Wednesday, November 25, 2015

New Share the Memories Freebies!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Amazing Plants by Design SALE

Amazing Plants by Design: Buy the printed children's book for ONLY $9.99 
& get the digital version of the corresponding lapbook FOR FREE!

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Flyby Review: MercyMe's It's Christmas!

There are two kinds of people this time of year.  You've seen the Facebook meme:

So which are you?  Can you stand for me to do a Christmas CD review yet?  Well, I'm ready!  I don't put my Christmas decorations up till after Thanksgiving (husband's orders!), but I like to start the Christmas music and maybe a couple movies a little ahead of time to get in the spirit and so the holidays just don't seem so rushed.  And the crafts.  You have to start the Christmas crafts a little early so you have time to get them all done.  So I'll be starting just a little bit of Christmas on my blog this week before Thanksgiving!

Since I'm totally ready to start listening to Christmas music, I was very excited to get MercyMe's new 
CD to review for Flyby Promotions!

This album gets a definite thumbs up!  It's a great blend of original MercyMe songs and traditional Christmas songs with a MercyMe flair.  None of the songs are too slow and all are upbeat, which I really like on an album that I'm going to be listening to while I'm driving or working around the house.  I love the instrumentation on "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," as well as the way a portion of "Carol of the Bells" is worked into it.  The whole album has a pop feel to it, whether new songs or traditional, but some songs have a slightly country feel as well.  It all has a distinct sound to it, so even your traditional songs won't sound exactly the same as all the others you have on your Christmas playlist.  I think my favorite song is the first one on the album, "Newborn," which is a medley of original music and a traditional carol.

There was a slight problem on my copy, which did not affect the listening quality, but was confusing when I tried to import the album to my iTunes.  The songlist on the album cover and the CD itself lists the following:  #12 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, #13 O Holy Night, and #14 Silent Night.  The actual order on the CD was #12 O Holy Night, #13 Silent Night, and #14 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.

So, are you dying to know where you can get this fabulous CD this Christmas?  Well, it's another great Pizza Ranch promotion!
Mercy Me It’s Christmas​ CD will be available in Pizza Ranch locations beginning November 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.  It has 4 exclusive songs that can only be found on the CD version being sold by Pizza Ranch.  Each CD will be sold for $5 plus tax.  Pizza Ranch will give away the CD with a $25 gift card purchase as well as sell the full album at each of its 200 locations throughout the Midwest and Great Plains states.  "We are so excited to debut our new Christmas album, MercyMe, It’s Christmas, with Pizza Ranch” said Bart Millard with MercyMe. “Pizza Ranch is a fantastic restaurant with a great mission to glorify God. It's the perfect gift to give this Christmas season and the perfect CD to get you in the Christmas spirit.” 
So if you have a Pizza Ranch near you, run right down and grab yourself a pizza and a CD!  You cannot beat that price.  If not, you can purchase the MercyMe album, minus the 4 Pizza Ranch bonus tracks, on iTunes.

You can also win a copy of the full CD, with the 4 bonus tracks, right here!  Leave a comment with your favorite Christmas carol here or on my Facebook page to enter the drawing!  I will choose a winner in one week!

Merry Christmas!

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Monday, October 5, 2015

Friday, October 2, 2015

Elephant Toothpaste!

Hey, everybody!  We've been Back To School for a month now!  How's everybody doing?

I am really, really terrible at planning enough in advance and getting hard-to-obtain supplies together, so I love fun science that involves things you have AT HOME already!!

Today we made elephant toothpaste!  OK, well, we don't have any elephants to try it out and see how well it works, but it looks like giant toothpaste squeezing out of the tube, and since it is largely composed of hydrogen peroxide and dish soap, it should be a good cleaning agent!

Materials needed:
Hydrogen Peroxide
Dish Detergent
Yeast Packets
Food Coloring
Warm Water
Soda Bottles
Small Dishes

1. Mix each yeast packet with about 1/4 cup of warm water.  Let sit for a few minutes.

2.  Put about 1/2 cup of Hydrogen Peroxide in each bottle, along with your favorite color food coloring (we like the neon food coloring colors!)  Add a generous amount of dish detergent.

3.  Pour the yeast solution into the bottle through the funnel and watch the magic!

This was a fun experiment, but ours "erupted" a bit slowly.  Watch the Steve Spangler version for some real fun!  We used 3% hydrogen peroxide that you probably have in your medicine cabinet.  You can get 6% hydrogen peroxide at some beauty stores (used as a hair bleaching agent), which may give a better reaction.  My kids kept adding dish detergent and more hydrogen peroxide to speed it along!

What makes it work?

Water, as most people know, is comprised of molecules which each have two Hydrogen atoms attached to an Oxygen atom.  Hydrogen Peroxide molecules have two Hydrogen atoms attached to two Oxygen atoms.  The yeast is a fungus (decomposer) which assists in breaking down the Hydrogen Peroxide molecules, releasing some Oxygen atoms so that Water is left in the bottle and Oxygen gas escapes.  

What's with the dish detergent and the food coloring?  Oxygen escaping as a gas from the Hydrogen Peroxide-becoming-Water may create a few bubbles, but it would be much less entertaining, since Oxygen gas is, well, invisible.  The dish detergent captures the escaping Oxygen gas in bubbles, and the food coloring - you know - adds color, so that we can see what is happening in the experiment.

Here's our slow-moving, amateur experiment, and Steve Spangler's professional, perfected experiment:

I'm off to brush my elephant's teeth!  Happy experimenting!  :-)

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