Friday, July 26, 2013

Zymbol Jewelry Giveaway

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes as part of a Karma Media Team campaign. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

Zymbol is a unique symbolic jewelry with a different message every time you look at it. An accidental alphabet was discovered in the design by the company founder. The cool thing about the design is that is contains ALL the letters of the English alphabet and ALL the numbers, hidden in plain sight. Simply beautiful. 

A Giveaway~~ Woot!!

View my full Review of Zymbol HERE 

10 Winners must choose between Large or Small Pewter Pendant, Etched Dog Tag Pendant, Wood Pendant and Acrylic Pendant of their color choice. You can view the website here www.zymbol.net  and see the items we are giving away. 

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Learn At Home with Legos Series day 1 #homeschool #education

“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent
perspiration.” Thomas Edison

I have started using some of our favorite little toys to create learning tools for my homeschoolers. I thought I might share a few days worth of posts on all the wonderful things out there in the blogosphere you can find to homeschool with Legos. Boy there are a ton of resources out there, free resources, all you need is the Legos (some libraries actually loan them), a printer and your usual craft/art supplies to create lapbooks or notebooks if you please.

Our first stop was to learn about the toy itself, where did it come from, how was it made, when was it made etc. We already had the huge book on Legos (you can find on Amazon). I found several more additions to our homeschool library on Amazon.com. Here are a only a few I really like or ordered for myself.

This Infographic has some great information about the Timeline of Lego and the company!

The many Worlds of LEGO #lego

Stay tuned for some great lapbooking and notebooking resources on day 2 of my Learn at Home with Legos Series. For now we are going to play and learn!

Karma Media Team

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Wordful Wednesday: The Glass Of Grateful

Rejoice today that you have what you have, no matter how small your possessions are. Be grateful and thank God daily for what you do have. Our society today has become such a want it now, need it now society. Slow down and stop to smell the rain, enjoy a butterfly fluttering along, remember to tell your family and friends you love them, give hugs, think of others and pass on random acts of kindness. Fill your glass with beautiful things and always be grateful even if your glass is empty, it is waiting for a refill.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Interactive and Inspiring Hidden Message "Zymbol" Jewelry #review

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes as part of a Karma Media Team campaign. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

Zymbol is a unique symbolic jewelry with a different message every time you look at it. An accidental alphabet was discovered in the design by the company founder. The cool thing about the design is that is contains ALL the letters of the English alphabet and ALL the numbers, hidden in plain sight.

As a homeschooling mom I found Zymbol to be especially helpful teaching my youngest the alphabet and her numbers. Watch the video as I explain some more:

Sorry the sound is so low, you need to turn up your speakers, my uploaded video sound for some reason was way lower than my recorded sound.

www.zymbol.net to order your unique design today! 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Bon Appetit Cookware ~~European Culinary Specialties #Review

To visit the Bon Appe'tit Cookware store online store is not only a delight but a lesson is fine cooking. With tools that are meant for the casual cook who wants to increase their skills, the professional serious cook or maybe the person who just wants a beautiful kitchen with high end "display" items that will make any kitchen shine. I recently bought myself some higher end cookware and spent the money for quality, I will agree ... you sure do get what you pay for, cheap is cheap for a reason. My new cookware is so pretty, easy to cook with and easy to clean. Not to mention much safer for my family, my old cheap cookware was coming apart and leaving flecks of metal in my food, yuck. I will spend the extra to buy better quality now.

Today I have a treat for you, a fabulous recipe to enjoy from the Bon Appetit Kitchens and a 15% off discount code to order online in the store!!


Curry Chicken with Shirataki Noodles

Fast, easy, and full of flavor, this dish does not disappoint!  And, shirataki noodles have no gluten, no carbs, no fat, no calories!  Or you can substitute any noodle you choose.


1    pound shirataki noodles (or 1/4 pound of your favorite dry noodle)
2    chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, diced
1    quart chicken broth
2    carrots, julienned
2    garlic cloves, minced
1    tablespoon fresh ginger, finely grated
1/2    tablespoon curry powder
pinch of red pepper flakes, optional
chopped cilantro
3    green onion, sliced

What you'll need:

Here's how:

1.    Drain shirataki noodles in a strainer in the sink and rinse thoroughly with cold running water.  Set aside to drain.
2.    Add all ingredients except cilantro and green onion to pot and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to a low simmer and simmer covered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3.    Squeeze noodles in strainer to drain additional liquid.  Add to pot and simmer an additional 5 minutes to heat noodles.  (If using a dry noodle, add it now and cook according to the package instructions)
4.    Place into bowls using tongs, ladle a small amount of the broth over, and garnish with cilantro and green onion.

VARIATION:  You can add a can of coconut milk when preparing the broth to give it a little creamier texture, but we found it didn't really add much.....except cost.
 Recipe created by Bon Appétit Test Kitchen.  © Bon Appétit! LLC 2013, all rights reserved.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I am Batman, superhero fashion via Polyvore #fashion

PolyVore, my new addiction...lol ,one of my daughter's loves Batman so we created this Batman themed set complete with a cute shorts set, hat, Chuck Taylors and more!
I am Batman... #polyvore fashion set

What is in the photo? Wanna purchase any of the above?
$9.01 - missrebel.co.uk

Rare London cotton shorts
$15 - rarelondon.com


Pieces jewelry
$13 - pieces.com


Chain necklace

Cell phone case

Snapback hat

Fingerless glove
$89 - black.co.uk

Topshop lips makeup

$20 - colette.fr

Nail polish

Love this video, we can all be Batman!! 

Have a fabulous day! 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Criticism vs Cruelty Know The Difference and Encourage A Change

I love this part of an article taken from "Momaquery" talking about Criticism vs Cruelty. As women, bloggers, writers, forum posters, leaders or just plan old social media posting we are confronted daily by negativeness that spawns from some deep dark place inside others. The cruel remarks that are made online to others, cyber bullying to a point is uncalled for. Sometimes it is better to keep your negative feelings to yourself and encourage others instead. Find the good in others and situations and focus on those. It is no wonder so many of our teenagers are committing suicide these days over negative bully type behavior that is reflected online toward them. These kids are learning it from their parents. Help make this planet a better place and stop complaining about it all the time!

Quoted from Glennon Doyle Melton
"I am worried about the next generation of truth-telling sisters who see all the internet cruelty and wonder if truth telling is worth the risk. Anne Lamott once said that the great thing about being a writer is that “they can’t boo you right away.” This was important to her because writers have to make themselves so incredibly vulnerable.  It seems crucial to have a buffer between the writer’s offering to the world and the world’s response to that offering. But it’s different now. In the internet generation, our writers are getting booed right away and that changes some things. It really does. Writers tend to be sensitive souls and many of us can’t withstand the barrage of negativity and anonymous pot shots and judgement. So some of us decide to stay quiet. And in turn, the rest of us miss out on hearing some really important, precious, life-giving voices. I know this for a fact, because I know many writers who've decided to lay low, to stay out of the internet fray by keeping their writing private. I know brilliant women from whom you need to hear but they can’t stand the idea of laying themselves and their families on the internet chopping block. And I get it.
If we keep up the constant attacks on our writers, I’m worried we won’t have any left.
And about this- “If they put themselves out there, they’re asking for it” argument . . . are you sure?
Is my vulnerability your free pass to be cruel? Is my exposure your free pass to abandon all goodness and decency and self control? Are you sure about that?
Because that excuse sounds dangerously close to the courtroom argument that if a woman shows herself, she deserves whatever comes next. Her skirt was too short- I could see her legs- she was asking for it. Her shirt was cut too low- I could see her breasts- she was asking for it. She wrote too truthfully- I could see her heart- she asked for it.
If a woman decides to reveal a part of herself- that is not an excuse for other people to hurt her. And if you do decide to hurt her where she’s vulnerable- if you see a part of her that’s showing and pounce on that part- if you sink your teeth into her exposed flesh – that shows who YOU are, not who she is.
Revealing the truth about who God made me does not release you from your responsibility to be a decent human being.
Be critical, fine, that’s fair. But don’t be cruel. Every damn one of us knows the difference.
If you are not kind on the internet, then you’re not kind.
Love Wins,
Glennon Doyle Melton,  truth teller +hope spreader"
Thank you Glennon for inspiring me tonight to get that off my chest, I want to raise loving compassionate children that can use constructive criticism to grow and learn from, not knock others down. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Tuesday Tips: 31 Cleaning Tips Using Vinegar #green #cleaning

Vinegar is a crazy cleaning machine, even though the smell is not pleasant, you can save a ton of money by adding this power cleaner to your list of weapons against dirt and grime. I started buying white vinegar in the big gallon jugs now. I add some essential oils like peppermint, lavender and sometimes tea tree oil to my spray vinegar bottle to help with the scent. Using the vinegar in my laundry instead of fabric softener has really helped clean my clothes better also (just put it in the fabric softener area of your washer instead, about a half cup or so each wash). We have all real wood floors and I use water/vinegar/essential oil mixture to keep them clean and germ free since we have several pets in the house.

1. Counter tops - clean with a rag and vinegar.
2. Drain or garbage disposal - pour in 1 cup baking soda then one cup hot vinegar. Let sit for 5 minutes. Run hot water down the drain. (Note: some garbage disposals do not react well to this cleaning method check all manufacturer instructions first.)
3. Microwave - mixing equal parts vinegar and water in a microwave-safe bowl. Bring it to a boil inside the microwave. Wipe clean.
4. Refrigerator - clean with a half-and-half solution of water and vinegar.
5. Dishwasher - pour a cup of vinegar inside an empty machine and run through cycle.
6. Plastic food containers - wipe them with a cloth dampened with vinegar to remove stains and smells.
7. Lunch Box - place inside a slice of bread that has been soaked in vinegar and leave overnight to remove odors.
8. Glass - remove film from the inside by letting vinegar sit in them for a few hours. Add a little rice or sand and shake vigorously to loosen stubborn stains. Repeat if necessary.
9. Mini Blinds - Dip gloved fingers into a solution of equal parts vinegar and warm tap water. Run your fingers across both sides of each blind.
10. Tarnished Metal - make a paste with equal amounts of vinegar and table salt.
11. Grease - use a sponge soaked in vinegar.
12. Sponges - placing in just enough water to cover them. Then add 1/4 cup vinegar. Let soak overnight.
13. Grout - let full-strength vinegar sit on it for a few minutes and scrub it with an old toothbrush.
14. Germs - spray with full-strength vinegar. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
15. Mildew and soap scum - wipe with undiluted vinegar then rinse.
16. Toilets - pour in a cup or more of vinegar and let it sit several hours or overnight. Scrub well with the toilet brush and flush.
17. Stale odors - wiping down with undiluted vinegar on a rag.
18. Wood - remove water rings with a solution of equal parts vinegar and vegetable oil. Rub with the grain.
19. Scissors - clean off sticky residue with a cloth dipped in vinegar.
20. Odors - place a bowl of vinegar in the room overnight.
21. Hands - Wipe your hands with vinegar to remove strong scents like onion and garlic, as well as stains from fruit juices.
22. Cutting boards - wipe wooden boards with vinegar.
23. Dusting - use spray bottle filled with half vinegar, half water and lightly spray a rag to dust all surfaces.
24. Mildew - spray shower walls and shower curtain with half vinegar and half water to help prevent mildew.
25.Grill - spray a solution of half water and half vinegar on the cooking surface.
26.Sanitize kids’ toys: fill a clean bucket (or bathtub) with hot water and a cup or two of vinegar. Soak the toys, then lay out on a towel or cloth and let air dry.
27.Spiff up vinyl baby books or board books: wipe with white distilled vinegar. Wipe clean with a damp sponge or cloth.
28.When your hands get stinky after slicing onions: pour vinegar over your hands to get rid of the odors. 
29.Show off that bouquet your husband gave you: to keep cut flowers fresh, add 2 tablespoons vinegar and 1 teaspoon sugar for each quart of water.
30.Keep the air in the bathroom fresh: make a solution of 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar, and 1 cup water. Put in a spray bottle and spray as needed.
31.Don't let your washing machine smell bad: Once a month pour one cup of vinegar into the washing machine and run the machine through a normal cycle, without clothes.

Have a great day!!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Back 2 School Paypal cash giveaway!

It's almost Back 2 School time and Uncreative Mommy wants to help 1 luck winner get everything they need this year!!
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