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Go Organically for After School Activity Snacks

Posted on October 28, 2018 in 2018 Back To School Gift Guide

We love Go Organically, in our home.  Whether it be for a snack, or an After School Activity Snack, it is just as delicious.  My 7 year old will eat them, like they are going out of style.  My 21 year old loves them too.  With Go Organically, you can’t go wrong.  And, they are a healthy snack as well.

Go Organically has some great tips for you, for the school season, just keep reading below:

School’s back in session—and so are after-school activities! From soccer to singing to scouting, there’s certainly no shortage of kid-centric extracurricular programs where you can spend your time and hard-earned cash. But how do you know which ones are right for your kid? We’re here to help you find out!

Gauge Their Interests

The best activity for your kid is the one they’re interested in. Older kids are likely to be drawn to what their friends are trying. Toddlers and younger kids may have trouble articulating what they want to try, but there are sure to be clues to look out for. Are they constantly running around? Maybe soccer would be a good fit. Do they like to bop along to the radio in the car? Perhaps they’d appreciate a music class.

Consider Their Personality

Have a shy kid who hides behind mama when meeting new people? An acting class probably isn’t the best idea. As tempting as it can be to use activities to help break kids out of their shell, it’s best to stick with classes that align with a kid’s authentic spirit. The more comfortable they are, the more confident they’ll be—which will hopefully lead to a willingness to try new things later on.

  • Individual Activities

Independent-minded kids tend to enjoy individual sports, such as gymnastics, tennis, dance or martial arts. Non-sport options could include private lessons in music or art. Benefits of these types of activities include building self-esteem, motor skills and attention/focus.

  • Group Activities

Socially-minded kids often prefer the camaraderie of team sports, such as soccer, basketball or hockey. Non-sport options could include scouting troops or theater arts. These types of activities emphasize teamwork, communication and discipline.

Take Advantage of Free Trial Classes

Once you’ve narrowed down your options, see if you can “try before you buy” with a free trial class. Many program facilitators understand that kids can be finicky creatures, with a passion for tap one day and taekwondo the next. And it’s a good idea to decide as a family before the program starts whether you’ll let your kiddo quit before the session is over if they don’t enjoy it or ask them to stick it out to the end to honor their commitment.

Think About Your Schedule

How many activities are too many? Well, that depends on the family and the child. Some kids have the interest and energy to take a bunch of different classes while others may feel overscheduled and stressed. Budget and work timetables can also be a factor. Only you can know what’s right for your family, so trust your gut and enjoy the ride!

When shuttling kids around to activities, be sure to take along Go Organically Organic Fruit Snacks. Made with real fruit and no artificial colors, our gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free kids snacks are individually packaged for on-the-go convenience. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for kid-friendly ideas and inspiration!

Tips on How to Raise a Lifelong Reader + SWEEPSTAKES!

Posted on August 23, 2018 in 2018 Back To School Gift Guide Giveaways

As parents, we know that instilling a love of reading in our kids is one of the most important things we can do. Reading exercises the brain, improves concentration, reduces stress, sparks imagination and even helps develop empathy. Plus, it can become a lifelong habit that provides a whole lot of FUN for your family. So in honor of #NationalBookLoversDay on August 9, we’ve put together some great tips to help parents inspire the next generation of bookworms.

Start Early

*         Research shows that it’s never too early to start enjoying books with your little one. Reading aloud to your newborn is a great way to introduce words while soothing baby with the sound of your voice. Older babies will start to associate words and sounds with pictures, getting them on the path to reading right from the start. Plus cuddling up with a book is the perfect way to bond!

Ready, Set, Reward

*         Try using a reading log or reward chart to encourage older kids who are starting to read on their own. Jot down the title of each book they read, or tally the number of pages and celebrate with an ice cream cone or a family picnic when they reach a predetermined total. Stickers work great, too! Some schools host reading challenges of their own, and most local libraries offer summer reading programs with a similar reward system.

Seek Out Literary Events

*         Make reading part of your family’s everyday entertainment by attending kid-friendly events. Hit up story time at your local library, or go to an author signing at your neighborhood bookstore. Shop your school’s book fair together or visit a used bookstore to hunt for forgotten treasures as a family. The idea is to associate books with fun memories and quality time.

Take a Listen

*         Audiobooks are gaining in popularity-and for good reason! They’re made for multitasking by allowing you to get immersed in a story while you’re otherwise occupied with household tasks like cooking or cleaning. They’re also great for road trips<http://goorganicallysnacks.com/road-trip-survival-guide/>! Get invested in a classic as a family by listening to a family-friendly title in regular installments. Try an app or subscription service, or even borrow books on CD from your local library.

Follow Their Interests

*         Although you might be tempted to steer your kids towards educational books, let them choose subjects that capture their imagination. By encouraging your child’s passions-whether it’s superheroes, animals or even their favorite animated character-they’ll be more likely to stick to the habit of reading and eventually expand to other subject areas.

Happy reading from all of us at Go Organically Organic Fruit Snacks<http://goorganicallysnacks.com/products/>. Made with real fruit, our gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free kids snacks are a great accompaniment to your kid’s favorite book. Toss them in their backpack and off they go! Be sure to follow us on Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/GoOrganically> for more kid-friendly ideas.

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Back to School Prize Pack from Teach My!

Posted on August 21, 2018 in 2018 Back To School Gift Guide Giveaways

Enter to Win a Teach My Preschooler Learning Kit

AND a Teach My Kindergarten Learning Kit

Mommy’s Playbook’s Prize is Sponsored by Teach My

 

Teach My! is a great product.  I used it for my son!  He’s now 7, and smarter than I could’ve imagined.  Enter Below, and Good Luck!

 

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About Teach My Preschooler Deluxe Learning Kit:

Teach My Preschooler is the multi award-winning all-in-one learning kit for preschoolers age 3 years+. Screen-free, the kit has everything for encouraging reading for kids and teaching preschoolers the basics. Teach My Preschooler is divided into four sections: Reading, Printing, Numbers to 100, Adding and Subtracting. Developed with education consultant, Judith Rowlands, M Ed., Teach My Preschooler is designed to give preschoolers an early head start, develop fine motor skills, encourage parent-child interaction and increase school readiness skills.

Each Kit Contains: Teach My Preschooler Reading Learning Set | Teach My Preschooler Printing Learning Set | Teach My Preschooler Numbers to 100 Learning Set | Teach My Preschooler Math Learning Set

Teach My Preschool Learning Kit Features: 10 Readers | 60 Flashcards | 1 Flashcard Reward Tin | 1 Magic Drawing Board | 72 Print Transparencies & Printing Guide | 101 Train Flashcards | 2 Posters | 1 Add/Subtract Flip-Books | Foam Numbers, Counters and Equation Signs | Teaching Guide | Storage case

Teach My Kindergartener Learning Kit - Deluxe Version from #TeachMy #Curriculum #BTS2018

About Teach My Kindergartner Learning Kit:

Teach My Kindergartner is our newest all-in-one learning kit designed for ages 4+. The kit contains unique and coordinated tools to teach spelling, money, telling time and the year. Your kindergartner can master 100 spelling words, counting money, analog and digital time as well as days of the week, months of the year, dates, years, weather and seasons. Each set in the kit is fully coordinated to encourage matching and repetition. Teach My Kindergartner is designed to be screen-free, one-on-one learning time. The kit aims to promote school readiness and a head start for kindergarten, in just 20 minutes a day.

Each Kit Contains: Teach My Kindergartner Spelling Learning Set | Teach My Kindergartner Money Learning Set | Teach My Kindergartner The Time Learning Set | Teach My Kindergartner The Year Learning Set

Teach My Kindergartner Learning Kit Features: 52 Double-Sided Spelling flashcards (100 Words) | 52 Magnetic letter tiles | Wipe-off spelling board | Wallet & play money | Money flashcards | Wipe-off analog clock | Digital time maker | Wipe-off time book | Date maker | 70 Date, weather & season cards | Wipe-off calendar book | Teaching guide | Storage case

Teach My Learning Kits for After School, Homeschool, and Tutoring Tools. Learn more about Teach My at Mommy's Playbook

TWO GREAT LEARNING PACKS!

This great Back to School giveaway is includes BOTH

Teach My Preschooler AND Teach My Kindergarten Learning Kits!

Enter to win on the easy giveaway form below!

Good luck to all those who enter.

 

 

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Giveaway: Amazon Gift Card $45

Posted on August 16, 2018 in 2018 Back To School Gift Guide Giveaways

With Back To School Season upon us, Gululu decided to do a wonderful giveaway.  Enter Below!

 

What is Gululu? Gululu was developed by Bowhead Technology as an interactive water bottle that keeps children hydrated while allowing parents to monitor daily water-drinking progress through an easy to use smartphone app. Gululu provides a technology-enabled solution with a learning-through-play mechanism to address issues pertaining to children’s wellbeing.

The water bottle tracks hydration and encourages the child to drink with the help of an educational pet-growing game DIRECTLY ON THE BOTTLE! As kids consume more water from their Gululu bottle, their virtual pet grows and unlocks new worlds and adventures at the “Gululu Universe.” Gululu also has an automatic software and content update system that continuously rolls out new features to keep children engaged.

Back to School Must-Haves! Gululu Interactive Water Bottle with Hydration Tracking App for Parents! This great water bottle even has school-time settings!

Gululu’s Greater Purpose:

Gululu’s mission and contribution is to help children all over the world stay healthy and hydrated! To advance their goal, for every Gululu bottle purchased, a child in a developing country will be provided with clean drinking water! This initiative was created through a partnership with Generosity.org, a humanitarian organization that provides sustainable solutions to the global water crisis, one community at a time. Joining forces with Generosity.org has allowed Gululu to offer programs focused on educating kids on social responsibility and initiate water-well projects for developing countries.

Want to know more? Gululu has been featured in leading global media publications in over 20 countries. Among them are TechCrunch, Yahoo, Vogue, and Forbes that declared Gululu as a “Top 5 best kids’ gadgets.”

Enter to Win a $45 Gift Card from Gululu!

Gululu is giving away a $45 Gift Card to one lucky winner to

help you prepare for the upcoming school year!

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Quick Features!

Gululu is an amazing interactive water bottle that provides children with an entertaining reminder to stay hydrated. Parents love it because it doesn’t require anything extra from them. All you have to do is wash Gululu after each use, allow it to air dry (baby bottle racks are a great drying solution to keep the lid and bottle together). Kids can easily charge Gululu overnight or between sips as the bottle just rests on the charging cradle when not in use. Take a look at the quick features that highlights why you’ll love Gululu too:

  • Monitor children’s daily water-drinking progress through your smartphone
  • Grow and evolve with a virtual ‘tamagotchi-like’ virtual pet
  • Experience continuous content updates through an automatic software update system to keep children engaged
  • Parents can utilize “Do Not Disturb” and “Bedtime” modes to be sure the Gululu Pet isn’t distracting during learning or rest times.
  • Learn-Through-Play, embark on a journey of health, rewards, and adventures within the “Gululu universe”
  • Connect with friends by syncing to nearby bottles and stay connected with the cloud-based app. Durable, safe, and waterproof with a modular design and easy-to-clean spout that makes maintenance simple BPA-free

Other important features:

  • Monthly themes: Every couple of weeks, Gululu introduces additional features, such as new online campaigns, drinking animations, pet accessories, sound effects, and more. These exciting additions are all automatically updated into the bottle through the cloud.
  • Gululu Universe Journey: Children can redeem accessories for their pets with the virtual coins collected along their journey of discovering the Gululu Universe.
  • Virtual pets: A fourth virtual pet, (Donny), was released at the end of March. More characters are expected to be added soon to expand the population of the “Gululu universe.”

Back to School Giveaway at Mommy's Playbook! #GululuBTS2018

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The giveaway is open US Only, 18+

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Dryel On-The-Go Stain Remover Really Works

Posted on August 16, 2018 in 2018 Back To School Gift Guide

I love the new Dryel On-The-Go Stain Remover.  My spouse is a welder, and well, he gets some pretty tough stains.  But, with this new Dryel product, his stains are easily removed, while he’s at work.  Whether it’s his lunch, or something else, he now has this wonderful product to help clean up any stains.

Dryel is safe for delicates, and Dry clean only products, as well.  It’s gentle, and effective.  And, it’s 20ml, instead of 10ml, like leading brands.

I also have one of these Dryel Stain Removers in my purse.  That way, if we are out somewhere, and my 7 year old gets a stain, or even myself, I can get the stain removed before it sets in.  You know how hard set in stains are to get out.  And, now with Dryel, I never have to worry about that again!

Features of Dryel Stain Remover, include:

  • Safely removes stains on dry clean only clothes, delicates and hand-washables
  • Tests prove it out cleans other stain pens on tough stains
  • Unique soft touch tip helps lift stains
  • Peroxide-free formula: safe for dry clean only clothes
  • Great value! double the size of the leading pen

I’ll even be putting one of the On-The-Go Stain Removers, by Dryel, in my kids’ bookbags.  Sarah is in her 3rd year of college, so I know she will need one, and Jacob, going to 2nd Grade can use one too.  Lunch time, is always a rough time, for my children.  With Dryel, life is easy.

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Disclaimer:

This product was received from the Company for review purposes only. All thoughts and words in this post are my own and I was not paid to endorse it. I am only voicing my opinion about this product.

 

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Check out this Ecuadane Blanket, Perfect for your College Student

Posted on August 11, 2018 in 2018 Back To School Gift Guide

Ecuadane has some great products, but my favorite is this beautiful blanket.  My daughter is so excited to be taking this blanket to College with her.  She says it’s nice and warm, and will keep her warm this winter.

This blanket measures 93″ X 82″, and is so lovely.  She says the material is great, doesn’t leave her all itchy, and she can see herself cuddled up in it all semester.  It’s lightweight, breathable texture will make any cold night, seem warm.  I wish I could keep this blanket, but it’s more important for her to be warm in her dorm.  You can get a feel for how big the blanket really is, on the picture below.

Inspired by the active stratovolcano located in the Cordillera Oriental of Ecuador, the Tungurahua blanket is a collector’s item. The volcano draws wanderlust visitors who thirst for adventure and admire the beauty of nature. The blanket combines a blend of rich earth tones creating an exquisite pattern that will travel and carry the history of your many adventures. Woven by Otavaleños, the ultra soft throw is an Ecuadorian blend of alpaca and synthetic materials.

Ecuadane also has other products, including Christmas Blankets, that are simply beautiful.  Make sure you check out the site, to find great holiday gifts for the ones in your life.  And, don’t forget to join their mailing list while you are there.  Find out about their newest products, and any sales, by joining their mailing list.

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Disclaimer:

This product was received from the Company for review purposes only. All thoughts and words in this post are my own and I was not paid to endorse it. I am only voicing my opinion about this product.

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Delicious Pistachio Chewy Bites are what’s for Back To School

Posted on August 10, 2018 in 2018 Back To School Gift Guide

My mom and I love the Pistachio Chewy Bites.  I put mine in the fridge, and they have a great taste, even cold.  You don’t have to put them in the fridge, but I take them in my lunch, so they aren’t real cold by the time I get to them.  The Pistachio Chewy Bites, or as I call them, “Pistachio delights”, are so chewy.  The cranberry isn’t a strong taste, and the pistachios and chocolate are there.  I love Pistachios, so of course, I’m going to love the Pistachio Chewy Bitess.  If you have a love for nuts, you will love these too.

Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc.- the nation’s second largest pistachio grower, processor, and maker of Setton Farms Pistachio Chewy Bites based in California’s Central Valley- is excited to announce the launch of its new packaging for their iconic Pistachio + Cranberry Chewy Bites.

Their story, is as follows:

From humble beginnings in a Brooklyn bakery, brothers Joshua and Morris Setton turned a passion for gourmet food towards growing quality pistachios.  For the past 40 years the Setton family has attended to each detail of growing, harvesting, processing, manufacturing and packaging pistachios. 

To read more, go here.

You can check out all the fun recipes, that you can make, with Pistachio Chewy Bites, at this link.  There’s so many recipes, and they all look delicious.  I am definitely ordering more Pistachio Chewy Bites, and making these recipes for my family.

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Disclaimer:

This product was received from the Company for review purposes only. All thoughts and words in this post are my own and I was not paid to endorse it. I am only voicing my opinion about this product.

 

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Quality Glasses at Readers.com

Posted on August 9, 2018 in 2018 Back To School Gift Guide

This Back To School Season, get your glasses at Readers.com.  We love to shop with Readers.  The glasses are high quality, but low prices.  My daughter loves Readers.com.  She’s in her 3rd year of college, and can’t live without them, because they fit in her budget.  I love them too.  I went to the Eye Doctor, found out what strength I need, then ordered from Readers.com.  Their prices are so perfect.  And, the Quality is amazing.

The Cinder Sun Reader are perfect for driving.  You can see the road signs, from further away, then right next to the sign.  I have great eye sight with these glasses on.  The sunglasses keep the sun out of your eyes, while the strength you need, helps you see.  These are perfect for anyone who has to commute on those sunny days.

The Fuller Sun Reader is another great sun glass.  They are so cool looking, and again, you can use them on those sunny days, to see the road, etc.  I love these sun glasses.

The Coffee is a very cool, sleek looking pair of glasses.  I love these, and wear them every day at work, to do paperwork.  They are my favorite pair of glasses, that I have ever come across.  I love the metal front.  And, I protect these glasses..never leave them sit on my desk, always have them on, or in my pocket.

The Scotch is my second favorite pair of glasses.  These are metal, all around.  They are so attractive looking, and, I use these at home, to do bills.  Again, a great pair of glasses, for a cheap price.

Lastly, I received the Bifocal EVA Safety Goggles.  I love these.  I’m a welder/supervisor.  I use these when needing to get a job done.  I can see my seam so clearly with these safety goggles on.  They are also comfortable, and just perfect for doing the job I need to do.

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Disclaimer:

This product was received from the Company for review purposes only. All thoughts and words in this post are my own and I was not paid to endorse it. I am only voicing my opinion about this product.

 

 

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The Multipot by Mealthy is all I use in the Kitchen now

Posted on July 31, 2018 in 2018 Back To School Gift Guide Reviews

Mealthy has a wonderful Multipot, that you can slow cook, make rice, steam, pressure cook, etc. in.  It’s amazing.  I’ve used it every day, since I got it.  My daughter, 21 year old, Sarah, loves it too.  She made her Anniversary dinner, for her boyfriend, in the Multipot.  She said she has to get one of these Multipots.  It’s better than leading brands, in my opinion.  And, you can do everything with one appliance.

Even tried using the app, and it’s amazing!    There are even buttons for each thing you may want to do, including egg!  You even get an insert to bake a cake, and there’s a cake button for that.  My favorite button is the Yogurt Button.  Let me tell you, I eat 4 yogurts a day, and that was getting pricey at the store.  Now, I can make my own yogurt, and know what’s going into it.

You really have to check out all the buttons!  I adore this Multipot.  I knew right away that it would become one of my favorite appliances, from the get go.  However, it is my favorite appliance, to date.  My dad’s birthday was yesterday, so we made him a special cake in the Mealthy Multipot, and he loved it.

We will be doing a giveaway for a Mealthy Multipot soon.  Keep your eyes on This Frugal Family for more information, and a fun giveaway.

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Disclaimer:

This product was received from the Company for review purposes only. All thoughts and words in this post are my own and I was not paid to endorse it. I am only voicing my opinion about this product.

 

 

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Dead Soxy has Dead Gorgeous No Show Socks

Posted on July 27, 2018 in 2018 Back To School Gift Guide kids Reviews women

We love Dead Soxy, in our home.  The socks are magnificent, and long lasting.  I’ve washed them at least a dozen times, and they are still form fitting.  They last and last.  I can’t get over how well they are maintained.

My 7 year old now won’t wear anything but Dead Soxy.  He loves his no shows, can’t stand socks that go up to his knees.  Good thing that Dead Soxy can handle his feet.  With school starting back up, these are the perfect socks for Gym Class, or everyday class.

My daughter is in her 3rd year of college, and she loves Dead Soxy, as well.  She just snatched my last two pairs up yesterday.  She says they are so comfortable, and wash up well.

Wanna hear something great?  If you live in the USA, you can get FREE SHIPPING on your socks.  And, the no shows are 3 for $35.  That’s an amazing price.  We buy them all the time, because even the local store doesn’t have that great of a deal.

Some Fun Facts about Dead Soxy:

They are no slip:  You will not fall when you are wearing them.

They are no Shrink:  Seriously though, they will not shrink, I can attest to that!

No Fade:  They hold their color, like I’ve never seen before.

They are Versatile:  You can wear them with any shoes.

Lastly, they are Comfortable:  If they weren’t, I wouldn’t own so many.

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Disclaimer:

This product was received from the Company for review purposes only. All thoughts and words in this post are my own and I was not paid to endorse it. I am only voicing my opinion about this product.

 

 

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