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February 28, 2017

5 reasons why Project Based Learning helps our students

This is one of the awesome model cities at the Future City Competition

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.

One of my favorite cities at the Future City Competition was based on the city of Pompeii

What is the Future City Competition?

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!

This is one of the awesome model cities at the Future City Competition

Why is Project Based Learning so Incredible?

  1. Project Based Learning (PBL) gives students opportunities to use and interact with technology. Kids love technology and chances are they know more than their adult coaches about how to use digital tools and platforms. I was impressed to learn that many of the teams at the Future City Competition used various online tools to track progress against deadlines and to coordinate teams as large as 25 students. That is a lot of moving parts to keep organized.

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.

Future City is an incredible project based learning opportunity

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.

Live presentation by one of the teams at the Future City Competition

More about the Future City Competition:

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:

  • Develop writing, public speaking, problem solving, and time management skills
  • Research and propose solutions to engineering challenges
  • Apply math and science concepts to real-world issues
  • Discover different types of engineering and explore careers options
  • Learn how their communities work and become better citizens
  • Develop strong time management and project management skills
  • Experience synergy

We loved checking out all of the creative cities at the 25th annual Future City Competition


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.

 The Future City Competition is project based learning at its best

January 10, 2017

Rite Aid Starting Points – A New Way to Save

Rite Aid Starting Points

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.

Rite Aid Starting Points

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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January 1, 2017

Suave Buy One, Give One

Suave Shares Sweepstakes

Disclosure: “Post sponsored by Mirum Shopper. Opinions are 100% my own.”

Help Your Community with Suave


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.

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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 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

November 15, 2016

What Are Primal Essence Products

Primal Essence Products Review

It is fall. I know because the leaves have begun to shake off their leaves in the bustling wind. The crisp air moves across my face as I watch my breath escapes my mouth. I look forward to the cool weather for a lot of reasons but the biggest is it signifies it is almost time for the Holidays. I live for the holiday it is the time of year where we give Thanks and when we spend our days being Thankful for all that we have.

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What Are Primal Essence Products

The “Essence” of Thanksgiving! Is the time of year for family, friends and carving a turkey with all the trimmings.  What could be better than your traditional Turkey dinner?Continue reading

September 23, 2016

The Secret To The Best Part of Waking Up

Folgers® Coffeehouse Blend

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Folgers but all opinions expressed here are mine.

The Secret To The Best Part of Waking Up

School has arrived in our house like an unwanted houseguest. The hustle and bustle of the children getting ready for school echoes through the thin walls our home. The groans of “Why do we have to get up so early? Are met with hurry up and get going.’ The scavenger hunt for the missing item of clothes that need to be worn today or the fashion emergency will erupt into a full blown melt down complete with a stream of tears has begun. The packing of lunches, military style breakfast delivery, and then my dash to line up the backpacks against the walls with their owner’s shoes neatly beside has commenced.

Folgers® Coffeehouse Blend

I am so overwhelmed with their new schedule and my additional responsibilities. I am in need of my morning cup of coffee before their alarms buzz. The new Folgers® Coffeehouse Blend stands up to the haphazard way I add my sugar and cream. It doesn’t matter with this new formula it will overcome my measuring deficit, and its bold, strong coffee flavor will stand up no matter what method of preparation you employ. I am going with the dump and scoop approach which is usually successful until someone yells, “MOM!” and I forget how much I scooped or dumped.Continue reading

September 5, 2016

Get A Pair Give A Pair From!

This review was made possible by iConnect Influencer Management and I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Get A Pair Give A Pair From!

As someone who has been wearing eyeglasses since I was in the 3rd grade, being able to find a great pair of glasses is important to me. Like clockwork once a year my parents (and now myself of course) have taken me to get my eyes checked by our local eye doctor. I needed eyeglasses for vision correction so as a child this was just something that occurred every year. I got to pick out new frames and then go about my day. As an adult I realize it’s much more than that. Much more money than that, ha! I wasn’t aware how expensive glasses were until I started buying them myself. And I realize that there are parents out there that probably can’t afford to get their children’s eyes checked, and if they can, they might not be able to afford glasses. I can’t imagine not being able to see clearly while I was in school.  That’s why I was thrilled to partner with and check out what had to offer. Not only do they offer great frames for a great price, they are all about giving back to the community! Continue reading

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