3 Reasons Family Dinners Together Are So Important

3 Reasons Family Dinners Together are SO Important! - sixtimemommy.comThere are many reasons why family dinners should be a must in your home. Even if it’s just a few days a week due to after school activities and work schedules, be sure to make time for it at least three times per week if you can.

We eat family dinners every night together. I know a lot of families don’t have that opportunity so when you do get to sit down and enjoy a meal together as a family it’s very rewarding, probably more than some realize! Read about some of the wonderful benefits of family dinners below.

Feel More Connected to Each Other
Families that eat together often times feel more connected with each other. They are open to talking with one another more about everything from daily activities to things that aren’t going so well and are less likely to fight and yell. Feeling connected is something that many families are losing out on due to eating dinner on the go, or sitting in front of a television not talking. Use dinner time to talk about things and make good connections with your children to better your relationships. (Even if you already have a good relationship with them, this is great bonding time.)

Everyone Eats Healthier
There are many studies that prove when families eat together there is less risk of obesity and they are eating healthier than they would otherwise. Eating together means that the food will need to be prepared, of course some nights may be different, and that means that you will make more conscious choices with what you are eating. Cooking the food can also be wonderful bonding time with your children. Teaching them how to cook is also a good life skill to have when they are out on their own so that they can make good food choices as well without you telling them what to eat.

To Have a set Schedule
Especially if you have younger children, a set schedule is something that will benefit everyone. Once on a schedule you will notice that you get hungry at the same time every day. This is the same for children. Eating together as a family at the same time will aid in everyone being on the same schedule so that everyone is hungry at the same time. This will often times take away the issue where one child is hungry and the other is not, meaning you’ll need to make something else in an hour when they are finally hungry.

How many nights a week do you sit down for family dinners?

Stay Cool With This Triple Berry Slushy Recipe

BerrySlushy1How many times on a really hot day do you wish you had a nice cool treat to enjoy? I know for me, it happens often but I can’t seem to keep many frozen treats in the house! When I make homemade fruit pops, or pudding pops they don’t last long at all. I don’t tend to buy frozen goodies a lot because, well we all know what most are filled with so I’m always looking for healthy alternatives at home to make myself! I love the Spring and Summer like I mention all the time – because of the FRUIT! Living in Canada makes it so hard to get our hands on fresh fruit during the Fall/Winter months because of price, but come Spring and Summer the fresh fruit markets are filled, and I just can’t get enough! Is it warm where you are? Here in Toronto it’s been very warm for the last two weeks! We’ve been having small snacks of veggies and dip, meat platters and of course fruit. They love fruit which makes it even better to get frozen treats ready because who doesn’t love frozen treats with fruit? Especially if they are healthy! Which brings me to the Triple Berry Slushy!

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Triple Berry Slushy Recipe
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup of frozen berries
  • 1 tbsp of lime juice
  • Juice from 1 orange
  • ¼ cup water ( if needed )
Instructions
  1. Combine everything, except the water, in a food processor and process until a slushy consistency has been reached. You may need some water if it's too thick. That varies depending on how much juice you're able to extract from the orange.

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What is your favorite cool treat to enjoy on those really warm days?

KIDSEMAIL.ORG: Safe & Appropriate E-Mail for Kids!

MainscreenAs my kids get older I realize just how important technology is in our everyday lives. I blog, I facebook, I tweet and I instagram like there’s no tomorrow. Kids have started as early as five, six and seven! Of course my kids would also want to too!

We moved from Kingston a city 2.5 hours away from where we live now and my oldest had quite a few friends back home. So, I created an e-mail account for him. He was able to keep in touch with his friends but after a while his e-mail started to fill up with junk. Most of which wasn’t age appropriate junk for him to be getting, and he stopped using that e-mail.

When I first heard about KidsEmail.Org I was a little sad I hadn’t heard of it before, especially back when my son needed an e-mail account to keep in touch with friends back home, but now that I found out about it I had to learn more!

About KidsEmail.Org:
KidsE-mail.org is a safe, age appropriate e-mail service for kids and teens. Will your kids like it? Is it the proper choice for you? Kids e-mail thinks so! They offer a 30 day free trial to try out the service to see if it is the right choice for you! You don’t even need a credit card to sign up which is a bonus for those just wanting to make sure this is the proper choice!

  • You (or your kids) can choose their very own email. Ending with @kidsemail.org or for the older kids @kmail.org
  • KidsEmail.org even has an app for kids to access their e-mail. Available for iPod, iPhone, iPad, and Androids!
  • NO ADS! KidsEmail.org doesn’t advertise so no child has to see ads of any kind.
  • KidsEmail.org has the option to have all incoming e-mail sent to their e-mail address as well.
  • KidsEmail.org is set up so kids only receive e-mails from those on their contact list. (enable/disable as needed)
  • Images, Links and Attachements can be controlled, and you can choose what is allowed to be received and blocked.
  • You can also block all Videos, PDF, and like content from reaching your child’s e-mail.
  • Filter Bad Words: KidsEmail.org also has a filter to block bad words.
  • Time Restrictions: Restrict times and days of use.
  • Activity Log: Logs when your child logs in and when they attempted to login during a restricted time.
  • Parent’s can view contact list. Older kids may want to edit the list – Parent’s can access all.
  • Template Options: Kids can modify the look and feel of their inbox!
  • Find out more here

There are different login screens so Parents, Kids and Teens can login on their own…

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TeenloginSending and Receiving e-mails was very easy. My 11 year old is gamer and gets many e-mails so this was especially great for him. My daughters are a bit too young for e-mailing still but I set up one account for them. They can e-mail me and family members to play with it, but they loved exploring the site to see what it does and is all about.

Cost of KidsEmail.Org and Plans:
Trial: FREE for 30 days!
Month-to-Month: $4.95/mo up to 4 accts
Yearly: $2.99/mo billed $38.95 annually (12mos+1 free!) up to 6 accts.

The kid’s really loved being able to customize their e-mail as well!

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jordankidsemailJordan’s Thoughts on KidsEmail.org:
It’s very easy to navigate and easy to use. I like being able to control what ends up in my inbox and what doesn’t. I hate spam, and other e-mail options fill with spam. Bad word filter is great for my gaming e-mails so I don’t have to see the ones that have swearing. I liked being able to customize my background, and pick one that was different. They didn’t really have one that is my style, but I can live with that. A few more options would be great. I liked using Kidsemail.org and would like to keep using it for my gaming accounts, I like the filters and how easy it is to use!

Kyla’s Thoughts on KidsEmail.org:
I like the pretty colors of the Princess background. It made the e-mail feel more like mine, because I love Princesses. I like that it was easy to login to and that I didn’t have to get e-mails from people I don’t know. I don’t know many people to e-mail but it was fun to play with.

Ava’s Thoughts on KidsEmail.org:
It’s pink! I liked the Princess and the other pink background I saw. It’s fun to pick colorful backgrounds! I got to share with Kyla because we don’t know people to e-mail but we wanted to test it out too. I will use KidsEmail.org when I’m older and can e-mail people!

Conveniently for everyone KidsEmail.org has an easy to navigate app for e-mails as well! Available for Android, and iOS devices!

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If you are looking for a safe, reliable and appropriate e-mail solution for your kids KidsEmail.org is the one I would highly recommend! As a busy mom I love being able to give my kids freedom, but also not too much freedom that their safety is at risk. The internet is not a safe place for children so making it a little safe, with a good easy to use and appropriate e-mail is something I really appreciate and think most parents would as well.

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I was given this product complimentary to review. However all opinions are mine and 100% true.

Stepping out of my Comfort Zone with Kobo + Giveaway!

Kobo Reading: The Kobo Glo HD has changed the way I read forever! - sixtimemommy.comI love reading. It’s relaxing, and I find great joy in exploring new books. But, having said that things are different in 2015. People are using eReaders and tablets to read. I love actual books. I love feeling the paper between my fingers, when turning the page. I love being able to fold down the page I’ve left off on and I love being able to come back to it and not have to worry about charging anything to read a book!

Then Kobo came into my life and everything changed. I never thought I would say this but I am in love. I am in love with the Kobo Glo HD. It has not only changed the way I look at books but it’s changed the way I read, how much I read and when I read.

kobo5The Kobo Glo HD surprised me because not only is it small and lightweight but it also doesn’t hurt my eyes. Which is what I was worried about when it came to eReaders and why I didn’t really want to  venture into getting one. But, the Kobo Glo HD isn’t really bright and with the adjustable screen strength I don’t have to worry about developing a migraine because of use. I was also surprised at how much the screen resembles an actual book. I really enjoy using it and read a book in 3 evenings after my kiddos went to bed. I was able to read in bed with no lights on and the Kobo didn’t affect my eyes or head this way, big plus! No turning lights on waking the husband or babies up!

As I said previously the Kobo Glo HD really has changed the way I look at books – I no longer need to worry about my kids getting ahold of the book I am currently reading and ripping the pages, loosing the pages or worse ruining the whole entire book. It’s changed the way I read because I actually enjoy sitting down, turning the Kobo Glo HD on and reading, the ease of use has really made me appreciate modern day reading a whole bunch more. I also enjoy taking the time at night to read instead of watching tv, or hanging out online. I’ve always loved reading but I think I lost a little sense of why, and how much I enjoyed it until now. The Kobo Glo HD has really changed that for me. It’s simple, it’s easy and it’s modern with the look of an actual book, and actual pages.

kobo6I am a busy mom. I can bring the Kobo Glo HD to the park with me while I sit on the bench, or on a blanket arms reach from my kids and read. I don’t have to worry about a gust of wind – which is a huge bonus! I can just sit down and READ! Sitting out in the backyard has become a favorite daily thing for my kids, and I can sit back and read while they play!

After a few days I picked up a normal book and started to read, and I’ll admit even though I still love books, the Kobo Glo HD was much easier on my eyes and I don’t think I will be going back to regular ol’ paper books anytime soon!

When I’m out and about with the kids as they do their sporting events or dance, or I am waiting in line at the bank, or waiting in the super long lines at Walmart but I don’t have my Kobo Glo HD with me, I can still read easily with the Kobo app! With the Kobo App you can read anywhere, anytime with any device!

The first book I got with my Kobo Glo HD was Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland – By Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan. It’s the story of two of the three girls who were kidnapped in Cleveland by Ariel Castro and after a decade of being held captive escaped. I read this book in 3 evenings. I just couldn’t put it down. Now I’m onto Lauren Conrad’s L.A. Candy!

kobo2The Kobo Glo HD shows reading stats – how many books finished, how many hours read. It’s pretty great and you can’t get that with a traditional paper book! I love keeping track of what I’m reading, what I’ve read and how many hours it took to read certain books. It also shows how many pages turns during a reading session, avg. minutes per session, and avg pages per minute! As you can see above I’ve finished 1 book, read for 7.7 hours  and am 0.1 hours into my second book! How cool is that?

 Kobo Glo HD:

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DISCOUNT ALERT! Kobo has offered Six Time Mommy readers a great discount of 35% off selected books! Use code sixtimemommy by clicking here. Want to see a list of books you can use this amazing discount on? Click here.

Discount code is valid for 35% off select eBook purchases from this page and select lists. Discount will be confirmed at checkout. Offer valid until June 30, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST. This offer is not valid in conjunction with any other offer or promotion and cannot be used to adjust amount paid on previous purchases. Discount code must be entered at time of purchase to qualify for this discount. Discounts cannot be applied nor the discount value refunded once a purchase is complete. Rakuten Kobo Inc. reserves the right to change or cancel this offer at any time without notice.

Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Kobo and I received Compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

NOMAD COFFEE CLUB: Fresh Coffee Beans Delivered Right to Your Door in Canada!

coffeetitleCoffee! Who doesn’t love coffee? As I’ve gotten older I’ve learned more people prefer coffee over any other drink! Pretty much every person I know is a coffee drinker (I’m an oddball!).  If you like Coffee then this is one of those Subscriptions you may want to take a look at!

Now as you know I’m not the coffee drinker in the household but Mr. Six Time Daddy is! So he has helped me with this review, and he has gotten to enjoy a pretty amazing smelling coffee (ask the kids, they all comment on how amazing the house smells as it brews!)

nomad1Discover Canadian specialty coffee roasters at your door every month!

What is Nomad Coffee Club?:
gift of fresh coffee is a monthly box that is shipped right to your door monthly. It is packed with a bag(s) of fresh, local coffee beans. “Every month we partner with local coffee roasters to test and pick the best types of coffee. Each and every selection will have varying geographical origins and flavor profiles. We aim to provide you a unique experience every single month.” – More info here.

What types of Plans does Nomad Coffee Club Offer?:
Nomad offers Monthly single packs or Monthly Double packs
Single pack is $25.00
Double is $40.

The Single Pack:
– 12 oz of roasted whole coffee beans
– A different kind of coffee every month
– Brew up to 35 cups

The Double Pack:
– 24 oz of roasted whole coffee beans
– A different kind of coffee every month
– Brew up to 75 cups

How Does the Subscription work?:
Packs will be shipped within the last 10 days of each month.
Plans automatically renew monthly. Cancel or skip subscriptions anytime.

Give as a Gift!:
You can also give Nomad as a gift! Surprise someone you love with the gift of fresh coffee right to their door! Once you buy a gift package and the person receives an email with a personalized message from you and they redeem the gift. Also you can set the notification to go out at any date, so that could be perfect for buying gifts in advance. Nomad would make the perfect gift for any occasion.

Where does Nomad Coffee Club Ship?:
Currently they ship within Canada.

What we received:
We Received a single pack (12oz) and it was called PIG IRON.

coffee3When we received our box we didn’t have a coffee grinder so we had to run out and grab one! It is well worth it, because not only can you buy them cheap – but it’s quick, and easy so there is no mess or fuss. Peter was able to enjoy this specialty coffee instead of going out to buy a cup! So, it’s well worth it!

grinderbeansWhy do they send coffee beans?
If you are like me and know NOTHING about coffee this is a great question. As, I had no idea! So, I asked Daniel of Nomad and he explained to me – Coffee loses a lot of its freshness if it is ground. All specialty coffee roasters will normally sell you whole beans because it is perfect to grind it right before use. There is a large difference between freshly ground beans and ones that come pre-ground.

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coffee7Peter’s Review:
“Recently my wife was approached to review Nomad coffee club. Since my wife is not a coffee drinker, I jumped at the chance for some new tasty beans. I have worked in restaurants my entire life and have been fortunate enough to drink and taste some fantastic coffees.

Pig Iron blend is nothing shy of incredible. From the first grind to the last drop of the perk, the overwhelming scent of fresh coffee has you in anticipation of the next cup. It’s full bodied flavor and rich, creamy texture make for a spectacular combination and a great way to start your day.

This Colombian coffee will be a staple of my early mornings for a very long time. I thank you Nomad Coffee and Six Time Mommy for the great opportunity and experience.”

I would just like to say Nomad was an amazing company to work with. They were so patient when I really had no idea about coffee roasters coming in bean form. I was able to delay my review until I was able to pick up the grinder, and have Peter be able to enjoy the coffee in it’s proper form. They were also able to answer questions and send information when needed. So, I highly recommend Nomad Coffee Club. If you are a coffee lover, and live in Canada check it out! Peter truly enjoyed the coffee he got, Pig Iron and we can only imagine what amazing coffee’s Nomad has coming!

Special offer:
Nomad Coffee Club has offered a special coupon for Six Time Mommy readers! Enter code SIXTIMEMOMMY at check out and receive 10% off!

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I was given this product complimentary to review. However all opinions are mine and 100% true.

Orzo Pasta Salad With Bacon & Parmesan Vinaigrette Recipe

Orzo Pasta Salad With Bacon & Parmesan Vinaigrette Recipe - sixtimemommy.comI love Spring and Summer. Mostly for the weather but also for the food. I love food. Which is probably why I’ve had such a hard time shedding baby #6 weight but that’s a whole other story for another day! Today, I’m going to be talking about food. Healthy, Good, Food.

Now while I still enjoy my sweets, and the pizza night we have monthly I love trying new healthy food.  That wasn’t always the case. I’m generally not a very adventurous person when it comes to food. I used to be scared of anything green, and often anything orange. But I’ve changed. I’m turning 30 in July (omg, yes…thirty!) and as time has gone on my tastes in pretty much everything have changed especially food.

My kids? 5/6 of them have always loved everything. From veggies to seafood, to liver. They love it all which is great because their dad has always eaten pretty much everything and they’ve been able to taste it all and enjoy it all with him. Jordan my oldest, hes more like me. Very picky, very hard to get him to try anything new. I’m hoping this will change. Hopefully with this dish. Orzo Pasta Salad with Bacon and Parmesan Vinaigrette! Below you will find finished photos and step by step in process photos along with the recipe!

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Orzo Pasta Salad with Bacon & Parmesan Vinaigrette Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • 16 ounces Orzo pasta
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 cup frozen petite peas, thawed
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 cup shredded carrots, chopped
  • ¼ cup red onion, finely sliced
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • DRESSING:
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup white balsamic vinegar
  • ⅓ cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook the Orzo pasta according to the directions, drain, rinse with cold water and drain again.
  2. In a large bowl, add the pasta, all of the vegetables and bacon. Stir to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients except the Parmesan cheese.
  4. When the dressing is smooth and creamy, taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking. Don't add salt yet, because the Parmesan is salty.
  5. Add the Parmesan to the dressing and whisk again until completely blended.
  6. Pour the dressing over the pasta salad and mix well.
  7. Taste and adjust the seasonings again.
  8. This is delicious served at room temperature or cold.
  9. Keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  10. Note: I like a more sweet and vinegary dressing, so that's the way the recipe is written. You could suggest starting with less and addig more if desired. This dressing is very adaptable, so they can easily make it to suit their own tastes.
  11. As with any pasta salad, this soaks up the dressing, so the next day I drizzled in some more balsamic to moisten it up.
  12. Some variations to the dressing would be lemon, regular balsamic, red wine vinegar, olives, crushed red pepper...and the list goes on.

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This would be the PERFECT dish to bring to a BBQ or Pot Luck! I know I’ll be making this quite a few times this summer! We love eating in our backyard.. The kids play with the chalk board on the fence, in the water table, sand box and on all the slides and toys we have in the backyard. My husband grills, and I generally just watch the kids and enjoy.

This will be a perfect dish for those days. It’s one of those dishes that can be eaten on it’s own or for a side… Imagine a nice rack of ribs, or a delicious bbq burger beside it. What about those who don’t eat meat? Skip the bacon in the salad and of course, Veggie burgers would also taste amazing along side the salad!

Have you ever had Orzo Pasta before? What is your favorite type of pasta salad?

Bella Organics – Vanilla Mint Deodorant Cream Review + Giveaway

Bella Organics Vanilla Mint Deodorant Cream - Review + Giveaway! - sixtimemommy.comWhen it comes to smelling good everyone wants to. No one wants to be the one to have stinky under arms! I know for me, it’s hard to find a good deodorant that I can rely on, trust and feel comfortable wearing out in public. I always try to buy the best deodorant I can to keep any possible smells at bay, but I also have to be careful because I suffer from migraines and any strong smells can trigger them.

The deodorant I’ve been using for the last 5 or so years costs $10 and usually lasts less than a month. I hate spending so much on something that is gone so quickly.

So, I decided to try something different. Bella Organics have a 100% organic Vanilla Mint deodorant cream, so I thought why not!

I love mint, it’s one of my all time favorites so I knew I would enjoy the smell. Was I right? Kind of.

bellaorganics2About the Deodorant
Ingredients: Shea Butter, Arrowroot Powder (Vegan), Virgin Coconut Oil, Aluminum Free Baking Soda, Peppermint Essential Oil, Vanilla Extract, Tea Tree Oil Essential Oil.

“Organic, chemical-free cream deodorant that really works! Organic arrowroot powder absorbs wetness naturally. Organic Shea butter soothes and moisturizes dry skin. Coconut oil has natural anti-bacterial properties as well as soothes and conditions the skin. Organic peppermint and organic tea tree essential oils provide anti-bacterial and germ-killing anti-septic properties. It leaves you feeling confidently cool, fresh and clean. ” – Bella Organics

Size, Shelf Life and Price:
I got the 2oz container which has a shelf life of 12 months and the price is $10.25

Where to Purchase:
Purchase at the Bella Organics office website.

bellaorganics3My Thoughts:
With my love for all things Vanilla and Mint I thought I would right away love the smell of this deodorant cream. I was wrong, it’s VERY strong on me. Too strong for me with my migraines so I had to be careful during my testing to only put a little amount on… Even then it did tend to trigger my headaches. Besides that, I find the deodorant to really work but I could only use it for about a week. (Bella Organics has other scents, so I may give them a try as I really do like the deodorant cream!)

Ava, my 7.5 year old seems to have taken a big liking to this deodorant so I handed it over to her, as it was really bothering my head. She loves it. And, as a child that has had to wear deodorant for the past two years, I can confidently say she smells wonderful every day. I don’t find it too strong on her, it’s just perfect. So, I’m assuming it’s just my own body that can’t deal with the smell. She is thrilled with her new deodorant and I don’t worry about any harsh chemicals in it because its 100% organic. The ingredient list is right on the container and everything in it is safe.

The only complaint she has is she wishes it was in a different type of container so she wouldn’t have to dig her finger into it, and could roll it on like normal deodorant. But, she says it won’t stop her from using it. It smells good and works!

bellaorganics4Try Bella Organics Vanilla Mint Deodorant Cream For FREE! GIVEAWAY!
The nice folks over at Bella Organics have kindly offered a 2oz container to one lucky reader! Please enter below.

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I was given this product complimentary to review. However all opinions are mine and 100% true.

Sharing the Love With HP Spectre x360 #HPLovesMoms #MothersDay

spectreWhen I got my HP Spectre x360 3 weeks ago now I made sure to announce no one was allowed to use it! This was just for my use. After all it seems every laptop I’ve gotten hasn’t been this nice, expensive or swanky so my hands only.

Jordan had been asking often to use it because the laptop that is now for the family is no where near as fantastic as the HP Spectre x360. I’ve said no time and time again. Until now………..

Why? Because, my life as a blogger has been completely changed since I got the Spectre x360, so has my life as a homeschooling mom. Writing up posts, reviews, outlines, creating printables and being able to do it in half the time I did before has been life changing. Have you ever tried to get something done on a deadline with 6 kids grabbing at you? 4 of which need your help with math, spelling or some sort of language assignment? It’s not fun or easy, so my time is precious and I now don’t have to worry about work taking away my time and I don’t have to worry about kids fighting over getting their time because we are getting things done simply, quickly and efficiently!

So, I’ve decided to share the Love. Let whoever needs to get work done quickly – get it done quickly. Who wants to spend extra time doing something when they don’t have to? The HP Spectre x360 is beyond my expectations and I don’t think it would be fair if I was the only one to use it, would it?

What exactly does the HP Spectre x360 have to offer?

  • Windows 8.1 64
  • Intel® Core™ i7-5500U processor with Intel HD Graphics
  • 13.3″ diagonal Radiance FHD LED-backlit touch screen (1920 x 1080)
  • 8 GB 1600 MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM (onboard)
  • 128 GB SSD
  • 1 year limited hardware warranty

Not Just a Laptop:
Stand Mode > to watch
Tent Mode > to play
Laptop Mode > to work
Tablet Mode > to go!

Up to 12.5 hours of battery life – 15.9mm – 1.44kg – Backlit Keyboard – Loaded with Ports – HP True Vision Full Camera – HP Solid State Drive – High Performance with 5th Generation intel core processor.

HP1It’s so fast, there is more than enough room for my needs and doesn’t constantly drop the Internet like our old computer that is now the “family computer” believe me when I say it’s terrible. Less than a year old and terrible, and by terrible I mean I should throw it out. A new computer was needed, but like I said in this post this is not just your average computer.

The HP Spectre x360 is perfect for a mommy blogger, the business person, the everyday family and even homeschooling kiddos looking to get some research done fast! My one and only complaint about the HP Spectre x360? – I wish it was out sooner, where has it been my whole life?

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hpjord5Jordan was super happy with being able to log on for half an hour and get pages upon pages of work done for his English assignment for homeschooling. I’m not sure what he loved most- the quickness, the Internet not dropping or the ease of use!

He was able to get 3 pages of work accomplished in 30 minutes that usually would take? 1.5 hours. No joke.

When I accepted the HP Spectre x360 to be apart of this wonderful campaign I was nervous. I was nervous because I wasn’t sure how I would like the Spectre, and be able to accurately explain to all of you. I don’t review items, or take part in campaigns if I’m not able to be completely honest so after trying the Spectre x360 for over 3 weeks now I am very confident in my words when I say I am completely blown away by it and I am certain if you are looking for a laptop, or even a tablet that you may want to do a bit more with – – this is what you need!

A huge thank you to HP Canada for this wonderful opportunity. I will be working with ease and stability from now on! This busy mom, blogger and wife Thanks You!

Stay connected with HP Canada:
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Disclosure: HP products mentioned in this post were supplied by HP Canada.

5 Types of Children’s Gardens

5 Types of Childrens Gardens: Get them involved and have FUN! - sixtimemommy.comChildren’s gardens are meant to be fun and bright, everything kids want to see in nature right there at their fingertips. Even with their short attention spans, children can be engrossed with gardening, gardens and want to spend their free time playing in them too. Its all about creating a garden for the children, that they can help tend, can dig and have fun in and that captures their imagination.

These are five types of children’s gardens that you can create with just a little imagination and help from the kids.

Bird Friendly Garden
Its true that birds love gardens, and kids love bird watching, especially when there is a lot of diversity in the birds they see coming to their own garden. Look up the native bird friendly plants for your area and add them to a garden in a safe corner of your yard. Be sure to add a couple feeders or places for the birds to perch, as well as a bird bath so they have a safe place to drink and cool down.

Butterfly Garden
Children love seeing butterflies flying around nearby during the summer months, so why not create a garden for the kids and the butterflies. Butterflies are always looking for plants that they can drink nectar from in order to keep on flying to the next beautiful bloom. Even before that though, the caterpillars and larvae need a plant source and there are some plants they prefer over others. Plant a colorful, bloom filled garden bed with all the different plants butterflies are attracted to. To your garden add shallow dishes of water where the butterflies can land and drink on hot summer days.

Pole Gardens
There are so many vegetable and flowering plants that need poles and stakes to grow up, so a pole garden for children is a great idea when you get creative. You can use poles to erect a teepee, or create a trellis or joined trellises to make an entire covered arch garden. Grow peas, morning glories, beans and clematis in this fun garden.

Fairytale Gardens
While fairy gardens are cute, they also tend to be very small and contained, so why not grow a fairytale garden instead where fairies, trolls and elves can all live. Think about adding short shrubs, flowers with huge blooms and vines to the garden. Pair the plants with plenty of seating for your little one to sit in the garden herself and read, as well as seating for the fairies that live there.

Sensory Garden
Children love to touch and sniff plants, and luckily there are a lot of options for you to add to a sensory garden. The idea is to make the garden a place for them to explore and learn so add plants with plenty of texture like lamb’s ears, plants that make sound in the wind like tall ornamental grasses and then plants that add a lot of fragrance to the garden, like lavender.

All of these will keep children seeking, learning and enjoying the world that is their garden.