LifeStraw Go Review and Giveaway

The LifeStraw® Go and information have been provided by Vestergaard. All opinions are my own.

When you exploring nature or camping having reliable, clean drinking water is important!   We enjoy going on family hikes, and my son goes camping all the time with his Scout troop, so we know the importance of taking water along with us on outings.  I recently had the chance to review the LifeStraw Go, a filtered water bottle that allows you to have clean drinking water on the go.

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The bottle is easy to use and looks just like a regular water bottle, but it filters down to .2 microns, which removes 99.9999% of bacteria! And it does this filtering without chemicals, so there is no after taste in the water.  It has a handy carbiner, perfect for attaching to a backpack.  This would be so helpful for long camping trips, because carrying lots of water is a pain, especially when you are hiking.  Being able to safely fill a water bottle from a stream is a huge help!  Even around the house it makes our hard water taste much better.Continue Reading

2 Broke Girls Season 3

Disclosure: I received product to review, all opinions are my own.

The 3rd season of 2 Broke Girls is now available on DVD and Digital HD!  Here is the synopsis of the latest season:

Season 3 serves up sweet surprises for two of Brooklyn’s hottest waitresses, Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs), who continue to dish up sarcasm and smarts.  They’ve got a new cupcake business at the diner’s back walk-up window, and Caroline and Max negotiate a work-study program at the Manhattan School of Pastry: Caroline works in the office so Max can study professional baking.  Plus, love – and the aroma of freshly cooked tarts – is in the air!

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Cyclops Pretzel Rods

Chocolate covered pretzels are the perfect combination of sweet and salty!  To celebrate Halloween I topped off some pretzel rods with eyeball gumballs for cute and creepy Cyclops Pretzels.

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One of my favorite things about Halloween is all the weird and creepy desserts!  It is just fun to make treats around a theme. especially when a theme involves monsters, blood and other scary thing.  My son is reading the ancient Greek epic The Odyssey in his literature studies this year, and one of the most famous stories in that poem features the one eyed Cyclops, Polyphemus.  So it just seemed to make sense to make a Cyclops treat this Halloween.  I am sure this is not exactly how Homer pictured the monster 2800 years ago, but it works for us!Continue Reading

Middlebury Interactive Languages Review

I recently had the chance to review a high school language program from Middlebury Interactive Languages and I thought it was an excellent way for a student to learn a foreign language.

Middlebury Interactive Languages ReviewForeign language has always been the most difficult subject for me to cover in homeschooling, and I have tried many different things over the years.  Before this review started my 10th grade son had been doing French for two years, and during that time we had managed to (poorly) cover the material in a standard French I high school class.  So I jumped at the chance to review one of the Middlebury French Courses.

Middlebury has a quite a few classes available for children in grades K-12 in four different languages, Spanish, French, Chinese and German.  At the high school level the French offerings include standard High School French at Levesl I, II, and III, French I and II at a Fluency level, and AP French.   The fluency classes are designed to have more of a discovery based approach than the standard classes. I received the first semester of Standard High School French II for my son.

High School level courses cost $119 per semester for independent learning and an additional $175 per semester with a teacher.  The teacher provides support and feedback on speaking and writing assignments.  We did not receive the teacher support.Continue Reading

Fashionable Eyewear – Saving Money and Looking Great with Giveaway

This post is sponsored by VSP Vision Care.  All opinions are my own.

Everyone in my family wears glasses – me, my husband and all three of my kids. So we have a lot of experience picking out glasses! And the price of all those glasses can sure add up, especially when the kids are still growing and their prescription is still changing.

vsp logoVSP Vision Care is the largest national non-profit in vision care – and it is committed to providing its nearly 66 million members with the right eye classes at a great price.  They have a network of 30,000 eye care providers, and members have the freedom to choose the provider, location and eyewear that’s right for them. VSP Vision Care benefits provides members with a frame allowance, making it affordable to purchase designer eye wear.Continue Reading

20 Easy and Spooky Halloween Treats

This post is brought to you by Foodie.

Looking for something special to make for Halloween? This collection of Halloween treats are easy to make, and perfectly spooky!  Click through the slideshow to see all the creepy Halloween treats and pick the one that will match your Halloween celebration.

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by Anne at Foodie.com

There are ghosts, spiders, bats, vampires, mummies, bloody eye balls and monsters galore!
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Which treat do you think is the creepiest?

Standard Deviants Accelerate Review

I have found that as my son gets older we are using more online and video curriculum. There are so many more things available for homeschoolers online than there were just a few years ago! So I was interested to review the new courses from Standard Deviants Accelerate.

Standard Deviants Accelerate ReviewStandard Deviants has been making educational videos for over 20 years, and now they have put them together into the Standard Deviants Accelerate Homeschool Courses.  These classes cover a huge variety of subjects for students in grades 3 and up, which includes:

  • Arithmetic – Grades 3+
  • Fundamental Math – Grades 4+
  • Earth Science – Grades 6+
  • Nutrition – Grades 6+
  • Algebra – Grades 7+
  • Biology – Grades 7+
  • Chemistry – Grades 9+
  • English Comp. – Grades 9+
  • U.S. History – Grades 9+
  • AP Biology – Grades 11+
  • AP Chemistry – Grades 11+
  • AP U.S. Government & Politics – Grades 11+
  • AP U.S. History – Grades 11+
  • AP Eng. Composition – Grades 11+

These classes are designed to be complete courses that use videos, quizzes and written activities to guide a student through the topic.Continue Reading

Save Time with Suavitel Fabric Softener

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
Laundry is one of my least favorite chores.  Unfortunately it is not one of those chores you can just ignore, because it piles up, and sooner or later someone runs out of socks!  So I am always looking for ways to make laundry simpler and easier.  Recently I learned about a new product that can make clothes dry faster, Suavitel Fast Dry Fabric Softener.
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The drying process is definitely the longest part of doing laundry, because it seems like our dryer takes forever to dry a load of clothes.  It makes it hard to time running multiple loads, since the washer is finished so much sooner than the dryer.  And if I could speed up laundry there are all kinds of things I could do with the extra time! I could be relaxing, exercising, or doing fun things with the kids, instead of running laundry.

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Peanut Butter Banana Muffins with Musselman’s Apple Sauce

I received product to review, all opinions are my own.

I have been doing a lot of baking this fall!  Fall just seems like the time of year to make comfort food like muffins, cakes and cookies.  This weekend I made these tasty Peanut Butter Banana Muffins.

Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

To make these muffins extra healthy I swapped out the oil in the recipe for Musselman’s Apple Sauce. This is a perfect way cut the calories without effecting the taste of the muffins.  Continue Reading