Celebrate Earth Day and Learn All About the Earth!

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Earth Day Education

Earth Day is April 22nd and we are prepared to learn!  Oriental Trading provided us with complimentary educational materials to facilitate plenty of lessons about the Earth, how to take care of it, and the fabulous things the Earth does.  The boys have really enjoyed using this awesome stuff to have fun and learn.

I always thought that Oriental Trading Company was just for parties and Vacational Bible School, but it's so, so much more.  I went to check out their recommended products for Earth Day and came up with so much stuff.

We started our Earth Day fun by planting DIY seed pots and the Watch It Grow Plant Viewer:

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The boys and I loved watching the seeds sprout and roots go down into the soil.  We love our garden, and this brought so many more teachable moments concerning the life cycle of a plant!

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There is just SO much STUFF that parents and teachers can use to teach.  Educational products are always so expensive, but I was impressed with the cost at Oriental Trading.  A four pack of life cycle posters was only $5.99.  Huge, full color posters like this one:

life cycle butterflyWe used each of the posters and created a fun lesson about the life cycles of the butterfly, frog, chicken, and plants!  The visual really helped the boys understand it all.

Then we began talking about how it is our responsibility to take care of this Earth that God gave us.  The Captain loved coloring these Earth Day magnets for our fridge, to help remind us to recycle and go green!

magnetsGlobes are cool.  Every kid loves globes.  But an inflatable globe?  SO MUCH FUN!  We can search for countries and continents on the globe and talk about the oceans, then take a break to toss it in the air.  This was the boys' favorite part of our Earth Day study:

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We also found an awesome sorting game that really got us thinking about recycling.  The Learn to Recycle Activity Boxes was tricky, but so much fun.  We divided up the items to be recycled and talked about each piece and what it was made of.  

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Lightbulbs, cans, and even worms were part of this fun game!

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Each box has a "Fun Fact" on the side to help you decide what to put where:

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I am so thrilled that I discovered all the great, well priced teaching tools at Oriental Trading.  Check it out for all of your supplies needed for teaching, homeschooling, Sunday school, holidays, VBS, and more!

Happy Earth Day!

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How Can Working Moms Manage Finances? Mom Corps YOU Can Help!

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Many obstacles and challenges can come up when mothers re-enter the workforce after having children.  Adding income can help immensely, but managing finances and planning for the future can also be challenging.  Finances are a big stressor for married couples and single mothers.  There is a lot to think about and plan for when adding a new income!

Mom Corps YOU has great rescources concerning this very matter.  In the past couple of weeks, Mom Corps YOU has had a few great events that are accessible for thirty days.  Jean Chatzky spoke on "Become a Savvy Saver" and had great tips on cutting fixed expenses, how to hire a financial adviser, and how to pick the best credit card.  I love the way Chatzky breaks it down and explains the different options when choosing a credit card.  Did you know that if you spend time overseas, you could be charged a foreign transaction fee, ranging from 2-3 percent?  She recommends a card from Capital One, like the VentureOne rewards card.  I found her advice to be very beneficial and hope to hear more from her in the future!

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Don’t Miss Out On Important Events Because Of Sinus Pressure!

This sinus pressure post has been brought to you by SUDAFED®.  All opinions are mine.

I remember being sick with a cold or allergies, especially when teaching kindergarten and I had to be outdoors every single day.  I would stand outside in the wind during playground time and just sneeze and sneeze.  With each sneeze, it felt like my head and sinuses were getting more and more clogged up and inflamed.  Have you ever tried to teach 22 kindergarten kids with a stuffy nose and sinus headache?  It's quite difficult, to say the least!  I was so miserable with sinus pressure and pain that all I could do was go to school and come home and rest on the couch.  I didn't want to do anything and sleeping at night was almost impossible.  One year I even had extreme teeth pain because my sinuses were so clogged.  In times like these, Hubby and I turn to SUDAFED® and it relieves the pressure so we can go about our lives.  We always make sure to have some on hand for those dreadful days.  SUDAFED® has been the only thing that works for us to relieve the pressure and thus, the pain, that comes along with sinus issues.  It allows us to go about our normal routine and get well sooner.  

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Save Space with a Wall Mount Dispenser for Shampoo, Conditioner, or Soap

Disclosure: I received this wall mount dispenser as part of an advertorial.  All opinions are mine.

If you were to look in our bathrooms at any point, you would find countless bottles of shampoo, conditioner, face soap, body wash, and baby soap in the bathtub.  There is never enough room for all of the stuff we use while showering or bathing the kids.  Plus, it's guaranteed that the boys will try to empty a bottle of baby soap in one bathtub because it is always so easily accessible.  We needed a way to store the baby soap, out of reach of little hands, off of the side of the tub, and easy for us to access when bathing the boys.  ToiletTree has a great wall mount dispenser that is going to solve our problems.  

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The single mount wall dispenser is sleek and the chrome finish looks nice in the boys' bathroom.  Hubby installed it in less than ten minutes on the tile wall of the shower.  He installed it with the included mounting bracket using water resistant double sided tape and removable silicone that won't damage the surface.  The dispenser lifts off of the bracket for easy refills and cleaning.

If you're like me, I always try to have one hand on the baby when he's in the tub, and that makes opening any type of bottle with one hand very difficult!  I love that the dispenser can dispense the perfect amount of soap with one hand using this simple lever:

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I love that ToiletTree promises that it won't rust over time.  In fact, all ToiletTree products come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

You can purchase this single mount wall dispenser on Amazon for $17.95 in chrome or white with chrome.  For more information, visit the ToiletTree website.

 

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Be Prepared for Spring Allergy Issues with a Family Allergy Season Survival Kit #WellatWalgreens

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Spring Allergy Issues #shop #CollectiveBias

Our entire family suffers with allergy issues, yet somehow, we are always unprepared when allergy season hits.  Spring is our absolute favorite time of the year and being outside is a must.  Soccer games, planting our garden, going to the park, fishing, looking for bugs, and just being outside and enjoying the weather as a family is very important to us.  Allergies have ruined much of this time for us year after year, but this year, I'm going to be prepared!  I purchased a few items that will get our family through allergy season in our Family Allergy Season Survival Kit.

The older boys and I went to Walgreens to see what we would need to deal with our allergy issues before they became a big problem.  I quickly found their allergy medication section and saw the Well at Walgreens brand of different medications.  Hubby had asked me to pick him up some Wal-Zyr, which is a 24 hour antihistimine for adults.

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 The Captain has allergies year-round and we need to always carry something with us in case he breaks out in hives or has a sneezing fit.  Last Spring, he and a friend were rolling in the grass and he immediately started itching, sneezing, and had itchy eyes.  I found that Well at Walgreens had a quick acting antihistimine for children called Wal-Dryl allergy tabs AND they had a bonus size, too!

We also have skin allergies and eczema and while we aren't sure exactly what causes it, we do know that our skin has to be extra moisturized and protected against allergens.  Walgreens had a tremendous selection of products for eczema and skin care.  I found a great heavy duty, non-petroleum moisturizer from BabyGanics that is pure and natural, so I decided to give it a shot.  So far, it has helped the Captain's skin stay moisturized and feel much better!

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Allergy Season Survival Kit #shop #CollectiveBias

So what's in our family allergy season survival kit?  Here's a run down of the essentials:

  • Wal-Zyr 24 hour antihistimine for adults, so we can attack allergies before they start
  • Wal-Dryl allergy tabs for kids, so the Captain's allergic reactions can be stopped quickly
  • Anefrin decongestant Nasal Spray from Well at Walgreens 
  • BabyGanics Protective Ointment for the Captain's skin allergies and eczema
  • tissues!
  • Neil Med Sinus Rinse to flush out allergens and soothe sinuses
  • caffeine free herb tea for soothing sore and itchy throats
  • raw local honey to help allergies year round

Walgreens also has a terrific selection of vitamins and supplements for kids and adults to boost immunity so allergy issues won't be such a problem.  And of course, don't forget the pain relievers, humidifiers, and Breathe Right nose strips to make breathing at night easier.  We also rely on Walgreens for our prescription medication when it is needed.  Walgreens truly is a one stop shop for allergy season.

Beginning February 1, 2011 through December 31, 2014, 1¢ from  the purchase of every Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness product, up to $3 million annually, will support bringing preventative wellness services to local communities through the Walgreens Way to Well Commitment®. What a fabulous initiative that makes me love Walgreens even more.

What does your family rely on to get through allergy season?

Win a Personal Skin Care Bundle From The Mommy’s Club {giveaway closed}

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The Lucky Leprechaun is here which means it's time for you to enter to win some great prizes!  Big thanks to Cheap Is The New Classy for organizing this event!  Here at Life With Captain Fussybuckets, you can win a great skin care package from Mommy's Club.  Mommy's Club products are all GMO free, BPA free, vegan, cruelty free, and made in the USA!  We've been using them in our house for a couple of months now and we really like them!  All the products are fantastic.  (Check out my Mommy's Club full review.)   The Personal Skin Care Bundle is packed with high quality, organic, non-toxic products for you and your family.  Included is: 

  • one Baby Shampoo
  • two Rash & Remedy Skin Relief
  • one Baby Lotion
  • two Perfect Touch Hand Sanitizers (1 oz)
  • two Perfect Touch Hand Sanitizers (4 oz)
  • one Baby Foaming Wash

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Easy Oven S’mores

Easy Oven S'mores - Life With Captain Fussybuckets

I'm a sucker for quick snacks and desserts.  I want to have s'mores without waiting to go camping and microwave s'mores and s'mores-like recipes just aren't the same.  My guys love my easy oven s'mores and I know you will, too!  The beauty of making them in the oven is that the marshmallows brown, just like if you were sitting in front of a campfire.  I also use chocolate chips because I usually don't buy chocolate bars and have them on hand, plus, you're using less chocolate so it's not a total overindulgence.

Ingredients:

Directions:

1.  Place graham crackers on a pan, and arrange chocolate chips on top.  Pile on as many as you like, but remember, they will be melty and messy.  This is the number I've found to work best for feeding toddlers and preschoolers:

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2.  Next, pop them (carefully) into the oven on broil.  Watch them closely because you just want them to be slightly melted and not burnt.  

3.  Take them out of the oven and if you're using big marshmallows, like I did, you'll want to halve them.  Push them down on top of the melty chocolate chips and stick them back in the oven, on broil.

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4.  Watch them very closely and wait for them to slightly brown.  

5.  Take them out, put another graham cracker on top, and eat! 

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See!  Super simple and so yummy!  My guys like to eat their s'mores while playing "Adventurers" with their Backyard Safari vests and adventure toys!  It's the perfect snack for exciting adventures.  :)

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Make a Healthier, Toxic-Free Home with Mommy’s Club

This post was brought to you by Mommy's Club.  All opinions are mine.  I received complimentary products in order to facilitate this review.

For the past few years, I've been on a mission to find the best products for our family.  It's very time consuming to read all product labels, ingredients lists, etc on all of the products our family uses.  It's also time consuming to go to Store A to get this product, Store B to buy this one, etc.  What I really wanted, as a busy mom of three, was to have a one stop shop for all of our bath and body care, vitamins, and household products.  Then I was approached about reviewing Mommy's Club products and I have been nothing but impressed.  My one stop shop is here!

Mommy's Club offers numerous products that are:

  • toxic free
  • BPA free
  • GMO free
  • Vegan
  • cruelty free
  • made in the USA

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Here's a list of the quality products that Mommy's Club currently offers:

  • Baby Shampoo
  • Rash & Remedy Skin Relief
  • Baby Lotion
  • Perfect Touch Sanitizer
  • Baby Foaming Wash
  • Daily Cleansing Foam
  • Cherry Chewable Multivitamin for children, with daily probiotic
  • Advance Omega 3/6/9 – lemon flavored and delicious!
  • Pre-Natal Plus
  • Total Body Health with Multivitamin
  • Total Body Health with Multivitamin for Children

I can say that all of these products are high quality and our family has enjoyed using them all.  I want to share with you what I love about our top three Mommy's Club products!

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  1. Cherry Chewable Multivitamin for children, with daily probiotic – The Captain is very…well….fussy about his vitamins.  I have bought many different kinds of vitamins in hopes of him liking them.  The minute we opened the package from Mommy's Club, I spotted the vitamins, quickly read the back, and handed both of the boys two multivitamins to take.  They instantly declared them the best vitamins they had ever had and I was thrilled!  Take a look at the label:

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2.  Total Body Health with Multivitamin for adults – This is a liquid, 100% vegetarian natural source of over 150 vitamins, minerals, super foods, and enzymes.  It's an all-in-one product that also contains a prebiotic fiber complex with special enzymes to help with digestion.  Also included are unique ingredients for liver and kidney functions, vision and youth, circulatory health, amino acids, and concentrated fruits and veggies.  Why do I like it?  Because it's 1 oz a day of pure goodness for the hubby and me.  In all honesty, he thinks it tastes gross but is still willing to take it.  I personally don't mind the taste and actually think it's pretty tasty for something with so much goodness in it!

3.  Lavender Body Lotion – I love to slather this on Baby Brother because it is smooth and smells delicious!  It is a blend of vanilla and lavender that is absolutely amazing.  And knowing it's toxic-free and soothing makes it perfect for all of us.

Those are my top 3 but really, all of the products are simply amazing and I would recommend them to anyone.  And Mommy's Club offers bundles of products, as well as detailed descriptions to make it super easy on us when ordering.  

Visit Mommy's Club to sign up for a yearly membership or buy products.  You can purchase a Mommy's Club starter kit for only $39, which includes a year membership, 4 oz Perfect Touch Hand Sanitizer, talking points, compensation plan, product catalog, and get member prices on all of these amazing products.  OR you can select any of the bundles, starting at $99 and a Mommy's Club membership is included.  See, also, how you can sell Mommy's Club products yourself and make supplemental income!

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Kids Go FREE to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Grapevine, Texas

This post was brought to you by LEGOLAND Discovery Center and US Family Guide.  All opinions are mine.

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The boys have always been intrigued by Legos and while we haven't made it to LEGOLAND Discovery Center yet, we are going soon!  They are going to have an absolute blast, I just know.  LEGOLAND Grapevine has fifteen different attractions, like Merlin's Apprentice LEGO Ride, DUPLO village, and much more.

4-24-12 --- Legoland Discovery Center, Grapevine, Texas

 

LEGOLAND Discovery Center is the ultimate indoor playground for kids who are the biggest fans of LEGO! LEGOLAND Discovery Center Grapevine is one of DFW's best attractions for kids.  Reach out and touch the stars in the 4D cinema, build the fastest car in LEGO Racers: Build & Test, zap the bad guys in Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, or have the ultimate LEGO birthday party. Plan your family visit and jump into the biggest box of LEGO bricks!

4-24-12 --- Legoland Discovery Center, Grapevine, Texas

4-24-12 --- Legoland Discovery Center, Grapevine, Texas

Right now, kids go free with purchase of adult admission.  Visit DFW Kids Guide for the coupon.  Limit four free kids tickets with four paying adults.  Offer expires 12/31/2014.

 

 

Start your Garden Indoors with DIY Seed Pots! Great Earth Day Craft, too!

This DIY seed pots post has been brought to you by Oriental Trading.  All opinions are mine.  This post contains affiliate links.

Earth Day is April 22nd and a great day to teach about recycling, gardening, and just being kind to the Earth we all live on.  Now is the time to start thinking about our Spring Garden, however, and I wanted to start some seeds indoors with the boys, so they will be ready to plant by Earth Day, or sooner.  

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I received these seed pots from Oriental Trading and we were excited to decorate them.  I gave the boys some markers, eco-friendly glue, googly eyes, tissue paper, eggshells, and old cooked spaghetti noodles, just for fun.  I was curious as to what they would come up with.  (The googly eyes and other items that aren't biodegradable should be removed before planting.)

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We had a blast decorating the biodegradable seed pots.   The Captain tried to make a pot that looked like Daddy.  We made a smiley face out of eggshells that we had put in the compost bucket.  We used the cooked spaghetti noodles to spell "BP" for bell pepper.  D made a four-eyed monster that he was quite proud of:

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After we were done decorating, we filled the pots with potting soil and planted a few seeds in each.  We planted herbs, tomatoes, and bell peppers, then wrote on the back of the seed pots the name of the type of seed that was planted in them, so we wouldn't forget.IMG_0142

Our seed pots have sprouted and will be all ready to transfer to our garden when Spring comes!  The boys are excited and I am, too!  We love gardening!  Most of the googly eyes have fallen off with water, and watering does change the appearance of the pots over time.  

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These DIY Watch It Grow Medium Seed Pots can be purchased at Oriental Trading  for only $8.25 for 24.  They are made of biodegradable peat fiber, so you can plant them right into the garden without worrying about disrupting the roots.  As I noted before, however, you should remove all plastic decorations before planting them, although most fall off with watering.

 

Happy Spring and Happy Earth Day, too!