Wednesday, October 1, 2014

I'm a #WeevaStoryteller #ad

I'm a Weeva Storyteller Ambassador. All opinions are my own.

This month I am so excited to share that I am a Weeva Storyteller for the next few months. What that means is that I will be putting together memories along with family and friends about Mary. Our memories will be put into a "tapestry" and in a few months, the entire thing will be made into a lovely keepsake book for our family!

The theme I picked is about Mary growing up. I can't believe that my baby is already 7 years old! And we've already done so much and made so many memories that I don't want to start forgetting. So with some help, I will be putting all the memories and pictures into our Weeva tapestry so we can always look back at the fun we had with Mary growing up.

With Weeva, you work together with family and friends to collect your favorite stories in an online Tapestry; Once collected, you can print your stories in an art-quality book for yourself or someone else. Plus it's free to collect the stories. Weeva monetizes only when people order their beautiful yet affordable books.

If you'd like to learn more about Weeva, please check out their introduction video below.

And make sure to stay tuned for our updates over the next few months!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

5 Homeschool Lessons Using a @Springfree Trampoline

I am a Springfree Trampoline Ambassador. All opinions are my own.

Last year Mary got a Springfree Trampoline and other than a use for excess energy, she has also been using it for home-school lessons. In our home-school, we use creative ways to teach since we use the Charlotte Mason way of teaching. Basically that means that we teach from what is around us and that almost everything can be a lesson. We don't just focus on all worksheets and books. So here are a few creative ways we've used our Springfree Trampoline to learn!

  1. Learn about gravity! This one is probably the most obvious but learning about gravity using a trampoline is a fun exercise for kids. Let each child jump on the trampoline and learn that when they come up, they must come down.
  2. Learn about the solar system! This is a fun lesson to use with balls or even a solar system model. Since the planets are all pulled by gravity, get each child individually on the trampoline and using the balls to represent the planets, pretend that the trampoline is the actual solar system. Have the child go around the trampoline like the planets would.
  3. Learn about the sky! This one can be done just by lying on your back in the trampoline. Have the kids lie on their backs in the trampoline and look up into the sky. Have them observe the things they see including the different types of clouds.
  4. Learn about magnetism! The legs of a Springfree Trampoline are magnetic so bring out different items for your kids to test on the legs to see if they are magnetic or not.
  5. Learn about aerodynamics! Have the child jump on the trampoline and try to figure out which way the air is hitting them. Aerodynamics helps kids learn about how air moves around a solid object so having them figure out where they felt the wind the most is fun! Plus they can try different moves and positions to see if they feel the air any differently.
Have you ever used your trampoline for science lessons?

Driving the 2014 CMAX Energi During National Drive an Electric Week

Last year our family reviewed the C-MAX Hybrid and I coined it as "the best hybrid". We've driven a lot of different cars and hybrids in the past few years but our ultimate favorite is still the C-MAX. There are honestly a lot of reasons why we love it so much but a huge reason of mine is that it's a convenient ride. Plus I feel safe in it and that's not something I normally say about smaller cars.

The C-MAX Energi has an amazingly wide windshield that I really love. I noticed that right off and I really like how there are little windows near the blind spots too. You can see so much more of the road that normal.

Unlike the C-MAX hybrid we reviewed last year, the Energi can also plug in to charge with electricity. The space to plug it in is actually above the front driver side wheel. You just push the door and it pops up. Then just get your plug from the trunk and keep it charged for at least 2.5 hours but everyone suggests doing it overnight. When you have a full battery and a full tank of gas, you get 100 mpg!

Another amazing feature that will be a help to all moms with little kids is the seatbelt holder in the back. When I try to plug Mary's seatbelt in, it always comes right over her neck and hurts her, but if you use the built in seatbelt holder in the C-MAX, it keeps it right where it needs to be!

In the C-MAX Energi, everything you need is in the center console as well, which includes the gear shift. I love how comfortable the feel is plus everything is right in arms reach. And one of my favorite things is the touchscreen computer. It's super helpful when you're driving!

On the dashboard, you can monitor your battery usage as well and I always keep this feature on. I like to see how much my battery is charged and my average MPG is.

The C-MAX Energi also has lots of room for the family too. With a large backseat, and plugins as well, the kids can be entertained. And moms with full hands have the ease of the push button shut of the trunk or even swipping your foot underneath the bumper. By doing that, it activates your car's trunk to shut as long as you have your key on you.

So my final thoughts on the C-MAX Energi? It's by far the best family hybrid I have ever driven in. I love it so much that I'm actually thinking of buying one for myself. And I've been looking around for prices too. It's great for families on the go and one day I hope to have one of my own in my driveway for keeps.

Did you know that Ford dealers are going above and beyond to become EV certified? Not every dealer is certified to sell electric vehicles and here are some of the things they must do to pass:

  • To become certified, dealers had to satisfy a list of other requirements, including: 
  • One of the two required charging stations at the dealership must be in the customer area and the other must be in the service area 
  • At least one Focus Electric and C-MAX Energi must be available at all times for demonstrations and events 
  • Of the sales consultant, sales manager, service advisor and service manager jobs at each location, 80 percent must meet specific electric vehicle training certification requirements that cover topics including advanced knowledge of electrification 
  • Each showroom will have point-of-purchase display materials including digital assets and window signage 
  • Participation in a Ford Go Green Dealer on-site facility assessment to identify energy- and cost-saving opportunities with a goal of facilitating energy efficiency, lower operating expenses and carbon footprint reduction.
If you're in the Atlanta area, check out these dealers that are EV certified or are in the process of becoming certified:

  • Cherokee Ford Lincoln, Alpharetta 
  • Frank Jackson Sandy Springs Ford, Atlanta 
  • Malcolm Cunningham Ford, Atlanta 
  • Mall of Georgia Ford, Buford 
  • Gwinnett Place Ford Lincoln, Duluth 
  • Allan Vigil Ford Lincoln, Morrow 
  • Wade Ford, Smyrna 
  • Gene Evans Team Ford Lincoln, Union City 
  • Akins Ford, Winder

Monday, September 29, 2014

Fall Family Selfies #suavefamilyselfie #LB2LB #walmart

This is a Lunchbox sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Fall is my favorite time of the year and that's why our family celebrates fall to the fullest. The cool crisp air is so refreshing after a hot summer and I absolutely love when the trees change colors. A few weekends ago, we celebrated fall for the first time this year and we had a blast!

Does your family love fall as much as us? Then get outdoors and snap some pictures! Then you can enter for a chance to win a Suave® Fall Family Selfie prize pack when you put your photo on Instagram.

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Step 1: Take a family selfie (or use a recent one!)
Step 2: Post it on Instagram using the 3 hashtags: #suavefamilyselfie #LB2LB #Walmart
Step 3: Fill out this form and submit your Instagram link.

You can also enter the sweepstakes weekly to increase your chance of winning. Each week 6 new winners will be drawn to receive a $175 Walmart prize pack.

So what are you waiting for? Get outside and snap some gorgeous fall family selfies today!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Never Eat Ice Cream Without #WaterWipes @WaterWipesUSA #ad

This post is sponsored by WaterWipes and Mommy Bag Marketing. Although I received product and financial compensation, all opinions are entirely my own.

Let's face it, there are so many products out today for babies that it's hard to keep up. When I first had Mary, I didn't really think that there could be bad things in baby products. I mean, who would want to put harmful things in products for infants. So I blissfully went about my own ignorant way of not reading labels at all. But when I did start reading labels, when Mary was about 18 months old, I was shocked at the types of ingredients that are in things. And baby wipes are one of them. 

Have you read the back of typical baby wipes in the store? I have a rule in my house - if I can't pronounce it or if I don't even know what it is, I don't buy it. Why? Because they could be harmful chemicals that aren't needed in your body. 

Recently we found new baby wipes that are chemical free. That's right, they are natural baby wipes
Most baby wipes contain harsh chemicals, even those that are labeled eco-friendly or organic. WaterWipes are the only baby wipes containing absolutely no chemicals. Plus they are the only baby wipes ever to be approved by the Independent Allergy UK. And that's a relief to me since Mary has eczema so I know she can use them without any problem.

The other weekend we decided to put them to the test to see if they could also clean up other messes, like a child full of ice cream in a toy store...

And they passed our test wonderfully!

Other than cleaning up ice cream messes, did you know they can help prevent diaper rash too? If you want to learn more about Water Wipes, then make sure to follow their social accounts.

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