Sunday, November 23, 2014

Celebricktion - December 20-22 Roswell, Georgia

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As you know we are a Lego loving family so we are always eager to share Lego related events and products with you. We also love helping local charities any way we can. So this post is an extra special one because it combines these two loves!

Celebricktion is a can't miss event! During this fundraising event visitors can view the huge Lego city made out of over one million Lego pieces featuring parks, 12-foot plus high skyscrapers, streets and even a parade containing thousands of Lego mini figures. This amazing display took over a year to build and hopefully one day will travel across the country. The city was built by Harry and Austin Nijenkamp a father and son team and everything was "free built" (meaning no plans or drawings).


Harry uniquely designed the Celebricktion display to have the capacity to be safely moved from one location to another. This mobility had to be kept in mind before laying the first brick and during the entire creative, building process....all finished without any glue to provide structural stability and portability. People from all over attend Celebricktion events to witness Harry and Austin's impressive displays.

Celebricktion tickets are $10 per person. The event will take place on DECEMBER 20-22, 2014; 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the High Meadows School, Community Center in Roswell. ALL proceeds go towards an amazing charity called The Drake House. The Drake House provides short-term crisis housing, education and empowerment programs for homeless mothers and their children in North Fulton County.

Also on display will be:

- A replica of Nijenkamp's Lego Studio to provide insight into how they create  their giant exhibits,
- A Lego Robotics demonstration and
- Various creations by other metro-Atlanta, Lego enthusiasts.

And guess what? The Balman family will be attending and will have have some of our Lego creations on display. Stop by our table to say hello! We hope to see you there.

My kids with one of their many Lego creations!

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Marvel Universe LIVE Storms Into Georgia on December 20th

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Calling all comic book geeks! Are you ready for an amazing show featuring all of your favorite Marvel Super Heroes? I know we are. Marvel Universe LIVE will be coming to Philips Arena on December 20-22 and The Arena at Gwinnett Center on December 26-28.

Prepare to be amazed as you watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man, The Avengers (Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk and more) and threatening villains (Dr. Octopus, Electro and more) come to life before your eyes in an action-packed arena extravaganza. The show will be mind-blow and unlike anything you have ever seen before. It will be packed with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more. It has even been hailed the most technically advanced live show ever!!!

My children have no idea we are attending, but I can tell you my son will definitely be excited about seeing Captain American jumping ramps on his motorcycle. And my daughter will be excited to see the butt kicking female super heroes Storm and Black Widow. Me I am looking forward to Thor, I am a sucker for men with long, flowing hair, lol!

This show is great for fans of all ages and a once-in-a-lifetime, monumental performance!

Tickets will make a great early Christmas gift...but HURRY they are selling out fast. After watching the video see below for venue and ticket ordering information!

Be sure to follow Marvel Universe Live on Twitter and Facebook.

Philips Arena 
December 20-22, 2014

Arena at Gwinnett Center
December 26-28, 2014
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Don't live in Georgia don't worry Marvel Universe LIVE will touring the United States through 2016!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Unique Gift Idea For Nature Lovers - JORD Wood Watches Review and Giveaway

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JORD Wood Watches is a locally owned St. Louis, Missouri company that designs and produces one- of-a-kind wooden watches that are made from sustainable materials, from all over the world. They offer a wide selection of men's and women's watches that are all made from wood! JORD is a relatively new company which is why you have probably not heard about them yet, so keep reading to learn more.

Jord - Swedish - earth, soil, land

A moms review:
It is very rare that I get asked to review a product that is adult in nature. So when I was asked by JORD to review one of their beautiful wooden watches, I couldn't resist. Merry Christmas to ME!

I have been addicted to unique watches ever since I was a child and I used to have quite an extensive collection. (over 30). Sadly since the advent of the cellphone my watch wearing days have slowly dwindled. My love for them however has never faded and whenever I am in a store that sells watches I cannot resist stopping by the watch counter to check out all the beautiful timepieces. The JORD wood watches though are unlike any watch I have ever come across before and the nature lover in me immediately fell in love.

The JORD watches are handcrafted right here in the USA using all natural, untreated woods from all over the world including Maple, Sandlewood, Bamboo, Koa and Zebrawood. They are one-of-a-kind, very unique and extremely versatile. There is a great selection of choices which does make it very hard to choose which one to get!

After checking out all the amazing designs, I finally decided to go with the Ely in Black. There are 5 styles available which have been designed with women in mind. The Ely watch is the smaller of the 5 and perfect for tiny mine. It comes in 4 different wood options: black, maple, cherry and natural green/maple. Since I tend to wear dark colors I choose to go with the darker face and band option. The Ely watch features include a scratch resistant mineral face, Citizen Miyota Quartz Movement (with date display) and a sturdy stainless steel deployment buckle with push button. The band is 200 mm long and 21 mm thick and adjustable (I highly recommend taking it to a professional watch store to get it adjusted). I had to get 3 links take out on wrists are the size of a child's.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Schoolhouse Review Crew - Top 10 Favorite TOS Crew Reviews For 2014

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As you know for the last three years I have been part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew. The Schoolhouse Review Crew has been such a huge blessing for our family! It enabled me to be part of a team and help out my fellow homeschooolers by providing feedback on valuable homeschool curriculum and resources. Sadly I will not be continuing with the crew next year. Since we are full blown unschoolers now, we are hardly ever home and don't really utilize curriculum anymore. If you have never checked out the Schoolhouse Review Crew reviews you really must. It is the first place you need to visit when you are looking into making a curriculum purchase. With that being said you may still find curriculum reviews on my blog  next year they will just not be posted as frequently.  

Every year the Schoolhouse Review Crew selects their favorite products for the blue ribbon awards. This year a total of 27 Blue Ribbons were handed out to 23 companies!

Many of the companies I voted for received a ribbon, but there were a few that didn't. I did a total of 21 reviews for the Schoolhouse Review Crew this year and it is very hard to choose favorites because we loved just about every single one of them! But there were several that my children really benefited from, that we continued utilizing throughout the year and that I would personally spend money on to continue using!

So here are our top 10 absolute favorite reviews for 2014, as well as links to the reviews!

1) Clue in Kids - What child doesn't love treasure hunts? These treasure hunts are fun and educational.
2) Out of the Box Games - Snake Oil Party Potion - A fun and educational game guaranteed to entertain for hours.
3) Standard Deviants Accelerate - This online learning program is tons of fun and interactive. They offer a wide variety of courses for all ages. 
4) Under Drakes Flag - Bring history to life with this beautifully done audio drama.
5) Moving Beyond The Page - This has got to be one of my new favorite unit study curriculum's. I love that it is literature based and that they have many different price options available!
6) Hewitt Homeschooling - Take the pain out of writing with these fabulous hands on literature unit studies.
7) Learning Wrap-Ups - These hands on learning tools are great for tactile children. They keep children engaged and make learning fun.
8) Logic Of English - Reading, writing and spelling oh my. Logic of English is a great curriculum for all learning styles and it keeps kids engaged with hands on fun lessons!
9) Golden Prairie Press - A flexible history curriculum that brings history to life through the use of living books and hands on projects.
10) ARTistic Pursuits - This art curriculum is easy to use and incorporates all elements of art.

Be sure to check out the winners and other crew favorites (click badge at bottom of the post to view other crew member favorites).

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Usborne Book Giveaway

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We love Usborne books and probably own about 30+ of them. Usborne books are exciting, engaging, and educational. They are high quality, innovative, lavishly-illustrated and best of all they are the books children love to read. There are almost 2,000 bright colorful and fun titles covering a wide variety of subjects to choose from. If you are looking for the perfect gift for your children, look no further. If you look under specials on the left hand side under categories you can find books as low as $3. 

Picture of Sticker Dressing Explorers

Want to win an Explorers Sticker Book? My Usborne consultant friend Jody is offering one of these fabulous books to one lucky reader. USA only. 

If you want to earn FREE books ask Jody about hosting your own Usborne eShow with a wish list registry for the holidays (or birthday).

Now time for the giveaway:
One winner will receive a copy of the Explorers Sticker Book. Only the first entry is mandatory. Other entries are optional and give you extra chances. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook in any way. The winner will be posted on the blog and will be emailed. Winner must reply within 24 hrs with their contact information or another winner will be chosen. 

**Note the mandatory option for the giveaway is to create a wishlist with at least 5 books. You will need to register on the website then find 5 books you like and just add them to your wishlist. At the bottom of your wishlist there is a link that you will need to copy and paste into the giveaway form below.

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