Learning How to Read with Reading Kingdom - A Dynamic Program for Evening Homeschool


We hope you are having a great week!

The Reading Kingdom program was perfect for our kindergartener. We integrated the program as part of our evening homeschool curriculum. This program is perfect for children in preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and third grade.

This software is web-based and we can even use it when we travel!

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We are excited that she can still utilize the program in the summer when she prepares for her next grade level. We thought about ABC Mouse as a monthly subscription software package, but we will definitely stick with Reading Kingdom! She can use the program while she learns: reading comprehension, sight words, and phonics.

Find out more about Reading Kingdom by clicking here - http://www.ReadingKingdom.com/

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The Residence Inn by Marriott is the BEST Hotel for Millennial Families!



The Residence Inn is definitely meant for millennial travelers and their families to truly relax, connect, and unwind! Our family experienced the Residence Inn in Tyler, Texas!

The Residence Inn in Tyler is the BEST location for families in the East Texas area. If you are planning a family vacation...choose RI Tyler, if you are planning a staycation, choose RI Tyler! It has everything that meets the multigenerational travel needs of your family! Grandparents, parents, and the grandchildren can fall in love and engage with one another at this unique hotel!



Tucked at the end of Broadway street in the middle of a neighborhood, is a travelers dream - the Residence Inn hotel. It has a large lounge area downstairs that transforms from a hearty breakfast area to a mid-day lounge and then a trendy bar lounge area in the evenings! 

Speaking of the evenings - each room features a weekly calendar on their refrigerator. This calendar includes an amazing schedule with a daily theme!



Monday's - It's On
- You can start the week off right with snacks, sips and good conversation!

Tuesday's -  Off the Grill
- Get fired up. Better yet, let us do it for you. We're grillin' and chill' with cold beverages. 

Alternating Wednesdays - Mix It Up
- Get a taste for the local vibe with great food truck fare, restaurant pop-in tastings or sweet finale to your day.

If you are visiting the hotel on a day that is not highlighted above, you can stop by the front desk at anytime to get the scoop on their favorite spots and what is going on around town!

One of the most important aspects for our family is CONSERVATION! They are focused on helping the each thrive! Also, you can bring your own earth-friendly laundry detergents (our favorite is Seventh Generation) to wash your clothes in the coin operated laundry machines downstairs.


Here are the Top 10 Reasons by the Residence Inn Tyler is the best hotel for families!

1 - It is next door to the Carmike 14 Movie Theater!
*It has GREAT popcorn!

2 - It is 1-2 miles away from an outdoor mall - The Village at Cumberland Park!

3 - Target is only MINUTES away! You can travel to Target by traveling a side street by turning left from the hotel. Ask the front desk!

4 - The Waterpark by the Villages in around 20-30 minutes away, but it is a GREAT indoor Waterpark!

5 - An abundance of restaurants in the area! We've tried - Spring Creek (great seafood), Cheddars (wonderful homestyle food), a great themed Whataburger restaurant, and a dynamic Zoe's Restaurant!

6 - There are BOOKS for your family to READ downstairs!
*This is one of our favorite things to do while cruising - visit the library! At the RI Tyler, you can find a library downstairs!

7 - Each room features a refrigerator and freezer! It is great for storing your groceries from Target AND any leftovers from a restaurant meal.

8 - Breakfast is AH-Mazing and it features vegetarian friendly options!

9 - There is a FOUNTAIN in the parking lot of the hotel! The fountain is also color coded - which is great for teaching colors!

10 - Each room features a sleeper sofa! This is great for families who want to travel with the children!

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Three Outstanding Amazon Prime Movies for Kids - Based on Books!


It is almost the weekend and if your family is like my family, your Roku or Apple TV will take center stage in your weekends (especially for very cold days in Texas). :)

Here's a nice family video playlist focused on published books for your upcoming weekend!

1 - An Amazon Original - The Snowy Day (by Ezra Jack Keats)


We watched this video after Christmas, but this is a great video and book). It features a delightful song by Boyz II Men, which was a great surprise in the middle of the film!


2 - If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (written by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond)


My little one reads this book at her child development center and we also added it to her 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten list! What a great way to compare the books against the movie!

3 - An American Girl Story - Melody 1963: Love Has to Win


The was the first non-animated film that my preschooler watched from beginning to end. We watched it on a Sunday morning before church and I laughed, I cried, and I thought about the past (as portrayed in the movie). My little one loved it and she wanted to watch it again!

There were some parts of the movie that prompted conversation from my little one, but overall - she loved it. I would recommend this for 7-10 year olds. :) Also, this movie would be GREAT for Martin Luther King day and/or Black History Month!

These are three amazing Amazon videos for the weekend!]

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Teaching Your Kids about MLK Through Travel

You can certainly watch videos or read books to teach your kids about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Alternatively, you can visit cities associated with the civil rights movement so your kids can see artifacts and important sites for themselves.



Weekdays Count! - Recording Your Daily Progress with the EatSmart Precision Digital 550 Bathroom Scale


The Weekends Count Dad is making his weekdays count by continuing his weight loss journey. He checks his weight each day by using the EatSmart Precision Digital 550 Bathroom Scale. Check out his review of the scale!


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In fact, our little one loves to identify the numbers as they appear on the digital blue screen. It is a great teaching tool as well! We give this scale 4/4 stars!

Check out the EatSmart Precision 550 Bathroom Scale - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01ATYK3M6

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Our Top STEM Toy Pick for 2016 - The "I Do 3D Vertical Pen"!


Realistically, professional parents who work outside the home and/or who commute for 30-minutes to an hour to work have a limited amount of time to spend with their children in the evenings. Post of the time, this precious time is filled with dinner prep, after school activities, sports, etc.

This busy situation is true for our small family as well and we emphasize homework or a STEM activity for our preschooler each day. She really enjoys the hands-on activities instead of the workbooks, but she really likes creating items and watching physical changes occur during the science experiments.




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Here's Step 1 - Utilize the Design Paper to Create the Martian!



Step 2 - Allow the Solution to Cool (while admiring your creation)!



Step 3 - Make Your Creation a 3D Creature!


Toys like the "I Do 3D Vertical Pen" (the price ranges between $3.39 and $19.99) is one of those affordable, versatile toys for busy families who want to emphasize the science, technology, engineering, or mathematics in 30 minute segments for their children. Our preschooler LOVED creating her own objects and viewing them on the dining room table each day!






Tony, my husband, is a former science teacher and my father is a former science teacher as well. So, science definitely runs in my family. My preschooler also loves science. She will definitely be a STEM Girl and I know that she will carry on the family name in the science field!

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Want to Avoid Mosquitoes During Family Trips? Try the MosQUITO Bands!


Originally, I am from East Texas and my childhood was focused on outdoor play! We created mudpies, I created playhouses, and most memorable of all - I helped my mother in the garden!

I wanted to provide our preschooler with the same experience, but the mosquitos continue to push us BACK inside of the house! Last year did not cause the mosquitoes to hibernate and this caused DOUBLE the trouble this year! 


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When we received the MosQUITO product, I had to JUMP at the opportunity to organize and mulch the brush in the back yard. This band fit snugly around my wrist and I also placed another Mosquito band around the ankle of my preschooler! 


We did not have ANY bites when we entered the house after mulching A LOT of branches and cleaning the summer toys! This was exciting news for me and we will definitely include the MosQUITO (#selpHbalance) natural insect repellent bands in our winter AND summer activities!


By the way, these will be GREAT travel accessories as well! Especially when your traveling on a cruise or airplane and your are limited to a certain liquids. :) 

Search for the MosQUITO bands on Amazon (http://amzn.to/2etGtqO) and on Twitter - #selpHbalance! Have a great week and plan for the weekend!

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