Friday, November 27, 2015

The Appalachian Trail: A Unit Study Review

Back in November we just returned from the Shenandoah Valley and mountains where we spent a week at. We got to do some studying on the Appalachian Trail and we were very interested in learning more about it. We were able to do a review on "The Appalachian Trail: A Unit Study" from The Old Schoolhouse Magazine and the Schoolhouse Review Crew

While we were in the mountains we realized how close we were staying to the Appalachian Trail and could have gone walking on it while we were at the condo. Instead we decided to wait until we traveled into town to go walk on it some. We tried to hike down to a waterfall that was on the trail in Virginia but we never made it there and had to turn back around before night fell upon us. But this is something that we can't wait to go hike in the spring time! However this Unit Study was perfect for us since we had just returned from the mountains to do more investigating The Appalachian Trail and do some great activities that was in the unit study.

One thing that I loved about this unit study was that it had a lot of activities and learning activities to do to learn more about the trail. I had Olivia do a report on what kind of animals she could find there on the trail that you may run into and she came up with a great report. She learned more about other trees that were on the trail and she learned what not to do on the trail as we investigated on the internet. We already had a map showing the full Appalachian Trail from when we visited the Great Smokey Mountains back in April so this was perfect to be able to pull out and check out all the neat checkpoints. The book has several activities that cover each subject including home economics which when I was growing up didn't do until the 6th grade so this was perfect for us. This book has over 150 activities in it and there is something for everyone in your homeschool group. This can be done with one child or if you belong to a co-op group then perfect for that to incorporate some activities in learning and possibly even taking a field trip for hiking some. I might make a suggestion to our tween group about going this spring on top of our own personal trips. We loved doing a little project involving some of the leaves that we collected while in the mountains and she gave the project to my grandma to cherish. I was very impressed with how well the art project came out and she enjoyed learning about the trail while she was working on the project. We have made a few recipes like trail mix that we can take out on hikes with us when we head back to the mountains and we can't wait to go hike some. We have already started making hiking packs to be able to use and it will include an epi-pen for myself and Olivia in each bag. Olivia loved doing this unit and we plan on continuing to learn about The Appalachian Trail during the rest of this school year.

We have already made plans on where we want to start off on the trail for when the spring comes and we can't wait to go for our hike. We have already bought a few hiking backpacks to be able to use on our hikes. We plan on going to a local park called Medoc Mountain that is close by to go hiking on to get some practice for when we go in the spring to the mountains in North Carolina. That is the glory part about living in this state because we are so close the trail to go enjoy it. We absolutely loved doing this study and we loved being able to do the review on it. You can get your own copy of the unit study here for only $4.95 and they have other unit studies that you can do. We plan on getting a few more to go along side some of the books we are reading this school year.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Ozeri Touch 440lb Total Body Bathroom Scale Review

Since I have started to run, I have thankfully lost over 60+ pounds but that hasn't stopped me there. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to tell my weight, unless going to the doctors to see what I weighed. I have been looking at numerous scales in the stores but yet none of them looked like what I was looking for. I will say though I have found the perfect scale for myself and my family! I am most likely going to be flying soon and will have to weigh my bag for a week and I am hoping that I do not have to deal with a heavy bag, but using this scale will help me tremendously!

I received in the mail about a week ago the Ozeri Touch 440lb Total Body Bathroom Scale to review and ever since I set it up, I have been in love with it! It was very easy to set up in fact and I have used it everyday! I get up and check my weight in the morning and just in the week that I have had it, I have managed to lose a total of 10lbs! Say what? I think it's knowing that I can see the results of my weight loss journey and this means that I can continue to lose the weight that I need to lose! This scale has some of the most amazing things on it such as it can measure my body fat, water weight, and more. I like having those things available to me to see but honestly I also don't need to watch them. The BMI I do need to watch and I am happy to say it has been going down since I first started using the scale because I am able to see my weight loss results. I am happy with this scale even though I wish I could see it be zero before stepping on the scale. Either way I will continue to move on my weight loss journey and see the results on the scale! You can order your on Amazon for only $39.95! This would be a perfect addition to a runner or anyone who is looking to stay fit during the holiday's!

I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own and I only review on products that I have used or services personally.

S6Armband Review

Lately I haven't been in the running mood but that has changed since I have signed up for at least one half marathon next year and possibly another one if I get up the courage to do so. I have been on the hunt lately for an armband that would not cut off the circulation of my arm just to wear it comfortably. So this was the perfect thing for me because this armband came with an extender that I could attach to my armband and allow it to continue to use. While my arms aren't as big as they used to be and I can use the armband without the extender, it's nice to know I have one for the future. I am so glad that I am lucky enough to be able to review this one.

I have already used it and am so glad that it does stay put on where I strapped it onto and it kept my phone nice and dry while on my run. This is so comfortable that I didn't remember having it on after my run. I like now, how I won't be struggling to turn the song on my phone while on my run and I will have my hands free for water or whatever else I plan on bringing with me on my runs. I will begin officially training for the half starting in February and this will be the perfect addition to all my training runs.You can get your own on Amazon here. Would be a great gift for a new runner!!

I received this #s6armband for free in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are 100% my own. I only recommend products or services I use personally.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Peppa Pig "Cold Winter Day" DVD

Do your children like Peppa Pig? Olivia does sometimes even though she's a little old for it, but we have several nieces and nephews who would love to watch this DVD as well. Peppa Pig was not popular when Olivia was younger and I still may turn on Nick Jr just to see what new shows they have on. We do like to watch "Olivia" sometimes when Olivia isn't feeling well. But Peppa Pig is pretty popular right now and this movie is perfect for someone who love Nick Jr. and Peppa Pig!!! We sure loved it here and even had my nephew watch it!

In Peppa Pig: Cold Winter Day, everyone's favorite friend, Peppa Pig, is ready to show preschoolers how much fun awaits this winter season! Young viewers can join Peppa Pig and her family and friends as they build a snowman, throw snowballs and race their sleds! The new release features 10 "peppasodes" that are filled with all the kindness, laughter, and gentle life lessons that make Peppa Pig one of the world's most loved preschool properties.

Episodes include:

  • "Cold Winter Day"
  • "Not Very Well"
  • "Snow"
  • "Thunderstorm"
  • "The Sleepy Princess"
  • "Bedtime"
  • "Swimming"
  • "Daddy Pig's Office"
  • "Ice Skating" 
  • "The Toy Cupboard"
This is such a cute movie that all preschoolers would love to watch! We plan on keeping this DVD on our list for giving others in the family such as the kids! Such a perfect and cute movie to share! Perfect to place under the tree for you little loved ones!!

I was sent this DVD of Peppa Pig: Cold Winter Day for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own! 

MercyMe "It's Christmas" CD Review & Giveaway

Do you like MercyMe? We love MercyMe and all their music in our house! I even let my mom borrow the CD and haven't seen it since letting her borrow it. We also love listening to Christmas music and I can't believe that I held off as long as I did to listen to it. I normally start listening to it in July because it's always hot then and I figured if I listen to Christmas music then I would feel cooler. Sometimes it works, sometimes it just puts me in a better mood and then it just gets me excited knowing Christmas is coming!

This new album by MercyMe, "It's Christmas" is awesome! We loved listening to the new songs on there and of course the classic Christmas songs. MercyMe is an amazing group and is a group that one day I'd love to see in concert as well as many others like Casting Crowns, Third Day and Hillsong. But for now, I am in love with this new album! Here is a list of the featured songs on the album:

  1. Newborn
  2. Christmastime Again
  3. Sleigh Ride
  4. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
  5. Hold On Christmas
  6. A Holly Jolly Christmas
  7. Go Tell It On The Mountain
  8. Do You Hear What I Hear
  9. Our Lullaby
  10. Joy
  11. O Come, O Come 
  12. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Exclusive Bonus Track for Pizza Ranch)
  13. O Holy Night (Exclusive Bonus Track for Pizza Ranch)
  14. Silent Night (Exclusive Bonus Track for Pizza Ranch)
  15. Joseph’s Lullaby (Exclusive Bonus Track for Pizza Ranch) 
Several of these songs are only exclusive on this specific album I received because it is exclusive to Pizza Ranch locations from November 1 to December 31st. You can get this album from any Pizza Ranch location for only $5!! How awesome is that? Pretty cool if you ask me!

Here's a little more information about Pizza Ranch:

 Cultivating its mission “To give every guest a legendary experience” since its inception in 1981, Pizza Ranch connects with its communities in a way that provides bridges for friends, family and colleagues to come together. Today, Pizza Ranch is based in Orange City, Iowa and owns, operates and franchises over 190 locations in 13 states. Consistent growth has been a Pizza Ranch staple, as the brand has become a beacon of community involvement and exceptional food. The Pizza Ranch buffet features legendary pizzas, salads and desserts, and is delivered with an unmatched service quality.  “We are extremely blessed to have a very close connection with our guests,” said Adrie Groeneweg, co-founder and president of Pizza Ranch. “This project extends the brand’s essence to a new dimension beyond our four walls and into their lives. It’s a new kind of way for us to relate to our loyal fans.”

Go check out their facebook, official website, and twitter!

Now here is the fun part..I am able to giveaway to 1 reader their very own copy of MercyMe's "It's Christmas" album here!

I did receive this product for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own!