Learn How the ShopKick App Will Change the Way You Shop

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The ShopKick app is one of my favorite money saving phone apps because it is extremely easy to use and fun!  If you like being rewarded for shopping, then you need to learn how to use ShopKick! We currently live very close to a large Outlet Mall and other retail stores. Sometimes my husband and I like to head out with the kids to get some fresh air, exercise, and window shop over at the outlets. We chat, look around, let the kids play with some toys (that we don't buy), look at a few things, play at the playgrounds, and eventually head home. But, would you believe that during our fun little shopping excursion, I earn money? And ...

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6 Things We’re Doing to Ensure Our Daughters are Cyber-Safe

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If you are raising girls, you want them to be safe online - these 6 house rules are great tips for keeping kids cyber safe online using the internet.

This post is brought to you by CJ Affiliate’s VIP Content Service. Thank you Norton by Symantec for sponsoring this post. While this was a sponsored opportunity from Norton, all content and opinions expressed here are my own. Given that my current occupation is as a self-employed blogger, I spend quite a bit of my time on a computer, laptop, and cell phone. I am no stranger to technology, the internet, or social media. And neither are my kids. The other day, my six year old daughter Lisa informed us that she wants a cell phone. This statement came only a day after she informed us she wants her own laptop or tablet.  She ...

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The Affordable Online Early Learning Curriculum for Young Kids: ABCmouse.com

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ABCmouse.com is a subscription based learning curriculum program for kids ages 2-7. They offer a FREE 30-day trials too!

You may or may not know this about us, but we are homeschoolers. We recently completed our first official year of homeschooling as our daughters ended their kindergarten year recently. Only, we haven't actually stopped schooling them. Our year has gone great, and, well, not so great. My original curriculum - Five in a Row - eventually started to collect dust as the chaos of a new baby, a toddler, work from home, increased church responsibilities, and a husband gone with longer and more stressful doctoral classes prevented me from planning and getting to the library like I needed to for that curriculum to work. However, we ...

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Forget Peek-a-boo; Let the Kids Play Speakaboos! {Giveaway!}

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This post is sponsored by Speakaboos, but opinions are mine. Enjoy. My daughters just turned six and we are heading towards the end of our first homeschool year. As kindergartners we've been focusing a lot on reading, writing, and books. But, my daughters are still not fully reading books on their own (yet). They can read books with simple words and such, but they lack major confidence. One of the things we are trying to do to encourage their love of books, and of reading, is to surround them with stories. I recently became an Usborne Books & More Independent Consultant and have been reading story books to them out loud. ...

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How New Moms Can Get in a Post Pregnancy Workout

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This post is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson 7 Minute Wellness for Expecting and New Moms™  and The Motherhood but post pregnancy workout and exercise opinions are my own. Consult your doctor before starting any new exercise routine. You are a new mom, or rather a mom with a new baby (and perhaps a few older kids besides). This means you aren't getting a whole lot of sleep. You are also recovering from growing, carrying, and delivering a baby. If breastfeeding, you are continuing to grow said baby. The lack of sleep tends to zap any energy you thought you had, and the demands of a new baby (and other kids if you have them) ...

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The Safe Way to Let Kids Use the Internet

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A great way to keep kids safe online! Very cool internet filtering software.

This post on internet safety for kids was sponsored on behalf of Net Nanny via One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own. Our main desktop computer is on its way out, prompting us to buy (or rather my husband to assemble) a new computer so that we can better work from home.  We want to figure out what the big issue is with it so we can pass it onto our almost six year old twins daughters so they can use it to play educational games, watch videos, TV shows, look up information, and so on. However, our daughters have not had access to the internet before. Yes, we've streamed videos for them, looked up information in ...

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How You Can Get In Your Cardio and Have Fun Too

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Such a great way to get your cardio exercise in! Hook up the Goji Play 2 on your aerobic cardio machines and play your way through it! Fun!

Cardio equipment and the aerobic exercise they provide are great for toning your body, burning calories, and strengthening your heart. We all know it. So many of us dutifully climb aboard one of them at the gym or in our own homes, but man do we kinda hate how repetitive, monotonous, and generally boring it can be to get your sweat on for 30 or more minutes doing the same motion over and over and over. For the last few weeks I've been hitting up the gym and using a treadmill or an elliptical machine to get in my cardio exercise.  Thankfully, I've had a Goji Play 2.0 to use to help pass the time. Blue Goji understands people like ...

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Apparoo App of the Week – Grandma’s Kitchen

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Apparoo App of the Week - Grandma's Kitchen only $.99!

This post is sponsored by Apparoo thanks to Tastemaker Moms. Who doesn't love cooking in the kitchen with grandma? That's why this week's Apparoo app of the week is so great: it's educational and fun! Grandma's Kitchen App Grandma’s cooking up a storm in this fresh-baked app that stirs kindergarten and first grade skills into the batter. Kids can “bake” compound words, make and decorate a cake, tell time to see when the cake will be ready, and even help Grandma wash the dishes. Reading, math, and pattern-recognition are seamlessly integrated into eight fun mini-games, and live-action instructive cooking tips add to the ...

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Apparoo App of the Week – iStoryTime

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Download IStoryTime for FREE and have your kids start read more.

This post is sponsored by Apparoo. The Apparoo App of the Week - iStoryTime Sometimes simple is best. No matter how many fancy toys your kid has, they always end up on your lap saying “Mama, tell me a story.” iStoryTime is like a central library for kids’ books, and they wisely left off extraneous features, letting the stories shine. It includes four free books and then you can buy more à la carte, or pay a monthly or annual fee, Netflix-style, for unlimited books. With new books released in the app every week, there is always fresh content to enjoy. Stories can be narrated or silent, allowing your child to read independently ...

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Apparoo App of the Week – Manilla

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Download the Bill and Account Manager app Manilla for free and never have a late payment again!

Hey, whatever happened to this ‘paperless desk’ we were all supposed to have by now? The endless influx of bills can be overwhelming – and buried bills mean late fees (ahem). Thank goodness then for this week's Apparoo App of the week - Manilla. Manilla - Bill and Account Management Tool The Manilla App is a simple, secure and free way to de-clutter your desktop. It retrieves and organizes household bills, bank statements, credit cards, healthcare accounts, magazine subscriptions, travel rewards – even offline accounts like rent or babysitters. It automatically reminds you when bills are due and files old statements so you don’t ...

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Apparoo App of the Week – Tic Toc Time

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This post is sponsored by Apparoo. From a kid’s perspective, time is a bizarre concept: there are 60 seconds and 60 minutes, but 12 hours... unless there are 24! And phrases like ‘a quarter til’ and ‘half past’ that we take for granted just seem to make their brains melt. Thank goodness for this week's Apparoo App of the week! The Apparoo App of the Week - Tic Toc Time Tic Toc Time takes a holistic approach to teaching time; a family of beavers leads a progression of fun games that first explain time using a compass and the movement of the sun and shadows before logically arriving at both digital and analog time-telling. A good ...

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How to Make an Easter Bunny Cake and Save on Easter with #FavadoApp

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How to make an Easter Bunny Cake! It's such a great Easter tradition to let your kids decorate their bunny cake with candy. | whatsupfagans.com

Today's post is sponsored by Favado and Savings.com and contains affiliate links, including in the Favado app. But, all opinions are my own. Easter is coming up on Sunday, April 20, 2014! And honestly, we all know what the best part of Easter is right? Jesus' atonement, death, and resurrection! But, after that, it's probably the food, in particular the awesome seasonal candy that only comes out around for this fantastic Christian holiday. My favorite Easter candy? Cadbury creme eggs. Yum! My husband's are the Robin's Eggs. Although, we both love the Jelly Belly jelly beans!Every year (but 2012) my husband and I have made an ...

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