Exciting GAME for Under the Tree

Holiday Toy Idea

Holiday Game Must Have

Watch Ya’ Mouth Throwdown Edition is the evolution of the original, wildly popular, hilarious Watch Ya’ Mouth game. Rather than just speak phrases, players now go head-to-head with hilarious and challenging tasks – while wearing mouthpieces. Throwdown Edition takes competition – and laughter – to the next level and builds on the multigenerational gaming phenomena.

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Watch Ya’ Mouth

Throwdown Edition has already been Awarded Top Holiday Toy of 2017 by Toy Insider & selected for the 2017 Amazon Holiday Toy List.

 

Want a hilarious family game to play during the Holidays?

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Click HERE: Watch Ya’ Mouth Throwdown

 

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Deck the Halls- Before the Holidays with Canvas on Demand

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Canvas On Demand has awesome gifts for everyone on your list! Based in Raleigh, NC, @canvasondemand has everything you need to get your shopping done early.

They offer more than just canvas prints. From incredible photo-to-canvas art for parents, Coloring Canvas for kids, and customizable photo gifts, including ornaments & more, Canvas On Demand can help with your holiday haul.

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For a limited time, they’re offering my readers a whopping 60% off your entire order at Canvas On Demand with code USFAM. Select from canvas prints and more! Valid until 12/12/17. #mycanvasondemand

Coupon Code: HERE

Would LOVE to hear from you!

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Learning Colors- Our Colorful Moments


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Over the Rainbow

Learning about colors is quintessential to early-education learners.  Since both of my kids were born I read books to them and answered their growing amounts of questions as they’ve grown through the years.  Now at 4 & 5 we make time to play outside, paint, create, and discover the world around us.

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Craft Fun with Goldfish Colors

Who doesn’t like to play with their food?  My little girl created a rainbow out of the new Goldfish Colors and matched the one on the cinder-block wall that we drew with sidewalk chalk. I love that the Goldfish crackers are whole grain and baked with 100% real cheddar cheese.  Em just loves the fact that they are different colors.

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After-school Snack & Craft Time

My sweet kindergartner asked how the Goldfish crackers now had colors… and I was able to describe the different food and juices used to color each of them.

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Whole Grain Goldfish Baked Crackers

Red: The red Goldfish crackers are colored using a mix of red beet juice concentrate and paprika extracted from sweet red peppers.

Green: The green Goldfish crackers color comes from watermelon & Huito juice concentrates mixed with extracted Turmeric.

Yellow: The yellow Goldfish crackers color comes from extracted Turmeric.

Blue: Our subtle blue crackers come from Huito (derived from South American fruit) and Watermelon juice concentrates.

We had to Google Huito as both of us had never heard of that before and VOILA, I was able to answer another of the hundreds of questions I get asked by my sweet kiddos.

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Quality Time Outside

Craft Time:

Figuring Out Primary Colors

Items Needed:

Rectangular Baking Dish

1-2 cups of milk

Red Food Dye

Yellow Food Dye

Green Food Dye

 

Science Behind the Experiment?  How primary colors are mixed to form new colors.

Well the milk will be the base for the color.  So as you pour in the milk to coat the bottom of the dish (make sure there is at least a centimeter covering the dish) you can discuss how that is the white background for the color experiment.  Now drop in three drops of red in one corner, three drops of yellow in one corner, and three drops of green in one corner.  Now from your position you should have them describe the colors in the tray.  The colors should not be mixing at this time.

Now your children can be instructed to gently blow on the colors moving the color dyes slowly closer together.  Make sure the tray is not touched, nor their mouths get too close to the milk (they should not consume this).  As the colors gently mix you can discuss how blue, purple, and orange are made.

A visual helps active learners with concepts and getting them involved in their own learning with an experiment?  Makes the information that much easier to understand.

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Goldfish Colors Baked Crackers

Now you can join the fun and help VOTE for the next Goldfish color.  Simply CLICK HERE >>> Vote for Color and you will help decide!

 

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What color are you going to vote for?  I voted for blue!

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A Whole New Year- I am the Captain of my Soul

Be KIND. For everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. 💙
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You never really know a person’s story. There are so many pieces to my story, my life. I try to project positivity because the world is hard enough. Hope that I can teach the next few generations that being a bystander in life is giving their implicit approval. Speak up, Show up, and NEVER give up.

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The past year has proven to be a journey unto itself. Moved out to the country. Made moves to be able to work my dream job- cough cough- hard work pays off.  Let myself move on.  I gave myself some much needed grace.  I know that I deserve happiness.  I am bigger than my circumstances.  I am stronger than my circumstances.

Small Bucket List?

AP Seminar Certification

Teach US History

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Style the Farmhouse

Family Trips

Now back to 2017.

So far I was able to get certified to teach AP Seminar, a spectacular new approach to teaching that is changing lives.  I am teaching over 100 kind souls US History.  I coached HS Varsity Track.  Now I am the Head Coach of the Varsity Boy’s Soccer Team. My Farmhouse?  Feels like home. Family trips were made to San Diego this summer and I relished in the sound of kids laughing, sand in my toes (and ear if we’re honest).

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2017? 2017 has been one of the hardest years emotionally.

But through the pain, there grew tremendous opportunities, and pure joy.

Invictus Poem

Invictus

BY WILLIAM ERNEST HENLEY

Out of the night that covers me,
      Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
      For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
      I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
      My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
      Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
      Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
      How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
      I am the captain of my soul.
Years ago I memorized this poem.  The power of words knows no bounds. Sometimes, just sometimes, you need to say the words until you believe them yourself. OVER and OVER.
I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.
What words helped you in your time of need? Would love to hear from you!

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High School Coach & Nutrition on the Run


 

The second quarter of the school year has just ended and this High School Coach is ready for a break!  As a busy mother of two, AP Teacher, and Varsity Boy’s Soccer Coach my schedule is constantly in flux.  Making sure that everyone has everything they need in the classroom, at home, and on the field is taxing.  Check out how I have made sure I don’t crash during the 15 hour days I put in with teaching and then coaching.

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Every morning at 5AM I throw breakfast, lunch, and snacks into my teacher cooler and head out the door with coffee in hand.  My car smells like the Soccer Field and the coffee in my hands helps just a bit… but good lord.  With all of the brain power, mom power, and coaching power flowing throughout the day I can get pretty burned out.  To stop the mid-day slump I grab one of the Dannon®Oikos® Nonfat from my cooler I keep in my classroom.

Grab Nutrition On The Run

Dannon®Oikos® Nonfat

The Dannon®Oikos® Nonfat Yogurt Drinks come in packs of four and I am loving the Vanilla Flavor.  There are 10g of Protein per 7 fl oz and Zero Added Sugar!  I love that it is easy to grab on my weekly trip to Walmart.  The four packs are easy to grab and store in my fridge.

High School Soccer Coach- Grab Nutrition On The Run

Dannon® Light & Fit® Nonfat Yogurt

I wanted to try the other new option this week before practice.  The quarter was coming to an end (I teach at a Year-Round-Schedule School) grades were due, students were antsy, and the heat just won’t quit here in the Valley of the Sun.  So I relished in the Strawberry Dannon® Light & Fit® Nonfat Yogurt before coaching a field full of soccer players.  Energy levels were maintained and I finished the week strong.

 

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 High School Varsity Coach

Check out this fabulous offer from ibotta!  Click HERE —-> ibotta Offer for Dannon Yogurt Drinks

I love being able to not hit that mid-day slump!  There is just no time for down time!

Oikos- Grab Nutrition On The Run

Keeping my Energy Levels High

How do you keep your energy levels high?!?

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