Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns To Listen

Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen

This post has always been one of my most popular on Pinterest, and it’s too perfect for the  summer season not to share again. If you have a little one in PreK or Kindergarten, or if you’re a teacher of young children of any kind you’ll want to own this book! I will say, though, that even my 8 year old still enjoys reading the Howard Series 4 years after we added him into our home library, this lovable little bunny is just a lot of fun!

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I find that as a parent I try to make sure that most of the shows that my children watch and the books that they reads (or that I read to them) are not only entertaining and wholesome, but also have some type of lesson or learning aspect about them. Fun, silly, “just because” shows definitely have their place–but I want to make sure that we use every opportunity to teach them valuable life skills in a way they don’t even realize that they’re learning!

Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen couldn’t have come at a better time as Amber has been having a few problems with learning to listen. You know, REALLY listen and obey right away.

In Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen Howard is having a little problems with listening, to any and everyone including parents, friends, and teachers. Not because he’s purposefully being bad, there is just so much to be distracted by! This book is great because it shows the cause and effect of not listening, such as punishments from teachers, hurting friends or himself, and losing privileges, which are all shown in an engaging writing style. This book is great because it also shows the good things and rewards that good “really listening” bring!

We both loved the fun pictures and the discussion questions at the end of the book too.

This book is absolutely perfect for any pre-k – kindergartner or above who is having a little bit of difficulty in this area! (and don’t they all from time to time??)

Be sure to check out their website We Do Listen Foundation for free lesson plans, read alouds, and more!

If you love this book be sure to check out our reviews of the other Howard B. Wigglebottom books as well!

Howard B. Wigglebottom and the Monkey On His Back (a book about lying)

Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Courage





Fun Ways To Teach Kids About Bugs


Here in Texas, the last few days have crept up into the 80s and the we’re officially tip-toeing into the hot seasons which means lots of gorgeous green, lots of pool time, and, lots of bugs. Arachnids, Insects, Bugs, Pests, Beauties, whatever you are calling them we have them all and in abundance. Since they are so plentiful here, and since I have a very curious five-year-old, I’ve spent a lot of time over the past few years learning about different kinds of bugs and teaching him about them. Here are some of my favorite ways to do so, including a fun giveaway so be sure to read all the way to the bottom!

Take a Pic & Google It — seriously, our favorite way of learning is to take pictures of local bugs and then search for information about them online. For example, this beauty crawled right onto Tyler’s finger!!!! He found it on the ground and stuck his finger out, it later jumped onto his legs then flew away, we were worried it was hurt but I guess it had just picked a bad resting spot originally. When we got home I searched “Bright Green Moth” and found out all about it, it’s a Luna Moth and we were very lucky to see it since they usually only come out late at night! The adults don’t eat any food because they only live for one week, and the one we found was a male because he has especially bushy antennas. Pretty cool, right?! The items in the giveaway below are absolutely perfect for this way!


Check Out Books & Thrift For Them — Of course, your local library is a wealth of information and is the perfect place for finding a bunch of fun, informational books to learn about bugs. This is great if your children aren’t especially interested in non-fiction books and you  just want to do one fun activity or week with them this summer where you focus on learning about them. Since my little guy loves these kinds of books the most, I’ve been able to build up our private library stash by thrifting for them. I’ve had the most luck finding  them at thrift stores and through library sales when they pull books from their stash. These three have been especially fun!

Purchase Kits — I just found out the coolest website that sells a variety of scientific observation kits that are perfect for the classroom or home! We’ve already added the Ant Farm, Carnivorous Plant Kit, and the Tadpole Kit to Tyler’s wishlist for December! Having the (nice) versions in your home as pets is an amazing and fun way to really observe and learn.

Now that I’ve given you some fun ideas for this summer, it’s time to test YOUR knowledge when it comes to insects. While there are plenty of fun insects, there are also those that all of us could do without–I’m talking about your mosquitoes! They not only are a nuisance, but they also pose potentially serious health risks. Fortunately, the experts at Orkin study the science of mosquitoes and other pests closely in order to better tailor plans that help keep them out of your home this summer.

To help you better prepare yourself and your family to fight the bite, Orkin presents the “Buzzer Beater” app, which features its deep scientific knowledge of mosquitoes. Plus when you take it you can enter below to win this fun kit!

The Orkin Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kits are fun for the whole family! Each pack includes:

  • Bug Catcher Craft Kits: These awesome DIY bug catcher kits will let your family’s personality shine through while also learning about nature and the world around us. The kits include a variety of foam ladybugs, dragonflies and more!
  • Bug Nets: Explore the great outdoors with these fun mesh insect nets. They can be used to collect and study butterflies, ladybugs, caterpillars and many other backyard creatures.
  • See-Through Bug Jars: Reveal the wonders of your backyard with these clear bug jars. Each transparent plastic box has a magnifying lid for better insect viewing. Young explorers love discovering worms, butterflies, ants and insects. These containers allow them to make homes for their new discoveries.
  • Magic Color Scratch Little Garden Critters: Scratch faces, designs and more on these Magic Color Scratch Little Garden Critters! A perfect kids’ activity for critter lovers, simply scratch away the black coating to reveal vibrant rainbow colors. Includes butterflies, frogs, turtles and more.
  • Glow-in-the-Dark Creepy Crawlers: Turn off the lights and let them glow! These vinyl glow-in-the-dark bugs are lots of fun for all ages.

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Legalese Disclosure Nonsense: A big thanks to Orkin for sending me two kits–one for you and one for Tyler, so that all the kids can have fun discovering bugs this summer!

New Giveaway: Kids Relief Allergy Oral Solution

As I mentioned in my In January post the weather here in Texas has been super crazy lately which means cold winter days on Monday and by Wednesday the kids are digging out their shorts, playing barefoot in the back yard, and enjoying the few, poor, confused flowers that are peeking their heads around.

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The Perfect Gift For the Photography Lover In Your Life


If you’ve been around as a reader for awhile, you know that Brittany of Coast 2 Coast Crafts is totally awesome! Today she’s letting me check out another of her amazing items and give one away to you as well. How cool is that?

Just to jog your memory or for those of you who are new around here, I first introduced Brittany in her guest post on How To Make a Fabric Wreath, which is still one of my top posts through search and on Pinterest! Since then we’ve partnered together to do a few reviews and giveaways, and most recently I shared How To Be The Best Tooth Fairy Ever which included getting her beyond adorable Tooth Pillows for those lost teeth!

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Blu-Ray Giveaway! The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies Blu-ray!

So my giveaway for the digital copy of The Hobbit just ended but I have GREAT NEWS for you–here is one for a copy of the Blu-Ray! Hurray! Can’t wait to see what you get in this quiz–again you have to enter to see my result! 😉


Special Features on the The Hobbit The Battle of The Five Armies Blu-Ray combo pack include:

• New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth Part 3
• Recruiting the Five Armies
• Completing Middle-earth: A Six-Part Saga
• Completing Middle-earth: A Seventeen-Year Journey
• The Last Goodbye: Behind the Scenes
• Music Video
• Trailers

Own it on Blu-ray NOW
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Keep those lil teeth clean! Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign

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Win a $100 Amazon GC in the Kids'' Healthy Mouths Giveaway Ends 4/17 Sponsored by Bloggin' Mamas

Of course we’re very teeth aware lately with Amber losing hers all the time and both kids needing to be very viligant on the war against the “cavity bugs” as my dentist growing up always called them.

Did you know that more than 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental related illness, resulting in parents losing 25 million work hours annually? Cavities and oral infections can cause severe pain and can increase a child’s risk for dental issues and poor health throughout their lives.

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Ulti­mate Little House Prize Pack­age Giveaway

I am participating in this giveaway on behalf of Bloggin’ Mamas.

Little House on the Prairie Giveaway

So I loooooove Little House and always have! My mom and I read the book together and I’ve been a hardcore fan ever since. In fact all my doll house dolls were named Ma, Pa, Mary, Laura, Nellie, Roy & Almanzo. Now that Amber and Tyler are old enough we’ve been reading the Little House series for bedtime stories and they are loving them as much as I did! So far we’ve made it through Little House in the Big Woods and Little House On the Prairie.

To cel­e­brate the launch of the offi­cial Lit­tle House on the Prairie® web­site, I have joined some of my fellow Bloggin’ Mamas to offer the Ulti­mate Prize Pack­age Giveaway (ARV $164).

The winner will receive Sea­son 1 Deluxe Remas­tered 6-DVD Set $29.98 Retail Value, Sea­son 2 Deluxe Remas­tered 5-DVD Set $29.98 Retail Value, Sea­son 3 Deluxe Remas­tered 5-DVD Set $21.98 Retail Value, Sea­son 4 Deluxe Remas­tered 5-DVD Set $21.98 Retail Value, Pio­neer Girl Book and Tote Bag $39.95 Retail Value, “Lit­tle House on the Prairie: The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder $19.95 Retail Value

You can also enter a 2nd giveaway on the Little House on the Prairie website for a chance to win a second prize package.

This giveaway is running Friday, March 27th, 2015 at 12:01am PST through Friday, April 24th, 2015 at 11:59pm PST It is open to US Residents age 18 and older. Enter via the rafflecopter form below.

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Dis­clo­sure: This giveaway is coordinated by Bloggin’ Mamas and is sponsored by Little House on the Prairie. I was not compensated for sharing this post.


The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

So if you know me at all you know that I am a HUGE time fan of Lord of the Rings–they’re my favorite movies ever! So I have thoroughly enjoyed The Hobbit movies — The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies definitely made me cry–both because of the movie itself (tear jerker warning!!) and also because it’s the last in the series they can do.

Because of that I just HAD to offer you this giveaway and quiz–be sure to take the quiz and tell me what your middle earth weapon of choice is! Mine came as no surprise–but you have to go enter the giveaway to find out what answer I got! 😉

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May #CelebrateMom Bundle Giveaway

#CelebrateMom Monthly Giveaway

If you’ve been around for awhile you already know all about Mompact! and how they’re all about taking the time to #CelebrateMom from supporting Mom Inventors, Bloggers to stay at home moms! If you’re not familiar with them take a few minutes to go check out their website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter to learn a little more on what they’re all about!

This month a bunch of the amazing Mom Inventors that Mompact is proud to support are joining together to host this *amazing* giveaway!

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My Morning Coffee Journey with the Best Coffee Maker

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My Morning Coffee Journey

Her small apartment smelled lightly of smoke and afghans in a just-right musty kind of way, it was filled with owls and pitchers–the perfect kind of a place for a Great-Grandma to live. She’d always be sitting at her kitchen table with a cup of coffee in her hand, no matter what time of day it was. I’d run quickly to the little kitchenette set that she kept for us, grab a teeny-tiny plastic doll cup from it, and bring it to her–begging her to fill it up with black coffee for me.

I was about 6 years old when I started my coffee journey.

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