The first day of holiday break is rough for my kids. They enjoy school so not seeing their friends or doing “activities” is a struggle. It’s even more difficult when it’s raining outside and they are confined to the house. Thankfully the first day of holiday break coincided with the launch of the new Netflix Original Series of Veggie Tales In The House.

Veggie Tales in the house

The beloved faith-based brand hits the small screen with a fresh new look and all-new adventures. Join Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber, and all their veggie friends as they explore new areas of their wondrous house while singing catchy, original songs included in each episode. Perfect for young families, this laugh-out-loud comedy seamlessly weaves good moral values into each episode in a fun, exciting way for Veggie lovers of all ages.Veggie Tales #StreamTeam

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The NEW Food Lion Coupon Hub #FLCouponHub

by jessicalieb on November 26, 2014 · 0 comments

Food Lion MVP Coupon Hub

Food Lion has refreshed their coupon hub and it’s a great way to add savings to their already low prices.

The New Food Lion Coupon Hub allows you to load coupons on to your MVP card or print them at home. There are savings from every day products including name brand items and Food Lion store brand items.

How it works:

  1. Sign in to your Food Lion account or sign up for a free account. You will need your MVP card if you are signing up for the first time.
  2. Click “Load to Card” or the “Print at Home” tab to see the available digital and printable coupons.  You can search coupons by keywords, expiration date or coupon value.
  3. Select the coupons you’d like to use.
  4. After loading the digital coupons to your MVP card, you can click – “Print My Coupon List” link to print out a list of the coupons you loaded so you remember what is loaded on your MVP card.
  5. When you buy the items that you selected digital coupons, as long as you use the MVP card you registered with and you bought the correct products, the savings will be taken off at the register.

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The Only Thing I Want After the Baby Is Born.

by jessicalieb on November 25, 2014 · 1 comment

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There is a lot of stuff that comes along with a new baby. However, 3 babies later I have all of the stuff (and have learned most of the stuff isn’t necessary), there is really only 1 thing I want after baby 4 is born.

I want HELP.

I don’t often ask for help. I guess I think it’s a sign of weakness or something. But it’s very difficult for me to ask for help even when I truly need it. I’m working on this. Having more children, more responsibilities and more stress has helped me realize that I cannot do life alone. I need to accept a helping hand every now and then.

I recently read an article about America’s Poor Postpartum Practices and it was very eye opening. In our society new mother’s are expected to bounce back from labor within just a few days but in no way is this a realistic expectation. In addition to the physical healing that takes at least 6 weeks there are also hormonal and emotional adjustments happening. Throw in additional children, work, and household responsibilities and it’s completely overwhelming what new mom’s are expected to accomplish after giving birth.

Our society is so self-reliant that we’re a crushing ourselves. So I’m going to let the first thing that comes from my lips be YES, whenever someone asks if I need help.

I need helping taking care of household duties like laundry, dishes, cleaning, cooking, etc. I need help taking care of 3 other boys… homeschool, preschool drop-off, preschool pick-up, lunches, nap times, potty training, entertaining them. I need help taking care of me… time to take a shower, time to rest.

My only anxiety about this pregnancy/baby is the amount of responsibility that is put on me, it’s overwhelming. I wish we had the money to hire a mother’s helper or nanny but that isn’t in our budget. The only thing I’m asking and praying for is that family and friends to care for our family after baby 4 is born. As of right now Joe is planning on taking off a good bit of time after the baby is born but he will also need some assistance because caring for 3 small children is a 2 person job.

In the past we’ve had our wonderful family and friends gather around to support us but during those times I felt guilty. I felt guilty that other people were taking time away from their lives to care for me, but this time I will accept the support sent our way without any hesitation or guilt. I know I love being able to support and help my family and friends and I would never want anyone to feel bad about asking me for help.

I love my community.

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Great VTech InnoTab Max Game Cartridges

by jessicalieb on November 24, 2014 · 6 comments

Learn to Write with Cody and Cora

Learn to Write with Cody and Cora is a great game for young children that are beginning to learn the basics of reading and writing. My 3 year old son is just starting to learn his alphabet so this is a great game for him to learn letter recognition and how to form letters. The handwriting practice helps build fine motor skills and includes upper case letters, lower case letters and numbers. I really enjoy the e-book as well, it’s a great way to build a child’s comprehension and attention. Even my 6 year old son enjoys practicing his handwriting with this game. VTech Learn to Write with Cody & Cora

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AGES 12-36 months

VTech InnoTab Cartridge

VTech InnoTab Software Go! Go! Smart Wheels is a great way for young children to learn about letters, numbers, handwriting, vocabulary and more while exploring the big city of Alphabet Town!

My boys loved this game, especially my 3 year old son who is just starting to learn his alphabet. He loves that the game is centered around adventures of different cars he doesn’t even realize he learning how to recognize, pronounce and write the alphabet. He particularly loves rescuing kittens with Frank the Fire Truck and matching letters with Casey in the mechanic shop. This is a great game for kids that are interested in vehicles of all kinds. VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels

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Be a Holiday Hero #PowerTheHolidays

11.21.2014

Don’t forget the batteries this Christmas! Be the Holiday Hero with all the batteries! Nothing can make smiles turn to tears faster than not having batteries for all the new toys. You never know when you will need batteries during the holiday season. Being prepared for Christmas morning is always a good idea but surprise […]

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Our First Homeschool Field Trip

11.20.2014

Yesterday we took our first official homeschool field trip to Imagination Station Kid’s History and Science Museum in Wilson, NC. I purchased a Groupon that gave our whole family admission to the museum for just $7. Joe is on vacation this week and Wilson, NC is only about a 45 minute drive from our house […]

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Scotties Trees Rock Video & Essay Contest #TreesRock

11.17.2014

Scotties Facial Tissue is holding their 4th annual Trees ROCK! Video and Essay contest to increase environmental education in schools. Kids in grades 3-5th or 6-8th create a 3 minute (or less) video about the importance of trees and win $10,000 for their school. Scotties created the Trees Rock program out of a passion for […]

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40 Weeks – Movie Review #40WeeksMovie

11.16.2014

As of today I’m 31 weeks pregnant with baby 4. Even though this is my 4th pregnancy nothing about a pregnancy is boring. Each time I’ve been pregnant I am amazed at this creation of new life that is forming within my body and how the female body is designed to transform during this journey. […]

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