Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Holiday Madness

Today marks the end of the year, and the end of Holiday Madness! The toys, clothes, books, and games have been put away. The trash has been cleaned up. The dishes have been washed and holiday specific ones stored away for next year. The's still in the house. It's been emptied of it's lights, ornaments, and garland though. The thing is just too much for me to get outside on my own and hubs has been working so much, so for now it's just taking up space in what is now the play/learning area. I'm sad to see the holidays go, but so so happy to be done with all the stress!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Mighty Leaf Tea Giveaway!

Do you like tea? I know I love tea! I find it to be very relaxing, and after a day of housework, pets, kids, unschooling, and life in general, relaxing is beyond necessary! So, sign up and cross your fingers! Maybe you'll win and get to relax with tea too!

P.S.- All these awesome blogs you see? Yeah, I follow them...I love these people! I'm very happy to get to participate in something with them!

It's a Holiday Giveaway, we all love giveaways and they go so good with the season, get a cup of tea and join us.

Sponsored by: Mighty Leaf Tea - Organized by: Crafty Spices Please take a moment to read Jay's Holiday Mighty Leaf Tea Review and learn the contents of this Holiday Chest and which would be the best tea for you depending on your day!

Mighty Leaf Holiday Collection Tea Chest The perfect gift for any tea aficionado.  An artisan gift box with 30 black, green, and herbal tea pouches.  Egyptian chamomile flowers mingle with subtle citrus slices in Chamomile Citrus.  Also available in three other assortments.

Special thank you to our supporting co-host bloggers: 

Two Winners will be Selected.

First one will win the Mighty Leaf Tea Prize Pack (Mighty Leaf Holiday Collection Tea Chest and a Tea Top Brew Mug); Second winner will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card (Code will be sent via email).

This giveaway will begin Monday, December 8th and will end on Monday, December 22nd. Winners will be randomly selected from all valid and verified entries, they will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond, if not another winner will be selected.

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Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contact: jay @CraftysSpice [dot] com if you have any additional questions or comments.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Birthdays and Breakdowns

G turned 5 yesterday. After I put all the kids to bed I sat down and cried, full on tears, panic and breakdown.  L turned 2 a couple months ago, G just turned 5, P turns 10 in a few months....They're growing and needing me less and less. I'm honestly a bit afraid. I've never done anything with my life outside of being a mom, what am I supposed to do when they don't need me anymore? I know they'll always need me, but it'll be different....I guess this is just part of motherhood. I'm scared but I'm also so far beyond the excited! It's amazing watching them grow, develop personalities, become the little people that they are. These kids amaze me more and more every single day, I consider myself lucky to be witness to something so amazing. 

I'm heading to bed. The kids may do amazing things, but that shit is tiresome lol. Good night dear followers.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Review: Book- Terry Treetop Saves The Dolphin

I was given the opportunity to review the e-book "Terry Treetop Saves The Dolphin" written by Tali Carmi. "Terry Treetop Saves The Dolphin" is the story of Terry Treetop, a fun loving and very curious little boy, who is on vacation with his family. He is at the beach when he sees dolphins playing in the water, and being the curious boy that he is, he of course has to try and befriend them! This wonderfully illustrated story is for ages 2-8 and is available in both e-book and paperback form. 

L, my 2 year old, loved the story! He sat through the whole thing, though seemed to have some problems understanding the larger and more complex words in the story. He did enjoy all of the brightly colored pictures and had fun finding and pointing out Dido, the baby Dolphin, in each of the pictures. 

G, my 4 year old, had so much fun with this story! He was able to read some parts to me and was happy to listen to me read some parts to him. He too had some issues with the bigger more complex words, but was fine once they were explained to him with terms he could better understand. He loved Terry Treetop and noticed many similarities between the character and himself.  

P, my 9 year old, even read the story. Although it is pretty far below her reading level she enjoyed it and thought it was a cute story. She really liked that even though it's an e-book it still had a lot of "really gorgeous" pictures to go with the story.

As mom, I feel like "Terry Treetop Saves The Dolphin" is a great story to read to the younger kids. It teaches love, respect, and care for animals and our planet! The story is great for teaching kids about helping others, the good feeling you get when you help someone (even if it's an animal and not another person), and can be a great stepping stone to teaching your children about what is happening with our ocean animals. Although some of the more complex words were frustrating for the younger kids, they were easily explained and didn't stop them from loving the story! This was a great book for my unschooled boys, especially with their new found interest in all things ocean. 

You can get the book "Terry Treetop Saves The Dolphin" by Tali Carmi on Amazon and you can find Tali Carmi on Twitter and her website The Kids' Books.


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