Friday, May 22, 2015

FREE Microsoft Youth Spark Camps

Did you know that Microsoft offers FREE Youth Spark Camps? They are starting the first week in June at the Mall of America location in Bloomington, MN. If you live near another Microsoft location you will want to check out their events to see their schedule and sign up.

The first week of June the camp is Smart Game Coding for 8 and older. The second week it is the same camp but for 11 and older. So far they have Smart Game Coding and Smart Game Design camps listed for these 2 ages groups during different weeks in June & July.

Learn more about Youth Spark Camps and Register TODAY here.

It does say that camp is 4 consecutive days for 2 hours each and parents/guardian must stay in the store for the duration.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Teacher Appreciation: Student Letter

Every year I write an email to the principal at my daughter's school and tell him all the ways I appreciate all of the teachers that she had that year. I never ask what he does with that email, if he shares it with those teachers mentioned or if they have any idea that a parent spoke highly of them to their boss.

This year, I still sent an email but thought I wanted to have my kids main teachers hear it from the kids themselves. My email last year did include items my daughter told me that were impactful to her, but this year I want to know the teacher hears it from the child. I think it is good for teachers to hear the ways they have made an impact on a child. It may be something they don't even think is a big deal that turns out to me the most meaningful or provided the best learning opportunity for a child.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

15 AR Books About Swimming (.5-1 pt each)

My daughter is on swim team and loves it. This was her second year on swim team and as she invests more of her time, energy and heart in to the sport  while at the pool she has also wanted to learn more about when she is just hanging out. Reading is such a great way to encourage children to learn more about the things they are passionate about. There are a lot more books than this that are .5-1 points, but these were her favorites that she read this year.

Gold Medal Swim by Jake Maddox (1 pt book)
Dash! Crash! Splash! by Brock Turner

Mermaid Queen by Shana Corey

Queen of the Pool by Jan Weeks

Michael Phelps by Sarah Tieck

Surprising Swimmers by Emma Ryan

Berenstain Bears Phenom in the Family by Stan Berenstain (1 pt book)

Splash It Swimming by Trudee Romanek

Samantha the Swimming Fairy by Daisy Meadows (1 pt book)

You Can Be a Swimmer by Alix Wood (1 pt book)

Olympics by Mark Stewart

Michael Phelps: Anything is Possible by Meish Goldish
Swimming by Cecelia Minden (1 pt book)

Swimming by Bernie Blackall
Swimming and Diving by Christian Ditchfield

Monday, May 18, 2015

Teacher Appreciation: It's Been a SWEET Year

You will remember seeing this printable when I told you how easy it was to make labeled Candy dishes for teachers last week. I had my daughter pass out these cards with that gift, as well as these truffles to all her individual subject teachers (phy. ed, technology, music, art and High Potential Program).

This year I have been all about the easy gifts. I just spent my time making up printables and printing them out. In other years we spent more time making the gifts. Some years you just need to prioritize what you want to do, and this year I just didn't have the time for lots of homemade gifts.

We gave this for teacher appreciation week, but this would make a great end of the year gift too!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

FREE or Cheap Movies for Kids This Summer

All of these locations are in MN, but you can check to see if they have locations in your area.

Marcus Cinema (Rosemount, Oakdale and Shakopee)
Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays at 10am
$2.75 Popcorn  and $2.75 Fountain Drinks

CEC Theatres (Owatonna)
Wednesday at 10am

Regal Cinemas (Eagan)
Tuesday and Wednesday at 10am
$1/ Admission

Muller Family Theatres (Lakeville)
Wednesday and Thursday at 10am

Theatres at Mall of America (Bloomington)
FREE Family Flicks on Saturdays at 10am
FREE Toddler Flicks on Tuesday at 11:30am $4 special concession package available

Elko Speedway Drive-In (Elko)
Wednesday - Car Load Night for $10
Thursday - 2 for 1 Night
Friday - Family Night KIDS FREE

Paragon Odyessy
Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday at 10am

And of course, remember that you can always check out FREE movies from you local library and Family Video also offers FREE kids/documentary/exercise videos to rent for free.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Review: NeeBooFit Resistance Bands

My Thoughts:

I really like that this contains 6 different resistance levels because many others I have looked at contain less than that. My biggest draw to these NeeBooFit Bands is that they are compact and still over a very good strength workout without having to invest in weights that take up a lot more space. I brought mine to our cabin (of course I didn't take any pictures while I used them up there, I forgot, sorry) and we just don't have the space or desire to have a weight set up there but we do want to be able to work out beyond running and yoga, so these fit the bill perfectly to help us get in a strength workout.

They can easily be thrown in your suitcase to being along with you when you are traveling in case the hotel gym does not have weights or the gym open hours timing doesn't work for you or you just don't want to work out in front of others. I think these would be a great workout addition to someone who lives in a small apartment and doesn't have space to have a weight set. Also, because they are 12" bands, the movements are more compact as well and you do not need a lot of space to use them.

I did like the range of resistance levels, I am more likely to use Heavy or X-Heavy most often, and occasionally Medium, but my husband likes the XX Heavy and he can use the XXX Heavy at times too.

Product Description:

About the Product:6 Different Resistance Levels - Other sets only have 3-5. Ours is the only complete set on Amazon!
12"x2" Loop Bands - Most of the other bands are 10". 12" means more options while still a good fit!
Carry Bag Included - So you can bring all 6 bands with you. Bag is high quality, not just mesh.
Made of Eco-Friendly Natural Latex Rubber - Premium quality tested for strength and endurance.
No Risk! Guaranteed For Life - Full satisfaction or we will give you a complete refund, no questions!
Exercise Booklet Included - Also more exercises available online.

I was sent the above product for free. No monetary compensation was received. All thoughts, opinions and photographs are my own.

Teacher Appreciation: Good Hands with you!

Hand sanitizer seems to be one of my GO-TO teacher gifts. I see it on school supply lists, so they must use it. I bought a container from Bath and Body Works and attached this printable that I made. Go ahead and print it off and use it too!

Otherwise, check out the other Hand Sanitizer teacher gifts I have given: