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Back to School/5 Year Blogiversary Giveaway

Welcome to the Back to School/5 Year Blogiversary Giveaway
 
Hosted by: Tots and Me
 
Back to school time is here!

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Free Blogger Sign Ups for the Back to School/5 Year Blogiversary Celebration

Free Sign Ups for the
Back to School/5 Year Blogiversary Celebration
 
Organized by Karen @ Tots and Me
There will be 1 Winner.
Prize Package is valued at approximately $340 
(there may still be some additions).
 
You can see the full list of prizes here.
Signups Close August 14th, 2014
Giveaway Dates: August 17th-31stOpen to US residents

You will get a free Facebook link for participating. You must post the giveaway on August 17th and promote 3 times a week.
You can opt to get your choice of second link (Twitter or Pinterest) for posting the announcement post on your blog.
Co-host spots are available for $10. You will get three links (Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest) plus a comment link (to a non-giveaway post). Co-hosts will also be listed on the Giveaway image and have a back-link in the Giveaway post.
All Co-host money will go toward a Amazon Gift Card or Paypal prize (winner’s choice).
Co-host spots, with the same benefits, will also be given if you choose to supply a prize, of at least $10, to the prize package. You will be responsible for shipping the prize to the winner.

Back-to-school Popsicle Recipes from eMeals

School has started but it’s still ridiculously hot, so here are some healthy (Okay, not totally healthy, but it’s Nutella and chocolate!) popsicle recipes you can make with the kids. You can use the 20% off discount code SCHOOL along with their FREE Back to School Recipes Download with purchase of an eMeals subscription.

Organic Coconut Blueberry Popsicle

 

Organic Coconut Blueberry Popsicle

  • 1 1/2 cup organic coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup Greek vanilla yogurt
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 Tablespoons organic shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup organic blueberries

In a glass mixing bowl, mix together coconut milk, honey, shredded coconut, and greek yogurt until well combined. Choose your favorite popsicle mold and fill until half inch from the top. Add blueberries into mixture by pushing them down into the mold, spreading them throughout the popsicle. Fill the remainder of the popsicle mold. Freeze overnight.

Mixed Fruit Popsicles

Mixed Fruit Popsicles

  • 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
  • 1 peach, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 2 cups Vita Coco coconut water (great brand to use because it’s sweet)

Combine all fruit in a mixing bowl and place in your favorite popsicle mold. Pour enough coconut water in each mold to just cover the fruit. Freeze overnight.

(Suggestion: taste your coconut water and see if it’s sweet enough prior to pouring into mold. If not, in a separate mixing bowl add coconut water and your favorite sweetener to taste. Then add to popsicle mold to cover fruit.”

Chocolate Nutella Popsicles

 

Chocolate Nutella Popsicles

  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate milk
  • 1/2 cup hazelnut spread
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix the chocolate milk and hazelnut spread together until well blended. Choose your favorite popsicle mold and fill to the rim and freeze overnight.


Kid Quotes (8/7)

I dropped Jack off for 4-H Forestry judging practice, then Blake and I came home and sat down with a bag of potato chips and a Garfield DVD.
B: Did you check to see if these were poisonous?
Me: No. No, I didn’t. Sorry.

Dentist: When did you turn six?
B: July ninth.
Dentist: That’s my mom’s birthday! But she’s a lot older than you.
B: Everybody is a lot older than me. Except the people who aren’t older.

B: One time I had a dream in a dream in a dream in a dream in a dream in a dream. I dreamed I was sleeping.

B: My favorite party game is Pick the Tail Off the Donkey.

J: Stop staring at me, Blake! It’s creepy.
Me: It’s also rude.
J: Why’s it rude to stare?
Me: …Probably because it’s creepy.

J: That’s so loud it’s hurting my eyes.

B: Hotels have more rooms than you can count.
Me: Well, not really. You can count them.
B: But it wouldn’t be easy. I wouldn’t recommend it.

Emeals Recipe: Turkey-Bacon Tortilla Roll-Ups

The sound of the school bell ringing will soon be a normal part of your child’s day. Whether your child is 4 or 14, adjusting to school is never easy. This transition can be softened with the help of one of my favorite organizational tools, eMeals! eMeals provides you simple breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert meal plans to help you easily and effectively plan meals for your family.

One of the new favorites is their kid-friendly meal plan. Each meal plan comes with a ready-made shopping list to help you get through the grocery store in no time flat! Sign up for eMeals now and you can get 2 bonuses:

Save 20% with code SCHOOL on any eMeals Meal Plan

A FREE Back to School Survival Guide filled with fun back to school recipes including 3 Power Breakfast Recipes, 2 Lunch Box Recipes, 2 Weeknight Dinners, 2 After School Snacks, and 1 Yummy Dessert!
You can see an example of one of the recipes from the Back to School kit below to enjoy with your kids.

Turkey-Bacon Tortilla Roll-Ups

Turkey-Bacon Tortilla Roll-Ups:

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 5 mins

Total: 15 mins

8 slices bacon

Mayonnaise

1 (8-oz) package store-bought guacamole

4 (8-inch) flour tortillas

1/4 lb thinly sliced deli turkey

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (or any shredded cheese)

1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce (optional)

Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp; drain. Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise and guacamole over each tortilla.

Layer turkey, bacon and cheese on each tortilla. Add lettuce, if desired. Roll up tortillas, and cut in half. Makes 4 servings.

Book Blast and Giveaway: Son of War, Daughter of Chaos

 

SonOfWarEBookSon of War, Daughter of Chaos

Aislynn is accustomed to watching for the enemy. Her parents instructed her from the time she was young to look for the signs: people with greater than normal strength, eyes that can glow green, and have the ability to jump long distances. Over the years, Aislynn has come to view her parents’ fears as quirks—things that get in the way of having a normal high school life.

When Aislynn’s mother dies under suspicious conditions, her father doubles his restrictions. But all his precautions can’t stop the boy with glowing green eyes from finding Aislynn. She realizes too late she’s been drafted into an ancient Egyptian war, whether she’s prepared or not. Continue reading Book Blast and Giveaway: Son of War, Daughter of Chaos

TOS Book Review – Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms by Mary Jo Tate

Flourish Book Review
About the book

Title: Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms
Author: Mary Jo Tate
Publisher: Apologia Educational Ministries
Pages: 288
Where I got the book: I received this book free through The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for an honest review.

My review

In the foreward, this book and system is described as “life management, not time management”. All moms have challenges trying to fit in work, kids, recovery time, friends, spouses, family, and an endless list of household tasks. This particular book addresses those issues faced by homeschooling moms, with particular interest in moms who work from home. Mary Jo Tate is also a single mom, and she hasn’t forgotten this sector of homeschoolers who are frequently ignored, particularly in the Christian homeschooling world. She mentions single moms throughout the book, and there is an entire chapter devoted to encouragement for them (us), as well as things other families can do to help make a single-parent family’s journey easier. Continue reading TOS Book Review – Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms by Mary Jo Tate