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LeapTV Review

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Just in time for Holiday gift giving!

Gaming just got smarter with LEAPTV active video gaming system. Kids can learn through motion as they jump, dance and more. With a library of 100+ LeapFrog educator-approved game cartridges, game downloads and videos, kids will never run out if fun!

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The LeapTV system gets kids into action while teaching core skills across reading, mathematics, science and problem solving. Games adapt to each child’s level ~ starting with age, and then automatically adjusting the learning for just the right challenge.

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Designed from the ground up for children ages three to eight years old, the LeapTV video game system changes the way children learn by combining activity and movement with best-in-class educational curriculum. With simple and intuitive user interface, a motion sensing camera that puts a child directly in the game, a transforming controller that is made for classic gameplay and pointer control gameplay, plus audio prompts throughout the experience to help children navigate games and provide curricular tutorials, LeapTV                                                                     is the best first video game                                                                               experience for children.

 

The LeapTV system includes: console, motion-sensing camera, camera mount, transforming controller with wrist strap, HBMI cable, 16GB of memory and built-in Wi-Fi for downloads.

Our Review~

First of all I must say we are LeapFrog fanatics and LOVE the educational products and experiences that LeapFrog has provided our children throughout the years!

We are so blessed to have been chosen to review this extraordinary gaming system! This is PERFECT for our children! We have a similar gaming console (XBox Kinect) but it is not geared toward younger children like LeapTV. Our children took to the system like water! Their ages are 6, 8, 10… and yes even our ten year old had fun playing on the system! The children LOVED the games and my 6 year old did not even realize she was learning while she played…. it was great to see educational skills reinforced while gaming!

This is what we found when we opened the box:

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The system itself was easy enough to set up. We liked that the motion sensing camera actually sensed our 6 year old. In the past with our Xbox Kinect my daughter would often get frustrated because it would not recognize her as a player. Well, WELCOME LeapTV… it sensed her slight figure and allowed her to play uninterrupted during her entire gaming experience! I am very happy that she can now have a great gaming experience like her siblings!

We LOVEd the flexibilty of the game controller. The controller moves to accomodate iddferent postions. We liked this because different positions are more convenient for different gaming experiences.

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We had a little house party to welcome our new gaming system. We had 8 children present from the ages of 5 – 11 … and EVERYONE had a great time trying out the system… yes even the 10 and 11 year olds had a blast! It was wonderful to see all of the children having interactive educational fun! The hit of the party was the capability of the system to take pictures of the guests while playing… the children loved it! I would post pictures but due to privacy concerns parents did not want the photographs shared.

 

Overall this is an AWESOME gaming system and I urge you to purchase this over any other gaming system you are considering…. it has so much to offer! In relation to other Big Name gaming systems LeapTV is more affordable (retailing at 149.99) and much more education than their counterparts!

 

Check out more about the system at leapfrog.com

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Christmas at Rose Hill Farm

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Christmas at Rose Hill Farm


Christmas at Rose Hill Farm

Christmas at Rose Hill Farm is more of a back story of some of the older characters from Suzanne Woods Fisher’s other books, The Search and The Stoney Ridge series. You can read my reviews of book one, two and three at the corresponding links.

I thought this book was a sweet love story, but with a twist. It was fairly easy to guess who the character George was from his responses, though I do not remember him from The Search by Suzanne Woods Fisher!

I LOVED learning more about the history of roses. Thanks to my husband, roses are my favorite flower. I had a rose bush at our townhouse and had been told how hard they were to grow, but that particular one flourished. I was sad to leave it. I tried bringing slips here to our new home but they did not survive. Sniff. Sniff.

The idea of waiting for the rose to open before revealing its identity added intrigue to the story for me. I really wanted to know what type of rose they had on their hands!

This book was really all about relationships, dealing with past misunderstandings, and as usual, I really enjoyed reading Suzanne’s book. I found that it was sad, funny and very interesting, as I loved learning more about roses. I honestly do not have any negative thing to say. If you have a loved one who loves to read, this would be a wonderful Christmas book to gift them!

You can join bestselling, award-winning author Suzanne Woods Fisher for an Amish Christmas to remember at any major book store near you that stocks Revell Books.

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24Karite Gold Shea Butter

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24Karite Gold Shea Butter

Winter seems to have arrived a month early here in Northern Illinois. It is that time of year when the cold, wind and dry air reek havoc on our skin. And if you are like our daughter, your eczema can flair up even worse. This is when all-natural, eco-friendly shea butters are a must-have in our homes. It is a great solution to relieve dry skin, itching and eczema. We were sent 100% natural Shea Butter from 24Karite Gold:

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About 24Karite Gold Shea Butter

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The name 24Karite Gold refers to the color and benefits of raw Shea Butter in its natural state. Here is what 24Karite Gold says about its name:

Our name is also a play on words that refers to the origins of Shea Butter. Shea Butter is made from a nut that grows in Africa on the Karite tree. We want our users to know that the products we deliver are pure, natural distillations from this tree. So pure, they’re 24Karite you might say.

The company benefits the women in Burkina Faso who make 24Karite Gold Shea Butter. Their website states, “Through our strategic fair trade partnership with Empower Village we are able to gather and invest in three hundred women. The income from this project contributes to business development in the area and represents 75% of their annual income. We feel blessed to share that the purchases you make from us directly and indirectly benefit a population of 38,637 people!”

For more information about its ingredients, visit: http://sheabutter.com/ingredients.html

Our Review

It took us a long time to open our 30 oz. container of 24Karite Gold Shea Butter. It was sealed very tight. We did not get it opened until we thought of running the cover around the rim under hot tap water. We had to do this two different times to try to get it open….finally it did.

Our fifteen year old daughter used the Shea Butter on her eczema spots and found that it really did help. The red, sore, itching spots are pale now and look sooo much better! I wish I had remembered to take before and after photos, but alas, I did not.

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I took a smidgen and used it on my pinky knuckle where a dry patch was beginning to form (from using an icky soap we bought :( ) and while I found the Shea Butter gritty and oily, it did clear up the dry patch fairly quickly. I was happy that I remember to try the Shea Butter on the spot right away before it got worse. Dry, cracked, bleeding hands is not something that would be fun when I have to fold and bag on average 200+ papers each day.

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We hope to try some of this Shea Butter in our next batch of goat milk soap, just to compare what we have used in the past with 24Karite Gold.

A 16 oz.container costs $15.99. To purchase this product visit SheaButter.com

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Movie Monday: Big Hero 6 Movie

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Over the weekend Big Hero 6 opened in theaters across the nation. We do not go to the theater very often but are so glad we made it to Big Hero 6. Our town’s 7pm show was sold out of tickets so we opted to go see the 3D version of Big Hero 6 since there were still seats available. It did not disappoint. I was hesitant to go to the 7pm show because it was so close to our two youngest bedtime, but our four year old sat in his seat with his 3D glasses on mesmerized. He looked so cute when I glanced over at him! We all LOVED the movie. It made us laugh and cry. It is a great family movie.

About Big Hero 6

With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”).

Baymax was a loveable character. “Baymax is 6 feet tall and 75 pounds—until Hiro mechs him out. Baymax, in his super suit, is more than 7 feet tall and can lift 1000 pounds. ‘He’s all air,’ says head of animation Zach Parrish.”

If you have not gone to see Big Hero 6 yet, we highly recommend you do!

Don’t forget to check out the trailer!


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Visit the Website: http://www.disney.com/BigHero6

BIG HERO 6 is now playing in theaters everywhere!

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2015 Mitsubishi Mirage – Wordless Wednesday

This is our ride this week, a 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage! Stay tuned for a review of it…

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Mission Belt Review

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Mission Belt Review

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My husband is always having problems finding a belt that fits him comfortably.  Well, with Mission Belt Co., no need to look any further!  My husband has been wearing his Mission Belt to work daily and he loves it.  It’s easy to use and he is able to adjust the belt when needed.  We received the Mission Belt “Iron” in black leather.  The silver tone of the buckle is given a vintage look to it and yes it’s actually leather!  The buckle is heavy yet not intrusive.

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The Mission Belt Co. has a special belt with no holes. The underside of the belt has these rivet looking teeth that when you slide the belt it clicks into spot. Normal belt holes are spaced at 1 inch apart, the Mission Belt adjusts to ¼ inch.  When it’s time to take off the belt, you just push the release lever up and slide the belt out of the buckle.  Easy right!?

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These belts are also interchangeable with leathers and buckles!  Mission Belt Co. offers 2 different widths of belts.  Need another reason to like the Mission Belt Co?   Check out this picture!

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A Promise to Protect by Patricia Bradley

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A Promise to Protect by Patricia Bradley

A Promise to Protect by Patricia Bradley is the second book in the Logan Point series. You can read my review of the first book, Shadows of the Past here. These are Romantic Suspense novels from a Christian point of view.

Leigh Somerall is one of the main characters and her years of deceit kept me rooting for her to come out with the truth. Sheriff Ben Logan was the “hero” of the story, though, certain characters seemed bent on keeping him from remaining Sheriff of Logan Point. I loved the small town of Logan Point and how the town worked together and looked out for each other, with the exception of a few oddball characters.

I liked relationship Leigh developed with the Logan family. I despised the senseless acts of violence by the villains.

I could not relate to Leigh’s deceitfulness but I could relate to Ben’s effort to forgive himself and others. It was good to see these two characters work through their issues and come to a happy place in their lives.

I know I read so many of these books in the course of a year that I feel very repetitious! They are my mindless candy reads, I don’t have to think other than who the suspect, villain or murderer is, so these books are more for my entertainment than anything else. I get my intellectual reads elsewhere and I do not generally blog about them because it takes me much longer to get through those kinds of books!

While the romance aspect is generally predictable, the suspenseful plot did keep me guessing with its twists and turns. I was kept wanting to read to find out the who, what, when and where part of the mystery.

Overall, I liked the book, though I have not decided if it would be one I would read again.

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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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Deceived by Irene Hannon

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Deceived by Irene Hannon

Deceived by Irene Hannon

Deceived is another romantic suspense novel written by Irene Hannon. I have read several other books written by Irene. This particular novel is a heart wrenching. Every parent’s worse nightmare, actually.

Have you seen MTV’s new TV series “Finding Carter”? If you have and liked the basis of it (minus the teen-agey stuff), then you will like Deceived, even with its Christian overtures. I do not usually watch MTV and thought it was mostly music videos but when I found this series I was intrigued.

The romantic side is a little sappy but the story of Kate’s first love was endearingly sad. I felt her grief over the loss of her husband and her son. I was pulled in by Kate spotting a child who looked strikingly familiar to her own son, in a chance encounter on a mall escalator of all things!

I did not want to put this book down. I wanted to read it and follow Kate as she followed her instincts. I enjoyed the twists and turns, as well as the grand conclusion. I would have liked to have seen more of a development between Kate and the child she thought she saw. But overall, I was not disappointed in Deceived. I am rather sad the Private Justice series has come to an end, but am excited to see Irene has a new series coming out in 2015 called Men of Valor Buried Secrets.

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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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