Earn Gift Cards With Dealspotr

Disclaimer: I am a Dealspotr influencer, but I do encourage the use of this amazing platform!

I work from home, I am with my kids all day, I homeschool my kids, and I love to bargain shop. What does all of this mean? I have to find ways to help fund homeschool with alternate means. I love earning gift cards to do this. Doing this allows me to buy books, school supplies, and more without it actually coming out of household income. It makes being able to homeschool much easier. Plus, it makes the hubby happy.

Dealspotr is my new favorite way of earning gift cards. I was even able to earn a gift card by becoming an influencer! In addition to earning gift cards, you can find discount codes for shopping online and even printable coupons! So, you earn money and save money. What a great combination!

  Join Dealspotr

You earn Karma by doing certain tasks and can exchange those Karma points for gift cards! 

Spot Deals!

When you are checking out the deals on Dealspotr, you can click a button to boost it. When it gets boosted enough, it becomes "on fire." When this happens, the person who added the deal and the person who boosted it earn points! 

Comment on Deals!

You also get to earn points simply by commenting on deals! While your comment can be super simple like "thank you," you can also earn more points by leaving a more detailed comment. 

Your Profile!

When you select topics that interest you, you can view the deals on your feed, which is a new feature, but super handy. You can even follow specific posters to see which deals they post! When you follow interests that have more followers, you have an opportunity to get more "on fire" deals! 

Your Checklist!

Each day, Dealspotr gives you a checklist. Your checklist will have 3 tasks for you to complete. Your checklist will have simple tasks that only take a few minutes to complete. For doing these tasks, you will earn 200 bonus points. Just doing these tasks will get you gift cards, so at least try to do these every day. 

Flag Bad Deals!

While you do need to have a reason to flag a bad deal, even if it is because it is a duplicate deal, you can still earn Karma points for flagging them. Call it good karma for others searching for deals! 

Add Deals!

You see deals all over the place. They are in your email, on your Facebook sidebar, and on other websites. When you see one, just pop on over to Dealspotr and add the deal. Pretty simple way to earn Karma and help others save money!

Sign Up!

When you sign up using my referral code (THEPALMETTOQUEEN) or this link, you will automatically earn 5000 points, which is basically a $5 Amazon card. You can get it once you earn $10. How Awesome is that, what are you waiting for? Sign up, save money, and earn gift cards! 

Homeschool Resource: Little Passports

Disclaimer: I received a sample to review. All opinions are my own.

This year in our homeschool, we are in Kindergarten and 3k. However, my kindergartener is a bit advanced and while I have to keep him a little grounded, I love watching him learn new things and watch him soak up information. I really want him to learn more about the world around him this year, especially our great country. So, when Little Passports contacted me, I was all on board.

Little Passports have subscriptions for all ages, including Early Explorers (3-5), World Edition (6-10), and USA Edition (7-12). We received a sample of World Edition (Brazil) and the USA Edition. The world edition was especially interesting, as it includes letters, souvenirs, activity pages, and more. There are even teachers guides for Brazil, Japan, France, Egypt, Austrailia, and Worldwide. The USA edition came with a journal and even a camera. These will make great additions to our homeschool year.

These teacher guides are amazing. They can be found as a download on the Little Passports website and make amazing supplements for classroom teachers and homeschool parents. Little Passports is even offering a classroom subscription. I find this to be such an amaing way for kids to learn, plus they love getting things in the mail and seeing items hands on, instead of just in a book.

Each of the special teacher guides include ideas, activities, and resources for teaching the Little Passports World Edition in the classroom. They include sections on Geography, culture, vocabulary, a quiz, and even a bonus activity sheet.

I'm definitely intrigued and will be purchasing this for our homeschool. What a great addition to homeschool curriculum!

Links:
Website
Teacher Subscription
Teaching Guides
Homeschool Resources

Book Review: Michelangelo for Kids: His Life and Ideas, with 21 Activities (For Kids series)

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book to review. However, all opinions are my own. 

I love art. I am not an artist, but my mom is. she taught us to have a great love for the arts, no matter the medium. She has always been a big fan of Michelangelo because he did so much. When I was given the opportunity to review Michelangelo For Kids ($13.27 on Amazon), by Simonetta Carr, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity for some art lessons with my kids.


Michelangelo Buonarroti—known simply as Michelangelo—has been called the greatest artist who has ever lived. His impressive masterpieces astonished his contemporaries and remain some of today’s most famous artworks. Young readers will come to know Michelangelo the man as well as the artistic giant, following his life from his childhood in rural Italy to his emergence as a rather egotistical teenager to a humble and caring old man. They’ll learn that he did exhausting, back-breaking labor to create his art yet worked well, even with humor, with others in the stone quarry and in his workshop. Michelangelo for Kids offers an in-depth look at his life, ideas, and accomplishments, while providing a fascinating view of the Italian Renaissance and how it shaped and affected his work. 

Budding artists will come to appreciate Michelangelo’s techniques and understand exactly what made his work so great. Twenty-one creative, fun, hands-on activities illuminate Michelangelo’s various artistic mediums as well as the era in which he lived. Kids can: make homemade paint, learn the cross-hatching technique used by Michelangelo, make an antique statue, build a model fortification, compose a Renaissance-style poem, and much more. (From Amazon)

I thought this book would be a great experiment with my kids, but it has become so much more. My son is one of these (like me) that he can just learn something and know it after that. My daughter is more hands on, but I want them learning both ways because when they become adults they will have to learn things in different manners. Since this is Kindergarten for my oldest and 3k for my youngest, I thought experimenting with unit studies would be fun. I used this book for our unit study on Michelangelo and found that I didn't really need supplemental material, besides more pictures and videos to fill in. We are going through it and trying to do a different activity each week, but sometimes we do not get to it. It should work for the majority of the year and it encourages so much more than the love of art.

I love the layout, the illustrations, and the information. I even found myself being sucked right in and really looking forward to the activities.

10 Tips For Packing Your Family #ThirtyOneGifts

Disclaimer: I did receive a product to review. However, I truly love Thirty-One products and the company.

How do you pack your family for vacation? Some families pack a suitcase for each person. Some pack one, some families do a combination of these. I think it would be adorable for each of the kids to have their own super- cute suitcases, but that just isn't feasible for us. It is much simpler, especially while the kids are little, to have one bag for all of us.

Growing up, my mom did a combination. Mom and dad in one bag; both boys in one bag; and me in my own bag because I could handle my own clothing. When the kids get older, I might separate theirs, but for now, we are all together. Even with us all together, I have to do things the right way to keep us organized.

Here are 10 tips for Packing Your Family For Vacation: 

1. MAKE A LIST. I cannot stress this enough. It may seem like common sense, but I'm constantly surprised and the number of people who do not do this. When you write your list, literally, write everything you need, including socks, shoes, underpants, and jewelry. When it comes to clothes, I make a list for each person because each kid needs different things and that way I can concentrate on the one child at a time. Beside each item, I put a check box for each number of things I need. This really helps me keep track of everything! 

2. SEPARATE OUTFITS. Whether you put them in zip bags, or just roll them up. Getting ready to go in the morning will be so much simpler with each outfit separated for wear. 

3. PACK SWIMWEAR IN ZIPLOCK BAGS. Not only will this keep you organized, but it will also allow you to keep wet things separated when traveling home or while waiting to. 

4. PUT PAJAMAS ON TOP. Make sure to put your pajamas for the first night, diapers, or anything else that will be needed on arrival day on top. After traveling, you will be so glad that you did. 

5. SHOES. Pack shoes in either zip bags, or put a shower cap over the soles. This will keep clothes clean and germ-free. 

6. PACK EXTRAS. You never know when a heavy rain will hit and soak you, flying food will hit, when you will spill barbecue on yourself, or chocolatey hands will attack (yes, they have all happened to me). Be sure to pack at least one extra outfit for everyone. For kids, especially littles, a couple would be good. 

7. SOCKS. I always pack an extra pair of socks for each day. My brother got stuck in a quicksand pond when we were kids so that always sticks in my mind so I've always packed extra socks and shoes. then, once I had kids, I realized that we needed a pair for each day in the hotel. My kids hate shoes, but I won't let them walk barefoot in the room- those carpets are NASTY and we spray them with Lysol. 

8. EMERGENCY CLOTHING. I cannot stress enough to pack a sweater and pants, even when traveling during the summer. We got caught in a strange weather pattern one year and we were camping. In July, we visited Maggie Valley, North Carolina and it was 48 degrees. We had to buy clothes. Now, I'm always sure to pack at least one warm outfit for everyone. (TIP: I pack this in a separate bag and leave it in the car). 

9. SAFETY TIP. As an extra safety measure, we always take a picture of the kids each morning before we leave the hotel (we do this for day trips, trips to crowded locations, and when hiking as well). You may not remember the exact clothing your child has on, and this photo will be a great tool if the unimaginable ever happens. Better to be safe than sorry. 

10. UTILIZE YOUR FAVORITE BRAND. By ow, you have all surely guessed that Thirty-One is by far one of my favorite brands EVER. I love their branding, beliefs, story, and especially products. They have such ingeous and useful items to keep everyone organized, even the man in your life! With Thirty-One gifts, I know that my organizational needs will be met in the most sylish way possible!

My new favorite is the All Packed Duffle in Dotty Chevron ($80). I have been searching for a duffle that is big enough for all for of us for a few days. I do think that this would would cover all 4 of us for a week- very impressive! This is the duffle for us and it even has a shoe compartment. I actually used it for easy access to diapers, since we no longer use a diaper bag! It also has an outside pocket that is perfect for accessories, small toiletries, makeup, first aid, and more. I used it for Koda's hairbows, brush, and Tbomb's mohawk gel! That way, when I got them dressed, their hair stuff is right their handy. I seriously could not be more happy with this duffle, of course I feel that way about all of my favorite Thirty-One products!


A no-sweat solution for the gym or practice, this durable bag comes with a special compartment to store your shoes. Pack it up for a weekend trip or as a carry-on while traveling. Comes with a detachable shoulder strap!

Size: Approx. 11”H x 22”L x 12”D


Could a Landline Be Your Lifeline? 3 Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe This Summer

Picture this:  It's the end of July—smack in the middle of summer.  Your kids are at home with a caretaker while you toil away at your 9 to 5.  Then, disaster strikes.  There's an emergency at home, and your kids have to call 911 for help.

Are your children calling from a cell phone or a landline?  And does it make any difference? Surprisingly, the answer is yes.  According to the latest data, if you don't have a landline in your home, it could be putting your children in grave danger.

Here's a shocking fact:  According to an investigation by the USA Today, the chances of 911 dispatchers being able to find you based on your cell phone's GPS can be as low as 10% in some parts of the country.  With a significant share of cell phone-to-911 calls being placed from within residences—and 45% of Americans opting out of landline coverage at home—countless people are left vulnerable in emergencies.  The question then becomes not why you should have a landline in the home, but why haven't you gotten one yet?

In the spirit of keeping you and your family safe, I recently partnered with Ooma leading Internet home phone service with reliable E911 technology—to deliver three tips for keeping your home safe this summer in addition to owning a landline.

TIP #1:  KEEP A FIRST AID KIT AT THE READY 

Whether it's for a small scrape or something far worse, it's always a good idea to have a first-aid kit handy.  People who call 911 from their cell phone are often surprised at how long emergency workers take to arrive on the scene.  According to the recent Ooma.com 911 Emergency Response Study, more than one in five cell phone callers feel it takes too long—that's seven times higher than for people who call from a landline.  If you're often in situations when only a cell phone is available, consider keeping a first aid kit nearby.

TIP #2:  WRITE AN EMERGENCY CONTACT LIST 

Make sure that no matter where you are, it's easy for the people around you to call your emergency contacts. Consider posting your own number, as well as first response numbers, on your fridge so your kids know how to reach you and your family, family members who live close by, or the authorities.  Post the name and number of a trusted friend or neighbor, too.  With Ooma's home phone system, up to three of these contacts can be notified by text message automatically when a 911 call is placed.  In situations when every second counts, this reliable Internet-based technology could save tens of thousands of lives.

TIP #3: RECOGNIZE THE FIRST SIGNS OF DANGER

Educate your kids about the sights, smells, and sounds of danger.  If they hear a smoke alarm or see an appliance overheating, advise your children to get outside as quickly as possible.  Planning an exit strategy is key to getting a safe distance away from the house so you can alert a neighbor and have them call the fire department.  Consider making a detailed fire plan with multiple escape routes and keeping a printed copy of your fire plan on visible walls around your house.

For many people, money is understandably a legitimate concern—but when it comes down to it, we really can't put a price on ensuring that the people we love are safe.  Luckily, first aid kits are both lightweight and budget-friendly, while the price of a secure Ooma landline pays for itself in just three months and costs less than a Netflix subscription on a monthly basis.

Got any 911 emergency stories of your own?  I wouldn't be surprised.  In the past five years alone, over a quarter of Americans have called 911 with a cell phone, and in that group, there were many dissatisfied callers.  If you've got a story you'd feel comfortable sharing, I'd love to hear about them! Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below.

Two St. Louis dads put their heads together to produce brainskinz™ interchangeable-shell helmets

St. Louis (July 26, 2016) - After five years in the making, Brainskinz Helmet Systems, LLC has officially launched its line of brainskinz™ interchangeable-shell helmets. Combining safety and style, brainskinz™ helmets have been thoughtfully designed with kids in mind.

“I kept seeing kids, time and again, riding without helmets all over the neighborhood,” said founding partner, John Polansky. “They’d often have their helmets with them, but dangling from their handlebars. I eventually started to question them on this and was continuously told that they either didn’t like the way their helmets looked, or they didn’t like the way they felt. I was determined to figure out a way to make kids want to wear their helmets while out biking or skateboarding, and knew that it was a matter of combining function and form with a bit of personal expression.”

Industrial design engineers at Fred Sparks (www.fredsparks.com), along with Polansky himself, designed both the “Base” helmet which brainskinz calls “function,” as well as the decorative “Shells” which brainskinz calls “form.”

The base helmet is comfortably outfitted with soft, satiny padding, an adjustable clasp-style chinstrap, and a dial-fit that perfectly conforms to a child’s head. The base helmet meets safety testing requirements for bicycling and skateboarding, and can be worn with or without a shell. “The shell, however, is kinda the whole point,” said partner Brad Gilmore. “Choosing and changing the shell is where the fun comes in. Kids love being able to express themselves, changing out the shell based on whatever mood or style they’re feeling that day.”

Design elements have come from Boxing Clever (www.boxing-clever.com) among others, with new shell designs expected monthly.

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About brainskinz


brainskinz™ are fun, changeable helmets that your kids will love to wear! brainskinz™ are colorful, playful, and just plain fun. brainskinz™ can be worn pretty much any time your kids are in motion, and when they get tired of a design, they can simply detach the current Shell and choose another from their collection. Keeping it fresh means keeping them on their melons!

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