That one added feature that saved the lives of so many children

Pretty much everyone has heard of ballpoint pens. But hardly anyone has put much thought into why the cap is designed the way it is, am I right?
The BIC company unveiled this design to the world in 1991 which remained completely unnoticed by the majority of people! What was changed? Well, there is now a small hole in the top of the cap of the extremely popular Cristal Pen. Many people didn’t even notice the innovation.

Yet, the decision to switch this design has saved the lives of large numbers of toddlers & small children (including a few adults). More than a hundred children in fact. We all know how much small children love putting just about everything they touch or pick up in their mouths and no matter how hard we try to keep them safe, we as parents are human and we do miss things or somehow our children manage to outsmart us no matter how hard we try with our baby proofing efforts.

A pen cap can very easily get lodged in the windpipe of a child. If such an awful situations were to arise, that little hole in the cap helps get just enough oxygen to the child providing valuable time for the paramedics to rush your little one to the emergency room.

Free Life Cycle Of Frogs lesson plan! FREE DOWNLOAD!

If your a teacher, home schooling or just interested in something educational for your pre-k or kindergartner, I have a FREEBIE for you! Download a free lesson plan teaching the life cycle of frogs!Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 3.28.59 PM

Frog Freebie

Isn’t it fun to learn about slimy squishy animals? Do your preschoolers or kindergarteners know about the life cycle of one of the squishiest amphibians – the FROG? It’s a quick and easy lesson to teach. There’s a free, froggy resource on Educents – just print the pages and start your lesson.

Ways to use this freebie with a Pre-K or Kinder:

This free resource was created by The Multi Taskin’ Mom and is available to download for free on Educents is the best place to discover new and innovative ways to keep kids excited about learning!

  • Practice handwriting & copywork
  • Reading aloud
  • Sounding out the words
  • Have fun coloring
  • Just print & goFrog Freebie Educents


More frog-themed learning resources:

Do your kiddos LOVE frogs? Check out this animation about the Frog Life Cycle, and find more frog-themed games and lessons for all ages below.

  • All About Frogs Packet – This frog bundle includes an informational slideshow, frog-themed anchor charts, rhyming word printables, number cards, writing organizer, and more (all frog-themed!!)
  • Froggy Self-Control Boardgame – Use your frog markers to move across the board and practice relaxation, self-control, and body behavior in the classroom. Students will distinguish good choices from bad choices as they leap around the board!
  • 3-D Frog Anatomy Notebook Model for Dissection – Use this 3-d paper frog model for a dissection-free frog exploration, a pre-dissection study tool, or even as a summative assessment during comparative anatomy studies!
  • Frog Learning Pack for Middle Schoolers – A frog-eriffic packet of printable notebooking pages, activities, games and more!

Check out more frog-themed resources to integrate into your lessons!

Review of the 3-n-1 Travel Bassinet by BagyBed

I was so excited when I first say the 3 in 1 Portable Travel Bassinet Diaper Bag by BagyBed! Not only is it a portable travel bassinet that is perfect for your infant to take naps at grandmother’s house, the baby sitters, or when visiting a friend, etc. but it’s actually a diaper bag and changing pad too! How amazing and well thought out is that? It really does make traveling with your infant so much easier when your taking a flight and staying in a hotel room. I’ll let you in on a little secret; the cribs the hotels provide usually are not what I’d consider safe. For example, the AAP recommends only snuggly fitted bedding but hotels normally only provide a queen size flat sheet folded in half and wrapped around the crib mattress they provide in the portable crib they provide. Well, that’s not “fitted” and it’s over sized so it can come loose and pose a hazard to your infant. Sure, you can back your own crib sheet but is it a mini size or a standard. Normally when you call the person who answers the phone never knows. That’s why I highly recommend packing your own infant bed and that’s where the BagyBed really comes in handy!! ’d also like to point out that the material it’s made out of makes it a snap to wipe down for cleaning! This diaper bag really is phenomenal! It’s just a bit bigger than a lap top bag and fits right on your stroller, because it’s not overly wide it doesn’t stick out, hit or knock you when you walk which a huge plus! I almost forgot the fact that it’s a changing pad too! How many times have I used a public restroom that actually didn’t provide a changing table? Well, this solves that problem too! The only thing I wish I could change is the color!

You can find the BagyBed listed on Amazon. It’s currently on sale for $54 off! CLICK HERE to purchase!
[Sample provided for review]

REVIEW HASK Monoi Coconut Oil Shampoo & Conditoner

bpVZqlTkRKu6qEAuFzep_Hask_monoi_coconut_ingredient_lineup_relfection.jpgI was mailed a sample of Hask Monoi Coconut Oil Nurishing Shampoo with the matching conditioner set! I’m so excited to have been selected to review it because it’s absolutely wonderful! Just opening the bottle and smelling it and it’s so divine!  I’m in love with the scent so much I could just stand there smelling it! I’ve been using it for about 2 weeks now and it’s honestly really made a huge difference in my hair. Before my hair was unmanageable and seemed straw like even though I don’t have color treated hair. My hair type is thick, long and my color is natural and untreated. I don’t use products in my hair like mosses, hair sprays, etc. so I don’t know why my hair seemed to have a mind of its own before. First I started with the Monoi Coconut Oil Shampoo and applied their Nourishing Deep Conditioner. I left it on for 10 minutes like the directions said. The results were AMAZING! The following day I used the shampoo but this time instead of the deep conditioner I used the Monoi Coconut Oil Nourishing Conditioner in place of the deep conditioner and it did a wonderful job also! It’s very light and didn’t weigh my hair down but really helped it lay straight which was exactly what I was looking for! Once my hair is dry I finish it off with a couple drops of the Monoi Coconut Oil Nourishing SHINE® Oil which I absolutely love I might add! Before I was selected to try their products I had never heard of their company. I can tell you I will defiantly be purchasing more when I run out. I feel silly saying this but I don’t know if this is a salon brand or a store brand. I read a review another reviewer posted saying they purchased theirs from Walgreen’s. If that’s true I don’t believe it because this product looks smells and preforms like a high end salon brand. Here is the link to the HASK Beauty Website CLICK HERE.

[Sample provided for review]

Why I Love Valentia Eye Cream & Hydrating Mask!

Today I wanted to take the time to tell you about 2 new facial products by a company called Valentia that I just discovered and really like a lot!

A little background info about the brand: The Roman Goddess of healing, Valentia, relied on nature’s gifts to heal the citizens of Umbria. Whether matriarchs seeking to maintain their youthful look or farmers seeking help for sun damaged skin, Valentia used berries, herbs, barks and other natural ingredients. We also rely on all natural ingredients due to their protective, preventative and corrective powers. Just like our namesake, Valentia Skin Care products have been formulated with natural and organic cosmetic ingredients that will repair and protect the skin. After performing extensive research into what skin care customers find most important, we found an overwhelming demand for skin care that is natural, free of toxins and paraben-free. Natural ingredients with an organic base have proven most effective at repairing skin damaged by sun or wind, preventing signs of aging such as wrinkles, dark spots, and reversing the effects of oxidative stress on the skin.

First I’ll tell you about their eye cream and why it’s so amazing! It literally stops those tired looking puffy eyes in their tracks and even helps to improve any wrinkles or dark circles! It’s truly like gold in a bottle and it’s my new best friend especially being a new mom! This stuff is wonderful!

So what is the True Glow Eye Cream?

It’s a luxurious antioxidant rich eye cream that helps lock in moisture, repair and tighten skin for a youthful looking glow around the eye area.

So what’s in the TRUE GLOW EYE CREAM?

– Astaxanthin: A powerful antioxidant that increases moisture levels, smooths fine line and wrinkles, and restores elasticity to the skin.

Resistem: Natural Plant Stem Cells repair and protect the skin from harsh environmental pollutants and stress related aging.

Vitamin C: Leaves the skin smooth and visibly brighter for a well-rested and bright eyed look.

Organic Rosehip Oil: Provides intense hydration to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Arnica: A key anti-inflammatory agent to the restorative process that works to diminish the appearance of dark circles.

Now I’d like to tell you about the Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask that I’m over the moon about! I’m so excited about it because it’s made of all natural products and there are not many companies that can make that claim! It’s extremely hydrating on my skin which is very important to me because I basically live in the desert here in Reno, Nevada and it’s not very humid here so my skin can get very dry and fast too. That’s why my face products are very important to me!  Keeping your skin moisturized plays a huge role in preventing premature aging of your skin. I not only love the feel of this


Silk Protein Amino Acid Blend: These natural miracles increase moisture content and help in the production of collagen and elastin which decreases the appearance of visible lines.

Botanical Hyaluronic Acid: Penetrates deep into the skin to secure moisture and plump skin from within.

– Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil: An anti-aging wonder berry that results in fewer fine lines, diminished sun spots, more even skin tone, and firmer more supple skin.

– Japanese Green Tea: Contains catechins that provide anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and anti-irritant effects to the skin.

Aloe Vera: These botanical moisturizers skin and fight aging by improving skin firmness. mask but I love the way it leaves my skin feeling after I remove it!

You can order these products from the Valentia website by CLICKING HERE or you can find it on Amazon by going HERE or HERE.

[Sample provided for review]

The easiest baby gift ever!!!! It’s a no brainer!! Review

1I’ve never seen a baby shower gift made so easy to shop for! If you’re in a hurry, don’t have time to shop or just down right don’t know what to buy this is perfect! When I say perfect I mean you latterly don’t have to think about a thing! You will receive everything you need in the package including the gift bag, tissue for the gift bag, a beautiful baby blanket with an adorable matching plush toy, a cute bib and a new born hat in pink! So you’re getting a 4 piece baby gift with the wrapping! The gift shows up unwrapped so you can see what you purchased before you give it which I really like a lot! The only thing that I think they could add to improve on this is to throw in a nice Hallmark card! Not only would this make a great shower gift but it would also make a very nice gift to show up with to the maternity ward or that first visit to the new mom’s and baby’s home to welcome the brand new little bundle! The best part is that you can order it o Amazon for only $29.97 with free shipping if your a Prime Member! CLICK HERE to order.
[Sample provided for review]

#Math made #easy for you little one! #homeschool #tutor

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What is Math Mammoth?

Math Mammoth is a collection of digital lessons and worksheets focused on deveuloping different math skills for children of all ages. You can find lessons that range from basic addition and subtraction to more advanced subjects like statistics and linear equations.

My kid finds the no-nonsense, straightforwardness of this book more to his liking.” – Tammy L. via Educents

One of the coolest and most innovate aspects of Math Mammoth are all the ways you can interact with it. Since it is a digital package, you can complete pages on a computer or print out and work with the sheets – but that’s not all. You can also use Math Mammoth on an iPad using annotation software. This is a great way to get your children learning on the go!

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Three Ways to Interact:


  1. On the computer

  3. On a tablet

  5. Hands-on: choose the pages you print

You can purchase subjects individually, which are sometimes spread out over three lessons. For example, Early Geometry is great for grades 1-3, Geometry 1 is for grades 4-5, and Geometry 2 is for 6-7.


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Math Mammoth Blue

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If you are interested in a series of workbooks focusing on different subjects, Math Mammoth Blue is the way to go. Math Mammoth Blue features all the content you need for students grade 1-7 broken down into their own categories such as fractions, money and geometry. These are great for filling in areas on a case-by-case basis

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Math Mammoth Light Blue


If you want more of a complete curriculum, look no further than Math Mammoth Light Blue. This product is designed to teach over a year and features all of the content in Blue, plus cumulative reviews and tests. It also features a bonus Soft-Pak math software.

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Easy access for all ages

No matter the age or skill level, any child will be able to get a great learning experience out of Math Mammoth. The comprehensive nature of the program, the simplicity of use and the way it delivers information make Math Mammoth the perfect companion piece for young learners. Check it out and you child’s troubles with math will be extinct before you know it!

Review Beauty Widgets synthetic makeup brushes

Well, I was in the market for a full set of make-up brushes but didn’t want to spend a small fortune on them. Yet, at the same time I want to make sure I made a quality purchase. After scouring the internet and reading so many reviews it made my head spin I stumbled onto this gorgeous set of brushes by Beauty Widgets! This set comes with 10 make-up brushes and it even includes a black roll tie makeup bag to store them is so they stay nice and clean when I’m not using them! I was so excited to get them in the mail because they are truly beautiful. This is a synthetic set so they are not exactly made of horse hair or anything exotic but if that’s what you’re looking for then this isn’t the set for you and of course you’ll be paying a lot more if that’s what you want. Another thing I love about this set is that each brush is labeled so you’re not guessing what it’s for. The roll case it comes with is made of a plastic and it’s not that nice but I’m more interested in the quality of the actual brushes anyway. I highly recommend this set!



If you’d like to order a set of thes makeup brushes you can order them HERE

[Sample provided for review]

My Review of the Mamaway Ring Sling for Baby Wearing

Oh, I love love love this sling!!! There is a learning curb to getting it adjusted to where you want it but the positive to this is that for the most part you won’t be moving it once you have it set where you like it! The most important part is making sure the rings are “neat” and the material isn’t bunched up. If the material is bunched up it will make adjustments very hard. Slip the sling onto your non dominant side so that it’s sitting on your shoulder and not your neck. The two rings should fall on high on your upper chest about even with your arm pit. I find it’s easier to adjust the sling before you put your baby in it. Then slip baby in and get his little legs in a frog position and pull the material under his knees forming a “seat”. The knees should be higher than the babies butt so that your little one is secure. Also, even though I know my baby is very secure in this ring sling I always like to air on the side of caution and keep one hand on her for security as a just in case. You can find it on sale on Amazon by CLICKING HERE!

How to set up the sling

How to place your baby in the sling

[Sample provided for review]

FREE STUFF ALERT! 3 Math Freebies! Perfect for Home Schooling & Tutoring!

Hurry and download these educational freebies before there gone!

  1. FREE Online Math Course for 1 Year by @aplustutorsoft (grades Pre-K to 12th) available on @Educents until 2/11. CLICK HERE
  2.  FREE & fun way to teach inequalities. Use this video by @preptoon. Free on Educents! CLICK HERE
  3. Fraction Bar Freebie by Not Your Mother’s Math Class on @Educents. Download in one click!! CLICK HERE