Unreal Halloween Treats Review

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year I absolutely adore it. The fun, tricks and obviously the CANDY!!

I know, I know. Trick or treating is for kids but lets be real I eat my fair share and buy extra candy to give out. It would be a shame to run out so I really do my best to have a full stash for the kids.

Have you ever read the ingredient lists on regular brand name candy? For a long time I had no idea what was added to a variety of food.

Recently it was discovered that one of my nephews is allergic to red food dye. Since then I have been extra diligent with reading labels. Did you know basically everything has red food coloring? I did not. Seriously I found red dye in a package of noodles. You really have to watch carefully. My eyes have been open now and it makes me quite uneasy.

With Unreal Candy I didn’t have to worry about dye because they are colored with vegetables. Yeah!! That’s right. Natural food coloring. That is something I can get behind. Seriously, look at the gorgeous colors of Unreal’s Candy when compared to Smarties.

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Does your family have other dietary needs? Maybe you are trying to fill your body with the best food but you still have a sweet tooth. Guys, Unreal is for you!

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Back to School with Usborne Books

Back to School is always an exciting time of the year.

Whether your child is starting a new grade or starting school for the first time there are lots of wonderful things to look forward to. All of these new changes happen at once which is not an  easy transitiion especially if your child doesn’t know what to expect.

I found some amazing books to ease your kids into attending school, getting them excited to return, books that will inspire them to ask questions and dig a little bit deeper. Half the battle of getting your child to read is to find books that they are truly interested in. Below I have shared a bit of everything meaning there is something for everyone.

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How To Have A Successful Lake Trip According To Toddlers

We just got back from our annual trip to the Family Cabin. We had so much fun and loved every minute we were down there for. I wish we could have stayed longer and had even more adventures. Oh well, maybe we will get to stay longer next year.

As my kids are getting older they are become quite the adventurers and use their imagination constantly. The whole time we were at the lake the kids had a blast and we let them enjoy it to the fullest. Here are their tips to insure your kids have the best time ever.

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Love Is All Around Canada Book Review

When I first received this book I thought it would be about Canada and how much we love our beautiful country. One read through and I quickly determined it was about Canadians. As a whole we are wonderful amazing people who open our hearts and homes to many.

“Love’s all around, if you just pay attention, in people and places too many to mention. Go look at the park, on the street, at the mall. You’ll see love all over. It’s big and it’s small!”

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Spark Your Child’s Imagination Though Reading Aloud

There is a whole big world out there filled with magic and adventure. I don’t know about your family but we have not been able to see all of the corners of the earth and beyond. However we have found a way to ignite our imagination and explore more than I ever thought possible.

Now for the best news. You can have this same experience in your own home.

That’s right.

Grab your kids, a blanket, turn off your phone and open a book. The world is yours.

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The Intentional Bookshelf Review

In our home we love to read. We read in the kitchen during breakfast. We read in the living room snuggled up by the fireplace. We read in our beds. We read under tents. We read just about everywhere.

We love reading!

Before my first was born I knew that I wanted a home filled with books that inspired, transported and transformed my kids. What I didn’t know was what books I should add to my shelves. There are so many great options and alot of not so great ones. Starting from square I found myself completely overwhelmed. Have you been there too?

I wish I would have read “The Intentional Bookshelf” in the beginning. It would have helped me to get started off on the right foot.

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Cara’s Kindness Book Review

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As a parent I have sat down with my husband and discussed what our goals were for parenthood. What we wanted to unsure our kids understood and what kind of people we wanted to raise. When it came down to it our main goal was to raise kind individuals.

People that think of others needs and go out of their way to make a difference in the lives of those around them. Kindness makes a huge difference in day to day life and has the potential to transform various situations.

In Cara’s Kindness, Kristi Yamaguchi strives to show kids the importance of being kind. Kindness comes in many different forms and I love the variety that she wrote It can be as simple as sharing your snack, teaching someone a skill, helping someone when they are unable to help themselves or simply becoming a friend.

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Bible Origami Book Review

Growing up I watched my parents introduce us again and again to the scriptures and their stories. For the most part I think they did a great job but sometimes we, the kids, were just down right bored and didn’t want to internalize the important messages that the stories taught. Talk about a tough crowd.

Over the last few years I have poured myself into researching the different learning styles that children resonate best with. I believe that the best way to teach is the best way that each individual learns. Every child is different but there are some patterns when it comes to effectively teaching them.

In my home, hands on learning, aka kinesthetic learning, is huge. We like to wiggle, kick, jump, fiddle and climb. Pretty much all day long. Yes, this even includes when we are trying to be reverent. I am working on it but its not as easy as it sounds.

Bible Origami is going to be perfect for our family! The kids (and I) will have the perfect resource to help us keep our fingers busy while listening to the scriptures. The origami featured compliments many of the classic bible stories. While learning about the faith of Daniel you can assemble your own lion. Build your own tablets during lessons regarding the Ten Commandments.

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Moving at Christmas!

December is generally a crazy time of year for people around the world. In our house we decided to make this year a little extra crazy. You know, for fun!

We moved!

That’s right. During our holidays we are packing up, moving, unpacking, celebrating Christmas and finishing renovations at our current place to get it ready for new renters. To say we are a bit crazy is an understatement.

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In the end I am sure everything will turn out just fabulously. That is if I have any hair left!

Have you moved with little’s in tow? What were your secrets for success? You must have secrets.

Below are my top moving tips. I saved them just for you!

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Growing Up with Conference Review

There are some things in life that I absolutely adore. Things that are so important to me that I try very hard to pass their value onto my little’s. Now if you have kids you know that just because it is important to you that doesn’t mean that they will think the same as you. I wish it was easy but that is just not the way the cookie crumbles.

Two of my treasured times of the year are when General Conference is broadcasted. As a Christian, of the LDS denomination, April and October are extra special. During these conferences leaders of our church both male and female share words of wisdom to uplift and inspire us. I love it!!

Every six months I NEED an extra lift. I need to know that I’m not a complete failure. I need to know that God loves me. I need to feel the Holy Ghost. To know I am enough for my kids. I need help! I need help to be the Mom that my kids individually need. I need help to be a better wife for my husband. I need help to improve myself.  I need my kids to see that I am not perfect and that I am constantly striving to become better.

My home needs general conference!

This past October I tried a little extra hard to teach my kids about the apostles so that they would value their messages. Let me tell you. It worked!!

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