Friday, May 30, 2014

Zingo! Word Builder Game By ThinkFun Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
Now that I'm a mom, I'm always on the look out for fun and educational games that my family can play.  Especially on the look out for games geared towards young children so that our family can do fun bonding activities together while helping my daughter learn at the same time.  The folks at ThinkFun sent us the Zingo! Word Builder Game to review and its pretty fun!


Zingo! Word Builder is an interactive game that helps small children learn to spell.  The words are short and simple, perfect for beginners.  Its geared towards children in kindergarten, on up through second grade and allows for 2 to 6 players.

Its super easy to play so kids would be able to catch on fast.  All you do is slide the Zinger to get a letter, then you use your letters to build words and fill your card.  There are beginner word cards on up to advanced so your child can progress and get better as you play!  It think this game will be so much fun and helpful when my daughter starts learning to spell!   If you have children in grades K to 2, I think you would really enjoy this game!

Disclosure:
I was provided with a sample product free of charge to facilitate this review.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions expressed are my true and honest opinions.  Cross my heart!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

MIRA Touch Professional Digital Kitchen Scale Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.  
I have this old pink kitchen scale that Ive been using for years to do measuring in the kitchen while I'm cooking and preparing foods.  It was cheap, Ill admit.  But it worked fairly decent until recently.  I have been in the market for a new kitchen scale and recently tried a MIRA bathroom scale that I really liked.  So when I discovered that MIRA carried a kitchen scale, I was super excited to try it!


The scale that I got is the MIRA Touch Professional Digital Kitchen Scale and as you can see, its pretty sleek!  This one isn't plastic like my old scale. This one is heavy duty tempered glass.  A fact I didn't know before is that this glass is 4 times stronger than regular glass.  Which is awesome!  Id hate for glass to shatter while I'm cooking.  Plus this scale has a really large LCD screen which is great for my bad eye sight.

It has multiple functions so you can measure in grams, ounces and pounds and also has a tare function to zero out containers.  It also comes in several colors so that you can find a color to make your kitchen.  I got the white and really like it!



As Ive mentioned in other reviews.  I hate it when a product needs batteries and doesn't come with batteries.  My scale came with batteries!!  WOO WHO!!!  So I was able to get it out and use it right away.   It was accurate when I was using it.  I tested the scale with a few items in my pantry that I knew exact weights for an it was dead on just like my MIRA bathroom scale.  I really love the tempered glass and the sleek design.  Its really modern looking and not gaudy like others kitchen scales Ive used.  Plus its small and thin so its really easy to store.  The tempered glass is super easy to clean and sanitize too!


So far, I love my MIRA products!  If you're needing a new kitchen scale, you can head on over to Amazon and order your own MIRA Touch Professional Digital Kitchen Scale!

 
Disclosure:
I was provided with a sample product free of charge to facilitate this review.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my true and honest opinions.  Cross my heart!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Penelope's Fight Has Come To An End

I don't know quite where to begin.....

I hadn't paid much attention to my computer yesterday.  Since it was Memorial Day, Mr. Bee and I had spent the day at home with Miss Emma Bee just doing stuff as a family.  Nothing special or in particular.  Mr. Bee and Emma Bee went for a walk while mommy cleaned a bit around the house.  We played on the swing set in the back yard, we snuggled and sang one of Emma Bee's favorite songs, took a trip to the store together to get a few things and just enjoyed each other's company.

I got a call from my mom at about 11pm last night.  She was calling to let me know that Penelope Davis had passed away that afternoon.  I didn't know quite what to say.  I knew Penelope had not been doing well after her surgery.  But this I didn't expect.  My mom figured I probably didn't know because if I had, I would have called her to tell her.  My mom couldn't sleep last night so she just happened to check Penelope's page for an update and found the worst update she could have imagined.

I cant find the right words to describe how I feel.  Honestly.....I don't consider myself to be good with words.   So I guess I will just say the words as they come.   I sat for a minute after my mom called....thinking.  Thinking about Penelope.  Thinking about Shannon and Ben and Penelope's 2 brothers.  I thought mostly about Penelope and her momma.  I thought about my Emma Bee and me.  And then I went upstairs into my baby's room, picked her up from her crib and rocked her while she snored on my chest and I cried. I rocked my baby and cried for about an hour.  This is unfair.  Its just unbearably unfair.  How does this happen?  Why does this happen?

If you don't know about Penelope Davis.......
She was a beautiful little Princess who just turned one year old this past February.  And in January, she was diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma.   Cancer......a monster.    A few days ago Princess Penelope underwent a surgery to remove a tumor in her tummy.  The surgery was just too much for her tiny body and poor sweet Penelope went into kidney failure.   She passed yesterday afternoon at about 3:30pm.  


So like I said......  this just isn't fair!  It isn't right!   There are murders and pedophiles and rapists walking the streets with not a care in the world and nothing ailing them.  But sweet, innocent, precious babies are suffering from cancer and dying.  It doesn't make sense to me.  It shatters my heart.

Penelope was beautiful.  Just beautiful.

When I would see pictures of this sweet baby, all I could see was a friend for Em.  A sweet little girl that I could easily see my daughter being best friends with, having over for play dates and slumber parties, playing house with and playing on the swing set with.  I saw Penelope and I thought of Em.  I saw Shannon and the way she loved her daughter and I knew exactly what that love feels like and I thought of how much I love Em.  I couldn't imagine what it would feel like to be the momma of a baby with cancer.  I couldn't imagine how heartbroken Shannon is feeling.  I still cant imagine.  I don't know how anyone can survive such a terrible loss. Having your baby girl taken from you at such a young age after such a short time on this earth......  I just cant imagine.  And it crushes me knowing how many mommies out there have to experience this agonizing heartbreak each and every day.  I know Daddies experiences this too.  But I'm a mommy and I know because Ive felt it.  There's a different kind of love and bond between a mommy and her baby.  Especially her baby girl.

My heart is breaking for the Davis family and I wish I could take their heartache away

I'm sure things will be difficult for the Davis family for quite some time.  Actually, I know things will just never be the same.  The pain of losing Penelope will weigh heavy on their hearts.  And the financial burdens will be hard to bare as well. I have shared Penelope's fundraising page on GiveForward before and Id like to take a moment to share it with you again and encourage anyone reading this to consider making a donation to help Shannon, Ben and their two sons.  There will be funeral costs, not to mention medical bills remaining from Penelope's surgery and cancer treatments.  The last thing this family needs after losing Penelope, is to have to worry about struggling financially.  Even if its a small donation, every little bit helps.   


And because funeral costs are now suddenly upon the family, 
direct donations can also be made to the Davis family by sending a Paypal donation to Sdavis227@yahoo.com
 Be sure to mark this on your Paypal donation as sending funds to "friends and family" so that they are not charged any Paypal fees and 100% of the funds can go towards Penelope's final expenses and the needs of the family.

Always keep Penelope in your hearts!  This little girl has touched so many lives in such a short amount of time.  She was only on this earth for 15 months but changed so many lives.  She battled cancer and inspired many and brought awareness to childhood cancer.  Shes touched our hearts for sure.

Last night, after I put my baby back in her crib, I took a walk.  Mr. Bee had fallen asleep on the living room floor.   I just needed to get out of the house and get some fresh air.  So I walked up and down our street for about an hour, barefoot.  Just thinking about a million different things.  Thinking about Penelope and her family.  I thought about my baby and how blessed I am.  And I noticed something.  I notice how beautiful the night was.    It was so still.  It was about 2:00 in the morning.  We live close to a busy street and even at 2am, there are usually still sounds of cars and people going by.  But not last night.  There wasn't a sound.  There wasn't even a breeze.  Our wind chimes on our porch were still and quiet and the leaves on our trees were still and silent.  I have never noticed a night as silent and still as this.  I looked up and saw the sky was clear and the stars were brighter than ever.  It was breathtaking.  I stood on the corner of our street, under the street light....in silence.  
 It felt as if the night had taken a moment of silence 
to honor sweet Penelope.  
Penelope Davis passed away on Memorial Day 2014.
Memorial Day is a day of remembrance.
And we will always remember Penelope on this day.



Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Homemaker's Friend Daily Planner Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.  

My life has been hectic lately!  Crazy hectic!  A lot has been going on and I've really found myself overdoing things because there is so much to be done.  Ive also found myself getting things mixed up, confusing one thing with another and forgetting about things, appointments, deadlines and stuff that has to be done because of the amount of information that seems to be in my brain right now.  

One thing that always helps for me, is writing things down, making lists and keeping a calender or schedule.  I love using a planner to keep my thoughts and tasks straight.  I think it goes back to my college years because back in college, I kept a very strict and details schedule in a planner in order to stay on top of things.    But since college, I haven't really been able to find a planner that really has every feature that I need and want.  But then I saw these really nice daily planners by Sue Hooly at HomeMakersFriend.com that are designed for the schedules of busy moms and homemakers and I decided I wanted to give it a shot.  And it turns out, its got everything in it that I need!


Here are some of the features in this planner:
  • Weekly layout with space for menu planning
  • Space for your To-Do List
  • Two Page Monthly Calendar
  • Perforated Shopping Lists
  • Task Lists and a Projects and Events Section
  • Extra information section for short-term information


It much different than the planners you buy at the office supply or department store!  My favorite is the menu planning section and perforated shopping list pages!  I tend to make a shopping list on a random piece of paper and then come shopping day, I've conveniently misplaced it and have no recollection of what was on the list.  With this planner, I can make my list and keep it in the planner until I shop, then tare it out when I'm finished.  Plus the space for your daily menu for each day is really convenient too and really helps with meal planning!



There are currently 2014 and 2015 planners available.  They were created by Sue Hooly and can  be purchased online at HomeMakersFriend.com!  BUT....be sure to get in on this great deal because right now, if you purchase a 2015 Planner, you'll get a 2014 planner for free!!!  


Disclosure:
 I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.