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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

#GiftedMath Multiplication Hacks By 8

 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Make $5 With #GiftedMath

Chores teach responsibility and can be a great way to teach children how to manage money. Callan has chores daily, and he earns money for them (if he does them correctly). This #GiftedMath worksheet offers a story problem using chores. Each chore is assigned a dollar amount. The goal is to select which chores can be done to earn a total of $5.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Fun - Running Division #GiftedMath

How fast are you really? Time yourself running 100 yards (300 feet) and do the math to figure it out.

How long did it take you (in seconds)?

If you ran 300 feet in that length of time, how many feet would you run in just one second?

Divide 300 by your running time in seconds. Now, how many feet would you run in a minute?

Multiply feet per second by 60. How about a whole hour?

Multiply feet/minute by 60. How fast were you running in miles per hour? Divide the number of feet you would have run in an hour by 5280 (the number of feet in one mile).
 

Fractal Triangle #GiftedMath

F R A C T A L T R I A N G L E
This is a fractal triangle. By repeating the triangle pattern at different scales within the larger shape, a complex shape is formed. For this activity, you will need: markers, colored pencils, or crayons, and a ruler.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Who Would Win At Minute Math #GiftedMath?

I will admit I suck at math. Even elementary math. Callan is pretty good at it, if he doesn't get flustered. Jason, of course, is the family genius (let's hope Callan gets his skills!) Here are some Minute Math sheets. Print them out and test yourself against your kiddos in a 1-minute face off! I'm going to do this with Callan when I get home from work, so stay tuned for the video! I'm sure the little stinker will win! 


 

Hand Multiplication Facts With #GiftedMath

Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man dedicated to raising his spirited young niece, Mary (Mckenna Grace), a child prodigy. But Franks and Mary’s happy life together is threatened when Mary’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of her overbearing grandmother (Lindsay Duncan) – who has other plans for the girl. You’ll love every moment of this “deeply satisfying” (Edward Douglas, Film Journal International) film, also starring Jenny Slate and Oscar Winner Octavia Spencer. Out on Digital July 11th, and BluRay and DVD release is July 25th!

All week I will be sharing some fun activities (today, you get a double dose, since I am behind! Errr!) First - a fun and easy way to learn how to multiply using your hands. This is how we taught Callan, and I still use my hand to this day while doing math!

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

A Letter From Lancaster County Giveaway

Will their sibling rivalry get in the way of these two sisters' chances at life and love? Find out in Kate Lloyd's new book, A Letter from Lancaster County. 

Celebrate the release of Kate's new book by entering to win her Two Sisters, Two Winners Giveaway!


One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of A Letter from Lancaster County
  • A Kindle Fire

Another grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of A Letter from Lancaster County
  • A queen-size Amish quilt

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on July 27. The winner will be announced July 28 on the Litfuse blog.

Two sisters get a second chance at life and love. Angela - Her mother's untimely death, a struggling marriage, a strained relationship with her sister, Rose, and regrets over what might have been haunt her. Despite being a wife and mother, she feels she has little to show for her life. Rose - Still single, she longs for a husband and children. But Angela has all that and still isn't happy. Rose wants to be closer to her older sister, but she and Angela couldn't be more different. Both strong women, will their sibling rivalry ever end? When a letter arrives from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Angela and Rose decide to visit Aunt Silvia, their mother's Mennonite sister, in the heart of Amish country. This vacation could provide the opportunity both sisters need to sort out their issues. And yet instead of finding a new way of connecting with each other, Angela and Rose discover surprising family secrets that add to their strife and threaten Rose's romance with a new beau. Through it all, the two sisters must find the faith necessary to face their personal problems and allow God to restore hope and healing to their hearts and relationship as only He can.

About The Author:
Kate Lloyd is a bestselling novelist whose books include A Portrait of Marguerite and the Legacy of Lancaster trilogy. A native of Baltimore, she enjoys spending time with friends and family in rural Pennsylvania and is a member of the Lancaster County Mennonite Historical Society. She now resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband. 
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

5 Relaxing Things to Do When You Need Alone Time

Life can be a hectic rollercoaster of chaos and emotions. And sometimes, it’s nice to sit back and relax to clear your mind with some much-needed alone time. When you have a moment to yourself, here are 5 things you can do to unwind, relax, and calm your frazzled nerves.

Ground Yourself in Nature
Nature is comprised of beautiful energies, each working to help ground you and soothe your senses. Take off your shoes, feel the grass or sands beneath your feet, and close your eyes to breathe in deep lung-fulls of fresh air. Feel and hear nature all around you, and allow yourself to feel at peace.

Take a Spa Afternoon
Manicures, pedicures, and massages? Yes, please. Spa afternoons are the best because you can relax and leave the pampering to the professionals. Most spas even specialize in the perceived flaws that bother you most. So don’t be afraid to ask about their best products for sagging neck, or recommended treatments for crinkles around your eyes. Opt for deep tissue massages to work out your knots, and take a minute to truly feel your muscles unwind.

Complete a Longtime Project
There is nothing quite like the satisfaction that comes from completing a project that you have been working on for months, or longer. Take some time from the chaos of life to work on your long-time, long-term projects, such as a photography collage or a collection of painted artworks.

Do Something Nice for Yourself
Do you love big boxes of chocolates? Do you love sitting in the dark with a bag of popcorn to watch the newest movie release? Or, would you rather stay home with a good book and a cup of tea? Whatever you love to do to unwind…do it. Never be afraid to do something nice for yourself. You are deserving of positive things, so indulge for a little while.

Color, Paint, Draw - Delve into Your Hobbies
Sometimes it can be difficult to stay connected with who you are and what you love to do. With the chaos of the world crashing at your door, especially when you have to go to work, it’s important to keep sight of yourself. How so? Reconnect with your hobbies. Paint, color, draw… do whatever makes you happy, content, and satisfied in your life.

When you find yourself feeling challenged or upset about the everyday negatives in your life, take a minute to relax and be calm. You deserve to feel soothed and at peace, regardless of what you have to do to achieve that sense of tranquility.
 

Great New #Coupons!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

#HPBTS17 Giveaway

Enter to win a gift card or laptop from HP!
Monday, July 10th at 12:00 AM ET to Tuesday, August 15th at 11:59 PM ET. Ten (10) winners will receive a $100 Visa gift card, courtesy of HP, and one (1) winner will receive the grand prize of an HP Spectre x2 Detachable Laptop. Users enter the giveaway by heading to the HP merchant page on Savings.com and submitting their email address on the form on the page. The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Wednesday, August 16th via the email address they used to enter.

  HP Back to School Laptop Sale
25% Off &Free Shipping on Select Laptops for Back to School
Coupon Code: VALPAK25
Some exclusions apply. Valid through 8/15/17
 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

12 Free Folded Note Cards – Save $12.99!


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Friday, June 30, 2017

Socks and I Subscription Socks!

Hey, so I know its summer time. But I still wear socks. I love socks. I am a sock person. Not a shoe person - a sock person! Some gals collect shoes - I am the gal who collects socks!
Socks and I is a fun, passionate, and sock crazy company founded on the principle that everything they do, must be done with YOU (us, the consumer) in mind. Their mission is not only to send you amazing subscription socks, but to make sure your experience with Socks and I, is one of a kind.
Check it all out at Socks and I on Facebook, as well as Socks and I on Twitter.
 

Bamboo Tranquility

The mission is simple, to provide you with the best quality sheets at the best price. Every sheet from Bamboo Tranquility is made with 100% Viscose from bamboo. They have an extremely high thread count of 300, comparable to 1000 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets. They are far more breathable that non bamboo sheets and are perfect for any climate and season. They are also very eco friendly. Cotton takes three times as much water to grow as bamboo.
These wont be the cheapest sheets on the market, nor will they be the most expensive, but they will be the best bamboo sheets you can find. Bottom line.

These sheets are soooo soft. And amazing for people like me who like to be cooler at night. Not that it gets super hot in Minnesota, but I am becoming a woman of a certain age, ahem. Great for keeping you cool and comfy!

Check it all out at Bamboo Tranquility on Facebook!
 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Models Own Summer Favorites

Now that it feels like summer, we have the perfect beauty products from Models Own for you to indulge in this season! This line of product will highlight and emphasize all your best features leaving you with a flawless look all day long.

Lix Matte Liquid Lipstick in “Strawberry Mojito” and “Eucalyptus Pink,” $7.99
● Fresh minty scent
● Smooth matte lip cream

Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Palette in “Gold Spotlight,” $16.99
● Lifts your look with three shimmer colors
● Smooths onto skin while illuminating and defining

Colour Chrome Eyeshadow Kit in “Copper Lustre” and “Golden Lights,” $14.99
● Long-lasting metallic eyeshadow kit
● Combine the primer and the creamy shadow for a buildable foil finish

I-Definer Black Eyeliners
● Liquid, $8.99
○ liquid eyeliner that defines and contours
○ Slick onto eyelids for a bold look
● Kohl, $7.99
○ Waterproof color glides onto eyelids for a chic and intense finish
○ Black shades: Bedazzle Black, Black Onyx
● Duo, $9.99
○ The pencil lines eyes, while the ink liner adds a flick of sass
○ Black shade: Midnight

Models Own is available exclusively at Ulta and Ulta.com.
 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

#Macys4thFun Giveaway

Enter to Win a $50 Macy's Gift Card! 
 Wednesday, June 28th at 12:00 AM ET to Tuesday, July 4th at 11:59 PM ET. Twenty (20) winners will receive a $50 Macy's gift card. Users enter the giveaway by heading to the Macy's page on Savings.com and submitting their email address on the form at the top of the page. The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Wednesday (7/5) via the email address they used to enter.