Imagination Station Books

Heather —  July 30, 2013

Hunt for devils dragon

Whether you need a few end of Summer adventures for your child to read or you are already planning for the school year, I think the Adventures In Odyssey (AIO) Imagination Station Chapter Books are great to have around.

My daughter has read quite a few and I think the storylines are well thought out and exciting for kids. All the ones we have read send kids throughout time on some sort of adventure.

We just read the Hunt for the Devil’s Dragon, #11. It has about 144 pages and is a 5.5 x 8 paperback book that retails at $4.99 (sometimes you can find them cheaper, too–the sets on Amazon give a discount).

In the Hunt For The Devil’s Dragon, cousins travel back to Libya in the 13th century to battle dragons, make friends, figure out a secret and fight evil. My daughter just loved the book and read it all in one sitting.

The whole series is written from a Christian world view, so you will find Christian theology throughout the story. I do not find them preachy, by the way. While the stories are fictional, they do have historical context, so I like to find a time period that goes along with the history we are studying in homeschool and add these books in as a fun thing for my 3rd grader.

Here’s my link if you want to check some out:

*Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book and I have included my affiliate link.

Tyndale Rewards Program

Heather —  July 28, 2013

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Have you heard about the Tyndale Rewards program?

I heard about it, but never did check it out. Now that I took a look, I’m sorry I didn’t sign up earlier!

The program is SUPER simple to participate in and has no drawbacks that I see!

You pretty much can earn points by doing certain things (easy stuff) and then you redeem points for FREE books and Bibles. On top of that, as a member of the Tyndale Rewards program, you’ll have access to inspiring literature, Bibles, special promotional offers, and much more.

You’ll even get a free gift on your birthday, and opportunities to share personal recommendations and feedback concerning Tyndale products (already a blogger? You can do this also!). The more participation you have with the program, the more points you earn—and points translate into free stuff!

I just got a bunch of points tonight and some of the free books look very good.

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Bottom line:

The Tyndale Rewards program is a great way to get free books and Bibles that you can keep for yourself or give to friends and family. Your journey to earning free faith-based products is here! 

You can also refer your friends and earn points for that. In this post today, I’m sharing my Tyndale Rewards link so I can get points if you sign up.

To refer your friends and earn points, first sign up for free. Then click the “Earn Points” tab get your code from the “Invite a Friend to Join” section.

There is no cap on the amount of points you can generate through referring friends to signup.

To redeem your points: log in to your account on TyndaleRewards.com to see how many points you have collected in your account. Next, browse the product available for redemption. If you find a product you like and you have accumulated enough points, click the “Redeem” button.

Your Points will never expire! Have fun!

Sign up through my Tyndale Rewards link here.

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The below content is sponsored by Sanofi Pasteur’s Headfirst! Expert Advice on Lice campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

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Motor Oil Matters Oil Change Checklist

Motor Oil Matters Oil Change Checklist

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I grew up with a Dad who did most of his own work on the cars and when I got to driving age, some dinner table conversations revolved around Dad tips.

“Don’t ever drive with the car registering hot.”

“Check your tire pressure especially before a trip.”

“Keep your gas above half, so the old crummy gas isn’t dragged through your engine,”

 “Learn what kind of oil your car needs and how to read the dipstick.”

“Don’t go into shady auto places.”

Yes, those are just a few of my Dad’s tips. Haha! I love that guy. I always did use each bit of information sometime as I grew up.

I like knowing how to take care of my car. I want to be an educated consumer and I don’t want to have to trust someone who may be taking advantage of me and my money when I get auto work done.

Even with changing the oil. A cheaper “deal” may be more expensive, because you may not be getting quality motor oil and the type needed for your car. All Motor oil is NOT the same or equal. Your auto manual will list what type oil you should use.

This new MOM program tells you much of what you should know when you get an oil change.

MOM, a new consumer education and industry watchdog program by the American Petroleum Institute, was founded to stress the benefits of quality licensed motor oils and call onto the carpet those who engage in deceptive practices.

This Summer alone, I have gone on several driving trips by myself with the kids and I am always relieved when I pull into my destination with no troubles. Of course, doing routine maintenance helps ensure fewer surprises! In fact, AAA expects between the major summer holidays of Memorial Day and Labor Day to aid over eight million motorists, and cautions drivers that auto maintenance is key to avoiding summertime travel breakdowns.

The experts at Motor Oil Matters (MOM) want to offer you a $50 gift card toward your next oil change! (US residents only)

 

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What questions should you ask at your next oil change? MOM has provided this checklist. Take a look and even print it out to take with you on your next oil change. An empowered consumer is a SMART consumer.

Here are a few links that you may find helpful:

Motor Oil Matters website, Facebook Page and Twitter.

“The Motor Oil Matters information and a gift card for me for an oil change and a gift card for a reader has been provided by Motor Oil Matters.”

Breakfast Wrap with Udi's tortilla

Breakfast Wrap with Udi’s tortilla

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During the Summer, I can get really lazy about breakfast. I mean, the kids are getting up later and at all different times and I am not craving something hot like I do in the Winter. Yet, ironically, Summer is when the family is super busy physically, going swimming and hiking and traveling and we need a healthy breakfast to get going.

I like to just go ahead and call our Summer breakfast “brunch.” Seriously, do not wake up kids if you don’t have to, right? But I do like to feed them decent meals…so we just start later in the day.

When I got an Udi’s Gluten Free Foods Sampler last week, I was glad to test out some new breakfast goodies.

Now, we are lucky in that no one in our home is officially celiac. But, I do have sensitivity to gluten, so I try to avoid gluten in general.

When I first tried Udi’s, I had been gluten free for over six months and I was thrilled to find something I could eat I did not have to bake for myself! (And the Udi’s bread and cookies I tried at the time were way better than mine).

If you or a loved one need to totally cut out gluten, many of Udi’s choices are very useful. All Udi’s Gluten Free Foods are certified gluten free. I wish they were organic as well, but most are certified kosher. Many Udi’s products are totally nut free unless clearly marked (like some granolas) and some are even dairy, soy and egg free.

I was expecting to try a new granola flavor or bit of bread so and I was pleasantly surprised to find a large number of new baked goods in my sampler.

Udi's baked goods

Udi’s baked goods…and they must know I have kids, some granola bars on top:)

When my children tried some out, there was definitely no contest about which baked goods they would try first. They ate all the muffins and cinnamon rolls right away that week. I thought the cinnamon rolls were good when heated. Not especially great for you, but a really nice treat! I really liked the muffins. A little less sweet than the cinnamon rolls and so moist, you would never guess they were gluten free.

Then, I was curious to try the tortillas. My family enjoys a breakfast burrito, with scrambled eggs with monterey jack cheese and onion and green pepper, rolled up in a tortilla. I wondered how a tortilla could really be gluten free and still taste good. When I made these, I heated the tortillas up individually in the skillet with a bit of butter. I did need to be delicate as the tortillas can break easily. Once they were heated up though, the wraps were almost more like crepes in texture and were very easy to work with. The breakfast burrito wraps were a hit!

I think my favorite things of all were the bagels and the cinnamon bread. Oh my goodness, a bit of that bread, toasted, with coffee was delicious. The cinnamon bread tasted just like regular cinnamon bread, I thought.

 

Cinnamon Bread toast

Cinnamon Bread toast

And, the Everything Inside Bagel and the Mighty Bagel were very good.

The Everything Bagel has 7g of protein, 3g of fiber and non GMO canola oil. The Mighty Bagel has 8g of protein, 3g of fiber and some great flavors, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries. The kids loved these also except for the flax seeds. These would also travel well for a healthy breakfast.

While we were gobbling down the bagels, my husband quietly took the granola samples. He always likes Udi’s granola and I do buy the Vanilla granola for him. This time, the difference in the newer type of granola was that they have added Antioxidants and Omega 3’s to their Active Granola line. The bag is 11oz, just a teeny bit smaller than the older versions of granolas at 12 oz per package. My husband did like the Blueberry Cashew flavor and found it full of nuts and fruit.

You can find Udi’s even at Walmart, now, I see. You can also buy them online if you cannot find locally.

Don’t forget to check out the Udi’s Website. You can read many tips about Gluten free living and get tons of recipes, as well as get a $1 off coupon for Udi’s.

You can also find ideas for recipes on their Pinterest and on Facebook.

*I received Udi’s samples to review for this post. I have given my honest opinion and received no additional compensation.

Jibbitz sunglasses

Jibbitz sunglasses

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I was happy to get a pair of the new Kids’ Jibbitz™ Comber Sunglasses to check out. You can see from the photo above, a little cutie I know was even happier!

I like the sunglasses because they are sturdy and have shatter-resistant polycarbonate lenses and 100% protection from UVA, UVB and UVC rays.

Little cutie likes the sunglasses because they have a fun, cool shape with the reflecting lenses and he can personalize the Jibbitz™ Joint in the temples with his favorite Jibbitz™ charms.

He is wearing the Comber style with guitar and a police vehicle Jibbitz™ charms. The police car even has flashing lights! I did not realize that until the kids figured that out and they were delighted. There are tons of Jibbitz™ charms to choose from and kids can mix and match and change them out easily.

jibbitz kids sunglasses

jibbitz kids sunglasses

The sunglasses run $12.99 for most styles and the Jibbitz™ charms are sold separately. Other styles include the Launch and a more girlie shape, the Glam.

 

Polly Pockets Fun

Heather —  July 5, 2013
Emma setting up Wall Party Polly Pocket playset

Emma setting up Wall Party Polly Pocket playset

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Polly Pocket. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”* #Sponsored #MC

Looking for a treat for a little girl this Summer? Look below for a great sale price on Polly Pocket Dolls and Sets!

These are always imaginative and fun for my kids. The little portable ones make it easy to bring dolls along on errands and the bigger sets seem to keep them entertained for hours.

The latest playsets can be used for play and décor! Just apply to a playroom or bedroom wall and the kids can play right there, which is adorable looking and also they get to leave their toys out!

I encourage you to check out the newest Polly Pocket Sets. If you want to buy one from my Amazon Social Store on this review, Just click below:

Through Sunday, July 7th, the Polly Pocket items promoted on my store have been discounted at LEAST to the following:

  • Polly Pocket Zip ‘N Splash Playset: Previously: $17.99 Now: $15.95
  • Polly Pocket Wall Party Tree House Playset: Previously: $19.99 Now: $11.99
  • Polly Pocket Wall Party Ultimate All-in-One Playset: Previously $74.99 Now: $47.99

This discount is only available for a limited time and is a great sale!

Emma playing with Zipline Adventure Polly Pockets

Emma playing with Zipline Adventure Polly Pockets

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Polly Pocket. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”*

We have had Polly Pockets dolls around our home for over 10 years now! My older daughter loved the Polly dolls when they were new and spent hours setting up her dolls with the little teeny outfits.

Over time, the Polly Pocket sets have grown and we still have a bunch of Polly sets. They are always imaginative and fun for my kids. The little portable ones make it easy to bring dolls along on errands and the bigger sets seem to keep them entertained for hours.

The newest Polly Pocket sets even surprised me. First of all, they now have Polly dolls that can change color in water temperature and the sets are more adventurous in nature, like the Zip ‘N Splash playset we got to check out.

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Polly Pocket Zip ‘N Splash playset is great for bath time

On top of that, the latest Wall Party sets can be used for play and décor!

Seriously, this is a GENIUS idea. I always say, the “floor is not a shelf,” and my kids laugh and pick up their toys (or fuss and pick up their toys). But the latest sets from Polly Pocket can be applied to a playroom or bedroom wall and the kids can play right there, which is adorable looking and also, they get to leave their toys out! My daughter loves these and I think they look really cute in her room.

Emma setting up Wall Party Polly Pocket playset

Emma setting up Wall Party Polly Pocket playset

I really only share things I like and I think these are fun. They are just plain fun and do encourage imaginative play. Plus, this wall décor idea is really new and entertaining, I think.

Need some toys for a car ride, birthday gifts or presents for your daughters, granddaughters or neices? I always seem to and I get to give you a DISCOUNT!

I encourage you to check out the newest Polly Pocket Sets. If you want to buy one from my Amazon Social Store on this review, it should be really easy. Let me know if you have any trouble.

Just click on this link:

 

Through Sunday, July 7th, the Polly Pocket items promoted on my store have been discounted to the following:

  • Polly Pocket Zip ‘N Splash Playset: Previously: $17.99 Now: $15.95
  • Polly Pocket Wall Party Tree House Playset: Previously: $19.99 Now: $11.99
  • Polly Pocket Wall Party Ultimate All-in-One Playset: Previously $74.99 Now: $47.99

I have seen that these prices may go even lower – click that store link to see. Right now, the Zip ‘N Splash is showing under $10. That is a great price. This discount is only available for a limited time and seems like a great sale!