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Make Your Own Skarf {Review}

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Authentic Knitting Board recently released the Make Your Own Skarf Kit! This loom knitting kit is ideal to get one jump started into the world of looming or to gift someone that’s already much into this craft!

Everything you need except for a pair of scissors is provided to make a 60 inch scarf or cowl! The kit comes in a variety of colors which is perfect if you have a specific yarn color preference. If you are pondering age recommendations for this craft, know my six year old daughter can work this with ease. If you are intimidated by crochet or wielding knitting needles, a loom just might work out better!

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What’s included in this set?

* A instruction guide with easy to understand illustrations
* 2 Striped Color Change patterns in the instructions
* 32 peg loom with 7/16 gauge ideal for worsted weight yarn
* 4.0 mm crochet hook
* darning needle
* knit hook
* Two 100 yds/91m balls of 70% acrylic/ 30% wool yarn

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I guarantee that in no time one can make scarf upon scarf for loved ones as well as charities. I knit a scarf up with the contents of this set in only a few hours and it came out beautifully! It was so quick and easy. The yarn in the kit is very soft and provides a good warmth when worn. The loom in this kit is compact in size making it easy to mange and a great bring along project when out and about.

Though this kit only gives instructions for making one general designed knit scarf with different color changes, more can be done with it! Other projects and patterns can be found on the Knitting Board website! I’ve personally made cloths, headbands, squares for a blanket, and more with this sized loom!

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This loom is priced at $25.99. You can purchase this set on The Authenitc Knitting Board website, as well as your local JoAnn fabric and craft store! It would make a wonderful gift for yourself or perhaps someone you know!

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Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.

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Educational Insights Underwater Explorer Boat {review}

prod5115_4_lgEducational Insights Underwater Explorer Boat is pretty awesome! It combines imaginative play, science, and exploring altogether in an awesomely clever form. Children will be learning all about magnification and gravity without even realizing it!

P1160730The design is quite clever! Almost the entire underside of the boat is see-through allowing for 3x magnification of anything underwater! There’s no unwanted glare either when searching about. It features an orange buoy wrist strap to put on your child to prevent losing the boat. The bouy has some give and easily could be stretched to fit around my sons wrist. If you don’t favor the strap or buoy, with a little effort you can remove it. The strap has a break-away design for added safety.

P1160731The boat is child sized and quite easy to handle. My son really liked that the propellers on the back of the boat and the steering wheel was movable. The colors are bright and totally kid appealing. The boat is extremely durable and has been able to withstand the handling of my nearly 4 year old son very well.

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I really like it can be used inside as well as outdoors. It’s versatile enough to use in the bathtub, water table, pool, beach, lake, and the kitchen sink. We’ve used it both inside and out, in water and grounded, and it’s still is looking great. We can’t wait to take it outdoors more during the warmer month of Spring and Summer. No doubt it will allows hours of learning and fun! My son often doesn’t want to get out of tub because he’s too busy exploring and rescuing the toys that floated to the bottom.

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It’s really no wonder the Underwater Explorer Boat is a 2014 Parents’ Choice Award winner! I would highly recommend it if you are looking for a way to make water play more fun and educational too!

Interested in Purchasing? Educational Insights Underwater Explorer Boat is available for $10.49 on Amazon.com as of this posting. Suggested retail price is $14.99.

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Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.

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Shout! Factory 2014 Kids and Family DVD and Blu-Ray Releases For the Holidays

shout logoIf you are looking to stuff those stockings this Holiday season, DVD’s & BluRays are a great solution for that! Shout Factory has a large selection of entertainment for the whole family from movies to entire animated cartoon series seasons.

Both new and classic titles are offered by Shout Factory such as Classic My Little Pony as well as the newer version My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic for example! I think it’s awesome that both are offered at one place! My six year old daughter is a fan of the newer series as well as I. But it’s awesome that I can share with her the classic cartoon that I grew up with years ago too thanks to Shout Factory making available the complete series!

I am promoting a few below during the Holiday season but know they have more great titles from series such as Transformers, Marvel Knights, Hey Arnold, & many more. Movies that are must sees from Shout Factory are Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart, Thunder & the House of Magic, , My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, and the list goes on.



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 My Little Pony: The Complete Series (Original)  SRP $29.93, 4-DVD set

You’re invited to return to Ponyland, the home of all your favorite classic Little Ponies, including the Earth Ponies, Unicorns, Pegasus Ponies, Flutter Ponies, Sea Ponies, Baby Sea Ponies, their human friends Megan, Danny and Molly and, of course, their dragon friend, Spike! Together, they live a life of games, songs and harmony with allies like the Bushwoolies and Furbobs. But, occasionally, there are problems in Ponyland and the Little Ponies of Paradise Estate must face evil witches, goblins, Stone Backs, Grundles and more! Now you can join in the fun and adventure with My Little Pony: The Complete Series!

This DVD series completely ages me. It came out in the 1980’s! It still great wholesome family entertainment. It’s wonderfully remastered and the stories are just as good as I remember. There’s 65 episodes and runtime is 720 minutes. Totally classic My Little Pony goodness! I would highly recommend it to long time fans and little girls that love ponies!


 


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Danny Phantom: The Complete Series   SRP $29.93, 10-DVD set

Find out how an average kid became part ghost-and all ghost hunter! With the extraordinary ability to turn himself into a super-heroic apparition, Danny Fenton must track down and defeat ghastly ghouls, while keeping his identity a secret!

And you thought the hassles of everyday high school life were bad! Meet Danny Fenton, a good-natured, ordinary 14-year-old kid with extraordinary powers. After an accident involving ‘Ghost Zone’ portal of his two highly eccentric ghost-hunting parents, Danny now has the half-ectoplasmic DNA of a ghost, giving him the ability to fight off the horrible spooks, specters and vengeful ghost hunters threatening our world! But before Danny can defeat anything, he must first learn to control his newfound powers with the help of his best friends, tech-head Tucker and self-proclaimed goth Sam.

This collection comes with 10 DVDs featuring all 53 original episodes! A real treat for us that grew up with Danny Phantom and want to relive it once again or share it with our kids! A good quality cartoon series that’s unique, funny, and the characters are definetly relate-able.

Runtime: 1170 minutes (just don’t watch it all in one sitting!)


 

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If you’re a My Little Pony fan, you’re not going to want to pass up this collection! This DVD features episodes focusing mainly on Twilight Sparkle. Since her arrival in Ponyville, Twilight Sparkle has learned the true meaning and value of friendship. With her very best friends — Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Fluttershy and, of course, Spike — Twilight goes on the greatest of adventures and comes back with even more lessons. All of this has earned Twilight her wings and the crown of a Princess and now you can learn what Princess Twilight Sparkle has learned and take with you The Keys Of Friendship.

Episodes:
Rarity Takes Manehattan
Pinkie Apple Pie
It Ain’t Easy Being Breezies
Twilight’s Kingdom, Part 1
Twilight’s Kingdom, Part 2

Personally, this collection does not disappoint as it’s full of many great episodes with terrifically fun stories, cute songs, and all those lovable pony characters. The stories are always exciting, fun, and totally engaging. The message of team work and friendship are always portrayed prominently and that’s something important to display to children in learning how to get a long with peers well!

Bonus Feature: A Sing-A-Long
Runtime:110 minutes


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Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.

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NCircle Entertainment Holiday DVDs for Kids! #Win ( Giveaway)

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We are weeks away from the month of December and during this time I start pulling out our favorite seasonal DVD’s from our home movie library to watch together. My daughter age 6 and son who is almost 4 are a few years apart in age but I’m pleased that most of the offerings by NCircle entertainment are enjoyed by both of them!

In the evening, we’ve been dawning our pajamas, sweet snacks, and snuggling up together on the couch  with the selection of movies I’m sharing in this post below! Each are very different but spread the joy and cheer of the Holiday season in their own great ways!


The Snowman

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One crisp, winter morning, a young boy wakes up to find a thick blanket of snow has covered the ground as far as the eye can see. Filled with excitement, the boy decides to build a snowman using a tangerine for his nose, coal for his buttons and eyes, and tops him off with a hat and scarf. Later that night, at the stroke of midnight, the snowman comes to life! The young boy and the snowman embark on a magical adventure of discovery where the snowman explores the young boy’s world and in return he takes him flying to his home in the North Pole. Based on Raymond Briggs’ book, The Snowman is a family classic for generations to enjoy.

This DVD and story is one of my favorites. It’s sweet, magical, an serene! There’s not much speaking in the movie but there doesn’t need to be because the animation and story truly speaks for itself.

The flick is great and well loved by my family. The bonus features which include The Story of the Snowman & Alternate Introduction from David Bowie. Runtime is 50 minutes.



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Join DJ Lance Rock, Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex and Toodee as they dance, sing and decorate the tree to prepare for the arrival of Santa Claus! Filmed live at New York City’s The Beacon Theatre, celebrate the season with the colorful cast of characters singing their hits, including “It’s Wintertime,” “Every Snowflake’s Different, Just Like You” and a holiday version of everyone’s favorite “Party in my Tummy!” The DVD includes special appearances by superstar Leslie Hall and the one and only Santa Claus!

Runtime is 60 minutes and totally great fun to be had to get the whole family dancing and singing . Though, I wouldn’t recommend watching this one before bed!

 


 

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On this exciting seasonal themed DVD, viewers will join the Octonauts as they celebrate the holidays ! The Vegimals’ plans for a Christmas feast aboard the Octopod are interrupted when the Octonauts become entangled in a gigantic blob of sea snot! The holiday excitement continues when the Octonauts travel to Professor Inkling’s childhood home, an undersea mountain, but soon discover that a rockslide has endangered the local creatures, including Inkling’s nephew, Squirt! Can the Octonauts rescue the creatures and save Christmas in time?

My son and daughter ages almost and 6 1/2 years old totally adore the Octonuats! My kids really like all the exploring, rescuing, and seeing their favorite characters doing their part in protecting all sorts of animals found in the sea! This holiday offering was well welcome especially by my little boy. It was exciting to learn about Ocras in the Artic and so much more! As a mom and home educator, I’m liking the educational value of this DVD quite a bit! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend not just this DVD but the entire series!

This DVD is 70 minutes long, you can easily sit and watch all the episodes or break it up and watch one at a time. There are a total of four episodes, bonus features teaching kids more about the marine life, and two fun karaoke music videos!


 

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When winter comes to Caillou’s house, this curious 4-year-old tackles all kinds of big boy activities like helping Daddy shovel snow, making holiday presents for his family and even discovering how other little boys and girls around the world celebrate the season! Filled with magical moments seen through a small child’s eyes, this delightful story will enchant your entire family.

Children will learn with Caillou about different Holiday seasons around the world,  advent calendars, and things we often do leading up to the big day! I really liked this DVD offering and it showed time spent with family & giving to others. It’s endearing, educational, and fun to watch. My son especially enjoyed it. I would recommend to see it after Thanksgiving as the movie shows everything Calliou and his family does two weeks before Christmas time.  Runtime: 1 hour 13 minutes & there are many great bonus features such as holiday songs and an interview!

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Want it? These NCircle DVDs can be purchased their website and  other retailers such as Amazon.com.


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Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.

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Buck Denver asks…Why Do We Call It Christmas? DVD Review & Giveaway

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
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A fun and exciting way to teach my children about popular Christmas traditions as well as the Birth of Christ has been through the “Buck Denver asks…Why Do We Call It Christmas?” DVD. This DVD as well as the rest of the series is created by Phil Vischer creator of the VeggieTales! There’s puppets, flash animations, catchy songs, and a clever story line that meshes everything one would wonder about the Holiday season altogether in an easy to understand way!

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On this DVD, viewers will learn about Christmas and the many traditional things we partake in during the month of December. Some of the things covered include where we get the word Christmas from, where Jesus was born, the story behind the Christmas tree, about St. Nicholas, and much more! I’ll admit that even I learned a thing or two!

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I’m so glad my 6 1/2 year old sat and watched the whole film. She said she liked the movie and learned a lot. I imagine though we’ll watch it a few more times before Christmas day and bring it out again next year. I will say that it’s somewhat fast paced which is right up her alley. My nearly four year old son didn’t sit through the whole thing but we’ll try again with him next year. Total runtime of the DVD is 60 minutes. Aside from the main feature there’s bonuses which include sing-a-longs, outtakes, and Christmas poems to watch.

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In addition to the DVD, there some fabulous extras found on the What’s in the Bible website to use and incorporate with watching the DVD. There’s coloring sheets, family discussion guide to back up what was learned and covered on the DVD, printable invitations, ornaments, cards, and more to print out absolutely free!

I think this DVD is best suited for children age 4-10 years old and it’s really great for the whole family to enjoy together during this time of the year.We’ve been fan of this series for several years now and recommend this title as well as the others available highly.

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The New American Herbal {Book Review}

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The New American Herbal by Stephen Orr is a extensive guide that both beginner or advanced herb enthusiast will want to add to their book collection. Whether you like using herbs for the cooking, aromatic properties, medicinal use, or decorative purposes this book covers many of these areas in adequate detail. Many known herbs are obviously included as well as many not so known. There are over 900 entries within this 386 paged book. The full color photos make this book fun to look at and even better for identifying specific herbs.
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This book is one I’m thrilled to have. It’s extremely easy to navigate and for that I applaud. A book of such a size with so much information can sometimes seem overwhelming but not this one. The table of content lays out the book as follows; Herb Basics, Herbal Preparations, Garden Projects, Kitchen Projects, and Specialty Herbs. In each of those sections, there’s much to learn from growing advice, DIY projects, recipes, preservation, harvesting, and much more. Following the table of contents is the Herbs A to Z page. There are more than 125 listed. If I want to look up Cilantro, I can easily do so using the A to Z page.

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Each herb page has helpful lists, sidebars and sometimes a quote. Each sidebar provides information such as category the Herb falls within, its origin, type, height, other names & varieties, how to grow, season, and safety. Each featured herb section is about 2-3 pages in length. There’s usually a brief history, a recipe depending on the herb, as well as other information that will help you get acquainted with what variety you so chose to learn about. There’s always up-close photos to go with each herb as well as the recipes included.

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I feel that this book will help me greatly in my gardening and DIY herb projects. There’s so much helpful informational provided in guiding readers no matter what way they intend on using Herbs or growing them indoor or out. I’m eager to try some of the 40 recipes and crafting projects from herbs I manage to grow myself! The harvesting and growing information I found extremely helpful! I would highly recommend this title! It’s a  beautifully complied book full of a plethora of information!

15 23Interested in Purchasing? The New American Herbal can be purchased on Amazon.com as well as other book retailers online and in store. Amazon prices are 11.99 for e-book and $20.22 for paperback.

Disclosure: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.  The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience of the title.

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