Sunday, May 1, 2016

Teacher Appreciation Day -- Say thank you with Yoobi - #DISCOUNT

National Teacher Appreciation Day is around the corner, and nothing says "Thank You" quite like a gift from the heart. Yoobi's got just the gift with their DIY Teacher Appreciation Cards! 

Yoobi is based on a bright yet simple idea, colorful and vibrant supplies for school, home or office that give back! For every Yoobi item purchased, a Yoobi item will be donated to a classroom in need, right here in the U.S.! It's that simple. 

On average, teachers can spend up to $485 out of pocket each year. That adds up to over $1.6 billion in teacher spending annually, just to supply core items for their students to have the tools they need to learn and be creative. Help your child say an extra special thank you for all the hours they put in long after the closing bell rings with handmade cards using Yoobi products!

Yoobi has also created cute Teacher Bundles that you can gift to your teacher to show your appreciation for all that they do. 

My Thoughts

I love my children's teachers and I appreciate all they do. If you feel the same, this Teacher Appreciation Day, let Yoobi help you create the best home-made gifts for your favorite teacher. Or better yet, give them the gift of fun and trendy supplies to use for their classroom. They have everything you need to spread the love. Here are just a few of our favorite products which are great for both home and school use.

My kids had a great time making cards for all their teachers and teacher's aids using Yoobi's art supplies. My daughter's favorite's were the Twister Crayons. They have a finer point than regular crayons and are great for doing homework.  They especially loved the stamp roller and got a little carried about with it. 

These awesome, colorful products are sold exclusively at Target and are also available at In addition to providing all these fabulous art supplies, Yoobi also gives back to the community. Many kids in the U.S. don’t have access to basic school supplies, unless teachers pay for them out of their own pocket. Through Yoobi’s partnership with the Kids In Need Foundation they distribute Yoobi Classroom Packs all across the U.S. to the kids that need them the most.  If you'd like to learn more about Yoobi and all the products they offer, be sure to visit their website or follow them on social media.  Right now, you can even get $5 off your order of $25 or more by entering the code FORTEACH between now and 5/3!

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World Vision Handmade Baby Bib #Giveaway

While the world is vast-- global population exceeds 7 billion people across thousands of diverse ethnic, religious and linguistic groups--the Internet is transforming how we connect to each other, making it easier than ever to embrace global citizenship from an early age.

This spring, World Vision wants to talk about child sponsorship and ways parents can teach children to be global citizens leading up to Mother’s Day. Following are some tips from World Vision for bringing this concept home:

-          Turn story time into a teachable moment: Learning about other countries and cultures can happen during daily activities. Choose children’s books that accurately portray other cultures or focus on historical events for afternoon or bedtime reading. After finishing the book, parents can talk to children about what they learned and how the lives of the characters in the book differ from their own.

-          Make the facts digestible for young minds: Young children may have a difficult time comprehending abstract statistics about inequality around the world. Create a math activity at home to make this information more relatable. Use beads or buttons to count out how many children are in the child’s class, and then remove items based on global averages for clean water access or hunger statistics. According to World Vision’s 2015 Food Assistance Report, 1 in 6 children – more than 1.4 million kids - are dangerously underweight because they lack access to adequate food and nutritional assistance. For a classroom of 24, remove 4 beads to represent these children.

-          Experiment at home: Ask children to put themselves in another person’s shoes by conducting experiments at home. For example, create a family menu budgeting $1.25 a day per family member. Give children $1.25 during the next grocery store trip - the amount of money that 1.3 billion people worldwide live on each day, according to World Vision - and let them shop and price compare themselves. Afterwards, talk about the types of foods they couldn’t purchase and what kinds of foods the menu is limited to: Were you able to purchase fresh fruits or vegetables? Is the meal limited to rice or pasta? What kind of protein could you afford to buy?

-          Sponsor a child: Get children involved directly in providing a “hand up” to communities in need around the world by sponsoring a child as a family through World Vision. Involve children in the process of choosing a boy or girl to sponsor; ask them to write cards and draw pictures for the sponsored child, and talk to them regularly about how the sponsorship donation is helping provide equal opportunities for boys and girls, clean water, bed nets, job training for parents, and much more – including the freedom to simply be a child.

Why sponsor through World Vision?
Though children and families face hardships like poverty and conflict, we can bring hope to a hurting world. Child sponsorship through World Vision allows for a one-on-one relationship with a sponsored child, while pooling gifts from sponsors who support children within the same community to provide long-term resources for lasting change. World Vision believes that effective development that lifts communities and individuals out of long-term poverty lies in helping them discover their potential as human beings and mobilizing communities to take ownership of long-term projects that support clean water, healthcare, agriculture, education and income generation. Join us in partnering with those in need to build lasting solutions that address their challenges. Together, we can be greater than adversity.

The Giveaway 

One lucky winner is going to receive a Handmade Baby Bib ($40 value) from the World Vision Gift Catalog to keep for yourself or give to a loved one as a symbol of the value of teaching children to be global citizens from the youngest age. Every bib is handmade by artisans in Bali using only sustainable materials and recycled fabrics. These Fair Trade artisans utilize the traditions of Balinese craftsmanship while honoring nature with the smallest carbon footprint possible.

Summer Essentials #Giveaway

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Summer is right around the corner and keeping your kids healthy,safe and happy will be the most important thing. Especially when there's so much to do and accomplish during these fun months. So it's important to head into Summer with Diono Radian RXT  

 When sending kids off for a day of fun you're putting their lives in the hands of someone else – make sure your child stays to and from camp. The Radian®RXT Car Seats are designed with your child's security and safety as top priorities.Premium materials and thoughtful safety features like a steel alloy frame, aluminum reinforced side walls, energy absorbing EPS foam, and a five-point harness put your mind at ease as your little one stays safe and sound. The reinforced adjustable head support provides additional side impact protection. With it's famous 3 in a row fit you'll be able to fit this car seat in any standard vehicle so all your children will get an easy safe protection from birth to booster!dionospring This car seat can be found at local leading retailers, Amazon and! The Moodster Flashlight moodsterflashighlight Leaving home for the first time is not an easy fete, and it can cause kids a great amount of stress and worry. The Moodsters Feelings Flashlight helps kids cope with these fears in a fun and education way. The Moodsters Feelings Flashlight™ and Storybook- is an electronic flashlight that features the Moodsters character images with voice affirmations and fun play activities so kids can explore their feelings, helping them to process and understand their emotions. Rainbow Light's Gummy Bear Essentials® Rainbow-Light-Gummy-Bear-Essentials-Multivitamin-Multimineral-Fruit-021888120024 These gummies prepare kids for a full day of activities! Developed especially to nourish the growing minds and bodies of today's active kids. Single-serve packets preserve freshness and purity and are perfect for handing off on a busy morning or stuffing in their suitcase and keeping for the whole summer long. Delicious strawberry, lemon and orange flavors; 100% natural, gluten-free, lactose-free, dairy-free, yeast-free, and nut-free; contain no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or additives. These three products combined will make summer safer and happier for your little one. To find out more about these great products head over to Conservamom's page to see what she thought of all 3! So in honor of all the summer fun to be had, one lucky winner will have the chance to own all 3 products for a prize pack valued at $398.47! Giveaway is open to US only and ends on 5/24 at 11:59pm EST. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Good luck! Entry-Form Disclosure: All opinions are 100% mine. This giveaway is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network.All opinions and experiences are Conservamom‘s. Open to US residents only , must be 18+. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted through email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor will be responsible for product fulfillment to winner(s) of the giveaway. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions or to see your product featured in an Event you can contact Elia At Conservamom

Memorial Day #Giveaway @las930

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Memorial Day Giveaway

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Ends 5/30

Memorial Day is a great way to remember those from our past and to gather with family and friends. We would like you to enjoy your Memorial Day with a few prizes.
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Sun Care Melanoma Awareness Week #thinkbaby #thinksport #melanomaawareness

Most folks don’t realize that daily use of sunscreen decreases skin aging by 24%. And while that is compelling, the stats around skin cancer are shocking. Skin cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer. In fact it outnumbers all other cancers combined. The good news is that it is also the most preventable. Avoiding sun exposure during peak hours of 10am to 4pm and wearing protective clothing are great ways to reduce risk. Use a sunscreen rated “1” by the Environmental Working Group.

If prevention is important to you, you should stock up on your sunscreen now. In honor of  Sun Care Melanoma Awareness Week , you can receive a $4 discount on purchase of 2 tubes of 3 oz Thinkbaby and Thinksport sunscreen!  Simply enter the code NewAgeMama16 at checkout!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Movie Review: Noble

This movie is based on the true story of a woman that overcame immense hardship growing up in Ireland who later became an advocate for children. The story opens showing a young Christina Noble as she sings. Later, we see her deal with ending up in a orphanage, endure abuse, and other hardships before she decides to make a trip to Vietnam over a decade after the war ended. This trip is the catalyst for a long career of advocacy that continues to this day. 

The movie, as you can probably tell from the description, is a dramatic piece that deals with some, at times, disturbing subject matter. Given that, I was mildly surprised to find out the lead actress is also a stand up comedian. Like Carey and others, she owns the material and shows that she can do more than just make people laugh. Although, I have to admit to getting a couple of smiles out of some of the lead character's quips.

Noble was one of those films that I think will stay with me, as it not only brought to light the abuse that some children deal with, but it also showed how people can overcome their obstacles, no matter how big they might seem. I think that's a very timely and important lesson to get across.

One of the coolest things, to me, was something I found while reading about the film after watching it. Apparently, the children the lead character helps in the movie are actual children that have been helped by the real Christina and her foundation. I thought that was a great touch, and made me enjoy the movie even more. 

Book Review: Mother Earth News Almanac

Mother Earth News Almanac: A Guide Through the Seasons returns! The 1970s classic has been out of print for years. Now, updated for today's readers and back in print, its information is as useful as ever. It contains instructions and illustrations for everything from harnessing solar energy to cultivating a sustainable garden to learning how to keep bees. Simply put, Mother Earth News Almanac is designed to empower readers to be self-sufficient.

The Mother Earth News team has updated the essentials, but left the core of the guide intact, with all the charm of the original … from the writing style to the signature line drawings. This is a must-have for any fan of Mother Earth News, and a budget-friendly guide for a new generation of homesteaders. 

The almanac is a seasonal guide with subject matter that every passionate DIYer, homesteader or environmentally aware reader can appreciate. You'll find recipes, money-saving tips, and homesteading techniques such as illustrated directions for tying a timber hitch, cat's-paw, sheepshank, and other knots; folk medicine treatments and preventatives; tips on raising chickens and keeping bees; plans for building three kinds of kites; complete instructions for fast and easy compost; and much, much more!

The simple life doesn't have to be hard, not when you have this timeless almanac.

About Mother Earth News
The most popular and longest-running sustainable-lifestyle magazine, MOTHER EARTH NEWS provides wide-ranging, expert editorial coverage of organic foods, country living, green transportation, renewable energy, natural health and green building. Lively, insightful and on the cutting edge, MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the definitive read for the growing number of Americans who choose wisely and live well. 

Read Mother Earth News magazine and visit them on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Mother Earth News Almanac: A Guide Through the Seasons may be purchased both on their website and on Amazon

Our Thoughts
We've been on our way to a more economical, healthier lifestyle for the last several years and have now finally purchased an acreage way out in the country for a future build site.

The Mother Earth News Almanac: A Guide Through the Seasons is exactly what I want to be reading as we prepare our new place. This book isn't just about gardening, homesteading, livestock, etc - it's also full of good useful household tips on just about everything, from DIY repairs and projects, to recipes, and hints on where to find the things you need.  I like the humorous writing style it has, too. 

Many of the tips & tricks mentioned are ones I grew up with - like using wood ashes on an icy driveway - boy, as kids we hated it when Dad spread ashes on the driveway - it wasn't slippery enough to sled down anymore (but it sure made driving up it easier!).  There's even a bit in there about lubricating nails so they pound in easier - something I well know, as pins were my all-time favorite (yes, even over snaps and aplix!) on cloth diapers - have to lubricate pins, too, in order to get them to slide thru fabric like butter.  There's even a paragraph in there about hunting morel mushrooms, one of my favorite spring activities!

The Mother Earth News online magazine is filled with informative articles - I just finished reading How to Sell at a Farmers Market as I know we'll have more garden produce than we will need.  I could easily spend days on this website . . . in fact I just subscribed to their magazine, which you can get in print, digital, or both. And I know both my mother and myself will greatly enjoy the magazines.

An enjoyable read, Mother Earth News Almanac: A Guide Through the Seasons is the type of gift I'd want to receive for Mother's Day! (And it'd make a great Father's Day gift as well!)