Saturday, April 12, 2014

Rhyme to Read {Review}

I recently had the chance to review a great new app called Rhyme to Read.  Since Lovebug is so excited to start Kindergarten since he turned 5 a few months ago, I thought this would be a fun app to try out and see if it is something he could use soon.  This app has 20 books that focus on word families.  Here is a screen shot of book 1 using the -at family.
This is near the end of the book and all the -at words that have already been used in the book are on the left.  This makes it easy to review the words before trying to read the sentence on the right.  Some site words are also introduced throughout the story and there is always a list of those in the upper right corner.  Kids can touch any of the words to hear it read to them if they are having trouble with it.

Each book also has some great suggestions for use at the beginning to give me ideas of how to best use this with Lovebug!
 Here is a little more about the app from the Rhyme to Read site:

The program emphasizes word families (e.g., cat, rat, sat) which are color-coded to assist children in discriminating the different patterns. The only prerequisites are the recognition of letters and knowledge of consonant letter-sound connections. Rhyme to Read enables children to feel confident as they enter the world of reading.

I think this will be a great app to use in helping my kiddos learn to read and I recommend it to any of you that would like to help your own kids!  Just head over to the Rhyme to Read site and you will be able to try one book for free or purchase all the books for only $9.99.

I received this app for free for review and all opinions are mine.


Friday, January 3, 2014

He Finally Arrived!

 Our big boy!
9 lbs, 22 inches

Our big baby boy finally made his appearance on Monday!  This is the first time that I have ever made it to my due date! I was hoping to have a natural birth since I had pitocin for induction with my last two and I didn't want to have to go through that again.  (We almost didn't make it to the hospital with Sweetie so I was induced to make sure we did with the next two!) I had a dr appointment on the Thursday before my due date and my doctor thought I would go in labor soon (actually she thought that for about 2 weeks!), so I did not want to schedule anything yet but she said I could call her if I changed my mind.  By Saturday afternoon, I was getting more and more nervous that this baby was going to decide to come super fast once it started so I called to see if we could still schedule something.  She said Sunday night was open so that is when we headed in.  I was already dilated to 4 when we got there, so we just decided to break my water and wait with the pitocin.  And it worked out great!  I was able to have a natural birth and our big baby boy arrived 2 1/2 hours later!  I even had a really great nurse who trained at a hospital where natural births were very popular and she didn't require me to stay in bed and be hooked up to all the monitors.  

Finally getting to hold my sweet boy

Proud daddy

Excited siblings

We are so blessed!!


Monday, December 9, 2013

The Promise Winner

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway for The Promise DVD!  Here is the winner that picked:

Congratulations Carla!  You will have 48 hours to get back to me or I will have to pick a new winner.


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Sound of Music Live!

 Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

One of my favorite movies is The Sound of Music.  I enjoy so many of the songs from it and it is such a great family movie.  So I was pretty excited to hear about the upcoming new LIVE version of this classic movie!  Coming this Thursday, December 5 at 8/7c, The Sound of Music will be shown live on NBC.  I can't wait to watch this with my family and hope that you all will be able to as well!

From executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron ("Smash," "Hairspray," "Chicago") comes an instant holiday classic: "The Sound of Music," based on the original Broadway musical. Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer star as Maria and Captain von Trapp in this beloved story of the young novice who falls in love with Captain von Trapp and his seven children, set against the backdrop of Nazi-occupied Austria. The jewel in the Rodgers and Hammerstein crown, "The Sound of Music" contains some of the most famous songs ever written for the stage, including "The Sound of Music," "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen," "Climb Every Mountain" and "Edelweiss."
This new version of "The Sound of Music" will be a faithful adaptation of the original stage musical, to retell the story for a whole new generation. And more than that, it will be broadcast LIVE, adding a whole new level of immediacy and excitement. Get ready to reintroduce your family to the most joyful, most emotional and most musical family adventure of them all.

This post is part of the Faith & Family Viewing Party featuring THE SOUND OF MUSIC, live on NBC.  As a participant in this party, I will be receiving a $25 VISA gift card for pizza and snacks.


Monday, December 2, 2013

The Promise {Review and GIVEAWAY!}

We recently received a really great Christmas DVD called The Promise.  It is a musical about the first Christmas, Jesus' birth.  We loved watching this together as a family.  The kids liked that it is animated, but I really like that it is not a typical cartoon animation.  It is beautifully done!  We all enjoyed the songs, but it wasn't all singing and the story came through very nicely.  I think this would make a great gift for someone this Christmas season and highly recommend it!  Here is a trailer of it for you to enjoy:

The Promise: The Birth of the Messiah is an animated musical celebration of one of the most pivotal events in all human history, the birth of Jesus Christ.
This beautifully crafted musical is a faithful adaptation of the birth narrative from the Gospel of Luke in both story and song. The animated production leverages optical motion technology to blend traditional animation techniques with the performance talents of ballet dancers and dramatic stage actors. The result is a unique and worshipful story experience that will inspire audiences young and old for years to come.

And now for the giveaway! One of you lucky readers will receive your own copy of The Promise!  To be entered, please leave me a comment letting me know your favorite Christmas movie.  Please be sure I have a way to contact you if you are the winner!  This giveaway will end Monday, December 9 at 8 pm when I will pick a winner using

I received this DVD for free for review from FlyBy Promotions.

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