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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Balance. All opinions are my own.
This morning I got out of bed. I stepped on something. I was too tired to identify what it was I stepped on until I heard, “MOM!, you broke my toy.” Yes, I broke a toy with my Godzilla foot. The better question was why was the toy where I could step on it? I was only awake for a matter of minutes when the collateral collapse of all things toys occurred. I jumped in the shower only to be met with lukewarm water since the water heater fought a good fight but couldn’t handle three rounds of children before my shower. I will assume my daughter used the majority because my body wash is still lingering in the air like a dense fog on a warm morning. I get out of the shower and low and behold there is no towel anywhere to be seen. I consider my options. Toilet paper? Tissues? Washcloth? Oh, how about the PJs I just took off. I use those. I do believe I am at a seven on the annoying scale by now.
Will my number rise and will there be defeat in my house?
I then make my way to the linen closet to react just in time to towels that were crammed in there falling at a record pace. I select the last towel to fall and complete my attempt to wipe off warm careful to not balance on the foot that was injured by the rogue toy.
Then something else happened that raised my level to an eight. Eight is not okay. It isn’t good at 7:00 am, but yet I am at the eight.
I get dressed in something to work out. I put on my socks. Yes, they are both pink, one happens to be my daughters and one is mine. I try again only to find my socks are not in my sock drawer. They are in my son’s drawer. I am successfully dressed, but the question remains are the children?
Yes, they are dressed if it was summer and not late winter. There is one in shorts. Yes, shorts. It is 34 degrees out. The fight over the shorts ensues. I go into battle like a warrior knowing their last day is near. I win. He cries. He is in pants, and I am grateful to not be the mom this time with the kid in shorts in 34-degree weather.
I heard someone around here makes breakfast. I realize that someone is me.
We have cereal. I consider that making breakfast all seems to be good in the world until this happens.
He called her a name. It wasn’t a beautiful name. He implied she wasn’t smart and something about a donkey butt. The dialogue escalates to a rapid pace with some screeches that resemble an old hollowed door on its crooked hinge. It opens since it is slightly ajar and then it is closed so quickly the noise pierces your ear. She is soon quieted by marshmallows and grain.
I do what every parent should. I reach for a Balance Bar. I close my eyes. I may have closed my eyes while hiding in the laundry room with the door shut and all the machines on. They may or may not have had anything to them. I didn’t check. I just wanted the opportunity to achieve Balance. I wanted to enjoy the creamy caramel over the roasted peanuts. I wanted to indulge in quiet and in my favorite bar.Continue reading
Disclosure: A promotional item was provided to me for today’s discussion. The host for this event is Still Blonde after all these Years.
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Have you ever wanted to build a website but had no idea where to start? I have had a daydream about building a website as a resource for parents to enjoy Disney just as much as their kids rolling around in my head FOR YEARS. And as many times as I have had other bloggers explain to me exactly how to build a website, my brain just does not seem to understand how any of the tech behind building a site works. I have had my domain name for years through GoDaddy.com and have tried in the past to put together and launch the site using my domain name but got frustrated and gave up. Now that they are offering one month free trial of GoDaddy’s GoCentral Website Builder there was really no reason not to give it a shot!
Disclosure: So happy to share this blog post I created as a Suave Kids partner. The Disney, Frozen and Star Wars trademarks are used by Unilever pursuant to a license agreement with The Walt Disney Company. All rights reserved.
I don’t know why I remember this, but I do. I remember the first time I gave my son a bath. I was so scared I could barely hold him. He was so little, warm, and pink. He was sweet and happy until he was unwrapped from his sleeper. His hat was removed. I kissed his sweet face as my husband attempted to warm the water. We were both unsure as to what temperature you wash a baby at.Continue reading
Disclosure: This review was made possible by iConnect Influencer Management and Future City was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.
Being a blogger can be one of the most rewarding jobs, and last week is a prime example of why I love what I do. I was invited to attend the 25th Annual Future City Competition and share with our readers more information about the competition.
To say I was blown away by this competition is an understatement. I left fired up to start my own team of homeschoolers to compete next year! Let me tell you why I went from knowing nothing about this competition to being all in to coach my own team in just one day.
Future City starts with a question—how can we make the world a better place? To answer it, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue.Why is Project Based Learning so great!
2. Project Based Learning answers the age old question when are we ever going to need to know or use this knowledge in the real world. Many projects directly connect the students with their communities and ask students to solve real world problems and viable solutions that don’t just work in the classroom. Future City sets the standard high for real world and community interaction as students work to solve problems and create cities that also build community.
3. Project Based Learning improves learning, plain and simple. There is no doubt about it when you get to create with your hands, communicate your ideas in both writing, video, and live presentation, and most importantly have fun you will remember what you have learned. With so many ways to interact with what they have been taught, student are able to apply their knowledge in other situations as well.
4. Project Based Learning builds the skills needed for students to be successful in the future. Whether it is college, career, or life, students will build the skills they need through PBL including taking initiative, confidence, responsibility, time and team management, and communication.
5. Project Based Learning makes school more engaging and teaching more enjoyable. Students and teachers rediscover the joy of learning together as they work on meaningful solutions to real problems.
Students present their solutions via a virtual city design (using SimCity); a 1,500-word city essay; a scale model; a project plan, and a presentation to judges at Regional Competitions in January. Regional winners represent their region at the National Finals in Washington, DC in February.
The competition is open to public, private, and homeschool students.
Registration is only $25 per team and teams are limited to a $100 budget for materials to keep the competition affordable so that more students can participate.
Through participation in the competitions students will:
To learn more please visit the Future City Competition Website. After attending the competition and learning more about project based learning I am inspired to form a team and volunteer as their coach in next year’s competition. Hopefully, you will be inspired to lead students in your community as well.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Rite Aid but all opinions expressed here are mine.
Rite Aid’s Starting Points promotion just hit a home run in my book and has moved to the top of my list of favorite drug store promotions. We all look for ways to save money and trim a few dollars off our budgets. I am no exception and now that Starting Points is here, there are so many more ways to save money in the New Year.
Starting with this week’s sale flyer, I kept my eye out for the Starting Points logo while mentally putting together a list of bargain items.
I quickly realized many of the items in the sale flyer were on my shopping list already. BONUS! Now I’ll be able to stick to my plan to only buy items on sale, with coupons, and/or as part of a money saving promotion. The Starting Points promotion is simple enough for everyone from a beginning couponer to a savvy saver!
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Disclosure: “Post sponsored by Mirum Shopper. Opinions are 100% my own.”
Lately I have noticed that my hair seems dry, brittle and frizzy. A combination of dry cold winter air, heat styling and color treating has taken its toll on my hair. Suave Avocado and Olive Oil Infusion shampoo and conditioner has saved my dry brittle frizzy hair. After just one wash I noticed a difference in the texture and manageability of my hair. After a week’s worth of washes my hair is shiny and stronger. The Avocado and Olive Oil infusion shampoo cleaned and strengthened my hair while the conditioner moisturized each strand leaving it smoother and easier to manage. Whether I curl my hair with the curling iron or straightened it with the flat iron my style comes out smooth and frizz free. Suave has been my go to brand for hair care since my now grown children were little. The new Avocado and Olive Oil infused hair care system is your best bet for nourished smooth frizz free hair.
Want to have shiny, beautiful and healthy hair? Suave is our go-to brand when it comes to hair care products. I love how great their products are and they’re so affordable. I always make it a point to grab some Suave hair care products whenever I shop at Walmart because they have products for our whole family and their products work as well as higher priced salon brands at just half or even 1/4 the price. Not only that, this year you can help with Suave Buy One, Give One promo. This is your chance to give back to your community. Did you know that 55% of families struggling to afford everyday essentials will sacrifice shampoo? You can help by buying Suave products at Walmart.com or at the Walmart store near you. With every Suave Hair Shampoo and Conditioner Product you buy, one Suave Hair Product will be donated to Feeding America.Continue reading