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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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Book Review ~ The Flip

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Julie and Brad Evans are house flippers. They buy low, clean out the old occupants junk, and try to make a profit. Enter Hemmings House on Bedlam Street in scenic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Too good a deal to pass up, but with an ominous secret. The old Victorian Mansion has dwellers that do not want to be dispossessed. As the house reveals it’s past, will the couples marriage survive The Flip?

This is another wonderful read by Michael Phillips Cash. I cannot express enough how much I love to read his novels. This is a great page turner … it is in essence a ghost story… very thrilling novel. The best part of the read was to read and be thrilled without violence or gore. Just old fashioned suspense! Very refreshing!

I urge you to pick up this book for a great read. Michael Phillips cash has done it again with a thrilling novel! You will not be disappointed!

 

mpc_headshot_2013  About the author: Michael Phillip Cash is an award             winning and best selling author of horror, paranormal,       and science fiction novels. Stillwell: A Haunting on Long     Island, The Hanging Tree, and Schism: The Battle for         Darracia have all been named to Foreward Reviews Book   of the Year Awards. Cash currently resides on Long Island   with his wife and children.

The Flip is currently on amazon in hard and digital copy.

Buy your copy today on Amazon!

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Melissa & Doug Terrific 25 Giveaway

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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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Christmas at Rose Hill Farm

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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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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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#38 Saturday Top Five Laughs

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It’s that time of week again to join
The Mommyhood Chronicles for Saturday Top Five Laughs – week #38 (for us)!

5. I went to a birth a while a go and when I got home my four year old goes​, “Mommy, you have a baby?” He completely misunderstood me when I said goodbye today. He was really sad that I didn’t have a baby. :( Too cute, eh?

4. A few weeks ago a lady stopped by and asked my husband if she could buy a new dog house for our dog. My husband told her no and that he could not make our dog go in his dog house. Our current dog house is old and a bit dilapidated, as it was our landlords’ dog house for their dog when they were growing up. It looks like it is small but he fits in it and he goes in it when he wants to. It’s not like we can force him to go in his dog house when it is cold outside. So now we have a new dog house to assemble for our dog. Made us tempted to put out a donation box by our farm sign! Ha ha!

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3. Early yesterday morning, like at midnight there was a ding-dong on our door. It was a persistent ding-dong and we couldn’t fathom who it was or what it was about. Should have known…it was our neighbor to inform us we had a cow in the road! Miss Moo has been an escape artist lately and we are beginning to wonder if she isn’t doing it for attention. You see, we stopped milking her to dry her up for her date with a bull so she is not getting milked, nor is she getting undivided attention and love like she’s been use to the past 18 months or so. Thankfully, she was fine and went right back home once she got the ok that the creaky gate was not going to hurt her.

2. Oopsie our wether sheep was so cute this week boing-ing along in the backyard. I wish I could have got a video of it because you all would have loved to witness his “happy dance”!

1. Comet, first-time heifer, likes to skip when she is happy. It is very endearing. Warm weather, new pasture or just being happy and we get to see her skip! Gotta love happy animals!

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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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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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#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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