Back to School with Walmart Family Mobile

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It’s almost time to head back to school and the one thing my son has been asking for all summer long is his very own cell phone. My husband and I both were torn on whether or not we thought a 10 year old needed a cell phone or whether a 10 year old is mature enough to have one. I mean, shoot…I was 18 and going to college before I got a cell phone and the only reason why my parents insisted on me having one was because I was commuting back and forth to school. It was for emergency purposes. I didn’t have my first cell phone that I could use any time I wanted until I was engaged to my husband. So to me, a 10 year old having a phone seemed rather silly to me.

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But…you can’t build responsibility unless you are given an opportunity to do so. One thing I knew I needed to find was the lowest priced unlimited plans. I wasn’t interested in my son having data on his phone just yet, but unlimited texting and calling was a must. Walmart Family Mobile has the cheap(est) wireless plans of all the places I checked. So off to Walmart we went…with one VERY excited 10 year old!

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Upon entering the Walmart Family Mobile center, we were instantly greeted by a friendly woman ready to help us. I let her know that I was interested in a phone for him with unlimited phone and text only. She took us to the Sparq II QWERTY keyboard phone. This phone is perfect for someone that likes to text (and the fact that the keyboard slid out, was a big plus to my son).

He could barely stand still, he was so excited to be leaving with his own phone!

He could barely stand still, he was so excited to be leaving with his own phone!

About the Phone and Plan

The Sparq II QWERTY keyboard phone costs $24.88…very reasonable, in my mind for a tween starting out with their first phone. If you are new to Walmart Family Mobile, you will need to purchase the starter kit for $25. The plan itself, is very reasonable and one that I recommend that anyone looking for #phones4school look into. For $24.88 per month, my son has unlimited text and talk. He’s had the phone for less than a week and I think he’s already sent 40+ texts. Mostly to me, my sister in-law or my mother in-law, but hey…it’s unlimited…text away!

So…what does a 10 year old do with his very first phone besides text his family? I could tell you, but the pictures are worth a thousand words!

Selfie’s at lunch with his sister:

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Making his first phone call:

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Trying to find MineCraft and disappointed when he couldn’t find it:

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Pro’s and Con’s of Tweens with Phones

There are definitely some pro’s to him having his phone. A few that I have found so far are:

  • I have something else to take away. Let’s face it, it’s all about finding the currency with it comes to disciplining. Sure you can take the TV away, but if they don’t care, then how well does that work?
  • We are heading back to school which means football season is starting. I can drop him off at practice and if for any reason, he needs to be picked up early, he can call me.
  • The phone is practically glued to his hip so when he walked around the block to my parents house, I knew he had a way to get a hold of me if there were a problem.
  • If he’s at a friends house and would like to come home, he can send me a quick text letting me know he’s ready to come home.

The number one con to a tween having a cell phone is that they don’t know how to use it responsibly, but again, that was my main reason for getting it for him, to build responsibility. For instance…calling grandma to tell her to come pick him up because he got yelled at for fighting with his sister. Funny now, but it wasn’t funny then! It was a huge eye opener as to how much he had to be taught to use the phone and for what it’s worth. So overall, letting my 10 year old have a cell phone as he starts his 5th grade year at school may just be the responsibility building he needs before starting middle school!

For more information on which Walmart Family Mobile plan and phone is best for you, visit your nearest Walmart. You can also visit and follow Walmart Family Mobile on Twitter at their new handle, @FamilyMobile.

Fun at Home Birthday Party Game for Kids

Having your kids birthday party at your house can be an overwhelming task to take on. Do you invite the whole class; do you invite siblings; how long do you have the party for; and where in the world can I find a cow pinata…oh wait, it’s just my daughter that insisted on a cow pinata (I did finally find one and I stuffed it full of Tootsie Rolls…). At any rate, no matter what theme your child chooses, the older they get, the harder it seems to plan.

Today, however, my family and I had the opportunity to try out a fun toy that I think would make a fun game at a kids party! Especially a boys party. My son seemed to have more fun with it than my daughter, but she had a hard time getting a hang of it.

**I received the pictured toys for the purpose of this post. All stories and opinions are 100% my own**

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My kids are holding the Aeromax Toys Sky Blaster. This toy gets your kids outdoors, running around and having a blast. And best of all…it doesn’t take batteries! I know, parents around the world are cheering now! Nothing worse than having a toy that takes a bunch of batteries that you don’t have when you need them!

Using the Sky Blaster is rather easy. Simply hold on to the yellow tag at the tail of the rocket while pulling back like a slingshot and releasing! As kids get better at launching these rockets, they can soar 50 or 100 feet or even 120 feet!

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Wouldn’t this be a fun addition to a birthday party? You could have the kids compete to see who shoots the rocket the farthest. I guarantee you, the kids will want to do it over and over and over again. Mine did! At the birthday party, you could have a bunch of different competitions set up and prizes for the kids. The prizes would be their goody bag to take home with them! At the end of the party, you can see if anyone can perform my husbands little trick with the rockets…trying to shoot more than one at a time, and yes…I got it on video!

About Aeromax

President Mark Levine began his company 17 years ago with one product, the Aeromax 2000 Tangle Free Toy Parachute, which is pictured in the company’s logo. Today the Aeromax product line boasts 300 (and counting) items and every top toy industry award. Charitable giving is an important component of Levine’s business plan with thousands of units donated to Kids Wish Network and most recently, Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S). 

The Sky Blaster is recommended for ages 8+ and sells for $7.95 each.

Jewelry in Candles – Love Potion Tart Reveal!!

A couple weeks ago, I signed up to be a Jewelry in Candles rep. The first candle I had was a vanilla scented one. Within a few minutes of it being lit, I fell in love with it. It’s the first vanilla scented candle I’ve ever had that did NOT give me a headache! Here is the ring I got from my vanilla candle:

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It’s really pretty on and the yellow stone really shines nicely! My daughter told me that when her hand gets big enough, she wants to wear it!

Today I was excited to see a package on my porch because I just KNEW that my new candles and tarts were in that box! I was very excited to try out my new warmer that I picked up at Warmart for $15! I had a hard time choosing which tart to get, but I finally settled on Love Potion. This particular tart is part of our Romance Elixirs category. In this tart, you can smell a delicious combination of cherry blossom, citrus, hydrangea, apple and peach! It is also infused with essential oils, including orange and grapefruit!

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It only took about 30 minutes or less for the tart to completely melt so I could get the piece of jewelry out! Which is good…with the candle, it took everything in me to not grab a spoon and start digging for the jewelry! With this particular tart, I chose to get a necklace. Here is what I got:

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I think it’s pretty! I love heart jewelry and feel very lucky that two pieces of jewelry that I’ve received already are hearts! The blue stone is very bright and beautiful! Because I ordered this during the Jewelry in Candles Priceless sale, which is only on for about another 7 1/2 hours, I got an extra piece of jewelry with this purchase.

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Bella was beside herself when she saw the second necklace! We were at a Kohl’s last week getting backpacks for school and she saw a necklace similar to this one in the jewelry case and begged me to get it for her. Now she has it!

If you are interested in purchasing, you can visit my online store. If you were to purchase by 11:59pm est tonight (8/8/14) you will receive a second piece of jewelry every candle/tart purchase! Some suggestions of candles scents that I really like are:

  • Vanilla
  • Day at the Spa
  • Watermelon
  • The Gentleman

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!!

Back to School with Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty

We go back to school in less than a month…which I am VERY happy about, but part of going back to school means homework after school. Homework is fine, but keeping kids on task to do the homework after sitting at school all day is not easy! My son is ADHD, which I’ve posted about before so he definitely has difficulty focusing on his homework after school when all he wants to do is run and play. All I need is to find things to keep him on task.

That’s where Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty comes in to play.

**The awesome Thinking Putty was provided for the purpose of this post. All opinions and stories are 100% my own. This post may include affiliate links**

What is Thinking Putty?

Thinking Putty is a silicone based, moldable putty. Since it’s not clay or earth based, it will never dry out or crumble! That’s a huge plus because I don’t know about your kids, but mine ALWAYS forget to put the lid back on their clay or play-doh! Thinking Putty is 100% non-toxic so it is safe for people three years old and up.

Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty comes in a wide variety of options:

  • Phantom: this line reacts with vibrant colors to UV light. Using the included black light keychain, kids can decorate the putty!
  • Super Magnetics: you can stretch and mold this putty like any of the others, but in the presence of a magnetic field, it’s magnetic forces begin to align!
  • Super Illusions: the colors are bright, fun and delightful! Sunlight make the colors explode!
  • Liquid Glass: looks like glass or ice because this putty is completely clear!
  • Heat Sensitive Hypercolors: sensitive to heat and cold, this putty changes simply by touching it!
  • Glow in the Dark: looks milky white in the daylight, but glows in the darkness! Using the black light keychain, you can write messages on this putty!
  • Putty Creatures: this putty comes with a unique texture and two eyes! Stretch and twist to make the perfect creature!

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As you can see, I chose the Liquid Glass and one of the Super Illusions, Super Scarab. I think the Thinking Putty will be a great tool for my son while he’s doing homework. Sometimes just by keeping some part of him moving, he is able to focus better. Shoot, I found myself watching TV the other night, squeezing the Thinking Putty in my hands!

My favorite thing about Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty is the fact that not only is it made in the USA, but it is made by exceptional individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities. They work as a team to develop vocational skills and economic self-sufficiency! How great is that?!?

Bella loves the Thinking Putty too! Check out what she has to say about it:

Other Uses for the Thinking Putty

Besides letting your kids play with it or using it at a distracting tool to help keep your kids focused on a task (like homework), you can also use the Thinking Putty to strengthen your hand muscles. Here is an image of the different exercises you can do:

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Prices start at $10 for the large tin…this makes a great gift!

State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton

One of my favorite types of books to read (besides the Alex Cross series by James Patterson) is non-fiction books about different people’s lives. I especially like to read about people or types of people that live a life that is so very different from the type of life I live or will ever live. So when I was given the opportunity to read about Hillary Clinton, I said sure! I’ll never be a politician; I’ll never live in the White House; why not read about it?!?

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The book by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes is very well written. I will admit, I am not all that into politics and quite honestly, when people start talking politics, I tune them out, so I was a little concerned about what I would think of this book. However, the storytelling in this book was superb and it really did keep me interested. I was interested more from an outside looking in type perspective than I was from the whole politic side of things and where my beliefs lay in regards to those beliefs of Hillary Clinton.

I found it interesting to read about Bill Clinton’s role in trying to avenge the unfairness he felt his wife endured as it relates to the 2008 Democratic Primary defeat she suffered. I know the whole joke about how to tell if a politician is lying, but it was neat to see in the inside and see how the Clinton’s felt when other politician’s lied to them about backing Hillary for the Democratic Primary.

Overall, I would recommend this book for the sole reason that I found it interesting. It has nothing to do with her political affiliation or anything like that. I just found the entire story interesting and, despite the size of the book, a quick read!

Have you read HRC yet?