Calculus of Change + Amazon #giveaway US #MovieNight #rwm

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Movie nights aren’t always in the budget, so I’m grateful that my kids enjoy watching at home nearly as much!  In the debut novel The Calculus of Change by Jessie Hilb, main character Aden is my kind of girl.  When she and her friend Marissa had a movie night together and decided between Love Actually and Bridget Jones’s Diary, I did a fist pump.  Colin Firth….Good taste, girls!

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Top 100 Classic Radio Shows #LoveIsInTheAir #giveaway ends 2/14 US #rwm

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Once upon a time, the airwaves were flooded with amazing content that went beyond music!  Top 100 Classic Radio Shows from the Portable Press Store  brings back this fabulous genre with colorful, glossy pages and a CD sampler.   [Read more…]

Snow Day Activities for the Kids

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I’m always excited when we get that Snow Day phone call…it means sleeping in and enjoying the day with a good book. My kids usually play outside for a couple of hours, then they’re ready for something more.  Video games hold interest for a little while, but why not try something different?  These books offer creative ideas using ingredients and materials you might just have around the house.

Wood pallet art is everywhere these days, but it’s often found at a high price.  The book Wood Pallet Wonders gives tips and strategies for making your own decor using pallets.  The author provides details about the kind of pallets to use, how to break them down, and suggestions for projects.  Perfect for DIY fans and older teens, this book could help your kids turn a talent into an entrepreneurship!

Slime Sorcery sounds amazing already, doesn’t it?  When I taught science, we made “slime” every year in lab.  It was an inexpensive project that held the kids’ interest without fail.  This book is more like a science cookbook.  It’s a great, safe way to show kids how to experiment, pay attention to outcomes, and make predictions.  There are so many recipes in this book that you could make this a snow day tradition!   Keep in mind that some of the slime results can be messy, so I strongly urge you to make sure the kids keep the slime at home.  I’ve seen many frustrated teachers who found themselves battling the slime for students’ attention!

If snow days have you craving the sunny feel of summer, just pretend you’re a mermaid.  The book Be a Real-Life Mermaid has all the tips and tricks you need to make it happen!  It’s great for those who want to host a mermaid themed party, or even just to have beauty tips to make you look like one.  A happy bonus is that the book highlights the importance of keeping our oceans clean, so it might even spur your budding mermaid to be a part-time environmentalist.

One lucky Savings in Seconds reader will win these 3 books full of activities and ideas! The giveaway is open to US readers ages 18+. Void where prohibited by law. MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations. Good luck!

Thanks to Ulysses Press for providing me with copies of these books.

Extraordinary DVD available January 16 #ExtraordinaryMovie #giveaway

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My daughter is so much more level-headed than I was at her age.  She doesn’t want to date at all right now; instead, she wants to focus on becoming the best version of herself.  We’ve prayed for both of our children’s future spouses even before they were born, though, and I am hopeful that God will be faithful in providing loving Christian mates for my children.  My husband and I have tried to model a strong, faith-based Christian marriage for them, but it’s not always easy!   The upcoming movie Extraordinary describes the finish-the-race mentality of one remarkable marriage.

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Knoxville RV Show – January 5-7 2018 Sevierville Convention Center #KnoxvilleRVShow #ad

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With the nation shivering under winter’s cold gaze, you might have forgotten what summer feels like.  Here’s your chance to think about warmer weather and the great outdoors.  We attended the Knoxville RV Show this weekend, and enjoyed it so much.  I think you will too! [Read more…]

Fun family day at @amctheatres #Jumanji

It was a pretty quiet winter break at the Savings in Seconds house.  I’m not on an official no-spend month, but we have tried to minimize post-Christmas spending. The kids received several new toys and gadgets so we didn’t need to go more and do more.  However, when the temperatures started dropping down, down, down….we got a little cagey.  So, to the movies we went!  All of us voted on Jumanji. The “old” version is a family favorite, so I was excited to see how this one compares. 
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The X-Files — How to Wait Until Next Wednesday

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It’s not often that I commandeer the remote control from the rest of the family.  Most of the time, a blanket and book are more my style…or maybe sitting behind the laptop screen.  On Wednesday at 8 pm, though, it was MINE.  Why?  Because Scully and Mulder were back on, that’s why!  [Read more…]

Home Alone 2 Family Night at Ovation Brands restaurants

Disclosure: We will receive a Home Alone 2 prize package like this one, thanks to Ovation Brands. Opinions shared are mine.

Over winter break, our family went to Ryan’s buffet twice….and the kids have already wondered when we can go back.  My husband always looks forward to their fried chicken (last time, he said it was the BEST).  My son double-fists the pillow soft rolls slathered in honey butter. He and I fill up on popcorn shrimp, and I adore the restaurant’s fried okra.  My daughter looks for potato soup, and usually makes a soft taco.  We all love the dessert variety, and I taught my kids how to make the perfect tip on an ice cream cone.   Through January 25, head over to an Ovation Brands restaurant on Thursday nights for an extra-special Home Alone 2 promotion!  [Read more…]

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon – book review

It’s finally Christmas break.  Getting out of school on December 21 means that Christmas feels like a regular weekend to me.  I gifted myself with a day in today….didn’t even take a shower until almost bedtime.  It was so nice to relax and mentally prepare for the whirlwind of Christmas weekend.  I spent my day reading Everything, Everything and it was worth every second.
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Pet Magasin fan favorites for your pet’s stocking #PetMagasin #PetGrooming #ad

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Our little Sweetpea is, without a doubt, a member of our family.  So yes, she gets a stocking.  If your dog has a stocking, stuff it with Pet Magasin products that you both can enjoy all year long. Sweetpea really loves the soft bristles of the two-sided brush, which relaxed her so much that she immediately took a nap afterwards.  Look at those sleepy eyes!

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