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Melissa & Doug Terrific 25 Giveaway

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Melissa & Doug Terrific 25 Giveaway

It’s Back!! How Exciting! I love Melissa & Doug Terrific 25 Gifts!

Have a car lover? Melissa & Doug has an adorable Mega Race Car Carrier!

Or your budding artist would love the Favorite Things Stamp Set or Princess Design Activity Kit!  

Click here and you can also enter on Melissa & Doug’s Facebook Page to win one of these Terrific 25 Giveaways!

Good Luck! Let us know if your a winner!

 

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#37 Saturday Top Five Laughs

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I slacked off from doing my Saturday Top Five Laughs posts for the past month because life has had me in a whirlwind and to be honest there has been very little thought to what has been funny lately. Weird how our thoughts and circumstances can rob us of every day joy and laughter. Thought it was time to step up and re-join The Mommyhood Chronicles on week #37 (for us)!

5. Our six year old asked who invented kissing or why do people kiss? And before I could respond, our four year old said, “Because them married.” Nice logic, eh?

4. Our 14 year old daughter got peed on by one of our cats and said she now smelled like dead mice. Our 15 year old daughter told her it was because it (the pee) was MADE of dead mice.

3. Our 15 year old was feeding her baby goat raspberries and because B was not feeding him fast enough, he jumped up on her as if to say, “Come on, I’m hungry!” It was cute.

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2. Hermes, our calf, has been giving the girls milk kisses and slobber at milking. They are milking twice a day and he has his side and they have their side. He seems to be finally getting use to them and is showing his affection! O got milk slobber in her hair this morning when Hermes sucked on her hair! Silly calf!

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1. My little 11 month old niece cried when my mom’s dog sniffed her! Poor little thing, but I did have a chuckle.

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First Milking Experience – Wordless Wednesday

I always said B’s first milking experience was when we visited a working farm in Schaumburg, IL called, Volkening Heritage Farm at Spring Valley…but then I came across this photo not too long ago. It is funny because it kind of predicted the future. What was a fun little homeschool activity turned into what real life would be like 12-13 years down the road. B milking, B has the bonnet on, with O helping her. O is standing at the chair by B’s side.

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By the way the Volkening Heritage Farm is an awesome place to visit as a family. For a few years we went there after an early 8:30am morning church service and visited the farm. Some Sundays we just walked, other Sundays we participated in farm events. One of which was B’s first time milking a real, live cow. She went to its tail first! She was only four at the time and had never been around a cow. It still makes us chuckle.

Gotta love memories, eh? What memory made you smile this week.

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Fall Fun – Wordless Wednesday

Our children have always loved playing in the leaves in the fall. When they were really little they had to go to grandma’s or the park to play in them. This year is no different even with a few of them in their teens! They have just as much fun as they did when they were younger. Our boys pretended the leaf pile was a ship today and used the rakes poking out of the leaves to be their cannons or guns. Pretty clever. Glad they still have an imagination!

P.S. They appear closer to the road than they actually are because there is a dipped stretch of grass between the lawn and the shoulder of the road. Our children are usually not allowed to play out in the front yard. However, we have more trees out front than out back so for fall fun and under supervision they can.

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Baby Mantra

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“I participated in Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Baby Mantra. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.” www.momcentralconsulting.com

My children’s skin is very important to me. I always try my best to use the most gentlest of products on their delicate bodies.  Finding all natural products are always a challenge.  When I heard of Baby Mantra products I couldn’t wait to try them.  Their all natural, cruelty-free, and gluten-free products are all made in the U.S.

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I have two children, an 18 month old daughter and an almost 5 year old son.  Both of them have very sensitive skin so I have to be careful with what I use.  Each night they both get a bath individually.  Typically I add soap to my daughter’s bath and use that to wash her.  For my son, I put soap on a washcloth and wash him at the end of his bath.  Then I thoroughly rinse him so he doesn’t get a rash. Immediately after I dry each of them, and then give them a massage with soothing lotion. Baby Mantra’s products fit very well into my routine.

I absolutely loved using the 3-in-1 Bubble Bath + Shampoo + Wash. A little goes a long way. I put in a few drops for my daughter’s bath and it created lots of bubbles; she loved it!  The smell was very calming and relaxing, not overbearing at all.  The soap made her skin feel very soft.  For my son, it worked better when I just put it on a washcloth and washed him. I tried adding the wash to his bathwater since sometimes he likes bubbles. Unfortunately he broke out in a rash the next day.  As long as I rinsed him after washing, there was no problem.  The 3-in-1 Bubble Bath + Shampoo + Wash is made with natural ingredients including Aloe Vera and Lavender.

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Baby Mantra’s Calming Lotion was my favorite. Massaging my children’s skin with it after baths was a very relaxing time.  The lotion was very creamy and the smell was wonderful. A little went a long way with the convenient pump feature.  It made my children’s skin feel nice and soft. Even the next morning their skin was still soft.  Baby Mantra’s Calming Lotion is made with natural ingredients including Shea Butter, Lavender Oil, Olive Oil, and Sage Oil.

Baby Mantra offers a variety of skin care products for babies, kids, and adults. Some of their other products include Calming Massage Oil, Newborn Shampoo & Body Wash, and Detangling Conditioner.  All of their products contain natural ingredients such as Avocado, Sunflower Seed, Mango Butter, and Wheat Germ.

Baby Mantra products are available at the following stores:

Walgreens & Duane Reade stores http://www.walgreens.com/

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/

BabiesRUs.com http://www.babiesrus.com/

For more information about Baby Mantra products, visit their website at

http://babymantra.com/

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Original Sprout Review

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Original Spout provides Worry – Free Luxury in their products. All products are 100% Vegan and are free and clean! No parabens, nanoparticles, lavender, Tea tree, petroleum oils, musk, propylene glycol, gluten, soy or dairy! Wow! Original Sprout uses only the safest, soothing, organic and natural ingredients.

Original Sprout has a great line of products that include, shampoos, conditioners, styling aids, sunscreen, body wash and more! We were fortunate enough to review 4 items from Original Sprouts line of products. All of the products we reviewed can be used on babies and up, which means safe for the whole family!

 

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We LOVED the Hair & Body Babywash! This      was such a great product! My children are        older 6, 8, and 10…but it worked wonderfully    on them and myself I might add! This really      is a product that you can use for the whole        family. It is very gentle. My daughter has          eczema so I am always cautious of what I        use on her skin and this product is so gentle      it did not cause flare ups ! The pump spout is    a great addition to the product as it makes        dispensing easy…I always like a pump spout    better than a flip top!

 

Professional Performance

  • Say goodbye to Cradle Cap and Eczema.
  • Leaves Hair & Skin Clean & Ultra Soft
  • Gentle pH for Skin & Hair of 6.0-7.0
  • Naturally Helps Clear Cradle Cap

 

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The Natural Shampoo is a great start to any      hair regimin for children and adults! The            shampoo has a great lather and performs          well on hair. My children have very thick hair    and it is often hard to get natural product to      wash out of their hair. This product washed      out nicely and left the hair smelly and feeling    wonderful! AS an added bonus for us it also      provided great conditioning and detangling        too!

Professional Performance
  • Gentle pH of 6.0-7.0 to Help Retain Hair Color
  • For Babies, Children & Adults
  • Detangling & Conditioning

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The deep conditioner boasts soft, strong,          healthy hair….and it does live up to its claim!    This conditioner is wonderful. Again … I have    had so much trouble in the past rinsing out        natural products from the hair…but this            conditioner goes on smooth and rinses out        nicely…leaving hair soft and manageable!        This is a great addition to your hair care            routine!

Professional Performance
  • For Babies, Children & Adults
  • For All Hair Types & Textures
  • Rich in Moisture & Protein

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This is by far our favorite product from              Original Sprout! This product truly makes          combing effortless! We love using the                detangler on wet hair right after the                  bath…but found it works EXCELLENT on dry      hair too! So often my daughters go to bed        with wet hair only to wake up looking tangled    and disheveled in the morning. Just a spritz      of this detangler and a quick comb/brush          through makes their hair look sleek again and    well groomed!

 

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   Another plus to the miracle              detangler is that it has this nifty      pump spray! This spray is so            nice … simple and easy to              use…much nicer than a cream        detangler that has to be applied      with the hands. The pump makes    dispensing effortless!
Professional Performance
  • For Babies, Children & Adults
  • For All Hair Types & Textures
  • Helps Prevent Breakage
All Original Sprout products we reviewed come with the Worry-Free claim below!
Worry-Free

Lice & Insects don’t like Organic Rosemary but We Love It!

  • Free of Phytoestrogens Lavender & Tea Tree, Phthalates, Clove & Musk
  • No Soy, Gluten, Honey, Peanut or Dairy
  • No Nanoparticles or Titanium Dioxide
  • 100% Vegan

Visit Originalsprout.com for more about these and all their other GREAT products!

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The Kupp’ Review

 

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The Kupp’ is an innovative way to help your children drink from a cup effectively and easily.  This 6 ounce cup is glass and surrounded by a silicone sleeve.  It is designed for ages 3 to 10.  It comes in 4 colors to designate Kupp’s in your home.  The silicone sleeve is removable from the glass for better cleaning.  It will take a minute or two to put the silicone sleeve back on the glass. The glass used for The Kupp’ is imported from Poland.

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Just the Facts!

The Kupp’ is made in the USA using imported glass, all materials are sourced from environmentally-friendly manufacturers that adhere to EU and US regulations”

“ The grip-friendly silicon sleeve is BPA/BPS free and made with medical and food grade silicon to prevent damage.  The sleeve does not have to be removed when washing, which makes cleaning your Kupp’ very simple.”

“All glass is recyclable, certified lead and cadmium free and is made from a pure soda-lime formula.  It is also dishwasher safe!”

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My daughter’s Kupp’ responsibility is after dinner my daughter is expected to take her cup and plate to the counter after dinner.  It has gotten to the point where do don’t even need to ask, she does it right away.   She really enjoys  using the Kupp’ and I enjoy that she likes it.  It’s great she is using a glass cup.  I always worry about those plastic cups.

 

 

 

You can learn more about The Kupp’ and see their latest products at thekupp.com.  You can also get exclusive access to discounts and special offers!  Don’t forget to check them out at their social media sites too!

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“I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group, LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer.  As a Moms Meet Blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.”

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LittleMissMatched Zany Sneakers

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I am not ashamed to admit that I am not the most fashion forward person. My sense of style is determined by my comfort IN clothing. A couple of my girls definitely have their own sense of style. It is fun to watch them grow and develop in this area. Sometimes it is hard to keep my eyes from popping out of my head at some of the outfits they come up with! Enter LittleMissMatched!

LittleMissMatched started with a very simple mission: Build a girls’ clothing brand that is FUN, inspires CREATIVITY, embraces individual STYLE and CELEBRATES SELF EXPRESSION.

LittleMissMatched carries girls clothing in sizes 4-12, including: pjs, socks, undies, clothing and accessories.


Our Review of LittleMissMatched Zany Sneakers

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I let my daughter pick out a pair of sneakers and she picked what I thought she would: LittleMissMatched Zany Sneakers, which retail for $39.00 and are on sale $23.99. They are pink with silver rhinestones. They are lace up so be aware in case you have a child who does not yet tie their own shoes.

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She really likes her new sneakers. She loves the pink and shiny colors! She says they are comfortable. So far they are holding up pretty well, though she is using them for going out sneakers NOT for around the farm.

To purchase your own pair of LittleMissMatched Zany Sneakers visit: www.littleMissMatched.com

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Scripture Talk – Making Bible Memory Fun through Hand Motions – And Giveaway

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We have been lax in our scripture memory of late. We usually just sit around the table or living room and quote it in a sing song voice. Sometimes we have been known to clap or march as well, especially when the children were younger. In our busy household, I am always interested in new ways to teach our children scripture. When the opportunity to review “Scripture Talk – Making Bible Memory Fun through Hand Motions” DVD came across my email. I said yes.


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The DVD uses fun, active hand motions, creative teaching, and visual aids to help children memorize 79 verses of Scripture (from 10 passages) and also know how to apply the Scripture to their lives. We have seen dozens of children of all ages (2 years to 18 years) use this method, and get excited about memorizing large amounts of Scripture in a short amount of time!

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Our children really like watching Scripture Talk. After a few days they were coming to me quoting scripture, or portions of scripture while doing the hand motions. Here is what each of our younger children had to say:

14 year old daughter, “I really like it. It was very encouraging. It helped me with memorizing. I like all the teachers.”

12 year old son, “It was encouraging.”

11 year old son, “I liked it. It was funny. I memorized a verse. My favorite teacher is Mr. Richard.”

8 year old daughter, “I love it. I memorized a verse. The bloopers were really funny. The teachers were awesome. My favorite teacher is Miss Kate.”

6 year old son, “I loved it. I really liked the bloopers.”

4 year old son, “I hate it.” He did grumble the most when it was time to watch it. But he also just said last night that he liked it. So he is being a flip-flop!

I liked that I could let them sit down and watch the DVD without having to worry about the content. It gave me some peace and quiet to get my work done, which is very helpful to this busy mama.

To learn more about the DVD, you can visit www.scripturetalkministries.com. On the “Media” page of their site, you can find a promo video to see sample footage of the DVD. Scripture Talk was also featured on the Duggar family’s blog – http://duggarsblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/scripture-talk-giveaway.html

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#36 Saturday Top Five Laughs

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It is hard to believe we are inching closer and closer to a year for participating in the Saturday Top Five Laughs posts. But here we are joining The Mommyhood Chronicles on week #36 (for us)! Most of them will be compliments of Jr., our four year old.

5. “That smells yummy”, Jr. exclaimed as his 11-year-old brother made him some hot chocolate. A boy after my own heart!

4. Jr. went potty one day this week and announced, “I made a cow patty!”

3. You all know I get up at 2am most mornings to do two paper routes. On one particular morning, the children kept coming in and out of our room (hubby must have been otherwise occupied or else that usually does not occur) and I was getting a little exasperated. So the next time Jr. came in I gave him a look. My older girls call it my “dragon” look and Jr. simply looked at me and said, “Mommy, you look creepy.”

2. It is fly season. Living on a farm we are overrun with flies. After the first year here, we finally succumbed to those ugly sticky fly paper that hang from the ceiling. We have never hung one in our bedroom before but had to this week due to the amount of flies camping out in there. Hubby hung it by the light fixture, which happens to be over our six year old and four year old’s bed. Our six year old tells us, “I have nightmares about that fly trap falling on me.” Guess that would be freaky, if it happened, but it is held by a tack so it is pretty secure. Hubby knocked his head on it today, which was a close call. Good thing his hair is cut in pretty much a buzz cut! I just thought it was kind of funny that he said he had nightmares about it. I have not heard him waking up, just so you know!

1. Today I hear this high pitched screaming, then gobble-gobbles. I listen for a while and realize one or two of the younger children were doing the screaming in order to get the turkeys to gobble! Wish I could have recorded it, but it did not last very long, nor did I think of it until now. Turkeys are rather interesting to observe and listen to.

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