Lakeshore Summer Learning Fun

Lakeshore Learning Materials

The kids were here when the UPS man delivered our new toy from Lakeshore Learning.  We opened the box together and they found this…Alphabet Pegboards

It was quite obviously for Ladybug and she got busy right away!Alphabet Pegboards

Alphabet Pegboards

The set comes with 26 upper case letters and pegs to fit in them.  The pegs were a bit of a challenge for her at first but she persevered and can now do them by herself!Alphabet Pegboards

Alphabet Pegboards

You have to do a bit of prep when you get the set, the holes need to be punched out and the letters themselves come in rectangles of foam, you have to separate them.  The process was very simple and my boys enjoyed helping me.  We even kept the tiny green pieces to play with and craft with in the future!

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I am VERY pleased with this set and am excited to use it in many different ways with Ladybug, the pegs themselves are a wonderful learning tool! You can purchase the set here on the Lakeshore Learning website

Alphabet Pegboards & Pegs

Thank you to Lakeshore for allowing us to review this wonderful product!

Lakeshore is having an amazing Summer Learning Facebook Photo Contest, with huge prizes! 5 winners will get a $1000 gift card-whoa!  Here’s the details…


  • Simply ‘Like’ Lakeshore’s Facebook Page (
  • Click on the Entry form and submit a picture of your child participating in their favorite summer learning activity! From a visit to the local zoo, to nature walks to fun family road trips and everything in between!
  • Spread the word by encouraging family and friends to ‘Like’ the submitted photo
  • The top photos with the most ‘Likes’ —WIN!
  • Winners: 5 lucky fans will be awarded with a $1,000 e-gift card! PLUS everyone who enters will receive a special discount coupon as a thank you for their participation.
  • Time Frame: Begins June 4th-June 30th and Winners will be announced on July 2nd

That’s not all!  One of you is going to win a $25 e-gift card to use at Lakeshore Learning!  Just enter using the Rafflecopter form below.  If you don’t see the form, be sure you are reading on the actual blog and not in email/RSS!

This giveaway is open worldwide and ends on June 18, 2012.

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Photography Summer Camp for Kids


I was recently introduced to – a fabulous, online learning classroom and shop for digital crafters. They offer tons of classes in everything from photography and photo editing to using the Silhouette!

This summer they have a kids photography summer camp that I am excited to share with you. The three-week long camp is designed for children ages 8 – 13 and will teach basic photography and camera techniques. No special equipment is required – any point and shoot camera; even a cell phone or iPod with a camera will work!

Although I have not personally seen this class in action, I am thrilled to get to peek in on PacMan who is enrolled for the June 11-29 session!  He is so excited to begin, and I will certainly share his thoughts when he completes it!

Basically, this is how it works…

Every day your child will get an email with a printable card that includes a new photography technique and a new assignment.  There are weekly videos, a class forum, and a class gallery where they can ask questions and post their images.  Each Friday they will receive a fun photography scavenger hunt to keep them learning and discovering new things all week long!  The videos are pre recorded and can be viewed at any time, even beyond the session itself!  Once you have access, you can go back to any of the videos, anytime!

The class is taught by Candice Stringham, an editorial photographer turned scrapbooker. Candice Has a BFA in Photography and taught at a collegiate level after she graduated.


Two session of the kids camp will be offered:

First Session: June 11 – 29 – Register for the June Session {Pac is enrolled in this one!}

Second Session: July 9 – 27 – Register for the July Session

The session fee is $36 and we have a discount for families with multiple children who would all like to take the class. Just add ten dollars for each additional sibling instead of the whole $36!

I am so excited to offer one of YOU a spot in the Kids Photography Camp session of your choice. To enter, just use the Rafflecopter form below, if you don’t see the Rafflecopter form be sure you are reading on the actual blog {not in email or RSS}.

Added Bonus – Free Photoshop Class For You!

As an added bonus, is currently offering registration for a FREE online Photoshop Class – The Photoshop Top 5: Five Techniques Everyone Should Know. If you have ever been interested in learning Photoshop, check it out!

This giveaway ends June 8, 2012.

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If you have been around for awhile here on my blog, you may remember me sharing Yancy and her awesome music with you over a year ago.  Yancy continues to be a favorite choice from the iPod, and the kids all share the same favorite song, Shout!

We are so excited about Yancy’s new project, Little Praise Party!


In honor of this new CD/DVD we are taking part in a Yancy Blog Tour and sharing different songs with you!  I got to pick the song for Yancy to sing to US, of course I chose SHOUT!  Yancy recorded this video just for us, isn’t that cool!  I just love the message she shares with us about when she wrote this song.  It makes me a bit emotional when I listen to it now, and imagine the life ahead of my kids and how I pray they always SHOUT their praises to God now matter what they are going through.  Thanks Yancy for this video!


Want to win a “Little Praise Party” for Your Kids?

Yancy is giving away one copy of the CD and of the DVD to one of my readers!!  Follow the directions on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter to win a copy of Little Praise Party CD and DVD!  You can always BUY your copy and if you win you’ll have an awesome gift to give to a friend!!!!

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Little Praise Party can purchased through Yancy’s website or on iTunes {the DVD is only available on her website}. When ordering from her site use the code: YANCYLOVESME to get free shipping.

Be sure to visit these other bloggers who are joining with me to share Yancy’s music!

Monday April 30 Impress Your Kids

Tuesday May 1 Mama Hall

Wednesday May 2 God Centered Mom

Thursday May 3 Homeschool Creations

Friday May 4 ModSquad

Saturday May 5 When You Rise

Sunday May 6 4tunate

Monday May 7 Inspired To Action

Tuesday May 8 Home With the Boys

Wednesday May 9 1+1+1=1

Thursday May 10 Muthering Heights

Friday May 11 MOB Society

Saturday May 12 I Can Teach My Child

Teaching God’s Word

My awesome friend Jolanthe, who writes Homeschool Creations,  is a part of the 10 Days series going on right now, she is sharing 10 Days of Teaching God’s Word.


Today, Jolanthe shared about my Raising Rock Stars Preschool/Kindergarten program!


She is hosting a GIVEAWAY for 3 winners!  Each winner will receive the RRSP Bundle, RRSK Early Access, and access to the Members Only PowerPoint section {which hosts the PP shows for the RRSP program}!


Head on over to Homeschool Creations and enter to win

Hard Lotion? Huh?

Over a year ago I did a review and giveaway for a product I had never heard of, MadeOn Hard Lotion.  I said yes to hosting the review due to my husband’s dry winter skin issues.  Thankfully this was his solution and now we are loyal customers!

Here’s what we use specifically and I have repeat ordered many times already!  Hard Lotion {Bee Silk}, Peppermint Lip Balm, and Goat Milk Soap.image

PacMan and Krash have very dry hands and use the lotion bars to combat this.  I can always tell when they aren’t using it, their poor hands get cracked.  My husband uses the soap and hard lotion to battle his dry winter skin.  I use the soap and the lip balm…I only need the hard lotion on occasion.

Renee, who owns MadeOn, is so helpful and kind.  She is hosting a BIG giveaway with 10 winners, each receiving a combo gift pack {family size hard lotion bar, pocket size lotion bar, coffee soap, and lip balm}.  You can learn more about these awesome products and enter to win here!MadeOnGiveawayFinal

The giveaway ends 4/30/12