Play K-6 Math Games with Zapzapmath

Math is not my strong suit. It never has been. Thankfully, both of my kids do well with math and they enjoy it (no joke…they really do). With great apps out there that allow kids to practice their math skills while playing math games, getting kids to do their math skills each night becomes less of a chore. And trust me, as a parent, I am all about finding the easiest way possible to get my kids to study. Zapzapmath is our go to app for math practice. Not only is it fun, but it challenges my daughter too. If Bella isn’t challenged, she will get bored quickly.

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About Zapzapmath

Zapzapmath initially launched in 2015. Since then, the app has grown tremendously! With over 180 math games and 900 difficulty levels, there is a math game for everyone! Not only are there math games for everyone, but Zapzapmath is ranked in the top 10 of the education category in 58 countries…the U.S. and China are two of those 58 countries!

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New Features

Like I mentioned above, Zapzapmath has significantly improved since the launch in 2015. Those changes include:

  • Login system – new and improved to help young players
  • Web browser version – you can play on your desktop or Chromebook by going to http://play.zapzapmath.com/
  • Multiplayer mode – play math games with a friend
  • Adaptive learning with percentile scoring – games increase and decrease according to the child’s mastery of the level
  • Improved web dashboard – you can sign in as a parent or teacher to get a detailed report on your child’s progress
  • Enhanced user interface – enhance for more user friendly experience
  • Pretest and posttest – this feature is for teachers and students. You can measure how you’ve improved and compare your starting point with the end point
  • Download and play for free – 20 games for free for grades K-6. For more games, there is a yearly subscription (scroll to the end fo the post for a giveaway!)
  • Multilingual – Play in English or Spanish

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Where to find Zapzapmath

You can find Zapzapmath online at the following locations:

Sounds pretty great, right?!? Well then you need to definitely try your hand at winning a one year subscription! Simply follow the directions below. Allow the Rafflecopter widget to load. If, for some reason it does not, then click on the link below and it will take you to the giveaway. Three winners will be chosen at random. They will be sent an email that they must respond to within 48 hours or a new winner will be determined.

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Good luck! I hope you enjoy the Zapzapmath math games!

“Show my Photos” on your Amazon Fire TV

What if I told you that you can use your Amazon Fire TV for so much more than just watching your favorite Netflix show (side note, I’m currently watching Friends From College, a Netflix original show and it is hilarious)? When you have friends and family over, unless you’re there to watch a sports game, your TV typically just sits there. Why not use the biggest screen in the house to showcase your beautiful photos? With Prime Photos and your Amazon Fire TV, you can do just that!

*Thanks to Amazon for sponsoring this post. Amazon, Prime Photos, Fire, Amazon Fire TV and the associated logos are trademarks of Amazon.com, Ic. or its affiliates*

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First of all, if you are not familiar with Prime Photos, then you need to be! Your Prime membership not only gives you that super fast 2-day shipping, but you also get free unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos. In the US, all Amazon.com customers receive 5 GB of FREE digital storage for your photos, videos, and files. This is huge you guys! If you are a Prime member and you are not taking advantage of this amazing deal, then you need to hop on it!

Now, with the Alexa Voice Remote that has launched just in the United States right now and the Prime Photos app, you can view and search for your favorite photos and albums on your Amazon Fire TV! With simple phrases like, “show my photos from last summer” you can share your summer vacation pictures quickly and easily!

So not only does Prime Photos give you a place to store your memories and keep them safe, but it works hand in hand with your Amazon Fire TV to help display those pictures too! I just received my Amazon Fire Stick and I have to tell you, I really like this thing! Not only can I watch my favorite shows, but I’m already thinking ahead to when my son and daughter graduate. Using Prime Photos, I can set up different albums to play a slide show at their graduation party! Now I can stop stressing about those scrapbooks that seem to be stuck on age 4 (they are 11 and 13)!

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I’m Bored Free Summer Printable

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My kids are finishing up their last week of school before summer vacation starts. I have to say, I am pretty excited to be done with this school year. The break from waking up at 6 am and making school lunches will be nice. I’m not looking forward to, however, the “I’m bored” comments from my kids. Thankfully, we have an extremely busy summer ahead filled with lots of weekend getaways for my son’s lacrosse tournaments. One thing I will be making sure to pack is my Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen. Protecting mine and my families skin is very important to me.

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Whether we are going to a lacrosse tournament, soccer tournament, or just hanging around outside, this bag is always with me in the summer packed full of all the things I need like this Blue Lizard® sunscreen. If you aren’t familiar with Blue Lizard® products, then you need to be! Their products contain a unique zinc oxide formulation and provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection (SPF30+). I personally like it because I can easily find it at Walmart Stores and it is a brand trusted by dermatologists (for over 15 years!!), pediatricians and moms! Head to your local Walmart to pick up a bottle of the Blue Lizard® Sensitive, Baby, Face, or Sport! I picked up the Sensitive version, but all varieties were located in a center aisle display near the toiletry section of the store!

*For children under 6 months of age, please consult your pediatrician before using any sunscreen. For children older than 6 months, Blue Lizard® Baby or Sensitive products are recommended to minimize risk of skin sensitivity.

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While we will be having our extremely busy moments this summer, we will have some down time too. The one thing I do NOT want to hear is, “I’m bored”. Those two words drive me crazy! Especially in the summer! There is so much kids can be doing to keep themselves occupied. I put together this great (and FREE) I’m Bored printable for you to print out and hang on the fridge.

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Print Your FREE I’m Bored Printable HERE

Once you print this off, hang it on your fridge, and when your kids utter those two words you don’t want to hear, simply point to the list. If your kids are like my son, and a long list of items may be too hard for them to choose something to do, you can either pick for them or make an I’m Bored jar and have them randomly pick a slip of paper. What they pick, they do! Use the printable as a checklist…sort of like a summer bucket list…with a few chores thrown in between. Don’t worry, I have your back!

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Remember…any activities you do outside this summer, make sure you put on Blue Lizard® sunscreen! Protect that skin! If you are heading out to your local Walmart to pick up the Blue Lizard® Sensitive sunscreen, be sure to join iBotta and earn $4.00 when you purchase Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen – Sensitive, 5 oz. bottle only.

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Blue Lizard® sunscreen has a patented Smart Bottle™ technology. What does this mean? When the bottle is exposed to harmful UV sunlight, it changes from white to blue! This is a great teaching tool for your kids on when to re-apply sunscreen!

Pick up Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen today and enjoy the wonderful summer outdoors!!

The Shack Movie Review

If you haven’t seen The Shack yet, you need to stop what you are doing and watch it. I’m not even kidding. The book (found here on Amazonthe shack) is one of my favorite books. I literally could not put it down. It was beautifully written and left you really thinking. When I heard the book was being made into a movie, I knew I had to see it.

*This post may contain affiliate links. I received a copy of The Shack for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% my own*

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About The Shack

Based on The New York Times best-selling novel, written for the screen by John Fusco (The Forbidden Kingdom) and Andrew Lanham (The Glass Castle) & Destin Cretton (The Glass Castle), and directed by Stuart Hazeldine (Exam), The Shack takes us on a father’s transformative spiritual journey. After a family tragedy, Mack (Worthington) spirals into a crisis of faith and questions God’s existence and life’s purpose. Mack is unable to move on, until he gets a mysterious invitation to an abandoned shack. There, God reveals Himself in the form of three strangers led by Papa (Spencer). Mack’s journey will transform audiences of all ages, in this movie that you will want to watch over and over.

Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital HD Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Director Stuart Hazeldine
  • “Touched  by God: A Writer’s Journey” Featurette
  • “God’s Heart for Humanity” Featurette
  • “”Heaven Knows”: The Power of Song with Hillsong United” Featurette
  • “Something Bigger than Ourselves: The Making of The Shack” Featurette
  • “Premier Night: A Blessed Evening” Featurette
  • Deleted Scene

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed the movie. Even though I knew what was going to happen, since I read the book, the movie was beautifully executed and drew me in immediately. I personally believe that Octavia Spencer was the PERFECT person to play Papa.

The Shack is available for purchase right now! So don’t wait, pick up your copy today!

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Save Money with Groupon Coupons!

I’ve said it before, part of my job description as a wife and mother is to save my family as much money as possible. When out shopping, I don’t pay a thing until I’ve searched online for a coupon that I can use. The same is true when I am shopping online. In my head, I can’t help but think that they wouldn’t have coupon codes if the stores didn’t want you to save the money! So why not take that extra minute to do a quick search?!? One thing I really like to do, and highly recommend, is to save money using Groupon Coupons.

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Recently, my son got a concussion during a lacrosse game. This was our first time every dealing with a concussion. While researching the best things to feed my son and what to do for him while he is recovering, I read and was told by many people to pick up a really good fish oil for him. Apparently the fish oil will help heal the brain. The brand recommended to me was Barlean’s.

Thankfully I was able to pick this up at a local health food store near me. Since I was in such a rush to get it, I didn’t even look for a coupon. I know…the horror! Now that my son is getting better, and I am able to think a little more clearly, I started looking at my favorite place for coupons…Groupon Coupons! Imagine my delight when I see that one of my favorite online retailers (Vitacost) has 36 coupons available!

There are a wide variety of coupons available with Groupon Coupons. Some retailers you will find are:

  • Home Depot
  • Hertz
  • Kate Spade
  • Kohls
  • 23 and Me (which I am VERY interested in checking out)

These are just a few of the retailers available. Whether you are booking a car, ordering vitamins or shopping for summer clothes, Groupon Coupons can help you save money! And we all love saving money!!

How did you save money with Groupon Coupons?

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