Thursday, August 27, 2015

Back to School with Wild Dill

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Back to School season is upon us. There is a lot to do to get ready for school to start. If you homeschool like me you are probably getting your curriculum and homeschool room ready and new school supplies bought. If you do public school you are probably buying a new ensemble and supplies for your school age children.

There is no reason that baby, toddler, and mom can't be fashionable too for the new school year. Wild Dill has great clothing, footware, and accessories for baby and toddler that are organic, fair trade, and natural. They have beautiful jewelry and bags for mom as well to spruce up her wardrobe.

Not only do they have clothing and accessories, they have educational toys that will help your little one's mind grow. These toys teach wonderful learning concepts that should be taught before littles get to school age. What better way to teach these concepts than with fun toys at home!

You can find other organic, fair trade and natural essentials for baby and toddler at Wild Dill as well. They also have bedding, feeding essentials, bath products, nursery decor & furniture. Their products are made in the USA, are European made, or handmade. I love all of their gorgeous products. Wild Dill is a fantastic online store with a wonderful selection of products at reasonable prices that can't be missed!

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DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: This is a sponsored post. My thoughts are mine and my family's own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any other compensation for doing this review. Affiliate links may be in this posting. Thanks for supporting my blog.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Orkin Household Pests 101 Back to School Pack Giveaway & Blog App

It’s back-to-school time and class is in session … Orkin is back with Household Pests 101 – featuring some of Orkin’s scientific knowledge of pests. The Orkin Man is here to help you #LearnWithOrkin so you don’t get schooled by pest problems in your own home.

But Back-To-School doesn’t just mean for the kids. Orkin knows that moms are on the go more than ever and wants to make sure you’re all set when driving the kids to soccer practice, racing to make it to school on time and just maybe getting a minute for yourself!

About Orkin Household Pests 101

Back-to-school time is a great time to #LearnWithOrkin about pest prevention. Take the Pest Prevention Pop Quiz to find out if you know how to think like a pest!

At Orkin, we use the latest technology and unparalleled training to develop an effective treatment that's right for your needs. To learn more about our pest control based in science or to schedule an inspection, visit or call 1-800-800-ORKIN.

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The Orkin Back-To-School Prize Pack includes:

One (1) Silver USB Portable Charger – We know you’re on the go from sun up to sun down and you can’t afford not to be accessible. This emergency charger is small, sleek and can help your phone keep up with your busy lifestyle!

One (1) Double Wall Stainless Steel Travel Mug w/ lid - Your car isn’t the only thing that needs fueling up in the morning … this stainless steel travel mug is a great way to ensure your morning coffee is always within arm’s reach.

One (1) Orkin “Protect Your Home” PDF Checklist - This handy checklist from the experts at Orkin will help you think like a pest in order to help protect your home from pests.

Blog App:
  • Class is in session! Orkin is back with Household Pests 101 – featuring some of Orkin’s scientific knowledge of pests. The Orkin Man is here to help you #LearnWithOrkin so you don’t get schooled by pest problems in your own home.
  • Watch the “Bite Back at Mosquitoes” video, as well as the rest of Orkin’s How-To video series, to get the most up-to-date knowledge on dealing with those pesky home invaders.
  • Download the “Protect Your Home” Checklist for valuable tips on keeping pests at bay.
  • Get social with it! Tweet using the #LearnWithOrkin hashtag and mention @AskTheOrkinMan

Prize: Orkin Back-To-School Prize Pack

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DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: Because I am posting about the Orkin Household Pests 101 App I am getting a Orkin Back-To-School Prize Pack free for my readers as a giveaway and one free for myself. Thanks to PartnersHub and Orkin for providing me this promotion information and free product. My thoughts are mine and my family's own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any other compensation for posting this blog app and giveaway.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Free Entry to All National Parks to Celebrate the National Park Service’s 99th Birthday on 8/25

On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act creating the National Park Service (NPS), a new federal bureau in the Department of the Interior responsible for protecting the 35 national parks and monuments then managed by the department and those yet to be established (now there are 408 national parks!).

I am surrounded by Oregon and Washington state where I live. Oregon, the gorgeous state where I reside, has a total of 6 national parks, 10 national natural landmarks, and 17 national historic landmarks so far. Crater Lake National Park is by far the most famous of our national parks with its beautiful lake and scenery. Washington state has 14 national parks, 18 national natural landmarks, and 24 national historic landmarks so far. Mount Rainier National Park is one of the national parks in Washington with its gorgeous mountain and surrounding forests.

To celebrate the upcoming centennial of NPS in 2016, the National Park Foundation (NPF) launched their Find Your Park campaign to encourage everyone to get up, get out there and #FindYourPark - no matter your interest.

The National Parks Service has provided 99 ways you could celebrate NPS’ 99th birthday on August 25, 2015 and get ready for NPS’ big 100th birthday next year. Founders’ Day also marks fee free day to all national parks.

99 Ways to Find Your Park
  1. Go climbing
  2. Write poetry
  3. Be an urban hiker
  4. Visit a National Heritage Area
  5. Dance
  6. Learn about climate change
  7. Discover a culture new to you
  8. Experience silence
  9. Walk through a doorway of a historic house
  10. Find inspiration in the story of a civil rights leader
  11. Go on a ranger-led tour #rangerspointingatthings
  12. Hug a tree
  13. Make a memory
  14. Earn a Jr. Ranger badge
  15. Relax on the banks of a scenic river
  16. Celebrate innovation
  17. Find life in a desert
  18. Get inspired by a First Lady
  19. Stand on a mountaintop
  20. Bring a kid to a park
  21. Paddle a water trail
  22. Take a photo that matches a historic one #retrogram
  23. Try something new
  24. Channel your inner Bill Nye—become a citizen scientist
  25. Walk a historic main street
  26. Find your park in Spanish #encuentratuparque
  27. Explore a cave
  28. Go green
  29. Brush up your national park trivia skills
  30. Scout a park, boys and girls!
  31. Make art in a park
  32. Celebrate Native American heritage
  33. Come sail away
  34. Take a picnic and dine al fresco
  35. Be bear aware 
  36. Hit the road
  37. Enlighten yourself at a historic lighthouse
  38. Go biking
  39. Explore Asian American and Pacific Islander culture in America
  40. Feel the sand between your toes
  41. Share your story
  42. Learn about endangered species
  43. Join us
  44. Follow NPS on social media
  45. Follow the footsteps of a woman who made history
  46. Get in the know about H2O
  47. Bee pollinator friendly
  48. Get VIP status
  49. Catch a wave
  50. Immerse yourself in a living history program
  51. Hit record
  52. Get prehistoric
  53. Improve your health—get a park Rx
  54. Use your free active military pass
  55. Get reel—Visit a park featured in your favorite movie
  56. Join a trail clean-up
  57. See the sea
  58. Discover a traditional tribal cultural practice
  59. Let Elmo and Murray be your guides
  60. Mail a postcard
  61. Discover history around you
  62. Make new friends
  63. Raft down a river
  64. Pay your respects at a national cemetery
  65. Pick a POTUS
  66. Take a mini-cruise
  67. Plan ahead and prepare
  68. Walk nature's treadmill
  69. Pose for a family photo in a park
  70. Recognize women who made history
  71. Reflect on our most difficult stories
  72. Stamp your park passport
  73. Ride on a historic carousel
  74. Run
  75. See history from a different perspective
  76. Renew your spirit
  77. See how NPS helps transform your community
  78. Go fish
  79. See the starry, starry night
  80. Make a splash
  81. Share a #tbt park photo
  82. Discover the beauty of our nation's other public lands
  83. Sleep outside
  84. Spread the love—thank a park volunteer
  85. Plan the best field trip ever
  86. Visit our international sisters
  87. Trash Your Trash
  88. Find a monument and decode history
  89. Travel the Underground Railroad
  90. Use the buddy system!
  91. Visit for free on our 99th birthday
  92. Wander an American battlefield
  93. Watch wildlife
  94. Take a deep breath
  95. Go wild: Experience wilderness
  96. Use a national park lesson plan
  97. Play
  98. Take a sunrise selfie
  99. Get ready to celebrate with us in 2016!

The National Park Service waived all of its entrance fees on nine days in 2015. The remaining entrance fee free days are August 25 for the National Park Service’s birthday, September 26 for National Public Lands Day, and November 11 in honor of Veterans Day. The entrance fee waiver does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.

Parks are so much more than the majestic landscapes you might think of; they also protect and preserve our culture and history in urban areas and offer endless ways for families to get involved. So get out and go visit a national park!

To find a national park near you, and to learn more about the Find Your Park campaign, visit or

DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: I am posting about these events because I want my readers to know about them. Thanks to a public relations email for providing me this campaign information. My thoughts are mine and my family's own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any compensation for posting about this campaign and event information.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Barnyard Kids: A Family Guide For Raising Animals Book Review

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Do you have kids? Are you also considering raising farm animals? Or do you already raise animals with kids? Well, the Barnyard Kids: A Family Guide For Raising Animals book by Dina Rudick might just be for you!

Horse lovers in training :)

We purchased our farm about 2 years ago and at the time we had only one farm animal, a mini pony named Gizmo. We still have Gizmo and now many other animals have joined our farm. In addition to him we also have 3 horses, 2 llamas, one goat, one chicken, bunnies, and ducks....and bees (I count them as farm critters).

Chia the goat likes to follow Delbin everywhere.

Before we became farmers we were pretty much city folk. We didn't have any animals except our doggie best friend, Prince, and the occasional cat before that. Having a farm had always been on our radar though and since we were given Gizmo we thought it was the right time to get back to our rural roots. Since getting a farm we have learned so much about how to care for the animals we have taken in (pretty much all our animals are rescues).

Jaedan with Truffle the Bunny

Barnyard Kids: A Family Guide For Raising Animals by Dina Rudick is a great book for teaching kids the basics of animal husbandry. It is a 160 page guide and resource on a menagerie of barnyard critters clearly organized into chapters by animal. It covers: chickens, pigs, sheep & goats, cows, horses, and rabbits. This book is packed with great facts and tips. Each chapter about the farm animals has sections about: What Makes Them Tick?, What Makes Them Sick?, Where Do They Live?, What Can They Give?, Q+A, and Daily Schedules and routines to care for the animals. Besides all the educational information about these animals this book has all kinds of beautiful photographs, pictures, illustrations, charts, and diagrams to help you visually.

This book is great for 4-H and an Agriculture course in Homeschool. I recommend this book to Parents, Caretakers, and Teachers everywhere that want to teach children to be self-sufficient, hard working, caring, happy, and healthy individuals.


DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: I received this book for free to facilitate this review. My thoughts are mine and my family's own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any other compensation for doing this review. Affiliate links may be in this posting. Thanks for supporting my blog.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Alpha Omega Publications Horizons Preschool Curriculum Set Review

My daughter and I had the privilege of trying the Alpha Omega Publications Horizons Preschool Curriculum Set Review for this review to use in conjunction with our own homeschool curriculum. This is a Schoolhouse Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.

Alpha Omega Publications (AOP) has developed some of the best Christian based curriculum available. Their award winning products include: Switched-On Schoolhouse (SOS), LIFEPAC, Horizons, Monarch, and Weaver. AOP has online, print and computer based homeschool curriculum formats to fit the different styles of just about every homeschool.

Horizons is AOP's Christian based teacher-led workbook curriculum. The Horizons workbooks all have brightly colored illustrations and engaging material that is filled with consumable lessons that uses a spiral method of learning to help them master core concepts. The spiral method has your student keep revisiting the same skills over and over with increasing difficulty over a period of time, gradually expanding upon the skill level to build new understanding. They also have hands-on activities included with the workbook lessons to make the learning more exciting.

Alpha Omega Publications Horizons Preschool Curriculum Set

The Horizons Preschool Curriculum Set is an all in one kit. You can use this kit in a homeschool or classroom setting. The kit comes with the Horizons Preschool: Student Workbook 1 & 2, Teacher's Guide Book 1 & 2, Resource Packet, and Sing Along Music CD. It is everything you need wrapped up in a all inclusive kit so you don't have to do an exhausting search for lessons or lesson plans.

What the side of the box for the curriculum says.

The two student workbooks cover each a half of the school year. Each print workbook has 90 lessons, so 180 lessons total. These workbooks have perforated pages for easy tear out. In the lessons within the two workbooks you will find Bible concepts, social studies, language arts, math, phonics and science, arts & crafts, music, story times, outdoor excursions, etc. The lessons are centered around a Biblical 7 days of creation theme.

Zari using the Alpha Omega Publications Horizons Preschool Student Workbook.

The Teacher's Guides also are set up to follow the workbooks, covering half a year in one and the later half in another. The first part of both Teacher's Guides are the same, covering: Scope & Sequence, Introduction (which gives you a suggestions on what you should do and how to start), Media Resources, Supplies, Memory Verses, Days of Creation Numbers, and Horizons Preschool Music CD Lyrics. The back portion of each book has the Lessons and plans for each, 1-90 in the first book and 91-180 in the second book.

The lessons are spelled out in the lesson plans of the teacher's guide. The worksheets in the workbooks are just a small part of each lesson.  At the top of each lesson plan it tells you the activities in the lesson. These could include: bible lessons, Social Studies, Science, Language Arts, Phonics, Reading, Writing, Memory Verse, Math, Shapes, Color, Story Time, Outdoor Activity,  Music, Arts & Crafts, Physical Education, and/or Homework or Homework Review.

The Resource Packet is filled with manipulatives you can use with the lessons. This packet is thick, printed on cardstock in full color, and has 284 pages printed front to back. The illustrations go with the lesson books. You can easily put these in page protectors in a 3-ring binder for easy access. These are wonderful homeschool resources.

The Music CD has 17 individual songs. This CD has children singing the songs on it plus the instrumental versions of each song as well. The songs are easy to learn and the lyrics are also in the Teacher's Guide too. You can either sing-a-long with the voice and instruments or just the instrumentals in the songs. These songs talk about God, Jesus, and the Disciples as well as biblical concepts.

How We Used This and Our Thoughts:

I think that getting a strong start in learning before kindergarten is essential to having a good foundation in education. My youngest daughter Zari is 4 years old and turning 5 in October. We have been working with her on pre-kindergarten skills so she is prepared to start kindergarten and be successful in doing so.  I love teaching her because she is so eager to learn and she sucks up everything I teach her like a sponge. She has been doing preschool already, but I was quickly spending too much time in finding lessons and designing my own lesson plans to go with them. She has been excited to start working in an actual workbook like her siblings. Kids at this age are so impressionable and so I want to make sure I teach her the very best Christian curriculum around.

Alpha Omega Publications was unbelievably generous and sent me a complete Horizons Preschool Curriculum Set kit for my daughter Zari to work on. We were so excited when it arrived and had her dive right in to the pages of the workbook after reading the guide. The teacher's guide was very helpful in laying out everything that was supposed to happen for the day, media resources, and supplies needed for each week.

The lesson plans are structured so you can do a whole 5 days of preschool if you wanted, but you can also do a 3 day week structure by using days 1, 3, and 5, days 2 & 4 are for review if needed. It also suggested to only do 2 hours per day of actual academics for preschool. We chose a 3 day per week schedule. I am not as structured in homeschooling as I would like to be and found myself needing to pace myself so as to not rush things as we did the lessons together. Zari was definitely not used to working on so many subjects in one day. There is a lot to cover per day and fitting it all in was a little tiring for Zari. I let her take her naps so that she didn't get too overworked and she definitely needed them. I am glad that the guide says that you can pick and choose what you would like to do and that the lessons are fairly adaptable for many different situations and children's different learning styles. I love that it is so flexible.

Zari loved the colorful illustrations in the workbooks and resource packet. She is loving doing the pages and activities so far. I think she has already learned so much from when she started.

We were very pleased with the quality of the Alpha Omega Publications Horizons Preschool Curriculum Set. It has exceeded our expectations. We recommend AOP products to anyone that wants an exceptional Christian homeschool curriculum.

You can purchase the whole Alpha Omega Publications Horizons Preschool Curriculum Set for $125.95.

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