for friends with broken screens, Waters designed his own, superior protector. Phantom Glass hit the market in June 2014.

What makes Phantom Glass so different from other screen protectors available?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Happy Birthday to the Rubik's Cube! GIVEAWAY!!!


The well-known, and either beloved or irksome Rubik's Cube is celebrating it's 40th year!! I say irksome because, although I can see the enjoyment and appeal of the Rubik's Cube, it personally drives me crazy! :) I've never had the time to really spend getting to know how it works properly and getting a feel for the logic involved. But my son and husband have been bonding over the Rubik's cube lately...my husband feels a double affinity with the famous cube because it's also his 40th year :) and because he had one many years ago when he was growing up. Revisiting a childhood memory and spending time teaching his son how to solve the Rubik's Cube puzzle has been enjoyable for both of them and fun for me to watch!

Just in time for the holidays, Rubik's Cube has released a new design. Instead of using stickers, the new Rubik's Cube uses permanent tiles - which makes for a more durable cube and smoother play.

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Snack Bar on a Mission! ~ GIVEAWAY!

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Snacks are a big deal around here. It seems that I'm always handing out a snack - if it's not a snack for myself, it's a snack for one our kids. :) We love our snacks, but sometimes it's hard to come up with new AND healthy snack ideas day after day after day. And sometimes, we just need a snack that sustains us for longer than an 30 minutes to 1 hour. You know what the trick to having a snack that is gives you long-lasting energy and fuel? It's a snack that will provide you with low glycemic (low GI) carbohydrate energy to fuel your day as well as healthy ingredients and nutrients that your body needs. Most recently this has come in the form of SoLo GI Energy bars. We have really enjoyed the addition of SoLo to our list of delicious and healthy snack foods. In fact, SoLo GI snack bars are on a mission, and this mission is to "improve the lives of Canadians one delicious bite at a time!"

SoLo energy bars are some of the best on-the-go snacks that we've come across, and they will be especially useful for times when life just gets TOO busy to make my own homemade snacks...like during the holiday season! They also make a great snack for traveling or for a day in the city, etc. The eight different flavors from SoLo make sure that things never get 'boring.' There's something to suit everyone's personal taste including a delicious Dark Chocolate Almond bar (my personal favorite!), a Lemon Lift bar and even a Mocha Fudge bar for the coffee-lovers out there.

DK Discovery Day ~ True or False? ~ GIVEAWAY!

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When kids are young, it starts with the simple question of: "Why?" Our 2 year old recently started catching on to this question and has been asking a lot of "Why questions" recently. Children are naturally curious and they naturally WANT to learn! They desire information and they desire to understand how things work, why things are they way they, and so much more.

Personally, I've found that I just don't have the time (or energy some days!) to answer all their questions. I do my best to answer the questions that I have the answers for, but often times I don't even know the answers to their questions! That's where reading comes in handy. My 8 year old son has learned a LOT from simply reading. One book that he found especially interesting and fun to read was the True or False? book from DK Canada. It's a thick book, but it's one that easily captures the attention of curious kids. It has a lot of full color photographs as well as plenty of really neat and fascinating truths and statistics...they will be wowing their friends and family when they share some of the stuff they've learned from this book! For example...can you tell me - are Olympic gold medal made of solid gold? Is the human body 75% water? Or Do centipedes always have 100 legs? Guess you'll have to read the book and do some research to find out. *wink*

Put Me In the Story! ~ GIVEAWAY! #BookMagic

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Storytime is a big deal around here...and well, honestly?! It can happen at any time of the day. We started off reading stories to the kids before bedtime, but in the past years we have 'storytime' at any time of the day when one of us has time to sit down and read to some of our children. We even are seeing our 8 year old son take on the task of reading stories to his younger brothers and sisters who can't read on their own yet. That's really neat to see...I just love the sight of our kids snuggled up on the couch with each other as our son reads them story after story. :)

A love for reading is something that I have always dreamed that our kids would have...and so far, so good. ;) As a busy mom of 5 kids, you can imagine that I just don't always have the time to make sure that every one of our kids learns all of the things that they need to learn, so a great way to fill in the gaps is to simply raise a child who loves to read! I'm never cease to be amazed at the things that our son learns just from reading books! I believe he even knows more than I do about some topics. *wink*

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Happy Saturday Everyone!

Hi Everyone
It has been awhile since I last posted and I feel that winter is finally here.  With that thought of the cold does come the pleasant tidings of Christmas and Christmas baking.  Recently, I have begun searching for all the items I will need to make up my yearly Christmas baskets that I deliver around town.  I love this time of year, the music and the feeling that Christmas brings into the family home.  Yesterday, I decided to make a gluten free lactose free cheesecake. The recipe takes some time and effort but it is delicous when it is done. I hope that you all enjoy!!  

Gluten Free Lactose Free Chocolate Chip Cheesecake 

Base 
15 gluten free chocolate cookies (I preferred cream filled)
1 tbsp of white sugar
3 tbsp of margarine

Crush the cookies until they are crumbly and then mix in the sugar. Melt the margarine and mix in.  Press into the bottom of a spring foam pan.  Now most cheesecakes require that you bake the crust but I don't recommend it for this recipe.  I find the crust gets to hard.  

Topping
2 tubs of Daiya daily free cream cheese. (I have found this product at Superstore, Safeway and many other stores. It is normally stored with the soy and tofu products)   
1 Cup of white sugar
1 Tbsp of gluten free flour
1 cup of cottage cheese (If you can't find lactose free cottage cheese I would use the low fat. I find that when it is cooked it doesn't bother people who have a lactose issue.)
2 tsp of vanilla
12 tbsp of egg whites

Mix up 1 1/2 tubs of your cream cheese until smooth.  In a seperate bowl mix the flour and sugar together.  Slowly add to your cream cheese mixture.  Blend your cottage cheese in a mixer or mash it until most of the lumps disappear then add to your cream cheese mixture.  Finally, add the vanilla and egg whites and blend until smooth.  (Don't worry if you have a few cottage cheese lumps, you won't notice then when you cook it up)
Finally, add 1/2 a cup of sugar free, gluten free chocolate chips. If you don't like chocolate chips then just forget them.  
Pour your mixture of your base and bake at 325 for 60-75 minutes.  The sides should be brown but the middle a little jiggly. 
Allow to cool over night and place in the fridge before serving.  I find this to be delicious and my husband loves it.  I hope you do too! It is well worth the effort.
Cheers!!             

Friday, November 14, 2014

Sesame Street Live is coming to Canada!! GIVEAWAY!!

Do you have a Sesame Street fan in your family? Maybe it's you, yourself :) as well as your kids! With a show that's been around, and a hit, for as long as Sesame Street has, many of us parents have fond memories and enjoy it still!

Sesame Street Live tours around the US and Canada, and this December the "Let's Dance!" show is coming to Vancouver, Abbotsford and Winnipeg (yeah for us!) And I'll let you know how the show goes because we're going to attend and enjoy I'm sure! :)
Hosted by two live performers, Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” offers an up-close, interactive experience that includes dance parties. Elmo uses his imagination to ‘Do the Robot,’ Cookie teaches all ‘feets’ to dance, and Ernie shares the fun of dance with the Sesame Street favorite “Shake Your Head One Time.” Favorite friends join the audience on the floor – dancing with fans, not just for them. It’s Sesame Street Live like you’ve never experienced it before!

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