Sunday, August 24, 2014

The 3 F's: Faith, Family and Fitness


If you have been following me on Instagram and Facebook you may have seen all my posts about smoothies and #21DayFix or my Beachbody Challenge. Well, I've been invited to become a Beachbody Coach. Beachbody is the company P90X is from. I'm SUPER excited about it. Their systems fit right in line with our family mission.

My husband loves to use the word trifecta. I've heard it so many times it drives me nuts to hear it. hahah So, I like to call it the 3 F's...Faith, Family and Fitness. For a happy and fulfilled life we believe these 3 things must be in balance.

To read about these pillars of the trifecta, head over to my blog on my website, www.SassySmidgens.com.


So, if you're interested in following along my journey to a comfortable healthier me, please follow me on Instagram. I'll be posting pics of my smoothies, meals, workouts and more!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Book Review: Terry the Treetop and the Lost Egg



Thanks to my Tomoson membership, I was recently given the opportunity to read Terry Treetop and the Lost Egg by Tali Carmi. It is a story of a young boy who finds a lost egg and we follow along his adventure in finding its home.

This story is wholesome and teaches to help those in need. It includes color illustrations and rhyming text very similar to a Dr. Seuss book.

The story is easy to read and kept my 2.5 year old's attention, however there were a few lines early in the story that had odd grammar and didn't roll off the tongue quite so well. The editor probably could have done a better job, but it isn't enough that it should deter you from purchasing the book yourself.

The illustrations are great and my daughter enjoyed pointing out the things in the pictures that she knew the words of. For example, a tree, a rock, a shell, a bird, etc.

About the Author:

Tali Carmi grew up in a small desert town. She loved for her parents to read to her and even memorized many of her favorite stories. The rhythm and rimes of the stories she loved even influenced her to write her own book of songs, the first of which she wrote at the tender age of 10. Wife, mother of three, CEO of a successful software company and business coach, she never lost the love of children's books and is now writes them again.

**Disclosure I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.**

Happy story time!!


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Fabric Shop is OPEN!! FREE fabric & $500 Summer Dreams Cash Giveaway



 Hooray!! After 2 years of dreaming and planning the day has finally come! 
I am opening my fabric shop. Wahoo!!!

To celebrate I am doing three AWESOME things. 

1. Offering a Pre-Order SALE while we wait for our supplies to arrive. 
$2 off per yard on1 yard cuts or larger 
$1 OFF per half yard or fat half cut

2. Giving away 1 FREE yard of minky to one lucky reader. To Enter head over to our Facebook post with the picture from the top of this post or click ---> HERE

a. {LIKE} our Facebook Page
b. {LIKE} that post
c. {COMMENT} with the fabric color from below that you would like if you win



AND 

3. We are teaming up with our friends at Promote Giveaway to offer one 
lucky person $500 CASH in the Summer Dreams Cash Giveaway. Scroll down to Enter this giveaway, which runs now until August 19th and don't forget to head over to my website and check out the shop!!
www.SassySmidgens.com

Welcome to the $500 Summer Dreams Cash Giveaway!

We have joined forces with an amazing group of bloggers to bring you this great giveaway. One lucky person will win $500 cash.

Enter to win $500 cash via PayPal.

Complete the tasks below to earn entries into this giveaway.
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Ends at 11:59pm ET on August 19th, 2014.
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Monday, August 4, 2014

Speekee Spanish for Kids Review + Giveaway


As a homeschooling (for pre-k at least) Chicana mother of a very talkative 2.5 yr old, language skills are something I am already focused on in the house. Although my father was born in Monterrey, Mexico we did not grow up speaking Spanish in the house, incorporating Spanish into our daily life is very important to me. So I was especially excited to be given the opportunity to test and review Speekee's Spanish for Kids website and premium membership services.

Please keep in mind although I have been given access to Speekee's premium membership free of charge, this is an honest review with my personal opinions of this product. 

How to Log In:


Log-in button (also create an account here) was a little hard for me to find the first time I took a look at the website. There is a lot of color and the icon didn't say anything next to it. So I initially glanced over it. No biggie. I know where it is now.


This is the first thing you will see after logging in. You can either click on any of the play arrows to watch videos, click a name of a location (i.e. La Plaza de Speekee, La Clase) or you can select the map icon in the right corner to additional locations. 

Speekee FastTrack: Perfect for Younger Learners (ages 7 and younger)

The FastTrack section features over 40 authentic Spanish videos, puppets and song. Speekee is the name of the featured puppet and was well received by my 2.5 yr old. FastTrack is part of the premium membership but if you have a little one this is well worth the cost. 




By hovering your mouse over a building, you can select a place to visit with different video and things to learn.

Optionally, you can use the FastTrack activity ideas at home by selecting FastTrack at the bottom of your screen as seen above.. This is great for a homeschooling mom that doesn't want to worry about creating lesson plans. 



After clicking on the FastTrack link at the bottom of the webpage, this is what pops up. There are 40 weeks of lessons. 


When you click on "Week 1" this is what pops up. This is a day-by-day lesson plan with directions on what video to watch as well as how talk about what your child learned from the video, which is key for building comprehension skills.

They also offer printable worksheets for additional reinforcement of the topics learned.

-- Speekee Spanish Challenge: Brilliant for Older Learners (ages 7 and older)

Along with the lessons plans, Speekee also offers additional features perfect for children 7 and older. Throughout the 40+ videos, there are mission based games for your child to play. After logging in, click on the bell icon for your first mission. 



Alternatively, as you select different places on the map to explore you will find stars with numbers at the location. These are the little games where your child will earn points for correct answers.


Here is an example of a timed question that will pop up. There isn't a second clock that pops up so I couldn't tell you how long they have, but as you can see from the image above there is a status bar. This quickly decreases to the left, indicating how much time they have left. It's pretty quick. My guess is about 10-15 seconds.


When a correct answer is given a check mark will appear as well as the additional points being added next t your name. If an incorrect answer is given the box will simply disappear. 

I was a little disappointed by this. In my opinion, multiple answer attempts or having the correct answer appear after the timer is up would better enforce the topic. It would be better for the child to take away the correct answer and not just what the answer wasn't. 

Additionally, you can track your child's progress via reports that are sent to your email. If you're not interested in them you can unsubscribe from them at any time.

Membership Break down

Basic account:
  • FREE
  • Small number of cool Spanish videos
  • Limited, safe social networking features

Paid Membership:
  • Paid through a Paypal subscription. You'll need to create an account if you don't already have one.
    • $7.50 month-to-month package
    • $5.99/mo (6 month package)
    • $4.49/mo (12 month package)
  • Over 40+ videos completely authentic to the Speekee brand
  • Lesson plans and printable worksheets to further facilitate the learning process
  • Incredible places to explore
  • Progress reports send via email
  • Fun online games
  • Extensive and 100% safe social networking features
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Have a great week!

Friday, August 1, 2014

20% Home Decor Sale at Mod Clot



**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. 
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ModCloth may be your go-to for cute dresses and clothing, but did you know they have a flourishing decor department? Think fun and unique adornments for your home, kitchen, bedroom, office space, and more. If that’s not incentive enough to check it out, they just so happen to be having a 20% Off Decor Sale that’ll give your place a pop of personality. No code needed, so just shop 'till your heart is content and there really will be no place like your home! Hurry while it lasts! 


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Happy decorating!