Tuesday, October 21, 2014

VTech Go Go Smart Friends {Written by Emilee}

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Have you heard of VTech Go! Go! Smart Friends? VTech has some pretty amazing and fun toys so I was excited when they contacted me with an opportunity.
Go! Go! Smart Friends™ features adorable, colorful playsets and chunky characters that infuse traditional role-play with modern technology and are packed with personality.

Each set features MagicPoint™ locations that bring the characters and playsets to life with lights, sounds, music and motion, while delivering manipulative play features and charming details, giving children a comprehensive, multi-faceted play experience.

Additionally, the Go! Go! Smart Friends Busy Sounds Discovery Home™ includes VTech’s innovative, new MagicChat™ feature which allows two figures* to chat and sing songs together. 

Go! Go! Smart Friends™ are available exclusively at Toys“R”Us® stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com.

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Refuge from the Storm by Boyd K. Packer {Written by Tiffany}

A Refuge from the storm 
by Boyd K. Packer
is our next book to review.

In our tempestuous day, where can we turn for refuge
It is no surprise to anyone familiar with prophecy that the latter days are stormy ones. "We live in a very dangerous world that threatens those things that are most spiritual," writes President Boyd K. Packer. "The adversary is about. His objective is to cause injury." 

But there is a place of strength and peace, a true refuge from the storm. In this powerful book, President Packer discusses the priesthood, the family, and the Church, three important forces that, working together, create a haven from the world. "The gospel of Jesus Christ enables individuals to become exalted by being part of eternal families," he writes. "The gospel contains the purpose, the doctrine, and the plan. The priesthood is the power and the authority. The Church has the means and organization. The exalted, eternal family is the end of the gospel plan." 

This apostolic counsel will help you build an unshakable foundation for eternity by strengthening your understanding of core doctrine regarding the priesthood, the family, and the Church.

About the Author:

BOYD K. PACKER, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has been a member of that quorum since 1970 and a General Authority since 1961. Immediately prior to that, he was the supervisor of seminaries and institutes for the Church. He is a former president of the New England States Mission.

President Packer was born in Brigham City, Utah. He served as a pilot in the United States Air Force during World War II and later obtained his doctorate in education from Brigham Young University. He is the author of several best-selling books, including The Holy Temple, That All May Be Edified, and Teach Ye Diligently.
He and his wife, Donna Edith Smith Packer, are the parents of ten children.

In my opinion:
I had the privilege to review “A Refuge from the Storm,” by Boyd K. Packer.  I was excited to read his newest book, due to the fact that when I read “Teach ye Diligently,” I felt inspired to become a better teacher in my callings at church and in the home. 

In this wonderful book, President Packer discusses the family, Church and priesthood as a strength, refuge and haven from the world, also described as the storm. I love President Packer’s quote, “True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior. The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior.” President Packer’s counsel in this book encouraged me and helped my understanding grow of true doctrine regarding the priesthood, family and the Church.

I couldn’t get enough of his apostolic words. Sometimes I feel anxious and worried about raising children, particularly teenagers, in this world. The adversary is targeting the family. It’s very difficult to stand strong in the gospel. As I read this book, I felt peace and hope knowing that as we try our best, we need not fear. We will be able to withstand the temptations in the world. I recommend this book to anyone striving to live the gospel, no matter what your individual or family situation is. I love President Packer’s honest testimony and conviction of the gospel. This is a book to read in these latter days!

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Visions of Hope by Annie Henrie {Written by Emilee}

 Visions of Hope-An illustrated portrayal of God's plan for us is perfect for your family.


The most fundamental questions in our lives—questions about where we came from, why we are here, and where we are gonig—are answered when we have a true understanding of the plan of salvation. Now, our understanding is deepened and enlivened by this beautifully illustrated depiction of God's eternal plan for His children. In her unique, richly textured style, fine artist Annie Henrie offers a visual interpretations of the plan of salvation, including pre-earth life, the Creation, the Fall of Adam and Eve, life on earth, the spirit world, the Atonement and the Resurrection, and the kingdoms of glory. Accompanied by text from the scriptures, each exquisite image testifies of God's love for us and of His plan of happiness.

About the Author:

ANNIE HENRIE graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree from Brigham Young University in April 2012, and since the age of sixteen she has shown her work in galleries, including Bronze Coast Gallery in Cannon Beach, Oregon; Authentique Gallery in St. George, Utah; and Deseret Book stores. Annie grew up in Bountiful, Utah, and is the daughter of Cary and Sauni Henrie. Her father, also a professional artist, has taught his daughter how to paint and draw since she was in kindergarten. Annie’s work is inspired by her experiences serving as a missionary in southern England and studying Renaissance art in Italy. She currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.

In my opinion:

The illustrations by Annie Henrie were superb and professionally well done. I thought it was a great idea to illustrate the plan of salvation in a very simple artistic way.  Annie is a very talented artist and I'm so grateful she shared her talents with all of us. The scriptures used went perfectly with her art work. It was also an easy way to teach my son about the plan of salvation. It kept his attention and I'm pretty sure he will remember the art work better with Visions of Hope. Very well done and I definitely recommend it to all families.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Smart Kids Bright Futures Giveaway

The Smart Kids, Bright Futures Giveaway has begun! Smart Playrooms is all about encouraging creative and independent play to complement your child's schooling. The Westchester and CT-based duo of teachers organizes amazing, smart playrooms for families and businesses and wants to combine their love of teaching with their support of amazing businesses. Join us in this exciting giveaway to encourage families to get active, have fun, and support creative play!

28 amazing brands have come together to give you a chance to win ALL of these awesome products!

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Smart Playrooms
Smart Playrooms is owned and operated by two teachers with many years of classroom experience and expertise. They bring the most effective classroom organization techniques and learning strategies into your home. The Smart Playrooms System includes nine learning centers from pretend play, games, music and movement, building, to a literacy center and more.
Using the most effective classroom organization techniques and learning strategies, Smart Playrooms will design and organize your play area to encourage creative, independent play. Watch your children play with the toys that you already own, instead of getting bored and constantly asking for new ones.
Green Eyed Nutrition
Feeding your family well and ensuring that everyone is meeting their nutritonal needs can be difficult at times. Sometimes we just need a little help to get things organized. A family nutrition consult by a registered dietitian-nutritionist is what you need. During this one hour consult we'll assess where your family eating habits are, do some troubleshooting and put together a simple meal plan that is healthy and easy to prepare. Healthy snack ideas and recipes are included.
Cardiff Products
Nothing is worse than a sore neck from sleeping uncomfortably in the back seat of a car. Avoid the dreaded head bob (or if multiple kids are in the back — the head bump) with the Cardiff Booster Seat Headrest. This revolutionary, new device provides support and comfort for a child asleep in a moving vehicle. Its thoughtful design can also accommodate users of all sizes. By attaching to your vehicle’s existing headrest with a simple, universal mount, the Booster Seat Headrest provides lateral support to keep a child’s head and body upright; comfortably aligned in the seat as they sleep. If the kids catch a good nap while in the car they will be well-rested and not cranky!
Order Out Of Chaos OOOC Our Academic Planner: A Tool for Time Management keeps students on task, on time and on track. It's unique design allows students to first "see" their available blocks of time during the school week so they can plan when they will get their assignments done and learn to manage their time. http://www.orderoochaos.com Southwest Beverages sippity Sippity® hot cocoa mix has been scientifically designed and uniquely blended into a dry mix form that contains all the ingredients necessary for you to enjoy the ultimate hot cocoa beverage experience. All of our ingredients are premium quality selected from the best American suppliers. All products are 100 % gluten free and 99.9 % caffeine free. Easy Microwavable. For diet conscious consumers, our low calorie, Sippity Lite® products offer the same great taste as our Sippity® sugar blends flavors but less than 2 grams of sugar per serving. Available in 6 delicious gourmet flavors: chocolate, chocolate marshmallow, chocolate cinnamon, pumpkin spice, chocolate peppermint and chocolate raspberry. http://www.southwestbeverages.com DFM Stationery DFM DFM Stationery offers everything from personalized stationery to birth announcements, Holiday cards, and many other gift/hostess items! Winner receives 25 personalized notecards from any of the lines that are shown on the website which can be found on the Brand's page. http://www.dfmstationery.com ZizzyBee Bags zizzybee ZizzyBee Bags are handy, compact, reusable, washable storage bags convenient for every part of your life. The neat freak in your family will love that they help you store and organize just about anything! From diapers/wipes, make-up and sports gear, to even purse clutter these trendy bags makes organization easy and they’re see-through so you can easily find what you’re looking for. Reduce single-use bag waste while keeping life’s clutter cleaned up. With two eco-friendly bag sizes to choose from, ZizzyBee Bags are a perfect fit for storage and organizational needs. www.zizzybeebags.com Hello Beach hellobeach Our lightweight tote is made of half mesh, so the sand shakes right out. The perfect bag for shell seekers! The top half is 100 cotton, while the bottom half is made of durable woven mesh. Unlike traditional bulky bags and plastic buckets, our totes fold small to conveniently fit in luggage for airline travel to oversea destinations. Created by a mom and hand sewn in the USA! Eco-friendly and Reusable. http://www.hello-beach.com Jumbo Dog Artbooks jumbodog Jumbo Dog will offer $100 off of any order of a glass or hardcover book. We take your children's art and other mementos and create beautiful coffee table books. At Jumbo Dog, we think there’s a better way to enjoy all those precious items you’ve saved. We scan and photograph your child’s artwork and mementos and create beautiful, custom glass or hard cover books, designed to last a lifetime. http://jumbodogartbooks.com/ Jangala Tribal Warriors Jangala-giveaway-graphic Jangala Tribal Warriors: Living, Growing and Learning From The Heart is the first book of a series designed to increase children’s capacity to handle their feelings and conflicts while building healthy and strong relationships. The concepts are based on positive psychology, Nurtured Heart® language and rational thinking skill building. Two of the younger characters, Nina and Gabby get entangled in a conflict that stemmed from teasing and we learn how the entire tribe stands together to make change for the better in their Jangala -a magical rainforest where peaceful, loving communities and tribes are the norm and expectation. http://www.jangalatribalwarriors.com Fun Wraps funwraps Fun Wraps are one of a kind, kid-friendly compression bandages with an easy starter loop and velcro closure. Perfect for athletic, active kids with funky fresh style. Keep them in lockers, backpacks and first aid kits. Serious Support. Serious Style. http://www.funwrapsbsi.com/ Sleeping Baby sleepingbaby The Flying Squirrel PJ was created due to a demand for a product to follow the size LARGE Zipadee-Zip! This cute eLOVEphant designed PJ is made from a soft, breathable cotton blend fabric. This Pajama is designed to go up to size 5T and has the same general shape as the Zipadee-Zip BUT has OPTIONAL HAND AND FOOT COVERINGS! The fit is designed to be baggy…kind of like MC Hammer Pants! :) This allows a little one to wear them for a long time and to enable you to pull down the wrist and ankle cuffs over the hands and feet to turn them into hand coverings and socks for bed-time! They can then be rolled back for play time! http://www.sleepingbaby.com The Minkey by Olie olie The Minkey by Olie is a patented one in all winter garment for all babies and toddlers, it is one garment that combines gloves, scarf, and hat all in one! The Minkey is very easy to use you simply pull on the Minkey over the child's head just like a baklava hat and it will keep the child's head, ears, neck, throat, arms and the hands warm and dry. The amazing thing about the Minkey is that it stays on even though your child doesn't want it to so no more lost gloves, no more lost hats and no more cold and grumpy children. The Minkey keeps your child warm and dry all winter long in just one piece. http://www.theolie.com Star Kids Snack & Play Travel Tray starkids
Star Kids Products is an innovative children’s product manufacturer that specializes in making fun and safe products for busy, traveling families. We specialize in safe and easy-to-clean products to make life easier when traveling with children whether via car on road trips, railroad or by plane.
spbang's unique, durable and environmentally friendly snack bags are crafted with food safe material that contains no lead, no BPA and no phthalates. Imagine having the material used normally for hard food storage containers in the form of a soft bag. The best part is you can put them on the bottom rack of your dishwasher daily and they come out sparkling clean. Whether they are in your kids lunchboxes, storing crayons, on a plane or at the pool/beach, they are perfect for families on the go!
Jinja Jewelry
Jinja Jewelry draws inspiration for its beautiful, high quality, handmade coral and silver jewelry from local and global trends in affordable jewelry and accessories. The best ideas are carefully crafted into an eclectic line of jewelry using local beach coral for necklaces, bracelets, and rings along with silver, rhodium, and semiprecious stones. Each piece of beautiful Jinja Jewelry is lovingly hand crafted by the people in Bali through a difficult and time consuming process for your wearing pleasure.
Diaper Bag Dailies
Diaper Bag Dailies revolutionizes the way diaper bags are packed. They're a "crib sheet" for parenthood! We prep, you schlep! Everything you need in a prepacked kit. Just add baby! Winner receives a bundle of essentials for your diaper bag including diapers, wipes, onesie, nail files, tissues, and more.
Rockin' Green
Rockin’ Green is made for families that care about taking care of themselves and the Earth. We can all do our part for the environment while doing something good for ourselves. Rockin’ Green products are made with a biodegradable plant-based and petroleum-free surfactant. They are septic and grey-water safe. They are never tested on animals. www.rockingreensoap.com Rock-a-Thigh Baby RTB Made in USA, eco-friendly, thigh-length socks (like legwarmers with feet). Rock-a-Thighs are a fashionable alternative to girl tights and are "THE socks that stay on!" Rock-a-Thighs are available in many different designs and in six sizes ranging from 0-6m up to 6-8yr. http://www.RTBsocks.com PunkinWrap punkinwrap   The PunkinLinks and PunkinSnaps function as a baby-safe clip to attach toys to baby gear and were designed to work with the PunkinWrap to keep it linked to virtually any baby transportation system. The links and snaps are BPA, PVC, PET, and Phthalate free so they are safe for baby to play with and even chew on as a teether. They are also made for various uses so parents can get creative with them! They are made in the USA and come in gift-boxed packages of 12 PunkinLinks and 4 PunkinSnaps so you can gift to any parent. http://www.punkinwrap.com Baby Dipper babydipper The patented Baby Dipper bowl means true one-handed feeding of infants and toddlers. The unique combination of features includes a non-slip base, a triangular shape, and a slanted interior surface that leads to a spoon-shaped corner for collecting the food. Parents have a free hand while feeding an infants (or more). Toddlers learn easily how to feed themselves when they do not have to chase the food in the bowl and the bowl across the table. The Baby Dipper bowl also assists older children or even adults who have difficulties feeding themselves. http://www.babydipper.com Wristy Buddy wristy Wristy Buddy is a one piece teething wristband comprised of a wristband with an absorbent animal in the center, a textured teething attachment, and a satin attachment. Wristy Buddy is designed for babies that are teething that haven't developed the motor skills to hold traditional teething objects. Babies that can't grasp toys can manipulate Wristy Buddy. Wristy Buddy is made of absorbent materials to help keep little faces and clothing dry. Its various textures and colors engage and stimulate. It is easily accessible to your teething baby and is more sanitary than traditional teething objects. http://www.wristybuddy.com GourGanics gourganics GourGanics is a local organic salsa and simmer sauce made by a Fairfield, CT mom using organic produce grown in Connecticut and New York. It's extra thick and specially created not only to be eaten right out of the jar as a salsa, but to be used in cooking as a delicious simmer sauce. http://www.gourganics.com TrueMoon truemoon A kit preparing girls for their first moon cycle, complete with tips for parents, fun, factual information, a dry erase chart, carry case, girl's first keepsake, and organic tampons. http://www.mytruemoon.com Pee-kaboo Potty Sticker peekaboo The pee-kaboo reusable potty training sticker is a unique and fun way to potty train your child and helps you overcome the ultimate potty training obstacle-actually getting your child to want to use the potty again and again. Simply place your pee-kaboo reusable potty training sticker in the base of a flat-bottomed portable potty seat and watch what happens. Each time your child successfully uses the potty, "peekaboo!", a charming image magically appears. Your child is instantly rewarded for their efforts and is excited to use the potty again! "I want to see the butterfly", your child exclaims. Sure, you say, all you have to do is pee-pee in the potty and peekaboo! - No more begging your child to go to the potty, and no more trips to the store for costly rewards. Just potty training transformed from trying to triumphant! http://peekaboopottysticker.com ChicoBag chicobag Take your commitment to a reusable lifestyle one step further by replacing your single-use sandwich bags with Snack Time rePETe! Each Snack Time set includes three reusable snack and sandwich bags that feature a fold-over, hook-and-loop closure system that expands to fit a full-size sandwich, or folds over for smaller snack items. The reusable bags feature a food-safe, water and stain resistant liner that makes for easy cleaning. Each reusable snack pouch is machine washable and complete with a stylish, subtle print. Made of 78% recycled content. http://www.chicobag.com/ Baby Jack Blankets babyjack Babies develop cognitively, socially and emotionally through sensory play. Baby Jack and Company designed an educational print that teaches the alphabet, numbers 1-10, shapes and colors in a primary color palette. This sensory tag blanket is a great educational tool and provides entertainment and comfort in a security blanket. http://babyjackblankets.com Castle & Bay Sphinx Personal Lounger castleandbay Bridging the gap between inflatables and hard chairs the compact two-piece Sphinx Personal Lounger is perfect for the student at home or in the dorm, it is great for the beach/pool, for the meditator, the sunbather, and the traveler. It allow you to read comfortable on your stomach, lounge on your backside, use it as a chair, a lap tray or as a kick board in the water. The Sphinx has a cup holder, cooler/storage and stows in its own mesh carry bag with a shoulder strap. Take it with you anywhere, it easily fits in your beach bag or your suitcase. It only weighs 2 lbs., takes 12 breaths to inflate and deflates to the size of a loaf of bread. http://www.castleandbay.com


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