Thursday, October 12, 2017

Rolling Dice - Fun with Math {Sponsored by}

Ready for a game that's mostly about strategy with a little luck thrown in for good measure? This dice game is a great way for your child to practice all of the basic math facts and get strategic about deciding when he wants to take a risk, and when he wants to play it safe. Make math fact practice exciting and start rolling the dice!

Rolling Dice 

What You Need:
2 dice
2–4 players
White lined paper or ¼ inch graph paper (one sheet per player)

What You Do:
1. Have each player rolls a die and explain that the player who rolls the highest number gets to go first.
2. Now the first player should roll both dice and multiply the two numbers rolled to find their product.

3. Have your child write the product down on the paper. For example, if Player One rolls a 3 and a 5 he should multiply 3 by 5 and write 15 down on his piece of paper.
4. Player One has a choice; he can decide to roll both dice again or choose to pass them to the next player. Why wouldn't a player want to roll again? Well...this game has a few catches:
-If a player rolls a one or a three on his second turn, he must find the product of the two numbers he rolled and then subtract the product from his total.

-If a player rolls a one and a three on his second turn, he must divide his total in half and subtract half of the points he's earned so far. If he rolls a one and a three on his second turn he loses all the points earned so far in the game and must return to zero. The dice then get passed to the next player.

5. If he chooses to roll again, have him multiply the two numbers and add, subtract or divide to determine his new total.
6. Now it's the second player's turn. She can decide to roll the dice either once or twice and perform the necessary calculations to find her total.
7. Players continue to take turns and perform calculations.
8. The first player to reach 300 points is the winner.

Disclaimer: This is a guest post that was written entirely by Shannon at 

Friday, August 4, 2017

2017 Michigan Ren Fest!!

Take a time-travel adventure into the 16th century at the 38th annual Michigan Renaissance Festival! Join Queen Elizabeth in a jubilee! Inside the turreted gates, you can enjoy the sights and sounds of a 17-acre village, complete with building reproductions of Renaissance shops, taverns and a magnificent castle. Continuous entertainment takes place on the streets and on 17 themed stages; featuring full-contact armored jousting, comedy and theater shows, music, games, people-powered rides and so much more! Fabulous food and more than 300 artisans displaying their gallery-quality works complete the experience!

If you are in the Holly, Michigan area I definitely recommend grabbing some tickets...even if you do not think the festival is for you.  Everyone should experience it at least once in their life.

Open weekends and Labor day August 19th thru October 2nd from 10a to 7p!

Our 2017 Michigan Renaissance Festival Tickets are here and we are so excited to dress up and head to Holly.  The girls, Hubby, and I look forward to visiting the Festival every year because it is so much fun!  Since there is so much to see and do there's fun for the whole family.  The kids love the Mermaid, I love the Jousting and Hubby enjoys the comedy skits and the Pub Crawl.  Those are not even the highlight, the best thing about this festival is the people.  Being a pretty "judge free" zone feel free to let loose, dress up, and just have fun!

Come check out the newest additions to the Ren Fest, including a live unicorn and Merlins Magic Quest!  Every week has a special new theme so be sure to check the calendar before planning your visit.

You can find any information you need on the Michigan Renaissance Festival website

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Jurassic Quest: Coming to a City Near You!!!! ~~Family Pack Giveaway~~

Are you ready to discover the Dinosaurs?  I know we are!!!  I cannot wait to take my little paleontologists to experience the Return of the Dinosaurs next month!!  We are going to charge our Kindles and head an hour and a half north to visit North Americas largest exhibition of life-sized, animatronic, museum quality Dinosaurs!
Jurassic Quest could be coming to your area!  

Jurassic Quest Return of the Dinosaurs is an interactive experience that takes you through time from the Middle Triassic to the Late Cretaceous Era! 

The main dinosaur exhibit features over 80 ultra-realistic, life-size ‘animatronic’ dinosaurs. Visitors can interact with these huge creatures, learn about them and even ride a few. It features realistic scenes, enormous dinosaurs, cute baby dinosaurs and lots of fun activities for kids of all ages.

Beyond the exhibit there are lots of fun, engaging activities for kids of all ages. Your young paleontologist can get lots of experience seeing, touching, riding, and digging up their favorite dinosaurs. .

There are even huge T-Rex and Triceratops fossil digs where young paleontologists can uncover long hidden dinosaurs bones, the “Dino Bounce” area with several, towering, dinosaur theme inflatable mazes, face painting, Dino crafts and much more!

This exhibit is an adventure for the whole family and a chance to explore the world of dinosaurs in an exciting, educational, and fun way.

Win Tickets!!!
Our amazing sponsors have offered to give away a Family 4 pack of tickets to the Michigan Exhibit!!  
All kid tickets will be VIP!!!  
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

TRU Lite Bedding Products ~ Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Looking for a practical gift this year?  TRU Lite Bedding has some great products that we would like to add to our Holiday Gift Guide 2016 Edition.

1st Featured Item: Premium Waterproof Cotton Mattress Protector

·         Protect against dust mites, allergens, bacteria, germs, urine and other liquids that can make beds and mattresses filthy. You and your loved ones deserve a healthy environment for sleeping. Reduce allergic reactions and discomfort that can disrupt rest. Contains no phthalates, vinyl, PVC, or other irritants.

·         Spills, sweat, urine, and smells will not penetrate onto your mattress.  No more deep cleaning and disinfecting your mattress.

·         With it’s soft, absorbent, and breathable terry cotton you will stay cool throughout the night.  Designed to sleep cool and comfortably with no noise or crinkly plastic sounds.

·         Easy to remove and place on your bed. Slips on just like a fitted sheet.
With elastic sides, it will not bunch up, slide around or slide off the corners of your mattress.  Comes in all sizes - Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King, and Crib Mattress. Machine washable for convenience.

Retail Price: Starting at $59.99 (currently $22.95)
Where to Buy: Amazon

2nd Featured Item: Mattress / Bed Cover - Premium Smooth Mattress Protector

 Completely Protect Your Mattress From Liquids, Bacteria and Dust Mites with TRU Lite Bedding.

Safe Sleeping for Allergy, Eczema, and Asthma Sufferers
Constructed from hypoallergenic materials 
No phthalates, vinyl, PVC, or toxic materials
Protect your family from dust mites, bacteria, pet dander, and other allergens

A Fresh Clean Bed Every Night
100% Waterproof to lock away spills, stains and smells
Perspiration, urine, oil, and other bodily fluids cannot get into mattress
Prevents unsightly staining and lingering odors

Sleep Soundly in a Comfortable Bed
No noisy or crinkling sounds
Breathable microfiber fabric keeps you cool for maximum comfort
Deep pockets fit over pillow-topped mattresses and bed toppers

Easy to Use and Clean
Goes on and off as easy as a fitted sheet
Machine washable
Tumble dry low to preserve waterproof lining

Save Money
Ends the need for mattress deep cleaning and disinfecting
Keeps mattresses in better condition, extending the life of your investment
Lifetime warranty means no risk for you

Retail Price: Starting at $69.99 (currently $18.99)
Where to Buy: Amazon

3rd Featured Item: Bed Wetting Pads
Get The Ultimate In Incontinence and Bed wetting Protection With TRU Lite Bedding's Ultra Absorbent Bed Pads.

Protects Bedding From Moisture Damage and Unsightly Stains
Prevents damage to blankets, mattress toppers and sheets 
Reduces laundry costs and the cost of replacements

Super Absorbent to Lock in Moisture
Ultra effective core can absorb the equivalent of 8 cups of water.
Ensures even large accidents are quickly absorbed reducing discomfort
Reduces potential for skin irritation and sores

Suitable for Adult Incontinence, Child Bed wetting, or Pet Owners
Allows children to sleep soundly by eliminating the need to change bedding overnight
Copes with all levels of adult incontinence from mild to severe
Useful for temporary medical conditions which cause incontinence
Place under pet beds, litter boxes, or other common areas your pet lays.

Quilted for a Comfortable Night's Sleep
Made from super soft fabric and quilted for maximum comfort.
No noisy plastic crinkling noises when turning in bed

Easy to Fit and Maintain
Fitting them on the bed is extremely simple to do
Machine washable and can be dried in the tumble dryer
Can be used time and time again, saving you money and inconvenience

Retail Price: Starting at $18.04
Where to Buy: Amazon

4th Featured Item: TRU Lite Baby's Crib Mattress Protector Pad

Accidents, leaky diapers, and spilled bottles all go right into the mattress and create a perfect breeding ground for mold, dust mites, and GUNK!

The Softest Bamboo Rayon Fiber in Quilted Terry - Featuring superior comfort, high absorbency and stain protection for your crib.

The TRU Lite Baby's Bamboo Rayon Fiber Crib Mattress Protector is a must-have accessory for Moms.

The Benefits Include:

  • Super Soft Surface - you don't even need a sheet.
  • Highly Absorbent, Durable, Breathable, and Waterproof
  • Easy Maintenance - Machine wash on cold separately, Put in the dryer on low heat.
  • Easy to put on a standard crib mattress- Fits like a fitted sheet

CAUTION: High dryer temperatures will damage the waterproof layer

As with all TRU Lite products, the Baby's Bamboo Rayon Fiber Crib Mattress Protector is backed with a Lifetime Satisfaction no-hassle FREE replacement guarantee.

Retail Price: Starting at $24.99 (currently $17.99)
Where to Buy: Amazon

Monday, December 12, 2016

Jenaluca Scoop Set ~ Holiday Gift Guide 2016

No Holiday Gift Guide is complete without Jenalucas 3 piece elegant kitchen scoop gift set.  

Featured Item: Jenaluca Ice Cream Scoop, Cookie Scoop, Melon Scoop 3 Pc Gift Set 
    Included in this set is an ice cream, melon, and a cookie scoop.

CHEF QUALITY - The gleaming 18/8 stainless steel scoops are your culinary solution for elegant food preparation and professional results. Made from premium food grade stainless steel, these superior scoops contain no harmful chemicals or toxins to leach into your food. You can be confident of food safety, strength, and durability with these commercial quality kitchen tools for cooking and baking.

EASY TO USE - Thanks to the innovative cog-and-ratchet scoop with release system (no springs) these scoops relieve pressure on your wrist and hand. With no spring, this perfect scoop glides easily and does not require intense effort or tireless hand strength. Scoop after scoop, working through a large bowl of dough is a breeze. Thoughtfully designed with identical handles, this ergonomic scoop fits comfortably in the left or right hand.

~~ELEGANT GIFT PACKAGING - Each lustrous 18/8 stainless steel scoop is tucked in a plush royal blue velvet bag and all three scoops are placed in a shimmering silver gift box. Ideal bridal shower, wedding, engagement, anniversary, birthday, hostess and housewarming gifts. Perfect holiday gifts as well.

VERSATILE FOR MULTIPLE USES - Use this gourmet scooper to create beautifully rounded balls of ice-cream, sorbet, fruit, and meatballs, and perfectly portioned cookies, cupcakes, muffins, and more.  The Small measures 2 tsp, Medium 1-1/2 Tbl, and the Large 3 Tbl.

Easy to Use - Scoop, Squeeze, Release - Relieves Pressure on the Hand and Wrist

Ergonomic - Thoughtfully Designed - Identical Handles for Left or Right Handed Use

Safe for Home Use - Antibacterial, Food Safe Premium Stainless Steel

Durable and Dishwasher Safe - Won't Pit, Rust, or Corrode

Retail price: $49.95

Where to buy: Amazon

Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Perfect Gift for Your Favorite Cook ~ Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Shopping for a "foodie" this year? You are in luck... Next on our Holiday Gift Guide is the perfect gadget to have in the kitchen.  

Featured Product: JENALUCA Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Herbs Scissors with 5 Blades and Cover with Cleaning Comb.

Put your knives away! Snip herbs directly onto plates and pans with this easy to use herb kitchen scissor, Garnish your meals like a pro! And do it fast–keeping flavors crisp and clean, all while preserving healthy benefits of fresh herbs.

Say good-bye to tedious mincing and chopping with the most useful, fun kitchen gadget ever! Two snips with the sharp, finely balanced 5 blades equals 10 knife chops. One of your favorite kitchen gadgets for your home herb garden!

Snip herbs in perfectly sized pieces right onto plates and pans. Like the finest restaurants – garnish with finesse! Impress your family and friends. But hide your clever herb cutting scissors or they will take them home!

Professional chef results with minimum mess. One quick swipe with the cleaning comb end of the blade cover pushes stubborn clinging herbs right off. Hate clean up? Just rinse the blades and wash the herbs scissors in your dishwasher.

Better than silicone, the TPR interior handle provides a comfortable, soft grip. The premier choice in hand tool grips, TPR is light weight, soft touch, anti-abrasive, and recyclable. The accessory cover protects the five blades of your herb cutter when stored.


  • Snip herbs directly onto pizza, salad, casseroles and soups
  • Cut herbs without crushing, tearing or bruising
  • Retain fresh flavors and healthy benefits of fresh herbs
  • Save time with no hassle meal prep time and easy clean-up
  • Five 3 inch stainless steel sharp blades cut perfectly sized pieces
  • Sturdy plastic handle with protective, anti-abrasive TPR interior lining for soft, comfortable and cut-resistant grip
  • Hard plastic cover protects the 5 blades and gives safe storage
  • Cover doubles as a cleaning comb to brush away any herbs clinging to blades
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Use with Basil, Dill, Parsley, Rosemary, Chives, Mint, Cilantro; works with Onions, Mushrooms—even deli meat or dried fruit
  • Professional chef results with no mess or hassle!
  • Also great for arts, crafts, and shredding fabric or paper
  • Make the perfect wedding, shower, hostess, housewarming, birthday and holiday gifts! 

Retail Price: $19.95 (currently on sale for $12.97)

Where to buy: Amazon

Friday, December 9, 2016

The Ultimate Stainless Steel Water Bottle ~Holiday Gift Guide

The next item to be featured on our Holiday Gift Guide 2016 Edition is the perfect size Ultimate Stainless Steel Water Bottle by Ezisoul.

Feature Item: Ezisoul Ultimate Stainless Steel Water Bottle

A 13oz water bottle made from stainless steel water bottle which has the capability of keeping drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours. It does not sweat and it does not leak. The perfect beverage container for your kids.

*Stays Completely Dry & Won’t Leak Or Rust!* 
Whether you’re taking this to the gym, to the office, to a sporting event, or on your camping trip, our leak-free, sturdy stainless steel bottle will keep your beverages exactly how you put them in! Stop worrying about spills or sweating, our bottle will stay completely dry no matter the condition! No more rusting, metallic aftertaste, or dents! Trust our non-leaching cap to keep all of your liquids safe and secure no matter how rough you (or the kids) get! 

*The Only Bottle You’ll Need*
Not only are you helping to save the planet, you’re also saving on your pocket book! In addition to saving money on plastic bottles, you’re saving on cheap metal ones! Remember, you get what you pay for. If you’ve tried other products (even other steel water bottles) but weren’t happy with their performance…then you NEED to give ours a try! 

*Best Water Bottle Or Your Money Back!*
If you don’t love this incredible, superior stainless steel water bottle, we’ll refund you. It’s that simple. 

  • For COOL kids - both boys and girls
  • NO more wet school bags - leak proof and sweat free
  • Keeps drinks COLD or HOT all day
  • Built Tough to resist falls and scrapes
  • BPA and toxin free so you know your kids are safe

Brand Overview

"We at Ezisoul are passionate about bringing you great products. Our goal is to provide sustainable, safe and functional items that add to the wellness of you and the environment we live in. We combine this with great customer service and a positive shopping experience."  

We are currently offering customers insulated stainless steel water bottle, fruit infuser water bottle, and multi-port USB charger.

Retail Prices: $24.95 (currently marked down to $12.95)

Where to Buy: Amazon

My Review

The Ultimate bottle from Enzisoul is the perfect size for little hands, a backpack or a purse.    I love that this bottle is not only high quality but it is bpa and chemical free.  We put the leak proof cap to the test when it accidentally ended up at the bottom of my purse.  I was still impressed that it didn't leak or sweat.  Although I filled it with tons of ice cubes, I was impressed with just how long the water stayed cold.  It washes well in the dishwasher  which is always a plus.  I think the size is perfect and compared to other stainless steel bottles the price is right.  Overall, my kids and I really enjoyed this water bottle and would purchase again. This would make a cool stocking stuffer!