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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Weekend Home Updates - Installing Our New Xeiccob Shower Head!


As soon as we arrived home from a full week at work, we raced to the bathroom to install something new! Each week, I try to incorporate at least one new item in our home. This usually includes a new pillow, new sheets, new flowers, holiday decorations, etc.


This week, our new item is based on our frequent weekend hotel travel. We decided to incorporate a new Xeiccob shower head that we received free to review in the mail this week! This full spray, shower head is very shiny, sleek, and it included additional materials (arm and sealant tape).



My husband was still in his work clothes, but he stepped in the shower to accomplish our first task for this weekend - installing the shower head! It looks amazing! Check out our progress!


What else should we update in little one's bathroom? If you are interested in this shower head, please check out their link on Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Shower-Chrome-Finish-Pressure-Rainfall/dp/B01GLTP472/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1478816497&sr=8-1&keywords=shower+head.

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A Preschooler's Review of Terry Treetop and the Little Bear by Tali Carmi


We hope you are having a great week!

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Over the holidays, we visited my little one's grandparents in East Texas. This was an incredible road trip for her, because she enjoys the drive. However, it is difficult to keep those important bedtime routines and travel with minimal items.

As a result, we travel light and incorporate mommy's iPad in the bedtime routine by utilizing the Kindle App. We have the Kindle Unlimited plan and this has been great for those busy times when working parents cannot visit the library during the week. Here's our video review!


Remember, we are on our journey to read 1,000 books before kindergarten and the book for the first night of our trip was Terry Treetop and the Little Bear. This book was great and it engaged my preschooler the entire time!

She enjoyed the pictures and rated this book higher than the other books that she read during the weekend. She loves the five star rating system and she will rate books MORE stars or LESS stars than the other books during the week's timeframe.

Check out the hashtag for this book - #TerryTreetopandtheLittleBear

Have a great week and plan for the weekend! Come back next week for our weekly review!

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