Thursday, October 23, 2014
Toys! Toys! Toys!
I'm sure your kids love toys as much as mine do, and they are always excited when new toys come to our house. And this mom is always excited when those toys can provide a bit of education during playtime. But, I'm not going to ramble along about my kids. I know you're here to see the awesome toys anyway.
So let's get started. Remember - one reader is going to win all of this. Good luck!!
First out of the box is the VTech Chomp & Count Dino. Isn't this the cutest little thing? A funny little story: the first few days we had this, Bug carried it around like it was a stuffed animal. He still sleeps with the thing, lol.
The Chomp & Count Dino comes with "food". These food pieces are all different colors and have different colored food on them. As you feed them to the dino, he can either count them, tell you what color they are, or tell you what food is on them - he's a smart little fella like that. He also has buttons on him that teaches shapes.
Next, we have the VTech Sit-to-Stand Cruiser. Bug loves anything he can ride. I find him trying to ride his tractors and dump trucks around the house, so I was pretty excited to see an actual ride-on toy in the house.
The steering wheel of this ride-on has a ton of buttons. The buttons teach colors, animals, sounds, and so much more. There are bright lights, blinkers, a gear shift, and more. Engine and horn sounds come from the ride-on, and animals talk to you. Bug literally rides this all. over. the. house. all. the. time. It's a favorite!
And then we have the VTech Grow-Along Music Center. This toy can be made short for sitters, or taller for preschoolers like Bug. Although Bug hasn't spent as much time on this one, Ting has had her share of fun with it.
The microphone comes with four settings and changes your voice to either a girl, boy, robot, or normal. It also has keys that play notes, a drum, guitar, and a horn.
And last, but not least, is the VTech Smart Shots Sports Center. This has been a hit at our house and includes both basketball and soccer. It features a working score board, and all kinds of fun sounds.
As a basket, or goal, is scored, the scoreboard lights up and counts your score. Kids cheer for you, and all becomes right in the world, haha! Buttons around the base feature shapes, numbers, and colors. One side even features gears to keep little hands active.
Just a quick little bit about all the toys, and then to the fun part. All of these toys did require assembly out of the box (except the dino). However, assembly was quick and easy using a phillips head screwdriver. Batteries were also included in all the boxes. All the toys have automatic offs, so after the kids walk away, the toys turn off. And luckily for mom, they also feature an "off" switch so bedtime actually becomes quite!
So here's the giveaway widget. I've given you lots of options to pick and choose from. The more you do, the better your chances of winning. The giveaway will close at 9pm CST on October 29. I'll email the winner and you'll have 48 hours to respond.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
I have the worst skin on my face so I am always on the search for the best products to use. I found SebaMed face wash at Walmart earlier in the week. So far I think I like it. I'll bring a full report later.
I got a new battery in my van this week. Then I discovered I needed some secret code to turn my radio back on. After a couple minutes (and millions of questions) with the Honda folks, I had my radio back.
I can't seem to find Ting a Halloween costume. First she wanted to be Elsa, but I'm not paying $50 for a costume. Then she wanted to be a pumpkin, but I can't find one of those. Then she decided on a cat, but I can't seem to find a cat costume that isn't sexy. I'm thinking I might have to just make one.
Got my flu shot this week. Have you had one yet??
Thursday, October 16, 2014
But I've decided to bring it back! Only it won't be "Ting's in the Kitchen" anymore because Bug has decided he enjoys being in the kitchen with us as well.
I'm kicking off my new series "Cooking With My Kids" today over on Arkansas Women Bloggers. Head on over there and check out our Easy Apple Cake we made.
And then be sure to come back here each month to see what all we are creating in the kitchen.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Noah. Moses. David. Paul. Job.
We all know about the men in the Bible. We've heard their stories since the day our parents dropped us off for the first time at the church nursery. We've heard preachers teach their stories from the pulpits. And we've even noticed Hollywood's attempt to make movies about them.
But what about the women? What about Biblical heroes that our girls can aspire to be like? We know about Mary and Eve, but it turns out there are actually tons of brave women embedded into story after story all throughout the Bible.
I can't tell you how excited I was when Tommy Nelson introduced the Brave Girls - five girls who are teaching our girls all about the brave women of the Bible.
The day our book arrived Ting wanted to start reading. We read through each girl's profile, and Ting immediately decided she likes Glory the best. (I'm a fan of Hope, myself) Each story highlights a woman in the Bible. We are still in the Old Testament stories and I have to admit that I've never heard of many of the women we've learned about so far.
The stories are told in conversational language that seems as if these girls are actually just telling the story to a friend. Ting hangs on to every word and even talks about the story after we have finished. I love that not only is Ting getting an extra glimpse into the Bible, but she is learning that there are so many women in the Bible that she can be like. Women who she can aspire to be like, and women that she can pick as role models in her daily life.
Tommy Nelson has other Brave Girls books and products scheduled to launch in the coming year. I invite you to read this letter from the Tommy Nelson Team, and then share this video with your daughters. I know that if you get the Brave Girls into your daughter's hands, they will become instant favorites. (You can preview the book here)
Check out the Brave Girls, and other Tommy Nelson news, on their Facebook and Twitter feeds.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Well, nine and half years later we are still here and we have improved every room except one - the bathroom. Let's face it, it's kind of hard to completely remodel a bathroom when you only have one bathroom to begin with. But we finally took the plunge and decided to get it done.
For three weeks we tracked back and forth across our backyard to use the bathroom in our camper, and every night took the kids to my parents for baths. It was inconvenient, but it was well worth it. We had the entire bathroom completely gutted, took in an extra closet that just happened to be in the exact location we needed, and then got new everything.
For those in the area, I highly recommend Complete Home Care if you need any work done. Matt is just getting started with his business, but he is good at what he does.
Here are a few comparisons from the same angles.
And here are a few more just because..
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Congrats to Holly M. on winning the NEEDTOBREATHE CD giveaway sponsored by Family Christian.
If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed we received a pretty big shipment today. If that picture got you a little excited, you might want to mark your calendar to come back over here on October 23 :)