Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Jonah and the Great Big Fish By Rhonda Gowler Greene Review

Jonah and the Great Big Fish

By Rhonda Gowler Greene 

"God told Jonah to obey, said, 'Go to Nineveh this day.' But, stubborn Jonah fled instead. Didn’t do just what God said." Jonah’s disobedience landed him inside a big fish! And there he had time to think and pray. Children will feel the waves and hear the splash as Jonah sinks “down and down and down” into the belly of the fish. This story serves as an excellent reminder of how important it is to listen to God.

Ever since Hailee read Noah and the Mighty Ark she has been asking to read Jonah and the Great Big Fish. She was so thrilled when the book arrived. She read it right away!

She learned that you should always listen to God, Jonah didnt listen to God instead he fled the lord and caused wind and got thrown into the water and Jonah got eatten by the Whale, once Jonah prayed with all his might and learned his lesson God let him out of the Whale. Jonah learned to obey!

The book is very easy to learn from with it rhyming and is illustrated very well! It shares Jonahs sotry in a way kids understand!

The book is a great book for early readers and on up.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers  book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 
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My Happy Pumpkin God's Love Shining Through Me Review



My Happy Pumpkin by Crystal Bowman
Small children will eagerly open this pumpkin-shaped board book to discover the delightful story and colorful illustrations, by artist Claudine GĂ©vry. Using sing-song rhyme, author Crystal Bowman describes a fun fall tradition - carving a pumpkin face. But she adds a twist that helps preschoolers grasp the concept of God’s life-changing love for them. Just like we scoop out the inside a pumpkin, God makes us clean on the inside too.


I always get Hailee books through BookLook Bloggers this time I decided to get my baby boy his first Christian book. And of course since Halloween is coming up it was a great book to choose!

He "reads" it all day. He loves looking at the beautiful pictures and he can't rip the pages because it is a board book! He is very protective of it and wont let anyone else touch it.

The book is beautifully illustrated and filled with brightly colored pictures. The rhyming on each page keeps kids attention making it fun! The book shares how the little boy carves a pumpkin after it is harvested.

The book is a great book for beginner readers as well!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers  book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 

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Highlights Review

Growing up I remeber always getting excited if the Dr. office has highlights magazines for me to read. I loved doing the hidden pictures. Its something I remember doing like it was yesterday!

Hailee had the opportunity to sample some Highlights. Highlights has been around for over 65 years!!

Braxton got Hello Magazine, its the cutest little magazine for babies 0-2. Its durable, comes with no staples for babies to get hurt on, all rounded pages to prevent getting cut.

Braxton loved it and "reads" it all the time!

Hailee is my big reader so she got the Hightlights High Five as well as Highlights Magazine.

High Five is for kids 2-6, it contains read along stories, puzzles, activities. It contains My First Hidden Pictures which is alot of fun for my little ones.A Mini book is also included as a bonus. It reminds me of the books the kids do at school.

Highlights Magazine is for ages 6-12, it conatins reading, jokes, toungue twisters, & riddles, hidden puzzles, crafts & so much more.

Hailee favorite thing about Highlights is the stories.

You can order your own subscription of Highlights. Check out the website for other fun gifts & books.


The items featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

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Soothie Suckers Review & Giveaway

Its back to school season, that means colds, extra germs & more. Children suffer, on average, five to nine colds annually.

All my kids get colds alot during the fall/winter. Especially the baby. There isnt many things a baby can take for colds you just have to let it run its course. Well thanks to Soothie Suckers we can try to keep those colds away.

Soothie Suckers provides great tasting, pre-­measured herbal remedies formatted for children.  These proprietary herbal formulas are packaged in ice pop pouches and come in two natural flavors (grape and orange) for daily or seasonal consumption.  These first formulas help support the immune system and the upper respiratory system.
Soothie Suckers are all natural, herbal remedy designed to treat the most common ailments your children may experience–the common cold, sore throat, hay fever & more–in the form of an ice pop. Soothie Suckers contain no artificial colors preservatives or sweeteners. They have no added sugar–they get their sweetness comes from Lo Han Guo, a fruit what is known to soothe coughs & scratchy throats.
  • Proprietary herbal blends
  • Certified organic or wild-crafted herbal extracts
  • No artificial flavors, No high fructose corn syrup and No alcohol
  • Formulated in conjunction with the President of the American Herbalists Guild
Soothie Suckers come in the following flavors

Immune Support (Orange) 
Astragalus Root – One of the 50 fundamental herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine, astragalus is commonly used to strengthen the immune system and boost metabolism.
Mullein – A valued herb used by the Greek Dioscorides over 1800 years ago.  It is also said that Mullein is the plant that Ulysses took with him on his legendary voyage.
Thyme – Best known today as a culinary spice, Thyme was grown in monasteries during the Middle Ages and has been used for centuries to promote overall health and well being.  It was originally grown in the Mediterranean region and came to North America with the first colonists.
 
Nasal Support (Grape) 
Echinacea – Used by Native Americans and quickly adopted by European settlers, echinacea has become one of the most widely used herbs and is best known for its immune enhancing ability.
Pleurisy Root – Known to be used in North America for more than a thousand years, pleurisy root is most popularly used during the winter season.

Braxton loved the Orange and they are perfect size for his little hands to hold. He didnt make a mess of them at all and ate them fine on his own at 19 months! He loves them and they help him stay healthy!



The big kids will get alot of use of these Soothie Suckers to help their immune system and keep those germs away!


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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Wiggles: Apples & Bananas DVD Review & Giveaway

"Apples and Bananas is a tasty musical treat! Join the Wiggles as they add their special Wiggles magic to favorite nursery rhymes and songs.

 Sing along with special guest Lee Hawkins to This Little Piggy Went to Market and with the delightful Dennisha Pratt on Miss Polly Had a Dolly. There's the "spider-iffic" Itsy Bitsy Spider, Dorothy the Dinosaur swings on Shortnin' Bread, then we jump on board for The Wheels on the Bus and This Old Man Came Rolling Home! The Wiggles travel across the globe to Ireland for I'll Tell Me Ma and Michael Finnegan, and then over the continent for the delightful French song Sur le Pont d'Avignon. With centuries of best-loved songs served up fresh for your child, Apples and Bananas is certainly "a-peeling"!"


Braxton has been introduced to tv he is loving the Wiggles so when we were sent Apples & Bananas for review I knew he would love it. He always sings Apples & Bananas as soon as the DVD comes on, its one of the first songs.

He also loves Shortnin Bread, he loves when I sing along with him. I have always been a big fan of the Wiggles, in this DVD is all the new characters. My daughter is so thrilled to see a girl in the group!

I love that the Wiggles teaches him songs, at 18 months he catches on quite well. He always walks up to his tv and says momma tv so he can watch the Wiggles. 

This DVD will be available for purchase on August 26th or you can preorder your copy today.

You can find this DVD along with lots of other wonderful DVD's offered by NCircle on their website www.NCircleEntertainment.com and at their local retailers.


The items featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Wildwater Kingdom

We were invited to attend Wildwater Kingdom yesterday. It was a awesome day despite the rain & storm we had. 

The kids had never been to a water park before so it was a great experience for them.


Hailee rode Liquid Lightning which is a super fun thrill ride. I never thought she would do it but after he first time she was obsessed. She rode it probably 8 times.


Her friend also rode it for his first time and loved it.






Climb into a raft with three fellow thrill seekers and take the 60 foot plunge on Liquid Lightning. You'll fly down an enclosed slide into an enormous funnel where you'll spiral into a soak-tacular finale. 
Height Requirement: 48" in bare feet


The kids loved Riptide Run as did the adults, unfortunately we got to much rain and it ended up closing but it was fun while we got to experience it.


Grab an inner tube, kick back and relax on Riptide Run - a 1,100-foot long lazy river. It's the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day. 
Height Requirement: Guests under 42" must be accompanied by a responsible person. 
Rider Safety: Weak swimmers, or guests under 48" must wear a life jacket.


Coral Cove is connected to Riptide Run so we didnt get to play in there either but it looks lots of fun!


Blast your friends with water, climb on the giant floating turtle and then, challenge them to a game of water basketball. You'll find hours of fun for big and little squirts! 
Height Requirement: 48" or accompanied by a responsible person. Guests under 48" must wear a life jacket.


Splash Landing was lots of fun for all the kids even the bigger ones. Its great for all ages, lots of water slides, a huge bucket that dumps all over, a small pool, sprinklers, water to shoot at others and lots more, the kids had a blast! Even the baby loved it!!



Never before have you found yourself in a place so dedicated to getting you wet. Splash Landing has four stories of water slides, soaking gadgets, geysers, water cannons and a giant bucket dropping 1,000 gallons of water every few minutes. 
Rider Safety: Slide height requirements vary


Once the kids got some time in at Splash Landing the adults it up Thunder Falls, this is where the teenagers hung out all day.

I was to chicken to check out the enclosed slides but the rest of our crew rode them all. I rode the blue one with a tube and it was fun but thrilling! The rest of our crew rode the ones all the way at the top, one down each slide and come out the same time, their faces were priceless. They said they were fun but scary since its all enclosed. My friend Val is on the orange one in the picture below, she had so much fun!



Are you brave enough to climb the 100-foot tower to plunge down one of three enclosed body slides or four inner tube slides? You'll twist and turn down Ohio's tallest water slide and splash into a refreshing pool at the bottom. 
Height Requirement: 48" in bare feet

The adults took turns watching the kids while we did Thunder Falls, the kids played in Little Tikes Town right behind it. Lots of toys, playhouses, ride ons & more. They didn't want to leave!


After the rain we spent most of our day in Tidal Wave Bay, we had lots of fun catching some waves, me & the baby sat in the shallow water for a bit and he loves being pushed around by the waves, all of our kids had their life jackets and swam around and had fun. I didn't get any pictures because our stuff was at the other end of the park but it was a great time.

The fun comes in waves! Bounce and splash in this 390,000 gallon wave pool guaranteed to bring you hours of fun. If waves aren't your style - relax in a VIP cabana or catch some rays on a nearby beach chair. 
Height Requirement: Guests under 42" must be accompanied by a responsible person. 
Rider Safety: Weak swimmers, or guests under 48" must wear a life jacket.

Before we left and the park closed I was able to take the camera to get a picture of Braxton & is new friends. 

During the rain storm we had lunch at Happy Harbor with our meal deal, it included a drink, fries & a burger, chicken tenders, pretzel club, or hotdog.

The adults had burgers the kids had hot dogs, all the food was great and the staff was nice & friendly.

Even though we got rained out for about an hour and had to wit 30 minutes for everything to open after it lighning, the kids still had fun playing in the drain water, lol.


Wildwater Kingdom is a wonderful place for the whole family, lots of brightly colored beach chairs and tables set up along all the attractions.

Hailee cant wait to go back next year!!

Thank you Wildwater Kingdom for a wonderful day we will remember forever!










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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ninja Turtles Party Kit Review

Kasen birthday is quickly approaching, he is having his first real birthday party this year. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have made a comeback with a new movie in theaters on 8/8/14. He really wanted Ninja Turtles since its all the rave right now. Even my 18 month old is into them.

We are planning a really fun kids party and with the help of Wholesale Party Supplies we have the perfect Ninja Turtle supplies to throw an awesome party.

We were sent a deluxe party kit.

Kit Includes:
8 Ninja Turtle Cake Plates
8 Ninja Turtle 9oz Cups
16 Ninja Turtles Luncheon Napkins
1 Ninja Turtle Table Cover
8 Forks/Spoons/Knives
2 Streamers one green one purple
1 Set Candles



They are so excited about these party supplies that my boys & nephew are planning on wearing Group costumes of Ninja Turtles for trick or treating, I know its early but they are excited to dress up.

Wholesale Party Supplies has lots of other great Ninja Turtle items to add to your party supplies. The prices are unbeatable. Our whole party kit is only $13.99, where else can you get that kind of deal? I will be purchasing another party kit since each kit only includes supplies for 8. We are hoping to have a big turnout this year.

The coolest thing on the site is the Ninja Turtles Pinata, its awesome. I love that we can buy all our costumes & party supplies all in one place. Each kid can be a different color turtle.

If you have a Ninja Turtle fan be sure to check out these fun TMNT Games.


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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Daddy Diaper Pack Camo Edition Review & Giveaway


Dads never get the good end of the deal carrying baby items. I know when I had Hailee 8 yrs ago everything had to be pink, what dad wants to carry a pink bag?

Now that I have Braxton I was into the whole animal theme, daddy not so much.

I was sent  The Daddy Diaper Pack Camo Edition and I love it, so does daddy!

We went camping and this bag held up to all of Braxtons stuff, it fit two fleece blankets ( the kid is addicted), diapers for 3 days, wipes, 2 sippy cups, first aid kit, phone chargers, sun glasses, and money in a cute little zipper pocket on the top!

After everything the bag was still easy to carry and had room. This is our new favorite bag to carry everywhere.I love all the pockets.The snack pocket is great since its insulated so his snacks stay fresh!

Features • Two roomy compartments for diapers, wipes, clothes, and toys • Insulated cooler pocket for snacks • Organizer pocket for keys, money, pacifiers, and small toys • Fleece lined pocket for sunglasses and more • Mesh side pockets for extra baby bottles and water bottles • One Size: 19 x 12 x 9" 
The Daddy Diaper Pack™ by Daddy & Co is definitely the best diaper bag for all the dads out there, no feeling girly at all! They also have the bag in all black if camo isn't your thing.

We are going to Wildwater Kingdom this weekend so I love that I have a great stylish bag to pack all of Braxtons stuff in.

Daddy & Co has a great selection of items for the new dad, lots of gifts to take to the hospital or give at a baby shower. My cousin is having his first baby in October I will be buying his gift from Daddy & Co.

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