Sunday, January 25

Crystals You Can Eat, Floating Letters, and more Cool Candy Experiments

Quartz Crystals left, Sugar Crystals right
Rock Candy Crystals!

Last week, we learned about crystals.  First, we took a field trip to the mountains where we found quartz crystal in a stream bed.  Later, we looked at sugar crystals under the microscope.  The kids were pretty amazed that sugar was made up of crystals that looked so similar to quartz crystals.  The last time we went to the mountain, we had bought some rock candy.  This time we didn't stop in the same shop so the kids had the great idea, "Hey, mom, can we make rock candy?!"  Silly question.  Of course we could make rock candy!  (I have quite a sweet tooth.  I should be much fatter than I am.)

This is how we did it.  The only downside is that you have to wait 7 days to eat it.  In all honesty our crystals were pretty small.  It might have been wise to wait a few days longer, but we were so excited that we just had to try them.  At least they were easy enough to make again in the near future!

What makes the crystals grow?
Two different methods will contribute to the growth of the crystals on the string. You have created a supersaturated solution by first heating a saturated sugar solution (a solution in which no more sugar can dissolve at a particular temperature) and then allowing it to cool. A supersaturated solution is unstable—it contains more solute (in this case, sugar) than can stay in a liquid form—so the sugar will come out of solution, forming what's called a precipitate. This method is called precipitation.

The other is evaporation—as time passes, the water will evaporate slowly from the solution. As the water evaporates, the solution becomes more saturated and sugar molecules will continue to come out of the solution and collect on the seed crystals on the string. The rock candy crystals grow molecule by molecule. Your finished rock candy will be made up of about a quadrillion (1,000,000,000,000,000) molecules attached to the string.
from, a very awesome website

Floating M&Ms! 
Another fun experiment is Floating M & Ms

How To Do It:
Soak M&Ms (Skittles will work, too) in water and pay close attention to what dissolves and what floats!

What makes the letters float?
While soaking in the water, the candy shell dissolves. However, the white letters on M&Ms and Skittles are printed with edible ink that does not dissolve.  So, the letters peel off and float.  Too cool!

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Wednesday, January 21

Jolly Llama Frozen Deliciousness! A Giveaway of #HealthyDesserts

My kiddos and I love Jolly Llamas frozen sorbet pops!  They are so delicious!  We tried every flavor we could find at Whole Foods.  You can see them in our fridge below.  We loved trying them all--it was so fun!  It's hard to choose a favorite, but most of us favored Raspberry.  I also especially liked the Pineapple Coconut and made it into a Pina Colada Smoothie which was absolutely amazing! Best of all is every single one of my friends can eat them--they're all natural, gluten-free, peanut free, non-gmo, kosher, dairy-free, and all around perfect for anyone.  And did I mention that they're really, really amazingly delicious?!

Which one should we eat?  Eenie meenie minie moe...

Everyone with her favorite!
Pina Colada Jolly Llama Smoothie--so delish!

We got our Jolly Llama snacks at Whole Foods but you can also find them at Sprouts, Earthfare, and Fairway.  They come not only in fruit flavors, but mint and chocolate flavors, too.

Two winners will receive free boxes of Jolly Llama Pops!  Enter below by January 29th at 11 pm anyone's time. I'll choose a winner the next morning via

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Which Jolly Llama flavor do you think sounds best?

Special thanks to the wonderful people at Jolly Llama for providing us with this review and giveaway opportunity!

Tuesday, January 20

Milk Nursingwear: Gorgeous Dresses for Nursing and After! #FashionGiveaway

No, I don't have a big announcement to make.  ;)  Unless discovering pretty, quality nursing wear that you will actually want to continue wearing after you've finished nursing is a "big announcement"! 

Milk Nursingwear's styles are simple, timeless pieces that allow the nursing mama to feel feminine and stylish.  I chose to review their Contemporary Knot Dress in teal.  This material is so incredibly soft!  I believe it is the softest item hanging in my very full closet.  While you can nurse easily by lifting the knot-front, it also has complete coverage.  Plus it has a nice stretch; I can see how it works perfectly as maternity wear, too.  It's amazing! 

My hubby loves this dress on me.  It's now his favorite in my closet!  It's perfect because you can simply throw it on with some flats and head to the store or anywhere else.  It's comfortable for wearing even simply around the house... but it also looks gorgeous at church with a pair of black heals.  I so wish I'd known of Milk Nursingwear while I was nursing my little ones!  My nursing friends also loved my dress and I'll definitely be keeping this clothing line in mind for the next baby shower I attend.

One winner will receive a $35 gift card to spend at Milk Nursingwear!  Enter below by January 29th at 11 pm anyone's time. I'll choose a winner the next morning via

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Check out their sale and let me know which Milk fashion item you'll buy if you win!

Special thanks to the wonderful people at Milk Nursing Wear for providing me with this review opportunity!

Monday, January 12

Zotos Professional 180Pro Moisture Repair Kit: My Favorite Salon Products! #Giveaway

I'm not gonna lie--I totally love my hair.... most of the time!  Which is to say when I have the wrong hair products I totally do not love my hair.  Since it's curly and thick, it's really prone to frizz.  Most of the time, in order to keep all the frizz away I end up sacrificing softness.  And who likes crunchy curls?  I'd much rather have them nice and soft and my newest hair products really impressed me.  I raved to my husband about it and even he commented on how much softer my hair felt. And the cashier at the check out line of Whole Foods the other day said, "I just have to tell you, you have the most awesome hair".  I kind of think the reason he let me use 5 free item coupons in one transaction was b/c of my beautiful hair.  But that's just conjecture. ;)

So here's a pic of me and my "awesome" hair taken today after using 180PRO's Moisture Repair Discover Kit (Shampoo, Conditioner, and Damage Eliminator treatment) for one week.  Everyday now, I also use their Heat Rescue which is a leave in cream and their Total Tamer which is a mousse product, as opposed to the gel and hairspray I was using before.  I love this stuff!  The directions, for once, are accurate when they say "apply a quarter size amount to hair".  My hair is so long and thick, I usually need a lot more than that.  But this stuff is amazing and a little really does go a long way. 

Where to Buy
You can find 180Pro at Sally Beauty and Beauty Mart.

Win It!
Five of my readers will receive the Moisture Repair Discovery Kit thanks to the generous people at Zotos Professional.  Enter below by 1/19 at 11 pm anyone's time.  I'll choose a winner the next morning.  In the meantime, I hope you're having a wonderful new year!

Special thanks to the great people at Zotos Professional for facilitating this product review and giveaway!

Saturday, January 10

Click'N Read Looney Tunes Phonics Trial #Free #Homeschool

Everyday, when I ask my kiddos if they want to play Looney Tunes ClickN READ Phonics, they whoop and cheer and beg to be first!  The original ClickN READ Phonics and ClickN SPELL are also great, but I must admit, I think the Looney Tunes program is 10 times better.   You can try a couple of sample lessons by clicking the link and then clicking on "Free Sample Lessons".  There's no signing up required to try the freebies--just point, click, and let your kiddos have some fun as they learn. 

Delivered online, Looney Tunes Phonics contains 100 research based interactive cartoon lessons that teach the entire kindergarten to third grade phonics curriculum. Children master reading skills in an interactive environment that is fun and easy to use. Featuring the zany antics of Bugs Bunny, Daffy, Taz, Tweety and more, children learn to read the right way with help from the world famous Looney Tunes characters.  It's really fun and even I get into the end of each lesson when we get to see the continuing Looney Tunes cartoon!

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