Saturday, September 13, 2014

Review of Draft Day on DVD! (Giveaway)

It has been a long time since I saw a movie with the hubby that was just for us.  We typically love sports movies, and we are both Kevin Costner fans, so you know we were excited to see Draft Day, now available on DVD, Blu-Ray, and digital.

The film takes place pretty much in one day.  It's a play-by-play of what goes on behind the scenes of the NFL draft, and it is intense.  Even if you don't like sports, you'll love this film -- especially if you're into business or strategic battles being played out on the big screen.  Jennifer Garner also makes an appearance in this film, as the love interest of the main character.  She's sweet, but firm in this role; she takes the boys down a peg or two!

The movie, which is rated PG-13, was originally supposed to be an R rating, which confuses me.  We usually don't watch R-rated films at my house, because the language is usually excessive.  This film, however, was not that provocative, and the few bad words that were uttered didn't stand out as any more common than in an action-film (like the Superhero kind.)  While none of the characters start out as being role-model types, the challenge of picking the perfect draft for the Cleveland Browns (a true underdog team) does give them all the opportunity to act with integrity -- possibly changing everyone's lives for the better.

I would watch this film again, which I almost never do.  This movie wasn't too predictable, but left you feeling good in the end.

You can rent or purchase this film via Amazon.

Wanna win?  We have an extra copy of Draft Day to give to a lucky reader! To be entered to win, just comment on this post with your favorite Kevin Costner film.  You have until September 20th at 11:59 pm CST to get your entries in. One entry per person. Open to U.S. residents 18+.

*Screener received to review. Opinions are my own.

3 Steps to a Better Baby Bedtime

See that face? That's the face of a determined almost-one-year-old.  He doesn't want to go to bed. He nurses constantly.  He is not happy.  He needs sleep.  (And so does mom.)

We never guessed that our newborn baby who hated baths would become a huge fan of the nighttime ritual.  In fact, a bath is the single guaranteed way I know to change his mood and get him ready for the next part of the night.  In this case, we have been using Johnson's Baby products to transition more smoothly into the bedtime routine.  Here is how it works:

1.  Use the  Johnson's Baby Bedtime Moisture Wash in the tub by putting it under running water. It doesn't bubble up too much, but gives the water a nice soothing feel and scent.  It also works great on a bath poof!

You can also choose the Johnson's Baby Shampoo with the same soothing ingredients.  It doesn't make baby's eyes tear up, and it helps baby rock a fine fauxhawk!

2.  Once baby has had a chance to splash, play, and generally get all the wiggles out, it's time to get out of the tub and have a massage. (Yes, babies love massage!)

If you're little one is like mine, getting settled for the massage may time a few minutes. My curious kid has to investigate EVERYTHING before being OK with having the lotion put on.

Our little guy loves massage, but is also very ticklish!  To keep it from becoming a more stimulating experience than it should be for just before bed, we avoid his ticklish areas (the feet, thighs, and neck) -- and focus on the arms and hands, instead.  The smell of the Johnson's Baby Bedtime Lotion is amazing......

(New to infant massage? This handy guide can help you get a good start!)

3.  It's now time for bedtime!  Our baby usually goes to bed a few hours before I do, so we use time in the rocker together as our final activity before he goes to sleep.  Nursing is a special way to bond, make sure he is well hydrated, and easy his anxieties.  He usually has milk for about 15 minutes, then pushes me away and nestles into my arms.  He knows I'm going to carry him half-awake into his bed where he will finally fall asleep.

Is the process of putting a baby to bed a long one? Yes.  Do I sometimes complain because I have already had a very tiring day?  Yes.  But this is my last baby. I know that this time won't last long.  Using the 3-step process helps to make the bedtime routine efficient, without making it impersonal.

To get more details on all the ways to implement the process, as well as to get tools to help, visit the Johnson's website!  (You can also download their FREE app with sleep tips, white noises, and more!)

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I've received samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

TERRO® Fruit Fly Trap Giveaway

We have fruit flies.  We know that they aren't sewer flies, and they only swarm around the ripe bananas.  They are a pain, and we have done all those home remedies that you see on Pinterest -- but it's still not enough!

If having glasses of vinegar and other home-made traps has you disgusted, a commercial alternative like TERRO® Fruit Fly Trap might be for you.  It is Non-Toxic and takes seconds to set up. Just put it near where you see the flies, such as by unrefrigerated fruits and vegetables, near garbage cans and recycling bins. The non-toxic acetic acid found in the TERRO Fruit Fly Trap lures the flies to the traps and eliminates the infestation.

The traps retail for about $7.99. Find out more info at their website or on Facebook

Wanna Win?  We are giving away a special 2-pack of these traps. To be entered to win, just tell us where you see fruit flies in your home!  You have until September 13th at 11:59 pm CST to get your entries in. One entry per person. U.S. 18+ only.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Homeschool Helps: Review of Zingo! Time Telling Game

Educational games don't always go over very well with my kids.  If they are overtly "educational" they call me on it; they really just want to have fun with their games, and I can't blame them!

Zingo! is a completely different kind of "time telling" game.  First, it's just like a traditional game we already know: Bingo. Second, it some with this very clever "dealer" that spits out the game pieces neatly into a tray.  Kids can return unused pieces into the slots in the top (like a mailbox.) This clever design is not only very attractive to kids, but it is very sturdy and keeps pieces from going missing.

My kids ages 4-11 all played this game together.  The cards are two-sided, with the times filled in on one side for the younger kids.  Children try to get pieces to fill in their Zingo cards for both the hour and minute hands of the clocks shown.  They can take turns being "dealer", but I let the 4-year-old do this job.  He loved it!

Putting away the game is easy, too.  Just pop all the tiles back into the dispenser and stack up the cards!  My kids actually argued over who could put the pieces away.

This game is available at a pretty decent price given what games go for these days.  If your child already knows how to tell time, it may not last years, but it's perfect for a homeschool family, library, or classroom environment with multiple kids of varying ages.

Find this game at the ThinkFun website.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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