May 2015 - xoxo Rebecca

SelfieMaster Selfie Stick Review


I was given the chance to review the SelfieMaster SM-101 Bluetooth Selfie Stick. I have started to see and hear the popularity of these and of course, this made me curious just how these things actually worked. 

So what is a Selfie Stick? The Selfie Stick is a heavy duty rod that attaches to your phone and extends out so that you can take photos and videos from a distance while still having complete control over the camera. You are able to be in the photo as well as all your friends. No more holding out your arm and trying to squeeze everyone in.

1. Built-in bluetooth remote shutter
2. iOS, Andoid, Windows Mobile compatible
3. Take 500+ pictures with a single charge of 1 hour
4. Fits all phones including iPhone 6 plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 4
5. Anti-rotation groove to prevent the rod from spinning when heavy phone is mounted

I received this particular stick in pink because pink is my favorite color. Everything we needed was right in the box and very easy to assemble. I have an LG phone {however, it has never been activated so it's not a working phone. I just use it to take photos with and it works like an iPod in wifi}.
We attached that to the selfie stick and followed the easy instructions on how to pair it with the Bluetooth. Which was extremely simple and fast to do. It found it and paired immediately.

My two daughters immediately jumped in and wanted to try this out. Since they were too cute not to capture using the stick, I decided to get a few moments of them sharing it. My little bitty one year old grabbed the stick several times and was able to walk around with it in the air video recording herself. So if a one year old can hold it with no issues, it's a pretty lightweight contraption.

 
The selfie stick was pretty nice and fun for about 30 minutes. Everything was going just fine. But then the button got stuck where you press to take photos on the handle. And now, it no longer works. There was no rough housing or abusing the stick. I was really disappointed by this. So I guess that was a short lived product. Sad because there are a lot of good reviews on Amazon for it. 

Not sure if ours was just a bad one but it has made me disappointed in this product and I cannot say I would recommend anyone buying this now. Prior to that, I would have raved it's reviews on how great it was. But of course, a faulty button isn't a good sign. Hopefully it will somehow unstick itself and we can use this again because it would have come in great handy this summer.

Have you tried this or another selfie stick? How do you like it?

*disclaimer - I received one or more of this product in exchange for a blog post.
However, all opinions and views are my own. I give my honest review of all products/services*


xoxo Rebecca

Why I Started Blogging

Happy Monday everyone! Welcome back. I'm joining in again for another week with Miss Monica from I Heart Grade 3 and her Weekly Summer Link Up.  Each week, Miss Monica has a writing prompt to blog about. In case you missed my post last week about my Summer Goals, check it out.

So now, onto this week's topic.

Why I Started Blogging!

First, let's get one thing straight......

That is right. I didn't choose it, it chose me LOL

But seriously, why did I start blogging? Well, it's been a long time since I first started this blog. Almost 5 years ago. This blog has gone through so many phases. It has grown as I have in my blogging and my topics. It has gone through several name changes as well as layout changes.

Before those five years though, I made my first blog dedicated to Marie Antoinette. Yes, my obsession. I love Marie Antoinette and I made a blog all about her. Fun facts I found as well as just personal insight. Though, I lost interest in the blog itself. I then started blogging because I thought it may be a good way to post photos and share things with family and friends. This was before Facebook was really big and after MySpace died out. But of course, with no real involvement and interaction from anyone, I lost interest in it.

I left the blogging scene for a year and then decided to give it one last try. That is when I started this blog.

Originally, this blog started out as just a diary type of thing. For me to just post whatever I had on my mind. A way to just talk and if anyone out there was willing to listen, that was even better. It was originally just a mommy blog. A few thoughts and topics about me and my daughter. I just thought I could share my thoughts with the world and my friends.

I then started to find blogging communities and started making blogging friends. I found the wonderful world of blog hops/link ups and instead of this becoming another blog in the history of my blogging career that no longer existed, I pushed this one to be successful.

I wanted this to work and to be something I loved and found enjoyment doing. This blog has been going strong since December 2010 and I hope to continue it for many more years. Though I no longer have a lot of time to blog every single day like I used to, I still push to make this blog a place people keep coming back to.

So I started blogging just because I had something to say and wanted to share it with people who wanted to listen. Whether or not those topics make sense or not... I just wanted to be apart of the blogging community. And it has grown so much since I first started.

I still remember what my first layout looked like and all the bloggers I made friendships with that no longer blog and have become distance out of my life. I am forever grateful to those that shared and helped me along the way even though they aren't blogging anymore. I love seeing the new generation of bloggers come up each year. I don't feel like blogging is a competition. I feel like it's a big strong community of amazing people. Though we all may blog about something different, we all seem to be there for each other and help out along the way. That is why I love blogging and continue to want to blog.

Now my blog is full of product reviews, blog hops, crafts, tutorials, classroom projects, pregnancy, things I like, things I dislike, funny stories, not so funny stories, and just life in general and everything else in-between! I wonder what else my blog will have in store for the future!

xoxo Rebecca

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MY Konjac Sponge Bamboo Charcoal Facial Sponge Review


I am sure you have been hearing about the whole Konjac Sponge craze. I hear and see things about it daily. I had always wondered what was so special about these? Are they magically sponges? How do they work? What do they do?

If you haven't seen or heard of them before, this is mine I received.


There is actually a variety of them to choose from. However, I was given the Bamboo Charcoal one for this review. So what exactly is this crazy looking product?

MY Konjac Sponge is the highest quality konjac sponge in the market. Our products are proudly carried by Whole Foods Market, King's Food Market and major online retailers.

MY Konjac Sponge are made exclusively with the konjac fiber, a pure vegetable fiber taken from the root of the Amorphophallus Konjac plant.
Konjac plant, also known as konnyaku potato or elephant yam, is a plant that is native to eastern Asia. Konjac root is rich in minerals, vitamins, and it has been traditionally used as a beauty treatment for a long time in eastern Asia.

MY Konjac Sponge is made to the very highest of standards, using the purest volcanic rock filtered water and food grade konjac. All of our products are hypoallergenic & fragrance free.  All of our products are never tested on animals, and they carry the Vegan Society logo as well as Leaping Bunny logo, the highest standard of cruelty-free status in the cosmetics industry.
 So I took it out of the package. It is a fairly big sponge. Fit the size of my hand and was hard and porous looking.


The directions say to run it under water until it become soft. So that is exactly what I did. It instantly became soft in a couple of seconds. I didn't know what to expect. I assumed it would have to sit and soak a bit to get flexible but it was almost instantly.

 

Then it said to rub on your face in a circular motion. I was trying to read on the package if you used it with anything or not. But it didn't say. So I just used it plain on a clean face. I found out later after looking up some other reviews on this that you could use it with a cleanser or just alone as I did.

 

So once you you are finished, rinse out the sponge again with water and squeeze out. Hang to dry. This product can last about two to three months. Once it starts to look as though it is tearing a bit, it's time to throw away and purchase a new one.

 

So my thoughts on this interesting sponge? Well, I must say it was an interesting experience.When the sponge got wet, it felt like a squishy marshmallow sort of thing. If that even makes any sense LOL. But it was very soft. When I applied it to my skin and started to rub around, cleansing my face, it was soft and did not feel uncomfortable in the least of sorts.

I did not notice any fragrance which I shouldn't have because it claims to be fragrance-free. So it passed that test. After I was finished, my skin did feel smoother. A lot smoother. I have been meaning to exfoliate for a few days now and have been really noticing the rough spots. But I was really surprised that something so gentle was able to take care of all those issue for me.

So overall what would I say? I would say this product is pretty good. It works as promised and is very gentle, even for those with the most sensitive skin. I love that it's vegan and all natural. And for the price, it's not going to break the bank to replace when needed.

If you are interested, here is a list of all their sponges and what each one is for:

Interested in purchasing one for yourself? They are available on Amazon right now for $10
Let me know if you have used this or a similar product and what your thoughts were. Or if you haven't, would you want to try it?


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However, all opinions and views are my own. I give my honest review of all products/services*

xoxo Rebecca

My Goals For The Summer


Being an educator seems like we don't get any breaks. Am I right? My classroom isn't the formal classroom since we homeschool but that is what makes it so much fun and special. We can learn inside or outside any time we choose. Which is wonderful. Who doesn't love getting a nice tan while doing math? Not to mention, the fresh air, the beautiful sound of nature filling our ears, and the fun little picnics for lunch instead of a cafeteria.

But anyway, I am part of a group on Facebook where a very awesome teacher, Miss Monica from I Heart Grade 3, came up with this wonderful and fun summer link up. It goes every week until the end of August. I really want to be able to do every single one. But if I can't, I will get in every one I can. Also, I love reading about what other teachers and educators like myself are doing. I am the type to gather ideas and knowledge from those before me and those with me. So this is FABULOUS!

So for the first entry, the prompt is:


It seems a bit funny, but I haven't really thought about summer yet. It doesn't seem like summer is here. The weather is too cool for summer and since there aren't a million reminders out that schools are fast approaching the end of their year....it's something that didn't really dawn on me til now that summer vacation s almost here.
Since we have to meet a certain yearly hour quota in our state for homeschooling, I am going to be going through my notes to add up to see just where we are on that. I know we have done a lot of hours. So that is first things first. We do not have a set end date for our school year as I do plan to still do two lessons a day throughout the summer. Mostly Language Arts and Science, with Reading everyday as well.

#1 Finish up what we need to finish for our second grade year. I need to make sure we have 1000 hours in and we have done what I feel should be completed to move on to third grade in the fall. We've done good keeping on track and not slacking off. But I feel that you can always keep learning. Just because it's summer, doesn't mean you have to stop education.

#2 Try and do lots of experiments. We love science experiments and trying them out. I actually signed up up for a Science Experiment Swap. We are looking forward to getting our kits next month in the mail. Basically the concept was ten spaces were available. I signed us up in spot number ten! Just got in right in the nick of time. You create a science experiment and will have to make ten kits. Everything needed for the experiment must be included so that the recipient has everything they need and does not have to search or buy anything to do the experiment.

You create instructions and put each kit together in a bag. Then you mail all ten kits to the admin of the project. She then gets all the bags and puts a kit from each person into a box and sends that out to each person. Does that make sense? So now when we get our package in the mail, we will have ten different science kits {including our own in the mix} to do over the summer.

#3 Lots of outdoors adventures. Go cave exploring again {we did this at the beginning of this school year but would like to go back and do it again}. I also want to do more hiking in the woods.

#4 Getting our craft on. Yes, I love crafts. I have always been a big crafter. So I want to do lots of activities like sewing, crocheting, building things....just making lots of fun things in general. This also includes working on more Youtube videos and anything where my daughter doesn't want to stop doing it. I want everything to be fun and exciting.

#5 To move and get things unpacked in a great orderly fashion. I cannot wait to set up a room and space for my daughter to have her own space as well as a space for her to do her school work without the interruption of her little brother and sister always around bothering her. We are moving next month and moving is a pain, but I find it is also so fun to move into a new place, new ways to decorate and it feels like a new beginning.

#6 Getting my planner done and more things available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Right now, it's kind of bare. I tend to have a bunch of projects started and haven't gotten any really finished yet. So I want to finish up those to post as well as some new ones. I have been working on an exciting planner which I think teachers and homeschoolers will really enjoy. It's more geared toward the homeschool community, but that doesn't mean it's just for them. I can't wait to share it with everyone. It should be live next month.

#7 Planning out my school year for next year. This is a big one for me. Since last year was our first year homeschooling, I tried to create a curriculum and plan it all out, but i only got two weeks worth of planning done by the time school started. Making your own curriculum is a lot harder than I imagined but I love it. I have found planning the night before for the next day's work has worked pretty well for me. But I would like to try and make a lot of plans during this summer since I kind of now know what I am doing and what needs to get done. It will be easier the second time around. I would like to try and get at least til Thanksgiving out of the way of lessons.

So those are my goals for this summer. I'm sure there are many more that will come from those. I am always such a busy person, running around never stopping it seems. But those are ones I have been thinking about that I know we need or really want to accomplish this summer.

Do you have some summer goals you want to share? Join in the link up and add your list to the other bloggers over at I Heart Grade 3 .... so whether or not you teach in a public school setting, private school or right in your living room, all educators are welcome to link up. Let her know you found her blog through mine :)



xoxo Rebecca

Where The Wild Things Are - Activities For Children

Thanks for stopping by. Today I will be sharing a few activities you can do with your children from the award winning book

In our Language Arts class today, we read the book Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. My daughter had read this before, but we read it again and made a lesson study from it.

I gathered up materials from our local library and reserved both the book and the movie for us to read, watch, and compare. Neither of us had watched the movie before so this was a great learning opportunity to talk about comparing the book to the movie.


I read her the story and then we discussed it. I also found a small comprehension online quiz that helped see if she understood the book and everything going on throughout it. We both really liked the way this quiz was set up. She found it fun and easy to use.

In the book, Max was sent to his room without supper. At the end of the book, he can smell the yummy food and wanted to go back home. There, in his bedroom, was his plate with dinner on it waiting for him.

I had my daughter draw what her favorite food was and if she were king of the Wild Things and smelled yummy food that was good enough to leave and come back home, what food would that be? This was her response:


She said that if she were king of the Wild Things, the only food that would make her stop being king and come back home would be shrimp, mashed potatoes with gravy, and spaghetti with meatballs.

Next, I asked her what if Max left the land of the Wild Things, but brought one of them back with him? We already knew what Max's bedroom looked like. But what would the bedroom of a Wild Thing look like? I found a photo of an empty room and printed it out. I then told her to draw up the bedroom of a Wild Thing.

I then asked her to describe everything going on and why she chose what she did to put into the room. She said of course there will have to be a tree and vines growing along the walls. A bamboo bed, a desk, a fish bowl and dresser, with lots of grass everywhere as carpet.

After we were done with the activities, we put in the DVD to the movie that was released in 2009. I was curious as to what they were going to do with it since the book only takes about five minutes to read and the movie is an hour and a half long.

But we put it in and watched it. I must say, I was not expecting it to be the way it was and I don't think she was either. She told me after it was finished that she did not like the movie and would never ever want to ever watch it again. I then asked her what she didn't like about it and to tell me what was the same and what was different compared to the book.

This was our first "book to movie" lesson so I think it was a good one because I knew she was expecting it to be exactly the same. I explained to her that almost all books that are turned into movies are very different from one another. So we discussed this more until we were done with our lesson for the day.

Also, if you are feeling a bit thirsty, you and your child could try out the Wild Thing Island Smoothie. It looks so yummy and sounds delicious. We were planning on making these this weekend.

What you need:
  • 3 cups ice
  • 1 1⁄2 cups pineapple
  • 1⁄2 cup apple juice
  • 1⁄2 cup orange juice
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 cup non-fat vanilla yogurt
What to do:
  1. Place all ingredients in the blender, and let it ROAR!
  2. For added fun, after pouring into glasses, make beastly faces with cherry eyes, blueberry noses, and a lemon-slice mouth. Serves 6.

You can find the recipe and also photos all right on Food.com 's website.

So if you are looking for some easy activities to use and do with younger elementary aged children, these were a few to get your started. If you have done other activities, I would love to know. Leave a comment to share some more ideas.


xoxo Rebecca

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Slim Extreme 3D Thermo Active Shaping Serum Review

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There are so many interesting products out on the market today to help look your best. Many promise great results. But sometimes what may work for one person, may not work for another. I was given the chance to review a product like that, that I had not even heard of before. So it was bringing out my curiosity. 

I was sent Eveline Cosmetic's Slim Extreme 3D Thermo Active Shaping Serum to try out and review. I must say, I was a bit unsure on how a product similar to a lotion, would actually help reduce cellulite and firm the body. But you know, anything is possible so I gave it a try.
The product promises to:

Reduces adipose tissue, slims and shapes slim waist line Lifts buttocks and visibly corrects their contour Visibly reduces cellulite and improves skin elasticity and firmness Exceptionally intensive formula of Thermo Active Shaping Serum developed in Eveline Cosmetics laboratory, thanks to the combination of highly advanced active ingredients helps to perfect the shape of woman's body. Extremely effective THERMO FAT BURNER formula delicately warms up the skin, ensuring immediate penetration of active substances deep into epidermis, maximally accelerating reduction of adipose tissue. Serum rapidly slims abdomen, improving the waist shape, modeling and firming buttocks, bringing out their slim contour. Additionally, stimulates micro-circulation in areas covered by cellulite, which significantly accelerates smoothening unevenness, improving skin elasticity and firmness. SELECTED ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Thermo Fat Burner - actively reduces deposits of fats, effectively removes stored lipids. MDL Complex - smoothens hypodermic unevenness as well as improves skin elasticity and firmness. Caffeine - stimulates metabolism and burning of fatty cells. Ivy and Horsetail Extract - support collagen and elastin production. Laminaria Algae - rich in mineral salts, deeply moisturize, soothe and eliminate toxins from tissues, additionally reinforcing the skin. EFFECTS*: Visible improvement of abdomen and buttocks firmness Tangible lifting and improvement in buttocks shape Reduction of unwanted roundness and waist slimming * self-evaluation test conducted on selected group of women for 4 weeks

So I decided to give it a go.
slim 
The instructions say to use this twice a day for at least four weeks for best results. I have not used it that much yet, so I am just going to go on what I have witnessed.

I opened the bottle and immediately noticed the scent of it. It had a very strong grapefruit type smell. Not unpleasant but it is very strong. My eight year old noticed it from across the room. She didn't like the smell too much but to me, it's not the worst thing you could smell like.

I squeezed out a quarter sized amount into my hand. It is a gel texture, look and feel that is of a reddish color. I started to rub it first on my butt. Yes, all over my butt because less face it, it hasn't been toned in years and it's a priority to get this butt back to it's awesome-ness again.

I then applied it to my thighs and again to my stomach area. I rubbed it in until the gel had soaked into my skin, which was surprisingly fairly quick. I began to do my regular household chores and it was not sticking at all to my clothes. Big plus right there.

I did though remember reading on the bottle that you would start to feel a tingling sensation that could last up to 40 minutes. That had began. My butt started to tingle. It felt as if I had been sitting on a heating pad and it warmed all up nice and toasty. However, it was not a burning feeling or anything I would say that felt uncomfortable. It just merely felt like my butt was tingling.

This was the only place I had felt the tingling. The other two spots I placed the gel on felt as if I just rubbed regular lotion on them. I do not have sensitive skin so maybe someone with sensitive skin would feel a bit more sensation. I am not sure. But I am fine with not feeling it on the other parts.

So far I have not noticed a difference but that doesn't mean there can't be anything that will happen. Even though I haven't noticed anything, my husband told me that my skin loos a little firmer and tighter. And he just wouldn't say that just to say that. So maybe there is hope that it is working. I simply need to keep continued use of the product and I plan on using up the entire bottle to see what my results are. I will most likely update this post once I have made my final conclusions on this.

If you are interested in trying this serum out for yourself, you can purchase it for $14.99 right now on Amazon.

*disclaimer - I received one or more of this product in exchange for a blog post.
However, all opinions and views are my own. I give my honest review of all products/services*

xoxo Rebecca