Thursday, July 31, 2014

Kids Academy Amazon Gift Card Contest! #MomBuzz #SmartKidsWin

This is a sponsored post brought to you on behalf of Mom Buzz Media and Kids Academy.

From A Fulfilled Mommy: We've had the chance to try Kids Academy and our family absolutely loves it! You can read our review here.

Kid's Academy is all about helping children learn verbal, writing and math skills in an easy and fun manner. Apps such as 123 Tracing and Bingo ABC have been top-50 educational apps in the App Store, and Kid’s Academy has also brought the well-known stories and nursery rhymes The Three Little Pigs and Five Little Monkeys to life with interactive apps. The simple interfaces of the apps allow children to take the reins and play on their own, but the sing-a-longs and other activities are perfect for parent or teacher engagement, as well. Research has shown that singing along with nursery rhymes has cognitive and physical benefits for children. Not only are children learning new words and the context in which to use them, but strengthening tongue and mouth muscles at an early age will help with pronunciation skills.

Kids Academy is hosting an awesome giveaway!  Head over, download the app, and write a review in the App Store.  At the end of August, Kids Academy will randomly choose 2 lucky winners who will each win a $100 Amazon gift card!  Sweet!

2. Write a short honest review on the iTunes App Store. If you have already reviewed this app, simply update your review and you will be entered!

Good Luck!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

5 Reasons to Plan a Family Trip

When I was a child, my parents always tried to take us on little trips here and there. I really enjoyed being able to see different places, even if it was only a few hours away. Here are ten reasons why you should take YOUR family on a family trip.

1. It creates memories! With so many amazing places to see, your children will have memories and stories to last a lifetime.

2. It creates bonding. With busy family schedules, you can take time to completely focus on your children.

3. It gives you time to relax. Between parents working, school, and other commitments, a vacation gives a family a chance to relax and slow down a bit.

4. You'll experience new things. Whether it be hiking through the woods, trying new food, or seeing a new place, this is always something exciting!

5. Traveling with multiple generations is a trend. Kids love being able to travel with grandparents and it gives them a unique bonding experience.

What are your favorite family vacation memories? Do you have anything to add to my list?

Nordic Naturals Giveaway! (Ends 8/4)

Nordic Naturals Giveaway Sponsored by Nordic Naturals

Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

Co-Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Nordic Naturals Giveaway
At Nordic Naturals they believe that omega oils are essential to life. By correcting the global omega-3 deficiency, they give each generation what they need to grow healthy and strong. Through science and innovation, they are committed to delivering the world's safest, most effective omega oils.
With Back to School you can support a child in need! For every bottle sold they will donate a backpack full of supplies!
Emilee at Deals of Sweetness knows the importance of omega oils for their children as well as the importance of pure sources and in a form children will take! Of course, Vitamin C is also important and great for immunity support! Check out her full Nordic Naturals children's supplements review and learn more about their Bottles to Backpacks campaign.
Would you like to try these great supplements? One winner will receive a bottle of Ultimate Omega Junior and Vitamin C Gummies! This giveaway begins on 7/29 and ends on 8/4 at 10:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US residents ages 18+. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.
  Disclosure: Emilee from Deals of Sweetness and Pea of Sweetness received free product(s) to facilitate her review. No other compensation was received. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Finding family time with a spouse in college

With  my husband back in school, things have been a little crazy around here. In the duration of our marriage, Joe and I have each completed our education. When we met, I was completing my bachelor's degree and did so about a year after we got married.

There's definitely been a change in our schedules. We don't have as much time for leisurely activities or visiting family and friends. It kind of stinks, but it's only for a year. We know in the long run this is the best thing for our family financially. At first the kids were pretty apprehensive, but everything's working out well.

Joe recently completed his first term with two A's and a B. I am really proud of how hard he worked balancing a family life, plus working twelve hour shifts. I told the kids that we were going to be a team and work together over the next year so daddy can finish school. So we've spent a lot of time not only playing together, but sharing the cleaning, putting laundry away, and other household chores.

The past week, Joe's been in between terms. We've been using the time to have some family time. We went to a park yesterday to let the kids get some energy out. On Saturday, we enjoyed some time at a birthday party and the kids had fun in the water.

If you don't already, follow me on Instagram where you can see some of our family fun!

Have you or your spouse ever returned to college? If you're a single parent, how did you manage family life and school life?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

When my child almost drowned

It's hard to believe it's almost the end of July. I can't believe how fast this year has gone by. Winter went by so incredibly slow. The deep freeze that lasted weeks on end kept us very cooped up. It's hard to believe fall is right around the corner. As you can imagine, we've been trying to enjoy every beautiful day.

Since much of the weather in June consisted of storms, we weren't able to swim much. We pulled out the slip 'n' slide a few times, but it wasn't until the end of the month that we actually got to enjoy the pool a little! Even when we hit up a local spray park, it was about 70 degrees out, which is not typical weather for Iowa in July. It's been pretty annoying.

I've also spent a lot of time brushing up on some swimming safety tips. Last week, a story broke out about a little girl who drowned in a tragic swimming accident on July 14th in a town near us. It was extremely sad and it really hit home for me as we have 3 and 4 year olds in our household. It served as a reminder to be extremely vigilant while we're enjoying the water.

I am so careful about the kids in the water because when our oldest was little, he fell into a hot tub at a hotel while Nichole of Just Another Blogger Mom was visiting us. At the time, we only had three kids. They were about 3, 1, and 4 months at the time. My (at the time) 1 year old went running towards the big pool, so I told my 3 year old to stay put. I got just far enough away to grab her and turned around to see my little boy under the water. It really was a terrifying moment and I'm so grateful to God that he is okay. Now he's a spunky 7 year old and continues to be a joy in our lives.

I can't stress enough how important it is to follow safety precautions when your kids are in the pool. What are your favorite swimming safety tips?


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