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Friday, January 27, 2017

Making Couponing Easier with Groupon Coupons

This is a sponsored post.  All opinions posted are my own.


As a mother of 10, I am always looking for ways to save money.  Using coupons is one of those amazing ways that I can save a great amount of money on the products that I am needing, and the best part is that it is easy to do!  However, I have recently found a part of Groupon that I never knew existed.  There is an area called Groupon Coupons that is absolutely FREE to use, and you can get these great deals while you are online.  





Groupon Coupons offers a variety of different coupon options.  There are some that you can get an online coupon code to use for online orders.  Some brands and companies are also offering in store coupons that are available through the Groupon Coupons site.  

You can shop through the main Groupon Coupons site by clicking HERE, or you can shop according to the store you are shopping for.  





A few of these stores are:





There are so many more stores to shop through and find coupons with amazing deals, and easily scroll through the entire list of stores by clicking HERE.

You can also find more great offers through the Groupon FaceBook Page and Twitter.  I encourage you to check them out.  

I have used Groupon to buy discounts from local restaurant and clothing.  It is so easy and painless.  Just a few clicks of the mouse and you're ready to go.  It is a great way to save money!  



Thursday, January 19, 2017

An Introduction to Speech Buddies - Video of Day 1

This post contains sponsored links.


This is the Day 1 video of Speech Buddies Professional Tool Set as well as the Speech Buddies Flash Cards.

I am explaining the Tools, the Flash Cards with my 12, 10, 8, and 5 year old children.  These are the ones that need the most help with their speech.  My 12 year old daughter doesn't need much help, as she has been working hard over the last few months to speak clearly and focus on the placement of her tongue, but I am still working with her on this to help her out.






One thing I did in here was not only show how it helps with their letter sounds, but I wanted to show that there is a difference in using these on an older child vs a younger child.  Brigham (10) is much easier to explain things to, and understands how to use this very quickly.  Jacob (5) is more playful and also needs more guidance.  His might take a little longer just because of his young age and inability to fully grasp the instructions.  He is very excited to use this though.



The Speech Buddies tools are meant for children over the age of 4, so Jake is just at the beginning age for the tool set.  This is a good way to start him out to prevent the bad habit of saying his sounds incorrectly.  I really look forward to seeing how quickly each one develops with these.


Another note, I want to mention the cleaning of the tools.  After each use, you want to wash the used tool ends (the part that was in the mouth) in warm soapy water, and then a quick soak in isopropyl alcohol.  Then rinse them again, and let them dry.  This will clean them, kill the germs, and keep them in good shape.



I did received the tool set for free, but I paid full price for the flash cards.  I am hoping that this tool set from Speech Buddies will help my children with their different sounds that they struggle with.  I am showing their 30 day use of the Speech Buddies system.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Wakey Wakey Coffee Giveaway




Do you love coffee?  I am a huge coffee lover.  I drink at least 2 cups of coffee daily to keep up with my 9 kids throughout the day.  Due to the fact that I am such a coffee fanatic, I am so excited to share this with you!  I have been given the opportunity to help co-host an amazing coffee giveaway for you all!


One reader gets a chance to win a box (40- count) of Wakey Wakey Coffee for themselves.

Click HERE to enter the giveaway but before you do please go through the promotion Terms and Conditions as they are important.


Terms & Conditions:
  • If you are an Honorary Brooklynite, Blogger or affiliated with Two Rivers Coffee for any type of reviews, you are not eligible to enter the contests.
  • Only those 18 years and older are eligible to win.
  • Winners must live in the continental United States.
  • Only one prize per household, per 90-day period.
  • This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Google, or any other social media outlet.






Please note:
  • All entries will be verified and the winner will be contacted and the sponsor will verify whether they have previously won int he previous 90 day period if you have won previously you will no longer be eligible to get the prize.
  • I am not responsible for the Prize distribution.


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Speech Buddy Speech Therapy Tools

This post contains sponsored links.


As a homeschooling mother of 10 children, I have come across many hurdles that I knew I would eventually have to deal with.  One that I assumed I would come to was speech issues.  As a child, I found myself in speech therapy in school.  I was in 3rd grade, and had a lot of trouble saying the R sound correctly.  I remember well the games and techniques they used to help me and other classmates to properly say the correct sounds for many different letters.  However, I have found that it is not as easy as it seems to get a child to correctly make those sounds.  I have tried many different tricks and games for my 12, 10, 8, and 6 year old children.  Games, flash cards, having them talk slowly and focus on tongue placement, rhyming, and so much more.  It has helped, but we still have a long way to go.  I was getting frustrated, and that is when I came across the Speech Buddy Therapy Tool set.

You see, not all of my children have an issue with the same letter sounds.  Some have the same letter they can't say properly.  Then they also tend to have one letter per child.  "R" is one of the letters almost all of the 4 kids struggle with.  My 10 year old also struggles with the "L" sound, making it more like a "W" sound.  I contacted Speech Buddy, and I explained to them my dilemma. They were so amazing, getting back to me within the week offering help.  I was able to try out their Set Of 5 speech tools, which is the best deal if you are going to buy more than 2 or 3.



What is the Set Of 5?

From their site:
We hold ourselves to the highest quality, manufacturing, and research standards in the speech therapy industry. Speech Buddies are FDA listed and made in the USA at a registered medical device facility.
Product Specifications:
Includes: 1 R Speech Buddy, 1 S Speech Buddy, 1 CH Speech Buddy, 1 SH Speech Buddy, 1 L Speech Buddy, 1 protective carrying case, instruction and lesson guide, and free access to Speech Buddies University online lesson plans.
  • Case Dimensions: 7"x 1.5" x 2.8" inches
  • Speech Buddy Dimensions: 6" x 0.5"x.6"
  • Materials: BPA free FDA grade biocompatible plastics and colorant
  • Cleaning: Mild soap and water or 70% isopropyl alcohol



As you can see, it comes with the 5 tools.  1 for each sound.  They are in their own latching hard case, which is a very sturdy and secure case to keep the tools clean and secure in a safe place. 

The tools are a soft rubber that easily bends and moves in the mouth when used correctly.


The tools are BPA free, are flexible, and easy to use.  The website provides video tutorials (Click HERE) to explain how the tools work.  It is an easy 10 minutes of practice a day per tool, and you should see results in 30 days or less.

We are just starting our journey with the Speech Buddy tools, and I will be providing more with this review, as well as adding our video journey, as we go.  I am so excited to show you the results.
I will be adding our "Before" video, and then I'll add to it with our speech therapy journey as the month progresses.  I have also ordered the flash card set, so I'll be talking about that more once it comes.




I received the Speech Buddy tool set for free in exchange for my review.  

I paid full price for the flash cards to provide a thorough explanation of the tool set.
You can purchase all of these products at https://www.speechbuddy.com/parents/buy

Saturday, January 7, 2017

A disappointing experience with a cloth diaper company left me feelingscammed

I was 6 months pregnant with my 10th baby back in August.  I wanted to do something very special for her, and decided to get my first ever custom cloth diaper made.  She was to be my 7th homebirth and my 5th baby we had at home unassisted (just the family there).  I was planning on getting a diaper with "Born Free" in autumn colors written across the back.  I wanted a minky fabric (super soft fuzzy fabric) in the colors of reds, yellows, browns, and/or oranges.

I saw someone from Straub Sewing & Design Company post in my due date group on facebook saying they were offering customs, so I messaged her.  We worked out a deal for a discount (diaper costing $30) in exchange for me reviewing her diaper.  I was excited!  I let her know what I wanted, and she send me a picture of the custom wording to see if it was acceptable. 



We chatted back and forth, and then I got a message that the diaper was done, but had an imperfection. 



Ok.  No problem.  I was happy she checked it over and let me know.  
Then communication slowed down.  So I sent a message. 


I was thrilled.  Baby wasn't here yet, and I really wanted the diaper before she was born. I was due Oct 30, and this would be great timing.  Or so I thought.  I sent a few more messages in November and December.  This was one of the last. 




And got a couple back. 



Suddenly my diaper that only needed snaps and would be mailed out ASAP back in October was not finished and delayed due to needing more fabric. 

So, since she said it would be mailed by Monday, I gave her a week.  Nothing.  So, I went back through PayPal to get it resolved.  I sent her another message through them.  


I waited.  No response.  I finally escalated it.  Baby girl is 9 weeks old tomorrow.  Today I got this message from PayPal. 

 So, I'm sorely disappointed my baby was not able to get her welcome to the world gift.  I'm sad that my very first ever custom diaper turned out to be a possible scam, as she kept stringing me along, but began giving contradictory stories.  Overall, I'm sad and upset that my baby was not allowed this one gift from me, and that I almost lost money for something that I was likely never going I get.