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Giveaway: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Alexander53dffe1119810-copyDisney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.

Alexander53ffc22a47834“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” directed by Independent Spirit Award-winner Miguel Arteta (“The Good Girl,” “Cedar Rapids,” “Youth in Revolt”) from a screenplay by Rob Lieber, is a 21 Laps Entertainment/Jim Henson Company production. The film hits theaters nationwide Oct. 10, 2014.

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  • 1 Alexander Coffee Mug
  • 1 giant green highlighter
  • 1 crocodile stress toy
  • 1 official Alexander reusable bag

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Learning Resources: Word Construction {Review & Giveaway}


Learning Resources Word Construction makes spelling and word building a lot of fun! It’s definitely a unique and different option than what I’ve seen out there. The nuts and bolts approach is clever and it’s appealing not to just boys but girls too. I would like to mention that the age recommendation is for children ages five and up but even younger children can benefit from this learning tool. My son is is three and half and he’s been using these like a pro spelling consonant vowel sight words that we’ve been practicing this school year.

P1160006This set comes with thirty printed nuts, six bolts, a helpful activity guide, and a plastic tub for easy clean up and storage. I like that the set provides enough pieces that more than one child can use it easily. The nuts come in the colors orange, blue, green, and purple. The colors are vibrant and the pieces aren’t too big or too small making these easy for kids to handle. Each nut has a little lip on the inside which needs to be lined up with a part on each bolt to slide it into place. Once in place, the nuts twist easily on the bolt to make a variety of different letter and word combinations. There was no trouble or frustration whatsoever for my kids to figure out how to begin building words.


The green bolts feature vowels and the letter y while the remaining colors feature a variety of consonants . Note that not every consonant is included in the set. It’s not a huge deal but something to take into consideration. Each bolt can hold up to four nuts. My kids have been spelling all sorts of two, three, and four letter words! I’ve used this set for them to practice sight words as well as to reinforce my 1st graders spelling lists for each week. They’ve also asked to play with these throughout the day aside from our schooling time!

After testing them myself and offering them for use with my kids, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s totally hands-on learning at its finest. This set will get much use and I think it’s a great way to reinforce spelling, phonics, & word building aside from pencil and paper. Highest of recommendations!

Want it? Word Construction  can be purchased on the  Learning Resources website for $24.99 and you can also find this and other Learning Resources products on as well.

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Room on the Broom DVD Giveaway


The Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler adaption from storybook to animated film is done quite well. I admit honestly that I couldn’t expect anything less from the creators of The Gruffalo and the Gruffalo’s Child. This film such as the storybook itself drew both my children and I into every detail in way not most animated films can’t. The animation, the music, the choice of voice actors I can tell were well thought out and meticulously chosen. I couldn’t ask for a better retelling of such a story that I’m sure most families also bring out to reading during this time of the year. Bravo, I say.

If you know nothing of this story, you must rush out and see this film and also pick up the book! The written in rhyme story is of a friendly ginger haired witch and her amusing Tabby cat whom meets and invites different animals such as a dog, a frog, and a bird for a ride on her broom. Well, let’s just say the witch is a bit more inviting than her cat. It was quite interesting how she met each of the different animals. The characters are a pretty interesting bunch! While on this joyful ride in the sky trouble brews when a big red dragon decides that he’s in the mood for a tasty witch to feast upon. Don’t worry though parents, it all ends well and good. The leading up to ending is quite drawing and the little ones will be on the edge of their seat seeing how these friends decide upon making the dragon leave them be! It’s cute, clean from violence, or any sort of language. It’s a film you shouldn’t have any worries about!

The film time is about 45 minutes with an additional 15 minutes of bonus feature. I like the film isn’t too long, just long enough for a short family movie time followed by discussion if so chosen or an ideal choice for when a friend visits. The extras include an Artwork Gallery, Live Performance from Julia Donaldson, & A Behind the Scenes look at the creation of the film. I personally enjoy the behind the scenes quite a bit and am glad these were included on the DVD.


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Geometric Shapes Building Set {Review & Giveaway}


The Learning Resources Geometric Shapes Building Set ™ has given my children a real hands on experience in creating 2-D as well as 3-D shapes! As homeschool parent, I like offering my children a hands-on activity when they are learning about a new concept. I find that if an activity is hands-on, it tends to be more likely remembered. This set is an excellent way to get children moving, thinking, and learning by encouraging open ended play too.

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Design & Drill® Socket to Me™ {review + giveaway}

The Design & Drill® Socket to Me set has been great addition to our construction and building type of toys in our home! My 3 1/2 year old son plays with this set often and likes it  a lot because it’s a kid version of a  tool he has seen his Daddy use! I for one love that this toy encourages my son to be creative, learn the name of the tools and parts he’s using, and it is developing those fine motor skills! Another pro is it’s completely battery free. No lights or overly loud sounds needed to provide lots of fun and learning for any child.

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Homemaker’s Friend Daily Planner {Review + Giveaway} #DailyPlanner

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If you are looking for a Christian themed 2014 & 2015 Daily Planner, I’m pleased to recommend Homemaker’s Friend Daily Planner. I’ve used many planners throughout my years and this one I like quite a bit more than the rest! I love the inspirational sayings and the Bible verses inside! The suggestion from the author Sue Hooley to use a pencil to jot down numerous things like appointments, activities, menu plans, and more makes things easier and allows for flexibility in times of business. We all know life can be pretty unpredictable at times so I think having a planner is key to having your life run a little smoother. It’s quite important to  leave room to reschedule or rethink plans if needed!

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