Sunday, April 28, 2013

Get Your Jog On!

 This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Graco.

Hello, hello!
My sweet peeps, it's the end of another weekend. And are you just as sad as I am that we're almost at the end of April?
I'm sad because of the hot weather that's upon us in the South.
Granted, it's been preettty cool here the last few days, thank goodness!
But you know with nicer weather comes the chance to go out and get some exercise. I am planning on getting out more and taking walks to lose some of this weight. And what better way to incorporate weight loss and quality time with the kiddos than by bringing them along!
If you have little ones, you know how important it is to bring them along in a good quality stroller. A stroller that is comfortable enough for you to jog or walk, but comfy for baby or toddler too. 
I have the good fortune to review the brand new, GracoBaby FastAction Jogger. Let me tell you this is a beaut!
So easy to put together right out of the box we were ready to go. Everything just snaps and clicks on.
Here's what mine looks like just a few minutes after I took it out of its box.
      Here's a little more info about this awesome jogger straight from Graco:
 
FastAction™ Fold Jogger Click Connect™ Stroller
Graco’s NEW jogger is the ultimate crossover stroller, combining all the comfort and convenience features of a traditional stroller with performance and maneuverability of an all-terrain jogger.


Air-filled, rubber tires provide a smooth ride for baby and a lockable front swivel wheel offers parents an easy transition from strolling to jogging. Locking the front wheel provides added stability while jogging while unlocking the swivel wheel allows for extra maneuverability on daily strolls. In addition, this jogger features the one-second FastAction fold for easy storage and transport – perfect for parents on-the-go! -

Some of its features:
·  Accepts all Graco® Click Connect™ infant car seats with a secure one-step attachment
·  One-second, one-hand fold has an automatic storage lock and is self-standing when folded
·  Air-filled rubber tires offer suspension
·  Locking front swivel wheel provides an easy transition from daily strolling to jogging
·  Multi-position reclining seat for baby's comfort
·  Deluxe parent's tray features a unique smartphone cradle for your phone or MP3 player, 2 deep cup   holders and a covered storage compartment
·  Extra-large, expandable canopy with peek-a-boo window keeps your child shaded
·  Extra-large storage basket to hold all your essentials
·  Reflectors for added low-light visibility
·  Child’s tray with cup holder pivots or removes for no-fuss stroller entry
·  Convertible 3 or 5-point harness grows with your child 
If you would like to see a video on how easy it is to fold this jogger go to this link:

Air-filled, rubber tires provide a smooth ride for baby and a lockable front swivel wheel offers parents an easy transition from strolling to jogging. Locking the front wheel provides added stability while jogging while unlocking the swivel wheel allows for extra maneuverability on daily strolls. In addition, this jogger features the one-second FastAction fold for easy storage and transport – perfect for parents on-the-go! - See more at: http://www.gracobaby.com/Products/Pages/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductId=1839420#sthash.EaRDPzJq.dpuf

You can find out more here:  http://bit.ly/UJOMAl
Air-filled, rubber tires provide a smooth ride for baby and a lockable front swivel wheel offers parents an easy transition from strolling to jogging. Locking the front wheel provides added stability while jogging while unlocking the swivel wheel allows for extra maneuverability on daily strolls. In addition, this jogger features the one-second FastAction fold for easy storage and transport – perfect for parents on-the-go! - See more at: http://www.gracobaby.com/Products/Pages/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductId=1839420#sthash.EaRDPzJq.dpuf
Air-filled, rubber tires provide a smooth ride for baby and a lockable front swivel wheel offers parents an easy transition from strolling to jogging. Locking the front wheel provides added stability while jogging while unlocking the swivel wheel allows for extra maneuverability on daily strolls. In addition, this jogger features the one-second FastAction fold for easy storage and transport – perfect for parents on-the-go! - See more at: http://www.gracobaby.com/Products/Pages/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductId=1839420#sthash.EaRDPzJq.dpuf
 What I really like is the ease and maneuverability of this stroller.It also features a cool nook for your smartphone right on the top and plenty of cup holders for you and baby! Another great feature is the one hand pull to close action. So easy and convenient when you've got your hands full! 



 (image: Graco)

The car seat clicks easily in and out of the jogger and its base. I so wish they had this type of jogger when my first baby was born 21 years ago!


I can't wait to go out and jog and get fit together with my little guy. 
You can find this great jogging stroller at major baby stores such as Babies R Us. I'll be  back tomorrow to share a cool new project that I (finally) completed.
In the meantime, what's the one item you would recommend to your friends and family as a must have for new moms?

Leave a comment below.
Have a great week.
xoxo
Patty   

This post is sponsored by Graco. I received a Graco FastAction Jogger from Graco. All opinions are mine.   

  

Friday, April 26, 2013

May Giveaway-Hello Cupcake! Book

Who loves cupcakes?
I do!
It seems that cupcakes are de rigeur right now. Weddings.Baby Showers.Kid Birthdays.
They are.
Everywhere!
I love to bake cupcakes.
I'm always looking for some new ideas in flavors and presentation.
If you love cupcakes too, then here's the giveaway for you!
I am giving away one fabulous copy of
"Hello, Cupcake!"


Here's a short description:   
   

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Witty, one-of-a-kind imaginative cupcake designs using candies from the local convenience store. America's favorite food photography team, responsible for the covers of America's top magazines, shows how to create funny, scary, and sophisticated masterpieces, using a zipper lock bag and common candies and snack items. With these easy-to-follow techniques, even the most kitchen-challenged cooks can:

• raise a big-top circus cupcake tier for a kid's birthday
• plant candy vegetables on Oreo earth cupcakes for a garden party
• trot out a line of confectionery "pupcakes" for a dog fancier
• serve sausage and pepperoni pizza cupcakes for April Fool's Day
• bewitch trick-or-treaters with chilly ghost chocolate cupcakes
• create holidays on icing with turkey cupcake place cards, a white cupcake Christmas wreath, and Easter egg cupcakes

No baking skills or fancy pastry equipment is required. Spotting the familiar items in the hundreds of brilliant photos is at least half the fun.
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xoxo 
Patty

Giveaway ends on May 31st at 10 p.m. CDT
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If no shipping information is received from winner within 5 calendar days, another winner will be selected.
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Home School Update and A Few Science Experiment Ideas

The school year is winding down (thank goodness) and we have learned quite a bit this year of home schooling.
First of all, we are using the Texas Connections Academy curriculum which is based on the State of Texas curriculum that they use in all the state's schools. 
We are NOT using this again.
It is extremely rigorous for a fourth grader and I feel that it just prepares him for taking the standardized tests that are called STARR this year. I am glad we tried it out though because it's free (since it's put out by the state) and we needed to try out something this first year. I personally do not feel that a child should learn so he can pass a test. I don't remember my curriculum growing up to be this way and I certainly don't want my child to continue learning this way. I felt it was rushed and as a result he didn't have a chance to explore things in depth. He loves science, and he placed high enough on their tests to be in a Science GT class this year.
Next year we will be using the ABEKA curriculum and self pacing. 
With that said, we feel our youngest son thrives in the home schooling environment and we have seen some great strides because of our decision. While he was in public school, we saw his self esteem plummet and he often referred to himself as "stupid and slow". I certainly did not want him to feel this way anymore. He just couldn't concentrate with all the noise and distractions in his classrooms. 
Of course, we have two older children who did just fine in public school. I recommend you put your child in public school first and see how he fares. Just remember that there are options for you as a parent and he, as a student. 
There is no reason a child should feel any less just because he learns differently. And our littlest guy does.
He does better typing out his answers and papers and is very visual. I have designed a system for him so that he can answer his questions by typing, but then copying that onto regular paper in his own hand to turn into his teachers (they require hand written work).
All in all it has been a great experience.
I have a few ideas for science experiments he did this year for you to try at home using simple home ingredients.
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Melting point experiment:
Materials:
one bar milk chocolate  (100 grams)
one bar dark chocolate (100 grams)
one bar white chocolate (100 grams)
food scale
thermometer
 
§Measure the room temperature. In this case the thermometer read ninety degrees Fahrenheit.
§ Measure 100 grams each of the chocolate on a food scale.
§Place each pile of chocolate bars on surface and record time it takes for each to melt.
Record melting times on bar graph.
The hypothesis was proven correct. The darker the  chocolate, the higher the cocoa concentration, and the longer it took for it to melt.
The white chocolate, with the least cocoa concentration, melted the fastest.



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 Chemical Reactions Experiment
Materials Needed:
 three slices of apples
lime or lemon juice
three plates
marker
clock or timer
Take two small bowls and fill them with some lemon juice and one with water.
Take three paper plates and mark them "A" , "B" and "C".
Take one slice of apple and dip it in the small bowl of lemon juice. Place the slice on the plate labeled "A". Now take the other slice and dip it in water. Place it on paper plate labeled "B". Do nothing to the third slice and place it on paper plate "C". The hypothesis of the experiment is that the lemon juice (acid) will prevent the apple slice from turning brown. The other two slices will turn brown when the fruit comes into contact with air which contains oxygen.Record the time it takes for the fruit to turn brown. Record your observations.
 I'll post some more experiments we've done soon as well as a couple of projects that have to do with Texas History.
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Have a great day!
 
xoxo 
Patty 
 
 
 
 
   
        

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